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Highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL. Including Aberdeen v Celtic, Rangers v Hearts, St Johnstone v Partick Thistl and Motherwell v Hamilton.


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The battle of the bottom six has reached fever pitch.

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Which sides will fall at the final hurdle?

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Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart with us as we enter the final

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furlong of what continues to be a fascinating season

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Hamilton Academical and Motherwell both fighting

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Hamilton have Danny Lennon and Ali Crawford back in midfield at the

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expense of Brussino Donati and Rakish Bingham. Model make one

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change to their riding up. Stephen Robinson expected to be a battle --

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Motherwell. Neither of these sides have won a

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game since the split. Two games in a role that were

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. Louis Moult. Setting it up for Craig Clay. That was a good opening

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for Motherwell. Elliott Frear with the delivery and Louis Moult with

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the setup. Clay could not get the angle correct. Dougie Imrie finding

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Gillespie. That has a neat pass. Daniel Redmond. In towards Ali

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Crawford. He was looking for Ali Crawford to hit the target. He has

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scored nine goals this season but his last was back in December. That

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was not one of his best efforts. Hamilton have not beaten marvel in

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their last five meetings. That was good at delivery from Scott McDonald

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to find Louis Moult. He is looking for Elliott Frear. The header away

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from Ali Crawford. It breaks to Craig Clay. He is getting closer. It

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had dropped nicely for him as Crawford got the header audit. Just

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wide of that right-hand post. He's Crawford. Good delivery from

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Crawford. Dougie Imrie?. It was good technique from Dougie Imrie?.

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Getting that down off his chest. He could not get enough power in the

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short. Dispossessed by Keith Lasley. It

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breaks of Dougie Imrie. Here is Redmond. It breaks for Alexandre

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D'Acol. What a save that was from Russell Griffiths. The man on loan

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from Everton. It is only his second start for the Fir Park club.

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Terrific stop matters. Stephen free with the free kick. It is Louis

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Moult. And Motherwell are in front. It is their marksmen, Louis Moult

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with his 18th goal of the season. It is his sixth in his three

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appearances against Accies this term. The ball came off the shoulder

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and looked into the corner of the net. It was a vital goal for

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Motherwell. Ali Crawford again. Out to

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Templeton. Trying to create the opening. David Templeton. Takes a

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deflection off Campbell. It is David Templeton's first top team

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appearance in football since August 20 15. He has livened things up

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since coming on as a substitute. Lionel Ainsworth on the counter for

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Motherwell. Looking for McDonald. Judging the jump with Devlin. He

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finds Lionel Ainsworth again. Still Lionel Ainsworth. He tries to be

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short. Still wide from -- just wide from Lionel Ainsworth. The model

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finds Brian that all desperate to see that end up on the net. They

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still have got the one goal advantage. Into stoppage time. Only

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a few seconds remaining. It is full-time. You can see what it means

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to the Motherwell players and fans. It pushes them three points clear of

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rivals Hamilton who are now in the relegation play-off spot with two

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games of the league season remaining. It is always going to be

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tight. The biggest thing you have to do at the stage of the season you

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have to be difficult to beat. Tactics did go out of the window. I

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think we won the battle in all areas of the pitch. It is something like

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Louis Moult that can win the game for you.

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The Lanarkshire derby to end all Lanarkshire Barbies. It might well

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be the case for the season two. Two games to go for both sides. Was this

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a pivotal result in terms of the play-off spot for the relegation

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equation? It was almost a play-off in its own. Never a classic with so

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much at stake. It was tense and quality was at a premium. Hamilton

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have lost three Matt Jeneroux and they have got a tough trip to them

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all to save the season. You heard of Martin Canning saying that in a that

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you are difficult to score against. The most disappointing thing for

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Hamilton was the nature of the deseeded. It was very poor

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defending. Looking at Georgios Samaras. He was trying to play Louis

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Moult offside. That is fair enough. All that time Louis Moult has

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Georgios Samaras where he wants. You heard Stephen Robinson seeing

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that when you have got something like that you can win a game... Even

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off shoulder. I have said all season that at the top end of the park

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Motherwell would have enough to save them. He is going to say that I was

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right! Marvel, defensively, as I was about to say, they are so poor they

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may get dragged back into it. But he did see them there. Louis Moult been

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linked with Rangers. Does that sound right to you? I am not sure. He has

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had a decent season and is a natural goal-scorer. Rangers could do with

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that. The thing about signing players, you have to sign players

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that are better than you have got. Rangers are releasing Clint Hill and

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he is a better defender than Ben Heneghan. He's part of a defence

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that I am talking about being one of the worst in the league. You do not

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want to tar all the defenders with the same brush but I would not say

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that Motherwell is somewhere I would look to strengthen my defence to be

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honest. Hamilton are second bottom and in the play-off spot. Is that

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where they will remain? I do think so. Dingwall on Tuesday, tough game.

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Ross County have got good form. Motherwell have their destiny in

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their own hands. So, what of the Premiership's bottom

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side Inverness Caledonian Thistle? They were at Kilmarnock,

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Richie Foran's side hoping to build on victory over

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Hamilton last weekend. As for Kilmarnock, a win would

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guarantee their top flight status View my changes to the commando team

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beaten by Dundee. Jamie MacDonald, having put cell and Greg Kiltie 09.

