19/12/2015 Sportscene


19/12/2015

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

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

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

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

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where the Premiership champions are at home to Motherwell. Alastair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rankin became the first Dundee United player other than Billy McKay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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think we will start at Motherwell-Celtic. Alastair Lamont

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

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

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incredible form. And incredible stuff perhaps at McDiarmid Park?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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occurred when the referee gave a penalty for accidental handball.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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grade down at Wigan but he has certainly impressed for Dundee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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expectations. Two really poor refereeing blunders, neither was a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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quick five double turned the game around completely. Incredible,

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

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quickfire double. Motherwell looked like they will secure their first

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Park for an update on St Johnstone against Hearts.

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

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

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

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

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

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tuned? I have nowhere else to go! Over to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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good day for Dundee United awaited Caley Thistle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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crossbar. Over for the latest between Ross County and Partick

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Thistle. It is still 1-0 two Partick Thistle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wonderful curling effort. The Northern Ireland international got

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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anything like the consistency that Hartley has been demanding of them

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

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

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goal to hear about, Inverness ought Caley Thistle?

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

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

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

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Lewis Horner who had gone above everybody and the official signalled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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corner. They are definitely improving.

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

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

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

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

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

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on that. It will feel like a defeat although

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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watching Celtic at home to Motherwell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

:24:28.:24:31.

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

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

:24:35.:24:39.

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

:24:40.:24:44.

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

:24:45.:24:50.

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

:24:51.:24:53.

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

:24:54.:25:01.

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

:25:02.:25:07.

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

:25:08.:25:13.

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

:25:14.:25:16.

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

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

:25:23.:25:27.

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

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

:25:34.:25:39.

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

:25:40.:25:42.

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

:25:43.:25:46.

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

:25:47.:25:50.

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

:25:51.:25:55.

game, played in fairly wintry conditions with swirling rain and

:25:56.:25:58.

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

:25:59.:26:02.

forefront was Billy McCulloch, the former Caledonian Thistle player,

:26:03.:26:08.

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

:26:09.:26:10.

the start, the experienced midfielder clipping in the first in

:26:11.:26:14.

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

:26:15.:26:18.

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

:26:19.:26:22.

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

:26:23.:26:27.

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

:26:28.:26:31.

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

:26:32.:26:37.

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

:26:38.:26:42.

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

:26:43.:26:46.

United fragility defensively was all too evident throughout the

:26:47.:26:49.

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

:26:50.:26:53.

first shot blocked, his players screaming for the cutback but

:26:54.:26:57.

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

:26:58.:27:00.

Fon Williams, the Welsh international goalkeeper, across

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

:27:05.:27:07.

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

:27:08.:27:10.

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

:27:11.:27:15.

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

:27:16.:27:19.

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

:27:20.:27:22.

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

:27:23.:27:27.

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

:27:28.:27:33.

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

:27:34.:27:36.

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

:27:37.:27:40.

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

:27:41.:27:43.

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

:27:44.:27:50.

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

:27:51.:27:55.

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

:27:56.:27:59.

looked like a frustrating afternoon for Hibernian, trying to join

:28:00.:28:02.

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

:28:03.:28:06.

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

:28:07.:28:09.

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

:28:10.:28:13.

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

:28:14.:28:17.

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

:28:18.:28:22.

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

:28:23.:28:25.

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

:28:26.:28:30.

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

:28:31.:28:40.

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

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

:28:47.:28:51.

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

:28:52.:28:54.

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

:28:55.:29:02.

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

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

:29:06.:29:11.

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

:29:12.:29:13.

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

:29:14.:29:18.

County. That takes us nicely to this

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afternoon's classified results. Q the fourth official.

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

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

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

:33:14.:33:36.

Rangers and hips now level on points in the Championship.

:33:37.:33:58.

