Rangers and Aberdeen close in on creating exciting title race

Alex Rae is welcoming the prospect of a genuine title race and is interested to see if Celtic will be able to rebuff their pursuers if results go against them this weekend.

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Paul Hanlon with Scott Allan, who made his second home debut for Hibs in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen. Picture: SNS Group

Aberdeen defeat helps Scott Allan win over Hibs objectors

Another massive win on Saturday took Hibernian a further two points clear of their city rivals in the league standings and, perhaps more notably, reduced the gap between themselves and the teams who currently stand between them and the possibility of a second-place finish.

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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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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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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.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon was glad of his side's recent break. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Hibs can definitely achieve Aberdeen’s level says Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon will welcome Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor back into the ranks for tomorrow’s league fixture but he says that there is still a void between his squad and the one his Pittodrie counterpart Derek McInnes has at his disposal.

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Celtic chief: Aberdeen, Hibs & Hearts could be Europa League regulars

Impending changes to the Europa League could see Scotland’s second-tier clubs become regular participants in the competition, according to Peter Lawwell.

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Rumour Mill: Another bid for Alfredo Morelos | loan signings ‘good for Celtic’ | Murty denies Wilson claims

Rangers have rejected a fourth bid for Alfredo Morelos, Peter Lawwell believes loan deals can help Celtic’s reputation grow, and Graeme Murty insists Danny Wilson wanted to leave Rangers.

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Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean is set on winning the Scottish Cup to round off his spell at Pittodrie. Picture: SNS.

Kenny McLean aims to leave Aberdeen with Scottish Cup triumph

Kenny McLean is desperate to ensure his farewell game for Aberdeen is rendered even more special for being on the winning side on cup final day at Hampden.

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The most accurate attackers in the Scottish Premiership this term

Using data compiled by Wyscout.com we’ve put together a countdown of the most accurate attackers in the Scottish top flight this season in terms of shooting. Hit the link either above or below to see the gallery.

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Rumour Mill: Rogic set for Zenit return | Ex-Hibs striker to make boxing debut | Rangers loanee suffers ankle injury

Tom Rogic is set to make his first Celtic appearance in two months when the Hoops take on Zenit st Petersburg, Ex-Hibs striker Jamie Insall will start a second career as a bare knuckle boxer, and Rangers loanee Carlos Pena has suffered what looks to be a nasty ankle injury while on loan at Cruz Azul.

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Derek McInnes: If Aberdeen don’t win the cup I’ll be disappointed

Derek McInnes believes Aberdeen are among a clutch of teams who will be disappointed if they do not lift the Scottish Cup this season.

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James Forrest with the match ball at full time. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish Cup weekend

The William Hill Scottish Cup grabbed the headlines this weekend with holders Celtic making their way through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over fellow Ladbrokes Premiership side Partick Thistle. Here, we look at five things we learned in the fifth round.

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Leigh Griffiths celebrates in Celtic's 3-0 victory over Morton at the same stage of the Scottish Cup in 2016. Picture: SNS

Holders Celtic get Morton in Scottish Cup quarter-final draw

Celtic will look to continue their charge towards a second successive treble after being handed a home tie against Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw.

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Gary Mackay-Steven, centre, celebrates after scoring against his old club. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen 4 - 2 Dundee United: Dons advance to the quarter-finals

It’s true these sides approached this tie from very different standpoints. The Scottish Cup has become something of a holy grail for Aberdeen.

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Rumour Mill: James Tavernier contract talks | Levein unhappy with ‘bullying’ | Rangers boss hails Neil Lennon

Rangers have opened contract talks with James Tavenier, Craig Levein has criticised St Johnstone’s “bullying” tactics, and Graeme Murty has revealed his admiration of Neil Lennon.

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Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven will face former club Dundee United today in the Scottish Cup. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Gary Mackay-Steven surprised by Dundee United’s decline

Gary Mackay-Steven, Dundee United and Aberdeen have had mixed fortunes in the three years since the winger marked his last game for the Tannadice side with a League Cup semi-final victory against Derek McInnes’ team.

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Billy Dodds with the Scottish Cup at St Andrews Old Course Hotel

Dundee United cup exit wouldn’t be a bad thing, says Billy Dodds

Billy Dodds is aware Aberdeen have under-performed in cup tournaments for too long now. After all, he scored in their 
last-but-one trophy success.


Rumour Mill: Walter Smith as Scotland boss? | Dempster backed for SFA role | Hendry in line for Zenit start

Walter Smith has emerged as a contender to become the next manager of Scotland, Leeann Dempster has been tipped to succeed Stewart Regan as the new chief executive of the SFA, and Jack Hendry is in line to start for Celtic against Zenit St Petersburg.

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