Celtic v Dundee, Hearts v Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock v Inverness, Ross County v Aberdeen, St Johnstone v Motherwell and action from Friday's match between Hamilton and Rangers.
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Right out of the top drawer. He's outstanding! The shot is an absolute
beauty. Oh yes! That's unbelievable. Unbelievable. What a finish. Right
here, right now, this is history. The last Sportscene before Christmas
and all through the house not a creature was stirring,
not even Steven Thompson OK, it doesn't quite rhyme,
but you can't have everything. What we do have for you tonight
is a six-match festive feast of football, starting
at Celtic Park. Brendan Rodgers' side looking
to make it 20 matches unbeaten in domestic
football this season. Could Dundee find a way
to stop the juggernaut? At Celtic Park for us
was Liam McLeod. Changes aplenty from Brendan
Rodgers. Dembele dropped to the bench, where Sinclair sits after
injury. Haber leads the line for Dundee.
Griffiths playing against his old club. How unlucky was he? This is
wonderful football between Griffiths and Bitton. Given the one two and
Griffiths was unlucky with that sounds of the boot effort. Dundee
without a win against Celtic since 2001. Armstrong... He asks the
question of Scott Bain. Captaining Celtic this afternoon, Armstrong,
completing his renaissance. Should have scored. If this had been on the
edge of the box, Rogic would probably have scored. Rogic. We've
seen more of him these days completing 90 minutes of football.
So impressive this season, but didn't quite catch that one though.
Celtic looking to make it 11 league wins on the bounce. We haven't seen
much of Dundee as an tenanting force. Vicinity teed it up. That's
not a bad effort. He scored against Aberdeen. Armstrong and Mackay.
Dundee stood their ground in the first round and O'Dea was adjudged
to have fouled. Griffiths takes... And scores! Well, of course he does!
Another stunner from Griffiths. To add to his bulging collection.
That goal right on half-time. A real sucker for Dundee. Bitton! The
champion scored two up and it is a long way back for the Dees now. Paul
Hartley will believe his team can still get something from this, and
they almost did there, and there! Armstrong off the light from
Wighton. Haber made the initial effort, which came off the post.
Goal line clearance underlining Stuart Armstrong's importance to the
Celtic team. McGregor came on for Rogic at half-time. Armstrong...
Almost got back in the score sheet. He's been in good goal-scoring form
as well. O'Hara was just on. So impressive as a 16-year-old here for
Kilmarnock at full-back a few years back. This is Haber, shrugged off
Gamboa, 2-1. Well, well, well. Suddenly there's a game on here. And
from nowhere really, Dundee have halved the deficit. That's been
forced through towards Haber by El Bakhtaoui. He's going to get back on
to it. A chance for a leveller! And he spurns it. What an opportunity
for Faisal El Bakhtaoui to steal an unlikely point here. Craig born did
enough to put the striker off here. Celtic would feel it was an act of
pickpocketry if Dundee were able to take something from this game.
Dundee have been resolute. McGregor to Sinclair looking to finish it
off. Well, off target from Sinclair. Brendan Rodgers is delighted to have
him back. I felt the players were terrific today. The first half we
had a lot of pressure against us but they never really cut us open. You
see the two goals were outside of the box, so we got back in the game
and back to another chance. He's got it in, there but he'll miss other
chances. When you come here you've got to be clinical and take your
chances. When we say Celtic cut us occupy, we knew they would have lots
of possession. That was the game plan. I picked what I thought was
the best team. We need to go with a different structure. What he's doing
is he's got a great free kick. Needs to be better in his lay-off, giving
the ball away too much in the build-up play. That's an area of his
game he needs to improve on. But he's shown many other great
qualities. He's a national goal scorer, 25 yards in. He has an eye
for a goal. That's why I'm here, to score goals. I can improve at times,
but I'm in the team just now. A moment of Leigh Griffiths magic.
