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All the action from a high-scoring SPL weekend coming our way
including the last SPL Old Firm match of the season. The
commentators are with me tonight. Last week was dominated by the
punishments dished out to Rangers for SFA rule-breaking. Thousands of
the Rangers supporters marched on SFA headquarters at hand in
yesterday to highlight their concerns about the 12 month
transfer embargo and fines. More disciplinary trouble looming for
Neil Lennon and the jailing of the two men who sent the Celtic manager
a parcel bomb. No wonder training The 400 small-firm Derby. Rangers
come to the East End of Glasgow. -- 400th Old Firm derby. The Ibrox
side have begun the match well. Neil Lennon on his second touchline
from that man. All the player of the Year accolades. Troubled times
for Ally McCoist. An Old Firm victory would make him feel a lot
better I am sure. He did not have the end product, it did the
Northern Irish man. Chris Collins, who has enjoyed a run in the Celtic
team in recent weeks has not had his best season. The corner.
Charlie Mulgrew is there. Celtic draw first blood on Old Firm day.
Charlie Mulgrew's first Old Firm derby goal. That caps and
unbelievable season for him. He is favourite for a player of the year.
He has opened the scoring against the Rangers. The season of his
Hooper. He twists away. Kris Commons is in with a chance for two.
There it is! Chris Coleman's chooses the Old Firm derby to score
his first ball of the season. Terrific work by a Hooper. Route
that was fantastic. Celtic in command in the final Old Firm in
game of the season. Terrific finishing from Kris Commons. A good
effort. Beaten away by Alan McGregor. Celtic are trying to get
a third goal before the interval. It is too high for Samaras. A
fantastic effort. What about these Save from the Rangers No. 1.
Commons quips it in. McGregor is the air again. What a corner. He
has caused all kinds of problems for Rangers. Nicky Butt. He has had
a good start to his Rangers career but he has lost that one. Her
power! Stunning finish! -- Hooper. That is goal number 24 of the
season. The SPL champions are absolutely romping home against
their greatest rivals. Neil Lennon in the stand celebrates with those
The Rangers fans are still trying to counteract the Celtic support
who are absolutely loving best as you can understand. Sone Aluko's
free-kick. It would have only been The last Old Firm match of the
season but it could be the last ever Old Firm game with the State
that the Rangers are in. Indeed. It is a wonderful occasion to play in
but I think Rangers will always be there. We do not know what will
happen at the end of the day but hopefully they will stay around. I
would like to see the end of this to be honest. It is dragging on and
doing nobody any favours. I have travelled around Europe and people
are amazed that Rangers have got themselves into this situation but
they all want to come to an Old Firm game. We have seen bigger
score lines but is that about as one-sided as it gets in an Old Firm
game? I think so. It was not a rigid 3-5-2. Samaras was drifting
from the front to the left and we had two white men pushing up. It
kind of through Rangers and the never sorted it out on time. The
game was gone. They were both like winners? That is absolutely right.
Today there were about six or seven crosses in the first half. The
system that Celtic played through a not seem able to counter. That is
right. They were all over Rangers. They were causing them all sorts of
problems and the could not quite sort it out themselves on the pitch.
Commons played in that free role. Samaras likes to drift wide so when
he does so he draws someone out of position. It was kind of by default
that be played that particular system. I felt sorry for the young
player McCabe. Today Commons just ran off on him and caused all sorts
from a range of point of view, be looking out? I could not believe
this particular one. You have got Charlie Mulgrew on the edge of the
box. Rangers have overloaded the front box. Once you do not go and
pick up a centre half, if you also look at the edge of the box and the
midfielder, his attention is to the first we're on the left. Charlie
Mulgrew is a danger. Celtic do not have much height. But there are
several who should have been picked up and they did not. They did not
learn from it. If you look at this again it was the same move. Rangers
never sorted it at any point and it got them in trouble. You have got
to rely on players to sort things out for themselves. Too many times
the players rely on the coach but on the pitch things have got to
change. This was the second goal and they were all over the place.
