Celtic v Dundee Utd, Hearts v Motherwell, Kilmarnock v Inverness, Partick Thistle v Dundee, St Johnstone v Hamilton, Ross County v Aberdeen, Rangers v Livingston, Falkirk v Hibs.
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Hello, good evening and welcome to Sportscene.
Unbelievable. It suspect Achill opening goal in the Derby. The shot
is an absolute beauty -- it it is a superb opening goal. Is this a bit
of history? It is! What a finish. That is it, I would
imagine. Good evening and welcome to
Sportscene. Despite the wintry weekend, A full card of Premiership
fixtures plus the best of the Championship. In the studio, too
hardy perennials, and one force of nature.
Now, Griffiths. It's a Leigh Griffiths. It's absolutely
brilliant. That's not bad. You cannot stop him scoring at the
moment. We are delighted to be joined by the
Celtic half century hero, Leigh Griffiths. Hopefully he will keep
Michael Stewart and Stuart McCall in check. We start with a lunchtime
clash between Ross County and Aberdeen. Therefore Ross was Lee
McLeod. Ross County without Craig Curran and Liam Boyce. Jackson
Irving drops to the bench while DeVito remains. The big Aberdeen
question was who would start in goal. Scott Brown gets the nod, but
they are without Ryan Jack and Willo Flood. This has been a great start
by Aberdeen, who were well beaten here last time. The effort from
hazes tipped over by Scott Fox. And it might have taken a nick of Marcus
Fraser as well. Here come County. He has found Foster. He will feel he
should have scored against his old club. Co scraping through against
Dunfermline in the cup in midweek. An important victory for them.
McShane has gone down, and the effort was saved by Brown. This is a
massive call by Crawford Allan. It was Taylor and McShane.
massive call by Crawford Allan. It might have a right to feel
aggrieved. It is hoisted over the top. Schalk goes down under
pressure, and it's a free kick on the edge of the box. Surely Reynolds
has to walk. And he does. Well, it is an innocuous challenge here
between a Schalk and Reynolds. Good play by the striker and I don't
think the referee has too much of an option available to him other than
the red. Ross County aiming to make it double jeopardy. McShane. It is
1-0. Aberdeen hit with a double blow. Down to ten men and behind to
Ian McShane's first goal of the season. The ball into Rooney. He
goes down, and it is a penalty kick. Ross County protest. Robertson
protests louder than others. It was his challenge. Adam Rooney will dust
himself down to take this himself. He is always so deadly from 12
yards. Here he goes. And in it goes again. 15 of the season for Adam
Rooney. He does what he does from the spot. What a good first half
this has been. Or action. -- for action. Brilliant ball from Hayes.
In it goes again. What a turnaround. Logan celebrates. This could have
been anybody's at the back post, but what it is is a second goal for
Aberdeen and the ten men have come from 1-0 down to lead. McShane's
corner. It's decent. That's Graham. Well, this game is yo-yoing. It has
seesawed from one end to the other. Incredible first half.
That is a poor ball by Davies. He has sold Marcus Fraser. This is
Hayes. A big chance ear. Twisting and turning away from Robertson but
he cannot find the target. And he knows he should have done. It stays
2-1. That is Schalk. He did well to keep that in play. Gardyne. Not a
bad ball. Graham's effort will come keep that in play. Gardyne. Not a
to Schalk. A brilliant double save by the returning Scott Brown. Danny
who? Brilliant goalkeeping. Logan. Rooney. That might just squeeze in,
but Fox gets there. Well, you will struggle to find a better first half
of football anywhere than this one today. Fox kept it out, just.
Here is Graeme Shinnie. Rooney. Logan! It is 3-1. This is definitely
Hayes. A lovely finish. And it was beautifully crafted by Aberdeen on
the left. Rooney did enough to help it onto the right back. It's not
often you see a side reduced in numbers, then go behind, then turn
it round so dramatically. McShane for County. What a hit. And that
gives Ross County hope with eight to play. An incredible match.
I don't think either side defended well. We never. Apart from
Aberdeen's goalkeeper, who had some inspired saves, that is a clear
penalty kick which the referee has to give but he seems to think a
short angle is an advantage. I would take the penalty there all day.
