Rangers v Celtic, Ross County v Inverness, Falkirk v Hibs, Dumbarton v Dundee Utd, St Mirren v Morton and Hearts v Aberdeen. Introduced by David Currie.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the last Results Show
of the year, the jewel in the crown of the BBC's Hogmanay schedule -
We'll usher 2016 gently toward the exit with scores,
Helping see the old year out this derby day with Old Firm old boys
Pat Bonner and Craig Paterson, and Old Faithfull Tom English
of the BBC, as well as our men and women out and about
Things are a wee bit different today because most of the matches have
already been played, just a couple still afoot.
So we'll start with a look at the results and latest scores.
Here it comes. Hearts, nil, Aberdeen, one.
That match played last night. Those all confirmed results. The one match
being played, Ross County, who 2, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, one.
In the up on the matches under way. We
start with the Premiership, the Highland Derby, Ross County against
Inverness. The timing is impeccable. Ross
County netted a third. Martin Woods breaking into the box. Drove it into
the corner and found the net. In the championship and over to
Paisley, where St Mirren are at home to mort earn. Here is Kenny
Crawford. After 57 minutes, the difference
between the teams so far, has been Gary McKenzie's headed goal. But
don't rule out high-flying Morton just yet.
Thank you very much, Kenny. Right on to the big Glasgow Derby. Rangers
versus Celtic at Ibrox. Even the kick off time
? 12:15 on Hogmanay - Celtic, celebrating their third
Old Firm win of the season, They had to come from
a goal behind at Ibrox. Kenny Miller with the first goal
of the game 12 minutes in. Moussa Dembele equalising 12 minutes
from half time, his fifth With an unmarked Scott Sinclair
getting the winner from an Armstrong cross -
Celtic now 19 points clear of Rangers at the top
of the league with a game in hand going into the Premiership's
winter break. Well, against, what do we make of
that? Pat, you first. 20 years at Celtic. You were pleased with that
today? Well, it was a terrific game, wasn't it? We really, really saw a
good game. Rangers started off well. The first half an hour I was
impressed with them. They pressed away. I thought that they would
press Celtic. Coming out three up front. The wing backs through the
back. They got Celtic under pressure. Celtic were unable to
control the game. They got the goal, Rangers, that was important to the
game. But then the reaction of Celtic when they got their goal was
terrific. Whatever Brendan said to them, they came out flying in the
second half and created about nine chances in the second half. All good
chances. It was a game that is still alive right up to the end.
Definitely. The toughest, most #45rd-fought win Celtic have had
over Rangers this season? I think so. But it was going to be that way,
Rangers in front of their home crowd. They did to a point do
something but they were blown away a little. They had big chances in the
second half and should have scored with Kenny Miller.
Craig, 130-odd appearances, what is your take on the events? Rangers in
progress, and we saw progress. Coming out of the traps, Barry McKay
leading the way. They were pushing Celtic back,
forcing Celtic to defend. Celtic's big players were struggling to get
involved. Everything looked comfortable, then they gave away a
bad goal. Scot Sinclair hits the post, scrambles for a corner,
Dembele is on his own. He take as great touch and smashes the ball
into the back of the net and Celtic are a different team. Armstrong is
on the ball. Everybody is on the ball. They are all getting on the
ball. Taking that to the second half. Rangers had two or three good
chance but #1e89ic had half a dozen. The better team won. The reiningers
fans are looking at it, saying they enjoyed the first 30 minute but
fellway. There is a gap between the sides. The question is will the
clubs be big markets when the tramp window opens in January? Tommy never
played for either club. You can shine the light of neutrality on the
events today. I thought it was an excellent game.
An old firm game, I don't remember a game that I enjoyed so much. Like
the lads, I thought that Rangers were excellent for the first 30
minutes and the game switched. Were you surprised? I was a little.
The attitude was excellent. The intensity was excellent. No regard
for who was at the top of the table. They got the goal, they deserved it.
They could have got a second goal but Celtic's quality and ranger's
vulnerability in defence came out. Kiernan is not good in defence. We
are talking about the defence, not breaching the gap, they will not
breach it with the likes of Kiernan. There was a problem in the second
half. Opened up time and time again. When you are open you can leave
yourself short on the back. There was a lot of chances, a lot of
saves. Dembele, what an effort, down and off the bar. But Rangers could
not cope in the second half. Whatever was said, they came out,
struggled defensively, and maybe with the impetus that Celtic had but
struggled defensively, and maybe they suddenly had another winger
with Sinclair, maybe they could have changed it to a back four but they
should have bought time in the second half. It looked like there
could be something created. But that was the difference there.
