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RYAN Jack has been ruled out of
Rangers’ game against Lincoln
Red Imps in Gibraltar today
with a calf problem – and is in
danger of missing the match
against Celtic next month.
Ibrox medical staff are un-
sure how long the 28-year-old,
who has featured for STeven
Gerrard’s side in all seven of
their Premiership matches so
far, will be sidelined for.
However, the first Old Firm
game of the season is scheduled
to take place at Parkhead a
month today and Jack faces a
race to regain fitness in time.
“Jacko will be missing for
a few weeks at least,” said
Gerrard. “I think with him we
have to take it day by day but
we’ve had confirmation that he
has a calf problem.
“So he’ll certainly be missing
in the short term. It’s difficult
to say whether it will be two,
three or four weeks at the mo-
ment. But he’ll certainly miss a
couple of weeks.
“Brandon Barker is similar in
terms of his scan. It’s obviously
a different muscle, in the ham-
string. He’ll be missing in the
short-term as well.”
Meanwhile, Gerrard con-
firmed that Alfredo Morelos,
who was stretchered off in the
4-0 triumph over Dundee Unit-
ed at Ibrox on Saturday, is
available for selection.
“We’ll make that decision
when we need to,” he said.
“But in terms of his fitness, he
is available. He’s trained fully
with the group having trained
with the physio yesterday. I’ve
just spoken with him and he’s
fine and available.”
United midfielder Ryan Ed-
wards, who escaped a booking
for his challenge on Morelos,
won’t face retrospective disci-
plinary action from the SFA.
‘It’s not important to be hon-
est,” said Gerrard. “I’ve moved
on.”
Gerrard, meanwhile, refused
to confirm interest in Daniel
Johnson of Preston North End.
“I won’t mention any of the
targets that we’re pursuing,” he
said. “I don’t think that’s right
or respectful. But, again, I’ll
say that we are looking to add
to the squad.”
MATTHEW LINDSAY
HEADY TIMES
FOR LENNON...
Jack to miss
Euro clash
and a doubt
for derby There was little surprise
when Shane Duffy
scored with his head for
the second game in a
row for Celtic but the
match-winner James
Forrest caught his
manager unexpected
SPORT
Strong field can bring out best
in European champion. Page 11
Rome for one
more for Muir
N
EIL Lennon last
night admitted he
had been left
rubbing his eyes
after seeing James Forrest
net a rare header in a 2-1
victory over St Mirren that
that moved Celtic to within
three points of Rangers.
The Parkhead club fell be-
hind to an early Lee Erwin
goal in the Premiership game
at the Simple Digital Arena,
but fought back well to tri-
umph thanks to goals from
Shane Duffy and Forrest.
Lennon, whose side has a
game in hand still to play, confessed he was surprised
when his winger nodded in
what proved to be the winner.
“Ryan [Christie] has flipped
it in on the angle and it’s
as brilliantly guided header
by James,” he said. “It was
a bullet. We were all taken
aback by it on the bench and
rubbing our eyes.
“He’s a player who goes
under the radar but he’s
scored so many important
goals for us and he’s done it
again tonight. It’s a collec-
tor’s item.”
Lennon, whose side can go
top of the table if they beat
Livingston at home on Sat-
urday, admitted the lack of atmosphere in stadiums is
having a detrimental impact
on his players.
“It’s difficult because there
are no supporters,” he said.
“I think it’s really difficult
for them, especially at a big
club like ours. But they are
adapting to the environment
as well as anyone.
“You get a head of steam up
in a game and normally you
get the atmosphere crack-
ling. It gives the players a
lift and there is none of that
at the minute. So there is a
bit of adaptation. It’s not an
excuse, but there is not a big
crowd there to enjoy it and
enjoy the atmosphere.”
Meanwhile, Jim Goodwin,
the St Mirren manager,
claimed that Celtic centre-half
Duffy had handled a cross in
the first-half and called for
VAR to be introduced.
“People will be sick and
tired of my whining voice,
but unfortunately I am
disappointed that we didn’t
get a penalty in the first half,”
he said. “I am not for one min-
ute suggesting that Shane
Duffy deliberately handled
the ball, but he definitely did
hand ball it.
“Maybe the conversation
we should be having is ‘where
are we going to find the mon-
ey to get VAR.”
MATTHEW LINDSAY
AT SIMPLE DIGITAL ARENA
Manager delighted at unlikely goal hero

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 FOOTBALL: SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP 2
J
IM GOODWIN was
still smarting at the
SPFL not allowing
St Mirren to
postpone their
league match
against Hibernian on
Saturday after all three of his
keepers were ruled out due to
positive coronavirus tests
before kick-off in this
rescheduled Premiership
fixture.
But the narrow loss his men
slumped to against Celtic
last night had nothing to do
with having to field a player
drafted in at late notice on
an emergency loan – Zdenek
Zlamal was outstanding
and kept the final scoreline
respectable,
It was everything to do with
the relentlessness of their
opponents.
Neil Lennon’s men got a
fright when they fell behind
to a Lee Erwin goal early on.
But they fought back well,
dominated the 90 minutes
and should have won by a
greater margin. Only an
inspired performance between
the sticks by Zlamal stopped
them from enjoying a more
comfortable evening.
The Czech, whose services
were secured from Hearts
just hours before kick-off at
the weekend, did well to deny
Callum McGregor, Odsonne
Edouard and Ryan Christie
shots from open play with an
impressive individual display.
He also did superbly to get
down quickly to an Edouard
penalty that was destined
for the bottom-right corner
of his net with 15 minutes
remaining after Christie had
been brought down by Jamie
McGrath inside his area.
However, Zlamal was unable
to keep out headers from Shane
Duffy and James Forrest out
before half-time and his heroics
between the sticks ultimately
proved to be in vain.
Celtic are now just three
points behind their city rivals
Rangers in the top-flight table
with a game in hand after
winning their fourth straight
league match as a result of
a hard-fought but deserved
victory and their momentum is
building.
Lennon had reverted to the
3-5-2 formation that served him so well in the second
half of the 2019/20 season
on Saturday and the tactical
switch had resulted in an
emphatic 5-0 win over Ross
County in Dingwall.
It looked as if he had gone
back to the tried and tested
4-2-3-1 last night when the
starting line-ups came out.
Centre-half Christopher
Jullien and wing-back Jeremie
Frimpong dropped out as
left-back Greg Taylor and
right-back Hatem Elhamed
returned.
Yet, when the match got
under way it became apparent
Taylor was occupying a more
advanced role than usual and
the system was the same. It is,
however, clearly very much as
HEADING IN RIG
MATTHEW
LINDSAY
AT SIMPLE
DIGITAL ARENA
BOBBY ZLAMAL 8
Stand-in keeper could do
nothing about the Celtic goals,
and kept game alive by saving
Edouard penalty. Couple of
really good stops over and
above that, too.
MARCUS FRASER 6
Picked up a booking for a late
one on Brown, which was a
sign of committed approach.
JOE SHAUGHNESSY 7
Centre-half defended
resolutely and used the ball
well enough too.
CONOR MCCARTHY 6
Big defender stuck to task and
helped marshal the back line
under severe pressure at times.
RICHARD TAIT 6
Showed typical energy and
endeavour down the left.
Continued impressive start to
St Mirren career.

JUNIOR MORIAS 6
Tried hard down the right-hand
side, but lacked a bit of quality
and was loose with his passing.
SAM FOLEY 6
Skipper led by example and
battled for everything.
ETHAN ERHAHON 6
Helped out by screening in
front of defence, but had little
influence on the ball.
JAMIE MCGRATH 6
Wicked delivery from corner to
give Erwin the easy task of
tapping home for early lead,
but bundled Christie over for
penalty.
DYLAN CONNOLLY 7
Showed good pace and
directness down the left before
tiring and being replaced by
McAllister. Perhaps St Mirren’s
biggest danger in opening hour.
LEE ERWIN 7
Fairy-tale opening to his first
start for the club, bundling
home in the opening minutes.
Led line well.
Substitutes:
Kyle McAllister (for
Connolly, 64’) 4 Poor corner
delivery, but tried hard to find
spark. Jonathan Obika (for
Morias, 80’) 3 Thrown on as
Jim Goodwin went two up top
in search for a leveller, but
couldn’t sniff out a chance.
Ilkay Durmus (for Foley,
90’) N/A
work in progress. The visitors’
defending for the first goal in
the third minute left much to
be desired.
Joe Shaughnessey was
allowed to rise unchallenged
in the Celtic penalty area
and flick on a Jamie McGrath
corner. The ball fell to the feet
of Erwin who jabbed it beyond
Vasilis Barkas from a few
yards out. It was the forward’s
first goal for the club he joined
in the summer.
Goodwin made four changes
from the weekend and it looked
as if the fresh faces had made
the desired impact at that
early stage. But they failed to
trouble Barkas after going in
front and were soon encamped
deep within their own half
Forrest and
Duffy on
hand to
head Celtic
to victory
St Mirren 1
Celtic 2
James Forrest celebrates after
scoring a rare header for
Celtic (inset, right) to complete
the visitors’ comeback
RATINGS
ST MIRREN

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 3
HT DIRECTION
FOOTBALL: SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
trying first to protect their
surprise lead, then to remain
level and latterly just to keep
the scoreline down.
Christie, who had come in for
Olivier Ntcham, won a free-
kick wide on the right in the
21st minute. He took it and
picked out Duffy unmarked in
the opposition area. His team-
mate nodded in his second in
as many games.
The Republic of Ireland
internationalist, who only
arrived at his boyhood heroes
on loan for the season from
Brighton last week, is clearly
going to pose a major threat
in the air at set pieces in the
months ahead. Forrest doesn’t
score very much with his head,
but he made a good connection
VASILIS BARKAS 6
Rooted to his line for early St
Mirren opener, but grew in
confidence afterwards and
commanded area well.
HATEM ELHAMED 6
Blind backpass summed up
Celtic’s early slackness, but
improved as night went on.
SHANE DUFFY 7
Showed his prowess yet again
in the opposition box to head
home equaliser, his second
goal in two games.
KRISTOFFER AJER 6
Surging runs forward were a
constant danger, but was less
sure when asked to defend,
and over-confidence
presented a chance to Erwin.
JAMES FORREST 7
Not known for his heading
ability, but planted a belter
into the top corner to complete
Celtic’s first-half turnaround.
G REG TAYLO R 6
Always an option down the left-
hand side, but not a lot of joy.
SCOTT BROWN 6
Picked up a yellow card for
obstruction, but skipper looks
to be moving up the gears.
CALLUM McGREGOR 6
Picked up space in a few decent
areas and may feel he should
have found the net with
opportunity early in second half.
RYAN CHRISTIE 7
Defending isn’t his strong suit
and it showed as he lost Erwin
for St Mirren’s opener.
Wonderful free-kick delivery
though for equaliser and great
cross for second too.
PATRYK KLIMALA 5
Frustrating night for the
forward, who couldn’t find
space in behind and fed on
scraps for most part.
ODSONNE EDOUARD 5
Subdued in first half and
should have done better when
clean through. Then hit a poor
penalty after break that was
saved easily by Zlamal.
Substitutes: Albian Ajeti
(for Klimala, 66’) 4 On to
provide a spark. Olivier
Ntcham (for Edouard, 80’) 3
Got on the ball and was tidy.
Jeremie Frimpong (for
Forrest, 80’) 3 Showed
glimpses of his searing pace.
RATINGS
CELTIC
Three things
we learned
CROSS BALLS A CONCERN
FOR CELTIC, AND ST MIRREN
Given the stature of Celtic’s
centre-backs, you might think
they would deal easily enough
with bread-and-butter crosses
into the area. But they were
found wanting as Jamie
McGrath’s corner was flicked
on and bundled home by Lee
Erwin early on.
There is clearly a lot of work
still to be done on the training
field between the Celtic centre-
backs, and they may have been
punished for their slackness
against a more clinical side.
That being said, the same
failings were on show at the
other end of the pitch, with the
home side’s back line also
culpable of slackness in their
marking for Celtic’s goals.
The equaliser from Shane
Duffy in particular sparked an
exasperated reaction from Jim
Goodwin. James Forrest then
was allowed to roam off the
right flank unchecked to head
home the second.
FRINGE CELTIC STARS FAILED
TO SHINE
Neil Lennon said he would
make a couple of changes after
the win over Ross County in
GRAEME McGARRY recognition of the busy
schedule which lies ahead, but
those who came in struggled to
make much of an impression.
