{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"football","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/scottish-footballer-brian-martin-banned-from-every-ground-1-4403763","id":"1.4403763","articleHeadline": "Scottish footballer Brian Martin banned from every ground","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490523789000 ,"articleLead": "

A former Scottish footballer has been banned from every ground in Britain.

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Defender Brian Martin, who played for Berwick Rangers until January, was one of hundreds of fans who invaded the pitch after Hibs’ 3-2 win against Rangers at last year’s Scottish Cup final.

Martin, 31, was charged under the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act and pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He was fined £800 and issued with a one-year football banning order.

Martin runs an electrical business in Musselburgh, East Lothian, with his father.

He joined Berwick Rangers from Musselburgh Athletic in January 2016 after a successful career in junior football.

Martin told a daily newspaper: “I was treated fairly enough by the courts. I was just one of the unlucky ones and have got to accept it and move on. It has been a bit over the top but they have to be seen to be doing something.”

Berwick Rangers club secretary Dennis McCleary declined to comment.

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Substitute James Keatings came up with a stunning winner two mintes into added on time as Hibs dumped Falkirk to stretch their lead at the top of the Championship table to ten points.

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The game looked set to end in stalemate after Efe Ambrose had headed Hibs in front with his first goal for the Capital club only for Craig Sibbald to nod home an equaliser for the Bairns.

But then came that fantastic goal from Keatings, a superb curling right-footed shot which left Falkirk keeper Robbie Thomson beaten all ends up.

And with Morton suffering a surprise home defeat by Dunfermline it turned into what could well prove to be the pivotal moment in Hibs’ season.

With skipper David Gray missing with a hamstring injury, Hibs boss Neil Lennon was forced to reshape his back four. Ambrose was moved to right back and Jordon Forster partnered captain for the day Darren McGregor in the centre.

Games between these two clubs have never lacked bite and within a minute Falkirk’s Luke Leahy picked up a word of warning from referee Kevin Clancy for scything down Martin Boyle.

However, other than an early Leahy shot which flew high over, there was little to trouble either goalkeeper in the opening 25 minutes. The only other incident of note was former Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo earning himself a booking for a foul on Andrew Shinnie.

Jason Cummings, for diving, Luca Gasparotto, for chopping down Shinnie, and Martin Boyle, for his reaction to that tackle, all followed Taiwo into the book in the space of a minute. Then Cummings was only inches away with a curling shot from the corner which resulted from that Gasparotto foul.

A minute before the interval Hibs lost Shinnie to a shoulder injury, his place taken by Keatings.

If Falkirk were to have any hope of overhauling Hibs at the top of the table they needed three points from this encounter and Bob McHugh’s flick presented John Baird with the chance to give the Bairns the lead in the 53rd minute but the striker hurried his shot wide.

Hibs felt they should have had a penalty two minutes later when Gasparotto appeared to nudge Cummings in the back as he went for Keatings cross but referee Kevin Clancy was unimpressed.

McHugh forced Ross Laidlaw in the Hibs goal into a terrific save, with Ambrose blocking Fraser Aird’s effort from the follow up as the game began to liven up. Ambrose was forced to head behind for a Bairns corner as Myles Hippolyte threatened to get on the end of Mark Kerr’s cross.

Clancy certainly wasn’t winning himself any friends among the home support as they roared for a penalty when Lewis Kidd appeared to use a hand, before Boyle was sent sprawling by Peter Grant. The ref awarded a corner before coming over to have a word with Lennon who clearly shared the view of the Hibs fans.

But Hibs finally broke the deadlock with 15 minutes remaining. Keatings delivered a fantastic cross after Grant had held down substitute striker Brian Graham and Ambrose glanced a header beyond Thomson from close range.

Their joy was short-lived however as Falkirk equalised within two minutes, Sibbald getting his head to Aird’s near post corner to beat Ross Laidlaw in the Hibs goal.

But Keatings had the final say as Hibs opened up a double digits lead at the top of the table.

Hibs: Laidlaw, Ambrose, McGregor, Forster (Hanlon 81), Stevenson, Boyle, McGeouch, Bartley, Shinnie (Keatings 44), Cummings, Holt (Graham 73)

Substitutes not used: Gallacher, Fyvie, Handling, S Martin.

Falkirk: Thomson, Kidd (Muirhead 81), Gasparotto, Grant. Leahy, Aird, Taiwo (Hippolyte 57), Kerr, Sibbald. McHugh (Austin 81), Baird.

Substitutes not used: Rogers, Miller, Shepherd. Craigen.

Referee: Kevin Clancy

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West End United maintained their 100 per cent record in the Sunday Morning Division One League Cup with a 4-1 victory over Partizan FC at The Gyle Playing Fields.

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Having wrapped up the Division One title earlier this month, Lee Watson’s side are looking to make it a clean sweep of trophies and they did their prospects of securing at least a double no harm at all with this commanding victory over their Group A opponents.

They only had to wait 30 seconds to break the deadlock when David Robertson volleyed in at the back post from a Kenny Burns cross, having received a pass from David Caesar.

Stewart Brown then tried to chip Partizan player-manager Mark Peacock in goal but the keeper made himself tall and was able to gather.

Paul Lindsay then had a great opportunity to double the lead when his header crept inches past the post from a Caesar cross, before Gary Lipscombe registered Partizan’s first shot on target with an effort that was hit straight at Steven Syme.

On 18 minutes, West End grabbed a deserved second when Brown beat the offside trap to slide home, before a Brad Smith cross for Partizan was met by the head of Shawn Schofield who sent a header wide of the post.

Gordon McCreadie then latched on to a throw-in from Brown and sent a rasping effort into the top corner of the net on 22 minutes to give West End a comfortable lead.

Partizan then had two quick chances in succession, Lipscombe’s snap shot went over the bar having intercepted a Dean Anderson pass before David Johnstone went close from inside the 15 yard box.

Lipscombe had Partizan’s best chance of the first half and his pile-driver from 25 yards on 37 minutes was tipped behind by Syme.

United suffered a blow at the start of the second half when Caesar suffered a knee injury and had to be replaced by James Ketchin.

The fourth goal however arrived on 55 minutes when West End were awarded a free-kick for a handball and Burns curled his free-kick into the top corner.

Smith almost scored with a similar type of free-kick at the other end when the ball appeared to get caught in the wind and Syme had to watch it go just past his left-hand post.

But Partizan did grab a late consolation that their efforts deserved, Smith finishing from an acute angle from ten yards on 82 minutes.

West End however had the game wrapped up well before then and are the only team to have taken full points from both their matches in the Division One League Cup Group Section.

West End United: Steven Syme, David Penrice, Paul Lindsay, Dean Anderson, Sean McAllister, Scott McCluskey, David Caesar, Kenny Burns, Gordon McCreadie, David Robertson, Stewart Brown, Kevin Dunn, James Ketchin, Scott Sutherland.

Partizan FC: Mark Peacock, William Stewart, Stuart Innes, David MacPherson, Ryan Meikle, Brad Smith, Shawn Schofield, Darren Lackie, Gary Lipscombe, David Johnstone, David Anderson, Kerr Millar, Brad Byrne, Mark McCrudden.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ROBERT SCRIMGEOUR"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4402569.1490353807!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4402569.1490353807!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "West End United","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "West End United","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4402569.1490353807!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/youths-craigroyston-bc-14s-win-charles-kivlin-cup-1-4402572","id":"1.4402572","articleHeadline": "Youths: Craigroyston BC 14s win Charles Kivlin Cup","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490423440000 ,"articleLead": "

CRAIGROYSTON BC 14s fought back to beat Edinburgh South Reds 5-2 and lift the Charles Kivlin Cup.

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They were 2-0 down after 20 minutes, but after snatching a goal back before half-time, they came out flying after the break and scored a further four.

Only four points separate the sides in the Division Four so it would have looked like a good game for the neutral.

Despite Edinburgh South being first to settle into a rhythm, it was Craigroyston who went close from a counter as Tucker Smith shot wide after being played in by Brad Gilchrist.

