Scottish League Cup as it happened

Celtic crush St Johnstone, while St Mirren beat Aberdeen on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

30 October 2012 Last updated at 22:34

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  1. 2230: 

    Right, I'll sign off now. Congratulations to Celtic and St Mirren.

    We'll be back again tomorrow to do it all again as Dundee United take on Hearts and Inverness visit Rangers.

    Thanks for your company and all of your contributions.

  2. 2225: 

    Well, that was quite a night of drama at Pittodrie! Sam Parkin headed St Mirren into an early lead only for Scott Vernon to level before the interval. Kenny McLean hammered in a screamer to put the Buddies back in front but Josh Magennis slid in a late, late goal to level matters again. Lewis Guy looked certain to score in the final seconds of extra-time as he rounded Dons keeper Jamie Langfield but he went down in a heap and was booked for his trouble.

    Then came the shoot-out and it was St Mirren who kept the coolest heads.

  3. 2221: 
    (St Mirren win 4-2 on penalties)FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 2-2 St Mirren

    St Mirren progress to the last four of the League Cup as the Dons' miserable run in penalty shoot-outs continues. Stephen Hughes hit the crossbar and Cammy Smith saw his effort well saved by Craig Samson.

    The St Mirren quartet all took their penalties very well.

  4. 2215: 
    Aberdeen 2-4 St MirrenPENALTY SHOOT-OUT

    St Mirren: McLean - scores, Teale - scores, Goodwin - scores, McAusland - scores

    Aberdeen: Hughes - misses, McGinn - scores, Hayes - scores, Smith - misses

  5. 2213: 

    Aberdeen v St Mirren finishes 2-2 after 120 minutes. We will have a penalty shoot-out at Pittodrie.

  6. 2212: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Drama in the last minute of extra-time as St Mirren striker Lewis Guy is booked for diving as he rounds keeper Jamie Langfield.

  7. 2211: 

    The crowd at Celtic Park tonight was just 14,399. Those who stayed away missed a cracking display from Neil Lennon's men.

  8. 2209: 

    Aberdeen and St Mirren fans will be chewing their nails in anticipation of a penalty shoot-out. Jamie Langfield and Craig Samson are the men between the sticks. Both good shot-stoppers, if a little wobbly in other departments.

  9. 2207: 

    Aberdeen are still doing most of the pressing in extra-time at Pittodrie but it's getting a bit cagey now as the prospect of a penalty shoot-out looms...

  10. 2205: 

    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound I'm enjoying this game going to extra time, nothing to do with being a Hibs fan and us having St.Mirren on Saturday at all."

  11. 2203: 
    Celtic hat-trick hero Kris Commons on BBC Radio Scotland

    [When asked about the prospect of meeting Rangers in the cup] "There's nothing like playing in a Glasgow derby. Of course, we miss those games. I love playing in them."

  12. 2159: 

    Remember, the draw for the semi-finals will take place on 8 November. Will it be Aberdeen or St Mirren joining Celtic in the last four?

    Tomorrow, we have Dundee Utd v Hearts (which will be live on BBC One Scotland and on this website) and Rangers v Inverness CT.

  13. 2157: 

    Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser whips in a dangerous cross which is headed away by Marc McAusland and Isaac Osbourne flashes a shot wide from the loose ball.

  14. 2156: 

    It's half-time in extra time and Aberdeen are chucking on old warhorse Gary Naysmith, while Lewis Guy is on for St Mirren.

  15. 2152: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I got just the response I was looking for. We were back to the kind of football we've been playing recently. We haven't really put it together at home this season over both halves and that was more like it. We showed the right application and tempo and I really enjoyed watching the game.

    "Kris Commons was magnificent. He was back to his best after being a bit sloppy at the weekend."

  16. 2149: 
    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas on BBC Radio Scotland

    "You've got to take your hat off to Celtic. Some of their passing and movement was excellent tonight. They really stretched us and we just didn't get to grips with it."

  17. 2147: 

    Buoyed by his goal, Josh Magennis tries to catch out St Mirren keeper with a hugely ambitious free-kick from a long way out. He doesn't and he gets a few glares from his team-mates who used up some valuable energy getting forward.

