26/12/2011 Sportscene


26/12/2011

Round-up of action from the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, presented by Rob Maclean.


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Penalties in the SPL last weekend and two out of three featured Jim

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good win, who will talk us through the Christmas Eve action. Rangers

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received a couple of cards they could have done without in Paisley

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and suffered defeat which cut their advantage at the top of the league

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to a single point. It was October 2008 and Stephen

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McGinn scored the only goal of the game.

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St Mirren this time recalled a defender and Alan Mooy, which was a

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good shout. Hasselbaink was on the bench.

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Hafr at this available after illness, Lee McCulloch started as

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Rangers will be top of the tree in the SPL at Christmas, but by how

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to get themselves ahead. Lafferty Rangers goal and Wallace gets

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the box and prodded the ball passed whistle goes before the ball gets

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into the penalty pox. Carey, it's a red card for Lee McCulloch.

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The midfielder sent off for that 44 minutes and St Mirren get what

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they feel they deserve at the end of the first half, it is a

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Inside stoppage time, it is the last kick of the first half. St

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Mirren have turned this game around against Rangers. Great timing on

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here. Gary Teale's free-kick.

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McAusland with a chance he wasn't expecting.

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middle. Right across the face of Samson

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substitute and is given a yellow card. There will ab complaint about

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for Goian and Rangers will finish be playing in rather than speck

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Tating. It's not the finest moment in my

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career. I should know better, not to get involved. If you had known

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you were going to get a ban, would you have given a better ban Joe.

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It was a delight to get the goal at the time. It was a very deserved

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point. Let's look back at key moments in the match on Saturday

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much the red card for Lee McCulloch, Rangers will appeal. Did it all

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stem, do you think, from that Carey's challenge which earned him

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a yellow? Yes, Graham does catch ma cull oak with his leg and probably

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deserved the booking. It so happens that Graham was designated

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McCulloch for corners. I was there last week, in the heat of the

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moment. As soon as he throws the elbow out, he realises he shouldn't

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have done it. I think he's made the right decision. The appeal allows

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McCulloch to play on Wednesday night. And also on the 2nd. Is what

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Rangers are doing, does it make them believe this is worthy of an

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appeal? Looking at those pictures there, it is obviously to see Steve

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McLean in the matter other than to show him the red card. You can say

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it is manipulating the system. McCulloch is an important player

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for Rangers. They want one of their main players available for

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Wednesday night. Were these yellow cards any different? No, I think

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Gary Teale shows a great ability there to knock it through his legs.

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Goian knows he's passed him and he pulls him back.

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Both instances are identical and I think the referee is left with no

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other option but to show him a second yellow. Paul MacGowan has

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said he reckons, another red card for Rangers Lafferty booked for

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that, could that have been a dismissal? I have seen players sent

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off in the past for that, but on this occasion a yellow card was

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sufficient. A lot was made of the comments after the game, but I

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don't think he meant to highlight it as much as it has come out. A

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yellow card for Lafferty there seems fair. There was some football

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played, good football played in the first half particularly by your

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team. Mooy hasn't featured that much. He looksed a player.

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Fantastic young talent. He shows terrific individual skill to create

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that opportunity for the striker. He is a great asset to the team.

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MacGowan the Man of the Match? Absolutely. A great pass from there.

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Papac, a great goal, great composure from MacGowan. Four

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points for St Mirren against Rangers this season. This was a

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fantastic goal. Is there a concern that you get up for games like this

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and other games you find more difficult getting motivated? I am

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not sure it is a lack of motivation. Playing against the Old Firm team

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it doesn't take much motivation. We have a really tough task again on

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Wednesday night at home to Dundee United and we need to show the same

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commitment we showed on Saturday against Dundee United on Wednesday.

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We shouldn't be too surprised that Hearts beating have lots of

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experience of dealing with distractions. Paul Mitchell was at

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figures for Motherwell this season. His first season for the club of

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where this was going. Came off the David Templeton is having a fine

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match and Stephen Elliott helps David Templeton and the youngster

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can smile, he nearly scored MacGowan looking for Hirst first

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monkeys, dusting off the crisis headlines for the Tynecastle team

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but they have a lot of good players and they are capable of a good

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performance and a good result, which beating Motherwell is.

