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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 »

Alim Ozturk named Hearts captain – and targets trophies

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Alim Ozturk has immediately set his sights on emulating Danny Wilson by leading Hearts to a trophy after he was named the new Jambos club captain. The popular Turk, who still just 22 years of age, was announced as the successor to the departed Wilson yesterday following a […]

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

Raith Rovers unveil Turnbull Hutton stand against Celtic and vow to pay staff living wage

  BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Raith Rovers have formally renamed their main stand at Stark’s Park in honour of former chairman Turnbull Hutton, who died earlier this year. Hutton had two spells at the head of the Kirkcaldy outfit but will be most remembered for the steadfast way he stood against moves to […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Jason Talbot begins season with SFA ban after red card in Hibs friendly

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  BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press The SFA have confirmed that new signing Jason Talbot will miss Dunfermline’s first two competitive matches of the season following his red card in Saturday’s friendly against Hibernian. The full-back was sent-off after just 17 minutes of the 2-1 defeat following an ugly challenge on Hibs striker […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Former Rangers and Hearts midfielder Ian Black turns out for Berwick Rangers

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Former Scotland midfielder Ian Black last night made a shock appearance as a trialist for League Two side Berwick Rangers against Juniors outfit Haddington Athetic. The 30-year-old was released by Rangers earlier this summer following an underwhelming three-year stint at Ibrox.   He made 111 appearances for the […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Hearts owner Ann Budge invited onto SFA advisory committee

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts owner Ann Budge has been handed the opportunity to have her voice heard in the corridors of power despite missing out on a place on the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board. The 67-year-old has been appointed to the Scottish Football Association’s Football Regulatory Advisory Group (FRAG) […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Gavin Reilly ready to step up after Soufian El Hassnaoui blow

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Hearts striker Gavin Reilly has vowed to hit the ground running after jinxed Soufian El Hassnaoui was ruled out for the remainder of 2015. Reilly was expected to battle it out with the Dutch-Moroccan for a starting berth up front for the Jambos, however the lanky forward is […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish referee Kevin Clancy handed Champions League assignment

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Scottish referee Kevin Clancy will oversee Lech Poznan’s Champions League clash against FK Sarajevo tonight as former Dundee United defender Barry Douglas aims to progress in Europe. The Polish champions are 2-0 up following the first leg in Bosnia last week and are expected to progress to the […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Former Rangers and Dundee goalkeeper Steve Simonsen makes India move

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press Former Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has joined Indian Super League outfit FC Pune following his Ibrox exit. The 36-year-old, who also turned out for Dundee, saw his stint in Scottish football end under a cloud last season after he was handed a two-match ban by the SFA for […]

July 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Kenny Anderson confident Hearts will peak in time for new SPFL season

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Hearts' Kenny Anderson with kids Harry Walman (left) and Annie Clark at the launch of Hearts Community Football supported by DPS Group

BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Kenny Anderson is confident Hearts can hit the ground running and set the pace just like they did last year, despite suffering a bumpy pre-season ride so far. The Tynecastle side were defeated 1-0 by newly-promoted English Championship side Preston North End at the weekend, their fourth straight […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Stubbs warns Hibs will have to be patient with new signing Bartley

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Alan Stubbs has confessed that new signing Marvin Bartley is short of fitness ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup. The 6’3” ‘midfield enforcer’ joined the Easter Road side on Friday on a two-year deal but was left out of the squad that […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in Sport,Top Stories | Read More »

Cardle aiming to kick-start career with Dunfermline after ‘torrid time’ in the Highlands

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  BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Joe Cardle has confessed he suffered a ‘torrid time’ during his last six months at Ross County as he looks to kick-start his career back at old club Dunfermline. The 28-year-old re-joined the Pars on Friday following a trial earlier in the summer and made a 15-minute […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Ex-Hibs midfielder Martin Scott joins Indian outfit Salgaocar

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press Freed Raith Rovers midfielder Martin Scott has joined fellow Scots Malky Thomson and Darryl Duffy at Indian side Salgaocar. Thomson, the former Aberdeen, Hibernian, Inverness Caley Thistle and Birmingham City coach, was appointed head coach of the I-League outfit last month, whilst former Falkirk and Rangers striker Duffy […]

July 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

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