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Including Aberdeen v Motherwell, Hearts v Hamilton, St Johnstone v Dundee, Ross County v Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle v Inverness. Introduced by David Currie.


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Yes, good afternoon and welcome to the results show. Thanks so much for

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choosing us instead of the rugby. Don't go changing now, you will not

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regret it. We have scores, reports, results and even a new Rangers

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manager to talk about, he is Pedro Caixinha. Less find out

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what is happening where. Hearts against Hamilton. Hearts 1-0

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Hamilton Accies. An outstanding performance from the Hamilton Accies

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goalkeeper with seven brilliant saves in the first half. If it

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hadn't been that way, it might have been a cricket score. The way he

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saved the header is a must seen on Sportscene. Ian Cathro wanted to get

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the first goal so much in this game. They have it and at the moment

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Hearts are on course for all three points. I must apologise for the

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phone quality there and the gratuities plugging of this show

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tomorrow night! The last time Motherwell were here, they shipped

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seven goals in that defeat two months ago but it has been nowhere

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near as bad as that. Motherwell have defended well, they have been stout

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and frustrating this Aberdeen side by and large. The dons have been

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nowhere near their best today although Craig Samson pulled off a

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couple of terrific saves towards the end of the opening 45 minutes. First

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from Adam Rooney and then from Niall McGinn. It is a similar pattern in

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the second half. To Tayside week go and St Johnstone are at home to

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Dundee. 2-0, a deserved lead for Tony Rea's side. Is absolutely

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dominating the opening 45 minutes. The first goal coming from a lovely

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sweeping move, Paton with a lovely header. The second goal coming from

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Blair Alston. The Dundee keeper may think he could have done better but

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the ball ended up in the back of the net. Numerous other chances for the

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home side. All coming close to adding to that and just if you

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moment ago Paul Paton with a piledriver just inches wide of the

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right-hand side of Scott Bain 'sleft-hand post. 55 minutes here,

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St Johnstone 2-0. Tom Barnes is watching Partick Thistle against

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle. It is 0-0, as Inverness Caley Thistle come

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forward, Craig Tansy trying a shot from about 30 yards. He had an

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earlier shot for Kalisto Suyal but most of the pressure coming from

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Partick Thistle, who dominated and created loads of openings. They just

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failed to find the final product. Just before the interval, Anya had

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the ball in the back of the net. It was disallowed for offside. Though

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far goalless here at Firhill between the two Thistles. The global energy

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Stadium, the home of Ross County, and visitors today Kilmarnock. 0-

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one, Conor Sammon just putting Kilmarnock ahead after half-time. A

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really simple goal, a throwing headed on by Boyd and Conor Sammon

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side footing it into the back of the net. It has been a match of few

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chances. One free kick deflected over the bar and one hooked effort

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just wide. County with it all to do here in Dingwall. Nice to see Martin

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there and always nice to hear Jonathan Sutherland is a Hamilton

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fan this afternoon and I believe it is another goal? Yes, it is 2-0 to

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Hearts. A shot high into the corner. Hearts much the stronger team this

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afternoon. The goals coming thick and fast, a goal at Partick Thistle.

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Yes, it has come to the home side, as expected. Ryan Edwards with a low

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delivery to the far post and who else but Chris Gillon was there to

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slide in with an outstretched leg else but Chris Gillon was there to

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and knock it past Williams. His tenth goal of the season and his

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fourth in his last five games. Into the Championship and I wonder if

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Kenny Crawford can continue the goals spree at said Mirren versus

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Dunfermline. 50 minutes on the clock and the home side on a ten game

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countdown now to avoid automatic relegation to League 1. They still

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harbour ambitions of scampering into the corrosion spots. They will need

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to find more than they have shown today in Paisley. Staying in the

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Championship, second bottom at home to second top at Somerset Park. It's

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a game that promised more than it really delivered so far. An early

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lead for Falkirk, the only goal of the game came on eight minutes and

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it was kind of symptomatic of the way the goal -- space game has gone

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so far. Austin knocked it past Greg Fleming for the only goal of the

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game. The other scoreline in the Championship, Dumbarton 3-0 up on

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Raith Rovers. Folks, welcome to the show. The big story today is that

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Rangers have got a new manager and I will get the pronunciation of his

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surname right by the end of the programme. For now, we can call him

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Pedro! What is the logic as you see it behind disappointment, Craig? A

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bit left-field? I would have thought so because of his CV. We don't

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really know about his time in Qatar and different countries, what has he

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done, what does he bring to the party? But Rangers need someone in

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for the stability and they will have from now until the end of the season

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to see what he can do at Ibrox and then the real business will start in

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the transfer window and people will start to judge when he has got his

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own team out there on the park. He's here and he's got time to settle in

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but Rangers fans are not the most patient, they want things turn

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around and quickly. Rangers fans want to see a vision for the future

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and they know who's going to be in charge and now it's up to him to

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convince the fans that he can take the club in the right direction.

