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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has been elected to serve on the board of the Scottish Professional Football League, replacing Rangers’ Stewart Robertson.

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Lawwell was one of six representatives chosen to represent the 42 member clubs at the SPFL annual general meeting at Hampden on Monday morning.

Alan Burrows of Motherwell and John Nelms of Dundee were the other two representatives chosen from the top flight, with Ann Budge and Les Gray joining Robertson in making way.

Warren Hawke, Martin Ritchie and Iain Dougan were chosen from the lower leagues to serve on the board for the 2018-19 season alongside SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster, chairman Murdoch MacLennan and independent non-executive director Karyn McCluskey.

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Official versions of Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium could set to be included in the latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer.

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• READ MORE: Scottish Premiership announced as licensed league on PES 2019

In May it was confirmed that the Ladbrokes Premiership will be officially licensed on PES 2019. Konami, the game’s producers, announced the league is one of nine officially licensed ahead of its release on 30 August.

Fans of Celtic and Rangers could be further persuaded to play the game with reports that the two clubs will become premium partners alongside the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool. With that comes licensed stadiums.

Tem Futebol’s Renan Galvani, a prominent blogger on Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA, has reported that sources have told him of the partnership with the Old Firm.

It is believed the announcement could be made at an official PES 2019 event taking place at Celtic Park next month. Konami are taking the game on a ‘pre-season tour’ to celebrate the release. It will come to Celtic Park on 2 August at 2pm.

The Ladbrokes Premiership will feature beside the Danish Superliga, Portugal’s Liga NOS, Belgium’s Pro League, the Swiss Super League, the Argentine Superliga and the Russian Premier Liga as the licensed leagues.

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Scotland secured their highest finish at a Rugby Sevens World Cup since 2005 by beating France overnight in their final game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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The 29-24 extra-time win meant that John Dalziel’s men finished seventh in the knock-out event after a gruelling three days of competition.

New Zealand won both the men’s and women’s events.

Having lost to the USA earlier on day three, the Scots managed to lift themselves for one last tie in California.

Jamie Farndale’s physicality out wide freed Jack Cuthbert to run in under the posts as Scotland scored first.

France responded with a try of their own, but Scotland hit straight back, Max McFarland showing his pace to finish in the corner as the ball was moved wide.

Two France scores either side of half time saw Scotland fall behind before Robbie Fergusson collected a Farndale offload to dive over in the corner restoring his side’s lead.

The game kept going back and forth and the French scored under the sticks to lead 24-19 with a minute left to play, but Farndale was Scotland’s saviour, diving over in the corner to send the tie to extra-time.

Farndale then capped a fine showing all week by himself to grab the winning try, running the length of the field to score.

Head coach Dalziel said: “I’m really pleased that in the last game we calmed down a bit and played our game.

“We had to dig in deep in extra-time and a special mention to Jamie Farndale who has had a fantastic season for us and was out on his feet at the end of that game and still sprinted 100 metres to score the winning try.”

Scotland team v France: Nyle Godsmark, Jack Cuthbert, Jamie Farndale, Robbie Fergusson (C), Harvey Elms, Alec Coombes, Max McFarland. Subs used: Scott Riddell, Jo Nayacavou, Gavin Lowe, Craig Jackson, Unused: Sam Pecqueur.

Scotland scorers v France: Tries: Cuthbert, McFarland, Fergusson, Farndale 2. Cons: Elms, Fergusson.

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Former Celtic winger Derk Boerrigter has admitted refusing to leave the club despite being completely cast out of the first-team picture because his weekly wage was too good to give up.

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The Dutchman arrived from Ajax for £3million in the summer of 2013 but would make only 26 appearances over the course of three seasons.

Injuries and indifferent form when he did feature hampered his chances in the first-team. After Neil Lennon departed the club he would play only a further three times under new boss Ronny Deila.

Despite playing his last fixture in August 2014, it would be almost two years later before he finally left the club.

Boerrigter reveals that although Celtic wanted to negotiate an early release, he refused to go unless he received what was owed to him under the terms of his contract.

He told ExProfs: “They wanted to get rid of me. But I stayed, and I say so honestly, because of the money. The salary was too good to give up.

“Celtic tried to negotiate. They wanted to give me three months’ salary. But I wanted something more and we did not reach an agreement. Then I stayed and I got all twelve.”

The 31-year-old, who announced his retirement earlier this year after failing to find a new club, also failed to see eye to eye with former boss Deila.

He felt the Norwegian wanted a different kind of winger and their relationship broke down as a result.

Asked why he struggled at Celtic, he added: “Injuries and the trainer, Ronny Deila. I do not want to criticise him - I’m not like that at all - but this man had a way of playing football that did not suit me. He wasn’t good for the type of player I am.

“The wide players had to go inside, to give the full-backs the space to come outside, while I would rather go for the one against one if that opportunity arose.

“Then I was allowed to look for another club. That’s how it goes. One trainer makes you, the other makes you crack.”

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Aberdeen will play Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir if they can make it past Burnley in Europa League qualifying.

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Derek McInnes’ side were drawn against Basaksehir in the third round of Europa League qualifying on Monday afternoon.

One of five teams based in Turkey’s largest city, they finished third in the Super Liga last term and would represent a tough opponent for the Dons.

To set up the encounter, the Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up from last season must first upset the odds and dispatch Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s men finished seventh in the English Premier League last season, just one place behind European giants Arsenal.

The first leg of their second qualifying round tie takes place this coming Thursday.

If Aberdeen were to advance, they would meet Basaksehir on 9 August with the second leg the following week.

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Rangers face a tie against Georgian side Chikhura Sachkhere or Maribor of Slovenia in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round if they can see off Croatia’s Osijek.

