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.
Yes! It's unbelievable, unbelievable.
What a finish, right here, right now, this is history.
Tonight, hot off the press, the two matches played this afternoon
Plus we'll bring you the four games from yesterday as well.
With us in the studio Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart.
Rangers still without a permanent man in charge.
Caretaker Graeme Murty again in the dugout
following the departure of Mark Warburton.
Could Paul Hartley's Dundee take advantage?
Three changes to the Dundee team which drew with Kilmarnock.
The caretaker manager of Rangers, Graeme Murty, is without Lee
Wallace. 9000 inside dens Park. Dundee haven't had a home win
against Rangers for 25 years. Good start! Great ball in from Mark
O'Hara. Dundee could have been ahead inside 15 seconds.
Martin White corn with the deflected shot from the acute angle. First
serious effort on goal from Rangers. Kevin Holt, linking with Henrik
Ojamaa. Henrik yammer's cutback, Dundee in front! After 13 minutes.
The run from midfield of Mark O'Hara was not tracked by Rangers and he
scores off the inside of the post. Dundee 1-0 Rangers.
Free header for Joe Garner. Pretty bad attempt, you would have to say.
Bouncing harmlessly wide. The energetic or -- Mark O'Hara is
on the end of it. He was clipped by Danny Wilson and it's going to be a
free kick in a pretty promising area for Dundee.
Kevin Holt! It has gone all the way! Dundee have a 2-goal lead. Kevin
Holt strikes four minutes from half-time. He just put this in a
good area. There was no touch. Wes Foderingham looked as though he was
expecting a touch and by the time he got to the ball he couldn't keep it
out. Jumping for joy again, Paul Hartley.
Tipped over. Save you would expect the keeper to make.
Andy Halliday will, way off target with the follow-up. What a good
block this was from Kevin Holt. Joe Garner looked to apply the finishing
touch. Joe Garner, it is opening up and
he's got a goal back. Really good strike from Joe Garner! And the
celebration tells you he has not scored for four months but this has
Rangers back in the game. It looked as though Scott Bain was unsighted,
and the ball was certainly wobbling in flight.
Kenny Miller, again deflected off James Vincent. That could have gone
anywhere. Thankfully for Dundee it spun off the outside of the post.
There is Mark O'Hara! Though he goes down, no prospect of Craig Samson
giving a penalty here. Good movement. Lofted in for Joe
Garner. Pretty atrocious attempt at levelling things up with that
chance. Struck that with no conviction whatsoever.
So frustrated, he was standing on his head, Graeme Murty. Here come
Dundee again. Deflection! This was terrific goalkeeping from Wes
Foderingham because this would have certainly tied things up for Dundee.
Looking to soak up lame right at the end of the match. Losers out. James
Vincent! Struck it well. Wes Foderingham on the end of it.
Dundee, seconds away from a big win. I'm really pleased for the players.
The plan we had worked on, we changed the shape a little bit. Our
goal was to put pressure on Rangers. The workrate was incredible. Yes,
and that desire to keep running and put Rangers under pressure. It is
relief when you hear that final whistle. You see the reaction from
the fans and the players. Hopefully we will stay in the top six. A great
day for Mark O'Hara, Paul Hartley, and Dundee. The Rangers defending
could have been better but great goals from Dundee. They were
excellent. This is a great goal from Dundee. Not so good from Rangers. It
is composed finish. Rangers ran 50 yards without anybody going near
him. Edge of the box, ends up on the penalty spot. Nascent straight into
the corner. He's got to defend him better. For me, the goalkeeper does
not get enough of a hand on it. He is late to react but he's got to do
better. You see this, it is a weak rest. He's got to get a strong hand
on that. It's difficult because the wall is deep. You see that, he's got
to get a stronger hand on that. Two soft goals. Let's undermine what a
good result this was. They've not had a good record in recent years.
It was a huge performance full of character and desire. Graeme Murty,
almost head over heels. Rangers improved in the second half. Dundee
allowed him too much space to get his shot off. He overcommit as he
comes back and I don't think the dip made a difference. He just took a
drop the other way. This is a well worked corner. Kenny Miller, so
often rescuing Rangers, could not quite do it at this opportunity.