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Another goal at Tynecastle Jonathan to tell us about. An outstanding

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strike from Jamie Ward. A free kick from 30 yards curled into the top

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corner. 3-0 to Hearts against Hamilton Accies, who have not won

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here at Tynecastle since 1977 and it's not about to start happening

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here today. Michael, we don't know much about the new Rangers manager,

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maybe you can enlighten us a bit? I know he is something of able fighter

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and colourful character and speaks a few languages but other than that

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I've done my research and I can't find a great deal. No, the

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bull-fighting thing and all that sort of stuff, it is good fun and it

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fleshes out the guide as a character and a personality but none of it is

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relevant, of course, to the abilities that he has as a manager,

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which is all that is going to matter to Rangers. I think it's a huge leap

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in the dark by Rangers because his track record is pretty ordinary, to

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be honest. I think his highest win rate was 42%, at one of the teams he

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managed. To be fair, he was at two clubs in Portugal who are quite

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managed. To be fair, he was at two small, so your win rate is

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managed. To be fair, he was at two traditionally going to be quite

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small there. He was at a club in Mexico and they have a combo gated

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league structure there but he won one of the kind of half season

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championships that way have a tracker they have and he won a kind

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of cup competition they have. He has moved around not been in any the

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really mainstream leagues and he has not done anything in Qatar that

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would have us holding a bit like saying we must come and get him. He

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must have taken the bull by the horns in the interview process? I

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just set that up for you and you ignored it! Listen, I think if you

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were the Scottish manager, you would think the days of Rangers and Celtic

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ever are pointing a manager... There are domestic candidates on the face

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of it who would have better credentials than Pedro Caixinha. But

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of it who would have better we will see, he has got the job on a

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three-year contract. We are heading to being ball where there has been a

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goal. He did what he does best, drilling

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it into the corner. Earlier you were saying it has been a while since the

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boys scored for Ross County. Your saying it has been a while since the

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timing is perfect! A vital goal. Vital goal, it has been some time

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since he scored. Kilmarnock on a downward spiral, they have won two

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of their last 11 games. -- if they can get a result against Kilmarnock,

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that could kick-start something for them. But Kilmarnock have done well,

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even though it has been something of a weird season. It looks like

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bringing Conor Salmon Inn was something of a stroke of genius.

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Back at his old happy hunting ground at Jelly and he has scored a couple.

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Big Fish a small pond, that kind of thing. What have I started here? He

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has always scored goals and he didn't hit the ground running at

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Tynecastle. He was struggling to be didn't hit the ground running at

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a member of the team and he has gone back to Kilmarnock where I think he

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had the best time of his career. When you lose Koulibali, you think

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you have to get someone in there to help out Kris Boyd, and Conor Salmon

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could be the man. They started really well and we've kind of needed

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this, we've lost the last three games and I guess it is good for us

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because I don't think Andy Hamilton much against us at McDiarmid Park.

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But they have them really well, dominated. Poor result against

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Kilmarnock, showed a bit of metal against Rangers and were unfortunate

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not to get a point out of that one. We have come here and Tommy Wright

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said before the game we're in a good place and if we the game we are

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catching up with Dundee and not too far behind Hearts, although Hearts

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seem to be turning on the style today. They are indeed and some

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would say not before time, Craig. 3-0 up. Jonathan Stead relief when

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the first goal went in. You have a bigger crowd at Tynecastle, you want

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them to get behind you. The last few games, the draw against Cali

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Thistle, the defeat Ross County and you're up against a Hamilton Accies

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side, the only team in the league who have not won away from home all

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season. If they picked up their first win today at Hearts it would

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only add to the problems for the manager. It gives them breathing

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space but their next two games are Aberdeen and Celtic, doesn't get any

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easier. On the subject of Aberdeen, perhaps the surprise score line of

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the day, no wonder you look so grumpy! Is 0-0, after it was 7-2

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last time in that fixture. You often get that, don't you? A team that has

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taken a beating like that, they will shore things up. Motherwell have

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been a long more solid and resilient this time. Aberdeen's home record

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has been terrific this season. Celtic beat them but otherwise they

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have harvested an awful lot points at home. What they seem to be

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struggling to find a way through today. Partick Thistle on course for

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their fourth league win on the spin and they are getting that momentum

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now that people spoke about earlier in the season. Playing well and

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scoring and getting the victories. And not conceding. I think they

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haven't conceded in six out of their last eight games and their last

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three games they have won, they haven't conceded a goal. It's really

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hard to score against them. I just think it's fantastic that a club

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like Partick Thistle, you put your trust in the manager and he says, we

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will get the results, we just need to sort a few things and we have

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started to do that. They are one of the teams to watch going into that

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top six. A brief foray into the world of English football now

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because it is FA Cup quarterfinals weekend and the first tie is at

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lunchtime today between Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

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Ian Brown was saw there and he saw things at the Riverside. Once we saw

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the team selection it was obvious Manchester City were in no mood for

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messing. More or less. For this game and a goal up after just two minutes

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six seconds, the fastest goal of the season for them. Awful defending

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from rebels broke when Zabaleta crossed and David Silva touched the

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ball in off Brad Guzan. Middlesbrough dominated the whole

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game but were -- Man City dominated the whole game but were wasteful in

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front of goal. Aguero hit the post before finally clinching the game

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with a close run finish. Middlesbrough's only hope games --

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only hopes came from set pieces and scrambles and bravo twice had to

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clear off his line to ensure a clean sheet. It looks like if Manchester

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City want to win a trophy this year it has got to be the FA Cup. I think

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that is why the manager has gone for all his big guns. He says himself,

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if they don't win anything then it has been a failure of a season.