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

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

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In the Barclays English Premier League, Leicester City now five

:34:24.:34:30.

points clear at the top after winning away at Everton this

:34:31.:34:31.

afternoon. Let's have a look at the English

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Championship. Middlesbrough two points clear of Derby County at the

:34:49.:34:57.

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

:34:58.:34:59.

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

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

:35:12.:35:18.

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

:35:19.:35:21.

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

:35:22.:35:27.

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

:35:28.:35:31.

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

:35:32.:35:37.

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

:35:38.:35:41.

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

:35:42.:35:49.

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

:35:50.:35:52.

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

:35:53.:36:00.

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

:36:01.:36:04.

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

:36:05.:36:09.

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

:36:10.:36:16.

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

:36:17.:36:20.

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

:36:21.:36:29.

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

:36:30.:36:33.

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

:36:34.:36:39.

relegation zone. Cameron Jerome Boateng first before setting up Alex

:36:40.:36:43.

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

:36:44.:36:48.

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

:36:49.:36:55.

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

:36:56.:37:00.

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

:37:01.:37:02.

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

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

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

:37:15.:37:20.

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

:37:21.:37:25.

Mourinho was chanted throughout the match this notably when Fabregas and

:37:26.:37:30.

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

:37:31.:37:36.

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

:37:37.:37:41.

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

:37:42.:37:45.

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

:37:46.:37:50.

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

:37:51.:37:57.

highly frustrated that they did not play with such positivity recently

:37:58.:38:03.

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

:38:04.:38:07.

Tottenham was watched by Tony husband. Pretty comfortable for

:38:08.:38:12.

Spurs once they handled a lively opening from Southampton in which

:38:13.:38:15.

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

:38:16.:38:22.

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

:38:23.:38:26.

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

:38:27.:38:32.

Lloris denied Southampton a grandstand finish with another

:38:33.:38:39.

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

:38:40.:38:44.

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

:38:45.:38:48.

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

:38:49.:38:52.

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

:38:53.:38:59.

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

:39:00.:39:02.

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

:39:03.:39:08.

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

:39:09.:39:11.

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

:39:12.:39:16.

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

:39:17.:39:22.

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

:39:23.:39:28.

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

:39:29.:39:34.

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

:39:35.:39:38.

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

:39:39.:39:42.

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

:39:43.:39:46.

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

:39:47.:39:50.

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

:39:51.:39:59.

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

:40:00.:40:01.

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

:40:02.:40:07.

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

:40:08.:40:14.

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

:40:15.:40:17.

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

:40:18.:40:23.

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

:40:24.:40:28.

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

:40:29.:40:31.

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

:40:32.:40:36.

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

:40:37.:40:41.

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

:40:42.:40:45.

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

:40:46.:40:49.

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

:40:50.:40:54.

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

:40:55.:41:00.

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

:41:01.:41:06.

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

:41:07.:41:10.

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

:41:11.:41:13.

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

:41:14.:41:18.

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

:41:19.:41:23.

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

:41:24.:41:29.

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

:41:30.:41:34.

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

:41:35.:41:40.

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

:41:41.:41:43.

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

:41:44.:41:49.

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

:41:50.:41:54.

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

:41:55.:41:59.

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

:42:00.:42:05.

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

:42:06.:42:07.

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

:42:08.:42:35.

some moments from the illustrious career of the man they called

:42:36.:42:40.

Caesar. Celtic captain Billy McNeill wins

:42:41.:42:44.

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

:42:45.:42:48.

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

:42:49.:43:25.

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

:43:26.:43:29.

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

:43:30.:43:35.

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

:43:36.:43:38.

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

:43:39.:43:45.

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

:43:46.:43:53.

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

:43:54.:43:57.

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

:43:58.:44:00.

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

:44:01.:44:03.

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

:44:04.:44:08.

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

:44:09.:44:13.

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

:44:14.:44:21.

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

:44:22.:44:26.

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

:44:27.:44:33.

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

:44:34.:44:37.

