04/11/2017 Sportscene


04/11/2017

Celtic travel to Perth and face St Johnstone in the early kick-off. There's a Glasgow derby at Ibrox between Rangers and Partick Thistle, while Motherwell visit Ross County.


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St Johnstone lost 4-0 to Celtic

earlier. Tomorrow, Hearts against

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Kilmarnock at Murrayfield. In the

Championship, Brechin City and

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Dumbarton is 0-0.

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To McDiarmid Park, where Celtic were

hoping to break their 100-year-old

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British record for the most domestic

matches unbeaten. They were 62 not

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out before facing St Johnstone, so

what happened?

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This victory was the embodiment of

Celtic under Brendan Rodgers,

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clinical and dominant performance.

Another Scottish opponent put to bed

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in spectacular fashion. Sinclair

gave them the lead in the first

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half, and they didn't look back.

Armstrong teed up Dembele for the

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second before the interval. The pick

of the bunch was number four, this

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century-old record was smashed at

the venue of their last defeat. 63

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stick games unbeaten is quite an

achievement, as the British

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benchmark was eclipsed. A 51st

league game unbeaten,

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league game unbeaten, Rodgers's side

have scored 54 goals. The recordss

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keep on coming. Thick. The Saints,

five defeat in six without scoring a

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goal. Much to ponder as the

champions wallow in yet another

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Rodgers record.

We will hear from

our experts shortly, but let's hear

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from the managers. Brendan Rodgers

delighted to break that century-old

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British record.

You look back to the

team that will you marry had. I had

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grown up and been aware of players

from that era. That tells you the

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level of the team, the quality of

that team. To break that record,

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that was the point I said to the

players before the game, we want

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three points, but it is also, we

have equalled our record that

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another team has set, and it is

important for our ambition that we

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can get out on our own. The only way

to do that is to win today, and we

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want nothing more than a win. It

means everything. It's an incredible

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feat by the players.

I have got to be disappointed,

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conceding from a corner. We wanted

to keep it 0-0 for as long as

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possible, and I thought we weathered

the early storm. The first two

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goals, we got caught, and probably

the second goal, we shouldn't go

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tight when it is a two against one

situation in the area. They have

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better players, and they are better

all over the park, and icon to be

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too critical of my players. For a

manager, they worked hard and gave

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me everything.

Celtic record breakers. Brendan

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Rodgers describing it

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Celtic record breakers. Brendan

Rodgers describing it as a great

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feat.

Phenomenal, do have that level

of consistency, to keep the standard

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high, that is the most impressive

thing for me, to keep the levels

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high. It was for such a long time.

Phenomenal. I saw the team he

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picked, he picked a shoreside to win

the game.

Should our Bucharest, 104

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games is the world record.

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That

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Link and read in school 88 games

unbeaten.

Unrivalled knowledge at!

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Stuart, remarkable, but a redneck

for the rest of Scottish football.

I

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don't know about that. In order to

assess how good an achievement this

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is, and I agree with Steven, it is

the nominal, none of us have any

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real insight into how good the

Celtic team that set the record had

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Dean, because it was an era before

media and televised football. We can

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only guess they were a decent team.

Even Brendan Rodgers, who is a

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Celtic fan, knew very little about

the team, and knew them by

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reputation. Measuring it by those

criteria, they have done something

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that no one else has achieved in

Britain, and that has to be good for

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Scottish football, and good for

Celtic.

Will Brendan Rodgers set his

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sights on the Bucharest record?

What

a great goal, the first goal, 18

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goal.

They didn't look as if they

were in top gear today, all were

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vague?

Come on! They broke the

record.

The first half was a bit

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stuffy, but no supplies that St

Johnstone didn't score.

This is

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relentless, brutal... are you

allowed to intimate and bully

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people...

Sam Johnstone, it has not

been the best spell for them Cash St

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Johnstone.

I think we set that bad

record of six games defeated way

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back in 2011, and obviously, this is

asked equalling our own bad record,

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but that being said, where the

problem has been is that there is

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not a goal in the team just now. I

have watch St Johnstone home and

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away over the last few weeks, it is

pretty depressing. There isn't an

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awful lot going on there at all. A

lot of things have happened to the

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club, firstly, Steven MacLean, one

of our great players, historically.

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Maybe he is ageing, he is less, kind

of, alert than he has been before,

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Graham Cummins, our striker, hasn't

scored at all significantly this

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season. O'Halloran is the top

scorer, but he is going into a

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period of poor form just now. He is

a midfielder or wing are more than a

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central striker. We have struggled.

Usually, St Johnstone's midfield,

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whether that is Davidson, whether it

is Liam Craig, or David Wotherspoon,

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they are good for four or five

goals, but none are scoring. If your

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midfield are not scoring, or your

strikers, you won't score a lot.

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First for a bounce around the

grounds. I will tell you what is

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happening in Rangers against Partick

this or at Ibrox. Rangers were

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cruising to victory, 3-0 up against

Partick Thistle. Graeme Murty's

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second as interim manager. McCrorie

getting the scoring up and running

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today. Candeias getting the second,

Windass putting Rangers 3-0 up a

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couple of minutes into the second

half. Let's hear from Jonathan

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Sutherland, he is watching Hamilton

against second placed Aberdeen, New

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Douglas Park, it is definitely

Jonathan Sutherland.

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Jonathan Sutherland.

