05/11/2017 Sportscene


05/11/2017

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action, including St Johnstone v Celtic, Rangers v Partick Thistle and Hibs v Dundee.


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Good evening. A record-breaking

programme tonight, all the action

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from the Ladbrokes Premiership and

dedication in abundance from these

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two, believe it or not, Steven

Michael with us, to try and make

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sense of the never-ending Scottish

football story. We start with St

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Johnstone against Celtic.

Remembrance Sunday week today. With

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no matches next weekend, and

minute's silence held before this

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match and others across Scotland.

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WHISTLE

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And injure -- injury ravaged St

Johnstone. Brendan Rodgers has been

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known to shake things up for the

occasional league match but he's got

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a side that started against Bayern

Munich in the Champions League

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midweek. Moussa Dembele hit a

hat-trick in his last visit here.

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This scene Celtic's last domestic

defeat. The champions made short

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work of St Johnstone here last

season. Here is Dembele. Winning

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that treble in a 5-2 victory on

their last trip here. One of them

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was a goal of the season contender.

Dembele from Tierney. Scott

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Sinclair. Nice little pirouettes. He

has hit back from Dembele. Clarke

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helped snuff it out. Beautiful play

between Scott Sinclair and Moussa

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Dembele. Saints on a run of just one

win in nine games and it doesn't get

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any easier for them. This perhaps

not the fixture they would have

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liked to get back on track. Scott

Sinclair Aragon. Celtic beginning to

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pepper Zander Clark's goal. Good

movement by James Forrest. Got it

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back from McGregor. Sinckler's

effort, smothered. Boyatta getting

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it through to Armstrong. It goes

over at the expense of a corner. His

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former Dundee United team-mate,

Armstrong, lobbed it in. It is a low

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one and it is 1-0 Celtic!

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Well, cleverly worked by Stuart

Armstrong and finished by Scott

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Sinclair, his 11 of the season.

Tommy Wright will not be happy with

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the ease with which Celtic have been

able to take the lead here. Joy for

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Sinclair. Celtic eyeing up that

record, which this team said 100

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years ago. You wouldn't be betting

against them now. Here is Armstrong.

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Once on himself, and Zander Clark

knocks it behind for another corner.

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-- he wants on himself. He's attempt

by Armstrong, hoping to impress the

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Scotland interim coach, Malky

Mackay, watching an ahead of the

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Netherlands game. Craig Gordon

gathers, eventually. Not easy for

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Craig Gordon in this first half. The

sunshine causing problems.

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Celtic's last defeat, 543 days ago

right here, before Brendan Rodgers

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took over. Knocked off the line by

Aaron Comrie. The header from

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Boyata.

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WHISTLE

Paul Payton and Scott Brown

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clashing. That will be a yellow card

for the Saints man. Bobby Madden was

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in a good position to see this. He

clattered into him. Here the Saints.

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A rare foray forward. Foster's

header. They got a good 1-1 draw at

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Celtic Park, could have won that

game in August. Saints haven't

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scored a goal since the 23rd of

September against Hamilton, in their

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last win. Tierney. Armstrong.

Dembele! That is brilliant!

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Sometimes there is just no answer.

When Celtic want to turn it on, as

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they did there. Tierney to

Armstrong, to Dembele. 2-0. And

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another record is about to go. This

team played two games in one day in

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their run of 62. Celtic heading for

63. Dembele. Gone off Anderson. No

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doubt about where the points are

going, and what the headlines will

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scream in the morning.

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They have set so many benchmarks

last season, Celtic, and continuing

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to surpass beyond Brendan Rodgers's

wildest expectations when he took

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the job. Dembele, Scott Sinclair,

Dembele... Ntcham. Number four.

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They've arguably saved the best for

last. If you're going to break the

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century-old record, you may as well

do it with a moment of brilliance

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like that. A fabulous goal to write

things for the champions.

It means

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everything, and incredible feat by

the players and a wonderful example

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of professionalism, of playing and

creating high standards every single

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day, and we faced everything, they

faced everything as football

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players.

They've got better players,

better all over the park and I can't

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be too critical of my players. Did

they work hard enough for me, did

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they give everything? I think they

did. We probably lacked that... A

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couple of good opportunities in the

second half where the final pass let

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us down, and that has been happening

when we've been dominant in games as

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well, against other teams. We still

have to rectify that.

It's huge for

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the club, for the lads, for everyone

to be perfectly honest throughout

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the club, and how hard everyone has

worked together since the gaffer

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came in. I don't think in wildest

dreams we could believe this would

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happen.

How much further can you go?

Myself?

Yourself on the squad?

I

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feel just as fit as I ever have

done, 32, coming up to 33 in the

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summer and I want to push it as long

as I can.

In terms of the unbeaten

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run, how far can you go?

One game at

a time, it's an old cliche but it

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has to be done. You take your eye

off the ball for a minute and you

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don't know what can happen. It was

hard coming here, the pitch made it

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difficult as well, but we've played

football the best we possibly could

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do on the pitch.

Huge

congratulations to Celtic. They

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equalled the record last weekend and

break it this weekend. The question

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now is what next for Brendan

Rodgers' invincible is?

A good

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question... A double trouble? Ten in

a row.

A remarkable record.

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Undefeated all season.

Something

will happen, they'll lose against

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applying will beat them? I don't

know.

There are no circumstances

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they haven't looked at...

I'm not

trying to downplay it in anyway, I'm

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saying it's an amazing achievement.

To have those levels of consistency

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are incredible.

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To have those levels of consistency

are incredible.

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To have those levels of consistency

are incredible.

