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Peter Lawwell Celtic return savaged as Hoops hero blasts ego, says fans don’t want him and it’s like 10IAR didn’t happen

PETER LAWWELL’S return to Celtic as chairman has been given a frosty reception by ex-Hoops star Charlie Nicholas.

The former Hoops chief executive’s return to the club as non-executive chairman from January 1 was announced on Friday.

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Charlie Nicholas isn’t a fan of the former Hoops chief executive[/caption]

It was given a mixed reception from the club’s fans – and Nicholas reckons it is a “negative move”.

The former striker says “it’s no secret I haven’t been a fan of Lawwell for a long time”.

And he’s left no-one in any doubt about those feelings with some withering comments in his Daily Express column.

Nicholas said: “Peter Lawwell’s appointment as Celtic chairman from January is certainly not a forward step.

“People are talking about him returning to the club but he has never really been away.

“I’m sure the majority of Celtic supporters will not be welcoming him back.

“It is a negative move for the club, although it’s no secret I haven’t been a fan of Lawwell for a long time.

“He has too much of an ego and it’s too much about him.

“Being chairman is different from his previous role as chief executive but he is still there, with a voice.

“The 63-year-old stepped down at the end of the 2020/21 season which saw Celtic fail to win 10-in-a-row.

“Well, if you know your history that was more down to Lawwell than Neil Lennon or anybody else who fell asleep at the wheel and messed up.

“The decision to bring him back to Parkhead is a camouflage, like it never happened.”

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Rangers AGM 2022: Date, time and 6 of the burning issues likely to be raised

RANGERS shareholders will get their chance to air their views on the running of the club the Ibrox board at today’s annual AGM.

The Gers have just gone through some major upheaval on the park, with Michael Beale returning to Ibrox to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager.

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And following the Light Blues’ shocking Champions League run and poor domestic form, there are plenty of issues being raised from the Gers support ahead of the upcoming AGM.

The managerial situation has been resolved, with Steven Gerrard‘s former right hand man Beale now in place ahead of the Premiership’s resumption.

But sporting director Ross Wilson will be in the spotlight too as fans have voiced their frustration over aspects of recent recruitment.

Former chairman Dave King has been very critical of the board at various times this year too.

He’s revealed he will oppose the re-appointment of Douglas Park at the AGM after admitting he believes the club will “stagnate” for years to come if they don’t change direction.

Other topics sure to come up include American investor Kyle Fox‘s takeover bid and the Hummel court case – with the company suing Rangers for £9.5m in lost sales.

There’s plenty on the agenda that fans will want to discuss when they get their chance to quiz the board next month.

SunSport has all the details you need to know ahead of the event.


When and where is the Rangers AGM?

  • The meeting will take place TODAY – Tuesday, December 6.
  • The meeting will start at 10.30am.
  • It’s being held at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow.

Can I attend Rangers’ AGM?

  • Rangers shareholders wishing to go were asked to confirm their attendance a few weeks ago.

What are the big issues likely to be?

New manager

The topic of the Ibrox boss has dominated the headlines in recent weeks.

After a dire run of form domestically and the ill-fated Champions League return, Gio van Bronckhorst was axed.

A familiar face has returned to the club with former first team coach Michael Beale installed as the number one.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to Beale’s return and whether it has quelled any unrest.

King vs Park

Dave King hasn’t been quiet in voicing his disappointment at the Rangers board in recent months and has revealed he will vote AGAINST the re-appointment of Douglas Park at the AGM.

King also admitted he will vote against key resolutions favoured by Ibrox directors on the allocation of shares.

He said: “I’ll be voting against three resolutions. The fact is, I was already having concerns about where this regime was headed.

“I felt voting against Graeme Park’s re-election last year would make that point. I had to put my money where my mouth was and use my vote to go along with what my concerns were.”

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Recruitment concerns

Ross Wilson was hailed as Rangers’ transfer guru just last year – now questions are being asked of his work at the club.

The Light Blues added several new faces over the summer, but many have failed to make an impact due to both form and a massive injury list.