Dundee almost nicked a point at the end, but Brendan Rodgers talking
about the improvements still that Leigh Griffiths needs to make. That
was harsh. That was his third consecutive goal for Brendan Rodgers
and Celtic. He was quick to point out his link-up play needs
improvement. Possibly it does. But for me his link-up play was good.
With a player who can do this, you can forgive a sloppy link-up game.
He gives him too much of the goal to aim for. You think so? If the ball
goes over the wall like that, you've got to say it is a great finish.
It's a fantastic finish. Gets himself in line. That would have
been an unbelievable goal should it have gone in. When I was at Dundee
United, they said if you can do 75% linkage, I'll be happy. Griffiths'
link-up play in the first half was intelligent. There are different
types. You don't have to have your back to the goal like this. Yes
he'll get outside of Gomis. This one takes his eye off the ball. Slightly
sloppy. Sloppy. Three or four in the second half... When you talk about
link-up play, look at the first half. It was wonderful. Hold-up
play, when the ball is coming at you with your back to place, perhaps he
needs to strengthen that. If you've got a guy who can put the ball in
the back of the net and link up, that's a huge attribute to have. We
talked about Griffiths and Dembele last week. Brendan Rodgers made it
clear he isn't particularly happy with that and yesterday Leigh
Griffiths does start. Brendan Rodgers now saying there is no
number one striker. Who starts the next game? It is confusing. For me
Griffiths has the jersey, he should be starting now. There is no doubt
that Dembele has gone off the ball. That's my opinion. It is a nice
problem for Brendan Rodgers to have. Number one striker, he clearly
didn't have bun. At the start of the season Griffiths had it, got
injured. Dembele came in and did wonderfully well, gone off the boil
and now Griffiths is back in. That's when we'll find out who will be
number one. He'll pick up his strongest team. Would say Griffiths
Ive at the moment is in form, but as we've seen already this season, it's
a fluid thing. It can change as the season goes on. Got to give credit
to Dundee, as they did have chances in this game. Looked like they would
be dead and buried. They defended well, but to come back in the game
in the last stages, should have scored here. Poor from Craig Gordon
caught out from set play. This is poor from Celtic defensively. Maybe
they were watching the light display! This one here is a massive
chance for El Bakhtaoui. He was gutted at the end. The ball takes a
slight bobble. He probably could have played it in. But for me,
credit Craig Gordon. So fast off his line that he's forced into making a
decision. It ends up being a bad decision. Tries to lift it and it
went wrong. It could have brought Celtic a point, Dundee a point,
sorry. Another three points for Celtic.
Aberdeen one of the teams very much in the mix
Derek McInnes took his side to face Ross County in Dingwall.
Ross County looking to build on a five-match unbeaten run. Just one
change. Quinn taking over from Jay. One change to the Aberdeen team
which started but didn't finish against Motherwell on Tuesday.
Tuesday. Burns is in the starting line-up.
Fraser on the attack for County. Flicked on by Chow. Dingwall, two
chances to open the scoring. Firstly foiled by the keeper, Lewis, and
Shinnie was so quick to close him down. He had a tap in in front of
him. Neat touch from Curran. Dingwall
getting useful game time at the moment for County. Left by Boyce.
Liam Boyce 1-0. Very nicely created by County. Aberdeen seemed to stand
off them and let this all happen. The Dingwall team, Boyce with his
10th goal of the season. McLean. Aberdeen in pursuit of an
equaliser. Shinnie has plenty of room to create from Madison. The
on-loan Norwich midfielder couldn't quite make up the ground.
Frustration written all over the face of Shinnie and of the debate
Dean manager, Derek McInnes, as well. Madison is on the move. A
clumsy challenge by Chow. The former Wigan midfielder is booked for that.
It is a set piece chance for Aberdeen. And a very inviting
position. It's Maclean. Well struck by the
Aberdeen midfielder. That is terrific goalkeeping. Here's Fraser.
