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
Kilmarnock at Murrayfield. In the
Championship, Brechin City and
Dumbarton is 0-0.
To McDiarmid Park, where Celtic were
hoping to break their 100-year-old
British record for the most domestic
matches unbeaten. They were 62 not
out before facing St Johnstone, so
This victory was the embodiment of
Celtic under Brendan Rodgers,
clinical and dominant performance.
Another Scottish opponent put to bed
in spectacular fashion. Sinclair
gave them the lead in the first
half, and they didn't look back.
Armstrong teed up Dembele for the
second before the interval. The pick
of the bunch was number four, this
century-old record was smashed at
the venue of their last defeat. 63
stick games unbeaten is quite an
achievement, as the British
benchmark was eclipsed. A 51st
league game unbeaten,
league game unbeaten, Rodgers's side
have scored 54 goals. The recordss
keep on coming. Thick. The Saints,
five defeat in six without scoring a
goal. Much to ponder as the
champions wallow in yet another
We will hear from
our experts shortly, but let's hear
from the managers. Brendan Rodgers
delighted to break that century-old
You look back to the
team that will you marry had. I had
grown up and been aware of players
from that era. That tells you the
level of the team, the quality of
that team. To break that record,
that was the point I said to the
players before the game, we want
three points, but it is also, we
have equalled our record that
another team has set, and it is
important for our ambition that we
can get out on our own. The only way
to do that is to win today, and we
want nothing more than a win. It
means everything. It's an incredible
feat by the players.
I have got to be disappointed,
conceding from a corner. We wanted
to keep it 0-0 for as long as
possible, and I thought we weathered
the early storm. The first two
goals, we got caught, and probably
the second goal, we shouldn't go
tight when it is a two against one
situation in the area. They have
better players, and they are better
all over the park, and icon to be
too critical of my players. For a
manager, they worked hard and gave
Celtic record breakers. Brendan
Rodgers describing it
Celtic record breakers. Brendan
Rodgers describing it as a great
Phenomenal, do have that level
of consistency, to keep the standard
high, that is the most impressive
thing for me, to keep the levels
high. It was for such a long time.
Phenomenal. I saw the team he
picked, he picked a shoreside to win
Should our Bucharest, 104
games is the world record.
Link and read in school 88 games
Unrivalled knowledge at!
Stuart, remarkable, but a redneck
for the rest of Scottish football.
don't know about that. In order to
assess how good an achievement this
is, and I agree with Steven, it is
the nominal, none of us have any
real insight into how good the
Celtic team that set the record had
Dean, because it was an era before
media and televised football. We can
only guess they were a decent team.
Even Brendan Rodgers, who is a
Celtic fan, knew very little about
the team, and knew them by
reputation. Measuring it by those
criteria, they have done something
that no one else has achieved in
Britain, and that has to be good for
Scottish football, and good for
Will Brendan Rodgers set his
sights on the Bucharest record?
a great goal, the first goal, 18
They didn't look as if they
were in top gear today, all were
Come on! They broke the
The first half was a bit
stuffy, but no supplies that St
Johnstone didn't score.
relentless, brutal... are you
allowed to intimate and bully
Sam Johnstone, it has not
been the best spell for them Cash St
I think we set that bad
record of six games defeated way
back in 2011, and obviously, this is
asked equalling our own bad record,
but that being said, where the
problem has been is that there is
not a goal in the team just now. I
have watch St Johnstone home and
away over the last few weeks, it is
pretty depressing. There isn't an
awful lot going on there at all. A
lot of things have happened to the
club, firstly, Steven MacLean, one
of our great players, historically.
Maybe he is ageing, he is less, kind
of, alert than he has been before,
Graham Cummins, our striker, hasn't
scored at all significantly this
season. O'Halloran is the top
scorer, but he is going into a
period of poor form just now. He is
a midfielder or wing are more than a
central striker. We have struggled.
Usually, St Johnstone's midfield,
whether that is Davidson, whether it
is Liam Craig, or David Wotherspoon,
they are good for four or five
goals, but none are scoring. If your
midfield are not scoring, or your
strikers, you won't score a lot.
