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Junior football is a great game that would be ruined by exposing it to senior leagues | Kevin McKenna

Its players are made of tough stuff and should have no truck with shallow capitalismFirst-time visitors to Celtic/Rangers games depart these encounters vowing to tell their friends that they must attend the great Glasgow derby at least once in their li…

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World Cup stunning moments: Scotland’s 1978 rollercoaster | Scott Murray

Scotland flew to the 1978 finals on a wave of hype before reality hit but the win over Holland will be remembered for generations“My name is Ally MacLeod, and I am a born winner!” And we all know how this story pans out.Let’s cut the man some slack, th…

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International football: talking points from the latest friendlies

Argentina are in a mess, England should go for all-out attack and Kylian Mbappé’s heroics are papering over French cracksBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head…

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Matt Phillips goal gives Scotland morale-boosting win over Hungary

Matt Phillips kick-started Alex McLeish’s second Scotland reign as his first international goal sealed a 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary. The West Brom winger converted Ryan Fraser’s low cross in the 48th minute as he grew into his centre-forward rol…

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Marco Ureña keeps up Scotland’s miserable record against Costa Rica

If this was Alex McLeish’s attempt to dispel the sense of indifference that had come with his underwhelming appointment as Scotland manager last month, then not all went to plan. His was the archetypal international football hiring, and this was the ar…

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Germany v Spain, Italy v Argentina and more: international football – live!

Live: Netherlands v England minute-by-minuteLive scoreboard: all the latest from Friday’s matchesAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 7.17pm GMT There are other friendlies *ongoing*, some of which you might find interesting, relevant or both:T…

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Barry Douglas: ‘I don’t take anything for granted. I’ve experienced the real world’

A decade ago the defender was an apprentice refrigeration engineer and amateur footballer. Now – after spells in Poland and Turkey – a Scotland debut and promotion with Wolves are almost a realityWolverhampton Wanderers are portrayed as the Championshi…

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International football: 10 things to look out for in this round of friendlies

France and England debutants stake their claims, Ronaldo v Salah, Dembélé seeks to convince Martínez and another new start for ScotlandZurich is not an obvious venue for Portugal to face Egypt but may, at least, afford Fifa bigwigs the opportunity to p…

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Why one tiny Scottish island is key to every Olympic curling stone – video

All the curling stones being used at the Pyeongchang Winter Games are made from granite mined from the tiny, uninhabited island of Ailsa Craig, in the outer Firth of Clyde. The granite is worked into the final stones by staff at Kays Curling in Mauchli…

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Alex McLeish says it was his ‘destiny’ to return as Scotland manager

• McLeish says only way to silence doubters is with good results• Sir Alex Ferguson was ‘heavily influential’ in re-appointmentAlex McLeish knows he must battle to win over hearts and minds after Scotland’s protracted search for a manager ended with th…

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Alex McLeish getting Scotland job stems from blind panic and lack of foresight | Ewan Murray

Scottish FA’s failings are exposed by decision to bring in McLeish from the cold to manage the team for a second timeAny search for ill will towards Alex McLeish within Scottish football would be a tough one. Although unanimous sentiment towards footba…

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Alex McLeish getting Scotland job stems from blind panic and lack of foresight | Ewan Murray

Scottish FA’s failings are exposed by decision to bring in McLeish from the cold to manage the team for a second timeAny search for ill will towards Alex McLeish within Scottish football would be a tough one. Although unanimous sentiment towards footba…

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Alex McLeish to be named as the new Scotland manager

• Former Birmingham City coach to sign deal until 2020• 59-year-old will succeed Gordon StrachanAlex McLeish will be unveiled as the Scotland manager for a second time on Friday, the 59-year-old having agreed a deal until 2020 as the successor to Gordo…

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When Arsenal showed France tough love on Valentine’s Day

Michel Platini thought playing a ‘very British’ Arsenal team at Highbury would prepare France for a World Cup qualifier in Scotland, but the plan backfired. France lost both matches 2-0By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIt’s hard to imagine Arsena…

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French rugby players questioned over Edinburgh bar fight

French rugby federation confirms some of its players are being questioned over incident after Six Nations game at MurrayfieldFrench rugby players are being questioned by police after a fight in a bar in Edinburgh following the team’s game against Scotl…

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Emotion, history, politics, money and the great Hampden head-scratcher | Ewan Murray

The SFA faces difficult questions over whether to keep playing Scotland games at the national stadium beyond the 2020 leaseSaturday’s meeting of Queen’s Park and table?topping Ayr United drew a relatively strong crowd, for a Scottish League One fixture…

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Uefa Nations League: home nations get tough test in new competition

• England draw Spain and Croatia, Wales v Rep Ireland and Denmark• Northern Ireland play Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina• Scotland drawn against Israel and AlbaniaEngland have been drawn to play Spain and Croatia in Group Four of League A in the Uefa Na…

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Uefa Nations League draw – live!

Follow the draw for Uefa’s new competition as it unfoldsEmail Barry here or Tweet him here, if you fancyNick Ames: what is the Nations League and will it work? 11.23am GMT Here are the pots from which the League C groups will be drawn. Managerless Scot…

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What is the Uefa Nations League – and will it be successful?

Designed to end the ‘meaningless friendly’, Wednesday’s draw for the inaugural competition has good intentions. But will it actually work?When Uefa first began seriously discussing the prospect of a brand new international competition, back in 2011, th…

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Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job to stay with Northern Ireland

• O’Neill held talks over taking four-year deal with Scotland• Manager likely to extend Northern Ireland contract to 2024Michael O’Neill has rejected the chance to manage Scotland, with the 48-year-old ending weeks of speculation by announcing he will …