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Maribor are no strangers to the Ibrox side, with Rangers defeating them 6-1 on aggregate in the Champions League Second Qualifying Round in 2001/02, and losing to them in the 2011/12 Europa League.

In 2014/15, Maribor recorded a 2-1 aggregate win over Celtic in the Champions League play-off round, while Hibs were on the wrong end of a 6-2 scoreline in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League in 2010/11.

Aberdeen were knocked out at the same stage in 2016/17.

Erovnuli Liga outfit Chikhura Sachkhere are more of an unknown quantity. The Georgians have had a mixed bag of results in Europe, but have competed in the Europa League in five of the last six years.

Victory on away goals against Vaduz of Liechtenstein in the First Qualifying Round in 2013/14 handed them a tie against Thun of Switzerland, who won 5-1 on aggregate, while the following year they defeated Horizont Turnovo of Macedonia 4-1 on aggregate, defeated Bursaspor on penalties abd finally lost 3-2 on aggregate to Neftchi Baku in the Third Qualifying Round.

After missing out on Europe in the 2014/15 season, Chikhura returned to the Europa League during the 2016/17 season, losing on away goals to Zimbru Chisinau of Moldova.

In 2017/18, they lost to Austrian side Rheindorf Altach but defeated last year’s Israeli Premier League runners-up Beitar Jerusalem - including ex-Ger Carlos Cuellar - in the First Qualifying Round this summer.

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Hibs will face Norwegian side Molde or FK Laci of Albania in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round if they can get past Greek side Asteras Tripolis.

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Molde finished runners up in last season’s Eliteserien, and are currently managed by former Manchester United and Norway international striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

They defeated Northern Ireland’s Glenavon 6-3 on aggregate in the First Qualifying Round, and face KF Laçi of Albania in the Second Qualifying Round.

This is Molde’s 14th appearance in the Europa League, including under its former UEFA Cup branding. During the 2015/16 competition, they defeated Celtic 3-1 at home, and recorded a 2-1 win at Parkhead in the group stages.

The Norwegians topped Group A and advanced to face Sevilla, winning 1-0 at the Aker Stadion before a 3-0 reversal in Spain spelled the end of their journey.

Erling Braut Haaland, son of former Leeds and Manchester City footballer Alf-Inge Haaland, currently plays for Molde and has reportedly been scouted by a number of English Premier League sides.

Laçi on the other hand have competed just four times in Europe prior to the current campaign, losing 8-2 on aggregate to Dnepr Mogilev of Belarus in 2010/11 and 3-1 on aggregate to Luxembourg’s Differdange in 2013/14.

They fared slightly better in the 2014/15 Europa League, defeating Slovenian side Rudar Velenje on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, but lost 5-1 to Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine in the Second Qualifying Round.

2015/16 saw Laçi lose on away goals to Inter Baku after a 1-1 draw at home and a goalless draw in Azerbaijan, while they defeated Anorthosis Famagusti of Cyprus on away goals in the First Qualifying Round this year after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

Goalkeeper Gentian Selmani has been in and around the Albanian national team in recent months while local boy Taulant Sefgjinaj is the team’s elder statesman, and has made more than 170 appearances for Laçi over three different spells since 2005.

The 3QR ties will be played on August 9 and 16.

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Ryan Kent became Rangers’ 10th signing of the summer, arriving on loan from Liverpool. Joel Sked looks at what Rangers can expect from their new attacking recruit.

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He should excite fans

Fans want to be treated to excitement and entertainment when they head along on a Saturday afternoon to watch their team. Ryan Kent is a player who can get supporters out their seats and on their feet.

In an interview with RangersTV he said: “I never hold back. I don’t fear getting on the ball, even if I’ve lost the ball. I am hopefully going to bring a lot of excitement to the fans here at Rangers.”

Words are easier than actions but evidence from his loan spell with Barnsley suggests he is speaking the truth. He drives forward with the ball, using his pace, close control and skill to evade opponents. He could be set to deliver 90 minutes of anguish to a few Ladbrokes Premiership full-backs.

Some of what he does is old school wing play. Knocking the ball to one side and running around the other or, the ultimate humiliation for any footballer, the nutmeg.

His ability to appear from seemingly perilous situations with the ball at his feet, the proclivity of bamboozling a full-back in a 1v1 situation, the direct nature will appeal to fans, as long as it is channelled correctly.

Barrie McKay 2.0?

Barrie McKay split opinion among Rangers fans. To some he was a tantalising talent, while to others he was a mere luxury. There can be no doubt that the 23-year-old frustrated fans throughout the 2016/2017 season but he also created a host of chances for his misfiring team-mates.

The Ibrox side’s new boy shares similarities to McKay. A comparison of their respective 2016/2017 campaigns when McKay was at Rangers and Kent on loan at Barnsley in the English Championship saw them record similar numbers with regards to the advanced stats.

Both players were frequent dribblers with Kent averaging 10.32 per 90 minutes to McKay’s 9.16. But they didn’t dribble to get to the byline and send in crosses in the way of a traditional winger. Kent averaged 2.93 crosses per 90 minutes to McKay’s 3.25.

Both players seek to come infield and get involved in other ways. McKay made 0.66 key passes per 90 minutes, while Kent made 0.43.

Kent is a more dynamic operator, however, capable of playing from either foot, so much so that it can be difficult deciphering which foot is his stronger one.

• READ MORE: Rangers complete 10th signing of the summer as Ryan Kent arrives

Former Liverpool coach a huge influence

Naturally it would be easy to assume that the presence of Steven Gerrard is the key reason Kent opted for a move north of the border. However, it is one of Gerrard’s key lieutenants who may have played a bigger role in terms of persuasion.

Michael Beale came with Gerrard to Ibrox after two spells at Liverpool, which sandwiched an assistant manager role at Brazilian giants Sao Paulo. Beale was a huge influence for Kent as manager of Liverpool’s U23s.