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Middlesbrough struggling in the league and the fact they were at

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home you thought gave them a chance but when you saw the Manchester City

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team, Fat too much firepower. Speaking of firepower, The Gunners,

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Arsenal, against Lincoln city denied. I was listening to the radio

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and an Arsenal fan came on and I've never heard someone so nervous in

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all my life. Surely not! It's the FA Cup and anything can happen. Lincoln

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have absolutely nothing to lose, they are flying in the league, they

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are flying in the FA shield as well. And Arsenal have no confidence

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whatsoever. They are turning on each other, if reports are to be

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believed. And they are turning on the manager. Money doesn't win you

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things, players were new things and teams we knew things. Something

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could happen, not saying that it will but there is always that slight

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chance. Something has happened at Somerset Park, a goal in the match

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between a united and Falkirk. Let's hear about it from Charlie. -- Ayr

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United. It was a corner that was not cleared by the Ayr United defence

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and there was Austin to knock it past the goalkeeper for his second

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of the game and forth of the season and now it looks like they will win

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that one. Leaders Hibernian travelled to face Dundee United at

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Tannadice, a big game in the Championship. Hibs won it 1-0,

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Cummings with the goal. Cummings was also red carded for two yellow cards

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in the second half and not to be left out, the Hibs boss was sent to

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the stands right at the end. Find out what Neil Lennon and Ray

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McKinnon had to say when they spoke to Martin after the match. We were

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outstanding. The only disappointment was the sending-off, which put us on

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the back foot for ten minutes. The rest of the game we played really

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strongly and looked a very good side tonight and thoroughly deserved the

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win. We put down a marker for the rest of the season and hopefully we

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have done it tonight, it was a difficult place to come and win. The

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performance, I thought we were head and shoulders above Dundee United. I

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played it down this week but I didn't underline the importance of

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the game enough to the players. It's probably the most important game we

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have had come a legal wise, in the last two or three seasons. The lads

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gave everything tonight and sometimes in these games quality

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does play second fiddle but it was extremely difficult for others when

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we went down to ten men. I thought we started off excellent, the first

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15 minutes. The game plan slightly over that but the sending-off had a

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huge impact on the game. I know Dundee United have a game in hand

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but they have to win it and there is no guarantee in this league. Falkirk

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have put together a strong run but we have only lost one game since the

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first week of the year in all competitions. Despite having a below

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par run in the league, the consistency has been there and I

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think sometimes we get criticised and from my point of view there is a

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lack of respect for the team and the club at times. We have silenced the

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critics denied. We will fight for every point for the rest of the

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season. The game has come alive after the second part because it was

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1-0 at half-time and that was Nathan Austin's goal. Austin made it two on

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63 minutes to look as if he has put them on easy Street. Alan Moore was

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through and a good shot and a good save from Rogers. He knocked it past

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the goalkeeper for his fifth of the season. A little bit more dramatic

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but Falkirk holding on. Thanks, Charlie. Let's talk firstly about

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the win for Hibs against Dundee United last night. Craig, you were

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at Tannadice. Neil Lennon absolutely delighted with that win. Do you

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think he has the air of a man who thinks now, that is it, we're going

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to win the championship? I think he just thinks his team are back on

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track. Two defeats and a draw going into the game. They had booked a

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place in the semifinal of the cup and you knew they needed to get back

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to business and focus 100% on getting out of the Championship.

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They went there last night and dominated the game and yes there was

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a sending off... When you look back at the 90 minutes, Cammy Bell had a

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great save. The Hibs goalkeeper never had a shot to save, not one

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shot on target. Jason Cummings scored a wonderful goal but Efe

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shot on target. Jason Cummings Ambrose was an absolute standout

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last night and never put a foot wrong. They're not out of the

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running but it's going to be very difficult. I think also the fact

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that they have Ayr United and St Mirren to play in a game in hand

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next week I think, and that is not going to be an easy game. They have

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some tough games coming up and as you said, others behind them are

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pushing forward. For them, I would focus on getting the team back,

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getting them playing well and securing acrobatic space getting

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results and securing at least that second spot. Jason Cummings, 20

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goals for the season. I think he's done it several seasons in a row.

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He's a real enigma. You get the occasional nonsense he gets up to

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and that side with him to hand ball incidents, but he is a talent. I saw

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Neil Lennon describing him as a big-game player and he is. He's a

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guy that reacts in the Derby is and when Rangers were with us in the

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Championship, he scored a lot of goals against Rangers as well. He's

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a guy that can finish really calmly in a pressure situation. Folks, we

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told you earlier Pedro Caixinha, I've had to type that into the

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autocue phonetically so I can pronounce it as accurately as I can

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come and he is the new Rangers manager. The 43-year-old Portuguese

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signing a three-year contract today just in time to catch tomorrow's old

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firm game. You can catch it tomorrow as well on Sportsound. Rangers have

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a new manager just in time for the old firm match but we understand

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Graeme Murty will be taking the team. That seems to be discretion

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taking the better part of valour for me. As a manager you have your own

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ideas and Graeme Murty has produced a couple of decent results and they

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won't want to mess with that. The players will want to impress but it

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will be Graeme Murty's team that take to the field tomorrow. It was

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Mark Warburton's that took to the field in the last old firm derby and

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it was closer than maybe a lot of people had anticipated but Celtic

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still ran out victorious. Yes. Obviously Rangers getting the first

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goal there and it was slightly closer but I still don't think

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Celtic were in any sort of danger. As they've shown throughout the

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season, they have absolutely blown everyone away. I think tomorrow

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might have something a bit more about it because the players will

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want to impress. But I can't see past Celtic getting that result

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tomorrow. You've got Dembele scoring, Sinclair on the scoresheet.

