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A HISTORIC angling club is to celebrate its 100th anniversary as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival being hosted in Inverness.

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Inverness Angling Club is now welcoming entries to its Centenary Speycasting Tournament, inviting anglers from across the globe to compete in the Highland capital this September.

The competition will coincide with the Salmon Festival, which is organised to raise awareness of the Atlantic salmon and the contribution it makes to Scotland.

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The biannual event is organised by Inverness College UHI and this year takes place from 29 August to 2 September.

Dr Melanie Smith, chair of Scotland’s Salmon Festival steering group and head of research and post-graduate development at lead partner, Inverness College UHI, said: “Atlantic salmon is one of Scotland’s most iconic species.

“Not only does it play a vital role in our rivers, but it is a huge contributor to our economy as a food product, international export and visitor attraction.

“The programme has been designed for all the family, not just academics. Whether you’re already an experienced fly-fisher, simply like the taste of the fish or just want to enjoy the atmosphere, there is an event for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re look forward to welcoming a steady stream people from across the UK and further afield to Inverness for the festival’s second outing.”

Speaking of the Inverness Angling Club Centenary Speycasting Tournament, Club President Graham Mackenzie added: “The club was formed at a meeting on 31 August 1917, so the tournament is an ideal way to mark a significant anniversary.

“It will also recognise the role that the club and the River Ness has played in the development of Speycasting around the world.

“The growing interest in the sport has been clear since the first international tournament was staged at the first Scotland’s Salmon Festival in 2015.

“We have made a strong commitment to developing the casting skills of our 100-plus junior members and the skills that tournament participants will demonstrate will both encourage them and set targets for them to achieve.

“Significantly, this tournament will include a special award for juniors presented by Scottish Ghillie.”

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The festival’s extensive programme will kick off at Eden Court Theatre with a mini salmon film festival, featuring short features about the fish’s influence on Scotland.

For students and scholars, Inverness College UHI will host a public lecture evening and two-day conference, providing an academic insight into the iconic species.

Entitled “Atlantic Salmon Marine Ecology – Knowns and Unknowns - the symposium has been organised by Professor Eric Verspoor at the Rivers and Lochs Institute (RLI) at Inverness College UHI.

For families, the pinnacle of the week will be the free Bught Park fair with children’s’ activities such as storytelling, electrofishing and casting lessons. There will also be Alexander Grant museum tours where visitors can learn about the famous, record breaking Speycaster.

Founded in 1917, Inverness Angling Club builds on the innovatory skills of members such as the ‘Wizard of the Ness’, Alexander Grant, inventor of the Grant Vibration rod.

There was also John Reidpath, who changed the face of fly tying with the development of the Hairy Mary, the first modern hair wing salmon fly, and John Cathcart, inventor of the famed Black Shrimp.

The achievements of Alexander Grant were celebrated in an international Speycasting tournament in 2015, staged as part of the inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival. It attracted 20 Speycasters from the USA, Ireland, Norway, England and Scotland.

The festival has been organised by Inverness College UHI in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands Rivers and Lochs Institute, Inverness Angling Club, The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, Marine Harvest and cbec eco-engineering.

Other sponsors include The Highland Council, Drumossie Hotel, Ness Castle Lodges and Graham’s of Inverness.

Salmon angling makes a significant contribution to the Scottish economy with an estimated spend of £73 million on salmon and sea trout angling in Scotland, with anglers in the Highlands accounting for nearly 50% (£35 million) of this total.

Farmed salmon is Scotland’s largest food export, and Scotland’s fish farms bring an enormous boost to rural areas with estimated economic benefits of over £700million - of which £145m is in the Highlands & Islands.

Salmon tourism is a growing area with salmon centres and observation points around Scotland.

For more information visit www.scotlandsalmonfestival.org

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Only one team can win the Edinburgh derby Scottish Cup replay - but which manager needs it more?

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Why it’s Neil Lennon

There’s a popular meme going around that you may have seen. It changes every time, but the basic structure involves two photos, side by side, which are (usually) close-up profile shots of two men. Above the images, it reads: “you vs the guy she tells you not to worry about”.

For those who don’t get it, it’s supposed to relate to your own situation, or one from your past, where you were jealous of your wife/girlfriend’s ex, friend or work colleague. Deep down, you probably knew there was nothing going on, but that didn’t stop the doubt gnawing away at your sense of self-worth and hyping up your insecurities.

Right now, that’s Neil Lennon at Hibs. He’s the picture on the left. The “you”. The “she” is the Hibs support and, for the avoidance of doubt, Alan Stubbs is the one he’s told “not to worry about”.

Hibs fans love Stubbs, and with good reason. He’s the man who delivered Hibs the Scottish Cup after 114 years. It masked his inability to get the club out of the second tier - again, with good reason - and he promptly left before that legacy could be tarnished in any way.

It’s not that the Hibs fans don’t like Lennon. Most of them do. They find his honesty refreshing. Supporters prefer it when the manager comes out and slates the side after a bad game, and Lennon isn’t afraid of doing precisely that. But he’s not Stubbs. He’s not the man who delivered the Scottish Cup.

However, a win over Hearts, and a continuation of Stubbs’ fine work in derby games would go a long way to pushing Lennon up to similar levels of reverence as his predecessor, which he can then cement by winning the Ladbrokes Championship title.

Lose, however, and even a title victory may not be able to stop supporters from longing looking at old pictures of the man they used to have. A man who, oh by the way, is now free and single.

Why it’s Ian Cathro

“Hearts beat Hibs. That’s what we do.”

That’s not a quote this writer can attribute to any particular individual, but you know it’s been said by countless managers, players, coaches, fans and bar flies throughout the years. Hearts lord it over Hibs in derby matches and that’s the natural order of things.

That was until the last couple of seasons. Despite Hibs being at their lowest ebb and Hearts enjoying a rapid rejuvenation under Ann Budge, it has been the side from Easter Road that have edged Edinburgh derbies, and now hold a six-game unbeaten streak in the fixture. It’s the longest run for Hibs since 2001 as it stands, and will be the longest since the 1970s if they win the replay.

It was a hugely contributing factor in why Robbie Neilson was never properly embraced by the Hearts support in the manner his success outwith derby games deserved. He lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup, an error compounded by the Easter Road club going on to lift the trophy. It was a massive blot on an otherwise pristine copybook.

Similar success for Hibs in this year’s competition is highly unlikely. The same goes for Hearts. Celtic are marching toward the treble and it’s hard to imagine anyone, let alone a Championship club, getting in the way of that. However, losing to Hibs in a similar manner to that of Neilson will taint Cathro before he’s really had the chance to establish himself as head coach.

The dismantling of Rangers, and then follow-up victory over Motherwell, earned Cathro some credit despite largely indifferent performances and results over the rest of his 11 games. That credit will disappear in an instant if the Tynecastle club exit tonight.

Verdict

It’s Cathro. We saw what happened following the Hibs defeat last season. Civil war broke out among the Gorgie faithful, with two entrenched camps, the likes of which we’ve not seen since the Romanov era. The Cathro hiring and controversy stirred by members of the Scottish media (Kris Boyd) united the fans, but the split will appear once again if they lose tonight.

Furthermore, though Lennon may remain in the shadow of Stubbs if he loses, he’ll still have the rest of the season to earn the goodwill of the fans by clinching promotion to the top flight. If Hearts lose, it’s very likely the season could be over, especially if Rangers get their act together and bring in a decent manager.

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Rangers caretaker Graeme Murty has no intention of applying for the manager’s job as he continues in the role on a game-by-game basis.

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The Ladbrokes Premiership club this week stepped up their search for a long-term successor to Mark Warburton by beginning the formal interview process for the manager’s job and a new director of football position.

Murty, who is preparing the team for a third match in charge at Inverness on Friday night, has not put his hat in the ring and, when asked whether he would, said: “I would doubt it.”

Conflicting reports stated the Ibrox club’s under-20s coach would or would not still be in charge by the time Rangers visit Celtic Park on March 12 but the former Scotland defender could not shed any light on the timescale.

Murty said: “I don’t know where the stories have come from. I got told today by some of the players that they have heard this. I haven’t heard anything.

“As soon as I hear, I will believe it. Until then, I will just carry on.”

In the meantime, his communication with the board has been focused on helping the team in the short term.

He said: “They have not put any timescale or any pressure on me, the only communication I have had from all members of the board is: ‘Keep doing what you are doing, can we help you at all?’ So that’s been great.

