{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"sport","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/hibernian/hibs-fans-react-to-the-new-neon-yellow-third-kit-1-4802490","id":"1.4802490","articleHeadline": "Hibs fans react to the new neon yellow third kit","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537382627477 ,"articleLead": "Hibs launched a neon yellow third kit on Wednesday afternoon, prompting many reactions from the Easter Road faithful.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802489.1537382680!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lewis Stevenson, Joelle Murray and Stevie Mallan launch the new strip. Picture: Hibernian FC"} ,"articleBody": "

We've collected some of the best responses to the new strip...

Bill Campbell wrote: “Knew there was one coming as we can’t wear either the first or second kit at Parkhead. Not a fan of luminous colours though.”

Riccardo Macleod suggested: “Could we not just play Celtic wearing the goalkeeper tops instead of having the same colour first, second and third kits?”

Jason Young added: “Nice, I’d like to see a green and purple stripe effort next time though.”

Peter Sutherland admitted: “Not one for tops at 56… but very smart for our younger fans.”

Mark Austin stated: “Replica shirts. Up there with the crimes against humanity.”

Malky Thin said: “What is it with yellow tops? Is there nobody thinking ‘Ken what, we’ve done that afore’. Minging!”

Davie Lawrie added: “Why do they need a third top? Oh yeah, it’s just coming up for Christmas.”

Jimmy Simpson wrote: “Looks more like a training kit but smart all the same.”

James Alexander suggested: “Great for cyclists.”

Colin Barr enthused: “Fantastic looking strip.”

Kevin Leslie offered: “It’s horrific.”

Brian Millar joked: “Perfect if you’re working as a lollipop man.”

Jack Calder said: “That’s a nice kit, love it.”

Ronnie Moss claimed: “No need - just greed.”

Last word to Andy Gibson who wrote: “Need shades, and not just for the sunshine on Leith.”

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Edinburgh centre James 
Johnstone accepts that Mark Bennett’s injury setback presents him with an opportunity but takes no pleasure from his luckless team-mate’s latest blow.

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After battling back from a series of shoulder and knee issues, 23-times capped midfielder Bennett ruptured his hamstring in the defeat at Ulster a week past Friday and is now facing at least another six months on the sidelines.

Johnstone appears to be the next cab off the rank in the outside centre berth, ahead of Chris Dean, as the 28-year-old continues to build a career in the 15-a-side game which the former Scotland Sevens star admits has come as a pleasant surprise.

“He’s a great player and has had a bit of bad luck with injuries in recent years,” said Johnstone of Bennett. “I’m really gutted for him as he was starting to come into his own again.

“I’m really disappointed that happened. If the opportunity arises for me then great but on a personal note for him it’s obviously devastating.”

Dumfries RFC product 
Johnstone has grasped the opportunity given to him by Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill, who has been keen to utilise players from the 
Sevens programme, bringing Dougie Fife back to the pro team as well as Johnstone and Jamie Farndale.

“I didn’t expect last season to pan out the way it did,” added Johnstone. “I thought I’d be back with the Sevens come November, December time but the opportunity arose and I managed to take a few in the games I played. “I was delighted to get a few games under my belt and show that I could play 15s at this level.”

Johnstone confessed that, as he entered his late 20s, he felt that the prospect of a full professional contract had passed him by as he continued the globe-trotting life on the World Sevens Series circuit.

“Possibly. I was enjoying the sevens at the time and wasn’t really thinking about 15s as I hadn’t had any opportunities,” he said. “When Cockers [coach Cockerill] gave me the chance it was a surprise.

“I would have stayed in sevens and that would have been it for me.

“I enjoyed doing it. If it wasn’t for the sevens, I wouldn’t have continued playing rugby 
probably .

At the time I moved across there [to the Sevens programme] it gave me a new lease of life to enjoy playing.”

Johnstone made his Edinburgh debut away to Leinster last year and is hoping to get the nod for another run out at the RDS on Saturday evening as Edinburgh head to face the Pro14 and European champions off the back of their first win of the season at home to Connacht last Friday.

“Richard sort of just said there was going to be opportunity here and he wanted to see me play and what I can do and take it step by step from there,” continued Johnstone.

“I did sevens for quite a few years so I’d been around the block a few times. This is a different challenge for me and one I wanted.”

“It wasn’t ‘you’re in for the season’ it was take it short term and see how you get on. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to play when I got my first opportunity, which was Leinster away last year. It was a surprise when he named that team. I managed to play fairly well and that confirmed to him I could play at that level.

“That was great to get a performance out there last year. I know we lost [21-13] but there was a lot to take from that, confidence. It stood us in good stead because we then knew we could compete with the best teams. That gave us belief.”

Johnstone insisted that last week’s 17-10 win over Connacht after close defeats in Swansea and Belfast have Edinburgh in a good frame of mind for their toughest test of the season 
so far.

“I think the confidence levels were always pretty positive even after we got those narrow losses but it was important to get that win at the weekend,” he said.

“The vibe’s still good, still positive. It certainly helps to have a bit of momentum coming into this week.”

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Leigh Griffiths can have no complaints at being dropped by Scotland last week and warned his striker he must improve on and off the pitch if he wants to establish himself as a first pick for club and country.

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Griffiths claimed Scotland manager Alex McLeish had delivered a “kick in the teeth” by indicating that Hearts striker Steven Naismith, who replaced him for the Uefa Nations League game against Albania at Hampden, was likely to keep his place for next month’s fixture in Israel.

Naismith forced an own goal and scored himself in the 2-0 win over Albania.

But Rodgers backed McLeish’s team selection, urging Griffiths to increase his workrate in training and adapt his all-round game to the evolving demands of being a top striker.

Rodgers said: “I was at the Albania game and I thought Steven Naismith was excellent. He worked his socks off and got two goals – you can’t complain with that.

“Leigh knows his qualities but he has to, at this stage of his career, work tirelessly at all aspects of his game. In the modern game, strikers are changing. It is not just about scoring goals any more, you have to do more than that.

“Strikers are now running underneath, pressing from behind, working, so there is no other way you can take that out other than on the training field and work even harder. When opportunities are there, then you come and take them.”

Rodgers sees Griffiths as a valuable member of his squad and was happy to endorse the new contract signed by the player last week, tying him to Celtic until 2022.

But Rodgers stressed that the 28-year-old, who has scored 100 goals in 192 appearances for the Parkhead club since joining from Wolves in 2014, cannot expect only to be judged on his finishing expertise.

“He’s great to have in our squad, that’s why we wanted to give him another deal,” added Rodgers. “We know he can score goals. But, like I say, at top teams it’s about more than that.

“It’s something he’ll continue to work hard on, that side of his game. That will always improve his chances domestically and, of course, also at international level. You’re always learning. You shouldn’t think that at 28, you’re a senior professional and that you stop learning. Every day you’re learning, whether you’re 32, 35 – whatever.

“The game’s changing every year. The game gets quicker, gets faster. As long as you’re doing your best – that’s all I always say to the players – as long as you’re preparing yourself the very best you can, training hard, that is all you can do. It’s up to me then to pick the team.

“So when you sign your deal, you sign a training contract. You sign to train the very hardest you possibly can. Prepare yourself physically and mentally the very best you can.

“You’ve got to get your training right here in order to have a chance. That’s the modern game at the very highest level, or the levels you try to aspire to.

“Training is so important, you need to be ready to work and then when opportunities come, whether you’re Leigh Griffiths or anyone else, you need to be ready to take them.

