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Dunfermline 0 - 1 Ayr United: Dunfermline below par

Dunfermline had lost just once in their previous 18 Championship fixtures, but yesterday’s home defeat has potentially dragged them back into relegation trouble.

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Nathan Austin wheels away afte4r scoring Falkirks second goal. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ayr United 1 - 4 Falkirk: The Bairns are growing up fast

Falkirk closed the gap on Championship leaders Hibs to six points after Nathan Austin’s double helped stretch their unbeaten run to nine games.

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Moussa Dembele will be watched by no fewer than five clubs during tomorrow's Old Firm clash. Picture: SNS Group

Rumour Mill: 5 clubs to scout Dembele | Sumaila to Rangers? | Lennon hails ‘big-game’ Cummings

Chelsea and PSG among clubs set to watch Dembele in Old Firm clash; Pedro Caixinha eyes first Gers signing and Lennon hails Cummings but chides him for ‘stupid’ red card

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Ryan Stevenson has decided to call it a day. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ryan Stevenson hails ‘amazing’ Hearts fans as player retires

Former Hearts attacker Ryan Stevenson yesterday announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect.

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Marvin Bartley celebrates with John McGinn after the midfielder put Hibs into the lead. Picture: SNS.

John McGinn aims for both league and cup success with Hibs

Winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years was one thing, but Hibernian haven’t ruled out winning it for a second successive year.

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John McGinn celebrates his thumping goal. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hibernian 3 - 1 Ayr United: Scottish Cup holders Hibs ease their way into the semi finals

Goals from John McGinn, Jason Cummings and James Keatings steered Hibs into their fifth Scottish Cup semi-final in six seasons and kept the Easter Road outfit’s dream of winning the trophy for a second year in succession very much alive.

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Brian McLean could line up for Hibs  in a new defensive partnership with Efe Ambrose. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ Brian McLean recalls crowning moment in Brunei

Even if Hibernian do go on to retain the Scottish Cup, Brian McLean is acutely aware that it will be tough to top the remarkable scenes which greeted his historic league triumph in Singapore – with the Crown Prince of Brunei throwing the mother of all title 
parties.

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Raith stand-in keeper Ryan Stevenson. Picture: SNS

SPFL hit back at Raith Rovers over goalkeeping fiasco

The SPFL have insisted it was the fault of Raith Rovers, and not the league’s governing body, for the Kirkcaldy side taking to the field against Ayr United on Tuesday night without a recognised goalkeeper.

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Raith Rovers forward Ryan Stevenson takes a goal-kick as he was forced to take the No 1 jersey against Ayr last night. Picture: Ross MacDonald

Raith forced to play Stevenson as stand-in keeper at Ayr

Raith Rovers lost 1-0 at Ayr United last night after they had to play forward Ryan Stevenson in goal when the SPFL refused their plea to postpone the match.

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Falkirk fans at Falkirk Stadium for a home game against Dumbarton. Picture: TSPL

How many Scottish football grounds have you been to?

EACH of the 42 member clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League has their own home stadium. How many have you visited?

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John Sutton was on target against Ayr. Picture Michael Gillen

Ayr United 0 - 2 St Mirren: Saints get boost at bottom

John Sutton and Lewis Morgan got the goals that gave St Mirren a huge boost in their battle against relegation from the Championship to cut the deficit on second-bottom Ayr United to five points with a game in hand.

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Sam Stanton netted a double. Picture Michael Gillen.

Dumbarton 2 - 2 Ayr United: Ten-man Ayr steal a point

Ten-man Ayr launched an astonishing comeback to claim a point with two stoppage-time goals.

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Hibernian midfielder John McGinn gets the better of Ayr Uniteds Ross Docherty. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ John McGinn insists failure is ‘not going up’

Such is the “one-game-at-a time” mentality favoured at Hibernian this term, the disappointment of Saturday’s draw with Ayr United will already have been consigned to history. The popular mantra dictates that the next game – whoever that is against – is always the most important.

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Darren McGregor is proud of Hibs' defensive record. Picture: SNS.

‘A great January’ - but Hibs’ McGregor refuses to lose focus

While the frontline keep scoring tallies, the Hibernian defence has been more pre-
occupied with collecting clean sheets this term. The fact they have amassed 12 in the 22 Championship matches so far has given the Easter Road side the perfect foundation on which to build their title charge.

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Reece Oxford is the second youngster starter in English Premier League history. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Rangers to sign Reece Oxford | Gordon to Chelsea? | Celtic target too good for Scotland

Rangers are on the verge of signing Reece Oxford from West Ham, Chelsea have named Craig Gordon on a three-man goalkeeping shortlist, and Henry Onyekuru would be better off in the Bundesliga than Celtic.

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Ryan McGeevers header from a Jamie McKernon corner was booted off the line. Pic: SNS

Queen’s Park deserved a replay – and they got it

Queen’s Park deservedly forced a Hampden Park replay on Tuesday evening as they extended their rich run of form, which has brought only one defeat in the last 11 games.

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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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Dunfermline's Andy Geggan celebrates his goal. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Ayr United 0 - 2 Dunfermline: Pars stretch unbeaten run

Dunfermline stretched their unbeaten run to eight games and continued an astonishing record in which they have only lost once in their last 19 meetings with Ayr.

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Alan Forrest in action for Ayr Utd

Queen of the South 0 - 0 Ayr United: Two sides draw ugly

It was a clash between the two most out-of-form sides in the Championship, Queens having gone 12 games without a win since they were top of the table back in mid-September, and United not having tasted victory in their last eight. Indeed, United’s last success was against their Dumfries hosts the last time they met in October.

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Lawrence Shankland in action for St Mirren.

St Mirren 1 - 1 Ayr United: Bruising battle ends even

Little festive cheer in this one and certainly a lack of goodwill as these two relegation rivals battered, booted and bruised their way to a share of the points.

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