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‘The Dempsters’ announced at end of stellar season for Scottish golf

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on achievements over the past 12 months and there can be no denying that 2019 was a rewarding season for Scottish golfers. There seemed to be more tartan triumphs across various circuits this year than we had seen for some time, coupled with some other outstanding achievements, both in the amateur and professional ranks. In the absence of a formal Scottish Golf Awards, something that needs to change at a time when there is a feelgood factor back in the game in its birthplace, here are my selections in terms of outstanding achievement either by Saltire bearers or on Scottish soil this year.

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Scott Brown sinks to the turf in ecstasy as Nir Button and Fraser Forster race to join in at the final whistle. Picture: PA

Analysis: A day when Hampden felt like Hampden should

It was impossible to tear your eyes from this revival of an old show in Mount Florida from the moment Scott Brown started throwing shade while going down the line at the pre-match handshakes. That was about the only time Celtic managed to go toe-to-toe with Rangers in an impossibly one-sided opening hour.

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Hibernian manager Jack Ross sporting a natty pair of boots. Picture: Craig Williamson / SNS

Aidan Smith: Jack Ross is right to voice concerns about fly-on-the-wall documentaries at his club

Last month when Tottenham Hotspur were struggling, and just before they really started to struggle, Mauricio Pochettino voiced his concern about having a docusoap camera in his face quite a lot of the time. It got in the way, it compromised him, it made him feel more like a producer than a coach. “I hope there is a happy ending,” he said of the series Made in Tottenham. Well, when it airs there won’t be, not for him.

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