Eight times away goals really counted in Scottish football

No more away goals rule as Scottish clubs kick off their European campaigns.

John Hartson's strike in Spain sent Celtic on their way to the UEFA Cup final. Alan Harvey via SNS Group
John Hartson's strike in Spain sent Celtic on their way to the UEFA Cup final.

Scottish sides return to European action this week but there’ll be something different about UEFA competition from now on.

The governing body has scrapped the ‘away goals rule’ that brought elation, quick-fire calculation and, more often than not, utter despair for Scottish sides over the years.

For 56 years, the rule – meaning the winner of a drawn two-legged tie was whoever scored the most goals away from home – was used to settle the closest of contests.

We’ve picked out a few unforgettable games where away goals really counted for and against Scottish teams.

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2007-08 UEFA Cup: Aberdeen v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Agg: 1-1, Aberdeen win on away goals)

Jimmy Calderwood’s side scraped by Dnipro to make the group stages. (Photo by SNS Group)

There’s no simpler way to understand the application of the rule. Both sides score once and the visiting team’s strike counts double.

The Dons and their Ukrainian opponents had begun their European campaign at Pittodrie in a match that wasn’t encouraging for either. 90 minutes came and went without either side striking a telling blow.

Aberdeen knew they would likely need a goal to progress against the odds, but although they had been knocked out of European competition by the away goals rule on five occasions, they had never yet been the beneficiaries. Darren Mackie’s goal was to change that.

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After the Aberdeen striker put his team ahead on 28 minutes in the Meteor Stadium, Dnipro threw everything at Jimmy Calderwood’s side in an attempt to get the two goals they now needed. Jamie Langfield denied the Ukrainians again and again, and the hosts hit the woodwork three times in the second half.

Andriy Vorobey finally got his side an equaliser with 14 minutes to go after Andy Considine’s clearance cannoned off the striker, but Dnipro couldn’t find a second.

The Dons qualified from a group including Atletico Madrid, Panathinaikos, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow, but were beaten by German giants Bayern Munich in the last 32.

1983-84 European Cup: Dundee United v Rapid Vienna (Agg: 2-2, Dundee United win on away goals)

Jim McLean led his team to the semi-finals. (Photo by SNS Group)

Having reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in the previous two seasons, Jim McLean’s title-winning side relished the chance to take on the best in Europe in the top competition in the 1983-84 season and again reached the last eight, being paired with Rapid Vienna.

The away leg in Austria proved a tough encounter, with defender Derek Stark putting the visitors ahead after half an hour before Max Hagmayr equalised in the second half and Zlatko Krancjar (father of former Rangers midfielder Niko) hit a late winner.

Stark’s away goal proved to be crucial. The return leg at Tannadice had everything on the line, with Rapid knowing a draw would do them. Davie Dodds scored the only goal, making it 1-0 on the night, 2-2 on aggregate and United the winners on away goals.

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McLean and his side faced Roma in the semi-finals and Dodds and Stark scored again in the home leg, but a 3-0 defeat in Italy (with a penalty awarded by a referee a Roma director later said was bribed) ended their adventure.

1989-90 Cup Winners’ Cup: Celtic v Partizan Belgrade (Agg: 6-6, Partizan win on away goals)

Dariusz Dziekanowski scored four goals but Celtic went out. (Photo by SNS Group)

It seems right that a competition reserved for knockout competition winners saw two sides go toe to toe in spectacular style.

A 2-1 defeat in Belgrade in the first leg left Celtic in a reasonable position; holding an away goal themselves but knowing if Partizan scored more than once at Parkhead, they’d have to bag at least four.

The game started exactly as Celtic didn’t want it to, Partizan going ahead through Vladimir Bujacic after only eight minutes.

The hosts needed goals, and a hero. Step forward recent signing Jacki Dziekanowski with a header to make it 1-1 after 25 minutes, then levelling the aggregate score with another strike just after half-time. Aleksandar Djordevic restored Partizan’s lead three minutes later and Dziekanowski evened things up when he completed his hat-trick soon after.

Though the score was balanced at 4-4, Partizan were ahead on away goals and widened the gap when Milko Djurovski put the Yugoslavians ahead once more with just under half an hour to go. Andy Walker scored on 65 minutes but Celtic still needed another.

