18/09/2011 Sportscene


18/09/2011

Weekly round-up of action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, including the first Old Firm derby of the season. With guest, Scotland Manager Craig Levein.


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Good morning, and it's Old Firm day in Glasgow. Neil Lennon hoping his

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Celtic side... Yes, good morning. Manager Ally McCoist says it's

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something out of the ordinary to win the game.

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# So when you're ready, come on # Bring it on

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# Come on, bring it on # Yeah

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# Because I'm a winner # And the winner stays on, stays on

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# So when you're ready # Come on

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# Turn it on # Bring it on

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# Come on, bring it on # Yeah, yeah

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# Because I'm a winner # And the winner stays on

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# Stays on # Because I'm a winner, and the

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winner # Stays on

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Yes, time for an Old Firm get- together, the first this season

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after seven Rangers-Celtics games last season. Six goals from Ibrox

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coming up, plus 17 from the SPL's other five matches. We'll hear from

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Scotland's manager. Even by Old Firm standards it has been a wacky

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week. The very existence of Rangers being cast into doubt, Celtic in

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Madrid for game they weren't entirely sure would be played, none

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of which mattered at 12.30pm today. Striker Nikica Jelavic returned for

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Rangers after injury left back Papac after illness, Goyan playing

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in his first Old Firm match. Skipper Scott Brown over his latest

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injury absence and Giorgio Sammaras prever preferred to Stokes.

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Celtic determined to get the title off them the season. The hosts

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looking for a fourth in a row. It all starts here really. He was

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siding down Steven Naismith. This looks like it's going to be worth a

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yellow card to Charlie Mulgrew. He was very late. That's exactly the

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punishment. Neil Lennon undefeated as Celtic boss at Ibrox. He was

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looking to keep it that way. Laffergr. -- Lafferty. Rangers have

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started positively. Lafferty - here, Wilson - Naismith!

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APPLAUSE First blood, Rangers. And it's

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Naismith who has begun the season in smart fashion. A smart finish

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here. There was nothing they could Celtic to go in behind. This is

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Scott Brown back in the team. He's a man who thrives on these

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occasions, scored a remarkable goal here in the Scottish Cup meeting

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last season, the 2-2 game. That's a fantastic ball for Gary Hooper.

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It's 1-1. Celtic back on terms thanks to Gary Hooper. And this is

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a can-finish, a fantastic pass, and look at that. He's actually put

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bend on this low shot, passed the Celtic skipper back on the ball

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now. Key, ElDaouri. He's gone for goal. He's found it. A massive

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blunder from McGreggor, and Celtic have turned this game upside down,

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and it looks like they will go in in front at the interval. Cadouri,

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he's hit that with expectation, but Allan McGregor - how often do you

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see that? It's been a good start to the second half by Rangers. Wild -

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Stevens! A wonderful strike from Davis. Denied by the thickness of

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the cross-back. Papac. Lafferty, Naismith, Jelovic. Lafferty -

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offside. It ain't going to count. He cannot believe this. It wasn't

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debut as a manager. Celtic reeling from the free kick. This looks like

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it's going to come back at them. Lafferty against Kaddouri. He gets

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the corner. Rangers in a hurry. Still plenty of the match to go. It

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will be Davis to take the Rangers corner. That's Jelovci, and that's

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2-2. They deserve that given the start to the second half they have

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made, but this is very cheap from Celtic's point of view. Martin Jol

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-- Jelovic with a downward hitter. Naismith. The champions look like

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they're in the mood here. Jelovic. That's Lafferty. That should have

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been 3-2. Couldn't even get this on target, the northern Irishman. Wild,

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good skill, Wilson, Mark Wilson, that is, headed away by Kaddouri.

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Celtic have done very little attacking up to this point of the

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second half. Papac. Kaddouri - oh, it's Lafferty. That would have been

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a gift. Kaddouri, what was he thinking? Certain for Neil Lennon

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and Alan Thomason. Loamans! Now Celtic hit the good work.

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And suddenly it's topsy-turvy again at Ibrox. Plenty of options in the

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middle for Mulgrew to find. It goes right through the ball. A couple of

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green and white jerseys looked offside, but what a chance that was.

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Hooper. He was trying to thread in Scott Brown. Now he perhaps can

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just scamper forward on the break. Davis to Wild. I it is Wild's Ball.

