These are the main stories in Scottish football on Thursday 2 February 2017:
McDonald red card upheld
Motherwell’s appeal against the red card shown to Scott McDonald in the defeat by Rangers has been dismissed.
The striker, who had been linked with a move to Western Sydney Wanderers, will be suspended for the clubs next two league games against Hearts and Aberdeen.
Fraser pens new Cherries deal
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2020.
The former Aberdeen midfielder, who has been tipped for an international call-up following recent performances, has now ended speculation linking him with a move away from The Cherries by agreeing the new deal.
The twenty-two-year-old spent the majority of last season on loan at Championship club Ipswich Town before making his Premier League debut for Bournemouth in August.
Pearson becomes a Steelman for the third time
Stephen Pearson has re-joined Motherwell for his third spell at the club.
The 34-year-old has recently returned from a spell with Atletico Kolkata, where he won the Indian Super League.
Pearson returns to Scotland with fond memories from his time in India. Speaking to the BBC, he said:
“It was very good. I went out and did pre-season in Madrid for a month and then we flew for the season beginning in October and finished the season off just before Christmas.
“So it made up for the big decision to go out there in the first place, it kind of justified that by coming back with a winner’s medal.”