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Dave Mackay, it is in the back of the net!
To draw it is great skill! One before strike!
And no one is stopping that one! That is brilliant!
After a two week international break, the SPL is back in business.
We will see all the weekend action in the next 45 minutes and hear
from the Motherwell captain. Rangers can do without the never-
ending off-field murmurings, but one set of figures which does star
Cup is the SPL stands. Do yesterday at Paradise they plan to make their
winning streak five. Shaun Dowling joined Scott Daly.
The Swanson came in for his first The Swanson came in for his first
start of the season was Robertson. Steven Whittaker returned, so did
Australian Matt McKay on the bench. Highlights from Alastair Lamont.
Do not the best of clearances from flood. It came off Steven Whittaker
Khokhlov Allan McGregor had not an earthly chance. -- it came off
that one over. It has been a bright Swanson. -- is going to boot
Swanson. He says that was a dive. Swans are looking for the penalty
kick. -- swans and looking. That is a tricky one to call. United still
pressing for the opening goal. Coming also close. That is inches
away. There is Stuart Broad fruit - - Stuart Broad fruit accelerating
Russell thinking? He did clip the advantage trying to take it back.
There is Steven Naismith. That was not too far away, a lovely ball
much more room to work in that now they are only against ten men. Back
post and readers are in front, and it is Kyle Lafferty. -- Rangers are
in front. He peeled off his man, stayed onside and rose to it, it is
a brilliant header and Rangers are Robertson tan. -- Roberts in Cannes.
Another famous squiggly shot from start. Davies could not come any
closer than this. Brilliant exchange with Steven Naismith and
of the keeper. Steven Naismith beat room for himself and had Allan
Rankin. Although United fans behind come. Davies, again, plenty behind
come. Davies, again, plenty behind that.
At that time, I thought the referee was right to give Danny Swanson
again Okada for what he saw as a dive, but an think every time I
have watched it since I am hearing further from that.
It is such a tough decision, but I think, as a defender, if you did
your leg out, you're making the referee made a decision. We have
seen so many times, is it a penalty or not? I think that is a penalty
to it. You can see it clearly, if you put your leg out, Danny Swanson
does not have to avoid it, he has definitely caught him. Look at the
highlight for Calum Murray, he is stretching to look round, and
possibly for a split second it was out of sight for him. A yes, I
think that is what makes it difficult.
People told about technology, but I think the game must blow. Maybe
Danny Swanson has done things in the past, he has gone down easily
and that has given him a little bit of a repent it -- a little bit of a
reputation and the referee has that in his head, but I think he finds
himself a little unfortunate. What was not a difficult call was
the red card for Johnny Russell. Yes, it is a strange one. Peter
will be furious. Dundee United were well in the game, they had a good
start and bullocking the team most likely to score. -- they were
looking the team most likely to score. It is a straight red card
and I think you can tell by Johnny Russell's reaction, he does not
complain, he just walks off the park. Why did he get involved? May
be a little bit of immaturity as a young player and that changed the
game for me. They did well before and after the
red card, Dundee United, and Rangers were hanging on at the end,
and you wonder what might have happened.
It is a credit to the Dundee United players but that they kept going.
If they had 11 players, they could have done something in the game.
Peter will be hugely disappointed, but will be delighted with the way
they played. They kept going forward, Gary Kenneth had a couple
of headers, and they will be thinking, if we had 11 players, we
could have had a result. Massive credit to Rangers, since
dropping points on the opening day they have put together a five
straight wins in the SPL, four of them on the road, one at your place,
unfortunately for you. It is true, when they bet to Fir
Park, they had to go to Inverness and some Johnson, places that are
tough to go and get results. -- and St Johnstone. Of course they are
disappointed with the European exploits, but the lead is what it
is a bed for Rangers, winning the week and getting consistency.
A top quality goal to win it yesterday, Greg Wylde's delivery
and Kyle Lafferty's header for the only goal of the game at Tannadice.
Motherwell had a great start to the season, but they lost to Rangers at
Fir Park and yesterday went to Celtic Park.
A Celtic debut for Badr El Kaddouri A Celtic debut for Badr El Kaddouri
who is on loan. Joe Ledley took over from the injured skipper,
Scott pound. Mother Bill had Sean Hutchinson back alongside Stephen
in central defence after injury, on loan from Dynamo Kiev for six
not scored in their last two here, that is now well and truly over.
Nine minutes in against Motherwell, Celtic opened the scoring.
It is James Forrest's the second of the season.
