Highlights of the weekend's matches. St Johnstone v Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Ross County, Celtic v Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock v Hearts and Hamilton v Motherwell.
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Good evening, welcome and a Happy New Year to all of you.
It is unbelievable! A spectacular opening goal in the
Derby! The shot is at beauty! He has done
it! Is this a bit of history?
It is! And he has done it!
What a finish! That is it, I would imagine.
Good evening, welcome and a Happy New Year to all of you.
The first Premiership matches of 2016 coming up,
plus the Championship promotion race as well.
And with us to usher in the first of the 2016 highlights,
we've gone for a Big Pat, Little Pat combination.
Celtic had a midweek break after their match with Dundee
Commentary comes from John Barnes. Partick Thistle, who'd drawn 0-0
Celtic bringing back Ambrose. Stuart are strong is sidelined so Chris
Commons starts Leigh Griffiths on the bench after three weeks out.
Partick make one change to the side which drew with Aberdeen. Shaun
Welsh in midfield replacing Edwards. Celtic looking for a change at home
in form, four games without a win at Celtic Park. Stefan Johansen.
McGregor, trying his luck will stop that just went wide. -- and that
just went wide. Loses the shot. The challenge. Shaun Welsh.
Ciftci grounded. Shaun Welsh innocent. Wallace. Doolan in the
middle. And the striker just got the nearest connection on that. Kris
Doolan has had four nearest connection on that. Kris
last five matches. Celtic pressing again. It is driven in by Roderick.
Celtic players appealing for a penalty. The plot was by Liam
Lindsey as it was fired on penalty. The plot was by Liam
Did it come off a hand? Ciftci. The will not count. Good finish.
Brannigan. That is hauled back and that will be a yellow card for the
Celtic midfielder. Gordon. Miller seems to be taken
out. And it is a second yellow card for the Celtic player, Biton, and he
sees red. He jumped into Miller. After he had headed the ball away.
Forest. Almost taken of his toe by Kris Commons. Good shot by James
Forrest. Saved well by Tomas Cerni. Celtic desperate for the
breakthrough. Doolan is sliding in and Craig Gordon had to turn that
around the post. He got the better of Ambrose. Stefan Johansen. Fist of
the less. It is Leigh Griffiths. Another good save by Tomas Cerni. To
deny the Celtic substitute. Celtic desperate for this victory. Only two
wins in their last seven matches and this is Griffiths. Back to McGregor.
You expect Callum McGregor to finish that of. After the initial save by
Tomas Cerni. He has put it wide. Partick Thistle five away games
unbeaten and can they make it six? Seaborne with the effort. Celtic get
it away. Still, it will not go for Partick Thistle. That was a good
effort from Danny Seabourn cleared off the line by Tomas Cerni. Kris
Commons. Leigh Griffiths of. Kris Commons again, Griffiths. That is an
excellent finish and that wins it for Celtic in the last minute.
Lovely, delicate touch for his 20th goal of the season from the
Griffiths. Very relieved but very happy as well. Such an important
result. I think it shows very good team spirit that we stayed in the
game with ten men and we created chances as well in that period. Very
happy and pleased we turned this around. But -- eh Watt into the game
and we defended well. Last-minute goals. To be fair to Celtic, they
are champions for a reason, they have that pace and quality and they
had a great block. Celtic scraping a 1-0 victory in the
last minute thanks to that man, Lee Richards. Ronnie Deila before the
match said he wanted to see a lot of forward passing and pressing from
his knee -- his midfield is committed to get it? Not for three
quarters of the game. I was very disappointed. Credits to Partick
Thistle for pricing. I think like this, you have to get forward and
get movement up front. A lot of times it went back to Craig Gordon.
