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Stand by for a you're Sunday night fix of SPL football. If the season
started a bit too early preview It Stevie Hamel opened the scoring
for Motherwell. That's two and here's Lasley. What a goal!
teenager is sent off. There's teenager is sent off. There's
McEwan. No one is stopping that one. A wonder strike from Swanson!
Penalty, Steven Thompson, and it is a save for Paul Gallagher. That is
a fantastic goal! Ibrox is silenced. a fantastic goal! Ibrox is silenced.
Naismith and there is the equaliser. Steven Thompson will give us his
thoughts on all five SPL games played this weekend starting at
played this weekend starting at McDiarmid Park. The St Johnstone
team two players different from the one that drew at Aberdeen. Rangers
give a debut to our Romanian international in central defence. A
first SPL start for Lee Wallace. Alan McGregor. A-week burst forward
by the veteran. Whitaker. Naismith. No problem for a Winkleman here. --
Peter Enckelman. Lee Wallace, a first SPL start for him. Saints
might be in here, it Davidson! Married Davidson was a Rangers
target. They had a bit thrown out by St Johnstone for the midfielder.
seeing plenty of the ball. That is Jelavic! A good save by Peter
Enckelman. It looked all the way at goal. It was straight and the
keeper. That is a sore one for Jelavic. Davidson was the offender.
That is the challenge that hurt the Croatian. Wallace go with the
delivery. That is Naismith! That is a fantastic header from his Steven
Naismith. He scores for the second week running in the lead. Another
header. He just hangs himself in the air. It is a different kind of
a header this week but it is the same end result and Rangers and in
front in Perth. -- and in front. Davies finds Naismith who finds
Jelavic. Another fine finish. Jelavic is off and running for the
season. He had a big say in the closing stages of the last campaign.
So did Naismith in fact. Derek McInnes are will not be happy with
the amount of space in the Smith had in the midfield. As soon as
Jelavic gets goal side you know where it is going. Davidson. He
seems to be looking for a response here. Up and under. St Johnstone
have not had any joy in the final third. That sums it up. It is a
decent free-kick end. Rangers are struggling to deal with them. Still,
it is India. Whitaker hoofs it clear. Jelavic with Naismith ahead
of him. That is where it is going. Peter Winkleman had to look lively.
Rangers are dangerous on attack. -- Peter Enckelman. Morris. That might
have taken a touch on its way through. A corner has not been
given. It came from Morris. Ally McCoist looking for his first
competitive when as a Rangers boss. That ball was smothered by
beekeeper. -- by a bee keeper. -- by the keeper. When you were Down
South did you watch Rangers? always kept a keen eye on what they
were doing. Walter Smith had very little money or be the last three
years. Everybody knows what an incredible job he did but I have
out striker with Naismith tucked in behind. Naismith is a good Foyle
for them. He will cause defences problems with his movement. This
was the moment Steven Naismith did get it right with the equalising
goal at Ibrox last weekend. They stuttered a little bit finishing
against Malmo midweek in the European tie but there were
definitely signs at Perth yesterday than the two of them are really
getting it together. Alan McCoist said they had been starting the
match is poorly. It was important for them to start well yesterday
and they definitely did that. That was a brilliant ball. Not the
tallest, but it is all about timing and a terrific technique that
Jelavic has. If you are going to give them this sort of peace and
space they will punish you. Yes, it is incredible. Jelavic does well.
It is a good finish. Is it asking a lot for Rangers to keep on doing
what they have been doing for the last three years and winning the
title? The squad for Rangers looks a bit then. Celtic have a bigger
squad and they are going to be hungry. It has been three years
since they have had a title and the fans are demanding it. There is
news denied that the Manchester City manager has pretty much
cleared Craig Bellamy Tagore on loan to Celtic but that does not
remove the financial uncertainty, if he is on �90,000 per week and
the Celtic ceiling is 20 you wonder how that will work. He is a
fantastic player. If Celtic do get him, what an acquisition. Caley
Thistle had not been beaten on their home patch by yesterday's
Calum booth on the overlap. That is Ivan's prowl. He is through on goal.