There is a Gulf there, we can see it. But Rangers are a better team
now than in the 5-1 or the 1-0. They were under the cosh. I suspect that
a number of months ago, with all of the chances that Celtic had in the
second half that Rangers would have folded but they didn't. They were
getting a drubbing but they were still in the match.
They were always in the match. And then the goalkeeper, he was
impressive. Five really good saves. Mark Waugh Burton said don't judge
me on season on performances against Celtic but if we were judging him on
today's evidence, the verdict would not be one he would read hearing?
Most teams get crumbs of comfort when they play Celtic, the crumbs
that they had today was that never gave up, they put it up to #1e89ic
but could not close the deal. No points but a little bit of feel good
in that they turned up. They did not turn up in the 5-1, and were
outclassed in the 1-0. But it was in front of the home
crowd. If you can't perform, then wow. But there was an improvement in
Rangers Celtic have many good players.
Do we read into the buying of players? There will be one or two
quality players brought in but spending the money properly and
adding to the group of players. But they need one or two in key
positions. Whoop Look at Dembele and Sinclair, the new signings, they see
a guy who can get a player and bring him into the team and the player has
an impact. I like the Celtic manager, I see him not only picking
good players but revitalising the old players. Lee Griffiths on the
bench, that is a luxury. Since he has come, he has impressed.
Tactically he gets it right. It was interesting although
Griffiths did not play in the game. He was on the television celebrating
the goals. This is a team squad player. It reflects the overall
togetherness of this Celtic team under Rogers.
From the Glasgow Derby to the Highland one.
Up dates on the events there. It is Ross count county, three,
Inverness one. Andrew Davis flicked a corner, a goal returned to the
back post. And then the ball glanced home and in off the bar. You worried
for Inverness but they responded with Dorran and levelled after a
period of pressure. Marco found a corner with a header.
County roared back, and after Martin Woods' drive, the ball was wide, it
went in via the slightest touch of Josh meekiness. There should have
been a third but a third arrived by Alex Schalt, bursting into the box.
Inverness are up against it and looking like remaining at the foot
of the table. looking like remaining at the foot
Time to talk with Kenny Crawford watching St Mirren. Kenny,
predicting a comeback from the tale of the Bankies? Not sure now it is
St Mirren 1, Morton nil. St Mirren have the lead thanks to Gary
McKensee's goal. From the corner which #34k kensie rose and headered
into the bottom right-hand corner. A precious goal for the side seven
points adrift. On 59 minutes, Morton down to ten
men. A red card for Jamie McDonner from the referee. A tangle with
Quinn. They fell to the ground and there was a foot at the face of
Quinn. The referee had no hesitation but to show a red card. So 25
minutes to go it is St Mirren, one, Morton, nil.
And Craig, two goals for Boyce? He is important to Ross County. Scoring
half of their league goals. They have lost the last couple to give
them a goal there. The second goal I'm not so sure. But, with him in
the team, Ross County are definitely top six material. Without him they
go to the pack with the rest of the team. They need to keep him fit.
Not looking good for the end of year celebrations in Inverness? They are
right down there. Nobody has been taled off yet in this. The next
couple of games, that's when Inverness could get taled off a
little. They need a win now to keep in the pack otherwise it becomes
very difficult. And the confidence is down. A wee break now. When they
come back fresh, they will be back and will probably be parking
everything and trying like the start of a new league.
It shows you if there are no wins in ten if they lose this match. It is
three points from 30, yet probably only one point off the bottom. Now
that shows you, again, talking about crumbs of comfort, that is that for
Inverness but it shows that the bottom of the league it is cut
throat. Also prim and poor! Exciting also! Well, Partick Thistle drew but
jumped up after some good runs. Well, the bottom of the championship
and St Mirren could be on course for a vital win. That would be the third
in four matches? It would be important for them. They had a
horrible start. Jack Ross takes over. A defeat last week. If they
are hit by a win today, the problem for the Duffy side is that unbeaten
at home, that would be the fifth away. They have to be on right side
of that. So the matches are one of the host of Hogmanay
The home side, Hamilton, starting the day next to bottom
in the league against local rivals Motherwell who before
John Barnes has the lowdown from Lanarkhsire.
Hamilton's run of matches without a win moves on to 11 games.
The visitors had the best of the early play with Gary Woods making a
save to deny McDonald the opener in. But after 27 minutes Lee Lucas was
sent off for a challenge. After the interval, Daco claimed his sixth
goal of the season to put the Accies in front. A goal line clearance from
McManus, prevented Crawford adding a second. But then Louis Moult scored
his sixth goal in four games to equalise for Motherwell to ensure
that the Lanarkshire Derby ended all square.
