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With one of the smallest full-time budgets in Scotland, Livingston achieved Premiership promotion by winning their play-off final and relegating Partick Thistle. Keaghan Jacobs, a product of Livingston’s youth academy, scored the winner at Firhill to take his club into the top flight on a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.

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Scenes at full-time were of great contrast as those from West Lothian danced with joy, while the red and yellow shirts around them were disconsolate. David Hopkin’s team have now completed successive promotions after stepping up to the Championship from League One just 12 months ago.

They held a 2-1 lead over Thistle from Thursday night’s first leg at Almondvale – Jacobs was on target then, too – and stretched that advantage thanks to the midfielder’s neat finish shortly after the break. A late penalty by Hearts loanee Conor Sammon was saved by the visiting keeper Neil Alexander as if to compound the hosts’ misery.

Livingston aimed only to avoid relegation last summer but celebrated wildly at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill just before 5.30pm after finding themselves in the Premiership. Hopkins’s stewardship has been one long upward trajectory since their relegation to League One in summer 2016. Alan Archibald, his Partick Thistle counterpart, now faces questions over his tenure. The Glasgow side were promoted to the top league in 2013 and now return to the second tier after a five-year stay.

Although the atmosphere at Firhill was fervid, much of it stemmed from nerves and tension. Thistle battled for their Premiership existence against a Livingston side which last played top-flight football in 2006. This was their chance to make history.

They overwhelmed their Glasgow opponents in West Lothian thanks to another of their trademark energetic and industrious displays. Goals from Jacobs and Scott Pittman gave them a precious lead to take to Maryhill, albeit a slender one. Thistle were strengthened this time by the return of Chris Erskine and Blair Spittal to midfield.

The opening stages were predictably frantic and competitive. Almost every challenge forced referee John Beaton into a decision one way or the other. Livingston were in no rush whenever play stopped and that irked the home support as play didn’t flow the way they wanted it to. Partick’s aim was to play their way through the opposition, principally by using the craft of No.10 Erskine.

Clear scoring chances were at a premium throughout the first half. Livi’s Craig Halkett glanced Jacobs’ free-kick over Tomas Cerny’s crossbar on 35 minutes. Five minutes later, Jordan Thompson had a shot blocked by Kris Doolan following Alan Lithgow’s long throw. Adam Barton then got his boot in the way of Shaun Byrne’s attempt after the home side got themselves in a defensive fankle.

Thistle finally produced a shot on target in first-half stoppage-time. Spittal took Andrew McCarthy’s pass and ran at the visiting defence. Rather than slip a pass to the unmarked Erskine on his left, he chose to shoot with his left foot from 20 yards. Alexander was equal to the task.

Seconds after the restart, the Championship side struck a potentially fatal blow. Byrne laid the ball off to Jacobs at the edge of the Thistle penalty area and the onrushing midfielder dispatched a precise angled finish low into Cerny’s right corner. As players in black ran around like crazy animals in fits of delirium, it was impossible not to empathise with their delight.

Archibald’s team now needed two goals simply to take this play-off into extra-time. A 3-1 aggregate scoreline was daunting for a group of players low on confidence. Hopkin replaced lone striker Lee Miller with right-back Jack McMillan hoping to consolidate, but that left his team without a natural forward. Their supporters didn’t seem to mind as they reached full voice. Perhaps their most inventive chant of the afternoon was aimed at Thistle substitute Ryan Edwards. “You’re just a ***** Jack Sparrow,” came the chorus as the long-haired midfielder replaced Martin Woods.

Steven Lawless, Spittal and Christie Elliott all had shots at goal during Partick’s expected onslaught. They won a penalty when Alan Lithgow handled substitute Sammon’s shot, but the on-loan Hearts forward saw his spot-kick saved by the imperious Alexander.

At full-time, there was no denying Livingston had earned their place at the top table of Scottish football. Their players bounced around in euphoria in front of the healthy band of travelling fans as they hailed one of the biggest successes of their careers.

Partick Thistle (4-2-3-1): Cerny; McGinn, Barton, Cargill, Elliott; Woods (Edwards 70), McCarthy (Sammon 55); Spittal, Erskine (Booth 75), Lawless; Doolan. Unused subs: Scully, Devine, Penrice, Storey.

Livingston (4-1-4-1): Alexander; Gallagher, Halckett, Lithgow, Longridge; Jacobs; Robinson (Buchanan 79), Byrne, Pittman, Thompson (Cadden 60); Miller (McMillan 68). Unused subs: Maley, Mullin, Frizzell.

Referee: John Beaton.

Attendance: 7,122.

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Hibs’ first competitive match of the 2018/19 season will be a Europa League tie after Celtic’s victory in the Scottish Cup final clinched continental football for the Easter Road side.

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Celtic defeated Motherwell 2-0 in Saturday’s final and because they have already qualified for the Champions League due to winning the SPFL Premiership, the Europa League spot allocated to the Scottish Cup winners goes to the fourth-placed team in the league.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon guided his men to fourth in the Premiership in their first season back in the top-flight of Scottish football following relegation in 2014 and can now celebrate being back in Europe.

The Capital club enter the Europa League at the first qualifying round stage and are likely to be seeded, although that will not be confirmed until all the participants are known.

Hibs have a UEFA coefficient of 3.725 – the same as Rangers, who enter the tournament at the same stage, while second-qualifying round entrants Aberdeen are rated at 4.000 – and will hope to be seeded as to avoid teams such as Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv and Norwegian side Molde, who are the highest ranked teams in the first qualifying round.

However, if Hibs are to make it into the second qualifying round, they are odds-on to be unseeded and could face teams such as Spanish giants Sevilla, Turkish heavyweights Besiktas and English Premier League outfit Burnley.

The match dates for the first qualifying round are Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 19, and the second qualifying round dates are Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, 
August 3, although these can be brought forward by 24 hours if two teams from the same city are due to play at home on the same evening.

Hibs will find out their Europa League opponents on Friday, June 19, when the draw is made in the Swiss town of Nyon for both the first and second qualifying round.

The Easter Road side’s last match in the competition was a narrow defeat by Danish side Brondby in 2016. After losing the first leg 1-0 at home, they won the return in Copenhagen by the same scoreline, but lost out on penalties.

Their participation in the Europa League means that Hibs receive a bye for the Betfred Cup group stages. They will enter that tournament in the second-round stage on Saturday, August 18 and will be seeded.

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Hibs Ladies won the SWPL Cup for a third consecutive year with a devastating 9-0 win over Celtic.

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The Capital side tore opponents Celtic apart with ease at the Falkirk Stadium, cruising to a 4-0 lead inside the opening half-an-hour before racking up another five in the second half.

There was nothing spectacular about Grant Scott’s side’s display – just a well-drilled performance that underlined the gulf between Hibs, Glasgow City and the rest of Scottish women’s football.

Scotland international Lizzie Arnot, who has only recently recovered from a serious knee injury, was the star of the show, netting five and also chipping in with a couple of assists.

The Hibees have now taken home the silverware from their last five cup final appearances. They are also the current SSE Scottish Cup holders and, on this evidence, will never have a better opportunity to win their first league title in 11 years.

In truth, Hibs could have played without goalkeeper Hannah Reid, as the match was over as a contest after 30 minutes.

