18/12/2011 Sportscene


18/12/2011

Round-up of action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, presented by Rob Maclean.


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The big day is just one week away and we have some top festive

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football fare for you in the next 45 minutes and some big talking

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points. Was it a punch or a penalty? Should it have been a red

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card? Answers from injured St Johnstone striker Killian Sheridan.

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His current club tackled his own team in person today. Celtic trying

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to keep their title challenge on track. But St Johnstone 1 at Celtic

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track. But St Johnstone 1 at Celtic Park for months ago. -- St

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Johnstone won. At the back of the net!

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For the rematch, Steve Lomas made two changes to his team. Callum

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Davidson was ill and Sam Parkin was on the bench. Kevin Moon and David

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Robertson started. Celtic were without Anthony Stokes but Neil

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Lennon was happy to say same again to the team which performed so well

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in Italy on Thursday night. The save. It was a decent hit by

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Samaras. Enckelman, guarding his McCracken takes the action over his

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crossbar. It was a great ball through. Hooper could not directed.

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-- direct it. Six straight wins in the SPL coming into today. Looking

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floor. Trying to work past stayed down. That was a sore one

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for David Robertson to take. There is concern here. David Robertson

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got dumped to the ground. Majstorovic and casualty. He really

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got thumped here. It must have felt Enckelman. Gary Hooper cannot

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believe it. He thought he was opening the scoring. It was a miss

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got the winner when they met earlier this season. Back To Black

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wins again Celtic for the first time since 1998 for St Johnstone. -

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- back to back. Another fine save from Peter Enckelman. Hooper met

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the cross well. Enckelman denied Celtic are ahead. He has been

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denied by the goalkeeper on several occasions. Peter Enckelman could do

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little. Gary Hooper was the first to react. Wanyama tried to get

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their head around it. Not a fun have taken this game. -- two goals

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in four minutes. Samaras played it on to Forest. It was class C and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds

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clinical and typical Celtic. -- Just one goal this season for

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Georgios Samaras. He thought they should have been a corner. He just

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should have been a corner. He just seemed to write of steam. Obviously,

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frustrated to not be playing today. Jasper run out of steam. Did you

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think they would get something. result was a better chance of us

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getting something, but the corners killed us. We came out too much for

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a free kick. Seven straight wins for Celtic. You played with Neil

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Lennon and you are managed by him as well for a spell. Obviously,

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this is important for him at the moment, because he was teetering

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with bad results. Those bad results, and then another bad result after

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all of that could have really put pressure on him. But he responded

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and the team responded as he would have expected. He does not like

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losing. Definitely not! No manager does. Or should. I have been on the

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end of a few of his discussions. And Steve Lomas will not have liked

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being on the end of those set pieces. All was a killer to lose a

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corner. -- always. They are always easy to prevent. The free kick here,

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maybe he committed too much for word. They did well keeping the

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ball in with the back leg but if he had left it and let it run out,...

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At this point, you are stretched. Especially with the pace. Samaras

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Especially with the pace. Samaras and then Ki Sung Yeung. I would not

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have been surprised at the goalkeeper kept it out, the way he

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had been playing. But they are strong on the counter-attack.

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strong on the counter-attack. Samaras, heavily involved. Celtic

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fans love to hate him but he is in good form. Definitely. All strikers,

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when you are playing with confidence, you feel untouchable.

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And then if you go a few bad games, and the fans get on your back, it

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can get into her head. I think he has proven what a good player he

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can be. -- get into your head. were at a comfort break when Daniel

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Majstorovic got himself injured. It sounds like a fractured cheekbone.

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There is a sad irony that at the moment, he has been settling into a

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solid game. He went through a shaky patch. Defence has been so crucial

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in this could run. He will be disappointed, to get a nasty injury

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like that. St Johnstone were minus key players today, Jody Morris,

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Frazer Wright, yourself. It is a frustration because you got off to

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frustration because you got off to such a great start. There were a

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few games where we were flying, and then we had the international break

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and I got injured and he got injured. It has disrupted it a bit.

