Scottish football as it happened

Aberdeen, Inverness and Celtic record victories on the first Saturday of the new Scottish Premiership.

3 August 2013 Last updated at 20:09

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As it happened

  1. 1404: 

    Welcome to the new Scottish football season. Well, a belated one from me considering the Ramsdens Cup has already had its first round last weekend and the new Scottish Premiership got off to an entertaining start with newcomers Partick Thistle battling out a goalless draw at home to Dundee United last night. Oh, and then there were those Champions League and Europa League qualifiers too! It is, of course, the first full Saturday of Premiership games.

  2. 1407: 

    And there also 14 ties in the first round of the Scottish League Cup.

  3. 1411: 

    In the Premiership, Celtic will unfurl the championship flag - the last for the old Scottish Premier League - at home to Ross County. That comes later, with an unfamiliar 17.15 BST kick-off. Before then Aberdeen host Kilmarnock and Inverness Caledonian Thistle entertain St Mirren in just under an hour.

  4. 1412: 

    Suggestions are that there is a crowd of 13,000 expected at Pittodrie as Aberdeen entertain Kilmarnock. The expectations levels are obviously high among the Dons fans, who perhaps agree with Neil Lennon's assessment that they will be his Celtic side's main challengers for the title this season.


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  7. 1415: 

    How to rate your own team's chances this season? Or the chances of others? Give us your thoughts.

  8. 1416: 

    The visit to Aberdeen is the first competitive test for new Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston. The Ayrshire club will hope he proves as popular as predecessor Kenny Shiels was with the fans - and more popular than the outspoken Irishman was with the football authorities. Can Johnston repeat the success he had last season in leading Queen of the South to the Division Two title - and Ramsdens Cup triumph - and be as popular as a manager at Rugby Park as he was as a player?

  9. 1417: 

    Financial problems mean Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has been unable to make as many signings as some of his rivals - and lost 10 from last season's first-team squad. However, former Hearts defender Darren Barr and goalkeepers Antonio Reguero, from Inverness, and Craig Samson, ex of St Mirren, have proven themselves already in Scotland's top league.

  10. 1417: 

    Kris Boyd and William Gros signed new contracts with Kilmarnock this week, but both strikers are short of match sharpness and might not feature from the start at Pittodrie. Can Boyd recapture the form that made him the Scottish Premier League's record scorer and a Scotland international before a less fruitful spell in English football? Midfielder Sammy Clingan and defender Manuel Pascali are definitely missing through injury.

  11. 1418: 

    Derek McInnes is in his first full season as Aberdeen manager, having taken over from Craig Brown in March. The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss has rung the changes during the summer, with nine exits from his first team squad. Willo Flood and Barry Robson, who left Sheffield United, renew a midfield partnership they had at Dundee United and Celtic. Their introduction along with goalkeeper Nicky Weaver (Sheffield Wednesday), defender Michael Hector (reading), midfielder Gregg Wylde and striker Calvin Zola (Burton Albion) yesterday had Celtic manager Neil Lennon suggesting the Dons would be their closest title challengers.

  12. 1419: 

    Aberdeen are looking to extend a five-game unbeaten run from last season. They have also not lost in their last four home games. Kilmarnock ended last season with only one win in their last seven games.

  13. 1420: 

    Inverness failed to defeat St Mirren in three meetings last season despite Caley Thistle being the ones finishing in fourth place, seven in front of the Buddies. St Mirren have drawn on their last two visits to Caledonian Stadium. Caley Thistle only won one of their last six fixtures last season but have not lost in their last five home games. By finished last season with a win away to Kilmarnock, St Mirren ended a run of seven games without a victory.

  14. 1421: 

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher has again raided England's lower leagues for talent. Indeed, he has a whole team of new signings. But can his recruits from football outposts like Hereford United, Kendal Town and Kidderminster Harriers reproduce last season's high of fourth in the Scottish top flight?

  15. 1423: 

    St Mirren are another club whose summer signings have been limited by finances. They have, however, brought in midfielder Gary Harkins, who was in the SPL last season with Dundee, and defender Danny Grainger, who exited Hearts as they headed into administration.

  16. 1423: 

    St Mirren's cash problems also mean that the team travelled up to Inverness this morning rather than stay overnight in a hotel. Will that long haul hinder their time on the ball at Caledonian Stadium this afternoon?

