Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL. Fixtures include Celtic v Rangers, Partick Thistle v Inverness CT and Ross County v Kilmarnock.
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Twisting away from Crenshaw, and scores. Brilliant from Martyn
Waghorn. Scott Sinclair. They always find 's. There is club Obama this
ever sad, unbeaten start to the domestic season. Game, set and
match, Rangers. That is audacious. Moussa Dembele hat-trick. Rangers
have accepted the resignation Two contrasting seasons
for Celtic and Rangers. The Old Firm derbies
so often defining moments. How would they type out
this latest chapter? Here to review all the weekend
action, Steven Thompson Rangers' new manager
Pedro Caixinha in the stands. James Forrest back after injury for
Celtic, straight into the starting line-up, replacing Gary
Mackay-Steven. Otherwise it is the team which played in the Scottish
Cup semifinals. Danny Wilson comes in. Lee Hodson comes in. Toral
missing out. Barrie McKay, outside the Right foot. Snapshot from
Waghorn, kept alive on the byline. Wallace prodding a pass. Suddenly
Brown charging forward. Sinclair against Hodson. Scott Sinclair in
the end runs out of room. First chance for the 18 goals Sinclair to
stretches legs. Shut up pretty effectively. Brendan Rodgers hoping
his team can make it 23 straight Premiership wins. Wilson in trouble.
Dembele had the chance. He likes a goal against Rangers. Five already.
Wilson struggled. The opportunity opened up for Moussa Dembele.
Through for Waghorn. Is it the opening goal? Great save Craig
Gordon. What a chance for Waghorn, he gets the second opportunity on
the end of Tavernier's Russ. What an opportunity. Suddenly Waghorn could
see the Whites of Craig Gordon's eyes. What a big save this is from
Craig Gordon. Waiting in the wings for Rangers, the new manager.
Wallace getting his head to it. Flattered in central midfield. James
Forrest emerging with a really good run down the middle. Clint Hill's
challenge punished with a free kick. Right in front of goal. So difficult
to stop James Forrest. When he opens up like that. That was off-the-ball,
as he made his move. Stuart Armstrong. Clipping the outside of
the post. Was there a touch from Wes Foderingham? Lots of action on the
ball, taking a deflection of Nir Bitton. James Forrest twisting one
way and then the other. Wilson was late. Might well be carded for that.
Advantage play. Kieran Tierney lets rip. Good
strike, not too far away from the top corner, this. Little backflips.
Some strike. -- backlift. James Forrest, to Armstrong. Great
strike from Stuart Armstrong. The Old Firm opener. All he needed was
the glimmer of a chance. He rifled that in. The deadlock broken at
Celtic Park. The mistake from Holt severely punished. The shot fizzing
past Wes Foderingham, inside the post. The runaway leaders on track
for their fifth win of the season against Rangers.
Martyn Waghorn could be in. Stumbling at the crucial moment. He
would not quite full for Waghorn. Armstrong making himself available.
Holding off the challenge from Tavernier. The cutback for McGregor.
Lovely skill from the 19-year-old, see you later. McGregor could have
made more of the cutback. Kieran Tierney, opening up for the
full-back. Flicking it wide instead for Sinclair. Jinking onto the right
and left. Celtic are probing as Rangers again. Looking for the
all-important second goal. Armstrong. Threatening again, Stuart
Armstrong. Really good save. Might just have the narrowing in the post.
Kieran Tierney again. Danny Wilson, another clumsy touch from him.
Dembele threatening. Did not quite catch the shot. Scuffing it in the
end, Moussa Dembele. Dembele. Armstrong, invited to shoot, you and
he does. Flying save from Wes Foderingham. Dangerous looking
challenge by Tavernier on Dembele. Wes Foderingham called into action.