Delighted for loads of reasons. We have seen a lot of good play, which
I know we have got, but we have seen real determination and intent to
make sure we won the game. It was absolutely fantastic as a game and
Shay Logan was pivotal in terms of Aberdeen's success. In terms of
Celtic point view, Aberdeen with another three points, how real is
their title challenge? It has been real since the start of the season.
We knew that from last season in terms of how they have pushed this
season is no different apart from a blip in the cup last weekend they
have been on a good run. We are looking forward the game in a few
weeks. We spoke a lot about Aberdeen players this season, not a lot about
Shay Logan. How important was the today? He was very French or --
influential in a good Aberdeen victory. We can take a look at the
first goal. Bearing in mind victory. We can take a look at the
are down to ten men, it comes out wide and we can pause it there.
wouldn't think there would be a problem. As we see, the ball comes
out to Hayes who has been terrific and he was today and has been all
season. He is up against Gardyne maa who is sort he will relish that.
Maybe what Ross County would have liked woods to get Hayes on his
right foot, his left foot is fantastic. Maybe Fraser could give
him a hand and Robertson could laugh -- look after McGinn. The problem is
when you let Hayes get it onto the left foot and then it is about the
quality of the cross, which is outstanding. And then the desire of
Logan. He gets in the back post. It's not as though the lads didn't
know he was there but he has the desire to get in and unfortunately
for Logan it is own goal, but good desire by him. Just looking at the
second-half, it was a thing they did a lot in the game, and certainly
this is another aspect. I will pause it there. We know that all Logan
wants to do is get in behind. If you look at the position from record.
Add anything he knows where Logan is, and you look for the past -- and
I don't think he knows. The pass is only as good as the run. McLean, as
we know, he's a good passer of the ball between the centre-half and
full-back. Logan wants to get beyond. He can see what is
happening, and he needs to narrow the gap and the ball doesn't get
through. But as we see, are fantastically weighted ball and a
good run by Logan. That is the first time he sees him, and his pace takes
good run by Logan. That is the first him in and in the end it's a good
save. They're rather two warnings. He got what he thought was a goal,
and then we go on to what was the winning goal -- there are the two
warnings. As you see, the ball goes out wide. We can pause it there. The
alarm bells start. You look at bigger Robertson, the centre-half is
out, which leaves Davies one-on-one with Rooney. Reckord is one on one
with Logan. As the play builds up, Robertson stays out, still leaving
it one-on-one in the middle. He goes into a wide area and we will pause
it there. One thing Aberdeen do well, and that is why Rooney has so
many goals, when it is in the wide areas if it is Hayes, Shinnie, they
put quality in the box. As a centre forward, you always tell them to try
and get across the centre-half, and likewise, the white man, try and get
in behind. -- the wide man. You will notice the body position of Reckord.
Square on, not knowing where he is, but also on his heels. After that,
ball in the box, Rooney gets across the front man and there is Logan to
finish it off. He finishes off a really good day's work for Aberdeen
in a deserved victory. Ross County put so much effort into
the match, but from Aberdeen's view, great spirit in the side after going
down to ten men, especially after the painful defeat in the cup last
weekend. It reaffirms what everybody knows about Aberdeen, that they have
great character in the side. And it highlights what a shocking October
they had. It makes it more mystifying to think they went
through such a bad run and looking at that team you thought they had
good character and they would have turned it round quicker. They have
done that today and it is a big three points to make sure they cling
on to Celtic's coat-tails. OK, Motherwell manager Mark McGhee said
if things had been different he might be managing Liverpool by now.
Instead he was at Tynecastle looking to stretch his side's unbeaten run
to seven matches. John Barnes was there.
Hearts make one change from the side beat Aberdeen in the cup. Sam
Nicholson is injured so Billy King comes in for his sixth league start
of the season. With Keith Lansley suspended and Grimshaw's loan spell
ended, Lionel Ainsworth and Joe Charm is coming. Stevie Hamill goes
to write back with Josh Long going to midfield -- Joss charmers. Hearts
on a run of one defeat in ten matches. There is Calum Paterson.
