02/01/2017 Sportscene


Rangers v Celtic, Ross County v Inverness, Hamilton v Motherwell, Dundee v St Johnstone, Hearts v Aberdeen and Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock.

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Mousa Dembele turns away from Senderos! 44 Dembele. A football


then and they get one back. Scott Sinclair might just have tied


up all three points for Celtic. It is a second yellow card for Philippe


Senderos. Great ball in four Dembele and it is an Old Firm hat-trick for


Mousa Dembele. Armstrong! It is the famous five for Celtic on Old Firm


day. Very happy New Year to you. The last league meeting between Celtic


and Rangers was memorable but how would this weekend's instalment of


the Old Firm derby play out? We will find out tonight in our feast of


Premiership derby action. -- Michael Stewart and Scott


McDonald will provide the inside. The Old Firm match loomed largest of


all this weekend. Celtic were miles out in front at the top of the


Premiership. Commentary from Liam McLeod.


COMMENTATOR: The big news for Rangers is the lack of Captain Lee


Wallace. Mark Warburton go with the same team that drew with St.


Johnstone. Miller has scored nine in this fixture while playing for both


clubs. The man who scored the first Celtic league hat-trick against


Rangers in 50 years is back in, Mousa Dembele is preferred to Leigh


Griffiths. Callum McGregor is also in the team at the champion aim to


move a sensational 19 points clear of their rivals. Before we get under


way there will be a minutes silence for the 66 supporters who lost their


lives here on the 2nd of January 19 71. The Ibrox disaster and those who


did not come home that night is remembered 46 years on.


A big afternoon for Kelly Miller -- Kenny Miller and company who


particularly relishes this fixture. The first league meeting at Ibrox


between these two since March 20 12. Rangers won that 13-2. -- 3-2. Only


Wallace Brown and Izaguirre remain from that day. Jason Hogg with a


sign of goal in the opening minute, a positive start from the kick-off


-- Jason Holt. The first taste of Ibrox for Brendan Rodgers.


Some way for these two clubs to end the calendar year. Sviatchenko has


gifted that straight to Miller. Tavernier, Rangers have a man down


but play on. And Miller is there! As he always is against Celtic! Ranges


are leading the derby. Sviatchenko sold the jerseys and Kenny Miller


was at the back post to pick them up. It is Kenny Miller's tenth goal


in this fixture, nine of them for Rangers. The ball from Josh Windass


was perfect for Tavernier and Kenny Miller, who has just turned 37,


scores again against Celtic. The face says it all. But a real problem


for Joe Garner. He will be put on a stretcher after this innocuous


looking challenge with Erik Sviatchenko in the build-up to the


goal. He will have to be replaced here by Martyn Waghorn by the looks


of things. He had only scored three times for Rangers but the supporters


have taken him to their hearts. It will be Martyn Waghorn on earlier


than expected. Holt. Windass has got it through to


Tavernier and a big chance. Gordon got there first. It could so easily


have been 2-0 had the ball been better. Meanwhile, Sinclair, is he


onside? No, he is not. Scott Sinclair, that was so tight the many


might have been on. Not the best angle. What a ball that was from


Windass. Tavernier was on the slide and that allowed Gordon to just get


in there before Waghorn could get a proper sniff. Armstrong, that is an


up and under and Sinclair might be on but he could not get it under


control. He still has it. He is unlucky! So unlucky. As close as


Celtic have come. Both he and Dembele were on and this is as close


as the champions have come in this game. It is the width of the post


away from being 1-1. Still pressure on this Rangers defence. Sinclair


takes. Dembele! 1-1! Rangers' arch nemesis does it again.


A thundering finish from Mousa Dembele. Who justifies his manager's


decision to play him from the start. What a good take wider Frenchmen and


he lashed that past Foderingham. And despite being perhaps second-best


for much of this first half, Celtic draw level in spectacular fashion.


Look who is there again. Was he caught late by Kenny Miller? Celtic


play on in any case and this is Dembele with Sinclair in the


support. He couldn't make his mind up. Scott Sinclair. Forrest,


Dembele. Oh dear. That should be 2-1 Celtic and Moussa Dembele knows it.