Kent told RangersTV that Beale “got the best” out of him at Liverpool.

The player doesn’t lack self-belief

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Ryan Kent. Twelve months ago he was reluctant to loan the player out, saying he wasn’t the “president of the supporters’ club for loaning players”.

It was the player himself who pushed for a loan move, following on from fruitful spells with Coventry City in League One and Barnsley, where he won the club’s young player of the year award, in the Championship.

Instead of joining another Championship side or a team in the lower reaches of the Premier League, he moved to the Black Forrest in Germany and a loan move with Freiburg.

He told The Times last year: “I want to show people I am capable of playing at this level. I wouldn’t say going abroad, or playing in the Bundesliga, is an easy thing for an English youngster.

“It is a hard decision to make in the first place and that is before you fulfil your role as a player. I have wanted to knuckle down and that has meant putting other things aside, such as family and friends, and focus on football.”

Not just that, but the player, who was learning German despite being on loan, spoke of his ambition to win the league’s young player of the year.

It suggests a player who will be unfazed by the challenge of playing for Rangers.

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A big moment in his career

All that being said, a loan spell at Ibrox could be a key staging post in the player’s career even if he is still only 21 years of age.

Last season was a somewhat disappointing campaign. After the high of being a regular for Barnsley in 2016/2017 and signing a new Liverpool contract he was unable to kick on. He took to the field for just over 800 minutes, a drastic decrease from the 3,288 minutes the previous season.

He made just one start for Freiburg before his loan was cut short and was then sent out on loan to Championship play-off hopefuls Bristol City. It looked as if he would be an important player in helping the Robins achieve that ambition. City failed in their quest, while Kent was left out the squad for the final six league games of the season.

Kent, with the right attitude, recognised the frustration in terms of game time but looked towards the positives with regards to the experienced, of playing against Bayern Munich, learning in a different culture and country and the pressure of trying to get into the play-off positions.

The grand ambition for the player is to make it at Liverpool. While his contract runs until 2022, football is so ruthless, especially at Premier League level, that time waits for no man. One or two bad moves can badly affect the momentum of career.

Kent can’t afford to have another loan spell which sees him spend more time looking on from the sidelines. Rangers may well be getting a player with the feeling he has something to prove.

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Celtic will play AEK Athens of Greece in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round, if they manage to see off Norwegian champions Rosenborg.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side hosts the Eliteserien outfit at Parkhead on Wednesday, before travelling to Trondheim for the return leg next week.

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The Hoops, who progressed to the draw after a 6-0 aggregate win over Alashkert of Armenia, could have faced a rematch against old foes Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel, Swedish side Malmo - who knocked Celtic out in Champions League play-offs in August 2015 - or HJK Helsinki.

Dinamo Zagreb, BATE Borisov, FK Suduva, Red Star Belgrade, Sheriff Tiraspol and Shkendija were also among the potential opponents. If Celtic lose to Rosenborg, they will face Cork City in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round.

Athens, who won the Greek Super League last year, haven’t qualified for the Champions League group stages in over a decade, when they defeated Hearts en route.

The Greeks competed in last year’s Europa League after defeating Club Brugge in the play-off round. Athens had dropped into the Europa League after losing to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round.

They finished second behind AC Milan in the group stages, but were knocked out on away goals by Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 32.

Athens are no strangers to Scottish opponents, having faced Dundee United, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers in European competition.

AEK have lost just once to a team from Scotland in Europe - a 3-2 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road after extra time in September 2001 - and have recorded six wins and one draw.

The third round ties will take place on August 7 and 8 and August 14 and 15.

• READ MORE - Rumour Mill: Hibs knock back another McGinn offer, £10m for ex-Rangers striker, Rodgers wants VAR

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Though the second round matches have yet to take place, Uefa will today draw the potential opponents for the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

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Three Scottish clubs will be involved: Aberdeen, Hibs and Rangers. The trio all face tricky second round ties but will be keeping a keen eye on events anyway as they bid to reach the group stages of the competition.


The Dons have the toughest fixture of the second qualifying round as they face off against English Premier League side Burnley. Sean Dyche’s team made a run at finishing in the top six last season and will be heavy favourites given the financial clout of clubs down south. However, should Aberdeen manage to conquer them over two legs, they will be treated to what is (on paper) an easier opponent in the next round as the seeded team.

There are four second round ties which Burnley and Aberdeen could be drawn against, while Turkish side Istanbul Başakşehir (entering the draw for the first time) are another potential opponent.

Those games are:

Tobol Kostanay v Pyunik

Dunajská Streda v Dinamo Minsk

St Gallen v Sarpsborg

Dundalk v AEK Larnaca

READ MORE - The heat’s on our Europa League opponents says Lewis Stevenson


Neil Lennon’s men will face off against Greek opponents Asteras Tripolis with the first leg taking place at Easter Road this coming Thursday. They are in a different situation to Aberdeen because, while the Dons are in the seeded batch for the next round, Hibs will be unseeded and could face one particularly formidable opponent.

Their potential opponents if they qualify are...

Sevilla or Újpest

Molde or Laç

Kairat Almaty or AZ Alkmaar

Rudar Velenje or FCSB

Rapid Vienna


Just like Hibs, Steven Gerrard and his side will not be seeded for the third round, meaning they could also face a fearsome European opponent should they manage to defeat Croatian side Osijek to get there.

Their potential opponents are...



Ventspils or Bordeaux

Chikhura Sachkhere or Maribor

Stjarnan or Copenhagen

READ MORE - Osijek with eyes on humbling seeded Rangers

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Hibs have rejected a third bid for midfield star John McGinn from Celtic.

