24/04/2016 Sportscene


24/04/2016

Highlights from the SPFL. Celtic v Ross County, Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Hearts v Motherwell, Dundee Utd v Hamilton, Kilmarnock v Inverness and Partick Thistle v Dundee.


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Good evening and welcome to Sportscene.

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COMMENTATOR: And believable. That shot is in! Unbelievable. What a

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finish. That is it, I would imagine. STUDIO: Good evening. Time flies

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when you are having fun. Split fixtures already a major issues

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remain, on and off the pitch. We have the whole story covered.

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Michael Stewart is in the studio along with Darren Jackson. Ronny

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Deila announced he would be leaving Celtic at the end of the season, and

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today Celtic faced Ross County. Still the small matter of a

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Premiership title to wrap up. Would Celtic take another step?

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COMMENTATOR: Three changes to the Celtic side from the Scottish Cup

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semifinal. Five changes for the cup winners Ross County. -- the League

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Cup winners Ross County. Celtic within touching distance of the

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title. Almost there. Griffiths! Early effort. It was always a bit

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too high. It has been a labouring efforts so far from Celtic. Pretty

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underwhelming. Griffiths, on his right foot. His 38 goal of the

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season. How many times has he got Ronny Deila and Celtic out of a

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sticky situation? It was unimpressive so far, but that makes

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all the difference. Griffiths for 1-0. In from shame. -- in from Mac

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shame. He did not know too much about that, Ross County's top

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goal-scorer. Cows in Roberts wriggles away. In from

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Patrick Roberts, what a chance for Rogic. It was a stretch at the back

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post and he could not direct that in. Roberts follows tick. -- for

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lasting. That was wobbling through the air. Touched around the post in

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the end by Scott Fox. Marcus Fraser. He grew up a Celtic player. Jonathan

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Franks. He plays it in. Massive chance to equalise. The Northern

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Ireland international knows he should have scored. County

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threatening again with Fraser. And Franks. Flicked on by boys. --

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Boyce. Ross County miss another great opportunity to week rise. --

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equalise. He fires wide. Boyce was an option

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for the past but he had every right to think he should be scoring.

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Roberts... Another shooting chance. Juggled by

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Scott Fox, but he got there in the end. Leigh Griffiths tries to win

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this for Celtic single-handed. Ian McShane with a short corner from

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Ross County. The header away. Stuart Murdoch. Spectacularly it is 1-1,

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and Craig Gordon is serious. He felt Robertson was in his line of sight

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and blocking his view -- Craig Gordon is furious. The goal counts

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and it is all square at Celtic Park. In from Roberts. Led by Robertson.

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His only Celtic goal so far is against East Kilbride and this

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looked a great opportunity to win the game for Kazim-Richards. And now

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goal-scorer Murdoch. He turned and took aim. Sloppy does not cover it

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from a Celtic perspective. In from McShane. Back in... Paul Green has

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missed that completely. It is the latest in a series of chances were

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Ross County to win at Celtic Park. Sometimes you have to reflect, but

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we have lost important games, and that is getting us, plenty of

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disappointment, and now we need everyone to stay together and get

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over the line, with the games will stop we had great chances. I thought

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we have the balance spot on. And being a threat to Celtic, and from

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that side of things, the players but so much into the game, and if we

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have lost that match it would have been undeserved.

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Another flat performance and Celtic, and it would have been interesting

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announcement regarding Ronny Deila announcement regarding Ronny Deila

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-- flat performance from Celtic. That has been the case this season,

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but I don't think Ronny Deila would have been too happy, but it was

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always going to be like that. Balls in the box. When you saw the Old

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Firm game last week, the defending was very per. -- very poor. Ross

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County with more than a few chances. Definitely, if you went to Celtic

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and got this number of chances in the last few years, you were

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dreaming. It all adds up to show what a live performances has been

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from Celtic. Not just today but throughout the season -- what a

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limp. Who is going to replace Ronny Deila? Impossible position. Not like

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you to hold back. I don't know. The games that have been mentioned,

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big-name 's. They will have to be more autonomy for the manager if

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they are going to get one of the bigger names. Celtic fans will be

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pleased with some of the names mentioned. David Moyes, Henrik

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Larsson. All sorts of names mentioned. Roy Keane, Paul Lambert.

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Who is going to land the job? They are all big names. Michael O'Neill,

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Malky Mackay. Roy Keane, David Moores, Henrik Larsson. But they

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will have to spend some money. That David Moyes. What is the challenge?