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Motherwell have a tremendous away record this season. Hearts had to

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be at their best to beat them. It shows tremendous character for the

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Hearts players. To go out and play as well as they did on Saturday and

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get a much needed three points was terrific for them. Templeton was

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all over the match. You wonder whether all the disruption at

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Hearts demote vaits players but I guess the other side is they are

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potentially in the shop win der, they are selling themselves for

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January? Absolutely. Templeton had a great season last year. This

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season they have been inconsistent from what he is capable of but

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shows what he is capable of doing there on Saturday, involved in both

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goals and had a terrific all round afternoon. I guess looking at it

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from a Motherwell point of view, a bad day at the office covers it for

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them and they have to look at the big picture. What a first half of

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the season they have had. Like you say they have had a bad day and

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they will roll their sleeves up and get back to work on Wednesday.

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St Johnstone ended their three match losing run with a three

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pointer at East End Park. Dunfermline have gone through the

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first half of the SPL season without a home win. The best of the

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Dunfermline. Barrowman's long range effort, left the goal gaping

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narrowly off target. Not for the first time in recent weeks,

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Enckelman in nos bleed territory, getting away with it this time.

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That was as cheery as Christmas Eve got for McIntyre. Dunn fernl Lynn's

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goalkeeper punched the ball into his own net. 1-0 Saints, not the

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best way to mark your first game of the season.

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From this point on it was pretty much of the St Johnstone show.

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Craig testing Smith. Sandazza got the ball off across the crossfire.

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Sandazza and Craig a constant menace to the defence. They really

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should have scored. This should have been the chance

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for Chris Smith to shine but after his first half, a shot from Haber

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and Sandazza pounced to put St Johnstone into a 2-0 win. The

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nightmare before Christmas for Chris Smith and Thompson seemingly

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easy in the end for the Saints. Sandazza at the centre of things as

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well. He thinks St Johnstone should be aiming to finish third in the

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SPL. Hibs might be able to to spend their way out of this and

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Dunfermline don't have that sort of money. Yes, the financial situation

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at Dunfermline has been well docks umented, but I am sure McIntyre and

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his assistant have worked hard in recent weeks to try and sort out

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the defensive problems, but from a manager's point of view it is

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difficult for them for some of the individual errors that have been

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costing them. You don't have to be a football technician to look at

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this series of defensive lapses from recent games and see where it

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is all going wrong. Absolutely. Gallagher, a terrific goalkeeper,

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he was missing on Saturday through through injury, but there is only

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so much a goalkeeper can do. He hasn't been getting a lot of

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protection this year year That indecision can spread through

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defence. Confidence is key. When you are near the bottom, everything

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seems to go against you and for Dunfermline they don't seem to be

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getting any breaks. Inverness are ending the year by edging away from

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the bottom of the SPL after a home win against Aberdeen.

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Inverness were creating their own problems early on. The goalkeeper

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was tested by George ma again is. Aberdeen captain Richard foster a

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bit more exposed. Inverness midfielder day lis took full

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director's box and Inverness went and then they carved a chance for

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Aberdeen to hit back. Fallon struck it home to give them some hope with

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14 minutes of the match left to play.

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Aberdeen looking to keep their good Russ of run of form going.

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The Dons Threw it all forward for an equaliser.

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Inverness held on for their third home win of the season.

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Inverness scored both goals from corners. Craig Brown wasn't happy

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because he wants a man on each post at corner kicks. Jason Brown

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started off here, before the corner was taken and there is a man on

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each post. By the time it is taken by Hays that's changed. Sod's law.

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I am sure Craig Brown will have a lot to say. This was number two.

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This shot sneaks in again nobody on the back post. The goalkeeper does

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move people around a lot. Sometimes an extra man comes into the box and

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you need to take somebody off the post. Inverness beginning to find

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their rightful position in the table, do you think? Absolutely.

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Inverness for a long time have been near the bottom, but unjustly I

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feel. Some of their performances have been terrific. Ibrox last

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weekend, probably should have won the game or got something from the

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game. They have terrific young players. If Tade gets some goal-

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are very keen to turn things around Armstrong gave it away. A terrific

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goal from Griffiths. He's been giving belters for the

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fans. He gets his fourth of the He's wanting a corner.

