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Patrick Roberts reckons he can make it at Manchester City after scoring against them for Celtic, Hibs’ Scottish Cup tie against Bonnyrigg Rose could be switched to Tynecastle and Ian Cathro reveals he took advice from Rafa Benitez

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I can make it at Manchester City, says Roberts

Celtic goalscoring hero Patrick Roberts has revealed he was praised by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after netting against his parent club in the Champions League draw. The winger, who is on loan at Celtic until the end of the season, believes he can return to City in the summer and make the first-team breakthrough. (Various)

Pep Guardiola praises Celtic winger

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Roberts for showing “good quality” in the 1-1 draw at the Etihad. Guardiola said Roberts has “potential” but warned the player must show it over the course of the season, not for just one game. (Various)

Cathro’s not too young, says Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish says it doesn’t matter that new Hearts boss Ian Cathro is only 30 and has never managed before. Dalgish, who was 34 when he became Liverpool player/manager, says it is coaching experience that matters most and Cathro will have learned plenty from Rafa Benitez at Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Benitez sold me on Hearts, says new Tynecastle boss

New Hearts head coach Cathro says Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez convinced him to take the plunge into management. The Champions League-winning boss advised Cathro now was the right time to strike out on his own. (Daily Record)

Bonnyrigg Rose want to play Hibs at Tynecastle

Scottish Cup shocktroops Bonnyrigg Rose want to move their fourth-round tie against Hibs to Tynecastle. The Juniors knocked out Championship side Dumbarton and now fancy moving their match against the holders to the home of Hibs’ greatest rivals. Rose chairman Charlie Kirkwood has already floated the idea to Hearts owner Ann Budge. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Hibs eye French midfielder

Hibs boss Neil Lennon is running the rule over French midfielder Enzo Reale as he seeks cover for the injured John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie. Reale is a free agent after leaving French second division side Clermont in the summer. He played as a trialist for the Hibs development side in their defeat by Ross County. (Various)

Stick with Hodson against Hearts

Former Rangers winger Peter Lovenkrands has urged Rangers boss Mark Warburton to stick with full-back Lee Hodson against Hearts on Saturday. Hodson impressed in the win over Aberdeen at the weekend and Lovenkrands says he should be picked at right-back ahead of James Tavernier who could be moved forward into midfield. (The Sun)

‘Electric’ Aberdeen hailed as they go third

Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty hailed his side as ‘electric’ as they destroyed Kilmarnock 5-1 to move above Hearts into third place. The Dons now have their sights set on second placed Rangers if they can win their game in hand. (Various)

Brighton keen on Motherwell’s Cadden

Brighton are monitoring Motherwell midfielder Chris Cadden. Manager Chris Hughton has had Cadden watched and received a glowing report. The player signed an extended contract with Motherwell last month, tying him to the club until 2019. (Daily Express)

NEWS IN BRIEF

• Hull City want to sign Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough. (Daily Record)

• Scotland captain Darren Fletcher is to be offered a new two-year deal at West Brom. (Herald)

• Dundee’s Paul McGowan is suspended for the trip to Celtic on 17 December. (Various)

• Robbie Neilson’s MK Dons lost 4-1 to Yeovil in the Checkatrade trophy. (Various)

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How each of Celtic’s stars marked out of ten as the Parkhead club recorded a well earned draw in Manchester.

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Craig Gordon - 6

The Celtic stopper started to go to ground a little too early, making things easier for Kelechi Iheanacho to level for Manchester City four minutes after the visitors had taken the lead. Other than that he made a decent save from the same player later in the half, though was largely untroubled by City’s attack.

Mikael Lustig - 7

The Swede got forward well to support, including winning possession in the fourth minute which would eventually lead to Patrick Roberts putting the ball in the back of the net. He even had a half-chance of his own after half-time, but sliced it well wide.

Erik Sviatchenko - 6

The Dane often looked a little unsure of his surroundings and twice tried to slide challenge away a loose ball around the box he could have cleared on his feet. He did make a good first half block, though.

Jozo Simunovic - 7

He was criticised for failing to track the run of Iheanacho by BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton, but the Croatian was still fairly sharp to the City striker’s movement and can’t wholly be blamed for losing a foot race to such a quick attacker with Celtic playing a high line. Otherwise, he was composed and solid at the heart of the Celtic defence.

Emilio Izaguirre - 7

The left-back showed no ill-effect of his early substitution on Saturday with a good shift down the left flank. He supported well and his first-half cross set up Moussa Dembele for a header saved by the goalkeeper.

Scott Brown - 8

Quiet on the ball, but the Celtic captain did a ton of work defensively. He was often forced into covering runs and tasked with dropping into the back-line, and it’s something he did very well.

Patrick Roberts - 8

Off the back of a stellar showing against Motherwell, Roberts demonstrated to his parent club the kind of talent he can be with a confident display on the left side. His direct dribbling got him into position to score the opening goal and he will feel unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty later in the half.

Tom Rogic - 7

The Australian went close with an early effort that was palmed away by Willy Caballero. Other than that, he didn’t have as much of an impact on the attacking end as he would have liked. But he still worked hard at pressing City’s defenders and often helped win the ball high up the pitch.

Stuart Armstrong - 9

Celtic’s man of the match on the night, the ex-Dundee United man is a player transformed under Brendan Rodgers and he continued his excellent form at the Etihad. Like his showings against Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach, he demonstrated the boundless energy that we’ve come to expect from him, but on this occasion he looked so much more in control of himself when on the ball.

James Forrest - 8

The winger was enjoying an even battle with City defender Bacary Sagna - including a terrific run, going past three opponents, which set up Moussa Dembele for a chance the striker should have buried - before he was forced off in the second half through injury.

Moussa Dembele - 6

Dembele’s poorest display of the Champions League group stages. The striker missed an excellent chance in the first half and never really got the better of a makeshift Manchester City back three.

SUBSTITUTES

Gary Mackay-Steven - 7

He missed a terrific chance when one-on-one with the goalkeeper, an indication of his low confidence at the moment. However, he was lively on the left side and can feel happy with his overall contribution.

Leigh Griffiths - 6

Snatched at a great chance after being found by a Mackay-Steven cross, though did repay the favour with an excellent through ball for Mackay-Steven’s missed opportunity.

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The man who has promised Hearts fans that his team will expect to win whether it’s “rain, sun, no matter what” was greeted by a sky from Gorgie’s grotty past when he got down to work yesterday. A giant grey dog blanket hung over the old stadium reminiscent of the days when lums reeked and brewery chimneys belched – an era that Ian Cathro, just 30, never experienced and will only be able to read about in books.

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Well, he might do this. In the days leading up to his appointment he was described as “bookish”, among other things. Many other things, in fact. Rarely can a man have had his character so scrutinised before most of us have met him.