  17. 1427: 

    My colleague, Thomas McGuigan, has been tweeting since early this morning asking for your favourite football cliches. Which would you like to be consigned to the bin of the English language, or at least football reporting?

  18. 1427: 

    St Mirren: Cornell, Van Zanten, Goodwin, McGinn, Harkins, Thompson, McGowan, McAusland, Reilly, Teale, Grainger. Subs: Dilo, McGregor, Robertson, Kelly, Dillon, Naismith, Brady.

  19. 1429: 

    St Mirren are without influential midfielder Kenny McLean and the versatile David Barron through injury. However, Darren McGregor makes his comeback after nearly a season out with a serious knee injury, although the classy defender has to wait for his chance from the bench.

  20. 1429: 

    Inverness: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie, Vincent, Draper, Foran, Doran, Ross, McKay. Subs: Esson, Devine, Greenhalgh, Tremarco, Williams, Polworth, Agdestein.

  21. 1431: 

    Former Hereford midfielder Marley Watkins and ex-Coleraine striker Curtis Allen miss out for Inverness and, although goalkeeper Ryan Esson has overcome a groin problem, new arrival from Luton Town Dean Brill starts for Terry Butcher's side.

  22. 1432: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, Flood, Jack, Robson, Hayes, McGinn, Zola. Subs: Weaver, Hector, Murray, Pawlett, Wylde, Vernon, Magennis.

  23. 1433: 

    Aberdeen are without Chris Clark and Andrew Considine through injury. But summer signing Calvin Zola has recovered from a knee injury and the former Burton Albion striker starts for Derek McInnes' side.

  24. 1439: 

    Rangers chief executive Craig Mather has issued a statement in response to last night's news that a group of shareholders have called for a general meeting to remove him and other directors.

    "It is with deep regret that I find I must address the recent frenzy that has surrounded this great club," he says.

    "Again, there are those attempting to bang down the doors simply because they feel they should be inside before any others and for no good reason other than self gain and arrogance.

    "It doesn't matter to them that they have not invested or helped the club, or that they failed to make even a remotely credible attempt to save this fantastic club in its darkest hours.

    "Not a single one of them stepped forward willing to invest their own money. Yet now they think they can waltz into the club.

    "This club needs commitment and unity. It does not require the type of people who stood back and did nothing when Rangers were in trouble."

  25. 1440: 

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Tesselaar, McKenzie, Fowler, Barr, Fisher, Johnston, Heffernan, Gros, McKeown. Subs: Boyd, Chapinal, Barbour, Ibrahim, O'Hara, Davidson, Slater

  26. 1442: 

    William Gros starts for Kilmarnock after signing a new three-year contract earlier in the week. But fellow striker Kris Boyd, who also agreed a new one-year deal, is left on the bench.

  27. 1447: 
    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It doesn't come much bigger than this, Aberdeen away.

    "We have a bit of a rebuilding job to do as we have lost a lot of players from last year.

    "But we have some good young players coming through.

    "We have got to concentrate on ourselves and try to make them defend."

  28. 1449: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

    "I don't think Allan Johnston has had time to get the personnel in he would like. It won't be easy for him. But, with Hearts starting with minus 15 points, it gives him a chance to experiment a bit"

  29. 1450: 
    BBC Sportsound's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "Terry Butcher only starts with two of his nine new signings - James Vincent and Dean Brill - as last season's most improved league side welcomes League Cup winners St Mirren to Inverness."

  30. 1453: 
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It is difficult to gauge if you are ready as it is different when it comes to the SPL, but we have had some good results in pre-season. We wanted to keep these involved this year as it worked so well for us last year. We have some good strength in depth now"

  31. 1456: 

    Although only Dean Brill and James Vincent are handed first-team debuts for Inverness, fellow new boys Ben Greenhalgh, Carl Tremarco, Danny William and Torbjorn Agdestein are among the substitutes. St Mirren field three summer signings - Gary Harkins, Danny Grainger and on-loan Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell.

  32. 1458: 

    Willo Flood, Barry Robson and Calvin Zola are the three new recruits starting for Aberdeen. Kilmarnock also give a trio of debuts - to goalkeeper Craig Samson, defender Darren Barr and former Livingston midfielder Kyle Jacobs.

  33. 1500: 

    And we are off in the first Saturday of the new Scottish Premiership season, the first under the auspices of the new Scottish Professional Football League. Are you excited?

  34. 1505: 

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds predicts that Aberdeen will finish second behind Celtic, while Hearts will be relegated. Do you agree?

