04/03/2012 Sportscene


04/03/2012

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There aren't too many weekends when the Old Firm can't manage a win

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between them. So a collector's item coming up, as we review SPL

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Saturday. Highlights of all five matches. It is going to be a scrap

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to the end. And that is what we are focused on. The job is to make sure

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we stay in the league. More from Hibs manager Pat Fenlon in the next

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45 minutes. First to Rangers' last match before the inevitable job

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cuts kick in. An announcement is expected tomorrow. Hearts were

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yesterday looking for their first Hearts. Joan Hammell has them in

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Jamie MacDonald after this goal line clearance from Black. -- stray

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Straight down the throat of the touched away by McDonald. A

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pressure situation inside the six- on Bocanegra. Goian tech suit

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quickly. Squeezed in for a Steven Davis! -- takes it. It has gone

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straight through the goalkeeper, but Rangers not too bothered about

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how it finds its way to the back of the bed, they lead at Ibrox, right

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on half-time -- back of the net. The captain has made the

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good opportunity to go a long way towards the sea in the points. --

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Ian Black! That is brilliant! And that is a 1-1 at Ibrox, 30 minutes

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after the restart. Rangers thought they had dealt with the problem.

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Great clearance by Bocanegra, but what about this from Ian Black? It

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has an explosive striker. Allan McGregor had no chance -- it is an

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explosive striker. Rangers looked though you kiss and Grainger making

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It is silent at Ibrox. Nobody around the ground seems to be fully

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aware of what has happened. Goian has been booked for some wrestling

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inside the penalty box on Andy Webster. He has given Hearts a

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penalty kick. He was well placed, certainly, to make the decision. He

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was looking at the two players and McGregor, but in goes the rebound.

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-- saved. And the problems for Rangers pile up. It is 2-1, at

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Hearts, and Jamie Hamill turns this I just can't believe I am sitting

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here talking to you after a defeat, up to be honest with you. We were

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all here to see a football match and quite frankly, I am staggered

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that we got beaten. We are very happy with the result, not because

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it is Rangers or it is in Ibrox, or because we didn't win the last five

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or six games in the league. I excuse myself, but I don't want to

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speak about their game as a sign of respect from my team for the

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Rangers professionals, because of the problems they are in. At this

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moment in time, we are wounded, no doubt about it, and there are

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probably one or two people enjoying it, one or two people having a wee

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flying kick thick, and I would suggest to them to have a right

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that kick now because we will not be where we are there for a long

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time. A fighting talk from Ally McCoist.

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The impression I get is there is a lot of sympathy. Our think so, a

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difficult time for everybody, but I think those people think and hope

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they will come out of it. Support as well enjoy it at the moment,

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because they have been on top for so long -- supporters, they just

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so long -- supporters, they just so long -- supporters, they just

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so long -- supporters, they just I think other clubs can see the

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problem in relation to them. Yes, you can sit with Dunfermline and it

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can happen right across the lead. It is a big revenue for most of the

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clubs. Rangers have lost their last three matches at buy-backs going

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three matches at buy-backs going back to the Cup tie against Dundee

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United. The bash at Ibrox. Is it the off-field elements making

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themselves felt on the pitch? sure it adding to it, but Ally

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McCoist will think they should be performing better regardless of

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what is going on on the pitch, particularly coming towards the end

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of the season when people have been talking about players and other

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staff losing their jobs. It can be unsettling. Other times, it can

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galvanise teams, but I think the situation that Rangers are in, it

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has been a shock for so many people. This is a special goal from Ian

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Black. Would you fault Allan McGregor? Is he slightly too far-

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McGregor? Is he slightly too far- out? I don't know, I think he has

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out? I don't know, I think he has placed it really well. He has put

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it into the corner away from him. I don't think Allan McGregor canted

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too much. What about the penalty? A bizarre reaction, almost total

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silence when it the referee pointed to the spot. Nobody could really

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see too much wrong. But he is in a great position and I think as you

