Archive Sunday 22 January 2023 – HeraldScotland

Some itches just need to be scratched. Thankfully for Toby Sibbick, he did just that yesterday in Hearts’ triumphant victory in the Edinburgh derby. The towering defender ran the full length of the park in the dying moments of the game to score
JAMES TAVERNIER is confident the addition of new faces to the Ibrox squad will help Rangers step up their improvement under new boss Michael Beale. Beale made it nine game unbeaten since he succeeded Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager with a hard-fought
DAVID MARSHALL insists Hibernian can draw positives from their 3-0 defeat in the Edinburgh Derby as the Leith outfit crashed out of the Scottish Cup. Josh Ginnelly reacted quickest to pounce on a loose ball in the Hibs box to put Hearts 1-0 up
“I don’t like talking about myself,” said a bashful Aaron Mooy after his double helped Celtic to skoosh their way past Morton in the Scottish Cup. Luckily for the midfielder though, there are plenty of others who are starting to talk about his influence
AT the end of a gruelling 90 minutes of football against a top-flight team, the University of Stirling players hauled their aching limbs over towards their fans in the Jim McLean stand. The supporters – 1,047 in all – chanted, waved green flags, and
MIKE BLAIR refused to let the fact that his side had failed by the narrowest of margins to secure a home draw in the last 16 of the Champions Cup to detract from the satisfaction of claiming the scalp of the dominant team in English rugby at the moment
“UNIQUE” is a uniquely misused word. “Eccentric” is also used eccentrically. But, without a doubt, both may be used validly with reference to Ivor Cutler. The Glaswegian’s bleak, surreal humour, recited in a lugubrious baritone to the backing of
IF the jazz, classical and traditional music programmes that BBC Scotland intends to axe weren’t very good it would be difficult to make a case for saving them. But some of the programmes under threat are very good indeed and meet the corporation
Robbie Neilson tonight backed Lawrence Shankland to keep on scoring after the striker became the first Hearts player to score 20 goals in a season since Tynecastle legend John Robertson 31 years ago. Scotland internationalist netted the Gorgie
Hibernian manager Lee Johnson tonight admitted that Rocky Bushiri could have suffered a serious injury at the end of his side’s painful 3-0 fourth round defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup at Easter Road. Centre half Bushiri received medical treatment
HEARTS manager Robbie Neilson was thrilled with his team’s performance as the Tynecastle side triumphed 3-0 over their Edinburgh rivals in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. Hibernian fell behind early on at Easter Road as Josh Ginnelly pounced
Lee Johnson admits Hibs’ 3-0 derby defeat to Hearts is even harder to take because his team played well. But the Englishman insists that it’s something they need to learn when progressing in the future.  Cup football is all about the result
One of Scotland’s most famous music and nightclub venues has closed its doors for good after its last dance this weekend. The Atik in Edinburgh closed after being unable to settle terms with its landlord, it is claimed. The Tollcross club and
Hearts extended their unbeaten runs in both domestic competition and the Edinburgh derby match to nine games when they beat Hibernian 3-0 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Easter Road this afternoon thanks to Josh Ginnelly, Lawrence Shankland
TRIBUTES have been paid to Tom Nairn, who has died aged 90. Nicola Sturgeon described him as one of the “greatest thinkers, political theorists and intellectuals that Scotland has ever produced.” A statement issued on behalf of his family was
Zander Clark 7 Can pleased with his performance. The former St Johnstone goalkeeper wasn’t tested too seriously but commanded his box well and didn’t do very much wrong. Twice denied Elie Youan in the second half. Kye Rowles 7 Superb early
David Marshall 5 Had no chance of stopping either of Hearts’ first two goals but could have done better at the third. Wasn’t called into action very often but was always alert when he had to be. Good stop to deny Toby Sibbick late on. Marijan
SCO/Leleux City Halls, Glasgow Keith Bruce four stars French composer Louise Farrenc, who began her musical career as a piano soloist before becoming a respected teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, contributed the most recent work to
Switching up the terrain to tackle jungle hell, the Channel 4 reality show – in which an elite team of ex-special forces operators lead recruits through the punishing SAS selection process – will, this series, take 20 recruits to the thick and tangled