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Richie Foran sticks with the team that won at Hamilton the last time

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out to keep alive their slim hopes of survival.

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Suddenly Alex Fisher is in on goal with a chance for Inverness. He

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tried to beat Jamie MacDonald at the near post. He will be thinking now

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that he should have gone on the other direction. Greg Tansey,

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Aberdeen bound in the summer. Long ball from Brad McKay. That is Wilson

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who flicks it away. Henri Anier. Yet as Billy Mckay. Get himself away and

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the shot would not come down. How he would love to point Inverness in the

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direction of survival. That is Mark Draper. Wilson crunching into the

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challenge. He did get the ball. And it is going to be a yellow card.

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Inverness are screaming for red. Uncompromising certainly from the

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youngster. Luke Hendrie for Kilmarnock. Aiming for Greg Kiltie.

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It comes Ryan Esson. He had it and lost it. Raeburn has given it away.

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And Sean Longstaff rifles in the opening goal of the game. It came

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off Brad McKay on its way into the back of the net. Kilmarnock could be

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on the way to sealing the place in the Premiership. It is a catalogue

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of errors from Caley Thistle. They are punished by Sean Longstaff. One

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nil, and 17 minutes played. Mackay with the long throw. The

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header cleared by Ajer. Connor Sammon. Lovely pass. He is

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one-on-one with Gary Warren and it is Jones. It is 2-0. It could be the

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goal that Seals not's safety. It points Caley Thistle of nearer to

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championship football next season. It is a top quality goal. Adam

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Frizzell with the setup. And Jones finishes it off. Warren claiming for

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the header and in went Brad McKay against Adam Phillips cell. It was

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certainly clumsy. John Beaton had a long look at it. Larnell Cole looks

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to make the difference for Inverness Caley Thistle. They badly need to

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get a call back. Iain Vigurs rules are true and Alex Fisher strikes 20

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minutes from time. To lift the lingering hopes of Inverness Caley

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Thistle have of turning this around. Kilmarnock badly caught out by the

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football from Iain Vigurs. Suddenly there was a gaping hole in the

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middle of the defence and Fisher scores. Time running out for Richie

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Foran and Caley Thistle. Billy Mckay takes aim from long range. Sporting

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Jamie MacDonald of his goal-line. On the end of Fisher's flight but could

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not find the target. Good play from Larnell Cole. Fisher pulls it back.

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David Raven with a curling effort. It needed to be better than that to

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find a way past Jamie MacDonald. Back in the. Knuckle in place of

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Woodman. The lay-off does not come off for Conor Sammon. Bundled over

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by Longstaff was Iain Vigurs. Iain Vigurs takes the free kick quickly.

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Billy Mckay with the chance. He is furious that the offside flag has

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gone up against him. He did get his shot away. It was blocked by the

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onrushing McDonald. Long ball from Liam Polworth. Alex Fisher knocks

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down. Kevin Goze Billy Mckay but it goes wide. Credit to Ajer for the

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challenge. The on loan Celtic defender playing an important part

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as the game slipped away from Inverness. The way that we play

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today was outstanding, right from the opening whistle. Last week I

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said we were not acted but today and you that we were. There was a

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killing in the dressing room of togetherness that was brilliant. We

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have finally got beer, the two games remaining, we back up to seventh. We

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need to cut out individual mistakes. It has been the story of the season

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and we lost lots of points with individual mistakes. You work hard

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on the training ground and what can you do if that happens when the

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goalkeeper dropped one? It is disappointing, very disappointing

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but the players have been great for me all season and we need a couple

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of results to go our way this season and we need six points.

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Richie Foran felt that Inverness desert of three points. At this

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stage of the season it is not about performance. It is about results.

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Barring a miracle, they are gone. The ramifications for the club and

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for Richie Foran will be massive. He is full of contradictions. He talks

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about individual errors that have cost him so much but then he says

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the players have been great for me all season. There are the

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individuals making mistakes? They have only won five games. They did

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create chances. They still have a chance. Now, they are going down.

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There is no doubt. They got a good result last week but about able to

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back it up. For me, there is no doubt that they are going down. It

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is disappointing to see the club struggled in the way that they are

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but I have no doubt they are going to get relegated. No doubt in your

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mind? They are going to a team in form at the Dundee in midweek. The

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win last week was unexpected and give them a boost going into the

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scheme but they could not follow it up. Lee McCulloch plays his cards

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close to his chest. Happy birthday. While would he not be the next, a

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manager? That is the question, fans will be asking. It is dragged on for

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a long time. The chat was he might not want to colours to the mast when

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relegation was a possibility. He has done very well. He has more than

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claimed his stated that he should get the job. I do not think there is

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any reason why he he should not be named... I would be surprised if it

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is not announced this week. He has the building blocks, Jordan Jones

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excelled. He is somebody that produces and gives a bit of an X

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Factor. He plays in the wider area. When he gets into these positions,

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he has got a good end product at times. He is direct, he commits and

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attacks. He causes problems for teams. Most of the times you see

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him. This is a wonderful goal. He shows desire. He is direct, faces up

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to defenders and gets on the left foot and there is the end product.

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That is a big goal for Kilmarnock. Looking towards the future, he is

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somebody that will be pivotal and in Lee McCulloch's forts.

