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Ally Livingston

Sportswriter and student

Ally Livingston is studying a masters degree in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Due to Scottish roots he has always been a keen Celtic fan. His other sporting interests are cricket, rugby union and tennis.

Should We View the 'Quenelle' as Racist?

Even if Anelka's lawyers can prove that there was no anti-Semitism in the gesture, he is still open to receive some sort of punishment as Fifa's rules make clear that political statements should play no part in football...
30/12/2013 16:03 GMT

The Champions League in 2012 and 2013: Parallel Tournaments for Celtic

This time, last year, I was writing as my beloved Celtic, against all odds, triumphed into the last 16 of the Champions League. This year, the dream is already over by Matchday Five. Yet, my thoughts are not of sorrow but simply that this season's Champions League was not all that different to 2012's successes.
27/11/2013 16:02 GMT

Discrimination in British Football

Football is simple to learn, inexpensive to play, and loved across so many borders. As such, it can teach its fans (and its players) the values of mutual respect and tolerance. When your young heroes are so diverse, it is bound to stutter racism.
29/10/2013 21:53 GMT

A Jewish Perspective on the Y-Word Debate

The Y-word debate is once more encompassing the footballing community. To opponents of its usage, it is an abhorrent term that never should have found its way into match-day vocabulary. Contrastingly, advocates of the term contend that language is understood in context, not just one word. As such, chanting 'yid army' does not equate to condoning anti-Semitism.
25/09/2013 11:13 BST

An Israeli View of Celtic's New Signing

Celtic's signing of Nir Biton has sparked even more Israeli media interest in the bhoys. As a Celtic fan, temporarily residing in Jerusalem, this has been most welcome development, primarily due to the increasing number of games shown on Israeli television channel Sport Chamesh.
06/09/2013 11:30 BST

Fantastic Celtic, Feckless Refereeing but Fair Play to Juventus

I was hoping to begin this article with the words 'Forza Celtic', followed by a long piece about another fantastic European result. And for 70 minutes I held genuine hope of that being the case. Celtic - scintillating but trailing. 20 minutes later Juventus had all but finished of the tie.
14/02/2013 13:44 GMT

The Hoopla About Hooper

The stats are impressive but much of the transfer hype is based around a striker who is able to do a lot more than just score goals. He is excellent at holding the ball up, linking with other players and positioning himself during counter-attacks.
28/01/2013 14:06 GMT

Bhoys on a Tour

Celtic's season will now be considered a tremendous success, regardless of the trophy count in May. The youngest squad in the entire Champions League, has amassed ten points, and will be competing with Europe's elite in February.
07/12/2012 12:11 GMT

Once Upon a Time, in the East End of Glasgow...

It had been a night like no other. A game where the seemingly impossible was achieved. A game where all who witnessed it will be able to recount their own individual tale. A game where the fans produced a unique serenade of sound. To experience such an occasion was simply unforgettable.
08/11/2012 13:18 GMT

Scoring Before Half-Time

For every young boy or girl interested in the beautiful game, their family is key to their footballing education. Your team, your favourite players, and plethora of other footballing opinions, all are influenced by the viewpoints of you respected elders.
01/10/2012 17:32 BST

Challenges Ahead for the Scottish National Team

Scotland's failure to qualify for an international tournament in the last 14 years is not a national embarrassment. Nonetheless, the Scottish team, continually ridiculed, will find it difficulty to qualify for the World Cup. Euro qualification will become easier with the increased size of that tournament, but the World Cup may not be seen by the Tartan Army for many years.
06/09/2012 10:30 BST

A Re-evaluation of Celtic's European Away Record

Celtic have won 2 of their last 34 European away games. That statistic will be echoed across every British newspaper on the eve of their critical Champions League clash with Helsingborgs IF. Such a statistic, without proper context, is incredibly misleading.
19/08/2012 14:08 BST

Diamond, Plato and the Demise of Rangers

The LIBOR rigging scandal was the story of the last week, but this tale has some surprising parallels with the demise of Rangers. Of course the original crimes were very different, but both their supporters cited the 'greater good', as arguments for the continuation of the status quo.
13/07/2012 08:44 BST