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say, I thought he was giving a free kick a initially, but Goian isn't

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facing the ball, he is facing the opposite way. The referee can't do

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anything but give a penalty. think a lot of people missed what

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went on. We can highlight the rest lying here. That is a fairly

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regular occurrence at corner kicks -- wrestling. It is. But the

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referee was so close to it and the fact that the player is not even

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looking at the ball and has a hold of the Hearts player, the referee

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can't do anything else. A poor penalty but it came straight back

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to him. Rangers felt they could have had a penalty for a nudge, or

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maybe more, are Lee McCulloch. don't think so, I think the Hearts

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Matt Prior pushed his own player into Lee McCulloch and he has gone

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down quite easily. Bat is the luck Rangers are having, it is going

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against them at the moment. -- that against them at the moment. -- that

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is. How difficult would it be for Rangers between now and the end of

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the season in terms of motivation. A lot will determine on -- depend

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on how many players are sent the -- shown the door tomorrow. It is a

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massive club with big support and they want to win matches, but it is

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about the survival and how they restructure the club going forward

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and that is what the focus has to be on. They need to win games,

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about Shayler the coast will be dreading that into the players, but

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there is a bigger picture -- and I am sure and McCoist will be

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dreaming that into the players. next big league game before Hearts

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is the time guzzle Derby. They have gone five without a win, but that

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was an incredible wind -- Tine Castle. He would have expected

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Rangers to have got the wind, but going into the Derby, at that looks

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after itself of. We will see next how Hibernian got on at home to St

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Mirren after they opened up a three-point gap at the bottom of

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the league last weekend. Taken down by Tom Soares and it is

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a great finish. Roy O'Donovan! He finds the top

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corner. It is three! It is a lovely ball. Davies and

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delicious the top. -- Davison finishers the top. Here is Paul

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Easter Road in August, should at least have but this on target. He

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swiped at it a little early. -- put Griffiths. He was in behind the

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defence. It was a tough one. Pat Fenlon wants to make Easter Road a

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traffic around him, he must have seemed that later. -- he must have

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 72 seconds

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backside of the defender doing the good save by Craig Samson. --

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 72 seconds

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Hasselbaink is still going. It is But he is up for it. A good save

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from Griffiths, intelligent play to pull it back but the goalkeeper was

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Hibernian have and won a home game in the league at Easter Road since

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September, which is not great -- haven't. But you are inching away

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from the bottom. We are improving, the home record has not been good

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enough over the course of the season, and that is why we are down

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there and have to improve on that short term and long term, but

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yesterday was a decent performance. Even in those highlights, it was

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pretty clear you were doing a lot in and around the box and making

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in and around the box and making Craig Samson look good. Yes, we

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created a lot of chances from set pieces. That was a poor free kick

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but Roy O'Donovan reacted well and it is a decent save. This is a good

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And then a double save. Be us, good strike, good save from the

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goalkeeper. He said it again at the near post, a very good game for him.

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This is your record, I don't know if you want to look at this! You

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are hoping to improve on this sort of win percentage but I think most

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would agree it came at a tough time. You have got to look out

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improvements, further down the road we can look at longer term but we

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have got to improve the team, and over the course of time, there is

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more confidence coming back in but the players deserve every credit

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because they have been playing on the credit and they have put a fair

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bit of work on the training ground and there are getting the rewards

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for. You have made big signings but a total of nine players here. Was

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changing the atmosphere in the dressing room important to, because

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the players are becoming used to not winning? It was important be

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brought in some experienced players. Different types of characters, the

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club has been struggling for a couple of seasons and with a lot of

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good, honest players and young players as well, they needed a pick

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me up and a lot of players have done that. The atmosphere is good

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at the moment but again, results will improve that. It will breed

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confidence like any football club. Lots of people getting in touch,

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many new you were coming on the show and a lot asking about Garry

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O'Connor, he came on as a substitute but he has not really

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featured yet. No, he had a bad injury so we kept him out. We did

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not have much choice and obviously he has got a few things going off

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the pitch we need to help him with. We need to keep working with him,

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get him to be fit this he needs. He is a great goalscorer and he will

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be very promising. He will be a big help for us. Other Hibs funds

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asking about Lewis Stevens' contract, when you hold on to him?

