Scottish roundup: Paul McGowan seals fine win for Dundee at Ross County

Celtic's Patrick Roberts in action with Dundee's Paul McGowan

Two goals from Rory Loy and a second‑half strike from Paul McGowan gave Dundee a fine start to their season with a 3-1 win at Ross County. Mark O’Hara’s surge and cross set up Loy to strike low past Scott Fox. Loy then converted a penalty four minutes before half-time after O’Hara was fouled.

McGowan then connected with a precision pass from Michael Duffy on the counter-attack to put the game beyond the reach of County, who scored too late to be threatening through the substitute Craig Curran.

Partick Thistle began their campaign with an encouraging 2-0 win over Inverness at Firhill.

The midfielder Chris Erskine changed the tone of the tightly contested game with a wonderful curling shot after 36 minutes. The Jags striker David Amoo added a second in the 59th minute from close range to give Alan Archibald’s team their first three points of the season, although it was far from a feast of football between two teams who went into the game in fine form.

Kilmarnock were without their Charlton target Josh Magennis as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Motherwell.

The Killie manager, Lee Clark, said after the match that his club had turned down a third bid for the striker from Charlton.

Motherwell’s Lionel Ainsworth opened the scoring with a superbly executed lob in the 40th minute and Marvin Johnson headed in the second within half a minute of the restart.

Clark started with only three of his 11 summer signings but he is still looking for the right mix following their Betfred Cup exit, although Killie did make a contest of it after an 82nd-minute header from Martin Smith.

In the Championship Jason Cummings scored two goals as Hibs beat Falkirk 2-1. Hibs rejected a £1.2 million bid from Peterborough United this week and the 21-year-old wasted little time in showing his ability at the Falkirk Stadium.

Cummings struck from inside the six-yard box with two minutes played in the contest and, although Craig Sibbald levelled the scores for the home side seven minutes later, a long-range shot from Cummings just a few minutes into the second half sealed the win.

Brendan Rodgers takes charge of Celtic for the first time in the Premiership against Hearts on Sunday but Tynecastle is a place he knows and likes. Rodgers took his former side Liverpool to Gorgie for a Europa League play-off tie against the Jambos in 2012, where the Merseysiders narrowly won 1-0 thanks to an Andy Webster own goal before drawing 1-1 at Anfield to go through to the group stages.

Rodgers, expected to tie up the signing of Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa over the weekend, was impressed with the noise made by the home support that night and expects more of the same against Celtic when the champions begin the defence of their title.

“The atmosphere was great when I was there with Liverpool in the Europa League, it felt as if there were many more in the stadium,” said the Northern Irishman, who took over from Ronny Deila in May.

“I really enjoyed it, we played well in the game. It was a tough game, the pitch is tight - you don’t see so much of that now in the stadiums in the Premier League - and the supporters passionate. I think it will be similar if not better, being the first game of the season as well.

“They will want to see their team do well and Celtic is always a big draw wherever they go and I am sure that will make it that bit more inviting for them. I am looking forward to getting under way. It is a tough start but we would expect that.”

Powered by article was written by Nial Briggs, for The Observer on Saturday 6th August 2016 19.20 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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