Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes’ wild celebrations sparked by ‘elation and relief’

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said he felt like a fan after exploding with joy – and no little relief – on the touchline following Andrew Considine’s late equaliser at Dens Park. The goal kept Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup and Sam Cosgrove’s winner in the first half of extra time saw them secure a last-eight clash with Hearts.

A wall of boos greeted Craig Levein and his players following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Ross County. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Alan Pattullo: Craig Levein deserves time to meld his team at Hearts

It doesn’t sound an entirely promising set of circumstances. A cup game in front of the cameras against a team smarting from being beaten 5-2 at home on their last outing. Throw into the mix poor form and add the likely absence of the player reckoned to make the team tick, then it is clear Hearts manager Craig Levein faces a daunting task against Motherwell on Friday as he attempts to save his skin and muffle the critics.

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Gary Naysmith is Hearts' new loan manager. Picture: SNS

Alan Pattullo: Loan managers are football’s latest fad

It used to be that having a director of football bestowed status upon a club. This was the sign of upward mobility, the clue that here was a club on the rise and with need to install an extra layer of power and influence, one often viewed with suspicion by the humble manager – or, as they were more often renamed in these examples, “first-team coach”.

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