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The Champions League. With Rangers back in the league, it will be

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harder next season, but they need to see progression in the Champions

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League. Michael? Difficult to see progression in the Champions

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predict who they will go for, but whoever comes in, they will have a

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short period of time to get their biggest test which is European

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qualification. Aberdeen still but a mathematical chance of winning the

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Premiership title as they went into the Friday night match at St

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Johnstone. COMMENTATOR: Five changes for St

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Johnstone. There a deadly for Michael Rose -- there is a deadly

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for Michael Rose at the back for Aberdeen -- there is a debut. That

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should be a goal kick to Aberdeen. It looks like it comes off Cummings

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but the corn is given. Ocean and see with the header. -- O Shaughnessy.

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But for the width of the crossbar, St Johnstone would be in front.

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Great start from the Hamsun. Free kick has been given for a tug

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on Cummings. David Wotherspoon fancies it and he's scores.

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Celebration comes from David Wotherspoon. Should this be under

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the goalkeeper? The Aberdeen goalkeeper will be disappointed this

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got past his right hand. Fine start from St Johnstone, can they

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capitalise? Pressure from Logan, he has conceded the corner kick. The

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corner comes in. 2-0? Stephen Anderson's effort is ruled out.

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Maybe we can find out why. The referee seems sure. Scott Brown

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comes out and he has barged into his own player. I have struggled to see

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a foul. Maybe Aberdeen have been let off the hook. St Johnstone will feel

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they should be two goals to the good. Anderson is there. This time

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it is 2-0, Stephen Maclean with the good. Anderson is there. This time

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death dissed of touches. -- with the death

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the most sublime of touches and Maclean. The goalkeeper does not

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cover himself in glory. St Johnstone, two goals to the good,

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and maybe Aberdeen's title challenge has gone for good now. What do they

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have in response? That is the first bit of action for the goalkeeper in

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the Saints goal all night. He had to make sure the ball was his.

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Niall McGinn was sniffing around. Plenty of pressure coming forward

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from St Johnstone. Jack trying to play it out from the back. He gets

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caught. Liam Craig is free, is it free? St Johnstone's night when from

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good to better. Aberdeen really only have themselves to blame. Lovely

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ball into Cummins, and a fine finish from Liam Craig. That is St

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Johnstone's 12th goal in the league against Aberdeen this season. Not

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good viewing at all for the travelling frowns -- fans. Barry

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John -- Robson giving them something to cheer? No, but a fine win for St

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Johnstone and it surely ling -- ends any lingering hopes that Aberdeen

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have of challenging Celtic. We had a similar type of performance

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up there and in the game against Celtic and, and that's the top three

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or four this season and shows you what good side we can be when we

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played good teams. Tonight we needed more strength of character and

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headers and more physicality because we got pushed about the best team

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won. The best team won, according to Derek McInnes. A great night for St

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Johnstone. Willie Miller described Derek McInnes. A great night for St

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it as an abysmal night for Aberdeen, defensively, Michael, not Aberdeen

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at their best. No, I don't think it was. Derek McInnes some of the game

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up fairly. We are showing a lot of clips where if Aberdeen, and a lot

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up fairly. We are showing a lot of has been spoken about the challenge

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they put up, but if they're going to progress and challenge Celtic, these

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they put up, but if they're going to are areas where they have to

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strengthen. We had Derek talking about strength of character,

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physicality and they got pushed about. What the clips show is that

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defensively they are not strong enough. They will have do recruit

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well. I am not convinced that Ash Taylor is the answer. They are going

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to have to strengthen that area and central midfield is another area.

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You look at Tanzi, who he tried to get in January, he would have been a

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positive Aberdeen but someone who will be important coming the summer

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if they want to kick on again. How would you sum up their season at

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this point? Six points behind where they were last season. They have had

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a fantastic season. The biggest disappointment would be the games

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after the one where they won eight in a row and then they lost five but

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they responded exceptionally well and I'm sure Derek will be

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disappointed with Friday night. People will say Celtic have slipped

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up and Aberdeen failed to take advantage. Well, they have, that is

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a fact. But if they look, they have had a good season. They could have

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pushed them a lot harder if they hadn't had the little blip but you

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have to give them credit for what they have done. They don't want this

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season to peter out and not get as close to Celtic as they can. Huge

