02/01/2017 Sportscene


02/01/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Premiership derby action. -- Michael Stewart and Scott

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

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

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Premiership. Commentary from Liam McLeod.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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particularly relishes this fixture. The first league meeting at Ibrox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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than expected. Holt. Windass has got it through to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A huge chance. Scott Sinclair, heavily involved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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effort. Here comes the ball from Tavernier

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

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

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

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job. Now Roberts gets a first feel of the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celtic. Dembele, Roberts, an option here and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sviatchenko. Stuart Armstrong has had another fine afternoon and he

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

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

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

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

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

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A great game, fantastic entertainment. Brendan Rodgers said

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McGregor and Stuart Armstrong started to build into the game and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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derby match between Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. County

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

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consecutive defeats. Would that change?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the season. A neat touch and suddenly King is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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grave in foster. Is this a victory for visits.

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

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

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half five. In an effort and if you are in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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them. El Bakhtaoui who got the scoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday night at Tynecastle, Hearts against Aberdeen with Hearts looking

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for more traction under new head coach Ian Cathro and Aberdeen

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looking to keep the pressure on Rangers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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have started promisingly. Kenny McLean testing the Hearts number

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday. He could not convert this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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all. Ash Taylor and Jonny Hayes are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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about a possible deal. The Lanarkshire derby now. Motherwell

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

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Commentary from John Barnes. Hamilton make five changes with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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handball incident that Motherwell were claiming four. Sampson. Long

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

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

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

:47:22.:47:30.

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

:47:31.:47:35.

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

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

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

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

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

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Motherwell supporters and their players. Accies were claiming for a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:49:52.:49:57.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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looked stretched and they were outnumbered in the crucial area.

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

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County, good Partick Thistle keep it going against Kilmarnock?

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

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

:50:58.:51:01.

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

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shore. A lovely term. Lawless! Offside. The

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

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

:51:35.:51:39.

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

:51:40.:51:43.

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

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

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

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

:52:07.:52:13.

centre back. Almost presenting Thistle with the opportunity. Callum

:52:14.:52:22.

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

:52:23.:52:31.

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

:52:32.:52:37.

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

:52:38.:52:42.

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

:52:43.:52:50.

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

:52:51.:52:57.

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

:52:58.:53:04.

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

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

:53:11.:53:15.

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

:53:16.:53:22.

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

:53:23.:53:28.

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

:53:29.:53:43.

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

:53:44.:53:51.

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

:53:52.:53:56.

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

:53:57.:54:02.

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

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

:54:07.:54:12.

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

:54:13.:54:25.

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

:54:26.:54:34.

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

:54:35.:54:39.

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

:54:40.:54:45.

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

:54:46.:54:52.

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

:54:53.:54:56.

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

:54:57.:55:03.

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

:55:04.:55:07.

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

:55:08.:55:14.

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

:55:15.:55:20.

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

:55:21.:55:24.

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

:55:25.:55:32.

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

:55:33.:55:35.

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

:55:36.:55:41.

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

:55:42.:55:48.

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

:55:49.:55:53.

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

:55:54.:55:58.

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

:55:59.:56:02.

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

:56:03.:56:07.

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

:56:08.:56:13.

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

:56:14.:56:19.

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

:56:20.:56:23.

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

:56:24.:56:27.

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

:56:28.:56:31.

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

:56:32.:56:35.

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

:56:36.:56:44.

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

:56:45.:56:47.

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

:56:48.:56:50.

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

:56:51.:56:55.

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

:56:56.:56:59.

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

:57:00.:57:05.

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

:57:06.:57:09.

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

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how the table looks as we venture into 2017.

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

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

:57:36.:57:41.

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

:57:42.:57:44.

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

:57:45.:58:12.

World. Faster, leaner and taller

:58:13.:58:20.

than the last series. I was hoovering and ironing

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and washing.

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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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