19/02/2017 Sportscene


19/02/2017

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL. Fixtures include Dundee v Rangers, Kilmarnock v Aberdeen and Celtic v Motherwell.


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Right out of the top drawer. Outstanding! An absolute beauty.

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Yes! It's unbelievable, unbelievable.

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What a finish, right here, right now, this is history.

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Tonight, hot off the press, the two matches played this afternoon

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Plus we'll bring you the four games from yesterday as well.

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With us in the studio Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart.

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Rangers still without a permanent man in charge.

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Caretaker Graeme Murty again in the dugout

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following the departure of Mark Warburton.

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Could Paul Hartley's Dundee take advantage?

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Three changes to the Dundee team which drew with Kilmarnock.

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The caretaker manager of Rangers, Graeme Murty, is without Lee

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Wallace. 9000 inside dens Park. Dundee haven't had a home win

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against Rangers for 25 years. Good start! Great ball in from Mark

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O'Hara. Dundee could have been ahead inside 15 seconds.

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Martin White corn with the deflected shot from the acute angle. First

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serious effort on goal from Rangers. Kevin Holt, linking with Henrik

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Ojamaa. Henrik yammer's cutback, Dundee in front! After 13 minutes.

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The run from midfield of Mark O'Hara was not tracked by Rangers and he

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scores off the inside of the post. Dundee 1-0 Rangers.

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Free header for Joe Garner. Pretty bad attempt, you would have to say.

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Bouncing harmlessly wide. The energetic or -- Mark O'Hara is

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on the end of it. He was clipped by Danny Wilson and it's going to be a

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free kick in a pretty promising area for Dundee.

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Kevin Holt! It has gone all the way! Dundee have a 2-goal lead. Kevin

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Holt strikes four minutes from half-time. He just put this in a

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good area. There was no touch. Wes Foderingham looked as though he was

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expecting a touch and by the time he got to the ball he couldn't keep it

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out. Jumping for joy again, Paul Hartley.

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Tipped over. Save you would expect the keeper to make.

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Andy Halliday will, way off target with the follow-up. What a good

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block this was from Kevin Holt. Joe Garner looked to apply the finishing

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touch. Joe Garner, it is opening up and

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he's got a goal back. Really good strike from Joe Garner! And the

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celebration tells you he has not scored for four months but this has

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Rangers back in the game. It looked as though Scott Bain was unsighted,

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and the ball was certainly wobbling in flight.

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Kenny Miller, again deflected off James Vincent. That could have gone

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anywhere. Thankfully for Dundee it spun off the outside of the post.

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There is Mark O'Hara! Though he goes down, no prospect of Craig Samson

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giving a penalty here. Good movement. Lofted in for Joe

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Garner. Pretty atrocious attempt at levelling things up with that

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chance. Struck that with no conviction whatsoever.

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So frustrated, he was standing on his head, Graeme Murty. Here come

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Dundee again. Deflection! This was terrific goalkeeping from Wes

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Foderingham because this would have certainly tied things up for Dundee.

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Looking to soak up lame right at the end of the match. Losers out. James

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Vincent! Struck it well. Wes Foderingham on the end of it.

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Dundee, seconds away from a big win. I'm really pleased for the players.

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The plan we had worked on, we changed the shape a little bit. Our

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goal was to put pressure on Rangers. The workrate was incredible. Yes,

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and that desire to keep running and put Rangers under pressure. It is

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relief when you hear that final whistle. You see the reaction from

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the fans and the players. Hopefully we will stay in the top six. A great

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day for Mark O'Hara, Paul Hartley, and Dundee. The Rangers defending

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could have been better but great goals from Dundee. They were

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excellent. This is a great goal from Dundee. Not so good from Rangers. It

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is composed finish. Rangers ran 50 yards without anybody going near

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him. Edge of the box, ends up on the penalty spot. Nascent straight into

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the corner. He's got to defend him better. For me, the goalkeeper does

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not get enough of a hand on it. He is late to react but he's got to do

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better. You see this, it is a weak rest. He's got to get a strong hand

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on that. It's difficult because the wall is deep. You see that, he's got

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to get a stronger hand on that. Two soft goals. Let's undermine what a

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good result this was. They've not had a good record in recent years.