A huge chance. Scott Sinclair, heavily involved.


Armstrong, it has come through to Forrest. Blocked by Foderingham.


Goalkick. This was not an easy chance for James Forrest, not easy


to beat Wes Foderingham with the ball on his left foot. The


goalkeeper had made himself big. Celtic have begun this second half


like they mean business. An overlap from McGregor. It has dogged into a


fine area and Sinclair on the follow-up -- it has gone into.


Dembele thought he had scored again. He has done so well. He is


unfortunate that he has not reaped a bigger reward. It was a clever


effort. Here comes the ball from Tavernier


which is not bad and Gordon saves from Wilson. Rangers have not really


troubled Celtic in this second half but Danny Wilson with a flying


header which was saved by Craig Gordon. Unorthodox but it does the


job. Now Roberts gets a first feel of the


ball since coming on. That is a lovely reverse as well and it is


Armstrong and Sinclair! They always find a way to win. And that might


just do it for Celtic here. A very similar goal to the one that gave


Rangers the lead in the first half and Celtic have come up with an


answer yet again. Scott Sinclair's 12th goal of the season.


Where every Celtic player wants to score. At Ibrox it is Rangers 1-2


Celtic. Dembele, Roberts, an option here and


it is Armstrong! He didn't catch it as he would have liked. That would


have sealed the points, you would imagine. Roberts has made a


sprightly impact since coming on. Away by Wilson. Collected by McKay.


It is with Halladay, Miller is in the middle and he is there again!


But he cannot convert. Kenny Miller holds his head. Should he have


scored? The ball in from Halladay was perfect and he misses a golden


opportunity -- Andy Halliday. Nice play by McGregor, Sinclair. On


he goes. Pulls it back for Armstrong! Another chance. He got


the fifth in September and was looking to put the icing on the cake


for the second time. It came off Wilson. You get the sense that


Celtic have another goal in them. Only the record-breaking new Saints


of Wales at a better winning return at the moment than Celtic. They have


just beating Ajax's record from the 70s. Pondering saves again from


Armstrong. Sinclair following up. -- Foderingham. He went for the far


corner. He has made a few saves now, Wes Foderingham and he is keeping


Rangers hearts beating also this is Harry Forrester. Good defending by


Sviatchenko. Stuart Armstrong has had another fine afternoon and he


was heavily involved as Celtic tried to put it to bed. No Celtic manager


has ever won the first three Old Firm derbies. McGrory, steam,


O'Neil, McNeill, none of them managed it -- Stein. The best of


enemies and Celtic had beaten their rivals again and they are 19 points


clear at the top of the table with a 15th straight victory.


A great game, fantastic entertainment. Brendan Rodgers said


it was a brilliant result and thoroughly deserved. Does that sum


it up? I think so on the balance, especially second half, Celtic


dominated. It was a fantastic game for the great chances at both ends.


Sinclair and Armstrong were key men for Celtic. Overall, you couldn't


argue that they deserved it. These games in terms of entertainment


don't always live up to the hype but it was an entertaining match. For


Rangers, a good start, did they exceed expectations on the day? I


don't think so much exceed but they had the change because of Lee


Wallace being missing which meant they had two strikers up against the


Celtic centre halves. Sviatchenko was under pressure and did not do


the best. You want Tavernier in that area, exploiting the weakness of


Izaguirre and it was a wonderful goal. It meant that you had the


Rangers players in the wider areas Kjaer up the park, forcing Celtic


back and they looked vulnerable -- higher up the park. The first half


hour, Celtic were on the back foot and struggling for a moment. This


was a wonderful pass from Windass, Tavernier once it behind Izaguirre


again and he was ball watching. You thought he could have taken a touch


rather than taking it first time. Celtic were rocking at that stage.


