Scottish football as it happened

Inverness CT edge a seven-goal thriller against Motherwell, St Mirren's relegation fears continue at Hearts and St Johnstone beat Dundee United at Tannadice.

4 May 2013 Last updated at 19:04

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  1. 1409: 

    Good afternoon to you all. We have three matches in the Scottish Premier League this afternoon.

  2. 1413: 

    All fans of Dundee will be keen to find out the St Mirren score at Tynecastle. If the Buddies get a draw then it would take a miracle for the Dark Blues to stay up. They would be nine points behind St Mirren with three games to play but would need a ridiculous swing in the goal difference to avoid the drop.

  3. 1417: 

    The other matches are Dundee United v St Johnstone and Inverness CT v Motherwell, with the Perth Saints and Caley Thistle - not forgetting Ross County, too - vying for the one remaining Europa League place.

  4. 1422: 

    St Johnstone last beat Dundee United at Tannadice in August 2000, with Graeme Jones (now Wigan Athletic assistant manager) and Keigan Parker (now Shettleston juniors) getting the goals in a 2-1 victory.

  5. 1423: 

    Charles Bannerman at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium: "Terry Butcher has given defender Chris Hogg a start 18 months after a serious cruciate ligament injury as Inverness greet Motherwell who have handed them three hefty defeats to date and need a further point to confirm second place."

  6. 1424: 

    Dundee United make three changes to the team that lost to Ross County. Young defender Luke Johnston, forward Michael Gardyne and midfielder Mark Millar come in for Barry Douglas, John Rankin and Ryan Gauld. Johnny Russell is on the bench.

  7. 1425: 

    An astonishing crowd of 50,048 are at Ibrox where Rangers lead Berwick Rangers 1-0 with 13 minutes to go.

  8. 1426: 

    Goalkeeper Jamie Macdonald will be the Hearts captain against St Mirren today. Is he the new Dino Zoff?

  9. 1427: 

    BBC reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "The cold winds of financial trouble continue to blow around Tynecastle. And there is no sign of summer here either as freezing fingers leave me fast regretting the forgetting of my gloves."

  10. 1428: 

    And there's more from Clive down Gorgie way: "The spectre of promotion has not yet been extinguished by St Mirren. Pressure has been heaped on them by Dundee's revival and five games without a victory since beating today's opponents in the Scottish Cup final. The Buddies have also not won at Tynecastle in their last five visits since their last victory here in February 2010. But, fortunately for them, all they need is a point to ensure that Dundee finish bottom."

  11. 1431: 

    Hearts have announced their latest financial figures, for the 11-month period to June 2012 - stay awake at the back! They made a loss of £1.65m, largely attributable to the £1.58m they have agreed to pay HMRC.

  12. 1432: 

    Inverness CT team to play Motherwell: Reguero, Meekings, Graeme Shinnie, Hogg, Devine, Doran, Ross, Draper, Foran, Andrew Shinnie, McKay. Subs: Mathieson, Tudur Jones, Sutherland, Polworth, Pepper, Taylor.

  13. 1433: 

    Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hammell, Hutchinson, Ramsden, Humphrey, McFadden, Law, Lasley, Ojamaa, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, Higginbotham, McHugh, Carswell, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Cummins.

  14. 1437: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "Both sides at Tynecastle show two changes. Experienced defender Lee Mair and influential midfielder Kenny McLean are back in the St Mirren line-up in place of Graham Carey and John McGinn. Meanwhile, the places of suspended Scotland defender Andy Webster and injured on-loan Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo are taken by Mehdi Taouil and Dale Carrick as Hearts look likely to pack their midfield.

  15. 1442: 

    Hearts team to play St Mirren: MacDonald, Hamill, McGowan, Barr, McHattie, Holt, Taouil, Stevenson, Walker, Sutton, Carrick. Subs: Ridgers, Gordon Smith, Prychynenko, David Smith, McKay, Billy King, McGhee.

  16. 1442: 

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

  17. 1444: 

    So, how do you fancy sharing your thoughts on the football today? If so, please text 80295 or use Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportscot.

  18. 1447: 

    As you may know, our updates from Ibrox were rather limited today because my colleague Chris McLaughlin was asked to leave prior to kick-off. Rangers are upset at the BBC's publication of a confidential club document, written by a major investor at Ibrox, that outlined a vision for the club's future.

  19. 1447: 

    St Johnstone make one change to the team that beat Inverness CT, midfielder Murray Davidson replacing the injured Mehdi Abeid. Nigel Hasselbaink's excellent contribution from the bench last week hasn't won him a starting place.

