Highlights of the weekend's matches. Celtic v Inverness, Aberdeen v Partick, Hearts v Dundee United, Kilmarnock v Dundee, Ross County v Hamilton and St Johnstone v Motherwell.
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It is unbelievable! Unbelievable! It is a spectacular ball. The shot is
an absolute beauty. Is it? It is! And it is there! What a finish. And
that is it. Scottish football may be many
things, but it's never dull. With us in the studio tonight,
it's the Sportscene Stuart dynasty - With Aberdeen's match
at Partick Thistle postponed due to a waterlogged pitch,
Celtic had the chance to open up a six-point lead at the top
of the Premiership. Inverness Caley Thistle
the visitors. Ronny Deila throws out the same 11
he started for last week's win over Ross County, resisting the
temptation to start with Patrick Roberts, who is on the bench. The
Inverness side is the one that started the win over Aberdeen.
Gordon Roberts has been looking impressive. Celtic, if they win here
and at Aberdeen they could be nine clear. That is deflected over. A
vote of confidence for Gary Mackay-Steven today from the
manager. Ronny Deila has plenty of options on the bench. He invited us,
missed by Gordon and by Warren. -- Iain Vigurs. The chance of the game
so far and it falls to skipper Gary Warren. What a mess. -- miss. That
court Fon Williams by surprise. You know what the left foot of Leigh
Griffiths can provide. It is just skipped along the ground and Fon
Williams dealt with it. Iain Vigurs has won it back off Mackay-Steven
and he has teed it up. So close again. Inverness are playing with
real confidence here in Glasgow. It is Mackay-Steven. Blocked. Celtic
have begun the second half pretty well but here comes Jordan Roberts.
Big chance. And a big save from Craig Gordon. You can't say the
Highlanders haven't have their chances. But haven't taken one of
them. Celtic probe. Mackay-Steven. 1-0! With the aid of a deflection.
Make no mistake, Celtic have been second best in this game up to this
point. This is a hammer blow, a sucker punch for Cali Thistle. It
might reinvigorate the champions. sucker punch for Cali Thistle. It
Caley Thistle. He does it again! 12 in his last ten coming into this
afternoon. And that is 31 for the season. On his weaker right hand
side and in the blink of an eye Celtic dominate 2-0. Johansen. A
very different Celtic side now, it is back with Johansen. It should
have been three. It is amazing how a game can change completely. Caley
Thistle looked like -- look like they have had the stuffing knocked
out of them. Iain Vigurs takes the corner. Scooped away, only as far as
Lewis Horner. He goes himself. That has taken a touch on its way
Lewis Horner. He goes himself. That through, Gordon suddenly dived down,
he didn't know where this was going. Nice change of pace by Patrick
Roberts. First chance for him to impress the Celtic support. The
defender is in big trouble. This is a good chance for Roberts. Put on a
plate for him by Scott Allan. Inverness getting bodies
Roberts, Christie. They saved the best to
Roberts, Christie. They saved the wonderful goal, brilliant build-up
play from the substitutes. A real lesson in how to take chances for
Caley Thistle today. We knew it would be tough against Caley Thistle
but you have to keep calm and carry on doing what you believe in and I
think we did that in the second half, we had more chances and
deserved to win. Even in defeat you can take great pride and inspiration
from the way we played because we gave as good as we got. A lot of
people were saying we are the best team they have seen
people were saying we are the best Parkhead so the club is going in the
right direction. Leigh Griffiths brings his tally for the season to
32. They extend the lead to six points. John Hughes talking about
how Inverness Caley Thistle were the better side certainly to begin with
but when you are at Celtic Park you need to take your chances. No doubt.
