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Aidan Smith

Alex Cleland at work in his assistant coaching role at St Johnstone. Picture: SNS.

Interview: Alex Cleland still on Cloud 9

His goalkeeper and his playmaker were not exactly shy and retiring and some of the newspaper headlines generated by Andy Goram and Paul Gascoigne down the years have actually been back-page ones. Meanwhile, his flying winger was Brian “Why are you so good?” Laudrup and his captain was Richard Gough, who appeared to be made of chocolate. But info, opinion, anything about the right-back in Rangers’ nine-in-a-row team is hard to find, and yet Alex Cleland was an absolute stalwart.

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Paul Heckingbottom says he understands Hibs have a tradition of playing attractive football but believes what supporters want most is simply to win.  Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Interview: Paul Heckingbottom didn’t come to Hibs just to beat Hearts

As he reflects on his less than glorious career as a footballer, stopping off at some of English football’s more obscure outposts including Bradford City three times, I’m inviting Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom to nominate his greatest goal achieved with a crashing header and also the piece of terracing abuse which stung the most but forced him to concede: “Fair play – that was pretty funny.”

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Cameron Norrie's second-round experience was 'unreal'. Picture: Getty.

Cameron Norrie inspired by Centre Court despite losing to Kei Nishikori

Cameron Norrie ran through the Centre Court’s trappings like a kid describing what he got for Christmas. There was the entrance hall, the dressing rooms and, wow, the box which would be occupied by his cheerleaders – that was really something. You wondered if he might eventually get around to eulogising the drains. But there was one crucial thing missing: a victory.

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