“I had no idea I was so popular!” he beamed, seeming to knock down one part of the scepticism surrounding him: that he’s a reticent fellow and might not be able to command a roomful of hardened professional footballers.

He was commanding a roomful of hardened hacks just fine and at the back of the Bobby Walker Suite, Craig Levein, Hearts’ director of football who first noticed that Cathro might have something, stroked his beard approvingly.

Earlier, trying to get into Tynecastle had proved a challenge. Men in hard-hats barred the way as the demolition of the buildings around the old stand continued. We tried to tell them we might be meeting the future, but it was no use: we’d have to find a different entrance. This, however, was nothing compared to the resistance experienced by Cathro in the run-up to yesterday.

Kris Boyd and Stephen Craigan had led the doubters worried by Cathro’s age, inexperience, modishness, reliance on computers, quiet, boffiny nature and him never having been in a situation where he’d had to tell a big name in the game to lay off the Monster Munch.

But Cathro, alongside Austin MacPhee whose late arrival as his No 2 had delayed the start of the unveiling, breezed into room with a bright “Good morning!” and was soon cracking jokes, mainly at his own expense. Asked about his vision he said he could show us “numerous” power-point presentations only for once he didn’t have his laptop with him. In any case, yesterday wasn’t a day for “specifics”.

Quizzed about the scepticism he addressed the point about his tender years. “If you’d met me when I was 18 you would probably have thought to yourself: ‘What a boring 40-year-old he is.’” Not just because MacPhee sports the long, lank hairstyle of the eternal student or the indie-band guitarist or the software whizz, this felt like an altogether different day for Scottish football. Instead of the often weel-kent and craggy faces usually put before the cameras, the detailed back-stories, the long careers as players, the Fergie anecdotes, here were two young men with none of these things.

Considering that only a few weeks ago, the weel-kent Alex McLeish and the craggy Walter Smith were being touted as replacements for Gordon Strachan had the latter ended his tenure as national team coach, will yesterday turn out to have been a watershed day? That, as ever, will depend on these two winning matches. As the old brigade always say, and this is a maxim to which fresh-faced revolutionaries must adhere as well, it’s a results-driven business.

All Cathro knows for sure at this stage is that he’s at the right place for his first big job. Like previous clubs Valencia and Newcastle United, Hearts mean everything to the fans; they live their lives through the team. That, he said, made Tynecastle an inspiring place to come and work.

Cathro, to be fair, knows a few other things. He knows that football sentences don’t need to contain the words “to be fair” and his opening address wasn’t peppered with traditional manager-speak and the same went for MacPhee who, when talking about comfort zones, explained that many things can take you out of them. Ideas, for instance, also madness.

Madness? I’m pretty sure that’s what he said. It was an unusual day for sure, and one which removed football-watchers from their comfort zone. Afterwards, on the basis of quotable lines alone, some of the hacks voiced immediate approval for the new regime. Cathro, who had no idea how the day was going to pan out, given the suspicion his name had provoked, had remarked earlier: “I need to enjoy my time with you guys. Honestly, I mean it.”

But this isn’t the key relationship; it’s those with the Hearts players and supporters which matter the most and will determine whether Ann Budge and Levein have been brave or foolish. On the basis of yesterday, when of course no points were awarded, this was a highly accomplished debut. Criticism – opinion – was valid, Cathro said. It added to the great debate, filled grounds and kept the game beautiful. Was the criticism he’d received just provocative punditising? “I think you’ve answered your own question,” he smiled.

His only mis-step was to say that as a young man with big ambition and keen to spread his wings he was appalled that having been born in Dundee he might have ended up dying there. A bad day for Cathro’s native city, perhaps, but depite the gathering Gorgie gloom, maybe a bright one for his new football home.

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Ian Cathro is well aware that he is viewed as a risky appointment but the new Hearts head coach says he has enough confidence in his own abilities to ensure that the gamble pays off.

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Hearts have made a bold move in hiring a novice manager who has never played professionally and is the youngest to have ever taken charge of a top-flight team.

Introduced to the media yesterday, alongside his assistant Austin MacPhee, Cathro maintained that he is ready for the challenge.

Detractors have claimed the 30-year-old is ill-prepared to take the reins at the Gorgie club, casting doubt on his man-management skills and questioning his ability to gain the respect of a first team squad. But their negativity has not unsettled Cathro, who batted away their barbs with some self-deprecation, a dash of humour and a seemingly boundless level of positivity.

Having joined a club that has been on the up and up over the past couple of years, the man who has replaced Robbie Neilson revealed it is now his intention to cut through “the noise” and deliver results that will quash the doubts.

“Any new manager coming into a club has a percentage of risk,” Cathro stated. “The type of risk with myself is obviously specific as I have not done it before. Something I want to be really clear with is that I understand those doubts. Those doubts are valid and I accept the responsibility for the removal of those doubts. That’s on me.

“Not much bothers me. I’m quite direct and quite a focused person. There’s a lot of noise but I tend to only hear the things that allow me to make a difference. I 100 per cent accept the responsibility of that risk but in the weeks and months some of them will disappear. And a little bit 
further down the line they will all be gone.”

He said that he will send his team out expecting to win and his first test will come against Rangers at Ibrox this weekend.

“It’s an ideal start because you always can get a bit more value out of the analysis and the outcome of these sorts of games,” Cathro said. “There are a few more eyes on you. It’s a good challenge, playing away from home, strong environment. It may help us speed up how quickly we get each other and how quickly we can learn about everyone. It might help us speed things up.”

A dominant display would undoubtedly accelerate his acceptance. But while he is relishing the challenges that lie ahead, Cathro does not consider the winning over of any critics outwith the Gorgie club and its support a priority.

He said that just as Hearts director of football Craig Levein
had taken a punt on him years ago, bringing the innovative outsider into the fold as a youth coach at Dundee United,
the Hearts board were also being brave in backing him and MacPhee.

“That takes courage, it takes an independent mind, it takes belief, it takes risk I suppose.”

But, he said, spells in Portugal, Spain and then with Newcastle United, have readied him for the step into management at a club he considers the ideal fit. “To start as a manager is a big step but it was mainly about where. I’m not a valid option for a football club where you sign your contract, they open the manager’s office, give you the key and then shut the door. If that’s the scenario then don’t appoint me. I’m not right for that and I don’t want that. I want an infrastructure, I want support, I want to be able to grow with people.”

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It is a tricky question for any manager. Asked if his team can challenge for a title that has been hogged by Celtic and Rangers over the years, an answer in the negative can infuriate fans who accuse their club of a lack of ambition, while an affirmative response can leave the poor guy exposed to all kinds of comebacks.

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Such matters don’t worry Ian Cathro, though. This is a guy who has done things his own way up until now and is unlikely to start conforming for the sake of it now.

