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Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic (Alloa win 4-3 on pens)

A mere 1,659 fans were at Tannadice to witness Dundee United losing yet another late goal to leave their Betfred Cup hopes hanging by a mere thread, with manager Csaba Laszlo accepting that it simply isn’t good enough.

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In pictures: 13 famous quirks of Scottish football grounds

Scottish football isn’t short of grounds that stick in the memory for certain reasons. We’ve picked out 13 arenas with memorable quirks

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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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Alloa's players celebrate at full time. Picture: SNS

Dumbarton 0 - 2 Alloa (AET): Wasps promoted to the Scottish Championship

Alloa left it late but they booked their place in the Championship with a 2-0 Play-Off final second leg success over a host Dumbarton side who led 1-0 after Wednesday night’s first meeting.

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Alan Young quit his role as Raith Rovers chairman immediately after the side's play-off loss to Alloa. Picture: SNS Group

Raith Rovers chairman quits after side fails in promotion bid

Raith Rovers chairman Alan Young has resigned with immediate effeect following the club’s loss in the play-offs.

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Ayr's Craig Moore with the Ladbrokes League One trophy. SNS/Sammy Turner

Ayr pip Raith Rovers to League One title in final day drama

Ayr United held their nerve when it mattered most to claim their first league title since 1997 and break Raith Rovers’ hearts.

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In pictures: Former EPL stars who failed to make their mark in Scottish football

To the surprise of no one, Chris Eagles left Ross County yesterday. The former Manchester United winger only arrived in Dingwall in late November, but he had already dropped out of the first-team picture and hadn’t played since January.

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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.

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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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Good, but no Waspburger. Stamford Bridge's press box offered no Alloa delicacies for Arsene Wenger. Photograph: Ian Kington

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

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