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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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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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