Highlights from the SPFL. Celtic v Motherwell, Aberdeen v Ross County, Hearts v Dundee, Inverness v Rangers, St Johnstone v Kilmarnock and Partick v Hamilton.
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Good evening. After the disappointment of the international
break, would Ladbroke's Premiership put a smile back on all of our
faces? With us tonight, Pat Nevin and Michael Stewart. We start at
Pittodrie. The thing about the international break is that it can
sometimes interrupt the form of a club side. Aberdeen in great form in
the lead up to the Scotland games, would they pick up where they left
off? Ross County, the visitors. COMMENTATOR: Aberdeen not
surprisingly starting with the team that beat Kilmarnock. Looking for a
fifth straight win. Ross County top scorer Liam Davis is out injured.
Craig Parnham returns. For changes in all, Andrew Davies is back and
there is a first start. James Maddison with a free kick. There is
Rooney, it is not going to count. The offside flag went up pretty
smartish here. A tight corner. But it looks like the right call. -- a
tight call. Now McGinn, Shay Logan. Cleared by Paul Quinn, who had a
spell at Aberdeen before returning to Ross County. Now Jonny Hayes sets
off and scores! CHEERING Blasting that passed the County
keeper, and in the 20th minute Aberdeen are a head.
Now the skipper, shiny. In those chow. Bad challenge. That is going
to be a red card for the former Wigan midfielder. County will have
to play three quarters of this game with ten men. You just can't get
away with that sort of stamping challenge.
Madison. Fantastic control of the ball, the youngster has. Hayes.
Aberdeen starting to toy with Ross County here. Madison again. The shot
from Shinnie saved but Shay Logan scores will stop 2-0 Aberdeen, and
this is a scoreline nuisance could become anything against that ten man
opponents. Dismantling Ross County. Now 2-0 in front. Luke and pouncing
after a save from Shinnie. The Davies free kick controlled by
Cullen. Now it is Michael Gardyne, a good save. Joe Lewis sticking up the
right-hand to claw away that effort. Tim McIntyre sensing how important a
goal back might be. McShane slipped. In those Gardyne again. So unlucky.
As the half-time whistle goes, and a fraction away from making it 2-1.
Maclean's header. Advantage played. Madison. Hayes. In those Madison
again. And Niall McGinn's effort produces great stuff. Hayes tries
again and hits it right. They are queueing up here to score Aberdeen's
third goal. That was some stop. Antonio Connor. A growing presence
in defence of Aberdeen. Shinnie's pass. In goes Shay Logan. Niall
McGinn! He makes it three. Frustrated early on, the Northern
Ireland international, but so much composure there to score Aberdeen's
third goal. Aberdeen with a thirst for more
girls. Jonny Hayes producing another save. There have been a string of
saves for Fox. Clumsy. Play goes on. That is Shinnie. Shot blocked.
Halos. It is 4-0. Stockley again. Off the bench and making an impact.
There was all about persistence. Eventually shot in off the inside of
the post. For the second successive match, it is 4-0 Aberdeen. Maclean's
pass and looked at the rumour for James Maddison. Out wired with
Hayes. Lovely little chip back off the post. Consett iron tax acquired.
-- Considine Tuck said Wright. They will have to settle for four. It is
a red card, we have watched it back. He has got to learn from it. Can't
go to ground, he has gone in with two feet when he could have gone in
with a side foot. It is something he has to learn. Certainly put us up
against it. Made it a difficult day for us. We have seen it playing
against teams with ten men, thought we did our job well. The fourth ball
from Jade and put a truer reflection. All in all, a good they.
A great display from Aberdeen. For long time we have raved about Jonny
Hayes, Niall McGinn and everyone, and now we need to put the focus on
James Morrison. Looks like huge talent. Yes, they have got
creativity and goals. You add Madison on to that, and what he has
is special. Delivery superb, from dead pools and open play, terrific.
