Scottish Premier League as it happened

Celtic return to form in style with a 4-0 win at Tynecastle, while Hibs nick a 1-0 at St Johnstone.

28 November 2012 Last updated at 22:01

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    The last word goes to Ronnie in Kirkcaldy via text: "Well done the Hibees! Nothing wrong with winning ugly and having some luck every now and again. We're saving the good stuff for Sunday."

    Good night...

  2. 2154: 

    I'll wrap things up now. Apologies once again to Hearts fans for giving you a false glimmer of hope when I put the wrong score up early on. Even with a goal of a start, Hearts would have been well beaten by a Celtic side that really had the bit between their teeth.

    Hibs were pretty jammy to leave Perth with the points but they will point to Saturday's defeat at home to Aberdeen and say it's luck balancing out. Not that it's much consolation for St Johnstone, who weren't much better in a drab contest.

  3. 2151: 

    Just to add to the St Johnstone misery, the BBC ALBA team are reporting that midfielder David Robertson may have broken his leg. My Gaelic isn't quite up to scratch, so we'll need to wait for confirmation on that.

  4. 2149: 
    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon talking to BBC ALBA

    "We rode our luck and got out of jail a bit there. But we were excellent on Saturday [against Aberdeen] and we got nothing from that one. We didn't play well and got the three points. It just sums up how football can be."

  5. 2147: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "There is no pressure on Hearts and that's why they will go down to Easter Road and turn them over."

    Errr... No pressure on the cup holders at the home of their biggest rivals? A spot of Jambo mischief making from the Tynecastle legend, methinks.

  6. 2144: 

    That should be some game at Easter Road on Sunday! It's a repeat of last year's final and Hibs will be desperate to avenge that humiliation.

    Pat Fenlon's side are riding high and Hearts are in the doldrums but the Jambos really have a stranglehold on that derby fixture.

  7. 2141: 
    Hearts boss John McGlynn on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The scoreline was harsh but Celtic were clinical. The attitude of the players was first class and I don't think many of my players deserved to be on the losing side.

    "We've got a big game on Sunday [against Hibs in the Scottish Cup] and you can either slit your wrists or step up to the plate.

    "We're the Scottish Cup holders and we won't be giving that up lightly."

  8. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 0-1 Hibernian

    Hibs move back into second place, just one point behind leaders Celtic. It wasn't a classic by any means but the near-900 visiting fans at McDiarmid Park won't care a jot.

    Ben Williams made a fantastic double save from a penalty and, lifted by that break, Hibs found a late winner soon after when a Paul Cairney shot squirmed in.

  9. 2135: 

    Hibs replace Leigh Griffiths with Shefki Kuqi. That's to keep the striker out of trouble since he was involved in that incident with MacKay.

  10. 2133: 

    St Johnstone are unravelling as Dave MacKay is shown a straight red for his part in an off-the-ball scuffle.

  11. 2131: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a great team performance tonight. We looked dangerous and played with great intensity and pace. To score four and clean sheet is very satisfying.

    "I'm running out of superlatives for Fraser Forster. He was fantastic again."


    scotbot on Twitter: "#BBCsportsound "Sclaffed efforts" or pinpoint precision daisy cutters, it doesn't matter. All goals count. Hibs are keeping up with Celtic."


    Graeme by text again: "Oh gawd. C'mon St Johnstone. Even more depressed jambo in Innerleithen."

  14. 2128: 

    Steven Anderson thinks he has headed in the leveller for Saints but Tom Taiwo pops up on the goal-line to nod the ball away. This game has livened up at last!

  15. 2127: 

    St Johnstone have five minutes plus injury time to find a way back. How often does that happen? A team missing a penalty then falling behind.

  16. 2124: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 0-1 Hibernian (Cairney)

    Hibs are ahead, having done virtually nothing in this game. A sclaffed effort from Leigh Griffiths breaks to Paul Cairney and the midfielder sneaks a shot from 10 yards under Alan Mannus. The keeper was a bit slow to react there.

  17. 2123: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink hammers the penalty to his left but Ben Williams makes a great flying save. The ball breaks to Liam Craig who leathers it back on target but Williams is at it again, making a fantastic second block.

  18. 2122: 

    Saints defender Dave McKay is clipped by David Wotherspoon and referee Craig Thomson point to the spot.

