Celtic travel to face Serie A league leaders AC Milan knowing they are out of the Europa League but with huge pressure on manager Neil Lennon. Another comprehensive defeat on the continental stage would only strengthen the voice of the growing number of fans who want the Northern Irishman replaced at he helm of the club.
For Rangers, they know a win over Standard Liege at Ibrox will take them into the knockout stages for the second year running. With it comes a financial boost plus the onus to try and go as far as possible in the tournament and help Scotland claim an automatic Champions League spot with competition from Turkey and Ukraine.
Scroll down and click through for of Thursday’s latest from around the SPFL, including transfer talk and the latest coronavirus scare.
1. St Mirren respond to Police Scotland probe
St Mirren say they will cooperate fully after it emerged Police Scotland are probing 'financial irregularities' at the club, including possible non-payment of tax and National Insurance. A statement from the Buddies said: “The club has moved swiftly to appoint a highly reputable firm of accountants to carry out a thorough forensic review of its operations to allow for any required action to be acted upon.” (The Herald)
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2. Lennon planning January signings
Neil Lennon has revealed he is planning on January signings to “freshen things up” at Celtic. The Northern Irishman is under pressure following a run of poor form but having been backed by the board he has “identified areas” which to improve. (Scottish Sun)
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3. United management team wait for coronavirus news
Dundee United are the latest team in Scottish football to have a coronavirus issue. Staff members at the club tested positive and now the coaching team are set to hear whether they have to self isolate for 14 days and miss games against Livingston and Rangers. No players are understood to have been impacted. (Scottish Sun)
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4. Martindale favourite for Livi job
David Martindale is favourite to land the Livingston job permanently with the club in no rush to appoint a successor to Gary Holt. Former players and managers Jamie McAllister, David Hopkin and Liam Fox have all been suggested. (Daily Record)
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