Scottish football as it happened

Dundee beat St Mirren to avoid the drop from the SPL and Partick Thistle win the First Division.

20 April 2013 Last updated at 17:41

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  1. 1420: 

    Good afternoon and welcome, all. It's a lovely afternoon for football.

  2. 1424: 

    Dundee have to win against St Mirren this afternoon to avoid dropping from the Scottish Premier League into the First Division...or will it be SPL2?

  3. 1425: 

    Our only other SPL match is Hearts's game at Kilmarnock. The team news is coming shortly.

  4. 1428: 

    Sportsound reporter Jane Lewis has been talking to Dundee's interim manager John Brown about the possibility of being given the job for next season and beyond. He said: "I got asked to take it to the end of the season. If I've put my hat in the ring, then great. I got a reaction out of the players. The players are playing for their livelihoods."

  5. 1429: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Wilson, McHattie, Holt, Barr, Stevenson, Walker, Ngoo, Sutton. Subs: Ridgers, Taouil, McGowan, Novikovas, McKay, Carrick, D Smith.

  6. 1429: 

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Tesselaar, Fowler, O'Leary, Clingan, Boyd, Heffernan, Ibrahim, Barbour, O'Hara, Sissoko. Subs: Jaakkola, Hay, Gros, Sheridan, Perez, Johnston, Slater.

  7. 1433: 

    Partick Thistle fans are making their way to Falkirk in "huge numbers", says BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young. They only need a point to guarantee the First Division title - that's assuming Morton win at Livingston. If the Ton slip up at all, it's all over.

  8. 1435: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "The task facing Dundee is starkly straightforward. The visitors will be relegated unless they win. Under interim boss John Brown, the Dark Blues are going down with a fight, with two of their five league wins coming in the last six games and one of those was against the Buddies last month.

    "St Mirren are on a run of three draws since their League Cup triumph and played with an unfettered vigour to leave Motherwell with a 2-2 scoreline last time out."

  9. 1437: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "Hearts goalkeeping coach Alan Combe is no stranger to Rugby Park, having spent seven years as Kilmarnock's number one between 2004-2011. He's out on the pitch helping Jamie MacDonald with his warm-up."

  10. 1439: 

    Cowdenbeath chairman Donald Findlay, once vice-chairman of Rangers, tells BBC Scotland: "The game needs Rangers back at the highest level. That is without a shadow of a doubt. I think fans of all clubs would agree with that. In my day at Rangers we sorted everything out behind the scenes. I think the club has lost a bit of dignity. You have to get the right people at the core of Rangers Football Club."

  11. 1441: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "Killie's two new Nigerian recruits, Gabriel Reuben and Papa Idris, are dressed in some suave gear as they watch their new team-mates warming up. Their fetching leather and suede jackets haven't been exchanged for blue and white stripes this afternoon."

  12. 1442: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "John Brown is sporting a plaster cast on his ankle. A tidy-up operation on an 'old war wound', explains the Dundee gaffer. Maybe they were removing some of Jim Bett's old studs."

  13. 1443: 

    St Mirren make two alterations to their starting line-up, with Lewis Guy and Gary Teale in for Sander Puri and Dougie Imrie. Dundee are unchanged from their excellent win at Kilmarnock a fortnight ago.

  14. 1444: 

    Looking at the Hearts line-up, they have made four changes to the team that beat Ross County a fortnight ago. Andy Webster, Jason Holt, Darren Barr and John Sutton come in. Brad McKay, Mehdi Taouil, and Dale Carrick drop to the bench. Callum Tapping is not in the squad.

  15. 1446: 

    Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner on league restructuring: "There was the will there from almost everyone. You would hope some sense comes to it. We have to fix the game. It didn't get better when two clubs said no on Monday. We have to strengthen the domestic game and in Europe."

  16. 1449: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "The atmosphere in the boardroom might be a little frosty today since Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner has been openly critical of St Mirren's role in scuppering plans for league restructuring. The jammy dodgers and custard creams may be on hold for the visiting officials..."

  17. 1450: 

    Well, Colin, what chance is there for peace and reconciliation in Scottish football? Biscuits can end feuds.

  18. 1451: 

    Dundee: Simonsen, Toshney, Easton, Lockwood, Benedictus, Gallagher, Davidson, McBride, McAlister, Baird, Harkins. Subs: A Baird, Irvine, Conroy, Finnigan, Kerr, Riley, Barrowman

  19. 1451: 

    St Mirren: Samson, McAusland, Dunnett, Van Zanten, Goodwin, McLean, Teale, Newton, McGowan, Thompson, Guy. Subs: Adam, Parkin, McGinn, Carey, Mair, Puri, Imrie.