Always willing to have a shot. In a good run of form at the moment, five
goals to his credit. Two in his last two matches.
King with a corner. Rossi with a header. Off the line by law, but the
ball had crossed the line says the assistant referee. And I got Rossi
-- Igor Rossi has opened the scoring for Hearts. A good delivery from
King and he stooped down well to head it. It had crossed the line
before it was got away. Hearts starting very positively in this
match. Here is Paterson. A good old battle in the middle of the park.
Breaks for Osman Sow. Great finish. Great finish by the Swedish striker.
That is number 11 for the season for Osman Sow, and it comes on the 16th
minute. Hearts starting extremely well. Not what Mark McGhee was
wanting in his 100th match in charge of Motherwell. Here is Riley. Going
round Ripley and he was tripped by the Motherwell goalkeeper. That is a
penalty. Well, the goalkeeper getting away with just a yellow card
for the infringement. It will take the spot kick himself, and he
scores. That puts Hearts 3-0 in front. His fifth of the season, his
second from the penalty spot. Rossi in behind him. Igor Rossi.
There is Osman Sow. A double for Osman Sow but it is disallowed.
Offside against the big striker as it was knocked down. That's a tight
decision. But it won't count. The snow is still falling at
Tynecastle. Motherwell coming forward, trying to get themselves
back into this game. Johnson has done well. McDonald! Could not get a
proper touch. Put off slightly because Alexander got a touch to
that cross. Motherwell come into this match
unbeaten in six. Fletcher with a chance... Alexander making a good
save to thwart the striker. King's free kick.
No hanging around for Callum Paterson, claiming his sixth of the
season. Excellent strike beyond Ripley. Hearts posting this one.
Three in three for Callum Paterson. Already, Motherwell fans heading for
the exits. CHEERING
The substitute gets onto the scoresheet, as well. Neat touch and
turn. That is number ten of the season for him. It is a miserable
day for Motherwell, and it just got worse. Hearts looking to add to the
five scored already. Tripped by Clarkson. And that is a penalty. He
wants to take it himself. Neat skills from the Belgian. The lovely
flick and away from Clarkson. No skills from the Belgian. The lovely
mistake from the Hearts midfielder. That is number six of the afternoon.
Well into stoppage time now. Callum Paterson with a shot... Ripley
cannot hold it. Denied a second goal because
impressive yesterday. -- hiccup and they can kick on.
impressive yesterday. -- hiccup and they played with righty. You see
this in their play. They are a strong, physical side. Callum
Paterson probably typifies Hearts. Athletic, powerful. And this one
here. Great Athletic, powerful. And this one
third. Playing with a lot of confidence, of course. You get the
striker dropping off in the area. You have guys running beyond. They
striker dropping off in the area. are always making angles, or
striker dropping off in the area. for the ball. That is
striker dropping off in the area. when you have confidence. Sometimes
you get players where if things are not going great they hide. But
confidence there, you always have people looking for it. Lee was
talking about this. The strikers dropping into areas. You look at
that from a Hearts point of view, it is great. Especially when you have
got Osman Sow. Quick pace. He is going to trouble centre halves. He
has a long stride on him. He will trouble centre halves as we have
seen. You are a big fan of Hearts, how much do you see them as possible
challengers at the top of the Premiership table with yourselves?
That result probably did not shop anybody else in the dressing room.
Hearts are a good team. They've proven that the season. Games like
that, you know, 6-0, two disallowed goals, it could have been six, or
seven. Indeed, doing well indeed. St Johnstone against an out of sorts
Hamilton coming up later, but first, Kilmarnock were looking for plenty
of horsepower to go up against in Thistle -- Inverness Caledonian
Thistle. Good musical mamma during the week. Their star player signed a
two-year contract. -- good news for Kilmarnock during the week.
Heavy snow fell throughout with the match officials pausing proceedings
as the ground staff swept the lines match officials pausing proceedings
continue. Liam Polworth tried his luck from range. Jamie MacDonald
continue. Liam Polworth tried his opting to play it safe given the
difficult conditions. Inverness on a run of six games
without defeat. They managed to find an equaliser before half-time. A
loose ball in the box and Ross Draper with the finish.