Van Bronckhorst appeared to take a veiled dig at the ‘unique circumstances’ he worked under at Ibrox, with many feeling it was in reference – in part, at least – to transfer dealings.

Going forward, Wilson has insisted Beale has the final say on any incomings.

Cash for new transfers

There has been a lot of chat around Rangers’ potential January transfer business.

With several key players out with injury, the new boss has a job on their hands to get the squad ready to challenge Celtic in the second half of the season.

Supporters are likely to be looking for further clarity on exactly what funds will be available for the Beale next month.

Fox takeover bid

Kyle Fox, an American businesswoman, has claimed she has agreements in place to buy 25 per cent of Rangers and become the biggest shareholder at the club.

American investor Fox

Light Blues fans are of course wary of an outside takeover after the events that transpired a decade ago, but Fox seems determined to get business done.

On a potential takeover, she said: “I have always been, and will continue to be, open and transparent with Rangers’ board, shareholders, and investors.

“I look forward to putting the lawsuit behind us and continuing to explore opportunities to bring value to the Rangers organisation, its loyal fans, investors, and other stakeholders through KRF Capital’s proposed acquisition of a significant ownership interest in the club.”

It’s been a big talking point among the Gers support and they will hope to get more information on her at the upcoming event.

Hummel court case

Rangers are being sued by Elite Sports Ltd, the company behind Hummel sportswear, for more than £9.5million in lost sales.

It’s a huge figure the club will need to pay and supporters will want to all the details surrounding the case.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh was told how Rangers entered into the contract in September 2018 and a decision by a court in London just six weeks later resulted in the Glasgow club “not performing” in the agreement.

Lawyers representing the company started proceedings at the court to have sales figures released to them.

Court papers show Hummel is seeking £9,517,249 from the Rangers over the dispute and fans will be demanding answers regarding the company’s claims.


What are the resolutions?

1. To approve the Company’s audited Financial Statements, the Directors’ Report, Strategic Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2022 Auditor’s Report be received and adopted.

2. To reappoint Douglas Park as a Director of the Company.

3. To reappoint Julian Wolhardt as a Director of the Company.

4. To reappoint George Taylor as a Director of the Company.

5. To reappoint Azets Audit Services as the Auditors of the Company to hold office until the conclusion of the next AGM.

6. To authorise the Directors to determine the remuneration of its Auditors.

7. To authorise the Directors to allot equity securities on the basis set out in the Notice.

8. To authorise the Directors to dis-apply pre-emption rights in respect of relevant securities allotted pursuant to Resolution 7 on the basis set out in the Notice.


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New Rangers coach says Ibrox youngsters will get chance to shine under Michael Beale as he talks up ‘quality’ potential

RANGERS coach Neil Banfield insists the talented Ibrox kids can bring success for new boss Michael Beale.

The 60-year-old is Gers’ new first-team coach, having worked with Beale at QPR.

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Zak Lovelace will also be looking to break into the Rangers first team[/caption]

They take charge for the first time when the Light Blues host Bayer Leverkusen in a friendly on Saturday.

Banfield, who spent 21 years at Arsenal, has hailed the youngsters who have made their mark in the duo’s first week at Ibrox.

He said: “We’ve seen the quality in the squad and in the work Michael wants to do.

“They have been very receptive to what Mick wants and they have trained with intensity.

“The boys have enjoyed the training Mick has put on and there’s a good future for us.

“We’ve seen there are some good young players coming through, which is a bedrock for building a successful team.

“Allied to the great experience the team has, it bodes well for a good run-in from now until the end of the season.”

Banfield rose through the ranks at Arsenal to become Arsene Wenger’s first-team coach.

He believes that experience will stand him in good stead as he and Beale aim to salvage Rangers’ season.

Banfield added: “I started at Charlton as head of youth. From there I went to Arsenal.

“I had 21 years there where I was head of youth, head of the elite group, reserve first- team manager and ended up as first-team coach for Arsene Wenger. Being a first-team coach is different from being a development coach, when I was head of youth.