  35. 1508: 

    Slow start this afternoon, with no early goals. But, if you are at a game and want to chip in with what is happening at your chosen ground, give us a shout on Twitter or text with what is happening, or even if you disagree with out assessment.

  36. 1508: 

    First goals of the afternoon, Ryan Wallace puts Dunfermline 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot away to East Stirlingshire in the League Cup. Meanwhile, Forfar take a shock lead against Rangers through Gavin Swankie.

  37. 1509: 

    Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill keeps a Gary Harkins shot out as St Mirren threaten in the Highlands.

  38. 1509: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator John Barnes at Pittodrie

    "Perfect pitch here at Pittodrie for the start of the new season. But no-one is really getting a lot of time on the ball so far."

  39. 1514: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Pittodrie

    "We've not really had any shots on goal to test either goalkeeper." The former Dons manager is looking for some magic on his home turf.

  40. 1516: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie

    "You can already see the benefit of Barry Robson and Willo Flood for Aberdeen - very tidy and good ball retention. I'm going to tip the Dons as Scottish Cup winners."

  41. 1517: 

    Aberdeen fans are off their seats as midfielder Willo Flood embarks on a mazy run, but Kilmarnock snuff out the danger. Much better from the hosts after a rather low-key opening 15 minutes.

  42. 1519: 

    Sean Dickson has given Stenhousemuir the lead away to Airdrieonians in the League Cup. Chick Young is saying that Stenny are well worthy of their lead.

  43. 1519: 

    New Aberdeen signing Calvin Zola links up well with Barry Robson, but the cross, much to the frustration of the home fans, evades Niall McGinn.

  44. 1520: 

    Gordon Smith has given Raith Rovers the lead over Queen's Park, while Livingston are 1-0 ahead away to Elgin City thanks to Martin Scott.

  45. 1522: 

    Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock (Jonny Hayes)

    Jonny Hayes gets the first goal of the new Scottish Premiership and, of course, the new Scottish Professional Football League as the Championship, League One and League Two have not started yet.

    Aberdeen's pressure pays off as Calvin Zola's effort is saved by Craig Samson in world-class style, but Hayes is on hand to fire the Dons in front.

  46. 1522: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson at the Caledonian Stadium

    "There's been everything bar a goal here - don't know how it's still 0-0. Aaron Doran had the best chance of the game so far after being played in by James Vincent, but he hit it wide."

  47. 1525: 

    Aberdeen are motoring now and Niall McGinn forces a great save from Craig Samson as the predatory hit-man whips in a shot with the outside of his foot. The hosts are swarming all over Kilmarnock.

  48. 1527: 

    Scott Robertson has put Stranraer 2-0 ahead of Brechin, while Darren Smith has put Stenhousemuir 2-0 ahead away to Airdrieonians in the League Cup.

  49. 1531: 

    It's been a fairly open match at the Caledonian Stadium so far. Gary Harkins has tested Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill with a couple of efforts, while Aaron Doran should have opened the scoring for the hosts from eight yards.

  50. 1533: 

    In the League Cup, David Sinclair reduces the deficit for Airdrieonians at home to Stenhousemuir, who still lead 2-1, while Chris Aitken has put Stranraer three up against Brechin from the penalty spot. James Keatings has put Hamilton Academical ahead away to Stirling Albion.

  51. 1534: 

    Jim Goodwin lines up a free-kick for St Mirren and the Buddies captain is oh so close to finding the net against Inverness.

  52. 1536: 

    The normally razor-sharp Niall McGinn fluffs his lines after impressive work by Ryan Jack. The Aberdeen forward's shot comes off his left foot first and fails to trouble Craig Samson. Nevertheless, the Dons are rampant and pushing hard to double their lead at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock.

  53. 1537: 
    BBC Sportsound's Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "The Buddies have certainly made the effort to travel north to support their team. I would estimate about 600 in the away end as Inverness CT goalkeeper Dean Brill makes a great save from Jim Goodwin's free-kick."

  54. 1538: 

    Kane Hemmings, the striker released by Rangers, puts Cowdenbeath ahead away to Berwick Rangers in the League Cup.

  55. 1539: 

    Both teams are down to 10 men at Excelsior Stadium, with Stenhousemuir's Eddie Malone and Airdrieonians' Chris O'Neil being sent off after an old rammy in the middle of the park. Stenny still lead 2-1 in the League Cup tie. Meanwhile, Kane Hemmings has scored his second as Cowdenbeath lead Berwick Rangers 2-0.