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It was a huge performance full of character and desire. Graeme Murty,

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almost head over heels. Rangers improved in the second half. Dundee

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allowed him too much space to get his shot off. He overcommit as he

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comes back and I don't think the dip made a difference. He just took a

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drop the other way. This is a well worked corner. Kenny Miller, so

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often rescuing Rangers, could not quite do it at this opportunity.

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This is the best chance of the match. Forrester getting it all

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wrong. Even still, you expect to hit the target. What about this? I'm not

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sure what to make of that. Quite incredible. One of the quotes from

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Graeme Murty, I expect more than I got from them today. You are

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wondering, where is the midfield? It can happen but not with so much

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space. It is not clear whether midfielder. There is nobody within

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20 yards of him. Simply not good enough. They were in disarray.

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Graeme Murty saying, I will carry on until I'm told otherwise. Are you

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surprised Rangers have not sorted out the managerial situation or are

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they right to take their time? It will take as long as it takes. I

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don't think it has been too long. It is not as if it has been weeks or

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months. The fact we don't seem to be any further forward in terms of

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director of football, short-term manager, that is what I would be

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concerned about. They needed to get the decision right. If it takes a

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bit of time, fine. What is the direction? Will it be a director of

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football? Will it be a manager? I am not sure, not fussed either way. It

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is imperative that the manager is behind it. Earlier today, Lee

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McCulloch took part of -- took charge of Kilmarnock.

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New man in charge but minimal alterations to the side. Kris Boyd

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is chasing his 200th top-flight goal. Graeme Shinnie is left on the

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bench. He fancied it. Aberdeen were at

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their swashbuckling best midweek. They have won 12 in a row against

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Dalmarnock. One of their favourite fixtures. Ryan Christie scored the

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pick of the bunch against the steel men. That is lovely skill. Should

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have scored. It should be 1-0 Aberdeen. Still had to save it and

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did. Good ball in. He sets up so many

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chances. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last four.

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chances. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last four. This is

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McKenzie! 1-0 Kilmarnock. Aberdeen have seen more of the ball, they've

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had more chances, Germanic have not really threatened. They lead, four

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minutes from half-time. Aberdeen have not been at their best but they

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will feel aggrieved to be behind. Conor Salmon goes down and Andrew

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Dallas says no penalty. Kenny McLean! Good response by

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Aberdeen, bringing Graeme Shinnie on has made a difference. When he's in

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full flow, he's a joy to watch. He will need to change this chart,

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it has been ripped right in the middle.

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It was Sammon who was the Kilmarnock player.

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Jayden Stockley pounces! 1-1, seven minutes to go. Miles Addison was not

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long on the park. He held off Rooney and it is 1-1 in Ayrshire. Derek

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McInnes once the three points. They have just been snatched away from

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Lee McCulloch. What resilience by Aberdeen. They've

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turned nothing into three in the space of two minutes. Peter Pawlett

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might have won it for Aberdeen. One of the best performances of the

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season and they could finish this empty seat in -- empty-handed.

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It was always going to be difficult for us today but just a crazy first

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goal, lack of concentration, we've given away. We found a lot of late

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winners this season. Whether that is the impact of the subs or the

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determination, it is a good thing to have nonetheless. Fantastic victory

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for Aberdeen. They swing that around into their favour. It started well

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for Kilmarnock. They got off to a good start. It was bad defending,

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they did not clear it, and it came off Reynolds into the corner. I

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think he would have saved it but it was good control and I think most of

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us were thinking he should have shot. He laid it back, did well. It

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was a great start for Kilmarnock and I think they looked structured and

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made it difficult for Aberdeen. In the first half, Aberdeen were out of

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sorts. Do you think Lee McCulloch has a real chance of getting that

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job? I think so. He's been there for. He's got an understanding of

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what is going on behind the scenes. I don't see that there is going to