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• READ MORE: Hibs linked with move for Ghana winger Thomas Agyepong

The Ladbrokes Premiership champions came in with an improved bid of £2 million for the Scotland international in the build-up to the second-leg of Hibs’ Europa League first round qualifier against Faroese side Runavik.

McGinn missed the first-leg of the tie, a game which Hibs won 6-1, but returned for the trip to the Faroe Islands. There were no signs of the transfer speculation affecting the player as he sparkled, scoring one goal and assisting tow more in the 6-4 win.

Celtic have had previous offers of a reported £1.5 million and £1.75 million thrown out by the Easter Road side who value McGinn at £4 million.

The Capital club are remaining strong in their valuation of the player with Celtic having not used any squad players such as Scott Allan, as part of the deal.

The news comes after Manchester City winger Thomas Agyepong was linked with a move to Easter Road over the weekend.

The 21-year-old Ghana internationalist has spent the last three seasons on loan in the Netherlands.

• READ MORE: Who could Celtic face in next round of Champions League qualifying?

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Should Celtic manage to navigate their way past Rosenborg in the second round of Champions League qualifying there are 11 potential opponents they could face.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side will be seeded if they come through their two-legged battle with the Norwegian champions unscathed.

There are four other ties at the second round stage that Celtic fans should keep an eye on as they will likely contain the next obstacle on the bid to reach the group stages for the third year running.

Those ties are:

BATE Borisov v HJK Helsinki

Dinamo Zagreb v Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Shkëndija v Sheriff

CFR Cluj v Malmö

Crvena zvezda v Sūduva

There are a couple of familiar names in there with Hapoel Beer-Sheva being knocked out by Celtic at the play-off round two seasons ago, while Ronny Deila’s Hoops side fell victim to Malmo at the same stage the year before.

Greek champions AEK Athens also enter the draw at this stage.

The draw will take place at 11am.

READ MORE - Brendan Rodgers confident Kristoffer Ajer can help keep Rosenborg at bay

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Glasgow restaurant Hutchesons will host an event this Friday with Jacqui Low, the business pioneer who was recently appointed chair of Partick Thistle Football Club.

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The Bubbles & Brunch event has been developed by hospitality group Rusk & Rusk in partnership with Heart Scotland, and will bring together “a community of thinkers and leaders who are passionate about sharing ideas, connecting and having a conversation”. Scottish business figures will have the opportunity to share their stories in a bid to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders, the organisers said.

Low boasts a career of more than 30 years, spanning media, politics and government. She is executive chairman of Edinburgh-based 
communications company Indigo.

Louise Rusk, co-owner of Rusk & Rusk, said: “Having launched Bubbles & Brunch earlier this year with great response from attendees, we are excited to host Jacqui Low at Hutchesons this month. The event is a unique opportunity for guests to connect with a prominent and savvy businesswoman, such as Jacqui, who has had an impressive career.

“Scotland has a wealth of inspirational businesses, yet the forums for its leaders tend to be traditional networking events.

“This event seeks to step away from the traditional template by creating an inspirational, fun and empowering environment where business leaders and entrepreneurs can exchange ideas and inspire each other.”

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Follow The Scotsman’s daily blog as we keep you updated with all the latest news, views, transfers, rumours and much more from around Scottish football.

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Hibs have rejected a third bid for John McGinn, Ipswich are said to be demanding £10million for Martyn Waghorn, and Brendan Rodgers would like to see VAR brought in for the Champions League.

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Hibs knock back latest McGinn offer

Hibs have rejected a third bid from reigning Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic for influential midfielder John McGinn. The Hoops have previously tabled £1.5million and £1.75million bids for the player and continued on that trend by offering £2milllion this time around. Hibs want reportedly double that amount.

£10m for ex-Rangers striker?

Ipswich Town are said to be demanding close to £10million for former Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn. Sheffield United are keen on signing the attacker, who scored 44 goals in 78 games while at Ibrox, but Ipswich have told them to significantly up their offer of £5million. (Daily Mirror)

READ MORE - Sunderland boss Jack Ross insists he’s not signing Rangers midfielder

Rodgers wants VAR

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see VAR introduced for the Champions League. The Northern Irishman believes the system worked well at the World Cup and, with the amount of money at stake, is open to it being used in the elite of European club football. (Daily Mail)

Gauld on the move

Ryan Gauld’s time at Sporting appears to be coming to an end with the 22-year-old set to join fellow Portuguese side Boavista. The former Dundee United starlet moves for £3million in 2014 but has managed just a handful of appearances for the first-team. While his availability would have alerted some clubs in Britain, the playmaker insists he wishes to remain in Portugal. (Sunday Post)

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Aberdeen take keeper on trial

Austrian goalkeeper Sebastian Gessl is expected at Pittodrie today to start a week-long trial with Aberdeen. The 22-year-old is a free agent after leaving German Bundesliga League 2 side Karlsruher SC after four years where he played for their under-19 and reserve sides. (The Scotsman)

Rangers sign Kent

Rangers have signed winger Ryan Kent on loan from Liverpool. The 21-year-old will spend the season at Ibrox, where he will work under former Reds captain Steven Gerrard. He is the tenth signing overall as Gerrard continues to completely overhaul the first-team squad. (The Scotsman)

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Celtic flop: I stayed because of the money

Former Celtic flop Derk Boerrigter has admitted that he remain at the club for so long, despite not playing, because his weekly wage was too good to give up. Celtic tried to negotiate with the winger to release him early from his deal, but Boerrigter held out for every penny he was owed. (Exprofs)

Levein prepared to change Hearts line-up

Craig Levein is preparing to change the Hearts team after Saturday’s Betfred Cup draw with Raith Rovers. Cowdenbeath visit tomorrow night as Tynecastle Park hosts its first game of the new season, but manager Levein hinted that some players will be dropped. (Evening News)

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Scotland should lead a bid to host the 2030 World Cup Finals, former First Minister Henry McLeish has said.