South continued to pass it well and they put their noses in front on 15 minutes through a spectacular Robbie Corner goal. He took a free kick from wide on the left, and smashed a powerful drive into the roof of the net.

Smith was almost in again straight after but was called offside, and his opponents scored a second on 20 minutes.

James Moran was the scorer this time after Prion Khokn had recovered the ball following the break-down of a good move, and knocked it into his team-mate’s path.

They could have had more but for a good block by Ross Hardwick on Moran, and John Paul O’Donnell volleyed wide after a bounce had been kind to him.

With six minutes to play until half-time, Craigie scored a crucial goal to ensure they remained in the tie. Dean Forbes raced on to a clearance up the park and slotted the ball beyond Alexander Renwick.

Renwick then produced a save to deny Owen Hanratty before the teams went inside for a well deserved break.

Whether there was something in the half-time refreshments, or the coaching team said something inspiring, Craigie came out looking invigorated.

They were on the front foot from the moment the second half started with Hanratty having another shot saved, and Smith putting one just past the post.

On 44 minutes they did have their equaliser. Smith got his goal this time when getting on the end of a tempting cross by Forbes.

They kept going and Smith beat the keeper again, only to be denied by a covering defender and Hanratty headed wide.

When they did take the lead it looked slightly fortuitous, as Brian Stoddart sent in a cross from the left only to see it sail into the top corner.

Corner had a decent effort from 25 yards for South as they attempted to turn the tide back in their favour.

But Craigroyston were making things difficult for them and the deficit was increased to two with nine minutes remaining.

Hanratty was first to another ball over the top and when Renwick made the initial stop, the attacker was calm enough to regain control and put it into an empty net.

The last throw of the dice for Edinburgh South came when Aidan Hassan crossed for Matthew Robertson, whose lay-off was struck by Christopher Fraser, but it was too close to Roy Robertson.

To add insult to injury, Hanratty scored his second with only two minutes remaining to make it 5-2. His relentless running paid off once more when he latched on to a through ball and finished well.

Edinburgh South Reds: Alexander Renwick, Christopher Fraser, Matthew Robertson, Lee Philip, James Moran, Jonny Tenant, Antonio Peluso, Robbie Corner, Aidan Hassan, John Paul O’Donnell, Michael Russell, Callum Stobbie, Lewis Deplacido, Liam Barr, Aaron Wood, Paul Morrison, Prion Khokn, Mark Thomson.

Craigroyston BC: Roy Robertson, Jack MacLeod, Kyle Murdoch, Dean Forbes, Owen Hanratty, Brad Gilchrist, Jordan Taylor, Ross Hardwick, Tucker Smith, Calum Tait, Kia Dalgleish, Jack Croal, Brian Stoddart, Cain Motion, Liam Greer, Conner Barnes.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BLAIR MEIKLE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4402571.1490376244!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4402571.1490376244!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Craigroyston players and staff celebrate their success on the pitch after their 5-2 win","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Craigroyston players and staff celebrate their success on the pitch after their 5-2 win","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4402571.1490376244!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/lennon-urges-hibs-to-eliminate-falkirk-from-title-race-1-4402883","id":"1.4402883","articleHeadline": "Lennon urges Hibs to eliminate Falkirk from title race","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490423438000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has claimed victory over Falkirk today will make it “virtually impossible” for the Bairns to pip the Easter Road club to the Championship title.

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Falkirk arrive in Edinburgh seven points adrift of Hibs and level with fellow challengers Morton, the Capital outfit’s opponents on Wednesday night. Lennon is convinced the importance of these two fixtures will bring out the best in his players following the disappointment of a 2-2 draw with Dumbarton last weekend.

Admitting he’s looking for more energy, tempo and intensity than was shown during the first half against the Sons, Lennon said: “I think we are in a good position and the players have earned it. Sometimes, I might set the bar a little bit high for them but I know they can reach that. I just want them to do it on a more consistent basis.

“We didn’t lose against Dumbarton, we showed a lot of character to come back and draw. We thoroughly dominated the game in terms of possession and chances and that was the frustration. But Falkirk were beaten [by Morton] so we actually gained a point on them.

“Now we play them and I think if we win the game it will be virtually impossible for Falkirk to catch us.”

Lennon has warned his players to focus only on today’s game, pointing to Falkirk’s record of not having lost on their last six visits to Easter Road, a sequence which dates back to 2009. He said: “Our games this season have been pretty close and we’ve taken seven out of nine points from them.

“But we haven’t beaten them here for a while so it would be nice to take that record as well. Peter Houston sets his team up strong, they have goals in them. They work hard for each other and had put together a good run up to last weekend.

“However, we have been on a great run ourselves with only one defeat since the beginning of December which I think is overlooked sometimes. We are in a strong position but now we have to reinforce that.”

Lennon was at Easter Road on Wednesday midfielder to see Falkirk winger Fraser Aird star in Canada’s 1-1 draw with Scotland, the former Rangers youngster getting his first goal of his country as he opened the scoring.

While admitting he was impressed, Lennon insisted he was backing Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson to shackle the Falkirk player. He said: “Fraser Aird had an excellent game against Scotland – but I’m not sure if he has played that well for Falkirk. International matches are different from the cut and thrust of league games. We’ll have to keep an eye on him, but Lewis Stevenson is one of the best full-backs in the country – he’s been very consistent and Aird will have to have a very good game to get the better of him.”

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Ian Cathro stressed today that Hearts won’t accept fifth place in the Scottish Premiership and must be bursting to climb the table when the league resumes next weekend.

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The Edinburgh club slipped from fourth to fifth last weekend when they lost to Aberdeen and St Johnstone won at Motherwell. Still harbouring European aspirations, Hearts have a fight on their hands during the remaining nine league games of the season.

They host Celtic at Tynecastle a week tomorrow as they begin trying to haul themselves back towards the top three before the top flight splits.

“We won’t settle for fifth in any set of circumstances. We have to be ready to compete to push forward and finish as high as we can,” Cathro told the Evening News.

“You don’t know what can happen above you. We need to firstly address the situation of falling down a position in the league. We have to make sure we recover the fourth position, then make sure we’re ready to fight throughout the last five games after the split.

“That’s the aim of everyone here and that’s our first priority.”

The top three teams in the Premiership come May will qualify for Europe, however, fourth place could also be good enough for a Europa League spot if one of the top three also lift the Scottish Cup.

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Kieran Tierney is a teenager immune to pressure. It is part of his daily life at Celtic and now features in his international career with Scotland. A must-win World Cup qualifier at Hampden tomorrow would daunt most 19-year-olds, except this one.

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If selected at left-back ahead of Andy Robertson and Lee Wallace, Tierney will be just as composed as his more experienced counterparts. High-octane Champions League ties against Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach didn’t faze him, neither did Europa League fixtures against Fenerbahce and Ajax, nor four derbies with Rangers.

His two Scotland caps so far give him a vital insight for tomorrow night, although they came in vastly different circumstances. The player’s debut was a low-key friendly win over Denmark at Hampden 12 months ago, followed up by a punishing night in Trnava as the national team lost 3-0 to Slovakia in last October’s World Cup qualifier.

It has been the proverbial steep learning curve at both club and international level, meaning Tierney is ready for whatever might ensue against Slovenia.

“Celtic is a big pressure club and the experience of playing there for the last two or three seasons, it does stand you in good stead for coming here,” he said. “Obviously this is a big pressure game. Hopefully that experience will count.

“There is so much of it in this squad. Every football club is pressure, and you’ve got people like Darren Fletcher who has played 70-odd times and at the highest level. I’m learning every day from people like him and it’s just great to be around a squad like this.”

His method is to block out the hype surrounding big games and focus purely on what takes place on the field. “I think you need to. If you think too much about it your concentration will go a bit,” he continued. “You just need to play your normal game, not over-think it. You can’t try any more than normal because everyone tries 100 per cent every game anyway. It’s just the same as every other game.”

There is also the freshness of playing international football and taking a break from the unerring juggernaut that is Celtic’s domestic campaign. “Yeah, the international break is good for everyone. It’s great to be called up and be part of the squad so I’m happy about that.