“I’m grateful to be in the role and I will continue to fill this as well as I can in my tenure here.

“If it’s tomorrow that it changes, if it’s next week, whenever it is, I will just be continuing on and making sure I do the best for the players.

“I said before, it’s not about me, it’s about making sure the players have what they need.”

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How each team is likely to line-up for the start of tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay between Hibs and Hearts.

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HIBS

GK - Ofir Marciano

The Israeli, when fit, is undoubtedly the club’s No.1. Many Hibs fans have credited his saves from Esmael Goncalves and Bjorn Johnsen in the first game for keeping them in the cup.

RB - David Gray; DC - Darren McGregor; DC - Liam Fontaine; LB - Lewis Stevenson

Without the injured Paul Hanlon and Jordon Forster, this Hibs backline pretty much picks itself. Fontaine may have felt harshly treated having been omitted from the first game at Tynecastle, but he didn’t let that affect his performance, putting in a terrific second half cameo after coming off the bench.

If Hibs line up in a narrow diamond, as is expected, Gray and Stevenson become vital to the outcome of the match. Hearts like to use their full backs to provide width, as the wide midfielders drift inside. The Hibs full backs will need to know when to go out and close, and when to keep the defensive shape. They’ll also be looking to attack swiftly and effectively when the opportunity is there, and try to pin back their opposite numbers.

Meanwhile, if McGregor plays like he did in the same fixture last year, Hibs will surely fancy their chances.

MC - Fraser Fyvie; DM - Marvin Bartley; AM - Andrew Shinnie; MC - John McGinn

Big games against dangerous opponents brings out the best in Bartley, so he’s a definite to start. The same can probably be said of Fyvie for similar reasons. The ex-Aberdeen man did not have a good game against Raith Rovers at the weekend, but he’s sure to keep his place. He sometimes struggles to make things happen in possession, which was evident in the second half at Tynecastle. But despite that, he still proved his worth to the team in that particular match by working hard and scrapping for every ball, and not allowing the Hearts players to get settled.

John McGinn is the leader of the Hibs midfield. He dictates play on the ball and is a terrier when the other team have it. Similar to McGregor, it’s hard to imagine him having a man-of-the-match display and Hibs losing.

We’ve gone for Shinnie at the tip mainly because of the poor form of James Keatings, who struggled in both the last derby and Saturday’s draw at Stark’s Park. Neither player fills Hibs fans with much confidence.

One wildcard we could see is Chris Humphrey, who’s fallen out of favour since his storming debut against Dundee United. The winger has terrific pace, and with the bigger pitch at Easter Road, along with Hearts’ tendency to push forward the full-backs, he could have a lot of space in which to run into. If he does start, Hibs would likely change the formation to a 4-5-1/4-3-3 hybrid.

FC - Jason Cummings; FC - Grant Holt

Lennon seems to have a real love/hate relationship with Cummings and he’s not over dropping the young striker just to prove a point. However, seeing as this is one of the biggest games of the season, and will likely be considered the single biggest game in the eyes of the fans, it would be madness to make that point now. Cummings is the only player who’s a consistent goal threat in the Hibs team. And he loves doing it against Hearts.

Holt will come back in for Brian Graham. It’s more than likely that the veteran’s omission from the starting XI for the trip to Raith was purely to give him some rest ahead of this encounter. He thrived in the first game and will once again be up for a fight with the opposition.

HEARTS

GK - Jack Hamilton

Fans are a little uneasy about the young goalkeeper playing in his first derby at Easter Road, but the general consensus from those who’ve watched both players is that he’s a better choice than substitute Viktor Noring.

DR - Andraz Struna; DC - Tasos Avlonitis; DC - Aaron Hughes; DL - Lennard Sowah

Similar to Hibs, the back four pretty much picks itself. It’s not the most robust of defensive units, or the quickest, but they’ve meshed together very well since starting the 3-0 win over Motherwell.

Against Hibs they got the match-ups just right. Avlonitis would square off against Holt, and while the Hibs striker did a good job of stopping his opponent from getting clean headed clearances during their aerial battles, he still didn’t win as many flick-ons as Hibs would have liked. Hughes, meanwhile, did a good job at corralling Cummings, who often had to chase long balls into the corners to free himself of the shackles.

Struna is the obvious first-choice pick at right back, while Sowah seems to be preferred in the eyes of Ian Cathro over Faycal Rherras. The latter is more dependable on the ball going forward, though there isn’t much difference between them in terms of attacking prowess overall, and Sowah is the much better defender, especially in terms of positioning.

MR - Don Cowie; MC - Perry Kitchen; AM - Arnaud Djoum; MC - Alexandros Tziolis; ML - Jamie Walker

Aside from Tziolis, it’s hard to imagine a nailed-on starter in the Hearts midfield. Cowie is returning from bruised ribs, Kitchen has been in and out of the line-up, and while Djoum and Walker should both play, neither has been immune from being dropped, including this past weekend where Walker was left on the bench from the start. Sam Nicholson and Choulay are both in contention as well, if Hearts want to go with a natural wide man.

Kitchen will probably start alongside Tziolis. Once viewed as the sitting man of the Hearts midfield, he’s starting to embrace a more box-to-box role, and played very well against Caley Thistle in the last game.

If he’s fit and it’s not just smoke and mirrors, which Hearts have previous for prior to derby games - the Osman Sow bluff prior to the 2-2 game last year - then Cowie will definitely start. His energy is just too important in this kind of game.

It’s a midfield four lacking width, but, as mentioned earlier, Hearts push their full-backs high to make up for that. With both Kitchen and Tziolis providing protection for the two centre-backs, it’ll allow Cowie and Walker to roam inside, where they do their best work.

FC - Esmael Goncalves

It’s only been four games but it’s already easy to see the strengths and weaknesses of Goncalves. Strong, quick feet, burst of pace, and a tendency to make the wrong decision. He’ll either have the Hearts fans tearing their hair out, or they’ll be chanting his name come the full-time whistle.

The alternative would be to station him alongside Bjorn Johnsen. It is certainly a possibility, seeing as Cathro went to a 4-4-2 at half-time in the last derby after bringing Johnsen off the bench, where Hearts had their strongest period of the game. But Johnsen’s poor form of late will probably restrict his role to that of a second half substitute.

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A 62-year-old grandfather suffering form an incurable cancer will take part in the Etape Loch Ness challenge to raise money for Maggie’s Centre.

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Colin Murray, from Buckie in Moray, is undertaking the marathon cycle to pay tribute to those who have supported him his his battle against the disease.

Colin is determined to complete the course despite still being treated for mantle cell lymphoma - cancer which attacks the body’s white cells, and means that he will only ever be in remission, never cured.

He still has days where cancer leaves him feeling tired and washed out.

But he refuses to be beaten and says his solution is to have a yawn, sit down for half an hour and then get right back up again.

Etape Loch Ness takes place on traffic-free roads around the world-famous loch on 23 April.

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Staff and volunteers at Maggie’s Centre – a specialist cancer facility - in Aberdeen supported him and his family and he wanted to do something to repay that kindness.

Colin said: “I would always go into Maggie’s after my treatment and speak to them and I found that it helped me so much.

“Just having someone there to listen made such a huge difference to me, and I cannot thank them enough for all they have done.”

He was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2008 and endured seven months of chemotherapy before being told by doctors he was in remission.

However, the cancer showed signs of returning six years later and Colin agreed to take part in a trial of a new drug - ibrutinib.

The drug, which is still undergoing clinical trials, kills lymphoma cells and prevents them from dividing. This stops the spread of lymphoma cells through the body.

Colin added: “Although I will never be cured, everything is going in the right direction with this drug.

“I’m feeling well and although I still get a bit tired from time to time, it’s nothing to complain about.

“I think when some people get ill, they take to sitting indoors and welding themselves to an arm chair. But you’ve just got to keep going – set a goal, no matter how small.

“I took up cycling last June because I wanted to do something to thank the people who had helped me and my family. I never thought that I would be able to cycle any kind of distance, but I’m out doing 30 to 40 miles a couple of times a week.

“I’m really looking forward to Etape Loch Ness. A long time ago, I did some 10Ks and half marathons, and I always remember the feeling of achievement of crossing the line. That’s what I am looking forward to the most – looking around and seeing lots of smiles on faces.

“And, of course, the fact that I am going to complete this with my illness makes it even more of an achievement. I’m aiming to get around the course in under four-and-a-half hours, but we’ll just see how it goes.