First for a bounce around the
grounds. I will tell you what is
happening in Rangers against Partick
this or at Ibrox. Rangers were
cruising to victory, 3-0 up against
Partick Thistle. Graeme Murty's
second as interim manager. McCrorie
getting the scoring up and running
today. Candeias getting the second,
Windass putting Rangers 3-0 up a
couple of minutes into the second
half. Let's hear from Jonathan
Sutherland, he is watching Hamilton
against second placed Aberdeen, New
Douglas Park, it is definitely
Hamilton could be 3-0 up. They took
a lead through Dougie Imrie, a free
kick, left foot, flashing past Lewis
in the Aberdeen. Hamilton going
close here in... What a great chance
for Darren Lion, he rounded Joe
Lewis, but fires into the side
netting. Aberdeen have had the
better of it, but Hamilton could be
3-0 up after the Dougie Imrie goal.
Two great chances, the first was a
lobbed effort, which Joe Lewis
saved. The second was even better, a
quest from Greg Docherty, Templeton
decided to volley it first time,
when he could have taken a touch,
that blazed it wide. Hamilton
regretted that almost immediately as
Ryan Christie played through Greg
Stewart, who over the keeper to make
it 1-1. Entertaining stuff at the
super Seal Stadium, New Douglas
Park, if you prefer, Hamilton 1-1
Glancing out of the corner of my eye
on that, my impression is Hamilton
were unfortunate not to be ahead.
They have missed the few big
opportunities. Templeton especially
has missed three massive chances.
The goal they scored was a good free
kick from Dougie Imrie, but there
could have been a foul in the wall.
Who is the new striker they have
signed? Nudging into the side of the
war, it might have been a foul, but
it was a good free kick. Shinnie was
good for Aberdeen's goal, but it has
been a good game to watch.
hear from Jane Lewis, she is
watching Ross County against
Motherwell. Good afternoon Ross
County 3-1 Motherwell.
haven't exactly been all over
Motherwell in the first half, but
they have put away their chances.
They have been clinical, they
welcome back their captain for this
one. He played a pass for the
opening goal, Michael Gardyne made
it 1-0 after 12 minutes. Motherwell
were trying to get back into the
match, Peter Hartley's header from a
free kick clipped the bar, Alan
McCrary was kept busy in goal. Ross
County added to their tally. A lot
has been talked about Keeler done,
he made it 2-0 before half-time. The
rebound fell to guard dying, who
grabbed his second of the afternoon.
Motherwell made changes, and the
half-time team talk would have been
a roasting, two changes, Eliot
Freedman Ryan Bowman came on, and
what a difference they make. Eliot
Freedman setup bowman, who headed
in, putting Motherwell back in the
game. Still a mountain to climb,
they still trail 3-1, so are they
back in or will Ross County hold on?
That is the question. Are Motherwell
They were excellent in the opening
period, Michael Gardyne was
Bowman coming off the
bench has got them back in the game.
I think Ross County will score
again. They have been so much on
Plenty of entertainment for the
home fans, that is where they had
He will be
delighted with the way they have
played today, they have been
excellent. It should have been five
There has been another goal
at Easter Road 's. John Barnes.
Hibernian are now 2-1 in front. That
goal coming in the 63rd minute.
Simon Murray with his 13th of the
season, unlucky for Dundee, who came
back into this game. They lost a
goal after 63 seconds. Martin Boyle
scoring when he picked up the ball,
just ten yards inside his own half,
mazy run, feeble challenges from the
opposition, firing low into the
bottom right-hand corner of the net,
not the start Dundee wanted with
Elliot Parish between the sticks,
the former Aston Villa trainee,
taking the plays of Scott Bain, a
decision Neal McCann, he would not
discuss it. Apparently, he would not
pay a fine after a bust up with his
manager after the match with
Hamilton last week. Dundee was
bonded to going behind early,
because they got back on level
terms, Marcus Haber in the two 81st
minute with a fine header after a
good cross from the right-hand side
by Roarie Deacon. Early in the
second half, a terrific save by
Marciano kept out El Bakhtaoui. A
skirmish in the middle of the park,
a couple of bookings, Anthony Stokes
was booked, Ryan Porteous was
booked, both those players started
on the bench. There was a challenge
in the middle of the park in the
second period, and they got a yellow
card. A few seconds ago, Simon
Murray popping up, lovely ball in
from Stokes on the left, Murray was
there to volley it into the bottom
right-hand corner of the net. Hibs
2-1 up against Dundee.