1-1, but

Hamilton could be 3-0 up. They took

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a lead through Dougie Imrie, a free

kick, left foot, flashing past Lewis

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in the Aberdeen. Hamilton going

close here in... What a great chance

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for Darren Lion, he rounded Joe

Lewis, but fires into the side

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netting. Aberdeen have had the

better of it, but Hamilton could be

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3-0 up after the Dougie Imrie goal.

Two great chances, the first was a

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lobbed effort, which Joe Lewis

saved. The second was even better, a

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quest from Greg Docherty, Templeton

decided to volley it first time,

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when he could have taken a touch,

that blazed it wide. Hamilton

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regretted that almost immediately as

Ryan Christie played through Greg

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Stewart, who over the keeper to make

it 1-1. Entertaining stuff at the

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super Seal Stadium, New Douglas

Park, if you prefer, Hamilton 1-1

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Aberdeen.

Glancing out of the corner of my eye

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on that, my impression is Hamilton

were unfortunate not to be ahead.

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They have missed the few big

opportunities.

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opportunities. Templeton especially

has missed three massive chances.

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The goal they scored was a good free

kick from Dougie Imrie, but there

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could have been a foul in the wall.

Who is the new striker they have

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signed? Nudging into the side of the

war, it might have been a foul, but

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it was a good free kick. Shinnie was

good for Aberdeen's goal, but it has

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been a good game to watch.

Time to

hear from Jane Lewis, she is

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watching Ross County against

Motherwell. Good afternoon Ross

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County 3-1 Motherwell.

Ross County

haven't exactly been all over

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Motherwell in the first half, but

they have put away their chances.

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They have been clinical, they

welcome back their captain for this

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one. He played a pass for the

opening goal, Michael Gardyne made

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it 1-0 after 12 minutes. Motherwell

were trying to get back into the

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match, Peter Hartley's header from a

free kick clipped the bar, Alan

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McCrary was kept busy in goal. Ross

County added to their tally. A lot

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has been talked about Keeler done,

he made it 2-0 before half-time. The

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rebound fell to guard dying, who

grabbed his second of the afternoon.

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Motherwell made changes, and the

half-time team talk would have been

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a roasting, two changes, Eliot

Freedman Ryan Bowman came on, and

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what a difference they make. Eliot

Freedman setup bowman, who headed

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in, putting Motherwell back in the

game. Still a mountain to climb,

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they still trail 3-1, so are they

back in or will Ross County hold on?

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That is the question. Are Motherwell

back in?

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They were excellent in the opening

period, Michael Gardyne was

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unplayable.

Bowman coming off the

bench has got them back in the game.

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I think Ross County will score

again. They have been so much on

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top.

Plenty of entertainment for the

home fans, that is where they had

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been struggling.

He will be

delighted with the way they have

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played today, they have been

excellent. It should have been five

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or six.

There has been another goal

at Easter Road 's. John Barnes.

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Hibernian are now 2-1 in front. That

goal coming in the 63rd minute.

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Simon Murray with his 13th of the

season, unlucky for Dundee, who came

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back into this game. They lost a

goal after 63 seconds. Martin Boyle

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scoring when he picked up the ball,

just ten yards inside his own half,

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mazy run, feeble challenges from the

opposition, firing low into the

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bottom right-hand corner of the net,

not the start Dundee wanted with

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Elliot Parish between the sticks,

the former Aston Villa trainee,

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taking the plays of Scott Bain, a

decision Neal McCann, he would not

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discuss it. Apparently, he would not

pay a fine after a bust up with his

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manager after the match with

Hamilton last week. Dundee was

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bonded to going behind early,

because they got back on level

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terms, Marcus Haber in the two 81st

minute with a fine header after a

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good cross from the right-hand side

by Roarie Deacon. Early in the

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second half, a terrific save by

Marciano kept out El Bakhtaoui. A

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skirmish in the middle of the park,

a couple of bookings, Anthony Stokes

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was booked, Ryan Porteous was

booked, both those players started

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on the bench. There was a challenge

in the middle of the park in the

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second period, and they got a yellow

card. A few seconds ago, Simon

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Murray popping up, lovely ball in

from Stokes on the left, Murray was

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there to volley it into the bottom

right-hand corner of the net. Hibs

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2-1 up against Dundee.

A star performer dropped because of

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dressing room disco, not what you

want when you are bottom of the

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table.

Certainly not. There are

issues there. One of the issues I

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feel about that, and I have never

been a professional footballer, and

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the guys know more about this than

me, I don't like the idea of someone

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being fined two weeks wages. I don't

mind a system of discipline, or what

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ever. It seems to be the wrong way

to go around punishing someone for a

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perceived misdemeanour.

Can you do

that in this day and age?

Yeah, you

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can. Football is a law unto itself,

and you can find them two weeks

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wages, Scott Bain is appealing it,

and that story has a long way to go.

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We have a long way to go as well, we

will break up the Premiership action

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by heading to the Championship,

Dundee United at home to St Mirren

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this afternoon. Jim Spence is on

tenterhooks at Tannadice to tell us

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what is happening.

It is tenterhooks, the game is

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raging from end-to-end. St Mirren

trailing 1-0. A free kick into the

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box from Fraser, Craig Samson seem

to be amused. It was running wide of

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his right-hand post, but the ball

nestled inside the post. That is how

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it stands at the moment. Dundee have

dominated the last 10-15 minutes of

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the first half, 7-1 up in corners,

but no group to goal. No clear-cut

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chances.