  56. 1544: 

    A Chris Smith own goal puts Hamilton well on their way to victory away to Stirling in the League Cup. The Accies are 2-0 ahead at Forthbank.

  57. 1545: 

    Nathan Blockley puts Airdrieonians level with Stenhousemuir, with the home side coming from two goals behind to level in the League Cup. Reporter Chick Young is getting his money's worth at Excelsior Stadium with two red cards as well.

  58. 1546: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie

    "Killie's only real chance was Rory McKenzie hitting one wide just before the half-hour mark."

  59. 1547: 

    Airdrieonians are 3-2 ahead against Stenhousemuir after a goalmouth scramble. Amazing fightback in the League Cup.

  60. 1548: 

    Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock


    We've been having a chat in the office about the most annoying football cliches. And you've been in touch over the best/worst that set your teeth on edge...

    Kevin McCann: "Favourite right/left foot. How you can you have a favourite right or left foot, you've only got one of each!?"

  62. 1549: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-0 St Mirren

  63. 1549: 

    Some more football commentary cliches...

    Paul McTaggart: "Keep it tight early doors..."

    Colin Bell: "Both teams still very much in this tie (at 0-0)"

    Ross Cummings: "He hit it too well"

    Keep them coming....Is that a cliche?


    Alan the Buddie: "Not surprised by small crowd at Inverness today - would have cost me £38 to get in with my six year old. Add travel and food - was looking at towards £100 all in. Ridiculous."


    John: "Absolute shambles at Pittodrie today. Half-hour queue to pick up tickets. Need to reconsider the cost cutting."

  66. 1552: 
    BBC Sportsound's Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Gary Warren of Inverness and John McGinn of St Mirren both booked within a minute for robust tackles, but the chances have started to dry up."

  67. 1556: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Charlie Mann at Station Park

    "Former chief executive Charles Green is back at Ibrox and wants them to lift a cup, but so far Rangers are not delivering against Forfar. Rangers are struggling to get into the game and the best player on the park could be Marvin Andrews, the veteran former Rangers player who is marshalling his defence well. The Ibrox men have a lot to do and are 1-0 down at half-time"

  68. 1557: 

    Tim @ Borough Briggs: "Early doors has to be THE most annoying cliche. Simply doesn't make sense!"

    Kieran: "Annoying cliches; Englishisms like "worldie" and "tekkers" absolutely do my nut in." New ones to me, I must admit!

  69. 1601: 

    Here we go with another 45 minutes, history having already been made after Jonny Hayes scored the first-ever goal in the new Scottish Premiership by putting Aberdeen in front against Kilmarnock. But the biggest news of the day could come at Station Park, where the part-timers of Forfar Athletic are 1-0 up against big-spending Rangers in the first round of the League Cup.


    More hated football cliches...

    Alan Mearns: "#bbcsportscot 110% effort is impossible Always has been, always will."


    I have never understood this one myself....

    Niall Farrell: "He's got a good touch for a big man"

  72. 1606: 

    Inverness are awarded a penalty after what appears to be a harsh award against David van Zanten.

  73. 1606: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 St Mirren (Vincent)

    A shot by Ross Draper strikes the arm of David van Zanten and the Highlanders have the chance to score. Debutant James Vincent converts the penalty to put Inverness ahead.

  74. 1608: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-0 St Mirren (Doran)

    Aaron Doran is the beneficiary of a St Mirren defensive shambles, the forward rolling the ball into the net after receiving a botched Buddies clearance.

  75. 1609: 

    Aberdeen 2-0 Kilmarnock (Flood)

    Willo Flood scores on his competitive Aberdeen debut. A darting run into the box results in the midfielder heading home Niall McGinn's cross to double the Dons' advantage. Will that prove a killer for Killie?

  76. 1610: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson at the Caledonian Stadium

    "It was Ross Draper's shot that hit the arm of David van Zanten in the penalty box. But van Zanten could never have got out the way. Poor decision by referee Kevin Clancy."

  77. 1613: 

    Mark McLaughlin has headed Morton 1-0 ahead away to East Fife in the League Cup, while Derek Lyle has edged Queen of the South ahead in their match against south of Scotland rivals Annan Athletic.

