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Where are they now? John Barnes’ Celtic side that lost to ICT

It’s been a long time since anyone thought of Ian Wright’s connection to Celtic. The player’s time at Celtic Park was a footnote in his own career and certainly a distant memory, one best forgotten, in the club’s history. That was until today when The Scotsman revealed extracts from the striker’s autobiography where he made some negative comments about his brief spell in Scottish football.

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Callum Skinner at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Picture: Getty

Callum Skinner: I want to prove to people my asthma is real

I heard that my therapeutic
use exemptions (TUEs) had been hacked when our team doctor came and told me early last week. A minute later my phone rang: UK Anti-Doping confirming that my records were in the latest batch released by the Fancy Bears.

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Jonny Hayes fires between the legs of Wes Foderingham to give Aberdeen the lead over Rangers. Picture: SNS

Why leaky defence remains the biggest problem for Rangers

A lot of the discussion in the aftermath of Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen has surrounded the team’s failings in attack. While it’s definitely an issue, Craig Fowler argues the biggest cause of concern remains the side’s failings in defence

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Rangers' James Tavernier (right) was adjudged to have brought down Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes. Picture: PA

Why John Beaton made the decision that incensed Rangers

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at the foul by James Tavernier on Jonny Hayes, in the opinion of referee John Beaton, which led to James Maddison’s winning free-kick in the Aberdeen-Rangers match. It was a decision that infuriated Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

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Sir Bradley Wiggins during an interview for the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. Picture: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Richard Moore: Bradley Wiggins controversy highlights blurred ‘line’

A couple of weeks ago Sir Bradley Wiggins gave a newspaper interview in which he revealed an interest in politics. As a result, he was booked to appear on the Andrew Marr Show, BBC 1’s Sunday morning political programme. Wiggins kept the appointment but the interview ended up not being about politics.

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Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons  at  Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Allan Massie: Maybe ‘Solly’ and his Edinburgh players are a little too cosy

Edinburgh had the better of Leinster for long periods 
of their match last week, 
nevertheless lost 20-33, with Leinster scoring five tries to their three.

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Barrie McKay is still getting up to speed in the top flight. Picture: John Devlin

17 Scottish football stars who’ve had slow starts to 2016-17

Even our best players can endure a rough start to a new campaign. Sometimes it’s down to low confidence, sometimes it’s a position or managerial change, and sometimes it’s just coincidence that a few below par displays occur when the season is still in its infancy.

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon with a challenge on Alloa's Greig Spence. Picture: SNS

Why Craig Gordon wasn’t shown a red for Alloa foul

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Alan Muir’s decision to show Craig Gordon a yellow card, which incensed Alloa boss Jack Ross during the recent BetFred Cup game at Celtic Park.

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Kyle Bartley and Clark Robertson battle for possession during the 2012 encounter. Picture: SNS

Where Are They Now? Those who played in the last Rangers-Aberdeen match

Aberdeen and Rangers will renew their rivalry this Sunday when Mark Warburton’s side travel to Pittodrie for what’s sure to be an action-packed encounter.

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Joey Barton's appearance for Rangers in the Old Firm derby defeat at Celtic Park earlier this month may have been his last for the Ibrox club. Picture: John Devlin

Aidan Smith: Is Joey Barton’s football missionary work over?

The next big date in Joey Barton’s diary looks like being the Cheltenham Literature Festival on 16 October when he’ll be plugging his memoir, No Nonsense. Beyond that, who knows?

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Perry Kitchen will lead out the Hearts team from now on. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Why have Hearts appointed Perry Kitchen as new club captain?

We look at the reasons as to why Hearts may have made the American international their new captain at the expense of Alim Ozturk

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Mark Warburton and Derek McInnes' sides will go head to head on Sunday. Pictures: TSPL/SNS

Aberdeen-Rangers combined XI: Who makes it, who doesn’t?

Combined XIs are great aren’t they?

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Joey Barton, has been buried by the rubbish that he utters. Picture: SNS.

Andrew Smith: Rangers’ Joey Barton’s bluster becomes a turn-off

It appears that Joey Barton’s best day as a Rangers player is forever destined to have been his first. As he was introduced to the media following his late May arrival, we were enwrapped as a footballer whose career has been characterised by conflict and crass behaviour turned on the charm tap… and didn’t want to turn it off.

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Jack Nicklaus' sentiments over the Ryder Cup are misplaced.Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Jack Nicklaus out of touch with Ryder Cup

Just as it proved with Tom Watson at Gleneagles two years ago, so it seems that another golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus, is out of touch when it comes to the modern-day Ryder Cup. 
It pains me to argue with the game’s greatest player, but his comments last week about the biennial event bore no relation to what either 
Davis Love III or Darren Clarke will be telling their team members heading into next week’s match at Hazeltine.

Joey Barton prior to last week's Old Firm game. Picture: SNS

Why this Rangers team may be better off without Joey Barton

Aside from the off-field circus and possible distraction Joey Barton brings, Craig Fowler argues Rangers may even be better on the park without their controversial midfielder

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Great Britain's Libby Clegg celebrates with her gold medal after winning the Women's 200 metres - T11 Final in Rio on Tuesday. Picture: Adam Daby/PA

Libby Clegg: Double gold earned after more than enough drama

Libby Clegg’s Paralympic notebook

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on the touchline at the Nou Camp. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS Group

Stephen Halliday: Foul count highlights Celtic’s failings

One simple statistic reveals how Rodgers’ side were unable to lay a glove on the Barca magicians

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Mikael Lustig, right, and Dorus de Vries, left, look on despairingly as Lionel Messi nets for Barcelona. Picture: AFP/Getty

Five things we learned from Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take on a torrid night for Celtic in the Champions League

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Scott Brown and Celtic emerged victorious over Joey Barton and Rangers in the Old Firm derby. Picture: SNS

Winners and Losers: Scott Brown | Mark Warburton | Everyone else in Scottish football

Craig Fowler looks back at the winners and losers from the Scottish football weekend.
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Mark Warburton looks on as referee Willie Collum sends Rangers assistant David Weir to the stands in Saturday's Old Firm derby. Picture: Kirk O'Rourke

Why Mark Warburton was wrong to criticise Willie Collum

Mark Warburton’s attempt at deflecting was another example of a manager unfairly trying to scapegoat a referee, writes Craig Fowler

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