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was the threat through it. The second half, it was scrappy, Dundee

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fought their way back into it. It would certainly be a massive boost

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for the boss, taking away some of the criticism for them. If it stays

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that way, it will be one person -- one point away from both. You've got

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to be concerned because you would be hitting reverse with five straight

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defeats going into the date's game. A real chance to equalise. He

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fluffed it. He's miles wide. It looked easy to score. That's the

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last thing they need at this stage of the season. They need to pick up

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points. They've been on a bad run but a big three points if they can

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hold on. For Dundee, it's another poor results and you don't know

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where your next point will come from. We talk about pressure on

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manager is so much through the course of the season. At this stage,

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is any manager at risk of losing his job, given how tight it is at the

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end? No, there's nothing positive from changing your manager with six,

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seven games left. But certainly for five managers who will be sweating

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as we go into these last six games. -- four or five managers. Seems like

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they have a lot of domination of possession if that is any guide. For

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a while, Kilmarnock back into that match and look like Celtic might be

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a bit complacent. They had drawn their two previous matches but

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accelerating away once again. Yes, the manager wants to get in, get

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players in but that should add something to the mix because

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everybody will want to play in that semifinal, so I thought they gave a

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performance labour Kilmarnock lost 6-1 earlier this season. A different

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team now. Christian can't play against Celtic and they miss him at

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the back. He's a big player for them. Ross County currently 1-1. Big

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goal. They were down. As it stands, a 2-point gap over Dundee and it

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could prove to be a hugely important goal. It could be a massive goal but

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the contentious point was the sending off. We watched it coming

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in. For me it is not a sending off, it's a yellow at best. He completely

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misses the Ross County player. Hamilton are now battling away with

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ten men. They've done well to stay in the game. Ross County have been

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putting a lot of pressure on them. So five matches in the Premiership

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today. One big match tomorrow in the Premiership and it takes place at

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the tawdry stadium. Aberdeen going into that match

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second in the table and of course a great midweek home victory against

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Inverness and Caledonian Thistle. They've got the momentum and it

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continues. Gas. It continues, especially at home. Caledonian

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Thistle are battling, working Aberdeen. They've got back quality.

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He must see that every time he goes to sleep, in his nightmares! Yes,

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I'm not sure what he did. It's going to be the rest of the season. That's

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asked to-0 down. But, yes, Aberdeen have been superb. Celtic have beaten

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them this season. Ten games unbeaten at home. I expect them to go and win

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the game comfortably. In terms of Rangers, midweek it was a 0-0 draw.

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Craig Paterson, the big news was that Pedro named his team well in

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advance, giving Lee McCulloch, the manager, plenty of time to prepare.

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They are saying, the young left back is about five foot eight. They

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knocked high balls and it kept them playing in the Rangers have so I

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think it gave Dominic a little bit of an advantage. I'm not sure if

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it's something he is used to using but it certainly strange and it

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probably works more position than Rangers. You're baffled by Ed? Yes,

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I think you're giving advantage to the opposition. I don't see the

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benefit of giving your team lines away. The managers I've worked with

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them to give them away. There are more events. This all

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happening. It is turning into a horrible action Inverness. Down to

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ten men and St Johnstone a penalty. Here comes Liam Craig, he takes his

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time. His lot it in to the corner. Saint Johnson two, Inverness, zero.

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That is a hammer blow for Inverness. It is looking 30 grams. In terms of

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tomorrow between Aberdeen and Rangers, has named the Aberdeen

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team. He is saying he has done his homework but I think it's a bit

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disrespectful. I think the Aberdeen players will see it as that. Korea

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to the press, I'm not sure what that is all about. There's been a couple

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of decisions since he arrived at for me have been a fling and very

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different. If that ease going to be, fine, but you got to back that up

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with results. What is the explanation for this? He wants to be

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different and if you are different, that's great but needs to get the

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make it look big it makes any sense? It would be more different if he

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changes his team every week and there were major changes. When

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you're on a good run but you are, churning with in team out the

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majority of people would get ten out of 11. It's about getting to know

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his players, deciding who he wants to keep, who he needs to bring in

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and is there a budget to do and he has the semifinal against Celtic.