That was bad defending. Taking nothing away from Commons, that was
a great touch. This was a nice little pass from Samaras and at
fantastic finish. She power. Commons again working hard in the
middle of the picture. Do you have high hopes for Neil Lennon as an
manager? Will he bring Celtic sustained success now, do you
I think he is doing well now. He lost a little bit of his composure
and finally, today he was up in the stand and I think the change of
tactic was interesting. He was up there watching the game which I
think would be good for him but I think he would like to be and the
dressing room beforehand. -- in the dressing room beforehand.
closest challengers for third place are Motherwell and they were at
home to Hearts yesterday. We have the highlights. -- Dundee United
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often special. This is no different. back across, and the keeper
couldn't stop it from trundling impressive. A terrific save. A
wonderful effort from the full-back. time, denied by Pernis per got
Flood delivering the corner. Finding its way through. And they
are back in front! That should have been dealt with by the Hearts
the substitute. Almost a perfect introduction from the winner. But
brilliant! From Novikovas. Simply sublime. From the substitute. Only
on the park for three minutes. But betters even the strike from Flood.
Age it macro set him up. And he did it. -- Elliott. A last chance, but
A late equaliser. It would have been a travesty if they haven't got
something from the game, they created plenty. A great game.
Dundee United played a part but you would have to say Hearts were
particularly unlucky not to have won, they created five good chances.
Paulo Sergio has done a great job, getting the balance, now in the Cup
final. Goals from Flood don't come They don't come along often but
they are special. He is not renowned for goalscoring. His big
problem always has been his strength. Two great goals in the
was. Brilliant. His goals are special. As a goalkeeper, you just
A draw at Tannadice in the lunchtime kick-off handed
Motherwell the chance, in their three o'clock start at Fir Park, to
go five points clear in the race for a place in the Champions League
qualifiers, if they could beat St Johnstone. Jonathan Sutherland has
the race in Europe? Anderson was in the way there, a penalty to
Motherwell in the 17th minute. Hidden macro have opted for low and
hard. Motherwell off to the perfect start. -- Higdon. Just three
minutes after that, humphrey macro got the better of Morris. He picked
out Law, and Motherwell were in Motherwell were looking very good.
And into the second half, it would get even better for the home side.
Hateley with the cross. And a All in all, a bad day at the Office
for St Johnstone. They would get a penalty, though. Haber up ended by
Hutchinson. But not much doubt over the decision. Crates macro to go
over penalty duties and a calm these white the ball home past
Randolph. -- Craig swiped the ball 1 by Ojamaa. The momentum well and
and he wasn't finished. 18 appearances for Motherwell. His
Life goal. A blunder from the St Johnstone keeper. Motherwell are
guaranteed a European place. Five points ahead of Dundee United, with
They have to be hot favourites now for third spot? And if you look at
the games for Dundee. They will have to try to close that gap. A
big game against Motherwell. They certainly went about their business,
winning the game emphatically. Earlier in the year they were
playing really well. Yesterday's result was a good result for them.
I thought Dundee United would be the favourites. That result, has
probably put them in a good position. They have been second or
third for most of the season. have shown fantastic consistency.
They have kept on going. We have talked about the Budget, the size
of the squad. If they can get a Champions League spot, it will be a
wonderful thing. Wonderful for Stuart McCall. Stuart McCall is
delighted at what he is getting from Humphrey, who is something of
an enigma, which most winners are. He has amazing pace. With that
lightning pace. I don't think this Disappointment for Morris. Humphrey
is adding aggression. And quality delivery. There is no doubting his
ability and his pace. The one thing you might doubt is a little bit
like Murphy, sometimes considers Getting into the Champions League
will be huge for these players. us not forget St Johnstone, lots to
play for, for them. Stuart McCall, if he achieved that. A hard job for
Stephen Lomas. If Dunfermline are to survive in the SPL, they've left
it late to stage their great escape. Even last weekend's fightback at St
Mirren was good enough only for a yesterday.
