David Currie introduces reports and results from around the country. Including Rangers v Hearts, St Johnstone v Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock v Inverness.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the penultimate Premiership
I should warn you, today's show features mild peril
and perhaps scenes some of you might find disturbing.
That's relegation battles for you, eh!
Never mind, our studio guests will keep you informed and maybe
even entertained on our long journey through Saturday afternoon.
They are Steven Thompson and Mixu Paatelainen.
Let's start with a look at the old scoreboard.
First up, the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership:
Celtic 3-1 winners last night. Dundee trail Ross County 1-0.
Motherwell have the upper hand, 1-0 away to Hamilton. Killie 2-1 up at
Inverness. Rangers the victors over Hearts.
I can put some flesh on the bones of that 2-1 win for Rangers over
The three points - arithmetic improbablities aside -
Well, they are six points behind Aberdeen with two matches to play.
The Dons have a vastly superior goal difference.
Pedro Caishina, the happier of the two managers at full-time,
Barry McKay scoring the winning goal for the home team after a mistake
from the Hearts' goalkeeper, Victor Noring.
That was just after Isma Goncalves had drawn Hearts level,
five minutes or so into the second half, when the visitors
They'd fallen behind to a Joe Garner goal
Gents, Steven, as I mentioned there, Rangers will finish in third spot in
the Premiership. Should they be happy with that? Not really. I don't
think so. I don't think it could be classed as a successful season. The
match they started well. They were in control. Hearts were all over the
place defensively in that first half. Rangers were the better side
in the first half. In the second-half it flipped round.
Hearts, they had a man less, 10-men, they were the dominant side. Rangers
were nervous and disjointed in the second-half. Couldn't string a pass
together. They got the points, much like last week they got the points,
they didn't get the performance for me. We will have a bounce around the
grounds, I believe. We have drama, Dundee v Ross County. Penalty for
Dundee. Dundee 0, Ross County 1. Boyce put his side away. McGowan
tried to get them back, it looked soft. I would like to see it again.
It's blasted in off the bottom of the bar. Dundee 1v Ross County 1.
Let's head next of all to Lanarkshire. A Derby there. Hamilton
against Motherwell at the bottom-of-the-table. 1-0 to
Motherwell. That man, Moult, his 18 of the season. A strange goal on
what has been a pretty awful match in all honesty. A real relegation
battle in every sense of the word. The ball from the right hand side
seemed to hit Moult on the shoulder. It went into the back of the net.
Moult straight to the Motherwell end, packed out this afternoon. What
a vital goal that could be for the Fir Park side. It's been an awful
game. The home side had a decent chance. Volley from eight yards out.
Decent chance that went over the bar. Plenty of nerves out there this
afternoon. No wonder. Motherwell know if they hold on and Inverness
lose they will avoid automatic relegation. 1-0 to Motherwell as
itten Stas. Rugby Park. Jonathan, what's happening? Kilmarnock 2,
Inverness 1. Longstaff put Kilmarnock ahead. He put it into the
bottom of the net. # 1-0 at half-time. Second-half they flexed
their muscles they looked the better team. Jones out pacing the Inverness
defence before Des patching a shot into the net. Kilmarnock looked to
be on easy shift and Inverness were shuffling out of the Premiership. A
through ball sliced through the Kilmarnock defence and Fisher pulled
a goal back. They have looked energise. They search for the
equaliser that would mean so much. Leak for Inverness as it stands.
They have hope. Let's be upwardly mobile for a minute or two. We are
heading into the top six am Johnson at home to Partick Thistle. St
Johnstone 1, Partick Thistle 0. Swanson with the only goal of the
came from the penalty spot. He was tripped inside the box. He dusted
himself down before firing the ball beyond the keeper. The they were far
the better and should have had a second penalty. The referee waved
play on. Thistle not out of it. Liam Lynsey had a header cleared off the
line. 10 minutes left to play. Is on to the Championship play, second-leg
of the semi-final match, Paul Mitchell is watching. Wonderful save
from Graeme Smith. Four steps back and touch the ball over the
crossbar. McManus trying to catch the goalkeeper off his line. 1-1.
