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David Currie introduces results from the SPFL. Motherwell v Celtic, St Johnstone v Hearts, Aberdeen v Kilmarnock, Falkirk v Rangers and Hibernian v Queen of the South.

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Good afternoon. Welcome to the programme. It is the last results


show before Christmas. Stuart Cosgrove is with us, as is Tom


English. Joy to the world indeed! We have a team of reporters across the


land on this six game Premiership Saturday. First stop, Celtic Park,


where the Premiership champions are at home to Motherwell. Alastair


Lamont reports. Incredibly, the champions are losing 2-1 to


Motherwell. In a sleepy first half, we had no idea of what would happen


after the break. Nir Bitton put Celtic in the lead but Louis Moult's


double has turned the game around. How are Aberdeen getting on a way to


Kilmarnock? It is kill Marnoch 0- three Aberdeen. The Dons flying once


again as they keep up the pressure on Celtic. Kill Marnoch have been


utterly hopeless and the home fans are getting utterly restless. Let's


go to McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone against Hearts. No goals but no lack


of drama. There was a straight red card in the first half for a


head-butt. Shameless from the Hearts striker. But Hearts as yet have


failed to use their extra man advantage. Plenty for Paul Mitchell


to tell us about at Dens Park. It has been a terrible second-half. But


the first half was fantastic for Dundee. Four up inside 25 minutes.


Kane Hemmings, with a wonderful hat-trick. What a goal from Greg


Stewart as well. Dundee have been slow started -- slow starters over


recent weeks. Not today. Good afternoon. Festive scene up here


with flurries of snow and plenty of goalmouth action as well. John


Rankin became the first Dundee United player other than Billy McKay


to score a league goal for the club since September. But they will have


to get a second for the first time since August, after Polworth


equalised just after the restart. After 74 minutes here at Firhill, it


is Partick Thistle 1-0 Ross County. The first half was dreadful. But


Andrew Davies' misfortune at the start of the second has brought the


game to life with his own goal. Into the Championship now. Because


Rangers lost to Falkirk lunchtime, a win for Hibs would take them level


on points at the top. Let's see how they are getting on. A win would put


them joint top, but nobody told Queen of the South, who are very


much in the game. Gents, plenty happening. Why should we start? I


think we will start at Motherwell-Celtic. Alastair Lamont


describing that as incredible... It is incredible. The last time Mark


McGhee managed a side there, they lost 9-0. Louis Moult is in


incredible form. And incredible stuff perhaps at McDiarmid Park?


Yes, a penalty to St Johnstone. It will be a chance forced into put it


home and give Saints the lead. If they win this game, they will


leapfrog Hearts into third place in the table. It has been a dramatic


match, with that red card shown in the first half. It has gone over the


crossbar! Hearts are let off the hook with just 14 minutes left! It


was a terrible penalty kick, blasted high over the crossbar by MacLaine.


Take a deep breath, Stuart. Oh, dear! Heartbreaking! I thought, he


has got to keep this one low. Look, have the BBC not done enough live


coverage of space this week?! It was unbelievable. And that is two on the


trot. He is not by any measure our best penalty taker. He is


self-confident but he should not take penalties for St Johnstone. I


don't think he will be taking the next one. Dundee, four up against


Hamilton. They have had problems scoring goals and the dam has been


breached? Yes, they have had problems winning matches. Dundee had


not won in eight. Admittedly, five draws. But they had this match


wrapped up after 10-15 minutes. Hamilton are in a bit of a hole.


They are slipping. They had a good start to the season but sliding down


the table rather worryingly. Let's look at Kilmarnock-Aberdeen. If


Celtic drop points at home to Motherwell, it could be just a point


between them at the top? Yes, it gives us a title race if those


scores stay the same. Title race?! The title race is open, it always


has been for me! The real story here is another disastrous game for


Kilmarnock. From their uppers, poor crowds, people not turning up, a lot


of alienation at the club. It is not what people want for Christmas. I


think that is the story. Partick Thistle leading ad Ross County,


possibly four wins on the spin? Yes, and that would take them into the


top six? At the moment they would be seventh. OK, but going from


relegation candidates a few weeks ago, it is a big turnaround. But


that is what four wins in a row does to you. Dundee United need to hit


their stride as well. Caley Thistle have come back into this one? Yes, I


saw the pictures of the goal. It was a fantastic midfield goal from John


Rankin in the first half. You could see Mixu Paatelainen getting


agitated on the touchline, willing them on. I think the equaliser was a


bit of a sickener for them because they need to start winning games


now. We will hear from one agitated manager shortly, when we talk about


the big game at lunchtime in the Championship, Rangers away to


Falkirk wins arrangers would have taken them well clear at the top.