One get opportunities like this you have to score. That is a glaring
chance, a real sitter. Poor play from Gordon, he is unchallenged and
to miss it by such a big margin. Warren missing that, terrible. This
is a good strike, just comes off the defender and drifts wide. When you
get chances you have to take them, the first one was a sitter. Two
minutes into the second half, great ball, Roberts gets in behind and at
first it looks like maybe a bad miss but when you are again it is a
fantastic save. He lifts it and the big arm saves it. That is really
important because it could have been different if Inverness have put it
away. There has been a lot of talk about the plethora of midfield
options at Celtic. Five more on loan. We saw some fringe players
yesterday and there has been a bit of chat about how there has been a
lack of zest in the Celtic play. There was more zest yesterday. Yes,
they have got involved when they came off the bench. It is
intriguing, when you look at the substitution, Commons and Richards
were still on the bench, and maybe the three kids coming on as a sign
of the times for the next season but it certainly sparked it up a bit.
Fantastic strike by Griffiths. We have seen some of the youngsters
under Ronny Deila? If they are good enough, clearly those three players
have the ability and the talent and they bring that youthful energy and
Celtic have missed that. 32 goals for Leigh Griffiths, would you bet
against him getting to the mark? Not at all, if you take him out of the
team it is a huge mess. -- miss. Next up, nightmare
on Tannadice Street - Dundee United's horror show
of a season continued on Tuesday night as they lost 3-0
at home to Motherwell. Could the disaster movie still turn
into the Great Escape? After losing 3-0 at home to
Motherwell Mackay and Dixon dropped out of Dundee United. Hearts replace
several players. In steps Blair Spittal for Dundee United, big shout
for a penalty. But probably mainly from those supporters behind that
goal, because it was an appeal out of optimism more than anything else.
Strong words from Stephen Thompson, the United chairman this week. Scott
Fraser with the corner kick and the forward was convinced he had scored
his first goal for hearts. John Rankin with the quick free kick, in
from Spittal. A big chance to open the scoring. Another good save from
hearts keeper Alexander but the forward knows he should have been
scoring. Referee Kevin Clancy reaching into his pocket for a
yellow card, not just for that offence. He tells Jordan McGhee,
also for a series of fouls. Battling for possession, in goes Jordan
McGhee and he could be in trouble here, the young hearts are -- hearts
defender. It is a second yellow and he is off to stop five minutes
before half-time and two bookings in the space of four minutes. Payton's
pass deflected. Rankin! Just a fraction away from opening the
scoring. Can't quite believe, Rankin, this hasn't gone in. It took
a couple on its way back off the post. -- took a bobble. Fraser's
corner. There is the golden Dundee United desperately wanted. The
former West Ham man's first goal for the club and that lifts spirits
considerably around Tannadice. Booing every time John sitter
touches the ball. It drops the Jamie Walker. What a strike. Two and half
minutes after the restart and ten man hearts are back on level terms.
What a sweet strike from Jamie Walker, ripping into the roof of the
net behind Oshaniwa. Payton looking for Ryan Dow at. A chance to get
United back in front. He loses out to the bounce of the ball. It is
lobbed over Aleksandar Pantic looked back with some relief as that went
over the top. -- over Alexander and he. It is going to be a booking for
the Dundee United substitute for that challenge on Ali mosque Turk.
Rankin. Ryan Dow makes a move. Payton! Absolutely brilliant. He
could not have caught this any better, and in the 88th minute
Dundee United are back in front. A little kick out at Ozturk and
Dundee United, like Hearts, will end this with ten men.