“That’s the message to every player, not just Leigh. You have to be ready to do that. Then you have a difficult job as a manager. Otherwise, if people aren’t pushing themselves, then it’s quite an easy job to pick the team.”

Asked specifically if Griffiths is training as hard as he could, Rodgers replied: “That’s none of your business, really. You just need to judge him on the pitch when he plays. You don’t need to ask me that.”

Rodgers also stated he is “unsure” whether Griffiths and French striker Odsonne Edouard could operate as a pairing for Celtic if he wanted to play with two up front. Edouard is likely to lead the line when Celtic open their Europa League group stage campaign against Rosenborg in Glasgow tonight.

The Scottish champions will be without Kristoffer Ajer who has been laid low by a virus, the Norwegian joining fellow central defender Jozo Simunovic, who has a knee injury, on the absentee list.

Jack Hendry is fit again and back in the squad, with on-loan Leicester City stopper Filip Benkovic also in contention for a place at the back.

But Nir Bitton’s planned return to action this month will now be delayed. The Israeli international has been sidelined since February with a knee injury.

“He’s had a minor setback that puts him back a couple of weeks,” revealed Rodgers. “It will probably be after the next international break next month before he is back. He’s working tirelessly to get back. Nir will be great for us when he does return.”

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Glasgow Warriors co-captain Ryan Wilson has declared himself fit and raring to go for the second leg of the South African double-header after shaking off injury and illness.

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The Scotland back-rower travelled carrying a few knocks from the 25-10 home win over Munster on 7 September and then was struck down with a sickness bug ahead of the thumping win over Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

From their base in Cape Town, Wilson reported himself fit for action when they travel to Port Elizabeth and face Southern Kings in the Guinness Pro14 on Saturday.

“I had a bit of illness but I’m good now. I’ve had a week to get over it. I maybe could have pushed it last weekend, but I’m all good to go now,” said the 29-year-old.

Wilson may not have been part of the matchday squad last weekend but, illness containment concerns aside, he has played his part on the mini tour and said it was already proving a useful exercise in terms of gelling the squad ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup and what is hoped will be a Guinness Pro14 campaign which ends in the final at Celtic Park on 25 May.

“It’s been really good,” said Wilson. “We got away a little bit in the pre-season, but to get a two-week trip away over in South Africa with the whole squad is definitely something we can use. We are a pretty close group already but it’s important to try and get the boys away.

“We’ve got plenty of things off-field that we’ve got planned with the boys. We’ve all gone out for dinners and stuff. We are in Cape Town at the moment, which is a brilliant city to be in.

“It is definitely beneficial to get the boys away together. Because the coaches are there you can sometimes overdo it with meetings and things like that, but we’ve had a pretty good balance.”

While enjoying the trip away, Wilson was adamant that making it four Pro14 wins out of four this weekend was the overriding priority.

“We want to make sure we get to work and do our jobs because we’ve got Kings, which will be a tough game,” he said. “

“Our minds are focused on rugby when we are on the field but when we are off it we have a big emphasis on bonding as a squad. We will move down to Port Elizabeth on Friday I believe and get ready for the game down there.

“At home, when you finish training, you go off with family or friends or with the boys outside of rugby. It’s important to replicate that when you’re away. You can’t just solely focus on rugby for two weeks because it would drive you crazy.”

Meanwhile, Glasgow assistant coach Kenny Murray is looking for improvement on last weekend’s 52-24 win over the Cheetahs. “Defensively we’ve not started as well as we did last year,” he said. “ I think some of the tries at the weekend were a bit soft but when we keep hold of the ball and we’re really hard to break down. We just need to tighten up on turnover defence.”

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Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is eyeing a “beautiful” return to European action with his new club Villarreal.

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The former Spain international has returned to his homeland after a serious Achilles injury wrecked the final two years of his time in North London.

It took eight operations to finally fix his troublesome ankle and he even had to have a section of skin from his left forearm, which 
featured a tattoo of his daughter’s name India, grafted on to his leg after contracting gangrene.

But he has put those woes behind him and is now set to make his first European appearance since helping the Gunners smash six past Ludogorets in October 2016, when the Yellow Submarine take on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers tonight.

Cazorla, 33, who rejoined Villarreal this summer, said: “My last match in Europe was two years ago in the Champions League, so returning to European competition is always beautiful and more so if it is with 
Villarreal. I have been able to live great things with this club and hopefully we will play a great role this year. We aspire to everything in all competitions, but we know it will be difficult.”

Cazorla was absent from the Villarreal line-up as they finally recorded their first win of the campaign at the fourth time of asking with Sunday’s 1-0 victory over 
La Liga basement boys Leganes.

But he is now hoping to make a mark against a side managed by one of his footballing idols.

Asked about Gerrard, he said: “He’s a point of reference. I’ve always looked up to him and I wish him the best in his coaching career from tomorrow.

“I think our team has done well since the start of La Liga and it is clear that everything looks better after a victory.

“Hopefully we start the Europa League with a good footing, although we are aware that Rangers is a very complex opponent. If we want to have winning options, we have to be intense.”

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Steven Gerrard believes Rangers can spring a few surprises and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Europa League.

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The Ibrox side make their return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time in eight years when they take on Villarreal in Spain this evening.

Making it this far can be regarded as a major achievement for the Rangers manager and his new-look side. But the former Champions League winner has bigger ambitions than that and insists his team have not fought their way through four qualifiers just to make up the numbers.

Now, on the eve of their Group G opener against the Spanish big guns, Gerrard declared his team are out to cause a shock at El Madrigal.

“It’s important we take one game at a time,” he said. “We are the underdogs in the group in terms of the opinions from outside, but in the dressing room we have a quiet confidence and belief we can cause a shock and get out of the group.

“We are not here to make up the numbers. We want to challenge in the group and see where we end up.

“This game doesn’t highlight how far I’ve taken the group but how far the team have taken themselves and the hard work and effort they have put in to get to this stage.

“We all believe this is where this club should be after difficult times and not many people gave us a chance of making this stage.

“If people want to underestimate us or write us off that’s fine. I can see a togetherness and a team growing. I’m happy where we are at this moment.”

Injured midfielders Ryan Jack and Ovie Ejaria and defender Gareth McAuley
failed to make the trip to Spain, while Rangers will also be without the suspended pair of Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan following their red cards against Ufa in the play-off round in Russia.

Morelos’ dismissal means Kyle Lafferty will now get the chance to sink the Yellow Submarine and Gerrard insists the Northern Irishman deserves his chance.

He said: “Kyle will lead the line and there are no secrets. He goes into the game in good form and in a good place.

“He’s the type Villarreal won’t be used to playing on a weekly basis as he has different attributes to a typical La Liga striker. I’m looking forward to seeing him play – all the players have earned the right to play against such a good team.”

Lafferty hopes he can now cap off a year that has seen him both beat his gambling demons, as well as sealing a move back to Ibrox, with a precious strike on the Mediterranean coast.

He said: “Not many get the chance to play for Rangers once, I’ve been lucky to play twice. I want to put everything that’s gone wrong right in this game.

“Alfredo missing is a big blow but it gives me the chance to show the gaffer what I’m capable of doing and if I’m given the chance, put one away. Hopefully it goes our way and we get the result we all want.”

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A marquee at a prestigious golfing event near St Andrews has been lifted off the ground and destroyed as Storm Ali wreaked havoc across Scotland.

