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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Falkirk's Craig Sibbald celebrates his second goal of the match in the impressive win over Raith Rovers. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Danny Rogers happy to revel in wonder save for Falkirk

It remains to be seen whether his feelings change when the selfies, Instagram snaps and text messages starts flooding in from Dubai but, for 
the moment, Danny Rogers does not envy his Aberdeen colleagues one iota.

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Falkirks Craig Sibbald celebrates his second goal.  Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Raith Rovers 1 - 4 Falkirk: Craig Sibbald scores twice

This game might have had the look of being after the Lord Mayor’s show about it following Friday night’s Championship showdown between Hibs and Dundee United, but in reality it proved to be anything but humdrum. Falkirk consolidated their chances of making the play-off positions at the expense of a Raith side that imploded spectacularly after they had taken an early led.

West Ham United were said to be interested in the Celtic striker. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: No West Ham bid for Dembele | Rangers to wait on Toral deal | Hearts star to MK Dons

West Ham United have not made a £20million offer for Moussa Dembele, contrary to reports; transfer target Jon Toral tells Rangers they’ll have to wait for his signature, and Robbie Neilson is planning to raid his old club Hearts for attacker Robbie Muirhead.

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Dario Zanatta will be looking to kick on this year under new boss Ian Cathro. Picture: SNS

Five Scottish football youngsters to look out for in 2017

As the game grows richer in England, Scottish football is increasingly forced to find its own source of talent as it struggles to compete with big-spending clubs down south.

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Falkirks Tom Taiwo challenges Scott Martin of Hibs during Saturdays clash. Picture: SNS

Hibs’ Kris Commons keen on extending loan from Celtic

Should Kris Commons return to Celtic upon the expiry of his emergency month-long loan contract on 15 January, his secondment to Hibernian is likely to be remembered for his winning thunderbolt against Falkirk.

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Jason Cummings opened the scoring for Hibs. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS Group

Hibs will enjoy a happy New Year

Unlike many others, Hibs fans will always treasure 2016 and here, right at the very end of the year, they got one more moment to savour.

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Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson looks ahead to his side's match against Falkirk. Picture: SNS Group

Lewis Stevenson: Championship title might top Hibs Cup glory

It is difficult to fathom that anything will top Hibernian’s famous Scottish Cup victory in May following a tortuous 114-year wait. Defender Lewis Stevenson, however, admits a maiden Championship title win could do just that.

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Dunfermline's Rhys McCabe (left) scores from the spot to make it 1-1. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Dunfermline 1 – 1 Falkirk: Peter Houston fury over penalty

It is the season of goodwill but that did little to pacify Falkirk manager Peter Houston after he launched a scathing attack on referee Euan Anderson following the Boxing Day draw at Dunfermline.

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Scottish football: The 10 greatest moments of 2016

As it says on the tin - unsurprisingly, the men’s national team feature nowhere on this list.

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Syd Puddefoot, pictured training at Upton Park, struggled under the weight of expectation that his huge transfer fee brought. Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty

When Falkirk broke the world transfer record

‘Super’ Syd Puddefoot’s big-money move from West Ham pre-empted the blank-cheque transfer market beanfeast, discovers ED Ferguson

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Queen of the South's Derek Lyle, left, celebrates equalising for his side at the Falkirk Stadium. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 2 - 2 Queen of the South: Derek Lyle rescues a point

Falkirk and Queen of the South may have shared the spoils yesterday, but there was no doubt who was the more content manager following a pulsating contest.

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St Mirrens Jack Baird, centre, was unsurprisingly sent off in this incident for punching Lee Miller. Pic: SNS

Falkirk 3 - 1 St Mirren: Buddies pack the wrong punch

When it’s December, and your team is winless in the league, and you’re finally playing well, with a 1-0 lead, it’s probably not a good idea to punch the opposition striker in the face in full view of the referee.

Robbie Neilson prior to his final match as Hearts manager. Picture: SNS

Is the grass always greener? SPFL managers who left for England

Robbie Neilson has gone. Officially confirmed last night after three days of talk, the Hearts head coach has made the surprising decision to swap Tynecastle for Stadium MK.

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Dundee boss Paul Hartley is said to be among the leading candidates. Picture: SNS

Who are the leading candidates to become next Hearts boss?

Robbie Neilson, at the time of writing, is on his way down to Milton Keynes to discuss terms about a potential move to MK Dons.

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James Craigen celebrates his goal. Picture; Michael Gillen

Ayr United 0 - 1 Falkirk: James Craigen is Bairns’ hero

A James Craigen goal was enough to settle a keenly contested affair as Falkirk stayed in play-off contention and sent Ayr to a third consecutive defeat.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton, left, and Robbie Neilson of Hearts. Pictures: SNS

Scottish football mailbag: Who’ll go first, Warburton or Neilson? | Waghorn’s street encounter

Craig Fowler answers your questions on Scottish football, including whether the current Hearts or Rangers boss will exit first.

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Tom Taiwo is sent off for a tackle on John McGinn. Picture: Michael Gillen

John McGinn plays vital role for Hibs after Wembley return

Having been up half the night travelling back from Wembley Stadium in order to get himself ready and raring to go for his side’s meeting with Falkirk at Easter Road, John McGinn could have done with a quiet, incident-free 90 minutes at the heart of the Hibernian midfield.

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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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Peter Houston: Tom Taiwo red card was very very harsh

Peter Houston: Tom Taiwo red card was very very harsh

Familiarity breeds contempt. This was the 13th meeting between Hibs and Falkirk over the past two-and-a-bit seasons. Over that time, each side has managed what few can do in the lower leagues of Scottish football, and that’s keep the core of their respective teams together. Yesterday, the ongoing rivalry was there for all to see as they, almost literally at times, fought out a 1-1 draw at Easter Road.

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