06/08/2016 Sportscene


06/08/2016

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Good afternoon. So it begins again! Welcome to the new league season.

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Hope you have missed us as much as we have missed you. We will have all

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the scores as usual plus the benefit of the wit and wisdom of our guests.

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Trust me, they might not look good but they are just as excited as I

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am! The premiership season kicked off at lunchtime, Rangers's first

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match in the top flight for four years, at home to Hamilton and would

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you believe, it finished in a 1-1 draw. Martin Canning and Mark

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Warburton, the managers. Hamilton took the lead, Crawford put them

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ahead 30 minutes into the match with a curling shot from inside the

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guilty area. Rangers equalised through Waghorn in the 63rd minute.

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Joey Barton was awarded man of the match. Back on equalised in the 63rd

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minute, Forrester set him up towards the end of the game, he suffered an

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injury and had to leave the field. A point apiece for Rangers and

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Hamilton in the opening game of the season. Perhaps not the outcome one

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would have expected? Definitely not but take nothing away from Hamilton,

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they came with a game plan and execute it to a T. Rangers were poor

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in my opinion, failed to imprint their style on the game, Joey Barton

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was tidy enough and is range of passing was excellent but no Rangers

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player can take man of the match today, think it has to be a Hamilton

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player, they looked fit, organised, I would've given to Ali Crawford. A

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sense of anti-climax for Rangers? I guess the expectation would be that

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they would get off to a flyer, there was some talk of them winning their

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first four games because of some relatively kind starts to the

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season, before the old firm game, but that's a stumble straightaway.

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There are going to be a few of these for the teams, Celtic for me the

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clear favourites for the league but they will stumble and drop points as

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well. For Hamilton, who we would expect to be in a relegation battle,

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that is a point that you possibly didn't expect to get. Told you not

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to mention the relegation fight other title race yet! The consensus

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from both managers was, as you mentioned, Hamilton had a game plan,

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they went there and executed it and that credit to the team and to their

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manager. Especially the Martin Canning, because Hamilton are the

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team with the smallest budget in the league, a relatively young playing

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squad, to go to Ibrox on the day when they are unfurling the flag and

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the fans are poignant, the expectation that they are going to

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wipe the floor with Hamilton today, I thought Rangers would win

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convincingly full stop this started brightly but Hamilton came into the

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game and thoroughly deserved their point today. Some because

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appointments for Rangers, the Waghorn injury, looked like a

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hamstring tear, and Kranjcar was nowhere near the level he needs to

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be at Davey is going to be an asset. Time for our first belt around the

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grounds of the season, with the start at the monarch. I am enjoying

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it! An impressive victory away for Motherwell, Unsworth and Johnson

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have scored, the major moment of drama for, not if their manager, Lee

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Clark, sent to the stands. -- for Kilmarnock. Ross County at home to

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Dundee this afternoon. It may be game over already, an impressive

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start for Paul Hartley's side, classic counterfeited visitors,

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McGowan, he beat Fox just as they ball trundled home, that was number

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three. A Rory Loy double has put Dundee very much in command. Ohio

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won the second penalty, appeared to be held in the box, Rory Loy fired

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at home just before half-time. Let's find out how the other Highland

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representatives are faring, I waited Partick Thistle. Partick Thistle are

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leading 2-0, there hasn't been on between the two sides but crucially,

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Partick Thistle have taken advantage of the few chances they have created

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the stop Caley Thistle haven't really threatened. The goals came in

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the first half from lawless finding the returning hero, chrysalis going,

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and a few moments later, and that the final touch to give Partick

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Thistle 2-0 lead. Dundee United, freshly relegated, at home to Queen

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of the South. Mark Miller didn't score a single goal in two years as

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a Dundee United player but as so often happens, he has scored against

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them to give Queen of the South the half-time lead. But Vandevelde and

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has levelled for the Tannadice team who are playing with a pace and

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intensity which was lacking earlier. For Kirk and Hibernian, finished

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second and third last season. -- for Kirk. At the moment, Jason Cummins,

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who was wanted by Peterborough United, has twice given then

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visitors the lead. A fantastic strike gave for Kirk the lead but

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Hibs have the advantage. -- Falcao. There has been a goal at Ross

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County. Straight after bench, Coleman, very close range, tapped it

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home. There was always goals in this fixture, they might be a few more.

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Just after he said he thought that game was all over! Let's have a

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moment or two to reflect - lines as they develop. My mind is immediately

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to Rugby Park, where Motherwell are 2-0 up. Seems to be a bit of deja vu

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from last season, they lost their opening game - zero. Really bad home

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record. There was a lot of chat before the match about the pitch,

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they have done that. Does that symbolise... It makes you think they

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will play a narrow long ball game. If I was over in for Kilmarnock, I

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would be worried. But the two players who have scored four

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Motherwell are the wide players, Ainsworth with an outrageous chip

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and Johnson with a powerful header. They have dominated the match. The

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worthy of the 2-goal lead. Caps with the departure of Hemmings, the

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modern world where their goals were coming from but they are 3-1 up.

