10/04/2016 Sportscene


10/04/2016

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL.


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It is unbelievable. It is a spectacular opening goal in the

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Derby. The shop is an absolute beauty. Is this a bit of history? It

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is. What a finish! That is it. It has been one of the most

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significant weekends An action-packed edition

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of Sportscene tonight as we arrive Championship and Petrofac

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final highlights as well. Plus Stuart McCall at the big screen

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and Michael Stewart is here as well. We start with a Friday night

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match at Tynecastle. Second versus third,

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Aberdeen aiming to narrow the gap on Celtic to two points with

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the champions playing on Saturday. Hearts still aiming to pip Aberdeen

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for second place. Despite the much publicised bout

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that swept through the squad, there is just one change from last

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weekend. Aberdeen will feel they must win to keep their title

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challenge on track. Willo Flood drops to the bench and is replaced

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by 20-year-old Craig Stone. It is an anticipated match with third hosting

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second. Sam Nicholson within a whisker of giving Hearts and early

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lead. Aberdeen's defence did not deal particularly well with the

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danger, but survived. Four minutes in and it is a dream

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start for the Dons, Simon Church with his sixth goal of the season.

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What a precious one it could turn out to be in the context of the

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season. Nice football from Aberdeen. Church is onside. No problem with

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the finish either. The Dons go ahead at Tynecastle. A really good spell

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from Aberdeen. A great chance for Niall McGinn. He knows it should be

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2-0. It was a great delivery, not a great finish. Two things for Robbie

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Neilson to change. Augustyn's header just could not

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quite squeeze over the line. Well dealt with by Aberdeen. Scott Brown

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was underneath it. Really good pressure from Hearts.

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And Juanma equalises! Hearts are level after 33 minutes. Aberdeen

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will not be happy with the space allowed. Juanma was onside. It was

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not great goalkeeping. That is one apiece.

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Aberdeen are struggling to get the ball out of their own area at the

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moment. Everyone has switched off, but the

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ball is still in play. Another great chance for Niall

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McGinn goes begging. He could have had a couple. That header should be

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finding the back of the net. Taylor getting into a bit of trouble

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there. He might require a bit of treatment.

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A great cross and a great header and a great goal for Hearts as they come

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from behind to take a 2-1 lead. It is an ecstatic Tynecastle. Aberdeen

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will be furious with themselves. Poor defending, but nothing wrong

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with their header from Juanma. It was a brilliant cross from Jamie

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Walker. Again Niall McGinn was there.

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another night he could have had a hat-trick.

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Hearts should be able to see this out in the dying seconds. There goes

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the final whistle. Derek McInnis is deflated and defeated. His title bid

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is damaged now by a 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle. It is a huge result. If

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we did not win, we would be looking to try and consolidate third place

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and now we can try and catch up Aberdeen who are having a great

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season. They will be trying to stop Celtic, so they will still be going

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hard. Where does this leave things in terms of the title? It is gone

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for us now I would imagine. We have got to make sure we get back to

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basics and C of the threat from Hearts first and foremost. But in

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terms of five games to go, at this stage of the season Celtic can only

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throw it away. I would not expect them to know.

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Where did it go so wrong for Aberdeen after a great start? It was

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a great chance and there were a glut of chances for Aberdeen and they

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ended up paying the price for missing them. Hearts came back into

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the game and scored the two goals. Aberdeen will be disappointed

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because they were the architects of their own downfall. It was a great

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result for Hearts, but Aberdeen the architects of their own downfall. Is

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that a fair comment? The team will be frustrated in the manner that

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they came. We will look at the two goals conceded. The first one was a

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build-up from Hearts. Aberdeen are in good positions and their back

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four are nice and compact. The midfield four are in good positions

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and Kenny Maclean, playing Number Ten, came back to give a hand. But

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credit has to go to Hearts. Augustyn takes responsibility and comes into

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the middle of the park. They need a goal. But when a centre-half comes

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in it is normally the job of the Number Ten to be the one who

