What price for potential?

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31/12/16 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
RANGERS v CELTIC (1-2)
IBROX - GLASGOW
Celtic's Moussa Dembele (L) Rangers' Barrie McKay (R)

Moussa Dembele £40m? Barrie McKay £6m? We are living in strange times with untruths and fake news aplenty. Spin seems to be the order of the day, regardless of how far-fetched it seems, football fans and Americans can’t get enough of it! Chelsea’s repo …

The gap is getting bigger

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31/12/16 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
RANGERS v CELTIC (1-2)
IBROX - GLASGOW
The score board at full-time

At the end of the day there is a gap, it is nineteen points and will probably be more at the end of the season on the evidence of Celtic’s old firm derby win at Ibrox on Saturday. Mark Warburton described missed opportunities in his post-match analysis …

Over and out

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19/10/16 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE
CELTIC v BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW
Borussia Monchengladbach manager Andre Schubert (L) and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Outplayed, out-thought, out-sung and out of European football at the end of the year. That is the sad truth from tonight’s reality check for Celtic against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Maybe there was a false sense of hope and expectation after the incred …

Winners and losers in the Champions League

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30/07/16 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP
BARCELONA v CELTIC
AVIVA STADIUM - DUBLIN
Barcalona super star Lionel Messi

The Champions League takes centre stage this evening across Europe, with Group C on match-day three offering two very interesting games involving British clubs. Pep Guardiola heads to back to the scene of former glories, when he takes his Manchester Ci …

Gordon’s head? not yet

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08/10/16 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
SCOTLAND v LITHUANIA (1-1)
HAMPDEN - GLASGOW
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan issues instructions

There are already people calling for Gordon Strachan’s head after the draw with Lithuania, but you won’t hear it from me, yet. Nothing has been decided in our group, but I’m not going to hide from the fact that Saturday’s 1-1 with Lithuania was not goo …

The 12th man made the point

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28/09/16 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE
CELTIC v MANCHESTER CITY (3-3)
CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW
Both teams line up before the match

There is something special about Celtic park on a Champions League night. The ground was bouncing and the noise was incredible. The Celtic support were there to fulfil their role as the 12th man to try and help their team upset the odds and add Manches …

England expects

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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been linked with the vacant England job

There’s nothing like a last minute winner to keep the critics at bay and Sam Allardyce’s winning start for England in Slovakia has afforded him that rare luxury. As a neutral observing an England team that has to deal with expectation that far outstrip …

Back the manager with hard cash.

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23/08/16 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING PLAY-OFF 2ND LEG
HAPOEL BE'ER SHEVA v CELTIC (2-0)
TURNER STADIUM - BEERSHEBA
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at full-time

Lucky, lucky Celtic. It is the only way to sum up a shambolic performance by Celtic in Israel against a mediocre Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. The reason Celtic are through to the Champions League group stage is down to manager Brendan Rodgers a …

Champions League sweet music

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17/08/16 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIRST PLAYOFF ROUND 1ST LEG
CELTIC v HAPOEL BE'ER SHEVA (5-2)
CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW
Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates having put his side 5-2 in front

There was a moment in this game that Celtic fans must have thought, oh no, not again! Almost a year to the day, Celtic, under Ronny Deila, were cruising two goals up against Malmo in Glasgow and then it all collapsed. At Celtic park on Wednesday night, …

Scottish Premiership: Winners and losers

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08/05/16 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
CELTIC v ABERDEEN (3-2)
CELTIC PARK - GLASGOW
Celtic celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Premiership for season 2015/2016.

A new football season is upon us and, before a ball is kicked, it is nice to see the Independent report into the trouble at the Scottish cup final has prompted our first major argument of what is certain to be a turbulent, but very interesting Scottish …

The Rodgers revolution

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27/07/16 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND THREE 1ST LEG
FC ASTANA v CELTIC (1-1)
ASTANA ARENA - KAZAKHSTAN
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

It is a step in the right direction, but there’s a huge amount of work to be done before Brendan Rodgers convinces the Celtic fans that his revolution is well and truly underway after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Astana in Kazakhstan. Leigh Griffiths, …

Donati masterclass

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23/07/16 BETFRED CUP GROUP G
HAMILTON V ST MIRREN
THE SUPERSEAL STADIUM - HAMILTON
Massimo Donati debuts for Hamilton

There are levels in football and on the evidence of this league cup fixture, Hamilton are a level above St Mirren in the league and on the park. As far as individuals go, Massimo Donati was a level above everyone on the pitch, even at 35 years of age. …