Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis credits McInnes with his rejuvenation

Goalkeeper Joe Lewis always believed he could shine if given the chance – but he admits the faith of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been a big factor in his impressive form for the Dons.

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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Clint Hill is out of contract at the end of the season. Picture: SNS

Most interesting expiring contracts in the Scottish Premiership

There are 105 Scottish Premiership players currently sitting on expiring contracts. Some are sure to stay, others will definitely go, but which ones fall somewhere in the middle? Here, Craig Fowler picks the single most interesting expiring contract from each of the top flight clubs, while also looking at a few others with their futures up in the air.

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Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett celebrates his opener as Derek McInnes' side claimed an emphatic win over Kilmarnock. Picture: SNS Group

Aberdeen 5 - 1 Kilmarnock: McInnes’ men move into third place

Forget Christmas, Derek McInnes must wish it was 
Kilmarnock every day as Aberdeen have now won all 12 matches against the Ayrshire side since he replaced Craig Brown as manager in March 2013.

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Josh Windass is wanted by Derby and Newcastle. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: English sides want Windass | Guardiola coy on Dembele link | MacPhee picks Hearts over SFA

Two English clubs are chasing Rangers midfielder Josh Windass, Pep Guardiola refused to rule out a move for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, and Austin MacPhee picks Hearts over the SFA.

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Graeme Shinnie, right, hopes to be on target tonight as he bids to add more goals to his game. Picture: SNS.

Derek McInnes targets three Aberdeen wins in a week

Derek McInnes is confident that by around 9:30pm next Tuesday night his Aberdeen team will have proved the level of criticism aimed at them lately will have been shown to have been excessive.

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Brendan Rodgers made a tactical change which helped Celtic defeat Motherwell on Saturday. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

Andy Halliday celebrates at full-time after the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. Picture: SNS.

Resilient Rangers get their reward but consistency key

Jostling for position in the chasing pack may be uncomfortable for Rangers but as they slowly come to terms with the challenges posed by their first season back in the top flight, it is a reality they simply have to grasp.

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Mark Warburton was heartened by the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. Pic: SNS

Mark Warburton: My Rangers players answered their critics

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes his players delivered the perfect riposte to their critics with the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox which lifted them back into second place in the Premiership table.

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Rangers' Lee Hodson celebrates scoring Rangers' second goal of the match. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Rangers 2 - 1 Aberdeen: Rangers move back into second place

Rangers deservedly claimed the most significant victory yet of their return to top flight football to ease the scrutiny on manager Mark Warburton and deepen the woes of his Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes.

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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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Dejection for Jonny Hayes after Aberdeen's Betfred Cup final defeat by Celtic last weekend. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen hunt rare league win at Ibrox to heal Hampden pain

Jonny Hayes has spent a futile week wondering how it all went so spectacularly wrong for Aberdeen in last weekend’s Betfred Cup final but the winger is still as baffled as 
everyone else regarding the reasons for that lacklustre performance.

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Craig Levein is expected to take temporary charge of Hearts for this weekend's match with Ross County. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Levein or Daly for interim Hearts role | Neilson agrees to MK Dons switch | Rangers’ Uefa license

There are conflicting reports over who will take charge of Hearts’ weekend fixture with Ross County as Robbie Neilson moves closer to sealing his MK Dons move, Celtic are looking to sign Canadian international striker Cyle Larin, and Rangers will need special dispensation from Uefa to play in European football next term.

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Robbie Neilson is unlikely to reject MK Dons for Rotherham. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rumour Mill: Rotherham unlikely to hijack Neilson deal | threats towards Scottish footballers | ex-Rangers star slams Warburton

Rotherham are unlikely to hijack the deal for Robbie Neilson, contrary to reports; Scottish footballers are threatened three times as much on matchdays as the world average, and Mark Warburton has been criticised by a former Rangers star over his summer transfer policy.

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From left,  Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic, Scott Brown and Kolo Toure celebrate after Celtic's Betfred Cup final victory on Sunday

Erik Sviatchenko: ‘Clean-sheet run is a source of pride’

When their treble-winning teams of the past are recalled fondly by Celtic supporters, it is inevitably the goalscorers and flair players who dominate their thoughts.

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Faycal Rherras, right, cleared three efforts off the goal-line for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

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Dejection for Aberdeen's Ash Taylor as his side lose the League Cup final to Celtic. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen look to bounce back against Rangers

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor believes Saturday’s trip to Ibrox offers the perfect chance to bounce back from their Betfred Cup final disappointment.

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Tom Rogic, right, excelled for Celtic as the Parkhead side lifted the League Cup. Picture: John Devlin

Undermanned Celtic make frighteningly easy work of Aberdeen

Following a defeat by Celtic, former Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl once mused that “the operation was a success but the patient died” with regards to his team’s tactics.

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Ally McCoist did not vote on Resolution 11 at the Rangers agm. Picture: Robert Perry

Rumour Mill: McCoist didn’t vote on bid to weaken Ashley | Gent want Celtic stopper | Hearts eye trio

Ally McCoist failed to vote on key resolution at Rangers agm, Scott Brown eyes winning run and Rangers’ super-sub Joe Dodoo is tipped to kick on ...

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Scott Brown celebrates with the Betfred Cup trophy. Picture: SNS

Celtic captain: I believe we can win every single game

Scott Brown didn’t want to speak about the treble, after a triumph which thrilled him every bit as much as his first with Celtic, but he admitted a clean sweep of domestic 
honours would be “lovely”.

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