A star performer dropped because of
dressing room disco, not what you
want when you are bottom of the
Certainly not. There are
issues there. One of the issues I
feel about that, and I have never
been a professional footballer, and
the guys know more about this than
me, I don't like the idea of someone
being fined two weeks wages. I don't
mind a system of discipline, or what
ever. It seems to be the wrong way
to go around punishing someone for a
Can you do
that in this day and age?
can. Football is a law unto itself,
and you can find them two weeks
wages, Scott Bain is appealing it,
and that story has a long way to go.
We have a long way to go as well, we
will break up the Premiership action
by heading to the Championship,
Dundee United at home to St Mirren
this afternoon. Jim Spence is on
tenterhooks at Tannadice to tell us
what is happening.
It is tenterhooks, the game is
raging from end-to-end. St Mirren
trailing 1-0. A free kick into the
box from Fraser, Craig Samson seem
to be amused. It was running wide of
his right-hand post, but the ball
nestled inside the post. That is how
it stands at the moment. Dundee have
dominated the last 10-15 minutes of
the first half, 7-1 up in corners,
but no group to goal. No clear-cut
Brian is watching the Falkirk versus
Yes, it's an absolute
cracker as well. Falkirk one,
Dunfermline one. A brilliant match
in front of a crowd of around 6000,
including 1500 fans who have made
their way across the river to the
Falkirk Stadium. The visitors are in
front after just 28 minutes. Coming
from the penalty spot, Kallum
Higginbotham. He received a yellow
card from referee Craig Thompson
after he clipped his heels of the
Falkirk defender John Magee. He was
very lucky not to be shown a red
card in the first half. Into the
second half, Falkirk were much more
dominant and they still are. They
were given a lifeline when
Higginbotham received his second
yellow card of the afternoon.
Dunfermline were then down to ten
men. The equaliser came from Jordan
Magee, a magnificent free kick from
22 yards, took one bounce and ended
up in the back of the net. It is a
cracker here at the Falkirk Stadium.
We have played 65 minutes.
Off we go
to Livingston now. Kenny Crawford is
at the stadium.
70 minutes gone and
it is 0-0. The two conclusions I
have drawn is that this is not a
classic and that I should have
brought a hat, because it is
absolutely bolting it down. But I do
have the long johns on.
have the long johns on. A win to
Livingston would mean they go first
in the league, but they don't look
18 worthy to be there at the moment.
They only had one chance in the
first half which went wide of the
post. At the moment, the two teams
are cancelling each other out.
are cancelling each other out.
of your former teams, Stephen.
of your former teams, Stephen. Did
you want to commentate? You made a
mess last time you tried it. I think
I know where your allegiances lie,
but it is tight.
It is tight at the
top. St Mirren's form has been poor
recently. They drew the last two
games and today they are struggling
in Dundee. You would expect Dundee
United to be challenging. Livingston
have been the surprise package for
me. You said four different teams
could be top of the league.
could be top of the league.
the other things, I have always
called it Alcatraz about that
division. Season after season, it
breeds intense and sometimes
inexplicable rivalries that only the
fans fully understand. The media are
absolutely focused on the top
league, so you don't understand why
people dislike each other as badly
as they do. It is a fantastic league
But hold on.
But hold on. 6500, Brian
was saying, were attending.
Paul has been struggling. Ellis put
his name in the ring for the Dundee
United job. This could be another
great result for him.
The only team
without a win in that division is
wrecking city. -- Wrekin City.
Obviously, they are largely a
part-time club with limited budgets,
even by comparison with some of the
teams we have been talking about
like Dunfermline and Falkirk.
have a much smaller fan base to draw
on, so it is not surprising that
they are bottom of the league. But I
would not rule out a loss teams
here. Inverness and Falkirk started
the season poorly. It would be a mug
that would rule either of them out
at this stage.
is why we pay you the big bucks.