I don't understand

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where you see Celtic losing this

season, domestically.

Scott Brown

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was talking about taking their eye

off the ball, if they don't do that,

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they might do it this season.

There's no evidence they are going

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to do that!

I know, just

speculating.

No letup from Celtic

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yesterday Michael, you were there?

A

wonderful performance from Celtic. A

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training ground goal.

Brilliant

goal, look at the block here from

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Boyata.

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goal, look at the block here from

Boyata. Referees are letting these

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go a lot these days. For me this is

a foul on

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go a lot these days. For me this is

a foul on.

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Two handed push but away nothing

from the goal. The goals had a lot

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of quality about them, around the

corner from Dembele and look at them

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burn off Anderson. The desire to get

in the box. He had a really good

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game yesterday, Dembele. A lovely

one touch finish. If you look at

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Stuart Armstrong's contribution for

the goal as well, you wonder why St

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Johnstone and winning games... Look

at his desire to overlap Kieran

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Tierney here. He's 22 yards ahead

when he crosses it for the goal.

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Celtic were devastating. This goal

is up there. Look at this, lovely

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one touch bubble. You have to get

closer to him. Take nothing away

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from him, a decent finish and a

well-deserved victory for Celtic.

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Michael,

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well-deserved victory for Celtic.

Michael, down

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well-deserved victory for Celtic.

Michael, down the left-hand side...

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Down the left-hand side, Celtic were

phenomenal yesterday, but you have

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to give a lot of credit to the

manager. That linkup between Aaron

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Comrie and Scott Sinclair. The space

left by the right. Aaron Comrie and

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Foster, the combination they had

against Celtic at Celtic Park.

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Again, Stuart Armstrong getting into

the gap that is left by Scott

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Sinclair drifting inside. That leads

to the goal, back corner kick.

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Again, Aaron Comrie and Sinclair out

of position. Tierney

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Again, Aaron Comrie and Sinclair out

of position. Tierney against Boston.

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Those two did so well at Celtic

Park, look at the movement from

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Dembele, to drag Anderson away. The

reason I'm saying that is good play

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from Brendan Rodgers, they did so

well at Celtic Park nullifying them,

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but they got in other players

exploiting the gap. This is Dembele

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getting a strike off. Stewart

Armstrong pulling in the gap, Scott

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Sinclair... Again, Scott Sinclair

dragging Aaron Comrie in fielding

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getting Dembele on a one-on-one.

Great play from the players to

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execute on the part, but Brendan

Rodgers will have seen what St

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Johnstone did to them at Celtic Park

and found another way to go and

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exploit the gap that they were

creating.

Steven is having about 104

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exploit the gap that they were

creating.

Steven is having about 104

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is the world record.

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creating.

Steven is having about 104

is the world record. Can Celtic

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break that?

Why not? When you talk

about what's next for this team and

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The Invincibles they have put

together, the run they have so far,

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it's things like that that you aim

for. But to do that, Scott Brown

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says, you have to take it in

bite-size bites.

546 matches, some

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record.

This was a combination of

what I thought was a bit slack in

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defence from

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what I thought was a bit slack in

defence from Celtic. This is

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probably the best move from St

Johnstone. It was a combination of

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good play from... Sorry, not being

able to finish off the opportunities

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that were passed up or given to them

by Celtic. Again here, Steven

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Maclean, he allowed it to roll out

for a corner. Look at the slack play

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from McGregor. Again, trying to have

a quick pop shot. And this pass back

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from Nir Biton, he's not thankful

for that. There's no real desire,

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there's no real belief from St

Johnstone. That they're going to go

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and do something. Celtic and said,

with a bit slack of times but the

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way we will get away with it is St

Johnstone don't look like they're

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going to go and score a goal at the

moment.

Heaps away when they come

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back from the international break.

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moment.

Heaps away when they come

back from the international break.

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It

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back from the international break.

It doesn't get any easier, they've

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lost six of the last eight games,

the international break comes at a

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good time for them.

Hamilton next

and they are without a win in their

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last five home games. Dennis

McGinnis's side looking to keep the

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pressure on Celtic at the top of the

table.

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A couple of changes from the 3-1 win

against Dundee. Aberdeen, just one

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change from the win over Ross

County, Gary Mackay-Steven replacing

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Wright. Aberdeen captain Graeme

Shinnie plays the ball up toward

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Stevie May. Christie has lost it.

David Templeton taken down right on

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the edge of the box by Scott

McKenna. This is a really good

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opportunity for Hamilton Academical

just outside the box. Templeton...

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What a finish from Imrie. Hamilton

have the lead! Tremendous free kick

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from the skipper. A slight nudge and

Lewis couldn't reach it.

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Doherty, looking for Templeton... He

has found him! And he could not lift

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it over. The outstretched arm of Joe

Lewis. The Aberdeen keeper prevents

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his team from going two behind. It's

a really good tussle... He comes out

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on top, and it's Doherty, picking

out the cross... Templeton! What a

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chance for Hamilton Accies's second.

David Templeton, for the second time

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in the match, passing up the

opportunity. Shinnie picking up...

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On goal, lifting it over the

goalkeeper, and Aberdeen have the

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equaliser! It is Greg Stewart's

first league goal for Aberdeen, and

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what a timely one it is. A cute

finish from the former Dundee man.

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The Guinness's side on level terms

again. A scramble in the penalty

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area... Hamilton Accies pleading for

the ball. Nothing is given by the

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referee, Nick Walsh. A better view

of it here. It's Arnason, trying to

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clear. It hits his arm but you

cannot give those. Graeme Shinnie...