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For Rangers, it was Kenny Miller. scoring, Sinclair on the scoresheet.

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Celtic have so many all threats than Rangers possess. Absolutely. But

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Kenny Miller is still capable of delivering an old firm game to you.

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That was a well worked goal. But Celtic have dominated all three of

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the old firm derbies so far. Only one emphatic scoreline but the other

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two games were very comfortable for Celtic. I think Graeme Murty is

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pragmatic tomorrow. He will have to be pragmatic, shore things up and

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try to be more compact than Rangers have been in the game so far,

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because they have been torn apart by Dembele and Sinclair. In your last

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outing, they tore Hamilton apart 6-0 in the Scottish cup. Hamilton's

:23:58.:24:02.

defending not quite up to what one might expect. A lot of set piece

:24:03.:24:08.

goals going in here. A couple of decisions certainly went Rangers's

:24:09.:24:13.

wake on the afternoon. But the manager admitted they were second

:24:14.:24:23.

best. Martyn Waghorn is a finisher and Garner is a finisher. If Rangers

:24:24.:24:28.

get the opportunities they going to be have to be clinical because

:24:29.:24:35.

Celtic have the firepower and on the bench as well. Rangers need to

:24:36.:24:38.

defend through the first 15 or 20 minutes, get their teeth into the

:24:39.:24:42.

game. If they can score a goal and give themselves something to

:24:43.:24:46.

defend... They have got players who can upset Celtic but they go into

:24:47.:24:49.

the game as real underdogs and Celtic will be the hot favourites.

:24:50.:24:53.

Nine goals for Rangers in the last two. Sorry to remind you of that.

:24:54.:24:58.

One was against Saint Johnstone. They are finding the target. But I

:24:59.:25:02.

think it is at the other end where they have got the problems. When

:25:03.:25:06.

you're up against a team like Celtic that have the firepower on and off

:25:07.:25:10.

the park, yes you can score goals fantastic like in the last two but

:25:11.:25:15.

can you keep them out at the other end? Even if you get the early goal

:25:16.:25:18.

it will be constant pressure with Celtic. Celtic want to go this

:25:19.:25:26.

season unbeaten and they want to be the invincible is. They're not going

:25:27.:25:29.

to give that up against Rangers. Brendan Rodgers hailed Morton as the

:25:30.:25:38.

best team they have faced domestic league. But in the end Celtic ran

:25:39.:25:45.

out easy winners. -- Saint Mirren as the best team. I think everyone's

:25:46.:25:51.

attention pricked up when some Mirren took the lead. But again

:25:52.:25:55.

Celtic finished very strongly. They end up blitzing them as they have

:25:56.:26:01.

done to simile teams all season. That must be very difficult to play

:26:02.:26:05.

against because even if you are 0-0, you think we're still in this game

:26:06.:26:11.

and we know how many goals they score, they are a very fit side and

:26:12.:26:15.

they can go to the 90th minute. I was at the airport today, coming

:26:16.:26:21.

back just by pure coincidence and the new Rangers manager had arrived.

:26:22.:26:31.

There were a view Rangers supporters there supporting and chancing and I

:26:32.:26:35.

have to say, they were surprisingly bullish for tomorrow, one or two

:26:36.:26:39.

going to Celtic Park saying they thought they could pull it off. That

:26:40.:26:45.

is high expectations, is it not? You always hope so. If it were at Ibrox

:26:46.:26:49.

you would give Rangers a much better chance because the last game there

:26:50.:26:52.

they dominated for 30 minutes and then gave away a poor goal and then

:26:53.:26:56.

Celtic took over. It's all about performance tomorrow. If they don't

:26:57.:27:01.

get a result, they've got to put in a performance. Rangers against

:27:02.:27:06.

Celtic at Hampden, Rangers cannot go there if they produce the kind of

:27:07.:27:12.

performance they did at the start of the season. Dembele has been

:27:13.:27:16.

politically season, is he the man who will make the difference

:27:17.:27:19.

tomorrow? He is the man you have to watch, he always seems to score.

:27:20.:27:23.

Sinclair is a good player and Griffiths came off the bench against

:27:24.:27:27.

Saint Mirren. Stuart Armstrong has been scoring goals. There are so

:27:28.:27:32.

many areas that Celtic can help you. Two of the goals were from not

:27:33.:27:41.

marking at corners in the 5-1 game. You know? It's madness not to be so

:27:42.:27:45.

alive to his danger in the penalty box. Would I be right to say there

:27:46.:27:51.

is a degree of unanimity between you all and you're going for a Celtic

:27:52.:27:52.

win tomorrow? Yes. Comfortable win? Comfortable win? I don't think it's

:27:53.:28:04.

going to be an absolute rout and some Celtic fans are licking their

:28:05.:28:07.

lips in anticipation of a real spanking but I don't think it will

:28:08.:28:13.

be like that, I think 2-0. 3-1, Rangers might sneak a goal. 2-0.

:28:14.:28:20.

Jonathan is at Tynecastle, watching Hearts cruise to victory over

:28:21.:28:26.

Hamilton. And cruised to victory they are doing. My one criticism of

:28:27.:28:39.

Ian Cathro's Hearts players is a lack of creating chances. You can't

:28:40.:28:42.

say that's been a problem at all today. It could have been a much

:28:43.:28:49.

bigger scoreline had it not been for the rags of the Hamilton goalkeeper.

:28:50.:28:58.

They are proving the victory and three points this afternoon. Perth,

:28:59.:29:03.