Ellis Notley put them ahead after seven minutes, meeting Emma Brownlie’s corner to loop the ball over goalkeeper Kiera Gibson.

Hibs, who are undefeated in SWPL 1 so far this season, looked threatening every time they entered their opponent’s half and it didn’t take them long to double their advantage.

Keeva Keenan brought Kirsty Smith’s lung-bursting run to a halt and referee Fiona Morton had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Arnot showed great composure in sending her effort from 12 yards into the far corner.

Abi Harrison’s through ball then put Arnot in the clear moments later and as she checked back on to her left foot, her intended pass to Chelsea Cornet was inadvertently put into her own net by Celtic captain Kelly Clark to make it three in the 20th minute.

Brownlie went agonisingly close to a fourth when the former Celtic player saw her 25-yard free kick flash just wide of Gibson’s right-hand post.

However, the fourth arrived when Amy Gallacher spotted Arnot’s clever run to the back post, the 22-year-old’s deft header coming back off the post only for Arnot to react quickest to knock the loose ball into the net for number four.

Hibs were now toying with their opponents and Smith should have made it five following a lovely reverse pass from Harrison, but was foiled by Gibson who stood up well to deny the full-back.

Winter signing Shannon McGregor then got in on the act with a terrific strike from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner two minutes after the restart.

Arnot completed her hat-trick with an astute finish before turning provider for substitute Kirsten Reilly to nod in from just a couple of yards for number seven of the afternoon.

And Arnot’s day got even better when she completed the scoring with her fourth and fifth of the match to leave Celtic shellshocked.

McGregor, 18, who joined from Aberdeen in January, said her decision to move to the Capital has been vindicated.

“I want to be lifting cups and this is why I came to Hibs,” she said. “I’ve only been here a couple of months and have already managed to win one. I feel I’ve settled in really well. It was an amazing performance from the whole team. We kept the ball really well and destroyed them in the first half an hour.

“We want both the cups and the league title so this will really motivate us going forward. We just want to keep it going.”

Head coach Scott, who took over from Kevin Milne in March, was thrilled with his players’ desire and commitment.

“I don’t think they get any better than that,” Scott said. “I think a lot of stuff came off for us today and Celtic have maybe had an off day. The pitch suited us as we made it big and played around them. The game-plan worked so I’m absolutely delighted.

“We dominated from start to finish and that’s the kind of team we are capable of being. The players have responded well since I’ve taken over.”

Hibs Ladies: Reid, McLauchlan (Michie 78), Brownlie, Notley (Hunter 65), Smith, Gallacher (Napier 61), Robertson, Cornet (Reilly 70), Arnot, McGregor, Harrison. Subs: Fife, Williamson, Tweedie.

Celtic: Gibson, Keenan, McCulloch (O’Neil 72), Rafferty, Cavanagh, Donaldson, Ross, Clark (Craig 61), Ewens (Adams 46), Giard (Connor 83), Pullar. Subs: Cunningham, Littlejohn.

Referee: Fiona Morton

Attendance: 651

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Alex Cunningham was given a fairytale send-off in his last game as Civil Service Strollers boss after a last-gasp overhead kick from Paolo Buzzi clinched the South Challenge Cup with a 2-1 extra-time win over BSC Glasgow.

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Second-half goals from Steven Froude and Josh McArthur forced an extra half-an-hour, with Buzzi’s stunning winner coming just as a penalty shoot-out looked to be required.

“It’s a perfect send-off – I couldn’t have asked for any more,” said a beaming Cunningham. “It goes to extra-time and then what a goal. What a goal. It’s the best I’ve seen. We’ve scored a few good ones – James Hainey scored a really good one in the semi-final – but that was just outstanding.

“I had the names written down on a piece of paper for penalties and was thinking, ‘here we go’ and it becomes a lottery, but what a way to finish.”

BSC were claiming for an early penalty after Kyle Fee’s challenge prevented Tom Bentham from shooting from close range, but the defender was judged to have played the ball.

Bentham then did get a shot away after a well worked opening, but Strollers keeper Stuart Burnside did well with his legs.

There was little in the way of clear chances after that as the game edged towards half-time, despite Civil edging things territorially. A near-post corner from Ian Ballantine was met by Jack Downie, but he couldn’t keep his flicked header low enough to trouble Ryan Marshall.

The breakthrough arrived shortly after the hour via a fine counter attack. Andy Mair drove down the left and delivered a great ball to the back post to pick out Froude, who nodded Strollers into the lead.

That seemed to spark BSC into life, however, and they levelled with around 15 minutes remaining. Stevie Murray’s volley across goal was powerful, but wasn’t going in before McArthur was able to divert it goalwards.

Strollers’ Craig Newal looked to take advantage of a late defensive lapse and his shot beat Marshall at the near post, but only found the side netting.

BSC then almost won it in stoppage time when captain Ross McMillan glanced a free header wide from a corner.

Buzzi had the only real opportunity during the first period of extra-time, but his volley was straight down Marshall’s throat.

Martin Grehan’s fine strike was deflected narrowly wide and his header from the resulting corner was kicked off the line as BSC pushed for a late winner. Another swift counter from Civil almost brought a goal, but Marshall was down sharply to tip Froude’s deflected low strike around the post.

He could do nothing about the winner though, Buzzi with an outrageous overhead kick into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations involving just about the entire Strollers squad.

Cunningham will now take a step back from management, with former Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine taking the reins. “Gary brings a lot of experience,” he said. “I know he’s a lot younger than me but he brings a lot. You see it in the training and the way in which we prepare for games now. It’s really good and the players have really responded to it.

“It could have gone the other way with Gary coming in and maybe doesn’t go well, but it’s been really good.”

Will Cunningham miss management? “No!” was the emphatic response. “The phoning players, making sure everyone’s there, no. I’m 61 now so I’m quite happy to be going out.”

BSC Glasgow: Marshall, Tennent, Mills, McArthur, McStay, McMillan, Redpath (Smith 109), Duncan (McNab 71), Bentham, Grehan, Murray.

Civil Service Strollers: Burnside, Newal, Mair, Fee, Turnbull (Hainey 101), Laird, McConnell, Clapperton (Churchill 68), Froude, Downie, Ballantine (Buzzi 86).

Referee: Kyle Hall.

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Hibs have qualified for next season’s Europa League with their fourth place finish after Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final, writes Matt Farnham.

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The Easter Road side will enter the first qualifying round pot on 19 June in Nyon, with Aberdeen being pushed into the second qualifying round on 26 July.

European football was something Hibs boss Neil Lennon set as a target at the start of the season. A disappointing last week of the season stopped them from finishing third but thanks to the Scottish Cup winning place reverting to league position via Celtic’s win the club will be on their travels.

The first-leg is to be played 12 July with the second-leg a week later on 19 July.

Lennon can now start planning for the European adventure with the additional funds a bonus to the club, as European football for attracting potential signings to the club.

For Hibs, as well as Rangers, to make the group stage of the Europa League they will have to win through four rounds, while Aberdeen will need to progress through three.

