Tom English

BBC Scotland's chief sports writer

Analysis and opinion from BBC Scotland's chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is BBC Scotland's chief sports writer. He is a... Read more about Tom English six-time winner of the Scottish feature writer of the year award and has twice won Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards. His columns and radio documentaries have been short-listed for media prizes in Scotland and the UK.

He has been a sports journalist for 25 years, the highlight being an afternoon spent with former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. He joined BBC Scotland in 2014 and writes and broadcasts on many different sports.

Tom Rogic scores

Rogic at it again, Dons fall just short

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More than 90 minutes had been played in this epic Scottish Cup final when Celtic's Tom Rogic went at Aberdeen, like some vision of a footballing apocalypse to a jaded Dons defence.

Him again. Him that always seems to have a say in these games against Derek McInnes' team, him that had already scored three times in this fixture this season, him that brought up the treble in the most dramatic way.

Celtic manager Jock Stein and his players parade the European Cup at Parkhead

Lisbon Lions story captures a club and a city

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When you think about the epic sweep of the Lisbon Lions story, you have to wonder what was the greater of the miracles that happened back then - the fact that, 50 years ago, 11 local lads won the European Cup or the fact that, as a team, they existed at all.

Consider the roadblocks. Bobby Lennox - so shy as a kid he was embarrassed to play football in other people's company.

Celtic players celebrate their title victory

'Quality and mental strength in spades'

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In the modern era of the game, where the wealth and the superstars hang out in different leagues in different countries, there remains a pocket of world class in the Scottish football landscape.

As occasions go - colour, noise, joy - Parkhead on Sunday would have held its own with anything else going on in the monied environs of England and Spain, where other champions were crowned and celebrated.

Gavin Hastings led the Lions in 1993

No hiding place for Lions in NZ - Hastings

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If he could, he'd wind the clock back to his youth and do it all again in New Zealand, the highs and lows of a Lions tour, the intensity, the brutality, the ecstasy and the agony.

When Gavin Hastings says that the 2017 Lions are about to experience the "hardest weeks of rugby they will ever have faced in their lives, but at the same time, the most incredible weeks", he speaks from experience, some of it bitter, some of it glorious, all of it unforgettable.

Edinburgh fly-half Duncan Weir shows his frustration

Weir 'biggest casualty of new Townsend era'

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A squad of 34 players was always going to have a story or two - some winners and some losers in Gregor Townsend's first selection as Scotland coach.

The stand-out feel-good men of the three-Test summer tour - Italy in Singapore, Australia in Sydney and Fiji in Suva - are the three uncapped players - D'Arcy Rae, the Glasgow tight-head, George Turner, the Edinburgh hooker and Nick Grigg, the Glasgow centre.

Gregor Townsend

Departing Townsend set new standards

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Gregor Townsend's time as coach of Glasgow Warriors came to an end on Saturday after five years and 147 games. It ended in sunshine and noise and on-field tributes - and defeat.

This damp squib, a meek loss to struggling rivals Edinburgh, was not the farewell he wanted nor the one his players wanted to give him ahead of his switch to the national side. At the end of a tumultuous era, this was the flattest of finales.

Rangers chairman Dave King

'Rangers need more clarity from King'

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There are quite a few Rangers people who wouldn't mind putting some questions to Dave King sometime soon, the only problem being that in order to quiz their chairman face-to-face they're going to have to get themselves to Las Vegas. King doesn't do Glasgow much these days.

Next month he will appear at the North American Rangers Supporters Association bash at the Planet Hollywood hotel on the famous Vegas Strip. Somewhere else in the complex, Britney Spears will continue her two-year residency with her show entitled 'Piece of Me'. In truth, it wouldn't be a bad title for an audience with King, such are the emotions swirling around Rangers right now.

Celtic players celebrate

Muddled vision as Rangers mind the gap

Read full article on Rangers' vision blurred as vast gap with Celtic is there for all to see

For Rangers, these are the grimmest of groundhog days, constant reminders off the field and on that the gap between themselves and their old rivals from across Glasgow is so vast now that it's scarcely even worth talking about.

This was their fifth meeting with Celtic this season and the aggregate score is currently running at 11-3 to Brendan Rodgers' men.