  18.  

    Aberdeen Stats on Twitter: "Josh Magennis has scored 3 goals since May 2011. Each one was a last minute equaliser #Hero"

    I aint got time to check that but it's a great stat if true...

  19. 2144: 

    Stephen Hughes crashes a 15-yard shot against the crossbar as Aberdeen pour forward in extra-time before Niall McGinn fires an effort wide after good work from Cammy Smith and Ryan Fraser.

  20. 2142: 

    Celtic, who have lost in the last two League Cup finals, were ruthless tonight, with Kris Commons really in the mood. The Scotland forward was shooting from everywhere and was rewarded with a hat-trick.

  21. 2140: 
    EXTRA TIME

    We're into extra-time at Pittodrie and surely the Aberdeen tails will be up after that late, late equaliser from Josh Magennis.

  22. 2135: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 2-2 St Mirren (Magennis)

    Late drama at Pittodrie as Josh Magennis slides in an equaliser in injury time. We'll be getting an extra half hour in that one.

    Steven Thompson had just hit the post for St Mirren with a fantastic header.

  23. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone

    Celtic cruise into the semi-finals of the League Cup thanks to a Kris Commons hat-trick and goals from Gary Hooper and Charlie Mulgrew.

  24. 2130: 

    There's not much of him but Ryan Fraser gets his head on the ball as Aberdeen press for a late equaliser. To the dismay of the noisy home crowd, a defender in black and white is on the goal-line to block.

  25. 2129: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Nigel Hasselbaink and Mikael Lustig are both cautioned for what I believe is known as a spot of "handbags". We used to have a graphic for that...

  26. 2127: 

    It's another St Johnstone effort and again it clips the wrong side of the post as Nigel Hasselbaink glides through the Celtic defence to poke in a shot that Fraser Forster gets fingertips to. Good save...

  27. 2126: 

    That's the closest St Johnstone have been to a goal as David Robertson's deflected effort grazes the outside of Fraser Forster's post.

  28. 2123: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Paddy McCourt ties an opponent in knots with some nifty footwork, only to be flattened for his troubles by Gary Millar. The Saints man is promptly booked and offers a handshake to the Celtic substitute.

  29. 2121: 

    Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has strolled through this game, suddenly changes gears to set up Tony Watt but the striker's shot is blocked and the follow-up effort from Adam Matthews is deflected wide.

  30. 2120: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "Change for Aberdeen: Ryan Fraser on for Scott Vernon."

  31. 2116: 

    Young Celtic striker Tony Watt has no thoughts of taking it easy in the closing stages. Every time he he gets the ball he drives forward with real intent.

  32. 2113: 

    Celtic send on Paddy McCourt for central defender Efe Ambrose. Charlie Mulgrew will slot into the back four, allowing the substitute to get forward in the last 20 minutes.

  33. 2111: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-2 St Mirren (McLean)

    Aberdeen have been on top in the second half but the Buddies are back in front at Pittodrie as Kenny McLean lashes in a powerful shot from a tight angle. "A stunning strike" says BBC Scotland's Jim Spence.

  34. 2110: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "McGinn shot deflects and almost loops over Samson who does well to hold the ball under the bar."

  35.  

    Actor and celebrity Saint Colin McCredie: "Saints getting gubbed 5-0!! Great chant from the Saints fans "We're gonna win 6-5!!" Still unbeaten in 7 in the Spl!!"

  36. 2107: 

    Kris Commons is not content with a mere hat-trick as he fires in another fierce shot that Alan Mannus does well to stop. Saints defender David McCracken then stumbles on to the ball and his heavy touch nearly flies into his own net. It's been one of those nights for the visitors at Celtic Park.

  37. 2106: 

    Celtic skipper Scott Brown gets a warm round of applause as he makes way for Adam Matthews. Murray Davidson trudges off for the Saints, with David Robertson coming on. Hardly ideal is it? "Come on son, get us back in this; we're only 5-0 down."