He kicks it up the pitch. And you have got to give credit to Partick
Thistle, no pressing from Celtic in the middle at times, this is too
easy. They should have been shut down a lot easier. Players running
away, midfielders. It was a chance for Booth who could have hit the
target. That was too easy in that period. It took a change. Forest to
come on and left the pace and the tempo, Leigh Griffiths in the second
half and got chances and he scored his goal will stop they needed that
because they were struggling. You were there yesterday, is Ronnie
Deila is their struggling to get his message across? I am not sure. This
time of the year is difficult because conditions do not always
allow you to do the training and you have a lot of games and he needed to
talk to them and the players have to take in that information and to do
it on the pitch. Something is missing without Scott Brown, he gets
them going. But other players have two step up and take on the
leadership and that is missing from the team. And when they press well,
they become a good team. That was missing yesterday.
Almost a good result for Partick Thistle who have been on a decent
run, where do you see them ending up? It is still a decent run, that
was a good performance and they should be pleased. It is a
goal-scorer, that is it. Celtic had a goal-scorer at the last minute,
Leigh Griffiths came on. Straight into the net. When Doolan is
scoring, they look like a good team full of it on the table, they should
be happy. Aberdeen's match at St Johnstone
was due to take place this lunchtime, but it was postponed due
to a waterlogged pitch. Third placed Hearts had the chance
to make up ground away at struggling Kilmarnock, who hadn't
won at Rugby Park since Commentary comes
from Alasdair Lamont. Kilmarnock looking to improve after
one win in nine matches. Hearts despite a win over at Dundee United
make four changes. A humdrum start to the year and this match at Rugby
Park. Kilmarnock try to do something about that. Tope Obadeyi finds room.
Josh Magennis has space and Neil Alexander blocks with his legs. The
first real opening in the match. Alexander blocks with his legs. The
the shot. A free kick is given and quickly taken Juanma. That is a good
challenge. Just by a combination Ashcroft and macabre the stop Juanma
in his tracks pads to pull the trigger. Greg Levine. Looking on. As
the side tries to make the break through. Kilmarnock coming forward.
Juanma back to defending. Stephen Smith with a hefty challenge. Josh
Magennis. It is over the line by Conrad Balatoni of all people. The
defender for just his second goal of the season. He has the home side in
front before half-time. The rug Park crowd has suddenly something to
cheer -- Rugby Park. Controversy on the challenge from Smith, it was
years. Hearts unhappy. Josh Magennis did not waste time and a good finish
by Conrad Balatoni, knocking it over. It was knocked over by Stevie
Smith. Kilmarnock ahead. Clipped forward by the captain Augustyn.
Smith. Kilmarnock ahead. Clipped Nicholson. He has done well. He is
forced to turn back. Holding onto possession and he gets the cross in.
Good shot, well saved by Jamie MacDonald. Hearts level on the
stroke of half-time. It was good President is by Nicholson and this
from Billy King -- and sisters. He had no luck. Reilly ready to pounce
and two goals in two games from the Hearts forward. And they level going
into the break. Juwon Oshaniwa. Hearts forward. And they level going
Picked up I Nicholson. It falls for Prince Buaben, a good save I
McDonald. A good shot which deflects past McDonald. Hearts ahead! Great
McDonald. A good shot which deflects skill and strike either full-back,
helps by the deflection. Once again, Jamie MacDonald gets no luck. A good
block by the keeper and he can get do nothing as Paterson's volley goes
past him, coming off Kevin McHattie, and Hearts coming from behind to
lead at Rugby Park! More misery perhaps for Kilmarnock in the
relegation play-off. perhaps for Kilmarnock in the
of Dundee United but they will not be happy with the way is going and
they almost fall further behind. The header from Ross. Hearts pressing.
Nicholson's cross. Riley with the header over the bar. Kilmarnock
living dangerously. Igor Rossi rising and McDonald beaten. The
crossbar saving Omani. Stevie Smith to deliver. Headed over by Conrad
Balatoni, looking for his second goal of the game. Kilmarnock will
take a goal from anywhere at the moment. Robbie Neilson, only one win
in 64 Hearts but on course for another. Stevie Smith. This is Josh
Magennis. Kilmarnock snatch an equaliser with ten minutes left
stuck Mac --. Love for the delivery from Smith with his back to goal,
directs the goal somehow. It was a good Kilmarnock informants. The
first half, we were a better side in the game and we played really well
and showed character to combat. It is a good way to start the year,
against a good side but we have to show that commitment and passion
every week. We can more than match the teams at
the top but we have to do that against the teams roundabout stop
Mac disappointed to get three points.