SOME scores on the doors after this week’s Sunday politics shows. What we learned: Foreign Secretary James Cleverly went shopping on Saturday (Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday); Iain Duncan Smith, former leader of the Conservatives, regards himself as
THE HIGHLAND GIRLS AT WAR Helen Yendall (HQ, £8.99) In 1942, at her country estate of Dalreay in Ayrshire, Seffy (Lady Persphone Baxter-Mills) is fuming. Her younger twin brothers have just announced their enlistment in the RAF, stealing
FOREIGN Secretary James Cleverly has insisted that the tax affairs of cabinet ministers are “private matters”. The comments come as more questions emerged over Nadhim Zahawi’s seven-figure settlement with HM Revenue & Customs. READ MORE: Nadhim
Two people have been taken to hospital after a crash which shut a major Scots road for hours. Police were called to reports of a road traffic accident on the M9 northbound between Junctions 9 and 10 near Stirling around 5.10am on Sunday. Two
Iga Swiatek admitted the pressure of the world number one tag got to her after crashing out of the Australian Open in the fourth round to Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. The Russian-turned-Kazakh has spoken of her frustration at not being scheduled
Andy Murray will make improving his ranking the priority over the next few months in the hope of avoiding the sort of gruelling schedule that compromised his Australian Open hopes. The Scot was at least able to put his blistered feet up on Sunday
Liam Smith produced a devastating fourth-round stoppage to beat Chris Eubank Jr in their middleweight grudge clash in Manchester. With the build-up overshadowed by unpleasant exchanges during Thursday’s final pre-fight press conference, there was
CALLUM DAVIDSON has confirmed St Johnstone will be ‘active’ in the closing stages of the January transfer window. But the Perth boss refused to be drawn on the six-figure bid for Ross County striker Jordan White as he seeks to bolster his Saints
POLICE Scotland has launched a probe after complaints about a sign at a pro-trans rally reading “Decapitate Terfs.” The placard – which also included a drawing of a guillotine – came to prominence on social media yesterday after it featured in
NICOLA Sturgeon has insisted that there is no “persuasive or compelling” legal argument about the impact of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill on the Equality Act. The First Minister told the BBC that despite the objections of the UK Government
A Glasgow taxi driver was on the road for years despite a health check identifying symptoms that required follow-up, an inquiry found. The council failed to follow up the results of an exercise tolerance test (ETT) which indicated that the driver
Ten people have been killed in a mass shooting in a city east of Los Angeles following a Lunar New Year celebration that attracted thousands. Police said the shooting occurred at a business premises in Monterey Park, a city of about 60,000 people
Unsurprisingly, queries about the flu and Covid are front of mind. By Prudence Wade. For many of us, January is a month of health – maybe you’re ditching booze, doing Veganuary, or heading to the gym a bit more. It’s also still winter, with
The Hollywood stars lead the way in the hotly tipped Apple TV+ show from the makers of hit comedy-drama Ted Lasso. Anyone who’s had therapy has probably wondered at some point: What does my therapist really think? What’s going on in their world
The use of dogs to hunt and kill wild animals has “no place in modern Scotland”, the environment minister has said. Mairi McAllan spoke out ahead of this week’s final vote on legislation which aims to close loopholes in current laws. Since
As Ukraine urges its allies to resolve a standoff over supplies of badly needed battle tanks, Foreign Editor David Pratt examines what lies behind the haggling and what difference their delivery would make on the battlefield Last week, while working
With a Celtic Connections gig to look forward to, an exciting new album in the offing and a nearly completed second novel on his laptop, it’s safe to say Colin MacIntyre is a musician facing forwards. But like all musicians of a certain vintage – he
NICOLA Sturgeon has suggested she might not be the person to lead Scotland to independence.  However, the First Minister insisted there was still “plenty in the tank,” and that she had no intention of standing down.  It comes after New Zealand
THERE are calls for an independent inquiry into claims banker Richard Sharp helped arrange a guarantee on a loan of up to £800,000 for Boris Johnson just weeks before the then prime minister put him forward to be the Chairman of the BBC. According
THIS story begins in November 1980. If you search on YouTube there’s a video of Spandau Ballet’s first, tartan-draped, appearance on Top of the Pops singing To Cut a Long Story Short. Underneath, there’s a comment from Carl H. Carl writes: “They were
