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Sturgeon suggests Scottish football will not return behind closed doors

First minister says return of games in any form is a riskSPFL hoping to start new 2020-21 season in AugustScotland’s first minister and interim chief medical officer have appeared to rule out the resumption of football matches behind closed doors, a mo…

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Scotland v Netherlands: World Cup 1978, first group stage — live!

Minute-by-minute retro coverage of Group 4 gameThe Fiver: Ally’s Army on the brink of eliminationGet in touch! Email scott.murray@theguardian.com 2.20pm GMT The pointlessly stubborn Ally MacLeod has finally seen sense, selecting Graeme Souness for the …

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Scotland Women’s Six Nations game off as player tests positive for coronavirus

Saturday’s game against France at Scotstoun postponedWomen’s team returned from Italy on 23 FebruaryScotland’s match against France in the Women’s Six Nations on Saturday has been postponed after a member of the Scotland team tested positive for corona…

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Steve Clarke: ‘In Scotland people sweep sectarianism under the carpet’

Scotland head coach on Euro 2020 play-offs, being Mourinho’s No 2 and why he checked his bank balance before becoming a managerSteve Clarke speaks with an occasional undertone of menace that suggests he could have starred on an alternative career path….

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Jackie McNamara, former Celtic captain, seriously ill after collapse

• John Hartson says former teammate has ‘bleed on the brain’• McNamara reported to have collapsed in York on SaturdayFormer clubs and teammates of Jackie McNamara have sent their best wishes after the former Scotland international fell seriously ill. T…

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Morelos abuse shows racism still a problem in Scotland, says Gerrard

‘It’s embarrassing, really,’ says Rangers managerGerrard hopes Colombian will not be driven outSteven Gerrard says the abuse aimed at the Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is proof Scottish football has a problem with racism. The Colombia striker claimed…

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Morelos abuse shows racism still a problem in Scotland, says Gerrard

‘It’s embarrassing, really,’ says Rangers managerGerrard hopes Colombian will not be driven outSteven Gerrard says the abuse aimed at the Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is proof Scottish football has a problem with racism. The Colombia striker claimed…

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Can heading a football lead to dementia? The evidence is growing

Concussion can have lifelong consequences and children are particularly at riskThe death in 2002 of the former England and West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle from degenerative brain disease placed the spotlight firmly on the possibility of a link …

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Children in Scotland could be banned from heading footballs over dementia link

Scottish Football Association finalising proposalsChildren under 12 could be banned from heading in trainingShare your experiencesChildren under the age of 12 could be banned from heading the ball in training in Scotland because of links between footba…

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Oliver Burke: ‘I feel like a proper footballer again, really good in myself’

The 22-year-old talks about being rejuvenated at Alavés, the club’s Scottish groundsman and dealing with abuse in the Championship“So that’s what he’s going on about!” Oliver Burke is laughing now, telling the story of his first day at Alavés and the m…

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Oliver Burke: ‘I feel like a proper footballer again, really good in myself’

The 22-year-old talks about being rejuvenated at Alavés, the club’s Scottish groundsman and dealing with abuse in the Championship“So that’s what he’s going on about!” Oliver Burke is laughing now, telling the story of his first day at Alavés and the m…

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John McGinn’s brace earns Scotland comeback victory over Kazakhstan

Scotland required a second-half fightback and a John McGinn brace to conclude their doomed 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan at Hampden Park.The Scots lost 3-0 to their opponents in their Group I opener in Ma…

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‘There is an anger’: where did it all go wrong for Scotland? | Ewan Murray

It’s 21 years and counting since Scotland last qualified for a major tournament – if they don’t reach Euro 2020 it would be the most severe blow yetThe latest depressing snapshot – for “greater good” see “alien concept” – preceded the conclusion to a S…

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John McGinn hits winner to give Scotland vital victory in Cyprus

John McGinn continued his international goalscoring streak as Scotland won in Cyprus. The Aston Villa midfielder netted the winner in the 53rd minute with a first-time finish to make it five goals from his last five games for his country.Scotland were …

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Cyprus v Scotland: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from the Group I match Finland beat Liechtenstein to seal historic Euro 2020 placeAnd you can email Will here and tweet at @Will_Unwin 1.36pm GMT It really does look like a nice day in Nicosia, so no one can complain about …

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Cyprus v Scotland: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from the Group I match Finland beat Liechtenstein to seal historic Euro 2020 placeAnd you can email Will here and tweet at @Will_Unwin 1.36pm GMT It really does look like a nice day in Nicosia, so no one can complain about …

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Dominic Matteo in hospital following surgery on brain tumour

Former Liverpool and Leeds player out of intensive careMatteo being treated at Leeds General InfirmaryDominic Matteo is being treated in hospital after having surgery on a brain tumour, his former club Liverpool have said.The 45-year-old underwent an o…

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Before England’s 1,000th, the story of the first full football international

The 1872 match between Scotland and England attracted the cream of Queen’s Park … and a 124-word report in the Guardian“The laws of the Association game are exceedingly simple, numbering only 12, as against some 40 in the Rugby code,” wrote the Scotsma…

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John McGinn hits hat-trick in Scotland’s hollow demolition of San Marino

John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland defeated San Marino 6-0 on an increasingly waterlogged Hampden pitch.Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay got their first international goals during a second half played in terrible conditions. Stu…

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Scotland’s slender Euro 2020 automatic qualification hopes ended by Russia

Scotland’s miserable Euro 2020 qualifying campaign continued after a second-half capitulation resulted in a heavy defeat by Russia in Moscow.David Marshall had rarely been troubled before three goals in 13 second-half minutes made it five defeats in se…