{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"football","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/watch-ex-hibs-midfielder-john-mcginn-score-absolute-worldy-for-aston-villa-1-4804020","id":"1.4804020","articleHeadline": "Watch ex-Hibs midfielder John McGinn score absolute worldy for Aston Villa","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537690690000 ,"articleLead": "

If you’re going to score your first goal for your new club in front of more than 33,000 home fans, you want it to be a bit special...

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4804018.1537641935!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4804018.1537641935!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "John McGinn opened his account for Aston Villa with a ludicrous finish. File picture: SNS Group","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "John McGinn opened his account for Aston Villa with a ludicrous finish. File picture: SNS Group","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4804018.1537641935!/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/fans-react-to-hearts-0-0-livingston-as-jambos-fail-to-find-the-net-1-4804013","id":"1.4804013","articleHeadline": "Fans react to Hearts 0-0 Livingston as Jambos fail to find the net","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537640834000 ,"articleLead": "

The Tynecastle faithful have taken to social media to air their views following the goalless draw with Premiership newcomers Livingston.

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On Twitter:

@BigMac568: \"That was painful absolutely no fight in that team 2nd to every ball and little to no effort at all. In one word dreadful should be ashamed livi are awful\"

@Tam80415158: \"Hit the bar twice & missed a penalty, but some days are like this & good teams learn from this #hhgh #hmfc\"

@pedromccarter: \"This is clearly why we won’t win the league! Just hope the lad Clare adds a little bit more creativity!\"

@Digger180Boomer: \"Still a point but was expecting so much more disappointing is an understatement\"

@brianfdouglas: \"Dross, pure dross. No urgency, no skill, no clue...played right into their hands\"

@tay_callum: \"Unlucky, was always going to be a tough game, think not having Uche up front definitely was a blow for us\"

@19daryl91: \"Missed a pen and hit the bar twice nit the result we wanted but still go 6 games unbeaten, really need another striker before Jan maybe a free agent that young lad doesn't look cut out for 1st team football\"

@dazm1980: \"Was just one of those days. Livingston worthy of their point! More desire than us today\"

On Jambos Kickback:

Dannie Boy: \"Despite being ropey we still didn’t concede. The defence kept us in the game and Bobby saved the day again\"

mscjambo: \"Thought the two centre backs did well in what was a physical battle. Morrison added drive. But we never got going. In saying that we've missed a few decent chances. Without Uche we lack a bit a cutting edge up front. Poor today but in the bigger picture not a disaster\"

CADE: \"Clean sheet. Missed pen. Hit the bar twice. Still top of the league. Still undefeated. Some of the wrist slashing on display is utterly pathetic\"

Haken: \"We'd have taken 16 points from 6 games at the start of the season. Despite a poor performance we didn't lose. Against a team of hoofing, hacking time wasters\"

" ,"byline": {"email": "neil.mcglade@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Neil McGlade"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4804016.1537640830!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4804016.1537640830!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts were left frustrated at home to Livingston. Picture: SNS Group","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts were left frustrated at home to Livingston. Picture: SNS Group","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4804016.1537640830!/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/hearts-boss-craig-levein-disappointed-by-goalless-draw-with-livingston-1-4804001","id":"1.4804001","articleHeadline": "Hearts boss Craig Levein disappointed by goalless draw with Livingston","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537640768000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts manager Craig Levein couldn't hide his frustrations after watching his side play out a goalless draw with Premiership newcomers Livingston at Tynecastle.

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It’s the first time the Jam Tarts have failed to win – and score – in the league this season, although the hosts’ Steven Naismith did have a penalty right on the stroke of half-time saved by goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

The home side upped the pressure in the second half but were more than matched by a well-drilled and tirelessly working Livingston side.

Levein’s men did hit the crossbar twice, Jimmy Dunne’s first-half header with Steven MacLean suffering the same fate late on as Hearts chased their sixth consecutive win.

Although it wasn’t to be, the Capital outfit maintain their five-point lead over second-placed and city rivals Hibs. However, Celtic have the opportunity to narrow the gap to three points tomorrow with victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

“There is a big sense of frustration,” Levein said afterwards. “I thought Livingston executed their game plan really well. They waited for us to over commit and tried to hit us on the counter-attack and they had opportunities when they did that.

“Things that we’ve been doing really well, moving the ball quickly from side to side, delivering good quality into the box and finishing the chances when they’ve come our way, so it’s frustrating that didn’t happen.

“We still should have won in all honesty. There’s an expectation to win all our matches at home. Our home record is exceptional so we’re disappointed we didn’t get all three points today. We did enough to win but some things didn’t go our way. The frustrating thing for me is we didn’t score a goal. I said to the players beforehand that teams will come here and they’ll sit in so that’s something that’s going to happen.”

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Hibs fans were understandably in a buoyant and bullish mood after the 3-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park.

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Stuart Martin: “Back to business, take the form on to Tuesday night against the Dons”

Truehibernian on hibs.net: “Fantastic result today, sounds like a really professional second-half performance with the front men clinical. Sounds like Agyepong made an instant impact when he came on, looks a really special talent.

@MichelleHibs: “We are coming to get you Hearts!!”

Milkinho on hibs.net: “Now on to Tuesday. Let’s keep this going Hibs!”

@dhill70: “Pretty dominant stuff from Hibs, could this be the end of McCann though?”

IncredibleHibee on hibs.net: “Well done to all who made the trip today. Fantastic away support.”

