06/04/2014 Sportscene


06/04/2014

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the new SPFL Scottish Premiership, with comment on and analysis of the week's main talking points.


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The championship's is Celtic's for the third successive season. What a

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terrific shot that is. A great goal. What the chance. Terry Butcher

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cannot believe it. Good evening and welcome to Sportscene with me

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Jonathan Sutherland. Tonight, we give thanks to the play-off spot,

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which is making the bottom half of the Premiership an exciting an

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uncertain place. And it looks like going down to the wire. Plus it

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gives our pundits, Michael Stewart and Billy Dodds, plenty to talk

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about. Not that they normally need much help on that front. This had

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the makings of a decisive weekend in the Premiership story. Could Hearts

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stave off relegation once again? For that to happen, second bottom St

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Mirren needed to lose to Motherwell while Hearts had to beat Partick

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Thistle at Firhill. Paterson heads it down. Caddick

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cannot get there. It could be a chance for Kris Doolan. A fine

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finish. Kris Doolan, that to back calls for him. Scorers after five

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minutes. It is a cracking finish. The pace of Kris Doolan did what was

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needed. The great ball through from Higginbotham. Hearts again and the

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two centre half is struggling. Nice corner. Robinson. A good save from

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Paul Gallacher. What a terrific header. That is a great save for the

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goalkeeper. Stevenson, Caddick, King has made a run. Billy King. Trying

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to move away and it is wide. Mellon was tracking him back. Good

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acceleration from Billy King but dragged it wide. That is it back

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again. Billy King turns. Beaten away by Paul Gallacher and knocked away

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by Taylor-Sinclair. Pushing for an equaliser here. A long throw into

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the ball. Head tennis going on. Caddick got it down, what's he

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bumped? The referee says no. One minute until half-time. Jamie Hamill

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sends it forward. It could be a chance for Billy King. Up against

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the ruling. There is the equaliser! It has come from Dale Carrick. Billy

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King setting him up. It is 1-1. Hearts would need to get the win to

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survive and they needed St Mirren to lose to Motherwell.

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Kenny McLean's corner. A big chance. Saved by the Nielsen. It was a good

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one. No-one could do anything on the rebound. Early pressure from the

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home team and what an opportunity this was for McGregor to score.

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Lansley under pressure. The long ball from McManus. And Mirren caught

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out, no offside flag. It is 1-0. A switch off at the back from St

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Mirren and they are badly caught out here. The goalkeeper came charging

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of of his line which made up the mind of Lionel Ainsworth. He just

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knocked the ball into the middle and Anier scored again. In those

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Goodwin. It is pinball. No Anier. Steven Hammell. John Sutton scorers

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and it is the 2-0 lead. Inside 27 minutes in Paisley. Not the start St

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Mirren were looking for. Motherwell are two goals up. It is John

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Sutton's 20th goal of the season and few have been easier. In from

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McLean. Kept alive by McGregor. Steven Thompson has seems back in

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the Game three minutes before half-time. -- St Mirren back in the

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game. It is relief among the warm support that they can indeed get

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something from this game. You could see the effort that Gary Locke wants

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from his team. Stevenson hits off of Caddick, onto Billy King. A great

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goal from Billy King. Hearts are ahead. They need to win today. Paul

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Gallacher with no chance. Concern for Alan Archibald. It came with the

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corner. Stevenson's header. Hearts are ahead. He had not scored since

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November. A great glancing header. Hearts are leading here by 3-1. In

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it goes. Stevenson! Hearts are four - one ahead. It is a double for

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Stevenson. Robinson across, a great little spin and turn and he popped

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it in the corner. The substitutes are combining. Jordan McMillan.

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Running forward and he has got the chance. That is his first Artic

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Thistle goal. He does not really stop to celebrate. With two minutes

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to play Jordan McMillan pulls one goal back for Partick Thistle. A

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lovely move. The substitutes involved. Hearts will still take all

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three points you would suspect. They have been impressive having gone one

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goal down. Back it came onto Steven Lawless. The substitute came in,

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so, too, James Craigen. Plenty of venom in that short. A good save

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from the keeper. Hearts would have gone to relegation. The referee

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picked up an injury. He was replaced by the fourth official. McLean did

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well to get that in. Thompson with a diving header. They played so well

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to get the cross in. Goodwin. Josh Magennis. Jason Naismith. Working

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the 1-2 with Goodwin. Gets himself in and around. Skill from the

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goalkeeper. Thompson could not quite get to that rebound. McLean

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delivers. Thompson gets turned and the shot on goal is kept away by the

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goalkeeper. Trying to angle that towards the far corner. It is left

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for Lionel aims worth. A good strike and tipped over the top by the

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goalkeeper. It might just be game over here. They are giving it

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everything, St Mirren, to try to get something. There is Thompson with

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the knocked down. It came off of Stephen McManus and the referee says

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handball and penalty. He looks to have got that badly wrong. It has

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come off of the face of McManus. Kenny McLean to square the game

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which he does. Four minutes from time it is two goals each and the

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coolest man on the pitch was Kenny McLean.