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The large tent that was erected near the Old Course for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships was broken into bits as fierce winds took their toll this afternoon.

The moment of its destruction was captured on video by local resident Alan O’Laughlin, who was walking past the location about 1pm.

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The 47-year-old told The Courier: “I could see the tent and it looked as though it was starting to lift, so I thought ‘I’m going to start videoing this’.
“It looked like a ripple effect and it all just took off.”
The footage shows the marquee being ripped open by the wind.
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Storm Ali: Watch ‘scary’ mid-air drop on Edinburgh flight

Mr O’Laughlin said: “I’m ex-forces, so I’ve seen some things happen like this before.

“There was nobody around, but I just knew it was going to go. There was nothing I could have done to stop it.”

The Alfred Dunhill Links said it was confident the marquee damage would not have an impact on the event, which tis running from October 4-7.

The public have been urged to take care with several other tents set up for next month’s tournament.

Police in Fife have told the public to take care around the St Andrews Old Course.

Wind gusts topped 100mph in parts of Tayside and Fife today as the first storm of the autumn caused transport chaos across the country.

READ MORE: Storm Ali RECAP: 70,000 premises in Scotland without power| 102mph wind gusts recorded on Tay Road Bridge| Scotrail suspends all trains out of Edinburgh and Glasgow

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802517.1537385324!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802517.1537385324!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The marquee near St Andrews Old Course is destroyed in Storm Ali winds. Picture: Alan O'Laughlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The marquee near St Andrews Old Course is destroyed in Storm Ali winds. Picture: Alan O'Laughlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802517.1537385324!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5837186187001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/lionel-messi-on-mission-to-bring-coveted-cup-back-to-barcelona-1-4802516","id":"1.4802516","articleHeadline": "Lionel Messi on mission to bring ‘coveted cup’ back to Barcelona","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537385165000 ,"articleLead": "

Lionel Messi looked every bit a man on a mission.

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Messi started the Champions League in brilliant fashion on Tuesday night, setting a record with his eighth hat-trick in the competition to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven.

The outstanding performance was the first step toward Messi keeping his promise that the season would end with Barcelona lifting another European Cup.

Barcelona’s otherwise excellent 2017-18 campaign that ended with the Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles had one blemish: a shock 3-0 loss at Roma in the Champions League that saw them squander a 4-1 first-leg victory and meant elimination in the quarter-finals.

That made it three years in a row that Barca have been ousted in the quarter-finals of a tournament that Messi has helped the Catalan club win four times, but not since 2015. Meanwhile, Barcelona have had to endure arch-rivals Real Madrid winning the competition three times in a row.

With that loss to Roma in April still hanging over the club, Messi addressed Barcelona’s fans at Camp Nou before the club’s traditional exhibition match to kick off the new season. “If last season was very good with the Copa and La Liga, we all still feel bad about our exit from the Champions League and how it happened,” Messi told Barcelona’s supporters in August. “Today we promise to do everything we can to bring that beautiful and coveted cup once again to this stadium.”

Long after establishing himself as the club’s all-time leading scorer, Messi has finally taken on the role of undisputed team leader after inheriting the captain’s armband from Andres Iniesta.

That meant shedding his reticence to talk in public. And when he spoke out, he set the bar as high as possible.

Messi backed up his words against PSV to ensure Barcelona made a strong start in a tough Group B that also includes Tottenham and Inter Milan.

Now 31, Messi also knows that his best chances to win the World Cup are most likely behind him after another disappointment with Argentina this summer, meaning his final place in football history will likely depend on sustained excellence at Barcelona.

Messi’s first goal against PSV was a beauty as he lifted a free-kick over the wall and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet. He netted two more goals from passes by Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.

“[Messi] takes extraordinary things and makes them routine,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, pictured, said. “The free-kick got us going. It was a majestic strike. I have never seen anything like him in my career. We have to pinch ourselves to realise that we are seeing a player that is one of a kind.”

Messi’s first was his eighth goal from a free-kick so far in 2018. Rakitic said that when his team-mate steps up to take a free-kick, “often times, you’re already thinking about where to celebrate it.”

Barcelona will seek to maintain their lead in La Liga and get a fifth win in as many games when they host Girona
on Sunday. Messi will also be aiming to increase his tally of seven goals in six matches across all competitions.

Last season, Messi added to Barca’s 6-1 demolition of Girona by slotting a free-kick under the defensive wall. He repeated that same trick to score against Alaves last month.

PSV coach Mark van Bommel, a former Barcelona player, tried to take away that option for Messi by ordering one of his players to get on his knees behind the defensive wall to block a low strike. Messi clipped it over their heads instead.

“He put it right in the corner of the goal frame,” Van Bommel said. “Technically, Messi is the best player in the world.”

Barcelona will have to wait three weeks before their next Champions League match, when they visit Tottenham in London.

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Celtic take on Rosenborg in their first Europa League Group B game at Parkhead on Thursday night. If the fixture seems familiar it’s because the two clubs have already faced off four times in the last 14 months.

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Here’s all the Hoops fans need to know about their familiar foes...

Who’s in charge?

You may remember the upheaval at the Lerkendal Stadion in July before Rosenborg faced Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers. Kare Ingebrigtsen was sacked six days before the teams met, with Rini Coolen taking interim charge.

Ingebrigtsen actually joined fans at a rally outside the stadium protesting his removal, while Coolen prepared the team to face Celtic.

Dutchman Coolen - a former defender with Go Ahead Eagles and Heracles Almelo in his homeland - saw his side lose 3-1 at Parkhead before a goalless draw at Lerkendal.

Despite that, he hasn’t lost a match since, and Rosenborg fans cheesed off at Ingebrigtsen’s departure have mellowed somewhat.

What sort of form are they in?

Pretty good. The Trondheim-based side are top of the Eliteserien, two points clear of rivals Brann after 22 matches.

The Norwegians are on an 11-match unbeaten streak in all competitions since their last trip to Glasgow in late July and they snatched a 3-2 win over the Ronny Deila-managed Valerenga on Sunday thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Issam Jebali.

However, despite seven consecutive victories, Rosenborg haven’t won in six trips to Scotland.

Who’s come out on top in previous meetings?

Celtic. Mostly. The Hoops won 1-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the Champions League last season, before a 3-1 aggregate win in the second qualifying round of the same tournament this summer, only to lose to AEK Athens in the next round.

After losing to Celtic, Rosenborg saw off Cork City and Shkendija in the Europa League qualifying rounds to reach the group stages for the second year on the bounce.

Celtic have won five and drawn two of their eight matches against Rosenborg and are unbeaten at home in the fixture. Rosenborg’s solitary win - a 2-0 victory - came at home in October 2001.

Who are the players to watch?

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is probably the most recognisable name in the Rosenborg ranks but the 30-year-old is said to be struggling with injury and will likely miss the match.

Danish international Mike Jensen captains the side and is a key member of the team, sitting in front of two holding midfielders and orchestrating the side’s attacks.

Norwegian international Alexander Soderlund, now in his second spell at the Lerkendal Stadion, will likely spearhead the attack in Bendtner’s absence.

Didn’t Mikael Lustig once play for Rosenborg?

Yes, and so did fellow right back Cristian Gamboa. Lustig scored 21 goals in 136 games for the Norwegian side between 2008 and 2012 and won two league titles prior to joining Celtic, while the Costa Rican defender spent seven seasons in Scandinavian football, making 52 appearances in three campaigns with Rosenborg.

