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  1. Bye from us, hello to Amy

    Well, as they say, "that's all folks". Join us again tomorrow for another day of rolling football news on the BBC Sport Scotland website.

    Meanwhile, you can further satisfy your footballitis by tuning in to BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, where singing star Amy Macdonald is the guest presenter on Sportsound.

  2. Blowing in the wind

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Maybe our football verses to celebrate National Poetry Day have been a tad long for you all so far.

    So here's one from Selkirk FC's poet in residence, Thomas Clark, that's more short and sweet.


    The Roseblows

  3. Brown happy with Scotland decision

    Celtic captain Scott Brown reckons he has already justified the decision to end his Scotland career - by starring in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League. 

    The 31-year-old midfielder wrestled with ankle, hip and hamstring issues in recent years.

    "Calling it a day with Scotland is helping me with my Celtic career right now," said Brown. 

    "It's keeping me on track and pushing me to new levels. 

    "It's giving me the little bit of extra energy and the extra bit of rest time I was definitely needing. 

    "I think my performance against Manchester City proves I was right to make that decision."

    Celtic's Scott Brown and Manchester City's Fernandinho
    Image caption: Scott Brown (left) was praised for his performance against Man City
  4. Qualification is all important

    Qualifying for the World Cup finals in Russia is more important than beating Group F rivals England, according to former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness.

    Scotland face Lithuania on Saturday as England take on Malta, with Gordon Strachan's side travelling to Slovakia on Tuesday before a trip to Wembley in November.

    "Gordon will try to get the message across that this is about three points," said former Rangers manager Souness. 

    "You can't afford to get caught up in the old enemy thing. 

    "You would take losing to them twice and winning every other game and getting there. 

    "It is a bit like when I went to Ibrox and said I don't mind losing to Celtic if we win the league and (people said), 'what?' The same thing." 

    England captain Bryan Robson and Scotland counterpart Graeme Souness
    Image caption: Graeme Souness (right) captained Scotland against England
  5. Wright a football poem

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    We've been firing off football poems on the live today to celebrate National Poetry Day. 

    Here's one from Jim Mackintosh, poet in residence with St Johnstone - written to mark Tommy Wright's manager of the year award last season.

    You still have time to submit your own football poem, or your favourite written by someone else. Comment @BBCSportScot, the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page or text 80295.


    You've found your place here, in between, at the edge.

    Palpable reverence. The players, the crowds busy

    re-arranging your plans set before, confident

    on the calm surface of your judgement, exposed

    every time, scrutinised, dis-assembled in the efforts

    of the quick and constant, the random, clean chaos

    played out on turf before you - analysed, agreed

    sometimes disagreed in the boxed seats behind you.

    If fate called your name, you found your place

    in this white bordered zone, this no man's land.

    Something was set right in the unraveled plans

    of he who went before, and the spotlight turned.

    I've stood in your place, at the edge, in between

    kicked every ball in an empty dream. Full of belief

    I've inhaled the same air but there for sure, parched

    an unbending truth exposed me. I was an imposter.

    I nodded to the four corners, squared off and holy

    smiled softly and returned up the tunnel grateful

    away from the Gaffer's Land - your place set true

    in the hearts of minds of us, your fellow travellers.

    St Johnstone midfielder Danny Swanson is congratulated by manager Tommy Wright
    Image caption: St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright (right) has been celebrated in verse
  6. Celtic's Brown has 'extra energy'

    Former Scotland captain Scott Brown says retiring from international duty is "helping" his club game with Celtic.

    "It's keeping me on track and pushing me to new levels," said the Celtic skipper. "It's giving me the little bit of extra energy and the extra bit of rest time I was definitely needing. I think my performance against Manchester City proves I was right to make that decision.

    "A lot of people have doubted my judgement but I knew what was best for my body. The extra games I was playing I could only manage 80 per cent of what I was capable of. I went through them all for as long as I possibly could.

    "But it came to the point I had to make a decision and I thought it was better to make it at the start of a campaign rather than halfway through one.

    "Hopefully I've added a good two or three years to my career at least. I'm feeling fresh and back to my old self."

    Celtic celebrate
    Image caption: Brown scored Celtic's winner against Dundee on Saturday
  7. Qualification the priority for Souness

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness believes reaching the Russia 2018 World Cup is more important than how the national team may fare against qualifying rivals England.

    The Scots face Lithuania on Saturday, Slovakia on Tuesday and then England on 11 November.

    "It always is about qualification," says Souness. "The bragging rights by beating England only last for a few weeks. The excitement of going to a tournament, the build-up, being there, what that would do to the nation.

    "The benefits to Scottish football would be far greater us going, if we lost twice to England than beating England twice and not going there.

    "Obviously England are outstanding favourites but they are not certainties. I don't think this is the strongest England group that they have ever had but I think you have to fancy them to qualify."

    Graeme Souness
    Image caption: Souness won 54 caps for Scotland
  8. 'It's a battlefield out there' - Strachan on the media

  9. Football love poem

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    In case you are wondering what got Stephen Watt appointed poet in residence at Dumbarton FC, here's why the Championship club fell in love with his words.


    Saturday mornings are looking different.