So much more than that. It is his intelligence. Always comfortable on
the ball. He takes four players away from the play. It makes loads of
play elsewhere. -- loads of space. Watch this bit. The ball is not play
to him yet, still looking round for where the next ball was going, long
before it is played and he knows what he has to do. It is what you
call vision, understanding, awareness, and also a chess like
mind of knowing what a skin to happen before it happens. Threw it
is those little bits that you recognising top players. A real
distance ahead of most players. He has got four, five, six players
around him, that is not a greedy dribbler, it is a man who has drawn
players towards so to encourage others encourage others to make
space elsewhere. Phenomenal intelligence, great confidence on
the ball. He can slow down when he is on it, and he will play the right
ball in with pace. He can be a top player, who can play in the very
highest level. The sort of player that fans love to watch. He is the
jewel in the crown of these new additions that have come into
Aberdeen this season. Can they reach a new level, Aberdeen, and what does
that look like? Up until a couple of weeks there had been a feeling that
there had been a slow start Aberdeen. Now they have a chance to
make it into the national cup final at the weekend. Yes, I think the
additions that have been made along with Joe Lewis and go. James
Maddison is that Pat has touched on, he is a good condiment of players.
They have shown a great consistency of a number of years now and with
these additions they can definitely contain where they have been and
perhaps push things a little bit further. A fantastic day for
Aberdeen, the complete opposite the Ross County. If you define the
league table by the number of goals teams score, the sad step is the
Ross County, they would be bottom of the table for the season so far.
Just seven goals scored this season, in fact they have not scored in 6.5
hours of football. That, Michael, is a worrying start. Of course it is. A
lot has been made of the fact Liam Davis has scored a lot of goals for
them. Missing at the moment. Even when he has been in the team of
late, they have not scored goals. They have two guys who know how to
score goals. They have got to try and sped it amongst the team and
find a way to the back of the net. Is it all about keeping the
confidence than the Ross County squad? Yes, confidence is one thing
but I think they are playing quite well. This is a league if you are
near the bottom, you will be OK, if not, you could well be struggling.
Celtic Park, the champion celebrating the start of the 50th
anniversary celebrations commemorating the European Cup win.
Yesterday they faced Motherwell, and COMMENTATOR: A first Celtic Park
start since March 20 14th will Ian Henderson in the hosts's midfield. A
debut the teenage left-back Jack McMillan for Motherwell. Also a
first top teams start the Ross Maclean in the midfield. The
steelmen have it conceded 12 in the last two visits. Brown's effort
blocked by his former team-mate, McManus. To Dembele. Decent effort.
Called Simpson into action. Moussa Dembele scored for France U21s last
week. Henderson's corner is very deep. Another save from Samsung.
Coming from the corner after Dembele's effort was pushed wide.
Gamboa are playing at Celtic Park for the first time. Big afternoon to
him. Ferres. Missed by Dembele but not by Sinclair -- Forest. Eight for
the season further Celtic winger. What a find he has been. The only
game he has not scored in domestic Lee was at Dundee fortnight ago.
Little doubt where this was going, as soon as it reached his left boot.
Motherwell have looked pretty organised at the back. They will be
disappointed to go back as Tate goes for gold. -- Tate goes for gold.
Fairly ambitious but a nice lay-off. It has been given away. Now with
Brown. Driving forward, he has Dembele to his left. Moussa Dembele!
Tierney. Really strong play by Kieran Tierney. Earning his second
cap in midweek. How good is this? Outstanding from Tierney! So
unlucky! Well, it was in goal of the season
territory if he finds the net. Every Celtic supporter is on their feet to
give Kieran Tierney a standing ovation for that shot. Scott Brown.
He had last week of, having quit international football. Tierney
Sinclair. Almost finding Dembele. Tierney ellipses Brown ellipses
brilliantly saved, and again! The brown effort was deflected, that
made the save even better from Craig Samson. Dembele couldn't get past
the big keeper either. Samson was rooted this time.
Sinclair looking for the far corner. Celtic have Borussia Monchengladbach
to face during the week. It is the kind of like the stadium vanishes.
