Deadline News News and pictures from Scotland and beyond 2016-12-10T23:54:34Z http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/feed/atom/ Iain Collin <![CDATA[Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston gives thoughts on crucial Morton win]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090763 2016-12-10T23:54:34Z 2016-12-10T23:25:22Z FOLLOW US ON  TWITTER | FACEBOOK DUNFERMLINE manager Allan Johnston was thrilled with his side’s 2-1 win over Morton, which moved them up to seventh in the Championship. He said: “It was a real team performance. “Obviously, life got made even more difficult by conceding a penalty in the first five minutes. “We’ve looked at it again

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DUNFERMLINE manager Allan Johnston was thrilled with his side’s 2-1 win over Morton, which moved them up to seventh in the Championship.

He said: “It was a real team performance.

“Obviously, life got made even more difficult by conceding a penalty in the first five minutes.

“We’ve looked at it again and it was outside the box. It seems to be that decisions are going against us just now.

“But, thankfully, we got a bit of luck and Sean makes the save.

“But it was clearly outside the box and the linesman’s got to help out the referee there – he’s in a good position.

“It puts you under pressure right from the start.

“I don’t want to come here and criticise referees after every game but they’re big decisions and you can’t afford to get them wrong. You have to be 100 per cent sure to give a penalty.

GOALS

“We responded well. Moff scored two typical striker’s finishes – really instinctive – and it was great for him to get the goals.

“There were a couple of others that were so unlucky not to go in. Nicky Clark had a couple of efforts and Moff had another couple – I don’t know how the keeper managed to get to the header.

“There were a lot of positives – and then we lost the goal just before half-time.

“He escaped a couple of challenges and we could probably have done a lot better.

“But the boys showed a lot of character in the second-half and defended a lot better, and, I thought, deservedly won the game.

CHANGE OF LUCK

“I think so. Sometimes that’s what happens when things aren’t going your way, you lose penalties and big decisions like that referees can’t afford to make mistakes.

“But I thought the boys were excellent. I’m delighted to get the win and now we push on.

“We did say this was a crucial period and there’s still another five or six massive games over the festive period coming up.

“So, it’s really important we string a run of results together.

“It’s really close in the league. It’s seven points to fourth and St Mirren winning as well makes the league really tight.

“It’s really competitive and we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves. If we keep playing like that, with the movement up front and the quality we’ve got, then hopefully we can build on this result.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[New Hearts boss Ian Cathro discusses potential move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ryan Gauld]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090760 2016-12-10T15:50:53Z 2016-12-10T23:20:33Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK New Hearts boss Ian Cathro insists a Tynecastle reunion with Ryan Gauld is unlikely after seeing the midfielder make his first major breakthrough in Portugal. Former Dundee United youth guru Cathro is credited with playing a huge role in shaping Gauld’s career after the playmaker moved to Sporting Lisbon in a stunning

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New Hearts boss Ian Cathro insists a Tynecastle reunion with Ryan Gauld is unlikely after seeing the midfielder make his first major breakthrough in Portugal.

Former Dundee United youth guru Cathro is credited with playing a huge role in shaping Gauld’s career after the playmaker moved to Sporting Lisbon in a stunning £3 million switch from Tannadice two years ago.

But with the 20-year-old having only just forced his way into the team on loan at Vitoria de Setubal, Cathro does not hold out much hope of enticing Gauld to Gorgie on a temporary deal.

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He said: “He’s at a point where I think he’s starting to break into that team.

“I’ve seen one of the games and I think he’s been asked to do slightly different things, he’s had to change maybe some aspects of his play in the last year and I think he’s done well.

“He has to do the right things for him.

“Will I ask the question? I don’t know, it really hasn’t crossed my mind. If everything is the right thing for everybody, then – no matter who that is, of course you would look into it.

“I don’t think those things align right now.

“I’ve been really impressed with how strong he has been with himself and I think that’s going to invaluable for him in his life and of course in his football career. “

Former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson, who left to join MK Dons, had been keen to recruit a winger when the January transfer window reopens and Cathro admits identifying targets will be a process that involves the likes of director of football Craig Levein.

He added: “Of course we’re aware of what we need and there’s meetings to be had and things to be looked at.

“I’ve made the comment that I’m not the guy to be thrown in the manager’s room and you lock the door.

“The club has a structure, there is not only the head coach in a football club that has an idea of what maybe the squad or the team needs.

“There are other people involved in that and the club is full of good people.

