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18 goals last weekend was the best SPL scoring total so far this
season. We can't quite top that this Sunday night but, of the 14 we
have to show you, 5 were scored by talented teenagers which has got to
be good news. Motherwell manager Stuart McCall and St Johnstone
defender Callum Davidson are with me for the next 45 minutes. And
we'll start at Fir Park earlier today where Stuart's team, in-
between Europa League qualifiers, tackled St Mirren. Highlights with
Darren Randolph, Steven Hammell. He launches s long. He has been beaten
to it by Michael Higdon. That is a cool finish. Excellent play from
Michael Higdon, capitalising on that mistake. Michael Higdon
slotted it home. Over to Dougie Imrie. Cummings defending him that
time. The Saudis are shared three goals in three meetings last season.
That is a nice touch on to Paul McGowan. Steven Thompson is unhappy.
He felt Fraser Kerr had a touch of Murphy away from Dougie Imrie. On
to Fraser Kerr. Lovely football from Lasley. Lovely turn and touch
are therefore stop Motherwell at their best, flowing football. He
moves away from Hetherington, and that is a mistake from Shaun
Hutchison. There he gets the shot away clear, off comes clear by
Last they got the ball away. -- Polmont them played at in. -- Paul
Dougie Imrie brings the ball back That was poor. Straight onto Paul
The goalkeeper rescued the full- Sam Parkin was there, Thompson and
behind. Something happened of the ball. Inside the penalty box, there
fans are not happy. Shaun Hutchison has done. Shaun Hutchison was at
tracking back, Steven Thompson went into the box. Stuart McCall looks
on concerned. Steven Thompson and Shaun Hutchison exchanged words.
Shaun Hutchison gets a yellow card for dissent. That was a solid
Shaun Hutchison has come through the back of a ride there. It is
going to be a second yellow card, it is good to be a red card. --
Thomas Reilly. For the second time in a week, Shaun Hutchison is
ordered off. He came through the back. Still looking for the
equaliser now. That is a good cross. Steven Thompson is up. The
equaliser comes through Thomas Reilly in stoppage time. They have
had plenty of possession, plenty of play. It is a first senior goal for
Thomas Reilly. That was a cool I expected you to be raging about a
late equaliser, but they deserved it? No question about it. They
played really well. They are a good side. It is how it came about, that
is always so difficult. Michael Higdon seems to have a habit of
scoring in this fixture. He has not trained all week, he has had a few
problems, so he was desperate to play. It was a great start for him
and for us. It was a very good finish. Yes, he put a long ball in
there and banished to -- and managed it to finish it. The pitch
has improved! That is why I signed him. He has done well. He did not
train and he was a doubt yesterday. When the throw-in was given against
you, this was the lead-up to the equaliser. It is inconclusive. The
linesman is over they are looking at it and the referee gives it the
decision it straight away. Hutchison is off the park and
Steven Thompson, he is always a threat, probably wins at their own
their head of the game -- probably wins his all my head of the game.
was 17-year-old Thomas Riley scoring there. That is a feature of
tonight's show, young players getting a chance. The climate we
have got in Scottish football at the moment, it is going to give
young players a chance. Yes, lots of hope for Thomas Reilly at St
Mirren. What about the Hutchison a red card? I think he has got to
learn. He thought Steven Thompson had caught him. And he got booked
there. I am disappointed. This one, from where we were, I think it was
a tired leg going for the ball. I thought he had nicked the ball. But
if you look at it from behind, it is possibly a second one. It does
look worse from this angle. You can see from his face, it is not meant.
