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Kieran Tierney. Picture: Michael Gillen
Kieran Tierney. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Gordon Strachan refuses to be drawn on future, Kieran Tierney sets date for comeback and Aston Villa consider move for Joey Barton.

Gordon Strachan refuses to comment on future

Gordon Strachan refused last night to broach the subject of what Scotland’s biggest Wembley defeat since 1975 meansfor his own future. (Scotsman)

- Leigh Griffiths mounted a passionate defence of the Scotland manager Gordon Strachan following the 3-0 defeat by England. He said: “No I can’t understand why (there are calls for him to go). The results haven’t been great but tonight we’ve been unlucky and the next game we need to go for it.”

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Tierney targets New Year comeback

Kieran Tierney is targeting a Celtic comeback early in the New Year after a successful operation to mend ankle ligament damage. The 19-year-old left back was hurt in an accident during training at Lennoxtown a fortnight ago but has expressed optimism about his recovery process. (Mail)

Joey Barton linked with Aston Villa

Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been linked with a move to Aston Villa after having his contract terminated by the Ibrox club by mutual consent. (Various)

Dundee selection dilemna

Dundee manager Paul Hartley faces a nice selection dilemma once Premiership action gets back under way after the international break. The two-week stoppage to league action has come at a good time as it has allowed the club’s injured players a chance to recover.

At least four of those — Julen Etxabeguren (who had been ill), Kevin Gomis, Kosta Gadzhalov and Mark O’Hara — are set to be available for the game in Glasgow, giving the manager a pleasant problem in picking his team. (Dundee Telegraph)

Donati signs new Hamilton deal

Massimo Donati hopes to repay Hamilton’s faith in him by guiding Accies to Premiership safety this season.

The midfielder moved to Lanarkshire in the summer and has been a key part of Martin Canning’s squad in the opening months of the campaign.

Donati this week put pen-to-paper on a new deal that will keep him at the SuperSeal Stadium until June 2019. (Evening Times)

Rangers sponsor takes aim at Joey Barton

Rangers sponser 32 Red are offering the first 100 fans who can prove they have binned his autobiography ‘No Nonsense’ a free £10 bet for Rangers’ next home game against Dundee.

Some supporters believe Barton used joining the club as leverage to sell as many copies of his book as possible. (Various)