Samsung deals with that one. -- night the stadium relishes.
20 games since Celtic lost here. It was of course to Motherwell. Forrest
finds Dembele. Finds Sinclair. What a save again! That is the pick of
the bunch. From Craig Samson. He has kept Motherwell in it.
That is a poor challenge thereby Louis Moult, who is in trouble. It
is only yellow, though. Completely wiped out Liam Henderson.
Simunovic to Brown. There was a misunderstanding there, and Samson
has brought down Dembele. With three to play, Celtic have a spot kick.
McManus left it for Craig Samson, probably should have dealt with it,
the former Celtic skipper. Dembele with a chance for his 13th of the
season. Which he has! And it guarantees three more points for the
champions. It has been total domination, but at 1-0, you just
never know. Dembele erases all doubt about which way this game is going.
I thought it was an excellent performance on the back of the
players being away for a couple of weeks. We have come back and showed
really good attacking intent. Give Motherwell credit as well, because
they did well. But we created quite a number of chances. We restricted
them to no shots on target. And showed a really good professionalism
in the game. I was very pleased with the performance. The plan was to
allow the full-backs to have the ball. We decided to do that. Then,
to deal with it, we found it a bit more difficult and the size of the
picture is a problem. Keith Lasley found it difficult to cross quick
enough. In the second half, we dropped the two forward midfielder
is back in defensively, and that made it better, and allowed the
strikers to be in a more forward position. The tactically, done
everything we hoped it would do. It was a bit adventurous with the young
players in particular, but the likelihood you will get BT anyway.
You might as well get beach trying to get something out of the game.
STUDIO: A good win for Celtic. You can understand Motherwell arriving
at the match with trepidation, 12-0 in the last two aggregate matches
will stop how did Motherwell a project? I did not think there was
belief coming out of Motherwell, but that is understandable. It is
realism. Celtic are on a high, playing well. Oddly, they were
allowing the full-backs to get on the ball too much. Have a look. Go
and help your full-back, don't leave him. Away Forrest goes, and you have
trouble. One-on-one, that is not good defending either. But they were
creating chances, Celtic. Celtic are in great form. Talking about
full-backs, if you are worried about strikers and midfielders, and you
have Tierney coming and doing this. It is a nightmare. It would have
been a great goal at Celtic Park. I don't say that lightly. But he does
remind me of Danny McGrane, one of the greatest players I have ever
seen, certainly in Scottish bubble, but I mean world football. Kieran
Tierney is astonishing just now. All throughout the team, they are
confident and comfortable. They were very adaptable as well. So much
quality in the Celtic side, but the work rate, is that part of the
Brendan Rodgers master plan as well? Clearly. He did it against
Manchester City, and that is fantastic. It has such an effect on
the team. We know they can do it. Dembele at the top, why does he
think about chasing that? You never expect to get that. Awful mistake by
McManus, and he will know that. But to chase a completely lost ball, and
of course you expecting to score the penalty there. His scoring has been
fantastic. The effect of pressing has had, not just at Celtic Park,
but wider than that. Manchester City were shocked by it. A week after it,
Spurs win at Manchester City, because they did what Celtic did.
You have seen the effect it can have. Resume on to back would have
looked at it, too. It will be a pivotal week. To, Borussia
Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, Celtic will
look at that match as a match where they can get three points. Prior to
the Champions League group fixtures, they would have looked against the
game. It is a big week. There are 4-5 changes to the team, quite a lot
for Brendan Rodgers at the weekend. Still, a good performance, a good
result. If they come away from this week with two wins, they are in a
great place, positioned well for European football after Christmas,
and into a cup final next month as well. Things are very positive that
toxic at the moment. The adaptability we were talking about,
we chatted before hand, an option that has not been used with Dembele
upfront, that is something else you can do. Griffiths. In games in
Europe, stick them up, and the confidence they have it could go
well. What can Motherwell take from the match this weekend? They didn't
get a hiding in the end. That is nothing to laugh about, though.
