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02/01/2014

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the new SPFL Scottish Premiership, with comment on and analysis of the week's main talking points.


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Oh, what an impact! Ryan Gauld could finish. Still Johnson. What a goal

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that is from the youngster. What a strike from Jamie Hamill! That is a

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beautiful finish. Good evening and a happy new year

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from us all at Sportscene. It's been a cracking New Year of derby duels

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in Scotland's top flight. My advice, to sit back and enjoy - in the

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company of these two. Two halves of the Edinburgh derby

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divide represented in full this evening - Michael Stewart and Kenny

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Miller join us tonight. And it's in Edinburgh we start. Despite

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languishing at the bottom of the Premiership on a negative points

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tally it was two wins out of two this season for Hearts over Hibs.

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However hopes were high amongst the Easter Road faithful. They packed

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out the stadium this evening, with Terry Butcher in for his first taste

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of Edinburgh derby action. Commentary comes from Rob Maclean.

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Terry Butcher's first Edinburgh derby team selection not too

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difficult. It is the same line up which beat Kilmarnock in the last

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game of 2013. Illness depriving Hearts of Danny Wilson. Jordan

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McGhee is drafted in. That tinge - saved by Williams. What

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a chance for the young midfielder, on the end of Paterson's cross. Very

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much on target. In from Craig and Jordan Foster's

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heading crashing back off the bar. And that is the nearest thing to a

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goal in the Edinburgh derby so far. Macdonald looks back with relief.

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The tip over the top from Macdonald. It was the youngster, Jason

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Cummings. The first Edinburgh derby of 2014 still goalless. Cairney

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trying to do something about that. It is a great run and the cutback

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and Collins had the shot and there were screams for a penalty.

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Hanlon was up and James Collins scores the goal of his derby dreams!

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61 minutes at Easter Road. Hibs are in front. A cluster of players in

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the six-yard box and it was Collins who got the important touch.

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A brilliant run by Smith and that is Paterson and that is in off Ryan

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McGivern and it's all-square in the derby. 72 minutes gone, six minutes

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on the pitch for Smith. Williams couldn't hold the shot. Paterson

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with the follow up attempt. In off McGivern. And having levelled this

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up, Hearts now fancying themselves to grab all three points. A great

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run from Walker. Down he goes. McGivern was the defender involved.

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And there is a yellow card out here. For the Hearts winger. And that

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looks like the right decision. McGhee makes the challenge and

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that's a penalty! And Hearts cannot believe it. Ryan Reevenson --

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Stevenson wags his finger in the referee's face. Liam Craig, she Sen

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minute - seven minutes from time with his seventh goal of the season

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and it looks like the goal that has won the Edinburgh derby.

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That is a stinging shot from McHattie and Williams solidly behind

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this. Heffernan! That would have settled

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it. That would have been the icing on the cake. It has flown wide.

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Hibs close in on victory. And another chance! And Collins doesn't

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quite know how he missed that. This would have made it 3-1. What a

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chance. Our fans have suffered at the hand of Hearts and it is nice to

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win a game. I felt we deserved the win. We dominated the game. Just

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that bit of quality in the final third just wasn't quite there. But

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we felt if we could persevere and keep on going, something would

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happen. We did well to get back in the game. It was a difficult night

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for us. They put us under pressure, specially on set plays. But we

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battled well and it is a controversial decision that has cost

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us a point. Fantastic to see a pulsating Edinburgh derby. Kenny

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Miller, was it the right result? I think so. On the balance of play,

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particularly in the second half, Hearts maybe started the brighter

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teams, but Hibs came into it and there was only one team in it in the

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second half. You have seen the chances that were created. Bigger

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they may be aggrieved they didn't get more. It seemed like a whirlwind

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start from Hibs, but you saw good signs from Hearts to start with?

