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In pictures: 19 of Scottish football’s most outlandish transfer rumours

Seeing as we’re well and truly into silly season, let’s celebrate the summer transfer window (truly the best part of being a football fan, if we’re being honest) by looking back at some of the more surprising transfer rumours from years gone by.

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Inverness coach John Robertson and Hearts manager Craig Levein will lock horns in a televised Betfred Cup tie. Picture: SNS

BT Sport reveals the five Betfred Cup games it will show live

Five Betfred Cup group games will be shown live on BT Sport, two of them involving Hearts.

The first game to be screened will be Kilmarnock v St Mirren on Friday 13 July. Next up is Raith Rovers v Hearts on 21 July, with the game taking place at East Fife’s Bayview due to work at Stark’s Park.

Dundee v Dunfermline on 22 July is also live, as is Clyde v Motherwell on 28 July and Hearts’ v Inverness Caledonian Thistle the following day.

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Inverness Caley Thistle are the current holders of the IRN-BRU Cup after defeating Dumbarton in the final in March. Picture: SNS.

English clubs to be invited to play in Irn-Bru Cup

The Irn-Bru Cup will become a complete British and Irish affair after Uefa gave the SPFL approval
to include two teams from England’s Vanarama National League in next season’s knockout competition.

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Hearts manager Craig Levein and Inverness coach John Robertson will meet in the Betfred League Cup. Picture: SNS

Hearts handed reunion with John Robertson in Betfred Cup

Hearts will be up against Tynecastle legend John Robertson in next season’s Betfred Cup after the draw for the group stage paired them with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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Craig Moore hit a late winner for Ayr. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

League 1 round-up: Ayr leave it late to stay three points clear

Pacesetters Ayr United and Raith Rovers both left it late to seal victories and pull further away from the chasing pack.

League One

In pictures: The crazy goalie kits of 1990s Scottish football

Whether it was Dragoje Lekovic’s yellow checkerboard, or Nicky Walker’s broken kaleidoscope effort, there were a great many eye-catching goalie kits around Scottish football in the Nineties.

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Gary Bollan has been sacked following a poor start to Forfar Athletic's season in League One. Picture: SNS

Gary Bollan sacked by Forfar Athletic

Forfar have sacked manager Gary Bollan after five successive defeats in Ladbrokes League One.

Forfar Athletic

Rumour Mill: Celtic interest in South African confirmed | Hibs to sign Man City starlet | Griffiths ‘would stroll’ EPL

Celtic’s interest in South African international Rivaldo Coetzee has been confirmed by Ajax Cape Town, Hibs are on the verge of signing Manchester City youngster Brandon Barker on loan, and Chris Sutton believes Leigh Griffiths would “stroll” the English Premier League.

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Rangers legend Nacho Novo. 'Pic: Joey Kelly

Rangers star Nacho Novo goes for vacant Airdrieonians job

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo has applied to become the new boss of Airdrie.

Rangers

Rumour Mill: Celtic want Dutch international | Police probe Lennon threats | No Celtic return for Roberts

Celtic are tracking Feyenoord left-back Miquel Nelom, Police Scotland confirm they are looking into online threats on Neil Lennon and Patrick Roberts is not returning to Celtic before their Champions League qualifier against Astana.

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Gordon Dalziel dismisses rumours of various people being lined up to take the job of Airdrie head coach as 'pie in the sky'. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Gordon Dalziel admits Airdrie have no money to hire manager

Airdrie director of football Gordon Dalziel concedes the club do not have any money to land a head coach and new players, unless they are willing to work for free.

Airdrieonians
Inverness CT's Matty Elsdon battles for the ball against Falkirk's Rory Loy. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Betfred Cup wrap: Falkirk impressive in defeat of Inverness CT

Falkirk moved top of Betfred Cup Group A and set down a marker for the league season thanks to a 2-0 victory at Inverness.

League Cup

Rumour Mill: Hibs’ final offer to Anthony Stokes | Steven Caulker likely to join Celtic | Linfield use Rangers facilities

Hibs have given Anthony Stokes a take-it-or-leave-it offer, Steven Caulker is likely to join Celtic on a free transfer, and Rangers have given Linfield access to their training facilities.

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Leigh Griffiths holds a glass bottle thrown at him from the stands during the match against Linfield. Picture: PA

Rumour Mill: Leigh Griffiths’ yellow to stand | Craig Whyte to net £5m payout | Barry Ferguson the new Airdrie boss?

Leigh Griffiths will have no chance of overturning his yellow card against Linfield, Craig Whyte could receive £5m from the liquidation pot of oldco Rangers, and Barry Ferguson is being considered as the next manager of Airdrie.

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Celtic won last season's Betfred League Cup. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Betfred Cup draw throws up derby clash

Dundee will face Dundee United in the stand-out fixture of the 2017 Betfred Cup group stage.

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Brechin City players dance with joy following their shoot-out victory over Raith Rovers. Picture: SNS.

John Hughes exits as Raith Rovers are relegated

The unfortunate reign of John Hughes as Raith Rovers manager came to an end on Saturday night when the 52-year-old parted company with the club within hours of the Kirkcaldy men slipping into League 1.

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Alloa's Calum Waters scored the winning penalty. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Alloa through to face Brechin play-off

Alloa 1 - 0 Airdrieonians (agg 1-1, Alloa win 4-3 on pens)

Alloa Athletic
12/03/17 .  GLASGOW. CELTIC PARK. PARKHEAD.'SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP. Celtic v Rangers. Celtic�"s  Scott Brown in action.

The 17 most improved players in Scottish football this season

Which players have shown tremendous improvement from last season to the current campaign, catching the eye and winning hearts of supporters across Scotland?

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Scots-born Ralph McPate, who played for the Canadian national team, at his home in Edinburgh. Picture: Greg Macvean

Ralph McPate still flying the flag for adopted nation Canada

It’s quite fitting that former Airdrie and Third Lanark winger Ralph McPate will attend his first football match in almost two decades when Canada line up against Scotland at Easter Road.

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Falkirk fans at Falkirk Stadium for a home game against Dumbarton. Picture: TSPL

How many Scottish football grounds have you been to?

EACH of the 42 member clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League has their own home stadium. How many have you visited?

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