And Routis. Dingwall looks to set something up for Curran. Great save
Lewis. A glancing header from Dingwall's cross and those are super
sharp reflectses from the goalkeeper. Reflectses from the
goalkeeper. Jack leaves it for Maclean. Quick control from Johnny
Hayes. Logan thinks about the cross, left by Rooney, and now McGinn. 1-1.
Aberdeen back on level terms and a good deal of relief among the
visiting support that their team have levelled things up.
One ball from Routis and Schalk on the move. Schalk against
Considine... It's Schalk! And it's another good save by Lewis. Hit the
ball with the power by the Dutchman. Saved by the right hand of the
goalkeeper. That's neat from Hayes and that's dangerous from van der
Weg. This Aberdeen players did not like that at all. Nor did the
referee, Craig Thompson. Than der wing red carded. Van der Weg red
carded. Ross County will play the final 8 minutes plus stoppage time
with 10 men. That's Boyce. Jonathan Franks, headed clear by Hayes. Back
in from Franks. Knocks it down and Dow scores! In the 88th minute.
Dingwall and 10 man Ross County are in front. Look at the scenes in the
technical area. It's a looping header from Dow. You do wonder how
that found its way in. Andy Considine on the goal line seemed
frozen to the spot. 2-1 Ross County. From Anthony O'Conn over. Headed by
Rooney and away by Davis. McGinn and it's Considine! Straight at the
goalkeeper. This has to go down as a disappointing day in Dingwall for
the Dons One set play to defend, with 10 men. Four or five
opportunities to deal with it. None more so than at the end. We feel
mugged off, disappointed that we didn't take something from the game.
It was a game we did in terms of territory and boxes enough to game
all three points. Credit the lads, we dug in and showed that desire to
get forward and get a winner. We made a positive substitution in
bringing Schalk on rather than another midfielder and taking the
point. We took the gamble and it's paid off. It hasn't been the best of
weeks for Aberdeen. 0-0 against St Johnstone last weekend and a
floodlight failure midweek. You feel there are issues defensively? They
are not in great form. One clean sheet in nine games. A changeable
back four for me. Excellent from Liam Boyce. A great dummy. The
Aberdeen defend rehearse sleeping. It goes past Logan and O'Connor, who
jumps out of the way, and the goalkeeper. Somebody's got to clear
that. It is a square ball across the box. Box. Here they've got two
opportunities. The ball is on the left foot. They don't clear. When
it's recycled back out to Franks, in the wide area, this is cometical
defending. Weak there and here, if you are Andrew Considine, you have
to clear it. When you see from this angle, there's a lack of
communication between Considine and Maclean. He hesitates. You have to
ask what he does after that. Is there too much chopping and changing
in terms of team selection for Aberdeen? Reynolds plays some weeks.
Taylor as well. They don't seem to have a settled back four. The one
you would say is Joe Lewises is the one that's consistent throughout the
season. He's been a wonderful signing for them. He was busy
yesterday as well. He certainly was. You look at these saves. They were
talking about feeling mugged off, I think he said. Looking at the
chances in the game, it looks as if Joe Lewis kept them in the game for
long parts. I agree there's been a lot of chopping and changing with
the team as a whole. Lewis has stayed on the side. They needed to
get a good signing in goals and they've certainly picked them up
there. That's a fantastic one from Schalk. It kept them in the game to
a great extent. He's done that through a number of games throughout
the season. We are focusing on Aberdeen, but huge credit to Ross
County. A massive result. People like Liam Boyce, top scorer in the
league. This is invaluable to them. The they've got a home game against
Partick next week which they fancy to win. They are in the top half of
the table. It would be a first
home match in charge for new Hearts head
coach Ian Cathro. Partick Thistle the
visitors at Tynecastle. The last four games between these
sides had all ended in Hearts wins. Cathro's first home game. Two
changes. Liam Paterson. Scored when the sides met
back in August. Paterson, always looking to come forward. Smith on
his outside. Smith. Went to ground. Didn't get enough of the ball. Liam
Smith... 1-0 Hearts. A great little cross in. Smith regathered, looked
up and it was perfect. The power was on the cross and tacked it in.
