Scottish football as it happened

Ross County hit back from two-down to sink Celtic as St Johnstone win and three SPL matches end all square.

9 March 2013 Last updated at 18:01

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  1. 1759: 

    I'm going to sign off. Thank you for your contributions today and join us again tomorrow for live coverage of Hibernian v Hearts.

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara

    "I didn't see [John Rankin's dismissal] as a red card at all. I think John's gone to ground and the lad has tried to turn into him. I'll look at it again and we might look to appeal. It's very difficult for us to make a quick judgement, as it is the ref. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt. I thought it was very harsh."

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher

    "We didn't play at any tempo, it was very laboured. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't good. We wanted the three points but, in the end when you see the game, I'm quite happy with a point because we didn't play very well."

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "I felt the momentum we had with 19 attempts on goal, we failed to get over the finishing line. There's such a fine line between winning and losing football games. To be fair to Dundee United, we had to defend, and we did that. So, we now dust ourselves down and look forward to a full week's preparation for the League Cup final. We know what it means to the supporters of Paisley and we're going to make sure we leave no stone unturned in our preparation and do our upmost to bring the silverware home."

    Annan Athletic manager Jim Chapman on Sportsound Extra

    "My players were outstanding. To me, we fully merited the three points."

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

    "It's not often we get many clean sheets this season, so we're pleased with that. To go back down the road with a point is acceptable. We've managed to beat Celtic and [have had] two tough away games at Hearts and here and we've got four points out of the two of them. So we're pleased in the grand scheme of things. "

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown on Sportsound

    "I'm not in any way concerned. I genuinely hope they see the positives signs here at Pittodrie. The results have sometimes been indifferent, but the squad is good. We've had a horrendous injury situation, we've sold six players since we've come, making money for the club. [We've reached] three semi-finals, there's been a lot of positives.

    "I think anyone can see that Aberdeen plays well and everything about the club is good, apart from the fact that we're not getting the results that I think we deserve.

    "If I'm not wanted by Aberdeen football club [next season] that'll be a decision I'll accept with good grace. If I am wanted I think I'll be delighted to stay."

  8. 1740: 

    The Scottish Premier League weekend concludes tomorrow with the Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.

    Hibs take on Hearts with both sides aiming for a first league derby win this season.

  9. 1736: 

    Rangers' advantage at the top of Division Three is reduced to 17 points following their surprise home defeat by Annan Athletic.

  10. 1735: 

    Queen of the South have stretched their lead at the top of the Second Division to 20 points.

    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

    "I thought we were good. We passed it, we knew the way Kilmarnock try and play. I thought we were thoroughly deserving of the three points. I felt we totally dominated the game."

  12. 1732: 

    It's still very tight at the top of Division One with only two points separating Morton and Partick Thistle, the latter having two games in hand.

  13. 1730: 

    Sportsound Extra is about to get underway on BBC Radio Scotland and former Hearts and Hibernian player Michael Stewart is one of Kenny Macintyre's guests.

    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels

    "It was hard to take for the supporters. The last time we were beaten away from home apart from the Parkhead game was here in October. We just ran out of players. You could easily make excuses and say we had injuries and lost players, but that's not right. We can't do that. There's an element of truth in it, but you're only clutching at straws."

  15. 1723: 

    Dundee are still 14 points adrift at the bottom of the SPL, with Hearts and St Mirren level on points in 11th and 10th, respectively.

    Dundee interim manager John Brown

    "I can't be critical of our team. We just never got that second goal to finish the game off. I'm just disappinted we didn't get the three points."

  17. 1716: 

    Adams was also asked if he was now thinking of a European place but he says finishing in the top six is his next target.

    Ross County manager Derek Adams on Sportsound

    "Over the 90 minutes, we had more opportunities than Celtic. The best team on the day won the match. From our point of view, throughout the side they were great."


    @TheStaggies: "We're by faaaaaaaaaar the greatest team the Highlands have ever seen!

    @lauramcgimpsey: "Great result for Annan Athletic today beating the Gers at Ibrox #goodfirstwinfornewmanager"

  20. 1710: 

    Celtic's lead at the top is reduced by one point to 17 with eight matches to play.

