The 17 most improved players in Scottish football this season

Which players have shown tremendous improvement from last season to the current campaign, catching the eye and winning hearts of supporters across Scotland?

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Scots-born Ralph McPate, who played for the Canadian national team, at his home in Edinburgh. Picture: Greg Macvean

Ralph McPate still flying the flag for adopted nation Canada

It’s quite fitting that former Airdrie and Third Lanark winger Ralph McPate will attend his first football match in almost two decades when Canada line up against Scotland at Easter Road.

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Falkirk fans at Falkirk Stadium for a home game against Dumbarton. Picture: TSPL

How many Scottish football grounds have you been to?

EACH of the 42 member clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League has their own home stadium. How many have you visited?

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The club's home strip will feature Mark Allison's face and signature. Picture: Airdrieonians Twitter

Brave Airdrieonians fan honoured on strip after cancer battle

A SCOTTISH football team have announced that their new home strip will feature the face of one of their longest serving fans after he sadly lost his battle with cancer.

Celtic and Rangers may be looking to join a new Atlantic League. Picture: John Devlin

Scottish football mailbag: SPFL without Old Firm | Strachan ignoring Griffiths | Jim Goodwin

Craig Fowler answers your questions on Scottish football.

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Goram in action at a charity match at Airdrie's ground last year. Picture: SNS

Rangers legend Andy Goram makes return to football

Former Rangers, Hibs and Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram has returned to football with League One Airdrieonians.

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The Airdrieonians badge and former manager Steve Archibald. Picture Allan Milligan

Colin Telford: Last chance to win back challenged shield

I suspect it will surprise the vast majority of readers to learn that heraldry forms part of Scots criminal law due to the Lord Lyon King of Arms Act of 1592. Put simply that means that any organisation which chooses to represent its identity in a “coat of arms” needs to comply with the Scotland’s heraldic laws.

Ian McCall in his Rangers playing days. He regrets not making more of his time at Ibrox. Picture: SNS

Interview: Ian McCall on his Rangers run-ins with Souness

In sandals and woolly hat, which seems like an apt combo for such a bohemian neighbourhood, Ian McCall breezes into his local coffee shop, nods to the other regulars and wonders if any of them knows why his street has been closed off. But, this being 
Glasgow’s West End, the issue isn’t some sort of civil disturbance, simply that the fine sandstone-clad avenues have once again proved seductive to a film crew.

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Michael Wardrope: Scorer. Picture: SNS

League One wrap: Peterhead’s unbeaten run ends

Peterhead manager Jim McInally felt nothing but pride despite his side’s title challenge, and their 19-game unbeaten run, came to an end with a 1-0 defeat by Cowdenbeath at blustery Balmoor.

Lennon will take over until the end of the season. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Danny Lennon steps in for stroke-victim friend at Airdrie

Airdrie have appointed Danny Lennon as acting head coach while his close friend Eddie Wolecki Black recovers from a stroke.

Joe Cardle netted a hat-trick for Dunfermline. Picture: SNS

League One wrap: Joe Cardle nets hat-trick for Dunfermline

Dunfermline turned on the style as they took another step closer to the League 1 title by crushing Stranraer 6-1 at East End Park.

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Allan Johnston demanded more from his side despite the victory. Picture: SNS

League One wrap: Dunfermline win but ‘must do better’

Top overcame bottom at Glebe Park, with League 1 leaders Dunfermline Athletic edging out Brechin City 2-1. The East End Park men may well have obtained a result that takes them closer to clinching the title but manager Allan Johnston is looking for improvement.

Rohan Ferguson: On trial. Picture: SNS

Hearts keen on Airdrie’s teenage keeper Rohan Ferguson

Hearts are the latest side to show an interest in Airdrie’s teenage goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson, with the 18-year-old spending time on trial with the Edinburgh side recently, writes Craig Stewart.

The fifth round tie will now be played at the Excelsior Stadium. Picture: SNS

New venue for Celtic tie gets approval from East Kilbride

East Kilbride are happy with the new venue for their William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Celtic after Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium was selected to stage the fifth-round tie.

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East Kilbride's Jack Smith celebrates his Scottish Cup success alongside his dad Andy, twice a Scottish Cup finalist with Airdrie. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

East Kilbride cup hero Jack Smith follows in dad’s footsteps

Jack Smith wasn’t even born when his father Andy played and scored in his first Scottish Cup final appearance for Airdrie against Rangers in 1992.

Blair Spittal. Picture: SNS Group

Blair Spittal: United can build on Airdrieonians win

Blair Spittal insists Dundee United can defy the odds and avoid relegation following a much-needed boost to morale in the Scottish Cup at the weekend. A 1-0 victory over Airdrieonians was enough to see United safely through to the fifth round and end a run of nine games without a win.


League One wrap: Dunfermline now nine points clear

Dunfermline Athletic’s hopes of a 2016 League 1 title success took another step forward at the weekend as they saw off Cowdenbeath 2-1 and moved nine points clear of closest challengers Ayr ­United.

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Gary Bollan: Opening defeat. Picture: SNS

Dunfermline spoil Bollan’s first match to keep lead at top

GARY Bollan’s first day in charge of Forfar ended in disappointment as League 1 leaders Dunfermline enjoyed a 4-2 success at Station Park.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui netted a double for the visitors. Picture: SNS

League One wrap: Dunfermline spoil Bollan’s first match

Dunfermline kept their six-point advantage at the top with a 4-2 win at Station Park to ruin Gary Bollan’s first match in charge of Forfar.

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Gary Bollan. Picture: SNS

Tough starts face Forfar and Airdrie managers

Two managers will be making their debuts with their clubs today and neither of them have it easy, with Gary Bollan taking charge of Forfar for the first time against leaders Dunfermline and Eddie Wolecki Black leading Airdrie against Peterhead.

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