11/05/2014 Sportscene


11/05/2014

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


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Good evening. It's the final Sportscene of the inaugural SPFL

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Premiership season. And we have a fantastically exciting finale for

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you. So much so, that we've had to extend tonight's show to an hour to

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fit it all in. Drama at both ends of the table as this season went right

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down to the wire. With us tonight to cast an eye over the closing stages,

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Billy Dodds and the Partick Thistle striker on loan from Sheffield

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United, Lyle Taylor. We start with Survival Saturday. The focus on

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Easter Road. Hibs and Kilmarnock duelling it out, both sides

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desperately trying to preserve their top flight status. Hibs midweek

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defeat up at Ross County meant they needed to beat Kilmarnock to avoid

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the play-off place. As for Killie, they just needed a point following

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their 1-0 victory over St Mirren thanks to a goal from, who else,

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Kris Boyd. At Easter Road for us was Liam Mcleod. Terry Butcher remains

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confident Hibernian will not be going down this season. He welcomes

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Heffernan back from a groin injury. Another player is back from

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suspension. Kris Boyd's 21 goals have been

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pivotal. Kris Boyd's 21 The target was Kris

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Boyd. Irving might find him. The flag is up. It is very tight. Irving

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put it back into the path of Kris Boyd. Hibernian have a dreadful

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record. Robertson! Craig Samson with an excellent save there. Hibernian

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have started the game the brighter of the two teams. We have seen a lot

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of that this season. They have lost games which they dominated and they

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cannot afford to have this happen again. Terry Butcher sitting

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comfortably as the corner comes in. Of the line from Nicholson.

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Robertson had the initial header here, it was all bound but for Barry

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Nicholson. Liam Craig's free kick. It is not bad. That has gone past

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Forster and another chance comes and goes for Hibernian. An excellent

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turnout from the Hibernian supporters this afternoon. They are

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behind their team. Kilmarnock just need one point and they are safe as

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Kris Boyd rampages through. A flick from McKenzie, that was terrific.

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Forster and McGivern with the challenge on Boyd. It is Barber.

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Kris Boyd! A stunning goal from calm are's top marksman who is

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single-handedly keeping them in the top flight. Goal number 22 of the

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season for Kris Boyd. -- Kilmarnock's. McKenzie. Kilmarnock

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are going for the kill here. He gets it back to Kris Boyd. Williams has

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to make the save. He expected the corner kick. They are rattled with

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that goal coming just before half-time. McKenzie trying to make

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their troubles even worse. The substitute finds Nicholson. A real

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vibrancy about Kilmarnock in this second half. Kris Boyd almost made

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it two. He almost made the task too tough for Hibernian who have only

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scored three times in their last nine games. They need to in their

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second-half here. Paul Heffernan. -- they need two. Liam Craig. Here's

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unlucky. So one lucky. -- he is unlucky. So unlucky! Liam Craig

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almost levelling matters. The likes of Hamilton and older await for

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Hibernian if they cannot turn things around in that play-off. Call claims

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that came off of him last. I think Harris was going for gold here.

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Allan Johnston under pressure in this very city last week as they

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went down to Hearts. Owen Tudor Jones. Absolutely nothing falling

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for Hibernian. Time rapidly running out for Hibernian. This is Ryan

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McGeever on. -- McGivern. Kilmarnock throwing bodies in the way as they

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have done all afternoon. Frustration for the Hibernian youngsters who

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were combining there. At least they were trying to. What a turnaround

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and what a difference one week makes in football, not even for Allan

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Johnston. Hibernian have given it away. Good skill from this man. He

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forces Williams to knock it out for another corner kick. Kilmarnock

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playing down the clock expertly. He heads the ball clear. That is it.

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Kilmarnock are staying in the top flight and Hibernian face a fight

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for survival. I did not think there was much in it between all the

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bottom teams. It was goal difference. There is not much

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between the teams. It is soul destroying. It is disappointing and

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heartbreaking. We are all devastated because of where we finished. We

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certainly have not put enough gold in the back of the opponent's net.