It looked like poor
defending. Somebody asked to
describe it better than me.
is John Sutherland. What actually
It was no challenge at
all. A fantastic attempt from
Stephen Thompson and an even better
attempt from Arneson. Fantastic
header from the Icelandic
international. He has given Aberdeen
the lead in this match. Hamilton
Accies will be kicking themselves.
They had chances in this match to
take the lead against Aberdeen. They
haven't taken them. Martin Canning
will be furious about that. But
great character shown by Aberdeen.
Stuart was accusing us of being
cruel earlier when talking about St
Johnstone, so I am going to give him
a treat and squeeze in some English
football by finding out how today's
lunchtime match in the English
Premier League went, Stoke at home
to 11th place Leicester City. It was
watched for us by John Murray.
was good and entertaining. Leicester
twice in front, Stoke twice drawing
level and Zouma nearly won it for
them with a header that Schmeichel
saved at the end of the match. There
was a fine save from Butland, but
Shaqiri levelled before the break.
Mahrez edged Leicester back in
front. But the evergreen Peter
Crouch, 36 years old, arrived at a
substitute to equalise with a very
good header from a corner. And so
for a third season in a row, Stoke
City versus Leicester City finished
Stephen Thompson, striker
extraordinaire, how old are you?
Three years older than Peter Crouch,
and he is still doing it. He said he
has not retired from international
football, but I think England have a
lot of irons in the fire.
He has had
a fantastic career. He always scores
You were eulogising English
Goal for Hamilton! It was
a good goal this time. That was
Hamilton versus Aberdeen?
good from Stephen Thompson,
actually. Templeton squandered
chances in this match. Hamilton
Accies could have been 3-0 up if he
had taken two of his chances in the
first half, but he has made amends
to some degree here at the SuperSeal
Stadium. Aberdeen had just taken the
lead, but Templeton has made it 2-2.
It is game on here and it is
fantastically entertaining stuff.
is a terrible reporter. Commit to a
screen, it was 21-2! Do not adjust
your sets, it is 2-2.
If you saw
Martin Canning's reaction to that
goal going in, I have never seen a
manager celebrating with such
He is probably feeling
Let's head up north again,
Ross County and Motherwell.
goals to speak of. Ross County still
lead 3-1. Motherwell have made two
changes which we talked about, with
Elliott Frear and Ryan Bowman coming
on. Bowman scored with the early
second half shot. The game has died
down a bit. Ross County are in no
hurry to see this one out. They are
happy to hold onto that lead. If
anything, Motherwell are pressing
forward and creating more chances.
As yet, those chances have come to
nothing. As I say that, someone was
making a run, but the danger was
Still 2-1 at Easter
Road, Hibs and Dundee.
Hibs are on
top at the moment.
It has changed to a back three in
the second half. He has altered it
in the middle of the park as well.
And they got their reward with that
goal from Simon Murray.
goal from Simon Murray. We have
played 76 minutes here.
to come from our reporters, but now
we will take a wee break and took
about the international football.
There is no results show next week
because of that international break.
The Scots have a friendly against
another team that Celtic will fight,
the Netherlands, at Pittodrie,
through the week. The SFA's
performance director is in charge as
interim manager, taking over from
Gordon Strachan. I spoke to
yesterday and asked if he wanted the
job on a permanent basis.
Scottish manager is asked to be the
manager for their country, there are
few that would say no. But I have an
important job at the moment. But for
the next month, I am delighted to be
So it is not at the back
of your mind, thinking, this could
be my audition for the manager's
No, honestly. Right now, it is
about preparing the group for next
weekend. There is a short period of
time between Gordon leaving and this
game happening. So that has been my
full focus for the last couple of
Dundee United are 2-0 up now.
Alan, that was not a no. Does that
mean it is a yes?
I think if he was
offered it, he would take it.
offered it, he would take it. If he
walks away, it then brands it
worthless in my opinion.
worthless in my opinion.
target for project brave is the
start of next season.
But the real
project is to deliver, not just get
it up and running. We want to see
the next generation of Scottish
talent coming through into the full
international team. Often, people
get confused. In this case, I am not
even sure that the -- SFA should
offer him the job. If they do, it
means they are not sure what they
were doing in the first place. That
is something the SFA do regularly.
