{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"sport","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/teams/alloa-athletic/alloa-0-2-dundee-united-emil-lyng-stars-in-arabs-victory-1-4667144","id":"1.4667144","articleHeadline": "Alloa 0 - 2 Dundee United: Emil Lyng stars in Arabs victory","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516474623000 ,"articleLead": "

Having enjoyed a prolific 2017, excelling in the forbidding temperatures in the Icelandic top-flight, it is little wonder Emil Lyng looked so at home in snow-kissed Clackmannanshire as he helped Dundee United dispatch Alloa.

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Lyng, who joined United this month following nine goals in 20 outings for KA Akureyri last year, opened his account for the Tannadice outfit to end this fourth round tie as a contest at 2-0, capping a bright display on the wing from the former Denmark under-21 cap.

That effort, which did benefit from a kind deflection, added to Mark Durnan’s third goal of the season. Gloss could have been added in the dying embers when Idris Kadded, the French striker whose signing was confirmed prior to kick-off, struck the bar.

The victory provides welcome respite for United in the face of their increasingly inconsistent exploits in the Championship, albeit they required a blunt half-time assessment from manager Csaba Lazslo to prompt an upturn in performance.

“I was very loud in the dressing room at half-time,” revealed the United boss. “I told them that when they go on to the pitch, I want to see the spirit. It is not enough to be wearing the Dundee United jersey – the shirt doesn’t win the game, the man does.

“The players understood that they needed to do more and I was very satisfied with the response. They were completely different halves and, in the end, I believe we deserve to be in the next round.

“It was also positive for Emil Lyng to score today and I think he played a good game for us. We are in the next round and there were many reasons to be positive.”

Alloa were able to toast a notable victory before a ball was kicked, with sterling efforts throughout the week by groundsman Jock Robertson and assorted volunteers ensuring the club’s artificial turf and surrounding areas at the Indodrill Stadium were deemed safe following a 10.30am inspection.

With an impressive following from Tayside descending upon Alloa, beating the freeze guaranteed a fine payday for the League 1 side which would not have been replicated on a rearranged Tuesday evening.

Jordan Kirkpatrick had a glorious opportunity to give the hosts the lead in the opening exchanges after Kris Renton delivered a sumptuous delivery into the box, only for the St Mirren loanee to fire over from all of six yards.

United, being watched from the stands by a Scottish Cup-winning hero of yesteryear in Hearts coach Jon Daly, almost claimed the lead in rather fortuitous fashion as Jamie Robson’s cross drifted towards goal. Wasps keeper Neil Parry heaved a sigh of relief as the ball kissed the crossbar and bounced to safety.

In their first coherent attacking move Billy King neatly found Stanton on the edge of the Alloa box, but the playmaker’s curling effort drifted inches wide of Parry’s right-hand post.

The first period was being punctuated by massive sheets of snow falling off the stand housing the United support, prompting an avalanche of ironic cheers. However they had something more substantial to sing about on the cusp of half-time as they claimed a scarcely merited lead.

The simplicity with which the visitors broke the deadlock will infuriate Alloa boss Jim Goodwin, with a Craig Slater corner met by Durnan – United’s most obvious threat from set-pieces – to head beyond Parry from close range.

Freed by their opener, United started the second half with plenty of attacking impetus and only a wonderful save by Parry, getting his feet to a point-blank Scott McDonald shot, stopped Laszlo’s side from doubling their advantage.

Their second goal did come, however, when Lyng ran on to a through ball from Sam Stanton and fired a shot beyond Parry from just inside the box, via a notable ricochet off the unfortunate Callum Crane.

With part-time Alloa fading badly, Laszlo sent on Kadded – signed on amateur terms – for his debut and he wasted no time in making an impact, latching on to a Billy King pass and rattling a ferocious drive against the cross-bar.

“I’m really proud of my players. I think they gave everything and made life very difficult for a good Dundee United side,” added Goodwin. “We wanted to get at them and make it a nervy afternoon for them and I think we did that. If we had got that first goal, I’d like to see how things would have panned out.”

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It is not as if Dunfermline had not been warned, but for the second time this season Jai Quitongo proved the match-winner for Morton with a late and dramatic winner.

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The 20-year-old had sealed a 3-2 win for the Cappielow men in the league earlier in the season with a decisive injury-time strike and, shaking off a shortness of match-fitness, he repeated those feats again to send his club into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

“Jai looked surprised to score? I was a bit surprised as well!” beamed manager Jim Duffy. “We know Jai has got a real talent; he’s strong, he’s quick. But he’s had a stop-start season with niggly injuries.

“He needs a run of games, you could see he was struggling with his fitness. But he’s a talent.

“It’s a fantastic result and a terrific cup tie. It was great to get the win.”

Gary Oliver had earned the visitors the breakthrough in a tie that swung one way and then the other. The former Hearts striker popped up in acres of space on the right side of the area to fire beyond Lee Robinson and into the far corner of the net.

Dunfermline should have equalised moments later when a superb Ryan Williamson run and cutback was skewed wide by Joe Cardle but they restored parity 11 minutes into the second half as Declan McManus blasted a shot through the arms of Derek Gaston.

If the Morton keeper could have done better on that occasion he responded magnificently to repel a bullet header from Nicky Clark shortly after, and Quitongo snatched the victory for the visitors when he curled in a superb winner five minutes from time on the break.

Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston moaned: “I thought when we scored we would go on to win it.”

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Former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has parted company with MK Dons “by mutual consent”, the English League One club has announced.

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The decision was made on Saturday evening following a meeting between Neilson and chairman Pete Winkelman.

Neilson’s side lost 2-1 at Northampton on Saturday afternoon. He leaves with the club 21st in the standings.

“Milton Keynes Dons Football Club and Robbie Neilson have parted company by mutual consent,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

“Assistant manager Stevie Crawford and first team coach Neil MacFarlane will also depart the club.”

Neilson, 37, left Hearts in December 2016 to replace Karl Robinson, who also left by mutual consent after six years in charge.

Dons finished 12th in League One under Neilson last season, but Saturday’s defeat to Northampton has left them in the relegation zone, one point from safety.

Neilson signed former Hearts players Robbie Muirhead and Osman Sow for MK Dons and also brought ex-Aberdeen attacker Peter Pawlett to the club along with one-time Falkirk midfielder Conor McGrandles.

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Ayr United eased into the last 16 in a stormy tie which saw Arbroath manager Dick Campbell sent to the stand after marching on to the pitch to confront referee Mike Roncone.

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A double from Declan McDaid and goals from Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore swept the Honest Men to victory, with sub Ryan McCord replying for the visitors.

The flashpoint came when Ayr’s David Ferguson seemed to haul down Danny Denholm but the referee waved played on.

Campbell said: “I haven’t seen a more blatant penalty in my life – if it’s not a penalty he has to book the player for diving. Every Ayr United supporter saw it.

“There is no word in the English dictionary to describe why it’s not a penalty.”

Ayr took an early lead when McDaid curled a shot into the top corner after a great crossfield pass by Shankland.