We played really well with quality -- but the quality not good enough
at times. We went back in with a hole defensive display through a
corner. 2-0 and a point shed but Robbie
Neilson not happy, he thought it was a vow in the lead-up to the first
command goal. -- a foul. You have to keep your concentration
also. Expect the unexpected. Will Kilmarnock fans like to see a bit of
them from the team because they have seen the terrible performances,
let's be frank. I watched them in Celtic Park, the filling with their
lives, and then they played Partick Thistle and got absolutely hammered.
They lost five goals. Why is that? When you have your team setup to be
defensive and they are all working that way, fine, perfect, and you are
away from home, that will be the tactics. When you come home, the
fans expect you to open up, and then maybe the defenders aren't good
enough. So yesterday they got a bit of defending right and a bit of
attacking right and it is getting that combination of the two
together, it is not easy and you try to work both those things. I would
say that but not ignore what hearts have done on this one as well. You
can see from the two managers at the end who is happy and who is not
happy. Hearts are delighted with that point, a great point for them.
Kilmarnock are delighted, Hearts are devastated. I understand that
completely. In the end Hearts will go on, they will get better, they
are a team improving and getting struggle the time, and I suspect
they will continue further on from the end of the season. It was a big
step up when they came into this league. The question would be with
the players perform, would they play the same way, they have changed and
adapted and they are now ahead of themselves. You expect them to stay
in that place? Identify the shooting. Against Celtic last week
they did well. The tale of Dundee United's 2015
peaked on the first of January Since then it has pretty much been
a non-stop tale of woe So to cheer up long suffering United
fans ahead of this weekend's derby clash, we've been back
through the archives to a time when life was just that little bit
kinder for those of COMMENTATOR: Plenty left, cut it
back, Mills has a chance and he puts it away! He checks nicely. Beaten by
Ferguson's header! He is on come he has support from Gough. Milne. And a
great goal by Paul Starrett expect it is in! Starrett again!
Dundee manager brings back Paul McGowan to take the place of Gary
Irving, while Cammy Kerr makes his first to the club with Greg Stuart
suspended. New signing AJ Kalashian mixes Dundee United debut. --
Kawashima. Gavin Gunning. Harkins! Kawashima to Dundee
United's rescue and that of Gavin Gunning. It is those sorts of errors
that have been costly for United in recent weeks. The coach has been
complaining about that. Fraser with a corner. Spotted Rankin. Solid
challenge from James Magut eight and the players and the referee are
calling for assistance for the Dundee United captain. Solid in
there, and he has picked up what looks like a serious injuries, has
James Mcrae. -- McPeak. Blair Spittal, Dundee United have the
breakthrough. On the quarter of an hour mark. Blair Spittal with his
fourth goal of the season, a terrific effort to beat Scott Bain.
Fraser with a corner. It is off the line by Bain. Dundee United players
are claiming that it crossed the goal line. It actually came off the
back of Paul McGinn, and it was Bain who made the stop and have actually
helped with the clearance -- eventually helped. Bain gets it out,
only as far as Rankin! A good stop by the Dundee United goalkeeper.
Fraser. The pressure is still on Dundee. He has gone to ground, he is
calling for a penalty. Bain initially. Rankin with a shot and
then McGowan initially. Rankin with a shot and
appeal. Did Conrad clipped him? initially. Rankin with a shot and
Nicky low with a free kick. The goalkeeper has come for it and
spilled it. Kane having six clothes again for Dundee. His 12th goal of
the Japanese goalkeeper flapped at the season -- Kane
the Japanese goalkeeper flapped at that one. He gave the home side the
chance of an equaliser. that one. He gave the home side the
slips. Demel, powerful play in the midfield area, tripped by Ross.
