Jonathan Sutherland and Pat Nevin present highlights of the weekend's SPFL action. Including Celtic v Dundee United, Partick Thistle v Dundee and Kilmarnock v Ross County.
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The second weekend of the season already.
There's absolutely no let-up in the momentum.
Tonight's Sportscene is jam-packed with great goals, red cards
Fizzy drinks and pancakes still not quite
But it's been a gruelling pre-season for our guests.
Pat Nevin and Dundee United's Mark Wilson are here,
After their rollercoaster ride in the Champions' League already this
season, Ronny Delia's side finally got their Premiership season up
and running with a slightly low-key victory at St Johnstone midweek.
For their first League match of the season at Celtic Park they
Two wins out of two, top of the table.
COMMENTATOR: What a strike. Six points. Top of the table T can't go
any better than that. Wednesday we are top of the league, 9 out of 9.
That would be amazing. Never surprised how well they play. They
are a dream team. We are hoping we go back with the three points.
Fergus McCann was a divisive figure in his time here but he has nothing
but warmth from the Celtic crowd these days. The history books show,
he made it all possible. Rowany dealier was dealt a three-match
blow. Am broes is coming in at rightback, a player was injured in
the warm-up. There is a debut for Denayer on loan from Manchester
City. Jackie McNamara goes for the same team for the third game in a
row. That means mid-week hero, Marrow
Balati stays on the bench. Oh, almost a dream start for the
champions. Back on home turf. McGregor, who is a top scorer,
almost got his fourth. Ambrose losing out to Armstrong. An
open start here. A wonderful ball from Armstrong. And MacKay Steven
can't finish. Two huge moments in the opening couple of minutes here.
What a pass it was from Armstrong to release Mackay-Steven. Commons'
corner. In four minutes into his Celtic
debut, Jason Denayer, the 19-year-old from Brussels gives
Celtic lead. Dundee United breached for the fist time this season after
a couple of clean sheets. What a finish from the centre half. Stokes
delivery and that's Commons. And it is two.
Again, there is a huge question mark over the Dundee United defending at
another corner. Commons didn't have to do much to score that. Peyton and
Rankin were the two United players closest to him. -- Payton.
Paton has been pick-pocketed bio-Hansen and it is three for
Celtic. Dreadful again for Dundee United -- from Johansen.
Johansen getting away from Paton and finishing well. Celtic smelling
blood. They are looking more like themselves here. And Berget hits the
crossbar. Well, almost four and we are not even at half-time. McGregor
and a lovely reverse pass. Celtic in again. Commons. Well, that was
Cierzniak, saving initially from Stokes. Commons thought he was about
to gobble up the rebound. He was so happy McNamara with the defending in
the first games and he goes for goal. It is wonderful from a neutral
point of view to see Craig Gordon pulling off saves like that, but it
is frustrating for Ciftci. Well, Mulgrew claiming that. Was it the
most wicked of free kicks you have to say? I'm not sure it took a touch
the it looks like Stokes' goal. McGrew reckons it is his. But it is
4-0, Celtic. Here they come again. Stokes. That's Cierzniak's and it
could have been worse. But for the pole, he's pulled off a couple of
decent saves in the second half. Dundee United haven't won here since
Boxing Day 1992. It is certainly going to continue and there's
another. Well, we knew a while ago that it was going to continue but
Berget adds a fifth. His first for the club. What a big result for
Ronnie Delia. Here is Rankin. Oh, it took a
deflection and United are back. There will be no clean sheet for
It is consolation - if you can call it that when you have already
conceded five. This is Forest. The Celtic sub. Oh,
he has pulled up as well. He has managed to release Kayal. But he has
pulled up. Looks like a hamstring. A problem for him. And it's Berget,
and it is six. Well, a horror story of an afternoon for Dundee United.