St Johnstone home to Dundee. Ryan McLaughlin seems on course for three

:29:04.:29:12.

points? 2-0, both goals coming in a six minute period in the first half.

:29:13.:29:18.

Paul Paton with the opener, a lovely flowing move ending with Cummings,

:29:19.:29:24.

who passed the ball past the goalkeeper in it to an empty net.

:29:25.:29:29.

Blair Alston with the second, a piledriver from about 20 yards out

:29:30.:29:33.

but the goalkeeper will be a bit disappointed he was not able to get

:29:34.:29:36.

his hand to it. The ball nestled in the bottom corner of the goal. You

:29:37.:29:40.

would have to say, it has been utterly fantastic this afternoon.

:29:41.:29:45.

Indeed, Dundee have only had one shot in the 80 minutes played so

:29:46.:29:50.

far. It was a Vincent shot saved by the goalkeeper. Dundee have been

:29:51.:29:59.

powderpuff all afternoon. I think we're going 1-0 now to Firhill and

:30:00.:30:05.

Partick Thistle versus Inverness. John? Partick Thistle leading 1-0,

:30:06.:30:14.

Chris Doolan's tenth goal of the season. A low cross from Ryan

:30:15.:30:19.

Edwards. Since then, Inverness have had a couple of chances. They'll

:30:20.:30:24.

most went -- Partick Thistle almost went 2-0 up from an own goal from

:30:25.:30:27.

Lang. A succession of bowled s -- 1-2s created the chance. The

:30:28.:30:40.

goalkeeper dived and tips is around the post. So far Partick Thistle in

:30:41.:30:42.

the driving seat. much. Martin Dowden is waiting to

:30:43.:30:54.

tell us about the development in the match between Ross County and

:30:55.:30:58.

Kilmarnock. Yes, still Boyce with the equaliser.

:30:59.:31:05.

After Sammon had put Kilmarnock ahead. Then they had to weather a

:31:06.:31:08.

After Sammon had put Kilmarnock storm. There was a close one with a

:31:09.:31:16.

header. And then an effort went in. A volley off the bar. Credit to

:31:17.:31:21.

Kilmarnock they weathered the storm and have taken the sting out of

:31:22.:31:26.

this. Jim McEn tire about to make a change as he looks to be going for

:31:27.:31:31.

the three points. Jim aBrighton coming on to the park and Ryan Dowe.

:31:32.:31:36.

Kilmarnock doing well to take the coming on to the park and Ryan Dowe.

:31:37.:31:41.

sting out of this one. Currently it is 1-1.

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And now it is to Aberdeen versus Motherwell.

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Apologies for the cracked phone line communication.

:31:53.:31:59.

It is still 0-0. The Dons, they have been throwing bodies in the box.

:32:00.:32:04.

Having a pop at the goal. Craig Samson with a couple of saves to

:32:05.:32:10.

deny claims. Motherwell have been everything this

:32:11.:32:14.

afternoon. That was great defence. They were not that a month ago. They

:32:15.:32:19.

would take a point if this one today, given what happened here last

:32:20.:32:25.

month in the 7-2 defeat. But it is still Aberdeen, nil, Motherwell,

:32:26.:32:26.

nil. still Aberdeen, nil, Motherwell,

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Thank you very much. Off to the 2021 Stadium where St Mirren are playing

:32:32.:32:37.

Dunfermline in the championship. 85 machine minutes gone, lots of

:32:38.:32:41.

action but no goals. Lots of chances for both sides. Paton of Dunfermline

:32:42.:32:49.

cut inside. A great shot heading to the bottom left corner but deflected

:32:50.:32:54.

by an outstretched boot of one of the defenders. Still 0-0. A great

:32:55.:33:03.

attendance. They deserve a goal but it is still 0-06789

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Craig, hold that thought, I was going to go to Somerset Park. Sorry,

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Charlie. I forgot about you! Ayr United against Falkirk? Yes, and

:33:16.:33:23.

Austin has two goals for Falkirk. He has had a penalty against him, which

:33:24.:33:29.

the referee thought, Stephen McLean said no penalty. The folk, the guys

:33:30.:33:37.

on the bench thought it was. But Hawkins has given Ayr a little hope

:33:38.:33:42.

with a goal. But Houston says that Austin plays like Bambi on ice but

:33:43.:33:47.

he is certainly making a difference today.

:33:48.:33:51.

That is what I thought, Bambi on ice.

:33:52.:33:56.

So, a substitution for one each. At a time when I think that managers

:33:57.:34:01.

would be happy with a point when there are other teams losing? I

:34:02.:34:08.

think that Ross County was.wishes to finish top six last year. So it

:34:09.:34:12.

would be easy to think that a point is not a bad result as they sneak

:34:13.:34:16.

away. But Jim is not that kind of manager. He wanted to build on the

:34:17.:34:22.

win against Hearts last week. He was looking to build on the win

:34:23.:34:28.

against Tynecastle. They normally do well against Ross County. I think he

:34:29.:34:32.

feels that at home the onus is on him to go for it.

:34:33.:34:37.

Michael, the statistics on the Motherwell game. Five yellow cards

:34:38.:34:42.

for Motherwell. Liam described the performance as stout. It seems that

:34:43.:34:48.

they have found, dare I say, backbone and steel snow? Well,

:34:49.:34:53.

Aberdeen are pushing. They have taken off O'Connor and put on Miles

:34:54.:34:58.