“I made the jump from the Scotland Under-19s last season. I’ve now been in three or four squads, sadly I also had to pull out of a few. I’m getting used to it now. I know everybody and it’s a good team. It’s a good group of boys.”

Even with that familiarity, there is still the natural emotional edge encountered by anyone preparing to represent their country on the biggest stage. Tierney is comforted that so many of his Celtic colleagues are beside him in Gordon Strachan’s national squad.

Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths, Stuart Armstrong, Craig Gordon and James Forrest are all present and correct at the Scotland team hotel in the Renfrewshire countryside. Most, if not all, are expected to be handed important roles in tomorrow’s match after being left out of Wednesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Canada. Only Griffiths featured as a second-half substitute.

Strachan is keen to harness the relentless winning mentality fostered at Parkhead this season since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager.

“There probably are a little bit of nerves but because there are a few Celtic boys here you can be yourself and you are with them straight away. Everyone is really welcoming,” said Tierney.

“It’s good for Celtic that there are so many international Scottish players. Everyone brings their own bit of positivity to the group and obviously what Celtic have done this season has been great. If we can add any positivity if we get the chance to play, then that’s what we will do.

“I’m not rooming with any of the Celtic boys, though. I’m in with Olly Burke because we made the jump to the first team at the same time. We were in the same Under-19 Euros campaign. Every squad I’ve been with him. He’s good, but I feel comfortable I could share with anyone.”

It is an indictment of Scotland’s international failure for nearly two decades is the fact Tierney has yet to experience watching his country play in a major championship. Born in 1997, he turned one just five days before the opening match of the 1998 World Cup in France - the last time there was a Caledonian presence on the biggest international stage.

Anything other than victory tomorrow will extend that depressing sequence beyond the 20-year mark. “We’d like to change that now and hopefully we can. “Everyone is doing everything we can on the training field, we’re working hard every day. We want to make it right,” said Tierney.

It almost seems unfair to burden one so young with such a huge responsibility. Being a Celtic player teaches you how to handle expectation, though. The Glasgow club’s 25-point advantage at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership indicates they have no issue handling pressure.

“It’s hard because the games are tight. They are hard games. We’re not so far ahead just like that,” insisted Tierney. “We’ve worked hard to get there, it’s not come as easy every team challenges you. I wouldn’t say anything is easy.”

Although not a first-choice at Parkhead this season, Griffiths is arguably Scotland’s most natural finisher and may well be asked to lead the forward line against Slovenia.

“He’s working very hard in training,” said Tierney. “It’s hard work and everyone gets fitter, so fitness won’t be a problem for him. It’s just about when he gets on the park. Hopefully he does really well, as he did against Canada.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4403052.1490375944!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4403052.1490375944!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kieran Tierney firmly believes Scotland can reignite their World Cup qualifying campaign with victory at Hampden tomorrow night","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kieran Tierney firmly believes Scotland can reignite their World Cup qualifying campaign with victory at Hampden tomorrow night","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4403052.1490375944!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/andrew-shinnie-why-do-hibs-have-to-suffer-1-4403011","id":"1.4403011","articleHeadline": "Andrew Shinnie: Why do Hibs have to suffer?","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490423406000 ,"articleLead": "

Andrew Shinnie has admitted he is baffled by the rules which have robbed Hibs of key players John McGinn and Ofir Marciano for today’s crunch Championship clash with Falkirk.

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The pair have departed on international duty, McGinn part of Gordon Strachan’s squad for tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifying match with Slovenia having won his fourth Scotland cap against Canada in midweek, while Marciano played for Israel in Spain last night.

However, despite their absence, Hibs are obliged to fulfil today’s fixtures, the rules and regulations only allowing them to seek a postponement if three players have been called up by their countries.

While there are no Premiership matches in Scotland today to take account of international fixtures throughout Europe, it’s obvious no-one in authority had foreseen the possibility of a Championship side having players in such a position.

Although delighted to see his team-mates’ performances with Hibs recognised by their respective countries, Shinnie, who watched McGinn in action in midweek on his home turf, said: “I thought John might have started, but at least he got a run out and it’s great for him to get another cap for Scotland.

“We want everyone who can play for Scotland to be there and I’d love John to play against Slovenia, it would be great for him, his career and Hibs.

“But the flip side is John is a massive player for us and, if he isn’t going to play (for Scotland) tomorrow, it would have been great to have him back. Ofir will be a miss as well because he has been playing well and he’s now Israel’s No.1.

“It’s a big game for us and I don’t know why the rules are the way they are. There won’t be many Championship teams with two international players called up.

“I don’t know why the international break isn’t for everyone. Why should a team suffer by losing some of its best players? If you are an international, the chances are you’ll be one of the most important players in your team. So if there’s a game, especially at this stage of the season, when you lose them it’s disappointing.”

The loss of McGinn and Marciano will be mitigated to an extent by the return to Hibs boss Neil Lennon’s plans of midfielders Fraser Fyvie and Dylan McGeouch from suspension and injury respectively while Ross Laidlaw has proved an able deputy for the Israeli goalkeeper having played in all three of this season’s games against Falkirk and emerging unbeaten from each.

Hibs won two of those matches and Shinnie admitted another victory ahead of Wednesday night’s visit from Morton, like the Bairns seven points adrift of the Championship leaders, would go a long way to helping Lennon’s players clinch the title and promotion.

Admitting to feeling a “little edge” to today’s encounter, Shinnie said: “They really like beating Hibs, but everyone wants to beat Hibs in this league. Falkirk are a tough team to play against, they’re always up and around the promotion spots. They kind of bottled it a little bit against Kilmarnock [in last season’s play-off final] and Killie had a big win on the day.

“But if they had turned up they would probably be playing in the Premiership now. So it will be a difficult game, but we are ready for it.

“A win would be big for us if we could get it and a big blow for them. We have a massive week ahead of us and Falkirk is the first game so that’s what we are preparing for.

“They’ll look at if and think if they can beat us they are maybe back in the race. We can’t let that happen. If we can get a good win it will be great for the confidence and it might put one of the other teams out of the race.”

Almost as important as points for Hibs is the fact games are quickly running out for both them and the teams chasing them, Lennon’s players having a match in hand over Falkirk while Morton have played on less than the Capital club and two fewer than the Bairns.

Shinnie, on loan for the season from Birmingham City, said: “It’s a massive period. There are not a lot of games left and we have Morton to play a couple of times. It’s a massive game, but that’s what you want to be involved in, trying to win a league and get promoted. Hibs are a big club and should be in the Premiership. It’s all very well for us to keep saying that, but unfortunately we got relegated and it’s up to us to get back up there now. However, this is a hard league, there are some good players in it and I think people look down on it a bit too much.”

Shinnie admitted that while all eyes are on clinching the title and ending three years in the Championship, he and his team-mates are aware they are also playing for a place in Lennon’s side to face Aberdeen in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at the end of next month.

He said: “There are a lot of clubs going through the motions just now but we’re right in there with a chance to do the double which would be unbelievable.”

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League leaders Hearts arrived only 13 minutes before kick-off meeting part-time Clyde at Shawfield in the First Division, and delayed the start of the match by six minutes.

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It was a pitch as soft as putty which meant both teams took some time to settle. James McLean had the the first shot of the game – a grounder easily saved by Jim Cruickshank.

Then Hearts’ 100-goal man, Willie Wallace, had two tries at the other end. The first gave Tommy McCulloch no great concern, and the second flashed past the posts.

Next Hearts had an escape when, after fine work by McLean, Joe Gilroy just failed to get his head to a cross from Alex Bryce. A clever Clyde attack was giving the Hearts defence very little respite, and in the 14th minute they took a not-undeserved lead. David White quickly pushed a free kick to Bryce and Gilroy headed home the winger’s cross.

Shortly afterwards Cruickshank had to make a neck or nothing dive at the feet of Gilroy to prevent Hearts going two behind.

In the 22nd minute Hearts equalised thanks to a disputed penalty when Eddie Mulheron was judged to have brought down Willie Polland. After the breeze had blown the ball from the spot, Johnny Hamilton calmly replaced it and gave McCulloch little chance of saving.