It is a tired like. So he is suspended for the next European and
the next a domestic match. This was your line-up today. 319-year-olds
for the team. We actually finished with another two 19-year-olds. I
heard Neil Lennon saying how difficult it has been for him in
Europe. We had players playing today who were not fully fit. But
there they had to play. But we got on with it, we enjoyed it European
exploits at that we have had. is the approach there? Do you take
the risk of a heavy beating? have got three or four that were
playing today who will not come with us. Young players, great
experience for them. It is the game on Sunday against Inverness that I
am probably more concerned about. lot is made of the European games,
you have had a Levante, how do you feel about it? For a player, it is
great experience. Probably not so good for the manager. But with a
small squad and a lot of travelling, it can be much more difficult.
luck to you and Motherwell. The other SPL match played today
featured Hearts. They were playing John Sutton finding a little bit of
room. But the effort from the Hearts striker went wide. John
Muslim playing pretty much at the heart -- the John McGlinn the
playing pretty much at the same team against Liverpool. What a
great save from Jamie MacDonald. They Aberdeen a youngster left
feeling they could have done better Marius Zaliukas. The heart sculptor,
-- Hearts captain. Danger here. He was taken out by the haar smelled -
- Hearts midfielder. It was not an Aberdeen on the attack again. Back
off the bar! A goalscorer in midweek in the League Cup, but he
has not scored this season in the SPL. Gary Naysmith. Plenty room
here for Jonny Hayes. Back for Ryan Fraser. He looks like an old
fashioned a winner. -- winger. The flag had gone up for offside. The
Tynecastle team survive. Gavin Rae s so influential for Aberdeen.
Jonny Hayes here. Lovely ball in. Straight at the goalkeeper. Scott
vermin has been crying out for a service, you cannot get much better
than that. Craig Brown hoping his team can cash air on second half
That was a great ball. Well That was a great ball in from Jonny
Hayes. It is almost time up a Pittodrie. Back from Chris Clark.
Brian McGowan for Andy Driver. And a faction for winning four Hearts.
MacGowan got the ball in from out wide. And the shot comes back of
the post. They could have been charged with
daylight robbery had he scored their! I think there since last
Christmas the recruitment has been huge. And the signings this season
as well. Allied with the good players that have been there. I
think the strength of the squad, the ability they have got. And
Vernon it is in top player. Yesterday it was perhaps a familiar
story for them this season. They had a lot of chances. But when we
played against them they played some really good stuff. They are
playing good link play. And when they play that system, sometimes I
think the goals have to come from elsewhere. You have to chip in from
other areas. And they must be happy, Aberdeen, the way they are playing.
And diehards could have come away with all three points. Yes, it was
a good effort. Hearts will be delighted, there will look at that
as a good point from them. It is good to see them, hopefully
they will be in a position to Challenge a Celtic. That would be
good to see. Aberdeen and Hearts have done of really well. They had
some good high intensity games. It bodes well for Scottish football.
Let us hope it goes well for them. Dundee United went to Rugby Park
yesterday on the back of two 3-0 wins to kick off their SPL season.
Here's how it went against United were on a high after their
demolition Derby. Early indications were that the chances would come
again this week. John Daly should have done better from this cross
but in the end it. And under. Shortly afterwards, this was not
far away. Sweet contact, but the ball just this past the post.
Douglas coming close this time. Kyle Letheren got his fingers to it.
The Killie keeper never looked troubled. Young Rory Mackenzie
pounced to punish the dithering. Only Douglas will know what he was
thinking here. It was a gift for The Spanish new-ball week stepped
up. But it was all going wrong for United. The visitors crumbled and
Kenny Shiels meant sensed a third. A fine effort and a good save. The
deflection helped it on its way. A few minutes later the young
Irishman got his rewards thanks to more sloppy defending.
Killie reacting quickly at the corner. Letheren was denied his
clean sheet. An afternoon to forget for United.
United art at your place next weekend. Perhaps in a way that is a
bad result for you. Players starting to believe their own
publicity because everyone has been shouting about United. It is always
a good game. It is a great atmosphere. It will be a cracking
game. If there was an award for craziest defending a I think Barry
Douglas could have an early nomination.
It was a horrendous mistake. The young lad will probably not get an
easier goal in his career. Next time he will be taking that as
far away from the goal as possible. I think he will learn from that one.
Credit to Doreen Mackenzie because he sensed something happening there.
It would have been easy to stand back.
Something is always going to happen it! I speak from experience. He
reacted well, he knew something was going to happen and all credit to
him. To youngsters scoring for Kilmarnock.
He fired it in. It was eight minutes of madness but Kilmarnock
took full advantage. It will be great for his confidence.