Paterson, wasn't much of a challenge. Paterson coming back.
Takes the deflection. Shout for handball from one or two of the
Thistle players. Slightly half hearted. Paterson blocked the ball.
It came off his side. Paterson. Walker, tries to move away
from Osman. Wait for it, brings it down.
It comes off the crossbar. Paterson was in there too. His jersey held.
Rossi was up. Up. Booth. Edwards. Paterson stayed off him. The cross
comes in. The header. Two minutes into the second half and the lad the
former player, Partick Thistle level. A lovely ball and the header
was enough to beat Hamilton. We're gets this level. Welch gets this
level. He's on his outside. Azeez, off the edge. Two bowls at 221. Two
balls at 21. Partick Thistle look the hungrier. Edwards away from
Kitchen. All seven meetings of these sides, Thistle are looking likely to
get one here at the moment. Booth attacking once more. Into the middle
it goes. Comes back to Booth. Erskine. Ball played behind by
Souttar. He is loving being at Tynecastle this afternoon. Hearts do
just enough. Booth comes back to him. He's turned into such an
attacking presence. To Erskine. Partick Thistle, it's the hand of
Hamilton that denies Thistle this time. Good effort from Erskine. Sean
Welsh delivers, Lindsey with the header. Inches away there.
Thistle will be delighted with the way they've played. Hamilton with
the safe boot. Needed composure. Paterson is complaining. Looked
onside all the way. Played through by Erskine. Denied by Hamilton. I
thought we were dominant in the second half. A disappointing first
half. Then we were on the front foot. A number of good chances.
Enough to win two games. It is hard to do that at Tynecastle. We did
that today. We had some good periods of possession and the opponents'
half, we stayed there a little bit. There were some good performances.
In the second half we didn't have control. It became a game of mayhem.
When you heard the jeers at the end, did you ask the fans for patience?
Look, at the end of that we all feel the same thing. We all feel the same
thing. Voicing that is completely normal, because we all feel the same
thing, but what we've got to do is stay together and support each
other. Certainly plenty of voices of disapproval from the home support at
the end of that match. A difficult home debut for the new Hearts head
coach Cathro? I felt in his interview it was awkward. I heard
the interview coming in on the radio yesterday and I felt it was awkward.
He looked downbeat to me. On camera it didn't look great, it was a 1-1
draw, not a great result but it wasn't Domesday stuff. Partick
Thistle set out on the front foot. Look at the pressure they are
putting Hearts under. Not allowing them any space. They've got to
recognise when you've got time and space you've got do play the ball
forward and see the space, break the line. Forward passes. That's what
you've got to do as a midfielder. That's the responsibility you've
got. Shirking your responsibility and passing it back the way, which
allows Partick Thistle to continue that press on you. Hamilton plays a
lottery ball, 50-50, it is difficult. It continues that press.
Horrible bits of play. Time and space. There is the ball. Play
forward. Instead of playing the simple ball back to the back line.
Time and space. There is no direct lay into the feet. Play the ball
into the corner. Stretch the game. They are playing into Partick
Thistle's hands. Johnson makes something out of it. Cowie gets up
on the second ball. They turn the opposition, Partick have to go back.
You want the midfielders controlling possession. It allows you to build
the game. Smith picks the ball up and you can start to puncture the
side and penetrate. Partick have to scatter and get clear of the lines
that. To me was the breakdown of the game. Cathro spoke about the game
being mayhem and broken. The reason it was broken was Hearts didn't seem
to have a structure or idea how to break that press from Partick
Thistle. And they deserve credit? Of course they do. People spoke about
the first half being good for Hearts. Hearts. In the second half,
this wonderful finish. These are the things which catch people's eyes.