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The Stephen Thomson has scored! From behind, Saint Mirren are now 3-2 in

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front. What an incredible much, and this could be a hugely significant

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result. And that is how it finished, a dramatic win for Saint Mirren, and

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despite Hearts' victory at Partick diesel, the Tyneside side were

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relegated on an afternoon of high emotion.

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After the sloppy goal in the first 50 minutes, probably our best

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performance of the season. I thought we caused Partick all sorts of

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problems. For 20 minutes we dominated and were creating chance

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after chance. Something tripped a switch and they stopped doing so

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well and Hearts got into the game. I have tried to remain as positive as

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I can be. We have had knocks but I am positive we will get this deal

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done and Hearts of Midlothian will be back at the top of the table. We

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will have to pick up towards the end of the season by shoving our

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character. There are only a few points separating five teams and I

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concede is going all the way to the wire. It hit him full in the face.

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The linesman was looking and did not give it. The referee gave it from 30

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yards away on the other side. It was an importing -- appalling decision.

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We need to start with that pivotal handball decision from the referee

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on Stephen McManus in the Saint Mirren -Motherwell match. The

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referee's position does not help. I can understand why he thought it was

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a penalty. He is miles away at the wrong angle. It hits his face. It is

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never a penalty. Anyone watching this, rewinding and having a look,

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every bit of the footage that week showed, the referee is standing to

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the left side of the penalty area. He is miles away. Exactly the same.

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There is one clip where you notice he points to his ear as if to say he

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has been told, but his position was not right at all. Stephen Thomson,

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friend of Sportscene, at the double. Is this the end of the season --

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highlight of the season so far for Saint Mirren?

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It was a massive result for Saint Mirren. Very similar, almost to the

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last season, where they were getting chased down and started to panic a

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bit. They have managed to get the result there. It was inevitable

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Hearts would get relegated but they are looking further ahead and trying

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to drag the other teams into the play-off spot. I was at Saint Mirren

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yesterday and it was a deafening roar when the goal went in at the

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end. So many people had pencilled in Saint Mirren for the second bottom

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slot. Yes, we have said that, we could not see how they were going to

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get out of it that they were capable of a win. -- but they were capable

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of a win. Hearts are of course now relegated. This was the first time

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they had scored four goals in one game this season, ironically.

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How would you sum up the manager's season? It has been disappointing on

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so many fronts. The pressure has been taken of the young players'

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shoulders. PC Billy King 's -- you see Billy King setting one up and

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scoring another one. I was at the game in the week against Aberdeen

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and credit to Gary Locke, he made a tactical change at half-time and it

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made a big difference, but over the course of the season, too many

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repetitive mistakes. It has been difficult all mine for

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everyone at the club. I would have to say until you get a shot and a

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fair chance as a manager by getting your own players and better tools to

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work with, no disrespect to the young boys, I think you should be

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judged on that and I know first hand he is a top coat and a modern coach.

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He is passionate and until he gets a fair crack at it... -- he is a top

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coach. The administrators meet to discuss Hearts in Lithuania

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tomorrow. How worried should Hearts fans bitter night? It is just the

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same situation as it has been all season. There is a lot of

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brinkmanship going on at the moment. They are trying to force the hand of

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the day the radiance to hurry up and get the deal done. Worrying times

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but if things will happen... You can hear Gary Locke being positive about

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it and when that happens, the people who care about the club in Scotland

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can build the future for it. Tomorrow is a pivotal day.

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Absolutely, the fans have been tortured enough. They would like a

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good result out of this tomorrow. I think it will be good news. I hope I

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do not get egg on my face but for the sake of Scottish football, we

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need the big clubs safe and secure. Of all the sides in the play-off

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mix, Kilmarnock looked the healthiest going into this weekend.