  20. 1453: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "There's a great achievement at stake for Killie today - that i,s to have won all four SPL matches against Hearts in 2012/13. Kenny Shiels' men have triumphed in the previous three meetings this term, with Cillian Sheridan and Paul Heffernan scoring hat-trick each along the way. What money on a Kris Boyd hat-trick this afternoon?"

  21. 1454: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "I wonder what kind of team talk the formidable John Brown will be issuing today? Will it be a stirring Churchillian address or just a few passionate words followed by a prolonged icy stare.

    "'Bomber' could make a rendition of Baa Baa Black Sheep sound threatening..."

  22. 1456: 

    Our reporter Chris McLaughlin believes that Craig Mather has emerged as the front-runner to be named the new chief executive of Rangers. Mather, 43, bought 10% of the club in July of 2012 with a remit to assist with youth development. The Nottinghamshire-based businessman owns a sports management firm and also runs a packaging company.

  23. 1458: 

    As we approach kick-off time around Scotland, please feel free to get in touch so that I can share your thoughts with our audience. The text number is 80295 and the hashtag on Twitter is #bbcsportscot.

  24. 1500: 

    Here we go...

  25. 1502: 

    Kenny Crawford reports that the music being pumped over the public address system prior to kick-off was Ant & Dec's "Let's Get Ready to Rumble". Kenny Shiels' choice, no doubt.

  26. 1504: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "Craig Samson sprawls at the feet of John Baird to make a brave save as the Dundee striker shows St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin a clean pair of heels."

  27. 1506: 

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts (Sutton) John Sutton's eighth goal of the season and possibly his easiest, as he taps in a Michael Ngoo centre after the on-loan Liverpool striker had collected Ryan Stevenson's long-ball.

  28. 1509: 

    Marc in Dundee believes the Dark Blues' recent spirited fight to avoid relegation is not down to the temporary boss: "John Brown is not the messiah he's being made out to be, players coming back from injury and the return of Gary Harkins has made us a bit better not Brown."

  29. 1512: 

    Rangers 1-0 Peterhead (McCulloch)

  30. 1513: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "The St Mirren fans are on their feet applauding chairman Stewart Gilmour, who has taken some serious stick for his stance against the recent league reconstruction plans."

  31. 1514: 

    singletrackroad: "#bbcsportscot Why is there moaning at the fact there's drums at the Livi game? #atmosphere essential!"

  32. 1516: 

    Our intrepid reporter Chick Young reckons the Falkirk pitch, on which the Partick Thistle players hope to be rejoicing at full-time as they clinch the First Division, is "a bucket and spade job" and is "not helping the game".

  33. 1517: 

    "Van Zanten wouldn't have caught that if he was on a motorbike," says BBC Scotland pundit Peter Houston of an over-hit St Mirren pass.

  34. 1519: 

    andy_caldwell1: "RE 14.46 - Scottish Football would be improved if clubs like Mr Gardiner's stuck to spending what they could afford... #bbcsportscot"

  35. 1522: 

    Our reporter Jim Spence, in between seeking out a macaroni pie at East End Park, reckons there are about 4,000 supporters in the ground, generating vital revenue for the Pars, who are in administration.

  36. 1524: 

    What are your views on Clyde's decision at their emergency general meeting today to move from Cumbernauld to East Kilbride? The Bully Wee were my grandpa's team. My dad says the crowds in the 1930s and '40s were so big that he used to be carried out of their packed Shawfield Stadium merely by sticking his elbows out and putting his hands on his hips.

  37. 1525: 

    Goal: Rangers 1-1 Peterhead (Ross)

  38. 1527: 

    Tennis star Colin Fleming: "Falkirks pitch is like a potato field! #monthejags"

  39. 1529: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "The sun may be shining in Paisley but a stiff, swirling wind is making life difficult for both sides. St Mirren are probing for openings, while Dundee are looking to hit on the break. Visiting striker John Baird certainly has the beating of Buddies skipper Jim Goodwin in a race but has been feeding off scraps so far."

  40. 1530: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "Killie finally threaten as the tricky Rabiu Ibrahim chips through for Paul Heffernan to chase, but Jamie MacDonald was quick off his line to get to the ball first.

    "At the other end, Michael Ngoo sets up John Sutton again from a long-throw, but Sutton blasted over the bar from 10 yards."

