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Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Jack Ross celebrates winning promotion to the Scottish Premiership with St Mirren earlier this month.
Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager
Jack Ross celebrates winning promotion to the Scottish Premiership with St Mirren earlier this month.
Andrew Robertson might be an object of adulation at Anfield now but no Kop stalwart can look him in the face and say – if one may borrow from Harry Enfield’s predatory shopkeeper – ‘I saw you coming!’ Robertson’s credentials, after all, initially underwhelmed followers of a club who would pay £75 million to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender. Acquired last summer from newly relegated Hull City and with an international pedigree gained with Scotland – a team excluded from the finals of major tournaments for 20 years – Robertson’s £8 million transfer represented the sort of loose change Liverpool reserve for squad players. Now, however, as Jurgen Klopp’s players prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev, the full-back is second only to Mohamed Salah as steal of the season. One man, though, did see it coming – or, at least, he guessed something of the sort. Gardner Speirs, now in charge of the Queen’s Park academy at Hampden Park, base of the only amateur club in British senior football, was the Spiders’ first team manager and in charge of summer preparations for the 2012-13 campaign. Speirs, formerly a midfielder with St Mirren, Hartlepool and Airdrie, had to address a gap in his squad. “We were due to go down to Largs on the Clyde coast to play a couple of matches inside four days but we didn’t have a left-back,” Speirs said. “Andrew was just finishing a season with the under-17s, so we took him and that’s how it happened.” What might have counted as an innocuous promotion for a teenager was, in fact, an act of rehabilitation for Robertson, who had played for Celtic’s youth teams but was judged not to be of the quality required at Parkhead. “Andy left Celtic when he was about 15 and came into our academy and, obviously, kids can react to the disappointment of leaving such a big club in a number of ways,” Speirs said. Robertson celebrates making it to the Champions League final Credit: Getty images “Andy’s response was to say, ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’ He played in the first warm-up game at Largs and I don’t think he went out of the team again until he left us. “Andy’s performances meant that we couldn’t leave him out, even though he was so young. You could see his attitude, determination and ability. He was a first pick for the whole season.” Robertson made his senior competitive debut against Berwick Rangers in an Irn-Bru Cup tie at Sheilfield Park on July 28, 2012, before a congregation of 372 souls. It was the first of Robertson’s 40 appearances for the Spiders and he would almost certainly have played in all 46 of the season’s fixtures but for injury and a suspension incurred when he was dismissed in a Scottish League Cup tie against St Johnstone for an out-of-character lunge at opposing defender, Gary Miller. His earnings for the campaign consisted of the Queen’s Park standard of remunerated travel costs – except for a stint as a part-time Christmas worker at Marks & Spencer. “I couldn’t have told you that,” Speirs said. “I saw him three nights a week and on a Saturday. He gave 100% in his training and matches, to go along with the talent he had. That’s the overriding thing that we remember. He had come from the under-17s and stepped into the first team, so we felt that at some point in the season we would have to take him out and give him a rest but there was never any suggestion of that it. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “It never crossed our minds because his performances were so good. He had thought of going to university but decided that he would take a gap year and devote himself to football. It certainly paid off in style – a fantastic story. “People talk about having the will to run. He just ran and ran into good areas and with the energy and quality he brought, he could put quality passes and crosses in. That was the season when Rangers were in our division and he played in those four games against them and did extremely well. “It’s difficult to say that he has exceeded expectations because, at the end of that season with us, I was trying desperately hard to keep him for another year. “He comes from a very grounded family, as you can see from the way that he’s been brought up. He’s prepared to work hard for everything he gets and every challenge he’s faced – whether it be coming into our first team, going to Dundee United and into their first team, then Hull City and now a club the size of Liverpool – has always been met. “On Saturday I’ll be watching and hoping for a Liverpool win and an Andy Robertson performance – which I’m sure we’ll get.”
Andrew Robertson's remarkable rise from Celtic reject to a Champions League final
Andrew Robertson might be an object of adulation at Anfield now but no Kop stalwart can look him in the face and say – if one may borrow from Harry Enfield’s predatory shopkeeper – ‘I saw you coming!’ Robertson’s credentials, after all, initially underwhelmed followers of a club who would pay £75 million to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender. Acquired last summer from newly relegated Hull City and with an international pedigree gained with Scotland – a team excluded from the finals of major tournaments for 20 years – Robertson’s £8 million transfer represented the sort of loose change Liverpool reserve for squad players. Now, however, as Jurgen Klopp’s players prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev, the full-back is second only to Mohamed Salah as steal of the season. One man, though, did see it coming – or, at least, he guessed something of the sort. Gardner Speirs, now in charge of the Queen’s Park academy at Hampden Park, base of the only amateur club in British senior football, was the Spiders’ first team manager and in charge of summer preparations for the 2012-13 campaign. Speirs, formerly a midfielder with St Mirren, Hartlepool and Airdrie, had to address a gap in his squad. “We were due to go down to Largs on the Clyde coast to play a couple of matches inside four days but we didn’t have a left-back,” Speirs said. “Andrew was just finishing a season with the under-17s, so we took him and that’s how it happened.” What might have counted as an innocuous promotion for a teenager was, in fact, an act of rehabilitation for Robertson, who had played for Celtic’s youth teams but was judged not to be of the quality required at Parkhead. “Andy left Celtic when he was about 15 and came into our academy and, obviously, kids can react to the disappointment of leaving such a big club in a number of ways,” Speirs said. Robertson celebrates making it to the Champions League final Credit: Getty images “Andy’s response was to say, ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’ He played in the first warm-up game at Largs and I don’t think he went out of the team again until he left us. “Andy’s performances meant that we couldn’t leave him out, even though he was so young. You could see his attitude, determination and ability. He was a first pick for the whole season.” Robertson made his senior competitive debut against Berwick Rangers in an Irn-Bru Cup tie at Sheilfield Park on July 28, 2012, before a congregation of 372 souls. It was the first of Robertson’s 40 appearances for the Spiders and he would almost certainly have played in all 46 of the season’s fixtures but for injury and a suspension incurred when he was dismissed in a Scottish League Cup tie against St Johnstone for an out-of-character lunge at opposing defender, Gary Miller. His earnings for the campaign consisted of the Queen’s Park standard of remunerated travel costs – except for a stint as a part-time Christmas worker at Marks & Spencer. “I couldn’t have told you that,” Speirs said. “I saw him three nights a week and on a Saturday. He gave 100% in his training and matches, to go along with the talent he had. That’s the overriding thing that we remember. He had come from the under-17s and stepped into the first team, so we felt that at some point in the season we would have to take him out and give him a rest but there was never any suggestion of that it. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “It never crossed our minds because his performances were so good. He had thought of going to university but decided that he would take a gap year and devote himself to football. It certainly paid off in style – a fantastic story. “People talk about having the will to run. He just ran and ran into good areas and with the energy and quality he brought, he could put quality passes and crosses in. That was the season when Rangers were in our division and he played in those four games against them and did extremely well. “It’s difficult to say that he has exceeded expectations because, at the end of that season with us, I was trying desperately hard to keep him for another year. “He comes from a very grounded family, as you can see from the way that he’s been brought up. He’s prepared to work hard for everything he gets and every challenge he’s faced – whether it be coming into our first team, going to Dundee United and into their first team, then Hull City and now a club the size of Liverpool – has always been met. “On Saturday I’ll be watching and hoping for a Liverpool win and an Andy Robertson performance – which I’m sure we’ll get.”
Andrew Robertson might be an object of adulation at Anfield now but no Kop stalwart can look him in the face and say – if one may borrow from Harry Enfield’s predatory shopkeeper – ‘I saw you coming!’ Robertson’s credentials, after all, initially underwhelmed followers of a club who would pay £75 million to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender. Acquired last summer from newly relegated Hull City and with an international pedigree gained with Scotland – a team excluded from the finals of major tournaments for 20 years – Robertson’s £8 million transfer represented the sort of loose change Liverpool reserve for squad players. Now, however, as Jurgen Klopp’s players prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev, the full-back is second only to Mohamed Salah as steal of the season. One man, though, did see it coming – or, at least, he guessed something of the sort. Gardner Speirs, now in charge of the Queen’s Park academy at Hampden Park, base of the only amateur club in British senior football, was the Spiders’ first team manager and in charge of summer preparations for the 2012-13 campaign. Speirs, formerly a midfielder with St Mirren, Hartlepool and Airdrie, had to address a gap in his squad. “We were due to go down to Largs on the Clyde coast to play a couple of matches inside four days but we didn’t have a left-back,” Speirs said. “Andrew was just finishing a season with the under-17s, so we took him and that’s how it happened.” What might have counted as an innocuous promotion for a teenager was, in fact, an act of rehabilitation for Robertson, who had played for Celtic’s youth teams but was judged not to be of the quality required at Parkhead. “Andy left Celtic when he was about 15 and came into our academy and, obviously, kids can react to the disappointment of leaving such a big club in a number of ways,” Speirs said. Robertson celebrates making it to the Champions League final Credit: Getty images “Andy’s response was to say, ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’ He played in the first warm-up game at Largs and I don’t think he went out of the team again until he left us. “Andy’s performances meant that we couldn’t leave him out, even though he was so young. You could see his attitude, determination and ability. He was a first pick for the whole season.” Robertson made his senior competitive debut against Berwick Rangers in an Irn-Bru Cup tie at Sheilfield Park on July 28, 2012, before a congregation of 372 souls. It was the first of Robertson’s 40 appearances for the Spiders and he would almost certainly have played in all 46 of the season’s fixtures but for injury and a suspension incurred when he was dismissed in a Scottish League Cup tie against St Johnstone for an out-of-character lunge at opposing defender, Gary Miller. His earnings for the campaign consisted of the Queen’s Park standard of remunerated travel costs – except for a stint as a part-time Christmas worker at Marks & Spencer. “I couldn’t have told you that,” Speirs said. “I saw him three nights a week and on a Saturday. He gave 100% in his training and matches, to go along with the talent he had. That’s the overriding thing that we remember. He had come from the under-17s and stepped into the first team, so we felt that at some point in the season we would have to take him out and give him a rest but there was never any suggestion of that it. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “It never crossed our minds because his performances were so good. He had thought of going to university but decided that he would take a gap year and devote himself to football. It certainly paid off in style – a fantastic story. “People talk about having the will to run. He just ran and ran into good areas and with the energy and quality he brought, he could put quality passes and crosses in. That was the season when Rangers were in our division and he played in those four games against them and did extremely well. “It’s difficult to say that he has exceeded expectations because, at the end of that season with us, I was trying desperately hard to keep him for another year. “He comes from a very grounded family, as you can see from the way that he’s been brought up. He’s prepared to work hard for everything he gets and every challenge he’s faced – whether it be coming into our first team, going to Dundee United and into their first team, then Hull City and now a club the size of Liverpool – has always been met. “On Saturday I’ll be watching and hoping for a Liverpool win and an Andy Robertson performance – which I’m sure we’ll get.”