slips. Demel, powerful play in the Demel did not like the Challenger
and he is a little bit angry. Scott Fraser was trying to protect him,
and Fraser was trying to protect him,
team-mates. It is all getting a little bit silly. Demel and Roscoe
booked for their troubles. Something has happened off the ball to Nicky
Lowe. I think it has has happened off the ball to Nicky
Demel. This might give us a better indication, clashing
Demel. This might give us a better with Nicky Lowe. The free kick has
been given with Nicky Lowe. The free kick has
of Gary Harkins. It looked as though it was a fair challenge from Ryan
McGowan. Harkins's free kick. Nick Ross. And
Dundee are in front and Nick Ross is a way to celebrate his first goal
for the club. It took a deflection en route to beat Dane. It came off
Sean Dillon. Paul Hartley certainly enjoyed that. -- to beat Scott Bain.
Hemmings. In Michael -- mighty battle. Here is Paul McGowan, chance
another three, great save by the Japanese goalkeeper, Kawashima
denying McGowan, putting Dundee further in front. Ross with the
delivery. Testing Demel for pace. Demel involved again and he will
receive a second yellow card from referee Kevin Clancy. Pack alone and
not happy about that decision. He is close to the decision.
It looked as if Paul McGinn had a hold of him. It was not a pretty
game, it was hard fought, the pitch was difficult, it was heavy but the
players showed tremendous desire and character and spirit today. Second
half I thought we were comfortable, in terms of defending so I'm really
pleased with that. It has been a few weeks now, six matches recently we
have taken the lead and then lost it, so that can happen. Silly, silly
goals, as well. Stupid. Is it quality, is it confidence? We simply
must cut them out. Sporting got a new toy for Christmas, but first,
Pat Bonner, how big a win was that the Dundee? Paul Hartley will be
absolutely delighted for a number of reasons, one who lost as captain
early in that game, a bad injury, he lost the last game 5-2 away to Ross
County, and he was a goal down in that game. To come back and win it
and beat your local rivals, always a great reason to celebrate. Pat
Nevin, a real baptism of fire the Dundee United's new goalkeeper.
Dundee derbies are usually really feisty at first, tough games,
particularly if you are a new goalkeeper and heavy opposition you
under massive pressure and that is exactly what happened to Mr
Kawashima in this game. Welcome to Scotland. He was put on the masses
of pressure. Every time there was a free kick for a corner kick,
everyone got in front. Look at that mass of players. As long as the
Dundee players don't touch the goalkeeper they are doing nothing
wrong. All the referee can do is say calm down. Eventually that pressure
might tell. Eventually that pressure did tell. I felt quite sorry for him
in a way. He had a few good punches but on this occasion the ball was
put in high, not low. When the ball in high, that is about 22 feet in
the air, you surely it is a lower one than that but on this occasion
it was high. It gives an opportunity for the players to attack it, and
look at the way they are attacking it. Absolutely incredible. That is
about six players in that short little space, and it is really hard
for the goalkeeper to make anything of it. Does not get any height and
distance on it and the ball comes down and they score the goal.
However, the second most important thing, get a good ball in there but
then you have to go and make sure you win the second ball. Three
Dundee players, they want that, look at the goalkeeper's face in the
corner, absolutely fearful written on his face. I felt quite sorry for
him because he dealt with at most of the time quite well, but in the new
secular order wanted to do with him. What confused me was near the end.
There are about six of them out there. Why? Have a look at the
goalkeeper, suddenly that has all been working, it is actually no
pressure on the goalkeeper at all. Why are they doing this? The reason
I think, and it is only a guess, I think there is a possibility then
they have won the game and they put so much pressure on the referee, not
just the goalkeeper, they will get free kicks against them. They will
use this again and it has worked a treat against Dundee United, I think
it will work against other teams, but what do you do to stop it?
Personally, I don't know but I have a man who might know. It was a tough
introduction to the goalkeeper. Didn't know the players, language
problems, I guess he will be working in the next couple of weeks will
stop if you go back to the free kick, you need to start further out.
All of the defenders need to be further out, I have seen teams
defend really high up, even outside the art. It gives space and time to
the goalkeeper, then you expect him to come and deal with most things.