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He almost picked out Che Logan. --

he almost picked out Shaleum Logan

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but he couldn't get anything on the

cross here. Well picked out by

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Graeme Shinnie, Logan should score

here... Stevie May, to take the

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corner kick. Arnason met it, you

feel he should have hit the target.

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Just getting underneath this one.

The Icelandic defender. Stevie May

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with a delivery... Greg Stewart, and

it's a good save from Wurz, almost

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Greg Stewart's second of the game.

Stevie May sends in a delivery.

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Hamilton can break here. Templeton

racing away, he is on the pass of

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Antonio Rojano. Templeton goes for

the goal and drags it wide. He's had

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chances today, Templeton. He has

been lively but he hasn't found the

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net. Greg Doherty threads at

three... Darren Ryan! It goes

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against him. A more wily player may

have found a way to go down there.

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The site have only dropped points

once on the road this season.

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Arnason metes out and puts Aberdeen

in front for the first time in the

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game. Gary Woods covering himself in

glory here, as Arnason met with the

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header. After all that hard work,

Hamilton find themselves behind. The

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ball finds Redmond, the substitute.

Templeton picking up committee goes

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for the gold... He finds it at last!

David Templeton get his reward for

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plugging away. It's a really fine

finish, perhaps the most difficult

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of all of the chances that he has

had. Hamilton Accies are quickly

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back on terms, 2-2.

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Hamilton may fancy a winner, they

beat their opponents twice here last

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season. Was that a handball? Greg

Docherty certainly think so. But

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it's debatable, certainly.

We

created good chances, I think before

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the game he would take a point

against Aberdeen given their form

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but on the basis of the game and the

chances creating, I think we

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deserved more than we got but what

is pleasing is that we go to- one

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down which we have done at different

points, and we've not been able to

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find a way back into the game. That

goal was the least that we deserve.

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We were far better in the second

half but Hamilton asked questions of

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you, they test your organisation and

get your ball forward. They are

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organised, we spoke about that.

Sometimes you do not deal with the

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first ball up and sometimes space

opens up for these boys.

The gaffer

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said to me to apologise to the lads,

but keep going, I would get another

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one and hopefully I would put the

next one away and thankfully, I did.

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It's a good result for Hamilton

Accies, they could have won the

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match even Templeton in particular?

It was really entertaining,

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Templeton had big chances in the

game. These chances came from

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Aberdeen's set plays. Joe Lewis is

6-foot seven inches so you need to

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get it higher than that. It's a

different opportunity. There is

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acres of space Paire and you must

hit the target. It's a good

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connection but get it low, get it on

target. -- space Paire. On the back

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line, when he gets into the final

decision here, he has two options

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and I think he picks the wrong one,

going for the shot. I would have

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taken McKinnon, he drags his shot

into the post. But you've got to

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keep going, keep trying. He's right,

it was the most difficult

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opportunity in the match but he did

well. Hamilton were really good in

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their match.

Technically, he's a

really good player, not to let him

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off but none were glaring misses.

That one on the back post, he could

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have taken a touch.

On those

volleys.. I take the point that he

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is finding his feet...

There are

positives.

It's not like he's one

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yard out and put it over the

crossbar, they are not glaring

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opportunities, there are chances.

You had in there he was disappointed

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that it was a good finish in the

end.

You were impressed with Graeme

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Shinnie yesterday, he has a chance

to be in the Scottish team?

He was

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outstanding, this is outstanding,

playing through Graham Stuart --

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Greg Stewart.

Does Iniesta play

left-back?

No, he doesn't, he plays

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in the centre... But he could? He

could but he is in the Scotland

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squad, at left-back, he cannot play

because they have a problem with too

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many. This should have been scored

by Logan. He has played most of his

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football for Aberdeen in the central

midfield area.

He is long overdue.

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You are right, he should have been

in the squad a long time ago. His

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drive and energy in the middle of

the park is a positive for Aberdeen.

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We need to talk about Derek McInnis,

there is always speculation about

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Rangers.

In two weeks' time, Aberdeen are at

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home to Motherwell. They could still

have the Aberdeen manager come that

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match?

I don't know, I'm not

Nostradamus.

You your tuned?

I don't

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know, but if he does leave Aberdeen

and that was his last game, he's

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left them in a very healthy position

and he can be very satisfied. I

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haven't changed my mind, I still

think he will!

I'm only speculating.

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We will see. Just how much pressure

was the Dundee boss Neil McCann and

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as he take his side to face!? Four

wins in a row whereas Helps try and

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get four wins on the bounce... --

take his side to face Hibs.

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So top scorer Simon Murray leading

the attack, Anthony Stokes is on the

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bench again. Goalkeeper Scott Bain

is the subject of an internal

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disciplinary matter, so Elliot

Parish makes his debut, one of five

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changes with El Bakhtaoui returning

to the team. Hibernian with a run of

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three wins in a row, three clean

sheets as well. Here is Martin

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Boyle. Getting away from homes...

Boyle! It's an early opener for

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Hibernian after 63 seconds. Boyle

with terrific pace, and the accuracy

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from the shot as well, his third

goal in three matches, his fifth of

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the season. Not the start that Neil

McCann was looking for from this

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side. Still sat at the bottom of the

table. Here is McGinn, with David

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Gray at the back... Simon Murray

with the effort. Not enough on the

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header. It was knocked back across

the vice captain. Elliott Parish was

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happy to pick that one up. El

Bakhtaoui. Looking for Roarie

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Deacon. Up against Lewis Stevenson.