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They tend to do it. They have fewer chances against us but they do end

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up in the back of the net. That is the difference. Until we can put it

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in the goal with regularity, we will continue to make chances and

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continue to play but we have ten days now between now and the first

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play-off match. We will certainly work very hard and get back together

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again. We have to. We will get there. It is hard to look forward to

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these games at this moment in time because once again you feel slapped

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in the face and I can only say sorry to our fans. It was a huge result,

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Hibernian consigned to the play-offs. Around 200 fans voiced

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their anger outside stadium calling for Terry Butcher to resign. Rod

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Petrie said: Interesting words. It sounds like he

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may be taking a back-seat in the future but right now how much of the

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mess are Hibernian in? Some meat say he is taking a back-seat, some are

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ducking for cover. They could be up against two very good teams. Falkirk

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and Hamilton. I have a feeling they will be getting themselves out of

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the situation but they will have low confidence. It is a difficult one

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for them, they are a huge club but they are right in the mire. Are you

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surprised they slipped down the table to this extent?

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Very surprised. For a club that size to be in this predicament does not

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seem right. If we were to lose Hibernian and Hearts from the SPL I

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am not sure it would be a good time for Scottish football. I'd battle

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this graphic sums it all up. On the 29th of December Hibernian were

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seventh in the table on 24 points. Mid-table respectability. At the end

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of this season today they are in 11th place, the play of spot with 35

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points. Since Terry Butcher has comment it has gotten a lot worse.

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In ten days they will play the winner of the semifinal play-off.

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Falkirk and whoever emerges from the other match will take on Hibernian

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on the 25th of May. The winner will be decided as who will stay in the

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Premier League. I have a feeling they will get out of it. I think the

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other teams they are going to play against, they are picking up

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injuries and suspensions. But can they handle that mentality? I am not

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sure about the Hibernian players. They have been only downwards spiral

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for a time. Against Partick, Ross County, St Mirren, they have been

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looking over their shoulder looking for them to drop points instead of

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getting that vital win. For a few months now they have been in the

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pressure pot. Kilmarnock got themselves out of the trouble. This

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was midweek against St Mirren, the winning goal. Kris Boyd the striker

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on winning form, he scores goals. When we played against ten he is a

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handful. He puts himself in great positions and scores a lot of goals

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because of it. He seems to be the difference between potentially

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staying up or being in the play-offs. Fair play to Kilmarnock

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they have pulled themselves out of it. Everyone thought it would be

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Thistle and Ross County and the likes of St Mirren but fair play to

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him, he scored the goal in the last week that keeps them up and he will

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look forward to his summer now. Goal he is being released. Who would

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finish top of the bottom six? Commentary from Rob Maclean.

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Planning underway for another top-flight season.

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Ross County have secured their place in the Premiership as well. Alex

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Cooper. He goes through. He turns the shot wide of target. He has been

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an impressive form since January but so far he has failed to score a

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goal. The throw flicked on. Jordan 's flu gets his goal. Joy for the

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known black burn striker. -- Flew. Alan Archibald looking for the

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winning end to an ultimately successful campaign. Cooper with a

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good strike. Saved by Fox. Slew on the rebound. The Thistle goalkeeper

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looks to have taken a really bad one. He got his legs caught up and

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in the end trapped underneath him. He is in a lot of discomfort and

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there is a lot of concern Firhill for Fox in this final game of the

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season. A free header and he makes the most

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of it. 2-0 to Ross County, three minutes into the second half,

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Thistle switching off at the set piece. It got away from Lee Mair and

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angles a header across substitute keeper Gallacher for 2-0.

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Elliott's cross, Taylor! This'll are back in it. It is 2-1. -- Partick

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Thistle are back in it. County did not have a two goal advantage for

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long. This was all about the determination of Elliott. An

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inviting ball in and a total lack of marking, 2-1.

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Higginbotham, the obvious danger man and a decent effort. Partick Thistle

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fans can enjoy his talents for another year, Higginbotham.

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Fraser on this rain sodden surface, it is Higginbotham threatening

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again. Back for Lawless, a good strike and a really good says by

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Brown. So close to two each. Partick Thistle pushing for an equaliser and

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they took a good stop from Brown to deny them.

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Taylor's backheel, Moncur! He has his first Partick Thistle goal and

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it is the one which squares the game at 2-2. Off the bench, Moncur, to

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make an instant impact cat edge-macro to make an instant

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impact. Lawless is in, he turns the ball

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back and it looked like he could have had a shot at goal. Straight at

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keeper Brown. Well, the big opportunity there seemed to be for

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Lawless and in the end it wasn't really a shot which was going to

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trouble Brown. Carey's corner, and De Leeuw scores

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the fifth goal of the game. It is deflected in off James Craigen.

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Gallacher had no chance. So County substitute makes it 3-2 at Firhill.