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Brian is watching the Falkirk versus

Dunfermline.

Yes, it's an absolute

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cracker as well. Falkirk one,

Dunfermline one. A brilliant match

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in front of a crowd of around 6000,

including 1500 fans who have made

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their way across the river to the

Falkirk Stadium. The visitors are in

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front after just 28 minutes. Coming

from the penalty spot, Kallum

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Higginbotham. He received a yellow

card from referee Craig Thompson

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after he clipped his heels of the

Falkirk defender John Magee. He was

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very lucky not to be shown a red

card in the first half. Into the

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second half, Falkirk were much more

dominant and they still are. They

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were given a lifeline when

Higginbotham received his second

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yellow card of the afternoon.

Dunfermline were then down to ten

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men. The equaliser came from Jordan

Magee, a magnificent free kick from

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22 yards, took one bounce and ended

up in the back of the net. It is a

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cracker here at the Falkirk Stadium.

We have played 65 minutes.

Off we go

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to Livingston now. Kenny Crawford is

at the stadium.

70 minutes gone and

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it is 0-0. The two conclusions I

have drawn is that this is not a

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classic and that I should have

brought a hat, because it is

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absolutely bolting it down. But I do

have the long johns on.

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have the long johns on. A win to

Livingston would mean they go first

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in the league, but they don't look

18 worthy to be there at the moment.

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They only had one chance in the

first half which went wide of the

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post. At the moment, the two teams

are cancelling each other out.

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are cancelling each other out.

Two

of your former teams, Stephen.

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of your former teams, Stephen. Did

you want to commentate? You made a

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mess last time you tried it. I think

I know where your allegiances lie,

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but it is tight.

It is tight at the

top. St Mirren's form has been poor

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recently. They drew the last two

games and today they are struggling

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in Dundee. You would expect Dundee

United to be challenging. Livingston

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have been the surprise package for

me. You said four different teams

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could be top of the league.

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could be top of the league.

One of

the other things, I have always

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called it Alcatraz about that

division. Season after season, it

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breeds intense and sometimes

inexplicable rivalries that only the

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fans fully understand. The media are

absolutely focused on the top

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league, so you don't understand why

people dislike each other as badly

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as they do. It is a fantastic league

football.

But hold on.

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football.

But hold on. 6500, Brian

was saying, were attending.

I know

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Paul has been struggling. Ellis put

his name in the ring for the Dundee

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United job.

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United job. This could be another

great result for him.

The only team

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without a win in that division is

wrecking city.

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wrecking city. -- Wrekin City.

Obviously, they are largely a

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part-time club with limited budgets,

even by comparison with some of the

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teams we have been talking about

like Dunfermline and Falkirk.

They

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have a much smaller fan base to draw

on, so it is not surprising that

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they are bottom of the league. But I

would not rule out a loss teams

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here. Inverness and Falkirk started

the season poorly. It would be a mug

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that would rule either of them out

at this stage.

Goal, Aberdeen.

That

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is why we pay you the big bucks.

What happened?

It looked like poor

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defending.

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defending. Somebody asked to

describe it better than me.

His name

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is John Sutherland. What actually

happened?

It was no challenge at

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all. A fantastic attempt from

Stephen Thompson and an even better

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attempt from Arneson. Fantastic

header from the Icelandic

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international. He has given Aberdeen

the lead in this match. Hamilton

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Accies will be kicking themselves.

They had chances in this match to

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take the lead against Aberdeen. They

haven't taken them. Martin Canning

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will be furious about that. But

great character shown by Aberdeen.

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Stuart was accusing us of being

cruel earlier when talking about St

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Johnstone, so I am going to give him

a treat and squeeze in some English

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football by finding out how today's

lunchtime match in the English

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Premier League went, Stoke at home

to 11th place Leicester City. It was

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watched for us by John Murray.

It

was good and entertaining. Leicester

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twice in front, Stoke twice drawing

level and Zouma nearly won it for

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them with a header that Schmeichel

saved at the end of the match. There

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was a fine save from Butland, but

Shaqiri levelled before the break.

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Mahrez edged Leicester back in

front. But the evergreen Peter

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Crouch, 36 years old, arrived at a

substitute to equalise with a very

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good header from a corner. And so

for a third season in a row, Stoke

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City versus Leicester City finished

2-2.

Stephen Thompson, striker

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extraordinaire, how old are you?

39.

Three years older than Peter Crouch,

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and he is still doing it. He said he

has not retired from international

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football, but I think England have a

lot of irons in the fire.

He has had

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a fantastic career. He always scores

goals.

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goals.

You were eulogising English

football.

Goal for Hamilton! It was

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a good goal this time. That was

better commentary.

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better commentary.

Jonathan,

Hamilton versus Aberdeen?

That was

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good from Stephen Thompson,

actually. Templeton squandered

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chances in this match. Hamilton

Accies could have been 3-0 up if he

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had taken two of his chances in the

first half, but he has made amends

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to some degree here at the SuperSeal

Stadium. Aberdeen had just taken the

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lead, but Templeton has made it 2-2.

It is game on here and it is

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fantastically entertaining stuff.

He

is a terrible reporter. Commit to a

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screen, it was 21-2! Do not adjust

your sets, it is 2-2.

If you saw

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Martin Canning's reaction to that

goal going in, I have never seen a

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manager celebrating with such

relief.