“It’s more tactical work, how you are going to break teams down and win games. It revolves around the tactical side of the game a lot more.

“It’s about how you get your team prepared to go and win the next game.

“I think working at Arsenal will help me at Rangers. You can feel the passion that’s within the club, and the drive and the determination to be successful.

“You get used to the pressure of working at a high-intensity club and you can feel it when you walk in the doors.”

Beale and Banfield go way back in the game.

He explained: “I’ll be assisting Mick, along with Damien Matthew and Harry Watling, with the work he does in the analysis room, all the functions he puts on, and the way that he wants to drive the club forward.

“I’ve known Michael from many moons ago when he was a player. I signed him at Charlton when I was head of youth.

“He was a 14-year-old gangly left-winger. We both went our ways, but we kept in touch and I’ve watched him grow as a coach.

“We reconnected at QPR. He was at Chelsea with a good friend of mine and right throughout his career we’ve kept in touch.

“We’ve always known of one another. Then when he became manager of QPR, he invited me to be part of his backroom staff.”

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‘I know all of Alistair Johnston’s tricks and Celtic fans will LOVE him’ – David Wotherspoon’s inside info on Canada ace

DAVID WOTHERSPOON urged Alistair Johnston to join Celtic — even though he won’t fall for his trademark chop.

St Johnstone star Spoony reckons his Canada team-mate is perfect for the Premiership and will be a smash hit in Scottish football.

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St Johnstone star David Wotherspoon played alongside Johnston with Canada[/caption]

Johnston picked Wotherspoon’s brains during their three weeks together at the World Cup in Qatar as Ange Postecoglou’s interest emerged.

The McDiarmid Park man believes 24-year-old Johnston will become a fans’ favourite after joining in a £3million deal from CF Montreal — even if he does know all his tricks.

The Saints midfielder said: “He spoke to me about the move a lot and I told him it was a no-brainer. Celtic are a massive club.

“He’s a great guy first and foremost and a great defender.

“You’ve seen in the World Cup what he can do and I think he’s one of those type of defenders Celtic fans will love.

“Alistair is robust and Mr Consistent. He has the attributes to do well in Scottish football.

“He’ll be tested in Europe as well, of course.

“The fact he’s played at the highest level of international football now will stand him in good stead. I’m looking forward to seeing him when he comes across and looking forward to playing against him hopefully as well.

“We could well be on the same side of the pitch.

“Unfortunately he knows all about the chop and will be ready for it.”

Wotherspoon has made the chop his trademark move over the years and pulled off one against Morocco which was identical to the skills in the 2021 Scottish Cup final.

And he revealed he always planned to do it on the biggest stage if he could.

He said: “When the ball was coming to me I knew straight away what I was going to do.

“I could see their boy coming in and I was ready to do what I usually do, chop back and cross it in.

“The cross wasn’t the greatest, I’ll say that. It could have been a lot better. It got us a corner, though, which I was happy enough with.

“I did it again in my own half a bit later. It has become a habit!

“Thankfully there are still defenders out there who don’t know what’s coming!

“I could see on Twitter after the game that a lot of people were talking about it.”

Wotherspoon hopes his first World Cup experience won’t be his last.

The 32-year-old was part of Canada’s squad in Qatar and played in that final group game against Morocco.

The tournament was a valuable learning experience for John Herdman’s squad. Although they went out after losing all three matches, Wotherspoon reckons they’ll be back on the big stage again.

And despite him being 36 for the next World Cup in America, Canada and Mexico in 2026, the Saints man will be pushing to be there.

Wotherspoon, the first St Johnstone player to play on the world stage, said: “I want to experience it again. I want to get back and keep pushing myself. I want to play for as long as I can.

“As long as my body will let me and Canada keep picking me, I’ll do my best to get into their team.

“It’s all happened so quickly. It was a surreal experience that I’ll be reflecting on over the next few days before I get back into work.

“I have memories I’ll cherish for life and I had my family over, which was incredible. The stand-out moments were going to the stadiums and seeing the Fifa World Cup branding everywhere.