Credits to Rangers, they change the formation, whether through design or


necessity, but it definitely worked. Mark Warburton has been accused of


being a bit of a one trick pony but he showed, with that injury


committee changed it and it worked early on. We have spoken about the


Rangers defending this season. In terms of the Dembele goal, issues


again. And this was after 34 minutes and you can seek any Wilson loses


him but he get in position to get back to him -- you can see Danny


Wilson loses him. It is criminal defending. The first bit where he


gets pushed off you can almost accept. But he gets back into an


area where he can cover Dembele but he runs under the ball and misjudges


it. Rangers had the upper hand and goals change games. If they could


have seen it out until half-time, the dynamics could be different but


as soon as Celtic get a sniff of blood and get back into it, that was


the turning point. It was a great strike then barely that Vaka from


Dembele as well. We debated if Griffiths would start. -- a great


strike from Dembele. What sort price tag would you put on him? He is a


big game player, he has scored goals in these big occasions and he did so


again. Price tag? 10,000,000th of 15 million, 20 million. How much would


you pay? I don't need you could put a price tag on him at the moment he


is still developing. If he continues in this vein of form and Brendan


Rodgers can continue improving him, I think you are talking above 15. At


this stage the figure is almost arbitrary because Celtic do not need


to sell. I think in January it would have to be something ridiculous for


them to even think about it. Brendan Rodgers talked about his players


staying calm if they went behind and they did and their class told in the


end. As I said, goals change games but Celtic started to sense where


they would get some joy. The middle three of Scott Brown, Callum


McGregor and Stuart Armstrong started to build into the game and


we have piloted Tavernier here. He is pointing and he knows Sinclair is


behind him -- highlighted Tavernier. Armstrong is running through.


Kiernan and Tavernier do not speak to each other, they both know


Sinclair is at the back post and nobody picks them up. Kiernan is


going mental at Tavernier, he should have been talking to him before


that. It was indeed wide areas that Celtic started to punish Rangers


later in the game. Armstrong again, look at that space. They started to


stretch the Rangers back three and create space in the middle for the


likes of Armstrong who became pivotal. Energy all over the park,


driving into areas and picking holes in the defence because they'd


stretch them out wide. Credit to Celtic. They recognised where they


could hurt Rangers and it was a top performance in the end. Celtic now


19 points clear at the top of the table. To the Highlands now and the


derby match between Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. County


had a dismal recent record at home against their neighbours, five


consecutive defeats. Would that change?


COMMENTATOR: Jim McIntyre makes two changes to the county team, Kenny


van der Weg and Ryan Dow come in. Bottom of the league Inverness Caley


Thistle hope the derby can spark a revival. They are playing Aaron


Doran instead of Liam Polworth. Larnell Cole against Alex Schalk who


comes out on top. The shot is deflected behind. A big date for


Richie Foran and Inverness. That is Davies and Kenny van der Weg and


Liam Boyce! And it is a dream start for Ross County on derby day. It is


a 12th goal of the campaign for Liam Boyce and he has six in eight. Ross


County are ahead inside two minutes. Here is Kenny van der Weg. Looking


to build on a great start. Kenny van der Weg with the great ball in. That


was for his fellow countryman, Alex Schalk. The last touch was off Josh


Meekings. Lonsana Doumbouya. He slipped. Free kick given. Woods and


Chow in with the challenge. The free kick from Tansey and there is Warren


and Carl Tremarco! 1-1! He is the full-back who can't stop scoring.


