Scotland’s footballers and fans should look to China

Andrew McNeil’s name didn’t quite fit in, but that’s what made for such a great story. Just days after Oscar had gone there for £60 million, and Carlos Tevez for £71m, with a wage of £615,000 per week, the Greenock Morton goalkeeper was earlier this month announced as the next player headed for the Chinese Super League. Has there ever been a greater paradox in football?

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Bonnyrigg Rose celebrate their cup victory over Dumbarton which gave them the tie with Hibs. Picture: Robert Perry

Bonnyrigg Rose aiming to bloom at Hibs

It is the narrative for A Shot At Glory-style flick that actually wouldn’t curl your toes. On Saturday, Hibernian, Scottish Cup holders after waiting more than a century to boast that status, require to travel to Tynecastle, home of their bitterest rivals Hearts, to begin their defence of a trophy only claimed after oceans of blood, sweat and tears.

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Emilio Izaguirre is a wanted man. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Leeds want Celtic ace | Rossi quits Hearts | Warburton won’t splash cash

Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday keen on Izaguirre; Igor Rossi quits Hearts for Saudi Arabia and Warburton warns he won’t overspend to catch Celtic

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Igor Rossi is leaving Hearts. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Defender Igor Rossi quits Hearts for Saudi Arabia

Hearts defender Igor Rossi has left the club to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Faisaly Harmah.

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Faycal Rherras has been called up by Morocco

Hearts defender Faycal Rherras handed late AFCON call-up

Hearts defender Faycal Rherras faces a frantic dash out of Edinburgh after a late call-up to Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.

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Juanma was Hearts' top scorer last season. Picture: John Devlin

Hearts striker Juanma completes move to Japan

Juanma has become the latest player to be off-loaded by Hearts this month after completing his move to Japanese club V-Varen Nagasaki.

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Aberdeen's Niall McGinn is wanted by Hearts. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: McGinn won’t go to Hearts | Coach role for Toure | Rangers winger in demand

Aberdeen boss says he would be surprised if Niall McGinn moves to Hearts, Brendan Rodgers wants Kolo Toure to join the Celtic coaching staff and Rangers’ Michael O’Halloran looks to be on his way out of Ibrox.

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Callum Paterson, left, with Sam Nicholson, who was also injured, at Tynecastle last month.

Callum Paterson should stick with Hearts says Jimmy Sandison

Former Hearts defender Jimmy Sandison has urged Callum Paterson to sign a new contract at Tynecastle rather than “gamble” with his future.

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Ian Cathro took over after Robbie Neilson left for MK Dons. Picture: SNS

Why Hearts deserve a Grade C- for their season so far

Joel Sked breaks down the season thus far for every team in our series of Ladbrokes Premiership mid-term report cards.

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Staff sergeant Richy Anderson, left, joins Hearts' John Robertson and Jimmy Sandison, right, to 
promote the Army legends v  Hearts legends clash,  in aid of ABF, the soldiers' charity, on 5 March. Picture: Iain Georgeson

Robertson: Hughes can have ‘Jardine effect’ on Hearts youth

John Robertson believes Aaron Hughes can have the same steadying influence on Hearts’ youngsters as the late Sandy Jardine more than 30 years ago.

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Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes has signed for Hearts until the end of the season

Aaron Hughes and Lennard Sowah complete move to Hearts

Aaron Hughes hopes his move to Hearts will help prolong his Northern Ireland career.

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Hearts target Aaron Hughes is keen to return to the UK. Picture: Getty.

Ian Cathro targets Aaron Hughes as Alim Ozturk exits Hearts

Hearts have made contact with Northern Ireland international defender Aaron Hughes to offer a contract until the end of the season.

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Celtic could be about to splash 1 million pounds on Fenerbahce's Kaldirim. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

Rumour Mill: Celts to launch bid for Fenerbahce ace | Hearts eye-up Northern Ireland international | Gers in English Prem double swoop

Brendan Rodgers is keen to open up the Parkhead coffers to make a bid for Fenerbahce’s Kaldirim, while Hearts eye up securing veteran defender Aaron Hughes, and Rangers prepare a double swoop for two English Premiership stars.

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Scott Sinclair has been an excellent addition for Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

Marks out of 10 for every Scottish Premiership signing so far

Through a series of 12 seperate articles, Craig Fowler rated and reviewed every single singing made by Scottish Premiership clubs this season prior to the January transfer window.

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Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum has impressed Cameroon manager Hugo Broos. Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Hearts’ Arnaud Djoum aims to make impression in Africa Cup

The Africa Cup of Nations is often regarded as a mere distraction by some and an inconvenient disruption by others, but this year’s edition of the competition has more chance of making an impact on Scottish fans, as it will have a representative from the SPFL at the competition. Hearts midfielder and fans’ favourite Arnaud Djoum will be eager to make an impression following his call-up to the Cameroon squad that will face the host nation Gabon, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso in Group A of the competition.

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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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Hearts striker Juanma is wanted in Japan. Picture: SNS

Hearts set to offload striker as Juanma on way to Japan

Hearts are set to offload another unwanted player after Juanma agreed a move to Japan.

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Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue in Glasgow for signing talks. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Eboue in Glasgow for Celtic talks | Rangers linked with Daniels | Hearts striker to Japan

Kouassi Eboue has travelled to Glasgow to hold talks with Celtic over a potential £2.8million move to the Scottish champions, Rangers have been linked with Scunthorpe goalkeeper Luke Daniels, and Hearts striker Juanma could be set to exit the club on a permanent basis with a move to Japan.

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Tony Watt made a great start to life in Gorgie but was ultimately a disappointment. Picture: SNS

Hearts signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Joel Sked steps in for Craig Fowler to look back at Hearts’ business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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