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To the final game in the bottom six now.

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Dundee still not safe despite two wins out of two under

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Ross County essentially safe, barring the most unlikely

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the side that won at, but last week they have been transformed since he

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took the reins. A win here will go a long way to ensuring they will not

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be dropping. Ross County bring back top scorer Liam Boyce after

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suspension. He has not been seen after banging four past Inverness

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and the damage. One point will extinguish any remaining relegation

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fears. This is Jim O'Brien. Martin Woods. Promising build-up from the

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visitors. Michael Gardyne. What is saved. What a save from Scott Bain.

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This is more like the Scott Bain of all that we have seen over the past

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couple of years. Nodded in Guy Caron for Liam Boyce.

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He does it again. -- nodded in by Craig Curran. Always there and

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always on the scoresheet. Liam Boyce, up to 22 for the season.

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Redhot. And that is a big goal for Ross County.

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Liam Boyce frock Craig Curran. They are shooting for the penalty team

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are the Staggies. It was Scott Bain on Craig Curran. The referee not

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interested. That is in towards Craig Curran who is claiming handball

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against Darren O'Dea. The referee has turned a blind eye. It was Craig

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Curran attacking it and it did come off Darren O'Dea. Two wins in 16 for

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Dundee against Ross County. This is better for them. Kammy care. Held

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comfortably in the end by Scott Fox. Paul McGowan and Mark O'Hara was not

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too far away. Scott Fox got a touch on that and it is a corner. Paul

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McGowan got into a good area. It seems like a long time ago since

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Dundee's impressive when on the opening game of the season in

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Dingwall. That kind of Marcus Fraser. -- that came of Marcus

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Fraser. Dundee are knocking on the door and Fraser did not know much

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about that. El-Bakhtaoui. Here goes again. That just flashes over. It is

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not happening for him today. He does not lack confidence. El-Bakhtaoui.

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That is came through towards Cammy Kerr. He goes down and penetrate!

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Without a doubt. -- and penalty. It is a yellow card for Craig Curran as

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well. I do not think he can have too many complaints. Craig Curran has

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had a real surge in form since signing a new deal. Darren O'Dea who

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scored from the spot against Ross County last month and does it again.

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He is loving that one. That could be a huge goal in Dundee's season. The

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penalty was smashed home by Darren O'Dea. It is dropped over for Kevin

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Holt. This is Mark O'Hara. And then Kevin Holt goes down. No penalty but

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it is another appeal. This was the initial effort from Mark O'Hara.

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Kevin Holt felt he was upended by Jason Naismith. Back-to-back wins

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for Dundee coming into this one since Neil McCann took over and

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Marcus Haber should have made it three victories out of three. He was

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onside was the Canadian. Really impressive second-half showing in

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particular for Dundee. It is Kevin Holt. And that was Scott Fox. That

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will surely mean that Ross County will get out of here with a point

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and Dundee should feel that they have all three. Things happen and

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you are tested, it shows a lot of character that you can come back

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from it. That group and the run they want a Hoilett goal would not have

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came back from that. My goodness, I am delighted with them. They showed

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character. We should have been more clinical with the couple of

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opportunities that we had but it was not to be. I felt we got really

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sloppy and we invited Dundee back into the game and give them the

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left. One you do that to a team that of one two on the back and have got

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a big crowd at home, they have got their tails up. We went from control

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to hanging on. The first time Neil McCann has not

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won a match for Dundee. Dundee are not arithmetically safe on 37 points

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but it is as good as. I think they are safe now. They started truly an

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Ross County will the better team. They showed a lot of character to

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come back into the game. I should have asked the oracle. I said the

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Dundee were saving a few weeks ago. In all seriousness. A lot was made

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of Paul Hartley losing his job. You heard Neil McCann referencing

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himself the character that they have shown. On the poor before he came

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in, they might not have came back from that and that is big

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turnaround. I was impressed by Kammy care. His first full season for

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Dundee. He spent part of last season on loan to Peterhead. He always

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looked to go forward. He is young and exciting at full-back. His final

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ball was not particularly good here. He was a standout player for Dundee

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yesterday. His first thought is can I get forward? The cuts in on his

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weaker foot and gets a shot on target. He ends up winning the

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penalty kick. I do not think it was a penalty. I think Craig Curran

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comes across and gets his arm up. I think it was the legs of Cammy Kerr

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that collided. I do not think it was a penalty but he gets into the areas

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where he causes problems for the opposition. That is where

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youthfulness kind bring you energy down the right-hand side from Cammy

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Kerr. We'll Ross County keep hold of Liam Boyce? Another great strike

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from an impressive player all season. I think there will be teams

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that are looking at him. He has one year left on his contract. Ross

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County, if they get their team playing as they should, they will be

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challenging in the top six. There is no doubt in my mind that there are

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teams in the top six right now looking at him. Who do Ross County

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go from here for next season? This was not part of the grand plan. It

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will always be difficult after last year to reach those days again after

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you think about what they achieved. They are only points buying Partick

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Thistle who sitting sixth. I am not buying that. They are two points

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Brian Partick Thistle Misha Mark because they did well last year it

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was always difficult this year. The team that they have got and the

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manager in Jim McIntyre, there was another boat then they should have

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been challenging regardless. It would be boring if you ever agreed.