  41. 1531: 

    Aberdeen midfielder Niall McGinn: "Strange not having a game on a Saturday.. Feet up now after training"

  42. 1531: 

    The St Mirren goal frame is quivering as a fantastic dipping volley from Dundee midfielder Kevin McBride thunders off the junction of post and crossbar.

  43. 1532: 

    Striker Steven Thompson claims for a penalty as his bulleted header is blocked on the line. But was it a Dundonian arm which prevented a goal?

  44. 1534: 

    BBC Scotland commentator Rob MacLean at Rugby Park: "Kilmarnock haven't got anywhere near the Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald, even though he's wearing a luminous-coloured jersey and you can't miss him."

  45. 1535: 

    There is only one goal so far in the First Division, Dumbarton leading Airdrie United 1-0.

  46. 1537: 

    I must admit, although I'd love to see all Scotland's best players stay in the SPL for a while longer to help our national game, the thought of seeing a young Scot playing in Serie A is even more appealing. Will Catania come back in for United's Johnny Russell?

  47. 1538: 

    The St Mirren fans are voicing their displeasure at the length of time taken over a throw-in. They want their team to up the tempo.

  48. 1540: 

    No great surprise as St Mirren's Jim Goodwin picks up a yellow card. That's his 8,356th of the season. Or it certainly feels that way.

  49. 1542: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "Best chance of the match for Killie so far as their Dutch left-back finds Paul Heffernan in the box, but his left-footed strike is quickly closed down by a sprawling Jamie Hamill."

  50. 1542: 

    St Mirren 0-1 Dundee (McAlister) John Baird lofts a pass over a static Jim Goodwin and Jim McAlister keeps a cool head to let the ball bounce before smashing a shot beyond Craig Samson from 12 yards.

  51. 1544: 

    Livingston 0-1 Morton (Campbell)

  52. 1546: 

    So, even though Archie Campbell has put Morton ahead, as things stand Partick Thistle will win the First Division because a point is good enough for them today and they are currently drawing 0-0 at Falkirk.

  53. 1547: 

    BBC Scotland's cultured reporter Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "Dundee boss John Brown likened Gary Harkins to the great Eric Cantona after his double in the win at Kilmarnock last time out. The burly playmaker has had a few nice touches today but nothing to suggest he has a future in European art house movies..."

  54. 1548: 

    Long-serving Killie player James Fowler has a crack at goal from 20 yards but it's deflected wide for a corner. It trickles by the post and had completely wrong-footed Jamie MacDonald in the Hearts goalmouth.

  55. 1549: 

    BBC Scotland's Peter Houston with a lesson for managers: "John Brown is frustrated, he's shouting at his defenders to come out - let's be thankful he isn't using foul language."

  56. 1549: 

    St Mirren are inches away from an equaliser as Steven Thompson latches on to a headed clearance and volleys wide from 20 yards.

  57. 1550: 

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts

    St Mirren 0-1 Dundee

  58. 1552: 

    If you prefer rugby to football, or like both, we have live commentary of the Scottish Cup final between Melrose and Ayr.

  59. 1554: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "Well, Dundee's improbable great escape is still on. The visitors just about deserve to be ahead since they have shown greater determination in a game low on thrills and have created the better openings."

  60. 1555: 

    Scottish First Division:

    Dumbarton 2-0 Airdrie Utd

    Dunfermline 0-0 Cowdenbeath

    Falkirk 0-0 Partick Thistle

    Hamilton 0-0 Raith Rovers

    Livingston 0-1 Morton

  61. 1558: 

    Scottish Second Division:

    Albion 1-0 Brechin

    Arbroath 1-0 Stranraer

    East Fife 1-0 Alloa

    Forfar 0-1 Queen of South

    Stenhousemuir 3-0 Ayr

  62. 1559: 

    Scottish Third Division:

    Annan Athletic 0-1 Stirling Albion

    Clyde 0-0 Montrose

    Elgin 1-0 Berwick

    Queen's Park 2-1 East Stirlingshire

    Rangers 1-1 Peterhead

  63. 1605: 

    A quick piece of racing news.... Godsmejudge, trained by Alan King and ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, has won the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

  64. 1607: 

    Falkirk 0-1 Partick Thistle (Dowie)

  65. 1607: 

    Hamilton Accies 1-0 Raith Rovers (May)

  66. 1610: 

    What a huge goal that Andy Dowie one could be for Thistle at Falkirk. Their fans are making plenty of noise now!

