01/04/2012 Sportscene


01/04/2012

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The SPL prizes have still to be handed out. Celtic are in touching

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distance of the title burr European places have yet to be sorted and

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the battle for survival goes on. All the latest action coming your

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way in the next 45 minutes, including 22 goals and John Hartson

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will have his say. We were both at Celtic Park today, but yesterday's

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result at Fir Park meant the Celtic game couldn't quite be the title

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clincher. Matthews was left out. In came Hooper, commons and Loovens.

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St Johnstone were again without three injuries. Steve Lomas went

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their first here. Stoke's, Commons. He would have loved that to go in.

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Without a goal all season Chris Johnstone. Continued the good work.

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Mannus is under pressure. It is off the line. Away by Frazer Wright who

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was the man in the right place at the right time. Commons swept the

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free-kick in. It was difficult to defend. There was Frazer Wright and

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there he was again. Georgios title last weekend. They can't do

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it today. St Johnstone are doing all they can to maintain their fine

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form. They are currently fifth. trying to bend it past the keeper.

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They quickly got the game back under way. That is moneys and that

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is Mannus. -- Commons. He was dipping under the bar. Sam goes

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down. McCracken made the challenge. Commons and Samaras again. Strong

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play from the kpwreebg striker. He eventually does get the free-kick.

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McCracken made this challenge initially. No penalty. But it is a

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free-kick to Celtic. It is Commons who takes. Samaras with a header

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and it is 1-0. It is his seventh goal of the season. And Georgios

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Samaras breaks what was a stalemate at Celtic Park. The title is well

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within their grasp. No penalty. Sandaza wants the spot kick. There

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maybe a case. That may well have gone their way that time. St

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Johnstone come again. It is Frazer Wright, the centre half, right on

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the edge of the six yard box. Couldn't take advantage. That was

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Lee Croft. There is a corner. Saints have refused to let their

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hepdz go down, despite being denied a penalty-kick. They are still

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coming at Celtic. -- heads go down. Craig. He was taken out late.

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Celtic will play on. The referee is not interested in awarding the

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free-kick. Celtic will continue. What a switch of play that was.

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Samaras made himself available. 2- 0! Chris Millar turns past his own

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keeper. And Celtic are two to the good. They go to Kilmarnock next

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Saturday. They will need just a point from that to be crowned SPL

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champions, they were feeling aggrieved they didn't get the free-

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Johnstone's last chance of get back in to this game have gone over the

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bar with the shot from Craig. So bar with the shot from Craig. So

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Celtic almost there. But it was more than a football match today.

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We were both there and tens of thousands of people had the chance

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to say get well soon to Radek Stepanek -- Stilian Petrov. This

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This was fantastic support. I am sure he would have been watching it

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and felt touched. He was a great player, part of the family, played

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alongside myself and Neil, and he was a great, you know, he is a

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great player, great balance, fantastic engine, and more than

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anything else, he is, you know he has handed me the Scottish Cup

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there, and that was a great moment for him and myself. Just a

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wonderful boy, you know, in general, he is much loved. He is suffering

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from leukaemia, you had a chance to speak to him tonight, how is he?

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Strangely enough he is quite up beat. He is one of those lads, he

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wanted to take this head on, you know and attack the treatment, and

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he is very strong, his fitness I am sure will help him. He knows, you

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know, that he has so much support from all throughout football, not

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just Celtic, and he will get messages of support and it will

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help him. He needs a bit of lung, like you always do with any illness,

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but he is up beat, and he's, you know, he's, as I said, he is going

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to meet the treatment, I think he starts it tomorrow, and it's a big

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few weeks for him. You obviously know exactly what he is about to go

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through, having fought your own battle against cancer. Yes, a lot

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of it is psychological. Ou have to Troy and get your head round what

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is happening, and deal with it. As openly as you can, and you know,

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your family is very important to you, his wife, his two children,

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and you know, you do know there is a lot of support out there when you

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battling a near death experience like I did, he knows he has his

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support from fellow peer, and his family, which will be very very

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important to him. It was a lovely moment today, get well Stilian

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Petrov. Celtic had a couple of chance first half. It wasn't great.