  20. 1449: 

    Dundee United striker Johnny Russell tells BBC Scotland reporter Jim Spence: "I think if anything I'd prefer to go abroad. When do you ever see a Scottish player going abroad?

    "I'd like to maybe go and show that the view they've got on Scottish football is inaccurate."

  21. 1452: 

    Rangers are about to be presented with the Scottish Third Division trophy. SFL chief executive David Longmuir places the cup on the stand on the pitch as the Rangers players wait in the tunnel.

  22. 1453: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "On this day in 1963, Hearts hosted city rivals Hibernian, who were sitting second bottom of Scotland's top flight and threatened with relegation. St Mirren would no doubt settle for the scoreline that day - 3-3 - which would be enough for the Buddies to secure SPL football next season if repeated. May the 4th be with you, Saints fans will be crying."

  23. 1455: 

    Rangers captain Lee McCulloch lifts the Third Division trophy to great fanfare at Ibrox. Former manager Walter Smith watches on from the main stand.

  24. 1458: 

    Dundee United team to play St Johnstone: Cierzniak, Dillon, McLean, Souttar, Johnston, Gardyne, Flood, Millar, Mackay-Steven, Armstrong, Daly. Subs: Anderson, Russell, Rankin, Dow, Boulding, Gauld, Spark.

  25. 1459: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Anderson, Wright, Scobbie, Millar, Murray Davidson, Craig, MacLean, Vine, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Cregg, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Doughty, Miller, Caddis.

  26. 1501: 

    Despite losing at Ibrox, Berwick join Peterhead and Queen's Park in the play-offs to reach Division Two. Spare a thought, though, for poor Elgin, who were pipped to the play-offs by Berwick on goal difference.

  27. 1501: 

    Here we go!

  28. 1504: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "Hearts' hopes of a sell-out as a result of reduced admission prices look unlikely to be realised. At kick-off, there are still big gaps in the stands. However, it looks like a fairly healthy crowd - and no doubt a lot bigger than would have been here otherwise."

  29. 1507: 

    Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell (McKay) It's a great start for the home team as Motherwell fail to clear a free-kick into the box and Billy McKay scores for the Highlanders from close range.

  30. 1510: 

    At Tannadice, it's almost a brilliant start for Dundee United as Stuart Armstrong hits a left-foot effort narrowly over following Michael Gardyne's lay-off.

  31. 1511: 

    At Tynecastle, a deflected shot from Jason Holt forces an awkward save from St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

  32. 1512: 

    Richie Foran hits the post with a fierce shot as Caley Thistle almost take a two-goal lead.

  33. 1513: 

    St Johnstone's Chris Millar leaves the action early to be replaced by Paddy Cregg...looks like a niggly injury that the midfielder can't shake off.

  34. 1514: 

    Still goalless at Tannadice, though Gary Mackay-Steven had a good chance for United, mis-hitting Jon Daly's centre from 10 yards.

  35. 1515: 

    Bill in Aberdeen has sent a text to 80295: "There is only one genuine solution for Scotland's bigger clubs, and that is to get Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs, Dundee United, and anyone else who is up for it, into a British league. The English game is a massive business and we cannot continue to be separate from it. Our players want to play there, our fans are watching it on tv, and the investment is going there. It's on our tv on a Saturday night. Scotland's clubs could be massive in a British league, the potential is huge. THAT is the solution."

  36. 1516: 

    Hearts 1-0 St Mirren (Walker) A wonderful run from Jamie Walker ends with a powerful shot that cannons in off the underside of the crossbar. St Mirren ought to have taken the lead moments later through Lee Mair, but Hearts are nevertheless well worth their lead. They have been inspired by the near-capacity crowd while the Buddies defence look to have relegation fears and not blood running through their veins.

  37. 1518: 

    Oh, boy! Dundee fans will be celebrating that goal by Walker as much as the fans in maroon.

  38. 1519: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Tynecastle: "There was only one thing in his mind when Jamie Walker surged forward and what a shot it was! An absolute peach."

  39. 1521: 

    St Johnstone claim for a penalty at Tannadice after Rowan Vine's cross appears to come off Brian McLean's arm. Referee Euan Norris says no.

  40. 1523: 

    Charles Bannerman at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium: "Inverness really have Motherwell on the ropes so far - a far cry from the 5-1 away win here back in November."

  41. 1523: 

    Anonymous texter: "Re Bill Aberdeen (1515) so according to you the 'big' clubs would want to join a British league but three of the teams you mentioned are in the bottom six - what about the big teams in the top six?"