Ian R Sherry: “Good to see Agyepong getting his first (goal). Second place now. Mair o’ the same please! GGTTH”

@HibernianDaniel: “Hibs winning 3-0 away from home and Hibs drawing 0-0 at home, back to reality”

SallyCinnamon on hibs.net: “Up to second with an unsettled team not really clicking into gear yet. Well done Hibs.”

@PeteDobosz: “Hibs starting to show what we can do after our European run taking its toll. Time to press on lads.”

@CallumHanley4: “Quality from Hibs the day!”

Frederick Unrau: “Good win, but we must do it week in, week out …”

J-C on hibs.net: “Really good result and definitely needed. If Lennon is going to play this formation then the midfield has to keep chipping in with goals. Glad to see Whittaker did okay and delighted to see Slivka get a run-out.”

@ewangibbs: “Martin Boyle is having a brilliant game. Linking well with Mallan and Horgan. Hibs definitely showing that they’ve recovered from losing McGinn and McGeouch.”

And, with the news that John McGinn scored a “screamer” for Aston Villa, one Hibs fan had a Saturday-night wish …

@jamieross11: “Absolutely praying Hibs have a decent sell-on clause for McGinn because if Villa don’t get promoted this season he’ll be sold for way more than they paid us.”

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Hearts failed to score for the first time this season in the Premiership but still have a five-point lead at the top. Neil McGlade looks back at the goalless draw and picks out three talking points...

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Mitchell better on the left

Hearts manager Craig Levein opted to start the on-loan Manchester United winger on the right side of the pitch. However, the youngster was largely anonymous in the first half.

Saw more of the ball in the second half and looked more assured when in possession but, like many of his team-mates, struggled to make much of an impact against a resolute Livingston defence.

Uche’s absence

The disappointment was felt by Hearts fans making their way to Tynecastle as news filtered through striker Uche Ikpeazu had been ruled out of the matchday squad with a foot injury.

Strike duo Steven MacLean and Craig Wighton certainly couldn't be faulted for their efforts but Ikpeazu's presence was definitely missed against a strong central defensive trio of Declan Gallagher, Craig Halkett and Alan Lithgow.

No relegation fears for Livi

A lot of plaudits have been aimed at Scottish Premiership newcomers Livingston since the start of the season and it's easy to see why.

It's the first time Hearts have failed to score in the league and despite the home side carving out some useful opportunities in front of goal – none more so than Steven Naismith's penalty saved by Liam Kelly – the visitors more than matched Craig Levein's men during the game.

Many a new side coming up from the Championship would crumble in the hostile atmosphere that is Tynecastle but not Livi.

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Steven Naismith missed a first-half penalty as Hearts’ perfect start to the Premiership campaign came to an end.

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The leaders, who had won all five of their previous league matches, endured a frustrating afternoon against a Livingston side who restricted them to few clear chances and were well deserving of their point.

Craig Levein’s side are still five points clear of both Livingston and Hibs at the top of the table, but Celtic will have a chance to cut the gap to three points if they win at Kilmarnock tomorrow.

Manager Levein returned to the dugout for the first time since his health scare last month and he made three changes to the side that started the 1-0 victory at Motherwell a week previously, with Arnaud Djoum and Callumn Morrison dropping to the bench and Uche Ikpeazu missing out through injury. Steven MacLean, Ben Garuccio and recent signing Craig Wighton came into the starting XI. The return of Garuccio to left-back meant Demetri Mitchell, who had played there at Fir Park, was switched to right midfield in a 4-4-2 formation. Former Hearts player Scott Robinson, predominantly a midfielder in his time at Tynecastle, started up front for Livingston in a 3-5-2.

The visitors started brightly and had the first notable effort of the match when striker Dolly Menga saw a low strike from 25 yards out tipped behind by Zdenek Zlamal.

Hearts went close to an opener two minutes later, however, when Jimmy Dunne headed Olly Lee’s free-kick delivery against the crossbar after Mitchell had been fouled while trying to cut in from the right.

Livingston threatened in the 22nd minute when Robinson slipped a pass through to strike partner Menga wide on the left but the Angolan’s low angled shot from just inside the box ran just wide of the far post.

At the other end, Scott Pittman had to stand firm to head Mitchell’s ferocious half volley over the bar after Lee’s corner had broken to the on-loan Manchester United player on the edge of the box.

Hearts spurned a glorious chance to take the lead right on the stroke of half-time when Naismith saw his penalty saved by Liam Kelly after MacLean had been brought down by the goalkeeper as he tried to go round him in the box.

Having failed to generate any rhythm in the first half, Hearts made a change just six minutes into the second half as Morrison was sent on in place of Garuccio, with Mitchell reverting to left-back.

The hosts had a big let-off in the 55th minute when Menga sent Pittman clean through on goal but Zlamal stood up to make an excellent save just as the midfielder looked set to give the visitors the lead.

Hearts went agonisingly close to an opener two minutes later when Morrison whipped in a dangerous ball from the right but Wighton was unable to get enough on his glancing header to guide it inside Kelly’s right-hand post.

The hosts enjoyed the bulk of the pressure in the closing stages, and MacLean hit the bar during a goalmouth scramble in the last minute, but otherwise Hearts rarely looked like getting the goal that would have preserved their flawless start.

Hearts (4-4-2): Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Souttar, Garuccio (Morrison 51), Mitchell, Lee (Mulraney 80), Haring, Naismith, Wighton (Djoum 65), MacLean. Subs: Doyle Bozanic, McDonald, Dikamona. Booked: Naismith.

Livingston (3-5-2): Kelly, Gallagher, Halkett, Lithgow, Lawless (Cadden 71), Byrne, Jacobs, Pittman, Lamie, Robinson (McMillan 62), Menga (Hamilton 79). Subs: Stewart, Kaja, Saunders, Lawson. Booked: Robinson, Menga.

