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Alan Pattullo: Jon Daly is far from Craig Levein’s patsy

Welcome Jon Daly, new permanent head coach of Heart of Midlothian. Such an introduction doesn’t seem so impossible now the Irishman has spent just over a fortnight in the temporary post.

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Hibs' players celebrate Vykintas Slivka's goal on their way to winning 3-2 against Rangers at Ibrox. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Joel Sked: Why it is time to take Neil Lennon’s Hibs seriously

Hibernian have returned to the Ladbrokes Premiership with two deserved wins from two, plus progression in the Betfred Cup. It is now time to respect Neil Lennon’s side and take them seriously, writes Joel Sked.

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Nir Bitton clashes with Miles Storey in the penalty box. Picture: SNS

Why the referee failed to award a penalty against Celtic

Today’s second edition of Ref Review looks at Andrew Dallas’ decision not to award Partick Thistle a late penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Celtic.

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Ryan Jack clashes with Hibs' Anthony Stokes amid a melee which leads to Jack being shown a red card. Picture: SNS

Judging the referee’s performance in Rangers 2 - 3 Hibs

The first Ref Review of the new season looks at three high-profile decisions by referee John Beaton during Hibs’ win at Ibrox.

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Isaac Makwalas push-ups at the end of his time trial sprint were designed to show how fit he felt. Photograph: Jewel Samad/Getty Images

Moira Gordon: ‘Athletics fans know true winners from losers’

Some people just can’t do right for doing wrong. Others just can’t do right because they keep doing it wrong. This week has called into question which category the powers that be at the IAAF fall into.

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Hibernian's John McGinn holds off Rangers' Daniel Candeias. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Five things we learned from Rangers 2 - 3 Hibs

A tempestuous, engrossing and controversial encounter prompted many talking points. Here is Joel Sked’s take on Hibs’ victory at Ibrox.

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Kieran Tierney is one of the finest young full-backs in the world, but how much is he worth? Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Why it’s impossible to put a price tag on Celtic’s Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney has been in imperious form once again for Celtic, his goal against Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup going viral as he captained his side. He is the real deal, writes Joel Sked

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Simon Murray has been a big hit with the Hibs fans already. Picture: Neil Hanna

Why Simon Murray reminds Hibs fans of Kenny Miller

Ahead of the big match between Rangers and Hibs tomorrow, we have a closer look at players from both sides. In this article, we herald the immediate impact of Simon Murray.

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Graham Dorrans netted twice against Motherwell last week. Picture: PA

What does Graham Dorrans bring to the Rangers starting XI?

Ahead of the big match between Rangers and Hibs tomorrow, we have a closer look at players from both sides. In this article, we examine Graham Dorrans’ role in the Rangers engine room.

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Ali Price and Jonny Gray model Glasgow Warriors new playing kit, which was launched yesterday. Picture: SRU.

Allan Massie: Tough tests for Dave Rennie and Richard Cockerill

L ast season’s Six Nations and Scotland’s summer
tour mean that we can approach the new season with optimism more justified than usual, when brave whistling in the dark hasn’t managed to disguise apprehension. Time for that later. Meanwhile what are the prospects for Edinburgh and Glasgow? Last season both met with some 
success in the European cup competitions; both were disappointing in the Guinness Pro12. In Glasgow’s case this was to some extent understandable and forgivable, since they lost so many players to the Scotland squad; less so in Edinburgh’s.

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Kieran Tierney rides a challenge by Steven Lawless. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take after Celtic continue their undefeated domestic run with a victory at Firhill.

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Ryan Edwards and Olivier Ntcham fight for possession. Picture: SNS

Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Celtic: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of 10 for every player involved in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Partick Thistle.

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Celtic's Kieran Tierney fires in his goal from 40 yards. Picture: SNS

11 long-range SPFL stunners to rival Kieran Tierney’s goal

To celebrate the awesome strike by the Celtic youngster, we’ve collated 11 other magnificent long range goals from Scottish football over the last few years.

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Patrick Roberts has reportedly told Manchester City he wishes to return to Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

4 reasons Manchester City should loan Patrick Roberts back to Celtic

Celtic would be delighted to welcome back Patrick Roberts from Manchester City. The player is keen on a loan, but Manchester City less so. Here are the reasons why the EPL side should rethink their stance.

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Sally Watson in action during the Curtis Cup. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Comment: Why Sally Watson might not be only LET player giving up game

Bearing in mind that she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University, it would be wrong to compare Sally Watson with the majority of other professional golfers, both male and female.

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Jordan Spieth's Open triumph was an obvious highlight of the summer. Picture: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Comment: Great golf summer but is it too much, too soon

The best spell of the season, but also the worst. Maybe not the summary of four weeks of covering top-class golf you might expect but an honest admission and one that merits food for thought before the dust settles on a stretch that, for this correspondent at least, has taken in the Scottish Open, the Open Championship, Ladies Scottish Open and the 
Women’s British Open.

Celtic's Olivier Ntcham impressed against Hearts. Picture: SNS

How every new signing fared on their debut in the SPFL Premiership

Craig Fowler gives his take on the performances by every summer signing in the Ladbrokes Premiership this past weekend.

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Justin Gatlin, right, embraces Usain Bolt after winning the final of the men's 100m at the world championships. Picture: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Duncan Smith: Justin Gatlin’s win is a deflating moment

These world championships were supposed to be the moment athletics started to get itself back on the right track.

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Graham Dorrans celebrates after opening the scoring against Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Motherwell 1 - 2 Rangers

Craig Fowler gives his take as Rangers defeat Motherwell on the opening weekend of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

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St Johnstone's Michael O'Halloran (left) scores his side's winning goal against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish Premiership this weekend

The new Ladbrokes Premiership campaign got under way this weekend and there were no shortage of talking points.

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