This is surely an goal saving challenge. Congratulations all
round for the full back who got there in the neck of time. -- Mecca
of time. -- nick. Murray hits the deck. Hopeful appeals from the fans
but no joy from the referee. Murray's header. And again.
Stephenson, the measured pass. Garry O'Connor find room for the
shot. It was fiercely struck an unbeaten away by Essen. The ball
dropped kindly for Hibs. Wotherspoon looking to create
something. Twisting one way and then the other. O'Connor! And s and
saves it again. He did not know an awful lot about it and he has at
painful phase after that. Across defected. -- painful face. A header
into haze. Agreed ball for or foreign. The ball is dumped into
the back of the net but the flag was already up. Richie foreign on
the far side looked like he had just strayed beyond the Hibs
defence. Celebrations short lived. Foreign on deep chased to the
byline. -- foreign. -- Foran. Did he used an arm? The referee is not
interested in the claim. Ivan's prowl looking for support in the
middle. Slowly arriving for Peps. Or Connor's header beaten away.
That is a great try. A terrific technique to steer this down. I
useful save as well from Essen. Terry Butcher not entirely happy
with what he is seeing from his team. A great ball then! How did
that go wide from Tom Aldridge? The Scotland Under 19 defender with a
real chance to score. Inverness on the move again. Richie foreign
bathing in again on goal. No penalties says Steve Conroy. Worth
another look. There is the challenge that did not get the ball.
Maybe Calderwood feels a little bit though the ball is just not going
to go into the net for Inverness Caley Thistle. They have had so
many opportunities. Still the Garry O'Connor scores! The corner
wins the game for Hibs. Finally, Hibs have won in Inverness, at the
tenth attempt. A match they could so easily have lost. Inverness have
had so many chances. And right at the death, it is a corner who seals
victory. He got his hand to it, the goalkeeper, but he could not keep
I cannot broadcast what Terry Butcher said to me after the game
about the number of opportunities in the Les had in that game and the
penalty claims. The third one, I thought, was the most realistic.
That one I do not think was a penalty. I think he falls before
the player. And he jumped back to trying to get it as of the way?
think he tries to move his hand out of the way, to be honest. And I
think you thought this was, or should have been? I would have said
this was the best case for a penalty. He does not get anywhere
near the ball. He drops into him. No penalty is given. And Inverness
just could not get that ball into the net. In the second half, this
of really good chances. apparently, even last week at
Motherwell, they created a lot of chances there as well. It will be
very frustrating for Terry Morrison. Another good chance. That is the
gospel, that Terry and Morris are No goals, no points from the first
two games, but they have played a lot of football. -- good football.
If they keep creating the chances, the goals will come. They can feel
disappointed at the way they lost the match yesterday. A draw would
not have been too bad a result and defence is here. It is a major
switch off. And the first win for Hibs in Inverness at all, at the
tenth attempt. Sometimes these records get into your head. Yes,
but it is a difficult place to go. With the travelling and other
aspects, it is a difficult place to But there was a big win for Hibs
yesterday. Was there a chance you could be a Hibs player? The s,
there was. All the SPL action. Still to come, it was All Saints
against Aberdeen. The Scotland manager it went for a Rugby Park
over rear. And Dundee United prove there is life after Goodwillie. So
let's see how it Stephen and St Mirren feared over Aberdeen. New
Look saves were impressive against Dunfermline on Monday night. All
that was missing was a goal. Highlights now of their first home
Tomasson! What an opportunity this draws in week one. A good save by
Sampson. That is the first time Aberdeen have really threatened in
this game. The first save of the it had found the net. He is unlucky.
It span away from Robinson and Mirren. It is like a completely
coming! St Mirren have been the dominant force in this match. All
that was missing was the goal they could feasibly have had before
half-time. And Nigel Hasselbaink they eventually makes the
breakthrough. That house have exercised some ghost for him as
well. -- that has exercised some ghosts. Danny Lennon with his
but they have produced a couple of big Colombian making the challenge
- Michael Paton is not that far You seemed totally focused that you
wanted to end your career with your home team? Yes, our daughter was
started -- starting school so they wanted to go home to pays it. I am
delighted it worked out. mentioned Hibs was a possibility.