This is the best chance of the match. Forrester getting it all
wrong. Even still, you expect to hit the target. What about this? I'm not
sure what to make of that. Quite incredible. One of the quotes from
Graeme Murty, I expect more than I got from them today. You are
wondering, where is the midfield? It can happen but not with so much
space. It is not clear whether midfielder. There is nobody within
20 yards of him. Simply not good enough. They were in disarray.
Graeme Murty saying, I will carry on until I'm told otherwise. Are you
surprised Rangers have not sorted out the managerial situation or are
they right to take their time? It will take as long as it takes. I
don't think it has been too long. It is not as if it has been weeks or
months. The fact we don't seem to be any further forward in terms of
director of football, short-term manager, that is what I would be
concerned about. They needed to get the decision right. If it takes a
bit of time, fine. What is the direction? Will it be a director of
football? Will it be a manager? I am not sure, not fussed either way. It
is imperative that the manager is behind it. Earlier today, Lee
McCulloch took part of -- took charge of Kilmarnock.
New man in charge but minimal alterations to the side. Kris Boyd
is chasing his 200th top-flight goal. Graeme Shinnie is left on the
bench. He fancied it. Aberdeen were at
their swashbuckling best midweek. They have won 12 in a row against
Dalmarnock. One of their favourite fixtures. Ryan Christie scored the
pick of the bunch against the steel men. That is lovely skill. Should
have scored. It should be 1-0 Aberdeen. Still had to save it and
did. Good ball in. He sets up so many
chances. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last four.
chances. Kilmarnock are unbeaten in their last four. This is
McKenzie! 1-0 Kilmarnock. Aberdeen have seen more of the ball, they've
had more chances, Germanic have not really threatened. They lead, four
minutes from half-time. Aberdeen have not been at their best but they
will feel aggrieved to be behind. Conor Salmon goes down and Andrew
Dallas says no penalty. Kenny McLean! Good response by
Aberdeen, bringing Graeme Shinnie on has made a difference. When he's in
full flow, he's a joy to watch. He will need to change this chart,
it has been ripped right in the middle.
It was Sammon who was the Kilmarnock player.
Jayden Stockley pounces! 1-1, seven minutes to go. Miles Addison was not
long on the park. He held off Rooney and it is 1-1 in Ayrshire. Derek
McInnes once the three points. They have just been snatched away from
Lee McCulloch. What resilience by Aberdeen. They've
turned nothing into three in the space of two minutes. Peter Pawlett
might have won it for Aberdeen. One of the best performances of the
season and they could finish this empty seat in -- empty-handed.
It was always going to be difficult for us today but just a crazy first
goal, lack of concentration, we've given away. We found a lot of late
winners this season. Whether that is the impact of the subs or the
determination, it is a good thing to have nonetheless. Fantastic victory
for Aberdeen. They swing that around into their favour. It started well
for Kilmarnock. They got off to a good start. It was bad defending,
they did not clear it, and it came off Reynolds into the corner. I
think he would have saved it but it was good control and I think most of
us were thinking he should have shot. He laid it back, did well. It
was a great start for Kilmarnock and I think they looked structured and
made it difficult for Aberdeen. In the first half, Aberdeen were out of
sorts. Do you think Lee McCulloch has a real chance of getting that
job? I think so. He's been there for. He's got an understanding of
what is going on behind the scenes. I don't see that there is going to
be any sort of issue with the result today, detrimentally going to impact
on his chances of getting the job. The substitutions in this match were
absolutely crucial in terms of how it turned out. Both teams made subs
but both teams had an impact. They tried to get back into it. This is
just horrendous and it almost went in slow motion. We were shouting,
just click it. Just queried. He had a really bad 40 minutes on the
pitch. Five minutes of the match left and as a defender you just put
your foot through that. Who cares? Just get it in. We all saw it
happening. He did not stop, he reacted well. This one again. Watch
the second angle. He gets in front. Because so deep, that goes over his
head and it puts them off. He still got to deal with it. Should they
have had a penalty? I'm not sure. I think they were both at it. It
probably eased itself out. On that occasion you see that Miles Addison
got all side and he gets pulled down and it should have been a penalty.
It was a great day for Aberdeen. They copy is -- they got these great
goals. -- late goals. They are looking solid in second place. Six
points clear. Incredibly they've beaten Kilmarnock 11 times in a row.
