Championship

Championship

Rumour Mill: Celtic want Sturgeon | Tierney to Man Utd? | Rangers eye Paredes | £100m ‘won’t close Old Firm gap’

Celtic linked with Portuguese starlet; Mourinho keen on Tierney; Rangers linked with Watford right back and David Weir warns £100m ‘may not bridge gap’ between Rangers and Celtic

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Dundee Uniteds Simon Murray scores a late equaliser to make it 3-3 and salvage a point. Picture: SNS.

Simon Murray stays grounded to rescue Dundee United

They say pursuing promotion brings pressure. Simon Murray, the Dundee United striker, is one for thriving rather than wilting amid the so-called strain.

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Ross Laidlaw clutches a high ball as he keeps a clean sheet during Hibernians victory at Dumbarton. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ Ross Laidlaw wins battle with old pal Lewis Vaughan

Although Kris Commons’ winning goal and the intrigue over the player’s next move grabbed the headlines, this game really hinged on the performances of two men from Raith. Ross Laidlaw came out on top, but only just.

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Kris Commons applauds the Hibs' fans. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Kris Commons says he’s keen to stay and help Hibs win title

Kris Commons has given Hibernian another boost after shooting them into a six-point lead at the top of the Championship by admitting he’d love to stay with the club and help them win the title.

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St Mirren's Gary MacKenzie celebrates his equaliser. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Dunfermline 1 - 1 St Mirren: Gary MacKenzie saves Saints

Gary MacKenzie earned personal redemption and what could prove a crucial point for St Mirren in their bid for Championship survival as they came from behind to draw with Dunfermline.

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Morton's Lawrence Shankland, centre, who is on loan from Aberdeen, celebrates his goal with his team-mates. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Morton 2 - 0 Raith: 16 in a row at home for Greenock side

Morton’s unlikely push for promotion to the Premiership shows no sign of letting up after they put luckless Raith Rovers to the sword.

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Falkirk's Peter Grant, right, celebrates with Miles Hippolyte after scoring the equaliser. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Falkirk 1 - 1 Ayr: Bairns boss left frustrated

Asked by the assembled press pack to assess Falkirk’s 1-1 draw against obdurate Ayr United, the response of an exasperated Peter Houston was telling: “Do I have to?”

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Kris Common fires a shot at goal in the victory over Dumbarton. 
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Kris Commons the main man as Hibs escape from the Rock

Hibernian went from Friday night lights to Saturday afternoon shivers – a condition brought on by a cold, exposed ground and the trepidation of encountering a plucky little team who’d tripped them up in the past.

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Simon Murray celebrates drawing the scores level at 3-3 with a minute left.  Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Dundee United 3 - 3 Queen of the South: Tangerine dream hit

Coming back from two goals down with less than 15 minutes to go is not to be scoffed at but when the dust settled on this one there was no escaping that Dundee United’s pursuit of the Championship automatic promotion spot suffered another serious dent in this thoroughly unpredictable 90 minutes. Yes, it could have been worse, and yes they showed real guts for not giving up with defeat staring them in the face, but the fact is they now trail Hibs by six points. Mind the gap, as the saying goes.

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Jason Cummings congratulates Kris Commons on his opening goal for Hibs against Dumbarton

Dumbarton 0 - 1 Hibs: Kris Commons earns a hard-fought win

Kris Commons marked what could be his last game for Hibs with the only goal of the game as the Easter Road side battled for a win at Dumbarton which edged them six points clear of Dundee United at the top of the Championship table.

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Emilio Izaguirre is a wanted man. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Leeds want Celtic ace | Rossi quits Hearts | Warburton won’t splash cash

Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday keen on Izaguirre; Igor Rossi quits Hearts for Saudi Arabia and Warburton warns he won’t overspend to catch Celtic

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Kris Commons, centre, has started Hibs four previous games but his loan stint from Celtic expires after the trip to Dumbarton. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hibs can put down ‘massive marker’ by keeping Kris Commons

Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch insists extending Kris Commons’ stay at Easter Road until the end of the season would put a ‘massive marker down’ in the club’s pursuit of Ladbrokes Championship title glory.

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Christian Nade is relishing the prospect of crossing swords with Hibs again when they visit Dumbarton on Saturday. Picture: Neil Hanna

Christian Nade still loves to silence taunting Hibs fans

Christian Nade insists he will never tire of silencing the Hibs fans as the bustling Frenchman prepares to cross swords with his old foes once again.

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Neil Lennon is wary of the contrast between a packed Easter Road on Friday and the exposed and sparsely-attended stabium at Dumberton. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Neil Lennon: Dumbarton is trickiest venue in Championship

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon watched his team blow Dundee United away last Friday night after unleashing an attacking maelstrom which their Ladbrokes Championship title rivals failed to 
handle.

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Crowd trouble marred the aftermath of last year's William Hill Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Hibernian.  Picture: Robert Perry

League brings in new rules on fan misconduct

Scottish league chiefs hope to crack down on supporter misconduct after issuing a revised rule book.

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Four clubs are set to battle it out for Craig Sibbald's signature. Picture: Michael Gillen

Rumour Mill: Old Firm eye Falkirk ace | Barnsley & QPR keen on Cummings | Collymore’s Celtic dream

Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Nottingham Forest tracking Craig Sibbald; Championship sides monitoring Jason Cummings and Stan Collymore reveals he wanted to join Celtic in the 2000s

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American midfielder Emerson Hyndman has joined Rangers on a six-month loan deal from AFC Bournemouth. Picture: Rangers FC

Rumour Mill: Hyndman joins Rangers on loan | Hearts sign defensive pair | Rangers eye Berahino

Rangers complete loan signing of ‘new Andrea Pirlo’; Hearts bolster defensive options and could Rangers make an audacious bid for Saido Berahino?

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Jason Cummings says he has made a good wee connection with Hibs' recent signing Chris Humphrey. Picture: Neil Hanna.

Jason Cummings hails Hibs’ wingers as he sets goal target

Jason Cummings is rarely shy about coming forward. While other strikers might dismiss the very idea of setting targets, it is no surprise to hear him challenge himself to better last season’s total of 25 goals.

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Falkirk's Craig Sibbald celebrates his second goal of the match in the impressive win over Raith Rovers. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Danny Rogers happy to revel in wonder save for Falkirk

It remains to be seen whether his feelings change when the selfies, Instagram snaps and text messages starts flooding in from Dubai but, for 
the moment, Danny Rogers does not envy his Aberdeen colleagues one iota.

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St Mirren's John Sutton comes close with a header for the home side during Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Queen of the South. Picture: SNS

Future looks bleak for John Sutton and St Mirren

It would not have seemed 
possible four years ago, when Danny Lennon’s St Mirren side beat Celtic in the semi-finals of the League Cup and then went on to prevail against Hearts in the final, but the Buddies are staring down the barrel of 
relegation to Scottish football’s third tier.

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