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Celtic kick off Champions League bid with 5,000-mile round trip

Celtic will begin their most challenging quest yet for the holy grail of Champions League group stage football in the historical shadow of Mount Ararat after being handed a 5,000-mile round trip to Yerevan in the first qualifying round.

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Progres Niederkorn's Sebastien Thill celebrates knocking out Rangers in last year's competition. Picture: SNS Group

Rangers could face Progres Niederkorn rematch in Europa League draw

Rangers could face a rematch with Progres Niederkorn, the Luxembourg minnows who humiliated them 12 months ago, in the first qualifying round of this season’s Europa League.

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Celtic drawn to face Alashkert in UEFA Champions League qualifiers

Celtic will take on FC Alashkert in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round.

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Newly appointed Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, left, with club president Florentino Perez. Picture: Andrea Comas/AP

Lopetegui says Spain sacking was ‘saddest day’ since his mother’s death

Julen Lopetegui said being fired as Spain coach two days before their opening match at the World Cup was possibly “the saddest day of my life” since his mother died, and joining Real Madrid as their new coach was “the happiest day of my life”.

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Kayleigh Grieve, Uefa's marketing manager for women's football, watches Scotland take on Belarus at Falkirk Stadium. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Interview: Kayleigh Grieve on making football cool for teenage girls

The daughter of Scottish Cup winner Ian Cameron, Kayleigh Grieve grew up watching men’s football, but now she is one of the leading figures in the worldwide drive to grow the female game.

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Scotland's forward and captain Oliver Burke celebrates after scoring during the Maurice Revello International tournament Under 20 football match between Scotland and South Korea at the Parsemain stadium in Fos-sur-Mer, southern France, on June 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland eye revenge over England in Toulon Tournament

Scotland are determined to gain revenge on the Auld Enemy after qualifying for the Toulon Tournament semi-final for the second year in a row.

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Anthony Ralston says his last 12 months have been 'unreal'. Picture: SNS.

Anthony Ralston fired by taking on Neymar in Champions League

Almost a year to the day, Celtic and Scotland Under-21 defender Anthony Ralston was preparing to face England in the semi-final of the Toulon Tournament.

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Steven Gerrard met some of his Rangers players while on holiday. Picture: PA.

Steven Gerrard targets Europa League group stage with Rangers

Steven Gerrard has set himself the target of reaching the group stage of the Europa League with Rangers.

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Zinedine Zidane, flanked by club president Florentino Perez, announces his departure from Real Madrid yesterday. Picture: Real Madrid via Getty.

‘The club needs a change’ – Zinedine Zidane on leaving Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane quit as Real Madrid coach yesterday, less than a week after leading the team to their third straight Champions League title, saying the club needed a change in command.

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Scotland under-21 left-back Greg Taylor. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Greg Taylor convinced Scots can improve on 2017 Toulon finish

Greg Taylor netted the winner against Brazil last year and captained Scotland Under-21s for part of this week’s brilliant win against hosts France in the Toulon Tournament – their first over the French at any level for 11 years.

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Billy Gilmour: ‘Scott Brown would have bullied me if I had stayed at Rangers’

Chelsea and Scotland Under-21 midfielder Billy Gilmour swapped a chance of playing for Rangers for a development pathway at Chelsea and insists he made the right choice because Scott Brown would have bullied him off the ball if he had stayed.

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Revealed: Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage

Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage have been revealed.

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Serie A beckons for former Celtic and Hibs man Liam Henderson

Liam Henderson’s admirable
willingness to broaden his horizons as a footballer has already proved highly 
rewarding.

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Loris Karius apologised to the Liverpool fans following Saturday's defeat by Real Madrid. Picture: Getty.

‘We don’t blame you, Loris’ says Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson

Loris Karius says he is “infinitely sorry”
for the mistakes he made in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid, but team-mate Andrew Robertson insists the rest of the 
squad do not blame the goalkeeper for Saturday night’s heartache.

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Andrew Robertson – ‘clever’ Sergio Ramos disrupted Liverpool’s rhythm

Liverpool defender Andrew 
Robertson described Sergio 
Ramos’ gamesmanship as “quite clever” after the Real Madrid captain’s involvement in Mohamed Salah’s injury.

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If that was Gareth Bale’s final act, he leaves Real Madrid on a sensational high

Gareth Bale did his talking both on and off the pitch on Saturday night. In some style, too.

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Andy Robertson makes a saving tackle to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Andy Robertson proves he belongs at football’s top table

There was one striking example of Andrew Robertson bringing it all back home for Scots desperate to feel a sense of Champions League occasion.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah carry the goal threats for Real Madrid and Liverpool in tonight's final. Picture: AFP/Getty.

Ronaldo supremacy under threat from Mo Salah in Champions League final

For once in a Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo will yield some of the spotlight to another player sweeping up adulation and personal acclaim.

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Jurgen Klopp with fans at John Lennon Airport ahead of Liverpool's departure for Kiev. Picture: PA.

Jurgen Klopp has done all Liverpool expected of him says Ian Ayre

Liverpool have a “very unique and special individual” in manager Jurgen Klopp, according to former chief executive Ian Ayre.

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Neil Lennon on Euro ban: ‘Feck, I’d forgotten about that’

There will be one familiar element when Hibernian embark on their Europa League qualifying campaign on 12 July. Neil Lennon will be restricted to watching his team from the stand – a hangover from the four-match Uefa ban received for remonstrating with a referee when he took charge of the club for the first time as they faced Brondby in the competition two years ago. “Feck, I’d forgotten about that,” said the Hibs manager yesterday when reminded of the punishment. “I’ll just have to deal with it…my staff are well used to it by now.”

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