The goal helped to put some life into Hearts and Clyde had a let-off when Billy Higgins hit the crossbar with a 20-yarder.

Clyde, however, were far from finished. McLean, the best forward on the field, put through a great long ball to Sam Hastings, and from the winger’s cross Knox headed the ball, which went in off Cruickshank’s shoulder – and that was Clyde back in the lead in 32 minutes.

Ragged and rattled, Hearts were rather flattered to go in at the interval only one down.

After Gilroy had headed narrowly over, Hearts equalised in the 47th minute. Mulheron pulled down Roald Jensen. The Norwegian took the free kick himself and his lob was headed into the net by Roy Barry.

One minute later Hearts went ahead for the first time, Jensen crossed the ball for Hamilton to head home.

Clyde had now lost much of their rhythm and at last Hearts took on the look of potential league champions. Certainly Cruickshank was not nearly so busy as he had been in the first half.

In the 68th minute Hearts made it 4-2 in their favour when Donald Ford crossed and the ball glanced off the heel of John McHugh. A lucky goal, but it seemed certain to keep Hearts at the top of the league.

In the last minute McHugh again hit the ball into his own net to make it 5-2 for Hearts.

Teams: Cruickshank, Ferguson, Holt, Polland, Anderson, Higgins, Jensen, Barry, Ford, Wallace, Hamilton

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IT wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times it was downright ugly. But Hibs boss John Hughes and his players didn’t care that this performance went down as somewhat less than aesthetically pleasing.

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It was mission accomplished, a third victory of the season over the Bairns bringing a further reward in helping Hibs leapfrog Motherwell into fourth place despite being only the team’s second win in ten matches.

However, no-one should underestimate the restorative influence victory can bring a side labouring as their confidence was sapped with each passing week.

Ropey the performance against Falkirk might have been at times, Hughes himself admitting his side rode their luck in stages but, if nothing else, the Hibs manager could reflect on how his players refused, as they might have done, to crumble when Mark Stewart pressed home the Bairns’ early dominance with the opening goal. Again, questions were being asked about the quality, or lack of it, in the Easter Road side’s defending.

Derek Riordan, though, came up with the perfect retort, delivering a trademark free-kick which soared over the defensive wall and curled down into goalkeeper Robert Olejnik’s right-hand corner less than two minutes later.

It was the Scotland star’s 15th goal of the season – although he insists it is 16, refusing to accept a League Cup strike against Brechin City which was recorded as an own goal isn’t his – and his fifth against the Bairns having helped Hibs come from behind at the Falkirk Stadium in August before delivering a double to sink them in Edinburgh at the end of November, a time when Hughes’s side were sweeping all before them.

Cast four points adrift at the foot of the SPL table, Falkirk’s confidence is as fragile as that of Hibs’, Steven Pressley’s players realising that matches are suddenly running out for them to ensure survival in the top flight again, having escaped the drop in the final minutes of last season.

And it showed as Hibs, who had seen Enoch Showunmi hit the bar and goalkeeper Graham Stack get a strong hand to a net-bound header from Brian McLean, took full advantage despite having lost playmaker Merouane Zemmama to injury after only 11 minutes, the little Moroccan devastated to have taken a knee knock on his return following a four-match absence.

Former Falkirk hitman Anthony Stokes saw his shot deflect off Marc Twaddle and beyond Olejnik – the sort of luck which seemed to have deserted him and his team-mates recently – before Sol Bamba got on the end of Colin Nish’s flick from David Wotherspoon’s cross to claim his second goal of the season – his other having come at this very same venue.

Hibs have been guilty of being incapable of holding on to a lead at times, but not on this occasion although Falkirk came close, Showunmi somehow missing from only a couple of yards out with an empty net before him while Darren Barr saw a header clip the top of the bar.

Stack was far busier than Olejnik at the other end although both Stokes and Riordan had opportunities to extend Hibs’ lead, leaving everyone in green and white just relieved to hear the final blast of referee Mike Tumilty’s whistle.

Hibs: Stack, Thicot, Hogg, Bamba, Murray, Zemmama, Rankin, Miller, Nish, Riordan, Stokes

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Hibs Ladies defender Siobhan Hunter believes the club can make their new home at Ainslie Park a fortress this season.

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The League and Scottish Cup holders will now use the Capital venue’s 5G surface having made the switch from Broxburn Athletic’s Albyn Park during the off-season.

And, they made the perfect start at their new home having thrashed Aberdeen Ladies 6-0 last weekend to take top spot in SWPL 1.

Ahead of tomorrow’s League Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers at Spartans’ ground (4pm kick-off), Hunter said: “The pitch really suits us as it’s nice and wide and we’ve got some really fast players in the 
team. It’s also good to be back in Edinburgh again as hopefully that can bring a few more fans out.

“The main priority will always be the league. But we want to keep the cups we won last season as well.

“It will be a tough ask but I feel we have the squad to do it so I’m expecting a good year. We’ve had a great start but we just need to make sure we keep doing our jobs.

“The squad isn’t too different from last year and the good thing is we have players there who know what it takes to win things.

“Bringing in Amy [Gallacher] has been a really good addition so that brings extra competition to the squad.”

Elsewhere in cup quarter-final action tomorrow, Spartans Women host Aberdeen Ladies at Ainslie Park (1pm kick-off) whilst SPFL 2 side Hearts visit top-flight outfit Celtic.

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Hibs will be without key men John McGinn and Ofir Marciano for their match against Falkirk in the Ladbrokes Championship on Saturday.

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Both the midfielder and the goalkeeper have received international call-ups from Scotland and Israel respectively, and will miss the top-of-the-table clash at Easter Road.

Falkirk were last at Easter Road in November when Paul Hanlon’s 83rd-minute equaliser spared Hibee blushes after John Baird had put the ten-man visitors ahead on the 77th minute. Ex-Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo had earlier received a straight red card for a horror challenge on McGinn.

Hibs haven’t won at home against Falkirk since 2009, having played the Bairns six times at Easter Road since.

Dylan McGeouch and Ross Laidlaw look likely to replace McGinn and Marciano in central midfield and goal respectively, while Fraser Fyvie returns from suspension to add extra strength to the Hibs engine room. Neil Lennon is still without Liam Fontaine (ankle), Chris Humphrey (calf) and Danny Handling (fitness) through injury, while David Gray is a doubt with a tight hamstring.

Falkirk manager Peter Houston will be able to call on Canada’s goalscorer against Scotland in midweek, Fraser Aird, but 17-year-old left-back Tony Gallacher is with the Scotland under-19 squad in the Czech Republic. Midfielder Joe McKee is likely to be unavailable through injury.

A win for Hibs would put them ten points clear at the top of the Championship table ahead of the Bairns with a game in hand. Tomorrow’s match is the first of a crucial home double-header, with Morton visiting Easter Road on Wednesday.

Probable Hibs XI (4-4-2 Diamond): Laidlaw; Gray, McGregor, Ambrose, Stevenson; Bartley, McGeouch, Fyvie, Shinnie; Holt, Cummings

Probable Falkirk XI (4-4-2): Rogers; Kidd, Gasparotto, Grant, Leahy; Aird, Taiwo, Kerr, Sibbald; Baird, Austin.

Referee: Kevin Clancy

Where and when: Easter Road, tomorrow, 3pm kick-off.

Click here for the match stats>>>

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David Templeton has signed for Hamilton Accies on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

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The 28-year-old has been a free agent since last summer following his exit from Rangers as he looked to fully rehab himself from injury before returning to football.

He will look to help Accies in their fight against relegation. The Lanarkshire club currently sit in last place in the Ladbrokes Premiership, and have lost their last three games in all competitions by a combined score of 14-0.

Templeton spent four years at Ibrox after joining in a reported £700,000 deal from Hearts.

The winger was signed by the Tynecastle club from Stenhousemuir after impressing in the lower leagues as a teenager.

After making his first-team breakthrough in 2009, he would total 95 appearances in a maroon jersey.

