30/10/2016 Sportscene


30/10/2016

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


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This could be something quite sensational. Write out of the top

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drawer. And this shot is an absolute beauty. Yes! That's unbelievable.

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Unbelievable! What a finish. Right here, right now, this is history.

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Welcome to Sportscene and another unpredictable weekend

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With us tonight as we try to make sense of the latest

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twists and turns, Steven Thompson and Michael Stewart.

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Only one place we can really start tonight.

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The top of the table clash at Pittodrie.

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Brendan Rodgers' side threatening to gallop away

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from all the rest in the Premiership.

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Could Aberdeen land a blow to haul them back in?

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Surprisingly Derek McInnes is left out his biggest goal threat Adam

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Rooney and starter and James Maddison. Captain Jack starts for

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the first time since August. Celtic back to familiar lines with several

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players restored after the midweek trip to Dingwall. This is James

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Forrest, taken on by Armstrong. Dembele cannot quite force at home.

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It has been a sluggish start from both teams but Celtic cutting open

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the Aberdeen defence. Lovely play by Armstrong, who is a man in form. Joe

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Lewis Tidwell to keep them out. -- Lewis did well.

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Aberdeen with their first real attack of the game. Niall McGinn.

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Erik Sviatchenko in the way. Brown, looks like he's returning to

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the international fold when the Scotland squad is named this week.

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Lustig, and that is cleared by Logan. Tom Rogic, it is clever, it

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is brilliant by Rogic! Stunning opening goal by the champions. Rogic

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shape to shoot with the right foot and goes with the left. And it has

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outfoxed Joe Lewis. A moment of brilliance from the Australian. And

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it is a champion to take the lead. -- the champions who take the lead.

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Celtic continuing this wonderful record against Aberdeen, they have

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not failed to score against them in a league game since 2001. They are

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threatening again with Rogic. These are important times for Aberdeen.

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Celtic beginning to power, having got the lead. McGinn, with the ball

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in, it is Considine. Scored a cracking goal against Kilmarnock

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from the same area a few weeks back, on the volley. Not this time.

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Izaguirre, who should have a run in the team for the next few months

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with Kieran Tierney out. Kieran Tierney, and James Forrest, to

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Rogic, and Armstrong! What a chance! And he knows it. This should be 2-0.

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Aberdeen getting away with one, there. The interchange between

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Dembele and Sinclair who have been two of the best players in green and

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white this season. Sinclair, and what a save! What a save! From Joe

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Lewis. The ball well won by Considine, and

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these have to go through the gears to get back to his post here. The

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long ball has been missed by Maclean. This is Tom Rogic. Lewis

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again. They just can't handle Tom Rogic. He is gliding around, finding

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space all over the place. That has broken for James Forrest. He finds

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Lustig, who finds Rogic. Dembele! Piquant quite get past Joe Lewis.

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Aberdeen are still breathing, but only just. They are under a green

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and white cosh. Dembele. So strong. Rogic. Lewis gets the luck, and he

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might well deserve it, such has been his second-half performance in

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particular. Moussa Dembele. Sinclair. He has found Rogic, again.

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They just can't put it to bed, but they really should have done by now.

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Having run Celtic close the last couple of years, that will annoy

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Derek McInnes. James Forrest, with another opportunity going begging

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for the champions. Claims for the foul, and it's only a

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throw-in. Graeme Shinnie. That is a free kick, and this time, Scott

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Brown got involved in the aftermath, and so, too, the Jonny Hayes. Steven

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McLean, the referee, is going to have to sort this out now. Graeme

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Shinnie caught by Lustig, then Scott Brown drove the ball off the now

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Aberdeen captain. Looks like a yellow card only for Brown and

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Hayes. That has worked his way through off Rooney, do Graeme

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Shinnie. Was he being held? Was Graeme Shinnie being held here? The

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referee did not think so. It was Simunovic on shinny. -- Shinnie.

