06/08/2016 Sportscene


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


first four games because of some relatively kind starts to the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


manager. Especially the Martin Canning, because Hamilton are the


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


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


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


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


convincingly full stop this started brightly but Hamilton came into the


game and thoroughly deserved their point today. Some because


appointments for Rangers, the Waghorn injury, looked like a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


who was wanted by Peterborough United, has twice given then


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Motherwell are the wide players, Ainsworth with an outrageous chip


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


be John Jensen Sutherland, watching Kilmarnock against Motherwell.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Motherwell took control of the match, some sublime skill from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


players before corner came in and then punished McInally for holding


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the possession, neither side creating many goal-scoring


opportunities. The best chance falling for United with a Vandevelde


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


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


worked move, the Australian midfielder Lyndon dykes causing


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


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


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


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


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


really spark them into life. Terrific control in the penalty


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


last couple of seasons we have learned that Stephen Cummins likes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hibernian. Cummings very much the man of the


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


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


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


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


to bid high for Scottish players because they know that Scottish


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this weekend's Scottish Premiership matches on Sportscene.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


arguably got better resources than St Johnstone, thanks to Rory


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


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


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


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


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


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


are discussing right through the league, that Rangers and Celtic


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


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


whole dynamic. It was a difficult season for Dundee


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


front pairing. Falkirk did remarkably well last season,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


possession but little in the way of penetration from either side


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fashion, spoiling the first promotion match in charge for which


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


referee gave the decision against him, that incensed the Kilmarnock


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


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


Plaid results show relentlessly! Time to extol the virtues of


Championship football. Watching Dunfermline against Dumbarton. If


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


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


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


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


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


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


mistake by Frazer Wright in the Dumbarton defence gave them the


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


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


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


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


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


reports to follow from the Championship. St Mirren against


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


unfurled by the Saints fans, targeting the Morton supporters,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


hard to find any encouraging result from St Johnstone recently because


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


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


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


lift the supporters by having the Rooney contract extension. Maybe


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


listening to Sportsound. We have Paul Hartley, the victorious


done the manager, who spoke to Martin Dowden.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


important to get gametime today. Interesting to hear him talking


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Having played in the Championship the competitive team is frightening.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


results in the top two divisions in Scotland.


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


action in Sportscene tomorrow earlier than it was last week.


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


secret. Michael Grant is on the Off The Ball


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


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


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


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


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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