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Probably expect him to leave Dundee, last season, they had Hemmings, Rory

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Loy and Stuart upfront and the other to conduct overshadowed Rory Loy a

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bit. Without them, he has come to the fore a bit today and has got a

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couple. If they see that out, it's a great start to the season for them.

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Partick Thistle are 2-0 up at Firhill, it would be a great start

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for them, they are notoriously slow starters. It would be an excellent

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start. They have recruited well in the summer, bringing chrysalis going

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back, -- Chris Erskine. I think Partick Thistle finished last season

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reasonably well, I would expect them to be up and about the middle of the

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table. Time to flesh out the bones from the headlines earlier. We will

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be John Jensen Sutherland, watching Kilmarnock against Motherwell.

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Kilmarnock can never the pitch or the like but some things never

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change for them, they are struggling again. -- narrow the pitch. Their

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manager Lee Clark was leaving his technical area, the fourth official

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said something to him, it seems he said something back to the fourth

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official which is not to his liking, and he was sent to the stands.

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Interesting to see what is about that after the match. After that,

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Motherwell took control of the match, some sublime skill from

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Ainsworth, his lobbed effort over McDonald is a sight to behold and

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you can see it tomorrow night at 7:30pm, in the highlights. In the

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second half, Marvin Johnson made it 2-0, with a header. Motherwell took

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control of this match. Kilmarnock tried to respond by putting Kris

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Boyd onto the pitch, he almost immediately pulled a goal back but

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it was saved and ever since then it has been something of a stalemate,

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Ainsworth should have made it 3-0 comments upon the offside trap but

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his shot was poor. It is turned into a bit of a tussle in the second-half

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but Motherwell are on course for all points. More now from Ross County

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against Dundee. Currently Ross County one, Dundee three, Rory Loy

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has stepped into the breach, two first-half goals have really set

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Dundee on way, both assisted by Mark O Hara, who did well on the

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right-hand side, picked a lovely cross out, found Rory Loy busting

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into the box and he slammed the ball home from close range. County had a

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number of long effort but the referee, not for the first time this

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season, clamped down on some holding in the box, he had warned couple of

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players before corner came in and then punished McInally for holding

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on Hara, he was booked and didn't complain. The third was a classic

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counter with Dundee sitting, Co tried to get round them, McGowan was

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clean through, his shot squirmed home for a third you thought it was

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all over at that point but it wasn't quite, has hit a shot in and day was

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Craig Curran to tap home. Greg Stuart, out of the squad altogether,

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that got a few tongues are wagging here. Apparently that is due to

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injury and not any impending transfer. Time to go back to

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Firhill. Partick Thistle, looking good for the three points, Steven

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Lawless fires a shot inches right of the far post. The two goals they

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have scored, the first one came ten minutes before the interval, Canon

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booth running down the left-hand side, slipped it to Steven Lawless,

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who got the path to chrysalis Chris Erskine. That was the only touch of

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class in a poor first half. The second half has been better, Caley

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Thistle have raised the tempo as they sought an equaliser but they

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were undone when a Sean Worth free kick was headed back across goal,

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they were unable to clear and I think it was David Amoo got there

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before they could clear to make it 2-0. Inverness Caley Thistle hasn't

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been bad but haven't been able to trouble the Partick Thistle

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doorkeeper. That could be a worry for their new manager. Let's reflect

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a rebate on the premiership matches now. Lee Clark, sent to the stands.

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The pitch, shortened, doesn't bode well for the rest of the season!

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It's a club that seems to have a cloud hanging over it just now.

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There is unrest at board level, the fans aren't happy, they are down in

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the first game of the season, it seems a bit doom and gloom for

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Kilmarnock. In contrast, Ross County ended the season on a high, they won

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the League Cup, made it into the top six, started badly and it seems as

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if it will continue into the premiership. I think they will be

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fine, they are well-run club, a talented manager, they have lost a

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big influence for them but I wouldn't have thought that would

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send them into any kind of tailspin. But as you say, going out of the

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League Cup September the really was... It sets the tone. -- League

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Cup so tamely. They are probably looking to get three points today,

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it puts them up against it. Partick Thistle on course for their

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first three points of the season, it looks pretty comfortable. Yes, they

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haven't been threatened very often and it looks like a comfortable win.

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More now from the Championship. Scott Davie has been watching Dundee

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United against Queen of the South. 1-1, a rather flat and insipid

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performance from Dundee United, Queen of the South keeping a lot of

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the possession, neither side creating many goal-scoring

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opportunities. The best chance falling for United with a Vandevelde

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and free kick. A -- free header but straight to the goalkeeper. Mark

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Miller breaking the deadlock with five minutes to the interval, a well

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worked move, the Australian midfielder Lyndon dykes causing

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problems for the United defence, borrowing his way into the penalty

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area. It was parried to grand Anderson and who build it back, and

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Mark Miller scored, sweeping the ball in from about 12 yards, giving

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Queen of the South deserved lead at that stage, but United came out and

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it took a wonderful equalising goal on 57 minutes from Vandevelde and to

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really spark them into life. Terrific control in the penalty

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area, he flicked the ball not only over the head of one Queen of the

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South defender but over another one, guided it into the net and from

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there on in United have played with patients that had been seared --

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severely lacking up to that point. Cammy Smith, on loan from Aberdeen,

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had a shot from 18 yards that forced Robinson into a save. Stephen Dobbie

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is back for his second spell with Queen of the South that he hasn't

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had much in the way of service, having come on as a substitute.