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Aberdeen desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats. Hayes, looking

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for Stockley, and that is Madison! No doubt that Rooney and Madison

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have made an impact since coming off the bench less than ten minutes

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after half-time. It is getting a bit nervous now for Brendan Rogers.

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Celtic should be out of sight, but they are not. They could be here,

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though. Roberts, to Stuart Armstrong. The only points of the

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cab dropped this season was at Inverness in a similar kind of game.

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Aberdeen, running out of time. Joe Lewis has been a hero at the back,

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will he be a hero at the front? Here it comes, it is Craig Gordon from

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Erik Sviatchenko. Really good save that preserves the three points. 1-0

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down, half-time, we try to make changes early to get the game going

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our way, and by and large in the second half, although they had

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opportunities on the second half, I thought that by and large, a lot of

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the play was in and around their box. It was a real fight for us

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today. We had to show different qualities in our game. You're right,

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we could have put the game to bed much earlier than the final whistle,

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but I was really pleased because different qualities in the team

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today, we showed, we pressed the game very well, and in the moments

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when they were direct, we had to stand up and be counted. Aberdeen

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did all they could to beat us and bully us, but today we showed the

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other side of our game, that we can also play the physical game, and

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that is what a team of completion is about. A big, big win over Celtic,

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plenty of people thinking that is the title already in the bag for

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Brendan Rogers' side. From an Aberdeen point of view, should they

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have started with Adam Rooney and Madison up front? I would have. I

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can understand what Derek McInnes was trying to do, to get that extra

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midfielder on the park in Ryan Jack and dropping in Kenny McLean as

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well, but with Ryan Jack having been out of the side, they've had a

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better balance with Madison at Number Ten and Rooney up top, so the

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changes that they may, they didn't work. You saw the guys came on and

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made an impact. At home you have got to play your strongest side, and

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they didn't. It was a surprise for me that Rooney didn't start, but he

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was trying to get pace in behind, more mobility. This run would have

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been what Derek was looking for. When he gets the ball, Wes Burns, it

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would have been exactly where Adam Rooney would have been waiting in

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the middle of the six yard box. You talk about Madison. The reason he is

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so highly applauded by everyone, he always plays between the lines, on

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the half term. Adam Rooney is not content with just floating around at

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the back. He goes and makes it difficult. This is where he's at his

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best, in the middle of the six yard box. When he receives the ball, he

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is always looking up to make forward passes. And this is the balances of

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the side. Your three guys behind the main striker. And Rooney again, that

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is clever. That was great defending. Maddison is very skilful on the

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ball. And this highlights the Rooney- Maddison partnership. He

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finds himself in great space and he has no option but to header this,

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Erik Sviatchenko. That is a wonderful save by Craig Gordon, 495

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minutes without conceding, five clean sheets. If you are Celtic

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player coming in and seen that team sheet with Madison and Rooney not on

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it, that gives you a boost. And you think Aberdeen should have had a

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penalty. I did, I thought it was a clear penalty. I know that Michael

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doesn't. First I thought it was a trip, but it was the arm pull, which

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we get a good view of here. Simunovic grabs the arm of Graeme

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Shinnie and it alters the position of his body. He is too honest. If he

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goes down under the challenge, it is... It would have been given. For

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me, there's not enough of April and has arm. When you look at that as it

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plays out normally, it barely looks like Graeme Shinnie has been

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impeded. Steven McLean was the referee. From his perspective he was

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never going to give that. If he goes down the gives the referee decision

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to make. For me, the thing is that Graeme Shinnie are trying to contort

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his body to get the strike offers left foot and a touch from Simunovic

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isn't enough to make him go down. I don't think. We will move on. Celtic

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have lots of chances. You were so impressed by this. He has had a

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brilliant match, Joe Lewis. One save in particular, this one here.

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Definitely one of the best I've ever seen. You have been saying it was

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the best you've seen. I had a large coffee when I said that. It was one

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of the best. This saved coming up... Was this the best save you've ever

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seen? It is not as good as the other one. He kept Aberdeen in, but they

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did rally towards the end. It was a deserved win for Celtic and the

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moment of glass from Tom Rogic. It was. Talking about games that are so

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tight with games at the top of the table, it can be a moment of glass

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that separates the sides, and that goal is worthy of winning any game.