He is probably feeling

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pressure.

Let's head up north again,

Ross County and Motherwell.

No more

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goals to speak of. Ross County still

lead 3-1. Motherwell have made two

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changes which we talked about, with

Elliott Frear and Ryan Bowman coming

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on. Bowman scored with the early

second half shot. The game has died

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down a bit. Ross County are in no

hurry to see this one out. They are

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happy to hold onto that lead. If

anything, Motherwell are pressing

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forward and creating more chances.

As yet, those chances have come to

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nothing.

0:23:590:24:08

nothing. As I say that, someone was

making a run, but the danger was

0:24:080:24:13

snuffed out.

Still 2-1 at Easter

Road, Hibs and Dundee.

Hibs are on

0:24:130:24:23

top at the moment.

0:24:230:24:34

It has changed to a back three in

the second half. He has altered it

0:24:390:24:46

in the middle of the park as well.

And they got their reward with that

0:24:460:24:54

goal from Simon Murray.

0:24:540:25:04

goal from Simon Murray. We have

played 76 minutes here.

Plenty more

0:25:040:25:07

to come from our reporters, but now

we will take a wee break and took

0:25:070:25:11

about the international football.

There is no results show next week

0:25:110:25:14

because of that international break.

The Scots have a friendly against

0:25:140:25:20

another team that Celtic will fight,

the Netherlands, at Pittodrie,

0:25:200:25:24

through the week. The SFA's

performance director is in charge as

0:25:240:25:29

interim manager, taking over from

Gordon Strachan. I spoke to

0:25:290:25:32

yesterday and asked if he wanted the

job on a permanent basis.

If a

0:25:320:25:38

Scottish manager is asked to be the

manager for their country, there are

0:25:380:25:41

few that would say no. But I have an

important job at the moment. But for

0:25:410:25:49

the next month, I am delighted to be

involved.

So it is not at the back

0:25:490:25:53

of your mind, thinking, this could

be my audition for the manager's

0:25:530:25:58

job?

0:25:580:26:03

job?

No, honestly. Right now, it is

about preparing the group for next

0:26:030:26:07

weekend. There is a short period of

time between Gordon leaving and this

0:26:070:26:11

game happening. So that has been my

full focus for the last couple of

0:26:110:26:17

weeks.

Dundee United are 2-0 up now.

Alan, that was not a no. Does that

0:26:170:26:25

mean it is a yes?

I think if he was

offered it, he would take it.

0:26:250:26:37

offered it, he would take it. If he

walks away, it then brands it

0:26:370:26:39

worthless in my opinion.

0:26:390:26:46

worthless in my opinion.

And the

target for project brave is the

0:26:460:26:50

start of next season.

But the real

project is to deliver, not just get

0:26:500:26:58

it up and running. We want to see

the next generation of Scottish

0:26:580:27:01

talent coming through into the full

international team. Often, people

0:27:010:27:10

get confused. In this case, I am not

even sure that the -- SFA should

0:27:100:27:15

offer him the job. If they do, it

means they are not sure what they

0:27:150:27:20

were doing in the first place. That

is something the SFA do regularly.

0:27:200:27:24

We have had another goal.

Yes, a

goal at Dingwall. Let's find out

0:27:240:27:31

about it from Jane.

I wonder if it

is game on. It was a delicious goal.

0:27:310:27:46

is game on. It was a delicious goal.

Moments before that, Ross County had

0:27:460:27:47

a couple of fine efforts, but

Motherwell have been the better of

0:27:470:27:51

the sides in the second half and

Louis Moult grabbed his second of

0:27:510:27:55

the afternoon.

0:27:550:28:00

the afternoon.

If Louis Moult was

Scottish, would he be in the squad?

0:28:000:28:11

Scottish, would he be in the squad?

Yeah gentleman,

0:28:110:28:18

Yeah gentleman, we only have two

strikers left.

Christie, is he a

0:28:180:28:24

striker?

No.

0:28:240:28:36

I think Robertson will play

left-back.

0:28:450:28:53

left-back.

Or Robertson could be the

wingback. Plenty of fresh blood.

0:28:530:28:59

Shinnie is unlucky that he is

playing left-back.

He can play

0:28:590:29:04

midfield he can.

Ryan Christie has

been arguably the best player. He

0:29:040:29:13

has been brilliant.

Is the talent

being recognised, or is there an

0:29:130:29:22

element of cynicism about it because

tickets have to be sold? They

0:29:220:29:26

deserved to be in the squad this

week, but not last week.

They have

0:29:260:29:30

deserved to be in the squad for a

long time.

If Malky Mackay were to

0:29:300:29:37

be interested in the job, if he

making a statement by saying, I am

0:29:370:29:44

bringing in fresh blood, this is the

future?

That is the way it has to

0:29:440:29:48

go. We can all sit here and

pontificate.

But he ultimately has

0:29:480:29:53

to decide who comes in and who

doesn't. McGregor was not involved

0:29:530:30:01

in the last campaign until the end,

which was shocking.

0:30:010:30:09

which was shocking.

I feel that is

the right thing to do as I football

0:30:090:30:13

nation, to look at the best talent

that has come through in what is

0:30:130:30:18

still a relatively competitive

league, albeit Celtic are the

0:30:180:30:20

dominant team. The spine of the

Celtic team are in there and good

0:30:200:30:27

players have come through from

Aberdeen as well. I think it is a

0:30:270:30:30

good thing that he has done that,

but we need someone who will be

0:30:300:30:34

there for the long haul and sort out

the performance manager thing.