Six this season for Carl Tremarco. A terrific diving header and the derby


is back to all square. Routis and words with the shot. A


good effort on target -- Martin Woods. Owain Fon Williams made the


save. Routis on the set piece, the header away by Doumbouya. Martin


Woods again. That was a rasping strike on the half volley. In by


Liam Boyce and it has gone all the way! Courtesy of a deflection, I'm


pretty sure, off Josh Meekings. Liam Boyce will happily try to claim this


but it is the glancing header from Josh Meekings which took it away


from Owain Fon Williams and it is 2-1 to Ross County. Martin Woods


probing and it is beyond Warren. In from Alex Schalk, missed by Warren


and Liam Boyce slashes that wide. It might just have been a chance, even


at this early stage, to tie up all three points. Warren Buzz Mike


Person, the lay-off from Iain Vigurs, lured slips and this is


Larnell Cole. He was always going to struggle to squeeze it past Scott


Fox at the near post. Andrew Davies, the Ross County captain. The header


from Draper and this is Tansey who loses out to Routis and this is


Martin Woods and 3-1! 61 minutes played and a two goal advantage for


the Dingwall team in the derby. And for Martin Woods, his first goal of


the season. A neat touch and suddenly King is


in. Fox spilled it and Alex Fisher gives late hope to Inverness:


Thistle. 81 minutes and it is 3-2. Fox should have done better. Fisher


snaps up the chance. Boyce gets away from Warren. Routis in the middle.


Around the outside was Ryan Dow. And the cross almost sneaked in under


the crossbar. Owain Fon Williams reaching up to tip it over. Tansey


for Aaron Doran. Good effort! And a good stop by Scott Fox. They are


giving everything to get something from the game, Inverness, but it


stayed at 3-2. Obviously delighted, we are pleased


to get the monkey off our back, not beaten them at home since we arrived


but I'm delighted for the players, they put in a fabulous effort in a


keenly contested derby. They had a lot of the game as well but I think


our chances were better than theirs and we deserved to win. I'm letting


the supporters down and the board and the chairman at the moment. I


feel it, but that will change, we will get better and I will get


better and my team will get better in 2017 with a little bit of help


from two or three players coming in. Not a good start to the year for


Inverness but a great match for Ross County with Liam Boyce very much to


the fore. Motherwell beat Inverness midweek, a great victory for you. In


terms of your appraisal of Inverness right now, bottom of the table and


losing to their rivals, how do you suck it up? I think they are just


low on confidence. -- sum it up. They are lost on their ideas in


terms of how they want to play. They have some very talented footballers


but it is trying to get it all together. And as Richie Foran is


trying to do. I think the break has come at a good time for them to


regroup and address a couple of things and come back fresh and


stronger afterwards. Richie Foran was saying that he feels he is


letting down the fans at the moment. We spoke about Rangers' defensive


deficiencies, there were plenty here. This was a horrible goal to


lose. Andrew Davies as a free header first of all, and then Van der Weg


flicks it back over and Mark and Liam Boyce put it in. Acres of space


for both players to get on the ball and eventually Liam Boyce put it


over the line. It is a terrible goal. And two minutes in, not a


great start. But Inverness showed good character to get back into it.


Chris DiMarco, -- We have been debating this, I think


this does take a significant touch off Josh Meekings. You can't take


that away from him! I won't because I would want it! I would be more


than happy to. Maybe you think he could catch you in the goal-scoring


stakes! We will see. Great for Ross County to finish the year in the top


six. Considering where they were earlier in the season when it looks


to be a struggle, they have done it around. A lot of draws and some


inconsistency but it also shows you how tight it is from sixth down to


12th. Not a great deal between those teams and they will take a lot


points off each other. They will be happy to be at the top and of that


at the moment. Dundee may have enjoyed a tricky start to the season


but they have gone four matches unbeaten at home as St. Johnstone


came calling. The Saint form is generally decent on the road.


COMMENTATOR: Dundee make two changes, Mark O'Hara and Faissal El


Bakhtaoui come in, he starts for the first time since the teams last met.


For Saint Dunstan, three changes to the team that drew with Rangers. In,


Murray Davidson, Danny Swanson and Liam Craig. -- in come.


McGowan has stolen a march. That is El Bakhtaoui! Welcome back to the


top team! It is his first start in 11 games and he rewards Paul Hartley


with the opening goal. Brian Easton could not cut out the cross and it


was clinically finished. Swanson, trying to move away from Cameron


Kerr and he was caught and that will be a yellow card. Swanson used his


pace to get away and sets up the free kick. Craig, but it is Blair


Alston who takes it. Scott Bain was beaten as it came off the bar. Great


effort the keeper was lost then. Craig Forsyth corner. This mass


grave in foster. Is this a victory for visits.