Harald Brattbakk, who scored the goal that scuppered Rangers’ chances of securing 10-in-a-row played for both clubs, as did Vidar Riseth and current Hellas Verona midfielder Liam Henderson.

How could Rosenborg line up?

Coolen swears by a 4-3-3 formation which he tweaks depending on opponent, and he will be unlikely to spring any surprises at Celtic Park. One possible line-up is: Hansen; Hedenstad, Reginiussen, Hovland, Meling, Trondsen, Denic, Jensen (c), Helland, Jebali, Soderlund. Subs from: Ostbo, Reitan, Serbecic, Lundemo, Levi, Botheim, de Lanlay, Vilhjalmsson.

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Tiger Woods has revealed that he first started to struggle with the back problem that almost ended his career when he last played in the Ryder Cup – a 2012 defeat as Europe pulled off the “Miracle at Medinah”.

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“I wasn’t feeling physically well that Ryder Cup,” Woods, one of Jim Furyk’s four wild card picks for next week’s match in France after making an astonishing recovery from spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, revealed at a press conference ahead of this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

“It was where my back started bugging me and that’s the only wave [Saturday’s foursomes] I’ve ever missed because I told Davis [Love, US captain] that I just really couldn’t go and I said can you put me out later on Sunday because I need the time to get my back organised.”

Woods, pictured, earned just half a point from four matches in that contest, finishing all square with Francesco Molinari in the final singles match at the venue outside Chicago after Martin Kaymer had clinched Europe’s win in the match ahead. “It was tough watching them celebrate on the 18th fairway when I thought we should have won that one,” admitted Woods, who has only been on the winning side once in seven previous Ryder Cups as a player.

“It was tough because we had a four-point lead starting out the day on Sunday and I worked my way back against Francesco (Molinari) and was one up and thought my match would be the deciding point, (but) some of the guys had some tough losses.”

Looking ahead to next week, Woods said: “I think the European side is one of the best they’ve ever had. Yeah we have a solid team, but so do the Europeans.

“It plays out over three days and it’s about playing well at the right time, partnering up at the right time and making putts. I think both teams are very deep this year going into the event so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for both sides.”

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas has played down an injury scare ahead of next week’s clash at Le Golf National Ryder as the American bids to become the first player to win back-to-back FedEx Cup titles at East Lake.

Thomas had his right wrist taped as he gave a pre-tournament press conference in Atlanta, where he finished second behind Xander Schauffele 12 months ago to seal the overall FedEx Cup title and a $10 million bonus. The 25-year-old revealed he suffered the injury during the delayed final round of the recent BMW Championship.

“I just kind of tweaked it on the back nine of BMW and it’s more precautionary than anything,” Thomas said. “Just a little tightness and it probably looks a little worse than it is. With two big weeks coming up it’s more precautionary than anything.

“I’ve never had it happen, it just kind of popped up. I took last week off, I didn’t hit a ball but I chipped and putt a lot so my short game feels pretty good. At this time of year it’s nice to take time off – you are better off being mentally fresh than physically fresh.”

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Rangers take on Villarreal in their first Europa League Group G game at El Madrigal on Thursday night. Here’s the lowdown on the Yellow Submarine for Gers fans...

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Who’s in charge?

Javier Calleja’s senior managerial career is still in its infancy. The 40-year-old ex-Malaga and Osasuna midfielder was boss of Villarreal’s youth teams and the B team before taking over from Fran Escriba just under a year ago.

Calleja played for the side when they reached the semi-final of the Champions League in 2006, owhere they were beaten by Arsenal.

Villarreal finished fifth in La Liga last season behind Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia.

• READ MORE - Rangers without five players for Villarreal clash as key trio miss out

How’s their form?

Calleja has been drilling his team in cutting out defensive errors ahead of the visit of Rangers and he has had some

The Yellow Submarine picked up just one point from their opening three La Liga matches which was their worst start for 20 years.

However, a 1-0 win at basement boys Leganes on Sunday with Carlos Bacca scoring the only goal, was a timely boost ahead of Thursday’s clash with the Ibrox men.

Have the two clubs met before?

Yes - the two clubs met in the last 16 of the 2005/06 Champions League.

Villarreal, then managed by current West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, came out on top on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Glasgow and a 1-1 draw in Spain.

It was the Spanish club’s debut in the competition and they went on to reach the semi-finals. Current manager Calleja was an unused substitute at Ibrox but came off the bench in the return game in El Madrigal.

Who’s the key man?

In Santi Cazorla, Villarreal have a midfielder of proven quality.

The 33-year-old playmaker returned to his first club from Arsenal in the summer after six years with the London club.

Cazorla has 77 caps for Spain and missed out on their 2010 World Cup success through injury.

He came on as a substitute in Spain’s 1-0 European Championship final win over Germany in 2008 and was part of the squad in their 2012 triumph, but had a well-documented struggle with injury during his final years at the Emirates.

Keeping him quiet will be key to any success for Rangers, but Colombian international striker Bacca has netted 18 goals in 44 appearances and will be a potential impact sub.

• READ MORE - Andrew Smith: George Peat’s selective memory really sticks in throat

Does history suggest Rangers can get a result?

Villarreal are unbeaten in three home games against Scottish opponents, and kept clean sheets in both wins against Celtic.

Rangers have failed to register a single win from 11 visits to Spain to play Spanish clubs (although they did win the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup against Moscow Dynamo at the Nou Camp).

The Light Blues’ first game in Europe against Spanish opposition in the 1962/63 season was when they came up against Seville in the Cup Winners Cup. Rangers won 4-0 at Ibrox but lost 2-0 in the away tie.

They drew with Valencia in 1979 and Villarreal in 2006. As well as the nine defeats, the Gers fired blanks in front of goal in - most recently in a 3-0 reversal at Valencia in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

How could Villarreal line up?

Calleja could spring a surprise, given that after three games (two defeats and one draw) using a 4-3-1-2 formation, he shifted his tactics to a 4-4-2 double 6, producing that narrow win over Leganes.

Home form has been an issue for the Yellow Submarine this season, and Calleja will also have to take Rangers’ tactics into consideration.

He could go with: Asenjo; Gaspar (c), Gonzalez, Ruiz, Costa, Trigueros, Cazorla, Iturra, Layun, Toko Ekambi, Moreno. Subs from: Fernandez, Funes Mori, Raba, Fornals, Sansone, Miguelon, Morlanes, Pedraza, Bacca.

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Sergio Garcia believes he has no point to prove in next week’s Ryder Cup in Paris, insisting he can’t just be judged by his performance on the course after controversially securing one of Thomas Bjorn’s wildcards.

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The Spaniard was speaking as he prepared to play in the Portugal Masters – his first appearance since getting the nod over his compatriot, Rafa Cabrera Bello, and an on-form Matt Wallace for the last of the Dane’s picks for the eagerly-awaited clash at Le Golf National.

Garcia, who missed the cut in all four majors this season before failing to make the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Play-Offs, is hoping to use the event at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura to secure a timely confidence boost.

“I told Thomas, ‘if you end up picking me, I’ll make sure that I play something coming into the Ryder Cup’,” the 2017 Masters champion, who, somewhat devilishly, has been paired with Wallace in the opening two rounds, told europeantour.com. “I didn’t want to be without playing for four or five weeks coming into such a big and amazing event.

“Portugal seemed like a good fit and I’m happy that I decided to come here. Obviously the course is nice, it’s going to be a good test and I’m excited for it.