Celtic running amok. They've demolished the terrors. The optimism
of the early season flattened already by a rampant Celtic. I think
football should be fun to watch and play. It is fun to have the ball and
press and create things. The first 60 minutes was good enough. We
created a lot of chances and defended well. And it was a good
performance. I lost four goals to set pieces. It doesn't matter how
good you play or the team plays, if you don't do the fundamentals you
will be beaten. Especially, coming here to lose three goals in the
first half, when they are up and when everybody wants the ball, it is
harder for the players. Celtic ruthlessly demonstrating the gulf
that exists between themselves and the rest. Mark, you missed out
yesterday, you are still three weeks away from but that must have been
painful to watch. I felt for the boys. It could have been so much
different if we'd taken a chance in the first minute but when you go to
Celtic Park, you need to take your chances. We didn't and Celtic turned
on the style and passed it well. All their big players turned up. It was
a great show for them but a horror show for us. Celtic seemed to click
into life yesterday, Pat. We'll look more into that in a minute but
Dundee United, a few defensive frailties. It is a new-looking
defence anyway. It is tough for them because Celtic as you say were
playing well. But Celtic play well but it needed Dundee it play badly.
Have a look at this. Both these players block each other. A block is
a good idea in a defensive position but you block the opposition, not
each other. That's great ball in from Stokes. Magnificent. Zipped N
once again, a good block at the back. Zorb zipped in. I'm not sure
Mulgrew gets a touch but that's incredibly hard to defend. That's
Amoruso broes. That's awful. -- that's Ambrose.
You don't know how to react from that. It takes good play from
Celtic, but it also takes bad defending from Dundee United. But
I'm sure they will get better. Let's talk about how Celtic clicked into
life. It has been difficult for them at times. And suddenly a good
performance, how did that happen? I haven't been jumping on any
bandwagons saying they are having a nightmare. It is very, very early in
the season. This sort of stuff is what we have seen from them last
season. All through the middle. Loads of stuff from Stokes and
Commons, picking up in great positions. Delia asking them to
close up high up the pitch. He wants them to do that. They are already
getting good opportunities. You were talking about the slick passing.
Especially when you have the big pitch and the are inis on it, it
makes it more difficult -- big pitch and the rain is on it. All the good
stuff goes through Commons in the middle of the pitch. Examples like
this, little one-twos which are very hard to match when they were on the
form they were yesterday. It isn't just them two. Them two - you talk
about them, picking up the boys more often than enough and Griffiths to
come N it is a shame because there are a number of players that played
well yesterday. Sad to see Forest pulling up. He is another special
player for them. Look at this, the numbers getting into the box there.
I mean, it is the Celtic way. You go and attack and you go and attack in
numbers. And it doesn't matter if you score one, two, or three, you
want four, five, or six and if Ronnie continues doing that, he will
love it. We saw in the papers about how Ronnie Delia's banned drinks
from the training ground. He wants them to look like a Champions'
League side and get them ultimately fix. They came up so short against
Warsaw. They have a second chance. How do you see them getting on
against them. It is another unknown quantity. I think we will be better
prepared. It is a further week or two down the line. They'll take
confidence from that performance yesterday, but I fancy Celtic to go
through.k having the second bite of the cherry they'll look up to it. It
is going to be looked at tomorrow. Do you think they can make it to the
group stages? I don't think they will overcome the decision so I
think it'll go ahead. I this they can, because they are A, into their
stride, they are playing the way the manager wants them to and they are a
good team but the biggest thing, they are back at Celtic Park and
it'll take a good team to stop them there.
It's safe to say Motherwell are still to sparkle so far this season.
In contrast, they took on an Inverness Caley Thistle side
starting to shine under the stewardship of manager John Hughes.
For Inverness, they are forced to make one change from mid-week, James
vint failed to recover from injury, so Watkins is included in the
starting line-up for the first time this season.
A slack passback there. Here's Ainsworth. A good header away by
Warren. A fine piece of defending by Warren. It is a lovely curling
effort there from Ainsworth. Neat football in the middle of the park
again from Caley Thistle. Here is pansy.
Tansey. You would think Motherwell should
have scored. Watkins there with a crunching chal frequent David
Ferguson. Christie was in there. He was on the end of that cutback from
Watkins. Fine defending by the teenager. Neat football again. It's
Tansey taking over. What a strike that is. Terrific effort there from
Greg Tansey. Well, he scored three goals last season. That's his first
of this campaign. He won't hit another one any better.
And Motherwell desperate to get themselves back level in this
encounter. Here's Erwin, looking for Kerr. He seemed to be tripped there
by Meekings, just outside the box. The referee is not interested,
though. It certainly looked as though there were contact there from
the Caley Thistle defender on the ankle of Kerr.