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Hearts had slumped in the last few months but they still had a chance

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of Europe as they arrived at Ibrox to face Rangers.

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The home side hoping to seal third place.

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Clint Hill is leaving Rangers button is pressed into service with Danny

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Wilson injured. Jack and Victor swap places for

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hearts. Viktor Noring is in goals for Hamilton.

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Interception by Hill. James Tavernier charging forward. Kenny

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Miller, first time. Joe Garner. 1- Rangers inside seven minutes. And

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Joe Garner who struck late at Firhill last weekend is on the mark

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early at Ibrox. Not picked up here. He made the most of the header,

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clipping the post on the way in. It is the 10th Rangers goal for Joe

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Garner. Aaron Hughes, he has just signed a

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contract extension with hearts. Good touch for Esmael Goncalves. Don

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Cowie. Good strike from the skipper. 20 the power behind this. It was

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unlikely to be beating Wesley Fotheringham for them that angle.

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Lovely touch from Kenny Miller. Always involved in the good things

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for Rangers. Here goes again. Josh Windass. Squeezes in the cutback.

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Joe Garner. It was a really good save from Viktor Noring. Astor

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Kristian Colback saw his clearance canon of Marton. Rangers had the

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chance to make it two. Johnson not picked up. Joe Garner was on the

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way. Better from hearts after a faltering start to the scheme. Kenny

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Miller and Joe Garner in the way. Prince Buaben steps out of defence.

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Esmael Goncalves wriggling his way through. He hits the deck looking

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for a penalty. It was Clint Hill who made the challenge. Did he get his

:29:24.:29:29.

toll on the ball? That was certainly the ruling of the Bobby Madden.

:29:30.:29:40.

Still 1-0 Rangers. The flick from Garner, end goes when Dallas. The

:29:41.:29:53.

outcome was inevitable. A red card and hearts will play more than one

:29:54.:30:00.

hour of this match with ten men. He did not react quickly to the flick

:30:01.:30:06.

from Gardner and then minutes that 85 macro got in behind, the Hearts

:30:07.:30:16.

defender was in big trouble -- Windass. Kenny Miller plays it back

:30:17.:30:17.

again. 78 macro. He misses the target. He was

:30:18.:30:31.

unmarked at the corner kick and will be thinking he could have done a

:30:32.:30:37.

whole lot better. Another makai corner kick. Hill, off the post. It

:30:38.:30:48.

is scrambled away. Just a fraction away from 2-0. Leaping high for the

:30:49.:30:54.

header, the veteran defender and that was close. 55-macro.

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-- Jon Toral. This looks very promising for a Hearts. 13 eye level

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things up, six minutes into the second half. -- Goncalves. And

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Johnsen sets up Goncalves for his eighth Hearts goal, it is 1-1. Can

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Hearts consolidate having equalised. Tavernier, with the cross. And

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21-macro has Rangers in front again. Just 90 seconds after Hearts

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equalised -- Barry McKay. He should have punched and Barry McKay accepts

:32:10.:32:13.

the invitation. He scored the equaliser last weekend and he

:32:14.:32:19.

rattles in the goal here which makes it 2-1 to Rangers. Liam Smith.

:32:20.:32:28.

Playing a lot of good football, Hearts, it is Johnsen. A really

:32:29.:32:36.

disappointing effort. Having carved out the opportunity here, skipping

:32:37.:32:48.

clear of Clint hill. Nicholson got a foot in and 32-macro with the

:32:49.:32:49.

chance. -- Goncalves Djoum. The cutback by

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Barry Mackay. -- Barry McKay. Some good shot stopping in the game. A

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real howler for the Rangers second goal. Why corn. Hesitation at the

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back from Hearts and Martin White corner with the chance to tie things

:33:31.:33:40.

up -- Waghorn. Waghorn should have scored that. Victory for Rangers as

:33:41.:33:52.

they seal third place. I am even more convinced that we will be a

:33:53.:33:57.

very good team. Michael Stewart, are you convince? I think results would

:33:58.:34:02.

suggest otherwise. There is no doubt that it was an improved performance

:34:03.:34:03.

but for the first part of the game it was very poor

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and I find those comments quite strange. They are looking to have a

:34:10.:34:13.

big turnover of players as well. What team was he expecting was going

:34:14.:34:17.

to be good? It looks like there will be big changes in the summer. They

:34:18.:34:23.

started off, it was very bad and to go to Ibrox and start the way that

:34:24.:34:28.

they did, giving yourself an uphill battle, this is the goal and you

:34:29.:34:36.

look at Krystian Nowak. He has to close that. There is no one there.