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The touch with his right foot, then as it is moving away he hit it with

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his left, it is a wonderful goal. Technically it is absolutely

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brilliant. He has been in unbelievable form for Celtic. His

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reputation has grown with every game. Don't underestimate how

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difficult a skill that is, to hit that on the half volley. We are not

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in November and people are talking about the title being already over.

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I would agree. The rest of the league is interesting, only ten

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points between Dundee, and Rangers in second place. But I think Celtic

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are going to run away with it. Now Stephen has the unenviable is job

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predicting scores on the SPFL website. This is what actually

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happened in the game between Inverness and Hearts. Robbie Neilson

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changes the front 24 Hearts. Tony Watt and Conor Sammon start on the

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bench, replaced by Bjorn Johnsen and Robbie Muirhead.

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Polwarth on the overlap. Carl Tremarco, and there was almost the

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opening goal from Doumbouya. Big improvement from the French striker,

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and close to scoring here again. That is David Raven. True Marco's

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replacement. Polwarth, and David Raven, great strike! Caley Thistle

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ahead, inside 15 minutes. David Raven with his first goal in 14

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months. That is what you call an impact, off the bench. Cleared by

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McCain. The former Hearts player. -- Mackay. It is Doumbouya, three goals

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in three games for the Frenchman. And Hearts are in big bother now, 32

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minutes on the clock, Caley Thistle two, Hartnell. -- Hearts nil. Can

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they find their way back? Bjorn Johnsen with a chance. And that

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changes the complexion, seven minutes away from half-time, and

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Inverness, Hearts will feel that they are back in the game. Inverness

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sliced open by one, simple pass. Walker. In from Faycal Rherras, and

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it has gone all the way. It was aimed at the head Bjorn Johnsen. I

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don't think he got the touch. And Cammy Mackay flinging across a

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despairing left glove, but it goes in, the first Hearts goal for

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Rherras, and its 2-2. Finding Draper. Brad McKay. Draper again.

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Polwarth with a great effort. Spectacular from the homebred

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midfielder. Sadly for him, straight at Jack Hamilton. In goes Rherras

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against Doumbouya, and the Inverness striker comes out on top. The up and

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under from Dora, Doran comes out on top and present the net in front

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again. What a remarkable game this is, and what a sweet moment for Alan

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Doran, who's had a tortuous time with injuries, back on the top team

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scene, and now back among the goals. -- Aaron Doran. Walker with a shot

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blocked, real pressure on Inverness, the cross from Bjorn Johnsen, and it

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flicks off Meekings, going dangerously close to the far post

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with Hearts pressing again for an equaliser. Tony Watt to the byline.

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He cut it back for Bjorn Johnsen. At full stretch, and that is some

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stretch, and he couldn't quite add the finishing touch. Here Hearts

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again. Rossi. Cowie. Arnaud Djoum takes a man scores! -- takes aim and

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scores. It is 3-3 in Inverness. Arnaud Djoum through the legs of

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Meekings, and that flew past Mackay. Maybe one last chance to turn one

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point in Q3. Inverness get it clear, they shot from Arnaud Djoum, and the

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Highlander had the chance to score a late winner for Hearts, but there's

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going to finish 3-3. Absolutely delighted with the performance, we

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started the game very well, scored three fantastic goals. If it wasn't

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for a couple of mistakes we would have won the game. I'm delighted for

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the lads. Even when we got 23-2, we got the goal back very quickly and

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created lots chances. So getting a point, you're always happy, but over

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the course of the game disappointed that we did not take three.