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The move would be part of a wider British bid for the tournament, which will have expanded to include 48 participating nations.

The former Scottish Labour leader has called on Nicola Sturgeon and the SFA to show “ambition” and give the game north of the Border a much- needed boost.

Hampden is due to host games as part of the Euro 2020 Championships, with Glasgow among 13 host cities from across Europe.

“People talk about ambition a lot, but they rarely indulge in it,” Mr McLeish told a Sunday newspaper.

“We might fail if we try this, but we need to forget that and give it a try because ambition will make a country and for football this can be our time if we chose to strive.

“It can’t be a matter of making noises from the sidelines. If we are the country we think we are, we should be boldly pursuing the goal.

“There is no reason why Scotland shouldn’t lead a British bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

“Nicola Sturgeon needs to rise to the challenge, show serious intent, and make this happen along with the SFA. We have been in an abysmal place since we last qualified for the World Cup in 1998.”

The SFA said it would not rule out a joint bid with the other nations of the UK, but no talks have taken place.

Scotland was previously part of a joint bid with Ireland to host the 2008 European Championships, but lost out to another joint bid from Switzerland and Austria.

Mr McLeish urged the SNP to set aside any concerns that the prospect of a joint UK bid could raise over the party’s longer term political goal of an independent Scotland.

“If we are still part of the UK then it is not a problem, and if we are an independent country then it is still not a problem,” he said.

“The US, Canada, and Mexico will host the World Cup in 2026, so there are plenty of examples of different countries coming together to host.”

The Scottish Government said a bid for the World Cup was “a matter for the football authorities”, but added: “We would consider any proposal seriously should one come forward.”

The SFA said the focus was on Scotland’s involvement in Euro 2020 – which will be hosted across 12 countries – but added: “We are always open-minded to the prospect of hosting major tournaments.”

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Hype now surrounds Laura Muir wherever she goes. The burden of expectation is the perk and the chore of emerging as the leader of a new young pack of British athletes with the immense challenge of following an illustrious generation that was illuminated by the spotlight of a home Olympic Games at London 2012.

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So often, the 25-year-old has lived up to the promotion and the pressure. Yesterday in London brought a rare deflation. Top of the bill on the second day of the Muller Anniversary Games, she was given the prime slot of the last race for her attempt to remove Zola Budd from her long-held position at the head of the UK’s mile rankings. The record appeared attainable on recent form. In the sunshine, for once, her edge was dulled. The Scot was short, and well so.

Not that it will bother her too much, not with the European Championships starting in Berlin in 15 days’ time. For much of the outing, she looked as confident and composed as ever. Yet when the chase for home began, she was left behind and could salvage only fifth place, outside even of her own Scottish best as perennial rival Sifan Hassan claimed victory in a Dutch record of 4:14.71.

“I am little disappointed,” she acknowledged. “But I went through the first half of the race too fast and when you do that, it catches up with you in the second half. I know it’s there if I run in a perfect way. And I just didn’t run that here.”

Muir, who had spent much of last week in Largs in an attempt to alleviate a bout of hay fever, has formally petitioned for a start at the Europeans in both the 1500 and 800 metres, despite previous assurances that a single event would suffice. With the formidable Hassan restricting herself to the 5000m, she is the ante-post favourite for both.

And it was not all doom and gloom for her Glasgow-based team with her young training partner Jemma Reekie assuring herself of a trip to the German capital in 13th place. It was a personal best for the 20-year-old over the imperial distance. Of greater import was that she completed the initial 1500m in 4:06.11, inside the qualifying standard required.

“I wanted to run as fast as I could to 1500 metres,” the reigning European junior champion confirmed. “I’d have walked down the home straight if I could have.”

Lynsey Sharp appears a solid­ bet to join Muir in the 800 in Berlin after enhancing her chances of being picked by the British Athletics selectors when they convene today to round out their squad. The 2012 European champion delivered her speediest time of 2018 of 1:59.34 to come third in a race won by American Ce’Aira Brown. Coming fifth at the recent trials in Birmingham weakened her hand but, since then, she has looked more like her ferocious old self. “I changed a few things and that’s worked out fine,” she said. “But it’s taken six weeks for it to show.”

Neil Gourley also held up his hand for the 1500m by recording a personal best of 3:35.98 to finish eighth as Olympic champion Matt Centro­witz snatched victory. With Charlie Da’Vall Grice a no-show and Josh Kerr injured, the 25-year-old Glaswegian should surely get the nod following his third place in the British Championships. “That was the main goal of this season,” Gourley said. “Hopefully if the selectors take a chance on me, I can prove them right.”

Guy Learmonth should also be Euro-bound after his fastest mark ever left him seventh in the 800m, two spots behind Jake Wightman, whose time of 1:44.61 now sees him trail only track legend Tom Mc­Kean in the all-time Scottish rankings.

“It shows how good it is that I’ll need to drop nearly another second to get it, which is ridiculous,” he declared. “One day maybe I’ll get there. But it’s probably safe for this year.”

Zoey Clark will likely run the 4x400m relay in Berlin with the Aberdonian seventh in the 400m in a lifetime best of 51.36 secs, but Eilidh Doyle will ponder whether to go to the championships after coming only seventh in Saturday’s 400m hurdles on her comeback from injury.

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Thomas Reilly earned Forfar a bonus point in yesterday’s Group B game at East Fife – and enabled a tongue-twisting result beloved of late comedian Eric Morecambe to be recorded for the first time in the fixture’s history – when he slotted home the 12th penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out success which followed a 1-1 draw.