Dunfermline need to win this game. Six points adrift. Just three games
to go after this one. Anderson almost caught there. Playing it
back to the goalkeeper. He picked that up. And indirect free kick.
Langfield is raging. He didn't Touch back to Hardie. The wrong
side of the post. Hardie, normally -- Dunfermline. Just three away
wins for Aberdeen this season. The shouts for handball has not been
given by the referee, he is not interested. As the ball came
swimming in from there, he got his really. Near the goalkeeper really
before the hour, he scores what before. Back in November, against
pretty good in recent months. Their performance in the Scottish League
Cup final let them down. They didn't cover themselves in glory
for the opening goal in this one. The referee giving the foul against
Aberdeen, having a word with Magennis who has been used at right
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Almost in tears watching that defensive blunder. Going into last
week's games, seven. Between them. Now it is back to three. Could they
yet escaped? There are three games left. They have got momentum. I
thought when Jefferies won their five games ago, but it didn't quite
happen. Watching Hibs today. They didn't show and urgency. There is
always a chance with three games. momentous result, it has taken them
to win at home for the first time. They have blown this relegation
race wide open. This summed up Aberdeen's performance. A
Aberdeen also. They have had a horrendous season. Nothing had
happened for them. They can't keep saying, we will clear it up every
summer. They have to stop buildings have been for the future. Aberdeen
is a big club. It was always a Finally Dunfermline have put away
in in their stats. It is great that they have won at home as we can see
the. The goal difference matters but it is coming down all the time.
They have got games midweek. If they can get another couple off the
goal difference and then they play one another it is wide open. The
big game is midweek. Water come on that shortly. Dunfermline were
hoping Hibernian would draw a blank in Paisley today. Our reporter was
scored! The man who scored a hat- trick last time out at home should
have had his side ahead but he glances bit worried. A free-kick.
It could be a yellow card as well. It will be four or Mark McCausland.
The referee judged tend to have come in very late indeed. A
steadying influence. Long ball through the middle. The keeper is
out. He tries to check it and it is white. A simple ball through. He
certainly should have scored here. Plenty of battles all over the
pitch. Launched into the middle. Cleared away. A chance! Great save
from the keeper. You have got a feeling that man should have scored
in the SPL for the first time. The goalkeeper had a good stock. Macau
in lively and inspired. On side, on to McLean. It is into the back of
the Net! St Mirren in the lead after 65 minutes. He kept his feet,
end to Maclean and pulled the ball across the goalkeeper into the far
corner. He has made an impact since he came on as a substitute.
Hibernian were behind last week against Kilmarnock and really
struggled to make any impact on the game. The ball is knocked away.
There is acclaim for the penalty but the referee was right there and
said no. He played the ball said the referee. Hibernian will be
unhappy that there was no penalty awarded. It comes in high. I good
one. The ball is pitched clear. Stevenson stretching. He has taken
one for the team. Louis Stevenson will get a red-carded for that. --
yellow-carded. Hibernian thought they had problems going forward.
Hibernian are trying to get some urgency into the game. Griffiths
has already been booked. If this is a yellow card he is gone. It will
be St Mirren's 4th red card of the season. It was a subtle tuck on the
Jersey. Mayor to MacGowan. Taken down by Louis Stevenson. He has
already been booked. A second yellow and now a red for Louis
Stevenson. Hibernian have got the Scottish Cup final to look forward
to at the end of the season but before that they might just be
scrapping for their lives. They looked in a lot of trouble here
today. This particular goal, looking at it, it was bad defending.
Diving in here, he does not make the tackle. Comes across. The
goalkeeper could have done a little bit better on the shot. Hibernian
are in trouble. They did not show any urgency today. Forget the Cup
final, that is going to happen, it is a bonus for them but they have
to survive. They are a huge club and they are down there scrapping.