Ref: Don Robertson

Att: 17,798

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Mark Atkinson looks at four talking points from Hibs’ win over Dundee at Dens Park as Neil Lennon’s side inflicted more misery on the Dark Blues

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Martin Boyle is on fire

Martin Boyle is wanted by both Scotland and Australia and it is easy to see why on this display. Hibs were always looking for him as the out-ball and his searing pace caused all manner of problems for the Dundee back-line.

He took his goal very well in the second half and is brimming with confidence. A major threat for Hibs these days – and an international player in the making.

Mark Milligan is a veritable defensive midfielder

There’s something very satisfying in watching a true defensive midfielder doing his job impeccably.

Experienced Aussie Mark Milligan, in his first start for Hibs, did just that. Rarely flustered in possession and steely in the tackle, he protected his defence magnificently and thwarted many Dundee attacks.

Will turn into a big player for Hibs on this showing.

Steven Whittaker is more comfortable at right-back

He’s suffered some flak from Hibs fans for his performances in midfield, but Steven Whittaker came on for the injured David Gray at half-time and looked much more comfortable at full-back, defending well and contributing in attack.

With Milligan playing so well at CDM, Whittaker’s best chance of a starting slot now looks in defence – and on his second-half showing, the 34-year-old still has plenty to offer there.

Neil McCann is on borrowed time

Dundee boss Neil McCann has now presided over six straight losses in the league this season.

The Dees are pointless and the natives at Dens Park were very restless come full-time. Even Hibs fans were chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.

McCann is under severe pressure, make no bones about it.

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Marks out of ten for every Hibs player to have seen game time at Dens Park

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Click the link to view our player ratings

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Marks out of ten for every Hearts player after a goalless draw at home to Livingston.

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Click the link below to view the player ratings

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon hailed “one of the most complete performances” in his time as Hibs manager after he watched his team win 3-0 away at Dundee.

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Second-half goals from Florian Kamberi, Martin Boyle and Thomas Agyepong sealed a victory at Dens Park that moved the Hibees up to second in the Ladbrokes Premiership, ahead of Livingston on goal difference.

“That was one of the most complete performances in my time. We were outstanding,” said Lennon.

“I am one very happy manager. Everything I asked for, I got.”

• READ MORE - Dundee 0-3 Hibs: Clinical Hibees heap misery on basement club Dundee

Lennon singled out praise for Mark Milligan, who made his first start for Hibs, and Boyle.

£Milligan had an outstanding debut,” added Lennon. “My two centre-halves were excellent. Most teams would have struggled against us today.

“Boyle is an outstanding player. The only thing missing is more goals. He has great pace, enthusiasm and quality and he is only going to get better.”

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Three second half goals steered Hibs to victory over Dundee, leaving the Dens Park outfit firmly rooted to the foot of the Premiership table without a single point from their opening six matches.

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Flo Kamberi had already hit the bar moments after the interval before the Swiss striker took Martin Boyle’s pass to slip the ball beyond goalkeeper Elliot Parish, who was beaten again three minutes later as Boyle doubled Hibs’ advantage.

And with two minutes left substitute Thomas Agyepong claimed his first goal, firing in a terrific shot which left the Dark Blues ‘keeper helpless.

The first half had been a rather lacklustre affair, played at a fairly pedestrian pace although Dundee’s Adil Nabi tested Hibs goalkeeper Adam Bogdan with a low shot which the Hungarian internatiionalist did well to get down and tip round the post.

Bogdan’s opposite number Parish was equally alert when David Gray picked out Stevie Mallan, the goalkeeper pulling off a point-blank save to prevent the midfielder opening the scoring.

There was a big call for referee Andrew Dallas when Khali Madianga and Efe Ambrose tangled inside the Hibs penalty area but rather than point to the spot he booked the Dundee man for diving.

Hibs came out after the interval minus skipper David Gray who had picked up a knock but clearly intent on inflicting some damage on the Scottish Premiership’s basement outfit, Kamberi hitting the bar before Gray’s replacement Steven Whittaker forced another good save out of Parish.

But Hibs broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, Boyle bringing down Paul Hanlon’s long ball and slipping it into the path of Kamberi, who got enough on it to take it past Parish and into the net.

Three minutes later the Capital club had doubled their lead, Boyle doing it all himself this time as he drove into the box and drilled a low shot across Parish and into the far corner of the net.

And on-loan Manchester City winger Agyepong wrapped up a comfortable win with that late strike.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Inniss, Boyle, C Miller (Mendy 70), Nabi, Ngwatala, McGowan, Madianga (J Curran 46), Kamara, Kallman (Henvey 88). Subs not used: Hamilton, O’Dea, Spence, Dow.

Hibs: Bogdan, Gray (Whittaker 46), Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson, Milligan, Slivka, Mallan, Horgan, Boyle (Agyepong 72), Kamberi (Shaw 85). Subs not used: Laidlaw, Porteous, Bartley, Hyndman.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson received a standing ovation after his return to Old Trafford for the first time since having emergency brain surgery in May.

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The 76-year-old returned to Old Trafford ahead of Man United’s game against Wolves.

Fans were asked fans to be in their seats 15 minutes with the former manager receiving a standing ovation and a round of applause upon his arrival.

Speaking to the official channel of the club, Sir Alex said: “It’s bound to be emotional.”

“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because the last game was Arsenal back in April,” he added on MUTV.

“It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.

“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts.

“It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. It was important getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.”

