Not all rosy for Celtic ahead of Rosenborg clash

With Celtic through to the second round of Champions League qualifying, thanks to their 6-0 aggregate win over Armenian side Alashkert, everything would seem to be rosy. However, thanks to an 11th-minute red card for Jozo Šimunović, and a range of other unexpected scenarios, the Scottish champions are short on centre-back options going into the tie against Rosenborg next week. What will – or...

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2018 World Cup report cards: Groups A-D graded

The World Cup is over. We should be looking ahead to a new Premier League season but, instead, we find ourselves casting our minds back to the month-long footballing feast that gripped the world. France won the tournament, Croatia won the hearts and minds of the public and England won over some doubters. There were shocks, too. Germany fell at the first hurdle while Spain fell to Russia. Overall,...

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How will Klopp solve Liverpool's tricky midfield conundrum?

To say that Liverpool’s transfer business has been superb in recent years might almost be an insult. Mohamed Salah for £34million is just the tip of the iceberg, and floating beneath the surface are Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson and Sadio Mané. And now they’re adding Fabinho and Naby Keïta. The only problem, and what a wonderful problem it is f...

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England's World Cup - the diagnosis is good

The World Cup is over, another star is shining brightly over France, and England’s boys are coming home. After the highs of reaching the semi-final and the very ‘morning after’ feel of the third-place play-off, it’s now time to look at the Three Lions’ World Cup in the cold light of day. Autopsy? Not this time: Gareth Southgate got the team looking lively, for a change. Diagnosis, then, but it’ll...

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