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Ryan Christie’s hat-trick inspires Celtic to demolition of Saints

Ryan Christie struck a long-range hat-trick as Celtic began their latest Scottish Premiership title defence with a 7-0 demolition of St Johnstone.The Scotland international took his tally for the season to six goals in five matches with a brilliant per…

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Ryan Christie’s hat-trick inspires Celtic to demolition of Saints

Ryan Christie struck a long-range hat-trick as Celtic began their latest Scottish Premiership title defence with a 7-0 demolition of St Johnstone.The Scotland international took his tally for the season to six goals in five matches with a brilliant per…

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Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate

Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reign…

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Scott Sinclair hits hat-trick in Celtic’s cup thumping of St Johnstone

Scott Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Celtic made St Johnstone suffer again in a 5-0 Scottish Cup win at Parkhead.The forward squeezed in the opener in the third minute before the captain, Scott Brown, thundered in a 30-yard drive six minutes later. Con…

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Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos strikes late in comeback win over St Johnstone

Alfredo Morelos snatched victory for Rangers with an 88th-minute winner against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. Related: Mikey Johnston’s two goals earn Celtic comprehensive win over Dundee Continue reading…

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Stuart Findlay’s late show helps Kilmarnock snatch victory from Celtic

Stuart Findlay’s late header secured 2-1 victory for Kilmarnock against Celtic in their Scottish Premiership match at Rugby Park.Leigh Griffiths gave Celtic a 1-0 first-half lead after Kirk Broadfoot failed to clear Kieran Tierney’s cross after 34 minu…

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St Johnstone fight back for first league win at Rangers since 1971

Rangers’ rejuvenation under their caretaker manager, Graeme Murty, came to an abrupt halt with a 3-1 defeat by St Johnstone at Ibrox.Rangers went into the game on the back of four successive Scottish Premiership wins for the first time in a year and go…

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Celtic make history as St Johnstone rout takes unbeaten record to 63

Celtic broke their own 100-year-old British record by stretching their unbeaten domestic run to 63 matches with a 4-0 victory over St Johnstone.Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembélé and Olivier Ntcham were on target and Steven Anderson netted an own goal as C…

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Grounds for optimism: a photo essay from the first day of the football season

When the season kicked off last August, a photographer and a writer visited Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Alloa, Falkirk, Gorgie and Perth in search of action

By Daniel Gray and Alan McCredie for Nutmeg, of the Guardian Sport Network

August has come again. Football is back. Such words sprinkle a Christmas Eve feeling upon us all. Interminable, domesticated Saturdays have departed and familiar, fixtured life can recommence. Resumed are our sacred routines – scarves sifted out and returned to necks, lucky routes taken, matchday pubs invaded for the first time since May, fortnightly acquaintances greeted again with quick enquiries of holidays and health, and engrossed conversations about players sold and signed.

Once more to the ground we go, inhaling sweet catering van scents as they hang in the air almost visible like the vapours in a Bisto advert. Back is the 50/50 draw and its faithful seller, and the neatly piled club shop with last season’s away shorts in a £5 bin. The new shirt, modelled by full-kit child and corpulent granddad in crumpled weekend jeans, looks wonderful or awful and never in-between. Short-sleeves are trusted by the kitted and the rest, for the first day is always sunny, is it not? Even an angry God couldn’t drop rain on our August day of hope.

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Patrick Roberts scores twice as Celtic brush aside St Johnstone

Patrick Roberts reiterated his desire to play for Celtic with two goals in the Celtic’s commanding 4-1 Premiership home victory over St Johnstone.

The 20-year-old winger, on loan from Manchester City, had confirmed on Friday that he wanted to stay at Parkhead until after the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen, foregoing the opportunity to go with England Under-20s to the World Cup in South Korea.

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Joe Garner rescues point for poor Rangers against Motherwell

Pedro Caixinha will have a much better grasp on the rebuilding job required at Ibrox after watching his new Rangers team scrape a 1-1 Ibrox draw with Motherwell. The Portuguese manager was forced to use all three substitutions at half-time after a lame Rangers fell behind to Louis Moult’s third-minute opener. But the bold move paid off with one of his replacements Joe Garner levelling on the hour mark.

The result sees Caixinha’s side fall 11 points behind Aberdeen and 32 behind Celtic but will leave him in little doubt about the work which lies ahead. Stephen Robinson’s side, meanwhile, remain in 10th.

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Celtic beat St Johnstone with Dedryck Boyata goal to equal unbeaten record

Celtic matched the Lisbon Lions’ unbeaten domestic record as Dedryck Boyata scored the only goal of the game against St Johnstone at Parkhead.