Hatem Elhamed looked rusty
on the right of the back three in
the early stages of the match,
though in fairness, improved as
the night wore on. Greg Taylor
got forward but couldn’t find a
telling delivery from the left,
while Patryk Klimala struggled
to find any sort of space against
the deep-lying defence.
Of course, with so few games
between the trio so far this
term, allowances have to be
made, but they may be
disappointed they didn’t quite
seize their opportunity.
COULD ERWIN FINALLY FULFIL
POTENTIAL AT ST MIRREN?
Ever since his early days at
Motherwell, Erwin has been
touted as a player of great
promise.
The big forward won a move
to Leeds United after those
games, but after coming back
up to Scotland for largely
underwhelming spells at
Kilmarnock and Ross County
either side of a surprise move
to Iran with Tractor, he looks
sharp and perhaps ready to
show everyone just how good
he can be. with a Christie delivery nine
minutes before half-time to put
Celtic in front. His second goal
of the season proved decisive.
Celtic have slipped up in
Paisley on a couple of occasions
during their run of consecutive
title wins. Doing so last night
would have been a serious
setback to their aspirations
this term. It was another
assured showing and positive
step in the right direction.
That Lennon was able to
make so many changes –
Patryk Klimala also started for
the first time this season and
worked hard up front alongside
Edouard until being replaced
by Albian Ajeti in the 66th
minute – and still triumph will
have been encouraging for him.

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFYING 4
S
TEVEN Gerrard
has warned his
Rangers players
that Lincoln Red
Imps are more than
capable of pulling
off another giant-killing act
and knocking them out of
Europe – if they take victory
in Gibraltar this afternoon for
granted.
The part-time minnows
stunned the Ibrox club’s city
rivals Celtic in a Champions
League qualifier at the
Victoria Stadium back in
2016 when they recorded an
unexpected 1-0 victory.
The Parkhead club atoned
for the humiliating defeat
by easing to a 3-0 triumph
in the second leg in Glasgow
and went on to reach the
group stages of the continent’s
premier club competition.
However, if Gerrard’s men,
who have won six and drawn
one of their Premiership
games to date in the 2020/21
campaign and have still to
concede a goal domestically,
lose the one-off fixture
they will crash out of the
competition.
The Liverpool and England
great, who became the first
manager ever to lead a side
through four qualifying rounds
of this competition twice last
season, knows his charges
must avoid complacency to
prevail and stressed to them
the importance of treating
their opponents with complete
respect.
“We’re here to do a job,”
he said. “We’re here to be
professional. I want the
players to really show strong
mentality.
“We’ve had two excellent
runs in this competition over
the last two years. You have
to come to places like this
in the qualifying and do a
professional job, get over the
line and get into the next
round. That’s what we’re here
for.
“There’s enough experience
in my squad now to realise
that if we think we can just
come here and turn up and not
approach it right or show the
right attitude and mentality,
if we drop our standards, the
game will be complicated.
“If we come here and
continue doing what we’ve
done since the beginning of
the season, which is to show
real hunger and desire to get
results while being defensively
strong and organised while
carrying a threat, I’m confident
we can get the job done.
“But in no way, shape or
form are we going to disrespect
the opponent because I’ve been
round the game long enough
to know that if you drop your
standards or drop your guards,
it can become complicated.
“You’ve got to respect your
opponent. If you lack respect
and think you can just turn
up and, because we’re Rangers
we’re Rangers we’ll win the
game, you’ll get a fright.
Football doesn’t work like
that.”
Gerrard added: “Their
players will be really looking forward to this game. It’s a
fantastic shop window for them
– being on the TV and playing
against Rangers. I’m sure they
will go into it with a cup final
mentality. The least we have
to do is match their desire and
hunger for the game before a
ball is kicked. Hopefully the
quality we’ve got will get us
over the line. That’s what I’ll
be all over the players for from
now to kick-off.
“The key message to the
players is to keep your
standards high because from
pre-season and all through the
Rangers manager
warns his players
there will be no room
for complacency
in Gibraltar clash
IT’S NO TIME
FOR
SHOCK
TREATMENT
FOR GERRARD
Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin
In no way,
shape or form
are we going to
disrespect them
MATTHEW
LINDSAY
JON McLaughlin has revealed
the secret of Rangers’ aston-
ishing run of clean sheets – the
demands Ibrox manager Steven
Gerrard and his coaching staff
put on the players.
McLaughlin and his team-
mates broke the 114-year-old
record set by Celtic way back
in 1906 on Saturday when they
beat Dundee United 4-0 in the
Premiership in Govan. No team
in Scottish football history had
previously gone the first seven
games of a new top-flight cam-
paign without conceding a goal.
McLaughlin, who joined
Rangers in the summer after
leaving Sunderland, believes
that Gerrard and his backroom
team must take enormous cred-
it for the impressive streak of
form. Speaking ahead of the
Europa League first qualifying
round match against Lincoln
Red Imps in Gibraltar this af-
ternoon, the goalkeeper said:
“It is down to a lot of work on
the training field by the goal-
keeping department, the defen-
sive department.
“Then it just comes from the
manager and his staff and the
ethos that they’ve got. They
have those standards constantly
as high as possible. That is
where it comes from.
“Whoever is playing, wheth-
er it is myself, whether it is Al
[McGregor], defensive players
drop in and out – they don’t
have to be told what the expec-
tations are. If the standards
and expectations are constant-
ly held at that very high level,
which the gaffer demands all
the time, then it puts you in a
better position to do that.”
McLaughlin added: “That is
going to be the full focus. As
the gaffer has said, whoever is
selected has to put in that same
level of performance and have
that same mentality.”
McLaughlin
reveals secret
behind run of
clean sheets
MATTHEW LINDSAY
games so far, I’ve been really
pleased with the level the
players have shown.
“In football, if you drop your
guard and you don’t bring
you’re a-game or the standards
you work on every day, the
game can become complicated.
Four years ago they got an
incredible result. It happens in
football around the world.”
The game will be played
on an artificial pitch in a
multi-purpose stadium that
holds just 5,000 spectators,
but Gerrard, who will be
without Brandon Barker and
Ryan Jack due to injuries, is
confident Rangers will be able
to cope with the surface and
surroundings.
“Listen, it’s beautiful, a very
unique stadium,” he said.
“But there are no excuses
for us in terms of the size of
the stadium or the fact it’s
astroturf. It’s something we
should be accustomed to now
as we always have quite a few
domestically.
“In terms of the standard, I
Lincoln Red Imps
v Rangers

FOOTBALL 5
STEPHEN McGINN has
joked he is desperate not to be
known as “the rubbish one”
after Hibernian completed a
family hat-trick.
The 31-year-old has signed a
season-long deal to join young-
er sibling Paul in the Easter
Road squad.
The youngest of the clan,
Aston Villa’s John, already en-
joys legendary status with the
Hibs faithful after winning the
Scottish Cup during his three
years with the club.
Stephen has been training
with the capital outfit since
their return in the summer
and was given an informal
‘watching brief’ in Jack Ross’
backroom staff as the season
kicked off.
He was a free agent after
being released from his second
spell with St Mirren at the end
of last season and is thrilled
to have now landed a move to
Hibs. McGinn said: “It means
a lot to me to have signed for
Hibernian and it goes without
saying that no-one needs to
explain the size of the club to
me.
“John and, now, Paul have
thrived here and it’s a privi-
lege to get the chance to play
my part as well.
“When I first came in to
train it was just to train,
but I absolutely loved it and
as things progressed and I
trained quite well I thought
there might be a chance.
“I was desperate to get it
done, so I’m delighted to get it
over the line.
“I used to try to come and
watch John here all the time. I
loved coming to the games and
I always loved coming to the
stadium.
“The club’s been very good to
John and Paul now.
“When Paul came into St
Mirren he didn’t want to be
the rubbish McGinn at that
club - so I hope to not let down
the side!”
Working again with Ross,
and fellow ex-St Mirren duo
John Potter and Craig Samson,
McGinn added: “A large factor
in that is how much they know
me and they trust me to give
me this opportunity.
“They know that if I come
into the side at any point or
fill in then they know what
they’re going to get from me.
They know what they’re going
to get from me around the
McGinn keen to avoid
‘rubbish one’ tag as he
completes family treble
Hibs manager who re-signed
him for the Paisley outfit in
2017.
And Ross is convinced the
former Watford, Sheffield
United, Dundee and Wycombe
Wanderers midfielder can play
a huge role at Easter Road.
He commented: “For me,
Stephen adds a lot to the group
and the environment at HTC
[Hibs Training Centre].
“You can never have enough
good professionals with lead-
ership qualities and we’re for-
tunate, as I’ve said repeatedly,
to have a great core of those at
Hibernian.”
ALAN TEMPLE
Hibernian have signed Stephen McGinn, who joins brother Paul
think it’s quite similar (to St
Joseph’s, who Rangers played
in Europa League qualifying
in Gibraltar last season.
Obviously I don’t want to
disrespect either club in terms
of who’s bigger or better.
“But I think up until a
certain point in the game,
St Joseph’s were a difficult
opponent. They were organised
and difficult to beat. I’m sure
we’re going to face a very
similar test. It’s a game we’re
looking forward to.
“Sitting here now, it’s about
what my team are going to
bring rather than focusing too
much on the opponent. We come
here with respect but to do a
professional job and that’s what
I’m looking for from my players.”
Gerrard is hoping that
Ianis Hagi, the Romanian
playmaker who Rangers signed
for £3m from Belgian club
Genk in the summer, can build
on his impressive individual
displays in the wins over
Hamilton and Dundee United.
“Different players take different amounts of time to
get up to speed,” said Gerrard.
“But he’s certainly looking
close to what we saw at the
back end of last season before
Covid kicked in. It’s great to
see because when he’s at his
best he’s certainly a big help to
the team and the squad.
“I want him to thrive on
every game, to be consistent.
I think when you are a young
player and are growing and
evolving, the one things you’ve
got to strive for is consistency.
If you want to be known
and keep growing on and off
the pitch, you have to find
consistency in your game.
“That’s going to be Ianis’
biggest challenge. A club like
Rangers is perfect for him
because the supporters, the
staff and everyone connected
with the club will demand
that from him. That’s what
he wants. He doesn’t want an
easy ride. He wants to continue
to be challenged, tested and
pushed. He’s got that from me
don’t worry about that.”place and what I can bring. I’ll
do everything I can to help as
many people as I can here.
“I’m desperate to do well.
The boys are flying just now
so I’m happy to wait to see if
I’m called on for an injury or
suspension.
“I still feel I’ve got a bit to of-
fer and Jack knows at my best
I can offer something here, and
that’s why he’s brought me
here.”
McGinn, who has now fully
recovered from knee surgery
in January, played alongside
Ross during his first stint at St
Mirren and it was the
IAN McCALL has bolstered
Partick Thistle’s attacking
ranks with the signing of
Livingston forward Salim
Kouider-Aissa on a
one-year loan deal.
The French
striker, who was
playing Junior
football 18 months
ago after
unsuccessful spells
at Hearts and
Motherwell as a youngster,
shot to prominence at
Queen’s Park last season,
racking up 17 goals in 36
games in all competitions before leaving the League
Two club to move to the Tony
Macaroni this summer.
“We are delighted to secure
Salim for this coming
season,” Jags
manager McCall told
the club’s website.
“There were a
number of clubs
interested in Salim
and I’m really pleased
he chose to come to
Thistle. He is a goalscorer
and it says a lot about the
boy that 18 months ago he
was playing Junior football.”
James Cairney
Thistle clinch Salim on loan
Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFYING 6
A
BERDEEN manager
Derek McInnes
admits he is already
looking past Europa
League opponents FK Viking
to a potential dream date with
Sporting Lisbon.
The Pittodrie manager
usually preaches a one-game-
at-a-time mantra but is ready
to make an exception for the
Portuguese giants.
Victory in Norway tonight
will book the Dons a third
qualifying round trip to the
Estadio Jose Alvalade.
And McInnes wants to use
the lure of a clash against
the 18-time Portuguese
champions to spur his team on
to victory when they run out in
Stavanger.
He said: “I think we’ve got
to mention what’s waiting in
the next round because it’s not
every year you get to take on
Sporting Lisbon.
“I think it’s a real prize for
both teams to get through.
“I want to experience it as
a manager, I want my players
to play against a good side like them in that kind of
environment.
“So absolutely it will be
mentioned but clearly the job
in hand is tomorrow night.
“We’ve always dealt with
these games pretty well in
terms of the focus from the
team.