  21. 1709: 

    Ross County's win takes them up to third in the SPL, two points behind Motherwell. Inverness slip to fourth and are level on points with St Johnstone.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Sportsound

    "We should've been four up at half-time and we've lost two really bad goals. The third goal's shocking. I want players here who are prepared to role their sleeves up. I'm expecting better from Celtic players. Defensively, we looked very, very fragile."

  23. 1702: 
    FULL-TIME- Division Three

    Berwick Rangers 4-0 Montrose

    Clyde 2-3 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 0-1 Elgin City

    Rangers 1-2 Annan Athletic

    Stirling Albion 9-1 East Stirling

  24. 1701: 
    FULL-TIME- Division Two

    East Fife 0-1 Arbroath

    Queen of the South 2-0 Ayr United

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Alloa Athletic

    Stranraer 3-2 Albion Rovers

  25. 1659: 
    FULL-TIME- Division One

    Airdrie Utd 3-3 Dunfermline

    Cowdenbeath 1-1 Hamilton

    Morton 2-0 Morton

    Partick Thistle 3-0 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 0-2 Livingston

  26. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Rangers 1-2 Annan Athletic

    Third Division leaders Rangers lose their first home league match of the season as Annan Athletic leave Ibrox with all three points.


    Nicole Denton: "@bbcsportsound: FULL TIME: Ross County 3 Celtic 2#BBCSportsound" Unbelievable form from @TheStaggies so good!!!!!! #monthestaggies."

  28. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 0-0 Dundee Utd

    It's also a point apiece in Paisley with Dundee United playing the latter stages with 10 men following John Rankin's red card.

  29. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee 1-1 Inverness

    Billy McKay's second-half goal cancels out John Baird's early opener as it ends all square at Dens Park.

  30. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 0-0 Motherwell

    It's another goalless draw at home for Aberdeen. They pressed late in the game without any real penetration. Motherwell did not create many chances but leave Pittodrie with a point.

  31. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Ross County 3-2 Celtic

    Steffen Wohlfarth's injury-time goal proves to be the winner. County were 2-0 down but fought back to level before the break and the Highlanders got in front for the first time when Wohlfarth headed home.

  32. 1648: 
    GOAL- Ross County 3-2 Celtic (Wohlfarth)

    Ross County dramatically take the lead as a long ball into the heart of the Celtic defence bounces and Steffen Wohlfarth gets there first to nod the ball over Fraser Forster.

  33. 1644: 
    RED CARD- John Rankin (Dundee United)

    Dundee United are down to 10 men as John Rankin's tackle on John McGinn is punished with a red card.

  34. 1643: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-0 Kilmarnock (Tade)

    Gregory Tade bullets a header home to double St Johnstone's lead. The points look to be staying in Perth.

  35. 1642: 

    It's getting near full-time at all the grounds. Will there be any late drama?

  36. 1641: 
    GOAL- Dundee 1-1 Inverness (McKay)

    Fresh from signing a two-year contract extension this week, Billy McKay heads in an equaliser for Inverness at Dens Park.

  37. 1640: 

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson makes a great save, point-blank, from Michael Gardyne after a scramble at a United corner.

  38. 1638: 

    Ross County sub Steffen Wohlfarth races onto a long ball over the top from Paul Lawson but stabs his lofted shot wide of the target, with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster stranded in no man's land.

  39. 1638: 
    SFL update

    Big score in Division Three with Stirling Albion now leading East Stirlingshire 8-1.

  40. 1636: 

    Buoyed by that rare goal earlier, big Grant Munro pops up on the right wing and skins an opponent before blazing a shot narrowly over from a tight angle. Great skill from the Staggies defender.

  41. 1635: 

    William Gros tries his luck from 35 yards for Kilmarnock, but it's taken easily by St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus.

    Kris Boyd has just replaced Gros. Can he get a leveller for Killie?

    BBC Radio Scotland's Murdo MacLeod

    "It's just like the first half; Celtic were in control but now it's all about Ross County."

  43. 1631: 
    SFL update

    The top two sides in the First Division are winning with leaders Morton two up against Falkirk while Partick Thistle lead Dumbarton, also by two goals.

    In Division Two, Queen of the South are two up against Ayr United as Allan Johnston's side close in on the title.

    Third Division leaders Rangers have pulled a goal back against Annan Athletic but trail 2-1 going into the closing stages.