The big midfielder with his first goal of the season.
After an extended half-time for more snow clearance, Inverness and
immediately set about trying to take the lead. McDonald tipping over this
effort. -- MacDonald. At the other end, Kilmarnock tried to get the
ball into the snow cleared box. But it was an attempt from just outside
the box that found the net. Slater for the second weekend in a row the
Kilmarnock goal hero. This strike, a superb volley in off the bar. Could
Inverness find another equaliser? Greg Tansey has called four in his
last three Premiership matches. He almost made it five. But just not
quite. In the closing stages, Greg Kiltie went close to extending the
Kilmarnock lead to no avail. But a valuable three points nonetheless.
Kilmarnock now 14 points clear of Dundee United.
A really young side. Really proud of the performance in difficult
conditions. Credit to the officials, as well. They did everything
possible to get the game finished, which is really good. Delighted with
three points, obviously. In the last 20 minutes, we huffed and puffed a
little bit. If you are going to concede two away from home than it
is very difficult to score three goals to win the game, or even two.
We gave it a go but it just wasn't to be.
Hamilton were keen after their Scottish Cup humiliation
it back -- and fashion became's first chance. This shot deflected
wide of the post. In the absence of O'Halloran there was even more
pressure for McLean to show a spark, but he couldn't manage it. Some fans
were wishing this game had fallen victim to the weather. They did not
have much attacking flair on display. McDermott Park pitch was
hardly conducive to slick passing moves. Hamilton almost broke the
deadlock, but the effort was blocked on the line. This was as close as
neither side would come to finding that elusive opening goal. Hamilton
felt they had a decent penalty claim when this header was handled in the
box. Andrew Dallas waved play on. In a sequence of play that was perhaps
indicative of the quality on show, substitute Maurice could not find
the target after a game of head tennis inside the penalty area.
After they were let off at the other end, it was finally Hamilton's
chance. Another appeal. Again, the referee decided no spot kick. John
Sutton had one last chance to snatch the points for St Johnstone, and
would have done so had it not been for some excellent defending from
Morris. A share of the spoils in a pretty forgettable affair. The
players are disappointed we didn't win the game. I keep reminding them
that it is a point closer to where we want to be. We have just got to
keep hitting in the performances and the goals will come again. The pitch
was not conducive to nice football. It was always going to be a battle.
The pleasing thing for me is that we battled really well on the back of a
bad performance last week. It showed character. A lot of fight. A point
was at least what we deserved. No Michael O'Halloran in the St
Johnstone squad after big interest from Rangers. Do you think he's
going to go to Ibrox? Possibly, I cannot give you any inside
information. No secret, Rangers have made a couple of bits for him. Not
involved yesterday. Hopefully they can open the bid up to one St
Johnstone want. That is five games without a goal for St Johnstone, so
they will want it done and dusted soon. It looks like it is possible.
He played really well against Rangers early in the season. It
would be a good fit for him. Could have been a couple of penalties,
handball is... I don't think there is any doubt. A couple of those
occasions the goalkeeper would have been proud of that defending. No
doubt, you cannot jump with your arms so far out, that the ball hit
it, and get away with it. I say you can't, but they were able to act the
weekend. Two runs do not make a right. In terms of Slater, fantastic
finish. The winning goal for Kilmarnock against Inverness. What
did you think of the technique? Great technique, head over the ball.
Great connection. Nine times out of ten the ball will do that. But it
went into the back of the net. Great three points for Kilmarnock. To run
onto the ball like that and control it and find the back of the net.
Very good. And this one last weekend. It is something Slater has
definitely... He has that, great technique. Has he got the legs to
get around it and be a dynamic midfielder? You have seen those two
clips there that he has. Dundee United were looking for an unlikely
win over Celtic to kick-start their quest for safety. A certain Mr Leigh
Griffiths was on the verge of history.
