Jonathan Sutherland presents highlights of Celtic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ross County v Dundee United, Aberdeen v St Johnstone and Motherwell v Kilmarnock.
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STUDIO: Good evening, the third weekend of the premiership season
already, six one or two surprise results and as always, a countless
number of talking points, controversial moments and goals
galore. A couple of top pundits joining us as well. They will be
crunching the numbers with us this evening. We begin with first against
second, Inverness began the weekend in pole position. Celtic in second.
Who would be top of the pile come the final whistle?
COMMENTATOR: What a strike that is! The 19-year-old from Brussels!
Spectacular effort! All of the headlines coming, the
Celtic line-up, it is easy for John Hughes and Caley Thistle, the same
11 starting again, two wins and a draw, no goals conceded so far for
the league leaders. No fewer than ten changes in the Celtic 11 from
the one that began in Slovenia in midweek:
Only Charlie Mulgrew survives from the start.
Shinnie we've set. -- weaves it. They thought that had gone in, as
did John Hughes, he has just passed from Tanzi. The skipper, Shinnie,
Williams... It is a bright start from the highlanders.
Highly ambitious from Tansey. But why not have a go? The Celtic boss,
with a big decision beforehand, to rescue the players ahead of the
play-off second leg. Tipped over by Dean Brill, the goalkeeper. Good
effort from Efe Ambrose. The likes of wild sick -- Twardzik in the
line-up. Teemu Pukki you is going to get a second bite at the cherry. --
Teemu Pukki. Getting the first bombs from his team-mates, Little wonder,
yet to concede a goal so far this season, Dean Brill, and 22 clean
sheets last season. Biting back, Twardzik. Hitting the deck...
Referee Matt and says no penalty. -- Madden. Celtic trying to make Caley
Thistle soph on the counter, Kris Commons can do that but he has been
denied by Brill. This was the penalty shout.
Christie, down under the challenge of wild Twardzik --.
-- Twardzik. On loan at Coventry last season, working some space...
Wonderful effort, and that time, the goalkeeper was beaten.
He has got his crossbar to thank for keeping the score line 0-0.
Top-of-the-line by Mulberry. Finding great space.
Celtic have not failed to score in a league game since December 29, 2012.
Griffiths got the only goal of the game for Hibernian that day.
It is one that puts the league leaders in front against the
champions. O Connell in for a start today, just his second appearance
for the first team. And it came bouncing back off him. Not much that
he could have done. Caley Thistle, fully deserving of
their elite. Getting it back to Collins, the
substitute. Great ball by Anthony Stokes.
Shinnie, Williams now... Looking for a second. He has been robbed!
Christie! Should have been two. The son of the Caley Thistle great,
Charlie, Ryan Christie had the chance to cement his reputation
there. Here come the highlanders on the
counterattack, Celtic all of the way up the other end of the park,
understandably, lock ticking down, Danny Williams moving through...
Cannot get past the goalkeeper. They are so close to a famous victory
here. We were unlucky on the goal but we
will take it. -- they were unlucky. Scoring against Celtic, for the rest
of the match, backs against the wall. We have got to think of
Tuesday as well, I think we got a lot of answers today. We have got to
work from there. STUDIO: Fantastic victory for Inverness, a lot was
made of Celtic playing the second string yesterday but how much credit
do Inverness deserve? Total credit, they still have top talent playing,
Celtic, Griffiths is there, Charlie Mulgrew, Commons... You have still
got to beat them, confidence is high, and the performance was
excellent as well. Nothing but credit for them. For the neutrals,
plenty of neutrals, glad to see Celtic dropping points as well. So
that it does not become a procession. I thought that they were
naive, making ten changes against the league leaders, who have not
conceded. Tough day for Owen O'Connell, he gave away the goal.