Storey. So they have been trying to attack. Derek Derek has been

:34:59.:35:04.

successful with substitutions. They have had late goals from it. But it

:35:05.:35:09.

does not look like it is coming. Motherwell are coping with all that

:35:10.:35:13.

comes into the box. Motherwell begin the process for a

:35:14.:35:18.

manager on Monday. Maybe not abad wee addition to Steven Robinson's

:35:19.:35:23.

CV? And from what we are hearing from the camp, the players like him.

:35:24.:35:28.

So not a bad audition. Daying, is he the man for the job?

:35:29.:35:33.

It is his to lose. When you are in charge. You are against the odds.

:35:34.:35:39.

Lost four games, you go down and produce a victory. If you can follow

:35:40.:35:44.

that up. They are struggling to piece together a team. If you can go

:35:45.:35:50.

to Pittodrie, especially Motherwell, they have the worst statistics for

:35:51.:35:54.

away games. But produce a point there. That is a feather in his cap.

:35:55.:36:01.

And Hamilton and Caley Thistle, if they lose today, as is looking like

:36:02.:36:07.

light, there is day light opening up between the teams? I know that

:36:08.:36:13.

Dundee are losing today but look at the bottom four. You wonder if they

:36:14.:36:17.

are the ones to be involved all the way through.

:36:18.:36:22.

Motherwell, got a win last week. A draw at Pittodrie. That was an

:36:23.:36:28.

excellent result? It does not take much. A couple of wins you can pull

:36:29.:36:35.

yourself into a good position. It looks like Accies and Inverness will

:36:36.:36:44.

be at the bottom. Craig? The score line? Well, there was a horrible

:36:45.:36:51.

record at Tynecastle, they have not won an away game, Inverness, so no

:36:52.:36:56.

surprise that they are struggling. There is a goal for an away team? It

:36:57.:37:05.

is a goal for Ross County. Kilmarnock now has two.

:37:06.:37:15.

Boyd past him. Another simple goal. The County defence caught out. This

:37:16.:37:21.

could prove vital for Kilmarnock. It could indeed.

:37:22.:37:27.

If they secure this win it is the first since August 2016 up there.

:37:28.:37:33.

They went for it in the last two subs that he made. That is a bad

:37:34.:37:38.

goal to lose. A route one ball through and Kris Boyd was stronger

:37:39.:37:43.

and wanted more. If they get a result there, that is fantastic for

:37:44.:37:46.

them. And a good result at Tynecastle for

:37:47.:37:57.

the homeside. Another goal? It is 3-06789

:37:58.:38:02.

A fine free kick from the edge. A fine kick for Hearts. Now 4-0.

:38:03.:38:10.

That does not flatter Hamilton Academical.

:38:11.:38:15.

And reading comments from Ian Calf, he said he expected the job to be

:38:16.:38:22.

years. He has had a torrid time? The odd win with poor results. But this

:38:23.:38:26.

is a big win for them. You don't know what is going to happen.

:38:27.:38:32.

Hamilton beat Aberdeen and then they are down in the following week. You

:38:33.:38:38.

can't predict it. But Hearts have to say the message, that they can't go

:38:39.:38:43.

to Tynecastle and pick up points. The next couple of games will be

:38:44.:38:50.

belters against Celtic but going out of the cup with a women per, the

:38:51.:38:54.

last three league results have been pure, the pressure is on. The

:38:55.:38:58.

doubters are out in force, so now that is a big result. But they have

:38:59.:39:02.

to use it as a springboard and build on it.

:39:03.:39:08.

I think Newcastle brought in nine players in the window. You to

:39:09.:39:14.

anticipate consistency with that level of change? You can anticipate

:39:15.:39:21.

incons cystency but I don't think you can anticipate what happened

:39:22.:39:24.

with Hibs in the Cup. They have not won in five games.

:39:25.:39:30.

There has not been a 1-0 win anywhere. It is either big score

:39:31.:39:35.

lines or not great performances. He has the nine players in. This is a

:39:36.:39:40.

good result. But importantly it is a good performance. That is what the

:39:41.:39:46.

fans need to see. Better quality performances week in, week out and

:39:47.:39:49.

moving forward. That is a good point. It is a home game. They had

:39:50.:39:56.

to perform in front of their own. They had been poor at Tynecastle.

:39:57.:40:00.

Apart from the Rangers win. They had poor results. The fans needed to see

:40:01.:40:05.

that, not just the score line but the performance.

:40:06.:40:10.

And St Johnstone? We have not spoken about them? You have not been

:40:11.:40:15.

correcting me. Is that the result to confirm them as the top six. Sorry,

:40:16.:40:21.

Gemma, I have to interrupt. A goal at Pittodrie. The first in the match

:40:22.:40:26.

in the game between Aberdeen and Motherwell.

:40:27.:40:30.

Aberdeen have scored in the second minute here. Niall McGinn inside the

:40:31.:40:36.

six yard box. The ball fired in the right-hand side. Aberdeen's Number

:40:37.:40:43.

10 demonstrating how important a player he is for McIns yes, sir and

:40:44.:40:48.

his team. Looks to have broken Motherwell right at the end of the

:40:49.:40:53.

match. Motherwell have not kept a clean sheet since March. It's been

:40:54.:40:56.

match. Motherwell have not kept a ripped from them. It looks like

:40:57.:40:59.

Aberdeen, in the final couple of minutes of injury are to pick up a

:41:00.:41:05.

crucial three points to move them nine clear of Rangers. It is 1-0.