If there is a glass ceiling, he may yet hit it but it won’t be a gentle dunt. Hearts’ new head coach intends to career into it with all the power he possesses in the hope he can defy the odds and the well-established perceptions of others and smash through it.

“I don’t think it’s something to really put words against. The only point I’m sitting here with in my mind is ‘let’s not say no to anything’. We don’t really know where bars are. I don’t want people to be living with the idea that you get to there and that’s it,” he said raising a hand to signal a preordained height, “because then you actually don’t go as hard all the way there any more because you think ‘well, I’m going to hit the roof anyway so I’ll go a wee bit slower and take my time’. No. Don’t. We don’t know where it is. It might be there, it might not. It might be somewhere else. The point is to go in search of where our limit is and not be trapped by anything that’s just historical.”

Limits are something Hearts’ new manager has never placed on himself. They are, in fact, something he has spent his life rebelling against.

From his days growing up in Dundee he never wanted to restrict himself or the possibilities he believes are available to anyone who keeps striving for them. “There isn’t a limit to what you can do unless you believe in the limits everybody else has set,” he said. “I don’t live with those limits in my mind. There’s space to grow.”

Which is why he left Scotland and his role as an SFA academy director to test himself abroad. Denied membership of the Scottish football’s old boys’ network due to his paucity of professional playing credentials, he was smart enough to recognise that another route was needed and determined enough to set off for Portugal with plenty of ambition and enthusiasm but not a word of the language. He accepted the offer of a coaching role at Rio Ave from Nuno Santos, who had obviously been more impressed than the critical Kris Boyd by Cathro’s performance at a Largs coaching course. Describing the current Porto manager as his biggest influence, he then followed him to Valencia before returning to the UK, to Newcastle United, as Steve McClaren’s assistant manager.

It was all a way of testing out innovative ideas, pushing boundaries and preparing himself for the day that a management opportunity presented itself.

“I don’t think I really have [encountered resistance] from players. Certainly in Portugal that was never the case. There was never an issue, and Valencia was the same,” he added.

“I want to explain things and have conversations about football. It is part of the process. In any dressing room, you have players who have come from different backgrounds, with different youth development and different concepts. You talk to a Dutch player who wants to go man-to-man and press, you go to an older British lad who wants to be on the edge of his box. Then you might have a Spanish lad who wants to control space. You have those things going on and you need to be able to take them and say ‘this is what we are doing and why’. It breaks down if there is no collective clarity.”

Candid and engaging, Cathro is also seriously focused and rather than betraying signs of weakness, his willingness to talk about wanting support and the value he places on the collective, shows self-assurance. He described his development as a coach and manager as ongoing but insisted there is no glaring voids.

“I want all the pieces to be bigger and brighter and more polished and stronger, but I’m not sitting here as someone who’s got a piece missing,” he said. “I’m not faulty goods. Like everyone, I’m just going to grow. That’s one of the reasons for stepping up to do this. You reach a point where maybe you stop growing in your existing environment. I don’t like that. I like growing. I like improving. I like challenge.”

In the people he has around him at Hearts he sees kindred spirits. His assistant Austin MacPhee is another who has trodden an unorthodox path. Together they are an untried partnership but they see ways they can complement each other and they are both assured by the presence of Craig Levein, pictured, as director of football and the forward thinking approach of owner Ann Budge.

So much of the work going forward will be a collective process but he knows the buck stops with him. “I’ve always done the work,” Cathro said. “I’ve just been handing it over before. I’m now the person who makes all the decisions all of the time. I need to get us efficient, together and strong “

If he succeeds, then, together, he believes there are no limits to what can be achieved.

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Celtic manager Brendan 
Rodgers hailed what he described as a “brilliant” performance from his team as they completed their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last night.

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The Scottish champions 
finished bottom of Group C but their improvement since losing 7-0 to Barcelona in the Nou Camp in their opening match has convinced Rodgers they are on course to make real progress in next season’s tournament.

Celtic took a fourth minute lead through on-loan City winger Patrick Roberts before Kelechi Iheanacho equalised four minutes later. Rodgers’ side created and missed several good second-half chances.

“It was a brilliant team performance,” said Rodgers.

“We started the game well, had great composure. Our possession and control was very good and led to getting a great opening goal which we thoroughly deserved. I was disappointed with equaliser but the rest of the game was good. The energy and quality of our game was at a high level. I’m disappointed not to win because we had chances .

“As for the whole campaign, I’m absolutely delighted. After the first game we knew the level we were at. This was a team ready to learn and progress. Apart from that first game, our performance levels have, in the main, been very good.”

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised Roberts’ but said the teenager must find consistency if he is to stake a claim at the Etihad when his loan expires next summer.

“He scored a good goal tonight,” said Guardiola. “But it is not just about one game, it is about a whole season. We have to speak about it later.”

Guardiola also had warm words for the challenge posed by Celtic. He said: “We played well against a good team.

“The experienced players helped our young players.

“The start of the match was good for the fans, both teams tried to attack. It was fun and it was a pleasure to play against Celtic.”

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Brendan Rodgers’ side went out of the Champions League on a positive note after drawing 1-1 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Buoyed by their side’s performance, the Celtic fans continued to sing well after the game, as they were kept in the ground for safety reasons.

One fan, however, missed all of this after being arrested earlier in the day for throwing a burger at a police horse.

He was arrested on the spot and taken into a police van, where he started “kicking about”, and will spend Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning stuck in a police cell.

The incident was confirmed by Greater Manchester Police, who tweeted: “Celtic fan arrested for throwing a hamburger at a police horse in Piccadilly Gardens. Male started kicking about in the van! #nightinacell”

They then added: “Police horse ‘Lancaster’ is in a stable position after burger thrown at it by Celtic fan!”

There were also scenes of crowd trouble at the section separately home and away fans, while City supporters complained about the number of Celtic fans who purchased tickets for the home end.

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Scottish whistler Craig Thomson finds himself being public enemy No.1 in Turkey after a bizarre decision in Besiktas’ final Champions League encounter away to Dynamo Kiev.

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Besiktas needed a victory and for Benfica to lose against Napoli, which they did, to qualify for the knockout stages, but their chances were all but done on 30 minutes when Thomson made the penalty call that enraged the away side.

Already losing 1-0, Besiktas were reduced to ten men when Andreas Beck was whistled for tripping Derlis González in the penalty area, with the German adjudged not to have made an honest attempt to play the ball.

The problem with the decision was that Gonzalez had instigated contact with a shoulder barge that knocked Beck off balance, causing him to fall and catch Gonzalez as he went to ground.

Andriy Yarmolenko tucked away the penalty and Besiktas soon lost their heads, losing a further two goals before half-time and then seeing Vincent Paté Aboubakar sent off for booting the ball away, while already on a yellow, 14 minutes into the second period.