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Yes, there was no doubt Hibs were the better team, but the first sort

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of five or ten minutes there was bits of play from Hearts like we see

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here. A bit of an idea of what they were trying to do, without, far too

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often there has just been aimless balls from the back. There seemed to

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be good movement off the ball. This one here, a great cross from

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Paterson and Tapping was unfortunate. That is something that

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has not happened a lot for Hearts. But after that, Hibs were the better

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team. We have seen some bad defending from Hearts this season,

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the 7-0 hammering from Celtic springs to mind. How much was it

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down to bad defending for the Collins goal. Well, I don't want to

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be too critical, but the gap between the full back and the centre half is

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alarming. That is something that has cost them this season. They have

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conseepeded a lot of -- conceded a lot of goals from bad defending.

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They're not picking nip up. You see -- picking anyone up. Collins is the

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quickest to react and gets the goal. That is something that needs to be

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rectified. It should have been done yesterday and it will need to be

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done quickly. What did you make of the equaliser for Hearts? Well, I

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couldn't see it coming. Hibs were the dominant team in the second

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half. But Smith came on and he has picked the ball up in the Hibs' half

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and he was direct. It is something that Hearts were missing all day. He

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has beaten a second man too easily and had a fantastic shot and been

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first to the rebound. But he has deserved that for being direct and

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getting at the Hibs' defence. A poor goal to lose. In terms of the

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penalty, let's look at that. Any doubts about the decision? No, I

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think it is a penalty. You see there, it is his leg, he lifts his

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leg and steps across Stevenson. If he was just to run across and shield

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it, he would be OK. But he lifts the leg and it becomes a tackle. And

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Craig dispatches it well. A great win for Hibs. To the first of our

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matches from yesterday, and the match of the day was at Tannadice.

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Dundee United and Aberdeen both impressive so far this season - this

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New Year, New Firm derby probably one of the most anticipated in the

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last 30-odd years. It would be a dramatic afternoon. Commentary comes

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from Paul Mitchell. Fopp top top Another slew of changes for Dundee

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United with seven players coming from for the side that lost in

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Perth. That is a heavy challenge from Flood

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and the yellow card will come out from Willie Collum. The winger

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certainly wasn't going past. He accepts the booking willingly does

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Flood. Paton goes down and reacts angrily

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to the referee. Flood didn't think there was much in it. Flood just

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catching his foo. A great atmosphere at Tannadice.

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Pawlett for Aberdeen. The keeper saves. United causing their own

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problems here. Dwelt on the ball too long.

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Low into the box and Pawlett. A sore one for Gunning. He had to make the

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block - at some personal cost! Good play from McGinn, determined down

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that wing. Pawlett caught that well. Pawlett rifled it in. Pawlett

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unmarked at the edge of the box. He really hammered that in. That is a

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good stop from the keeper. Langfield has come wandering, his

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net was unguarded and Soutar said thank you very much. It is his 26th

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appearance and his first goal. It was gifted to him by Jamie

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Langfield. Easy for central defender.

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Paul Paton up against Pawlett. The arm came across but was it hard

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enough to knock him to the ground? Pawlett thought so. The referee will

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redress things with the yellow card for Paul Paton. He believes his case

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without success. -- he pleads his case. That time it was Paul Paton on

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Pawlett. Play on, says the referee. Well, he was wholehearted in his

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challenge on Pawlett there. There was a movement of the arm and the

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referee has given a penalty. Robertson came across. Magennis was

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in the box. The question is, was it deliberate? His arm moved towards

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the ball. Penalty kick given. Barry Robson drills it down the middle. He

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beats Cierzniak and celebrates with the Aberdeen fans. He pummelled the

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ball into the net, penalty scored. Great save from Radoslaw Cierzniak.

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The goalkeeper flying across. The free kick was deflected on to

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the goalkeeper and in by Peter Pawlett. The goalkeeper could only

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push it away, and in stoppage time, Peter Pawlett looks to have won it

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for Aberdeen with a header over the goalkeeper on the ground. Robson's

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delivery, and the header gives Aberdeen the lead.

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goalkeeper on the ground. Robson's delivery, and the header gives I

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think we can play a lot better. It was a stop start game. Percentage

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football at times. Disappointed with some of our passing at times.

