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Sean Goss to St Johnstone: Former Rangers midfielder joins Saints on loan until the summer

ST JOHNSTONE have confirmed the loan signing of former Rangers midfielder Sean Goss.
The 23-year-old returns to Scotland one year after signing for the Light Blues on a similar deal.
Goss is no stranger to Scottish football after a spell at RangersWillie Vass
Goss, who was on the books of English giants Manchester United, left Old Trafford in January 2017 to join QPR.
But with first-team opportunities few and far between at the English Championship side, he has returned north on a temporary deal until the summer.
On his latest recruit, Tommy Wright told the St Johnstone website: “We’re delighted to get Sean in.
“He’s a player with a good pedigree who has experience of playing in the league having had a spell with Rangers last season.
Wright has brought in the former Man Utd midfielder on loan from QPRWillie Vass
“He’s a player who is very comfortable on the ball and is a threat from set pieces.
“Our fans will remember – not too fondly – the free-kick he scored against us last season.

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“He’s got a great range of passing and a fantastic left foot, and he’s someone who is ready to go fitness wise having played 90 minutes just last week.
“I think it’ll add extra competition for places in the middle of the park but crucially I think he’ll add that little bit of extra quality that I think we need.”

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He added: “It’s up to me to find the right combination in there. Sean’s primarily a sitting midfielder but he can play higher up the pitch.
“His career has maybe not kicked on the way he’d have liked so I believe I’m getting a hungry player who has something to prove and we’ll give him that opportunity over the last few months of the season.”

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Celtic ace Jack Hendry reportedly wanted by Dundee and Peterborough on loan

DUNDEE are interested in bringing Celtic stopper Jack Hendry back to the club, according to ex-Dark Blues and Hibs star Tam McManus.
The BBC pundit claims Jim McIntyre wants the Hoops ace on loan until the end of the season.
Hendry has starred in Champions League for CelticKenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
It comes as reports down south say League One outfit Peterborough United are also keen on the 23-year-old, also linked with Bradford and Sunderland this month.
Speaking after last night’s victory over St Johnstone, Celts boss Brendan Rodgers revealed defender Filip Benkovic was battling to save his season and that his injury could scupper Hendry’s loan.
Earlier this month, Rodgers told the Scotland international his Parkhead career wasn’t over.
He said: “It’s just about time.
Ex-Hibs ace McManus claims Dundee want their former star back on loanKenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
“When you think of Jack coming in a year ago it was a steep learning curve for him, playing under big pressure and big games.
“What he has is potential because there are a lot of really good things to his game and of course when you make mistakes at the big clubs then of course it gets highlighted even more.

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“But he was brought in because he had that potential.
“He’s not 17, 18 so he needs to continue with that learning and learn from the mistakes.
“Sometimes that’s just about getting games elsewhere. That’s something we’ve spoken about and we’d be keen to do.

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“But you saw it with Ryan Christie, a perfect example of if you’re not ready now you can go away on a good loan or a couple of loans and when you come back in and you get your opportunity you’ve got to take it.”
McManus, 37, also claims Ross County are interested in Celtic full-back Calvin Miller, who was on loan at Dundee earlier this season.

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Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty a target for Rotherham United

GREG DOCHERTY is a target for Rotherham United.
The English Championship side are keen to snap up the Rangers midfielder, who has been starring on loan at Shrewsbury Town.
Docherty has been a top performer at Shrewsbury and is now wanted by RotherhamGetty Images – Getty
The 22-year-old left Ibrox in the summer to join the English League One side on a season-long loan.
But Millers boss Paul Warne hopes to take the midfielder into England’s second tier.
Docherty has contributed seven goals and five assists so far this season for the Shrews and he hopes his form will see him welcomed back into Steven Gerrard’s plans next season.
Steven Davis has joined on loan from Southampton until the summer and he has already expressed his desire to make his Gers move permanent.
Docherty hopes to return to Rangers in the summerWillie Vass
While Glen Kamara has penned a pre-contract agreement to join from Dundee.
And the former Hamilton star admits he would love to return to Glasgow and learn from the likes of the Northern Ireland international.
Doc hopes Davis stays beyond the summer so he can learn from himWillie Vass
Docherty said: “Rangers seem to be quite happy with my progress and the last thing they want is for me not to be playing, so if I keep developing down here they will be happy.
“With everything going on at the club – the win over Celtic, players like Davis and Jermain Defoe coming in – of course I was thinking it’d be great to be back involved in that this month but I’ve got to think about what’s best for me in the long term.