As the ball ran to the byline, was there a clip by Tavernier on
Dembele? Did he trip himself up. Kenny Miller, turning the ball in
for Waghorn. Craig Gordon out to make the save. Celtic seems to
switch off for a moment that was the Celtic goalkeeper had to look sharp
there. Getting there in the nick of time. Martyn Waghorn passing up
another chance to score. Kieran Tierney gives it away, not too often
you use those words. Tavernier. Waghorn gives chase. Bumped into by
Dedryck Boyata. Shoulder to shoulder, the two of them. The
crosses curled in. Flicked on by militants opportunity for Josh
Windass. Won back by Holt. Jason Holt with the curling effort,
bouncing just why. -- just wide. Lunging challenge. Winning the ball.
Patrick Roberts reckoned this was a sure-fire free kick. The referee
thinking otherwise. Holt went close. Quick and slick from Celtic. Dembele
this on the left foot, screws it wide. Moussa Dembele, looking for
another Old Firm goal. Celtic win it. Leigh Griffiths.
Slicing the effort way wide. Well capable of scoring from here, as we
well know. Off-balance that time. Never really set for the shot.
Tavernier's delivery. Second chance, James Tavernier. Great save, Craig
Gordon. Forced in by Clint Hill. 1-1. Clint Hill's fifth goal for
Rangers. The new manager is Carmen the exterior. He will have enjoyed
that moment. Like every Rangers fan inside Celtic Park. Gordon made a
really good save. Powerless to do anything about the loose ball. Clint
Hill getting there first. Our Rangers going to deny Celtic their
fourth Old Firm win of the season? For only the second time, taking
points in the Premiership against the runaway leaders. Celtic going
Route one in search of the late winner. The Challenger Leigh
Griffiths. And again. Down goes the substitute. No penalty. Big decision
for Bobby Madley. The question is, did Clint Hill get a touch on the
ball. Did he go through Leigh Griffiths first? Celtic suddenly in
search of a late winner. In four Dembele. Deflected shot from Leigh
Griffiths. Almost poking up for Moussa Dembele. Scrambled clear.
Finding the heart Yard for the shot at goal. -- the heart
. Scott Sinclair was foiled. There goes the final whistle. For the
first time this season, Rangers get something against Celtic, courtesy
of Clint Hill's late leveller. Craig Gordon saving from Emerson Heineman.
Stuart Armstrong firing Celtic in front. It finishes, at Celtic Park,
Celtic 1-1 Rangers. First half, we were not as fluid, did not have the
control of the game we wanted. Passing backwards instead of
forwards. We made a change at half-time. I thought we had a much
better control in the second half, always looking like the threatening
team. We concede a goal, we are disappointed with. The second phase,
we leave a gap. The boy gets a shot in, they score from the rebound.
Then we do not get a clear penalty, talking to the referee after the
game. Clint Hill said on the pitch to me after the game, he got away
with that. Disappointed between the four officials they do not see it,
looked a clear penalty. Lots to talk about after
that, Graeme Murty city with the spirit. Did Rangers deserved a
point? For me, they did. Started the game of a real intensity. Going
4-4-2, pressing Celtic high up the pitch. Barrie McKay is the trigger.
He knows not to sell himself, or commit. Waiting to see what Craig
Gordon does. Again Rangers working really well in the opening stage, in
terms of the pressing. Kenny forcing Dedryck Boyata out for the throw in.
Graeme Murty deserves a lot of credit into the high press. Celtic
escaping it to an extent. Comes out wide, but Rangers for Celtic back up
the pitch. They started with a real intensity that a lot of people did
not expect. It is a hard one, Martyn Waghorn in on the keeper. Bright
start from Rangers. If they managed to score at that point. They could
have converted the dominance they had early on. Which is what they
would have been looking for. Brendan Rodgers speaking about them passing
the ball back too much. Rangers need credit, they deserve credit. Stuart
Armstrong argued the best player on the pitch. Should you be in the
Scotland squad tomorrow? No doubt he should be in the Scotland squad.
There is a claim he should be in the starting team in the form he is in.
