13/03/2016 Sportscene


13/03/2016

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL, as well as Hibernian v Ross County in the League Cup final.


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Hello, good evening, and welcome to Sportscene.

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It's a spectacular opening goal in the derby.

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The League Cup final, the Premiership title race,

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Both League Cup winners twice in their illustrious careers,

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Would this be the biggest moment in Ross County's history?

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Or would Sunshine On Leith ring out come the final whistle?

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Hibs welcome bag Marvin Bartley and top scorer Jason Cummings from

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suspension having missed last weekend's Scottish Cup quarterfinal.

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Lewis Stevenson was man of the match is a 19-year-old when Hibs last won

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silverware in 2007. For County, Paul Quinn featured in the League Cup

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final 11 years ago for Motherwell as a substitute. Michael Gardyne played

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when County lost the Scottish Cup final in 2010.

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Jason Cummings is unlikely. He forces the same from Gary Woods. It

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was a great effort. He pulled the trigger and almost catches the

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keeper. It is a good save from Gary Woods.

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Henderson should do much of the Baltimore in wins. What can Alex

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Schalk conjure up? He only has Gardyne. I can tell you

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Schalk conjure up? He only has touchline. Irvine does well. They

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can slip it through to Michael Gardyne who is onside. He puts Ross

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County in front in the final. It is a wonderful finish from Michael

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Gardyne. From our Hibs point of view, defensively, they will not be

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happy. Hibs give the ball away in the middle of the park. Jackson

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Irvine times the price to perfection. It is a good tackle, but

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it falls perfectly for Michael Gardyne to roll in. The easiest goal

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he will ever score and he has done it in a cup final.

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Jason Cummings has got the ball. That was from John McGinn. I think

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that was going wide, but Gary Woods did not know that. It is a decent

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save. Jason Cummings was trying to get more elevation. His first touch

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is good but the goalkeeper takes no chances. The fifth corner kick for

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Hibernian. Liam Fontaine. In the chances. The fifth corner kick for

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nick of time, Liam Fontaine blasts Hibernian level. That is a

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magnificent strike. David Gray gets the flag. He is going away from goal

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and he gets good power. It goes past Gary Woods.

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County are standing firm. They are under the cosh a little bit.

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Henderson, Anthony Stokes has work to do. It is a good turn. He is very

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close to giving Hibs the lead. He does well to hold off the defenders,

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just looking for the turn. He goes for the near post, just wide. Brian

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Graham is under pressure from Marvin Bartley. What has partly done to

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Brian Graham? Brian Graham is going to cut across him. It is a good

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sport from the referee. -- Marvin Bartley. This is Schalk, he asks the

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question of Mark Oxley. He comes up with the answer. Foster, it has been

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forced then. It is not going to count. It is a hanging bowl. The

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goalkeeper is standing. The player gets a run. Goalkeepers are well

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protected. Yes. Michael Gardyne, has he got the

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final ball? Schalk is there. That must win the League Cup for Ross

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County. The final minute of the final. A Highland

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County. The final minute of the Ross County football club. Michael

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Gardyne does the work down the far side. The ball comes in centrally

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and when it falls, he cannot miss, Alex Schalk in the right place at

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the right time. Liam Fontaine tries to clear and he sets it on a

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the right time. Liam Fontaine tries for Schalk. He cannot believe his

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luck. They may have won the cup. Liam Fontaine's effort. That would

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have been quite something. This would have been some finish.

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have been quite something. This skill, but straight at the

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goalkeeper. He is so unfortunate, and still we play on. Oxley has

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goalkeeper. He is so unfortunate, up for it. It would not drop. It is

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all over. It is another Highland coronation. Ross County have won

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their first major silverware. If we did not know it already, the

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Highlands is officially a Scottish football hotbed. For a club that

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until the summer of 1994 spent in existence in the Highland league,

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this is the most special moment. You said before this game it would be a

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theory tale. You are living the dream. Some up your feelings. I am

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thrilled. It was a tough game. I thought Hibs were the better team in

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the first half. We were more of a goal threat in the second half.

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Crucially, we scored at the right times, we scored against the run of

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play. Our goalkeeper and defenders made good blocks. Equally, we were a

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real threat. I am delighted that we've got the trophy and we will

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take it back to Dingwall. have spent all but seven of their 22

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seasons with a net the top tiers. -- within. It is Ross County's League

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Cup. This will trump the lot. The dream

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has become a reality. It is massive, the club, the supporters, you work

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so hard for your career. You sometimes think, when are you going

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to start seeing the benefits? Days like this are massive for me and the

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players. We are grateful we could put on a show. This has been such a

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roller-coaster of emotions, cup runs, cup disappointments. This is

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the best victory of my career. Phil runs, cup disappointments. This is

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credit to Hibs, the rigid runs, cup disappointments. This is

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were the better team in the first half.

