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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Goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw has the confidence of Paul Hanlon as he deputises for Ofir Marciano. Picture: SNS.

Paul Hanlon backs Ross Laidlaw to keep Hibs ahead of Spurs

Ofir Marciano has been the rock at the heart of Britain’s most miserly defence, but Paul Hanlon insists the Hibernian backline will not crumble without the influential Israeli.

Falkirk celebrate Lee Miller's late equaliser. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 1 - 1 Morton: Lee Miller strikes late for Bairns

Falkirk and Morton could not be separated after 90-odd minutes and this draw lent credence to the theory that the push for the play-offs will be just as intense come the end of the season.

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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Mark Stewart, wearing No 9, has the Falkirk defence on its knees after scoring Raiths second goal. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 2 - 4 Raith Rovers: Raith win to leapfrog Bairns

Falkirk manager Peter Houston lost his cool as his team imploded before his eyes in a 4-2 defeat to Raith Rovers.

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Myles Hippolyte celebrates his winning goal for Falkirk. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 2 - 1 Dunfermline: Feeling run high in feisty clash

The origins of this derby appear uncertain even to those who have revelled in it for years, but there was no question over the presence of the usual ‘qualities’ associated with such fixtures. Amidst a raucous atmosphere, each flashpoint was cheered and jeered in equal measure.

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Mark Warburton was advised to leave the press conference by Jim Traynor. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Bizarre Rangers press conference | PSG join Dembele chase | Tamudo on failed £10.5m Ibrox move

Mark Warburton is pulled out of a Rangers press conference by Jim Traynor after reporter asks Joey Barton questions, PSG join the chase to sign Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, and Raul Tamudo comments on his failed transfer to Rangers.

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Kolo Toure has been in top form since signing for Celtic. Picture: SNS

10 veteran signings who turned out to be excellent

Kolo Toure has been an inspired signing by Brendan Rodgers. He’s put in terrific performances in key European fixtures for Celtic, and looked more than comfortable in the Scottish top flight. In honour of the Ivorian centre back, we’ve put together a list of other 30-something signings who’ve proved age is only a number.

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Barry Ferguson admits regrets over the actions that cost him his Scotland career. Picture: Jonathan Faulds

Rumour Mill: Barry Ferguson on Scotland ‘disgrace’ | Celtic face fight over wonderkid | No sale of Dembele

Celtic face a fight to keep 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele with some of Europe’s top clubs monitoring his progress, Barry Ferguson opens up on his Scotland ‘disgrace’, and Celtic say there is no need to cash in on Moussa Dembele.

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James Maddison has made an instant impact at Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

10 loan signings who lit up Scottish football

Aberdeen’s season has been reborn by the excellent play of on loan Norwich City midfielder James Maddison. The playmaker has slotted right into the No.10 role and provided extra energy, dynamism and a goal threat from deep that Derek McInnes’ side were lacking until his arrival. In honour of the player, we’re looking at 10 previous loan signings who made similar impacts at Scottish clubs.

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St Mirrens on-loan  midfielder Tom Walsh scores the equaliser three minutes from time.  Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

St Mirren 1 - 1 Falkirk: Buddies lift cloud with late leveller

Late goal specialists Falkirk got a taste of their own medicine as managerless St Mirren showed the kind of resolve their opponents are usually renowned for, rescuing a point from this low-key affair in front of the BBC Alba cameras.

Alan Cousin.

Tribute: Alan Cousin, a Dundee legend

When, during a well-pitched eulogy, Ian Mowat made the reasonable observation that Alan Cousin’s feat of going an entire career without being booked was “probably unique” for the time, one member of the congregation probably itched to put his hand up.

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Lee Miller rubbed salt in the United wounds

Falkirk win points not plaudits

Falkirk claimed three fortunate points, but precious few plaudits as they edged out crestfallen Ayr to win a dog of a game the visitors will justifiably feel they merited a point from.

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