“I had planned to ride it with my son, but he’s been working abroad for long periods of time and hasn’t been able to get any training done. So, it looks like it will be left to the old man to do it on his own.”

Colin hopes the public will go online to donate: Colin’s fundraising page

The centre in Aberdeen – one of many across the UK – gives patients and their families access to advice, practical information and emotional support, as well as a listening ear.

The official charity partner of Etape Loch Ness is Macmillan Cancer Support, but dozens of charities will benefit from the efforts of participants.

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George North will return to Wales’ starting line-up for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland

The Northampton wing has recovered from a leg injury that sidelined him for Wales’ 21-16 loss to reigning champions England earlier this month, and he replaces Alex Cuthbert.

It is the only change following the England defeat, with Wales boss Rob Howley retaining a back row of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty, and 63 times-capped number eight Taulupe Faletau again on the bench.

Team in full

L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), AW Jones (Ospreys, capt), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), J Tipuric (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester).

Replacements: S Baldwin (Ospreys), N Smith (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Bath), T Faletau (Bath), G Davies (Scarlets), S Davies (Ospreys), J Roberts (Harlequins).

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Derek Llambias believes nothing has changed at Rangers in Dave King’s time in charge, Moussa Dembele could stay at Celtic for four years, and Esmael Goncalves has stoked the fire before tonight’s Edinburgh derby.

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200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland

Llambias questions King

Derek Llambias has asked Dave King to show Rangers fans where the money is - insisting nothing has changed at Ibrox since the South African-based businessman took control of the club.

Llambias, who was appointed to the Rangers board thanks to the influence of Mike Ashley, was removed from his position as chief executive at a special EGM in the spring of 2015.

He insists there was never any serious money available that King was willing to invest, and he believes he’s been vindicated by the actions of the current Rangers chairman. (Daily Record)

Goncalves: Hibs don’t play football

Hearts striker Esmael Goncalves insists Scottish Cup opponents Hibs “don’t play good football” ahead of tonight’s fifth-round replay at Easter Road.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in a bruising encounter at Tynecastle ten days ago, and he reckons Hearts will be more up for the fight with their rivals this time around.

“They are aggressive with a lot of fight. I don’t think they play good football. They know how to fight and that’s good but I don’t think this is playing football. It helps me because when I played against them at Tynecastle I didn’t know what kind of game they play. Now I know.” (Evening News)

Dembele at Celtic for four years

Moussa Dembele could stay at Celtic for the full four years of the contract he signed last summer, according to his agent.

The 20-year-old has been linked with moves to a host of big clubs across Europe, with talk of transfer fees reaching as much as £40million.

Dembele’s agent, Mamadi Fofana, insists his client isn’t thinking about anywhere else, and would be happy to stay at Parkhead until 2020. (Daily Record)

Burley: Dembele will join Chelsea

Ex-Celtic midfielder Craig Burley reckons it is “nailed on” that Dembele will join English Premier League leaders Chelsea this summer.

The ESPN pundit said Scottish football was “quite embarrassing” in terms of standard, while revealing that sources from his home nation think Dembele will be moving to Stamford Bridge in a deal approaching £40m. (Evening Times)

Celtic and Rangers battle for trio

Celtic and Rangers are both interested in the same candidates to fill vacant positions in their football departments.

Ross Wilson, Stuart Webber and Paul Mitchell are said to be leading the shortlist for Rangers as they hunt for a director of football. Meanwhile, Celtic are eyeing the same trio as they look to hire a head of recruitment to replace John Park. (Daily Express)

O’Dea: Hartley has put me off management

Darren O’Dea has joked that the sheer amount of work Paul Hartley puts in as Dundee boss has put him off ever becoming a manager himself.

O’Dea is currently doing his coaching badges and he’s been flabbergasted by the long hours Hartley does in the role as top dog at Dens Park, including going to watch seven-year-olds play in the club’s academy. (Daily Record)

Hyndman: We’ve let down Murty

Rangers loanee Emerson Hyndman admits the players have let down interim boss Graeme Murty and they’re desperate to make it up to him when the Light Blues take on Inverness.

Hyndman insists the squad is fully behind the caretaker boss and they intend to demonstrate that by getting back to winning ways this Friday evening. (Evening Times)

Lennon: No regrets over rant

Neil Lennon has no regrets after he very publicly hauled his Hibs players over the coals in the wake of Saturday’s draw with Raith Rovers. He claims that the fact he was so incensed by the performance proves that he still has fire in his belly and he wants to see that burning in his players as well, but not just in tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Hearts.

He acknowledged that his own quest for perfection meant that the standards he has set his squad are lofty, and maintains that any player who shares his priorities of a league and cup double this season must deliver a much higher level of consistency. (The Scotsman)

McGhee hit with charge

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has been hit with a Scottish Football Association notice of complaint over his dismissal against Aberdeen.

McGhee has been handed a misconduct charge after being sent to the stand during his team’s 7-2 thrashing at Pittodrie last week.

The SFA charge alleges that McGhee “used offensive, abusing and/or insulting language and gestures” and “adopted aggressive behaviour” towards a match official. (The Scotsman)

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Craig Ross’s reign as the Sanlam South African Amateur champion ended in disappointment this morning.

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The Kirkhill player was forced to concede his last-32 tie against fellow Scot Liam Johnston at Humewood Golf Club due to illness.

Ross, who’d won his first-round tie 4&2 against Clement Charmasson on Tuesday, was three down at the time after seeing his Dumfries & County opponent get off to a fast start.

“I was up sick all last night and just felt weak and dizzy, as well as sweating a lot, this morning,” said Ross. “I tried to play but just was getting worse on the course.”

Ross and Johnston had been left as the last two Scots standing after Calum Fyfe (Cawder), Jamie Stewart from Old Ranfurly and Peebles player Craig Howie all bowed out in the opening round.

Howie went out at the 22nd hole in a marathon match against home hope Jason Smith.

Scottish players have won the event four times in the last six years.

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Gleneagles has been confirmed as an “official supporter” of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

The Perthshire venue had already been announced as the venue for the mixed golf tournament that is part of the multi-sport event for the first time.

The event, which is backed by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour, will include a men’s and women’s event along with a ground-breaking mixed competition.

“We’re proud to be associated with what will be a ground-breaking moment in sporting history,” said Bernard Murphy, Gleneagles’ managing director.

“The event will build on Gleneagles’ long history of raising the bar in golf and breaking cultural boundaries in sport – including the first match between British and American professionals in 1921.

“We look forward to continuing that tradition at the European Golf Team Championships, when Europe’s leading men and women compete together for the first time, in what will be a real historic moment for the sport.

“We are therefore delighted to be announced as an official supporter of Glasgow 2018, and look forward to delivering an inspiring event that will strengthen Gleneagles’ reputation as one of the foremost golfing venues in the world.”

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Sandy Scott is in contention after two rounds in the The Prestige at PGA West, a top US college event also featuring Stirling University players.

Nairn star Scott, who is at Texas Tech, followed an opening 72 with a four-under 67 to sit on three-under, five behind leader Jared duToit from Arizona State.

The top Stirling player is Jordan Sundborg, who is sitting joint-15th after rounds of 69 and 73.

LSU lead the team event on one-over, a shot ahead of Stanford, with Texas Tech fifth on eight-over and Stirling 11th on 20-over.

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Ewen Ferguson lost ground on the second day of the Red Sea Little Venice Open, the second Alps Tour event in quick succession at Sokhna in Egypt.

After opening with a 69 to sit joint-fifth, the former Walker Cup player slipped to joint-26th following a 74.

It left him eight shots off the lead, shared by Dutchman Lars Van Meijel and Spaniard Lucas Vacarisas, heading into today’s final round.

Jamie Savage and Daniel Young are now the leading Scots, seven off the pace.

Both Jack McDonald, who’d started his season with a top-10 finish in the Ein Bay Open, and Joe Knox missed the cut.

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Jamie McLeary finished second behind home player Tiago Cruz in the Palmares Classic V, an Algarve Pro Tour event.

A second successive 66, which included two eagles, for a 12-under-par total left the Scot two shots behind Cruz, who shot impressive rounds of 66 and 64.

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15th Club has been appointed by the Ladies European Tour to work with Team Europe ahead of this year’s Solheim Cup in Iowa.

The London-based company will work with European captain Annika Sorenstam and her team to provide detailed performance information and analysis ahead of the match at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in August.

“I have always been a big believer in tracking stats to help improve performance and 15th Club does just that,” said the former world No 1.