A gallon of his back on. Crafers issues. What a foolish.


The terrific wife and fulfil something of an airhead, and fun


half five. In an effort and if you are in


They are trying to find a way back into the game. It came of Davidson.


Safety first. Dundee, ten points from the last 12 at home. A great


comeback against Hearts. St. Johnstone try to bring it away and


that is great work from Mark O'Hara. Hateley is available forcibly will


cut across and it is a third goal for St. Johnstone! The final cuts


came from the defender, Steven Anderson with the own goal -- final


touch. For the first time in eight years, Dundee have three goals


against St Johnstone. O'Hara played onto Tom Hateley and Steven Anderson


was the unlucky player. Inside to Danny Swanson. Pushed away well by


Scott Bain. Swanson has a couple of goals and was looking to add to


them. El Bakhtaoui who got the scoring


started and he fancies another one. Zander Klug guarding his goal. A


good one-handed stop -- Clark. That was just a little long and that has


been the story of the match from St. Johnstone, just not executing in the


final third and that will disappoint Tommy Wright. McGowan! Terrific


effort from Dundee and Paul McGowan who came off the bench to score


against Hearts and he It has been a tough start, not easy


but with our home form in the last five games we have 13 points from 15


and we want to continue that. Extremely disappointed to lose a


derby game 3-0 but I will not take anything away from what I think the


players have achieved this year. This club and many clubs with much


more resources than us, that we continually do better than a lot of


clubs. A fantastic victory for Dundee, is that a surprise? A little


bit. St. Johnstone have been going well but maybe the exertions of the


game against Rangers before that took its toll. But an excellent


result for Dundee and the performance as well. We can see, in


terms of Marcus Haber in the team, they have direction and he is


helping. And you have been a big fan of El Bakhtaoui. He has not quite


hit the heights this season but took his goal well and the attacking


combination is looking good. It has been a slow burner in the front


third. It has been difficult for Dundee. You heard Paul Hartley


saying that, but you can see this, it is good movement, stretching the


St. Johnstone back line and it is a wonderful finish. St. Johnstone are


a difficult side to break down. We are not sure if that is a chest or a


handball. He is a big guy. This was a wonderful strike from El


Bakhtaoui. He has struggled, but I think he has enough quality to be a


success at Dundee. People are willing to run forward. So many


players these days, they want everything to feet. You need players


who can run in behind and stretch them. It has been a slow burner for


Dundee, but you ask if it was a surprise result and I think you


might say yes but when you hear that they have won four and drawn one of


their last five home games, it shows you they have started to turn the


corner. Add another we did not mention is O'Hara who has come back


in. He had a great start to the season and got injured but he is


back and Paul Hartley will be happy about that. And the big game on


Friday night at Tynecastle, Hearts against Aberdeen with Hearts looking


for more traction under new head coach Ian Cathro and Aberdeen


looking to keep the pressure on Rangers.


You have a vastly self the year is an official receiver loose-leaf and


5- and have reserves from Ian Cathro was delighted to get the


first victory on Tuesday but they are under the cosh and Reynolds


flashes that passed. He will feel he should put Aberdeen in front.


Terrific corner by Niall McGinn. Two wins in a decade against Hearts at


Tynecastle for Aberdeen, it is not their favourite fixture. That draws


a decent save from Jack Hamilton. Hearts have sat off Aberdeen who


have started promisingly. Kenny McLean testing the Hearts number


one. Hearts desperate to find the form that saw them sweep Rangers


away at the end of November. That was Robbie Neilson's final game in


charge. That is McGinn. Hamilton is there again. Aberdeen annoyed they


have not hit the front yet. They came close there.


Shinnie. He is going to have a go here! And Rooney on the follow-up.


He is normally so deadly on the rebound but Graeme Shinnie is


holding his head in his hands, that would have been quite some goal. Not


sure what happened with Adam Rooney. He scored against Hamilton on


Tuesday. He could not convert this time.