Celtic at the moment can do that any team in Scotland just now. The way
they are playing, everyone has to go to Celtic with real trepidation.
Next, Partick Thistle began the weekend bottom of the table as they
welcomed Hamilton. COMMENTATOR: Partick Thistle are
trying to end a run of seven games without a win.
Hamilton have no wins in four, eight debut at left-back, a first start
for Gary Woods, and tonight he returns to captain the side.
Hamilton have started brightly. Headed only as far as being. Almost
a perfect start for Hamilton Academicals. Not missing by much.
Helped out. Sports Gillespie at the back post. Again, Hamilton coming
close in the early stages. A good run by Gillespie. The header just
off target. Doherty now, looping in the cross. A terrific save, and not
behind for the corner kick. Crawford's on a kick. Hamilton
deservedly in front. His first goal in the league for
Hamilton Academicals. Unchallenged there, you have to say.
Barton picking out do limp as Partick try to respond. The rebound
over the bar. They are searching for an equaliser.
Gordon caught by his old team-mate, Doherty. The free kick goes Partick
as a's way. Quickly taken. The cross comes in. Edwards pouncing on the
mistake stop Osman was alert to it. A defensive shambles, and Edwards
has his first goal of the season. Partick Thistle are level. Doherty
trying to find being Bingham. I think that came off:
. Partick Thistle desperately defend.
Barton gets something on it. Osman now up against Grant Gillespie. Nice
turn by Osman. The cross in, and there is Lindsay! Thistle are in
front! Liam Lindsay came up for the corner. Thistle in the driving seat.
Having gone behind, they are 2-1 up now. Accies might feel they should
be blocking the cross hit, but Liam Lindsay's fourth goal of the season
puts his side ahead. Thistle looking to edge further in front. Erskine
denied by Woods. It might have killed Accies off entirely. Erskine
picks up. This is as is, the substitute. Pushed away by Gary
Woods. Thistle looking bright at the start of the second half.
Clips it forward. That is a delightful finish from the
substitute. His first goal of the season for Hamilton Accies. What an
important one it is. It would be hard to argue Accies don't deserve
something from this match. That might have earned them a point.
Picked up by Barton. Here comes Partick Thistle. Players in the
middle. Into Elliott. Woods keeps it out. Hunt away. Thistle pushed for a
winner. Gillespie now, is there to be late drama? A good ball, into the
back post. Scully, not for the first time, keeps Accies at bay. It was a
wide open game. I just felt we started the second half brightly and
had some good chances. We took the wind out of Hamilton, but credit to
them, they kept going. Offensively, it was awful from us. Away from
home, we will take the point and move on. But again, for us, or we
missed too many opportunities. Maybe it is a fair result, but for large
spells of the game, we controlled the game. If we could take chances,
we can definitely win games. STUDIO: You might have expected a grim
bottom of the table scrap, but arguably the most entertaining game
at the weekend. Some great skill in the game. Bottom of the table, it
could have been a scrap, but it wasn't. Entertaining football, and a
lot of quality involved as well. This one is a fantastic game, double
from Osman. You don't expect this. Look at the cross. It is a great
cross. Thistle get a goal. We know they have wonderful composure. If
you are going to give him Johann Cruft, can I give him Pirlo. They
will be happy with the point. A lot of pluses to come out of the game.
Sometimes you have to sit back and have the critique of the games, but
it is entertainment that fans are looking for. They got it. They
absolutely did. Partick Thistle fans always want that.
The managers thinking what can we do, do different? We watch Martin
Cameron come on in almost the same week -- every week. It is no
criticism, his teams usually score first underwent. There are goals for
both of those teams, they both seem to be put a disco. Once again, in
terms of the Accies taking the lead, Partick Thistle striker 's, a good
point the Accies in the end? You heard to one down -- 2-1 down, they
would take it. Different though they have been disappointed not to sue
the game out. Lots of positives for both sides. A bit of disappointment
that they have not taken the three points but the end of the day they
will be happy with the draw both. Hearts signed off before this
national break with a 3-1 win at Motherwell. Would they keep the fun
going against a Dundee side struggling for results and goals?