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And County fans are hoping this is the goal which makes bed team top of

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the bottom six. Delighted, obviously finishing fifth last season and

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seventh this season for a club of our stature is a magnificent

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achievement. Delighted for the players. Sometimes we have to start

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the season, it will be hard to take at this point because in the bottom

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half we did not want to finish and it was not to be. Victory for Ross

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County minutes they finished top of the bottom six, congratulations and

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another goal for Lyle Taylor our guest this evening, makes it seven

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goals since joining Partick Thistle. You have enjoyed your time here. Any

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chance of making it another season perhaps? I am not too sure as it

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stands at the moment. Pre-season starts on the 3rd of July at

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Sheffield United and I will go back there, looking to fight for my place

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in the team. That is as it stands until somebody tells me different.

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That is what I will be doing. You are not ruling it out, you enjoyed

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parts of the game yesterday, getting a goal and an assist as well. Seven

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goals, you have looked like you have enjoyed your foothold at Firhill. I

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have enjoyed it. I am thankful for having the chance to play games

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against my minutes were limited when down at Sheffield United. This was

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your best game, you run Aberdeen down. Your first home win of the

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season. We played really well, it had been coming and thankfully we

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got the result. I don't know what the future holds, I really don't.

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But I am going back to Sheffield United as it stands right now. That

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is all there is to it for me. Time for a holiday. You don't have to

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play in any play-offs. No, the dreaded play-off, no one wants to

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play in that game. Another two weeks training, nobody wanted that.

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Thankfully we did enough to secure our position. Yesterday, but we're

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not mentioning the defending. Please don't! Let's give credit to Ross

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County because they were having a tough time at the turn of the year

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and Derek Adams brought in players and it has made a difference. And

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Philip Tess. No doubt, Derek Adams has got those boys in and McGregor

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is backing him all the way. They had to change. They did not have the

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personnel to keep them out or keep them up but keep out of the

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relegation play-off spot. Credit to them. After the first and second

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game of the season I thought they were on the way down but Adams did a

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good job changing personnel and they have done well to survive. A lot of

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them will be on their way, they were loan signings at Ross County and

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they will have another rebuilding job this summer. They definitely

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will but to be fair to them they have cemented their place in the

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league and a seventh place finish is very good, as it would have been for

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anyone in the bottom half of the table. The players he is able to

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bring in will depend on what is budgeted. He has brought in a lot of

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boys that are on a lot of money, so if that continues I can't see them

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being in trouble next season. Made a few extra quid yesterday, for sure.

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The futures of the managers of St Mirren and Hearts were at before as

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the sides met in Paisley yesterday. Uncertainty whether Gary Glennon or

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Gary Locke will be in charge at their respective clubs next season.

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Commentary from Liam McLeod. And the operation means St Mirren

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are without Thomson, so Magennis fulfils the main striker role. For

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Hearts, it is Jamie Hamill who is suspended but first choice

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goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald returns and Jamie Walker is back in as King

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drops to the bench. A good strike from Walker, turned

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away by Dilo. St Mirren goalkeeper having to be alert there. Hearts

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looking for their third away win in a row. McLean was a corner. Knocked

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out by Wilson. Hearts are on the counter. Nichols slipped --

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Nicholson slip, still getting up quicker than the St Moritz players

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getting back. -- the St Mirren players getting back. Walker,

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straight at Dilo. A good counterattacking move by Hearts.

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It falls for Conor Newton and St Mirren are in front! Newton's fifth

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goal of the season for the Paisley club. McDonald could not hold onto

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which. Newton was there to pounce. McLean with a free kick. He finds

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Scots by MacDonald. A good strike by McLean. It was swerving all the

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way. The keeper reacted well. Uncertainty over Gary Locke's

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position at Hearts. The same could be said for his counterpart at St

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Mirren, Danny Lennon. McLean's corner. Comes off McGregor.

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Naismith, trying to keep it in but he has given it to McHattie. Hearts

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pick up on the counter. Here is Walker. It breaks of Dilo, and

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Carrick is there to pounce. Hearts level. Three minutes into the second

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half. It is Carrick with his sixth goal of the season.

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Good handling by the Hearts keeper. McDonald watched it all the way.

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I chipped ball in, Magennis. Well, he is getting closer, but he has

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still to open his goal tally for the Paisley club.

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Magennis, then McGowan. Still, it won't go for St Mirren. A good knock

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back thereby Magennis. McGowan with the final effort.

