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Scotland 2 Romania 0: Friendly fires Euro hopes

Scotland are warming up nicely for the European Championships in Holland later this summer.

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Mark McGhee is glad Wayne Rooney is not in the England squad

McGhee: Wayne Rooney's absence is no bad thing for Scotland

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee reckons Scotland could benefit from England not picking all time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney for this weekend’s Auld Enemy clash.

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Two ducks taking in a match in May 1966. Picture: TSPL

Quiz: Name the Scottish football grounds

We’ve rooted around in our extensive archives to find 23 photographs of Scottish football grounds from the 1950s and 60s.

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Stewart Regan, Chief Executive; Andrew McKinlay, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Football Association and David Little, Chief Executive, Scottish Youth Football Association appeared before the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee to give evidence on Child Protection in sport  Pic: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

488 youth football coaches suspended over disclosure checks

Hundreds of Scottish youth football coaches and officials have been suspended for failing to complete comprehensive background checks.

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VIDEO - England v Scotland classic moments

VIDEO - England v Scotland classic moments

Ahead of Friday’s big showdown between England and Scotland at Wembley, it’s time to delve into the past and revisit some classic England v Scotland drama.

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Hibernian's John McGinn, left, battles with St Mirren's Lawrence Shankland at Easter Road. Picture: Garry Williamson/SNS

Hibs’ Martin Boyle justifies Neil Lennon’s selection choice

If the recently sidelined Jason Cummings thought he had his work cut out trying to force his way back into manager Neil Lennon’s thinking prior to the weekend match, he could find it even tougher now.

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Hearts striker Conor Sammon shows his frustration against Kilmarnock. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Robbie Neilson backs strikers to end Hearts’ goal drought

Hearts manager Robbie 
Neilson is reminding all who will listen that scoring goals is tough. But even he could not have expected it to prove just as tricky as it has for his 
Tynecastle strikeforce.

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Andrew Shinnie is ready to push on after Hibs ended their run of five matches without a win. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ Andrew Shinnie bids to pass test of character

When it comes to shedding the baggage of past failings, Hibs have proved themselves pretty adept in recent months. But that does not mean there was not a distinct sense of relief in the dressing room last weekend when they ended their run of five games without a win.

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Defender John Souttar, left, vies with Kilmarnock's Nathan Tyson during Hearts' midweek defeat at Rugby Park. Picture: SNS

Hearts must show character to bounce back from limp defeat

John Souttar understands that there are big demands at a club like Hearts and he is confident that his colleagues also know what is expected of them and have the character to deliver. That is despite the team passing up the opportunity to move into second spot in the Premiership table, with a flat, uninspiring performance against Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

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Northern Ireland coach Austin MacPhee.

Scot says Northern Ireland can make their mark in France

As one of the very few Scots with any competitive interest in Euro 2016, Austin MacPhee is determined to make an impression.

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Rangers won last year's Challenge Cup.

Revamped Challenge Cup sees addition of ‘colt’ teams alongside Welsh and Northern Irish sides

It is understood that the SPFL have agreed extensive changes to the format of the Challenge Cup for the 2016/17 season.

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Gordon Strachan is still smiling despite doubts over the strength of his Scotland squad, doubts he admits to sharing to an extent. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Gordon Strachan: I have few illusions over quality

There was a best-of-an-average
-lot feel to the Scotland squads selected by Gordon Strachan last week. Disturbingly, the ambivalence over the quality of the personnel selected for the friendly double-header away to Czech Republic on 24 March and at home to Denmark five days later seemed to extend to the national coach himself.

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Leicester City's Robert Huth, right, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Demarai Gray applaud supporters after their 3-1 win over Manchester City. Inset: Claudio Ranieri. Photograph: PA

Aidan Smith: Leicester’s story is a wondrous fairytale

Like many, my introduction to Leicester City was through a man in white ballet tights. It was 1979, a perishing day, and Scotland seemed about to be denied its traditional ten minutes of English football tacked on to the end of Sportscene until Archie MacPherson confirmed that an outside-broadcast unit had battled through the snow to film one of the few surviving games – City vs Ice Station Zebra.

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Jean-Marc Bosman, flanked by two of his lawyers in 1995, after the European Court of Justice ruled that the transfer system was illegal. Picture: AFP/Getty

Andrew Smith: Players still commodities in post-Bosman era

The reflections prompted by the 20th anniversary of the Bosman ruling overshadowed the fact that this week also marked the 50th anniversary of FIFpro. An organisation created to “defend the rights of footballers everywhere”, the anger within 
FIFpro is that backsliding on Bosman means these rights continue to be impugned.

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