Six is satisfying for Scots

Scotland comfortably beat Gibraltar 6-1 at Hampden Park tonight, thanks to goals from Shaun Maloney, Steven Naismith and Steven Fletcher with the latter scoring a hat trick as the Scots ensured they moved on to ten points alongside the Germans who defeated Georgia 2-0.
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TEAM NEWS: Scotland v Gibraltar EURO 2016 qualifier

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has picked an attacking line-up to face group minnows Gibraltar at Hampden Park this afternoon.

The teams are as follows:

Scotland XI: Marshall (GK), Hutton, Robertson, Ritchie, Martin, Maloney, Morrison, Brown (C), S.Fletcher, Naismith, Anya.

Subs: Gordon, Russell, Greer, Bannan, McArthur, May, Rhodes, D.Fletcher, Forsyth, McGregor, Berra, Forrest.

Gibraltar XI: Robba (GK), Wiseman, R.Casciaro, Artell, J.Chipolina, R.Chipolina (c), Priestley, Payas, Barrdon, Walker, L.Casciaro.

One Direction-inspired football heartache

Shock horror Zayn Malik has left One Direction! Unless you are a teenage lassie or an older woman with a thing for toyboys, the news of Malik quitting the manufactured boyband would be as insignificant as the rest of the band.

In fact his departure has caused thousands of wee lassies across the world to break down in tears – with as much waterworks on show as if they had lost a family member.

Now we aren’t that sad or desperate to breakdown over another boy band clone’s departure [honest!] but we thought why not use it to inspire a piece for the website.

So look back on your time as a football fan supporting your club and country – then ask yourself what was the most heartbreaking moment that you ever experienced?
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Ryan McGowan loses red card appeal

Dundee United defender Ryan McGowan will serve a one match ban against Ross County next weekend after his red card against Celtic, during their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay, was upheld.

The defender was sent off late on in the second half following a challenge on Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson.
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Dundee United’s Paul Paton to stand trial for alleged assault

Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton is to stand trial for allegedly assaulting Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

The 27-year-old Northern Irish international reportedly struck the Polish keeper repeatedly in the head on October 20th 2014.
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Has Ricky Sbragia handed Jack Harper to Spain on a plate?

The fallout from Jack Harper’s exclusion from Ricky Sbragia’s Under-19 Scotland squad continues with fans and pundits alike rounding on the former Sunderland manager’s excuse to leave out the Real Madrid youngster.

Now, according to media reports, Spain were on the phone within 24 hours of his exclusion to check on his international status.
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Jack Harper’s exclusion shows everything wrong with Scottish football

On Tuesday, news broke of Jack Harper being surprisingly snubbed by Scotland U19 coach Ricky Sbragia in his latest squad for this week’s UEFA elite round fixtures against Austria, Italy and Croatia.

The highly-rated Real Madrid youngster has netted 16 goals in all competitions and played a starring role in the Spanish side’s UEFA Youth league matches this season.

Midway through a five-year deal at the Bernabeu, securing his future at the club until he turns 21, Harper, now 19, has lived in Spain all his life and has seen his contract renewed twice since his first deal in 2012.

He has been coached by Fernando Morientes and should, soon, make the step up to Castilla, managed by Zinedine Zidane. But many can’t understand how Harper is deemed good enough for Madrid’s youth team, but is being left out of Scotland’s youth side.
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John Guidetti charged for ‘making fun of Rangers’

As we reported on the site yesterday, Celtic striker John Guidetti is facing a charge of making a ‘comment of an offensive nature’ in an interview with a Dutch TV crew.

But in an interview this morning, former Scottish FA compliance officer Vincent Lunny claimed that it was more down to attacking Rangers or making fun of Rangers.

He said: “It would appear that their focus is on the comment attacking Rangers or making fun of Rangers for having gone into liquidation back in 2012.
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Jack Harper’s Scotland snub is sheer folly

Scotland Under-19 coach Ricky Sbragia has snubbed Real Madrid’s Jack Harper in his latest squad for this week’s UEFA Elite round, according to STV Sport.

Despite impressing in this season’s UEFA Youth League for the La Liga giants, Sbragia labelled him a ‘luxury’ player and that Scotland could not afford to ‘carry’ him.
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Promises Promises Mr King

Rangers received another welcome emergency loan on Monday, from the Three Bears consortium rather than The Bank of Mike Ashley.

Rangers fans will be pleased that the new board have elected to cease the process of taking up the second tranche of Mike Ashley’s £10 million loan worth £5 million. But while the Three Bears have dipped into their pockets to provide the Ibrox side with working capital to pay the bills due at the end of the month – Dave King is nowhere to be seen.

The man who promised so much is seemingly more interested in securing his place on the board, than providing the club he loves so much with the money that they so desperately need. He has already submitted an application to the Court of Session for permission to become a director of Rangers FC and parent company Rangers International FC PLC – despite initially stating he would leave the decision up to the Scottish FA and the stock market regulators.
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