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Craig Fowler

20 moments from the joyously horrendous Scotland 1-1 Canada

Football invokes an emotional intensity in the average fan that is only rivalled by the birth of a child, death of a relative or, perhaps, their wedding day.

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Scott Sinclair has hopes of making his England debut one day. Picture: John Devlin

Why Scottish football is quietly good for international prospects

Scott Sinclair wants to force his way back into the England set-up and believes Champions League football with Celtic is the best way to go about doing that. And do you know what? He’s absolutely spot on.

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha took charge of his first game on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Five changes Pedro Caixinha made to Rangers’ play

Craig Fowler looks at the differences between Pedro Caixinha’s tactical approach in the 4-0 win over Hamilton and the style fans were used to seeing under Mark Warburton

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Why Ian Cathro is complicit in the Craig Levein hysteria

Ian Cathro is right to describe the furore over Craig Levein’s input at Hearts as “hysteria”, but there’s more he could be doing to quell the discontent, writes Craig Fowler

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Dundee United manager Ray Mckinnon is looking to rediscover the winning formula at Tannadice. Picture: SNS

Five reasons Dundee United’s title challenge has fallen apart

On Christmas Day, as Dundee United fans tore open their presents, dined with family and drank merrily through the crisp night, they did so with a warmth at the centre of their being. For the Tangerines sat two points atop the Ladbrokes Championship. Twenty months of pain was slowly evaporating and there was real hope that 2017 was going to be their year.

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Pedro Caixinha has been tasked with taking Rangers back to the top. Picture: John Devlin

Why Rangers should close the gap without spending heavily

While Rangers continue to trail rivals Celtic at the top of Scottish football, here’s how the narrative will continue to play out. Former Rangers player/manager is invited to sit down with the media. Former player/manager is asked how Rangers will close the gap on Celtic. “Investment” says former player/manager. Rinse, repeat.

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BT Sport's coverage has been widely praised. Picture: SNS

Craig Fowler: BT Sport must win battle for Scottish football

At different points this season, BT Sport and Sky Sports have each invited a journalist from a Scottish national newspaper for a behind-the-scenes look at how their live broadcasts are put together. This is no coincidence. With it being time to negotiate the SPFL TV deals once again, Scottish football’s main broadcasters have become two suitors vying for our attentions, trying to woo us with what they have to offer.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the hiring. Picture: SNS

Five things Celtic fans should know about Lee Congerton

Celtic have ended their search for a new head of recruitment after it was announced Lee Congerton had joined the Parkhead club.

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Jamie Walker has netted 15 times from midfield for Hearts this season. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Five biggest snubs from the recent Scotland squad

With Scotland continuing to suffer heartbreak in our two main sporting passions, football and rugby, it’s surely only a matter of time before complaining becomes our official national pastime.

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Rangers players and fans celebrate after Clint Hill's late leveller. Picture: John Devlin

Five things we learned from Celtic 1 - 1 Rangers

Craig Fowler gives his take as Rangers snatch a late point from the latest battle with league leaders Celtic

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Paul Le Guen did not enjoy a successful spell with Rangers. Picture: SNS

Judging every foreign manager in Scottish football history

Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha remains the favourite to succeed Mark Warburton in the Rangers hotseat, which has brought up the debate of foreign managers and their rate of success in Scottish football.

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  Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers speaks to the press ahead of his side's match with Hamilton on Saturday

Which team has given Celtic the strongest test this season?

Brendan Rodgers’ claim that St Mirren are the best SPFL team Celtic have faced this season has caused a few ripples within Scottish football. We’ve had Steven Thompson quitting Twitter because of the flak he was taking for dismissing Rodgers’ suggestion, while BBC’s Sportsound programme dedicated a full 18 minutes to discussing it on Monday night’s show.

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Pedro Caixinha is the current favourite to take over at Rangers. Picture: Getty

Which candidates are most likely to be next Rangers boss?

We’ve already done this, but seeing as the process is taking close to a month to complete, and with new names emerging, we’ve decided to do so again. A look at the bookies’ favourites to replace Mark Warburton as Rangers manager and a rating of the probability of them taking over the Ibrox hotseat out of 10.

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The Celtic defender has signed for Hibs on loan. Picture: SNS

No jokes, please: Why Efe Ambrose is a good signing for Hibs

The defender has a damaged reputation in Scottish football circles, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be a bad signing for Hibs, as Craig Fowler writes

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Pedro Caixinha has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Rangers. Picture: Getty

Five things Rangers fans should know about Pedro Caixinha

The Portuguese coach is the new favourite with the bookmakers to take over from Mark Warburton at Ibrox. Here’s everything you need to know about the man who could be next Rangers boss

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Hearts director of football Craig Levein will already be looking at targets for the summer. Picture: SNS

The issues with Hearts recruiting a ‘Scottish core’

It’s second nature for fans to say “we need X” or “we need Y”, but it’s easier said than done. Just because the team requires a 20-goal-a-season scorer, doesn’t mean it’s going to be successful in recruiting one. Great players don’t grow on trees.

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Billy Mckay, left, celebrates his winner with Brad McKay, while Barrie McKay watches on. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Inverness CT 2 - 1 Rangers

Craig Fowler gives his take as Rangers fall again in the Ladbrokes Premiership, this time to Inverness CT who move off the bottom

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Mark Warburton lasted only 11 months at Ibrox after winning the trophy. Picture: John Devlin

Mark Warburton was latest victim of Challenge Cup curse

Jack Ross and Ray McKinnon may want to think twice about trying to win next month’s Irn-Bru Cup final when St Mirren take on Dundee United at Fir Park.

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Five things we learned from Hibs 3 - 1 Hearts

Craig Fowler gives his take on Hibs’ 3-1 victory over Hearts as the Easter Road side reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals

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Hibs 3 - 1 Hearts: How the players on each side rated

Ratings out of ten for each player as Hibs dominate Hearts to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

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