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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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Jamie Walker celebrates with team-mates after putting Hearts ahead at Stark's Park. Picture: SNS

Raith Rovers 1-1 Hearts: Late McManus strike pegs back Hearts

A Hearts side supplemented by four new signings suffered a pratfall on Pratt Street, speared at the death following a contribution from one their most revered former sons.

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Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Australian Open. Picture: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Open: Andy Murray left down and out Down Under

Andy Murray must wonder what he has to do in order to win the Australian Open.

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Hearts and Hibs still have a chance of lifting the Scottish Cup. Pic: SNS

Scottish Cup R5 draw: Hearts or Raith to host Hibs

Hearts can set up a Scottish Cup fifth round Edinburgh derby against Hibs for the second year running if they can defeat Raith in Wednesday’s replay.

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We might not see a packed Pittodrie on many more occasions, with the Dons hoping to flit west to Kingsford. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aidan Smith: What’s not to like about Pittodrie?

During lulls in the play at my neighbourhood football stadium, no longer able to watch chugging dredgers because the redeveloped East Stand blocks out the Firth of Forth, I might glance at the old-timers in their bunnets enjoying the communal feeling and a bloody good moan. “Good on you, guys,” I’ll say to myself. “But you’d never have survived Straiton.”

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Kenny Miller is keen to stay at Rangers. Picture: SNS/ Rob Casey

Rumour Mill: Celtic’s Onyekuru bid rejected | van der Vaart open to Old Firm move | Miller’s Gers future ‘out of his hands’

Celtic’s bid for Henry Onyekuru rebuffed, Kenny Miller urges the Ibrox board to offer him a new contract and former Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart says he is open to the idea of a move to Glasgow.

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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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Gary Lockes Raith Rovers host Hearts at a sold-out Starks Park today.  Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke keen to break his Hearts

Gary Locke understands what it is like to be a young, untried manager tasked with protecting and delivering the hopes and dreams of half a city. So when the former Hearts boss lines up against Ian Cathro at Stark’s Park this afternoon, as his Raith Rovers side take on his boyhood heroes in the Scottish Cup fourth round, he will empathise with the man who stirred up such attention when he took on the Tynecastle role last month.

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New Hearts signing Lennard Sowah hopes to be capped by Ghana. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS Group

Ian Cathro’s Hearts new boys could get their chance at Raith

When Dundee United won the Scottish Cup in 2010, Ian Cathro wasn’t at Hampden. He can’t recall exactly where he was, but the guy who was head of the club’s youth academy at that time does know that whatever he was doing, it will have felt like the most important thing in the world.

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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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Alan Stubbs won the treble with Celtic in the 2000-01 season

Celtic treble won’t be easy warns Alan Stubbs

The last time Celtic won the treble Alan Stubbs played his part. That experience tells him it is no easy feat and the former Hibernian manager has warned that, while the current Celtic squad have already won the League Cup and are 19 points clear at the top of the Premiership, it should not be considered a foregone conclusion.

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Scotland havent won their first match in a Six Nations campaign since 2006. Vern Cotter has the chance to change that against Ireland on Saturday week.
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Scotland coach Vern Cotter relaxed as he plots fond farewell

The upcoming Six Nations campaign has a different feel to it for more than one reason. First up it is coach Vern Cotter’s last kick at the ball in Scotland colours before he joins Montpellier in the summer.

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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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Kenny Miller soared through the air to plant a header past Craig Samson and spark a Rangers comeback. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Kenny Miller’s double for rangers leaves McGhee well fed-up

It is seven days short of 17 years since Kenny Miller played his first Scottish Cup tie. He scored then as a Hibernian player. Yesterday, the 37-year-old didn’t just score as a Rangers player, he performed a Herculean rescue mission when the Ibrox club’s Scottish Cup hopes looked utterly all at sea.

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Finn Russell  is several furlongs ahead of his nearest challenger

Six lessons from the Champions Cup pool stages

As the Champions Cup pools wrap up, Iain Morrison looks at what we’ve learned from the first stage of Europe’s toughest competition.

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Henry Onyekuru: His agent is in talks

Celtic set their sights on Nigerian striking sensation

Celtic have had an initial bid for the Nigerian teenage striker Henry Onyekuru rebuffed but are considering an improved offer for the player who has lit up the Belgian top flight this season.

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Hibs' Jordon Forster, left, scores his side's eighth goal. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Plucky Bonnyrigg Rose have a thorny time of it against Hibs

Early in proceedings, the Hibernian fans were demanding seven goals. By the time Jason Cummings made it four, just after the interval, Bonnyrigg Rose might have settled for that.

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Johanna Konta makes a forehand return on her way to victory over Caroline Wozniacki. Picture: Kin Cheung

Johanna Konta heading to the very top

The Australians are trying to claim her as one of their own, but Johanna Konta is having none of it.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend celebrates their victory over Leicester Tigers. Picture: David Davies/PA

History man Gregor Townsend glad to start new era

It has been a long time coming but given the manner in which Glasgow booked their first ever slot in the European Cup quarter-finals it was almost worth the wait.

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Chapecoense goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, one of the three players that survived the air crash almost two months ago, carries the Sudamericana trophy. Picture: Andre Penner/AP

Chapecoense survivors lifts trophy two months after tragedy

Survivors of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil’s Chapecoense club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honour of his dead team-mates.

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