Arbroath started the second half on the front foot and they were almost level when Gavin Swankie turned on to a Bobby Linn cross and cracked a shot off the base of the post.

But Ayr put themselves in the driving seat with a stunning curling finish into the top corner from Shankland.

The tie boiled over when Arbroath seemed to be denied a clear penalty when Ferguson hauled down Denholm inside the box. An angry Campbell strode on to the pitch to confront referee Roncone, who immediately sent him to the stand.

Sub McCord pulled one back but McDaid wrapped it up after Shankland’s shot was parried.

Moore completed Arbroath’s misery in stoppage time and home boss Ian McCall claimed: “It could have been more. We cut them open and scored good goals.”

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The Scottish Cup is all about the making of special moments of football folklore and yet another one was woven in Methil yesterday as Highland League Brora Rangers edged their way past East Fife to make it into the last 16 for the first time.

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The long journey from Sutherland had a quick reward as a 12th-minute goal from Colin Williamson was enough to win the tie for the side managed by Ross Tokely – who now has another cup upset to his name to put alongside his heroics as a player for Caley Thistle when they knocked out Celtic at the turn of the millennium.

Having already accounted for League 1 Stranraer in the previous round, Brora had proven that they had the nous and ability to pose a real threat to the Methil side for whom the 80th anniversary of their own historic success in the grand old competition has now, for the time being at least, seen a dark cloud pass over it.

Tokely expressed a mixture of pride and disbelief afterwards. “I’m just trying to take it in,” he beamed. “The boys are going crazy in the dressing room. We were under pressure in the second half, but we held on. We scored a great goal from a corner to get us in front early on.”

Asked what it meant for the club, he added: “It’s history. The chairman’s delighted. For a 
part-time club from the Highland League it means a lot. The players challenged themselves to beat League 1 opponents in the last round and they’ve done it again – they can be very proud of themselves.”

A boisterous travelling support who had made the trek from Sutherland were clearly intent on seriously enjoying their day out, bringing with them some throaty vocals, a drummer and piper. This cacophony of musical backing along, perhaps, with the snow covered slopes of Largo Law in the distance, seemed to make the Brora players feel right at home as they took to this game without inhibition.

Deserving of their early advantage, the breakthrough came when Gavin Morrison’s corner was headed into the net with ease by the unmarked Williamson.

The Highland League side were impressively drilled and looked physically stronger than their SPFL opponents, who put in an insipid opening 45 minutes, barely stringing a couple of passes together let alone conjuring up any chances to trouble Brora keeper Joe Malin.

Darren Young’s side predictably improved after the break, but a trio of near things from Pat Slattery, Chris Duggan and Scott Linton – the latter seeing a free-kick smack the post – gave rise to a growing sense that no matter how hard they might try it just wasn’t going to be their day.

Sure enough, they could not find that decisive clinical touch and, after Jonathan Page headed one last chance wide in time added on, the wild celebrations of the Brora supporters and players, sound-tracked by the skirl of the pipes, kicked into overdrive.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Archie MacGregor"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4667147.1516474290!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4667147.1516474290!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Brora Rangers recorded the shock of the round at East Fife. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Brora Rangers recorded the shock of the round at East Fife. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4667147.1516474290!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby-union/six-nations/wales-sweat-over-dan-biggar-injury-ahead-of-scotland-game-1-4667278","id":"1.4667278","articleHeadline": "Wales sweat over Dan Biggar injury ahead of Scotland game","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516491372000 ,"articleLead": "

Wales are sweating on an injury to fly-half star Dan Biggar just a fortnight before their opening NatWest Six Nations game against Scotland.

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And it comes barely 24 hours after his fellow Wales No.10 Rhys Priestland was sidelined for the majority of the tournament due to a hamstring problem.

Biggar left the pitch at Stade Marcel-Michelin with his right shoulder in a shirt-sling six minutes from the end of Ospreys’ 24-7 European Champions Cup defeat against Clermont Auvergne, which saw the French side qualify for the quarter-finals as winners of Pool 2.

Playmaker Biggar, who has won 60 Wales caps and toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions last summer, described his injury as “not too bad” shortly after going off.

He was on the receiving end of a powerful challenge from Clermont No.8 Fritz Lee. Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy, meanwhile, would only say “Dan’s with the medics”, although early indications appeared to suggest no structural damage to Biggar’s shoulder.

It is, though, the last thing Wales head coach Warren Gatland needs after naming a 39-man Six Nations squad last week.

Gatland does have other options in terms of the No.10 shirt, but they are inexperienced ones, facing an apparent choice between Gloucester’s Owen Williams, Scarlets back Rhys Patchell and Cardiff Blues’ Gareth Anscombe, should Biggar be ruled out.

Wales have already lost injured Lions Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies from the entire Six Nations, while No.8 Taulupe Faletau is set to miss the first three matches as he recovers from a knee injury and lock Jake Ball remains absent due to a dislocated shoulder.

Elsewhere, the Scarlets secured a European Champions Cup quarter-final place as Pool 5 winners after toppling Toulon 30-27 in west Wales.

Saracens kept alive their hopes of qualifying as Pool 2 runners-up after demolishing Northampton 62-14 at Allianz Park.

Leinster completed a clean sweep of Pool 3 with a 23-14 triumph at Montpellier to guarantee top seeding for the quarter-finals.

Bath’s hopes of snatching a place in the quarter-finals fell short in Italy as they failed to win by as many points as they needed to overtake Saracens. They beat Benetton 47-28 then discovered that Toulon had picked up a losing bonus point at Llanelli, confirming their fate.

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Edinburgh’s winning run in the Challenge Cup was brought to an end in Paris last night, but there was some consolation for Richard Cockerill’s side in the knowledge that they will now have a home quarter-final against Cardiff.

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As the last day of pool action drew to a close, several of the possible permutations threatened to present Edinburgh with a far tougher task in the last eight. The Welsh team will be no pushovers, but they are a known quantity – and have already lost to the Scots on their own turf this season in the Pro14.

Edinburgh had secured their place in the knockout stages with a dramatic win over Stade at Murrayfield nine days ago, but there seemed little chance of a repeat 
last night as from the start the holders showed their determination either to sign off on a winning note or – as it turned out – to get the win that would see them through as one of the three best runners-up from the five pools. The only surprise given their first-half domination 
was that they should win so narrowly.

Stade wasted no time in taking the initiative as they went in search of the big win that would give them the best chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, and took a third-minute lead through Paul Alo-Emile after the prop’s fellow-forwards had driven on from a lineout. Shane Geraghty converted, and the zest with which the home side celebrated the try was an ominous indication that Edinburgh could be in for a long night.

It did not take long for that impression to be strengthened, as just a few minutes later Jonathan Danty won the race for a long kick ahead to touch down in goal. The centre’s try needed to be referred to the Television Match Official before being given, as referee Frank Murphy appeared to be unsure if the centre had strayed offside before the kick, but after a short wait it was confirmed.