Was Billy Mackay definitely onside in the build-up? It is his movement
that does the young Owen O'Connell, showing inexperience. There is
nothing he can do about it. Clearly onside, Zaluska could do better. The
movement has done him. The goalkeeper has got to be brave, if
you are going to get anything on the ball, then you have got to take the
hit. I would apportion blame all with the goalkeeper than with the
youngster. Should Caley Thistle have had a penalty? I think so, I think
that this is a penalty kick. A defender should not stick out his
leg here. The first two angles are not great, but the referee is in a
wonderful position. It is not this angle, it is the next one... He is
hanging out a leg. He has caught him. You thought it was a wee bit
theatrical. That is why he never got the penalty. Should have been a
penalty? As soon as you do that you are in trouble. For me, a definite
penalty. Ronnie Deila left out many players because of the match in the
Champions League in midweek, Tuesday, usually important, how
confident are you that Celtic will go through to the group stages? I'm
very confident, Maribor will not progress. They did not -- I did not
think they were a good team when they played Rangers, I do not think
they are a good team now, basically have not progressed as 18. Massive
match for Ronnie Deila. Absolutely huge. -- basically they have not
progressed as a team. We will hope that they make it. Hamilton
academical have raced out of the blocks in the premiership, they seem
intent on proving everybody wrong, and it has been a good start the
campaign proving those relegation predictions wrong. I would rather
see us going down, trying to play good football then, playing good
football, rather than plain bad football and staying up. On the
ground, passing game, superb. COMMENTATOR: Following the red card
last week, the goalkeeper is suspended, Gallagher comes in.
Hamilton make only one change as they look to maintain their good
start to the season. Longridge taking the place of Henry. Gill SP
moves to full-back. -- Gillespie. Almost 50 years since the sides last
met in a top tier match in Scottish football. Early chance for
Longridge. A chance to put Hamilton in front. Denied by Paul Gallacher.
Lovely floated ball through. This is for the opener, Ryan Stevenson...
Straight at Michael McGovern. Expecting better from Ryan
Stevenson. Higginbotham, driving it in... The
pace of the shot taken off by canning. This was a lovely delivery.
From cleaning, for Stevenson, you expected the next bulge. -- Keenan.
-- you expected the net to bulge. Flicked a higher. Stevenson,
knocking it on, this is a chance for Gary Fraser. -- flicked high. He has
pulled it wide, but Thistle are pushing for the opener.
Excellent save by Michael McGovern, terrific flowing football this time,
from the home team. Looking for the bottom corner. Double change for
Hamilton: It is a game of headers at the
moment, year is Jason Scotland. Excellent ball, finding Danny
Redmond. He has a man in the centre. It is Ali Crawford. And it is Paul
Gallacher, to the rescue of this all, yet again. Looks as though he
was going the wrong way, still got a hook to it. Deflecting it wide.
Higginbotham. What a strike that is! Spectacular from the Thistle man!
They are in front with five minutes left to play! No hanging about after
the initial control. McGovern got a hand to it, could not keep it out.
Picked up by Redmond. Anthony Andreu! Within 90 seconds, Hamilton
are back level, it is a good strike from the substitute.
Crawfords... Pushing it through, Balatoni has missed it, it is Jason
Scotland! Two minutes into stoppage time, that will surely be the winner
for Hamilton! Andreu Scored the first and it is
another substitute that scores the second, the slip from Balatoni. And
he was punished. Jason and Tony played a huge part in success last
season. Jason has just recovered from injury. I have great options
and I knew that bringing them in would do something the team. Luckily
they got the two goals. We did not turn up today, we played into their
hands. We were the home side, I think we needed to take the game by
the scruff of the neck. STUDIO: Painful for Partick, heroic once
again for Hamilton. You tipped Hamilton for the drop, are you
sticking with that? It was not a tip, just a suggestion. Perhaps they
can inspire the pundits and prove us wrong. Nine points after that first
result, absolutely brilliant, confidence growing. They must fancy
themselves to not even get into the relegation play-off and it is
already that early in the season. Are you sticking by it? It is a long
way to go! LAUGHTER Jason Scotland and Anthony Andreu
coming on late in the match. It was the late late show. When they went
1-0 up they were probably thinking they had won the match but when he
seizes the ball, he's already the other side of the Partick
midfielder, they should be tightening up with the game at 1-0,
when the ball is passed, definitely on-site, and when he opens up his
body, lovely finish. From the point of view of Partick they will be
disappointed. They should be sitting deeper, seeing when you see it
here... They still have plenty of bodies back, there is not much
movement but I tell you what it is a fine finish, does not even take a
touch. Big blow for Partick. It all happened at the end of the match,
must have been so painful for Alan Archibald to be watching this. He
admitted that, they will be disappointed defensively, good
finisher and Jason Scotland, he has done it his whole career. Archie has
admitted that Partick were not at their best, and Hamilton were.