John Barnes will tell us what happened. This was a match full of


drama and controversy. The result might have blown the title race wide


open. There were two LT decisions. The first Dave Falkirk lead,


following a tackle from Danny Wilson which was deemed to be inside the


box but TV show to be outside. John Baird scored from the spot. Then the


drama continued when Kevin O'Hara looked to have put Falkirk in front


but his goal bound shot was touched home by Baird, who was deemed to be


in an offside position. In stoppage time, the second controversy


occurred when the referee gave a penalty for accidental handball.


Martyn Waghorn stepped up to take it but Danny Rogers superbly tipped his


effort onto the post before it was cleared. So, secured their victory.


As for the Ibrox side, that is now ten points trot in their last five


matches. Time to hear from both managers after the match. Starting


with a rather vexed Mark Warburton of Rangers. It was a bit so -- a


bizarre decision. I'm sure the have shown it. If you remember the foul


on the right-hand side, it was exactly the same distance outside


the area. But what a recovery from the boys to get the equaliser. We


dominated the first half. We came in here very confident at half-time. We


knew we had to maintain our tempo. Our game is about taking care of the


culture. For 15 minutes after half-time we did not do that. I


think it was a soft penalty given against us in the last minute. These


things balance themselves out. I was disappointed to see the penalty


given in the last minute. But people have told me since that Will Vaulks


was pulled down outside of the box. But is the way football goes. You


cannot come to a venue, produced those stats in terms of possession


and corners and shots and not walk away with the points. We missed the


penalty after death. We have got to score. I can only give great credit


to the players, who have worked very, very hard for it. We were


holding on, if I am being honest. We needed the 'keeper to save a


penalty. Before that we had plenty of chances. Their goalkeeper has


made a couple of great saves. So, all credit to the Falkirk is. We


will talk about that shortly. There has been another goal for Aberdeen.


Yes, Aberdeen's revival continues. And this one was a thing of beauty.


Fantastic play from Cammie Smith, and it was a great backheel, right


into the path of Logan, who stroked it home. Kilmarnock have been


utterly woeful today. They are second bottom of the table and that


will not change this afternoon, as at the Dean keep the pressure on


Celtic at the top of the table. Who else but Billy McKay, scoring on his


return? He left here in January of course. You might not have made the


grade down at Wigan but he has certainly impressed for Dundee


United, maybe of the few who has. The cross came in from Chris


Erskine. It was spilled by Owain Fon Williams, and Billy McKay was there


to knock in his second -- eighth of the season. Leading by 2-1 with just


a few moments to go. We can go back now to that Falkirk arrangers match.


You were there, Tom. On balance, Falkirk worthy of the points? I


think so, yes,. Rangers did not do a lot until maybe 20 minutes from the


end. Danny Rogers was very good in goal for Falkirk Falkirk created a


lot. Rangers were wide open defensively. This Rangers team has a


problem at centre half. They are too open and too prone to error. I'm not


sure they are built to battle, this Rangers team. Looking at it today, I


thought were very good. They had some fantastic performance. O'Hara


was excellent. I was really impressed. And it could have been


another goal, had it not been for John Baird being perhaps a bit


greedy? Yes, he was Rangers' best defender today. In fairness he


apologised on the pitch and again at half-time as well. But two penalties


in the match. It was a fantastic game, it really lived up to


expectations. Two really poor refereeing blunders, neither was a


penalty. At the end, one manager saying they balance out at the end


of the season! It is a classic management get out of! But one thing


here, there are pattern is emerging. We are all naively talking about


Rangers and hips but there is four or five teams in that Championship


who can chip away. We saws getting something at Ibrox. Hibs struggling


today at home against Queen of the South. It will be a brave person who


predicts the outcome of this division. Tom, what about them being


challengers for the championship? Falkirk on this incredible run, but


they are under the radar because we are all talking about Rangers and


hips. It suits them to fly under the radar. If they keep playing like


they did today, then we will be talking about them, because I


thought they were really good. Stuart, do you fancy them? I do,


actually. When the media are willing two teams to go head to head to the


end, I am always looking for the one beneath the radar. And that is


Falkirk C. Over to Celtic Park right now to get an update.