Not very confident. Going for a 2-1 win for Dundee.
COMMENTATOR: The new design has been approved for the stand, the old
stand designed by Archibald Leach, a thing of beauty, soon Nemeth. Don
Carey in the Sam Nicholson has had a knee operation. Dundee make three
changes. James Vincent appears for the first time since mid-August.
Gets a Magellan back to Kevin Gomis, under
some pressure. Good goalkeeping from Scott Bain. Walker putting pressure
on the defender. Some very quick. Little ball in and over the top.
Tony Watt. Craig Breen Dundee close. Feeding Patterson. In
towards Williams, no takers. Credit Kevin Gomis are going out of the
way. Salmon couldn't finish. Sammon. Another good start from Scott Bain.
Good interchange from the macro hearts. An impressive stretch.
Patterson was in the clear. Scott Bain again. Scott Bain with a punch
that time to get it away. Sammon back in. Dundee try to clear.
Patterson's header had power. Another good stop. Patterson
Hateley swings it in. Gadzhalov off almost Marx 's first appearance of
the season with a goal. Then churned away by John Souttar. Gadzhalov, his
turn to hit the woodwork. That is forward again. Walker is available
wide. Walker, gets away from Gadzhalov and again Scott Bain does
his job. Scott Bain in fine form this afternoon. Good refereeing,
just to let play continue. Walker sailed the dummy. Scott Bain again
the man standing in the way of Hearts. Dundee, three points on
opening day, three points from seven in the league since then. And they
are not having any luck here this afternoon. The woodwork struck once
again. Again Dundee denied. Don Carey with the corner for Hearts. --
Don Cowie. Put it over the top. Again, Hearts with the assault on
the Dundee goal. Walker kept it down. A good knee from the captain
and a push on the keeper. Cali and Bhullar head over the ball. Cowie is
the dummy, a lovely delivery! 16 minutes played. Callum Paterson. He
got above Gomis, the goalkeeper with no chance. Paterson, back-to-back
goals, his good last time out against Motherwell. A brilliant
start from Scott Bain. That was yon son. He thought he had it.
Down the side into the middle, and that is a first goal for Johnson. He
has appeared in every game since his debut the Caley Thistle, and on the
scoresheet for the first time. The hand of Hamilton were strong.
Hearts clear. Good goalkeeping this time by Jack Hamilton. Tough game.
We created a lot of chances but did not take them which was frustrating.
Dundee were on top and dominant. It became end to end. We made a couple
of changes and change the game for us. I think it was a good
performance from the players today, I thought we were terrific. Should
have taken something from the game, the number of chances we took was
top set pieces were brilliant, just not clinical enough. A defeat the
Dundee, victory for cat macro hearts, but reasons the Dundee fans
to be helpful? Hopeful but not cheerful. Because bottom of the
league, you can't have that. They attacked well yesterday. Lots of
good chances. On another day from four goals at least. They hit the
post, the crossbar. They are playing well. I am a big fan of El Bakraoui.
