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Andy Halliday hails Graeme Murty influence after Pedro Caixinha hell

One start and four substitute appearances for Andy Halliday since his recall from an ill-starred loan spell in Azerbaijan seven weeks ago accords him only bit-part status at Rangers.

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Zenit St Petersburg's Branislav Ivanovic missed the first leg with an eye injury. Picture: SNS

Zenit star ‘surprised’ by Celtic’s performance at Parkhead

Zenit St Petersburg grandee Branislav Ivanovic has confessed he was “surprised” by the levels Celtic produced on and off the field at home to Roberto Mancini’s men on Thursday.

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Ryan Hardie had already struck once, and his second made it 2-1 to Livingston after just 15 minutes. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS

Livingston 4 - 1 St Mirren: Livi hand out lesson to leaders

It’s been a funny old week for St Mirren. Perhaps it contributed to this game featuring one of the most crazy opening 25 minutes anyone at the Tony Macaroni Arena yesterday is likely to witness all season. If retaining the services of Jack Ross as manager after an approach from Barnsley was perhaps the Buddies biggest result of the campaign, this bumpy ride at the hands of an immaculately organised Livingston side was a reminder that in the words of Ross himself ‘there is still work to do’ at the Paisley club.

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Neil Lennon celebrates as a despondent Derek McInnes watches on. Picture: SNS

Neil Lennon lauds victory over Aberdeen as ‘best performance so far’

Neil Lennon say his men thrust themselves back into contention for a top-two finish in the league and hailed the victory over Aberdeen as the “performance of the season from us”.

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Stephen Dobbie scored the opening goal. Picture: Michael Gillen

Queen of the South 1 - 1 Morton: Controversy as ‘Ton claim a draw

Morton came from behind to maintain their one-point advantage over Queens after an entertaining clash at Palmerston.

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Alex Jakubiak netted a late winner. Picture: Michael Gillen

Brechin City 0 - 1 Falkirk: Late Jakubiak strike sinks City

A stoppage time strike from Alex Jakubiak gave rejuvenated Falkirk a dramatic victory and denied battling Brechin only their fifth point of the season.

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Motherwell's Craig Tanner is challenged by Eamonn Brophy. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Motherwell 0 - 1 Kilmarnock: O’Donnell wins it for Killie

Kilmarnock leapfrogged Motherwell into sixth place and this, their third successive victory, leaves them just three points behind fifth-placed Hearts with two games in hand.

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Hibernian's Martin Boyle opens the scoring. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Hibernian 2 - 0 Aberdeen: Boyle and Kamberi see off Dons

Aberdeen have grown used to coming in second best to Celtic but they are not accustomed to being usurped by many others.

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Dundee's Simon Murray (L) in action against Callum Booth. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Partick Thistle 1 - 2 Dundee: Murray nets dramatic double

It is likely to forever be the way of it for Simon Murray. With his scampering, scuffing and slashes in front of goal he can have afternoons when he seems an ugly duckling of a striker. Only to end those same afternoons with the bearing of a swan.

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Hearts' Kyle Lafferty scores to make it 1-0. Picture: SNS/Paul Devlin

Ross County 1 - 1 Hearts: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten in Ross County’s 1-1 draw with Hearts

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Ross County's Jason Naismith scores to make it 1-1. Picture: SNS/Paul Devlin

Five things we learned from Ross County 1 - 1 Hearts

Andy Harrow looks back on Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Ross County

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Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum is stretchered off in pain

Snapped Achilles sidelines Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum for up to eight months

Hearts suffered a second major injury blow inside 24 hours with the news that midfielder Arnaud Djoum has snapped his Achilles tendon.

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Hearts' Kyle Lafferty celebrates Hearts' opener. Picture: SNS/Paul Devlin

Ross County 1 - 1 Hearts: Staggies battle back for a point

John Souttar vowed to help Arnaud Djoum in a long and arduous recovery process after the Hearts midfielder’s season was ended prematurely by a snapped Achilles tendon sustained in yesterday’s draw with Ross County.

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Rumour Mill: Alex McLeish - Scotland job was ‘destiny’ | John McGinn ‘had no intention’ of leaving Hibs | Rodgers - Zenit win is ‘just the start’

Brendan Rodgers has urged Celtic to kick-on from their victory against Zenit, John McGinn admits that speculation with a move away in January affected his form and new Scotland boss Alex McLeish vows to win fans over following his appointment as Scotland manager, calling it ‘his destiny’.

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Aberdeen's Scott McKenna, right, with Willo Flood of Dundee United. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Scott McKenna wants to play 100 games before leaving Aberdeen

Scott McKenna wants to move to England some day but only when the Aberdeen defender is convinced he won’t join the plethora of promising players
who have gone south only to return with their potential diminished.

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Callum McGregor celebrates his superb match-winning strike against Zenit St Petersburg. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Brendan Rodgers hails big-game ace Callum McGregor after goal

The ultimate value of Callum McGregor’s goal for Celtic against Zenit St Petersburg will only be known when the final whistle blows in the second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie at the Krestovsky Stadium next week.

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Hibernian's John McGinn promotes the club's annual Caledonian Player of the Year Awards. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

John McGinn feels weight lift from his shoulders

Such was the speculation surrounding John McGinn’s future, there was a collective exhaling of breath by the Hibernian management and fans when the window closed with the player still in situ.

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New Scotland manager Alex McLeish at his Hampden unveiling. Picture: John Devlin

Alex McLeish: ‘I’ll win over the Tartan Army doubters’

Alex McLeish is convinced he can regain the trust and respect of all Scotland supporters by leading the national team to the European Championship finals in 2020.

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A relaxed-looking Alex McLeish during his unveiling as the new Scotland manager at Hampden. Picture: John Devlin

‘Pioneer’ Alex McLeish is older and wiser as Scotland boss

The image of an organisation
stuck in reverse gear has been all too easily applied to the Scottish FA as they circuitously made their four-month journey from jettisoning Gordon Strachan and rehiring his old mucker Alex McLeish.

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Hearts defender Michael Smith. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Hearts defender hails Craig Levein’s tactical flexibility

Michael Smith says that life at Hearts these days is far more in keeping with the way he imagined it. When he joined the Gorgie side in the summer, he was sold on a club with big ambitions, who would be challenging for honours, enjoyed a strong bond with supporters and played at an atmospheric ground.

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