“Numbers don’t lie and it will be great to have data on each European player right at my fingertips.”

15th Club, which was founded in 2015 with the aim of helping golfers win by applying intelligence to data, worked with Darren Clarke in the build up to last year’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will partner Rory McIlroy in the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am in May.

Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, will tee it up at Wentworth alongside the current world No 3, a lifelong Red Devils fan.

“It’s a great honour, although a slightly scary one, to be asked to play with Rory,” said Giggs. “I’m a big fan of his so I’m looking forward to catching up with him and seeing for myself how he plays the game.”

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Zane Scotland has been named a global brand ambassador of Golf Citizen, one of the fastest growing online tee time booking engines.

One of the most recognisable and respected faces on the MENA Tour, the 34-year-old Englishman will spearhead an ambitious Golf Citizen campaign.

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“Ready golf” is to be implemented at this year’s Amateur Championship as the R&A steps up its attempt to improve pace of play in golf, with chief executive Martin Slumbers insisting that players like 
Jason Day have a responsibility in that respect as “role 
models”.

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Speaking when he was the world No 1, the notoriously deliberate Day said earlier this year that he “didn’t care much about speeding up my game” and that he would back off a shot as many times as he felt necessary before pulling the trigger.

The Australian was widely criticised for his indignance at a time when stringent efforts are being made to crack down on slow play in the game, led by the R&A, which published 
a manual last May offering guidance to golf clubs and golfers.

It recommended “ready golf”, where a player is encouraged to hit a shot if they feel ready rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf, and that was trialed successfully by the Golfing Union of Ireland in the Irish Close Championship last year.

Now, it will also be implemented for the first time by the R&A in the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying for its blue ribbon event, the Amateur Championship, which takes place in June at Royal St George’s in Kent.

“Pace of play is something that we’ve been talking about extensively in the last 
12 months,” said Slumbers, speaking at a media briefing in St Andrews. “The more evidence that I’ve seen this year, the more I’m going to continue talking about it because I think it is increasingly important to the development of the game.

“In this year’s Amateur Championship, we will be implementing ‘ready golf’, which is one of the recommendations in our pace of play manual, for the stroke play, and that’s part of our bit to help with setting an example about the pace.

“When you get to the professional level, there’s no doubt in my mind that the professionals are role models, and they are fantastic role models for young people. They’re healthy, they’re fit, they’re strong 
and they’ve got unbelievable skill.

“But part of that role model is pace of play, and there is no doubt that younger generations take a steer from them. So I think I would just encourage the Tour pros to realise that pace of play is part of them being that role model, and it’s not helpful to growing the amateur game when the youngsters are slowing down.”

Slumbers also called on the top professionals to respect the game’s etiquette at all times after American Pat Perez sparked anger by not even attempting to shout “fore” on more than once occasion during the Geneis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday, hitting a spectator on the head with one wayward drive.

“The safety of spectators is a key part of the etiquette of our game,” insisted the R&A supremo. “I wouldn’t think twice about shouting “fore” if any ball was heading towards another player, and I think that’s a standard that should be adopted at all levels of the game.”

Asked if he thought that culprits like Perez should be fined or even banned, he added: “A lot of that is up to the tours in terms of how they want to work with their players. But there’s something about the integrity and the values of of this game that is different to pretty much every other sport. I think the etiquette of the game is as important a matter as the individual 34 rules. I don’t see any reason why any player at any level should not follow that etiquette.”

As for golf’s current trend of innovative new events, Slumbers said he welcomes the schedule having some “variety” like last week’s Super 6 event in Australia but is happy to leave the razamataz to Keith Pelley, the European Tour’s charismatic chief executive. “Keith and I talk an awful lot, and he’s a bundle of energy and ideas,” he said. “I thought it (the Super 6) was a terrific event and I’m encouraged to see them wanting to do more of that.

“Excitement breeds excitement and we all have our part to play, but I don’t think it would be appropriate to do that every week. The blue ribbon way of doing it is 72-hole stroke play, but it is excitingto have some variety in there now.

“We introduced our nine-hole event last year at Troon, using The Open as a platform. Our objective from that 
event was to see more nine-hole competitions in clubs, and that’s starting. This year we’ll be hosting the event at Birkdale. That’s probably where we will go for the time being, and I think that’s 
probably the most appropriate for us.”

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The 146th Open Championship could be the first in the event’s history to offer prize money in US dollars due to a weak pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said he is considering the change in an effort to try and keep the Claret Jug joust on par with the other three majors in monetary terms.

Calculated at the current exchange rate, last year’s £6.5 million prize pot for the Open Championship is worth just over $8 million.That’s $4 million less than the USGA has raised the prize fund to for this year’s US Open following a recent $2 million injection.

“It’s something that hasn’t escaped my attention,” admitted Slumbers. “It’s a significant issue as we’ve gone from (an exchange rate of) $1.50 to $1.25. I’m very conscious that The Open is the only one of the four majors outside of the United States and what I’m trying to make sure is that The Open iss viewed as one of the world’s great sporting events.

“Prize-money is one of the factors in that. For these guys (the players), this is their living. We’re very aware of where all the prize money is for the majors and for the other events. “We’ve always announced our prize money in pounds, which makes the issue a little bit more complex. But it’s something that we will address and deal with before June, when we announce what the 2017 prize-money will be. An option clearly is to move to US dollars.”

That could also be the case with the Ricoh Women’s British Open, which through a merger with the LGU, will be part of the R&A’s portfolio of events for the first time this year when it takes place at Kingsbarns.

While keen to see that tournament grow, Slumbers said he believes it will be difficult to reach a position in golf where men and women are playing for the same prize funds in majors, as is now the case in tennis at Wimbledon.

“Professional golf is a business,” he said. “It is a function of the revenues that 
can be earned from sponsors and the costs of staging and prize money that goes into the equation. You have to be 
aware of that balance around those two things. I think 
directionally it’s very important that the women’s purses move up closer to the 
men’s purses, but it will take time. It would be a very 
expensive statement at the moment.”

While excited about it being staged for the first time at Kingsbarns, Slumbers isn’t ruling out the possibility one day of the Women’s British Open being held straight after an Open Chanpionship at the same venue. “There’s huge appeal to doing that and I thought it was fantastic at Pinehurst,” he said of the US Open and US Women’s Open being held there on successive weeks in 2014. “I think it would be terrific if we were able to make it work in the future, but it’s not without potentially insurmountable challenges in terms of not just the set up of the golf course but the staging and the stands Pinehurst was able to do it because it’s got so many other courses (eight) in the set up.”

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After tasting Cardiff City v Swansea City as well as making his Hearts debut in an Edinburgh derby last season, he more than understands the special properties of such fiercely contested clashes.

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But Don Cowie has expressed the hope that Hibs “play a bit more football” in tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth round replay.

There is ample reason for this double-edged comment given Cowie’s own participation in tonight’s replay hinges on him having sufficiently recovered from a painful injury picked up the first meeting between the sides.

The 34-year-old midfielder was on the wrong end of a collision with committed Hibs defender Darren McGregor early in the 0-0 draw and was eventually replaced after 79 minutes, having battled on for longer than expected.

Such an experienced player as Cowie knows the way things are. Last weekend’s game was never going to be a festival of football, particularly given the state of the Tynecastle pitch. “Hibs have got some very good footballers as well but sometimes things dictate the way you play a game,” he said. “They’ve got players in midfield like [John] McGinn and [Fraser] Fyvie, who want to get the ball down and pass it. They are a good footballing team and hopefully on Wednesday we will see a bit more of that.”

Having sustained bruised ribs, a particularly painful injury he reports, in the original tie, Cowie only returned to training on Monday after missing his side’s 1-1 draw with Inverness on Saturday.

Does he feel the challenge from McGregor was in any way malicious or simply an accident? “You can decide,” he said. “He got booked. Did he apologise? I don’t think he thought he did much wrong. It was just one of those coming together things.

“Hopefully I will be available for selection on Wednesday night,” he added. “It was my ribs. He is a big lad that ran into me. He really knocked me and I was struggling last week. But as each day goes by I am getting better.

“It’s been sore. There’s been a few sneezes and things like that that have not been pleasant! I did fear a rib was cracked but it wasn’t. Whether it’s bruised or cracked there’s nothing you can do except get on with it.”

Cowie hasn’t had his injury troubles to seek in recent weeks. He was involved in a nasty collision with Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain in Hearts’ 3-2 defeat at Dens just before Christmas and had to be rushed to Ninewells hospital in a neck brace. “Thankfully, it was a just a bit of whiplash,” he said.