Two a piece on aggregate. Caldwell got the scoring with a goal after 51
minutes. Mvoto didn't see him. As the defender played the pass back to
the goalkeeper didn't see the striker nip in. Caldwell a good
finish, calm and proposed. There was a triple substitution, none of those
players were involved but Raith Rovers got back into it. Mvoto
redeemed himself with a header from six yards out. Finally poised with
ten minutes to play. So much drama today. I can't concentrate nothing
that Yemen have gone a goal down? It just flashed up. High stress and
high drama all round. Raith Rovers there. One each, tremendous peril
for John Hughes and Raith Rovers. They've got to win? Yeah. To go 1-0
down, so nerve-wracking unbelievable. Raith are a decent
size you can be. It's quite sad to see them in that position. When you
consider last year they were in the play-offs to go up? Absolutely. No,
no. Still all to play for. 1-1. Exciting stuff. They have done a
fantastic job. They just survived last season in the division they are
in the play-offs and putting Raith Rovers in a difficult position. All
good. Back to the Premiership, chaps. Dundee v Ross County. That is
a tense one as well, isn't it, gents? It certainly is. 1-1. Ross
County started the game very well. Caught Dundee on the back foot and
scored a decent goal through Boyce, his 21st of the season. He has been
scored a decent goal through Boyce, a talisman for them. Dundee have
scored with a penalty. Unbelievable celebration. He jumps into the
Dundee crowd. I'm sure he was booked for it. It has been a tense game. If
it stays like this a decent point for both clubs. A draw is enough for
Ross County to be safe from any play-off possibility. I think both
clubs would take a draw. One point this stage of the season so
valuable. It's been even Stevens. Both teams have had chances. You
can't say that one of the clubs deserve the victory from there. I
think a point is valuable for both of them. The biggest game of the day
has to be the Lanarkshire Derby. Lots hinging on it and impactses on
the other all the other matches as well. Motherle well, through Moult,
if if you are going to pick a scorer you will go for him. Off his
shoulder? Poorly dealt with by Hamilton. I thought it looked like a
looping header. We will take their word for it that it came off their
shoulder. A tense game, as you can imagine. Very little quality in the
game. Crunching tackles. Not a lot imagine. Very little quality in the
of quality. Not a lot of goal-mouth incident. The best chance of
Hamilton was eight yards out. It is caught too well, decent height for
the goalkeeper. If he he hit it low it would have been in. It's a Derby
match. Derby matches are scrappy. Yeah. Never mind the magnitude of
the match. The winner, basically, is, you know, halfway safe. Not
surprising - It's a Derby match. Saint Johnstone need a point to
guarantee European football. They are going about it in style. One up
there. Will they close that out comfortably? I don't know
comfortably. They are a good team. You know, especially when they are
in the lead. They play that 4-4-2 system solidly. A sticky side to
play against. They have 1-0 lead through a penalty. Swanson. It we
felt it was a penalty. Clipped the foot there. Another two penalty
claims in the match that I think both are very, very strong claims.
One on Payne on the edge of the box. We don't know whether it was in or
out and another Swanson one later on. Don't know who it was. One or
two penalty claims within the game. If Caley Thistle lose it looks like
curtains? We have been saying that for four months. It isn't over over.
It puts them in a purr ril louse position. Kilmarnock have played
well. The first coal came from a howler, goalkeeping mistake which
wassen the first goalkeeping mistake of the day. We saw Viktor Noring's
one in the Hearts game. Another howler not a great day for
goalkeepers. Inverness did well to battle into the match. It's too
goalkeepers. Inverness did well to little too late. I think it it is.