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credit to St Johnstone and it looks like the Tommy Wright will have the

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money to spend and the chairman seems to realise that with Rangers

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in the league next season they need to strengthen. Irrespective of

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Rangers being in the Lee Gilmour not, St Johnstone, -- in the league

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or not, you look at St Johnstone and what he has got out of the squad,

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Tommy Wright has done a fantastic job. That is one of their best

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performances this season, so a bit of investments they could push and

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maybe challenge for second or third in the league. Hearts are still the

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chance of finishing second and they are up against Mark McGhee's

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Motherwell. Hearts's last meeting with

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Motherwell saw them comfortable 6-0 winners and the visitors had the

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first chance of the game in the eighth minute. Jamie Walker's effort

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just failed to hit the target. But with five wins from their previous

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six, this Motherwell side is a different proposition to the one

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that suffered the Tynecastle torment, and they took the lead just

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short of the half-hour mark. torment, and they took the lead just

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Ainsworth has not managed -- matched his goal-scoring heroics in the last

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two seasons but popped up with his second in three appearances. Scott

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McDonald, as is often the the creator. You have to go back to

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December 2010 for the last time Hearts won that first part and after

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this handball, they were looking to find their breakthrough. The Belgian

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linked up with Juanma but the quality of the cross was not matched

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by the finish. The home start -- side started the second half with

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determination. Jack Leach sprung the attack and Johnson flicked it on but

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he missed the type of chance he wanted to bury all season. Although

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it did seem that Alexander did get the slightest of touches. Next it

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was Scott McDonald's turn to let Hearts off the hook. Malt and

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McDonald were clicked -- quick to close down but the finish is not one

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that the Australian will want to see again. Craig Samson stopped hearts

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from equalising and the fine volley was matched by the save. Samson not

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showing any signs of rust despite this being his first game of the

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showing any signs of rust despite season. He bamboozled William Smith

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and Jamie Walker and was driving at the defence but unable to add with

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Neil Alexander. It's worth another look. Johnson has been a key player

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in the return to form of Motherwell in 2016. With time almost up there

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was a further chance for Motherwell to double their lead. He did not

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command a high ball and then they tried to take advantage. But the in

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rushing Johnson was thwarted by Smith. But 1-0 was sufficient for

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Motherwell. We made a lot of chances and it was

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only one, and that is a dangerous scoreline with ten minutes left,

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even at home, but we saw it through and we should have won by more.

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Disappointing for the fans coming through in large numbers. We have to

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apologise for the performance, not good enough. The chance of second

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now gone? It will be difficult but we have to keep trying next week,

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but today was a huge game and we have to keep trying, but it wasn't

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good enough today. Admittedly, December 2010 was the last time

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Hearts beat Motherwell at the park, but despite that, are you surprised

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by that performance? There is a difference between performance and

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result. Slightly surprised by the performance because they have had

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great consistency through the season and a fantastic season, when you

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look at where they are. In terms of the result, you hit the nail on the

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head, they do not one there since December 2010 so I'm not surprised

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by the results and when you couple it with what a run Motherwell are

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on, and it's a difficult place to go to. The result is not surprising.

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Somebody mentioned to me that Motherwell should be looked as the

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Leicester City of the Scottish Premiership, and considering they

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win a play-off spot, and now they are fourth, seven wins in the last

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nine matches and it's been a huge turnaround under Mark McGhee in the

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last months. Mark McGhee has had a huge influence on what happened, and

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Stephen Robinson, they have stopped conceding goals and they've got good

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experienced players but the front three excite me. Moult plays in

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front of the six yard box, then McDonald comes in and Johnson has

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pace and the front three have been a huge plus. To the battle at the

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bottom. Kilmarnock began today in the play-offs and Lee Clark was

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desperate for points. They were way to an Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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site not completely out of the play-off equation. -- away two.

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Commentary from John Barnes. Danny Williams who has signed a

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precontract agreement with Dundee returns to take the place of the

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precontract agreement with Dundee bench dropper. Col mana without Josh

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Magennis who has -- Kilmarnock without their top scorer. Chris Boyd

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once again leads the attack. Kilmarnock with only one win in

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their last six away league matches. Kiltie, a lovely turn. He was not

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far away without effort. Positive play from story. Williams takes

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over. Good save by Jamie MacDonald. He has been outstanding all season

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for Kilmarnock. King knocking it down, and there is Draper at the

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back post. He wasn't picked up, drop back post. He wasn't picked up, drop

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-- Ross Draper. He can only find the side netting. Higginbotham, now to

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Kiltie. Still Kiltie. ". He has the shooting opportunity,

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and he takes it. Kallum Higginbotham christening his new hairstyle is

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well with a terrific strike there. His second goal in two games and his

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fifth of the season and it may well prove vital for Kilmarnock.

