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Hibs would fill Easter Road for Stokes return – John McGinn

John McGinn believes Hibernian could edge towards capacity crowds if they succeed in welcoming Anthony Stokes back to Easter Road.

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Kyle Lafferty says Hearts must learn from defeat at Peterhead. Picture: SNS.

Hearts defeat at Peterhead was wake-up call says Kyle Lafferty

The embarrassing Betfred Cup defeat by Peterhead is a wake-up call for Hearts, says striker Kyle Lafferty.

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Sofien Moussa heads Dundees third goal against Cowdenbeath to complete his hat-trick. Picture: SNS.

Cowdenbeath 0 - 3 Dundee: Sofien Moussa turns in a masterclass

Dundee have a new hero and Sofien Moussa could not have timed his ascent any better ahead of Sunday’s city derby with rivals Dundee United.

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Hearts manager Ian Cathro. Picture: SNS

Ian Cathro relaxed about criticism after Hearts loss at Peterhead

Hearts boss Ian Cathro remains relaxed about the criticism he faces even after his side were beaten in the Betfred Cup at League Two side Peterhead.

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Simon Murray, right, celebrates with Martin Boyle after scoring the opener for Hibs. Picture: SNS

Hibs 6-1 Arbroath: Simon Murray hits Easter Road hat-trick

After Friday night’s minor setback in Dingwall, Hibernian manager Neil Lennon said he had been happy with the performance, despite the fact the goals had not come and it ultimately cost them in the penalty shootout. But discussing the overall display he had spoken of the gulf between the newly-promoted Leith side and their Highland counterparts.

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Peterhead striker Rory McAllister celebrates his late penalty winner. Picture: SNS

Peterhead 2-1 Hearts: Late penalty stuns Ian Cathro’s men

Rory McAllister’s penalty two minutes from time saw League 2 Peterhead inflict a humiliating defeat on Premiership Hearts and the top flight club can have no complaints about a setback that leaves them with work to do to progress from the group stage.

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Don Cowie has been excited by the quality of Hearts new recruits during the close-season. Picture: SNS.

Hearts squad speaking with one voice fills Cowie with optimism

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie knows that the quality of player within a squad is the overriding factor in dictating the success of any season.

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Gordon Dalziel dismisses rumours of various people being lined up to take the job of Airdrie head coach as 'pie in the sky'. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Gordon Dalziel admits Airdrie have no money to hire manager

Airdrie director of football Gordon Dalziel concedes the club do not have any money to land a head coach and new players, unless they are willing to work for free.

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Isma Goncalves is brought down by East Fifes Ben gordon to earn Hearts late penalty. Picture: SNS.

John Souttar picture perfect in remarkable Hearts comeback

Little more than two hours had passed following John Souttar’s comeback against East Fife and the Hearts defender, as they say, “took to social media”. Nothing noteworthy there. That is increasingly a commonplace and, for the most part, relatively bland part of post-match routine in the Internet age.

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Chris Cadden scores Motherwells second goal in an easy win against Morton. Picture: Getty.

Steve Robinson plays down hopes of instant Motherwell success

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson saw strong evidence of his new-look side coming together in this thumping of Morton, but he warned against expecting instant success.

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Dundee Uniteds William Edjenguele challenges Cameron Muirhead at Tannadice. Picture: Rob Casey..

Dundee United 4 - 1 Cowdenbeath

Ray McKinnon, the Dundee United manager, declared his side more than ready to face city rivals Dundee as he relishes his first taste of the unique fixture ahead of Sunday’s derby cup clash at Dens Park.

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Inverness CT's Matty Elsdon battles for the ball against Falkirk's Rory Loy. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Betfred Cup wrap: Falkirk impressive in defeat of Inverness CT

Falkirk moved top of Betfred Cup Group A and set down a marker for the league season thanks to a 2-0 victory at Inverness.

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Blair Spittal celebrates putting Partick Thistle 5-0 ahead against hapless St Mirren. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Five things we learned from Partick Thistle 5 - 0 St Mirren

Joel Sked gives his takes on Thistle’s thumping of Jack Ross’ St Mirren as the Jags put in a mesmerising performance, while the Buddies did not look anything like promotion hopefuls.

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Hamilton's Darian MacKinnon battkes with Queen of the South's John Rankin. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Hamilton 1 -1 Queen of the South: Accies secure bonus point

Hamilton took the Betfred Cup bonus point after a 6-5 penalty shoot-out win over Queen of the South at the SuperSeal stadium.

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Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan rifles in his side's opening goal in a dominant win. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Partick Thistle 5 - 0 St Mirren: Rampant Jags thump Buddies

A first-half blitz ensured Partick Thistle got their Betfred Cup campaign back on track with a 5-0 victory over St Mirren.

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Dundee's Sofien Moussa battles for the ball against Buckie Thistle's Lewis Mackinnon. Picture: SNS/Kenny Smith

Dundee 2 - 0 Buckie: Dee stumble to victory over part-timers

Dundee moved themselves joint top of Group C in the SPFL Betfred Cup thanks to goals in either half from Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Sofien Moussa to sink Highland League champions Buckie Thistle at Dens Park.

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Motherwell's Chris Cadden doubles the side's lead and his tally in the Betfred Cup. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner

Motherwell 4 - 0 Morton: Moult helps Well sweep to victory

Louis Moult hit his second spectacular free-kick of the season as Motherwell recorded an impressive 4-0 Betfred Cup win over 10-man Morton.

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Kris Boyd's double fired Kilmarnock to top of the group. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

Annan 0 - 2 Kilmarnock: Kris Boyd double sends Killie top

Kilmarnock climbed to the top of Betfred Cup Group E as Kris Boyd’s double earned them a routine victory at rain-lashed Galabank.

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Hearts' Kyle Lafferty wheels away after heading the home side in front. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Hearts 3-0 East Fife: Kyle Lafferty hits brace in routine win

Kyle Lafferty hit a brace to take his Hearts tally to three goals in two games as Hearts defeated an injury-ravaged East Fife in the Betfred Cup.

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Hearts young striker Rory Currie is fired up by the challenge of competing for a first-team place.  Picture: SNS.

Rory Currie seeks greater recognition at Hearts

Rory Currie’s contribution to the Hearts cause since he broke into the first team last season has seen him recognised as a kid with plenty of potential. Those expectations are something he can live with and he admits that being recognised when he is out and about is also now part of life.

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