  19. 2119: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 0-4 Celtic

    Celtic recover in style following their weekend defeat to Inverness. Hearts made a game of it and the scoreline is a little harsh on them but Neil Lennon's side were the class act on show, with goals from Lassad, Lustig, Hooper and an own goal from Ryan Stevenson.


    From Graeme by text: "I admire my hero Robbo for his upbeat attitude but I fear Jambo kids will be relegated if we survive that long. I'm a depressed Jambo from Innerleithen."

    BBC pundit John Robertson has been talking up the home team, who have been a tad unfortunate but ultimately outclassed.

  21. 2117: 

    Hibs keeper Ben Williams takes exception to a Steven McLean challenge as he clutches a high ball and Ryan McGivern dons the UN blue helmet to act as peacemaker...

  22. 2116: 

    Hibs' Paul Cairney nutmegs Liam Craig to set up Leigh Griffiths at the edge of the six-yard box, but, at an angle, he can only fire across the face of goal and the ball is scrappily cleared.

  23. 2115: 

    Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas steps up to take the spot-kick and Fraser Forster makes a terrific flying save to push the way away.

  24. 2114: 

    Kelvin Wilson takes out Hearts' Ryan Stevenson with an ice hockey-style body slam.

  25. 2113: 

    Hibs substitute Ross Caldwell, on for Eoin Doyle, has a long-range dig but the ball sails harmlessly over.

  26. 2111: 

    St Johnstone forward Rowan Vine is set up in the box after a neat back-heel from Steven McLean, but he too elects for a powder-puff shot straight at Ben Williams.

  27. 2110: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-4 Celtic (Hooper)

    Celtic striker Gary Hooper has been quiet tonight but he shows that deadly striker's instinct to peel away from Marius Zaliukas and volley in a peach of a cross from Charlie Mulgrew.

  28. 2109: 

    The ball breaks kindly for Kris Commons, allowing the Celtic forward to race forward and squeeze in a shot that is well saved by Jamie Macdonald.


    From Graham Bell on Twitter: "Tonight's #SPL game between St Johnstone and Hibernian really is the 'Dearth in Perth' #bbcsportsound"

  30. 2107: 

    Big chance for Saints! Murray Davidson finds Steven McLean at the edge of the penalty area and the striker coolly steadies himself only to shoot tamely at Ben Williams.

  31. 2104: 

    Hibs are enjoying their best spell of the match in Perth, but are yet to fashion a clear-cut chance...

  32. 2102: 

    Beram Kayal sprints down the right and delivers a great low ball into the danger zone but Jamie Macdonald gets down to make a good block at the feet of two Celtic players before an offside decision breaks up play.

  33. 2101: 
    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont at Tynecastle

    "Celtic have really shaken off the cobwebs this evening and look capable of scoring virtually every time they go forward."

  34. 2059: 

    A Leigh Griffiths free-kick is whipped in to the Saints box, but is travelling so fast it evades the head of the diving David Wotherspoon and into the arms of the grateful Alan Mannus.

  35. 2056: 

    To their credit, Hearts are still snapping into tackles and trying to get men forward. There's a big shout for handball against Efe Ambrose but referee Willie Collum is not interested and books Callum Paterson for the youngster's mouthing off.

    The ball did appear to spin against the hand of the Celtic defender, who was all on his own near the byline in the penalty box.

  36. 2055: 

    It's like deja vu at McDiarmid Park. Gregory Tade is fouled at the edge of the box again, and Dave Mackay's free-kick is deflected over the bar...again. Is it like deja vu or is it deja vu?

  37. 2053: 

    Hearts replace Dylan McGowan with Scott Robinson and Andrew Driver comes on for Jamie Walker. Adam Matthews and Scott Brown enter the fray for Celtic, with Mikael Lustig and Joe Ledley making way.

  38. 2051: 

    A misjudged header from Ryan McGivern lets St Johnstone's Gregory Tade in, but the chance comes from a tight angle and the Frenchman can only put his shot over the bar.


    From James in Edinurgh by text: "The Scottish Premier league was getting exciting, but Celtic have ruined it by being 3-0 up at Hearts. I really had hopes of Hibs challenging. Misery misery rain and misery."

