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Aidan Smith

John Robertson is hoping to get his hands on the Scottish Cup for real next month. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Interview: John Robertson on plotting the downfall of Craig Levein

John Robertson, as some of us know, is the Hibernian legend who got away. If the all-star coulda-been-a-contender, coulda-been-a-Hibee fantasy XI comprising the prodigious talents who slipped through the Easter Road net had actually played together in the green and white, then a familiar routine would have been Gordon Strachan popping a crafty ball into the box, Willie Pettigrew having his snap volley blocked and Robbo – because it was never over until the fat striker scored – ramming home the injury-time winner.

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Munster's Tadhg Beirne receives treatment' during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh. Picture: Gary Carr/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Aidan Smith: Rugby needs to stop copying football’s excesses

Ah, now it makes sense. Now I know why Tadhg Beirne, the most ridiculed man in rugby, crashed to the ground at Murrayfield last Saturday. He does this every 30 March. Look at his Twitter feed for the same day last year. There’s a photo of a smashed-up bed, struts everywhere, a right mess, and this was his whinge: “Always good when @Airbnb delivers … supposed to be 5 star #cantsleep.”

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Rangers' Alfredo Morelos was given the red card for lashing out at Celtic's Scott Brown. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Scott Brown did nothing wrong against Rangers

Regrettably, a new word has entered the lexicon of Old Firm games and the fan fury which surrounds them. A flashbang is an explosive device which is used to shock and disorientate and David Hamilton, vice-chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, has revealed that an officer in the midst of that Celtic Park conflagration on Sunday had one thrown at his head.

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Aidan Smith: Why does LTA struggle to acknowledge Andy Murray’s legacy?

Tennis trick-shot of the week? No, it wasn’t Nick Kyrgios, the self-styled wild and crazy Aussie, serving underarm against Dusan Lajovic at the Miami Open. With his Serbian opponent well behind the baseline, Kyrgios stood over the ball, bounced it a couple of times and without looking up flicked it over the net, flatfooting the disgusted Lajovic for an ace.

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Woe in Kazakhstan. Were they wearing baffies? Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Aidan Smith: Scotland played like bawbags and bamsticks

See us? We’re different. Dead different. Our water tastes different, more like water should be. Our mountains are not pretendy ones but proper peaks. Our capital city is a jewel and a place of artistic expression, rather than a centre of excellence for rapacious money-making. Those who come and live in Scotland like it for these reasons and many more. We vote differently, too, and have our own language which floats through our cleaner air without official recognition but neither needs this or seeks it.

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Tom Smith with the Scotland cap he won at Twickenham in 1983.

Interview: Tom Smith, hero of last Twickenham win, played basketball until he was 26

The hero of our last great storming of the home of English rugby is a shy, retiring fellow who does not even appear to have his own Wikipedia page. There is a Welsh Tom Smith, an American one, the Irish version spelt Smyth, the Australian model, the Tom Smith born in 1883 and of course the Scottish prop of more recent vintage, all of them meriting mention in the online encyclopedia for their skills with the egg.

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Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio after his side's Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax. Picture: AFP/Getty

Aidan Smith: The Champions League was like the shark in Jaws

Just when I thought it was safe to cancel the Champions League, the competition delivers a couple of astonishing ties. Real did-that-just-happen? outcomes. As Roy Scheider put it, articulating the sighs of armchair fans everywhere: “We’re gonna need another subscription.”

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Now 82, Ken Scotland is 'pictured at home in Edinburgh, in his 'nostalgia/vanity room'. Picture: Neil Hanna

Interview: Ken Scotland reveals why he loved playing against Wales

Some years ago, and many more than you might think, a Welsh rugby fan stood nervously before an Edinburgh magistrate hoping against hope that the theft of a string of sausages wouldn’t result in him missing the big match at Murrayfield. He was in luck, for Bailie Herbert Brechin pronounced: “Your countrymen have behaved very well in our city. I will allow you to see the game.” Now, my accounts can’t confirm this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the beak added with a mischievous glint: “We wouldn’t want you to miss another famous home victory, inspired by Ken Scotland.”

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Brendan Rodgers waves to the Leicester fans at the King Power Stadium. Picture: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty

Aidan Smith: Rodgers made a rod for his own back then had Rod Stewart on his back

It isn’t over. The message unfurled at Tynecastle the other night lambasting Brendan Rodgers as a “fraud” could be just the start. If Celtic don’t go on and do the treble Treble, he will be blamed for walking out on the club. If they don’t eventually win ten in a row he’ll cop it for that failure as well. All of which means bonanza-time for the banner industry.

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