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What a great touch that was, to get Great goal keeping from the

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Stephen and Armstrong. Suddenly united are in the mood.

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That turns things round. United are 2-1 up.

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It's been all about their second three points and it will be four

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defeats in a row for Hibs. John Daly seldom misses this kind

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can reshape his squad next month. I would imagine Lee Griffiths is one

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to hold on to. He would like to hold on to Griffiths, that is on

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going between Hibs and Wolves at the moment. Hibs want him personal

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nent. But he is a terrific forward. I can see why they want to keep him

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there. He is a lively striker. He shows determination, he doesn't

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give up, he presses the goalkeeper. John Daly took his team's tally to

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12. He creeps up unnoticed sometimes with his goals. You know

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him well from your time together at Stockport. He is one of the best in

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the league, no doubt about that. Very clever there, good movement.

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Managing to get across in the last second. What I like about him is

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he's willing to miss chances and he does miss them at times, but it

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doesn't seem to bother them because he comes back for more. He is in

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the right place to miss them. He picks himself up, gets on with it

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and inevitably finds the net. real presence, John Daly. Celtic's

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Christmas Eve defeat of Kilmarnock, the last time they played Killie,

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on target. But he is a young man on Kilmarnock creating one or two

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season for Samaras but he's broken has given a free-kick against

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His second goal of the afternoon. What a strike from Racchi.

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They just have a few minutes left on the clock. Kilmarnock are back

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in it. This is a terrific day for cheer for Celtic. Saturday a big

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day for them, bearing in mind what happened in Paisley. Samaras was

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the star man. Did he rediscover his form against your team in this

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game? He scores against us here obviously. Samaras in the past has

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come in for a lot of stick for inconsistency but I think along

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with Forest he's been one of the Celtic's most influential players

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of recent weeks. Really attacking of the goal to score the header,

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something he's not been associated with of late. This is a good finish

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as well. At times Samaras when he is on form he can be incredible.

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Absolutely. He has that ability that he can go either way, he can

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go left or right. He has power and gets divo important goals for

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Celtic to keep their winning streak going. Celtic had to set off on

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this winning run and they really have delivered in style. Absolutely.

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They showed great character as a team. It hasn't been pretty a lot

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of the time. That will please Neil Lennon that they have been able to

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show strength and character to see games out. Even Saturday's game, I

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don't think they played particularly well but managed to

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keep the winning run going and keep the momentum going until Wednesday.

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James forest chipped in with a few, the goals have been spread around

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the team as well. Yes. Hooper, Samaras, stokes, but it is

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important for all the good teams to score goals from all over the park.

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Celtic have done that. It has been an incredible swing in the last

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seven weeks. When you look back to the early days of November, when at

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one point it got to 15 of a difference and now it is back to

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one. That is called momentum for Celtic. Yes, Celtic have gone from

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strength to strength and Rangers have had a bit of a blip in form.

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The loss of Stephen Naismith has affected Celtic greatly.

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mention Naismith. He scored twice in the first Old Firm match of the

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season. When you relive this, this might have little or no relevance

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to what happened on Wednesday night but it probably does underline what

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Naismith offers for Rangers. Yes. Obviously we know how important is

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to Rangers but I don't think they realised how important Naismith was

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until now. His energy and he was a very clever player. He plays

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between the lines very well and he has been a huge loss. Celtic are,

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the team have great momentum, but their form goes out the window in

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these big games and it is all about the team who are hungry on the day.

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It will be an interesting one to see what the outcome is. If you

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offered Rangers a one point lead going into this second Old Firm

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match they would have taken it but not in these circumstances where

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they had such a big advantage and whittled down to a single figure.

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There's a number of people maybe thinking that the league title was

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over in October. Full credit to Celtic, they have kept going, they

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have done everything that has been asked of them and Rangers have

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slipped up along the way. It makes for an Dr Encounter on Wednesday

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night. Here is the state of the of the midweek matches on the BBC

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website. On Monday 2nd January we will have all the reports and

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results at 4.30 BBC One and I will have the SPL action on Tuesday 3rd

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