Geraghty’s failure to add the two points was no more than slightly reassuring for Edinburgh, who had yet to find any sort of rhythm in their game.

At the end of the first quarter they did get their act together a bit, setting up good position with a penalty to touch from Jaco van der Walt. The pack secured good ball, but when it was spread wide, full-back Darcy Graham got isolated in possession and unceremoniously tackled into the ground.

Geraghty and Van der Walt were both off target with penalties in the last five minutes before the break, and although they would have rued their stand-off’s failure to open their account, Edinburgh could only be pleasantly surprised that they went in at half-time a mere 12 points down.

Swirling rain made the already heavy pitch even less conducive to running rugby after the break, but Edinburgh nonetheless managed to put together some good continuity play, and opened their account after 53 minutes. After good approach work by the pack, Graham was again halted, but this time he managed to recycle and Damien Hoyland completed the score near the right corner flag.

Van der Walt failed with the conversion, but the score breathed fresh optimism into Edinburgh, who continued to enjoy their best spell of the match.

On the hour, however, Stade regained the initiative with a lightning counter-attack. Winger Djibril Camara began it with an elusive run, but it was the unstoppable power of Sergio Parisse that ended it, the Italian forcing his way through the final few metres for another unconverted try.

Dougie Fife grabbed a score back with seven minutes to play, chasing down a kick ahead from Van der Walt. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, making his 100th appearance, was just wide with the touchline conversion.

In the final few minutes Stade pressed hard for the bonus-point try that would give them an away quarter-final against Newcastle. Some defiant defence denied them, however, and as a consequence they now visit Pau instead.

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Hearts have not beaten Hibs since August 2014 when goals from Sam Nicholson and Prince Buaben helped them to a 2-1 win in the Championship at Tynecastle.

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Game 1. Oct 2014: Hibs 1 Hearts 1

The start of the unbeaten run felt more like a defeat for Hibs. Leading 1-0 through a Dominique Malonga, pictured, goal, they conceded against 10-man Hearts in injury time when Alim Ozturk hit a wonder strike for Robbie Neilson’s side from 35 yards out.

Game 2. Jan 2015: Hearts 1 Hibs 1

Hibs took the lead through Jason Cummings, his first goal against the club who released him as a teenager. But Hearts claimed a point thanks to a fine strike from Jamie Walker.

Game 3. April 2015: Hibs 2 Hearts 0

Hearts had already wrapped up the title and promotion back to the top flight by the time Hibs won their first derby of the season. Goals from Cummings and Farid El Alagui secured the points as Hibs went on to pip Rangers for second place.

Game 4. Feb 2016: Hearts 2 Hibs 2

With the teams now in separate divisions, the Scottish Cup fifth-round draw threw up a derby. Hearts started sluggishly but Arnaud Djoum’s 32nd minute goal gave them belief and when Nicholson doubled the lead just before half-time it looked to be all over. However, Hibs rescued the game in the last ten minutes. A looping header from Cummings reduced the leeway and then Paul Hanlon snatched a scrambled equaliser in the dying seconds.

Game 5. Feb 2016: Hibs 1 Hearts 0

A midweek replay at Easter Road was won by a first-half goal from Cummings who was later sent off. Hearts also ended the match with ten men due to the dismissal of Blazej Augustyn. Alan Stubbs’ Hibs would go on to win the cup.

Game 6. Feb 2017: Hearts 0 Hibs 0

A case of deja vu as the clubs were once again drawn together in the Scottish Cup fifth round at Tynecastle. With Ian Cathro now in charge of Hearts and Hibs bossed by Neil Lennon, a tousy match ended goalless.

Game 7. Feb 2017: Hibs 3 Hearts 1

Hibs dominated the replay at Easter Road, scoring in the first-half through Jason Cummings, main picture left, and the impressive Grant Holt, near left. Andrew Shinnie increased their lead in the second period. Esmael Goncalves scored a consolation for Hearts.

Game 8. Oct 2017: Hibs 1 Hearts 0

The first top-flight Edinburgh derby in four seasons was settled by a superb goal in the third minute from Hibs striker Simon Murray, pictured below.

Game 9. Dec 2017: Hibs 0 Hearts 0

A game that will be remembered for Oli Shaw’s ‘ghost goal’. The Hibs striker turned in a cross from Martin Boyle, with Shaw’s effort hitting the bar and bouncing down over the line, right. It looked a clear goal but was missed by both the ref and his assistant, much to the chagrin of Lennon who accused Hearts of kicking his team.

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She is tough, is Maria Sharapova. She is out of the Australian Open, brushed aside by Angelique Kerber, but she is anything but beaten.

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It is more than nine months since she made her return from a 15-month drugs ban and, starting from scratch, she has inched her way up the rankings to her current position of No.48.

With no seeding to protect her, her every trip to a grand slam is fraught with danger. At the US Open, she took on (and beat) Simona Halep in the opening round; here she was playing the 2016 Australian champion in the third round. It does not seem to get any easier.

Kerber, though, has had her own problems. Two years ago, she won the Australian and US Open titles and took over the world No.1 ranking. But the pressure of defending her position at the top was too much last year and nervous and tense every time she stepped on court, she was simply not the same player.

Now back to her preferred role of the hunter rather than the hunted, she is the form player in Melbourne and she took the greatest delight in dismantling Sharapova 6-1, 6-3.

It may not have been easy, but Sharapova took her defeat like a pro. She does not do self-pity. Her response to this latest humiliation was to promise to work harder, work smarter and get back into the thick of battle as soon as possible.

“I think there are a lot of things that I need to get better at and improve on,” she said. “But looking at the overall picture, the overall beginning of this year, finishing the tournament, first thing is that I’m healthy. That, to me, is a big thing because I’ll be back on the practice court, I’m not starting from zero. There’s a lot to build from. Personally that’s important for me.

“This is a process. It’s a lot of things that take time. To be able to get these matches, players that are playing this well, I’m going to face a lot of them this year. I’ll have to bring it. Today was not enough.”

The women’s tour is littered with gifted players with a fatal flaw. Some are mentally fragile, some do not work hard enough, some are good but just not good enough. But Sharapova, whatever anyone thinks of her, is both a warrior and a worker. When someone suggested that she might like a bit of a break after the loss to Kerber, she snorted.

“If I’m looking for rest at this point in the season, there’s something wrong,” she said. “I don’t shy away from the work. It’s never easy to be on the losing end of things, be sitting in a press conference talking about a loss.

“But I’m here because I’m motivated to get better at my craft. I really do believe that I can; otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I have to. I mean, there’s no doubt there are days where you just don’t want to. But you push through them. I think those are the days that ultimately make you a winner.”

In order to get back into the winners’ enclosure, she is taking her inspiration from the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They are both older than Sharapova and yet both have, in their time, come back from long injury breaks to win major titles again. They are living proof that anything is possible.

“I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal,” she said, “or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age, the commitment and the work they’re able to put in. It’s not just walking through a grand slam tunnel and getting on court.