Resilient, that is the word that reduced. Start of the season for
Partick, not great, but they had the hoodoo from hell, they will not want
to see that comeback. When they thumped Ross County, that was put to
bed, but two wins and a draw would have been a brilliant start,
Archibald will be scratching his head. He used the word streetwise,
that epitomises it. Plenty of chat about the new kill Marnoch plastic
pitch and also about Motherwell's poor start to the premiership
season. Both elements would come crashing together this weekend. --
crashing. COMMENTATOR: Looking to build on
their victory against Ross County last weekend, but if kill Marnoch
are to do that, it will be without Slater and their new signing, who
are both injured. Motherwell have lost their last two in a stuttering
start of the season, Stuart McCall is satisfied, Ojamaa is fit enough
to begin, having rejoined from the injury list.
Muirhead, sizing it up. Little wonder! Wonderful goal for Robbie
Muirhead! He has lashed this one past the goalkeeper, Twardzik. It
may have moved through the wind. Getting the better of him, Muirhead
is waiting... Decided to go it alone. Maybe living to regret that
now. Looking lively. Infancy of his kill
Marnoch career. Going it is only a matter of time,
looks like. He's in behind here... Was he clipped by Pascali? That is
the question Motherwell are asking now, of the referee. He says, no.
John Sutton tried to stay on his feet, that may well have cost him
and his team, if indeed he was clipped by the Italian.
Did that come off the arm of Chandler? The referee and his
assistant choosing to ignore that one. McManus has crumbled to the
ground. The kill Marnoch fans are warming to
Josh Magennis, we only saw him fleetingly when he was at
Aberdeen... That is a bad challenge there, that could be a red card for
Kerr. He has gone right in on Jamie Hamill here, very late and very
ugly. It is a red card for the Motherwell defender.
Absolutely majestic! That will surely be the points, double
jeopardy for Motherwell, they lose a man and they lose another goal!
Sammy Clingan! Rolled in by McGuinness, McKenzie! And then over,
from O'Hara! Really good kill Marnoch performance, on the
artificial turf. -- really good kill Marnoch -- Kilmarnock. Eremenko,
McKenzie... It is just not going in for Josh
Magennis, he has done everything but score. Real team performance,
intelligent, passing the ball very well, Motherwell put pressure on us
but we defended very well when they did that, I am very pleased. I do
not think he clipped him... I think he's just an honest person trying to
score a goal, trying to stay on his feet and then tumbling with the
momentum. If he had gone down on contact, it would have been a red
card and he would have gone off. Little things like that can change
football teams. Pumping beats coming from the home dressing room, in
terms of Muirhead and McGuinness, looks like kill Marnoch may have a
good partnership on their hands. -- kill
-- Kilmarnock. I worked with Josh at St Mirren and he has all of the
attributes to do well. I think the defender backed off, taking the
touch... You have got to go over the ball, Ni invites him to hit it.
Again, possibly, straight at the goalkeeper. He has tremendous
attributes, pace and power, directness, big John. Finishing? He
has got to add that to his game. It is something that has been missing,
the amount of goals he scores. He has presence, pace, power, the good
attributes. Bit of competition for places with kill Marnoch as well.
They have got several players, including Lee Miller. Motherwell do
not have that competition, they have maybe Saturn, maybe Henrik jammer.
-- Sutton. -- Henrik Ojamaa. In terms of decisions can they be
feeling hard done by? Looking at it, maybe John Sutton... He has done him
a favour by not going to ground straight. From his experience you
would think that he would go down. They have overachieved. Fine line.
Stonewall for me, armed to ball. You can see it. Was this a sending off?