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Falkirk against Hibs, still 2-1 to the Bicester 's? It is, and over the

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last couple of seasons we have learned that Stephen Cummins likes

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being in the spotlight. -- to the visitors. There was a ?1.2 million

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bid by Hibs for his services, that was rejected. He pounced from six

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yards to tap in an easy goal after a shot had been palmed away by Danny

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Rogers. It fell to Cummings and he put it in the back of the net. The

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Hibs lead only lasted seven minutes because a brilliant strike from 25

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yards, Craig Seybold, his 200th appearance for Falkirk, blasted high

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into the top right corner, brilliant strike which restored parity until

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half-time. Just after the break, guess who popped up again, Jason

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Cummings, along with all forward by VX Norwich striker, he put it high

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in the top corner to make it 2-1. -- the former Norwich. Falkirk went

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close again just as I finished off but it is still Falkirk 1-2

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Hibernian. Cummings very much the man of the

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moment. I didn't guess, I knew who it was a! The transfer window is

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still open. 1.2 million, rising to maybe 1.7 depending on appearances

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and all the rest of it. They don't want to sell him but... How much

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more could they get? Edging towards ?2 million? English clubs don't tend

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to bid high for Scottish players because they know that Scottish

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clubs tend to be forced to sell. Good on Hibs for resisting as long

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as they can. I read about how much work they put in over the summer to

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get him to extend his contract, and then immediately to sell him... If

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an offer comes in that they can't reject... He is a huge player for

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them and they are desperate to get out of that league. Dunfermline sold

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their star striker to Dundee. 4-1 up the newcomers are at home to

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Dumbarton. Great score, I watched them against Inverness and they

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started very brightly, looking like a real threat going forward, but

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then Inverness got a foothold in the game and it ended up 5-1. But that

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is a very good opening day school. As you would expect, the return of

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the SPFL means the return of sports scene highlights. It will be an

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earlier time slot tomorrow night, this should get you in the mood.

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One of the finest goals you will see! He has scored! What an

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absolutely wonderful strike into the top left! See all the action from

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this weekend's Scottish Premiership matches on Sportscene.

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Don't miss it and if you do don't worry, it will be on the iPlayer. We

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are desperate to hear your thoughts on how the season will pan out. Who

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do you fancied to win the Premiership? While you are thinking

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about that let's hear who the manager of the reigning champions

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could challenge his team. It will be tied, probably the usual

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suspects, teams who have been doing well recently as well. The likes of

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Aberdeen have been doing well and they are out of the cup, which will

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give them more training time. Hearts have been about it and have a strong

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squad, Rangers coming into the league will fancy they can do well.

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Other teams will make it very difficult for you. I am really

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looking forward to it. A lot of the games are my first time to the

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stadiums so we shall prepare well. There has been a goal at the Cale

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Marnoch versus Motherwell match. What happened? -- kill Marnoch. Kill

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Marnoch have got one back. It will be a nervous finish for Motherwell.

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With Kris Boyd on the pitch now they will really be pushing to get this

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equaliser. They looked dead and buried a couple of minutes ago but

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this has breathe some life into them. I know you have been desperate

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to get this off your chest, you unburden yourself earlier before we

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were ready. Title challenge, you are going for Celtic? Yes, I think if

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you look at it they have... You can argue all of this but I think they

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have the best goalkeeper, defence, goal-scorer, squad, deepest

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resources to be able to add to the squad in the transfer windows, and

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they arguably have the best manager. That is a lot of advantages! You are

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making a good case! They won by 15 points last season and haven't lost

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anybody and we expect them to be stronger under Brendan Rodgers. Tell

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us more about the goal. Grandstand finish at Rugby Park,

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Kilmarnock have a goal, Martin Smith came off the bench. Taylor's cross

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found Smith. Kilmarnock pile on the pressure. Kilmarnock got a corner

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but now the onus is on Kilmarnock to try to find an equaliser with seven

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minutes left in this game. John Sutton has equalised. I don't

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think we have lost to them in a competitive game in about 18 years

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so we don't want to lose that. I was worried at 1-0 down but I will take

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this. Stephen, let's talk about your tip for the Premiership title. You

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are nodding your head, you are going for Celtic. -- you were nodding.

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Yes, everything he said is true. It is a frightening prospect of having

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Roberts and Griffiths. Both going for Celtic to win, who will run them

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closest? Michael. Aberdeen. I think they will edge it from Rangers. But

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Rangers are really hard to predict because they have made so many

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changes over the summer. Today's match perhaps not indicative of... I

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don't take too much from them dropping points. All of the teams

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will drop points but Rangers have added so many players and we need to

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see how they dropped in. When Kirkhill is sharper and fitter he

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may show the class he has. Others could have done more today as well.

