Money is the lifeblood of the game

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IT is not about the fans. How is that for a jaw-dropping statement, one that invites the sort of abuse only previously encountered by the most inane of trolls. But when considering the future of Scottish football the impact of the supporters may not be …

Klopp and Liverpool’s holy grail

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The potential sight of Leicester City lifting the Premier League trophy will provoke mixed feelings. Admiration and the realisation of a lingering disappointment. That a club, who have never won the league title in their entire history, could put their …

Comment

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So it didn’t take long then, normal service resumed. Less than 24 hours after Rangers sealed promotion to the top flight of Scottish football following their four-year absence, the fanatics started drooling over the prospect of the return of Old Firm g …

Club or country?

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SO how was it for you? The international break, I mean. Was it a time of excitement? Or was it a period of indifference, as if the season had been put on hold and the plot lines of club football suspended for international matches that may have had som …

Great player & manager

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THE death of Johan Cruyff has a significance that has been comprehensively covered in the excellent, heartfelt tributes paid to one of the best players ever to have graced the planet. The Dutchman’s extraordinary personality has also been captured as h …

Celtic’s problems lie deeper than Deila dilemma

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By Hugh MacDonald IT is not just a case of patting mates on the back. The PLZ soccer interview with Davie Moyes was a good, old-fashioned scoop. One that set the agenda for the sporting day and was lifted by other media outlets. Its content was fascina …

New firm spin

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THE Fat Lady is not quite singing but she is clearing her throat. The business end of the season approaches and it is a time for the New Firm to look at the books. It is an intriguing era in the north. Stephen Thompson’s extraordinary statement this we …

Deila’s Destiny

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THE turbulent, storm-tossed journey that is Ronny Deila’s Celtic career is entering a location that will be labelled dire straits or safe harbour, according to results. Deila, heavily buffeted in the summer by failure to qualify for the Champions Leagu …

Is the ba’ burst?

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IT is amazing what can be disguised by the metaphorical walking up to the knees in blood or peering through the smoke of flares cast on to a knobbly, rain-sodden football ground. The behaviour of Rangers and Celtic fans have dominated the agenda as Sco …

Zizou the Real deal?

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THE evidence that great players become great managers is scant. It rests largely on such as Franz Beckenbauer and Dino Zoff talking national sides to the ultimate triumph. It does not, however, survive forensic scrutiny, save for brilliant exceptions. …

Klopp to the Kop

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SO what’s it all about, Jurgen? The march by Klopp and the Liverpool players towards supporters after a 2-2- draw with West Brom at the weekend was widely derided. Liverpool celebrating a draw at home? The one-time kings of Europe taking a bow after sn …

Attack, attack, attack, attack!

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THE MURRAY boys done well, as we say in fitba’ circles. But a visit to Ghent to witness Dunblane winning the world cup of tennis was not without its humbling moments. It was great to watch Andy and Jamie win the three points that won the Davis Cup fina …