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Scottish Premiership: Team news & build-up – Can managerless Edinburgh sides claim victory?

Scottish Premiership: Team news & build-up – Can managerless Edinburgh sides claim victory?

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. ‘Hearts need to kick on now’ – MacPhee

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee is pleased with his day’s work, telling BBC Sport Scotland: “I thought we were very positive, there was a lot of energy in the team and we attacked a lot. We were delighted to get five goals in the league for the first time since August 2016.

    “We need to kick on from here and not be complacent. Across the board there were a lot of very good performances.”

    When asked if this boosts his chances of being made full-time manager, he says:”It’s not for me to comment on. When I’ve been asked to step in as interim manager I’ve won four out of five of the games which is a good record for any club. An attacking performance is what the supporters want no matter who the manager is.

    “Hopefully, this result with me taking the team for the time being gives everyone a chance to breathe.”

    Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee speaks to BBC Sport Scotland

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    Image caption: Hearts interim manager Austin MacPhee speaks to BBC Sport Scotland
  2. ‘MacPhee not the man for me’

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: On the face of it, a 5-2 win at home looks good, but if you delve a little deeper it’s a difficult situation. It wasn’t brilliant at times. There were elements of that game that were strange. Uche Ikpeazu on the right wing did not work for me. Is Austin MacPhee the man to take this club forward? I don’t think so. But there could be a position for him somewhere in the set-up.

    On the face of it, a 5-2 win at home looks good, but if you delve a little deeper it’s a difficult situation. It wasn’t brilliant at times. There were elements of that game that were strange. Uche Ikpeazu on the right wing did not work for me. Is Austin MacPhee the man to take this club forward? I don’t think so. But there could be a position for him somewhere in the set-up.

  3. Goals, goals, goals

    Well, well. What an afternoon of entertainment in the Scottish Premiership.

    We were treated to 20 goals in four games. Fantastic!

    Hearts and Hibs appear to have woken up after sacking their managers…

    Eamonn Brophy celebrates his equaliser for Kilmarnock

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    Image caption: Eamonn Brophy celebrates his equaliser for Kilmarnock
  4. ‘Nerves settled at Tynecastle’

    FT: Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Neil McCann

    Former Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: The second half probably didn’t live up to the first, but Jamie Walker settled the nerves straight away after the break. Obviously there were a lot of nerves in the Hearts squad because of the home record but they looked settled in the second half. Jake Mulraney’s goal was special and Hearts were always going to win the game after that. Lots of entertainment at Tynecastle and Austin MacPhee will be pleased.

    The second half probably didn’t live up to the first, but Jamie Walker settled the nerves straight away after the break. Obviously there were a lot of nerves in the Hearts squad because of the home record but they looked settled in the second half. Jake Mulraney’s goal was special and Hearts were always going to win the game after that. Lots of entertainment at Tynecastle and Austin MacPhee will be pleased.

  5. ‘Hibs turn on the style to sink Saints’

    FT: St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Tyrone Smith

    BBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park

    Hibernian put St Johnstone to the sword with a clinical and ruthless display.

    Deadly up front, dominant in midfield and rock solid at the back.

    A sure sign that the new manager, whoever he may be, will have plenty of positive things to work with.

    The only question is, why have Hibs waited until now to put in a performance like this?

    Hibs hammered St Johnstone in Perth

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  6. FULL-TIME

    Scottish League Two

    League 2

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  7. FULL-TIME

    Scottish League One

    League 1

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  8. FULL-TIME

    Scottish Championship

    Championship

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  9. FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 2-2 Hamilton

    Kilmarnock avoid their third consecutive league loss though they have the poor discipline of Hamilton Academical to thank for that.

    Accies raced into a two-goal lead through brilliant strikes from Mickel Miller and Steve Davies, but Sam Stubbs’ red card turned the game.

    When Mohamed El Makrini scored on the stroke of half-time and Eamonn Brophy netted immediately after the break, a Killie victory looked inevitable.

    But Owain Fon Williams, who was at fault for Killie’s first goal, turned in an impressive second-half performance to deny the hosts all three points.

    Killie remain in fifth place, while Accies drop down to 10th in the table after wins for Hearts and Hibernian.

    Steve Davies

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    Image caption: Steve Davies fired Accies into a 2-0 lead but the visitors were pegged back
  10. FULL-TIME Hearts 5-2 St Mirren

    Hearts have their first win at home for over seven months and Austin MacPhee gets his first three point as interim manager.