No, it's third. We have a gel. In the Championship play-off
semi-final, Paul Mitchell? Raith Rovers are in trouble. Raith Rovers
may be going down to League One. A simple long ball from the back,
Trouten raced into the box, steadied himself and lashed the shot past the
keeper. They are leading with five-and-a-half minutes to play,
Brechin City. Right, I think it's time we had
a think about last night's The fifth, but not final meeting
of Celtic and Aberdeen this season. The Champions chasing
a century of points, the Dons perhaps hoping to put down
a marker for the Scottish Cup Final, Unbelievable start for Celtic. It
was assisted by Aberdeen poor defending. First goal from the
corner kick was a well-worked goal using the block there from the
training ground. This one is poor defending. That should have been
cleared there, not spill it there. Good finish. Yes. It should
Neverland there. Leigh Griffiths. We know what he can do. That goalkeeper
has to bury that. I don't care how much the ball moved. The goal he
keeper said, the ball moved. So what, Parry it well. Hayes what a
supposed finish. Top corner, side-foot. Wonderful finish. What I
want to say about that. Here's the penalty claim for Aberdeen. It's a
50-50. That is a definite penalty. Ball away from the goal. I think
that's what the referee will say. Look, the ball is away. It doesn't
matter. He wipes him out in the box. Contact there. It could have been
given. There would have been a substitute goalkeeper coming onto
the pitch. What I want to say about Aberdeen's performance last night,
the pitch. What I want to say about what a strong mentality they showed.
Going 3-0 down after 11 minutes. Then 3-1. After that it was all
Aberdeen. They were fantastic night and showed strength and character. I
can't wait for the Scottish Cup Final. Even though it was a defeat
on the face of it, look at the scoreline, convincing defeat, did
they put down a marker for the Cup Final It's a one off game. They need
to defend better than they did in the opening period of that game.
They gave themselves too much to do. It really does depend. They can take
positives from the performance. They've got players who can hurt
Celtic. They need to bring it on the day and defend well. Defensively it
was poor from Aberdeen, no denying that? There were mistakes. Every
match is different. You can never say those mistakes will happen
again. Aberdeen had a couple of changes in their line-up as well.
Rooney didn't start. Stockley had a great chance, great header that
would have been 3-2. If Rooney with a there, he would have put that
away. It was a tight game. You know, the way Celtic started, they looked
so convincing. Gooif games between them now. Celtic won them all. 100
points, 99 goals, Cup Final coming up. No-one has beaten Celtic this
season domestically, you perhaps are going for an Aberdeen win? I fancy
Celtic being unbeaten in the league and Aberdeen winning the Cup, how is
that for you? Because it's one of and Aberdeen winning the Cup, how is
his It's Aberdeen come ex-clubs. I don't agree, I think Celtic will
win the treble and go unbeaten and it will be an incredible achievement
from a top side with a top manager. They have not taken their foot off
the gas since becoming Premiership champions, rattling in the goals.
100 points, 99 goals, they will get 100. 100 points and 100 goals in a
season is unbelievable, fantastic. To go unbeaten... We need to raise
season is unbelievable, fantastic. our hat. We spoke about Rangers
finishing third. For Hearts... They just want the end of the season
pronto. It has been nowhere near good enough since Ian Cathro
arrived, he knows it, the fans know it and they are starting to lose a
bit of patience. He needs recruitment in the summer that
brings better players to the club than he did in January, he brought
in nine players and it hasn't worked. He will be judged very
quickly at the start of next season to make sure that his new players
and ideas are implemented, because the supporters won't stand for it.
Hearts fans let their voice be heard and it hasn't been good enough. Even
Ian Cathro himself would argue... It's not been good enough, that's
the bottom line. It has become a cliche of the modern age, managers
get two transfer windows before they can judge them. I go along with
that. Players are the most important thing in football. They make the
mistakes, they show the brilliance to win matches. They are everything.
So it is only fair that a manager gets time to bring in his own
players that he wants, my question is, does Ian Cathro really know how
he wants to play? He is still juggling, do we go like this? Like
this? A back four, a back three? Full-time at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock
2-0 Inverness Caley. -- 2-1. It guarantees Kilmarnock's top-flight
status for another season and leaves Inverness Caley hanging by a thread.