    Fog has fallen upon the football pitches,covering every inch like a cathedral train.A delicious wispiness coruscates diamantesin the early rain; flares of white paintstreak up each wing into exploding corner flags of colour.

    Nets are hung over posts like bridal veils.Excited, barking dogs chase their tails,rallied by the crowds embarkingupon the biggest fixture of the season.I’m biting my fingernails and drifting into daydreaming

    and the reason, for once, isn’t alcohol;I think I’m falling in love with football.

    Usher us in to the cathedral of dreams,a wedding march to welcome the teamsand a piper booked from Aberdeenbecause teuchters have Herculean lungs.Confetti showers from the back seats,commentators screech from their hymn sheetsand three points is like the honeymoon suite – or a trophy when all is said and done.

    Run rings round fingersand tie ribbons round silver anniversaries. A beauty spot appears from twelve yards outevery time there’s a penalty. You may kiss the bride or the man sat next to youand I can see you’re worried, confused, appalled,but I’m not losing my faculties or sniffing cheap aerosols –  

    as a friend, please comprehendI’ve fallen in love with football.

    Dumbarton's Gregor Buchanan tackles Hibernian's Andrew Shinnie
    Image caption: Dumbarton play at the catchily named Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
  10. Stanzas in the stands

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Championship outfit Dumbarton have become the latest Scottish football club to appoint a poet in residence.

    Stephen Watt, a 36-year-old lifelong fan of the Sons and prize-winning slam poet, becomes the second such appointment in the Scottish Professional Football League.

    In England, Brighton & Hove Albion already had Attila the Stockbroker, while there's also Ian McMillan, who is Yorkshire born and bred despite the Scottish-sounding name, at Championship rivals Barnsley.

    Lowland League Selkirk were the first football club to follow suit in Scotland, appointing former Hamilton Accies player Thomas Clark a year ago.

    Then, in March, Premiership outfit St Johnstone became the first to do so in the SPFL, their man with the stanzas in the stands being Jim Mackintosh.

    Stephen Watt on stage
    Image caption: Stephen Watt is a lifelong Dumbarton fan
  11. Familiar foes

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    A selection of goals by Lithuanian players in the Scottish top flight and Scottish Cup.

    Scotland host Lithuania on Saturday.

  12. September award for Houston

    Falkirk manager Peter Houston has won the Scottish Championship manager of the month award for September after his side beat Raith Rovers, Dundee United and Ayr United last month.

    Peter Houston
  13. An ode to Scottish fitba

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    We're still in the market to hear your odes to football as we mark National Poetry Day. 

    Here's one from the bard of Cumnock and saviour of Govanhill Baths, Jim Monaghan, that is as much about Scottishness and our place in the world as it is about our national sport.

    Send us your own poems, or your favourites by others, to @BBCSportScot, text 80295 or comment on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.


    Scottish fitba’s in the dock,

    It seems that we’re the laughing stock,

    O’ Europe.

    No longer will we see the day,

    When the likesay Cooper, Hansen, Paul McStay,

    Will grace the greatest stage on earth,

    To show the world whit we are worth.

    But as oor team face many tankings,

    And slip further doon the Fifa rankings,

    Mibbee we should ponder whether,

    This list of heroes even ever played the gither.

    Ah mean, it wisnae McNeill that lifted up

    The 1966 World Cup

    Four years later we didnae even go,

    To the classic finals in Mexico.

    But then Ah’m sure that David Hume did not,

    Meet Irvine Welsh or Walter Scott.

    James McMillan never will debate with Peden,

    But its the same Poland and for Sweden.

    For Marie Curie never got a call

    From Copernicus or Pope John Paul

    The inventors of IKEA and Saab are,

    Still waiting fur their gig wae ABBA.

    Ah know we like tae greet and winge,

    And exercise the Scottish cringe,

    But lets face it, jist like maist small nations,

    We sometimes rise above oor station.

    So don’t mope when it disnae go oor way,

    Rejoice when the wee dug has its day,

    We’ve aye been mediocre,

    We’ve niver been great,

    So lets enjoy and celebrate,

    The times - the beautiful times,

    When we punch above oor weight.

    Davie Cooper in action for Scotland against Germany
    Image caption: Davie Cooper is one of the world class players to emerge from Scotland
  14. Scotland-Lithuania stats

    Our friends at Opta have provided the following fascinating stats:

    • Scotland are unbeaten in their last five matches against Lithuania (W4 D1) and have conceded just two goals in that time
    • Lithuania have only beaten Scotland once, a 1-0 home win in a Euro 2004 qualifier back in April 2003 (D2 L5)
    • Only Spain (8) have scored more goals than Scotland (5) in Uefa World Cup 2018 qualifying
    • Lithuania have never qualified for a World Cup finals
    • Scotland’s Robert Snodgrass is top goalscorer in Uefa World Cup 2018 Qualifying (3) after netting a hat-trick against Malta in their opening match
    • Lithuania have failed to win any of their previous 11 away matches (D3 L8)
    • They have also failed to score in nine of those 11 matches, netting just once in the other two
    • Scotland have won their last three World Cup qualifying matches. The last time they won four World Cup qualifiers in a row was in September 2000, under Craig Brown (five in a row in total).
    Lithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas keeps an eye on training
    Image caption: Lithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas keeps an eye on training
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