“The majority of the times those discussions are probably ones we’ll immediately agree with straight away and other times we’ll have discussions and we’ll share and the outcome will be the best decision for this club, made collectively.

“It’s the right thing to make collective decisions and that’s the way I want to work.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Hearts captain Perry Kitchen insists Ian Cathro has already earned the respect of the squad ahead of Rangers test]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090719 2016-12-09T15:19:52Z 2016-12-09T23:45:46Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK Hearts captain Perry Kitchen insists new boss Ian Cathro has already earned the respect of the squad. Former Dundee United youth coach Cathro will make his dugout debut at Rangers today after the 30-year-old was appointed as Robbie Neilson’s successor on Monday. Having never played professional football, Cathro’s suitability for the role

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Hearts captain Perry Kitchen insists new boss Ian Cathro has already earned the respect of the squad.

Former Dundee United youth coach Cathro will make his dugout debut at Rangers today after the 30-year-old was appointed as Robbie Neilson’s successor on Monday.

Having never played professional football, Cathro’s suitability for the role has sparked intense debate but American international midfielder Kitchen insists the former Newcastle United, Valencia and Rio Ave number two has won over the players.

Kitchen said: “His background is pretty impressive, that he didn’t play at a high level has no bearing on his ability to be a great coach. And I think he will be great.

“When he came into the dressing room for that first time to address the team, there was a presence about him.

“There was a confidence about him, a swagger, a belief that he was the right guy for the job – and that his ideas, his philosophies, were really going to benefit us.

“The message he delivered to us on day one was emphasising that it’s not a situation where everything has to be blown up here.

“It’s not as if the coaches have been fired. So he made that clear.

“He said: ‘Look, I just want to build on what Robbie and Stevie (Crawford) have done for you’.

“Of course, there will be little changes here and there, just to get us to an even higher level.

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition.

“When we saw Ian in the dressing room and he took us out to training, nobody was thinking about his age.

“We were very aware of how it’s going to be. He’s the coach, he’s in command. he’s out there barking orders.

“You don’t stand there and think: ‘Oh, this guy is only 30!” You don’t think that at all.

“He has a confidence, he has the right ideas and he has demanded the respect of his players from an early stage.”

Kitchen already had an idea of what to expect after speaking to team-mate John Souttar, who came through the youth system under Cathro at United, about their new boss.

Kitchen added: “I spoke to John as soon as it was announced and he said great things. He told us that, with his background in Portugal, he wants to play, wants to move the ball quick.

“That has definitely been evident in the first few sessions we’ve had.”

Kitchen, meanwhile, admits he does not expect Rangers to be as bad as they were ten days ago when Hearts ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Mark Warburton’s side at Tynecastle.

The Gorgie outfit have a chance of reclaiming second place in the Premiership with victory at Ibrox this afternoon.

He added: “Rangers are a top side and it’s going to be a tough challenge.

“We expect a better Rangers side than we saw at Tynecastle. For us to match that, we’re going to have be even better than we were that night.

“We were decent when we beat them at Tynecastle, but we expect them to be better. We have to be able to mimic that – and even surpass it, if possible.”

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Alan Temple <![CDATA[‘Crumble? No chance!’ Hibs defender Liam Fontaine retaining perspective in face of resurgent Dundee United]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090713 2016-12-09T14:19:55Z 2016-12-09T23:45:37Z BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport LIAM FONTAINE is adamant Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has another thing coming  if he expects Hibs to “crumble” in the Championship title race. The United boss suggested the pressure of a third season attempting to escape the second tier could be a millstone around the Hibees’ neck as the

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LIAM FONTAINE is adamant Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has another thing coming  if he expects Hibs to “crumble” in the Championship title race.

The United boss suggested the pressure of a third season attempting to escape the second tier could be a millstone around the Hibees’ neck as the Tayside outfit hit their stride.

Ahead of last week’s televised top-of-the-table clash between the teams, McKinnon noted the “weight of expectation on them” and stated “they might crumble” as he cranked up the mind games.

Fontaine, middle, at the recent Forth Awards

United went on to claim a 1-0 win over Neil Lennon’s men, albeit the contest hinged on two penalty kicks – one missed by Martin Boyle and one consummately tucked away by Tony Andreu.

However, Fontaine has brushed aside the notion that McKinnon’s cheeky prediction will come to fruition.

