Not all of next Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round ties involving Scottish sides will be kicking off at the same time.
Celtic’s match with Riga in Latvia and Rangers’ away tie with Dutch side Willem II get going at 18:00 BST, Hapoel Beer Sheva v Motherwell in Israel starts at 18:30 and Aberdeen’s match in Lisbon with Sporting kicks off at 20:00.
- Riga v Celtic (18:00)
- Willem II v Rangers (18:00)
- Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Motherwell (18:30)
- Sporting Lisbon v Aberdeen (20:00)
Shane Duffy has scored in each of his two Celtic performances so far and told the media yesterday he feels he “can literally score in every game if the deliveries are right”.
“I knew coming here we were
going to get a lot more corners and free-kicks,” he added.
“There’s no target really –
just game by game and see how many I can get and hopefully it helps the
Watch Sportscene this weekend for your full-time scores and Scottish Premiership highlights.
Sportscene’s results round-up is on BBC One Scotland from 16:30 BST on Saturday.
And, a little later at 19:30 on the BBC Scotland channel, you can watch Sportscene highlights of Saturday’s Premiership games.
Then, at 19:15 on Sunday on BBC Scotland, there will be highlights of Aberdeen v Motherwell and Hibernian v Rangers in the final Sportscene of the weekend.
All three programmes are also available on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
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Dundee are in talks to sign former Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell striker
The 28-year-old has
spent the past two years playing in Turkish football.
Ciftci left United back in 2015 after completing a £1.5m switch to Celtic.
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St Johnstone face three lower league sides in the League Cup – Brechin City, Kelty Hearts and Peterhead – with their first match against Kelty away on 6 October, and Davidson hopes safety protocols followed by lower league sides will be stringent enough to prevent any further issues.
“You would like to think the governing bodies or whoever is deciding makes sure it’s a safe return for the Betfred Cup,” Davidson added.
“That’s what I want, and I think that’s what everybody wants. We don’t want any games called off with multiple cases of Covid-19.
“You want to know everyone is safe, everyone is doing the right things so the games can take place and we can go ahead with the Betfred Cup.”
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One of Sunday’s fixtures pitches Hibernian, with five wins from seven, against a Rangers side that have won six of their first seven league games and are yet to concede a goal in this season’s Scottish Premiership.
Manager Jack Ross does not believe Sunday’s match will define Hibs’ season but he acknowledges it will present “a good barometer because for where we want to get to”.
“We’ve set lofty ambitions and challenges to the players,” said Ross.
“We need to win games like this Sunday
against that level of opposition because Rangers’ form and results this season
have been outstanding, so we understand that we know the depth of the challenge
but we know in terms of where it sits us for the rest of the season it is
“It won’t define it but it is significant for us, we need to go and
produce in these types of matches and produce results in these types of matches
Ross has added Stephen McGinn to his squad this week but is without Jamie Murphy against the winger’s parent club while Scott Allan has been struggling with a health issue.
Good afternoon. Thanks to Scott for today’s Europa League updates.
The BBC Sport Scotland office was a hive of excitement last night as Aberdeen, Motherwell and Rangers progressed to the third qualifying round and all three and Celtic have some exciting ties to look forward to on Thursday.
And, as we now know, the Scottish quartet know who they could potentially face in the play-off round.
But, before all that, there’s some domestic action on the menu this weekend…
Right, folks. The time has come for me to bid you farewell and pass you over to Andy Campbell who will guide you into the weekend.
I’m off for a celebratory Europa League draw biscuit. It’s a bit dry…
Bye for now.
Scott McMann insists depleted Hamilton will not travel to Kilmarnock on
Saturday with pre-packed excuses.
Boss Brian Rice will be without eight players for the Premiership match at
Four players, one of whom is defender Lee Hodson, will miss out due to Covid-19
issues while another four are injured leaving Rice unlikely to field a full
The 24-year-old defender said: “We are not looking to make any excuses. We
have plenty of players to choose from so no excuses. Obviously it’s not ideal preparation going into the match on Saturday but all
we can do is focus on the game at the weekend. That’s the most important thing.
“I think most teams are going to experience something like with us throughout
“Again, what we can do is just deal with it. Obviously we’d rather not be in a
situation but we’ll deal with it and look forward to the weekend.”
Hibernian’s Alex Gogic is back into the swing of things today after returning from isolation due to a false positive Covid-19 test
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St Johnstone manager Callum Davidsonis remaining hopeful that the season can avoid any kind of suspension despite a growing number of players
testing positive for Covid-19.