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Paterson, what a stock that is by Dilo. -- what a stop. Terrific

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goalkeeping. Maybe another chance here for

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Hearts. He has pulled it wide. It was a fine stop from Paterson's

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header by the St Mirren keeper. Do you feel you have done enough as --

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to remain as Hearts manager next season? That is for other people to

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look at. From my personal point of view, the 15 point deduction, we had

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a chance to stay in the league. The credit has to go to the players.

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Their effort has been fantastic and they have finished the season

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strongly. I would like this opportunity to thank the supporters

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of this wonderful football club and the supporters -- the support they

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have given me. The letters and connection we have had, we have

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created fantastic memories together. I would love to create some more. I

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would like to thank the board of directors for their continued

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support throughout those four years also. As I say, I have certainly in

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my four years at this football club honoured my side of the bargain. You

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will feel you are better manager after this experience? No doubt

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about that, possibly missing I have had to face as a manager I have had

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to face. I have learned a lot and hopefully it will stand me in

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to face. I have learned a lot and hopefully it will good stead for the

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future. So much focus on the futures of both managers. Danny Lennon, the

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board met last week, they could not make up their minds. He is out of

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contract. We don't know if they will offer a new contract. We will

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probably find out at the start of this week. What is your hunch? Has

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he taken charge of his last match? After hearing the interview

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yesterday on seeing that there, the post match interview, I don't think

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we will see him after the summer holidays. I feel for him. His remit

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was to keep them in the Premier division. He has done that. He has

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won a National Trophy. His record stands up, doesn't it? The board of

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directors, they are mixed on what to do, but they have taken their time.

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They could have got rid of Danny and panicked, they did not want their

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credit to them. He turned it around. It is harsh on him but I feel

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listening to him, he is probably gone and the board want to go in a

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new direction, just to freshen up. How do you see it? Is there a sense

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that he should have done better with the players he has got, or has he

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done everything that he could have done there? It seems a strange

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decision to me. He has done what was expected and what was asked of him.

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I don't see that there is any reason that they should be 100% finishing

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in the top six. I don't see that that is feasible goal. He has built

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a study team and they compete week in, week out -- a study team. I

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don't know what more they want for him. Let's turn to Gary Locke, if it

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was not for the 15 point deduction, they would be ahead of Hibs. That is

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what he wanted, a no-brainer. New owners can do what they want. He has

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done his job and learned by experience. I know how good a coach

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Gary Locke is. If you are in the coaching business, you just want a

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fair crack at it and he has had to deal with youngsters who have got

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better with experience. Surely you get judged when you get the right

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set of players, a good blend, and maybe a bit of quality. Then judge

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him. But if he goes it is incredible. Those two managers, if

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they do go, they can go with their head held high. After all that the

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bottom part -- half of the Premiership table like this.

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Worrying times for all Hibernian fans. From the doom and gloom of

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possible relegation to the leading lights. The player of the season 's

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award went to Kris Commons. The Football Writers Association tonight

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handed out their prizes to the leading lights from this Premiership

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season. Their player of the season award went to Kris Commons, which

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makes it a double after he also picked up the PFA Award a few weeks

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ago. A stunning season all-round for Commons. As for the Young Player of

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the Year award, the writers have given that to Stevie May. The

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21-year-old St Johnstone striker has scored a remarkable 27 goals this

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season, and still has a Scottish Cup Final to look forward to. And the

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Manager of the Year Award goes to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. Again a

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double for him after winning the PFA Award after leading Aberdeen to

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League Cup success. Speaking of Aberdeen we go from Survival

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Saturday now to Second Place Sunday. The Dons just needed a point against

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Motherwell to secure the runners up spot in the Premiership, while

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Stuart McCall's side had to win to leapfrog Aberdeen into second place.

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Willo Flood has made it for Aberdeen.

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It is a strong Motherwell side. Jonny Hayes at left back again for

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Aberdeen today. It is a good run for him. He forces Lee Hollis into the

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save. Hollis scooped it away. It might be Logan's last game in an

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Aberdeen jersey today unless he signs for next season. A less

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dramatic save that time but he has given it straight to Ryan Jack.

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Vernon was not too far away from that. I think this was a shot from

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Ryan Jack. Vernon flung himself at it. Poor from Hollis. It is a good

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run. It came off of the post. A good deep ball towards the back area of

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the six yard box. Coming off of the woodwork. Aberdeen coming close to

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going in front. The skipper has done well. He cannot get past Langfield.