Key Dates for Europa League:

June

12 June: Preliminary round draw

19 June: First & second qualifying round draws

28 June: Preliminary round, first leg

July

5 July: Preliminary round, second leg

12 July: First qualifying round, first leg

19 July: First qualifying round, second leg

23 July: Third qualifying round draw

26 July: Second qualifying round, first leg

August

2 August: Second qualifying round, second leg

6 August: Play-off round draw

9 August: Third qualifying round, first leg

16 August: Third qualifying round, second leg

23 August: Play-off round, first leg

30 August: Play-off round, second leg

31 August: Group stage draw

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Hearts have paid tribute to the work done behind the scenes at the club’s academy and the progression of so many players to the first-team squad.

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In an exclusive in-depth 20-minute documentary on the club’s official website key figures at the club are interviewed, including the players themselves, such as Harry Cochrane, Jamie Brandon and Anthony McDonald.

Footage shows the players carrying out their daily duties such as washing boots, pumping up balls and collecting kit at the Oriam where the club are based.

One of the key facets of the club since being taken over by Ann Budge is the development of youth. In the final game of the season away to Kilmarnock 11 teenagers were in the 18-man squad.

In the 2017/2018 season there were debuts handed to nine teenagers, with the 4,826 minutes played by the teens more than any other team in a European top flight. Six players played for the team aged 16.

The full video can be watched here.

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What a season it has been for Hibs following their return to the top-flight after three seasons in the Labdrokes Championship.

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Neil Lennon’s men have impressed with their swashbuckling football and the part they played in a variety of thrilling contests.

The Hibees just came up short of a second place finish at the end of the season but fourth was a respectable effort in what has been a competitive Ladbrokes Premiership division.

Some players have shown they belong at the club, while others have come in and won the hearts of the Hibs faithful.

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There were two wins at Ibrox, a first win over Celtic in many a year, two derby victories and, of course, that madcap 5-5 with Rangers to finish the season.

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Tumultuous is probably the best word to sum up Hearts’ Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.

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• READ MORE: Hearts boss Craig Levein’s best quotes from season 2017/18

Three coaches have taken charge of the team with head coach Ian Cathro sacked four days before the start of the league season after a dismal Betfred Cup exit.

Despite a lowly sixth place finish the team had their moments, from creating a new clean sheet record for the club to stopping Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run at 69 with an emphatic win. Plus there were derby victories in the Scottish Cup and league.

• READ MORE: Watch: The 10 best Hearts goals of the 2017/18 season

But perhaps the most important moment came on Sunday 19 November when the new Main Stand was opened for its first fixture.

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David Hopkin wants his Livingston players ready for the biggest 90 minutes of their careers tomorrow.

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They carry a 2-1 lead over Partick Thistle entering the Premiership play-off second leg at Firhill, but manager Hopkin won’t try to hold the advantage.

“No, I never do,” he said. “This has got us to where we are now, so why would I change it in the last game? I’m sure the players will give me everything on Sunday but I think we’re going to face a completely different Partick Thistle team.

“I’ll just go and do the same again. I know it’s going to be a tough ask on a bigger pitch.

“We can’t let teams go and play. We haven’t done it all season. We’re now in the last game. If we go there and it’s not enough on the day, then I’ll congratulate Alan [Archibald] and Thistle for staying up.

“If we can do it and keep our energy levels up, it will probably be the biggest 90 minutes of their careers. Sunday is like a [cup] final. That’s the way we’ve got to treat it.”

Livingston won’t train before tomorrow’s match to let their players recuperate.

“I’ve got 15 or 16 fit now. I’m going to have to patch a few people up for Sunday. We need one massive effort. They’re knackered but I know they’ll go again,” said Hopkin.

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It’s been a long road to recovery for Hibs Ladies winger Lizzie Arnot.

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Not only did a ruptured ACL in March last year ensure her season was over before it started, but Arnot was left on the sidelines as her team-mates went on to claim a second consecutive cup double, not to mention her heartache at missing out on representing Scotland at last summer’s European Championships.

Nevertheless, Arnot is back with a vengeance and determined to make up for lost time. The 22-year-old has made a steady contribution this term with the Hibees sitting joint top of SWPL 1 and she is now looking forward to tomorrow’s SWPL Cup final against Celtic at the Falkirk Stadium.

“It’s great to be back playing again after a really tough 2017,” Arnot said. “I’m just glad to be involved at a time where we’ve got some exciting games coming up starting with tomorrow.

“Cup finals are the games every player wants to be involved in. I had my operation just over a year ago so I just look forward now and it would be great to win the trophy again.”

Hibs defeated Celtic 4-1 in last year’s final at Broadwood but it was a time when Arnot was still trying to come to terms with the severity of her injury.

“No-one expects that kind of injury to happen but I just had to focus on what I could do to come back stronger,” she said. “Having the support of my family and friends made a huge difference and also the support from Hibs too. But I’m not going to lie, it was pretty tough. I was so grateful for all the support, though, as not every player gets so much care and attention. My knee feels pretty much back to normal now.

“When I started back training there were days when it would stiffen up but the surgeon told me that’s all part of the healing process. I don’t think about it now and feel I can get back to playing what I was like before the injury.”

Arnot stepped off the bench in the second half as Grant Scott’s side came from a goal down to see off Hamilton Accies 5-1 in Wednesday night’s league encounter at Easter Road. However, she is hoping for a place in the starting line-up tomorrow.

“The players we have brought in this year have really strengthened the squad which has made for more competition. You definitely have to earn your place in the team.”

Meanwhile, head coach Scott admits his job is becoming harder by the week in trying to pick his first XI. The former Hearts Women assistant boss took over from Kevin Milne who resigned in March.

“One or two who came in on Wednesday night have given me food for thought. It’s difficult to say to those who aren’t in the starting line-up but I will always explain to them why. I like to be open and honest with the players,” Scott said.

“The players have been absolutely fantastic since I took over. I haven’t changed a lot of things and they’ve responded so well.

“Kevin and I are friends outwith football so I’ve seen him a few times since. It was out of the blue when he left but he felt he had to do what he did.

“I almost feel embarrassed I didn’t see it coming as I was his right-hand man. It was largely for personal reasons but that doesn’t make it any easier. That said, when I have seen him since he seems in a much better place.

“On the basis of our performances this season we start as favourites tomorrow. But Celtic have definitely improved from last year so we know we have to be on our game if we are to win. We’ve already played them in the league and won (3-1) so we know what to expect but I have a huge amount of faith in the girls.”

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Cammy Bell has left Hibs after the club decided against offering the back-up goalkeeper a contract extension.

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The 31-year-old was signed on a short-term deal at the end of January after Scott Bain, who had joined from Dundee just a few weeks earlier, was allowed to go to Celtic as part of a three-way transfer that involved Simon Murray heading to Dens Park on loan and Scott Allan moving from Celtic to Easter Road.

Bell made two appearances for Hibs as he came off the bench following Ofir Marciano’s early red card in a 1-1 draw away to St Johnstone in March and then played the entire 90 minutes of the following match - a 2-0 win at home to Partick Thistle - as the Israeli served his suspension.

Although he performed well when called upon, the impending return from a long-term shoulder injury of Ross Laidlaw, who is under contract for another season, means Hibs have no need to offer Bell, the former Kilmarnock, Rangers and Dundee United goalkeeper, a new deal.