  44. 1629: 

    Aberdeen sent on Josh Magennis in place of Jonny Hayes and the substitute almost gets on the end of a teasing cross before Niall McGinn tests Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph. Still 0-0 at Pittodrie.

  45. 1628: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    Closest United have come yet as Michael Gardyne curls wide, left-footed, from the edge of the box with Craig Samson rooted to the spot.

  46. 1627: 

    Ross County midfielder Iain Vigurs spots Fraser Forster off his line and sails an audacious effort over the top from almost 50 yards.


    Ruairidh Morrison: "As a Caley Thistle and Everton fan this has been a shocking afternoon #bbcsportscot."

  48. 1622: 

    Celtic are on top again in Dingwall but the scores remain level as Michael Fraser holds onto a fierce shot from Beram Kayal.

  49. 1621: 

    Niall McGinn threatens with a shot for Aberdeen but cannot find the net with Motherwell still holding the Dons at 0-0.

  50. 1620: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    Brian McLean goes off injured for Dundee United, replaced by Swede Markus Tornstrand.

  51. 1618: 

    A rare chance for Kilmarnock as William Gros flashes a shot across the face of the St Johnstone goal.


    Stephen Hay: "You know that Efe Ambrose is always going to make at least one mistake. Juventus got two. Ross County should be ahead.#bbcsportscot"

  53. 1617: 
    Third Division update

    There could be a upset at Ibrox with visitors Annan Athletic leading Rangers 2-0.

  54. 1616: 
    St Johnstone 1-0 Kilmarnock (M Davidson)

    Murray Davidson slots the ball home from close range to put St Johnstone ahead as the Killie defence fail to deal with a corner.

  55. 1616: 

    Ross County squander a great chance to take the lead as Efe Amrose makes a mess of a headed back-pass. Martin Scott pounces on the loose ball but scuff his shot on the slide and it trickles into the arms of Fraser Forster.

  56. 1615: 

    Today's rugby at Murrayfield has finished and Scotland have lost 28-18 to Wales.

  57. 1614: 

    "Not a lot happening," says Willie Miller, who is not enjoying a goal-fest at McDiarmid Park.

  58. 1612: 

    Celtic's Gary Hooper bustles in from right to smash in a shot that Michael Fraser does well to block at his near post. The ball spins up and strikes defender Mihael Kovacevic on the head before clipping the crossbar and going over.

  59. 1611: 

    Iain Vigurs sets his sights from a free-kick 22 yards out but curls the ball a foot or two wide, with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster unconcerned.

  60. 1610: 

    Couple of early second half efforts from United. Stuart Armstrong hit over from 20 yards and Rory Boulding fired wide on the turn.

    St Mirren substitute Jon Roberston also shot over from Paul McGowan's lay-off. The game looks more open.

  61. 1607: 

    Iain Davidson rises above the Caley defence to win a header, but Ryan Esson manages to get a hand to it and tips it over the bar.

    Our man at Dens, Jim Spence, says there is a marked difference about Dundee since John Brown took over. In his words, there's an "in-your-faceness" about them.


    Ranald, Edinburgh: "My mate is so disgusted at the Caley score, he's given up and turned to the rugby!!!"


    Board67: "What a game at Dingwall. Fair play to County for not putting 10 behind ball like most SPL teams. Great advert for the league#bbcsportscot."

  64. 1605: 

    Matches getting back underway around the country.

  65. 1604: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    It's not been a great one here, but any chances have been St Mirren's. Gary Teale looks dangerous and Esmael Goncalves is enjoying picking the ball up from deep and running at defenders too. Stuart Armstrong, John Rankin and Gary Mackay-Steven have tried to initiate some attacking moves for Dundee United but they have all been stifled.

    Half-time song performed on the pitch by Al Mitchell. He's decent and has a beard Kilmarnock's James Dayton would be proud of.

  66. 1603: 

    Aberdeen had better of the first 45 minutes, with Niall McGinn and Scott Vernon both looking lively, but a combination of bad luck and a lack of cutting edge has the score still at 0-0.

    The home side have also lost Clark Robertson to injury after a clash with James McFadden, with Gary Naysmith replacing him at left back.

