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Ayr United

Neil Lennon delighted by Anthony Stokes-Simon Murray link-up

Neil Lennon praised the contribution of Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray as Hibernian warmed up in style for Saturday’s trip to Rangers with a 5-0 win over Ayr United in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup at Easter Road.

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Anthony Stokes pounces to make it 3-0 to Hibs. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Hibs 5-0 Ayr: Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray hit it off

Neil Lennon expressed hopes Simon Murray and Anthony Stokes could form a productive partnership. A goal each in the opening 45 minutes sent Hibs on their way to the quarter-finals and provided their manager with ample evidence of their compatibility.

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Simon Murray celebrates opening his Premiership goal account on Saturday. Picture: SNS.

Hibs’ Neil Lennon tips Simon Murray and Anthony Stokes to shine

It could be a dictionary definition of the phrase “hit the ground running”. Simon Murray’s penalty in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Partick Thistle took him to eight goals already in his nascent Hibs career.

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Rumour Mill: Freedman wants Hearts job | Lafferty swearing at Celtic fans? | Caixinha on Pena

Dougie Freedman considers himself the ideal candidate for the Hearts job, Jambos striker Kyle Lafferty appears to have been caught swearing at Celtic fans, and Pedro Caixinha says summer signing Carlos Pena needs to improve his fitness.

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The Dundee rivals will meet again in the next round of the Betfred Cup. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

Dundee derby in Betfred Cup draw while home ties for Old Firm

Dundee and Dundee United will meet again in the Betfred Cup after being drawn against each other in the second round competition.

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Brendan Rodgers criticised the fans who threw missiles at the Celtic players. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Rodgers ‘feared for players’ | Gers set up Marseille clash | Arnason returns to Dons

Brendan Rodgers admits ‘worry’ over missiles; Rangers set up friendly with French giants and Kari Arnason returns to Pittodrie

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Ayr's Andy Geggan celebrates at full time. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Ayr 1 - 0 Kilmarnock: Andy Geggan is the derby hero

Andy Geggan was the derby hero as Ayr United stretched their dominance at Somerset Park over their rivals to 24 years.

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The final game in Group C between Dundee and Dundee United will be screened live. Picture: SNS

Six Betfred Cup matches selected for live TV coverage

Six group matches in the Betfred Cup have been selected for live TV coverage after the opening-round fixtures were announced.

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Celtic won last season's Betfred League Cup. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Betfred Cup draw throws up derby clash

Dundee will face Dundee United in the stand-out fixture of the 2017 Betfred Cup group stage.

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Jonny Court celebrates his opening goal.  
Photograph: Walter Neilson.

Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Ayr Utd: Recovery in vain after red card

A red card for goalkeeper Pavol Penksa after barely a minute was surely not in the team-talk manager John Hughes said would be delivered by kitman Simon Pollock. Penksa, who was brought in to solve a goalkeeping emergency, caused a crisis all on his own, launching into Craig Moore and deserving an instant dismissal.

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Cowdenbeath manager Gary Locke will be looking to rescue the Blue Brazil from the relegation play-off place. Picture: SNS

The five biggest games in Scottish football this weekend

The most important matches in Scottish football this weekend as the final day of the regular season takes place in the lower leagues

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Darren McGregor has made it into the Team of the Year. Picture: Neil Hanna

Four Hibs players named in PFA Championship team of the year

Four Hibs players were today named in PFA Scotland’s Championship team of the year after helping guide the Easter Road club to the title.

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Hibs right-back David Gray slides in to tackle Ayr's Paul Cairney. Picture: SNS.

Hibs stay ahead in numbers game with defeat of Ayr United

As Ayr United slumped to their biggest home defeat of the season and Hibernian recorded their biggest away win, two players emerged at the end unaware of the significance of numbers.

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Hibernian's Jason Cummings celebrates his goal with David Gray. Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

Ian McCall calls on Ayr to use Hibs’ Scottish Cup win as inspiration

It was the end of the road for Hibernian who hope they won’t be back at grounds like this for quite some considerable time. For Ayr United, occupants of the perfectly charming Somerset Park, it looked awfully like the end of the Championship.

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Hibernian's Jason Cummings rises high to put his side in front at Ayr. Pic: SNS/Roddy Scott

Ayr United 0 - 4 Hibs: Champions leave Ayr on cusp of relegation

Hibs underlined the gulf between the top and bottom of the Championship table as they steamrollered sorry Ayr United at Somerset Park.

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Lewis Stevenson says Hibs are determined to rack up some more points before the season ends. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

No pressure for Hibs but Lewis Stevenson aware of stakes

There have been times in the past when Lewis Stevenson won awards and felt the need to apologise for it but the fact he was delighted to be named the Hibernian Players’ Player of the Year last weekend says everything about the way the club’s fortunes have turned in the last couple of years.

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Mortons Michael Tidser gets the better of Alan Forrest.  Photograph: Roddy Scott/SNS

Morton 1 - 1 Ayr United: Ton secure a play-off place

Results elsewhere meant that Morton secured a play-off place but, in extending their winless sequence to seven matches, they did little to suggest that they can negotiate a passage into the top tier.

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Cammy Bell foiled Ayr. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ayr United 0 - 0 Dundee United: Ray McKinnon’s men miss out

Dundee United missed the chance to leapfrog Falkirk into second place as their poor away form continued. Ray McKinnon’s men wasted good chances and were hanging on the ropes as Ayr threw everything into attack but were foiled by Cammy Bell.

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Stephen Dobbie (11) celebrates after he scores his side's second goal. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr United 0 - 2 Queen of the South: Dobbie double does it

A double from Stephen Dobbie swept Queens to a convincing win and sent Ayr to the bottom of the league, writes Robert McBride at Somerset Park.

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Stevie Mallan arrowed home a fifth-minute opener. Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

St Mirren 6- 2 Ayr United: Buddies rise to the occasion

Cancel the wreath and put those Greenock street parties on hold as reports of St Mirren’s imminent demise have been greatly exaggerated, and are more than a touch premature.

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