“It’s obviously been a long journey but I’m making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me, so it’s really good.”

Ferguson had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on 5 May and was in intensive care for several days following the operation.

He was last seen at Old Trafford was on 29 April, when he presented former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy.

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon has made three changes to the starting XI for this afternoon’s match against Dundee at Dens Park.

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Australian midfielder Mark Milligan makes his first start since joining this summer, while Vykintas Slivka is also brought into the engine room.

Defender Paul Hanlon returns to the team after a hamstring injury.

Steven Whittaker, Ryan Porteous and Emerson Hyndman drop to the bench. Marvin Bartley is listed among the subs after recovering from injury.

However, striker Jamie Maclaren misses out with a back complaint.

Hibs team to play Dundee: Bogdan, Gray, Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson, Milligan, Slivka, Mallan, Horgan, Boyle, Kamberi. Subs: Laidlaw, Whittaker, Porteous, Bartley, Agyepong, Hyndman, Shaw.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Inniss, Boyle, C Miller, Nabi, Ngwatala, McGowan, Madianga, Kamara, Kallman. Subs: Hamilton, O’Dea, Mendy, Curran, Spence, Henvey, Dow.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

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Premiership leaders Hearts go in search of their sixth consecutive win as they welcome Gary Holt's Livingston to Tynecastle this afternoon.

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With Celtic not in top-flight action until tomorrow, the Jam Tarts have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top. Depending on how city rivals Hibs fare from their trip to Dundee, Craig Levein's men could find themselves eight points clear by the end of play.

Levein has made three changes to his starting line-up following last weekend's 1-0 win at Motherwell.

Uche Ikpeazu is carrying a knock and is replaced by Steven MacLean. Arnaud Djoum makes way for Craig Wighton and Ben Garrucio is preferred to Callum Morrison.

Hearts team (4-4-2): Zlamal, Smith, Dunne, Souttar, Garrucio, Lee, Haring, Mitchell, Naismith, Wighton, MacLean. Subs: Doyle Bozanic, Djoum, McDonald, Mulraney, Dikamona, Morrison.

Livingston team (3-5-2): Kelly, Gallagher, Halkett, Lithgow, Lawless, Byrne, Jacobs, Pittman, Lamie, Robinson, Menga. Subs: Stewart, Cadden, Kaja, Saunders, Hamilton, Lawson, McMillan.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reveals he is “very happy” with life in Glasgow, Chris Sutton urges Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to stop the self promotion and start taking responsibility and Gary Teale believes Aston Villa ace John McGinn can succeed Scott Brown as Scotland midfielder leader.

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Gerrard “very happy in Glasgow”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he is “very happy” with life in Glasgow but admitted he is not wholly satifisfied despite his team’s excellent results against Dundee and Villareal. (The Scotsman)

Fans’ delight as Rangers kits go on sale

Rangers have released their new kits after months of legal issues with Sports Direct and Mike Ashley. The Rangers online store crashed as fans desperately tried to get their hands on the Hummel home and third strips. (Scottish Sun)

Rodgers warns over season-long form struggle

Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic and their supporters may be poised for a season-long struggle to rediscover the attacking potency which led them to back-to-back domestic trebles. (The Scotsman)

Sutton: Griffiths must take responsibility

Chris Sutton has urged Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths to stop the self promotion and take responsibility if he wants to be Rodgers’ best goal-getter. (Daily Record)

Lennon: Scotland wanted to call up Boyle

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed how Australian target Martin Boyle was robbed of a potential Scotland cap in the summer by injury. (Edinburgh Evening News)

McGinn can succeed Brown in Scotland midfield

Gary Teale believes that Aston Villa star John McGinn can succeed Celtic ace Scott Brown as the leader in the Scotland midfield. (Evening Times)

Hearts ready for physical Livingston

Hearts are braced for another physical encounter as they bid to maintain their perfect start to the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign at home to Livingston today.(Edinburgh Evening News)

Clarke: Refs have too much influence

Manager Steve Clarke insists he is not on “a crusade” as he claimed referees have had too much effect on Kilmarnock matches this season. (The Scotsman)

Aberdeen duo to sign new deals

Derek McInnes is confident skipper Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven will sign new deals. The Aberdeen pair are out of contract next summer, but Pittodrie chiefs have kicked off talks. (Scottish Sun)

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Hearts are braced for another physical encounter as they bid to maintain their perfect start to the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign at home to Livingston today.

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They moved five points clear at the top of the table last weekend as they edged out Motherwell in an attritional battle at Fir Park. And the league leaders are expecting a similarly competitive match when they welcome a Lions side who sit joint second after winning each of their past three matches.

“They’re doing really well,” said Hearts right-back Michael Smith. “They’ve got their own style and it’s working for them at the minute. But as we showed against Motherwell we can come up against those sort of physical, direct teams, and we’ll stand up to it again.”

Hearts manager Craig Levein is full of admiration for Livingston, who won a surprise promotion from the Championship under David Hopkin last season and have continued to defy expectations in the top flight since Gary Holt replaced Kenny Miller as manager last month.

“I thought it was brilliant the way they got promoted through what I would call old-fashioned hard work, togetherness and teamwork, and they still have that,” said Levein. “So we certainly won’t underestimate them. We know how they play and we know what to expect. Knowing it is one thing, being able to do something about it is something else altogether. But we’ll be well prepared.”