Definite sending-off, the argument made, play should have been stopped,
it is at the referee 's discretion. I think that the game should have
been stopped, that is the referee 's discretion, no doubt it was a red
card. Who is most likely to finish in the top six? It is difficult to
write off Motherwell, with their consistency levels, but I think they
have missed Shaun Hutchinson leaving, he is a real big mess. I am
going to say both! Because Kilmarnock our playing with
confidence. LAUGHTER Good start to the season for Dundee
United but it came to a halt last weekend, losing 6-1 at Illtyd Park.
Could they pick themselves up for the visit of Ross County? So far,
Ross County had played three and lost three. -- Celtic Park.
COMMENTATOR: No Stuart Armstrong for Dundee United, that is the only
change to the United side under an at Celtic Park last week. Mario
Balotelli coming in. Three changes, Ross County look to win at Tannadice
with a first time. -- Mario Balati. It is a good save. Kept his eye on
it. Townsend. Taken down. Free kick. No
complaints. Sends it in, nice ball, cheeky. 1-0, Dundee United. Will he
escape the attentions of Scott Boyd and send them into the opposite
corner? Court betwixt and in between. Made them pay. -- caught
Some Bilate. -- some refreshment for Jackie McNamara.
The move had broken down. Great resolve.
Dundee United, starting the second half brightly. Giving that one away.
Chance here for Ross County. Out wide. Comes short. Into Carey,
brilliant ball... Missed by one but not by the other. Ross County
level, Jake Jarvis did not miss that one. Classic counterattacking
football. Jake Jervis Bay his run at the back post to perfection. One
one, at Tannadice. -- 1-1. Good play... Had to be 2-1. Put on a
plate for him. Did not take it. Linking well. Away from Payton.
Chance for Ross County. Second great chance they have had to take the
lead. Spurned the first one... Jake Jervis Bay and is that one well
over. Payton... Pushed away by the goalkeeper. Good
play from Dundee United, the pass from Payton, and first time in,
Rankin. Gary Mackay-Steven... Cutting through, punched straight
on... 2-1, United! Four minutes remaining. Dundee United back in
front. Great match, a lot of energy. Two
teams looking to attack. Having scored the first goal we are
disappointed to lose the equaliser on the break when we were pushing
forward, but I thought it was a good match. Overall, performance wise,
delighted, it has been a defeat, it has been hard to take, because of
the way that we played at times. Great for Dundee United to bounce
back after the defeat against Celtic. Great moment for Chris
Erskine. Yes, needed the same thing at Pittodrie the other day, couple
of weeks ago. The goalkeeper needs to take a look
at himself. Take it down on the half volley, superb. Jackie McNamara has
a great problem, he has a lot of talent in the midfield areas to
choose from. After losing Ryan Gauld, an opportunity for Chris
Erskine. Chris Erskine is challenging. The goalkeeper has two
looked at himself there. He has plunged it into the ground. Derek
Adams talked about how United stole the game. County passed up their
chances. They did. Creating their opportunities. County were in the
same position last year. But they won't win games of the goalkeeper
does things like that, anywhere but do that. This one for me, is
fantastic play. I know what you are going to say. You have to do side
footed of the net. Just open your foot up and guide it into the net
but he tried to put the laces through it. How do you feel about
Dundee United facing St Mirren next weekend? It will be a difficult
game. The one criticism of them last year was they did not keep a lot of
clean sheets but this year they have a new left-back and two new centre
halves and I think they're looking good defensively and they are a
threat going forward. It will be tough. Stevie May was on the
scoresheet yesterday but sadly for St Johnstone fans it was for his new
club, Sheffield Wednesday. The big question in Perth is how St
Johnstone will cope without his goals. They faced a stern test
yesterday, Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park. Rob MacLean was there for us.
COMMENTATOR: Gary MacDonald and Lee Croft brought into the starting
line-up for St Johnstone. Aberdeen club captain Russell Anderson is
back in action on grass having stayed away from Camara's artificial
pitch. He replaces Taylor in central defence. -- from Kilmarnock's
artificial pitch. In from what the spoon. Gary MacDonald with a near
post header. It flashed wide of target.