  42. 1528: 

    Inverness CT 2-0 Motherwell (Andrew Shinnie) Billy McKay, scorer of the opening goal, sets up Andrew Shinnie who doubles Caley Thistle's advantage.

  43. 1529: 

    Inverness CT 3-0 Motherwell (McKay) Billy McKay nicks in ahead of Well goalie Darren Randolph to meet Andrew Shinnie's cutback. What an astonishing score after only 27 minutes!

  44. 1533: 

    As Motherwell wobble, Aaron Doran squanders the chance of Inverness's fourth.

  45. 1534: 

    Text from anon: "Bill forgets English fans treat Scottish football with contempt and why would teams like Fulham want teams like Celtic in the league?" Please remember to add your name to texts as we do like to credit you.

  46. 1535: 

    United dominated the opening 10 minutes at Tannadice but St Johnstone have got themselves right back in it. The hosts might regret missing one or two early opportunities as they seek their first win since the SPL split.

  47. 1536: 

    Hamilton's Andy Ryan is sent off for violent conduct. His team lead Cowdenbeath 1-0.

  48. 1536: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Tynecastle: "Hearts are working hard and playing with a really high tempo and St Mirren are miles off the pace."

  49. 1538: 

    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell (McFadden) It's a lifeline for Motherwell as James McFadden finds the target from 20 yards.

  50. 1539: 

    Dave Mackay and Paddy Cregg combine well on the right-hand side to provide a cross for Steven MacLean but he can't direct it on target.

  51. 1539: 

    Dundee United 0-1 St Johnstone (Craig) Hibernian-bound Liam Craig guides home a neat side-footed finish from 10 yards after Gregory Tade's pass inside the box.

  52. 1541: 

    St Mirren withdraw full-back David Van Zanten, who has been run ragged by Jason Holt, and introduce striker Sam Parkin.

  53. 1544: 

    As things stand, St Johnstone would remain in fourth place in the SPL, a point behind Inverness. Motherwell are already guaranteed European football but Inverness could still finish runners-up in the league on goal difference.

  54. 1545: 

    Motherwell's Stevie Hammell is booked for pulling Aaron Doran back by his jersey.

  55. 1545: 

    Hearts 2-0 St Mirren (McHattie) Kevin McHattie has a pot at goal from a free-kick fully 35 yards out and the ball whizzes past the defensive wall and beyond the despairing dive of St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

  56. 1548: 

    Hearts 2-0 St Mirren

  57. 1549: 

    Dundee United 0-1 St Johnstone

  58. 1551: 

    Loneravergrant: "#bbcsportscot Was just about to say Hearts need to take their chances...never mind. 2-0 now, bright future for these lads!"

  59. 1552: 

    Uh-oh. Bill's text at 1515 has upset a lot of people. Mac from Alva: "Also worth bearing in mind that there are plenty Scottish football fans like me who couldn't care less about English football."

  60. 1553: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller: "Two fabulous strikes by two young players. We have been treated to a game that is full of excitement, particularly if you are a Hearts supporter."

  61. 1554: 

    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell

  62. 1557: 

    First Division:

    Dumbarton 0-0 Partick Thistle

    Dunfermline 0 - 0 Airdrie United

    Falkirk 0-1 Morton

    Hamilton 1-0 Cowdenbeath

    Livingston 1-1 Raith

  63. 1558: 

    Second Division

    Albion 0-0 Queen of the South

    Arbroath 0-0 Alloa

    East Fife 0-0 Brechin

    Forfar 2-1 Ayr

    Stenhousemuir 1-2 Stranraer

  64. 1600: 

    So, as things stand Forfar would claim the one remaining play-off place for promotion to the First Division and East Fife would be in the relegation play-off place.

  65. 1602: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "It is already looking like St Mirren will have to rely on Dundee to slip up tomorrow if they are to end the weekend with their SPL survival confirmed. It will be interesting to see a replay of Hearts' second goal, with goalkeeper Craig Samson looking slow to get down to Kevin McHattie's low free-kick as the defender grabbed his first goal for the Edinburgh club."

  66. 1603: 

    Neither side has made a half-time change to personnel at Tynecastle.

  67. 1605: 
    Kevin McHattie and Jamie Walker Kevin McHattie celebrates scoring Hearts' second goal with Jamie Walker
  68. 1606: 

    Motherwell have a penalty at Inverness as Chris Hogg takes down Henrik Ojamaa.

  69. 1607: 

    Inverness CT 3-2 Motherwell (Higdon, pen) Big Michael Higdon, a nominee for player of the year, slams home his 27th goal of the season, this one from the penalty spot. That's his 72nd SPL goal.