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were the better team in the first good account

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were the better team in the first think we deserved it. I think it is

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fair to say the greatest day in the history of Ross County.

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fair to say the greatest day in the Thompson, what will it mean to the

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club, today's match, and how they are feeling now? You know how they

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are feeling. It was an amazing day for Ross County. What they have

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achieved in the last ten years has been staggering, everyone from the

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chairman to the players and the staff at the club. It is incredible.

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It emphasises the importance of the Highland clubs in Scottish football.

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Both cups are in the Highlands. It has been a dramatic change in the

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last 20 years in Scottish football. Also a dramatic change in terms of

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formation for Ross County, 3-5-2? It was unusual. When I was Rangers

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manager last year, we went to Hibs was unusual. When I was Rangers

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and we played the same way. It lets you get two upfront. Because they

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are playing with a diamond, not out and out wingers, you can play the

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likes of Gardyne. Some clubs have done it recently and got success

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with it. It worked today. Great scenes at the end for Ross County. A

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massive day for them and a massive performance from Jackson Irvine in

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midfield. He was everywhere? This is the opening goal, it was a sloppy

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pass by Thomson. There was nice weight on the ball. All day, he was

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in a battle against McGinn. They came out on top. He is very fit, he

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is a box to box midfielder. He was a good acquisition. It was his

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strength. Lots of clubs, Motherwell, Kilmarnock, they wanted him. But

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they got him. He was outstanding. Credit to the chairman of

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they got him. He was outstanding. get that sort of player. You need

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the manager they see it. This is composure. This is the goal. He

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takes it down on his chest, and it is a nice pass. Man management is

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key, but obviously recruitment. You need to have the backing like the

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chairman has done. That was a soft moment? It was bad for Fontaine?

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Yes, he will be disappointed. If he leaves it, Ross County will score at

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the back post. He should have probably tried to clear with his

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right foot. Hibs put so much into probably tried to clear with his

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today. They will be disappointed. These were the thoughts of the

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Hibernian manager, Alan Stubbs. We have made some mistakes that have

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contributed to our downfall. No blame will be pointed. It is not a

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contributed to our downfall. No nice way to lose. On another day, it

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could have been different, but unfortunately not today. We need to

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take strength from this, we cannot let it affect us. We have a lot to

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play for this season. Today, yes, they will be disappointed now, but

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they have to make sure they do not have this feeling again. And

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outwardly, there will be questions about the bottle of Hibs.

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Disappointment today, it is a massive season for them. They play

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Inverness in the Scottish Cup replay on Wednesday. They could be sick of

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Highland clubs? It is hard for them but they have to refocus. Alan

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Stubbs pointed out that they have such big games coming up. They have

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a quarterfinal on Wednesday. More importantly, they have nine cup

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finals in the league after that. In the last five games, they have lost

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four and drawn one. They have not played Badu -- badly. They should

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have got extra time today. They will have to regroup. It was individual

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mistakes. How difficult will it be for them to regroup, it will be

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tough? It will be difficult, but they have a good squad. They have

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people that will be desperate to get in on Wednesday night, they will

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want to get into the semifinal and back to Hampden Park. Ross County's

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day for sure. To the title race

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in the Premiership. Celtic began the weekend one

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point clear of Aberdeen. Ronny Deila's side at Firhill

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for a Saturday lunchtime kick-off Alan Archibald makes two changes for

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the side that lost 2-1 to Aberdeen during the week. Gary Miller and

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Kris Doolan comment. Mathias Pogba drops to the bench. For Celtic, or

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only one in force change, Stefan Johansen is injured, and Nir Bitton

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replaces him. That is a decent cross. There is

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Leigh Griffiths. Tomas Cerny eventually gathering that one. That

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was a good save by Tomas Cerny. He was moving to his right and he had

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to change direction. Alan Archibald can be relatively pleased with the

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way his side have started the match. Sean Welsh, cleared by Callum

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McGregor. That sets up nicely for Liam Lindsay. Craig Gordon has to

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pull off a pretty fine save to deny the centre back. It was a lovely

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strike by Lindsay. It was a good tight for Gordon all the same.