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The danger is in front of him. Gardner, the guide puts it in the

:34:44.:34:46.

back of the net and he throws up his arm. He is pointing out wide, the

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danger is start out wide, that is the gap you need to close at the

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point of this header, he needs to narrow off and deepened. He has to

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do better, but he would affect the ball over the top. Square pegs and

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round holes. Krystian Nowak is not our right back and Prince Buaben is

:35:07.:35:12.

not a centre-half. The big moment came in that in right channel. They

:35:13.:35:18.

have given themselves an uphill battle, when it went down to ten

:35:19.:35:23.

men, there was a big turnaround. After Hearts went to ten men, they

:35:24.:35:28.

played better. They changed shape at half-time. The interesting thing for

:35:29.:35:34.

me was leaving the two strikers on. I thought they would have sacrificed

:35:35.:35:39.

a striker but they did that to keep Rangers under pressure. It also

:35:40.:35:43.

meant that the Rangers full-backs could not press on. He brings a bit

:35:44.:35:49.

of calm to the team. Rangers in the second half were desperately bad and

:35:50.:35:55.

gave away the ball and it worked for Hearts. They counter-attacked at

:35:56.:35:58.

every opportunity. This is so lucky for Smith. They are a man down and

:35:59.:36:05.

they played like the team, it was as if Rangers had ten men. A big

:36:06.:36:12.

mistake in the middle of the park. This one does not come to anything

:36:13.:36:17.

but it shows you, numbers flooding forward. For me, Hearts deserve to

:36:18.:36:22.

get something out of the game. They had structure in -- and a plan. He

:36:23.:36:29.

looks at the corner, this is the goal for Hearts. It is a brilliant

:36:30.:36:33.

counterattack. The desire they showed to go from one end of the

:36:34.:36:37.

pitch to another, Rangers were slack and gave the ball away. Jason Holt

:36:38.:36:45.

is not a sitting midfielder. You have to win this tackle. You're the

:36:46.:36:51.

last man, you cannot not win it. Brilliant from Johnsen. He slides it

:36:52.:36:59.

in to Goncalves. Positives to be taken, no doubt. It is the end of

:37:00.:37:05.

the season, but at critical few months. I don't think there is any

:37:06.:37:11.

doubt, because a lot of the players, a lot of them were on short-term

:37:12.:37:15.

deals and there will be a big turnover of players. The club are

:37:16.:37:18.

going to be hoping beyond hope that it works out, but you have got the

:37:19.:37:23.

start of the season, the cup and then the first 56 games of the

:37:24.:37:27.

league, they will all be away from home and there is a lot of games, a

:37:28.:37:32.

lot of the games away from home that will be crucial because if you come

:37:33.:37:34.

to September and October and the results have not been great... As

:37:35.:37:44.

for Rangers, how do you rate a third-place finish? It has been an

:37:45.:37:48.

average season, no trophies, no finals, they have a circus off the

:37:49.:37:53.

pitch and it has been a bad season. The other thing I would add, if

:37:54.:37:57.

Robbie had not left Hearts, there was a good chance they could have

:37:58.:38:00.

been challenging properly and Rangers might have been squeezed

:38:01.:38:04.

down to fourth place. Next St Johnstone

:38:05.:38:05.

versus Partick Thistle. The Saints aiming to

:38:06.:38:07.

seal European football. Thistle still with a chance

:38:08.:38:09.

of catching Hearts. Alan McManus is back. Alan Archibald

:38:10.:38:28.

is able to: porn Danny Devine after he missed the dramatic defeat to

:38:29.:38:36.

Rangers -- is able to call upon. Both sides deserve a real credit for

:38:37.:38:41.

their performances this season. St Johnstone still looking to be

:38:42.:38:47.

confirmed as European qualifiers. James Tavernier -- Greenham Common

:38:48.:38:55.

is looked for a penalty on air. Here is Danny Devine. He got into a bit

:38:56.:39:06.

of trouble and it is Edwards. Hit with plenty of power. Mannus was

:39:07.:39:15.

able to get down low. Partick Thistle have won on their past four

:39:16.:39:20.

visits to this ground. Here is Edwards, operating in dangerous

:39:21.:39:27.

pockets behind the attackers. Now it is Barton and that those just wide.

:39:28.:39:32.

He scored the only goal as Partick Thistle knocked St Johnstone out of

:39:33.:39:35.

the Scottish Cup earlier in the season. Wotherspoon, knocked away as

:39:36.:39:47.

far as one son. Cerny could not gather it. It was dipping and

:39:48.:39:51.

swerving all over the place from Swanson. Eastern into Craig and back

:39:52.:40:05.

it comes to the midfielder. 35-macro looking to turn. He got away from

:40:06.:40:11.

Keown, he did not have the space to work away from the target --

:40:12.:40:24.

Cummins. He looks to get Cummins" Clay, Cummins, Swanson arriving,

:40:25.:40:32.

penalty, says the referee. Our great piece of play by Danny Swanson. The

:40:33.:40:39.

quick feet got him away from Keown. No complaints. Danny Swanson has

:40:40.:40:44.

been the penalty King this season and he has done it again. That takes

:40:45.:40:50.

into 15 for the campaign, nine have come from the spot. The goalkeeper

:40:51.:40:59.

had no chance. Six home wins for Tommy Wright. They have struggled.

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Eastern. -- Easton. Drilled hard and low. Cerny kept his eye on it as it

:41:12.:41:21.

came through the bodies. Swindon Town expressed an interest in Alan

:41:22.:41:26.

Archibald but he is staying. It is the header from Scobbie and great

:41:27.:41:31.

reactions from Cerny to tip it over the top. This looked bound for the

:41:32.:41:36.

net, but for the intervention and the goalkeeper. It is Christie Eliot

:41:37.:41:47.

and that is cheaply given away to Wotherspoon. Richard Foster breaking

:41:48.:41:54.

onto that pace, but Cerny did so well and he had to come out, as

:41:55.:41:58.