Hearts’ match-day squad today is likely to be along similar lines to that which was listed at Fir Park, with no fresh injury concerns reported. Aaron Hughes could return n after injury, but new signing Sean Clare is unlikely to be involved as he is short of match fitness.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4803701.1537545287!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4803701.1537545287!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Michael Smith","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Michael Smith","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4803701.1537545287!/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/david-gray-glad-to-be-in-hibs-goals-but-is-staying-grounded-1-4803708","id":"1.4803708","articleHeadline": "David Gray glad to be in Hibs goals but is staying grounded","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537594210000 ,"articleLead": "

It would be a legitimate question for any player who has scored four goals so far this season to be asked if hitting double figures would be a realistic target.

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It would be a legitimate question for any player who has scored four goals so far this season to be asked if hitting double figures would be a realistic target.

However, for someone like Hibs skipper David Gray, who can hardly be regarded as a prolific marksman, it was probably not surprising he initially thought the query was in regard to how many he might score in his entire career.

In fact, Gray’s bullet header in the 3-2 win over Kilmarnock last weekend was his 11th for Hibs, his most memorable, of course, being that historic Scottish Cup winner against Rangers. But given he hadn’t found the net in any of the eight seasons prior to him returning north of the border, he was entitled to a wry reply of, “Prolific, eh?” when asked about this early-season goals rush.

“No, it’s been good and I’m enjoying it,” said the right-back of his happy knack of stealing in at the back post to claim crucial strikes.

“I’m enjoying getting into these positions and thankfully they’re going in at the moment. Long may that continue.

“We worked on the set-piece [the corner which brought his goal against Killie] and when it comes off it’s brilliant. It helps when you’ve got somebody like Stevie [Mallan].

“If you can get away from your man you’ve got a right good chance of getting on the ball because his deliveries are always really good. It’s great to have somebody like that in the team.”

Having already scored more times this season than in any other, Gray conceded that to take that tally into double figures this term would be beyond his wildest dreams, but insisted that, as a defender, he would rather have ten clean sheets than another goal.

While Neil Lennon’s side have been scoring plenty themselves, they’ve also been conceding more than is good for them as Gray agreed, saying: “We need to try and tighten up on that front.”

Today’s match against basement side Dundee at Dens Park would appear to offer Gray and his team-mates the perfect opportunity to claim a rare shut-out given the Tayside outfit have managed just two goals in their five Ladbrokes Premiership matches to date.

But Gray insisted Lennon’s players had to be wary of a team desperate to get their first points of the season as they seek to prevent themselves becoming detached at the foot of the table.

He said: “I think they’ve had a bit of a tough run. They’ve lost the first five games so I’m pretty sure they’re going to be coming out all guns blazing to get that first win or that first point.

“We know what to expect. We’ve been well drilled all week and we’re fully expecting a really tough game.”

However, while anticipating Dundee to attempt a whirlwind start, Gray agreed that Hibs could quickly deflate both the Dens Park players and fans alike by hitting them with a similar opening to the game.

He said: “It’s important to always start the game well. A few times we’ve been slow out of the blocks but in games we have taken the lead we can really push on and try to get the result.

“We’ve got players who can hurt people, a lot of pace and a lot of power up front, so we’ll be trying to start the game as well as we can as their confidence might be a little bit low.”

While Hibs’ start to the season may appear a little pedestrian compared to the five straight wins Capital rivals Hearts have made to open up a healthy gap at the top end of the table, Gray said everyone at Easter Road was quietly confident they can emulate the success they enjoyed on their return to the Premiership last season.

The loss of key players John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch was always going to be a difficult hurdle for Hibs to overcome but Gray said: “I think the club have been quite cute in what they have done. They’ve gone about their business and strengthened the squad without trying to do a like-for-like.

“The work has been done in the background to get the sort of players the manager wants.”

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Hibs 2, Rangers 1, SPL, Saturday September 17, 2006

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THE final scoreline was not entirely a fair reflection on the performance of Hibs who dominated from start to finish and should have been out of sight by half-time.

This was Hibs’ game by some distance. They should have had it won by the end of the first half, in which they tormented Rangers every time they had possession, but could only score the once.

But, in the end, they only took the points the hard way by
conceding an equaliser before reasserting their control.

Every element of Tony Mowbray’s side functioned well, but special mention should be made to the men in the middle of the park. Michael Stewart, Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown were faster and keener than their Rangers counterparts. Chris Killen finished well with both goals, albeit with the assistance of an inept Rangers defence, while Ivan Sproule wreaked havoc with his pace and passion.

Hibs opened the scoring after seven minutes when Stewart and Killen combined to create a simple goal. A Stewart free-kick into the box found Killen who was able to break free from Julien Rodriguez to loop a header into the net past the stranded Allan McGregor.

As it was, Mowbray’s team dominated the rest of the half without adding to their lead, and Rangers’ frustration was shown in the three bookings – for Steven Smith, Barry Ferguson and Phil Bardsley – they received in its later stages.

Rangers became more solid at the back, and then grew more assertive further up the field after the restart. Just after Rob Jones had become the first Hibs player to be booked, Bardsley came close direct from a free-kick. Still Rangers had not had an attempt on target, but that changed shortly thereafter, and so did the scoreline.

The scoring move began when David Murphy was dispossessed by Chris Burke just inside his own half, then 
was beaten again by the winger as he made his way to the 
bye-line. Having created space for himself, Burke had time to look up and spot Filip Sebo making a run towards the back post, and his outswinging cross was perfectly placed for the Slovakian striker to head low into Zibi Malkowski’s net.

To their great credit, though, Hibs reasserted their superiority, and deservedly regained the lead when Killen, again left unmarked in the box, headed home from a Steven Whittaker cross from the right.

Killen was booked for celebrating the goal by removing his jersey, and that was to prove costly three minutes from time when he received a second yellow following a goalmouth scuffle.