To be played, especially first half, really pleasing. We created a lot of
chances. If the match was 3-0 at half-time, I don't think it would
have been wrong. Some occasions I wonder, I don't know, is it one of
them again? Thankfully, we got a wonderful winner in the end and
three points. We started the game, we had a couple of chances, they
did, then the referee decides to give a yellow card for a tackle that
Jordan goes in and plays the ball. give a yellow card for a tackle that
don't know what the referee thinks, but he makes the decisions, he is
don't know what the referee thinks, making the decisions, it is just
don't know what the referee thinks, that we are the ones that have to
suffer the consequences of it. The big three points for Dundee United,
suffer the consequences of it. The just how big? We
suffer the consequences of it. The of the season, Robbie
suffer the consequences of it. The happy about the sending-off
suffer the consequences of it. The it? Is this a
suffer the consequences of it. The force? And the referee is justified
to show yellow? To be honest, this is not the yellow card I would be
worried about. The first one should not have been a yellow card. This
one coming yes, not have been a yellow card. This
got the ball. The way his studs are showing, in the modern day coming
can't get away from that, especially when you have already been booked,
as harsh as when you have already been booked,
was a sense that the first yellow card was for persistent... That
first one was not even a foul for me. I have to say on the second one,
there is no doubt he gets the ball, I think it is a good tackle. I
totally understand where Robbie is coming from, but also Kevin Clancy I
think is one of the best referees, he was right behind it and I think
he sees the angle coming down on it. I can understand why he got a second
yellow, but I would be a bit peeved if I were McGee. It was a good
tackle. He would be doing very well to do this every week. 20 yards out,
no chance for Alexander in goal. There was a huge one for Dundee
United. Mick said in the interview, he was thinking it would be another
one of those days, they needed a bit of magic like that, but they need to
back it up with another result. Otherwise it becomes immaterial if
they don't go and win the next game, because that is the only they will
get out of the trouble they are in, wins back-to-back. We have seen a
fuel for storms of late with Dundee United, they need to -- a few false
dawns. It just shows how important set pieces are, they lost two goals
against Motherwell, free kick, corner, but that was a big was up.
It keeps them in there, but I heard John Rankin saying they probably
need a miracle, and he is probably right. But performances like that
can only help. Still to come on Sportscene tonight,
two big games from the Championship. St Johnstone's slump
in form has been dramatic - they hadn't won a match
since December the 5th. In fact, they hadn't won at home
since the 7th of November. Commentator this one stretching back
to the start of December, has Tommy Wright making changes again.
Motherwell crashed Dundee United in midweek. One in forced change. Wes
Fletcher replaces him. Down the line. More. Shaughnessy is there.
Get some help from Scooby. Good work from Louis Moult, working hard on
the right-hand side. McFadden with a corner, Louis Moult
with the header and he guides it by Alan Mannus. He lost his marker, Tom
Scobey. A really clever header. He opened the scoring here in August,
he does so again today. That is a clever header from Louis malt.
The corner comes in from Witherspoon, dealt with by Conor
Ripley. He finds itself in the back of the net. Just going to fall
underneath the crossbar. Craig from Scooby, back onto Wetherspoon, a bit
of space for David Weatherspoon, and he exploits it fully! He stepped to
the side and curled it past him. The goalkeeper wrong-footed, two minutes
to half-time, St Johnstone are level, a seventh of the season for
David Weatherspoon. Marvin Johnson gets it in low, looking for
Fletcher. What a good chance that was for Motherwell. He felt he
should have had a corner. Johnson's Paulin, Fletcher couldn't connect.
Well off target. Here's Hamill. Back onto Marvin Johnson, another good
ball in. Repelled. Only as far as Hamill again. Onto Johnson. Taken
down by Fisher, who is manhandled to the ground. A fairly easy free kick.
Hamill whips it in. Has only scored once today, but that one was guided
away off target, Moult. To the middle it goes. What a good chance
that was for Graham Cummings, the substitute. Just glanced it right
across goal. Conor Ripley rooted to the spot and delighted to see that
go wild. Saints with just two points in the last six league games. The
last one a home match against Kilmarnock in November. Witherspoon
plays it in, Liam Craig! That is the chance they have been looking for.