With ten minutes left on the clock Dziekanowski guided in Galloway’s cross and Celtic were ahead for the first time in the tie. It was 5-3 on the night, 6-5 overall, and the clock was ticking down.

Knowing that another away goal would leave Celtic needing two, Partizan broke down the left at pace and a cross to the back post was knocked into the centre, where Sladan Scepovic headed in.

Celtic out, Partizan through on away goals.

2002-03 UEFA Cup: Livingston v FC Vaduz (Agg: 1-1, Livingston win on away goals)

Vaduz players pleaded with the referee at the end after he chalked off an injury-time goal. (Photo by SNS Group)

From a late away goal that stunned a Scottish side to one that possibly should have.

Jim Leishman’s Livi were drawn against Liechtenstein minnows FC Vaduz, who played their league football in Switzerland’s second tier. The first leg of the qualifying round saw the sides draw 1-1 at the Rheinpark Stadion, where Oscar Rubio had given the visitors the lead, only for Franz Burgmeier to equalise ten minutes later.

Livingston were expected to finish the job at Almondvale but found it tough going. With the sides locked at 0-0 in the final moments, Vaduz won a corner on the right. The cross bobbled to Marius Zarn, his shot deflected past Javier Sanchez Broto and Vaduz celebrated a famous goal that saw them progress in dramatic circumstances.

Except it didn’t.

Somewhere between the corner being taken and Zarn putting the ball in the net, Croatian referee Ivan Novak blew the whistle for full-time. Vaduz were incensed, Novak waved away their complaints and the Livi players shook his hand before marching into the second round and suffering an 8-6 defeat to Sturm Graz.

2002-03 UEFA Cup: Celtic v Celta Vigo (Agg: 2-2, Celtic win on away goals)

John Hartson scored the goal that sank Celta. (Photo by SNS Group)

While Livingston were trading goals with Sturm Graz, Celtic were thumping Suduva 10-1 on aggregate in the same competition, then going on to beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in the second round to set up a tie with Celta Vigo.

Celtic won the first leg 1-0 in Glasgow, courtesy of a Henrik Larsson goal, and flew out to Galicia with the tie looking the very model of ‘finely balanced’. Jesuli’s 23rd-minute goal proved that and with the aggregate score at 1-1, Celtic needed a goal. Ulrik Laursen’s free kick was nodded on by Chris Sutton and John Hartson held off his marker on the edge of the box, turned and smacked a low shot into the net.

Benni McCarthy restored Celta’s lead in the second half, but Celtic held on for a defeat in the stadium and a draw on aggregate, with Hartson’s strike proving golden.

Celtic beat Stuttgart in the next round, Liverpool in the quarter-finals and Boavista in the last four before falling to Porto in the final on a memorable night in Seville.

2007-08 UEFA Cup: Rangers v Panathinakos (Agg: 1-1, Rangers win on away goals)

Nacho Novo’s priceless away goal paved the way to Manchester. (Photo by SNS Group)

By the time Rangers played Panathinaikos in their first match of that year’s UEFA Cup, Walter Smith’s side had already enjoyed a decent season in Europe by Scottish standards. Champions League qualification had begun in July with a straightforward win over Zeta.

They reached the group stages and after a strong start brought wins over Stuttgart and Lyon and a draw against Barcelona, a trio of defeats saw them finish third in the group and drop into the UEFA Cup.

Panathinaikos came to Glasgow and earned a 0-0 draw in the first leg and were favourites to progress to the next round.

In Athens, defender Giannis Goumas gave his side the lead after 12 minutes and Rangers were looking at the exit until, with nine minutes to go, Chris Burke’s cross was knocked into the net by Nacho Novo and the visitors were suddenly on top. Goumas had a late chance but couldn’t capitalise and Rangers went through.

Smith’s side went from strength to strength. Werder Bremen were taken care of, then Sporting, and Fiorentina were beaten on penalties as Rangers reached the final in Manchester, only to be beaten by Zenit.

2014-15 Champions League: Celtic v Legia Warsaw (Agg: 4-4, Celtic win on away goals)

Callum McGregor scored the deciding goal eight minutes into the first leg. (Photo by SNS Group)

Of all the away goals on this list, Callum McGregor’s is probably the one where the impact was most unexpected.