He famous scored against Liverpool at Anfield as Hearts narrowly lost out in the Europa League tie.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FOWLER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4402918.1490369652!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4402918.1490369652!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "David Templeton, centre, after scoring against Liverpool at Anfield. Picture: Phil Wilkinson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "David Templeton, centre, after scoring against Liverpool at Anfield. Picture: Phil Wilkinson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4402918.1490369652!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/edinburgh-city/edinburgh-city-want-a-reaction-to-collapse-at-clyde-1-4400842","id":"1.4400842","articleHeadline": "Edinburgh City want a reaction to collapse at Clyde","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490337041000 ,"articleLead": "

As manager Gary Jardine freely admitted, there were strong words spoken in the Edinburgh City dressing-room following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Clyde.

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A second-half performance in which the hosts scored three unanswered goals was in stark contrast to the first, after which City lead at the interval and looked likely to increase the lead.

Jardine issued a stark warning to his players that they’ll go down if they don’t improve – their defending of set-pieces in particular. With that in mind, Elgin City may not be the ideal next opponents.

Jim Weir’s side visit Meadowbank tomorrow having taken maximum points against the League Two newcomers this season, scoring eight goals to City’s two. However, midfielder John Dunn expects a reaction to the Broadwood collapse regardless.

“There were a few stern words said afterwards and rightly so,” he said of the post-match debrief. “We played pretty well in the first half and were sticking to the game plan, but then in the second half we didn’t get going at all. We defended poorly. Clyde came back in to it and unfortunately for us it’s ended up in defeat.

“Something we’ve worked on for the last few years is defending from the front and being solid as a team. Normally when we go a goal up it’s something that we can build on, but last Saturday we’ve come out and haven’t played at all after half-time. If we do find ourselves in that situation again in the next seven games, we need to do a lot better.”

Having come on the back of three games unbeaten, Dunn sees last Saturday as something of a wake-up call as to how much work is still required to remain in the division.

“It’s definitely a reminder and maybe a wee reality check for us all,” he suggested. “We did have a couple of decent results before that but it’s a funny league, League Two. It’s very competitive and anybody can get a result against anybody else. It’s really hard to predict, as was shown with us beating Forfar the other week. We’ll be on our toes, that’s for sure.”

Personally, Dunn is pleased to be featuring regularly again, even if he has been required to cover the difficult position of right wing-back. “I’ve been in a couple of different positions the last few weeks but I’m happy to play anywhere really as long as I can contribute to the team,” he explained. “It’s been a funny season for me as I’ve been in and out of the team. Obviously the quality of the squad is improving all the time so if I have a bad game or even just an average performance, I could easily find myself back on the bench again.

“It’s a shift playing on the right. Aaron Dunsmore and [Jordan] Caddow have [played there as well], but most of the positions in our team, if you play there the manager demands that we all put in a shift and cover the ground. Whether it’s wingback or in midfield, it’s all about hard work, closing down and trying not to let the opposition play.”

Doing that well will be essential tomorrow, against a team Dunn is surprised aren’t closer to automatic promotion.

“They play really good football, get the ball down and pass it, are solid at the back and are good on the counter,” he said. “I’ve been really impressed by them. They’re still sitting in the play-off positions, but certainly from their performances against us they’re one of it not the best team in the league.”

To overcome such quality, Dunn says City need only look back to the aforementioned display against Forfar for inspiration. “We showed in that game that on our day, we’re capable of getting a result against anybody. We need to get back to basics and show a bit more of what we did in the first half last week and concentrate full for 90 minutes and turn a performance for 45 minutes in to one for the whole game.

“Even against Forfar, our first 45 wasn’t great but we turned it round, so the aim for this week is to perform for the full 90.”

Having won two Lowland League titles at a canter, Dunn is enjoying a more intense end to the season to ensure survival. “It’s a different challenge,” he said.

“There’s a slight mentality shift from the last two years, when we pretty much had the league wrapped up by now. This year it’ll be right to the death but that’s something we’re looking forward to.

“The last two years we had some pointless games in April and there wasn’t the same sort of buzz about the place. This season it’s still there and we’re still in good form despite last Saturday.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ROSS PILCHER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4400841.1490200705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4400841.1490200705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "John Dunn says City need to perform for the full 90 minutes","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "John Dunn says City need to perform for the full 90 minutes","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4400841.1490200705!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/linlithgow-keeper-hill-reckons-7-0-win-can-be-turning-point-1-4402100","id":"1.4402100","articleHeadline": "Linlithgow keeper Hill reckons 7-0 win can be turning point","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490337036000 ,"articleLead": "

Buoyed by a morale-boosting Scottish Junior Cup victory last weekend, Linlithgow Rose goalkeeper Darren Hill hopes the result can act as a springboard to ensuring they end the season with success.

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Rose battered Gartcairn 7-0 at Prestonfield to book their place in the semi-finals. While they are just two games away from their first final in four years, their league form has left much to be desired, with the club fourth from bottom.

Hill’s route to Prestonfield has been some journey for a goalkeeper once regarded as a top prospect after making the breakthrough at Brockville with Falkirk, where he twice won the First Division.

He left Falkirk in 2006 following off-field misdemeanours including drug misuse and then had stints in the lower leagues with Arbroath and Forfar, before earning a surprise move to the Premiership with Hamilton Accies three years ago.

The 35-year-old says going part-time made him grow up and put his past behind him. Becoming a father for the first time two and a half years ago with the birth of his son, Hayden, was also life-changing.

“Throughout my whole career, it wasn’t until I went part-time that I actually stood back and realised where I was, all the things I had done and mistakes I had made, it made me grow up,” said Hill. “It was a reality check, it made me a better person and a better goalie.

“Although I never kicked a ball at Hamilton because I had Mikey McGovern in front of me, an internationalist, it was just the whole experience of doing everything right. It was just for my own pride and sanity because with the things that had happened prior at Falkirk I had never given 100 per cent through the years that I was there. When the opportunity came about I said to the Mrs: “Look, I can’t pass it up because I need to do everything right this time,” and I did everything right, it just so happened that I had a quality goalie in front of me that was going to the Euros.

“The manager at Hamilton [Martin Canning] said I could stay and fight it out or go and get a game somewhere. At my stage I needed to play so I went back to Forfar. Last summer, Gary Bollan [manager] told me a top Junior side had come in for me and as soon as I heard it was Lithgae it was a no brainier.

“The travelling was becoming a killer for me, it didn’t really bother me before I had the wain but as soon as he came along my whole mindset changed. I was getting up at six in the morning for work and then not getting back until 11 o’clock at night after training.”

Hill would have been forgiven for wondering what he had got himself into with David McGlynn, who signed him for Rose, quitting as manager in October.

Replaced by then assistant Todd Lumsden, Rose’s woes in the league have continued with the club at one stage looking set for a relegation fight.

Ahead of hosting second-placed Penicuik Athletic tomorrow, Hill hopes their habit of conceding cheap goals after the break, which has blighted their season, is past them.

He continued: “All my days that I’ve known, they’ve been one of the biggest, if not the biggest Junior side. That was one of the biggest attractions for me and obviously we aren’t doing so great this year but the flip of it is we’re in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

“If we were to win the Junior Cup it would be a great season, that’s the one every club wants to win. Ritchie [Barnard] the other goalie always says we don’t want to go down in the books as the worst Linlithgow Rose team.

“Hopefully we can go and take our season forward and start climbing that league again. We’ve been playing and getting chances and not taking chances, then we’ve been giving goals away. We’ve been due giving somebody a bit of a hiding.

“The boys, the manager, everybody, we’ve all talked about it. We’ve all sat down in meetings wondering what’s going wrong, every training session. It’s been a hoodoo but on 
Saturday we broke it.”

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Scotland enter a win-or-bust scenario against Slovenia on Sunday night hoping to resuscitate ailing World Cup qualification hopes. Losing, or even drawing, at Hampden isn’t an option. Yet attacking options are decidedly thin on the ground.

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Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes finished Wednesday night’s 1-1 friendly draw with Canada up front together, but a two-man forward line against the Slovenians is unlikely. Of the five strikers in Gordon Strachan’s squad, only Rhodes is a regular starter at club level. Griffiths, Steven Fletcher, Chris Martin and Steven Naismith are all short of match practice.