Only three minutes to go and it remains Celtic 1-2 Motherwell. Nir


Bitton put Celtic in front just after half-time, his deflected shot


beat Connor Ripley in the Motherwell goal but Louis Moult with a fairly


quick five double turned the game around completely. Incredible,


chances at both ends, in stark contrast to the first half. --


quickfire double. Motherwell looked like they will secure their first


win in six years. Overture Rugby Park where I don't think the outcome


is in doubt. No doubt at all. -- over to Rugby Park. Aberdeen look


back to their early season best well and truly. With Celtic faltering


what a time for them to get what looks like being win number 57 for


Derek McInnes in his 100 league matches in charge of Aberdeen. It


was a quickfire start from Aberdeen, Niall McGinn headed home to make it


1-0, Adam Rooney got his 50th Aberdeen goal to make it 2-0 and 20


seconds after the restart Johnny Haynes made it 3-0, Kenny McLean


with the shot, and as I mentioned a short time ago if fantastic goal


from Aberdeen to make it 4-0 Logan rolled the ball home from a clever


backheel. Kilmarnock have been woeful, shouts of "Rubbish" from the


Kilmarnock fans, they never got out of neutral in this game and they


face a grim fight against relegation in second bottom. Over to McDiarmid


Park for an update on St Johnstone against Hearts.


No goals, we are in the final minute at McDiarmid Park and if there is a


winner I would expect it to be St Johnstone, though piled on the


pressure in the second half, they missed a glorious chance. Steven


MacLean blasted the ball high over the crossbar. The board has gone up


announcing four minutes left of play, will we have a winner, stay


tuned? I have nowhere else to go! Over to


Dens Park, Dundee against Hamilton, still 4-0 for the home team, Paul?


It certainly is, in the first half after 25 minutes Dundee were 4-0 up,


Jennings with a hat-trick and a curling shot from Stewart, the


goalkeeper was at full stretch but could not get there as the ball


settled in the net. It looked superb and Dundee were brilliant in the


first 25 minutes. The second half as printable as you like, Hamilton


playing better, Dundee with their foot off The Gas and Dundee leading


4-0. A good day for them, will it be a


good day for Dundee United awaited Caley Thistle?


It is looking that way, they lead 2-1, two ex-Caledonian Thistle


players getting the goals and getting that luck they need at the


bottom of the division as well. Just a second or two ago, the ball was


played into the box and Gary Warren Rosa Burc everybody to smack the


header against the Dundee United crossbody -- rose above. They have


the crucial lead with a minute plus stoppage time to go at Inverness --


crossbar. Over for the latest between Ross County and Partick


Thistle. It is still 1-0 two Partick Thistle


thanks to the Andrew Davies own goal on 52 minutes. It was a shame for


him because he is normally steady at the back, he has scored three times


at the right end of this season but this time the misfortune was for


him, since then Partick Thistle could have doubled their lead, Chris


Dillon hit the bar twice with a header and Partick Thistle, if they


win this game, it will be the first time they have four straight


victories in the top flight since 1977, I wasn't even born then.


Neither was I! Now we can get the full-time report from Dens Park.


The full-time whistle has gone but this match was over after 25 minutes


in truth, by that point Dundee led Hamilton Academical 4-0, a really


good hat-trick from Kane Hemmings and a good goal from Stuart,


wonderful curling effort. The Northern Ireland international got


taken off after the four goals. It wasn't all his fault, his team were


slow and lethargic but his performance didn't help. Their first


win since October and their first clean sheet since the middle of


September but their home fans will talk about the opening 25 minutes


for a while to come. Finished Dundee 4-0 Hamilton Academical.


