Rumour Mill: Barton set for crunch Ibox talks | Villa want Souttar | Rangers ‘can win title’

Joey Barton will return to Ibrox for disciplinary talks, Aston Villa are chasing Hearts defender John Souttar, and Josh Windass insists Rangers can still win the title.

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Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton is on hand to launch the 2016/17 Tesco Bank Football Challenge at his former school, Nethermains Primary in Denny. Picture: SNS Group

Jack Hamilton out to improve skills to become sweeper-keeper

Hearts No 1 Jack Hamilton admits he is determined to keep pace with the evolving role of a goalkeeper after recognising that distribution from defence has become an important feature of the modern game.

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he has no problem with BT Sport. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Warburton denies BT Sport rift | Mönchengladbach poke fun at Glasgow pub | Old Firm quit plan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists he has no personal issue with BT Sport, Borussia Mönchengladbach win on the park and on social media, and Henrik Larsson’s agent reveals a 17-year-old plan for the Old Firm to quit Scottish football.

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Hearts owner Anne Budge. Picture: Toby Williams

Ann Budge confident fans’ backing will see new stand built

Hearts owner Ann Budge says she is confident the supporters will play their role in helping deliver the new £12 million main stand.

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Bjorn Johnsen scores Hearts' second goal in their 2-0 win over Dundee. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Hearts 2 – 0 Dundee: Bjorn Johnsen urges Jambos to ‘relax’

A cool and laid back individual, Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen couldn’t understand why the Tynecastle faithful got so agitated. “They need to relax a little bit more,” he said after scoring his first goal for the club.

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Could Barton be set to finish his Rangers career already? Picture; John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic could have scored six | Campaign to move Old Firm fixture | Joey Barton set to exit Rangers?

Brendan Rodgers aims to secure European football beyond Christmas, campaign launched to move date of the Old Firm clash and the Joey Barton saga rolls on. All this and more in today’s Rumour Mill.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton refused to speak to BT Sport during their live coverage of their match versus Inverness on Friday. Picture: Joh Devlin

Five things from the Scottish football weekend

After another entertaining round of matches Craig Cairns selects five talking points from the Scottish football weekend, including Rangers’ media spats and the Edinburgh clubs’ problems in attack.

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Callum Paterson's towering header gave Hearts the lead in the second half. Picture: SNS

Hearts 2 - 0 Dundee: Bjorn Johnsen scores his first goal

It was beginning of the end for the old main stand at Tynecastle yesterday and given all the sights it has seen – from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the Terrible Trio to the Romanov era – we wondered where this match might be categorised.

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Alex Young, pictured at Goodison Park in the 1960s, is still revered by Everton fans.

Hearts and Everton hero Alex Young back in film limelight

What’s your name? Jane.

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Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke is relishing working at a club where he can focus purely on football. Picture: Steven Brown

Interview: Gary Locke on renewing his rivalry with Hibs

At the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre it’s the busiest day of the week. This is when Bodypump Express collides with Senior Flex and when Boogiefit and Insanity and Total Press-Ups 
compete for custom among the good, out-of-condition people of Glenrothes. Just then, a group of young men in red tops descends on the canteen for lunch. You might call their chosen activity Lenny Wind-Ups.

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Hearts' Jamie Walker was disappointed with the comments from Celtic's Scott Brown. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Jamie Walker of Hearts stung by Scott Brown ‘cheat’ claim

As a player, being publicly castigated by a peer is probably the biggest insult. But when you are the subject of a verbal grenade thrown by the man that is the Scotland national team captain, that reprimand is even more cutting.

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Sam Nicholson has been a key player for Hearts this term

Hearts star Sam Nicholson ruled out for three months

Hearts winger Sam Nicholson has been ruled out of action until next year following a knee operation.

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Celtic and Rangers could be about to join a new Atlantic League. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic and Rangers could quit SPFL | Warburton planning for January | Dembele going nowhere

Celtic and Rangers could quit the SPFL in favour of joining a newly formed Atlantic League, Mark Warburton is looking ahead to January and potential loan signings from England, and Brendan Rodgers insists Moussa Dembele is staying at Celtic Park.

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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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Hearts boss Robbie Neilson in front of the current main stand at Tynecastle. Picture: Neil Hanna

Robbie Neilson: New stand will take Tynecastle atmosphere to next level

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson admits he’ll miss the old main stand at Tynecastle, but believes the redevelopment will take the noted home atmosphere to a whole other level.

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Demolition work on Tynecastles existing main stand is due to start next month, with the �12 million redevelopment expected to be finished in late September 2017. Picture: SNS

Ann Budge nets £3m from benefactors as Hearts get go-ahead

Hearts owner Ann Budge has revealed she has secured £3 million funding for Tynecastle’s new main stand from benefactors.

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An artist's impression of the redeveloped Tynecastle. Pic: TSPL

Edinburgh council gives approval to Hearts’ new main stand

Hearts have been given the green light by City of Edinburgh Council to build their new £12 million main stand at Tynecastle.

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Peter Lawwell, among several prominent figures, are said to have invested in controversial film partnerships. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic figures linked to ‘tax dodge’ | Dembele scores again | Kitchen starts for USA | Lustig injury

Former Celtic players and managers linked to ‘tax dodge’ scheme, Perry Kitchen starts for USA in friendly over New Zealand, and Celtic sweat on the fitness of Mikael Lustig after right back sustains injury playing for Sweden.

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Hearts and Rangers will meet in the top flight for the first time since 2012. Picture: Jane Barlow

Hearts v Rangers among four Premiership fixtures rescheduled

Hearts’ rearranged league match with Rangers at Tynecastle will take place on Wednesday, November 30, and be shown live by BT Sport.

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Ann Budge has rejuvenated Hearts since taking control

Hearts owner Ann Budge nominated for CEO of the Year

Hearts owner Ann Budge has been nominated for CEO of the Year at the prestigious Football Business awards.

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