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“Davis has signed and to go back up and learn from guys like him would be brilliant.
“He’s signed for six months initially but hopefully he’ll be there longer term.

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“We just need to wait and see – I’ll just keep doing what I’m told down here at Shrewsbury until told otherwise.
“My end goal is still to come back to Rangers and do whatever I have to do to be a success.
“Hopefully I can learn from these guys.”

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Scottish Cup fourth round draw 2019 – Celtic vs Airdrie, Cowdenbeath vs Rangers and Hearts vs Livingston among the ties

THE draw has been made for the Scottish Cup fourth round with holders Celtic paired against Airdrie.
The Hoops will face the League One side as they kick off the defence of the trophy that completed last season’s remarkable Double Treble.
Scott Brown lifts last year’s Scottish CupKenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were handed an away tie against Cowdenbeath while Hearts-Livingston and St Johnstone-Hamilton make up the all-Premiership matches.
Elsewhere, Hibs take on Elgin City at home, Kilmarnock host Forfar and Aberdeen take on Stenhousemuir.
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Kilmarnock vs Forfar
Partick Thistle vs Stranraer
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St Mirren 2 Hearts 0 – Oran Kearney grabs first win as Buddies boss as Jambos make it five without a win

A VIRTUOSO performance from Adam Hammill gave Oran Kearney his first victory as St Mirren boss.
The former Liverpool kid scored two stunning second half strikes to provide Saints with three desperately needed points.
St Mirren players celebrate during their 2-0 winJohn Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
Hammill’s opener from 40-yards was right out of the top drawer while his second was composure personified.
With his work for the afternoon done Hammill was substituted late on to a standing ovation from an appreciate home crowd.
This might have been second bottom against second top, however the quality of the Buddies two goals was anything but second rate.
Hammill’s brace ended a 12-match winless run – the joint longest in the club’s history – and helped ease St Mirren’s plight near the foot of the table.

The Verdict
St Mirren: Danny Rogers 6, Lee Hodson 6, Alfie Jones 7, Jack Baird 7, Ethan Erhahon 6, Paul McGinn 6, Stephen McGinn 7, Ian McShane 6, Kyle Magennis 7, Simeon Jackson 6, Adam Hammill 8
Subs: Cammy Smiuth (Hammill, 70) 4, Danny Mullen (Jackson, 83) 3.
Bookings: Magennis, P McGinn
Hearts: Zdenek Zlamal 6, Michael Smith 6, Clevid Dikamona 6, Jimmy Dunne 7, Ben Garuccio 6, Callumn Morrison 6, Sean Clare 5, Peter Haring 6, Arnold Djoum 6, Craig Wighton 5, Steven MacLean 6
Subs: Jake Mulraney (Wighton, 45) 5, Olly Lee (Clare, 54) 4, Demetri Mitchell (Garuccio, 61) 4
MAN OF THE MATCH
Hearts young Irish defender, Jimmy Dunne, was again immense at the back. But, he was upstaged by Adam Hammill, who stepped up to the plate and scored two sensational goals to give his team a desperately needed victory. The first from 40-yards was as good a strike as you will see all season. His second, which sealed the points, was another quality strike.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
It has not been a vintage season for one of Scotland’s most experienced referees, but this was a fairly comfortable day at the office for Craig Thomson. Both teams were fairly well behaved allowing the whistler to coast through the match. Kept up with play and was perfectly positioned to turn down a late penalty shout when MacLean went down under a Baird challenge. Correctly booked Kyle Magennis and Paul McGinn. 7
MEN IN THE DUGOUT
Oran Kearney got his tactics and personnel spot on as he presided over a first win as St Mirren manager. He’s had to wait three months for it, but it was thoroughly deserved. That’s now five without a win – including four defeats – for Craig Levein. His injury-ravaged side have also failed to score in their last four matches.

