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Summary

  1. Leigh Griffiths gives backing to Gordon Strachan
  2. Reaction after Celtic lose to Borussia Monchengladbach
  3. Alan Archibald no longer in running for Shrewsbury

Live Reporting

By Andrew Southwick and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Aberdeen look for big game edge against Morton

    Manager Derek McInnes hopes Aberdeen's big match experience will give his side the edge in Saturday's League Cup semi-final against Morton.

    This is the Dons' third League Cup semi-final in four seasons, with McInnes lifting the trophy in 2014.

    They have also finished second behind Premiership champions Celtic for two years in a row.

    "In trying to sustain a challenge over the past couple of seasons, a lot of games were must win," said McInnes. "We've handled the majority of them pretty well.

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    Graeme Shinnie and Adam Rooney
  2. Brown laughs off Barton absence

    The build-up to Sunday's Old Firm derby in the Scottish League Cup semi-final has been lacking the verbal jousting that accompanied their Premiership meeting earlier this season.

    Mainly because of the absence of one Joey Barton.

    Ahead of that previous game, the English midfielder had suggested that Brown was "not even in my league" - only for the former Scotland international to retort after Rangers' 5-1 humbling that it had been "men against boys".

    Barton has since been hit with a club suspension for a training-ground row and looks unlikely to play again for Rangers.

    Asked if he was sad not to come up against Barton again, a laughing Brown said: "I was waiting on that one. It was only a matter of time. I wondered who was going to ask that. Yeh!"

    With that, he left, a broad smile lighting up his face. Read into that what you will.

    Rangers' Joey Barton tackles Celtic's Scott Brown
    Image caption: Joey Barton played second fiddle to Scott Brown despite this tackle
  3. Scotland v Netherlands

    Kick-off: 19:00 BST

    Scotland's women face Netherlands at Livingston's Tony Macaroni Arena as part of their preparation for the Euro 2017 finals, which will be hosted by the Dutch.

    Multi-capped duo Kim Little and Rachel Corsie have been left out of Anna Signeul's squad because of injuries.

    But uncapped forward Zoe Ness and midfielder Erin Cuthbert are included, while defender Frankie Brown returns to the squad after long-term injury.

    Scotland Women reached their first major tournament before last month's final qualifier against Iceland - a match Signeul's side won 2-1 - and the team boss will be prioritising another confidence-boosting win ahead of any experimentation.

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    Scotland women
  4. Brown retains European hopes

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has not given up hope of the Glasgow side extending their stay in European football into 2017 despite Wednesday's 2-0 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach.

    It leaves Brendan Rodgers' team bottom of their Champions League group.

    "It was a bit disappointing, but they are a great team," said midfielder Brown. "The way they played out from the back up the strikers and their midfield movement - it was exceptional. 

    "We've still got a chance to get European football after Christmas, but it is going to be hard and we are going to need to dig deep and hope that results go our way."

    Brown recognises that it will be difficult for Celtic to win in the return game in Germany but added: "We have now seen the way they play. 

    "Going away from home has always been difficult for us in the Champions League, but it is a different manager now and hopefully we can go there and do something."

    Rangers captain Lee Wallace and Celtic counterpart Scott Brown
    Image caption: Scott Brown (right) was talking ahead of Sunday's League Cup semi-final
  5. Berra's better, says big Mick

    Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan doesn't appear to agree, but Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy thinks Christophe Berra is the best defender in England's Championship.

    Central defence has been Scotland's Achilles heel in recent seasons and, while Berra has been regularly included in Strachan's squads, the 31-year-old has found himself behind three other Championship players in the pecking order.

    Norwich City's Russell Martin and Newcastle United's Grant Hanley are Strachan's preferred pairing, while Blackburn Rovers' Gordon Greer has tended to be drafted in as third choice.

    But McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk: "Berra is the best defender in the league, for me, without a doubt.

    "He's just outstanding, he's big and powerful and wins it in the air, he's quick, he blocks things and is good at defending corners."

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    Christophe Berra (right) in action for Ipswich against QPR
    Image caption: Christophe Berra (right) has 33 caps for Scotland
  6. Kilday up for big day

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Greenock Morton captain Lee Kilday insists he is fit and ready to face Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup semi- final despite being on the sidelines for four weeks through injury.Morton warmed up for their first major cup semi-final in 35 years by hammering Championship leaders Queen of the South at the weekend."I just started back training this, so hopefully I can get back in the team," said 24-year-old defender Kilday."I feel fit enough, but the boys have been doing well and that is up to the gaffer."  

    Morton defender Lee Kilday
    Image caption: Lee Kilday has returned to training this week after injury
  7. Brown expects closer battle with Old Firm rivals Rangers

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scott Brown says he expects the result to be a lot closer between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday than the last time the two sides met. 

    The Parkhead side beat their rivals 5-1 in the league last month but captain Brown expects the weekend League Cup semi-final to be much tighter. 

    He also says victory would go some way to healing the wounds after Celtic's Champions League defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach last night. 