Our next derby day destination is Dens.
Dundee were ninth this morning, St Johnstone were fifth ahead
of their lunchtime match - how did they fare?
Brian McLauchlin tells this Tayside tale.
It finished Dundee, three, St Johnstone, nil, in front of a crowd
of 6492. The home fans entering the New Year with smiles on their faces.
The opening goal after a near cross. St Johnstone hit the crossbar from
25 yards, the second goal came before half-time, with a Volley high
into the roof of the net. The killer goal before the hour mark, good work
by Marco O'Hara in mid-field. The cross met by the Saints captain, who
deflected the ball into 9 back of his own net to finish with a score
line at Dens Park of Dundee, three, St Johnstone, nil.
And now, With two wins on the spin,
Partick Thistle broke into the top At home to Kilmarnock,
Alasdair Lamont was An uneventful match here. Partick
Thistle the better side for the most part but they could not turn it into
goals. On both occasions where there were
goals. chances, they were denied by the
assistance off side flag. Kilmarnock could have gone home with three
points, the ball was scoped over the bar from close long-range and a long
range shot from Stevie Smith but there was share of the spoils.
Nil-nil. Against, I will ask you each a
question on one of the games. Craig, since you played for Motherwell and
Hamilton. I come to you on that one. McGee looking delighted there.
Yep, one nil down, you take that after going ten men down. They have
to follow up with a hard-earned point. For the Accies it is 11 games
without a win. This year they are 11. Last year a year of one run in
15. They always have this section of the season where the wheels fall off
but they tend to finish strongly, but need a result soon.
Paul? Dundee is at home, OK but three goals and up against St
Johnstone, who are going well. So I think that is a result of the day.
You can imagine where Dundee was a couple of months ago when people
were talking about Hartley getting the sack. Now, they have started to
turn it around. Playing three at the back, the good
organisation about them and scoring goals. Huge confidence.
Paul, you get the goaless one? The short straw, thank you, chaps.
Partick Thistle, I'm surprised. They have been flying. They won the last
two. They were really good in a 1-0 to Celtic before that. They should
have beaten Hearts. They were all over Hearts and should have won it.
So to draw here, it has taken me by surprise.
It's a great point for them but Inverness Caledonian Thistle have
finished in really good spirits. It looks it hey not be enough points
to keep them at the top? But they are in the right direction. They
have traction. They are moving forward, scoring goals, OK, 0-0
today but an improving side. And your game, Motherwell, Hamilton,
the young McCue. He is back. He set up the goal
today. He had a horrific injury at the start of the year, it took a
while. I'm delighted to see him back.
Into the Championship, just one match still underway St Mirren
at home to their local rivals Morton.
The other four fixtures all done and dusted, let's find out
Falkirk versus Hibs was first to finish.
So let's find out what happened at the Falkirk stadium
Hibs had to per sear what could be a priceless victory. The winning goal
with three minutes remaining. There had been little between the two
sides in the contest. Falkirk broke the deadlock. Converting from close
range for the second attempt but the home side lead lasted only a few
minutes. Hibs had to battle hard for the victory to restore momentum to
their pursuit of the championship title.
A dozen games unbeaten in the Championship helped
Dundee United to the top of the Championship: They were away
to part timers Dumbarton today; worth noting that the Sons had
already beaten United at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium -
from where Jonathan Sutherland reports.
1-0 and Dundee United relinquish their lead at the top of the
championship. Here in terrible conditions. Strangely a repeat of
the score line between the sides in August. And the same goalscorer,
Mark Docherty. And the blustery conditions helped it. A cross from
the left-hand side. But it evaded everyone in the box and the wind
helped to whip the ball into the net to give Dumbarton a lead. United
struggled to get going. Simon Murray ruled out for off side. In the
second half United tried harder to get the equaliser that they needed.
Substitute Smith had a deflected shot on the roof of the net. And
then stoppage time. Donaldson hitting the post with a header. But
not their day. A hugely important three points for the home side. A
horrible Hogmanay for United. Next up, a top of the table clash with
Hibs on Friday. Next up is an update from the Ross
County versus Inverness Derby in the Highlands. A goal? It is Inverness
three, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, two. Inverness hit a shot. It was
saved but then substitute Fisher managed to poke it in and Inverness
are back in the game. On to a Championship match involving
two teams desperate for a win; Queen of the South who hadn't had one
since September, and Ayr United It is 0-0. Queen's fast rest out of
the traps. As the first half progressed, the
visitors looked good for the goal. Half-time approached and Dobie
passed up an opportunity for the homeside, Dobie, Jordan and marshal
all with chances. Lyle had incompetent ball over the net twice
but the flag was up for off side. A free kick, it almost sneaked in
off the back post but nobody found the net.