Before the match they said they are a technically good side but they


need to work on the mental side of things. Seems they have that sorted,


coming out of the traps early on. I saw them on a Friday night against


St Johnstone and they were fantastic and have lots of talent in their


team. Jennings got goals today and Stuart, these are really decent


players. -- Henningsson. I wonder if it's the case they have not had


anything like the consistency that Hartley has been demanding of them


-- Kane Hemmings. There was a grudge match between the two teams. I think


this first half, the first 45. Goals coming up, sorry. There is a


goal to hear about, Inverness ought Caley Thistle?


Oh dear, it is for Caley Thistle in stoppage time at the end. Dundee


United players are on their knees in as that one went over the line,


crossed into the penalty area, the United defence let them down. It was


Lewis Horner who had gone above everybody and the official signalled


the ball had gone across the line, and it is deep into stoppage time.


Caley Thistle 2-2 Dundee United. On the face of it, appoint awaited


Caley Thistle is not that bad a result, is it? No, this morning he


would have settled for it but having one for so long with the wind and


this will feel like a kick in the guts. I think it's going to feel


like a loss rather than a draw -- the win. You saw the goal that


Rankin scored earlier on and it sounded like they had just turned a


corner. They are definitely improving.


There is no question they had more shots on target, more possession,


everything. But the thing is they have had that dragged away from them


and Kilmarnock fans, maybe there is a little sigh of relief that at last


something has gone right for them. Does the next one feel like a defeat


to you? We will get the full-time report and give you time to reflect


on that. It will feel like a defeat although


the game has finished 0-0. The first 0-0 draw in 15 years between the


sides although Saints will feel they had done enough to grab all three


points. Especially after Hearts were reduced to just ten men after 27


minutes. Needless from the Hearts striker Juanma, head-butt in front


of the referee who had no option but to send the play-off. St Johnstone


piled on pressure in the second half and had a gilt-edged chance to go


ahead but Chris Kane was tripped inside the box, Steven MacLean


stepped up to take the penalty kick but blasted the ball high over the


crossbar. He'll most made up for the Miss with a chance, it went just


wide. Murray Davidson must be wondering just what he had to do to


score today because on three or four occasions Neil Alexander stopped the


ball, with his left foot, clipped it over the crossbar and in the last


minute it looked to be nestling in the bottom corner but somehow the


keeper stuck out his big left boot and lifted the ball just over the


crossbar and wide of the goal. Hearts stay in third place. It's an


opportunity missed by the Saints. It sounded like Daniel Day Lewis


film, my big left boot! It is all over between and Aberdeen. Aberdeen


have reignited this title race with a stunning display here in Ayrshire.


They are back to their brilliant best. It was such a great start for


Aberdeen in so many ways, fantastic play from Kenny McLean who swirled


in the ball which Niall McGinn headed home from close range. And


Ben McGinn was the supplier this time with the ball into the box,


Adam Rooney there for his 50th career goal for Aberdeen to make it


2-0. Kilmarnock were so poor in the first half and offered so little,


Aberdeen perhaps should have scored many more goals. They did score a


third just after half-time, 20 seconds in, in fact. Kenny McLean's


Ross found Johnny Haynes in the middle and he stabbed the ball home


to make it 3-0. Their work-out was the chances for Aberdeen in the


second half, Adam Rooney should have made it 4-0 with a free shot from


the edge of the box but it went straight at Jamie MacDonald. In the


end Aberdeen only had to be in first gear for the majority of the first


half because Kilmarnock never got out of neutral. A great move to make


it 4-0, Smith with the ball into pole at, and the ball rolled over


the line by Logan. The Kilmarnock fans will go home angry indeed. They


have voiced their concern. The pressure is well and truly on


managing carry lock. As for Aberdeen's manager Derek McInnes,


100 league matches in charge, this was his 57th win.


Stand-by for the big story of the day, it comes from Alasdair Lamont,


watching Celtic at home to Motherwell.