Mother well, just one in 20 visits. lively so far and is in the thick
of it again. It is a good ball in, just a little too high. Badr El
Kaddouri. Motherwell taking no chances, but
James Forrest has been a live wire Using his initiative, Gary Hooper,
to capitalise on Darren Randolph being in Phnom and's land. -- being
in Phnom and's land. -- no-man's- James Forrest. Almost came back to
James Forrest this time. Joe Ledley can finish it, and does. Fantastic
football again from Celtic. One touch, quick, and Joe Ledley polish
is that off. His second of the well rear guard again. Darren
Randolph is reported to the spot. - He's scored one from that distance
in the Scottish Cup finals, maybe further out that day. It went into
the other corner. This, with the outside of the boot. A terrific
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left. James Forrest made his Celtic debut
a year-and-a-half ago. He played Motherwell and scored that day. He
has two and Celtic have four. I think it is safe to say they are
is not interested. -- a penalty. It has been all Celtic today.
4-0 sounds like a runaround. Did it I felt for long spells we were in
the game. We had plenty of ball retention. But when you go to these
places, you have to be clinical. When you get the opportunity to get
the ball and a box, you have to take a shock. They are kroner --
clinical in what they do and their passing his clinical and we could
not cope. Morrison had a great impact on the game. He did. The
Celtic players tried to give him as much ball as they could. We were
attacking and that left us vulnerable at times. Maybe that was
down to us chasing the game, a bit naive. I think our philosophy is to
go and try and score goals and get back in the game, but if you leave
yourself open, you will be picked off. He seems to have bulked up. He
has power and lots of pace. He has. We have seen from the clips that
something is different in the game. You don't see certain things and
you don't know who is doing what. He is coming inside and outside.
The fact that Joe Ledley was playing as well. James has to
create. He has to go and make things happen. From the clips, it
looks like he had a whirlwind. From the game, you sometimes don't see
it, but you can from the clips. Motherwell don't need another bad
injury with Steven Saunders out already unsure Hutchins and picked
up a problem with his left ankle. - - and Sean Hutchinson. He was X-
rayed last night and there was no break or fracture. But with
ligaments it could be anything from six to eight weeks. Our physio will
have a proper look. The swelling will go down and judgment will be
made. He has been a great player for us. Stephen Shaw -- Stephen
Saunders is injured as well, though. You have lost to the Old Firm in
the past few weeks. Can you squeeze that out and pick it is still a
great start to the season? We have to. We have been clinical in some
games. We were not clinical at times. You have to always be
clinical. Sometimes we had one or two chances and we have taken our
chances. You try to put the Old Firm aside. We have a big game
against St Johnstone and they will fancy their chances. We are in
reasonable form so that should be a good game. Bad results can do
psychological damage and it is good to get them out of your head.
depends what you do after the Games. You cannot let them affect you. We
have three home games in a week coming up. We will try to put that
aside. We have a good week of training. It is just a good start
and we have to build on it and get more points. Celtic player -- play
Atletico Madrid. They also have another Old Firm match next Sunday.
Is that a difficult balancing act for them? It is when you have some
injuries. Scott Brown might not play on Thursday. Paddy has not
played. So some players that might have played on Thursday and not on
a Sunday might have to play both games. There are plenty of options
for Neil Lennon. He likes to be in a competition financially but he
could probably do with stepping aside because Thursday is a big
game for them. Hearts had an emphatic Edinburgh
derby win. Let's see how it went yesterday against Caledonian
match. The first real chance came for Hearts from the corner. Andy
Webster with this attempt on goal. Cleared off the line by Graham
his brother for the first real interest chance. Andrew got the
cross and the ball flashed just over the bar. Lucas got the final
touch under pressure. Then in the second half, the memorable moment
of this match. This back-pass came at just the wrong moment and
MacDonald slit. The ball bounced into the path of Gregory Tade. He
slotted it home to give Caledonian Thistle the lead. Gregory Tade
celebrated with some nifty footwork. But work was decidedly less nifty
from our Hearts when Donald, slipping out the worst possible
time and in the worst possible place. The Hearts defence then went
AWOL. Luke is a step doubt with the ball to get Hearts on the counter
much in the balance. Hearts almost drew level when moments earlier
they could have been 2-0 down. It was not long before the Hearts
defence was stretched again. David Davies was the new boy that managed
to prevent this finish. Hearts defence was split again. The Hearts
goalkeeper gave his all to make up for his earlier slip and denied
Gregory Tade once again. Paulo Sergio has got his players during
an extra day's training. Sometimes from Hearts. 11 minutes from time
Stephen Elliot played the ball out wide to 10 Bolton and he returned
the cross to Stephen Elliott. He managed to get the ball home. One
all is how it would finish with Hearts escaping from the Highlands
Paulo Sergio was keen to absolve his goalkeeper of any blame, but I
think everyone else watching this would. Their finger at Jimmy
MacDonald. Is this pressure on the goalkeeper to play from the back?
