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Articles from The Scotsman Online (November 26, 2020)

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'A trade-off which will have a cost' - Scottish health experts warn of Covid-19 danger over Christmas; The planned five-day relaxation of Covid-19 rules over Christmas will come at a cost, Scottish health experts have warned. Elsa Maishman 594
'Another shambles': Celtic fans react as familiar failing rears its head in Europa League; Things had been briefly looking up for Celtic in their Europa League encounter with Sparta Prague after Odsonne Edouard gave the visitors the lead with a terrific solo goal on the counter attack. Craig Fowler 303
'Aribo better not be injured' : Rangers fans react to Steven Gerrard's starting XI to face Benfica; Rangers fans were, on the whole, pleased with how Steven Gerrard lined up the team for the UEFA Europa League group match with Benfica at Ibrox. David Oliver 312
'It's just heartbreaking' - Scottish delivery man finds note from elderly customer mourning death of his pet dog; A delivery man who works for Iceland spotted a heartbreaking hand-written message posted in a window from a pensioner who recently lost his dog to cancer. Katharine Hay 470
'Lennon's been in the Scrabble bag again': Celtic fans react to starting XI to face Sparta Prague; Neil Lennon has named his Celtic side to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday evening. Craig Fowler 321
'Make it pivotal': Steven Gerrard urges Rangers to decide Europa League group with win over Benfica; Steven Gerrard wants Rangers to assure themselves of Europa League progression tonight, with a win over Benfica. David Oliver 437
'No fundamental issues': BBC pundit says 'everything looking positive' for Rangers; Michael Stewart and Ally McCoist both believe Rangers will be pleased in the aftermath of a 2-2 draw ith Benfica, despite conceding a two-goal lead. David Oliver 251
'Not an easy finish': Arfield goal for Rangers opener praised by pundit striker; Ally McCoist poured on the praise for Scott Arfield's opening goal for Rangers at half-time in the Europa League match. David Oliver 346
'Taking the day off work tomorrow and it's Lennon's fault': Furious Celtic fans react to second 4-1 Sparta Prague defeat; Celtic fans react on social media after their side were defeated 4-1 by Sparta Prague in the Europa League for the second time in three weeks. Craig Fowler 412
'They are a good team, but we should have beaten a good team' : Fans react to Rangers 2-2 draw with Benfica; Rangers and Benfica played out a draw that had many similarities to the last draw in Lisbon - but the fans all saw the match differently. David Oliver 432
5 best Forex Brokers in the UK; For any trader that is about to start out on the exciting journey of Forex trading, it is vital to find the best possible Forex broker that will allow you to take your trading career further, and provide you with the best possible trading conditions. 632
50-year-old crisp packet discovered washed up on beach stuns marine biologist; A marine biologist was left stunned after discovering a packet of Golden Wonder crisps washed up on a beach - dating back to 1971. Ellie Forbes 456
AAB's tax specialists advise as Brexit deadline nears; Is your firm ready for Brexit? Tax changes are likely to arrive at the end of the transition period, so it's best to start planning now, write Helen Brown and Alistair Duncan. 730
Advent calendars: why do we count down to Christmas with an advent calendar - and why are they chocolate? Here's why we open calendars and gorge on chocolate even before Christmas has arrived; Here's why we open calendars and gorge on chocolate even before Christmas has arrived. Alex Nelson 563
Agents should heed the words of Churchill - David Alexander comment; With the current governing party at Holyrood adopting a rather left-wing agenda on social issues and the Conservatives led by Boris Johnson holding an 80-seat majority at Westminster, it is not surprising that Scotland and England have grown further apart on various laws. David Alexander 781
Analysis: Is Nicola Sturgeon happy with the Christmas Covid-19 restrictions? Nicola Sturgeon has known for months now - and has warned the public as such - that the Christmas period in 2020 would be anything but normal. Conor Matchett 453
Ancient whisky techniques resurrected to create limited edition malt; A new Edinburgh-based whisky maker is recreating historic single malt whiskies based on those once produced during the city's distilling past. Jane Bradley 603
Autumn Nations Cup: Hope for Scotland as France pick shadow side to play Italy; France have made 13 changes to their starting XV for this weekend's Autumn Nations Cup clash with Italy in Paris. Graham Bean 364