Kilmarnock were the better side for the majority of the match and took
the lead in the first half thanks to a mistake by the goalkeeper,
Longstaff gathered it on the edge of the area and fired low into the net.
Kilmarnock doubled their lead in the second half, great pace shown by
Jordan Jones, tearing away from the Inverness defenders and despatching
a low shot past the keeper to make it 2-0. It looked like all hope had
gone for Inverness Caley, but Greg Tansy sliced apart the Kilmarnock
defence with a perfect through ball, Fisher was alive and roll the ball
home to make it 2-1. Renewed energy. Inverness had chance after chance,
waved forward by their manager, rigid form, but the second goal
would not come and they are still very much rooted to the bottom of
the table. -- Ritchie foran. The Kilmarnock fans celebrating the
Premiership for another season. Hope springs eternal for Raith Rovers.
They have equalised against Brechin. And they had to wait until stoppage
time. Declan McManus with his ninth goal of the season. Brechin simply
could not keep them out, they were trying to clear the ball. A couple
of blocks, it felt to Declan McManus with an emphatic finish. One minutes
still to play. 2-2 on the day, 3-3 on aggregate and extra time is
looming at Starks Park. No extra time needed between St Johnstone and
Partick Thistle. St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle, congratulations to
St Johnstone, who have secured fourth in the table and European
qualification for a remarkable fifth year in succession. What a job Tommy
Wright has done. Swanson scored the winning goal, he is off to join
Hibernian in the summer. The matchwinner again this afternoon,
his ninth penalty of the campaign, 15 goals in all, breathing the
difference between St Johnstone and Thistle. A mini pitch invasion by
the Saints fans. Two home games left, however St Johnstone have
secured fourth and a European spot. St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle.
The League 1 play-off second leg of the semifinal today. The match
between Peterhead and Montrose. Peterhead won 3-0 on the day, 4-1 on
aggregate. They only came off the bottom of the division on the last
day of the league season. Still alive in terms of maintaining their
position in League 1 next season. Once again, the man they can thank
is Rory McAllister, goals number 24 and 25 of the season. He converted a
corner from six yards. In the second half, from a controversial penalty.
Nicky Reilly looked to have gone down... Well, he was clipped but
took a couple of steps before hitting the deck. Possible
repercussions, but McAllister knocked in the penalty. In the dying
seconds, there was a goal from Jordan Brown. By then, Montrose were
reduced to ten men. Matty Smith taking retribution on Nicky Reilly,
lashing out while the pair were on the deck. Peterhead Kamla forward to
the first leg of the play-off final. the first leg of the play-off final.
-- can look forward. They have won 3-0 on the day. Hamilton against
Motherwell is all over in the relegation battle. A huge 1-0 win
for Motherwell in a real battle in Lanarkshire. Cards were flashed,
tackles flew in, but the visitors triumphed. Louis Moult with the goal
in the second half. The ball appeared to come off his shoulder
before looping over Matthews. A golden opportunity for the home
side, but a volley was well saved by Griffiths. They were lacking in
belief today in Lanarkshire. A game lacking in chances and quality, but
a vital three points for Motherwell, who took the applause of a packed
away end in front of me. A huge win for them take them one step closer
to Premiership survival. Hamilton 0-1 Motherwell. Full-time at Dens
between Dundee and Ross County. Our man in Dundee, usually in the
Highlands but we have given him a break. Martin. Dundee 1-1 Ross
County, which keeps County in the Premiership. Also a valuable point
for Dundee, inching towards safety themselves. A few weeks ago, they
would have bitten off your hands for that. O'Dea pulled Dundee level from
the spot after Kerr was knocked to the ground. It seemed soft but he
lashed home off the bar. Probably deserved, as Dundee control the
match-up from the half-hour mark after county had opened strongly.