Brilliant ball in from Witherspoon, set up Liam Craig. He just couldn't
guide it on target. Good connection, looked for the corner. Here comes
Sutton, taken down by Ben Hall, slightly cynical, that will be a
yellow card for the youngster. He has impressed since coming into the
top team. Simon Lappin plays it in, Scobey is up and scores in stoppage
time! What a goal machine he has become, two in his last two home
matches. A great header, Conor Ripley with no chance, and St
Johnstone looked like they will seal all three points. It wasn't a pretty
game but we got the important winner and that shows the character of the
team. Really proud of them today. Our performance was good, dreadful
pitch to play on, we played the conditions, it was good, it was
energetic. Everything I hoped for. Not a lot of end product, of course,
but not a disastrous outcome. So a destroying defeat in the end. In
this match, set pieces were key. They were, but that is a frustration
for a manager, because not only do you work all week on scoring and
making drills to get a shot or a you also work in defending against them.
Not only corners and free kicks, throw ins as well. You look at the
Motherwell first goal. Promise eight Johnson point of view, they will be
quite happy with how the marking is. James McFadden is on the corner.
They know it will be an end to anger. Fletcher in on the
goalkeeper, sometimes teams don't put people in there. That just
allows the goalie to come and pluck it out of the air. He is a key
position, and obviously Moult, the goal-scorer, up against Scobey.
Before you go out, you know who to mark and is your role to stop them
getting an attempt on goal. But it is a good ball in from McFadden, but
just as it comes in, Scobey just gets in the wrong position there. He
is under the ball, not facing the ball, and that is just a big melee.
The fact there are so many bodies in their is one of the negatives you
would cast a man for man marking at set place. Some people go with zonal
where they just have tooth concentrate on the flight of the
old. This allows Louis Tampa to get the better of him. That is his
responsibility. He has got to do better in that position. Fu in the
end, it is a really good header by Moult. This is one of my bugbears,
if somebody is on the back post, they clear that, it is not a goal.
What you will see, that is Scobey, he knows he has lost his man, Moult.
He goes in at half-time, absolutely distraught because his man has
scored. But we will play it on. We're talking about set pieces, very
much in the round, and we are incorporating friends as well. That
was significant in terms of St Johnstone's first goal. You also
work at defending throw ins in the final third. From the onset,
Motherwell in good position, his role as ones that ball comes out of
a's Handscomb he stops the cross coming in. And then we have Louis
Laing picking up Weatherspoon. That is a fairly standard setup. The
three against two with the thrower here. I'd only like to draw your
attention that with Motherwell playing three at the back, this
becomes quite important. Normally this is your centre midfielder, as
it is, but that would be all right wide player, not your right
wingback, and the centre-half would be right. Ultimately, want to get
plays on the bed, you will see why be right. Ultimately, want to get
that is important. Yes, he is in front of Wotherspoon. As you see
when it is played back... Yes. If Louis Lange had done his job happily
and stayed with Wotherspoon, it would not have given him the space
to turn and put it in. McManus and Hall have got Maclean, they are
happy to against one. It is a minute before half-time well, lack of
concentration. Big Blue switches. He is thinking like a traditional
centre-back. If he had stayed up tight with Wotherspoon, it would not
have allowed him the space. In fairness to the lad, it is a really
good finish. But concentration, switching off at a set play, it has
done Motherwell this time. We talked about Scobey, redemption for him in
the end. That's right. From Motherwell's point of view, another
last-minute goal they have conceded. Probably two things on this,
originally you would say Michael that Motherwell are probably far too
deep. Yes, they are, this is exactly what you want, the backline up into
the shaded area here. The thing I would like to point out is that the
goalkeeper is just concentrating on the ball here. He has got to be
screaming at them to push them out to give him more space to deal with
the ball. Probably more significantly, Stevie Hamill's
position, picking up Scobey, he has got himself in a bad position. Not
facing the ball. It is about to be taken, he has got in the wrong
position. He is that desperate to keep tight with him, can't see the
ball, and as we play it on, it is a good header by Scobey. And what
would say, some people have looked at the goalie, but if Motherwell are
up on the penalty spot, the head is coming from ten yards, he has more
time to react. The header is coming from 67 yards, and we were just
highlighted. It just shows you how quickly football can change, because
probably from the first half enormous the same position history
of their rooted and gutted. Now he is scoring the winning goal. Martin
McGee described the pitch as dreadful. Would you rather play on
that pitch or an artificial surface? For me, the pitch was not great, but
you get varying degrees of grass parks, you do with Astra Tevez well.
