SPL preview as it happened

BBC Scotland previews a busy weekend of Scottish football.

22 February 2013 Last updated at 13:34

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As it happened

  1. 1200: 

    Are your expectations for this weekend's Scottish football higher than Jim Spence's hair?

  2. 1201: 

    Mr Spence, BBC Scotland's flame-haired reporter, has been making headlines this week for his hair-raising efforts while covering the sacking of Dundee manager Barry Smith.

    I trust the great man will have a bunnet handy this weekend in case the high winds wreak havoc once again...

  3. 1203: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    Jim Spence, Phil Spector or Carlos Valderrama? You decide...

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  5. 1206: 

    Saturday's SPL games:

    Hearts v Inverness

    Kilmarnock v Aberdeen

    Ross County v Motherwell

    St Johnstone v St Mirren


    Celtic v Dundee

    Dundee Utd v Hibs

  6. 1208:  
    Jim Spence, BBC Sport

    "Back at Dens Park again today. Now, where did I put that hair brush? #bighairday"

  7. 1210: 

    Former Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson is training with the Easter Road club. The 28-year-old is a free agent after being released by Middlesbrough.

    The Scotland midfielder contacted the Easter Road club earlier this week to ask if he could use their training facilities.

    Manager Pat Fenlon agreed to Thomson's request. Would Hibs fans welcome Thomson's return?

  8. 1213: 

    One player who has joined his former club is James McFadden.

    The Scotland international has signed for Motherwell until the end of the season.

    The forward, 29, arrives as a free agent and had been training with the Scottish Premier League side after his short-term deal at Sunderland expired.

    "The last wee while people have been questioning my fitness and my ability to play and get back to the level I was at," McFadden told the Well website.

    "Hopefully this is the springboard for me to get a good run of games."

  9. 1215: 

    God_Phones: "Can our hero header a ball properly with that magnificent peruke?"

  10. 1216: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "I'm now looking for a modelling contract. It would have to be with someone who appreciated men of independent mind and independent hairstyles. If I don't get one, I'll have to start wearing my luminous yellow hat at all times..."

    The mind boggles!

  11. 1220: 

    Third Division leaders Rangers, a mammoth 22 points ahead of nearest challengers Queen's Park, travel to Berwick on Saturday.

    The views of Rangers boss Ally McCoist coming up...

  12. 1222: 
    Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    "It was as poor as we played (last time against #BRFC - 1-1 each). I was really disappointed & we got away with one at the end.

    "We will never take anything for granted but we are in a great position in the league now. We will start to prepare to strengthen."

  13. 1223: 
    Ally McCoist cont:

    "It will be nice to continue our winning ways against Berwick tomorrow and get a step closer to the title. We will not have a team for next season that would be ready to play at the highest level. We will continue to take small steps.

    "Football is now, thankfully, getting back to being the most important thing..."


    GBurnsGlasgow: "(Jim Spence) should be knitting jumpers with that stuff, the speed it grows."

  15. 1225: 

    Ally McCoist says veteran warhorse Lee McCulloch continues to struggle with an ankle problem and has seen a specialist. No word, though, on a playing return.

    On the issue of goalkeeper Neil Alexander's future - with speculation linking the Ibrox club with Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell - McCoist said: "Alexander's representatives have been made an offer. My opinion is unchanged, I would like to keep him at the football club..."

  16. 1227: 

    Released St Johnstone midfielder Kevin Moon has joined Alloa Athletic on a deal until the end of the season. He'll be over the... sorry.

  17. 1230: 

    Stuart McCall's Motherwell travel to Ross County tomorrow, looking to eat into Celtic's 19-point lead at the top of the table.

    The Steelmen also have a game in hand over the league leaders.

  18. 1232: 

    Hearts host Inverness at Tynecastle, Kilmarnock take on Aberdeen and St Johnstone face St Mirren.

  19. 1234: 

    Motherwell new/old boy James McFadden hopes to feature against County.

    "I feel fine, obviously it would be difficult for me (to play 90 minutes) because I've not played but I would manage to get through it.

    "It will probably take maybe two or three games to get to a level I'd be happy with but I feel good. I'm training well and I`m ready whenever I'm needed.

    "The team's been playing well and flying high in the league and it's a challenge for me to get in the team.

    "I'm sure the players that are in the starting positions will be up for the challenge and it will be up to me to force my way back in the team."

  20. 1237: 

    Turbulent times in the Scottish capital for those of a Hearts persuasion. Jambos manager John McGlynn insists he is in the dark about the club's finances after Ukio Bankas collapsed.

    "Anyone who feels they've paid their money and want to vent their anger and frustration are entitled to do that. That will happen - it goes with the territory," said McGlynn.

    "But if you're realistic and take everything on board at what's happened here and where we're going, trying to bring younger players through and get them to gain experience to handle these situations, then it is a learning curve based on the future.

    "You have to remember that as well and give everyone an opportunity. It shouldn't necessarily be all or nothing at 10 to five on a Saturday night."

  21. 1240: 
    Hearts boss John McGlynn

    "I don't have anything to do with any of the financial situation to be honest.

    "With the share issue, the fans were magnificent and raised a lot of money and I think maybe everyone thought it was okay.

    "We'll probably just get over the winning line and get to the end of the season - we'll probably limp over the finishing line.

    "But people have got to realise there's still a sort of serious issue here."

  22. 1242: 
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "Hearts on Saturday is a good one because, having lost the semi-final on penalties, that's still a bit raw.

    "But we haven't beaten Hearts in the league. We feel Tynecastle is a good place. We went down there and at 2-0 down and managed to get a draw and played very well in the second half.

    "We have nothing to fear and nothing to worry about and every reason to look forward to travelling down there and trying to get this win that would get us going again.

    "We haven't won for a while and it`s high time we got back to winning ways and we are not bothered how it comes."

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    Celtic manager Neil Lennon coming up...


    Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he's not concerned about present or future attendances at Celtic Park as a result of lack of competition at the top of the SPL.


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "What more can I do? Gates are down across Europe. It isn't exclusive to us. There's a lot of negativity in this country."


    Celtic captain Scott Brown may need surgery on his troublesome hip injury; confirmation of his prognosis expected on Monday...


    Thundersighs: "Is that Bill Clinton in the photo with Jim Spence? Little wonder his hair is all over the place!!"

  28. 1310: 

    Uefa will be in touch with Celtic next week with regard to refereeing complaint. Neil Lennon confirms DVD was never sent to governing body...

    "We had a chat over the phone with UEFA, we didn't send them the dvd, we are expecting a phone call back next week," said Lennon.

  29. 1312: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "Thomas Rogne has been offered a contract but it has been refused. We may go back to him with another offer but no guarantees on that."

    Rogne's current deal expires at the end of the season.


    Edinburgh Tom: "Pic of Jim Spence 1203. Who's the little fella in front of Jim, sportin the grey Spency?"

    Tom Cruise in the film Collateral?

  31. 1314: 

    Neil Lennon on Barry Smith's sacking as Dundee manager: "He was recruiting for Division 1, it has been a difficult ride for him and I am surprised he was sacked..."

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    We're back tomorrow to provide coverage of the four SPL games and fixtures across the SPL. Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

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