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confronts him and goes over and stopped him in is forward roll

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coming forward. That does not happen. We know what he can do from

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there. From that you are thinking, happen. We know what he can do from

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the keeper should be OK. Last season he fired a cracker in. But look at

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Juanma and the two defenders. He gets his just rewards. It is a

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goalkeeping error as well. A couple of mistakes, but take nothing away

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from Hearts. At this point Tynecastle is rocking. It certainly

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was. Hearts got the impetus after that goal and they carried it

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was. Hearts got the impetus after through into the second half. In

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terms of the second goal, how disappointed should Aberdeen be?

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Hugely. It was a bit unfortunate as well. Aberdeen want to win the game.

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Maclean does not see what is happening with Taylor. He sees Logan

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making a run. But from then on that is when the problem starts. Hires go

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over and take the situation by the hand. It was not so much the free

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kick, it was well intentioned, it is the reaction after it. He drifts

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into the midfield area, but he has got to be more aware that the guys

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at the back are exposed. If he holds his position and waits for his

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team-mates to get back into position, they would not be so

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exposed. She only went over to start stretching Taylor when the ball was

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in play. Leave his man and get back in position and help the guys at the

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back and they were exposed and they paid the price. Taylor normally

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would be there on the right hand side covering over there. Graeme

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Shinni would be on the cover there and they would be happy with that.

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But because of this unfortunate and they would be happy with that.

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situation, it has not been the case. There is a big hole in behind with

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Willo Flood. It is a good ball into the space. Reynolds has to decide

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whether to try and cut it out and leave Juanma, which he does. I have

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whether to try and cut it out and got to say Walker and Juanma

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constructed that go together and in the second half they were a good

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the second half they were a good combination.

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So, to Fir Park for the Saturday lunchtime game.

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Celtic with the chance to stretch their lead

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over Aberdeen to a point if they could beat Motherwell.

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Mark McGhee can send out the same 11 as they chase a sixth win in a row.

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For Motherwell team that looked like it would be battling the drop a few

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weeks back. Charlie Mulgrew is in an Kazim-Richards is replacing Gary

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Mackay-Steven. Griffiths! We know he is capable

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from that kind of distance. Motherwell inflicted Celtic's only

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home league defeat on them in December. They have won a penalty.

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After Aberdeen's defeat on Friday evening, Celtic know they can be

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eight clear by the close of business today. Griffiths has put it past!

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The mini goal drought continues for Leigh Griffiths.

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He has got options right and left. He chooses Griffiths. And it is

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Conor Ripley again. Motherwell were sliced open on the counterattack.

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Conor Ripley is having a good game. That was Kazim-Richards. And it is

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Conor Ripley again. A fine afternoon the on loan Middlesbrough keeper is

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having. Celtic have been scintillating in this first half.

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Kieran Tierney is the latest to sting the palms of Conor Ripley.

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Quite how Celtic are not ahead is anyone's guess. That was Roberts.

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Ripley is a busy boy. They have done everything but score

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in the first half, the champions. Griffiths! The resistance finally

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fades right on half-time. Leigh Griffiths scoring goal number

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36 of the season just before the interval. Had not scored in three

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Celtic games coming into this. McDonald puts it in, but it is

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offside. Motherwell's best passing move of the game.

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It is so tight. He has the better of Tierney. McDonald! The former Celtic

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striker has levelled proceedings in a game Motherwell scarcely deserved

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to be levelling. Just the one point would do Motherwell with regards to

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top six. Griffiths! It has gone through Ripley. From hero to

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villain. Corner Ripley lets that trundle squirms through them.

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Griffiths is on a hat-trick. He has pickpocketed Keane and Kennedy.

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Ripley redeems himself for now at least. Celtic march towards five in

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a row. A few words exchanged at the end.