The Motherwell team are victorious. They are across celebrating to my


right with a small band of supporters. Their first win in most


eight years. So they are right to take the applause of those fans for


a heroic performance by the team. They came from behind, Nir Bitton


had a deflected shot go past Connor Ripley in the Motherwell goal. That


gave Celtic the lead and you felt that would bring on more Celtic


goals as they had dominated possession in the first half. But


Motherwell wrote a different ending to this story. Louis Moult tapped in


as Marvin Johnson fired the ball across the goal to equalise and then


Louis Moult again from the penalty spot, Scott McDonald enticed Subaru


pitch into a rash tackle and the ball was rolled into the net by


Louis Moult as Craig Gordon dived across to his left. There were


chances for both teams. Gaudin denied them -- Simonovic. Celtic


also had opportunities. -- Gordon. He was never seriously troubled in


the Motherwell goal after that. Celtic have gone four games without


a victory, the last time that happened was under Tony Mowbray.


More big news, Hibs have gone 1-0 up, scoring in the 90th minute. We


will get more details on that shortly. We are heading to


Inverness. It is all over between Caley Thistle and Dundee United. A


cruel blow for Dundee United, just when you thought they had managed to


eke out what would have been their third league win of the season on an


afternoon when they managed to score two goals in a league game for the


first time since the 11th of August. It was an open and entertaining


game, played in fairly wintry conditions with swirling rain and


sleet and snow from time to time but plenty of goalmouth action. At the


forefront was Billy McCulloch, the former Caledonian Thistle player,


two X Caley Thistle players got the goals, John Rankin, recalled from


the start, the experienced midfielder clipping in the first in


the 26th minute, his first goal of the season exploiting the space down


the left hand side regularly, and when the ball was pulled back it was


drilled into the corner of the net by Rankin. Inverness Caley Thistle


missed several chances in the first half, non-law so Ben James Vince and


in front of an open goal from six yards somehow headed the ball -- no


less by James Vince. Within seconds of the restart the ball was drilled


beyond the Dundee United goalkeeper, left unmarked from across as the


United fragility defensively was all too evident throughout the


afternoon. Polworth could have edged his side back in front from his


first shot blocked, his players screaming for the cutback but


instead he had a go and the shot was blocked again. A mistake from Owain


Fon Williams, the Welsh international goalkeeper, across


from the left from Chris Erskine, the goalkeeper came out and spilled


the ball and who else Billy McCulloch bundling in for his eighth


goal of the season, the former Thistle player. Haas Billy


McCulloch. In the second minute of stoppage time all of Dundee United's


defensive foibles to haunt them, again the ball into the penalty


area, this time the right-back getting up for it, Luis Arnau, his


header was cleared but from behind the line as far as Dundee United


were concerned -- Horner. John Hughes will feel vindication for his


side for the effort they put into a fine game this afternoon. It


finished Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-2 Dundee United. We can


hear from Easter Road where Hibs scored the late goal. Was that


enough for the win? It was. The fans went on the pitch when the goal went


in from Dominique Malonga. Queen of the South played really well, and it


looked like a frustrating afternoon for Hibernian, trying to join


Rangers at the top of the Championship. It was all about the


second half despite the chances in the first half. The Hibernian


Captain's desire shown in the 90th minute to get to the byline and hang


up the cross, and Dominique Malonga from six yards, downward header into


the roof of the net, the fans went crazy, people on the pitch, though


bookings collateral that. Queen of the South can feel hard done by but


this Hibs team are going the whole in this Championship with Rangers


and Falkirk. It finished Hibernian 1-0 Queen of the South. Seems like


he enjoyed that! Lets see if it was exciting at Firhill also.


It finished Partick Thistle 1-0 Ross County. A benefited from Ross


County's misfortune to win their fourth straight top-flight match for


the first time in nearly 40 years, that fact is better than Neil Lamont


at Celtic. Davies scored in his own net after a dreadful first half.


Kris Doolan almost doubled the lead when he hit the crossbar twice in


close succession later. The Jags into the Premiership's top six,


winning six of their last nine matches. Partick Thistle 1-0 Ross


County. That takes us nicely to this


afternoon's classified results. Q the fourth official.


Starting in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership, Celtic 1-2 Motherwell.


Let's have a look at the league tables. Just the one point between


the teams at the top, although Celtic have a game in hand.


Rangers and hips now level on points in the Championship.


In League One, Dunfermline opening up a little bit of a gap at the top.


In League Two, Annan Athletic still on top despite losing today.


In the Barclays English Premier League, Leicester City now five


points clear at the top after winning away at Everton this


afternoon. Let's have a look at the English


Championship. Middlesbrough two points clear of Derby County at the


top. At the bottom it does not get any better for Bolton Wanderers.