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The hosts took the lead after seven minutes when Anton Dowds’ deflected shot found the net. Chris Kane clattered into the Loons’ Dylan Easton on 28 minutes and was shown a straight red card, with Forfar making the extra man count on half-time when player/assistant manager John Baird curled home a pass from Easton.

Reilly hit the decisive spot-kick after Ross Davidson and Daryll Meggatt had missed for East Fife and Baird had sinned for the Station Park men.

Morecambe came up with the scoreline “East Fife 4, Forfar 5” as a greeting whenever he met his friend James Alexander Gordon, the announcer who read the classified results on the BBC for 40 years.

Alloa’s 4-3 penalty success after a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 1,659 at Tannadice ended Dundee United’s interest in progressing, with Csaba Laszlo’s men four points off the top of Group A.

Frederic Frans looked to have eased the pressure on Laszlo when he headed United into the lead on 24 minutes, however Alan Trouten equalised from the spot 11 minutes from time.

Penalty misses from Stewart Murdoch and Paul McMullan saw the Wasps triumph and move into second place behind Ross County with Laszlo left saying: “It is frustrating as we are not where we want to be. However, if we can hit the ground running in the Championship then we can move on quickly.”

Arbroath sit above United after a 2-0 Gayfield success over Elgin with Colin Hamilton and Thomas O’Brien netting in the second half.

Queen of the South made it three wins out of three when they defeated Edinburgh City 4-0 to set up the chance to secure qualification from Group G at Motherwell tomorrow night.

Lyndon Dykes lobbed the Dumfries men in front on 24 minutes, with Stephen Dobbie quickly adding a second before Josh Todd headed in on 34 minutes.

Dobbie, pictured, moved into fourth place in the club’s all-time highest goalscorer list when he added the fourth before the break, with the only disappointment for Queen’s being that there was no further scoring.

Ayr United won 2-0 at Albion Rovers and the Honest Men will travel to Partick Thistle next weekend for shot at securing qualification from Group E if they see off Stenhousemuir tomorrow night and the Jags win in Coatbridge.

Ian McCall’s side struck after 15 minutes at Cliftonhill when Alan Forrest tucked in a rebound, with Stevie Bell adding the second with a thumping header from a corner ten minutes from time.

In the same group, Ray McKinnon’s first home game in charge of Morton saw the Greenock side pick up a 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir.

Ross MacLean slotted into an empty net on 33 minutes, with Bob McHugh nodding in the second before the break.

Cowdenbeath will travel to Hearts tomorrow night looking to finish their Group C games on nine points after a 1-0 win over visitors Cove Rangers.

With Hearts facing a possible points deduction over fielding an ineligible player against the Aberdeen side last midweek, a goal from David Cox four minutes from time could give the Blue Brazil a route into the final 16 if they can pull off a shock Tynecastle success.

Spartans took the lead in their first ever game at Hampden, however Queen’s Park’s Kurtis Roberts hit the winner from 25 yards in a 2-1 Group H success.

Jamie Dishington ran on to a clever reverse pass from Blair Atkinson to slide the Lowland League Champions into an early second-half lead, however Scott Gibson quickly levelled with a header before Roberts’ fine strike.

Airdrie picked up their first Group F success with a 3-0 triumph at Berwick Rangers where Sean Crighton and Darryl Duffy netted in the first half and Leighton McIntosh in the second.

Peter MacDonald scored early and Mark Stewart found the net late on as Stirling came out on top 2-0 in the all-League 2 Group D meeting with Peterhead.

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Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark sprinted away from two other challengers to win Stage 15 of the Tour de France yesterday, while Geraint Thomas had no trouble holding the overall lead for a fourth consecutive day.

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The Astana rider claimed his first career win at the Tour after staying ahead of Ion Izagirre and Bauke Mollema in a sprint over the final 200 metres. Cort Nielsen finished the hilly 181.5-kilometre (112.7-mile) leg from Millau that ended in a long descent to Carcassonne in 4 hours, 25 minutes.

“I always kept a little back so I was able to respond if they attack,” said the 25-year-old Cort Nielsen, who won two stages of the Spanish Vuelta in 2016.

Thomas in the yellow jersey, second-placed Chris Froome, and the rest of the overall contenders arrived at Carcassonne and its medieval city walls 13 minutes after the stage winner.

Thomas kept his advantage of 1 minute, 39 seconds over team-mate and defending champion Froome before the race’s second rest today.

“We were always in control,” Thomas said. “We were always in the right place, and it’s a good day to get done.”

That pause precedes three mountain stages in the Pyrenees, followed by the individual time trial on the penultimate day of the race.

“There are three big, big days left, and then the time trial, so (I) just take each day as it comes and we will see what happens,” Thomas said.

It was a placid ride for Thomas before the decisive final week.

The only serious attack by a top-ten rider in the overall standings came from Daniel Martin, the UAE Emirates leader, who tried a getaway while going up the Pic de Nore but was reeled in on the way down.

A breakaway group of 29 riders – none of whom posed a threat to Thomas’s overall lead – got away early.

Cort Nielsen, Izagirre and Mollema dropped the five other remaining escapees before disputing the stage win among themselves. With all three riders sizing one another up, Cort Nielsen stayed in front when they finally broke into a sprint.

World champion Peter Sagan got into the breakaway, and he took third place in the day’s intermediate sprint to all but wrap up the points classification, receiving his 100th green jersey at the finish.

The racing returns tomorrow with Stage 16, a 218-kilometer mountain trek from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

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Austrian goalkeeper Sebastian Gessl is expected at Pittodrie today to start a week-long trial with Aberdeen.

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The 22-year-old is a free agent after leaving German Bundesliga League 2 side Karlsruher SC after four years where he played for their under-19 and reserve sides.

The 6ft 4in Austrian youth international started his career with Rapid Vienna before heading to Germany and is looking to secure a deal with Derek McInnes’ side after Danny Rogers headed to St Mirren on loan.