0-0. Now, the Queen of the south
championship. Change at the top? A Goodwin. A big surprise, Dundee
United losing for the first time since September, I think.
They did lose to Dumbarton. 1-0, I didn't see that coming. They
hit the post later on. But a boost for Hibs. They will go nip and tuck
until the end of the season. At the moment Hibs are in front. It was
interesting to see, a goal for Chris Commons and an assist for Chris
Commons. I don't think he is 100% fit but he is having an impact.
He is there until the end of the year? The 15th of January was the
sign-off. But he enjoys playing. Is there a point to go back to Celtic
to play in the U21 s? He is a player.
Yes, and the 6th of January, a fantastic game. Looking forward to
Yes, and the 6th of January, a that one. The two teams fighting it
Yes, and the 6th of January, a out. Real competition. I didn't
think that Dundee United would be challenging that much this year. So
they have done well after this season. A lot of change there. They
could struggle but look at where they are. A fantastic be job. That
can go either way. Let's find out how it is going St
Mort morn against Morton. There is 80 minutes on the top it is
St Mirren, one, Morton nil, thanks to Gary McKenzie's heard. Morton
flying with pressure. An effort just wide from a corner.
Tomas O'Ware has scored nine goals in the past year. He was close
there. A good attendance in Paisley, 4092 souls braved the wind and the
rain. 1362 are Morton fans but they tonight have anything to cheer about
The last round of Premiership matches of 2016 kicked off last
night when Hearts played Aberdeen at Tynecastle.
Hearts hoping to build on their midweek thrashing
of Kilmarnock, Aberdeen hoping to get their third league
There was just the one goal in it, and here it is:
Craig no surprise who popped up with this one? John I Hayes is going
well. Watch him. He comes to the front of the box. Darting from the
edge to the back post. That was clever. Right in the box. A good
cross from McGinnin. I watched the game last night. When you go to
Tynecastle, you expect to be under pressure. That Hearts will give a
tough game. That was not the case last night. I thought Aberdeen
dominated for a long period. And just two wins for them against
Tynecastle in the last decade? And they were not playing anything be
Tynecastle in the last decade? And like their best. That was a big win.
It was not a reflection of the dominance in their match. They were
on top for the vast majority of the game. For Hearts it is troubling
times. It was said after that they didn't
have the required amount of physicality.
We can hear from the man himself now. Both spoke to our man at the
match. Initially we probably last the fight
to make the game we wanted it to be. It was difficult for us to get
started. You know, the game became closer to what Aberdeen wanted. And
in those moments, although it was difficult and there was a bit of
suffering and stress in there, I think that the players showed good
fight and spirit to keep getting through that, that we managed to do
up until half-time. Whether it should have been 0-0 it is a valid
question but we fought through it. That is a quality. To come here, the
away team, the Tynecastle atmosphere, when the Hearts team go
off to boos at half-time, you think that is a part of the job done, we
have to crank it up. But a good link up play between Kenny and Niall and
thankfully it was Johnny that managed to do it. No doubt from me,
we were the better team. I thought we were accomplished and tidy.
Making good decisions. That went to play. And recognising the strengths
of the Hearts team. That is the happiest I have heard
him sounding. And no wonder, three wins on the trot? When they are
good, they are very, very good. It is puzzling with them not having
Rooney in the team. But having Adam Rooney, Nile McGinn and Johnny
Hayes, we were puzzled when they have not played. He has tried others
and it has not worked. have not played. He has tried others
Aberdeen's season started in May it was a long, hard season.
He is trying to manage the squad but if those three are playing well,
they are a real force. They have the wins, they will want to build on
that. They will feature going ahead. Two points behind Rangers but with a
game in hand is it down to a race between those two? It looks like it.
I think that they need time but when you hear him saying there is a lack
of fight in the team... Only in the first 10 minutes.
But that is not the case. Hearts have built their success on a
physicality, a high octane intensity. Without it they are
vulnerable. I have seen them playing against
Partick Thistle. That cliche that they used to win
the battle first. Go out and win the bat the, the rest will take care of
itself. Maybe in the modern language they say you have to control the
game but you have to work to control the game. Then you can play. Nowhere
near it last night did they control the game at any point And of course
missing the principle goalscorer. But also last night, they were
playing with one up front. But so many people away from them. No
support up to the big boy, Johannsson up front that is not
hard. Playing against Hearts there are two or three bodies in the box.