BBC pundit believes Neil Lennon now at a loss on how to turnaround 'very soft' Celtic; Michael Stewart believes Celtic boss Neil Lennon is now at the stage where he's at a loss of how to get a reaction from his failing players. Craig Fowler 215
Best online Christmas party ideas: 9 virtual Xmas party games and activities for Zoom - from wine tasting to murder mystery; These ideas are easy for an online office party or an Xmas do with friends and family. Jenna Macfarlane 1064
Bid to rename Edinburgh University building after Bake Off winner Peter; Proud students at Edinburgh University are lobbying for a campus building to be renamed after the first Scot to win Bake Off. Sarah Ward 254
Biggar Rugby Club's appeal over voiding of their title win is finally heard; After a saga which has dragged on for over eight months, Biggar Rugby Club are to finally find out if their appeal against being denied the National Division 1 title and promotion to the Premiership is successful. Craig Goldthorp 365
Bipolar Scots woman who struggled in silence for 20 years urges people to get mental health help; A woman who struggled in silence with bipolar disorder for more than 20 years is urging people to ask for mental health help. Jolene Campbell 953
Black Friday sales: Beware toy slime that makes your children sick, make-up containing arsenic and rat-droppings, and dangerous teddy bears - Daryl McKelvie-Whyte; Black Friday sales are underway, bringing the opportunity to pick up some early Christmas presents for a fraction of the cost. Daryl McKelvie-Whyte 971
Brexit Britain's global reputation is further diminished by international aid budget cut - Scotsman comment; The target for wealthy nations to give 0.7 per cent of their gross national income as international aid was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1970. Scotsman comment 471
Call for objects to create art work highlighting environmental concerns; Scots are being asked to contribute objects they find in endangered coastal areas to an exhibition to highlight environmental concerns. Jane Bradley 630
Carly Booth: Scottish golfer stars in hilarious new Paddy Power ad where she deals with an internet troll; Scottish professional golfer Carly Booth makes a stand against an internet troll in a hilarious new Paddy Power ad. Rachel Mackie 322
Celtic captain Scott Brown opens up on Neil Lennon, Green Brigade banner and social media; The footballing paths of Scott Brown and Neil Lennon seem to have been forever entwined. Andrew Smith 1064
Celtic soft and shapeless as repeat Sparta Prague horror show pushes Neil Lennon deeper down a hole; The pleas in mitigation for, and from Neil Lennon, can only wear ever thinner following a truly miserable end of their Europa League qualification hopes in Prague. Andrew Smith 986
Chancellor Rishi Sunak refuses to rule out tax rises; The Chancellor has refused to comment on future tax rises, and did not rule out breaking other manifesto commitments after he reneged on a promise to keep the overseas aid budget. Conor Marlborough 426
Channel 4 has unveiled a new strategy to focus on digital viewing. The broadcaster said its plans would ensure that it "remains a relevant and vibrant voice in a digital world". Rachel Mackie 445
Christmas album reviews: Dolly Parton / Carrie Underwood / Chilly Gonzales / Calexico / Kelly Finnegan; This year's crop of Christmas albums is surprisingly strong, with some genuinely impressive offerings in amongst the inevitable turkeys, writes Fiona Shepherd. Fiona Shepherd 1132
Christmas pub quiz names: 25 funny and festive team names for your online xmas quiz; From Quizmas Crackers to Pigs in Blankets, here are the best Christmas-themed quiz team names. Finlay Greig 231
Colleges provide a lifeline to thousands of young people - Jackie Galbraith; As a teenager, I was one of over a million unemployed young people. With a good selection of Highers I thought I would get a job, any job. But it was 1981, a time of high youth unemployment set to become even worse. Apart from the occasional short-term shop job, I signed on the dole for a big chunk of the early 1980s. Jackie Galbraith 470
Coronavirus in Scotland: Baltic states added to Scotland's coronavirus quarantine list; Quarantine rules have been reinstated for travellers into Scotland from Estonia and Latvia. Conor Riordan 325
Coronavirus in Scotland: Scots living in shared flats are urged not to split up over Christmas; Scots living in shared flats have been told not to split from their housemates and enter separate "bubbles" over the Christmas period. Gary Flockhart 449
Covid-19 delay to diagnostic tests impacting patients' mental health, warns leading surgeon; A leading surgeon has called for urgent action to address the backlog of diagnostic tests caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsa Maishman 612