“It will be a tough game but
that motivation is there for
both teams to get through and
take on a club like Sporting
Lisbon.”
McInnes’s team have bounced back from losing
their Premiership opener to
Rangers, winning five games
on the bounce.
They have shipped just
two goals all season but face
a Viking outfit who have
steadied the ship after a slow
start.
Bjarne Berntsen’s team have
notched 15 goals in their last
five games but McInnes can
see vulnerabilities in their
ranks.
He said: “I’ve seen Viking
McInnes admits
he has one eye
on next round as
Sporting lie in wait
Motherwell
defender
Declan
Gallagher
insists his
side will be
well prepared
in Northern
Ireland
MARTIN McMILLAN
MOTHERWELL defender
Declan Gallagher feels his
club and others need to start
producing in Europe for the
sake of Scottish football.
Celtic have been regulars in
the group stage in recent years
while Rangers have qualified
two seasons in a row but it
was Aberdeen 13 years ago
who were the last club outside
Glasgow to make it past the
qualifiers.
Motherwell came close 10
years ago when they fell to
Odense in the Europa League
play-offs but the Scottish co-
efficient tumbled in subsequent
Gallagher vows to boost Scottish game by getting
COLERAINE
V MOTHERWELLFK VIKING
V ABERDEEN years following the financial
collapse of Rangers, making
the task even more difficult.
Gallagher and his men are
looking to complete a Northern
Ireland double when they face
Coleraine at The Showgrounds
tonight in the second
qualifying round of the Europa
League after dispatching
Glentoran 5-1 at Fir Park in
the opening round.
With Albanians Laci or
Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel
awaiting in the following
round, Gallagher is determined
to progress.
The Scotland international
said: “It’s massive, not just for
the club itself but massive for
Scottish football as well. Celtic
and Rangers are carrying a
big burden to always get to
Europe.“I think it’s probably time
that other clubs in this league
start progressing and start
showing that Scottish football
is a good league.”
Motherwell’s first-round
victory was more edgy than
the scoreline suggests with the
game opening up only after Glentoran had a man sent
off and the home side got the
breakthrough after the hour
mark.
Coleraine’s victory over
Maribor ensured Motherwell
were seeded for this round
and they then drew Oran
Kearney’s side. The former St Mirren manager came
up against Motherwell on
four occasions two seasons
ago, taking four points off
the Steelmen, but Fir Park
manager and former Northern
Ireland midfielder Stephen
Robinson is also well-versed
with Coleraine.
Gallagher said: “The gaffer
has good knowledge of a few
of their players, he has given
us insight into how they might
play and shape up. So it is
good knowledge, and Trevor
Carson knows a few of the
boys as well. So we will be well
prepared.
“We watched clips of the
Maribor game, they are a hard-
working team, well-organised
so we know it’s going to be a
really tough test for us.”
Motherwell gave themselves play extremely well in certain
games. They have not been as
consistent as they’d like this
season but their recent run
of form has been a bit more
healthy.
“They are sitting eighth in
the league right now and have
some good players.
“They certainly know how to
score goals and have some good
attacking threat, which are
clear and obvious. We need to
be aware of that.
“There can be a trade off
JOHN McGILL
Derek McInnes is not known for looking beyond the next match but admits he is excited by the prospect of
That motivation
is there for both
to get through

FOOTBALL 7
A
RRIVING at a new
club and earning a
place in the starting
XI can be challenging
in and of itself for any young
player shipped out on loan to
gain first-team experience,
and doing so while learning a
new position can be an arduous
task for any player.
It can take weeks or months
until they finally understand
the ins and outs of a role –
and the tactical system that
surrounds it – but Luke Bolton
has wasted no time whatsoever
in getting acclimatised in his
new surroundings.
The 20-year-old, on loan at
Tannadice from Manchester
City, has only been in the City
of Discovery for a little under
two months but has already
become one of the first names
on Micky Mellon’s team sheet.
Deployed on the right flank,
Bolton has found himself play-
ing at right wing-back and as a
right winger during his time at
Dundee United so far, depend-
ent on the formation (usually a
4-4-2 or a 3-5-2).
Bolton’s previous loan spell,
at Luton Town in England’s
fourth tier last season, gave
the Englishman a good ground-
ing in defence as he normal-
ly filled in as a full-back but
this year, he has been given a
more offensive role at United.
As a wing-back he is required
to make surging, over-lapping
runs down the right and when
utilised as a winger, most of his
time in possession is taken up
by carrying the ball forward
and teasing deliveries into the
opposition area.
The importance of Bolton in
Mellon’s starting XI cannot be
understated. Since the former
Tranmere Rovers manager
came in earlier this summer,
there has been a clear shift in
approach from the side that
won last season’s Champion-
ship title under Robbie Neil-
son. Where the latter had no
real tactical identity and often
played with a narrow midfield,
the former has introduced a
solid, disciplined system that
relies heavily on counter-at-
tacking effectively and with
purpose.
A key aspect of Mellon’s game
plan is that the wide players
Bolton can make his
mark during United’s
return to big time
ANALYSISJAMES CAIRNEY
into groups
Luke Bolton has slotted in seamlessly in the Dundee United side
ster only has one assist to his
name so far this term – tee-
ing up Mark Reynolds for the
game’s only goal in a 1-0 win
over Motherwell at Fir Park
last month – the data suggests
more are on the way.
Expected assists (xA) meas-
ure both the quantity and the
quality of chances created dur-
ing any given game, leaving
us with a figure (based on the
probability of an opportunity
being converted) that gives a
clear indication of a player’s
creative output over the course
of a game. After seven games,
Bolton is the second-highest
scoring player at United in this
regard with an xA/90 of 0.65,
with Peter Pawlett (0.91) the
only player outperforming the
new arrival.
Translating that statistical
promise into real-word action
is now the goal for Bolton but
the data implies that he is not
far away. Aside from his debut,
Bolton has at least one key pass
– a pass that leads directly to
a shot – in every appearance
he has so far made under Mel-
lon and when we examine the
winger’s crossing statistics,
there are signs of encourage-
ment. The 4.4 crosses per game
that Bolton averages is more
than any of his team-mates,
and is the eleventh-highest tal-
ly of any Premiership player
this season.
He might only be here for
a season – but it looks like he
will have a big part to play in
United’s first term back in the
big time. CALLUM DAVIDSON has
confirmed that St Johnstone
are looking to land former
Aberdeen midfielder Craig
Bryson.
The 33-year-old departed
Pittodrie earlier this month
after featuring just 14 times,
with injury blighting most of
his time in the Granite City.
Bryson is currently training
with old club Kilmarnock to
keep his fitness up ahead of
a possible transfer, and it is
understood a move to Perth
is high on his list of options.
Davidson said: “He’s one
of many players I’m looking
at just now. He’s a good
player and he’s obviously
been released by Aberdeen.
He’s definitely somebody
we’re interested in, along
with two or three others.
“Hopefully in the next
couple of weeks we’ll get a
couple in. There are certain
areas I’d like to strengthen.
“That’s what we’re looking
at. If a player comes up who
I think is too good to turn
down, hopefully I’ll get the
backing to do it.”
Saints have the smallest
squad in the Premiership
this season, with just 22
players registered in the
first-team set-up.
The lack of depth in the
McDiarmid Park ranks is
something that concerns
Davidson, especially with
Covid-19 wreaking havoc
amongst a number of
top-flight clubs already this
campaign.
“Having numbers and
coping with it is a different
story,” Davidson said. “You
don’t sign players just
because of Covid. It’s such
an unknown factor. It’s
always in the back of my
mind that if I lose two or
three players, all of a
sudden, my squad thins.
“With Covid there’s
nothing you can do. It’s a
scary one.”
On whether St Mirren’s
game against Hibs at the
weekend should have been
postponed due to their three
goalkeepers being forced
into self-isolation, Davidson
added: “Goalkeeper is such
a specialised position that
it’s a real hard one.
“You can do nothing wrong
and that can happen.
Smaller clubs obviously
won’t have the capacity to
deal with it as well.
“Hopefully it’s a situation I
never have to deal with.”
Davidson
keen to
bring Bryson
in at Saints
Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020
a lift going into the game by
sealing their first Premiership
win of the season with a 1-0
victory over St Johnstone on
Saturday but Gallagher had
not been overly concerned
about their early-season form.
“I didn’t think there were
any panic stations just yet, we
just weren’t getting that rub of
the green,” he said.
“Hibs were flying high when
we went to Easter Road and
we probably played the best we
have played this season and
only got a point. Saturday was
probably the worst we played
and yet we got three points.
That’s football for you.
“I didn’t think there was
anything to panic about and
now we have picked up those
first three points I think we
will kick on now.”must drive forward with the
ball and attempt to catch out
their opponents on the break
when the opportunity presents
itself, and that is demonstrated
in the numbers his side have
been posting so far this term.
Only Celtic (36) and Rangers
(34.6) attempt more dribbles
per game than Dundee United
(30) in this season’s Premier-
ship, and no-one at Tannadice
does so quite like Bolton.
Not only is the Man City the
loanee attempting more drib-
bles per game than anyone else
at the club, but Bolton’s drib-
bles in the Premiership this
season total 43 – only Rang-
ers’ Ryan Kent has more to his
name so far this term.
This stat highlights the in-
dustrious nature of Bolton on
the right wing but there is an-
other that pays testament to
his technical ability, too. At-
tempting lots of dribbles is all
well and good but if you go on
to lose the ball, then it’s not es-
pecially helpful to your side’s
chances. But Bolton has not
only been one of the league’s
most hard-working wide play-
ers during the season’s opening
exchanges; he is one of the best
dribblers too, with 69.8% of his
runs with the ball successful –
a figure only narrowly bettered
by Ross County’s veteran mid-
fielder Michael Gardyne, who
is the Premiership’s standout
performer at this early stage of
the campaign.
Driving upfield with the ball
is a key aspect of Bolton’s role
at United but while the young-
Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon
with teams who are quite
expansive and they can
concede goals by leaving
themselves a bit open.
“But Viking have scored
more goals than they have
conceded in their last 10 games
so they a team who open up.
Whether they’re that team
tomorrow who knows?
“We feel we have an
attacking threat too at the
minute and it’s important
we show that side tomorrow
night.”
AIDAN SMITH

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 RUGBY UNION 8
E
DINBURGH’S 32-17
defeat away to
Bordeaux-Begles in
the pool stage of the
Challenge Cup back in
January will not be recalled
as a particular highlight of
the season for Richard
Cockerill’s men.
But for loose-head prop
Rory Sutherland it was a
seminal moment in which
he finally consigned to the
dustbin of history a three-
year period when his career
stalled as he fought back from
a horrific groin injury – and
simultaneously set in motion
the chain of events which led
to him being widely tipped as a
potential Lions starter during
next year’s series.
“I realise [now] that it was
a massive opportunity for me
to turn my career around,” he
recalled. “For a couple of years
before that I had struggled
with injury and just not
performing well enough to be
in the team, so to go out there
and start and then perform
well against a big pack and
have Gregor Townsend think
that I had a good enough game
to go and start in the Six
Nations was awesome.”
Sutherland was duly
named in the No.1 jersey for
Scotland’s Championship
opener against Ireland
just three weeks later. He
marked the occasion with a
barnstorming performance in
both the tight and loose.
Against England a week
later, he had a tough time in
the scrum but hung in there
and his carry up the middle of
the park just before half-time
was the stand-out moment on
a day when the awful weather
dominated. But the highlight
of his campaign was almost
certainly against France,
when he gave opposite number
Mohamed Haouas such a
torrid time at set-piece that it
was surely a factor in the wild
punch the tight-head swung
at Jamie Ritchie leading to a
straight red-card.
The Hawick man was
really motoring, and then
came lockdown at the worst
possible time – but Sutherland
is determined that he won’t
allow the six-month lay-off to
alter the upward trajectory of
a career which had appeared
to be over at the height of his
injury troubles.“Obviously, it was a bit
gutting for me after getting a
head of steam up, but it is the
same for everyone,” he said. “I
think it is all about how you
personally trained and kept
yourself conditioned during
that time, which I found really
tough. You don’t realise how
lucky you are to train with
people every day until you have
to do it all on your own.
“But I managed a good few
running sessions, got hold of
some gym equipment and an
exercise bike, and when I came
back, I felt like I was in good
condition.”There is a return to the
Stade Chaban-Delmas this
coming Saturday lunchtime,
where Bordeaux will once
again host Edinburgh in the
Challenge Cup – this time at
the quarter-final stage of the
competition.