“There’s so much more to it. I have a lot of admiration for that because I know what goes into creating those moments and getting to that stage. That definitely inspires me, absolutely.”

Her return to the top may be taking longer than she would have liked, but Sharapova will not give up. Having come back from two career-threatening shoulder injuries in the past, Sharapova knows how to be patient. Having won five grand slam titles, she knows how to win. And if Federer and Nadal can do it, so can Sharapova.

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits it is a huge blow to lose midfielder James McCarthy until next season after the midfielder sustained a double-fracture of his leg in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

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Just before the hour McCarthy was carried off on a stretcher after nicking the ball off Salomon Rondon in the act of shooting and the Venezuelan’s follow-through connected with the midfielder’s lower right leg.

Medics rushed on to the field to treat the former Hamilton Accies player, with Rondon in tears having seen the after-effects close up. Seamus Coleman, only just recovered from a serious double fracture of the leg himself, was seen leaving his seat in the directors’ box apparently to be with his Republic of Ireland team-mate.

“His tibia and fibula have been broken from his really brave efforts to stop West Brom with a possible scoring opportunity. He’s paid a heavy price for his commitment there,” said Allardyce.

Asked how soon the player would have his operation he added: “When we do it will depend on the specialist surgeon. Now this is one serious injury which we know will keep him out until next season at some stage, that’s a big blow.”

Rondon later tweeted: “Absolutely devastated. Rivalries are forgotten about when a colleague suffers such an unlucky injury. Really hope to see you back playing again soon. #GetWellSoonJames.”

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Craig Levein likes derby matches. He thrives on the intensity and the fact that stakes are high and that attitude as well as ability tends to settle the score. It may also have something to do with the fact that as a player and a manager he has rarely had to settle for second best in the capital derby.

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Heading into the third meeting of the season with their city rivals, Levein is asked if, after racking up a nine-game unbeaten run in the league, with clean sheets in seven of them, victory over their rivals in the Scottish Cup could set up his team for the remainder of the season.

“It’s important, isn’t it, for whoever gets through? It’s a big moment for both teams, who finishes above who is important as well, but, for me, this will be the biggest match of our season.”

Since the famous 5-1 mauling of their foes in the 2012 Scottish Cup final, the competition has been a source of woe for the maroon side of the city, denied progress in the premier knockout tournament on three occasions by Hibs and as Levein’s predecessors have discovered, bouncing back from that can prove tricky.

While Robbie Neilson guided Hearts through an impressive Championship season and romped to the title, leaving Hibs as well as Rangers in their wake, there are some in the Tynecastle stands who focus instead on the following season. That was the one where Neilson’s men looked certain to oust the then second tier Hibs from the Cup but leading 2-0 at home with ten minutes remaining, they squandered their advantage, gifted Hibs a replay, their fans a song with which to goad their counterparts and were ultimately sent packing. It was a collapse that proved hard for many to forgive. Even harder when the Leith side went on to win the trophy that year, ending a 114-year-old hoodoo and robbing their rivals of some of their more caustic chants.

At that time Levein was simply the Director of Football and could only watch from the stands, as frustrated as anyone else berthed there. It was a similar story when Ian Cathro failed to find a way to emerge from the head-to-heads with a victory. Back in the dugout, and with Hibs now on a nine-game unbeaten run in the derbies, Levein knows that he has to find a way to turn those fortunes around before irrevocable damage is done to Hearts’ season and his reputation in the minds of the men, women and children who buy the season tickets and pack out the ground.

“You can’t want to win any more…It’s not something I’ve spoken to the players about. You can sometimes get too caught up in things. It is a big game, our biggest of the season, but you can get people up at a level that they are overly-eager.

“The importance of the game is known widely by all the players, all the staff, everybody at the club and also our supporters. We won’t get beat in this match through lack of effort or not trying or stuff like that. That’s one thing I can be fairly sure of, and that, for me, is the most important thing, that you are in the game from the first minute to the last minute with a chance of winning. That’s what we want to do.

“Everybody would agree that Celtic are quite strong favourites to win the league so there are two other main competitions and one of them has already gone. It comes back to we know it’s a big game, we know how important it is for all those reasons.”

Home advantage is something he wants to capitalise on. As a player and during his first stint at the club, he was used to Tynecastle being a fortress and while home form has been decent – the team has yet to lose a game at the revamped ground – he wants to see more of the draws turned into victories.

“We’re at home, it’s important for us that we win games at home, our record has been pretty good but you can look back through games that we should have won and things didn’t quite go for us. We have improved significantly and I’m hoping with the addition of players before the game that will help us to do better.”

Steven Naismith is the key acquisition, one that Hibs will be wary of, and he can also be talismanic for the Gorgie side in the second half of the season.

“I like Steven and we are fortunate to have Aaron Hughes, Don Cowie, Christophe Berra, who have been good on and off the field. I would class Steven alongside those guys, with how unselfish he is as a person. Aaron, Don and Christophe have been fantastic with our younger players. But with new players, you just don’t know. You can be an instant hero, as Mark de Vries will tell you, in that game just by playing well.

“We didn’t set out to play poorly in the last game. Sometimes the whole occasion, once a game sets out on a certain path it can be quite difficult to pull it to another direction. It happens all the time in derby matches – that sometimes they are not very good. But as long as your team is competing you’ve got the chance of winning the game.

“I can count on the fingers of one hand really good games that I can remember of derby matches. Experience tells me this one will probably be much like the last one.”

He just hopes the outcome is different.

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Ayr, without hitting their straps, won this strange Ayrshire derby by five tries to four, to climb above the idle Currie into second place in the BT Premiership. But, the victory was by no means clearcut in a helter-skelter, and at times scrappy, battle.

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Marr had the better of the first quarter in possession terms, but found themselves 14-0 down to a hack and chase try by Scott Lyle, which he converted in six minutes, and a superb solo score, by David Armstrong, surging through from Tommy Spinks’s line-out tap down, Lyle again converting.

Grant Baird then cut the deficit, but, almost immediately, Robbie Smith pirated some ruck ball, Ayr moved it wide and Lyle was out-sprinted to his own kick-ahead by Grant Anderson, before goaling the conversion.

Marr would not lie down and Richard Dalgleish won another hack and chase race for Marr’s second unconverted try. But, Ayr clinched the bonus point in 36 minutes when Frazier Climo surged over and Lyle again converted.

In the final 15 minutes, Robbie Nairn stretched Ayr’s lead by winning the race to man of the match Craig Gossman’s grubber, this was unconverted, before Marr finished strongly; tries from Angus Johnstone and Ross Miller, with Dougie Steele converting Miller’s try, with the final kick of the game, earning them a four-try bonus.

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Stranraer ruined Raith Rovers’ bid to pull away at the top of League One with a 1-0 win over the league leaders at Stair Park.

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Angus Beith, on loan from Hearts, netted the only goal early in the game and Raith could not find a way past Cameron Belford in the home goal.

It was Beith’s sixth goal in ten games for the Blues.