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Immediately after the interval St Johnstone has a couple of

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opportunity, didn't they, which they were unable to take, and as

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the visiting team these are the the visiting team these are the

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ones you have to take. He gets across Loovens and again, Sandaza,

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they were two big six foot centre forwards, they are not going to go

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in behind you too often. They get hold of the ball and they take

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pressure off, and you know, they pressure off, and you know, they

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can play as well. They have good feet, and, they are had a couple of

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opportunities but I thought over the 90 minutes I thought Celtic,

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they had one off the line, you know, and I just felt over the 90 minutes

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I thought they ran out worthy winner, they got on better, scoring

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both goals in the second half. were relieved to get the opening

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goal because it took a while and maybe their two best playerers

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Chris Commons with the delivery and Georgios Samaras. Chris Commons has

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a fantastic left foot. Georgios Samaras when he does that, he is

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six foot four. When he jumps like that and he is as powerful as he is.

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You wonder why he can't do that more often. You know, if he did and

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he pulled off his man and attacks the ball, he is unplayable when he

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can jump like that. Steve Lomas was raging after the match bg, today,

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two decision, two big decision. He has every right to be raging this

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is a penalty. You look at this Loovens here, doesn't get any of

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the ball. That for me is anywhere else on the pitch that is a foul.

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So tell tick get a break there. They get a big, big piece of lung

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here, look. There. Takes the man out and that is a penalty, but that

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is a bit lucky. Commons come ace cross and fouls Liam Craig. It is a

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foul, the referee doesn't give it. They want Celtic to kick it out of

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play but Liam Craig is back on his feet. Celtic decide to carry on,

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play, Samaras, great ball in and it is an own goal unfortunately for

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the defender, you see these, you can get away with that as a striker,

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you can steal a couple of yards, you see that a lot. The defender

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facing his own goal. That is is a foul, and... Just to rub in he

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books Liam Craig, I don't know if he has spoke to him or swore at him

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or whatever, I thought I thought St Johnstone and Stevie Lomas could

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have felt aggrieved at one or two decisions, clutching at straws at

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times but you never know, St Johnstone could is got a penalty,

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Celtic in the second half got better. They looked stronger. They

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All other irissues to deal with. I think he has handled it. At times

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where he may look back and think I coiled have handled things

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differently. But no, he is a good young manager, progressing,

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learning all the time, and you know, he will look to bring in new faces

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in the summer I am sure. One or two will go, one or two will come in,

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and he will be learning all the time, as a young manager, you are

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always learning. Rangers were looking to do some more party

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prevention at Fir Park yesterday, having stopped Celtic in their

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title tracks in last Sunday's Old Firm match. This is Rangers's

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biggest game of the season. A magnificent goal. Celtic down to

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ten. It was two feeted. Celtic are down to nine men. It is 2-0. Celtic

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will win the title but the Old Firm bragging rights are with Rangers.

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Motherwell were bidding to get back on level terms with Rangers in

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second spot. They had Lasley back and Motherwell still very much in

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contention, as Chris Humphrey goes the ideal start -- and it is in.

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There was no stopping Chris Humphrey here. He had a few yards

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on Perry and there was no chance but defender was catching him. And

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Henrik Ojamaa had a simple task. McGregor came out to dry and

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smothered the ball. A great start quickly. Whitaker got there, inches

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deceived Randolph. That is a fine finish by Steven Whittaker. And a

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quick fire equaliser for Rangers. Steven Whittaker bus shot wrong

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foots the Motherwell keeper. -- Steven Whittaker's shop. It moves

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in the air and Rangers back on level terms three minutes after

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Tim Clancy reacting angrily to Steven Whittaker here. He could be

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in trouble. Plan C seemed to throw his head into the chest of the

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Whittaker are not amused by that. He certainly goes in with the boot

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up a but Tim Clancy retaliate with a head into the chest. --

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lovely passing move by the home taken down there? A yellow card

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comes out, it is going to be poor can't believe it. Tim Clancy didn't

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deal with it. He was definitely caught. Darren Randolph with his

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boot on the shin guard. That is a poor decision by the referee, it

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Terrific shot by Lasley. McGregor claiming he was impeded by the

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position of Michael Higdon, who was McGregor. Higdon must have thought

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he had put his side back in front. -- what a save. But he didn't take

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into account the Rangers No. 1. What to stop that is. -- What a

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McCulloch tucks it in the X back and surely Rangers have a winning

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goal in the dying minutes. Lee McCulloch earns all three points.