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Kilmarnock with their tails up. Good ball in from Faubert. And it is Kris

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Boyd with the effort just over the top.

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Balatoni, he has put it short towards the goalkeeper and Ross

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Draper is grounded with the challenge from Jamie MacDonald and

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Kilmarnock keeper. A poor pass bark Kilmarnock keeper. A poor pass bark

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-- back put the pressure on, and a penalty, and Kallum Higginbotham is

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sacrificed for Conor Brennan, and he's not happy about it. Tansey

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claims his fifth from the penalty spot to put Inverness Caledonian

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Thistle back on level terms. Worrying moments for Lee Clark. Here

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is Chris Boyd. Great effort. And McKenzie could not follow up with a

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rebound -- Kris Boyd. But what a curling shot from Kris Boyd.

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Meekings. . Josh Meekings should have put his side in front with that

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effort. Tansey's corner. Warren. Draper is in. Draper wasn't hanging

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about. He got on the end of that knock-down as it bounced off

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Faubert. Storey. Danny Williams. Lovely

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finish by Williams. For his first goal since last May. And that will

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surely now secured a victory for John Hughes's side. Kilmarnock still

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battling to get a goal back in the game. Faubert. Clattered back. Kris

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Boyd, and it just will not go for Kilmarnock. They are now looking at

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four defeats in their last five visits to Inverness.

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We got the break and you feel for Kilmarnock in the player that made a

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mistake but it's happened to us so many times so it was good to

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capitalise on that. When you are down to ten men you stick with the

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more workmanlike players because you know it will be a hell of a shift,

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so I had to sacrifice one of the matchwinners in terms of his ability

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to create something out of nothing. There are so many knock-on effects

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from a crazy decision. It has hurt as in many ways but we have to

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bounce back and go again. Balatoni's backpass blunder the big moment in

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the match. No doubt about it. It was the turning point in the game. Up

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until then, Kilmarnock were in a fairly comfortable position, 1-0 up

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until this moment. I will just highlight Ross Draper here. He is on

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his toes, almost reacting before the ball got to Conrad, and whether it's

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an instinctive thing where he thinks he will pass back, hugger me, that

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option has got to be last option. First and foremost, he can step into

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this area here and pass it, or he can take a touch and clear his

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lines. And they are passing balls back to goalkeepers, and that is

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what Ross Draper has done. I know it's about better you because they

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do it too often. Far too often. Conrad could have opened himself up

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a yard. McKenzie was out wide, or go out to the park and it gets

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Inverness turned and it's an easy option and you are going 20 yards

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further back the goalkeeper. You see where the challenge

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happened, where McDonald lives. He is actually hiding. He does very

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well. -- McDonald is. McDonald is sent off, potentially their best

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player, Kilmarnock did not need to be giving themselves any harder

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options defensively. Already, you can see the ball is in flight, he

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has lost Draper. He has started off touch type, but he is already losing

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the man and he's punished for it. -- touch type. He ends up five yards

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off him and that is what is causing him real problems. It happened three

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times in the first half and I'm sure the manager would have spoken to him

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at half-time but maybe his head had gone. This goal was another example

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of the problems Kilmarnock have had. The left-back and the centre-half,

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over there, there is a five yard gap, and the gap in between the

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centre halves is massive. You want to be coordinated, but this is all

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over the place. He has got to pass him on, but he drops to four over

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and he is left chasing Williams. Inexperience, he should have passed

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him on, but that is a great touch for Williams, and a great finish.

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But I would say a lack of experience from O'Hara. All season they have

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had frailties, they have conceded the highest number of goals and they

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have scored the second fewest and that is a toxic mixture for any

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team. What about the Bute -- rebuilding job for the next season?