Beautifully done, lovely pass by Kenny Maclean and this is McGinn and


that is Jonny Hayes! And that is 1-0 Aberdeen! And finally the Dons make


the breakthrough. They more than deserve it, that is for sure. 1500


or so Aberdeen supporters are in raptures, as well they might be. He


must've been wondering if it is to come, Derek McInnes. -- if it was


going to come. That free kick from Cowie is dreadful, not like him at


all. Ash Taylor and Jonny Hayes are


there, frustration spilling over. In the week Rob Kiernan has been given


a two-game ban for getting involved in Perth, Igor Rossi with a little


punch out at Ash Taylor. Carrie. -- Cowie. That is better,


this is Walker, desperate for space to shoot and he finds it. Joe Lewis


says at the near post. Ten goals this season for Jamie Walker. That


was his first sight of goal really. Aberdeen almost over the line.


Cleared by O'Connor. This is John Souttar. Kitchen. Still it is alive


for Hearts. That came of Reynolds and Walker! Don Cowie could not


knock it past Joe Lewis. And that is the last action. Aberdeen end 2016


on a high but what a low for Hearts. I think initially we probably lost


the fight to make the game the way we wanted it to be. It was difficult


for us to get started. And the game became closer to what they wanted


than what we wanted. No doubt in my mind that we were the better team, I


thought we were very accomplished and tidy for most of it and made


good decisions about when to play and when to help things on and


recognised their strengths. Perhaps not the greatest spectacle but a big


win for Aberdeen. A lot of criticism for Hearts after that match and Ian


Castro in terms of his plan and the execution. What was your assessment?


Ian Castro said it didn't go the way he planned. I can't imagine you


would want this. Five men in midfield who are so narrow. You have


to exploit the width at Tynecastle. It allows Aberdeen to get in their


faces. Watch what Aberdeen do when they win the ball. Two of three


touches and out wide. Out to the danger men. One against one with the


full-backs. Hearts had no width. Look at the space for Niall McGinn.


You don't want somebody like that with 20 yards of space. The


full-back is asking for support. It's not the way you want the game


to be set up. Tynecastle is so narrow, you want the maximum width


and that's what Aberdeen did. In the first half there were so many


chances from the wide areas. Hearts couldn't compete. Two against one in


the wide area and Hearts have nobody there. Novak was sitting, Perry


Church just in front and then Cowie as well. Novak again, second half.


They'd gone to a back three at times when Nowak was in the back line. On


this occasion he's in front of those players. It allows your full-back to


push up the park. This was a set play for Hearts, but Nowak has to


realise he's the safety valve. He's got to block anything off in the


wide areas. You can't commit like that. As soon as you do, Hearts are


in trouble. But they have enough bodies back. Souter and Smith both


run to the front post. But you have to give Aberdeen credit because they


recognised where they could get at Hearts and they did that with


maximum efficiency. Aberdeen, back to basics in terms of team selection


and three wins in a row. They've gone with the tried and trusted


after the last few games after a few patchy results. It's worked for


them. You have to give the manager full credit. They've certainly


performed for him. Derek McInnes has been accused of changing things up a


lot and he's almost recognised it himself. Ryan Jack was out injured


early in the season and they went on a good run. He's one of the


mainstays. He was out of the team and they found a good shape. Madison


came in and made an impact. When Jack came up -- back he tried to fit


him back into the team. McGinn dropped out. They couldn't find the


right balance. They've gone back to the team of last year and madison


has suffered, but they've got the right shape. That's what you're


looking for. If madison has to sit out, so be it. They've got the right


balance at the moment. Hearts have now made contact with Niall McGinn


about a possible deal. The Lanarkshire derby now. Motherwell


looking for a third victory in a row against Hamilton Accies.


