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Despite his success, Celtic fans want a bigger name than Neil Lennon in charge. Picture: SNS

‘PARTING GIFT’ TO CELTIC NO CERTAINTY FOR NEIL LENNON

If the Scottish Cup comes Celtic’s way next Saturday to complete a barely believable treble treble, Neil Lennon would be entitled to take immense credit for bringing it home. He won’t, though. His arrival in late February following the rapid exit of Brendan Rodgers came with Celtic firmly on course to clinch an eighth straight title. It also, though, came the week they were gearing up for a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Easter Road, where Rodgers had never won.

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Scotland's Lee Alexander, manager Shelley Kerr, Joanne Love and Nicola Docherty with young fans at Hampden Park. Picture: Lorraine Hill

Shelley Kerr: Telling players left out of World Cup squad was tough call

There is no doubt that Shelley Kerr is her own person. The Scotland manager has taken soundings from the great and the good as she has set about planning her preparations for the country’s first appearance at the women’s World Cup. Ultimately, though, she has moved to the beat of her own drum. Even when sounding out a death knell.

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David Turnbull's performances have alerted English Premier League clubs.

David Turnbull focussing on Motherwell after picking up Young Player award

There is no rush by David Turnbull to cash in on his outstanding first season in Scottish senior football, capped today by the Motherwell midfielder claiming the Scottish football writers’ young player of the year award. The 19-year-old understands, though, that the Fir Park club may not be able to afford to hold on to their prized asset.

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Neil Lennon with David Moyes, the man rumoured to be replacing the Northern Irishman at Celtic. Pic: SNS/Alan Harvey

Neil Lennon: I guarantee Celtic will be stronger next season

The incessant will-he, won’t-he over Neil Lennon’s prospects of being upgraded to permanent Celtic manager at the end of this season hasn’t drowned out the cacophony that inevitably accompanies the build-up to any derby – even a dead rubber of a fixture that sees Celtic head to Ibrox this lunchtime for the final meeting between the adversaries this season with an eighth straight title safely secured.

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Celtic's Filip Benkovic and Nikola Katic are friends off the park. Pic: SNS/Craig Foy

Faith and friendship help bond Rangers’ Nikola Katic and Celtic’s Filip Benkovic

There is likely to be depressingly little evidence of enlightenment impacting on the religious divisions between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox this afternoon. If the two supports revert to type, sections of the 49,000-plus home legions will sing chants that amount to anti-Catholic, just as elements among the 800 visiting fans will shout epithets that are simply proxies for Protestant slurs.

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Liverpool defender Andy Robertson tangles with Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the epic Anfield clash. Picture: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Andy Robertson faces Liverpool sweat after bringing Messi down to earth

Liverpool were transformed into an irresistible force as they produced their incredulous, mother and father of all comebacks against Barcelona on Tuesday night. There was only one jarring aspect of the fantastic 4-0 flaying of the Catalan behemoths that allowed Jurgen Klopp’s men to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit and earn a Champions League final place courtesy of some beguiling Anfield alchemy. The evening could yet compromise the irresistible rise of Andrew Robertson.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ahead of their game against Hibs. Pic: SNS/Craig Foy

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: I want the Scottish game to be better

As a new-found advocate for Scottish football, Steven Gerrard is prepared to paint on the blue woad. But the Rangers manager believes that the game up here could do more to paint itself in a better light. The 39-year-old presents a less than ringing endorsement of the sport he has immersed himself in for the past year.

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