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Saturday 20


I Football: Rangers v Dundee lbrox Stadium. Iidmiston Drive. 0870 600 1993. 3pm. Today may be a day for Rangers to play the kids with little but pride to play for. Dundee. though. are more thaii capable of nicking a point. I Volleyball: Cup Finals Kelvin Ilall International Sports Arena. 1445 Argyle Street. 357 2525. 9am 6pm. £2 (under £l8s free). I’inaIs day hosted by the Scottish Volleyball .'\ssociation for men‘s and women's volleyball teams from across the country.

Outside the cities

I Football: Mothervvell v Hearts I‘ir I’ark. Manse Road. Mothet'wcll. 01698 333333. 3pm. Butcher’s battlers play host to 1.evein’s lads who still have long shot ambitions of finishing second.


I Football: Hibernian v Celtic Iias‘ter Road. 12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 1.05pm. At the time of going to press. IIibs had respectfully offered to postpone the game to give ('eltic a chance to prepare fully for the trip to Barcelona. Should the game take place. there's every chance that (‘eltic may field a side light on their key names. I Rugby: Scotland v France Murraytield Stadium. Riversdale Crescent. 0870 040 1925. 3pm.

£20 £50 (£10 £35). The Scots play

MOTOR RACING HOT HATCH DAY Knockhill Racing Circuit, Sun 28 Mar


their penultimate Six Nations game against 1‘rance. the only team still in with a chance of winning the (hand Slatii title.

I Rugby: Scotland Women v France Women Murray-field Stadium. Riversdale ('resceiit. 346 5000. 5pm. Iititrance with ticket for the men's game. The Scottish ladies' rugby team. confident after their victory in Spain. take on their I-‘rench opponents.

Tuesday 23


I Football: Rangers v Dunfermline Athletic lbrox Stadium. Iidniiston Drive. 0870 600 1993. 7.45pm. A rematch of the closing game of last season when certain quarters lwell. (‘hi'is Sutton) suggested that the I‘ifers had laiti down to their light blue hosts. That title-clinching day must seem a long way off for the lbrox

I Greyhound Racing: Totesport Scottish Greyhound Derby Shawlield Stadium. 137 Rutherglen Road. 647 4121. 7.40pm. [4. First round of the Seottish (ireyhound I)erby with the top dogs racing for the trophy.

Wednesday 24


I Football: Hibernian v Motherwell l-lasiei- Road. 12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 7.45pm. The ‘\\'e11 take on their second Iidiiibtirgh opponents in a week. with top six slots still up for grabs.

Outside the nation

I Football: Barcelona v Celtic .\'ou ('aiiip. Barcelona. 8pm. If you're not one of the lucky 5000 with tickets

Petrolheads, this one’s for you. And we don’t just mean boys. Anyone who’s been to a motor racing circuit knows that it’s often not for the fainthearted: it’s the unbeatable combination of ear-splitting engine whine and the smell of burning oil, added to the faint whiff of adrenaline as men and women push their souped up vehicles to the limit.

But this event at Fife’s famous Knockhill circuit is more accessible than most. Aimed at people with more enthusiasm than money, the Hot Hatch Day is a chance for amateurs to take their little metal toys onto the circuit and have a go. For those who get there early enough to take part, the cost is just £40 and there’s tuition thrown in. The rest of us can be content to wander round the circuit, eyeing up the mad creations in steel and fibre glass that people are building in garages and backyards all over the

country. (Nick Barley)

I Tickets £8 (5‘4). ( o to www. knock/ii/l. com. o/ to/o )lio/io 01383 i'.”(l.’i’.’if. . i

for this l'IiI-A (‘up clash. you can catch the game on the Beeb. A nailbiting experience is assured with ()‘Neill's side defending a slender 1-0 advantage.


I Rugby: Glasgow Rugby v Munster llughenden. 32 Ilughenden Road. 353 3468. 7.30pm. £15 £10 (£5). (ilasgow Rugby take on Munster.


I American Football: Scottish Claymores Open Day llanipden I’ark. 1.etherby Drive. 616 6000. Ipiii. Iiree. A chance to meet the new Scottish ('layiiiores American Football squad at their home ground before the start of the 2004 season.

