21/10/2012 Sportscene


21/10/2012

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Out of the international break with a weekend's worth of 21 SPL goals

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to show you. St Johnstone midfielder Chris Miller at Aberdeen

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legend Willie Miller are here. First, to Tynecastle for Hearts

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from their head gnocchi suffered a fortnight back. -- they a knock --

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the head knock he suffered. Paul Mitchell was at the match.

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Motherwell, moving forward, Jamie Murphy gets the shot away. It is an

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early corner kick for Motherwell. Jamie Murphy has scored in only one

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the curling shot from Andrew Driver. Good play, good takedown from

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strike from the Arsenal back -- Hearts full-back. Stunning,

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unstoppable strike, Darren Randolph with No chance. And John McGlynn is

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delighted. Motherwell come Oliver Goode, a recent record that

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Tynecastle. That is on to Keith Lasley, Michael Higdon was calling

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for it in the middle. Humphrey, just taking Danny Grainger out of

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away. There was a shout for hand partner, but Jamie MacDonald was

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from Novikovas. That is another good, angled ball from Motherwell

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more space for Chris Humphrey, and it is headed away by Andrew Webster.

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That was a heavy challenge, but referee Willie Collum shakes his

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head. Motherwell had a good shout Grainger sitting off him. And

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Higdon - good effort. No goals in his last two. Motherwell, again,

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already seen one stunning strike this afternoon, Ryan Stevenson

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his shoulder, but Humphrey does well, and Michael Higdon! Danny

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Grainger had to be aware just how quick Chris Humphrey is. Michael

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Picton to streak with the shot. -- Higdon too straight. John Sutton

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scored five times for Motherwell against Hearts, but he was just

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the line from Andrew Webster. He peeled off on to the line, he read

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path of John Sutton. Callum Patterson on the angle, or an over,

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it was a chance for the second goal. it was a chance for the second goal.

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-- up and over. It was a happy end for a week where the cash did not

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flow for Hearts. Is it difficult to know where Hearts are going to end

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up at the end of the season? probably is. They are in an unusual

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financial situation, they have Fatah cut their squad and are

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having problems paying wages, although it is not affecting team

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spirit, but the squad is smaller than in the past. There are still

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questions for Hearts to answer this season. Back-to-back defeats for

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Motherwell - any cause for alarm? don't think so. The squad is strong,

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they have got some good players. That was a quality strike from

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Danny Grainger, wasn't it? It was, it was fantastic. The defenders

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have got to make up their mind whether to close someone with his

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quality down. Which you thought Motherwell for not reacting more

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quickly? At the time they are probably hoping that at that sort

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of range, is he going to put it into the top corner? He does have a

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history of striking well from outside the box. Perhaps the

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defender just made the wrong decision. To sit back and not

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closed him down early enough. know about his ability as a former

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team-mate of his at St Johnstone. You us, he strikes the ball very

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well, as you can see. This is a more on that the right leg, he cuts

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inside and strikes it very well, Allan McGregor will not forget this

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one in a hurry, against Rangers. Fantastic strike, that it has won

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up. That was a collector's item from Danny Grainger. Motherwell

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manager Stuart McCall reckoned his team were worth a point. Most

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managers do think that. Should they have had a penalty kick? There was

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a lot of talk about the challenge on Michael Higdon. The big striker

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goes up for it. I am not too sure what is in his mind, is he trying

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to take it on his chest? Andrew Mercer has every right to go for

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that ball. -- Webster. I think that is good defending. He saw the

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opportunity. Michael Higdon has waited on the ball. He was waiting

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to take it on his chest. And Andrew Webster powered up past him and it

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is a great defensive header, for me. He anywhere else on the park you

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would probably get a foul, but in the box, for it to be a penalty,

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there has got to be more contact. It was not given, and Hearts 1, 1

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Ivy 0. St Johnstone hope to bring back echoes of the 70s against

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Kilmarnock, stringing together five straight top-flight victories for

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the significance of the home win. St Johnstone almost got off to a

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great start. And the defender was at it again, Cammy Bell in goals

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did well to kill with the the shot initially but could not keep out

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the header. Davidson, the scorer. Cillian Sheridan came close for,

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not, but the effort from the former St Johnstone man hit the woodwork.