Look at Aberdeen's goal, bursting to get into the box. That did not
happen with Hearts. He played in the middle of the pitch against Novak,
kitschin but he has not the legs to get up there. The break, gives Kath
row a time to get his ideas across to Hearts. He will need it. The next
two fixtures are Celtic and Rangers away and at home.
He has had five games. Has he had time to put his mark on the side? He
will want to change things, bring in other players. He must turn it
around. Hearts were genuine contenders for second place but they
are falling back. St Johnstone barring them today. They are getting
close. There could have been a cash cow for
Hearts on the transfer window? A big move there, it coulding on ice? It
is a big blow to lose that. But give Ian Catterick a chance to establish
himself. A young manager coming into the team, coming in the middle of a
season, it is difficult. Now he has team to settle in. Bring in players,
Craig Levine doing the job alongside him. And the Hearts fans have to cut
him slack. Vp He was booed off. Booed off against Inverness
Caledonian Thistle as well. They have to calm down. Give him a
chance to work with these players, maybe bring in a couple in January.
Rogers when he came to Celtic, he said that the fans had to be
patient. But he is Rogers. For this man to say it? The football fans are
not known for patience. I can understand why some Hearts fans are
getting jumpy as the results have not been good.
And the win for St Johnstone is a blow to them.
But there is a different scenario, it is different to where they have
been. They look worse Hearts now, than
when Neilson left. Is that understandable?
You have designed a system that Hearts. You mentioned Patterson,
Nicholson has been out for the last half-dozen games. He is a big-time
player. Jamie Walker now has to make things happen in the final third.
When they get Mickelson back, that will be a major plus. The manager
needs time to get his ideas across and then we will see how they do. He
was talking to Chris and said it was another lesson learned? He has had a
view. There were lucky against Partick Thistle, drawing a match
they should have lost. Against Dundee, they lost a match they
should have won. It is all a bit frenetic at the moment. He is
learning about his players and the league, he is learning about the
support, the media, he is learning one thing that, at a big club like
Hearts, you are under pressure all the time. When you don't have
experience in a job, there nothing to fall back on. He's got Craig
Levine? But you have to make the decisions. You can't go to the
stands and ask Craig Levine. When you don't have the experience to
fall back and think, what did I do there? I heard a manager talking
about last night, they were brilliant until half-time, his team
talk, everything organised, and suddenly the opposition scores ten
seconds before half-time. Now you have to quickly change and find
their way of doing it. That is the experience and the learning. Will he
be given time to learn? I'm sure he will. I'm sure he will, five games,
some have been ropey. He has a very supportive board, that believe in
him. At his full-time in the last derby of the day. Ross County
against Inverness has come to a conclusion. The final score, 3-2 to
Ross County. No wonder Liam Boss was happy. Let's hear what Martin has to
say about the match. Full-time, 3-2. Liam Boyce delivering the goals,
which let them enter the year on a high. He netted very early. Davies
on a corner. Boyce anticipated to nod home. Inverness responded well
and got back on level terms. County responded quickly again. Boyce fired
in on an angle. He should have had a third, when he went wide from close
range. Martin Woods run beyond and fired into the corner. Credit for
the visitors, keeping ongoing. Alex Fisher knocked home. They made it
nervous as Inverness pressed. Ten games without a win. They prop
everybody else up. Contrasting fortunes for both clubs.
It means Caledonian Thistle and the year as black markers. You don't see
as a team like that, they'll always solid and dependable, but they have
been losing goals hand over fist. County, the home form is usually
strong. A couple of home wins against Aberdeen. A local derby, one
that they want to win. Inverness have a spectacular record. Leaves
County seven points off the bottom? It shows you how bonkers this league
is. They have a goal difference of -13, it is only their third league
win since August. They are in the -13, it is only their third league
top six. A lot of draws in there! A lot of draws and Liam Boyce goals.
With the goal difference, do you think they will be in the market for
defensive back-up? Inverness? County. They were talking about it
the other night, journalists saying that his chairman might, but he
didn't want to bring in as many. A goal, who is it for? Into the third
minute of added time, St Mirren are winning 1-0. A last gasp equaliser
for third place Morton. Ricky Lambie. It was a corner from Forbes.