But, this was another bad day at the office for a Hearts outfit, who are currently stuck in a rut of their own.
The Jambos were leading the Premiership pack from the opening day of the campaign right up until the recent international break.
Yet, they have now failed to win any of their last five, failing to score in four of them.
Boss Craig Levein can rightly lament the loss of key players through injury, however the day was all about his counterpart, Kearney.
Three months after taking over from Alan Stubbs the Ulsterman was finally able to enjoy his first top flight triumph.
And it was thoroughly deserved with St Mirren producing a rousing second half display following a tepid first 45 minutes.
Chasing a morale-boosting it was Hearts who were quickest into gear in Paisley and they should have gone ahead in the fifth minute.
The over-lapping Michael Smith picked out the unmarked Steven MacLean at the back post as the home defence were caught on their heels.
Hammill netted a fine doubleJohn Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
The Jambos striker had time to take a touch before shooting, but he opted to take it on the half-volley and could only smash his effort into the side-netting.
It was a huge let off for the hosts and keeper, Danny Rogers, making his first Premiership
start for the Saints following the retirement of Craig Samson.
At the other end Paul McGinn was causing problems in an advanced right midfield role and he teed up Hammill perfectly with a delightful cut-back after getting the better of Ben Garuccio.
However, a poor initial touch from the winger allowed Jimmy Dunne to make a vital defensive block.
On 20 minutes Dunne again came to Hearts rescue when Hammill sprung the offside trap to release Paul McGinn.
The St Mirren man looked odds on to get there only for Dunne to cover a tremendous amount of ground and make a terrific last-ditch tackle.
Craig Wighton then had a half chance for Hearts only to completely mis-kick as he eye-balled Rogers.
Alfie Jones and Sean Clare tussleJohn Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
The attempt was in keeping with a game which, following a bright enough opening quickly became bogged down in a scrappy midfield battle.
Clear cut chances were at a premium as two rigidly set-up formations cancelled each other out.
Then out of nothing, just before the interval, it opened up for St Mirren.
Kyle Magennis, despite conceding quite a few pounds in weight, managed to barge the powerfully-built, Clevid Dikamona, out of the way on the edge of the area.
And as the Hearts man mountain appealed for a foul referee Craig Thomson waved play on.
Magennis had time to steady himself and pick his spot before cracking a shot against the crossbar.
It was a decent enough effort although one that was symptomatic of the Buddies season under Kearney.
And so was Stephen McGinn’s chance in the dying seconds of the first period. After squirreling clear on the inside right channel he found himself with a clear sight of goal.
Kearney was thrilled at full timeJohn Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
However, with the first shot on target of the match he couldn’t find a way past Zdenek Zlamal, who made a brilliant stop at his near post.
The Saints punters didn’t have long to wait for the second shot on target as it duly arrived a minute after the re-start and resulted in a quite magnificent opening goal.
Full marks to Hammill for having the vision to see Zlamal off his line and then having the confidence to try his luck from fully 40-yards.
The former Barnsley winger’s self-belief was rewarded as his stunning long-range strike flew over the Hearts keeper and dipped inches under the crossbar.

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Having toiled for most of the campaign Saints now had their tails up and they made the most of it.
With 54 minutes on the clock Hammill added his second, taking advantage of a Paul McGinn mis-control to find the bottom corner with a delightful finish.