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There may have been an armour the back of Tim Clancy. Ian Bright had

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a good view of it -- an arm in the back. And Lee McCulloch swept it

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into the back of the net. Sheer joy into the back of the net. Sheer joy

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for Rangers. The club under major pressure at

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the moment because of what is happening off the pitch, but a

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great couple of back-to-back wins, beating Celtic and Motherwell.

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have had a good week. They lost their last away game to Dundee

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United. Motherwell was there tough game for them, going for second

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place as well, so to keep going and having a few decisions against them,

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they kept going and battling away. From a range has point of view,

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that is what they have got to do, they had to go to Motherwell and a

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try and pick up three points and prolong the season. Makes Celtic

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way to in terms of lifting the title. It is a formality, which

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Celtic can do next weekend at Kilmarnock, but Rangers did all

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they could do, they went and got the three points. Some interesting

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the three points. Some interesting refereeing decisions. The Tim

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Clancy head but, he was shown yellow for this, should it have

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been read? -- red. He reacts to Whitaker, it is a moment of madness.

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I have seen players sent off for a lot worse than this. He puts his

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head into the chest and referees will send players off well. This

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one, Sone Aluko goes through, so quick. The referee has got a great

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view of it, he is in a fantastic position. And for some reason...

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There was contact, it is proved. On the shin pad. And he actually books

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are Sone Aluko for what he thinks is a guide, but there was contact.

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So Rangers could feel aggrieved. That is made the reputation of Sone

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Aluko going before him, because he was done earlier in the season by

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the compliance officer for simulation and that is the referee

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thinking it is him again. And it was a bit theatrical, but we are

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talking about a decision that should have been a penalty, we

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cannot blame the players. There is contact there, there is a kick from

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the goalkeeper that has caught him on the shin, it was proven there

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was contact and a penalty should have been given. The referee got a

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few decisions wrong. Did you see anything wrong with the Rangers

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winning goal from Lee McCulloch? Could do little nudge of Sone Aluko

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been pulled up? -- Could the. not sure. What is a terrible is the

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defending. You cannot let bad ball bounce. If it does, you want your

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goalkeeper to deal with it. Yes, there is a little nudge, but the

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referee would be brave to disallow referee would be brave to disallow

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that goal. But Stuart McCall would be happy from the goalkeeper, the

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centre-half. You cannot let from a throw-in, the ball bounce ideas

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six-yard line. You have to clear it. But credit to Rangers, they kept

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going, the desire was there to get three points and that is exactly

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what they did. They deserved it, they went right to the end. Lee

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McCulloch has had a good week, a new position as centre forward,

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with his power in the air and he got his reward. A tall order for

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relegation-threatened Dunfermline yesterday at Tannadice pitch face

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Scottish football's form team, call Gary Mackay Stephen at Lionel

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Jefferies' Dunfermline. It is all about staving off relegation.

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Scoring goals as the problem and with Mrs like this, you can

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understand why. -- a mess like this. Dundee United, the form team, on

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the hunt for their 6th league win a row. Chris Smith denying them. Into

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the second half and it is not every day you see a flying scissor kick

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from Jon Daly. The United skipper opening the scoring at, his 16th

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SPL goal of the season. Sensing blood, United burst forward again.

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The effort this time from Jon Daly at had less spectacular. But after

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from stout defending in the first half, Dunfermline looking less

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assured. -- after some. By now, the United forward players were queuing

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up to terrorise the Dunfermline defence. John Lee Russell's header

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balloon high into the stands. As for the tangerine messy, and Gary

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Mackay Stephen was trying out some new tricks. Bass line on message.