They are on a good run of form. Motherwell hoping to redeem that
mauling at the hands of Aberdeen but the bad news was the next match was
a way to Celtic, the runaway leaders. It is the team that stuck
six past Inverness. Stevie Hamilton pulled up in the warm up and is
replaced by charmers. Celtic are chasing down a 20th
successive league victory. The game's best chance so far. Liam
Henderson retained his place in the starting XI. This is a big
opportunity. Came on in the opening few minutes
for Steve McManus. Celtic have not been at their best but Mousa Dembele
gives them their lead. He's on fire right now. There was no real doubt
this was going to crash into the back of that net. Was not the worst
delivery in the world but a little bit too high for him. He scored two
goals before here and that was the last time Celtic lost.
Big chance for Motherwell. The former Celtic and Scotland
midfielder Stephen Pearson had it. Good ball in. 31 games unbeaten
Celtic get through this one. Since the start of the domestic season.
Lovely play by James Forrest, 2-0! Really good goal. They spilled up by
Celtic. Have not really gone through the gears in this first half but
they have a 2-0 lead and suddenly they are staring down the barrel,
Motherwell. James Forrest popping up on the left
than going for gold. The lasting Motherwell needed was to go 3-0
down. He can hit from there. Has scored
plenty in a Celtic shirt. Baseball to Mousa Dembele. Could be
in again. Would have expected him to hit the target, such is the form
he's in. Motherwell arguably came closest. Kieran Tierney has been
completely white. Only a yellow card. That is an absolute shocker.
Should have made it three. The Celtic fans will let him off with
that one. It has been a terrific signing.
Scored one last week and almost scored one this week and that was a
fiery effort from the skipper. It has been better for Mark McGhee,
not quite as good for Brendan Rodgers, but the same result.
Overall, another clean sheet. Defensively we were strong. They had
one moment from a corner but apart from that we were very solid. Have
in their recent form, to come out of here with this is in the scheme of
things not a bad result. I was quite satisfied with what I saw. James
Forrest, what a resurgence he has had. Does he have to be in the
Scotland starting XI given his form? He has been in sensational form. He
is up against a lot of people. On the form, I would start him. He has
been brilliant. He was brilliant last week against Inverness. He is
confident and playing with belief and when he runs at defenders he is
terrifying them. Look at this. It is quality. He has been resurgent and a
lot of that is down to Brendan Rodgers. He is emblematic of the
difference Brendan Rodgers has made. It is end product, that is one of
the criticisms people had of him, the lack of end product but this
season he has had it in abundance. Red cards and Motherwell have gone
together this week. I suppose he will be glad he did not get a red
card for this. Should it be a red card? 100%. He has been complaining
for a few weeks but that absolutely should have been a red card. It is a
ridiculously high challenge, very dangerous and Kieran Tierney had
massive stud marks down his life. You cannot go in with a straight leg
that high. There is no question about it, dangerous tackle,
regardless of how much of the ball he wins, far too dangerous and it
should have been, no question, a red card. He's had an interesting week,
Mark McGhee. Something happened, up in Aberdeen? What the he says there
are things you can take from it that are positive. Where are the
positives? Brendan Rodgers was talking about the pitch being a
problem. We have seen a few pictures. We will see some more
tonight. This Celtic need to get that pitch changed?
It's not exactly hindering them. It looks better than some of the other
parks that are around, but sometimes when you get down on the surface and
you are playing, it can be a lot different. From the stand, it looks
OK, but when you get down, it can be rotted. That is the issue at Celtic
Park, but it is not the worst. The producer reliably informed me that
Celtic could win the title by the 5th of April, which would be at home
to Partick Thistle. I suppose, it could be even before then. What does
that say? Nothing we don't already know. Complete dominance yesterday,
there 20th consecutive win in the Lee, and they have been sensational.
Brendan Rodgers was almost downbeat after the game, which shows you the
hunger and desire he has brought to Celtic. The game last week against
Inverness, he wants dominance and he has brought that.
St Johnstone the visitors to face Ross County.
Slovakian Milan Lalkovic starts. Craig Curran plays.
Two changes to St Johnstone's site. -- side. That is David Wotherspoon.