Good first touch, to find the bottom corner, disappointing clearance from
Jason Holt. Armstrong is so quick to latch onto it. One touch out of his
feet, balance well. What a strike. A lot of strikes on goal today were
superb. Burned-out player on the pitch. He had the little injury,
coming back again. Top, top player. It would be astonishing if he was
not in the squad. Real shout for him to be in the starting XI. Gordon
Strachan at the game today. We will get into this later, Celtic knot on
top of their game entirely. Rangers, to their credit, they came back into
it in style. Too many of the Celtic performers did not reach the level.
From 70 minutes onwards, the defender is meandering back in.
Another smart stop from Craig Gordon. When Rangers got to 80
minutes, you felt they were going for it. That is a horrendous tackle.
Yellow card, fowl, the referee does not see it. Rangers building
momentum. These three players, you would want them to rotate.
Unfortunately you have McGregor and Roberts in there. They drift out of
position, creating the hole Brendan Rodgers spoke about. Emerson
Heineman with the shot across Gordon, good save. Good credit from
Hill. He's not tracked in. Well done, Clint Hill, getting there.
Brendan Rodgers landing Clint Hill in it, regarding the penalty appeal.
You are not convinced, Stephen? This is a free kick outside the box. As
they go in, it sits high. Understand why the battery has not given it.
Seize the ball move. Definite touch from Clint Hill. Watching from this
angle, the anyway Clint Hill can get that ball, does not matter what the
anglers, he has to go through Leigh Griffiths. He has two foul him. The
argument about where he is, and the ankle, is irrelevant. Because the
ball sits up, gives Clint Hill the opportunity to get his foot in. Yes
he does, he has two foul the player first. I do think he did. That is
relevant. Wherever the referee is, the Borders on the left-hand side of
Leigh Griffiths, he is on the right committee has two foul Leigh
Griffiths. Not a big enough out. He has touched him. I think it is
crazy. Brendan Rodgers talks about refocusing for the semifinal.
Disappointed obviously. Really gives Bell at the start of the second
half. Armstrong was good. Too many of the biggest players did not show
up. Dembele, Sinclair, James Forrest. This semifinal is
absolutely massive. Celtic are desperate for the treble. Rangers
showed today they are capable of causing an upset. What of the new
coach make of it. In the stands today? Any manager appointment comes
an element of a gamble. In terms of the fact he does not have a great
deal of knowledge of Scottish football. We don't know a great deal
about him. Time will tell whether he turns out the right appointment. Big
overhaul needed in the summer to make Rangers more competitive. Time
will tell, whether the funds will be there to do that.
Hearts still hoping to catch Rangers, but Ian Cathro's side
They'd lost their last three games ahead of the match with Hamilton.
But the Accies without a win at Tynecastle in 40 years.
Jamie Walker is back foot Hearts. Two changes from the team Bscanty
ten days ago. Five changes for Hamilton after losing 6-0 at Ibrox.
McKinnon is suspended. Barry gives backing goal. -- Barry Gibbs backing
goal. Flying save from Gary Woods. That is missed by McMahon. What an
opportunity for gun -- Goncalves, knows he should be
scoring. Redmond give it away. Hamilton on the back foot. Good
strike from Mickelson. Shaping up as a busy afternoon for Woods. Walker,
finding space. Goncalves. Another stop from Woods. He had to adjust,
to claw the subway. Under pressure, Hamilton. Cowie's corner kick, off
the training ground. Good effort, juggled, finally felled by Gary
Woods. Maybe more off the laptop than the training ground. Walker, a
quick hit. Quick reactions from Woods, to keep this out. Being in.
Bingham. It is Gary Woods against Hearts at the moment. Lovely pass
from Novak. Cut back. Walker. Finally Hearts in front. Taken until
first-half stoppage time. For the home team to get what they deserve.