  78. 1615: 

    Aberdeen forward Josh Magennis steers the ball a yard wide when he should have stuck it into the empty net. It was a great ball across the box by Niall McGinn as Kilmarnock continue to be under pressure.

  79. 1617: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-0 St Mirren (McKay)

    Billy McKay opens his account for the season, flicking the ball home from Aaron Doran's cross. It is looking like a nightmare start to the season for St Mirren. Some feared another fight against relegation for the Paisley side and they might not be far wrong judging from this performance. Any worried Buddies fans out there?

  80. 1620: 

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Boerrigter, Commons, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Balde, Mouyokolo, Watt, Matthews, Kayal, McGeouch.

  81. 1621: 

    Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock (Boyd)

    Is there life in this game yet? Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, who will forever be the top scorer in the history of the now defunct Scottish Premier League, fires home a superb strike from 17 yards to reduce the deficit. Game on!

  82. 1623: 

    Derek Lyle has completed the first hat-trick of the season as Queen of the South go 3-0 ahead of Annan in the League Cup. Hamilton are 3-0 ahead of Stirling, while Raith Rovers are now cruising at 4-0 against Queen's Park and Livingston are 3-1 up away to Elgin City.

  83. 1626: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson at the Caledonian Stadium

    "St Mirren are struggling. Inverness have absolutely run over the top of them. Saints look very light in midfield."


    Scott, Hurlford: "Awful start for Killie. But I guess that's what happens when you get rid of so many players and bring hardly any in. Certs for the drop." Is that not a bit, er, early doors (sic) for that kind of talk?

  85. 1629: 

    Wonderful work from Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes, setting up Niall McGinn, who stabs it just wide of Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson's post.

  86. 1630: 

    Aberdeen substitute Josh Magennis spurns a great chance to re-establish their two-goal advantage over Kilmarnock. He is forced wide by Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson and his subsequent effort is cleared. Kilmarnock breathe again.

  87. 1631: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Jim Spence at Pittodrie

    "It looked as though the Dons were on easy street before Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd popped up." What was that we were saying about cliches?

  88. 1632: 
    BBC Sportsound's Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Only the Inverness fans could be this quiet with their team three goals up on day one!" Come on Caley Thistle fans, let's hear you give us a cheer through the radio!

  89. 1633: 

    Predictions of a healthy crowd at Pittodrie prove right, with an official crowd of 13,149. Last season's average was just over 9,600. If Aberdeen can hold on for the victory, it will be a perfect start for Derek McInnes' men.

  90. 1634: 

    Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes looks to profit from some space about 25 yards from Kilmarnock's goal as he fires in a shot that forces Craig Samson into a save. With about 15 minutes remaining, the profligate Dons hold a narrow lead.

  91. 1637: 

    Rangers' blushes seem to have been saved with less than eight minutes to go at Station Park. Substitute Fraser Aird scrambles the big-spending Ibrox men level against Forfar in the League Cup.

  92. 1638: 

    St Mirren defender David van Zanten's day gets worse when he is sent off for a second yellow card after having earlier conceded a penalty.

  93. 1640: 

    Not a great first-day crowd at Caledonian Stadium, where 501 of the 3,215 paying punters are sporting St Mirren colours. The Highlanders will be hoping that the scoreline will entice more to their stadium next time round.

  94. 1641: 

    Suddenly, Aberdeen's defence are like cats on a hot tin roof. Mark Reynolds and Ryan Jack do a good impression of Dick & Dom, enabling Kris Boyd to nip in and fire a shot a whisker wide of goal.

  95. 1643: 

    Brechin are staging a bit of a comeback away to Stranraer and are just 4-3 behind after 86 minutes in the League Cup. Raith Rovers are hammering Queen's Park 6-0, while Dunfermline are on their way to victory and are 2-0 ahead of East Stirlingshire. There's excitement at Excelsior Stadium, where Stenhousemuir have pulled a goal back to be 4-3 down to Airdrieonians.

  96. 1647: 

    The fact that Falkirk are now 3-0 ahead of Clyde in the League Cup has nothing to do with any bias on my part. Just down to a nationwide problem with the feeds of scores from around the country...honest!

  97. 1648: 

    Niall McGinn misses another golden opportunity for Aberdeen as the game goes into stoppage time. The striker was set up in front of the Kilmarnock goal by a fine ball from Willo Flood.

  98. 1649: 

    Two late goals from Liam Buchanan has brought East Fife back to all square with Morton in the League Cup. Forfar and Rangers are also into extra-time at Station Park.