Kiev would pile on the misery and eventually win 6-0. Besiktas’ Spanish goalkeeper Fabricio even started crying after conceding the fourth goal.

Across Europe, onlookers were baffled with Thomson’s penalty call.

A Turkish website described Thomson as playing against “Besiktas as the 12th man of Dynamo Kiev”. The article included the headline ‘Besiktas 0 - 6 Craig Thomson’.

Former Italian referee Graziano Cesari gave a blunt assessment, saying: “Craig Thomson is always a disastrous referee.”

Someone even tweeted: “William Wallace would shame on you!!! Craig Thomson.”

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Stretching yourself in a bid to grasp something that is 
considered just out of reach is an approach that gained Northern Ireland readmittance to elite competition in the summer.

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And, having been part of that success story, Austin MacPhee found the prospect of juggling the new responsibility as Ian Cathro’s assistant manager at Hearts, with the ongoing role as Michael O’Neill’s number two, too good to turn down.

Offered that possibility, he grabbed it with both hands even if it did mean that he had to withdraw his interest in becoming the SFA Performance Director.

One of six men short-listed for the job of steering the development of the sport in this country, MacPhee is similar to Cathro in respect that both have taken unusual routes to the top. Having played in America, Romania and Japan his coaching career has had stop-offs in the Scottish amateur ranks, Cowdenbeath and St Mirren en route to the Mexico national team and then Northern Ireland,

“The magnitude of the job of technical director or performance for a federation is a very, very long-term project,” he said. “I felt that the combination of being allowed stay with Northern Ireland and work for someone who I really respect in Ian was one that took me to the path I find more exciting.

“I was at Tynecastle last week at the Rangers game. You see the direction Hearts is going. I feel we can achieve things that maybe other people don’t think we can achieve. Always having ambitions that are maybe just a little bit further than you can reach is important. This whole club has that, whether it is Ann [Budge], Craig [Levein] or certainly Ian. I just felt it was a journey I didn’t want to miss out on.

“Also, with Northern Ireland, I felt a great loyalty to Michael O’Neill. He has given me the opportunity to be acceptable in football, although I’ve still not cut my hair. And we are currently second in our group.

“There are targets at Hearts – which I know Ian and I have – and there is a target at Northern Ireland, which is obviously qualifying for the World Cup. It would be a lot to miss out on as a young coach.”

While Northern Ireland are the underdogs on the world stage, with Hearts MacPhee sees the chance to be a more dominant force.

“Another great appeal about Hearts is they have a budget greater than most teams in the league, whereas with Northern Ireland we have players playing at a lower level than most teams we play against,” he said. “This means being involved in a different way of football. It can be aggressive, offensive and exciting. It can be dominant and hopefully make people stand up. That is another big appeal. We will be on the front foot.”

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Juniors Bonnyrigg booked a fairytale home tie against holder Hibs with a late win at Championship Dumbarton.

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Rose hit the bar early on through Lewis Turner before Robert Thomson went close with a header for the home side, who dominated until the break without making a breakthrough.

Dumbarton were also on top in the second half but Rose grew into the game and Kieran McGachie had a goal disallowed before Adam Nelson secured a tie against Hibs with an 18-yard drive that went in off a post.

Clyde booked an away trip to Stirling Albion by seeing off Arbroath 5-0 at Broadwood.

The hosts got their noses in front when Peter MacDonald despatched an early spot-kick and Barry Ferguson’s side doubled their lead seven minutes later when Scott McLaughlin curled a free kick home. Just before half-time Clyde were awarded a second penalty and MacDonald netted again.

Clyde substitute Matty Flynn was sent off within 10 minutes of coming on but Gormley emphasised their superiority by shooting home from the edge of the box with 18 minutes left and netting again in the last minute.

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Olympic 5,000 metres finalist Eilish McColgan has won her appeal against her exclusion from Lottery funding for 2017.

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She has been added to UK Athletics world-class performance programme after an earlier announcement that she was not on the list.

At that time, the 26-year-old Dundonian declared her intention to demand a review of the initial decision, arguing thaT she had met the published standard of coming inside the world’s top 16 following her 13th place finish at Rio 2016.

She also achieved the qualifying mark of 15 minutes and 25 seconds five times – and came sixth in the European Championship final on her debut campaign at the distance.

Now a review panel has determined that she should be added to the second-tier Podium Potential funding list.

McColgan said: “Obviously I’m really happy that my appeal was successful.

“Naturally I was disappointed when not included on the original World Class Performance Programme last month as I felt I did everything I could this year after injury and hit all the necessary criteria. It’s nice for that to have been recognised. I look forward to being a part of the WCPP and hope to continue improving in the 5000m.”

Meanwhile, Scots marathon runner Callum Hawkins has become the first British athlete to be selected for next summer’s World Championships in London. The 24-year-old, who finished an impressive ninth at the Rio Olympics in only his third marathon, has been confirmed by British Athletics as the first member of its team for August’s showpiece.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “We are delighted to confirm Callum’s selection for London. He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place.”

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to Edinburgh","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481064005000 ,"articleLead": "

If anyone can inject a bit of confidence into Edinburgh ranks following back-to-back losses in Wales it should be Hamish Watson.

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The openside flanker has just enjoyed a dream autumn in which he played every minute of Scotland’s autumn Test series, taking his caps tally to five, and scored his first ever international try in the final match against Georgia at Rugby Park.

It was suitable reward for the 25-year-old’s fine early season form and he is in line to be back in club colours this weekend when Edinburgh return to European Challenge Cup action against Stade Francais at BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

“The time with Scotland was a great experience but we now have to focus on club stuff,” said Watson. “You learn a lot being in that environment. You learn a lot playing three Tests of 80 minutes against some top-quality opposition.

“Being in that environment and having different coaches for a while you learn different things.”

The player accepts that there is a bit of responsibility on his shoulders now to try and lift an Edinburgh which has shown flashes of promise but largely misfired.

Excellent wins over Ulster and Harlequins have been washed away by seven losses from ten which leaves the team sitting a poor tenth in the Guinness Pro12 standings.

Their Challenge Cup pool makes for healthier viewing, with a maximum ten points from their two games so far against Timisoara of Romania and that thriller against Harlequins.

The upcoming double header against Stade Francais, with the return in Paris next Thursday, is likely to prove pivotal if Edinburgh are to make the knockout stages.

“Morale was very high in the Scotland camp because we were going very well. All the boys have come back in and we’ll try to lift them,” said Watson.

“Although morale isn’t down in the Edinburgh camp we have lost two on the bounce since the Ulster game.

“It is all about trying to lift everyone and bring a bit of good vibe back from the Scotland camp and keep everyone going and bring back as much positive energy as we can.”