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After the break it was about St Johnstone. Cammy Bell was back to

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his old ways, after being out for a broken hand. Michael Nelson set up

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a chance forcing Johnson, who sent Nigel Hasselbaink on his way. --

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Hasselbaink had been quite quiet apart from that effort, but then

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there is a warning for him to look away now, he got the ball back from

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Dutchman, perhaps not his finest moment. But he kept battling away,

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perhaps with that Miss still on his mind when he made his run and opted

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to have a go himself. His frustration was plain to see. With

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the clock ticking, Gregory Tade handed Nigel Hasselbaink one more

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chance to redeem that missed, and Distin, success for Nigel as a back.

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He did a little jig to celebrate. And there was a player pile up to

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follow. Good skill from Gregory Tade. And with his earlier miss,

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Hasselbaink no doubt relieved to see discoing end. Kilmarnock then

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worried St Johnstone, grabbing a goal straight back, but it was

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merely a consolation for James Fowler. And now Willie Ormond is no

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longer the last manager to lead St Johnstone-5 straight league

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What has changed apart from the points total? We are getting breaks

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in front of goal and taking chances. Not a lot has changed in training.

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The confidence is back, and it has proved that way. Could you be in

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contention per-second place? don't know, there is a long way to

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go in the league, there are lots of other teams that can catch us. But

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we have got ability. Just a matter of weeks ago, questions were been

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asked about Steve Lomas, and now, he is a hero. I was at the Celtic

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game and they look good and then went one down, but they have got

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back and played some very good football and have gone on an

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amazing run for St Johnstone. Steve Lomas has had them playing well.

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Duly came they did not play well as against Aberdeen. -- you're only

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game. So, it has been a great run for St Johnstone and they are

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thoroughly deserve to be where the matter. -- where they art. You can

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see the belief growing from game to game. Yes, that is a couple of

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goals he has had this year. And this was where it all kicked off,

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with the winner against Celtic. You badly-needed points at that stage.

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This game, it was more important to get the victory. We held on, then

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we got back into it. What do you think of the St Johnstone squad?

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is strong. Steve Lomas has put together a strong side. They have

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got options right through the squad, they are powerful and can play

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football. Watching Gregory Tade, his energy and work-rate against

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Celtic was fantastic. Nigel Hasselbaink can this chances, but

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he can score them, as well. might have got some serious earache

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from his manager if he had not scored that later goal. I do not

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think Nigel will want to see this again. You think that he is going

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to put it in, but he goes with the wrong foot. And it gets away from

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him. He is in a position to miss it, shall we say. And the reverse

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position, if he squares this, surely Gregory Tade scores. Gregory

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Tade will be frustrated. All he needed was the square ball and he

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can stroke that into the back of the net. He gets himself into

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positions. He does not score with every chance increase, but that is

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an opportunity for a striker to put the ball in the back of the net.

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think Gregory Tade a thought twice about not passing to him, there.

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Nigel just steps round the goalkeeper and tucks that away

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nicely, and he deserves that, because he worked hard for the old

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game. Five victories in a row for St Johnstone. It is hard to believe

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that Dundee United were goal has in the SPL right through September.

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United were trying to rediscover that scoring feeling against

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into the swing of things. -- United. They have been in cold storage

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after losing so heavily at penalty area. Mark Miller there. He

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is right down their throat. United Rankin. United are back in business.

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John Rankin draws first blood not getting it. This was a superb

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 142 seconds

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winning the game. That was a good ball. Has John Rankin gone for the

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In look like a great game. Well Aberdeen be setting their sights on

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that second spot? Absolutely. They haven't lost any players and they

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have got a number of bright youngsters coming through as well.