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When we were not playing and there were boys waiting to come in, I

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think the lads could definitely do a job. Three finishes there from

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here. But occasionally, you do pass the ball,! We are saying that we

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the ball,! We are saying that we need to pass more before scoring.

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He is trying to take the credit after that Pep crop -- pep talk.

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When the thing he will be playing again? I do not know. I would say

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between four and six weeks, so maybe another two or three. I will

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have to see where I am at. And you are alone at St Johnstone is coming

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to an end so there are question marks. You were on loan from

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Bulgaria, what would you like to have happened? Are the in the

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winter break? Their own the Christmas break. I should be on

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holiday. -- they are all on the Christmas break. It is all in the

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air. We will see what happens between now and January. Get fit

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and get playing, basically? priority is to get training. To be

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ready for January. Motherwell find it easier to win on the road. They

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were looking for their first Fir were looking for their first Fir

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Park victory against St Mirren Jennings. A booking for the

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Motherwell man. I think he thought he was fouled himself there.

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Frustration creeping in. Rightly booked. I think he was booked for

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that as well. There is a punch in the stomach as well. I'm not sure

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changed his mind or at least the assistants have changed it for him.

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I think he awarded the penalty but Tessa la has been judged to be

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Brilliant work from Jamie Murphy. He might have taken it on himself,

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but selfishly passes to Higdon, who It has been an intriguing match. --

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thumped off the line by Jim Goodwin. What a good try by Randolph. St

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Mirren pushing forward. What an Motherwell have the breakthrough.

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It is the former St Mirren man, Michael had done. Great work to

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manage to dig out the cross. -- Michael Higdon. He came out

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victorious, putting Motherwell in front. St Mirren will feel hard

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done by to be behind. Jim Goodwin caught that be double A. It is an

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equaliser for St Mirren! -- Court that beautifully. Darren Randolph

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flew to his right but there is just no stopping an absolute rocket like

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could not hit the target. He got around the goalkeeper, and that was

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds

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The sometimes seek retrospective action. Good though be in trouble

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for the puncture on Steve Jennings? I think so. I think he is lucky

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that Jennings has not gone down. He could have tried to make it worse.

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I think there are a few naughty tackle fear that all built up to

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one. Jennings got fouled. He got angry and the first person he saw.

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It has been building up for something to happen. Motherwell

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will look back at it and think to ended when could well have been

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red-carded there and would have been off the pitch and would not

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have scored that wonder goal later on. He was perfect. Any keeper is

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going to save that. In the top corner. It is one of those. He

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caught it full-on, perfect. Mirren could look back as well and

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see the change of decision from Calum Murray. He gives the penalty

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and then he gets the word in his ear that it is off side. What do

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you think? Looking at the replay. It looked like his shoulder or

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something. He was taken out, there is no doubt about that. When we

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look at it here it is not conclusive but he does not look

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like he is in line. I do not think it was in line. Not that you are

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biased or anything? Totally biased! I think the linesman has got to get

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something for that tackle. They tend to go to defenders more now.

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You were on loan to Motherwell, are you impressed with what they have

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done this season? Yeah, now they have been flying. We played them

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away. They are eight points clear of us now. They have been brilliant.

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Goal of the season contender in that game and there is another one

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in the short lived in this one, Kilmarnock against Dundee United at

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Rugby Park. The Kilmarnock goalkeeper was the star of this

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match. First he had to keep out this slightly deflected shot from

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John Rankin. There would be plenty more to keep the bell ringing early

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doors. Then the United boss, Peter Houston, would later claim no one

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could have complained if they had been for her-0 up after 15 minutes.

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Best header was touched under the crossbar. It was a frustrating day.

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The United captain felt it was four games without a goal. The alarm

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bells ringing again early on. Kilmarnock finally got moving down

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the other end. This man went down like a sack of spuds are under

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tackle. Before you could say it was not fair, the crossbar came close.