:41:06.:41:14.

Good job I was not picking my nose. Late drama at Firhill. Partick

:41:15.:41:21.

Thistle versus Inverness. Yes, the last kick of the ball. A

:41:22.:41:27.

heard. It came from Gary Warren. Equalling things here.

:41:28.:41:35.

Warren at the back post. His header beat Thomas Cerny in a goal. A vital

:41:36.:41:43.

point for Inverness Caley Thistle. They had gone behind. There was an

:41:44.:41:50.

effort from Doolan nine minutes into the sec period after a low cross

:41:51.:41:56.

from Edwards. 1-0 from Doolan. Scoring the 10th goal of the season.

:41:57.:42:02.

But Warren's late leveller, playing the part of the captain for them.

:42:03.:42:11.

This is a life line for these men. And full-time in Perth and the match

:42:12.:42:16.

between St Johnstone and Dundee, a Tayside Derby and the home side are

:42:17.:42:21.

running out the winners? A very comfortable afternoon for St

:42:22.:42:25.

Johnstone. The goals coming in the first half. Peyton with a header.

:42:26.:42:36.

And then Alston with the second. What a signing he has been for Tommy

:42:37.:42:42.

Wright. Playing for Falkirk in the championship. Tommy Wright saw he

:42:43.:42:46.

had the skills to play in the Premier League. He showed that this

:42:47.:42:49.

afternoon. A wonderful drive. And the

:42:50.:42:56.

goalkeeper may have felt he should have done better. A comfortable

:42:57.:43:01.

afternoon for the Saints. Foster had a shot well saved. Paton had a

:43:02.:43:07.

chance for a second goal, 25 yards of the goal. And the first shot of

:43:08.:43:12.

the game for them came five minutes into the second half. A James

:43:13.:43:19.

Vincent effort saved but that alone was scant reward for Dundee this

:43:20.:43:23.

afternoon. They really didn't force St Johnstone back anywhere at all.

:43:24.:43:27.

It was a comfortable afternoon for St Johnstone. St Johnstone, two,

:43:28.:43:32.

Dundee, nil. And Hearts a convincing win over

:43:33.:43:36.

hamming tonne. Outstanding performance from Hearts.

:43:37.:43:40.

It could have been a cricket score if it were not for the performance

:43:41.:43:46.

of Gary Woods for the Hamilton Accies.

:43:47.:43:55.

In the second half, Gary Woods handled in the penalty area. It was

:43:56.:44:03.

3-0, after a great kick then from Jamie Walker and then Martin putting

:44:04.:44:08.

the icing on with another free kick to make it 4-06789 a much-needed

:44:09.:44:16.

victory for Hearts. Hearts, four, Hamilton Accies, 06789

:44:17.:44:24.

Now to Pittodrie. It is full-time. . .Aberdeen against Motherwell.

:44:25.:44:28.

When Chris Karon slumped to his knees it summed up the emotions felt

:44:29.:44:33.

by Motherwell. Niall McKin winning the game for

:44:34.:44:38.

Aberdeen. Right at the end. Two minutes added on in stoppage time.

:44:39.:44:47.

McGinn knocking a ball in. Probably Johnny Hayes' first cross.

:44:48.:44:49.

It found McGinn. He slid the ball Probably Johnny Hayes' first cross.

:44:50.:44:55.

into the bottom right-hand corner, a deserved victory. Motherwell were

:44:56.:45:00.

resolute. Considering the seven goals here less than a month ago, it

:45:01.:45:06.

is a feather in the cap for Steven Robinson. But they are going back

:45:07.:45:11.

down the road collecting zero points. Sampson pulled off excellent

:45:12.:45:18.

saves as the Dons huffed and puffed and then they puffed to the three

:45:19.:45:22.

points to put them nine clear of Rangers.

:45:23.:45:28.

And they have superior goal difference to the Ibrox side.

:45:29.:45:35.

It finished here Aberdeen, one, Motherwell, nil.

:45:36.:45:40.

And Charlie has a couple of goals to tell us about? Goals in the last

:45:41.:45:49.

couple of minutes. It has put the game well beyond McCall's side and

:45:50.:45:53.

cemented Falkirk staying in second place. Nathan Austin got a double to

:45:54.:46:02.

put them 2 up. Then harkiness produced a goal to get Ayr United in

:46:03.:46:11.

the game. But on the break away, goals for Falkirk, Craig Sibbald

:46:12.:46:17.

with his ninth and then a goal from Fraser Aird making it 4-1. The game

:46:18.:46:25.

has just finished now. Falkirk finding the right level of form at

:46:26.:46:32.

just the right time in the season. Extending their season to unbeaten

:46:33.:46:35.

at seven games. That is putting the pressure on. The

:46:36.:46:42.

next two games are against Moreton and Hibs. So exactly the right form

:46:43.:46:50.

at the right time for Falkirk. Full-time at Dingwall, and I hand

:46:51.:47:00.

you back over to Martin. Full-time here, Ross County, one, Kilmarnock

:47:01.:47:05.

two. Chris Boyd bundled the ball home. Poor defending by Ross County

:47:06.:47:11.

and for the opener that Kilmarnock got.

:47:12.:47:16.

There was a throw in nodded on by body. Sammon slotted the ball into

:47:17.:47:28.

the corner. It was vital for Lee McKillop's side but count guilty got

:47:29.:47:34.

back into the game with a strong finish into the corner by body. They

:47:35.:47:39.

created chances, there was a crossbar struck. But credit to

:47:40.:47:43.