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They are perfect club, Rangers, we don't know how many players they

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will add. I think Aberdeen have been very consistent over two or three

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seasons in the league, they haven't lost anybody yet, they still have

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Hayes, McGinn, Rooney, they have added to three who might make big

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contributions. It wouldn't be surprising if I do of Aberdeen or

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Rangers finish second. Would you like a more succinct answer? No. I

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think Rangers -- I thought Rangers would be putting down the market

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today. I tipped them to finish second on the BBC website. They were

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so poor today and it wasn't until Harry Forrester came on that they

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started to get a foothold in the game, he made a real impact as a

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substitute for Crenshaw, who had no impact. I would say that they will

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sign a couple more players. Where do they need to strengthen? Everybody

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says centre-half but if the hamstring is bad, we will find out,

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they might need another striker. I will go over Rangers at second but I

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agree with Michael that Aberdeen have been a model of consistency for

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a couple of years and they will push Rangers for the second spot. Other

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places in the top six, nobody has alighted upon Hearts. They top four

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material? I think so. We have heard rumblings that there has been unrest

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or supporters are unhappy about... It is hard to call it a lack of

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regrets because the club has progressed hugely in the last two or

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three years on the field and off but there seems to be a bit of

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discontent. Are expectations too high? I think the fans expectations

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are so high that that will be the problem. When they lost to Hibs it

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hurt them, losing to the Maltese team hurt them as well. There is a

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feeling that Hearts are stagnant at on the pitch. Will they make the top

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six? I think they will be fought. St Johnstone, we always say they punch

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above their weight. But by now we expect them to do well and be there.

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They know how to do it, they have a fantastic manager who sets his teams

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are very well, they have not tinkered with the squad very much

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and they have added a couple of good players. Midfield seems to be the

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area they have strengthened and I fully expect them to be top six

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again, they are top six Masters if you like, they know how to do it

:27:42.:27:46.

every year. In my ropey arithmetic that leaves one place. I would have

:27:47.:27:53.

said Ross County. You can't read too much into the opening games. But

:27:54.:28:02.

they remind me of St Johnstone, it they are well run, they have

:28:03.:28:08.

arguably got better resources than St Johnstone, thanks to Rory

:28:09.:28:16.

McGregor's largesse. I can see them being the last of the top six clubs.

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I think I will go for Motherwell. The way they finished the season

:28:22.:28:24.

last year was mightily impressive and I think the front three on their

:28:25.:28:32.

day are as good as there is in the league, especially in wide areas,

:28:33.:28:36.

the pace and directness they have, and Donald upfront and I have added

:28:37.:28:44.

a good centre-half in Henning. This applies to a whole lot of clubs we

:28:45.:28:47.

are discussing right through the league, that Rangers and Celtic

:28:48.:28:53.

might have a big couple of names, Martin Johnston and other players

:28:54.:28:57.

could be lost, and it changes the whole banner of the club. -- the

:28:58.:29:00.

whole dynamic. It was a difficult season for Dundee

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couple of seasons ago, they were inconsistent, too many draws, not

:29:13.:29:15.

enough wins, they rip be pushing for a top six spot this year. It looks

:29:16.:29:21.

like they're going to win today quite comfortably, that's an

:29:22.:29:29.

impressive start. Not everyone likes for the SPL split into groups of six

:29:30.:29:34.

bit gives managers and groups of fans something to aim for. In the

:29:35.:29:39.

old days finishing sixth or seventh, it didn't make much difference

:29:40.:29:45.

but... If your team aren't going to challenge for the title, gives you

:29:46.:29:49.

something to aim for. Your finishing the season with bigger games, making

:29:50.:29:53.

the money through the gate, Partick Thistle are also capable of nudging

:29:54.:29:58.

into the top six, the caption themselves as a Premier League club.

:29:59.:30:04.

To the part of the script discussion where you will say would be pinned

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up on dressing rooms! Who will be fighting for the dreaded drop...

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Festival, we can bring you our first full-time reports. It's full-time,

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one win from one game for Hibs in the Ludik, three points in his first

:30:24.:30:32.

league match for Neil Lennon. A brilliant performance by Hibs,

:30:33.:30:37.

highlighted by two goals from Jason Cummings, the first test after two

:30:38.:30:42.

minutes when he pounced on a mistake by the Falkirk keeper, then after

:30:43.:30:49.

the break, he step down a long ball and fired it into the top corner to

:30:50.:30:55.

make it 2-1. They then unleashed a brilliant shot, his 200th

:30:56.:31:00.

appearance, made it 1-1, but Jason Cummings after the break up the

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winner. Neil Lennon said that he would drive him all the way to

:31:09.:31:11.

Peterborough United in the didn't play well, because they want to buy

:31:12.:31:15.

him, that bid was rejected, I think there might be a few more beds

:31:16.:31:21.

coming in after this performance. Great start for Neil Lennon in his

:31:22.:31:26.

tenure as Hibs manager in the championship. I love this, Stuart

:31:27.:31:33.

