Albion Rovers

Albion Rovers

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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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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Scott Sinclair celebrates after putting Celtic ahead against Albion Rovers.

Albion Rovers 0-3 Celtic: It’s three and easy for Celtic

Celtic eased their way back into action following their winter break and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup as they saw off the challenge of League One part-timers Albion Rovers with the minimum of fuss.

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Keeper Ross Stewart is clinging to belief that shock results happen

Albion Rovers take inspiration from past giant-killing feats

Albion Rovers might be considered a Ross County. Not because today they harbour a threat to Celtic’s Scottish Cup hopes, akin to the Highland club which has twice vanquished the Parkhead side in one-off occasions across the past seven years. Instead, it is because the League One side seem to have a veritable county of players called Ross.

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Mikael Lustig says Celtic will progress in Europe

Mikael Lustig predicts big things for Celtic

There is no doubt that a seemingly never-ending run of league titles – soon to be five – and playing in front of 50,000 crowds can be factored in to Mikael Lustig’s decision to accept a new two-year contract at Celtic.

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Brendan Rodgers has warm words for Albion Rovers assistant and former Celt Billy Stark, who will face him today in the Scottish Cup. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS Group

Brendan Rodgers values voice of experience

It is always Brendan Rodgers’ way to find what unites him with other football people. There wouldn’t appear much common ground for the Celtic manager to identify with when he considers the set-up at third-tier part-timers Albion Rovers when his treble-chasers begin their bid for the Scottish Cup this afternoon.

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Can Hibs defend the Scottish Cup? Picture: Greg Macvean

Ten most intriguing storylines of the Scottish Cup fourth-round

Excitement has been building for the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round and it kicks off tomorrow. Here is what to look out for over the weekend.

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Dreams came true for Hibs. Picture: Robert Perry

Why the Scottish Cup is better than the FA Cup

Fourth round weekend is a key date in the football calendar as the Scottish Cup retains its significance unlike the English equivalent, writes Joel Sked

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Rod Stewart will be a famous face in the crowd when Albion Rovers take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup fourth round at Airdries Excelsior Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Jane Barlow

Albion Rovers aim to leave Celtic fan Rod Stewart reeling

Albion Rovers chairman Ronnie Boyd will roll out the welcome mat for Rod Stewart on Sunday but is hoping Celtic’s highest-profile celebrity supporter is reduced to tears by the League 1 part-timers.

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Conrad 'Polar Bear' Logan's arrival as Hibs made history was one of just many memorable moments in Scottish football in 2016. Picture: SNS Group

The Scotsman 2016 football quiz

16 questions relating to the past 12 months in the wonderful and wacky place that is Scottish football

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Joey Barton's time at Rangers was interesting to say the least. Picture: SNS

The 10 craziest Scottish football moments of 2016

Scottish football can be a completely bonkers place sometimes. These are just 10 examples.

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Rangers and Motherwell will battle it out for a place in the next round. Picture: SNS

Three Scottish Cup games picked for live TV coverage

Three William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round games have been moved for live TV coverage.

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A Robbie Neilson lookalike leaves Hearts' training complex earlier today. Pic: SNS

Rumour Mill: Decoy in mask helps Neilson escape media | Hibs eye Swanson | Derby want Hearts quartet

Hibs keen on Danny Swanson and ex-Juventus midfielder Fausto Rossi; Derby boss Steve McClaren makes spying trip to Tynecastle

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The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup was held at Rugby Park last night to mark the 20th anniversary this season of Kilmarnocks triumph in the final at Hampden and current player Luke Hendrie, left, was joined by club legend Gary Holt, second from left, cup-winning captain Ray Montgomerie, second from right, and manager Lee Clark, right. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Holders given away clash in Scottish Cup fourth-round draw

Holders Hibs will begin their defence of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a fourth round away clash against either Dumbarton or Bonnyrigg Rose.

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Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark shouts for more pace from his players as they laboured to a disappointing draw against Albion Rovers at Rugby Park on Saturday. Picture: SNS Group

Lame Kilmarnock limp to Betfred Cup exit

Lee Clark will be stressing the need for speed to his Kilmarnock squad ahead of their Ladbrokes Premiership opener against Motherwell on Saturday.

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Danny Denholm opened the scoring for Forfar but Albion Rovers came back to win 3-2. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

League One: Forfar relegated after Albion Rovers defeat

Albion Rovers sent Forfar Athletic into League Two with a 3-2 win at Cliftonhill which keeps intact the home team’s hopes of making the promotion play-offs.

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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.

The very odd tweet appeared, before being quickly deleted, around 11pm on Friday night. Picture: Twitter

Psychedelic image of Phil Mitchell tweeted by Scottish football club

FOLLOWERS of the Albion Rovers Twitter account were surprised to see a psychedelic image of Eastenders character Phil Mitchell appearing on their timelines.

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The Cliftonhill groundsman marks the pitch ahead of Albion Rovers' game against Montrose in January 2014. Picture: Iain McLean

Photographer captures life in lower-league Scottish football

THEY are one of the smallest professional football clubs in Scotland and seldom attract crowds of more than several hundred.

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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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