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be any sort of issue with the result today, detrimentally going to impact

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on his chances of getting the job. The substitutions in this match were

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absolutely crucial in terms of how it turned out. Both teams made subs

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but both teams had an impact. They tried to get back into it. This is

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just horrendous and it almost went in slow motion. We were shouting,

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just click it. Just queried. He had a really bad 40 minutes on the

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pitch. Five minutes of the match left and as a defender you just put

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your foot through that. Who cares? Just get it in. We all saw it

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happening. He did not stop, he reacted well. This one again. Watch

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the second angle. He gets in front. Because so deep, that goes over his

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head and it puts them off. He still got to deal with it. Should they

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have had a penalty? I'm not sure. I think they were both at it. It

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probably eased itself out. On that occasion you see that Miles Addison

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got all side and he gets pulled down and it should have been a penalty.

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It was a great day for Aberdeen. They copy is -- they got these great

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goals. -- late goals. They are looking solid in second place. Six

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points clear. Incredibly they've beaten Kilmarnock 11 times in a row.

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They are on a good run of form. Motherwell hoping to redeem that

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mauling at the hands of Aberdeen but the bad news was the next match was

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a way to Celtic, the runaway leaders. It is the team that stuck

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six past Inverness. Stevie Hamilton pulled up in the warm up and is

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replaced by charmers. Celtic are chasing down a 20th

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successive league victory. The game's best chance so far. Liam

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Henderson retained his place in the starting XI. This is a big

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opportunity. Came on in the opening few minutes

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for Steve McManus. Celtic have not been at their best but Mousa Dembele

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gives them their lead. He's on fire right now. There was no real doubt

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this was going to crash into the back of that net. Was not the worst

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delivery in the world but a little bit too high for him. He scored two

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goals before here and that was the last time Celtic lost.

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Big chance for Motherwell. The former Celtic and Scotland

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midfielder Stephen Pearson had it. Good ball in. 31 games unbeaten

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Celtic get through this one. Since the start of the domestic season.

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Lovely play by James Forrest, 2-0! Really good goal. They spilled up by

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Celtic. Have not really gone through the gears in this first half but

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they have a 2-0 lead and suddenly they are staring down the barrel,

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Motherwell. James Forrest popping up on the left

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than going for gold. The lasting Motherwell needed was to go 3-0

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down. He can hit from there. Has scored

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plenty in a Celtic shirt. Baseball to Mousa Dembele. Could be

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in again. Would have expected him to hit the target, such is the form

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he's in. Motherwell arguably came closest. Kieran Tierney has been

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completely white. Only a yellow card. That is an absolute shocker.

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Should have made it three. The Celtic fans will let him off with

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that one. It has been a terrific signing.

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Scored one last week and almost scored one this week and that was a

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fiery effort from the skipper. It has been better for Mark McGhee,

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not quite as good for Brendan Rodgers, but the same result.

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Overall, another clean sheet. Defensively we were strong. They had

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one moment from a corner but apart from that we were very solid. Have

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in their recent form, to come out of here with this is in the scheme of

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things not a bad result. I was quite satisfied with what I saw. James

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Forrest, what a resurgence he has had. Does he have to be in the

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Scotland starting XI given his form? He has been in sensational form. He

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is up against a lot of people. On the form, I would start him. He has

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been brilliant. He was brilliant last week against Inverness. He is

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confident and playing with belief and when he runs at defenders he is

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terrifying them. Look at this. It is quality. He has been resurgent and a

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lot of that is down to Brendan Rodgers. He is emblematic of the

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difference Brendan Rodgers has made. It is end product, that is one of

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the criticisms people had of him, the lack of end product but this

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season he has had it in abundance. Red cards and Motherwell have gone

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together this week. I suppose he will be glad he did not get a red

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card for this. Should it be a red card? 100%. He has been complaining

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for a few weeks but that absolutely should have been a red card. It is a

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ridiculously high challenge, very dangerous and Kieran Tierney had

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massive stud marks down his life. You cannot go in with a straight leg

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that high. There is no question about it, dangerous tackle,

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regardless of how much of the ball he wins, far too dangerous and it

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should have been, no question, a red card. He's had an interesting week,

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Mark McGhee. Something happened, up in Aberdeen? What the he says there

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are things you can take from it that are positive. Where are the

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positives? Brendan Rodgers was talking about the pitch being a

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problem. We have seen a few pictures. We will see some more

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tonight. This Celtic need to get that pitch changed?