Dundee United bring back Ryan McGowan and Gavin Gunning to the
defence after suspension. Billy Mackay misses out because of a
family bereavement. Murray comes in, as does recent signing Riski for his
first start. Armstrong and Tomas Rogic back in
the moment. They have won all of their last 14 games in the league
against Dundee United. The former Dundee United player
desperate to get onto the scoresheet against his old club. Neat footwork
to get away from Sean Dillon. Just couldn't execute the finish.
There is a slip by Gavin Gunning. It is Leigh Griffiths!
CHEERING That is goal number 50 for Leigh
Griffiths in Celtic colours. And he was prepared for that one. Leigh
Griffiths in Celtic colours. And he Griffiths went to get onto the end
of the deflected pass from Tomas Griffiths went to get onto the end
Rogic. It was Gavin Gunning's slip and Leigh Griffiths pounced.
WHISTLE Kris Commons with the free kick.
WHISTLE Celtic Park 2-0 in front.
WHISTLE Croatian defender claims his first
goal for the Parkhead club. Totally unmarked. Poor defending. And
punished. He was not happy with that.
A couple of options. He has found Murray. Brilliant finish from Simon
Murray! He gets United back into the game. His second goal for the club
since joining from Arbroath. Definitely onside. And a neat finish
beyond Gordon with the outside of the boot.
Rankin. A neat pass. He has found Murray. He has gone to ground and is
claiming a penalty, this time from the challenge of Craig Gordon. The
referee allows play to continue. Celtic on the counter. Last gig --
lusted -- Greg lusted. Commons missed it, but Griffiths finishes.
It is a double for Leigh Griffiths. Just when United were looking per a
It is a double for Leigh Griffiths. penalty at one end, Celtic go up the
other, and Leigh Griffiths claims his 51st goal for the Parkhead
outfit. It was the cross from Schalk and Griffis was there to smash at
home. -- it was the cross from Lustig. Fraser. Dispossessed by
Rogic. Lovely footwork from the Australian. Now Armstrong. Commons!
Absolutely brilliant from Kris Commons. Excellent skill from Rogic
to find out -- Armstrong, but what about the acrobatics from the
Scottish international? Kris Commons's ninth goal
Scottish international? Kris and it is a belter.
That came off the hand of James Forrest. The United fans are
incensed, and so is Mick Suban at aligning. -- the Dundee United
manager. A wry smile. We have seen those given. Griffiths. Celtic
looking to pile on the misery for United. In towards commons. He
missed his kick there, Kris Commons, for his second of the evening.
The attitude was great, we were on the front foot. We pushed Celtic
early doors and the first goal was a gift. After that, always difficult.
Full credit to the way the players came back and after half-time we
were strongly in the game, but then pull a man marking cost us and we
need to be sharper and better in those situations. It's always tough.
They are fighting for their lives and to come here is difficult. To
score four goals and some good play, and we could be more accurate in the
last 20 minutes and creates a more chances. A great win for Celtic on
Friday night, not a bad day at the office. How much did you enjoy
Friday? To score 50 goals at any club is great, but to get it at a
massive club like Celtic is a great achievement. We can look at the
statistics with the graphic, and you are the fastest Celtic player to
reach 50 goals in terms of starts. Looking at some of the names. Henrik
Larsson, Charlie Nicholas. That must make you so proud. Yes, I said it on
Friday night, to get mentioned in the names of those -- same breath as
those names, I still have a long way to go to be classed as a legend but
I will keep my head down and keep working hard and hopefully the goals
will come. Legend is the word the manager said. Is that the objective?
Ten years from now, what would you like to have achieved that Celtic?
I'd like to do go to Henrik Larsson's record. You know, he's one
of the greatest players to ever play for Celtic, so if I'm half as good
as him, I'll be happy. Leigh Griffiths has been practising with
his right foot. He certainly has. All credit to him. It's about hard
work. Two years ago, if that is on his right side, he doesn't hit it. I
remember him at Motherwell, playing for him Bernie, we
remember him at Motherwell, playing shoot. But he's worked on that. --
Hibernian. His heading has been terrific. Those are two goals he has
got. One Aberdeen and against Hamilton stands out, but again, it
is measured. It is a sweet strike. We know his left foot is electric,
but his right foot and heading is at the moment. He's becoming an
all-round player. These two goals you see him scoring with his right,
it looks as though are you more confident hitting with your right?