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His future it is possibly in doubt to where we are and we need to make

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sure we stay in the league. He has been fantastic ever since I joined

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the club but we need to make sure we get ourselves safe before we can

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talk about things like that. massive crowd potential with Hibs

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if you can get them going up? a fabulous club. And success is

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about winning trophies. Everything is in place for the club to move

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forward. It is about getting results on the pitch and getting

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people back into the club. It into the Scottish Cup semi-finals would

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be nice but you have to meet Ayr United, it will be a classic tie.

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Are you looking forward to it? will be good, we will be bringing a

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good travelling support. We beat Falkirk again yesterday so we are

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on a roll so it will be a tricky Cup tie for us but we will go there

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with an attitude, the right attitude. 3 o'clock on Saturday.

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Dunfermline's quest for a win at East End Park continued. In with a

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chance of next season Champions need reminding, they have yet to

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win at East End Park in the SPL. They could really do with the

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Randolph. Lovely technique here from Harvey from the and outside of

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 72 seconds

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was heading on target with a make and burst forward. Murphy calling

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for it. A call for hidden! Should have been a goal. It fell kindly

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for him. And from that distance he on and again it is comfortable for

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Randolph. Good execution from flick it over. That might well have

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Another Dunfermline corner. I am get past Chris Smith? Michael

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Higdon does not care, another calamity for Chris Smith. Michael

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Higdon notches his 14th goal of the season and Dunfermline, having done

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so well in the match so far, find What a strike! Motherwell's

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sharpshooter double the lead. He didn't think twice before striking

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out into the top corner. Motherwell look good for the. Now. -- look

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am not sure Murphy was necessarily going for goal here but he almost

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right foot. A run on for Jennings. Drags it a foot wide or so. Might

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have taken a touch off Michael We have got the feeling that

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Dunfermline have not been able to pick up the points, have you moved

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a bit away from them? The look goes against you sometimes and some of

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the goals you are conceding are poor but we are glad of that at the

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moment. You need a bit of luck at the moment when you are down there.

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We have had some good performances which have helped. That will be a

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result you are looking for pretty quickly yesterday? A lot of people

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say that but you need to focus on your own job and after the game

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finishes, you tend to find out result. At the moment it is about

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focusing on our own job and it doesn't matter what happens

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anywhere else. Dunfermline have got problems with goalkeepers. Paul

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Gallagher was tremendous for them and Chris Smith has come in and

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that is a bad one to lose. The last thing he needs is me telling him he

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should save it. It is not just about Chris Smith, that was him

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punching into his own net. Iain Turner has been taken up on loan

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but sadly for Chris Smith, this is him having a fresh air shot. It

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would have been difficult have they got through in the cup. Against

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your team on loan from Preston and I guess you are looking for a

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goalkeeper to save that as well. gets a hand to it and you expect

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him to save it but he has had a hard time and it is difficult for

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him but if he can come through,... You have some seasons wake you need

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to be strong. Two sides to the Michael Higdon goal yesterday

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because terrific movement and a good finish from his point of view.

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What has he got, Michael Higdon? will be able to take a look at the

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goals, very few of them outside the box and he is a poacher. He gives

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them a focal point and he has got pace but Michael Higdon is a big

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part of how they played. You might want to turn away at this point!

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Yes, a good finish and it is a good goal. He seems to have turned the

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Motherwell fans his way. Yes, so I heard. I find it hard to believe

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because he is a good player and it gives other players a bit a space.

