Tributes paid to a true football man

Among the many tributes paid to the Celtic coach, Tommy Burns, who died yesterday, aged 51, after a fight against skin cancer, the unlikeliest of them gave a measure of the esteem in which he was held across Scotland’s entire footballing family. Rangers scarves were among those laid at Parkhead in his honour, some by fans en route home from Wednesday’s Uefa Cup final defeat. As one fan said: “I’m Rangers through and through, but Tommy was a football man, and he’ll be missed".

Brown faces derby blues after run of yellows

The Celtic manager, Gordon Strachan, has said Scott Brown is not guaranteed a recall for Sunday's Old Firm game against Rangers despite the £4.4m midfielder being free from suspension.

Celtic 1 Aberdeen 0: Celtic go top thanks to saviour Samaras

Georgios Samaras sent Celtic back to the top of the Scottish Premier League for the first time since 5 January, as they followed up their win over Rangers last Wednesday with a nervous win that now puts them two points clear of their Old Firm rivals.

Rangers count cost of defeat to Celtic

From a neutral's point of view, Wednesday night's Old Firm derby – which Celtic won 2-1 with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's injury-time header – was an absolute treat, but Rangers will rue the collateral damage of a frenzied 95 minutes as much as the scoreline itself.

Smith looks at the bigger picture in Old Firm decider

Walter Smith says his 100 per cent record as the Rangers manager over Gordon Strachan's Celtic since he returned to Ibrox last year will have no bearing on tonight's Old Firm match at Celtic Park.

Celtic 0 Motherwell 1: Lappin sucker punch hits Celtic's title bid

With friends like this, who needs enemies. Mark McGhee may have been close to Gordon Strachan for 30 years but that did not stop the Motherwell manager inflicting a fatal blow to his Celtic counterpart's ambitions of a third successive title. Simon Lappin's predatory first-half finish wrecked Celtic's home record and killed the champions' lingering hopes of catching Rangers, who now travel to Dundee United today in the knowledge that they have a six-point cushion and two games in hand.

Burley hits out at fans' 'ridiculous' criticism of Strachan

The Scotland manager George Burley claims it is "ridiculous" that Celtic fans are calling for the head of manager Gordon Strachan.

Rangers 1 Celtic 0: Thomson strike gives Rangers room at the top

Kevin Thomson's first goal for Rangers after 14 months at the club settled the most significant Old Firm derby in years, and sent his side six points clear of Celtic with a game in hand.

Celtic are 'better than last season' insists Boruc ahead of crucial derby

The Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has cranked up the pressure ahead of Saturday's Old Firm match at Ibrox by claiming his side have improved since they won last season's Scottish Premier League title.

Celtic 2 Inverness CT 1: Celtic's perseverance pays off to maintain title pursuit

In the pursuit of Rangers that their season has developed into, Celtic are coming to rely on the diligence of their application. This was a performance without glamour or bold imagination, but enough purpose to be meaningful. They overcame Inverness through sheer perseverance.

Aberdeen 1 Celtic 5: Robson adds life to Celtic title bid

The Aberdeen manager, Jimmy Calderwood, parked his new Bus in the centre of his side's defence yesterday but it was the Glaswegian visitors to Pittodrie who proved far less penetrable and ran riot at the other end to add fresh impetus to the Scottish Premier League title race.

Kilmarnock 1 Celtic 5: Samaras an instant hero for classy Celtic

If the principle behind an influx of new recruits is to inspire a reaction from the squad, then Gordon Strachan's flurry of transfer activity was richly rewarded yesterday as Celtic swept Kilmarnock aside to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Celtic 1 Kilmarnock 0: Corrigan gives way under Celtic assault

Celtic responded to Gordon Strachan's demand to embrace the pressure of the title race by cutting the gap on Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League to a point, ahead of the leaders' trip to Inverness today.

SFA starts Scotland job talks

The Scottish Football Association yesterday made formal requests to speak to Motherwell's Mark McGhee, Southampton's George Burley and Celtic's Tommy Burns about the Scotland managerial vacancy.

Celtic 3 Gretna 0: Brown sets up Celtic for Old Firm battle

Celtic finished 2007 as they began it, out in front. The champions ensured they would remain two points ahead of Rangers in the SPL before Wednesday's key Old Firm derby. Celtic Park will be a far more raucous place then than it was here, but clinical finishing from Scott McDonald, Scott Brown and Aiden McGeady overcame the sedate atmosphere in the east end of Glasgow.

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