  67. 1611: 

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park: "I've been very impressed with Hearts wingers Jason Holt and Jamie Walker...always on the move and their direct running at defenders has Killie worried."

  68. 1611: 

    St Mirren 1-1 Dundee (Thompson) St Mirren are level as Steven Thompson rises highest at the back post to thump in a header from Gary Teale's corner. That's his 16th goal of the season.

  69. 1612: 

    Livingston 0-2 Morton (Wilkie)

  70. 1613: 

    Rangers 1-2 Peterhead

  71. 1615: 

    I meant to say, Killie made two changes at half-time, with Jeroen Tesselaar and Rabiu Ibrahim off, and Borja Perez and Chris Johnston coming on.

  72. 1617: 

    A crowd of 4,002 at St Mirren Park.

  73. 1617: 

    Killie fans, starved of chances to applaud, dish out loud claps to substitute Chris Johnston as his penetrating run ends with a shot on target, albeit comfortably gathered by Jamie MacDonald.

  74. 1619: 

    Hearts win a penalty at Rugby Park... Jamie Walker pulled down by Mo Sissoko.

  75. 1621: 

    Cammy Bell saves Ryan Stevenson's kick low to his left and also blocks a follow-up effort from Jason Holt.

  76. 1622: 

    If you are interested in attendance figures, there are 4,804 watching Falkirk v Partick Thistle and about 3,500 at Rugby Park.

  77. 1623: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "Bad language in the St Mirren technical area has been making the headlines recently. Buddies midfielder Kenny MacLean might be facing a lengthy ban if anyone reports his reaction to being replaced by Graham Carey. This is not me cliping, to be clear..."

  78. 1624: 

    St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin, already cautioned for a late tackle in the first half, gets into a bad-tempered tangle with Dundee sub Carl Finnigan but referee Craig Thomson settles for a few calming words.

  79. 1625: 

    Steve Simonsen produces an incredible save to claw away a close range header from St Mirren substitute John McGinn. The loose ball is then skied over the crossbar by a man in black and white. Dundee are hanging on.

  80. 1625: 

    St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin is sent off, handing Dundee a lifeline in the process thanks to some rank stupidity. He clattered Carl Finnigan to earn his second caution.

  81. 1630: 

    Gary: "Thistle have filled north Stand, which holds 2000, and at least a quarter of main stand, so no way those crowd figures are right!"

  82. 1631: 

    At St Mirren Park, Dundee's Carl Finnigan goes down in the St Mirren box - but no penalty awarded.

  83. 1632: 

    Dundee need to score to retain their place in the SPL and in the Third Division Rangers are running out of time to pull themselves level at home to Peterhead.

  84. 1634: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke makes a change: Arvydas Novikovas replaces Jamie Walker.

  85. 1635: 

    Falkirk 0-2 Partick Thistle (Erskine) The Jags are heading to the SPL! Morton may be winning 2-0 but that won't matter unless Falkirk score three times. Chris Erskine scores the vital second goal to send the travelling fans into raptures.

  86. 1638: 

    Gary Harkins flashes an effort just past the St Mirren post. Dundee are going for it against the 10 men, but at the moment they're going down.

  87. 1640: 

    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at St Mirren Park: "Tick tock. Dundee are throwing themselves forward as time runs out for their SPL survival. Gary Harkins dips a shoulder and shimmies past an an opponent but his drilled shot finds the side-netting."

  88. 1641: 

    A shot from two yards out from Dale Carrick goes wildly over the bar for Hearts as the Edinburgh side seek to put the match beyond Kilmarnock in the final minutes.

  89. 1641: 

    St Mirren 1-2 Dundee (Finnigan) Dundee are ahead again as Carl Finnigan throws himself at a Gary Harkins cross and glances a header against the underside of the crossbar. It bounces down near the line and the assistant referee signals for a goal. The great escape is back on.

  90. 1644: 

    Andy: "Why are Hearts so bad at taking penalties? Gut feeling that will come back to haunt them."

  91. 1645: 

    The celebrating Partick Thistle fans, dancing at the front of the stand, are warned over the PA system at Falkirk that the Thistle players will not be allowed back on to the pitch for a lap of honour unless their fans are back in their seats.

  92. 1649: 

    FULL-TIME: Falkirk 0-2 Partick Thistle (Thistle are the First Division champions)

  93. 1650: 

    Peterhead are moments away from a famous win over Rangers at Ibrox.

  94. 1651: 

    PartickThistle FC: "Partick Thistle First Division Champions Season 2012-2013."