If you start too far back, he is under pressure. I am sure they will
be working on that next time but one thing they don't have two is the
young lad Blair Spittal. He was fantastic in the end, very unlucky
not to be in the winning side. I can't ignore this piece of absolute
and utter genius. This was brilliant, free kick over the top,
but I will stop it just there. I'm looking at the goalkeeper, thinking
he is going to get there, he has taken a step early, got across, done
everything right. But when you put the ball right in the corner, and
really do you get any closer to the top corner than this? It is an
absolutely fantastic hit and he has to be very proud of that and I would
not blame the goalkeeper at all. They were quite unlucky, Dundee
United, Dundee played well but Dundee United had been unlucky a lot
this year and it doesn't get you any points unfortunately. Thank you, Pat
Bonner, Dundee United 11 point adrift at the bottom of the table,
do you see any way that? And the worst defensive record in the least
goals stop that is why they are down there. They need to kick on. They
will be desperate for something to happen and maybe try to get in one
or two players in this particular transfer window, but they need
something to really get going. A victory would be a great thing,
because a victory anyway and the manager will be delighted. It will
be tough for them. It was the 50th Highland derby
between Inverness Caledonian Thistle Caley Thistle with the upper hand,
they were looking for The big news for Ross County before
the match was an injury to star striker Liam Boyson stopped a broken
hand means he will be out for the next four weeks. To begin with, it
would take a cross from Ross County's all-time top goal-scorer to
set up Rocco Quinn. He could not find the required finish. County
boss Jim McIntyre would have plenty to ponder soon after. A corner for
Caley Thistle, only partially dealt with by the Ross County defence.
James Benson's shot deflected into the net by Miles Storey to score his
18th goal of the season. Caley Thistle boss John Hughes determined
to extend his loan deal from Swindon Town until the end of the season.
Can the lost another forward, Craig Curran, as they looked for a
response was top Andrew Davies with a header saved by Fawn Williams.
Right before half-time, Inverness moved into a 2-0 lead. Greg Tansey's
free kick defending everyone, the midfielder with his fourth goal in
three games. It almost got even better for Caley
Thistle in the second half. A superb effort tipped onto the crossbar by
Scott Fox. At the other end, Co almost picked
Caley but the danger was At the other end, Co almost picked
replacing the goal threat will be the challenge for Ross County, Liam
Boyce has found the net 17 times. Buying Graham with just three goals
so far this season. As for Caley, this would be their fifth game
without defeat. They had chances to make the win and more handsome. Iain
Vigurs firing over the bar. The centre backs almost conjured a
third. Caley now just two points behind Ross County. Three games in a
week, it was hard for both teams. We did more travelling than Ross
County, Aberdeen and Hamilton. So for the boys to give me that
performance, outstanding so really pleased. It does not matter how well
you play in the first half, it if you go to- zero down, it you have a
mountain to climb and Inverness saw the game out -- 2-0. We tried to
make substitutions to threaten. We never done enough.
Five matches undefeated for Caley Thistle. Is this the Caley Thistle
of last season? I thought the over performed last season and they are
good enough, they are never going to be relegation, they are not that
team. It is a battle between them and Ross County and who ends up on
top. I do not see either of them getting second or third this season
but good teams. I felt sorry for Ross County. If you lose a
goal-scorer like Liam Boyce. Inverness, Greg Tansey scoring free
kicks for fun at the moment and Miles Storey is the story at the
moment. Caley Thistle face a battle to hold on, on loan from Swindon.
moment. Caley Thistle face a battle has eight goals this season. It is a
good bit of business and keeping him is major business. Anti-cancer goal
goals from all over the place -- and he can score. We have been
impressed. Antigua is also looking to add to Storey because he has said
he needs another striker and if something happens to Storey, he is
in trouble. Look at that shot, and a good saved by the weight. Fantastic
ability and John needs that. He has momentum going, John Hughes. He had
a sticky start, he lost some in the summer and he has to get more but he
has got them going and it is good to see Ross County and Inverness in the
top six. Almost winning points from each other. It is going to be tight.
With three wins in a row, Motherwell have been enjoying life
Yesterday they faced Hamilton Accies whose form -
Four defeats in a row and just one win from their last 11 matches.