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Disappointed to lose the goal when we did. The keeper pulled off three

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or four saves and you start to think it is not going to be your day. To

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lose a goal from a set piece when they had not been threatening was

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disappointing but the response was to reflect. To come from behind in a

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game I thought we were in charge of in the second half, to come from

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behind and win it at the death, I think we got the reward we deserved.

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The players were outstanding in the second half.

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think we got the reward we deserved. The players were outstanding Jackie

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MacNamara might not have thought it was entertaining but it made for

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entertaining highlights and Peter Pawlett with the winning goal. How

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impressed have you been with him this season? He has been strong.

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Yes. He has benefited from a good structure and shape to the team. He

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has flourished this season. Last year he had problems with being

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marked as somebody who went down easily, but this year he has raised

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his game and become an influential player for Aberdeen. He is very

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direct. We spoke about that already tonight. Was he targeted by Paul

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Paton. For Paul Paton, what worked in his benefit was that Flood got

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let off with something similar. He has two good feet. I have been

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impressed. He was alert, getting in at the back post and he put in the

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winning goal. The Aberdeen fans behind the goal. What we saw in the

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first game, and this game, two stadiums where the fans were jumping

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and it is great to see. That is what the players want to play in front

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of. They were local derbies, which adds spice to the game. You want to

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have a full house, to have the atmosphere, to have a fantastic

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game, and on the highlights it looked a great game. It looked as if

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Pawlett could have had three or four macro goals. He was at the heart of

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everything for Aberdeen. Where do Dundee United go from here? That is

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three straight defeats. They will definitely be in the mix at the top

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end of the table because they have too many quality players in the

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final third to be anywhere else. They are a talented bunch and they

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will be back. 20 more to come. And we are back for more in a few days.

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What do you do when James McFadden hopes to inspire you to a 5-1

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victory over Partick Thistle? Drop into the bench. But who is to argue

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with Stuart McCall, who masterminded his side's right to second in the

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table? They looking for their fifth straight win in a row. May had taken

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his tally to 15. It began with a moment of

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controversy. Did this effort from McManus crossed the line? No, was

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the decision of the officials. It struck the bar twice. The second was

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definitely on the line. It remains 0-0. But this would be a match of

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countless chances. Over 24 hours on, the frames of the goals are

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probably still reverberating. Next to go close, Scott Brown, the Saints

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youngster making his first start for the club. Iain Vigurs has an eye for

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the pass, and Brittain knows how to score when he gets service like

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this. -- Sutton. His 10th goal of the season. The tricky feat of

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Lionel Ainsworth have been to the fore in recent weeks, almost leading

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to goal member two, Carswell's effort locked on the line. --

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blocked. In the second half, Motherwell sought to extend their

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lead. Ainsworth with the direct run, and Vigurs was there to make it

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2-0. He scored nine times for Ross County last season but this was his

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first goal for Motherwell. It was not quite over for St Johnstone but

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when the ball ended up at the feet of David Wotherspoon, he lacked

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conviction. And by the time May had a chance, a combination of defenders

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and woodwork kept him at a. At the other end, Ainsworth continued to

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minister St Johnstone back line. Again, the frame of the goal

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rattled. And it had barely stopped rattling when Hutchinson's header

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came back off the post. Not that Motherwell gave up. And when the

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ball fell to the feet of Ainsworth, always a chance of danger. The man

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on loan from Rotherham United, for the fourth game in a row, on the

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scoresheet. Motherwell well on their way to a fifth straight win. James

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McFadden was back to something like his inspirational best in the last

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game, and on freight brief cameo he got number four. These are heady

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games once again -- heady days once again for Motherwell fans. I thought

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we were as good as we could have been. In the second half we were

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outstanding, creating good chances and playing some smashing football.

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St Johnstone could have got a couple and we could have had more. It was a

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good game from our point of view. Clinical again. We had chances as

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well and we failed to take them. Disappointing for us. But Motherwell

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were excellent. Disappointing for us. But Motherwell

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were Motherwell lost in the Scottish Cup and then got hammered by Celtic.