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What happened? At the beginning of the game I felt as if when I went to

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shake hands with the Celtic staff they blanked me. I have spoken to

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Ronnie and it was a 100% misunderstanding on my part and I

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accept totally that he did not see me. That is fine. We have shook

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hands and it is fine. The most important thing is that three

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points. We had to hang on. The first half we had plenty of chances and

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did not take them and missed a penalty and the keeper had good

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saves. At 1-0 it is always uncomfortable. We showed great

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character to get the second goal back and see the game out. It was

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good to see that handshake gate was eventually resolved. Is the title

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race is over? I think so. You heard John Kennedy saying the most

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important thing was getting that three points and he is spot on.

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After Aberdeen's defeat, the title is theirs? Do you agree? Yes. I

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think you can concede it. Mark McGhee called it shocking to

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disallow the Scott McDonald effort. Was he offside? I do not know. It

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was even plastic move by Motherwell with fantastic passing. Initially it

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looked a couple of yards offside. It is not a shocking decision. No. It

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is frustrating from Mark. I still do not know if he is offside or

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on-site. It is definitely a difficult decision for the linesman.

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It is marginal. Part of his body is in front of the ball so he is

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offside. I can understand why the linesman David because by the time

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the ball got to Scott McDonald's feat he is in the six yard box.

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Celtic had loads of chances. Griffiths described that as an

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Magpie angry performance from himself. He missed a penalty and

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then came good. He did. This shows the resilience and his performance.

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Frustrated he had not got on the scoresheet earlier. This one nagging

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the most. Craig Gordon will be taking penalties. You see the

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determination to get up. That is a sprint from inside the box almost to

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the box at the other end. He works the goalkeeper on most occasions. To

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be disappointed coming away from the game when he has got two goals...

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This shows what he is about. That is really composed finish to guide it

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into the back of the net. He has nothing to be angry about with two

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goals. It shows you how things can change in the game. Ripley did

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great, the keeper, and then right at the end it goes through his legs. A

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painful moment for Ripley. Motherwell still with a real chance

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of getting into Europe. They certainly have. A couple of months

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ago they were second bottom. I believe they could be top six

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because there might have goal scorers. They have given themselves

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such a fantastic chance. Celtic have to win the double for fourth place

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and it is between Ross County, St Johnstone and Motherwell.

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So the title race looks like it is reaching its conclusion

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Next weekend should be very tasty indeed.

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Two mouthwatering Scottish Cup semifinal showdowns.

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The first is live on Sportscene, 12:10pm Saturday lunchtime,

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Live coverage on Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland.

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We'll have all the Old Firm highlights on Sunday night's

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Sportscene as always, 10:30pm on BBC One.

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Dundee started the day in that much coveted sixth-place spot.

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They went to Hamilton needing a win to be guaranteed to keep it.

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Dropping points could open the trap door to the bottom

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Hamilton need to find Victor Ruiz and be better than at Aberdeen last

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week. Morris is back up front. A youngster comes into their Dundee

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side -- Wighton. Morris with support from Doherty.

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Good saves by Scott Bain. It has been a sluggish start by Dundee.

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Gifting it straight back to the hosts. Cause himself! That as they a

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touch and it is another Hamilton corner. Plenty behind it. Hamilton

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have not won here since mid-September, a shocking run. The

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BMA's bowl beat Motherwell that day. Crawford! A massive goal for

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Hamilton. They look to stave off the threat of the relegation zone.

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Crawford's first goal since January, the beginning of January, and it

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could be priceless. That could be a the beginning of January, and it

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penalty. It is. John B ten points to the spot. Tena! 2-0. What a first

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half for Martin Canning's team. A great penalty from the centre-half.

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Dundee's top six hawks are hanging by a thread. A draw might not be

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enough. They are a long way behind in Lanarkshire. That is Scott Bain.

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The recent Scotland squad call-up. A great following down from the City

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of discovery but it has been nothing but pain and anguish for the Dundee

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supporters. Hamilton continuing to but pain and anguish for the Dundee

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pound the defence. It has been all Hamilton. One of their best

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performances of the season. He has scored from free kicks from that

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kind of distance before, Tena, who got Hamilton's second today.