  67. 1600: 

    Division Three:

    Clyde 1-0 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 0-1 Elgin City

    Rangers 0-0 Annan Athletic

    Stirling Albion 3-0 East Stirlingshire

  68. 1559: 

    Division Two:

    East Fife 0-0 Arbroath

    Queen of the South 1-0 Ayr United

    Stenhousemuir 0-1 Alloa Athletic

    Stranraer 1-2 Albion Rovers

  69. 1557: 

    Division One:

    Airdrie 1-1 Dunfermline

    Cowdenbeath 1-1 Hamilton

    Morton 2-0 Falkirk

    Partick Thistle 1-0 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 0-2 Livingston

  70. 1556: 
    FULL-TIME- Berwick Rangers 4-0 Montrose

    In the early kick-off, Berwick comfortably overcame Montrose with Fraser McLaren scoring hat-trick at Shielfield Park.

  71. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 0-0 Motherwell

    Not a lot happening at Pittodrie with neither side able to carve an opener.

  72. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock

    St Johnstone have been the better side so far but they have not been able to break the deadlock against Kilmarnock.

  73. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee 1-0 Inverness

    Dundee take a lead into the break courtesy of John Baird's strike

  74. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 0-0 Dundee Utd

    No goals so far in Paisley.

  75. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Ross County 2-2 Celtic

    Celtic spurn a glorious chance on the half-time whistle as Miku slips a pass through to Anthony Stokes only for the unmarked striker to shoot wide from near the penalty spot.

    BBC Radio Scotland's Willie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "St Johnstone are dominating but haven't done enough to trouble Kilmarnock."

  77. 1542: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    The sum-total of United's chances have been a dinked Stuart Armstrong cross to the back post which had no takers.

    St Mirren beginning to take things by the scruff of the neck and Gary Teale's crosses look likeliest to be the catalyst for an opener.

    John Baird scores for Dundee against Inverness Dundee's John Baird fired the day's first SPL goal against Inverness at Dens Park

    Tom Watson: "Hooper certain to be lured away from Celtic by a big club at end of season. I can see Petrie breakin the bank to get him to Hibs#bbcsportscot."

    Stephen Hay: "Ross County and Celtic are playing shootie in. #bbcsportscot."

  80. 1537: 
    GOAL- Ross County 2-2 Celtic (Morrow)

    Sam Morrow levels for the Highlanders. Iain Vigurs weaved his way down the right and his cross caused Celtic problems before Morrow was able to scramble the ball over the line.

  81. 1537: 

    John Baird gets his foot on the ball again and fires for goal, but Ryan Esson gets the block in.

    Earlier, Inverness forward Andrew Shinnie cracked a shot off the home team's bar.


    Janette, Gartmore: "With all these players returning to their old clubs, should we get Lee Miller back? At least he scored unlike some at Aberdeen."

  83. 1533: 

    St Johnstone's Steven MacLean was one-on-one with Cammy Bell, but the Kilmarnock keeper managed to get a hand to the shot and it trundled past the post.

  84. 1531: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-2 Celtic (Munro)

    County are back in the match as Grant Munro chests down a clearance from the Celtic defence and lashes the ball into the net from around 20 yards.

  85. 1530: 

    Chris Millar is set up by Steven MacLean inside the Kilmarnock box, but again a Saints player blazes an effort over.

  86. 1529: 

    Ross County's Iain Vigurs lofts a pass into the penalty area for Rocco Quinn to gather but the former Celtic midfielder loses the ball under his studs and a promising chance is lost.


    Stephen Hay on Twitter: "This is the pitch of the 3rd best team in Scotland? #CowPatch#CelticFc #bbcsportscot."

  88. 1528: 

    At Pittodrie, Jonny Hayes crosses for Scott Vernon and the Aberdeen striker's header is diverted away from goal by the body of Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

  89. 1526: 

    St Johnstone's Rowan Vine has twice fired over the Kilmarnock bar in the last few moments as the first half livens up in Perth.

  90. 1524: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    First real chance here as St Mirren's Steven Thompson heads David van Zanten's cross over.

    Dundee United's winger Gary Mackay-Steven might be the main event, but St Mirren have one too in Gary Teale, who is giving visiting left-back Barry Douglas a lot to think about.

  91. 1524: 

    An Inverness corner is whipped in and Dundee keeper Rab Douglas cannot get near it, but lucky for him the ball is cleared off the line and Dundee breathe easy.

