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Why Craig Gordon wasn’t sent off against Ross County

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Alan Muir’s decision to show Craig Gordon a yellow card during Celtic’s 4-0 win at Ross County.

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Both ends of Hampden were empty for the Betfred Cup semi-final between Morton and Aberdeen. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Hampden too big for semis, too small for finals

In the car park in front of Hampden, Aberdeen dads stretched their legs after the long drive south and opened up the tailgates for wide-eyed kids to retrieve their scarves and flags. It would be difficult to persuade them that anything other than an exciting day lay ahead.

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Scott Sinclair fires past Scott Fox for Celtic's third goal. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Ross County 0 - 4 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take on Celtic’s victory at Ross County. A result achieved despite eight changes in the Celtic starting XI.

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Josh Meekings' contract will expire at the end of this season. Picture: SNS

Five possible destinations for ICT defender Josh Meekings

Today brought with it the news that Inverness CT and defender Josh Meekings have postponed contract negotiations until the New Year.

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Joey Barton, even when available, has failed to live up to his pre-season billing. Picture: PA

Seven highly anticipated summer signings still to get going

In honour of Joey Barton, who will meet with Rangers on Thursday to discuss his future following six weeks away through a club-imposed suspension, we look at other SPFL signings this past summer who’ve left fans feeling underwhelmed.

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Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko has a goal disallowed. Picture: SNS

Judging the referee’s performance in Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic

Craig Thomson came under a certain amount of criticism following the Betfred Cup semi-final. In the latest edition of Ref Review, we look at his performance.

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Rangers' Andy Halliday was on the losing side at Hampden on Sunday. Picture: SNS

Only one Rangers star worth a spot in Old Firm select XI

Prior to the first Old Firm game this season, BBC Scotland caused a bit of a stir by having Joe Miller and Derek Ferguson debate who would get into an Old Firm select XI. The two eventually settled on a 3-4-1-2 system with Lee Wallace included ahead of Kieran Tierney, Joey Barton alongside Scott Brown in centre-midfield, and Barrie McKay partnering Leigh Griffiths in attack. The rest of the side was made up by Celtic stars.

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The par-3, 17th hole (right) and par-4 18th, leading to the clubhouse with the greens on the par-3 2nd (bottom left) and par-4 16th (below) on the Queens Course at Gleneagles.  Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Comment: Martin Dempster says Queen’s at Gleneagles is a gem

It helps, admittedly, when Mother Nature is playing ball, as she did during the Ryder Cup two years ago, but is there really a better place to be out on a golf course than Gleneagles?

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Stirling's Craig Lee missed the cut at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. Picture: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Comment: Martin Dempster on Scots golf’s woeful season

Well, that was poor. Dire, in fact. The Saltire may have been prominent at times on the leaderboard during the Portugal Masters, the final regular event on this season’s European Tour. That, though, merely masked one of the worst campaigns by golf’s “Tartan Army” in the past 20 years.

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Rangers' James Tavernier (L) and Celtic's Kieran Tierney battle for possession. Picture: SNS

Three key clashes that decided the Rangers v Celtic semi

Where the Betfred Cup semi-final was won and lost

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Moussa Dembele celebrates having given Celtic the lead. Picture: John Devlin

Five things we learned from Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take on the Betfred Cup semi-final as Celtic emerged as winners thanks to a late Moussa Dembele goal.

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Lee Wallace makes a terrific challenge on Scott Sinclair. Picture: SNS

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

Marks out of ten for every player as Celtic defeated Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

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James Forrest has been in great form this season. Picture: SNS

James Forrest, Celtic’s unlikely ace in the Old Firm pack

Brendan Rodgers should stick with his flying winger for the Old Firm clash, and resist the temptation to start Patrick Roberts, writes Craig Fowler

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Derek Richardson: Stadium income. Picture: Contributed

Iain Morrison: Scots pro team sale hurt by facilities

I got a letter from my bank recently informing me that the interest I receive on my balance was about to drop from the less than generous 0.1 per cent per annum to the Scrooge-like 0.001 per cent. Naturally enough, I shopped around to see what else might be available and happened upon an investment opportunity from the nice folks at Murrayfield PLC. They are willing to sell me a slice of their pro team action and, with rugby’s global brand growing as never before, this was an opportunity too good to miss.

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Alan Stubbs was sacked by Rotherham for the very attributes that Hibs fans loved.  Picture: Neil Hanna

Aidan Smith: What sort of manager do you prefer?

An invite to a movie premiere arrived the other day showing some guys on top of a double-decker. On the Buses II, perhaps? The long-lost sequel to the big-screen version of the sitcom which, insanely, beat Diamonds are Forever, The French Connection and Dirty Harry to become the most popular film of 1971? No, hang on; I recognise them: it’s Hibernian parading the Scottish Cup.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Blair Kinghorn had an impressive showing. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the cups so far

Iain Morrison looks at the respective cup campaigns of Edinburgh and Glasgow so far.

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Jason Cummings was an unused substitute versus Dunfermline. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Why Hibs may have left out Jason Cummings at Dunfermline

Jason Cummings’ omission from the Hibernian line-up, and the fact he failed to emerge from the bench, even though his side trailed in the match, is a curious one.

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Former Munster players (l to r) John Langford, Mick Galwey, Peter Clohessy and Keith Wood carry Anthony Foleys coffin from St Flannans Church, Killaloe, Co. Clare yesterday. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Emotional game can be a fitting tribute to Foley

The sad death of Anthony Foley at such a young age when he had so much to look forward to and so much still to give rugby overshadows today’s match in Limerick. Emotion will be intense in Thomond Park, and the game will be difficult for both sides. Just how difficult for Munster was shown when their captain Peter O’Mahony broke down when trying to speak about his friend and mentor Foley at a Press Conference. Munster never need an incentive, especially in Limerick, but this game will be special.

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Celtic and Rangers will battle it out for a place in the Legaue Cup final. Picture: John Devlin

Five talking points ahead of Rangers v Celtic semi-final

Rangers take on Celtic in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday.

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Niko Kranjcar celebrates scoring in the recent win over Partick Thistle. Picture: SNS

We may have been wrong about Rangers signing Niko Kranjcar

After a rough start to his Ibrox career, Niko Kranjcar is beginning to prove his worth in a Rangers shirt. But will that improvement continue into Sunday’s Old Firm derby?

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