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Why referee Craig Thomson failed to award Rangers a penalty

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Craig Thomson’s failure to award Michael O’Halloran a penalty during the first half of Rangers’ Scottish Cup victory over Motherwell.

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Hearts debutant Lennard Sowah is challenged by Raith Rovers Ross Matthews and Chris Johnston. Picture: SNS.

John Souttar grateful for lessons from his new Hearts team-mates

Several Hearts players, including defender John Souttar, described Sunday’s draw with Raith Rovers as feeling like a defeat given the circumstances. It might therefore be worth the Tynecastle side treating tomorrow’s replay as a bonus match rather than an inconvenience.

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"We've won a corner... I think." The scene at Dingwall prior to kick-off on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Why not consider supporters in cases of extreme fog?

As Ross County started the attack that would end with them going 3-1 up against Dundee United at Dingwall, there were audible boos and chants of “what a waste of money” coming from the away end.

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Sir Rod Stewart (left), along with SFA President Alan McRae (centre) and Alan Stubbs during the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round draw. Picture: PA

Brendan Rodgers chuckles at showmanship of Sir Rod Stewart

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers declared Sunday’s William Scottish Cup draw one of the best ever after Sir Rod Stewart brought some rock ‘n roll showmanship to proceedings.

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Hearts head coach Ian Cathro watched his side draw with Raith Rovers on Sunday afternoon. Picture: SNS

Ian Cathro: Hearts have no choice but to win on Wednesday

Hearts boss Ian Cathro has told his team defeat is not an option when they take on Raith Rovers again on Wednesday night.

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Sir Rod Stewart cheers after pulling out Celtic for a home tie in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Picture: PA

Fans react to Sir Rod Stewart’s Scottish Cup draw antics

Scottish Cup holders Hibernian face a potential Edinburgh derby at Hearts in next month’s fifth round, but it was the exuberant antics of Sir Rod Stewart that proved the main talking point of yesterday afternoon’s draw.

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Could Bojan be heading to Celtic? Picture; Getty

Rumour Mill: Bojan to Celtic?| Kenny Miller resigning could ‘secure Champions League football’ for Rangers | Hayes ‘better than McKay and Forrest’

Celtic’s interest in Bojan has resurfaced with Celtic set to launch a bold move for the striker, Brendan Rodgers refuses to rule out second offer for Henry Onyekuru and Lee Wallace says Rangers must keep striker Kenny Miller.

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Rangers striker Kenny Miller heads home the first of his two goals against Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Lee Wallace says Kenny Miller is key to Rangers’ cup bid

If Kenny Miller has any spare time then he might want to consider offering his services to the UK in their talks to exit the European Union. Or maybe he could consider an advisory role in the White House during the Donald Trump presidency.

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Winger Chris Humphrey turns away after scoring Hibs third goal in the first 25 minutes of the match against Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Cup holders Hibs show intent by crushing minnows

Two things football fans of a certain vintage will find strange – Hibernian are beginning to really relish trips to Tynecastle and Scottish Cup days have become something for the Leith side to savour.

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Scott Sinclair celebrates after putting Celtic ahead against Albion Rovers.

Albion Rovers 0-3 Celtic: It’s three and easy for Celtic

Celtic eased their way back into action following their winter break and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup as they saw off the challenge of League One part-timers Albion Rovers with the minimum of fuss.

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Jamie Walker celebrates with team-mates after putting Hearts ahead at Stark's Park. Picture: SNS

Raith Rovers 1-1 Hearts: Late McManus strike pegs back Hearts

A Hearts side supplemented by four new signings suffered a pratfall on Pratt Street, speared at the death following a contribution from one their most revered former sons.

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Kenny Miller is keen to stay at Rangers. Picture: SNS/ Rob Casey

Rumour Mill: Celtic’s Onyekuru bid rejected | van der Vaart open to Old Firm move | Miller’s Gers future ‘out of his hands’

Celtic’s bid for Henry Onyekuru rebuffed, Kenny Miller urges the Ibrox board to offer him a new contract and former Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart says he is open to the idea of a move to Glasgow.

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Keeper Ross Stewart is clinging to belief that shock results happen

Albion Rovers take inspiration from past giant-killing feats

Albion Rovers might be considered a Ross County. Not because today they harbour a threat to Celtic’s Scottish Cup hopes, akin to the Highland club which has twice vanquished the Parkhead side in one-off occasions across the past seven years. Instead, it is because the League One side seem to have a veritable county of players called Ross.

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Gary Lockes Raith Rovers host Hearts at a sold-out Starks Park today.  Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Raith Rovers boss Gary Locke keen to break his Hearts

Gary Locke understands what it is like to be a young, untried manager tasked with protecting and delivering the hopes and dreams of half a city. So when the former Hearts boss lines up against Ian Cathro at Stark’s Park this afternoon, as his Raith Rovers side take on his boyhood heroes in the Scottish Cup fourth round, he will empathise with the man who stirred up such attention when he took on the Tynecastle role last month.

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New Hearts signing Lennard Sowah hopes to be capped by Ghana. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS Group

Ian Cathro’s Hearts new boys could get their chance at Raith

When Dundee United won the Scottish Cup in 2010, Ian Cathro wasn’t at Hampden. He can’t recall exactly where he was, but the guy who was head of the club’s youth academy at that time does know that whatever he was doing, it will have felt like the most important thing in the world.

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Mikael Lustig says Celtic will progress in Europe

Mikael Lustig predicts big things for Celtic

There is no doubt that a seemingly never-ending run of league titles – soon to be five – and playing in front of 50,000 crowds can be factored in to Mikael Lustig’s decision to accept a new two-year contract at Celtic.

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Alan Stubbs won the treble with Celtic in the 2000-01 season

Celtic treble won’t be easy warns Alan Stubbs

The last time Celtic won the treble Alan Stubbs played his part. That experience tells him it is no easy feat and the former Hibernian manager has warned that, while the current Celtic squad have already won the League Cup and are 19 points clear at the top of the Premiership, it should not be considered a foregone conclusion.

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Brendan Rodgers has warm words for Albion Rovers assistant and former Celt Billy Stark, who will face him today in the Scottish Cup. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS Group

Brendan Rodgers values voice of experience

It is always Brendan Rodgers’ way to find what unites him with other football people. There wouldn’t appear much common ground for the Celtic manager to identify with when he considers the set-up at third-tier part-timers Albion Rovers when his treble-chasers begin their bid for the Scottish Cup this afternoon.

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Kenny Miller soared through the air to plant a header past Craig Samson and spark a Rangers comeback. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Kenny Miller’s double for rangers leaves McGhee well fed-up

It is seven days short of 17 years since Kenny Miller played his first Scottish Cup tie. He scored then as a Hibernian player. Yesterday, the 37-year-old didn’t just score as a Rangers player, he performed a Herculean rescue mission when the Ibrox club’s Scottish Cup hopes looked utterly all at sea.

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Hibs' Jordon Forster, left, scores his side's eighth goal. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Plucky Bonnyrigg Rose have a thorny time of it against Hibs

Early in proceedings, the Hibernian fans were demanding seven goals. By the time Jason Cummings made it four, just after the interval, Bonnyrigg Rose might have settled for that.

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