Caley Thistle are off and running again. Here is Aaron Dorrian, the
substitute, teasing the fullback. Do -- Aaron Doran.
Oh, a spectacular effort from Aaron DoraN. Wonderful piece of skill. He
just found that yard of space to curl it beyond the goalkeeper and
that will secure the three points for Inverness and a place at the top
of the stable tonight. First half I felt all the hard work
we had done in the closed season, it had come to fruition in that first
half. We were slick, passed it well. Ball retention very good. Created
enough chances to go and win a couple of games and you are sitting
thinking to yourself, you are getting a bit frustrated. Thankfully
we came up trumps before the break. Sthoo we were not anywhere near the
level where we were last season. We have to get up to that. It is our
job as a staffing group to work hard in training. Build a bit of
confidence. We know we were under par today. We don't become bad
players overnight. That team are testing my patience and nerves. They
leave it to the 90th minute to score the second goal but well worth the
victory that's for sure. the second goal but well worth the
victory that's for sure. I think they were probably a bit
critical of Inverness Caledonian Thistle when John Hughes took over
and tried to change the style a bit at the end of last season but by the
looks of things it is bearing fruit? It looks like it has come together
now. He got stick last season for trying to change the way they play.
Inverness like to battle and play long balls under Terry Butcher but
John Hughes has come in and he has his own philosophy. Great passing
there. Slick stuff. He has stamped his authority on that team. And much
more enjoyable to play in a team that's passing the ball. It follow
on from last weekend when they got a 2-0 victory at Hamilton be aies.
They seem to be enjoying their football -- at Hamilton Accies.
Nchtss when you are a football player, you enjoy playing football.
When you are asked to play it long t gets boring You can see it is paying
off now. A good start to last season. Pat your old Motherwell side
are struggling. They beat St Mirren but seemed to be struggling for
form. At the start of the season, I feel the same thing, I think - this
is the season it has to happen Mo well. They have so many changes, and
lose so many good players. -- Motherwell. Every season they get
back up. I look at it again and I think - it might be. Do you know
what, I think it might be a surprise. I think the manager is
great and he will get them up there, but he has a battle. This is a poor
start. Everyone's favourites
for relegation next - unless you After their opening weekend defeat
to Inverness, Alex Neill's promoted side bounced right back with
a midweek victory over St Mirren. Manager Alec Neil drops out of his
own team after a groin injury. He replaces himself with Crawford.
The saipts have appealed against the captain's red card on Wednesday
against Celtic, so he is available. Adam Morgan, on loan from Yeovil
Town will try to fill Stevie May's boots.
Mackay and Morgan. With Saints losing the ball and McKinnon has got
Hamilton away in a counter here. A decent position comes to McKinnon.
And in it goes. Or has it come off Anderson on its
way through. But McKinnon will claim that. It is his goal and it is
Accies in the driving seat here. Very blustery conditions for the two
teams to put up with. A typical summer afternoon in Lanarkshire.
This is decent build-up from the hosts. That's kraufrd.
Excellent save by Mannus. And it had to be. To keep out that piledriver
from Crawford. A lovely slipped ball through there
and it is Hendrie's effort off the line and it is Anderson. An
important intervention from the Saints' centre half. Hendrie thought
he'd doubled Accies' lead. Still Saints come. They look better in the
second period. Wotherspoon across and Canning knocks it off his own
cross bar. Gordon tried to mop out. It does go behind but how fortunate
was Martin Canning here. Here is Gary McDonald, a former
Accies player. On as a sub. Wotherspoon will fancy this. Well,
he has every right to go for goal himself. He found himself in a
wonderful area. He is capable from there. Tommy Wright, Callum
Davidson, are pondering things right now. They are under the cosh again,
are St Johnstone. That's off the line by MacLean. It was Canning's
header. Snr well, that's going to come through to Mannus. But this was
another one off the line. We saw it in the first half and this time it
was the attacker, MacLean, the man who scored the second goal for
Saints in the Scottish Cup final. That's going to come right back at
Accies here. It is Wotherspoon's ball in. Well, McGovern got it half
clea. It is still alive. This is Millar. Wotherspoon will get a
second bite at this. That's Mackay at the back post. Imrie did enough
to put him off. Well, Dave Mackay wants a corner here. It ma well have
come off Imrie last. Accies think they'll win T Andy Ryan. The
Hamilton fans in the main stand thought he had won it there. A
second goal would surely do that. That's MacLean. He tees it up for
Wotherspoon. Canning blocks and McGovern makes the save. MacLean's
effort and he claims handball against Tena. It's not forthcoming
and St Johnstone had running out of time. It looks like a second
successive defeat for them. We only managed one goal which was
unfortunate. A game develops. A team as good as St John stone will have a
good spell. We defended for our lives. I thought we should have had
a penalty at the end. If you don't start well, it is difficult to come
from behind in this league. That proved to be the case today. The
second half was a lot better. It is something we must take into next
week. I always said they would stay up.