There could not have been a starker contrast to the conclusion of the second-round matches of Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray at the Australian Open last week. While Murray heroically battled back to defeat Thanasi Kokkinakis over five sets and in nearly
The phrase ‘eyeing a comeback’ generally fills me with dread. I don’t know why but I always picture a face pressed against a shop window, staring greedily at an iced bun, a fudge doughnut or one of those unholy confections of chocolate, Maltesers and
ALTHOUGH, from the outside, it might appear a risky strategy to be in no hurry to replace your head coach, it has worked out very well for Glasgow City in the opening weeks of 2023. With 34 days having elapsed since the departure of Eileen Gleeson
FOREIGN governments including China and overseas firms with interests in Scotland’s offshore wind farm revolution are already enjoying more than £200m in annual profits, the Herald on Sunday can reveal. Ministers have come under fire for failing
NICOLA Sturgeon claims to be outraged about Westminster’s intervention in Holyrood’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill, but I’m unconvinced by her rhetoric. Surely, all along, she’s been guilty of cynically using Scotland’s trans community as pawns to
POVERTY campaigners are calling on ministers to ban the forced installation of prepayment meters fearing people will die as it can be revealed that a “staggering” 100 unpaid bill warrants to have the right to enter homes have been typically lodged
THE AMOUNT being paid out each month in compensation over service failures has more than doubled in a year as it can be revealed that one of nationalised ferry operator CalMac key vessels will be expected to be on the sidelined for over a month.
IT’S arguable who had the bigger smile when it emerged Rishi Sunak had been fined for not wearing a seatbelt; Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon, Liz Truss or – most probably – Boris Johnson. Schadenfreude is never far away in politics. Labour branded
It’s Burns Night soon, but should we celebrate it? Our National Poet is accused of everything from sympathy with slavery to sex crimes. Is it true? Should he be cancelled? Our Writer at Large speaks to Scotland’s leading Burns scholars to find out
Through her office window, Patricia Kent has a perfect view of the snow-covered slopes of Ben Ledi, dominating one of Scotland’s best loved tourist towns. “I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years, and sometimes I forget how amazing it is,” she says
DENTAL leaders have urged ministers to fix Scotland’s “broken payment system” as figures reveal that NHS activity was more than 60 per cent lower in some areas last year than it was before Covid. Statistics for January to November last year, provided
Hail to The Chief. Noel Gallagher returned this week with new single ‘Easy Now’, as well as an announcement that his fourth solo album, Council Skies, will be released later this year. The man behind Oasis’ biggest hits has been one of the
MASSIVE airport queues on the continent after the EU brings in new visas for British citizens this year may contribute to a wider sense that “Brexit is not working” a report this week will warn. The study, to be published by the think tank the
PLANS to bring in assisted dying laws in Scotland are being examined by lawyers to ensure they do not end up falling victim in a new row over reserved and devolved powers like Holyrood’s gender reform legislation, the Herald on Sunday can reveal.
DEPUTY First Minister John Swinney has not recently asked for more tax powers for Holyrood, according to the Treasury. Mr Swinney, who is also acting finance secretary, has said the Scottish Parliament’s financial powers are “largely fixed” as
NICOLA Sturgeon is being urged to publish the legal advice her government was given on the gender recognition reform bill as the row between the Scottish and UK Government over the legislation continues. Donald Cameron, the Conservative MSP, is
SCIENTISTS in Scotland are extending surveillance programmes set up during Covid in a bid to create a new risk calculator able to predict the patients most likely to be hospitalised with respiratory infections. The project is one of more than a
SCOTLAND’S leading homelessness charity is to demand John Swinney reverses plans to cut affordable housing spending. The draft Budget published by the Deputy First Minister and acting finance secretary in December stated that spending on “more
Wordle has taken the world by storm, and if you’ve not given in to playing the daily game, we can guarantee you’ve seen the elusive squares all over social media. The aim of the game is to find a 5-letter word in only six attempts. The game
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