0:30:340:30:42

Malky Mackay has added a bit on, if

he walks out, it will be someone

0:30:420:30:46

else, turning into a farce, for me.

Me, too.

The game against the

0:30:460:30:53

Netherlands, a top team that didn't

make it to the World Cup.

Much like

0:30:530:30:59

Scotland, this will be Dick

Advocaat's last game, and they are

0:30:590:31:03

looking for a manager. They have

been underperforming for years. It

0:31:030:31:09

will give an opportunity to look at

players like Christie, like

0:31:090:31:14

McGregor, I hope McGinn starts, he

has been fantastic. It is a good

0:31:140:31:18

chance for players to get in.

Eraso

many good players down in England,

0:31:180:31:26

the young lad that left Rangers to

go to Nottingham Forest, John Fleck

0:31:260:31:31

is flying with Sheffield United.

Is

there anyone that has not made it in

0:31:310:31:34

this time that should be there?

McGee has been outstanding. He has

0:31:340:31:39

performed better than Ryan Jack.

Rangers with Ryan Jack.

You are

0:31:390:31:47

trying to take me in... Yes! Causing

me greater grief, I have not seen

0:31:470:31:54

enough of him this season, but he

has a propensity to get sent off.

0:31:540:31:59

Sometimes actually in friendlies and

things like that. I don't think that

0:31:590:32:04

speaks well, but there were people

talking for him to be capped when he

0:32:040:32:09

was at Aberdeen, so they can't now

flip it and say he shouldn't be

0:32:090:32:12

capped.

It should be based on

current form. Somebody to cheer and

0:32:120:32:16

somebody do have a go at.

Shades of

Ian Blackford!

0:32:160:32:20

We will head back around the

grounds, starting in Hamilton,

0:32:220:32:26

Accies at home to Aberdeen, still

2-2.

The last five minutes of what

0:32:260:32:32

has been a hugely entertaining match

here this afternoon. Dougie Imrie

0:32:320:32:37

gave Accies the lead with a

fantastic free kick, Stewart

0:32:370:32:43

equalised with his first Premiership

goal for Aberdeen. Carrie Arneson

0:32:430:32:48

with the header to make it 2-1.

David Templeton then scored to

0:32:480:32:53

equalise.

0:32:530:33:00

equalise. It could go either way in

this game, very, very even indeed,

0:33:000:33:04

and it remains Hamilton 2-2

Aberdeen.

Ross County still ahead by

0:33:040:33:12

a single goal?

They do have a slim

lead against Motherwell. Motherwell

0:33:120:33:17

are pushing forward to grab an

equaliser. What a turnaround that

0:33:170:33:22

would be. In the first half, Ross

County, although they didn't have

0:33:220:33:26

the lion's share of the game, they

weren't overly in great position

0:33:260:33:32

against Motherwell, but were

clinical in front of goal, and

0:33:320:33:35

deservedly had a 3-0 half-time lead.

The first goal was scored by Ryan

0:33:350:33:44

Bowman for Motherwell. Ryan Moore

scored a second with 11 minutes to

0:33:440:33:51

go. The clock ticks on. Motherwell

are pushing forward, trying to get

0:33:510:33:57

an equaliser. At the minute, Ross

County, as I said last time, are

0:33:570:34:03

holding on.

To Easter Road to hear

from John Barnes, Hibernian against

0:34:030:34:07

Dundee. Hibs still would be upper

hand?

They are looking for a third,

0:34:070:34:12

coming forward in droves at times in

the late period, less than five

0:34:120:34:15

minutes left to play. A flicked

effort to the back post, corner kick

0:34:150:34:28

prevented Dundee going 3-1 down. A

dink around one defender set up for

0:34:280:34:34

Simon Murray on the right-hand side

of the box. He cut it straight back

0:34:340:34:40

to McGinn, who was flying into the

box. A low delivery and it would

0:34:400:34:44

have been put away. But it was high

and wide, to the frustration of the

0:34:440:34:50

Hibernian midfielder. It remains

Hibs 2-1 Dundee.

No change there,

0:34:500:34:55

and no change at Ibrox between

Rangers and Partick this all.

0:34:550:35:01

Rangers scorers, McCrorie and Conde

is, Windass increasing the lead in

0:35:010:35:08

the second half. Partick yet to

score in that match. A minute left.

0:35:080:35:14

Well, gents, Neal McAdam, I was

reading, it in the paper am saying

0:35:140:35:18

there is no need to panic, but this

will be their fifth straight defeat.

0:35:180:35:23

It looks like they are going to be.

It is a real problem for them. There

0:35:230:35:28

is unrest in the camp, as we heard

early on, not scoring goals, leaking

0:35:280:35:33

at the back, a recipe for disaster.

If you weeks ago, it was Alan

0:35:330:35:37

Archibald under pressure, and it has

shifted to Neil McCann.

A second

0:35:370:35:44

victory for Graeme Murty as interim

manager, talk of Derek McInnes,

0:35:440:35:51

should they consider keeping him on

in that job?

No. He did

0:35:510:35:55

fantastically well, he did well last

time he was interim manager. It is

0:35:550:35:58

great on his CV. He can organise a

team, we can see that. But Rangers

0:35:580:36:03

can't afford to have a rookie

manager as their manager, they have

0:36:030:36:06

to get this appointment right, and I

don't think it will be Graeme Murty.