Covid: NHS nearly buckled under first wave. Exhausted staff are now battling the second one - Dr Lewis Morrison; It's been quite a fortnight, with almost half of Scotland plunged into level-four lockdown just a few weeks before Christmas. Lewis Morrison 623
Cut to international aid budget prompts fierce Tory backlash for Boris Johnson; Boris Johnson is facing a growing Tory backlash over plans to cut the international aid budget as part of a sweeping Spending Review aimed at dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. Shaun Connolly 622
Diego Maradona was a divine footballer and a drugs cheat - Scotsman comment; Diego Maradona, who has died from a heart attack at the age of 60, was a footballer blessed with an almost divine talent. Scotsman comment 346
Diego Maradona: Andy Murray reveals note left for him on Argentinian football top by late superstar; Scottish tennis player and former world number one, Andy Murray, has paid tribute to Diego Maradona by revealing a note the football legend left for him on an Argentinian football shirt which predicted he would go on to become 'numero uno' in tennis. Hannah Brown 361
Edinburgh energy provider promoted by rugby star Gareth Thomas hails milestone after 300% surge; An Edinburgh energy provider founded as a social enterprise has hailed a customer milestone after 300 per cent growth in the past year. Scott Reid 346
Environmental work honoured in Nature of Scotland Awards; Work to save giant skates, efforts to bring beavers back to Scotland, river restoration and a whale-spotting trail are among a host of initiatives honoured at the country's most prestigious annual environmental awards ceremony. Ilona Amos 678
First new Scottish lighthouse for 11 years to protect Fort William cruise ships; A new lighthouse is being built at the Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe to enable larger cruise ships to safely reach the West Highland town. Alastair Dalton 481
For sale: a bottle of fresh Scottish air for [pounds sterling]25; "Fresh Scottish air" is being marketed at [pounds sterling]25 a bottle by a shipping company which says it has created the gifts for people to send to homesick family and friends living abroad. Jane Bradley 405
Four Scots households can get together at Christmas, MSPs told; Four different households will effectively be allowed to get together for Christmas family gatherings in Scotland this year, MSPs have been told. Scott Macnab 568
Fraser casting stones at SNP is hypocritical - Readers' Letters; What a selective memory Murdo Fraser has (Perspective, November 25). Letter to the editor 1674
Free help with citizenship test for migrants in Scotland; Understanding the UK's complex requirements for citizenship can be tricky - but a free service can help with the society test for migrants. 613
Fresh calls for consumers to shop local in Scotland for Christmas; Scots shoppers have been urged to support their local businesses online to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. Jane Bradley 450
Gary Holt resigns as Livingston manager and states 'decision not taken lightly'; Livingston will begin the search for a new manager after Gary Holt decided to step down from his position following a recent run of poor form. Matthew Elder 594
General Michael Flynn: who is the ex-national security adviser Donald Trump has pardoned - and what did he do? President Donald Trump has used his presidential powers to excuse his former security adviser from an investigation into his involvement in Russian interference; President Donald Trump has used his presidential powers to excuse his former security adviser from an investigation into his involvement in Russian interference. Chelsea Rocks 774
Glasgow Distillery launches its own Christmas cracker range; It's a situation that will be familiar to so many people - you take your seat around the dinner table, you grab the Christmas cracker in front of you, and you pull it with your nearest and dearest. Peter Ranscombe 415
Glasgow Distillery offering personalised whisky bottles for Christmas; There's no arguing that 2020 has been a year like no other. Peter Ranscombe 503
Glasgow Distillery offering whisky and gin miniature range; There's that moment of excitement as you gaze at the row of bottles lined up behind the bar. Peter Ranscombe 504
Glasgow grocery company to pay [pounds sterling]120,000 after employee suffers life-changing injuries; A Glasgow-based company has been fined [pounds sterling]120,000 over health and safety failings. Emma O'Neill 332
Glasgow Warriors await Pro14 action on Ryan Wilson incident and its aftermath; Glasgow coach Danny Wilson says he is still waiting to hear if the Pro14 will take disciplinary action over the 'afters' which followed a challenge from Warriors flanker Ryan Wilson during the match with Munster on Monday. Graham Bean 632