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He has managed that a couple of times this season. A free kick from

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Robson. It is flicked past by Reynolds. The former Motherwell man.

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He goes close against his old team. Logan threw form again, there is no

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flag here. Niall McGinn is in but Shaun Hutchinson gets back.

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Wonderful defending. There were a few players on the park today who

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might be playing their last games for their respective clubs. That is

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expert defending from the English man. Vernon back to Pollock who is

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flagged. That was close. Not too many complaints. As Vernon releases

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hen he is miles on side. A dreadful decision. It is Keith Lasley's free

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kick. Seconds left. It is missed why Langfield. It is there. It was just

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about the last kick of the ball, the last kick of the season and played

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Reid has sealed second place for Motherwell, surely. A stunning

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climax. Aberdeen want a free kick for a foul on line field. The F3 is

:35:15.:35:20.

not interested in their protests. Motherwell have suckered Aberdeen

:35:21.:35:29.

here. The greed and the former Morton man has given Motherwell 's

:35:30.:35:34.

second place again. Stuart McCall thinks time is up. It almost is. In

:35:35.:35:44.

fact, it is now. McCall has guided Motherwell to second place for the

:35:45.:35:49.

second successive season. What an achievement that is. Aberdeen rage

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about the decision to award the goal. No free kick. They did nothing

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they can do about it now. We are disappointed but it can happen. The

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refereeing decisions can sometimes happen. I take nothing away from

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Motherwell. As disappointed as we are, we have lost the game today but

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we can still be very proud of our efforts. The players have been

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terrific right throughout. It is a sore one to take. What happened in

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the last 30 seconds is a reward for that group of players, the staff and

:36:31.:36:35.

the supporters efforts this season. We have had some bad results. We got

:36:36.:36:42.

knocked out of the club twice. I can only apologise for that but I cannot

:36:43.:36:47.

apologise for our fantastic achievement.

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Let's get great to that controversial goal. Look at that,

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the arm was across him. He was going to catch it. Apart from the last ten

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seconds of the game, Steven MacLean was exceptional today. He had the

:37:11.:37:14.

nightmare. He was not going to get that penalty either. A clear free

:37:15.:37:21.

kick. It is just incredible that he missed that. It was his only mistake

:37:22.:37:28.

of the game. Motherwell fans will say it is karma because back in

:37:29.:37:33.

January this happened when Aberdeen got a draw right in the final

:37:34.:37:37.

minute. The ball forced over the line with the hand. It evens itself

:37:38.:37:49.

out but it beggars belief he did not see it. All keepers get so much

:37:50.:37:54.

protection nowadays. I cannot believe he has not seen that. It

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just makes no sense. There are three of them and no official has seen it.

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I'd macro it does seem incredible. Ian McCall mentioned that Russell

:38:08.:38:11.

Anderson handball and it has stuck with him. It has evened itself out.

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Over the piece you cannot grudge Motherwell. They have been

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exceptional to finish second. Huge credit to them. They do not have a

:38:24.:38:29.

big budget and he had to make a lot of changes at the start of the

:38:30.:38:38.

season. He usually plays for -4 -2. For a club like that with their

:38:39.:38:42.

budget to keep on turning out results, we have heaped praise on

:38:43.:38:48.

him all season, for the last two years. We have been waiting for the

:38:49.:38:53.

bubble to burst and it never has. Now the Europe the journey will

:38:54.:38:58.

start two weeks earlier than hoped. This might be the last sport scene

:38:59.:39:04.

of the Premier season but it is not all over Faraz, there is this match

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in six days' time. -- not all over for ours.

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Dundee United to the Scottish cup final. Stevie May! St Johnstone into

:39:34.:39:43.

their first-ever Scottish cup final. Dundee United against St

:39:44.:39:50.

Johnstone on May 17. The Scottish cup final on Saturday, join as on

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BBC One sport scene, St Johnstone versus Dundee United, it should be

:39:58.:40:01.

fantastic. More football for new midweek. The youth cup final is

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between Rangers and Hearts and you can see that on our website. St

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Johnstone signed off the Premiership with a visit to Caledonian Thistle.

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Caledonian Thistle looking for a third straight win against St

:40:27.:40:27.

Johnstone. Saints retain only four players in

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their side against Celtic. Or Halloran. There could be a chance. A

:40:46.:40:56.

good save from the keeper. That is a free kick. Or Halloran given the

:40:57.:41:08.

space to run forward. Here come Caley Thistle. Very adventurous.

:41:09.:41:20.