He hit the bar in the first half, and he was there to put it home, low
and into the bottom corner. St Mirren are absolutely gutted. They
looked like they were going to get a precious win at the bottom and
reduce the deficit. Morton have got the equaliser. About 30 seconds of
injury time left. 1-1 in Paisley. There is still time! St Mirren have
a habit of going ahead and not closing matches? It is another
point. When you lose a late goal, it is a sore one to take, but they are
making progress. They have some impetus. They have a couple of wins
and drawers, something to build on. Tom? A very optimistic view of
things. At the start of the season, they were going nowhere. Now, they
have something to build on. That is a secular, if it ends 1-1. They end
the year feeling pretty good about themselves, but a draw is not going
to send them into the New Year feeling bad about themselves. They
need to get their skates on, but they are improving. Is that Howard
finished? Yes, a terrible feeling for St Mirren funds, almost 5000
fans here. -- fans. They thought they were going to go home happy,
with a reduced gap at the bottom. A brilliant late goal by Morton,
Rickie Lambert, poking home after a scramble from a corner. That was
Rickie Lambert, poking home after a after Gary McKenzie had given St
Mirren a first half lead, a header from a corner. Morton, in the second
half, reduced to ten men when McDonough was sent off. He aimed a
kick, after a tangle on the ground. It didn't look like Morton were
going to score. St Mirren seemed comfortable. Jack Ross, on the
touchline, barking out instructions like he was playing Charente is.
They tried to cling on, but they couldn't do that. It has finished
1-1. -- playing charades. We can now hear from some Premiership managers.
99% of the game, we are happy with. We had enough opportunities and
should maybe score three four, and We had enough opportunities and
should be over. Again, we are losing points in the last seconds of the
game. We are leaving people standing at the side of the box, which is
criminal. We kept going, we could have lost another one a couple of
times, but we could have got the equaliser earlier. In the end, the
guy who, or one of the guys, who we want the chance to fall to, it fell
to him and he buried it. Luckily there were 25 seconds to go, a good
time to score. Criminal neglect Iain Hamilton? You can understand the
manager, Tommy Times has he watched his team go ahead and failed to win
games? They have won three home matches this year. This year they
managed to beat Ross County and Aberdeen. They have not managed an
away win so far this year in the league. Would that be 11 draws they
have had? They just cannot pick up three points. They cannot get wins
in front of their own fans. As a centre-half, also, somebody that
would be out there. He can see what should be happening, leadership at
the back, organisation and getting it right. Willing to defend the
goal. It is the eighth 1-1 goal, the fourth time this season they have
conceded a late equaliser. No wonder he is doing his nut. A convincing
win for Dundee over St Johnstone, 3-0. The manager spoke to Brian
MacLachlan. This has been a tough start. It has not been easy. Look at
the home form over the last five games, 13 points out of 15, we have
to continue that. The players deserve a break, mentally and
physically. I think it is good to get away from the club and maybe
away from me at times. I think it is good for us, a couple of days, there
will be back, working hard, and coming back. Boo it's hard to lose a
derby game, and we think that we shouldn't. I will not take anything
from what the players have achieved in 2016. Clubs with many more
resources, we continually do better than them. Who would want to get a
break from him, in that form? Delighted. I think he is right, it's
great to get away. I don't know if you ever had a break at Christmas or
New Year? When you were playing? No! I think it must be great, going away
with their wife and family. I'm not sure, if you have to hang around
here. A mental break away from Paul Hartley, I think that helps. Tommy
Wright, disappointed. A staunch supporter of him? That is another
one that surprised me, Dundee have found this capacity to score goals.
They lost to Stuart, in the early part of the season, it was all about
where on earth they were going to find goals from. Scored three today,
three against Hearts a week ago, a great feat of management to be able
to turn that around. I know they are not in the top six yet, but they are
in the right direction. It is an unusual type of loss for St
Johnstone. He was right what he said, what they have achieved for a
small club. Every year they are up there. He has done a magnificent
job. As an ex-goalkeeper, he sees the game, you knows what is going on
and deserves every credit. Is there any goalkeeper in the history of the
game that moves like that? If you make a mistake, you have to get
criticism, but in the main... We can now go to the classified results
round-up. Let's look at the league tables,
starting with the Scottish Premiership.
Livingston lost today, but they stay at the top. Airdrie have not played
yet. Chelsea are going from strength to
strength, another win for them. They are nine points clear of Liverpool,
but Liverpool are at home to Manchester City this evening.
Newcastle United are the leaders in the Championship, having played one
more match than Brighton, and one point better off than them.
Right, I have already told you that Chelsea beat Stoke this afternoon.
