Rumour Mill: Lescott to sign for Rangers | Celtic face UEFA charge over flags | Striker admits Hibs interest

Joleon Lescott has decided to sign for Rangers despite interest from Sunderland; Celtic fans defy warnings to wave Palestinian flags and club could face UEFA sanctions and Brian Graham insists he’s focused on Ross County despite interest from Hibs

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Nathan Austin scored the third in East Fife's 3-0 win over Montrose. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

East Fife on brink of title after 3-0 win over Montrose

Gary Naysmith’s East Fife need a maximum of three points from their remaining three games to seal the League Two title after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Montrose at New Bayview.

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Ricky Little: Winning goal. Picture: SNS

League Two wrap: East Fife in profit despite draw

League 2 table-toppers East Fife were held 1-1 by Queen’s Park at Bayview but Gary Naysmith’s side actually increased their lead as closest rivals Clyde and Elgin City both lost.

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Elgin City manager Jim Weir saw his side go top of the league once more. Picture: SNS

League Two wrap: Elgin City return to the top

Elgin City returned to the top of League 2 thanks to a 2-0 success over ­bottom side East Stirlingshire at ­Borough Briggs.

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Chris Templeman: On target. Picture: SNS

League Two wrap: East Fife take over leadership

East Fife defeated Stirling Albion 1-0 at blustery Bayview to record a sixth win in a seven-game unbeaten run and reclaim top spot in the process. Forthbank goalkeeper
Chris Smith set the tone for an impressive display early on when he kept out an effort by Jamie Insalland it looked like he was going to deny the hosts with a string of impressive saves, but he was finally beaten 18 minutes from time. Substitute Kevin Smith sent East Fife to the summit when he nodded in a cross by Kyle Wilkie

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East Fife boss Gary Naysmith.

League Two wrap: Elgin rise above Annan

A combination of rain and Elgin’s ability to finally win away games ended Annan’s three-month stay at the top of League 2.

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Scott Linton fired in an unstoppable opener. Picture: Scott Louden

League Two wrap: Clyde move within point of summit

ANNAN Athletic’s grip at the League Two summit continues to loosen as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Clyde who now sit second, a point behind the leaders.

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Darren Lavery netted as Berwick leapt off the bottom of the table. Picture: Stuart Cobley

League Two wrap: Annan stay top despite defeat

Annan Athletic stay top of League Two despite slipping to a 1-0 loss at Stirling Albion, who climb into the top half as a result.

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Scott Ferguson. Picture: SNS

League Two wrap: Weatherson double keeps Annan clear

Annan Athletic remain two points clear with a game in hand after a 3-1 victory over East Stirling at Galabank.

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David Gormley was in top form for Clyde. Picture: SNS

League Two wrap: Berwick Rangers go bottom

League 2 leaders Annan were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors Arbroath with both managers­ unhappy at the end of the 90 minutes.

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Rory McAllister equalised for Peterhead. Picture: Lisa McPhillips

SPFL wrap: Peterhead held at home by Stranraer

Far travelled Stranraer may well be disappointed at leaving Peterhead with only one point after a fine performance was rewarded with only a 1-1 draw. However, after a third 530-mile midweek round trip looked likely they may quickly move on.

Jason Scotland was in cracking form in his first start for Stenhousemuir. Picture: Scott Louden

Five best Scottish lower league players this week

A returning, old Scottish football favourite, Hibernian’s top man from Sunday, and Scotland’s top goalscorer appear in this week’s top five.

Richie Wilkes, wearing the number four shirt, heads Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale's equaliser against Montrose. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Scottish Cup: Lothian get second bite at Montrose

HISTORY can sometimes be inauspicious in the making. And certainly as the squally autumnal showers swirled around the open expanses at the Saughton Enclosure in Edinburgh to see Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale of the East of Scotland League play their first ever Scottish Cup tie against senior opposition in the shape of Montrose, you’ve got to say the grand old competition has probably had its more romantic moments.

Derby day fans warned after flares and punches were thrown. Picture: Johnston Press

Police warn Arbroath and Montrose football fans

ANGUS football fans have been given a stern warning by police after a derby match descended into violence with flares being thrown and mass brawls in the streets.

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Scott Allan celebrates with team-mate Scott Martin after his goal, having come on as a substitute, had doubled Hibs' lead over Montrose. Picture: SNS

Hibernian 3 - 0 Montrose: Allan scores in cameo

HIBERNIAN are far from a one-man team but time and again it is one man in particular who seems to make the telling impact. They had managed to get the breakthrough against Montrose without the help of Scott Allan but it was only when he came on, in the 65th minute, that Hibs’ superior qualities really shone through and they guaranteed themselves a place in the next round of the League Cup.

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Hibernian's Jason Cummings put his side 3-0 in front. Picture: SNS

Hibernian 3-0 Montrose: Scott Allan sparks Hibs

THE Hibernian hierarchy have apparently been growing frustrated by the amount of media focus on their midfielder Scott Allan but they will, surely, have no qualms about the positive press generated by his appearance yesterday.

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Hibs: David Gray boosted by Alan Stubbs ambition

ALTHOUGH the focus has been on one Hibs player’s desire to escape his contract and leave the club, captain David Gray says the extended deal signed by Alan Stubbs this week is a major boost when it comes to retaining the services of many others in the squad.

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SPFL play-offs: A time for Churchill… and Marvin

I HOPE the boss doesn’t mind me telling you that we had another front page planned for our sports section yesterday. Part of it was going to feature Dick Campbell, manager of Forfar Athletic, throwing his hat into the ring for next season’s Championship. But it just goes to show that you never know in football – or, more crucially, the play-offs.

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Garry Wood, right, celebrates after scoring Montrose's third goal. Picture: Paul Reid

Montrose 3 Brora Rangers 1: Montrose seal survival

They stared at the abyss of an ignominious exit from the SPFL for long spells of this League 2 play-off with Highland League Champions Brora Rangers but it all came good for Montrose in the closing 15 minutes yesterday, with Garry Wood sealing their survival with a blistering 30-yard strike.


Rumour Mill: Bournemouth eye Charlie Mulgrew | Ciftci

BOURNEMOUTH linked with Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew; Nadir Cifti insists he is happy at Dundee United; Kevin McBride exits Dundee; plus more football news and gossip

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