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Keir Murray

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  1. Inverness CT ready to host Rangers

    Scottish Premiership action resumes tomorrow night after the international break.

    Inverness Caley Thistle, unbeaten in five games, welcome Rangers to the Highlands.

    Josh Windass is available for the visitors following a hamstring problem.

    Read the match preview

    Josh Windass
    Image caption: Windass has only started in two league matches for Rangers since his summer move
  2. Tune in to Sportsound

    Sportsound will be on BBC Radio Scotland at 18:30, with David Currie in the hot seat.

    This evening's guests are Motherwell striker Scott McDonald, who played under Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough, and regular pundit Derek Ferguson.

    Neil Cameron from The Herald also joins the team in the studio.

  3. And for those of you outside the UK...

    The video footage of the team of the month is restricted to UK users. So, for those outside the UK, here's the top team as a graphic...

    Premiership team of the month
  4. Premiership team of the month

    You may have seen the feature we had where our website visitors could choose the Premiership team of the month for September.

    Well, the results are in from more than 2,900 users.

    Some key points are:

    The starting goalkeeper was a very close call. Zander Clark and Scott Fox pushed Inverness CT's Owain Fon Williams for a place

    The back four was a clear choice - Callum Paterson at right-back, Kolo Toure and Anthony O'Connor in the middle and Kieran Tierney at left-back

    St Johnstone's Danny Swanson pushed for a place in midfield, but could not budge James Forrest on the right, James Maddison and Ali Crawford in the middle and Scott Sinclair on the left. In fact, Scott Sinclair was the most popular choice and was selected in 88% of teams

    Moussa Dembele was the most popular forward by a long way, with Louis Moult second and Souleymane Coulibaly very close behind. 

    Thanks to everyone who selected a team.

  5. A gentle reminder

    With all the excitement and, well, ultimate disappointment about the Scotland team, it would be easy to forget that league football returns this weekend, beginning with Inverness Caledonian Thistle against Rangers on Friday night.

    Don't forget, if you are signed up to the Predictor, or would like to start playing, to enter your scores for the six matches this weekend.

    Enter your predictions.

    Play the Premiership Predictor
  6. Neilson says get behind Scots, Strachan

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    Video caption: Negativity not helping Scotland, says Hearts' Neilson
  7. Unite behind Strachan - McInnes

    The Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says he's "saddened and angered" by what he calls the "clamour" for Gordon Strachan to lose his job with Scotland. McInnes says the nation should unite behind the manager, and World Cup qualification is still possible "without question".

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
  8. Rodgers backs 'excellent' Strachan

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken in support of Scotland counterpart Gordon Strachan following the national team's 3-0 defeat by Slovakia on Tuesday.

    "Gordon is an excellent manager," said Rodgers. 

    "I don't know Gordon that well but I think he's perfectly suited to be the manager of Scotland.

    "Wonderful experience as a manager. He's shown at many clubs, including this club here, that he can get the best out of players.

    "There's maybe deeper rooted issues and problems in Scottish football. I haven't been here long enough to see what they might be.

    "But when you're the manager you're always under the spotlight. He's a good guy whenever I've spoken to him and he's certainly got a good knowledge of football both domestic and international."

    Brendan Rodgers
  9. Dembele on Dembele

    Premiership player of the month Moussa Dembele says the players didn't want to kick 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele when he was promoted to train with the first team.

    Read the story.

  10. Hartley stays clear of Scotland debate

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland at Dens Park

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley refused to comment on Scotland or the position of Gordon Strachan at his media conference ahead of Saturday's game against Hearts.

    "I think everybody has had their say on it. I won't be one of them," said the Dundee manager.

    "I don't want to talk about Scotland and Gordon Strachan. I just want to concentrate on my game at the weekend. I think (those who have voiced their opinion) are entitled to have their say but I won't be one of them."

    Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee, manager Gordon Strachan and Dundee boss Paul Hartley
  11. Who'll get through in the Irn-Bru?

    The Scottish Professional Football League has confirmed dates and kick-off times for the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-finals. They are as follows:

    Saturday 12 November

    Dunfermline Athletic v Dundee United

    Live on Premier Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

    Queen of the South v Alloa Athletic

    Kick-off 3.00pm

    Sunday 13 November

    St Mirren v Ayr United

    Live on Premier Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

    Livingston v The New Saints

    Live on BBC ALBA and S4C, kick-off 4.05pm

  12. Dembele picks up September award

  13. That old chestnut

    Atlantic League, anyone? 

