Rumour Mill: Legal challenges over Rangers ruling | Besiktas want Celtic defender | Caixinha hails ‘fantastic’ Rangers

Ralph Topping refused to rule out possibility that fans will launch legal challenges against the SPFL, Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas, and Pedro Caixinha hailed a “fantastic” Rangers performance after a 2-1 win over Watford.

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Hearts manager Ian Cathro. Picture: SNS

Ian Cathro relaxed about criticism after Hearts loss at Peterhead

Hearts boss Ian Cathro remains relaxed about the criticism he faces even after his side were beaten in the Betfred Cup at League Two side Peterhead.

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Rumour Mill: Hibs to sign Juventus midfielder | Ajer in line for Rosenborg start | Celtic won’t replace Izaguirre

Hibs are set to complete the capture of Juventus midfielder Vykintas Slivka on a three-year deal, Kristoffer Ajer could start for Celtic against Rosenborg, and Brendan Rodgers insists he won’t need to replace Emilio Izaguirre.

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Peterhead striker Rory McAllister celebrates his late penalty winner. Picture: SNS

Peterhead 2-1 Hearts: Late penalty stuns Ian Cathro’s men

Rory McAllister’s penalty two minutes from time saw League 2 Peterhead inflict a humiliating defeat on Premiership Hearts and the top flight club can have no complaints about a setback that leaves them with work to do to progress from the group stage.

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Don Cowie has been excited by the quality of Hearts new recruits during the close-season. Picture: SNS.

Hearts squad speaking with one voice fills Cowie with optimism

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie knows that the quality of player within a squad is the overriding factor in dictating the success of any season.

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Isma Goncalves is brought down by East Fifes Ben gordon to earn Hearts late penalty. Picture: SNS.

John Souttar picture perfect in remarkable Hearts comeback

Little more than two hours had passed following John Souttar’s comeback against East Fife and the Hearts defender, as they say, “took to social media”. Nothing noteworthy there. That is increasingly a commonplace and, for the most part, relatively bland part of post-match routine in the Internet age.

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Hearts' Kyle Lafferty wheels away after heading the home side in front. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Hearts 3-0 East Fife: Kyle Lafferty hits brace in routine win

Kyle Lafferty hit a brace to take his Hearts tally to three goals in two games as Hearts defeated an injury-ravaged East Fife in the Betfred Cup.

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Hearts young striker Rory Currie is fired up by the challenge of competing for a first-team place.  Picture: SNS.

Rory Currie seeks greater recognition at Hearts

Rory Currie’s contribution to the Hearts cause since he broke into the first team last season has seen him recognised as a kid with plenty of potential. Those expectations are something he can live with and he admits that being recognised when he is out and about is also now part of life.

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Rumour Mill: Kris Commons in Hibs return? | Ronny Deila the double agent | Bruno Alves doesn’t need captaincy

Kris Commons is in discussions with Hibs about a return to Easter Road, Ronny Deila could be set to provide information on the opposition to both Celtic and Rosenborg, and Rangers centre-back Bruno Alves says he doesn’t need the captain’s armband to become a leader.

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Ian Cathro wants all his players to have the hunger and ambition to progress in their careers. Picture: SNS.

Hearts’ Ian Cathro confident Arnaud Djoum still has role to play

Hearts manager Ian Cathro is confident that Arnaud Djoum is committed to the club but he says he has no problem with any of his players harbouring aspirations of playing in a bigger league one day.

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Hearts' Ashley Smith-Brown going off injured during the match against Elgin. Picture: SNS

Hearts boss Ian Cathro plays down Ashley Smith-Brown fitness fears

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro insists there is no major concern over Ashley Smith-Brown’s fitness after the left-back failed to finish another game.

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The first clash between Rangers and Celtic will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Picture: John Devlin

14 Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures moved for live TV coverage

Sky Sports and BT Sport have released their picks for live Ladbrokes Premiership matches from September through to the end of November.

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Hearts' new striker Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty: I let Hibs down but Hearts move right for me

Kyle Lafferty has conceded he did renege on an agreement with Hibs after being savaged by Easter Road manager Neil Lennon, but the striker remains unrepentant regarding his decision to join Hearts.

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Kyle Lafferty scores Hearts' winner in the 60th minute.

Elgin City 0-1 Hearts: Lafferty debut strike settles it

A debut goal from marquee summer signing Kyle Lafferty
ensured Hearts began their Betfred Cup campaign with a narrow but deserved victory away to spirited Elgin City.

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Rumour Mill: Hibs’ final offer to Anthony Stokes | Steven Caulker likely to join Celtic | Linfield use Rangers facilities

Hibs have given Anthony Stokes a take-it-or-leave-it offer, Steven Caulker is likely to join Celtic on a free transfer, and Rangers have given Linfield access to their training facilities.

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Hearts head coach Ian Cathro. Picture: SNS

Ian Cathro ‘bored’ by constant talk around Rangers target Jamie Walker

Ian Cathro insists Hearts remain in the dark over talk of an improved and final offer from Rangers for Jamie Walker and, instead, the head coach is hopeful the winger can earn the “rewards” he deserves by staying at Tynecastle.

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Esmael Goncalves memorably lifted the League Cup with St Mirren in 2013. Picture: SNS.

Jamie Walker ‘impossible to replace’ says Hearts’ Esmael Goncalves

His departure currently remains no more than conjecture, but Esmael Goncalves is in no doubt that Jamie Walker would be “irreplaceable” should he take his leave of Hearts.

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Jamie Walker scored in Friday's friendly defeat against Newcastle. Picture: SNS

Ian Cathro: It’s normal service for Rangers target Jamie Walker

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro insists it is business as usual for Jamie Walker amid reports of renewed interest from Rangers.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson. Picture: SNS

John Robertson laments ‘unacceptable’ 15-goal loss to 100 school kids

Manager John Robertson has embraced the funny side of football after giving a mock-interview in the aftermath of Caley Thistle’s 20-5 loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle Kids.

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Brendan Rodgers criticised the fans who threw missiles at the Celtic players. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Rodgers ‘feared for players’ | Gers set up Marseille clash | Arnason returns to Dons

Brendan Rodgers admits ‘worry’ over missiles; Rangers set up friendly with French giants and Kari Arnason returns to Pittodrie

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