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Inverness making amends after that thumping at Tynecastle earlier in

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the season. Hearts conceding five goals in the last two games. Do they

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have problems at the back? In the last couple of games they have. I

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would say across the season there has been too many. But we all know

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that going forward, this is a real strength of the game of the

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full-back. He does not match the run from David Raven. He gets punished

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badly in the ultimate fashion by conceding a goal. This is where he's

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comfortable. When you play with fullbacks like that, defenders have

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got to be set up for the counterattack. Rossi has to drop. He

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can't commit himself. There were other problems. Robbie Muirhead

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doesn't attract the run of Polwarth. John Souttar is very deep, he has to

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match the run, then he changes his mind and gets drawn towards the

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ball. Good touch and finish from Doumbouya. It was a catalogue of

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errors, that goal. All three goals in the game were very poor goals.

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You heard Robbie Neilson say he was disappointed with the way that the

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game did not flow, but they did not defend properly in that game. Our

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Robbie Muirhead and Bjorn Johnsen the answer with Tony Watt and Conor

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Sammon not playing? They have not set the heather on fire, but the

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change was inevitable. There was a definite improvement, they have

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scored three goals, and as a whole, the look more threatening in the

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final third. Aaron Doran missed most of last season due to injury for

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Inverness. He has become a leader in the training as well, and were you

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impressed by his contribution? He a player that I like. Getting on the

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scoresheet after being out for long. He does well to put Kelly under

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pressure. It is composed finish, from a player who's had a horrendous

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time with injuries, being out for over a year, then coming back to

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full fitness now. He's a clever, inventive player. Almost like a new

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signing for Richie Foran. Looking back at when Inverness were flying

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high under Terry Butcher, this man and Jonny Hayes were shining lights

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in that side. We have seen what Jonny Hayes has done since he has

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gone to Aberdeen and continue to progress. This guy will be like and

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you play for Richie Foran. He'll be delighted to have him back in the

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side. Is it just one of these results that shows how tight this

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league is? I think you're right, it just shows how tight the league is.

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Inverness have turned things round since that game at Tynecastle when

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Hearts beat them 5-1. They are looking to continue to push for

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second place, Herts. Kilmarnock arrived at Ibrox

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with plenty of confidence after their 2-0 victory over Hearts

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during the week. Rangers, on the other hand,

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looking to turn things around The Rangers players were met with a

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chorus of doing against Johnson on Wednesday night and the alterations

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see James Tavernier coming. Kilmarnock have turned the corner

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after a difficult start, with nine goals from Sulieman Coulibaly,

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starting in an unchanged side from the victory over Hearts. Rangers

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unbeaten at Ibrox this season but three draws means that they have

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dropped six points. Inside the opening 30 seconds, Jason Holt, just

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a whisker away from the opening goal. Is that a sign of things to

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come? Kilmarnock will hope not. Garner, holding up, and here comes

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Josh Windass. O'Halloran. He goes down the outside, great play by

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O'Halloran. Jason Holt was a man in the middle looking for a tap in. He

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could have had three goals in the opening three minutes, brilliant

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from O'Halloran, to get past Taylor. Seven points from Kilmarnock's last

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three games, an excellent return, only conceded one goal. Jones went

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it alone. He had Tyson in the middle, begging for the ball across.

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Great play by Jordan Jones. He did to James Tavernier, what O'Halloran

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had done to Taylor, moments earlier. Nicely for Ghana. Back it comes to

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Hill. The wind as has been very much the playmaker. Wonderful ball to

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O'Halloran. These two men, and still, Michael O'Halloran, and that

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is the effort from Miller that goes well over the top. Another chance in

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the starting line-up for the former Saint Johnstone man. And he looks up

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for it. Wind that again comes up short, win that again, you can hear

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the shouts from Lee Wallace, and he's in here, the Rangers captain,

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and he gives McDonald the eyes, and beats the goalkeeper at his near

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post. 16 minutes in. And the captain gives Rangers the lead. He's scored

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nine times last season. That is his first goal since March. A promising

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start for Mark Warburton. Gala, from the back post, and it went all the

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way across. -- Joe Garner. Miller, now. And Lee Wallace, that will be a

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long way worried. Not quite repeating the trick, earlier. Joe

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Garner scored a header against Johnson on Wednesday. Nice ball into

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Jason Holt, he's brought down, and John Beaton says penalty kick.