The second goal in a row. That the will happen. McKinnon with the goal.
Interesting story. Not the best saint John stone defending either,
you would have to say. -- St Johnston. A fantastic story. He
starts to move here in his own half. He gets up with play and supports
the play, but as I say a fantastic football from where he comes from.
Junior football. It shows you, guys playing there. Something to aim for.
And he is getting his chance at 28. It is not rye deal defender. -- not
ideal defending. But well done for him for sticking
it away. Tough sometimes for St Johnstone. The hand of God, the hand
of Jesus. Shouts for handball. Was it a penalty A handball and in the
box. But look at this. Can he get out of the way of it? No, it is too
close. It is in the box, I wouldn't give a penalty here. The reason
being is - when you go out, watch his left leg, he goes out to tackle.
If your left leg is out, your hand comes out to balance. If you don't
put your hand out to balance, you will fall over. That hand for me is
not in a natural position. For someone who is tackling, it is a
perfectly natural position. Every week we get a different position.
Yesterday West Ham got one against them for the same thing. We need to
get this cleared up. Some referees give them. Some don't. What do you
think of Accies this season, Mark? So many people have decided they
will be the weakest team in the division. That remains to be seen.
They are going great guns. A mid-week victory over St Mirren a
great result for them. Definitely. They are obviously still on a high
from the way they finished off last season but to go to St Mirren and by
all accounts they played very well. You know, a fantastic goal there,
but they played very well and passed the ball well. A great result. An
ideal start for them. One thing that will help them greatly, is that
pitch. If you are used to playing on their home pitch every week and
playing on that surface. However good you say it is, it will actually
help you, if you are playing on that. Funnelly enough it -- funnily
enough, it helps a night, neat passing style. Maybe Hamilton
players are not getting the respect they deserve. They got up in the
play-offs but they are showing that they have what it takes. You get the
respect with the results. As simple as that. If you are a player and
people write you off, you are delighted. It is great fun. You
think - we have nothing to lose, we'll go and show them. It is not a
lack of respect me talking about the pitch, that's the facts, it helps
you when you have a different pitch than everyone else.
Next to Dens Park, where home side Dundee were hoping
to continue with their solid start back in the top flight.
Two games played, they'd both finished as draws.
Paul Hartley's side were up against Partick Thistle.
The Glasgow side had started their own Premiership campaign with
a midweek goals rush against Ross County.
The captain, Kevin misses out for Dundee. Winning your opening game of
the season 4-0 would suggest the correct starting line-up was picked.
Alan Archibald thinks so. Same again for Partick Thistle.
He goes for the byline. A cross. Should have been an opening goal.
What a great chance. A terrific cross for
A great start from Partick Thistle. Flanagan had a chance with a header.
On to hikingin Botham. -- Higginbotham. Back to Gary Fraser.
The opening goal comes after five minutes. Phrase and all the power
from Danny Fraser. He scored mid-week against Ross County. Two in
two games. That's a stunner. Higginbotham play it is wide. The
cross is decent. Flanagan in with a chance. Done -- Bannigan with a
chance. Dundee are causing their own problems.
high. The top of the crossbar, you always have to watch with Harkins
around. He is always capable of scoring from there. Harkins. The
quick ball back. Fraser will lose out. McAlister. That is a lovely
finish! From the 17-year-old. His first in the top flag of Scottish
football, sliding past Fox. Lovely finish. Harkins plays it in. And
directory says penalty. -- the referee. He certainly conceded the
penalty, that Bush on McPake. And that is a yellow card for Fox. This
could cause a problem. His hand was out. The referee says this is a red
card. It does not matter how hard you had somebody, if you raise your
hand, that is precisely what will happen. And Paul Gallacher with the
save. The birthday boy comes up trumps. What an interesting game.
