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For Michael O’Neill the logical career choice is Scotland but will he take it? | Ewan Murray

The Northern Ireland manager is due to hold talks over the Scotland job and must choose whether to leave behind his home nation for less lucrative terms but apparent advantagesOnly those fortunate enough to have encountered the scenario will understand…

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Scottish FA to open talks with Michael O’Neill over vacant manager’s job

• Northern Ireland FA granted permission for talks after weeks of deadlock• SFA expected to offer O’Neill four-year contract with lucrative bonusesThe Scottish FA will open talks with its prime managerial target Michael O’Neill after being granted perm…

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Tommy Fleetwood: ‘I want to win majors and play in multiple Ryder Cups’

The son of a Southport lorry driver overcame a dramatic career slump to enjoy a glorious 2017 and has now set his sights on golf’s biggest titlesTommy Fleetwood had precious few reasons to relish 2017 reaching its end. If there was one, then surely the…

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Old Firm derby: Brendan Rodgers hopes Celtic can hit last season’s heights | Ewan Murray

Manager rails against suggestion of boredom setting in at Scottish Premiership leaders as Rangers scramble to find hope after string of dismal defeatsIt is difficult to determine what represents Old Firm normality. Memories of the pair jousting for tit…

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Brighton want Moussa Dembélé with Celtic ready to sell at right price

• Striker’s departure could help Brendan Rodgers strengthen squad • Brighton and Celtic thought to be apart over Dembélé’s valuationBrighton & Hove Albion have made Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé a key January target as they look to secure a striker who c…

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Rory McIlroy sticks with best friend as his caddie for the 2018 golf season

• Harry Diamond is close to McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon• McIlroy is set to play an unprecedented eight events before MastersHarry Diamond will remain Rory McIlroy’s caddie into the 2018 season, the Guardian can reveal, closing the door on one of the…

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Golf should loudly celebrate Olympic inclusion, then tinker with formats | Ewan Murray

The news golf has an Olympic future barely caused a ripple but should be shouted from rooftops – provided the formats are more imaginative than in RioIt felt like a classic case of missed opportunity. Olympic golf had been beset by such a wave of negat…

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Kieran Tierney tipped for the top after shining in Europe for Celtic | Ewan Murray

Talented defender has attracted a host of admirers with his dynamic displays as he prepares to sign off in the Champions League against AnderlechtKieran Tierney has made a habit of bucking trends. Where emerging youngsters in Scotland would be readily …

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America on Georgia Hall’s mind as golf’s big time awaits | Ewan Murray

Young Englishwoman is targeting the riches on offer in America’s LPGA Tour after winning the European order of merit and starring in the Solheim CupEurope’s defeat in the Solheim Cup was comprehensive, leading to concern as to how the gap to the United…

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Justin Rose aiming to pip Tommy Fleetwood at the last in Race to Dubai | Ewan Murray

In-form Masters runner-up, so bruised by his play-off defeat at Augusta, can end on a high in DP World Tour Championship where he has unfinished businessThose who belittle the value of an order of merit chase may need to look away now. The Race to Duba…

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Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes: ‘In my head I’m not 38, I’m still young’

Northern Ireland defender set to overhaul Bobby Moore’s caps tally in World Cup play-off has seized his second chance under Michael O’NeillBashfulness displayed by Aaron Hughes when a place in the international football record books is mentioned has a …

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Why Malky Mackay shouldn’t get the Scotland job and why he won’t | Ewan Murray

Caretaker brings controversy and a mixed coaching history – after Holland game he should return to his role as performance director and, barring something strange, he willIf Malky Mackay’s role in the scandal which engulfed him post-Cardiff City is com…

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Tiger Woods may not win again but his latest comeback can still inspire | Ewan Murray

Woods has endured another troubled year culminating in pleading guilty to reckless driving but he is remodelling himself as a mentor as well as a competitor as he plots his latest returnWhatever else Tiger Woods may have developed during his latest len…

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Celtic happy to focus on the ‘bigger picture’ with Bayern Munich in town

• Brendan Rodgers feels no pressure for marquee moment as Hoops manager• Celtic will be eliminated if they lose and PSG beat Anderlecht, as expectedMartin O’Neill had Juventus, Gordon Strachan a Milan and Manchester United double while for Neil Lennon …

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Pedro Caixinha failed to understand what it takes to win games with Rangers | Ewan Murray

Portuguese at Ibrox joins the ranks of left-field coaches who arrived in Scotland’s Premiership but were destined for short staysTop-class foresight was hardly required before suggesting Pedro Caixinha and Rangers may not prove to be an effective allia…

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Rangers sack Pedro Caixinha as manager after seven months in charge

• Rangers say results were ‘not commensurate with the level of investment’• Michael O’Neill and Alex McLeish among names linked to vacancyRangers are on the hunt for a new manager for the second time this year after Pedro Caixinha’s turbulent Ibrox ten…

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Brendan Rodgers says Celtic committed to Champions League plan of attack

• Celtic manager unfazed by 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich• ‘I have no compromise. We play and our players will get better’Any sense that Brendan Rodgers will alter Celtic’s Champions League approach – after another harrowing evening against a super …

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Scotland’s next manager must learn from Gordon Strachan’s shortcomings | Ewan Murray

Burgeoning talent at youth level promises brighter future for successor as he seeks to end nation’s 22-year wait to reach a major finalsIt would seem reasonable to assume that criteria in the job description for the post of Scotland manager should incl…

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Gordon Strachan seeks focus and patience for Scotland’s double-header

• Manager asks his players to keep calm heads for Slovakia and Slovenia
• Anticipation is high for Scots to secure second place in Group F

Gordon Strachan will not decry the Scotland support’s overdue sense of giddy excitement but he has called on his players to keep calm heads as they seek to move to within one game of a World Cup play-off berth.

If Scotland beat Slovakia at Hampden Park on Thursday a win in Slovenia on Sunday would guarantee second place in Group F. Given Scotland have not appeared at a major finals since 1998 – and routinely have not appeared close to doing so – anticipation is high. Strachan, though, has urged his team to retain emotional stability.

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Paul Dunne holds off Rory McIlroy to win British Masters and first Tour title

• Irishman’s nine-under-par round of 61 seals debut victory
• McIlroy’s charge over last seven holes is not quite enough

Paul Dunne’s first European Tour title would have been notable enough without the Irishman posting a closing round of 61 and seeing off Rory McIlroy to claim the British Masters. This marked quite a way to deliver on long‑heralded promise.

McIlroy’s attempt to end 2017 with at least one victory remains alive but only in respect of one event; he will shut down for the year after the Dunhill Links Championship next weekend. Even a closing 36 holes comprising only 127 shots, a record for McIlroy as a professional, was not sufficient to deny the nerveless Dunne.

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