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It's not exactly hindering them. It looks better than some of the other

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parks that are around, but sometimes when you get down on the surface and

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you are playing, it can be a lot different. From the stand, it looks

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OK, but when you get down, it can be rotted. That is the issue at Celtic

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Park, but it is not the worst. The producer reliably informed me that

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Celtic could win the title by the 5th of April, which would be at home

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to Partick Thistle. I suppose, it could be even before then. What does

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that say? Nothing we don't already know. Complete dominance yesterday,

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there 20th consecutive win in the Lee, and they have been sensational.

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Brendan Rodgers was almost downbeat after the game, which shows you the

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hunger and desire he has brought to Celtic. The game last week against

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Inverness, he wants dominance and he has brought that.

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St Johnstone the visitors to face Ross County.

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Slovakian Milan Lalkovic starts. Craig Curran plays.

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Two changes to St Johnstone's site. -- side. That is David Wotherspoon.

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Trying to find some room. Great effort, and so close to the opening

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goal in Dingwall. What a lovely touch from Allston. Karen with the

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push on Shaughnessy, gets away with it. -- Curran. A big chance for

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Gardyne. This wasn't even close. That was surely handball by Joe

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Shaughnessy. The referee says no penalty. Liam Craig, probing, helped

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on by Maclean. An opportunity for Allston. It has gone in Jay

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McEveley. It is an own goal, with just over half an hour gone. -- it

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has gone in off Jay McEveley. 1-0 St Johnstone. McEveley's long ball

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aimed at Joe Shaughnessy. Came off Gardyne and back off the post. Might

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have struck Gardyne's right knee. Again, close to an equaliser. Boyd

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is using his strength and skill, trying to curl back in. He wasn't

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too far away. You can tell from his expression that that did not quite

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come back enough to get the better of Clark.

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Keith Watson's header, off the line by Mark Woods. Betty clear that with

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his left arm? It certainly looked like it. -- did he clear that. Is

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that a second penalty that should have been given and wasn't? It

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certainly looks like it. It is a say that Scott Fox might have been proud

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of. Allston, with a spurt of pace to take on Brian. A great save from

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Fox. A lovely bit of skill from Steven MacLean to create the chance.

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It's back off the post from a corner kick. Nobody touched it before it

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came straight back to Craig. That's why the flag went up and the free

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kick was given. It has certainly been all action in Dingwall.

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Current's -- Curran's shot blocked. Back in. Woods gets a touch, powered

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clear, but only as far as Jim O'Brien. That is way off target.

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Really good pressure from Ross County, trying to force an

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equaliser. A deflection on the shot, and Craig Curran levels things up.

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It took a touch of Steven Anderson, and it ended up deflected into the

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path of Curran. It was onside. A very good finish. That makes it 1-1

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in Dingwall. Craig's corner kick. He is peppering the frame of that goal.

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Pretty sure Scott Fox had it covered, but for the second time,

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Craig hit the woodwork. Good term, great strike, and surely

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the winner for St Johnstone, inside stoppage time. A brilliant bit of

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finishing from Chris Kane, who has only been on the pitch for three

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minutes. That makes it 2-1. Not much time for Ross County to do anything

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about this. Good hit. That wasn't from Andrew Davies. Can he clear it

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by Clark air? Out of the ground from Davis. We got ourselves back into

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the game and not punish St Johnstone when we had the opportunity. Having

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said that, I think the difference between the game is, they take their

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chances, we don't. With how the team perform today individually and

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collectively, I was delighted. Obviously, disappointed when they

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got to 1-1. We showed character in the game. It came at the right time,

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with a couple of minutes to go. A fantastic three points on the road

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for St Johnstone. They are doing it again. You have to say, Stephen, a

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real contrast in the standard of the goals. Acres of space in the weak

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here. It is an own goal from McEveley.