    Douglas has strapping on his thigh which might be hampering his movement, according to our man at Dens Park, Jim Spence.

    BBC Radio Scotland match commentator Rob MacLean

    "Michael Fraser got a good hand to that shot from Hooper and you expected him to push it over the bar."

  93. 1521: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-2 Celtic (Hooper)

    Gary Hooper's first-time chip from Dylan McGeouch's cutback causes more problems for Ross County's Michael Fraser and the keeper can only get a hand on the ball as it arcs into the net.

  94. 1520: 

    Ross County keeper Michael Fraser recovers from his earlier shocker to save well at the feet of Miku as the Celtic striker cuts through the home defence.

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    Radoslaw Cierzniak celebrates signing his new contract with Dundee United by slicing a clearance right out of the stadium. Not more of the same please, Radoslaw...

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "Baird is looking like the striker he did when he was at Raith Rovers. He's shooting for goal and looking very lively indeed."

  97. 1517: 

    In today's rugby, Wales lead Scotland 13-12 at half-time of the Six Nations match at Murrayfield.

  98. 1515: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-1 Celtic (Mulgrew)

    Charlie Mulgrew scores straight from a corner that swirls in from the right and evades goalkeeper Michael Fraser.

  99. 1514: 
    GOAL- Dundee 1-0 Inverness (Baird)

    John Baird picks up the ball wide and shoots for goal to put Dundee ahead after almost 15 minutes played at Dens Park.


    @St_Johnstone_FC: "No chances at either end yet as both sides settle into their rhythm"

    BBC Radio Scotland's Murdo MacLeod at Victoria Park

    "The game has been patchy - the same as the pitch."


    @OfficialKillie: "We look to have changed our shape slightly, more like a 4-1-2-1-2 with Gros & Heffernan up front."

  103. 1511: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    Half-hearted penalty shout from St Mirren as Brian McLean's clearance brushes off his own arm.

    Graham Carey then booked for the Buddies following a heavy challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven. Referee John Beaton's yellow card's getting a good early airing.

  104. 1509: 

    Scrappy start to the match at Victoria Park. Neither Ross County nor Celtic have been able to spread the ball around with any fluency so far. The heavy pitch may be taking its toll.

  105. 1505: 

    St Mirren's Conor Newton is cautioned in the opening minutes for clattering into Dundee Untied's Richie Ryan.


    Joonas in Dundee: "Interesting to see how Rory Boulding does for for United today, big game today need the 3 points."

  107. 1504: 

    Ross County have an early set piece against Celtic and Scott Boyd heads wide from Iain Vigurs' delivery.

  108. 1501: 

    Matches are getting underway.

  109. 1459: 

    Getting close to kick-off now. How will your team get on today?


    Inverness player @Conor_Pepper: "So bored don't know what to do on a Saturday when I'm injured! Nice win against Dundee would be nice though #ICTFC"

  111. 1452: 
    HALF-TIME- Berwick Rangers 1-0 Montrose

    Fraser McLaren's 12th-minute goal separates the sides at the break.

  112. 1450: 

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Dummett, Carey, Newton, Teale, McGowan, McGinn, Goncalves, Thompson. Subs: Adam, Parkin, McLean, Imrie, Robertson, Kelly, Guy.

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, McLean, Douglas, Flood, Rankin, Ryan, Armstrong, Boulding, Mackay-Steven. Subs: Banks, Millar, Gardyne, Dow, Thomson, Tornstrand, Souttar.

    Referee: John Beaton


    @RichardGordon48: "Just spoken to Jim Leishman on Sportsound - left in no doubt how much trouble Dunfermline now in. HMRC writ issued. Max 10 days to save club"


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells Sportsound: "I have my own targets to achieve, my own trophies to win - the season isn't over. The pitch is shocking to put it mildly. It's awful."

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    St Mirren seem to be intending to play a 3-5-2 with Marc McAusland, Paul Dummett and David van Zanten at the back.

    John McGinn, Conor Newton, Gary Teale, Graham Carey and Paul McGowan will play in midfield with Steven Thompson and Jose Goncalves leading the line up front.

    Could be interesting...

