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Celtic v Lazio a welcome distraction for banned Ryan Christie

More than anyone else in the Celtic squad, Ryan Christie will be licking his lips over the club’s Europa League encounter at home to Lazio in two days’ time. The attacker
wasn’t involved on Saturday as Neil Lennon’s side turned on the style to slam six past Ross County and reclaim leadership of the Premiership.

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Scotland and Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin

Jon McLaughlin: Way I heard of Ross sacking at Sunderland ‘disappointing’

The mind of Jon McLaughlin must have felt like a tumble drier this week as his emotions were tossed around. The Sunderland keeper ended last week with a first Scotland cap at Hampden in the slaughter of San Marino. Only a few days earlier, though, the 32-year-old required to process the slaying of his club manager, Jack Ross,the man who took him to the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2017.

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Jermain Defoe has already scored 12 goals for Rangers this season. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Rangers could offer Jermain Defoe a player/coach deal

The recent swirl around Jermain Defoe has centred on the 37-year-old striker’s desire to remain at Rangers beyond the end of this season. Steven Gerrard is a man who seems keen to grant the striker his wish. It would be obtuse for the Ibrox manager to form any other view.

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Andy Robertson has had mixed fortunes this season, with his Liverpool team thriving but Scotland struggling to qualify for Euro 2020. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Steve Clarke tells Scotland fans criticism of Andrew Robertson is unfair

As depressing as any aspect of the fall-out from Scotland’s most recent travails was the griping about Andrew Robertson. It’s true that the Liverpool full-back did not play well in the defeats by Russia and Belgium. However, there appeared an element of the tall poppy syndrome about the way sections of the Tartan Army went after him for his displays.

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