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.

St Mirrens Stephen McGinn eludes Tom Walshs challenge. Picture: SNS.

Dumbarton 0 - 2 St Mirren: St Mirren romping numbers game

The numbers are starting to add up for St Mirren. Yesterday’s win extended their unbeaten sequence to seven games, was their eighth victory in ten Championship encounters and extended to eight points their lead over Dundee United.

In-form teenager Ross McCrorie recently signed a new four-and-a-half year contract at Rangers. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Ross McCrorie feared that his Rangers career was over

It is all coming up roses for Ross McCrorie. The Rangers teenager is fresh from signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract after blossoming into a holding midfielder in an Ibrox team threatening growth under Graeme Murty.

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 Dunfermline's Joe Cardle celebrates his goal

Dumbarton 0 - 1 Dunfermline: Cardle boosts Pars play-off hopes

The play-off places at either end of the Championship table were uppermost in both these sides’ minds going into this game and a majestic first-half strike by Joe Cardle was enough to ensure it was Dunfermline whose hopes of being in the mix for the head to heads for promotion that were reinforced.

Queen of the South's Chris Kane has a second half shot saved by Dumbarton's Scott Gallacher. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Queen of the South 0 - 0 Dumbarton: Sons make their point

Dumbarton bounced back from their Boxing Day defeat by Livingston to earn a hard-fought point at Palmerston as Queens’ play-off hopes suffered another blow. A share of the spoils was the least the Sons deserved against the Dumfries side who have now won just once in their last seven games.

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Falkirk manager Paul Hartley has yet to taste victory. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Dumbarton 0 - 0 Falkirk: Paul Hartley still winless with Bairns

Dumbarton maintained their eight-point advantage over Falkirk after a hard-fought clash in which neither side really did enough to win.

Inverness' Carl Tremarco(R) celebrates his goal. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Inverness CT 1 - 0 Dumbarton: ICT creep up on play offs

John Robertson, the Inverness Caley Thistle manager, had his fill of losing prettily earlier this season. Winning ugly, he will take any day, as the Highlanders’ Championship recovery catches pace.

Martin Boyle, right, is tied to Hibs until 2021. Picture: SNS

The 2016/17 Scottish Championship players who’ve improved in the top flight

The Scottish lower leagues can sometimes be an untapped gold mine of talent.

Dumbarton's Tom Walsh scores to make it 1-0. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

St Mirren 0 - 1 Dumbarton: Tom Walsh haunts Buddies

Tom Walsh returned to Paisley to knock St Mirren off the top of the Championship with a fabulous winner ten minutes from time.

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Nicky Clark rescues a late point for Dunfermline at home to Dumbarton. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Dunfermline 2 - 2 Dumbarton: Pars rescue point but lose ground

Two draws and just two points in the space of four days left Allan Johnston counting the cost of an expensive week for Dunfermline.

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.

Dumbarton's Alistair Roy celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Dumbarton 2 - 0 Raith Rovers: Sons ease into the last four

This was a lot more comfortable than the scoreline suggests for Dumbarton, who in the process advanced to the semi-final of a national cup competition for the first time since they played Hearts in the same stage of the Scottish Cup way back in the days of flapping denim flares and sideburns in 1976.

Willie Dyer scored a late own goal. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

Brechin 0 - 1 Dumbarton: Late own goal costs City

Brechin’s miserable season continued as a late own goal handed Dumbarton the spoils in this so-called six-pointer.

Dundee Utd's Sam Stanton scores to make it 2-0. Picture: SNS/Gary Hutchison

Dumbarton 0 - 2 Dundee United: Sam Stanton double lifts Arabs

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken admitted to being flattered by links to the vacant Dundee United position after a Sam Stanton double ended a turbulent week for the visitors on a positive note.

Bob McHugh netted Morton's equaliser. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Greenock Morton 1 - 1 Dumbarton: Ton fail to move into play-off spot

Honours very even as this River Clyde derby ended with Dumbarton happier with the share of the points than Morton, who as the home team will have been hoping for more – but the dogged determination of the visitors warranted they go back over the Erskine Bridge with something in tow.

St Mirren's Gavin Reilly at full-time. Picture: SNS

Dumbarton 0 - 2 St Mirren: John Sutton is Saints’ hero

St Mirren made a statement of intent on a significant day in the Championship as they finished the first quarter three points clear at the top.

Craig Halkett got on the end of an Alan Lithgow flick-on to score the winner. Picture: SNS Group

Livingston 2-1 Dumbarton: Sons undone by late Livi winner

Stephen Aitken had scant cause for celebration on his 100th competitive outing in the Dumbarton dugout following an agonising defeat.

Inverness CT's Jake Mulraney and Dumbarton's Sam Wardrop. Picture: SNS/Bruce White

Dumbarton 2 -1 Inverness CT: Sons pile pressure on Robertson

Dumbarton roared back from being a goal behind to lift the spoils and heap further pressure on under-fire Inverness manager John Robertson.

Ross McCrorie, right, with Fabio Cardoso. Picture: SNS

Ex-Hearts striker backs Ross McCrorie to handle Old Firm pressure

Dumbarton striker Christian Nade has backed Ross McCrorie to handle the pressure of an Old Firm derby should the young defender be thrown into the deep-end at Ibrox this weekend.

Christian Nade was influential in Dumbarton's victory over Brechin City. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Dumbarton 2 - 1 Brechin City: Supersub Christian Nade turns game

Super-sub Christian Nade came off the bench to create two goals in the last eight minutes as Dumbarton notched their first league win of the season.

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