Back the manager with hard cash.

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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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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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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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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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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. …

That’s entertainment?

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What a great week it was for Scottish football, once again we are the laughing stock on the European stage. Neil Doncaster declared the showbiz is back in the Premiership with Rangers in the top flight. He also revealed he’s going to Uefa to fight our …

Three and easy for Celtic

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This was a case of when and by how many for Celtic and so it proved to be as Brendan Rodgers’ side laid siege to Lincoln Red Imps goal from the kick-off. Last week, I mentioned this was no more than a pub team and it beggared belief that Celtic actuall …

Rooney the key

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If England are going to progress out of their European Championship group and beyond, there is one man they’ll have to hang their hat on and that is Wayne Rooney. It is a country that never ceases to amaze me with their attitude to special talents from …

Lennon’s green and white

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No surprise to me Neil Lennon coming in as the new manager of Hibernian. It was something I predicted at the end of May, once it became apparent that Alan Stubbs wanted out of Easter road. Sometimes timing, circumstance and a little bit of good fortune …

Muhammad Ali’s legacy

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Muhammad Ali, the greatest, the champion, the legend. I shed a tear today because a part of my childhood has died. “I shook up the world!” cried Ali. He shook up mine. I had never seen or heard anyone like him. Should I chronicle his career and pay tri …

Glory glory to the Hibees

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114 years of pain is finally over. Hibernian have won the Scottish cup. Manager Alan Stubbs and his players have etched their names in history forever as the team to finally land the Scottish cup in 2016 and lay to rest the jokes about 1902. What a gam …

A big thank you to Rangers for Brendan Rodgers

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Some Celtic fans won’t acknowledge it but, the return of Rangers to the Premiership has suddenly re-ignited Dermot Desmond’s ambition and delivered a genuinely top drawer manager in Brendan Rodgers to the current Premiership champions. The timing of th …