0:36:060:36:13

Interim Manager of the Month?

A new

category!

0:36:130:36:22

category!

I think St Johnstone are playing

0:36:220:36:26

them next week.

They get a week off

next week.

Yeah, the week after.

0:36:260:36:32

That they have definitely brought

something quite special to the mix,

0:36:320:36:36

because they are a decent team, I am

a romantic, so I am a fan of Simon

0:36:360:36:43

Murray, because his football

background is not a conventional

0:36:430:36:46

one. It is good to see him doing

well, scoring and whatever. I was

0:36:460:36:50

intrigued about the guys talking

about Dundee's Neil McCann. It is

0:36:500:36:55

easier to be a football pundit on

the telly and it is to be a football

0:36:550:36:59

manager.

Alan has done it.

It is

difficult to be a manager. I was up

0:36:590:37:06

early to write things down, and I

would be up for the rest of the day.

0:37:060:37:09

When you are a player and you look

after yourself, you are the manager

0:37:090:37:13

and you look after the whole club.

Neil is finding that now.

He says

0:37:130:37:18

there is no pressure on him.

It is a

results driven industry.

The other

0:37:180:37:23

thing is, it is an area of life

where you have two the a superb man

0:37:230:37:28

manager are all people manager,

rather than necessarily also being a

0:37:280:37:31

good analyst of the game. In the

dressing room, there are so many

0:37:310:37:37

dynamics, so many different human

beings and personalities. I don't

0:37:370:37:42

think it will work out well for the

McCann.

The job has evolved.

It has,

0:37:420:37:47

and everything else that goes with

it, video technology comes, and the

0:37:470:37:51

scrutiny on you all the time. It is

not something I would like to do it

0:37:510:37:55

again. I didn't enjoy it.

We said

last week he wasn't finding pressure

0:37:550:37:59

with the job.

Stuard was talking

about how Martin Carney had

0:37:590:38:08

celebrated that equalising goal at

New Douglas Park, 2-2 there, that

0:38:080:38:13

would be a good return. They are on

a decent run.

They are on a decent

0:38:130:38:19

run. It has been a brilliant game to

watch, it really has. Aberdeen

0:38:190:38:23

putting them under pressure in the

last five minutes, but they have

0:38:230:38:26

been on a good run. They were rock

bottom, struggling, but is nice they

0:38:260:38:31

have come back. They always manage

to come back.

A wee bit of a frack

0:38:310:38:42

are.

You are putting the words in

the same sentence.

He was acting as

0:38:420:38:48

the Peacemaker, that is good to see.

That game, Ross County against

0:38:480:38:53

Motherwell County, running down the

clock, I had to say, I don't like to

0:38:530:38:59

see it.

Taking the ball to the

corner, three added on minutes to

0:38:590:39:02

go. It would be a great result, but

it is a game of two Haas, God I'm in

0:39:020:39:08

the first half, played well. But a

couple of changes got them back in

0:39:080:39:13

the game. It will be difficult, and

what a 3-pointer that will be for

0:39:130:39:19

Ross County.

They have had a revival

of late.

They have not beaten

0:39:190:39:24

Rangers since 1993, I wasn't

expecting them to get anything out

0:39:240:39:29

of it, Partick.

Alan Archibald was

under pressure a while ago, it has

0:39:290:39:32

moved off him.

He just shifts week

to week. So little between the

0:39:320:39:37

bottom of the league, there really

is.

Who is in danger at the moment?

0:39:370:39:43

Dundee, eight points.

Dundee are in

the worst form. I like to Chuck

0:39:430:39:47

Hamilton in there, but they played

well today.

Full-time in Hamilton

0:39:470:39:52

Accies against Aberdeen, Jonathan,

all square.

0:39:520:39:59

all square.

Hamilton 2-2 Aberdeen, a

wonderfully competitive and

0:39:590:40:01

entertaining match, it shows the

Scottish Premiership in its best

0:40:010:40:04

light tonight this afternoon. Dougie

Imrie lit the place up with a

0:40:040:40:11

fantastic left foot free kick,

flashing past Joe Lewis into the net

0:40:110:40:15

to make it 1-0 to Accies. David

Templeton lobbed Joe Lewis, but he

0:40:150:40:22

made a good save. Greg Docherty with

a cross to Templeton, he could have

0:40:220:40:28

taken a touch, and then taking a

more controlled effort, he chose to

0:40:280:40:32

volley first time and blazed wide.

Immediately after, Hamilton would

0:40:320:40:36

regret that moment as Greg Stewart

burst through to equalise for

0:40:360:40:40

Aberdeen. 1-1 at half-time, loads of

chances in the second half for both

0:40:400:40:45

sides. Carrie Anderson bundled the

ball over to make it 2-1 to

0:40:450:40:50

Aberdeen. In the end, Templeton

would make amends for his earlier

0:40:500:40:52

misses by equalising for Hamilton,

2-2, and a deserved point for the

0:40:520:40:58

home side. It finishes Hamilton 2-2

Aberdeen.

Full-time in the

0:40:580:41:06

Championship match, late drama?

It

has

0:41:060:41:16

has finished 2-1, United hauling

themselves level with St Mirren at

0:41:160:41:18

the top. Matt Dunn scoring the

first, Stanton adding the killer

0:41:180:41:23

second. St Mirren had possession,

but couldn't finish. Scott Fraser's

0:41:230:41:31

free kick on 12 minutes was saved.