Golf clubs using Covid-19 travel "exemption" to keep most members happy; Two golf clubs at opposite ends of the Edinburgh city bypass are using a travel "exemption" covering golfers to keep members happy under the new Covid-19 restrictions. Martin Dempster 1044
Hand of God: Diego Maradona's legendary goal for Argentina v England at the 1986 World Cup remembered; The Argentine football player scored with his hand against England's Peter Shilton before scoring 'the goal of the century' minutes later. Finlay Greig 957
Hibs CEO Leeann Dempster: 'It's the right time to quit Easter Road'; Leeann Dempster has stood down as Hibernian chief executive after more than six years at Easter Road. David Oliver 588
How do NHS staff get free Uber meals? Uber Eats and rides festive deal for health workers explained - and how to claim; NHS and HSC staff can choose to order a hot meal from a local restaurant, or everyday essentials from a nearby shop. Helen Johnson 720
How do we build an economy that provides the basics of life for everyone? - Duncan Thorp; It's fair to say that there's a high level of anxiety in our communities right now and for many people it's about one immediate concern - their job. Duncan Thorp 614
How Rangers board's reluctance to cash in can be now vindicated; By guiding Rangers into the group stage of the Europa League three years on the trot, Steven Gerrard has made a significant contribution to the financial rebalancing of the Ibrox club. Stephen Halliday 1022
How the Celtic players rated during second humiliating defeat to Sparta Prague; How the Celtic players rated in tonight's Europa League defeat to Sparta Prague. Craig Fowler 481
How the Rangers players rated in Europa League 2-2 draw with Benfica; Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe had Rangers clear before Pizzi and another own goal against the Portuguese, this time from captain James Tavernier, ended the game as a draw. David Oliver 652
Kelsey MacDonald off to strong start in season-ending LET event; Kelsey MacDonald reckons her patience is starting to be rewarded as she bids to emulate close friend Amy Boulden by becoming a first-time winner on the Ladies European Tour in 2020. Martin Dempster 426
Landmark castle distances itself from luxury hotel proposal; One of Scotland's most famous castles has distances itself from reports that it could be turned into a high-end hotel. Alison Campsie 423
Leeann Dempster breathed new life into Hibs and will be a tough act to follow; When Leeann Dempster arrived at the club in May 2014, as the new chief executive, Hibs had 5,500 season ticket holders. On the day that she announced her departure, in the midst of a campaign where fans aren't even allowed in the ground, the tally stands at over 11,000. Moira Gordon 1076
M&S staff given Boxing Day off after management change Christmas plans; Marks & Spencer has reversed a decision to open its stores on Boxing Day and decided to give staff the day off instead. Simon Neville 306
Major review of Glasgow office property market warns of 'severe' shortage of space; Property professionals have pointed to a "severe" shortage of high-grade office space in Glasgow after publishing a "true picture" of the state of the market. Scott Reid 588
Man sentenced for badger baiting following Scottish SPCA investigation; A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of badger baiting and animal cruelty offences. Katharine Hay 584
Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham put in harshest restrictions as Matt Hancock unveils new tiers in England; Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham will be put in the harshest coronavirus restrictions after Matt Hancock unveiled the new tiers for areas all over England. Alexander Brown 590
Moment cat looks on enviously as otter swims past with juicy fish in its mouth; This is the funny moment when a hungry cat looks on enviously from a river bank as an otter swims past nearby with a big, juicy fish in its mouth. Sarah Lumley 304
Monarch of the Glen: These amazing pictures were taken by a lucky photographer who got up close with a group of stags; A photographer snapped stags which posed for him like Monarch of the Glen after blocking a rural Highlands road. Sarah Ward 476
Most vulnerable could benefit from smart meters; Smart meters could help us care for our loved ones in the future, writes Shaun Milne. 1146
Neil Lennon looking to carry over Celtic positives from Hibs draw but plays down talk of showing 'reaction' to fans; Neil Lennon wants his side to take the positives from the last 30 minutes at Easter Road into his side's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague. Craig Fowler 216
Neil Lennon position at Celtic 'in mortal danger' after second 'mortifying' loss to Sparta Prague; BBC pundit Tom English believes Neil Lennon's career at Celtic is in 'mortal danger' after the Scottish champions suffered yet another embarrassment at the hands of Sparta Prague in the Europa League. Craig Fowler 311