Commentary from John Barnes. Hamilton make five changes with


seaborne returning to the defence. So what and nutty come into the


midfield D'Acol and brokers believe the attack. Jack McMillan comes in


at left back for Motherwell. Alan Campbell makes his first start for


Mark McGhee's men. After victory against Inverness, Motherwell


looking 4-2 away league win Sidorova the first time this season. McDonald


looking for 18-year-old Campbell. McDonald! Outstanding goalkeeping by


Gary Woods to deny Scott McDonald the opener. Good delivery from


Malta. Woods with the save. -- moult. Lucas with the free kick.


Clay! Off the line by Mikey Devlin. He really played the captain is part


there and Clay almost claiming his second goal in two games. Hamilton


still on this run of no wins in ten. Lucas. A challenge with Don Marti.


Referee has produced the red card for Lucas. He deemed that challenge


violent conduct. The Motherwell midfielder is sent off. Donati.


Crawford. Trying to cut it back. Gillespie's shot. Crawford! It won't


count. The flag was up for offside. Kszczot spilled by Sampson. -- the


shot. In towards D'Acol! Hamilton make the breakthrough. Alex D'Acol


on the scoresheet for the sixth time this season. Good work by Crawford.


D'Acol was in their ahead of Tait. Determination about Mark McGhee for


his side to get back into this. Scott McDonald. Moult in the middle.


It comes off seaborne. McDonald is claiming it came off his hand. He


slid into that challenge and it's all kicking off. There was the


handball incident that Motherwell were claiming four. Sampson. Long


clearance. Scott McDonald towards Moult. Another great save by Gary


Woods to prevent Moult tidying up this game. -- tidying up. Clay


dispossessed by McKinnon. What can the Accies do here? Can they kill


off the game? Crawford... Away by Stephen McManus. It just won't go


for Ali Crawford. Seemed to be the sting of the shot taken off with the


challenges. Into the final few minutes and Accies, are they on


course for their first win in over two months? McDonald battling with


Donati, who has gone to ground. Moult! Three minutes into stoppage


time. Motherwell have claimed a point. That's what it means to the


Motherwell supporters and their players. Accies were claiming for a


foul, but a good delivery and there was Moult claiming his 11th goal of


the season. There's a team there. I don't think we can do a lot


different because we create a lot of opportunities. We gave them very


little in the game. If you don't see it out, you don't win and that's a


problem. We kept going, we could have lost another one but we could


also have got an equaliser earlier. In the end, one of the guys in our


team we want it felt too, to one, it fell to him and we buried it. Only


25 seconds to go after that so it was a good time to score. That must


have felt good going into the winter shutdown and the pictures say it


all. Last kick of the game. What about the last 20 seconds? They just


kicked off! Hamilton will be disappointed, we played with ten men


from the 20th minute. No arguments with the red card. Even though I was


trying to debate it in the replays. A great battling performance and to


go into the break four points out of six we can be happy with. How is


your eye? It was poked. It's fine. Mikey Devlin, good performance at


the back for the Accies, although the struggling the moment. He's


somebody that kept it tight. He filled in right across the back


line. Whenever it seemed like Motherwell were going to get in and


cause a problem, he was there to clear it up. You can see Scott


McDonald getting around the back and he thought he would score. Even in


the studio he thought he would score! On this one he gets dragged


out and Massimo Donati is circled. Potentially Scott has given a foul!


It leaves three against two in the middle. It's almost as if Hamilton


are playing with ten men. Donati heads it back in. Is that a foul? A


swan dive? It could have been given, but a lot to be done. The referee


waved play on and you have to score and it was a great header in the


end. On that occasion, it looks like Hamilton were down to ten. They


looked stretched and they were outnumbered in the crucial area.


After reaching the heady heights of the top six with victory over Ross


County, good Partick Thistle keep it going against Kilmarnock?


Partick Thistle looking for their third win on the trot. Liam Lindsay


is injured and he is replaced by Steven Lawless. Kilmarnock still


struggling with injuries. Income Hendry, walk sure and Bojaj. -- hawk


shore. A lovely term. Lawless! Offside. The


early celebrations from the home fans curtailed by the flag. Kris


Doolan, on his 300th Partick Thistle appearance, denied a second minute


goal. Terrific play from Erskine. McDonald couldn't hold it, but you


can see Doolan was offside from the past. -- Passi.