  70. 1610: 

    Agony for St Mirren! Striker Stevie Thompson goes down in the box but his penalty appeal is waved away, then Sam Parkin's header is knocked off the line by Jason Holt.

  71. 1611: 

    Penalty for Hearts! Kevin McHattie is barged to the ground as he speeds into the penalty box.

  72. 1611: 

    St Mirren's Kenny McLean is sent off.

  73. 1612: 

    Hearts 3-0 St Mirren (Hamill, pen)

  74. 1615: 

    Great news for Dundee United fans as striker Johnny Russell returns from injury. Can he pull the Terrors level?

  75. 1617: 

    Rory Boulding has come on for United too, with Michael Gardyne and Luke Johnston taken off. Jon Daly has moved to centre-back for United.

  76. 1617: 

    John the Dee in Aberdeen: "Yeeeeesssssss, can not wait to get to Dens tomorrow!"

  77. 1619: 

    William in reference to Allan Preston's quote on Sportsound: "'Penalties are like eggs - hard or soft, it's still an egg...' WHUT?!? that's not making it into any great sport quotes book. #bbcsportscot"

  78. 1620: 

    Shaun Hutchinson concedes a penalty for Motherwell. Inverness have a chance to ease the pressure...

  79. 1621: 

    Darren Randolph saves Billy McKay's penalty! Motherwell are still in this one!

  80. 1622: 

    Inverness CT 3-3 Motherwell (McFadden)

  81. 1623: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit John Robertson at Inverness: "This is one of the best games I have seen for many a season!"

  82. 1624: 

    St Mirren midfielder Gary Teale lifts the ball over Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald but is denied a goal when Darren Barr gets back to make a great headed clearance on the line.

  83. 1625: 

    United's attacking switches are causing St Johnstone problems. With half an hour left Saints have conceded a few free-kicks in dangerous positions.

  84. 1627: 

    Shaun Hutchinson makes a great saving tackle to deny Billy McKay from putting Inverness 4-3 up on Motherwell.

  85. 1629: 
    Liam Craig scores for St Johnstone at Tannadice St Johnstone's Liam Craig scores the only goal so far at Tannadice
  86. 1629: 

    At Tannadice, referee Euan Norris plays the advantage when United's Mark Millar puts in a heavy challenge on Paddy Cregg. The ball falls to Rowan Vine whose cross-come-shot almost creeps in at the back post.

  87. 1630: 

    From the resultant corner, Murray Davidson's header is almost turned in by Gregory Tade. Similar to the first half, Saints soak up United pressure then go up and launch an attack themselves.

  88. 1631: 

    Motherwell striker Henrik Ojamaa is sent off for a late challenge. It's Well's eighth red card of the season.

  89. 1632: 

    Jamie Hamill comes from nowhere to get in a header that keeps out an effort from Sam Parkin. It's just not been St Mirren's day in Edinburgh.

  90. 1634: 

    In the First Division, Cowdenbeath have come from behind and are now leading Hamilton 2-1 at New Douglas Park, so as it stands Dunfermline would drop into the relegation play-off.

  91. 1636: 

    bbckennymac: "BBCSportsound Extra 5.30 - #Leaguereconstruction -comments of @OfficialKillie manager Kenny Shiels and problems at @JamTarts 0500 92 95 00" Tune in to big Kenny at half-past five. It's always a good listen.

  92. 1637: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink's coming on for St Johnstone. When he entered the fray last week he set up a goal for Steven MacLean - will he do the same again?

  93. 1638: 

    An "annoyed Buddie" has sent a text to 80295: "Still confident Dundee will go down but if we do get relegated I'll never be back. Players and manager need to look at themselves #StMirren" What happened to sticking by your team through thick and thin?!

  94. 1640: 

    Great save from Radoslaw Cierzniak as he keeps United in the game. He beats out Steven Maclean's thunderous half-volley from 10 yards and Gregory Tade blazes the rebound high over the crossbar.

  95. 1642: 

    Lots of ooohs at Tynecastle as Jamie Hamill fizzes a free-kick narrowly wide of the target.

  96. 1642: 

    Inverness CT 4-3 Motherwell (McKay) Billy McKay is fastest to pounce when Darren Randolph parries a shot and the Northern Irishman claims a hat-trick.

  97. 1646: 

    Cowdenbeath are now 3-1 up on Hamilton. Great for them but bad news for the Pars.

  98. 1647: 

    Adam in Edinburgh sees a chance for Dunfermline to make some money: "Would the gate receipts of a playoff not help the Pars?"