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Lafferty is going to get a second bite at this, and Rangers are back

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in front in a thriller. He's been denied a few times, Kyle

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Lafferty, by an offside flag. He's missed a couple of chances, but

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finally he gets off the mark for was booked in the first half, and

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he knows his fate here. He's off. He's been lucky on a couple of

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occasions, Charlie Mulgrew, in this game - there have been challenges

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he's made that have gone unpunished. This one didn't. Davis takes -

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right across from Goyan. Looking for his first Rangers goal. What a

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time to get it it would have been. It was always going to be an uphill

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task for Celtic when they went down to ten men. Naismith now - Forester

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spilt it. Davis collects, and Celtic will clear eventually.

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Naismith, who opened the scoring in the first half -

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APPLAUSE So close, Ally McCoist, so close.

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He could almost touch it. Nick Wild wasting a bit of time. Davis,

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Naismith! And the man who started it is the man that finishes it! I'm

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not sure how much could be read into the first Old Firm game of the

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season. There is a long way to go, but Rangers have been so impressive

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in this game. He scored a few of them in his time against Celtic,

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didn't he? I didn't think there was an awful lot between the teams in

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the first half, to be honest. I am not sure we deserved to be 2-1 down,

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but that's what we were faced with. We just asked the boys for a

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reaction in the second half, and boy did we get it, a tremendous

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reaction, and some great goals - hit the bar, and a great second

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half. We were pleased to go in front at halftime. You know, it was

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a bonus, but I would have been pleased at 1-1 because it felt

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comfortable, but we made the players very wary of what to expect

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in the second half. We didn't deal with it at all well.

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authorities were keen we focus on football because of the touchline

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tantrums last season. The game pretty much came up with the goods.

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It wasn't a better of a first half, but overall, it was a lot of

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quality football. I thought particularly in the second half. I

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did feel at halftime, it was quites by A really, because there was two

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real quality moments. That was obviously the goal from Naismith

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and then an equaliser from Gary Hooper. In the first half, it was

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competitive, but I think there was a touch of nerves throughout the

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match, which was understandable, but the second half there was a lot

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of good football played. For me, it was a great advert for Scottish

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football. The three goals in the first half all had a Scotland

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first half all had a Scotland connection. You maybe didn't enjoy

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the third one too much, but the first two goals - real quality

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about the finishes. I think this is an error by Wilson. This is the

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thing about Steven Naismith - he's one of the most improved players in

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Scotland, maybe the UK, in the last few years. He gets himself into

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positions to score goals. That is a great knack to have. This year was

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great to see Brown getting involved, the reverse pass and the sublime

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finish. He gives him the eyes there, and, you know, that's a great angle,

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isn't it, to see the ball going into the net? This one is an error

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- will be disappointed, but knowing him, it will be forgotten by now, I

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his book, but Rangers made up for it in the second half. There seemed

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to be a change of tempo, and Celtic struggled to cope with it. That's

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exactly what happened. Rangers came out in the second half, and you

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could sense almost the speed of the ball moving from player to player

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were increased. The switches were quicker. There was more aggression

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in their play. I don't think Celtic ever got to grips with that in the

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second half. Rangers came out of the traps very quickly. It was

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quite - not a fortune about it, but their early pressure resulted in

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getting a goal, which, of course, adds to the momentum that was

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already built, so I thought Rangers were good in the second half, and I

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felt worthy of their win. Let's have a look at that goal that

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squared the game. An element of zonal marking about this, but you

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better talk me through it. There was. The guys that were under the

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penalty spot, the Celtic players, were blockers, to stop their

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players getting momentum. The only thing that was wrong with Celtic's

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set-up is players two and three in the six yard line should be further

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out, staggered, because it's a right-footed taker, so you know the

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right ball is getting swung out of the way. It's extremely hard to

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make up the ball from the six yard box to the penalty spot. That gives

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them chance. You'll see it perfect here. Jelavic gets blocked. He

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doesn't have momentum. Rubens just cannot quite get out to the ball

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because his starting position was on the six yard line. If he had

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been a yard or two out, it's a perfect example, you can't get

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there. Jelovic has a run at him, don't want to take anything away

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from him, a fantastic header, powerful, down on the ground,

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extremely difficult for the goalkeeper. Zonal marking - I am a

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fan of that, you know, because I think nowadays man-to-man blocking

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you get blocked too easily. The only thing there was the staggering

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the line. The match encapsulated what Kyle Lafferty was all about,

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scored a really important goal, the fifth of the game. Before that,

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there was bad finishing from him thinking. Maybe he thought it was

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another player that headed straight into an offside position, I'm not

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sure. Kyle Lafferty, he gets involved in the gamer. He's always

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involved no matter what happens, he gets himself in some fantastic

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positions. Here, he probably shouldn't have been able to have

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two attempts at it. He's got too much time in the penalty box to

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have a first strike. You've got to give credit to Lafferty for that.