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All strikers claim there was, don't they? It is within five yards. You

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might definitely got a neat ornate! -- definitely got a nick on it. He

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never stops harassing defenders, links the play well, I think he just

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needs to bring more goals. Is he still to realise his full potential?

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Yes, but if he keeps scoring like that, the only way is up. A few

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handball claims. Let's go through them. This looks in real time like

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it could have been a penalty. It came off McEveley's head. It is not

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the defender who makes contact with it. For me, that is not a penalty.

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This one is undoubtedly. It has been scooped off the line by Woods. That

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is a volleyball shop. Yes, a big off the goal-line.

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-- dig. That would have been a bone of contention for Tommy Wright.

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Let's talk about St Johnstone. They keep on churning out the points.

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Catching Aberdeen may be a tough ask, 12 points behind. But Rangers

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and Hearts can be done. They are well within St Johnstone's sites.

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They have a level of consistency that is the envy of many teams, and

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it comes from the top. Tommy Wright has done an unbelievable job. You

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are thinking, can they do it again? There is no doubt that they are a

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side that deserve to be in and around fourth place. What do you say

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about Ross County after this? It is a Sorbonne to lose like that. Their

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form has been poor of late, losing three out of four of the last few

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games. It has not been a good spell. After the dismal derby day draw

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with Hibs last weekend, Hearts were back on their threadbare

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Tynecastle pitch yesterday for the The omens not good for

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Richie Foran's side - bottom of the table,

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thumped 6-0 by Celtic last weekend, and thumped 5-1 by Hearts

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on their last visit to Tynecastle. Ian Castro makes four changes to the

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side that drew with Hibs. For Caley Thistle, five changes.

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Goncalves went up. A good block in the box from Ross Draper. Goncalves

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won the initial header and chased it down.

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Takes him down, clumsy challenge. An easy one for the referee. Tansey to

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play it in. It is an extract a simple header. He has got used to

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celebrating goals this season, that won his 27th. Jack Hamilton is

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furious with his defence. Draper gets the better of views.

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There was a push there. The referee didn't give anything. -- the better

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of Hughes. Goncalves, back to kitchen.

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Struna was calling for the ball, from a great position. Instead, on

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to the bar. Not happy with what he is seeing so far. Stroller, sure.

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Post-mac has a good shot, and keeps it down. The keeper watched it all

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the way. -- Struna has a good shot. Goncalves got away from David Raven,

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eased him away, and should have put that on target. Hearts trying to

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drive forward again. So close to the equaliser. A simple ball into the

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box. Goncalves always seems to find space. Off the shoulder of Tremarco

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there. Kitchen on the overlap. Up against Raven. Djoum is there! 1-1,

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64 minutes gone. Djoum has had a good few weeks. The simplest of tap-

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ins. Good play from Perry Kitchen. He will be delighted with the fight

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that his side are showing. That will break onto Mackay. Looked like

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another corner, but the referee says goal kit. I think Billy Mackay

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agrees with me. Brought it down well on the left foot. -- goal kick.

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Everything seemed to freeze for a moment as people wondered where this

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would end up. Some thought it was going wide. Tremarco was denied.

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Djoum is getting the better of Draper. Downey goes, a penalty kick.

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Whether Djoum put the brakes on when he felt Draper behind him, but

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Draper caught in the wrong position, just caught his right leg. Jamie

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Walker has now missed twice this season. The first penalty save of

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the season for Owain Fon Williams. It just didn't sit down for him

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enough. Goncalves winning the header, good skill, and Owain Fon

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Williams watched it go over. Can Caley Thistle find a winner? A great

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ball in from David Raven. He sends it across, split away from the

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Hearts central defenders. It is a game we should have won, and these

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are games we need to win to be the team we should be. That will be the

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case. We played to our strengths today. It's seemed to work. Richie

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Fora and hoping that Inverness have now turned a corner with that

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fighting performance, but a frustrating day in the end for

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Hearts. We were both there. Let's talk about the pitch, which is in a

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horrendous state. We just spoke about Celtic Park and how Brendan

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Rodgers complained about this. Tynecastle's in a much worse state.