Finally Gary Woods beat, 1-0. Down went Walker. Looking for the free
kick. McMahon, back to Woods. This will be a free kick for handling the
backpass. Gary Woods claiming he heard the whistle. Craig Thomson
says no. Big opportunity for Hearts. Goncalves. Dumping it in. Ten
minutes after the interval, two goal advantage for Hearts. Controversial
ruling. No way back it would seem for Hamilton. Walker is away. Taken
out. That will be yellow. Very inviting free kick opportunity for
Hearts. Walker, that is brilliant. Right out of the top drawer from
Jamie Walker. Any doubts about the outcome at Tynecastle are removed
now. Two goals in little more than a minute. Given away again. Donati
this time. Gary Woods found a way of keeping this out, unconventional,
but it worked. The free kick is given. Close call, this. Might have
been a penalty. They scored number four. Gary Woods has been battered
into submission. This one going right through him. Our job is to win
games, get enough points to stay in the league. If we perform like that,
we won't, because that is not enough. If we look at other teams
about us, talking about not playing well, but we're not bottom of the
league. We created a lot of attacks, good play on the sides. Through
that, we managed to stop Hamilton from having any real prolonged phase
of pressure around our box. Being strong, the right decisions, leading
to press, get ourselves high up the pitch as much as we could. Strong
performance defensively. Fantastic victory for Hearts after a poor run
of form. A tale two halves for the Hamilton Academicals' goalkeeper,
Gary Woods. A number of good saves in the first half. Good save. This
one download, managing to get it past the post, wonder. And this
bizarre incident ten minutes into the second half. Looks like team
stops. I don't understand why he does not just stop it with his foot.
A bit of uncertainty. Not under any real pressure, getting close down.
Look where they take it from 60 yards away. Bigger target for
Goncalves de hit. No chance for Woods on that one. That is terrible.
Terrible attempt at saving it. The wall is lined up poorly. At least
one man outside the post, to make it difficult to bend it around. A clear
gap. Pour from the goalkeeper. Hearts creating a lot of chances.
How much can this be a springboard for them? A lot of criticism. They
will hope it is a springboard. Typical fixtures, Aberdeen away,
Celtic at home. Going to be a tough run. They have been in a number of
games against teams in the bottom half of the league, not picking up
on the points. They will hope this 4-0 win against Hamilton gives them
some confidence. They will not be judged by a home game against
Hamilton. Hearts need higher expectations. Not getting any easier
for Hamilton. They have tough fixtures, they have been through a
tough set of fixtures. Losing ten goals in the last two games, they
are Ibrox next week. Worrying period.
St Johnstone still very much in the European hunt, but they'd
St Johnstone lost the Ibrox last time out. No Anderson. Enforced
change from Paul Hartley from the side that lost to Partick Thistle.
Olsen has plenty of power. Out wide to Maclean. Cummings, too straight.
Throws his hands up in horror. He wanted to put that either side of
the goalkeeper. That is just kept in. No doubt about the clearance.
Options left and right for Clarke. Foster outside goes long. Cummings,
Paul Paton makes the run. Great midfield run. Scores for St
Johnstone for the very first time. 12 minutes gone. Simple header, back
across, he wanted it more. Foster. McLean. Cummings playing it back to
Swanson. Going for the top corner. The dominance of the match
continues. Real pressure on this Dundee back four. St Johnstone
losing their last three home matches. In better fettle today.
Blair Olsen beating Nicky Brett the near post. Cummings clipping it on.
Taking it in his stride. There was pace in that. The goalkeeper
certainly looking to be at fault. Dundee falling two behind.
Yet to see Dundee as a serious attacking threat. Not going to do
so. Here comes Swanson. McLean making a great run. A chance for a
third. Touched over the top by Scott Bain. The thumbs up from Steve
Maclean. A great little ball. Didn't have to break stride. Not the
cleanest of shots, as he fell away. Reflective off Craig. -- deflected
off Craig. Paul Paton away. Mark O'Hara returns to the danger area.
Headers into the path of James Vincent. Good save from Zander
Clark. It will not fall Dundee's way in the box. James Vincent, 22nd
appearance for Dundee today. Looking for his first goal. It nearly came.
Graham Cummins have had a good game. Swanson back towards Cummings. Into
McLean. It's a beautiful backheel onto Paton. That's wonderful
football again from St Johnstone. Brilliant little backheel and Paul
Paton just opened his body up. That was meant for the top corner.
They are struggling to get goals at this level. Just two so far this
season. It doesn't give the Dundee fans anything to shout about here.
