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Choix de la Premiership écossaise: Celtic au bord du gouffre, grandes décisions des Rangers

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Match du week-end – Heart of Midlothian v Celtic

La dernière fois, Hearts a mis fin à une triste série de six défaites successives en inscrivant six buts lors de ce qui était le premier match à domicile du manager par intérim Steven Naismith.

Mais c’était contre le bas du comté de Ross. Cette fois, les joueurs de table d’Ange Postecoglou viennent dimanche et c’est une équipe celtique qui n’a perdu qu’une seule fois en championnat et qui a beaucoup de motivation supplémentaire.

Une victoire de plus assurera le titre.

Le Celtic a remporté ses huit dernières rencontres avec Hearts depuis que Postecoglou a perdu son premier match en Premiership en juillet 2021. Deux d’entre eux sont venus à Tynecastle cette saison; 4-3 en championnat en octobre et 3-0 en Coupe d’Ecosse en mars.

Parmi le onze de départ de la première sortie de Postecoglou en championnat à Édimbourg, seuls le capitaine Callum McGregor et les défenseurs Greg Taylor et Carl Starfelt ont débuté la demi-finale de la Coupe d’Écosse le week-end dernier, ce qui illustre la métamorphose sismique que l’Australien a supervisée au cours de ses deux saisons.

Kyogo Furuhashi est peut-être la plus célèbre des signatures de Postecoglou, bien qu’il y ait une concurrence féroce de Jota, Reo Hatate et Cameron Carter-Vickers. L’attaquant japonais a marqué dans six des huit victoires consécutives du Celtic contre Hearts.

Il a disputé deux matches sans but et n’a pas connu de période stérile plus longue au niveau national dans cette campagne.

Bien sûr, Hearts a sa propre machine à buts à Lawrence Shankland, qui a réussi son deuxième triplé du trimestre la semaine dernière. L’attaquant écossais est arrivé pour la première fois dans ce thriller 4-3 avec le Celtic et il pourrait avoir quelques opportunités supplémentaires à ajouter à ses 25 buts étant donné l’absence de Carter-Vickers au cœur de la défense des visiteurs.

Entraîneur sous les projecteurs – Michael Beale (Rangers)

La phase de lune de miel de Beale à Ibrox est terminée.

Le manager des Rangers a commencé avec une séquence de 14 matchs sans défaite avant la défaite finale de la Coupe de la Ligue en février contre le Celtic.

Il a maintenant perdu trois de ses quatre derniers matches – deux autres contre le Celtic et à l’extérieur contre les adversaires de dimanche, Aberdeen.

Beale a parlé de joueurs “se battant pour leur avenir” après la défaite en demi-finale de la Coupe d’Écosse alors que le club accepte une campagne sans trophée.

Cela devrait rendre ses sélections d’équipe intéressantes au cours des cinq matches de championnat restants.

Verrons-nous beaucoup de ceux qui déménagent cet été et certains de ceux qui sont en marge auront-ils la chance d’impressionner?

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Lionesses’ Millie Bright awarded honorary doctorate

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By Caroline LowbridgeBBC News, Derby

Footballer Millie Bright has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Derby.

The Chelsea defender, 30, who captained England to the Women’s World Cup final in 2023, has also been given the freedom of her home county of Derbyshire on the same day.

Bright, who was brought up in Killamarsh, joked to BBC Radio Derby that she would be herding cattle through the streets next time she is back home.

She said it was a “massive honour and a privilege” to be recognised.

‘Passionate little girl’

She spoke about how grateful she was to the people from her home village, where she first started playing football for the Killamarsh Dynamos at the age of nine.

“For me that’s where it all started,” she said.

“So many people from my village had taken time out, sacrificed to help me, to give me the confidence, tell me I was good at something that I personally think I was rubbish at at the beginning.

“I just was a very enthusiastic, passionate little girl that just loved being around people and loved kicking that ball about.”

PA Chelsea's Millie Bright celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barclays Women's Super League match at Old Trafford, Manchester, 18 May 2024PA

Bright played for her local team in Killamarsh before her club career with Doncaster Rovers Belles and Chelsea

A football pitch leased by the Killamarsh Dynamos was recently renamed in her honour.

