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Comment: Lee Hodson to provide solid reserve for Rangers

Not every single transfer is going to send your nearest rivals scurrying behind the sofa. For a long, hard season, a squad needs to be built and that includes recruiting players to fill in the reserve positions. Ideally, you’d want these positions to be filled by products from the youth team. They’re cheaper and the fans develop an affinity with them before they’ve even played. But Rangers aren’t blessed with much depth at full back and therefore it made perfect sense to go out and grab ex-Kilmarnock defender Lee Hodson.

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A young England fan looks on distraught after England's loss to Iceland at Euro 2016. Picture: AFP/Getty

Comment: ‘Why England Lose’ was proven right again

2009 saw the publication of the terrific football book Why England Lose. It was an analytical look at the beautiful game, using statistics and hard evidence to debunk many theories often trotted out by pundits and fans. It was written by esteemed authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, the latter of which watched his findings come to life once again during England’s loss to Iceland on Monday.

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Celtic unveil their new signing Moussa Dembele. Picture: SNS

Comment: Moussa Dembele represents an absolute steal for Celtic

Moussa Dembele’s move to Celtic could be looked upon as a major own goal by his previous club Fulham from a financial perspective.

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Russell Knox is the world No 26 but Scotland only has two other players in the top 200 of the official rankings. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Scotland’s top level slump

It’s surely not asking too much for the home effort in next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart to be more palatable than a pitiful performance at another event in the Highlands last week. Embarrassing is the only way to sum up what transpired in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge as just two players – George 
Murray and Paul McKechnie – from a 28-strong starting contingent made the cut at Macdonald Spey Valley in Aviemore.

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Callum McFadzean is a Scotland under-21 international. Picture: SNS

All you need to know about Kilmarnock’s eight Friday signings

Some media outlets listed Kilmarnock’s signing total on Friday as 11 players, rather than eight.

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Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos will be instructed to move the ball quickly against Japan. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Tourists have acclimatised, now they must cut out silly errors

Alot is expected of leading sportsmen today. They play more often at the top level of their sport than their predecessors did a generation or two ago. Their game is arguably more intense. They travel long distances by air and are expected to be ready and able to play at their best a few days after a flight that takes them through several time zones, and are expected to shake off jet-lag more quickly than the rest of us.

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Because you know we won't be able to help ourselves. Picture: SNS

Seven Celtic stars who’ll be linked with Neil Lennon’s Hibs

Neil Lennon is the new Hibs manager. You’ve probably noticed. And thanks to those tremendous powers of observation you may also recall Lennon formerly being manager of Celtic, a fact which knits in a new link between two clubs that have been more than happy to deal with each other in the transfer market over recent years. Last season alone they had four players going between the two teams.

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Ronaldinho failed to perform at the 2006 World Cup. Picture: Getty

Six superstars who failed to produce at a major finals

The below par play of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thomas Muller and, at the time of writing, Cristiano Ronaldo at these European Championships has fans scratching their head.

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Young Jack Hamilton will be the new Hearts number one next season. Picture: SNS

Comment: Aberdeen and Hearts at a goalkeeping crossroads

The sides who finished second and third last season found themselves with a similar dilemma this summer, writes Craig Fowler

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Dustin Johnson, right, talks to a rules official on the fifth green during the final round of the US Open. Picture: AP

Martin Dempster: Davis should resign after US Open shambles

The United States Golf Association today stands guilty of bringing golf into disrepute and can count its lucky stars that the sport has avoided suffering an embarrassing episode that could have inflicted long-term damage.

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Former Borussia Monchengladbach player Jeff Strasser is one of the club's co-managers. Picture: Getty

All you need to know about Aberdeen opponents Fola Esch

FOUNDED by a British professor in 1906, Fola Esch play their home games at the 3,900-capacity Stade Émile Mayrisch, in south-western Luxembourg.

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Lincoln Red Imps play their matches at Victoria Stadium in Gibralta. Picture: AFP/Getty

All you need to know about Flora Tallinn and Lincoln Red Imps

Celtic will play either Estonian side Flora Tallinn or Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the Champions League qualifying second round.

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Ex-QPR team-mates Joey Barton and Clint Hill have been reunited at Rangers. Picture: Getty

Comment: Veteran duo could be a sign of change at Rangers

The Ibrox side stuck to Plan A through the entirety of last season but, following the additions of Joey Barton and Clint Hill, expect them to show greater tactical flexibility next term, writes Craig Fowler

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We can now follow Northern Ireland, just one of the minnows making the new 24-team Euros a success. Picture: Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Admit it, you were hoping Euro 2016 would fail

As Euro 2016 enters its second week, a Scotsman writes: Boo-hoo. Boo-bloody-hoo for us not being there. For us having to stand on top of an upturned Double Diamond crate and peer over the wall at this engorged football carnival, though not quite so huge that it can find room for Scotland.

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Cristiano Ronaldos whines apart, the tactical nous of minnow managers like Icelands Heimir Hallgrimsson and former Brechin boss Michael ONeill of Northern Ireland, has raised the excitement leves at Euro 2016. Picture: Getty Images

Andrew Warsaw: Small is beautiful at Euro 2016, Ronaldo

When UEFA decided to expand Euro 2016 to 24 teams, there were those who sneered scornfully and predicted another eight teams would diminish the tournament. Too many minnows, not enough quality, meaningless games, a purely money-making exercise.

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Ruaridh Jackson will start at stand-off for Scotland against Japan. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Allan Massie: Japan Test an ideal chance to show progress

The outstanding performance last weekend was unquestionably Ireland’s. To win in South Africa is very difficult. To do so with only 14 on the field for an hour is remarkable. When you consider that Joe Schmidt could almost field another XV of injured players such as the Kearney brothers, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonny Sexton, Cian Healy, Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony, the strength in depth of Irish rugby is undeniable. The commitment displayed last Saturday wasn’t surprising; the calmness throughout the match, especially in its last quarter, was very impressive.

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Aberdeen and Rangers will meet for the first time in four years. Picture: SNS

8 mouth-watering games in the 2016/17 Scottish Premiership

Earlier today the SPFL announced the fixture list for the 2016/17 Scottish football season.

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Celtic, Rangers, Hogmanay. What could go wrong? Picture: John Devlin

Six biggest fan gripes with the 2016/17 SPFL fixture list

Scottish football fans are again voicing their displeasure at the league’s governing body after the fixture list for the 2016/17 season was released.

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Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson performed a U-turn on the London Scottish deal. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Comment: SRU does the hokey cokey over London Scottish

As Winston Churchill probably didn’t say, America always does the right thing but only after exhausting all other possibilities. So, just two weeks after walking away from the deal they had forged with London Scottish, the Scottish Rugby Union is jumping into bed with the exile club once again like an excitable newlywed.

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