But the Perth boss admits it will become a difficult issue for clubs if
“four or five” of their players catch the virus.
“It’s for the SPFL and the governing body to decide what the best
course of action is and they will take the appropriate steps,” Davidson said.
“I think if you get a lot of clubs getting people out, can’t train, isolating, then it might become an issue. But that’s for further down the line, hopefully not.”
“I’m a positive person, I want the games to finish. I think you can’t stop games for one or two cases per team. I think it’s when it becomes a little bit more than that that you have to have a look at it.
“I think when you have four or five cases and it’s spreading then it’s something then you have to look at. If I’ve got my five best players out with Covid then I want the game off!”
McCormack arrived at Fir Park in the winter of discontent of 2019 hoping to spark his career back into action after being frozen out at Aston Villa. Think I got enough temperature references into that sentence…
Anyway, here he was speaking to us about that cold snap at Villa…
Just to ease you back in, here’s the odd transfer story of the day…
He has had almost £25m spent on him in transfer fees, played alongside Usain Bolt and once missed training becausehis electric gates would not open.
Now former Scotland striker Ross McCormack is back in English football after joining National League side Aldershot Town on a one-year contract.
You can read all about itHERE
Right, will give you a minute or two to digest all of that then our focus will switch back to domestic Scotish Premiership action…
Young Boys (SUI) vs Tirana (ALB)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) vs Floriana (MLT) / Flora Tallinn (EST)
Djurgården (SWE) / CFR Cluj (ROU) vs KuPS (FIN) / Sūduva (LTU)
Ararat-Armenia (ARM) / Celje (SVN) vs Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Dynamo Brest (BLR) vs Ludogorets (BUL)
Sarajevo (BIH) / Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) vs Riga (LVA) /Celtic(SCO)
Legia (POL) / Drita (KOS) vs Qarabağ (AZE)
Sheriff (MDA) / Dundalk (IRL) vs KÍ (FRO) / Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) /Motherwell(SCO) vs Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) / SønderjyskE (DEN)
Rosenborg (NOR) / Alanyaspor (TUR) vs Mura (SVN) / PSV Eindhoven (NED)
St Gallen (SUI) / AEK Athens (GRE) vs Wolfsburg (GER) / Desna Chernihiv (UKR)
Basel (SUI) vs Anorthosis (CYP) vs CSKA-Sofia (BUL) / B36 (FRO)
Sporting CP (POR) /Aberdeen(SCO) vs LASK (AUT) / Dunajská Streda (SVK)
Charleroi (BEL) / Partizan (SRB) vs Apollon Limassol (CYP) / Lech (POL)
Beşiktaş (TUR) / Rio Ave (POR) vs AC Milan (ITA) / Bodø/Glimt (NOR)
Copenhagen (DEN) / Piast Gliwice (POL) vs Rijeka (CRO) / Kolos Kovalivka (UKR)
Malmö (SWE) / Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) vs Granada (ESP) / Locomotive Tbilisi (GEO)
Shkëndija (MKD) /Tottenham(ENG) vs Rostov (RUS) / Maccabi Haifa (ISR)
FCSB (ROU) / Slovan Liberec (CZE) vs APOEL (CYP) / Zrinjski (BIH)
Standard Liège (BEL) / Vojvodina (SRB) vs Fehérvár (HUN) / Reims (FRA)
Willem II (NED) /Rangers(SCO) vs Galatasaray (TUR) / Hajduk Split (CRO)
Well, a few scrabble-winning entries in there for some of our home teams, but are these ties winnable?
Obviously they still need to progress beyond the third round to get there, but are you confident? Will all five make it? Thumbsupfor yes, thumbsdownfor no. Get voting.
Sarajevo/Buducnost Podgorica v Riga/Celtic
Hapoel Be’er Sheva/Motherwellv Viktoria Plzen/Sonderjyske
Sporting/Aberdeenv Lask/FC Das 1904 Dunajska Streda
Shkendija/Tottenhamv Rostov/Maccabi Haifa
Willem II/Rangersv Galatasaray/Hadjuk Split
Rangerswill host Galatasaray of Turkey or Croatia’s Hadjuk Split if they defeat Willem II
It looked like the dream Battle of Britain draw, butTottenhamwill face Russia’s Rostov or Maccabi Haifa of Israel if they get by Shkendija.
Another potential home tie!
Aberdeen will host Lask (Aus) or FC Das 1904 Dunajska Streda (Svk) if they can get by Sporting.