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Yes, it has been very good in some ways, we have spoken Matt Jordan

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Tansey going to Aberdeen, and I'm sure they don't know what the budget

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is, but if they get bigger players, they will get them playing good

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football. Now to ten days. -- Tannadice. Watching for us, Liam

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Clarke. COMMENTATOR: Mixu Paatelainen shuffles his back,

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hoping it will spur them into life. Hamilton know a victory would mean

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they do not finish in 12th place, that is incentive enough. He has got

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the break of the ball, Henry. The save from Kawashima. United staring

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into the relegation abyss. They simply must win this game. Carlton

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Morris. Gillespie! That is wonderful. That has put Dundee

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United closer to the trap door and edged Accies closer to safety.

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Crawford's ball. It was flicked for goal by Lucas. Lucas from the back.

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Kawashima threw himself to keep that out. Very poor first half

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performance from Dundee United, especially because Kilmarnock

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slipped up at Inverness. And again! When you are down at that part of

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the table, things tend to not go for you and bill a can count himself

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unlucky. -- Billy McCulloch. Accies take on Kilmarnock next week

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and they could be safe from all kinds of problems with back-to-back

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victories. Not a bad effort. It is 2-0! Doherty's header hit the bar

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and Carlton Morris was on hand to gobble up the rebound. The first

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effort is unfortunate, the second from Morris cannot be kept out by

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Kawashima. Dundee United eight points adrift already, at the foot

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of the table. Nifty work by Scott Fraser. It is another save by

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McGovern, who has been targeted by clubs in the summer. He has had a

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fine season. Dundee United have been better in the second half, but it

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has not been good enough, though. The half-time substitute for United.

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Accies win over Dundee before the split was bad news for Dundee

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United, of course, as was Kilmarnock's win over St Johnstone.

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Kawashima has made the mistake, capitalised on by Morris. It is a

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third goal for Hamilton. The shot was spilled by Kawashima and Carlton

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Morris was on hand as he was early in the second half. United facing

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the real prospect of being relegated at the home of their neighbours

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Dundee. Simon Murray... That is consolation. Dundee United could be

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down at the scene of their greatest triumphs, two League Cup wins and a

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league title victory at dens Park, they could be relegated there in

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eight days' time. I was pleased with the performance. It was a big game.

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The performance, to perform as well as we did, under the pressure, that

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was great. This was a great opportunity to claw back the

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difference. To a level we can present. We are nowhere near that

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intensity and the desire to be on the ball. Really disappointing. John

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Rankin's reaction at the end with the Dundee United fans, that says it

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all. Five remaining games, clearly that is not going to happen. Dundee

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all. Five remaining games, clearly United are going down? I do think

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you can guarantee it, but it is looking very grim. With the

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Kilmarnock result, I thought they would have been up for it, I listen

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to the commentary, Hamilton started very well. You have got to stop the

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strike from lesbian. -- you have got to stop the strike

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from Gillespie. Defensively it was very poor. You are not writing off

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Dundee United? No, because it is still possible. Maybe it is my heart

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ruling my head, but it is still possible. I think they are down. You

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have got to look at that realistically. Of course, it's a

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long shot. Accies looked like they wanted it more. Carlton Morris put

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the moves and United in terms of this match. -- on. United have got

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more at stake. It looked as if some of the players were resigned to

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being relegated. Credit to Hamilton, since their 3-0 drubbing at

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Pittodrie. They have had great results and performances, and when

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the pressure was on, and Mark was talking about that, they make sure

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they are not go the extract into the play-offs. The culture at Dundee

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United was criticised, they spoke about how the players I've got to

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answer. They have not performed may about how the players I've got to

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have let themselves down. -- and they have let themselves down. He is

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having a go at the culture, but he has been at fault for three goals

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and he has got to look at himself and stop protests? Everyone is going

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to get it at a team at Dundee United, but you have got to stand up

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happens axes. Huge resort for Accies happens axes. Huge resort for Accies

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-- huge resort. They have come up with the results and next season

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they could do next week they could secure their place. And now we have

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got the best of the rest. Partick Thistle began brightly. Dundee

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keeper Scott Bain called into action. Keeping at Ryan Evans. --

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out. Dundee always full of attacking verve and they took advantage of a

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mistake, a chance for Gary Harkins. You would normally back him to do

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better. But if you create chances, the goals will come, and they keep

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on coming for Hemmings. He knows all about good movement. In the right

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place at the right time, once again. In the second half, lovely skill

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from Craig Whyte, creating the for Greg Stuart. The goalkeeper with the

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save. That kept Partick Thistle in the match. The cross from Abdul

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Osman and the header from Kris Doolan up the anti further. His 10th