Are you practising it in training? Two years ago would you have tried
to hit it with your right, or taken a touch? I would have tried to cut
inside. But I've worked on it in training. I want to do these small
drills. I have been working on it a lot. Your right foot is better than
some. You've got the T-shirt out, but you got booked it and the
captain gave you some stick. At half-time he said he was fining me
for it, but he had a smile on his face. I'm sure in training tomorrow
it will be forgotten about. Next objective? Get yourself in the frame
for the Scottish national team? There is a case to say that Leigh
Griffiths is the Scottish number one striker? If it was a game on
Saturday, he would be first on the team sheet. Fletcher and Naismith
are not playing. In the last game against Poland when Lee was at top
of his form, we looked at it, and pollen sat deep end and leave space
and if you remember the game, Fletcher scored a really good goal
but no doubt at the moment that the kid is hot and he has to keep it up.
He can do no more. It's been an amazing last 12 or 18 months at
Celtic. You were well down the pecking order in the strikers and
you force yourself through and now you are the number one. Are you
using that strategy in terms of the national team? Yes, I am going to
keep trying and working hard and hopefully the goals will keep come
for Celtic and I can't do any more than that. The games coming up
Scotland, if I'm picked, delighted, but if not always my term. -- wait
my turn. If it comes, I'll take my chance. The final game was Dundee,
and Alistair Lamb and is your commentator.
A couple of changes for Partick Thistle. Out go Miller and Osman.
For Dundee, a debut for Darren O'Dea and Stuart comes back in. Gary
Harkins takes the captaincy from the departed Kevin Thomson.
In goes Harkins. Picking up on the mistake from Linz A. -- Lindsay.
Harkins twisting and turning, going down and it's a penalty for Dundee.
Lindsay invited Harkins into the penalty area. And then took it down.
A chance for Kane Hemmings. Seven minutes in, Dundee have the lead. A
cool penalty from Hemmings and the 13th of the season for the striker.
Greg Stewart, a deep one. Various Harkins. What a start from Dundee.
Doubling the advantage. Ten minutes gone. Dundee are two goals to the
good. Partick Thistle have just not been at the races thus far. Harkins
playing it to Stuart. He wants it back on the box. Stuart goes alone,
and what a strike back on the box. Stuart goes alone,
Going from bad to worse for Dundee and at this rate it could be
anything. For Hemmings. An appetite for even more goals? McGowan going
for the chip. He just close it away. Another corner. Well cleared by
Harkins. He gets a second bite at it. There is Amoo, and Partick
Thistle have one back. The flick on from Lindsay found Amoo in plenty of
space and his fourth of the season just gives Partick Thistle a glimmer
of hope. A neat flick. That is delightful. From the captain to
goals for Gary Harkins. Four goals for Dundee and what a performance
it's been in this first half at Firhill. Lovely build-up play more
than matched by the finish. Hemmings, taken out of the play by
Liam Lindsay. Not been a great day for Lindsay. He was caught napping
thereby Stewart. He was then barged to the ground, by Lindsay, who is in
trouble. It's going to be a second booking. And Partick Thistle, Liam
Lindsay in particular, they day just gets worse. Not a great deal in it
but the referee saw fit to dismiss Liam Lindsay. This all still
plugging away in the closing seconds. That is a decent effort. He
could not hold it and there is Djoum following up. But the lack of
celebration from Kris Doolan tells you that it is not much of a
consolation. Dundee comfortable winners regardless of this one.
Fairplay to Dundee who deserved the win. We warned the players it was
important to start well, and the tempo we played, we see the
creativity we have got Harkins, Stuart, Hemmings. I thought they
were terrific the final third and we won the game in the first half an
hour. A big result for Dundee and the maverick genius of Gary Harkins
to the fore. The player you played with in the past. Yes, when he was a
Dundee. His workrate was never in question. No doubt about his
ability, his great player and people talk about his workrate at times.