Foster looked to go around the goalkeeper. St Johnstone have been

:41:59.:42:07.

the dominant side in the second half, but 45-macro gets it into

:42:08.:42:08.

Doolan. -- Erskine. Foster. Eyeing up

:42:09.:42:29.

Lindsay. It is a delicate ball through to 68. He goes down under

:42:30.:42:38.

the challenge from Steven Lawless -- Paul Paton. Knocked away by Keown

:42:39.:42:50.

and here comes Danny Swanson. It is tipped over the top by Cerny who is

:42:51.:42:57.

keeping Partick Thistle in theirs. All four meetings this season have

:42:58.:43:04.

been won by the away team. Liam Lindsay is the target. It is knocked

:43:05.:43:09.

away by Liam Craig as St Johnstone looked to hold onto what they have

:43:10.:43:14.

and at the moment that would be guaranteed for the place and

:43:15.:43:18.

European football for next season. What an achievement that would be.

:43:19.:43:23.

Drops for Paul Paton on the edge of the box and tipped wide by Cerny.

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They ask the questions of the referee as Cummins seemed to be

:43:31.:43:36.

hauled to the ground by Osman and when it dropped to Paul Paton he hit

:43:37.:43:41.

it first time. They said that is four seasons I have been in charged

:43:42.:43:45.

and I keep thinking, can we get better and maintain it and they do

:43:46.:43:52.

respond and they go again. They have been magnificent again this season

:43:53.:43:55.

and they deserve to be in Europe. They are the fourth best team. Our

:43:56.:44:01.

performance level dropped massively. Compared to last week, our passing

:44:02.:44:10.

was crisp and good. We were out battles and outplayed. St Johnstone

:44:11.:44:16.

punching above their weight, Tommy Wright said it was the best of their

:44:17.:44:20.

fourth-place finishes. They do so well season after season. Alan

:44:21.:44:25.

Archibald, got linked with jobs down south. The same is not true of Tommy

:44:26.:44:28.

Wright. It is not. You have to wonder why. I think it

:44:29.:44:35.

will come, he has proven time and time again that he is a very capable

:44:36.:44:39.

manager and St Johnstone have a history of managers moving on. You

:44:40.:44:44.

look at previous managers who moved on from Sam Johnson to down south

:44:45.:44:47.

and I think it will come. St Johnstone will want to keep hold of

:44:48.:44:55.

him. I think perhaps a bit of snobbery. You look at what he has

:44:56.:45:01.

produced at St Johnstone with guys like Danny Swanson. He is someone

:45:02.:45:10.

who has been that little bit of a flair addition to the team. Getting

:45:11.:45:16.

the penalty, he is the guy who has made a big difference and he is

:45:17.:45:19.

someone, Tommy Wright, when you're talking about if he will move on.

:45:20.:45:25.

Danny Swanson will be moving on and he will need something to fill that

:45:26.:45:30.

void and he has done it. Season after season, consistency from the

:45:31.:45:33.

manager and for me, when you talk about why he has not been linked

:45:34.:45:38.

with other jobs, I think there is a level of snobbery. If I was a top

:45:39.:45:43.

six side in Scotland, I would be looking at Tommy Wright.

:45:44.:45:47.

Realistically, saying why is he not getting offered those jobs. When you

:45:48.:45:53.

look at teams down south, we spoke about Nottingham Forest going after

:45:54.:45:57.

Mark Warburton, not Forest were in desperate dire Straits on the verge

:45:58.:46:00.

of getting relegated and I do not understand why Tommy Wright was not

:46:01.:46:04.

being looked at. They had to replace some people. They keep on doing it,

:46:05.:46:12.

season after season. They do not have big turnaround like hearts at

:46:13.:46:17.

Christmas. Kilmarnock, pre-season as well. The have two or three players

:46:18.:46:24.

in key areas, the keep the core strength together and they know what

:46:25.:46:29.

they're doing, they are organised, they have a togetherness. Despite

:46:30.:46:33.

Danny going they will find ways replace them. Partick Thistle, they

:46:34.:46:40.

have had a great season and it is job done as far as they are

:46:41.:46:43.

concerned. They will not catch hearts. When they had hearts at

:46:44.:46:49.

Tynecastle, if they'd been able to get two points, they might have

:46:50.:46:54.

challenged. It has been a great season for Partick.

:46:55.:46:55.

And finally tonight first versus second.

:46:56.:46:57.

The Friday night Scottish Cup Final dress rehearsal between

:46:58.:46:59.

Two changes. Adam Rooney is the second change. He is being rested.

:47:00.:47:19.

Anthony O'Connor and Jayden Stockley are in. Celtic made three changes.

:47:20.:47:26.

Scott Sinclair is back. 55-macro is back in.

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-- Mikael Lustig. Boyata! Celtic ahead in three minutes. It is three

:47:44.:47:55.

in three games for Boyata. He got the winner when the sides last met,

:47:56.:48:00.

eased his way away from Taylor, top of the scoring. Celtic battling for

:48:01.:48:13.

it. Griffiths on the chase, up against Reynolds. Pushes him wide.