Four points adrift now. Let's find out more about the action


in the Premier League in England this afternoon. We can get the


details now from John acres. Leicester City, bottom at Christmas


one year ago, will be top of the pile on Christmas Day this year. One


of the most unlikely stories in Premier League history. It is


largely thanks to Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and it was those two


who did it again for them today. Nicely taken penalties from Riyad


Mahrez, two of them today. He has got 13 for the season now. Tim


Howard could have been sent off. Okazaki made it 3-1. Mirallas gave


Everton some hope. They gave it a go at the end but Leicester deserved


their victory. Cool finishing. By the way it was Lukaku who equalised


in the first half for Everton. He has now got seven in a row, chasing


Vardy's record. But it is Leicester's day. And it will be


their Christmas. The only Scot in the Premiership, manager, that is,


was away at Manchester United this afternoon. Their first win in more


than a month and their first at Old Trafford since August 19 89. These


three points will take them out of the allegations -- out of the


relegation zone. Cameron Jerome Boateng first before setting up Alex


Tettey that the second early in the second half. Anthony Martial reduced


the arrears. Declan Rudd in the Norwich goal still only had one more


shot to save. United's struggles continue, six without a win. Louis


van Gaal under serious pressure. It will be an uncomfortable Christmas


for him. Let's go to Stamford Bridge, where


Chelsea started life after Jose at home to Sunderland this afternoon.


Jackie Oakley reports. Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland. Guus Hiddink was here to


watch but his name was not chanted once. Instead the name of Jose


Mourinho was chanted throughout the match this notably when Fabregas and


cost were substituted in the second half. It was two goals in 13 minutes


from the invigorated Ivanovic and Pedro which did the damage. Oscar


made it 3-0 from the penalty spot. Fabio Borini got one back for


Sunderland, sparking them into life. They were much better in the second


half. They created several other chances, as did Chelsea. Their fans


highly frustrated that they did not play with such positivity recently


under their idol. Why - that is the question. Southampton against


Tottenham was watched by Tony husband. Pretty comfortable for


Spurs once they handled a lively opening from Southampton in which


Sadio Mane was denied by a fantastic save from Hugo Lloris. Harry Kane


danced through the Saints defence to score. Within three minutes, Dele


Alli effectively sealed it, side footing in at the back post. Hugo


Lloris denied Southampton a grandstand finish with another


fantastic save in stoppage time. But these two teams are going in


different directions at the moment. Stuart, Chelsea - Mourinho has gone


and it is as though they have been freed from the chains? I don't know


about that. There is rumours that he refused to take his ?40 million


severance pay and has given it back to the club for development.


Interesting, the idea that Cesc Fabregas, when he was subbed, lead


to even more challenging for Mourinho. Clearly he is one of the


players singled out as having been disruptive in the dressing room etc.


Let's talk about Man United losing at home to Norwich. A big win for


Alec Neil. Louis van Gaal had said, if they lose, it is the end of the


world... Well, for me, it is a question of when not if he is booted


out of there. His team is rubbish. They have spent several fortunes on


this team. The team is really poor. There is no connection with the


fans. Van Gaal is losing matches which Man United should be winning.


For me it is all over for him. Any high-profile managers looking for a


gig down their?! I think there might be a couple. Mourinho, Guardiola is


definitely a Man United guy. Leicester City, away to Everton.


