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Rumour Mill: Celtic could be UK’s biggest club | Hearts to hire new management duo | Celtic want Rhodes

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell believes the club would be the biggest in Britain if they played in the English Premier League, Hearts are set to hire Ian Cathro and Austin MacPhee as their new management duo, and Celtic are interested in Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes.

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Callum Paterson slides in to poke the ball past Ross County goalkeeper Scott Fox. Picture: SNS.

Callum Paterson: Hearts set up to make it easy for new boss

Callum Paterson, the Hearts defender, is convinced whoever takes up the Gorgie club’s managerial mantle will have the best possible chance of hitting the ground running in a seamless transition.

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Andy Halliday celebrates at full-time after the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. Picture: SNS.

Resilient Rangers get their reward but consistency key

Jostling for position in the chasing pack may be uncomfortable for Rangers but as they slowly come to terms with the challenges posed by their first season back in the top flight, it is a reality they simply have to grasp.

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Kilmarnock striker Souleymane Coulibaly, right, is pressed by Dundees Kostadin Gadzhalov. Picture: SNS.

Lee Clark vows to get more goals from Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark reserved special praise for Jordan Jones and Gary Dicker as they starred in victory over Dundee, saying he thinks he can “add goals” to Jones’ game.

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee at the end of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Fir Park. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Rumour Mill: Hearts want Austin MacPhee | Rodgers and McGhee row | Dembele Liverpool target

Hearts want Austin MacPhee as part of new management structure, Celtic and Motherwell bosses exchange war of words and Mark Warbuton hails his players for silencing Rangers’ critics.

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Austin McPhee  is  part of the Northern Ireland coaching team

Hearts want Austin MacPhee as coach but face battle with SFA

Hearts want Austin MacPhee to work alongside Ian Cathro in a radical new managerial set-up at Tynecastle.

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Ian Cathro gave me my start says John Souttar

The continuity Hearts had been looking for when transitioning from one manager to the next may not come in the form of an internal promotion but if, as is looking increasingly likely, they bring Ian Cathro to the club, at least one player will know what to expect.

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee at the end of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Fir Park. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Brendan Rodgers and Mark McGhee in war of words

Brendan Rodgers and Mark McGhee traded insults and accusations after a touchline spat involving Celtic assistant Chris Davies at the conclusion of the the Scottish champions’ epic 4-3 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

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Mark Warburton was heartened by the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. Pic: SNS

Mark Warburton: My Rangers players answered their critics

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes his players delivered the perfect riposte to their critics with the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox which lifted them back into second place in the Premiership table.

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Robbie Neilson did wonders for Hearts during his tenure as head coach. Pic: SNS

Aidan Smith: Ambition and clowns drove Robbie Neilson south

We’d just watched my son’s football team being whipped by the Hearts stars of tomorrow and, on a freezing Sunday afternoon, my daughters were demanding hot chocolate. In the cafe at the Oriam, Robbie Neilson was at a table in the corner and when he spotted your correspondent he looked worried.

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St Johnstone's Danny Swanson extends the lead to 3-0 over Inverness. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

St Johnstone 3 - 0 Inverness: Saints back on form

Both these sides’ results of late had been the cause for a raised eyebrow or two, but the gulf in terms of the result and performance yesterday means that it’s now frowns all round for Inverness Caley Thistle. Richie Foran’s men were simply abject – summed up by captain Gary Warren’s dismissal for picking up two yellow cards early in the second half. While they may only sit at the bottom of the Premiership on goal difference, they urgently need to halt the slump which has seen them take only six points out of a possible 27.

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Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones (right) and Dundee's Cammy Kerr battle for possession.  Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Kilmarnock 2 - 0 Dundee: Kilmarnock move into the top six

Kilmarnock moved up five places to sixth position courtesy of this comprehensive win over opponents who hadn’t previously lost a league game at Rugby Park since 2005.

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Partick Thistle's Sean Welsh (centre) scores to make it 1-1 at the SuperSeal Stadium. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Hamilton 1 - 1 Partick Thistle: Sean Welsh rescues a point

Partick Thistle’s hoodoo over Hamilton Accies continued as the Maryhill side maintained an impressive 10-game unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at the SuperSeal Stadium.

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Rangers' Lee Hodson celebrates scoring Rangers' second goal of the match. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Rangers 2 - 1 Aberdeen: Rangers move back into second place

Rangers deservedly claimed the most significant victory yet of their return to top flight football to ease the scrutiny on manager Mark Warburton and deepen the woes of his Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes.

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Left to righ: Ross County's Liam Boyce, Hearts' Jamie Walker and Kenny Van Der Weg battle for the ball. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ross County 2 - 2 Hearts: Jamie Walker misses late penalty

Ross County goalkeeper Scott Fox denied Hearts victory in the fifth minute of stoppage-time by saving Jamie Walker’s penalty.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates his side's 4-3 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers praises ‘exemplary’ staff after Mark McGhee spat

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers defended his “exemplary” backroom staff after critical remarks from Motherwell boss Mark McGhee following a dramatic 4-3 win at Fir Park.

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Motherwell's Louis Moult opens the scoring versus Celtic, ending Craig Gordon's run of eight consecutive clean sheets. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Five things we learned from Motherwell 3 - 4 Celtic

After a pulsating lunchtime match to get the weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixtures underway, we look at five things to take from Celtic’s dramatic victory at Fir Park.

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Celtic's Tom Rogic (right) celebrates scoring the winning goal with team-mate James Forrest. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Motherwell 3 - 4 Celtic: Tom Rogic scores late winner

Celtic twice came from behind before Tom Rogic’s late strike gave them a dramatic 4-3 win over Motherwell in a remarkable Ladbrokes Premiership game at Fir Park.

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Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko was missing from the starting line up for today's match versus Motherwell.

Leigh Griffiths and Erik Sviatchenko missing with illness

Celtic started their Ladbrokes Premiership match with Motherwell without Leigh Griffiths and Erik Sviatchenko due to illness.

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Jota in action for Brentford. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Rangers eyes Jota and Diego Fabbrini moves | Levein in talks with Cathro

Rangers weighs up a January bid for Brentford-owned Eibar playmaker Jota and gets loan offer of Diego Fabbrini; Craig Levein begins contract talks with Ian Cathro; plus more news and gossip in Saturday’s Rumour Mill

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