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Hearts thought they had pulled one back midway through the half when Peter Haring bulleted a header past Rogers only to have his effort ruled out for offside.
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What They Said
ORAN KEARNEY admits he wasn’t surprised by Adam Hammill’s wonder goal.
The St Mirren winger opened the scoring with a sensational 40-yard volley before adding a decisive second.
And Kearney, who presided over his first Saints win after three months in charge, insists he signed the winger because he knew that’s exactly what he was capable of.
Kearney said: “Adam has that in his locker. When his name came up I went straight onto YouTube and he had a decent turnaround of goals in his 300-odd game in the Championship in England.
“But he scores more special goals than normal goals and when I did my research the first clip that came up was him scoring a belter – from 35 yards into the top corner – in the 2016 League One play-off final at Wembley.
“His timing today was fantastic. There’s so much more to come from him. We got him in and he picked up a shoulder injury on his debut at Aberdeen.
“He was unable to train for three or four weeks and it’s only in the last two weeks he’s been in full training and we’ve worked him extremely hard.
“It’s only this week where we’ve seen flashes that the legs are starting to come and how he looked on those videos and what I’d have wanted and expected but it’s only the start.
“It feels good. The journey our guys have been on since I’ve been at the club, it’s nice to finally get something to show for it.
“We felt it was coming as our performance levels have been getting stronger and you have that sense of it and pre-game I had a good feeling today was the day they were going to deliver and to a man they did.”
Kearney applauded supporters at full timeJohn Kirkby – The Sun Glasgow
CRAIG LEVEIN has urged his shot-shy team to find a solution to their goalscoring drought ahead of next week’s clash with Rangers.
Hearts slipped to a fourth defeat in five matches and have now gone 494 minutes without a goal.
The Jambos have not hit the back of the net since beating Dundee last month.
And Levein, who will not accept the loss of injured strikers, Steven Naimsith and Iche Ikpeazu as an excuse, is growing increasingly concerned about the situation.
He said: “I’m fed up talking about the same thing and getting frustrated as you can imagine.
“We had plenty of the ball and created chances but didn’t take them.
“The problem is scoring goals and I feel they are all waiting on someone else doing it.
“What I don’t want to do is get to a situation where I’m awaiting for players to come back.
“There are loads of points to be played for between now and Steven and Iche coming back.
“When you should be in front you go behind.
“Our crossing was poor and we didn’t create enough.
“When it carries on like this for a little while it is something the players start to think about.
“I need to come up with something for next week when we play Rangers.”
Kyle Magennis was booked for a rash challenge on Michael Smith with the score at 0-0 and Levein felt referee Craig Thomson should have brandished a red card.
He said: “I thought it was a bad foul. I thought he had gone over the top of the ball.
“It should be a sending off, but it is just something else to put on the list of things that didn’t go for us.
“When things are not going your way the last thing you need is someone to score from 45-yards.
“But, that is what happened to us. Now we have to bounce back from it next weekend.”

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Hibs 0 St Johnstone 1 – Saints make it four wins from four as Joe Shaughnessy nets injury-time goal

JOE SHAUGHNESSY struck with seconds left to claim a perfect dozen for St Johnstone.
The Saints skipper bulleted home a header in the 89th minute to down Hibs and make Neil Lennon’s week even worse.
Shaughnessy celebrates his goalAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
The Easter Road boss wanted to get back to thinking about football after the fall out from the shameful scenes at Tynecastle last Wednesday.
But he watched his men defeated by in-form Saints, who have now claimed 12 points from a possible 12 without losing a single goal since their 6-0 hammering by Celtic last month.
This was Hibs’ first Easter Road league defeat since losing to Rangers eleven months and 14 games ago.
And it could have been worse, since Saints’ penalty jinx struck again with sub Danny Swanson seeing his spot kick saved by Adam Bogdan.

The Verdict
Hibs: Adam Bogdan 7, Steven Whittaker 6, Efe Ambrose 6, Mark Milligan 6, Lewis Stevenson 6, Emerson Hyndman 6, Marvin Bartley 6, Stevie Mallan 7, Daryl Horgan 6, Martin Boyle 6, Jamie Maclaren 6
Subs: Darren McGregor (Whittaker 69) 3, Vykintas Slivka (Hyndman 69) 3, Oli Shaw (Horgan 78) 3
St Johnstone: Zander Clark 7, Richard Foster 7, Joe Shaughnessy 8, Jason Kerr 7, Scott Tanser 7, Drey Wright 7, Ross Callachan 7, Liam Craig 7, Tristan Nydam 6, Matty Kennedy 6, Tony Watt 7
Subs: Danny Swanson (Kennedy 64) 5, David Wotherspoon (Nydam 70) 4, Chris Kane (Watt 78) 4
MAN OF THE MATCH
Joe Shaughnessy was ultimately the matchwinner for St Johnstone but his influence on this game stretched far longer than the second it took to score a goal. The Perth skipper was outstanding at the back, constantly breaking up attacks and in the right place at the right time always. He has progressed hugely as a centre back since signing from Aberdeen and getting his captain signed up again will be a top priority for Tommy Wright.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Nick Walsh had the perfect view of the incident which led to Danny Swanson’s missed penalty kick and he got it spot on. The attacker wriggled his way into the box and was clearly fouled so Hibs had no complaints. This was a game played in the right spirit so there wasn’t too much for him to do other than book Lewis Stevenson for a foul on Tomy Watt, while Marvin Bartley was yellow carded for felling David Wotherspoon.
MEN IN THE DUGOUT
Neil Lennon is big pals with Tommy Wright from their Northern Ireland days but the Hibs boss must be sick of the sight of him by now. Lenny has never beaten his countryman since arriving at Easter Road and that will irk him. As for Wright, his team have bounced back brilliantly from their Celtic hammering and surely St Johnstone have to get his new deal sorted quickly.