    A crazy first half full of defensive lapses resulted in goals from Steven Naismith, Jonathan Obika, Sean McLoughlin, Danny Mullen and Oliver Boazanic, with the hosts 3-2 to the good at the interval. Jamie Walker’s header early in the second half really calmed this one down though and Hearts controlled the game thereafter.

    After coming back from a broken leg this year, it will have meant a lot to Walker.

    Jake Mulraney’s tremendous strike on 77 minutes ended the contest. A late drive from distance by St Mirren defender Sean McLoughlin had Hearts’ goalkeeper Joel Pereira scrambling, but otherwise St Mirren did not look like getting back into it.

    Steven Naismith and Ilkay Durmus battle over the ball at Tynecastle

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    Image caption: Steven Naismith and Ilkay Durmus battle over the ball at Tynecastle
  11. FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Christian Doidge had zero league goals to his name before today’s game against St Johnstone, now he has three. The Welshman turned in a fantastic display alongside strike partner Florian Kamberi as Hibs claimed their first league win since the opening day of the season.

    Hibs’ other strike came from Scott Allan as the midfielder scored a fine solo effort.

    Stevie May added a consolation for the hosts following slack defending from the visitors. After back-to-back wins, the defeat moves the Perth side down to 11th, meanwhile Hibs are up to eighth.

    Christian Doidge

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    Image caption: Christian Doidge enjoyed playing with a strike partner as Hibs ran riot
  12. FULL-TIME Ross County 1-3 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen make it three wins from three as they move into third in the Scottish Premiership.

    After a difficult start to the season for Dons boss Derek McInnes, his team have now won four out of the past five.

    Josh Mullin converted an early penalty for Ross County.
    But Niall McGinn and Ryan Hedges both netted free-kicks, before Andrew Considine scored a sensational third goal from the edge of the box.

    That moves them two points clear of Motherwell, albeit having played a game more than the Lanarkshire side.
    Despite the defeat, Ross County hold on to sixth spot in the table.

    Aberdeen celebrate

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  13. ‘Tremendous goal tally at Tynecastle’

    Hearts 5-2 St Mirren

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

    Scholars must be furiously leafing through the history books for the last time Tynecastle witnessed seven goals in a single match. The Hearts fans will certainly be going home happy tonight. St Mirren will be going home bottom of the table.

  14. goal

    GOAL St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian

    Stevie May

    A consolation for St Johnstone as slack defending from Hibs lets Stevie May slide a cross range shot past Chris Maxwell’s left hand side.

    GOAL

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  15. CLOSE!

    St Johnstone 0-4 Hibernian

    Almost a fifth for Hibs. The ball breaks to Scott Allan on the edge of the box following a deflected pass from Martin Boyle. The midfielder takes aim with a side-foot effort and it just zips past Zander Clark’s right hand post.

  16. Aberdeen push for more

    Ross County 1-3 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen have clearly been using their new training ground to practice their free-kicks. They’ve scored two today already, and Niall McGinn has gone close with another two efforts – one tipped over, before the County defence deflect clear another.

    From the corner, Greg Leigh gets to the near post and heads just wide as Aberdeen aim for a fourth.

    Andrew Considine scores Aberdeen's third goal

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    Image caption: Andrew Considine scores Aberdeen’s third goal
  17. GREAT SAVE!

    Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    St Mirren defender Sean McLoughlin is about 45 yards out as he has a lash and the shot is screaming towards the top corner before Joel Pereira gets across smartly to tip behind for a corner. The ball bobbles around the Hearts box from the subsequent set-piece before Hearts get it clear.

    At the other end of the park, Steven Naismith drives on, passes inside to Jake Mulraney who curls a shot which Vaclav Hladky has to push wide. Nothing comes from the corner.

  18. goal

    GOAL Arbroath 3-0 Dunfermline

    Omar Kader

  19. ‘Mulraney makes attacking threat count’

    Hearts 5-2 St. Mirren

    Neil McCann

    Former Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Jamie Walker’s header after the break just settled the game and St Mirren have really had to try and push on which means Hearts have been able to take more risks. Jake Mulraney has looked threatening since he came on and he’s made his attacking play count.

    Jamie Walker’s header after the break just settled the game and St Mirren have really had to try and push on which means Hearts have been able to take more risks. Jake Mulraney has looked threatening since he came on and he’s made his attacking play count.

  20. GREAT SAVE!

    Kilmarnock 2-2 Hamilton

    Killie are really pushing for a winner here, and Owain Fon Williams has just made a very good save from Rory McKenzie. A long 15 minutes ahead for 10-man Accies as they try to hold out.

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