BBC Scotland's round-up of all the action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, presented by Rob Maclean.
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The story of the SPL weekend is coming up. You will see the
highlights of all six matches in the next 45 minutes. Billy Dodds
will do the talking that, starting with the match he was at yesterday.
Bottom of the league done Fairman it struggling to -- there is a
Rangers team try to recover from It is a goal for Dundee United, and
you have to say that they deserve that one! This is Paul Dixon. What
of space to zero! -- lot of space. 2-0!
Former Rangers defender Macmillan are lined up for Dunfermline
against his former team. Chris Smith was in goal, with Ian Turner
still injured. It and will cousin's return for Rangers began, and the
one change to team Sol Lee McCulloch deployed as a striker. --
McCulloch deployed as a striker. -- Daniel cousin's. He has an this
read that completely. He may fancy this himself here. He is unlucky.
Kirk. Berkeley brings down Buchanan. David Graham hits the post, he
comes back to Kirk, and it is saved by Alan McGregor. Rangers started
the brighter of the team and it is unfair one who are impressive at
the moment. That is heard! It is 1- 0. -- that is it hurt.
Rangers trail to Dunfermline. That is thanks to Andy could. He is the
top scorer for did fair one. -- top scorer for up Dunfermline.
Sone Aluko. They want a reaction quickly.
Healey, one to one. They went behind for long.
David Healy gets Rangers back into the game. It broke kindly for him,
but he does not care. Needed to the Rangers fans inside East End Park.
-- neither to the Rangers fans. That is McCulloch, and Davies! They
were stunned by the Dunfermline goal. McCullough. He is going down,
a challenge from Mark care. It has Brilliant, what a finish! Wayne
McCullough playing as a striker, an emergency striker for Ally McCoist.
He does not have anyone else. He does the business for his boss.
A change of pace by Davies. A really good run. Plenty of plea in
the middle. Healey. McCulloch! He was easy in the end for Alan
his troops on. They have a real battle on their hands. -- in that
MacIntyre. Sone Aluko. That is a terrific goal. You cannot argue
with that. He has endeared himself to the Rangers fans. He has beaten
the line by a local. -- by Sone Aluko. Sone Aluko was the seal on
the line. He picked out the initial header.
That is a great save. But Salim Kerkar is there, and it is four.
Salim Kerkar on the field for two minutes, scored his first League
it from being five. it from being five.
Rangers are back in form. You were there yesterday, however
impressive was that from Rangers? It was an impressive response, they
went a goal down as well. They went out of the Cup with a whimper
against Dundee United, they go a goal down in this game and that is
when the question-marks game. Rangers's key players came to the
fore yesterday. They were under pressure from done from one as well.
There was a shot against the post, and the goal that I get -- that
Andy could scored. It was really good from in Davy Graham, from
across the pitch. Once he gets here, great pace and a great strike. He
is unlucky. Canon went down, you can see his left knee catching him.
They were lucky to get away with a penalty there, Rangers. Perhaps it
would have been difficult, as Dunfermline to go in front. You are
looking at the defence, it is not a great defending, but it is all
about the quality of the cross. Because this was right across the
six-yard box, with pace, the defenders do not want to touch him.
It will put it in the net. It was a great start with Dunfermline.
Claimed Wayne McCullough up front work wonders, didn't it? What of
options, everything that they had been missing. They tried to place
reunited last week, but they could not. He has a handle on this first
goal, and an awareness once he gets there. He spots the runner, and it
is unlucky for Dunfermline. You can click it into his chest and he is
strong. I do not think it was a free kick, that which led to the
goal. He is aware, knows what is around him. Was to do, Lee
McCulloch, but he catches that one. Real presence about him. As I say,
it is on the deck, it is in the air that you go to score goals. He has
such an awareness. You see here, strength, braces team into play. He
is everything they were missing against Dundee United. He has
played as a striker before, but in the situation he was -- in the
situation Rangers are in, he is a great find. What a flick this is.
This is what allowed -- this is what allows Davies to do something
he has not done in a few weeks, perhaps months, get himself up the
pitch. He finds himself a goal threat. Now Rangers have options.
