Leeds United 2019/20 home kit: Whites release stylish new strip to mark centenary year

10 Jul

Leeds have officially unveiled their new home kit for the club’s centenary season.

The kit was revealed at a launch event for supporters, which was held at Elland Road.

The shirt was was once again designed by Kappa and it is an all white number, embroidered with the gold crest, featuring a platinum trim to mark the 100 year milestone.

Furthermore, the words ‘Leeds United 1919-2019’ is embedded into the detail of the fabric on the back of the shirt.

The top also has sponsors 32Red and Clipper branded across the middle and printed in platinum to compliment the overall design of the shirt.

And new signings such as Brighton loanee Ben White and stalwart Luke Ayling will don the jersey for the Sky Bet Championship 2019/20 season.

Executive director Paul Bell said: “The Leeds United home shirt is something that is steeped in history.

The new Leeds United home kit
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“The club has chosen a classic white design with platinum trim on the kit to represent the centenary milestone, whilst featuring the all new centenary crest on the shirt and shorts.

“Leeds United has an incredible legacy in white and this kit celebrates our proud history, whilst also looking positively to the future.”

Celtic 2-1 Hearts: Hoops lift the Scottish Premiership trophy for the 8th successive season as 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele makes his debut

19 May

Mikey Johnston helped Celtic bring down the curtain on an eighth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title-winning season with a double in a 2-1 win over Hearts at Parkhead.

With a view to next week’s William Hill Scottish Cup final between the two clubs at Hampden Park – where a Hoops victory will secure an unprecedented domestic ‘treble treble’ – both sides were much-changed for the final day of the season.

Amid a celebratory trophy-day atmosphere fringe player Johnston fired in the opener with less than two minutes played but that was cancelled out in the 17th minute by Hearts winger Jake Mulraney.

Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig lift the title at Parkhead
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Neil Lennon replaced Oliver Burke with highly-rated 16-year-old debutant attacker Karamoko Dembele for the start of the second half and he showed plenty of promise, but with six minutes remaining it was Johnston who stepped up with a terrific run and drive to seal the win.

Two unusual but not unexpected line-ups were revealed on the team sheet with the Hoops showing seven changes from last week’s 2-0 defeat at Rangers.

Skipper Scott Brown, Mikael Lustig, Odsonne Edouard, Tom Rogic, Jonny Hayes, Kieran Tierney and James Forrest were all left out, mostly with niggles, with Callum McGregor and Jozo Simunovic on the bench.

Youngster Anthony Ralston and Ewan Henderson and Jeremy Toljan and Nir Bitton were given rare starts.

Mikey Johnston of Celtic celebrates with Anthony Ralston
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Craig Levein made nine changes as he gave 16-year-old left-back Aaron Hickey his first start.

Skipper Christophe Berra, Bobby Burns, Steven MacLean and Harry Cochrane were rested with the Jambos boss hoping Peter Haring, Arnaud Djoum and burly striker Uche Ikpeazu are fit for Hampden.

The champions were given a much-appreciated guard of honour by Hearts before the game at the request of the visitors.

There was then a minute’s applause before the game in tribute to Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers who died recently.

Martin Compston of Line of Duty went to watch the champions
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Jake Mulraney of Hearts celebrates after getting onto the scoresheet
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Winger Johnston got the home side off to a great start when he worked a one-two with Henderson and slammed the ball past Zdenek Zlamal from eight yards out.

Mulraney screwed a shot wide a minute later at the other end but was much more accurate with his leveller, after Hoops keeper Scott Bain was slack with a pass.

Sean Clare took possession and rolled the ball to the former Inverness player who curled the ball past the back-tracking Bain and into the top corner.

Zlamal made a terrific save from a Johnston drive early in the second half before Dembele flashed a 25-yard drive just wide, drawing huge applause from the Hoops fans before having another effort saved by the Tynecastle keeper.

Karamoko Dembele had an instant impact for Celtic
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Celtic, captained by Scott Sinclair, piled on the pressure and there was a penalty claim in the 80th minute when defender Kristoffer Ajer’s drive following a long run was blocked by Conor Shaughnessy but referee Craig Thomson was unimpressed.

However, the home fans were impressed when Johnston played a one-two with substitute McGregor, on for Henderson, and drove towards the Jambos goal before firing low past Zlamal and in off the post from the edge of the box for the winner.

Part two of the contest will take place at Hampden next week where the stakes will be much higher.

Ayr United use topless models to launch new 2019/20 home and away kits

26 Apr

Ayr United have recruited topless models to advertise their new home and away kits for the 2019/20 season.

In recent years, the Scottish Championship side have caused controversy for using racy tactics with previous new strip unveilings.

For the second consecutive year, The Honest Men have accompanied a female model alongside a male one to avoid accusations of sexism.