Top flight I would rather play on grass all day long. There is not
saying that is not a place for Astroturf in the future, but at the
moment, top flight, grass all the way for me.
A new man in charge at Rugby Park - would he get off to a winning start?
A first game in charge for the new Carl Meyer neck manager Lee Clark.
After some success with Huddersfield Town he had less successful spells
at Birmingham City and Blackpool. Could he get off on the front foot
at Kilmarnock? The early signs were promising. Josh Magennis looked like
he was in the mood. Evan Holtz cleared the danger.
And there would be more menace from Magennis soon after. Dundee unable
to get the ball clear. But Holt again doing enough to fall the
Northern Ireland international, who fired into Row H or thereabouts.
Clark keen to get his point across, and Kilmarnock continued to dominate
the first time. Gary Decker with the effort over the bar. Next, a free
kick from Craig Slater, and a great save from Scott Bain, to prevent
Kevin Hall from turning into his own net.
The Kelly chances kept going -- Kilmarnock chances kept coming.
Unable to get the of this header. But he would get plenty on this one.
Nick Ross clearing off the line at the back post, as Dundee survived
Clark, but no goal. Dundee's big chance in the first half would be
created by Greg Stuart. His pass found Rory Loy. His shot was
deflected over the bar by Lee Hodson.
0-0 the score at half-time. In the second half, Dandy set about
creating more chances. Kane Hemmings neatly shed up --
setup Paul McGowan, whose shot was blocked and life was about to get
easier for the shot stopper extraordinaire. McDonald did well to
get a strong hand and keep this shot out. With time almost up, Dundee
almost nicked it, Thomas Konrad had a header just wide of the post and
it finished 0-0. Got a bit nervy towards the end because you didn't
want a repeat of Tuesday night. Pleased that once again the
application and the desire of the players is terrific and as long as
we have that we have a great opportunity to succeed. Second half
we created good situations, could have done better, but another clean
sheet, third on the trot, and I thought our goalkeeper was
excellent. Not a bad game for a goalless draw, 20 of chances, both
managers pleased with clean sheets and both goalkeepers had good games.
I was at the game and I really enjoyed it for a goalless draw. A
really good save, he was going one way and he just moves in midair.
really good save, he was going one Terrific save, keeps them in the
game, and I think second half Dundee were the better side. It was a good
save from McDonald's. I wouldn't get too carried away, I would say it was
good, not great, if it had been in the back of the net you would've
been saying, how did he not save it? This one looked fantastic that I
would say it was good, not great, because if it ended up in the net
you would be asking questions of the goalkeeper. It looked fantastic in
the flesh but not translating into the pitches. A good game for Lee
Clark. Last time Kilmarnock lost by several to Dundee so it is progress.
I think the manager has put a good foundation in there and with Lee
Clark coming to the club they have been different since then. The
atmosphere in the place has improved, clean sheets are vital.
That is what they really need. Give them a foundation to build on so
they can get some confidence in the side.
With just one win from their last 11 matches, Hamilton Accies travelled
But they faced a Ross County side who'd beaten them twice
Ross County have captain Davies and Jimmy record back with them. Schalke
is back up front. Hamilton have a suspended player. Ross County have
only picked up one win in the last six league matches.
only picked up one win in the last always. Good save by Michael
McGovern. Good goalkeeping from McGovern. Foster. Players in the
middle. Morris couldn't get the touch, out as far as Crawford.