Stade have struggled again in the French Top 14 this season, although they had a big win at the weekend, and it is difficult to know how seriously they plan to take this weekend’s assignment.

Watson says all Edinburgh can do is brace themselves for a first-choice selection and fully committed display from a club who have finished runners-up twice in both the elite and second-tier European competition.

“It will be an exciting game,” said the flanker. “They put 50 points on Bayonne at the weekend and who knows what team they will put out?

“They have some amazing players with some really top internationals. It will be a tough game.

“Whether they put their strongest team out or if they rest a few boys we have to be at our best and it is an opportunity to try to get more points and move up the pool.

“Every game is crucial, we found that out last year when we were pipped at Grenoble and then didn’t qualify because London Irish overtook us.

“Every point is crucial, we have to go out there and try to get a five-point victory.”

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Forget Christmas, Derek McInnes must wish it was 
Kilmarnock every day as Aberdeen have now won all 12 matches against the Ayrshire side since he replaced Craig Brown as manager in March 2013.

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If ever there was an ideal fixture to restore belief in a side being doubted in certain quarters after recent setbacks against Celtic and Rangers then this was it as the contest was virtually over as soon as Peter Pawlett put the home side ahead in 20 minutes.

Anthony O’Connor and Jonny Hayes before the break and Niall McGinn in the second half contributed the others, although Rory McKenzie’s late strike threatened to deny them third spot in the table.

Hayes fixed that with a solo goal five minutes from time as he slalomed his way through the Kilmarnock defence and rounded the goalkeeper before clipping home the shot that moves them above Hearts on goal difference.

Now wins at home to St Johnstone on Saturday and Motherwell next Tuesday will guarantee elevation back into second place regardless of the result at Ibrox where Ian Cathro takes his new charges to face Rangers this weekend.

Kilmarnock have now won just four of their 16 matches in the division this season, although astonishingly they remain in the top half of the table after this latest thrashing at Pittodrie. More significantly they are also just three points clear of bottom spot and look destined for what is becoming a perennial fight against relegation.

Pawlett’s goal marked his first start in over two months and ironically it came after a spell of promising play from the visitors on a surface made perfect for slick passing by the incessant rain that poured down from a couple of hours before kick-off.

Kilmarnock knocked the ball around impressively enough early on, particularly teenager Adam Frizzell who along with McKenzie and Souleymane Coulibaly went close to giving them the lead. Of course the problem is only Dundee have scored fewer goals in the Premiership this season than Lee Clark’s side and when those chances weren’t taken what happened next had an air of inevitability about it.

Graeme Shinniestrode forward to hit Aberdeen’s first shot on target in 20 minutes, only to see Pawlett apply a deflection that deceived Jamie MacDonald.

It was the player’s first goal since February and only an instinctive block by the Kilmarnock keeper denied him a swift second. Not that MacDonald had time to savour his response as O’Connor thumped in the rebound.

All semblance of coherence evaporated from Kilmarnock’s play and they conceded again in 36 minutes when Andrew Considine’s ball from the back saw Rooney deftly sweep a pass into the path of Hayes who sped clear before angling his finish into the far corner.

It should have been four by the interval as Considine and Hayes combined in another lightning attack to leave James Maddison in the perfect position to score only for MacDonald to produce a dazzling save.

The scoreline would have been even more emphatic without MacDonald’s contribution but McGinn finally found a way to increase the lead in 69 minutes after setting up the chance with an impressive dash forward.

Rooney saw his drive blocked but the Northern Ireland international seized on the loose ball and slammed his angled effort into the corner of the net from around about the penalty spot.

McKenzie threatened to spoil things somewhat for a rampant Aberdeen with a well-taken goal on the visitor’s only real chance of the second half when he guided a drive behind Joe Lewis with 13 minutes to go only for Hayes to round things off in style shortly afterwards.

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Robbie Neilson’s first game in charge of MK Dons ended in defeat as they lost 4-1 away to Yeovil in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy - the English version of the Challenge Cup.

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The former Hearts boss’ tenure started well when they took the lead midway through the first half thanks to an own goal by Yeovil defender Alex Lacey.

However, things began to fall apart after the break. The hosts equalised from the penalty spot three minutes after the restart when Paul Downing fouled Francois Zoko in the penalty area. Kevin Dawson stepped up to level the tie.

Having won the penalty, Zoko then netted himself as the game began to get away from Neilson’s side.

They had Samir Carruthers sent off six minutes later for a second yellow card foul before Lacey scored at the right end to make it 3-1.

Ben Whitfield completed the scoring in the 79th minute.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes his side were denied a clear last-minute penalty against Celtic in the Champions League.

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The final group match finished 1-1 after Kelechi Iheanacho cancelled out Patrick Roberts’ opener.

Each side had their chances to win, though City feel they should have been awarded a spot-kick right at the death as Jozo Simunovic handled Leroy Sané’s cross.

The Celtic defender was already in his sliding motion when the ball struck his hand, and though the BT Sport pundits were in agreement that it was not enough to constitute deliberate handball, Guardiola believed his side had been wronged.

The City manager referenced an incident in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Chelsea - where Gary Cahill got away with a handball inside the penalty area - when asked about the incident on BT Sport.

He said: “One day. One day, who knows. It was the same in the last game. Maybe one day they will give it.”

When asked why he thought it wasn’t given, he said: “You should go to the referee’s room, I don’t know. Every game is like this, every game.”

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Celtic signed off their Champions League campaign with the rare return of having collected more points away from home in the group stage this season that on their own turf.

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On-loan Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts gave the Scottish champions an early lead against his primary employers which was quickly cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike.

Celtic more than held their own against Pep Guardiola’s side which, even though showing nine changes from their established Premier League line-up, still totalled £112 million in transfer fees.

It was Brendan Rodgers’ men who had the best chances to win the match in the second half but they could take satisfaction from a second successive 1-1 draw on the road in Europe’s elite club competition.

Their final place at the bottom of Group C had been determined before this dead rubber but it has been a campaign which has provided plenty of encouragement that Rodgers can ultimately make further progress at this level.

Having managed to recover from falling behind three times when the sides produced the 3-3 thriller at Celtic Park in September, City found themselves facing a familiar scenario when Roberts put the visitors in front after just four minutes. It was a reward for a positive start by Rodgers’ side which saw City keeper Willy Caballero forced to sprint out of his penalty area to deny Moussa Dembele, before saving a follow-up attempt from Tom Rogic.

But Caballero was then partially culpable for the goal which opened the scoring. His kick-out to Leroy Sane was overhit with the German winger unable to control the ball as he kept it in play right on the touchline. Mikael Lustig nipped in to seize possession for Celtic and feed Roberts. The young winger cut inside, gliding away from Gael Clichy, before beating Caballero with a firm shot from around eight yards. His celebrations were reasonably modest, in deference to his parent club, but there was no such restraint among the 4000-strong Celtic support at the other end of the stadium.