We can get details from Jacqui Oatley at Stamford Bridge. Has
finished here, 4-2. A fairly comfortable, in the end. Chelsea
have made it 13 Premier League wins in a row since the back-to-back
defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal in September. They have
equalled Arsenal's record for a single season from 15 years ago, and
a club record of ten successive wins in all competitions. There were made
to work hard by Stoke, who have not won in five and have conceded 11
goals in their last three away games. Cahill powered Chelsea in
front with a first half header. Bruno Martins Indi levelled after
the break. Willian scored twice, either side of a Peter Crouch
equaliser. Diego Costa, five minutes before full-time, his 18th goal of
the season. Antonio Conte is going around every player and celebrating
with them. A crucial game ahead of their game against Spurs. Vicki
Sparkes is next up. She was watching Manchester United against
Middlesbrough at Old Trafford. A really dramatic finish. Manchester
United beat Middlesbrough 2-1, two goals in two minutes, right at the
death, taking Manchester United to within a point of the Champions
League places. Martial's goal, and Pogba, after Leadbetter's effort
looked to have earned Middlesbrough a win. There was a controversial
disallowed goal for Ibrahimovic in the first half, but it doesn't
matter for them now. Their fifth straight win in the Premier League.
You can hear the song around me, they go marching on. Middlesbrough
did not take chances on the break, apart from that one by Leadbetter.
They will feel they could have got more out of the game, Manchester
United would say they created enough to win it. In the end, that is what
they did. Full-time, 2-1. Let's go to the foot of the table, to Wales.
Swansea, managerless, at home to Bournemouth. Let's hear how it went.
3-0 to Bournemouth. The caretaker boss could not work any magic. Bob
Bradley might have gone, the issues remain the same. A few glimpses of
hope, if I am honest. The fourth game in five here, when they have
conceded three. Joshua King put icing on the cake after goals by
Benik Afobe and Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth's second away of the
season. A tough baptism for anybody who takes charge, reinforcements are
needed quickly. Staying in the lower reaches, we can find out how
Sunderland fared away to Burnley this afternoon. Here is Damian
Johnson. Andre Gray became the first Burnley player to score a Premier
League hat-trick, and created a real platform to stay up in the New Year.
He pounced onto some defensive platform to stay up in the New Year.
uncertainty to score the opener. He platform to stay up in the New Year.
rounded the keeper to make it 2-0, and latched onto the three Mack'
assist. Barnes himself got a penalty. Jermain Defoe got a
consolation for Sunderland. Wracked by injuries, and two more today.
What a year for Burnley. Quite a year for Leicester as well, at home
to West Ham United. A fitting end to 2016, so many great memories. This
game will not be one that is talked about for too long, but it could be
pivotal, coming into the New Year. The winner, a terrific header by
Islam Slimani, sending it across the goal and into the corner. Bilic will
be unhappy that their winning streak comes to an end with a whimper. A
first clean sheet in 11 games for the Foxes, the pizza is on Claudio
Ranieri tonight. Chelsea, are they confounding expectations this year?
I don't think many people had them down as potential champions?
Absolutely, compare last year, how they went off the rails, the group
of players, some of them are still there and they went off the rails
also. He obviously has this managerial thing that he makes a
connection with the players somehow. You see how he talks in the
interview, going around the players, he has a connection. He is a young
man, he is hyperactive when you see him on the sideline. I watched him
on the European Championships, in the summer, and he is the same. Off
the pitch, calm and collected, knows what he's about, Italian, strong
tactics. He has obviously changed it around. He took all of the report is
out for a pint after the Conference. That should be across the board in
Scottish football! Pledge of journalists would take him up on
that. You look at what Brendan Rodgers has done that Celtic, he has
done something that is similar that Chelsea. He has revitalised Coster,
Hazard, playing three at the back, three outstanding defenders. That
formation is working like a dream. A brilliant manager and a brilliant
man manager. They can't lose, Liverpool and Manchester City are in
action against each other. A draw is good, if one team wins, the other
drops off the pace? Doesn't matter, because Chelsea are getting win
after win, the other teams are cutting each other's throats and
taking points off each other. There will be difficult to catch because
taking points off each other. There they don't have a weakness. I think
Manchester United have done well, he has the big players playing now,
Paul Pogba. 30 million, it's about time! If they get to the top four
this year, I think he has done a good job. Poor result for David
Moyes's team, 4-1, beaten, Sunderland. Swansea, managerless,
they will find it tough in the summer? Probably good news for David
Moyes that Swansea of floundering with no manager, Hull are struggling
to pick up points, to be fair to Sunderland, they've had a bit of an
upturn recently. At Turf Moor is a tough place to go. Now we will head
to Firhill. Alistair spoke to the managers. I thought we'd put a lot
into the first half. The conditions weren't great. I think that played a
part. Kilmarnock at two of the best chances in the second half. After
the first half, we just couldn't get in their runner. Hard-fought point,
with injuries to key players, important players to us, asking
loves to play in different positions to what they are normally used to,
young players alongside other young players, when you want them
alongside experience. For us to keep a clean sheet against a team
informed, going into the game in the second half, we had our own chances.
