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5 Lions squad hopefuls out to impress in the Champions Cup

Warren Gatland names his British and Irish Lions squad for New Zealand on April 19. And although the RBS 6 Nations has passed, this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-finals offers another chance to assess his options.

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The 11 Scottish Premiership Player of the Year hopefuls

With award season around the corner, Craig Fowler looks into his crystal ball and picks the four players most likely to receive SPFA Player of the Year award nominations for their play in the 2016/17 season, along with seven hopefuls who have an outsider’s chance.

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Kenny Miller has excelled for Rangers this season. Picture: John Devlin

12 players over 30 who’ve starred in this season’s top flight

While the likes of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney are likely to clean up at the player of the season awards, the contribution of some of the more experienced Ladbrokes Premiership players shouldn’t be ignored.

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Stuart Armstrong was widely praised for his performance against Slovenia on Sunday. Picture: Michael Gillen

4 of the best Scotland debuts to rival Stuart Armstrong

How fast fortunes can change in football – especially when Scotland are involved.

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An animated Gordon Strachan directs from the touchline during Scotlands 
 victory over Slovenia.Picture: Getty.

Gordon Strachan showed bravery in selecting Scotland line-up

Gordon Strachan, speaking last week, described his dilemma over which striker to pick on Sunday night against Slovenia as his most significant decision to date as Scotland manager.

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Lydia Ko changed her caddie, coach and equipment all at the same time. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Has Lydia Ko made too many changes?

The problem with being so good is that blips can be blown out of proportion. At the same time, though, it will be very interesting indeed to see how Lydia Ko responds to a rare disappointment in her incredible career.

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"What you gonnae dae, eh?" Picture: SNS

19 moments from the hope igniting Scotland 1 - 0 Slovenia

Maybe it would have been better if Chris Martin had dragged that shot wide of the post. Maybe it would have been better, in the long run, if we were just put out of our misery.

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Dustin Johnson, with the WGC Dell Match Play trophy, is beginning to look invincible. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Dustin Johnson favourite to Master Augusta

To borrow a line from a Robbie Williams song: When’s it gonna stop, DJ? That’s three victories in a row now for Dustin Johnson. The last 
two – a brace of World Golf Championships – have come since he took over as world No 1. Make no mistake, the 32-year-old is heading into The Masters as a justified clear favourite.

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SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP. Celtic v Rangers. Celtic�"s  Scott Brown in action.

The 17 most improved players in Scottish football this season

Which players have shown tremendous improvement from last season to the current campaign, catching the eye and winning hearts of supporters across Scotland?

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Robert Snodgrass (left) battles for possession. Picture: SNS

Scotland 1 - 0 Slovenia: How the Scotland players rated

How every Scotland player rated out of ten during the 1-0 victory over Slovenia

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Scotland's Kieran Tierney celebrates at full time. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Scotland 1 - 0 Slovenia

Chris Martin’s late winner handed Scotland a crucial 1-0 win over Slovenia to breath fresh life into their World Cup qualifying campaign. Craig Fowler and Angus Wright give their take on the match

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Russell Martin right, Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown, left, appeal after Martins goal is disallowed. Picture: SNS.

Celtic make it Club Scotland again - 50 years on

It could have appeared that the criterion required to earn a starting berth for Scotland last night was some sort of connection to one club. And it wasn’t just that Gordon Strachan set the Celtic six free on Slovenia as he sought a stay of execution for both himself and the country’s World Cup hopes.

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Leigh Griffiths fires a shot goalwards but was denied by the post. Picture: SNS.

Leigh Griffiths suffers another frustrating night for Scotland

When Scotland squads and starting line-ups have been named by Gordon Strachan over the past few years, Leigh Griffiths has suffered more than a few blows to his self esteem.

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Stuart Armstrong in action for Scotland

Neil McCann: Three into 10 can go for Scotland

I left a message on Gordon Strachan’s phone earlier this week. We get on well and I wanted to ask how he felt in the build-up to the Canada game.

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Scotland fans at: Hampden. The stadium has its faults but until something better comes along, its Scotlands home. Picture: SNS

Aidan Smith: I don’t mind Hampden, or where it is. It’s home

If you’re heading for Hampden tonight, trekking deep into the rhododendron-thick undergrowth of Glasgow’s south-eastern suburbs, you might be inclined to agree with the SPFL chairman who claims that Scottish football’s spiritual home is no longer fit for purpose.

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Scotland's Finn Russell scores the opening try against Italy but he may not have done enough to earn a Lions call from Warren Gatland. Picture: SNS Group

Allan Massie: Lions hopefuls caught in vicious circle

Vern Cotter has left the Scotland team in a much better place than he found it. Nobody can doubt this and we should all be grateful. Except for the well-nigh inexplicable collapse at Twickenham, this has been a very satisfactory season with victories over Ireland and Wales, a rare double.

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The 12 best full-backs in Scottish football right now

The top 12 full-backs currently playing in Scottish football at the moment, as voted by members of The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast

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Scotland's Steven Naismith in action against Canada's Scott Arfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Was Canada draw worst friendly result in Scotland’s history?

There is no point beating about the bush – even by the low standards of recent performances, yesterday’s match between Scotland and Canada made grim viewing.

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A massive waste of fireworks as the teams trudge out for the start of the game. Picture: SNS

20 moments from the joyously horrendous Scotland 1-1 Canada

Football invokes an emotional intensity in the average fan that is only rivalled by the birth of a child, death of a relative or, perhaps, their wedding day.

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Easter Road was less than half full as Scotland took on Canada. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aidan Smith: Not a night for streakers in chilly Leith

The wait was agonising, the tension unbearable. Any moment now, as the match wound down, the SFA were going to have to concede that no more folk out for an unlikely stroll in the vicinity of Easter Road on a miserable March evening could be dragged off the streets and into the stadium.

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