RABBITS, Rabbits, Rabbits. That's what you're supposed to say on the 1st day of a brand new month to ensure good luck according to some of my extremely superstitious friends.

Since today is the 1st September I'll give it a bash. Also, as it's September I'm thinking it's almost, sort of acceptable, to drop the C word in this column? No not Cowell, although I know the new series of X Factor is just around the corner, but…….Christmas of course!

I'm delighted to announce that after a sold out show last year, Michelle McManus’ Winter Wonderland is back with a bang this year with four shows at the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow this December.

I've been performing my one woman shows for just five years and after three sold out Edinburgh Fringe runs and a Christmas show last year I feel so lucky and blessed to be in this position.

When my darling friend and co-writer Bruce Devlin and I first sat down to write The Musicals show back in 2013 we genuinely didn't know if we make it past opening night never mind be performing in a major city centre theatre competing alongside the big pantos at Christmas only a few short years later.

What makes the Christmas shows extra special though is the partnership with the incredible Soundsational Choir. With Tommy Chambers and Jen Phee at the helm, musically directing the show, it's a sure fire way to get you in the Christmas spirit.

That was the lovely feedback that we received after last year's Christmas show, so many people got in touch to say how utterly festive they felt after leaving the show and how much fun they'd had which was genuinely the best feedback we could have ever hoped for.

There are only four shows up for grabs this year so make sure you get your tickets quick for a night of Christmas comedy and sing along songs and carols. The dates are Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and two shows on Saturday 23rd December. For more details call the box office on 0141287299 or log onto www.tickets.glasgowconcerthall.com

SCOTLAND are set to face Lithuania tonight in their vital Russia 2018 qualifier in Vilnius and nothing but a win will do especially since I'm going to the Malta game at Hampden on Monday night and I'm praying for a belting atmosphere.

Currently, our national side are sitting 4th in Group F with our auld rivals sitting comfortably at the top of the table on 14 points. It's technically not a complete impossibility to qualify, even though it will be nothing short of a small miracle, we Scotland fans specialise in believing anything is possible.

It's like getting good weather during the summer months for example, or that if you eat take away food while drunk it doesn't count if you can't remember eating it, that sort of thing.

As always I'm hoping the nation will get behind our boys and cheer them on to a victory tonight. If manager Gordon Strachan is stuck however, I saw some pretty impressive images of the Still Game cast playing a game of football in yesterday's Evening Times.

The show is in the middle of filming its eighth series and Jack, Victor and the gang were spotted kicking a ball about this week and they looked in fine form. They even had a very svelte looking Isa in goals giving Craig Gordon and the likes a right run for their money.

I've got everything crossed that the boys can get a much needed win tonight but wouldn't it be just so utterly incredible if Scotland could qualify for its first major tournament in almost 20 years?

Come on Scotland, we know you can do it……...please?