Neil Lennon remains defiant and says Celtic's problems are 'psychological' after second Sparta slamming; Neil Lennon refused to consider his position as Celtic manager might be under greater threat following yet more punishment for impoverished defending with a second 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague inside 22 days. Andrew Smith 608
New directors at Edinburgh financial firm that manages [pounds sterling]700 million of assets; Melville Independent, the Edinburgh-based financial advisory and asset management firm, has unveiled key changes to its senior executive team. Scott Reid 329
Nicola Benedetti to offer musicians mental health advice in run-up to Christmas; Scottish violin sensation Nicola Benedetti has revealed plans to help musicians of all ages cope with struggles with their mental health in the run-up to Christmas. Brian Ferguson 544
Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'cynical obfuscation' and 'sheer hypocrisy' over Alex Salmond inquiry; Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of "having something to hide" and of "sheer hypocrisy" around the Scottish Government's refusal to release legal advice to the Alex Salmond inquiry. Conor Matchett 645
Nicola Sturgeon unable to provide number of positive Covid-19 patients discharged to care homes; The First Minister has said it is not possible for her to set out the number of cases in which a patient discharged into a care home happened with a positive test for Covid-19. Conor Matchett 573
Nicola Sturgeon wants second independence referendum early in next parliament; The First Minister of Scotland has said she hopes to hold Indyref2 in the early part of the next Parliament. Katharine Hay 562
Nicola Sturgeon warns Rishi Sunak spending review could bring 'new age of austerity'; The Chancellor's Spending Review could bring in a "new age of austerity", Nicola Sturgeon has warned. Katrine Bussey 395
Nobody should feel guilty about struggling with mental health - Wendy Halliday; We all have mental health and any of us could experience mental health problems during our lives, so we all need to have a better understanding so no-one feels ashamed or is treated differently because of their mental health. Wendy Halliday 363
Obituary: David Gracie, Scottish amateur athlete and veterinary surgeon; David Gracie, Scottish amateur athlete and vet. Born: January 26 1927. Died: October 26 2020, aged 93. 888
Obituary: Hamish MacInnes, Scottish mountaineer and inventor; Dr Hamish MacInnes OBE BEM, mountaineer. Born: July 7 1930 in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. Died: November 23 2020 in Glencoe, Highland, aged 90. Obituary 313
Owner of Edinburgh's historic Sheep Heid Inn and All Bar One axes 1,300 jobs: reaction; All Bar One and Miller & Carter owner Mitchells & Butlers has laid bare the pain suffered through the pandemic after revealing that some 1,300 jobs have been lost across the group so far. Scott Reid 1017
Patient whisky fans give Isle of Arran Distillers reason to cheer as cask sales take off; Isle of Arran Distillers has cheered strong demand for its cask sales programme while online trading has doubled during lockdown. Scott Reid 450
Rangers ace tipped to REJECT deal, Celtic chief 'met' with ex-EPL boss touted as Lennon REPLACEMENT, Gerrard eyes MORE Ibrox signings, Ex-Parkhead star hits out at 'idiot' fans - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill; It's another big European night for Scottish football and Celtic and Rangers. Joel Sked 659
Rangers miss the chance to seal Europa League qualification as they concede two late goals against Benfica once again; What's Portuguese for deja vu? Just as they did in Lisbon three weeks ago, Rangers allowed a two-goal lead to slip from their grasp as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Benfica at Ibrox. Stephen Halliday, 1012
Rangers' James Tavernier tips team-mate wanted by Leeds United for EPL move - and why he would succeed; Rangers captain James Tavernier reckons Ryan Kent is set to star in the English Premier League - but hopefully after this season. Joel Sked 442
Rape reports in Scotland decrease during Covid lockdown but police warn of continued underreporting; Reports of recent rape in Scotland have fallen by more than 10 percent during the pandemic. Jamie McKenzie 455
Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont takes up top role at Fife investment firm; Mark Beaumont, the record-breaking cyclist and author, is taking a top role at a Fife investment firm. Scott Reid 589
Revealed! The market value of every Scottish Premiership squad ranked - and how the Old Firm measure up; They say money talks, and nowhere is that statement truer than in professional football. Jason Jones 455