“For the first game I’ve walked out onto the pitch and there’s Kevin De Bruyne. He’s taller than he looks on TV!

“Watching these players, the likes of De Bruyne and Luka Modric, in real life, guys you are used to seeing on TV, was unbelievable.

“Belgium didn’t have the tournament they wanted, but they were one of the favourites to win the whole thing before a ball was kicked.

“We had a good game plan against them and even their coaches and players were saying we played them off the park. But they got their chance and they took it.

“That performance showed what we can do.

“Yes, we were disappointed not to win a game and go out of the competition but, looking back, it was one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

“We’re proud of qualifying and with the way we played, but we’ll also learn from it moving forward.

“The next World Cup will come round before you know it. There will be Gold Cups and other things before that and we’ll focus on each one as it comes along.

“I think it’s more than a case of Canada being on the cusp of becoming a football or ‘soccer’ nation. I think it is now a soccer nation.”

Wotherspoon switched his allegiance from Scotland to Canada despite playing for the Under-21s here. The 32-year-old qualifies through his mother, but swapping nations didn’t temper the support he received in hometown Perth throughout the competition.

He said: “I knew from my brother and the rest of my family that people back home in Perth were really getting behind us.

“It was all over Twitter too. My phone blew up when it was announced that I was in the squad and after I got on the pitch in the Morocco game it went crazy again.

“I’m so grateful for the support, it’s so humbling.

“I’m just a boy from Perth in Scotland who has somehow managed to make my way to Qatar. I’d never have thought in my wildest dreams I’d end up playing in a World Cup.

“When I heard that I was the first St Johnstone player to play in a World Cup it was incredible.

“I’ll keep pushing to try and break more records and achieve more things.”

Wotherspoon will return to Callum Davidson’s squad later this week and, after nearly a year out with a cruciate ligament tear, he reckons his three weeks in Qatar have him spot on for Saints top-six push.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to getting going again.

“The boys have been in for a while already while I have been away and I’ll be back later this week.

“They have been great. I have had a lot of messages from them and I have been really grateful for their support.

“There are no worries about me coming back down to earth, not at all. It will be business as usual.

“We have got a lot to look forward to in the second part of the season.

“I just want to keep playing because I’ve missed a lot of football through injury.

“Most of our injured players are back now and the squad is looking really strong.

“We’ve gone five games unbeaten and want to build on that and see where it takes us.

“I’m fighting fit and raring to go now.”

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Rangers icon in Celtic ‘brick wall’ title race gap hope as he looks forward to Michael Beale’s new style of play

BARRY FERGUSON does see a way back for old club Rangers in the title race.

But the former Gers skipper reckons the only way it’ll happen is if Celtic hit a “serious” brick wall.

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Barry Ferguson is holding out hope that Rangers can reduce the gap in the title race[/caption]

Ange Postecoglou‘s men are currently nine points clear of their rivals in the Premiership table.

The Ibrox side lost ground to Celts under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and new boss Michael Beale has identified the league as his number one priority.

Ferguson is looking forward to witnessing the brand of football Beale wants to put on show at Ibrox but believes there is still much to do for Gers to claw back the gap to table-topping Celts.

“It’s a big ask for Rangers, but I’ve been in the game a long time to know that crazy things happen in football,” he told Go Radio.

“Do I see Rangers clawing back the nine points? Only if Celtic hit a serious brick wall. They’ve got to win that [game against Hibs]. I’m sure Michael Beale will want that as well.

“He says that he wants a real attack-minded team. That’s what the Rangers fans expect, Rangers taking the game to teams.

“Really expansive, full-back’s high and wide, numbers get into the box, and the midfield dominating the game.

“I’m looking forward to next Thursday night to see how Michael Beale sets his team up and how Rangers go about the job.”

The style of play Beale wants to implement at Ibrox could see Gers become more easy on the eye than at times under Van Bronckhorst.

That prospect excites Ferguson – particularly given his admission that Postecoglou’s Celtic are fun to watch.

He said: “He [Postecoglou] has got a very attack-minded style of football and I’ll be honest with you, it is good to watch. High-energy, they press high up the pitch, they know their roles and responsibilities within the team.

