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Five things we learned from Hibs 3 - 1 Hearts

Craig Fowler gives his take on Hibs’ 3-1 victory over Hearts as the Easter Road side reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals

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Hibernian's players celebrate at full time. Picture: SNS

Hibs 3 - 1 Hearts: How the players on each side rated

Ratings out of ten for each player as Hibs dominate Hearts to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

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Hamilton and Partick Thistle are among the seven clubs in danger of relegation. Picture: SNS

SPFL Premiership relegation dogfight is where real drama is

With Celtic having all but wrapped up the title, and Aberdeen pulling away from Rangers, the bottom six may be the last bastion of competition in this season’s Scottish top flight, as Rory West writes

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Ian Cathro and Neil Lennon, right, will see their sides battle it out again at Easter Road tonight. Picture: SNS

Hibs v Hearts: Who needs a win more - Neil Lennon or Ian Cathro?

Only one team can win the Edinburgh derby Scottish Cup replay - but which manager needs it more?

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Hibernian's Lewis Stevenson gets the cross in under pressure from Hearts' Don Cowie (left) during the 0-0 draw at Tynecastle. Picture: SNS

Hibs v Hearts: The likely Edinburgh derby starting XIs

How each team is likely to line-up for the start of tonight’s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay between Hibs and Hearts.

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Hibs manager Neil Lennon is held back by assistant Garry Parker during the draw with Raith Rovers. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Kevin Thomson: Neil Lennon knew what he was doing with rant

We had just been bundled out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round stage against FBK Kaunas so I was feeling distraught enough.

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Celtic's Kieran Tierney (right) on the deck after the challenge by Ryan Bowman. Picture: SNS

Why referee didn’t show red card for foul on Kieran Tierney

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at the tackle by Motherwell attacker Ryan Bowman which left Celtic’s Kieran Tierney with a nasty gash on his leg, but only resulted in a yellow card.

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Paul Lawrie with the trophy after winning the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Montagu Golf Course, Fancourt . Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

Paul Lawrie’s hunger and work ethic so impressive at 48

S hould we really be 
surprised that a notable Scottish golfing success has just been delivered by 48-year-old Paul Lawrie? The answer is a resounding “no” because the fact of the matter is that the Aberdonian still retains a hunger, drive and work ethic that impresses players half his age.

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A defeated Rangers squad trudge off at full-time after losing 2-1 to Dundee. Picture: SNS

Should Dundee loss accelerate Rangers’ hunt for a new boss?

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Dens Park, the first time the Ibrox club have lost on the ground for 25 years, saw Rangers drift six points behind Aberdeen in the race for second.

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Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is sent to the stand during his side's defeat to Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

Why stronger punishments are needed for overzealous managers

Seething and indignant, Mark McGhee made himself known all around the world last week. And unfortunately for the Motherwell manager it wasn’t for his coaching ability.

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Dundee celebrate after Kevin Holt doubles the home side's advantage. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from Dundee 2 - 1 Rangers

Rangers drop six points behind Aberdeen, while Dundee move into the top six. Craig Fowler gives his take on the match at Dens

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Peter Wright was around 18 stone in his prime

Richard Moore: Some sports are becoming preserve of freaks

You could hear the hesitation in Peter Wright’s voice before he said what he said an hour into Scotland’s defeat by France in Paris last Sunday. Appearing on BBC Radio Scotland, Wright had already seen Greig Laidlaw, John Barclay and John Hardie retreat from the battle.

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Henry Pyrgos in action for Scotland.

Five headaches for Scotland coach Vern Cotter

Injury problems are mounting up for the Scotland squad.

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Greig Laidlaw limps away from last Saturdays match against France, and his absence now poses a dilemma. Picture: Fotosport/Rex/Shutterstock.

Allan Massie: Ali Price is right choice for Scotland

Result disappointing, performance good in parts, consequences worrying. That briefly sums up Sunday’s match at the Stade de France. The result was disappointing because we knew we could win, came close to doing so, but couldn’t bring it off. The performance was good in parts because for much of the match we were the better team, but overall revealed, or confirmed, an important 
weakness.

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Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty. Picture: SNS

How Graeme Murty can avoid being the next Kenny McDowall

It feels like we’ve been here before. After a sustained period of below par results, the Rangers manager vacates the club in complicated circumstances, leaving an inexperienced coach to handle the demands of being in the managerial hotseat.

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Aberdeen's Adam Rooney celebrates the second of his three goals against Motherwell. Picture: SNS

How Aberdeen have overtaken Rangers as favourites for second

The runners-up in the Ladbrokes Premiership from each of the last two seasons are in position to do so again. Craig Fowler looks at the recent up-turn in form and whether they can keep it going

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Aberdeen and Rangers are leading the battle for second place. Picture: SNS

Stephen McIlkenny: Why the runners-up to Celtic do matter

This week, as Rangers fans moved back to purchasing Kingsmill, there was another talking point that largely went unnoticed in Scottish football. Scotland’s Uefa coefficient slipped from 23rd to 25th meaning that the Scottish Cup winners as well as the league’s second and third-placed clubs will kick off their European campaigns at the end of June.

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Hampden Park is the current home of Scottish football. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland’s options if the SFA decide to ditch Hampden Park

Who knew that the Scottish budget could have such an impact on the national game?

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It's not the Petrofac Training Cup, but Mark Warburton looks pretty happy to have won the Ladbrokes Championship crown. Picture: SNS

What we learned from Mark Warburton’s statement

A joint-statement from Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland was released through the LMA as the trio looked to set the record straight regarding their exit from Ibrox. Here’s what we learned from the statement

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Alex McLeish is the favourite to replace Mark Warburton as Rangers manager. Picture: SNS

How Alex McLeish has performed since leaving Rangers

After a weekend of high drama that shows no signs of abating, and could end up in the courtroom, Rangers are once again on the hunt for a new manager.

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