Day: 29 August 2021

Ryan Porteous insists Hibs have changed and are no longer a selling club

Scottish teams will invariably always be regarded as selling clubs, they know their place on the food chain in a vast football landscape. However, Ryan Porteous, the Hibernian defender, insists under the stewardship of owner Ron Gordon, the Leith outfit will no longer be easy prey for those clubs stalking their prized assets. Ahead of …

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Callum Davidson remaining positive despite St Johnstone’s poor form in front of goal

ST MIRREN and St Johnstone are both still looking for their first win of the season after an entertaining 0-0 draw in the cinch Premiership at the Simple Digital Arena, though both teams will have felt they could have taken all three points. Both will feel they should have won, with Richard Tait coming closest …

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‘World class’ Craig Gordon the ‘best goalkeeper in Scotland’, says Hearts’ John Souttar

THE grainy footage, soundless and not even filling a YouTube screen, shows Craig Gordon pushing himself off the ground to divert Ludovic Sylvestre’s point blank shot over the bar with his left arm.  Beardless and still in short sleeves, the Hearts man, in his first spell with the club, stunned Sparta Prague with his reflexes …

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Vigil review: It’s no Line Of Duty, but Jones makes impact

VigilBBC1/iPlayer****HOT and cold-running jargon, a nerve-shredding score, shadowy forces at work, but no Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the wee donkey. Hang on, I thought this new Sunday night thriller hailed from the makers of Line Of Duty?  We know its parentage because the BBC has been endlessly advertising it. Yet, five minutes in, it is clear …

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Graham Shiel reflects as Boroughmuir Bears battle back to defeat Stirling County

BOROUGHMUIR Bears battled back to beat Stirling County 23-17 at Meggetland yesterday, but the Edinburgh side remain bottom of the table as Super6 begins its brief mid-season break. The Bears, whose only previous win had come against Heriot’s on the opening night of the tournament, were up against it for much of the game. But, …

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What possesses people like Pen to choose pets over people? Oh, that.

Afghans aren’t much taken with dogs. Many of them consider them haraam, or forbidden, although the only stipulation in the Koran is that they shouldn’t be kept in the house. Although the Hadiths are much more forbidding. So, generally they won’t touch dogs, believing it makes them unclean. Little wonder, then, that the former marine …

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Afghanistan: 15 facts on an obstinate, proud and fascinating country which has become the graveyard of yet another empire

Defeated, Britain again pulls out of Afghanistan, as it has done three times before, leaving behind blood and military treasure and many of those who supported the endeavour, which started as a mission to root out al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden and morphed into a failed attempt at nation building, to a Western template. It …

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Six simple swaps to help you become a planet-friendly gardener

ORGANIC September is the month which encourages us all to make planet-positive decisions – and luckily, there are some easy switches gardeners can do to help the cause. Fiona Taylor, CEO at horticultural charity Garden Organic (gardenorganic.org), says: “During Organic September we’re challenging gardeners to commit to a few small swaps that will make a …

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