Meanwhile, Efe Ambrose has been left out of Nigeria’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad. The Hibs defender hasn’t featured for his national team for almost two years, but there was surprise in his homeland that he wasn’t recalled for the upcoming finals in Russia after an excellent campaign at Easter Road. Former Nigeria manager Samson Siasia said: “I think Efe’s experience and form for Hibernian is good enough to get him into the list and he would be of immense help to the Super Eagles defence at the World Cup.

“I cannot believe the coach has not included Efe. Given the problems we have in defence, the calming influence of Efe would have been perfect for us. He’s had a great campaign and is very experienced too. It’s nothing to do with sentiment – I just think Efe deserves to be in Russia. He’s been a very good player for us.”

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Scott Robinson hears the carping about Livingston’s style of play. It’s too aggressive, it’s agricultural, it’s brutal to watch, they say. The midfielder enjoys a wry smile at such comments because it proves David Hopkin’s side are getting under people’s skin.

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Livi’s tenacity has brought them within 90 minutes of a most unlikely promotion. They head to Firhill tomorrow with a 2-1 lead from the first leg of their Premiership play-off with Partick Thistle. Yet it was notable that, for everything said about Livingston’s aggression, both their goals on Thursday night were well-worked. Robinson is happy for others to sit in judgment.

Regardless what is said, Livingston won’t change for anyone. Not now. “We don’t mind what gets said, honestly. We know that, if people are saying that, they must not enjoy playing against us,” said the former Hearts midfielder, now 26.

“We’ve got a style and it’s working, but we can play a bit as well. There are a lot of boys with ability in that dressing room. The gaffer has drilled a mentality and a style into us that gets results and it all comes from hard work.

“We know we need to be switched on for the full 90 minutes tomorrow. Partick will be right up for it. They’re fighting for their lives but we’ve got nothing to lose. We will work hard, keep a shape about us and hopefully nick a goal. If we score then they need to score two just to get extra-time.”

Robinson is riding a wave of euphoria in West Lothian at the moment. Livingston were promoted into the Championship just 12 months ago, yet with one of the division’s smallest budgets are sitting on the brink of the top flight.

They last played there in 2006 and suffered administration and demotion to Scottish football’s bottom tier in the intervening years. “We felt we could get into the play-offs but we never thought of getting to the play-off final,” admitted Robinson.

Promotion would take the player back to where he feels he belongs. After leaving formative club Hearts and spending a year at Kilmarnock, injuries took their toll. He joined part-time East Fife before a visit to a well-known Bradford surgeon changed his career.

“I went down to Bradford to see Dr Schilders last summer,” explained Robinson. “He pinpointed what was wrong and told me I had a small tear in my oblique muscle. He said that was causing all my groin injuries. He went in, released the ligament and put some mesh in. That solved the problem.

I’m feeling strong so long may that continue.

“It would be brilliant to get back in the Premiership. Our target at the start of the season was to stay in the league. To be in this position, we’ve nothing to lose now. We just have to keep going, and who knows? We all believe we can do it but I would say Partick are still favourites.”

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After seven gruelling months of ship-steadying in his first senior managerial role, James McDonaugh is ready to embark on a summer rebuild at Edinburgh City which he hopes will allow them to move away from the League Two relegation zone and closer to the promotion shake-up next term.

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Having spent three years as assistant to Peter Houston at Falkirk, the 40-year-old former Hibs youth coach could hardly have asked for a more testing baptism as his own man when, in early October last year, he was invited to take the reins of a City side who had lost ten of their previous 12 matches in all competitions and were staring at the prospect of finishing bottom of the league.

After getting his head around the magnitude of the task and adapting to the demands of managing a part-time team, McDonaugh gradually set about improving the situation and, after some shrewd transfer business, the Ainslie Park side started to pull away from Cowdenbeath at the foot of the table. Although they ended up second bottom, the spectre of being relegated back to the Lowland League had subsided significantly with a couple of months of the campaign to spare.

“It’s been a great learning experience,” said McDonaugh, reflecting on his time in charge of City so far.

“I wasn’t sure when the right time would be to become a manager but after the disappointment of leaving Falkirk, it was nice to feel wanted after being approached by Edinburgh City having not even applied for the job. It was obviously a very difficult first season but it was quite rewarding that we managed to stay in the league with a few games to go. I inherited somebody else’s team and made a number of changes, and we went on quite a good run in 2018.

“I feel we improved the squad overall and without the changes we made during the season we would have struggled to stay in the league.”

City only gained promotion from the Lowland League two years ago and McDonaugh explained that they are a club still adapting to their new environment. Having spent several years in Hibs’ academy prior to his three years in the Championship with Falkirk, the manager admits many aspects of the past season have been eye-opening.

“I’ve got total respect for what the club has done before I came in,” he said. “But with the structure at the club, they were looking to move things on a bit when I came in because they weren’t really used to being in professional football. There are a lot of great volunteers at the club and they probably thought I was a hard taskmaster at times, but that’s no slight on them – I just want to try and raise standards. Everybody at the club has been really good at taking on board ideas I had to try and improve things.

“The most difficult thing was dealing with everything that goes with taking a part-time team. For instance, the players have their own job that comes first, and the football comes second. That’s something I’ve not been used to for a while and it was difficult at first. At the start, I was thinking they’ll need to come up to my levels, but over time I started to manage it and work out the best way to deal with it and get the best out of them. Over the piece, I can’t fault the commitment of the majority of them.

“Every now and then, there were situations that come with part-time football that were hard to get your head round. I could give you a massive list of things that needed improved, from where the players were picked up before games, to the bus they travel in, to a couple of pre-match meals we had before Elgin and Peterhead, to pumping the balls up and 
getting magnets on the tactics board.

“There are a million little things that you would always take for granted at the top end of the game, and I’m sure your top managers like Neil Lennon and Craig Levein would find it hard to believe some of the things I’m going on about, but the club are wanting to improve as many things as possible.”

That involves upgrading the squad. McDonaugh is grateful to those who helped him stay off the bottom of League Two last season, but City will now go with a new-look team next term as they target improved fortunes following back-to-back campaigns in which they have finished within eight points of bottom-placed Cowdenbeath.

“I’d like to thank the players from last season, they gave us everything they could in terms of keeping the club in the league,” said McDonaugh. “I had a conversation with the board at the end of the season and if all they wanted to do was survive in the league, I’d have been happy to keep those players on because we know they can do it. But the board want to take a wee chance and see if we can push on. I’m not saying we’re going to win the league, but we’d like to move up a couple of places. To do that, I’ve had to move a few guys on and look to freshen things up a bit.

“I feel like I need to roll the dice a bit. I’ll keep maybe half a dozen players in and then see what we can get beyond that. It’s a bit stressful having to rebuild a squad at this stage. You worry about where you’ll end up if you can’t get the ones you want. But at the same time it’s exciting. We’ve just got to build bit by bit. The first phase for me was to keep the team in the league, the second phase would be to improve next season and if we can do that, then look to try and kick on.”

McDonaugh has been able to draw on the advice of former Hearts, Bradford City and Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies, who is director of football at City. “We’ve seen before that having a director of football doesn’t always work, but Jim just lets me get on with the football side of things,” said McDonaugh.

“He’s there for an opinion if I need one. When you’re working with a man of his experience, you’d be silly not to tap into it and he’s been very helpful on a number of issues.”