“Will we crumble? No,” Fontaine said firmly. “I don’t really read anything from other people, to be honest. People say what they have to say – to get a reaction from certain people and pump people up, whatever – and you just have to get on with it.

“All we can do – all we care about – is worry about us and what we do. If Dundee United put a run together, then they put a run together. But come the end of the season we will see who has been most consistent.

“I’m not surprised by United’s form at all. They are going to be a good football team, because they are a good club. But I genuinely just get on with what we are doing. We have been on a great run and it’s only one game we’ve been below par.

“We haven’t lost many and they’ve done well themselves. That’s all there is to it. We’ll just get on with the season.”

Asked whether seeing a seven-point lead over United in mid-September wiped out could spark a degree of nervousness, he continued: “I don’t agree with that at all. It’s not happening, we are doing well. We are putting points on the board.”

After experiencing a fraught title battle with Rangers last season, as well as two successive seasons of playoff pain, Fontaine has a sense of perspective about the race back to the Premiership.

With more than five months still to play, and two more encounters against Dundee United still to come, he is adamant Hibs are remaining cool and composed about their current position.

Demands

Fontaine does concede last Friday’s showing at Tannadice was below par, but fully expects a response when beleaguered Dumbarton, fresh from an embarrassing Scottish Cup exit against Bonnyrigg Rose, visit Easter Road today.

He continued: “It is still very early in the season. Against Dundee United, I thought we were lower than the standard we set in previous games. Even saying that, we were well in the game and it ends up being about two penalties.

“We go away from that game, we learn from it, and we go again. We set our standard, and the gaffer demands that of us – and we’ll get back there this weekend.

“There are so many points still to play for. Once we get back to the level we have set – and we have to play Dundee United again two more times this season – we’ll be ready to pick up those points.

“Obviously it is important for us to bounce back and get another three points on the board – just get on with the rest of the season.”

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Darren Johnstone <![CDATA[Ayr United boss expects Hibs and Dundee United to be in two-horse race – but is adamant his team can cause upset today]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090729 2016-12-09T15:24:17Z 2016-12-09T23:00:31Z FOLLOW US ON TWITTER | FACEBOOK Ayr United manager Ian McCall expects Hibs and Dundee United to be involved in a two-horse race for the Championship title. But the former Tannadice boss insists that does not mean that Ayr cannot cause an upset and beat his old club this afternoon. Joint leaders Hibs and United are six points

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Ayr United manager Ian McCall expects Hibs and Dundee United to be involved in a two-horse race for the Championship title.

But the former Tannadice boss insists that does not mean that Ayr cannot cause an upset and beat his old club this afternoon.

Joint leaders Hibs and United are six points clear of third place Fakirk and some 15 points better off than Ayr.

But McCall, whose team lost 3-0 on Tayside in August, insists Ayr can defy their league position to collect all three points.

He said: “I feel Dundee United and Hibs will probably start to stretch away in the league, however, that doesn’t mean that we can’t beat either of them as we have already shown at Easter Road.

“These are the games everyone should be looking forward to and I really hope we have a good crowd inside Somerset Park and that our fans get right behind the boys.

“Earlier in the season when we went to Tannadice we were poor in the first half but in the second half we were much improved and that was the start of us going on a good run.”

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Alan Temple <![CDATA[Kevin Smith insists Gary Naysmith will be runaway success at Queen of the South – and has left a great platform at East Fife]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090718 2016-12-09T14:51:08Z 2016-12-09T21:15:31Z BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport EAST FIFE skipper Kevin Smith insists “family club” Queen of the South is the perfect next step in Gary Naysmith’s managerial journey – and reckons he has left a superb legacy for his successor as Bayview boss. Smith, 29, played for the Dumfries outfit between for two seasons and helped

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EAST FIFE skipper Kevin Smith insists “family club” Queen of the South is the perfect next step in Gary Naysmith’s managerial journey – and reckons he has left a superb legacy for his successor as Bayview boss.

Smith, 29, played for the Dumfries outfit between for two seasons and helped Queens lift the League 1 title and Challenge Cup during a hugely successful 2012/13 campaign.

While the Methil stalwart was gutted to see Naysmith formally depart at the start of this week, he has no doubt that it will prove an ideal fit for the former Scotland international.

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Smith, with former gaffer Naysmith

He said: “Gary has done a magnificent job. He has brought the professional standards that he had throughout his career to part-time football, sending us clips of opponents and our own performances and always striving to make us better.

“If he takes that to Queens then he will be a big success.