“We need to park the defeat
against Ulster and look
towards this weekend,” said
the 28-year-old on the match.
“This season is not finished by
any means so we’re going out
there to take the game to them
and to win. I look forward to
the challenge and hopefully we
can make it to the semi-final.”
SCOTTISH Rugby Union
President Ian Barr has urged
clubs to get behind the
regionalised league and
season structure which has
been introduced for the
Scottish domestic game
during 2020-21 to try to
minimise the threat posed by
the coronavirus pandemic.
Barr calls on teams to get behind league structure
DAVID BARNES
EDINBURGHDAVID BARNES
The top two flights of the
club game – the Premiership
and National League One –
have been lumped together for
the first part of the season and
then split into four regional
conferences.
The format is pretty
confusing, and goes against
the wishes of the majority
of the clubs in the top flight
Premiership who had hoped to keep their league as a
distinct brand at the pinnacle
of the club game, but Barr
believes that the solution
which has been implemented
provides consistency across
all competitions and offers
the best means of providing
teams with meaningful games
without risking public safety
through unnecessary extra
travel.“I am really pleased clubs
can now see what the season
ahead looks like and they can
begin planning and looking
forward to playing competitive
matches again,” said Barr. “I
know a huge amount of work
has gone into getting us to
this point and I’d like to thank
everyone who has contributed
to what was a complex and
challenging process.“Our hope is that teams
can play as much rugby as
possible in the circumstances
and we encourage them to take
a common-sense approach to
fulfilling fixtures and ensuring
the sport can resume safely, at
every level. I would also like to
extend my thanks to Tennent’s
and Mitsubishi Motors for
their continued invaluable
support.”
Sutherland keen
to kick on after
injury lay-off
You don’t realise
how lucky you are
until you have to do
it all on your own
Rory Sutherland returned to the
Edinburgh XV in January after a
prolonged absence and is
determined to make most of his
career following groin injury

T
OMMY Fleetwood
insists he is ready
to enjoy the
“absolute grind” of
a US O p en a s he
seeks a first major
title at Winged Foot.
Fleetwood was fourth in the
US Open at Erin Hills in 2017
and second the following year
at Shinnecock Hills, where his
closing round of 63 equalled
the championship record and
left him just a shot behind
Brooks Koepka.
The 29-year-old could only
finish 65th at Pebble Beach
last year but was runner-up
to Shane Lowry in the Open
Championship a month later
and travelled to New York on
the back of a closing 64 and
tie for third in the Portugal
Masters.
“I have not played Winged
Foot before but I have heard
people say how tough it is and
I think it’s a US Open and
that is just what you have to
expect,” Fleetwood said.
“I actually remember the
last US Open there and it is
a tough test. My coach says
a good shot normally does
the trick and that is the idea
wherever you are, but the
preparation for the US Open
always stays the same.
“You have got to be prepared
for anything, for bogey runs,
getting around the greens,
trying to make as many up
and downs as you can. Par is
always going to be your friend
in a US Open and you are
going to have to hole a lot of
tricky putts with the way the
greens are.
“You know what is coming.
You are not going to go there
wondering what am I going
to need this week and what
the course is going to be like
– which is a good thing – and
I have always enjoyed the
odd week a year to have an
absolute grind out there.”
Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy
emerged victorious the
last time Winged Foot held
the US Open in 2006, but
the tournament is best
remembered for Colin
Montgomerie and Phil
Mickelson both making a
Par is always going
to be your friend
in a US Open
just did not see that happening
at all.”
Tournament officials insist
Winged Foot will present a fair
challenge for the world’s best
players in the 120th US Open.
The United States Golf
Association has come in for
severe criticism in recent years
for their course set-up, but the
reaction from the players so far
has been positive.
“It’s a fabulous US Open
venue and requires every facet
of a player’s game to be clicking
at the highest level,” John
Bodenhamer, senior managing
director of championships for
the USGA, said. “The set-up
you’ll see this week reflects
the challenge this golf course
presents. We will let Winged
Foot be Winged Foot.
“And if you come here next
September or if you were here
last September, you’ll see
Winged Foot just about the
same way as will the players
this week.”
USGA chief executive Mike
Davis added: “I think that
looking back during the set up
in 2006, and I suspect that’s
probably what we’ll do this
week, we kept looking at ways
[of] how do we make the golf
course a little bit easier because
it’s such a great test. It puts the
premium on everything.”
Tommy Fleetwood is not feeling overawed by the stiff test presented by the Winged Foot course at this year’s US Open
US OPENPHIL CASEY
Fleetwood fired up for
shot at first major title
Djokovic
makes
winning
return
NOVAK Djokovic made a
winning return to
competition in his first
match since he was
defaulted at the US Open.
The world No.1, booted
out of Flushing Meadows
last week for striking a line
judge with a ball, beat
Salvatore Caruso at the
Italian Open.
Djokovic was on his best
behaviour as he wrapped
up a routine 6-3 6-2 victory
to reach the third round.
He told the ATP website:
“It was a very good test for
me. I’m very pleased with
the way I handled myself in
important moments.
“I was in control of the
match. I served well when I
needed to come up with a
big serve and I moved well.
“I constructed the points
as the clay courts demand,
because it’s obviously a
completely different surface
in terms of building the
point tactically. Everything
went well. I’m very pleased.”
Meanwhile, US Open
finalist Victoria Azarenka
overcame Venus Williams in
the battle of former world
No.1s at the Italian Open.
Azarenka beat 40-year-
old Williams 7-6 (9) 6-2 in
the first round.
“I felt that this was a great
match for me to figure it out,
the first match on clay,”
Azarenka said. “Venus
played a really good match,
it was good to see her also
adapting to clay, changing
and trying different shots.
So, I’m pretty happy.”
Azarenka will meet
American No.3 seed Sofia
Kenin in round two.
In the early second-round
matches top seed Simona
Halep sank Italy’s Jasmine
Paolini 6-3 6-4.
TENNISHAYLEY MILNE
World No.1 Novak Djokovic
GOLF 9 Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020
double bogey on the 72nd hole
when poised to win.
“Monty is still one of my
favourite golfers and I was
pulling for him that week, it
would have been great to see
him win a major and it was
one of the most unexpected
finishes to a golf tournament
ever,” added Fleetwood,
who was 15 at the time and
watching at home with his dad.
“It was on TV the other
week and you forget things
like when he holed a [birdie]
putt on 17 and I think at that
moment everybody thought it’s
Monty’s time and that he was
going to do it finally.
“Then he stands on the tee
and everyone thinks he can’t
draw the ball and then rips the
tee shot, and it was a disaster
for him after that.
“And then for Mickelson to
stand up at the last, he was
the best player in the world at
that time and looked like he
could win every major, and you

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CUP) (CLASS 2) of £19,000 for 3yo plus. 1m 2f
1 000 NICHOLAS T cd (J Goldie) 8-9-10 B Robinson 11
2 842 DUBAI ICON d (S bin Suroor) 4-9-9 K Stott 5
3 106 MORISCO c,d (T Dascombe) 3-9-7 R Kingscote 10
4 509 ARCTIC SOUND (M Johnston) 4-9-6 J Fanning 8
5 560 REDARNA c,p (Mrs D Sayer) 6-9-2 JP Sullivan 7
6 174 GLASSES UP cd (R M Smith) 5-9-0 D Tudhope 4
7 614 JUST HISS (T Easterby) 7-8-12 Rachel Richardson 3
8 436 DARK LOCHNAGAR d (K Dalgleish) 4-8-11 S Gray 6
9 167 ARCH MOON (M Dods) 3-8-8 C Beasley 1
10 792 FIRST IMPRESSION c,d (J J Quinn) 3-8-7 B Curtis 9
11 3-21 SPIRIT DANCER d (R Fahey) 3-8-5 P Mathers 2
12 886 GLASVEGAS (K Dalgleish) 3-8-2 A Mullen 12
Betting 3 Spirit Dancer, 5 Dubai Icon, 13-2 Glasses Up, 7
First Impression, 15-2 Just Hiss, 12 Others.
2.40 SKY SPORTS RACING HD VIRGIN 535 HANDICAP
(CLASS 3) of £11,500 for 3yo plus. 1m 2f
1 205 WAIT FOREVER (M Botti) 5-9-12 S Cherchi (5) 1
2 995 PROTECTED GUEST bf,cd (G Margarson) 5-9-12 T P Queally 2
3 221 CRYSTAL PEGASUS d (Sir M Stoute) 3-9-4 R L Moore 4
4 221 NASRAAWY d (J Gosden) 3-9-3 D O’Neill 3
5 120 LONDON ARCH (C Fellowes) 3-8-11 W Buick 6
6 753 PACTOLUS c,d,h,t (S C Williams) 9-8-10 A Atzeni 5
Betting 11-8 Nasraawy, 3 Crystal Pegasus, 6 Pactolus, 7
Protected Guest, Wait Forever, 14 London Arch.
FORM: NASRAAWY 4-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and never
in rear, finally picked up and headway in centre chasing
leaders over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led
and hung left inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won
at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Sandyman (9-9)
by 3 1/2l, 9 ran. CRYSTAL PEGASUS 4-11fav (9-2) Tracked
leader, led 2f out, clear final furlong, easily, won at Bath 1m
2f nov mdn stks (5) gs in Aug beating Second Slip (9-2)
by 6l, 8 ran. PACTOLUS 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, closed
6f out, carried right over 1f out, no impression on winner
inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Involved
(9-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul. PROTECTED
GUEST 3-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along
over 3f out, carried head high under pressure and weak-
ened final furlong, 5th of 6, 9l behind Gifts Of Gold (9-9) at
Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Aug.
3.10 FOLLOW AT THE RACES ON TWITTER HANDICAP (CLASS
2) of £19,000 for 3yo plus. 1m 6f
1 4-47 BYRON FLYER (I Williams) 9-10-0 R L Moore 3
2 723 HYANNA (Eve J-Houghton) 5-10-0 O Murphy 1
3 312 C’EST NO MOUR (S Hodgson) 7-9-0 T Marquand 2
4 222 GAS MONKEY bf,c,h (Miss J Feilden) 5-8-12 Tyler Heard (7) 5
5 222 DANCE TO PARIS d,v (Mrs L Wadham) 5-8-9 W Buick 6
6 620 BODYLINE (Sir M Prescott) 3-8-8 L Morris 4
Betting 2 Hyanna, 7-2 C’Est No Mour, Bodyline, 6 Gas
Monkey, 8 Dance To Paris, 10 Byron Flyer.
FORM: HYANNA 13-2 (9-1) Held up off the pace in last trio,
headway on rail over 2f out, not clear run and switched
left inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace
to challenge, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Data Protection
(8-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Aug. BODYLINE 11-2
(8-9) Slowly away raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out,
weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 28l behind Coltrane
(8-8) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Aug. C’EST NO
MOUR 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt, soon in touch in 6th, headway and
switched left to outside 2f out, went 3rd just over 1f out,
kept on into 2nd final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of
9, 3/4l behind Seinesational (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp
0-85 (4) sft in Aug. GAS MONKEY 9-4fav (9-3) Held up well
off the pace towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f
out, went 2nd final 110 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd
of 12, 4 1/2l behind Andaleep (8-9) at Sandown 1m 2f app
hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gs in Aug.
3.40 BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF NOVICE STAKES (CLASS
5) of £6,300 for 2yo Only. 1m
1 13 FRANCESCO GUARDI (James Ferguson) 9-9 O Murphy 2
2 CHALK STREAM (W Haggas) 9-2 T Marquand 1
3 37 FOREST FALCON (M Johnston) 9-2 W Buick 4
4 GRAYSTONE (Mrs L Wadham) 9-2 E J Walsh 3
Betting 4-9 Francesco Guardi, 5-2 Chalk Stream, 12 Forest
Falcon, 33 Graystone.
4.10 BRITISH EBF FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10/GBB
RACE) (CLASS 5) of £6,300 for 2yo Only. 6f
1 1 VILLE DE GRACE d (Sir M Stoute) 9-7 R L Moore 5
2 AROUSING (W Haggas) 9-0 T Marquand 2
3 CASTANA DIA (C Wall) 9-0 P Cosgrave 1
4 9 FLOTILLA (Ed Walker) 9-0 O Murphy 8
5 LADY OF DESIRE (Tom Clover) 9-0 A Atzeni 7
6 SEALED OFFER (R Cowell) 9-0 L Morris 6
7 SHAMFIZZ (C Fellowes) 9-0 S Donohoe 4
8 375 THE CIRCUS (J Gosden) 9-0 R Havlin 3
Betting 11-8 Ville De Grace, 5-2 Arousing, 7-2 The Circus,
16 Lady Of Desire, Sealed Offer, 20 Shamfizz, 25 Flotilla,
Castana Dia.