Professional models Charis Lister and Mikael Angesjo stripped off for the bodypaint shoot to show off Ayr United’s new kits

Professional models Charis Lister and Mikael Angesjo stripped off for the ‘bodypaint’ shoot to show off the new kits, sponsored by Bitcoin SV.

Ayr have been criticised in the past for their use of semi-naked models to launch kits.

In 2016, Maureen McGonigle (founder of Scottish Women in Sport) condemned the approach, declaring: “For a club trying to encourage the local community to support it, this is an own goal.

“They’re using tactics from the 1970s to sell strips. They’d be much better using positive images of a family to promote the kit.

The new kits could be seen in the Scottish Premiership next season

“This is a dreadful piece of marketing.”

However, Stuart McCall’s men could well be wearing the kits in the Scottish Premiership next season as they close in on a play-off place.

The Honest Men currently sit third in the table following their defeat to Partick Thistle, and are set to face fourth-placed Inverness.

Leeds United, Norwich City and West Brom all ‘interested’ in talented Motherwell youngster Jake Hastie

9 Feb

A number of the Championship’s top sides are reportedly keen on signing rising Scottish talent Jake Hastie in the summer.

The 19-year-old is a product of the Motherwell academy and has been catching the eye in the Scottish Premiership.

Jake Hastie has impressed at Motherwell

The Daily Record report that Leeds United, Norwich City and West Brom all had scouts at their match against St Mirren on Wednesday – when he scored a spectacular goal in the 2-1 win.

Swansea and Sunderland also had representatives at the game to get a look at Hastie.

The midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Championship where he made 19 appearances.

Since returning to Motherwell, he has made four league appearances and scored three goals.

Leeds, Norwich and West Brom are all preparing for the possibility of Premier League football next season.

The Daily Record report that Hastie could be up for grabs at a cut price development fee at the end of the season.

This is what has sparked a lot of interest from English teams who are looking for a bargain.

Motherwell are currently seventh in the Scottish Premiership and are 13 points behind third place Aberdeen.

What football matches have been called off because of snow? Full list of postponements in England and Scotland

2 Feb

A number of Saturday fixtures up and down the country have fallen victim to the weather.

Snow has swept across the UK over the last few days with some areas being hit worse than others and it even hampered Manchester United training at Carrington.

Cold weather and snow has hit the country in the last week

Scotland has seen temperatures plunge to as low as -14C and predictably frozen pitches have become an issue.

It is mostly lower league and non-league matches that have been postponed and, so far, no matches in the Premier League or Championship have been called off.

Here is a full list of the matches that have been postponed.

Premier League

None

Championship

None

League One

Accrington Stanley vs Blackpool

League Two

Cheltenham Town vs Cambridge United

Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United

Oldham Athletic vs Morecambe

Port Vale vs Tranmere Rovers

Swindon Town vs Forest Green Rovers

National League

Boreham Wood vs Wrexham

Ebbsfleet vs Hartlepool

Maidenhead vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Scottish Premiership

None

Scottish Championship

None

Scottish League One

Stranraer vs Stenhousemuir

Scottish League Two

Cowdenbeath vs Peterhead

Elgin City vs Queen’s Park

Stirling Albion vs Clyde

Berwick vs Annan

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe scores 12th minute debut goal against Kilmarnock

23 Jan

Jermain Defoe scored just 12 minutes into his Rangers debut as Steven Gerrard’s men face Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.

The veteran striker was on hand to poke the ball into the net from four yards out in typical poacher’s fashion to give his side the lead.

The 37-year-old has now extraordinarily scored on his competitive debut for five of his last seven clubs.

He bagged a goal on his first showing for Bournemouth, West Ham, Tottenham and Toronto prior to this evening’s trip to Rugby Park.

And it’s safe to say some Rangers fans on Twitter lapped up the news of another debut goal for the legendary striker.

Below you can see some of the best Defoe tweets.

 

Unfortunately for Rangers, it only took ten minutes for the home side to equalise as Eammon Brophy slotted home from inside the area.

But it’s safe to say Gers fans are excited about their new signing, who they believe could propel them to their first title win in nine years.

‘Scott Brown is a PUB FOOTBALLER’- Rangers fans loved what Ryan Kent did to the Celtic captain during Old Firm victory at Ibrox

29 Dec

Ryan Kent only arrived at Rangers in the summer, but the wide midfielder is already a cult hero in the blue half of Glasgow.

The on-loan Liverpool starlet had a storming game at Ibrox during the Old Firm derby victory over bitter rivals Celtic, helping the Gers to a 1-0 win.

Scott Brown struggled to get close to Ryan Kent

Confident on the ball, tricky in possession and diligent without it, the 22-year-old is quickly gaining plenty of supporters with his performances in the Scottish Premiership.