Trying to find some room. Great effort, and so close to the opening
goal in Dingwall. What a lovely touch from Allston. Karen with the
push on Shaughnessy, gets away with it. -- Curran. A big chance for
Gardyne. This wasn't even close. That was surely handball by Joe
Shaughnessy. The referee says no penalty. Liam Craig, probing, helped
on by Maclean. An opportunity for Allston. It has gone in Jay
McEveley. It is an own goal, with just over half an hour gone. -- it
has gone in off Jay McEveley. 1-0 St Johnstone. McEveley's long ball
aimed at Joe Shaughnessy. Came off Gardyne and back off the post. Might
have struck Gardyne's right knee. Again, close to an equaliser. Boyd
is using his strength and skill, trying to curl back in. He wasn't
too far away. You can tell from his expression that that did not quite
come back enough to get the better of Clark.
Keith Watson's header, off the line by Mark Woods. Betty clear that with
his left arm? It certainly looked like it. -- did he clear that. Is
that a second penalty that should have been given and wasn't? It
certainly looks like it. It is a say that Scott Fox might have been proud
of. Allston, with a spurt of pace to take on Brian. A great save from
Fox. A lovely bit of skill from Steven MacLean to create the chance.
It's back off the post from a corner kick. Nobody touched it before it
came straight back to Craig. That's why the flag went up and the free
kick was given. It has certainly been all action in Dingwall.
Current's -- Curran's shot blocked. Back in. Woods gets a touch, powered
clear, but only as far as Jim O'Brien. That is way off target.
Really good pressure from Ross County, trying to force an
equaliser. A deflection on the shot, and Craig Curran levels things up.
It took a touch of Steven Anderson, and it ended up deflected into the
path of Curran. It was onside. A very good finish. That makes it 1-1
in Dingwall. Craig's corner kick. He is peppering the frame of that goal.
Pretty sure Scott Fox had it covered, but for the second time,
Craig hit the woodwork. Good term, great strike, and surely
the winner for St Johnstone, inside stoppage time. A brilliant bit of
finishing from Chris Kane, who has only been on the pitch for three
minutes. That makes it 2-1. Not much time for Ross County to do anything
about this. Good hit. That wasn't from Andrew Davies. Can he clear it
by Clark air? Out of the ground from Davis. We got ourselves back into
the game and not punish St Johnstone when we had the opportunity. Having
said that, I think the difference between the game is, they take their
chances, we don't. With how the team perform today individually and
collectively, I was delighted. Obviously, disappointed when they
got to 1-1. We showed character in the game. It came at the right time,
with a couple of minutes to go. A fantastic three points on the road
for St Johnstone. They are doing it again. You have to say, Stephen, a
real contrast in the standard of the goals. Acres of space in the weak
here. It is an own goal from McEveley.
All strikers claim there was, don't they? It is within five yards. You
might definitely got a neat ornate! -- definitely got a nick on it. He
never stops harassing defenders, links the play well, I think he just
needs to bring more goals. Is he still to realise his full potential?
Yes, but if he keeps scoring like that, the only way is up. A few
handball claims. Let's go through them. This looks in real time like
it could have been a penalty. It came off McEveley's head. It is not
the defender who makes contact with it. For me, that is not a penalty.
This one is undoubtedly. It has been scooped off the line by Woods. That
is a volleyball shop. Yes, a big off the goal-line.
-- dig. That would have been a bone of contention for Tommy Wright.
Let's talk about St Johnstone. They keep on churning out the points.
Catching Aberdeen may be a tough ask, 12 points behind. But Rangers
and Hearts can be done. They are well within St Johnstone's sites.
They have a level of consistency that is the envy of many teams, and
it comes from the top. Tommy Wright has done an unbelievable job. You
are thinking, can they do it again? There is no doubt that they are a
side that deserve to be in and around fourth place. What do you say
about Ross County after this? It is a Sorbonne to lose like that. Their
form has been poor of late, losing three out of four of the last few
games. It has not been a good spell. After the dismal derby day draw
with Hibs last weekend, Hearts were back on their threadbare
Tynecastle pitch yesterday for the The omens not good for
Richie Foran's side - bottom of the table,
thumped 6-0 by Celtic last weekend, and thumped 5-1 by Hearts
on their last visit to Tynecastle. Ian Castro makes four changes to the
side that drew with Hibs. For Caley Thistle, five changes.
Goncalves went up. A good block in the box from Ross Draper. Goncalves
won the initial header and chased it down.
Takes him down, clumsy challenge. An easy one for the referee. Tansey to
play it in. It is an extract a simple header. He has got used to
celebrating goals this season, that won his 27th. Jack Hamilton is
furious with his defence. Draper gets the better of views.
