The 4 biggest Championship player of the year snubs

The votes have been counted and the nominees announced: this year’s SPFA Scottish Championship Player of the Year award winner will be contested between Jason Cummings and John McGinn, both of Hibs, along with Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie and Morton midfielder Ross Forbes.

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Rumour Mill: Kyle Lafferty to Rangers | Miller to get new contract | Houston slams Dunfermline

Kyle Lafferty would “jump at the chance” to rejoin Rangers, Kenny Miller is set to receive a new contract, and Peter Houston has heavily criticised “unprofessional” Dunfermline.

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Nathan Austin, right, heads home Falkirks winner against Dunfermline. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Dunfermline 1- 2 Falkirk: Nathan Austin earns precious win

Meetings between these two sides rarely lack sound or fury, and we certainly got plenty of both in a dramatic second half at East End Park.

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Falkirk's Aaron Muirhead celebrates his penalty as Dunfermline players protest to the referee. Pic: SNS/Ross Parker

Dunfermline fume at penalty award for Hippolyte’s somersault dive

Dunfermline Athletic were left fuming after Falkirk were awarded a penalty following an elborate dive from Myles Hippolyte, which involved a somersault.

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Kenny Miller celebrates having opened the scoring for Rangers in last year's semi-final. Picture: John Devlin

Five of the best Scottish Cup semis from the last decade

Semi-finals are often cagey affairs with neither side willing to try anything outrageous in fear that it could cost them a place in the final. Though the Scottish Cup is no different, there have been plenty examples through the years of teams going all hail-mary in an attempt to reach the national final.

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Luke Leahy holds off the challenge of Josh Todd.  Photograph:Kenny Smith/SNS

Falkirk 2 - 2 St Mirren: Bairns’ title battle over

Bob McHugh scored with his first touch within seconds of appearing as a substitute to secure a draw for Falkirk as the title was officially placed out of their reach with Hibs’ victory at Easter Road.

Dundee United's Tony Andreu has been excellent all season. Picture: SNS

The 10 Scottish Championship player of the year hopefuls

Award season is firmly heating up with player and young player of the year nominations likely to be announced within the next couple of weeks.

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Dundee Uniteds Jamie Robson slides in on Falkirk striker Nathan Austin.  Picture Michael Gillen

Dundee United 1 - 1 Falkirk: Bairns battle back

Peter Houston, the Falkirk manager, refused to accept their dreary display before taking some consolation from the fact they remain in the ascendancy for that crucial second-top play-off spot. The Championship’s second-placed club were forced to battle back from 1-0 down at Tannadice as Luke Leahy’s late header cancelled out Simon Murray’s opener for the hosts.

Mark Kerr, left, was a superstar in the virtual world. Picture: Michael Gillen

11 Scottish journeymen who were Football Manager legends

Football Manager, which carried on the legacy from its predecessor and subsequent competitor Championship Manager, is a game that consumes lives. Whether it’s obsessing over how to arrest a slump in form, debating how to spend a transfer budget or masterminding a victory against the odds, the simulation is utterly addictive. We all have our own stories, and they all include players, the individuals who formed the crux of our carefully crafted teams.

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Inverness CT's Josh Meekings (right) handles Leigh Griffiths' headed effort in a 2015 Scottish Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

5 Scottish football decisions video refereeing would’ve changed

With technology aiding referee Felix Swayer to make the correct decision on two separate occasions in an international friendly between Spain and France last week, it has become clear that video assistance in football matches is transitioning from a discussion into a succinct reality.

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Lee Miller celebrates his goal against Raith Rovers. Picturee: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 1 - 0 Raith Rovers: Lee Miller gives Bairns hope

After their recent, dramatic last-gasp defeat by Hibs, Peter Houston conceded Falkirk had given themselves too much ground to make up in the title race. He remains unwilling to change his tune, despite this victory which, coupled with the Easter Road side again failing to win, left them a chink of light left to aim for at the summit.


Rumour Mill: Brown could face ban | Oxford want McGinn | Caixinha pleads with Gilmour | Novo gutted

Scott Brown could find himself banned for Scotland’s clash with England, Oxford United are looking to sign Niall McGinn, and Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has made a late plea for Billy Gilmour to stay at Ibrox.

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SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP. Celtic v Rangers. Celtic�"s  Scott Brown in action.

The 17 most improved players in Scottish football this season

Which players have shown tremendous improvement from last season to the current campaign, catching the eye and winning hearts of supporters across Scotland?

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James Keatings celebrates scoring his goal in added time to seal Hibs 2-1 victory over Falkirk. Picture: SNS.

James Keatings turns villain to hero for Hibs against Falkirk

James Keatings’ last two Hibernian performances have exhibited some of the traits of his team’s season. Underwhelming one minute, peerlessly brilliant the next, with costly lapses of concentration thrown into the mix.

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Hibernian's Efe Ambrose scores the opening goal against Falkirk. Picture: SNS

Hibs 2-1 Falkirk: James Keatings stunner puts Hibs ten clear

Substitute James Keatings came up with a stunning winner two mintes into added on time as Hibs dumped Falkirk to stretch their lead at the top of the Championship table to ten points.

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Andrew Shinnie of Hibs believes his brother Graeme's form for Aberdeen has been worthy of a Scotland call-up. Picture: Alan Rennie/SNS

Andrew Shinnie baffled by brother Graeme’s Scotland snub

Hibs midfielder Andrew 
Shinnie has admitted to being baffled as to why his younger brother Graeme continues to be overlooked by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.

Kudus Oyenuga celebrates scoring the winner for Morton. Picture Michael Gillen

Falkirk 0 - 1 Morton: Kudus Oyenuga hits birthday winner

It is hard to shake the feeling serendipity was smiling on Kudus Oyenuga as the Morton striker celebrated his 24th birthday by ending a four-month goal drought to secure a precious 1-0 win over Falkirk.

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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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Lewis Kidd broke the deadlock

Queen of the South 0 - 2 Falkirk: Bairns rise to second

Falkirk leaped up to second-top spot in the Championship and closed the gap on Hibernian to six points, albeit having played a game more.

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