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Peter Grant insists Scotland have to make a statement against San Marino

• Next opponents ranked worst in the world• Alex McLeish refuses to give up hope on qualifying for EurosIt was, as assistant coach Peter Grant freely admitted, not good enough. The fallout from Scotland’s calamitous 3-0 defeat against a side ranked 117…

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Alex McLeish confident of ‘bouncing back’ after Kazakhstan debacle

• Scotland manager brushes off questions over future• ‘I’ll continue doing my job … I have to bounce back’The Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, said he was “pretty good at bouncing back” as he brushed off questions over his future in the wake of his si…

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Scotland humiliated by Kazakhstan in opening Euro 2020 qualifier

Scotland suffered one of their most embarrassing defeats as two goals in the opening 10 minutes sent them on their way to defeat in Kazakhstan.A top-two finish in their European Championship qualifying group already looks a slim chance after an opening…

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Kazakhstan v Scotland: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from Astana kick-off 3pm GMTTen things to look out for in the international football actionFeel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle your thoughts 2.35pm GMT And here are a few things to keep your eye on during the inter…

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Does Scottish football really want to tackle wayward fans? | Ewan Murray

With an upsurge in fan misbehaviour, those in power should tackle this disease rather than concentrate on self-preservationIt was hardly a leap of faith to have envisioned sighs of relief in Scottish football’s high offices this month as chaos reigned …

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Allan McGregor decides to retire from international duty with Scotlandxx

• McGregor calls time ahead of Euro 2020 qualifying campaign• ‘It’s important to protect my body’ says Rangers goalkeeperAllan McGregor has retired from international duty in a move that will force Alex McLeish into a goalkeeping change ahead of Scotla…

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Allan McGregor decides to retire from international duty with Scotlandxx

• McGregor calls time ahead of Euro 2020 qualifying campaign• ‘It’s important to protect my body’ says Rangers goalkeeperAllan McGregor has retired from international duty in a move that will force Alex McLeish into a goalkeeping change ahead of Scotla…

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‘It’s not just for codgers’: bowls confronts its image problem

Bowls is undergoing a quiet revolution across Scotland to become a sport for all agesThe winter snow dusts the pristine green of Hampden bowling club in Glasgow’s Southside, just as it has done for decades. But Graeme Brown knows things need to change….

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Jack Harper: ‘When I was at Real Madrid people asked if I was actually Scottish’

The Malága striker on his family’s remarkable journey to Spain, training with Cristiano Ronaldo and his hopes for a full Scotland call-up despite the frustration of being dropped by the U19sThe Harpers had been on the road for 21 days when the engine f…

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‘I love watching, playing and learning from it’: Gregor Townsend on football

The Scotland rugby union boss explains how time with Pep Guardiola – and days on the terraces – helped him as a coachBy Richard Winton for Nutmeg, part of the Sport Network“I was at Scotland’s last World Cup match,” says Gregor Townsend. “It was my sta…

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Hugh McIlvanney: memories of my uncle, last of the big land animals

Famed for his bravura sports writing and penetrating insight, he also brought a seriousness to the business of living – not to mention Trivial PursuitAlong with my father, the novelist William, my uncle Hugh was such a towering presence in our family t…

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The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial

The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off courtAndy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles cha…

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Euro 2020 qualifying draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Dublin, starting at 11am GMTPolitics, weather and 55 nations – how the draw worksEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 11.05am GMT Before the off in Dublin, a few more things to run through. Five of the 10 groups wi…

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Nations League and internationals: 10 talking points from this week’s games

Virgil van Dijk is leader of the flying Dutchmen, Kosovo are on the verge of something special and a fed up Britt abroadWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward player…

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Nations League and internationals: 10 talking points from this week’s games

Virgil van Dijk is leader of the flying Dutchmen, Kosovo are on the verge of something special and a fed up Britt abroadWhen Gareth Southgate needed to turn the tide against Croatia at the World Cup, his options were limited by a lack of forward player…

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James Forrest’s snappy hat-trick crowns ascension day for nervy Scotland

• Scotland 3-2 Israel• Forrest 34 43 64 – Kayal 9, Zahavi 75That the Nations League carries greater significance than the friendly matches it replaced hardly requires debate. The sense that this event became wholly relevant for the future and reputatio…

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Scotland v Israel: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the game at Hampden ParkItaly v USA – follow the international friendly live!And feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.57pm GMT Scotland: A McGregor; Paterson, Bates, McKenna, Robertson; Forrest, C McGregor, Ar…

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Ryan Fraser fires Scotland close to Nations League promotion

• Albania 0-4 Scotland• Fraser 14, Fletcher 45pen, Forrest 55 67Scotland are within 90 minutes of promotion from the third tier of the Nations League after an emphatic 4-0 win over 10-man Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.Ryan Fraser’s firs…

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Scottish football, a Jurassic world where ancient species thrive | Kevin McKenna

Things are so bad for the national side it’s becoming a struggle to find 11 fit players who actually want to wear the shirtA new form of football seems to have evolved in Scotland during our 20 years of wandering in the game’s wilderness.On closer scru…

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Nations League: Italy v Portugal, Albania v Scotland and more – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm GMT gamesAnd you can email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 4.23pm GMT As it turns out, this Nations League business has been pretty good. Sport tends to be a fairly conservative business, broadly speaking happy with how things …