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Sviatchenko brings Lustig into play. Through for Leigh Griffiths. A nice

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touch for Kris Commons. He just slipped as he went to shoot. That

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caused the ball to rise a few inches higher than he would have liked.

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Partick Thistle very much in this match. Chris Doolan trying to put

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them in front. Not past Craig Gordon. He did exceptionally well to

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create the opportunity but couldn't poke it past the Celtic keeper. Gary

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Mackay picking up. Managers to dig out the cross. Griffiths. One touch.

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No surprise, Griffiths has put Celtic in front on the stroke of

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half-time! He did extremely well to get the cross away. Lee Griffiths

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half-time! He did extremely well to puts it past the goalkeeper for a

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35th goal of the season. That is some strike rate. Celtic ahead.

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Wallace. Callum booth. They could do with early equaliser in the second

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half. Lawless. They made a good first things in the first half find

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half. Lawless. They made a good themselves behind. Stephen picking

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up now. Booth is well out of position. McGregor is allowed a

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runner. That is a fine goal from Callum MacGregor. Celtic strike

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early in the second half. They might put this game bed already. McGregor

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taking full advantage of the gap created by Booth's 's absence.

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Richards. Fred sit through four Griffiths. He gets the ball

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backwards. Still a chance. He tags it well wide but Cerny keeping

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Partick Thistle just about in this game.

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Partick Thistle just about in this and Richards could not catch

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continue. WHISTLE

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He's pointing to the penalty spot. He has penalised for what appears to

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be tugging. The arm comes out. There was a bit of contact there. He

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believes it was a penalty kick and no

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believes it was a penalty kick and get back into this match. Sean

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Welsh. He taxied past Gordon with some aplomb. Out of nothing, Partick

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Thistle have a lifeline in this match. They looked dead and buried.

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A poor goal from their point of view, throw in. The second goal, it

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came at a bad time for us. We became stretched. It was a battle in the

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first half and we took our chances. You have to be prepared for it and

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the boys are hungry, I can see that. I'm very happy for the team.

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the boys are hungry, I can see that. three points for Celtic. Griffiths,

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35 goals for the season. His almost doing as well as you did in your

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best season, Stephen. He's not quite that good but he's been absolutely

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sensational. He's actually transformed himself in the last 12

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months as a player and now looks far more focused on his performance

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levels and is bringing their every single week. To say he's an

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important player would be a massive understatement. This is an early

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chance to get in the match, cross from McGregor, who had a good match

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as well. An intelligent header. He waits in the box and a fine save

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from the goalkeeper. It is properly the only chance Celtic created in

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the first half. The second, it probably should have gone over the

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goalkeeper. I want to highlight the amount of space and time the Celtic

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players are given here. Look at McGregor. There's nobody within five

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yards of each of the players. This is one minute before half-time and

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Partick Thistle done well is one minute before half-time and

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0-0. But, unfortunately for them, slack marking from the throw in.

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They do well to cross from here. slack marking from the throw in.

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thought Griffiths was going to try and kick it but they misjudged the

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flight of the ball badly. When the ball lands, watch Griffiths, he

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never takes his eye off the ball once and when it's on his left foot,

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you would fancy him to score all day long. His game has improved. His

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link up play, left foot, right foot, heading, we think is going to play

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for Scotland now. The whole nation is crying out for him to get a

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chance with the Scotland team. Can you guarantee he will start against

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Denmark? There's only one man who can guarantee that and that's

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obviously Gordon. It would be a surprise if he did not start, the

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way he is playing. If I was a Celtic supporter, I would be concerned and

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hoping he doesn't pick up any suspensions or injuries because he's

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key player, he is their main man playing in central role. I don't see

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anyone else filling that and he has playing in central role. I don't see

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improved on his heading, right side. He is all-round and he's plenty of

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confidence. McGregor has had his problems off the field with a

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drink-driving conviction. Yes, that's two goals in two games and he

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was impressive yesterday. I thought he played well. Partick Thistle will

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be disappointed from a defensive perspective. He gives it away and

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Celtic into the attack at speed. When he runs with the ball here, if

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I just pause it now, you can see Celtic now have a passing

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opportunity to Griffiths and Kris Commons. He gets drawn to the ball

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which makes Gary Mackay's pass easier. Look at the amount of space

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McGregor has here. An unbelievable amount of space to go through the

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keeper and what happens is Welsh and Gregor go one-on-one and from this

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point in time, he's only got one thing on his mind. He goes on to his

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right foot. He dives in. One thing as a defender, always tried to stay

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on your feet in the box. He doesn't. It's a great finish from McGregor

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who had a good game. What is his best position? He's another one who

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complain number ten. Anywhere in the middle three, left, right, or in the

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centre. He came back from Notts County and had a good run there.

