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Scotland: Police Step In As Hearts And Hamilton Players And Staff Clash On Touchline (Video)

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Fans at Hearts's Scots Prem clash with Hamilton Academical at Tynecastle at the weekend witnessed an incredible touchline melee, with the police even getting in on the action.

The incident occurred in the second-half, with the game poised a 1-1. Hearts coach Austin McPhee decided to waste some time by refusing to give the ball back, a move which infuriated Hamilton midfielder Darian MacKinnon.

‘Of Course, It’d Be Fantastic’ – Harry Redknapp Expresses None-Too-Subtle Interest In Taking Vacant Scotland Job

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Harry Redknapp has casually tossed his cloth barrow boy's cap into the ring by saying that "of course" he'd be interested in becoming the new Scotland manager.

Previous incumbent Gordon Strachan was released back into the wild earlier this month after the Scots fell short in their attempts to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

‘Physically, We Have A Problem’ – Gordon Strachan Left Blaming Genetics As Scotland Fail To Qualify For Yet Another World Cup

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Scotland were left to rue lapses earlier in their qualifying campaign as a 2-2 draw against Slovenia in their final outing saw them miss out on Russia 2018 by the narrowest of margins.

A victory in Ljublana would have seen the Scotsenter into the play-offs as one of the eight best second-placed teams, but Slovakia's 3-0 win over Malta elsewhere saw them edged down into third place (and out of the running) on goal difference.

Retro Football Adverts: Joe Jordan Replenishes Missing Teeth With Quick Swig Of Heineken, 1978 (Photo)

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While you'd be hard-pushed to call Joe Jordan "beautiful" in the conventional sense, there was still a undeniable ragged, brawny charm to the toothless Scotland target man.

Indeed, Jordan lost four of his front teeth early on in his career when he had them kicked out during a reserves match at Leeds United.

Wipe Out: Rangers’ Josh Windass Floors Own Manager Pedro Caixinha Three Minutes Into Old Firm Derby (Video)

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Rangers slumped to yet another Old Firm defeat as Celtic extended their domestic winning streak into a 58th game.

The Gers got things underway in foreboding fashion when, with less than three minutes on the clock, Josh Windass managed to deck his own manager, Pedro Caixinha, with an accidental sliding tackle.

The Pure, Unbridled Crapness Of Scottish Football Encapsulated In Space Of Two Minutes (Video)

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If anybody ever tells you that Scottish football is anything less than pure unbridled sporting excellence, then you rise up to your full height, you fill your lungs, you look them square in the eye and you show them this video.

Encapsulated in less than two minutes, here is a succinct distillation of all the complex, scarcely believable madness that clearly makes football north of the wall the superior British offering.

‘We Just Couldn’t Handle Their 37 Forwards’ – Inverness Boss Gives Brilliant Deadpan Interview After Losing Heavily To Team Of 100 Children (Video)

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Just as Dundee did a day or so ago, Inverness Caledonian Thistle kicked off their pre-season itinerary with a novelty fixture against 100 local kids.

Alas, Caley's first XI suffered an embarrassing defeat against the throng of young opponents, conceding an avalanche of goals in a 20-5 drubbing.

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On This Day in Football: First ever official international takes place

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On this day in 1872, England and Scotland played the first ever official international game of football.

Played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Hamilton, 4000 fans witnessed an anticlimactic 0-0 draw between the two countries. England and Scotland had in fact played each other previously but the matches are not recognized because of the fact that the Scottish side was mostly made up of players from the London area.

England: FIFA To Lift Poppy Ban After Tweaking Rules On The Display Of Political Symbols

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Just shy of a year ago, FIFA levied heavy fines against the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for defying protocol and wearing Remembrance poppies during their November internationals.

England and Scotland were punished for attempting to circumvent (unsuccessfully) the law by wearing the poppy on a black armband, while Wales were stung for allowing some of their fans to wear the poppy inside the stadium.

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Scotland 2018/19 adidas Home Kit

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The Scottish Football Association and adidas have released the Scotland 2018/19 home kit. Already worn by the men's senior in their recent loss to the Netherlands, the new shirt will be worn by the Scots during their international friendlies and UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers over the next year. It will be on sale at Scottish [.

Club legend hits out at Rangers midfielder, says his international call up is undeserved

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Former Rangers forward Kris Boyd has laughed off Ryan Jack’s call-up to the Scotland squad.

Boyd feels that the 25-year-old Rangers midfielder does not deserve to play for his national team and that some of the selected players are a ‘laughing stock’.

Ryan Jack has had some disciplinary problems with Rangers this season and Boyd claims that the number of bookings he has picked up is more than the number of good performances he has put on.

On This Day in Football: Goals galore in Scotland, Leeds fire Clough

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On this day in 1885, in a Scottish Cup first round fixture, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0. A ridiculous score-line, obviously, but it still was not the highest scoring match of the day.

Twenty miles away, in the same competition, Bon Accord FC lost 36-0 to Abroath FC.

On This Day in Football: Death of a Scottish legend

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On this day in 1985, former Celtic and Scotland legend Jock Stein passed away at the end of Scotland’s 1-1 draw against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park in Cardiff.

Played in front of nearly 40,000 fans, this was the two countries 101st meeting at the international stage – a run of games that stretched back to 1876.