Cosgrove, our friend refers to the champion ship as Alcatraz because

:31:34.:31:36.

it's so difficult to get out of. This is the third season. Every

:31:37.:31:45.

season you are down, it is costing the club a lot of money. The

:31:46.:31:49.

turnover of the club is reduced, the clip. They posted losses of ?800,000

:31:50.:31:56.

by being out of the Premier League, that is three seasons now, minimum,

:31:57.:32:01.

as a lower league club. I do think they will get back up this season,

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but it's the same point, if you use Jason Cummings, you lose an awful

:32:07.:32:10.

lot of goals from your side, he is a big game player as well, but he also

:32:11.:32:15.

raising over the course of a season, 20 minimum. His partnership upfront

:32:16.:32:20.

with Grant scheme to be interesting, I think he has lacked a partner that

:32:21.:32:24.

he clicks with. I think this could be the one that works together as a

:32:25.:32:31.

front pairing. Falkirk did remarkably well last season,

:32:32.:32:34.

finishing second, just losing out in the play-offs, lost to Kilmarnock,

:32:35.:32:38.

the target this year is making the play-offs. They have lost a couple

:32:39.:32:44.

are big players over the summer with folks leaving, they're not quite the

:32:45.:32:51.

unit they were. They always seem to cope. They have a good manager. I

:32:52.:32:56.

think we all thought they might be a Premier League team now because of

:32:57.:33:01.

the way they took care of Hibs in the play-offs but then to our

:33:02.:33:05.

surprise, they were taken over by Kilmarnock. Full-time at Ross

:33:06.:33:11.

County. We can hand you over for our full-time report. A fantastic start

:33:12.:33:21.

to the premiership for Paul Hartley's side, Rory Loy stepped up

:33:22.:33:26.

to take on the goal-scoring responsibility, no Stuart today

:33:27.:33:33.

through injury but it didn't matter, Ohio surged down the right and found

:33:34.:33:37.

the striker, then he appeared to be found by McEvedy in the box, it was

:33:38.:33:42.

confidently dispatched before half-time. The decision to award the

:33:43.:33:48.

spot kick might be one for us to see tomorrow night but it did look like

:33:49.:33:51.

it was consistent with one or two other once he has awarded this

:33:52.:33:57.

season. Duffy's weight of past was spot on for McGovern to slot under

:33:58.:34:04.

Fox, Ross County got one back when Craig Curran started in from close

:34:05.:34:10.

range, therefore stretching stuck to the season continues, however. --

:34:11.:34:16.

their frustrating start to the season. Dundee United at home to

:34:17.:34:25.

Queen of the South this afternoon. In the programme this afternoon,

:34:26.:34:30.

prior to kick-off, I was reading how MacKinnon, the new Tannadice manager

:34:31.:34:34.

was saying that in his experience, with Rangers last season, that in

:34:35.:34:38.

this after competitive league, every point has to be earned. A very

:34:39.:34:50.

lacklustre opening 45 minutes, Queen of the South dominated in terms of

:34:51.:34:54.

possession but little in the way of penetration from either side

:34:55.:34:57.

although that did change in the 40th minute. A great bit of play by the

:34:58.:35:02.

Australian midfielder down the left-hand side, getting his way into

:35:03.:35:07.

the penalty area, the shot was parried and it bubbled back to

:35:08.:35:14.

Anderson who wrote it to Millar, who guided it into the far corner of the

:35:15.:35:23.

net. The second half, a similar story, we didn't get much service

:35:24.:35:26.

until late in the game, a shot towards the back post was saved by

:35:27.:35:32.

Battle with about five minutes to go but from the 57th minute it was

:35:33.:35:40.

mostly Dundee United, inspired by Nick van der Velden, who came from

:35:41.:35:46.

AZ Alkmaar, a wonderful goal,", to get to the edge of the box, flipped

:35:47.:35:51.

it over the first challenge and the second had the presence of mind to

:35:52.:35:57.

Stuart into the corner of the net. Robinson very much keeping Queen of

:35:58.:36:06.

the South in the game. There was a shot deflected later on and Robinson

:36:07.:36:09.

reacted well to turn it on to the post, seconds later Smith made space

:36:10.:36:14.

at the edge of the key and at the end, the former Ranger dilly

:36:15.:36:17.

buckaroo Rangers goalkeeper turned it round for a corner. Then they

:36:18.:36:26.

deflected shot past the near post but for all the United pressure,

:36:27.:36:28.

they were nearly caught at the other end. McKinnon at the end, given the

:36:29.:36:36.

second half performance, will feel frustrated that it ended 1-1. Off we

:36:37.:36:41.

go to Firhill. Partick Thistle against in the daily Alli Inverness

:36:42.:36:51.

couldn't do so. Partick, beginning a new league season in positive

:36:52.:36:56.

fashion, spoiling the first promotion match in charge for which

:36:57.:37:04.

Foran. The opening goal, picking up the ball inside the box and firing

:37:05.:37:11.

past the keeper, a fine finish from Chris Erskine. Then David Amoo

:37:12.:37:17.

doubled the lead, after Caley Thistle failed to clear from a Sean

:37:18.:37:22.