Good technique initially, dragged it well wide. A disappointing
afternoon. Williams with a free kick. It's deflected off Forster for
the corner. Beautiful delivery. Credit the striker for giving the
strike away. I thought we were excellent from the first whistle and
it was more like the type of performance we have had at home in
the past, but maybe not too often this year. The tempo we played from
the first to the last was excellent and that's with or without the ball.
The flattest performance of the season for us. We were right off the
pace. St Johnstone were more determined than is and it was a poor
performance for us. A good home victory for St Johnstone. They will
have enjoyed that. Blair Alston arrived from Falkirk in the summer.
What have you made of his overall development at St Johnstone? He's
doing well. He was a standout performer at Falkirk. It's taking
him time to get used to the Premiership. He brings energy to the
team and can bring goals. He's a dynamic player. The thing that
impressed me most yesterday was the timing of a lot of his runs. He was
linking up with the front two very well and running beyond them on
occasions. Again, another effort on goal. He was a standout yesterday.
How poor is the defending from Dundee? The goalkeeper was beaten
from the front post. Alston has taken time to settle and I would
expect to hit him -- hit the ground running. He was talking about the
performance full of tempo. That's something that Blair Alston brings
to the side as well. It was the flattest performance of
their season? Defensively it didn't look great. They've had an
up-and-down season. It looked as if they will struggle to get into the
top six. That's where Dundee have got to be aiming. If they finish in
the bottom six it hasn't been a successful season. They need to
realise there's only a certain number of points above the play-off
place and they play Celtic and Aberdeen next. They are tough games.
You can get dragged down so quickly. Why are they so hot and cold? A
great question, I'm sure Paul -- Paul Hartley is scratching his head
and wondering. It's a concern for him. To get caught in the bottom
six, it is up in the air in terms of who will finish in the play-off
spot. The last time Motherwell went
to Aberdeen they were on the end of a 7-2 mauling and Mark McGhee
became a social media sensation. A lot can change in
the space of a few weeks. McGhee gone, Steve Robinson
in caretaker charge this time. Ryan Jack is back earlier than
expected. There is a start but oh, in defence in place of the suspended
Andrew Considine. Motherwell are without their top scorer but jewel
has made it, as Stephen Robinson looks to build on last week's
encouraging win at Kilmarnock. Stephen Robinson, only recently
returned to the club. Certainly in the box seat as far as the job is
concerned here at Motherwell. The header from Heneghan goes into the
side net. That's Motherwell's first real opportunity.
I shake of the head from the referee at Nial McGinn, keeping it alive.
Rooney. A fabulous save by Samson. This is instinctive. By the Scotland
squad keeper, to keep out Adam Rooney, who didn't know much about
it. I find challenge their, by O'Connor on McDonald. Scott McDonald
Mr the 7-2 defeat here. Mark McGhee's final act. It's Nial
McGinn. Relatively comfortable, that time, for Samson. Nial McGinn loves
a strike from outside the box. Jack. McGinn. He'll fancy a game. And
that's why. He was denied by Partick Thistle last week. Now again, Craig
Samson is keeping him out this time. Craig Clay has given it straight to
Jack. Here's McGinn. Heneghan comes to meet him. Squeezes it over. They
want a penalty. Gives it back. Zach Jules was in the way. He feels he
was impeded by McHugh. Taylor, Aberdeen looking for an eighth
successive home victory. They haven't managed that since the
Ferguson era. It's a wonderful ball in by McLean. He might have expected
one of his strikers to turn round. He's been in fabulous form, Kenny
McLean and knocking on the Scotland door.
Motherwell desperate for a clean sheet. They haven't managed one in
the league in a year. Away from home. That was scooped over by
Shinnie. Yet another terrific goal by McLean.
Christie, not long on as a sub. Aberdeen hunting down a winning
goal. It's McGinn, again, denied by Samson, again. And impacted by
Christie. Stolen away from Q. -- from McHugh. Unexpected Pittodrie
crowd. -- and expectant Pittodrie crowd. A wonderful home record,
Aberdeen. This is Ryan Christie. The clock though continuing to tick
down. Any McLean. There's Craig Samson. Who is on a one-man mission
to make amends for that last visit here.