“Rangers have got a tough job to try and claw that nine points back. But looking ahead to next Thursday, I’m looking forward to seeing what style of play and what shape Rangers are going to bring to the game.”

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Celtic given HUGE Cho Gue-sung transfer boost as key details revealed in the hunt for World Cup star

CELTIC have been given a huge boost in the hunt of South Korean World Cup hero Cho Gue-sung.

SunSport revealed last week that Ange Postecoglou’s men had entered the race to land the 24-year-old in January but face stern competition from across Europe.

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Cho Gue-Sung has attracted interest from across Europe after his World Cup exploits[/caption]

Interest in the hitman spiked after he netted a stunning double against Ghana in the World Cup group stages last week.

It was a double that, depsite losing the game, helped South Korea qualify for the last sixtee and Celtic remain interested in bolstering their forward line in the transfer window.

Cho is a striker well known to Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou after netting against his former side Yokohoma Marinos in the Asian Champions League in 2020, shortly before the Aussie boss made the move to Parkhead.

And his goalscoring exploits have now led to him being a man in demand.

The 24-year-old jetted off to Qatar off the back of a stunning season for both Jeonbuk Motors and South Korean army side Gimcheon Sangmu, netting 21 times in 35 games as well as six goals in 19 appearances for his country.

But his representatives have now blown the race for the 6ft 2 striker wide open as they ruled out a move to Fenerbahce and Rennes.

They told Korean outlet Khan: “The rumour that these two clubs are interested in Cho Gue-sung is not true.

“It is true that clubs in Europe are interested in Cho Gue-sung. It is certain that (clubs in) the European leagues are keeping an eye on Cho Gue-Sung at the World Cup.”

Celtic are keen to add depth at the top end of the park and it’s understood that Postecoglou wants to bring in a third striker.

Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis are currently vying for the No9 spot at the top end of the park.

But with reports suggesting that contract talks with Giakoumakis have broken down, Celtic may look to get a ready made replacement lined up before they cash in on the classy Greek striker.

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Rangers fan group Club 1872 to vote AGAINST three key AGM resolutions – including reappointment of Douglas Park

RANGERS shareholding group Club 1872 have announced they will be voting AGAINST the reappointment of chairman Douglas Park as director at the club’s AGM.

It’s one of three resolutions the key Gers fans group have confirmed they will be voting against tomorrow.

Douglas Park will face the Rangers shareholders at tomorrow’s AGM
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Former Ibrox chief Dave King had previously revealed he’d be voting against the current chairman and now Club 1872 are going to do the same.

The group polled its members on the various resolutions that are to be voted on at the SEC Armadillo tomorrow morning.

The resolutions will be voted on as shareholders get the chance to grill Gers chiefs on a range of issues, including the managerial situation, recruitment and takeover talk.

And 64 per-cent of respondents indicated they’d want to vote against Park’s reappointment as director, which will be resolution 2 at tomorrow’s meeting.

With almost 7 per-cent abstaining, it means that less than 29 per-cent of respondents want to see Park reappointed.

That’s the lowest polling of any Gers director since the club’s regime change.

Club 1872 are the sixth-largest shareholder in Rangers, holding 4.9 per-cent of the club’s shares.

In the grander scheme, it’s unlikely that there will be the enough votes in order for Park to be ousted with all shareholders taken into consideration.

He’ll require just a simple majority for his reappointment to go through and he’ll have the backing of the club’s major investors.

However, it does highlight a dissatisfaction with sections of the sport with regards to Park’s running of the club.

There are also resolutions regarding the reappointment of directors Julian Wolhardt and George Taylor, with Club 1872 agreeing to vote in favour of their returns.

Club 1872 will, however, also be voting against two other resolutions, numbers 7 and 8.

Both of those relate to the issuing of new shares.

Resolution 7, which is “to authorise the directors to allot equity securities on the basis set out in the notice,” relates to the issuing of new shares.

It was met with almost 47 per-cent vote against in the Club 1872 poll.

