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Shakhter coach to quit smoking if they beat Celtic, Rangers boardroom rumbles, Rudi Skacel’s faith in Hearts fans.

Sandy Easdale has warned any would-be rebels. Picture: SNS

Shakhter coach in smoking vow

The coach of Celtic’s Kazakhstan rivals in tomorrow’s Champions League clash has said he will give up smoking if they win.

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Shakhter Karagandy’s Victor Kumykov has smoked for 35 years, but has vowed to quit if they beat the Glasgow side. (Tengri News)

Stevenson hopes for turnaround

Hibs star Lewis Stevenson is hoping that the first points on the board at this weekend’s draw with Dundee United can be the start of an upturn for the club.

He said that Hibs showed character and determination to overcome an early dip in form and deserved at least a point. (Scotsman)

Rangers boardroom war of words

The man who looks set to be the largest shareholder at Rangers has warned the boardroom rebels that they face defeat if they intend any kind of coup.

Sandy Easdale says Paul Murray, Frank Blin, and Jim McColl face an ‘embarrassing’ defeat. (Daily Mail)

Commons in new faces call

Kris Commons say Celtic must make new signings if they are to repeat last year’s Champions League heroics.

Commons says new faces are needed to fill the gap left by Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper. (Various)

Skacel had faith in fans

Former Hearts star Rudi Skacel says he never doubted that the fans would come to the rescue of the financially stricken club.

Skacel had already given his backing to the Foundation of Hearts, who were named as preferred bidders last week. (Various)