McAlister. MacDonald! Paul Gallacher with the save. Called into action
again. We had a very good first half and we
moved the ball very well. We created a number of chances. I think we had
that chance after two minutes so we are disappointed. We could have won
that in the end but full credit to Partick Thistle in the first half,
we were off the pace. The response was excellent, we kept having a go
and we had a great goal. Overall, I thought the second half was
excellent. What was your take on 87 being set of? We will have to see
that again, the referee said violent conduct. The goalkeeper just put his
hand up to push someone away. The referee said, enough of that. Let us
go straight to that incident. Betrayal by sport is not just the
preserve of Goodwin. Did he deserve to go? I am not convinced that was a
penalty in the first place. That was quite soft. But the referee has made
the decision. Look at that. It doesn't matter how hard you had
somebody, if he had somebody in the face, you are going. -- you hit. But
from this angle. That looks like a little slap. But as soon as you
raise your hand, one yard from the referee. They used to play together
at Celtic, they are mates. I do not think there is any malice in that.
Gallacher replaced Fox, like a large part of last season. Celebrating his
birthday today. But you don't see Partick Thistle appealing that.
There is no -- no way in the world you will get that, you raise your
hand and you are going. But he is not being horrible to him. Paul
Hartley was raising about the new talent. He has a new contract. What
do you make of Dundee this season? I think they will be OK, they have
bought very well, you have got Harkins, Ferry, lots of Premier
League experience, so they will be OK the season. Will they stay up? It
is good for United if they do because the derby is fantastic to
play in. Not the best of starts for Ross County.
Two games, two defeats, just the one goal scored.
Could their new players gel in time for the visit of Kilmarnock?
Allan Johnstone's side themselves have a new-look forward line.
Two changes to the Ross County side that was beaten at Firhill. Incomes
Balk and De Leeuw. Former Liverpool striker Ngoo makes his debut for
Kilmarnock. He lost it and won it back. That was a good strike,
deflected. And not far from the target. The first real threat from
Ross County. Carey. But wobbled a bit. And Samsung juggled it. He got
that at the second attempt. The free kick. Ross County trying to do with
it, not quite... Ngoo, he was onside. That was a chance for
Kilmarnock to get themselves in front. Good work from Connolly but
good goalkeeping, in the end. Another set piece. And that is
Connolly's header, pulled away by Reguero. That was living. And that
was well saved. -- living. Add the header was there. -- and the.
Reguero stuck his -- stuck his hand up. But he failed to judge this,
Magennis scored his first goal for Kilmarnock. McKenzie. Magennis gets
the better of Boyd and fires wide. They are certainly creating chances,
Kilmarnock. Just one taken so far. Slater. That is the open goal. And
he was happy to accept the invitation. And his first goal for
Kilmarnock. Gloriously unmarked. 2-0. Quinn. Jervis. That was a good
ball. And Boyce gets one goal back for Ross County. They were looking
down and out. That gives him just a little fragment of hope. 98 minutes
from time. That makes it 2-1. Uncertain defending from Ross
County. That was trouble. And Reguero bails them out. With the
block on Ngoo as he threatens to do more damage. It was good to get on
the scoresheet, that was a good performance. Josh got the goal. But
overall that was a very good team performance. You lost two headers
from the centre of the box. We have to stop the ball in the box first of
all and then stopping the ball getting into the attacker. But these
things that individuals have to deal with and we could have done better.
They were bad goals to lose? They are, they had enough warnings. When
the ball was in the box, stop Ross County if you can. This is Connolly.
Nobody has made any challenge so we have had the warning, maybe next
time... Again, similar area. Magennis at the back. There were
enough players, you cannot make a better chance than that. OK, what we
will try next time is leave him alone completely! That must have...
You walk away. There are enough, he is a winner, not a defender, but he
has been completely left. His mates are thinking, what on earth are you
doing? The good thing is, that is easy to work on and Derek can get
them doing that. But don't give easy goals away at this stage. And that
attempted save from Reguero... What about Kilmarnock and the
strikeforce? Ngoo, Magennis, that is a new look. How well are they doing?
