January is looming fast and eager Boro fans are already mentally splashing the cash. A 20-goal-a-season striker. A wide player with the pace to hurt teams. A creative spark to unlock straitjacket defences and galvanise this team as Gaston Ramirez did. Maybe left-back cover after the injury to Sam McQueen. A couple of players to get over the line, that’s not asking too much, surely? Anyone who has drawn up a January wish list like that could end up very disappointed. If such players exist and are keen to play in the Championship then they will be very expensive and there will be a scrum for their services. And as we saw in the August window, Boro are no longer willing or able to pay over the odds to see off rivals and seal a deal. There was a time when that was the club’s default negotiating position - throw another few grand on the table to get it done. That sharpened the minds of players otherwise unconvinced of moving to an unfashionable club in the frozen North. But Boro … [Read more...] about Boro need a new transfer model to mix it with the big boys
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Callum McGregor isn’t exactly built like an American football star. But when Scotland coach Peter Grant heard the Celtic midfielder compared to legendary New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady – he knew exactly what was meant. The way McGregor orchestrates from deep to pick out killer passes is something the NFL icon would be proud of. Grant believes the 25-year-old is only going to get better. Scotland’s assistant boss reckons McGregor could hold his own at one of the top English Premier League sides right now. He watched him develop and grow as a young player on loan at Notts County five years ago. Last Saturday against Hearts, Grant witnessed McGregor swaggering around the Parkhead pitch spraying passes as if he owned the place. But he admits that Brendan Rodgers’ faith in McGregor as Celtic’s anchor man in place of crocked skipper Scott Brown has given Scotland gaffer Alex McLeish food for thought. Ahead of Saturday’s critical Nations League … [Read more...] about Callum McGregor is Celtic’s Tom Brady and would shine for EPL big guns
Northern Ireland By Conor Macauley BBC News NI 29 March 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39428190 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Hugh McCollum's father bought the family farm near … [Read more...] about How will Brexit affect farming and food?
By Kieran ShannonPaul Rouse is an accidental academic, but a fascination with history deepened into a passion when it merged with his love of sport. His new book, ‘The Hurlers’, charts the birth of the modern game in that first All-Ireland final 131 years ago. He marvels at what a few visionary hurling men gave the country, but can’t help think that hurling has since failed at least half that countryOh, a storm is threat’ningMy very life todayIf I don’t get some shelterOh yeah, I’m gonna fade awayWar, children, it’s just a shot awayIt’s just a shot awayThe Rolling Stones, Gimme ShelterOF all the modules in all the courses in all the colleges in Ireland, Paul Rouse probably offers and teaches the most fascinating of the lot.Every Monday at four o’clock, 20 first-year students will convene with him in a small room on the fifth floor of the library in UCD and take a class on the History of Muhammad Ali.It’s all in there. … [Read more...] about The big interview with Paul Rouse: Why is the greatest game played by so few?
Silver Sheldon long ago ditched her dresses and killer heels. These days she is more likely to be seen in a pair of wellies, jeans and a T-shirt. Which is hardly surprising, as she runs Hadrian’s Game Larder in Northumberland and spends most of her time either traipsing across open moorland in the wake of another shoot, preparing and cooking in-season game, or manning a stall at farmers’ markets and country shows where her range of homemade pies, pates, terrines, Scotch eggs, burgers and sausages are gaining a healthy foodie following. Which brings us back to the dresses and heels. Because next month Silver (yes, it is her real name, and a very fitting one too for a woman who earns her living from wild game, as there is a silver pheasant) will be swapping her workwear for something far more glamorous as she heads to London to attend a glitzy awards night. She’s been nominated in the Eat Game Awards, and win or lose intends to push the boat out on the clothes front. … [Read more...] about Top award in view for “a driven bird with a lust for all things game”