There was a push there. The referee didn't give anything. -- the better
of Hughes. Goncalves, back to kitchen.
Struna was calling for the ball, from a great position. Instead, on
to the bar. Not happy with what he is seeing so far. Stroller, sure.
Post-mac has a good shot, and keeps it down. The keeper watched it all
the way. -- Struna has a good shot. Goncalves got away from David Raven,
eased him away, and should have put that on target. Hearts trying to
drive forward again. So close to the equaliser. A simple ball into the
box. Goncalves always seems to find space. Off the shoulder of Tremarco
there. Kitchen on the overlap. Up against Raven. Djoum is there! 1-1,
64 minutes gone. Djoum has had a good few weeks. The simplest of tap-
ins. Good play from Perry Kitchen. He will be delighted with the fight
that his side are showing. That will break onto Mackay. Looked like
another corner, but the referee says goal kit. I think Billy Mackay
agrees with me. Brought it down well on the left foot. -- goal kick.
Everything seemed to freeze for a moment as people wondered where this
would end up. Some thought it was going wide. Tremarco was denied.
Djoum is getting the better of Draper. Downey goes, a penalty kick.
Whether Djoum put the brakes on when he felt Draper behind him, but
Draper caught in the wrong position, just caught his right leg. Jamie
Walker has now missed twice this season. The first penalty save of
the season for Owain Fon Williams. It just didn't sit down for him
enough. Goncalves winning the header, good skill, and Owain Fon
Williams watched it go over. Can Caley Thistle find a winner? A great
ball in from David Raven. He sends it across, split away from the
Hearts central defenders. It is a game we should have won, and these
are games we need to win to be the team we should be. That will be the
case. We played to our strengths today. It's seemed to work. Richie
Fora and hoping that Inverness have now turned a corner with that
fighting performance, but a frustrating day in the end for
Hearts. We were both there. Let's talk about the pitch, which is in a
horrendous state. We just spoke about Celtic Park and how Brendan
Rodgers complained about this. Tynecastle's in a much worse state.
With the new Main Stand, they will rip it up and put a new park down
next season, but in the interim, it will be a concern for Ian Castro and
the players. It is hampering the side, no doubt. They need a new
service now. It comes down to finances. What can you do when you
have a big expenditure on the way? It is difficult to understand the
plan for the next part of the season before that gets done. You weren't
happy with what you thought was a lack of width from Hearts. Was it
the wrong formation? Not so much the wrong formation. These are the areas
that you want to explore, in behind the full-backs. Three players, none
of them offering any real penetration. It allows Inverness to
have the game played in front of them. When it gets out why, you have
four Inverness players covering. He is 40 yards from the byline, so the
width is too deep, forces everything into the field, and it is in front
of Inverness, where they are comfortable. Inverness were well
setup, structured, and made it difficult for Hearts. The build-up,
too slow. Going back the way. Nothing on. It is predictable. Yes,
and look at this, back to the goalkeeper, kicks it out, and it
ends with a throw in. Try to pull the full-back in to create space. It
is predictable. David Raven sees that going on. When they picked the
ball up again, this backline is in place. They are not penetrating at
all, and this ends up with a poor cross. The move fritters out.
Inverness deserve credit. They do. Look at this one. Perfect example.
Inverness are allowed to defend narrow. There is no penetration. It
means that when you are trying to play through those narrow areas, you
have a narrow back four which makes it more difficult. Tynecastle is a
small park. It is 25% smaller than many of the Scottish ones. The game
they will play midweek at Easter Road, it is almost 25% smaller than
that. 22%. You have been working on that. When you are playing a style
that is forcing things into the middle of the park, when the picture
is already small, it is very difficult. Coupled with the poor
surface, I think they really need to look at it. You need to get that
measuring tape out! What was the Sportscene take on this? A stunned
silence when Tremarco scored. It is a poor goal to lose. Here is where
he should've been, but right at the start of this move, he gets a little
nudge from Louis Laing. If he goes back into the area where we
showed... He just stops, though. He doesn't judge the flight of the ball
very well, but as a centre-half, you have to drop with the rest of your
backline and try to head the ball away. Hearts created a lot of
chances, and on to win 1.5 matches. What was your take on the Hearts
equaliser when it finally came? It was a good one. You can see, they
are working the ball wide, not a great ball from Perry Kitchen, but
he gets the overlap and more than makes up with it -- for it with a
wonderful cross. Djoum makes a good late run into the box to get the
girl. I don't agree with Ian Castro that they made enough chances to win
1.5 games. It was a great cutback and then the cross. You see Draper
trying to head it. He is worried about touching it in crazy scores an
own goal. Briefly, who is going through in the midweek game for
Hearts? Difficult to call. Hopefully a better game than the first leg.
