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Summary

  1. Rodgers says his ambition is for Celtic, not him
  2. Rangers chairman Dave King calls for prudence and patience
  3. SFA backs NSPCC campaign on player abuse
  4. Four Scottish Cup ties postponed

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By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bellsdale Park, Beith

    Nine Scottish Cup ties are called off because of freezing temperatures, with five being postponed after Saturday inspections.

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  2. Goodbye - for now

    That's all from us for today folks. Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland us some more football chat starting in a few minutes, plus live commentary of tonight's Pro12 rugby game between Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys.

    Join us tomorrow for what remains of the Scottish football programme following another night of freezing tempartures. So far, we still have four Scottish Premiership games at the very least.

  3. Imrie not stopping at 400

    Hamilton Academical midfielder Dougie Imrie has no plans to slow down as he prepares for his 400th professional career appearance. 

    "I'm 33 now and I feel as fit as I have ever been," he said ahead of Saturday's trip to face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. 

    "I've never really had a bad injury, I always seem to be really fit, which helps as well, and hopefully I have the opportunity here to keep playing.

    "I keep on the move all the time and I've started doing a bit of coaching here, so that keeps me moving as well.

    "I was pretty late into the game, I didn't turn professional until I was 22, so to get to 400 games is great.

    "Hopefully I have a good few years' left. I still feel fit enough so, you never know, I may get to 500." 

    Dougie Imrie
  4. Fisher happy to catch new deal

    Striker Alex Fisher feels Inverness Caledonian Thistle will get the best out of him now that he has been handed a contract extension until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old arrived at the club in January for Torquay United but only made three appearances before an ankle injury ended his campaign last season. 

    "It's nice to have the extra security until the end of the season," said Fisher. 

    "I feel like I've worked hard and I feel like it's just reward for the effort I've put in. 

    "I've now got a real good chance to stake a claim for a regular first-team starting place.

    "I love the area, I like the team. I've got a very good relationship with the manager, probably the best I've had, and it all comes together and makes me feel very comfortable as an individual.

    "When a player is comfortable I think it gets the best out of them, and I feel that's what's happening to me."

    Alex Fisher
  5. Paterson only first to head south?

    Don Cowie thinks it may not be long before Scotland right-back Callum Paterson is leading a Tynecastle exodus to England. 

    The 22-year-old was the subject of a failed bid from Wigan Athletic this summer and, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson could sell in January. 

    But Cowie thinks wingers Jamie Walker and Sam Nicholson, as well as defender John Souttar, are also capable of playing at a high level down south. 

    "When I first came here 10 months ago, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the young Scottish lads here," said the Hearts midfielder. 

    "Whenever anyone asks me about them, I say 'they could go to England'. 

    "Callum is definitely in that bracket. It's only a matter of time before that happens. 

    "Jamie, by his own standards, has not been at his best these past few weeks, but he was outstanding against Hamilton and is another who could definitely go and play in England. 

    "Your Nicholsons and Souttars will be next too. They all have great attitudes and I've got no doubts that's where they will end up."

    Callum Paterson celebrates scoring for Hearts
    Image caption: Callum Paterson is a consistent scorer from right-back
  6. Reynolds confident ahead of final

    Mark Reynolds believes Aberdeen "can do something special" against Celtic in Sunday's Scottish League Cup final against Celtic at Hampden Park. 

    The Dons have lost twice to the Premiership leaders this season and go into the game as underdogs against a side unbeaten domestically this season. 

    But 29-year-old Reynolds said: "Celtic are the form team in Scotland and they have been there many times before, but we feel that, over 90 minutes, we can more than give them a game. 

    "There is a confidence in our changing-room because of the ability we have in there. 

    "The fact we have beaten Celtic in recent seasons gives us belief that we can do it again and I feel we have given a good account of ourselves against them this season."

    Mark Reynolds with the Scottish League Cup
  7. Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Brendan Rodgers says winning the Scottish League Cup would be more important for Celtic than his own career.

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  8. Football coaching 'perfect position' for paedophiles

    Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin has told the John Beattie programme on BBC Radio Scotland that he was "shocked but not even slightly surprised" about the news that has emerged about the sexual abuse of young players.

    He said: "Historically, it's been around. You've heard whispers about it for many, many years. Why should football be any different from any other sport that has been targeted by predatory paedophiles? It's almost the perfect position from them to operate.

    "It's where they are in a position of power and where they are trusted.

    "I wouldn't suspect this will be one, two or three coaches throughout the country, England even."

  9. Rangers fans share thoughts on AGM

  10. Cup ambition for Celtic, not me - Rodgers

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says winning the Scottish League Cup on Sunday would not give him any personal satisfaction.

    If Celtic beat Aberdeen, it'll be Rodgers' first trophy as a manager, but he stressed that he would not define his career in terms of silverware.

    "My ambition is for Celtic, not me," he said. "A lot of great coaches don't get the opportunity to win trophies, but it doesn't make them less good as coaches."

    Winger Scott Sinclair will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness, but striker Leigh Griffiths is definitely fit to play.

  11. Beith v Morton postponed

    Morton's visit to Beith in the Scottish Cup will have to wait. The pitch is unplayable. The Ton say the game will now be played on Saturday 3 December at 13:30 GMT, so their Championship match at Raith Rovers will be postponed.

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  12. The North Face of Bellsdale Park

    Is it just the angle of the photo or are the Morton players going to need crampons and an ice axe if they are playing up the hill against Beith? If it goes ahead, that is...

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  13. Shinnie confident that Dons can beat Celtic

    Betfred Cup final: Aberdeen v Celtic (15:00 GMT)

    Defender Graeme Shinnie believes Aberdeen can find the perfect performance to hand Celtic their first domestic defeat of the season in Sunday's Betfred Cup final at Hampden. 

    Brendan Rodgers' side have taken 34 from 36 points in the Premiership and are odds-on to win their sixth successive league title. 

    But the Dons left-back said: "I know the team has got it in them.

    "Celtic have started the season really well but for us, preparation-wise, the last two games have been perfect.

    "We have played really well, all the boys are high on confidence going into the game (and) on the back of scoring three goals as well is brilliant.

    "They are in good form, confidence is high in our camp as well so it makes for a good game."

    Aberdeen left-back holds the Betfred Cup
  14. SFA backs NSPCC campaign

    The Scottish FA is supporting a campaign to encourage anyone with knowledge of child abuse in football to speak out.

    It has backed a dedicated NSPCC helpline set up for victims of sexual abuse in the game.

    The move comes after a number of former players in England revealed they were abused by coaches as youngsters.

    The charity told BBC Scotland it had received calls from across the UK since it was launched on Thursday.

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  15. Don't forget to make your predictions

    Sportscene pundit Steven Thompson previews the weekend's Premiership matches, giving you some top tips for the Predictor...with some prompting from Sportscene host Jonathan Sutherland.

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    Video caption: Steven Thompson's Premiership Predictions