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They almost made the most of the chance. Then it was made in with

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this play. But an unlucky final touch. The Kilmarnock No. 13th did

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not finish. Then the tangerines took the lead in terms of the

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number of times they had struck the woodwork! The United skipper has

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got 12 goals so far this season but his luck was just not in with best

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shot going wide. -- with this shot going wide. When it is not your day,

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it is not your day! Dixon with the cross, the lay with the finish, it

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should have been 1-0. There was proof that John Daly himself

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absolutely knew that. After a few close calls in the first have how

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about the real thing from James Peden? A definite contender for

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goal of the season from be 23-year- old Englishman. The goal was later

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described by the manager as world class. No one disagreed. That goal

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came in the 31st minute. Just in time up popped Dixon to make it 1-1

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and in terms of the number of chances made it was a. That and the

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United at least deserved. Dundee United dominated in the first half.

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It may have been a combination of bad luck and bad finishing for them.

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You would have expected them to have a hefty lead after this? By a

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absolutely. They had a lot of good chances. This was a good save. He

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had a few. I think that was obviously be hard won. They were

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really unlucky. John Daly would expect to score with that and maybe

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this one as well, wouldn't he? I think so. Strikers have the days

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where it just does not seem to happen yet on another day he could

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have scored all three. I know what it is like. You will appreciate

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this left peg effort which is an early contender for goal lobby

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season, do you reckon? Definitely. It was the angle. You cannot really

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get much more into the top corner. It was perfect. Is that one better

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than this one? I am going to say yes because it is a left foot. I am

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just going to be biased towards left-footers. What about this one

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from two seasons ago? I think that one there is afloat. Certainly the

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most so of the three. -- a fluke. And now Tuesday night in Perth.

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From 55 yards! He scores! Hibernian are up against from Aberdeen.

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Aberdeen have managed to get ahead of Hibernian in de SPL just in the

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last couple of games. This will put some daylight between them. That is

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a great ball. A fantastic pass from Galbraith. Heaslip did it through

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four or corner. -- he slithered it through. That was for O'Connor.

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They earn and got between beekeeper and the ball. -- there are none got

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between the goalkeeper and the ball. -- Vernon got between. It is true

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the poor defending from Stevens, you have got to see. Now Michael

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Hart. To Fallon. Fallon could not find the target. Right at the back

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post with Scott. Jason Brown was equal to it but Jason Scott did not

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find the space at the back end of the Aberdeen penalty area. He is

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appealing for a free-kick but he is not getting it. That is a good turn.

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Penalty! Spiral with a challenge. - - Sproul. This has been deemed a

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penalty kick. He scores! Hibernian are unhappy with the award of the

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penalty. There was a booking for it as well. Aberdeen goal in front in

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what is a crucial game. Was Stephenson caught by Paul? It may

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be worse than that for the Aberdeen youngster. It is a red car. It is a

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straight red for this young man. We could see why perhaps this Red Ed

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had come out if he had made contact. Here it is. It seems harsh on the

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face of it. 10 men are having to defend here. That is a corner, and

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that his wife. We are looking at the space here that the Aberdeen

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players have left. They have got more players in the park where they

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are needed. That man should have scored. It should be 1-1. It is not.

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He out muscled Foster. It was a good turn but the finish was not

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there. Scott. When he is in there. Galbraith. That might be it. Head

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in hands for Danny Galbraith. Loads of space. The incident which

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decided the game was the penalty decision awarded. What do you

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think? I would come back to that and say it is nowhere near a

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penalty. From the other end you can see a dive. It was a pretty bleak

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then dive and we should say. We need a compliance officer. That

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displays it pretty clearly, doesn't it? I think so. Given what has

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happened. I think there will be a lot of pressure for him to be

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pulled up. Garry O'Connor got off because that one looked to be a

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blatant dive as well. There was a two-match ban for this. You would

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imagine there has to be a consistency about this. Was the

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other died any less blatant than this one? I think both of them have

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led to crucial penalties. I think that man will be watching and

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hoping that his opponent gets pulled up as well. They do need

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that consistency. It is a little bit inconsistent. We will have to

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wait and see what happens. I wonder if the first man will be pulled off

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for the died in the penalty but let off for the red card he got for his

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challenge on Louis Stevenson. Was he not, when you look at the angle,

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trying to block the ball? I think so. He was just trying to block the

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ball. It had happened already earlier on in these season. With St

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Mirren someone had tried to close down the ball. The manager was

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telling his players to do this. This was a yellow for the challenge

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on Christopher Clarke which seemed fair enough. Was that, was the

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other challenge any worse than that one? I do not think so. I think it

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was not a challenge, it was him trying to block the ball. I think

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the two have done maybe, yellow cards, I think even the yellow card

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was harsh. He was trying to block the ball, the clearance. It is just

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Six points out of six for Aberdeen over five days. Do you expect them

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to find a comfortable mid-table position? I think they will be

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expecting than now. Two wins in a row will give them a massive boost.