Perhaps this league title is not over. Many people think it is, I
think there was a big response from Rangers yesterday. Should he have
been called into action last Sunday at Ibrox? You see when Ally McCoist
look at that, whoever has come up with the thought and put him in the,
the havoc he has caused, maybe have options. Now they have McCulloch
and Lafferty coming back, they have cousin, they have Healey, something
I said a few more weeks ago, where a Rangers could to get the goals
from? Now they have options few map -- they have options. Daniel Cozens
will be in action soon. This is what he was capable of at his first
spell with the club. At the age of 35, does he have enough to offer?
There is no doubt he has quality, this was his best game for Rangers.
He believes Celtic that day. He has quality and strength, you just
wonder who they will pair with whom, will it be McCulloch and cousin?
Will it be silly and McCulloch? Lots of options. I said a few
months ago, cousin was not a great signing. The predicament traders
are in, it was a great decision. can Rangers hang in there? A they
still serious contenders? For. Still with an Old Firm game to play,
things are not great, but you can only look at the response they got
yesterday. There is a real realisation from them yesterday, a
free keep going the way be are going, on or off the park, we will
for the title away. They are not ready to give up Bonet just yet.
There was 11 way Neil Lennon wanted to mark his 100 match at Celtic,
with an ex p will win. -- with an with an ex p will win. -- with an
freedom of time Castle to make it the nil.
Gary Cooper with a simple finish. Celtic were unable to play that
same team we scored four against Hearts in midweek. Daniel
Majstorovic took over four at the regular. The central defensive pair
for Hearts were drops, with Essen and old Williams and Sutherland
drafted in. Sampras threatening early on.
Hearts defenders getting there body in front of the ball here.
And for more growth. There is a whiny Amer. That was close.
Matthews pass. It gets away from him. Down he goes. No chance of his
half-hearted penalty claim have been held up.
The header flicked to Hooper. Matthews. For Brown. First time for
James Forrest. This looks promising. Very promising! Old Firm match
winner Joe Ledley strikes again. His seventh goal of the season.
After Brown's pass played in, a forest, and at the end a tap in for
Joe Ledley. 16 minutes gone, 1-0. Charlie Moore grew, a good strike.
Him -- Charlie Mulgrew. There was a lot of movement on the
ball. Good work from Joe Ledley. James Forrest shifting through the
tears. Charlie will groom with the strike.
That was late. -- Charlie Mulgrew. It looked inviting, but he was
looking for the shot at goal. Quite the way by Essen. Lots of pressure
from Celtic. Looking for goal Williams. There is Mulgrew. Sliding
in, Steve Williams. Free kick given. He seemed to get the ball and it is
going to be a yellow card as well. Bemused, I think is the look.
Powerful and pacy and it took to Celtic players to stop him. To
allow last-ditch challenge and it will be a red card. Judge not to
have got the ball first as he slipped through the back of Johnny
tapped into the side net. Inverness with their one-man advantage are
looking to make it count. A disappointing finish, this one.
Adam mates on the set-piece. -- Matthews. Stuck on the goal-line by
Williams. It will be a second yellow card for at the Inverness
defender. He is off. Besides are neck Ross. -- Nick Ross. The
youngster hangs his head. A real opportunity for a late equaliser.
Brown. One of those mesmerising runs. Terrific play. All it lacked
was the finishing touch. It looks as though one call is going to have
to be enough to extend Celtic's Celtic wondering if they will
appeal against that red card. I am not sure they have an awful lot of
the TV evidence here to back them up. Be coverage is nothing to do
with us, we should point out, although we do broadcaster. Johnny
Haynes just want -- runs away here. He is not interested. It do not
think they have conclusive evidence if he has the ball. I think if he
looks at any he's, he will have spotted it wrong. He thinks that Mr
a pitch has played it. Will they get with it, I am not so sure. They
have been unlucky there, Celtic. was raging last week because he
felt his team did not turn up. This time, did it meant we did turn up.
They were much more competitive. They had a fair bit of the ball.