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Steven Smith the offender with a tackle that would've been more

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suited to a field. Andy Halliday, against Jamie McDonald and Rangers

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are in command here, and in the absence of Joey Barton, Andy

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Halliday continues to make his presence felt. Wind as, and Clint

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Hill is after it. It is knocked off the line. O'Halloran, now, there are

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bodies on the floor, Tyson protecting the ball, and the free

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kick goes against O'Halloran, as he seems rather baffled by that. The

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header from Clint Hill initially, McKenzie the man on the line. James

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Tavernier, the goal-scorer at Rugby Park. That was when the teams met

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back in August. O'Halloran. Good ball across. Jones, to complete the

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clearance only as far as wind as, and Joe Garner is in there, a

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delicate touch, two minutes into the second half, and Joe Garner, scoring

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with the second game running. Rangers have a 3- goal lead. Mark

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Warburton's side on course for their biggest win since their promotion

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back to the Premiership. Calmly done by Andy Halliday. And Miller now,

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with a powerful drive. McDonald up for it this time, with the save.

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Miller has been lively all afternoon. Lee McCulloch, the

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Kilmarnock assistant manager after so many years as a Rangers player,

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but chances for his side have been few and far between. Sulieman

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Coulibaly could not find the far corner. He's been in devastating

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form this season but he has had a quiet afternoon.

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You were there yesterday, how much of an improved performance was this

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for Rangers? It was much improved. When the criticism so far this

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season has been when they have attacked so slowly and ponderously

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and a big difference yesterday was that they had Michael O'Halloran in

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the side, who brought real, genuine pace to the team and made a huge

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difference. Why has he featured so rarely? He

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can be inconsistent. This was inside the first two minutes. Two chances.

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A wonderful pass from Josh Windass. He has space and he attacks it

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really well. Just Mrs Jason Holt when it comes back out. He gives a

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good balance to the Rangers side. No one else in the team has the raw

:30:01.:30:06.

pace. They have been too slow in their attacking. He brought real

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pace. Will he feature more regularly? He needs a run in the

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team. When he was playing at his best at St Johnstone he was playing

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every week. Rangers are unbeaten in league football under Mark

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Warburton. Too much negativity? After losing the Old Firm game and

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if her performance in midweek, there was doom and gloom. Last season's

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performances, that was more like it yesterday. There is some positivity

:30:51.:30:56.

now. Rangers up to second in the table. How disappointing where, in

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a? They wear unbeaten in three, picking up seven points. They could

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have went level with Rangers but were very disappointing. As much as

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Rangers where much improved, come on and didn't offer a great deal.

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Rangers tore them to pieces. Come on never got into the game. The guys at

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the top never featured much at all. St Johnstone had gone level

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on points with Aberdeen during the week after their draw

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with Rangers at Ibrox. But Partick Thistle arrived

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at McDiarmid Park with a spring in their own step after an important

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away win over Dundee. Three changes from the side who drew

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at Ibrox. Partick Thistle made one enforced change, the goalkeeper is

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injured so Thorsten Stuckman makes his first start. St Johnstone's 600

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competitive fixture at McDiarmid Park. A chance to move second in the

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table. A good challenge there. Brian Easton

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to the rescue. Partick Thistle have won their last two visits to

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McDiarmid Park. Ade Azeez grounded there. Comes it more than anything.

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-- clumsy. There is Kris Doolan and Partick Thistle are in front. Kris

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Doolan claiming his third goal of the season. A good delivery and

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define was jumping at the back post. And Kris Doolan claiming his second

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in two matches. -- team1-mac. And that is a brilliant goal from

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Steven MacLean. Outstanding teamwork from the kick-off. That is the way

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to response after going behind. It's to taking them less than 30 seconds.

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His seventh of the campaign. That has taking a deflection off of

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Eastern. Fine goalkeeping from Zander Clark. He was positions to

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expect the cross but he quickly got across to make the save.