    From anon. by text: "Must be poor game if someone could be bothered to count 893 Hibs fans."

  40. 2048: 

    The second half has started in Perth. Let's hope for some action to warm up the St Johnstone and Hibs fans at McDiarmid Park.

  41. 2046: 

    Hearts players react angrily to some showboating from Kris Commons. With the ball knocked out of play by the home side, the Celtic man indulges in a few keepy-uppies before hammering the ball back up the park to keeper Jamie Macdonald. Some silly pushing and shoving ensues...

  42. 2045: 

    Kris Commons sets himself for a shot on the right angle of the penalty box but his effort rises too high. With Celtic, finding a few more spaces in the Hearts defence, Lassad is next to have a pop and his powerful strike is stopped by keeper Jamie Macdonald.

  43. 2043: 

    Jason Holt hobbles off after taking a whack on the ankle from Charlie Mulgrew. Mehdi Taouil is the Hearts replacement.


    From Kris in Fife by text: "St Johnstone and Hibs could have gone top of the SPL tonight... So it's disappointing to see just 893 Hibs fans and 2280 home fans turn up. SPL Delia might say, 'Come on! Let's be 'avin you!'"

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    From Cailin Calder on Twitter: "We should have Stanton on to see if he can show some magic like Pat think a sub is a good idea at half-time #bbcsportsound"

    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon might be reluctant to throw a teenager into central midfield on the back of two defeats but the visitors have got no attacking threat from that department.

  46. 2037: 

    Hearts are making a very good fist of things as they probe for a way back against Celtic. The men in maroon are camped in the visitors half.

  47. 2035: 

    Celtic keeper Fraser Forster makes another very good save as he gets down smartly to tip a fierce free-kick from Kevin McHattie round the post.

  48. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 0-0 Hibernian

    It's been a bit of a yawn-fest in Perth. St Johnstone went close to scoring right at the end of the half when Liam Craig's deflected free-kick thundered off the crossbar. SPL top scorer Leigh Griffiths has been very quiet for Hibs.


    Calum in Reading by text: "Stanton is on the bench. Come on Hibs. For old times sake, bring him on."

    The sub is Sam, no relation to the great Pat, who would be strolling through this game in his pomp.

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  50. 2031: 

    We're back up and running at Tynecastle. Can Hearts stage a miraculous comeback against the champions?

  51. 2030: 

    St Johnstone's Liam Craig lines up a fee-kick 25 yards out and thunders a terrific shot against the crossbar, near the junction with the post. The ball may have nicked off a defender in the wall.

  52. 2030: 

    Both Hibs central defenders are on yellow cards as Paul Hanlon brings down Gregory Tade with an ugly, high challenge.


    From Tom in Edinburgh by text: "Re 2015. That Santa outfit is in fact Celtic's new home strip. No-one who visits Parkhead leaves empty-handed these days."

  54. 2025: 

    St Johnstone have the upper hand at the moment but have still to work Hibs keeper Ben Williams. Neither side have much in the way of attacking width. A set-piece looks the most likely route to goal at the moment.

  55. 2023: 

    Ryan McGivern takes out St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade with a cynical block right on the edge of the penalty box. The Hibs defender is correctly booked and Dave MacKay's deflected free-kick spins wide.

  56. 2021: 

    Do Opta stats show how long the ball has spent in the air? I think the ball has spent over 50% of the match flying at high velocity through the sky at McDiarmid Park.

  57. 2019: 

    St Johnstone force a couple of corners in quick succession but Hibs deal with the threat without too much fuss.

  58. 2017: 
    HALF-TIME- Hearts 0-3 Celtic

    That first-half passed in a flash and it's the visitors who are in total command. Lassad and Lustig were on target before Ryan Stevenson knocked in an own goal. Hearts have had their chances but Callum Paterson missed with a close range header and Fraser Forster made a great save to deny Marius Zaliukas.

  59. 2015: 

    There's a Celtic fan in a Santa suit at Tynecastle. It's November! I'd consider a banning order for an offence like that. Bah, humbug...


    From BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "Attendance at St Johnstone v Hibs, 3263. Of that Hibs have 893."

    It's a full house at Tynecastle or at least it was until that third goal went in and a few home fans slinked off...

