Sam Stanton leaves Hibs and signs permanent deal with Dundee United

Sam Stanton has left Hibs and signed a permanent deal with Dundee United.

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Cammy Smith opens the scoring for St Mirren in Saturdays Championship victory against Dumbarton. Picture: SNS.

St Mirren’s Cammy Smith puts Aberdeen on red alert

The impression of St Mirren as a Premiership-team-in-waiting strengthens by the week. As important as victory in Dumbarton on Saturday was to that growing belief, it has ramped up the intrigue for this weekend. Then the Paisley club will be keeping Premiership company for real when taking on Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Dundee United's Emil Lyng tussles with Jean Yves Mvoto of Dunfermline. Picture: SNS.

Dundee United need a Dunfermline-style recovery to rejoin the hunt

If Dundee United are searching for positives in light of their third game in four without a victory, a run that has seen them drop eight points behind league leaders St Mirren, they could do worse than find inspiration from the recent turnaround in fortunes enjoyed by Saturday’s hosts.

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Good, but no Waspburger. Stamford Bridges press box offered no Alloa delicacies for Arsene Wenger. Photograph: Ian Kington

Sights we’d like to see: Wenger at Dumbarton, pie voucher in pocket

The other night, in the middle of a touchline ban, Arsene Wenger faced a dilemma and the potential of having insult added to inconvenience. Normally when managers are banished to the stands they watch from the directors’ box but at Chelsea the poshest seats are right across the field from the dressing rooms. That would have meant a yomp at half-time, losing valuable minutes from his team talk, when he would have been highly conspicuous in his trademark long grey quilted gown – and even before Antonio Conte sneered at him for being “old”, the Arsenal boss would have faced considerable abuse from the successors of the Stamford Bridge skinhead cognoscenti.

Aaron Doran celebrates his goal for Inverness. Picture: SNS.

Inverness 3 - 1 Queen of the South: Weary Highlanders prevail

John Robertson praised leg-weary Caley Thistle for navigating five games in 15 days with flying colours.

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Craig Sibbald's goal gave Falkirk victory. Picture: SNS.

Morton 0 - 1 Falkirk: Bairns dent Ton’s play-off hopes

A first-half strike from Craig Sibbald was enough to settle this Cappielow clash and send the Bairns level on points with third bottom Dumbarton, while denting Morton’s promotion play-off hopes.

St Mirrens Stephen McGinn eludes Tom Walshs challenge. Picture: SNS.

Dumbarton 0 - 2 St Mirren: St Mirren romping numbers game

The numbers are starting to add up for St Mirren. Yesterday’s win extended their unbeaten sequence to seven games, was their eighth victory in ten Championship encounters and extended to eight points their lead over Dundee United.

Scott Robinson was on target for Livingston. Picture: SNS.

Brechin 0 - 2 Livingston: Hopkin’s men on course for play-offs

A goal in either half saw Livingston step up their pursuit of a play-off place as rock-bottom Brechin remained winless.

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Dundee United keeper Harry Lewis is beaten but Declan McManus shot hit the post. Photograph: Rob Casey/SNS

Dunfermline 0 - 0 Dundee United: Fans angry after stalemate

The short, sharp burst of boos from the travelling support which immediately greeted the full-time whistle would tell you that a 0-0 draw away to Dunfermline was not the result Dundee United fans were looking for following last weekend’s horrendous 6-1 loss in Falkirk.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster. Picture: SNS

SPFL to agree new and improved sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes - reports

The SPFL are set to agree a new and improved deal with league sponsors Ladbrokes.

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Rumour Mill: Lazio track Celtic defender | Hibs turn down bids | Hearts eye Dutch striker

Scottish football gossip: Lazio on the trail of Jozo Simunovic; Hibs turn down bids but not for John McGinn and Hearts are linked with Dutch striker

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Jake Mulraney (centre) celebrates his goal with his team-mates. Picture: SNS.

Inverness 4 - 1 Falkirk: Caley Thistle strike trio sink Bairns

Inverness blitzed the Bairns with a dazzling first-half show to move back to within three points of the play-off zone.


Tam Scobbie apologises to Dundee United fans after Falkirk rout

Sometimes brevity is all that’s needed. “We were f***ing sh**e”, exclaimed crestfallen Dundee United defender Tam Scobbie.


St Mirren winning battle of minds with Dundee United

St Mirren stretched their lead over Dundee United at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table to six points with this hard-fought victory and immediately ramped up the 
pressure on their closest rivals by questioning the mental strength of the Tannadice players.

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Rumour Mill: Sturridge to Celtic? | Rangers eye Cummings | Southampton want Armstrong

Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move to Celtic; Rangers could make move for Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings and Southampton considering a £10m move for Stuart Armstrong

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St Mirren's Gavin Reilly scores the only goal of the game. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

St Mirren 1 - 0 Inverness: Gavin Reilly hits 20th of season

The image to frame the day came at full-time of the victory that moved St Mirren six points clear at the top of the Championship. It was waves all-round from Jack Ross as he left the field to rapturous applause from the home supporters and with new Celtic signing Lewis Morgan by his side. In that scene, the renaissance engineered by Ross at the Paisley club over the past 12 months was captured.

Chris Kane scores the winner for Queen of the South. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Livingston 0 - 1 Queen of the South: Chris Kane nets winner

Livingston captain at the age of 22, a rock at the heart of their defence and a career-best goal tally of six for the campaign. It has been a season to remember for young Craig Halkett.

Morton's Bob McHugh equalises against Brechin. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Brechin 1 - 1 Morton: Ton’s play-off hopes take a dent

Brechin City earned only their fourth point of the campaign as Morton’s play-off hopes suffered a setback at Glebe Park.

 Dunfermline's Joe Cardle celebrates his goal

Dumbarton 0 - 1 Dunfermline: Cardle boosts Pars play-off hopes

The play-off places at either end of the Championship table were uppermost in both these sides’ minds going into this game and a majestic first-half strike by Joe Cardle was enough to ensure it was Dunfermline whose hopes of being in the mix for the head to heads for promotion that were reinforced.

Peter Grant rises to head in Falkirk's first goal in the 6-1 win over Dundee United. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 6 - 1 Dundee United: Bairns hit United for six

New year, new Falkirk. A team that had enjoyed just one victory in their previous 11 games, they had also spent the last few days under fire thanks to the disgraceful antics of some fans during the midweek defeat to Dunfermline but in completely and utterly overwhelming Championship title hopefuls Dundee United, they ensured themselves some positive feedback for a change.

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