4.40 KEN LINDSAY MEMORIAL NURSERY (CLASS 4) of
£7,937 for 2yo Only. 6f
1 210 VEDUTE d (M Bell) 9-7 T Marquand 2
2 622 AL SAARIYAH bf (S & E Crisford) 9-6 W Buick 7
3 222 CHARLIE FELLOWES bf,p (G Scott) 9-2 H Bentley 5
4 234 MONZA CITY (M Johnston) 9-1 O Murphy 4
5 517 COCO BEAR cd (Eve J-Houghton) 9-0 R L Moore 3
6 426 TEMPLE BRUER (Ed Walker) 8-12 A Atzeni 6
7 405 MERRY SECRET (Tom Ward) 8-10 G Wood 1
Betting 9-4 Al Saariyah, 4 Vedute, 5 Charlie Fellowes, 6
Merry Secret, 7 Coco Bear, 8 Monza City, 10 Temple Bruer.
FORM: AL SAARIYAH 6-4fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out,
headed inside final furlong, soon edged left and one pace,
no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Alcohol Free
(9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo fll nov stks (5) gs in Aug. VEDUTE
66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, some late
minor headway, never on terms, 10th of 19, 7l behind Happy
Romance (9-0) at York 6f 2yo auc (2) gd in Aug. CHARLIE
FELLOWES 6-5fav (9-5) Chased leaders, closed 2f out, led
over 1f out, soon edged left, headed inside final furlong, no
impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind
Setantii Girl (9-0) at Ripon 6f nov med aut stk (5) sft in Aug.
MERRY SECRET 25-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and joined over 2f out,
headed entering final furlong, weakened close home, 5th of
8, 6l behind Zoffarelli (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4)
pol. COCO BEAR 4-1 (9-2) Bumped leaving stalls, outpaced
in rear, pushed along 2f out, made some headway final fur
-
long, never in contention, 7th of 11, 8l behind Bedford Flyer
(9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd.
5.10 MOULTON NURSERIES HANDICAP (CLASS 3) of £11,500
for 3yo plus. 6f
1 725 WOVEN bf (D M Simcock) 4-9-10 H Bentley 1
2 289 EQUITATION cd,t (S C Williams) 6-9-8 A Atzeni 5
3 016 CITY WALK bf,d (S bin Suroor) 3-9-7 T Marquand 3
4 430 MOKAATIL d,p (I Williams) 5-9-2 W Buick 4
5 734 HAMISH MACBETH d (H Palmer) 3-9-2 R L Moore 7
6 346 SPANISH ANGEL (A Balding) 3-9-0 O Murphy 6
7 713 SPIRITED GUEST bf,cd (G Margarson) 4-8-12 T P Queally 2
Betting 3 Woven, 10-3 Hamish Macbeth, 5 Spanish Angel,
City Walk, 7 Spirited Guest, 8 Equitation, 10 Mokaatil.
Last year Tinto (3-9-6) Marco Ghiani(7) (9-2) Mrs A Perrett,
drawn (6), 6 ran.
FORM: WOVEN 9-4fav (9-0) Mid-divsion, niggled over 3f out,
shoved along 2f out, switched left and no closer 1f out, no
impact, 5th of 7, 4l behind Desert Safari (8-9) at Chelmsford
City 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol. HAMISH MACBETH 7-1 (8-11)
Held up, headway 5f out, pushed along over 2f out, kept
on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Chil Chil
(8-13) at Ascot 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug. CITY WALK 2-1fav
(9-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th
of 7, 5l behind Concierge (9-6) at Bath 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft
in Aug. SPANISH ANGEL 9-2 (8-11) Off the pace towards
rear, some headway over 1f out, never going pace to get
involved, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Glamorous Anna (9-0) at
Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul. SPIRITED GUEST
3-1fav (9-10) Ridden away from stalls, mid-division, pushed
along over 3f out, headway from 2f out, went 3rd towards
finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Grandfather Tom (9-2) at
Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf. EQUITATION 12-1 (8-4) Chased
leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 4l behind
Fortamour (8-5) at Ascot 6f hcp 105 (2) gd. MOKAATIL 10-1
(9-2) Raced keenly, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out,
weakened well inside final furlong, 10th of 19, 3l behind My
Style (8-10) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
5.40 FINAL FURLONG PODCAST HANDICAP (CLASS 6) of
£5,593 for 3yo plus. 5f
1 628 PRINCE CASPER (S C Williams) 3-9-7 O Murphy 1
2 242 ARZAAK d,b (C Wallis) 6-9-7 L Edmunds 10
3 08-9 GINVINCIBLE d (J Given) 4-9-5 L Morris 7
4 337 FARD (Mrs C Dunnett) 5-9-4 A McCarthy 6
5 988 ROCKETEER (Mike Murphy) 3-9-2 W Buick 3
6 331 WILD FLOWER d,t,p (S L Keightley) 8-9-1(4ex)
Miss Molly Presland (7) 9
7 144 TILSWORTH ROSE cd,b (J R Jenkins) 6-8-11 H Bentley 4
8 954 SWELL SONG (R Cowell) 4-8-8 E J Walsh 5
9 0-50 DOLLYWAGGON PIKE (J R Jenkins) 6-8-7 Tyler Heard (7) 2
10 09-0 TINA TEASPOON (D Shaw) 6-8-7 J Fahy 8
Betting 2 Wild Flower, 4 Tilsworth Rose, 5 Swell Song,
6 Arzaak, 8 Prince Casper, 10 Rocketeer, 12 Fard, 25
Ginvincible, 33 Others.
Last year No corresponding race.
FORM: SPIRIT DANCER 3-1 (9-5) Made virtually all, driven over
1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f mdn
stks (5) sft in Aug beating Abbotside (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
DUBAI ICON (8-6) 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Simsir (8-13) at
Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp gd in Feb. GLASSES UP 25-1 (9-9)
Towards rear, reached mid-division halfway, pushed along 3f
out, headway towards far side of group chasing leaders over
2f out, driven between horses over 1f out, stayed on same
pace inside final furlong, 4th of 19, 1l behind Mr Carpenter
(9-0) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd. FIRST IMPRESSION 11-2
(9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over
1f out, no chance with winner, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3l behind
Poet’s Dawn (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Aug.
JUST HISS 11-2 (9-1) Went left start, mid-division on outside,
closed over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, stayed on same pace
from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Hortzadar (9-2) at
Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug. ARCH MOON 9-2 (9-4)
Mid-division on outside, pushed along over 4f out, some late
headway, never dangerous, 7th of 15, 7l behind Shelir (9-11)
at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
3.30 BRITISH STALLION STUDS SCOTTISH PREMIER SERIES EBF
FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 4) of £9,250 for 3yo plus. 1m 2f
1 64-0 URSULINA (T Dascombe) 3-9-9 R Kingscote 5
2 221 WONDROUS WORDS d (R Varian) 3-9-7 Ray Dawson (5) 6
3 708 SOOTABILITY d (R Fahey) 4-9-3 P Hanagan 4
4 211 SALSADA d (J O’Keeffe) 3-9-2 G Lee 1
5 756 SISTER MIDNIGHT (J Goldie) 4-9-0 K Stott 3
6 904 SARVI cd,p (J Goldie) 5-8-7 J Gormley 2
Betting 5-4 Wondrous Words, 5-2 Salsada, 15-2 Sootability,
8 Ursulina, 10 Sarvi, 12 Sister Midnight.
Last year Eva Maria (3-9-7) Paul Hanagan (9-4) Fav R
Fahey, drawn (13), 12 ran.
FORM: WONDROUS WORDS 3-1 (9-4) Keen early, prominent,
led 9f out, headed over 7f out, led again over 2f out, clear
over 1f out, easily, won at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in
Aug beating Ours Puissant (9-8) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran. SALSADA
9-1 (8-10) Made most, headed briefly halfway, ridden over
1f out, idled inside final furlong, won at Haydock 1m 2f flls
hcp 0-130 (3) sft beating Alpine Mistral (8-12) by 1/2l, 6
ran. SOOTABILITY 40-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden over 2f out,
weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 7l behind Pitcher’s Point
(9-8) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol. URSULINA
100-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 13,
7l behind First Winter (9-2) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-90
(3) gs in Aug. SARVI 16-1 (9-0) Slowly away, tracked leaders
after 2f out, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and short of
room over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on inside final fur-
long, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Viceregent (9-1) at Hamilton 1m
3f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
4.00 AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT HANDICAP (DIV 1) (CLASS
4) of £9,250 for 3yo plus. 7f
1 902 PRESIDENTIAL d (Roger Fell) 6-9-12 B Curtis 9
2 023 DANIELSFLYER c,p (M Dods) 6-9-10 C Beasley 14
3 517 HAJJAM cd (Liam Bailey) 6-9-9 G Lee 7
4 083 THE GREAT HEIR d,p (K Ryan) 4-9-8 K Stott 11
5 108 SWISS KNIGHT (M W Easterby) 5-9-6 JP Sullivan 3
6 804 MISCHIEF STAR cd,p (D O’Meara) 3-9-6 D Tudhope 5
7 080 GRAVITY FORCE cd,v (K Burke) 3-9-5 C Lee 2
8 395 RIGHT ACTION d (R Fahey) 6-9-5 T Hamilton 1
9 688 BOSTON GEORGE d (K Dalgleish) 4-9-2 S Gray 4
10 714 BLACK FRIDAY c,d (R M Smith) 5-9-1 P Mathers 12
11 788 YOSHIMI d (R Fahey) 3-9-1 P Hanagan 13
12 14 5 ALIX JAMES d (I Jardine) 3-8-13 P Mulrennan 10
13 960 AL QAHWA (Katie Scott) 7-8-11 A Breslin (5) 8
14 440 CASSY O (T Easterby) 3-8-2 D Fentiman 6
Betting 9-2 Danielsflyer, 6 Presidential, 15-2 The Great Heir,
Mischief Star, Black Friday, 8 Alix James, 10 Hajjam, 12
Right Action, 14 Others.
FORM: DANIELSFLYER 11-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f
out, plugged on into third inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4
1/2l behind Young Fire (9-10) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3)
sft. PRESIDENTIAL 17-2 (9-10) In touch, pushed along and
headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd close
home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Eton College (9-6) at Leicester
7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs. BLACK FRIDAY 10-1 (9-11) Prominent
on outside, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th
of 11, 7l behind Gweedore (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp
0-75 (5) gd.
4.30 AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT HANDICAP (DIV 2) (CLASS
4) of £9,250 for 3yo plus. 7f
1 764 SO BELOVED d,p (D O’Meara) 10-9-10 Ray Dawson (5) 5
2 835 BYRON’S CHOICE cd (M Dods) 5-9-9 P Mulrennan 2
3 708 GLOVES LYNCH (M Wigham) 4-9-8 T Hamilton 6
4 1-30 WITH RESPECT d (H Morrison) 3-9-7 G Lee 4
5 039 ARRANMORE (Kevin Frost) 3-9-5 R Kingscote 3
6 080 KING OF TONGA d,p (D O’Meara) 4-9-5 D Tudhope 8
7 675 AMAYSMONT bf (R Fahey) 3-9-4 P Hanagan 1
8 384 TRUE BLUE MOON (T Easterby) 5-9-2 D Fentiman 10
9 28-7 VEGA MAGIC (K Ryan) 3-9-1 K Stott 13
10 3-64 ASMUND (K Burke) 3-9-0 B Curtis 9
11 650 LUXOR (K Dalgleish) 4-8-13 S Gray 7
12 411 GWEEDORE d (Katie Scott) 3-8-12(6ex) A Breslin (5) 12
13 4 8 4 TOMMY G cd (J Goldie) 7-8-7 B Robinson 11
Betting 4 Gweedore, 6 Amaysmont, 13-2 Asmund, 15-2 So
Beloved, 8 Byron’s Choice, 10 Others.