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kind of distance before, Tena, who Harkins. No handball. Brilliant!

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Great goal from the half-time substitute. Hemmings with the ball

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but it was all about the clever finish from Harkins. Dundee are back

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in this. Harkins brought down by McKinnon. As usual he was not happy

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about it. Dundee have a good opportunity to swing this in. Plenty

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up for it. Headed down by Conrad. The government is equal to it.

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Dundee's top six hopes look like they lie in tatters. First half we

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were excellent. We should have taken more opportunities. The second half

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they came back into the game. We showed spirit to make sure we hung

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on which is something that has been lacking of late but we are back to

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winning at home. I do not then be performed especially the first 45

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minutes, compared to the standards we have said. We have to regroup and

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tried to finish as high as possible. You can see the disappointment on

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Paul Hartley's says. For Dundee, drawing too many games. Is that the

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problem? No doubt. They have drawn I think 14 and won nine, similar to

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Hamilton who are in the relegation play-off spot. They have not managed

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to convert enough of those draws into wins. Inconsistency. They are

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capable of challenging at the top but have not been able to get as

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many wins as they needed to get in the top six. A massive win for

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Hamilton. A much-needed Holm win for Hamilton. They have not done that in

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a while. He has done well in the latter part of the season. He is a

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physical presence, a good talent. He has been used as a substitute but he

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has forced himself into the side. Through his tenacity and endeavour

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he wins a penalty kick. I think it is September the last time Hamilton

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won. A massive boost for them. Hamilton have a fight on their hands

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but a great time for them to get a victory. Their first home win since

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September, much-needed. The Dundee result meant that a win

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for either Ross County or Partick Thistle would see them

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into the top half. Indeed a draw would be

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good enough for Thistle. Four changes for Ross County after

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losing 5-2 at Dundee. Four changes to the Thistle team which beat

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Dundee United in midweek. Already a special season for the Dingwall team

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Corinth, with the top six finish adding to the glorious League Cup

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success. Scoring inside 14 minutes. He has developed the happy habit of

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scoring important goals for Ross County and this is another one.

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Partick Thistle backed off and let him have the chance and he snapped

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up the opportunity. Schalk chasing and getting the better of Seaborn.

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Gary Miller at the back made the important blocks Partick Thistle who

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did not fancy going two goals behind. Calum Best charging forward,

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having signed a new deal with the soul. -- Partick Thistle. Good

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effort. The Australian midfielder on target but a solid save from Scott

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Fox, the former Thistle keeper. Again, Schalk the target. Very

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easily picked out. That was mightily close to a second goal. He was

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struggling to be fit to play today because of illness, Schalk, but he

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is having a big impact in the game. A good header. Scott Fox returning

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to the county team after a long injury absence and makes a good save

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to deny him. That was a great chance for Callum

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Booth, but outcomes Scott Fox to make the save.

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Schalk was threatening again and then Scully was solidly behind the

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shot this time. Schalk has put in some shift here for Ross County who

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remain 1-0 in front. Chris Doolin!. The shot in the end

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was pretty much straight at the goalkeeper and it was scrambled

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away. That was a chance for Partick Thistle to level things up. It was

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an absolute crap out there and Partick Thistle put us under a lot

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of pressure, but I thought we defended stoutly. We were throwing

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bodies on the line. It summed up typically by Alex Schalk who was ill

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this week and I spoke to him this morning and he said he would

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struggle to play, but I told him he was playing and I said, give us a

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good hour and he gave us more than that. That is the biggest

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disappointment. We had a chance to do it. It is hard when you put the

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lads up, they have done well so far. Ross County get the League Cup and

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the top six as well which is one of their main objectives. As Jim

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McIntyre said, he took Schalk off his sick bed and he said he did not

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have to play, he had to play and he made all the difference. He has

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impressed since he came into Ross County and yesterday was another top

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performance and he picked up another goal. He has scored eight goals

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since the turn of the year which is a great return. It is not just his

