Moira Gordon

Neil Lennon hopes defeat of Celtic will strike fear in Hibs’ rivals

Neil Lennon suggested that his team have skirted under the radar in their chase for a momentous second-place finish, claiming that few could have seen their victory over Celtic coming. However, Hibs’ form will not have escaped the notice of many, particularly the teams they are relentlessly closing in on.

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Naismith walked away from Ibrox in 2012 and isn't bothered by Rangers fans' flak; he's now happy at Hearts. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Steven Naismith: Leaving Rangers was the right decision

In his first appearance at Ibrox since walking away from the liquidated Rangers in 2012, Steven Naismith ran a gauntlet of hate. Just back from injury, he was one of the Hearts substitutes in February and instead of escaping to the middle of the park, he was greeted with a chorus of abuse from the home fans whenever he ventured out of the dug-out to warm up.

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Jamie Maclaren beats Dedryck Boyata to the ball to fire Hibs into the lead against Celtic. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Hibs’ Jamie Maclaren rose from his sick bed to see off Celtic

Jamie Maclaren almost missed out through illness but by the end of proceedings it was Celtic feeling sick. The Australian got himself into the right place at the right time to net the opening goal as Hibs won 2-1 at Easter Road and forced Celtic to place the title champagne back on ice.

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Paul Hanlon says this is one of the most enjoyable seasons in his ten years at Easter Road. Picture: SNS.

Only a ‘special’ bid would take Paul Hanlon from Hibs

Paul Hanlon can be forgiven for casting a glance elsewhere. The Hibernian player, who is celebrating his testimonial year and signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022, admits that there have been times when he considered a change of scene.

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Hearts manager Craig Levein will discourage all enquiries about Harry Cochrane after the midfielder signed a new three-year deal. Picture: SNS.

Hearts’ Harry Cochrane sets out to beef himself up

Harry Cochrane elbowed his way into the Hearts first team this season but it is his shoulder that bore the brunt of his graduation.

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Hibs manager Neil Lennon during training at East Mains. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Neil Lennon admits Kenny Miller interest despite Rangers bust-up

Neil Lennon says he is still interested in signing suspended Rangers striker Kenny Miller this summer, insisting the current disciplinary proceedings would not put him off recruiting the Scotland international.

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Hibs manager Neil Lennon wants to delay Celtic's coronation as his own side seek a victory which would boost hopes of a second-place finish. Picture: SNS

Hibs focus on own priorities as Celtic chase title win

There were a few eyebrows raised when Neil Lennon boldly hailed his Hibernian side as “the second-best team in the country” – despite losing out to Aberdeen in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

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Dominant Hearts dent Aberdeen’s ambitions

Defeat at Tynecastle doesn’t need to derail Aberdeen’s ambitions but, at a crucial stage of the season, the Pittodrie side do need to turn the negative into a positive pretty quickly as they attempt to bounce back in time to reach their targets.

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Scotland's Neah Evans, right, celebrates her bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games 25km points race with compatriot Katie Archibald who won silver. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Neah Evans goes from tortoises to Commonwealth Games medal

Neah Evans grabbed a bronze in the points race yesterday and has ambitions to add to that medal haul before her Australian Commonwealth Games experience is over.

Hearts' Steven Naismith celebrates giving the home side the lead. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Hearts 2 - 0 Aberdeen: Naismith and Milinkovic goals see off Dons

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes dismissed the idea that the players had been distracted by thoughts of next week’s Scottish Cup semi-final. But if his players’ minds were not on that Hampden showdown throughout this match, they will be after their manager tore strips off them in the aftermath.

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Hibernian's Paul Hanlon. Picture: SNS

Paul Hanlon agrees new four-year Hibs contract

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has hailed Paul Hanlon as one of his players of the year after agreeing
a contract extension with the 28-year-old defender which ties him to the club for another four years.

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Hearts' Marcus Godinho. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Hearts’ Marcus Godinho hails Callum Paterson for his support

A weaker man may have crumbled but Marcus Godinho has proved that he has the mental resolve needed to make it in the game.

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Efe Ambrose says Hibs manager Neil Lennon knows what he's doing. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Efe Ambrose says Hibs players confused when top scorers left

Efe Ambrose has confessed that Hibs players quietly questioned the judgment of their manager after he allowed the club’s two highest scorers to leave in January but the success of their replacements has vindicated his decision, with the team now within touching distance of second place.

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He's 38 and hasn't played much this season but Aaron Hughes is having a huge influence off the pitch, according to 'Hearts manager Craig Levein. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Hearts want Aaron Hughes to sign new deal then mentor kids

Hearts manager Craig Levein will sit down with his players next week and inform each of them if they have a place in his plans for next season.

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Kirsty Gilmour won badminton silver at Glasgow 2014. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Stint in Indian League readies Kirsty Gilmour for medal tilt

Gone are the days when Kirsty 
Gilmour turned up at major events, simply happy to be there.

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He was born in Nottingham but 'gymnast Hamish Carter can't wait to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Gymnast Hamish Carter dressed for success in his first kilt

Even just getting kitted out for the Commonwealth Games, Hamish Carter made his mum proud.

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Isla Short overcomes two broken backs to go for Games gold

Isla Short has broken her back twice, leading to the compression of her spine and the loss of two centimetres in height.

Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald. Picture: Jeff Holmes

10 Scottish athletes poised to win medals at the Commonwealth Games

From the largest team ever to travel away, Scotland has a coterie of athletes ready and able to win medals and here are ten in a good position to shine on the Gold Coast, writes Moira Gordon

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Jamie Murphy fires in Rangers' equaliser to cap an impressive fightback. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Rangers players 100% behind ‘motivator’ Graeme Murty

Jamie Murphy produced some quality in the second half to wrap up a quickfire fightback by Rangers against Motherwell and said that he hoped it proved that manager Graeme Murty has what it takes to guide the team to better things.

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie has been encouraged by the elevation of academy graduates to the first team.  Photograph: Craig Foy/SNS

Up and down season but Hearts’ Don Cowie high on optimism

Don Cowie is not wishing the remainder of the season away but he will be happy to return next season with a clean slate and the opportunity to prove there is merit in his belief that Hearts should be performing in the higher realms of the Premiership and challenging for cups.

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