The likelihood is that Strachan will deploy a 4-2-3-1 system for a game which may well decide his own future as national coach.

“Chris Martin has not been getting games recently and suffering from it. Steven Fletcher has not been getting games. We have a problem in that our strikers are not playing regularly,” said Mark McGhee, Strachan’s assistant.

“As a striker myself, I knew I would be at my best if I was playing every week. To be in and out of the team, I don’t think strikers do that very well so that is a bit of a problem for us. Gordon obviously has to consider that.

“We have to consider the opposition as well and whether we can play with two up front. That is probably a difficult thing to do. Both Leigh and Jordan were on against Canada and did quite well. It gives Gordon food for thought but it is unlikely we will start with a 4-4-2 with two boys up front.”

Griffiths’ enthusiasm for the cause was evident at Easter Road on Wednesday despite his lack of game time at Celtic. Asked if he had been slightly downbeat as a result of club-level inactivity, McGhee replied: “No, quite the opposite. He has not been getting a game at his club but he comes here and feels he has a chance of playing.

“Therefore, in training, he has shown his hunger and desire. He is a great finisher and has shown every bit of that desire you would want to see that he wants to play.”

A swollen knee ruled the Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser out of the Canada match. He was being assessed late last night to determine whether he can recover in time to win his first senior international cap on Sunday.

Another disappointing result would effectively end Scotland’s campaign and potentially spell the end for Strachan and McGhee in charge of the national team. McGhee was candid when asked about the level of performance expected and fans’ reactions.

“I would only implore supporters to, at worst, come along and if we’re rubbish, boo us,” he said. “You never know, we might be decent and they might have something to cheer.”

The 59-year-old remains convinced, however, that a win would genuinely revitalise hope that Scotland can reach Russia 2018. “Yes, I think so. It would still leave us with a lot to do but it will put us straight back in the mix.

“The only result we can live with is a win and then we can all take stock. We will all feel a little bit differently on Monday morning if we have won.

“It is high pressure but these boys play with a level that they can handle that pressure. They won’t be phased by the consequences of any result. They will live with that and will be able to play with that.

“The Canada game was more about that and was never really going to be of any significance come Sunday night against Slovenia.

“There was always going to be opportunities for people to perform well and play themselves into it. Clearly, that didn’t particularly happen.

“The game against Slovenia takes care of itself and there will be no consequence because of the Canada match. I felt all along that Canada and Slovenia are two different exercises. I don’t think they are related.”

Much has been made of Aberdeen players not being called up by Strachan. McGhee offered an explanation.

“We know there are some good players at Aberdeen. But, for instance, Ryan Jack has to get in ahead of Scott Brown, James Morrison, and Darren Fletcher. Every player in the country cannot get in the squad and these guys are in the squad and have been in the squad. They have their places but that is not to say Ryan Jack is not a good player. If they keep playing well, then who knows.”

After his sacking by Motherwell, McGhee is grateful to be involved with Scotland. “You tire of the East Sussex cappuccino trail so I’m quite happy to be out of that and in the game again,” he smiled.

“I’ve not lost my desire. I love being involved with the national team, it’s an honour and a privilege. You’re watching boys train and the level they train at is just inspiring. They are fantastic players, regardless of what anybody else thinks. It’s just great to be here.”

How does he reflect on Motherwell? “I don’t. I move on. I’ve been sacked six times so you get used to it.”

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Eight Hearts youth academy players will graduate to full-time professional contracts this summer – the biggest single intake in club history.

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The Evening News gained exclusive access to the signing session when the players in question – all currently playing for Hearts Under-17s – put pen to paper.

They will leave school in June and immediately begin full-time training as part of the Riccarton under-20 squad under coaches Jon Daly, Andy Kirk and Liam Fox.

Hearts have high hopes for all eight teenagers and believe they have the potential to progress to first-team level over the next three to four years.

Signing contracts are Euan Henderson (striker), Dean Ritchie (holding midfielder), Jay Sandison (full-back), Anthony McDonald (attacking midfielder), Chris Hamilton (centre-back/right-back), and Connor Smith (attacking midfielder).

Central midfielder Harry Cochrane and striker/midfielder Marc Leonard will also sign deals soon.

Roger Arnott, manager of the Riccarton youth academy, welcomed the historic moment as visible evidence of Hearts’ commitment to developing their own players.

“We’re very clear on where we’re trying to get to,” he said. “We’ve had to bring players in to fill gaps before so we’ve only taken two or three players on professional deals from the academy before this. By signing these eight players, we might bring in one from outside. That’s it.

“We think we’ll have another six or seven coming through next year, and after that Craig Levein [director of football] is encouraged by what he sees going down through the age groups. The plan is to have our home-grown academy players playing in our development team at under-20 level.

“That’s the route we’re trying to get to. The more good players we have in there, the better their chances of making it through to the first team. We’ve had to bring in players from abroad recently at first-team level but the manager will always look to the development team first to see who can play in the first team. That takes time.

“It will be two or three years, it might be four, before this group of players are ready to play in the first team. What this says to the fans is that the club is in a good place. We’re working very hard with young players.

“Some of these kids were here previously, some have come in since the club came out of administration in 2014. We’re trying to create a pathway where we don’t have lots of players, but the ones we do have get challenged and play in older age groups.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4402200.1490301936!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4402200.1490301936!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts academy graduates, from left, Euan Henderson, Anthony McDonald, Connor Smith, Dean Ritchie, Christopher Hamilton and Jay Sandison. Harry Cochrane and Marc Leonard were absent from the photo shoot. Picture: Ian Georgeson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts academy graduates, from left, Euan Henderson, Anthony McDonald, Connor Smith, Dean Ritchie, Christopher Hamilton and Jay Sandison. Harry Cochrane and Marc Leonard were absent from the photo shoot. Picture: Ian Georgeson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4402200.1490301936!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/free-scoring-broxburn-urged-to-go-for-goals-but-watch-at-the-back-1-4402010","id":"1.4402010","articleHeadline": "Free-scoring Broxburn urged to go for goals but watch at the back","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490337025000 ,"articleLead": "

Broxburn Athletic boss Max Christie has called on his players to continue their hot goalscoring form when they visit Musselburgh Athletic tomorrow.

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The Albyn Park men hit Camelon for five last week, joining Penicuik Athletic as second top goal scorers in the Super League behind top-of-the table Kelty Hearts.

All five came after a goalless first half, with Broxburn, sat sixth, ruthless in demonstrating their firepower.

“I think we’ve been threatening a result like that for a while,” said Christie. “It was quite a tight first half with both teams having chances to go ahead, then in the second half we played great and scored a few. It was a great win.

“Scoring goals has never been the problem, it’s been keeping them out, although we are starting to get better at that I think. We had a clean sheet against Bo’ness and I thought in the game against Kelty [2-0 loss in Fife] we were really unlucky.

“We’ve not done particularly well against Musselburgh recently so we’ll need to give a better account of ourselves than we did last time [beaten 5-1]. They gave us a doing at our park and we let ourselves down. We’ll need to be firing if we’re going to get anything from the game because they are a good side.”

Christie has bolstered his squad by bringing in former Hibs youngster Ryan Baptie on loan from Peterhead. The 22-year-old left-back made a big impression in a similar move at Linlithgow Rose last season, playing a key role as the Prestonfield side reached the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Christie added: “He’s a good footballer. He has got a good left foot and good delivery, we are pleased to have him. He needed regular games so Jim McInally [Peterhead boss] has given him on the understanding that he can recall him right away if needed.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SCOTT THOMSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4402009.1490285830!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4402009.1490285830!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ryan Baptie has signed for Broxburn on loan","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ryan Baptie has signed for Broxburn on loan","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4402009.1490285830!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/preston-athletic-face-huge-task-but-won-t-stop-battling-1-4401982","id":"1.4401982","articleHeadline": "Preston Athletic face huge task but won’t stop battling","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490337023000 ,"articleLead": "

“If we’re going to go down then we’re not going down without a proper fight,” is the message from Preston Athletic boss Craig Nisbet.

