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Believe it or not, we're ten weeks into the season. For us it has gone
Stokes doesn't miss it. Now that's a finish. Jim Jefferies is no
longer the manager of Hearts. Lafferty is back. McKay and it's in
the back of the net! Derby delight for Hearts. That is impettious.
That is unorthodox. First blood for Rangers. He has found it. So ten
weeks gone and Celtic went to Tynecastle ten points behind
Rangers. Hibs assistants manager Billy Brown was back to watch the
game. For Neil Lennon, last season going there was grim and never dull.
Black thinks about the shot. Deflected goal. Ledley that, that
could be a bad tackle. The referee goes to his pocket and it is a
straight red. A perfect ball and a perfect finish or the Templeton. It
looked like a hand. It is Neil Lennon's turn to take the walk up
the tunnel. Hooper, 1-0. It should have been a red card. He's done it
again. Great skill, great goal, but a second yellow for Commons. He is
off. Here is the Hearts team Celtic return of Kris Commons, and El
Kaddouri. The best of the match with Paul Mitchell. Black sends it
through and Stevenson is in and forces a save from Forster. He was
played onside. Majstorovic gave him a yard and Stevenson almost made
Celtic pay. Back at Tynecastle, back on the touchline. Hamill
swings it in. Zaliukas and almost touched in by tempson. Ki makes the
block. -- Templeton. Not sure if Templeton got a touch. Ki blocked
he got the power on the header that he was looking for. Granger
presented it to Forest. Forest with ball. Majstorovic stretching out
there. The chairman watching on to make the save. The ball goes
behind. It is a good save from the in the SPL without conceding. But
they're on the back foot here. Commons from his left on to his
right and parried by Macdonald. Kris Commons comfortable to strike
with either foot. This time the right. Bangura with the shot. For
Hearts fortunately it goes over the top. Bangura controlled it well.
Mel grew against Stevenson. The ball goes for a goal kick. There
was an appeal for hand ball. Stevenson had his back to him. The
ball simply hit his hand. No great 15 minutes gone. The hero is Skacel.
Celtic didn't deal with the high ball. Templeton tumped it down and
Skacel diswatched -- touched it down and Skacel dis batched --
dispatched the ball. Commons has gone over the top and he is off.
What an easy decision for the referee Kris Commons was sent off
here in the 3-0 win in May goes down to ten men with the departure
of Kris Commons. And Stokes Stevenson, past the keeper and in.
Ryan Stevenson will wrap up the points for Hearts. Well he looked
offside, but it will be a different phase of play. Clever from
Templeton and calm from Stevenson. Mulgrew threw up an arm. But
Templeton's clever back heel. And Hearts lead by 2-0. Misery for
Celtic. There noise point in getting carried away, because we
beat -- there is no point in getting carried away because we
beat Celtic. We played well. But we can't just play like that today and
then in two weeks not apply ourselves in the same manner.
conceded a poor goal when we were on top. After half time we had
control of the game. My biggest bug bear about today is... The amount
of good chances we missed. We were flagrant in front of goal and away
from home, the longer the game is 0-0, you give the opposition
encouragement. I thraugts if we had got a goal it would have opened up
Heart. But the first goal changed the nature of the game and then we
lost our discipline. Or one player did. And let us down badly.
happy doesn't quite cover it for happy doesn't quite cover it for
Neil Lennon. That was your first time being back at Hearts since
being sacked by Hearts, did it feel strange? Yes I didn't think I would
be back as quick. We play Hearts in the League Cup and it was part of
my job to go there. It was Prebble better to get it over with. Does it
feel, do you feel better about going into the League Cup tie than
you would have done a couple of week ago, because of Celtic's
situation and Hibs? There has been a progression in our performances.