Bright returned to her old club on Wednesday to unveil it, and said it was “very overwhelming” to see so many people turn out.

“I definitely didn’t expect those sorts of numbers and spent hours giving the kids signatures and photos,” she said.

“I always say things like that are not a chore, it’s something I absolutely love and I’m passionate about.”

University of Derby Millie Bright holding a scrollUniversity of Derby

Millie Bright was given an honorary degree by the University of Derby

Bright was previously appointed OBE along with other members of England’s Lionesses squad.

She was also given the Freedom of Reigate and Banstead, the borough in Surrey where she currently lives.

Being given the freedom of a city or borough sometimes entitles people to privileges, such as the right to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge.

While the Freedom of Derbyshire does not give any specific powers or rights, Bright joked that she would be taking advantage of her honorary title.

‘Have you got cattle?’

BBC Radio Derby’s Ed Dawes asked her: “Do you know what you can do with the freedom of Derbyshire? Have you got cattle?”

She replied: “No but I know a few farmers so luckily I’ve got that background.”

“So you can just roam them through the streets of any village you want to?” he asked.

She replied: “Yeah, when I get back off holiday I might have a little trip back and if you see the cattle running around it’s just me.”

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Savio: Manchester City sign Brazil winger from Troyes until 2029

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Manchester City have signed Brazil winger Savinho from French side Troyes until 2029 in a deal worth 40m euros (£30.8m).

The 20-year-old starred on loan at Girona last season as they finished third in La Liga.

Both Girona and Troyes are part of the City Football Group.

Savinho said City are currently the “best team in the world” and that he is excited to work under manager Pep Guardiola, who he called “one of the greatest coaches ever”.

On why Manchester City is the right club for him, Savinho said: “[Because of] everything I’ve seen today. I just got here this morning and I turned to my agent and stepfather and said, ‘there was no way I was going to turn down Manchester City’.

“I’m a Brazilian who likes to play on the front foot, to be happy, to play joyful football.

“I like playing one against one, making assists, scoring goals too, and helping the team. My main characteristic, what I like the most, is being happy and getting fans up off their seats.”

Savinho, who is also known as Savio, started his career at Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro before joining Troyes in the summer of 2022.

He never played a competitive game for the Ligue 2 side, though, as he was sent on loan to PSV Eindhoven for the 2022-23 season.

After making just eight appearances for the Dutch giants, Savinho enjoyed success on loan at Girona last season, scoring 11 goals and making 10 assists in all competitions, and earned a first senior call-up for Brazil in March.

A debut against England followed and he scored his first international goal against Paraguay in the group stage of the Copa America.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “He has a big role to play for Manchester City this season and beyond.

“We are totally confident in his ability. He is still young and has the potential to become even better, and everyone knows that Pep is the best at helping players develop even further.

“But he has already shown his huge quality and technical ability and is an exciting addition to our attacking area.”

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Europa Conference League: Linfield and Derry City suffer agonising defeats in Europe

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After a disappointing first leg in Gibraltar last week, Derry began brightly and top- scorer Hoban met the returning Michael Duffy’s cross from the left but couldn’t keep his header down.

The hosts stayed on top without doing enough to test former Glentoran keeper Dayle Coleing in the Magpies’ goal and on 25 minutes they were nearly caught out against the run of play. Kevagn Ronco dug out a cross from the right that was glanced on by Javi Forjan and struck the outside of Brian Maher’s near post.

Hoban had the ball in the net on the half hour mark with a trademark header which he crashed in off the inside of the post, but Andorran official Antoine Chiaramonti ruled it out for an apparent foul on Ruben Diaz.

The Candystripes finally opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Connolly rose to meet Duffy’s corner and buried it into the bottom corner.

However, right on half-time City were reduced to 10 when O’Reilly, picked up a second yellow for a dive after going down in the box under a challenge from Jean-Carlos Garcia.

O’Reilly was adamant he was clipped but the referee disagreed and his dismissal meant Ruaidhri Higgins’ side would have to play the second half a man down.

