St Johnstone v Celtic, Kilmarnock v Dundee Utd, Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Partick Thistle, Ross County v Motherwell, Hibs v St Mirren, Falkirk v Livingston.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the results show, nice to have you with
us. Who needs facial navigation technology when you have guests,
once glimpsed, never forgotten. Marc Wilson and Stuart Cosgrove, I will
leave you to work out which is which! You might not see our
reporters that you will definitely hear them which is a good thing,
starting right now. To Tannadice where Dundee United are playing
second from bottom Kilmarnock. It is 4-0, without question United's best
performance of the season, dominating what looks like a
beleaguered Kilmarnock side. All four goals in the first half. Mark
Durnan, John Rankin and Spittal with the goals. Let's go up the table and
find out what is happening at Celtic Park where the leaders are at home
against St Johnstone. Celtic heading for their fifth league win in a row.
Two from Gary Mackay-Steven and one from Armstrong, St. Johnstone were
up the list but the home team are on course for three points. Alistair
Lamb and is at Fir Park. It is to Noh to Ross County, Motherwell
hoping to recover from their annihilation last week but it is
County during the business. Irvine got them off and running and that
was added to by Graham. The visitors in control. Next to the high lines
-- Highlands. 0-0, both teams would move up the league with a point. It
started brightly with the home team missing some early chances, Storey
should have netted, he had a brilliant long-range strike that
journey tipped over. -- Cerny. Let's go to Easter Road, find out what is
happening between Hibernian and St Mirren. Hibs are looking to close
the gap to two ponds and looking good for it. A wonderful free kick
from Henderson -- two points. St Mirren have barely threatened a
leveller. Anthony Stokes has come on as a substitute. And now Falkirk
against Livingston. Falkirk want to keep up their momentum to keep up
with the top two. At the moment they are being held. Sibbald put them in
front just before the interval but Buchanan equalised five minutes into
the second half. The Falkirk defence could not deal with the ball. 1-1.
Welcome to the show. As a former Dundee United defender, we are
watching pictures of their match, can you believe it? Part of me can.
I tipped them to win the game today. But it's so unusual for them to be
playing like this. The difference in the team... There is a real
character. Every corner and throw in, they look like a team possessed.
You can see the effects of what a clearly meeting can do. Have you
ever experienced that? Do they work? Sometimes. On this occasion it is.
Dundee United look to have changed their formation, I don't know if
that comes from the players speaking to the manager, but they have
changed to 4-4-2 and it is working. Time for a clear the air meeting at
McDiarmid Park? Obviously Celtic are very strong at home. We are doing
better than in our last meeting. By all accounts, Hallam has come back
and event is pace on the right. We nearly scored again quite recently.
It is not done yet but you would have to say that Celtic are
favourites. And St. Johnstone ad gone five games without scoring
before this. Steven MacLean back on the scoresheet. It is fantastic
because he is one of these great link up players. He is very
talented, he can hold the ball and find someone, whether a midfielder
or a another striker. He is well into double figures so he can score
himself. Just keep him away from the penalties! Ross County beating
Motherwell, that seems a bit surprising. Not from the pictures.
Motherwell looked to be on the up, they turned a corner and Mark McGhee
had them playing some good football. And then the collapse against Hearts
and that looks to have had an effect because looking at it today, Ross
County could have had more. Not a great game in the Highlands, only
one chance. It is pay what you like day as well! They might not think an
awful lot of it! It is disappointing, people want goals and
action and it is a disappointing score for both teams but ironically,
when you look at the table, if you can get a point away from home,
Partick Thistle will feel that is worth having. Now to the Friday
night football, Aberdeen had a chance to reduce Celtic Boss lead to
the top for a while, but they would have to beat Dundee at Pittodrie and
they certainly did. Just one goal in it, coming from an unsurprising
source in Adam Rooney. Such a vital player for them. Who else is going
to score? He has so many this season, I think that is number 16
and he is always in the right place at the right time. A lot of those
were penalties, but this shows his striking awareness. He knows there
is a chance, the writeback can't do too much. Rooney is in there to tuck
it away. A really good goal in terms of an important goal. He will never
be as good as Benny Rooney! But the other thing, that was the type of
game Aberdeen might have conceded points, it needed to be done. Ten
games unbeaten now. Impressive, and if you look at it, like the run they
went on at the start of the season before they went off the rails, if
Derek McInnes is analysing this run, the games he will be annoyed at
other draws against Partick Thistle and Inverness. They could have gone
top. Although they did not get beaten, it was still an opportunity.