  61. 2014: 

    The pace has dipped a little at Tynecastle as Celtic pop the ball around with some neat first-time passing. Hearts have really had the stuffing knocked out of them by that third goal.

  62. 2012: 

    Little in the way of chances at McDiarmid Park, it can only be assumed that the players' inventiveness has been frozen by the cold Perth air.


    From Ian Ramage on Twitter: "Dear oh dear! what is happening at Tynecastle? This could get very messy,#bbcsportsound."

    Tom Watson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Jambos, look at it this way - #Hibs won't be going top 2nite."

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  64. 2007: 

    Victor Wanyama goes into referee Willie Collum's book for a late, sliding challenge on Jamie Walker. He's the second Celtic player to be cautioned, with Efe Ambrose picking up a yellow for an earlier infringement.


    From Andy in Edinburgh by text: "Can deal with losing to Celtic but need to get sorted for Sunday! We need Sutton playing not benched every week!"

    From JP in Notts. by text: "Tonight is quite a sad indictment of the teams chasing Celtic - the Hoops have been below par in recent weeks yet here they are set to go clear at the top."

    From Nico by text: "Hey thanks Colin, that made things more exciting for a few minutes!"

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  66. 2003: 

    Hibs are enjoying a spell of pressure at McDiarmid Park as Leigh Griffiths sets up Eoin Doyle at the edge of the box, but the Irish forward fires his effort narrowly over.

  67. 2001: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-3 Celtic (Stevenson o.g)

    Charlie Mulgrew races into the penalty box to cut the ball back from the byline and Ryan Stevenson sticks out a leg, only to divert the ball past his own goalkeeper.

    It's a bit cruel on the home side, who have not been bad in this opening half hour but there are dejected Jambo fans heading for the exits already.

  68. 2000: 

    The game at Tynecastle is being played at a whirlwind pace, while things are a lot more sedate up in Perth, where neither keeper has really been called into action yet.

  69. 1958: 

    Hibs midfielder David Wotherspoon goes on a run down the right wing and tries a shot from the edge of the box, which takes a deflection off Dave Mackay and almost wrong-foots Alan Mannus in the Saints goal.

  70. 1955: 

    Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is the Celtic hero, palming away fierce, curling free-kick from Ryan Stevenson and then recovering to make a truly great stop as Marius Zaliukas follows up with a header from near the penalty spot.


    From Ross on Twitter: "Thought hearts had taken the lead against Celtic there! Thanks very much BBC news feed!! Get it sorted!....please. #bbcsportsound."

    From Mike in Aberdeen by text: "Moffat, you Muppet! You summary states; Hearts 1 - 0 Celtic. Get professional! "

    Apologies all round folks....

  72. 1953: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-2 Celtic (Lustig)

    Celtic double their lead as Mikael Lustig and Lassad combine well down the right flank. The Tunisian fires a low cross into the mixer and a lunging Hearts defender can only divert the ball to the Swedish defender, who pokes in a low shot from 10 yards.

  73. 1950: 
    Former Hearts striker John Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's a real cup tie atmosphere. Both sides are really going for it but Celtic just have that bit more composure on the ball."


    Text from Joe Kealey: "Keep the match updates coming. C'mon the Hoops. I'm, waiting at Gatwick Airport with no TV, so constantly hitting refresh on my phone."

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    From Graeme Aitken on Twitter: "Sutton and Smith on the bench again. Why will John McGlynn not play a real striker???#bbcsportsound"

  76. 1948: 

    The Hearts fans are howling for a penalty as Kelvin Wilson sticks out a toe to get to the ball before Callum Paterson. The teenager took a tumble but was up on his feet immediately.

  77. 1947: 

    The game is up and running in Perth, with Hibs sporting an all-white change kit.

  78. 1946: 

    Hearts' Callum Paterson heads a marvellous chance wide as he is left all alone from a Ryan Stevenson free-kick.


    From David Rabett on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound big night for the Perth Saints. a win in Perth and a home win in Edinburgh will set us top of SPL for 1st time ever!#COYS"

  80. 1944: 
    Former Hearts striker John Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The difference in the teams is the calmness Celtic are showing on the ball. It's all a bit helter-skelter from Hearts."