Unfortunately for them, they were only able to savour the lead for four minutes. The Celtic defence was split open by Nolito’s through ball which allowed Iheanacho to gain a crucial yard of space ahead of Jozo Simunovic in the penalty area before he fired a left-foot shot high past Craig Gordon.

Iheanacho should have put City in front three minutes later when Celtic’s back four again found themselves stretched by some slick passing and movement from the hosts. Pablo Zabaleta drove forward down the right and squared the ball to Iheanacho. It was a simpler opportunity than the one he had just finished so impressively, but this time he scuffed his shot wide.

But Celtic might easily have regained the lead on the counter attack in the 18th minute when some terrific work from James Forrest saw him play in Dembele on the left of the penalty area. Dembele’s finish lacked composure and conviction, however, as his first shot was blocked by Caballero before he sent the rebound wildly off target.

Gordon made an excellent save to keep out a cute back-heeled close range effort from Iheanacho after a run from Sane. The ball broke to Nolito whose shot was blocked by Emilio Izaguirre.

While City had now imposed themselves as the more persistent attacking force, they were fortunate not to concede a penalty a minute before the interval when Clichy appeared to pull Roberts back. Celtic’s appeals went unheeded, however, with Lustig’s show of dissent to the additional assistant referee, who was positioned right in line with the incident, earning him a booking.

There was a setback for Celtic six minutes after the restart when Forrest, who had been a real thorn in City’s side, suffered an injury. He was replaced by Gary Mackay-Steven, the former Dundee United wide man making his first appearance since the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Rangers back in April.

He was bright and eager as he looked to make the most of his first chance to bring himself in from the fringes of Rodgers’ squad. City had the ball in the net when Nolito drove home a cross from substitute Jesus Navas but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Rodgers made his second change of the night when Leigh Griffiths was introduced, replacing Dembele who had been conspicuously short of his optimum form. Griffiths passed up a glorious chance to make a rapid impact, dragging a left foot shot wide from 14 yards after fine set-up play by Mackay-Steven. The closing stages also saw Mackay-Steven denied by a smart save from Caballero when he would feel he should have scored..

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Hibs are running the rule over Frenchman Enzo Reale as they bid to replenish their depleted midfield.

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The 25-year-old, who came through Lyon’s academy, played the full 90 minutes of yesterday’s development league match against Ross County at Oriam.

Hibs are eager to bolster their squad at the earliest opportunity as injuries to key duo John McGinn and 
Fraser Fyvie, which are likely to keep them sidelined into the new year, have left them short of established options in the engine room at a crucial phase in their bid to win promotion from the Championship.

Head coach Neil Lennon has already stated that he intends to recruit a free agent this month, possibly even before Saturday’s Championship match at home to Dumbarton, and Reale has emerged as a contender after yesterday’s run-out for Grant Murray’s development team.

The Frenchman, who has represented his country at various youth age-groups, has been without a club since 
leaving Ligue 2 side Clermont in the summer.

Reale struggled to establish himself in Lyon’s first team before joining Lorient for 
€1 million in 2012 and subsequently moving to Clermont three years later.

Italian midfielder Fausto Rossi and English Premier League pair Leon Osman and Jermaine Pennant have also been on Hibs’ radar, with Pennant having trained with Lennon’s side. The Easter Road youngsters remain top of the development league despite losing 2-0 to County. Reale was the only senior player to feature in Murray’s team.

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Mark Warburton admits he has had to treat Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter with kid gloves after the duo’s injury-plagued start to life at Rangers.

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Former Accrington Stanley playmaker Windass has shown plenty of potential since making the move north this summer.

But the 22-year-old has been hampered by hamstring problems which have limited him to just 12 appearances from 23 games in all competitions so far.

Rossiter’s calf problems have also been frustrating for the Ibrox boss. The last of the former Liverpool midfielder’s six Rangers appearances came at the end of August but despite claims he has shown progress, the 19-year-old has failed to return to action.

Warburton is already down on numbers in midfield after Joey Barton’s ill-fated Ibrox stint was cut short, while Niko Kranjcar has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing knee ligaments.

The Ibrox manager could do with having his youngsters back in action but he admits the club’s medical staff are having to play it patiently as both players adjust to the demands of turning out regularly for the Glasgow side.

Windass could make his first appearance since picking up his latest knock in the 2-1 win over Partick Thistle last month when Hearts visit on Saturday, but Warburton stressed he will not take risks with either players’ well-being.

He told RangersTV: “Josh we hope will come back this week - again you have to look after young players and look at the bigger picture.

“We talk about the demands we place on young players coming to Rangers and that is everything, the expectation of the crowd, playing in front of 50,000 and dealing with a more intense training regime.

“Their body is adapting to the demands of that and Josh is a young player with a very bright future ahead of him but we have to look after him.

“I hope we are getting closer with Jordan too and fingers crossed I hope he will be available for selection soon.

“We have to look at the regime with Josh, what he is used to and that is no disrespect to any previous club but it is what they have been used to and what they are being asked to do now in terms of intensity of work.

“Hopefully these players will adapt, Josh and Jordan are young guys and it is still very, very early in their Rangers careers and hopefully they both have very long and fruitful careers ahead of them.”

Clint Hill will miss the Hearts clash after being sent off against Aberdeen at the weekend but Warburton is confident that Danny Wilson or Philippe Senderos will be able to fill the veteran’s slot alongside Rob Kiernan at the heart of the Rangers defence.

Warburton said: “Clint was excellent, I thought Clint and Rob on Saturday were both brilliant, it is great we have the options of Danny and Philippe but there is no doubt that Clint is showing his value, his worth, his experience and his aerial strength.

“Any player is a loss because we are tight on numbers, with Josh, Jordan and Niko all being out.

“Clint is a senior pro but Rob and Danny have played together countless times and Philippe has an excellent CV as well.

“The fact is Clint is 38, he has seen so much in football and can pass on that experience. Good mature senior pros can add that quality and they can help younger players play their best and provide that confidence.”

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Current Wales interim head coach Rob Howley is set to be named as an assistant coach for next summer’s British and Irish Lions tour of New 
Zealand when the back-room line-up is revealed in Dublin today.

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Lions head coach Warren
Gatland’s is also considering former England internationals Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick for assistant roles, while Wales’ record international points-scorer Neil Jenkins is top contender for the role of kicking specialist.

However, Gatland may yet spring a surprise in terms of his attack-coach options, 
having previously indicated that he could travel with two people heading up the tourists’ attacking strategy.

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend had been firmly in the frame, but he takes over from Vern Cotter as Scotland head coach at the end of this season and will lead their summer tour of Australia instead.