Andrew Robertson's remarkable rise from Celtic reject to a Champions League final
Andrew Robertson might be an object of adulation at Anfield now but no Kop stalwart can look him in the face and say – if one may borrow from Harry Enfield’s predatory shopkeeper – ‘I saw you coming!’ Robertson’s credentials, after all, initially underwhelmed followers of a club who would pay £75 million to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender. Acquired last summer from newly relegated Hull City and with an international pedigree gained with Scotland – a team excluded from the finals of major tournaments for 20 years – Robertson’s £8 million transfer represented the sort of loose change Liverpool reserve for squad players. Now, however, as Jurgen Klopp’s players prepare for Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev, the full-back is second only to Mohamed Salah as steal of the season. One man, though, did see it coming – or, at least, he guessed something of the sort. Gardner Speirs, now in charge of the Queen’s Park academy at Hampden Park, base of the only amateur club in British senior football, was the Spiders’ first team manager and in charge of summer preparations for the 2012-13 campaign. Speirs, formerly a midfielder with St Mirren, Hartlepool and Airdrie, had to address a gap in his squad. “We were due to go down to Largs on the Clyde coast to play a couple of matches inside four days but we didn’t have a left-back,” Speirs said. “Andrew was just finishing a season with the under-17s, so we took him and that’s how it happened.” What might have counted as an innocuous promotion for a teenager was, in fact, an act of rehabilitation for Robertson, who had played for Celtic’s youth teams but was judged not to be of the quality required at Parkhead. “Andy left Celtic when he was about 15 and came into our academy and, obviously, kids can react to the disappointment of leaving such a big club in a number of ways,” Speirs said. Robertson celebrates making it to the Champions League final Credit: Getty images “Andy’s response was to say, ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’ He played in the first warm-up game at Largs and I don’t think he went out of the team again until he left us. “Andy’s performances meant that we couldn’t leave him out, even though he was so young. You could see his attitude, determination and ability. He was a first pick for the whole season.” Robertson made his senior competitive debut against Berwick Rangers in an Irn-Bru Cup tie at Sheilfield Park on July 28, 2012, before a congregation of 372 souls. It was the first of Robertson’s 40 appearances for the Spiders and he would almost certainly have played in all 46 of the season’s fixtures but for injury and a suspension incurred when he was dismissed in a Scottish League Cup tie against St Johnstone for an out-of-character lunge at opposing defender, Gary Miller. His earnings for the campaign consisted of the Queen’s Park standard of remunerated travel costs – except for a stint as a part-time Christmas worker at Marks & Spencer. “I couldn’t have told you that,” Speirs said. “I saw him three nights a week and on a Saturday. He gave 100% in his training and matches, to go along with the talent he had. That’s the overriding thing that we remember. He had come from the under-17s and stepped into the first team, so we felt that at some point in the season we would have to take him out and give him a rest but there was never any suggestion of that it. European Cup final 2018 | Real Madrid vs Liverpool “It never crossed our minds because his performances were so good. He had thought of going to university but decided that he would take a gap year and devote himself to football. It certainly paid off in style – a fantastic story. “People talk about having the will to run. He just ran and ran into good areas and with the energy and quality he brought, he could put quality passes and crosses in. That was the season when Rangers were in our division and he played in those four games against them and did extremely well. “It’s difficult to say that he has exceeded expectations because, at the end of that season with us, I was trying desperately hard to keep him for another year. “He comes from a very grounded family, as you can see from the way that he’s been brought up. He’s prepared to work hard for everything he gets and every challenge he’s faced – whether it be coming into our first team, going to Dundee United and into their first team, then Hull City and now a club the size of Liverpool – has always been met. “On Saturday I’ll be watching and hoping for a Liverpool win and an Andy Robertson performance – which I’m sure we’ll get.”
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Archie Gemmill says he'll never be allowed to forget career-defining World Cup wonder goal
They rose to applaud Archie Gemmill at the Scottish Football Writers’ Association annual dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night, when he was the recipient of the organisation’s first ever lifetime achievement award. The standing ovation that marked the high-water mark of Gemmill’s career, however, was accorded him on June 11, 1978, in Mendoza, Argentina. That was when Gemmill produced one of the greatest goals seen in the World Cup, in the improbable circumstances of a previously farcical Scotland campaign, in the Scots’ final group game and against a Dutch side who finished runners up at the World Cup. Gemmill’s contribution became so totemic that it has featured in the movie ‘Trainspotting’ and in a tribute dance by English National Ballet. With Scotland needing to win by three goals to qualify for the next stage, after potentially ruinous setbacks against Peru and Iran, they led 2-1 midway through the second half, at which point the ball broke to Gemmill just outside the Dutch penalty area. He skipped past Wim Jansen – later to become manager of Celtic – avoided a robust challenge by Jan Poortvliet, nutmegged the usually imperturbable Ruud Krol and completed his slalom run with a perfect chip over the advancing goalkeeper, Jan Jongbloed. As Gemmill turned to celebrate, the entire global contingent in the press and broadcast seats stood to salute his wizardry. Sunday’s accolade acknowledged a playing career which included 43 caps and eight goals for Scotland and a club career that saw him perform in midfield for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County (twice), Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic plus management stints with Rotherham United and Scotland under 19s but - as the 71-year-old acknowledged, with a mixture of pride and resignation – it always comes back to that goal in Mendoza, even though the Dutch scored again to knock the Scots out. Gemmill before a match against Brazil in 1977 Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK “Whenever a World Cup comes around people want to ask about the goal,” Gemmill said. “It was fantastic at the time, even if it didn't help us a great deal in the tournament itself, but over the years, it's given a few people some joy – and a bit of hope, I suppose for the future. “It was a special moment for me. I’d like to think it'll be remembered long after I’m gone. I'm not the type to watch it. I couldn't tell you the last time I saw the goal. “As a player, I always thought my job was just to play as well as I possibly could. If anything came of it, great. If not, you had to try even harder next time, but even people at home in Derby still ask me about the goal and, the odd time I come back up to Scotland, it's all anyone wants to talk about – nothing else.” Credit: GETTY CREATIVE A decade elapsed between Gemmill’s international debut against Belgium in 1971 and his final appearance, against Northern Ireland. He might have reached the 50-cap mark, but for the fact that he was never in favour with a certain Scotland manager. “Before Tommy Docherty took over, I was well in the squad, but he bombed me out totally,” Gemmill said. “We played England in 1972 and I was opposite Alan Ball, who was getting the better of me. “Docherty took me off just into the second half and that was me. I was never in another squad for three years. Docherty also came to Derby and got rid of me from there as well. “Similarly, I was Scotland captain when Ally MacLeod took over and he gave it to someone else, but I always came back, because you want to play for your country as many times as you can. “I got 43 caps but in those three years I was out, I could have got to 50 and into the Hall of Fame. It would have been a landmark for me. “Players, probably with less ability, get to 50 caps now because there are so many games, but you have to live for your time. Throughout my football career, I always had to try and prove a point to someone. I never coasted. “Brian Clough got rid of me at Derby and when I went to Birmingham I was bombed out there as well, but the year Derby got rid of me I was voted their player of their year. Then, the year I left Birmingham, I was their player of the year as well. “When I started out, I was ever so tiny. I'm not that much bigger now. For Scotland U15's I played in a trial match and scored a couple of goals, but the squad was named to play England at Wembley and I wasn't even in it because I was too wee. I was told I’d never make it because of my size, but I had a bit of skill and tenacity about me.” And what of the prospects now for Scotland, managed by Gemmill’s former international team mate, Alex McLeish? “Gordon Strachan was probably only a matter of minutes away from getting us to the World Cup play-offs,” said Gemmill. “It looks like one or two talented youngsters are starting to come through - we just have to hope that these kids fulfil their promise in a Scotland jersey.” Archie Gemmill was speaking as the winner of the SFWA's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Scottish Power.
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Arsene Wenger's heartfelt message encapsualtes the game's best wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Arsene Wenger's heartfelt message encapsulates the game's best wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Arsene Wenger's heartfelt message encapsualtes the game's best wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson
Arsene Wenger spoke for world football on Sunday when he delivered a heartfelt message of good wishes and support to Sir Alex Ferguson following news that his friend and great rival is seriously ill in intensive care following a brain haemorrhage. Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday and, in beginning his farewell speech as Arsenal manager on the pitch at The Emirates Stadium yesterday, Wenger received rapturous applause for his words about the former Manchester United manager. “I just want to say: ‘we care’,” he said. “I would like to wish my fellow manager, Alex Ferguson, well very quickly.” Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal matchday programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger’s career and described their rivalry as having “made the Premier League”. Wenger had personally spent time with Ferguson last week when he was presented with a vase on the Old Trafford pitch before Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat and they then reminisced in the United directors’ box after the game. “He looked in a perfect shape - he told me he is doing a lot of exercise and he looked very happy,” said Wenger. “That kind of accident can happen. He is a strong and optimistic man.” Wenger's first words of his farewell speech were in support of his seriously ill former rival Ferguson Credit: AFP Ferguson famously referred to Manchester City as “noisy neighbours” during the latter years of his United tenure and the City fans also joined Wenger in wishing the 76-year-old a full recovery. Two City fans, who were part of a post-match pitch invasion following their Premier League title winning season, held up a banner bearing the words: ‘Football aside, get well Fergie’. City manager Pep Guardiola then brought his entire back-room staff into the post-match press conference. His assistant Brian Kidd was a member of United’s 1968 European Cup-winning team and also Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United for seven years. “All the love in the world to him,” said Kidd. “He’s such an iconic person. There was a really sombre mood yesterday evening and this morning. You think Sir Alex is really indestructible. We’ve all been brought up with him. “What he did for Manchester United was unreal and the pressure he was under every day to produce. It’s phenomenal. “He’s in our prayers and thoughts - Cathy and the kids - we wish him a speedy and happy recovery. God Bless him.” Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning the Premier League and echoed Kidd’s sentiments. “Big hugs - our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family,” he said. “All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best. The manager was outstanding but, as a person, amazing.” Premier League managers have rallied round in support of Ferguson Credit: MANCHESTER UNITED Manchester United said on Saturday night that Ferguson’s surgery had gone "very well" but that he would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. There had been no updates from United or from Salford Royal, the hospital in which Ferguson was admitted. Ferguson retired as British football’s most successful ever manager in 2013 after 27 years and 38 trophies with United, including the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999. The first public suggestion of a problem was when Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson, Sir Alex's son, did not attend his side's final match of the League One season against Wigan because of what was reported as a "severe family issue". The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, as well as individual clubs and players from across the world, have been sending their best wishes. “I woke up to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is in hospital,” said Pele. “A Man Utd man through and through. Get well soon, Sir Alex.” Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham both began their careers at United under the father-like influence of Ferguson. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” Ronaldo wrote. Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson, accompanied by the message: "Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.” United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss,” he said. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures Former United captain Bryan Robson, who is now a club ambassador, confirmed that the operation had gone well. “It did come as a big surprise,” he said. “Hopefully they’ve found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn’t affect the boss in any way. Everyone thinks it was all this ‘hairdryer’ but the boss enjoys a good time, really enjoys his racing and is good company when you’re around him.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke of the admiration that is felt for Ferguson throughout the entire football world. “Our primary thoughts are with Sir Alex’s family,” he said. “We are hoping he gets himself sorted and back in his normal fighting spirit. We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in UK culture and the world.” Ferguson also had an extraordinary career in Scottish football before arriving at United in 1986. After transforming St Mirren, he took over at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family," said a club statement.
Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Feguson | The next few weeks are key He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Jim White comment on Fergie Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. Brain haemorrhages | Q&A 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson recovering in intensive care after emergency surgery for brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Feguson | The next few weeks are key He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Jim White comment on Fergie Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. Brain haemorrhages | Q&A 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Ferguson has been rushed to hospital Credit: GETTY IMAGES He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson in intensive care after emergency surgery for brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Ferguson has been rushed to hospital Credit: GETTY IMAGES He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Ferguson has been rushed to hospital Credit: GETTY IMAGES He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson in intensive care after emergency surgery for brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. Sir Alex Ferguson has been rushed to hospital Credit: GETTY IMAGES He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
Sir Alex Ferguson has emergency surgery after brain haemorrhage
Sir Alex Ferguson rushed to hospital after brain haemorrhage Former Man Utd boss has undergone emergency surgery 'Procedure has gone very well but he needs intensive care' Sir Alex Ferguson needs to muster all that famous fighting spirit​ Sir Alex Ferguson is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning. In a statement, a United spokesman said: "Sir Alex has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy." It is understood an ambulance was called to his Cheshire home at around 9am and he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital before being transferred to the Salford Royal. His son Darren, the manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season on Saturday after his father took ill. The Football Association, Premier League, Fifa, Uefa and individual clubs from Britain and around the world all tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players. David Beckham, perhaps Sir Alex's most high-profile player, offered his support to his former manager and his wife, Lady Cathy. Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT He posted a picture of himself as a young player alongside Sir Alex on Instagram, adding: "Keep fighting Boss ... Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family." Former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 but later recovered, said he was "devastated" to hear the news "knowing all too well about the situation ourselves". Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. Manchester City tweeted: "Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery." Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 Anfield HQ tweeted: "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery." Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well. The club tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight's news." Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in tweeting their best wishes for Sir Alex. My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/6jmekVCjot— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 5, 2018 The Glaswegian coach is widely regarded as Britain's most successful football manager, winning 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He retired as United manager in May 2013 but has been a regular at the team's home matches as a spectator, sitting in the stand that bears his name. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday where he presented Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal boss, with a commemorative trophy to mark his departure from the club he has managed for 22 years. Sir Alex began his managerial career at East Stirlingshire before taking charge of St Mirren, winning the First Division title. He then moved to Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. Sir Alex Ferguson: life and career of a football legend - in pictures He briefly managed Scotland following the death of Jock Stein and was appointed United boss in November 1986. Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. 12:21AM Match of the Day sends their best wishes Everyone at #MOTD sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/irottt8vFA— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 5, 2018 11:17PM 'My dear friend. Be strong, Boss!' Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Ferguson as an 18 year-old in 2003 and developed into one of the world's finest players in his six years at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid forward said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" 10:51PM 'His strong character will get him well' Arsene Wenger has released a statement via The Daily Mail: "I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly." 10:47PM 'All our thoughts are with Sir Alex's family' Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the League Managers Association: "I, together with the whole fraternity of football managers in the LMA, wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery from his surgery. "All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this difficult time." 10:28PM 'He never swayed from what he was trying to do' There are few more authentic eye-witnesses to Manchester United’s modern history than Brian McClair, who lived through Ferguson's transformation of the club from first division mediocrities to the kings of the Premier League - first as a player and then as a coach: Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson 10:08PM The best of Ferguson - in videos 9:56PM 'The secret of my success' Watch Sir Alex Ferguson from 2015 discussing how he became one of the most successful managers in history: 9:54PM Players past and present pray for Ferguson Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018 Get well soon SAF wish you a speedy recovery— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 5, 2018 Just heard the news about Sir Alex Ferguson. Wishing him and his family all the strength for a speedy recovery. #keepstrong— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) May 5, 2018 SIR ALEX Sending all my love ! — Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018 Prayers with Sir Alex tonight— Memphis (@Memphis) May 5, 2018 Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018 All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!!https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018 Please�� Be strong��Win this one��— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018 Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018 Thoughts and prayers sir alex — Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018 9:45PM "He's as tough as old boots and will come through" Paddy Crerand, European Cup winner with Manchester United in 1968, said: "Of all the people you would imagine something like that happening to Sir Alex would be the last one. "I saw him at Old Trafford for the Arsenal game when he presented Arsene Wenger with a plaque for his achievements and he looked well and in good spirits. "This has come out of the blue. But he's as tough as old boots and will come through this I am sure. My thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his family. "If I know Alex he'll be already planning when he can get to his next United match at Old Trafford." 9:43PM Is this Man Utd's greatest XI of ALL TIME? Best Man Utd XI of all time 9:36PM "Stay strong!" PSG boss Unai Emery: All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018 9:26PM "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him" Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester: "I'm sure I can speak for the whole of Manchester – both sides of the city, red and blue – and beyond its borders in extending my best wishes to Sir Alex for a complete and speedy recovery. "He is a national treasure, we are all rooting for him, keeping everything crossed, and I would like to send his family all my love and best wishes." 9:24PM "Keep fighting boss" David Beckham, perhaps Ferguson's most high-profile former player, offered his support to Ferguson and his wife Cathy: Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited �� A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on May 5, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT 9:17PM 'A great rival but also a great friend' Liverpool have released a statement: "The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following the news that the former Manchester United manager is ill in hospital. "A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery. "In the meantime, the club will offer its full support to Manchester United and also his family." 9:13PM "Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover" Edwin van der Sar was granted leave by Ferguson in 2009 when his wife suffered a brain haemorrhage - here's the Dutchman's tribute to his former boss: Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018 8:54PM "If anyone can you can boss" Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, said on Twitter: "Sir Alex, you've won more than most and if anyone can you can boss." 8:50PM "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery" Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, said on Twitter: "My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family - wishing him a full and speedy recovery." Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight." 8:48PM "It is tragic" Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can. Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn't attend his own game at Doncaster today. "I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend... I hope he has a full recovery." 8:47PM Sir Alex Ferguson - Born winner Sir Alex Ferguson | British football's greatest manager 8:28PM "I was hoping it wasn't true" Former United striker Mark Hughes, speaking after his Southampton's side's draw with Everton: "I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I wish him all the best." 8:22PM Thoughts and prayers with Sir Alex ���� ���� Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018 United midfielder Michael Carrick said on Twitter: Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ���������������� Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018 8:09PM Get-well messages flood in for Fergie All of us at BT Sport would like to extend our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson in his recovery after having undergone emergency surgery tonight. pic.twitter.com/2c4V01m5FM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2018 Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018 8:01PM BREAKING: Sir Alex Ferguson suffers brain haemorrhage Sir Alex Ferguson was rushed to hospital this morning to undergo emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. An ambulance was called to his home in Cheshire at 9am this morning and took the 76 year-old to Macclesfield district hospital. The Scot was subsequently transferred, with a police escort, to be treated at the Salford Royal. A statement from Man Utd read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery." His son, Darren Ferguson, missed Doncaster's final game of the season against Wigan as news emerged. A statement from Doncaster read: "Rovers manager Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday's game due to family reasons. Gavin Strachan will oversee the final game of the Sky Bet League One season in the manager's absence. "Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week."
One of John McGinn’s favourite tales about playing youth football as a teenager concerns an encounter with a team of 12-year-olds - who had supplies of lager at the side of the pitch. “It taught me how to avoid drunk tackles,” said the Hibs midfielder, now 23 years old and a key element in the side who won promotion last summer and is now challenging Rangers and Aberdeen for second place in the Premiership. McGinn had not only to overcome flailing challenges from pubescent drinkers on a public park, but also hold his own against older brothers, Stephen, who plays for St Mirren, and Paul, now with Partick Thistle. The habits acquired in those circumstances were on display on Saturday, when McGinn produced a superb performance in Hibs’ 2-1 defeat of Celtic. The game was played in front of yet another full house at Easter Road, where Neil Lennon’s team have attracted average crowds of 18,000 – 88 per cent of capacity at the ground. If Hibs are to sustain the surge in attendances, however, they must address vital contractual issues during the close season. The front pair of Jamie Maclaren and Florian Kamberi are on loan from Darmstadt and Grasshoppers respectively, while McGinn has one year left on his contract and his midfield partner, Dylan McGeouch, will be free to move at the end of the season. McGinn is a fans’ favourite, but he measured his response carefully when asked what the future might hold. “Speculation is something that’s been there since my first season here,” he said. “I’ve always said the same thing – I’m learning, I’m getting better and I’m loving playing in front of sell-out crowds. “At the same time, though, I’m ambitious. I want to go and test myself at a higher level. However, it would have to be something better than Hibs. I don’t take it for granted being here, I love it. McGinn joins Jamie Maclaren to celebrate Hibs' first goal Credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne “It’s a club that should be getting crowds like this, watching players that are looking to express themselves and enjoy it. That’s what they’ve got here. “Saturday was probably the loudest I’ve heard, with the exception of derbies. We could see the appreciation the fans were giving us because they were enjoying what they were watching. That adds an extra two, three per cent to your game. “It brings the best out of you. You can see the real progression in the football club by how many people come through the gates and if it keeps going at this rate then they’re going to have to put more seats in.” Although he has spent six years playing for clubs with limited resources, McGinn has already savoured success. He was a League Cup winner with St Mirren in 2013 and a member of the Hibs side who ended the infamous 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo with victory over Rangers in 2016. He was also man of the match for Scotland when he made his debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark in March 2016. This campaign has seen tangible progress in the league – Hibs have lost only one of their 15 most recent games – and has been based on an impressive work rate, which took its toll on McGinn late in the victory over Celtic. “Even if your game plan does work it doesn’t mean you’re going to beat Celtic, that’s how good they are. You’ve got to be focused for 90 minutes. I’ve never had cramp in my life and I got it on Saturday. That shows how hard we had to work to get the three points.” And what of comparisons – frequently made – between McGinn and Scott Brown, the combative Celtic captain? “It bugs me a wee bit,” McGinn said. “He has something different to me and I have something different to him. I just try to focus on my own game. “On Saturday I wasn’t directly against him. I was trying to stop Ntcham and Rogic playing.” It seems safe to say that, whether at Easter Road or elsewhere next season, nobody is about to stop John McGinn playing.
John McGinn: 'I love Hibs but want to test myself at a higher level'
One of John McGinn’s favourite tales about playing youth football as a teenager concerns an encounter with a team of 12-year-olds - who had supplies of lager at the side of the pitch. “It taught me how to avoid drunk tackles,” said the Hibs midfielder, now 23 years old and a key element in the side who won promotion last summer and is now challenging Rangers and Aberdeen for second place in the Premiership. McGinn had not only to overcome flailing challenges from pubescent drinkers on a public park, but also hold his own against older brothers, Stephen, who plays for St Mirren, and Paul, now with Partick Thistle. The habits acquired in those circumstances were on display on Saturday, when McGinn produced a superb performance in Hibs’ 2-1 defeat of Celtic. The game was played in front of yet another full house at Easter Road, where Neil Lennon’s team have attracted average crowds of 18,000 – 88 per cent of capacity at the ground. If Hibs are to sustain the surge in attendances, however, they must address vital contractual issues during the close season. The front pair of Jamie Maclaren and Florian Kamberi are on loan from Darmstadt and Grasshoppers respectively, while McGinn has one year left on his contract and his midfield partner, Dylan McGeouch, will be free to move at the end of the season. McGinn is a fans’ favourite, but he measured his response carefully when asked what the future might hold. “Speculation is something that’s been there since my first season here,” he said. “I’ve always said the same thing – I’m learning, I’m getting better and I’m loving playing in front of sell-out crowds. “At the same time, though, I’m ambitious. I want to go and test myself at a higher level. However, it would have to be something better than Hibs. I don’t take it for granted being here, I love it. McGinn joins Jamie Maclaren to celebrate Hibs' first goal Credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne “It’s a club that should be getting crowds like this, watching players that are looking to express themselves and enjoy it. That’s what they’ve got here. “Saturday was probably the loudest I’ve heard, with the exception of derbies. We could see the appreciation the fans were giving us because they were enjoying what they were watching. That adds an extra two, three per cent to your game. “It brings the best out of you. You can see the real progression in the football club by how many people come through the gates and if it keeps going at this rate then they’re going to have to put more seats in.” Although he has spent six years playing for clubs with limited resources, McGinn has already savoured success. He was a League Cup winner with St Mirren in 2013 and a member of the Hibs side who ended the infamous 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo with victory over Rangers in 2016. He was also man of the match for Scotland when he made his debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark in March 2016. This campaign has seen tangible progress in the league – Hibs have lost only one of their 15 most recent games – and has been based on an impressive work rate, which took its toll on McGinn late in the victory over Celtic. “Even if your game plan does work it doesn’t mean you’re going to beat Celtic, that’s how good they are. You’ve got to be focused for 90 minutes. I’ve never had cramp in my life and I got it on Saturday. That shows how hard we had to work to get the three points.” And what of comparisons – frequently made – between McGinn and Scott Brown, the combative Celtic captain? “It bugs me a wee bit,” McGinn said. “He has something different to me and I have something different to him. I just try to focus on my own game. “On Saturday I wasn’t directly against him. I was trying to stop Ntcham and Rogic playing.” It seems safe to say that, whether at Easter Road or elsewhere next season, nobody is about to stop John McGinn playing.