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With the new Main Stand, they will rip it up and put a new park down

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next season, but in the interim, it will be a concern for Ian Castro and

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the players. It is hampering the side, no doubt. They need a new

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service now. It comes down to finances. What can you do when you

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have a big expenditure on the way? It is difficult to understand the

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plan for the next part of the season before that gets done. You weren't

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happy with what you thought was a lack of width from Hearts. Was it

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the wrong formation? Not so much the wrong formation. These are the areas

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that you want to explore, in behind the full-backs. Three players, none

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of them offering any real penetration. It allows Inverness to

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have the game played in front of them. When it gets out why, you have

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four Inverness players covering. He is 40 yards from the byline, so the

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width is too deep, forces everything into the field, and it is in front

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of Inverness, where they are comfortable. Inverness were well

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setup, structured, and made it difficult for Hearts. The build-up,

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too slow. Going back the way. Nothing on. It is predictable. Yes,

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and look at this, back to the goalkeeper, kicks it out, and it

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ends with a throw in. Try to pull the full-back in to create space. It

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is predictable. David Raven sees that going on. When they picked the

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ball up again, this backline is in place. They are not penetrating at

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all, and this ends up with a poor cross. The move fritters out.

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Inverness deserve credit. They do. Look at this one. Perfect example.

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Inverness are allowed to defend narrow. There is no penetration. It

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means that when you are trying to play through those narrow areas, you

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have a narrow back four which makes it more difficult. Tynecastle is a

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small park. It is 25% smaller than many of the Scottish ones. The game

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they will play midweek at Easter Road, it is almost 25% smaller than

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that. 22%. You have been working on that. When you are playing a style

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that is forcing things into the middle of the park, when the picture

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is already small, it is very difficult. Coupled with the poor

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surface, I think they really need to look at it. You need to get that

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measuring tape out! What was the Sportscene take on this? A stunned

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silence when Tremarco scored. It is a poor goal to lose. Here is where

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he should've been, but right at the start of this move, he gets a little

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nudge from Louis Laing. If he goes back into the area where we

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showed... He just stops, though. He doesn't judge the flight of the ball

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very well, but as a centre-half, you have to drop with the rest of your

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backline and try to head the ball away. Hearts created a lot of

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chances, and on to win 1.5 matches. What was your take on the Hearts

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equaliser when it finally came? It was a good one. You can see, they

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are working the ball wide, not a great ball from Perry Kitchen, but

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he gets the overlap and more than makes up with it -- for it with a

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wonderful cross. Djoum makes a good late run into the box to get the

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girl. I don't agree with Ian Castro that they made enough chances to win

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1.5 games. It was a great cutback and then the cross. You see Draper

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trying to head it. He is worried about touching it in crazy scores an

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own goal. Briefly, who is going through in the midweek game for

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Hearts? Difficult to call. Hopefully a better game than the first leg.

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Finally for tonight, Partick Thistle up against

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Hoping for some thrills, John Barnes.

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Hamilton make four changes. Gary Woods replaces Renny Matthews in

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goal. Redmond swings in the corner kick. A

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close one there for Aki 's -- Accies. That one had Tomas Cerny

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scrambling to his left-hand post. That is the best early effort of

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this second period. Brophy, turning away from Lindsay.

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Not a bad effort from Eamonn Brophy. And it certainly produced a good

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save from Tomas Cerny on his 200th appearance in Scottish football. And

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he is trying to ensure he marks it with a clean sheet. Booth to the

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near side. Better play from Thistle. That is the first real shot from

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Thistle on target, but it was straight at Gary Woods.

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Thistle are unbeaten in the last ten games against Hamilton. He was

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Doolin, away from Watson. What is the decision? A yellow card, says

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the referee, for Craig Watson. It could easily have been a red card.

