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Summary

  1. SFA expected to appoint Malky Mackay as its new performance director
  2. Celtic extend lead at top of Premiership to 11 points
  3. Aberdeen v Motherwell abandoned because of floodlight failure
  4. Clubs discuss travel compensation for supporters

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By Thomas McGuigan and Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    That's all from us today. Please join us again tomorrow for more live Scottish football news coverage.

    Tune in to Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online from 18:30 GMT, when Kenny Macintyre and guests will be discussing Malky Mackay's expected appointment as Scottish FA performance director.

  2. Warburton backs Mackay for SFA role

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes Malky Mackay will do “a great job” if appointed as the Scottish FA’s performance director.

    The former Cardiff City manager is expected to be confirmed in the role tomorrow, to succeed Brian McClair and be tasked with implementing the Project Brave review into youth development in Scotland.

    Warburton was assistant academy director at Watford when Mackay was manager at Vicarage Road, and he insists his friend has the necessary attributes for what is an administrative rather than a coaching role.

    The Rangers manager also criticised media reports referring back to text messages containing discriminatory language that Mackay exchanged with his former Cardiff City colleague Iain Moody. Mackay apologised when the texts were revealed in 2014 and has since voluntarily attended equality and diversity training with the English FA, who also conducted an investigation and did not discipline Mackay or Moody for the “private communications”.

    "I know Malky very well,” Warburton said. “He's a football man through and through. I've read some shocking statements about Malky. I get very disappointed when I see people copying and pasting articles from three-and-a-half years ago. I think that's lazy journalism.

    "But I do know Malky's integrity, I know he's an honest football person. I've watched him work with young players and old players and he's a first-class football man. He's very knowledgeable, very articulate. He's good on the grass, good in the boardroom. He's a very smart guy and I know he'll do a great job for the SFA.

    "Has Malky got the organisational skills? Is he smart enough? Absolutely – but it is a long-term project by the very nature of its title."

    Mark Warburton
    Image caption: Warburton worked with Mackay at Watford
  3. Post update

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  4. Rodgers' Celtic measuring up

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    Brendan Rodgers’ impact on Celtic can be measured in several ways. He has already won the Scottish League Cup with a team mostly made up of players who were at the club under his predecessor Ronny Deila, but this season can also be measured in historical terms.

    In the contemporary era, this is Celtic’s best start to a domestic campaign, outperforming the exploits of Martin O’Neill’s side in 2003-04. That team drew their opening league game of the season, at Dunfermline, then won their next 16 domestic games before losing a League Cup tie to Hibernian.

    In the 17-game run, they scored 53 goals (3.1 goals per game) and conceded seven (0.4 goals per game). 

    Rodgers’ side has won 18, and drawn one, of the opening 19 domestic matches, scoring 55 goals (2.9 goals per game) and conceding 12 (0.6 goals per game).

    They do still have some way to go to overtake O’Neill’s 03-04 team’s record in the league. After drawing that opening game, they won 25 consecutive Scottish Premier League matches.

    Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Rodgers remains unbeaten domestically as Celtic manager
  5. Mark McGhee

    Mark McGhee will serve the second match of his touchline ban against St Johnstone after Motherwell's meeting with Aberdeen was abandoned.

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  6. Why do the SFA want Malky Mackay for development role?

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    "As he prepares to shape the future of youth development in Scotland as the Scottish FA's new performance director, Malky Mackay cannot rely upon personal experience alone.

    "His journey into professional football involved playing as an amateur for Queen's Park while working in a bank, the kind of circumstances that current academy players would balk at."

    Read more of Richard's thoughts on the expected appointment here 

    Malky Mackay
    Image caption: The SFA is expected to appoint Malky Mackay on Thursday
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    Airdrieonians sell out of replica shirts in 35 minutes after the club's supporters' trust sponsor the kit and pay tribute to a fan.

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  8. SFA to appoint Mackay in development role

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Scottish FA is expected to appoint Malky Mackay as its new performance director on Thursday.

    The former Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan boss will succeed Brian McClair who stepped down in July this year after 17 months in the role.

    Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language.

    The Scot apologised for his actions and stated a desire to return to football.

    Equality campaigners Show Racism The Red Card have backed the potential appointment, while SNP MSP Clare Haughey has urged the SFA against the move, arguing it would sent out the wrong message.

    At the time of McClair's exit, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said the role "requires a different style of leadership and focus".