5.00 QTS HANDICAP (CLASS 5) of £6,545 for 3yo
plus. 5f
1 871 VICTORY ANGEL d (Rebecca Bastiman) 6-10-0(5ex) D Tudhope 13
2 331 AUTUMN FLIGHT d,b (T Easterby) 4-9-12 D Fentiman 3
3 674 MID WINSTER d (P Midgley) 4-9-11 G Lee 8
4 751 SOUND OF IONA cd (J Goldie) 4-9-11(5ex) B Robinson 5
5 978 AFANDEM d,p (T Easterby) 6-9-10 JP Sullivan 1
6 087 VENTURA FLAME d (K Dalgleish) 3-9-9 S Gray 11
7 1-3 MODULAR MAGIC bf,d (T D Barron) 3-9-8 R P Downey 7
8 272 PRIMO’S COMET bf,d (J Goldie) 5-9-8 J Fanning 4
9 219 STARS IN THE NIGHT d (K Ryan) 3-9-5 K Stott 10
10 535 BE PROUD bf,d (J Goldie) 4-9-3 P Mathers 2
11 220 PAVERS PRIDE bf,cd,b (P Midgley) 6-9-3 P Hanagan 6
12 442 QUANAH bf,d (Liam Bailey) 4-9-3 B Curtis 9
13 113 LYONS LANE bf,cd,p (Julie Camacho) 4-9-2 P Mulrennan 12
Betting 11-2 Autumn Flight, 6 Modular Magic, 13-2 Lyons
Lane, 7 Primo’s Comet, Victory Angel, 15-2 Others.
5.35 AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT HOME 4 CANCER
HANDICAP (CLASS 5) of £6,545 for 3yo plus. 1m 5f
1 719 FIRLINFEU c,p (J Goldie) 5-10-0 K Stott 12 2 451- DREAMS AND VISIONS cd (M W Easterby) 4-10-0 Ray Dawson (5) 6 3 410- ART OF DIPLOMACY (M W Easterby) 4-9-13 JP Sullivan 3
4 821 LADY SCATTERLEY (T Easterby) 4-9-12 D Fentiman 17
5 758 NAKEETA bf,h (I Jardine) 9-9-11 P Mulrennan 2
6 7-39 MAULESDEN MAY c (K Dalgleish) 7-9-11 J Fanning 15
7 214 THREE CASTLES c (K Dalgleish) 4-9-10 S Gray 10
8 302 FOUR KINGDOMS cd (R M Smith) 6-9-8 B Curtis 1
9 553 SPLINTER (R Fahey) 3-9-7 P Hanagan 11
10 121 CORMIER (B Ellison) 4-9-7(5ex) B Robinson 8
11 9 5 4 HERMAN HESSE (D O’Meara) 3-9-6 D Tudhope 9
12 23-6 VINTAGE ROSE (M Walford) 4-9-5 D Costello 4
13 5 4 6 KEY SPIRIT (R Fahey) 3-9-1 T Hamilton 16
14 656 IOLANI (Mrs D Sayer) 8-8-13 J Gormley 7
15 538 QUEEN OF CAMELOT (J O’Keeffe) 3-8-11 G Lee 13
16 310 ONE LAST HUG c,p (J Goldie) 5-8-9 R Scott 5
17 211 BEN LILLY (D Brown) 3-9-1(12ex) R P Downey 14
Betting 9-2 Cormier, 5 Ben Lilly, 15-2 Lady Scatterley, 10
Dreams And Visions, Three Castles, 12 Splinter, Herman
Hesse, 14 Four Kingdoms, Firlinfeu, 16 Others.
1.15 NAPOLEONS CASINO BRADFORD NOVICE STAKES (CLASS
5) of £5,500 for 2yo Only. 6f
1 6 BEAU TINKER (Phillip Makin) 9-5 C Hardie 9
2 6 ELLAND ROAD BOY (K Ryan) 9-5 T Eaves 5
3 EMPEROR SUPREME (Adrian Nicholls) 9-5 B McHugh 11
4 FURNITURE FACTORS (Ronald Thompson) 9-5 C Rodriguez 1
5 65 MR TREVOR (Mrs A Duffield) 9-5 R Ffrench 3
6 434 ROYDMOOR (R Fahey) 9-5 Connor Murtagh (3) 12
7 2 SIR MAXI (R Beckett) 9-5 Rossa Ryan 8
8 50 SPACE KID (A Keatley) 9-5 H Russell (7) 2
9 9 TEES SPIRIT (J Ward) 9-5 D Allan 7
10 8 WANTED (R Fahey) 9-5 J Garritty 10
11 8 7 LIBBY AMI (J J Quinn) 9-0 J Hart 6
12 8 6 MEZNA (M Johnston) 9-0 F Norton 4
Betting 5-4 Sir Maxi, 9-2 Roydmoor, 7 Mr Trevor, 10 Beau
Tinker, 14 Others.
1.45 LIKE RACING TV ON FACEBOOK APPRENTICE HANDICAP
(CLASS 5) of £6,735 for 3yo plus. 6f
1 592 PRODUCTION d (Ed Walker) 4-10-2 Hannah Fraser (7) 2
2 556 SIX STRINGS d (M Appleby) 6-9-13 T Ladd 4
3 0-80 NORDIC FIRE d (Roger Fell) 4-9-12 Paula Muir 1
4 0-99 PENNY POT LANE cd,p (R M Whitaker) 7-9-9 G Ashton (3) 7
5 942 LEZARDRIEUX (G Tuer) 3-9-7 W Cox 6
6 100 MY DANDY DOC d (J J Quinn) 3-9-7 D Redmond 8
7 658 DILITHIUM (K Ryan) 3-9-3 Megan Nicholls 9
8 73-0 JUNGLE ROCK (N Tinkler) 3-9-0 Aiden Smithies (7) 3
9 747 ANNA MARIA (R Fahey) 3-8-11 Connor Murtagh 5
Betting 2 Production, 10-3 Lezardrieux, 13-2 Six Strings,
15-2 Anna Maria, 8 Dilithium, 12 Others.
2.20 BRITISH EBF PREMIER FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 2) of
£30,000 for 3yo plus. 6f
1 816 STORMY GIRL cd (Rebecca Menzies) 3-10-2 C Hardie 5
2 063 MOUNTAIN BRAVE d (M Johnston) 3-9-8 F Norton 7
3 13-1 AUCHTERARDER d (M Johnston) 3-9-7 J Hart 2
4 0-06 PRINCES DES SABLES d,h (D O’Meara) 4-9-5 Rossa Ryan 4
5 061 LAST SURPRISE d (S & E Crisford) 3-9-5 James Doyle 3
6 2-32 GALE FORCE MAYA cd (M Dods) 4-9-4 C Rodriguez 1
7 333 ZIM BABY d,h (M Appleby) 3-8-8 T Ladd (3) 6
Betting 10-3 Stormy Girl, 7-2 Last Surprise, 4 Mountain
Brave, 9-2 Auchterarder, 11-2 Others.
FORM: STORMY GIRL 25-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed
over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 3 1/2l
behind Foxtrot Lady (9-2) at Doncaster 7f flls Group 3 stks
(1) gd. LAST SURPRISE 12-1 (9-7) Midfield, headway when rid
-
den over 1f out, chased leader over 1f out, ran on strongly
to lead inside final furlong, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-90 (3)
pol beating Breath Of Joy (9-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran. MOUNTAIN
BRAVE 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd inside final 2f,
ridden to lead over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong,
weakened towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Star In The
Making (8-13) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (2) gd. AUCHTERARDER
10-3 (9-4) Made all, hard driven over 1f out, ran on well,
won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Feb beating Dark
Vader (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran. GALE FORCE MAYA 8-1 (9-12)
Led early, chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on,
no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Angel Of
The Glen (8-11) at Thirsk 7f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gs. ZIM BABY
4-1 (8-6) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no
extra final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Musicality (8-13) at
Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
2.50 MADAM LILIBET HANDICAP (CLASS 5) of £6,735 for
3yo plus. 2m 1f
1 8-36 RORY AND ME (M Hammond) 5-10-2 B Garritty (5) 5
2 0-27 RED TORNADO (C Fairhurst) 8-10-1 J Garritty 2
3 238 ALEXANDERTHEGREAT (J J Quinn) 5-10-0 J Hart 6
4 186 WADACRE GALOUBET (M Johnston) 4-9-12 F Norton 7
5 487 BAILARICO (W Greatrex) 7-9-4 E Greatrex 3
6 854 GOOD VIEW (D O’Meara) 3-9-2 C Hardie 1
7 243 LIZZIE LOCH (A Whillans) 4-9-0 T Eaves 4
Betting 3 Lizzie Loch, 7-2 Good View, 11-2 Wadacre
Galoubet, Alexanderthegreat, 6 Others.
3.20 RACING TV ON SKY CHANNEL 426 HANDICAP (CLASS 4)
of £9,700 for 3yo plus. 1m 2f
1 047 ARCHIE PERKINS d (N Tinkler) 5-9-12 F McManoman (5) 1
2 164/ SOLO HUNTER d (S Dixon) 9-9-12 Jonathan Fisher (5) 7
3 964 EL GHAZWANI d,t (D O’Meara) 5-9-11 J Hart 6
4 982 HOMESPIN (M Johnston) 3-9-9 F Norton 4
5 473 MASCAT (R Beckett) 3-9-8 R Hornby 8
6 505 BENADALID d (C Fairhurst) 5-9-8 J Garritty 5
7 147 HIGHWAYGREY cd (T Easterby) 4-9-7 D Allan 2
8 708 BORODIN d,t (Sam England) 5-8-13 C Hardie 9
9 461 GIFT OF KINGS d (K Ryan) 3-8-7 T Eaves 3
Betting 2 Gift Of Kings, 4 Mascat, 6 Homespin, 13-2 El
Ghazwani, 7 Highwaygrey, 10 Archie Perkins, Benadalid, 20
Solo Hunter, 33 Borodin.
Last year Aiya (4-9-3) Cam Hardie (14-1) T Easterby, drawn
(4), 8 ran.
3.50 GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE MAIDEN STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 4) of £8,500 for 3yo plus. 1m 4f
1 BILLY BATHGATE (A Whillans) 4-9-12 T Eaves 6
2 552 RED DEREK (Mrs L Williamson) 4-9-12 J Quinn 1
3 6-27 DUCK AND VANISH bf,t (W Haggas) 3-9-5 James Doyle 2
4 4 OPERA GIFT (A Balding) 3-9-5 R Hornby 5
5 6 CITRONELLA (M Johnston) 3-9-0 F Norton 3
6 74 SEAGULLS NEST (M Channon) 3-9-0 J Hart 4
Betting 11-8 Duck And Vanish, 7-4 Opera Gift, 9-2 Seagulls
Nest, 12 Citronella, 16 Red Derek, 50 Billy Bathgate.
Last year Ballylemon (3-9-5) Finley Marsh(3) (6-4) JtFav R
Hughes, drawn (2), 5 ran.
4.20 MATTY BOWN HANDICAP (CLASS 4) of £9,700 for
3yo plus. 1m
1 900 IRV d (M Hammond) 4-9-12 B Garritty (5) 11
2 402 ULSHAW BRIDGE d,p (J Bethell) 5-9-10 Rossa Ryan 2
3 854 ALFRED RICHARDSON cd (J J Davies) 6-9-10 T Eaves 10
4 235 TWIN APPEAL (Mrs K Tutty) 9-9-9 Gemma Tutty (3) 5
5 210 DANCIN BOY cd (M Dods) 4-9-9 C Rodriguez 8
6 042 LOCKED N’ LOADED bf,h (T Fitzgerald) 3-9-8 James Doyle 3
7 130 STRIDING EDGE cd (M Johnston) 3-9-7 F Norton 13
8 656 GARDEN OASIS d,p (T Easterby) 5-9-7 R Hornby 1
9 460 SAISONS D’OR d (J O’Keeffe) 5-9-4 J Garritty 15
10 265 SMEATON d (Roger Fell) 4-9-3 Paula Muir (3) 9
11 080 HELOVAPLAN d (B Smart) 6-9-3 J Hart 4
12 090 HAMMER GUN cd,v (D Shaw) 7-8-13 J Quinn 6
13 2 24 LITTLE TED bf,d (T Easterby) 3-8-9 D Allan 14
14 686 DAWN BREAKING cd,b (R M Whitaker) 5-8-9 B McHugh 7
15 10 2 DESTROYER cd (T Tate) 7-8-8 C Hardie 12
Betting 4 Little Ted, 11-2 Ulshaw Bridge, 7 Locked N’
Loaded, 8 Destroyer, 10 Others.