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goals, it is his all-round play, he links the goals up very well. I am

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pretty sure he will be doing that in the split fixtures as well. Ross

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County have got a lot to play for in the split as well. And Schalk has

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made such a difference, but with Jim McIntyre he has got to have the

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credentials for a Manager of the Year. He has got a trophy and a top

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six finish. A strong contender. It depends who picks up the cut at the

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end of the season. At the beginning of the season he recruited really

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well and he has done a terrific job. And Partick Thistle and up in the

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well and he has done a terrific job. bottom six. At the beginning of the

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season they were at the bottom of the league. They could not score

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many goals. They beat United during the week. They had a couple of

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opportunities but did not take them. They had the chance to be top six,

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but overall a decent season. Have they exceeded expectations? I do not

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know if it is exceeding expectations, but because they have

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got themselves into that position, they will be disappointed, but a lot

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Kilmarnock are still without a win under new manager Lee Clark.

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He welcomed the visit of his former Newcastle team-mate Tommy Wright

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whose St Johnstone side were looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat

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December the 5th was the last time Kris Boyd had scored a goal. After

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20 minutes of this game that almost change. Boyd was denied by the post.

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The move gave Kilmarnock a lift. Just a couple of minutes later there

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was a yellow card for Darnell Fisher. It could have been worse.

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And it soon was for Saints. A huge moment for Kris Boyd as he fired

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Kilmarnock into a 1-0 lead. A sense of relief at Rugby Park. Could St

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Johnstone respond? Danny Swanson set up Ian McRae, Jamie McDonald with a

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one-handed save. After a Kris Boyd header, Kilmarnock almost made it

:34:51.:34:55.

2-0. But the effort was ruled out for offside. Just before half-time

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Josh Magennis was denied a goal. Not the scoreline Tommy Wright was

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looking for. It was about to get worse for the Perth side. Josh

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Magennis would supply the cross. And there was Callum Higginbotham with

:35:17.:35:24.

the header. Less than sound St Johnstone defending. The Saints did

:35:25.:35:33.

have chances, Liam Craig perhaps a touch unfortunate seeing his headed

:35:34.:35:42.

effort ruled out for pushing. The Bulgarian defender was then denied

:35:43.:35:46.

by the ever excellent Jamie McDonald. And St Johnstone would

:35:47.:35:55.

carve out another big chance which fell to the foot of Chris Miller.

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Again McDonald to the rescue for Kilmarnock. At just the right time

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Kilmarnock finally figured out that route to good this season and

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McKenzie was felled in the box. It gave Kris Boyd the chance to wrap up

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all three points. A vital first win for the Kilmarnock manager. I said

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all along we have played well enough, we have not had the luck, we

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have created opportunities. Today we scored three and we could have

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scored six or seven. We have dealt with everything that has been heard

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at us and we have got top six again and we will recover and hopefully go

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in the split and the fourth place is and we will recover and hopefully go

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very much up for grabs for the three teams in fourth, fifth and sixth.

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Despite the defeat they are still in the top six once again, but it is

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that enigma, Kris Boyd with only three goals and suddenly he gets two

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goals and a first win for manager Lee Clark. It is a good time for

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Kris Boyd to come good and Lee Clark will be delighted. These clips

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highlight what he is all about. He wants to get into areas that will

:37:28.:37:31.

hurt the opposition and drive forward and commit defenders. He

:37:32.:37:38.

drives an in between the posts and that is where a lot of strikers get

:37:39.:37:43.

tap ins. He has not done enough of that this season for Kilmarnock. But

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to get two goals and three points for his side is a vital time as

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well. You can see how delighted he is. He was wondering at 32 if he had

:37:55.:38:01.

run his race, but he has always got that instinct. He will be

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disappointed he has not played that much this season and has not scored

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so many goals. He was unfortunate much this season and has not scored

:38:10.:38:14.

not to have a hat-trick. He will be crucial because they are still in a

:38:15.:38:19.

precarious position, but it will do his confidence good and Kilmarnock

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as well. A tough couple of weeks for St Johnstone and you have to look at

:38:24.:38:26.

fourth place and the possibility of Europe as well. Mackay has been a

:38:27.:38:34.

big miss for them, but they have got as most chance as Motherwell and

:38:35.:38:40.