Similar to the first half, breaking them council, winning the goal.
Great save from Hamilton. Similar to that first half. A bowl into the box
this time. This comes out and Booth has a wonderful strike that comes
off the crossbar that. To me was the difference. These are the things
that catch peoploes eye. Erskine with a great drop of the shoulder
and a save from Hamilton as well. Partick every week when I watched
themed have three or four opportunities a game to win it and
they end up drawing or losing it. They have to are take the
opportunities or remain at the bottom of the table.
What we learn from this weekend and is there a feeling there could be a
rush to judgment because he has come into the management game
differently? To ignore that fact will be to ignore reality. He will
be under scrutiny. What I'm talking about is the basics that you learn
as a 12-year-olds, to stretch the game and turn the opposition. It is
just a case of getting the message out there. It looked like Hearts did
not have a clear plan of what they were trying to do.
Rangers were able to travel to Hamilton Academical on Friday
night with a spring in their step after victories
Accies off the back of a midweek 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park.
Martin Canning drops big from the team that lost that Celtic Park.
With Devlin returning to the side. Scott McMann keeps his place. Martyn
Waghorn makes a surprise return to the Rangers side. That is the only
alteration from the team that beat hearts last weekend. Lee Wallace
with the throw. That has caused more problems for Gary Woods then it
should have done. The Accies keeper misjudged this. He dropped back into
play off the bar. Mark Warburton, desperate to build on the home
victories over Aberdeen and hearts. Their first away game since they
lost the Tynecastle. Good play by Doherty. The Rangers man dodges
bullet. Doherty in for a spectacular, powerful finish. Accies
have not beaten Rangers 478 years. The last win was that famous cup
win. Waghorn! Very clever! A brilliant finish by Martyn Waghorn.
It is unorthodox but it is perfect. And it is 1-0 Rangers before the
break. The goal drought is over for Waghorn, his first since September.
Just his second in the league. And they have both come against
Hamilton. Accies did not lay a glove on Rangers in the first-half. Up
against it here. It is Waghorn. Scuffed that time. Martin Canning
wanting more from this team. Barry Nikkei takes it through. That is
Wallace. Waghorn is in again! What is it they say about London buses?
Martyn Waghorn doubles Rangers' advantage. Very tight. That is what
Waghorn was doing all last season. Well and truly back now. Accies of
not won a match since they beat Aberdeen. That is about as good as
it has got. Another effort goes wide. Hamilton, yet to get a shot on
target. You can see the frustration. Rangers looking for a killer goal
and this is Tavernier. He had options. Tavernier was the best of
them. Is there a way back in for the Accies. A lovely touch from Waghorn.
He looks like a new signing for Rangers, the way he is playing. He
burst back onto the scene tonight. And there is Garner. Not 1 million
miles away. Close to putting this game to bed. If it is not already.
A forlorn figure at Celtic Park on Tuesday, Bingham. The cross for
Imrie. It was not far away. That would have come from absolutely
nowhere. Hamilton have not been at it. Halliday has got himself in
trouble. Imrie is there. It is to live -- it is 2-1! Game on in
Lanarkshire. But how or why is anyone's yes. Sloppy from Rangers.
The architects of their own downfall here. Imrie makes it 2-1. Crawford
has been on the periphery of things. The header flashes past. It will be
sensational Hamilton take something out of this game. Tavernier, it is
James Tavernier! That sums up his evening. A couple of chances. He has
not taken them. Rangers can still not finish this off. The one thing I
get from the players is commitment and they will always work as hard as
they can put everything into the game. They have that again tonight
and they will continue to do that, and we will make sure we work as
hard as we can and fight as hard as we can. Martyn Waghorn got the
headlines. That is for sure. Three points for Rangers but Mark
Warburton, he has got a lot of stick over the last month or so. He
deserves a fair bit of credit for the last few weeks. Absolutely.