A good basis to start. For us, it means we can regroup, hopefully get
the majority of the injured players back for the Hamilton cup tie.
Hopefully have new players coming in also. You are the go to man for
Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock, what did you make of that? Lee Clark
talking about regrouping and freshen things up? You likes to do that. He
needs 115 players, that is what it seems like in the summer. He summed
it up quite nicely, it is a really good point for them, a clean sheet
against Partick Thistle, who have been in really good form. That is a
bit of a foundation. He needed to stop the bleeding, in terms of
conceding goals and dropping points. stop the bleeding, in terms of
He has a point there. A really good Partick Thistle side. Four points
off the bottom spot, that looks good, given how concentrated the
teams have been? Everybody down there would love to pick up points
on a weekly basis. Sometimes you have to take what you can get.
Kilmarnock, the lowest scorers in the league, I think that was a
positive result. Victory in the Highlands for Ross County, we can
hear from their manager now. Jim McIntyre spoke to Martin Dowden. I
think you are a very happy man? Yes, dilated. Really pleasing to get the
monkey off our back, we have not beaten Inverness at home since we
arrived here. I am delighted for the players. Fabulous effort. I thought
was a keenly contested derby. Inverness had a lot of the game as
well. I think our chances were better than theirs. We deserved to
win. He is so influential? Here's a clever player, we can ask him to
move about positions. He can play a deep line, playing a wider area. He
has that game awareness, gain knowledge, how to help the
opposition. More talk about Liam Boyce, he is thriving? Seven goals
in his last eight. When you have a striker like that in this league, a
dependable goal-scorer, you will be on the top six. He is a bit of a
predator, so consistent. You cannot replace a body like that. You said
he is a predator, will predatory clubs be looking at him in the
transfer window? I don't think so, I think he is happy there. He will
score goals, of course, but I think he is happy at Ross County. They
will not wanting to go anywhere. I'm looking at Hearts, places like that,
where they think, he could save us from relegation, or get us up there.
That is why this transfer window was horrible for some of the managers.
If you lose a player like that, what a difference that can make.
Let's head back to Hearts now. Richie, obviously disappointed but
was there is a part that was especially difficult? The set piece.
It should have been cleared off the near post. . It is poor from my
point of view. You are up against it straight away. But credit to the
players. We stuck in there, got our goal. Back in there, the second goal
was probably the poorer goal to give away. By letting in Boyce. School
boy stuff. He crosses, there is a deflection of meekiness, it goes
into the back of the net. When year down there, these things happen.
But, disappointing. Today is probably the first day I thought we
looked a bit nervy, a bit low in confidence.
All over the park. I thought we were low on confidence. When you are like
that... Craig, interesting, Richie says he thinks that he are low in
confidence, which he has not seen previously? No but on a run of ten
games, that is a going to happen. Conceding goals, only winning one
last season. The last victory against Motherwell.
They are struggling. That's just about that
for today and 2016 from us. We've got time to re-cap today's
results in Scotland's Wins for ab-Dean. A Goodwin at
Tynecastle. All square in the Lanarkshire Derby.
Championship, a big win for Dumbarton.
Now you can see highlights of the Premiership matches on Monday
night at 7pm on BBC Two Scotland, repeated after Match
Now the Premiership may be going into hibernation, but we're not -
the Results Show is back next week at 4:30 on BBC One.
The derby day delights continue on Off the Ball's
Saturday Supplement - with Stuart Cosgrove
but not Tam Cowan, Annie McGuire standing in today.
Craig and Tom for their wisdom wit and wherewithal.
And thanks to you for watching - see you in 2017.
Introduced by David Currie.
Reports and results from around the country in the SPFL. In the last fixture card of 2016, the second Old Firm league meeting of the season takes centre stage today as Rangers take on Celtic at Ibrox Stadium. Amongst the other Premiership matches, Highland rivals Ross County and Inverness lock horns in Dingwall. In the Championship, Falkirk host Hibs, it's Dumbarton against Dundee Utd, and in the Renfrewshire derby St Mirren play Morton. Plus action from Friday night's Hearts versus Aberdeen match.