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Dedication nose no bounds for Dundee United’s Lewis Toshney

Lewis Toshney has revealed how he put off surgery on his broken nose until after he’s hung up his boots – because he doesn’t want to miss a minute more of Dundee United’s revival.

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Rudi Skacel, left, gets involved in some arm wrestling with Jim Goodwin as Alloa topped the group. Photograph: Walter Neilson

Raith Rovers 0 - 1 Alloa Athletic: Rovers stung by Wasps

On a day notable for the revival of Rudi Skacel’s career in Scottish football, it was instead Greig Spence’s return to Stark’s Park that stole the show as Alloa Athletic completed a perfect Betfred Cup group phase.

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Josh Watt, left, had a shot saved, while Partick Thistles David Wilson headed inches wide as both sides created chances.  Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS Group

Partick Thistle 2 - 0 Queen’s Park: Jags take top spot

Thistle duly completed the group stages with a perfect record of four straight wins to leave manager Alan Archibald satisfied rather than ecstatic.

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Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran remained restrained after big win

Inverness Caley Thistle 7 - 0 Arbroath: Tougher tests ahead

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David Wotherspoon, left, celebrates his 90th-minute goal with team-mate Steven MacLean. Photograph: Graeme Hart

St Johnstone 4 - 0 Stirling Albion: Saints take Group B

There was no final day drama at McDiarmid Park as St Johnstone emerged as winners of Group B in the Betfred Cup with a perfunctory win over League 2 Stirling Albion.

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Louis Longridge scored the winner

Hamilton Academical 2 - 1 Livingston: Accies squeeze home

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t convincing, but Hamilton Accies made it through to the next round of the BetFred Cup after squeezing past a team from a division two levels below theirs.

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Scott MacDonald was on target for Motherwell

Stranraer 0 - 3 Motherwell: Belford heroics not enough

Motherwell secured the runners-up position behind Rangers in Group F courtesy of a 3-0 win over Stranraer at Stair Park.

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Emile Heskey in action for Bolton Wanderers. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Emile Heskey to Rangers? | Ambrose denies exit talk | Rangers warned off Preston striker

Emile Heskey linked with move to Rangers; Efe Ambrose denies suggestions he’s close to joining Olympiakos and Rangers told to forget about Preston striker Joe Garner;

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Returning to Edinburgh has brought back happy memories for former Hearts favourite Craig Beattie. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Craig Beattie excited to get going with Edinburgh City

Remembered in Edinburgh for one particular Scottish Cup goal and a celebration that will go down in Hearts folklore, Craig Beattie has returned to the capital and to a club where the home ground lends itself perfectly to the prospect of regular re-enactments of the jubilation that followed spot-kick success against Celtic.

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Hibs are hopeful of landing Israeli international goalkeeper Ofir Marciano on loan. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Ofir Marciano to Hibs? | Warburton laughs off van Persie link | UEFA throw out Griffiths ban bid

Hibs linked with Israeli international goalie; Warburton laughs off RVP rumours and UEFA dismiss Astana’s bid to get Leigh Griffiths banned

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Robin van Persie in action for Fenerbahce against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Dutch striker has been linked with a move to Rangers. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Robin van Persie to Rangers? | Celtic close to Bamford loan | Hearts may sell Paterson

Odds slashed on former Arsenal and Manchester United striker joining Rangers; Celtic set to beat Real Betis to loan signing of Patrick Bamford and Hearts may sell Callum Paterson if new deal talks don’t progress

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Hamilton's Alex D'Acol celebrates after scoring his side's second goal to make it 2-2 at Meadowbank. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh City 2-4 Hamilton: Premiership side survive scare

Hamilton Accies diced with calamity against Edinburgh City last night before fighting back from two goals down to stay on course for the second round of the Betfred Cup.

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Liam Henderson could be on his way back to Easter Road. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Hibs close in on Henderson | Novo seals Glentoran switch | Jordan Larsson rubbishes Rangers link

Hibernian closing in on Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson; Nacho Novo agrees one-year deal with Glentoran and Henrik Larsson’s son Jordan rubbishes talk linking him with Rangers

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Could Patrick Bamford, pictured here in action for Norwich, be on his way to Celtic? Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Bamford to Celtic? | Nacho Novo to Glentoran? | Hibs want Henderson | Olympiacos eye Ambrose

Celtic eye Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford; Hibs hopeful of landing Liam Henderson on a permanent deal; ex-Rangers striker Nacho Novo set to join Glentoran and Olympiacos reignite Ambrose interest

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Nat Wedderburns spell at Inverness last season did not go as well as he had hoped. Picture: SNS

Nat Wedderburn out to prove a point after ‘frustrating’ ICT spell

Dunfermline midfielder Nat Wedderburn has more than one reason to try to make a point against Inverness Caley Thistle this evening.

Cammy Kerr gained first-team experience at Peterhead. Picture: SNS

Cammy Kerr warns team-mates to beware of ‘horrible’ Balmoor

Dundee kid Cammy Kerr last night warned his team-mates to steel themselves for their trip to “horrible” Balmoor.

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David Amoo is a big fan of the new set-up. Picture: SNS

New League Cup format is great - David Amoo

Partick Thistle winger David Amoo is enjoying the competitive nature of Scottish football’s new-look pre-season.

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Joe Shaughnessy celebrates after putting St Johnstone 3-0 up. Picture: Michael Gillen

Football ‘would benefit from crackdown on penalty box pulling’

St Johnstone defender Joe Shaughnessy insists he would welcome a universal crackdown on pulling and pushing inside the penalty area after his side were awarded three spot-kicks in one half against BretFred League Cup opponents Falkirk.

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Mark Durnan, left, and Iain Vigurs battle for possession.  Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Inverness CT 1 - 1 Dundee United: Positive start by Foran’s men

It is far too early to judge either Richie Foran’s managerial potential or the new style of play he is seeking to layer upon the distinctive and sometimes frustrating legacy of the John Hughes era.

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Mortons Gary Oliver (No.7) is congratulated by his team-mates after netting the opener. Pic: SNS

Kilmarnock 0-2 Morton: Clark rages as Quitongo wins his bet

Morton kicked off at Rugby Park two points clear of their hosts (who had played one tie fewer) in Betfred Cup Group H and they wasted no time in putting more space between them.

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