:48:14.:48:19.

Griffiths with the nutmeg, he is away from Reynolds. Deflected back,

:48:20.:48:25.

McGregor, Logan will send out onto Armstrong and Celtic have a second.

:48:26.:48:31.

Just eight minutes gone. Celtic are running riot already. Lovely play

:48:32.:48:39.

from Lee Griffiths, turned back by Taylor, the shot from McGregor and

:48:40.:48:45.

Logan passed it to Armstrong. His goalkeeper was behind him, great

:48:46.:48:47.

finish from Armstrong and he joins Lee Griffiths on 15 goals for the

:48:48.:48:59.

season. Celtic struggling so far, four out of four against the Dons

:49:00.:49:03.

this season. Reynolds and Taylor try to hold him off. It is 3-0. 11

:49:04.:49:11.

minutes played. And Celtic are having their way with Aberdeen. Jill

:49:12.:49:17.

Lewis at fault. It was not unstoppable, great shot but not

:49:18.:49:21.

unstoppable. Every picture tells a story and that is a very unhappy one

:49:22.:49:27.

for Aberdeen. Consett dying, Boyata gets it away. Taylor, Graham shinny.

:49:28.:49:37.

Play on says the referee. Brilliant goal! "Body beautifully. Credit to

:49:38.:49:42.

the referee, he could have given a free kick, Craig Gordon, simply no

:49:43.:49:54.

chance. Aberdeen blown away by Celtic, trying to get back into it.

:49:55.:50:01.

They have got one back. Great ball across from Maclean and starkly got

:50:02.:50:09.

in the way. Mikael Lustig. Brilliantly done. A couple of goals

:50:10.:50:15.

against Aberdeen already this season and away once more. The Aberdeen

:50:16.:50:20.

marking has left off a to be desired. Onto Considine. Aberdeen

:50:21.:50:33.

building well. Up to Jonny Hayes. He swings it across, away by the

:50:34.:50:36.

goalkeeper on to Maclean and a chance again. Great save by Craig

:50:37.:50:42.

Gordon, Aberdeen are really pushing for the second goal. Maclean saw his

:50:43.:50:47.

effort blocked and a decent stop. Celtic can break here but Griffiths

:50:48.:50:51.

cannot hold onto it. Graham shinny got it away and Celtic can break. It

:50:52.:50:59.

is three onto. On thinker, tacking back, great tackle, top-class

:51:00.:51:13.

defending. Great ball by Roberts. Mikael Lustig. Back in. Good ball

:51:14.:51:25.

across, but -- Maclean tried to get in. Opportunity for Aberdeen. It was

:51:26.:51:32.

Shinnie. Celtic to miss the steadying presence of Scott Brown.

:51:33.:51:37.

Shinnie goes through. Is that penalty? No, says the referee.

:51:38.:51:41.

Shinnie was touch by Craig Gordon and that this very point is making.

:51:42.:51:46.

He comes forward and get the touch on the ball and it was taken out. A

:51:47.:51:52.

pivotal moment in the match and it breaks the way of Celtic. Just

:51:53.:52:00.

bounces on the way. Very unlucky to have a free kick against him.

:52:01.:52:05.

Griffiths and Logan getting into it. Maclean. Logan, ball in hand, you

:52:06.:52:17.

cannot do it. Celtic, two games from an unbeaten league season. Three

:52:18.:52:26.

games from a trouble. Kenny McLean. Can he find a way, can he find a way

:52:27.:52:32.

to make it 3-2, the answer is no. Kenny McLean, normally reliable and

:52:33.:52:35.

as the fans rose an expectation, the shots rose higher. The second half

:52:36.:52:47.

as quite lived up to the action of the first, four goals in 12 minutes.

:52:48.:52:51.

Scott Sinclair driving in and Logan has to be careful. That is a great

:52:52.:52:58.

effort from Scott Sinclair. Logan should have known he was going to

:52:59.:53:03.

cut in on the right -- inside on the right. Maclean. Aberdeen have not

:53:04.:53:11.

given up. Considine trying to get ahead on that and Logan as well.

:53:12.:53:18.

Considine, in four Niall McGinn. Great effort, plenty of pace on the

:53:19.:53:22.

shot, getting away from Craig Gordon. I think the game tonight

:53:23.:53:25.

will make us more confident of getting into the final, even though

:53:26.:53:30.

we have lost. The Cup Final is the only thing that matters now. It is

:53:31.:53:34.

what we are working towards for the next two weeks. And for me, the

:53:35.:53:40.

result might it is disappointing. The performance tonight was exactly

:53:41.:53:46.

what I was looking for. Aberdeen are very directing. Everything is a long

:53:47.:53:52.

ball, there is no will sequence of passes. The ball from behind as in

:53:53.:53:57.

the air, the ball on the site, great crosses into the box, in the air.

:53:58.:54:01.

They are having to deal with a lot of long ball football. I am very

:54:02.:54:05.

proud of the team and how they have stood up to them. We have shown the

:54:06.:54:09.

quality that we can play but coming to Pittodrie is never easy.

:54:10.:54:14.

