Andrew Smith

Scotland manager Shelley Kerr’s career still on the up

The rising status of women in British football has been exemplified by the attraction across these islands that the World Cup currently being staged in France is proving to be. Scotland manager Shelley Kerr has been at the heart of the growing respect that her gender is garnering in all footballing circles.

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Tom Hateley now plays in Poland. Picture: Getty.

Europe awaits for Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock

Scottish clubs now enter European football so early, the draws for their opening rounds can feel like they belong to the season just gone past more than the one to come. Yet what happens in any assignments they are handed on Tuesday in Nyon, Switzerland are capable of reverberating through the next 11 months.

Lee Alexander knows she must work harder than her male equivalent in order to give herself the same agility. Picture: SNS.

‘Don’t move the goalposts’ says Scotland keeper Lee Alexander

It is not only her nation that Lee Alexander wants to do justice to in the forthcoming World Cup finals. It is her position. The 27-year-old might be considered to have the double-whammy when it comes to stigmas. It could hardly be any other way when the Glasgow City performer is both Scottish and a goalkeeper in the women’s game.

Neil Lennon celebrates clinching the treble treble, but next season he is likely to alter the focus of Celtic's play. Picture: Getty.

Neil Lennon planning to reshape Celtic team says Bobby Petta

It might now seem relatively small fry that, almost two decades ago, Bobby Petta played in a single treble winning Celtic side. The Dutchman, though, believes that the manner in which Martin O’Neill achieved that clean sweep of 2000-01 will have an influence in how Neil Lennon sets about building on the club’s current unprecedented treble treble next season – when the prized bounty will be a ninth straight title.

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon lifts the Scottish Cup. Pic: SNS/Craig Foy

Neil Lennon hails ‘immortals’ after Celtic’s treble treble triumph

It was a day for grand feats and grand statements. Both were encapsulated in now permanent-manager-in-waiting Celtic manager Neil Lennon hailing his players as “immortals” for their clinching of an unprecedented treble treble thanks to their fraught 2-1 Scottish Cup final success over Hearts on the 52nd anniversary of the club’s most immortalised success that came with the 1967 European Cup triumph.

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard celebrates his second goal with Scott Sinclair and James Forrest. Pic: SNS/Craig Williamson

Hearts 1 - 2 Celtic: Odsonne Edouard breaks Hearts as Hoops seal treble treble

The trophy-grabbing colossus that is Celtic in the domestic game might not have rampaged their way to a treble treble in an ultimately engrossing, nail-biting Scottish Cup final that had elements of mortal combat. But, from a losing position, they prevailed all the same, dragging themselves to the winners’ podium yet again for an achievement utterly gobsmacking – and unparallelled in global football. It deserves repeating: never before in a major footballing top flight has any team won their three domestic trophies in three successive seasons.

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