It is great to be on a run but those results will still be in his mind.
We can hear from Derek McInnes and what he said after the match and
also from Paul Hartley. It is only 1-0, and with their quality you are
never totally relaxed. But we have to enjoy the result. It was a strong
performance tonight and a lot of good play. The first half was end to
end at times. Bain was in inspired form. We had chances at the other
end, the second half was a bit scrappy,
end, the second half was a bit better. We could have nicked it at
the end but better. We could have nicked it at
with the effort and attitude better. We could have nicked it at
work ethic. The shape was brilliant also. Celtic looked to be reopening
that lead back to six points but Aberdeen's next match is against
Celtic at Pittodrie. And their last defeat was against Celtic. It is a
massive game. Aberdeen have shown they can beat Celtic at Pittodrie
already this season. Interesting to see how it pans out.
already this season. Interesting to forward to. Do you think they can
stay the course? We made the point that they have won before at
Pittodrie, they have to win this one. Anything else and Celtic go
away. A lot of Hearts fans will be watching to see if Aberdeen can take
Celtic and make it more interesting at the top. There has been a goal at
Tannadice. Another one for United. And what a goal, it came from Sean
Dillon. He picked it up midway inside the Kilmarnock half, got the
break of the ball in the box and he was well inside the six yard box
when he put it beyond Jamie MacDonald into the back of the net.
That means that all ten outfield players were inside that box
praising Sean Dillon. He is taking the applause of the huge crowd here.
5-0 and that does not do it justice, they have completely dominated
Kilmarnock in every area. They believe they can survive. They might
well do. Let's head to Celtic Park. Still 3-1. A thoroughly enjoyable
game. Two for Mackay-Steven and one for Armstrong, Steven MacLean got
the equaliser for St. Johnstone. A sweet flick on the near post after
some good running. Since Johnson have been impressive despite the
scoreline -- St. Johnstone. Gordon made a great save from Liam Craig.
But you would expect Celtic to restore their lead act to six points
at the top. It is game on at Fir Park. Motherwell have got the goal,
it is Stephen Pearson you have got it with four minutes left. A corner
fell to Pearson about 12 yards out and he put the laces through it with
his left foot and smashed it past Scott Fox as Motherwell go forward
again! McFadden almost lobbed Fox but he just got his finger tips to
it. Motherwell will be doing everything they can to get a point
from this but it is still 2-1. Are you enjoying yourself any more at
Inverness? We had a little spark of action, Miles Storey dribbled to the
byline and cut it back and there was Liam Polworth, we thought he would
score but he put it in his past the post when he had to score. We can go
to Easter Road, Hibs against St Mirren. They have brought on Anthony
Stokes for his debut and they should have gone 3-1 up. Liam Fontaine with
a header but he put it over the bar. Jamie Langley and a bit of luck have
combined to keep the score at 2-1. Hibs are looking to go within two
points of Rangers at the top. Time to hear about Livingston and
Falkirk. Six minutes left and a frustrating afternoon for Falkirk
who want to win to stay in second place but they are being frustrated
by Livingston. Falkirk took the lead through Craig Sibbald with a goal
that the home defence made a mess of. And then Liam Buchanan's 10th of
the season equalised, again the defence at fault. Kevin O'Hara has
missed an absolute sitter to put Falkirk in front. Frustrating for
them. We can head back to Tannadice where there has been another goal.
One assumes it is a sixth. Incorrect! It has come for
Kilmarnock, a corner from the left and Josh Magennis with a near post
header that went John and Kawashima. Too little, too late -- beyond
Kawashima. A couple of talking points, Hibs have brought on Anthony
Stokes, 2-1 up against St Mirren, Inverness can't score, they need
strikers but Stokes goes for a dive club. It is odd if you are looking
at the league ladder but not at momentum. No question that Hibs play
a game that best suits him. There is also a sense of him wanting to prove
that he is still a worthy Celtic player. And much to go to, League
Cup semifinal next week against St Johnstone at Tynecastle, he has
things to look forward to. On Vallance he would rather be playing
for Hibs having for the Championship than Inverness in that battle for
who is going into the play-off places -- on balance. It is Hamilton
against Hearts tomorrow. There could be goals galore if both teams most
recent outings are anything to go by, here is the evidence for that.
Exhibit one, Hamilton's visit to Celtic Park in midweek.
Hamilton fans look away now. This was a horror show. When you go to
Celtic Park, they carve you up. Fantastic goals. That was a great
one. You fear for them. It could have been more here.
I watched them against St Johnstone. They defended.
