Martin Boyle scored his first Scottish Premiership goal since October last year but it wasn’t enough to save Hibernian who sacked manager Lee Johnson after a 3-2 home loss to Livingston on Saturday.
Boyle scored in the 61st minute for 1-1, gliding his way to goal in trademark style with pace and aggression, marking his third goal in all competitions this season, having been out long term with an ACL injury that forced him to not play at the 2022 World Cup.
Boyle put in a full shift along with fellow Aussie Jimmy Jeggo in midfield, while Lewis Miller was an unused sub.
Kye Rowles put in a full shift while Cammy Devlin and Nathaniel Atkinson were both half-time subs as Hearts lost 1-0 at Dundee. Calum Nieuwenhof was absent.
Ryan Strain and Keanu Baccus both played full games as St Mirren drew 2-2 with Aberdeen.
Elsewhre Marco Tilio remained out for Celtic with manager Brendon Rodgers offering a recent update on his hamstring injury. He said: “He’s moving well. We expect him maybe to be middle of September. But he’s out on the grass which is a big step for him.”
Jordan Bos missed Westerlo’s 3-2 home loss to Mechelen in Belgium’s Pro League after having surgery to have his appendix removed, ruling him out for up to six weeks.
Elsewhere in Belgium, Jason Davidson (KAS Eupen) and Aiden O’Neill (Standard Liege) played full games.
Denis Genreau started and played 69 minutes as Toulouse lost 2-0 at Strasbourg in France’s Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Ajdin Hrustic was absent again as Hellas Verona won 2-1 over AS Roma in Italy’s Serie A on Saturday.
There was no club debut for Awer Mabil after his midweek move from Cadiz to Swiss club Grasshoppers who lost 1-0 at home to Luzern.
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In England’s Championship, Sam Silvera made another start for Middlesbrough and got an assist in their 4-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Teesside Live rated Silvera 6/10 and wrote: “Decent display from the winger. Showed strength to hold off a challenge and dig out a delivery for Latte Lath’s goal.”
Silvera started alongside Riley McGree, who had been demoted to the bench lately. Silvera played 72 minutes, passing for Emmanuel Latte Lath to score to make it 2-1 in the 29th minute.
McGree started and played 59 minutes, earning a 5/10 rating from Teesside Live, who wrote: “Busy and unlucky to not open the scoring after pouncing on a loose touch from Ajayi. However, this industry failed to produce anything tangible.”
Harry Souttar was absent again as the closure of the transfer window approaches, missing Leicester City’s 2-1 win at Rotherham United.
Massimo Luongo started and played 82 minutes, while Cam Burgess put in a full shift as in-form newly promoted Ipswich Town lost 4-3 to Leeds United.
Mitch Duke got amongst the goals action as Japanese J2 League leaders Machida Zelvia hammered Montedio Yamagata 5-0 on Saturday.
Duke netted Machida’s third goal in the 37th minute, heading home from a corner, before later being replaced in the 81st minute.
Brad Smith maintained his good recent run of form with a start and an assist as Houston Dynamo won 3-0 at Real Salt Lake in the MLS.
Smith, who scored last week, set up the opening goal for Corey Baird in the ninth minute, overlapping well down the left before delivering a low cross for the striker. He played 70 minutes before being replaced.
Jackson Irvine (St Pauli), Jack Iredale (Bolton), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough), Peter Makrillos (Chungbuk Cheongju), Thomas Deng (Albirex Niigata), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Trent Sainsbury (Al Wakrah)
Connor Metcalfe – ST 82 (St Pauli), Milos Degenek – ST 46 (Red Star Belgrade), Anthony Kalik – SB 83 (Hajduk Split), Alex Robertson – SB 69 (Portsmouth), Kenny Dougall – ST 46 (Blackpool), Callum Elder – SB 68 (Derby County), Stefan Mauk – SB 71 (Fagiano Okayama), Patrick Flottmann – SB 84 (Seongnam), Harrison Delbridge – SB 83 (Incheon United)
Zach Duncan (AGF), Nectarios Triantis (Sunderland), Ash Maynard-Brewer (Charlton)
James Holland (Austria Vienna), John Iredale (Wehen Wiesbaden)