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The fate of the Lowland League’s lowest team could be sealed this evening when they host Cumbernauld Colts in a match they must win if they are to avoid a last-place finish.

With just four league fixtures remaining, the Panners find themselves nine points adrift of Borders clubs Hawick Royal Albert and Selkirk having tasted victory just four times all season.

Nisbet’s men must now match this feat by winning their remaining fixtures and hope their nearest rivals both fail to win between now and the end of April.

Were Preston to finish bottom of the pile, relegation from the Lowland League very much depends on how champions elect East Kilbride fare in their Promotion play-off campaign, not to mention the identity of the club that are crowned champions of the South of Scotland League.

Nisbet, an industrious midfielder for Preston from 2000-2005, accepts it’s going to take an heroic effort over the next four weeks but he is refusing to throw in the towel.

“The mood in the camp is we don’t want to accept our fate,” Nisbet explained. “I’ve told the players that even if the worst-case scenario were to happen, we’ve still got to be professional and keep playing for the rest of the season.

“After tonight we’ve got East Stirlingshire so that will be a tough one as they are a decent side. But, we’re at home so the surface won’t suit them. We’ve got four cup finals so they need to give it everything they’ve got in the tank. Hopefully a bit of lady luck will fall on us as well.

“We know we’re in a difficult situation and we knew that before a ball was even kicked that it was going to be a real tough year.

“Even if we win our four remaining matches it’s still out of our own hands so we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the results go our way tomorrow.

“The last three games we’ve dominated and have been punished for not taking our chances but that’s the story of our season in a nutshell.”

Nisbet has contemplated what life were to be like next season should the East Lothian outfit find themselves demoted to the East of Scotland League. That said, he has told the club’s committee he has no intention of walking away from the job.

“It looks as if we’ll have to wait until the end of the season as to where we’ll be playing next season should we finish bottom,” Nisbet said. “There are so many permutations so we’ll just have to wait and see should that be the case.

“I’ve already spoken to the chairman and the committee and I’ve told them I won’t be going anywhere. When I arrived the place was at a low ebb and budget-wise we were in a position no way near the rest of the teams in the league.

“I’ve said to them that even if we do end up in the East of Scotland League then it might not be a bad thing. It might give us that bit of breathing space to try and breed some confidence and success.

“I’m not saying we’d win the league but I know we’d be a very competitive side and could challenge the likes of Leith Athletic and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

“I’ve not been given any other indication from the chairman that it’s anything other than business as usual. It’s a rebuilding process and if we are to be relegated, we’ve just got to deal with it and regroup.”

Elsewhere, Civil Service Strollers host East Kilbride at Christie Gillies Park tomorrow where the South Lanarkshire men could finally clinch the league title where they to win and second-placed East Stirlingshire fail to match their 
result at Hawick.

Edinburgh University take on Dalbeattie Star at Islecroft whilst Whitehill Welfare visit Stirling University. Football Nation Qualifying Cup winners Spartans host Gala.

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has admitted he’d happily win the Championship title by just a point or even on goal difference as the Easter Road outfit prepare to face their two biggest rivals in the space of just five days.

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The Capital club top the table by seven points from both Falkirk, whom they face at home tomorrow, and Morton, visitors to Easter Road on Wednesday, two crunch clashes which could prove crucial to their hopes of ending three seasons in the second tier of Scottish football.

While admitting his side had been guilty of dropping some vital points in recent weeks, Lennon insisted Hibs remain in “a very good position” having lost just once since the beginning of December with both Falkirk and Morton having proved incapable of taking full advantage of their slip-ups. Hibs, however, will go into tomorrow’s match against the Bairns without both goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and midfielder John McGinn – on international duty with Israel and Scotland respectively – a situation Lennon described as “surreal”, his side being forced to go ahead with such an important game while missing two key players.

Although he backed Ross Laidlaw as an able deputy for Marciano and can welcome back midfielders Fraser Fyvie and Dylan McGeouch from suspension and injury, Lennon insisted the loss of Marciano and McGinn was “definitely a hindrance” as far as Hibs were concerned.

Adamant the “historical rivalry” which exists between Hibs and Falkirk will see tomorrow’s game take care of itself, Lennon has called on his players to ditch the “Jekyll and Hyde” performances which have plagued them recently, pointing out that they were poor in the first half of their 2-2 draw with Dumbarton last week but great in the second.

He said: “We just need to bring those two halves together, if we do that then we’ll take some stopping. But we’ve only lost one game since the beginning of December so we’ve been pretty consistent. There’s been a frustration because we have played well and not won but overall I’ve been pretty pleased with the level of performance and the attitude and commitment of the players.”

With central defender Paul Hanlon back training after nearly three months out with a pelvic problem, Lennon’s injury problems are easing but, he revealed, skipper David Gray is rated doubtful for tomorrow with a tight hamstring.

He said: “Having Paul back training and Dylan and Fraser back we are stronger. I’m quietly confident we are moving in the right direction. If we win the league by a point or on goal difference it doesn’t really matter to me. Obviously, you’d like it to be a lot more comfortable, but we have put ourselves in a very good position.”

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Hibs manager Neil Lennon has admitted to finding himself in a surreal situation, facing one of the Edinburgh club’s biggest games of the season but stripped of two key players because of international commitments.

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Hibs meet Falkirk at home tomorrow, top of the Championship and seven points ahead of their opponents who, along with Morton, have emerged as their closest rivals for the title and the one automatic promotion place it carries.

But Lennon will be without both Scotland midfielder John McGinn – part of Gordon Strachan’s squad for Sunday night’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia – while goalkeeper Ofir Marciano is in Spain tonight as Israel hope to keep their interest in clinching a place in next year’s finals in Russia alive.

Hibs would have been granted dispensation had three players been called away on international duty but, with only two missing, they are obliged to go ahead with a fixture which could prove pivotal to their season’s over-riding target of ending three seasons in the second flight of Scottish football.

Although McGinn played only 14 minutes of Wednesday night’s friendly against Canada, Strachan afterwards indicated he’d be retaining the 22-year-old for Sunday’s Group F match at Hampden, Lennon acknowledging that while it was “fantastic” for the player “it’s not great for me”.

Lennon was at Easter Road to see McGinn play a cameo role in the 1-1 draw with Canada, the visitors’ goal having come from Falkirk’s Fraser Aird, the winger serving notice that he’ll be one to be watched tomorrow as the Hibs manager admitted.

“Fraser Aird was excellent,” said Lennon. “He was certainly Canada’s best player. He was a threat the whole night and I was very impressed. He scored a good goal and made some great runs. It definitely gave me some food for thought. There will be a confidence and familiarity for him going into the game tomorrow although I’m not sure he’s been playing that well for Falkirk.”

Having taken note of the potential danger of Aird, Lennon was more concerned with what he described as the hindrance of losing both McGinn and Marciano for such a crucial game. He said: “I spoke with John after the game on Wednesday night and he seemed in a good place. He has another cap won in front of his home crowd, so that’s pretty special.

“He will obviously be involved in some capacity in the game on Sunday which is fantastic for him. It’s not great for me, but he’s playing for his country.”

Hibs supporters had been holding out hope that with the likes of Celtic’s Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and James Forrest available to face Slovenia after being rested in midweek, Strachan may release McGinn to play for his club in recognition of the importance of their league game the previous day.

But Lennon admitted he’s not counting on such a move, saying: “I’ve not spoken to Gordon about it. He is under Gordon’s jurisdiction with Scotland, he’s their player and if Gordon wasn’t going to use him then I’m sure I would know by now.

“It’s a bit of a surreal situation, really, that we have to go ahead with the game – a really important game – with two of our most important players going away with their country.

“I’m not sure if you would call it punishment, but it is definitely a hindrance.”

Ironically for Hibs, it has been Marciano’s performances for the club which have earned him a recall to the Israeli squad, the 26-year-old, who had previously made ten appearances for his country, having previously fallen out of favour under new coach Elisha Levy.

