Day: 17 September 2021

Edinburgh will flourish under new-found freedom of Mike Blair’s coaching, says John Barclay

JOHN Barclay knows all too well the frustration that the Edinburgh squad felt latterly under Richard Cockerill, having spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the capital club before retiring in mid-2020. When Cockerill was replaced as head coach by Mike Blair this summer, Barclay did not hold back in his assessment …

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Chloe Rollie promises Scotland will come out fighting in must-win Rugby World Cup qualifier

SCOTLAND full-back Chloe Rollie has promised that she and her team-mates are ready to come out fighting in their must-win World Cup qualifier clash against Spain in Parma tomorrow afternoon.  Having suffered a demoralising 38-13 deflosseat to hosts Italy in the opening match of this four-team repechage tournament, the Scots know that they must bounce …

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Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright on Partick Thistle clash and Rumarn Burrell fitness

TOMMY WRIGHT admits Rumarn Burrell’s return to training is an unexpected but huge boost to Kilmarnock. The on-loan Middlesbrough striker had only made one substitute appearance away at Queen of the South before picking up an ankle injury in training. Both Killie and his parent club suspected the 20-year-old would be out for several months …

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Rangers hero Ally McCoist ‘surprised’ by Chris Sutton & Neil Lennon Ibrox snub as he makes ‘freedom of speech’ claim

ALLY MCCOIST has admitted he was surprised at the decision to refuse Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon access to Ibrox. The Rangers hero was left confused by the refusal of entry for the ex-Celtic pair who were scheduled to be working covering the Europa League matches. But both were denied entry over security concerns forcing …

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Ex-Celtic hero Chris Sutton brands Rangers’ Ibrox entry refusal as ‘Trumpism at its finest’

CHRIS SUTTON has branded Rangers’ decision to deny him access to Ibrox last night to work as a pundit as ‘Trumpism at it’s finest’. The Celtic hero was refused entry to Ibrox ahead of the match against Lyon in the Europa League over security concerns. Neil Lennon was also not allowed to attend the match …

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Bloody Scotland announce Craig Russell’s Hyde as 2021 McIlvanney Prize winner

CRAIG Russell tonight became the first author to win the prize for Scotland’s best crime book of the year twice. The author was presented with the McIlvanney Prize during the official opening event of the Bloody Scotland international crime writing festival in Stirling, for his 15th novel, Hyde. Russell previously won Scotland’s Crime Book of …

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Covid: Scotland ditches Amber list — but keeps PCR testing — in major travel rules change

THE SCOTTISH Government plans to merge the green and amber travel lists to “streamline” restrictions — but falls short of matching an earlier announcement in England. From October 4, the current traffic light system of rules will be revised to make it “simpler for travellers”, according to the announcement. Green and amber classifications will merge, but …

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Sturgeon ‘should put national interest first and scrap Indyref2 plans’

NICOLA Sturgeon should put the national interest first and abandon plans for a second independence referendum, Alistair Carmichael has said. The long-serving Liberal Democrat MP warned the UK will be grappling with the “long tail of Covid” for up to a decade and governments should focus on that. He said the SNP’s pursuit of independence …

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