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There's no chance of catching Aberdeen per second place, he has to

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get Rangers muttering into that again. He says ease expecting a trip

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to help tomorrow. Wind, lose or draw, do you see Rangers managing to

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get second-place? No, I don't. I've been there as a Rangers player and

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the atmosphere is brilliant. It is not hell, it is brilliant. It is

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always a feisty match and I'm expecting the same on Sunday. It's a

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great atmosphere for a good game. Do you see any sort of Rangers victory

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because they are 12 points behind? They do need to wind if they got any

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hope of second place. Do you think they have a hope? They have a

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chance. They were unlucky to lose the free kick. They beat Aberdeen at

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Ibrox but the problems for Rangers or draw. Both teams have lost seven

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games. That's why he would give them the edge because they have that

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little extra firepower. How much credit does Derek deserved for this?

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So much, I thought how much more can he do with this Aberdeen side,

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specially with being stronger? He has done it and better. It is

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phenomenal how distant he has been in terms of his team and they

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deserve every plotted going. I think we have another goal and it has come

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in the match between Inverness and St Johnstone. Inverness have simply

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fallen apart. The Johnson now had three goals and they just watch the

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ball into the net. It went further onto the next guy who was Graham

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Cummings and he just slammed it home from about eight yards. The fans

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here are streaming out, they know Inverness are now in deep, deep

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trouble. It is 3-0. An ominous scoreline for Inverness. A great

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scoreline present Johnson if they have had a turbulent week the terms

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of their have been fined for Mac weeks wages. But they catch on? You

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think so? I don't know but I think there's an opportunity that they

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can. In The Times post-split, the last two or three seasons, Saint

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Johnson finished Ray Wells or it wouldn't surprise me if they gave

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Ainger is a good run. The Johnson tend to finish the season strongly.

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This result means they will be three points behind, do you think they can

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catch Rangers? Is debited possible. If they wind today, that is three

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winds out of five. The full-time whistle of around Scotland. Great

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scenes of celebration as part of this law secure a place in the top

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six for the first time since the introduction of the split and they

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will have their best league finish since 1981. The match decided for

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the 13th goal of the season coming after 11 minutes time. A second goal

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eluded the home side in the opening 45 minutes. Two changes made at

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half-time. The second half was more of a contest. Motherwell Oglaigh na

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hEireann best chance of an equaliser, a brilliant diving header

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but the ball was clawed away despite Motherwell appealing that it had

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crossed the line. It's been a great afternoon, a great last eight games.

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Huge congratulations to project before. They are in top six. A huge

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achievement. When you consider they won one of their nine games. Because

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the what a team they would be, but massive for which. The players he

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has brought in they are a. 13 you don't want to play because they are

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always. If. An absolutely brilliant afternoon for the in the end. Or

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really in relegation trouble who opened its absolutely spot on

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benefits had a lot of ball, a lot of territory, they couldn't get enough

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on the stop to quickfire. He obviously said something after being

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cautioned and off he went and Saint Johnson went but the throat but

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Craig slotted home a penalty into the corner slammed home, they could

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have had another. Inverness, rooted to the bottom and really need a

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winner Greg at Motherwell. I'm at the top of the table clash.

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This means the Road club could wrap up the championship title next week

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at home so need results elsewhere their way. As for today, Cummings

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opened the scoring is, his 21st goal of the season. Play left foot shot

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into the back of the net. Lies are coming from the penalty spot after

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this date had been brought down by the Gregor. An easy task for the

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referee. A great maturity or Graham. A wonderful pass by John again. He

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delayed his advert. It would have been a winner. A glorious afternoon

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here, watched by a cloud of 4229. It finished 1-1. But versus Dundee. It

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finished 1-0 here in the glorious sunshine. It gives them a run of

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defeats. Hart, is the first half and lead was almost added to with a

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powerful header. Dundee substitute Craig White had a

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terrific opportunity to level in 63 minutes seemed to kick the ball into

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the top and it spun wide stop the chance went begging. Cards always

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seemed to be able to hold on, which they did all three points. Celtic

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wrapped up the title last weekend. This afternoon they were at home to

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Nick. It finished 3-1 and, Nick gave Celtic a guard of honour as they

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made their way onto the pitch. Took a deflection to give Celtic the

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opener midway through the first half. Baltic dominated position

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throughout this match and they were stunned in 65 minutes when Monica

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went up. Celtic responded. Brendan Rodgers men made it 2-1 after 71

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minutes. Five minutes later, James Forrest but the header. That made it