Applause for the youngster. It is his third start of the season today.

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A little fall over the ball. James Dunn. Here is Stevie McLean. He puts

:41:32.:41:39.

the ball out wide. O'Halloran has made the run. Stevie McLean picked

:41:40.:41:48.

up after good work from done. O'Halloran testing the keeper.

:41:49.:41:56.

Christie looks ahead. It is a nice ball onto Mackay. Mackay played it

:41:57.:42:01.

out wide. The low cross from Vincent. Alan Mannus, excellent work

:42:02.:42:07.

from the goalkeeper here. One hand out. Four wins in the last four at

:42:08.:42:19.

home, Caley Thistle. Gary Miller tracking back. Here is Billy McKay.

:42:20.:42:28.

Here is Aaron Doran. The diving header comes from Ryan Christie.

:42:29.:42:34.

Alan Mannus cannot control it and Caley Thistle make the breakthrough.

:42:35.:42:43.

It was awkward for the goalkeeper and Ryan Christie helped himself to

:42:44.:42:47.

the header. That was a good reaction. Tremarco. Blogging

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continues to go on his way. -- Doran. Good play from Steven

:43:03.:43:09.

Anderson to make it difficult for the striker. Tremarco and Doran.

:43:10.:43:21.

Croft lays it in. Dean Brill will get the attack moving. Here is Ryan

:43:22.:43:30.

Christie. A great ball through. The limit can I and Alan Mannus. It is

:43:31.:43:37.

knocked away by Brian Easton. The goalkeeper came out and did what he

:43:38.:43:45.

could. Good defending from Brian Easton. Caley Thistle again. Danny

:43:46.:43:54.

Williams cannot keep his feet. Watkins. Inverness Caley Thistle

:43:55.:44:04.

putting lots of pressure on Alan Mannus. Here is Danny Williams down

:44:05.:44:10.

the left-hand side. Three players in the middle. Straight to Greg can see

:44:11.:44:30.

who beat them. Tansy! -- Tansey. St Johnstone will lose going into the

:44:31.:44:39.

cup final. The afternoon belonged to Inverness Caley Thistle who will

:44:40.:44:46.

finish in fifth place. We have set the benchmark. Great credit to them

:44:47.:44:54.

for doing what they have done. To finish fifth for a provincial club,

:44:55.:44:59.

we have the target on our back for next year but ring it on. I am

:45:00.:45:08.

disappointed today. We have something to look forward to next

:45:09.:45:13.

week and I know my players will be better next week. We have to have a

:45:14.:45:24.

good week ahead of us and be ready. Inverness Caley Thistle finish

:45:25.:45:27.

fifth, St Johnstone six. Was John Hughes who is in charge at cos

:45:28.:45:32.

edge-macro at Caley Thistle, was he full Coke manager? No, he was before

:45:33.:45:40.

me. Was he a character you knew much about? I have heard stories, most

:45:41.:45:46.

recently from the physiotherapist. From what I can gather, he is a very

:45:47.:45:52.

good manager. What do you make of what he has done at Inverness Caley

:45:53.:45:57.

Thistle? The building blocks were in place from Allan Butcher, but when

:45:58.:46:04.

you have a team with a goal-scorer and a good school -- a good

:46:05.:46:08.

goal-scorer, like Killie, unit points and fair play to them, they

:46:09.:46:12.

have done very well. -- you take points. Terry Butcher may be looking

:46:13.:46:19.

at Inverness Caley Thistle wistfully these days, but how do you praise

:46:20.:46:24.

John Hughes? A 2-0 victory over Saint Johnstone to sign things off.

:46:25.:46:29.

It did not need a top goal-scorer yesterday with Christie and Tansey,

:46:30.:46:34.

but it was always going to take a dip in standards, which had been

:46:35.:46:38.

set. He has had a few good results, suffers a couple of blows losing the

:46:39.:46:43.

Cup Final and 5-0 hammering but they have bounced back well and a good

:46:44.:46:47.

result of finished the season. He will be hoping for a little bit of

:46:48.:46:50.

improvement but the building blocks are there. They have a good squad.

:46:51.:46:55.

He said he is not going to make any changes, which is incredible. I am

:46:56.:46:59.

shoring he will be pushing his chairman for one or two, but he has

:47:00.:47:05.

done OK. What have you made St Johnstone? They are good side, a

:47:06.:47:11.

good, hard-working side. Very tough side to play against. The back four

:47:12.:47:15.

are very regimented and very drilled. Vary well drilled. A few

:47:16.:47:25.

times! Just a few! When you have boys like that and you know at the

:47:26.:47:29.

back they are playing behind you, you feel comfortable and Steve has

:47:30.:47:35.

done brilliant in scoring all the goals he has scored this season.

