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Football: Fletcher gets Scotland recall for Poland friendly

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher was given an international recall on Wednesday after being named in the squad for next month's friendly international against Poland. The Manchester United midfielder recently returned to action with the English Premier League champions following a lengthy lay-off with ulcerative colitis. His former Old Trafford team-mate Phil Bardsley, now with Sunderland, has also been recalled by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, while Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson has been selected for a senior national squad for the first time.

Football: Fletcher gets Scotland recall for Poland friendly

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher was given an international recall on Wednesday after being named in the squad for next month's friendly international against Poland. The Manchester United midfielder recently returned to action with the English Premier League champions following a lengthy lay-off with ulcerative colitis. His former Old Trafford team-mate Phil Bardsley, now with Sunderland, has also been recalled by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, while Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson has been selected for a senior national squad for the first time.

Football: Stokes fires up Celtic with hat-trick

Anthony Stokes scored a hat-trick as Celtic re-established a 21 point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable 3-0 win over St Johnstone at Celtic Park on Sunday. The 25-year-old Irish striker opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a dipping shot before two goals in two second half minutes helped Stokes mark his 100th game for Celtic with a hat-trick. Leigh Griffiths had a late strike ruled out for offside as the Hoops extended their unbeaten start to the league campaign to 25 games.

Football: Celtic's hopes of repeat double ended by Aberdeen

Holders Celtic crashed out of the Scottish Cup on Saturday as Aberdeen pulled off a shock 2-1 fifth round win at Parkhead to inflict the Glasgow giants' first domestic defeat since September. The Hoops have been almost unstoppable this season with 'keeper Fraser Forster setting a new club record of 13 clean sheets in a row as Neil Lennon's side won 14 consecutive games. This trend looked set to continue when Anthony Stokes fired Celtic into a ninth minute lead as he showed good control and skill to fire past Jamie Langfield.

Football: Celtic's hopes of repeat double ended by Aberdeen

Holders Celtic crashed out of the Scottish Cup on Saturday as Aberdeen pulled off a shock 2-1 fifth round win at Parkhead to inflict the Glasgow giants' first domestic defeat since September. The Hoops have been almost unstoppable this season with 'keeper Fraser Forster setting a new club record of 13 clean sheets in a row as Neil Lennon's side won 14 consecutive games. This trend looked set to continue when Anthony Stokes fired Celtic into a ninth minute lead as he showed good control and skill to fire past Jamie Langfield.

Football: Fletcher targets sprint finish from misfiring Man U

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher admits it is imperative his side finish the season strongly as the misfiring champions prepare to host struggling Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. United have endured a difficult campaign in the defence of the Premier League title they won so convincingly last season under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. With 14 matches left, United have little chance of retaining the title as they lie 15 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Football: Fletcher targets sprint finish from mifiring Man U

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher admits it is imperative his side finish the season strongly as the misfiring champions prepare to host struggling Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. United have endured a difficult campaign in the defence of the Premier League title they won so convincingly last season under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. With 14 matches left, United have little chance of retaining the title as they lie 15 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Football: Vidic to leave United at end of season

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is to leave the English Premier League champions at the end of the season, in a move the Serbia defender hopes will end speculation about his future. "I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season," he said in a statement on the club's official website. "It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here."

Football: Gallagher reveals Fergie's cheeky tactics

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has revealed how Alex Ferguson once tried to get him to postpone a Manchester United match because it would give his side a better chance of winning the title. Ferguson was renowned for trying to exert pressure on referees during his long reign as United manager and could often be seen pointing at his watch, hinting that there should be a long period of stoppage time towards the end of games when United needed a goal.

Football: Manchester United confirm USA tour

English football giants Manchester United have announced they will return to the United States for a pre-season tour ahead of the 2014/15 campaign in Europe. Full details are set to be released in the next few weeks, but the Premier League champions said Tuesday they would visit "a number of destinations in the country" during their trip.
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