Hibs ended last season with a Scottish Cup Final nightmare. And
started this campaign with a heavy defeat at Tannadice. Since then,
Pat Fenlon's team have been showing signs of recovery. Let's see if
that continued at home to Callum's Craig is there and will get a
second attempt. Hibs doing the early defending. St Johnstone with
the effort. In behind the Hibs defence! And he has hurt himself in
the process. This was a timely intervention from the Hibernian
Easy in the end for Williams. But St Johnstone have had plenty of
He wins the corner. Went for the curler.
Hibs claim it's over and it is, says the referee. St Johnstone
raging. Not much hesitation. Hibs Doyle! Good save but it is 2-0.
He was on hand to have a second bite at it. No mistake there. The
poor old doubles the lead for Hibernian.
Saints will probably feel aggrieved to be behind.
Williams was smart off the line. That is flicked high over by Clancy.
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Some St Johnstone fans are already pressing the panic button. What
would you say to them? We had a tough start. Hards away, Motherwell
away. Hibernian yesterday showed a massive improvement with their
first half performance. We have been playing well in patches but
just not keeping it going. Looking at the strength of the St Johnstone
squad, what do you think? If they take their opportunities, and you
can see that from the highlights. But if you look that the people
there brought in, and I think in strength and in debt they're
actually not too bad. They had some injuries, they had a bad start, but
it is a good squad of players. This would have been at home in the
gymnastics for the Olympics! It was pretty lucky, but just not
managed to keep it out. It is all but yoga I am going!
You had dominated the first half. You have to give credit to
Hibernian. The second half they came up with their confidence up.
Was that the individual Beragh? -- error. It was a mistake but
still a long way to go. The ball going in between three defenders
there. It is a good reaction. And from that stage on it was hard for
us. This season Hibernian seem a little stronger and sometimes you
have to give credit to the opposition. They seem to have a bit
more still about them this season. I think they have strengthened
their defence. Griffiths is the catalyst. When he is on top,
Hibernian are on top. Easier said than done to keep him quiet. But
there are a better out that this season.
At least a couple of these you would have hoped would turn into
goals. Definitely. Just a bit of a bad touch them. When you're chasing
games it makes it difficult. But we are creating chances at least. I
thought yesterday especially in the first half, we are working hard as
a team. That is why his St Johnstone that was successful last
season. It is not about the individuals. And Hibernian had back
to back wins after that Derby drawl. The pressure on Pat Fenlon has
perhaps gone away. I think he has brought in men of steel and there
is a good backbone to the side. It is all about confidence. They have
Definitely, I think we have a good squad. It is getting the right team
in. The next few games are going to be quite tough. It will be tough,
but cannot panic. You have to knuckle down and get on with it.
Dens Park yesterday, the meeting of the SPL's new boys. Here's Dundee
It was a battle of the SPL a new boys. Ross County threaten to take
control early on. I'm not sure how much Scott Boyd knew about this.
This cross was met by the head of Colin Nish, but he could not direct
it to the goal. The one side were came to make amends for the Derby
defeat last week. Gary are of them had a crack but it went wide --
Gary Irvine. The defender should have done better. Ms second half,
Ross County found their shooting boots. Looking to replicate his
wonder strike against Celtic. But the former Celtic keeper had it
well covered. He had more trouble with this Mark Corcoran effort. And
then the goal. Mark Corcoran tumbled in their area, and the
referee pointed to the spot. Richard Brittain stepped up. He
blasted it high and silenced the fans.
You were held at to a draw at Dingwall on the opening day.
think people were expecting us to go up there and come away with a
victory. But defensively, they are so well organised. Dundee were
raging at the time about the penalty award. Neil MacGregor on at
Mark Corcoran, do they have any cause for complaint? It is a
difficult one. It looks a bit clumsy. From this angle, it looks
as if he has just run into them. He is going to fall down when that
happens. You can see that it is hard on Dundee, but Ross County
would say it is definitely a penalty. He has given Mark Corcoran
the opportunity to hit the deck. Yes, it is clumsy. Dundee are
playing catch-up. You feel for them a bit, tried to assemble a team.