They will be OK. Like Dundee, good signings and lots of firepower, good
for the men to get on the scoresheet. That will give them a
lot of confidence. I think they will be OK the season, they have changed
the pitch, which might help them or it might not. You never know. They
will be OK this season. Disappointed? For me, yes. I am not
a fan of that pitch, it should be grass. But I can see we clubs do
that, cost-effective. Time to dip into the Championship
now and we start with The first ever Edinburgh derby in
the League outside the top-flight Bragging rights plus precious
Championship points on offer. At a pulsating Tynecastle
for us was Rob Maclean. Parts of a goalkeeper crisis. Scott
Gallaher twisted his ankle so Jack Hamilton has given his debut in the
derby. Hibs have a defender injured, Nelson takes his place. The
goal-scorer last weekend, 170 macro with the kick out, helped on by El
Alagui. And the referee is pointing to the spot. Jack Hamilton is
various, he claimed he got a touch on this. And Hibs have a chance to
get themselves a head. It is the skipper, Liam Craig. From the spot
and he puts that wide. That was a big chance missed. He did not seem
to make good contact with the ball. McHattie. From Nicholson. Was he
tripped up inside the box, --? He reckons. The penalty is waved away.
Billy King's corner. Foster gets it clear. Back in by Gomis. Michael
Nelson hand that dangerous header. That was a smart save from 170
macro. -- 170 macro. Prince Buaben. The advantage was played. Well, it
might not be a yellow card the first time around but for the second
offence, clattering in to Holt, Robinson has been booked. Another
corner. Hibs clear it. What a good strike that was from McGhee, the
young full-back. He controlled that so well. Sam Nicholson with the
nutmeg on Scott Robinson. It is Nicholson! That is a spectacular
opening goal in the derby. From 75 minutes, this match has been pretty
forgettable. It certainly explodes into life with a moment of top
quality. First that not make, then that sizzle from Sam. -- nutmeg.
Hamilton. Down he goes. Penalty. That is a second yellow card for
Robinson. Hibs are one man down and they might be about to go to
Goldstone. That was the hand into the chest. Enough reason for woolly
column to say penalty. -- Will Collum. And that was the perfect
penalty, into the top corner. And he sets off on his celebration. No
chance for 170 macro, but was placed with a goalkeeper was not going to
get to it. 2-0, parts. Robbie Neilson on the brink of a derby win.
He has missed a great chance! To bring this game back in July. Jack
Hamilton makes the save but he really should not have stood a
chance. Dan goes Nelson, holding his face. And across comes a referee
with the red card. He threw out his right arm. Into the face of the Hibs
defender and his matches over. Back it comes from Nelson. That is Danny
Wilson. That was a great spike. Really good goal in stoppage time at
the end of the match from El Alagui. And he scored but that earlier
header, this could be very interesting. As it is, the former
Falkirk striker scorers for 2-1. That was more jittery than it was
for Craig Levine, the Director of Football. Hearts looking to soak up
some time. Did Stevenson stamp on Walker? That was an angry reaction.
I thought it was very tight and competitive and there were lots of
tackles. The majority of it was very tense
and it was a full house and a bigger atmosphere and a lot of pressure on
both teams. Once again dies down after 67 minutes, we had players
that could cause problems and Sam showed that, he has great technique
and ability. He can produce things like that. I did not think there was
an awful lot in the game, I thought we were controlling that. I did not
think they were hurting us at times. We have probably a bit of discipline
that has cost us. The penalties, but was obviously a penalty, that was a
good strike but it is disappointing. It really is. Great result for
Hearts, that was a scrappy game, packed full of controversial
incidents. And Jack Hamilton, the third choice keeper, thrust into the
controversy right away. Was that a penalty? It is interesting. It looks
to me like he gets the touch, here. But second decision for the referee
but I think he gets the touch on that. That was very harsh. I didn't
expect the penalty to be given. He has dived really quickly but to be
fair, I would not expect the penalty given. I think he was unlucky there.