It has been quite an incredible run they have been on and 100 points,

:54:15.:54:21.

one Celtic fan said it has been a dream season. Fantastic, the only

:54:22.:54:26.

criticism I would give is that they did not manage to get 100 goals in

:54:27.:54:32.

the same game. It may well come, but they have been great, to get 100

:54:33.:54:36.

points, there were to get 100 goals this season, they have three games

:54:37.:54:41.

to go unbeaten, the record has just continue to fall for this side and

:54:42.:54:46.

at their early deserving performance, result and worthy of

:54:47.:54:49.

champions. Incredible game to watch, what did you make of the comments of

:54:50.:54:54.

Brendan Rodgers, everything is a long ball in terms of the Aberdeen

:54:55.:54:59.

directness. Maybe a bit harsh, there is more to Aberdeen and long balls.

:55:00.:55:04.

The grasp balls fitted into the box are excellent and they work to get

:55:05.:55:08.

the ball into the box well. This is individual brilliance from Jonny

:55:09.:55:12.

Hayes. He has had a fine season, big player for the club. This is an

:55:13.:55:17.

unbelievable cross from Kenny McLean. He knows that Jayden

:55:18.:55:21.

Stockley is a big lad. Jayden Stockley should score. They use the

:55:22.:55:27.

width of the pitch so well. He does not deal well with the cross. A good

:55:28.:55:32.

snapshot and a decent save after that. Aberdeen will be pleased.

:55:33.:55:42.

Because they caused Celtic more problems. They can go on to this

:55:43.:55:46.

final and they can win it, they have the players that can hurt Celtic but

:55:47.:55:49.

they cannot defend like they did in the opening ten minutes. The one

:55:50.:55:54.

thing I would say about Aberdeen and the criticism that Brendan Rodgers

:55:55.:55:58.

has given, they do stretch game very well, they have to look into those

:55:59.:56:03.

pockets of space that they create and unfortunately they did not have

:56:04.:56:08.

Ryan Christie because he cannot play against Celtic but if Shaun Maloney

:56:09.:56:11.

signs for Aberdeen, if they have got some on there, they can utilise that

:56:12.:56:15.

is where they could hurt Celtic. Aberdeen fans will be asking if you

:56:16.:56:24.

think it was a penalty. Yes! It was a definite penalty. I cannot

:56:25.:56:28.

understand why it is not given. You can understand? I think it is a

:56:29.:56:33.

penalty all day long but looks unorthodox because Shinnie, his leg

:56:34.:56:38.

is dangling as kicks it away. There is no question, it is a penalty, but

:56:39.:56:43.

look slightly unorthodox, the referee is. He almost decapitated

:56:44.:56:51.

him. That would have brought the game to 3-2 and it would have been

:56:52.:56:58.

game on. Bigger gap next season? I think it will be hard for Celtic to

:56:59.:57:03.

replicate this season. It has been one off in terms of going unbeaten,

:57:04.:57:07.

it has been incredible, to reach those levels again next year... I

:57:08.:57:12.

think they will finish the season unbeaten. It depends, Brendan

:57:13.:57:19.

Rodgers is going to invest in a few key players, but I do not think they

:57:20.:57:24.

can replicate this season. You think Aberdeen can beat Celtic in the

:57:25.:57:27.

Scottish Cup final but you do not think they will. I think they will

:57:28.:57:32.

and Derek will take positives. You hear him talking about being

:57:33.:57:35.

methodical and work out how he will do it. He can draw a lot from that

:57:36.:57:41.

game on Friday. The cross balls is a key thing. Saying all that, if

:57:42.:57:44.

Celtic Perry to lick capabilities they will win the treble. Will they

:57:45.:57:51.

take much beating, Aberdeen? They have not beaten Celtic this season

:57:52.:57:54.

but there are elements of the game, if they can find a solution, they

:57:55.:57:57.

have got a chance. Thank you. All that leaves the Ladbrokes

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Premiership table looking like this. A Celtic century of points

:58:02.:58:04.

after that win at Pittodrie. Brendan Rodgers' side 30

:58:05.:58:06.

points clear of Aberdeen. Rangers and St Johnstone will join

:58:07.:58:08.

both those teams in European At the bottom Kilmarnock

:58:09.:58:11.

and Ross County are safe. Dundee, Motherwell and

:58:12.:58:14.

Hamilton still sweating. But Inverness are

:58:15.:58:15.

sweating most of all. Time for us to exit

:58:16.:58:17.

through the Sportscene trapdoor. From all of us on the

:58:18.:58:20.

team - bye for now. It would be the greatest night

:58:21.:59:02.

of their lives... the night when Celtic Football Club

:59:03.:59:06.

captured the hearts of Europe... They were like brothers. I loved

:59:07.:59:09.

them. Absolutely loved them. A bunch of boys fae Baillieston,

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Bellshill and Saltcoats ..became the first British club

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to win the European Cup. When it came to my TV habits,

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I'd watch anything. But now I can sign in online

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and get more of what I love. I'm kept up to date

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with the shows I love

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Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights from the weekend's matches in the SPFL. Champions Celtic begin the weekend with a Friday night trip to second-placed Aberdeen. On Saturday Rangers host Hearts and St Johnstone entertain Partick Thistle, as the race for European places intensifies. In the bottom half, there's a Lanarkshire derby as Motherwell host Hamilton, Dundee host Ross County and Inverness are away to Kilmarnock.