Rangers had little time to exploit their numerical superiority, but Bardsley then levelled the sides by receiving a second yellow of his own for refusing to retreat ten yards after Hibs were awarded a free kick.

Hibs: Z Malkowski, S Whittaker, R Jones, S Martis, D Murphy, S Brown, M Stewart (S Fletcher, 77), K Thomson, A Benjelloun (D Shiels, 62), C Killen, I Sproule (S Glass, 84). Subs not used: J Shields, O Konde, A McNeil, J McCluskey.

Rangers: A McGregor, P Bardsley, J Rodriguez, K Svensson, S Smith (S Papac, 45), C Burke, B Ferguson, J Clement, L Martin (K Boyd, 71), T Buffel (L Sionko, 80), F Sebo. Subs not used: Subs not used: B Hemdani, L Robinson, A Hutton, N Novo.

Referee: John Underhill.

Attendance: 16,450.

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Michael Smith believes Hearts’ gruelling pre-season laid the foundations for their impressive start to the campaign.

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Manager Craig Levein ensured his players were put through a rigorous summer programme, which included an old-school workout at Gullane beach, in an effort to ensure they were in prime condition after raising concerns about the team’s fitness levels last term.

Smith feels this has benefited the squad both in a physical context and in terms of fostering a strong team spirit, leading to a start to the campaign in which Hearts have surged five points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with five straight wins.

“We had a tough pre-season and it brought us all together,” said Smith. “We all pulled each other through it and that helped us massively. We are a band of brothers, and that day at Gullane beach was my hardest in football without any exception.

“We came out of that feeling very strong and feeling better and more together. You get the fitness and the camaraderie side of it and we are reaping the benefits of that now.”

Smith explained that it was clear from the outset that pre-season was going to be one of the toughest ever for most of the Hearts players, many of whom had just arrived at the club. “Even the second day of pre-season, we did a lot of running and the boys were like, ‘wow! This is mad’. Then when we got to the beach, they thought, ‘aw a beach day brilliant’ and we’re up and down sand dunes. They quickly realised we meant business this year. We went to a hotel afterwards for lunch and everyone was just silent. Everyone was knackered. It was great though, everyone had got through it and pulled each other through. The attitude within the changing room is brilliant and that’s where the togetherness on the pitch comes from. You get a tough day on a Saturday and you know that you can pull someone through, and they can pull you through. It helps knowing that you have those people out on the pitch.”

Smith joined Hearts last summer when Ian Cathro was in charge and the Northern Irishman confirmed that Levein’s pre-season was more physically taxing than his predecessor’s. “I came in half-way through pre-season last year and the boys were saying they hadn’t done a lot of running sessions,” he explained. “The game’s moving on with doing a lot of stuff with the football and things like that, but you still have to get that base fitness in with a little bit of running at the start and I don’t think they’d done that. This year after the pre-season we’ve had, we’re reaping the rewards. We are a lot fitter than last season and that has shown on the pitch.”

Despite such a productive summer, Smith is pleasantly surprised things have caught fire for Hearts considering the bulk of their squad is now made up of new recruits.

“We have clicked straight away and it is hard to get that with a new team,” he said. “From my experience it has taken a few months to see the benefits on the pitch but it has happened immediately.

“People are getting carried away but we know it is only five games in and there is a long way to go. It is nice at the minute and we just need to see where it takes us.”

Smith believes the fact they have barely been affected by the sale of countryman Kyle Lafferty, last season’s top scorer, is a good indicator of Hearts’ current strength.

“Kyle wasn’t even starting anyway, he was on the bench,” said Smith. “He scored a lot of goals for us last year and we hadn’t really had a lot of goals from elsewhere in the team. But this year, Naisy (Steven Naismith) is popping up, Uche (Ikpeazu) is popping up, Olly Lee – they’ve all been brilliant. We’ve made some great signings and they’re all helping us. There’s goals coming from everywhere and we’re just getting on with it.We’ve had no qualms about Kyle leaving. He did really well for us but he wanted to go, and that’s it.”

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Dundee United 0, hearts 3. SPL Saturday, september 22, 2012

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CALLUM PATERSON’S first goals in senior football helped Hearts end a miserable sequence of results at Tannadice as the Jam Tarts recorded a stunning victory over Dundee United.

Then deployed as a striker by manager John McGlynn, the 17-year-old scored twice which, added to Arvydas Novikovas’ raking 25-yarder, saw Hearts win for only the second time in ten attempts at the Tayside venue as they ended a run of five SPL games without a win.

Hearts’ greater reliance on youth had been cited as a possible Achilles’ heel for them, but, once again, teenager Paterson turned in a performance that ensured there was no way he could be considered a weak link. The workrate and commitment of the entire team laid the foundations for their first win over Dundee United in Tayside for more than three years but it was the finishing ability of the young forward which sealed matters. That and an under-par display by the home side.

Although the home side started strongly, two goals inside three minutes in the first half put the visitors in command of this match and well on their way to three vital SPL points. The outstanding Paterson then rolled the third into an open net in the second half.

After the previous week’s capitulation at St Mirren, this was a welcome triumph for Hearts boss John McGlynn, whose team moved up four places from ninth into the top half of the league table.

The game’s first serious chance arrived on 23 minutes when Radoslaw Cierzniak, the Dundee United goalkeeper, pushed away Scott Robinson’s curling attempt.

United then appealed in vain for a penalty when Willo Flood fell in a challenge with Ryan Stevenson inside the visitors’ penalty area.