  99. 1650: 

    Aberdeen 2-1 Kilmarnock

  100. 1651: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-0 St Mirren

  101. 1652: 

    Inverness go top of the Scottish Premiership, at least for a couple of hours with Celtic against Ross County to come, after a thoroughly deserved three-goal win over a disappointing St Mirren side. Aberdeen also scrape a win over Kilmarnock, but they were more on top than the 2-1 scoreline suggests.


    Scott Edinburgh: "Dream start for Inverness, can't wait for next weekend, Jackie McNamara should be worried." (reference to next opponents Dundee United's manager)

    Chris Buckham: "Thanks for spoiling my holiday St Mirren, although it seems the ref may have had a hand in it"

  103. 1659: 

    Derk Boerrigter makes his Celtic debut against Ross County in Glasgow after the winger arrived from Ajax in midweek. With Georgios Samaras and Kelvin Wilson ruled out through injury after the Champions League qualifying win over Elfsborg, Charlie Mulgrew comes into defence and Joe Ledley is in midfield. Beram Kayal drops to the bench.

  104. 1702: 

    Ross County were without influential midfielders Richard Brittain and Ivan Sproule through suspension after red cards during pre-season. But Derek Adams fields five new signings ,with Brian McLean, Ben Gordon, Darren Maatsen, Kevin Luckassen and Graham Carey making their debuts at Celtic Park.

  105. 1702: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have had to make a few enforced changes today with this sandwiched between the European games and a couple have not recovered after the game on Wednesday. Derk Boerrigter has arrived full of confidence and goes straight into the team. He can excite any supporter with his style of play. It has taken us a while to find a good left winger and we think we've got one."

  106. 1706: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon reveals that Georgios Samaras will travel to the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Elfsborg on Wednesday. It had initially been thought the Greek forward had suffered a leg fracture, so that is a remarkable recovery.

  107. 1708: 

    Morton are now 5-2 ahead of East Fife in extra-time of their League Cup.

  108. 1709: 

    There has been a Dutch influx into Derek Adams' Ross County squad. Melvin De Leeuw is formerly of Cambuur-Leeuwarden, fellow midfielder Marc Klok was with Jong FC Utrecht, striker Kevin Luckassen with Alkmaar and winger Darren Maatsen with Excelsior Rotterdam. Then there is latest signing Orhan Mustafi, the striker previously of Grasshopper Zurich. Defenders Ben Gordon, Brian McLean and Steven Saunders arrive with SPL experience.

  109. 1710: 

    Celtic are about to unfurl the Scottish Premier League winners' flag, with captain Scott Brown coming on to the park with the trophy.

  110. 1711: 

    Celtic Park counts down to a rousing reception as the flag is unfurled in the east end of Glasgow. An unusual time of the day for a kick-off but a now familiar sight of Celtic celebrating a title win.

  111. 1713: 

    Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, Gordon, Kettlewell, Micic, Quinn, Munro, Maatsen, Luckassen, McLean, Carey.

  112. 1714: 

    Ross County kick off as the sun beats down at Celtic Park. Will the Dingwall side's new signings shine in Glasgow?

  113. 1716: 

    Kevin Luckassen squanders an early chance for Ross County, being hesitant in front of goal then wins a corner.

  114. 1717: 

    Celtic 0-1 Ross County (Maatsen)

    Darren Maatsen marks his debut for Ross County with a goal that silences the Celtic Park crowd. The former Excelsior winger rattles a powerful effort off the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box with goalkeeper Fraser Forster well beaten. What a goal, game on after a touch of Dutch magic!

  115. 1720: 

    Gavin Swankie heads his second goal for Forfar with five minutes of extra-time to go against Rangers in the first round of the League Cup. Athletic are 2-1 ahead and, with Celtic losing that early goal, both sides of the Old Firm are behind. Who says Scottish football is predictable?


    Anonymous: "Aberdeen were a joy to behold today. Well done to Derek McInnes for understanding that this is an entertainment business."

  117. 1724: 

    Derk Boerrigter has a great chance to level for Celtic on his debut, but the former Ajax winger heads wide from 10 yards after a fine cross flighted to the back post by James Forrest.

