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After the latest Scotland roller- coaster ride came to an end, it is
back to the latest chapter in the And we're back after the break with
the best of a sensational Saturday in the SPL. 17 goals coming up. And
we'll hear from St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin. First, the best of the
action from Rugby Park. And there was plenty of it with Celtic
bidding to bounce back from the Celtic. Celtic - four different as
well. Commons was suspended. In came up Cha, led Lee, and Stokes.
Celtic have lost their last couple of away games at Rangers and at
Hearts. They are looking to bounce back here. Cha, Stokes's! What a
chance that was. That is what has caused the problem for Stokes. They
looked ambitious to start with. Paul Heffernan, Shiels, 1 - 00.
Kilmarnock in front. A speculative long ball as well. Rolled into the
path of Shields. Kilmarnock again. Liam Kelly. Forster to the rescue.
Celtic began the match brightly, but now they are rocking. Shields.
Paul Heffernan is on side. And it is two! This is stunning. That is
debatable. Paul Heffernan played to the whistle. Suddenly, Kilmarnock
double up and Celtic are staring down the barrel again. It's Mulgrew.
It is a terrible back-pass. And this is Fila making it 3-nothing.
Mulgrew made a complete hash of that. James Fowler, but his debut
in 1999, scores just his fifth goal. Fit it is a good ball for Harkins.
Celtic really toiling. Paul Heffernan. Did not know much about
it. Paul Heffernan's goal was his ninth of the season. He has been a
good signing. His suspicion of offside. Forest. Taking the ball
for a walk. He has won the free kick. He will going to the book for
that. Celtic really need to start taking their opportunities. Mulgrew
or Stokes. It Stokes. It is brilliant. It is a stunner. Celtic
have something to graft onto with 70 minutes to go. Hammered in by
Anthony Stokes. Celtic have reduced their arrears. Kilmarnock looking
to get that three-goal cushion again. That was Paul Heffernan. He
knows whether goal is. He has taken on the mantle that salmon had last
season at Rugby Park. Matthews. No challenge coming from the comic
flair. That is Stokes. That is unbelievable from Anthony Stokes.
No right to score from there. Yakir lack could not get near it.
Suddenly, Celtic could not see --, then one goal of Kilmarnock. Neil
Lennon is roaring on from the sidelines. Forest. He has been
fantastic in the second half. He has won another free-kick. Liam
Kelly, the offender. Mulgrew! They have done at! Against all the odds,
3-nothing down at half-time, Celtic are level. -- three 2-0. Kilmarnock
will be absolutely devastated. Parkins. That is Paul Heffernan.
That should have been four to three. How often have canonic been 3-0 up
on Celtic. Not very often. -- Kilmarnock. Celtic have pulled at
right-back and are searching for an unlikely three points. This could
be their last chance. That is the last chance. Celtic are back from
the dead. What a big moment, potentially, in a Neil Lennon's
career as Celtic manager. So often he has dropped by, but you may well
have just saved his job, Anthony have just saved his job, Anthony
Stokes. I am used to winning games. As a player. We lost plenty last
season. I do not like this feeling at the minute. I am expecting more
from some of by better players than they have given me. Was that the
half-time team talk that may be saved Neil Lennon's job? Whatever
he said at half-time definitely did the business. Forest came into a
more central role and caused Kilmarnock a lot of problems.
grew up as a Celtic player. You know the expectations around the
club. Yes. I had five years there. I really enjoyed it. But like you
say, the expectations from the fans, they have to be up there winning
trophies season after season. Celtic fans will not be too happy
with the gap between them and Rangers. It was amazing how the
game developed. It could have been a lot different if Anthony Stokes
Stokes was very unfortunate. If it does not bobble up there, I am
pretty sure he would have scored. That would have had a different
outlook on the game. Paul Heffernan and Dean Shiels are two players who
know pretty well. They were instrumental in giving, Nick that
3-0 half-time lead. Yes. The two boys have done great since they
have been put together. I know Paul Heffernan from the Irish days. The
under 20 ones. He has a terrific eye for goal. Dean Shiels, I played
against him Dunsire the couple of times. Technically, very good. The
two of them together are her great. Hint of offside? For I think he is
probably just on. He is just levels. Kilmarnock would have been very
disappointed if that had gone against them. An incredible run
from James Fowler and a terrific finish. A great finish. Mulgrew
knows that Harkins is there, but he was unaware of phyla. He let them
back pass a bit short. Celtic did get the sort of response in the
second half they were looking for. Three goals in seven minutes.