We have had another goal.
goal at Dingwall. Let's find out
about it from Jane.
I wonder if it
is game on. It was a delicious goal.
is game on. It was a delicious goal.
Moments before that, Ross County had
a couple of fine efforts, but
Motherwell have been the better of
the sides in the second half and
Louis Moult grabbed his second of
If Louis Moult was
Scottish, would he be in the squad?
Scottish, would he be in the squad?
Yeah gentleman, we only have two
Christie, is he a
I think Robertson will play
Or Robertson could be the
wingback. Plenty of fresh blood.
Shinnie is unlucky that he is
He can play
midfield he can.
Ryan Christie has
been arguably the best player. He
has been brilliant.
Is the talent
being recognised, or is there an
element of cynicism about it because
tickets have to be sold? They
deserved to be in the squad this
week, but not last week.
deserved to be in the squad for a
If Malky Mackay were to
be interested in the job, if he
making a statement by saying, I am
bringing in fresh blood, this is the
That is the way it has to
go. We can all sit here and
But he ultimately has
to decide who comes in and who
doesn't. McGregor was not involved
in the last campaign until the end,
which was shocking.
which was shocking.
I feel that is
the right thing to do as I football
nation, to look at the best talent
that has come through in what is
still a relatively competitive
league, albeit Celtic are the
dominant team. The spine of the
Celtic team are in there and good
players have come through from
Aberdeen as well. I think it is a
good thing that he has done that,
but we need someone who will be
there for the long haul and sort out
the performance manager thing.
Malky Mackay has added a bit on, if
he walks out, it will be someone
else, turning into a farce, for me.
The game against the
Netherlands, a top team that didn't
make it to the World Cup.
Scotland, this will be Dick
Advocaat's last game, and they are
looking for a manager. They have
been underperforming for years. It
will give an opportunity to look at
players like Christie, like
McGregor, I hope McGinn starts, he
has been fantastic. It is a good
chance for players to get in.
many good players down in England,
the young lad that left Rangers to
go to Nottingham Forest, John Fleck
is flying with Sheffield United.
there anyone that has not made it in
this time that should be there?
McGee has been outstanding. He has
performed better than Ryan Jack.
Rangers with Ryan Jack.
trying to take me in... Yes! Causing
me greater grief, I have not seen
enough of him this season, but he
has a propensity to get sent off.
Sometimes actually in friendlies and
things like that. I don't think that
speaks well, but there were people
talking for him to be capped when he
was at Aberdeen, so they can't now
flip it and say he shouldn't be
It should be based on
current form. Somebody to cheer and
somebody do have a go at.
We will head back around the
grounds, starting in Hamilton,
Accies at home to Aberdeen, still
The last five minutes of what
has been a hugely entertaining match
here this afternoon. Dougie Imrie
gave Accies the lead with a
fantastic free kick, Stewart
equalised with his first Premiership
goal for Aberdeen. Carrie Arneson
with the header to make it 2-1.
David Templeton then scored to
equalise. It could go either way in
this game, very, very even indeed,
and it remains Hamilton 2-2
Ross County still ahead by
a single goal?
They do have a slim
lead against Motherwell. Motherwell
are pushing forward to grab an
equaliser. What a turnaround that
would be. In the first half, Ross
County, although they didn't have
the lion's share of the game, they
weren't overly in great position
against Motherwell, but were
clinical in front of goal, and
deservedly had a 3-0 half-time lead.
The first goal was scored by Ryan
Bowman for Motherwell. Ryan Moore
scored a second with 11 minutes to
go. The clock ticks on. Motherwell
are pushing forward, trying to get
an equaliser. At the minute, Ross
County, as I said last time, are
To Easter Road to hear
from John Barnes, Hibernian against
Dundee. Hibs still would be upper
They are looking for a third,
coming forward in droves at times in
the late period, less than five
minutes left to play. A flicked
effort to the back post, corner kick
prevented Dundee going 3-1 down. A
dink around one defender set up for
Simon Murray on the right-hand side
of the box. He cut it straight back
to McGinn, who was flying into the
box. A low delivery and it would
have been put away. But it was high
and wide, to the frustration of the
Hibernian midfielder. It remains
Hibs 2-1 Dundee.