Crawford had the goal at his mercy. Morris clipped the goalkeeper, who
was stranded there, got a knock in the face. The ball fell back to
Crawford but he couldn't pick his spot. Forster. Davis with the
header. Schalke! That is the breakthrough for Ross County in
stoppage time at the end of the first half, the long thwarted free
kick from Davies picked out Forster and there was Schalk arriving for
his fourth goal this season. His first in the league and County are
in front. Here it is Crawford. He thought he had got away from Jamie
Reckord, who mistimed thought he had got away from Jamie
and he gets a red card. thought he had got away from Jamie
toe-poked beyond him. Jamie Reckord sees red, County down to ten men.
Crawford with the free kick, turned away superbly by Fox.
Crawford with the free kick, turned effort from Crawford. Good
goalkeeping. Corner knocked away by Boyce. Back in, there is Morris. It
just won't go for Accies. They are claiming for a handball on the goal
line. The clearance came from Paul Quinn, he knocked it against Martin
Woods, it looked as though it came off the county player's hand. That
is what Accies are incensed about. Accidental, says the referee. Lovely
reverse pass. Finding McKinnon and the shot turned away superbly by Fox
once more. Accies growing in confidence with the one-man
advantage. Good oral into the box. It has
squirmed into the corner of the net. The Accies are level and it is
Dougie Imrie popping up with the header, getting across with the
header in ahead of Foster and it is his sixth goal of the season, Imrie.
Accies get it away. Crawford. Now here it is Davies. Brought to a halt
by the challenge of Crawford, who claims he got the ball. The referee,
Greg Aitken, says there was a trip. McShane. Brilliant goal from Ian
McShane. The ten men are in front. An exquisite finish with the right
mood to put Ross County in front. I thought the boys battled manfully.
The substitutions had a big part to play as well, and they showed the
spirit in that dressing room to get a win. It was frustrating that it
was free kick after free kick, you can't do anything about the boy
putting the ball in the top corner. I couldn't be critical of the
players, second half they were fantastic. An excellent three points
in the end for Ross County with ten men, great free kick by Ian McShane.
When it is not your day it is not your day. Certainly not. The ball
comes in here, good ball in by Gordon, a lot of bodies. At first it
is a good saint by Martin Woods that there is no way the referee can see
that and I think the Accies were claiming it went over the line, so
maybe Ross County got away with one. You considered Crawford gets a nick
on that but when you watch it in real time you can see why that is
given as a free kick. It is difficulty for the Hamilton guys to
take but understandable how the referee has given that. I am sure
the Accies boys have been doing their homework, to jump or not to
jump at the free kick. -- I am not sure. They have two jump, I have
only seen it go under the ball a couple of times. Then I remembered
only seen it go under the ball a McShane had done it a month ago. It
goes under the wall, Hamilton have done their homework and decided not
to jump and he puts it in the top corner. Hugely frustrating for
Accies and they are on a poor run of form at the moment. A few worries in
terms of the play-off place? A number of teams are around the
play-off spot but in such a bad run of form you will fear for that. They
have to get out of it quickly because the longer it goes on the
more difficult it becomes. Absolutely.
The Ladbrokes Premiership table looks like this.
After their win over Hearts, Dundee United 11 points adrift.
With Rangers visiting Palmerston later this afternoon,
in-form Hibs had the chance to narrow the gap at the top -
for a while at least - against Alloa Athletic
Alan Stubbs has the luxury of making seven changes to the Hibs team that
reached the Scottish Cup quarterfinals. Keatings among those
who get their chance. The same for Alloa Athletic, this starting XI one
a precious point at home to Rangers. Kallis is on the look bench. -- the
bench. That is a great ball through for Martin Boyle, who will open the
scoring for Hibs within five minutes. Great vision from the
online Celtic youngster. Darting run into the box for Boyle, one touch to
lift it over the top of Gallacher and the second put it in the net.