Against the run of play, Hearts moved ahead. When Danny Grainger’s first-time ball into the penalty area was only partially cleared, Paterson returned it with interest with his left foot into the back of the net. Novikovas then doubled the advantage two minutes later with a swerving drive from around 25 yards which left Cierzniak rooted to the spot.

With Tannadice now silenced, the game was Hearts’ to lose. Jamie MacDonald was airborne to hold both Gavin Gunning’s header from Flood’s corner and Stuart Armstrong’s shot bound for the top corner. That maintained a clean sheet at the interval.

Gunning headed Ryan Dow’s corner against the crossbar at the start of the second period and United then aimed a series of long balls at the visiting defence. They held firm, safe in the knowledge that another goal on the break would secure victory.

It was gifted to them by Sean Dillon on 61 minutes. The Irish defender played a carelessly short backpass to Cierzniak, who was immediately pressurised by Ryan McGowan. The loose ball fell to Paterson who rolled into the unguarded net.

That destroyed any hope United had of salvaging something from this encounter with Robinson, Novikovas and Dale Carrick all enjoying solid performances.

Substitute John Sutton, Paterson’s replacement, missed from six yards when another sub, Andy Driver, crossed from the right in the 82nd minute.

But Hearts had been clinical enough in attack - not to mention strong in defence – in what transpired as their finest SPL display to date under the tutelage of McGlynn.

Dundee United: R Cierzniak, S Dillon, B McLean, K Watson, G Gunning, W Flood, J Rankin, S Armstrong, M Gardyne (J Daly, 58), J Russell, R Dow (R Gauld, 58). Subs not used: S Banks, R Ryan, D Hilson, M Millar, G Vignal.

Hearts: J MacDonald, D Barr, M Zaliukas, D Grainger, R McGowan, D Carrick (A Driver, 74), R Stevenson, M Taouil (D McGowan, 84), S Robinson, A Novikovas, C Paterson (J Sutton, 79). Subs not used: K McHattie, C Tapping, G Smith, P Enckelman.

Referee: Alan Muir.

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed how Australian target Martin Boyle was robbed of a potential Scotland cap in the summer by injury.

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Easter Road’s flying winger is high on the radar of Graham Arnold, the new coach of the Socceroos, who visited East Mains before watching Boyle in action in the Capital club’s 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. Boyle’s father, Graeme, was born in Sydney.

Boyle came off against Killie because of injury, although he’ll be fit to face Dundee at Dens Park today. Arnold took advantage of his visit to Hibs’ training ground to view videos of Boyle in action as he also caught up with Aussie internationalists Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren, who will miss the trip to Tayside with a back problem.

However, while insisting an Australian call-up, which could come as early as next month when the Socceroos face Kuwait in a friendly in the Middle East, Lennon disclosed that Boyle could have been on Scotland’s summer tour of Mexico and Peru in which his Hibs team-mate Lewis Stevenson won his first international cap.

“We did get a call in from Scotland before the trip to South America, but Martin had hurt his hamstring in the penultimate game of the season and was unavailable.”

Boyle has already expressed an interest in playing for the country of his father’s birth – as first revealed by the Edinburgh Evening News eight months ago – and Lennon admitted he’d be delighted if he was called up by Australia. He said: “I think it would be thoroughly merited for Martin. We had Graham Arnold here checking on Milly and Jamie and then he came to the game against Kilmarnock. Unfortunately Martin only lasted 45 minutes but Graham saw plenty of footage of him while he was here. He’s maybe a player of interest to Australia and I think that would appeal to Martin.

“International football would be great for his experience, to play at international level, especially for a country like Australia. It is a different footballing culture but if he does get called up there is a familiarity there with the boys already here. It would be great for his game going forward.

“I had a chat with Graham, nothing was confirmed but we’d be delighted for Martin if it does happen.”

Asked if the Australian link might act as some sort of a “hurry up” call to national team coach Alex McLeish, Lennon insisted it was not in his remit to pick players for Scotland but was adamant Boyle has plenty of potential to continue the rapid progress he has made in a green-and-white shirt.

He said: “There is still room for improvement in his game but he has been tremendous for me over the two years I have ben here and you see improvement in him all the time.

“Physically, he is stronger, he has electric pace and has been a huge player for me. He is everybody’s type of player – he wants to get at people, get beyond and his movement and fitness levels are very, very good. I don’t think he is the type to rest on his laurels.”

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Hearts host Livingston on Saturday looking to make it six wins out of six in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

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New signing Sean Clare is highly unlikely to feature after sealing a switch to Tynecastle but Hearts have no new injury worries. A late call will be made on Aaron Hughes, and long-term absentees Christophe Berra, Jamie Brandon and Marcus Godinho are all still out while Harry Cochrane is nursing a knock.

Craig Levein reckons his current squad is the strongest Hearts team he’s ever assembled, with the acquisition of Clare bringing the total to 18 summer signings.

There are some familiar faces in the opposition squad as well with ex-Jambos Alan Lithgow and Scott Robinson expected to start against their old club.

Livingston have a near-full complement of players and Gary Holt will be able to field the same team that defeated Hibs and Hamilton. Raffa de Vita, Lee Miller and Craig Sibbald will not play through injury.

Bobby Burns is ineligible to face his parent club but Ryan Hardie could be included in the squad pending a fitness test.

Injuries / suspensions / unavailable

Hearts - The Tynecastle side are without the services of Harry Cochrane, Jamie Brandon, Marcus Godinho (all knee) and long-term absentee Christophe Berra (hamstring), while Aaron Hughes is struggling with a calf knock.