But no wonder he plans on making sure his two young children are tucked up in bed tonight rather than coming to watch their father put his body on the line in another inevitably hard-fought derby. Despite the better surface at Easter Road it could well be another X-certificate clash.

“Hibs probably played the conditions better than we did in the first game,” admitted Cowie. “They had big Grant Holt up front who is experienced. He knows what he’s doing. He can win fouls. But we stood up to it and we probably had the clearer chances but were unable to take them.”

Indeed, Cowie can count friends as well as foes in the opposition ranks tonight. He played with Holt at Wigan and so was not surprised by his old team-mate’s effective performance in the first game at Tynecastle, when the veteran striker was in his element.

“He’s not played in the Premier League for the years he did and not been on the verge of an England call-up if he didn’t know what he was doing,” said Cowie. “He’s a clever player and he plays to his strengths.”

Some would go as far as to say wily, but Cowie refused to pin this charge on Holt. “It’s not a case of being clued up,” said Cowie. “He’s experienced and he’s not doing anything illegal. It’s about having savvy and experience in these big games. I got on well with him at Wigan and we are still in touch now.”

Cowie made himself scarce when Hibs were parading the trophy in Edinburgh last May but tips his hat to their success. With a home draw to come against Ayr United in the last eight, both sides are alert to the opportunity at stake this evening.

“It’s tough but at the same time, you’ve got to appreciate what they [Hibs] achieved,” said Cowie. “They got to two cup finals, and they were playing in the Championship at the time. To do that was a great achievement. They managed to win one of the trophies and took many Premiership scalps along the way. You have to give them a lot of respect for what they’ve done.

“It’s tough because you want it to be you that’s winning trophies, but at the same time, it gives you that motivation. You see the celebrations in the city and that’s something that we’ve got to strive for.

“The important thing is we just want to win this game. As a group, we want to start achieving things, whether we are at the end of our career, start of our career or the middle. You want to win trophies and this is a great chance for us to win a trophy.”

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We had just been bundled out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round stage against FBK Kaunas so I was feeling distraught enough.

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But then it became clear Walter Smith decided I was the one to blame. He gave me his version of the Hairdryer afterwards, right in my face.

It made me feel lower than a snake’s belly.

Christian Dailly kept on giving the ball away in the last 15 minutes, and I got the blame! I had been getting a bit frustrated with Christian, so I kept throwing my hands up in the air. I wanted him to pass the ball to me. But we kept giving it away. And they ended up scoring very late on.

I had scored in the first half to put us one up after a 0-0 draw at Ibrox in the first leg. Once I’d scored everyone thought that was the away goal and we were through. But Kaunas scored on the stroke of half-time and then again late on to go through.

Walter was furious: Who did I think I was, throwing my arms up in the air, like a spoilt brat? It had been more out of frustration on my part. He knew that was not the kind of player I was.

But he let me know what he thought of my performance and body language. Although I reckoned I was one of the better Rangers players on the night I had to accept it, I was the one getting it in the neck.

It was cute from Walter. He knew that every time I got a kick up the backside, he got a reaction – and a positive one. I never sulked or went into my shell. You feel bad when it happens, of course. Obviously you are getting a rollicking, it’s not nice. But the best players react in a positive manner.

That’s why I think Neil Lennon knew what he was doing with his rant after Hibs’ 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers on Saturday, and his threat to put young kids in against Hearts in tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth round replay at Easter Road.

It’s his right to have a go. As a player I have been in that situation many times before, not just at Rangers – although that was the fiercest one.

The best players react in the manner Lenny would expect them to react. The ones who take it to heart, who have the stuffing knocked out of them, aren’t probably the ones he would want for a derby anyway.

I’d like to think the Hibs squad, and I know a lot of them, have been shocked by his outburst. But they are big and brave enough to give the reaction Neil would want.

The next game after that Kaunas game in 2008 we were away to Falkirk on the first day of the league season – a tricky place to go. We won that 1-0 and I did OK and then we were back at Ibrox to face Hearts, and we beat them 2-0. Obviously Ibrox can be a daunting place to play, especially after a poor result. The Kaunas result was still hanging over everyone at the club.

The fans feared the worst and that put extra pressure on the players. I know Hibs have come off the back of a disappointing result and performance at Raith but they are still in the cup, at home, and they are seven points clear in the league. Things are good.

For me, the pressure I faced after the Kaunas game was far greater. If we had lost or dropped points in those first games of the season, that hangover would have continued.

The best players react in the right manner. Managers are looking for a reaction when they come out and publicly give the players a hard time. I heard Neil say if they think they know better than him then good luck to them.

He has played and managed at the highest level in the Champions League with Celtic. He is there to guide the Hibs players and try to coax them along to be the best they can be.

It’s up to them to react in the manner he’d expect and come out fighting. That’s the least you’d expect of that changing room.

But Walter was different in that he kept his criticism very much indoors. Lenny has decided to do what he has done and he will feel he’s right. I still remember Alan Stubbs having a rant when we were beaten at Raith Rovers in the first play-off game last season. He accidentally broke a mirror in the away changing room. There must be something about that place for Hibs managers!

Alan’s way was always to have his say in private and then praise his players to the press. Lenny is really honest, straight-to-the-point and speaks like a fan – and my Hibs-supporting friends appreciate that.

There is no right or wrong. It is just different characters and different ways of doing it. I’d imagine what Lenny has said is pre-meditated because he wants a reaction tomorrow.

What he has said he will stand by – I am sure. But he will hope to have manipulated a response.

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Neil Lennon has no regrets after he very publicly hauled his Hibs players over the coals in the wake of Saturday’s draw with Raith Rovers.

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He claims that the fact he was so incensed by the performance proves that he still has fire in his belly and he wants to see that burning in his players as well, but not just in tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Hearts. The result against Raith denied Hibs the chance to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Championship which, with just a dozen games remaining, would have been a massive advantage.

It also prompted the Easter Road head coach to question the professionalism of his players.

But, while he acknowledged that his own quest for perfection meant that the standards he has set his squad are lofty, he maintained that any player who shares his priorities of 
a league and cup double this season must deliver a much higher level of consistency.

“Am I a perfectionist? Yes, I think a lot of managers are,” Lennon said. “A wise old bird once told me ‘don’t look for the perfect when the best will do’, but I didn’t get the best on 
Saturday. You’ll never get perfection, whether it’s me, Brendan [Rodgers], Pep [Guardiola], but you need to strive for it. What actually pleased me was that I’ve still got the rage! I thought maybe I’d mellowed, but I’ve still got it in there.

“I caught myself the other day – and that’s no bad thing, that it still means so much. It is rare [to have such an outburst], but there is a time and a place for moments like that. I did it at Celtic and I’m sure I’ll do it again at other clubs.

“There are standards and they fell way below the standard that we expect of them. I want them to be consistent. Sometimes maybe I ask too much of them, I don’t know, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they perform a lot better than they did in the first 45 minutes. Tonight [against Hearts] is a different animal.

“Am I looking for a reaction? Well any manager would be after a disappointing performance and I think these guys have got good mental strength when they really need it.”

The swift return to action, in such a monumental game for the fans and one that will 
ultimately help determine the success of this season, is a blessing, according to Lennon, who can’t wait for the replay at Easter Road.

“Any game would have been ideal but this game is a little bit more special because of the rivalry between the two teams. I don’t look too much into that but what I want to do is prevail in a cup tie and get to the quarter-finals because we are the holders.”

Having bettered Hearts en route to winning the trophy last term, Hibs do not want to grant Hearts revenge this year. Lennon, just doesn’t want to lose.

“I don’t want to give it up to anybody. I don’t want to get beat and we are not in that mode of thinking. We are very positive. Our priority is the league. Our priority is the Scottish. We have two priorities now. I know I have been saying all along that the league is the priority but I’ve been lying.”

Even if Lennon is accurate when he suggests his side have grown slightly complacent in the league, where they have lost just two in 24, and are therefore selective in the games they galvanise themselves for, the high stakes mean he has no fears about his men’s attitude tonight.

“I think that’s a natural assumption to make when you look at the results but the other side of this is that we’re seven points clear [in the league]. Seven points clear is respectable but it probably should have been even better. So what I’m looking for going forward is more intensity, concentration and application so that we start games as well as we finish them. In professional football if you’re going for a title, or going for a double – and we are in two competitions and we want to win both – then you can’t pick and choose your games.