Long from Adam Barton. Dicker, April header. Ryan Edwards picks up.


Doolan. McDonald holds it at the second attempt. Decent effort from


Kris Doolan, who is looking lively. Gary Dicker not used to playing as a


centre back. Almost presenting Thistle with the opportunity. Callum


Booth into the feet of lawless. Turns neatly away from Stevie Smith.


Christie Elliot in. Cleared away, but they might get a second chance.


Claims that Elliott was fouled. Kevin Clancy lets play continued.


Another lovely turn, Doolan... Erskine! Somehow the ball seemed to


be deflected wide. It's a corner kick, but it should have been a


goal. Really nice play from Stevie lawless, picking out Doolan.


Couldn't get purchase on the shot and McDonald saved. Looks like Dick


just managed to block that. -- Dicker. Erskine and lawless combine.


They've both been at the heart of much of what's been good about


Thistle. Lawless once more. Doolan. Lovely finish! The offside flag is


up once more. Kris Doolan can't believe it. So tight. Almost nothing


in that. Doolan with a really composed finish, but it's chalked


off once more. Kilmarnock have been second best, but they've had their


chances and that was another one for Bojaj. They don't come much better


than that one. Coulibaly nodding a cross goal and Bojaj was on the


stretch. He will feel he should have done better. Lee Clark still looking


to end this winless run of five matches. A chance for Coulibaly!


Kilmarnock's top scorer. He couldn't add to his tally. Perhaps he should


have. Can Kilmarnock grab a late winning goal? Stevie Smith sets


himself for the strike. Tomas Cerny had to be alert. Stevie Smith can


hit them. He did so here. Journey alive to the danger. I thought we


put a lot into the first half, the conditions weren't great and that


played a part. Kilmarnock probably had the best chances in the second


half. We couldn't work their goalkeeper enough. Hard-fought point


for us under the circumstances we have with injuries to key players


and important players. Asking lads to play in different positions to


what they are used to, young players playing alongside other young


players when you really want them alongside experience. Not so much


Firhill for thrills, but Firhill for mills. You have to feel fit Doolan,


the ball in the back of the net twice and he doesn't get any of


them. The first one was clearly offside. The second one I'm not


sure. He's somebody in the right areas. He's in the middle of the


goals. That's where you will sniff out chances. He is offside and he


can't have any complaints. The second one, again, getting himself


into areas where he's going to have an effect. That is onside for me.


It's a wonderful finish. Great touch. He'll be hugely disappointed,


looking at the replays. Not getting another goal. The linesman is quick


to raise his flag, probably wrongly. Generally speaking, a real success


story. He has been. He's been brought back into the team in the


last couple of games. The results have changed for them and they've


done really well in the last three games. As for Kilmarnock, Lee Clark


talking about bringing in even more players. I've lost count how many


they've brought in so far. How do you assess them? It's a worrying


trend of late. They've not won for a good while. They've brought in so


many players in the summer and to talk about bringing in more players


in January, you wonder when they will get the consistency to build.


When you continually change, it's very difficult. You think they will


stay up. Yeah. Lee Clark has a good shape in the team so I think they'll


be fine. Thank you. That was it for the final action from 2016. This is


how the table looks as we venture into 2017.


The Premiership is now on hold for the winter shutdown so no sports


scene for a couple of weeks. We are back with a Scottish Cup fourth


round on Saturday. 21st January. From all of us, have a great start


to 2017. Goodbye for now. This Is The New Year by A Great Big


World. Faster, leaner and taller


than the last series. I was hoovering and ironing


and washing.


The first Sportscene of 2017 has highlights from the Hogmanay Premiership card. The leading fixture will undoubtedly be the Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox. It's a day derbies elsewhere too, with Ross County hosting Highland neighbours Inverness, Hamilton entertaining Motherwell in the Lanarkshire derby and Dundee facing St Johnstone on Tayside. Elsewhere, Aberdeen are away to Hearts and Kilmarnock travel to Partick.

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