When the chances came their way, and there were a couple of them,
they did not make the most of it. He will be pleased it was the
better performers. Look at the bodies in the box, you do not
always get those time and the chances. This one, Nick Ross, the
one thing I'll say about both chances is that you have to hit the
target. If you have options in the box, you have to goal across the
goalkeeper or pick them out, but you must hit the target. Terry
Butcher will be pleased with the performers. Celtic did not play
well. It was better than last week. Celtic, we have spoken about
Rangers winning the title, the do not always play well. When you're
not playing well and you are still getting the three points, that has
also taken do is to keep winning games. That is 100 up for NEWLINE
and since he took over. -- Neil Lennon. It has not always gone
smoothly but he has turned it round. As I had said, they have had their
heard moments and he has had to turn around. He has turned it all
around and nothing but credit for him. Eight he should be pretty
happy with his record, but he does not want any more slot. A those are
the goals that took Celtic to the League Cup final, last season's
Scottish Cup final, a comprehensive defeat of Motherwell and Neil
Lennon with his hands on silverware for the first time as manager. You
do wonder, don't you, whether he might just have his hands on
another three trophies this season. Certain has opportunities. What
ended up at slip ups is the key games, the finals, the semi-finals,
the key games like Inverness in the last game, the one that they lost
the championship in the last season, that is the ones that he will not
want any more slip-ups in. It is impressive reading his records are
for. Motherwell were planning on holding their -- strength in the
hold on for a place at. -- restaurant in the hold on third
sides Swinney last met in December and so it proved again. Steven
Thompson will think he should have done better with his early effort.
The striker was on form but after a cross, he just could not trouble
Randolph. Go home side enjoyed most of the early pressure in fact,
Thompson again involved but his goal-bound header was cleared by
Jennings. Stuart McCall will be asking why the former Rangers man
was left unchallenged. His man on the post saved the day. The home
side's hopes were up and they pressed on. And Gary Teale and
burial are delivered. -- newly delivered. He sure it may well have
been deflected, but run-off was alert to tip over. Mother will have
the first a claim for a penalty dismissed. Some good build-up play.
But we are going down more in hope than expectation. Stuart McCall
obviously had words at half-time as his side came out flying. A menace
on the left. Sampson did well to penalty claim had a little more
substance. Lot looked across, but it was countered. Was it his hand,
there will, and was a tap-in at the? It was close range, not a
badge out. The referees is no. Peter and drabs by a sense of
injustice, they were on the hunt for a winner. Once again, there is
Taurean winner was pulling the strings and pulling the trigger.
Fantastic fit work, Sampson again equal to the task. It would be one
last chance as the clock ticked to Nell Tunnell. This time at cheeky
cross. To nil-nil. Did he mean it?, it did not matter because it
Since beating Rangers on Christmas Eve, they have not won. It is
frustrating because they are playing such good football and
moving it around and the expectation is good and then when
they get there, they are not getting enough calls. When you
getting at emitter of play and removing it slightly, you want
something at the end of it. They are not getting that. The strikers
are top quality -- strikers that get the goals will cost money. You
need someone that is up their scoring regular it. That is why
some barren have failed to pick up more points. Could they be
vulnerable on Tuesday night in the Scottish Cup replay. They have lost
up there before, so they will not be looking for to that trip. They
would have liked to get it over and done with. They will be glad to be
in it, but it is a dodgy place to go to get a cup result. We spotted
in the coverage what looked like a good turnout from the mother will
fans and it should be, because of the results that they had been
having. Doing well in the League, playing some good football. Not far
to travel. I was quite pleasantly surprised to see a good mother will
turn out yesterday. With them from one having lost yesterday lunchtime,
had had the chance of getting away from bottom spot. They were at home
from Aberdeen and Paul Mitchell was good header by Doyle. It was
impressive. He nicked the ball through his leg and hit the shot.
That is a good save from case and run. -- Jason Brown. Wotherspoon
rolls the ball at, a chance for Osborne. A good move for heads,
great construction of play. -- a could have chosen. Tried to drag
the shot in himself. -- perhaps. A lovely goal from -- a lovely goal
ahead. Right across and what a -- behalf. Aberdeen's top
goalscorer could not get on the end of this. It look like a decent
easy enough for Graham Stack. Stack It comes back on. A shot deflected.
It may yet -- get me had been been ahead as players's hand. A
Two goals in his last five, but As a manager as you always start
from the back and say, if we keep a clean sheet we can possibly win the
game. It is a mini revival, still a long way to go and still one point
above the relegation zone. They are playing under pressure every week,
Hibernian. Craig Brown was a controversial choice. Were you on
that panel? I did not fought on that one. Aberdeen are unbeaten.