For once, Raith drew a blank in front of goal and they remain just a point clear of Ayr United with a game in hand.

After Beith’s sixth-minute goal, Raith tried to hit back. Greig Spence saw a header well saved by Belford, before Scott Robertson came to the aid of his goalkeeper to deny Spence, who looked set to equalise.

Belford kept his side in front with a terrific save to deny Liam Buchanan late in the first half.

Beith had a chance to make sure for Stranraer late in the game but misjudged his lob and the ball finished over the top.

Raith piled on the pressure in the closing stages but Stranraer held on for the three points which moved them up to fourth in the table.

Montrose, the League Two leaders, also suffered a surprise defeat, going down 3-1 at home to Clyde, who had not won in their previous 11 games.

Ally Love put Clyde in front after 24 minutes when he headed his side into the lead with a perfectly judged effort.

Montrose fell further behind six minutes into the second half when Clyde’s top scorer David Goodwillie netted from close range from Tom Lang’s cross for his 12th of the season.

There was no way back for the league leaders when Mark Lamont scored Clyde’s third goal when he curled the ball home from 20 yards after 63 minutes.

Gary Fraser pulled back a late consolation from the penalty spot but it was too little too late.

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Alan Archibald, the Partick Thistle manager, insisted it was a case of job done after his side stepped over this Scottish Cup banana skin.

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Irish striker Conor Sammon struck either side of Ross Fergusson’s effort to send the Premiership side into the fifth round.

However, it was a hard-fought afternoon for the Jags at Palmerston and Archibald admitted: “There is always relief. It’s never easy.

“We say there’s usually a shock in every round of the cup, whether it’s the FA Cup or Scottish Cup. We said to not let it be us and we’re delighted it’s not us.”

Partick were making a tricky tie even more difficult with mistakes at the back almost letting the Doonhamers in twice.

A back-pass from Abdul Osman was seized upon by Fergusson but Jags keeper Tomas Cerny was off his line quickly to smother.

Lessons were not learned, however, with Adam Barton’s header to his keeper short and Fergusson again nipped in only to chip inches wide and Stephen Dobbie tested Cerny with a fierce drive before Partick took the lead in the 42nd minute.

Queens were architects of their own downfall after failing to clear from the edge of the box before Sammon showed great strength and composure to create an opening and fire into the net.

However, the Dumfries side levelled the tie in the 55th minute.

Myles Beerman sent Fergusson clear down the left and the young striker shrugged off Niall Keown to rifle home from a tight angle.

But Thistle clinched their place in today’s draw late-on when Sammon’s shot-on-the-turn in the box wrong-footed Alan Martin and nestled in the back of the net.

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A dreadful encounter was settled by a truly appalling decision as in-form Kilmarnock secured their place in the draw for the fifth round courtesy of a late penalty so questionable it goes beyond controversial

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Steve Clarke, the Killie boss, was happy enough though. “It is always the main thing to be in

the hat for the next round draw,” he said. “It was a war of attrition, but we will take the win.”

This may have been a match-up

between two top-flight teams, but you would never have known in an opening which was decidedly drab. Both sides failed to create any clear openings.

Aaron McCarey in the County goal helped a drive from Eamonn Brophy over the bar, while his opposite number, Jamie MacDonald, dived bravely to deny new County striker Inih Effiong. Indeed, it was indicative of the half that the closest either team came was Rory McKenzie’s wayward cross clipping the woodwork.

Unfortunately for the 3,595 suffering souls looking on, neither the entertainment nor quality levels picked up after the restart. Only a header from County’s Jason Naismith came remotely close to breaking the deadlock as the toil continued.

All the drama was crammed into the final three minutes as referee Bobby Madden awarded a penalty for an apparent foul on McKenzie by Tim Chow, who was dismissed for the incident, when there didn’t seem to have been any contact. Sub Lee Erwin blanked out the County protests to scuff home from the spot.

Ross County manager Owen Coyle was in no doubt his team had been on the receiving end of a shocking decision. He said: “You can accept getting beat by a better team, but I didn’t feel this was the case. It was never a penalty, never.”

Then, in the final attack of the game, County keeper McCarey – pushed up for a corner – was utterly convinced his header had crossed the line only to be blanked by both referee and assistant.

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John Robertson, the Inverness manager, urged his relative underdogs to finish things off in the Highlands after watching them salvage a late replay through George Oakley’s equaliser.

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The Highlanders, who lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time in 2015, showed similar character here to defy Neil McCann’s Dundee, who were on the verge of securing their passage into the fifth round until late drama unfolded at Dens Park.

Dundee had established a second-half lead through goals from Sofien Moussa and Mark O’Hara, following Aaron Doran’s early opener. But Oakley’s 87th-minute strike meant Inverness are assured of another crack at their loftier opponents, which few could have begrudged them when, in truth, they ought to have had this

fourth-round encounter wrapped up long beforehand.

“We have the spirit for cup competitions,” reflected Robertson, whose priority is to guide Championship side Inverness into the promotion mix. “I don’t think anyone could deny us our late equaliser because it was the least we deserved.

“We’ve got a good spirit at the moment and we said to them not to have any regrets. We had a glorious chance on the stroke of half-time to go 2-0 up and it’s a different ball game.

“Strikers will miss chances. It was just a lack of conviction and George didn’t catch it as good as he would have liked. The pleasing aspect is he’s gone back in, got involved and got the equaliser.

“We’re not favourites for the replay. It will be another tight match but we’ll relish it up in Inverness.”

Inverness arrived at Dens in fine fettle, having quietly climbed the Championship table in recent weeks, and proceeded to cause Neil McCann’s top-flight hosts problems from the minute Doran fired them ahead.

Brad McKay’s long throw eluded the entire Dundee defence, allowing Doran to ghost in at the far post and drill a shot past Elliott Parish, the stranded home keeper.

Dundee looked as though the winter break had taken an edge off their play. They did, though, threaten through former Inverness defender Josh Meekings, whose 36th-minute header hit the bar from Scott Allan’s corner.

Yet it was the visitors who still squandered the best chances. Oakley, with the last kick of the ball prior to half-time, had a glorious opening when he was put clean through on goal, only to hack his shot straight at Parish.

Dundee had to show more after the break. Within two minutes of the restart, A-Jay Leitch-Smith worked a slick one-two with Allan, before his ten-yard shot found a way past Mark Ridgers, the visiting keeper, with the aid of a deflection off Moussa.

That signalled the hosts’ best spell. O’Hara’s trademark driving run and raking shot from 18-yards gave Ridgers no hope in 64 minutes, before more drama unfolded.

Riccardo Calder’s cross was left by the Dundee defence. Oakley was quickest to react by thrusting out his leg to steer a finish past Parish.

“The only positive I can take out of this is the fact we’re still in the cup,” admitted McCann afterwards.

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Motherwell secured their place in this afternoon’s draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with this comfortable, comprehensive victory.

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The last time Hamilton eliminated their Lanarkshire rivals from the competition for the world’s oldest cup was in 1911, when Herbert Asquith was prime minister, George V was on the throne and Stan Laurel had yet to meet Oliver Hardy.