This time last year they were bottom. Now, they are top. Can they


go on and win it? I don't think they can, actually. But you are a


romantic! I am but it is extraordinary for them to be top at


Christmas. Never say never, but that would be fantasyland. A wee bit of


sad news, a broadcasting legend, Jimmy Hill, has passed away at the


age of 87. I say broadcasting legend but there was much more to him? I


think he was a phenomenal character and he will be much missed. Let's


start with the Scottish perspective. He loved winding up Scotland fans


and he had this acidic love hate relationship with them. But he


actually loved Scotland a lot. He will always be denigrated for the


so-called toe poke goal, Scotland against Brazil. He liked turning up


in his St George is cross. You have got one of those as well! I have,


two or three of them! But he was a visionary. Not just as a player when


he was challenging the way players were paid in the nineteen 60s. Also


as a director and chairman of Coventry City, he was looking


forward to the days of all-seater stadium, where clubs had to be more


cute about how they dealt with the community and whatever. Jenny Hill,


much missed. I never met him but I felt like I knew him. I used to tune


in every Saturday night and he was the guy who taught me about


football. You could read the newspapers, but he was the man every


Saturday night. Stuart is right, his contribution to football was way


beyond television. All-seater stadiums, three points for a when,


minimum wager abolition... He was a serious football guy. Much respected


figure. Let's take time to reflect on an honour for another much


reflected figure, this boat on one of Scottish football's all-time


greats. -- bestowed. A statue of Billy Knott Neil was unveiled at


Celtic Park this afternoon. -- Billy McNeill. Let's look back on


some moments from the illustrious career of the man they called


Caesar. Celtic captain Billy McNeill wins


the toss... It is a goal from Billy McNeill!


Billy McNeill has scored! Stuart, where does one start with a


living legend? Well, you start with the emotions. That is tearful. You


will never ever see that image again. Here is a Scottish guy


captaining a Scottish club where see the players are Scots, lifting the


greatest trophy in world football for clubs. We will never see the


like again. He is also someone who bestrides the era. We had the great


Jock Stein team, where they come to Celtic and he transforms them into


the Lisbon Lions, and he lived through that period, captaining


Celtic and playing for Scotland. One of the lovely bits of irony is, he


also had Lithuanian ancestry. And the rules that are in place just


now, he could have chosen to play Filippo Waimea over Scotland! I


don't think they had a team then in the Soviet era! -- for Lithuania.


Just as important a figure in the Celtic story as Jock Stein, do you


think? Yes, he is colossus. The board and of a leader, a man. I am


delighted about this tutor. Chu. It is a beautiful piece of art. I am so


pleased that it was unveiled when he is alive. A lot of these things are


unveiled when a great man has died. Fantastic to see his family there


and to know that that is going to be there for ever. Jock Steen said


Billy McNeill was a leader who made others around him play better. Yes,


and that is the cusp of this. To be a great team you need people who can


drive the extra 5% out of the players around them, and he was


clearly that. You saw that in the game in Lisbon against Milan. Who


would have thought that a Scottish club would do that and silence the


greatest teams in Europe? He has an aura about him but no


sense of perceptible ego. No, he's the most ordinary kind of superstar.


But from a different era. From a different era but he is a gentle


man. We can talk about his absolute greatness on the football pitch, but


he's just above all a gentleman. Every time I've met him he has been


polite. You wouldn't think he had achieved everything he achieved,


that he was Celtic's greatest ever leader. And from a period of time


when the biggest in Scotland took a bus to their training sessions come


it is quite remarkable now that there is nobody in the current


senior leagues in Scotland back and look that guy in the eye, an


absolute legend. They only take the bus if they have lost their licence


now! Let's go to contemporary matters. Celtic dropped points at


home two Motherwell today. What is that going to do? It will not look


great on Ronny Deila's CV. He will need ataxic and not a bus! -- need a


taxi. It is a throwback to the past, the Celtic fans would wish they


could go back to that era, because at the moment it is really a fee.


Isle of Elmley said that if Ryedale motored away with the leak -- are


always said if Ronny Deila. They would be OK to come back after the


summer for another tilt at Europe. If that is repeated in the next few


weeks it could be over for them. They are away to Hearts in the next


match. Hearts are a grisly team that are difficult to beat even for the


best and flamboyant teams in the division. But what I would say is I


wonder if this is actually the result that will be the undoing of


Ronny Deila. Obviously it comes very quickly after the failures in


Europe. There is a lot of discontent, it's the match before


Christmas. Celtic fans will have been hoping to simply see out this


game, get three points and maintain. And they have to be looking at


Aberdeen. They are a point behind and Derek McInnes must be worrying,


looking back over that poor run they had early in the season and


thinking, why did we do that? Derek McInnes, like Peter Houston,


will say there is no title race involving his team. But he will say


it to his players privately. Some buffoon on radio Scotland said some


weeks ago that Aberdeen can't be trusted. Which one of the two of you


was it? Unfortunately it was me! I looked at Aberdeen on the losing run


and I thought there is no way they can sustain this but now it is one


point. They are back to their brilliant best and it is four wins


on the trot. That will be the headlines tomorrow, their victory.