“I’ve been at Queens and there are similarities with East Fife – a family club with areal unity there – so that will suit Gary, who likes to be hands-on with his players.

“I believe he is destined to be a top manager and, although we’re gutted to see him go, no-one here, from the chairman through to the players, will say a bad word about him.”

Dunfermline coach John Potter, former Livingston boss Mark Burchill, Tam Courts of Kelty Hearts and ex-Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald are among those linked with the vacancy ahead of today’s trip to Brechin.

“It has been a tough couple of weeks,” acknowledged Smith. “We’ve had the manager going and his number two, Dougie Anderson, who took the 1-0 win against Edinburgh City in midweek, is leaving to join him.

“But we have stuck together and stayed professional. Whoever does come in is inheriting a good group and he will realise that the moment he walks through the door.

“It is a really honest squad, we all work for each other and firmly believe we can get away from the bottom end of the table.

“It is a really good job for someone and there seems to have been plenty of interest in it.

“Gary deserves some credit for that. People will say ‘if someone of Gary’s stature goes in there and enjoys it and kicks on, then why can’t I?’ There are not many jobs in Scotland and East Fife is a very, very good one.”

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Alan Temple <![CDATA[Interview | From Manchester City to Meadownbank, via 60,000 at Wembley, Marc Laird relishing homecoming with Edinburgh City]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090715 2016-12-09T14:33:13Z 2016-12-09T21:00:06Z BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport MARC LAIRD enjoyed an unforgettable apprenticeship with Manchester City, played in front of 60,000 at Wembley and boasts almost 300 appearances in English football. And the midfield stalwart admits he is relishing the opportunity to pour all of that experience into resurgent Edinburgh City’s survival bid. Laird, 30, was born

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MARC LAIRD enjoyed an unforgettable apprenticeship with Manchester City, played in front of 60,000 at Wembley and boasts almost 300 appearances in English football.

And the midfield stalwart admits he is relishing the opportunity to pour all of that experience into resurgent Edinburgh City’s survival bid.

Laird, 30, was born in Edinburgh but his promise was swiftly spotted as a youngster and he was whisked down to the City academy.

Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine and Marc Laird (right) are presented with the Ladbrokes League Two Manager and Player of the Month awards for November (Pic: SNS)

While he didn’t make the grade at the Etihad, he enjoyed a varied career south of the border, turning out for Southend, Leyton Orient and Yeovil, and spending three years at Millwall, where he played in the 2009 League One playoff final.

Nevertheless, his homecoming has been a happy one since joining the Meadowbank men in September – and he is embracing the opportunity to lead by example on the pitch, as well as striking a balance between work and family.

Laird said: “I played in a play-off final against Scunthorpe and came through at Manchester City so I’ve been lucky enough to have played in some big games and I’ve got plenty of experience from my time in England.

“I’m quite reserved, I’m not a ranter and raver, but hopefully I can bring that experience and do my bit to the help the boys along. I do my talking on the pitch but if anyone wants advice I’m more than happy to give it.

“I could have stayed down south but I wanted to try something different.

“My family are all based in Edinburgh – my mum, dad and brothers – and I’ve been away for so long that it is just fantastic to be back. My wee boy can see his grand-parents most days which is something special again.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. The boys are a great group and the manager has been brilliant with me.”

However, Laird’s deal with the capital club expires at the end of this month and, having emerged as a key figure in their five-game unbeaten run in the league, it is understood he is being eyed by sides higher up the SPFL pyramid.

He continued: “I’m still ambitious and feel I can perform at a high level. I’m speaking to Edinburgh at the moment but, regardless, I’ve really enjoyed it.”

City’s recent revival saw them claim an award double yesterday, with boss Gary Jardine named manager of the month for November respectively and Laird landing the player gong.

He added: “Confidence has played a massive part in our form, with the boys getting used to this level. It is a new environment and a fresh challenge and I’ve seen the boys grow as the season has gone on.”

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Alan Temple <![CDATA[Bonnyrigg Rose to submit case to SFA as they push for Scottish Cup tie against Hibernian to be moved]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090753 2016-12-09T17:24:55Z 2016-12-09T19:00:35Z BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport THE SFA will decide whether Bonnyrigg Rose are eligible to switch their fairytale Scottish Cup tie against Hibs away from New Dundas Park next week, with the Junior outfit set to submit their case in writing. Rose secretary Robert Dickson is required to officially outline the reasons why their modest

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THE SFA will decide whether Bonnyrigg Rose are eligible to switch their fairytale Scottish Cup tie against Hibs away from New Dundas Park next week, with the Junior outfit set to submit their case in writing.

