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Scottish game set to be tested

THE country’s footballing talent is set for a tricky fortnight as both the national team and Scottish champions Celtic face tough competition.

Scotland are in action for the first time since manager Gordon Strachan lost his job after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, taking on the Netherlands at Pittodrie on November 9.

The SFA have appointed their national performance director Malky MacKay as caretaker for the game and a good result against the Dutch will make him a real contender to replace Strachan as boss.

At club level Celtic travel to the Parc des Princes to take on a cash-rich PSG side, who humiliated them 5-0 at Parkhead in September.

Revenge would be sweet for the Hoops fans but it is a tricky proposition, especially in France, as Celtic’s coach Brendan Rodgers says he won’t alter the offensive tactical approach that has proved all too costly on the continent.

Away from football, Rodgers’ compatriot Carl Frampton faces Horacio Garcia in his comeback fight at Belfast’s SSE Arena, having endured his first defeat to Leo Santa Cruz at the start of the year.

And for fans of Formula 1, action moves to Brazil this weekend as Lewis Hamilton (above) looks set to pick up the Drivers’ Championship trophy again.