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I think they will be going into games with more confidence, looking

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to get up the table. The latest sideshow at Hearts, where late

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wages are the norm and the for sale sign has gone up his winner Andy

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Driver's refusal to play. -- is winger. Can they cope with a new

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winger. Can they cope with a new distraction?

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There was drama before kick-off with Andy Driver dropped from the

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hard squad. There when there is no longer winning -- willing to play

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under Paulo Sergio. Despite this, Hart's caught off to the perfect

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start. Stephen Elliott bringing festive cheer within the first two

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minutes. Not that he was showing it. And despite the off-field turmoil,

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Hearts looked surprisingly sure- footed at Tynecastle. David

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Templeton Woods the Dunfermline defence to purposeful fact. --

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worried the Dunfermline defence. Better work from Brian McGowan down

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the left-hand side, turning the dumb Furman defenders inside out.

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Before setting up the midfielder who put Hearts into a two goal lead.

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Great play from a gallon. And the shot deceived the keeper. --

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Magellan. Jim MacIntyre with plenty to think about. There was a

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threatening header from Andy Barrowman, and in the second half

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Marian Kello had to look pretty lively in the Hearts goal to keep

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out Liam Buchanan. Overall, Hearts were playing like they did not have

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a care in the world. Stephen Elliott rattled the side netting.

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And David Templeton thumped in another effort that was palmed away

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by Gallagher. The rumblings from the players are becoming

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increasingly loud with an official complaint fouled with the SPL.

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Despite that, temples and rubble and a thunderous strike to make it

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3-0. -- Tim Bolton rumbled a thunderous strike. Hearts, with

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troubles off the field, certainly in harmony on the street -- on the

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field. Dunfermline look increasingly vulnerable at the

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moment. By the end of the match, Hearts were pinging the ball with

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swagger. Ryan Stevenson thumping goalwards. Paul Gallacher got

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clobbered in the process. Nothing like a win to help lift the

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Tynecastle gloom. Worrying times Tynecastle gloom. Worrying times

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for Dunfermline. You probably have an ability to

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understand more than most of us what is happening at Hearts. You

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have played some football and Bulgaria and you will know about

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ownership of a football club and what that means of it there. Owners

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make all the decisions and sometimes they just pay players

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when they fancy it. That's right. It is just the culture, the

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mentality in Eastern Europe. You see it in Russian teams, it is

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definitely unsettling. For it to happen here, I was pretty shocked.

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For -- you never hear about that in the UK. It is pretty unbelievable.

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What do you think about Andy Driver's disclosure that he does

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not want to play for Hearts in a more. Presumably disillusioned not

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just by a delayed wages, but by the way the club is going. I think he

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is probably looking to make a stand, is probably looking to make a stand,

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to tell the owners that they cannot just treat the players like this.

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The players are training every day, and they expect to be paid. The

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contract should be honoured. contract should be honoured.

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Obviously, he has his reasons. it is a waste of a special talent,

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as we conceived. He is a good player for them. Inverness have a

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good recent record of making life good recent record of making life

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difficult for Rangers. Let us see how they fare on Terry Butcher's

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latest return trip. The leaders made two changes to the

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team which won at Hibernian. Kyle Lafferty was on the bench alongside

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Lee McCulloch, Sasa Papac and Alejandro Bedoya.