Boyce with a neat flick into the corner and they might have
capitalised on the strong start, but Dundee took control, albeit they
struggled to break their opponents down until late on. They might have
had another penalty when Kevin appeared to be caught by Naismith,
it looked more of a penalty than the one that was given. A header
straight at the keeper from six yards towards the end for the home
team. Co are said, Dundee getting there. Dundee 1-1 Ross County. Jim
was watching the League 1 play-off semifinal second leg between Forfar
Athletic and Annan Athletic. Forfar Athletic win 4-2 on the day, 6-4 on
aggregate. Jim Leicester made it 2-0 32 minutes. -- Jim Lister. It was
3-0 at half-time. The away team pulled one back from the penalty
spot, Smith scored after he was fouled by the keeper. Aaron Ramsey
scored a second with a powerful run into the box after 68 minutes. --
Darren Ramsay. But the home side made it 4-2 with 16 minutes left.
That sealed the win. 4-2 to Forfar on the day and 6-4 on aggregate,
they meet Peterhead. Alloa playing Airdrie. Three minutes into extra
time in this Championship play-off, because Alloa won 1-0 on the day,
1-1 on aggregate. In midweek, Ryan's 27th of the season gave Airdrie the
lead. But a terrific goal after 20 minutes from John Robertson, his
fourth of the season, to tie up the game. And an amazing chance to make
it 2-0 to Alloa after 54 minutes, but the player hit the bar from
inside the 60 yard box -- the six-yard box. Into extra time. Extra
time too at Starks Park in the Championship play-off semifinal
between Raith Rovers and Brechin. And that is courtesy of Declan
McManus, who scored in stoppage time to make it 2-2, and rescue Raith
Rovers. It was almost going to be Brechin's afternoon, they took the
lead after 51 minutes. M'voto with a horrible backpass and was called
well knit into school. M'voto, the Parisian, then equalised. -- -- Ross
called well knit in to score. M'voto then blasted over the bar. And then
M'voto with the error, misjudging a simple ball over the top and a great
finish from Troughton for his eighth goal of the season. And then the
rescue act from Declan McManus is in injury time. 2-2 on the day, 3-3 on
aggregate. It is full-time in the League 2 play-off final. East
Kilbride against Cowdenbeath. The first leg has finished. No goals.
East Kilbride 0-0 Cowdenbeath. One of the reasons is because the East
East Kilbride 0-0 Cowdenbeath. One Kilbride goalkeeper saved a penalty
with four minutes left of normal time. Matt McGloin, diving low to
his right to keep out Kyle Miller's penalty. After handball in the box.
It was an innocuous ball. The linesman gave it. A great cheer from
the home fans when the penalty was saved. Until that point, it had been
an even match. A couple of good chances for the home side. Fraser
Marlin had a good chance for Cowdenbeath. East Kilbride, the home
team, hit the crossbar through their Portuguese striker. The late drama
was the penalty save which ensures the second leg starts 0-0. Mixu,
Cowdenbeath, a former manager there. the second leg starts 0-0. Mixu,
You were exuding confidence in them. The blue Brazil. 0-0.
Nerve-wracking. I don't know. I fancy Cowdenbeath at home. You fancy
all your old teams! Funny enough! A bit of closure on a couple of issues
in the permission. My brain is buzzing... A great result for Killy,
they move up to seventh and they are safe. Next on the agenda, Lee
McCulloch? Surely sort that out! He has been going week to week, but he
is the man for the job and hopefully he can concentrate on recruiting for
next year. A strange season for Kilmarnock, lots of changes in
personnel, the manager leaving. Tremendous turnover. 11 players in,
11 players out. The beginning of the season, big changes. But they have
been steadily throughout the season. Lots of drawers. -- draws. You
always wax lyrical about the virtue of picking up points here and there.