No change there,
and no change at Ibrox between
Rangers and Partick this all.
Rangers scorers, McCrorie and Conde
is, Windass increasing the lead in
the second half. Partick yet to
score in that match. A minute left.
Well, gents, Neal McAdam, I was
reading, it in the paper am saying
there is no need to panic, but this
will be their fifth straight defeat.
It looks like they are going to be.
It is a real problem for them. There
is unrest in the camp, as we heard
early on, not scoring goals, leaking
at the back, a recipe for disaster.
If you weeks ago, it was Alan
Archibald under pressure, and it has
shifted to Neil McCann.
victory for Graeme Murty as interim
manager, talk of Derek McInnes,
should they consider keeping him on
in that job?
No. He did
fantastically well, he did well last
time he was interim manager. It is
great on his CV. He can organise a
team, we can see that. But Rangers
can't afford to have a rookie
manager as their manager, they have
to get this appointment right, and I
don't think it will be Graeme Murty.
Interim Manager of the Month?
I think St Johnstone are playing
them next week.
They get a week off
Yeah, the week after.
That they have definitely brought
something quite special to the mix,
because they are a decent team, I am
a romantic, so I am a fan of Simon
Murray, because his football
background is not a conventional
one. It is good to see him doing
well, scoring and whatever. I was
intrigued about the guys talking
about Dundee's Neil McCann. It is
easier to be a football pundit on
the telly and it is to be a football
Alan has done it.
difficult to be a manager. I was up
early to write things down, and I
would be up for the rest of the day.
When you are a player and you look
after yourself, you are the manager
and you look after the whole club.
Neil is finding that now.
there is no pressure on him.
It is a
results driven industry.
thing is, it is an area of life
where you have two the a superb man
manager are all people manager,
rather than necessarily also being a
good analyst of the game. In the
dressing room, there are so many
dynamics, so many different human
beings and personalities. I don't
think it will work out well for the
The job has evolved.
and everything else that goes with
it, video technology comes, and the
scrutiny on you all the time. It is
not something I would like to do it
again. I didn't enjoy it.
last week he wasn't finding pressure
with the job.
Stuard was talking
about how Martin Carney had
celebrated that equalising goal at
New Douglas Park, 2-2 there, that
would be a good return. They are on
a decent run.
They are on a decent
run. It has been a brilliant game to
watch, it really has. Aberdeen
putting them under pressure in the
last five minutes, but they have
been on a good run. They were rock
bottom, struggling, but is nice they
have come back. They always manage
to come back.
A wee bit of a frack
You are putting the words in
the same sentence.
He was acting as
the Peacemaker, that is good to see.
That game, Ross County against
Motherwell County, running down the
clock, I had to say, I don't like to
Taking the ball to the
corner, three added on minutes to
go. It would be a great result, but
it is a game of two Haas, God I'm in
the first half, played well. But a
couple of changes got them back in
the game. It will be difficult, and
what a 3-pointer that will be for
They have had a revival
They have not beaten
Rangers since 1993, I wasn't
expecting them to get anything out
of it, Partick.
Alan Archibald was
under pressure a while ago, it has
moved off him.
He just shifts week
to week. So little between the
bottom of the league, there really
Who is in danger at the moment?
Dundee, eight points.
Dundee are in
the worst form. I like to Chuck
Hamilton in there, but they played
Full-time in Hamilton
Accies against Aberdeen, Jonathan,
Hamilton 2-2 Aberdeen, a
wonderfully competitive and
entertaining match, it shows the
Scottish Premiership in its best
light tonight this afternoon. Dougie
Imrie lit the place up with a
fantastic left foot free kick,
flashing past Joe Lewis into the net
to make it 1-0 to Accies. David
Templeton lobbed Joe Lewis, but he
made a good save. Greg Docherty with
a cross to Templeton, he could have
taken a touch, and then taking a
more controlled effort, he chose to
volley first time and blazed wide.