On yesterday’s evidence, it may well be another 117 years before they emulate that achievement. They were punchless up front, feckless at the back and soft in the middle, allowing the home side to dominate proceedings.

“We got back to doing what we do best; we were aggressive, had a real tempo about us and won the physical battle,” said Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson. “We played some really good stuff as well.

“The three boys up top were good. Nadir Ciftci will get better and better once he gets fitter, but I though Craig Tanner and Curtis Main were also a real threat amongst some really good performances.”

Motherwell opened the scoring after only four minutes but, in truth, they had very little to do with it.

Readers old enough will recall Willie Donachie’s own goal against Wales at Hampden in 1978, when the full-back’s sloppy passback left goalkeeper Jim Blyth helpless to prevent the visitors claiming a 1-1 draw.

On this occasion, Scott McMann was at fault. He clearly had no idea where Gary Woods was when he knocked the ball back to where he believed he should have been. Woods stuck out a foot but it trundled past him and inside the far post.

McMann’ then he appeared to take the legs from Craig Tanner but referee Craig Thomson took a different view.

Main, the new signing from Portsmouth, should have doubled the hosts’ advantage after fellow debutant Ciftci and Tanner combined to send him clear but he lofted his shot from 12 yards over the bar.

A second goal arrived and was, again, the result of dilatory defending. An audacious flick by Ciftci from a Richard Tait throw-in found Main, who was brought down by Alex Gogic’s clumsy challenge, Tanner converting the penalty.

Accies had the chance to reduce the leeway immediately afterwards but Trevor Carson was equal to Rakish Bingham’s header, as he was to a fierce David Templeton drive on the stroke of half-time. The visitors badly missed the dynamic, box-to-box runs of Greg Docherty but, having rejected Rangers offer as well as their deferred payment plan, manager Martin Canning was denied the use of the player due to an ankle injury.

His absence allowed Lewis Ferguson, son of former Rangers and Hearts playmaker Derek, to make his debut but the teenager struggled,not helped by his more experienced team-mates.

At no time during the second half did Hamilton look like mounting a comeback. Motherwell, by contrast, could easily have added to their tally.

It was a performance which left Canning baffled. “We never really got going today,” he admitted. “I was disappointed with the first half and, obviously, the goals were crazy. The first you don’t expect to see at this level and, at the second, Gogic has three attempts to clear the ball, doesn’t do it, they take a quick throw and he gives away a stupid penalty.”

Canning stressed that he expects Docherty to still be a Hamilton player by the time the current transfer window closes and revealed that he may return when Hearts visit the SuperSeal Stadium in midweek.

“He said he was probably 80-85 per cent fit today and that he’d give it a go but we decided not to take the chance with Wednesday in mind,” he said.

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Celtic produced what Brendan Rodgers called “a professional performance” to blitz Brechin City and breeze into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. The fact Moussa Dembele did not contribute to that on an afternoon in which Rodgers fielded his strongest available side the Irishman intimated afterwards was no mere coincidence.

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Across this transfer window, the 21-year-old Frenchman has been constantly linked with English Premier League clubs – Crystal Palace, Brighton and Everton, largely – without any making the £20m bid that might trigger actual activity. The speculation surrounding Dembele yesterday led Rodgers to make the stark admission that he feels rendering the forward inactive is best for his side. With his team exhibiting focus, freshness and a sense of purpose on their return to action after a three-week winter break, the Celtic manager does not believe those facets can be guaranteed from the player who was such a sensation as he exploded on to the Scottish football scene last season with 32 goals – he’s netted just eight in this campaign.

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“There have been a couple of enquiries for him [Dembele] and I think it is clear he has not been quite the same as he’s been for over a year or so,” Rodgers said. “My job as the manager is always to protect the club and ensure everyone who plays is totally focused.

“He’s a good kid, has done great for us but there has always been speculation around him and I think for young players it can be difficult at times.

“This window, it is a difficult window for players. They are unsure, especially in his case. But he has no issue, there is no problem. I could have played him today but for the team and for the dynamic of everything I wanted to put young Odsonne [Edouard] in.

“Moussa is training, he is working and nothing happens between now and the end of January then between then and the end of the season we will see that player really focussed and fighting and running and working for the team.”

The men Rodgers sent out certainly did not lack purpose or effervescence and inside 121 seconds – without the visitors’ touching the ball – were a goal up through James Forrest. He swept in from eight yards after Scott Sinclair waltzed down the left flank and cut the ball back from the byline.

Darren Dods admitted his side – without a win in the Championship – could hardly have endured a worse start than falling two behind ten minutes later. That goal was the product of an over-ambitious forward pass from James Dale inside his own box, which Callum McGregor intercepted and knocked into the path of Sinclair, who beat Brechin keeper Graeme Smith at his near post.

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There could only be a degree of relief for a commendably strong Brechin support when their team actually managed a break into the Celtic half shortly afterwards, greeted by high-pitched roars from the visiting section – testament to the family outing enjoyed by the Angus day-trippers.

But they would have known further punishment was to come.

It arrived just after the restart when Mikael Lustig hung up a cross from the right that allowed Celtic’s midfield orchestrator Olivier Ntcham to power in an unstoppable header. Celtic’s aerial threat brought no.4 in the 56th minute when Dedryck Boyata met a McGregor corner and headed it wide of Smith. In the closing minutes, Edouard completed the scoring – after Brechin substitute Issac Layne had caused some anxiety for the Celtic backline – when he met a neat through-ball from Lustig on the half-turn, and angled a low effort into the far corner.

Rodgers, who expects to have the injury-sidelined Leigh Griffiths back for Tuesday’s Premiership clash at Partick Thistle, is cagey on new signings in the ten days before the window closes next week. “It is important to stay calm,” he said. “The key was to strengthen in this window and I believe we will do that. If you are trying to bring in a specific type of player it takes a little more time.”

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With nothing but pride to play for, Glasgow displayed heaps of the stuff, producing their best performance of this European campaign to thwart any hopes Exeter had of progressing in the Champions Cup.

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Trailing by 28-7 inside the final quarter, the Chiefs looked down and out but two tries in quick succession dragged the West Country club back into this game. Stuart Hogg then hit the post with a long-range penalty but somehow Glasgow held out to claim their first European win.

“I think [we had] 30-odd per cent territory and possession in the first half and we made a lot of tackles,” said coach Dave Rennie. “It was a great effort and the ability to turn the screws after half-time was important. Exeter were probably thinking, they’ve made a lot of tackles and they’ll tire, but it was a great response and we managed to hang on in the end.”

The result was encouraging but it came at a cost to Scotland with George Turner and Alex Dunbar both lost to first-half injuries, knee and head respectively.

On the plus side of the ledger Hogg was in fine fettle, a threat all afternoon. He took just 68 seconds to score following his long injury lay off, with his first touch of the ball. Taking advantage of a turnover, their main source of possession in the first half, Tommy Seymour broke from deep and looked to the outside before feeding George Horne on his inside and, inside again, Hogg was on hand to finish from the 22.