St Johnstone threw in the box. They were more direct.
Hearts playing that way could be better equipped to deal with such
problems. Stuart, looking into middle space?
Because of a theory that I have. I am not a fan of the player/manager.
I think it is difficult if he comes in to strengthen the back four or to
remain as the manager there. It is a difficult decision to make. He has
come under criticism. Do you think he will play tomorrow? I don't think
it works, player/manager. I don't think he can cons strait on the team
when on the pitch. In contrast, Hearts, gave Motherwell
a pasting last Saturday, 6-0. Hearts can do it. They have the
players and the confidence. The team is on top of their game.
Like Aberdeen, they can score plenty goals. I was surprised when I heard
the scoreline. Motherwell are a team on the up.
Mark McGee came out to say that they would give it a go but on the day
they were blown away. Where do you stand on the debate on the side?
Overly robust. The other thing is the surprising results. No-one
predicted the hammering that Motherwell took, apart from Mark who
has tangerine eyes, nobody predicted Dundee United win either.
Convincing, 5-1. And big results. There is a lot of unpredictable
things happening in the league. That is good.
This could be predictable. A goal at Easter Road and a predictable
scorer? Anthony stokes, he got the goal. I did not give you time to
answer the question, he tapped in as he came on as a subcity document
He will not get an easier one than this. It was lovely on the left-hand
side. Put on a plate for the Irishman. I was to say it was an on
loan Celtic player who made a big impression, today, not Stokes. That
a was he unanimous Henderson. Who did a wonderful kick for his goal.
And McGinn, also produced a deficit. But Stokes, the new boy Hasapoped
one home. When he asked me, I was going to say
Thompson. So, Stuart, is it Hibs and St
Johnstone next week a match to look forward to with confidence? I always
go to games with a wee bit of confidence. St Johnstone are a good
team. It is set up to be a fantastic game of football. Open ended. Both
teams want to play football. I have a feeling we have something in the
locker that we have not proved in the last month. I noticed that Alan
Stubbs was saying that Hibs could win the treble. Yes. This including
a cup that they have not won in 110 years! I had to check that fact.
Good luck to that. That is you talking down Peter Head
again? I think it will be a great game of football. Disappointed that
the SPFL have not sorted out the ticket situation. And St Johnstone
fans have been denied where they have been unable to get tickets due
to the allocations sold out. But that said, it should be a good game.
I'm going 2-1 to St Johnstone. It is a wee bit curious, the ticket
situation. Not secures, outrageous. I think it will be a good game of
football with two sides. I'm going for a Hibs victory. I the signing of
Anthony Stokes could be the boost that they need. He wanted the game
at Tannadice. And looking at Tannadice, 5-1 to
United to take them to within 11 points of Kilmarnock, does it begin
to look realistic, the avoiding of chances of relegation? I felt today
that they needed to win this for any sort of chance. Now they have
another two or three important games with Thistle, Motherwell and
Hamilton away. That is three important games. The momentum and
the confidence to take, could put them in good straights going
forward. And Motherwell have lost at home to
Ross County. Alastair can fill us in.
County County surviving a late flurry from Motherwell to claim
their first league win. Moving up to fourth in the Premiership in the
process. Jackson irvain gave them the lead. There was an injury in the
warm-up and Irvine came on. He defendantly controlled a corner
deep to the back post beforelashing it forwards despite the best efforts
of one of the Motherwell defenders. County County controlled the match
after. Brian Graham doubled their advantage in the second half. Firing
in to a fairly straightforward finish. It looked like the points
were wrapped up, then Stephen Pearson smashed in a goal. Then a
barnstorming finish and Scot Fox required to save a brilliant
one-handed save. Ross County County had done enough. They took the three
points. 2-1 to Ross County.
And now over to the match of Celtic v St Johnstone.
The story of the game, well, Gary Mackay's goal.
Great running on the right-hand side from the Rangers target, Michael
Hallerhan. And ten minutes after the interval,
Gary MacKay-Steven again making it 3-1, stroking past mannis.
Great effort cleared off the line. And Gordon pulling off a fantastic
save. Celtic clicked at the key times. Gary Mackay in particular.
The top of the pool well deserved. And now let's hear how it finished
at Caledonian Thistle against Inverness.
The homeside started well with Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo and Vigurs
going close. It looked all set for an
entertaining match but Ross Draper had a close range header from a
tight angle. Almost crept in. A claim for a penalty was waved away.
The second half was poor, other than a fantastic long-range effort. The
chance of the match when the ball was placed wide.