Ross County of the fourth. It is that to aim for. It is a good

:38:41.:38:47.

achievement for St Johnstone. They have lost O'Halloran and they are

:38:48.:38:52.

still in the top half of the table. Continually to end up in the top six

:38:53.:38:56.

year after year is a huge achievement for them.

:38:57.:38:58.

Dundee United had beaten St Johnstone last weekend.

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But they had then lost to Partick Thistle midweek.

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They started the weekend five points adrift at the bottom.

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Inverness Caley Thistle were the visitors at Tannadice.

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Before the game, a minute's applause in tribute to former Dundee United

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player Ian Britton and director Derek Robertson who recently

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Defeat at Partick Thistle in midweek dealt a blow to United's hopes of

:39:13.:39:31.

survival. Guy Demel almost started the rescue mission. But defending

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like this it is easy to see why United are rooted to the bottom,

:39:37.:39:40.

Miles Storey allowed a free run on goal. A striker perhaps disbelieving

:39:41.:39:46.

of the time and space he was afforded. Not to worry, moments

:39:47.:39:51.

later United would allow him another go. Ross Draper profiting from the

:39:52.:39:57.

home side's substandard offside trap and he found Miles Storey who did

:39:58.:40:05.

the rest. And 11th goal of the season for him and perhaps his

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easiest of the lot. The United defence seemed unconcerned by the

:40:13.:40:17.

long-range threat posed by Greg Tansy who called Kawashima into

:40:18.:40:21.

action with a decent drive. Greg Tansey is more than capable from

:40:22.:40:25.

such range, a decent save from Kawashima. Inverness were now in the

:40:26.:40:33.

groove and Greg Tansey slipped in Miles Storey, but the Englishman

:40:34.:40:40.

passed the chance up for number two. The visitors would put the game to

:40:41.:40:45.

bed after the break, Iain Vigurs with his smart control and finish. A

:40:46.:40:55.

third goal in four matches for the midfielder and perhaps a fatal blow

:40:56.:41:00.

to United's hopes of avoiding the drop. To their credit Mixu

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Paatelainen's men refused to give in. They almost found a way back

:41:06.:41:12.

into the match, only for Williams to deny Kyle Nile from close range. A

:41:13.:41:17.

rare moment of action for the Caley Thistle keeper. Iain Vigurs almost

:41:18.:41:23.

got a third at the death, but the job was done for the Highlanders.

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For United relegation now looms large. Unfortunately we have had too

:41:28.:41:37.

many and that is why we are where we are in the league table. Of course

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the supporters have every right to criticise us and not be happy

:41:44.:41:48.

because the performance today was diabolical. Apart from 20 minutes in

:41:49.:41:55.

the second half we were worthy of the victory. We could have got more

:41:56.:41:59.

goals, it is a difficult venue to come and play football, but a

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massive three points. What a difference a week can make. Dundee

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United beat St Johnstone last week and everybody talking about them

:42:11.:42:14.

getting out of the position they are in, but now I they finished? Yes, I

:42:15.:42:20.

think so. Last week I was talking about them putting themselves in a

:42:21.:42:24.

great position, a great opportunity to get out of the play-off spots,

:42:25.:42:28.

never mind relegation. The two defeats in a week has dealt that

:42:29.:42:34.

chance huge blow. Ultimately you see a lot of these clips and they had

:42:35.:42:39.

chances and they did not convert them. That was during the week

:42:40.:42:45.

against Partick Thistle as well. Lots of opportunities, but they were

:42:46.:42:51.

not able to convert. Mixu Paatelainen described it as

:42:52.:42:56.

diabolical. The fans must be so angry. Defensively they have been

:42:57.:43:03.