Glasgow spent much of the opening half in dogged defence, keeping the visitors scoreless until the 38th minute of the match when Sam Simmonds drove over from close range.

It was a much improved defensive effort by the hosts. Seymour saved one certain score with a tackle

back on Ian Whitten, while Huw Jones was fended by the same man but made amends by somehow holding the ball off the ground over the line. The Glasgow forwards halted the muscular Exeter maul in its tracks.

The game was a slow burner, only really firing into life in the second half when both teams started throwing the ball about, Glasgow because they know no other way while Exeter needed a four-try bonus.

There were some deft touches from the home side. Finn Russell performed a little chip and chase, retrieving his own kick. Peter Horne kicked right into the Exeter corner from 50 yards out and Matt Fagerson was outstanding throughout, a worthy man of the match winner and a player with a huge future ahead of him.

Glasgow were constantly inventive and, if there was something fortuitous about the penalty try that Romain Poite awarded them on 51 minutes, the two tries Glasgow scored either side of the hour mark were absolute humdingers, worthy of any highlights clip and well beyond the understanding let alone the ability of their English opposition.

The match was a 7-7 draw when Poite reached for his pocket. Russell’s pass to replacement hooker Grant Stewart was deemed to have been deliberately knocked on by visiting scrum-half Nic White, who was carded, with Glasgow awarded the penalty try.

With a spring in their step Glasgow produced two more tries in the space of as many minutes, both miniature acts of brilliance and proof that Rennie’s side are right back to their inventive best. The first started with a lineout five metres from Glasgow’s own line, the ball was whipped to Seymour on the right wing and he found acres of space, swapping passes with Russell before feeding George Horne, who returned the favour for Seymour, who had come off his wing, to score.

Two minutes later Glasgow fans were celebrating again as this time Hogg sliced his way through from a lineout, fed Seymour on the switch, both Horne brothers got involved, Peter feeding George who fed Fagerson who flopped over the try line.

Going behind by three scores seemed to spark Exeter into life. Don Armand got one back for the

visitors on 65 minutes and Whitten finished off a cracker on the left wing after Seymour sold himself, attempting the interception, on 70 minutes.

Going into the final ten minutes we had a seven-point game but Glasgow were in no mood to let this one slip away.

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Hibernian have completed the loan signing of former Hearts full-back Faycal Rherras.

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The 24-year-old joins from Belgian side KV Mechelen until the end of the season and is clear to play in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

Rherras is familiar with Scottish football having signed a three-year deal with Hearts in 2017. He played only 23 games before falling out of favour once the club swapped managers and was freed from his contract.

The Belgian born defender is right-footed but prefers playing at left-back. He is remembered most for a spate of goal line clearances.

He said: “I am very happy to be joining Hibs, it is a move that I hope will work well for myself and for the club.

“I have played in Scotland before with Hearts, so know what the game is like here and enjoyed it a lot, especially as I know the city of Edinburgh well from my previous time here.

“The atmosphere at Easter Road in last year’s derby was something special - it left a big impression on me and hopefully I can experience similar in my time here.

“My goal is to try and play as much as possible. The squad here is good, but I would like to try my best to help the team during my time here and I can do that best by playing on the pitch.”

Rherras, who counts CS Visé and Sint-Truidense VV as former clubs, has represented the country of his parents, Morocco, twice and was in their 2017 African Cup of Nations squad.

Neil Lennon said: “Faycal is a very good player to be bringing into the squad, and brings with him a wealth of experience.

“He is only 24 and has a lot of good quality experience in the top-flight in Belgium and Scotland, as well as at international level.

“His previous experience in Scotland will no doubt be a positive as he knows what to expect from the league.

“We were looking to get some cover in at full-back, and Faycal comes in to provide strong competition which can only be good for the squad.”

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Forget the romance of the cup. There was no wooing involved in this one. From the minute Adam Rooney slammed home the opening goal in the seventh minute, it was a case of wham, bam, thank you mam.

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St Mirren may be strolling the Championship but this was a tough lesson in what they can expect against the top teams if they see out the season in premier position.

Against an Aberdeen side that took nothing for granted and were clinical in dispatching their lower tier opponents, there was never a stage of this match when Jack Ross’ men looked likely to pull off a Scottish Cup shock. The Pittodrie side were just too good for them, exposing their visitors’ frailties at the back and leaving them to rue too many individual errors.

Stelios Demetriou had a game that he will try to forget. It was his challenge that handed Aberdeen the opportunity to take the early advantage. Gary Mackay-Steven drew men to him before picking out a pass to Ryan Christie and he played the ball wide to Greg Stewart and as he cut into the box, the Cypriot fullback felled him and the referee was on hand to award the penalty. Rooney converted, sending Craig Samson the wrong way.

The question was how the Saints, who are unfamiliar with losing, could respond. Up front they are lively and they tried to play their natural game but against players who are virtually an entire league table above them, they were finding life difficult to play their usual expansive game. Aberdeen had control of the midfield, with Christie, Kenny McLean and Graeme Shinnie controlling matters and it stemmed the flow to St Mirren’s front men. It left their defence exposed and they were ill-equipped to deal with that.

Christie was instrumental in so much of what was good in the Aberdeen performance and he earned his rewards in the 18th and 33rd minute, showing composure as he finished

Mackay-Steven burst through towards the byeline and while Greg Stewart was up with him, he cut it back where, with St Mirren at sixes and sevens, support was arriving in numbers and picked out Christie, who side footed it home.

His second goal again underlined the guests’ ability to shoot themselves in the foot. Demetriou attempted to clear a cross into the area clear but hit it off his teammate and when it dropped to Shay Logan, he swung in another cross which Christie headed home at the back post.

“We have good players but we do give up opportunities as well,” said the St Mirren boss, “I was pleased with a lot of aspects of the first half, I know that sounds strange as we were 3-1 down, but we played well for large periods of it. We were punished ruthlessly for some individual mistakes but our shape and play going forward was good. There’s always that challenge as a manager of how defensive you are and how much you try and effect the game going forward.”

The loss of the third goal was disappointing, given the fact that a Gavin Reilly had pounced to bury his effort. Demetriou showed himself more proficient going forward and his efforts served up an opening for Lewis Morgan. Joe Lewis had to block that one but Reilly was the first to respond to temporarily narrow the deficit.

Aberdeen could have gone on to add to their tally ahead of the interval, with the manager Derek McInnes irked by the fact his men took their feet of the gas at times. He blamed rustiness for that, given the winter break, but was happy that they produced the goods when necessary to ensure they would comfortably see out the match.

With St Mirren aware than a goal-scoring start to the second half would bolster the hopes of an unlikely comeback, it was actually Aberdeen who found the net, just two minutes after the restart. And it was a beautiful finish from MacKay-Steven, who responded perfectly to the return of Niall McGinn to the club and signalled he would not be forgoing his starting berth without a fight.

