A game of two halves for Jose

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Jose Mourinho was left disappointed by a derby defeat the Manchester United manager believes was borne out of a poor first-half display and some refereeing mistakes. Old Trafford was the focus of the sporting world on Saturday lunchtime as city rivalri …

Roughie’s view: Hibs need to forget handball

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It was penalty. No doubt about it. McCracken has handled in the box. I’ve seen penalties given for less. Has the referee seen the incident? You’d like to think so. He’s only ten yards away and has a clear view. You can only assume he hasn’t adjudged it …

Roughie’s view: Sacrifice Cup for promotion

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It’s an argument which has split Hibs fans down the middle: Win the Scottish Cup, end the 114-year hoodoo and settle for another year in the Championship or lose the Cup final, seal promotion and be back amongst the big boys in the top flight. Ideally …

Roughie’s view: Board to blame for Celtic failure

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All credit to Ronny Deila and his admission that the job was too big for him. But it’s the board who should come out and apologise. They gave him the job and are culpable too. Their plan failed dramatically; they have to shoulder the blame for the utte …

Roughie’s view: Celtic tempo key in Old Firm

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We’ve already seen Rangers have mixed results against Premiership opposition in the form of St Johnstone and Dundee but Celtic are a different proposition altogether. On their day, Celtic should win but we’ve seen them come unstuck in semi-finals befor …

Roughie’s view: Marshall still no.1

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For me, there’s no debate. David Marshall is No.1. He might have been out through illness and as all good goalkeepers do McGregor and Gordon tried to stake their claim. But I just think it’s bang out of order for people to start saying because of one g …

Roughie’s view: Scotland lacking wow factor

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It was important to win last night and it was a good win away from home. The first half performance was poor but that was perhaps to be expected with a mix and match team. The second half was a lot better. McCormack looks a good addition and done himse …

Roughie’s view: Deila double won’t be enough

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Ronny Deila believes a double will be enough to save his job but in my opinion it won’t. He’s put himself under pressure so when managers of David Moyes and Malky Mackay’s stature become available they are going to get linked. But to say it’s disrespec …

Roughie’s view: Rhodes should have been selected

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If I was Jordan Rhodes I’d be gutted. He’s an £11 million player and yet can’t get in the squad. I’m bemused by it to say the very least. Here is a guy who scores goals on a regular basis in the Championship in England and yet cannot make any inroads i …

Roughie’s view: Sympathy for Fox

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I have to say I feel desperately sorry for goalkeeper Scott Fox. It’s not very often that clubs he plays for will get to Cup finals. And perhaps the most galling aspect was that he was one of the big reasons why they got there in the first place, with …

Roughie’s view: Harkins need to deliver … and he can

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Gary Harkins has made a rod for his own back. He probably thought he’ll wind-up his Rangers mates but I don’t think he appreciated the magnitude of what he said. He’ll be in no doubt though once he comes off the team bus at Ibrox. It’s a bit ill-advise …

Roughie’s view: Cummings’ stupidity almost cost Hibs

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Jason Cummings is a lucky boy. I don’t want to be a killjoy and stop players celebrating but players need to be responsible. You have to think of the consequences not only for you but your team as well. Take nothing away from the goal it’s a terrific f …