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The German manager attempted to talk the then-16-year-old Rooney into playing for the Scots due to his grandmother's nationality

The SPL has announced 'substantially improved terms' with the TV broadcasters

Bigger clubs face day of minnows in Scottish Cup

SPL chief hails improved five-year TV agreement as vote of confidence in Scottish football

Neil Lennon is glad to see the smaller clubs prosper from the luck of the draw

Celtic to face Peterhead in Scottish Cup

Neil Lennon is glad smaller clubs will get a share of the spotlight and the spoils after the Old Firm were handed trips to lower-league outposts in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round draw made at Hampden today.

SPL extends broadcasting deal

The Scottish Premier League have extended their broadcasting deal with Sky and ESPN until 2017.

Colin Calderwood has been fired by Hibernian

Celtic bounce back to win as Hibs sack Calderwood

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Naismith urges Scots to rally behind 2012 effort

Steven Naismith has called on the whole nation to back Scotland's attempt to qualify for Euro 2012 rather than "slate" Scottish football.

Madness in the court of the King of Hearts

Former submariner, who won Lithuania's 'Strictly' and changes managers for fun, welcomes Spurs tonight

Hearts manager Jefferies removed from role

Hearts are in turmoil once again after it was confirmed last night that manager Jim Jefferies was no longer in charge at the club.

Hearts defend reputation after Craig Thomson 'sex-offender' suspension

Derek Watson, chairman of the Hearts Supporters' Trust, hopes Hearts' reputation as a family club will remain intact despite the furore surrounding their player Craig Thomson.

Thomson situation must not affect Hearts, says Jefferies

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies is determined to prevent Craig Thomson's situation becoming a "sideshow" that affects the rest of his team.

Football in Brief: Weir warns Scots not to reject Team GB; Spain reign through Thiago's stunner

Former Scotland captain David Weir believes most of his countrymen want to play for Great Britain at next year's Olympic Games – and says those who do not are "foolish".

Hearts urged by charity to sack player

The chief executive of a prominent children's charity has called on Hearts to sack Craig Thomson after the defender pleaded guilty to lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two under-age girls.

Scotland international Fleeting turns back on Olympics

Arsenal striker Julie Fleeting insists playing for Scotland means much more to her than representing Great Britain at the Olympics and she will be watching - and not participating - when London 2012 comes around.

Former Southampton manager joins SFA

Mark Wotte made qualification for the next World Cup a key target after being appointed as the Scottish Football Association's first performance director.

Tougher laws for football hate crimes

Tough new laws to tackle the "ugly manifestation" of football-related sectarianism could see offenders jailed for five years.

Scottish clubs agree to 'historic' reforms

Proposals to reform the Scottish Football Association have been unanimously passed by its 93 member clubs.

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