If you draw every game during the season, you are comfortably safe. It
is so important not to lose matches. Even a point. I'm a member my days
at Dundee United, those matches where we played well and lost. -- I
remember. A point would have been much better. Kilmarnock, Lee
McCulloch has carried on from Lee Clark. Taking over the reins. They
have been steady, solid. They haven't conceded stupid goals. They
don't make many mistakes. I think he deserves the job. Absolutely. Plenty
more Premiership chat, but now let's catch up with the classified
results. Let's look at the Ladbrokes Scottish
Premiership table: Inverness four points adrift with two matches to go
Hamilton losing today to Motherwell. That takes Motherwell to third
bottom. They are seven clear of automatic relegation now. They can't
be automatically relegated. The worse they can get is a play-off.
Kilmarnock Andros county after their results they are safe from
relegation and the relegation play-offs.
In the English Premier League. Chelsea confirmed as champions with
their win over West Brom last night. Tottenham in second, they play
Manchester United tomorrow. McIn third. Liverpool, yet to play this
weekend. Arsenal in fifth. Bottom-of-the-table. Two teams gone,
Middlesbrough and Sunderland. Swansea City moving, looking good
now to avoid relegation. They had a good win today. Hull City in third
bottom. They have yet to play. They play Crystal Palace later this
weekend. For more details of the happenings in England we start with
that match at the bottom-of-the-table, Sunderland
relegated against Swansea. Let's get the full-time story from Damian
Johnson. Boos ringing out from the Sunderland fans. Goals from Llorente
and Naughton. Llorente got his 14th season. Pickford in no-man's land.
Naughton opened his account for Swansea. Ten points from a possible
12. First away clean sheet since the opening day. This feels like a
massive result for Swansea. It piles the pressure on Crystal Palace and
Hull who clash at High Noon tomorrow. M Middlesbrough also
already relegated. They were at home to Southampton. Let's hear
already relegated. They were at home that from Mike Williams. Yes. Defeat
for Boro in their final home match of this forgettable season. They are
in danger of going down to the Championship with a real whimper.
in danger of going down to the Outplayed by Southampton today who
took the laid through Rodriguez. First goal since January. Doubled it
after the break with a beauty from Redmond. Long missed a penalty. That
would have put the Saints out of sight. Middlesbrough pulled one back
through Bamford's header from a corner. His first since returning to
Middlesbrough in January for ?6 million. Southampton hung on and
have their sixth away win of the season. The Middlesbrough players
doing a lap of appreciation and getting applause from their home
fans. Nice to see. There will be plenty of thinking for the
Middlesbrough board this summer. Burnley were away to Bournemouth
this afternoon at the Vitality Stadium. Chris Wise reports. 2-1.
Late winner from King secured the victory for Eddie Howe in their
final home Premier League game of the season. Stanislas' first goal we
thought was going to be the the match winner. When Vokes, the former
Bournemouth striker, equalised for Burnley with six minutes to go, it
seemed like they were on course for what has been a rare away goal. Less
than 60 seconds later, Bournemouth won it thanks to their in-form
frontman, Joshua King. His 16th season. Taking a delivery from the
left. His touch away from the defender opening up his body and
sliding it into the bottom corner. Bournemouth unbeaten in four. Even
bigger for Eddie Howe's team is that they are into the Premier League's
Top 10 with one game to go. Quite an achievement for Eddie Howe and
Bournemouth? Phenomenal. Beating your old team? Not so great. One of
my old managers at Burnley. Top, top manager. It's brilliant for a club
of that size to stay up. You would think they would come down when they
are promoted. They have been promoted and stayed up as well
congrats to them both. Swansea City might pull tl off Excellent result.
Puts Hull under pressure tomorrow against Crystal Palace who need a
draw. If Hull don't win it, it looks curtains for them. Championship
decided. Chelsea the champions. Antonio Conte's first crack and he's
done it? Sensational season. He's been an excellent manager. They
deserve to win the title. Exciting with Tottenham chasing them all the
way. We will chase Paul Mitchell. There has been a goal in the match
between Raith Rovers a Brechin City. Hardie has scored. Raith Roverses
are ahead in the match for the first time this afternoon. Simple long
ball down the left hand side. Got the better of the defender, round
the goalkeeper and slotted it low into the corner. It's advantage
Raith Rovers, leading by 3-2, 4-3 on aggregate. He has me worrying there.
