Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE'RE THE QUEENS OF THE CASTLE; Dumfries Men Head to Rock to Plunder Points

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE'RE THE QUEENS OF THE CASTLE; Dumfries Men Head to Rock to Plunder Points

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Byline: MR FIXIT Paul Jain@mrfixitstips

THERE'S no doubt the Rock that shadows Dumbarton's stadium is the town's most impressive structure.

It's said to have the longest recorded history of any UK castle - about 1500 years - and is believed to be even older than Sons' previous home Boghead.

Mary Queen of Scots once sheltered there before taking refuge in France and today it's Queen of the South who will attempt to sneak off with the points.

Queens have enjoyed their trips to the venue - winning their last four to nil - and this season they've beaten Dumbarton 3-0 at home and 4-0 away.

The Sons have lost five out of six and by all accounts were worse than a 3-0 defeat at Hibs suggested last week.

Queens' only recent defeats have been to Hearts and Hibs and I'm on them to win at 10-11 (Skybet). A fifth successive win to nil in this fixture pays 13-5 at Paddy Power.

Elsewhere in the Championship Hearts should take a step closer to the title by beating Cowdenbeath at Tynecastle. The runaway leaders haven't been as prolific as they were at the start of the season but won 5-1 when Beath visited the capital in September.

Hearts are no bigger than 2-11 at Ladbrokes and should be able to cover the minus one handicap at 8-15 with Paddy Power.

Hibs are just 9-20 at an Alloa side they've beaten twice and lost once against this season.

In the top flight the big game tomorrow sees Aberdeen visit Celtic as they try to launch a last-gasp title fight.

The Dons have done so well to stay in touch - three points behind having played a game more - but can't afford to lose. Celtic will need to pick themselves off the floor after a battling Europa League loss to Inter Milan and the timing of the game is perfect for Derek McInnes's visitors.

They have lost on their last 11 league visits to Parkhead - winning in the Cup last season - and it's a worrying record.

However, they've won three in a row, scoring 10 and are in fine form. Both meetings this season have finished 2-1 to Celtic but if the Dons take their chances I can see them avoiding defeat. …

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