One of John McGinn’s favourite tales about playing youth football as a teenager concerns an encounter with a team of 12-year-olds - who had supplies of lager at the side of the pitch. “It taught me how to avoid drunk tackles,” said the Hibs midfielder, now 23 years old and a key element in the side who won promotion last summer and is now challenging Rangers and Aberdeen for second place in the Premiership. McGinn had not only to overcome flailing challenges from pubescent drinkers on a public park, but also hold his own against older brothers, Stephen, who plays for St Mirren, and Paul, now with Partick Thistle. The habits acquired in those circumstances were on display on Saturday, when McGinn produced a superb performance in Hibs’ 2-1 defeat of Celtic. The game was played in front of yet another full house at Easter Road, where Neil Lennon’s team have attracted average crowds of 18,000 – 88 per cent of capacity at the ground. If Hibs are to sustain the surge in attendances, however, they must address vital contractual issues during the close season. The front pair of Jamie Maclaren and Florian Kamberi are on loan from Darmstadt and Grasshoppers respectively, while McGinn has one year left on his contract and his midfield partner, Dylan McGeouch, will be free to move at the end of the season. McGinn is a fans’ favourite, but he measured his response carefully when asked what the future might hold. “Speculation is something that’s been there since my first season here,” he said. “I’ve always said the same thing – I’m learning, I’m getting better and I’m loving playing in front of sell-out crowds. “At the same time, though, I’m ambitious. I want to go and test myself at a higher level. However, it would have to be something better than Hibs. I don’t take it for granted being here, I love it. McGinn joins Jamie Maclaren to celebrate Hibs' first goal Credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne “It’s a club that should be getting crowds like this, watching players that are looking to express themselves and enjoy it. That’s what they’ve got here. “Saturday was probably the loudest I’ve heard, with the exception of derbies. We could see the appreciation the fans were giving us because they were enjoying what they were watching. That adds an extra two, three per cent to your game. “It brings the best out of you. You can see the real progression in the football club by how many people come through the gates and if it keeps going at this rate then they’re going to have to put more seats in.” Although he has spent six years playing for clubs with limited resources, McGinn has already savoured success. He was a League Cup winner with St Mirren in 2013 and a member of the Hibs side who ended the infamous 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo with victory over Rangers in 2016. He was also man of the match for Scotland when he made his debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark in March 2016. This campaign has seen tangible progress in the league – Hibs have lost only one of their 15 most recent games – and has been based on an impressive work rate, which took its toll on McGinn late in the victory over Celtic. “Even if your game plan does work it doesn’t mean you’re going to beat Celtic, that’s how good they are. You’ve got to be focused for 90 minutes. I’ve never had cramp in my life and I got it on Saturday. That shows how hard we had to work to get the three points.” And what of comparisons – frequently made – between McGinn and Scott Brown, the combative Celtic captain? “It bugs me a wee bit,” McGinn said. “He has something different to me and I have something different to him. I just try to focus on my own game. “On Saturday I wasn’t directly against him. I was trying to stop Ntcham and Rogic playing.” It seems safe to say that, whether at Easter Road or elsewhere next season, nobody is about to stop John McGinn playing.
John McGinn: 'I love Hibs but want to test myself at a higher level'
One of John McGinn’s favourite tales about playing youth football as a teenager concerns an encounter with a team of 12-year-olds - who had supplies of lager at the side of the pitch. “It taught me how to avoid drunk tackles,” said the Hibs midfielder, now 23 years old and a key element in the side who won promotion last summer and is now challenging Rangers and Aberdeen for second place in the Premiership. McGinn had not only to overcome flailing challenges from pubescent drinkers on a public park, but also hold his own against older brothers, Stephen, who plays for St Mirren, and Paul, now with Partick Thistle. The habits acquired in those circumstances were on display on Saturday, when McGinn produced a superb performance in Hibs’ 2-1 defeat of Celtic. The game was played in front of yet another full house at Easter Road, where Neil Lennon’s team have attracted average crowds of 18,000 – 88 per cent of capacity at the ground. If Hibs are to sustain the surge in attendances, however, they must address vital contractual issues during the close season. The front pair of Jamie Maclaren and Florian Kamberi are on loan from Darmstadt and Grasshoppers respectively, while McGinn has one year left on his contract and his midfield partner, Dylan McGeouch, will be free to move at the end of the season. McGinn is a fans’ favourite, but he measured his response carefully when asked what the future might hold. “Speculation is something that’s been there since my first season here,” he said. “I’ve always said the same thing – I’m learning, I’m getting better and I’m loving playing in front of sell-out crowds. “At the same time, though, I’m ambitious. I want to go and test myself at a higher level. However, it would have to be something better than Hibs. I don’t take it for granted being here, I love it. McGinn joins Jamie Maclaren to celebrate Hibs' first goal Credit: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne “It’s a club that should be getting crowds like this, watching players that are looking to express themselves and enjoy it. That’s what they’ve got here. “Saturday was probably the loudest I’ve heard, with the exception of derbies. We could see the appreciation the fans were giving us because they were enjoying what they were watching. That adds an extra two, three per cent to your game. “It brings the best out of you. You can see the real progression in the football club by how many people come through the gates and if it keeps going at this rate then they’re going to have to put more seats in.” Although he has spent six years playing for clubs with limited resources, McGinn has already savoured success. He was a League Cup winner with St Mirren in 2013 and a member of the Hibs side who ended the infamous 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo with victory over Rangers in 2016. He was also man of the match for Scotland when he made his debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Denmark in March 2016. This campaign has seen tangible progress in the league – Hibs have lost only one of their 15 most recent games – and has been based on an impressive work rate, which took its toll on McGinn late in the victory over Celtic. “Even if your game plan does work it doesn’t mean you’re going to beat Celtic, that’s how good they are. You’ve got to be focused for 90 minutes. I’ve never had cramp in my life and I got it on Saturday. That shows how hard we had to work to get the three points.” And what of comparisons – frequently made – between McGinn and Scott Brown, the combative Celtic captain? “It bugs me a wee bit,” McGinn said. “He has something different to me and I have something different to him. I just try to focus on my own game. “On Saturday I wasn’t directly against him. I was trying to stop Ntcham and Rogic playing.” It seems safe to say that, whether at Easter Road or elsewhere next season, nobody is about to stop John McGinn playing.
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
St Mirren's Jack Ross emerges as Charlton managerial candidate
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
Celtic near another record-breaking season unless Rangers can halt their run
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
Celtic near another record-breaking season unless Rangers can halt their run
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
Celtic near another record-breaking season unless Rangers can halt their run
The disruption visited upon the UK by a Siberian weather system could have been avoided by the simple ploy of parading the Scottish Cup through the affected areas. That claim is based on the miraculous ­capacity of the tournament’s quarter-final ties to proceed on a weekend which saw the entire league fixture card in Scotland wiped out. That said, the sight of a manned snowplough prowling the car park ahead of Celtic’s meeting with Greenock Morton on Saturday testified to the determination of the holders to take another stride ­towards the unprecedented feat of a clean sweep of the Scottish honours in successive seasons. In the title race, the Hoops can only be stopped if Rangers overturn a six-point deficit in their remaining nine games, starting with next Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox, and overcome a goal difference of 11 ­between the sides. Sobriety compels the assumption that Celtic are essentially two contests away from their historic feat and that the first of those will be another encounter with Rangers at Hampden Park in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final on the weekend of April 15/16. Rangers’ 4-1 home victory over Falkirk yesterday, in which Jason Cummings scored a hat-trick, completed the equation begun by Celtic’s 3-0 win over their visitors from the Championship, ­although Morton held out for more than an hour before Moussa Dembele’s double and a late contribution from Odsonne Edouard ensured the holders’ advance. Jason Cummings scored all four goals for Rangers in the 4-1 win over Falkirk Credit: Getty Images The Ton’s most notable disruptive action occurred before kick-off, when captain Thomas O’Ware won the coin toss and chose to make their hosts play towards the Jock Stein Stand in the first half, a reversal of the usual custom. “I think big Tam was on the wind-up with that one and I don’t think it went down well,” said Morton’s seasoned midfielder, Gary Harkins. “We made it tough for them and played quite well, although we lost a couple of bad goals, but it’s obviously a really tough place to come and we got punished in the end. The fans were brilliant and I’m from Greenock so I know how hard it was for them to get up here. They were really good.” Home town boy he may be, but Harkins has been so nomadic a footballer that it would not be startling to see him travel by camel rather than team bus. After a spell as a Celtic youth, he played in the colours of Blackburn, Huddersfield, Bury, Blackpool, Grimsby Town, Partick Thistle, Dundee (three times), Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Oldham and Ayr United before fetching up on his native patch. Harkins’ experience was evident against Celtic, when he was the most effective midfielder on view in the first half. Inevitably, he tired against inexorable pressure as the contest wore on, but he and his team-mates remain energised by another domestic prospect. Morton hold the record for promotions and relegations from the top flight of Scottish football – 10 times up and down – the most recent of which was demotion as long ago as 1988. Morton's Gary Harkins (L) arrives at Celtic Park on Saturday Credit: PA “I was three,” said Harkins. “It would be great to do it but it’s a tough run-in. We’ve been on a good run, although we had a bad result the other night against Livingston, but you’ve seen that we can play well when we come to places like Celtic. “There are a lot of boys in the team who are good enough to do it, so they should be looking at themselves and thinking, ‘I need to push on, I want to go on and do that.’ I’m still ambitious, I want to play at the highest level I can and if I could do that with my hometown club I’d be delighted.” For Celtic, the Scottish Cup semi-final now takes its place in a queue of fixtures stretching towards the season’s climax, the collision with Rangers at Ibrox being next on the agenda. Edouard, who replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half against Morton, was singled out for praise by Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old striker, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, hopes that his performance has pushed him into the manager’s reckoning for a place in the Old Firm derby. “For me, this is the most important match of the year,” Edouard said. “It’s against our biggest rivals. On these days, victory for the fans is very important. You cannot think about defeat. We know it will be hard at Rangers’ home but we are used to high-pressure situations. Of course, I hope I have done enough to be included in the game. It would mean everything to me to be involved. To win the treble two years in a row would be truly special. People would talk about it for many years.”