“I took a couple of weeks off and started practising again. The game feels pretty good. Obviously there are some things here and there that I would love to do a little bit better and that’s what I’m working on. The game overall feels good.

“It’s just a matter of hopefully getting some good momentum, start building on that. If I can do that then I can gain some confidence and some good rhythm, that’s the goal this week.

“Obviously getting a win would be amazing, you can’t beat confidence. That would be nice, but more than anything I just want to get some rhythm, get some competition juices flowing. That’s one of the main reasons that I wanted to come here.”

The 38-year-old will be making his ninth Ryder Cup appearance and has a chance to overtake Nick Faldo as Europe’s record point scorer at Le Golf National. His main goal, though, is helping the home side come out on top and Garcia reckons his role off the course can be just as important as what he achieves on it in the three-day tussle.

“I don’t need to show anyone,” he insisted. “The only thing I have to do is go out there and help Team Europe – my team-mates and my 
captain and vice captains – not only with the game on the golf course but outside, in the team room and everything.

“There are things that are important to have in a team. I think that is one of the reasons why Thomas picked me, not only because of the game he knows I can play, but what I can bring outside of the golf course into the team room 
and stuff.”

As Garcia bids to find some form, team-mate Justin Rose is heading into this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta bidding to cement his new status as world No 1 by winning the FedEx Cup title and £7.6million bonus.

The Englishman already has one eye on the Ryder Cup, though, and feels the pain felt by Europe as they suffered a first defeat since 2008 at Hazeltine two years ago will be what drives them in bidding to claim back the coveted trophy in France.

“Home support is really important, I think that was a big difference at Hazeltine,” said Rose, speaking to Sky Sports News as he announced that Francesco Molinari, the Open Champion, will be playing in the British Masters at Walton Heath next month, when Rose is taking his turn as tournament host.

“The Americans wanted it really badly and the crowd were right behind them. We want it back badly now.

“Losing it has made us all more hungry again, no doubt about it. On paper I think the Americans are even stronger than they may have been in 2016, they are a great team, but we’re even stronger, too, and up for a challenge for sure,” added Rose.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "MARTIN DEMPSTER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802487.1537382544!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802487.1537382544!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Sergio Garcia is warming up for the Ryder Cup at the Portugal Masters. Picture: Warren Little/Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Sergio Garcia is warming up for the Ryder Cup at the Portugal Masters. Picture: Warren Little/Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802487.1537382544!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/competitions/premiership/peter-lawwell-vows-to-strengthen-after-celtic-bank-record-101m-1-4802467","id":"1.4802467","articleHeadline": "Peter Lawwell vows to strengthen after Celtic bank record £101m","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537378154000 ,"articleLead": "

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has insisted the champions remain committed to strengthening their playing squad but “hyperinflation” in the transfer market makes it increasingly problematic.

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The release of Celtic’s annual accounts have revealed the club achieved record revenue of £101.6 million in the 12 months to 30 June this year, largely as a consequence of a second consecutive season in the group stage of the Champions League.

That was an increase of 12.1 per cent on the previous year but Celtic’s operating expenses also rose, by 14.1 per cent, to £87.1m in the same period as salary costs increased.

Celtic made a pre-tax profit of £17.3m, compared to £6.9m in 2017, with a cash balance of £27m, net of debt, at the bank.

The accounts do not include the record sale of Moussa Dembele to Lyon for £19.7m on the final day of a summer transfer window which proved a source of frustration for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and the club’s support in terms of the new signings brought to the club.

But Lawwell is adamant Celtic will continue to commit resources to the recruitment of players they consider are within a sound budget for the club.

“Our objective is always to bring players to the club who will improve the squad,” said Lawwell. “Given the quality of our existing squad that is a challenging task, made more difficult by hyperinflation in transfer fees and player salaries in the market.

“Nevertheless, our objective is to invest everything that we can into the football operation without putting the club at risk.

“The club recognises that success on the pitch leads to success off the pitch, which is why the board is committed to investing in our football operations. Our ambition remains to create a world class football club.

“Our success on the pitch this year has allowed us to commit, not only to fees for the transfer of player registrations (£16.6m, rising from £13.8m in 2017), but also to player, football management, coaching, recruitment, medical, performance, sports science and the youth academy costs.

“Total labour costs in 2018 increased by £7.1m, from £52.2m in 2017 to £59.3m (14%), largely due to increases in the football department. This has allowed the club to retain key football personnel including Kristoffer Ajer, Kieran Tierney, Calum McGregor, Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths on long term contracts.

“We continue to search the world for talented players to play the Celtic way, such as Odsonne Edouard who joined the club for a club record transfer fee. Player recruitment and development continues to be fundamental to the club.”

Celtic balanced the books in the transfer market for the period, with a net spend of just £100,000 on players. They received £16.5 million from sales, including those of Stuart Armstrong, Erik Sviatchenko, Gary Mackay-Steven, Liam Henderson and Saidy Janko. A total of £16.6 was paid out on player registrations, including those of Odsonne Edouard, Olivier Ntcham, Jack Hendry and Scott Bain.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier welcomed the figures which he stressed will allow the club to compensate for their failure to reach the Champions League group stage this season. Bankier also states that Celtic are closely monitoring any possible future changes to the make-up of European club competitions which could significantly impact Scottish football.

“These results reflect a financial year in which everything went well,” said Bankier. “This allows the board to plan for the unexpected and manage the immediate disappointment of failing to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

“In my last annual report I referred to our vulnerability to the growing financial power of a number of key constituencies within the European game. These circumstances are unchanged and we remain watchful of events that unfold.

“Through Peter Lawwell’s continued involvement in the board of the European Club Association, the Club Competitions Committee at Uefa and the Professional Football Strategy Council of Uefa, the club and the game in Scotland are well represented in this very important arena.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "STEPHEN HALLIDAY"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802466.1537378151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802466.1537378151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802466.1537378151!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/happy-homecoming-in-japan-for-new-us-open-champion-naomi-osaka-1-4802463","id":"1.4802463","articleHeadline": "Happy homecoming in Japan for new US Open champion Naomi Osaka","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537377884000 ,"articleLead": "

Naomi Osaka’s homecoming couldn’t have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the US Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

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Osaka was in control of the second-round match from the outset, breaking Cibulkova’s serve in the first game at a sold-out Tachikawa Arena.

“My first match [since the US Open] in Tokyo felt really special,” Osaka said. “I didn’t really feel pressure, I felt more excitement because I knew that a lot of people were watching this match. I felt really grateful.

“I’m just grateful I could play in front of you guys and want to thank everyone for their support.”

The local favourite raced in to a 4-0 lead before Cibulkova finally held serve to win her first game. Osaka hit three aces to close out the first set.

She broke her opponent three more times in the second set to win in just over an hour, hitting 25 winners to just nine unforced errors.

Osaka, 20, became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she upset 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in New York.

Two years ago Osaka lost in the Pan Pacific final to Caroline Wozniacki, who is the top-seeded player this year.

Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. They both saw her beat Cibulkova.

Osaka, who has spent most of her life in the United States and lives in Florida, has been in the spotlight both on and off the court since returning to Japan last Thursday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Instagram to praise Osaka’s accomplishments and the rising star also appeared at a sumo match.

Osaka signed a three-year contract last week with Japanese carmaker Nissan – no financial details were released – and she is reportedly close to landing a large deal with Adidas, perhaps in the range of $10 million (£7.6m). The US Open victory was worth $3.8m (£2.9m) in prize money.