Rangers have produced a level of consistency that is expected of
them. He has made tactical changes and to personnel. It was one of
those changes that made all the difference. Waghorn was outstanding,
Man of the Match for Rangers on Friday night. You can see here is
involved in his first goal in a linkup play. He makes his way into
the box, and it is a clever run, finding space. That is an
outstanding header. After that moment he grew in confidence
throughout the match. He had five or six efforts on goal and here it
looked like it might have been offside but it was not. A composed
finish will starve it was not just the goals, it was his overall play.
You can see it is a counterattack, with pace and directness and power.
When he plays this to Tavernier, I thought he left it too long. It
should have been Rangers' third. This was Matic of how confident he
was. He has four men on him and he takes a step inside, making a decent
pass to Garner, who is unlucky. That will be a good side for Mark
Warburton, seeing him doing so well. His lack of goals this season have
been one of the reasons why Rangers have struggled to break down the
opposition. James Tavernier to follow suit, I suppose. Liam McLeod
picked the perfect word for Halliday's situation. A bit more to
it? It was not just Halliday at fault. There were many things wrong
with the goal they conceded. Here you can see the back four are very
disjointed. Imrie played up front at 8352, and he should have made this
simple. Harry Forrester, when he gets the ball, he is looking for a
pass and he is under pressure. Just put it up the line if you are not
sure. Halliday comes in to show for it, but he takes a touch back into
whether a struggle. They should have given him options, but they didn't.
When Halliday is forced into his corner, he slips on the ball, and
when it comes to Imrie, he is unmarked. There are other reasons
that Imrie was unmarked. Look at the centre halves, when Halliday drifts.
Nobody is aware. I cannot believe that two centre halves are oblivious
to that, too late, to the picking up of Imrie. You talk about Rangers a
lot, the centre halves. When they are in possession, they are open to
counterattacks. When they are in possession five yards from the
goal-line, they are still not aware. You have to be aware of the game.
Imrie was unmarked for 12 seconds. When the ball goes to Halliday, he
asked to open up his body rather than going back into the closed
area. That was what led to that trouble.
Motherwell's midweek match at Aberdeen lasted just
eight minutes before the floodlights failed.
Hopefully no more technical problems for the match at St Johnstone.
With Stephen Anderson missing through illness, Scobbie returns to
the St Johnstone defence. Liam Craig is out through injury. Motherwell
may have only played six minutes on Tuesday but it is Mark McGhee's
prerogative to change as line-up. Only one. Jack Macmillan in for Ryan
Bowman. Here is Richard Forster. He will be catching Craig Samson
unaware. He seemed to swerve at the last moment. A little claim, coming
off a hand they are, blocked and deflected wide. It came off
Macmillan. That is a good delivery. Here is Richard Tait. In the middle,
he doesn't need it! What a howler from Zander Clark. Tait takes the
acclaim of the Motherwell players, but this is a huge goalkeeping
error. How he contrived to knock that into his own net, only Zander
Clark knows. Good stuff from Mark McGhee's side. The last match of his
touchline ban being served. Here is Scobbie. And it goes away. Scobbie
showing he is a threat in the year. -- in the air. Chris Millar. And
there is Maclean. So called to an equaliser for the home team. And it
is Craig Samson, producing outstanding save. An excellent
header. Samson, happy to grab that at the
second attempt. He did well to get down and make the save. Just for a
second it was almost slipping from his grasp.