Rose secretary Robert Dickson is required to officially outline the reasons why their modest Midlothian home is not fit to host the visit of Neil Lennon’s side next month and will do so today.

Chief among their concerns is the limited capacity, the fact there are no turnstiles at the ground, the lack of disabled facilities and security issues based on the vicinity of nearby homes to the stadium.

Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park was bursting at the seams for their clash against Dumbarton

In their 0-0 draw in the previous round against Dumbarton, kick-off had to be delayed by 15 minutes to accommodate the capacity crowd and a club source last night intimated that attempting to host Hibs at New Dundas Park would be “chaos”.

If the SFA do decide a switch of venue is in order, they will provide alternative options to the club.

Rose’s preferred venue is Tynecastle, and Hibs boss Neil Lennon has already given his backing to that idea. Bonnyrigg officials have also spoken to Easter Road chief executive Leeann Dempster and she would be happy for the tie to take place at the home of the Jambos.

Dickson, meanwhile, met with Hearts owner Ann Budge and chief operating officer Scot Gardiner on Friday and all parties were open to the idea of the fixture taking place in Gorgie, with Ian Cathro’s men away to Raith Rovers in the fourth round.

However, the suitability of Meadowbank and Spartans’ Ainslie Park – both of which have hosted relatively high profile matches in the past – would also be considered by Hampden chiefs.

Livingston’s Toni Macaroni Arena would ordinarily be an option however they are at home to East Fife on the same day.

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Callum Mason <![CDATA[Aldi forced to ‘grow’ more Kevin the Carrot toys]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090750 2016-12-09T16:49:47Z 2016-12-09T16:49:47Z ALDI have been forced to “grow” more Kevin the Carrot dolls to deal with popular demand – but limited the soft toys to one-per-customer to tackle touts. The £2.99 “rare” doll initially went on sale in the UK a fortnight ago to cash in on the popularity of the supermarkets 2016 Christmas campaign. In the

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ALDI have been forced to “grow” more Kevin the Carrot dolls to deal with popular demand – but limited the soft toys to one-per-customer to tackle touts.

The £2.99 “rare” doll initially went on sale in the UK a fortnight ago to cash in on the popularity of the supermarkets 2016 Christmas campaign.

In the clip the cheeky veg appears to be poking fun at the highly anticipated John Lewis advert – with social media branding the excitable carrot as the winner of Christmas ads.

Within half an hour of the 25cm Kevin dolls going on sale they completely sold out – with some customers buying in bulk to put on eBay for up to £30 each.

Now to deal with high demand, the budget supermarket has “grown” more Kevin’s to raise money for Barnardo’s – but limited customers to just one each.

Yesterday (THUR) Aldi announced the newest additions on Facebook writing:“We’ve been busy growing more Kevins for you. They’re selling out quickly, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Frantic fans were left delighted after discovering Aldi had changed it’s rules to in order to tackle touts.

Kevin the Carrot

Michelle Betts said: “My boys love theirs. Was one per customer in our local one.”

Alongside a smiley face emoji, Chantelle Clayton wrote: “It’s limited to one per customer now.”

And Sue Timmins said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt that they would sell. People want them, there is a huge demand, it’s Kevinmania!”

However hundreds of fans, who were unlucky for a second time, took to Aldi’s Facebook page to complain about eBay users who were continuing to cash in on Kevin’s fame.

Chantelle Price wrote: “I was devastated we couldn’t get one then my mum Christine ordered one of the highly priced ones of eBay which hasn’t come.

“I thinks it’s awful people buy so many and others have to go without or pay over the odds.”

And Chrissy Stallone-Hemsworth said: “It’s ridiculous I’ve been trying for weeks to get one and they are now on eBay with people selling them for above £30 and they are only £3 to buy and all proceeds go to Barnardo’s.

“I bet the sellers aren’t donating the extra profit to charity.”

One eBay seller who listed “Kevin The Carrot – Official Plush Toy Aldi – Rare” starting bidding at £19.99.

The description reads: “A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item. A soft and cuddly plush toy version of Kevin, the star of Aldis Christmas TV advert.

“If you have seen this years Aldi Christmas advert. Then you will have met Kevin, this adorable little Christmas carrot desperate to meet Santa.