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Are you envious of Motherwell and the chance they have potentially to

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overhaul Rangers, get into the Champions League qualifiers at the

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start of next season? European qualification further down the line,

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something you would like to do with Hibs? With a club like Hibs, we are

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used to being involved in international football. The

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recruitment policy of players has been good. They have got a good

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team, we haven't changed it that much. They have got a system that

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they believe him. Like mother well, St Johnstone are in with a good

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chance of European qualification. They were at Rugby Park to play

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Singh. St Johnstone striker Cillian Sheridan in the door shortly almost

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inadvertently putting the side 1-0 in front. It was another cross from

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Croft that had something soon after, just making contact and we will be

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using Sheridan and contact before the end of this highlights, that is

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for sure. As for Kilmarnock, they've threatened from Wayne cross,

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hit the bar with his header. And the Belgian striker still looking

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for his first Kilmarnock goal. Since then have a great chance to

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score, Fran Sandaza or almost taking a chance of the hesitancy

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between the goalkeeper and Michael Nelson. And sadly for some Johnson,

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the duo were having one of those slightly off days. Dave Mackay, the

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Penalty for Kilmarnock, and no complaints. Up stepped Dean Shiels,

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and it was saved. Dean Shiels was then booked for a despairing swipe

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then booked for a despairing swipe which caught the arm of the

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goalkeeper and would prove to be an goalkeeper and would prove to be an

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expensive booking. Another caution would come the way of Sheridan, for

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blasting the ball into Row Z. The referee brandishing the yellow.

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Then a moment of real controversy, Dean Shiels going down in the box

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with Dave Mackay in real proximity. The referee, in no doubt, a second

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yellow for simulation. And from the replay, no sign of any real contact

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and Dean Shiels making a real meal of it. Time for a trial by

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Sportscene Part two. Sheridan going down, the same decision by the

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referee, a second yellow for diving. No goals, but plenty to talk about.

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No goals, but plenty to talk about. Just when you thought it had gone

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quiet, trial by Sportscene is back. The couple of dives, a couple of

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The couple of dives, a couple of second yellow cards. Dean Shiels,

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what did you think? I think the referee has got this one right. I

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don't think there is any contact. The player has put his leg dead but

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he has taken it back in and there is no real contact. His manager and

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his dad reckoned it was first day out so that... Sorry, inside the

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box and there was contact. I think he went down a fraction after there

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was contact. There is no contact, it is not a penalty and a correct

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decision. The referee balanced things up with a second yellow for

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Sheridan. Liam Kelly was the Kilmarnock player involved. Same

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again? I think so, I think the referee has got that right as well.

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Sheridan has gone down and both players were looking for penalties,

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which you can understand, but if you dared get away with it, there

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is a punishment. -- don't. The so well done to the referee. Champions

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in waiting Celtic were playing the in waiting Celtic were playing the

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only other unbeaten SPL team in 2012, Aberdeen. The fixture was

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brings back memories of an eight- Fortune A, at the back post. What a

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finish. 4-3, game on. He has done it! Or this Aberdeen-Celtic game,

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Craig Brown made one change to the team which drew at St Mirren last

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weekend. Rory Fallon was included. Neil Madden, on the back of midweek

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internationals, gave their first starts to his full-backs. Kris

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Commons and Anthony Stokes were recalled to the starting 11. Paul

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Mitchell with a highlight. taking the lead. Great strike by

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Charlie Mulgrew. And a finger tip against Gavin Rae. He seemed to art

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wrap his arm around, but she couldn't give a penalty for that. -

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Anthony Stokes! Nicely finished by Anthony Stokes. His 8th goal by

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Aberdeen -- against Aberdeen as a Celtic player. Good play by Kris

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Commons, Stokes took it around the goalkeeper and finished really

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Celtic. On to Stokes and back to Andre Blackman. He just got nibbled

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at the edge of the box. A good call by the referee, just a touch on the

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Goal for Aberdeen, the equaliser a minute before half-time. Gavin Rae

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will take the credit but it will go down as an own goal. He shot was