Still, Deacon... And Dundee are on

0:25:000:25:14

level terms! Marcus Haber with his

first goal of the season. But the

0:25:140:25:21

accuracy of the header into the

corner, Paul Hanlon trying to clear

0:25:210:25:27

it on the line, could not get the

proper connection. It is 1-1.

0:25:270:25:36

Deacon... Support behind coming from

Ker... El Bakhtaoui... A brilliant

0:25:360:25:57

save from Ofir Marciano. Brilliant

goalkeeping to get that one away.

0:25:570:26:04

Still Paul Hanlon... And in toward

Stokes! The flag is raised, and its

0:26:040:26:09

offside again against Anthony

Stokes. That is tight. He looks on.

0:26:090:26:17

Stevenson... Hibernian battling

hard... A challenge there with

0:26:170:26:27

McGowan. John McGinn is getting

involved, the referee has a card in

0:26:270:26:35

his hand. It is all kicking off.

Stokes is involved. Jack Hendry has

0:26:350:26:43

gone to ground. Now, the assistants

are on the park as well. Stokes, and

0:26:430:26:53

an instant there with Jack Hendry.

The referee says it is a yellow card

0:26:530:26:56

for the pair of them. Anthony Stokes

again... Through towards Simon

0:26:560:27:04

Murray. That certainly warmed the

fingers of Elliott Parish, on a cold

0:27:040:27:13

afternoon in Easter Road. Simon

Murray, 12 goals so far for this

0:27:130:27:19

season. Dundee, they haven't won in

their last nine league visits to

0:27:190:27:27

Easter Road. El Bakhtaoui... Taking

advantage of the past from Ambrose.

0:27:270:27:36

The goalkeeper isn't too happy with

the defender giving it away.

0:27:360:27:43

Stevenson... Over to Hanlon. Murray

tries to turn... He did well and

0:27:430:27:53

initially but could not get the

accuracy in his shots. Simon Murray.

0:27:530:27:59

Causing all kinds of problems for

the Dundee defence. Stokes... In

0:27:590:28:09

towards Simon Murray... ! Hibs are

back in front. Simon Murray with his

0:28:090:28:20

birdieth goal of the season. It is

three in his last four matches --

0:28:200:28:27

13th goal of the season. Stokes,

still going... The pass finds

0:28:270:28:38

Hanlon. Driven it across more of a

sharp, coming back a little bit.

0:28:380:28:45

There was a chance for Murray on the

back post. Hibernian looking to

0:28:450:28:48

increase their lead.

The second half

performance was... More than I could

0:28:480:28:55

have expected from the team in the

circumstances. I thought at times

0:28:550:28:59

that they were breathtaking,

especially in the last 30 minutes.

0:28:590:29:03

They thoroughly deserved the win and

I'm really pleased with not only the

0:29:030:29:06

effort and commitment of the team

but the quality of football as well.

0:29:060:29:13

The second goal was such basic

defending, we worked on it again

0:29:130:29:17

this week, touching on it. It is so

angering, we have not neglected it.

0:29:170:29:24

It has killed us. I'm more angry

about a guy crossing the ball who

0:29:240:29:29

should not be on the pitch. He

points it to the defender between

0:29:290:29:34

the legs, the fourth official says

he sees it and is dealing with it in

0:29:340:29:37

the melee but they deem it not

violent conduct that it is a closed

0:29:370:29:43

fist where it hurts. The player goes

down and it should be a red card.

0:29:430:29:49

We will get to the unmentionable

moment soon. Start of a match that

0:29:490:29:57

summed up the situation of both

clubs.

Neil McCann talked about is

0:29:570:30:02

defending last week not being good

enough and they worked on it this

0:30:020:30:05

way, so disappointed to concede a

goal so early. An individually good

0:30:050:30:10

goal.

Nothing you can really say

about the defending specifically.

0:30:100:30:15

And this one, from Anthony Stokes,

he has too much space. Look at the

0:30:150:30:24

movement from Simon Murray, drifting

behind Hendry. Look at that cross.

0:30:240:30:28

Wonderful. Neil McCann is going on

about basic defending, not good

0:30:280:30:33

enough. Sometimes you have to take

your hat off and a great attacking

0:30:330:30:37

play. For Hibs, four wins out of

four. Before there was a lot of

0:30:370:30:41

praise but not being get in the

result, now they are starting to

0:30:410:30:44

score goals. The last four goals

they have won they have scored

0:30:440:30:48

inside the first 30 minutes. Three

inside the first ten minutes.

0:30:480:30:52

Getting that early goal changes the

dynamics of the game and

0:30:520:30:56

performances were already at a

high-level.

Looking strong.

Next

0:30:560:31:01

moment that needs to be delicately

handled.

Why does he come over to

0:31:010:31:08

get involved? Taking him round the

back of the neck, and then a wee

0:31:080:31:16

punch.

You think it's a punch?

Yes.

Surely it's a red card.

Neil McCann

0:31:160:31:25

said a closed fist, if it was a red

card I don't think Anthony Stokes

0:31:250:31:28

would have a lot to complain about.

I think a yellow card sufficed. It

0:31:280:31:32

wasn't a closed fist, so it wasn't a

punch.

Surely it is unacceptable in

0:31:320:31:38

the workplace.

Is there something in

the rule book about that part of the

0:31:380:31:45

anatomy?

I don't know, but for me it

was a red.

How much pressure is on

0:31:450:31:51

McCann and?

A lot of pressure, lost

five games in a row, at the bottom

0:31:510:31:54

of the league. They have already --

we've already lost a third of our

0:31:540:31:59

managers, so I hope he's given time

to stop you can't legislate for good

0:31:590:32:03

quality goals like Hibernian scored

on Saturday. I think Dundee put in a

0:32:030:32:07

better performance on Saturday at

Easter Road.

