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Five most intriguing storylines this Scottish football weekend

Here’s what to look out for this weekend in the SPFL.

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Tommy McKay receiving his award with Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon. Picture: SNS

Amputee Dundee United fan wins SPFL Goal of the Month award

Dundee United fan Tommy McKay has won the SPFL Goal of the Month competition for his perfectly executed lob at half-time during United’s match with Dunfermline.

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Dundee United's Tony Andreu rolls home the penalty to put the home side in front. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Dundee United 1 - 0 Hibs: Tony Andreu penalty seals win

Dundee United drew level with Hibernian at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 home win over the Easter Road side.

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Radoslaw Cierzniak had a rough night against Borussia Dortmund. Picture: Getty

Ex-Dundee United keeper concedes eight in record UCL result

Former Dundee United stopper Radoslaw Cierzniak endured a tough night in the Champions League as his Legia Warsaw side lost 8-4 to Borussia Dortmund.

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Conor Hourihane, who was linked with Celtic among other clubs, has opened contract extension talks with Barnsley. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic target reveals contract talks | McCoist ‘wanted QPR job’ | Keane to Celtic?

Conor Hourihane, linked with Celtic, holds talks with Barnsley; ex-Rangers boss Ally McCoist was keen on QPR job and could Robbie Keane return to Celtic?

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Kenny McLean's brace helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 victory over Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish football weekend

Another frustrating international week is now behind us which means it’s time to turn our attention back to the domestic game. Below, we look at five things we’ve learned from the Scottish Football weekend.

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Mortons Gavin Gunning challenges Uniteds Simon Murray.  Photograph: SNS

Morton 0 - 0 Dundee United: Jim Duffy pleased with efforts

It wasn’t particularly surprising that two teams who are seemingly unbeatable at the moment played out this scrappy stalemate. Although, on a day where league leaders Hibs won emphatically, neither of the two closest challengers to the Ladbrokes Championship crown were fully satisfied with a share of the spoils.

Dundee United have been in excellent form of late. Picture: SNS

Five reasons Dundee United have emerged as title challengers to Hibs

After two victories from their opening six games it looked as if Dundee United fans were in for a long wait for their club to rejoin the elite of Scottish football following last season’s ignominious relegation.

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Kris Boyd believes Scotland is paying the price for Rangers going into League Two. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Scotland ‘paying price’ for Rangers demotion | Cascarino derides Griffiths | Man United want Hamilton kid

Kris Boyd believes the Scottish national team is paying the price for Rangers’ relegation, Tony Cascarino has derided Leigh Griffiths as a “journeyman striker”, and Gordon Strachan is set for showdown talks with the FA.

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Dundee United's Mark Durnan, centre, scored the only goal of the match in his side's victory over Dunfermline. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Dunfermline 0 - 1 Dundee United: United progress to semi final

It’s only November but Dunfermline must already have had enough of playing Dundee United. This was the fourth meeting of the two this season – the second within five days – and the Tannadice men have won the lot. A Mark Durnan goal after just eight minutes was enough to settle this one and take United into the semi-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup in an encounter which underlined the starkly contrasting fortunes of the two sides at the moment.

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Dundee United's Tony Andreu lies on the turf after the tackle by Nat Wedderburn which saw the Dunfermline midfielder sent off. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Dunfermline: Murray goal beats ten-man Pars

Patient Simon Murray was the hero for Dundee United as his late winner moved them joint top of the Championship with title rivals Hibs.

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Ian Durrant has called on fans to stay behind Rangers manager Mark Warburton. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Rangers fans told to be patient | Hearts to offer Souttar new deal | Hibs plan for January

Rangers supporters have been told to show patience with manager Mark Warburton by a former Ibrox star, Hearts are set to offer defender John Souttar a new contract, and Hibs are already looking towards strengthening in the January window.

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This list was inspired by Stuart Armstrong. Picture: SNS

The 11 most eye-catching hairstyles in Scottish football

Craig Fowler’s article on Stuart Armstrong - where he mentioned the player’s “wondrous hair” amid his actual football abilities - got us discussing the most distinctive hairstyles in Scottish football right now. And this is who we came up with.

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Mark Durnan is buried under his celebrating team-mates after scoring the games only goal.  Picture: Garry Hutchison/SNS

Dundee United 1- 0 Falkirk: Mark Durnan breaks deadlock

Ray McKinnon, the Dundee United manager, saw his side secure victory through the most unlikely source as Mark Durnan’s late winner added further fuel to their push for promotion.

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David Goodwillie pictured during his time with Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

David Goodwillie’s “regret” over night which led to rape allegation

Former Scotland striker David Goodwillie told a court today he regretted leaving a flat where a woman who has accused him of rape was after she earlier had sex with him and a teammate.

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Josh Meekings' contract will expire at the end of this season. Picture: SNS

Five possible destinations for ICT defender Josh Meekings

Today brought with it the news that Inverness CT and defender Josh Meekings have postponed contract negotiations until the New Year.

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Celtic's Jozo Simunovic, right, is being looked at by a pair of English clubs. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Newcastle and Palace want Celtic star | Barton tweets about Old Firm derby | Rodgers to add in January

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, Joey Barton has tweeted his support for Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby, and the Celtic boss admits he’s already planning his January shopping list.

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William Edjenguele celebrates his goal. Picture: SNS

Dundee United 2 - 1 Dumbarton: Patient Terrors earn their reward

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon watched his side surge into joint second spot in the table, before thanking their own fans for exuding patience.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he has no problem with BT Sport. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Warburton denies BT Sport rift | Mönchengladbach poke fun at Glasgow pub | Old Firm quit plan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists he has no personal issue with BT Sport, Borussia Mönchengladbach win on the park and on social media, and Henrik Larsson’s agent reveals a 17-year-old plan for the Old Firm to quit Scottish football.

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Jackie McNamara has moved upstairs after an unsuccessful spell as manager. Picture: Getty

Jackie McNamara becomes York chief exec in bizarre twist

York have appointed former Celtic captain Jackie 
McNamara as their new chief executive just six days after his resignation as manager.

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