Was that they justify it on board ahead of Neil Lennon, who won
everything? I can see why it was given. And Neil Lennon should win
it if he has won every game, as he won a team of before. Sometimes you
must look at the progression of the team. I was worried for my old team
at the start of the season. Craig Brown is getting together some good
players. He suddenly turned the game around. They are unbeaten
since the turn of the year. Slowly climbing of the league. Now looking
as though they could finish top six. I think it is really good and I can
understand why they got that award. I am really pleased for my old team,
the way they have turned their fortunes around. It will not matter
much if they lose on Tuesday. a big one, isn't it? I know that
place better than anywhere, they will get a decent crowd there. It
is the old traditional cup tie. It is a special place to play football.
If Aberdeen do not turn up and play well, Queen of the South could
shock them. They are playing well and will organise that the moment.
The couple of high profile handshakes were noticeable by their
absence yesterday, one failed to materialise at Rugby Park.
Kilmarnock were hoping for a win publicised spat between the two
managers. He has been snubbed by his counterpart. Perhaps looking
for a reaction after their 4-0 home defeat to Celtic. Other than that
they have been in decent form. The former commander player has
been sized to the deck in front of the come on up a bit. It is a
yellow card only. Jamie Hamel is into the big as well.
That is good play by Fowler. That is a great ball as well.
Command a court to be in front. We have had to turn up in the box
waiting for the foul the ball. He could not have asked for a better
opportunity. Jamie Macdonald was there. It may
have clipped the top of his crossbar.
So socle rose high above Andy Webster.
That is a sore one for Hamill. He is booked, onto a second yellow and
is gone. Shields corner. It got eyes on the
line, but it was put in. Paul Head remonstrate, -- Paul
Hedman and strikes. Despite the best efforts on the
line from Ian black. Kilmarnock are in front. Hamill.
He got away from them Gordon, but he cites his former team-mate to
the debt. -- but he cuts his former team mates to get.
ball in towards say so. The Late, Late Show from Hearts. It has come
from absolutely nowhere. A great ball in. He was at the back post to
guard the header towards goal. Hearts have rescued a point. There
was no handshake between the managers before the game, and once
again after that. Exactly the same. He is not interested. He does shake
the hand of Dean Shields, Kenny Shiels's son. Something said
afterwards as well. A kerfuffle. So much of the chat
about that game centred on the war of words between the two managers
after Kenny Shiels questioned Paulo Sergio's acceptance of the orders
from above about team selection. Wide remit as a manager is to
select the team. If the chairman into fears then am off, because you
have to have principles. It is either back me or sack me. It is a
case of sticking by your principles. case of sticking by your principles.
case of sticking by your principles. There is no way I would have a
chairman to me what players did it. Did you shake his hand? His hand,
his neck? It is OK. He may have a future on the club
comedy scene. Kenny Shiels's hand was left in fresh air as he looked
for his handshake pre-match. It was not happening post-match either,
when it was declined by the Hearts manager, who then went on to shake
hands with the manager's son, Dean shield. Obviously had a word in his
ear. Pass it on to the old man, I think that was there. Is it
entertaining? Is it embarrassing? bit of both. I thought it was
entertaining, but it is a little bit embarrassing as well. We do not
want to see it. It is one of those things were Paolo Sergio for me
should shake his hand. He has said he is angry, but he had a run-in
with Jimmy Nichol as well. Isle of Kenny Shields in terms of, he is a
nice man. A very nice man when you go, he has done well for us. He is
then a few interviews. He is very approachable. He is not a funny man,
so he should stop being funny. He is not Kevin bridges or Billy
Connolly. There must come a time when he knows he is robbing people
the wrong way and he must look after his own team. He had a goal
at Ayr United as well, is he not guilty of just saying what he
thinks? Some people say it is honesty, but I am being honest, I
do not think he is funny. He must look after his own team. I do not
think he would have a terror Park... He tore apart grimy's men, she
would never seek and tear apart Neil Lennon's men or Walter Smith
when he is in charge. He must be careful. Great expectations for
Dundee United on the back of their performance at Ibrox last Sunday,
how would a fair guess St Johnstone?