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Andrew Shinnie is among the sobs for Inverness. Graham Shinnie

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started. -- among the subs. Fresh-air from Jelavic. What a

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Jelavic, with the arm. That is a great through-ball for Willie

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Mackay. Bartley things he was being Bocanegra. The second half has

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Thistle are upset. They feel this may well have come off Jelavic's

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arm. In a stuffy match, Rangers Polish -- apologetic. This is

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ominous for the Highlanders. Papac! Smacks the crossbar. Papac was not

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even focusing on that. He was focusing on the goal. Saw for

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Jelavic. Graham Shinnie with the the referee's call. The Rangers

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fans are not happy that Inverness are playing on. This will be

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controversial. It is 11! Andrew Shinnie against his old team. -- it

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is one to one. Inverness take full advantage. Nikita Jelavic was on

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the deck. Inverness, as is their right to do so, played on, and have

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found the net. It is Won-Hee Cho. - This is Lafferty. Blocked, blocked.

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He had a bet of a charmed life. He had the second of the

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intermittent's here will stop the shot from Lafferty was blocked.

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What an open second half it has been. They are in again. It is

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Mackay. Wrong side of the post. Rangers are walking. Believe me

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carry. MacGregor. -- Billy McKay. Lee Wallace. Where did he come

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from? That goal would surely end. It did not go over the line. Lee

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Wallace saves Rangers'. An incredible spectacle in this second

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35. This is grade by Rangers. Lafferty. Out of jail! They are out

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of jail big time, Rangers. Inverness could potentially have

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been 3-1 up. At the end of the season that is the sort of game

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which might count big time for Rangers. Definitely. They want to

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get tighter between now and the end of the season. The definitely want

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those kind of games. You can look at them and thing you have been a

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little bit lucky, but if you want to win titles those are the kind of

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games that you win. As you say, I do not think Rangers have been at

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their best for a wee while but sometimes it is just about grinding

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out wins. Absolutely. I believe that. Sometimes in championships it

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is just about playing badly rather than being able to win. I think

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Inverness felt that some of the decisions went against them in the

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game. Do you think they could have had a penalty for handball against

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Jelavic? I think that would have been kind of harsh. It was in kind

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of an awkward area. Is this a better shout? I think so, yeah.

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Maybe the fact he has not gone down or anything. I think it was amazing

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just to stop in the box. He must have got a little bit put off.

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this was Richie Foran heading in the free-kick from Andrew Findlay.

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As we three's it here, I think it was just marginally off? I think it

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was just the shoulder, slightly off side but it could have been the

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benefit which clearly should have been given. The Rangers fans were

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not too happy about the build up to the equaliser because Jelavic had

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been down injured. I think as we had showed in the highlights,

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Rangers could have knocked the ball out as well. I think they did have

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that chance. It was a good cut back with a good finish from that man.

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Following that, in good chances. You do not normally get too many of

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those at Ibrox. Billy Mackay around the goalkeeper stumbled slightly.

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Yes, it was a good run. He was just a little bit of balance. He was

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definitely a little bit unlucky. And this man was just again a

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little bit of balance, don't you think? Yes, I think so, he

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connected well with the ball. It was cleared of the line. You can

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only talk so long about being in a false position for it to mean

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anything but Inverness do not look like a team who should be in their

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position? Definitely. The definitely should have got

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something from the game. They created chances. To lose the game

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after playing so well to an Old Firm team is a little hard to take.

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I think having had so many chances in the match it was maybe obvious

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what was coming next, the killer punch at 83 minutes, Kyle Lafferty

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and Rangers' won the game. Yes. Jelavic was brilliant. A good

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finish from Lafferty. Terry Butcher would not be too happy about this

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man charging out of the back line and leaving a hole? That's right.

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He should have stayed and held the line. Jelavic is a little bit

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smarter than him and quicker into the box. Is it heading for a photo

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finish again do you think, between the Old Firm? I think it is looking

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like that now, it was not a few weeks ago. Rangers dropped a few

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points. I think it is heading that way again bill. Thank you for

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coming in and weeding your Christmas jumper as well!

:43:25.:43:35.
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problem. Motherwell are eight ahead of St Johnstone. They are within

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one point of the Perth team, that is Hearts. Aberdeen are now six

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points off the bottom after a few wins. Christmas Eve matches look

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like this. A variety of kick-offs. It is Hearts macro against

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Motherwell. St Mirren against Rangers. -- Hearts against

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