Here's Hayes. Good jinking play by Hayes. That's Nial McGinn, and Dave
won it! They have won it, right at the death! You can't say they don't
deserve it. The Dons players disappear up the tunnel in
celebration, as Nial McGinn once again proves his worth to Aberdeen
Football Club. It just shows you the spirit of the side. They never know
when the beaten. Today was an of that. There was only one team here
to win the game and one team to try and spoil it and we got what we
deserved. It took as until the last two minutes but that's what the
dressing room is all about, fighting until the end and getting a result.
We matched them every step of the way and we frustrated them. They had
possession in areas that would not hurt us. We defended well. I asked
the boys for desire and commitment and they were organised. I can't ask
for more from them. We got punished from switching off once. The players
enjoyed that and can -- went off for what can only be described as a
huddle in the tunnel, very odd. Enjoyable for them. Kenny McLean, a
standout performer. We were talking about Stuart Armstrong and being in
the Scotland squad, should Kenny McLean be in the Scotland squad
tomorrow? I think he should. He has come into form of late. That's a
wonderful cross with his right foot, a nice take on turn. Here, you see
the different aspects of his game. This is a wonderful crossfield pass,
pinpoint accuracy. I think he finds Adam Rooney with it in the end. Look
at here. This is a really fantastic cross, right over the back of the
defence. A great chance. He's got so many different sides to his game.
This is a driving run. He gets a free kick from it. You talk about
Stuart Armstrong. The one difference is that Stuart Armstrong has that
finishing touch. He is scoring more goals than Kenny McLean. If he wants
to step up to the next level, if you can add more goals to his game, he
would be a certainty in the Scotland squad. You are going to create more
chances. Stuart Armstrong's goals are not particularly scored from
chances that are laid on to him. He's scoring more from strikes.
Kenny McLean is capable, no doubt. He has improved in the last month
and is performing better now than when he broke into the Scotland
squad previously. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't in the
squad. Aberdeen becoming experts at scoring late goals. They certainly
are, to win 12 of the last 14 games is frightening, but 11 of the goals
they have scored these seasons in -- have come in the last ten minutes of
matches. They never know when they are beaten and keep going until the
end. Yesterday was another game. Motherwell were stubborn, had a game
plan. They had to get it right. The last two times they have conceded
ten goals and they had to defend, but they find ways to beat teams and
they did. When you tear -- here Tony Docherty in the interview, you can
see how delighted he was they got the win and it speaks volumes for
the character of the side. As for Motherwell, they have a short list
of five, including Stephen Robinson, to be the full-time manager. What
sort of manager do Motherwell need? A good one! A manager that is going
to get results for them, because they are down in the mire there as
well and as we've spoken about in respect of Dundee, you end up in the
bottom six and it's all up in the air in terms of who will get in the
play-offs. They need someone to steady the ship and get some
results, quickly. This weekend last year,
Ross County won the League Cup. This weekend, they took
on a Kilmarnock side still being led by interim boss Lee
McCulloch. A hamstring injury in the pre-match
warm up means Scott Fox misses out. For Kilmarnock, Gori Dicko and Rory
McKenzie drop out after the defeat might Motherwell. -- defeat by
Motherwell. Jason Naismith with a cross. Almost caught out Freddie
Woodman in the Kilmarnock goal. Nearly a freakish opener. For the
fullback. Child find the ball towards the back
post. Paul Quinn is there. He couldn't hit that one on target.
County pressing for the opening goal.
Sharp will have a chance to go for goal. It's deflected just over the
crossbar. Sharp has had a few efforts. That might have been
testing the goalkeeper. Long throw-in. It falls for Sammon, who
slides it home. Kilmarnock, who have had so little in the way of
attacking play, move in front. Boyd causing the problems, Conor Sammon
with a second goal in three games. It might break for Gardyne. Instead,
he lays it off for Schalk. Back for Gardyne. Didn't get hold of that.