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We've had in the Scotland squad. He's adding goals to his game. He's

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giving Armstrong out of the side. If you can get on the ball, he can play

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with confidence and go with both Wales. -- ways. It was a nervous

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finish in the end for Celtic. Was it a penalty for you? I thought was

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very soft. Celtic should not been in this position in the first place. In

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the second half, they could've been 4-0 up. It was an awkward penalty.

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The referee is given the opportunity to blow his whistle. Laws takes on.

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He grabs slightly with his right arm and then his left. It doesn't alter

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Wallace's body position. I definitely thought it was soft. It

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wasn't a penalty for me. I think the referee sees the left on goes out by

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don't think it was a penalty. In the end, it didn't matter but I thought

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it was definitely soft. So Celtic throwing down

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the gauntlet to Aberdeen. Could Derek McInnes' side rise

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to the challenge once again in their 3 o'clock kick-off

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against Kilmarnock? Aberdeen are boosted by the FAQ

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McLean and McGinn aback. Smith is back. He comes in for Kevin McCarty.

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Lee Clark looks for his first win. The last time Aberdeen won a match

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by more than a single goal it was against Kilmarnock, it was 4-0 at

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Rugby Park. This is Kenny Maclean. So very nearly celebrate the

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Scotland cap with the opening goal here. McDonald was well beaten by

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the strike from Maclean. Killie desperate to edge away from Dundee

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United at the bottom of the table. McGinn is enough. McDonald thinks it

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was a save. Should McInnes of school, though? Johnny Hayes, his

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ball across. A great ball in from Johnny Hayes. Barry Robson swings at

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him. Chris Taylor! He gives Aberdeen the initiative at

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Pittodrie. Robson set up the winner at Partick Thistle in midweek.

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Kilmarnock have begun the second half positively. McKenzie. It is

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McInnes. It is 1-1! A sensational start to the second half for

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Kilmarnock! Logan and Brown at sixes and sevens. It is McInnes to damages

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Aberdeen's title charge. Robson's delivery. Aberdeen desperate for a

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winner. It is McGinn excavation work they hit the woodwork for the second

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time. One point is not enough for Aberdeen. They need all three from

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now on. -- it is McGinn! . McInnes puts it just passed. Nervous stuff

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from Aberdeen. Maclean. He goes down. Hayes. The referee is

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not interested. Lee Hodgson on loan from MK Dons.

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In the Aberdeen attack today. Great ball in by Hayes! Logan turns at

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home! At huge moment for Aberdeen. Logan and Aberdeen, he marks with

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ago. -- a goal. Consider dying. Here comes McGinn. Logan does

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ago. -- a goal. Consider dying. Here normally does at the back. That's

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his main job. Lee Clark, still waiting for that victory. Can they

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salvage a point? Finlay. Can he do his club a favour? The Celtic

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defender rose highest. They do struggle to put teams away,

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Aberdeen. A chance to do so here. It They do struggle to put teams away,

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is into the side net. They had to win, it given Celtic 's result in

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the lunchtime kick-off at Partick Thistle. Aberdeen doing enough to

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win this one. Kilmarnock looked like a good site

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today. I thought we deserved to win the game. We played better than

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them. If we take the chances, it might be more relaxing for

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everybody. In the first I had more faith the players than they had in

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themselves. They played with aggression in the second half. They

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caused us problems and we're disappointed we didn't get something

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from the game. Another crucial three points for Aberdeen who looked like

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they were going to dig it out every day the moment. Do you feel they

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need to play and basically win every game to win the title? Pretty much.

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Every week they are asking questions and every single week they are

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delivering at the moment. Three very hard-fought teams and they keep

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delivering. They are going to have to keep on delivering. And start

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showing self belief. There are showing great determination and

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yesterday was another example of it. One player is doing that, delivering

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weekend and week out. One of them is Shinnie. He's been impressive.

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McInnes made his thoughts known midweek. Yes, he's played numerous

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McInnes made his thoughts known positions in the park, and I think

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he settled into that position again now, his strongest, he's been in the

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squad but you can only pick so many and Gordon has been trying to do

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that. He can tackle, get back he's got good pace and had a great

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delivery of the ball and a lovely left foot. He can think himself

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unlucky he is not involved in it. With both full-backs combining?