One man who will definitely not be a fan is Celtic skipper Scott Brown. The veteran Scotland international was left chasing the youngster’s shadow for the entire 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon.

And when Kent dribbled menacingly down the left before cutting back to Ryan Jack, it was Brown who get the telling deflection past Craig Gordon for the opener.

Brown tried to get retribution as Kent continued to run rings around the 33-year-old, but he was booked for his rigorous challenge.

The on-loan Liverpool winger is earning plenty of praise for his performances in Scotland

Plenty of fans were left overjoyed at yet another skilful showing from Kent – check out the best Tweets below!

Celtic vs Rosenborg: Europa League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

20 Sep

Celtic will face Rosenborg for the third time this season when they get their Europa League campaign underway on Thursday night.

Brendan Rodgers failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time as Parkhead boss and his side must now recover from that disappointment in Europe’s second-tier competition.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring against Rosenborg in July

Rosenborg will be seeking revenge after the Scottish champions eliminated them from the Champions League qualification process over two legs.

Celtic beat the Norweigians 3-1 at home before securing a goalless draw in the return fixture.

What the managers are saying

Brendan Rodgers (Celtic): “There is always excitement going into the European competitions and this is no different. It is a real good group we are in.

“The dynamics are slightly different in terms of playing Rosenborg, previously it has been knockout and maybe the first legs have been a little bit cagey. But the difficulty of the game is still there.”

Rodgers is excited about being in the Europa League

Rini Coolen (Rosenborg): “The match against Celtic is completely different from the earlier tie. That was about trying to knock them out of the competition over two legs, while these games are all about picking up points.

“The last times we played them, they played 3-5-2 and then 4-3-3, so we need to be wary of that and adapt to it. But the most important thing is our style of play.

Team news

Celtic will be sweating over the fitness of Kristoffer Ajer, who is stricken with a virus, while Josip Simunovic remains sidelined.

Bendtner has a thigh injury

The Norwegian champions look set to be without Nicklas Bendtner due to a thigh injury. The ex-Arsenal striker was recently in the headlines for an altercation involving a taxi driver. Samuel Adegbenro is another expected absentee.

Predicted line-ups

Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; Forrest, Brown, Ntcham, Rogic, McGregor; Edouard.

Rosenborg: Hansen; Reginiussen, Hovland, Meling, Hedenstad; Jensen, Konradsen, Trondsen, Jebali, Levi; Soderlund.

Scottish transfer gossip: Celtic to reject Kieran Tierney bids from Everton and Tottenham, Kenny Miller to ask Rangers for loans

1 Jul

Here’s a round-up of all the top Scottish football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Sunday’s newspapers and online…

Celtic are ready to reject a bid from Everton for Kieran Tierney, the left-back, who signed a six-year deal in October. The Toffees are reportedly going to offer £25million for the 21-year-old this week. (Daily Record)

Tierny has caught the eye since breaking onto the scene at Celtic

Tottenham have emerged as rivals to Everton in the race for Tierney. (Liverpool Echo)

Brendan Rodgers has spoken to Tierney amid the reported interest in him from the Premier League, telling him to keep his focus. (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers star Kenny Miller will ask the Ibrox club if he can sign some of their young players on loan following his appointment as Livingston manager. (The Scotsman)

David Gray returned from a six-month injury lay-off to return in Hibernian’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Linlithgow Rose. (The Scotsman)

Jozo Simunovic will not leave Celtic this summer, despite interest in the centre-half from French side Lille. (Daily Record)

Steven Gerrard has been backed to lead Rangers into the Europa League group stages by Ibrox legend Barry Ferguson. (Scottish Sun)

The funniest reaction to Willo Flood leaving Dunfermline for Bali a week after joining Scottish Championship side

27 Jun

Willo Flood was a Dunfermline player for just nine days before deciding to pack his bags and head for the sunshine. Apparently, everybody loves the sunshine.

The 33-year-old got an offer from Bali and couldn’t turn it down.

“Before joining our club, Willo had highlighted that it had always been his ambition to continue his playing career abroad, and had been seeking such a move over the last couple of seasons. However, no opportunity had arisen, until last weekend. He has now received an attractive offer from Bali United,” a statement on the club’s website read.

Flood added: “I would like to thank Allan and the club for their understanding in this matter, as I fully appreciate it leaves them in a very difficult and embarrassing position. This opportunity is just too good for me and my family to turn down. I have only been in training for a week, but I have really enjoyed my short time at East End Park and genuinely wish the club every success this season.”

Johnston, his manager, said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose a player of Willo’s experience, but he had a clause in his contract for a very short window to allow him to move abroad. There is simply no point retaining an unhappy player at our club. However, we have retained the first option on Willo, should he return to Scotland, as he has already proved to be a great professional.”