We looked good yesterday, although we got beat, it was a good step up
and every game we have got better. It gives you heart to take on
Celtic. Because you know, they're not doing as well as what they were
and we're on an upward climb. confirms that Celtic don't ring as
well. This was -- aren't doing as well. This was -- aren't doing as
well. This was an awful build up. Why master vich -- Majstorovic
didn't led that out of way. As soon as it drops to Skacel, he is a good
striker of the ball, there was only one place it would ends up in the
end. Stevenson may have been offside. But I think it is
clutching at straws for Celtic. He finished it well. Yes I don't think
Ryan, you can't blame the linesman for not getting I right. But great
play from Templeton and a great firn. Templeton's got that in his
locker. He's really good player. At that stage, much deserved. That
will do Paolo sench owe a lot of good. The Hearts -- Sergio a lot of
good. The Hearts fans think he has not set the place alight.
beating Celtic is a big result and he was under pressure today. When
you're at Heart and Hibs, you're under pressure to get results and
it will do him a power of good and he can maybe increase his lease on
his flat. Kris Commons made an impact for obvious reasons. But
early in the game, you saw why he brings Celtic to life at times.
He's good player. You know he is dangerous and got a good shot. He
has not played in the last few weeks. But today he did well. But I
mean what he did here, after his team going 1-0 down is crazy. And I
thought Neil summed it up well, he has let his team mates down. There
is 25 minutes to go and thrair well in the game at the time. After that,
they have no chance. There was a rare sighting of the Hearts owner,
I take its you were over exchanging pleasantrys with him. No, I never
had much to do with him when I was there and I don't intend to have
much to do with him now I have left. He was catching his private jet
back to Lithuania. I love the look on the face of security officer
there. The fear of doth was in her eyes. How sore are you about being
sacked by Hearts? I am not sore now. These things help you. Jim and I
done very well there. I showed Hearts a lot of loyalty in both
periods frplts I have been sacked there twice. In the crunch I got no
loyalty back. I'm not hurt about it. I was offered a good job with an
equally big club and I have got a burning desire to do well there.
And you know everyone's set up to do well. Rangers set out yesterday
to stretch their SPL run to nine in a row. But it was a visit to Ibrox
a year ago that gave Colin Calderwood his first win as Hibs
Calderwood his first win as Hibs manager. That is a peach into the
top corner. Colin Calderwood has an unlikely first victory as Hibs
manager. Hibs were back to face a Rangers change showing one change
from the win against Kilmarnock. A first start for bedo I ya. --
to Wylde. Stack came to meet him. It is the first sights of goal that
Rangers have had in the game. The last time Hibs came here, they one
game so far. Rangers have one man down. Heads are playing on ASDA has
been no was all. Sproule! -- Hibernian are playing on as there
was no whistle. Stack was the hero. Great ball from Kyle Lafferty right
through to the Croatian. Good first touch. Lafferty can certainly hit
them from here. Stack get rid of it. Didn't look as though it had that
much power in it. It is a slippy surface. Davies. Another great ball
through for Lafferty. Penalty! Stack was the offender. He has
denied Rangers a couple of times in the first half. In stoppage time of
the first half, he concede a penalty. It is Whitaker. Over!
Chance missed for Rangers right on the interval. In from Scott. He
will get a second goal. Still plenty to head. Hanlon! Unlucky.
Should have got that on target. Side net. This is all,. Onside.
Saved by MacGregor. Chance of the game for Hibernian. He scored
against St Johnstone midweek. He could not finish it today. Chances
like that don't come along too long in Glasgow for a visiting side. The
flag is up. The assistant referee says it does not count. Papac.
Hibernian are defending well. Gregg Wylde. Good ball in. Lafferty! 1-0
to Rangers. Moving into the final quarter of the game, nerves have
settled thanks to Lafferty's second of the season. Terrific ball from
Graeme wild. -- Greg Wilde. Rangers hoping to move 10 points clear of
Celtic. Looking for a second goal here that would surely clinch it.
This is Lafferty. Still plenty options there for him. Davies. Good
save by Stack. We have seen that several times throughout the match
for Graham Stack who has kept Rangers at bay. Not too clever that
time from Hibernian. Jelavic did not quite catch the shot as he
would have liked. Still does the one-goal advantage. -- just. Lively
from Gregg Wylde. Now Davies. Good ball. Jelavic is wanting to cut
ball. Jelavic is wanting to cut Losing 1-0 can probably never be a
great outcome, but can Hibernian take some encouragement from that?
Without doubt. You can go to these places and the goalkeeper has to
play well to start with. In general, the team played fairly well. They
played with passion and pass the ball a lot. Rangers had some
chances, but they always will. We were really happy with yesterday.