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The danger still not over. Here is Edwards. A poor finish at the end

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from Edwards, but good effort from Ade Azeez. And Zander Clark with

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another good stop. Edwards couldn't deliver with the follow-up. Haven't

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won in their last five matches against St Johnstone, Partick

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Thistle. Edwards on target this time.

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It came off the Partick Thistle player last there. A glorious chance

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to put Thistle in front. On target but Zander Clark made the save. And

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the second opportunity, not a strong enough header. One win in their last

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ten matches in all competitions. Liam Craig driving it in and Chris

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Kane turning it towards goal. A fine save but the flag was up for offside

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in any case. Good reactions from the German goalkeeper.

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We are into stoppage time. Antia is Amoo. He has turned well away from

:36:17.:36:30.

Liam Craig. There is Abdul Osman, and that will be the winner. Well

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into stoppage time. It is Abdul Osman, the captain of Partick

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Thistle. Only his second ever goal, his last game over two years ago.

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This one is proving vital. Substitute Amoo turning a Liam Craig

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inside out and sending in the perfect pass for Abdul Osman to make

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it 2-1. I am not bothered about second, I am bothered about losing

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the three points. We missed an opportunity to win a game. Or seen

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the game out and get a point. I thought the players where

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I thought the players showed great energy despite three games in a

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week. Results breed confidence and I think that showed today. Another

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fantastic result for Partick Thistle. A real minutes of madness

:37:41.:37:47.

in this match? Poor defending from St Johnstone initially. Two goes in

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two games. The perfect way to react to losing a goal. St Johnstone

:37:57.:38:02.

coming right back into the game with an unbelievably good call right from

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the kick-off. They often say that it is the easiest time to lose a goal,

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straight after you have scored, but look at this, a great finish and the

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perfect reaction. A model of inconsistency, St Johnstone? They

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are a bit win- lose- draw. First back-to-back league wins since

:38:25.:38:43.

December last year. Suddenly, these two fantastic results. At the start

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of the season made it very well in the week cup. -- League Cup. Liam

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Craig has to do better with the clearance here. Wonderful bit of

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play. A great finish and back-to-back victories a long time

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coming. It gives them a platform to build on. A lack of cohesion in the

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final third for Partick Thistle, is it finally coming together? Doolan

:39:25.:39:39.

has been a talisman and hopefully he is going on a run.

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To one of the real basement battles of the Premiership weekend now.

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Second-bottom Motherwell against third-bottom Ross County.

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Motherwell off the back of three straight defeats.

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Commentary on this one comes from Alasdair Lamont.

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Motherwell make three changes on the back of a home defeat. Despite a

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heavy defeat by Celtic, Jim McIntyre sticks with the same starting XI.

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Lionel Ainsworth is looking for options. Scott McDonald is one of

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them! One of the smallest men on the part didn't even have to jump to nod

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that one home. Terrible defending. Scott McDonald has his fifth goal of

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the season to give Motherwell and early lead. That is away from Kenny

:40:36.:40:47.

van der Weg all too easily. Bile into Louis Moult, back to

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McDonald's, and almost a second. -- ball into Louis Moult.

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After a poor display against Inverness in midweek, this is

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better. Louis Moult stretches that can't get it on target. Motherwell

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ramping up the pressure on the Ross County backline.

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Quinn knotted into path of Scott McDonald.

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Twisting and turning, and it has ended up in the back of the net. Of

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the leg of canny vendor Vic. -- Kenny van der Weg. The attacking

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trio have looked dangerous throughout this match. And Louis

:41:50.:41:55.

Moult will claim most of the credit for that. But it will have to go

:41:56.:42:01.

down as a Kenny van der Weg on goal. Either way, Motherwell are two up.

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Ross County needs to get into the match for half-time. McShane is

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trying to make that happen. Not too far away from reducing the areas. --

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reducing the deficit. He is going for ago and it has crept

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in. Richard Tait has his first Motherwell goal. Scott Fox won't

:42:40.:42:47.

want to see this again too many times. Beaten at his near post.