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strike of the season. Hemmings was sniffing about for his 25th goal of

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the season. Scully denying it on this occasion. Mental strength

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required for strikers to keep taking their chances. Some tenacious play

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from Greg Stuart, he had the vision to make the perfect asked for

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Hemmings and he provided the perfect finish. Music to the use of the

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Dundee fans. 25 goals for Hemmings and counting. There would be one

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final glimmer of hope for Partick Thistle will stop this corner looks

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like it would not amount to very much. But they got the ball back

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into the mix. The gilt-edged chance. A slice of misfortune for Partick

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Thistle. Three points for Dundee. First off we were not at the races,

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but we started at the first five and then we fell out of it. I thought we

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deserved at least a point. We always try to win the game and I've felt we

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always did that. Really pleasing performance. Hemmings has helped him

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amass 25 goals this season, there is a year to go on his contract will

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stop Dundee have opened contract talks with him. What about Greg

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Stuart, will ye attract interest? -- here track. Yes, I'm a big fan, he

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has come from Cowdenbeath. His workrate, he sees a pass, but you

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have got to make it, and he will be disappointed with the finish, but

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his goals and he's set up play, very good. All round, he has great

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awareness. He is unhappy to make the stand and admire it, gets into the

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box, where he will hurt the opposition. He is not happy to lay

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off and he wants to drive forward and hurt teams. Players that are

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effective in the final third will always attract interest. Other teams

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will keep a close eye on what is going on with the contract talks.

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Kris Doolan. There's Partick Thistle striker since Jimmy walk in the

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1950s to get double figures in six consecutive seasons. -- Jimmy

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Walker. You know him well? I looked after him when I was a wage --

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agent. He gets into the box. Some achievement. One of the best touches

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of any player in the Premiership? Without a doubt. People that play

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against him, that is what he has built up. At Partick Thistle

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initially he was quite a slight boy but he has built himself up because

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he knew he had to be stronger. He is a good finisher.

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When you take into account that they are not big score is, when you take

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out double figures, they would be in trouble, so it shows what a player

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Doolin has been for them. An important figure for Partick Thistle

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this season. After all that, the table looks like

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Celtic can win the title with a victory over Hearts. Kilmarnock in a

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play-off place, and Dundee United, all but gone.

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It would be a day of celebration for Rangers as they were celebrating the

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championship trophy. They had a game against Alloa Athletic, who gave the

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hosts a guard of honour. Rangers have made three changes from

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the defeat by Hibernian in midweek. Zeller Lemon and King and Clark

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coming. Crawford, on loan from Rangers is in, and Scott Gallagher

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comms in, as does Stephen Hetherington. The applause rings

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around Ibrox in the second minute for a former Rangers number two,

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Sandy Jardine, who passed away two years ago and will always be

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remembered in this part of Glasgow. Mark Warburton has made such a

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difference to this Rangers side. Andy Halliday has given that one

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away and this is a chance for Michael Duffy, and he's found the

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back of the net. He stands Ibrox into silence. Just eight minutes in.

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They should really be a party day, but Alloa Athletic looking to dampen

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the celebrations. The man on loan from Celtic has put them in front. A

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thumping clearance from Scott Gallagher, headed away by Lee

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Wallace and picked up by Barry McKay. Looks like he will create

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something, and he has done for Nicky Clark, but he's offside. Rangers

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thought they had the equaliser. But Nicky Clark was flagged offside on

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this run from Barry McKay. , a good two or three yards offside. Rangers

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still trailing. This is Billy King. Tavernier lets it run. Nicky Clark.

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Can't find the target. He has been so dangerous as an attacking

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full-back throughout the season. Billy McKay, goes into the penalty

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area and is taken down by McCausland. And Rangers have the

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penalty and a chance to draw level. Halliday. He has slipped it past the

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post, would you believe. And Andy Halliday, who scored in the shoot

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out victory over Celtic last weekend misses the target on this occasion.

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And still Rangers are behind. Barry McKay. He picks out Tavernier. Now

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Halliday. Given time do I up his cross. He picks out Tavernier eight,

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and there is the equaliser. It's James Tavernier a with his 15th of

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the season. What a tally that is for a full-back. A bit of redemption for

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Halliday for the penalty miss a few moments ago. Picking out his

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team-mate and Tavernier eight wasn't going to miss from there. Zelalem.

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Now Halliday. He spots the run of Billy King. Great ball and a good

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save. Good run from Billy King also. But denied by the alert goalkeeper.