Charlton was an option as well? but I have made by minder. I feel
like I have been there for years already. You played with Uncle
Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink at Cardiff and now you are playing with his
nephew at St Mirren, Nigel. He is very strong for such a small boy.
He is incredibly strong. He has a big future. Paul McGowan as well.
And the problem with has a bag, previously he does not score many
goals. -- the problem with the hassle back. Yesterday will have
given him a lot of confidence. He will cause defence is an awful lot
of problems already this year. was the best and a lovely move.
lovely pass from the gallant. McGowan has got such ability. -- a
lovely pass from McGowan. needed a goal on the back of the
Yes, we created a lot of chances and we have dominated both matches
but goals win games. He big question is, what happened to the
beard of last Monday night? It was supposed to be a lucky beard but it
wasn't. So it got whipped off as soon as they got home. After the
Mixed emotions about the night that it must have been exciting to put
on back Jersey for the first time? Yes, and been on the television as
well. My team mates from down south managed to tune in and watch it as
well. I did not enjoy that moment This must be an exciting time for
St Mirren fans, seen the team playing like this. You s. The
manager is trying to instil this playing to us. -- Yes. We are not
going to jump the gun though. We have a very difficult away game at
Tannadice on Saturday. That will be an acid test for us. That is a
difficult away fixture with one of the better sides in the league. We
will see how far we have developed. What David is possible the season?
Just the 36 league games to go. Same Mirren were scrapping for
survival at the end of last season. -- St Mirren. Aiming at a top-six?
I think that is the manager's game. I do not see why we cannot get to
the top six. I do not consider as any different to Motherwell or St
Johnstone, these teams that have been in or around it. If we
continue to play the football we are confident we can make a push.
How do you solve the problem of two Stephen Dobsons in the One team?
is difficult because we both have the same knee name. At training it
can get a bit... I just train out. -- June out. I will let them come
up with a name for me. You may not be happy with it! Motherwell
started the campaign in style with a 3-0 win against Inverness. Next,
it would be Ness to face a much Shiels, started on the bench.
Motherwell were minus 10 injured striker. Still no place for Steven
Saunders, as the manager stuck with The referee says no penalty. In a
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opening goal. Murphy scored last Motherwell... You can hear the
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too, was the shot. A great recovery Just that little bit of space for
himself. Good play again by law. He has worked so hard this afternoon.
At teasing ball across. It is the chest of the Kilmarnock defender. A
few shouts for handball, optimistic perhaps from the Motherwell fans. I
do not know if there is an unwritten law among referees that
you cannot give a penalty in the first few minutes of the match. We
can this. For me it is a stone Waller. He is 10 ft from it there.
How can that not be a penalty? think the referee might watch the
highlights tonight and agree with us. I don't think you fancy this
one as a penalty? Nor, I do not think anything would have come of
that. It was a goalless draw but both managers were talking about it
being a pretty entertaining game for a 0-0, having come up from Down
South what do you think of the SPL and the standard of play? It is
really good. Kilmarnock have not won again since Kenny Shiels took
over from next to pack line and that he is keeping that style.
think so. That was the blueprint and our manager likes to talk about
Barcelona and how the play and I suppose they are the ones who
started it all. We are passing the ball and keeping it on the deck. I
suppose it is an attractive way to Here on the BBC is the only place
you will see all the action this It is all coming your way. It is
good by Goodwillie for the Dundee United supporters. Their leading
scorer will sign for Blackburn tomorrow if he passes a medical.
Hearts after Hungary were wanting to build on their draw at Ibrox.
behind me down in. Jon Daly has got support. John Rankin looking to get
on target for the first time for his new club. The ball went on to
him but not on his favoured side. The long throw is being used as a
weapon. They are asking for a penalty. It looked close. The
referee thought about the penalty then looked to the very edge of the
box. It was very tight indeed. Dundee United got a couple of
penalties here last season, both were saved. The striped rattles the
Tynecastle goal. Plenty of power from John Rankin. This man has got
room to run. It is up to Eliot. It is not clear. Did play again from
Hearts. Grainger enjoys the role he has been given down the left-hand
side. Eliot could not finish. Templecombe on to the Rangers since
it long. Johnson! Looking for his first Hearts goal. Not too far away
on this line. Set lock on to Jon Daly. What a save! Sheer instinct
as it came towards them. Even the forward congratulates them. Jon
Daly could not have hit this any better. With the corner, Jon Daly.