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The game yesterday was a fabulous game. It was a fabulous absurd for

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Scottish football. Both managers playing with three strikers up

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front and there were chances galore. It was enthralling. Is it no

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coincidence that the return of McGeown has coincided with Aberdeen

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climbing the table? Since he has been back, he has added the goal

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scoring touch. He is a clever player and he has got a lot of pace.

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Dundee United are still second from bottom, but they eat played like

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their old selves yesterday. Absolutely. This strike was

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wonderful to watch. What defenders do not want is a player running at

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them. A fabulous strike from John Rankin. John Daly is being played

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in central defence, but Johnnie Russell seems to play his best stop

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when he has John Daly around him. Absolutely. It helps with the

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goalscoring. You don't expect United to be at the bottom for too

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long, do you? Absolutely not. could gain. Ross County have had

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three straight defeats. They didn't fancy for in a row at home to Hibs.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 142 seconds

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lucky bounce. -- he gets a lucky His third goal in three games.

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Question marks over the goalkeeper there. Just onto the roof of the

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and off the top of the crossbar. So close to his second goal of the

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just couldn't finish. Time running It was your team that ended Ross

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County 13 monthly grant. They needed that yesterday after losing

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twice. Absolutely. When we beat them, we were down to 10 men. They

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put a lot of pressure on us. It is a great win for them. A good goal

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for McManaman. Would you expecting to kick on from here? There is a

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classic free kick. All good strikers anticipate and they get in

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there behind the defence. Ross County should get a lot a credit

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for the work that has been done. It is a difficult place to go to.

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Nobody likes going to Hibs. don't you like it? Everyone knows

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they will get a difficult game when they go there. Hibs fans should not

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be too distraught because it has been amazing for them. This year

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there have been flying high, although the fans will probably not

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be happy with, but they'll just have to wait for the next game.

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SPL leaders squared up to St Mirren. Looking to get the build up right

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Ambrose is comfortable with the Celtic. That is some celebration! A

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big blunder by it Scotland squad keeper Sampson. Made it easy for

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Ambrose. Celtic have played little more than half an hour and this is

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target. Celtic threatening to it straight at Fraser Forster.

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Steven Thompson misses the target and cannot bear to look. He knows

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from Izaguirre. Then the reverse pass outside to David van Zanten.

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That bust time in from Jim Goodwin, Thomson had a flash at it, it is a

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good try, and it is just too high. Watt - 550! -- 5-0. And Natural

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born finisher. That was a top quality ball from Izaguirre. And

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the grounds of agree afternoon. The corner kick from Charlie Mulgrew.

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That was some header for Victor Wanyama, who could not have been

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St Johnstone the only team to beat Celtic so far this season - will

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bustle? Anything can happen. Barcelona are one of the best teams

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that anyone has seen. I hope that Celtic go out there and put on a

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good show. How good is Victor Wanyama? How complete a player is

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the 21-year-old? He has got pretty much everything - strength,

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finishing, he just puts his foot right through the ball to finish.

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He is a very good passer of the ball and a great asset plays as

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well. He looks up and gets it on to the right foot and cowls that into

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the far post. Top-notch strike. what is he like to play against?

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Very difficult. He has all the attributes you want from a modern

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He can certainly head the ball as well, that is for sure. He almost

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got his hat-trick with that bullet header. St Mirren must have gone

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into it thinking the same as St Johnstone, beat Celtic in between

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the international break and the Champions League match, they our

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felt some confidence but made too many mistakes. So St Mirren will be

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disappointed with how they defended some of the goals. But, to repair,

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Celtic took their chances. -- to be fair. We have spoken about an

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exciting Kenyan 21-year-old, and there is an exciting eight-year-old

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Scotsman who is getting more chances in the Celtic first team,

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and he is taking these opportunities. He is great to see

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him getting the opportunity, and he is certainly taking it. His

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movement is fabulous. He is full of running as well. Importantly, when

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he gets into the box, he has got a can this and he is able to sniff

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out charmed -- chances -- he has got calmness. It is not easy for a

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youngster to take those chances that a big club like Celtic. He has

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got to get himself into that position. He is looking for it and

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snuffing out chances. When he gets that's jazz, he certainly buries it.