Incredible. A terrific free-kick from Anthony Stokes. He has that in
the end. This was a terrific strike. There are not many players that
would take that on. Obviously, here, Charlie Mulgrew makes up for his
error in the first half. When it goes to 3-3, you expect Celtic to
get the winner. In actual fact, it was Kilmarnock could probably had
the best chance to win it and it was Paul Heffernan, who is so good
in these situations, who missed. Yes. He will be disappointed with
himself. He has been very clinical this year. That is one he will not
want to see again. Yes. A big chance. There is no respite for
Celtic. A big European tie coming up for them. They're in a bit of
form. It is a tough task for Celtic. It will be Live and Radio Scotland
on Thursday night. It is a tough task, but as a player sometimes, if
they're not doing too well on the league, it is good to get away and
have a cup game. Neil Lennon will be looking for Delap. Good luck to
Celtic in Europe. A trawl for them in the early kick-off meant Rangers
could go 12 points ahead of their title rivals if myth that a home
Naismith back after suspension. Illness have ruled out Sasser Pat
Archer and Julie Wallace took over at left-back. Just one cinch that
might change for some Mirren. Steven Thompson is back at Ibrox
where he played for three and-a- half years. Rangers looking to pick
up where they left off before the international break. Kyle Lafferty
chasing false bomb Mark McCausland uncertain in defence. That led to a
diving save from Craig Samson. St Mirren playing themselves into a
difficulties. It is Gregg Wylde's corner. It is Kyle Lafferty and it
is a smart save from Samson. Back in again and deflected behind. Kyle
Lafferty managing to escape his marker for the first chance on goal.
In from Steven Davis. Almost unnoticed! It hit just wide. Paul
McGann. St Mirren slowly starting to find themselves. Lovely pass. In
for Thomson. Punched away by a Allan McGregor. A really good build
up. A decent ball in from hustle back. Here comes St Mirren again.
The curling cross from Thomson is a big disappointment. That says
Rangers on the move. Up goes the volume inside Ibrox. Gregg Wylde on
the ball. A shot at goal by Davies. He has headed wide. Snatched at
this, did the Rangers captain. It was an inviting positions. Nikica
Jelavic is skilful and strong. Maurice Edu. Kyle Lafferty kept out.
Kyle Lafferty intending to get his own back, which she does. A real
chance for Rangers. That is Marc McAusland. That is Nikica Jelavic!
That is one to nothing. 2 1/2 minutes after the restart. The
Croatian's seventh goal of the season. It was all about the
persistence and the tenacity of Kyle Lafferty on the byline. Marc
McAusland's free runs went straight to Nikica Jelavic and it was
rattled in for the opening goal. Gary Teale on as a substitute at
half-time. That game of Maurice Edu. That is Steven Thompson. He is in
on goal. It is a great saving challenge by Stephen Whittaker. But
surely Thomson had to pull the himself, the defender, that he
could not hit the target. Whittaker's pass. Rangers looking
for the second goal. Naismith. At Jelavic. It was slightly behind
Jelavic but still it was great stuff. Great my challenge. And now
Rangers with the chance to seal things. Here is Davies. Options are
round the Captain there. He chose to go it alone. Of putting pressure
on his goalkeeper. Lovely play under pressure. Deep into stoppage
time, can they carve out one last chance. It is Steven Thomson. It is
one to one! Equalisers do not come much later. Simmering salvaging a
draw at Ibrox. -- St Mirren. The there will only be time to get the
match started again before the final whistle. A dramatic draw at
Jim Goodwin is with us. Describe the feeling after that. We were
delighted. We put a lot into the game and I think we deserved the
point. 55 % possession, that is remarkable. It does not happen very
often that the away team has that much of the ball at Ibrox. We
controlled the game for long spells. The goalkeeper has made a couple of
key saves to keep us in the game but I think we got our just
deserves. -- just deserts. Were you disappointed to go a goal down
after the interval. Yes, we were. We could have dealt with it better
when the ball came into the box. I was disappointed by the clearance.