But it disguises another very important story, that is a


horrendous home result for Kilmarnock who are looking at Dundee


United securing a point up at Inverness. I think there is lots of


discontent at that club that goes back to Michael Johnson's


chairmanship. There is not huge satisfaction or unanimity about Gary


Locke as manager, and the fans are deserting in their hundreds. Killie


had high hopes for this season, they were targeting top six. I spoke to


Gary Locke at the start of the season and he said he thought he had


a better team than last season and the players could get them into the


top half. There is vulnerability about them. They've conceded four


against one of the top teams in the country but a few weeks ago they


conceded five against Partick Thistle. There is a desperate


flakiness about their defence. And a desperate situation developing for


Kilmarnock. If Dundee United are getting it together, they got a


point today that maybe they could have got three points. If Dundee


United can get it together, Kilmarnock are now going to be in


big trouble in 12th place. They are already hanging on. They are


dropping like a stone if they end up in the play-off position and they


get Falkirk. You wouldn't bet on it. Speaking of which, let's talk about


the Championship. You said you thought Rangers might lack the


stomach for the fight but Hibs don't. Allan Preston using the word


desire. 94th minute goal this week, 92nd minute last week. It is


troubling in a way that they are leaving it so late in games. But its


solicitor to have of character in this team, there are leaders in this


team. That is a huge result for them today. It is interesting at the top


of the Premiership and the Championship today, some really


interesting results. It begs the question whether goal difference


will come into play because Celtic and Rangers both enjoy quite


substantial goal difference. Does that matter? Is it an extra three


points or not? We have a Rangers-Hibs match coming up. That's


right, it is a corker. The 28th of Rangers-Hibs match coming up. That's


December. I could hear at the Falkirk Stadium today the Rangers


fans periodically during the match were giving the team a bit of stick,


they are frustrated and I can understand that completely. For a


lot of the match they were bossed by Falkirk, and they had a chance to


get a draw and they blew it from the penalty spot. These are sticky times


for Rangers because they are dropping points. It is ten points


dropped in the last six. It is not supposed to be this way. At the


start of the season they were swatting teams. Now they are having


to dig the and not finding a lot. Briefly who is your tip for the


championship now? That is putting me on the spot. I think it will go to


the wire. I have a suspicion that Hibs will win it. I would say Hibs


as well. Your boat tipping Hibs? You're going to be popular to night


on the websites -- you are both tipping Hibs. Time is most up for


today so I will remind you of some of the results. Big stories in the


top two divisions in Scotland, Celtic losing at home to Motherwell,


2-1 to Motherwell, congratulations. Aberdeen just one point behind


Celtic at the top, 4-0 winners at Kilmarnock today. Partick Thistle


enjoyed their fourth win on the spin, in the first time in the top


flight for many years. Caley Thistle and Dundee United shared the spoils


in the Highlands. St Johnstone and Hearts drawing a blank at Perth. In


the Championship big stories there as well. Rangers losing at Falkirk.


Hibs getting a late win at home to Queen of the South this afternoon.


And a first win for the St Mirren manager. Just one sleep until the


highlights show, don't worry I'm not on it this week. John is back in


rude health. I will be back next week overindulging as usual with the


Boxing Day edition of the results show and I will end on a


cliffhangercancer Stuart Cosgrove make it to the radio studio in time


for Off The Ball Saturday Supplement. I've set a few


booby-traps along the corridor. It is Christmas. If he makes it he and


Tam Cowan will be waiting for your call is. That is it, thank you to


Stuart and Tom for their Wisdom and thank you to you for watching. I


will not see you until Boxing Day unless I see you in the street. I


hope you have a happy Christmas, and I hope Santa is good to you.


Introduced by David Currie.

Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the Premiership, all six matches kick-off at three o'clock. Amongst them, Mark McGhee takes his Motherwell side to Celtic Park, St Johnstone host Hearts in Perth and Aberdeen make the journey south to face Gary Locke's Kilmarnock. In the Championship, there's a lunchtime start for the Falkirk versus Rangers encounter whilst Hibernian face Queen of the South later in the afternoon.

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