0:41:310:41:39

free kick on 12 minutes was saved.

United took the lead, a long ball

0:41:390:41:46

trapped by Fraser, low past Samson

by Stanton from 40 yards. From the

0:41:460:41:56

left-hand side, 35 yards out,

Eckersley hit a speculative shot,

0:41:560:42:00

cracked over the head of the keeper,

cracking of the bar and over the

0:42:000:42:04

line. St Mirren down and out, Dundee

United 2-1 St Mirren.

Back to John

0:42:040:42:12

Barnes at Easter Road, Hibernian

against Dundee, full-time.

Hibernian

0:42:120:42:15

extend their winning run to four

majesties is named third place in

0:42:150:42:18

the Premiership. Martin Boyle

getting the opening goal after only

0:42:180:42:24

63 seconds. Dundee was bonded to get

an equaliser through Marcus Haber.

0:42:240:42:33

In the second half, Hibs or altered

their formation. They went close on

0:42:330:42:37

a couple of occasions through Simon

Murray. Dundee themselves almost

0:42:370:42:40

took the lead with El Bakhtaoui with

a terrific shot, saved by Marciano.

0:42:400:42:48

But 63 minutes, Simon Murray with a

superb volley from Anthony Stokes

0:42:480:42:55

made it 2-1 to Hibs, securing the

victory in the end. For Dundee, a

0:42:550:42:59

fifth straight defeat that leaves

them bottom of the table.

0:42:590:43:03

It is all over in Dingwall, Ross

County holding on.

Dingwall had been

0:43:030:43:13

a happy hunting ground for

Motherwell recently, but not today.

0:43:130:43:18

Motherwell were better in the second

half, Michael Gardyne got Ross

0:43:180:43:22

County off the Mark. The ball in

from skipper Andrew Davies, back in

0:43:220:43:27

the starting line-up, God I'm

finished off brilliantly. Motherwell

0:43:270:43:30

had chances, God I'm turning

provider, the effort smashed in. God

0:43:300:43:41

I'm then make it 3-0 after Jim

O'Brien's chance was cleared off the

0:43:410:43:46

line.

0:43:460:43:47

Motherwell made two changes at

half-time, and it seems to have the

0:43:500:43:53

desired effect on the substitutes

combining well to get Motherwell

0:43:530:44:00

back in the game and they made it

3-1. Motherwell looked livelier and

0:44:000:44:05

with 11 minutes remaining, it was

game on, a lovely header from Louis

0:44:050:44:11

Moult. Motherwell went pressing for

the equaliser, Adam McCreery in

0:44:110:44:19

goalkeeping call as he kept a effort

out with minutes to go. The

0:44:190:44:28

Motherwell manager watched from the

stands, not great viewing, but Owen

0:44:280:44:33

Coyle, the Ross County manager, he

will enjoy his night, he will enjoy

0:44:330:44:36

this result. Ross County 3-2

Motherwell.

Rangers supporters will

0:44:360:44:43

enjoy this result, they Wing 3-0 at

home against Partick Thistle was

0:44:430:44:47

afternoon. Josh Windass scoring the

third early in the second half,

0:44:470:44:51

adding to the total. Conde us with

the second. McCrorie with the first.

0:44:510:44:58

A second win on the spin under

Graeme Murty.

0:44:580:45:06

Let him or from Brian McLoughlin,

watching Falkirk against

0:45:060:45:10

Dunfermline.

It finished Falkirk

one, Dunfermline one, the visitors

0:45:100:45:16

ending the game with nine men on the

pitch. They took the lead before the

0:45:160:45:19

half-hour mark from the penalty

0:45:190:45:26

half-hour mark from the penalty spot

after Dunn bundled into Nicky Clark.

0:45:260:45:28

Kallum Higginbotham sent the keeper

the wrong way and have the perfect

0:45:280:45:32

penalty.

0:45:320:45:37

penalty. Just 19 minutes into the

second half, he received his second

0:45:370:45:42

yellow card and then a red card.

Falkirk pushed more men forward and

0:45:420:45:46

equalised through a wonderful free

kick from Jordan McGee. It was end

0:45:460:45:51

to end at that point. Anybody could

have won. Falkirk pushed more men

0:45:510:45:55

forward and with five minutes left

to play, Dunfermline were reduced to

0:45:550:46:00

just nine men, Declan McManus

receiving his second yellow of the

0:46:000:46:06

day. There was also a header in the

last minute of stoppage time.

0:46:060:46:15

Magnificent drama for the 5500 fans

inside the stadium.

I thought it was

0:46:150:46:26

6500 earlier! 1000 must have left

early.

0:46:260:46:34

early.

0-0 with this match. I can't

live up to the excitement that Brian

0:46:340:46:39

just shared. Clean sheets for both

sides and both keep up the good

0:46:390:46:42

recent form as well. Livingston have

only lost once in their last six

0:46:420:46:47

games. Inverness haven't lost at all

in their last six games, so after a

0:46:470:46:53

shaky start, the Highlanders are now

studying out. It was a poor game

0:46:530:46:57

overall, very few chances.