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He showed some serious pace to burst through the fence before

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cutting back for Scott Robertson to kill off the game -- through the

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defence. Two-nil with 10 minutes to play. But three minutes after that,

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John Lee Russell did this set-up work for Jon Daly. He struck home

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his 17th goal of the season. He is top of the SPL scoring charts. It

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truly is an Arab Spring, que Dundee United clinch that second Champions

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League spot -- could? League spot -- could?

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Nine games unbeaten and they are rendered really good form.

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Certainly, skipper Jon Daly is on top form. That is 20 goals for the

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season in all competitions now. This was a bit special, wasn't it?

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It was. You don't see them often, technically it was a great goal. We

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look at other goals he has scored, gets in front of his man against

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Rangers. A great folly there. Another one, a bullet header, so he

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has got an array of course. I have always liked him, he is strong, he

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holds the ball up well. 17 goals, along with John Lee Russell and

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along with John Lee Russell and Mackay Stephen, you look at that

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list and I'm sure he is very happy that he is top of the list. You

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look at the players, he has done well. 17 goals and counting.

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last Dundee United player to be top scorer in the top flight was Andy

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Gray in the 1970s, that tells a story. It is not often a non Old

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Firm player who tops the charts. Firm player who tops the charts.

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is not, and it is credit to United, they didn't start the season

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particularly well, but they have cemented their place in the top six.

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They have been on a great run. They have lost David Goodwillie and one

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or two other players but replaced them with good players. When you

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have a strike on 20 goals, you have had a good season. With Dunfermline

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no better off after their trip to Tayside, Hibernian headed to the

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Highlands today to boost their bid for SPL survival. Paul Mitchell has

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way from Leigh Griffiths. -- get goalkeeper will not be happy that

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the cross came in and evaded so many players, but he was there to

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power. Graham Stack turns it over the top. Wonderful pass out wide,

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opening goal. And he rattled the woodwork. What they passed through

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from Johnny Hayes. Billy McKay steadied himself, beat the

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goalkeeper but struck the post. Terry Butcher smiling from the

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penalty. An hour gone and Hibernian have conceded a penalty, it is Paul

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Hamlyn adjudged to have taken their Billy McKay. Terry Butcher

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mentioned his side had not been score from the first time in the

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penalty spot in the SPL since put Hibs further behind. It is a

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great save. And then the overhead kick left much to be desired. This

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was a great chance, deflected into the path of the Frenchman and

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through he went but Graham Stack stood tall and went down at the

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Paul Hamlyn has equalised. -- better header. It is his first goal

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of the season and it is a timely one. He conceded the penalty and

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now he secures the equaliser. Joy for Paul Hamlyn. This game really

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O'Connor. 2-1 Hibs. They have come from behind and Garry O'Connor is

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three out of three against Cally Thistle this season. Matt Doherty

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overlapping well. O'Connor with a simple finish. Hibs have come from

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behind to lead with 15 minutes to play. Hayes. He will try and get

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the cross in. He sent it across, he scored! Uninten sunnal but not

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inconsequential and Johnny Hayes his cross has yielded an equaliser

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with seven minutes to play. He certainly didn't mean it, but he

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has put his side back on level has put his side back on level

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scores! Hibs retake the lead in Griffiths came in, O'Connor was

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available, didn't need him. This could be a significant step to SPL

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could be a significant step to SPL survival for Hibs. A timely win

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that for Hibs, six points aHome Office done Ferrell Lynn, six games

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to go. That was massive win. To go up to Inverness which is not easy

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to get a win, Terry Butcher's teams they are normally big and strong

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and they defend well, but some of the defending from Inverness was

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schoolboy stuff. That gives Hibs six points now ahead of Dunfermline

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and Dunfermline will have to put a good run together. Gary O'Connor

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scored against inhaveness every time they played them. Do you hoe

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you are going to score? Sometimes you get lucky against team, other

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teams you can't scoe, but Gary Connor there, he pulls away, he

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tucks this in very nicely. Makes good contact with it. This is Matt

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Doherty on loan from Wolves. A good strong run. O'Connor does the right

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thing. Pulls away. These are the two previous games against Cally

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Thistle and he did it both team -- times. He shows great ability. He

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can take free-kick, he is much travelled but he is in great shape,

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you know, he looks after himself in terms of his physique. He has

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played in Russia, down to Birmingham, so with strikers

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sometimes you have to put an arm round them and show them you trust

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them, and tell them how good they are and they will come back with

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goals. I doesn't matter how much trouble they give you away from the

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training ground or pitch, if they are scoring goals you sometimes

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allow strikers to get away with other players. We have spent time

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with Mr Butcher. He said he has a back four from hell today and they

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were embarrassing to watch. It was, it was schoolboy stuff at times.

