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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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Ian Durrant has called on fans to stay behind Rangers manager Mark Warburton. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Rangers fans told to be patient | Hearts to offer Souttar new deal | Hibs plan for January

Rangers supporters have been told to show patience with manager Mark Warburton by a former Ibrox star, Hearts are set to offer defender John Souttar a new contract, and Hibs are already looking towards strengthening in the January window.

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Falkirk celebrate Lee Miller's late equaliser. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 1 - 1 Morton: Lee Miller strikes late for Bairns

Falkirk and Morton could not be separated after 90-odd minutes and this draw lent credence to the theory that the push for the play-offs will be just as intense come the end of the season.

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This list was inspired by Stuart Armstrong. Picture: SNS

The 11 most eye-catching hairstyles in Scottish football

Craig Fowler’s article on Stuart Armstrong - where he mentioned the player’s “wondrous hair” amid his actual football abilities - got us discussing the most distinctive hairstyles in Scottish football right now. And this is who we came up with.

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Jai Quitongo: Opportunity. Picture: SNS

Portugal threat had no part in Jai Quitongo selection

Scot Gemmill last night insisted he has called up Morton hitman Jai Quitongo on merit and not parental pressure after his father, Jose, warned he could be pinched by Portugal unless Scotland under-21s moved for him soon.

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Gary Oliver was on target

Morton 2 - 1 Ayr: Gary Oliver leaves it late to score winner

Casually referring to this encounter as game of two halves would scarcely do it justice as there were great goals, a litany of cautions, shocking challengesand a late, late comeback win for the home team

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Both ends of Hampden were empty for the Betfred Cup semi-final between Morton and Aberdeen. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Hampden too big for semis, too small for finals

In the car park in front of Hampden, Aberdeen dads stretched their legs after the long drive south and opened up the tailgates for wide-eyed kids to retrieve their scarves and flags. It would be difficult to persuade them that anything other than an exciting day lay ahead.

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Adam Rooney, centre, celebrates having given Aberdeen the lead over Morton. Picture: SNS.

Aberdeen intent on showing they belong in Betfred Cup final

“This is where we belong.” That was the overriding, unifying message from the victorious Aberdeen dressing room after the club made its way back to the League Cup final for the second time in four seasons, simultaneously casting 16 years of Hampden heartache into the past.

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Derek McInnes wants to build something special at Aberdeen. Picture: Getty

Derek McInnes wants to ‘create an era’ at Aberdeen

A delighted Derek McInnes challenged his Aberdeen players to “create an era” and, following their victory over Morton, go on and win the Betfred Cup.

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Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes takes on Michael Doyle of Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final at Hampden.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Five things we learned from Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Craig Cairns and Craig Fowler give their take on the first of the Betfred Cup semi-finals.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, celebrates his side's victory over Morton at Hampden Park.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Aberdeen reach their first Hampden final in 16 years

What is it with Aberdeen and Hampden Park? They took the League Cup back to Pittodrie in 2014 but with the National Stadium under construction, their convincing victory in the semi-final over St Johnstone came at Tynecastle while their penalty shootout win versus Inverness took place at Celtic Park. Before today, Aberdeen had failed to secure a positive result at Hampden since their Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibernian in 2000.

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Aberdeen's Adam Rooney celebrates after opening the scoring versus Mortom at Hampden Park. Picture: SNS/Alan harvey

Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen: Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean on target

Aberdeen are through to their 14th League Cup final – but they had to battle all the way against a plucky Morton side at a two-thirds-empty Hampden.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Jack has recovered from a knee injury and is in line to face Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack desperate to end Aberdeen’s Hampden hoodoo

Ryan Jack returns to action in today’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Morton at a 
venue where the Aberdeen captain has suffered more pain than the knee surgery that kept him sidelined these past two months.

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Jim Duffy is in confident mood after his team beat Queen of the South 5-0 last weekend. Picture: Michael Gillen

Defensive dilemma for Duffy

Morton manager Jim Duffy has admitted that he will have to take a risk with his team selection against Aberdeen in their Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden today by playing at least one defender who is not fully fit.

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Jai Quitongo: Homesick. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes hopes Jai Quitongo won’t come back to haunt him

Derek McInnes was disappointed Jai Quitongo could not make himself at home at Aberdeen.

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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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Built on the Clyde: Derek McInnes, right, playing for Morton against St Johnstone in 1988, aged 17. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes says he was made in Morton

Derek McInnes experienced European football with Rangers, captained West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership and was capped twice for Scotland during two decades as a professional footballer but it’s the eight and a half years spent at Morton that has had the most profound impact on his career.

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Morton's Ross Forbes was on target in Dumfries. Picture: SNS

Queen of South 0 - 5 Morton: League leaders left stunned

Morton sent out a powerful warning message to Aberdeen that they may not get things their own way at Hampden next Saturday when the sides meet in their Betfred Cup semi-final by thrashing Championship leaders Queen of the South 5-0 at Palmerston.

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