You should not be happy getting beat, but this was a good
progression and the team played well. The goalkeeper has to play
well and Graham Stack certainly dead. If he does not play well at
Ibrox, you are in trouble. He did exceptionally well yesterday and
made some vital stops. Rangers will always have chances the way that
they play, getting the ball in the box a lot. 0 complaints about the
penalty? No. I was surprised about Whitaker, though. Complaints about
the defending? At that period in the game, we were getting deeper
and deeper. We knew that Gregg Wylde's left the would clots --
caused us a problem. We were under pressure. No complaints about the
goal at all for. You have to be pleased about the chances you
created at the other end. Good chances to score before they did.
We could have gone 1-0 up. MacGregor had some good saves. It
was a good header. Maybe we should have scored there. They have had a
lot of chances as well. I think Junior should have taken that
earlier than what he did. Decent save by the goalkeeper. At the end
of the day, Rangers probably deserved to win the game. We were
not unhappy with the performance. Losing at Ibrox is not a big deal
unless you are hammered and, but -- confidence is affected. Results
like the midweek one were probably more significant. You put three
goals past St Johnstone in their only away defeat this season.
Ian Johnston are a good team defensively. Hearts could not score
against them last week. Garry O'Connor can score a good cause.
Tell me about the dive. I know Derek McInnes was unhappy. He has
every right to be unhappy. It was a dive. He got a break there. It
proved to be the winning goal and that made Derek match. I would have
been the same for all stop there is a lot of talk about whether Garry
O'Connor should be back in the Scotland squad. Kenny Miller is
about. Can you understand why Craig Levein has not put him in that
squad? Certainly. Craig has been in touch and spoken to Gary. He has
come up here and is doing ever so well. Maybe he should just be left
at the minute. Whether he has to call him in if there are injuries,
I think he is there to do that. Let's just let him play, score the
goals you scoring and get his confidence back. He is doing that.
As the season goes on, I am sure he will come into contention for the
Scotland squad. Inverness were bidding to escape
bottom spot in the SPL. St Mirren were in the Highland capital.
Jonathan Sutherland can tell us was matched only by equally
atrocious finish as Inverness squandered an early chance to take
the lead. Andrew Shinnie set up Goran Messina. He would get another
chance here. Faint cries for handball, but nothing doing. Danny
Lennon hoping for a St Mirren chance to brighten up his rainy day.
Although it came from the head of a defender, St Mirren's first attempt
on goal was unable to be kept out by the goalkeeper. With just over
half an hour played, Inverness equalised with a well-worked goal.
Andrew Shinnie finish things off here. -- finished. The former
Rangers player with his first goal of the campaign and things level.
It was a man of the match performance from Andrew Shinnie.
Hitting the post here with the help of a deflection off Lee Mair.
Andrew Shinnie's shot here went into the net together Inverness the
lead, 2-1. And out of sorts St Mirren did have the ball in the
back of the net. A fine finish from Paul McGowan was ruled out for
offside. Danny Lennon later admitted some bearing did not
deserve a share of the points. Inverness get their second SPL when
I am not sure if he will score more goals. What do you think? He is
running of the ball and that is great. His finishing leaves a bit
to be desired. I think the goal that he got was really just his
distance. It came off his knee. It is all right combinations. If
somebody beside him complain of his running power, then Terry Butcher
will be even happier with him. He is doing all right. I think you
call that a right place, right time. Five I think so.
It is one thing starting the season strongly. It is another maintaining
momentum. That is what Motherwell wanted to do at Tannadice yesterday
against Dundee United. Paul options in the box. Lovely cutback.
Flood. Hayden has at chance for a second. The shot goes through the
goalkeeper. Michael Higdon gets gifted this one. Michael Higdon
still had plenty work to do. The keeper fumbles this threw his arms.
Right on the stroke of half-time, United have a lot better have
really given Motherwell all the encouragement they needed. That is
poor for the goalkeeper. United trying to find a way back into this
match. Decent cross from Garry Kenneth. Some shouts for handball.