Will he be given time?

0:32:070:32:12

You would hope so. Dundee when out

of their way to make sure they got

0:32:120:32:15

Neil McCann as a manager. But it is

a real concern, the form they are

0:32:150:32:21

on, the performances maintain

themselves.

When you concede as many

0:32:210:32:24

goals as Dundee are, and the issue

of them not getting goals... Clearly

0:32:240:32:30

a bit of an rest with Scott Bain.

Overall, I think a bit of concern

0:32:300:32:37

with what is going on Sunday.

An

excellent run. . Still no permanent

0:32:370:32:44

manager at Rangers, could the

interim boss make it two wins out of

0:32:440:32:48

two? Partick Thistle the visitors at

Ibrox. COMMENTATOR: Bruno Alves back

0:32:480:32:55

to fitness and available again for

Rangers but the manager sticks with

0:32:550:33:02

Ross McCrory and Wilson in defence.

Alan Archibald picks an unchanged

0:33:020:33:06

team for Partick Thistle for the

first time since March. These are

0:33:060:33:09

the 11 that started last weekend was

on a Mac win against St Johnstone.

0:33:090:33:13

Rangers looking to improve on a

pretty disappointing home record so

0:33:130:33:19

far this season. They have won only

one out of five. This is Ryan Jack,

0:33:190:33:25

threatening early on. Thomas Tierney

got the blood to that but not the

0:33:250:33:33

most consent -- convincing save.

There is room here for Tavernier. A

0:33:330:33:43

great cut out by Jordan Turnbull.

Found himself with a lot of room

0:33:430:33:48

here.

0:33:480:33:50

Paul McGinn has given it away. Kenny

Miller. Ryan Jack racing away,

0:33:530:34:02

trying to set something up. But the

cutback goes astray. Intended for

0:34:020:34:08

Josh Windass. It was a great

opportunity for Rangers to make the

0:34:080:34:12

breakthrough.

0:34:120:34:14

The second time in charge for Graham

McMurtry. And the breakthrough on

0:34:180:34:29

the half-hour. His first top tier

goal for Rangers. The 19-year-old

0:34:290:34:35

not picked up. Kept in by McGinn.

Miles Storey. Paul McGinn's cross,

0:34:350:34:47

the glancing header away by McCrorie

and Connor Syme and lost his footing

0:34:470:34:53

at the key moment. --,

0:34:530:34:58

Jason Holt. The challenge and

Morelos. Play goes on. Driving

0:35:020:35:13

forward... A great run, a great save

by the goalkeeper but Daniel

0:35:130:35:24

Candeias makes it 2-0. Daniel

Candeias didn't have too much time

0:35:240:35:29

to think about this, a good finish.

0:35:290:35:32

Flicked on by Sammon and away by

Wilson. Turnbull's header sets up

0:35:360:35:47

Josh Windass, and that surely is

game over. Just two minutes into the

0:35:470:35:53

second half, it's a shocking

decision by Turnbull. Tried to find

0:35:530:35:58

his goalkeeper, it was never

reaching, and Windass makes it two

0:35:580:36:03

goals in two games. Spittal gets

another chance. Wilson's header

0:36:030:36:17

away. Steven Lawless, Edwards. It

was always on the rise for Edwards,

0:36:170:36:21

he reckons there was a deflection on

this, as it flew over the top.

0:36:210:36:27

McCrorie. Lovely touch from Candeias

and no one is catching him. Another

0:36:300:36:47

chance goes begging for Rangers'

number nine.

0:36:470:36:52

A day of little joy for Partick

Thistle. Never really be in this.

0:36:550:37:01

Good work from Miles Storey, just a

flicker of an opportunity for

0:37:010:37:11

Partick to get a goal back. Doolan

off the bench and off target.

0:37:110:37:17

Lawless with the header. Looking for

Spittal. Takes it back but drags it

0:37:210:37:35

wide. A miserable afternoon for

Partick Thistle, 3-0, Rangers.

0:37:350:37:41

A three victory for Rangers. What is

the story with Ross McCrory?

0:37:410:37:45

LAUGHTER

He's a fantastic player, he really

0:37:450:37:51

is. He impressed me when they played

Celtic earlier in the season at

0:37:510:37:55

Ibrox, he was outstanding and I

thought he was yesterday. His

0:37:550:37:58

positional sense is excellent for a

young player. It was a big call for

0:37:580:38:02

Graeme Murty yesterday not to put

Bruno Alves back into the side. He's

0:38:020:38:08

a big earner, an international

player but he kept a young McCrorie

0:38:080:38:10

on the side and he had an excellent

game. Brilliant to see a young

0:38:100:38:14

Scottish centre-half doing well and

playing. Hopefully he will get a

0:38:140:38:19

consistent run. Look at his

positional sense, he has strength,

0:38:190:38:23

and his passing and composure on the

ball...

Simple.

Yes. His first goal.

0:38:230:38:29

His desire to attack the ball. A

memorable moment and I think he

0:38:290:38:33

would turn into a top-level stop the

big thing for

0:38:330:38:37

would turn into a top-level stop the

big thing for

0:38:370:38:37

would turn into a top-level stop the

big thing for me is, his positional

0:38:370:38:38

sense. For somebody so young, that

is impressive. He stops things that

0:38:380:38:43

source because he is in the right

position. Not last-ditch tackles, in

0:38:430:38:48

position and can easily defend from

there.

Rosicky Bruno Alves out of

0:38:480:38:51

the team?