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Last Saturday they'd beaten Motherwell with a late goal from

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Craig Slater. The midfielder was in the starting line-up again. And of

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course they had Kris Boyd up front. 19 goals and counting for the

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season. St Johnstone the visitors at Rugby Park, already sure of their

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top-six place. They went with almost the same side that drew 1-1 with

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Partick Thistle last weekend. Just the one change - David Wotherspoon

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starting in place of Michael O'Halloran.

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Kris Boyd got the shaft and Alan Manus got the Parry. 18-year-old

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Muirhead with just his second Killie. St Johnstone are made of

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stern stuff but they are not immune to mistakes. James done with the

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errant header, Eremenko with a typically audacious effort. Not far

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away from 2-0, what a difference that might have made because just

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after the half hour mark, St Johnstone equalised.

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Frazer Wright got a bullet header at the near post. And just before

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half-time, it was 2-1. Frazer Wright's central defensive partner

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Anderson with a goal off a superbly executed backheel. St John's and

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deservedly in front. Tommy Wright's side rarely phone in their

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performances. In the second half, Frazer Wright's looping header

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almost found a way in at the back post with Stevie me lurking. --

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Stevie me. And after their decent start, Killie went backwards in

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this. David Wotherspoon would get his chance to try from 20 yards.

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Just wide of the post. Frazer Wright's crunching but fair tackle

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was the catalyst as St Johnstone mounted yet another attack. David

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Wotherspoon once again with the opportunity. In the end, this was

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the perfect way for St Johnstone to limber up for their Scottish Cup

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semifinal. Wotherspoon assessment ball into the box almost found

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McLean. But St Johnstone deserving of all three points.

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We started brightly but then to lose a goal from a corner, really

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disappointing. Then they scored another goal from a corner. Two

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quality balls in and two great runs and Frazer really showed

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determination. Pleased for them two and pleased for the lads as well

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because that shows how far we can get up the top six.

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A fantastic away win from St Johnstone, both goals from corners.

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Neither of you is enamoured by the Kilmarnock and in? -- defending?

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It is a bit confusing. Kris Boyd was standing on the six yard box. I do

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not know what his role was. You heard Allan Johnston they're saying

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they did not look a threat from set pieces yet they have conceded two

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themselves as well. Set pieces are a big thing these days and their own

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looked confusing. I have seen Marvin Andrews do that Kris Boyd role for

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Rangers. He used to... If he comes in that area and you are in the

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middle of the six yard box, you go and attack it. That does not say

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much for Killie have Kris Boyd as your main header off the ball. One

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thing I think we should point out is, if this was Neymar scoring the

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goal as Steven Anderson does... It is a backheel. If it had gone

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YouTube it would have gone viral by now. It was not an easy chance to

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take but if there was someone on the front post there, they would have

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easily not wrapped away. Could Dundee United still crash the

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party for second place in the Premiership?

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They faced a tall order taking anything against the champions,

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Celtic. At Tannadice for us was Liam Macleod.

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The Tangerines are looking to improve on a miserable record

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against their visitors. Samaras' first start since the beginning of

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the February. Kris Commons will take this free kick for Celtic.

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Samaras! That is brilliant. Back in the team and back in the goals. Is

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the Greece International... His first strike for the club since the

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consolation goal in Barcelona and it was expertly taken. Just two wins in

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57 for Dundee United against Celtic, a dreadful record. Not bad.

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On his wrong foot, which did not help the cause. Four goals this

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season, cunning. No Griffiths in the starting line-up, Neil Lennon saying

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before the game that he is resting a slight knock. Magnificent from

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Celtic. The build-up play, the finish as well. A little 1-2 between

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Commons and Stokes in the age of the box. A fantastic goal for Celtic.

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They are two to the good after the first quarter. John Rankin. So

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crucial that Dundee United scored the next goal in the game.

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He is over but he certainly has plenty behind the right foot shot

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there. Frustrated with himself. United were denied the famous

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victory at Celtic Park early in the season. Dow is offside. It is not

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going to count. No doubt be half-time introduction of Gary Mckay

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Stephen has made a difference to the hosts.

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There is the former Celtic Blake in the stands. He looks after a Dundee

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United Tracker. -- striker. It is wide from Watson. Might have

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done better, Keith Watson here, teed up nicely. Just tried to guide it

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into the far post. Samaras got things started for Celtic very early

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on, with the fifth minute opener. An awkward one for Dylan and he missed

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judged it. Unlucky. Good save. Unlucky. I think he claims he took a

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touch. Lee Griffiths has made the headlines all week, trying to make

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headlines of a different kind there. A good 1-to that between the centre

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half and Stokes. He cannot finish it.