Lennon said: “Ofir has had a very good season and, once he got over his injuries, he’s been very consistent. It just shows what a good season we are having that it has got Ofir back into the Israel manager’s thinking while John has been involved with Scotland for the last 18 months.”

Ross Laidlaw will deputise for Marciano, the former Raith Rovers goalkeeper having taken over from his team-mate in each of Hibs’ three Championship matches with Falkirk earlier in the season and emerging unbeaten with two wins and a draw to his name.

The return of Fraser Fyvie from suspension will also help compensate for the loss of McGinn with another midfielder Dylan McGeouch also back in the frame for tomorrow while both McGinn and Marciano will have rejoined Lennon’s squad for the equally crucial game with Morton on Wednesday, two matches which the Hibs manager admitted could go a long way to determining the destination of the title.

He will, however, be looking for his players to ditch the “Jekyll and Hyde” performances of late in which they have dropped more than a few precious points although, as Falkirk boss Peter Houston admitted, those chasing Hibs have failed to take advantage of those slip-ups.

Lennon said: “Against Dumbarton, we were poor first half, great second half. We need to bring those two halves together and if we do, then we’ll take some stopping. Falkirk will take care of itself. There’s a bit of historical rivalry, if you want to call it that. If we win we possibly make it impossible for them to win the league and then we have Morton at home, another big game.

“In the games we have dropped points we have generally been the dominant team. Only in a couple have we not been at the level we can play. In the others we have dominated possession, chances, attempts on goal, all those stats have shown we’ve been the stronger team. That’s why you get frustrated, because we’ve played well and not won.

“I understand where Peter is coming from, but I am probably more frustrated than anyone.

“You set standards, maybe a wee bit too high for them at the end of the day. But we’ve only lost one game since the beginning of December, so we’ve been pretty consistent. There’s been a frustration but overall I have been pretty pleased with the level of performance, the attitude and commitment of the players.”

Having previously stated he doesn’t much care how Hibs win matches so long as they take the three points from each, Lennon admitted he’s also not too fussy as to how the title is won. He said: “If we win the league by a point or on goal difference it doesn’t really matter to me. Obviously I would like it to be a lot more comfortable, but we have put ourselves in a very good position.”

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Training at Riccarton this week has been vital to Hearts’ preparations for the final nine games of a very eventful season. Some players are missing due to international duty but Ian Cathro and his coaching staff still have the bulk of the first-team squad to work with.

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Veteran centre-back Aaron Hughes has recovered from the calf injury which precluded him from his club’s last four matches. Ironically, he is one of the absentees having been given permission to join the Northern Ireland squad for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Norway.

Arnaud Djoum is also away with Cameroon, Andraz Struna is preparing to face Scotland with Slovenia, Alex Tziolis is with Greece, Faycal Rherras is in the Morocco squad and Liam Smith is with Scotland Under-21s. Goalkeeper Jack Hamilton received a late call-up to the Scotland squad yesterday following the withdrawal through injury of David Marshall. Hearts expect most of the above to be back in place by the middle of next week.

“A couple of things have slowed us down this week,” explained Cathro. “Krystian [Nowak] and Lennard [Sowah] are managing a couple of knocks but, given it’s this week, we expect both of them to be clear for full training next week. We don’t have any other concerns outside that.

“Aaron had been back training with us for a couple of days before the Aberdeen game on Saturday. Sometimes in that situation you jump straight in. Maybe he could’ve come through the game, maybe he couldn’t. It’s sometimes a decision about protecting the player.

“Aaron is going to be an important player for us. The way we’ve managed the last stage of his recovery guarantees him a little bit of time to do more training. I think he’ll be completely fine and completely ready for next week.”

Hearts are close to agreeing a one-year contract with Hughes, as revealed in yesterday’s Evening News. His leadership is considered crucial.

“Very much so, his influence will be vital in the majority of situations we’ll find ourselves in now,” added Cathro. “Aaron brings a calmness to people, helps things stay clear and supports people. He’s an important player to constantly have around everyone. He’s had a really positive impact.”

The rest of the campaign sees Hearts playing catch-up from a position of fifth in the Ladbrokes Premiership. They hope to claim a Europa League qualifying place come May and there fore Cathro needs his most experienced men available.

That doesn’t mean there is no role for younger members of the squad. Teenage striker Rory Currie recently signed a long-term contract to commit his future to Hearts until summer 2020. He continues to impress his superiors.

“Rory is a young player who, technically, is very comfortable in a lot of situations in games. He stays calm, he doesn’t get too stressed about things. That’s probably been the biggest thing which has helped him. He feels comfortable enough on the park to let some of this quality come out,” said Cathro.

Currie only arrived at Riccarton last summer after being released by Rangers. His impact has seen him elevated from the under-20 squad into the senior group, where he is more than holding his own.

“He’s a young boy who plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He is a good quality finisher, which will develop and improve through time. He’s definitely someone we’re excited to work with and we’ll support him to help him grow as a footballer over the coming months and years.”

Even Cathro admits that the 19-year-old has made an impression greater than anyone expected in his seven senior appearances to date.

“I would say that’s pretty fair. The players who show me the things I want in the team will go in the team. For me, it’s that simple.”

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Ormiston boss Richie Weir has told his players to wear the club’s shirt with pride this weekend as they prepare to bring the curtain down on their current pitch at Recreation Park.

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Ormi welcome champions Leith Athletic to East Lothian on Sunday (12.15pm kick-off) for one final time before they begin next season on a newly-built pitch which has been rolled out just a couple of metres from the present surface.

As a local lad who used to play for the club himself, Weir says the current set-up have been playing there since the 1980s.

“We’ve said to the guys this week at training that this Sunday is more about the club and to put in 100 per cent,” Weir said. “We know it will be a difficult game but for once this isn’t about the players.

“Everything is in place for next season, it’s just the changing rooms that are still to be installed which means we might have to play our first few games next season away from home.

“We don’t have a big committee but they’ve been working really hard with the council so it’s been an ongoing issue for a few years. It’s been a long time coming so the club are moving in the right direction, at least off it.”

Weir’s men succumbed to an 8-0 thrashing from Leith in a King Cup first-round tie last weekend, a performance the manager himself called “embarrassing”.

He is, however, hopeful that a similar scoreline isn’t on the cards when Derek Riddel’s side visit on East of Scotland League duty this time around.

“It was a very dark day last week,” he admitted. “Leith video their games and put them up on YouTube so I told the guys to go and watch the highlights from last week and, if the truth be told, it was embarrassing.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale are at Eyemouth United tomorrow and Tynecastle are also in the Borders with a trip to Coldstream.

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Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton has been recalled to the Scotland squad as an injury-replacement for David Marshall.

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The 23-year-old will provide cover for veteran stoppers Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Slovenia at Hampden.

Marshall was forced to withdraw through injury and Hamilton, who was originally left out of the 30-man squad, was brought into the Scotland training camp this morning.

The Jambos No.1 has yet to make his international debut at senior level but has previously been called up by national team boss Gordon Strachan.

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Aaron Hughes is close to extending his Hearts contract by another 12 months, the Evening News can reveal.

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Initial talks with the experienced Northern Ireland defender have been positive and he is keen to stay at Tynecastle next season.

Hughes signed a six-month deal upon joining Hearts in January with the aim of reviewing his future in the summer. He has settled quickly in Edinburgh and, at 37, is already an influential figure within the dressing-room.

He is now ready to commit his future to Hearts until summer 2018. The centre-back is on international duty this week ahead of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Norway in Belfast on Sunday. He will then return to Hearts and go straight into vital league games against Celtic, St Johnstone, Dundee and Kilmarnock.

At some point over the next few weeks, he is expected to formally put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension. “We see the value in what Aaron brings to the group on a daily basis,” said head coach Ian Cathro. “We’re really pleased with him. I would be hopeful that we could look at doing something.”

Hughes hasn’t played in any of Hearts’ past four matches due to a niggling calf injury. However, he was an unused substitute against Aberdeen last weekend and headed off to join the Northern Ireland squad at the start of the week with no fitness concerns.

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