:47:36.:47:39.

Dundee United limbered up for our Scottish Cup final appearance with a

:47:40.:47:42.

visit to Celtic. The title had been wrapped up a while back but today

:47:43.:47:47.

was when the Celtic players would get their hands on the Premiership

:47:48.:47:49.

trophy. Therefore as was Rob Maclean.

:47:50.:47:54.

Six changes to the team for Celtic. Filip Twardzik is in. The Dundee

:47:55.:48:05.

United team is six players different as well, .

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That is your hands on. Along bowl for Griffiths to change, charging of

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his bolt -- charging off his goal line came Cierzniak. I am not sure

:48:28.:48:31.

what he was thinking. Griffiths tried to squeeze the ball in from an

:48:32.:48:32.

angle. Griffiths again. He still has it. A

:48:33.:48:46.

tame effort at the end of all that. He looked surprised, Griffiths, that

:48:47.:48:49.

this ended up at his feet. Good movement from Griffiths and

:48:50.:49:04.

plenty of room to work with as well. Trying to beat Cierzniak at the near

:49:05.:49:10.

post. The Dundee United keeper was solidly behind this.

:49:11.:49:15.

Jackie McNamara with a much more important game at Celtic Park to

:49:16.:49:23.

think about next weekend. Good play from Wilson. What can he do here?

:49:24.:49:30.

Spilled by Forster, and over the top by L a la gooey. The best chance of

:49:31.:49:33.

the match so far -- L a la gooey. Johansen finds Griffiths. The ball

:49:34.:49:46.

is in the net and the goal will count. -- won't count. Offside is

:49:47.:49:55.

given. A lovely disguise on the path and it was a really tight call.

:49:56.:50:05.

Determined play from Mulgrew. Opportunities opening up here. It

:50:06.:50:14.

is, and is! -- it is Kris Commons. It is another attempt to squeeze the

:50:15.:50:19.

ball between keeper and post and again, Cierzniak has the answer.

:50:20.:50:26.

Stokes pushing forward has loosed it, offering wits for Kris Commons.

:50:27.:50:36.

A good ball in, Stokes has the breakthrough. After more than an

:50:37.:50:44.

hour of Dundee United resistance, Anthony Stokes heads in his 21st

:50:45.:50:51.

goal of the season. It was beyond Samaras, it was not beyond Stokes.

:50:52.:50:54.

1-0, Celtic. A good strike. There was bags of

:50:55.:51:10.

power behind this. Well won by El Alagui. Armstrong,

:51:11.:51:29.

off the bench, looking to make an impact, and he almost did. A really

:51:30.:51:34.

good safe by Fraser Forster. As usual for him, he has had little to

:51:35.:51:40.

do, but he did that really well. A bad touch from Armstrong.

:51:41.:51:49.

He is taken out by Cierzniak and that is a penalty.

:51:50.:51:59.

Gunning was looking to let it run, Samaras was not having it, penalty.

:52:00.:52:08.

Samaras scores in what could well be his final game for Celtic. Big

:52:09.:52:15.

questions about his future, no questions about the penalty.

:52:16.:52:20.

Cierzniak went the wrong way. It is an emotional moment for the Greek

:52:21.:52:22.

striker. It is an own goal, to get Dundee

:52:23.:52:41.

United back into the match. He knew nothing about it, the young check.

:52:42.:52:48.

That makes the Celtic Park scoreline 2-1.

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Stokes, for Kris Commons! His 32nd goal of the season. It was on a

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plate, after this slip from Dundee United defender Watson. Set up by

:53:11.:53:17.

Stokes and he adds to his already impressive total. 3-1, Celtic. It is

:53:18.:53:26.

Flag Day at Celtic Park and it will soon be trophy time. On the move,

:53:27.:53:33.

Stokes, in four Beral Kayal. What a mess. What a chance to apply some

:53:34.:53:37.

icing to the cake. Just waiting now, the Celtic fans,

:53:38.:53:54.

for the whistle. And there it goes. It is 31st Premiership win of the

:53:55.:53:56.

season for Neil Lennonteam. They have lost only once all season

:53:57.:54:04.

long. They have been flying, and so are the congratulations. It is still

:54:05.:54:08.

a Petrov, a Celtic legend, to hand over the trophy. Celtic, champions

:54:09.:54:17.

again! Three in a row. It is title number 45 in total and they won by a

:54:18.:54:28.

distance. Studio modem. STUDIO:

:54:29.:54:32.