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mentioned Logan getting in the back there. And here, it's good defending

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in the end. They certainly get the full-backs on and create lots of

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chances, Aberdeen. They are finding ways to win the game. There may not

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do their best of the 90 minute that find their way to win three points

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and that's down to the management team. Former Scotland international

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Barry Robson recently came back into the fold at Aberdeen on the pitch.

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How pivotal figure could he be in this final furlong of the season?

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late stage in the season. He's missed most of the season, but

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good player. He is composed and you can't give him space and time on the

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ball because can't give him space and time on the

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passing. He creates opportunities. can't give him space and time on the

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in his locker. A little nutmeg can't give him space and time on the

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He is a talented player. He could be a big, big player. Quality passing

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into a good area for Aberdeen. He could be a big player for Aberdeen

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into a good area for Aberdeen. He in his closing stages because you'll

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bring quality and he's a big lead in the changing room and off the pitch

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and This was a meeting of two out of

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form teams, neither with a victory in the past four matches in the

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league. Hamilton had showed for a penalty early on. Darian MacKinnon

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felt his shot struck the arm of Lewis Horner, but the referee

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disagreed. The last meeting between Lewis Horner, but the referee

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the sides was a seven goal thriller at the end of

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the sides was a seven goal thriller never likely to be a repeat here.

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Liam Polworth firing over after Inverness Caley Thistle first sight

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of goal. Hamilton were victorious yearly early in the season and they

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took the lead on the mark. Grant Gillespie slipping in Carlton Morris

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who fired past Fon Williams to put Hamilton in front. Three of Carlton

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Morris' goals this season have come against Inverness. The visitors had

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a chance to double their lead, but Williams prevailed in the one-on-one

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against Docherty. There was little to hearten John Hughes, but his side

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almost fashioned an equaliser. The high ball into the box caused chaos,

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and Nathaniel Wedderburn was unable to supply the finishing touch.

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Darren Lyons man in the right place to sit Hamilton. Still, Inverness

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priced, Andy Redwood was not willing to award a penalty for this. We're

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not getting the rub of the green at the moment. Some decisions are going

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against us. We're getting decisions. It is just going against us, in the

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back of her net from a breakaway. You need to stand up to that and use

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it as fuel to give you the determination to get back to winning

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ways. For us to be on top for the first 70 minutes, we played well. I

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thought we were deservedly ahead. We have maybe got some breaks that we

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have not been getting lately. Inverness put us under pressure, but

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I thought we were defensively solid. So many chances in this match at

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I thought we were defensively solid. dens Park. The gifted feet of Greg

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Stewart almost created an opening for Kane Hemmings. A touch from

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goalkeeper newly -- Neil Alexander was vital as Hearts lip to keep a

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fourth clean sheet in a row. Down at the other end, Jordan McGhee rose

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highest. It looked like Hearts had taken the lead, but the offside flag

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was up. The score stayed at 0-0. A great move from Dundee then carved

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open Hearts. Paul McGowan with the shot, brilliantly saved by

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Alexander. Dundee were far from finished. Kane Hemmings played

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through Greg Stewart, and his cutback found Cameron Kerr. But his

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shot failed to find the target. Dundee would pay for their

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wastefulness. Djoum with the through ball, and Jimmy Walker with the

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skill to beat the goalkeeper and find the net. Jimmy Walker with his

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fourth goal in five games. find the net. Jimmy Walker with his

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real rising star of the Scottish game. A slick Hearts move then saw

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real rising star of the Scottish Juan Mata write his luck. Dundee

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keeper Scott Bain with the sort of save that has seen him called into

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the Scotland squad. -- Juanma tried his luck.

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Then the big moment for Dundee to try and take something from them --

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from this game. Rory Loy, but the keeper came to the rescue. European

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football for Hearts looks a certainty as they are well clear in

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third place. They had some opportunities, and so did we. It was

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a good game, lots of action. We are bitterly disappointed. Today was

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important. If we want to stay close, we have got to come to Dens Park and

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win. Aberdeen and Celtic have won by one goal and that is what you need

:36:09.:36:11.

to do to stay at the top of the league. Another good win for Hearts,

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but a massive win for Hamilton in Inverness. You felt that Inverness

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should have had a penalty? Yes, I think it is definitely a penalty.