It's a really good save from Woodman, to keep his side in front.
County will be stung by Kilmarnock having taken the lead. They've
really dominated most of this match. There's boys, it's deflected over.
County must be wondering what they have to do to score. Liam Boyce, his
shot deflected over by the former Koeman, Scott Boyd. Van der Weg.
That's current, back for Boyce. He got hold of that. A deserved
equaliser for Ross County full. Liam Boyce's first league goal this year.
Gardyne does well to find room for the cross. That was Naismith, coming
into the back post. Woodman felt he had to touch it round the post. It
might well have been heading wide in any case, but the keeper taking no
chances. Jim McIntyre must feel his side can go on and take all three
points. Sharp with a chance to put them ahead. Again, he's not too far
away and again, it's a good save from Woodman. Dipping free kick.
It's Quinn, getting on the end of that and Van der Weg, so close. So
close to putting County in front for the first time in the match.
Kristoffer Ajer hacks it away, Fraser returns it. County pick up
possession. It's Schalk. Woodman on this occasion couldn't hold it.
Schalk has had at least half a dozen efforts on goal himself.
Hendry. Kilmarnock pick up once more. Wilson, with a hopeful ball.
Boyd might just get on the end of that. He has. And would you believe
it, Chris Boyd, with just five minutes remaining, looks like he's
given Kilmarnock all three points. Something of a smash grab act. Not
really defended by Ross County here. The predatory Boyd does what he does
best. Today was a real kick in the teeth for us because we deserved,
with the amount of the game we had, we deserved more, but we've also got
to show the quality when we get into those areas and punish teams.
Equally Cod Army our concentration levels, which for long periods of
time is in the game were very good and we defended stoutly but the
goals we are giving away our criminal, really poor. It's a
fantastic result for us, for the players, the way they dug in. The
second half, Ross County had probably the better half chances,
hit the bar a couple of times. But we had a game plan, stuck to the
game plan, and I felt it worked today. A really good win for
Kilmarnock and Stephen Kris Boyd breaking records again. Yes, what
can you say? He was born to score goals. That's 100 goals for two
different clubs, the first player to do that in Scottish football. It's a
phenomenal record from a player who has had an outstanding career. Lee
McCulloch is in a good position to potentially get the job full-time
and he recognises how influential Chris Boyd is to the Kilmarnock
side. I think he actually said that Kris Boyd was worth his weight in
gold after. That's a lot of gold! In all seriousness, he will be
delighted to have a guy of Chris Boyd's type in the side because of
the looking to get in the top six, which is realistic, having someone
who is capable of scoring goals is a big positive. Is for Ross County,
just three points above the play-off spots. Should they be doing better?
They should. They've underachieved. Maybe this at the bar too high last
year and they haven't got anywhere near that with the budget they have,
they should be in the top six. They lose too many sloppy goals. The
goals they lose our poor. Yesterday, for
large spells in the game, they were on top. You spoke about this time
last year they won the League Cup. Only Hamilton have picked up fewer
points since then in the league. That's not good enough for Ross
County. Budget, top six, and I look at the quality of the squad and they
should be challenging to get in the top six, but they are languishing at
the bottom and it's worrying times for Ross County. I think Jim
McIntyre, the management and structure, recognise with what they
have got they should be doing better. OK.
There was disappointment for Partick Thistle last
weekend, as they bowed out of the Scottish Cup at Aberdeen.
But they'd won their last four games.
They took on bottom of the table Inverness Caley Thistle.
Partick Thistle changed to a back four. Danny Divine is injured.
Stephen Lawless is back in the midfield.
There's a three-man central defence. Draper is suspended. Henri Anier
start. There's been three league wins in a row without conceding a
goal. They are on the front foot early. Warren. Warren dispossessed
by Lawless. Here's Callum Booth, in towards Dillon. Edwards with a
follow-up come busting an over the top. -- blasting it over the top.
Lindsay's head flick. Vigurs gets it out. Only as far as Edwards again.
