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Summary

  1. 'Pressure off Scotland', says Strachan
  2. FT: Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk, FT: Morton 0-1 Dunfermline
  3. FT: Ayr 2-1 Dumbarton, FT: Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen of the South
  4. FT: Dundee United 2-1 St Mirren - United win Challenge Cup
  5. Andreu and Mikkelsen for United, Loy for Buddies

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Bring back the Hampden roar

Thanks for your company today. Now attentions turn to Hampden tomorrow.

Gordon Strachan and his boys will hope the roar is restored both off the park and on it in what is a must-win game for the home side.

Join us for live coverage on radio and online.

Slovenia ready to battle with Scots

Are these the guys to all but end Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes?

Slovenia head coach Srecko Katanec told this evening's media conference: "Scotland are at home so they will be the favourites, but we want the win because in this group one point is not enough.

"We expect an aggressive opponent and we have a to be the same - we must concentrate on the second ball.

"Scotland are not as bad as their results suggest and some of the goals they have conceded so far have been unlucky."

Slovenian captain Bosjan Cesar added: "They are aggressive all over the pitch, but they have good players.

"They tend to play long balls, so the second ball is going to be very important for us."

Slovenia head coach Srecko Katanec
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Slovenia head coach Srecko Katanec addresses the media in Glasgow
Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar
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Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar at this evening's media conference

United enjoy cup win

Our long day started with Dundee United beating St Mirren 2-1 to lift the Irn Bru Cup - the first time the Tannadice outfit have won what started off as the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Now the two sides return to Championship action, with United finding themselves further adrift of leaders Hibs but not having lost ground on Falkirk and Morton above them.

Meanwhile, St Mirren find they have fallen further adrift of Ayr United at the bottom.


          Dundee United's Cammy Bell and Sean Dillon lift the Irn Bru Cup
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Dundee United's Cammy Bell and Sean Dillon lifted the Irn Bru Cup

'We have to win' - Strachan

Scotland v Slovenia (Sunday 19:45 BST)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan: "There's no grey areas to it. It's must-win. That's dealing with reality. We have to win.

"But sometimes, when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you, so we will have a team ready for that challenge of 'must win'.

"What we don't have to do is win it in the first five or 10 minutes. You never know in big games when your opportunity will come along.

"However, what we do have to do is make opportunities and the players we pick will make those opportunities.

"But, if we don't score, we must get back into our shape that allows them very little opportunities."

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan
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'Pivotal day', says Hibs' Lennon

FT: Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland: "It was exciting, but I thought we thoroughly deserved to win.

"We scored a great goal and then handed them an equaliser out of nothing.

"There were some big performances and I think it was a pivotal day with Morton losing.

"I think it will be the same again against Morton in midweek.

"It is seven years since we beat Falkirk here, so the players are entitled to enjoy tonight."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon
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Scotland v Slovenia on BBC Scotland

Remember the build-up to tomorrow's game starts on BBC Radio Scotland from 15:00 BST tomorrow and then there will be live commentary, with the build-up starting at 19:00.

Hibs Ambrose ahead of Falkirk

FT: Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk

Efe Ambrose paid back Hibs head coach Neil Lennon for putting faith in the Nigerian defender.

Ambrose was out of the picture at Celtic, where he played under Lennon, but has been taken to Easter Road on loan and today scored the winner that secured the Championship leaders a win over Falkirk.

Efe Ambrose heads Hibs' winner against Falkirk
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Efe Ambrose headed Hibs' winner against Falkirk

Misery for top three and Clyde

The nerves are showing at the top of League Two, with all three leading sides losing.

Elgin City's 3-0 defeat by Edinburgh City allows Annan Athletic to move into third after their 1-0 win over Cowdenbeath.

Leaders Forfar Athletic lost at home to Berwick Rangers, second-placed Arbroath at home to Montrose, while Stirling Albion beat Clyde as the three sides immediately below the play-off places all won.

The butterflies will be even worse at the bottom after Clyde twice surrendered the lead to lose at home to Stirling to fall three points behind Edinburgh after the league newcomers' excellent home win.

Clyde will be thankful for Annan's victory over Cowdenbeath, who remain four points adrift at the bottom.

Livi extend lead, blow for Stenny

Livingston's 4-2 win over Airdrieonians extend their lead at the top of League One to 11 points after Alloa Athletic slipped up with a draw at home to Queen's Park.

Brechin City won the third versus fourth game 2-1 against East Fife to move three points clear of their visitors.

A stoppage-time equaliser for Peterhead against Stranraer lifts them four points clear of Stenhousemuir, who slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Albion Rovers.

The Coatbridge side had started the day second bottom but leapfrog Peterhead and are now level with Stranraer.

Big results for Hibs and Ayr

What a big result for Hibs against Falkirk and it was a winner by James Keating worthy of a return to the top flight.

The Edinburgh side move 10 points clear of the Bairns and Morton at the top of the Championship.

At the bottom, Ayr came from behind to beat Dumbarton to not only draw level with the visitors but move four points clear of bottom side St Mirren.

Raith Rovers' draw with Queen of the South and Dunfermline's win over Morton means the two Fife sides move a step clearer to safety from relegation.

FULL-TIME

Championship

Ayr United 2-1 Dumbarton

Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen of the South

League One

Alloa Athletic 2-2 Queen's Park

Brechin City 2-1 East Fife

Livingston 4-2 Airdrieonians

Peterhead 2-2 Stranraer

Stenhousemuir 0-3 Albion Rovers

League Two

Annan Athletic 1-0 Cowdenbeath

Arbroath 0-1 Montrose

Clyde 2-3 Stirling Albion

Edinburgh City 3-0 Elgin City

Forfar Athletic 2-3 Berwick Rangers

FULL-TIME Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

FULL-TIME Ayr United 2-1 Dumbarton

FULL-TIME Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk

FULL-TIME Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen of the South

GOAL Hibernian 2-1 Falkirk

James Keatings

James Keatings looks to have sealed the points for Hibs as he fires a superb strike after driving at the defender and curling it into the far corner.