  38. 2105: 

    St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig decides to have a go and Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has to look lively to push it away.

  39. 2103: 
    GOAL- Celtic 5-0 St Johnstone (Mulgrew)

    Oh dear. St Johnstone's Chris Millar has a swipe at the ball and misses it completely, allowing Charlie Mulgrew to twist and turn before smashing a shot home from an acute angle.

  40. 2101: 

    Joe Ledley sends Tony Watt scampering into the penalty box but the young striker cannot find the target.

  41. 2100: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "Aberdeen dominating possession currently without creating chances. St Mirren defending doggedly. Still 1-1."

  42. 2058: 
    GOAL- Celtic 4-0 St Johnstone (Commons)

    That's the hat-trick for Kris Commons as he slams the ball high into the top corner of the net. No chance for Alan Mannus.

  43. 2057: 
    PENALTY

    Spot-kick for Celtic as Steven Anderson is gulty of tugging the shirt of Tony Watt.

  44. 2057: 

    Gregory Tade powers into the Celtic penalty area and slides the ball across goal but Joe Ledley is on hand to clear.

  45. 2056: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "Terrific driving run by Josh Magennis and low driven cross from right. Craig Samson deals with it comfortably though."

  46.  

    Iain Findon on Twitter: "Come on the Dons, I want a jolly to Hampden!!! #bbcsportsound"

    You've had three semi-finals in two seasons but I guess they weren't very jolly occasions. Is this the year for your team?

  47. 2052: 

    St Johnstone win a free-kick in a dangerous position but Dave McKay is getting a few dirty looks from his team-mates as he blazes the ball beyond everyone in a congested penalty area.

  48. 2050: 

    Kris Commons has dropped in behind striker Tony Watt as Celtic reshuffle to accomodate the half-time change. He was very dangerous cutting in from a wide position in the first half and I'm sure he will stay sharp since he is one goal away from a hat-trick.

  49. 2047: 

    We're up and running again at Celtic Park and Pittodrie.

  50. 2045: 

    Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew is on for the second half, with striker Gary Hooper getting a rest. St Johnstone replace Rowan Vine with fellow striker Steven McLean, not Nigel Hasselbaink as I originally said.

  51.  

    Aden Clubb on Twitter: "C'mon Dons! Come out all guns blazing! #bbcsportsound"

  52. 2041: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Celtic were beginning to showboat towards the end of the half. St Johnstone just sat back and they have been completely bossed in this game. Steve Lomas will demand that his players get their sleeves rolled up and get stuck in after the break."

  53.  

    Andy Scott on Twitter: "If Aberdeen had some decent strikers they'd probably be above Celtic in the spl #bbcsportsound"

  54. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 1-1 St Mirren

    It's been a lively encounter on a brisk night in the north east, with Sam Parkin giving St Mirren an early lead only for a misjudgement from keeper Craig Samson to gift Scott Vernon an equaliser. The game has been played at a good tempo, with the best chances falling to the Buddies.

  55. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 3-0 St Johnstone

    Manager Neil Lennon demanded a reaction after Saturday's surprise loss to Kilmarnock and his Celtic players have answered him in style. Kris Commons has been the star man, knocking in two goals and setting up the other for Gary Hooper. St Johnstone have not been in the game at all.

  56.  

    Michael Behan on Twitter: "Kris Commons such a goal threat, in this form he could get 20 goals this season. And it's a pity Gary Hooper doesn't have a Scottish Granny, he and Commons have a great understanding #bbcsportsound"

  57. 2029: 

    Jamie Langfield is busy again, this time making decent saves to deny Dougie Imrie and David van Zanten.

  58.  

    Jonny Stewart on Twitter: "Aberdeen are once again showing great bounce-back ability. Lets keep this impressive unbeaten run going #COYR#bbcsportsound"

  59. 2027: 

    It's all been happening at Celtic Park but I've just got time to tell you that Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield had to make a useful save to keep out a long-range free-kick from St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin. Still 1-1 up at Pittodrie.