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Barry McKay always with a buzz of anticipation around Ibrox when he

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picks up possession. A decent ball in. And Lee Burke looking for his

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first Rangers goal. And once again Scott Gallagher preventing his side

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from going behind. This is Wallace. Tavernier eight, the two full-backs

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linking up inside the opposition penalty area. He has a crack again.

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This time he drags the shot wide, and they have done this so often

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this season, the full-backs. Threatening in opposition territory.

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And Lee Wallace gets is Medel for the former Rangers legend and

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captain, -- from the former Lane -- Rangers legend and captain, John

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Gregg, Andy will lift the championship trophy as Rangers

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celebrate their return to the top flight of Scottish football.

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Rangers get their hands on the silverware. Darren, how would you

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sum up the job that Mark Warburton has done? An exceptional season. His

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job was to go and win the league and get them promotion and he's done it

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in style. He has got them to the Scottish Cup final with a fantastic

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performance. They will be very happy. Would he be a wanted man by

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clubs down south? There will be clubs down south will have taken

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notice of what he's done, and not just with in terms of getting

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promotion. And getting to the final but the style they play, and the

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recruitment. You look at the budget. It has not been mega bucks. They

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have recruited wisely and he has a really good, youthful side who play

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attractive football. I would be amazed if there are not people

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taking notice. Hearts radically change their squad, but significant

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from the squad that won the championship and went to the

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Premiership. Would you expect the same Rangers? Not too many. I think

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they will bring in quality. Four or five. They don't need to change

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dramatically. They have good players, good young players, but

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going back to Mark Warburton, like Fulham and Derby, they have been

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interested, but after last week, why would he want to go down south? The

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lure of the Premiership, but when you are playing games like that,

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last week, I'm sure his appetite will be wanting more. Play-off place

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is already guaranteed for Falkirk and Raith Rovers, but first up,

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third-place Hibernian were way to Greenock Morton.

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All about fine margins in the race for which championship place the

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teams will end up in. Anthony Stokes denied by the goalkeeper. Jason

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Cummings then denied by the offside flag. A tight one. The best chance

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fell to Morton. The two toughest games to finish because there was

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everything to play for, but if we show the same spirit as we did then,

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we will have a good go next week. I'm surprised people think it is

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doom and gloom. We still have an unbelievable end to the season to

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play for. I am full of optimism. With Hibernian managing just the

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point, would Falkirk stents in the grip on second place? They fell

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behind against Raith Rovers, Joe Thomas with the goal. Falkirk

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deservedly equalised in the second half. And a mistake from Blair

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Allston and a fine goal from Brian Hardy saw Raith Rovers regain the

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lead. , and is so often the case, Falkirk marriage a late rally. Bob

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McCue with the late equaliser two minutes from time. We had five

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different players in today and it shows you the strength of the squad

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going into the play-offs, so I am happy and there are lots of

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politics. McHugh coming on and scoring a fantastic goal, the

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character in that dressing room is the best character I have had in any

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dressing room, and great credit to the players for digging it out. Good

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luck predicting who will finish second in the Championship.

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Peter Houston talking about the character in the Falkirk dressing

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room, and so many times they get late goals. And that exemplifies the

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spirit in the side. You won't do well if you don't have a good

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character around you, and that augurs well for going into the

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play-offs and the insurers a never say die attitude. It is nigh on

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impossible play-off to predict who will get out of it. Darren, who do

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you predict will get out of it? It is too hard, Jonathan. Listening to

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Alan Stubbs about doom and gloom, how can it be doom and gloom when

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you are in a Scottish Cup final and going for second? A fantastic season

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for all three. You say, can people change the game, and that is where

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Peter Houston's bench is there. Darren, thank you very much. They

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think it is all over, and it is for the Championship title and almost to

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the Premiership title but plenty of excitement remains. Until next

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weekend, good night.

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Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Highlights from the weekend's SPFL action. The first week of the Premiership split sees Celtic looking to take a step closer to retaining the title when they take on League Cup winners Ross County. Aberdeen, still with an outside chance of catching the champions, are away at St Johnstone, while Hearts, with European football already assured, are away at Motherwell. In the bottom half, crisis club Dundee United are at home to Hamilton as they cling on to the hope of top-flight survival, Kilmarnock are away to Inverness and Partick Thistle host Dundee.

Plus selected action from the Championship.


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