Wotherspoon rocked. A claim that a hand was used. Not too much of
claim. It came off the back of the arm of Shaughnessy. Only Moult was
doing the complaining. Maclean with the header. And now it is Kane! And
Saints are level! It was a touch of good fortune. The save from Samson
rebounded off came to find its way into the net. And looking at that,
it may have actually come off the arm of Kane to directed over the
line. Wotherspoon, a neat turn. That was a miscued clearance from Ben
Hennigan. He has got away with that. Davidson again. A good spell for St
Johnstone. Trying to link with Kane. It is almost then! Craig Samson
coming to the rescue of Motherwell once more. Good, positive play from
Austin, linking well, getting the 1-2 from cane. He did not pick his
spot. The keeper was there. Scott McDonald, he has another chance. But
he is offside, and any case. He has gone too early and that pass was
played by McDonald. He could not hit the target. Motherwell have not won
here in their last six visits. St Johnstone. And you can't trouble
Samson with that effort. A good bit of footwork from Wotherspoon. But it
didn't have the end product. I always think when you go one down it
is difficult at the back, and it is pleasing when you have the character
to get back in the game. On another day, we could've got another goal
but the performance was excellent and we recovered well. There was a
little bit of luck in our goal and I could not really see what the keeper
did. I think one of the defenders deflected, but I am not sure. The
equaliser ricocheted, but it was a bit of hesitancy in our back four at
that stage. That was disappointing, but sitting watching the second
half, I felt that there was a goal coming and I did not think it was
going to be for us. The usual patter is that Motherwell and St Johnstone
come from behind to win the match. Not quite the case yesterday but
there is a lot of excitement in certain quarters about this penalty
claim. You are not buying it. I don't think so. I think the hands
are up in the air, but there has got to be an element of it being
deliberate. Shaughnessy is jumping. He doesn't know that the player is
behind him here. He cannot see that. And it doesn't hit his hand there,
it barely brushes his shoulder area when he goes towards Zander Clark.
For me, that is not a penalty. His hands are up for leveraging and he
does not have a clue where the bollards. There needs to be a
deliberate element. Some strange goals, one of the most horrendous
own goals I have seen for a long while. We concur. It is not a great
one for Zander Clark. I'm sure he will be grimacing when he sees this.
No pressure either, the ball was going nowhere. This one was equally
strange. Craig Samson had a brilliant game for Motherwell, three
or four fantastic saves, and this is great, ricocheting back. It was so
unlucky for Motherwell and Samson. It came off his hands. But he
doesn't know anything about that. That comes back to the deliberate
thing. It is unfortunate for Motherwell that happened, but you
cannot claim it is deliberate. Kane is just challenging the goalkeeper.
It is a difficult one to take but you cannot give that.
Kilmarnock were in search of their first back-to-back wins
Could they follow up their victory with another win, this
Kilmarnock give a first start to their 18-year-old defender, Ian
Wilson, as their injury problems worsen. Scott Boyd dropping out of
the side because of injury. Lee Clark otherwise sticks with the same
team. Caley Thistle make one change from the team that drew with Accies,
with Gary Warren returning from suspension to replace Moll Rainey in
the starting line-up. -- to replace Mulraney. Jamie MacDonald, for the
first time in the match, made to work by Caley Thistle. A comfortable
take for the keeper. Kilmarnock out of the corner kick. Can they make
the breakthrough? It is a deep one, is there a hand in there? A huge
claim for a penalty from Kilmarnock there. Nick Walshe, he had a
decision to make as Boyle headed back in. Just flicked on. You can
say that there is no intent there from Brad Mackay. Looking for Jones,
holding up first time around, and again another claim against a Brad
Mackay. That is another one for Nick Walshe to judge. This time, the
armies out and Nick Walshe is looking straight at that. I can only
imagine that he has decided that is unintentional. It clearly strikes
the arm of Brad Mackay. He could not get in. That is a good ball. Can he
get there before the keeper? It is over the goalkeeper. That is
outstanding defending from Josh Meekings. Wotton under believable --
what an unbelievable piece of defending to deny a first goal.
Tyson could almost have done no more. That is just tremendous
defending. And it was Billy King, Caley Thistle's final substitute.