Jock Stein’s all-conquering Hoops side of 1967 went 26 games without defeat in Scotland in the season in which they won every competition they played in, including the European Cup.

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Celtic ease past Ross County but Rangers draw before Old Firm derby

• Champions win 2-0 at Celtic Park to build 16-point lead over Rangers
• Inverness stay bottom with 2-1 home defeat by Motherwell

Celtic maintained their cruise towards a 48th top-flight title with a 2-0 defeat of Ross County while Rangers, who will host the Old Firm derby on New Year’s Eve, struggled to break down St Johnstone in a 1-1 draw.

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Scottish roundup: Ali Crawford scores as Hamilton draw with Inverness

• Aberdeen four points behind Rangers
• Inverness move off bottom of the table

Inverness battled back to draw 1-1 with Hamilton. The in-form Ali Crawford gave Hamilton a 16th-minute advantage with a clever free-kick curled in at the goalkeeper’s near post.

Caley Thistle were denied a penalty when Dan Seaborne appeared to handle the ball on the line, but Larnell Cole restored parity early in the second period with a powerful half-volley that went in off the crossbar. The result was enough to see Caley, who began the day bottom of the table, leapfrog Partick Thistle.

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Scottish roundup: Liam Craig sparks St Johnstone victory over Inverness

• Rangers climb above Hearts
• Killie move up to sixth place

St Johnstone earned a first win in five matches as they comprehensively beat 10-man Inverness Caley Thistle 3-0. Liam Craig scored a 14th minute goal and the home side were helped when the Inverness skipper, Gary Warren, was sent off in the 61st minute following two yellow cards in the space of just 60 seconds.

Murray Davidson added a second and Danny Swanson’s strike nine minutes from time ensured it was a terrific afternoon for Tommy Wright’s side. It was a fourth consecutive defeat for Inverness, who are now five without a victory, and they plummeted to the foot of the table with results elsewhere.

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Scottish roundup: Adam Rooney scores as Aberdeen comeback to win

• Liam Boyce scores in Ross County’s win
• Hamilton play Hearts on Monday night

Aberdeen fought back to win 3-1 at Inverness and cut the deficit on Premiership leaders Celtic to 10 points.

The Dons went a goal down in the 15th minute to striker Lonsana Doumbouya’s header but Kenny McLean levelled in the 28th minute and five minutes later Jonny Hayes was upended in the penalty area by Gary Warren and Adam Rooney converted a penalty to put his side in the ascendancy.

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Scottish roundup: Hearts survive after St Johnstone’s Swanson strikes

• Callum Paterson rescues point after goals from Hearts old boy and Chris Kane
• Dundee climb off foot of table with controversial 2-0 win

Callum Paterson’s header for Hearts denied St Johnstone a win at Tynecastle. The 22-year-old Scotland defender jumped above the visiting defence to meet a corner-kick with just three minutes remaining.

Paterson’s sixth goal of the season restored parity following Chris Kane’s strike 60 seconds earlier, which had looked set to earn Saints three points.

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‘Cash is king in modern football’ – fans react to the ‘Atlantic league’ proposal

We asked supporters in Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden for their thoughts on a proposed breakaway league

The reigning Danish champions have won their domestic league, the Superligaen, 11 times and are on course for another league title this season. They are competing in this season’s Champions League.

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Scottish roundup: Michael O’Halloran denied to prolong Rangers’ misery

• Liam Lindsay earns draw for Partick
• Graham Cummins’ strike beats Hearts

Rangers added to a dismal week with a goalless draw against Ross County in the Premiership. Following their Old Firm humiliation and the Joey Barton fall-out, Rangers were held at Ibrox. The closest they came to goal was a second‑half header from the substitute Michael O’Halloran which came back off the crossbar. Rangers could fall further behind Celtic should Brendan Rodgers’ leaders beat Inverness on Sunday.

Hearts were denied top spot in the Premiership when a Graham Cummins strike earned St Johnstone a 1-0 victory at McDiarmid Park. The Irishman diverted a mis-hit Liam Craig shot into the goal in the 58th minute to earn the Saints successive wins over Hearts after last month’s League Cup success. The Hearts head coach, Robbie Neilson, was sent to the stand late on and the defender Callum Paterson almost grabbed an equaliser with two minutes remaining but his header bounced back off the bar.

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Scottish roundup: Tony Watt’s strike brings Hearts late win at Partick

• Stoppage time goal earns win for Inverness
• Hibs move clear at the top of the Championship

Tony Watt opened his goalscoring account for Hearts as his late winning goal snatched a 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Hearts’ right-back Callum Paterson, the subject of two failed bids from Wigan recently, proved his worth to the Tynecastle side as he headed home the 17th-minute opener.

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