McInnes has been left with no back up to regular No 1 Joe Lewis apart from under-20 goalkeeper David Craddock who has not played for the first team.

Gessl flew in to Scotland yesterday afternoon and will start working with the Dons this morning..

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Dundee manager Neil McCann offered an honest assessment after seeing his side fall short in their Betfred Cup defeat by Dunfermline.

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The Dens Park side went down to their Championship opponents after an early goal from Jackson Longridge.

Under the glare of the live cameras, McCann had hoped to see his side building on last Saturday’s comprehensive 4-0 win away at Stirling Albion, but instead they disappointed their modest home support and the dejection was compounded by an injury to Sofien Moussa, their influential Tunisian striker.

“I’m really disappointed”, said McCann. “We made warnings to them all week about Ryan Wiliamson bombing down the right-hand side and we didn’t deal with it for the first goal.

“There’s a few things that I’m not happy about today. The pitch was too long and sticky. But that being said, I thought we were still off the pace. It’s still early in the season but we can’t use it as an excuse because Dunfermline are at the same stage as us and they came away with the win today.

“The boys know I’m unhappy with them and I expect a reaction against Peterhead in midweek.

“We’ve got a few injury worries for that one. We’ve not been able to fully look at Moussa’s injury but it appears that it’s a muscle injury rather than an impact one which is not good news for us.”

From the start, it was unclear which of the two sides plays their football in the top-flight.

Dunfermline started with real intent and pace going forward. The goal, which arrived after two minutes, typified their early belief as right-back Williamson surged to the byline and crossed for his opposite full-back Longridge to bullet a header into the net.

The Pars looked sharper, quicker and stronger than the hosts for long parts of the first-half and could’ve doubled their advantage midway through the first period when the lively Myles Hippolyte was freed behind the Dees defence. Unfortunately for him his tame strike was easily saved by Jack Hamilton.

Dundee also had to suffer the blow of losing their captain and main goal-scoring threat, Moussa. He was carried off on a stretcher with what looked like a back injury.

There was a slackness to the Dens Park side’s play throughout the afternoon. Their best opportunity came from distance: the energetic Elton Ngwatala turned and sent a thumping drive smashing off the crossbar.

The win puts the Pars in pole position to top Group D and manager Allan Johnston was understandably delighted.

“It was a really good performance from start to finish,” he said. “We got the ideal start and then we knew they were going to come at us but I think we restricted them to very few opportunities and we always carried a threat on the break too.

“I thought the boys worked incredibly hard today. There was a selflessness to their play. They all worked for the team and I think we can get even better.”

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The tussle for the Eastern Premier title is now a two-horse race. Forfarshire’s slim hopes of figuring in the scamper to the line evaporated as they were toppled by champions Heriot’s, who are the only side that can prevent Grange lifting the silverware.

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And winless Glenrothes now look destined for the drop following the demolition job by the Raeburn Place outfit.

Of Heriot’s triumph over the Broughty Ferry boys at Goldenacre, a thrilled skipper Keith Morton said: “It was a huge result for us following our loss to Carlton the previous week.

“We knew we had get back to form quickly and Forfarshire were always going to pose a strong challenge.

“With the bat we thought we were a few below par but Elliot­ Ruthven’s opening spell turned the game in our favour and our spinners were as reliable as ever.

“We’re in a great position as a club with all three teams challenging for silverware and we’re all looking forward to the final few weeks of the season and the exciting occasions that lie in store for us.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on us, it’s just important we continue playing positive cricket and enjoying our days together.”

Chasing a modest 176, Forfs were shot out for only 125, Ruthven accounting for Chris Greaves, Craig Wallace and Michael Leask at the top end.

A superb knock of 118 by Dylan Budge paved the way for Grange’s home-turf success.

Preston Mommsen weighed in with 68 as the hosts surged to 284 for four.

Their Scotland mate Safyaan Sharif was the only Glens man to offer significant resistance with 48 not out.

Charlie Peet was the pick of the Grange attack, taking three for 21.

Arbroath captain Marc Petrie admitted the Lochlands hammering by Carlton was “a bad day at the office which is becoming a bit too common”.

But there was a steely defiance when he added: “I am backing the lads to make it right and turn things around soon.

“We have a young and inexperienced squad who will learn with every win – and even more from the defeats.

“I am still as proud as ever to lead this team.”

Rory McCann hit 85 to send the capital outfit to 260 for six.

The writing was on the Arbroath wall when Petrie and Hayden Laing were out before a run was on the board.

There was no recovery route and they plunged to 82 all out.

RHC Lions claimed a robust four-wicket victory over Watsonians at Myreside.

And Stewart’s-Melville tripped up again at the hands of Aberdeenshire at Inverleith.

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Tiger Woods has spoken out after a man was ejected from the course at Carnoustie for an outburst as he was taking his tee shot at the last hole.

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The spectator was standing on the balcony of the Patrons’ Pavilion, a hospitality area running down the side of the fairway of the 18th hole.

Just as Woods was beginning his swing, a loud shout was heard. A commotion followed before the culprit was huckled away.

Woods voiced his concern that a hospitality area was so near to the players. The incident happened late in the day and as Woods was attempting to make a last bid to get back into contention for the title. He made par at the hole to finish on level for the day and five under for the tournament. He ended up finishing in tied-for-sixth place, his best performance in a major since the Open at Muirfield in 2013.

“I flinched, but I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” he said, when asked about the incident afterwards.

“Either that, or they’re a little bit over-served. They tipped back a few and it’s late in the day. Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game.

“People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

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Eddie Pepperell is surely not the first player to have been driven to drink by nasty Carnoustie but few others will have come out the following day, still hungover, and shot a sub-par round to take the clubhouse lead on the final day of the Open.