But he wins the penalty and he goes on to score a great second goal. And
in every single goal yesterday and scored to himself. Stewart with the
captain 's armband. They that up his game? Possibly so. If you take Gary
responsibility away, and his ability is undoubted. Great fee per a big
guy, he can finish. Leigh Griffiths talked about his work rate -- great
feat for a big guy. If you complain of a striker, that suits him and he
has the ability to open teams up. First time since their breed at
Dundee have won back-to-back matches and it's a good time for them to hit
this form? Of course it is. Just touching on the point of Paul
Hartley giving him the captain 's armband, it's good management to
recognise you can get the best out of a player and that was something
that was needed. He came up trumps yesterday with that performance.
Everything that Stuart said about getting Gary Harkins in the right
area, he will hurt teams, no doubt about it. The number ten position is
probably his best role, where he doesn't have too much of a defensive
responsibility. He has great feet and he can see a past and the back
of the net. It's about finding the right balance in the team to get the
best of Gary Harkins, and it happened yesterday. Time for a look
at the Premiership table. Celtic three points clear with a
game in hand. Dundee reclaim their place in the top six at the expense
of Inverness. Dalmarnock in the play-off spots on goal difference
but looking very ominous for Dundee United.
A massive match in the Championship, between Falkirk and Hibs. Rob
Maclean was there for us. The same Falkirk team that won at
Alloa a fortnight ago. The paperwork is not done to allow on loan Celtic
striker Anthony Stokes to play again for Hibs. Top scorer Jason Cummings
is back in the team after illness. Since losing to Hibs in October,
it's an unbeaten run for Falkirk, stretching to 11 matches. He lets
longbow from long range. That brings a shimmer of excitement to the
Falkirk fans, but off target -- he lets one go from long range. Left by
Baird. It is touched over by Mark Oxley and it's just about the most
exciting moment of pretty disappointing first half at the
Falkirk Stadium. That is for Miller. Putting pressure
on Fontaine. Vokes with the header. Mill on the turn. That is another
tip over for the Hibs goalkeeper -- Miller on the turn. A pretty
impressive start to the second half by Falkirk. Mill are going close to
adding to seven goals in seven games. -- Miller going close. In
from. Is Baird. That is composure inside the penalty box. And that is
1-0. Just four minutes after the restart, a moment of quality that
this game was screaming out for. And Falkirk hit the front. It is
Olveston's second of the season and a big one.
Henderson has made a difference since coming off the bench. Flying
into the challenge. Hibs looking for a penalty. The referee says no. And
this had to be a big shout. Henderson again finding a pocket of
space, and sliding the ball through for Jason Cummings. Back onto his
left foot, but it is straight at goalkeeper in the end the
temperature is rising in Falkirk. Danny Rogers solidly behind that.
Shot blocked by Peter Grant. Again, screams for a penalty.
Darren McGregor... Saved by Rogers... Jason Cummings on the
rebound will level things up! The 17th of the season for Jason
Cummings. It makes the scoreline 1-1. Much to the delight of the Hibs
fans, all 2000 of them, behind Danny Rogers' goal. All square.
Henderson's corner kick. Saved by Rogers. Grant was in the way of that
effort. This was pretty Rogers. Grant was in the way of that
header from McGregor. Helped on for Henderson. Jason Cummings! What a
chance to win the match for Hibs. Credit to Danny Rogers for making
the save. Jason Cummings should have scored.
Again it is Liam Henderson. It is a great ball in. Agonisingly close was
Again it is Liam Henderson. It is a Jason Cummings. He could have
applied the finishing touch. It stays at 1-1. Last time we played
Falkirk here. We got the penalty kick. Anybody I spoke to in football
does not recognise it as a penalty kick. He has got to be careful he
does not get a reputation for going down too easily, because I thought
he did. I saw it at the time. I thought it was a penalty. It is
unfortunate. It is disappointing. The referee is in a good position to
give it. I know why he hasn't. It The referee is in a good position to
does not mean I agree with his opinion, but that will stay private.