    Malky Mackay
    Image caption: Malky Mackay is expected to succeed Brian McClair in the role
  9. Motherwell captain Keith Lasley

    Floodlight failure at Pittodrie

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Keith Lasley has been speaking to me about last night's floodlight failure at Pittodrie.

    "I was thinking that [being a qualified electrician] at night-time it would have been time and a half and that would have been a nice little earner," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    "There were a few suggestions from my team-mates to get myself up there and take a wee look at the generator but my manager warned against that on health and safety grounds. 

    "I think I’ll start taking my tools to the game now just in case.

    "I’m knackered! We still got back quite late - it was after midnight before we got back down the road. Although it wasn’t a full game it was still a late night and I’m sure it was for the fans as well. But no long lies in this house - I was up early on the school run. 

    "It [the floodlight failure] happened so early in the match, then to go back in and back out. You think about injuries maybe becoming a problem with it being so stop-start so it was a strange experience. 

    "Once the lights went out a second time you did have the feeling that was it. Hopefully everything can be done to compensate the fans."

    Motherwell captain Keith Lasley
    Image caption: "Once the lights went out a second time you did have the feeling that was it..."
  10. Hamilton seek to 'build' on display

    Celtic 1-0 Hamilton Accies

    "We performed well and worked really hard, we were disciplined, kept our shape well and limited Celtic to not a lot," said Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning.

    "We did what we hoped we could do, stay in the game for long enough to make the last 10, 15 minutes uncomfortable and give ourselves and opportunity to take something from the game. A couple of times we were unfortunate, we got into decent areas and didn't quite make the most of it.

    "Scott McMann was magnificent for a young kid, it's his first time coming here, and Ross Cunningham comes on at the end as well. We need to build on that."

    Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning
    Image caption: "We did what we hoped we could do"
  11. Celtic missing 'dynamic' players

    Celtic 1-0 Hamilton Accies

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admitted his side fell short of the standards they have set this season but praised the players' attitude in beating Hamilton.

    Leigh Griffiths scored the only goal as the champions made it 10 Premiership victories in a row.

    Celtic are now 11 points clear at the top of the table.

    "It wasn't at the level we've been for a lot of the season but the mentality of the players was very strong," Rodgers told BBC Scotland.

    "We weren't as fluent as we normally are, the pitch is slow, it looks a little bit heavy so it affects the speed of our game. But we had chances to be a lot more comfortable.

    "Of course when its 1-0 late in the game, they've got nothing to lose, but give credit to Hamilton, they played with a back five, a diamond in midfield with one up front and really condensed the space.

    "We're missing a lot of our real dynamic players in terms of James Forrest and Scott Sinclair, so we're having to find different ways to play."  

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: "We weren't as fluent as we normally are..."
  12. Let there be light?

    Floodlight failure at Pittodrie

    Aberdeen and Motherwell's Premiership encounter last night was abandoned because of floodlight failure at Pittodrie.

    The lights in the stadium had been running on a generator following recent power problems in the area but went out at one end after six minutes.

    After an 18-minute break, play resumed at 0-0 but, almost immediately, the ground plunged into near darkness.

    Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser told BBC Scotland: "We brought in two generators and tested them - they've be working fine for the last week and a half, but tonight the generator tripped.

    "We powered it up again but when it tripped again, we had no option but to call the game off.

    "We can only apologise to both sets of supporters."

    With the December schedule already packed, it is unlikely the game will be replayed before January's winter break.

    "It is outwith our control and Aberdeen's as well," said Motherwell chief operating officer Alan Burrows.

    "At Motherwell we have had problems with floodlights in the past too, so they have my sympathy. Unfortunately, these things happen.

    "My sympathy is with the Motherwell fans and we will see what we can do in terms of helping them with travel for coming back up here for whenever the game is played again. We will discuss the options with them.

    "The key thing is the safety of the players and the people in the ground. I think it is the right decision by Aberdeen, and they made it promptly. These things happen unfortunately, we just have to get on with it."

  13. Griffiths on target for league leaders

    Celtic 1-0 Hamilton Accies

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    Celtic restored their 11-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership with victory over Hamilton.

    Accies' former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati wasted a free header from a corner before the hosts scored.

    Tom Rogic put Moussa Dembele clear and he unselfishly set up strike partner Leigh Griffiths to slot home.

    Both wasted further chances either side of half-time and Stuart Armstrong and Rogic also went close before Eamonn Brophy missed a late chance for Accies.

  14. Good morning

    Welcome to Wednesday's edition of our Scottish football news live page. We'll have reaction to last night's Premiership action - both on and off the park - and developments across the day's biggest stories.