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Certainly a powerful shot, but Scott Fox will feel he should have kept it

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out. Surely Motherwell on the way to three points. Mark McGhee has been

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pleased with performances if not results. Looks like he has got both

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today as Lionel Ainsworth comes close to a fourth. A couple of

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inches too high. No way through for Ross County. McDonald's. Paul Quinn.

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Emsworth is through on goal -- Ross County allowed Scott McDonald to

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advise and Lionel Ainsworth shows great feat to tap home. It is

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emphatic four Motherwell, 4-0. Can Motherwell inflict further

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damage on this billy goat Ross County backline? They have conceded

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four goals for the second game in a row.

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Ross County now facing a run of nine games without a win. They come

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forward looking for a consolation and they have two Alex shall come.

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That is lovely play and a great save from Scott Fox. Partly making amends

:44:44.:45:11.

for his earlier error. So close. That is up there with what we have

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produced, the best we have produced this season. On Wednesday night we

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were defeated heavily and today it is Ross County. They will do the

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same to someone else. That is the nature of the week. -- league. We

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didn't have the final pass that would allow us to score a goal. They

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have broke on ours and we have been punished. -- Rochon us. It is a

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disappointing day. We kept at it, trying to do the right things. But

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that is not good for confidence. They started second bottom and is

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now the leapfrog Ross County. Mark McGhee said they went in a bad run

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of form despite three straight defeats. It has turned around.

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Clearly, it was a poor run of form. Going to Inverness during the week

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and not getting a good result, it is clear for everyone to see that

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things were not great. To get the results there it gives you

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confidence. Leapfrogging Ross County, who themselves haven't won

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in nine, it is a troubling time for them. Ross County have been on a per

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run since winning the League Cup. They

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it doesn't make good reading. Defensively it is not good, they

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have lost four of their last five games, in three of those games and

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they have conceded four goals. They are struggling to keep the ball out

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of the net having struggled to score previously. Lionel Ainsworth had a

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outstanding game. He is inspirational when he is playing

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well. But it is a poor goal to lose. Struggling for confidence! Ross

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County will be extremely disappointed. Mark McGhee

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challenging Lionel Ainsworth to show more consistency. He obviously has

:47:38.:47:45.

the talent, as we have seen. He has the ability. Mark McGhee spoke

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about, if Emsworth was performing like that, he would be in the side.

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-- Lionel Ainsworth. On his day, a top four former. -- performer. It is

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just about putting all the attributes together? He has free

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kicks and stores the odd spectacular goal. He is a goal threat as much as

:48:17.:48:23.

he creates them. He has a good delivery. On form, he can be

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inspirational for Motherwell. How worried should Ross County be, next

:48:33.:48:38.

weekend they are playing Rangers? On Sunday they could be part of the

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table by then. It is alarming. They need to turn things around. When you

:48:47.:48:55.

compare it to how quickly they performed -- turns their results

:48:56.:48:57.

around when the management team took over.

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Finally, to the battle royale at the bottom end of the table.

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Dundee rock bottom after six straight defeats.

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Paul Hartley's side travelled to Hamilton Academical in desperate

:49:07.:49:08.

A good midweek results against Aberdeen for Hamilton. Dundee make

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four changes. David Mitchell comes in.

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Crawford nearly has the opening goal early on. Crawford should have

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buried that. Extabeguren got well above the

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defender. On his own and he has a chance.

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Craig Wighton for Dundee. -- Craig White. Lively football from

:50:43.:50:49.

A nice first at and goes for the shot. Accelerated away from

:50:50.:51:21.

Extabeguren, D'Acol. That is April one at and then he

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stretches out. -- for first touch. Darren O'Dea reliable as ever

:51:31.:51:53.

cutting that out. That was a bad touch and a sore one. Referee

:51:54.:51:56.

couldn't have been better placed. Both managers wanting more from

:51:57.:52:16.

their sides in the second-half. Good goalkeeping, two hands on it.

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Hamilton disappointed by the midweek performance against Aberdeen. Paul

:52:28.:52:36.