When the Celtic midfielder put his side ahead with a curling shot just eight minutes into the first leg in Warsaw, hopes were high that the team was going to make easier work of the tie than some expected.

The optimism was misplaced and Legia roared back to win 4-1, giving Celtic a huge uphill task to turn things around at their temporary home of Murrayfield. The Scottish champions didn’t come close and suffered a 2-0 defeat, dropping into the Europa League qualifiers with a 6-1 aggregate hiding to contemplate.

Legia only made one mistake. The defender Bartosz Bereszynski was brought on for the final four minutes of the second leg, but should have been serving a ban. UEFA took a dim view and awarded the match to Celtic as forfeit.

The default 3-0 scoreline meant the sides were drawn at 4-4 over two legs so McGregor’s goal, a distant memory after all the drama and paperwork of the second leg, proved the deciding factor.

Ronny Deila’s side failed to make the most of their second chance in the competition though, losing 2-1 to Maribor in the next round.

1971-72 Cup Winners’ Cup: Rangers v Sporting Lisbon (Agg: 6-6, Rangers win on away goals)

Colin Stein scored four times across the two matches with Sporting. (Photo by SNS Group)

Rangers’ Cup Winners’ Cup triumph is one of the high points of the club’s storied history but for those involved, a moment on the journey would have had them convinced that their hopes were over almost before they had started.

After beating Rennes in the first round, Willie Waddell’s side faced Sporting, with the first leg at Ibrox Stadium.

The Scottish side were 3-2 winners in the home leg after Colin Stein scored twice and Willie Henderson found the net. They travelled to Lisbon knowing that avoiding defeat would put them through.

Hector Yazalde put Sporting ahead after 25 minutes but Stein replied for Rangers a minute later. Joao Larajeira made it 4-4 on aggregate before half time but after the break Stein restored Rangers’ advantage.

The Glasgow side were headed for the third round until, with three minutes to go, another attack from Sporting brought a goal from Manuel Pedro Gomes and everything was level at full time. Rangers had won the first leg 3-2, Sporting had taken the second by the same scoreline and extra time was needed.

Rangers showed their continued threat in the 100th minute when Henderson found the net but five minutes later, Sporting found an answer once again when Fernando Peres struck. With no further goals and the scoring locked at 6-6 after 120 minutes, Dutch referee Laurens van Raavens signalled for penalties.

Sporting won the shoot-out and Rangers trudged to the dressing room contemplating the rest of the season without European football.

Van Raavens returned to his dressing room only to be interrupted by UEFA officials who congratulated him on the way he had handled the match – and then told him he had made an error. The Dutchman hadn’t realised that away goals scored in extra time counted in the case of a draw, and Rangers were winners of the tie.

The Ibrox side progressed to play Torino and Bayern Munich in subsequent rounds and set up a final against Dynamo Moscow. The rest is history, and the away goal rule had played a crucial part.


Coronavirus: Another 18 Omicron cases recorded in Scotland

Scottish Government data shows one coronavirus-linked death and 2067 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours.

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A total of 48 people have contracted the Omicron variant in Scotland.

A total of 18 new cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, taking the overall number to 48.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had the largest rise, with 12 more cases, taking its total to 23.

NHS Lanarkshire recorded four new cases in 24 hours and has 13 overall.

One more case was confirmed in the Forth Valley health board area, taking the total to six.

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A case of the new variant was recorded in NHS Lothian for the first time. Case numbers in NHS Highland and NHS Grampian remain at three and two respectively.

Scotland has also recorded one coronavirus-linked death and 2067 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data.

The Scottish Government said Public Health Scotland is aware of an “ongoing processing issue with UK Government lab tests which may impact on cases and tests” in the daily figures and investigations are under way to resolve the problem.

The death toll under the daily measure, of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days, is 9649, but the Scottish Government said registry office are generally closed at the weekend which can impact figures.

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The daily test positivity rate was 9.6%, up from 7.6% the previous day.

There were 586 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 as of Saturday night and, of these, 45 were in intensive care.

So far, 4,352,104 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, 3,958,162 have had a second, and 1,859,735 have been given a third dose or booster.

Body found in the search for missing 28-year-old man

The family of Joel McDiarmid has been informed of the discovery.