Following on from that resolution is number 8, which serves the purpose “to authorise the directors to dis-apply pre-emption rights in respect of relevant securities allowed pursuant to Resolution 7 on the basis set out in the notice.”

Pre-emption rights are in place to give existing shareholders first refusal to buy another shareholder’s shares or make a first offer on any issue of new shares.

Therefore, if this resolution was passed, it would mean any new shares wouldn’t have to be offered to existing Rangers shareholders first.

In effect, it would allow the club’s directors to distribute shares tofavoured investors.

This resolution 8 saw 52 per-cent of Club 1872 respondents vote against.

Resolution 8 is a ‘special resolution,’ meaning that in order to pass it will need a 75 per-cent backing.

It is the vote against Park, however, that will cause the main shockwaves here.

As mentioned, former Gers chairman Dave King will also vote against Park being reappointed.

Speaking last month, King blasted: “The way things are going at the moment, unless changes are made to the leadership of the board – the leadership and executive of the club – I fear we will be stagnating for a long time to come.

“We really should have invested and kicked on. We could have bought Steven (Gerrard) what he wanted.

“He wanted to kick on, given that the money was there.

“The impression I’m getting with the signings is we’re not getting as many as we want. But I do believe the money is there.

“I regret what happened. When I go back to 55, we should have kicked on with a great manager and defended the title. I think the board thought they could do it on the cheap.”

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’60 people on the pitch trying to fight – it was out of control’ Hearts boss Robbie Neilson discusses Almeria mass brawl

ROBBIE NEILSON revealed Hearts abandoned a friendly with Almeria because he feared his Jambos stars could end up seriously HURT.

The clash in Spain ended after just 38 minutes as Alex Cochrane’s off-the-ball kick at Alejandro Pozo sparked a mass brawl.

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Players and staff from both sides got involved[/caption]

Defender Rodrigo Ely then floored Cochrane in retaliation with both men seeing red as players and coaches jostled with each other in extraordinary scenes.

And with no sign of a resolution, Neilson waved his men off — to the La Liga side’s annoyance.

But the Gorgie boss was unrepentant and claimed one of his players could have been seriously hurt had play restarted.

He said: “It was totally out of control. Obviously Alex has gone in and there’s a tackle and then their centre-half comes over and banjos him.

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“Then we have got 60 people on the pitch trying to fight with each other.

“The worry was we already have a number of injuries and didn’t want any more.

“The referee was a bit young and with a 60-man melee it becomes a bit of a shambles.

“So our worry was that if it restarts it could become a bit mental.”


Neilson admitted he was concerned at Almeria’s behaviour right from the start of the game just outside Mijas.

The Spanish side were 1-0 up through a Dyego Sousa goal when the match was stopped.

Neilson said: “It was a winter friendly, but they were taking it as if it was a Champions League final.

“They’re trying to empty everyone and we had 40 of their coaches on the pitch as well.

“If they had gone on and settled it down it would’ve been fine, but they’re sprinting 40 yards to get to the incident and that doesn’t help.

“It wasn’t a brilliant spectacle and I’m not sure we’ll be playing Almeria again in a friendly!

“I thought there was something coming. The referee was a young guy. I don’t know where they got him from but you come here and try to get on top of a lot of things.

“There’s two sides to it but that bit was absolutely nuts. The boy ran from 40 yards away and elbowed Alex in the face. Then everything else kicks off.”

Neilson had hoped his men would get 90 minutes under their belts as opposed to just 38.

But he was still pleased with what his side got out of their time on the pitch.

He said: “They’re a very good team and popped it around well. There were spells where we defended well and broke well.

“We’re still lacking that bit of sharpness to get the goals. It’s disappointing but, as I’ve said all along, we’ve played a top-end Championship team and a La Liga team.

“We could’ve stayed at home and played against a Lowland League team and everyone thinks it’s rosy.

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“Sure, it’s disappointing not to get 90 minutes.

“But I’d rather have everyone fit than risk any more injuries and I think the match was descending into that.”