Finally for tonight, Partick Thistle up against
Hoping for some thrills, John Barnes.
Hamilton make four changes. Gary Woods replaces Renny Matthews in
goal. Redmond swings in the corner kick. A
close one there for Aki 's -- Accies. That one had Tomas Cerny
scrambling to his left-hand post. That is the best early effort of
this second period. Brophy, turning away from Lindsay.
Not a bad effort from Eamonn Brophy. And it certainly produced a good
save from Tomas Cerny on his 200th appearance in Scottish football. And
he is trying to ensure he marks it with a clean sheet. Booth to the
near side. Better play from Thistle. That is the first real shot from
Thistle on target, but it was straight at Gary Woods.
Thistle are unbeaten in the last ten games against Hamilton. He was
Doolin, away from Watson. What is the decision? A yellow card, says
the referee, for Craig Watson. It could easily have been a red card.
It was a wild swipe after Dylan was away from him. Booth with the free
kick. There is Devine. What a good save from Gary Woods, but the follow
up from Liam Linsey, he really should have buried it. Good reaction
save from the goalkeeper, but not the best of follow-ups from Lindsay.
Good running by Erskine. It is Dylan rising to head that one in. The
breakthrough comes in the 68th minute, and it is the substitutes
who combine - Erskine with the cross, and Doolan peeling off his
marker. A terrific header for his seventh goal of the season. Barton
with the header away. Booth, to Doolan. It is Dylan at the
double! -- Doolan. This time, it was Booth with the cross, and Doolan was
unmarked as he dispatched that beyond Gary Woods.
The free kick swings in. It just isn't going to be Accies' day, as
that goes flying wide of Tomas Cerny's post. It was a massive game
and a massive three points. Because of what was at stake, sometimes the
quality goes out, but we were delighted to get the goals. It
wasn't a good game of football and I didn't enjoy watching it. It is
pretty much -- the two goals were pretty much identical. We have our
natural centre-backs out. It is where we are at the minute. We have
to dig deep, get through this and hopefully start to get somebody's
back and give ourselves an opportunity to go and win games. We
didn't pass the ball as well as we wanted to and didn't use our shape.
We tweaked the shape. The game opened up when Chris Erskine came
on, and thankfully, he came up with the goods. Once again, the
substitutes playing a huge part. Kris Doolan once again coming up
with the goods. He is a talisman for them. A great run in behind by
Erskine. Poor marking from Hamilton. A quality goal all-round, for a team
that hasn't scored in four games, it was vital that this man kept
producing for them. Booth on the left-hand side was excellent as
well, shoving his power and pace. But this is terrible defending. You
cannot leave him unmarked in the middle of the box. There is no pace
on the ball, and it is hard to get direction on a header when there is
no pace, and that is a clever header. You can see space down the
left-hand side for Partick to exploit. You heard Martin Canning
say they are lacking natural defenders. A huge, gaping hole down
the right-hand side. In the middle, the two centre-half is left far too
big a gap along the six yard box for Doolan to get his head. In terms of
Hamilton, Stephen, you have a bleak prognosis for the rest of the
season. They had not won away from home all season. They play Celtic
next week away from home, and then their next games, Aberdeen, Rangers
and Hearts are coming up. I worry for them. Kris Doolan getting his
chance and getting goals, if he can start scoring, it gives Partick
Thistle a real chance to be confident in the second half of the
season. That has been the problem for so long - a lack of goals and
consistent goal-scoring in the side. If they can bring that to the game,
they have more than enough in the rest of their side to be safe and
competitive in the Premiership. Thank you very much, guys. It has
been fun, as always. After all that, the Ladbrokes
Premiership table looks like this. Celtic have a gargantuan lead of 24
points. Dundee are into the top six after that win over Rangers today.
And that is your lot from another rich and varied weekend
in Scottish football, the gift that keeps on giving.
More riches next weekend, undoubtedly.
Until then, from all of us on the Sportscene team, goodnight
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.