The referee is in a good position. Jamie Murphy brings it away from
Motherwell. Murphy against floods. Great run. The goalkeeper comes out.
He spotted the pass brilliantly. United were appealing for a penalty.
Motherwell still controlling the match. Gary Kenneth trying to see
the ball out. Penalty. That is an easy call for Steven MacLean. Gary
Kenneth trying to use his size and strength to keep it away and has
conceded the spot kick. He had cover behind him. Michael Higdon
with a chance. An aborted dive by the goalkeeper. He knew he had gone
the wrong way. Simple penalty from Michael Higdon after 64 minutes.
Motherwell are thrilled. 3-0 lead for Motherwell. How do United's
respond? Smile on the face of the goalkeeper. I think he has faced
several of these in training. Stephen two decks and. That could
come back for Jon Daly. Jon Daly squeezes it in. Bringing Dundee
United back to life. Dixon always good at these times of runs. Good
finish. With 13 minutes to go, it runs off the face of clany. One or
two shoots for hand ball. Seemed to two shoots for hand ball. Seemed to
come off his body. Higdon was getting stick from the Motherwell
boo brigade, so those goals will do him some good. I think this one was
gift wrapped from Pernis. Good keeper errors I would say. One with
the boot and one with the hand. Higdon he is a regular for a team
that is third in the league and the Motherwell supporters will be a bit
harsh on him. They will be harsh on you if you call them third in the
league. They're second at the moment? He did that regularly for
St Mirren and maybe with more confidence he will weigh in with
the goals? We watched him a few times, we were going to go for him
or John Sutton. But we picked Sutton. He is a big strong striker,
he is difficult to mark and he is scoring. I'm sure Stuart's very
happy with him. Ten games, 19 points, Motherwell and your next
opponents after the international break. Yes we played them the other
week in the League Cup at Fir Park and it was an exciting game. It
could have been a game that ended in 6-6. I don't think defences were
on top. When you look at a lot of games this season, there have been
chances missed and you know we got through that night. And it gave us
confidence. And obviously they're playing well and I have seen them a
few times, they're a good side. So we will have to continue our
progress. Peter Houston said they didn't deserve anything from the
game. But they should have had a penalty. It was a ppblty, when you
consider the penalty St Mirren got against Kilmarnock last week and
they're denied that. Peter likes a pie or three after the game, but
that would have dented his appetite. At Rugby Park the meeting 06
Kilmarnock and St Johnston who have had most of their success on the
had most of their success on the Stephen aner e Der son was
Pennellised -- Anderson was penalised for holding back the
player. This could be an opportunity. It is knocked behind.
Dave Mackay has taken a sore one in the process. Shiels didn't look
favourite to get there, but he did and forced the save from Enckelman.
Pace from Sheridan and a good shot. A fine save and a block from
Craig's effort. That was confident play from Sheridan. Almost the
and it has gone St Johnston's way. A fine finish from a man in form.
Just poked through by Robertson and slotted beyond Bell. Pascali just
committed himself and exposed the needed to be on the line. Or else
they may have had an equaliser. Enckelman not covering himself in
glory there. Kilmarnock stepping up the search for an equaliser. What a
tkperoshes effort that was. -- ferocious effort that was. This one
didn't look on, but Enckelman wasn't getting there. Kilmarnock
looking far more positive now. Heifer Nan deflected wide. --
Heffernan deflected wide. Purposeful play by the striker. St
Johnstone have barely been in it wrists there by the keeper. Once
again Heffernan denied. It loops over the defender and away and
Kilmarnock do have the equaliser. Pascali claims it. I think this
will go down as an own goal off Steven Anderson. Nothing Craig
could do about it on the line. Enckelman too stranded. That is an
Anderson own goal. Heffernan is a thorn in the side of the St
Johnstone side. He may have been better taking that first time on
his left. Enckelman saved well. Kilmarnock picking up where they
left off at the end of the first half. There is Fowler. He may feel
he should have lit the target. It was a great block from Davidson.
Neatly by the Kilmarnock front men. Enckelman again equal to it. He has
got eight for the season Heffernan. What does he have to do to make it
from Bell. Poor marking, good header. Enckelman taking no chances.
