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Scotland is split on England at the World Cup – incensed or indifferent | Ewan Murray

Ally McCoist caused ripples after showing delight at England’s progress, but from pub cheers for England to drinkers wearing opposition shirts, varied attitudes are on displayThere is a beautiful irony attached to Scotland’s star of this World Cup emer…

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Fell runner’s 116-mile feat adds to summer of sporting triumphs

Nicky Spinks, a 51-year-old farmer, is the first person to do the ‘double Ramsay’Amid the razzmatazz of the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France, one athlete has discreetly set a world record and raised the bar in UK long-distance mountain runni…

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Alan Gilzean obituary

Dundee, Tottenham and Scotland footballer who formed an outstanding partnership with Jimmy Greaves at SpursAlan Gilzean, who has died aged 79, once claimed he did not like football, never watched it and would not miss it when his career was over. It wa…

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Alan Gilzean obituary

Dundee, Tottenham and Scotland footballer who formed an outstanding partnership with Jimmy Greaves at SpursAlan Gilzean, who has died aged 79, once claimed he did not like football, never watched it and would not miss it when his career was over. It wa…

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Highland fury as Trump rival drives golf course plan forward

Environmentalists fear loss of dunes wildlife and warn of ‘flimsy promises’ about jobsOn a stretch of Scotland’s north-east coast, two historic acts of Highland pillage, separated by ages, are linked across golden sands. The village of Embo in Sutherla…

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When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters

Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (Letters, 14 June) in his short story Before Eden, published in Amazing&nbs…

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‘They’re not going to shoot directly from kick-off, are they?’ – video

The U-14s Scottish Cup final got off to a dramatic start with a goal direct from kick-off. The game was being played between Spartans FC and St Andrew’s Boys Club. Louis MacLachlan’s goal came in under four seconds. • The amazing world of sport se…

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Alex McLeish tells injury-hit Scotland to be giantkillers in friendlies

• Armstrong and Souttar drop out of squad for Peru and Mexico• United States-based players may be handed late call-upsAlex McLeish has said Scotland will have to perform acts of “giantkilling” against Peru and Mexico after the number of withdrawals fro…

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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…