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Morton 2 - 2 Falkirk: Spoils shared in corking encounter

With so much on the line for these two as they enter the closing straight of the league campaign, this could have been a sterile affair, but not a bit of it. With four goals, end to end action, bone-jarring challenges and some genuine officiating controversy, this was a corking encounter even if the ultimate share of the points helped nobody other than the chasing pack.

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Martyn Waghornscores Rangers' winning goal. Picture: SNS.

Rangers 2 - 1 Morton: Miller and Waghorn seal comeback win

Rangers ended a tumultuous weekend on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Morton in their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash at Ibrox.

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Jim Duffy in his pomp, playing for Morton in season 1983/84, a year before being voted Scotlands player of the year. Picture: SNS

Ibrox return stirs painful memories for Morton’s Jim Duffy

After over 40 years in football, nearly 30 of them as a manager, little can surprise Jim Duffy. His take on the shock news involving Mark Waburton, the person he expected would welcome him to Ibrox this afternoon, can be summed up with this comment. “As with all managers, you have enough to worry about with your job without looking over to the other dugout to see how the other guy is doing.”

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Mark Warburton supervised training yesterday, but just a few hours later he was no longer the manager of Rangers. Picture: SNS.

Failure to adapt played part in Mark Warburton’s Rangers exit

A couple of months ago, Mark Warburton was speculating on what would represent a successful first season in the Premiership for his Ibrox team. I put it to him that if he finished second and 15 points behind Celtic, that would be alright, but second and 30 points could spell real trouble…

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Derek Lyle opened the scoring in the 71st minute.  Picture: SNS

Queen of the South 3- 0 Morton: Derek Lyle strikes first

Queen of the South produced a slick second-half display to end Morton’s unbeaten run and rekindle their own play-off hopes.

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Hibs eliminated Hearts from last season's Scottish Cup before going on to win the trophy. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Three Scottish Cup fifth round games moved for live TV

Three matches from the Scottish Cup fifth round have been moved for live TV coverage, including the much-anticipated Edinburgh derby clash between Hearts and Hibs at Tynecastle.

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Jamie Lindsay opened the scoring for Morton

Morton 2 - 0 Falkirk: Ton the dark horse nobody will want

Not a cup classic to reverberate down the ages, but with a place in the fifth round secured courtesy of an eventually comfortable win over their Championship rivals the feel good factor at Cappielow is stronger and stronger as Jim Duffy’s men continue to be the dark horse nobody can write off and who nobody will want paired with.

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Morton's Lawrence Shankland, centre, who is on loan from Aberdeen, celebrates his goal with his team-mates. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Morton 2 - 0 Raith: 16 in a row at home for Greenock side

Morton’s unlikely push for promotion to the Premiership shows no sign of letting up after they put luckless Raith Rovers to the sword.

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American midfielder Emerson Hyndman has joined Rangers on a six-month loan deal from AFC Bournemouth. Picture: Rangers FC

Rumour Mill: Hyndman joins Rangers on loan | Hearts sign defensive pair | Rangers eye Berahino

Rangers complete loan signing of ‘new Andrea Pirlo’; Hearts bolster defensive options and could Rangers make an audacious bid for Saido Berahino?

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Mortons Michael Tidser scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot.  Picture: Sammy Turner/SNS

Morton 2 - 1 Dumbarton: Ton end Sons’ good run

Morton strengthened their play-off hopes with this hard-fought win as Dumbarton’s mini-revival stuttered.

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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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Andy McNeil is relishing the prospect of starting his new role as the reserve goalkeeping coach for Guangzhou R&F. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Andy McNeil bound for Chinese Super League in shock move

Former Hibs goalkeeper Andy McNeil has been released by Championship side Morton so he can start a new role as the reserve goalkeeping coach for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.

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St Mirren's Gary MacKenzie, left,  celebrates scoring the opening goal. Picture: SNS

St Mirren 1 - 1 Morton: Gary Mackenzie on target

Ten-man Morton hit Saints with a late sucker punch to ensure an unlikely share of the spoils and that 2016 ended as rottenly for the Buddies as it had always been to leave them still in deep trouble at the foot of the table.

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Rumour Mill: Old Firm eye Liam Kelly | Larsson’s son on the move | Boyd responds to Hearts taunts

Celtic and Rangers are said to be interested in Reading youngster Liam Kelly, Jordan Larsson could be set to seal a move to the Netherlands, and Kris Boyd has laughed off boos from Hearts fans.

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Kris Commons on the ball at Cappielow where he played a full 90 minutes. Picture: SNS.

Kris Commons hopes spell at Hibs will kick-start Celtic career

Kris Commons’ whirlwind emergency loan from Celtic to Hibernian on Friday evening, threatened to overshadow events at Cappielow, as Hibs dropped a precious two points but kept their noses in front of Dundee United in the race to be the Christmas Championship No 1.

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Martin Boyle has dropped back to Hibs decimated midfield recently, but may now return to the frontline. Picture: SNS.

Neil Lennon plugs gaps as Hibs bid to protect to spot

The mounting number of players sidelined at Hibernian has left manager Neil Lennon with selection issues. One strategy has been to bring in Kris Commons on a loan deal in the hope of finding a short-term solution, but Martin Boyle believes that there are players already at the Easter Road club who will be desperate to prove that answers lie within.

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Allan Johnstone led his Dunfermline side to a 2-1 victory over Morton at East End Park. Picture: Michael Gillen

Dunfermline 2 - 1 Morton: Michael Moffat at the double

Michael Moffat was presented with two gifts as he celebrated his 100th appearance for Dunfermline with a match-winning double.

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Mortons Gavin Gunning challenges Uniteds Simon Murray.  Photograph: SNS

Morton 0 - 0 Dundee United: Jim Duffy pleased with efforts

It wasn’t particularly surprising that two teams who are seemingly unbeatable at the moment played out this scrappy stalemate. Although, on a day where league leaders Hibs won emphatically, neither of the two closest challengers to the Ladbrokes Championship crown were fully satisfied with a share of the spoils.

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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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Kudus Oyenuga in action for Morton

Dumbarton 0 - 2 Morton: Mark Russell and Kudus Oyenuga score

Morton stretched their unbeaten run to six games to step up their bid for a top four finish.

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