  60. 2025: 
    GOAL- Celtic 3-0 St Johnstone (Hooper)

    More nice work from Emilio Izaguirre to set up Kris Commons, who slides in a lovely ball for Gary Hooper to clip home from six yards.

  61. 2023: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Emilio Izaguirre delivers a wonderful cross and a defender in blue heads against his own crossbar. Mikael Lustig's follow-up header is cleared of the line by Steven Anderson.

  62. 2020: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "St Johnstone have given Kris Commons the freedom of the pitch and he has taken full advantage."

  63. 2018: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone (Commons)

    Mikael Lustig hammers a drive into the penalty box and Kris Commons does a lovely step-over for Gary Hooper, who quickly slides the ball back to his team-mate, who smashes a rare right-foot shot through a cluster of players in blue.

  64. 2018: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "If St Johnstone are not careful, this game could be lost in the next five or 10 minutes."

  65. 2017: 
    YELLOW CARD

    It's been a rough few minutes for Liam Craig as the St Johnstone midfielder picks up a yellow card for stopping the ball with his arm.

  66. 2014: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone (Commons)

    It's been coming. Kris Commons cuts in from the right and smashes a low strike into the danger area. Liam Craig sticks out a foot but can only divert the ball high away from keeper Alan Mannus.

  67. 2010: 

    Kris Commons has another dig at goal from distance and the ball is moving all over the place, making life difficult for St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus, who uses a bit of chest and leg to keep this one out.

  68. 2009: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-1 St Mirren (Vernon)

    St Mirren's Craig Samson is caught in no man's land from a high ball and Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon is able to nod the ball over the keeper even though he had slipped and was falling over.

  69. 2008: 

    St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus gathers a deflected free-kick from Kris Commons at the second attempt.

  70. 2007: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "After a strong start, a few of the Celtic players have been slack in possession and that's allowing St Johnstone to get forward and grow in confidence."

  71.  

    Mark Millar on Twitter: "Very clever stuff by Craig Brown and the players. Focus on winning the League. #bbcsportsound"

  72. 2004: 

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose is caught in possession, allowing Kevin Moon to steal in and set up a swift counter-attack that fizzles out as Gregory Tade takes a heavy touch.

  73. 2002: 

    The icy wind is howling out there! It's not a night for short-sleeved shirts.

  74. 1959: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "Chance for Niall McGinn as ball flicked on to him but fails to connect with attempted back header and Craig Samson clutches call to safety."

  75.  

    Dougie Kinnear on Twitter: "Resting Ryan Fraser tonight could be a good thing. His ankles got a right battering from St Mirren earlier this season! #bbcsportsound"

  76. 1956: 

    Celtic forward Kris Commons is given far too much time on the ball and he pops in a swerving shot from distance that Alan Mannus does well to beat away.

  77. 1954: 

    David McCracken gives the Saints a scare at Celtic Park by diverting a dangerous cross wide of his own goal. The defender's clearance just shaved the outside of the post.

  78. 1952: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 0-1 St Mirren (Parkin)

    St Mirren striker Steven Thompson thumps a header against the crossbar from a Dougie Imrie cross and, with keeper Jamie Langfield grounded, Sam Parkin nips in to head the loose the ball over the line.

  79. 1952: 

    Celtic also threaten from a corner, with Victor Wanyama rising highest but heading wide of the target.

  80. 1951: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie: "Russell Anderson gets a touch from a corner it comes off a thicket of legs on the line and out for Aberdeen corner number two."

  81. 1950: 

    Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn is a man on form, with five goals in five games, and he sweeps shot across goal from 14 yards shot that goes wide.

  82. 1948: 

    Celtic clearly mean business as they dominate early possession, with St Johnstone pinned back defending their penalty area.

  83. 1946: 
    KICK-OFF

    The action is under way at Celtic Park and Pittodrie.

  84. 1944: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundits Billy Dodds and Murdo MacLeod are playing it safe and backing the home sides tonight. Are they right to back the favourites? We'll soon find out...

  85. 1943: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "This is our fourth quarter-final in two seasons, three times we've ran close. We let ourselves down at this stage last season against Ayr United.