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One of the goals there, players getting pushed off the ball. You

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have to be stronger there and stand your ground, and, Terry was a

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master at it. Sometimes as a defender you have to be clever. You

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have to try and win foul, and you know, and he would have been

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disappointed with some of the defending today. Oh I think he was!

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A chance for Hearts the seal their place the top six. They were up

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against an Aberdeen team that will finish in the bottom half of the

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finish in the bottom half of the kick of the match. In it comes.

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Hearts have the opening goal, before the half hour mark. Danny

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grain je's corner kick nodded down by McGowan. The defence nowhere

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near it. -- Grainger's. Hearts looking to cement this top six

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place, a win would confirm that one. Even a draw. That would do the job.

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This is Beattie. Aberdeen seem to switch off there, it came to

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Beattie. It seemed an ternty to adjust himself and get the shot

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away. No changes for either side at half-time. Rudi Skacel. He is going

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for it. What a goal that is! Hearts second, comes in stunning fashion

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but not for the first time from Rudi Skacel. Not quite in the top

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corner. But he had enough power and accuracy to beat Jason Brown. Good

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skill. Rudi Skacel. And somehow it stays out. It perhaps was the elbow

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of Considine. Didn't know much about it. Anderson, for a second

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debut for Aberdeen, the first game in January 1997, he is back after

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that lengthy spell out. Five years in England. Hughs with a pree kick.

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That is Vernon. He has got score. - - free-kick. That would have make

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it -- made it an interesting finale if Vernon found the target as he

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normally does from that kind of area. There is no flag against Gary

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glen. -- Glen. Skacel is waiting in the middle. Driver. Still he has it.

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Aberdeen have the opportunity to clear the lines now. It has not

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been a good day at the office for then. That is 3-0. Another from the

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magician and Hearts are 3-0 up. Skacel is so deadly ch and again

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Hearts are putting Aberdeen to the Hearts are putting Aberdeen to the

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sword in the capital. Rudi Skacel contract is up at the end of the

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season. I hope that he stays on, because he is so good to watch.

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is a different class, when he can do things like this, he has been a

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talisman for Hearts. Most good things that Hearts do, he is really

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evolved in them, -- involved in them. Look at this for technique.

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He seems to go right foot, left foot. That is 35 yards, he is past

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the keeper before he attempts to go for it. He has 13 goals this season.

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Although he is not a striker he is the top scorer. His goals tend to

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be special. Again that is great technique. Half-volley. Another one

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outside the box with his left foot. He is predominantly left sided but

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he can score... You don't need a right one if you can score like

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that. He shoots across the ball. Himself and bait Beattie would be a

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handful for a lot of teams. Craig likes to get behind and he is

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direct. He started his Hearts career well, he scored in the derby

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game. It is a shame for the supporters when you don't tie your

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players down. He is out of contract and it looks like, you know, there

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won't be a shortage of takers for Skacel because he is talented.

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Three months into 2012 St Mirren tried for their first League One

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win of the year. Kilmarnock was in first win in 12 in the SPL. It is

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not a good run of form. Good win gives it away to Gary Harkins. That

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is so close to the opening goal, inside the first minute. Gary

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Harkins clipping the edge of the post. Sheils slips it through for

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Hay. The opening goal for Kilmarnock has been on the cards.

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It's a well deserved breakthrough, and Van Tornhout with his first SPL

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goal puts the visitors ahead. McAusland. That is a good run by

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Thompson. The other Steven Thompson slides it past and St Mirren from

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nothing have the equaliser. Against the run of play. And Steven

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Thompson deadly in the box. Draws Terrific save from the Kilmarnock

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keeper. A good bit of skill and good efrtd from Hasselbaink. --

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effort. Such a tricky customer, McGowan, gets it across for

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Hasselbaink. Forced wide once more but he has done well, off the line

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by Nelson. Thompson wasn't far away from getting a crucial touch there.