Ryan Finney looks to get the ball in the box and does. What a chance for
Alloa Athletic to equalise immediately. Great ball in from the
wingback and feathering them had a massive chance to equalise. --
Hetherington had. Keatings. Perfect pass for Danny
Mayor Carmichael -- Danny Carmichael, who has his first Hibs
goal Tom and his injury torment is over. It has been tough since his
move from Queen Of The South. Very similar to the goal five minutes in.
This is five minutes from half-time and Carmichael makes it 2-0.
This is five minutes from half-time tried to get there. That would have
been one for the scrapbook for tried to get there. That would have
central defender if this had gone on. It has skimmed the net and gone
over. Carmichael, toying with Alloa Athletic. Here is Henderson, who
takes aim and isn't too far away. He deserves a goal for a masterful
midfield performance, just swerving wide of target, that one. McManus
with the free kick, a glancing header away only as far as
McCausland and that was Mitch Megginson and his shot took a
deflection, took an awkward bounce as well in front of the keeper, Marx
Oxley -- Mark Oxley, and ended up being a really good save. Bracing
away is Henderson. Always aware of what is happening around the back.
McGinn on who has had an impact since coming off the bench. Great
ball, Henderson. Martin Boyle scores again, rounding off a very
satisfactory afternoon for Hibs. Two goals for Boyle and it is three for
Hibs and Alan Stubbs' team stays unbeaten in 2016.
I had no doubt today with the changes I made because I
I had no doubt today with the squad I have, I know the strength
they have, and some people may squad I have, I know the strength
questioned the seventh changes but we weren't questioning it
questioned the seventh changes but for me, we had just as strong a team
as what we did on Tuesday against Hearts. I don't have any qualms over
the end result, I think Hibs deserved to win, but I think my
players did well. We created chances in the second half and if we had
taken them earlier it could have got us back within a goal and it could
have been different but it is lots of positives and two big games on
the horizon. at the victory for hips against hearts. Did you have any
doubts that Hibs would get the three puts? Very much in agreement with
what Alan Stubbs said, there were more than enough strength in that
site come away with a victory at home where they have such a
fantastic record. I am British or he would not put that side out against
Hearts, but it shows the strength and depth that Hibs have. All you
have to do is look at the bench to see that. It shows the strength in
depth, it was very attack minded, a lot of names that you
depth, it was very attack minded, a on the Hibs bench got the chance
depth, it was very attack minded, a today. Fantastic pass. They were
playing as two high wing-backs, but the quality of passing, this is
another one. Just getting in behind, lovely when I'm great finish. I
would say probably five of the lads on the bench today would be
first-team players. Stevenson is injured. This was a really good
passing move. On the other side of it, Alloa had one or two chances.
Really strong performance. The ball comes in here and ball gets his
third. You see a player like Henderson, on loan, and see how many
midfielders they have. There is a real effervescence about his play.
He fits in very well to the setup. He has a manager that has given him
a lot of trust and belief, Filton full of confidence. You see the end
result, some great performances from him.
Hibs narrowing the gap on Rangers to five points.
Could Rangers stretch it back to eight, with victory at Queen
The Rangers manager Mark Warburton not a fan of artificial pitches -
this would be the third artificial surface Rangers had played
James Fowler makes a solitary change to the side that won against St
Mirren. Andy Murdoch sets out today, Miller comes in. Rangers are without
Martin Waghorn, hurt in the Scottish Cup win against Kilmarnock.
Mark Millar, plenty of targets including Derek Lyle at the back.
Good save. Then headed wide! Fotheringham did really well here. A
good position, got the follow-up too. Free kick, dealt with by Tim
Atkinson. 21-year-old, just the third appearance of the season.
Dealing with the free kick from the full-back. Tavern near, on the King.