  95. 1652: 

    Ross County FC: "Congratulations to Partick Thistle, new 1st Division Champions! Our reign is over!"

  96. 1652: 

    St Mirren 1-2 Dundee

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts

  97. 1654: 

    Rangers 1-2 Peterhead

  98. 1655: 

    LiviFCOfficial: "@ThistleTweet congratulations on your championship win and best of luck next season."

  99. 1656: 

    Well done to Dundee for their gutsy win at St Mirren. They are now 10 points behind the team they beat today, St Mirren, with four games remaining. They couldn't possibly produce a miracle escape, could they?

  100. 1658: 

    Hearts' 1-0 victory at Rugby Park was their first away win in the SPL in nearly seven months, says BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean.

  101. 1700: 

    benson76: "Makes a change to see the wee teams do something against the big guns once in a while #killievhearts #bbcsportscot"

  102. 1704: 

    That's Rangers' third league defeat of the season. They have already clinched the Third Division title, of course, but after their torrid week off the park it's the last thing the fans would have wanted to see. But credit where it's due - it's a great result for Peterhead.

  103. 1708: 

    I'll bring you reaction from the managers as soon as possible.

  104. 1710: 

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "The players have been brilliant. We've got a young team with a lot of hunger and desire. When Jackie [McNamara] left everybody wrote us off and that spurred them on."

  105. 1712: 

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "The fans have had a positive effect on the team all season."

  106. 1713: 

    Ha! Great moment at Falkirk there as reporter Chick Young, while interviewing Jags boss Alan Archibald, asks any Thistle fans listening to Radio Scotland to pump their car horn. And pump they did!

  107. 1715: 

    Hmm, I think we have a gloater... Jags fan Robert Gifford in Aberdeen: "Hello, I was just wondering how Greenock Morton's application to the SPL is going?"

  108. 1718: 

    Bryan Jackson, administrator at Dunfermline, tells BBC Radio Scotland he met with the fans today.

    He said: "I have to commend the fans for coming out today and for all their donations. How much do we need? Lots! The cashflow will keep us going to the end of the season. We can't afford not get the CVA approved before next season."

  109. 1719: 

    Bryan Jackson: "I don't think there will be a white knight type of person coming in for this club. The bank will have a say on what happens." Jackson believes the club's best bet for survival is from the fans. He thanks the fans and tells them they must keep supporting the club to save it. Asked to gauge the chances of the Pars' survival on a scale of one to 10, Jackson says it started off at four but now he'd give it five.

  110. 1721: 

    Dundee midfielder Gary Harkins: "We just need to win one game at a time. The boys showed quite a bit of composure. We created quite a few chances. The boys are enjoying their football and we are getting points."

  111. 1724: 

    Gary Harkins contd: "We know it is out of our hands. If we don't get three points, we are down. If St Mirren get three points we are down. I don't see why John Brown wouldn't get the [manager's] job."

  112. 1725: 

    Dundee interim manager John Brown: "It was very exciting and it's another week that we are still fighting for our lives. When Jim Goodwin got sent off it gave us the chance to make a few changes and be more offensive."

  113. 1727: 

    Dundee interim manager John Brown: "Thompson's goal was a setback but we felt we were still in the game. I'm happy for Finners [matchwinner Carl Finnigan]. All the work he does, he deserves it. All we can do is go into Hearts at home on Saturday and try to win it. Whatever happens, happens. The players' attitude has been fantastic. They are decent players who are holding their own in the Premier League."

  114. 1729: 

    You imagine John Brown must have a very good chance of being in charge of the Dark Blues next week. They have won three and drawn two of their last six SPL matches.

  115. 1733: 

    Sportsound Extra is on now on BBC Radio Scotland. Host Kenny Macintyre's guest is former Rangers director Paul Murray, who tried and failed to take control of the club last summer with his Blue Knights consortium.

  116. 1735: 

    andrewtheplane: "@bbckennymac #BBCSportsound Almost tragic at Ibrox - rangers outplayed, out mastered, outclassed and outpassed by a bunch of amateurs"

  117. 1740: 

    Thanks for visiting the BBC Sport website today. Congratulations to Partick Thistle on winning the First Division and well done to Dundee for hanging in there at the bottom of the SPL.

    Look out for highlights of the two SPL games on the site at 18:00 BST on Sunday. Before that, we'll have all the reaction to the games and coverage of Celtic's attempt to clinch the SPL title. They take on Inverness CT at home at 12:45 BST tomorrow. Have a great evening.

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