Battling hard. Players are appealing for a penalty. Warren. High
delivery, finds Henri Anier. It's Henri Anier and Inverness take the
lead, through Henri Anier. Or do they? They're flag is up. It's
offside. Given against Billy McKay. Is he in line of sight with the
goalkeeper interfering with play? It won't count. Inverness have only
picked up one away league win this season, that was at Motherwell, back
in October. Here's Doolan. Well, a fingertip save their bike Owain Fon
Williams. Turning round the post. Getting away from Raven. He's done
well. Warren knocks it away, only as far as Erskine. Here's proof. Wood
-- here is booze. The pressure is on Inverness Cal Edison. Doolan knocks
it in and Khalidiya Sillari in front after 56 minutes. It's Kris Doolan's
tenth goal of the season, his fourth in his last five games. It was
Edwards with the assist. Doolan with the finish, for his 99th goal for
Partick Thistle. Doolan. Erskine, and need 1-2. Erskine again.
Brilliant save by Owain Fon Williams. Almost an own goal.
Excellent reactions. Raven, working a short corner with
Tansey. Sony gets his hands to it. -- Kearney. Erskine, who has a man
in the middle. Good breaking flavour by the Glasgow side. -- good
breaking play by the Glasgow side but the effort was straight at the
keeper. We are well into stoppage time now. Is there one last chance?
King with the delivery. It's Warren and Inverness have earned a point,
and it could prove vital in their battle to avoid relegation, in the
second minute of stoppage time. Gary Warren claims his third goal of the
season. In the driving seat with ten seconds to go, we have to stop the
ball going in the box. It was disappointing. We deserved the three
points, with the overall play. We made a couple of changes. It's a
huge one today, a very close game. We played against a top four side
today, they are excellent team, strong, aggressive, they can pass
the ball. They have goal-scorers. It's a big point. Interesting
comments from Richie Foran, as always, very late goal for Inverness
Cal a Thistle. It could be an important goal in the final
equation. And a disallowed goal? Is the correct decision. You can see
Billy McKay gets in the way when the shop comes in from -- when the shot
comes in from Henri Anier. It's the correct decision. The goalkeeper has
to do well. He is impeded there. It's the correct decision. The
officials have done well to call that right. What did you make a
Richie Foran's comments describing this all as a top four side? They've
been honoured fantastic run but I don't think they've been in the top
four this season, there's no doubt, they haven't. It's a bit of a crazy
comment. As you just said, that is potentially a really big point for
Inverness, because it's very tight at the bottom and every point, ten
seconds from the end, it will feel like a victory to them. They've come
through a tough spell of fixtures. They will feel they are one point
behind Hamilton and can get into the play-off. They have the derby next
weekend. It's a huge one for both sides, it's a good battling point.
Maybe not a top four side, certainly a top six side, Partick Thistle.
Potentially, we've spoken a lot about the battle at the bottom and
the best way to avoid it is to get the sixth place and at the moment,
Partick Thistle are starting to build a bit of a gap and up on a
fantastic run of form. They are going about in the right way to make
sure they avoid the battle at the bottom. Getting in the top six is
the best way to do that. Why since the turn of the year as it around
for Partick Thistle? Thing Kris Doolan hitting form, getting his
tenth goal of the season. They've been brilliant since the start of
the year. Clean sheets have been massive for them and they played --
play Kilmarnock next week and if they win that it will help them.
Thank you. Tonight, the Ladbrokes Premiership
table looks like this. Aberdeen eight points
clear of Rangers. Rangers six points ahead
of Hearts, who stay a point At the wrong end of the table,
Hamilton Accies second A weekend dominated
by Old Firm intrigue. But stories everywhere
in the Premiership. We'll do another
chapter next weekend. Until then, from all
of us - goodnight.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Highlights of the weekend's Scottish Premiership action. Main match of the weekend is the Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park. Elsewhere, Aberdeen take on Motherwell and Hearts face Hamilton in the race for key European places. Meanwhile, Partick Thistle host Inverness CT, Kilmarnock face the long trip north to take on Ross County and St Johnstone host Dundee in the Tayside derby.