Jon Daly denied moments and raw beats him up from the corner! The
eight delivery. The direction was perfect from Jon Daly. Dundee
United take the lead. Jonsson thinking about the short drive set
in, taking down by Elliott. Wide. The shot was ambitious. It was off
target. Alan Bates three and looks for the shooting chance. Saved!
That would have rounded off an excellent afternoon. There has been
some good football from both sides in this match. Russell getting on
the end of that and drags it wide. The man who has been charged with
the replacing David Goodwillie has some excellent touches but the shot
just wide of the post. Sutton to Templeton. It is the turn of this
keeper to show what he can do between the sticks. Skacel one set
in the middle. It is not a good ball in. The goalkeeper missed it!
Do you still have a place in your heart for Dundee United? I do, I
had a great grounding at the club. I enjoyed my time at Tannadice.
were doing commentary on us this afternoon, was at a spying mission?
They were exceptional today and dealt with everything Hearts threw
at them. It was an open game with a lot of chances but Dundee United
had a lot of big performances. Jon Daly up front lead the line
superbly. Dundee United getting used to life without their top
scorer David Goodwillie who it scorer David Goodwillie who it
seems will be off to Blackburn tomorrow. This is an example of
what he does. He had 19 goals last a very talented footballer and it
will be a bit lost to Dundee United. He seems to have improved his all-
round game. He is 22 now and has built himself up physically. I like
his composure here. He tries to sell the keeper at dummy. Blackburn
and a big club and the Premiership. They are an established club and it
is a big move for him. A lot of people thought he might go to the
championship. I think if the championship club had come in for
him he would be more inclined to push through the dangers move. If
you have a chance to go to the Premiership you have got to take it.
What do you think about the Goodwillie saga? Four beds are made
by dangers but none of them matched up to the Blackburn offer.
Dundee United board made it very clear that what they wanted was the
two million-pound mark. You would think if you were keen on the
player you would pick in the 2 million and then get the personal
terms right. Blackburn have done that. You mentioned Jon Daly as one
of the players today they impressed you. He got the call and he could
have scored here but for a fantastic save. It is a fantastic
reaction save. It is a fantastic cross as well actually. It was a
lovely save but I thought it was in when he hit it. This is poor
defending from Hearts but the quality of the ball is key. The
pace on the ball means that when the player gets his head on it he
does not have to do much, just direct it. And what about the
player who will be asked to fill the boots of Goodwillie? It is a
bit Foyle for Jon Daly. He put in a lot of work today and I was
impressed with him. They have lost in the summer the likes of Conway,
Gomis and Buaben, they have coped with that. They are big players.
Jim Jefferies has come out and said they should have taken something
from the game but Dundee United just edged it for me and I was
impressed with them. Let us take a look at what happens next weekend.
There are four games in the Premier Scotland is still grappling and the
moment with European qualification but yesterday we found out through
Craig Levein and company will face Craig Levein and company will face
in the next round of World Cup qualifiers, hopefully leading
towards the finals in 2014. We are in group A with Croatia, Serbia,
Belgium, Macedonia and Wales. What was your instinctive reaction when
I think you have got to be positive and especially at hand in I think
every one of those gains is winnable. There are a lot of teams
there who will take points off each other. I think you can be positive.
It could have been a lot worse. won 16 camps in your time. Craig
Levein seems to be building a club atmosphere with the national team
now? There is a lot of talent in the national squad and I think the
signs are positive for the future. We could be on our way to a major
tournament for the first time since 1988. Can you believe it has been
that long since Scotland qualified? Yeah! We have been unlucky a couple
of times. You are always guaranteed to meet a bedside if you finish
second and go into the play-offs. We have been unlucky, let us just