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One defeat for Celtic this season in the lead. They are heading for

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another victory but Dundee United might yet have something to say.

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Mckay Stephen's effort saved well by Forster. Reasonably harmless and it

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was originally it I Mckay Stephen. Not decisive. Hoisted away. Then

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hoisted back in. Ambrose heads clear. United fans wanted a free

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kick for a push there. Forster is called into action once again as it

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is busted towards goal by Armstrong. I thought our second-half play was

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very good. I thought we got nervous, a bit at times. The second half we

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were better with more energy and had a few chances which was pleasing. I

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just thought it was a bit too late will stop Billy, you were impressed

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by the interplay upfront? They did what Dundee United have been doing

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two teams all season. Interchanging. You see Kris Commons here on the

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left. Their move meant was absolutely excellent. Samaras. All

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fees and they have been excellent. You see Stokes again, he is the one

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who drops, this time Kris Commons comes in. The finishing and the pace

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was excellent. They did that all game. They were comfortable. The

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Celtic story has moved on today with the SFA, the police and Celtic

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themselves investigating footage of Leigh Griffiths apparently singing

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offensive songs about the former hearts midfielder Rudi Scutt shall.

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Neil Lennon has said in the past that any player involved in this

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kind of behaviour would be sacked. -- Rudi Satchel. I do not see the

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club sacking him. Neil Lennon has been put in an horrendous edition by

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the actions of Leigh Griffiths. I think people deserve a second chance

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but I would be making sure he realises this sort of behaviour is

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not acceptable. They could even suspend him to the end of the

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season. They have won the league, they are not in the cup, they could

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do something like that to put a strong message out there but I do

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not see them sacking him. This player has put him in an impossible

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situation. It is almost impossible but I am sure they can come up with

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something. They could put him on the transfer list, I do not think they

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will sack him, I think they will try to spin it another way because he is

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doing so well but they cannot be seen to be doing things like that.

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Neil Lennon is in a difficult situation. It will be difficult to

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see how he handles the situation. OK. Always plenty riding on the

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Highland derby. Ross County in need of points to escape the play-off

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place scramble. Tremarco. He miss controlled and

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then followed through. The referee comes over. This is going to be a

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yellow card. He led with the leg and did not get it down, that could have

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been read. Here is Greg Tanzi. 20 of power on that. Back onto Aaron

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Doran. The wonderful goal! The goalkeeper could do nothing about

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this. Trying to move away from Raven. He steps inside. A nice

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little ball across. It is then! An overhead kick. Caley Thistle players

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think his boot is a little high. This man will be credited with the

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equaliser. It is driven in. A good blog from Boyd. An opportunity

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moving forward. That is the shout for a penalty. It is a strong one,

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too. Here they come again. The header. That seemed to get played

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into the head. Liam Shinnie is going to get a yellow card. If you have

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given a foul inside the box it is a penalty. Inverness Caley Thistle.

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Tremarco. Back onto Aaron Doran. Billy McKay is available again. It

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breaks again. Billy McKay is the man again for Caley Thistle. It has been

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hard-fought. It continues to be hard-fought. Billy McKay trying to

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get away from Boyd. It is delightful. For the crossbar. What a

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finish that would have been to the game for Billy McKay. What skill. It

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keeps as on the shirt tails of Dundee United. I think there were

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two sendings-off in the game. Tremarco and Shinnie. There should

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also have been a penalty in the game. I feel really hard done to

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tonight. Let's have a look at those incidents. Tremarco with the first

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one. I think in the modern game when you go like that and the studs are

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going I think you are running the risk of a red card. For this one,

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there is no contact on that. He is rolling about there but it is not

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the booking for me because there was no contact. This one is the bizarre

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situation all around. It is clearly inside the box but you can see here,

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he kicks the ball. His book is high. The head is down. Anywhere else you

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would get a free kick but it is not a booking so it should have been a

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penalty. I have never seen a ball being played like that. Because the

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referee thinks it is a foul. I am not sure of the distance at the

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should have given the penalty but I do not think it was a penalty

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because the guy had his head low. I just cannot believe that. I am just

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confused about this. John Hughes did not make much of this. I suppose his

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side won the game in the end. When you look at this and you see this

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year. Meetings with the head bandage. I think that could have

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easily been a free kick. Penalty? No chance. There is not enough contact.