I Football: Partick Thistle v Hibernian liirhill. 80 li‘irhill Road. 579 1971. 3pm. Thistle's life iii the top flight is faditig fast but a victory here will at least give them some good memories to take back to the Iiirst Division.

I Greyhound Racing: Totesport Scottish Greyhound Derby Shawlield Stadium. 137 Rutherglen Road. 647 4121. 7.40pm. £4. Second round of the Scottish (ireyhoutid Derby. See Tue 23.


I Football: Hearts v Dundee 'I‘ynccastle Stadium. (iorgie Road. 200 7201. 3pm. (‘an the Jambos keep their charge for second place goitig'.’

Outside the cities

I Curling: Scottish Wheelchair Championships The (iallcon (‘entre. 99 'I‘itchlield Street. Kilmarnock. 01563 524014. 10.30am. Free. (‘urling championship organised by Scottish Disability Sport. I Football: Kilmarnock v Aberdeen Rugby l’ark. Rttgby Road. Kiliiiat'nock. 01563 525184. 3pm. Iixpect goals galore as two teams with not a great deal to play for go hammering and tonging it.

I Football: Livingston v Dunfermline Athletic Aliiiondvale Stadium. .»\1iiioiidva1e Stadium Road. Livingston. 01506 417000. 3pm. The financially challenged 1.othiaii types take on the kings of Fife.

Sunday 28


I Football: Rangers v Celtic lbro\ Stadium. lidmiston Drive. 0870 600 1993. 12.30pm. See photo caption.

Outside the cities

I Cycling: Roseneath Grand Prix (iarelochcad. Roseneath Peninsula. I)tmbat'tonshire. (‘all 01389 382827 for details. 10am. 1"ree. First stage of the Scottish Road Race Championships.

I Horse Racing: Kelso Races Kelso Racecourse. 01573 224767. 2pm. £10 (£5. under £l6s free). linjoy a day out at the National hunt horse racing iii the beautiful Borders countryside.

I Curling: Scottish Wheelchair Championships The (ialleon (‘enti'e. 99 'l'itchlield Street. Kilmarnock. 01563 524014. 10.30am. Iiree. See Sat 27.

Tuesday 30


I Football: Scotland 021 v Romania 021 l-‘irliill. 8t) l-‘irliill Road. 579 1971. 8pm. £511.21. Scotland's tip and coming talent take on Romania's under 21s team. ahead of thc international friendly tomorrow.

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RANGERS V CELTIC lbrox Stadium, Glasgow, Sun 28 Mar

As we went to press, Celtic’s European fate is still in the balance, Alex McLeish has yet to receive the dreaded vote of confidence from his chairman and this lbrox meeting might yet be the day when Martin O’Neill’s team officially lifts the SPL title for the third time in four years. There is one thing we do know: there’s no such thing as a meaningless Old Firm game.

Rangers’ season may have brought to an end by Henrik Larsson’s Scottish Cup strike at the start of the month but they will be as keen as ever to put one over their hooped rivals. Yet motivation appears to have been one of Rangers’ main problems this season as well as McLeish’s signings not having set anyone’s heather on fire.

Adding to the Govan hordes distress, Celtic’s winning bandwagon just keeps rolling along. There may be long-term fears over the future of Martin O’Neill and the likelihood of ever bringing in a fonivard fit to lace Larsson’s boots, but for now, everything in Celtic’s garden is rosy. Like the proverbial dangerous wounded animal, Rangers will be hellbent on biting back.

(Brian Donaldson) I See listings for details.

I Greyhound Racing: Totesport Scottish Greyhound Derby Shawlield Stadium. I37 Rutherglen Road. 647 4121. 7.40pm. £4. Semi final of the Scottish (ireyhound Derby. See Tue 23.

Wednesday 31


I Basketball: Scottish Rocks v Thames Valley Tigers liraehead Arena. Kings Inch Road. 561 l 140. 7.30pm. £7 £10 (£5 £8: family ticket £20). The home team play London's 'I‘hames Valley Tigers iii this BB]. (‘haiiipionship game.

I Football: Scotland v Romania Ilatnpden I’ark. 1.etherby Drive. 616 6000. 8pm. £15 £10 (£3 £7). Berti Vogts‘ side take on Romania in an international friendly with the hacks still yelping for the poor chap‘s blood.

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