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He was involved in everything. He missed some good chances, he scored

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a great goal which was disallowed, but is there to score a goal.

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was fitting that Stephen Naismith applied the icing to the cake. He

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scored important Scotland goals, Champions League goals and he

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hadn't got one before today but now he's got two Old Firm goals. That

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is top quality. I think he's thinking about heading it. He

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stoops a little bit, it's a one- touch, past the goalkeeper, it's no

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chance. The goal against Lithuania, he gets into the box unmarked and

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gets that wanted quality finish. People tend to jump off the depend

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about old firm out comes with only the 31 games to go. The Celtic have

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defensive issues to address on the back up today? I don't know if Neil

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has 100 % but his best starting line-up available for him, I'm not

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sure what that is. I didn't feel it was a huge problem for Celtic today.

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I thought Rangers played very well today, particularly in the second

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half. I'm sure Neil has got other players available for him. I'm sure

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he will get sorted out and Celtic will see this as a slight hiccup,

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and that's all. There's a long way to go yet. Celtic's next opponents

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will bring back bad memories for them. You can see their Scottish

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communities League Cup tie against Ross County on Wednesday at 7pm.

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Motherwell have got off to a pretty impressive start. They were early-

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season league leaders, and they were looking to kick on again at

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Fir Park yesterday against St Motherwell goal. A combination of

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play from the St Johnstone forward his name, aiming for his first in

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deflected. The opening goal has come off the Phi of Tim Clancy.

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put through his own goal. St Johnstone had just one goal in four

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meetings against Motherwell last through. Along angled ball.

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Jennings has and scored since left hand side. The goalkeeper gets

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Just took that extra touch and curled it towards the top corner.

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Adams couldn't respond with a He still has work to do, and he

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does it with aplomb of. Sandaza punishes Stevie Hammell of

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Motherwell. It St Johnstone who lead by two-0. Randolph was

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committed outside his goal, Sandaza didn't break sweat. Hammell breaks

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the cardinal rule, never play across your own box if you are not

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up from St Johnstone. Higgins involved, Sandaza took on Clancy

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with a clever little food pass. -- ft pass. St Johnstone looked set

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for their biggest away League win since their return to the SPL.

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That St Johnstone happened to the top six. Things have a bit more

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encouraging for them. They are unbeaten away from home, two wins

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and two drawers. Those two wins coming at difficult places. Celtic

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Park doesn't get that much more difficult. And now this one

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yesterday. There's a touch of Fortune to this, a deflected goal.

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But they certainly had plenty of bodies in the box. They have a

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situation earlier where they did look like they were going to score

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goals. But the introduction of this guide, Sandaza, I think it's made a

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huge difference to the team. I'm a great fan of his. He's had a lot of

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bad luck with injuries but it's good to see him back playing again.

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St Johnstone will be a threat because they've always been a team

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that are pretty difficult to beat defensively. They are always well

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organised and strong. To get those two victories really catches your

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retention. You can win at Celtic Park and then you go to high-flying

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Motherwell and win as well, I think it's pretty impressive.

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mentioned at Sandaza, he seems to be developing a good partnership

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with Sheridan. He picked up a few injuries and maybe you threw him

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into the tame -- team a bit too early. I felt that. He played in

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mid- to late June in a play-off game with Spain, he was back at the

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end of the pre-season because he'd only just finished playing. One

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thing happened after another. But when he played he was excellent and

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scored some fantastic goals. He had a double hernia operation and the

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whole thing didn't work out for him. But it's great to see him back at

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was the installation of former Hearts assistant manager as number

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two at Hibs. His first game in his new role was at East End Park

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Dunfermline trying to make them for Keddie. It's the wrong man in

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the right place. No doubt about that. He even had time to take a

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Sproule. A hand ball doesn't matter. Hibs are in front. Sproule gets his

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first SPL: his return to the Easter around pretty well in this game.