An important game for Thistle. The big story of the day coming from
Tannadice from Brian McGloughlin. A standing ovation for the United
players after a 5-1 win. The best performance of the season. 4-0 up
after the break. A complete performance.
The players were drilling the ball into the bottom corner. Durnan with
a header for the club. Before Spittal grabbing his second of the
afternoon. Then John Rankin making it forward with a volley. Number
five came from the captain, Shaun dillion. An amazing run.
Josh Magennis scored a consolation goal for Kilmarnock. Now Dundee
United have hope of survival. The gap at the bottom is down to 11
points, they have a game in hand. On this evidence they will prove as if
they can catch Kilmarnock. It finished here at packed Tannadice.
Now to Easter Road for the full-time report. Watching Hibernian against
St Mirren. No problem for Hibs. A comfortable
victory, it should have been a more impressive victory. 3-1 it ended.
The headlines about Anthony stokes. It began with a free kick by
Henderson. Over Jamie Langfield in the first half. Added two, John
McGinn against his old club. A good play by Jason Cummings.
Stevie Mallon with a free kick gave St Mirren hope. A terrific finish
from Mallan. But Hibs had St Mirren hope. A terrific finish
after chance in the second half. Pall Hanlon saw a header tipped over
by Jamie Langfield, and Pall Hanlon saw a header tipped over
third goal arrived. It had to be Stokes. He could not marks he did
third goal arrived. It had to be not miss, it finished in the capital
with Hibernian three, not miss, it finished in the capital
And then to Falkirk against not miss, it finished in the capital
Dominating large parts not miss, it finished in the capital
for a point so not miss, it finished in the capital
go above them in the second place in the table.
Falkirk dominated in the first half. Taking the lead in the 44th minute.
That was a lead that they held for five minutes by Sibbald. Then the
Falkirk defence made a mess of a cross, and Buchanan knocked a goal
into the net. After that Falkirk again dominated. A great chance by
Paul ball son. And a superb header from Kerr but a
fantastic save by Livingston. Kevin O'Hara on as a substitute,
should have scored but knocked it past the post. Frustration for
Falkirk. It finish, Livingston, one, Falkirk, one.
And now good afternoon Sandra Brown, watching Queen of the South against
Alloa athletic. The game here for the first time in
six weeks... Oh, cut off. It finished in a 1-0 win for Queen
of the South. A great result again for Hibs.
Taking them back to second with a game in hand over Falkirk.
It is what hobs have to do. To win the games that they are expected to
win if they are to keep up with Rangers. Anthony stokes will help
them along the way. He will score goals.
Falkirk were due a wee stumble? I think if you are a Falkirk fan you
will be going home really disappointed. That, on at least on
the surface of it, it was three points for them. I think that they
are the unsung heroes of that league. Everyone talking about
Rangers, Hibs, it is disappointing that they have lost ground. But they
are still in the hunt. And one assumes that they will
finish in the play-off spot. All that much, if you finish second or
third? Of course it does! Of course, if they finish third it means that
they have fallen back. I think that they could seriously still hurt
either Rangers or Hibs because if you look at it, they can cut
somebody's throat. It is the old adage, we might not win the league
but we can decide who does. Right, chaps, it is time to go to
the classifieds results round-up. So, the trusty fourth official and
off we go with the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership.
Time for a look at the league tables, Celtic are now six points
clear of Aberdeen again after a good win this afternoon. Dundee United
now 11 points behind Kilmarnock. Ross County are up to fourth place
after a good win. Hibs are back into second after a good win at home
against St Mirren, two points behind Rangers who play Moreton on Monday.
Livingston are five clear of Alloa Athletic. -- Morton.
Ayr United narrowed the gap slightly at the top.
Two points is the deficit between East Stirlingshire and Berwick
Rangers. Letta City are back on top after beating Stoke City 3-0.
Arsenal and Manchester City are yet to play this weekend. Man United
lost at home against Southampton. Aston Villa are six behind
Sunderland. The bottom does not change much.
Bolton Wanderers are still there but just one point behind Charlton with
Bristol City also in trouble. Let's get some details of the matches in
the English Premier League. This had more goals than the game at
Tannadice, Norwich against Liverpool, a remarkable match.
