Betfred Cup wrap: Falkirk impressive in defeat of Inverness CT

Falkirk moved top of Betfred Cup Group A and set down a marker for the league season thanks to a 2-0 victory at Inverness.

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St Mirren's Gregor Buchanan heads into the net. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Betfred Cup round-up: Falkirk and St Mirren record 4-1 wins

Falkirk and St Mirren put down an early marker ahead of the Ladbrokes Championship season with comfortable victories in the end. Elsewhere, League Two Peterhead beat League One East Fife and Cowdenbeath emerged victorious over Buckie Thistle in a game which featured six goals.

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Rangers Manager  Pedro Caixinha won't be leading his side out to face Crotone. Picture: Steve  Welsh/Getty Images

Rumour mill: Confusion over Rangers Serie A clash | Hearts eye goalkeeper | Dembele’s ability questioned

Rangers have been left baffled after Serie A side Crotone reveal friendly against Ibrox side, Hearts have set their sights on a new number one and a former Rangers player questioned Moussa Dembele’s ability.

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Mario Pasalic (right) is reportedly a target of Celtic. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Celtic chase Chelsea midfielder | Aberdeen to lose out on Maloney & May | Graham Dorrans undergoes medical

Celtic have joined the battle for Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic, Aberdeen are set to lose out on signing targets Shaun Maloney and Stevie May, and Graham Dorrans arrives in Glasgow to sign for Rangers.

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Jim Jefferies had two spells as Hearts manager nine-and-a-half years apart. Picture: Ian Rutherford

5 managers who made long-awaited returns to Scottish clubs

John Robertson has become manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle nearly 13 years after leaving the Highland club. In honour of Robbo’s decision to turn back the clock, we look at five other Scottish bosses who returned home following a significant period of time away.

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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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Jamie Walker netted into double figures for Hearts. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (50-41)

Part one in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Rumour Mill: Motherwell want Rangers ace in swap for Moult | Tierney rejected Arsenal | Hibs lead race to sign Murray

Motherwell want £500k and winger Michael O’Halloran from Rangers in exchange for striker Louis Moult, Kieran Tierney has revealed that a quick chat with Brendan Rodgers convinced him to reject Arsenal, and Hibs are favourites to sign Dundee United striker Simon Murray.

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Bob McHugh is among those departing Falkirk after yesterday's meeting with Peter Houston. Picture: Craig Halkett

Falkirk announce departure of seven players

Falkirk first team players Luke Leahy, Bob McHugh and Fraser Aird have left the club.

 Dundee United's Sean Dillon (R) in action with Falkirk's Craig Sibbald.

Dundee United’s semi win too tense for Sean Dillon to enjoy

Now in his testimonial season, Dillon has won the Scottish Cup, featured in the Europa League and battled against relegation during an eventful ten years with the Terrors.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon celebrates at full time. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Ray McKinnon says Dundee United finding form at right time

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon feels his team are hitting form and fitness at the right time after they booked their place in the Ladbrokes Premiership play-off finals.

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Dundee United's Paul Dixon puts his side ahead in the closing minutes of the Premiership semi-final play-off against Falkirk. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United (agg: 3-4): Terrors into final

This wasn’t quite the thrill of hosting and competing in a Uefa Cup final. But Dundee United fans will have woken on the morning of the 30th anniversary of such an occasion safe in the knowledge this current season remains alive with possibilities. This hasn’t quite been an epic 70-game campaign, as in 1986-87. But this was a fifth match in just 14 days for the visitors, who were somehow revitalised during a second half in which they scored twice to turn the Premiership play-off semi-final tie on its head. Playing towards their own fans, United threw everything at Falkirk in a pulsating game.

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Rumour Mill: Rangers target McLean | Rodgers and Griffiths kiss and make up | Doubt cast on United’s future

Kenny McLean is the latest Rangers target has Pedro Caixinha looks to improve his squad, Brendan Rodgers and Leigh Griffiths kissed and made up after argument and concerns grow over Dundee United’s finances.

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Dundee United stalwart John Clark now fits air conditioning for a living. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: When John Clark wished he was fisherman

After crossing the Atlantic in his father’s fishing boat at the age of only 15, John Clark 
clearly developed a taste for adventure. But nobody, not even he, could have imagined the tales in which he would star thereafter.

Dundee United midfielder Willo Flood, right, in action with Falkirk's Craig Sibbald in the first leg of the Premiership play-off semi-final. Picture: SNS

Willo Flood bids to defy sands of time in play-offs

Experience is an undeniable asset in a play-off scenario. But to be blessed with it means also having reached a certain age.

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Willo Flood looks on as Joe McKees free-kick beats Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell. Picture: SNS

Dundee United 2-2 Falkirk: Battling Bairns in the box seat

They’re blue, they’re white and they are now in the driving 
seat going into Friday night. Falkirk twice came back after trailing at Tannadice to bolster their hopes of contesting a second successive Premiership play-off final.

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Falkirks David McCracken, left, and Sean Dillon of Dundee United met at South Queensferry. Picture: SNS.

Sean Dillon buoyed by Dundee United’s form surge

Dundee United captain Sean Dillon hopes their morale-boosting victories over Morton will more than make up for the disadvantage of finishing behind play-off opponents Falkirk.

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A terracing fan when Falkirk were relegated in 2010, Craig Sibbald is now part of their promotion bid.  Photograph: Michael Gillen

Craig Sibbald eyes Falkirk’s Premiership return

Craig Sibbald witnessed Falkirk’s relegation from the top-flight as a loyal supporter seven years ago and, as a star player, has been right at the heart of the heartache that has since dogged the club.

Nathan Austin struck a crucial late winner to seal the runners-up spot. Picture: Michael Gillen

Dumbarton 0 - 1 Falkirk: Bairns powered to second place

A late goal from Nathan Austin sealed second place in the Championship for Falkirk and a hard-fought win in a nervous game against Dumbarton.

Stephen Dobbie scored twice for Queen of the South.  Picture: Michael Gillen.

Falkirk 2 - 2 Queen of the South: Peter Houston is unhappy

Peter Houston insisted Falkirk will not deserve to finish second if they defend as poorly again in their final league match of the season.

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