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Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

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Rangers and Motherwell will battle it out for a place in the next round. Picture: SNS

Three Scottish Cup games picked for live TV coverage

Three William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round games have been moved for live TV coverage.

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Tom Rogic scores his winner in injury-time. Picture: SNS

Celtic show frailties but still find way to beat Motherwell

For those who consider the credibility of Scottish football would be better served by Celtic not enjoying a procession across their domestic duties this campaign, there was plenty in the goings-on at Fir Park on Saturday to encourage them.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates his side's 4-3 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers praises ‘exemplary’ staff after Mark McGhee spat

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers defended his “exemplary” backroom staff after critical remarks from Motherwell boss Mark McGhee following a dramatic 4-3 win at Fir Park.

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Motherwell's Louis Moult opens the scoring versus Celtic, ending Craig Gordon's run of eight consecutive clean sheets. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Five things we learned from Motherwell 3 - 4 Celtic

After a pulsating lunchtime match to get the weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixtures underway, we look at five things to take from Celtic’s dramatic victory at Fir Park.

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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko edits his own video clips in order to analyse his performances. Picture: SNS.

Celtic’s Erik Sviatchenko hailed for pursuit of perfection

A reputation for being meticulous precedes Brendan Rodgers. Since his arrival in Scotland as Celtic manager he has been able to delight in discovering a kindred spirit.

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The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup was held at Rugby Park last night to mark the 20th anniversary this season of Kilmarnocks triumph in the final at Hampden and current player Luke Hendrie, left, was joined by club legend Gary Holt, second from left, cup-winning captain Ray Montgomerie, second from right, and manager Lee Clark, right. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Holders given away clash in Scottish Cup fourth-round draw

Holders Hibs will begin their defence of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a fourth round away clash against either Dumbarton or Bonnyrigg Rose.

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Faycal Rherras, right, cleared three efforts off the goal-line for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

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Motherwell fans will be able to influence matters at the Fir Park club. Picture: SNS

Motherwell fans promised ‘unique’ influence in running of club

Motherwell fans will soon have a “unique” opportunity to influence policy at their club, according to director Douglas Dickie.

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Hearts Robbie Muirhead had his best game for the club against Motherwell on Saturday as the Gorgie men registered an impressive 3-0 win at Tynecastle. Picture: SNS

Hearts victory built on solid foundation

The three points were the most important thing and the three goals were welcomed, especially as, finally, a striker is making his mark on the scoresheet but it all stemmed from a determined defensive performance.

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Jamie Walker fires home Hearts third goal in yesterdays comfortable victory at Tynecastle. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Robbie Neilson: Rangers game is massive for Hearts

The demolition project is well under way in the area around Tynecastle as Hearts prepare the ground for the new stand. But inside the stadium there was rebuilding work to be done. After a testing few weeks, where three draws and a defeat had allowed Rangers to overhaul them, the natives were getting restless.

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Don Cowie admits that Hearts have been conceding 'sloppy' goals. Picture: SNS.

Strong team ethic key as Hearts face Motherwell says Don Cowie

Don Cowie knows a lot is being made of the fact that Hearts’ strikers are finding it difficult to get on the scoresheet but he says that while people have every right to criticise recent results, they should also acknowledge the positives.

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Celtic captain Scott Brown has rebounded from a frustrating 2015/16 season. Picture: SNS

22 Premiership stars who’ve exceeded expectations this season

Craig Fowler picks a select XI of Ladbrokes Premiership players who’ve performed above and beyond what as been expected of them - with back-ups thrown in as well

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Conor Hourihane, who was linked with Celtic among other clubs, has opened contract extension talks with Barnsley. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic target reveals contract talks | McCoist ‘wanted QPR job’ | Keane to Celtic?

Conor Hourihane, linked with Celtic, holds talks with Barnsley; ex-Rangers boss Ally McCoist was keen on QPR job and could Robbie Keane return to Celtic?

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Louis Moult, left, is congratulated by Craig Clay after his opener. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Motherwell 2 - 0 Partick Thistle: Mark McGhee pleased

It is a sign of the competitiveness of the Premiership (or, as critics would argue, its mediocrity) that Motherwell, who had lost four of their previous five matches, moved into the top six after keeping a clean sheet for only the second time this season.

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee. Picture: SNS

Mark McGhee blames ‘overzealous Dundee bouncer’ for SFA rap

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has blamed an overzealous Dundee “bouncer” for his Scottish Football Association disciplinary charge.

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Kieran Tierney has been pushed forward to create an unorthodox 3-5-2 system at Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

Biggest tactical trends in Scottish football this season

The final international break of the year has been endured, and now the league enters a busy period before the winter break. While the inquests and investigations are under way to solve the inextricable Rubik’s cube that is Scottish football, focus switches to the domestic game.

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Dundee's Marcus Haber, right, celebrates his clinching goal with Craig Wighton during the win over Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Paul Hartley hails Craig Wighton after win over Motherwell

Dundee manager Paul Hartley believes Craig Wighton is ready to fulfil his potential after being excited by his performance in their 2-0 victory over Motherwell.

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Dundees Marcus Haber, centre, celebrates his goal with Paul McGowan at Dens Park.  Picture: Kenny Smith/SNS

Dundee 2 - 0 Motherwell: Relief as home hoodoo ended

Having insisted beforehand they would have settled for any kind of victory, Dundee ultimately cared little that their elusive first home league win of the season was tinged with more than an element of controversy.

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Craig Wighton made his Dundee debut at 16. Picture: SNS

Dundee striker Craig Wighton learns to cope with expectation

Craig Wighton has learned to shut out outside pressures during his formative years as a Dundee player and feels that is precisely the way his team will get off the bottom of the league. The Dundee-born player has had to cope with major expectations since making his debut at the age of 16.

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