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Without a doubt it is a handball. The player has his back to the play.

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If his hand is not there, Inverness have a header on target. He goes

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down holding his face because he knows it has hit his hand. You could

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say he does knows it has hit his hand. You could

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because he has his back to it, but his hand is in an an unnatural

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position. It should have been a penalty. What do you think Wes and

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acting kit is a penalty. Those are the breaks that John is talking

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about. The referee has got to have clear eye line. In terms of Hearts,

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in third place, they will be playing European football next season, nine

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points behind Aberdeen. They have a game in hand and Aberdeen, they play

:37:09.:37:13.

them twice before the end of the season. Have they got the chance of

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catching them? Yes, I really young back four played yesterday. The

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goalkeeper, Alexander played well. Dundee had good chances, but they

:37:24.:37:27.

are on a roll. They will have believe they can do it. They will

:37:28.:37:32.

certainly get European football. Is Jimmy Walker on the Scotland Raider?

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Yes, him, Nicholson, Paterson. I have always liked Jimmy Walker. He

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has come back into the setup after injury. He is playing well and

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always on the radar. Dundee have the derby match next weekend, a massive

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game for both clubs. We will hear about Dundee United shortly. What do

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you make of Dundee's form. They were going well but they had that

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difficult game against Rangers. They wanted to show a reaction after that

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game at Ibrox. It was a humiliation. They played well yesterday. They

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will think they should have scored a goal. But they did not. They are

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hitting bad form with only four games to go until the split. They

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have drawn too many games. Last season they got into the top six in

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the last game. They can still do it. Friday night was all

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about the relegation battle and Dundee United's continued

:38:34.:38:35.

attempt at the great escape. Louis Laing is sidelined with a

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groin injury, so Josh Law comes into the team at right back, in the only

:38:49.:38:53.

change for Motherwell. Problems in the goalkeeping department

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change for Motherwell. Problems in that Szromnik lines up between the

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sticks for Dundee United. that Szromnik lines up between the

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Morris and Coll Donaldson coming to the defence. It will come to Scott

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McDonald. Is that over the line? It is a miraculous save. Scott McDonald

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surely had to score, but give some credit to Szromnik. That is to

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reflect save. -- that is a great save. That is a clever ball inside

:39:29.:39:40.

to John Rankin. Anier, it is in the net, but the flag is up on the

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to John Rankin. Anier, it is in the side. Click to the back post

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Dixon. But Anier was just offside. Connor Ripley

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Anier. A stunning strike from Henri Anier. He was the hero with two

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goals against Ross County in the cup and he has done it again. Our

:40:12.:40:15.

fantastic opener and a and he has done it again. Our

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one from Dundee United. Brilliant from Anier. Dundee United lead, 1-0.

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The switch of play from Ryan Dow towards Paul Dixon. That is a good

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strike. Connor Ripley had to be towards Paul Dixon. That is a good

:40:32.:40:38.

alive to that. It was a fizzing strike, bouncing off the wet

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surface. The goal keeper did well to get behind it.

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That is a nice first-time ball from John Rankin.

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That is a nice first-time ball from Ripley is in to make the save.

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That is a nice first-time ball from was a

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Motherwell defence was caught out. Connor

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Motherwell defence was caught out. was cleared. That is a strong

:41:00.:41:08.

challenge was cleared. That is a strong

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gives a free kick. He certainly won the ball, Ryan Dow, but it was a

:41:14.:41:16.

strong challenge, too the ball, Ryan Dow, but it was a

:41:17.:41:18.

Crawford Allan's lighting. the ball, Ryan Dow, but it was a

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towards goal. It is the equaliser for Motherwell. Marvin Johnson is

:41:24.:41:32.

the man who is celebrating. That is a sore

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the man who is celebrating. That is stoppage time. It was a clever

:41:34.:41:40.

header from Marvin Johnson. Szromnik may feel he could have done better.

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That is a loose pass. Louis Moult spreads the play. Marvin Johnson

:41:51.:41:51.

That is a loose pass. Louis Moult on the loose, running at the United

:41:52.:41:58.

defence. He has a go, against the crossbar. A terrific effort from

:41:59.:42:02.