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expecting Garry O'Connor to rip the net Open here. Gallacher somehow

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 70 seconds

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flexion -- deflection, Hibernian it. Within a minute! Ryan Thomson

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scored as a sub at Rugby Park last weekend in the 3-2 defeat. He's

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the Dunfermline sub on for Andy do too. Jason Thomson takes the

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credit but this has got to be an own-goal. It came off Paul Hamlyn.

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Stack didn't to do nearly enough. He was under pressure, to be fair.

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know much about it, did he? It was the back heel. Dunfermline turning

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One of the bright things for Hibs, and I don't think their fans see

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too many bright things, are the goals of Garry O'Connor. He has

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scored five. It's almost like a flash back in time to his first

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spell at Hibs. He's had a great start to the season. There is

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absolutely no doubt he's a top- quality player. He's had his

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troubles, which have been well documented, and I think it's doing

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him some good to get back to Hibs, settle down, play some football,

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and you can see from these pictures we're watching just how much

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quality he has, and let's all hope he can get back to where he was

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three or four years ago. If these goals are anything to go by, then

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he's certainly headed in the right direction. They were distraught

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they couldn't hold on to a 2-0 advantage. It's a manager's

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nightmare. You get 2-0 in front. It's a tricky score. As soon as you

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lose one, people start to get a bit scared. All credit to Dunfermline

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because watching those clips this - I didn't see the game yesterday -

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every time the ball comes into the box, the Dunfermline have four or

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five players attempting to get in and have an impact. It looks like

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with that kind of mentality, they deserve to have goals. The problem

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they don't have at the moment is scoring goals because they have

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scored two in each of their last three games, but maybe the

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significant statistic, the worrying one for them at the minute, is they

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have bate taken only a point from those games. They're scoring goals

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but leaking goals as well. We watched their opening game opening

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night against St Mirren at East End Park. You did worry for them, but

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scoring goals isn't a problem for them by the looks of this. No. I am

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not 100% up to speed of that night. They played two up front, which is

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unusual in the SPL with just strikers. I know if you do go with

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two strikers, it makes you more vulnerable in those areas. Just

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going on to the point I made previously, the amount of players

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they do get forward, and because of that, they do get goals. Maybe

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you're right they need to tighten up a little bit. I haven't seen a

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lot of the game, so I hesitate sometimes to try to pretend I am an

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expert in these things, but certainly I would be encouraged

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they're getting goals. Highlights for other matches coming up,

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Aberdeen-Kilmarnock. Jonathan time. This time Kilmarnock were 1-0

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up within 15 minutes. Paul Heffernan with the goal. Question

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marks over the goal keeping from Jason Brown and defending. Dean

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Shiels will assist Paul Heffernan with his fifth goal of the season.

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Kilmarnock looked like they were enjoying the wide open spaces of

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the Aberdeen mid field. The pass, and Dean Shiels with the finish -

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just under half an hour played, and Kilmarnock 2-0 in front. And the

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afternoon already looking decidedly bleak for goal-shy Aberdeen. It

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would get worse before it got better. A cheeky dent from a new

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signing, but a tackle averted the danger. The booking for diving was

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probably a touch on the harsh side. Just before halftime, a glimmer of

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hope for Aberdeen - the keeper punched at the ball, but there was

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the perfect finish - not enough to cheer Craig Brown up, but enough to

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give the Dons hope at the break, and crucially, get the home fans

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behind the team. Aberdeen then took a leaf out of

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the Stoke City book, the long throw and Malweni put the ball into the

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net eight minutes into the second half. Shoddy Kilmarnock defending,

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and the French defender didn't even have to jump to head the ball home.

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And suddenly Aberdeen looked like they'd win this match. Fallon with

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the header off the bar. Kilmarnock now looking for that full-time

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whistle. Aberdeen dominated in terms of chances and possession.

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Chris Clark with a shot wide, but first SPL home win of the season.

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They would come under the early the post. Then a nice Dundee United

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passing move right through the middle of the Inverness defence,

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and Valley hit the perfect shot, the 20-year-old Finn on loan with

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his first goal since surviving at Tannadice Park - the goal coming in

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the 13th minute. But Inverness wasted no time in drawing level.