They have won two games

without him so why change it? At the

0:38:510:38:58

moment he is in possession of the

Jersey.

I agree.

Graeme Murty, do I

0:38:580:39:04

detect a bandwagon forming behind

him as potential Rangers manager?

0:39:040:39:07

They can't give it for a rookie, can

they?

They can't, they can't afford

0:39:070:39:11

to get this decision wrong. As much

as I like Graeme Murty, as interim

0:39:110:39:15

player he has the respect of the

players, he has the respect of the

0:39:150:39:20

team and it will look good on his CV

but no.

He's doing a good job at the

0:39:200:39:24

moment. Perhaps whoever comes it

would look to use Graeme Murty as

0:39:240:39:30

part of the backroom staff. I think

when you saw him an interim charge

0:39:300:39:34

previously as well, he did

relatively well.

Got a result

0:39:340:39:38

against Celtic. As for Partick

Thistle, the mini revival ends.

Not

0:39:380:39:42

much of a surprise? No, they've

taken seven points from nine in the

0:39:420:39:47

last three but haven't beaten

Rangers since 1993 so I didn't hold

0:39:470:39:51

out much hope.

You love that start.

I use every time I can!

Motherwell

0:39:510:39:57

are unbeaten in their last four

visits to Ross County. County boss

0:39:570:40:01

Owen Coyle looking for his second

home victory.

0:40:010:40:05

The Ross County skipper is back.

Jamie Lindsay on the bench. Three

0:40:080:40:18

changes for Motherwell.

0:40:180:40:21

The free kick aimed at Andrew

Davies. Here is Gardyne and Ross

0:40:340:40:39

County are in front! Carson got a

hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

0:40:390:40:48

Already looking straightforward for

Ross County. Gardyne hasn't scored

0:40:480:40:52

this season. He netted last weekend

at Pittodrie and now it is two in

0:40:520:41:02

two. Owen Coyle in action against

one of his old teams. WHISTLE

0:41:020:41:08

Craig Tanner with the free kick.

Peter Hartley's header was very

0:41:080:41:15

close to levelling things up. He's

been quite a prolific marksman, the

0:41:150:41:21

defender, so far for Motherwell.

Helped on by Dann and away by

0:41:210:41:29

Hartley. In goes Jim O'Brien.

Tenacious play from him. Gardyne...

0:41:290:41:47

And Kellior-Dunn makes it 2-0. It's

all happening for Kellior-Dunn. 20

0:41:470:41:52

on Thursday, just signed an extended

contract with County and this is his

0:41:520:41:58

second goal for the first team.

Blasted home to make it 2-0. Steven

0:41:580:42:08

Robertson banned from the dugout but

not far away. Jim O'Brien,

0:42:080:42:13

Kellior-Dunn. Tried to re-divert

that. Another opportunity for County

0:42:130:42:22

to make it three. A lovely touch

from O'Brien. The cross from

0:42:220:42:34

Gardyne. Davis, Draper, O'Brien. Off

the line... Gardyne scores again!

0:42:340:42:43

And it is 3-0 to Ross County, three

minutes away from half-time. The

0:42:430:42:53

pressure is off for the home team.

It looked as if the keeper could

0:42:530:43:01

have got himself in the way of that

Gardyne shot but it flew past him.

0:43:010:43:09

Now a 3-goal advantage for Owen

Coyle's team.

0:43:090:43:13

Moult. Flickers of hope here for

Motherwell three minutes into the

0:43:170:43:31

second half. Off the bench comes

Ryan Bowman and makes an immediate

0:43:310:43:39

impression. The glancing header from

the cross and it is 3-1.

0:43:390:43:46

Draper.

0:43:460:43:49

Here goes Kellior-Dunn. And O'Brien.

Naismith, Draper! A chance for

0:43:520:44:10

another one for County. Great

build-up but not the finish.

0:44:100:44:17

Lovely touch from Bowman. This is

Chris Tanna. Moult! Moult makes it

0:44:190:44:36

3-2, with 11 minutes to go. His 12th

goal of the season. Do Motherwell

0:44:360:44:43

have a chance of getting something

here? The League Cup finalists

0:44:430:44:50

lifted by that Moult goal, from 3-0

to 3-2. Their hopes are renewed as

0:44:500:45:00

they cut inside and try a shot at

goal, to disappointment in the end,

0:45:000:45:06

but they sense an opportunity here,

Steven Robinson's team.

0:45:060:45:10

A chance right at the end to rescue

a point from Motherwell, it goes

0:45:230:45:28

straight to Aaron McCarey.

The

execution was everything we were

0:45:280:45:32

after, clinical today. As with

Motherwell, they were two wonderful

0:45:320:45:37

headers but I am delighted with the

football we played and scoring the

0:45:370:45:40

goals.

We gave ourselves too much to

do, you go 3-0 down anywhere in this

0:45:400:45:46

league and you will struggle to get

back into it. I think that was all

0:45:460:45:50

we could do, that reaction. Give the

travelling fans something to shout

0:45:500:45:54

about and I think we did that in the

second half but it was too much.

A

0:45:540:46:00

really good win for Ross County and

a great display from Michael

0:46:000:46:07

Gardyne, their all-time record

scorer.

This was his first goal, it

0:46:070:46:14

was a great dummy from Jason

Naismith, and Michael Gardyne with a

0:46:140:46:19

great strike on target, but this was

really bad defending from

0:46:190:46:24

Motherwell, out of position, that

gaping hole, but Gardyne finds

0:46:240:46:30

killer done, young man who signed

the contract earlier this week. A

0:46:300:46:36

fantastic finish from the youngster

-- Kellior-Dunn, the back three are

0:46:360:46:42

dragged about a bit, Gardyne, he

gets himself into the box with some

0:46:420:46:48

interesting defending coming up! Why

does nobody put him under pressure?