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Saind miles an hour have been a changed side -- St Mirren have been

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a changed side since the equaliser went in. It is a good looking cross.

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Steven Thompson arriving. St Mirren have turned this on its head! It is

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Steven Thompson that rose highest, it was over the striker Thompson.

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But Steven Thompson put St Mirren in front. McAusland bursting

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forward. Kilmarnock tracking back though. Gordon gets the crucial

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touch. Bundled over by Hasselbaink. Play allowed to continue. St Mirren

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have a two goal lead. Nigel Hasselbaink knocking Sissoko to the

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ground and the referee felt that was fair. He looked to barge him

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over. Hasselbaink got away with it. And made the most of it. St Mirren

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have found goals hard to combination recently. They have

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three so far. Thompson. Curls one. That is a ball for Steven Thompson.

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It is four for St Mirren. And the three points are secure, no doubt

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about that. Lovely finish from Thompson. 12 goals for the season

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for the striker. And St Mirren on easy veet now. A return to first

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team football for Liam Kelly following the death of his father,

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in the minutes that followed the League Cup Final win. Kilmarnock

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started the game so well. They just fell right out of it. Here is

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Sheils. Tries, what a lovely goal by Sheils. No more than a cons lai,

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unfortunately for him. He really did take this one well. --

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consolation. Kilmarnock pull one consolation. Kilmarnock pull one

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back in the closing stages. It has ban weekend of hotly debated

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refereeing decisions. Kenny Sheils was not happy as he demonstrated

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there to the officials after, about this push by Nigel Hasselbaink on

:41:06.:41:10.

Sissoko. First I think Sissoko should be kicking that out for the

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throw in. He tries to take a chance there, he is last man. He has to be

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stronger. Both players arms are out, and as a centre half, he has gone

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over too simple. He has to be stronger there and first he put

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himself in that position by being sloppy. Can you can't do thatdown

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are last man. It is hard to believe that St Mirren's last win was

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Christmas Eve. That is three months without winning. Their problem,

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this is we go back here to December, I think it is Christmas Eve, it is

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a great win against Rangers, here, they bat -- battled hard for it. 2-

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1 they beat them. You think they got that first win and this was two

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years ago the last time they scored four goals against Celtic, which

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helped them up. It cost Tony Mowbray his job at Celtic, this

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defeat. You can see that they got good attacking option now. They

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brought in McGowan and Thomson, which will give them something else,

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but their problem as been they just haven't simply scored enough goals.

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That can get to you after a while, if you are playing good football

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but not enough end product. That is right. You start blaming, the

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striker, you start looking at other things and thinking maybe we need

:42:30.:42:35.

goals from different areas, but now, as I say, they brought in Thomson,

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McGowan, they will give them something different, Thompson is

:42:38.:42:42.

experienced, played at the top level, and he will certainly go in

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there and ruffle a few feathers for you. That is a team that could move

:42:46.:42:50.

on a bit, probably Kilmarnock as well, you saw them in the League

:42:50.:42:56.

Cup Final beating Celtic. That was a result that surprised me. I look

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t at St Mirren's form, Kilmarnock been on a good run, won the cup

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fine. They did well to win the cup but, to go and lose 4-2. I am sure

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Kenny Sheils wasn't happy with the defender, but I was surprised that

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Kilmarnock went down four there to St Mirren. Let us look at the

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Clydesdale bang Premier League an one point required for Celtic to

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win the title, they could do it next weekend. Rangers are six ahead

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of Motherwell in second. Dundee and St Johnstone five point points off

:43:33.:43:42.

third P Third. At the bottom of table Hibs are six ahead of

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Dunfermline. SPL fixtures next The raps den Challenge Cup final

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was played today at Livingston and Falkirk beat Hamilton by an early

:44:06.:44:11.

Darren Dodds goal to nil. Silverware for Stephen Presley's

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