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Good afternoon. Happy New Year. And welcome to the results show. It is
not a repeat or a Best Of, it is the first live show of 12 Mac and
that is a manic Monday with five games in the SPL. Inverness against
St Johnstone was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. You to
bring in a new year with us are the best pundits available, willing to
work on a public holiday! You Murray, and Pat Nevin. Let's find
out how the surviving lunchtime match went, it was the Edinburgh
derby at Easter Road, Hibernian against Heart of Midlothian. It is
nine Edinburgh derbies without a victory for Hibernian. The visitors
dominated the first half. And should have been ahead at the
interval. Ian Black took a penalty and Graham Stack save it. Hibernian
were better than the second half, chasing and harrying, but wet
behind with Ryan McGowan heading in despite a possible offside against
Elliott. The game exploded into life as Galbraith equalised for
Hibernian a minute later. It looked like being a draw at that point,
but Andy Webster and Rudi Skacel blasted home late on in front of
their fans as past continue to belie their off-field problems. The
on-field problems continue for Hibernian, who visit Dunfermline
next. But it was a happy new year for the maroon half of Edinburgh.
Hibernian's next League matches against Dunfermline on the 14th and
the match away to Cowdenbeath in the cup next week. Would you and
your fellow supporters be concerned about that? They might have scored
19 goals in the League in 21 games. Not scoring enough goals. I cannot
recall a shot on target apart from the goal. The lack of effort and
fight, and bake, which is putting it politely, because Hibernian was
my getting in about Ian Black. When it came to 1-1, Hibs had more of a
foothold in the game. But they did not have that little striker up
front. Problems for Pat Fenlon. Hearts seemed to be enjoying a
revival, despite players not being paid the of December salaries. Or
almost perversely, because of that. Perhaps they on the shop window
because the transfer window is open. Hearts players have showed a lot of
spirit, four games unbeaten and only lost one goal in those games.
I thought pass deserved to win. It was strange it took them so long to
score in the second half -- I thought Hearts deserved to win. The
players are due enormous credit, and the manager who has adapted, he
has adapted to the game in the SPL and is picking more appropriate
teams and tactics and that is paying Op. But Hearts have got good
players. The squad, as it is, is the third best in the country. That
is overlooked, given the chaos in the background. Them going on a
decent one should not be that much of a shop. Sue Celtic are going
further 10 successive victory today, the table toppers going to the
bottom club, Dunfermline. Let's see how it is going. Celtic will on
their way to their 10th victory in a row, here at Dunfermline. It is a
massive crowd and a good day out for the visiting celtic supporters.
Antony Stokes put Celtic ahead in the 18th minute. He looked up, from
20 yards, and sent it beautifully past Chris Smith for his 12th of
the season. Then a Charlie Mulgrew free kick floated into the heart of
the defence and Victor Wanyama was in the right place at the right
time with a great half wally for a second goal of the season. Second
half quieter, but the best goal of the game came and 68 minutes from
Charlie Mulgrew, a brilliant free kick from 25 yards out. The ball
simply flew past Chris Smith in the Dunfermline goal for Charlie
Mulgrew's 4th goal of the season. The only good point for Dunfermline,
their biggest home crowd of the season, and that its core warheads.
That the crowd is going to be cold comfort of Dunfermline fans.
Watching the match or in the studio, it is a fairly routine victory for
Celtic. The Dunfermline are working hard but when Celtic went 2-0 up
they were in cruise control after that. The wonderful thing about
Celtic, going away from home, they a plane or-2-4, playing four
strikers. And all those players are capable of creating more scoring
goals. No surprise that Celtic have their tails up just now. If they
can keep everyone fit and keep players such as Gary Hooper,
despite interest from the Premier League. No home victories for
Dunfermline this season and it did not look like that was when they
changed day. We have been talking about heads, who would be in
trouble of Dunfermline to stop shipping goals and find the defence.
-- about Hibernian. Week after week, Dunfermline concedes of course, and
that will be their undoing at the end of the season if they do not
find some decent defenders this month. We're having technical
problems getting Chip Young to report back from Ibrox, we have
tried carrier pigeons and everything! It is now 3-0 to
Rangers, with the own goal from Stephen Craigan, a goal from Sone
Aluko and the goal from David Healy. At Tannadice, Dundee United are at
home to Aberdeen. Dave Donaldson is there, with no technical problems.
It took Dundee United six minutes to silence the huge any support.