Osaka also has endorsement agreements with Japanese sporting goods company Yonex, noodle maker Nissin Foods, Citizen Watch and satellite broadcaster Wowow.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "JIM ARMSTRONG"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802462.1537377881!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802462.1537377881!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Naomi Osaka returns a shot during her win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Picture: Eugene Hoshiko/AP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Naomi Osaka returns a shot during her win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Picture: Eugene Hoshiko/AP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802462.1537377881!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/why-will-spencer-s-high-tackle-could-be-watershed-moment-for-rugby-1-4802438","id":"1.4802438","articleHeadline": "Why Will Spencer’s high tackle could be watershed moment for rugby","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537375057000 ,"articleLead": "

Leicester interim head coach Geordan Murphy believes Will Spencer’s red card might emerge as a watershed moment in rugby’s drive to eradicate dangerous tackles to the head.

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Murphy has revised his initial opinion that the decision to dismiss Spencer, pictured, for a high challenge on Tommy Taylor in Sunday’s defeat at Wasps is evidence that rugby has “gone too politically correct”.

A disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night approved the red card and gave Spencer a four-week suspension, insisting it was a “reckless tackle that resulted in direct, forceful contact to the head”.

The incident has divided opinion among those who view it as evidence of rugby being stripped of its confrontational appeal and the opposing camp who believe every effort must be taken to protect the players. Concussion’s pivotal moment arrived during the British and Irish Lions’ third Test against Australia in 2013 when George Smith was knocked out, wobbled off the pitch and then returned to the field.

Murphy believes Sunday’s sending-off could prove equally transformative.

“The decision made and the course of the incident have been massively influential across the whole world of rugby. It’s polarising,” Murphy said. “I’ve had messages from both sides of the debate. I think it’s going to be influential across the game, people are going to talk about it, World Rugby are going to send pictures out about it. Hopefully it will make for a safer game.

“It could well be [a watershed moment]. We all have to accept the bigger picture. 
Rugby has changed, for the better.”

Guided by research, governing body World Rugby has launched a crackdown on the tackle height to reduce the number of head injuries. Any challenge to the head is an automatic red card and it is hoped the zero-tolerance policy will address the greatest single threat to player safety in a sport that is becoming increasing attritional.

“It’s a big statement from World Rugby. The statistics show that that tackle is the one that is more likely to lead to concussion,” Murphy said.

“The change is a really good policy – the bodies who make it are not changing rules for the sake of changing rules, they are doing it for player safety.”

Murphy regrets his condemnation of referee Ian Tempest’s decision in the aftermath of a roller-coaster defeat at the Ricoh Arena.

“I felt in myself that it might seem as though I was taking a head injury lightly and that is not me in any way,” Murphy said. “Looking back, I feel that my comments might have belittled the laws and that was not my intention. It was a little bit of emotion.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DUNCAN BECH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802437.1537375053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802437.1537375053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Will Spencer, left, of Leicester Tigers is sent off by referee Ian Tempest after a high tackle on Tommy Taylor of Wasps. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Will Spencer, left, of Leicester Tigers is sent off by referee Ian Tempest after a high tackle on Tommy Taylor of Wasps. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802437.1537375053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/more-in-sport/katherine-grainger-adds-voice-to-outcry-at-bid-to-reinstate-russia-1-4802389","id":"1.4802389","articleHeadline": "Katherine Grainger adds voice to outcry at bid to reinstate Russia","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537371539000 ,"articleLead": "

Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, has added her voice to those urging the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to uphold the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) suspension.

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WADA’s 12-strong executive committee meets today in the Seychelles where it is expected to lift RUSADA’s ban by approving a compromise formula to the “roadmap to compliance” which was agreed with Russia in 2016.

This is despite the Russian authorities flatly refusing to meet two of the roadmap’s 31 criteria: public acceptance of the report written by Professor Richard McLaren, which detailed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme, and independent access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory at the heart of that scandal.

Instead of those two clear requirements, WADA appears ready to accept an implicit acknowledgement that certain individuals within the Russian sports ministry and RUSADA were responsible for the conspiracy, and to give Russia more time and control over the issue of laboratory access.

This, however, has provoked fury from athletes groups and the anti-doping community, with some suggesting WADA’s future is at stake and perhaps even the credibility of the entire Olympic movement.

Grainger’s intervention is significant as she is now chair of UK Sport, the government agency that funds Olympic and Paralympic sport, a body that would usually stay out of global sports politics.

But Grainger, who won rowing medals at five Olympics, including a gold at London 2012, also initially lost one of her six world titles to a Russian crew that was later disqualified for doping.

In a statement, Grainger said: “UK Sport backs UK Anti-Doping [UKAD] and its athlete commission in calling for the WADA executive committee to maintain WADA’s current position on the reinstatement of Russia until the conditions directed by the Russia roadmap are fully and transparently met.

“What doping steals from athletes is irreplaceable and the integrity of sport and competition has to be protected to maintain public trust and support. This responsibility rests with leaders at every level.”

Her message appears to be directed at WADA president Sir Craig Reedie, the former British Olympic Association chairman, and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who is widely believed to be driving the push for Russia’s rehabilitation.

Russian doping whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov had earlier said any decision to lift the suspension would be “catastrophic” for the ongoing fight against drugs in sport.

In a statement, Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, said: “It is clear that... any decision by WADA to reinstate RUSADA – which would then be followed by the reinstatement of the Moscow Laboratory – would be a catastrophe for Olympic sport ideals, the fight against doping and the protection of clean athletes. WADA must not fall prey to manipulation and false assertions from the Russia’s Ministry of Sport, the same arm of the Kremlin that facilitated the doping program and asserted false compliance.”

UKAD and its American equivalent USADA were among 13 national anti-doping agencies who wrote an open letter to WADA accusing it of “moving the goalposts” on RUSADA and calling on the executive committee to postpone the vote until the Russians had met the mutually-agreed roadmap criteria.

The letter followed similar messages from iNADO, the organisation that represents 67 national and regional anti-doping agencies, UKAD’s athletes commission, nearly half of WADA’s athletes commission and athletes groups in Canada, Germany, the US and elsewhere. The United States Olympic Committee became the first national Olympic committee to come out against the RUSADA compromise, heaping further pressure on WADA’s increasingly isolated leadership.

WADA vice-president Linda Helleland, a Norwegian politician, has confirmed that she will vote against the compromise deal, and it is understood that at least two of the five other government representatives on the executive committee will follow suit.

But with the IOC’s five representatives and Reedie expected to back the plan, RUSADA’s reinstatement looks likely, unless the global backlash can force a postponement of the vote until WADA’s next meeting in November.

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Hibs have unveiled a striking new neon yellow third kit.

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The change strip comprises a neon yellow shirt, shorts and socks with a thick black stripe down both sleeves.

The kit will likely be worn during fixtures against Celtic at Parkhead, with the Easter Road side’s white away kit clashing with the Hoops’ home strip.

Neil Lennon’s men wore a similar away kit - neon yellow shirt, black shorts and neon yellow socks - as they won the Scottish Championship title in 2017, while yellow strips have featured prominently in the last 30 years.

A yellow third kit was worn during the 2012/13 season while the 2008/09 away kit was predominantly yellow with a green side panel and sleeve.