Whichever way you look at it it was a penalty. We will get to that
incident shortly. Hibs, they are in your heart, we know that. Today, a
draw, was that the right result? I think so. It was poor from both
teams. Falkirk went ahead. I think Hibs were thinking, we've got to go
for it. Henderson came on and I think he made a difference.
Absolutely. In terms of the penalty. Paul Houston having a go at the
referee saying he has got to be careful that he doesn't get a
reputation. But the other manager said it was 100% a penalty. If he
sees it again he will see that it is a penalty, no doubt. I don't think
the referee gave it because the player tries to get up. From
whatever angle you look at it, he sidesteps and he takes his legs. No
doubt, it is a penalty kick. When Hibs won early in the season, 1-0,
it's got a penalty that was never a penalty. No doubt come it is a store
bought penalty kick. The referees and a good position to see that. --
no doubt, it is a penalty kick. You see him sliding in from such a
distance. It was not as if it was a innocuous challenge. You are
anticipating him bringing him down. A bitter pill for Hibs to swallow
because that was a clear-cut penalty. It looks like Anthony
Stokes is going off there for a loan spell. How do you think he will do?
I think he will go down there and expect to play and score goals. He
will do everything for them. It looks like Thompson has left Dundee.
Possibly a player coach for Hibs. Yes, it will be interesting to see
if he is in a game. He no doubt has the talent to play. Rangers had the
chance to open up a 6-point lead at the top yesterday when they faced in
Livingston side who took one point from them back in November.
It took just eight minutes for Rangers to open the scoring.
It took just eight minutes for Wilson heading home after Waghorn's
shot was saved by McCallum. Shortly after Rangers had the chance
to make it 2-0. Kenny Miller fouled in the box. Up stepped Martyn
Waghorn to convert his 10th penalty of the season.
And in the 35th minute it was 3-0. Kenny Miller firing home this time.
Just before half-time it was 4-0. Waghorn again on the scoresheet.
This is his 27th goal of the season. The second half brought something of
a Livingston revival. Daniel Mullen with the shot, saved by Wes
Foderingham. And more enterprising play from the
away side resulted in a goal for substitute Neil Buchanan.
Victory for Rangers would be the outcome. Another penalty arrived as
Dean Shiels was fouled in the box, even though the ball ended up in the
back of the net. Up stepped Andy Halliday, and this
time the ball stayed out. Great save from McCallum, but another three
points Wulf Rangers. -- for Rangers. Who will win the championship, Leigh
Griffiths? Rangers are in a strong position. Whoever wins that league
will be totally deserving of it. It is tight. Falkirk have made a play
for it but remain in second place. Rightly so with the goal difference.
Do you think Rangers will pull away? I think they are in the best
position. Hibs have strengthened. It looks like Rangers will. It depends
what happens in the window. Everybody notices what a good job
Mark has done. For Paul Houston to have his Falkirk side up there is
outstanding. It is a 3-way tussle. But I do expect Rangers to go on and
win it. Are you going to go with Falkirk, Michael? To echo what
Stewart said. Houston has done a great job. I am convinced whoever
wins the title will go up automatically, but I think the
championship team that is in the play-off final, I think they will go
up, as well. Thanks very much. That is it for this week. I hope you stay
warm. From all of us, good night. ..and of friendship.
I've got... Oh, man! Behind the scenes of Thainstone's
renowned livestock market. That's three nice lambs coming in.
That's them! I hope we make a good price cos I
really need a new pair of leggings.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
The Premiership returns after Scottish Cup weekend. On the Friday night, champions Celtic are away at rock-bottom Dundee United and their recent record against the Tannadice club is impressive winning each of their last five meetings scoring 15 goals and only conceding one. On Saturday, Hearts host Motherwell and Kilmarnock entertain a resurgent Inverness CT. Partick Thistle have failed to record a home win in their last six clashes with Dundee and will be looking to set the record straight, while St Johnstone entertain an out-of-sorts Hamilton Accies. In the Sunday lunchtime kick-off, Ross County host Aberdeen. In the Championship, leaders Rangers host Livingston and Falkirk host Hibs in a battle of second versus third.