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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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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.

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