Motherwell begin 2016 with the team which ended 2015 with a win. A third
straight win. In from Josh Law and headed clear
why Lucas. Back for Keith Lasley. Motherwell looking to prolong the
run of form at the moment. Law cut again and Scott MacDonald with the
opening goal with only nine minutes gone. It is a dream start in the
Derby for the home team and it is that man, MacDonald, with the
faintest of touchers from close range. After a great delivery from
Law, it was that finishing touch. Marvin Johnson gets the better of
Crawford and Gillespie and that is a great folly and good goalkeeping
from Michael McGovern. Very brave from the Hamilton keeper. Louis
Moult was bearing down on him. Ali Crawford with the free kick. Good
effort and a good save from Connor Ripley. And awkward bounce in front
of the Motherwell keeper. Crawford over the set piece. But is Lucas. It
is an equaliser after 25 minutes and Fir Park. Lucas scores, 1-1.
Hamilton back in this. Gillespie with the throw, Crawford. Darian
MacKinnon, what a goal! A couple in a couple of minutes and he might
celebrate, it is his first of the season. A great finish from Darian
MacKinnon, over Connor Ripley and Hamilton have turned this game
around. Cleared by Hamill. Stretching for the header, Gordon.
MacDonald, back in fall MacDonald. On the second attempt, he scrambles
it in. It is the second goal of the game for Scotland on. And within a
matter of seconds, the home team back on level terms -- MacDonald.
Their fourth goal already in this Lanarkshire derby. Law's free kick.
Their fourth goal already in this What a chance for Louis Moult who is
looking at the net and he knows it should be nestling in it.
Grimshaw. The online Manchester United youngster. Louis Moult
scores. He was not going to mess that time. Motherwell's leading
Marchman strikes again with a near post header and that makes it 3-2!
A trip. Keith Lasley. That is going to be a yellow card for the
Motherwell captain. That is missed by Gillespie. And room to run into
four Marvin Johnson. He takes on the shot and it was good. Beaten away by
Michael McGovern. That is a neat turn by Darian MacKinnon. Gillespie,
took a deflection. A shot is saved. Crawford with the follow-up and that
was handball, it is a penalty and it is a red card. Keith Lasley is sent
off for a second yellow. And it is Ali Crawford inside stoppage time to
salvage a point for Hamilton Accies. What an end to this Lanarkshire
derby, three goals each. It is fast and slippy and has the
ingredients for a local derby. And think we are very disappointed not
to win, I think we deserved to win. You have to see it out and we will
take the points, they get rewarded with the penalties.
And for Ali Crawford, it takes bottle to step up in a derby match
getting beaten 3-2 is a really pleased for him.
You have been impressed by Mark McGhee. The first couple of games
coming up to know his players and he made the decisions and left out
experienced players and set out what he would do and he has them playing
and is getting results. He is a very experienced manager, he has been
around and he is walking with Gordon Strachan -- working. Is analysing
the game and he is getting players to respond. The Motherwell captain
Keith Lasley is an angry man at the end. It was a stonewall penalties.
Furious, more than angry. And will give him a bit, it is not
deliberate. But it is a handball. It is in an unnatural position. Every
day of the weeks back I think the yellow card is harsh. I do not
day of the weeks back I think the it is deliberate. And think his hand
day of the weeks back I think the is in an unnatural place. Hard to
swallow for Motherwell but interesting to hear Mark McGhee. I
think he knows he has a team. You have MacDonald scoring goals,
Pearson from the back. That looks like a team. Accies on a downward
spiral. But fighting spirit as Martin Canning said. He will be
delighted to get a result yesterday, scoring a penalty. It is a funny
thing from Hamilton, we know how to play lovely football, Ali Crawford
is the star player at times but they lose goals also. You have to put
that right and get the combination, the defending along with the
attacking and you have a chance. A look at the table now.
So Celtic move three points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand.
Inverness move into the top six after their derby win -
just seven points separate them from 11th placed Kilmarnock though.
Dundee United 11 points adrift at the bottom.
