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JJ Hooper steps up bid to win Raith Rovers contract

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Former Newcastle United youngster JJ Hooper will step up his bid to win a contract with Raith Rovers this week. The 21-year-old joined the Fifers on trial last week, featuring in their 1-1 draw with a Celtic XI, and will continue to train with the club at their […]

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Roberto Martinez refuses to rule out move for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Everton boss Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out a seven-figure move for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. Speaking after watching his English Premier League side defeat Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday, the former Motherwell midfielder confessed he is in the market for a new central defender. […]

July 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Fresh delays frustrate Hearts in arrival of Nigeria defender Juwon Oshaniwa

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Robbie Neilson insists Hearts are doing all they can to clear red tape after being hit with fresh delays to the arrival of Nigeria defender Juwon Oshaniwa. The 24-year-old former Celtic target has agreed a move to Tynecastle but has been hit with visa problems in his homeland. […]

July 27th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Luxury player? Jack Harper insists he will graft ‘like a Scotsman’ at Brighton

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Jack Harper is ready to prove he is anything but a “luxury player” by combining Spanish style with Scottish graft at Brighton and Hove Albion. The highly-rated 19-year-old this week gave up on his Real Madrid dream by penning a two-year deal with English Championship outfit.   Malaga-born […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Hearts’ Sam Nicholson reflects on Joe Royle visit to Edinburgh derby ahead of Everton clash

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts star Sam Nicholson admits it was an honour to be scouted by Everton legend Joe Royle as he prepares to cross swords with the Toffees at Tynecastle. The Barclay’s Premier League side dispatched Royle, an FA Cup winner as boss in 1995 after making 225 appearances as […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Ann Budge humbled as generous Hearts supporter leaves Foundation of Hearts over £100,000 in his will

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts owner Ann Budge has paid tribute to the “astounding” generosity of a supporter who bequeathed the Foundation of Hearts (FoH) a staggering £108,725 in his will. The fan, who passed away at the age of 93 last year, asked to remain anonymous but his wish was for […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Paul Hanlon hopes Hibs maintain strong stance in Rangers’ pursuit of Scott Allan

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Paul Hanlon is hopeful Hibernian can stay strong in the face of a concerted offensive from Rangers to try and force through the transfer of Scott Allan. The Easter Road outfit issued a firm ‘hands off’ to Rangers on Thursday, with head coach Alan Stubbs even phoning Ibrox counterpart […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Dunfermline desperate to kick-start new season with Petrofac Training Cup win

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press New club captain Callum Fordyce admits Dunfermline are desperate to kick-off the new Allan Johnston regime with a bang against Arbroath this afternoon (Saturday). The Pars travel to Gayfield for today’s Petrofac Training Cup clash with a new management team in the dugout and a host of fresh […]

July 25th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Scotland’s Rugby World Cup opponents all in action

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Two of Scotland’s Rugby World Cup opponents come face to face today (Friday) during a 24-hour spell in which all of their Pool B rivals continue their build-up to this autumn’s eagerly-awaited tournament. The matches will allow Scotland head coach Vern Cotter to do his homework on the […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Cowdenbeath sign ex-Middlesbrough and Birmingham City youngster Luke Armstrong and Sam Orritt

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Cowdenbeath manager Colin Nish is delighted to have snapped up former Middlesbrough and Birmingham City youngster Luke Armstrong and ex-Rotherham trainee Sam Orritt after successful trials. Armstrong, the 19-year-old son of one-time Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town favourite Alun Armstrong, impressed with a double in the recent friendly win […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Jack Harper quits Real Madrid for Brighton – but won’t face Aberdeen this weekend

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Much vaunted Scottish prospect Jack Harper has given up on his Real Madrid dream by joining Brighton and Hove Albion. The 19-year-old, who was a regular in the Spanish giants’ youth side last term, has penned a two-year deal with the SkyBet Championship club. Harper was thought to be […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

FK Qarabag chairman ready to stun “one of the world’s biggest clubs’ Celtic

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Qarabag chairman Tahir Gozal has described Celtic as one of “the world’s most famous clubs” but insists the Azerbaijani champions are good enough to stun the Hoops. Ronny Delia’s men saw of Stjarnan 6-1 on aggregate to set up a mammoth 6,500 round trip to the Tofiq Bahramov […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Alim Ozturk urged to become “role model” after being named Hearts captain

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has told Alim Ozturk that he must become a “role model” after handing the young defender the captaincy. The 22-year-old was this week confirmed as the successor to Danny Wilson ahead of experienced campaigners such as Neil Alexander and last season’s vice-skipper Morgaro […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Robbie Neilson believes Jason Holt will thrive at Rangers

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says the Jambos had a moral obligation to allow Jason Holt to join Rangers. The 22-year-old this week penned a three-year deal with the Gers after the two clubs came to an agreement over a development fee for the player, who was on […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Alan Stubbs insists Hibs will not sell Scott Allan to Rangers and believes midfielder is good enough for English Premier League

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Alan Stubbs has warned Rangers they are wasting their time pursuing Scott Allan, because Hibs will not sell their prize possession – to anyone. Having rejected ‘out of hand’ two ‘unwelcome’ offers from the Ibrox club, Stubbs is adamant the Easter Road outfit will hang on to the midfielder and […]

July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Pat Stanton hopes Hibs’ resolve can stay strong in the face of Rangers bid for Scott Allan

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Hibernian icon Pat Stanton admits he is not surprised by interest in Scott Allan but is hopeful the club’s hierarchy can stand firm and hang on to the star midfielder. Dundee United, who failed with three offers to land their former player in the January transfer window, have been […]

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Raith Rovers is next destination for serial trialist JJ Hooper

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Raith Rovers are weighing up a move for JJ Hooper as the former Newcastle youngster continues his bid to win a deal in Scottish football. The 21-year-old, who scored 20 goals for Havant and Waterlooville last term, enjoyed a 71-minute cameo on Tuesday evening as Rovers played out […]

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Former Inverness, Hearts and Rangers man Ian Black weighs up remarkable switch to Berwick Rangers

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Former Scotland midfielder Ian Black is weighing up a contract offer from Berwick Rangers as the League Two minnows attempt to complete a sensational transfer swoop. The 30-year-old, who is a free agent following his release by Rangers, appeared as a trialist for the Borderers on Tuesday, finding […]

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Hearts snap up Brazilian defender Igor Rossi Branco

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts last night completed their fourth summer signing after snapping up Brazilian defender Igor Rossi Branco. The 26-year-old joins from Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Maritimo as the Jambos continue to strengthen ahead of their return to the Scottish Premiership. Branco, who cuts an imposing figure at 6ft 3in, […]

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell welcomes collapse of Dundee United’s Billy McKay bid

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell has backed Billy McKay to fire the Latics to the League One title this season after Dundee United were priced out of a move for the striker. The Terrors were keen to snap up the 26-year-old, who scored 62 goals in three-and-a-half years […]

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

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