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Just three minutes later, a cross from Andrew Shenni, and Nick Ross

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puts it in to make it 1-1. Paul Dixon, the United defender, just

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unaware of Ross's late run, and now the side is level. But the quick

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passing of United soon cut Cally Thistle open once again. Daniel

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Swanson with the effort just wide of the post.

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Right before halftime, Gregg gave away possession in the middle of

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the park. A mistake from the defender, and there was something

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almost Robbie Keane-like the way Swanson finished off this chance -

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no somersault, though, but real assuredness from Swanson, great

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chest control, the lob over Nessen, and United now 2-1 in twomt. Daniel

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Swanson suddenly on top of his game. The 24-year-old running dangerously

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with the ball at his feet. The other team running scared. In the

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71st minute, a deflected cross led to Jon Daly making the score 3-1.

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APPLAUSE The striker sealing the victory.

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Daniel Swanson played a big part for Dundee United. He's player you,

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of course, signed, as Jonathan said, from Rangers three years ago. Is he

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coming back to his best now? looks like it. I thank the

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supporters and Danny himself. I am a huge admirer of him on a regular

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basis. He's without a doubt the most talented player I have worked

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with. He's had so many problems that - and he hasn't really had

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chance in the last year or so to get regular football - as regular

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as he would like, you know? When he and Conway worked together on the

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United team, you can see from these goals he was a fantastic player. He

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and Conway were playing at the top of their game. United were almost

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unbeatable. Look at the skill he's got. He's an exciting player.

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People try and create opportunities - some young guy there.

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LAUGHTER The pressure! Yeah. But Daniel

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Swanson is one you would like to get into the Scotland squad. I had

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plans to get him involved the tail end of last year, but he had

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injuries again, so touch wood, he can get to run at it and, you know,

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he's one I think has got the potential to be an international

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football player. It was good to see him with a smile on his face.

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That's important. It was a weekend of comebacks from two down to get a

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point. Aberdeen managed it as well at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock.

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This had shades of an old Alec McLeish goal. A final it was?

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Similar. The right foot, he curled it into the top corner. It was a

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great finish, actually, because his weaker foot has take and decent

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touch there and he managed to ooh scoop it back around into the top

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corner. This could be really important for Craig Brown and

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Aberdeen because he will hope at getting back from a game they were

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fearing losing might just trigger a revival in their fortunes because

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they're at the wrong end at the moment. They are. Malweni gets a

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goal there. They have a lot of good young players on the team, Aberdeen.

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They could do with some experience. I think Fallon will be quite an

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astute signing for them. Harts and St Mirren got together last season.

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Their previous meeting had been a They look set to take all three

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path of Thomason. Good strike. And watch the goalkeeper. This looked

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deceptively straight forward. Hearts moving well. Oh, from 25

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yards, a decent dipping strike which produced a good save from

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Sampson. Danny Grangeers in the corner - a big chance to make the

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breakthrough, scored with a header at Ibrox on the opening day,

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offtarget this time to the disappointment of Pallo Sergio.

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That's right across goal. So inviting. All it needed was a tap-

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in, but sadly for St Mirren, no-one on the same wavelength. Granger.

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He's in! And he has been taken out. And that wasn't a tough decision

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for referee Charlie Richmond. It's a penalty as the Dutch Moroccan

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defender lunged in, and a chance for Hearts to hit the front. It's

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Jimmy Hammel, and it's 1-0. Two minutes from halftime. He's become

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a very accomplished penalty taker, has Hammel, no mistake. That's Mare,

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doesn't deal with it, and now Goodwood in trouble. That's

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dangerous, and Oboe is in. Sampson makes the save. He knows he should

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have scored and punished this indecision of the defence from St

0:40:220:40:32
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got the break of the ball. St Mirren forcing away. Good play -

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and that's a cross goal - Ryan Stevenson was so close to applying

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the finishing touch. Hearts know they need a second goal to make

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things safe against Danny Lennon, St Mirren. Blacks, free kick. It's

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Granger. In goes Steven Elliot and in as well I think went Lee Mair.

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That looks like an own goal. It's a the Hearts players. He looks to set

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something up for Elliot, and the striker was just a fraction away

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from making it 3-0. Hearts Climb up the table. They're now to within

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third place, where they feel they should be based on good home

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results since losing at home to Dundee United in their first game

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at home, they have won the next three. These are goals from those

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three games. If you're in Hearts, you want Tynecastle to be a

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fortress. It always has been. Generally, teams would look at -

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talking about Old Firm teams as well - would look at going to

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Tynecastle as one of the most difficult fixtures on the calendar.

