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Manchester City 1 - 1 Celtic: How the Celtic players rated

How each of Celtic’s stars marked out of ten as the Parkhead club recorded a well earned draw in Manchester.

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Hearts' new head coach Ian Cathro, right, with his assistant Austin MacPhee, left, and Hearts owner Ann Budge. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Laptop left at home but Ian Cathro presses all right buttons

The man who has promised Hearts fans that his team will expect to win whether it’s “rain, sun, no matter what” was greeted by a sky from Gorgie’s grotty past when he got down to work yesterday. A giant grey dog blanket hung over the old stadium reminiscent of the days when lums reeked and brewery chimneys belched – an era that Ian Cathro, just 30, never experienced and will only be able to read about in books.

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Hearts' new head coach Ian Cathro. Picture: SNS

Five things new boss Ian Cathro needs to do at Hearts

Ian Cathro is now officially the next head coach of Heart of Midlothian. All the talk and hype will fade into the background and we’ll get the chance to see what the 30-year-old is made of.

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Brendan Rodgers made a tactical change which helped Celtic defeat Motherwell on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.


Why the Luddites are wrong about Ian Cathro

A rebuttal to the insistence of Kris Boyd and Jamie Fullarton that ‘laptop’ coach Ian Cathro is a major gamble for Hearts, by Joel Sked

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Robbie Neilson did wonders for Hearts during his tenure as head coach. Pic: SNS

Aidan Smith: Ambition and clowns drove Robbie Neilson south

We’d just watched my son’s football team being whipped by the Hearts stars of tomorrow and, on a freezing Sunday afternoon, my daughters were demanding hot chocolate. In the cafe at the Oriam, Robbie Neilson was at a table in the corner and when he spotted your correspondent he looked worried.

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Tim Visser scores Scotland's third try against France in last year's Six Nations.   Picture: Ian Rutherford

Allan Massie: Six Nations games will not gain from bonus points

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For some reason, which escapes me, the Six Nations committee has chosen to ignore the old adage and re-jigged the tournament by introducing bonus points. Yet nobody could say the thing is “broke”. Quite the contrary. Grounds are almost always full, despite the high cost of tickets. The television audience is huge. Interest is high.

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Nico Rosberg's shock retirement gives Mercedes a dilemma. Picture: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

No outpouring of emotion over Nico Rosberg retirement

It’s a marvel that in the modern era of Formula One that a World Champion could be so diminished in talent by fans and media alike. But that is exactly what Nico Rosberg has had to deal with since he won the 2016 Drivers Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last week.

Robbie Neilson prior to his final match as Hearts manager. Picture: SNS

Is the grass always greener? SPFL managers who left for England

Robbie Neilson has gone. Officially confirmed last night after three days of talk, the Hearts head coach has made the surprising decision to swap Tynecastle for Stadium MK.

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Osmain Sow, left, celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winner at Ibrox in 2014. Picture: SNS.

Five most significant Hearts victories under Robbie Neilson

What were the best five wins for Hearts with Robbie Neilson as boss? Craig Fowler makes his picks

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Fausto Rossi, left, playing for the Italian under-20s side. Picture: Getty

Six things Hibs fans should know about Fausto Rossi

Hibernian have been linked with Italian free agent Fausto Rossi. The 25-year-old spent four years at Juventus but was farmed out on loan to Cordoba and Real Valladolid in Spain, and has spent time at Brescia, Vicenza and Pro Vercelli.

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Robbie Muirhead scores his second goal in front of a joyous Hearts support. Picture: PA

Five things we learned from Hearts 2 - 0 Rangers

Everything you need to know about Wednesday’s match as a double from Robbie Muirhead saw Hearts defeat Rangers at Tynecastle in what looks sure to be Robbie Neilson’s final game in charge

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Robbie Neilson with the Hearts squad as the celebrate winning the Scottish Championship title in 2015. Picture: Jane Barlow

Why Robbie Neilson leaves behind a divisive legacy at Hearts

A ll in all, you cannot deny the Robbie Neilson era at Heart of Midlothian has been a success. He was tasked with getting the club out of the Championship and back among the top three of Scottish football; two objectives he performed in surprisingly swift time.

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The Hearts players celebrate after going 1-0 ahead against Rangers. Picture: SNS

Moira Gordon: Ironic finale to the Robbie Neilson era

In the first game of that Championship season, the Hearts fans were penned in at Ibrox, held back by police to allow the home support to leave the ground first. Across the pitch a figure emerged from the tunnel to do a post-match interview. It was conducted to a live backing track of There’s Only One Robbie Neilson belted out by the fans.

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Robbie Muirhead celebrates his opening goal. Picture: SNS

Hearts 2 - 0 Rangers: How players from each side rated

Marks out of ten for each and every player as Hearts dominated Rangers en route to victory at Tynecastle.

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Cyle Larin of Orlando City has been in excellent form since being drafted No.1 overall. Picture: Getty

Four things Celtic fans should know about Cyle Larin

Celtic have been linked with Orlando City and Canada striker Cyle Larin.

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Dundee boss Paul Hartley is said to be among the leading candidates. Picture: SNS

Who are the leading candidates to become next Hearts boss?

Robbie Neilson, at the time of writing, is on his way down to Milton Keynes to discuss terms about a potential move to MK Dons.

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Robbie Neilson looks set to move to Stadium MK. Picture: SNS

Why Robbie Neilson may leave Hearts to join MK Dons

Going from top four in the Ladbrokes Premiership to near the bottom of League One in England may seem strange, but there’s more to MK Dons than meets the eye, as Andy Harrow explains

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Could Alim Ozturk, left, and Tony Watt be two players Hearts are looking to move in January? Picture: SNS

What will Hearts’ transfer plans mean for the current squad?

It has not been a harmonious season at Tynecastle. From displeasure greeting the full-time whistle as Heart of Midlothian defeated FC Infonet 2-1 in Europa League qualification, to the fury following the exit at the hands of Maltese side Birkirkara, to Robbie Neilson being booed at Inverness.

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Tiger Woods is due to make his comeback in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Let’s give Tiger Woods a break as he prepares for comeback

Here we go again. Unless he takes cold feet once more at the last minute – and that’s not going to happen when he’s the tournament host – this is the week for Tiger Woods. Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas will be turned into a media circus over the next few days as Woods plays for the first time since a year past August in the Hero World Challenge.

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