Checking my facts. Good day for St Johnstone and Tommy Wright. They are
ensured European football. We can hear from the manager. Many, many
congratulations. Thank you. Top 6. Fourth place in the league and back
in Europe again? At the start of the season we getting into the Top 6
would have been good, great. To finish above a club the size of
Hearts, to come-from-behind, then open up the gap that we have, five
points behind to nine points ahead, credit to the players. I said to
them, it's four seasons I've been in charge and I keep thinking at the
end of the season - can we get better and can we maintain it? They
respond anded they go again. They've been magnificent again this season.
They deserve to get into Europe because they are the fourth best
team in the country. The game today, wasn't too much in it early on. When
you got the penalty after the half-hour. Should have had a
penalty. Should have had a penalty. Yeah, it should have been a penalty
and maybe one in the second-half. We have played against a side that can
play football and are physical as well. They are a big side. I think
we were the better team and created good opportunities, particularly in
the second-half. You know, one was all that was needed. I can't
remember the keeper having any difficult saves. Three or four
corners in a row. Good performance and good with the ball today. That
was pleasing. He has done it again? Yeah. Know remarkable season? Not
more can be said. We say he doesn't get enough praise for what he does.
Absolutely. Sensational achievement especially with Hearts in the league
finishing fifth. And Rangers in the league. Of course. Every year he
produces. Nothing fancy about them. They are organised. Good players,
well drilled. The most important They are organised. Good players,
aspect is they seem to love playing for him and working under him. He
managed to keep the squad together. He has. The core of the squad
together. That is where it comes together. They know what they are
doing. They are so organised and dogged and so simple the way they
play. Sold effective. Fantastic. We can hear from another happy manager,
from Ross County. Their Premiership future for next season was assured.
Jim, you are finally safe. We can say that now. After the opening 25
minutes you must have thought you would be more comfortable you looked
good? We started great. We played terrific stuff. We should have been
more clinical. We got the opportunity we had, it wasn't to be.
I felt we got really sloppy after that. We invited Dundee back into
the game and gave them the lift. Once you do that to a team that was
won two on the back and a crowd at home, they had their tails up. We
went from in control of the game to hanging on. That was really
disappointing. We had to make a couple of changes, obviously. Ryan
had a clash. Dundee were controlling the match and putting us under a lot
of pressure. In the end, I'm happy that we're still unbeaten. We've
come away from home and picked up a point. Credit the players. Six
matches unbeaten at this level. That's very good. At the right time
as well. What are your thoughts about the penalty? Your defence had
as well. What are your thoughts stood firm. You were under pressure.
They stood firm. Do you think there was one? There was contact with
Craig. He gets inside him. He isn't getting the ball. No way he is
getting the ball. Ball too far in front of him. Fox is picking it up.
Because there is contact the referee gives it. For me not a penalty. Is
there contact, absolutely? They have come into form at a crucial time.
Unbeaten run, it's proven critical? It has. Five, six weeks ago they
were in trouble. Boyce's contribution when you have a
goalscorer, predator, over 20 goals for Boyce this season, it's vital
for a team when you have a player who you can count on to get you
results, point and goals. Partick Thistle a good season for them. They
lost today. We can find out what their manage her to say after that
defeat by St Johnstone? Any complaints today? No, I think St
Johnstone deserved it. The first half there wasn't a lot in it. We
gave away the ball on half-time way line. What went wrong today then?
Our massively, individually and
collectively. Compared to last week. We were out battled and out played.
Do you think the players are looking for their summer holidays? It looked
like that. It previously they have been very good and their performance
levels. You have two home games to go, but they are against the top two
teams in the country? They are tough. We want to put a performance
against them. Performances have been good up until now. Today we left
ourselves down. Where are you with regards to planning for next season?