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3-1 at the Celtic so they continue this unbeaten domestic run. 39 games

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unbeaten domestic league. It finished 1-1 in what turned out

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to be a butter point the county in the circumstances because the host

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had to pay the first second half when this mild. The fact that ease

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played for clubs like a C Milan showed in his finish from the edge

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of the box. He got the ball and curled it beautifully into the top

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corner. And it still looked vulnerable but they were holding out

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until just before half-time. It was a turning point. It looked like a

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foul but it did not neglect a red card. Yellow card at most but the

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referee showed a straight red card to the Greek and that was meaning

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1-0 at the break but Hamilton down to ten. Ross County pushed forward

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and the goal, the equaliser came from Craig Curran. A corner wasn't

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cleared properly and he hammered in his seven goal of the season. There

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was a great chance at the end for Hamilton to steal all three against

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expectations. A counterattack fired over but overall, a great home

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record from Holden who have not lost here since the 24th of December on

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Christmas Eve, against Celtic. Seven games unbeaten at home. A big match

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at the bottom of the championship. It finished 1-1. The poorest

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performance in weeks. A fine first half. Saints took the lead after ten

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minutes. His third goal of the season together since the lead.

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Dumbarton equalised. A penalty was then mist. Stephen McGill was

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wrestled in the box. The second half was poor. Eventually, there was a

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red card, a second yellow. Not a great performance. It finished 1-1.

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Staying in the law end of the championship, John Furlan against

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Raith Rovers. The penalty took Dunfermline Closer to safety in the

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championship. The decisive moment came when Rovers captain bundled

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over Paul Merton on in the box and Higginbotham chipped the bottom down

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for his seventh goal of the season. He was one of the classier act

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during a pretty per game of football. But when came after 48

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minutes. It was nervy stuff at that point. After that, they put the game

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to bed. Clark, uncharacteristically, missing two chances. But the them

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straight at the goalkeeper. No team can afford to pass up

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chances but especially when it applies to Raith Rovers, having just

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scored two away goals since October. They have just won twice in their

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last 21 league matches. It will take a miracle to stay in the

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championship. Let's stay at the bottom of the championship. It won't

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have escaped your attention that the one - one draw means that St Mirren

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are of the bottom of the champion ship table. I was waiting all

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afternoon to hear chicks voice booming out but it never arrived! We

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will take the point because I think nothing of the bottom of the league

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gives you that psychological lift. They have been there for so long. We

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had the game in hand, should they wind that,. You're getting a little

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bit cocky now, Roger? We could be right out of the play-offs. Been

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playing well recently, no doubt about it. Today they played as well

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as they have been doing but I will take a point.

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Let's have a look at the classified results.

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Let's have a look at how that leaves all the tables. Aberdeen play

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tomorrow against Rangers, of course. Congratulations to Partick Thistle.

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Motherwell in second to bottom place for the time being.

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As we were discussing before the classifieds, Saint Mirren off the

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bottom of the table. A United take their place.

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Congratulations to Livingston after that result today. They are

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champions and will be playing League 1 football next season.

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Let's head down south for a look at the English Premier League table.

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There it comes. Tottenham Hotspur with that great victory against

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Watford this afternoon, they narrowed the gap on Chelsea. Chelsea

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playing Bournemouth later this evening.

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And at the bottom, Swansea city still in the relegation places after

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that defeat by West Ham United this afternoon.

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This is how the championship looks for the time being. Brighton and

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Hove lead the way after their victory against QPR. Newcastle still

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have a chance playing Sheffield Wednesday this evening to reclaim

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top spot. Let's find out how that went on in

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League 1 this afternoon. The match between Livingston of their

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opponents. A beautiful day to be promoted into

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the championship, and that's exactly what Livingston did this afternoon.

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Two chances for their opponents in the early minutes but both were

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quickly forgotten. A clean cut strike gave them the lead. A

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stunning solo effort down the left wing gave them their second goal. A

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corner kick and confusion in the box gave their opponents a goal but it

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was too little, too late as the final whistle indicated. A title win

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for Livingston and promotion to the championship.