There is you turning around and having a right good rant! I thought
he was tripped, but it has gone a long way since then. The response
to the goal from Simon Mirren was to the goal from Simon Mirren was
The Naismith went into a more central area and it caused us some
problems. But after that we got our composure back. The goal but one
you a point was amazing, not only because it was in the very last
minute, but also because it begins in your very own goal line. Yes, he
showed real composure there. It was a terrific ball from Poole there. -
- from Paul. It was a great moment to score because we would have been
very disappointed to have come away with nothing. There was never any
sign of giving up. Absolutely. We kept going to the end and playing
our way, passing the ball, and we are delighted with the result.
is St Mirren play in your way, lots of examples. Is the worry for you
but a lot of really good play in midfield does not happen -- does
not often enough bring an end result? We do control possession
quite a lot. We lacked a bit of a cutting edge at times yesterday.
This chance was very unlucky. Whittaker does brilliant to get
from where he was initially. there is the centre-back with the
pass, which is very impressive! if we had had a better break with
the ball, he could have had a go. It could be a great season for St
Mirren. You won against St Johnstone with one of your special
goals. It was great to score on that night and an important game
for us office the. It is nice to go on a good cup run. We have a very
tough game next week but we are delighted to still be in the Cup.
What impact has Tommy Craig had? A very experienced man coming along.
Does he share your footballing philosophy? Absolutely. He has been
-- terrific, full of enthusiasm and his training sessions are be --
brilliant. Motherwell have been enjoying their exalted position in
the SPL in between Rangers and Celtic. Will they still be
inviolate. It was want to zero after eight minutes. The goal
celebrations referred to the stick he had been getting from his
manager. Second in the SPL, Motherwell were dominant. Graham
Stack had to bat this shot away. What to make off -- of these
clearances? Again the keeper had to make a real fist of it. I have had
a fine season so far. -- they have had. In the second half of the
lacklustre lilac line was breached far too easily far too many times.
Graham Stack again to the rescue. It is easy to forget they have had
a five-game unbeaten run. This shot was pulled wide of the target. The
striker was looking for his 7th goal of the season but this would
not be his day. Graham Stack was one of the few Hibernian players to
be having a decent day of it. The imbalance between the sides showed
no sign of letting up. Motherwell were totally bossing the game.
Finally a chance for Hibernian worth showing came along, when
Danny Galbraith sliced wide of the target and Hibernian fans voiced
their displeasure all afternoon. Why have Hibernian relapsed? That
is the question a manager must find an answer to, and quickly. They
almost snatched a point but this would be a deserved defeat for
Hibernian. At Motherwell extend their lead over Celtic in the SPL
And they are playing with increased belief. They have won seven out of
11. I think they have surprised a few with their position in the
table. He has brought in some real quality players. It looked to be
going towards three off four. But looking at the way the match
developed it could have been a lot worse for Hibernian. Yes, the
centre halves seemed to be ball- watching. I think Graham Stack was
the man of the match and I think that says a lot about the game. I
know him from the Irish set-up. A great player. It was just as well
he was on form because otherwise it would have been a pretty hefty
defeat. Yes, he had to be on his game. That double save there was
outstanding. You have a fair bit of interest in that game obviously
because St Mirren play Hibernian next weekend. Yes, it will be a
difficult game. We have to carry on like we did yesterday and hopefully
take some momentum from the big performance yesterday. Dunfermline
started well on their return to the SPL but recently they have
He usually strikes the ball pretty well, Rudi Skacel. Andy Webster!
Hearts take the lead. The clearance went straight to Andy Webster and
he had the simple task to headed home. -- head home. Dunfermline,
just three points from five home games. A decent ball across. In
with the head of. He scored a great goal against Celtic last time using
the head. And nice past, Graham. That is a lovely little shimmy. He
cut the ball back to the byline. And straight into the arms of the
keeper. But this is better from the home side. Graham showing some good
skill. The Dunfermline coming forward. That is Paul Barnes. He
knew the mistake he made. Move too much -- too much height on the ball.
