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Opposition sticks the boot into Salmond’s bigotry bill

SCOTLAND’S football authorities have been slammed by MSPs for failing to tackle sectarianism – with a stark warning that firm action years ago could have seen the problem “stamped out” in the game.

Kilmarnock 1 - 5 Rangers: Ibrox men finish title job in style after whirlwind start

IN THE end, the helicopter wasn't really necessary. Such was the ruthless and almost instant manner in which Rangers secured their 54th championship triumph yesterday, the SPL would have had time to deliver the trophy to Rugby Park by horse-drawn carriage.

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Kyle Lafferty delighted to achieve boyhood dream

KYLE LAFFERTY last night savoured his status as Rangers' title-clinching hero for a third successive season and claimed Celtic had paid the price for failing to show sufficient respect to the rest of the SPL clubs.

Walter Smith's timing perfect as he leaves Rangers ready for new era

WALTER Smith's decision to stay on for one final year at Rangers was richly rewarded as his side sealed a third successive championship with an emphatic 5-1 win at Kilmarnock, but he insists he is leaving Ibrox at the right time as the club enters a new era.

Walter Smith signs off with title and a warning for Craig Whyte

WALTER Smith celebrated with his players yesterday on the pitch at Rugby Park as he signed off from Rangers on a high.

Mission accomplished again for Walter Smith's blue and white army

HE WOULD be the first to admit to feeling uncomfortable, to feeling unworthy, even. But Walter Smith trod on the toes of the late Jock Stein yesterday at Rugby Park when collecting a tenth title of his remarkable Rangers career(s). It equals Stein's haul at Celtic and proves quite a way for Smith to sign off from his second spell at Ibrox.

Jim Murphy: I was assaulted for my faith

FORMER secretary of state for Scotland Jim Murphy has revealed he was abused while on the election campaign trail because of his faith.

Internet bigots could face five years' jail

The Scottish Government is to introduce new laws to clamp down on online bigotry, with offenders facing up to five years in jail.

The day that Scottish football redeemed itself. But only just

SCOTTISH football's governing body has vowed to work with ministers to crack down on sectarianism, after welcoming an "exciting" conclusion to a "challenging" year for the game.

Neil Lennon heralds a beginning and not the end

THOUSANDS of adjectives have been used to describe Neil Lennon this season, but at the end of Celtic's 4-0 victory over Motherwell yesterday, only one seemed to fit: Churchillian.

Celtic 4 - 0 Motherwell: Decisive win relegated to the role of cup dress-rehearsal

EVEN before this game began, Celtic knew that they could do no more than go for the win and leave the rest to fate. Within minutes of kick-off, as news spread that Rangers had raced into an unassailable lead, the probability that their efforts would be futile had become a certainty.

Leader: Old Firm must strike a new tone to reduce tensions

THE Scottish Premier League season may have come to an end but still the collective madness that has taken hold of Scottish football continues. Yesterday police and the bomb squad were called to Cowdenbeath after a suspicious package was sent to the chairman of the lowly Fife club, the advocate Donald Findlay.

In pictures: Scottish Premier League final day of the season

Images from the final day of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season with Celtic taking on Motherwell and Rangers facing Kilmarnock.

David Weir: 'Football doesn't give you the luxury of looking too far ahead'

DECIDING what's next for me is still on the back burner. I honestly don't know if I will play on but, given that Ally McCoist is going to be the manager, he will be the biggest factor in that. If he wants me to stay then I have a decision to make. If he doesn't want me then I don't have a decision to make.

Ally McCoist eyeing Lee Wallace as Rangers prepare to open chequebook

NEW Rangers manager Ally McCoist's first target for a big-money summer transfer bid is likely to be Hearts defender Lee Wallace.

Forging team spirit is the true mark of a legendary boss

THE worth of Walter Smith is reflected in his players as much as his trophy haul, according to Lee McCulloch, who was signed by the Rangers manager in 2007 during his first summer spending spree.

Walter Smith firmly focused on final push

THE focus is the 90 minutes, not the rewards or the emotions. Forget the extra cash that goes to the championship-winning team and the fact they go into the European equation at the third qualifying stage of the Champions League while the runners-up have to make do with the Europa Cup; forget the bragging rights and forget the fact that this will be manager Walter Smith's last game as Rangers manager.

Interview: Shaun Maloney - I'm kicking on

Maloney adamant he is ready for the battle to hang on to his place in Celtic's plans

Johann Mjallby keeps eyes on the prize amid turmoil

Engaging and articulate, passionate about Celtic, and a man who has come from outside Scotland to play a central role as a successful player and then a tyro coach in the bear pit that is Scottish football.

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