0:46:480:46:51

Then, the goalkeeper is about six he

just stands there and let it hit his

0:46:510:47:00

chest! It comes off his head, and it

is terrible defending.

I think it's

0:47:000:47:07

touches Gardyne's hand, he is

claiming for something. I think it

0:47:070:47:11

comes off his hand but as you say,

he makes himself one foot shorter.

0:47:110:47:17

Steven Robinson is forced to watch

the match from the stands...

0:47:170:47:23

Ridiculous! He may as well be sat in

the dugout. It makes a mockery of

0:47:230:47:26

it. He made two changes at

half-time, changing the system, he

0:47:260:47:34

put in Frear and Bowman, Frear here,

this second cross that comes in is

0:47:340:47:41

fantastic. As Owen Coyle said, two

fantastic headers. It was top

0:47:410:47:46

drawer. Bowman started to cause

problems. They linked together well,

0:47:460:47:54

Bowman and Moult. Bowman with a

flick to Moult, and here, it comes

0:47:540:47:59

around the corner, a flick to play

the short end. Putting crosses into

0:47:590:48:07

the box, asking questions of them

again, Bowman is heavily involved, a

0:48:070:48:12

lovely turning spin, as the ball

comes into the box, it's a fantastic

0:48:120:48:16

header from Louis Moult, pushing

hard towards the end of the match,

0:48:160:48:19

in the last ten minutes, to get the

equaliser but the damage had already

0:48:190:48:24

been done. On the balance of the

game, Ross County definitely

0:48:240:48:28

deserved a victory.

I heard Keith

Lasley saying that the League Cup

0:48:280:48:34

final, it isn't a distraction but...

Will it be?

I don't think so.

It is

0:48:340:48:40

in the back of your mind.

After the

semifinal and they have tapered off

0:48:400:48:45

slightly, you've got to give them

games but their run coming up... It

0:48:450:48:49

is Aberdeen, Celtic and hearts in

the middle of that. It is a tough

0:48:490:48:53

run and it will be a busy period.

You are thinking about the cup

0:48:530:48:57

final... As you approach it, it's in

the back of your mind, believe me.

0:48:570:49:03

Tough stuff. One game played today,

the final match at Murrayfield, the

0:49:030:49:09

commentary comes from Leah McLeod...

Hearts final fixture at Murrayfield

0:49:090:49:14

as they prepare to head across the

railway, to their spiritual home.

0:49:140:49:20

18-year-old Daniel Power debuts, and

in defence, Cowie comes into the

0:49:200:49:24

side. After Hibernian on Tuesday,

Clark names the same starting XI.

0:49:240:49:35

For 42 years, they beat Rangers with

the beating heart of Stefano

0:49:350:49:48

Salvatori. They nearly struck early,

the jam tarts. It would have been

0:49:480:49:54

quite the tribute, as Jefferies and

Brown, in charge of Salvatori, they

0:49:540:50:02

applaud. An emotional moment for the

Hearts supporters, the Italian

0:50:020:50:06

player dying at the age of only 49.

A tragic passing. This is Hearts

0:50:060:50:15

tenth competitive game at

Murrayfield, winning only three of

0:50:150:50:20

the nine that have come before --

12. McLauchlin did well, after that

0:50:200:50:28

deflection. This could have been

awkward... Mackenzie's effort there.

0:50:280:50:40

One win in 13 for Kilmarnock coming

into this one. They have shown signs

0:50:400:50:44

of improvement under Clark, that is

for sure. After draws against

0:50:440:50:49

Glasgow -- in Glasgow. Boyd! 1-0!

Jon McLaughlin asks the questions

0:50:490:50:58

but Kris Boyd comes up with the

answer. One of Scottish football's

0:50:580:51:06

most prolific marksman in recent

times. The long ball by Broadfoot,

0:51:060:51:11

finding the skipper and he drills at

home. Looking for that first win,

0:51:110:51:20

Steve Clarke, he fancies his chances

now. In it comes, from Broadfoot...

0:51:200:51:35

Taylor, with a goal kick all right.

Greg Taylor up from the back of this

0:51:350:51:40

corner, flicked back by Broadfoot

initially, McKenzie with a swipe.

0:51:400:51:47

Two wily Foxes in the respective

technical areas watching on there.

0:51:470:51:55

Goncalves! And Jamie MacDonald, who

won the Scottish Cup with Hearts,

0:51:550:52:00

holding onto the ball for dear life.

Celtic did that yesterday at

0:52:000:52:08

McDiarmid Park. Randall... That is

Kyle Lafferty... He goes down, he

0:52:080:52:15

wants a spot kick but he isn't

getting one! It was a combination of

0:52:150:52:21

O'Donnell and Broadfoot, nothing

doing there. Haddin hearts will be

0:52:210:52:30

desperate to get back to Tynecastle,

they played all of their games at

0:52:300:52:34

home in the league this season of

course. Lafferty is denied! Almost

0:52:340:52:41

conjuring something from nothing

there. Outfoxing Kilmarnock's

0:52:410:52:51

defenders there, he was unlucky.

Away by Gordon Greer... Goncalves,

0:52:510:53:00

and that is fabulous! Absolutely

wonderful from Goncalves! He scored

0:53:000:53:09

the winner is when these two met in

August. He would later be sent off,

0:53:090:53:17

along with Broadfoot. This is a

touch of class for the Portuguese.