Only one in the box, look, the Hearts players are zoning. They have
realised it is too far of a run to give the Dundee players so they get
up close to them Paul Dunne and good thinking by both coaches, however
don't let players then run free, which is what heart still on that
occasion, but they got away with it and got a little bit lucky on that
occasion. And they did on a couple of occasions. Dundee created
chances. They have players who will go forward, get the ball on target,
hit the post, very close to target, it is not a time to be fearful yet
but a time to be concerned. It is those fine margins, if one or two
and up in the back of the net, goals change games and they have been in
great positions. These next few games, how pivotal are they, Saint
Dunstan away, Partick Thistle at home, Hamilton Accies away and then
Motherwell at home. Dundee are bottom of the table. They will need
to get something from these. Yes, it is all well and good talking about
the performance was OK but not picking up any points. It gets to
the stage that we are now in October and if it carries much further you
start to become stranded at the bottom. Paul Dunne the need to do is
look across to Tannadice and recognise the exact same thing
happened to United last year, in terms of looking and saying we will
be all right, just get a win and get ourselves out of it. If that were
never comes it becomes more and more difficult. Huge credit to cat macro
hearts. Robbie Muirhead when he came on made a big difference. I am
looking at Callum Paterson and the desire is fantastic. Look at this,
exactly the same thing. I am happy for him because it was a difficult
night for Scotland. Once again, not for the first time, the striker gets
across Gomis. Gomis has to be a bit stronger here. That is all about
desire and wanting to be there. That is just those little moments. Gomis
had a good game but there were just moments of the game where he has
lost the marker. Has to be stronger. He might have played in a nicer
sweeter leak than this, but this is a tough, hard, league. They have hit
the post of the other end, it is those fine margins. If you get those
things right and they might actually get the results to go with the
performance. A tougher game and a tough time the Kilmarnock so far,
tensions behind the seeds and somethings on the pitch. How they
fare away to St Johnstone? COMMENTATOR: Following three away
games on the bounce, no need to make any changes after their 2-0 win in
Dingwall a fortnight ago. The different story of the Lee Clark
with his side having considered ten goals in the last ten outings. Miles
Addison makes a welcome return. Nathan Tyson coming into the side.
Foster, froward to Maclean. Swanson. Close down by Addison. He is now
being partnered by Bellew to come after Bertens's earlier Niddrie.
Craig's had. -- by Boyd. Swanson. Sidesteps Mckenzie. Positive signs
the St Johnstone early on. It is Austen. And again Jamie McDonald got
a touch -- it is Alstom. Helix in good form. Setting up Alston, and
finger stepped -- fingertip stuff from the keeper. Foster delivers
long. Bolt and Anderson came together. -- Boyd. The barge came in
from Scott bullied. Anderson attacking it, McDonald got the punch
and then the clearance completed up to halfway. Anderson, and Maclean
could be open Tapp be in. The flag is up on the far side. As the ball
came forward it was Anderson who cleverly flicked it but Maclean
looked to be just beyond Addison and Boyd. Good spot by the officials.
Foster into the feet of Maclean. Swanson to Alston. They beat
McDonald this time but it went wide of the post. Excellent build-up, one
touched from Alston, and they could not apply the finish. Taylor. Tyson.
And Smith. Mckenzie, struck with power. And there is the first real
warning sign the St Johnstone. Kilmarnock have been quiet in attack
until a fizzing effort from Rory Mackenzie. Just wide. Lee Clark's
men have not won in six games. Craig, knocked away only as far as
Kane. McDonald able to clutch onto the ball. He has been superb in goal
this afternoon, and the main reason why it remains 0-0. Helix to have
just taken a knock there. The referee Stephen Maclean just
allowing Jamie MacDonald time to recover.
Stephen Maclean suggesting that there is no free kick being given.
He was looking to play on, and the referee Stephen Maclean will have a
word with striker Stephen Maclean. And it remains 0-0.
Jordan Jones with the corner, and there is Scott Hoyt! Kilmarnock have
the breakthrough! 14 minutes from the end, Scott Boyd with his first
goal for the club, his first goal in fact since New Year's Day, 2014, in
the Highland derby. What an important one it could be for
Kilmarnock. Swanson, he finds a way through to
Cummins. It is blocked on the line. Now, Maclean, and Martin Smith
getting a secondary block in, too. Now Wotherspoon. Swanson closed
down, and it looks to be one of those days for St Johnstone. We have
dropped three points today. Saying that, the performance was good
enough to win the game. We fell short because some poor finishing,
some good goalkeeping, and I have seen a corner and it is a bit of a
shambles at the corner. We caused our own downfall. They are a good
team. Off the back of two heavy defeats, we have to work hard to get
something. We have won the game, but we have a first clean sheet of the
season, which is crucial. It has given everyone a big boost. STUDIO:
That was the shock result of the weekend. I don't think there is any
doubt. Talking about it earlier, they had their coupons busted by
that one. Lee Clark is talking about two heavy defeats. St Johnstone, the
model of consistency, you did not expect that. Absolutely. It was a
smash and grab to a certain extent. Jamie MacDonald was fantastic. You
would not have complained if there were five or six. St Johnstone have
been mugged on this occasion. They get one or two chances in the game,
and they take one of them, an easy tap in. Boyd does it for Kilmarnock.