Welsh set piece. That was all it was in terms of goal-scoring, Caley

:37:23.:37:26.

Thistle unable to threaten the home goalkeeper for the duration of the

:37:27.:37:31.

90 minutes and given that this group 12 goals in the previous two League

:37:32.:37:35.

Cup games, disappointing for them. They could have had another couple,

:37:36.:37:40.

Lawless and then it was comfortable for the home side. Game over at

:37:41.:37:48.

Kilmarnock. A winning start to the new season for the visitors.

:37:49.:37:54.

Arousing and Tremadog afternoon. -- dramatic. Fort Worth the licence fee

:37:55.:38:02.

to watch the highlights, that is the shore. Come on at manager Lee Clark

:38:03.:38:08.

was sent to the stands, presumably for something he said to the fourth

:38:09.:38:15.

officials -- command manager. I will find out more about that shortly. A

:38:16.:38:21.

great finish over McDonald to make it 1-0, just after half-time,

:38:22.:38:30.

Johnson made it 2-0. With a header. Immediately Kris Boyd was prised

:38:31.:38:33.

from the bench and immediately had a chance well saved, as Kilmarnock

:38:34.:38:37.

tried to find their way back into the match. They struggled to create

:38:38.:38:44.

chances, eventually they got one, it was the substitute Martin Smith,

:38:45.:38:48.

released by Sunderland and picked up by Lee Clark, his flashing header

:38:49.:38:51.

gave Kilmarnock hope with seven minutes to go, it looked like they

:38:52.:38:56.

might rally, Coulibaly looked like he might have a penalty but the

:38:57.:39:01.

referee gave the decision against him, that incensed the Kilmarnock

:39:02.:39:04.

fans but they are giving the players a rousing reception, they have seen

:39:05.:39:08.

a lot of effort and once again they have seen another Kilmarnock defeat.

:39:09.:39:20.

Plaid results show relentlessly! Time to extol the virtues of

:39:21.:39:25.

Championship football. Watching Dunfermline against Dumbarton. If

:39:26.:39:30.

you want entertainment with your football this season, then east end

:39:31.:39:36.

park may be the place to be. Seven goals, a hat-trick, three penalties,

:39:37.:39:40.

an ordering off, where do you start? Dumbarton took the lead on 80

:39:41.:39:44.

minutes, Robert Thomson was the scorer but Stanley came after Moffat

:39:45.:39:49.

had hit the post for Dunfermline. -- it only came. Two goals in two

:39:50.:39:58.

minutes by Cardinal gave the past the lead at half-time and then a

:39:59.:40:01.

mistake by Frazer Wright in the Dumbarton defence gave them the

:40:02.:40:07.

chance for the first hat-trick of the season. Dunfermline then got

:40:08.:40:14.

their fourth and we thought the game is over but then, two penalties in

:40:15.:40:19.

added time from Mark Doherty for Dumbarton made the score 4-3 of the

:40:20.:40:25.

second one, the referee sent off Lee Ashcroft phase foul on Robert

:40:26.:40:31.

Thomson. A great way to start the season, more of this, please. More

:40:32.:40:37.

reports to follow from the Championship. St Mirren against

:40:38.:40:44.

Morton. A share of the points in this derby, the screwing up and up

:40:45.:40:51.

to 17 minutes, Forbes had pledged in a great free kick and the ball was

:40:52.:41:00.

passed by Lingfield. They deserve to be in front, it was the same story

:41:01.:41:03.

into the second half, Morton should have made it 2-0, Miss kick went

:41:04.:41:12.

well wide of the target. Allegri change things around, and it seemed

:41:13.:41:17.

to work, with seven minutes to go. Morgan found space, swung the ball

:41:18.:41:21.

into the box and John Sutton was there to head home. A banner was

:41:22.:41:25.

unfurled by the Saints fans, targeting the Morton supporters,

:41:26.:41:28.

saying simply, forever in our shadow. Not quite today. In no way

:41:29.:41:40.

is McManus in Connie vote shadow! It finished here, 2-0, Raith Rovers

:41:41.:41:49.

took the lead, it was the oppressive Bobby Bahu crossed for the goal. A

:41:50.:42:00.

superb start, McManus then hit the post but by half-time, it was 1-0.

:42:01.:42:04.

Raith Rovers looked dangerous and scored again, it was a very

:42:05.:42:13.

comfortable win for them to stop a United need to get players in and

:42:14.:42:21.

improve quickly. The summary from Somerset Texas nicely to the first

:42:22.:42:23.

classified results round-up of the season. -- takes us nicely.

:42:24.:45:53.

That is today's classified results. Michael, what did you make of that

:45:54.:46:02.