Sissoko takes one and he lets St Johnstone in. Sheridan, can he
score? He can and St Johnstone back in front. And Sheridan makes it
four goals in three games. A cool finish after Sissoko's error. And
the Saints lead at Rugby Park. save by Cammy Bell. Almost his
save by Cammy Bell. Almost his second of the afternoon. BT A lot
has been made of the SAS partnership and they do link well
together. I think Derek has been looking for a partnership for a
while and I have seen them twice in the last week and they have been a
handful both times. Good movement, both strong. Both got good skill
and scoring goals. Appreciated by the management. The connection
between two goals were they were both from defensive errors, but the
finishing was clinical. It I like Gary Connor's finish against Dundee
United on his left from a bad angle. But he has done well there. He got
the goal against Heart and he is in good form. It is four in three for
Sheridan and those are good raish owes. When you have a good
partnership, while one is occupying the defence, the other is stealing
in to score. Yes it works. At the end of the season, St Johnstone
were struggling to score. Against us the other night they could have
scored another two or Three goals and so could we. But they're
dangerous and lively. There demois panic listen they get into a
scoring -- tr is -- there is no panic when they get into a scoring
position. Ian Murray was there and I don't think he would be happy
with that. Nor with that. A dodgy bit of facial hair. That is why the
centre halfs are keeping away from him. St Johnstone happy with a
share of fourth. 11 of their points have come on the road. Yes I think
on Wednesday it was the first goal they had lost away from home at
Easter Road. They're a good side and play good football. I have
watched them two or three times and they're a hard team to may against.
They're going to do well this season. I think we can assume
Aberdeen are fans of Friday night football after what happened
football after what happened against Dunfermline at Pittodrie.
And so the Friday Night Project begins and there will be plenty of
applause from the crowd at Pittodrie. Vernon putting the home
side ahead in the sixth minute. Foster with the cross, poor
defending and Vernon's header too strong for Paul Gallagher. It was
one way red coloured traffic and Dunfermline had a header wide. But
Foster would terrorise the Pars all night. So would Vernon. All
Gallacher keeping Aberdeen out. A long throw was partially repelled,
but his follow up cross found Vernon with the final touch,
probably from an offside position. But it stood and Aberdeen 2-0 in
front. Foster and Vernon combined to set up Fraser Fyvie for his
first goal since returning from injury. Aberdeen 3-0 up on the
stroke of half time. Friday night football not doing down so well for
Jim McIntyre. In the second half the one way traffic continued.
Arnson hit the post. And Fallon should have scored. A John porter
mistake then let in Vernon for his hat trickment but Gallagher
produced a fine save. And then there was ver none to claim his hat
trick. Give whran the season has served up -- given what the serve
has serve up so far, a remarkable has serve up so far, a remarkable
four nil victory. Are you a fine fan of Friday night football, or
will it interfere with your drink. Well if it gets a crowd in, it is
worth trying. I don't know if Dunfermline will vote for it. We
proposed it at Kilmarnock, but I don't think the police were happy
about it. I don't know if Friday night rates come in for over time.
Anything is worth trying. If we can improve the number that come to the
games. I think we should have a go. Myself, you're right, that is my
only night out. Aberdeen are behind it, that was an important win you
would imagine. And for Scott Vernon who has scored for them last season
with Maguire as a partner. And this is what he does so well. I think if
you play him up front on his own, it doesn't suit him. He is not the
quickest F you get the ball in the box and get it in the air, he will
attack them. And he is dangerous. You know, I think he needs a
partner beside him. So threfr signed Fallon and we have been
talking about partnerships, maybe that is giving him more freedom.
Yes I lope they don't click too well. They're in the same position
as us in the league. Not wishing anything afternoony and Craig, I
hope they're not as good. reality dawning for Dunfermline?
They are a point off the boot Tom - ebottom. It will be tough. But
maybe it will be tight as well? whole league is tight. There is not
lot between the teams. They have lost eight goals in two games. I
think that, I was talking to Jim today and they could have lost more
goals on Friday. I think their keeper had four saifrs. So I mean
it was always going to be tough. You come up a league and you don't
sail into it. But they have got a lot of lad there is a will fight
for them. I think they will do OK. You can see SPL highlights online
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