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‘Glasgow Senegal Supporters’ at World Cup clash insist England losing would be next best thing to watching Scotland

TWO Glasgow-based Scotland fans outside the Al Bayt stadium couldn’t wait to cheer on Senegal against England.

The self-proclaimed ‘Glasgow Senegal Supporters Fan Club’ were spotted ahead of the crunch last 16 tie in Qatar tonight.

Two Scotland fans were spotted ahead of England’s clash with Senegal

The pair have travelled out to watch the tournament despite Scotland’s defeat in qualifying earlier this year.

But while they admit it’s a pity not to be able to watch Steve Clarke’s men in action, they insisted if England were to be sent home in front of them tonight that it would be ‘the next best thing.’

Dressed in Scotland shirts and tartan hats they stopped for a quick chat ahead of the match.

An interviewer working with Dragon Bet first asked: “Is this the Senegal supporters branch I’ve been hearing about?”

The fan replied: “Yeah, based in Glasgow, we are the Senegal Supporters Fan Club.”

Then asked if they had came to the stadium to see England lose, he added: “Yes most definitely. With Senegal scoring in the 95th minute, or even better, if it’s on penalties.

“So far it’s been great (being in Qatar).

“It’s a pity Scotland aren’t here but the next best thing is watching England lose!”

Several Scots have already been spotted in the middle-east taking in the action.

Last week a group of men wearing kilts were pictured in USA tops ahead of England’s group stage match with the States.

Some had questioned whether the fans were actually from Scotland, or whether they had been Americans celebrating their heritage with some family tartan.

Another though has been on the Senegal train since the very start of the competition.

Wearing a replica team shirt, a hat emblazoned with the country’s flag and similarly coloured trainers, a Scotsman gleefully explained how his wife back in the country’s capital had just given birth to their first child.

Then asked if he knew any of the country’s music, he burst into song and dance to a snippet of a track by famous Senegalese artist Wally Seck.

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Meanwhile, Hearts’ friendly with Spanish side Almeria earlier was ABANDONED after a brawl broke out on the pitch.

The Jambos were taking on the La Liga side in Marbella as they prepare for their return to Premiership action in a couple of weeks’ time.


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Rangers defender Borna Barisic set for late World Cup bow as local media claim Croatia star likely to miss Round of 16

BORNA BARISIC could be set to make his World Cup debut in the Round of 16.

The Rangers defender has been part of Croatia’s 26-man squad but didn’t make it off the subs bench in any of the group stage

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He’s picked up 28 caps for his national side since debuting in 2017 but currently finds himself behind Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa in Zlatko Dalic’s pecking order.

Barisic has played in every one of the Ibrox side’s league matches this season and looks to have made the left-back position his own once more.

He had fallen out of favour due to the form of Calvin Bassey last season but under Giovanni van Bronckhorst had again found himself as the number one choice.

According to Croatian outlet HRT, the 30-year-old could now be set to start for his country in their World Cup Round of 16 tie tomorrow.

The Vatreni face Celtic star Daizen Maeda’s Japan at The Al Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah.

Reports suggest first choice left-back Sosa has developed a fever ahead of the tie and state that he ‘apparently’ has a virus.

They say the 24-year-old missed training yesterday and today while suggesting Barisic is the first candidate to step up in his place.

National head coach Dalic also insisted he would not field players who were not completely fit and ready.

He said: “If they will not be 100% ready, we will not risk anything or calculate anything.

“We will see the situation, we need players at full strength, who are maximally ready and in full training.”

Barisic faces competition for his starting spot from highly rated defender Josko Gvardiol.

The RB Leipzig youngster can play on the left-hand-side of Croatia’s defence as well as in the middle.

Meanwhile, A former QPR star has launched a stinging TV attack on the new Rangers manager Michael Beale.

The ex-striker slammed Beale for the way he quit Loftus Road for Ibrox just weeks after declaring his loyalty to the London based club.

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He also hit out at the Englishman’s integrity in taking over from sacked head coach Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

He said: “Michael Beale came into QPR having been a complete unknown, a complete newby to management.”


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