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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 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 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 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. 

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.”

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

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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's reserves?

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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