Back again. Two players interchange. Rides the challenge well. Andy
Halliday, goes for the curl, spilt by the keeper. Great save. King
can't get there. Cracking challenge by Kyle Houghton. The goalkeeper
made the mistake, it was a decent shot. But Clark was denied, the
goalkeeper up quickly. That is what they are trained to do. Ryan Conroy
with the corner from the right hand side. Back into the middle. Lewis
Kidd is calling for it. Rattles the crossbar. What a hit that was. Chris
Higgins laid it back to him. Queens are struggling now. Tries to
show him on the outside. And does just that. Great action. O'Halloran
with a long-running, but plays this just that. Great action. O'Halloran
back. This rattles the frame. Halladay will run over. That goes
down as casual stop of the day from Jim at consent. There is the hand
up, have a corner. Queen of the South battling again. Rosol Centre
out wide, calling for a again. Back on the Harris. --
that is not a good clearance. Following out truly quickly. He had
to be. That is alert goalkeeping. Mark Warburton, a glance at the
clock. Wallace. Miller has made a run, bounces up, Kenny Miller has
gone for Gradel! The half volley a reminder of that cup final winning
goal in 2009, what a strike from Kenny Miller. It is his 100th league
goal in Scotland, his 73rd for Rangers, and he delivered it with
aplomb. Higher than he thought, the desired result exactly what he
wanted! Here is Ryan Conroy. Fotheringham doing his job. Always
looks a decent stop when you dive, but that is confident goalkeeping.
Atkinson sent it long. Picked up by Jason Holt, it is opening up for
Jason Holt! Out of the hands of the goalkeeper, somehow he got it on to
the bar. It had power. The goalkeeper would have been blushing
if that had gone in. Corner. That is a great header from Higgins. It is
another good save from Wes Fotheringham. He got the angle on
this perfectly, scooped clear by the keeper. Holt, on to Miller, Rangers
will be happy to waste a few seconds here, Miller into Wallace, a great
little run, Wallace, back onto Kenny Miller for two. Arguably an easier
chance than the one he scored. Great play from Rangers. He knows this
could be their final chance. Conroy sent it in. Andy Dowie, over the
top. Queen of the South's final chance.
Another three points for Rangers, and they are eight points ahead of
Hibs again. Hibs have a game in hand against Morton in midweek. 1-0 they
lost to Falkirk this weekend, Falkirk five points behind Hibs.
What you have to say is the Rangers road show, where we saw a barrel
load of goals being scored earlier, slowed down today, and Queen of the
South had their chances. Threw it was a good game. This was early on,
a free header from a set play. Knocks it wide.
Now 1-0 today. A lot of people talk about Waghorn and tavern near, Holt,
but Fotheringham has been a sound as anybody. Why has it slow down? I
think a common mission of things. It is very difficult to maintain that
level of tempo throughout a whole season. Teams have started to suss
out the way Rangers play, trying to play a bit more defensive and
frustrate Rangers. I think the combination of those two things has
led to them not scoring a barrel load, but the most important thing
is you get three points. That is the sign of a good team, and Rangers
have been able to do that. A stupendous strike from Kenny Miller
to this match. Yes, as stupendous strike from Kenny Miller
vote in the Scottish Cup final. It is a fantastic strike. They used to
work that, and I have seen Kenny Miller do Scotland. The other Miller
switches off and doesn't go with him, but that is harsh. For him to
shoot it from there, probably the highest shot ever to come down and
land it surprised Kenny. The get his reaction. Fantastic goal to win any
game. I am pleased for him, he has signed a new deal and are still
scoring the goals. It is all heading to this match between Hibs and
Rangers in mid April. As long as it still maintains just a few points,
that game will be vital. Michael, thank you for struggling
that game will be vital. Michael, championship race could go all
that game will be vital. Michael, way to the wire. From all
Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.
Sportscene has highlights from the weekend's SPFL action including Celtic's clash with Inverness CT, Aberdeen's trip to Partick and Hearts' visit to Dundee United. Elsewhere, Kilmarnock face Dundee, Ross County host Hamilton and St Johnstone entertain Motherwell. Also, the race for promotion from the Championship heats up.