Ross County have come up, promoted, full of confidence. Dundee finished
second and thought it was over. It is difficult for them. They are
playing catch-up at the moment. Hopefully, they will get a few more
signings and to get there Timor strong. With one foot in the
Champions League, Celtic continued their far-travelled start to the
season this weekend with another trip to the Highlands. This time
Only five of the Celtic side that Neil Lennon has demanded a good
start to the match after having started slowly against Ross County
last week. That was a lovely not beggar by Gary Hooper. -- nutmeg.
This is lovely football from Celtic. Adam Matthews corner. Wanyama! That
was all too easy for Victor Wanyama. He was just allowed to head past
Ryan Esson. Charlie Mulgrew to strike this one. Off the top of the
crossbar. Charlie Mulgrew so often finds the back of the net from
these situations. So close to doing so again. Just did not come down in
time. Terry Butcher wants more from his side. Looking for Shinnie. One
group seems to be in control. Izaguirre. There is Tony Watt. He
has done well. Here goes Tolley -- Tony Watt. That is a terrific goal.
From one end to the other. There was no stopping Tony Watt. That was
a cool, composed finish from a young man who might just be staking
a claim for a regular place in it Neil Lennon's side. Inverness need
to respond and respond quickly. They might do it here. Shinnie
should have hit the target. He is looking for a corner. Celtic caught
on the hop after going ahead. Terry Butcher knows it. Ryan record
coming deep to collect the ball. -- Ryan McCourt. The angle of the
better of him there. But it was the Hooper does well and then goes down
under the challenge. A free kick in Mulgrew! That is a brilliant at the
set piece from Celtic. Right at the start of the second half. But one
look like they came from the training ground. Neil Lennon, as he
watched that going, hard work PM off. -- paying off. Izaguirre are
giving chase. Tony Watt is looking for it. It goes to Adam Matthews.
Tony Watt is the double. Celtic are cruising in the Highlands. Tony
Watt has his second of the game. He fairly lashed at that one into the
Neil Lennon does not look too concerned. Picked up by Conor
Pepper, last week's hero at Tynecastle. And Ross Draper get
another. Inverness Caley Thistle have probably left their comeback
too late, but the scoreline looks It was a deceiving scoreline that.
Celtic were so superior. Right from the start. Exactly the attitude
Neil Clement would have been looking for. They have such a
strong pool of players. Lots of good youngsters. Being on the brink
of the Champions League, some of these guys coming in will be
thinking I would like a taste of it. Yes, and these are the sorts of
games that they will keep playing. It is great for them. They are in a
great place at the warm-up. Hopefully, they will get a good
result on Wednesday. Teenagers with talent is a recurring theme in the
programme tonight. You will remember this man from last season.
Yes, that is a great finish. He has got a great talent. He is 18 or 19.
This is terrific. To score from a position, it shows good pace, good
awareness. He is hungry. He looks at home at this level. It is his
attitude. He has got a desire to succeed. Even at the end, he is
trying to score. He has got the ability, but for me it is his
attitude double take him all the way. There is a fair chance that he
will feature a fair bet if Celtic can get across that final hurdle
into the Champions League. Yes, why not? He is a great talent. Neil
Lennon will have no problem putting him in. Neil Lennon is taking
nothing for granted in this second leg against Helsingborg. I thought
that Celtic were right but isn't over there, especially in the
second half. But Helsingborg for really good as well. People think
they are going to win, but it was a tough game and I thought they were
brilliant over there. I hope they can get through for Scottish
football. Yes, it would be great for the game here. It would affect
the dreaded coefficient for everyone. Yes, and they will have
experienced players to come back as well. I think the expectation level
is what they will have to be careful of. What yesterday proves
is the quality of the squad that Neil Lennon has assembled. And he
will be looking to add to it. a great chance for Young Boys to
come through, for a young Scottish boys' to come through, with Rangers
not being in the league. He can juggle the squad a little bit. He
can introduce these young players. Hopefully, but will continue.
you expect Celtic to strip away from everybody else? Yes. I do not
think there is any doubt about that. A lot of clubs will be looking for