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It's an intention, I am sure, to get back to that situation where

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everybody is scared to go there because they think it's going to be

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a difficult game. They look as if they're gradually getting things

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together. I was at the game at Tottenham. He looks like he's

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getting things together. difficult is it for Sergio taking

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on a game two, three weeks into the season, wherever it was, the time

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was spent signing players. Yeah, sometimes you wonder about

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decisions made, but he was just an out-of-work manager who was looking

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for a job. It's not his fault the situation that occurred at Hearts

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with him losing his job. He just has gone in and tried to do the

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best he can. He'll be happy with that result. Let's check on the

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Clydesdale Bank Premiere League few minutes of the programme.

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Looking ahead to two big gains in less than three weeks,

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Liechtenstein and Spain away from home, on the back of the double-

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header that you played recently. Firstly, the Czech Republic game

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followed by Lithuania. When you look back on this, and they know

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you have looked back in depth, obviously in the end it came down

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to two dodgy decisions, two bad refereeing decisions. Worse

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governed good enough on the day, did they play well enough?

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results will tell you everything. We didn't win the match. You have

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to look at extenuating circumstances. Once we lost that

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first goal, the lads had more in their locker. They responded in a

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manner after losing the goal immediately on the front foot and

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realise they have to get themselves back in the game. Then this happens,

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we get the very dodgy decision from the referee. The killer for me is

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the timing. We responded twice, we even responded after the penalty.

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We got ourselves back in a position to get in the box and maybe create

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something. But we've no time to get back into the game. I know these

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players and I am convinced that if there were 20 minutes left in the

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match when that happened we would have been able to go again. That's

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infuriating, because we didn't have a chance to get back in the game.

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The lads showed great determination in both games, they played some

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great stuff in the second half. have to get over that one quickly

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because Lithuania on the back of that. You created loads of chances.

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It could have been about 4-0. should have won the game

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comfortably. We didn't score early. Stephen Naismith's goal, it was a

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wanted to finish against Celtic earlier Ron, very similar. I'm

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hugely optimistic about our prospects in the next two games and

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going forward. The let's have a look at the group table. You can

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talk me through both this and the coming fixtures. I guess on the

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back of the Czech Republic result particularly there was a depression

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which swept across the country, may be partially lifted by getting

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three points against Lithuania. Let's have a look on the back of

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that group table at the fixtures coming up, just underline what's

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coming up. If the Friday night game for the Czech Republic at home to

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Spain, Scotland and Liechtenstein. If the Czech Republic don't get

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anything against Spain, your team wins Liechtenstein, then Scotland

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are ahead going into that final, almost a shoot-out on the final

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Tuesday. What we have to do now is make sure that we are in the best

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position possible should the Czech Republic's Lippok at any point.

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That for me means winning the game at Liechtenstein first and foremost.

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On the Friday and again, if Spain do beat the Czech Republic then we

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go ahead. That puts it back in our hands. We have a tough match in

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Spain but the Czech Republic have already lost to Lithuania at home.

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You just never know. We need to be ready, we need to be in position.

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I'm greatly encouraged by my group of players, I'm very optimistic.

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And there's no point looking back now, is there? We will learn from

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every game that we play. We've played some good football just now.

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I'm encouraged by what I see. We are getting better. We will do our

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best in these matches. I'm really looking forward to both games.

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it was a struggle to beat Liechtenstein at home, but are you

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in a better place now anywhere for that game? We are a far better team

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than we were a year ago. I think the players that we have, we've got

0:48:050:48:09

new players but also we've got some players who have improved

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enormously in the last year. This will be a tough match. Lithuania

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lost in Liechtenstein and they also only got a draw at home. The Czech

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Republic also struggled to beat Liechtenstein as well. Our job is

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to go there and get three points. And it could come down against

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Spain. Yes. I want us to be in a position where our destiny is in

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our own hands. What better way to do it than to go for Spain as well.

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We wish you good luck. You can see both of those upcoming Scotland

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Weekly round-up of action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, including the first Old Firm derby of the season.

With special guest, Scotland Manager Craig Levein.


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