Immediately after, Hamilton would
regret that moment as Greg Stewart
burst through to equalise for
Aberdeen. 1-1 at half-time, loads of
chances in the second half for both
sides. Carrie Anderson bundled the
ball over to make it 2-1 to
Aberdeen. In the end, Templeton
would make amends for his earlier
misses by equalising for Hamilton,
2-2, and a deserved point for the
home side. It finishes Hamilton 2-2
Full-time in the
Championship match, late drama?
has finished 2-1, United hauling
themselves level with St Mirren at
the top. Matt Dunn scoring the
first, Stanton adding the killer
second. St Mirren had possession,
but couldn't finish. Scott Fraser's
free kick on 12 minutes was saved.
free kick on 12 minutes was saved.
United took the lead, a long ball
trapped by Fraser, low past Samson
by Stanton from 40 yards. From the
left-hand side, 35 yards out,
Eckersley hit a speculative shot,
cracked over the head of the keeper,
cracking of the bar and over the
line. St Mirren down and out, Dundee
United 2-1 St Mirren.
Back to John
Barnes at Easter Road, Hibernian
against Dundee, full-time.
extend their winning run to four
majesties is named third place in
the Premiership. Martin Boyle
getting the opening goal after only
63 seconds. Dundee was bonded to get
an equaliser through Marcus Haber.
In the second half, Hibs or altered
their formation. They went close on
a couple of occasions through Simon
Murray. Dundee themselves almost
took the lead with El Bakhtaoui with
a terrific shot, saved by Marciano.
But 63 minutes, Simon Murray with a
superb volley from Anthony Stokes
made it 2-1 to Hibs, securing the
victory in the end. For Dundee, a
fifth straight defeat that leaves
them bottom of the table.
It is all over in Dingwall, Ross
County holding on.
Dingwall had been
a happy hunting ground for
Motherwell recently, but not today.
Motherwell were better in the second
half, Michael Gardyne got Ross
County off the Mark. The ball in
from skipper Andrew Davies, back in
the starting line-up, God I'm
finished off brilliantly. Motherwell
had chances, God I'm turning
provider, the effort smashed in. God
I'm then make it 3-0 after Jim
O'Brien's chance was cleared off the
Motherwell made two changes at
half-time, and it seems to have the
desired effect on the substitutes
combining well to get Motherwell
back in the game and they made it
3-1. Motherwell looked livelier and
with 11 minutes remaining, it was
game on, a lovely header from Louis
Moult. Motherwell went pressing for
the equaliser, Adam McCreery in
goalkeeping call as he kept a effort
out with minutes to go. The
Motherwell manager watched from the
stands, not great viewing, but Owen
Coyle, the Ross County manager, he
will enjoy his night, he will enjoy
this result. Ross County 3-2
Rangers supporters will
enjoy this result, they Wing 3-0 at
home against Partick Thistle was
afternoon. Josh Windass scoring the
third early in the second half,
adding to the total. Conde us with
the second. McCrorie with the first.
A second win on the spin under
Let him or from Brian McLoughlin,
watching Falkirk against
It finished Falkirk
one, Dunfermline one, the visitors
ending the game with nine men on the
pitch. They took the lead before the
half-hour mark from the penalty
half-hour mark from the penalty spot
after Dunn bundled into Nicky Clark.
Kallum Higginbotham sent the keeper
the wrong way and have the perfect
penalty. Just 19 minutes into the
second half, he received his second
yellow card and then a red card.
Falkirk pushed more men forward and
equalised through a wonderful free
kick from Jordan McGee. It was end
to end at that point. Anybody could
have won. Falkirk pushed more men
forward and with five minutes left
to play, Dunfermline were reduced to
just nine men, Declan McManus
receiving his second yellow of the
day. There was also a header in the
last minute of stoppage time.
Magnificent drama for the 5500 fans
inside the stadium.
I thought it was
6500 earlier! 1000 must have left
0-0 with this match. I can't
live up to the excitement that Brian
just shared. Clean sheets for both
sides and both keep up the good
recent form as well. Livingston have
only lost once in their last six
games. Inverness haven't lost at all
in their last six games, so after a
shaky start, the Highlanders are now
studying out. It was a poor game
overall, very few chances.