“There is nothing between the [capital] teams. And If Hearts want to come and play football then that will suit us down to the ground because not many teams come here and play football.

“It will be a challenge that we will look forward to. It will be feisty for sure and it will be raw. I am sure there will be good football played at times.”

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Some people talk a good game but John McGinn prefers to let his football speak for itself.

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A player with a pretty decent track record against this evening’s Scottish Cup opponents, the midfielder is coy about discussing statistics tarnished by just one defeat in nine head to heads with Hearts, despite facing them while playing for lower-ranked sides.

With St Mirren, he lost just one league game to them, back in early 2014, while down to ten men, but, otherwise, has savoured four wins, including the League Cup final with the Paisley side and last season’s Scottish Cup derby with Hibernian, and four draws, giving him a decent return for his endeavour against the 
Gorgie side.

But, while he obviously relishes it and it has been the talk of the dressing room, with team-mates openly envious of his form against Hibs’ Edinburgh foes, with another 
crucial meeting to contend with, McGinn doesn’t want to tempt fate.

“I’m not jinxing it,” he said as he eyed up the replay of a terrible tie that could be described as tousy at best. “I think they might have beaten me once when I was at St Mirren but I’m not saying any more. Nah, I don’t want to jinx it.”

The match comes just days after the Hibernian players had been verbally eviscerated by their manager, Neil Lennon, unhappy that his players have allowed standards to slip in recent weeks as they attempt to wrap up the Championship title and promotion.

McGinn considers it the kick up the backside the squad, perhaps, needed, after dropping points against Ayr United and then Raith Rovers. The former preceded the first shot at finding a way past Hearts and into the quarter-finals of the nation’s premier knock-out contest. While the derby was far from a classic, the Leith side matched their Premiership rivals. But they failed to come up with the same level of performance in Kirkcaldy at the weekend, suggesting to Lennon that the players appear to be picking and choosing which games they are lifting themselves for.

Revealing that the roasting the players received in private as even more ferocious than the lambasting they were subjected to when the gaffer addressed the media, McGinn believes the manager was right to remind the squad of the quality and consistency needed to fulfil ambitions but he claimed that it was unfair to accuse players of consciously approaching certain games with a mindset.

“It’s important to give the players a kick up the backside when it’s needed and I think on Saturday it was definitely needed. I don’t think it was a ploy. It was just a reminder that, if you want to win trophies, like the manager has done in his career, you can’t just switch it on and off. You’ve got to be at it every week. I think that was the point he was making to us and it’s one we’ll take on board.

“But not one player in there will wake up on a Saturday morning and think: ‘I am not going to try today because it is not an Edinburgh derby’. Certain occasions are different but we treated Raith Rovers with a lot of respect, maybe too much at a certain stage, and we weren’t attacking as much as we normally do.

“Their game plan worked more than ours did and we weren’t at our best. I think that was it more than we weren’t trying or anything like that.

“We’ll always give 110 per cent, it just might not look as if we are at it as much. In an Edinburgh derby, it’s more ferocious from the start and it’s maybe more evident.”

The match tonight affords the cup holders the perfect opportunity to earn a way back into their gaffer’s good books but, for McGinn, it is also a chance for those involved in last weekend’s Tynecastle horror show to redeem themselves in the eyes of the football public.

Describing that tussle as “a boxing fight with no winner”, few would argue with him. “ It was terrible! It really was. It was a bad game, I think everyone knew that. People have said it was the worst Edinburgh derby in years and I would agree with them. We have the chance to improve on that now, though, and I think both teams were thankful that it was a draw and we can now go and show that we are not boring teams and that we can put on a good show, like we did last year. Hopefully, this one will be easy on the eye and we get the win again.”

Last season the replay at Easter Road ended with a home victory which the fans greeted with a rendition of Sunshine on Leith and burgeoning optimism that would ultimately, finally, be rewarded at Hampden, in May. It was a night the Scotland star says he will not forget in a hurry and one he would love to replicate.

“That could be the motivation for us because it was exceptional and the noise that the fans created, even in the first tie they were singing non-stop from the first minute to the last, so that backing could be important and could work in our favour.

“It’s one of the main reasons that I came to Hibs, to play in big games like this, in front of 20,000 people, at Easter Road, and be able to show what I can do.

“I happened to do that last season and it is important this year that I go out and do the 
same thing. It is a great occasion. The games are a lot bigger than I thought they would be when I signed for Hibs and the bragging rights are just as important through here as they are in the west. It is great to be involved in them and hopefully the bragging rights stay with us this season.”

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Neil Lennon claimed he might need to call on the legendary Pat Stanton
tonight after being so annoyed with Hibs’ performance at Kirkcaldy last Saturday.

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However, namesake Sam is hoping the Hibs boss wants a Stanton full-time next season.

Lennon, furious with his side’s display in the 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers, had quipped that he would “play the kids if I have to – or Pat Stanton” in tonight’s Scottish Cup replay against Hearts.

The 72-year-old former captain was flattered with the offer but midfield star Sam, pictured, 50 years his junior, is hoping there is a space for him.

The 22-year-old is on a season-long loan with Dumbarton, having spent the second half of last 
season with Livingston.

He was back to top form last weekend and grabbed his first goals of the season with a double against Ayr United, even if the Sons were shattered when Ayr came back to level with two injury-time goals.

He knows he needs to maintain that level of performance for the rest of the campaign to give himself a chance of featuring for the Easter Road men next season in what he hopes will be the Premiership.

Stanton said: “We will see what happens next season. I have always believed in myself and I have always believed in my ability – whether I play for Hibs or play for someone else at a higher level. I have another year left so I suppose this part of the season is my last chance to impress.

“I have always believed that I can score so hopefully I kick on now and get a few more in the remaining months of the season.

“I’ve been at Hibs a long time and it’s the club I supported as a boy so I want to stay there and play for Hibs. I think I can still get back into the team there.

“I know that Hibs come to watch me sometimes and I feel as if I have been doing well at Dumbarton so we will see what happens.”

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Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City fought back to beat Monaco 5-3 in a sensational Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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City trailed 2-1 at half-time and 3-2 after an hour of a pulsating last 16 first leg encounter but finished with a flourish to peg back the exhilarating Ligue 1 leaders.

Radamel Falcao scored two and missed a penalty for the visitors while teenage star Kylian Mbappe also got on the scoresheet.

But City, who took an early lead through Raheem Sterling and were also controversially denied a penalty, roused themselves when it mattered most with late goals from John Stones and Leroy Sane securing victory – much to the delight of boss Pep Guardiola, pictured.

Defensively, it was a horror night for Stones and Nicolas Otamendi but that was not the headline act. Both sides boasted a strong reputation for attacking football and it was a clash that delivered all the promised excitement.

City grabbed the lead in the 26th minute after brilliant work by Sane, exchanging passes with David Silva and racing towards the six-yard box to tee up Sterling – who stayed narrowly onside to 
finish.

The hosts’ lead did not last long as Willy Caballero gifted possession to Monaco. Within seconds the ball was in the net as Fabinho crossed brilliantly for Falcao to head home.

Controversy erupted when Aguero raced through on goal and went down as goalkeeper Danijel Subasic challenged. It was a strong penalty claim but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz saw differently and booked Aguero for diving. Salt was rubbed into City’s wounds when Otamendi reacted slowly to a free-kick and the razor-sharp Mbappe darted into the area and lashed a shot into the roof of the net.

Things almost got worse for City early in the second half as Otamendi was adjudged to have fouled Falcao as the Colombian shot wide, conceding a penalty. The way the decision was made certainly inflamed tensions, with the Spanish referee taking a long time to think, but City escaped.

Falcao’s spot-kick was delayed as an object thrown from the crowd landed on the pitch, but the forward procrastinated further and Caballero saved.

City took advantage to level as Sterling won possession and released Aguero, with the Argentinian drilling his first goal in seven appearances through Subasic’s grasp just before the hour.

But again Monaco responded, with Falcao making a fool of Stones in the area and chipping
Caballero for a delightful goal. Mbappe lashed another effort wide soon after but City levelled when Aguero volleyed home from a Silva corner.

It was from another corner that City took the lead, this time Stones atoning for his earlier error by reacting quickly to a Yaya Toure flick-on to strike at the back post.

