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Celtic to face Partick Thistle in last 16 of Scottish Cup

Holders Celtic will take on Partick Thistle in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

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Hibs midfielder John McGinn just failed to keep out Don Cowie's flick

Hearts 1, Hibs 0: Late goal sends Jambos through in cup

Hearts moved into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup as a late winner ended Hibs’ three-and-a-half-year unbeaten run in the Edinburgh derby.

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Rumour Mill: Morelos on the move? | McGinn considering new Hibs deal | Celtic linked with two-time Bundesliga winner

Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a move to the Championship, John McGinn is not in a rush to leave Edinburgh and would consider a new deal and Celtic chase a two-time Bundesliga winner.

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Robbie Neilson's MK Dons had won just one of their last 11 league games

Ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson leaves MK Dons after poor run

Former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has left his manager’s position at MK Dons following a dismal run of form.

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This week it is likely to be confirmed that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used at the World Cup finals in Russia. Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Comment: If VAR is at Celtic Park will it be at Central Park?

One of my favourite Monty Python sketches is The Fish-Slapping Dance and it always makes me think of Arbroath and their world-record win. How did the Red Lichties supporters celebrate beating Bon Accord 36-0 back in 1885? Would they have had rattles to birl? Would they even have had scarves to wave? Or did they simply grab the nearest things to hand – smokies – and playfully hit each other on the cheek, like John Cleese and Michael Palin in the comedy classic?

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Rangers' new loan signing Russell Martin. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Vegan diet helps Rangers’ Russell Martin beat bowel problem

Fortitude isn’t a characteristic that would be readily associated with Rangers this season. It is a hallmark of Russell Martin.

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Rangers manager Graeme Murty could introduce some of his new signings in Wednesday's game against Aberdeen. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Graeme Murty hints at Rangers departures before window closes

The likelihood that steady and significant recasting of the Rangers squad over the January window will continue in the same vein over the remaining weeks of the month was hinted at by Graeme Murty this week. After recruiting four senior loan signings, though, the Ibrox manager hinted activity could be stepped up in shedding players.

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Hibernian's Darren McGregor is looking forward to the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Hearts. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Hibs prefer to play at Tynecastle, says Darren McGregor

Darren McGregor has yet to taste derby defeat as a Hibernian player. But having experienced more than enough of it growing up as a fan of the club, he is in no rush to sample it on the pitch.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, sitting with Stevie Frail at Rugby Park, was a spectator at Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup tie against Ross County. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Michael O’Neill faces Nations League draw dilemma

The Uefa Nations League draw on Wednesday will prove a key moment in Scotland’s pursuit of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.

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Robbie Neilson has left MK Dons.

Ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson leaves MK Dons

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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Hibernian's Jason Cummings opens the scoring in last season's Scottish Cup replay against Hearts at Easter Road. Hibs won 3-1. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Nine in a row: How Hibs gained upper hand in capital derby

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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Everton's James McCarthy leaves the field on a stretcher. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

James McCarthy suffers horror double-fracture of leg

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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Hearts manager Craig Levein with the William Hill Scottish Cup. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Craig Levein: Cup derby is biggest match of Hearts’ season

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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Dundee Utd's Mark Durnan rises to make it 1-0. Picture: SNS/Sammy Turner

Alloa 0 - 2 Dundee United: Emil Lyng stars in Arabs victory

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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Declan McDaid netted twice for Ayr United. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Ayr 4 -1 Arbroath: Campbell invades pitch as United ease through

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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Jai Quitongo came off the bench to secure passage to the next round for Greenock Morton. Picture: SNS/Paul Devlin

Dunfermline 1 - 2 Morton: Quitongo off bench to score winner

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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Brora Rangers recorded the shock of the round at East Fife. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

East Fife 0 - 1 Brora Rangers: Highlanders cause shock of round

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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David Goodwillie was on target in Clyde's win at Montrose. Picture: SNS/Kenny Smith

League 1 & 2 round-up: Beith and Goodwillie on scoresheet in wins

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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Conor Sammon netted a double for Partick Thistle in their win over Queen of the South. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Queen of the South 1 - 2 Partick Thistle: Sammon hero with brace

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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Kilmarnock's Lee Erwin scores the winner from the penalty spot. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Ross County: Late drama as Killie advance

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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