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It gave him a tentative shot at lifting the Claret Jug but as the more accepted contenders dropped shot after shot, his unorthodox approach of drowning his sorrows before the race was run threatened to prove highly rewarding.

Annoyed with his level par 71 on Saturday, which, when added to his opening rounds of 71 and 70, looked to have relegated him to little more than a bit-part player for the last 18, the 27-year-old Englishman decided that a few glasses of wine were the best option to try to clear his head.

In the short-term it worked and although it was a bit fuzzy the next morning, it did him little harm. “I was a little hung­over. I won’t lie. I had too much to drink last night. I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.

“I did wake up in the middle of the night not feeling too good. I didn’t really have that much to drink, it’s just that I’m a lightweight.”

But, the more relaxed preparation did seem to help as he picked his way around the Angus links, finding his best round on a day when so many others struggled to cope with the wind and the pressure.

“It depends, honestly, how you feel. I’ve done it all different types of ways in my career, and the next day it’s been anything and everything. So there’s no real rhyme or reason to it. But I like to socialise in the evenings, if I can, and it certainly takes some of the pressure and the sting away from competitive golf.”

Out alongside Phil Mickelson at 11.40am, three hours before overnight leaders Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth, the man who finished second at last week’s Scottish Open at Gullane made matters interesting as he used his mental dexterity and penchant for problem-solving to dig out solutions to the various conundrums posed by the high winds and some tricky pin positions and card a four-under-par 67.

The championship total of 279 was enough to keep him in the reckoning until close to 6pm, when countryman Justin Rose birdied the 18th to finally eclipse his clubhouse tally.

By that stage he had already wound up fans, who feared he may have to take part in a play-off, given the way the leaderboard had begun to concertina, with a playful tweet suggesting he was well on his way home to Oxfordshire.

“Well, fantastic two weeks up here in Scotland,” he wrote. “Thirty mins from Tebay and the finest roast dinner on the motorway. See you all somewhere down the road.”

One of the more interesting characters in the sport, the popular blogger is considered a bright and active mind, on and off the course. Tethering that is often a greater challenge than taming tough links courses.

“If you look at my career I’ve always done better on tough courses, especially when it is windy,” Pepperell has said in the past. “That’s not because I play any better. It’s because just about everyone else plays worse. What I mean by that is my game doesn’t vary much.

“When I need to flight a shot a particular way in a strong wind, I hit the shot I would hit if there was no wind. Not many guys do that. But I’m used to doing it and that gives me an edge.”

That was evident for a major part of yesterday’s final round. While past major winners slipped up in the 20mph-plus winds, hungover and close to being an irrelevance, he ended up signing off on the lowest score of the day.

Starting the day on one-under, he quickly found some positive momentum, with birdies at the third, fifth and sixth. Although a bogey at eight temporarily slowed his progress, he steadied things with five pars before sinking a birdie at 14 and picking up another shot on the par-four 17th before wrapping things up with a par.

“I’ve managed my game exceptionally well today because I knew on certain tee shots I wasn’t going to hit a great tee shot, so I played for the rough and I played for missing the bunkers,” Pepperell said. “This course lends itself to that in these conditions. Had this course been wet this week, I wouldn’t have had much joy. But I’ve managed to at least manage my game well enough to post a score now. It’s probably not going to be enough, but it’s decent.”

He was right, and in the end it wasn’t the winning score, but it was solid enough to force him to delay his service station roast dinner until others stepped up to the plate.

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Scotland were overrun by the US in their fifth to eighth place semi-final at the Rugby World Cup Sevens event at AT&T Park in San Francisco last night.

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The hosts, cheered on by a vocal crowd, got off to a great start and looked like they were going to score in the second minute only for captain for the tie Robbie Fergusson to make a try-saving tackle on Danny Barrett.

If that one was good, Harvey Elms’ tackle on US skipper Madison Hughes in the corner as he was about to touch down for a score was even better soon after.

However, Currie Chieftains’ Elms, pictured, blotted his copybook with a couple of minutes of the half remaining when he needlessly knocked the ball away when the US had been awarded a penalty.

He was yellow-carded and while he was off the field Maka Unufe stormed through for the home side’s first try which was converted by Hughes.

Scotland had a couple of breaks before the interval, a good one from Gavin Lowe resulting in nothing due to a lack of support, and the US punished them.

Their second try came from Hughes with the same man converting and it was 14-0 at the interval.

The trend of great cover tackles by Scotland continued just after the interval when Jamie Farndale managed to get speedster Perry Baker into touch when he looked like scoring try number three.

The third score did come only seconds later for replacement Brett Thompson, though, and, with Hughes converting, Scotland had a mountain to climb at 21-0 down. Try as they might, John Dalziel’s side just could not string any phases of play together in attack and dangerman Max McFarland was kept quiet.

An amazing 80-metre solo try from former Glasgow Warriors’ man Carlin Isles, who had come off the bench for the rampant hosts, rubbed further salt into Scotland’s wounds and the players looked tired by this stage. Hughes converted and made the final score 28-0.

With this being Scotland’s 12th tournament of a long season, some of the players were out on their feet, simply not being able to match the Americans’ pace and power. That result left them to play one more match overnight for seventh or eighth place.

The Scots had ended up playing the USA on day three because on day two they could not hit the heights they had in their comeback win over Kenya in the last 16 on day one, losing to South Africa.

A Werner Kok double and one try for Justin Geduld – along with one conversion from Selvyn Davids – made it 17-0 at the break.

After the interval, Geduld scored a second try before Shakes Soyizwapi and Ruhan Nel also crossed the whitewash. Geduld and Davids added conversions. Alec Coombes collected Elms’ cross-field kick to finish in the corner for a consolation score from Scotland, but that one finished 36-5.

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