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I think a little short talk is not a lot of contact but it is enough to

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put you off balance. There is no momentum, or contact to pull him

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down, he could have stayed on his feet. If that was me and that big

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centre half was in there I am going to go down. You were not impressed

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by some of the formations use from Ross County. I have not been

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impressed. Now he plays a diamond and all night long Inverness had

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freedom in wide areas. John Robertson and I were talking about

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it. You see it played wide. Look at the room they have. It is the

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strange formation to set up against Inverness. If you have not got any

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white men supporting the fullbacks it will cause trouble. It is a great

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goal, do not get me wrong. He is in a wide area. It was evident all

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night long and he did stick it we well. He had the freedom of the

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pitch. Now let as look at the premiership table as it stands. St

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Mirren cannot be caught so it looks like the championship next season

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for hearts. Partick Thistle now in the second bottom spot. Kilmarnock a

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point behind Hibernian and Hibernian take on Aberdeen tomorrow night at

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Easter Road. Hibernian are in a terrible run of form. One win in

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their last 13 matches. Billy, can you see them getting anything from

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Aberdeen? You need a result from somewhere. They need inspiration.

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They are in by far the poor run of form out of any of the bottom four

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or five teams. Looking at current form I do not see them winning, they

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will have to play a lot better than what they have been doing. And after

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tomorrow night, Michael, there is a break next weekend because of the

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Scottish cup but the next league game is against St Mirren and St

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Mirren have just got to win. Their confidence will be high. They have

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got to find something from somewhere. We have been saying there

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are plenty of teams all them but if they do not win games they are in

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trouble of getting pulled into that play-off spot. Rangers were

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favourites up against Easter Ross. Rangers with a better chance.

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Frustrations were taken out on the post. The post was then hit by this

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short but it would be 0-0 after 90 minutes. Towards the end the expense

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managed to get the chance for Raith Rovers. The Raith Rovers fans went

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wild. The winners of the Ramsden's cup. Delhi, you were at this team as

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well. Where Raith Rovers deserved winners? -- Willie. Yes, take

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nothing away from Raith Rovers, we have to get them all the

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compliments. I did not think Rangers fans could be tortured any more this

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season. That was one of the worst performances I have seen. The really

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proud moment for these players and for Kirkcaldy as a whole as they

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went to collect the trophy. A fantastic evening for the players

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and the supporters of Raith Rovers made all the more special for

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beating a club the size of Rangers. They will be celebrating big time.

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How surprised were you, Billy, that Rangers did not win it? I did not

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think they would be pushovers. I was surprised however. Great stuff. And

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so, a busy weekend of Scottish Cup action next weekend on Sportscene.

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We've got highlights of the first semifinal between Rangers and Dundee

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United on Saturday night. We have talked about how Rangers were today.

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Then the United certainly have much better players and no disrespect to

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Raith Rovers. It is not a good game. The gap has been bridged because of

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the Rangers fans at Ibrox, the warm venue. It will be a good game but

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Rangers have to play a lot better or Dundee United will wipe the floor

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with them. Let's talk about that first semifinal first. You think

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that the United are favourites going in against Rangers? I think they

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probably are. The controversy around the tickets and the stadium, being

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at Ibrox, I think when you see a poor performance from Rangers like

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that and Dundee United being beaten against Celtic, Dundee United will

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go in with the belief that they will get something out of it. They are

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playing against Rangers from the third flight and if Rangers play

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anything like they did today Dundee United will punish them. St

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Johnstone yet to win any major silverware. And then on Sunday we're

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live at Ibrox as St Johnstone take on Aberdeen. That will be a tight

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one. The momentum behind Aberdeen this season, they have had such a

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great year so far. The tips for manager of the year, still not sure

:43:29.:43:35.

if they will finish second, still potentially fighting of Motherwell.

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Does he need to do more to seal the deal in terms of manager of the

:43:42.:43:46.

year? No, but I think they are favourites for the double. They have

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got the monkey off of their backed by getting the cup final win against

:43:53.:43:57.

Inverness. It will be closer than you think because St Johnstone

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played better than what the score line suggested in the 4-0 game. They

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would be due one but you have to fancy Aberdeen to go on and get

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through to the final once more. Who is in the final for you? I think it

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will be an Aberdeen versus Dundee United final. The focus next

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weekend, the Scottish Cup. Thank you. The focus this weekend, the

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relegation of Hearts after 31 years in the top flight of Scottish

:44:29.:44:32.

football. From all of us here, goodnight.

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