Man who saved Hearts writes play on ‘insanity of Scottish football’

When the observation is put to him that he is among the most influential people in Scottish football over the last 20 years, if not the most influential, Bryan Jackson coughs, splutters, then accepts the compliment with good grace.

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Former Scotland manager Craig Brown. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Interview: Craig Brown on glory days and World Cup woe v Costa Rica

Where are the men from Italia 90, the Scotland team in their summer-fun T-shirts, white with blue and yellow stripes? Quite a few of the personnel involved in the dismal World Cup defeat by Costa Rica seem to have emigrated from the homeland and others have been lying low this week, perhaps in anticipation of irritating calls from the likes of me as the national team prepare to embark on a new era with a re-match against the Central Americans. So thank goodness, then, for Craig Brown, who’s painting a garden fence in Troon when I catch up with him.

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Clyde striker Ally Love (pictured playing for Brechin City earlier this season). Picture: SNS

Clyde forward Ally Love given five-game ban for racial abuse

Clyde footballer Ally Love has been banned by the Scottish FA for five games after being found guilty of racially abusing Annan Athletic’s Rabin Omar in a League Two match against on 2 January.

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Tam Scobbie, Scott Arfield and Chris Mitchell were young team-mates together at Falkirk.

Tam Scobbie: I don’t want others to go through what Mitch did

When a group of footballers met up recently to talk about their mate Chris Mitchell, the question they were all asking themselves was whether there was more they could have done to identify warning signs and get him the help he had so obviously needed.

Ally Love

Disciplinary hearing postponed after ‘bust-up in car park’

The disciplinary case against Clyde player Ally Love for allegedly using racist terms to Annan’s Rabin Omar in a League 2 game at Broadwood on 2 January has been put back a week to allow the Scottish Football Association to gather more information about an alleged bust-up between the players in the car park after the game.


Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Ukraine ace | Rangers want Hearts youngster | USA keen on O’Neill

Celtic linked with Dnipro forward, could Rangers be plotting a move for another Hearts player and the USA are keen on making Michael O’Neill their new boss

Danny Lennon won the League Cup while manager of St Mirren.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Clyde appoint League Cup winner Danny Lennon as new manager

Clyde have brought League Cup-winning manager Danny Lennon back to football after a gap of 18 months after he came out on top of a list of over 30 applicants to replace Jim Chapman, who was sacked a fortnight ago.


Rumour Mill: McInnes ‘will be Rangers boss’ | Gordon blames Boyata | McGinn injury fear

Chris Sutton suggests Derek McInnes will be the new Rangers boss; Craig Gordon points finger at Dedryck Boyata for Bayern opener and John McGinn injury fears for Hibs and Scotland

Inverness CT's Matty Elsdon battles for the ball against Falkirk's Rory Loy. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Betfred Cup wrap: Falkirk impressive in defeat of Inverness CT

Falkirk moved top of Betfred Cup Group A and set down a marker for the league season thanks to a 2-0 victory at Inverness.

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Leigh Griffiths holds a glass bottle thrown at him from the stands during the match against Linfield. Picture: PA

Rumour Mill: Leigh Griffiths’ yellow to stand | Craig Whyte to net £5m payout | Barry Ferguson the new Airdrie boss?

Leigh Griffiths will have no chance of overturning his yellow card against Linfield, Craig Whyte could receive £5m from the liquidation pot of oldco Rangers, and Barry Ferguson is being considered as the next manager of Airdrie.

St Mirren's Gregor Buchanan heads into the net. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Betfred Cup round-up: Falkirk and St Mirren record 4-1 wins

Falkirk and St Mirren put down an early marker ahead of the Ladbrokes Championship season with comfortable victories in the end. Elsewhere, League Two Peterhead beat League One East Fife and Cowdenbeath emerged victorious over Buckie Thistle in a game which featured six goals.

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Celtic won last season's Betfred League Cup. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Betfred Cup draw throws up derby clash

Dundee will face Dundee United in the stand-out fixture of the 2017 Betfred Cup group stage.

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Jim Chapman has left Annan for Clyde. Pic: SNS/Graham Stuart

Clyde name Jim Chapman as new manager

Clyde have announced the appointment of Jim Chapman as manager.

SNP MSP John Mason to boycott Clyde FC over Goodwillie signing

SNP MSP John Mason to boycott Clyde FC over Goodwillie signing

Politician John Mason has announced that he will boycott Clyde after the club announced the controversial signing of striker David Goodwillie.

David Goodwillie. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

David Goodwillie returns to football with Clyde

Former Scotland player David Goodwillie is set to return to senior football today by playing for SPFL League 2 side Clyde in their match at Cowdenbeath just less than three months after a judge ruled that he had raped a woman.

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Falkirk fans at Falkirk Stadium for a home game against Dumbarton. Picture: TSPL

How many Scottish football grounds have you been to?

EACH of the 42 member clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League has their own home stadium. How many have you visited?

Barry Ferguson resigned as manager of Clyde following defeat by Annan. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Barry Ferguson touted as Rangers manager after leaving Clyde

Barry Ferguson has resigned as manager of Clyde, the club confirmed this morning, increasing the already-rife speculation that the former Rangers captain will become the next manager of the Ibrox club.

Barry Ferguson met with the Clyde board after the defeat by Annan Athletics. Picture: Michael Gillen

Barry Ferguson’s future as manager of Clyde in doubt

Barry Ferguson’s future as manager of Clyde is in doubt following the 1-0 loss to Annan Athletic at Galabank.

Cammie Binnie made a vital penalty save for The Binos

Stirling Albion 2 - 2 Clyde: Two doubles mean it’s try again

A brace each from Dylan Nguene Bikey and Peter MacDonald means these League 2 rivals will need a replay to determine who progresses to the fifth round.

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Walter Smith's departure from Rangers was announced in October 1997, seven months before his eventual exit. Picture: TSPL

Eight managers who had prolonged exits from Scottish clubs

Jackie McNamara will remain in charge of York City, despite being sacked by the National League club. The unusual agreement was announced earlier today as it appears McNamara will continue to handle first-team duties until the club appoint his successor. In honour of this bizarre situation, we look back at few protracted exits for managers in Scottish football from years gone by.

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