Sport Charlie Mulgrew admits the Celtic squad are not thinking about breaking any records despite 23-match unbeaten run

Mulgrew was on target as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock to edge closer to another Scottish Premiership title

League round-up: Royals rise to the challenge as Long double sinks Rams

Shane Long scored twice as Reading beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park, a fourth consecutive Championship defeat for the Rams. The Royals' victory, their first in seven matches, lifted them from 14th to seventh in one of only six afternoon kick-offs.

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Blackburn owners have faith in Steve Kean

Blackburn's Indian owners are confident caretaker boss Steve Kean has the drive to match their own lofty ambitions for the club.

Ledley seeks Christmas lift for Celtic's title hopes

Joe Ledley has targeted a clean sweep of wins over the festive season to keep Celtic's Scottish Premier League title ambitions on course.

Blackburn Rovers deny transfer policy behind Sam Allardyce dismissal

Blackburn's new owners have insisted the sacking of former manager Sam Allardyce had nothing to do with transfer policy.

SPL puts fans' safety first in postponing Saturday ties

All six Scottish Premier League matches scheduled for this Saturday have been postponed as a result of adverse weather, the SPL announced yesterday.

Hutton and Wylde keen to seize chance at injury-hit Gers

Rangers youngsters Kyle Hutton and Gregg Wylde have stated their intention to make the most of the club's injury crisis by showing manager Walter Smith they are good enough to remain in his plans.

Levein lifted by makeshift Scotland's Pittodrie stroll

Scotland 3 Faroe Islands 0

Levein defends his Faroes folly

Friendlies have never been popular among club managers, but Scotland's meeting with the Faroe Islands tonight is a game that has plumbed new depths of pointlessness. It is not only the managers who have railed against the game: nine of the original 20 players chosen by Craig Levein have withdrawn and another five turned down a request to replace them, while Murray Davidson, one of eight call-ups, now has an ankle injury.

McGhee to stay on as Aberdeen manager

Mark McGhee will remain manager of Aberdeen following lengthy boardroom discussions over his future, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club have confirmed.

Smith content with win amid furore after Old Firm game

Rangers coach plays down 'exaggerated' reaction in spite of threats to referee

Lennon determined Celtic are not atrocious against Caley – again

The Celtic manager, Neil Lennon, is taking nothing for granted tonight as he seeks to avoid another cup upset at the hands of Inverness.

Lennon and Smith happy with response to adversity

Neil Lennon praised his Celtic players for coming from behind for the first time this season in the Scottish Premier League to beat Kilmarnock 2-1 at Rugby Park yesterday.

Transfer Talk: Move for Robinho is Milan's back-up plan

Manchester City forward Robinho will be a target for Milan should the Italian team fail in their efforts to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to San Siro.

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links