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And then they got five in a row. Explain that. It is something Jackie

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MacNamara will want to be looking at. They are similar teams as well

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and they will be competing at the top. The thing with Motherwell is

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that the Albion Rovers game was a shock to the system and gave them a

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kick up the backside. Clearly, it has pushed them on and they are

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doing fantastically well at the moment. They are clearly in the

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groove and Lionel Ainsworth, on loan from Rotherham United, twinkle toes,

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that is for sure. He had an outstanding game. Stuart McCall was

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saying he hopes to extend the loan. He is direct, quick, tricky. He

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always seems to have an end product, whether it is a shot or a

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cross. And he scored a fantastic goal as well. Here's one they will

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want to keep hold of. That is something you look for, end

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product. Many flatter to deceive, but everything he does has an end

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product. I am pretty sure he will be going back to Rotherham -- back to

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Rotherham. I have to ask you about Stevie May. He was not on the

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scoresheet for St Johnstone against Motherwell but scored a hat-trick

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against Dundee United. How impressed have you been by him this season?

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Very impressed. 15 goals this season. He is still a young lad. He

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will be looking to improve. To score that level of goal already, it is

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definitely a fantastic achievement. I would not be surprised if a few

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teams south of the border will be circling him. Certainly in January.

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The Highland derby next, the first for the new Inverness manager, John

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Hughes, still looking for his first home win since taking over from

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Terry Butcher. Ross County were looking for their first victory away

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to Inverness in over four-year 's. They have not managed a victory

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against anyone in the last ten matches.

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John Hughes sees no reason to change the Inverness team which lost 1-0 to

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Celtic. There is a new name in the Ross County team, Jordan Slew, on

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loan -- on loan from Blackburn, making a derby debut.

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Back off the post, and Billy McKay. You had your money on the top scorer

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tucking it away on the rebound. Scott Boyd fires Ross County in

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front. And could they get the ideal start to the New Year and a badly

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needed win? They are on their way. The shot was inflected off

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Tremarco. 15 minutes gone and Ross County in front.

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And Cooper scores. It is two in not much more than a minute. It is a

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double blow for Inverness on Derby day. And all of the composure, and

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Cooper just took his time before driving that home.

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Straight at Michael Fraser. Lovely touch from Billy McKay.

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Fraser made the save, and Scott Boyd tidied things up.

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Ross Draper went in against Kettlewell. Was he leading with the

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elbow? Well, he is leaving the scene of the crime. But it is a red card

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for Draper. And a dismal derby day continues for Inverness. Two goals

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down and one man down. Agdestein, the Norwegian striker,

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with a good hit but just too high. Aaron Doran has got it over Michael

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Fraser and nodded home in the 89th minute, to give Inverness a goal.

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Fraser hesitated as he came off his line.

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Credit to them. They came in and they hit us on the counter and it

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worked for them. We were a little over committed and a bit expensive.

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It resulted in us losing two goals. Disappointing. We have been looking

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for the break and we probably got it in the first half when Inverness hit

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the post. Then we were able to get the first goal. We have been waiting

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for a number of weeks to get the first goal. We saw the confidence

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after that happened. A fantastic win for Ross County. They did well by

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bringing in Slew from Blackburn. Registered just in time for the

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match. A big striker, what did you make of his contribution? From what

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you see, he has ended up with two assists. He is a big lad. He will be

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a target man. You see from the touches he has for the two goals, he

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picks up a nice position there. He works himself in front of the centre

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half. works himself in front of the centre

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And has the awareness to flick it on to a team mate. This one is

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fantastic play. Grat touch. He has the support. You need runners and he

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has played a fantastic ball into the space for his team mate to go

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through. It leads to a goal. That is what you need - your striker to be a

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platform to get you up the park. And that second goal has everything.

