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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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Scott Sinclair has hopes of making his England debut one day. Picture: John Devlin

Why Scottish football is quietly good for international prospects

Scott Sinclair wants to force his way back into the England set-up and believes Champions League football with Celtic is the best way to go about doing that. And do you know what? He’s absolutely spot on.

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Vern Cotter sheds a tear as he bows out as head coach of the Scottish team.
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Five moments that defined Scotland’s Six Nations campaign

While the Six Nations campaign may not have ended exactly in the manner we wanted, it was still a step in the right direction as we managed three victories for only the second time since the Championships expanded to six sides. Duncan Smith looks back on the defining moments from the 2016 campaign

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Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha took charge of his first game on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Five changes Pedro Caixinha made to Rangers’ play

Craig Fowler looks at the differences between Pedro Caixinha’s tactical approach in the 4-0 win over Hamilton and the style fans were used to seeing under Mark Warburton

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Rory McIlroy finished tied for fourth place in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida. Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Did Rory McIlroy need to disrespect Muirfield members?

While Rory McIlroy has never been scared to say what’s on his mind, did he really need to be so outspoken last week on Muirfield, especially on the back of the revered East Lothian course being restored to the Open Championship rota following the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers voting in favour of admitting women members?

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Why Ian Cathro is complicit in the Craig Levein hysteria

Ian Cathro is right to describe the furore over Craig Levein’s input at Hearts as “hysteria”, but there’s more he could be doing to quell the discontent, writes Craig Fowler

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 Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes celebrates his goal

Aberdeen 2 - 0 Heart of Midlothian: Five things we learned

Kenny McLean was dominant following his Scotland snub, Alexnadros Tziolis had a nightmare, Aberdeen’s wide men were fantastic, as was Shay Logan and what is the issue with Craig Levein helping Ian Cathro, writes Joel Sked.

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Dundee United manager Ray Mckinnon is looking to rediscover the winning formula at Tannadice. Picture: SNS

Five reasons Dundee United’s title challenge has fallen apart

On Christmas Day, as Dundee United fans tore open their presents, dined with family and drank merrily through the crisp night, they did so with a warmth at the centre of their being. For the Tangerines sat two points atop the Ladbrokes Championship. Twenty months of pain was slowly evaporating and there was real hope that 2017 was going to be their year.

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Scotland wing Tim Visser is a big man with Fred Astaire feet. Picture: Neil Hanna

Iain Morrison: Scots must deny Azzurri a toe-hold on game

Scotland have been tied to 
Italy in a three-legged race for far too long, competing not for honours at the top of the Six Nations ladder but simply trying to avoid the wooden spoon at the ugly end of the table. It’s like standing next to someone with bad breath. Every time you edge away from them they seem to edge closer again.

Anthony Watson scores for England as Scotland endured a miserable time at Twickenham. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Allan Massie: Scots can exorcise Twickenham horror against Italy

Last week I called Twickenham a haunted house. Words spoken in jest can turn to nasty reality. After playing like zombies for an hour against Italy, England then put on a show reminiscent of Hammer Films at their gory best. It was as if Christopher Lee had risen from his coffin greedy for blood.

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Pedro Caixinha has been tasked with taking Rangers back to the top. Picture: John Devlin

Why Rangers should close the gap without spending heavily

While Rangers continue to trail rivals Celtic at the top of Scottish football, here’s how the narrative will continue to play out. Former Rangers player/manager is invited to sit down with the media. Former player/manager is asked how Rangers will close the gap on Celtic. “Investment” says former player/manager. Rinse, repeat.

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Juwon Oshaniwa has not played a single second for Hearts this season. Picture: Neil Hanna

5 Scottish football stars you may have forgotten still exist

Excluding players who have missed significant time through injury (Jordan Rossiter, Chris Burke, Kevin McNaughton etc) here are a list of Scottish football players who have seemingly dropped off the face of the earth.

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BT Sport's coverage has been widely praised. Picture: SNS

Craig Fowler: BT Sport must win battle for Scottish football

At different points this season, BT Sport and Sky Sports have each invited a journalist from a Scottish national newspaper for a behind-the-scenes look at how their live broadcasts are put together. This is no coincidence. With it being time to negotiate the SPFL TV deals once again, Scottish football’s main broadcasters have become two suitors vying for our attentions, trying to woo us with what they have to offer.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the hiring. Picture: SNS

Five things Celtic fans should know about Lee Congerton

Celtic have ended their search for a new head of recruitment after it was announced Lee Congerton had joined the Parkhead club.

Does Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton feature in the top 12? Picture: Ian Georgeson

The 12 best goalkeepers in Scottish football right now

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

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Jamie Walker has netted 15 times from midfield for Hearts this season. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Five biggest snubs from the recent Scotland squad

With Scotland continuing to suffer heartbreak in our two main sporting passions, football and rugby, it’s surely only a matter of time before complaining becomes our official national pastime.

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Women were playing the famous links at Muirfield as the result of a vote on female members at the club was announced. Picture: Jon Savage

White smoke at Muirfield as club votes to join 21st century

It was one of Henry Fairweather’s final tasks as captain of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – his stint ends in six weeks’ time – and he can bow out with his head held high. While not standing in exactly the same spot as last May – a ferocious wind whipping down the Firth of Forth from the west forced this announcement to be made in shelter a few yards away around a corner – he deserved to be the one delivering good news.

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Celtic's Patrick Roberts (left) is tackled by Rangers' Jason Holt. Picture: SNS

Judging referee Bobby Madden’s display in Celtic 1-1 Rangers

In the second part of our Old Firm derby Ref Review, we take a look at three other key incidents from the clash between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

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