But in the end, it didn’t matter as his skipper secured the win with his late heroics.
After the events of the last few days, Hibs fans made their support for Lennon clear from kick off, first unfurling a banner in his honour then chanting his name in the early stages.
The Saints skipper headed home in injury time to seal three pointsAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
His team were similarly fired up, with Martin Boyle fizzing a few early crosses into Zander Clark’s penalty area.
Saints, who had an early chance of their own denied when Hibs cleared a Drey Wright cross before Tony Watt could pounce, had to be well organised to cope with the movement of both Boyle and Maclaren in the first period.
They had an opportunity on 12 minutes when Wright knocked the ball down for Watt to hit but his fierce drive cannoned off Ambrose and out for a corner.
From the dead ball, they knocked it to the unmarked Tristian Nydam 20 yards out for him to shoot and his swerving effort beat Adam Bogdan hands-down, before cracking back off the bar and away.
St Johnstone had another chance from a free kick after Wright was felled, but Scott Tanser’s effort from 25 yards came back at him off the wall.
Hibs had enjoyed plenty of possession during the first half but their final ball had been lacking, with far too many crosses from either side hit too deep to cause any real problems.
Saints hit the bar in the first halfAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
Lennon’s men ended the first half in the ascendancy, seeing a Stevie Mallan effort deflected wide before Daryl Horgan scuffed a shot well over from the edge of the box.
Watt has had a torrid time in front of goal lately and it looked like he may break his duck on 47 minutes, but his scoring hex struck again.
Wright was set free on the right-hand side and delivered a superb ball into the six yard box for the ex-Celtic man.
But even though he’d anticipated well and made the perfect run, Watt simply couldn’t direct his diving header on target.
Hibs were next to have a go, this time from distance as Boyle fizzed a shot at Clark from 25 yards but the keeper saw it for long enough to be able to palm over.
The Saints keeper was in action again just a minute later, once more from long-range, and on this occasion it was Mallan’s piledriver, heading into the right-hand corner, he beat away.
Bogdan failed Swanson’s spot kickAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
Wright brought on ex-Hibs man Swanson for Kennedy on 64 minutes and within two minutes he’d won a penalty.
The attacker snaked his way into the box, got in front of Bartley and was bowled over.
Saints missed two spot kicks against St Mirren last weekend, so even though Liam Craig and Tony Watt were on the pitch Swanson himself took it.
But their jinx struck again as he made it an unwanted hat-trick of misses, shooting low to Bogdan’s right only for him to push it away.
Both teams continued to pound each other in search of the opener, with Hibs’ final ball again their undoing.
Bogdan continued his fine afternoon by saving from Callachan with nine minutes remaining.
 
Hibs created a great chance in the dying minutes when Boyle crossed for Maclaren inside the six-yard box but Joe Shaughnessy blocked at the the last minute.
And then seconds later the Irishman won it for Saints by nodding home a Wotherspoon free kick after Darren McGregor was penalised for bringing down Chris Kane.

What They Said
TOMMY WRIGHT insists he’s pleased to have rammed the critics words right back down their throats.
The Saints gaffer has led his team to four wins on the bounce without losing a goal since the 6-0 hammering from Celtic.
Wright heard pundits claim his team were in crisis after a month which saw them four games against the teams above them.
But after defeating Hibs, the Northern Irishman admits it’s satisfying to have the last laugh. He said:
“Maybe some nice things will be written and said about us now because I think we proved how good a side we are today.
“We had four games, two to Celtic where we lost one narrowly and another where we went gung-ho and got what we deserved.
Tommy Wright praised his side’s away performanceAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
“Rangers beat us 5-1 in probably their best performance of the season and we lost 2-1 at Hearts.
“I was never panicking, I know plenty of other people were – some so-called experts wanted to put the boot in.
“I’d like to know where their foot is now.
“The performance today was very satisfying.
“I judge away performances by how quiet you keep the crowd and we did that today.
“Anyone who was at the game today would see we have good players and we can play.
“We matched up to Hibs, we went toe-to-toe with them and in the end we came out on top.
“For me, it was pretty much the perfect away performance.”
GARRY PARKER admits flat Hibs deserved what they got from St Johnstone.
Neil Lennon’s number two conceded his side were poor throughout as Tommy Wright did another job on them.
Parker insists his men have no excuses for their performance even though the build-up was overshadowed by the fall out from the shameful scenes at Tynecastle last Wednesday. He said:
“Everything went wrong. I’ve never seen a team pass to the opposition so much in my life.
“It wasn’t good at all.
“I think that is the poorest performance at home since we have been at Hibs.
“You can’t blame midweek, they played midweek too. That’s no excuse.
Lennon left media duties to ParkerAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
“Who can put the game with any credit going forward? Nobody. And that is so disappointing.
“I thought they deserved it by the way.
“We picked a team that we thought could go out there and create and we didn’t get anything.
“That’s down to the players when they cross that white line.It’s decision making.
“It’s a first defeat at home for a long time but you could see it coming. We were flat and had nothing.
“We were so poor.”
Lennon chose to let Parker do the speaking afterwards but his right-hand man made it clear he appreciated the support he got from the fans. He said:
“Neil is alright and he got a nice welcome from Tommy as well, they are good friends and the fans like him.
“I don’t know about that after that result though! He’s alright, we’re just really disappointed.”