The corner from the right was not clear properly and Jon Daly, the
United captain, smack in a low shot from 12 yards. Dundee United
dominated possession and had a strong claim for a penalty turned
down. In the second half, Craig Brown put on more Hamann Chalali.
And with his first touch she headed it into the back of the net.
Aberdeen should have gone in front but John Milsom managed to direct
his header wide of the post. I had been reminiscing about the good old
days of the new firm. We have come a long way from those days.
seems like that was a cracker of a goal for Muamba Chalali. They have
not lost many games in this period, so well done to them. Up until now,
Aberdeen had been relying on Craig Berman scoring the goals. So much
has handed Chip Young a megaphone at Ibrox, and he is going to shout
as loud as he can with this Match report. It has been a very
comfortable afternoon for Rangers. Nikica Jelavic had failed a fitness
test, so they started with David Healy and Kyle Lafferty up front.
Kyle Lafferty got injured. David Healy scored the first goal just
before half-time to put Rangers 1-0 up, then Sone Aluko scored a fine
goal with some great passing from Rangers. Then a few moments ago,
Lee Wallace, with a thought, as the ball swung in from the right Hansie,
Lee Wallace met it right at the goal posts. I think it was Lee
Wallace who got the touch. Rangers, 3-0 up, and cruising. Going on at
the start of the New Year with three points. And it is a fine
afternoon and to under 44,890 be here at Ibrox. It does not sound
like a fine afternoon for Motherwell and their fans.
Motherwell's record against Rangers is abysmal. Interesting that
Jelavic does not play, Lafferty injured, Ally McCoist once a
striker. Whether Jelavic leaves will not bow stop David Healy on
his own up front. They need more support than that. It shows you why
Rangers need to supplement that forward Lennon January. Off to
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock against St Mirren, is it a mid-table cracker?
Let's find out., no one, St Mirren, one, at a cold and damp Robbie Park.
-- Kilmarnock 1. -- Robbie Park. Graham Carey what degree in
swinging corner onto the head of Lee Mair, who scored his first goal
for the club. That made it 1-0 to St Mirren. Kilmarnock equalised
with Craig Sams in saving a shot from Dean Shiels, but Paul
Heffernan drove home the rebound after an almighty scramble in the
St Mirren bourse. Just before half- time, St Mirren had a good penalty
claim with the way by the referee after Steven Thompson was bundled
over in the box. The second half has not taken off the were the
first half it. Dean Shiels had a free kick to Mark Kennedy, who
blasted over. Both teams have tried to play good football. You deal
with the type of football and these conditions, that there could still
be a winning goal. It shows you the character of both these sides that
that is a match that everyone looks forward to, the purists like
yourselves. I thought Kilmarnock were the better side against Celtic
recently. St Mirren have played it very well. Always impressed going
forward with Paul Heffernan and Dean Shiels. It is an impressive
team. There is a lot of good football being played by both sides.
You have been casting your eye over the big match in the First Division.
What was going to not playing, you have to make sure that if you are
just end them, like Falkirk and Dundee, that you eat up the pace. -
- just behind them. Higginbotham has booked them 2-1 up and they
need to win that game today. We will see if they can hold out,
Falkirk against Livingston. The early goal for Dundee against Raith
Rovers. Since they might have had a player sent off, things have not
gone well. So that is Hamilton holding on. The last one is Morton
against Ayr United, just above the drop zone, 1-0 up. A if you have
spent the festive season in a selection box and you might have
noticed there was an Old Firm match in between Christmas and New Year,
a result that could have a significant bearing on the
Championship, and a goal that never was. Jonathan will be furnishing us
with the wit and wisdom of the online community. Good luck with
that. Here is a remembrance of Was it saved on the line? And some
of this has knocked it over the line, but the offside flag is up. -
- Georgios Samaras has knocked it Just touched over by MacGregor from
There is no getting away from it. That was a massive victory for
Celtic. So will pick for an Jim Keir 67 says it was probably the
easiest 1-0 victory I have seen, and by far the worst Rangers team I
have seen at Celtic Park in my lifetime. Rangers fan and no
surrender says that, had that header by Lee Wallace con in it
would have been a different game. We had chances but we did not take
any of them. The focus has shifted to Rangers manager Alan a cause.
One Celtic fan says he has great pattern, but he is obviously out of
his debt. To see a swing of 17. Is truly astonishing, and could get
worse for Rangers in January with continual transfer speculation over
top scorer, Croatian, Nikica Jelavic. Left out of the team today.
Nacho Novo link with a possible move back to Rangers. An absolute
joke if true, says one at you. And I imagine some sort of transfer fee
Let's tuck about the match. This went predictably with form. It did.