We put plans in place, pre-season is booked. Ready to go. Look at
players, we have before hand. We will get some over the line as soon
as we can. Do the players know their position? Some are signed up. Those
who aren't we will discuss closer to time. They have scaled their Everest
and are ambling down the otherside. I don't think anyone judges Partick
Thistle in the Top 6. And the matches they have now. It will be
tough playing against the top sides in Scotland. They had a magnificent,
capital "M" season already qualifying for the Top 6, major
achievement for them. Good luck to them. It's funny how their season,
we talk about the season and the teams, successful teams and all
that, Partick Thistle prior to this, this round, has scored equal amount
of goals as Caley Thistle, who are bottom. Partick Thistle have
conceded 25 goals less. Being organised defensively and not to
leak stupid goals is the key for organised defensively and not to
success. They've done exactly that. I bet they work so much on defending
and being solid and dogged. A we while since we heard were Paul
Mitchell is watching Raith Rovers versus Brechin City. Can you remind
us what is happening? A frantic afternoon. Raith Rovers thanks to a
goal from McManus forced it into extra-time. They are ahead 3-2.
Hardie, long ball forward, he had the pace to get away from the
defence and advance on the goalkeeper. Finished it neatly. 13
minutes to play. Brechin trying to find way to get back on level terms
and force penalties here. At the moment the Championship life span of
Raith Rovers will continue. They are ahead 3-2, 4-3 on
drawer John Hughes publicly questioned the commitment and
character of his players, Mixu. We are witnessing that maybe it works.
It is proper pressure. I know he can handle the pressure, but can the
players? They left it late, it was the 91st minute when Declan McManus
equalised, must have been very nervous. This is a time when
managers really earn their corn. Getting a wee bit tense and terse
with their answers today. A couple of happy guys today, Jim McIntyre
and Tommy Wright. We haven't heard from Neil McCann, but they have just
edged a wee bit closer to safety. As Mixu says, a point is important.
Unbeaten, seven wins out of nine. They didn't start well but got
themselves back into the match. A brilliant point. It is looking bad
for Inverness and possibly Hamilton. Yeah, of course it is. Everyone has
been tipping Inverness to go down for months and months, but they can
stay up if they win both goings and Hamilton lose. -- both games.
I'll leave you to savour the weekend's results
in the Premiership and the play-offs.
Dundee and Ross County drew 1-1. Hamilton lost 1-0. A big win for
Motherwell in the Lanarkshire derby. Kilmarnock won 2-1 over Inverness,
to secure safety for another season. Rangers won 2-1 against Hearts. St
Johnstone winning. Celtic reached 100 points with a 3-1 win over
Aberdeen. In the Championship play-off, still
playing. Forfar Athletic play Peterhead in
the League 1 play-off final. Mixu intrigued by this, his old team
Cowdenbeath drew 0-0 in the first leg.
There are highlights of the Premiership matches
Steven Thompson, Michael Stewart and Jonathan Sutherland presiding.
It's repeated in HD on BBC One after Match of the Day,
The good ship Results Show skulks off into the sunset for this season
We set sail at 4.45pm. Why don't you join us?
But, in a few minutes' time, scallywags Stuart Cosgrove
and Tam Cowan take to the air with Off The Ball's
That's on Radio Scotland FM and online.
Thanks to Mixu Paatelainen and Steven Thompson
And, as ever, to you for watching. See you soon.
the night when Celtic Football Club captured the hearts of Europe...
Introduced by David Currie.
Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the penultimate Saturday of the Premiership season, Rangers take on Hearts for the fourth and final time in the lunchtime kick-off. At 3.00pm St Johnstone face Partick Thistle in the day's other top six match.
In the bottom half of the table, Kilmarnock host Inverness, Ross County are on Tayside to face Dundee and there's a Lanarkshire Derby as Hamilton play Motherwell.
Plus action from Friday night's Aberdeen versus Celtic match at Pittodrie.