City did not sit back after that and claimed their fifth of the night when Silva played Aguero through and the Argentinian set up Sane for a tap-in.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANDY HAMPSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4373082.1487716348!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4373082.1487716348!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates with team-mates after scoring their fifth goal against Monaco at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates with team-mates after scoring their fifth goal against Monaco at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4373082.1487716348!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/scotland/richie-gray-backs-brother-jonny-for-scotland-captaincy-1-4372979","id":"1.4372979","articleHeadline": "Richie Gray backs brother Jonny for Scotland captaincy","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1487716200000 ,"articleLead": "

The Tuesday before a Saturday international is normally the Scotland captain’s day to hold court and, for some time now, that has been an audience with Greig Laidlaw.

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The Six Nations-ending ankle injury picked up by the skipper and scrum-half in Paris a week past Sunday meant that was not the case at the national squad’s Oriam training base yesterday, with the identity of his successor for Saturday’s clash with Wales at BT Murrayfield not to be revealed until tomorrow, when the new leader will face the media with head coach Vern Cotter following the team announcement.

The attendant press did get to chat with a man who has an insight into one of the leading contenders, though, as Richie Gray spoke about the attributes his brother Jonny could bring to the role if called upon.

The younger Gray finished the game at Stade de France, which Scotland lost 22-16, as captain due to John Barclay following Laidlaw off injured after just six minutes of 
deputising.

It was the first time that 
Richie, 27, had experienced being captained by his 22-year-old “wee” brother, who is a mere 6ft 6in to the elder sibling’s 6ft 10in.

“Yes it was the first time I’ve been captained by Jonny but it wasn’t strange for me at all. That’s just the way it is for me these days,” said Richie.

The brothers are regularly up at the top of the tackle charts, though when asked if there was any rivalry over that, Richie chuckled and said: “There can’t be because I keep losing. There’s no competition, I’m just trying to get as close to him as I can.”

Jonny is co-captain of 
Glasgow Warriors along 
with Henry Pyrgos, although fit-again Scarlets flanker 
Barclay is probably the favourite to lead Scotland out on Saturday against the nation where he lives and plays his club rugby. The 30-year-old has 57 caps to Jonny Gray’s 30 and that experience, along with his more vocal communication skills, should see him get the nod.

However, Richie believes his brother would be more than up to the task if Cotter picks his lock partner. “Jonny’s a reserved guy, he’s reserved in training and on the pitch as well. He’s not the type to go about shouting and bawling,” explained Richie. “Actions often speak louder than words and he’s that type of guy.

“Obviously teams need a captain and need to be led well but let’s not get too bogged down with it. We’ve got a good 
leadership group and whoever is captain will step up and take it on from there. We’re not going to win or lose the game by whom we name as captain, we’ll win by how we play the game.”

The Gray brothers played the full 80 minutes of that brutal match in France, which 
Richie said was “up there” with the most physical games he has ever been involved in. As well as Laidlaw, Scotland lost a number of players to head knocks and Josh Strauss also picked up a Six Nations-ending kidney injury.

“It’s always a different game when you play France, it’s very attritional and it’s more of an arm wrestle,” said the man who now plays for Toulouse after a spell at Castres. “It’s about big contacts in the scrum and the maul and it does take its toll on you.

“I face that every week at club level but international rugby is different from club games. There is a higher intensity about it.”

Scotland were competitive in France but let things slip away and failed to follow up on that opening win over Ireland.

“The positive to take from the France game was that we didn’t play anywhere near as well as we could have done and yet we were still in it at the end,” added Gray. “All of the boys were very frustrated the day after the game. We weren’t able to get into our flow or the way we wanted to play.

“You need to give credit to France for stopping us from doing that but it was very frustrating. It was our own errors which cost us and we can play a lot better than that and we need to rectify that this 
weekend.”

In players’ parlance the next game is always the biggest game but Gray did concede that this encounter with Wales, who Scotland are looking to beat for the first time since 2007, is looming as the defining match of the campaign. Win and it’s on to a shot at the Triple Crown at Twickenham, lose and things start to look a bit bleak.

“It’s a huge game obviously,” said Gray. “It’s the middle of the championship, the teams seem evenly balanced and a lot could swing this weekend. If we were to pick up a win we’d pick up a huge amount of momentum and confidence. We would then go into the last two games with a decent shout at a strong finish.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DUNCAN SMITH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4372977.1487705268!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4372977.1487705268!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Jonny and Richie Gray square up to the French forwards during Scotland's defeat in Paris. Picture: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jonny and Richie Gray square up to the French forwards during Scotland's defeat in Paris. Picture: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4372977.1487705268!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/hearts/tynecastle-pitch-is-dug-up-ahead-of-new-pitch-being-laid-1-4373057","id":"1.4373057","articleHeadline": "Tynecastle pitch is dug up ahead of new pitch being laid","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1487714268000 ,"articleLead": "

The diggers were at Tynecastle yesterday to dig up the much-maligned playing surface in preparation for a new pitch being laid.

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The surface has deteriorated badly in recent weeks and prompted club owner Ann Budge to take swift action. Hearts will be hoping the new grass beds in quickly as their next home game is against Ross County a week today.

The previous pitch was 19 years old and Hearts had hoped it would see them through to the end of the season. However, it became clear in recent home games against Hibs and Inverness that the surface was impacting on the quality of football. Budge said: “We have commissioned SIS (UK) Ltd, the industry leader in the field, to re-turf our pitch. We are assured it will be completed well in time for our next home game against Ross County.”

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has been hit with a Scottish Football Association notice of complaint over his dismissal against Aberdeen.

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McGhee has been handed a misconduct charge after being sent to the stand during his team’s 7-2 thrashing at 
Pittodrie last week.

The SFA charge alleges that McGhee “used offensive, abusing and/or insulting language and gestures” and “adopted aggressive behaviour” towards a match official.

McGhee was sent off by referee Alan Muir on the advice of fourth official John McKendrick. The Motherwell boss declared himself “absolutely disgusted and horrified” by the latter’s attitude.

The 59-year-old could still face another charge over his post-match comments as each incident is treated separately by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan.

McGhee accused McKendrick after the game of having an “agenda”. The former Aberdeen boss would first be asked to explain his words should the compliance officer decide they were potentially in breach of SFA regulations. McGhee said of McKendrick: “Before a ball was kicked, he was causing issues that didn’t exist. I can only think there is an agenda.’’

The Scotland assistant manager has been given seven days to respond to the initial charge with a hearing pencilled in for 16 March.

McGhee has already served a two-match ban this season for using offensive 
language against referee John 
Beaton and a steward following Motherwell’s defeat at Dundee in October. That punishment included a suspended one-game ban which would be triggered in addition to any punishment McGhee receives if he admits or is found guilty of the latest charge.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "GAVIN McCAFFERTY"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4373040.1487710754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4373040.1487710754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has been given seven days to respond to the charge. Picture: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has been given seven days to respond to the charge. Picture: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4373040.1487710754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/owen-coyle-parts-ways-with-struggling-blackburn-1-4373039","id":"1.4373039","articleHeadline": "Owen Coyle parts ways with struggling Blackburn","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1487710077000 ,"articleLead": "

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have announced they have parted company with their manager Owen Coyle “by mutual agreement”.

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Two days after nearly securing an FA Cup replay against Manchester United, Rovers and Coyle have gone their separate ways with the club admitting they fear for their Championship status as they are second bottom with only 15 games remaining.

Coyle, pictured, who has previously been in charge of Burnley, Bolton and Wigan in the region, only arrived at Ewood Park in the summer having recently managed MLS team Houston Dynamo.

The initial appointment of former St Johnstone boss Coyle, 50, was a surprise given his previous ties with Blackburn’s east-Lancashire rivals Burnley and the fact he had not managed in the country since an ill-fated spell with Wigan in 2013.

Yet his record in 
elevating the Clarets into the Premier League is believed to have been viewed favourably by Rovers’ Indian owners Venky’s after a four-year absence from the top flight.

However, having assumed a position that fellow Scot Paul Lambert walked away from because he felt he was not going to be backed, the club sold both Grant Hanley and central-defensive partner Shane Duffy at the start of the season and have toiled in the lower reaches ever since.

A statement from the club read: “Blackburn Rovers wish to announce that manager Owen Coyle has left his role at Ewood Park by mutual agreement.

