Scotland’s Archie Gemmill scores against the Netherlands in 1978. Coming in a 3-2 win for the Scots, it was one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Scots were once so proud as to be picky about the way in which they qualified for major championships, a fact that makes the last 16 years of stay(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

When Brendan Rodgers spoke of the “calculated gamble” he had made in bringing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, deep in his heart he knew that he was talk(...)

 Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is now the frontrunner to be named Celtic’s new boss after Roy Keane pulled out of the race to succeed Neil Lennon.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Steve Clarke has already shown he has the mental strength to boss Celtic — by bouncing back from the collapse of his dream move to Parkhead as a play(...)

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs is the right man to lead Manchester United, says former boss Alex Fergsuon. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs should become the next permanent Manchester United manager despite the club viewing the 40-year-old as lackin(...)

 Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs with former boss David Moyes: “My philosophy is the Manchester United philosophy,” said Giggs. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

The first thing Ryan Giggs did on becoming Manchester United’s interim manager was pick up the phone to call Alex Ferguson. (...)

A pumped-up Steven Gerrard shows just how much yesterday’s 3-2 victory over City means at the final whisltle.

This was an extraordinary day at Anfield, an occasion for remembrance that might have hung heavy on the (...)

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker competes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during Saturday’s Premier League match at Anfield which Liverpool won 5-1. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Thirty seconds after the final whistle at Anfield Luis Suarez trudged about with a despondent expression that would not have looked out of place on(...)

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez leaves the pitch at half time after scoring two goals against West Brom.

Knocking Liverpool off their perch was not enough, it transpired. Alex Ferguson aimed a final barb at old enemies in his autobiography by suggesting t(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers not happy with Alex Ferguson.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed Alex Ferguson’s assessment that Steven Gerrard was “not a top, top player” as just not credible. The R(...)

Daniel Sturridge  celebrates with his team-mates and manager Brendan Rodgers after scoring what proved to be the winner in their last Premier League match, against old rivals Manchester United at Anfield. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers’ use of language attracts curiosity and, quite often, criticism, so there will be those ready to sniff when it is recalled how Rodgers(...)