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What Rangers will be getting in new signing Jason Cummings

The former Hibs striker has joined the Ibrox side on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season, with an option to purchase the player outright after that. Craig Fowler gives his take on the deal

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Europe's Ryder Cup team needs a player like Ian Poulter. Picture: Getty.

EurAsia win won’t lull Thomas Bjorn into Ryder Cup complacency

Let’s not been fooled into thinking the EurAsia Cup means much when it comes to the one that really matters – the Ryder Cup. After all, following a thumping win in the former two years ago, Europe then suffered its heaviest defeat in the latter in more than 30 years

Dustin Johnson will be a star attraction at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Desert double-header full of intrigue

Get set for a delectable
 desert double that could, if recent history is anything to go by, provide some big pointers to a much-anticipated men’s major season getting underway in less than three months’ time.

James Tavernier of Rangers, left, and Hibernian's John McGinn both make the list. Picture: Robert Perry

Who is the most valuable player on each Scottish Premiership side?

Who are the most valuable Ladbrokes Premiership players in the transfer market? We broke it down team by team.

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Who is likely to make Scotland’s Six Nations squad?

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will name his Six Nations training squad at BT Murrayfield tomorrow morning with the main talking points likely to be who he has put his faith in to cover the injury problems in certain positions.

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Good, but no Waspburger. Stamford Bridges press box offered no Alloa delicacies for Arsene Wenger. Photograph: Ian Kington

Sights we’d like to see: Wenger at Dumbarton, pie voucher in pocket

The other night, in the middle of a touchline ban, Arsene Wenger faced a dilemma and the potential of having insult added to inconvenience. Normally when managers are banished to the stands they watch from the directors’ box but at Chelsea the poshest seats are right across the field from the dressing rooms. That would have meant a yomp at half-time, losing valuable minutes from his team talk, when he would have been highly conspicuous in his trademark long grey quilted gown – and even before Antonio Conte sneered at him for being “old”, the Arsenal boss would have faced considerable abuse from the successors of the Stamford Bridge skinhead cognoscenti.

D'Arcy Rae of Glasgow Warriors is a solid tighthead. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Expect a few newbies in Gregor Townsend’s Six Nations squad

The first shots in the Six Nations phoney war were fired by Italy who announced their big squad last week and next week Scotland will do the same.

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Danny Wilson is out of contract at the end of the campaign. Picture: John Devlin

12 Premiership stars on expiring deals who should interest other clubs

Joel Sked looks through the list of players on expiring deals and picks out one from each team who should have a host of suitors between now and the summer.

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Jon Welsh has not played for Scotland since the World Cup quarter-final in 2015 but has been starting regularly for Newcastle. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Jon Welsh can step into breach for Scotland

When I remarked last week that injuries come in training as easily as in matches, I was thinking of Stuart Hogg’s damaged hip which caused him to limp off the field during Scotland’s warm-up for the Test against Australia. Yet, soon after I sent the column off came word that a weight had fallen on Zander Fagerson’s foot in the gym with the result that he will miss most, if not all, of the Six Nations. Troubles for Scottish props seem to come in battalions.

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Steven Naismith could be set for a return to Scotland. Picture: Getty

Which Scottish club is the best fit for Steven Naismith?

Norwich City are prepared to let the Scotland striker, who wishes to return home, leave on loan during the January window. Hearts and Kilmarnock are interested, but which side would need Naismith the most north of the border?

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Referee Mike Riley in the VAR hub in London: Picture: PA

Comment: Technology still can’t over-rule the human factor

It is one of those. On the pitch you think it is a definite handball. But, when you look at it, it is not as clear-cut as that. So said Scotland midfielder James McArthur after Crystal Palace went out of the FA Cup thanks to a late Glen Murray goalat Brighton on Monday night.

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Nadir Ciftci starred for Dundee United for two years, but has struggled ever since. Picture: SNS

Can Celtic flop Nadir Ciftci get back to his best with Motherwell?

The Celtic striker has completed a loan move with Motherwell until the end of the season. Craig Fowler looks at the deal and what it means for Ciftci and his new club.

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A host of major clubs have been linked with Moussa Dembele since he burst on the scene at Celtic. Picture: SNS.

Scottish Premiership’s most wanted players in the transfer window

With the January transfer window open for business, Craig Fowler picks out a team of Scottish Premiership players who are attracting interest from far and wide

Alfredo Morelos leads the league in scoring and another couple of categories. Picture: SNS

68 key statistics from the Scottish Premiership season so far

With the Ladbrokes Premiership now in its winter break, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the season’s key statistics so far.

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Sandy Lyle, celebrating his triumph in the 1985 Open Championship, will bow out of the competition this year. Picture: Golf Picture Library.

Martin Dempster: 10 things we’d like to see in golf in 2018

Headed by a Ryder Cup in Paris, an Open Championship at Carnoustie and, of course, Tiger Woods continuing his comeback, 2018 looks like being exciting for golf and here are ten things we’d like to see in the game this year:

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Paul Hanlon, right, equalises for Hibs in the Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle two years ago. Picture: Greg Macvean

Hearts will hope good business doesn’t come back to bite them again

Jamie Walker is no longer a Hearts player. Today saw the confirmation of the midfielder’s £300,000 move to Wigan Athletic, ending a 14-year marriage between the academy graduate and the Gorgie Road club.

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Why Scotland’s Six Nations hopes are walking an injury tightrope

A spate of front-row injuries could derail Scotland’s chances of challenging for the Six Nations, as Duncan Smith explains

Michael ONeill has held positive talks with current employers, Northern Ireland. Picture: Getty.

Alan Pattullo: Chase for Michael O’Neill could become SFA botch-up

The feeling of returning to work, perhaps with heavy heart and knowing there’s something major you’ve been putting off which will now need to be tackled, is familiar to us all following the festive period.

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Andy Murray was left exhausted after beating Juan Martin Del Potro in a marathon gold-medal final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Comment: Andy Murray’s pursuit of Novak Djokovic comes at a cost

Andy Murray is fighting for his career, and it’s all Sam Querrey’s fault. Bear with me here as you cast your mind back 18 months, when Novak Djokovic, trying to win a fifth consecutive major title, crashed out of Wimbledon in the third round, losing to the world No.41, Querrey.

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