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deflected by Fraser Forster, whose fine run without conceding it comes

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to an end. The shop was going wide and the touch was needed. -- the

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shock. Aberdeen's last. Against Celtic was the 4-4 draw in

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target. What a chance it was -- cannot put it and target. What a

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through the middle himself. And he scrapes it wide. He did all of the

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right things but it was a horrible shot. Neil Lennon and none too

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pleased. It looks like he is to lay at angry, off came the jacket and

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real lack of bodies on the edge of Don't do it, Neil. A surprising

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result, because it was the end of Celtic's winning run, or not

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because of Aberdeen's recent one -- run of not losing? I think Aberdeen

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have been fantastic since the start of the year, it is a decent result,

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I know they have changed a few players but they are in fine form

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as well, but Aberdeen are hard to beat. Has Craig Brown done what you

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have tried to do with Hibs, so let the fire and stop leaking goals, so

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you have the chance to win games? - - solidify. I think so. We played

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them just before Christmas and if we had won, we would have gone

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point behind them and they have kicked off since then and not

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looked back. It is about getting results when you are at that end

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results when you are at that end and that is what they have done.

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Craig will be disappointed by the Celtic goal, because Aberdeen were

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looking pretty comfortable in possession. What Celtic do well is

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they pressed the ball really well. Pressure on the centre-half and he

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gives it away. Still a bit to do from here, it is not that easy, but

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Kris Commons has a great weight of pass, and a good finish by Anthony

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Stokes. That is what a big they can do if you give them the ball in

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dangerous areas -- that is what they can do. You know what they are

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capable of from a fortnight ago when it was five, and it could have

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been worse. Yes, Kris Commons has not played too much this season,

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but a fantastic ball and a great finish. The to Celtic for banks

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featured from a negative point of view -- two Celtic full-backs. This

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was during the Aberdeen goal. He switches off at right back and then

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it ends up going up in off the other full-back. If he had got back

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quicker, he could have tracked the run of Gavin Rae, but he didn't and

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the ball has fallen into his path. Andre Blackman is unlucky, just

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trying to block it. From a positive point of view, Aberdeen could have

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gone on and won it. They did have a couple of chances, they should have

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done better. Could they have had a red card, Aberdeen? This challenge

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on the Celtic player. It could well have been. The Celtic player does

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very well, he doesn't go down, he just stands up and is concentrating

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on getting the ball and playing again, no rolling around. Celtic

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inching ever nearer the title, having pressed have you been with

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the job Neil Lennon has done? -- how impressed. He has been

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fantastic since the start of last year when there was a lot of

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pressure on them. They were behind Rangers at the start of the season

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and there was a lot of pressure, 15 points behind them and now they are

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21 ahead, so no matter what has happened that Rangers, it is

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incredible and he deserves great credit, because it is a big

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pressure job. Do you look at the things Celtic do and think you can

:42:28.:42:32.

implement the bat at Hibs? You need the players first. As much money

:42:32.:42:38.

would be nice. It is a fantastic football club, they have probably

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got two teams, maybe three, that could play in the Premier League

:42:42.:42:45.

every week and hold their own, so he has to be given credit for that

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because that is a lot of players to keep happy. There should be Schelin

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well and when you make the change, it doesn't change the performance -

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- the ship is sailing well. Let's have a look at the Premier League

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as it stands now. 21 points in it half of the table. Although enough

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to keep Pat Fenlon happy because Hibs are now four. Away from the

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bottom. We will be there tomorrow night for Dundee United against

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Inverness. And next weekend, it is Inverness. And next weekend, it is

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the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup, which start with

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Hearts against St Mirren. We will have comprehensive Cup coverage

:43:45.:43:55.
:43:55.:44:02.

have comprehensive Cup coverage highlights at 10pm. Before that,

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two special programmes coming up this week. Jim Traynor investigates

:44:08.:44:11.

the state of Scottish football tomorrow. And then Scottish

:44:11.:44:14.

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