Livingston - Bobby Burns is ineligible to face his parent club so misses out while Lee Miller, Craig Sibbald and Rafa De Vita are still sidelined. Holt will make a late call on Ryan Hardie.

Magic number

11 - the number of goals Hearts have scored in the last five meetings between the two sides. Livi have managed two.

Key battle

John Souttar will have his hands full with uncompromising Livi forward Dolly Menga.

Key stats

Livingston have only won twice at Tynecastle - a 3-1 win in November 2001, and a 3-2 win in May 2002. A brace from David Fernandez and a third from Barry Wilson came before a Kevin McKenna consolation and six months later goals from Quino, David Bingham and Wilson were enough to squeeze past Hearts, who replied through Ricardo Fuller and a Stevie Fulton penalty.

Referee

Don Robertson has taken charge of ten Hearts matches with the Jambos winning three, drawing five and losing two. The 31-year-old has shown 18 yellow cards and awarded three penalties in those ten games.

Possible teams

Hearts: Zlamal; Smith, Souttar, Dunne, Mitchell; Haring, Lee; Naismith, Morrison; MacLean, Ikpeazu. Subs from: Doyle, Hamilton, Dikamona, Bozanic, Djoum, McDonald, Hughes, Mulraney, Wighton, Amankwaa.

Livingston: Kelly, Lithgow, Gallagher, Halkett, Byrne, Jacobs, Pittman, Lawless, Lamie, Robinson, Menga. Subs from: Stewart, McMillan, Saunders, Cadden, Lawson, Kaja, Hamilton, Hardie, Knox.

Kick-off: 3pm

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Hibs travel to the City of Discovery on Saturday looking to make it two Ladbrokes Premiership wins on the trot as they take on Neil McCann’s Dundee side.

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Neil Lennon has virtually a full squad to choose from, although Ofir Marciano remains sidelined but is closer to a return.

Jamie Maclaren is a doubt for the match with a back issue while speedy winger Thomas Agyepong is touch and go with a hamstring complaint.

Martin Boyle is fit, while Mark Milligan could be in contention to start after getting a run-out against Kilmarnock last weekend.

Paul Hanlon returns, giving Lennon a full complement of defenders although Miquel Nelom will almost certainly not be involved after he signed a one-year deal on Thursday.

Hanlon’s return and the availability of Darren McGregor also gives the Hibs boss the option of returning to a three-man defence.

Basement side Dundee have lost their opening five fixtures and have found the back of the net just twice.

Five games in might be a bit too early to start talking about relegation battles, but things look a bit grim for McCann and his charges, although Hibs - who have one win and one draw from their last two visits to Dens - will be aware of the banana skin nature of this fixture.

Dundee have several unnamed fitness doubts going into the Scottish Premiership clash.

Injuries / suspensions / unavailable

Hibs - Ofir Marciano is still sidelined but nearing a return from a finger injury while Jamie Maclaren and Thomas Agyepong are both doubts with slight knocks.

Dundee - Former Hibs and Rangers striker Kenny Miller is suspended after Dundee failed to overturn his red card at Ibrox while Roarie Deacon and Glen Kamara are both doubts with ankle and back injuries respectively.

Magic number

4 - Hibs haven’t scored more than one goal in a match at Dens since November 2004 when Tony Mowbray’s side won 4-1 thanks to goals from Derek Riordan, Dean Shiels, Alen Orman and Guillaume Beuzelin. A young Steven Whittaker played the full 90 minutes.

Key battle

Florian Kamberi will be keen to add to his tally after netting the winner in last week’s 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. Dundee defender Darren O’Dea will have his work cut out keeping tabs on the Swiss striker.

Key stats

Hibs lost their last match on the road at Livingston, but the Easter Road side haven’t lost consecutive away games since April / May 2014, when a 2-0 loss at St Mirren preceded a 1-0 defeat at Ross County. Dundee have lost their last three home games - the last time Dee slumped to four consecutive defeats on their own patch was earlier this year, losing 0-1 to Hibs, 1-4 to Ross County, 0-1 to Motherwell and 0-4 to St Johnstone.

Referee

Andrew Dallas is the man in charge at Dens Park. The whistler has taken charge of 12 Hibs matches in his refereeing career, with the capital club losing just once - a 1-0 reversal to Queen of the South in March 2016.

Possible teams

Dundee: Parish, Curran, Boyle, O’Dea, Kerr, Madianga, McGowan, N’Gwatala, C Miller, Mendy, Kallman. Subs from: Hamilton, Ralph, Inniss, Kusunga, Meekings, Spence, Nabi, Moussa, Henvey.

Hibs: Bogdan, Ambrose, Porteous, Hanlon, Milligan, Gray, Mallan, Hyndman, Horgan, Boyle, Kamberi. Subs from: Laidlaw, McGregor, Mackie, Whittaker, Bartley, F Murray, Agyepong, Slivka, Shaw, Allan, Gullan.

Kick-off: 3pm

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'Life Lessons' was released today by the current Ross County centre back across a range of platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Fontaine has displayed his musical talents before, uploading a YouTube performance of "Straight out of Leith" in 2017, with the 32-year-old playing guitar as well as providing vocals.

During an interview last year, he said his music was his form of escapism during a spell out injured with Hibs.

The defender, who spent three-and-a-half years at Easter Road, won the 2016 Scottish Cup with Hibs and helped them gain promotion back to the Scottish Premiership before heading to the Highlands.

He also scored in the 2016 League Cup final defeat to current club Ross County.

Fontaine has the Highland derby against Inverness Caley Thistle tomorrow, with Inverness also having their own musician in Riccardo Calder, who spoke this week about his love of rap music.

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