Furious Celtic star blasts defender after Scotland's win: He is a horrible b*****d

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Scotland captain Scott Brown could not hide his contempt for Malta’s Steve Borg for spitting at him when the two teams met last night.

The home side picked up a 2-0 win and Brown believes that the Maltese defender had spit on him in an attempt to wind him up. Brown was one booking away from missing next month’s vital qualifier against Slovakia and the midfielder was furious with Borg’s intentions.

Rangers fan group issues statement in support of safe standing at Ibrox

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Club 1872, a very influential fans group for Scottish side Rangers, have released a statement confirming that they will explore the possibility of the installation of a safe standing section at the Ibrox stadium.

The supporters club are the second largest shareholders at Rangers, and they have given their assurance to work closely with other fan groups like The Blue Order and the Union Bears by issuing a lengthy and comprehensive announcement.

Former Rangers winger opens up to struggles at Ibrox

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Former Rangers attacker David Templeton has spoken about his personal struggles during his time at the Ibrox.

Signed from Heart of Midlothian in 2012 for £700,000, the winger hit the ground running at his new club scoring 16 goals and registering 11 assists in his first 24 games for Rangers.

On This Day in Football: Hibs end derby woes

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On this day in 1994, Hibernian defeated their city rivals Heart of Midlothian by one goal to nil in front of nearly 14,000 fans at Tynecastle.

This was Hibs’ first derby win after 22 games, a run that stretched for more than five and a half years. Third game of the new Scottish Football League Premier Division, Hibs came into this game at the back of an impressive start which included a 5-0 drubbing of Dundee United.

Celtic FC 2017/18 New Balance European Kit

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New Balance Football have officially revealed the 17/18 Celtic Football Club European jersey. The shirt is part of the ‘Live the Legend' campaign for the 2017/18 season, celebrating the Club's 50th anniversary year since the iconic Lisbon Lions victory. It willbe on sale in Elite Player and replica versions atUK Soccer Shop,Kitbag,Subside Sports,Lovell SoccerandWorld Soccer [.

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Mackay hired as Scotland interim boss after World Cup woe

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Glasgow (AFP) – Malky Mackay has been appointed as Scotland’s interim manager as the search for Gordon Strachan’s successor starts after the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Mackay was working as Scottish Football Association’s performance director and, following Strachan’s exit on Thursday, he will now oversee the friendly against the Netherlands at Pittodrie on November 9.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Strachan steps down as Scotland football manager

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London (AFP) – Gordon Strachan has stepped down as Scotland manager following the team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the Scottish Football Association announced on Thursday.

The SFA said Strachan and his assistant Mark McGhee would leave “with immediate effect” to give his successor maximum time to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Poland head to World Cup, agony for Scotland

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, but Scotland missed out on the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Poland head to World Cup, agony for Scotland

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Paris (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year’s World Cup, but Scotland missed out on the play-offs after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Scots shattered as Slovenia draw ends World Cup dream

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Ljubljana (AFP) – Scotland blew their last chance to remain in contention for a World Cup place as Slovenia hit back for a 2-2 draw that eliminated Gordon Strachan’s side on Sunday.

Needing a victory to guarantee second place in Group F and a spot in the play-offs for the remaining World Cup berths, Scotland took the lead through Leigh Griffiths’ first-half strike in Ljubljana.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

Last-gasp Scotland keep World Cup dream alive

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1998 on Thursday, beating 10-man Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park with a goal in the dying seconds.

Martin Skrtel’s own goal, just two minutes from the end of normal time, leaves Scotland second in Group F on 17 points, six behind England after leapfrogging Slovakia and Slovenia, who lost 1-0 at Wembley.

England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

Portugal beat Scotland to boost women’s Euro last-eight hopes

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of newcomers at the women’s European championships in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Mendes scored against the run of play on 27 minutes after a cross from Diana Silva which Scotland defender Vaila Barsley comically failed to clear.

Portugal beat Scotland to boost women’s Euro last-eight hopes

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of newcomers at the women’s European championships in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Mendes scored against the run of play on 27 minutes after a cross from Diana Silva which Scotland defender Vaila Barsley comically failed to clear.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

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On This Day in Football: First international match in continental Europe takes place

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On this day in 1902, the Austrian and Hungarian national teams met in Vienna in what was the first international game of football not involving a British or an Irish team.

The two neighbouring countries battled it out at Wiener AC’s ground. Austria won 5-0, with all the goals coming from the Viennese club’s players.

On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.

We know what we have to do, says Scotland midfielder Matt Ritchie

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Scotland sit fourth in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group, four points behind second placed Slovakia. Midfielder Matt Ritchie has said his teammates understand the importance of the upcoming qualifiers as the Scots look to snatch a play-off spot.

Scotland will face Lithuania on Friday then host Malta three days later before playing Slovakia and Slovenia.

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Photos: Man Utd players help Netherlands to 0-1 win over Scotland

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Video: Former Celtic and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton taken out by Stephen Craigan slide tackle during punditry duties

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Arsenal linked with move for Moussa Dembele

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Arsenal are considering a deal to sign Celtic forward Moussa Dembele, according to the Daily Star. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will apparently move...

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