  99. 1648: 

    A crowd of 6,437 is inside Tannadice while there are about 3,500 lucky souls at Inverness.

  100. 1648: 

    Text from anonymous: "Three Hearts youngsters McHattie, Walker and Holt have been amazing. Great prospect for Hearts."

  101. 1649: 

    Three minutes of stoppage time at Tynecastle, Tannadice and Inverness.

  102. 1651: 

    St Johnstone's Tam Scobbie sends United's Rory Boulding hurtling over the advertising hoarding with one of those body checks that would be a foul anywhere outside the penalty box.

  103. 1651: 

    Belfast Buddie: "Confident we can get a point from the two remaining games and I'm sure Dundee will drop a point in their last three games. Danny Lennon needs to take a look at himself though. The reality is, if it wasn't for Rangers getting put into the 3rd division, we'd already be relegated, when we should be above teams like Inverness, Ross County and St Johnstone."

  104. 1652: 

    Hearts 3-0 St Mirren

    Dundee United 0-1 St Johnstone

    Inverness CT 4-3 Motherwell

  105. 1655: 

    All three SPL matches finish at the same time, results that will have Inverness manager Terry Butcher, St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas and Hearts gaffer Gary Locke doing jigs of delight.

  106. 1656: 

    Dunfermline are in the First Division relegation play-off after they lost 2-1 at home and Fife rivals Cowdenbeath won.

  107. 1656: 

    Text from anon: "@ anon 1648. Really good prospects. Just a shame they'll get sold to avoid administration!"

  108. 1657: 

    First Division

    Dumbarton 0-0 Partick Thistle

    Dunfermline 1-2 Airdrie Utd

    Falkirk 4-1 Morton

    Hamilton 1-3 Cowdenbeath

    Livingston 2-3 Raith Rovers

  109. 1658: 

    Second Division

    Albion 0-1 Queen of the South

    Arbroath 0-1 Alloa

    East Fife 0-3 Brechin

    Forfar 2-1 Ayr

    Stenhousemuir 1-2 Stranraer

  110. 1703: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Clive Lindsay at Tynecastle: "St Mirren's relegation torture will continue for another 24 hours at least. In their search for that all-important point, they have were well and truly blown away by Hearts at windy Tynecastle by a home side inspired by a crowd of 16,312."

  111. 1706: 

    bbcsportsound: "On Sunday's #BBCSportsound - Ross County v Celtic from 1145, Dundee v Aberdeen at 1500, updates from Killie v Hibs. 810MW/digital/online."

  112. 1709: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke: "To a man, the players were all fantastic. I am really pleased for the supporters. We have all been through a lot. I'd like to thank the fans - their support has been fantastic. We were on the front foot for most of the first half. I don't think we had a failure on the pitch. That is the standard we have to achieve every week. The lads are great guys to work with, they are a credit to the football club. We had 11 Under-21s [in the squad]."

  113. 1710: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke: "We'll be going into the derby full of confidence."

  114. 1713: 

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon: "We regrouped at half-time and were on the ascendancy within five minutes of the restart. I haven't seen the incident back but the reaction of my players is that it was never a penalty."

  115. 1714: 

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon: "Our focus will be coming in on Monday bright and breezy and having a good working week. I can't knock anything Dundee have done in the last month. I've got to compliment Gary Locke. I thought his team were different class."

  116. 1717: 

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon on the thousand or so Saints fans at Tynecastle: "It shows you the fantastic support [we have]. They are the 12th man for us. I plead to them to come out next week. Let's have that one final push together."

  117. 1718: 

    Michael Higdon's goal for Motherwell today means he has scored for the last six weeks in a row. He has now rattled in 27 goals this season. Amazing.

  118. 1721: 

    A statement on the Rangers site says: "Rangers Football Club can confirm the BBC is no longer welcome at Ibrox Stadium or Murray Park. The club asked BBC journalists to leave the stadium ahead of today's Division Three title party against Berwick Rangers.

  119. 1724: 

    Cowdenbeath manager Colin Cameron says that, after their win at Hamilton, there is more a sense of relief than jubilation in the away dressing room, now that Dunfermline have dropped into the relegation play-off.

  120. 1727: 

    We'll have all the match reaction to today's drama on the site as soon as possible.

  121. 1729: 

    Don't forget, there are three matches in the SPL tomorrow. Ross County host Celtic, Dundee play Aberdeen at Dens Park and Kilmarnock take on Hibernian. Dundee must win to stay up. All the best and thanks for your company and contributions today. Have a great evening.

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