Rumours have been rife in the last few days that Gatland could bolster his staff with another big-hitter.

Former England and Fiji 
sevens coach Ben Ryan is possibly on the radar, while Saracens’ trophy double-winning rugby director Mark McCall also has many admirers.

Ryan is regarded as an innovative rugby thinker, establishing himself as England’s most successful sevens coach in history before taking charge of Fiji and leading them to world series glory and then capturing Olympic gold in Rio four months ago.

Gatland’s long-held view is that, to have any realistic chance against world champions New Zealand, any opponent must be prepared to play, rather than contain, and it may be that Ryan or McCall fit the bill.

Technical and operational staff for the Lions’ first New Zealand trip since they suffered a painful Test series whitewash in 2005 are set to be announced early next month, with the squad itself due on April 19.

“It is another important step on the road to New Zealand,” tour manager John Spencer told the Lions’ official website ahead of Wednesday’s unveiling in Dublin.

“The success of any British and Irish Lions tour depends on having a quality coaching group, and we are very confident that the people we will name on Wednesday can help deliver a Test series win.

“A 10-match tour of New Zealand requires toughness, as well as technical knowledge, and we firmly believe that the characters we have identified as the men to bring on board are exactly what is needed for the upcoming tour.”

Farrell, 41, enjoyed a glittering rugby league career before switching codes and winning eight England caps in 2007. He went on to become England defence coach, but left that role following last year’s dismal World Cup showing. He was then appointed as Ireland’s defence coach, helping to oversee an away victory over South Africa and then a spectacular success against world champions New Zealand in Chicago, before a memorable autumn campaign concluded by Ireland defeating Australia.

Farrell, left, was a key part of Gatland’s support team during the Lions’ 2-1 Test series victory over Australia in 2013, while Howley is also set to return for more, having been a member of the coaching staff Down Under three years ago and on the 2009 trip to South Africa.

Ex-England skipper Borthwick would be a Lions newcomer, but he has made a considerable impression during England’s revival under their Australian head coach Eddie Jones. Borthwick, who won 57 caps and made almost 400 appearances for Bath and Saracens, worked with Jones during Japan’s memorable 2015 World Cup campaign that included defeating South Africa, before joining him last December after Jones was appointed as England boss.

England went unbeaten in 2016, claiming the Six Nations title in Grand Slam fashion, beating Australia three times Down Under and then winning all four autumn Tests.

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RANGERS star Kenny Miller has helped put smiles on the faces of terminally ill children.

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The Scottish striker joined other stars, including Motherwell ace Louis Moult, for the Dreammaker Foundation Christmas Party.

Also attending the Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation annual bash for sick children in Motherwell was BAFTA award winning actress Kathleen McDermott and singer Sam Callaghan.

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Kenny said: “It’s great to be here and to be able to help the sick kids at a special time of year.”

He met with a host of kids, including Sparky Gallagher who has a terminal brain tumour and has been receiving care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Sparky was unconscious for nearly thirty hours earlier this week but managed to get out of bed and walk in order to go to the Christmas party.

Celtic fan Stevie Jo Kilpatrick, from Dumfries, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia also met Kenny.

Les Hoey MBE said: “The charity holds this Christmas party every year and the children love it.

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“We rely on funds from our supporters to be able to host more than a hundred fifty children and their families.

“It puts a smile on their faces and helps their families to enjoy a bit of downtime too.”

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Ian Cathro is now officially the next head coach of Heart of Midlothian. All the talk and hype will fade into the background and we’ll get the chance to see what the 30-year-old is made of.

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Here is what he needs to do to ensure his first job in football management is a success.

Ignore the sceptics

Scepticism will have followed Cathro throughout his career. He will be used to the cynics, doubters and, to quote Taylor Swift, haters by now. With little playing background to speak of, in an incestuous environment, reaching the top level at such a young age is only going to attract naysayers and provoke bitterness and jealousy.

But there is a reason Cathro has found himself hyped-up and appointed head coach of one of the country’s biggest clubs. His CV is both extensive and striking. He has framework supported by innovation, hard work and first-hand experience of two clubs which could fall in to the ‘basketcase’ category.

From impressing as a young coach in and around Dundee, bringing a successful coaching business in Box Soccer to fruition and gaining valuable experience in a range of roles at Dundee United, the Scottish Football Association, Rio Ave, Valencia and Newcastle United, it would be naïve to believe he is under-prepared or ignorant about what he is about to face in his first management role.

Ignore the sceptics, just keeping working hard and he will give himself and his new club every chance of success.

Take inspiration from Neilson’s last game in charge

When swatting up on his new team the 30-year-old could do a lot worse than watch the recent victory over Rangers. The folkloric Tynecastle atmosphere made a reappearance.

Rather than groans and frustration there was backing and noise. The vibrancy was helped by the opponents and the game being under the floodlights. But what gets the crowd going more than anything is a positive and energetic performance.

There are few things Hearts fans respond more to than a high-tempo approach; pressing high up the pitch, putting the opposition under constant pressure. We are yet to really know what Cathro’s doctrine is but his evolution as a coach suggests it will be proactive rather than reactive, progressive rather than conservative.

That will music to fans’ ears. No matter the opposition, no matter the venue, fans want to see Hearts take the game to their opponents and play on the front foot with intensity.

Sterile possession is a big no-no. Ambition is a big yes-yes.

Fix the away form

There are two different Heart of Midlothian Football Clubs. The one which plays at Tynecastle and the one which mutates when it ventures outside of EH11. Yet, instead of becoming a superior being like Logan becoming Wolverine, Hearts are more Color Kid (has the ability to change the colour of anything – great if you are redecorating).

From the start of the 1996-1997 season Hearts have played 383 away league games. Of those 383, 123 have been won giving a win percentage of 32.1 per cent. Those numbers are boosted by the 14 away wins on the way to winning the Championship. Hearts have never managed more than nine top-flight away wins outside Gorgie in that time. The last time that was achieved in the top tier was in the 1991-1992 season.

This isn’t a problem created by one manager. It is an ingrained problem. An issue which most, if not all, clubs outside the Old Firm suffer. But it should be a whole lot better for a club of Hearts’ stature.

For some reason the team rarely play with the same intensity, ambition and belief as they do at Tynecastle. Away games are to endured rather than enjoyed. It shouldn’t be that way.

If Cathro can get Hearts playing as well away from home as at home, or even just make the team harder to beat on the road, the club will fancy their chances of winning the battle for runners-up spot.

Relate to the fans

In Germany they are labelled ‘Menschenfanger’. Jurgen Klopp was awarded such a sobriquet. The term is given to those who appeal to people’s emotions through their passion and eloquence.