The strike from the edge of the box was pinged straight into the postage stamp corner of Samson’s goal, giving him no chance of reaching it. It was enough to shore up the victory, sending Saints into defensive mode as they tried to prevent an embarrassing mauling.

““It was potentially a tricky tie - the TV cameras are here because they maybe see a scalp coming and I understand that, the way St Mirren have been going. They’re a very good side and going the right way. But we were very clinical in the first half. I feel there were moments of sloppiness that gave them too much encouragement for my liking but throughout it all we had some good performances, some fantastic goals and an experienced second half performance got the job done. We were never in danger of a slip. Now look forward to whatever the draw brings us in the next round.”

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Neil McCann has left Celtic target Jack Hendry out the Dundee squad for the club’s William Hill Scottish Cup fixture with Inverness CT.

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The centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to Celtic Park with reports Dundee had rejected a six-figure bid from Celtic.

However it was confirmed by McCann at his pre-match press conference on Friday that the club had not yet received any bids for the players but he admitted there had been interest.

Hendry’s exclusion from the Dundee team, having progressed to become a key performer, fuels speculation that the club are not playing him so that he is not cup tied.

The 22-year-old was signed on a free contract from Wigan during the summer and has impressed with both his physicality and ability and composure in possession.

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Chris Sutton has called on Celtic fans to be patient in the January transfer window as the club are shopping in a different market than their rivals.

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Sutton praised the recruitment of both Heart of Midlothian and Rangers but noted that the players they have signed have been cast-offs.

“To my eye this has been a cracking window for Scottish football so far,” said in his Daily Record column.

“Rangers have done some fine business with the acquisitions of Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Russell Martin.

“Rangers are also right to have signed these boys on loan. They simply cannot afford to go dishing out long-term deals when Graeme Murty only has an agreement to the end of the season.

“Hearts fans are also right to feel excited because they have pulled off a fine capture with the signing of Steven Naismith.”

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However the ex-Celtic striker said his former club need to shop in a completely different market and shouldn’t follow in the footseps of their rivals.

Brendan Rodgers has added German centre-back Marvin Compper and St Mirren wideman Lewis Morgan, who has remained on loan at the Buddies.

“Sure Rodgers could go and pick up cast-offs, unwanted players and those stuck on the fringes at clubs.

“After all, that’s the market Murphy, Martin, Cummings, Goss and Naismith came from.

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“For all they will improve Rangers and Hearts, they were unwanted at their clubs and deemed surplus to requirements.

“That’s not criticism, it’s fact.

“Rodgers says he’s looking for quality. If you are trying to improve a team that has won the last four trophies out of four, went 69 domestic games unbeaten and made the Champions League group stage in the past two seasons, you might have to pay out and you might have to wait.”

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Rory McIlroy is both “rejuvenated” and “refocused”. He’s also equipped with a game that is no longer “one-dimensional” as he bids to mark his return from a three-month break with victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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After a third-round 65 for a 16-under-par total, the 28-year-old is just one off the lead, held by Belgian Thomas Pieters and Englishman Ross Fisher, in the $3 million event and feeling happy about his week’s work so far. No wonder.

His first bogey of the event came after 51 holes. It was a good one in the end, holing a 12-foot putt from just off the green at the short 15th after leaving his second shot in a bunker.

The four-time major winner chipped in two holes later for his seventh birdie of the day before signing off with another one after being delighted how he shaped a 2-iron with his approach to find the green.

After finishing second in this event four times, McIlroy is determined to finally go one better. Winning for the first time in 16 months would also be some way to return after shutting down his 2017 campaign early to get himself properly prepared for this year.

“I’m not here to make a statement,” he insisted afterwards. “I’m here to try to win golf tournaments and people can think what they want. I know the work I’ve put in and I know that I’m as prepared as I ever have been to play, not just this year but for many years ahead.

“I’m rejuvenated and sort of refocused a little bit and I know what I want to do. I think over the past three days I’ve shown my intent.”

This is the first of eight tournaments he has planned in the build up to this year’s Masters. That will mark his fourth attempt to become just the sixth player to complete golf’s career Grand Slam. Winning first time out in 2018 would be a huge confidence boost.

“It’s so nice,” he added of his position heading into the final day. “If someone had said to me at the start of the week, you can go off in the last couple of groups and have a chance going into Sunday, I’d have said, ‘I’d love to do that’. It’s just good to get back into the mix and get back into the competitive environment.”

Every aspect of McIlroy’s game has benefitted from the work he was able to put in during his self-enforced break. As that left-to-right 2-iron from 230 yards at the last showed, he feels comfortable again shaping shots. This round also included a nice knock-down with 8-iron.

“I’m working on not to be so one-dimensional,” he said. “It’s not that I didn’t have the ability, but I had gotten out of the habit and I had gotten out of doing that and practising that. But I’ve been doing stuff like that over the past few months.”

Games on Trackman, the golf simulator that just about every top golfer now owns, have helped him work on his distance control. “I’ve been doing them since probably September,” he said. “I worked a little bit on my wedges at Close House for the British Masters and that helped that week. I just continued on from there.

“I have a 60 to 80 game and I have a wedge test game, which is like 25 shots. I’ve got one for short to mid-iron, which is like 150 to 200, and a mid to long-iron from 200 to 250. It’s random distances for 25 shots and you’re just trying to play about and trying to land it a certain distance.

“It’s been a productive few months in that regard. It makes practice fun as well. You’re not just there hitting balls. There’s a purpose to it and you know walking off the range whether you’ve had a really good practise session or not, and that builds your confidence, too.”

Pieters signed for a 67 to retain his position at the top of the leaderboard, where he was joined by Fisher after the Englishman closed with a birdie for a 65. Not only is McIlroy breathing down the duo’s neck but also defending champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Bogey-free for the second time this week in signing for a 67, last year’s Race to Dubai winner is just two behind, as is compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick after he stormed up the leaderboard on the back of a blistering nine-under-par 63.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson birdied two of the last three holes to sit on 12-under, giving him an outside chance to go one better than 12 months ago, with two-time winner Paul Casey also five behind the leaders on his return to the European Tour.

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Celtic have targeted Serbia teenage star Luka Adzic from Red Star Belgrade.

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According to the player’s agent Radojica Bozovic, Celtic are one of a number of clubs keen on the attacker, reports the Daily Record.

The 19-year-old wideman has been used sparingly by the club’s manager Vladan Milojevic, starting only eight games this season.

He’s netted once in the Serbian top flight, while he was only used for nine minutes in Red Star’s 14 European matches.

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The player, who has had played for the country’s youth teams, has a similar build to Tom Rogic, preferring to cut in from the left and has been linked to clubs in England.

Bozovic said: “I know that there is an interest from Celtic, but also some other clubs for Luka, but there was no concrete offer.

“We have decided Luka would leave the Red Star very soon. His father, and my godfather, Ivan talked with (director of football) Mr Terzic and the people from the club.

“They told him that coach Milojevic does not seriously care for Luka.”

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