McGowan, and it has gone through them. The touch may have put off the

:52:37.:52:51.

goalkeeper. The Canadian attacker was in the goalkeeper's I Lane.

:52:52.:53:04.

The substitute goes down. Not too much in it, she is not complaining.

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-- he is not complaining. It is a chance for Craig Wighton.

:53:16.:53:41.

Dundee are looking to try and kill this game off.

:53:42.:53:50.

Reacts well to come across, takes one for the team.

:53:51.:53:59.

Can they find their second win of the season?

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It is deflected into the path of Redmond, and Darren O'Dea gleefully

:54:10.:54:22.

clears. Just wanted that extra touch. I can only applaud my players

:54:23.:54:33.

today. A tough away fixture but the players were superb today in every

:54:34.:54:36.

department. Hamilton didn't really threaten us. We didn't deserve to

:54:37.:54:47.

win the game, but we didn't deserve to lose the game either. That is

:54:48.:54:56.

football, and we go again. This was a huge win for Dundee after a second

:54:57.:55:03.

straight defeat. That is what it means. -- six defeats. Yesterday, it

:55:04.:55:19.

was ugly at times. Not the best game of football you ever see, but it is

:55:20.:55:23.

all about winning at this stage. They change their style, going back

:55:24.:55:27.

to front more often, not as expansive as normal. Taking no risks

:55:28.:55:32.

at the back. A case of clearing lines. Back to front, that was a

:55:33.:55:52.

pattern. Haber is a focal points. Weekend, week out, from Dundee's

:55:53.:55:59.

perspective, they would take an ugly performance and an ugly goal. It

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wasn't a great strike, wasn't a great goal, but it was all about

:56:06.:56:12.

getting three points. Then you can start to build the confidence and go

:56:13.:56:21.

and play better football. For Paul Hartley and the players, just about

:56:22.:56:29.

getting three points? When you are down at the bottom, everything else

:56:30.:56:37.

goes out the window. From the Dundee players' perspective, they will be

:56:38.:56:44.

hoping for more. But they won't be wanting another celebration like

:56:45.:56:44.

that. And all that leaves the Ladbrokes

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Premiership looking like this. Celtic are nine points clear

:56:50.:56:52.

at the top of the table Ross County now

:56:53.:56:54.

second-bottom on 10 points. But generally, it's

:56:55.:56:59.

all pretty tight. And a huge game in the Champions

:57:00.:57:19.

League for Celtic. A difficult game. They will have to play better than

:57:20.:57:25.

at home. They were exploited by the Germans. A lots of credit has to go

:57:26.:57:34.

to the Germans, because they were a top drawer team. It will be

:57:35.:57:41.

difficult for Celtic, but it is a must win if they want European

:57:42.:57:47.

football after Christmas. We saw against Manchester City and that

:57:48.:57:52.

they can play at this level? Brendan Rodgers has made top drawer

:57:53.:58:00.

additions. But it is going to be an incredible performance to get three

:58:01.:58:09.

points in Germany. Merced and belly is a top player for Celtic. As in

:58:10.:58:17.

Scotland -- Haber. -- team1-mac. Before we go, congratulations

:58:18.:58:24.

to Glasgow City, who received the SWPL Trophy today for the tenth

:58:25.:58:26.

year in a row following In the unpredictable world

:58:27.:58:29.

of the Scottish Premiership, the only thing that remains

:58:30.:58:32.

predictable is that we will be to commemorate the Africans

:58:33.:58:34.

who were here. In Cumbria,

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we go back to the 1100s, but not as far as the black history

:59:26.:59:27.

that we've revealed today. It makes me proud to be African

:59:28.:59:30.

and proud to be British. to improving the life chances of the

:59:31.:00:01.

young people in her care.

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Introduced by Jonathan Sutherland.

Highlights from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action. Champions Celtic make their first trip of the season to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen, a venue where they lost twice last season. Rangers entertain Kilmarnock and Hearts are away to Inverness. Elsewhere, Hamilton host Dundee, Motherwell take on Ross County and Partick are away to St Johnstone.


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