Aidan Smith: Scotland’s ‘natural disorder’ gives lie to Craig Levein jibe

Craig Levein couldn’t stop cracking jokes. He made a joke about the winning goal and its similarities to the one Hibernian didn’t get in the previous derby, saying he’d almost hoped Hearts had got away with a strike which hadn’t actually crossed the line. “That would have been brilliant!” he sniggered.

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Craig Levein clashes with Hibs pair Martin Boyle and Brandon Barker on the touchline. Picture: SNS

Neil Lennon blasts Craig Levein over ‘natural order’ claim

Neil Lennon was raging with Craig Levein after the Hearts manager claimed his team’s 1-0 victory in the Scottish Cup had helped “restore the natural order”.

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The Hearts players celebrate Don Cowie's winning goal. Picture: SNS

Don Cowie says Hearts’ derby win bigger than beating Celtic

The man who scored the goal which ended Hibernian’s derby dominance admitted it felt like an “eternity” before the ball crossed the line and Hearts had won the cup-tie.

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Hearts midfielder Harry Cochrane, right, tussles with Hibs' John McGinn. Picture: SNS

Harry Cochrane star of show as Hearts end dismal derby run

They seem to be locked together for ever in Scottish Cup squabble and strife but Hearts won’t mind now that they’ve finally ejected their old rivals from the competition. Beaten two years in a row by Hibernian, their fans had approached the latest contest with some apprehension. By the end they were acclaiming a new hero of these contests.

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Hibs midfielder John McGinn just failed to keep out Don Cowie's flick

Hearts 1, Hibs 0: Late goal sends Jambos through in cup

Hearts moved into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup as a late winner ended Hibs’ three-and-a-half-year unbeaten run in the Edinburgh derby.

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Rumour Mill: Morelos on the move? | McGinn considering new Hibs deal | Celtic linked with two-time Bundesliga winner

Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a move to the Championship, John McGinn is not in a rush to leave Edinburgh and would consider a new deal and Celtic chase a two-time Bundesliga winner.

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Robbie Neilson's MK Dons had won just one of their last 11 league games

Ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson leaves MK Dons after poor run

Former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has left his manager’s position at MK Dons following a dismal run of form.

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Hibernian's Darren McGregor is looking forward to the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Hearts. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Hibs prefer to play at Tynecastle, says Darren McGregor

Darren McGregor has yet to taste derby defeat as a Hibernian player. But having experienced more than enough of it growing up as a fan of the club, he is in no rush to sample it on the pitch.

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Robbie Neilson has left MK Dons.

Ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson leaves MK Dons

Former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has parted company with MK Dons “by mutual consent”, the English League One club has announced.

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Hibernian's Jason Cummings opens the scoring in last season's Scottish Cup replay against Hearts at Easter Road. Hibs won 3-1. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Nine in a row: How Hibs gained upper hand in capital derby

Hearts have not beaten Hibs since August 2014 when goals from Sam Nicholson and Prince Buaben helped them to a 2-1 win in the Championship at Tynecastle.

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Hearts manager Craig Levein with the William Hill Scottish Cup. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Craig Levein: Cup derby is biggest match of Hearts’ season

Craig Levein likes derby matches. He thrives on the intensity and the fact that stakes are high and that attitude as well as ability tends to settle the score. It may also have something to do with the fact that as a player and a manager he has rarely had to settle for second best in the capital derby.

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Faycal Rherras has signed on loan until the end of the season. Picture: Hibernian FC

Hibs sign former Hearts defender Faycal Rherras on loan

Hibernian have completed the loan signing of former Hearts full-back Faycal Rherras.

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Chris Sutton: Celtic need quality not cast-offs like Rangers

Chris Sutton has called on Celtic fans to be patient in the January transfer window as the club are shopping in a different market than their rivals.

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Rumour Mill: Rangers close to Docherty deal | Celtic interest in Hendry confirmed | Lennon tight-lipped on Stokes

Rangers look set to thrash out a deal for Greg Docherty and Neil McCann confirms Celtic’s interest in Dundee defender Jack Hendry.

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Hearts hero Jose Quitongo was a man of many clubs during his playing career. Picture: John Devlin

Interview: Jose Quitongo played with a smile and a sense of style

The wind is howling round the giant metal box which houses the sports centre at Ravenscraig and, in a vain attempt to escape the side-on snow blasts, your correspondent is cowering against the wall. Jose Quitongo is doing the same thing, only with a megawatt smile on his face and considerably more sartorial swagger.

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Hibernian's Efe Ambrose has not been cowed by the physical nature of the Edinburgh derby. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Edinburgh derby ‘tame’ compared to Africa, says Efe Ambrose

Despite all the talk about the physical nature of derbies as Hearts and Hibs gear up for their third head to head of the season, Efe Ambrose says that while rivalries remain intense, the games are a lot tamer than in the past.

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Steven Naismith makes himself comfortable at Tynecastle after signing on loan at Hearts for the rest of the season. Picture: Steve Welsh.

Hearts new boy Steven Naismith has heart set on Scotland recall

Steven Naismith has not given
up hope of making it into the Scotland roll of honour and believes Hearts will give him the perfect platform to force his way back into the national

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Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon could yet do more business in the January transfer window. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Neil Lennon: Hibs couldn’t have afforded Steven Naismith

Neil Lennon has voiced his admiration for Steven Naismith but has claimed Hibs could not have afforded to sign the Scotland striker.

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Craig Levein: Hearts unlikely to make Steven Naismith deal permanent

Hearts boss Craig Levein admits it is unlikely Steven Naismith’s loan move will be made permanent after the forward joined from Norwich.

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