Yeovil Town score? I know you had nodded off by that stage! Back to

:46:03.:46:08.

the Premiership. What is the most significant result of the day? Well,

:46:09.:46:17.

people will look at what happened at Ibrox with a great deal of surprise

:46:18.:46:21.

and give Hamilton credit for that and people will probably read too

:46:22.:46:27.

much of it in terms of Rangers' failures and limitations. Rangers

:46:28.:46:32.

will still be very strong and as we said earlier you still expect them

:46:33.:46:35.

to sign a couple of players and really strengthened. We never got

:46:36.:46:43.

round to discussing who you think will struggle at the bottom end of

:46:44.:46:48.

the Premiership. Hamilton was a team that most people were thinking of.

:46:49.:46:55.

After today would you change that? They looked very good and organised

:46:56.:47:00.

today but against Rangers players raise their levels. You are not

:47:01.:47:11.

going to change your mind today? I feel that Kilmarnock have signed a

:47:12.:47:18.

number of young players from down south who are generally untested at

:47:19.:47:22.

this level of Scottish football Dummett they were so poor last year

:47:23.:47:27.

and I feel there is a malaise in the club. -- football, they were. They

:47:28.:47:33.

have been fighting relegation for the last few seasons and Lee Clark

:47:34.:47:37.

did well to lift them away from trouble. It took a huge gamble with

:47:38.:47:43.

wholesale changes. It was and we are talking in the dark because we don't

:47:44.:47:47.

know how good the players he has brought in are but they are all

:47:48.:47:53.

young, the oldest is 22. Either his faith is vindicated in these guys

:47:54.:47:57.

and they form the backbone of a squad that can keep them up or it

:47:58.:48:02.

goes the other way. I have a bad feeling about Kilmarnock, I have to

:48:03.:48:08.

say. Is that your tip for the drop? I think so. Tomorrow St Johnstone

:48:09.:48:16.

are against Aberdeen and hearts are at home to Celtic. You will be able

:48:17.:48:20.

to listen to live commentary... Michael, as a Dons fan you have

:48:21.:48:34.

suffered and off this week, the cruel exit from Europe at the hands

:48:35.:48:39.

of the referee. If you can bear it, let's have a look at their most

:48:40.:48:48.

recent trip to Perth. You said I had suffered enough and then you... Very

:48:49.:48:54.

hard to find any encouraging result from St Johnstone recently because

:48:55.:48:59.

their record has been quite poor. There was the 5-1 game at Pittodrie

:49:00.:49:07.

but also the 3-0 at McDermott. They seem to have a hex on, Aberdeen Sea

:49:08.:49:13.

to be able to stop them playing. -- seem to be. Aberdeen, they tried to

:49:14.:49:22.

lift the supporters by having the Rooney contract extension. Maybe

:49:23.:49:26.

that was going to be a second boost if they got through, or more of a

:49:27.:49:32.

pick me up after they got beaten, and that is what it turned out to

:49:33.:49:35.

be. What are your feelings on St Johnstone against Aberdeen? 20 goals

:49:36.:49:46.

in their four meetings last season. It shows you that it is open

:49:47.:49:53.

matches, they seem to be a bug bear team for Aberdeen. They need to

:49:54.:50:03.

shake off this European exit. They were probably the better team in

:50:04.:50:07.

Europe over the two legs but they need to shake off the hard story

:50:08.:50:12.

because this is the start of the league. It is an opportunity for

:50:13.:50:17.

them to shake that defeat out of their season. It is quite a new big

:50:18.:50:23.

day is coming up because they have the tie against United. They need to

:50:24.:50:33.

steady things. They did in Europe up until... Talk about your bogey team

:50:34.:50:46.

or hex team, nobody beats marrow bore. They have a poor record

:50:47.:50:50.

against St Johnstone, if they are going to lay down a challenge to

:50:51.:50:55.

Celtic and Rangers, this is when they have to do it. Hearts finished

:50:56.:50:59.

third last season against Celtic, they have one the league in each of

:51:00.:51:09.

the five seasons. Do you remember this one, 3-1 to Celtic? Griffiths

:51:10.:51:16.

scores an excellent goal. It is a great opening day fixture. It is

:51:17.:51:21.

hard to Celtic because it is a difficult place to go and win, one

:51:22.:51:26.

of the best atmospheres in Scottish football. You are just so close to

:51:27.:51:32.

the pitch. The supporters are within spitting distance from you! Not

:51:33.:51:40.

literally! Sometimes, but it is quite compacted and be hearts fans

:51:41.:51:48.

are magnificent. It is a tough one for Celtic and it will be

:51:49.:51:52.

interesting to see how Hearts are shaping up after the disappointed of

:51:53.:52:03.

Europe. Absolutely spot on, we know how intimidating Tynecastle is, it

:52:04.:52:06.

is one of the big away games for every club, but Celtic seem to be

:52:07.:52:12.

managing it, they score a lot of goals there, Leigh Griffiths is a

:52:13.:52:21.

hate figure for... Leigh Griffiths is one of the best players of his

:52:22.:52:29.

type in the country. Brendan Rodgers was talking him up, saying if he had

:52:30.:52:34.

a Latin name he would be worth ?15 million. Ross McCullough just went

:52:35.:52:50.

for 12. He is certainly very talented. He is a terrific

:52:51.:52:53.

talismanic and I think nothing will change this year, he will be the top

:52:54.:52:59.

scorer. You can find out how tomorrow's matches pan out by

:53:00.:53:07.

listening to Sportsound. We have Paul Hartley, the victorious

:53:08.:53:23.

done the manager, who spoke to Martin Dowden.