Hearts fans want a man in the dugout they can relate to, someone who ‘gets it’ and ‘gets Hearts’. As far as the players go, the importance of a bawling and energetic coach on the sidelines is negligible. But fans, especially those at Tynecastle, give credence to such figureheads. They want to see a boisterous figure, passionate, someone who will stand up for the club in the Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte mould rather than the Louis Van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti mould.

It is one of the reasons an element did not take to Robbie Neilson - as they accused of being indifferent - but did to the likes of Gary Locke and Csaba Laszlo. The former led the club to 10th and 12th placed finishes, while the latter’s football was often soporific.

It may be no more than cosmetics but Cathro could score an early victory by replicating the fans’ passion on the sidelines.

Be his own man

Cathro is in a fortunate position that Hearts have never been more stable off the pitch. Work has started on a new main stand, positive financial figures have been recorded and the new Oriam training facility is one of the most advanced in the United Kingdom. Then there is the support of the Foundation of Hearts and Ann Budge, plus sell-out clubs and a friendly face in Craig Levein.

On the field Cathro will be walking into a dressing room with a competitive squad; one which is young and fit with the quality of Callum Paterson, John Souttar, Arnaud Djoum, Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker. It really is an attractive position.

There is little need for a revamp or revolution. However, Cathro should not let all that dissuade him from being his own man. Through his evaluation of the squad and club, if he feels that something needs tweaked, changed or altered he should do it.

He is now the boss. He has been spoken about A LOT. The interest in him will be intense from all around Scottish football. So if he is to succeed or falter he needs to do it on his own terms, his own decisions.

It would be foolish not to consult Levein and get his mentor’s input, but he needs to make sure that any decision he makes he is comfortable with. Second-guess and question your choices, that’s other words for being thorough, but make sure that the final decision is one you would make again and again.

The last thing he wants to do is allow himself to be influenced. That will only lead to regrets. If he is to fall on a sword, he needs to make sure it is his own.

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The draw for the Coral Scottish Open has thrown up a mouth-watering meeting between two of the country’s most successful players, John Higgins and Alan McManus.

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The two local favourites will clash in the first round at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Monday 12 December at 1pm.

The Glaswegian duo’s most recent encounter came at this year’s World Championship, where they met at the quarter-finals. It was 1994 Masters champion McManus who came out on top that day in a stunning 13-11 victory.

So far the 2016/17 season has seen the four-time World Champion Higgins return to the peak of his form. He scored back-to-back titles at the China Championship and the Champion of Champions and made his eighth career 147 at the Coral Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

He lost narrowly to world No 1 Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of last week’s UK Championships in York.

Higgins leads McManus 12-10 in the head-to-head record.

Meanwhile, world number four Judd Trump will headline next Monday’s evening session as he faces China’s Zhang Yong.

Ronnie O’Sullivan opens his campaign on the Tuesday afternoon with a tough test against world No 29 Matthew Selt.

Scottish eyes will also be trained on Stephen Maguire’s first round tie with talented Chinese cueman Zhou Yuelong on Tuesday evening.

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Former world and Commonwealth champion Robbie Renwick has announced his retirement from swimming.

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The 28-year-old Scot represented Great Britain in three consecutive Olympics in Beijing, London and Rio, winning a silver medal this summer as part of the 4x200 metres freestyle relay team.

Renwick appeared at his first major international meet in 2006 at the Commonwealth Games, also winning relay silver, and went on to become Commonwealth champion in the individual event four years later in Delhi.

One of the highlights of his career was a gold medal as part of the relay team at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015, while he was a bronze medallist in the individual 400m in 2008.

Renwick only swam in the heats in Rio, and he said: “To start with it was a bittersweet moment for me. I was initially devastated not to perform well enough to be part of the final, but I’ve had time to reflect and I’m incredibly proud of my contribution.

“I’ve been lucky enough to share the pool with many talented swimmers over the years, but to be part of TeamGB at our most successful Games ever is priceless and a perfect way to close such an incredible chapter in my life.

“Despite moving on from competitive swimming I will stay involved and I am looking forward to focusing my efforts on the development and business side of the sport.

“I feel passionately about sharing my knowledge with the next generation, and mentoring younger athletes who are starting out in their career. I firmly believe that, without the help and support of others, no athlete can reach their full potential.”

British Swimming’s head coach Bill Furniss paid tribute to Renwick, saying: “Robbie has been a great servant to the sport of swimming for well over a decade and in that time he has continually performed at the very highest level.Robbie’s dedication and commitment has rewarded him with a long and productive career and I’m sure he will use these qualities in the next chapter of his life.”

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Dundee United fan Tommy McKay has won the SPFL Goal of the Month competition for his perfectly executed lob at half-time during United’s match with Dunfermline.

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McKay, 32, managed to beat off competition from Jayden Stockley, Joe Dodoo and Tom Rogic to land the award, which is voted for by the fans.

The United supporter has only one leg after a cancer diagnosis in childhood forced his right leg to be amputated

His goal soon went viral and the SPFL decided to include the strike in the Goal of the Month nominations.

After hearing of his award, McKay said: “To have been chosen as the Ladbrokes SPFL goal of the month for November is completely overwhelming and is truly beyond my wildest dreams, especially when all the goals this month were worthy winners.

”I would like to thank Dundee United, Ladbrokes, McEwan Fraser, SPFL, my team mates at Partick Thistle Amputees FC and every single person who voted for me. You will never know how much this means to me and my family and I am eternally grateful.”

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Thomas Bjorn has been confirmed as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the 2018 match in France.

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The 45-year-old Dane has been a vice-captain for four previous matches, including this year’s 17-11 defeat to the United States at Hazeltine.

He also played in three Ryder Cups and was twice runner-up at The Open.

Bjorn, the most successful Danish golfer, becomes the first Scandinavian skipper of the team.

He had been a firm favourite for the job, especially after Padraig Harrington said he wanted to play in the next match, at Le Golf National in Paris, rather than take on the captaincy.

“It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris,” Bjorn told rydercup.com. “This is one of the greatest days in my career.

“I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice-captain and always wondered what that feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players. Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me.

“I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this task.”

Bjorn was chosen by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent captains - Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal - as well as European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and European Tour tournament committee member Henrik Stenson.

Pelley said: “Thomas has many wonderful characteristics which he will bring to the role of captain.

“Firstly, he is incredibly experienced having played in three winning Ryder Cup teams and having been a vice-captain four times.

“He also has commitment. We have seen that over the last nine years as tournament committee chairman, so we know as Ryder Cup captain he will have the same unwavering commitment.

“Thirdly, he has passion. Not only for this wonderful game, but for the European Tour and Team Europe and he wants the Ryder Cup to be the greatest sporting event it can be.

“So when you look at these characteristics, I am convinced they will make him a great Ryder Cup captain.”

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