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Martin Dempster: Dodds deserves chance to reinvigorate club scene

The strange thing about the per capita fee paid by Scottish golfers is that the vast majority don’t even know they are paying it. That’s because it is incorporated in their club membership subscription and, let’s face it, even when it rose above a tenner for the first time in recent years, no-one really noticed. Those who do know about it, frequently ask the same question. “What does Scottish Golf do for me?” And, until the clubs became more of a priority in the past few years rather than sending out teams around the world and arranging national events, the answer to that was “little or nothing”.

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Scotland's Catriona Matthew, the 2019 European Solheim Cup captain. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Triple boost but review still needed

Sport, eh? Only it could see you going from the depths of despair one week to feeling bullish and optimistic the next. The events of the past few days haven’t changed a single thing as far as the review into Scottish golf called for in this column a week ago. In fact, a healthy debate 
created by that merely emphasised a need for it due to opinions being divided about whether the loss of a decade’s worth of talent was caused by promising young players being offered too much support or not enough.

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The incident enraged Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha who confronted Scott Brown. Picture: SNS

Why Scott Brown was a little fortune in Alfredo Morelos elbow incident

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at the incident involving Scott Brown and Alfredo Morelos, where the Celtic captain was accused of elbowing his opponent.

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Alfredo Morelos goes down under the attentions of Jozo Simunovic. Picture: SNS

Why the referee didn’t award Rangers a penalty against Celtic

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Craig Thomson’s decision not to award a penalty to Rangers for Jozo Simunovic’ challenge on Alfredo Morelos in Saturday’s Old Firm game.

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Ross County announced the sacking of manager Jim McIntyre on Monday morning. Picture: PA

Why Jim McIntyre’s sacking from Ross County wasn’t much of a surprise

Supporters had long been losing patience with the Ross County manager, as Craig Fowler explains

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Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe in Borg vs McEnroe, the story of their 1980s rivalry

Aidan Smith: Tennis and film are a bad match

The scene in Annie Hall where Woody Allen meets Diane Keaton for the first time happens on a tennis court. Allen brandishes a racket as masterfully as when he brandishes a hair-dryer later in the film and you might remember how the latter almost blows him off his feet. Then he goes on a rant about “left-wing, communist, Jewish homosexual pornographers”.

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Tom Rogic celebrates after opening the scoring at Ibrox. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Why midfield maestros were key for Celtic’s win over Rangers

Fully aware of the gulf which currently exists between the two sides, Rangers fans would have reluctantly agreed before kick-off
that a narrow defeat full of endeavour and fight was at least an improvement on last season’s displays under Pedro Caixinha. And that’s what they got. Sort of.

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Celtic's Stuart Armstrong outplayed rival Graham Dorrans. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Five things we learned from Rangers 0 - 2 Celtic

Joel Sked gives his take as Celtic made it 57 games unbeaten in domestic action, easing to a 2-0 win over rivals Rangers.

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Rangers' Alfredo Morelos is left dejected after conceding the first goal. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Rangers 0 - 2 Celtic: How the Rangers players rated

Ratings out of ten for each and every Rangers player after their defeat to Celtic at Ibrox which leaves them trailing their rivals by eight points.

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Celtic celebrate Leigh Griffiths' goal. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Rangers 0 - 2 Celtic: How the Celtic players rated

Ratings out of ten for each and every Celtic player after they defeated their rivals with a comfortable 2-0 win.

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Sean O'Brien thinks the Lions would have won all the Tests against the All Blacks with better coaching. Picture: Getty.

Allan Massie: Warren Gatland should ignore Sean O’Brien

I doubt if we should pay much attention to Sean O’Brien’s claim that the Lions would have won all three Tests against the All Blacks if they had been better coached. Most of us thought that the Lions did better than expected in drawing the series, though apparently the prop Mako Vunipola has said that the Lions would have won if Eddie Jones had been the coach; perhaps, perhaps not. Of course, coaches, like football managers, are held responsible for failure, which is fair enough if only because they are given credit for success. But it’s not coaches who miss tackles or drop passes, just as they don’t score tries or kick penalties. Still one now reads that Gatland is going to “confront” O’Brien. He might do better just to shrug his shoulders and prepare Wales to beat Ireland in the Six Nations.

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Rangers' Daniel Candeias has been a creative force for his side so far. Picture: PA

4 of the most interesting stats in the Scottish Premiership right now

To help you look forward to week seven of the Scottish Premiership season, we’ve collated some of the most interesting advanced statistics thus far.

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha will need his side to perform against Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday. Picture: Getty

Will another Old Firm hammering spell the end for Pedro Caixinha?

Craig Fowler looks at Pedro Caixinha’s reign so far and whether he still has enough credit to survive another mauling by Celtic.

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Six controversial refereeing decisions from recent Old Firm history

If there’s one thing matches between Celtic and Rangers never lack, it’s controversy. To help us look forward to the first clash of the season between the old rivals on Saturday, we have collated a very small section of controversial calls by referees from the past 20 years or so.

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Who will start for Celtic when they travel to take on Rangers?

Craig Fowler tries to predict what line-up Brendan Rodgers will go with on Saturday.

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Who will start for Rangers against Celtic at Ibrox?

Craig Fowler tries to read Pedro Caixinha’s mind and pick the Rangers starting XI to face Celtic on Saturday.

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Celtic's Anthony Ralston and Dundee's Kevin Holt battle for possession. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Dundee 0 - 4 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take as Celtic march into the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup.

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Scottish football mattered to Craig Bellamy when he was making a living from it as a Celtic player.

Leader comment: Craig Bellamy bites hand that fed him

Scottish football has never been short of harsh critics of the game from south of the Border. However, Celtic fans could be forgiven for feeling a bit sore reading their former favourite’s views of the club’s achievements.

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James Forrest celebrates with his team-mates after doubling his side's lead. Picture: SNS

Dundee 0 - 4 Celtic: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten for every player from Celtic’s Betfred Cup quarter-final victory over Dundee.

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Rangers' Ryan Jack (right) competes with Conor Sammon. Picture: SNS

Partick Thistle 1 - 3 Rangers (AET): How players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten for every player as Rangers defeated Partick Thistle to reach the Betfred Cup semi-final.

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