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Most interesting expiring contracts in the Scottish Premiership

There are 105 Scottish Premiership players currently sitting on expiring contracts. Some are sure to stay, others will definitely go, but which ones fall somewhere in the middle? Here, Craig Fowler picks the single most interesting expiring contract from each of the top flight clubs, while also looking at a few others with their futures up in the air.

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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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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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Robbie Neilson prior to his final match as Hearts manager. Picture: SNS

Is the grass always greener? SPFL managers who left for England

Robbie Neilson has gone. Officially confirmed last night after three days of talk, the Hearts head coach has made the surprising decision to swap Tynecastle for Stadium MK.

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Danny Swanson, left, will see his contract expire at the end of the season. Picture: Michael Gillen

Tommy Wright eager for Danny Swanson to sign new deal

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is hopeful Danny Swanson will prolong the best spell of his career by staying in Perth.

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A Robbie Neilson lookalike leaves Hearts' training complex earlier today. Pic: SNS

Rumour Mill: Decoy in mask helps Neilson escape media | Hibs eye Swanson | Derby want Hearts quartet

Hibs keen on Danny Swanson and ex-Juventus midfielder Fausto Rossi; Derby boss Steve McClaren makes spying trip to Tynecastle

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Celtic captain Scott Brown has rebounded from a frustrating 2015/16 season. Picture: SNS

22 Premiership stars who’ve exceeded expectations this season

Craig Fowler picks a select XI of Ladbrokes Premiership players who’ve performed above and beyond what as been expected of them - with back-ups thrown in as well

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Kenny McLean's brace helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 victory over Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish football weekend

Another frustrating international week is now behind us which means it’s time to turn our attention back to the domestic game. Below, we look at five things we’ve learned from the Scottish Football weekend.

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Ross Countys Craig Curran, right, celebrates with Michael Gardyne after scoring his sides third goal at McDiarmid Park. Photograph: Ian Georgeson/SNS

St Johnstone 2 - 4 Ross County: Saints made to suffer

A shivering McDiarmid Park was hardly evocative of the balmy days of August but this was the day Ross County finally rediscovered the spark of their early season form to record their first win in 11 games. It was more comprehensive than the scoreline might suggest and in the crazily inconsistent world of the Scottish Premiership it was enough to rocket them from bottom of the pile to the cusp of the top six.

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Daryl Horgan, left, is one of two Dundalk players wanted by Rangers. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Rangers eye Irish duo | Dembele at the double | Celtic and Rangers wages

Rangers are interested in Dundalk pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan, Moussa Dembele netted twice for France under-21s in their win over England, and Celtic pay twice as much to players as Rangers according to a new survey.

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Kieran Tierney has been pushed forward to create an unorthodox 3-5-2 system at Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

Biggest tactical trends in Scottish football this season

The final international break of the year has been endured, and now the league enters a busy period before the winter break. While the inquests and investigations are under way to solve the inextricable Rubik’s cube that is Scottish football, focus switches to the domestic game.

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St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright vents his frustration towards Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson. Picture: SNS.

Neilson backs Hearts’ Callum Paterson to star for Scotland

Callum Paterson did what he does well on Saturday and combined defensive duties with a vital goal at the other end of the pitch. While former Scotland striker Kris Boyd has courted controversy by claiming the full-back should not be anywhere near the national team, others who work closely with the 22-year-old disagree. He is, they say, head and shoulders above many players at set pieces and they mean literally as well as metaphorically.

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Callum Paterson powers home his late header to secure a draw just after Chirs Kane had put St Johnstone ahead Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Honours equal at Tynecastle – but gripes aplenty

Nothing between these teams in the league and nothing between them on the day as they shared four goals, an equal number of refereeing gripes and had to settle for a point each despite the fact they both came away at the end convinced they had done enough to win.

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson was in good spirits at his pre-match press conference. Picture: Ross Brownlee/SNS

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson says consistency is key in Premiership

Robbie Neilson had set his Hearts players the target of nine points from nine as they headed into a run of three tricky games. Defeat away to Kilmarnock and then a draw up at Inverness means the maximum he can now hope for is four, provided they beat St Johnstone tomorrow.

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Tam Scobbie has been out injured for the past three months. Picture: SNS

St Johnstone welcome back Tan Scobbie for trip to Hearts

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright welcomed back Tam Scobbie into his squad for the first time in almost three months ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership trip to Hearts on Saturday.

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Brendan Rodgers is targeting three successive victories. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic out ‘to do the impossible’ | Kingsley over Wallace | SPFL striker makes shock exit

Celtic are eyeing three successive victories in the Champions League; Gordon Strachan has been told to pick Stephen Kingsley over Rangers’ full-back Lee Wallace for this month’s clash at Wembley, and St Johnstone striker Joe Gormley has walked out on his loan deal with the Perth club.

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Joy for Thistle, despair for Saints as Abdul Osman celebrates late winner

St Johnstone 1 - 2 Partick Thistle: Jags turn the tables

A late Abdul Osman winner ensured Partick Thistle completed their second productive trip to Tayside in the space of three days following their victory at Dens Park in midweek. It marks a fine turnaround by Alan Archibald’s side who just over a month ago were at the bottom of the Premiership but now find themselves knocking on the door of the top six.

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Celtic and St Johnstone will meet again in January. Picture: John Devlin

New date announced for Celtic fixture

The SPFL has announced a new date for Celtic’s home Ladbrokes Premiership fixture against St Johnstone.

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Mark Warburton issues instructions as Tommy Wright watches on from the sidelines. Picture: SNS

Rangers 1 - 1 St Johnstone: Saints well worth a point

Momentum and consistency continue to prove painfully elusive for Rangers whose bid to record three consecutive Premiership victories for the first time this season was thwarted by an impressively street-wise St Johnstone side.

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Steven Anderson, centre, jumps for joy after his goal gives St Johnstone the lead and leaves Dundee keeper Scott Bain tied up in his net. Picture: SNS

St Johnstone 2 - 1 Dundee: Five defeats in a row for Dees

Dundee were left rooted to the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership as they were yesterday eased aside 2-1 by Tayside rivals St Johnstone.

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