Celtic are the stronger squad. If they have all their players
available, Celtic should enjoy it, especially at home. I think Celtic
deserved the win. Even though it was a dreadfully windy evening, it
was a great advert for Scottish football because it was exciting,
the right kind of excitement. Everyone I talk to after the game,
all positives, no moaning about anything. The wind was a big
problem. Was it or was it not over the line? More on that later. Now
we go to Tannadice. It has gone away of the visitors.
What a strike it was. It was from a full 30 yards. It hit the underside
of the bar and bounced the right side of the line for Aberdeen.
Talking about the Old Firm. That was Celtic's 9th win on the spin.
It doesn't seem that long ago that Neil Lennon was saying he thought
his job was going to be gone! got players back from injury,
players have found their form. It is all about momentum. Neil Lennon
always had faith in those players and they have repaid the faith with
the run they have been on. It would be wrong to say that they had been
sparkling in every game, but they are picking up results and momentum
is all-important. Let's go to Rugby Park.
Unbelievable. Just when you think the game is going to fade out,
along kick up the park, the St Mirren defence failed to clear its,
the ball was clipped into the top corner of the net.
Talking about Rangers, they were in wonderful form until about mid-
November then the wheels did come off. Or could you put that down to?
A lot of things. They lost the Steven Naismith. I think a lot of
people felt that there was a core of their Rangers keen that they can
do without hands Naysmith, Davies and yellow pitch. Losing those
players is massively important. Today was a massive day for Rangers.
Absolutely massive. Motherwell had been playing well, particularly
away from home. Today was massive for them. Are we looking at Mason -
- nee Smith as a better player now that he is out? He had a fantastic
start to the season. It shouldn't be the case that a team can miss
one player and it has such an adverse affect. I think that
reflects badly on the other guys, to be blunt about it. Rangers need
to find a different way of playing. They used to have a really useful
knack of winning games but not playing well. There are players who
can do that. Naysmith it is significant, it is a factor, but it
reflects badly on Rangers but it is such a factor, if that makes sense!
I would love to see... those strikers for Celtic are so highly
rated that the Premiership want them. They will hope that they can
keep on to them. If Rangers get seven, 8, �9 million for them, that
could give them a good chance. If he could get some of that the to
spend, he could stamp his personality on the team, which he
has not really had the chance to do, Neil Lennon. I would like to see
them staying. The squads the way they are, on 2nd January, he would
Germany be on to be champions? Celtic. A significant be stronger
squad? I think that. In early November, but would have seemed
like an nonsensical argument, but Celtic just looks stronger now.
Looking in the newspapers, the speculation is a people returning
flight Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo. But is not like-for-like? He is
going to score chorus - - a score goals in the Premier League, you
would have to say it would be Kris Boyd. He will score goals in the
Premiership. Once again, I don't like to see very good players
leaving the Scottish game because I love watching him play. I think
we're getting more top players now. When Nielsen - - when Neil Lennon
was going through a sticky patch there were questions about his
leadership qualities. Now Rangers fans are questioning Ally McCoist's
suitability. I am aware of that and wrote a piece about it, but I think
it is out of line. No unexpected though. Absolutely. But I think you
need to give these guys at least this season. The problem with Ally
McCoist is that the players that Rangers have brought in are not of
the quality but they need. Is that the fault of Ally McCoist or
further up the Jehan? I don't know. I think it is ludicrous that so
soon a manager find an sup under pressure by his own supporters.
full-time results are coming in. We are off to East End Park.
It is all over here. Celtic moved to the 10th league win in a row. It
really showed, the difference between the quality of these two
sides. There was a terrific first goal from Anthony Stokes after 18
minutes. From 20 yards out, he bent in a most beautiful shots for a
goal. Five minutes from the interval Celtic scored again. It
was much quieter in the second half, but Celtic made it a thirds after
60 minutes from Charlie Mulgrew. From 25 yards out, he hammered it
past the goalkeeper. Celtic spurned a few more chances in the second
half, but a terrific win for Celtic were still - -. Points for
Dunfermline will come against other teams in the division.
This Hibernian against Dunfermline match coming up, it looked fixed -
- it looks like such a crucial game. It does that like a very important
game. - - look like. I don't think these teams have much money to
bring in new players. This will be a big game, a huge game, and a very
nervous game. Now we head to Ibrox. Rangers fans might have been a
little concerned when they heard the team used because yellow pitch
was out of this side. - - Nicky T Rangers went about their business
in fine fashion. David Healy put them ahead after 35 minutes. A
second goal was a quality score. Stephen Craigan scored the third
for Rangers, it will go down as an own goal against the Motherwell
captain. A huge sigh of relief for Rangers from the support that
Rangers have started the new year with some intention.