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Craig Levein plans to nurture Hearts’ latest group of youth academy graduates in the reserve league before considering them for first-team football.

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Chris Hamilton, Cammy Logan, Connor Smith and Leeroy Makovora all received senior debuts at the age of 16 last weekend in Hearts’ final Premiership game of the season against Kilmarnock.

Their inclusion became necessary due to injuries and suspension affecting more experienced colleagues. Manager Levein is encouraged by the progress of all four and others at the same age level, but he won’t flood his first-team squad with kids next year.

The number of Riccarton pupils who have played in the Hearts first team over the last 12 months reached double figures, a testament to the productivity of the Hearts youth academy.

Harry Cochrane, Anthony McDonald and Euan Henderson are amongst the promising teenagers who broke through this season. They will stay in the first team but others need to be patient.

“The likes of Harry, Anthony, Henderson and Lewis Moore will stay involved,” Levein told the Evening News. “The others have performed really well but I don’t think too many will be pushing for first-team places next season.

“The mental side and being able to cope in that sense is the most important thing. You never know, but I’d be surprised if any of the new ones who came in will make as rapid progress as Harry and Anthony, for 
example.”

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A season which could have easily ended in turmoil came so close to ending in European success for Hearts.

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They were only denided by a Kilmarnock team beating Celtic who had begun the game showing nine changes.

Craig Levein, the Hearts coach, said he could understand Martin O’Neill’s decision to rest some key players. “If I had a cup final coming up as my next game I might have done the same as Martin,” said Levein.

It was only back in November that Jim Jefferies left the club for Bradford City, which led to protests against chairman Chris Robinson and thousands of angry supporters gathering outside the ground.

However, such scenes were distant memories yesterday, as Levein’s side were given a standing ovation from their supporters after just failing to pip Kilmarnock for fourth place in the league, and the UEFA Cup spot that would bring.

Joining the team on the pitch at the end was Gilles Rousset, the Hearts goalkeeper who left the club yesterday after six years, while Stevie Fulton, who has been put on the transfer list, did his own lap of honour suggesting he doesn’t expect to be here next season.

As it turned out, it took two second-half goals from Stephane Adam and Colin Cameron to win the game, although that counted for nothing when the news came through that Kilmarnock had beaten Celtic.

Hearts had a great chance in only eight minutes when Kevin McKenna missed an easy back-post header and his ineptitude in front of goal was matched, from a Hearts point of view, by Adam, when the Frenchman shot weakly off the legs of Jamie Langfield, the Dundee goalkeeper, from only six yards.

Hearts were unlucky not to get a penalty on the stroke of half-time, when Mark Robertson handled Cameron’s shot in the box, an offence John Rowbotham didn’t seem to see.

Five minutes after the re-start, the home side should have sealed the win but, instead, Andy Kirk’s right foot shot from close in was turned away for a corner by Jamie Langfield.

Luckily for the striker the resultant corner from Steven Boyack led to Hearts taking the lead in what was a scrappy opening goal.

The Hearts’ midfielder played the ball in deep and, in a free-for-all within the six yard box, Adam bundled the ball in from close range.

That could have been the signal for Dundee to simply cave in but Ivano Bonetti’s side did try to get at least a draw from the game, but any such thoughts they had were extinguished with twenty minutes left.

Six Hearts players were involved in a move which was started and finished by Cameron, who ended up cracking home a magnificent volley from 12 yards out, which won all three points for the home side.

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Scott Brown marked his final game for Hibs by helping them to victory against new club Celtic.

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The 21-year-old, who agreed a £4.4m summer move to Celtic on Wednesday, headed in a 60th-minute equaliser from Dean Shiels’ cross. That left substitute Ivan Sproule to break clear and fire a late winner.

Former Hibee Derek Riordan had put Celtic ahead after 56 minutes when the striker powered down the left and finished from the tightest of angles.

But that goal came against the run of play and Hibs’ dramatic victory, which ended a run of nine games without a win, was as deserved as it was unlikely.

Celtic, whose manager Gordan Strachan sat in the stands after undergoing a hip operation, made a host of changes with the Scottish Cup final in mind - keeper Mark Brown and midfielder Theodore Bjarnason making their debuts.

Hibs, looking for their first home win over Celtic in 12 games, were the better side in the first-half.

Brown, who was loudly cheered by both home and away fans, relished his chance to impress and he was unlucky not to make contact with a fine David Murphy cross after just six minutes.

Hibs had much the better of the first-half, without making too many clear-cut chances, while Celtic were limited to a Bjarnason shot which was tipped onto the bar by Andrew McNeil.

Celtic looked to be asserting themselves on the game after the break when Craig Beattie latched on to a Thomas Gravesen pass and stroked the ball home, only to be flagged offside.

Nonetheless, Riordan’s goal came as something of a surprise.

The ex-Hibs player was chased to the byeline by Chris Hogg but still managed to get in a shot which somehow beat Hibs keeper Andrew McNeil.

Four minutes later, Brown’s flying header levelled matters and Merouane Zemmama should have made it 2-1 two minutes from the end but he blazed over from six yards 
out.

But there was still time for a final twist, Sproule rounding Celtic’s Brown and firing through Stephen McManus’ legs.

Hibs: McNeil, Whittaker, Jones, Hogg, Murphy, Stevenson, Zemmama, Scott Brown (Chisholm 90), McCann, Fletcher (Campbell 82), Shiels (Sproule 83). Subs Not Used: Simon Brown, Beuzelin, Gray, Martis.

Celtic: Brown, Perrier Doumbe, Kennedy, McManus, O’Dea, Hartley, Caldwell, Gravesen (McGeady 69), Bjarnason, Riordan, Beattie (Sheridan 88). Subs Not Used: McGovern, Irdine, Conroy, Cuthbert, Paul Caddis.

Ref: Iain Brines.

Att: 13,885.

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Ian Cathro has opened up about his time as Hearts head coach, criticising the impression created of him as “b******t”.

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READ MORE - Jim Jefferies recalls Hearts’ historic Scottish Cup triumph of 1998

The 31-year-old took over from Robbie Neilson in December 2016 but was sacked four days prior to the start of the 2017/18 season after the club exited the Betfred Cup group stages - the only Ladbrokes Premiership side to do so.

His appointment created intrigue and attracted headlines due to his age and lack of playing career.

After a column in the Sun by Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, Cathro was labelled a “laptop manager”, while the club were largely praised for the appointment of an innovative and exciting young managerial talent.

Looking back on his time on The Guillem Balague Podcast, Cathro, who had coached at Rio Ave in Portugal, Spanish giants Valencia and in the Premier League with Newcastle United, felt the “false impression” created by some in the media hampered his ability to bring success to Tynecastle.

“At the time it (the reaction to the appointment) was a bit louder than what it needed to be,” he said. “I was a bit surprised at the sort of intensity that was on it and with the chance to look back at it, what actually happened was people had decided it was some sort of test case for extremes and everybody had to pick what side they were on and it became a bit of batting the ball back and forth.

“There’s the group of people who think and believe that I represent some sort of young coach that is going to revolutionise Scottish football and bring it back up to date, and is Scottish, so this is a tremendous thing. Then there is the other side who naturally are uncomfortable with that idea and fight that with the opposites. Typically these guys know more people in the press, these guys have been around people longer and these guys have a bigger influence so the noise was louder.