That's the striker's fifth goal of the season.

Hibernian 1-1 Falkirk

The nerves are jangling at Easter Road, with both sides pushing for a winner that could be all so important at the top of the Championship.

It is end-to-end now as we enter stoppage time.

GREAT SAVE!

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Morton goalkeeper Derek Gaston produces a fine stop to deny Michael Moffat from Jason Talbot's cross to keep the home side in the game.

GREAT SAVE!

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Morton are continuing to press and goalkeeper Sean Murdoch pushes behind a back-header from Kudus Oyenuga.

GOAL Hibernian 1-1 Falkirk

Craig Sibbald

Craig Sibbald heads in at the near post as Hibs switch off seconds after taking the lead.

GOAL Hibernian 1-0 Falkirk

Efe Ambrose

Efe Ambrose grabs what could be a vital goal as the on-loan Celtic defender deflects home a fine ball from James Keatings to put Championship leaders ahead.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

It looks like Dunfermline have clinched the three points as Callum Morris heads in from a Kallum Higginbotham corner, but it is chalked off for a foul on Thomas O'Ware.

RED CARD

Ayr United 2-1 Dumbarton

Dumbarton, already a goal behind, are also down to 10 men as Garry Fleming, who has only been on for a matter of minutes, is sent off for tackling Ross Docherty from behind.

PENALTY APPEAL

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

A magnificent tackle from Peter Grant denies Martin Boyle inside the Falkirk penalty box.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon gets a ticking off from the referee as the home side and their support demand a penalty.

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Jane Lewis

BBC Sport Scotland at Cappielow

The home side are knocking on the door here. The Dunfermline goalie, Sean Murdoch, has been very busy keeping out effort after effort. 

Surely only a matter of time before the home side equalise. 

Good support from a good crowd here. 

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

This is like WWF. There's tackles flying in everywhere. It's teetering into something and it might be a red card

Tam McManusBBC Radio Scotland pundit

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Falkirk are pressing again and Bob McHugh's shot is parried by goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw and Fraser Aird's attempt to pounce on the rebound is blocked by Efe Ambrose.

GREAT SAVE! Murdoch denies Murdoch

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline goalkeeper Sean Murdoch's fingertip save denies namesake Andy after a powerful half-volley threatens to bring Morton an equaliser.

PENALTY APPEAL

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Jason Cummings goes down under a Luca Gasparotto challenge, but despite the cries from the Hibs support, no penalty is given.

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Falkirk are beginning to turn the screw. Hibs are a yard off it

Tam McManusBBC Radio Scotland pundit

CLOSE!

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Falkirk miss the best chance of the game so far as Bob McHugh's through ball finds John Baird, but the striker sends his effort wide.

GOAL Ayr United 2-1 Dumbarton

Robbie Crawford

Ayr have turned the game round at Somerset Park after Dumbarton took an early lead.

Farid El Alagui, who scored the equaliser, this time sets up midfielder Robbie Crawford to sidefoot home his third goal of the season.

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Martin Boyle threatens the Bairns defence with his blistering pace and, when he cuts inside, the winger unleashes a shot that is deflected clear by a good Lewis Kidd challenge.

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

The game at Greenock has just as much bearing at the top of the Championship.

Morton are Hibs' main challengers for the title should they win their two games in hand over second-top Falkirk with the teams tied on points.

So a defeat by Dunfermline and it will be a boost to both sides who are playing over in Edinburgh.

KICK-OFF

We are off again round the country, with our main focus on the first-versus-second meeting at Easter Road between Hibs and Falkirk.

HT: Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

The two sets of centre-backs have been brilliant and it has been very tight, with no room in midfield

Tam McManusBBC Radio Scotland pundit

Terrors lift Irn Bru Cup

You can now read Chick Young's view of Dundee United's Irn Bru Cup final win over his beloved St Mirren!

Tony Andreu

Dundee United 2-1 St Mirren

Dundee United claim victory over St Mirren in the Irn Bru Cup final at Fir Park, with Thomas Mikkelsen heading the winner.

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Strachan expects best from Scotland

Here's what Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan had to say at this afternoon's media conference ahead of tomorrow's crucial World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan

'Must-win match will see Scots at best'

Gordon Strachan believes Scotland's 'must-win' World Cup qualifier against Slovenia will bring the best out of his side.

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HT: Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Easter Road

A towsy opening 45 minutes at Easter Road with both Hibernian and Falkirk struggling to create any clear-cut chances. 

Lots of passion and a few meaty challenges, with Falkirk's Luca Gasparatto and Tom Taiwo finding their way into the book of referee Kevin Clancy. 

They have been joined in the book by Hibs' Jason Cummings after going down far too easily after a challenge by Peter Grant. 

The first goal today looks as if it will be crucial. The last 0-0 between the sides was in February 2009.

HALF-TIME

Latest scores

Championship

Ayr United 1-1 Dumbarton

Hibernian 0-0 Falkirk

Greenock Morton 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Raith Rovers 1-1 Queen of the South

League One

Alloa Athletic 1-1 Queen's Park

Brechin City 1-0 East Fife

Livingston 2-1 Airdrieonians

Peterhead 1-2 Stranraer

Stenhousemuir 0-0 Albion Rovers

League Two

Annan Athletic 0-0 Cowdenbeath

Arbroath 0-0 Montrose

Clyde 1-0 Stirling Albion

Edinburgh City 1-0 Elgin City

Forfar Athletic 1-1 Berwick Rangers