What has Lee Wallace got to do to get a goal? A comfortable win for
Rangers. Very difficult after a wounding defeat on Wednesday, was
just important to win. It is just about getting to victory. They have
done that, so there is not an issue about spirit or morale. Full-time
at Tannadice. It was a lovely second goal but one of for Aberdeen.
both sides had chances to win it, but Aberdeen snatched victory with
four minutes to go with this superb strike from 30 yards.
Craig Brown was in the paper this week saying he wants supporters to
be proud of the team and not going home disappointed as they have done
so many times this season. didn't seem that long ago that we
were saying that Aberdeen could be in the relegation scrap. But there
a long way away now, 10 points above it. But as a good position to
be in. They can now start looking up rather than down. You want to
spread the goals around a bit more. For me, earlier on to were not
doing that well. They are showing a decent spirits.
Next up it is Rugby Park. There was a very dramatic finish
right at the end the kept the home fans very happy. Some Merrington
believes as the results of the corner, lean air scored a header.
12 minutes before half-time Kilmarnock drew level. Paul
Heffernan trawl home from 12 yards. Both teams made hard work of the
second half, both looking for a winner. The winning goal was a
great goal. It was a long kick up the park, from 18 yards out the
ball was just clipped over that St Mirren goalkeeper.
That result for Kilmarnock will take them up the result a couple of
places on goal difference. It is a very packed section of the league.
I thought: Margaret - - Kilmarnock would struggle this season, but
they have surprised me. Now, over to the Barclays Premier League.
Blackburn versus strokes city - - Stoke City. Rover has managed to
beat Manchester United just a couple of days ago at Old Trafford.
Let's see how they fare today at home frumps - - at home playing
against book. Two goals from Peter Crouch saw off Blackburn. Both
neatly finished golds after taking control on the chest and firing
past Blackburn. David Goodwillie gave Blackburn Rovers a lifeline in
the second half, registering his first Premier League goal. Steve
Kean was sent flying in his own technical area by Morten Gamst
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Pedersen, which has a bit of light And a quick look at the league
tables. No change at the top, still two points between Celtic and
Rangers. Heart of Midlothian are up to 4th place after that victory
At the bottom Dunfermline still one Falkirk and Dundee had a chance to
narrow the wood of Ross County because the game was postponed.
Falkirk now just three points behind Ross County with Dundee
three.S father of. -- three points further off. Cowdenbeath still
clear at the top from Arbroath. Stirling Albion have moved off the
bottom. For four Athletic in the back markers in Division Two. --
The Barclays Premier League, the big guns in action so far-day,
Arsenal kick-off their match at 5:30pm. Norwich City are to 9th
place. Good victory for them, 2-1, Blackburn Rovers still in the
bottom three. Bolton Wanderers one point behind them with a game in
I do not tell you how Wolverhampton Wanderers had got on, they were at
home to Chelsea. We have a Match report now from and the James.
glancing header from Steven Fletcher was turned over by Petr
Cech at the very end. It brought to an end again full of controversy
and incident. Chelsea's first three.S in five games having a
three draws and that defeat against Aston Villa. The analysis tonight
will be about whether Frank Lampard should have been on the pitch, to
score the winning goal for Chelsea. He was involved in an incident at
the start of the game, he got a yellow, and perhaps should have got
a red. Other Premier League players will be looking at it and thinking,
I have been sent off for less. Towards the end of the game,
Stephen Ward got an equaliser for Rolls. But within moments, from a
ball across the face of goal, Frank Lampard caught the finishing touch.
An orchestrated Chelsea goal celebration for that first goal,
from Ramires. But they have sneaked at 2-1 victory against Wolves, with
a winning goal from a player who should not have been on the pitch.
Let's see what our pundits think of those goings on. If you think I am
going to say Hearts should have won at Easter Road, Hearts have gone
nine and beat him now. Aberdeen have been poor away from home, so
that victory at Paradise when United have been going well, and
that winning goal from Arnason, I am going to say that the result of
the day was that victory for Aberdeen at Paradise. Hibs have won
one game at home this season. But well done to Hearts for the victory.
Rangers needed to win today. And that was against Motherwell, who
are not bad away from home, so 3-0 Rangers, well done, that is the one.
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