Marvin Johnson. crossbar. A terrific effort from

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but so close to number two. Motherwell have been a different

:42:10.:42:13.

proposition since they got the first-half equaliser through Marvin

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Johnson. They have had the better in the second half. That is a nice

:42:22.:42:27.

pass. Motherwell take the lead through Louis Moult. Marvin Johnson,

:42:28.:42:35.

once again instrumental. There was Moult to tap home 17th goal of the

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season and take Motherwell into the top six. It was a classic game of

:42:40.:42:43.

two different haves. We were top six. It was a classic game of

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fortunate to be level at half-time. We did not work hard enough. It took

:42:49.:42:55.

half-time to sort that out. Fortunately we got the goal. We were

:42:56.:42:59.

level and did a platform to win the game. In the second half, we worked,

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and it was not as joined up or fluent as I would have liked, but we

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put lots of work into getting the results. We deserved the victory. In

:43:10.:43:14.

the first half we should have scored more goals. We had good

:43:15.:43:18.

opportunities. We were not sharp enough with our passing or

:43:19.:43:23.

finishing. It cost us in the end. Really important for Motherwell. A

:43:24.:43:30.

friend official, Scott McDonald, but should they expect the call from the

:43:31.:43:36.

compliance officer for this? I think it is a red card. You will know that

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himself. You can have your arms high to get leverage to jump, you can

:43:42.:43:47.

hold people off, and I do not think it is particularly violent, but his

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elbow is up, and 100% it catches Thomson on the nose. It is not the

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worst one I have seen, but by the letter of the law it is a red card.

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That was a pivotal point. Dundee United were 1-0 up. If Motherwell

:44:04.:44:10.

lose a man, you think that United have a chance of seeing it out. I

:44:11.:44:13.

was at the game and I did not think there was much in it, but it

:44:14.:44:17.

obviously catches him on the nose. There could be action against him.

:44:18.:44:22.

Keith Lasley looks like he will be out for a while. Stephen Pearson is

:44:23.:44:27.

out for six weeks, I believe. They could use experience. To compound

:44:28.:44:33.

the United narrative of misfortune, a free kick given against Ryan Dow.

:44:34.:44:38.

Questionable? Yes, I was at the game and my first thought was it was a

:44:39.:44:43.

good strong tackle. He wins the ball and carries on. I do not see

:44:44.:44:47.

anything in it. Once the free kick has been given, when you have three

:44:48.:44:52.

centre-halves, six foot plus, there is no way that Marvin Johnson should

:44:53.:44:56.

be winning the header. It is a lovely goal. The goalkeeper takes

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two steps forward and he cannot recover. Was it a free kick for you?

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No, it is a brilliant challenge. You have got to look at Ryan Dow, he is

:45:08.:45:12.

not the sort of player that will go over the ball. He moves his foot so

:45:13.:45:16.

a foul and it was a pivotal moment. a foul and it was a pivotal moment.

:45:17.:45:23.

-- it was a pivotal moment. Dundee United had dominated. Dundee can do

:45:24.:45:28.

without Paul Paton getting suspended. This should have been a

:45:29.:45:35.

red card. He is frustrated because they are losing. He has a Laxalt. It

:45:36.:45:42.

is a clear kick. The referee is in a good position. -- he lashes out. He

:45:43.:45:50.

expected a red card. He put his hands up. It was frustration but it

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is a red card. And all that leaves

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the Ladbrokes Premiership table Celtic remain one point clear

:45:55.:45:56.

of Aberdeen, although the reigning champions do have a game

:45:57.:45:59.

in hand and far superior goal Hamilton level on points with

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Inverness. Kilmarnock remain eight points

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ahead of Dundee United. To the Championship,

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and Rangers had the chance to extend their lead at the top

:46:16.:46:17.

on Friday night as they entertained Before the game, Ibrox remembered

:46:18.:46:20.

Rangers hall-of-fame goalkeeper Billy Ritchie, who

:46:21.:46:23.

passed away this week. Rangers make one change. Michael

:46:24.:46:51.

O'Hara returns while Rob Key misses out through suspension. One change

:46:52.:46:56.

for the Morton side which lost to Celtic last week. Bobby Barr returns

:46:57.:47:09.

to the starting line-up. Miller. Mackay. Wallis on the overlap, as

:47:10.:47:22.

usual. Lovely move by Rangers. He was so close to finishing it off.

:47:23.:47:30.

Wallace and Miller combining. Need to play. Breaks for Miller. A chance

:47:31.:47:41.

now. Deflected over the top of the crossbar. Managing to get the merest

:47:42.:47:47.

of touches from Miller. Wallace. Kenny Miller a game. Morten

:47:48.:48:06.

break it up. Bobby Barr is off and running. He has done well. Good

:48:07.:48:11.

effort. Morton are in front. It is Denny Johnson on the scoresheet once

:48:12.:48:19.

more for the 12th time this season! The striker from Birmingham City

:48:20.:48:27.

getting on the end of that one. The visitors are in front at Ibrox.