    Scott Brown (right) and Joey Barton
  8. Alan Archibald has 'unfinished business' at Partick Thistle

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Firhill boss says he is open to a move to English football at some point, but for now he is happy in Glasgow.

    "It interests me, I've said that before. It's something I want to do down the line but I still think I've got unfinished business here in keeping the team in the division the last few seasons and hopefully we can do that again.

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald

    "You've got to make sure it's right on all counts at the club and make sure you are going to a club that suits.

    "You've got to take everything into consideration - who you're working with and the relationships you've got. It's not just about going to what might seem a bigger club but you've got to learn about the infrastructure and everything about it. 

    "I didn't get to speak to the club so I don't know anything about it. My full concentration is on Partick Thistle. I've got a good job here and they've been good with me over the last few years."

  9. Archibald will take charge of Partick v Ross County

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald does not expect to have any personal contact with Shrewsbury Town about their managerial vacancy. 

    The 38-year-old has assured Jags fans that he will be in the Firhill dug-out for Saturday's match against Ross County. 

    "The club mentioned the other day that there had been an approach and the club's spoke and that's as far as it went," Archibald told BBC Scotland.

    "For me it's put to bed. It's flattering that somebody was interested."

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald
  10. 'Short' Griffiths understands Strachan dilemna

    Griffiths responded to remarks attributed to Strachan suggesting he he might prefer taller strikers because they were more useful at defending set-pieces.

    The Scotland boss has come under increasing pressure to play Griffiths, who scored 40 goals for Celtic last season and has eight this term, as his main forward.

    "It's one of those things," said the 5ft 8in frontman. "I think the fans are crying out for me to start, but ultimately it's not my decision, it's Gordon's.

    Leigh Griffiths

    "He's got to pick from a pool of 25 for his starting XI - he's also got to leave players out. I can understand it's a difficult job.

    "I'm sure the comments were taken out of context. But I have a laugh about it. I'm not too worried about it.

    "I'm short and I don't need anyone else to tell me that. But, if you put the ball in the box, I'm the first one to be challenging for it."

    Read:Celtic's Leigh Griffiths '100%' behind Gordon Strachan for Scotland job

  11. Scotland fall 13 places

    Scotland have dropped 13 places in the latest world rankings issued by world governing body Fifa. 

    Gordon Strachan's side have fallen to 57th place. 

    The Scots have been overtaken by World Cup qualifying group rivals Slovenia, who have jumped 15 places to 52nd. 

    England remain at 12th, Slovakia are up two to 26th, while Lithuania have made the biggest jump - 19 places to 98th. 

    Wales remain the highest-placed British Isles team but have fallen one spot to 11th, Republic of Ireland are down two places to 33rd, leapfrogging Northern Ireland, who have fallen six places to 36th.

    Adam Nemec (left) of Slovakia celebrates scoring against Scotland
    Image caption: Scotland lost 3-0 in Slovakia in their latest World Cup qualifier
  12. Rodgers backs at-fault Toure

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said no-one would be hurting more than Kolo Toure after the 2-0 Champions League defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach.

    The 35-year-old Ivorian defender was at fault for goals from Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn as the German side secured their first points of the group stage.

    Toure blamed himself for the defeat.

    "He's an honest player, so tonight will hurt him," said Rodgers. "He's also a warrior and a guy who's mentally very tough and he will recover."

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    Video caption: Brendan Rodgers says Borussia Monchengladbach were worth their 2-0 Champions League win.
  13. Griffiths '100%' behind Strachan

    Leigh Griffiths insists Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan is the right man for the job despite being overlooked for a starting place.

    The Celtic striker was on the bench for the draw with Lithuania and defeat by Slovakia, results that had many pundits and fans questioning Strachan's future in the post.

    But, asked if he thought the former Celtic boss should remain in charge for for next month's World Cup qualifier against England, the 26-year-old said: "100%.

    "Everybody's calling for the manager to resign or be sacked, but there's no doubt in my mind that he's the man to try and get us to Russia.

    "His training's great, the way he is with his players is magic, his man-management skills are second to none and who else could you bring in to replace him at this stage?"

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    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan and Leigh Griffiths
    Image caption: Gordon Strachan is under pressure to pick Leigh Griffiths
  14. Thursday's Scottish gossip

    Celtic and Rangers were ready to join a "Euroleague" 17 years ago that would have rivalled the Champions League for financial might until news leaked out, according to Dutch agent Rob Jansen. (Daily Record)

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton admits he went into hiding after his side's 5-1 Scottish Premiership defeat by Celtic and believes there will be no repeat of that scoreline in the League Cup semi-final against their Glasgow rivals. (Daily Record)

    Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Hearts defender John Souttar and have had the 20-year-old watched on several occasions. (The Sun, print edition)

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Gordon Strachan as Scotland head coach after odds were slashed on the former Rangers midfielder. (Press & Journal)

    Read all Thursday's gossip here.

    Scottish Gossip
  15. Welcome

    Good morning and welcome to today's Scottish football live page.

    We will have all the reaction from last night's Champions League clash at Celtic Park, plus all the latest news as it happens.