poor. They have changed from a back three to back four to stop it, but

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they are just not good enough. How big will the changes have to be next

:43:10.:43:15.

season? The club have said themselves they will be a lot of

:43:16.:43:19.

changes and the guys they have brought in will be out of contract

:43:20.:43:22.

in the summer. They gambled a bit and brought a lot of money in, so

:43:23.:43:27.

look at the number of guys out of contract and there will be wholesale

:43:28.:43:33.

changes. It was a good win for Inverness Caley Thistle. The group

:43:34.:43:40.

went out Highlands, it has been an odd season for them. Look at the

:43:41.:43:46.

players they have lost, Mackay, shimmy, Christie. Not only that they

:43:47.:43:53.

have been hampered with injuries. Warren has been out for a long time.

:43:54.:43:58.

They will be disappointed not to get into the top six, but deep down

:43:59.:44:02.

there are reasons for that and they have done fine. They will want to

:44:03.:44:06.

finish with a flourish, but it has been tough for them and they have

:44:07.:44:07.

set their standards high. All that leaves the Ladbrokes

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Premiership table looking like this. Celtic are eight points clear

:44:12.:44:16.

of Aberdeen at the top Hearts are nine points behind

:44:17.:44:20.

Aberdeen with a game in hand. It should be an interesting

:44:21.:44:28.

fight for fourth place. Dundee and Partick Thistle

:44:29.:44:30.

are in the bottom six. Big wins for Hamilton

:44:31.:44:33.

and Kilmarnock. The Championship looms ever

:44:34.:44:34.

larger for Dundee United. Rangers began their journey

:44:35.:44:37.

in the lowest tier of Scottish football back in 2012 with a 2-2

:44:38.:44:40.

draw away to Peterhead. Just days after their promotion

:44:41.:44:42.

to the Premiership they face Peterhead in the final

:44:43.:44:45.

of the Petrofac Challenge injury absence and makes a good save

:44:46.:44:47.

to deny him. Miller Riggins position. It is

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turned on. Gilchrist. A horrible moment for the Peterhead defender

:45:20.:45:22.

who tried to intervene and gave Rangers the lead. It has been all

:45:23.:45:32.

Rangers so far. Peterhead once again cannot clear their lines. Brilliant

:45:33.:45:42.

from Tavernier. There's stadium has seen some special goals down the

:45:43.:45:46.

years and that is as good as the rest. Driving into the penalty area

:45:47.:45:55.

and he is brought down. Penalty kick. Stephen Noble complains about

:45:56.:46:03.

the decision. He had a couple of no balls outside the box. The referee

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the decision. He had a couple of no judged at a foul. 3-0 to Rangers,

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and surely their name is on the trophy. A confident penalty. Rangers

:46:19.:46:23.

flooding forward looking to add some gloss in the closing stages. Shields

:46:24.:46:32.

just misses. Miller! Kenny Miller makes it 4-0. It rounds off what has

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been a comfortable day for Rangers. There would have been moments when

:46:44.:46:49.

they. They would not get their hands on the trophy but Rangers finally

:46:50.:46:53.

lift the Challenge Cup and bring to an end a perfect week for Mark were

:46:54.:46:55.

lift the Challenge Cup and bring to bitten's men. What were your

:46:56.:47:05.

thoughts? An emphatic victory. Yes. The way they dispatched Peterhead

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gives them a lot of Hibs and Falkirk still

:47:07.:47:08.

jostling for second place. The Easter Road side away to Alloa,

:47:09.:48:22.

while Falkirk hosted St Mirren. After a draw and he defeats in their

:48:23.:48:34.

last two games Falkirk were looking to regain their positive momentum

:48:35.:48:41.

against St Mirren and made the perfect start with Miller opening

:48:42.:48:50.

the scoring in the ninth minute. 1-0 is how it stayed until early in the

:48:51.:48:57.

second half when Mallon equalised. An expertly taken free kick. Falkirk

:48:58.:49:05.