There was very little in all that
Livingston had to offer. The main
reason they will be disappointed
will be that they could have ended
the day to put the championship with
a whimper, given that St Mirren have
lost. They have not taken the
opportunity, but it was still a good
season for the West Lothian side who
many would not have predicted that
there would be up there at this
point of the season.
Alan, you were
a manager at Livingston once upon a
time. Would you have predicted that
they would be so giddy early on?
don't think so.
don't think so.
Between first and
fifth, two points.
fifth, two points. It is close. It
is the international break next
week, so maybe they will get a
chance to regroup.
They need to. A
wee break just what they need.
talk about the new boss bounce. It's
such a phenomenon emerging?
would appear so, because there was
one at Rangers and there is one here
as well. I just feel there is
something about this league that
becomes almost impossible to call,
because only a few weeks ago, a lot
of people were wondering about
Inverness. Suddenly, they put a wee
string of results together and they
are not far off. It is quite an
I am going to put
a longer string of results together,
because it is time for the
classified round-up. No, I didn't
like that link either, chaps. We
start with the Ladbrokes Scottish
managers in the Premier League after
all of today's
Let's have a look at the league
There are four pages of results. So,
significant results today in the
Premier League, Celtic opening of a
points gap over Aberdeen at the top.
That was fairly predictable. At the
start of the season, I said I don't
think they can go the whole season
unbeaten again. I think they will
lose, but they are just so
consistent. Today was a fantastic
result, with some individually
Aberdeen will be
disappointed to drop points away to
They have always struggled
there. You would not battle against
Hamilton at any stage.
Hamilton at any stage.
us up at Perth eventually. I thought
it was a close game than the result.
it was a close game than the result.
One thing is interesting is that if
you look at the top of the English
Premiership, I only look at it when
I have a point that proves that
Scotland is better! And that is that
people talk about Celtic running
away with it, but actually, Celtic
are pegging back much closer to
Hibernian and Aberdeen, with Rangers
coming up. If you look at the top of
the English Premiership and you look
at Man United and Man City, Man City
are running away with it.
right, that was interesting. See if
David Templeton can say anything
more interesting. He spoke after the
draw with Aberdeen.
congratulations on the dole. How
competitive was a?
As a fan, it
would have been a good game to
watch. There were loads of chances
at both ends. For myself in the
first half, I had a couple of great
chances. I should have scored. I
think I scored the hardest out of
this with three of them. After the
two I missed, I think you could see
I was happy with it.
So he scored
one, but he could have scored a few.
He should have scored a hat-trick.
He should have scored a hat-trick.
Next, it is the Ross County manager
Owen Coyle, celebrating a 3-2 win
You will be happy
I am delighted. We knew
it was going to be a tough
challenge. The club have already
played them twice, so it was
important that we set about the game
as we did. We got a good lead to
take into half-time. It was
disappointing to allow Motherwell
back in the game. They scored two
wonderful headers. But there is no
doubt that we deserved the three
points. We have to make sure we
don't allow Motherwell back in. But
if somebody had offered you that
before the game, I would have
grabbed it with both hands, so
absolutely delighted. It shows a
very good turnaround.
creeping up that table. They are up
to eighth now.
to eighth now.
You were already
pre-empting the Hearts versus
Kilmarnock game, are you?
We have to
see what happens.
They have done
well. It is their home form that has
It seems to have
I think they
have stepped up. They almost threw
it away at the end, but they
deserved to win the match.
a personal performance by Gardyne,
who was outstanding in the first 45
and faded away a bit in the second.
But a really good performance.
Hearts tomorrow at Murrayfield, and
attitude run of home games at
It is not a neutral
venue any more, and that is what
Hearts need. There is no advantage
to Hearts playing there.
They have a
long run of home games.
Chaps, we have run out of time
for another week. The best of the
Premiership action can be viewed in
its glory tomorrow at six o'clock on
BBC Two Scotland. Stephen and his
on-screen family will be here for
that. No results show next week.
Console yourselves in the knowledge
that Stuart Cosgrove will not let
you down. He will be on the hour
with off the Ball Saturday
supplement. Get your nominations in
14 of the day. Thanks to Stephen,
Alan and Stewart for sharing the
experience with us and see you soon.
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.