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Craig Beattie was instrumental in helping Hearts reach the Scottish Cup. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Craig Beattie was instrumental in helping Hearts reach the Scottish Cup. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Nir Biton to miss Celtic debut, Craig Beattie on Dundee trial, Scotland keeper out for Macedonia win, and more.

Nir miss for Biton

New Celtic signing Nir Biton could miss his own debut against Hearts due to problems with a work permit and a sacred holiday.

While the permit problems are tackled, the Israeli player may be excused due to Yom Kippur on Saturday, the holiest day in the Jewish calender. (Daily Record)

Beattie on Dundee tryout

Dundee have taken on ex-Celtic and Hearts man Craig Beattie as a trialist at Dens Park.

Beattie was instrumental in helping Hearts reach the Scottish Cup in 2012, and now the free agent is looking to re-establish himself in Scotland. (Various)

Belaid on trial

Tunisian star Tijani Belaid has begun training with Kilmarnock in the hope of winning a deal.

The midfielder will join Nacho Novo and David Silva in chasing a contract at the club. (Daily Express)

Marshall wants to break duck

Scotland keeper David Marshall is in need of a win more than most - he is aiming to experience a Scotland win after nothing but losses over the last nine years.

The Cardiff City man has played seven times for Scotland and lost every time. He’s hoping to break that duck against Macedonia tonight. (Scotsman)

Elvis in crowd woes

Ex-Hearts star Steven Pressley has experienced further woes as manager of Coventry city which almost echo those of his former club.

With City fighting back after going into administration, the fans turned on the owners and are staying away from games in protest.

Despite Elvis leading the club almost out of the drop zone, fans are still angry that home games are being played in Northampton - 35 miles away. (Daily Mail)

Strachan fears wooden spoon

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan wants to ensure that Scotland don’t finish last in their World Cup qualifying group.

“It scares me to think that it could happen,” admitted Strachan. (Scotsman)

Saints lose out

St Johnstone lost nearly £200,000 despite having one of the most memorable seasons in their history.

Saints finished third in the SPL and had a Europa league appearance, but small crowds and reduced TV incomes meant the club actually lost £192,767. (Various)

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