Rotary International: making a difference in West of Scotland; An organisation which sets out to make a huge difference to the lives of people in your community and beyond is looking for volunteers. 655
Saltire Awards' cancellation feels like fate is having a laugh at first-time authors - Laura Waddell; It reads like a tragedy. Days after a Scottish writer won the Booker Prize, for only the second time in the prize's 50 year history, came the announcement that Scotland's own literary prizes, the Saltire Awards, have been cancelled for the first year in 40 years following an unsuccessful funding bid to Creative Scotland. It's a blow. Laura Waddell 1064
Saltire Awards' cancellation feels like fate is having a laugh at first-time authors like me - Laura Waddell; It reads like a tragedy. Days after a Scottish writer won the Booker Prize, for only the second time in the prize's 50 year history, came the announcement that Scotland's own literary prizes, the Saltire Awards, have been cancelled for the first year in 40 years following an unsuccessful funding bid to Creative Scotland. It's a blow. Laura Waddell 1064
Scotland registers 100,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases; The number of total confirmed Covid-19 cases in Scotland has today exceeded 100,000. Elsa Maishman 411
Scots 'tied pubs' overhaul is backed by MSPs; New laws which will reform the way hundreds of pubs are run in Scotland, aimed at giving tenant operators greater freedom from brewery owners, have been backed by MSPs. Scott Macnab 581
Scots grouse shooting estates face tough new licensing regime; Grouse shooting estates in Scotland are to face a tough new licensing regime that could see them closed down amid concerns over bird of prey deaths. Scott Macnab 587
Scots risk fines if travelling home from Christmas visits after December 27; Guidance issued by the Scottish Government makes it clear Scots attempting to make the most of the Christmas relaxations could face fines if they are caught returning after December 27. Conor Matchett 441
Scott Jamieson on the prowl once again at Leopard Creek; Scott Jamieson is big game hunting once again at Leopard Creek after producing a strong start in his latest bid to land the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Martin Dempster 607
Scottish Rugby agm: Mark Dodson's warning, CVC 'game changer' and Dalkeith defeated; Cash pumped into the Pro14 from private equity firm CVC helped the Scottish Rugby Union stave off redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic but the governing body is not out of the woods yet. Graham Bean 609
Settlement details over ditched [pounds sterling]45m Edinburgh concert centre plans revealed but cost to council remains secret; Details of the mediation between Edinburgh City Council, the developers of the new St James Centre and the developers behind the planned new concert hall on St Andrew Square can be made public for the first time. Conor Matchett 455
Sheku Bayoh: Inquiry into man's death in police custody to start next week; A long-awaited public inquiry into the death of a Fife man in police custody is set to start next week, it has been announced. Scott McCartney 263
SNP leadership must not react to democratic dissent within party ranks like Soviet Communists - Kenny MacAskill; An SNP conference of sorts will take place this weekend. As with other parties, it's going virtual and it'll be a far cry from the gatherings that normally take place. Kenny MacAskill Conference news 590
SNP leadership seeking to stifle debate amid 'anger' in ranks; Former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has criticised the SNP leadership for seeking to stifle debate within its ranks ahead of the annual conference this weekend. Scott Macnab Conference news 449
Steven Gerrard hits back at 'cheap' criticism of how Rangers react to major victories; Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admits he and his players "have got it wrong at times" with their response to high profile wins achieved so far during his tenure. Stephen Halliday 436
Steven Gerrard insists he will only take the positives from Rangers' back-to-back late capitulations against Benfica; Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admits Benfica exposed weaknesses in his team as they recovered a two-goal deficit against them for the second time in three weeks. Stephen Halliday, 401
Subscription box popularity rockets during Covid-19 pandemic; The popularity of subscription boxes has soared during the pandemic, with almost half of all consumers now treating themselves to at least one surprise or gift on a monthly basis. Jane Bradley 570
Tay Road Bridge: Drivers advised to use alternate route as Tay Road Bridge closed; Traffic Scotland has confirmed that the Tay Road Bridge has been closed. Rachel Mackie 160
