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Aidan Smith: Rangers need early Christmas if they want Steve Clarke

Perform with distinction against Rangers and especially at Ibrox and they will probably come for you. Embarrass them and that’s almost a definite.

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Why it’s time for Scottish football to ignore the likes of Joey Barton

So, Joey Barton “couldn’t deal with the poor standards” around him during his time at Rangers.

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Cedric Kipre received a straight red card for kicking out at Scott Brown. Picture: SNS

Why the referee was wrong to send off Cedric Kipre against Celtic

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at the red card given to Cedric Kipre after his clash with Scott Brown in Motherwell’s 0-0 draw against Celtic.

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Why Moussa Dembele is still a big-game player despite his ‘struggles’

Few players have had their valuation discussed and debated more fervently in Scotland than Celtic’s Moussa Dembele. The Frenchman has been linked with moves away from Celtic Park for fees ranging from £10 million to £40 million.

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St Johnstone's Blair Alston fouls John McGinn. Picture: SNS

Why the referee didn’t send off Blair Alston against Hibs

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Blair Alston’s challenge on John McGinn during the second half of Friday’s 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park, a tackle which enraged the Hibs manager.

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Competitive nature of Six Nations cannot be matched

Super Saturday turned out to be a perfect reflection of the 2018 Six Nations Championship as a whole – compelling but not classic.

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Richard Tait and Trevor Carson both played their part in a commendable draw for the home side. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Motherwell 0 - 0 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take after Celtic were held by ten-man Motherwell at Fir Park.

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Jason Cummings and Youssouf Mulumbu square up during Rangers' defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish Premiership weekend

Leaders Celtic were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Motherwell in their Ladbrokes Premiership clash at Fir Park on Sunday which brought some controversy with the dismissal of Well defender Cedric Kipre.

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In pictures: Motherwell 0 - 0 Celtic - how the players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten for every player as Motherwell hold Celtic to a 0-0 draw at Fir Park.

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Juan Cayasso chips the ball over Jim Leighton to give Costa Rica a 1-0 victory over the Scots in Genoa. Photograph: SNS

Aidan Smith: When losing to Costa Rica was end of the world

Well, the ground was nice. The Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the big, muscular port of Genoa had been knocked down and rebuilt for Italia 90
and they must have known the Scots were coming.


St Johnstone 1-1 Hibs: How the players on both sides rated

Marks out of ten for the 27 players who got game time at McDiarmid Park...

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Where next for Hearts after four seasons of overhaul?

Once more fans of Heart of Midlothian face an end to the season which provokes apathy rather than anticipation, exasperation rather than excitement. The season all but over before the clocks spring forward. Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V.

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Scottish Golf chair Eleanor Cannon. Picture: Jon Savage

Martin Dempster: Scottish Golf in mess and board must take share of blame

There have been some lows for Scottish golf – some highs, too, admittedly – in the time I’ve covered this great sport but never before I have I felt the game in this country has been in the complete and utter mess it currently finds itself.

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Celtic's Olivier Ntcham gets away from Rangers' Greg Docherty. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Five things we learned from Rangers 2 - 3 Celtic

Andy Harrow gives his take on Celtic’s win over Rangers as they extend their lead at the top of the table.

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Hibs fans goad Craig Levein with a banner hung from the Famous Five Stand.  Photograph: Alan Harvey/SNS

Aidan Smith: Why one man’s ‘Irrelevance’ is another’s ‘Natural order’

They will be readying themselves, the staff of Acme Banners or Total Banner Solutions or Banners for Bammers or wherever it was those Hibs fans found that “Natural order?” flag.

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Iain Morrison: Scots spurn open goals to hand it to Ireland

Well, no one can complain that they didn’t get their money’s worth. This was high-tempo, highly skilled, engaging and exciting; Test match rugby at its compelling best. Anyone who was worried about Ireland sticking the ball up their jerseys and driving Scotland to distraction was pleasantly surprised.

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In pictures: Ireland 28 - 8 Scotland - how the Scotland players rated

Ratings out of ten for every Scotland player in the starting XV as Gregor Townsend’s side lost in Dublin.

Brendan Rodgers will look for his side to be their dominant best at Ibrox. Picture: John Devlin

Craig Fowler: It’s time for Celtic to show their superiority

The second in a two-part special looking forward to Sunday’s game, Craig Fowler calls on the favourites to live up to their tag.

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Alfredo Morelos has to take his chances. Picture: SNS

Five things Rangers must do in order to defeat Celtic at Ibrox

The first of a two-part special looking forward to Sunday’s game, Craig Fowler examines what the home side needs to do in order to pick up their first victory against Celtic since 2016.

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Allan Massie: The pressure is all on Ireland

Everyone now knows about Scotland’s dismal away record in the Six Nations. Dismal indeed, but we should realise that away wins are always difficult. Wales have lost in Dublin and at Twickenham this year. England have lost two of their last three away Six Nations matches, in Dublin last season, at Murrayfield a fortnight ago.

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