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Leicester City helicopter crash tributes planned by Scottish Premiership sides including Rangers, Celtic, Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen

SCOTLAND’S top-flight teams will pay their respects to Leicester City in tonight’s games following the tragic helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.
Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five dead when his chopper crashed just seconds after taking off from the pitch following the team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha passed away following the crashAFP or licensors
It’s been a sombre week in the world of football and all teams will honour the victims by wearing black armbands with a minute’s silence before kick-off.
On the pitch, there’s a full card of Premiership fixtures following the Betfred Cup Super Sunday.
The Light Blues will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Aberdeen against Kilmarnock.
Celtic, on the other hand, looked close to top form against Hearts and will be hoping to see off league strugglers Dundee.

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The Jambos will face off against rivals Hibs in the first Edinburgh derby of the season.
The Dons take on Hamilton, St Johnstone travel to Livingston and St Mirren will host Motherwell.

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Hearts boss Craig Levein fears Steven Naismith faces injury layoff after limping off eight minutes into Celtic clash

CRAIG LEVEIN fears Steven Naismith faces an injury lay-off after limping off at Murrayfield.
Scotland star Naisy was substituted after just eight minutes into the Betfred Cup clash with Celtic.
Steven Naismith limped off eight minutes into the gameAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
He injured his knee running for a ball and immediately signalled to the bench to take him off.
The ex-Rangers star had has previous knee injuries.
And Levein groaned: “He felt something in his knee.
“Obviously he’s had a couple of serious operations a while back, so he wasn’t feeling too good about it.
“We need to get an investigation done so once we’ve done that we’ll find out what the problem is.
“If Brendan was to have picked one Hearts player he could have taken off then I’m sure he’d have picked Steven.
“And if the opposition manager thinks like that about one of your players then generally I’d assume that’s the one he was worried about.
“It happened within five minutes of the game starting. He said he felt something go in his knee and he didn’t know what it was.”
Hearts have been struck with a series of injuries to key men with John Souttar, Christophe Berra and Uche Ikpeazu all out.
Levein added: “We had Peter Haring struggling with his hernia at half-time – I was hoping to get him off at some point and couldn’t manage it.
Naismith has a history of knee injuries in his careerReuters
“So I think he’s struggling now for the next couple of games.
“Cleved Dikamona then got a dead leg towards the end as well.
“Once the final whistle went my main concern is looking towards the Hibs game on Wednesday and see who is available.
“The injuries we’re getting are all happening in matches too.
“It’s not training incidents so how do you legislate for that. We’ve got a smaller squad than we’ve had previously too so we need to dust ourselves down and get ready for the derby match coming up. That should help us refocus.”

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Levein had no real complaints about the defeat to Celts – but reckons Oliver Bozanic should have COMPLAINED more after conceding the penalty for 1-0.
He added: “It was very soft, I think. When you watch it again, Bozanic’s foot isn’t even off the ground.
“Christie is just waiting on it. But it’s given Willie Collum a decision to make.
“I don’t think Oli protests enough even at the point where Willie isn’t sure.
“After that we there was the goalkeeper’s mistake for the second goal.
Levein fears Naisy could face a lengthy spell on the sidelinesAndy Barr – The Sun Glasgow
“From then it was nearly impossible for us to get back into the match.
“Before that I felt Celtic were getting frustrated, they were starting to run out of ideas, resorting to big diagonal balls to try and get in behind us.
“We dealt with all of that. So to lose a silly goal like that from a penalty makes it tough to take.