Due to the celebrations, the Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara had

:54:33.:54:35.

gone by the time our camera got to him is, so apologies to that. Neil

:54:36.:54:40.

Lennon was able to rebel -- revel in his moment of triumph. How about

:54:41.:54:44.

this as a moment to remember? He gave his winner's medal to the young

:54:45.:54:50.

man in the stands. It has been a while waiting, seven

:54:51.:54:54.

and a half weeks since clinching the title. It was well worth waiting

:54:55.:54:58.

for. A great end to the season in front of the home fans and to pick

:54:59.:55:02.

up the trophy. The players deserve it. They have been magnificent. What

:55:03.:55:07.

would your report card be saying on the Celtic performance this season?

:55:08.:55:13.

In the league, excellent, in the Cups, not so good. There could be an

:55:14.:55:17.

improvement in the Champions League. Not every league will be a seamless

:55:18.:55:23.

transition of progress. I am is pleased with the second half

:55:24.:55:26.

progress of the season and it encourages me going forward.

:55:27.:55:31.

Congratulations to Celtic, they have been fantastic. One defeat. They

:55:32.:55:35.

have played some great stuff at times, 102 goals. Some of the

:55:36.:55:41.

football has been phenomenal, hasn't it? Yes, really good on the eye. I

:55:42.:55:46.

watched them against Inverness the other week, some of the goals, it

:55:47.:55:53.

carried on today as well. I think the remit for Celtic was to win it

:55:54.:55:56.

in style. The lead form, although they won it last year was not so

:55:57.:56:01.

good, they had too many defeats. He has drilled in his players, try to

:56:02.:56:06.

not lose a game. They lost one but you can only beat what is put in

:56:07.:56:10.

front of you and they have done it with panache and style. A great goal

:56:11.:56:14.

from Kris Commons, his 32nd of the season. It was celebration times and

:56:15.:56:21.

the dressing rooms. Was this like it was for Partick Thistle yesterday?

:56:22.:56:26.

Not quite! I don't think there was any champagne! Definitely, you can't

:56:27.:56:33.

go wrong with a bottle of that. You enjoyed moments like that, not with

:56:34.:56:40.

Celtic. I enjoyed a drink! If you can't enjoy winning a title or

:56:41.:56:44.

getting success, then you are in trouble, aren't you? Some of the

:56:45.:56:49.

players have been sensational, Scott Brown, Van Dijk, Mulgrew, they are

:56:50.:56:55.

right to enjoy themselves. Dundee United, thoughts in terms of the

:56:56.:56:58.

Scottish Cup final. That would have been on the minds today a little

:56:59.:57:02.

bit? It will have been. There were players rested. I think you are

:57:03.:57:09.

playing away at Celtic, picking up the trophy, the last home game for

:57:10.:57:13.

them of the season. I think they are always going to go out in style, so

:57:14.:57:18.

it is not really much of a loss for Dundee United and they will build

:57:19.:57:25.

now into the Cup Final. How would you sum up their season, Celtic? As

:57:26.:57:31.

I said, they have beaten who was put in front of them, with style. No

:57:32.:57:36.

surprises. Both St Johnstone and Dundee were beaten yesterday, that

:57:37.:57:39.

will not make any difference because I know you want momentum, you want a

:57:40.:57:45.

good confidence going into the Cup Final but so many player changes

:57:46.:57:47.

yesterday they will be looking forward to the big day now. Thanks

:57:48.:57:53.

very much indeed. Here is how the final table looks. Celtic are

:57:54.:57:58.

champions, on 99 points. They scored 102 goals in the process.

:57:59.:58:04.

Motherwell, second plates, snatched at the death. The Dons finished

:58:05.:58:08.

third. We have looked at the bottom half. Hibs finish -- faced with two

:58:09.:58:13.

legged play-off with Hamilton, Accies Falkirk. The excitement is

:58:14.:58:18.

not quite over. It is over for us for now. We wanted excitement. It

:58:19.:58:24.

went right down to the wire. Now, the inaugural Scottish Premiership

:58:25.:58:26.

league season is that a close. Thanks for enjoying it withers.

:58:27.:58:30.

Until next time, from all of us here, good night.

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