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Summary

  1. Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson travels to MK Dons to agree personal terms
  2. Craig Levein seeks 'young, intelligent, enthusiastic' candidate to succeed Neilson
  3. Gary Naysmith new manager at Queen of the South
  4. Championship: Dundee United v Hibernian (19:45 GMT)

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By Thomas McGuigan, Colin Moffat and Andrew Southwick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Hats off to Hibs

    Scott Davie

    BBC Scotland

    Hibernian are getting into the festive spirit by putting out green Santa hats for their 2,700 strong away support this evening at Tannadice.

    We'll have coverage of Dundee United v Hibs (kick off 19:45) on BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

    Santa hats
  2. Done deal for Neilson

    Robbie Neilson has officially been announced as the new manager at MK Dons.

  3. Samson seeks home comfort against Celtic

    Goalkeeper Craig Samson is looking for Motherwell to utilise home advantage and make it third time lucky against Celtic in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. 

    Motherwell have been beaten 5-0 and 2-0 at Celtic Park this season.

    However, Samson insists Fir Park can give Mark McGhee's side an edge as they look to become the first Scottish team to beat the league leaders and Betfred Cup winners this season. 

    "We have got to take our home form into it and hopefully get something out of the game here," he said. "You just want to play in front of your home fans, it is not Celtic Park being more daunting. At Celtic there is 60,000 fans there that want you to get beat whereas here it is a lot different. We have our fans there, wanting us to win. There is not as much noise from them and it does make a difference. 

    "Everybody would rather play at home than play away from home. It is your own surroundings, some of them won't have played here before. That is something we can hopefully take advantage of and get a result." 

    Motherwell goalkeeper Craig Samson
  4. Stands ownership passing to Caley Thistle

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The spirit of Christmas seems to be in full force in the Highlands with Inverness CT receiving an offer to gift ownership of their stands from Tulloch Homes.

    Tulloch’s built the north and south stands in 2004-05, leasing the stadium to the club since then.

    If accepted, the club will assume immediate ownership of the three stands - which cost over £6m to build.

    “It is a truly magnificent offer,” said chairman Kenny Cameron. “It gives us great confidence in our future and will enable us to invest in other aspects of the club.

    “The progress of the club to its present position would not have been possible without the company’s ongoing generosity and this offer represents the latest chapter in a relationship which has greatly benefitted the club."

    Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
  5. Rangers have to get better - Warburton

    Mark Warburton has backed his Rangers players to bounce back from the midweek defeat by Hearts.

    The Rangers boss put the 2-0 loss at Tynecastle down to "a bad day at the office".

    "The fact is it's a tough division and points don't come easy," he said. 

    "Yes, you may beat two teams around you but if you lose the next four games against teams lower than you, it's irrelevant. 

    "Dropping points hurts, especially at a club like Rangers. Dropping any points hurts." 

    "The players are an honest group. They are the first to admit, we are the first to admit, that we didn't go through the movements in a dynamic enough fashion to get the results we were after. 

    "There is no lack of belief. We are asking players to be brave, and maybe try things they are not used to. But the fact is they wouldn't come here if they weren't good enough to do it..."

    Rangers boss Mark Warburton
    Image caption: "Dropping points hurts," says Rangers boss Mark Warburton

    Rangers host Aberdeen at Ibrox tomorrow and midfielder Andy Halliday says the Ibrox side must raise their game.

    "It's key that we need to start faster in games because the first 10-15 minutes, in our opinion, is too slow a tempo," he said. "Something has to change."

  6. Hearts working at 'seamless' transition

    Asked whether leaving Scotland's top flight to join MK Dons in English League One was a step down, Hearts director of football Craig Levein said: "I don't want to be disrespectful to MK Dons. 

    "They have a bigger stadium than us and have the potential to be a big team. But he [Robbie Neilson] goes with my best wishes. On a personal level I really like him. 

    "The amount of work he put in here to take us back to where we should be I will be eternally grateful. Once he had made his mind up, for me to try to persuade him... I don't know if you know Robbie but he is very much his own man. 

    "At some point we had an idea this would happen so we are working away behind the scenes to try to make it as seamless as possible."

    Outgoing Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
    Image caption: "Robbie is very much his own man," says Craig Levein
  7. Hearts director of football Craig Levein

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "I haven't spoken to Robbie today. I know last night we agreed terms with MK Dons and I assume he is signing his contract today. 

    "Robbie is a very logical person and he explained to me he has always wanted to manage at the top level in England.

    "And he explained to me that if he could go down to England in a good stable job, and do a good job, he saw that as his pathway. Whether I agree with him or not is irrelevant."

    Hearts' director of football Craig Levein and outgoing head coach Robbie Neilson
    Image caption: Neilson wants to manage "at the top level," Levein revealed