“One of the issues was the fact they were successful in creating a false sense of my character and personality, that was done right at the start. There is something that is really important which is no matter what size of the football club, what culture, wherever it is in the world, the fans need to believe in the person that stands at the side of the pitch in their football team.

“And I think, typically, there is three ways that happens. The obvious one is results, which always is the most important thing. The second bit is the football that they see and how they feel about that, whether they believe in that.

“But there is also the persona of the person who is responsible for that and the person that’s got to led their team when it is difficult and when it is good, and got to maybe defend their team and defend their club when they’re being attacked and look after the players when they are under a bit of stress.

“Before I had met the players there was a lot of false impressions fed to people on scale which influenced what people’s impression of my persona was. So there’s this idea which exists in Scotland which is just b******t.”

He added: “It is a normal thing, anybody who is in that position there are positives and negatives and you have to deal with that but it did seem it became a bit of a test case for people’s ideas and I was probably positioned as something which I never asked to be.

“I never claimed that I was going to bring Scottish football into 2018. I was just a coach who wants to work hard and make progress. There were other aspects as well but I think that perception becomes even more important if you don’t have the early results.”

Cathro stated that he was glad he took the job and for the experiences which came with it, even if his 23.33 per cent win percentage is the worst of any permanent Hearts boss.

He said: “You do a lot of reflection and I think you probably reflect slightly differently as time passes as well. My reflections now are different than what they were four or five months ago.

“I’m in a position now where I’m really glad it happened. If that hadn’t happened then I wouldn’t have the scars on my back that I’ve got now and I wouldn’t see all the things that I see now and feel all the things that I feel now.

“And I’m 31. I’m really grateful for everything that was thrown at me.”

READ MORE - Olly Lee confident he can make the step up at Hearts

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "JOEL SKED"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741495.1526652478!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741495.1526652478!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ian Cathro was sacked by Hearts before the start of the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership season. Picture: Ian Georgeson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ian Cathro was sacked by Hearts before the start of the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership season. Picture: Ian Georgeson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741495.1526652478!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5747925722001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/challenge-cup-final-strollers-not-under-pressure-to-impress-new-boss-1-4741061","id":"1.4741061","articleHeadline": "Challenge Cup final: Strollers not under pressure to impress new boss","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526621515000 ,"articleLead": "

Gary Jardine has insisted the outcome of Sunday’s South Region Challenge Cup final will have no bearing on how he shapes his Civil Service 
Strollers squad next term.

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The former Edinburgh City manager will assume control of first-team affairs upon completion of this weekend’s match with current boss Alex Cunningham stepping down after three years at the helm. Cunningham, however, is expected to take up a role in the club’s committee.

Strollers secured a respectable seventh-place finish in this year’s Lowland League and are within touching distance of silverware as the play divisional rivals BSC Glasgow at Olivebank, home of Musselburgh Athletic (kick-off 2.30pm).

Jardine, who left SPFL League Two side City in September, says he has rediscovered his appetite for the game having joined Strollers’ coaching team in December.

He admits he has already turned his attentions towards next season as he looks to build on the foundations laid at Christie Gillies Park.

That said, Jardine believes the players can be proud of their efforts irrespective if they take home the trophy on Sunday.

“I think it’s been a successful season for the club no matter what happens this weekend,” he said. “There are a lot of similarities between Civil and what we had at Edinburgh City had in the early years of the Lowland League. Money is not at the forefront of everything and people just enjoy themselves. The players go to their work, train hard during the week and are ready for the match on a Saturday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s been really refreshing after leaving Edinburgh City where I’d been for fifteen years. The group of players have taken a lot on board so it’s a really happy place to be.

“The Lowland League is now the fifth division in Scotland where there’s that real drive for clubs to make the step up through the pyramid system. There are teams throwing money at it, which isn’t a problem, because if you’ve got it then why not be ambitious?

“The club knew at the start of the season that they weren’t going to win the league but we have steadily moved up the table and came within a couple of minutes of finishing sixth down at Selkirk. But to finish seventh is an excellent achievement.

“The group of players that have been here this year will all have the opportunity to stake a claim next year. It’s a clean slate I suppose. We can’t afford to stand still, though, as we want to improve. Next season is completely separate to this year and what happens on Sunday. There’s some real talent in the squad but there will be some new signings to provide competition.”

Jardine couldn’t speak highly enough of outgoing manager Cunningham and insists he has worked wonders on a shoestring budget.

“I first met Alex twenty years ago when I left juvenile football to go and play junior and the passion and enthusiasm he had then has not changed one bit,” Jardine said. “He’s the life and soul of the club and what he has achieved in the couple of years Civil Service have been in the Lowland League is incredible. I believe what he has done with this group of players is probably every bit as good as Spartans or East Kilbride winning the league.

“BSC Glasgow have been there or there abouts all season so it’s going to be a tough game as they are a really talented bunch. But, if we can give our best, then we’ll have a real chance. Winning a trophy would be the perfect way to round off a terrific campaign.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "NEIL McGLADE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741060.1526566808!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741060.1526566808!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Gary Jardine will take control at Civil Service Strollers following Sunday's South Region Challenge Cup final","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Gary Jardine will take control at Civil Service Strollers following Sunday's South Region Challenge Cup final","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741060.1526566808!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/battle-to-be-crowned-king-reaches-semi-final-stage-1-4741116","id":"1.4741116","articleHeadline": "Battle to be crowned King reaches semi-final stage","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526621453000 ,"articleLead": "

Leith Athletic have the opportunity to secure their third cup final place of the season when they visit East of Scotland League champions Kelty Hearts in the King Cup semi-final tonight.

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Steve Chalmers and Leighton Jones’ men have, however, fallen at the final hurdle in both the Alex Jack and League Cups this term, a 3-0 defeat to Tynecastle in October followed by a 3-2 loss to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale a fortnight ago.

Leith – who were forced to relocate to Peffermill following the closure of Meadowbank Stadium in December for redevelopment – have enjoyed a fine season, though, including a fourth-placed finish in the league.

Chalmers and Jones will be hoping to take another step closer to silverware but appreciate the task they have in trying to topple a club that earned promotion to the Lowland League last week.

In tonight’s other last-four clash, Tynecastle welcome Preston Atheltic to Saughton Enclosure. The Panners finished 12 points clear of their opponents in the league but Tynie will be desperate to add a second trophy to the cabinet.

The winners of tonight’s ties will face each other in next Sunday’s final with kick-off scheduled for 2pm. A venue is yet to be confirmed.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "NEIL McGLADE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741115.1526570602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741115.1526570602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Leith Athletic are holders of the King Cup","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Leith Athletic are holders of the King Cup","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741115.1526570602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/craig-levein-puts-new-centre-half-as-top-priority-for-hearts-1-4741170","id":"1.4741170","articleHeadline": "Craig Levein puts new centre-half as top priority for Hearts","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526621453000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts manager Craig Levein wants a new centre-back after securing five new signings for next season. Reinforcing his defence is one of Levein’s priorities and he is in the market for another centre-half this summer.

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Aaron Hughes’ future remains unclear as the 38-year-old mulls over whether to prolong his career for another 12 months. Should he decide to retire, Levein will then be looking for two new central defenders.