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Blackburn paid ?1 million for him at one point A massive win for Ross

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unty. When you look at what they did last year, they set the bar high. It

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was going to be difficult to reach those heights again. But this year

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has been a struggle and Slew has been a big plus, because they have

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struggled in the forward area. Somebody that will give them the

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platform to get forward. We will accused of trial by TV, but we have

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to look at this. The Ross Draper sending off. What did you make of

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it, Kenny? It is a harsh decision. He has led up and his arms are up,

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you always have to jump with your arms. I don't think there is any

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real intent by sending his arm into anybody's face or head, I think it

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is harsh. The problem is when the impact of the ball's very low, had

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it been, he was higher up he may have been able to get his head on

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it. But I don't think there was any intent, but when you raise your

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arms, you run the risk of a red card. Next we're off to the top

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flight Glasgow derby between unbeaten Celtic and Partick Thistle.

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Plenty of speculation swirling around the futures of both Joe

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Ledley and Giorgios Samaras, out of contract in the summer - Ledley

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started, Samaras was on the bench. Partick Thistle were hoping for a

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massive improvement after losing 5-1 at home to Motherwell in their last

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match. New loan signing Lyle Taylor - just arrived from Sheffield United

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and formerly a free-scoring striker at Falkirk - went straight into the

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starting 11. Brian Mclaughlin reports.

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After consecutive 1-0 wins on the road, Celtic were back in front of

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their own fans. Pukki almost gave them the perfect start. Only denied

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by Fox. Lyle Taylor made his debut for Thistle, but his herd was wide

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of -- header was wide of the target. Fox saved again for Thistle. At the

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other end, Forster still has aspirations of a World Cup spot with

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England and saves like this from Balatoni, he may well make to it

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Rio. Again he was called into action. Forster going the wrong way,

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but somehow managing to still get a hand to Elliott's header. A terrific

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reaction save by Celtic's number one. Neil Lennon hopes that Joe

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Ledley will sign a new deal and the Welshman made the break through just

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before half time. This was Ledley's fourth goal of the season. His 25

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yarder creeping in between the keeper and the post. Pukki has yet

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to win over the Parkhead faithful, but he came close with this effort,

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but Fox again denied him. One final chance for the Jags late on, Celtic

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famed to clear the corner. Lawless with the shot cleared off the line.

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The danger still there and Elliott with the header just wide of goal.

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Adam Matthews with the clearance as Celtic make it seven clean sheets in

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a row. We had chances and you have to take them. I felt our strikers

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were more attacking. We were deliepgted with the -- deliepgted

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with the way we played. The performance wasn't great, but it was

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a good result and under the circumstances a win. But we were

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flat today. It has been coming for a couple of games. They're starting to

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look heavy-leagued. So we -- heavy-legged and we will to assess

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them before the St Mirren game and try and get a spark in there. Leddy

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with the goal and speculation about his future. How important do you

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feel its for Neil Lennon to keep Joe Ledley? He showed with his goals. He

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probably doesn't get the credit he deserves for the, there is others

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who steal the headlines. He is reliable and pops up with a lot of

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goals and important goals that win games. I'm sure Neil will help he

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can keep ahold of him. But he is an important player. Along with

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Samaras. Equally important to keep hold of Samaras? Yes, over the last

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few years big George has proven, he has scored a lot of goals in the

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Champions League and Old Firm games. He has been a great acquisition for

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the club. I am sure he will look to keep both. But with six months left

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it gets to that stage where they can speak to anyone. Neil Lennon talked

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of the flatness of the game and the stadium far from full. What can they

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do about that? Not a great deal. They have got to wait until Rangers

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get back until league, that is what drives them on. Neil Lennon talks

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about the players, but you said the stadium is half empty. The players

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are no different to the supporters, they're not as excited about the

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league, because they don't have that challenge from Rangers. When they

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come back, you will see a direct impact on the crowds and they will

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come back. Would you agree with that, Celtic are showing signs of

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missing Rangers? I think so. They would have missed them last year. I

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know from being at the club, when you're at the Old Firm, you're

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always playing catch up, one team will play Saturday the next the

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Sunday. There is always that reaction. If the team wins, you need

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to win to stay up with them. And if they drop pain moints -- drop

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points. There is always something driving you on. With no disrespect

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to the other teams, Celtic women win the -- Celtic will win the league.