To the Championship now and leaders Rangers travelled to Dumbarton
looking to follow-up on Monday's big win over Hibs at Ibrox.
It is a great finish, 1-1. A double from the midfielder.
Great touch from Nicky Clarke. Martyn Waghorn. Four for Rangers.
Before the match, in one minute silence to commemorate the 40th
anniversary of the Ibrox disaster. Commentary from Rob Maclean. Since
going down 4-0 at Ibrox, Dumbarton have lost one of five games. Rangers
ended 2015 with a big win against Hibs at Ibrox and Mark Warburton
says same again to the players who opened a 3-point lead at the top of
the Championship. James Tavernier. Andy Halliday, Kenny Miller. Anti
bundles in the opening goal. It has been a rate first half for Rangers.
Bay have dominated and it has taken them to close on half-time to make
the breakthrough. It was about Miller's persistence, getting the
better of keeper Mark Brown. 1-0, Rangers. Rob McCallum. 19 years old.
Mocked Doherty. Rangers. Rob McCallum. 19 years old.
chance early in the second-half to get Dumbarton back on level terms.
Waghorn against Doherty. James Tavernier. So close. Kenny Miller on
the second attempt. But it was the full-back James Tavernier rattling
the crossbar and Rangers a fraction away from a second goal. No great
pressure, Tavernier's Ross, Kenny Miller's header. That is a double.
2-0 Rangers. And now surely no Miller's header. That is a double.
back for Dumbarton. The header is not challenged. Kenny Miller missed
a couple of chances against Hibs at he was not missing that. Barrie
McKay. Tavernier. Miller wants it, he gets it. Happy New Year for Kenny
Miller! A hat-trick two day into 2016! And that makes it 3-0 Rangers.
Nicky Law's pass. The ever willing Tavernier. Martyn Waghorn. It is
number four. And for Waghorn, it is number 22 of the season. Rangers
running riot. Tavernier. He leaves it for Andy Halliday, deflected. It
is in. The day gets worse for Dumbarton. Goalkeeper Mark Brown had
little chance here. As it flicked off the head of Lindsey. It always
looked as if it was dropping in the corner, 5-0.
Tavernier wins it. Helped out by Waghorn. Rangers on the move
againstNEXT Tavernier! And it is six of the best for Rangers, the 11th of
the season, Tavernier. Is back to kill a conclusion. -- a good
conclusion. The pressure was good and to come to
a place as tough as this and get that result is pleasing.
You look at the quality in the team, a top side. They play with
intensity. They made it difficult but the players gave it everything
and I cannot disheartened. Just move on to the next games.
A big scoreline and a big success that has put a spring in the step of
Mark Warburton. I was very impressed against Hibs. In parts of every
game, you have to ask questions and the reaction is great. That looks
like a strong team with great police.
In the second half, the regular to Rangers?
You have to give credit to Peter Houston when he sustained them. They
had it good run and in the Cup. He has young players like Blair Spittal
and grant at the back. Anti-lost Rory Loy. I think they are in the
mix and it will be interesting between the three of them and the
Games they have to play. You are at least a year -- Easter Road
yesterday as they got that when, where do you see that coming? I
think it is a fantastic midfield. They need to make sure they keep
them. Might not be easy because a lot of people have been interested.
They are good enough to stick with Rangers but you make sure you do not
ignore Falkirk. They are the team, not Hibs, not Rangers, with no
pressure. Pat and Pat, thank you. Congratulations to Gary Anderson for
becoming champion for the second time in a year.
That's it for the first installment of 2016,
and there's a break from league action next weekend
Which means we'll have Sportscene highlights for you on Saturday night
Until then, from all of us on the team, bye for now.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Sportscene returns with the first highlights programme of 2016. St Johnstone host Aberdeen in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off, while there is also action from the five Saturday matches, including the Dundee derby at Dens Park. There's also a derby in the Highlands as Inverness CT welcome neighbours Ross County. Elsewhere, Celtic stay in Glasgow to face Partick Thistle, who haven't beaten the champions in over 20 years. Kilmarnock host Hearts and Hamilton are away to Motherwell. Also, selected Championship action.