He has already signed up midfielder Olly Lee, winger Jake Mulraney, midfielder Bobby Burns, plus strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean ahead of pre-season training.

A new centre-back is amongst his next priorities. “A few things are falling into place but there is still some work to be done,” Levein told the Evening News. “I’m looking for another centre-back. Whether Aaron stays or goes, I might need one or maybe two.”

John Souttar and Christophe Berra have been first choices in the middle of Hearts’ defence this season, with Hughes managing 26 appearances despite some injury troubles.

Levein was forced to throw 16-year-old Chris Hamilton, who was called into the Scotland Under-21 squad last night, in beside the Northern Irishman for the last Premiership match of the campaign against Kilmarnock. Berra was suspended and Souttar injured for the trip to Rugby Park.

Although impressed with young Hamilton’s maturity, Levein intends nurturing him in Hearts’ reserve side next season.

“Chrissy was really good on Saturday but he’s a wee bit away from being a regular starter. I’d like him to develop in the reserve team first, although I really like him,” explained the manager.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741169.1526586657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741169.1526586657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Craig Levein","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Craig Levein","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741169.1526586657!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-defender-ryan-porteous-is-relishing-test-at-toulon-tournament-1-4741103","id":"1.4741103","articleHeadline": "Hibs defender Ryan Porteous is relishing test at Toulon Tournament","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526621453000 ,"articleLead": "

Ryan Porteous is heading for the sun next week, but rather than enjoying a golfing holiday in Cyprus with his father Tom, the Hibs kid will be in the south of France taking part in the prestigious Toulon Tournament.

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Skipper of Scotland’s Under-19 side, the Easter Road defender admitted he was surprised to get the call to join Scot Gemmill’s Under-21 squad which will face Togo, France and South Korea.

As he flies out to Marseille on Wednesday, he’ll no doubt reflect on what has been a memorable 12 months for both club and country.

Having spent an impressive season on loan at Edinburgh City, many expected the teenager to be farmed out again, with Dumbarton boss Steve Aitken seemingly sure he’d be joining his Championship side.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon, however, had other ideas and although he didn’t play as much first-team football as he might have hoped, Porteous still managed to cram in more than a few special moments, captaining the Edinburgh club’s development squad to league and cup glory, a man-of-the-match performance as he started his first Premiership match against Rangers at Ibrox and a first top-flight goal at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park.

“If I had gone out on loan again I’m sure it would have been a good experience,” he said. “But not as good as training with the first team, being with them in the hotel before games and watching them play and getting involved in games myself.

“I certainly feel I could have played more first-team football, but when you are trying to break through and have Efe Ambrose, Darren McGregor and Paul Hanlon ahead of you, it’s obviously going to be difficult.

“It’s a case of trying to be patient and hoping to get as many opportunities as possible.”

The early stages of the Betfred Cup afforded Porteous a string of starts, but thereafter he had to contend with watching from the bench, enjoying a few cameo appearances before, with both McGregor and Hanlon out injured, Lennon pitched him in at Ibrox at the centre of a makeshift defence which saw Ambrose on one side and Lewis Stevenson on the other.

Although he declared he’d treated the experience as “any other development game”, Porteous now confesses: “It probably didn’t sink in at the time, but when you look back it does feel a bit surreal.

“It wasn’t going to be easy, but it was easier with the experience of Efe and Lewy alongside you and Ofir Marciano behind us, while the gaffer had told me to go out and just play to the best of my ability.”

Although Hibs won for a second time at Ibrox, Porteous did learn an important lesson, having gifted Rangers a free-kick which allowed Sean Goss to cancel out John McGinn’s opener.

He said: “I tried to play cool and bring the ball down on my chest when I should just have headed it 20 or 30 yards up the pitch. Luckily Scott Allan went on a run, beating four or five of them and won us a penalty a few minutes later.

“The funny thing was a few weeks later at Rugby Park I found myself in the same situation so I headed the ball as far as I could and when I looked round there was [assistant manager] Garry Parker slapping his chest, telling me I should have brought it down.”

While Porteous, Oli Shaw and Fraser Murray all found themselves part of Lennon’s plans, the three youngsters also played their part in ensuring Hibs took the SPFL Development League title before going on to lift the SFA Youth Cup by beating Aberdeen in the final at Hampden.

Porteous said: “We all felt we should have won the league the year before, but we were a bit sloppy here and there. But we went out with the intention of wining every single game and although we didn’t start brilliantly we were top for the majority of the season.”

A penalty shoot-out win over Celtic took Grant Murray’s side into the Youth Cup final, Porteous scoring their second goal as they came back from going behind to win 3-1, his joy at putting Hibs ahead ending with a somewhat red face as his celebrations went wrong.

Attempting a “knee slide”, he landed flat on his face, much to the amusement of his team-mates. “I must have hit a dodgy bit of grass,” he claimed, “But in future I’ll leave that sort of thing to the strikers who know what they are doing.”

Now Porteous is looking forward to another chapter in his football education, all 11 of his Under-19 caps over the past year having come against European opposition.

He said: “It will be entirely new to play the likes of Togo and South Korea and see what style of football they play, while France will be tough, they always are. I’ve played a couple of friendlies against them and it’s a bit scary to think the likes of Kylian Mpabbe is still young enough to play at this level.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741100.1526569383!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741100.1526569383!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ryan Porteous","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ryan Porteous","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741100.1526569383!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741101.1526569386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741101.1526569386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hibs' Ryan Porteous with the SPFL Development League trophy. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hibs' Ryan Porteous with the SPFL Development League trophy. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741101.1526569386!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4741102.1526569391!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4741102.1526569391!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Porteous lifts the Scottish Youth Cup trophy. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Porteous lifts the Scottish Youth Cup trophy. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4741102.1526569391!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/olly-lee-will-score-goals-and-pass-ball-well-for-hearts-1-4741039","id":"1.4741039","articleHeadline": "Olly Lee ‘will score goals and pass ball well’ for Hearts","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526621448000 ,"articleLead": "

Luton Town’s farewell Twitter message to Olly Lee gives Hearts fans an inkling of what to expect from their latest signing: “Thanks for the memories @OllyLee7... no-one will ever forget THAT goal. Nor THAT goal! Good luck.”

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The social media post confirmed Craig Levein’s recruitment of a midfielder with a penchant for bulging nets. Lee’s departure hit Luton hard after he rejected a new contract to move to Tynecastle Park, where his new three-year deal will take effect this summer.

He will aim to ripple Scottish rigging in the same devastating fashion as he did League Two in England. Just three weeks ago, Lee scored the equaliser which secured Luton’s promotion to League One away at Carlisle United.

His most notable contribution at Kenilworth Road was a 70-yard beauty from his own half in the 7-0 win over Cambridge United last November. That earned him the EFL Goal of the Year award for a strike described by Luton staff as being “from another post code”.

Players at the Bedfordshire club are saddened by the 26-year-old’s exit but expect the Hearts support to warm to him quickly. Especially if he gets his groove on from outside the penalty box.

“He is technically a very good footballer, he works really hard and trains very well. He scores spectacular goals, too,” said James Collins, the former Hibs striker who struck 20 goals of his own for Luton this season.