Concern about a fixture backlog in Scotland increased with the announcement that several weekend league games had been postponed because of the impact of severe weather. The Scottish Cup quarter-finals have not yet been disrupted but an announcement will be made today about the schedule. Of the midweek Scottish Premiership fixtures, only Tuesday’s games between Hearts and Kilmarnock – which finished 1-1 at Tynecastle – and Rangers’ 4-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park survived the freeze. Wednesday evening’s matches – Celtic v Dundee, Hibs v Hamilton and Motherwell v Aberdeen – were all postponed as icy weather swept in from Siberia, with blizzards forcing transport to a near-standstill. Rangers are now six points behind leaders Celtic, having played one game more than the champions, ahead of the third Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, a week on Sunday. This weekend’s league matches which have been called off include one Premiership fixture, between St Johnstone and Hamilton. Somewhat surprisingly, the other top-flight league game between Ross County and Partick Thistle, in the division’s most northerly venue at Dingwall, was still scheduled to go ahead. Aberdeen's game against Motherwell is one of a number of games to be called off in the Scottish Premiership Credit: PA In the Championship, Dundee United v St Mirren tonight and tomorrow’s Dunfermline v Livingston match are off. League One fixtures, Airdrieonians v Stranraer and Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park, plus four League 2 matches – Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion, Clyde v Elgin City, Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath and Peterhead v Stenhousemuir – also fell victim to the adverse conditions. Scotland was the subject of a Met Office red warning on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, but although the alert was downgraded to amber, it is likely that more games will fall victim to the snowy conditions. An SPFL statement read: “All other SPFL matches remain on at this point but will be reviewed at the earliest opportunity tomorrow morning.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, is also monitoring conditions ahead of a Scottish Cup weekend that sees Celtic at home to Greenock Morton in a lunchtime kick-off. Aberdeen are also due to be in action tomorrow at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock. On Sunday, Motherwell are to meet Hearts at Fir Park, with Rangers at home to Falkirk later in the afternoon. An SFA source said: “We have no inspections scheduled yet and, in fact, pitches are the least of the worries. The questions are – can staff and players get in and can fans travel safely? We are liaising with clubs, police and broadcasters and will update the situation in due course.” Matches are also falling victim to the freeze south of the border. Tomorrow’s Championship game between Sheffield United and Burton Albion was postponed yesterday, along with Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham and Oxford v Fleetwood in League One. The League Two match between Newport County and Accrington Stanley was also called off. Rugby Union is also suffering with five of the Pro14’s seven fixtures for this weekend being postponed yesterday. The two remaining Pro14 fixtures are unaffected by the cold snap due to being played in South Africa, with the Southern Kings hosting Dragons in Port Elizabeth and the Cheetahs taking on Connacht in Bloemfontein. A top-of-the-table clash between Scarlets and Leinster is among the Pro14 matches that must now be rescheduled, with widespread disruption at Dublin airport preventing Leinster from making the trip to west Wales. “The health and safety of supporters, match officials, players and staff from both clubs has been the foremost consideration,” read a Pro14 statement. “It is in the best interests of everyone involved to postpone the fixtures and the rescheduled date and kick-off time will be confirmed as soon as possible. “We hope that supporters understand the reasons behind this postponement and that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.” Meanwhile in the Aviva Premiership, the top-two fixture between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park in Devon has been moved from tomorrow to Sunday. All remaining fixtures in the competition are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
Beast from the East wreaks havoc with Scottish football and rugby fixtures
Concern about a fixture backlog in Scotland increased with the announcement that several weekend league games had been postponed because of the impact of severe weather. The Scottish Cup quarter-finals have not yet been disrupted but an announcement will be made today about the schedule. Of the midweek Scottish Premiership fixtures, only Tuesday’s games between Hearts and Kilmarnock – which finished 1-1 at Tynecastle – and Rangers’ 4-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park survived the freeze. Wednesday evening’s matches – Celtic v Dundee, Hibs v Hamilton and Motherwell v Aberdeen – were all postponed as icy weather swept in from Siberia, with blizzards forcing transport to a near-standstill. Rangers are now six points behind leaders Celtic, having played one game more than the champions, ahead of the third Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, a week on Sunday. This weekend’s league matches which have been called off include one Premiership fixture, between St Johnstone and Hamilton. Somewhat surprisingly, the other top-flight league game between Ross County and Partick Thistle, in the division’s most northerly venue at Dingwall, was still scheduled to go ahead. Aberdeen's game against Motherwell is one of a number of games to be called off in the Scottish Premiership Credit: PA In the Championship, Dundee United v St Mirren tonight and tomorrow’s Dunfermline v Livingston match are off. League One fixtures, Airdrieonians v Stranraer and Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park, plus four League 2 matches – Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion, Clyde v Elgin City, Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath and Peterhead v Stenhousemuir – also fell victim to the adverse conditions. Scotland was the subject of a Met Office red warning on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, but although the alert was downgraded to amber, it is likely that more games will fall victim to the snowy conditions. An SPFL statement read: “All other SPFL matches remain on at this point but will be reviewed at the earliest opportunity tomorrow morning.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, is also monitoring conditions ahead of a Scottish Cup weekend that sees Celtic at home to Greenock Morton in a lunchtime kick-off. Aberdeen are also due to be in action tomorrow at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock. On Sunday, Motherwell are to meet Hearts at Fir Park, with Rangers at home to Falkirk later in the afternoon. An SFA source said: “We have no inspections scheduled yet and, in fact, pitches are the least of the worries. The questions are – can staff and players get in and can fans travel safely? We are liaising with clubs, police and broadcasters and will update the situation in due course.” Matches are also falling victim to the freeze south of the border. Tomorrow’s Championship game between Sheffield United and Burton Albion was postponed yesterday, along with Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham and Oxford v Fleetwood in League One. The League Two match between Newport County and Accrington Stanley was also called off. Rugby Union is also suffering with five of the Pro14’s seven fixtures for this weekend being postponed yesterday. The two remaining Pro14 fixtures are unaffected by the cold snap due to being played in South Africa, with the Southern Kings hosting Dragons in Port Elizabeth and the Cheetahs taking on Connacht in Bloemfontein. A top-of-the-table clash between Scarlets and Leinster is among the Pro14 matches that must now be rescheduled, with widespread disruption at Dublin airport preventing Leinster from making the trip to west Wales. “The health and safety of supporters, match officials, players and staff from both clubs has been the foremost consideration,” read a Pro14 statement. “It is in the best interests of everyone involved to postpone the fixtures and the rescheduled date and kick-off time will be confirmed as soon as possible. “We hope that supporters understand the reasons behind this postponement and that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.” Meanwhile in the Aviva Premiership, the top-two fixture between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park in Devon has been moved from tomorrow to Sunday. All remaining fixtures in the competition are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
Concern about a fixture backlog in Scotland increased with the announcement that several weekend league games had been postponed because of the impact of severe weather. The Scottish Cup quarter-finals have not yet been disrupted but an announcement will be made today about the schedule. Of the midweek Scottish Premiership fixtures, only Tuesday’s games between Hearts and Kilmarnock – which finished 1-1 at Tynecastle – and Rangers’ 4-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park survived the freeze. Wednesday evening’s matches – Celtic v Dundee, Hibs v Hamilton and Motherwell v Aberdeen – were all postponed as icy weather swept in from Siberia, with blizzards forcing transport to a near-standstill. Rangers are now six points behind leaders Celtic, having played one game more than the champions, ahead of the third Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, a week on Sunday. This weekend’s league matches which have been called off include one Premiership fixture, between St Johnstone and Hamilton. Somewhat surprisingly, the other top-flight league game between Ross County and Partick Thistle, in the division’s most northerly venue at Dingwall, was still scheduled to go ahead. Aberdeen's game against Motherwell is one of a number of games to be called off in the Scottish Premiership Credit: PA In the Championship, Dundee United v St Mirren tonight and tomorrow’s Dunfermline v Livingston match are off. League One fixtures, Airdrieonians v Stranraer and Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park, plus four League 2 matches – Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion, Clyde v Elgin City, Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath and Peterhead v Stenhousemuir – also fell victim to the adverse conditions. Scotland was the subject of a Met Office red warning on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, but although the alert was downgraded to amber, it is likely that more games will fall victim to the snowy conditions. An SPFL statement read: “All other SPFL matches remain on at this point but will be reviewed at the earliest opportunity tomorrow morning.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, is also monitoring conditions ahead of a Scottish Cup weekend that sees Celtic at home to Greenock Morton in a lunchtime kick-off. Aberdeen are also due to be in action tomorrow at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock. On Sunday, Motherwell are to meet Hearts at Fir Park, with Rangers at home to Falkirk later in the afternoon. An SFA source said: “We have no inspections scheduled yet and, in fact, pitches are the least of the worries. The questions are – can staff and players get in and can fans travel safely? We are liaising with clubs, police and broadcasters and will update the situation in due course.” Matches are also falling victim to the freeze south of the border. Tomorrow’s Championship game between Sheffield United and Burton Albion was postponed yesterday, along with Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham and Oxford v Fleetwood in League One. The League Two match between Newport County and Accrington Stanley was also called off. Rugby Union is also suffering with five of the Pro14’s seven fixtures for this weekend being postponed yesterday. The two remaining Pro14 fixtures are unaffected by the cold snap due to being played in South Africa, with the Southern Kings hosting Dragons in Port Elizabeth and the Cheetahs taking on Connacht in Bloemfontein. A top-of-the-table clash between Scarlets and Leinster is among the Pro14 matches that must now be rescheduled, with widespread disruption at Dublin airport preventing Leinster from making the trip to west Wales. “The health and safety of supporters, match officials, players and staff from both clubs has been the foremost consideration,” read a Pro14 statement. “It is in the best interests of everyone involved to postpone the fixtures and the rescheduled date and kick-off time will be confirmed as soon as possible. “We hope that supporters understand the reasons behind this postponement and that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.” Meanwhile in the Aviva Premiership, the top-two fixture between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park in Devon has been moved from tomorrow to Sunday. All remaining fixtures in the competition are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
Beast from the East wreaks havoc with Scottish football and rugby fixtures