    The idea has been doing the rounds since 1999 and it's back on the agenda again, with news that a group of leading clubs from countries including Scotland, Denmark and the Netherlands are in talks to create a new trans-European league in response to recent proposals to change the format of the Champions League. 

    "If we don't act now, we will see the biggest clubs grow bigger and stronger, while clubs like ours will have increasingly difficult terms," FC Copenhagen's managing director Anders Horsholt told newspaper BT. 

    Horsholt is suggesting that teams playing in a new set-up might have to drop out of their domestic leagues.

    Scotland or Europe? It's just like politics, football.

  14. Strachan - a pundit or a manager?

    David Pleat didn't hold back in his assessment of the Scotland manager when on BBC 5live last night...

  15. McGhee bullish about Scotland's chances

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

    Gordon Strachan's assistant Mark McGhee says Scotland still have a great chance of qualifying for the World Cup despite the qualifying defeat to Slovakia. 

    Strachan is understood to be considering his position and will have discussions with the Scottish FA in the coming days. 

    McGhee says he hasn't spoken to the the national manager since returning from Slovakia yesterday. 

    "Gordon has his own thoughts but I still think we have a great chance of qualification," he said. 

    "Obviously results have to improve but I think there is the potential for that to happen."

  16. Now, if Strachan should go...

  17. Booth sure of seeing slicker City

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    Glasgow City manager Scott Booth has told BBC Scotland his side need to be more positive in the second leg of their Champions League last-32 tie against Swedish side Eskilstuna United but that he's confident they will progress. 

    City are 1-0 down after last week's match in Sweden but Booth believes being at home tonight will help them into the last 16. 

    "We're confident because we've got a really good side," he said.

    "We know that they are a quality side but given the problems that we caused them in the first leg, and that we are at home, I think that we can go one step further. We need to be more positive." 

    Record goalscorer Julie Fleeting is out tonight through injury but while admitting that's something of a setback for City Booth believes others can take her place. 

    He said: "It's always a blow when you don't have Julie because she can score goals and has so much experience. But we do have lots of goals in the side and have got players who can attack and have pace. We feel confident."

    Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth
  18. 'You've got to a-a-accent-uate the positive'

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson believes Scotland can still reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

    At his club's media conference he said: "We are still in the group. We still have a chance of qualifying. There is a huge game coming up at Wembley so let's try and get behind the team and not be too negative about it. 

    "I hope Gordon is still in charge. He has done a good job. Everybody talks about changing this and changing that. Let's be positive and try and get the team together and go to Wembley and get the three points. 

    "We are only three games into a campaign. We have a lot of good young players coming through. If you look at the Slovakian team the midfield three are playing at Sampdoria, AC Milan and Napoli. They have 90-odd caps and we expect to turn these teams over. It's going to take time for these young players to progress to a level where we are going to qualify consistently."

    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
    Image caption: The message from Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson this morning was to banish the negativity about the national team
  19. Let's talk - Strachan will discuss future with SFA

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    BBC Scotland has learned that Gordon Strachan will hold discussions with the Scottish Football Association in the next few days to review recent results as speculation continues about his future. The Scotland manager is understood to be considering his position following the recent 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Slovakia. Strachan signed a two-year deal in the summer after failing to lead the national side to the Euro2016 finals. 

  20. On the back pages

    We have a meaty Scottish gossip column for your perusal this morning, with the debate about the Scotland manager's position dominating the back pages of the newspapers. Here's a nibble:

    • Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes Scotland's football woes run deeper than who is in charge of the national team and that sacking boss Gordon Strachan is not the answer
    • "A hard-working group who have given their all, but (they) are limited" - Ally McCoist's assessment of the Scotland players
    • Bookmakers' favourite Paul Lambert shrugs off talk of him replacing Gordon Strachan and says "anything can happen" when Scotland play England at Wembley
    • Dundee's Yordi Teijsse admits he is struggling to adapt to life in the city.

    Read the Scottish gossip column.

    Gossip column