    "I certainly believe we've developed as a football club in the last 18 months in some ways, in others we haven't. This tonight gives us an opportunity to get back on track."

  86. 1941: 

    Aberdeen are unbeaten since the opening day of the season; that an impressive run of 12 games.

    The Dons have not won a trophy since their League Cup triumph back in November 1995. The unfortunate trend of losing to lower league sides has gone but it has been replaced by semi-final misery in recent seasons.

  87. 1939: 
    LINE-UPS

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre, Commons, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Hooper, Watt. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, McCourt, Mulgrew, Kayal.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Anderson, McCracken, MacKay, Millar, Murray Davidson, Moon, Craig, Vine, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Robertson, MacLean, Scobbie.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  88. 1936: 
    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We go into the game with cautious optimism but we know any complacency will be punished by St Mirren.

    "They are a cup fighting team and if we are short of our best we will suffer. They were resolute up here earlier in the season when we drew 0-0.

    "But, if we play like we can, we will be in with a very good chance of extending our good run."

  89. 1932: 

    St Johnstone make two changes with David McCracken and Kevin Moon in for Frazer Wright, out with a broken nose sustained in the 1-1 draw with Inverness at the weekend, and Nigel Hasselbaink who is on the bench.

    Steve Lomas's side have already beaten Celtic this season, coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Perth on 15 September. The Saints also picked up a win in the east end of Glasgow last season and are on a run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions.

  90.  

    Chris Martin on Twitter: "League Cup draw being made a week after the ties played, another bad call by SFL? #BBCSportsound"

    The draw for semi-finals of Scottish Communities League Cup will be made 14:30 GMT Thursday, 8 November.

  91. 1929: 

    Just to clarify the changes made by Buddies boss Danny Lennon up at Pittodrie; Kenny McLean, Gary Teale and Sam Parkin are in - with Jon Robertson, Graham Carey and Lewis Guy the men making way...

  92. 1927: 
    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We know it's a tough time to catch Celtic but we are looking forward to it. The pitch looks great and it's a lovely drizzly evening, perfect for slide tackles.

    "We beat them earlier this season and it will need another totally committed display for us to come out on top. We need to make sure we don't give Celtic a start; the first 20 minutes are vital."

  93.  

    Mary by text on 80295: "Too costly to get rid of Craig Levein. Money would be better invested for the future in indoor facilities like Toryglen. Grassroots football is crying out for such provision to develop Scotlands football future. Our climate is also a big factor in games/outdoor training areas rendered unplayable. More time on the ball = more skillful players."

  94. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Reynolds, Anderson, Osbourne, Robertson, Hughes, Rae, McGinn, Hayes, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Rogers, Clark, Naysmith, Fraser, Smith.

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Dummett, Imrie, Goodwin, McLean, Teale, Parkin, Thompson. Subs: Chris Smith, Carey, Reilly, Barron, Guy.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

  95. 1922: 

    Just as a wee aside, Craig Levein's future as Scotland boss should be clarified by the end of the week. The Scottish FA board are expected to meet on either Thursday or Friday to discuss the issue.

    Should Scotland stick with Levein?

  96. 1920: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    I'm obviously looking for a reaction (to Saturday's loss to Kilmarnock) and I want to win this competition.

    "St Johnstone will be very motivated. They will want to put another one over on us and that can't happen. I expect the attitude to be spot on."

  97. 1918: 

    Celtic midfielders Scott Brown and Victor Wanyama return after Saturday's lacklustre home defeat to Kilmarnock. Mikael Lustig and Gary Hooper are also recalled and Tony Watt is given a place in attack by manager Neil Lennon. Full teams to follow...

  98. 1917: 

    Josh Magennis and Johnny Hayes start for Aberdeen tonight, with Chris Clark and Ryan Fraser dropping to the bench.

  99. 1915: 

    Good evening and welcome to our Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals coverage.

    Celtic host St Johnstone and will be hoping to avoid their third defeat in a week, having lost to Barcelona and Kilmarnock. In-form Aberdeen will be hoping to right oh-so-many recent cup wrongs - they host St Mirren at Pittodrie.

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