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Who will start for Celtic against PSG in the Champions League?

Brendan Rodgers will be looking to improve on the previous match between the sides, when they were beaten 5-0 at Parkhead in the opening match of the Champions League. Craig Fowler predicts which team the Celtic boss will go with.

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Is Alex McLeish the right man for the Rangers job?

Alex McLeish has been installed by some bookmakers as the frontrunner for the role of Rangers manager, but is he really the best man for the job? Patrick McPartlin looks at the evidence

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Connor Syme finished in the top 15 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Picture: John Stewart.

Martin Dempster: Keep hopes for Neil and Syme in perspective

Now we’re talking. Thanks to the excellent achievements by both Bradley Neil and Connor Syme over the past fortnight or so, Scottish golf has regained some youthful swagger. The European Tour beckons for both next season and it’s an exciting prospect to see two talented young players – Neil is still just 21 and Syme 22 – embarking on that journey again after a 
barren spell.

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Tommy Fleetwood a worthy European No 1

Watching my two favourite English golfers battle it out over the weekend to be Europe’s 
No 1 this season was exciting but also difficult.

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Eleanor Cannon taking steps in right direction

Having been semi-critical of her in recent weeks, it is only right that Eleanor Cannon, the chair of Scottish Golf, is offered credit where credit is due.

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Alfredo Morelos missed a host of chances for Rangers. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish football weekend

Craig Fowler takes a look back at the weekend’s action in Scottish football.

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New Hearts stand free of creaks but plenty of groans by fans

News yesterday’s game was definitely, maybe on seemed to spread by word of mouth. Rumours of the granting of a temporary occupation certificate created a discernible buzz in Edinburgh’s west end howffs on Saturday night.

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Celtic's Scott Brown holds off Ross County's Davis Keillor-Dunn. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Five things we learned from Ross County 0 - 1 Celtic

Joel Sked gives his take on Celtic’s latest victory as they narrowly defeated a spirited performance by Ross County.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins celebrates his Tour deFrance victory. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Richard Moore: How far will Britain push for cycling glory?

The timing is perfect but entirely accidental. Tomorrow evening a documentary, Britain’s Cycling Superheroes: The Price of Success?, will be broadcast on BBC Two, just a few days after UK Anti-Doping finally reported, following a 14-month investigation, on one of the many strands to a multifaceted story.

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Niall McGinn starred at Aberdeen for five years. Could he be going back? Picture: John Devlin

Which Scottish club would most likely sign Niall McGinn?

Niall McGinn is a free agent after ending his tenure with Korean club Gwangju and could be on his way back to Scotland.

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Arnaud Djoum returns to the Hearts squad this weekend. Picture: SNS

Why Arnaud Djoum’s return should be a huge boost for Hearts

Hearts fans aren’t particularly enthused by the return of the midfielder from injury, though Craig Fowler argues they should be

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Scotland's Peter Dods, left, clears the ball as New Zealand's Mark Shaw closes in during the Test natch in 1983. Picture: SNS

Comment: Gregor Townsend should tell players: ‘History is bunk’

Start by looking on the bright side. Scotland scored six tries last Saturday. It’s not so long since Scottish tries were as rare as a smile on the Rev I.M. Jolly’s face, and we relied on the boot of Chris Paterson, Dan Parks or Greig Laidlaw to snatch a win. The dark side is of course that we conceded five, and the darker reflection still is that though Samoa were admirable, they are not exactly the All Blacks.

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Five things Celtic fans should know about signing target Liam Moore

Everything there is to know about the 24-year-old centre-back from Reading.

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Michael O'Neill walks off the field after Northern Ireland's exit from the World Cup play-offs. Picture: Getty

Is Michael O’Neill the man to lead Scotland to a major tournament?

The rumoured No.1 choice to replace Gordon Strachan as national team boss became the clear favourite after it emerged the Scottish FA had approached their Northern Irish counterparts to permission to speak with manager Michael O’Neill. The 48-year-old is the obvious candidate to take over, but is he the right man for the job?

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Scott Jamieson finished second at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.  Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Martin Dempster: Sky could be limit for Scott Jamieson

Launched exactly a year ago amid great fanfare in Dubai, the Rolex Series events have proved very profitable indeed for Scottish golfers this season. In fact, they’re the main reason for a tartan trio comprising of Scott Jamieson, Richie Ramsay and David Drysdale giving themselves one more chance to be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Scotland played Samoa at Pittodrie in the 2010 autumn Test Series. Picture: Jane Barlow

Comment: Allan Massie on Gregor Townsend’s team selection

It’s unusual but not quite unprecedented for one club to provide the entire back division for an international
team, but then, of course, Scotland’s position is itself unusual. Only one other Tier One nation – Italy – has only two professional clubs.

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Craig Levein has a problem to solve at left-back. Picture: SNS

Analysis: The options if Hearts want a Scots-based left-back in January

To say left-back has been a problem position for Hearts would be putting it lightly. At least twelve players have filled in at the spot over the last two-and-a-bit years, six in this season alone.

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Kieran Tierney plants another flag on his climb to very top

It seems that nary a week passes without Kieran Tierney racking up some sort of career milestone. Last night, you could contend that the wunderkind of Scottish football, whose talents have the game’s cognoscenti all a quiver, brought up not one but two more.

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Was Kris Boyd right about Scotland’s squad selection?

The Kilmarnock striker criticised Malky Mackay’s approach before the match with the Netherlands. Did the 1-0 defeat prove him right? Craig Fowler answers

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Scotland's starting XI lines up before kick-off. Picture: SNS

Scotland 0 - 1 Netherlands: How the Scotland players rated

Marks out of ten for every Scotland player in the friendly defeat to the Netherlands.

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