0:53:170:53:23

Hearts are level. Cowie and down

goes Christophe Berra, denied a

0:53:230:53:33

penalty earlier in the game,

Lafferty hits the deck. They will be

0:53:330:53:38

denied one too. Broadfoot involved,

again. It goes through to Goncalves.

0:53:380:53:45

Stockton and Goncalves again! Jamie

MacDonald denies him this time.

0:53:450:53:56

Getting into the next goal wins

territory. Goncalves equalised for

0:53:560:54:01

Hearts and is denied. Here they

come, up the other end. That might

0:54:010:54:09

just win it!

0:54:090:54:19

Frizzell! Their second of the

season, that might have just sealed

0:54:210:54:26

those three points for Kilmarnock. A

clever spin off Henderson. Hearts

0:54:260:54:34

1-2 Kilmarnock.

And delighted to get

my first as a manager, from a

0:54:340:54:38

selfish point of view. It was

important for the team, on the back

0:54:380:54:42

of some really good performances

coming into the club that we got

0:54:420:54:45

that win. I think it was just about

deserved.

The fine margins are when

0:54:450:54:51

things are going for you, you win

the game and today we hit the post a

0:54:510:54:55

couple of times. Denied good

chances. We had a one-on-one with

0:54:550:55:00

the goalkeeper, that is the fine

line between coming away here saying

0:55:000:55:04

it's a great recovery, and at

half-time, being one down then. But

0:55:040:55:11

that is football.

STUDIO: A

fantastic victory for Kilmarnock and

0:55:110:55:15

a great game to watch, exciting to

the end. Kris Boyd very much at the

0:55:150:55:22

forefront?

He gets the first goal in

the game but there was a warning

0:55:220:55:25

shot for Hearts, this was Daren

Powell picking it up, look at the

0:55:250:55:31

back line. That's the last thing you

want. Michael Smith managed to pick

0:55:310:55:36

it up. It's a carbon copy, look at

the backline! A carbon copy. -- this

0:55:360:55:43

was Alan Powell. He shifted onto his

left putt to make sure that the

0:55:430:55:52

defender doesn't get it.

I wonder

what he is referring to?

Santa will

0:55:520:55:57

be here in just over a month!

And

you were impressed by Power in the

0:55:570:56:03

centre of the Kilmarnock midfield?

Since the manager has come in, they

0:56:030:56:11

have been fantastic. Alan Powell was

composed and knitted things together

0:56:110:56:14

well. That space is poor from

Hearts, you cannot allow a player of

0:56:140:56:20

that passing ability to give them

the space. He will pick out the

0:56:200:56:23

passes and he isn't happy to play

two or three yard balls, he wants to

0:56:230:56:28

play it forward. 50 yards, right

onto McDonnell's toe. That plane

0:56:280:56:33

made a difference by Alan Power.

A

thrilling finish to the match. You

0:56:330:56:38

could see the joy in the faces of

the Kilmarnock fans!

Our graphics

0:56:380:56:43

expert was going crazy!

Hearts came

back into the game, it was a

0:56:430:56:50

wonderful goal from Goncalves. You

could nearly sense that there was

0:56:500:56:55

the steam building up. Then this

opportunity from Goncalves again. A

0:56:550:56:59

really good save and literally

straight up the other end,

0:56:590:57:02

Kilmarnock showing that they are not

happy to settle for a point away

0:57:020:57:05

from home. It would have been a good

point but no, they want to get

0:57:050:57:10

forward McKenzie with a wonderful

driving run, the left-back showed an

0:57:100:57:15

experience being dragged towards the

ball but look at this finish from

0:57:150:57:20

Frizzell, it's fantastic and for me,

Kilmarnock deserved to win the game.

0:57:200:57:24

They were the better side and that

is a great finish. When you hear

0:57:240:57:27

Steve Clarke saying they are good

performances, they've now got the

0:57:270:57:31

victory to back it up. He's made a

huge difference to come on, no doubt

0:57:310:57:37

about it.

They have a smile on their face.

0:57:370:57:40

Hearts with a few problems...

Not

great. Three straight defeats, it

0:57:400:57:44

isn't great at all!

And where is the

problem?

I don't know, they talk

0:57:440:57:48

about getting back to Tynecastle and

hopefully results will pick up, but

0:57:480:57:52

if they play like that, Tynecastle

will not help them pick up points at

0:57:520:57:56

all.

Let's leave it there for the

time being.

0:57:560:57:59

Thank you to both of you. All of

that leaves the Ladbrokes

0:57:590:58:02

Premiership table looking like this

this evening...

0:58:020:58:06

Celtic extending their lead at the

top to three points. Hibernian

0:58:060:58:10

in third place, one point ahead of

Rangers. Dundee remain at the bottom

0:58:140:58:18

of the table. No sport next week due

to the international break but join

0:58:180:58:24

us tomorrow lunchtime at one

o'clock, or join the Facebook page

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as we delve into the fallout of the

weekend...

0:58:290:58:32

But for now, from all of us here at

Sportscene, good night!

0:58:320:58:43

# Baby, you're a firework

# Make all those colours burst

0:58:430:58:47

# You're going to leave them going

ooh

0:58:470:58:58

# Boom, boom, boom, brighter than

the moon, Moon,

0:58:580:59:01

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action.

Among the Saturday games, St Johnstone host Celtic, while Rangers and Partick Thistle meet at Ibrox and Hibs entertain Dundee at Easter Road. Then on Sunday, Hearts and Kilmarnock meet at Murrayfield as redevelopment work on the main stand at Tynecastle continues.


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