That is nice play from Rudi Skacel. On to Templeton. He is on the right
food. Rudi Skacel went it back inside but it opened up perfectly
for David Templeton. -- schedule wanted it. -- Rudi Skacel. He has
the ability to make something happen. It went straight that time.
Dunfermline trying to come forward. That is a poor pass a. Picked up by
temple turned far Hearts. On to temple turned, and it is Rudi
Skacel! It looks like he will secure Hearts' first away win. It
came back to Rudi Skacel, Templeton, Dunfermline were sitting pretty for
the first few weeks of the season, but you get the feeling they're
coming into a testing spell. Yes, they have been finding it tough for
the last Formica five games. They have any picked up one point in the
last five. They will be very disappointed. They conceded too
many goals and not scored. It is important they do not become
detached at the bottom. It is all very tight down there. The league
itself is very tight. There are a few wins a way of getting out of it.
He will be looking to turn things around quickly. What disappoints
Dunfermline is that they made a big contribution to their own downfall
yesterday. Both goals stemmed from mistakes, firstly Andy Kirk at the
near post. Yes, he will be disappointed. He will be
disappointed he did not do better. This pass got cut out. It did not
help matters. A good one two there. Paul Gallacher makes a great save
initially. He is hoping one of his defenders will help a mite, but
when it drops the Rudi Skacel that close out, you don't expect much
else. Hearts beat Celtic a fortnight ago, but there has been
inconsistency from them. Maybe not surprising when you change a
manager in the first few weeks. manager comes in with new ideas and
it takes time for him to get his ideas across to his players. Rudi
Skacel back in the side, he is a very influential player for hearts
and has done great. 12th February, or when Hearts last one away from
home. It has been an incredibly long wait. It was at Hamilton 2-0
that day. Stephen Elliott got both the goals. It has been 15 matches
to live one away game. It is hard to believe that it has stretched on
for that length of time. They seem to be getting things right now and
the new manager seems to be getting his ideas across to the players and
they're taking it on board. Would you expect them to be competing at
the top end of the lead towards the end of the season? Yes. They have a
big squad. He would expect Celtic and Rangers to battle it out. I do
not think anybody expected Motherwell to be this high up in
the table. We were all expecting hearts, Neddy, to challenge them.
But I do expect Hearts then -- had to be up at the end of the season.
The Aberdeen have an -- Aberdeen have an Old Firm double
bill coming up in the next couple of weeks and were looking for the
encouragement of six points out of six when they played Dundee United
2000 a bit. That's Russell! And Gonzalo is tipped it over. -- 2008.
After David could Willie's departure. Kari Arnason touches are
then! Be brilliant save from Fallon. But Gary Anderson puts it into the
roof of his net. Aberdeen are in front. - Mike Kari Arnason.
Aberdeen go ahead. Rob Milsom. Robertson. No penalty. Rob Milsom
has gone down. He does not look as if people did the Aberdeen
midfielder. -- book. Strange decision. Aberdeen free-kick, taken
by Foster. Mawhinney. And the Dons have a second. Their management
team is delighted. Aberdeen, who beat Dunfermline here a couple of
weeks ago, it looked as though they're going to continue this
recent revival. Nilsen and. More height and distance and the
clearance. It is awkward for Dundee United. Fallon. Considine. 3-0. Be
keeper made a hash of it at his right-hand post. He looks on in
bewilderment as Aberdeen get their third. It is a goal which will
surely seal the points. The Dons have only scored four times in the
league. They have now got seven in their last two games. Rankin. Rank
and's effort. It is awkward for Gonzalez. We have seen John Rankin
score from that kind of range with that kind of shot before. It just
drops just before it gets to the keeper. Armstrong back to Scott
Robertson. Armstrong. That is a good run. Dalla Valle was in the
back post. It is 3-1. The clock is against Dundee United, without
question. They have given themselves something to hold on to
here. Armstrong did so well, the The Aberdeen fans would have been
worrying about two straight games are good - like against the Old
Firm. They must be in a better place now. They seem to be on a bit
of a run, yes. Things are coming together for Craig Brown. He has
brought some players up from down south and things are clicking into
place. Three set-pieces, three goals, which then United will not
be happy about. Aberdeen are a big side. They are very tough in the
box. Dundee United's keeper is very good, but he will not be best
pleased with his contribution. was even worse. Juggling at him
from Andy Considine. He has been a very solid presence. He is a key
player. He will be disappointed with his day yesterday. It has been
a dramatic change around for Aberdeen. They scored four goals in
their last game at home to Dunfermline. They created loads of
chances. This was a Friday night game. They seem to have an
increased presence about them. Mehdi Rory Fallon has made a bed of
the difference tick alongside Scott Vernon. Rory Fallon will cause most
centre has problems. He has a big, strong striker. And there are good
players in around them. Things seem to be coming together for Craig
Brown. It is funny how the complexion can suddenly change. It
is all doom and gloom one minutes, then optimistic. Absolutely.