That backpass is not finding Jamie Langfield. Steven MacLean with a
golden chance for the opening goal. He can't quite believe he hasn't
taken the opportunity here. What was Jonny Hayes thinking? Steven MacLean
clips the out side of the post. Steven MacLean lining up for the
shot. Langfield spills it and Gary MacDonald... He must have thought he
was scoring here. Poor goalkeeping from Langfield. Should have been
punished. St Johnstone miss another chance. In from Logan. Consett dine.
A thumping header so close to putting Aberdeen ahead. --
Considine. They could have been 1-0 in front.
Miller's packs. Lee Croft threads it through for Steven MacLean in a good
position. There is both Halloran. The shot was blocked by Andy
Considine. St Johnstone are screaming penalty, claiming handball
against the Aberdeen defender. Chris Miller was bundled over by
Ryan Jack. Free kick quickly taken. Will Halloran looks to make
something happen for Steven MacLean, and he does fact or! Steven MacLean
strikes against his old team. Sharpshooting. Not picked up. He
started the move and he finishes it. A yellow card which doesn't wipe the
smile off his face. A miscue by Scobey. David Goodwill E is in here
with a shot that rebound is off the chest of McManus. In a game of
precious few opportunities for Aberdeen, that was half a chance for
the substitute to strike. Aberdeen chasing an equaliser.
Robson's pass. Down goes Peter Pawlett. That will be a yellow card
for diving. There was a brush therewith Scobey 's not enough to
knock over Peter Pawlett and he's booked for that. At the very least
we should be the moaning the fact it was 0-0. But we lost a poor goal and
we were chasing it from there on in. We had a couple of opportunities
ourselves. We should maybe do better. We got into decent areas but
were not convincing in the final third. A poor afternoon's work for
others. We emphasise the importance of starting the game. If you don't
start the game well it is so difficult in this league. We started
well and were competitive from the first whistle and that helped build
the overall performance. Great win for St Johnstone. Steven MacLean has
three goals already. He had 11 last season. Could he get anywhere near
the Stevie May total of 27? The onus is on him to get more goals, I think
you can get more than 15. It is not just his goals, his intelligence.
After the free kick he has space to run into. It is not the Aberdeen
midfield's job to track him but they switch off. He runs onto the back
watch row. He gains the yard, and that intelligence, that is what gets
him away. I think Russell Anderson's eyes were taken off the
run of Macdonald when he comes into the box. They contested finish and
he's a good player. Did Peter Pawlett deserve his yellow card? It
is a bit like Christie at Inverness. It is theatrical, not a natural
fall. I think she gets lent on a little bit. You can see why he
wasn't given the penalty. I think yellow card is harsh. He has been
blocked so me times before for diving. He has gone down
theatrically. I don't think it's a penalty kick. It's hard to give
yellow but Craig Thomson produces it. Controversial. Were Aberdeen
below par? Are other teams raising their game against them? Definitely.
Aberdeen with their performances last year, winning the cup. We
tipped them to be second. But they are now a scalp for other teams and
they will have to handle that as other teams raise their game. We
finish with St Mirren against Dundee. Could Paul Hartley's side,
Dundee, build on the positive signs of their return to the top flight?
COMMENTATOR: Tommy Craig makes two changes to the side that lost to
Hamilton ten days ago. Jim Goodwin returns from suspension and bears a
home debut for Adam Drury who joined midweek from Manchester City on
loan. McBride comes in for Simon Ferry who was injured in the warm up
for Dundee. Teenage striker Craig Whiten replaces Peter MacDonald
upfront. Good ball to Maclean. He cuts it
back. Adam Drury with the effort but cleared by the Dundee defence. The
shot comes in by Naismith. Cleared away by the Dundee defence.
