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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.

Darren McGregor challenges Esmael Goncalves for the ball during the last Scottish Cup meeting between Hibs and Hearts. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scottish Cup: Hearts v Hibs | Celtic v Brechin | Fraserburgh v Rangers

Hearts have been handed a home tie against Hibs for the third consecutive year in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Dundee UTD's Patrick N'Koyi scores from the penalty spot. Picture: SNS/Paul Devlin

Dundee United 3 - 1 Alloa: United youngsters spare extra-time

Ray McKinnon, the Dundee United manager, hailed his young team for ultimately overcoming Alloa, before promising them a further opportunity to prosper in the next round.

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Simon Murray celebrates after heading home his second goal to seal Hibs' win over Alloa in the Betfred Cup. Picture: SNS

Simon Murray in a hurry to prove he is Hibs’ main man

Neil Lennon appears content to remain patient in his pursuit of Anthony Stokes, but Simon Murray seems like a man in a hurry to prove he deserves to stay in the Hibs team come what may.

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Hibernian's Fraser Murray is tackled by Alloa's Kevin Cawley. Picture: SNS/Alan Rennie

Alloa 0-3 Hibs: Alloa see double as Murrays impress for Hibs

Fraser Murray and his namesake Simon were both on target again as Hibs eased their way into the next round of the Betfred Cup with a comfortable victory over Alloa Athletic.

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Alloa's Alan Cook and Ross County's Michael Gardyne tussle. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Ross County 2 - 0 Alloa: Marcus Fraser volley sets up easy win

A Marcus Fraser volley sent Premiership side Ross County on their way to a 2-0 victory over League One Alloa Athletic in their Betfred Cup Group D opener.

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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 celebrate winning promotion to the Championship after defeating Alloa on penalties. Picture: SNS.

Brechin’s Darren Dods relishes battles with former clubs

Brechin City manager Darren Dods will lead his side in the battle for Championship league points next season against his former playing clubs Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk, while another ex-employer, Dundee United, are also possible opponents after the Glebe Park men came out on top in a fantastic play-off struggle at Alloa.

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Brechin's Finn Graham celebrates with the fans at full time. Picture: Ross Parker

Alloa’s hat-trick hero ends up on losing side

Alloa Athletic 4 - 3 Brechin City (4-4 on aggregate after extra time Brechin won 5-4 on penalties

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.

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)

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Former St Mirren stalwart Jim Goodwin is now enjoying his part-time role as both Alloa manager and a chocolate salesman. Picture: John Devlin

Jim Goodwin: From midfield hardman to sweetie salesman

Alloa Athletic’s ground is the perfect setting for a fairytale. I don’t mean because it’s next door to a KFC, rather that the vista of the Ochils at the opposite end makes you think of magical transformations and how it might be possible for Scottish football’s favourite villain to wander into these pretty hills and come back a dashing prince.

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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?

Joe Cardle in action for Dunfermline. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Alloa Ath 2 - 3 Dunfermline Ath 3: Joe Cardle decides it

Dunfermline have a decent Scottish Cup pedigree and seem intent on keeping their interest in this season’s competition alive as long as possible. But they will need to keep a tighter lock on their defence.

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Conrad 'Polar Bear' Logan's arrival as Hibs made history was one of just many memorable moments in Scottish football in 2016. Picture: SNS Group

The Scotsman 2016 football quiz

16 questions relating to the past 12 months in the wonderful and wacky place that is Scottish football

Stephen Dobbie was on target twice

Queen of the South 2 - 0 Alloa: Stephen Dobbie nets a double

Queen of the South marched into the semi-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a double from striker Stephen Dobbie.

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Celtic and Rangers may be looking to join a new Atlantic League. Picture: John Devlin

Scottish football mailbag: SPFL without Old Firm | Strachan ignoring Griffiths | Jim Goodwin

Craig Fowler answers your questions on Scottish football.

Peter Lawwell, among several prominent figures, are said to have invested in controversial film partnerships. Picture: John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic figures linked to ‘tax dodge’ | Dembele scores again | Kitchen starts for USA | Lustig injury

Former Celtic players and managers linked to ‘tax dodge’ scheme, Perry Kitchen starts for USA in friendly over New Zealand, and Celtic sweat on the fitness of Mikael Lustig after right back sustains injury playing for Sweden.

Alloa midfielder Jim Goodwin is stepping up to take over as the club's manager.

New Alloa boss Jim Goodwin has been planning for step-up

New Alloa Athletic boss Jim Goodwin has revealed he has been working towards his move into management for over a decade.

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Jim Goodwin takes over from Jack Ross. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Alloa Athletic name Jim Goodwin as their new manager

Jim Goodwin has been named as the new manager of Alloa Athletic, replacing outgoing boss Jack Ross.

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