  116. 1446: 

    Efe Ambrose and Rami Gershon come into the Celtic defence as manager Neil Lennon rings the changes following the midweek defeat against Juventus. Dylan McGeouch, Miku and Anthony Stokes are also promoted as Victor Wanyama, Adam Matthews, Georgios Samaras and Emilio Izaguirre picked up injuries in Turin. Kris Commons drops to the bench.

    County are without the in-form Ivan Sproule and suspended captain Richard Brittain. Iain Vigurs and Stuart Kettlewell are the midfield replacements.


    @bbcjimspence: "Listening to Jim Leishman on @bbcsportsound the Dunfermline situation is frightening"

  118. 1445: 

    It's been a difficult week for Dunfermline with the club struggling with financial problems. Former board member Jim Leishman, who has been meeting with fans, told Sportsound: "If we don't talk, if we don't get everyone together, then we're not going to get a solution.

    "No-one I've spoken to this week wants liquidation - that is the last resort."

  119. 1440: 

    Ross County have notched up an incredible 477 minutes without conceding a goal.

  120. 1437: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, Jack, Rae, Hughes, Hayes, McGinn, Vernon. Subs: Rogers, Milsom, Fallon, Pawlett, Naysmith, Magennis, Smith.

    Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Cummins, Ramsden, Hammell, Carswell, Law, Lasley, McFadden, Ojamaa, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, Saunders, Higginbotham, McHugh, Daley, Francis-Angol, Erwin.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  121. 1436: 

    Ross County: Fraser, Kovacevic, Ikonomou, Boyd, Munro, Lawson, Kettlewell, Scott, Vigurs, Quinn, Morrow. Subs: McCarthy, Hainault, Wohlfarth, Glen, Cooper, Ross, Porritt.

    Celtic: Forster, Ambrose, Wilson, Gershon, McGeouch, Ledley, Kayal, Mulgrew, Stokes, Miku, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Nouioui, Commons, Rogic, McCourt, Rogne, Watt.

    Referee: William Collum


    Graeme in Banchory: "Obviously prize money is secondary when it comes to the league cup, but how how significant might winning be to Hearts finances?"

  123. 1435: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at St Mirren Park

    Five changes for St Mirren. Paul Dummett, John McGinn, Esmael Goncalves, Gary Teale and Steven Thompson replace Lee Mair, Kenny McLean, Dougie Imrie, Sam Parkin and Lewis Guy.

    Two changes for United. Rory Boulding and Richie Ryan in for Jon Daly and Michael Gardyne.

  124. 1434: 

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Toshney, Grassi, Easton, Riley, Davidson, McAlister, Conroy, Harkins, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, McBride, Finnigan, Benedictus, Gallagher, Nish, Stewart.

    Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Taylor, Doran, Tudur Jones, Draper, Graeme Shinnie, Andrew Shinnie, McKay. Subs: Reguero, Foran, Ross, Sutherland, Polworth, Gibbons, Devine.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  125. 1432: 

    Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir told BBC Scotland's Chick Young that the area in question could not be segregated 50/50, and, as Hearts were selling tickets at a rate of 900 per day, opposed to St Mirren's 150 per day, the section was allocated to Hearts.

  126. 1430: 

    St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour has just been on Sportsound and said: "There's been no negotiations with us, no discussions with us.

    "It's just not right that these tickets were given to Hearts with no consultation. I went on the Hearts website last night and I could buy tickets from their initial allocation."

  127. 1429: 

    Earlier today, St Mirren released a statement about nextweekend's Scottish Communities League Cup final, expressing disappointment over an allocation to Hearts of 3,500 tickets for the West Stand.

  128. 1428: 

    St Johnstone are the only SPL side Kilmarnock have failed to win against since Kenny Shiels took over as manager. Kilmarnock have managed two draws against Saints during that time, with the Perth side winning four of the encounters.

  129. 1426: 

    St Mirren have won just one of their last 22 home matches against Dundee United. Their last home win over the Tangerines was a 2-1 victory in April 2001 when current Buddies striker Steven Thompson scored for United.

  130. 1424: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford: Still waiting on teamsheets here at St Mirren Park but the early news is that new signing Rory Boulding will start for Dundee United.

  131. 1422: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Anderson, McCracken, Callum Davidson, Hasselbaink, Millar, Murray Davidson, Craig, MacLean, Vine. Subs: Tuffey, Tade, Edwards, Doughty, Abeid, Maddison, Caddis.