I feel particularly sorry for St Johnstone, because St Johnstone win
that and they go to the group at the top, and it is two groups in the
league, from 17 what a difference that makes to the season. What a
difference that was old makes for Kilmarnock, in terms of position. A
bizarre moment involving the referee and player, Steven MacLean. What
happened? I don't think anybody knows the answer, good question! May
be one of them could tell you. It is not a foul. The game is stopped,
Jamie caught the ball, he is in possession of it. It is on the deck,
the referee has not blown his whistle. Steven MacLean, the player,
he is chancing his arm, but understandably. The whistle has not
been blown. Put it in the back of the net, and see if you can get away
with it. Technically, maybe the St Johnstone player is right and it
should have been a goal. I had to applaud one of them, the referee and
the end, referees get yellow cards out for that, don't be silly. If you
make the ball away on a bounce, that was one way around it. Remember the
corner kicks way you pretend it hasn't been taken. Is that clever
forward play? You might get away with it sometimes. You don't know
unless you try. Realistically, he was never go to get away with it. If
you have a referee in the right mood, and he is not paying
attention. If he knows he has not blown his whistle, I am not even
sure if he has two blown his whistle, he can shout. If he makes
it clear it is a free kick, it can be a direct or indirect free kick.
Richie Foran had Manager of the Month, and welcomed Rangers. Brian
Baird lost his life in a coach crash earlier this month, so the teams
held a moment of silence. Commentary comes from Paul Mitchell.
COMMENTATOR: Inverness Caledonian Thistle have made one change, out
goes Josh Meakin 's. Full. Philippe Senderos is on the bench.
Greg Townsend will deliver. A great ball in. It should have been a goal,
a wonderful ball in, well over the top. Fon Williams long. Kiernan one
that well. Onto Waghorn. He has a good left foot on him. He let fly in
confident fashion. Eight goals in nine games already, Waghorn. Fon
Williams again. Kiernan wins the header. Nice play. Good run from
Wallace. He has space, away from Raven. Kenny Miller weights. What a
strike from Kenny Miller and Rangers are ahead.
Stunning football from Rangers. Great build-up play, Kenny Miller
was calling for it all the way. The cross, delicious. The finish,
delightful. He scores his 100th goal as a Rangers player, Kenny Miller.
Fon Williams simply beaten by power. Well worth a smile. Kranjcar sends
it in. It might break for Waghorn. Waghorn thinks it's in.
The ball in a game, simple header away. Halliday, it will go against
Rangers. Fon Williams denied Martyn Waghorn. It was knocked across by
Hill, and what a save that is, clawing it back. The whole ball has
to cross the line, it didn't. David Raven in quickly, too.
Miller, the goal-scorer. Mackay goes in. That is a yellow card at least.
In from the side. The foot looked up. Kenny Miller, the foot coming
across, taking the legs away from him. Rangers with three wins.
Inverness with two. The referee allows play to continue. Here is
Waghorn, taking on Tremarco. All back to Kenny Miller. A clever
little shot from Kenny Miller. Well watched by the Wales goalkeeper,
Owain Fon Williams not impeded by his post there.
Wallace to Miller. Plenty of possession for Rangers. Just a one
goal advantage. Kranjcar. Jason Jason Holt should have scored. There
have been some chances missed in this game. A great ball in, and Holt
did not have the composure needed. Frustration on the face of Richie
Foran. Vigurs clips it in. Draper lines up the shot. It may have come
off and elbow. Back onto Draper. Certainly not deliberate. A check of
the watch as Rangers come forward. Into Kenny Miller. He is at it
again. He nearly did it again, two, Kenny Miller. Now Inverness can
motor forwards. Men left and right. Kiernan is back. He clears in style.