:48:28.:48:33.

getting on the end of that one. The Something to concern Mark Warburton.

:48:34.:48:40.

There is Kenny Miller! Rangers are on level terms. Two minutes before

:48:41.:48:48.

the interval. Kenny Miller's 14th goal of the season. Excellent play

:48:49.:49:00.

between the two defenders to steal at the front of a goal. Rangers have

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only suffered one defeat in the last 20 matches. Here is Mackay. He

:49:05.:49:14.

grabbed the ball. Rangers are now in front. A bit of good fortune with

:49:15.:49:24.

the initial touch. But there was no disputing the finish. Miller.

:49:25.:49:31.

Johnstone. Trying to curl it. Wallace got behind it. He is there a

:49:32.:49:43.

game, the Rangers goalkeeper. Johnston trying to pull his side

:49:44.:49:50.

level with that effort. Folding up to the task.

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level with that effort. Folding up from promotion to the

:49:56.:50:09.

Lee Wallace! from the Rangers captain. He swung

:50:10.:50:19.

his boots back at it. Outstanding from the Rangers captain. He swung

:50:20.:50:24.

effort. He killed it into the top corner for his eighth goal of the

:50:25.:50:25.

campaign. Rangers coming forward

:50:26.:50:42.

Miller inside him. Shields is there, as well. Shields. Breaks of the back

:50:43.:50:51.

of the goalkeeper. Miller! The flag is up for offside against Kenny

:50:52.:50:55.

Miller. He thought for a second he had his hat-trick. But when the shot

:50:56.:51:00.

came in from Dean Shiels, Miller in the central area, just offside.

:51:01.:51:08.

Rangers victorious once again and that means they are 14 points clear

:51:09.:51:14.

at the top of Ladbrokes Championship. 14 points of Falkirk.

:51:15.:51:22.

Hibernian have two games in hand. What does Lee Wallace have to do to

:51:23.:51:27.

get to the Scotland squad? I have so much respect them not only as a

:51:28.:51:31.

player but as a person. He is outstanding. Even last season, it

:51:32.:51:36.

was fantastic in the dressing room. He has fantastic linkup with Mackay

:51:37.:51:41.

down the left-hand side. He gets forward but his delivery is good.

:51:42.:51:44.

down the left-hand side. He gets Good quality. And again, he can

:51:45.:51:52.

count himself fortunate not to be involved.

:51:53.:51:57.

count himself fortunate not to be great desire, as well. This is a

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fantastic finish. We've not seen him doing that much.

:51:59.:52:05.

We've seen in that position a lot during games this is

:52:06.:52:15.

position. You can see they are exposed. It's a rebound and there's

:52:16.:52:21.

nobody in the left-back position. That's the one thing you would say.

:52:22.:52:26.

He is given a free role to get forward. Maybe the players should

:52:27.:52:29.

cover him better. It's something they have been aware of late.

:52:30.:52:33.

They've had a lot of clean sheets. I think it was a one-off. Elsewhere,

:52:34.:52:38.

Falkirk drew 1-1 away at Dumbarton. A result that leaves them very much

:52:39.:52:45.

I think pretty clear to see he off for blocking the shot.

:52:46.:52:57.

I think pretty clear to see he stepped up to score a penalty

:52:58.:53:00.

I think pretty clear to see he 56th minute. But it wasn't over. In

:53:01.:53:02.

injury time, Danny Rogers. Penalty 56th minute. But it wasn't over. In

:53:03.:53:14.

kick. And it would mean 56th minute. But it wasn't over. In

:53:15.:53:19.

steps up to give Dumbarton a share of the points. It finished 1-1. In

:53:20.:53:24.

the mix for the Championship of the story of the day has been Ross

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County. Congratulations to them. From all of us on the Sportscene

:53:26.:53:29.

team, until next weekend, # Fairy tale, my favourite fairy

:53:30.:53:47.

tale # Our love is a fairy tale and it never has been told # Before.

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Four. Four.

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Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches, including Hibernian v Ross County in the League Cup final, with Ross County looking to win their first major trophy and Hibs seeking silverware for the first time since winning this competition in 2007. Plus action from the Scottish Premiership as champions Celtic look to maintain their lead at the top.


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