:53:24.:53:29.

You can't ask for a better performance or result I imagine. It

:53:30.:53:33.

is always a difficult place to come, we have struggled over the last few

:53:34.:53:39.

years but overall it was a terrific team performance. I thought our

:53:40.:53:44.

organisation was great today and the work ethic was terrific. We took our

:53:45.:53:48.

chances when they came along and I am delighted for this group of

:53:49.:53:51.

players because they have worked really hard in pre-season. The man

:53:52.:53:56.

who took the chances was Rory Loy, stepping up really well, everybody

:53:57.:53:59.

is looking at the absence of Kane Hemmings. Rory started the season

:54:00.:54:07.

last season in the same fashion, two goals and then he picked up an

:54:08.:54:11.

injury and it was hard thing to get back in. I thought he was excellent

:54:12.:54:15.

in terms of his work rate today and he took his goals when they came. A

:54:16.:54:20.

hard place to come as well so you will be satisfied with three points.

:54:21.:54:24.

This is a difficult 64 us, they put a lot of pressure on us but I

:54:25.:54:29.

thought we'd coped with it, a lot of balls into the box. You were talking

:54:30.:54:37.

about Greg Stewart not playing, people put two and two together, can

:54:38.:54:42.

you clear that up? He was injured in training but he will hopefully be

:54:43.:54:45.

back Monday or Tuesday. Has there been any movement in terms of goods?

:54:46.:54:52.

Just the couple of bits we have had from Birmingham on we rejected. Will

:54:53.:54:57.

they come back in, I don't know. Will you put a figure on what you

:54:58.:55:06.

expect. He has a year left on his contract, it's not for me to come up

:55:07.:55:10.

with figures, I want to keep Greg Stewart but it won't be easy. I

:55:11.:55:24.

guess you expect that the play you recruited recently can step up to

:55:25.:55:28.

the level? Yes, hopefully when he gets his opportunity, but it was

:55:29.:55:38.

important to get gametime today. Interesting to hear him talking

:55:39.:55:42.

about all back to the, he is somebody I am really looking forward

:55:43.:55:55.

to watching. -- -- Faisal El Bakhtaoui. I think he will be a good

:55:56.:56:05.

addition to the league. Who is your one to watch for the season in the

:56:06.:56:13.

Premiership? Jake Marini from QPR. He was outstanding, his pace was

:56:14.:56:16.

frightening, so he could cause a lot of defences problems. Let's talk

:56:17.:56:35.

about... Hibernian will be very strong, Dundee United. They will be

:56:36.:56:40.

wanting to get into the play-off but it will be extremely competitive.

:56:41.:56:46.

Having played in the Championship the competitive team is frightening.

:56:47.:56:50.

Does it look any tougher this season? I think it does. Hamilton

:56:51.:56:56.

might be a surprise package, Raith Rovers should be good. There is very

:56:57.:57:02.

little between the teams, Hibernian have the biggest budget, Dundee

:57:03.:57:07.

United behind them, Falkirk if they repeat what they did last year they

:57:08.:57:11.

can be up there as well. It is tough but hopefully they can make the

:57:12.:57:19.

play-offs. Well, ladies and gents, that's just about it for the first

:57:20.:57:24.

show of the new season. Before we go, I can reappraise you of the

:57:25.:57:28.

results in the top two divisions in Scotland.

:57:29.:57:46.

Just a reminder, you will see highlights of all the Premiership

:57:47.:58:13.

action in Sportscene tomorrow earlier than it was last week.

:58:14.:58:18.

Steven Thompson is one of Jonathan's guests, I will keep the other one

:58:19.:58:19.

secret. Michael Grant is on the Off The Ball

:58:20.:58:38.

Saturday Supplement. While you are fumbling for your mobile I will did

:58:39.:58:43.

you a good night and thank Stephen Thompson and Michael Grant for their

:58:44.:58:47.

contribution. Thank you very much, gentlemen, thank you for watching

:58:48.:58:52.

and we will see use. -- see you soon.

:58:53.:58:57.

Introduced by David Currie.

Reports and results from around the country as the curtain rises on the first weekend of a much-anticipated SPFL season. The summer has seen a flurry of new arrivals, many of them high-profile, and the expectation is that a significant and exciting challenge for the Premiership title will now unfold.

Holders Celtic, now led by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, have added the likes of Kolo Toure and Moussa Dembele to their squad as they look to retain their title. However, Rangers are back in the top flight and manager Mark Warburton has made some key signings, including Joey Barton and Nico Kranjcar, as they stake their own claim on the trophy.

Meanwhile, both Aberdeen and Hearts will be hoping to build on their performances from last season and push the Glasgow clubs to the wire. Elsewhere, St Johnstone, Motherwell and Ross County will be aiming to repeat their top six achievements of last season, but there will be intense competition from the remaining clubs in a tightly contested campaign.


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