Paulo Sergio has come in and tried to change his style of play. He
wants them to play from the back. I wonder if Jimmy MacDonald thought
that he had to play a pass? These things happen and it is unfortunate.
It could not have happened after a worse place. If a goalkeeper makes
a mistake, they are the last line of defence and unbearably there
will be a goal. He did make a couple of good saves but on the
other side of the coin, you might think that Gregory Tade should have
scored again. He will be disappointed that he did not get
another goal. I think it is a test of character for Jimmy MacDonald.
When you make a mistake, people see how you respond. He was very good.
He kept them in the game. Difficult for Inverness to carry on scoring
goals at the rate they were doing in the first division. You cannot
find another Rooney every year. cannot, but Caledonian Thistle were
creating chances. Early in the season I think they were not
creating them, but as they have gone on, they got their first win
against Kilmarnock, they bounced back. Will Hearts budget, is their
spending power decisive? If they get two or three injuries they
actually have strength and depth. Everybody else has 14 or 15 players.
But somebody like cards can keep up the good form and keep winning
games. Obama like Hearts. Like Still to come, Jim McIntyre gets on
the wrong side of the referee. And Graham Stark is almost on the
Top entertainment at Rugby Park yesterday, with Kilmarnock and
their all the positive philosophy. Dunfermline have adapted quickly to
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Jason Thomson scored his first goal in senior football. Jason Thomson,
on loan from Hearts, scores the Nobody picked up that run. J
McIntyre is going to watch the rest He went in for the tackle too early.
Paul Heffernan, simple. Gallagher has been a hard man to beat from
the spot this season. A couple of penalties from the spot to his name,
but poor have and then draws was a great pass. An effective
finish from Paul Heffernan. He sent Paul Gallagher the wrong way. They
Dunfermline! This cross was absolutely perfect to Ryan Thompson.
This is his first goal for central defender. All six feet four
of her and took this brilliantly inside the box and curled it into
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all credit to the goalkeeper, Paul We should at Kilmarnock to the
battle for third place in the SPL. They are up to 4th after that win
yesterday. They are good looking team. Let's start with James Dayton.
He missed so much of last season so people do not know much about him.
I have seen him playing against Hibernian. When he found his stride,
he was excellent. He loves one-on- one situations. His first thought
as an attacker is to take somebody on. Some players want to link up,
but he wants to take people on. As a defender, that is horrible.
Shiels likes a nutmeg. Yes, and to be honest, his dad's style of play
suits him. He links up the play. He has an eye for a pass. He is
definitely thriving in that team. Every team wants a prolific
goalscorer and they might have found one with Paul Heffernan.
has got four goals in three starts. His work-rate impressed me and his
movement. He was winning headers, chasing it down. I think your
strikers have to be good so you can succeed. They have to take part in
the game, link up the play and work hard and he does do that.
Dunfermline should not be distraught because they have eight
points on the board already and on another day they might have got one
point from that. It is disappointing if you scored twice
St Mirren's style of play this season has won them fans around the
country. They were at home to St Johnstone this weekend. Jonatan can
the last 13 meetings going into this match.
St Mirren set about getting that first we victory over St Johnstone
sensed August 2005. Mrs a new, improved St Mirren, spirited
attacking play now the order of the day. Nigel Hasselbaink is a major
factor in that changed. The 20- year-old Dutchman who began his
footballing life with PSV Eindhoven going close after a one-two with
Paul McGann. As with -- with St Johnstone having
recently claimed the scalp of Celtic, they are not quite as sharp
as before, Cillian Sheridan's drive from the edge of the area being
saved by Craig Samson, and St Johnstone now much more of a goal
threat. Five of the last seven goals have
come from the new striker, Francisco Sandaza. But the Spaniard
finished well wide. Some very optimistic shouts for handball, the
22-year-old St Mirren defender making his first start for the club.
There then followed a great interception and terrific run from
David Van Zanten. The St Mirren defender made it to the edge of the
box before picking out Gary Teale... Are the shot from the former
Scotland international blocked. Then the really big chance for St
Mirren to get that goal. Nigel Hasselbaink, again making the
impact on the box. Paul McGann and with the big chance...