During the 2003/04 season, a yellow away kit with green piping was worn with green shorts and green socks as Hibs defeated Celtic 3-1 in Glasgow.

And in the late Nineties, a fluorescent yellow away kit with more than a passing resemblance to Borussia Dortmund was worn for some fixtures.

The strip is available to order online now, and available in-store from Friday at 10am.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802357.1537370360!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802357.1537370360!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Stevie Mallan, Lewis Stevenson and Flo Kamberi model the new third kit. Picture: Hibernian FC","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Stevie Mallan, Lewis Stevenson and Flo Kamberi model the new third kit. Picture: Hibernian FC","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802357.1537370360!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/celtic/celtic-v-rosenborg-kristoffer-ajer-a-doubt-for-europa-league-opener-1-4802252","id":"1.4802252","articleHeadline": "Celtic v Rosenborg: Kristoffer Ajer a doubt for Europa League opener","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537364160000 ,"articleLead": "

Brendan Rodgers has revealed Kristoffer Ajer is a big doubt for Celtic's Europa League group B opener against Rosenborg, with the 20-year-old struggling with a virus.

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Fellow defender Jozo Simunovic is also sidelined with a knee injury, but Rodgers insists he is excited for European football ahead of Thursday's clash.

The Hoops knocked the Norwegian outfit out of the Champions League qualifiers last month, but they failed to reach the group stages as they then lost to AEK Athens.

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The Celtic manager said: \"There is always excitement going into the European competitions and this is no different. It is a real good group we are in.

\"The dynamics are slightly different in terms of playing Rosenborg, previously it has been knockout and maybe the first legs have been a little bit cagey. But the difficulty of the game is still there.\"

Rodgers added: \"Rosenborg come into the game in really good form since we last played.

\"We expect a tough game. We are playing at home and like any other games against them we really want to show our quality.

\"It is always a challenge and it doesn't matter how many times you play an opponent.

\"We prepare well. They are a good team. We respect their qualities but we want to bring our game, our energy and quality and hopefully look to start the group with three points.\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "central.content@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Group Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4802250.1537363779!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802250.1537363779!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ajer looks set to miss Celtic's Europa League opener (Photo: SNS)","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ajer looks set to miss Celtic's Europa League opener (Photo: SNS)","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4802250.1537363779!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"3000000001599904"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/celtic/celtic-s-daniel-arzani-should-have-gone-to-netherlands-says-ex-australia-star-1-4802242","id":"1.4802242","articleHeadline": "Celtic’s Daniel Arzani ‘should have gone to Netherlands’ says ex-Australia star","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537363025000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Australia international Brett Emerton believes Daniel Arzani would have been better off joining a team in the Netherlands rather than Celtic.

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The Manchester City winger agreed a two-season loan deal with the Hoops after swapping Melbourne City for Pep Guardiola’s team, but former Blackburn Rovers man Emerton feels a switch to the Eredivisie would have been better.

PSV Eindhoven and PEC Zwolle were both linked with the Iranian-born youngster prior to his move to England.

Speaking to Goal.com, Emerton said: “I think for [Daniel’s] development [the Netherlands] would’ve been a better move, if I’m honest.

“But that’s not to say he can’t go to Celtic, spend one or two seasons performing well and get a big move from there.

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“I’m hopeful he’ll do well. I want our national team to do well and for that we need our players in the biggest leagues week in, week out. That should be his ambition.

“I went to Feyenoord and my ideal goal was to end up playing in the Premier League.”

Emerton believes the Dutch top flight can be a great stepping stone, highlighting current Australia caps and Netherlands-based quartet Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Ajdin Hrustic and John Iredale.

He continued: “I wasn’t able to go straight [to England] due to work permit reasons so I used Holland as a stepping stone for my career and think it worked out perfectly well.”

Emerton played 95 games for Australia, and 294 times for Blackburn after joining from Feyenoord. He wrapped up his career with a three-season spell at hometown side Sydney FC.

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Steven Gerrard's team made the trip to east Spain this monring, but the key trio weren't among those making the journey.

READ MORE: Villarreal legend hails Ibrox - but hopes Spaniards down Rangers

All three missed out on Rangers' thrashing of Dundee at the weekend and each of them have failed to regain fitness ahead of the Europa League opener. Ejaria is still suffering with a hip injury, while both Jack and McAuley are struggling with calf complaints.

Ejaria was vital during Rangers triumph over Russian outfit Ufa, scoring a crucial goal, and Gerrard had hoped the Liverpool loanee would be fit for Thrusday's fixture.

The three players are joined by Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan who both miss out through suspension. The prolific Colombian has, however, travelled with the party.

Graeme Dorrans who has yet to appear for the Ibrox club this season has also joined up with the squad.

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Northern Ireland manager Michel O'Neill has praised Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty for battling his gambling addiction and reinventing himself as a footballer.

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Speaking ahead of Rangers opening Europa League fixture against Villarreal, O'Neill described the difference he saw in the number 11 following the recent birth of his second child.

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He told Sportsmail: \"I know Kyle Lafferty is in a really good place right now.

\"I definitely detect that he's more content. During the international break he was at the hotel with Vanessa and Sienna, his new baby daughter, and he looked very happy.

\"He's been very open about with his battle with gambling and it's great to see he seems to be on top of that now.

\"Footballers can get bored when they don't play and Kyle spent three years at Norwich when he was earning decent money but not playing too much football.

\"But he went on to rebuild himself in a year at Hearts, which is a credit to Kyle and a credit to Hearts as well.\"

'Hearts was the right move'

Lafferty recently completed a move from league leaders Hearts to Rangers after an impressive campaign which saw him score 12 league goals.

Michael O'Neill rclaimed that the move to Tynecastle Park was ideal for the striker.

\"Hearts was the right move at the right time for Kyle but his ambition has always been to get back to Rangers.

\"If you had given Kyle a choice of where in the world he wanted to play his football, there would be no other place for him than Rangers.

\"Now he is back at Ibrox I do see a boy that is content, focused and hungry to make the most of it.

\"Kyle definitely has the potential to be a really big player for Rangers - in Europe as well as domestically,'

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O'Neill also believes that Lafferty's advancing years have seen him mature as a footballer and become content with life.

He said: \"I do think once you hit 30 or 31 you start to think a bit differently about the game and about your career.

\"I think he understands that he is not going to play every single game (for club and country). The key is when you do play to try and have a real impact, from the start or off the bench.

\"Kyle has already shown how hungry he is to do that at Rangers. I watched his debut at Motherwell and he was excellent, scoring twice in a 3-3 draw.

\"And he played well for us against Bosnia-Herzegovina before we rested him for the friendly with Israel.

\"Look, Kyle still has his moments but there is nothing wrong with that. When you are in a hotel for 10 days with the national team it's good to have a guy like that who brings a bit of life to proceedings.

\"But I do think Kyle is a more content with life now. And that can only be good for Rangers and Northern Ireland.\"

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Parkhead cult hero Paddy McCourt has revealed that he was signed by Dermot Desmond, not Gordon Strachan.

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Detailing his move to Si Ferry on Open Goal the two-time Premiership winner revealed all about his 11th hour move to Celtic which saw him pull out of a transfer to West Bromwich Albion.

He said: “I was at West Brom’s training ground. I later found out the story actually – Dermot was telling me one day.

“When I turned up on the first day I knew for a fact Strachan looked at me and hadn’t a clue who I was, not one clue did he have.\"

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“A friend of Dermot’s is big into the League of Ireland and I was about to sign for West Brom.