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Congratulations to them. Back to the championship. Well done

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to them, you have to say. When you go down disappointed but you have to

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have to try to keep your team together. They stuck with their

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manager he could get the job done. Livingston definitely the class act

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in that division. I think we can hear from the Saint Johnstone

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manager now. Great victory against Inverness. A fabulous result, a very

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good performance and a good afternoon. Yes, the end of a very

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good week and a positive result against hearts during the week. We

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knew it was difficult coming up there. We had to defend, lots of

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balls in the box, so I think we went in 1-0 at half-time and then got a

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good goal. Second-half, not a lot in the game but we looked comfortable

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enough. Then the sending-off, adjusted to the men we were

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ruthless. We scored two, we could have maybe scored two or three more.

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Finish the game on a real high. What a remarkable job he does. We've

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talked about him a lot. To get another victory against Caledonian

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Thistle when they are three points behind Rangers. I thought they dealt

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with that well and it's been a fantastic week for them. Every year

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producing the top six. They never change to many of their playing

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staff and tea extract every single ounce of effort he can from his

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players. They organised, everybody knows their job. Nothing fancy about

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them but fantastic for them this season. We watched the pictures

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coming in here. Did you see anything from it that now suggests Caledonian

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Thistle, who are four points from bottom, can stay in this division?

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Absolutely not. Motherwell was their last victory way back and they are

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drawing games but they are getting way, way behind. They are not that

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far adrift but the good thing about the post-split is all the teams

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playing, you are going to play those that you fancy beating, but they

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have to play to get back. I think a lot is resting on this game next

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week. They play Motherwell. That game has propelled itself into the

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massive category. If Inverness lose that, I can't see a way back. If

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they win it, is down to appoint a game. But everything lies on this

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game this weekend. OK. Could be a valuable point in the final equation

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in the Ross County game. A good point in the circumstances

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but you probably feel you should have had a lot more out of today.

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Definitely. In the first half we scored a good goal. More comfortable

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in the game and I thought we could go on and scored again in the second

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half. A big decision on half-time, the referee with the sending-off.

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Janus has gone for the ball and I think it looks worse than it is

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because of the speed they are going out. But no intent in the tackle at

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all. Just trying to block the ball. How he can see that as a red card,

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for me it just isn't. And I always say it - referees have a hard job at

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that speed. But it seems to be for us that we are on the wrong end of a

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few decisions. I know you've been predicting the

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worst for them but they are actually putting together a half decent home

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wrecker, aren't they? Yes, Craig and I were talking about it just

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off-camera. It's pretty much save them up to this point in time and

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today's result, he was right what he said. The sending-off is not a

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sending-off whatsoever and had they kept him on the pitch they might

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have well gone on to win the game but they will be happy with the

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draw. We can now prospect of the Caledonian Stadium. The Inverness

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manager on the end of a sore result today that has left his team four

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points adrift. Obviously not the result you want.

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You lose ground at the bottom. What were your thoughts on what happened

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out here today? The chances to put the ball in the back of the net,

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whether it was enough. I think sometimes there were two crosses in

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the box. Corner after corner. We didn't have that desire to put our

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heads on the ball, that passion. There's a confidence issue as well

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that I can see with a lot of players. It's a tough time of the

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season. It's tough bottom of the table but I need the players to

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stand up and be counted and not enough of them did that today.

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What did you make of that post match interview? A bit flat. You can't

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celebrate a win, you can't get something to build on. Week after

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week. Nothing to build on, a springboard. We spoke about

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Motherwell next week. Absolutely massive game for them. They need

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something to lift them and their supporters. They are conceding too

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many and they don't score. You can't rely on one person to get your

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goals. Others have to chip in and the games are running out. You think

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you will be running out of hope? I think so. Certainly a very flat

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interview. Craig's right. They concede far too many goals. The

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confidence issue he spoke about, the ruthlessness. It's a word to Saint

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Johnstone showed today. They were ruthless, Inverness weren't, and

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they will be fighting. --'s a word that Saint Johnstone showed today.

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How much did they need that? It's a relief because he doesn't have to

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come out and give interview about a poor result and a poor performance

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and people asking questions about his record and where the club is

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going, so time to build on this. Friday night they go to rugby part,

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Kilmarnock. Having played today and got the result they've got to use

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that and go on and get another result. And it's the last thing they

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needed? Yes, six defeats in a row, and you have to worry for Dundee

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going into this. Thank you very much. Join us for the Premiership

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highlights tomorrow night. On BBC One Scotland. No 6pm showing on BBC

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Two this week due to the Masters coverage.

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The football debate continues off the ball on BBC radio Scotland. A

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quick recap of

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