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After a disappointing international break for us Scots with an experimental side facing a 1-0 defeat to fellow World Cup 2018 absentees the Netherlands it was back to club football this week with action from the top 2 divisions & The Scottish Cup!
Starting off in Dingwall with Celtic defeating Ross County 1-0 with a stunning free-kick from Leigh Griffiths sealing the deal. Very few chances were created in this particular matchup with Owen Coyle's County frustrating the Hoops & Celtic playing very condensed through the middle. Standout performances came from goalscorer Leigh Griffiths and Belgian international Dedryck Boyata.
Hamilton Academical recorded there first win at Ibrox since 1928. Rangers have now spent 3 weeks manager less with interim manager Graeme Murty's chances of landing the job full time taking a big blow. The Gers have been heavily linked to Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill & Aberdeen boss Derek McIness (who has played down rumours of a move away from Pitodrie) but Rangers are yet to make an official offer for any managers.
Aberdeen's title chances took a big blow losing 2-0 to Motherwell & falling 6 points behind Celtic in the title race. Well striker Louis Moult scored a brace keeping up his goal scoring form heading into Motherwell's Betfred Cup final against Celtic next week. Manager Stephen Robinson went as far to say that the Steelmen will end Celtic's 64 game unbeaten run next week.
St Johnstone beat Hibernian 2-1 with two goals coming in stoppage time from St Johnstone's Maclean & the Hibees Anthony Stokes. St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright admitted the Northern Ireland managerial position is his dream job but he is currently happy at the Saints.
Partick Thistle drew 1-1 with Hearts as the game got a last minute go ahead. Thistle cult hero Kris Doolan's equaliser was "offside & a handball" according to Heart of Midlothian boss Craig Levein.
Last & in this case least Dundee & Kilmarnock contested a goalless draw.
Dundee United have moved top of the Championship after a 3-0 win over Falkirk in Csaba Laszlo 2nd game as Tangerines boss. The loss also comes in early days for Falkirk boss Paul Hartley's managerial reign after Peter Houston's departure.
Lothian Thistle faced an absolute thumping at the hands of Championship side St Mirren losing 7-1. Gavin Reilly scored a whopping 4 goals in this 3rd round tie.
Cove Rangers pulled off a massive shock after being 2-0 down against Airdrieonians they went onto win the match 3-2 with a Harry Milne double.
Formatine United pulled of the 2nd shock of the day beating Forfar Athletic 1-0 from a Jonathan Crawford strike.
Stranraer lost 1-0 to Brora Rangers with Steven Mackay scoring in stoppage time to send the Highland League side through.
Fraserburgh United defeated last years Scottish Cup high flyers Spartans.
Buckie Thistle were so close, yet so far against Brechin City losing 3-2.
Livingston avoided a shock against junior side Glenafton Athletic.
Dunfermline beat Queens Park 4-1 at the Scottish national stadium, Hampden.
Dumbarton defeated Elgin City 1-0.
Lawrence Shankland, Declan McDaid and Craig Moore all scored braces as League One leaders Ayr United beat junior side Banks O'Dee 6-2, who were leading 6-2.
Another brace in the Scottish Cup came from Leighton McIntosh who's Arbroath side beat Berwick Rangers 3-0.
Albion Rovers defeated Lowland League side East Kilbride in an exciting 7 goal thriller & Craig Malcolm got both goals as Alloa Athletic beat Stenhousemuir 2-1.
League 2 Peterhead won 3-0 against League 1 Raith Rovers.
Montrose & Queen of the South drew 0-0.
The draw for the 4th round of the Scottish Cup takes place in Monday with all Ladbrokes Premiership sides, Falkirk & Dundee United entering.
In women's football now & Glasgow City have completed a full season unbeaten & an 11th consecutive title after a 3-0 win over Aberdeen Women. Celtic's Women beat Stirling University 2-0 with Hibernian Women beating Spartans 3-0. Hamilton Accies matched their men's teams feats beating Rangers 2-1.
SWPL Champions Glasgow City face SWPL Cup Champions Hibernian in the SWPL League Cup at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday 26th November, 16:10.
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