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Charlie Austin’s double lifted Queens Park Rangers to second in the Championship after a 2-1 home victory over Huddersfield Town yesterday.

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Paul Newman: Scottish question still hangs over Strachan's Boro

A second home win in the space of five days has helped to lift spirits at Middlesbrough, but the big question about Gordon Strachan's recruitment strategy still hangs over the Riverside Stadium. Are the best in Scotland good enough to take Boro into the top division south of the border? When Kevin Thomson completed a £2m move from Rangers in the summer he joined five other Old Firm exiles on Teesside, Strachan having previously recruited Kris Boyd from Rangers and Scott McDonald, Barry Robson, Stephen McManus and Willo Flood from his former club, Celtic.

James Lawton: A gorgeous goal, but will Arsenal prove so irresistible against Chelsea?

Have Arsenal really added sufficient resolve and power to their unbroken artistry?

Europa League round-up: Celtic routed on night of gloom for Scottish teams

Rangers will be flying the flag for Scotland in Europe after Celtic, Motherwell and Dundee United all crashed out of the Europa League last night.

Scottish round-up: Forrest shows his promise as Celtic put four past St Mirren

Celtic swept St Mirren aside at Parkhead yesterday and brushed away any concerns they will lack flair without the departed Aiden McGeady.

Cardiff sell 1000 replica Bellamy shirts

Cardiff chief executive Gethin Jenkins claims the club sold more than 1,000 replica Craig Bellamy shirts on Saturday alone as the on-loan Manchester City striker made a goalscoring debut for his home town club in a 4-0 win against Doncaster in the npower Championship.

Cardiff under scrutiny for Bellamy deal

Cardiff insist the signing of Craig Bellamy "adds up in a business and sports context" after it emerged the Football League wanted information from the club regarding the deal before registering the player.

Cardiff chased by Motherwell for unpaid transfer fee

Motherwell are considering issuing a winding-up order against Cardiff City to recoup a £175,000 debt they claim they are owed. Motherwell allege that Cardiff failed to pay £100,000 due in January for the transfer of right-back Paul Quinn and that a further £75,000 summer payment has also not been forthcoming. The SPL club issued a writ against Cardiff at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday and have stated that City did not attend or submit a defence. Motherwell are now taking legal advice.

Hodgson faces tricky night in Turkey as Villa get a nasty sense of déjà vu

Liverpool will will return to the country which hosted their dramatic 2005 Champions League triumph for the Europa League play-off round after drawing Turkish team Trabzonspor.

Fulham have not approached Jones say Cardiff

Cardiff insist they have not received any approach from Fulham for manager Dave Jones.

South Africa unites as World Cup gets underway

From Table Mountain to Soweto, the pulsating chants of traditional songs and the blasting of plastic horns sounded the start of the first World Cup to be held on African soil.

Keane puts his faith in Lennon to revive Celtic

Striker believes interim manager can thrive at Parkhead if he is given chance to learn on the job

Thomson revels in Rangers title success after earlier injury setbacks

Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson was delighted to finally play a full part in the club's title celebrations after missing last season through injury. And he is just as keen to throw himself into pre-season training after being eased back last summer following his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Nish at the double as Hibs earn their place in Europe

Hibernian pipped Motherwell to fourth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to secure European football with a 2-0 win at Dundee United yesterday.

Terry Butcher: Reward for all the blood, sweat and tears

Terry Butcher's body is finally succumbing. During the World Cup finals in June, the former England captain will be lying in a hospital bed recovering from surgery on his right knee. The left has already been replaced. He played as though his limbs were simply tools at his disposal, so the frailty does not disconcert him. After all, Butcher remains defined by images of valour.

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