“Olly has scored a few great ones for us this season. I think he will do really well in Scotland. He scored that one from 70 yards, which was well-documented. He scored the equaliser to get us promoted as well. They are just a couple that spring to mind. He likes to shoot and if he gets the opportunity to score goals up north he’ll definitely take it.”

Lee learned his trade from his father, the former Newcastle United and England midfielder, Rob. He has a similar style and favours a cultured, passing approach, laced with the odd goal. He scored seven times in 43 appearances this season and has played 123 times for Luton since August 2015.

“He likes to go forward more than defending, although he does his defensive job really well. He’s done that for us all season when required,” added Collins.

“The players are a bit disappointed he’s left. Sometimes it’s better for people’s careers that they move on so I wish him all the best. The move came as a bit of a surprise to me because came out of the blue. I knew Luton offered him a new deal and then all of a sudden he’s off to Hearts.”

His character within the dressing room will also be part of the attraction for Levein. Lee has been on the books of West Ham United and Birmingham City amongst other English clubs and arrives in Edinburgh with a solid grounding.

“Olly is very experienced, very vocal in the dressing room and his performances on the pitch certainly speak for themselves,” said Collins. “He always wants the ball, even in tight areas, no matter who is around him. I’m sure he’ll carry on playing in a similar way up at Hearts.”

Goals aside, Tynecastle regulars are eager for their team to pass the ball better next season and adopt a more cohesive style of play. Collins feels Lee will fit in perfectly in that regard.

“There are a lot of good footballing sides in Scotland. I certainly noticed that when I was playing up there and I imagine it’s still the same,” he recalled from his year-long stint at Easter Road in season 2013/14.

“I’ve watched Hearts a couple of times this season and they do like to get the ball down and play. I don’t know what system they will play but I think Olly is capable of slotting into whatever formation Hearts want to use. He won’t take long to adapt to it.”

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Bonnyrigg Rose defender Dean Brett believes lifting a league and cup double would be a fitting way for the club to bow out of Junior football.

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The New Dundas Park men were on track for a treble until near neighbours Penicuik Athletic knocked them out of the East of Scotland Cup at the quarter final stage on Wednesday night as they suffered just their third defeat of the season.

Rose could lift the Super League title tomorrow at home to Sauchie should they win and second-placed Linlithgow Rose drop points at home to Lochee United. Doing so would complete what Brett set out to do after Rose lost out on the league crown in the final week of last season after a gruelling end to the campaign saw them play catch-up to Kelty Hearts.

“Last season when I signed back with Bonnyrigg I had unfinished business,” said the 25-year-old. “We came that close to the league last season – we had to catch up with Kelty with all the games. We went right to the last week, we had a lot of injuries and kind of got punished for our own success.

“I wanted to win the league and the cups this year. I’m targeting the league, and I think we should win it from here. I’m not being arrogant but we should manage to pick up four points considering the way we’ve played this season.

“It would be the perfect way to end the club’s time in the Juniors by winning the league and the Fife and Lothians Cup. We’re hoping to do it this weekend. If Lochee can get anything and we win, then we’ve won the league. It would be great to do it at home. We’ll just be going out to win the game and just play as well as we have been. If Linlithgow win, then we’ll just go and perform on Wednesday at Sauchie and win it there.”

There’s no doubt Brett is currently playing well below his level having previously played in the Championship with Cowdenbeath less than four years ago, his drop down the ladder a result of him falling foul to the Scottish Football Association’s betting rules.

Rose gave him a second chance last season and the defender is appreciative of the club’s faith in him. Despite offers of a return to the SPFL, Brett could yet remain with Rose as they make the move to the East of Scotland League next season and help them to get up the ladder into the professional ranks.

Brett’s sole focus for the time being is on this season, though, and he won’t let his head be turned by offers of a return to League Two or above.

“I spoke to Bonnyrigg on Monday night there; I like the club,” he continued. “I’m keeping my options open until the end of the season – I don’t want to sign anything before then. I like playing and seeing my season through. If there are offers then they’ll understand that.

“I’ve never played in the East of Scotland or the Lowland League, so maybe a new challenge would be good.

“This used to be an exciting time of the season, maybe two seasons ago [talking to clubs]. It’s kind of annoying at the same time because you don’t want to let people down and you don’t want your head 
getting mixed up. I’ll just focus on playing my games and, if people need answers, I can’t give them any yet, because I’ve not finished my season.”

Elsewhere, Newtongrange Star can set up an East of Scotland semi-final clash away to Penicuik should they get past Dundonald Bluebell. Stevie McLeish’s men already have a home semi-final to look 
forward to against Penicuik in the Fife and Lothians Cup on Monday night.

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Neil Lennon feels the performances of Scott Allan, Florian Kamberi, Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Barker while on loan at Easter Road have been “a great advert” for Hibs and will help entice new players to the Capital club.

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The quartet are all returning to their parent clubs and, although Lennon revealed he’d love to see some of them back next season, he conceded that in the case of each finances could dictate what happens.

Lennon faces the challenge of rebuilding his squad with midfielder Dylan McGeouch also heading for the exit door, the Hibs boss admitting he was “a little frustrated” at having to do so after the success of the past two seasons but accepted the “reality of it.”

Midfielder Allan will return to Celtic after a second spell in Edinburgh claiming to be a better player for having done so, while stating Hibs have moved on “ten fold” since his first season.

Kamberi is due to rejoin Swiss outfit Grasshoppers Zurich, although Hibs have first option on the striker, while Maclaren and Barker both have two years of their current contracts to run at German side Darmstadt and Manchester City respectively.

However, Lennon believes that all four have benefited hugely from their time in a green-and-white shirt. He said: “I think the club has been good for the players here on loan and they have been good for the club.

“But, in terms of profile and performance, the style of football, I think they will look back on this period as probably one of the fondest in their careers. They are young players who have maybe lost their way a little bit and Hibs have given them that opportunity to show what they can do – and they have certainly done that.

“That in itself is a good advert for the club in terms of attracting players.”

Lennon has previously admitted he took a gamble during the January transfer window in replacing Hibs’ two top scorers, Anthony Stokes and Simon Murray, with the unknown Kamberi and Maclaren, the pair vindicating his decision by scoring 17 goals between them in the second half of the season.

“I would love to have them both back,” revealed Lennon. “We have an option on Flo but it may come down to finances. Jamie is out of our control at Darmstadt and the way he has been scoring goals he’d probably walk back into their first team.

“Brandon is an exciting young talent but he is a Manchester City player. They may want to cash in on him and that would be a little bit too rich for us.

“In terms of Scott, that’s complicated because he is Celtic’s player and I think Brendan Rodgers has intimated they may want to move him on. I am sure there will be a hefty fee involved.

“But it has been a joy working with them. a real joy. It’s been good to see good footballers play good football.”

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Hearts fans are hoping new signing Olly Lee can provide a goal threat from midfield next season and there’s little doubt the player will shoot on sight.

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Lee, 26, who has signed a three-year deal with the Tynecastle club, scored the goal which clinched promotion to League One for Luton Town three weeks ago.

However, his most notable strike for the Hatters came against Cambridge United last November, a 70-yard beauty from his own half. The stunning effort, which came during a 7-0 win at Kenilworth Road, earned Lee the EFL Goal of the Year award.

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