The Dalmore to become the official whisky of Dundee's iconic V&A museum; A Highland malt rated one of the best whiskies in the world is to become the official dram of Scotland's new design museum under a lucrative four-year deal. Brian Ferguson 596
The mysterious footprints left at a fort for Gaelic kings; In peace and war, kings from all over Northern Britain gathered on this rocky outcrop in an isolated spot deep in Argyll. Alison Campsie 465
The Scotsman Sessions #148: Sita Pieraccini; Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on scotsman.com, with introductions from our critics. Here, ahead of her appearance in next year's Manipulate Festival, performer and theatre-maker Sita Pieraccini creates a powerful evocation of a natural environment, intercut with images of a human figure caught in an urban context. Joyce McMillan 741
UK borders needs 100 officials to deal with post-Brexit food paperwork; The UK border potentially needs another 100 officials to deal with post-Brexit paperwork for food products, according to the Environment Secretary. Richard Wheeler 422
UK foreign aid: how much does Britain spend on overseas aid, where does it go and why has Rishi Sunak cut the budget? Foreign officer Baroness Liz Sugg resigned from her post in the wake of the chancellor's spending review; Foreign officer Baroness Liz Sugg resigned from her post in the wake of the chancellor's spending review. Matt Brooks 668
University of Edinburgh goes big on green investment after HSBC tie-up; The University of Edinburgh has invested some [pounds sterling]5 million in green projects after becoming the first institution in the UK to sign up to a new HSBC initiative. Scott Reid 420
Walter Scott, climate change, Viking age treasures and typewriters to take centre stage at National Museum of Scotland in 2021; The 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, efforts to tackle climate change in Scotland and overseas, a hoard of Viking-age treasures found beneath church land by a metal detectorist and the evolution of the typewriter over more than a century will take centre stage at Scotland's most popular visitor attraction next year. Brian Ferguson 540
Watch: Colossal wind turbine blades manoeuvre in convoy through Highland village; The enormous blades which measure over 160 meters were caught on film while travelling through Golspie on their way to Gordonbush Wind Farm. Beth Murray 222
Web header; I remember my last day at work. I'd clearly been quite stressed that morning, as halfway through my leaving presentation I realised my blouse was on inside out. Marion Ritchie 697
What do Scotland's Christmas coronavirus restrictions mean for you? On Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon announced Covid-19 restrictions around Christmas will be relaxed for a period of five days, but has struck a cautious tone about risk and has warned people not to take advantage if they don't need to. Conor Matchett 948
When Dundee nearly brought Diego Maradona to Dens Park for [pounds sterling]250k but were thwarted by a [pounds sterling]16m tax fraud case; The idea that Diego Maradona could have played for Dundee sounds like an apocryphal tale. But when it came to the Dens Park side in the early 2000s nothing could be ruled out. Joel Sked 619
When will Nicola Sturgeon speak at First Minister's Questions and will she tighten Christmas restrictions in Scotland? The First Minister is expected to set out the rules for socialising over Christmas in more detail this afternoon. Conor Marlborough 584
Why Abba's amazing music is a bit like the Tardis from Dr Who - Jim Duffy; While preparing a coffee this week in my kitchen, a very peculiar thing happened to me. Jim Duffy 1111
Why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day? Its links to Christmas, shopping sales and festive football fixtures explained; Boxing Day's origins draw comparisons to the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Matt Brooks 800
Why Rangers are in a strong position to make HUGE profits on transfer of star players; Rangers boss Steven Gerrard spoke on Wednesday of his delight that the club's board have not cashed in on key players. Joel Sked 318
Win everything you need for a Big Night In with Cockburn's; Scots are being urged to unwind with the nation's favourite port - with the chance to win everything you need for a festive celebration at home. 563
With Brexit looming Scotland's food and drink industry needs clarity, support and more time - John Davidson; Four years since the UK voted to leave the European Union, there are now fewer than 40 days until the end of the transition period and we are no closer to knowing the terms of trade with our largest, most valuable market. John Davidson 535

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