“I think he rang Dermot and said look, ‘This lad’s good enough’.

“Dermot phoned Peter and said, ‘Look I want to do this,’ and that’s how it came about.\"

Who's this boy?

Quizzed by Ferry on Strachan's reaction when he turned up for training, McCourt joked about the pair's first interaction.

“I had that horrendous haircut at the time too.

“I think he was looking at that and going, ‘F*** – who’s this boy?’

“Looking back now, I probably wouldn’t have cared. I was going from Derry City to Celtic

“I didn’t care if the manager signed me or not – I was going!”

Watch the full interview at open-goal.co.uk

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European Championship winner Marcos Senna has praised Ibrox and Rangers ahead of his club's opening Europa League fixture against the Glasgow club.

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The former Villarreal captain and Spanish international suggested that Rangers were one of the bigger names in the tournament, but said that despite a faltering start to the La Liga campaign he hopes that the Yellow Submarine will rise to the occasion.

The 42-year-old said “The game is a great start for us because they are one of the more famous names in the competition.

“The draw was good because the travelling is pretty straightforward and the weather shouldn’t be too bad when we go to Scotland!

“Rangers are a good team and we have history against them before, of course. We know enough to expect a tough game against them, home and away.

“Villarreal ended last season really well. But this season hasn’t started in the same manner, even though we won our first game of the season at the weekend. It depends which Villarreal turns up.

“I believe that there is a good generation of new players coming into the team and that’s exciting for a club like ours.

“The players want to play in the big stadiums of Europe, like Ibrox. There’s no question of the club taking these games less seriously than La Liga. I know they will want to get off to a good start against Rangers.\"

Rangers a 'tough opponent'

Now a club ambassador, Marcos Senna faced off against Rangers 12 years ago in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

He recalled the 'tough' tie with fondness: “The season we played Rangers in the Champions League back in 2006 was a good one for us.

“We had finished top of our qualifying group, which contained Manchester United. We played Rangers in the first knockout round but we couldn’t defeat them.

“We drew 2-2 in Scotland then they went ahead in El Madrigal but we equalised and went through on away goals. That was a really strong Rangers team and they were tough opponents.

“After that we beat Inter Milan but lost to Arsenal in the semi-final — they were two very tight games.

“We lost 1-0 in London and couldn’t find a way to score in the return, so they went on to the final.”

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Dundee have failed in their attempt to overturn the red card shown to Kenny Miller in the Dens Park side’s last match.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4802148.1537355193!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kenny Miller is sent off by Kevin Clancy for his challenge on Borna Barisic. Picture: SNS Group"} ,"articleBody": "

Former Rangers striker Miller, who was captaining the visitors, was given his marching orders by match official Kevin Clancy for a late challenge on Gers defender Borna Barisic on 79 minutes.

The Dark Blues lost 4-0 to Steven Gerrard’s side, leaving them stranded at the foot of the Scottish Premiership with no points from their opening five fixtures.

A statement on Dundee’s website confirmed the appeal had been unsuccessful, saying: “The club has received confirmation this morning that we have been unsuccessful with the appeal for the red card shown to Kenny Miller last Saturday.

“We are disappointed with this outcome, which will mean Kenny will miss our next two matches.”

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The club confirmed that no further comment would be made on the situation.

It was Miller’s first time back at Ibrox since he departed the club under a cloud following his suspension and fine over a disciplinary issue.

Dee boss Neil McCann was adamant that the veteran forward had won the ball, and said after the match: “We will appeal the decision, 100 per cent. Kenny won the ball but his momentum took him through and he caught the player.

“I spoke to him and I saw it in real time that he got the ball. He said he absolutely got the ball. He did catch the man but there were several challenges like that and the card wasn’t brandished.

“It’s a straight red [the referee] showed. I thought it was a second yellow, I have to admit. I don’t think the first one was a yellow, though.”

Miller will miss the visit of former club Hibs this weekend, and will also be forced to sit out the trip to Hamilton on September 29.

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Brendan Rodgers makes surprise Ronny Deila admission, new deal for key Rangers man and sheriff deserts case against nine Celtic fans over Old Firm effigies

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Rodgers: I can call Ronny for advice

Brendan Rodgers has suggested he could call on predecessor Ronny Deila for advice on how to beat Rosenborg in the Europa League group stages.

Deila, currently back in his homeland managing Tippeligaen side Valerenga, saw his side narrowly lose 3-2 to the Tromso outfit at the weekend, with Celtic representatives in attendance.

Speaking to the Celtic View, Rodgers said: “It’s nice to know I can call Ronny if I need anything. We do our work, we’re always diligent and our staff see games but if we need anything more, Ronny’s at the other end of the phone.” (Various)

Tavernier extends Ibrox stay

Rangers captain James Tavernier claimed he never had any thoughts of leaving Ibrox after signing a new and improved contract.

The right-back was the subject of interest from West Brom during the summer but Rangers rejected two offers and Tavernier has committed himself to Ibrox until the summer of 2022.

Tavernier said: “I’ve always seen this as the place for me to play football. Rangers have always been great for giving me the foundation to start playing again and to start my career over again.” (The Scotsman)

Sheriff deserts Old Firm effigies case

A sheriff has deserted the trial of nine Celtic supporters charged with hanging effigies at match with Rangers in 2016.

Sheriff Allan Findlay hit out at prosecutors for not giving defence lawyers “full disclosure” of available evidence.

The fans were charged after an Old Firm league match at Parkhead in September 2016, which Celtic won 5-1. The accusations centred on effigies and a banner and were said to be “threatening and offensive”. (Various)

VAR in Scotland ‘not inevitable’ says SPFL chief

SPFL chief Neil Doncaster says VAR is not inevitable in Scottish football, pointing out that the cost, resource issue and technology were all major barriers to the introduction.

Doncaster said: “You need, for every game where you’re running a VAR system, a video assistant referee and a second assistant in the van with him.”

According to Doncaster it is unclear if there would even be enough qualified referees in Scotland to enable the £5000-a-game system to work in the Scottish game. (BBC)

Lennon eyeing momentum as key Hibs players return

Neil Lennon is hoping to see Hibs begin to build momentum as they prepare to face the Premiership’s bottom three clubs, starting with this weekend’s trip to face basement outfit Dundee at Dens Park.

The Easter Road club have made a stuttering start to the new season, a win against Motherwell on the opening day followed by draws with St Johnstone and Aberdeen before the disappointment of being defeated by Livingston.

After beating Kilmarnock and with Dundee, St Mirren and Hamilton next up, Lennon feels it’s a chance for his new-look squad to begin to find a “good rhythm”. (Evening News)

Clare happy with Hearts move as he eyes title win

Hearts new boy Sean Clare says there is no reason why the Jambos can’t go on to win the league title, insisting that “anything is possible” in the Scottish top flight.

Clare said: “My honest opinion is any team in this league can really win it if they really knuckle down. In football, once you get on the pitch it’s 11 v 11 but coming into a team that’s top of the league is a great feeling.

“The boys are buzzing, the staff are buzzing, training’s really fast and everyone’s working really hard to be better for the next game and keep winning. We’ll just have to see how far it takes us.” (The Scotsman)

Buddies eye ex-Wales international

St Mirren are weighing up a move for former Welsh international and Birmingham City player David Cotterill.

The Paisley club are on the verge of offering the 30-year-old a contract who is believed to be training with the Premiership side this week. (The Scotsman)

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