Kilian Sheridan made a big impact Kilian Sheridan made a big impact
off the bench with an equaliser at 10 Castle last weekend, and started
this weekend in preference to David Robinson. Peter Histon did not have
the toughest of team selection decisions, he started with the 11
who kicked off last Sunday's Kenneth. It was not too far away
from Davison. Almost made the most of his lucky ricochet. Just a foot
or so wide. Paul Dixon from the corner. He has missed it! That is a
calamitous goalkeeping. It's just trickled into the net. Dundee
United have a somewhat fortuitous lead.
That is a lovely ball for the craft. They get there before. He now does
it past him. What will the referee decide? He will book Beecroft. He
feels Croft was guilty of diving. As you will see you. That is
dreadful from Croft. Here comes a croft again. That is a decent
penalty claim from the looks of it. The referee is not interested.
Dickson for daily. A lovely ball from delay for Gary Mackay. Caddy
pick-up a team-mate? It is Callum Davidson into his own net. Two own
goals for St Johnstone. He later's leader is doubled. Great play from
Dili, then Mackie and Stephen. Deverson looks like he could get
out of the way of this. He just diverts it into his own net.
Using great pace once more. Could this be united's third? They could
save. Another great turn of speed back in its now. He United's
defence stood and watched as Liam take's ball was Coleman. I feel he
should have come for that one. Anderson scores for St Johnstone.
Mackay Stephen MACKAY. That is brilliant trickery. Here is Rankin.
That is just sensational stuff. One can almost finished it off. Still
United's press. So close reunited's third. He is such a threat in the
air. Dixon. Johnny Russell at the back post, and it has crept in. He
could not get there. Johnny Russell did not look favoured to win this
ball at the back post. He guided a brilliant header past the keeper.
Dixon's delivery is excellent as well. 3-1 United lead. Dixon.
Another good looking cross. John Daly with the header. And
frantically past her in common. -- emphatically past the goalkeeper.
United are 4-1 up. Delay before Russell. Through nicely. He is
chasing, another mistake in the St Johnstone defence, and a tap-in for
the substitute. It is his first goal in the United should. And he
surely will never score a simpler one. -- first goal in eight United
shirts. United are on easy street in injury-time. Is there to be a
consolation for St Johnstone? It is a good save. He came through a
crowd of players. He could only crowd of players. He could only
have seen this late. It is a good save.
I feel as if I am mentioning Mackay Stephen the most weekend now. They
have unearthed a big talent. Another one. Hm. Honestly. We all
know about his pace. The set-up that goal. Look at how quick he is.
He has an awareness and is so intelligent. One about this?
would break my ankles if I tried that. It is amazing. It is up there
with Eden bt D. If he plays like this, you just wonder, how long can
you hold on to him? He has every attribute. He was two years at
Liverpool. I think he had a hit in today problem at the time was held
him back. If you're at Liverpool in the first place, you have something
special. Yes, and sometimes you do not fulfil your potential until
later years. At 22, he has really come to the fore. You see his
delivery last week at Ibrox and that wonderful skill yesterday, the
cross is that he is picking out and the goals that he is going, the
complete package. Talking of top deliveries, have Dundee United
given up hope of keeping Paul Dixon's contract? They would do
well to hold on to him. If they were going to, they would do would
have been done by now. They have realised he will go on to bigger
things. He set up one of the goals at Ibrox last week. Another top
prospect. St Johnstone must best back from that. They have a cup
replay against Hearts on Tuesday. Well the goalkeeper be lost? I feel
sorry for him, I think mentally he is looking at him and thinking,
c'est que care at the end, it was a bathing kick. -- see his kick out
at the end. We will be working together, I am not sure it is wise,
on Wednesday night. Bear United versus Falkirk. The battle of the
losing League Cup semi-finals. -- here United. I was very impressed
with then against Celtic. It the hard won and I can see it going to
extra time. extra time.
Before we go, you would radically still bad Premier League. Four
points in at between Celtic and Rangers. Motherwell at a six-point
advantage in third place. Dundee United taking Aberdeen's place in
the top six. Not much movement in the bottom half of the table. But
there they are a point better off than Dunfermline.
Confirmation of the midweek matches. Those three replays. And the
rearranged match between Falkirk and Ayr United.
SPL next weekend. All Saturday games.