Mike German denied by a goal line clearance from Fraser right. -- me
no contact from the St Johnstone goalkeeper. To his credit, the St
Mirren striker put his hand up but it was not enough to save him from
a big game for diving from referee Stephen McLean. St Johnstone's
running street continues, 0-0 the running street continues, 0-0 the
score. St Mirren get lots of plaudits for
the way they play, I have done it myself the season. Could it be a
recurring problem that there great lead-up play does not often enough
lead to a goal? I think it is about being clinical.
Sometimes teams have loads of possession and play nice football
and do not create chances. We see over their games, first against
Aberdeen and then ourselves, there are chances being created, but they
need a predator in the box who will keep putting the ball in the net.
Was that great defending? If I would claim that.
Others would say differently. Nigel Hasselbaink had some great chances,
Paul McGowan here against Celtic getting in behind.
As much as the play is good, Danny will be a little frustrated they
have not got as many goals as they probably deserved.
Steven Thompson, Gary Teale, Paul McGann and and Nigel Hasselbaink,
that is a great four, isn't it? They all want to play similarly.
They all want to create something, but if they had someone who
constantly put the ball in the back of the net it may help them. We
played them recently and they are a good side, they move the ball well,
and it is hard to open up against them because they can pick you off.
Nigel Hassell mike must be a real start -- must be a real pain to
play against. -- Nigel Hasselbaink. Could he one of the players of the
season? He is strong on the ball, has a low
centre of gravity. I great link-up play and a good signing for Danny
Lennon. Heads and Aberdeen got together at
Easter Road today and were both desperate to get rid of the SPL
desperate to get rid of the SPL basement.
basement. Both clubs have big expectations
and both are under-achieving. Heads have future problems just now, huge
pressure. -- Hibernian have the drug problems.
Hibernian were uninjured their injured midfielder, Matt Thornhill.
Calum Best was left out. He Aberdeen counter boat Ryan Jack,
who suffered a head injury away with the Scotland Under 21 squad.
the season for either of these teams.
That's is given away by Chris Clarke on his starting debut for
heads at Inverness, Aberdeen at home to Inverness. -- Hibernian at
shining light for Hibernian so far this campaign. He has scored all
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and go for goal rather than trying Paul Hoyland. -- O'Hanlon.
Gonzalez to safety. That is some hitter from Jimmy
Scott. Only one thing on his mind Bedford. He is just on as a sub. --
it is eaten away, Calum Best's this game, this is Hibernian's Best,
Again that has summed up the pair's I cannot imagine why he has decided
to go for the head. It is unorthodox, it seemed to work in
Northern Irishman, it is saved, Foster is offside. Right at the end,
Aberdeen almost snatching it. My Guinness twisting and turning
My Guinness twisting and turning away from Hanlon. -- McGuinness.
He is that what you get when you have two teams frightened of losing
and not sure how to win? Are at it probably is, there is a
little bit of a fear factor comes into play.
Rather than playing a shorter pass you play the longer one because it
is safer. Invariably, when you play longer passes, you give the ball
away. Listening to the manager ofs' comments after the match, they were
disappointed they have not scored, but I think Colin Calderwood said
some of the play was rubbish. It is honest, but when you are not
scoring goals, it is important not to concede them. That is the
message to the players - don't concede, don't get beat.
Six or seven a his appeal against Aberdeen have not scored, and in
more than one of them Dario corner has scored for Hibernian, their
problems are easy to see. -- Dario Sometimes a turf harder you try the
further Abbey it seems. -- sometimes the harder you try.
Sometimes you just need a goal, a win, any way at all.
I did love that diving header which was almost underground.
The you had a look at both squads and the like what you see, don't
you? That is what is probably
frustrating from the managers' point of view. Robert Milton I
think is a really good player. We mentioned Garry O'Connor, he scores
goals, there are plenty of talented players, but sometimes you need
something to call in your favour. Confidence comes and does appears
as quick as it arrives. It is about trying to get a run of performances
and goals. Talking about finding a little
spark, Aberdeen are keen to sign the New Zealand striker, Rory
Fallon, not surprisingly. Yes, I think preyed is trying to
get someone to help Scott Vernon. He has lost Chris Maguire he did
not bring in goals, but he had creativity. He is always looking
and is trying to get someone in. But strict on the Clyde still bank
Premier League placings before the Premier League placings before the
finish. -- the Clydesdale Bank Next weekend's games look like
Next weekend's games look like It is Old Farm time next Sunday
lunch tank. -- called from time. We are back at 10pm next Sunday night