Last year Hammer Gun (6-9-3) Franny Norton (11-8) Fav D
Shaw, drawn (1), 8 ran.
Going: Good to soft-soft in places. Draw: A middle to high draw is an advantage in sprint races, low numbers favoured on
the round course. TV: Racing TV. AYR
Going: Good to firm-good in places. Draw: High numbers best on the straight course, especially in large fields. TV: Sky
Sports Racing. YARMOUTH
Going: Good-good to firm in places. Draw: Low numbers best in sprints.
TV: Racing TV. PONTEFRACT
AYR
2.00 Eclipse De Lunar
2.30 Ayr Poet
3.00 Dubai Icon
3.30 Salsada
4.00 Danielsflyer
4.30 With Respect
5.00 Autumn Flight
5.35 Three Castles
YARMOUTH
2.40 Crystal Pegasus
3.10 Bodyline
3.40 Francesco Guardi (nap)4.10 Arousing
4.40 Monza City
5.10 City Walk
5.40 Tilsworth Rose
PONTEFRACT
1.15 Sir Maxi
1.45 Production
2.20 Stormy Girl
2.50 Alexanderthegreat
3.20 Homespin
3.50 Opera Gift
4.20 Ulshaw BridgeWhite & Gold
BEVERLEY1.15 1 Equate G Lee 14-1, 2 Pivoting 11-2, 3 Yorkshire Pirlo
8-11 fav. 10 ran. hd, nk. B Smart. Tote: Win £20.70; £3.50,
£1.30, £1.10. Exacta £113.90. Trifecta: £277.60. CSF £89.44.
1.50 1 Lazyitis P Mulrennan 9-4, 2 Tahonta 5-4 fav, 3 Twice
Adaay 8-1. 8 ran. nk, 5
12l. Julie Camacho. Tote: Win £2.90;
£1.90, £1.10, £1.10. Exacta £5.70. Trifecta: £18.60. CSF
£5.24. NR: Cresswell.
2.25 1 Zeyaadah J Mitchell 4-7 fav, 2 Wise Judgement 11-2,
3 Celtic Empress 15-2. 10 ran. 2
34l, 114l. R Varian. Tote: Win
£1.40; £1.10, £1.80, £1.90. Exacta £5.80. Trifecta: £16.80.
CSF £4.25.
3.00 1 Urban War K Stott 15-8 fav, 2 Solid Gold 2-1, 3
Ivynator 12-1. 6 ran. 1l,
12l. Miss Amy Murphy. Tote: Win
£2.10; £1.40, £1.70. Exacta £6.20. Trifecta: £35.10. CSF
£5.80. NR: Northern General.
3.35 1 Zihaam B Curtis 18-1, 2 Five Helmets 6-1, 3 Cote
d’Azur 5-1. 12 ran.
12l, 12l. Roger Fell. Tote: Win £20.10; £5.20,
£2.40, £2.30. Exacta £175.20. Tricast £631.02. Trifecta:
£985.10. CSF £120.08. NRs: Dr Rio, Lord Torranaga, Regal
Mirage.
4.05 1 Cottam Lane K Stott 4-11 fav, 2 Wrea Green 22-1, 3
Ealand 40-1. 7 ran. 4
14l, 334l. K Ryan. Tote: Win £1.30; £1.10,
£5.90. Exacta £9.60. Trifecta: £97.90. CSF £14.17. NRs:
Dewey Road, Hot Diva, Jacattack.
4.35 1 Indian Sounds K Stott 5-2 fav, 2 North Wind 6-1, 3
Tom Tulliver 11-1. 11 ran. 4l, nk. P Midgley. Tote: Win £2.50;
£1.10, £2.10, £3.40. Exacta £13.90. Tricast £127.40. Trifecta:
£131.20. CSF £16.20. NRs: East Street Revue, Ginger Jam,
Nibras Again.
5.05 1 William Alexander G Ashton 8-1, 2 Stone Mason
11-8 fav, 3 Osmosis 18-1. 15 ran. 2
12l, 512l. J L Eyre. Tote:
Win £10.50; £3.10, £1.30, £5.20. Exacta £32.00. Trifecta:
£420.50. CSF £18.99.
Placepot: £5.50
Quadpot: £4.50
KELSO3.40 1 Calliope B Hughes 15-8 fav, 2 Spin The Coin 12-1,
3 Chosen Flame 7-2. 10 ran. 1l, 2l. Mrs D Sayer. Tote: Win
£2.60; £1.20, £3.10, £1.20. Exacta £26.90. Tricast £75.45.
Trifecta: £128.20. CSF £22.35. NRs: American Tom, Chinwag,
Red Ochre, Tomorrow’s Angel.
4.10 1 Nikgarde Rachel McDonald 7-1, 2 Rubytwo 11-10
fav, 3 C’Est Le Bonheur 9-4. 9 ran. 3l, 1
14l. J Ewart. Tote: Win
£6.20; £1.60, £1.10, £1.60. Exacta £20.10. Trifecta: £60.50.
CSF £16.01. NRs: Devour, Itsnotyouitsme.
4.40 1 Kiruna Peak P Brennan 11-2, 2 Cool Valley 12-1, 3
Cool Country 2-1 fav. 11 ran. 4
12l, 334l. F O’Brien. Tote: Win
£5.50; £1.70, £2.80, £1.50. Exacta £65.70. Tricast £177.01.
Trifecta: £188.10. CSF £60.81. NRs: Connerys Hill, The Road
Home, Wise Coco.
5.10 1 Chapmanshype G Sheehan 4-1, 2 Weather Front
15-2, 3 Push The Tempo 11-1. 11 ran.
34l, 112l. J Snowden.
Tote: Win £4.80; £1.70, £2.80, £3.60. Exacta £40.10. Tricast
£311.01. Trifecta: £306.90. CSF £34.07. NR: Beeno.
5.40 1 Lake Takapuna Rachel McDonald 11-2, 2 Cool
Mix 4-1, 3 Forecast 5-1. 7 ran. 4
14l, 112l. J Ewart. Tote: Win
£6.10; £2.80, £2.20. Exacta £27.70. Tricast £112.30. Trifecta:
£128.50. CSF £26.48. NR: Double W’s.
6.10 1 Dubai Outlaw Kielan Woods 11-10 fav, 2 Petitioner
9-2, 3 Garde Forestier 16-1. 12 ran. 4
34l, 114l. D J Jeffreys.
Tote: Win £2.10; £4.90, £1.20, £1.80. Exacta £7.90. Tricast
£55.31. Trifecta: £85.40. CSF £6.72. NR: Summer Lightening.
6.40 1 Raecius Felix H Brooke 7-1, 2 Fresh New Dawn 3-1
jtfav, 3 Fr Humphrey 9-2. 8 ran. 5l, 4
34l. Rebecca Menzies.
Tote: Win £8.20; £2.20, £1.30, £1.80. Exacta £30.50. Tricast
£104.41. Trifecta: £95.90. CSF £28.43. NR: Ain’t My Fault.
7.1 0 1 All Clenched Up P Brennan 11-8 fav, 2 Passin’ Thru
28-1, 3 Tara Kay 18-1. 10 ran. 2l, 1
12l. F O’Brien. Tote: Win
£2.00; £1.10, £6.70, £3.90. Exacta £40.80. Trifecta: £341.30.
CSF £47.89. NRs: Gold Clermont, She’s A Dancer.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £12,478.45 carried over.
Placepot: £19.10
Quadpot: £17.00
SANDOWN2.15 1 Veleta A Kirby 11-4 fav, 2 Pink Flamingo 9-1, 3 Vitare
11-2. 7 ran. nk, 3l. C Cox. Tote: Win £3.60; £1.90, £3.50.
Exacta £25.20. Tricast £125.54. Trifecta: £126.90. CSF
£27.00. NRs: Shoot To Kill, Sur Mer.
2.50 1 Just Fine R L Moore 7-4 fav, 2 Military Mission 33-1,
3 Forever Forward 18-1. 11 ran. 2
12l, 114l. Sir M Stoute. Tote:
Win £2.50; £3.10, £1.40, £6.00. Exacta £50.10. Trifecta:
£645.70. CSF £73.59. NR: War Thunder.
3.25 1 My Swallow R L Moore 5-6 fav, 2 Bullace 16-1, 3
Ebnzaidoon 5-2. 7 ran. 2l,
12l. Sir M Stoute. Tote: Win £1.90;
£1.20, £4.80. Exacta £15.40. Trifecta: £44.40. CSF £16.78.
NR: Entwine.
3.55 1 Posted W Buick 16-1, 2 Montatham 13-8 fav, 3
Lavender’s Blue 15-2. 7 ran. 3l,
12l. R Hannon. Tote: Win
£16.90; £5.40, £1.60. Exacta £51.20. Trifecta: £276.10. CSF
£40.24.
4.30 1 Delicate Kiss George Rooke 7-2, 2 Sparkling Olly
11-4 fav, 3 Long Haired Lover 3-1. 9 ran. hd, 3
34l. J Bridger.
Tote: Win £4.00; £1.30, £1.50, £1.70. Exacta £11.90. Tricast
£30.62. Trifecta: £38.10. CSF £13.10. NR: Aroha.
5.00 1 Dublin Pharaoh W Buick 13-2, 2 Zambezi Magic
9-2, 3 Topanticipation 40-1. 7 ran. nk, nk. R Varian. Tote:
Win £6.00; £2.70, £2.50. Exacta £34.30. Trifecta: £334.10.
CSF £34.44.
5.30 1 Kaleidoscopic D O’Neill 18-1, 2 End Result 22-1, 3
Ruby Red Empress 33-1. 14 ran. 1l, 1
14l. M Channon. Tote:
Win £19.50; £5.50, £6.70, £7.70. Exacta £420.90. Tricast
£12228.02. Trifecta: £5529.40. CSF £377.17.
Placepot: £67.30
Quadpot: £14.60
YARMOUTH2.00 1 Inevitable Outcome D E Hogan 9-1, 2 Lethal Angel
4-1, 3 Ultra Violet 4-1. 8 ran. hd, shd. D M Simcock. Tote: Win
£7.10; £1.50, £1.60, £1.80. Exacta £51.90. Tricast £167.97.
Trifecta: £240.80. CSF £43.41. NR: Camachess.
2.35 1 Ready To Venture T Marquand 4-6 fav, 2 Encounter
Order 3-1, 3 Fundamental 11-2. 6 ran. 1
12l, ns. W Haggas.
Tote: Win £1.50; £1.60, £1.10. Exacta £3.10. Trifecta: £7.10.
CSF £2.76.
3.10 1 Majestic Noor Hollie Doyle 9-2, 2 Black Lotus 12-1, 3
Festive Star 9-1. 14 ran. 1
12l, nk. J Gosden. Tote: Win £5.10;
£1.80, £3.30, £2.70. Exacta £67.70. Trifecta: £556.70. CSF
£53.34.
3.45 1 Caspian Prince T Marquand 11-2, 2 Texting 11-4,
3 Blue De Vega 15-8 fav. 5 ran. nk, 1
12l. M Appleby. Tote:
Win £6.70; £2.60, £1.80. Exacta £19.50. Trifecta: £45.20.
CSF £20.63.
4.20 1 Nicklaus T Marquand 7-1, 2 King Ragnar 9-2, 3
Glen Force 7-2. 8 ran. hd, 1l. W Haggas. Tote: Win £6.70;
£1.40, £1.90, £1.40. Exacta £33.40. Tricast £118.58. Trifecta:
£138.80. CSF £35.23.
4.50 1 Dashing Roger H Bentley 4-1, 2 Goddess Of Fire
10-1, 3 Galactic Glow 20-1. 9 ran.
34l, nk. W Stone. Tote: Win
£4.50; £1.30, £2.40, £6.10. Exacta £32.40. Tricast £712.16.
Trifecta: £586.40. CSF £43.00. NR: Eevilynn Drew.
5.20 1 Many A Star A Atzeni 4-6 fav, 2 Benefit Street 5-1, 3
Wadi Al Salaam 16-1. 6 ran. 2l, nk. J Given. Tote: Win £1.50;
£1.10, £2.30. Exacta £4.30. Trifecta: £19.80. CSF £4.13.
Placepot: £107.90
Quadpot: £39.10
RESULTS

MIGUEL Angel Lopez won
stage 17 of the Tour de France
at the summit of the Col de la
Loze above Meribel as Primoz
Roglic distanced Tadej Pogacar
in the brutal finale to
strengthen his grip on yellow.