Even when St Mirren were down to 10 men to they did not know what to do.
They have the opportunity to do something special but they just did
not produce enough on a day when they had to survive. They have had
two opportunities to pull something out of the bank. Last week and this
week again. They cannot get themselves back into the game and
relax. They will not be able to enjoy the Cup final because they
are in the relegation battle. look like a penalty but here you
can see quite clearly that it is not a penalty. The referee got it
right. Sometimes we give them a bit of stick but today he definitely
got it right. Let's just say, it was a great decision! Wash your
mouth out! The vital statistics for these clubs. Three points and seven
goals between them. While we are obviously focusing on the head-to-
head between them also on our mind are where the other points are
coming from. The big game as you pointed out earlier is the
Hibernian verses Dunfermline game. Hibernian are at home and expected
to be favourites. It is going to be a huge game. Who is it going to be?
No pressure. I would like to beat end Hibernian's shoes. Relegation
battles are not nice. It is just when the nerves start taking over.
Are you making the goal difference into a 4th.? Or can you just not
add up? Yesterday's rematch fell short but not by much. Something
strange happens to these teams when they meet at Rugby Park. Last time
the Caley Thistle ran out 6-3 winners. This would be another
explosion of goals. For sheer entertainment this game pretty much
had it all. A contender for goal of the season as the frame of the goal
was rattled. It became 1-1 just before the half hour mark. Plenty
of speculation over the future of this Inverness winner at the moment.
His second made it 2-1. Not bad, two goals in one game but just
three in total this season for the player. Just before the interval
Jonny Hayes would pick up a yellow card. The fact we are showing it
means it would prove costly. Terry Butcher said this should have been
as stonewalled penalty. It was definitely outside the box. And
time was up for Jonny Hayes just before the one hour mark. A clumsy
challenge and a second yellow meant red. Soft or not, he knew he had
been walking a tightrope. With the extra man advantage, Kilmarnock
took advantage. Nelson with a great header in the 66th minute. These
cause now level at 2 each. The sending off was a real turning
point in this game. Dean Shiels with some great footwork and his
cross was diverted warm. De Gaulle was officially credited to Shiels
but our dubious goals panel have taken that of her! -- the goal was
officially credited. And then she'll make it 4-2. -- Dean Shiels.
He was looking every inch the Year -- player of be a contender that he
is. And then it became 4-3. Between them this season an astonishing 16
goals. Let's look at what made Terry Butcher angry yesterday,
there is usually something. What did you make of these goals? He did
catch them a little bit there. He could have been let off with the
IPL beer but when you are on yellow you certainly do not do that.
they have had a few leading into it. The second was clumsy more than
anything else. I am a little bit worried about the outbreak of
sympathy towards officials tonight! No problem here as it was outside
the box. It could have been at 310 but was definitely outside the box.
There was a mention of the dubious calls panel. What about this.
Terrific play from Dean Shiels. Terrific player. I would have tried
for that myself. Quite rightly nominated. He has not had a lot of
football but that is the confidence of the man when you get nominated
for player of the year you do things like that. We watched him
against Kilmarnock and Celtic. He plays great football at times. The
team are so open at times and high- scoring games seem to be the result.
It changed the whole complexion of the season for them, didn't it?
manager should really get a mention. There are no outstanding candidates
but he has won the Cup final. controversial. Strange things now
and again. He has been known to see what he thinks. Now the gap at the
top between Celtic and Rangers is now 21 points. Motherwell looking a
whole lot stronger in third. Five ahead of Dundee United. St
Johnstone are three below them. Crucially at the bottom of the SPL
three points now between Hibernian and Dunfermline. Plenty fixtures
starting on Tuesday night with Hearts against Motherwell.
Wednesday is a busy night and then it is Thursday night for Celtic
versus St Johnstone. You can see highlights of all those matches
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