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Barbour, Sissoko, O'Leary, Tesselaar, Winchester, Fowler, Clingan, Dayton, Heffernan, Gros. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Racchi, Boyd, Sheridan, Johnston, O'Hara.

    Referee: Brian Colvin


    As have Motherwell: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hateley, Ojamaa, Higdon, Lasley, Ramsden, Carswell, McFadden, Cummins Subs: Hollis, Saunders, Higginbotham, McHugh, Daly, Francis-Angol, Erwin


    Aberdeen have tweeted their team: Langfield, Jack, Robertson, Anderson, Rae, Vernon, McGinn, Hayes, Hughes, Reynolds, Shaughnessy Subs: Rogers, Milsom, Fallon, Pawlett, Naysmith, Magennis, Smith

  134. 1416: 

    The first goal of today's SFL card has taken place in the 14:00 GMT kick-off at Berwick, where the home team have taken the lead against Montrose through Fraser McLaren.

  135. 1416: 

    For St Mirren's players, who take on Dundee United in Paisley, it is a last chance to impress manager Danny Lennon before next Sunday's Scottish Communities League Cup final meeting with Hearts.


    @BrechinCFC: "Disappointing that today's game is called off, volunteers done everything they could. Pity that ball wouldn't bounce!"

  137. 1414: 

    In the SFL, there is a match off in Division Two. Brechin City v Forfar Athletic failed a morning inspection. However, East Fife v Arbroath goes ahead after passing an inspection.


    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "Given that Dens failed an early pitch inspection before passing at second attempt it looks decent for Dundee v ICT"

  139. 1413: 

    The match at Dens Park passed a second pitch inspection earlier today and goes ahead as planned.

  140. 1412: 

    Bottom club Dundee boosted their chances of avoiding relegation with a midweek victory against St Mirren. The gap between those clubs now stands at 14 points with nine matches to play. Can John Brown's side cut the deficit further with victory against Inverness today?

  141. 1411: 

    Motherwell, who start the day in second place, have made two changes to their team with suspended Shaun Hutchinson and injured Chris Humphrey dropping out and Simon Ramsden and Stuart Carswell coming in.

  142. 1409: 

    The race for top six places is also heating up with just six points separating third-place Inverness and Aberdeen in ninth.

  143. 1408: 

    I'll bring you full line-ups from Victoria Park but the early news is that the visitors have made five changes following their midweek Champions League match against Juventus.

  144. 1407: 

    League leaders Celtic are looking to extend their 16-point advantage over Motherwell but Neil Lennon's side will have their work cut out against fourth-place Ross County, who are unbeaten in 2013. The last team to beat County was Celtic on 22 December.


    You can also tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportscot.


    You can text 80295.

  147. 1405: 

    How different will the SPL table look by close of play today? Let me know your thoughts.

  148. 1404: 

    There is also dedicated commentary from Ross County v Celtic on Radio Nan Gaidheal and online.

  149. 1403: 

    To listen to updates from all of these games, you can listen to Sportsound's Open all Mics, which is available on BBC Radio Scotland 92-95 FM, on digital radio and online.

  150. 1402: 

    There are five Scottish Premier League matches today as well as 15 Scottish Football League fixtures, with all games kicking off at 15:00 GMT, except Berwick Rangers v Montrose (14:00).

  151. 1400: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to Saturday's live Scottish football coverage.

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  • Aberdeen v Partick Thistle 15:00
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  • Inverness CT v Dundee 15:00
  • Kilmarnock v Motherwell 15:00
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  • Motherwell v St Mirren 19:45
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Upcoming Fixtures Wed 8 Apr 2015 - Scottish Premiership
  • Aberdeen v Inverness CT 19:45
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League Table

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 28 45 66
No movement 2 Aberdeen 29 23 61
No movement 3 Inverness CT 29 12 53
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 28 8 46
No movement 5 St Johnstone 30 -3 44
No movement 6 Hamilton 31 -5 42
No movement 7 Dundee 29 0 40
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 30 -6 38
No movement 9 Partick Thistle 30 3 34
No movement 10 Ross County 30 -22 28
No movement 11 Motherwell 30 -28 25
No movement 12 St Mirren 30 -27 21