Concern about a fixture backlog in Scotland increased with the announcement that several weekend league games had been postponed because of the impact of severe weather. The Scottish Cup quarter-finals have not yet been disrupted but an announcement will be made today about the schedule. Of the midweek Scottish Premiership fixtures, only Tuesday’s games between Hearts and Kilmarnock – which finished 1-1 at Tynecastle – and Rangers’ 4-1 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park survived the freeze. Wednesday evening’s matches – Celtic v Dundee, Hibs v Hamilton and Motherwell v Aberdeen – were all postponed as icy weather swept in from Siberia, with blizzards forcing transport to a near-standstill. Rangers are now six points behind leaders Celtic, having played one game more than the champions, ahead of the third Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, a week on Sunday. This weekend’s league matches which have been called off include one Premiership fixture, between St Johnstone and Hamilton. Somewhat surprisingly, the other top-flight league game between Ross County and Partick Thistle, in the division’s most northerly venue at Dingwall, was still scheduled to go ahead. Aberdeen's game against Motherwell is one of a number of games to be called off in the Scottish Premiership Credit: PA In the Championship, Dundee United v St Mirren tonight and tomorrow’s Dunfermline v Livingston match are off. League One fixtures, Airdrieonians v Stranraer and Albion Rovers v Queen’s Park, plus four League 2 matches – Berwick Rangers v Stirling Albion, Clyde v Elgin City, Edinburgh City v Cowdenbeath and Peterhead v Stenhousemuir – also fell victim to the adverse conditions. Scotland was the subject of a Met Office red warning on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, but although the alert was downgraded to amber, it is likely that more games will fall victim to the snowy conditions. An SPFL statement read: “All other SPFL matches remain on at this point but will be reviewed at the earliest opportunity tomorrow morning.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, is also monitoring conditions ahead of a Scottish Cup weekend that sees Celtic at home to Greenock Morton in a lunchtime kick-off. Aberdeen are also due to be in action tomorrow at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock. On Sunday, Motherwell are to meet Hearts at Fir Park, with Rangers at home to Falkirk later in the afternoon. An SFA source said: “We have no inspections scheduled yet and, in fact, pitches are the least of the worries. The questions are – can staff and players get in and can fans travel safely? We are liaising with clubs, police and broadcasters and will update the situation in due course.” Matches are also falling victim to the freeze south of the border. Tomorrow’s Championship game between Sheffield United and Burton Albion was postponed yesterday, along with Bradford v Portsmouth, Gillingham v Rotherham and Oxford v Fleetwood in League One. The League Two match between Newport County and Accrington Stanley was also called off. Rugby Union is also suffering with five of the Pro14’s seven fixtures for this weekend being postponed yesterday. The two remaining Pro14 fixtures are unaffected by the cold snap due to being played in South Africa, with the Southern Kings hosting Dragons in Port Elizabeth and the Cheetahs taking on Connacht in Bloemfontein. A top-of-the-table clash between Scarlets and Leinster is among the Pro14 matches that must now be rescheduled, with widespread disruption at Dublin airport preventing Leinster from making the trip to west Wales. “The health and safety of supporters, match officials, players and staff from both clubs has been the foremost consideration,” read a Pro14 statement. “It is in the best interests of everyone involved to postpone the fixtures and the rescheduled date and kick-off time will be confirmed as soon as possible. “We hope that supporters understand the reasons behind this postponement and that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.” Meanwhile in the Aviva Premiership, the top-two fixture between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park in Devon has been moved from tomorrow to Sunday. All remaining fixtures in the competition are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
Aitor Karanka is emerging as a strong contender to take over as Nottingham Forest manager after the dismissal of Mark Warburton. Karanka, the former Middlesbrough manager, is understood to be one of the leading targets for the Championship club, with Barnsley’s highly regarded Paul Heckingbottom also in the running. Warburton was dismissed on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the 1-0 home defeat by Sunderland which leaves Forest 14th. Forest have lost 14 league games – the joint second-worst in the division – and Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted due to the club’s woeful form ahead of the transfer window. Karanka is believed to be on their radar as they search for a replacement. Martin O’Neill, the former Forest midfielder and current Republic of Ireland manager, has some support but is thought unlikely to be a serious contender. Warburton’s tenure lasted just nine months from his appointment in March, with recent results and performances triggering deep concern within the Forest boardroom. Mark Warburton has paid the price for a poor run of results Credit: getty images Saturday’s home defeat was their sixth in the last 10 games and Warburton has now followed sporting director Frank McParland out of the City Ground. McParland, who can count Liverpool, Watford and Burnley among his former employers, left the club on Friday after disagreements over the club’s direction. He was responsible for Forest’s summer recruitment, which has come under scrutiny with several poor signings. Warburton and McParland were keen to bring in new blood in January but have already missed out on St Mirren’s Scotland under-21 international Lewis Morgan, who appears bound for Celtic, despite weeks of talks. The ultimate yo-yo clubs Forest’s owners were unhappy with McParland over his failure to find buyers for players on big wages, such as Jack Hobbs and Matt Mills, in the summer. There has also been surprise over the focus on recruiting young players for such a tough division. Marinakis, who also owns Olympiacos, purchased the club in the summer to end Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s turbulent five-year reign. Forest wanted stability, but there was a growing sense that Warburton has underachieved with the squad at his disposal. Forest have drawn only one game this season and the inconsistency in results, plus a dreadful away record, has forced the club into reluctantly taking action. Academy manager Gary Brazil is expected to take charge of the first team for the trip to Leeds on Monday.
Nottingham Forest target Aitor Karanka after sacking Mark Warburton
Aitor Karanka is emerging as a strong contender to take over as Nottingham Forest manager after the dismissal of Mark Warburton. Karanka, the former Middlesbrough manager, is understood to be one of the leading targets for the Championship club, with Barnsley’s highly regarded Paul Heckingbottom also in the running. Warburton was dismissed on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the 1-0 home defeat by Sunderland which leaves Forest 14th. Forest have lost 14 league games – the joint second-worst in the division – and Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted due to the club’s woeful form ahead of the transfer window. Karanka is believed to be on their radar as they search for a replacement. Martin O’Neill, the former Forest midfielder and current Republic of Ireland manager, has some support but is thought unlikely to be a serious contender. Warburton’s tenure lasted just nine months from his appointment in March, with recent results and performances triggering deep concern within the Forest boardroom. Mark Warburton has paid the price for a poor run of results Credit: getty images Saturday’s home defeat was their sixth in the last 10 games and Warburton has now followed sporting director Frank McParland out of the City Ground. McParland, who can count Liverpool, Watford and Burnley among his former employers, left the club on Friday after disagreements over the club’s direction. He was responsible for Forest’s summer recruitment, which has come under scrutiny with several poor signings. Warburton and McParland were keen to bring in new blood in January but have already missed out on St Mirren’s Scotland under-21 international Lewis Morgan, who appears bound for Celtic, despite weeks of talks. The ultimate yo-yo clubs Forest’s owners were unhappy with McParland over his failure to find buyers for players on big wages, such as Jack Hobbs and Matt Mills, in the summer. There has also been surprise over the focus on recruiting young players for such a tough division. Marinakis, who also owns Olympiacos, purchased the club in the summer to end Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s turbulent five-year reign. Forest wanted stability, but there was a growing sense that Warburton has underachieved with the squad at his disposal. Forest have drawn only one game this season and the inconsistency in results, plus a dreadful away record, has forced the club into reluctantly taking action. Academy manager Gary Brazil is expected to take charge of the first team for the trip to Leeds on Monday.
Mark Warburton has been sacked by Nottingham Forest, while sporting director Frank McParland has also departed the Championship club. Warburton was dismissed on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland which leaves Forest in 14th place in the table. Forest have lost 14 league games - the joint second worst in the division - and owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted due to the club's woeful form ahead of the January transfer window. Warburton was a popular appointment in March, shortly after his acrimonious departure from Rangers, yet recent results and performances have triggered deep concern within the Forest boardroom. The home defeat to Sunderland was their sixth in the last ten games and Warburton has followed key ally McParland out of the City Ground, after talks with the board. McParland, who can count Liverpool, Watford and Burnley among his former employers, is understood to have left the club on Friday following disagreements over the club's direction. He had been responsible for Forest's recruitment in the summer, which has come under scrutiny after a number of poor signings. Warburton has paid the price for a poor run of results Credit: getty images Warburton and McParland were keen to bring in new blood in January but have already missed out on St Mirren's Scotland Under-21 international Lewis Morgan, who appears bound for Celtic, despite weeks of talks. Norwich attacker Steven Naismith has been another target. Forest's owners are believed to be unhappy with McParland over his failure to find buyers for players on big wages such as Jack Hobbs and Matt Mills in the summer. There has also been surprise over the focus on recruiting young players for such a tough division. Marinakis, who also owns Olympiakos, purchased the club in the summer to end Fawaz Al Hasawi's turbulent five-year reign. Forest have been determined to introduce stability and give Warburton time but there was a growing sense that the manager has underachieved with the squad at his disposal. The ultimate yo-yo clubs Under Warburton, Forest have drawn only one game this season and the inconsistency in results, plus a dreadful away record, has forced the club into reluctantly taking action. Forest hope to have a new manager appointed soon, but academy manager Gary Brazil is expected to take the trip to Leeds on New Years Day. An FA Cup tie at home to Arsenal is also looming, with the new man likely to be in the technical area by then.
Nottingham Forest sack Mark Warburton after sporting director Frank McParland's departure
Mark Warburton has been sacked by Nottingham Forest, while sporting director Frank McParland has also departed the Championship club. Warburton was dismissed on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland which leaves Forest in 14th place in the table. Forest have lost 14 league games - the joint second worst in the division - and owner Evangelos Marinakis has acted due to the club's woeful form ahead of the January transfer window. Warburton was a popular appointment in March, shortly after his acrimonious departure from Rangers, yet recent results and performances have triggered deep concern within the Forest boardroom. The home defeat to Sunderland was their sixth in the last ten games and Warburton has followed key ally McParland out of the City Ground, after talks with the board. McParland, who can count Liverpool, Watford and Burnley among his former employers, is understood to have left the club on Friday following disagreements over the club's direction. He had been responsible for Forest's recruitment in the summer, which has come under scrutiny after a number of poor signings. Warburton has paid the price for a poor run of results Credit: getty images Warburton and McParland were keen to bring in new blood in January but have already missed out on St Mirren's Scotland Under-21 international Lewis Morgan, who appears bound for Celtic, despite weeks of talks. Norwich attacker Steven Naismith has been another target. Forest's owners are believed to be unhappy with McParland over his failure to find buyers for players on big wages such as Jack Hobbs and Matt Mills in the summer. There has also been surprise over the focus on recruiting young players for such a tough division. Marinakis, who also owns Olympiakos, purchased the club in the summer to end Fawaz Al Hasawi's turbulent five-year reign. Forest have been determined to introduce stability and give Warburton time but there was a growing sense that the manager has underachieved with the squad at his disposal. The ultimate yo-yo clubs Under Warburton, Forest have drawn only one game this season and the inconsistency in results, plus a dreadful away record, has forced the club into reluctantly taking action. Forest hope to have a new manager appointed soon, but academy manager Gary Brazil is expected to take the trip to Leeds on New Years Day. An FA Cup tie at home to Arsenal is also looming, with the new man likely to be in the technical area by then.