Possibly the game of the season at Carrow Road. Won by Adam Lallana
deep into the fifth minute of stoppage time. That after Sebastien
Bassong with a brilliant shot from the edge of the area had made it 4-4
in the second minute of stoppage time. Where to start? Liverpool lead
through Firmino early on, Mbokani made it 1-1, Steven Naismith put
Norwich in front on his debut. Hoolahan's penalty made it 3-1 but
Liverpool came back, Henderson immediately, Firmino again and then
Liverpool came back, Henderson Milner after a terrible backpass by
Russell Martin. Enter Bassong, they thought they had a point and
probably deserved it but Lallana had thought they had a point and
other ideas. To the King Power Stadium, Leicester City against
Stoke. Stadium, Leicester City against
wins surely in their season, three points clear of Arsenal,
wins surely in their season, three of fifth placed Manchester United
and Jamie Vardy scores again, his first in eight and number 16 of the
season. Pace and balance to take it round Jack Butland. Ring quarter got
them under way -- Danny Drinkwater. It was their first goal from outside
the box this season. Ulloa rounded it off after a moment of magic from
Mahrez. Shawcross went off injured with a back problem for Stoke. The
King Power Stadium is bouncing, they are top and they can't believe it. I
doubt Old Trafford was bouncing this afternoon. Victory for visitors
Southampton. Opportunity was there for Southampton, you felt they did
not have enough in the tank but on comes Charlie Austin with ten
minutes left on his debut, only signed last week for a bargain ?4
million. Januzaj conceded the free kick, it came over from Ward-Prowse
and Austin, give him room in the area and he forced the header home
and what an inspired signing he could be. The misery continues for
United, early exits and many empty seats around the stadium and there
was much booing at the end. 12 goals in 11 home league games, not good
enough for a club of United's stature. It sounds like the natives
are restless. They are not happy. Not at all, wherever they have come
from, the only thing I would say, you look at this Manchester United
season and the team and it is almost unthinkable. A number of clubs, they
are one, Spurs are another, whose fans have been reared on believing
they play great open football and dominate games. That goes back to
the 1950s. To see this kind of threadbare, dreary, dull team they
have now is humiliating for them as a club. You could not call the game
at Carrow Road dreary, a much needed win for Liverpool. I caught the tail
end of it and it was fascinating. Alex Neil must have been so
disappointed, celebrating one minute and two minutes later Liverpool get
the winner. The celebration showed you how much it meant to Liverpool,
Jurgen Klopp got his glasses broken in the celebration! And celebrations
at Tannadice, they matched Liverpool in terms of goals. A stunning as for
Dundee United. I still feel we are getting ahead of ourselves. 11
points is still a big golf. A game in hand though! They still have an
awful lot to do. In the end it might be too much. I know that pains mark
but since he wants Hibs to win the League Cup semifinal, tough luck!
There are a lot of teams that still have a lot to do to avoid the
play-offs. You go from Partick Thistle in eighth down to
Kilmarnock. At the start of the day there were six points between 11th
place and sixth place. Now it is five. People were talking about a
title race between Celtic and Aberdeen. It is the same difference
at the bottom, it makes it interesting for us watching. And
maybe it is not just the three points, it is the quality and the
effervescence of the performance and I think back to Lineham -- the
manager will want the Sunday papers. It seems Southampton adopted the
formation that they have just dumped, surely they will stick with
it. I don't know if it came from the meeting or if Mixu has been thinking
about it but their previous formation was not working. He has
changed to 4-4-2 and scored five. Do you think it was player power? I'm
not sure. Maybe a bit of both. The players might say, it doesn't suit
us, and he has thought, OK, we'll change it. Never mind player power,
time for some presenter power. It is time for us to save poodle pip for
another Saturday but there is more football to come this weekend and
you can trust Jonathan Sutherland to bring you the highlights tomorrow
evening. Do not miss that. There might be some Championship morsels
in there as well. I will be back next Saturday. Good job you have got
your trainers on, the show goes out at 5:20pm. Worth tuning in to see if
the big man makes it and how out of breath he is! That is it, time to
stop bothering you, thank you to my guests. Take care, we will see you
Introduced by David Currie.
Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. St Johnstone are in Glasgow to face Celtic, with the Perth side looking to avenge their two league defeats at the hands of the champions earlier in the season. There's a crunch match at Rugby Park as Kilmarnock host Dundee Utd, with both teams looking for vital points to help lift them away from the bottom end of the table. It's the battle of the Thistles as Inverness play Partick. And Jim McIntyre's Ross County are in Lanarkshire to play Mark McGhee's Motherwell.
In the Championship, Hibs and Falkirk have the chance to capitalise against St Mirren and Livingston respectively with Rangers' trip to Cappielow not till Monday evening. There are also highlights of last night's north-east encounter between Aberdeen and Dundee. Plus a preview of tomorrow's Hamilton v Hearts match.