  118. 1726: 

    Forfar Athletic 2-1 Rangers

  119. 1727: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Charlie Mann at Station Park

    "On the day that former chief executive Charles Green, having returned to Ibrox, piled pressure on manager Ally McCoist by demanding the lifting of a cup as well as the League One title, Rangers are out of the League Cup after being beaten by Forfar"

  120. 1734: 

    Derk Boerrigter misses another chance to equalise against Ross County. A superb reverse pass from Kris Commons sets the Dutch winger free behind the visiting defence, but the winger's low shot strikes goalkeeper Mark Brown's trailing foot and deflects wide.

  121. 1737: 

    Celtic are shooting at every sight at goal and Derk Boerrigter has one shot saved by Mark Brown and James Forrest sends another wide.

  122. 1740: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist has signed some high-profile players in the summer. But, even before they could be introduced after their signing embargo is lifted on 1 September, they have one less trophy they are able to chase. Forfar, one of the part-time sides the Ibrox side are expected to sweep aside in League One this season, have knocked them out of the League Cup.

    McCoist will argue that the first-round defeat shows just why he needed to strengthen. However, with former chief executive Charles Green returning to the club yesterday as a "consultant", being quoted with criticism of the club's signing policy and demanding cup success on top of promotion, the pressure is already mounting on the former Scotland striker.

  123. 1741: 

    Celtic 1-1 Ross County (Stokes)

    Back on the other side of Glasgow, there's more than a touch of fortune for Celtic as they draw level. Kris Commons' fine drive wins a corner after a good save from Mark Brown. However, the former Celtic goalkeeper is left helpless after the corner when Joe Ledley's shot falls to Derk Boerrigter in front of goal and, when the Dutchman stabs it wide of Brown, Anthony Stokes rolls it over the goal-line.

  124. 1748: 

    Derk Boerrigter gained himself a reputation for picking up injuries while at Ajax and is now limping off after a fall in the Ross County penalty box.

  125. 1752: 

    A couple of days after refuting "sicknote" claims from former manager Frank de Boer, former Ajax winger Derk Boerrigter lasts less than 40 minutes of his Celtic debut and is replaced with Tony Watt.

  126. 1755: 

    Celtic are peppering the Ross County penalty box and, following a corner, Efe Ambrose loops an effort over the crossbar. County are on the back foot now.

  127. 1758: 

    Another simple ball over the top of the Ross County defence catches out the visitors, but goalkeeper Mark Brown blocks clear Anthony Stokes' low drive with his feet.

  128. 1800: 

    Celtic 1-1 Ross County

  129. 1805: 

    Celtic are deservedly back on level terms at half-time against Ross County. Moments after Celtic unfurled last season's championship flag, a stunning long-range strike from County's new signing, Darren Maatsen, gave the visitors a surprise early lead.

    It was a tale of two Dutchmen as Celtic's own summer arrival from the Netherlands, Derk Boerrigter, missed a couple of good chances to level. However, Anthony Stokes tapped in from close range after the ball bounced kindly for the home side inside the penalty box.

    A County team containing five new signings thereafter played like strangers caught in the Celtic Park headlights and will be receiving some harsh words at half-time from manager Derek Adams.

  130. 1812: 

    News to come from what reporter Charlie Mann describes as "an absolutely sensational after-match press conference from Ally McCoist" after a shock 2-1 defeat by Forfar Athletic in the League Cup first round. He has had a pop at Charles Green, the former chief executive who has returned to the club as a consultant.

  131. 1819: 
    BBC Scotland's Charlie Mann from Station park

    "Ally McCoist said he was disappointed to lose the cup tie. He wanted to win the game but has eight players sitting in the stand and there were a lot of younger players out on that field.

    "Then we moved on to Charles Green's comments and Ally McCoist said he was absolutely appalled by what Charles Green has said in the newspapers this morning. He said: 'The self-confident, self-talking, straight-talking Yorkshireman has let himself down again.

    "'His total contempt and total lack of respect for the Rangers players and for Scottish football is an embarrassment.'"

  132. 1819: 

    We're off again at Celtic Park and Anthony Stokes goes close to his own second goal but diverts a James Forrest cross just wide on the half volley.


    Mark, Ayr: "Stokes does my head in. I have never seen a footballer who makes so many wrong choices! Apart from Ambrose maybe."

  134. 1823: 

    Celtic's Kris Commons is in acres of space when found by a neat James Forrest cut-back but scoops his drive off the top of the Ross County crossbar.

