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Darren McGregor among a host of Hibs returnees for Killie clash

Darren McGregor will be fit for Hibs’ match against Kilmarnock tomorrow after sitting out last weekend’s 2-1 win over Celtic.

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John Souttar with Craig Levein at full time at Pittodrie

John Souttar: Hearts manager Craig Levein doesn’t use long-ball tactics

Hearts centre-back John Souttar today spoke out in defence of manager Craig Levein’s tactics and style of play, insisting he preaches a passing game over long balls every day at Riccarton.

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Lothian Thistle HV midfielder Louis Swanson

Lothian Thistle player’s title quest inspired by tragic friend Shaun Woodburn

This season has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale midfielder Louis Swanson.

Lower Leagues

Wayne McIntosh not sure he’ll be at Bonnyrigg in EoS League

Wayne McIntosh has backed Bonnyrigg Rose’s decision to quit the Juniors and join the East of Scotland League, but he won’t decide until the summer whether he’s joining the club in making the move.

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Adam Corbett

Spartans defender dreams big as club begins play-offs

It has been a dream breakthrough season for Spartans defender Adam Corbett that can only be bettered by securing promotion to SPFL League Two.

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Calum Hall

Calum Hall happy he chose Edinburgh City over Motherwell

As Calum Hall prepares to complete his first season as an Edinburgh City player, the teenager has reflected on what has been a valuable experience after going semi-professional last summer.

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Vykintas Slivka celebrates scoring what proved to be the winner against Celtic

Goal against Celtic was much-needed lift for Hibs’ Vykintas Slivka

Vykintas Slivka is well positioned to finish his first season in Scotland with a flourish.

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Christophe Berra

Hearts’ Jon McLaughlin surprised at Christophe Berra POTY snub

Jon McLaughlin admits he is astonished not to see Hearts captain Christophe Berra nominated for Scotland’s Player of the Year.

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The Hibs squad celebrate their SFA Youth Cup win over Aberdeen. Pic: John Devlin

Hibs coach Grant Murray left “ecstatic” by players’ success

Grant Murray was left “ecstatic” as his Hibs players beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Hampden to lift the SFA Youth Cup.

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The Hibs players celebrate their win over Aberdeen at Hampden. Pic: John Devlin

Hibs secure the double with Youth Cup triumph at Hampden

Hibs came from a goal down to beat Aberdeen 3-1 in the SFA Youth Cup final at Hampden as Grant Murray’s side completed a league and cup double.

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Hibs quiz: Can you identify these players signed since 2008?

Hibs quiz: Can you identify these players signed since 2008?

Hibs’ win over Celtic last Saturday was arguably their best performance of the season. It was a thoroughly deserved three points and Neil Lennon’s men could feel hard done by not having won by more.

In the aftermath, Hibs boss Lennon paid tribute to the recruitment by his predecessor Alan Stubbs.

The Northern Irishman has improved on the squad he took over at the start of last season with canny signings of his own.

However, it has not always been that way at Easter Road with the club’s transfer business playing its part in the club’s relegation to the Championship in 2014.

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Hearts quiz: How many of these Romanov signings can you name?

Hearts quiz: How many of these Romanov signings can you name?

On taking over in early 2005, Russian-born businessman Vladimir Romanov set about trying to transform Hearts into title challengers in Scotland and a notable team on the European stage. To do so, investment was required in the playing squad and as such a raft of players arrived in summer 2005.

Signings became more varied in the subsequent years.

In Romanov’s first four full seasons in charge of the club, 70 players turned out for the club.

Between taking over in 2005 and the 2013-2014 season, 118 players pulled on the Hearts jersey.

There were a number of successes, some failures and a host of unusual occupants of a maroon top.

Success came in the Scottish Cup in 2006 and 2012, while the club split Celtic and Rangers in the 2005/06 campaign, becoming the first team to do so since Motherwell finished second in 1995.

Controversy came on and off the field before administration arrived in 2013.

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Ali Crawford in action for Hamilton Accies. Picture: SNS Group

What Hibs would be getting in Ali Crawford

Hibs have been linked with Hamilton’s Ali Crawford, with the midfielder approaching the end of his time at New Douglas Park. Craig Fowler looks at why Neil Lennon is so keen on the 26-year-old

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SPFL confirm date for release of 2018-19 fixtures

SPFL confirm date for release of 2018-19 fixtures

The SPFL have confirmed the date fixtures will be released for the 2018-19 season.

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Vladimir Romanov, pictured, was represented by Charlie Mann for over four years. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Vladimir Romanov’s ex-PR advisor becomes Scottish Labour comms chief

He was once employed to offer communications advice to one of Scottish football’s most controversial characters.

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Demetri Mitchell, right, trains alongside David Milinkovic, left, and Christophe Berra

Craig Levein boosted by Demetri Mitchell’s Hearts return

Demetri Mitchell’s return from injury is a welcome tonic for the Hearts manager Craig Levein.

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Jamie Gullan

Hampden is like a second home to young Hibee Jamie Gullan

Walking out at Hampden for tonight’s Scottish Youth Cup final won’t be an alien experience for Hibs’ Jamie Gullan, but the feeling he’ll have when doing won’t be diminished in any way.

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Jake Mulraney is set to join Hearts from Inverness

Hearts boss hoping to utilise Jake Mulraney’s pace

Craig Levein insists Hearts can use Jake Mulraney’s pace next season as he prepares to sign the Inverness winger as a “project”.

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Grant Murray has already won the Development League title with Hibs and hopes to do the double by winning the Youth Cup tonight

Hibs coach Grant Murray aims to lift Youth Cup 25 years after winning as Hearts player

Grant Murray has already done it as a player with Capital rivals Hearts, and now the Hibs Under-20s coach can complete a special double by winning the Scottish Youth Cup as a manager, providing the young Hibees can defeat Aberdeen at Hampden this evening.

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Hibs loanee Jamie Maclaren looks set to become a free agent

Hibs’ prospects of signing Jamie Maclaren on a permanent basis will become significantly enhanced over the next few weeks in the highly possible event that the on-loan striker’s parent club are relegated to Germany’s third tier.

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