Optimists - a confidence has ever been. Aberdeen have the confidence
back. Aberdeen lost a lot of players over
the summer and he did think those are a lot of influential players
going out at the same time. Maybe they're hurting? I think you
mentioned four of the best players last year. Peter Houston, obviously,
is not able to go into the transfer market and replace these players.
He has to persist with bringing players through the youth team.
They have some good young players coming through, but it will take
some time to get things right. Derek McInnes does become the new
manager of Bristol City this week, he leaves in jobs and in good shape.
The Perth team were planning to prolong a great run of recent
results with yesterday's home game against bottom of the table
McInnes's last game in charge, they were determined to be sent off and
decent style. The strike force combined to great effect in the
12th minute. Despite slipping when he struck it, it was a great goal.
12 Austen Johnson's 18 goals soared by either send us a or Sheridan.
They made a massive difference. Inverness were disjointed to say
the least. Their manager would describe their season so far as
Jekyll and Hyde. This was most certainly hide territories. Since
Johnson dominated. -- St Johnstone. A second St Johnstone goal always
looked more likely than a Caley Thistle equaliser. Marcus Tabor,
who replaced the injured Sheraton, hit the post. Liam Craig denied at
the back post by Thomas pier. General approval for her Derek
McInnes. Lilian Craig was then teed up for a cross and the second half.
Once in their blue moon you see a Kevin in gold. We should have seen
one here. Terry Butcher would say afterwards his side played like 11
strangers he picked up on the motorways. As for St Johnstone,
they were the epitome of teamwork. This cross was only partially
cleared and Dave Mackay pounced on the scraps to make it to do nothing.
-- to to nothing. The former Dundee player but his second goal of the
season. The first had been the 1-0 winner at Celtic Park back in a
list. Since Johnson here with their fourth SPL win in five games. For -
There fantastic form of this leak coincided with their new strike
force. They are a very good team. Derek McInnes has done very well
organised. The two strikers up front are on fire just now. This
seemed to be linking really well together. There is a great
understanding. This is not great defending, but it is a great finish.
Terry Butcher will be quite disappointed there. It is a
striker's instinct. It helps when you have a defender who can do this.
Obviously he scored as one of Celtic Park as well. It was a great
finish. He is a key figure for St Johnstone. He is an integral part
of their defence. This is what it is all about. It is a bad mistake
for Motherwell and everything got punished. This is Sheridan. The two
strikers seem to be playing with a lot of confidence. There are
linking up really well. They have a greater understanding. Everything
they touch seems to be going in the back of the net. A lot of credit
goes to Derek McInnes. Yesterday's game might well be his last in
charge and you might be on his way to Bristol City. Yes. We're still
waiting to hear what is happening with that one. If Derek McInnes
does go, the St Johnstone team and supporters will be disappointed. He
has done terrific in his time. have played a lot of your football
down south. Bristol City, bottom of the championship. What sort of job
would that be? If he gets the job, he has a tough task. There bottom
of the league. He has to turn things around quickly. Bristol City
are in big club and have got two big clubs in that city. When he
goes down there, his aim will be to maintain championship status this
season and keep on next season. Let's have a look at the placings.
Motherwell have trimmed Rangers's lead at the top. Celtic are 10 off
And next weekend looks like this. We'll have all that action for you