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Joel McDiarmid went missing in the Bathgate area last month.

A body has been found in the search for a 28-year-old man who went missing in West Lothian last month.

The family of Joel McDiarmid from Bathgate has been informed of the discovery, although formal identification is yet to take place.

There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.


Mountain rescue teams battle blizzard after man injured in avalanche

They assisted a man who injured his leg during an avalanche.

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A climber who injured his leg during an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands was rescued as mountain teams faced heavy blizzard conditions.

In dramatic footage posted by Cairngorm MRT, rescuers can be seen battling the elements to assist the man.

The climbers were able to self-rescue down to the floor of Coire an t-Sneachda where they were met by rescuers and stretchered back to the ski area.

The footage was captured on Saturday, with multiple reports of avalanches.

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In a Facebook post, Cairngorm MRT wrote: “MRT just back from a call out for an male with a lower leg injury sustained during an avalanche. The climbers were able to self rescue down to the coire floor, where they were met by team members and stretchered back to the Cairngorm ski area.

“There were multiple reports of avalanches in Coire an t-Sneachda this afternoon.

“Many thanks to Cairngorm Mountain for their assistance duringWe rely on public donations to fund the work that we do, if you would like to contribute, you can also go to our website – https://cmrt.org.uk

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 12.50pm on Saturday, December 4, we received a report of two people falling in an avalanche at Coire A S-Sneachda.

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“Officers and the Cairngorms Mountain Rescue Team were dispatched, and the man and woman were later traced at a nearby rescue post.”

“The man was stretchered off the hill and transported to Raigmore Hospital for treatment to a leg injury.”


Teenagers arrested after 21-year-old man stabbed in city centre

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon.

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Police say that the teenagers will appear in court at a later date, whilst the investigation continues.

Two teenagers have been arrested and charged by police after a 21-year-old was stabbed in Glasgow City Centre.

Officers responded to a report of a man being stabbed on Ingram Street at around 3.30pm on Saturday, December 4.

The man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and remains there with “serious injuries”.

Police say that the teenagers will appear in court at a later date, whilst the investigation continues.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called to a report of a man being stabbed on Ingram Street around 3.30pm on Saturday 4 December 2021.

“A 21-year-old man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he remains with serious injuries.

“Two 17-year-old males have been arrested and charged in connection with the incident, and will appear in court at a later date.

“The investigation is continuing.”


Growing concern for missing man after belongings found at loch

Lawrence Penswick was last seen on Babylon Road in Bellshill in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Lawrence Penswick was last seen in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police in North Lanarkshire are appealing for help to find a missing man whose belongings were recovered near Strathclyde Loch.

Officers are looking for 57-year-old Lawrence Penswick, who was last seen around 2.40am on Friday at Babylon Road in Bellshill.

It’s believed he has travelled to Strathclyde Country Park after some of his belongings were recovered near the south side of Strathclyde Loch.

Lawrence is described as a black male, 5ft 10 inches tall, of a medium build and with short black hair.

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He was last seen wearing a grey “bubble” style jacket and a dark-coloured baseball cap.

His family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and anyone with information is asked to call 101, citing reference number 2311 of 4 December.

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Former Scotland rugby captain Gary Callander dies aged 62

Callander made six international appearances and captained the side on five of those occasions.

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Gary Callander had been living with pancreatic cancer.

Former Scotland captain Gary Callander has died at the age 62.

Callander, who had been living with pancreatic cancer, made six international appearances, skippering the team on five of those occasions.

He also captained Kelso, whose president Scott Forbes, as they announced Callander’s death on Sunday, said his “contribution to the history of the club cannot be overstated”.

With Callander as skipper, Kelso claimed a first Border League title in 50 years in the 1985-86 season.

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He subsequently led the club to the Scottish First Division Championship in 1987-88.

Callander also won secured five Melrose Sevens winners’ medals with the club.

Forbes added in Kelso’s statement on their website: “He was a captain, leader and an outstanding rugby player. He will be sorely missed by his ‘rugby family’.

“Our thoughts are with Gary’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. May he rest in peace.”


Power firms warned of operations review after Storm Arwen outages

Energy Networks Association says more than 3000 homes across the UK were still waiting to be reconnected on Sunday.

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Storm Arwen brought down thousands of trees across the UK.

Energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has warned power firms that the UK Government will review their operations following continuing outages caused by Storm Arwen.

It comes as the Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 3190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected as of 2pm on Sunday. This was down from 4025 homes on Sunday morning.

The majority of the impacted homes were in the north-east of England, the ENA added.

Kwarteng visited the north-east of England on Sunday to survey the damage done by the storm.

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During a visit to a Northern Powergrid call centre in Penshaw near Sunderland, Kwarteng told the PA news agency: “I think we can make the system a lot more resilient.

“I had an experience on August 9, 2019, when a million people in the South East were commuting and they had a power outage.

“Immediately after that we had a review and we looked at the system and we held the transport and train companies’ feet to the fire and we have got a more resilient system.

“That’s exactly what I want to happen this time.

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“We will have a review, we will see if the distributor companies have enough infrastructure, we may even have enforcement action if necessary.”

Speaking at the call centre, Kwarteng said: “I don’t accept that (the power cuts would have been resolved quicker in the South).

“The physical infrastructure, lay out and landscape is very different.

“One of the particular reasons why we haven’t got people back on the power supply is the weather conditions and they are very challenging (with) people in sparsely populated, very rural areas, and that represents a challenge.”

It comes as Storm Barra is set to hit the UK on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and rain.

As a result, yellow wind weather warnings are in place across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with yellow snow warnings in place in Southern and Western Scotland.

On Saturday, gusts of between 35 to 50 miles per hour battered the country overnight, with temperatures plummeting to below zero in parts of Scotland.

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As well as weather warnings, the Met Office predicts further wet and windy weather heading into next week, with poor weather conditions continuing in areas already impacted by Storm Arwen.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said: “It will be a relatively nice day today, but overnight tonight it will be windy.

“Temperatures, with the wind and cloud cover, should stay up tonight.

“That should help things a little bit, but we are expecting some more changeable and unsettled weather.

“This unsettled weather isn’t going to help areas that have been impacted by Storm Arwen too much.”

The Ministry of Defence told PA that 297 personnel from the British Army and Royal Marines were still providing support to civil authorities and conducting door-to-door checks on vulnerable people on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, Boris Johnson said he had held calls with those leading the response to Storm Arwen and the Government was ready to further support the recovery work “in any way we can”.

The long delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it will take enforcement action against network companies who failed to restore power to customers quickly enough.

It has also agreed with firms to lift the £700 cap on compensation which could be offered to those stuck without power.

The change will allow those affected to claim £70 for each 12-hour period they have no electricity, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours of any cut.

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Man arrested over ‘driving offences’ following pensioner’s death

Police say a man was arrested and then released pending further enquiries after the death of Douglas Forbes.

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Police are investigating the death of Douglas Forbes.

A man has been arrested in relation to driving offences following the death of a pensioner in Edinburgh.

Police Scotland said a 69-year-old man was arrested ater Douglas Forbes, 78, was found fatally injured at Academy Park in the Leith area of the city at around 8.50pm on Thursday night.

The man under arrest has since been released and enquiries are ongoing.

Forbes was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday.

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Following the death of 78-year-old Douglas Forbes, at Academy Park in Edinburgh, on Thursday 2 December, we can confirm a 69-year old man has been arrested in relation to driving offences.

“He’s been released pending further enquiries and the investigation continues.”

Anyone with information can contact 101, quoting incident number 3329 of 2 December 2021.


Three people in hospital after multi-vehicle smash on the A9

The two men and a woman were taken to Raigmore Hospital.

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Police have appealed for information who may have information about the incident to contact them.

Two men and a woman were taken to hospital following a three-vehicle crash in the Highlands.

The collision took place on Friday, December 3, at around 6.36pm on the A9 at Cuach, north of Dalwhinnie.

A Black Vauxhall Zafira, a red Audi A3 and a silver Volkswagon Touran were the vehicles involved.

The two men and the woman were taken to Raigmore Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.

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None are believed to be life threatening. 

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have information about the incident to contact them.

Sergeant Neil MacDonald of Roads Policing Unit said: “Our enquiries into the cause of this crash are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time to please get in touch.

“In particular, we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the cars or who may have dash-cam footage that can help with our investigation.

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“If you can help, please contact us on 101, quoting reference 2819 of December 3.”


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