Draper does well to keep possession. That is a lovely ball. And there is
fish with the finish, but he drags his shot wide. How is this for a
pass? Inch perfect. But the finish, not so perfect. Caley Thistle pass
up a good opportunity. Stevie Smith. It goes to Coulibaly. I think he
might have handled it. That would be controversial. If they get a goal
there. And he has! And Coulibaly, with the acrobatic celebration. His
11 Kilmarnock goal. They looked to be a hint of handball, and you can
see the right hand of Coulibaly get the ball in his possession. No major
complaints from the Inverness Caley Thistle players, but Coulibaly,
after he got that break, he still had it all to do, and boy did he do
it wonderfully well. And there was Boyle. It came off a Kilmarnock arm.
Draper on to the head of Gary Warren. And Inverness Caley Thistle
are level. Look at the room that Gary Warren had here. No challenge
from Coulibaly or Boyle, closest to him. Yards of space. Jamie MacDonald
could not reach it. Caley Thistle could well have ground to a precious
point in this battle to avoid a relegation scrap. We deserved to win
the game. Totally dominant in the first half. Granted Inverness came
back for little spells, and Jamie has not had a lot to do. We scored
it horrific goal from Coulibaly, and good defending cost us three points.
A good win at home also. I thought would the better side and we traded
chances. If you look at their goal, it was a blatant handball to control
the ball. So we did not get the decision and it should have been
straight into the top corner. It was a fantastic finish to put a score
up. At least we're not getting opened up. We are looking more solid
than the last couple of games, which I plead with. Coulibaly once again,
fittingly. Yesterday it was handball central but what does a handball
need to be in football? Deliberate. Yes. Brad Mackay. The first penalty
is not even debatable. His hands are down by his side and he is probably
less than a yard from the ball when it hits him. It is not a penalty, no
chance. There are so many bodies in the way it is difficult for the
referee. His back is almost turned to it. Innocent. 100%. And it is
right next to his hip. That is not a penalty. You would get a lot more
referees that would potentially give that one, but it is not deliberate.
His other hand is up in an unnatural position. He does not know where his
left arm is. For me, it is not deliberate. The first one is a
nonissue obliquely. It is such a subjective thing. Everybody has a
different view. You cannot read their minds. I can tell you what is
deliberate, Coulibaly's is deliberate. 100%. This is the one of
the three, obviously. And you can tell why the manager is
disappointed. It is hard to say but after the handball from Coulibaly,
it is piece of technical and individual brilliance. But you can
see Gary Warren losing the plot because Coulibaly almost palms it
down into his path. The referee is undecided. He cannot possibly see
it. Tremendous skill from Coulibaly, for his 11th of the season, but it
should not have stayed because this angle proves that he brings it down
almost with his rest. A slight deflection from Warren's me. If
there is, it is minimal. It is very difficult for the referee with
handballs. Polwarth's body was between him and the hand and a
referee. He just cannot see it. It was tough for Inverness to take but
it is a wonderful bit of skill. You almost admire Coulibaly for being so
single-minded to just get on with it? He wasn't bothered. He is not
caring. He is there to score goals, and it is just as well the
Kilmarnock as a player like him because the game was mundane up
until that point. He has the spark to do something outrageous as we
have seen in numerous occasions. How do you pronounce his name down your
Way? I think you do not pronounce the middle L. Thank you both very
much indeed. And all of that leaves the Ladbrokes
Premiership looking like this. Celtic 11 points clear at the top
with two games in hand. Rangers in second, seven
points clear of Aberdeen. Ross County move into the top six
after their victory over the Dons. Partick Thistle remain bottom
for now on 15 points. And that's it for the last
Sportscene before Christmas. We hope Santa is
extremely nice to you.
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Highlights of the weekend's Premiership action. Champions Celtic take on Dundee, Hearts host Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock play Inverness. Elsewhere, Aberdeen are in Dingwall for their match against Ross County and it's St Johnstone versus Motherwell. Plus action from Friday night's meeting of Hamilton and Rangers.