<p>Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park</p>
Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park

Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park

<p>Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park</p>
Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park

Scottish football fans have snowball fight at St Mirren Park

Scottish football has not been at the top table of international competition for 20 years – hence the SFA’s urgent desire to find a manager with the Midas touch – but the country’s clubs have never been more successful at providing aid to charities and worthy causes in their communities. Independent research commissioned by the Scottish Professional Football League has revealed that 770,000 local people – an annual increase of over 60,000 - have been engaged in community initiatives involving all 42 league clubs. The research also found that season ticket holders were well served by making a commitment to back their team throughout the campaign. Headline figures show that clubs engaged with approximately 772,000 people via community activity in season 2016/17, many supported by programmes run and organised by the SPFL Trust, the charitable arm of the league. Around 86 per cent of all clubs provide free tickets to matches for community groups, charities and other worthy causes, with an estimated total of 84,000 donated last season. The number of clubs offering free admission to children has risen to 62 per cent, up 5 per cent on last year’s figure. The average maximum saving for supporters across all four divisions buying a 2017/18 season ticket is £96.20, when compared with paying at the gate. Attendance figures also told an encouraging story, with total crowds for the four Ladbrokes divisions exceeding four million in season 2016/17, a 12 per cent increase year on year, while almost a quarter of a million supporters attended the first two matches of the 2017/18 season to set a new record for the SPFL. Nicky Reid, chief executive of the SPFL Trust, said: “The recent Responsiball annual report now places the SPFL as the fourth most community-focused league in the world, based on their analysis of the 25 biggest national competitions. “A rise of three places year on year, shows that this is an area of significant strength and opportunity for Scottish football. In the past year, the SPFL Trust and our clubs have been trusted to work on projects funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Erasmus, Scottish Water, Kinder+Sport, and the SPFL itself amongst others. “Our Trusted Trophy Tour also visited more than 20 clubs and demonstrated the power that football has for good across a wide range of projects. Trust is hard-earned and we all accept the responsibilities that come with that, but the direction of travel is extremely positive.” The SFA, meanwhile, announced that its Elite club football academies are Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers. The second-tier Progressive grade consists of Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County,St Mirren and St Johnstone. The third-tier Progressive level academies are Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton and Queen’s Park. Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”
Scottish clubs set national charity records, with SPFL now 'fourth most community-focused league in the world'
Scottish football has not been at the top table of international competition for 20 years – hence the SFA’s urgent desire to find a manager with the Midas touch – but the country’s clubs have never been more successful at providing aid to charities and worthy causes in their communities. Independent research commissioned by the Scottish Professional Football League has revealed that 770,000 local people – an annual increase of over 60,000 - have been engaged in community initiatives involving all 42 league clubs. The research also found that season ticket holders were well served by making a commitment to back their team throughout the campaign. Headline figures show that clubs engaged with approximately 772,000 people via community activity in season 2016/17, many supported by programmes run and organised by the SPFL Trust, the charitable arm of the league. Around 86 per cent of all clubs provide free tickets to matches for community groups, charities and other worthy causes, with an estimated total of 84,000 donated last season. The number of clubs offering free admission to children has risen to 62 per cent, up 5 per cent on last year’s figure. The average maximum saving for supporters across all four divisions buying a 2017/18 season ticket is £96.20, when compared with paying at the gate. Attendance figures also told an encouraging story, with total crowds for the four Ladbrokes divisions exceeding four million in season 2016/17, a 12 per cent increase year on year, while almost a quarter of a million supporters attended the first two matches of the 2017/18 season to set a new record for the SPFL. Nicky Reid, chief executive of the SPFL Trust, said: “The recent Responsiball annual report now places the SPFL as the fourth most community-focused league in the world, based on their analysis of the 25 biggest national competitions. “A rise of three places year on year, shows that this is an area of significant strength and opportunity for Scottish football. In the past year, the SPFL Trust and our clubs have been trusted to work on projects funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Erasmus, Scottish Water, Kinder+Sport, and the SPFL itself amongst others. “Our Trusted Trophy Tour also visited more than 20 clubs and demonstrated the power that football has for good across a wide range of projects. Trust is hard-earned and we all accept the responsibilities that come with that, but the direction of travel is extremely positive.” The SFA, meanwhile, announced that its Elite club football academies are Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers. The second-tier Progressive grade consists of Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County,St Mirren and St Johnstone. The third-tier Progressive level academies are Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton and Queen’s Park. Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay&#39;s goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
Scotland 0 Holland 1: Memphis Depay strikes winner as hosts suffer only defeat of year
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay's goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay&#39;s goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
Scotland 0 Holland 1: Memphis Depay strikes winner as hosts suffer only defeat of year
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay's goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay&#39;s goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
Scotland 0 Holland 1: Memphis Depay strikes winner as hosts suffer only defeat of year
Scotland suffered their only defeat of 2017 in this desultory friendly, where the only goal of the game was scored shortly before half-time by Memphis Depay. There was no mother lode of new Scottish talent but the consolations were decent performances by Hibs’ John McGinn and Callum McGregor, on the occasion of the Celtic midfielder’s first cap. The impressive momentum of Kieran Tierney’s career was extended by his elevation to the captaincy at the age of 20. The Isle of Man-born defender had been shifted to centre-back to permit Ryan Jack and Andrew Robertson to occupy the full-back berths, behind a sitting pair of John McGinn and Kenny McLean, who renewed an acquaintanceship that dated from their spell together at St Mirren between 2012 and 2015. The injuries to Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong which kept them out of the side also deprived the Scots of punch and penetration in the middle of the park, but Mackay’s players started positively and quickly forced three successive corner kicks. There were also promising efforts from Matt Phillips, in his makeshift role as lone striker, and James Forrest, all of which were blocked or deflected. The early stages featured oddities, a couple of which were embarrassing, such as the prolonged stoppage while a replacement was found for the match ball, which the French referee decreed to be too soft. Another blemish was the boos directed at Ryan Jack by a few Aberdeen supporters who decided that their objection to a former Dons player who had moved to Rangers should be directed at him when he was wearing the colours of his country. Depay's goal proved to be the winner Credit: Getty Images Virgil van Dijk was also the target of jeers from the main stand although, in the case of the Dutch defender, the cause appeared to be his previous employment at Celtic. More pertinently, Van Dijk was not as troubled as he should have been by Scotland’s strivings on the field. Given that he and his fellow centre-back, Karim Rekkik, were frequently left alone as their full-backs pressed upfield, they were rarely stretched to cover as they should have been. In fact, the Scots’ best effort in the first half came when Tierney ventured upfield for a 30-yard shot with the power and accuracy to trouble Jasper Cillessen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper dived full length to parry the drive. Cillessen looked much less adept when he made a hash of clearing a back pass and had the ball taken off his toe by Phillips, who found Ryan Christie, but the winger overhit his return cross and the chance was lost. By that stage, the Dutch were ahead, having caught Scotland shortly before the interval with a classic counterpunch which saw them break three against three in front of Craig Gordon. Caretaker manager Malky Mackay orders his instructions from the touchline Credit: Reuters The ball was worked to the right flank for Ryan Babel, whose dipping cross to the back post was met by Depay’s outstretched left boot for a simple steer into the Scottish net. McGinn had cheered the Tartan Army with a forceful shot that swirled narrowly wide and McGregor came closer with a 22-yard drive which Cillessen blocked just below the crossbar but the home supporters only found their full voice when Ryan Fraser came on for Forrest and, with his first touch, left Nathan Ake static as he cut into the Dutch box for a clipped attempt which skipped a few inches to the side of the post. Jason Cummings enlivened the closing moments with a substitute appearance which saw him shoot straight at the goalkeeper to complete a frustrating evening for Malky Mackay – acting as interim manager - who had learnt earlier from the SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, that he was not being considered for the position in the longer term.
If only it was this easy for England’s senior team to achieve a victory. Late goals were not required last night as Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21’s outclassed Scotland in a European Championship qualifier at Middlesbrough. Josh Onomah, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke scored England’s goals and there should have been more against a Scotland side that replied through Chris Cadden in a rare attack. Scotland did have a right to feel optimistic after a win in their opening group game against the Netherlands, who had already held England to a draw. But it was optimism that swiftly evaporated as they went behind after only 14 minutes. Onomah, the Tottenham midfielder who is on loan at Aston Villa, was 25 yards from goal when he chested down Scott McKenna’s headed clearance before steering a volley over goalkeeper Ryan Fulton. “It was a terrific goal. I don’t think he has scored a better one,” Boothroyd said. Tammy Abraham makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot “If I tried it a hundred times, it wouldn’t go in, but he would get half of them on target “He didn’t score too many for Tottenham, but seems to score for us. Getting game time for Villa is definitely helping him to improve.” Scotland were fortunate not to concede at least one more goal before the interval, notably when Abraham stretch to divert the ball against a post and had another effort blocked on the line by Liam Smith. Scotland’s only response in the opening 45 minutes was as feeble as their first-half performance when Dominic Thomas’s 27th minute shot lacked the pace and accuracy needed to trouble goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The second-half that was again largely controlled by England, who added their second goal through Abraham’s 49th minute penalty, awarded when he stumbled under a challenge from Souttar. Scotland briefly threatened a revival in the 78th minute goal when Cadden scored after Joe Gomez failed to clear, but Solanke replied seconds later following unselfish work by Abraham. Boothroyd said:”It’s an important win for us. We could have played a bit better in the second-half and I’m disappointed to have conceded a goal, but I’m really pleased with the result. I was worried about this game because I thought they would give us big problems.” Boothroyd need not have worried, although St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan did hint at the quality that has sparked interest from Celtic and Rangers are interested. Scot Gemmill, Scotland’s coach, said:”We were disappointed in the first-half, but got a reaction in the second and the whole team was better.”
England U21 3 Scotland U21 1: Josh Onomah wondergoal sets hosts on way to comfortable win
If only it was this easy for England’s senior team to achieve a victory. Late goals were not required last night as Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21’s outclassed Scotland in a European Championship qualifier at Middlesbrough. Josh Onomah, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke scored England’s goals and there should have been more against a Scotland side that replied through Chris Cadden in a rare attack. Scotland did have a right to feel optimistic after a win in their opening group game against the Netherlands, who had already held England to a draw. But it was optimism that swiftly evaporated as they went behind after only 14 minutes. Onomah, the Tottenham midfielder who is on loan at Aston Villa, was 25 yards from goal when he chested down Scott McKenna’s headed clearance before steering a volley over goalkeeper Ryan Fulton. “It was a terrific goal. I don’t think he has scored a better one,” Boothroyd said. Tammy Abraham makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot “If I tried it a hundred times, it wouldn’t go in, but he would get half of them on target “He didn’t score too many for Tottenham, but seems to score for us. Getting game time for Villa is definitely helping him to improve.” Scotland were fortunate not to concede at least one more goal before the interval, notably when Abraham stretch to divert the ball against a post and had another effort blocked on the line by Liam Smith. Scotland’s only response in the opening 45 minutes was as feeble as their first-half performance when Dominic Thomas’s 27th minute shot lacked the pace and accuracy needed to trouble goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The second-half that was again largely controlled by England, who added their second goal through Abraham’s 49th minute penalty, awarded when he stumbled under a challenge from Souttar. Scotland briefly threatened a revival in the 78th minute goal when Cadden scored after Joe Gomez failed to clear, but Solanke replied seconds later following unselfish work by Abraham. Boothroyd said:”It’s an important win for us. We could have played a bit better in the second-half and I’m disappointed to have conceded a goal, but I’m really pleased with the result. I was worried about this game because I thought they would give us big problems.” Boothroyd need not have worried, although St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan did hint at the quality that has sparked interest from Celtic and Rangers are interested. Scot Gemmill, Scotland’s coach, said:”We were disappointed in the first-half, but got a reaction in the second and the whole team was better.”