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It was a wild swipe after Dylan was away from him. Booth with the free

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kick. There is Devine. What a good save from Gary Woods, but the follow

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up from Liam Linsey, he really should have buried it. Good reaction

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save from the goalkeeper, but not the best of follow-ups from Lindsay.

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Good running by Erskine. It is Dylan rising to head that one in. The

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breakthrough comes in the 68th minute, and it is the substitutes

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who combine - Erskine with the cross, and Doolan peeling off his

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marker. A terrific header for his seventh goal of the season. Barton

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with the header away. Booth, to Doolan. It is Dylan at the

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double! -- Doolan. This time, it was Booth with the cross, and Doolan was

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unmarked as he dispatched that beyond Gary Woods.

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The free kick swings in. It just isn't going to be Accies' day, as

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that goes flying wide of Tomas Cerny's post. It was a massive game

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and a massive three points. Because of what was at stake, sometimes the

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quality goes out, but we were delighted to get the goals. It

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wasn't a good game of football and I didn't enjoy watching it. It is

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pretty much -- the two goals were pretty much identical. We have our

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natural centre-backs out. It is where we are at the minute. We have

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to dig deep, get through this and hopefully start to get somebody's

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back and give ourselves an opportunity to go and win games. We

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didn't pass the ball as well as we wanted to and didn't use our shape.

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We tweaked the shape. The game opened up when Chris Erskine came

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on, and thankfully, he came up with the goods. Once again, the

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substitutes playing a huge part. Kris Doolan once again coming up

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with the goods. He is a talisman for them. A great run in behind by

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Erskine. Poor marking from Hamilton. A quality goal all-round, for a team

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that hasn't scored in four games, it was vital that this man kept

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producing for them. Booth on the left-hand side was excellent as

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well, shoving his power and pace. But this is terrible defending. You

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cannot leave him unmarked in the middle of the box. There is no pace

:56:38.:56:42.

on the ball, and it is hard to get direction on a header when there is

:56:43.:56:45.

no pace, and that is a clever header. You can see space down the

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left-hand side for Partick to exploit. You heard Martin Canning

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say they are lacking natural defenders. A huge, gaping hole down

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the right-hand side. In the middle, the two centre-half is left far too

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big a gap along the six yard box for Doolan to get his head. In terms of

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Hamilton, Stephen, you have a bleak prognosis for the rest of the

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season. They had not won away from home all season. They play Celtic

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next week away from home, and then their next games, Aberdeen, Rangers

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and Hearts are coming up. I worry for them. Kris Doolan getting his

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chance and getting goals, if he can start scoring, it gives Partick

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Thistle a real chance to be confident in the second half of the

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season. That has been the problem for so long - a lack of goals and

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consistent goal-scoring in the side. If they can bring that to the game,

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they have more than enough in the rest of their side to be safe and

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competitive in the Premiership. Thank you very much, guys. It has

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been fun, as always. After all that, the Ladbrokes

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Premiership table looks like this. Celtic have a gargantuan lead of 24

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points. Dundee are into the top six after that win over Rangers today.

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And that is your lot from another rich and varied weekend

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in Scottish football, the gift that keeps on giving.

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More riches next weekend, undoubtedly.

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Until then, from all of us on the Sportscene team, goodnight

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Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's matches in the SPFL Premiership.

After they dropped four points in their last two league fixtures, Rangers will be hoping they can get back to winning ways against Dundee at Dens Park, while Aberdeen travel to Kilmarnock for a fixture in which the hosts have only collected a single point in the last 15 games between the sides.

With the nearest challengers playing on Sunday, Celtic will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table with victory over Motherwell, while goals should be plentiful at Tynecastle as Hearts and bottom club Inverness Caledonian Thistle meet for the third time this season. The clubs shared 12 goals in their previous two meetings, a 5-1 victory for the hosts in August, and a 3-3 draw in the Highlands at the end of October.

With expert analysis from Michael Stewart and Steven Thompson.


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