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-- that chance. There is a buzz about Celtic with and that European

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victory in Moscow. They have an unlit, young players and Inter

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nationals, everything bodes well for them just now. He has taken no

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chance exceptionally well. And the celebration is absolutely wonderful.

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He is so agile. That is a gold medal performance. Absolutely

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impressed with it. Definitely 9.9, isn't it? I can remember some

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impressive goal celebrations from years gone by. It was a title-

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winning year ago. I think you are allowed to be happy when you have

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just won the title. I tried to throw in a back flip, as well!

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was a back flop. I would have to agree! This needs explaining from

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the St Johnstone point of view, a pilot after the goal by Nigel

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Hasselbaink. The goal was a modern take on some elders dancing, and

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the pile up has become a trademark. -- some Elvis Presley dancing.

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did not get involved? I am going to get some stick about that.

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Inverness had a trip to dens Park with Terry Butcher's side hoping to

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make it three victories on the make it three victories on the

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downs. -- bounce. Dundee were not done a good run whilst Caley

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Thistle were looking to make it three victories on the trot. The

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visitors went ahead after four minutes. Rab Douglas came to the

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shot, but the ball came off him and into the path of Billy Mackay.

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Friday night became great night for Dundee as Inverness doubled their

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lead three minutes later. Gary Warren at the back post. A bad

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start for the home side to have not won at dens Park all season. But

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then there was some neat and then breathe play between the Nicky

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Riley and that set up Colin Nish. Great finish with Dundee back in it.

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Three goals, only 13 minutes played. That seemed to spark in the into

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life, then another lovely ball four or Jim McAllister, only for the

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goalkeeper to smother his ever. There was plenty of shouting from

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the Dundee manager, if only there was something for Barry Smith to

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shout about. The Caley Thistle keeper thwarting Colin Nish again.

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At 2-1 up, the short run Ross deeper crashed back of the bar.

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Frustration for Draper. Inverness had the chance to wrap up all three

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points, when Shane Sutherland was chopped down, then the boos as a

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former Dundee loanee took the penalty. Andrew Shinnie scored his

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7th goal of the season and was involved in setting up the winner

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for Billy Mackay's second of the night, giving Caley Thistle their

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second win on the grounds whilst They under the tops calls in the

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SPL having doubled their tally in at the last three games. Dundee at

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the bottom of the league, but they still have a lot to play for.

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changes in the summer, big personnel changes at Caley Thistle.

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Is that brave by Terry Butcher in what he did? He was getting some

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stick, for a while, and getting rid of was tautly, looked like it might

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come back to haunt him. Yes, he's a experienced players, players who

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gave lots of their print -- playing career to Inverness, that the fans

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enjoyed watching, so that was a brave decision, but he has looked

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at his squad, he has got a fair bit of experience, and decided he is

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going to be big enough to make these changes. He has gone into the

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market and brought in players from down south, and put together a

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squad that is looking like it can do something in the SPL. They have

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built up a head of steam, it is like a smaller version of what

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seemed Johnson have done. Confidence is massive in football.

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You can see that, they are playing with freedom, scoring goals, if

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they keep that form going they will have a chance of a top-six spot.

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you fear for Dundee, five points adrift at the bottom? You have got

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to. They found themselves in an unusual position, with no time, the

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way, to prepare for the SPL. They might have got to take the

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opportunity to come in but have not had that preparation. It is a big

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jump coming up from the First Division. You fear for them a

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little bit. I'm sure that Barry Smith and the Dundee supporters

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will hope they can get the odd result, but at this time it is

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looking rather bleak for them. There table looks better for Celtic

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and Dundee at the moment. St And those that five-point gap

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between Dundee and Dundee United at the bottom. We have a look at the

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