Derry did not come out in the second half like a team reduced to 10 men as they immediately went on the attack. McMullan had an effort from a narrow angle saved less than a minute after the restart, while Hoban couldn’t apply the finish to his cutback.

The pressure paid off just before the hour mark from another corner when Hoban met Ben Doherty’s delivery. His initial header was blocked on the line by his team-mate Will Patching but the Derry number nine reacted fastest to bury the rebound.

Derry kept pushing but almost were caught out when Olatunde Bayode rounded Maher and his cross found Eduardo Salles, but the Brazilian blazed over from six yards. McMullan also missed a late chance to seal the comeback so extra-time was needed to separate the sides.

Out of nowhere in the 111th minute, Juanje’s 30-yard effort came crashing off the bar and De Haro was quicker than the home defence to react and buried the rebound past Brian Maher.

Patching had an overhead kick headed off the line but Derry were unable to find a leveller which would have taken the game to penalty kicks.

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Savinho: The story of Man City’s new signing from Troyes

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Girona manager Michel is not one to get carried away too easily.

He couldn’t resist the temptation, however, after watching Savinho train for the first time during pre-season last year, immediately calling sporting director Quique Carcel aside.

“We’re going to finish in the top eight,” he told Carcel, who tried, in vain, to bring him back down to earth. “Are you crazy or what?” As it would turn out, Michel could not have got it more right.

Such was Savinho’s impact at the Montilivi stadium that Michel’s prediction wasn’t bold enough – as Girona fought for the La Liga title until the very end. They finished in third place – behind only Real Madrid and Barcelona – and qualified for the Champions League. It was the best campaign in the club’s 93-year history.

Much of the credit for this was given to their electrifying winger.

In the space of a year, Savinho went from a player struggling in PSV Eindhoven reserves to a breakout star in Spain, making his Brazil debut against England at Wembley.

“I know this is a big statement, but I hadn’t seen anyone so effective in one-on-one situations since Vinicius Jr emerged,” Michel said.

“He was perhaps the most surprising talent in La Liga if you consider that [Jude] Bellingham was already known by everybody.”

It’s no wonder Manchester City have made Savinho their first signing of the summer, snapping him up from sister team Troyes, who had loaned him to Girona.

The 20-year-old has become the first player to climb all the way to the top of the City Football Group pyramid.

Having ended last season with 11 goals and 10 assists for Girona, he will be determined to prove that he’s here to stay. It should not be an issue for someone who, despite his age, has always stood out for his strong character and self-esteem.

“I was born with the gift of playing football,” he has said on multiple occasions.

City manager Pep Guardiola will now be hoping to make the most of it.

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Football gossip: McTominay, Guehi, Toney, Ugarte, David

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Lille threatened not to play French defender Leny Yoro, 18, in the final year of his contract if he did not agree to sign for Manchester United. (Marca – in Spanish), external

Liverpool cooled their interest in Yoro after his demands for guaranteed game time at Anfield. (Athletic – subscription required), external

Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori, 22, has been asked to take part in Bologna‘s pre-season as Arsenal try to reach an agreement on his valuation. (Evening Standard), external

Chelsea have reportedly approached RC Lens to sign 21-year-old striker Elye Wahi after the Blues’ failed approach for the Frenchman last summer. (L’Equipe), external

Lyon are reportedly set to announce the signing of Southampton’s 16-year-old forward Alejandro Gomes Rodriguez after the England Under-16 international signed a three-year deal. (Fabrizio Romano), external

Chelsea have reportedly asked Paris St-Germain about the availability of Portugal striker Goncalo Ramos, 23, and France forward Randal Kolo Muani, 25, to replace the potential departure of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. (HITC), external

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Kasper Schmeichel: Celtic sign Denmark goalkeeper on one-year deal

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Celtic have signed Denmark captain Kasper Schmeichel on a one-year deal after the goalkeeper led his country to the last 16 of Euro 2024.

Schmeichel, 37, was a free agent after leaving Belgian club Anderlecht at the end of last season and replaces former Manchester City club-mate Joe Hart, who has retired.

The Dane has amassed 105 international caps and will join his new team-mates in the United States, where the Scottish champions are on tour.

“Celtic is one of the world’s proper football clubs, a massive name and a place of real passion and success,” he told the club website. Celtic is what football is all about.”