  81. 1941: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-1 Celtic (Lassad)

    Kris Commons ditches his gloves and his form improves immediately as he swings in a lovely, deep cross from the left and Lassad Nouioui meets it on the volley to hammer the ball past Jamie Macdonald at the far post.

  82. 1938: 

    The home fans are roaring in approval as Ryan McGowan gallops up the park from left-back but Efe Ambrose is over to make a good block near the edge of the penalty area.

    Soon after, Kris Commons dithers deep in his own half and is caught in possession. Hearts spring into the box and Charlie Mulgrew has to make a lunging interception.


    From anon. by text on 80295: "Fear the worst tonight... And Sunday against Hibs.. Just can't score goals."

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  84. 1935: 

    Gary Hooper wriggles into the penalty box from the right and picks out Kris Commons with a neat pass. However, the Celtic forward takes the sting out of the ball with his first touch and his rising shot from 12 yards is straight at Hearts keeper Jamie Macdonald.

  85. 1933: 

    It looks like Hearts are going with teenager Callum Paterson as the lone striker, with Ryan Stevenson playing wide on the right.

  86. 1931: 

    Celtic get the game underway at Tynecastle.

  87. 1928: 

    The players are in the Tynecastle tunnel. Not long to go now...

  88. 1927: 

    Hearts have not scored in their last four league meetings with Celtic but the Jambos did prevail in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final and have picked up a home win against tonight's visitors in each of the previous three seasons.


    From bringthemonjpn on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound. If Aberdeen had won last night, I would go for a Celtic win. Chance here for Hearts. Celtic might just be a bit relaxed..."

  90. 1924: 
    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We're just concentrating on getting the three points against a very good Hibs side. We're not thinking about the possibility of going top of the league."

  91. 1921: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Anderson, Wright, MacKay, Millar, Davidson, Craig, Tade, McLean, Vine. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Robertson, Caddis, Scobbie, Kane, Rodger.

    Hibernian: Williams, McGivern, Hanlon, Claros, Griffiths, Doyle, Cairney, Wotherspoon, Stevenson, Maybury, Taiwo. Subs: Murdoch, Sproule, Handling, Stanton, Caldwell, Kuqi, Donaldson.

    Referee: Craig Thomson


    SPLstats on Twitter: "Celtic haven't lost 3 consecutive games in 90 mins since January 1994. The run ended as D:Ream's 'Things Can Only Get Better' went to No1."

  93. 1917: 
    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont at Tynecastle

    "Tynecastle still pretty sparsely populated with 15 minutes till kick-off, but it's sure to be rocking pretty soon. Will we see another tasty encounter between these two sides tonight?"

  94. 1915: 

    Rowan Vine and Gary Miller start for St Johnstone with Nigel Hasselbaink and Callum Davidson dropping out. Hibs are unchanged.

  95. 1914: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Ryan McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, McHattie, Paterson, Dylan McGowan, Barr, Walker, Holt, Stevenson. Subs: Enckelman, Robinson, Sutton, Taouil, Driver, Gordon Smith, Novikovas.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew, Commons, Kayal, Wanyama, Ledley, Nouioui, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Brown, Samaras, Watt, McGeouch.

    Referee: William Collum

  96. 1911: 

    Kevin McHattie replaces Hearts left-back Danny Grainger, who is set for a lengthy absence with an anterior cruciate ligament injury which could require surgery.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon makes three changes to his starting XI after the weekend loss to Inverness.

    Defender Kelvin Wilson, midfielder Joe Ledley and striker Lassad Nouioui come in for Adam Matthews, Georgios Samaras and Tony Watt, who all drop to the bench.

  97. 1909: 

    However, St Johnstone, who sit in sixth place, are only two points behind the leaders. Indeed, the Perth Saints could be in number one spot if they emerge victorious and Celtic lose.

    Of course, Hibs have their eye on top spot as well. A win would do the trick, if Celtic fail to pick up maximum points. Pat Fenlon's side have been in a position to reach the summit in their last two outings but lost them both.

  98. 1907: 

    Celtic may have only picked up five points from their last five league matches but Neil Lennon's side still sit top of the pile by a point with a game in hand.

  99. 1905: 

    Good evening and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. Stuttering league leaders Celtic visit Hearts and St Johnstone entertain Hibernian at McDiarmid Park.

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