As the gradients at the top of
the 21-kilometre climb hit 24
per cent, the Colombian Lopez
was able to ride away from the
other contenders for a stage
win that moves him up to third
overall.
Roglic followed over the line
15 seconds later with Pogacar
losing his wheel in the final
metres, conceding a further
15 seconds that see his defi-
Lopez takes stage as
Bernal misses out
CYCLINGHERB LANDER
cit in second place grow to 57
seconds.
Lopez now sits third, one
minute and 26 seconds down,
after Rigoberto Uran faded late
on.
“I’m very emotional,” As-
tana’s Lopez said following the
win. “We dreamed about it, we
did it. I’m thinking about my
family.”
The 170km stage from Gre-
noble, featuring two hors cat-
egorie climbs with summits
about 2000 metres.
It would have suited an on-
form Columbian Egan Bernal,
but the day began with news
that the defending champion
had withdrawn from the race
after shipping 18 minutes in
two days as a result of a back
injury.
L
AURA MUIR wants to
be pushed to the limit
in her track finale at
tonight’s Golden Gala
in Rome to sign off a
satisfying summer in style.
The 27-year-old will get the
tough test she craves at the
penultimate Diamond League
meeting with an 800 metres
field that includes training
partner Jemma Reekie and
new rankings leader Hedda
Hynne.
After recording a fifth
successive win with the
quickest 1500m time in the
world in Berlin last weekend,
Muir concedes number six may
need something spectacular
after Hynne’s 1:58.10 mark
in Bellinzona on Tuesday
that saw Reekie come fourth
despite finishing less than a
second behind.
“Hopefully there will be a
lot of fast times,” said Muir.
“Quite a few of the girls in
that race are here. It would be
great if we set another world
lead. Hynne Hedda set a world
lead and a Norwegian record.
Jemma is running extremely
well too. It’s going to be very
competitive.”
Ideally, the European
1500m champion can lower the
personal best of 1:58.42 she collected in Monaco last year to
round off a curtailed campaign
that has demonstrated her
readiness to challenge for
Olympic medals next summer.
The Games, officials in
Japan insist, will go ahead
despite the prospect of
a continued coronavirus
pandemic. Although it is
understood draft plans have
been drawn up to keep British
competitors in a secure off-site
bubble until the last possible
moment and then remove them
speedily from the village once
their competitions are done.
The fate of the Olympics is
set to make for an uncertain
climate, Muir admits.
“I don’t know if it preys on
the mind but it is something
I’ve thought about,” she
said. “Because potentially it
could happen. Everything is
so unpredictable so I have
considered it. Calling it off may
well be an option. Hopefully it
won’t.”
Reekie now looks medal-
ready if the Games are staged,
although her education process
continues. In Bellinzona,
she was denied when her
rivals piggybacked on her
bid for another personal best.
Nevertheless, her mark of
1:58.87 was still, impressively,
a sixth sub-two minute effort
of 2020 from the 22-year-old.
The experiences acquired
from Muir and the rest of
Andy Young’s Glasgow-based
training group have been
invaluable in her emergence as
a global force.
“I’m really thankful,” said
Reekie. “I was 17 when I joined
the group and that was the
perfect time to come in. I’ve
grown up through that and
learnt so much.”
Laura Muir anticipates that the
800 metres event at the
Golden Gala will be extremely
competitive
ATHLE TICSMARK WOODS
Muir ready to be tested
in tough summer finale
Digest
CRICKET
Jonny Bairstow scored a
fluent century as England
recovered from a dire start
to post a highly competitive
302 for seven in the series
deciding third one-day
international against
Australia.
Bairstow was at the
non-striker’s end as a
fired-up Mitchell Starc
removed Jason Roy and Joe
Root with the first two balls
of the match, but counter-
attacked fearlessly to make
112 .
He found a solid foil in
Sam Billings, who scored
56 in a century stand for the
fifth wicket, while Chris
Woakes helped himself to
an unbeaten 53 as he
guided the lower order
through the death overs
expertly.
ATHLETICS
Lamine Diack, the former
head of world athletics, has
been sentenced to four
years in prison, two of them
suspended, by a French
court for his part in a
corruption scandal.
A statement from the
French ministry of justice
confirmed the sentence for
the 87-year-old from
Senegal, who had been
charged with directly or
indirectly soliciting 3.45
million euros (£3.15m) in
bribes from athletes, many
of them Russian, to cover
up positive drug tests.
BOXING
Anthony Joshua’s next fight
could take place behind
closed doors as the world
heavyweight champion’s
promoter Eddie Hearn said:
“You can’t afford to sit and
wait for what might be.”
Joshua had been due to
face Kubrat Pulev in June at
the Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium.
That plan was scuppered
by the coronavirus
pandemic and it is
understood December 12 at
the O2 Arena has been
pencilled in for Joshua to
defend his WBA, IBF and
WBO titles against his
mandatory challenger.
The ongoing public health
crisis and a national spike
in cases recently means the
Government’s initial plan to
gradually allow spectators
to return to sporting events
from October 1 is currently
under review.
However, as Joshua’s
most recent fight was last
December, when he
regained his world titles
against Andy Ruiz Jr, it
seems his date with Pulev
will not be postponed again.
Farooq and Rankin set for
ring returns next month
KASH Farooq is set to return
to the ring for the first time in
eleven months after his next
bout was pencilled in for
October 17.
The Glasgow born bantam-
weight is yet to be assigned an
opponent, with Farooq fight-
ing on the undercard of Lewis
Ritson’s defence of his WBA
intercontinental super-light-
weight title against Mexico’s
Miguel Vazquez at the Newcastle
Arena.
Farooq, 13-1-0, has been in-
active since losing his British
belt in a pulsating all-Scottish
points loss to Lee McGregor
last November.
BOXINGDARREN JOHNSTONE
Since then, he has also signed
up to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom
Boxing stable.
Scotland’s Hannah Rankin
will also fight for the va-
cant WBO middleweight title
against unbeaten Hartlepool
boxer Savannah Marshall on
the same bill.
Former IBO super welter-
weight title holder Rankin
was last in action in February
when she stopped Eva Bajic in
Paisley.
She said: “On October 17 I
will be crowned WBO world
middleweight champion and I’ll
be bringing that title back to
Scotland.
“I’m relishing the chance to
become a two-time two-weight
world champion. Scotland vs
England is always a fun clash.”
SPORT 11 Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sport/Thursday, September 17, 2020 THE LAST WORD
I
F only the either/or
question was as simple
to answer as it was to
ask for Rangers.
It has been posed to
Steven Gerrard several
times during his two seasons
at Ibrox and it is no easier to
get to the bottom of now, in
any context, than at first.
Would you give up a cup
run if it meant you win the
league? Can you downplay
Europe to boost your chances
of Premiership success?
Gerrard knows full well that
he can’t choose. Even if he did,
he would still want it all.
The fact that he has nothing
to show for his efforts, in terms
of silverware at least, from
two campaigns as manager
will undoubtedly hurt the
40-year-old, yet it will also
have sharpened his focus and
peaked his determination
once again now that he has
embarked on his third crack at
the title, the cup competitions
and the Europa League.
There is a danger that
there may not be a fourth. If
the league isn’t won or a cup
collected, a decision will have
to be made over Gerrard’s
future at Ibrox next summer.
It would be natural, then,
for him to put all of his eggs
in one basket, to put every
resource towards trying to
win the Premiership title this
term. Forget about stopping
ten-in-a-row. Rangers need to
win the league for themselves,
not to deny rivals Celtic.
Gerrard will always be
judged against what goes on
across the city and his legacy
at Rangers will be defined,
as it was at Liverpool, by his
successes or failures.
If you could guarantee right
now that Rangers would be
crowned champions in May,
there would surely be an
overwhelming majority of fans
that would sacrifice everything
else this term. They wouldn’t
care who won the cups and the
Europa League would be given
up in a heartbeat if it meant
the red, white and blue ribbons
would be on the league trophy
for the first time in a decade.
Football, of course, doesn’t
work like that, though. And
neither does Gerrard.
A club that is built on
success has a manager that
craves silverware but there is
pleasure and satisfaction to be
taken from achievements that
aren’t rewarded with medals.
The Europa League is the
case in point. The extra games
may put a strain on Gerrard’s
squad, the fixtures may take
the focus off domestic matters
but those nights under the
floodlights can’t be swapped.
As Rangers prepare to
embark on another continental
campaign against Lincoln Red
Imps this evening, the query
has again been put to Gerrard.
“That’s a very difficult
question,” Gerrard said when
asked if the Premiership has
to be the be-all and end-all
for Rangers this term. “We
all know how important the
league is every single year.
“That goes without saying
but what people need to
understand is that, for us,
European football is vital.
It’s key to the club moving
forward.
“So, at this stage, there’s
no possible way that I can prioritise in terms of one
competition against the other.
People need to realise that
for this club to function in a
healthy way we need to be
successful in qualifying for
European competitions.”
When Rangers travelled
to Gibraltar last term, few
could have predicted that the
Europa League adventure
would eventually end in
Leverkusen at the last 16
stage. In extraordinary
circumstances, it was a
remarkable campaign.
Gerrard had already
gone some way to restoring
Rangers’ reputation on the
continent by leading his side
into the group stages at the
first time of asking and some
of those nights will live long in
the memory for the manager,
his players and supporters.
Take two was even better,
though. A year on from a
nerve-shredding night in
Ufa, Legia Warsaw were
beaten on an incredible
evening of drama and
emotion at Ibrox. With their chances of
winning the competition slim,
European action is all about
European
action is all
about
moments
moments for Rangers. And those
against Porto, Feyenoord, Young
Boys and Braga were some of the
best that fans have had in years.
Once the heart stops racing
and the sporting achievement is
grasped, the financial reality sets
in. For Rangers r
ight now , that
cannot be underestimated.
Had group stage football not
been secured in Gerrard’s first
season, would Ryan Kent have
been around for his second?
Had the feat not been repeated
last term, could he have
strengthened as he has done in
a Covid-impacted market?
The importance of t he income
from European football was
repeatedly stressed by former
chairman Dave King and the

reality remains as true today. It
may not be the big bucks that the
Champions League brings, but
the millions banked from UEFA
have gone a long way to funding
the progress that Rangers have
made over the last two seasons.
From a sporting sense,
Gerrard will never want to
downplay any competition and
a demanding and expectant
support would never allow him
to. But the Europa League is
arguably more important to his
Ibrox bosses than it is to
fans.
As a club, Rangers need to be
operating at the highest level
possible, to be striving for the
best in every area on and off the
park. That means competing in
Europe, not just turning up and
taking the money every year.
Gerrard must now do that for
the third successive year.
There is a different dynamic
to the qualification process this
term and the one-leg ties and no
Ibrox crowd could prove to be a
disadvantage for Rangers as they
look to take care of Lincoln and
then dispatch Willem II in the
next round.
To reach the group stage for a
third consecutive season would be
a hugely impressive and significant
achievement for Gerrard. He won’t
get a medal for it, but that doesn’t
mean it can be overlooked in a
season where silverware is a must.
Celebrations after Rangers’ stunning comeback against Braga
Rangers cannot afford to
overlook European cash
Sport on TV
Cycling: Tour de France, stage
18 - Eurosport 1 1100, ITV4
1300 and S4C 1400.
Golf: US Open, first round -
Sky Sports Main Event, Sky
Sports GolFootball: Ligue 1,
CHRIS
JACK
Marseille v St Etienne - BT
Sport 1 2000.
Cricket: Vitality Blast,
Lancashire Lightning v
Yorkshire Vikings - Sky Sports
Cricket 1830.
Athletics: Diamond League,
Naples - BBC Two 1745.
American Football: NFL, Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati
Bengals - Sky Sports Main
Event, Sky Sports NFL 0100
(Fri).
To m o rrow
Football: Championship,
Coventry v QPR - Sky Sports
Main Event 1900; Bundesliga, Bayern Munich v Schalke - BT
Sport 1 1930, Hamburg v
Fortuna Dusseldorf - BT Sport
1 1730; Ligue 1, Lyon v Nimes
- BT Sport/ESPN 1945.
Golf: US Open, second round
- Sky Sports Main Event, Sky
Sports Golf 1230 and Sky
Sports Main Event 2230.Cycling: Tour de France, stage
19 - Eurosport 1 1225 and
ITV4 1400.
Darts: World Series of Darts
- ITV4 2000.
Rugby League: Catalans
Dragons v Salford - Sky Sports
Arena 1800, Leeds v Hull KR -
Sky Sports Arena 2015.
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