Schmeichel is best known for his 11-year stint with Leicester City, during which the club won an improbable Premier League crown in 2016.

He would later work with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at King Power Stadium, where the pair claimed the 2021 FA Cup and subsequent FA Community Shield.

“He (Rodgers) is a top manager and someone I can’t wait to work with again,” added the veteran goalkeeper. “I will be doing all I can to keep Celtic on top.”

Schmeichel began his career at Manchester City, and spent a season in the Scottish top flight 17 years ago when he was loaned to Falkirk, before brief spells at Notts County and Leeds.

After leaving Leicester, he played a season at Nice, and moved to Belgium in the summer of 2023.

He made 33 appearances for Anderlecht, keeping eight clean sheets.

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Manchester United complete Leny Yoro signing from Lille in £52m deal

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Manchester United have signed French defender Leny Yoro from Lille until 2029 in a deal worth 62m euros (£52.18m), with 8m euros (£6.73m) in add-ons.

The 18-year-old centre-back has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option for an additional 12 months.

Yoro, who made his Lille debut at the age of 16, had been linked with Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, while Liverpool were also interested in him.

He played 32 times in the league last season and scored two goals as he helped Lille finish fourth.

“Signing for a club with the stature and ambition of Manchester United so early in my career is an incredible honour,” said Yoro.

“Since my first conversations with the club, they set out a clear plan for how I can develop in Manchester as part of this exciting project, and showed a lot of care for me and my family.

“I know about the history of young players at Manchester United and feel it can be the perfect place to reach my potential and achieve my ambitions, together with my new team-mates. I cannot wait to get started.”

More to follow.

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Mason Greenwood: Marseille sign Man Utd forward

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Marseille have signed forward Mason Greenwood from Manchester United until 2029 in a deal worth up to 31.6m euros (£26.6m).

Greenwood, 22, was a product of United’s academy but has not played for the Premier League club since January 2022 and was on loan at Getafe last season.

Serious charges against him, including attempted rape and assault, were dropped in February 2023.

The French club were criticised by the Marseille mayor after their intention to sign Greenwood was made public.

More to follow.

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France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has left Juventus after contract expires

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Juventus have confirmed midfielder Adrien Rabiot has left the club after the expiry of his contract.

Rabiot, 29, made 212 appearances with the Serie A side after signing from Paris St-Germain in 2019.

The midfielder has reportedly been a transfer target for Premier League clubs, including Manchester United.

Juventus technical director Cristiano Giuntoli said during a news conference when unveiling new manager Thiago Motta: “I also want to thank Rabiot.

“Rabiot’s contract has expired. We wish him a happy future, professional and otherwise.”

Rabiot won a Serie A title, two Italian Cups and one Italian Super Cup during his time in Turin.

He played five times at the Euro 2024 in Germany – where France were knocked out by eventual winners Spain in the semi-finals.

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officiel : George Mikautadze signe pour Lyon

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L’attaquant international géorgien George Mikautadze (23 ans) a officiellement quitté Metz, club de Ligue 2, pour rejoindre Lyon, comme l’ont confirmé les deux clubs. Le joueur de 23 ans était officiellement revenu à l’équipe lorraine en provenance de l’Ajax Amsterdam plus tôt cet été, mais on ne s’attendait pas à ce que le buteur prolifique reste dans ce club de Ligue 2. West Ham United et plusieurs clubs de Ligue 1 étaient en lice pour recruter l’attaquant né à Lyon.

Monaco était apparemment en pole position pour acquérir les services de George Mikautadze, le club de la Principauté, participant à la Ligue des champions, ayant convenu d’un montant de transfert avec Metz et programmé une visite médicale.

Cependant, le joueur de 23 ans avait pour objectif un retour à son club formateur, Lyon, qui a réussi à détourner l’offre de Monaco pour George Mikautadze. Les Gones devraient verser 18,5 millions d’euros à Metz, ce qui est inférieur au montant convenu entre Monaco et Metz. George Mikautadze, qui a impressionné avec la Géorgie à l’Euro, s’est engagé pour quatre ans avec l’équipe de Pierre Sage.

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