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Rumour Mill: Rogic future in the balance? Rangers step up chase for hitman, Edouard to join Celtic on a permanent deal?

Celtic face a sweat over the future of two players negotiating contract extensions, Rangers look set to battle it out to secure a striker and Nico Kranjcar leaves Ibrox.

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Stuart McCall played for and managed Bradford City as well as having a successful spell at Rangers and becoming a Scotland stalwart. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

Interview: Stuart McCall, the Leeds lad and Bradford legend with Scotland in his heart

The footballer had just won promotion – with a club as Yorkshire as Ilkley Moor, Geoffrey Boycott and Alan Bennett in Betty’s jotting down the funny things people say on one of the tearoom’s napkins. The player, who talks like they talk in God’s own country, was so thrilled with Bradford City’s achievement that he climbed onto a parked car, can of beer in hand, to perform a little dance. Only he went and slipped right off the roof.

Johnny Sexton celebrates his crucial drop-goal against France. Picture: AFP/Getty

Allan Massie: Last word on Six Nations belongs to Sexton

Two kicks by Johnny Sexton and one pass by Finn Russell will be remembered for a long time. Sexton’s drop-goal against France deep into what we used to call injury time not only won that match; it set Ireland on the way to their Grand Slam. His second kick was that steepling Garryowen which enabled Gary Ringrose to touch down for Ireland’s first try at Twickenham. The pass was, of course, Finn Russell’s audacious one against England which set Huw Jones off on a run which a moment later saw Russell put Sean Maitland over in the corner for a 
second Scottish try.

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John Robertson is having to build a new team at Inverness. Picture: SNS.

John Robertson hails schoolboy talent replacing Inverness’s old guard

John Robertson can rattle off an Inverness Caley Thistle team fit to win any domestic cup. Sadly for him, and a club humbled by Premiership relegation last season, it is a team that, to a man, has packed their bags and departed.

Manager Stephen Aitken says Dumbarton's Irn Bru Cup run has united the town. Picture: SNS.

Stephen Aitken ready to end 120 barren years at Dumbarton

Dumbarton manager Stephen Aitken knows that facing Inverness Caledonian Thistle in today’s Irn-Bru Cup final at St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park is a big game because his assistant Ian Durrant is getting butterflies in his stomach at the prospect.


In pictures: Scotland 0 - 1 Costa Rica - how the Scots players rated

Ratings out of ten for every player as Scotland lose the first game of Alex McLeish’s second reign at home to Costa Rica.

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Alex McLeish calls for patience as jeers greet Scotland loss

Alex McLeish has called for understanding in response to Scotland’s defeat against Costa Rica but admits they must improve to achieve his ultimate goal of qualification for the Euro 2020 finals.

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Scotland debutant Oli McBurnie takes a shot at goal. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Striker Oli McBurnie is pick of the five Scotland debutants

During his first spell as Scotland manager, Alex McLeish handed out debuts to just six players throughout the course of his ten games in charge.

With a smile etched across his face, Glasgow Warriors' DTH van Der Merwe scores a bonus-point try at Scotstoun. Picture: SNS

Glasgow Warriors 68 - 7 Zebre: Van der Merwe back with a bang

Italy may have given Scotland a hurry up last weekend but the only urgency displayed by Zebre last night was in 
getting off the park at the final whistle as quickly as their legs could carry them. They were 
lucky to come second in a two-horse race.

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Alex McLeish started his second spell with a losing start. Picture: Getty

Five things we learned from Scotland 0 - 1 Costa Rica

Andrew Smith gives his take as Scotland lose the first match of Alex McLeish’s second spell in charge of the national side.

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Edinburgh's hero, Duncan Weir. Picture: SNS

Connacht 22 - 29 Edinburgh: Weir’s stellar late show secures win

A brilliant final quarter from Duncan Weir helped Edinburgh take a huge step towards the Pro14 quarter-finals with victory over Connacht at the Sportsground.

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Scotland's defence reacts after going a goal down. Picture: SNS

Scotland 0 - 1 Costa Rica: McLeish makes losing start to second reign

In retrospect, it was probably inviting trouble. While this friendly fixture was organised before Alex McLeish’s appointment, it was potentially setting up any new incumbent for a fall to present them with Costa Rica for a first appointment.

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Max Verstappen prepares to drive in practice for the Australian GP. Picture: Getty

Max Verstappen looms large as four-time champions lock horns

The golden age in sport is something rarely glimpsed in real time but wrapped in ribbons long after the moment has passed. However, down in Melbourne this weekend, Formula 1 serves up a contest worthy of a sepia retrospective yet happening under our 
noses, a coming together of forces never before witnessed in grand prix racing.

Moussa Dembele excelled on international duty again. Picture: Michael Gillen

Watch: Celtic’s Moussa Dembele nets stunning free-kick for France U21s

Moussa Dembele has netted a terrific free-kick while on international duty with France under-21s.

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Scotland U21 head coach Scot Gemmill. Picture: SNS

Andorra U21 1 - 1 Scotland U21: Morgan spares Scots’ blushes

SCOTLAND needed an injury time leveller from St Mirren’s Celtic-bound midfielder Lewis Morgan to escape complete humiliation in a dismal display in the Pyrenees.

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Former England women's coach Mark Sampson. Picture: Joel Auerbach/AP

Ex-England coach ‘threatened female Uefa official with pole’

Former England women’s coach Mark Sampson was being investigated for intimidating a female Uefa official with a metal pole at the 2017 European Championship before he was fired.

Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna. Picture: SNS

Four uncapped players in Scotland starting XI to face Costa Rica

Returning manager Alex McLeish has named four uncapped players in his Scotland starting XI to face Costa Rica at Hampden.

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Niko Kranjcar released from his contract with Rangers

Niko Kranjcar has left Rangers after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

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Csaba Laszlo, left, is hoping Bilel Mohsni can shore up his defence. Picture: SNS Group

Csaba Laszlo: Bilel Mohsni can be a ‘bad boy’ if he shores up defence

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo has told Bilel Mohsni he can stay a “bad boy” as long as he shores up his leaky defence.

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Scottish football’s strangest squad numbers

From Hicham Zerouali’s zero, to Cherif Toure Maman’s homage to his basketball jersey, we take a look at some of Scotland’s most outlandish squad numbers

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