“Assistant manager Sandy Stewart, first-team coach John Henry and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have also left the club.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "COLIN STEWART"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4373038.1487710055!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4373038.1487710055!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Blackburn manager Owen Coyle has left the club by mutual consent. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Blackburn manager Owen Coyle has left the club by mutual consent. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4373038.1487710055!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/golf/rory-mcilroy-praises-president-donald-trump-s-game-1-4371936","id":"1.4371936","articleHeadline": "Rory McIlroy praises President Donald Trump’s game","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1487709900000 ,"articleLead": "

Rory McIlroy played a round with US President Donald Trump on Sunday as he 
continues his recovery from a rib injury.

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The world No 3 has not played competitively since suffering a stress fracture to one of his ribs during the South African Open in January, when he lost a play-off to Graeme Storm.

The website “No Laying Up” reported that McIlroy rode in a golf cart for all 18 holes with Trump and quoted the four-time major winner’s opinion on the President’s game.

“He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy has targeted next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship for his comeback – an event which was moved from Trump National Doral to Mexico City and renamed from the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The PGA Tour had a contract to hold the WGC event at Doral until 2023, but with the provision that a new title sponsor would have the right to take the tournament elsewhere. Cadillac’s sponsorship ended in 2016.

Speaking last June, shortly after Trump had kicked off his presidential campaign by revealing controversial plans to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States, McIlroy joked: “It’s quite ironic we’re going to Mexico after being at Doral. We’ll just jump over the wall.”

A picture posted on Twitter by Clear Sports on 
Sunday showed its chief executive Garry Singer alongside former New York Yankee Paul O’Neill, McIlroy and President Trump at Trump 
International.

However, McIlroy told “No Laying Up” that Singer and O’Neill were not a part of 
the group. The four-ball was rounded out by Nick Mullen from International Sports Management and Rich 
Levine, a friend of the 
President.

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson is the world No 1 for the first time after winning the Genesis Open. The US Open champion took the lead in the second round and never relinquished it, ending the weekend 17 under par and winning by five shots at Riviera Country Club.

Johnson, right, needed to win and hope Jason Day finished lower than a three-way tie for third to top the rankings – and the outgoing No 1 could only manage a tie for 64th after finishing two over par.

The leaders had to complete two rounds on Sunday, following storms on Friday.

Johnson took to the course on day four with a one-shot lead but was six strokes clear after the third round.

The 32-year-old started with a birdie on the first and picked up further shots on the fifth, eighth and 12th before birdieing the last three holes for a seven-under 64.

That took him to 17 under for the tournament – equalling the 54-hole record.

The 72-hole record of 20 under was well within his sights after he gained shots on the first, second and sixth in his final round, but a first bogey in 50 holes dropped him back to 19 under at the turn.

He also recorded back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th but the damage had already been done by then and he made sure of a PGA 
title for the tenth successive season with pars on the 17th and 18th.

Johnson told Sky Sports: “Today was a great day. I played really good all day long and I’m very happy. It’s obviously a big bonus to finally get to that No 1 spot.

“I’m very proud of myself and my whole team who have supported me. It’s going to push me to work even harder.”

Day needed something miraculous on Sunday to preserve his ranking but a four-over third round ended his hopes of a high finish. The Australian ended 19 shots back on his replacement at the top of the rankings.

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Hearts’ Africa Cup of Nations winner Arnaud Djoum has revealed he is looking to quit Tynecastle this summer.

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The midfielder helped Cameroon to a shock win at the African tournament and made his first start since winning in the final against Egypt when he was in Ian Cathro’s line-up for the weekend draw with Inverness Caley Thistle.

He was handed a contract extension in the summer until 2019 and has generally impressed since joining Hearts as a free agent in September 2015 following a spell with the Polish side Lech Poznan.

But the 27-year-old appears to see his future outside Scotland and has stated he will look for a “better club” after the season ends.

In an interview with the Cameroon publication Le Jour, Djoum expressed his happiness at playing at Hearts for now but has his sights set on a move in the summer.

He said: “Last season at Hearts I had a very good season. We finished third behind Celtic and qualified for Europe.

“I scored seven goals and had six assists. It was thanks to these performances that Cameroon manager Hugo Broos noticed me, saw my qualities and included me for the tournament.

“Hearts are a good team in Scotland who play good football. At Cameroon we try to play football on the ground and it’s the same at Hearts.

“We are well positioned again this season – we are trying to be the best team after Celtic, along with Rangers.

“I hope to have another good season and by June, take a step towards a better club.

“I see my style as a box to box midfielder like Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure. I am a midfielder who attacks and defends. I like to show my attacking contribution.

“And I have a really important role at my club.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "MARK WALKER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4372991.1487706892!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4372991.1487706892!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts' Arnaud Djoum. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts' Arnaud Djoum. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4372991.1487706892!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/horse-racing/cheltenham-thistlecrack-ruled-out-of-the-gold-cup-1-4372968","id":"1.4372968","articleHeadline": "Cheltenham: Thistlecrack ruled out of the Gold Cup","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1487704611000 ,"articleLead": "

Colin Tizzard hopes to have Thistlecrack back on a racecourse around Christmas time after a season-ending tendon injury saw him become the latest high-profile name to be ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival.

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The dominant force in the staying hurdle division last year, the nine-year-old won his first four starts over fences, including a scintillating victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Despite suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of the ill-fated Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham at the end of January, he remained at the head of the betting for the Timico Gold Cup on 17 March, but will not line up at Prestbury Park.

Tizzard said: “Thistlecrack is out for the season, unfortunately. He had a bit of heat in his leg last night and was a bit sore. We had the leg scanned this morning and he has a slight tear on his tendon. We’ve seen it at every yard and it happens every year.”

“We know it’s not very serious We haven’t done much with him since the Cotswold Chase because he had a hard race. He had a little cough afterwards and got a bit light, so we were just cantering.

“It’s not very bad, it’s not like breaking down. It’s just a little bit sore there, a bit of heat.

“I asked the vet ‘are we talking about next season off?’, or are we talking about from Christmas on and he’ll be fine, and he said he should be absolutely fine by Christmas.

“It’s not that we’re going to miss next season, but things change. I’m as sure as I can be that he should be fine for next season from Christmas on.”

The news comes as another huge blow to National Hunt racing’s showpiece meeting, with Thistlecrack joining the likes of Coneygree, Annie Power and Faugheen on the sidelines.

Jockey Tom Scudamore has ridden Thistlecrack to 10 of his 13 career victories, and said the news made him “feel sick”.

He said: “Joe (Tizzard) rang me on my way to the races and he just said he’d done a tendon and wouldn’t be going to Cheltenham.

“From what I gather he’ll be back next season, I’ve just been told he won’t make the Gold Cup.

“It’s something that 
happens in racing unfortunately. Look at Willie Mullins 
this season, he’s lost a handful.

“Even still, it doesn’t make it easy to swallow, it makes you feel sick.

“It’s worse for the owners, John and Heather (Snook), and the lads that see him every morning.”

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Celtic have announced that they are exploring the possibility of redeveloping the area around their stadium to include a hotel, museum, club shop and new ticket office, the club have announced.

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In a statement released on the club’s official website, Celtic said that they had put in an initial ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ to Glasgow City Council.

The new building, which drawings show would be to the left of ‘The Celtic Way’ walkway to the stadium, would replace the current ticket office and club superstore.

The v-shaped building would also include a hotel within the grounds of the stadium, a feature which is popular among top European clubs like Chelsea.

In the wake of the Commonwealth Games which involved significant investment in the East End of Glasgow, the club say they want to take the re-development of that area even further.

The statement went on: “Celtic aims to be a world-class football club in everything it does.

“We are pleased to have made significant investment in recent years to develop the stadium and public realm area for the benefit of our supporters.

“Any further development of this kind would be a hugely positive step for the Club, for our supporters and for the local community.”

The club stressed, however, that plans were at a very early stage and that to take them forward would likely take years to bring the project to fruition.

The announcement came just two weeks after Celtic revealed extraordinary profits of nearly £19 million in the second half of last year.

200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland

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Sutton reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has agreed to resign from the club after eating a pie in the dugout during Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

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A betting row erupted as a result of the incident and manager Paul Doswell confirmed Shaw’s departure on Tuesday afternoon.

Shaw was shown on television tucking into the snack towards the end of the 2-0 loss before admitting after the game he was aware that a bookmaker was offering odds on him to do so.

“Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that has been accepted. It’s a very sad end to what was a very good story,” Doswell told Sky News.

Both the Football Association and the Gambling Commission announced on Tuesday that they would carry out independent investigations into the publicity stunt.

Sun Bets tweeted after the game that they had paid out a “five-figure sum” on a bet that 46-year-old Shaw would be shown eating a pie.

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