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“It’s an uncharacteristic error, but we’re human beings and we make mistakes.
“It was an awkward time for us in the match for that to happen.
“As I say, until Celtic got in front, I thought they were starting to get leggy. It looked like they didn’t have the energy or creativity.
“Once the first and second goals go in, their tails are up. They are in the ascendancy and out boys started feeling a little bit sorry for themselves.”

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Aberdeen v Rangers – live stream and TV channel for Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden

ABERDEEN take on Rangers in this afternoon’s second Betfred Cup semi-final.
The pair square off at the national stadium after Celtic beat Hearts at Murrayfield earlier today.
Aberdeen and Rangers will square off at HampdenWillie Vass
Gers are looking to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2010.
While Derek McInnes led the Dons to League Cup glory at Celtic Park four years ago.

When is Aberdeen vs Rangers?
Aberdeen play Rangers today, Sunday October 28.
The game will be hosted at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Kick-off is at 4.30pm.
Is Aberdeen vs Rangers on TV and can I live stream it?
You can watch the match live on BT Sport 1 HD & 4k UHD with coverage starting at 4pm.
If you haven’t already, you can sign up for BT Sport HERE.
Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with all the action in SunSport’s LIVE blog.

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James Wilson starts up front for the Dons at Hampden as Derek McInnes makes a big call.
Sam Cosgrove and Stevie May are on the bench if the manager needs more firepower.
Stephen Gleeson is also on the bench.

Your Aberdeen team to play Rangers for a place in the #BetfredCup Final at Hampden Park- kick off 4.30pm! #COYR!#StandFree pic.twitter.com/2EHEyUWeBK
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) October 28, 2018

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Umar Sadiq starts up front for Rangers in a massive call by Steven Gerrard.
The manager has been left with few options in that position due to Alfredo Morelos’ suspension and Kyle Lafferty’s ineligibility.
Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias will support Sadiq in attack.

Your #RangersFC team for today's Betfred Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/enxLbIWtAH
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 28, 2018

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Rangers starlet Glenn Middleton agrees bumper new deal with the Ibrox club until 2023

GLENN MIDDLETON has agreed a bumper new deal with Rangers until the summer of 2023.
The teenage attacker penned an 18-month deal with the Ibrox side after being freed by Norwich in January.
Glenn Middleton celebrates after scoring for RangersWillie Vass
But Middleton, 18, has been a huge hit this term under Steven Gerrard.
SunSport understands that has seen the club move quickly to tie up the Scotland Under-21 on a longer term contract.
He has already scored three goals in 12 appearances this season and came off the bench at home to Spartak Moscow last night in the Europa League.
Middleton is delighted to have committed his future to the Light Blues.
He told RangersTV: “I am very happy and very grateful for the opportunities I have been given so far this season and them recognising what I have done so far with this new deal.
“I couldn’t have asked for much more. From day one, going away on pre-season and training, and then from there going in to games, I have loved every minute.
“You always set yourself targets going in to each season. I knew I was going away with the first-team, but at the same time, you have got your targets in your head but you need to be realistic, and I didn’t think it would have gone this well, this soon.
“The manager and the coaches have just let me be free whenever I have gone on to play games. They have let me do what I do, let me be direct which is what I like to do and it has paid off so far.
Middleton in action against Spartak MoscowWillie Vass
“I am very grateful for it all, and it means a lot to me and my family. Hopefully it can continue for a long time.
“The players have all been brilliant with me from day one too. They have all helped me feel very welcome in the squad and in the changing room in the build-up to games.
“If I have ever been nervous they have known how to look out for me and I am very happy for that.”

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The youngster has featured in all of Gers’ Europa League group matches so far, but hopes to kick on and become a regular in the first team.
He added: “I think it is about being consistent in training every day and showing glimpses of what I can do every day, and hopefully it keeps building up and adding up to him giving me my next opportunity.

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“I have to keep making good impressions for now and keep building on performances when I get the chance to, and then in the long-term, hopefully make myself a starter in this squad and show everyone what I am truly capable of doing.”

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