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Allan Massie: Data is useful but an old-fashioned hunch can work as well

Thanks to the digital revolution (of which I understand little), sport today is awash with what is now called data. Coaches and selectors, journalists and those who watch sport on television have more information available than ever before. This matters a lot to selectors and coaches – often nowadays the same thing. In Rugby at least, the days of the semi-detached panel of selectors are gone.

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Kenny Miller, left, and Lee Wallace could both be on their way out of Ibrox this summer. Picture: SNS Group

The ideal destinations for Rangers outcasts Kenny Miller & Lee Wallace

The Rangers careers of Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace hang in the balance following an alleged bust-up with manager Graeme Murty, with some paper talk stating the two have played their last game for the club.

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Jack Ross celebrates with his players as St Mirren win the Championship title. Picture: SNS

How Jack Ross transformed St Mirren from relegation battlers to champions

When you hear of a manager going into the crowd to talk with fans after a galling home defeat it usually signals the beginning of the end.

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A general view of Somerset Park, home of Ayr United. Picture: SNS Group

Patrick McPartlin: Time for Ayr’s marketing to reflect on-field progress

The annual appearance of a glamour model in bodypaint to promote Ayr United’s new kit doesn’t play well with all the good work being done to make football progressive, writes Patrick McPartlin

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Kenny Miller has now fallen foul of two Rangers managers. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Alan Pattullo: To fall out with one Rangers manager is unfortunate. Two looks like extreme carelessness on the part of Kenny Miller

When Kenny 
Miller signed a new 12-month extension at Rangers this time last year, he may well have envisioned a stately final lap at a club where he has enjoyed rare privilege and undoubted 
success.

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Uche Ikpeazu featuring for Cambridge United against Leeds United in an FA Cup game last January. Picture: Getty

Five things Hearts fans should know about Uche Ikpeazu

With Hearts having verbally agreed terms to sign the Cambridge United striker for next season, we asked Craig Fowler to provide a scouting report on the 23-year-old.

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Reports suggest a fee of �45m has been agreed for Fred.

Kevin Garside: Manchester City set agenda with Europe the final frontier

Culture and identity, two words not ordinarily part of the football discourse in England. The evolving imprint of Pep Guardiola, the way we think about the game, the way we feel about it, and about Manchester City, is acquiring new meaning, and a new lexicon to articulate it.

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A dejected Daniel Candeias walks away as Celtic score again in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

Why major work is required for Aberdeen and Rangers to get near Celtic

Joel Sked looks at the losers from the weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-finals and why there is an important summer ahead for each of them.

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Alan Pattullo: Halliday misjudgement shows Murty unsuitable for Rangers job

In the Ibrox tunnel nine days ago, amid the hustle and bustle of post-match activities, Andy Halliday stood with his back to a door and politely answered reporters’ questions.

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Five things we learned from Celtic 4 - 0 Rangers

Craig Fowler gives his take on Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden as Celtic swat aside rivals Rangers

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Celtic 4-0 Rangers: How the players on both sides rated

How the 28 players who took to the Hampden Park pitch rated

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Ryan Bowman (left) and Curtis Main, right, were thorns in Aberdeen's side from the off. Picture: SNS Group

Steelmen pack a mighty punch as Aberdeen falter at Hampden

Main and Bowman make the difference for Motherwell as Dons are left reeling

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Cycling's Giro d'Italia has no intention of getting rid of its 'podium girls' who help winners 'celebrate'. Photograph AFP/Getty Images

Richard Moore: ‘Posing in bikinis is part of a cheerleader’s job description’

There are two stories currently unfolding concerning women in sport and it’s difficult to believe that they’re happening in the same century, never mind the same year. One is in the world’s greatest democracy while the other concerns an event that many feel is anachronistic and irrelevent.

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Motherwell's Curtis Main wheels away after his second goal. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

Motherwell 3 - 0 Aberdeen: Five things we learned

Andy Harrow looks back on Motherwell’s comfortable victory over Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

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On recent form, few would fancy Glasgow in an away semi. Picture: SNS Group

Allan Massie: Glasgow need home semi as few fancy them to win away

It was hard to decide which played worse last week – Glasgow against the Scarlets or Edinburgh against Ulster. Glasgow at least had the excuse (which I don’t suppose they advanced) that they were away to a team in rampant form. Dave Rennie’s admission that “we were a bit flat” was an understatement designed for public consumption. I would think he spoke a good deal more roughly in the dressing-room. They certainly were flat, but they also made too many mistakes. As for Edinburgh, their defensive alignment was ragged in the first half against Ulster, whose tries, though well-taken, were all on the soft side.

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Glasgow Warriors' Adam Hastings will turn out for Currie. Picture: SNS

Lack of glamour can’t detract from Melrose Sevens distinction

The Melrose Sevens has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of rugby fans but whether the blue riband tournament of the Borders circuit can retain its prestige position in the Scottish sporting calendar at a time of increasing change in the domestic game remains a big question.

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Six things to look out for in Sunday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final

Joel Sked gives his take on the fourth Old Firm derby of the season as Celtic and Rangers meet at Hampden Park on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final

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