Naismith, the goalkeeper got a hand to the ball to push it away. Long
throw cleared but Adam Drury on the volley. What a debut that would have
been for Adam Drury. On the volley from 12 yards out. But high over the
crossbar. Paul McGinn, former St Mirren player, tackled by Jim
Goodwin. A long ball through to Whiten. Good chances for Dundee as
they have men forward. Harkins is all alone at the back post but it
was a poor first touch which allows the St Mirren defence to get back
again. Harkins, a great chance at the back post. Acres of space. His
first touch took the ball too far away and it gives the defence time
to get back. Maclean's Corner punched away by the goalkeeper. Good
cross deep to the back post, knocked back. Naismith with the shot but it
is cleared away. It was Kevin McBride putting his body on the
line. is cleared away. It was Kevin
McBride putting his Naismith from just eight yards out. Good ball
again. Maclean. Adam Drury at the back post. If you can find him... He
does but again his shot goes over the top of the crossbar. What a
chance that was. Possibly the best of the game for St Mirren. Great
ball by Maclean but not so good a finish by Adam Drury. A number of
former buddies in the Dundee line-up this afternoon. Here's one of them,
Gary Harkins. Long ball over the top cleared. A chance for Peter
MacDonald. Good save by the goalkeeper. The Saints defence, it
was Goodwin who cleared it. McDonald, he's only been on a few
minutes as substitute. That was a terrific stop by the former Hearts
keeper. A long, high ball. Macdonald has
beaten the offside trap. Great first touch and great finish from Peter
MacDonald to give Dundee the lead. It was the first touch by Macdonald
that made the goal. It took him away from the Saints' defence. The
goalkeeper with little chance. Great finish from the striker.
Maclean with the corner. Another chance. Cleared away once again. A
fantastic stop. Jason Naismith again. I thought we worked hard. We
competed in terms of possession and passing the ball. But we are away
from home. We had to grind out the result, had a few chances and the
keeper made some saves but we will take the three points. A solid start
so far. I want us to keep playing the way we are playing. I'm a firm
believer in what we are doing. I know the fans will be frustrated and
angry and they understand because they care about the club but overall
I think we did more than enough to win the game today. Good victory for
Dundee as their solid start to the season continues. Not St Mirren's
day yesterday. You had 27 minutes off the bench yesterday. Peter
MacDonald was the striker who stole the show. What do you make of his
goal? And tested. Poor from us defensively. -- fantastic. His
finish was excellent. He had a couple of efforts on goal and he
caused us problems when he came on as substitute. Whether he was
intending to go there, his first touch, he does not need a second and
he slots it home. Plenty of chances yesterday for St Mirren. You were
there but why couldn't they take those chances? I think it's
confidence. They have new players at the club and they need something to
happen for them. Jason Naismith had a lot of good opportunities in the
match and he didn't take them but I would be more worried if we were
looking disjointed and disorganised, weren't creating and passing, but we
are doing all of those things and playing well. We just need something
to drop for us which will be the catalyst for us to go on a run. This
was the pick of the bunch. Young Adam probably should have done
better. Jason had four attempts from right back yesterday. We are playing
well but are missing the final touch. Not hitting the panic button.
The McGinn brothers were up against each other. John against Paul. How
did you gauge that? I think John was apprehensive knowing he was playing
against his big brother. They are both great lads and they never
shirked any challenges. Both getting fired into each other. I thought
they both had good games. They were possibly more up for it because they
were against each other. This was the funniest. A little brotherly
love. Their mum can sort it out later when they get home. I think
Paul was going to apologise to John for tackling. I don't think Paul
Hartley was best pleased. Great victory for Dundee yesterday. Paul
Hartley is doing well so far. Three draws and a win, six points, that is
all you can ask for. They work hard. I thought St Mirren have the edge
yesterday and they were the team who looked like they might win. But the
hard work and endeavour got them that result in the end. At least one
substitute made an impact yesterday. Peter MacDonald was inspirational in
getting them that victory. Billy and Stephen, thank you very much will
stop six games this weekend, what does it mean in terms of the
Premiership table this evening? Inverness remained proudly on top
with ten points after that victory over Celtic.
There is a long way to go. The season has just started. We are back
next week. Until then, from all of us, good night.
Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights from all the matches in the SPFL Premiership.
Celtic travel to Inverness knowing the chances of victory are high, winning three-quarters of all the league clashes between the sides including the last five games in the Highland capital. Billy McKay scored the winner the last time Caley won at Celtic Park in November 2012. Ross County face a Dundee United side buoyed by their opening-day victory over Aberdeen, while the Dons take on St Johnstone in Perth and Motherwell experience the new artificial pitch at Kilmarnock.