responded. Alston with the cross. Michu with the header. 2-1. With

:49:06.:49:16.

eight minutes left St Mirren produced a great move which was

:49:17.:49:25.

finished off by Mallon. The 20-year-old with his 13th goal of

:49:26.:49:33.

the season. Last month Falkirk beat Rangers 3-2 with a dramatic 90th

:49:34.:49:38.

minute winner and would do it again, this time against St Mirren, Alston

:49:39.:49:46.

with the goal, to send the beer and sold very happy indeed. -- Bairns. A

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great advert for the Championship. A great game of football. We deserved

:50:01.:50:05.

the three points. We put a lot into the game and we were disappointed in

:50:06.:50:13.

the manner in which we lost. Hibs aiming to get back on the straight

:50:14.:50:20.

and narrow at Alloa. Keating is with the shot saved. Stalks' header

:50:21.:50:28.

summed things up as far as heads are concerned. Alloa would compound the

:50:29.:50:42.

misery. This cross the line. Delight for Alloa. Nothing going the way of

:50:43.:50:51.

Hibs right now. Alan Stubbs' side had all of the second half to make

:50:52.:51:00.

amends. Just off target year. From Liam Henderson's cross, David Gray

:51:01.:51:09.

almost capitalised. Stalks was denied by the substitute goalkeeper

:51:10.:51:16.

David Crawford. Next for Hibs was the substitute Martin Boyle. The

:51:17.:51:23.

Alloa goal remained intact. In the end, Duffy might have had the second

:51:24.:51:25.

Alloa goal remained intact. In the for Alloa. Hibs with one win from

:51:26.:51:30.

their last seven Championship matches. We have played well on a

:51:31.:51:35.

number of occasions without really getting an award so I was delighted

:51:36.:51:39.

for the players to get something tangible. Today was not good enough,

:51:40.:51:48.

simple as that. We have got a big game on Tuesday to look forward to.

:51:49.:51:55.

I will be looking for a response. Hence poor run continues.

:51:56.:52:01.

Congratulations to Raith Rovers who have sealed their place in the

:52:02.:52:05.

play-offs. Tuesday night at Easter Road Hibs take on Falkirk. Will that

:52:06.:52:12.

determine who finishes second? It will have a big bearing. Hibs have a

:52:13.:52:19.

lot of big games coming up and have to quickly get a reaction. Alan

:52:20.:52:24.

Stubbs will be looking for one. Getting a victory against Falkirk

:52:25.:52:28.

would be a great way to lead into the Cup semifinal but they will not

:52:29.:52:32.

be going in with a great deal of confidence. Do you see Falkirk as

:52:33.:52:38.

favourites? Possibly. They or on a good run.

:52:39.:52:40.

That's almost it for tonight but if you simply haven't had

:52:41.:52:42.

enough of Michael Stewart, you're luck's in!

:52:43.:52:44.

He's back on your screens next weekend in a boat.

:52:45.:52:46.

A little bit of frustration. A trip that we did in the summer travelling

:52:47.:53:02.

up the West Coast re-enacting a journey that the guys did in the

:53:03.:53:05.

1930s and unfortunately ended up with a snapped paddle. Losing

:53:06.:53:15.

patience. No red card. Fortunately no referees.

:53:16.:53:19.

Michael Stewart up a creek without a paddle.

:53:20.:53:20.

The Adventure Show next Sunday at 7pm on BBC Two.

:53:21.:53:24.

Was this the weekend the music died in terms of the Premiership title

:53:25.:53:30.

From all of us, until next weekend, goodnight.

:53:31.:53:44.

Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland

Highlights from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action. The last round of games before the Premiership splits in two. Champions Celtic are away at Motherwell while nearest challengers Aberdeen play Hearts at Tynecastle. Bottom club Dundee United host Inverness and will be hoping Kilmarnock and Hamilton slip up against St Johnstone and Dundee. League Cup holders Ross County entertain Partick Thistle. Including selected Championship action.


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