Let us look at the penalty. It was not his finest hour? It wasn't. A
lot of players are looking ahead and not looking at the ball, he does not
look at the ball at any point. And the reason they are doing that is
because they do that keepers can move along the line a lot so they
are trying to wait for the keeper to move but you had better make sure
you catch the ball right when you do that! And he got it wrong. But lots
of other guys have got it wrong. It was slightly unfair on Hearts
because it should not have been the penalty. Typical blustery Derby,
crying out for a moment of magic and Sam Nicholson produced? Yes, it was
not the best of games and it was crying out for that little bit of
quality. The same here, he looks lively but just there, he finds that
could of space. Lovely little nutmeg and that shows the confidence and
the boy. That is a blind moment. Great goal. No, that was a fluke!
No, that was brilliant. And this one, again. That has been bundled
off the ball. We were chatting and I think it is a yellow card, to be
honest. This is how you take a penalty kick. Really strong.
Especially if you are one go up, it is easier for them, less pressure.
That was definitely a penalty and the referee got that one right.
Hearts held on for the victory and by the early favourites for the
championship? It is still early doors. To call back. But a very
impressive start, you could not get harder games, Ibrox and then the
derby. It is fantastic for Neilson. Sow will be missed. Do you see
Hearts as it was organised? Yes, good start, they look very strong.
But there's a problem you have with Hearts and Hibs, a lot of dependency
on one striker, both teams need another striker who will get if you
goals for them. If they can do that, they can challenge Rangers. OK.
It was a Friday football start in the Championship this weekend.
Falkirk against Rangers at the Falkirk Stadium.
Falkirk were twice behind against Cowdenbeath. The same again for the
site. The former Rangers player has three goals in two games this
season. Lee McCulloch moves into midfield. The skipper fancies us.
Over the wall. Denied by Bell. Excellent goalkeeping but that was a
very good play from Alex Cooper. Almost hit the corner. McCracken!
That was a great save. Boyd was on the line to get that away. Falkirk
twice close to the breakthrough. Great reaction from Kris Boyd. Cammy
Bell went low, strong hand. He kept that scoresheet blank. Such a very
long throw. They will have to get back. MacDonald showing good space.
They will hold on. Looking for options. MacLeod is available. With
the shot! The deflection and the breakthrough! Heartbreak for
Falkirk, celebration from Lewis MacLeod, this might go down as
uncle. -- as an own goal. No celebration from the Rangers in
Britain. But he did bad shot. He will take the credit, although that
is an own goal, for me. Falkirk frustrated. Clark has scored! Nikki
Clarke gets his first of the season. Great play. It was on target, but
Nicky Clarke had to make sure. He scores and will wrap things up for
Rangers. It seemed unlikely. Just 20 minutes ago. That is Clark, he sets
up McCulloch. Offside, but will not kind. -- that will not kind. He will
be disappointed when he sees a flag. Clever work to send the ball back
onto McCulloch. 2-0, it stays. Rangers getting the victory but
Falkirk had chances? I suppose it was marking to a certain extent?
Against a decent side Rangers, who will find you out? Go back if you
yards, he does not go back and look at the space he leaves. He walks in
front and you don't have a problem. If you do that against Rangers, they
will punish you. Falkirk were slightly the better side but Rangers
know how to grind it out. And they did. We do hear that phrase, there
is so much criticism of the style that Rangers play at the moment.
Even from their own fans. Do they need to solve that? To win the
championship this season? What can they win it despite that? I think
they will still win the championship. But it is always nice
to play good foot while you are doing that. The fans are paying
money, they want to be entertained. McCoist is delivering championship
after championship so I am sure he will be happy. But it is nice to
watch good football and the need to supply Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd. I
am sure they will finish the season as champions. Falkirk played very
well the other night. Can you see any side outside the big three
making a big push for promotion? Raith Rovers and Queen of the South
started really well! I don't think Rangers or parts or Hibs well, other
teams can get in there because it will make mistakes. It is open but
Rangers will win it. Thank you very much.
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Pat Nevin joins Jonathan Sutherland to discuss the weekend's action across the SPFL.
In the Premiership, Celtic play their first competitive home match of the season against Dundee United, with Dundee welcoming Partick Thistle. Kilmarnock make the trip to Dingwall to face Ross County. In the Championship, there's action from today's Edinburgh derby, as well as Friday's clash at the Falkirk Stadium where Rangers were the visitors.