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Liam Fontaine: Hibs will bounce back from United defeat

A solitary setback does not a slump make was the message Liam Fontaine sought to make plain at Hibernian’s training ground this week. It is fair to say he didn’t much fancy a line of enquiry that questioned whether the mentality of the Leith side would now come under scrutiny following last week’s home defeat by Dundee United.

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Ian Cathro will begin his career as next manager of Hearts. Picture: SNS

Five most intriguing storylines this Scottish football weekend

Here’s what to look out for this weekend in the SPFL.

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Hibernian's Ofir Marciano has a knee problem. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano ruled out until new year

Hibernian goalkeeper Ofir Marciano has been ruled out until the new year with a knee problem for which he will undergo a “tidy up” operation on Monday, revealed manager Neil Lennon yesterday as he admitted that “injuries are starting to mount” at the 
Easter Road side.

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French trialist Enzo Reale in action for Hibs U20 against Ross County. Picture: Neil Hanna Photography

French midfielder plays for Hibs development side as trialist

Hibs are running the rule over Frenchman Enzo Reale as they bid to replenish their depleted midfield.

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee at the end of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Fir Park. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Rumour Mill: Hearts want Austin MacPhee | Rodgers and McGhee row | Dembele Liverpool target

Hearts want Austin MacPhee as part of new management structure, Celtic and Motherwell bosses exchange war of words and Mark Warbuton hails his players for silencing Rangers’ critics.

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Andrew Shinnie goes close during Hibs' defeat by Dundee United. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Andrew Shinnie: Hibs won’t sulk over Dundee United defeat

Hibs midfielder Andrew Shinnie has vowed they won’t be found “sulking” in the wake of their Tannadice set-back.

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Ryan Stevenson scored a fine goal for Dumbarton. Picture: SNS

Queen of South 1 - 2 Dumbarton: Ryan Stevenson nets 30-yarder

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken believes his part-time squad aren’t getting the credit they deserve.

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Ayr keeper Greg Fleming saved two Kallum Higginbotham penalties. Pic: SNS

Dunfermline 1 - 1 Ayr: Fleming saves two penalties in 60 seconds

Dunfermline’s penalty curse resurfaced as Kallum Higginbotham contrived to miss two spot-kicks in the space of 60 seconds in a breathless 1-1 draw against Ayr United.

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St Mirrens Jack Baird, centre, was unsurprisingly sent off in this incident for punching Lee Miller. Pic: SNS

Falkirk 3 - 1 St Mirren: Buddies pack the wrong punch

When it’s December, and your team is winless in the league, and you’re finally playing well, with a 1-0 lead, it’s probably not a good idea to punch the opposition striker in the face in full view of the referee.

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Jota in action for Brentford. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Rangers eyes Jota and Diego Fabbrini moves | Levein in talks with Cathro

Rangers weighs up a January bid for Brentford-owned Eibar playmaker Jota and gets loan offer of Diego Fabbrini; Craig Levein begins contract talks with Ian Cathro; plus more news and gossip in Saturday’s Rumour Mill

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Dundee United's Tony Andreu rolls home the penalty to put the home side in front. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Dundee United 1 - 0 Hibs: Tony Andreu penalty seals win

Dundee United drew level with Hibernian at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 home win over the Easter Road side.

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Jermaine Pennant, in action for Wigan, has already trained with Hibs. Picture: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Hibs boss makes ambitious moves to solve midfield crisis

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon admits he is wasting no time in attempting to reinforce his squad amid a midfield injury crisis after revealing that he has made ambitious moves to sign former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant and ex-Everton stalwart Leon Osman.

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Fraser Fyvie's groin problem got worse following the game with Queen of the South. Picture: SNS

Fraser Fyvie joins John McGinn on Hibs injury list

Neil Lennon has revealed Hibs could be without key midfielders John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie for the Ladbrokes Championship clash against second-placed Dundee United next Friday.

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Conor Hourihane, who was linked with Celtic among other clubs, has opened contract extension talks with Barnsley. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic target reveals contract talks | McCoist ‘wanted QPR job’ | Keane to Celtic?

Conor Hourihane, linked with Celtic, holds talks with Barnsley; ex-Rangers boss Ally McCoist was keen on QPR job and could Robbie Keane return to Celtic?

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19/11/16 LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP 
  HIBERNIAN v QUEEN OF THE SOUTH  
  EASTER ROAD - EDINBURGH  
  Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie (right) in action

Neil Lennon hails ‘powerful, intense, hungry’ performance

Queen of the South must have skulked out of Leith grateful for small mercies. This was a match that illustrated why Hibernian are setting the pace at the top of the table and seem unlikely to be caught.

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Dunfermline's Nicky Clark holds off St Mirren's Jack Baird. Picture SNS

St Mirren 0 - 1 Dunfermline: Pars seize their chance

For the second home league game in succession St Mirren dominated a game they went on to lose against a relegation rival, with this latest reversal leaving the Paisley men rooted to the foot of the table.

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Kenny McLean's brace helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 victory over Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish football weekend

Another frustrating international week is now behind us which means it’s time to turn our attention back to the domestic game. Below, we look at five things we’ve learned from the Scottish Football weekend.

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Kevin Cuthbert made some key saves. Picture: SNS

Dumbarton 0 - 0 Raith Rovers: Kevin Cuthbert saves day

Raith Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert found himself overworked, but his bravery and agility saw the Kirkcaldy side earn a precious point in a contest which the Sons passed up countless chances to earn what would have been a 
well-deserved victory.

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Brian Graham celebrates scoring Hibs' opening goal versus Queen of the South. Picture: SNS

Hibernian 4 - 0 Queen of the South: Hibs go three points clear

Hibs produced arguably their most complete performance of the season so far as they romped to an easy win over Queen of the South.

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James Craigen celebrates his goal. Picture; Michael Gillen

Ayr United 0 - 1 Falkirk: James Craigen is Bairns’ hero

A James Craigen goal was enough to settle a keenly contested affair as Falkirk stayed in play-off contention and sent Ayr to a third consecutive defeat.

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