If only it was this easy for England’s senior team to achieve a victory. Late goals were not required last night as Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21’s outclassed Scotland in a European Championship qualifier at Middlesbrough. Josh Onomah, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke scored England’s goals and there should have been more against a Scotland side that replied through Chris Cadden in a rare attack. Scotland did have a right to feel optimistic after a win in their opening group game against the Netherlands, who had already held England to a draw. But it was optimism that swiftly evaporated as they went behind after only 14 minutes. Onomah, the Tottenham midfielder who is on loan at Aston Villa, was 25 yards from goal when he chested down Scott McKenna’s headed clearance before steering a volley over goalkeeper Ryan Fulton. “It was a terrific goal. I don’t think he has scored a better one,” Boothroyd said. Tammy Abraham makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot “If I tried it a hundred times, it wouldn’t go in, but he would get half of them on target “He didn’t score too many for Tottenham, but seems to score for us. Getting game time for Villa is definitely helping him to improve.” Scotland were fortunate not to concede at least one more goal before the interval, notably when Abraham stretch to divert the ball against a post and had another effort blocked on the line by Liam Smith. Scotland’s only response in the opening 45 minutes was as feeble as their first-half performance when Dominic Thomas’s 27th minute shot lacked the pace and accuracy needed to trouble goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The second-half that was again largely controlled by England, who added their second goal through Abraham’s 49th minute penalty, awarded when he stumbled under a challenge from Souttar. Scotland briefly threatened a revival in the 78th minute goal when Cadden scored after Joe Gomez failed to clear, but Solanke replied seconds later following unselfish work by Abraham. Boothroyd said:”It’s an important win for us. We could have played a bit better in the second-half and I’m disappointed to have conceded a goal, but I’m really pleased with the result. I was worried about this game because I thought they would give us big problems.” Boothroyd need not have worried, although St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan did hint at the quality that has sparked interest from Celtic and Rangers are interested. Scot Gemmill, Scotland’s coach, said:”We were disappointed in the first-half, but got a reaction in the second and the whole team was better.”
England U21 3 Scotland U21 1: Josh Onomah wondergoal sets hosts on way to comfortable win
If only it was this easy for England’s senior team to achieve a victory. Late goals were not required last night as Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21’s outclassed Scotland in a European Championship qualifier at Middlesbrough. Josh Onomah, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke scored England’s goals and there should have been more against a Scotland side that replied through Chris Cadden in a rare attack. Scotland did have a right to feel optimistic after a win in their opening group game against the Netherlands, who had already held England to a draw. But it was optimism that swiftly evaporated as they went behind after only 14 minutes. Onomah, the Tottenham midfielder who is on loan at Aston Villa, was 25 yards from goal when he chested down Scott McKenna’s headed clearance before steering a volley over goalkeeper Ryan Fulton. “It was a terrific goal. I don’t think he has scored a better one,” Boothroyd said. Tammy Abraham makes it 2-0 from the penalty spot “If I tried it a hundred times, it wouldn’t go in, but he would get half of them on target “He didn’t score too many for Tottenham, but seems to score for us. Getting game time for Villa is definitely helping him to improve.” Scotland were fortunate not to concede at least one more goal before the interval, notably when Abraham stretch to divert the ball against a post and had another effort blocked on the line by Liam Smith. Scotland’s only response in the opening 45 minutes was as feeble as their first-half performance when Dominic Thomas’s 27th minute shot lacked the pace and accuracy needed to trouble goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The second-half that was again largely controlled by England, who added their second goal through Abraham’s 49th minute penalty, awarded when he stumbled under a challenge from Souttar. Scotland briefly threatened a revival in the 78th minute goal when Cadden scored after Joe Gomez failed to clear, but Solanke replied seconds later following unselfish work by Abraham. Boothroyd said:”It’s an important win for us. We could have played a bit better in the second-half and I’m disappointed to have conceded a goal, but I’m really pleased with the result. I was worried about this game because I thought they would give us big problems.” Boothroyd need not have worried, although St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan did hint at the quality that has sparked interest from Celtic and Rangers are interested. Scot Gemmill, Scotland’s coach, said:”We were disappointed in the first-half, but got a reaction in the second and the whole team was better.”
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Scottish Cup: Celtic survive early scare to ease past St Mirren and set up Old Firm semi-final at Hampden
Celtic Fan View: Three things we learned as spirited St. Mirren are beaten
Celtic Fan View: Three things we learned as spirited St. Mirren are beaten
Celtic Fan View: Three things we learned as spirited St. Mirren are beaten
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Top 10 Craziest Transfers That Almost Happened
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From Neymar and Real Madrid to Ronaldinho and St. Mirren, here are our Top 10 Craziest Transfers that almost happened!
Top 10 craziest transfers that almost happened
From Neymar and Real Madrid to Ronaldinho and St. Mirren, here are our Top 10 Craziest Transfers that almost happened!
Former Rangers player Paul Gascoigne waves to the crowd at half time Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart
Rangers v St Mirren Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
Former Rangers player Paul Gascoigne waves to the crowd at half time Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart
Ever heard about the time Riyad Mahrez pulled a runner from a trial with St Mirren&#39;s reserves?
Ever heard about the time Riyad Mahrez pulled a runner from a trial with St Mirren's reserves?
Ever heard about the time Riyad Mahrez pulled a runner from a trial with St Mirren's reserves?
There was a time when things were not quite so glorious for PFA Player of the Year and Premier League champion-in-waiting Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez fled St Mirren trial on a bike due to 'abusive' Scottish weather
There was a time when things were not quite so glorious for PFA Player of the Year and Premier League champion-in-waiting Riyad Mahrez.
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed that he ran away from a trial spell at St Mirren as a teenager, saying that he snuck away from the Scottish club because he was too cold in Scotland. In an interview with ​L&#39;Equipe, the Algerian revealed that he borrowed a bike so that he could escape the cold, snowy training sessions. “It was physical and it was cold. We trained in the snow! I felt that I progressed, I wasn’t allowed to go so I left in secret. Riyad Mahrez tells @lequipe today...
Riyad Mahrez RAN AWAY From St Mirren Trial Because He Was Too Cold
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed that he ran away from a trial spell at St Mirren as a teenager, saying that he snuck away from the Scottish club because he was too cold in Scotland. In an interview with ​L'Equipe, the Algerian revealed that he borrowed a bike so that he could escape the cold, snowy training sessions. “It was physical and it was cold. We trained in the snow! I felt that I progressed, I wasn’t allowed to go so I left in secret. Riyad Mahrez tells @lequipe today...
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Kenny Miller (L) appeals to referee John McKendrick Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Kenny Miller (L) appeals to referee John McKendrick
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Kenny Miller (L) appeals to referee John McKendrick Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren&#39;s Kyle McAllister Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with James Tavernier (R) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with James Tavernier (R)
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with James Tavernier (R) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Harry Forrester (L) celebrates scoring their first goal against St Mirren with Andrew Halliday Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Harry Forrester (R) scores their first goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 St Mirren manager Alex Rae Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
St Mirren manager Alex Rae
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 St Mirren manager Alex Rae Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; manager Mark Warburton Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' manager Mark Warburton Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Kenny Miller looks dejected after missing a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Kenny Miller looks dejected after missing a chance to score
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Kenny Miller looks dejected after missing a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Kenny Miller (2nd L) misses a chance to score Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren&#39;s Gary Irvine Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Gary Irvine
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Gary Irvine Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren&#39;s Gary Irvine (L) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Gary Irvine (L)
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' Michael O’Halloran (R) in action with St Mirren's Gary Irvine (L) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers&#39; James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren&#39;s Kyle McAllister and Gary Irvine (R) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister and Gary Irvine (R)
Football Soccer - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox - 27/2/16 Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister and Gary Irvine (R) Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Dean Shiels (R) celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Dean Shiels (R) celebrates scoring their third goal
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Dean Shiels (R) celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Dean Shiels (R) scores their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Dean Shiels (R) scores their third goal
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Dean Shiels (R) scores their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; manager Mark Warburton Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' manager Mark Warburton Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Match stewards chase after a fan who had invaded the pitch Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Match stewards chase after a fan who had invaded the pitch
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Match stewards chase after a fan who had invaded the pitch Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Match Stewards escort a fan off the pitch Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Match Stewards escort a fan off the pitch
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Match Stewards escort a fan off the pitch Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 St Mirren&#39;s Cameron Howieson (2nd L) celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
St Mirren's Cameron Howieson (2nd L) celebrates scoring their first goal
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 St Mirren's Cameron Howieson (2nd L) celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal with Martyn Waghorn Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal with Martyn Waghorn
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal with Martyn Waghorn Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Lee Wallace (R) celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Lee Wallace (2nd L) scores their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Lee Wallace (2nd L) scores their second goal
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Lee Wallace (2nd L) scores their second goal Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers&#39; Tom Walsh (L) in action with St Mirren&#39;s Cameron Howieson Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Rangers' Tom Walsh (L) in action with St Mirren's Cameron Howieson
Football - Rangers v St Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Championship - Ibrox Stadium - 7/8/15 Rangers' Tom Walsh (L) in action with St Mirren's Cameron Howieson Action Images via Reuters / Graham Stuart Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
‘I threw it for a laugh’ – St Mirren captain spears team-mate with a spiked pole
‘I threw it for a laugh’ – St Mirren captain spears team-mate with a spiked pole
‘I threw it for a laugh’ – St Mirren captain spears team-mate with a spiked pole
St Mirren&#39;s Steven Thompson salutes his side&#39;s fans at the final whistle against Celtic after their Scottish League Cup semi final soccer match at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files
St Mirren's Steven Thompson salutes his side's fans at the final whistle against Celtic after their Scottish League Cup semi final soccer match at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland
St Mirren's Steven Thompson salutes his side's fans at the final whistle against Celtic after their Scottish League Cup semi final soccer match at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City&#39;s first ever goal in the club&#39;s inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Villa delighted to make New York City history
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City&#39;s first ever goal in the club&#39;s inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Villa delighted to make New York City history
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Villa delighted to make New York City history
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City&#39;s first ever goal in the club&#39;s inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Villa delighted to make New York City history
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City&#39;s first ever goal in the club&#39;s inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Villa delighted to make New York City history
David Villa revealed his delight at scoring New York City's first ever goal in the club's inaugural match, a 2-0 friendly win over St Mirren.
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Dundee United held to one all draw with St Mirren
Dundee United squandered a chance to move up into third place in the Scottish Premiership standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts St. Mirren on Wednesday night (21st January).
Celtic&#39;s Leigh Griffiths (L) is challenged by St Mirren&#39;s Marian Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Griffiths is challenged by St Mirren's Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (L) is challenged by St Mirren's Marian Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic&#39;s Anthony Stokes (L) celebrates with Charlie Mulgrew his goal against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, March 22, 2014.REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Stokes celebrates with Mulgrew his goal against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland
Celtic's Anthony Stokes (L) celebrates with Charlie Mulgrew his goal against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, March 22, 2014.REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic&#39;s Leigh Griffiths is challenged by St Mirren&#39;s goalkeeper Marian Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is challenged by St Mirren's goalkeeper Marian Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is challenged by St Mirren's goalkeeper Marian Kello during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic&#39;s Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier Leaguel soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier Leaguel soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier Leaguel soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic&#39;s Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths puts the ball past St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello to score during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic&#39;s Stefan Johansen scores against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Stefan Johansen scores against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow
Celtic's Stefan Johansen scores against St Mirren during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Celtic Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Celtic's Gary Hooper (R) celebrates with teammate Kris Commons after scoring at the Celtic Park, in Glasgow, on November 3. Hooper hat-trick helped them to a 5-0 rout of St Mirren on Saturday
Celtic's Gary Hooper (R) celebrates with teammate Kris Commons
Celtic's Gary Hooper (R) celebrates with teammate Kris Commons after scoring at the Celtic Park, in Glasgow, on November 3. Hooper hat-trick helped them to a 5-0 rout of St Mirren on Saturday

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