0:46:570:47:07

There was very little in all that

Livingston had to offer. The main

0:47:090:47:16

reason they will be disappointed

will be that they could have ended

0:47:160:47:19

the day to put the championship with

a whimper, given that St Mirren have

0:47:190:47:23

lost. They have not taken the

opportunity, but it was still a good

0:47:230:47:27

season for the West Lothian side who

many would not have predicted that

0:47:270:47:30

there would be up there at this

point of the season.

Alan, you were

0:47:300:47:38

a manager at Livingston once upon a

time. Would you have predicted that

0:47:380:47:41

they would be so giddy early on?

I

don't think so.

0:47:410:47:53

don't think so.

Between first and

fifth, two points.

0:47:530:48:02

fifth, two points. It is close. It

is the international break next

0:48:020:48:08

week, so maybe they will get a

chance to regroup.

They need to. A

0:48:080:48:15

wee break just what they need.

We

talk about the new boss bounce. It's

0:48:150:48:23

such a phenomenon emerging?

Well, it

would appear so, because there was

0:48:230:48:30

one at Rangers and there is one here

as well. I just feel there is

0:48:300:48:35

something about this league that

becomes almost impossible to call,

0:48:350:48:40

because only a few weeks ago, a lot

of people were wondering about

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Inverness. Suddenly, they put a wee

string of results together and they

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are not far off. It is quite an

incredible league.

I am going to put

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a longer string of results together,

because it is time for the

0:48:580:49:01

classified round-up.

0:49:010:49:07

classified round-up. No, I didn't

like that link either, chaps. We

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start with the Ladbrokes Scottish

Premiership.

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managers in the Premier League after

all of today's

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Let's have a look at the league

tables.

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There are four pages of results. So,

significant results today in the

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Premier League, Celtic opening of a

points gap over Aberdeen at the top.

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That was fairly predictable. At the

start of the season, I said I don't

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think they can go the whole season

unbeaten again. I think they will

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lose, but they are just so

consistent. Today was a fantastic

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result, with some individually

brilliant goals.

Aberdeen will be

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disappointed to drop points away to

Hamilton.

They have always struggled

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there. You would not battle against

Hamilton at any stage.

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Hamilton at any stage.

They thumped

us up at Perth eventually. I thought

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it was a close game than the result.

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it was a close game than the result.

One thing is interesting is that if

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you look at the top of the English

Premiership, I only look at it when

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I have a point that proves that

Scotland is better! And that is that

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people talk about Celtic running

away with it, but actually, Celtic

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are pegging back much closer to

Hibernian and Aberdeen, with Rangers

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coming up. If you look at the top of

the English Premiership and you look

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at Man United and Man City, Man City

are running away with it.

You are

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right, that was interesting. See if

David Templeton can say anything

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more interesting. He spoke after the

draw with Aberdeen.

David,

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congratulations on the dole. How

competitive was a?

As a fan, it

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would have been a good game to

watch. There were loads of chances

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at both ends. For myself in the

first half, I had a couple of great

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chances. I should have scored. I

think I scored the hardest out of

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this with three of them. After the

two I missed, I think you could see

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I was happy with it.

So he scored

one, but he could have scored a few.

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He should have scored a hat-trick.

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He should have scored a hat-trick.

Next, it is the Ross County manager

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Owen Coyle, celebrating a 3-2 win

over Motherwell.

You will be happy

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with that.

I am delighted. We knew

it was going to be a tough

0:56:100:56:15

challenge.

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challenge. The club have already

played them twice, so it was

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important that we set about the game

as we did. We got a good lead to

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take into half-time. It was

disappointing to allow Motherwell

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back in the game. They scored two

wonderful headers. But there is no

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doubt that we deserved the three

points.

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points. We have to make sure we

don't allow Motherwell back in. But

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if somebody had offered you that

before the game, I would have

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grabbed it with both hands, so

absolutely delighted. It shows a

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very good turnaround.

They are

creeping up that table. They are up

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to eighth now.

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to eighth now.

You were already

pre-empting the Hearts versus

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Kilmarnock game, are you?

We have to

see what happens.

They have done

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well. It is their home form that has

changed things.

It seems to have

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reenergised things.

I think they

have stepped up. They almost threw

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it away at the end, but they

deserved to win the match.

There is

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a personal performance by Gardyne,

who was outstanding in the first 45

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and faded away a bit in the second.

But a really good performance.

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Hearts tomorrow at Murrayfield, and

attitude run of home games at

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Tynecastle.

It is not a neutral

venue any more, and that is what

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Hearts need. There is no advantage

to Hearts playing there.

They have a

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long run of home games.

Very much

so.

Chaps, we have run out of time

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for another week. The best of the

Premiership action can be viewed in

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its glory tomorrow at six o'clock on

BBC Two Scotland. Stephen and his

0:58:240:58:28

on-screen family will be here for

that. No results show next week.

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Console yourselves in the knowledge

that Stuart Cosgrove will not let

0:58:340:58:37

you down. He will be on the hour

with off the Ball Saturday

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supplement. Get your nominations in

14 of the day. Thanks to Stephen,

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Alan and Stewart for sharing the

experience with us and see you soon.

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Take care.

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Reports, results and interviews from around the country in the SPFL with David Currie.

In the Premiership, Celtic travel to Perth and face St Johnstone in the early kick-off. There's a Glasgow derby at Ibrox between Rangers and Partick Thistle, while Motherwell visit Ross County. Elsewhere, Hamilton host Aberdeen and Dundee visit Hibs. In the big match in the Championship high-flying St Mirren visit Dundee United.


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