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

:44:38.:44:43.

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

:44:44.:44:46.

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

:44:47.:44:51.

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

:44:52.:44:58.

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

:44:59.:45:01.

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

:45:02.:45:06.

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

:45:07.:45:08.

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

:45:09.:45:11.

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

:45:12.:45:22.

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

:45:23.:45:27.

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

:45:28.:45:31.

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

:45:32.:45:35.

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

:45:36.:45:39.

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

:45:40.:45:43.

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

:45:44.:45:47.

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

:45:48.:45:52.

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

:45:53.:45:56.

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

:45:57.:46:00.

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

:46:01.:46:08.

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

:46:09.:46:12.

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

:46:13.:46:20.

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

:46:21.:46:31.

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

:46:32.:46:34.

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

:46:35.:46:39.

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

:46:40.:46:47.

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

:46:48.:46:51.

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

:46:52.:46:55.

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

:46:56.:47:01.

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

:47:02.:47:04.

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

:47:05.:47:10.

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

:47:11.:47:14.

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

:47:15.:47:18.

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

:47:19.:47:22.

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

:47:23.:47:26.

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

:47:27.:47:32.

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

:47:33.:47:36.

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

:47:37.:47:41.

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

:47:42.:47:44.

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

:47:45.:47:51.

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

:47:52.:47:56.

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

:47:57.:48:03.

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

:48:04.:48:08.

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

:48:09.:48:13.

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

:48:14.:48:17.

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

:48:18.:48:21.

But it disguises another very important story, that is a

:48:22.:48:26.

horrendous home result for Kilmarnock who are looking at Dundee

:48:27.:48:28.

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

:48:29.:48:33.

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

:48:34.:48:37.

chairmanship. There is not huge satisfaction or unanimity about Gary

:48:38.:48:41.

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

:48:42.:48:45.

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

:48:46.:48:49.

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

:48:50.:48:54.

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

:48:55.:48:58.

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

:48:59.:49:01.

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

:49:02.:49:04.

conceded five against Partick Thistle. There is a desperate

:49:05.:49:09.

flakiness about their defence. And a desperate situation developing for

:49:10.:49:13.

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

:49:14.:49:16.

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

:49:17.:49:20.

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

:49:21.:49:25.

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

:49:26.:49:29.

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

:49:30.:49:34.

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

:49:35.:49:38.

the Championship. You said you thought Rangers might lack the

:49:39.:49:42.

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

:49:43.:49:46.

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

:49:47.:49:51.

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

:49:52.:49:57.

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

:49:58.:50:01.

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

:50:02.:50:05.

of the Premiership and the Championship today, some really

:50:06.:50:08.

interesting results. It begs the question whether goal difference

:50:09.:50:10.

will come into play because Celtic and Rangers both enjoy quite

:50:11.:50:15.

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

:50:16.:50:19.

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

:50:20.:50:21.

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

:50:22.:50:27.

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

:50:28.:50:30.

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

:50:31.:50:34.

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

:50:35.:50:37.

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

:50:38.:50:41.

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

:50:42.:50:45.

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

:50:46.:50:50.

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

:50:51.:50:54.

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

:50:55.:50:58.

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

:50:59.:51:02.

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

:51:03.:51:07.

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

:51:08.:51:14.

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

:51:15.:51:18.

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

:51:19.:51:22.

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

:51:23.:51:26.

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

:51:27.:51:32.

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

:51:33.:51:37.

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

:51:38.:51:39.

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

:51:40.:51:49.

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

:51:50.:51:52.

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

:51:53.:51:59.

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

:52:00.:52:05.

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

:52:06.:52:08.

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

:52:09.:52:13.

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

:52:14.:52:20.

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

:52:21.:52:23.

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

:52:24.:52:26.

cliffhangercancer Stuart Cosgrove make it to the radio studio in time

:52:27.:52:31.

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

:52:32.:52:36.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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