Griffiths the key

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Leigh Griffiths has been backed to cause Rangers problems in the Old Firm derby

Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod believes Leigh Griffiths could be the difference between the teams in Saturday’s Old Firm clash – if the striker recovers from injury. The 26-year-old missed Scotland’s 2018 World Cup qualifying win in Malt …

Rangers’ Barton move is statement of intent

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14/05/16
IBROX - GLASGOW
Joey Barton leaves Ibrox with Rangers assistant manager David Weir

The weekend saw social media ablaze with the news that Joey Barton was in Glasgow for talks with Rangers. The midfielder is out of contract this summer and is currently assessing his options, with a deal an Burnley also supposedly on the table. Rangers …

Rodgers the answer for Celtic?

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10/08/13 FRIENDLY
LIVERPOOL V CELTIC (0-1)
AVIVA STADIUM - DUBLIN
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Ever since Ronny Deila announced he would be leaving Celtic, the media haven’t stopped talking about his replacement. For weeks now, speculation has seen several names linked with the job. Players, former players, managers, pundits, have all had their …

Bayern feel ‘cheated’ against Atletico – Rummenigge

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Pep Guardiola.

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club felt cheated after their Champions League semi-final exit to Atletico Madrid. Strikes from Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski weren’t enough for the Bundesliga champions as they bowed ou …

Ten years asleep?

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10/09/03 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER
GERMANY v SCOTLAND (2-1)
DORTMUND - GERMANY
The German fans show off a single Saltire

HERE’S a question. Rather than obsessing over your team’s next manager or fulminating over the form of that centre-forward who is so slow he started that run into the box in the last century or berating that eejit that sits next to you and spouts nonse …

Scottish Premiership team of the year

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team of the year amended

By Craig Turnbull With the season coming to a climax, PLZ Soccer highlights the cream of the crop in the Scottish Premiership. GK – Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock) Barely a week has gone by this season where Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald hasn’t be …

A tale of North London

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north london

North London may be a rather miserable place to be come the end of the season. Tottenham’s chances of catching Leicester to win the Premiership title are looking increasingly slim, whilst Arsenal are at risk of not making the top four. In many ways, it …

Show the fans the money

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01/10/13 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
CELTIC v BARCELONA (0-1)
CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW
Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier is joined in the stand by shareholder Dermot Desmond (centre) and Chief Executive Peter Lawwell (right)

IT is not a matter of who. It is more a matter of what. Celtic stand at a crossroads again and face a decision that is not only crucial in sporting terms but in business imperatives. One would have loved to have been at the post-match dinner between Pe …

Five things that derailed Deila

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28/08/15
CELTIC TRAINING
LENNOXTOWN
Celtic manager Ronny Deila takes training

By Craig Turnbull After the news that Ronny Deila will leave Celtic at the end of the season, PLZ Soccer picks over the bones of where it all went wrong for the Norwegian coach. Hoops humiliated in Europe The signs were ominous early on in Deila’s tenu …

Don’t write off Hibs yet

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16/04/16 WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL
HIBERNIAN v DUNDEE UTD (0-0aet, 4-2pens)
HAMPDEN - GLASGOW
Hibernian keeper Conrad Logan (2nd right) is mobbed after the match

The term “Hibsed it” has become a popular catchphrase of late. Owing to the poor run of form which saw the Edinburgh club lose the title race by a significant margin to rivals Rangers and lose great momentum in the course of a season in which they fini …

Five potential summer recruits for Rangers

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17/04/16 WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP SEMI-FINAL
RANGERS v CELTIC (1-1, 2-2 AET, 5-4 PENS)
HAMPDEN - GLASGOW
Rangers manager Mark Warburton (left) with Andy Halliday

Fresh off the back of an excellent two week spell that has seen Rangers lift the Premiership title, the Petrofac Cup and defeat Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup Final, plans are already well underway in preparation for life in Scotland’s top tier next …

it’s not Celtic and Rangers

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14/04/16
HAMPDEN - GLASGOW
Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs joins Dundee United Manager Mixu Paatelainen as the preview their side's William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final.

IT is might not be the semi-final that time forgot. But it is the semi-final that many in Scotland struggle to remember is on. The media week has been filled with so many previews of the Rangers-Celtic match that one wonders why David Cameron was not a …