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We finish the night at Rugby Park, where the home side Kilmarnock this

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afternoon took on St Mirren. A home victory would see Kilmarnock

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overtake Saints in the Premiership table. Commentary comes from John

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Barnes. afternoon took on St Mirren. A home

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victory would see Kilmarnock For Kilmarnock's first match of the

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year, Alan Johnson fields the same side that lost the last of 2013 to

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Hibs. With Jim Goodwin suspended, Adam Campbell gets his debut on loan

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from Newcastle. Slater! So close to his first goal

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for Kilmarnock, slater there. Back off the cross bar.

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Thomson is captain for the day. Dancing feet on the wing as well.

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This is Adam Campbell - good strike and St Mirren are in front with 17

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minutes played. Adam Campbell on his debut gets a goal, celebrating his

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19th birthday yesterday - that is a belated birthday present!

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A fine strike. What an effort that was from Rory McKenzie to level

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things. He was involved in the initial move, linking with Johnson.

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He just found that yard of space for the shot. And directed it beyond

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Kello. A second of the season. Newton to Thomson. It looked

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destined for the bottom corner until Samson's intervention. The former

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team mates acknowledge each other's efforts. Newton set it up and it was

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the right boot of Samson to turn it away.

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Samson again to the rescue for Kilmarnock. The shot took a

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deflection, the keeper saw it late. Kris Boyd! Oh, it looked as though

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it was a great opportunity for Boyd just to put his side in front. Neat

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skills by the big striker. It may well have taken a bobble as he was

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about to pull the trigger. A chance for granger and it shame

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off Slater and directed it wide of the target.

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Muirhead, not a bad strike from the teenager, on as a substitute. It

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swerved in the air. Through to Kris Boyd and a minute

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into stoppage and Boyd scores! That will secure the win for the Rugby

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Park side. It is a sixth goal in six games. His fourth in four against St

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Mirren. His 12th of the season. He was onside. Played onside by

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McGregor and he buried it in the bottom corner. Very disappointed,

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but Wen you give a top marksman like Boyd an opportunity, that is the

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damage he can do. I thought we handled him well for the 90 minutes.

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Just not for the 92. The boys have had confidence. Stipes when you get

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-- sometimes when you get beat you see the lack of confidence. But it

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is good to see the results are coming. A good winning goal from

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Boyd. But how important were the saves? You have got to make yourself

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difficult to beat. Samson did that for his team for Kilmarnock. That is

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a fantastic save from Thomson. He is going the other way and that is a

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great save. There was a number of them through the game. A strong hand

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to it and getting it away from the goals. Yeah, it gives you the

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opportunity, the chance to stay in the game. Gary Harkins maybe giving

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the ball away. He is off on loan to Oldham. But Kris Boyd, your old

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striking partner, are you surprised by this rejuvenile lacing he has had

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-- he has had at schizophrenia? -- at schizophrenia. He has had a tough

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couple of years. But it is great to see him back a and playing. Now, he

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has had a run, you are starting to see the best of him and he is doing

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what he does best. He will get them every week if he has the chances.

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Kenny, your situation in Canada is that the situation in the future.

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There was stories of a move back to Rangers. No. Put you on the the

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hotspot! I have got another three weeks of the break, where I'm

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working down at Murray Park after a minor knee operation, I'm getting

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back to almost full training. I will be doing that for a few week and

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then back to Canada. Thank you. And here is the table as it stands.

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Celtic remain 11 points clear. Hibs now into the top six as we have

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seen Kilmarnock now above St Mirren. And Ross County move to within a

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point of Partick Thistle. And that's it. 2014 is safely in through the

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door and Scottish football continues to look much like it did in 2013 -

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blooming marvellous as far as I'm concerned. We're back on Sunday,

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thanks for watching. Until next time, goodnight.

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