“If you already love him, then why not get your hands on this Kevin The Carrot plush character. What adventure will your little carrot get up to?”

Another listing is selling Kevin for £19.90 and promises to wrap him in bubble wrap for delivery to ensure a “safe journey”.

In Aldi’s 2016 Christmas advert, released on November 11, Kevin is shown sitting in front of a television while a narrator is heard saying: “Carrot was waiting, his head in a tizz, oh golly, oh gosh, how exciting is this?

“The thing he’d been waiting for all through the year was finally happening, yes it was here.”

Kevin then gets over excited about the department store’s Christmas advert and starts hyperventilating as he screams “John Lewis”.

The clip sparked hundreds of messages on Twitter from fans who said they preferred the advert to John Lewis’ one.

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Callum Mason <![CDATA[Miracle dog survives despite devouring a box of Christmas chocolates]]> http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/?p=1090746 2016-12-09T16:45:20Z 2016-12-09T16:45:20Z A LUCKY pooch has managed to escape tragedy after scoffing a huge box of Christmas chocolates. Jodie, a 13-year-old spaniel managed to rip off wrapping paper and chew through the box, eating all but one of the 24 chocolates inside before anyone noticed. Shocked owner, Jane Blaikie, 55, from Broughty Ferry, Dundee, received the chocolates

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A LUCKY pooch has managed to escape tragedy after scoffing a huge box of Christmas chocolates.

Jodie, a 13-year-old spaniel managed to rip off wrapping paper and chew through the box, eating all but one of the 24 chocolates inside before anyone noticed.

Shocked owner, Jane Blaikie, 55, from Broughty Ferry, Dundee, received the chocolates from a Santa at her local Dobbies garden centre as a festive gift whilst she was collecting money for a local charity.

Despite not having many teeth left, the crafty canine made her way into Jane’s spare bedroom and devoured the tasty chocs – leaving only the strawberry one.

Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, a caffeine-like substance,that is poisonous to dogs.

The scoffed choccies

After rushing Jodie to the vets, Jane thought she would lose her beloved companion when she collapsed to the floor with a swollen stomach and high blood pressure.

Jane said: “It was awful, she’s already suffered two strokes and she’s just turned 13 in October.

“She must have a strong heart though, but I’m not sure she’ll be same after this, it’s taken quite a lot out of her.”

After spending 24 hours at the Parkside Vets in Dundee on an IV drip, Jodie was finally allowed home.

Jane said: “I was out at Dobbie’s collecting money for a lifeboat charity and there was an offer to sign up for a loyalty reward club so I decided to join and I got the chocolates for the Santa in the store as a free reward.

“They were sitting in the spare bedroom for around a week before Jodie managed to find them.

“We had friends round and it wasn’t until an hour or two later that I went through to discover the wrapping paper all over the floor.”

Calling a friend who works at the local veterinary practice, Ms Blaikie was told to take her dog to them immediately.

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She continued: “I called my friend who works at the vet and she said, ‘Jane you need to get her to the vet straight away’.

“I was told it was too late for the injection which would make her throw-up, since it happened almost an hour earlier.

“They put her on a drip overnight and I didn’t sleep a wink, expecting the phone call at any moment – I honestly didn’t think I’d see her again.

“I’ve had Jodie since she was a pup and she’s part of the family. I’m so happy to see her being her old self now. It took her a full week to recover.

“I’m keeping the chocolates locked away now!”

According to Ms Blaikie, the only sweet the picky pup left was a strawberry flavoured chocolate.

Parkside Vets later posted on social media with a warning to dog owners not to leave chocolates for their dogs to find.

They said: “Chocolate is toxic to dogs, chocolate ingestion often results in significant illness.

“Theobromine is similar to caffeine and is used medicinally as a diuretic, heart stimulant, blood vessel dilator, and as a bronchodilator.

“Higher levels are found in dark chocolate and cocoa powder. White chocolate contains virtually none.

“The most common clinical signs are vomiting and diarrhoea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination, a racing heart rate, muscle tremors and rarely seizures.

“If you think your dog has eaten chocolate please call us as quickly as possible.”

A spokeswoman for Dobbies garden centre said: “We recommend that when our rewards members come to renew their membership and collect their gift, whether it’s a plant or an edible treat like chocolate, it should be kept out of reach of any pets.

“We’re happy to hear that Jodie is doing well and we’re going to send her a dog-friendly tasty treat that she’ll enjoy much more.”

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