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Celtic’s Callum McGregor ready for Scotland call

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor insists he is far 
better equipped now to make an impression for Scotland than when he earned his previous call-up for the national side almost three years ago.

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Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox on the beach at his beloved Saltcoats with his poodle Yanna. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: Bobby Lennox modest man who made football history

The class clown at my school was fond of impersonating George Davidson. Perfectly capturing the venerable commentator’s politeness and reserve, he’d describe a sequence of passing involving almost the entire Celtic team, but because no man at the mic strove to have his words set in stone back then, the take-off would amount to little more than a list of names and the humour was to be found in the mimicry of Davidson’s distinctive voice: “Gemmell to Murdoch… there’s little Jimmy Johnstone… Wallace now, on to Chalmers…”

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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths in training for the Ross County match. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Leigh Griffiths: Scott Brown thought I’d faked back injury

Leading the line for Scotland can be back-breaking work; literally so, as Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths discovered during the 1-0 victory over Slovenia in the World Cup qualifying tie at Hampden last month.

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Celtic's Scott Sinclair is good enough to play for England, says Brendan Rodgers. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Brendan Rodgers tips Scott Sinclair for England call-up

Moving north of the Border has allowed Scott Sinclair to rebuild his career and his self-belief but his manager, Brendan Rodgers, claims that he could yet turn out to be the hammer of the Scots when Gareth Southgate’s England team travel to Hampden for the crucial World Cup qualifying tie on 10 June.

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New Scotland women's head coach Shelley Kerr with Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay at Hampden.

Shelley Kerr’s long and winding road to the pinnacle

Much has happened in Shelley Kerr’s life since she made her Scotland debut 28 years ago but the memories remain crystal clear. That means that she is perfectly placed to judge just how far the women’s game in this country has come since.

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New Scotland women's head coach Shelley Kerr with Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay. Picture: John Devlin

Malky Mackay predicts a woman will land elite men’s job

Malky Mackay says he sees no reason why a female coach could not make an impact at the elite end of men’s football in this country during his lifetime.

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Rumour Mill: Rodgers to get £15m war chest | Second place means ‘nothing’ at Rangers | Foran for the chop?

Brendan Rodgers will be handed a £15m transfer budget by the Celtic board this summer, Arthur Numan believes Rangers should prioritise winning the cup over the battle for second place, and Richie Foran’s future as Inverness CT boss appears to be in doubt.

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Geoff Hurst (second left) scoring for England against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final. Picture: PA

Geoff Hurst reminded of 1967 by ‘every Scotsman’ he meets

Sir Geoff Hurst needs little reminding of just what it meant for Scotland to beat world champions England at Wembley in April 1967.

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Scotland's Jim Baxter is hugged by fans who invaded the pitch at Wembley following the 3-2 victory over England. Picture: PA

5 things you should know about Scotland’s 1967 Wembley win

Scotland’s 1967 victory over England’s World Cup winners at Wembley remains the nation’s favourite footballing triumph.

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Scotland's Jim McCalliog scores past England goalkeeper Gordon Banks for his side's third and winning goal in the international match at Wembley. Picture: PA

Interview: Jim McCalliog remembers dream Scotland debut

Jim McCalliog is far too polite to argue with Gordon Strachan over who is Scotland’s greatest ever debutant.

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Peter Dallas, who is portrayed in the play, wraps his arm around Denis Law in a victory salute. Picture: Getty Images

New play keeps-up memories of Baxter, Wembley and 1967

When it comes to Scotland’s storied 1967 Wembley win, Jim Orr can achieve the impossible. He can tell you things about it that you never knew before. The obsession with that game – the 50th anniversary of which arrives on Saturday – and that era in which it took place led the Glasgow accountant and youth coach to write a play, Bend It Like Baxter, about the events. His ploughing through archives, losing himself on the internet statistics sites and reviewing Youtube footage has resulted in Orr, inset, coming up with a wonderful, outlandish conspiracy theory that isn’t true but should be.

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Celtic captain Scott Brown celebrates the club securing the Ladbrokes Premiership title. Picture: SNS.

Celtic’s Scott Brown hails Brendan Rodgers for his fitness

The fact there is only one way in the Brendan Rodgers road map to success has opened up whole new avenues of satisfaction for Celtic captain Scott Brown. The 31-year-old, and his club, have been revitalised by the Northern Irishman who was handed his first league title by the 5-0 blitzing of Hearts on Sunday that extended the club’s run of championships to six.

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Shelley Kerr will be an observer at the Euro 2017 finals before taking charge of Scotland Women.

New Scotland Women manager Shelley Kerr’s ‘dream comes true’

Shelley Kerr will not be included in the Scotland Women set-up for Euro 2017, despite her appointment as the next head coach being confirmed by the Scottish FA yesterday.

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Charlie Mulgrew in action for Scotland in a friendly against England. Picture: John Devlin/SNS.

Brendan Rodgers gave Charlie Mulgrew a glimpse of the future

In Brendan Rodgers, Charlie Mulgrew could see the man who was in charge at Celtic when his career there ended… Instead, he sees in the Irishman a manager to be celebrated for the stunning success he has made at his old haunt.

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Celtic captain Scott Brown during training at Lennoxtown ahead of the game against Hearts at Tynecastle. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Brendan Rodgers ‘proud’ when Celtic stars play for Scotland

Time never stands still for Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic roadshow. Never mind the occasion that awaits his team at Tynecastle tomorrow where a victory will secure the title. The Irishman is already thinking about what lies beyond the league and the Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers later this month. Considerations for June and July had started to turn over in his mind before even March left us.

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Scott Brown will be given every chance of playing aginst England by his club manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS.

Brendan Rodgers backs Celtic’s Scott Brown in Scotland bid

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given his backing to the prospect of Scott Brown playing for Scotland against 
England.

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 Scotland Women's head coach Anna Signeul

Scotland coach frustrated in bid to recruit defenders

Scotland head coach Anna Signeul says she is largely unconcerned about a spate of injuries to key players ahead of next month’s friendly against Belgium.

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Former Scotland manager Craig Brown. Picture: Steve Welsh

Craig Brown: ‘We mollycoddle our young players’

He may have long since become a septuagenarian, but Craig Brown is no old fogey. Performance director Malky Mackay this week implored young Scottish talent to dedicate their every waking hour to improving technically and athletically in order to maximise abilities that, aged 15, make them equals of those in other top European countries.

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Vauxhall sponsor the Scottish national team at present. Picture: PA

Vauxhall to end sponsorship deal with home nations

Vauxhall will end a seven-year sponsorship deal with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when its current agreement expires after the 2018 World Cup.

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Malky Mackay is demanding Scotlands young players make big sacrifices. Picture: SNS.

Malky Mackay gets tough with Scotland’s Under-16s and Under-17s

Malky Mackay has revealed a dramatic new get tough approach for Scotland’s teenage starlets with the focus on dedication and sacrifice after admitting he has practically written off the older age groups of Scots youngsters.

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