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Where Celtic could still strengthen before Champions League

At this present time, it’s fair to say Celtic have very little chance of beating two of Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach for a spot in the Champions League knockout stages.

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Tony Watt celebrates after scoring that famous goal against Barcelona. Picture: SNS

Five most memorable Celtic Champions League moments

As Celtic get set to embark on another Champions League campaign, we look back at the most memorable moments from previous seasons.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' current strongest XI almost picks itself. Picture: SNS

What is Celtic’s strongest starting XI with everyone fit?

Celtic have found out the identity of their three Champions League group stage opponents and will immediately begin plotting how to possibly qualify from such a tough draw.

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Mark Warburton is searching for the right balance to his starting XI. Picture: John Devlin

What is Rangers’ strongest starting XI with everyone fit?

On the verge of adding his 11th signing of the summer in former Arsenal man Phillipe Senderos, Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he’s still to find the right balance in his starting XI.

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Russell Knox is currently next in line after the nine Europeans who have qualified automatically. Picture: Getty

Martin Dempster: Russell Knox should be wary of late twist

If the bookmakers have got it right, then only one of the three wild cards on offer in Europe’s team for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month has still to be decided in the final week of a year-long qualifying race.

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Celtic advanced at the expense of their hosts. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Hapoel Beer-Sheva 2 - 0 Celtic

Celtic have made it through to the Champions League group stages despite a defeat in Israel. Craig Fowler looks back on a gruelling, though ultimately rewarding, night for Brendan Rodgers’ side

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Gold medal winner Justin Rose is the perfect ambassador for Olympics golf. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Rio thriller converted me to Olympic golf

So, it appears I was one of those who had his head buried deep in Copa­cabana Beach all along about golf’s long-awaited return to the Olympics in Rio.

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Leigh Griffiths enjoyed a terrific first leg performance. Picture: SNS

Three key clashes to decide Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Celtic

Here are the three most important battles that will decide Celtic’s second leg encounter with Israeli champions Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

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Medals galore: Cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny.  Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Nostalgia for when you could get all our medal winners into a taxi

I t feels a bit like a good Christmas dinner. It’s been an enjoyable family affair. The food and wine have been excellent. Yet there comes over you the nagging feeling that it’s all been a bit too much. You’re bloated. I’m talking of course about the Olympics, now all but over for another four years.

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Joe Garner looks set to move to Rangers. Picture: Getty

Five things you should know about Rangers target Joe Garner

Rangers look set to sign Preston striker Joe Garner for a fee believed to be around £1.5m.

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Joint captains Jonny Gray and Henry Pyrgos help to launch Glasgow Warriors new kit yesterday. Picture: SNS

Who is likely to succeed Gregor Townsend at Glasgow?

Given that the media launch for the new Glasgow Warriors’ playing kit had just finished when the press release was issued, it seems likely that the timing of the announcement was not entirely at the discretion of the Murrayfield media department.

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Celtic players celebrate with the fans at full time. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Celtic 5 - 2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Craig Fowler looks back at an action packed 90 minutes of football as Celtic gave themselves a great chance of reaching the Champions League group stages

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Usain Bolt showboats for the crowd after his victory. Picture: Getty

Tim Dahlberg: Usain Bolt, please don’t bow out just yet

Not so fast, Usain Bolt. Please don’t run away from us after this Olympics. Don’t even think about putting an end to the greatest show in track.

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Harry Forrester, right, was at the centre of the action as Rangers defeated Dundee. Picture: SNS

Winners and Losers: Harry Forrester | Fans at Pittodrie | Celtic v Inter

Craig Fowler looks back at the winners and losers from the Ladbrokes Premiership weekend.

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Jamie Walker goes down, a decision he may have cause to regret after facing the SFA on Thursday, below.  Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aidan Smith: Wait for football’s moral re-awakening goes on

So let’s just have one more look, shall we? The ball spins up in the air and back into the box after an incompetent Celtic clearance. Tony Watt dinks it to his right where it’s picked up by Jamie Walker who nudges it past Kieran Tierney with the intention of … well, what exactly?

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Simone Biles competes in the beam event of the womens individual all-around final of 
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Dani Garavelli: Olympic best still reveals sexism at its worst

Before I came across a photograph of Simone Biles – floating upside down above the beam, her legs in the splits position, her eyes trained like a sniper’s on the spot on which she needed to land – I had been semi-detached from the Rio Olympics. Ever since, though, I have been feverishly googling the American gymnast and watching spellbound as she leaps and flips and contorts her body into anatomy-defying shapes.

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Celtic thrilled the home crowd with a five-star performance against Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Winners and Losers: Celtic fans | Niko Kranjcar | Robbie Neilson

Craig Fowler looks back at the winners and losers from the last 16 of the BetFred Cup.

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Tom Rogic, centre, and Scott Sinclair both had outstanding evenings. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Celtic 5 - 0 Motherwell

Craig Fowler gives his take on a thumping victory for Brendan Rodgers side who cruised into the quarter-finals of the BetFred Cup.

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Steven Thompson, Michael Stewart and Jonathan Sutherland on the set of Sportscene. Picture: BBC

Good points and bad points of the new Sportscene

Having been a much-maligned programme throughout recent seasons, the bosses at BBC Scotland have finally taken action and ejected new life into Scottish football’s weekly highlights show.

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Falkirk v Hibs: as not seen on TV. Picture: SNS

Aidan Smith: Why has Championship slipped off Sportscene’s radar?

It’s been a joy,” trilled Jonathan Sutherland, wrapping up the first 
Sportscene of the new season. For sure there were goals, controversies and contrasting fortunes for Brendan Rodgers and Joey Barton, two of the big names new to our game which convinced the presenter at the top of the programme to describe 2016-17 as “an exciting time for Scottish football”.

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