He was onside. Brilliant pass through, it beat the goalkeeper but
didn't have the pace. The ball across, Hill up -- upended
by Draper. It looked a sore one. Clint Hill didn't see that coming.
He is lucky, Draper. Lovely footwork. Inverness stunned
Celtic with an equaliser a couple of weeks ago. Well dealt with. Raven
back onto Doran. He was the man that scored against Celtic, and a
glorious chance for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He wanted the
glancing header. Got it full on, and Alex Fisher had a chance to be the
hero, but he is the villain. I am disappointed for the players. We
gave it our all. We created some great chances. We should have went
one up, we deserved a draw, but Rangers dominated possession, which
we knew they would. They have some very talented players, but I am
disappointed. We got into some great positions, but lacks quality in
front of goal. That is all it was tonight. STUDIO: A great moment for
Kenny Miller, a fantastic strike from the veteran striker. His 100th
Rangers goal. Congratulations to him for that. You were there, how
impressed were you by Rangers overall? In particular in the first
half, they took the game attacking wise to a different level. The tempo
was a marked difference from a lot of games. The forward passes, this
is the first one, Kenny Miller comes off. The second one, Kranjcar with
the third pass, and they are into the opposition attacking third. At
times, Rangers have been too slow. Three men get into the box, Waghorn
has an option. They were quick and incisive. This is the goal. Watch
the movement from the left-back position. Three passes into the
final third, hitting penetration in the team. Inverness back four,
facing their own goal, looking up and seeing Kenny Miller, a
tremendous finish. When Rangers attack opposition, there are too
many passes and touches. The first half against Inverness, they had a
different tempo and pace about their game. They have not had that in a
lot of games. That is Rangers going forward, so time for our weekly
discussion about the Rangers defence. Inverness had chances in
the match. You are left wondering where the responsibility lies in
terms of sorting out the Rangers defence. It is a mixture, in that
the players have to have responsibility, but also the
management. The set play department is specially. That is a massive hole
in the defence. This was in the second-half late on. They clear the
ball. Half the defence get the other half are slow to get out. Fisher has
got to do better. Looking from this angle, here. Kiernan is the last
defender. He is telling tavern near to pick up. He has to concentrate on
his own game. That is where the danger is -- Tavernier. Kiernan has
got to be picking him up. I take your point completely, he should be
picking him up, 100%. But looking along the line, the only person I
could see that was trying to drag people back, because they were four
against three. He is time to get something organised. Everyone has
abandoned their post. For me, Pat, Kiernan is try to martial things.
But you have to concentrate on your own job. If Fisher puts it in the
back of the net, he is culpable. If he is trying to mark someone else,
it is not his problem. He is disappointed his team have lost the
goal, but do your own job first. Unfortunately for Rangers, there are
not enough defenders that sniffs out the danger. That is a problem for
them. Rangers are an attack minded side. They want to do that as well.
A huge match for Rangers next weekend. The Old Firm derby, but
what about Inverness? If they take their chance, it could be a
different game. So similar to the game of Celtic at Inverness. In the
last few minutes, they had a chance. Inverness against Celtic and Rangers
to a degree, you think it is a tough game for them. But in the end,
Rangers have got their game right just now. They look better than they
have done before. Pat and Michael, thank you very much indeed. Before
we go, a look at the Premiership table, Celtic continue to lead the
way on 22 points, four point ahead of Aberdeen in second place. Hearts
are third with Rangers up to fourth. Dundee are bottom of the table on
the same number of points as Partick Thistle. There we must leave it.
Hopefully, we have lifted the international gloom. We are back
next weekend, until then, all of us, good night.
MUSIC: Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Celtic look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they entertain Motherwell, second-placed Aberdeen host Ross County, while Hearts welcome Dundee to Tynecastle. Elsewhere, Rangers are in the Highlands to play Inverness, struggling Kilmarnock are away to St Johnstone and Hamilton visit rock-bottom Partick.