Kilmarnock. Taking the sting out of it and the chances that they had in

:47:44.:47:49.

the match that proved vital. Ross County, one, Kilmarnock, two.

:47:50.:47:53.

Back to the championship and Kenny Crawford in paisley. Watching St

:47:54.:47:58.

Mirren versus Dunfermline. It is full-time.

:47:59.:48:04.

It is a draw. 0-0. Both sides settling for a point as they try to

:48:05.:48:07.

complete their missions in the championship. Annoyingly for teams

:48:08.:48:13.

is that they both feel that they could and should have taken all

:48:14.:48:22.

three. A half volley almost put St Mirren ahead. A great save for

:48:23.:48:30.

Dunfermline. Good chances missed. With Ayr's defeat, it means that St

:48:31.:48:36.

Mirren is four points behind them. So hope for the Saints it pull off

:48:37.:48:41.

the great escape. Goaless there but many goal at

:48:42.:48:46.

Dumbarton versus Raith Rovers and all for the one team.

:48:47.:48:51.

A comprehensive victory for Dumbarton over Raith Rovers, 4-0.

:48:52.:49:00.

One nil up in the fifth minute by Gallagher.

:49:01.:49:06.

Thorpe son scoring. Direct sterling's corner. After the break

:49:07.:49:14.

it was 3-0. There was a cross tapped home by Sam Stanton. Then Fleming

:49:15.:49:20.

got into the channels and slotted a ball past. It's Dunbarton, four,

:49:21.:49:29.

Raith Rovers, nil. Folks, a breathless finish. But the

:49:30.:49:36.

don't think the lines from John Barnes will be topped. The last kick

:49:37.:49:41.

of the ball was a header but turned out a vital point for Caley Thistle,

:49:42.:49:47.

scored by the captain. They are now one point behind Hamilton. There is

:49:48.:49:50.

hope. Yes, and more painful for Hamilton

:49:51.:49:54.

when they see it happen late in the game. There is a lot of football to

:49:55.:50:00.

be played. Caley Thistle have played Rangers and Celtic. It could be that

:50:01.:50:04.

they have a couple of games that they fancy their chances. They have

:50:05.:50:10.

picked up. Defeat in the last four against Celtic and that is happening

:50:11.:50:14.

to everyone. Today, you have to take something. It is a difficult place.

:50:15.:50:18.

They have a poor record against Thistle but it does them the world

:50:19.:50:24.

of good. Scoring that late, sends them up the road in high spirits.

:50:25.:50:35.

Now, folks, it's the day's roundup. We start with the Ladbrokes Scottish

:50:36.:50:37.

Premiership. Time for reaction to one of the

:50:38.:55:48.

matches in the Scottish Premiership. We hear from the Partick Thistle

:55:49.:55:53.

manager, who spoke to John Barnes after the draw with Caley Thistle.

:55:54.:55:59.

Alan, a an opportunity lost? Yeah, massively. In the driving seat with

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10 seconds to go. We deserved the three points for the play

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considering we had to make a couple of changes to key personnel.

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There was so much dominance in the first half. It was a case of finding

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the break through? We were playing decent stuff but the final ball

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the break through? We were playing alluded us. I thought we played well

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enough. It was coming. But the two substitutions definitely interrupted

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the play. Opportunity lost, Gemma for Alan

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Archibald there? They didn't get the fourth consecutive win. Something

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not managed since 2015? I know. And they did have the dominant play. But

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they haven't just got a point today. They have hope. They have hone that

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to Hamilton. They have come off two massive defeats in two games. So it

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is a fantastic result for Inverness Caley Thistle, and definitely an

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opportunity for Partick Thistle if they had grabbed it with both hands.

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Also good for Kilmarnock two points outside of the top six? It gives

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them a cushion. A nice position to be in. A feather in the cap of Lee

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McCulloch. He is not sure if he wants to be the manager. But they

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have picked up since he took over. To pick up a win was a good result.

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McCall is not sure about taking the Kilmarnock job, do you think that

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the performance and the nature of the win may convince him? It might.

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But it is a difficult job. A fragile hold on the top delight status. But

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he probably will not get better offers given his age. He is at the

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foot hills of his career. I could see them ending up together.

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I was hoping to touch on St Johnstone during the show. We have

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not spoken about them. But a great result for them today. Stick ones

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for top six? St Johnstone do what they do. They finish the in in the

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top six but want to challenge Hearts. It was a big result. They

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had lost three of the last four. Only won four. They normally build

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their campaign on solid performances and results but the last five years

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it has been seven, eight, nine. So and results but the last five years

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they could finish up. Maybe up for the European grab. If they can

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finish above Hearts. It will be an important game.

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There is still time for a preview of what is to come.

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Highlights of the weekend's Premiership action including the

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Celtic and the Rangers match. Can join us for that. Thank you to

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Gemma Faye, Craig Patterson and Michael Grant. Thank you for

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watching. Take care and we'll see you soon.

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Introduced by David Currie.

Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the Premiership, Aberdeen host Motherwell at Pittodrie, Hamilton are in the capital to take on Hearts and there's a Tayside derby as St Johnstone welcome Dundee. Elsewhere, Kilmarnock make the trip to Dingwall to play Ross County and it is the battle of the Thistles as Partick and Inverness face each other at Firhill. Plus a preview of tomorrow's Old Firm derby at Celtic Park.