  135. 1830: 

    Ross County's former Celtic midfielder, Graham Carey, goes close with a curling free-kick from range that misses the crossbar by a foot. The Dingwall side are still a sporadic threat despite being under pressure for much of the second half.

  136. 1831: 
    Rangers manager Ally McCoist on their defeat by Forfar Athletic

    Here's more from reporter Charlie Mann from that explosive Rangers media conference, where Ally McCoist has responded to pre-match criticism from Charles Green. The former chief executive has returned to the club as a consultant and demanded that McCoist's side win a cup trophy this season in addition to the League One title.

    "Ally McCoist does not want Charles Green back in Scotland. Ally McCoist was asked if he would go to the airport and pick Charles Green up and he said: 'No chance.'

    "He was hugely disappointed. He said the players were sitting in the breakfast room this morning when they were hit with this story. He says, as team talks go, Charles, this was not your best.

    "He said it was a terrible situation for Rangers players to be in this afternoon and he says it did contribute to this defeat.

    "He said it was no surprise to him that Charles Green has come back today when they were at their most vulnerable and weakest and that it was no surprise that he has surfaced once again after 34,000 Rangers fans have bought season tickets."

  137. 1836: 

    Celtic are edging closer to a winner and Charlie Mulgrew climbs above the Ross County defence to send a header against a post following a corner.

  138. 1842: 
    Scottish League Cup first round results

    Airdrieonians 4-3 Stenhousemuir

    Arbroath 0-1 Montrose

    Berwick Rangers 0-5 Cowdenbeath

    Dumbarton 1-0 Albion Rovers

    East Fife 2-6 Morton (after extra time)

    East Stirlingshire 0-2 Dunfermline Athletic

    Elgin City 1-3 Livingston

    Falkirk 3-0 Clyde

    Forfar Athletic 2-1 Rangers (after extra time)

    Peterhead 0-2 Alloa Athletic

    Queen of the South 3-0 Annan Athletic

    Raith Rovers 6-0 Queen's Park

    Stirling Albion 0-3 Hamilton Academical

    Stranraer 4-3 Brechin City

  139. 1843: 

    Ross County have replaced wide man Graham Carey with another debutant, former Motherwell defender Steven Saunders, as Derek Adams looks to tighten up his back line and hold on to a point at Celtic Park.

  140. 1848: 

    Celtic have loud cries for a penalty rejected by referee Willie Collum after Brian McLean appears to barge Anthony Stokes in the back. Celtic manager Neil Lennon is given a talking to by the official for the strength of his complaints.

  141. 1850: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at Celtic Park

    "It looked like a stone-waller to me"

  142. 1853: 

    Celtic are ramping up the pressure as County file back in numbers. The Dingwall side are showing no ambition at the moment.

  143. 1853: 

    Mark Brown again denies his former club when Anthony Stokes sends Kris Commons free inside the penalty box. The winger fires straight at the goalkeeper from 16 yards and Brown's legs again come to County's rescue.

  144. 1858: 

    Celtic 2-1 Ross County (Stokes)

    Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes have been showing great understanding up front for Celtic. And the former sets up the Irishman for his second of the game. Stokes steps inside a couple of markers and drives it low past a helpless Mark Brown in the Ross County goal.

  145. 1901: 

    Ross County have had one shot on goal in the second half and none in open play as that came from a free-kick. So the small visiting support can't have much faith in their side's ability to provide a late equaliser.

  146. 1905: 

    Suddenly, Ross County are looking like an attacking force again and make Celtic look a tad nervous. I can never understand why teams, even if they are underdogs, sit back for a whole half in the, usually forlorn hope, of holding on to a point.

  147. 1905: 

    Celtic 2-1 Ross County

  148. 1907: 

    For so long, it looked like the reigning champions would fall short on the day they unfurled last season's championship flag. However, Celtic are worthy winners against Ross County thanks to a double from Anthony Stokes, his winner coming with five minutes remaining.

  149. 1910: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at Celtic Park

    "Ross County work hard and defended well. That's why they will get some results. But they didn't offer much going forward, apart from their goal, which was out of the top drawer. They will be okay this season, but you can't argue with the result."

  150. 1910: 

    In case you missed the earlier games, why not have a read of the match report from Aberdeen's 2-1 win over Kilmarnock and Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-0 victory over St Mirren. The report from Celtic Park is also now published.

  151. 1921: 
    Ross County manager Derek Adams at Celtic Park

    "I'm not disappointed as it's always difficult coming to Celtic. I thought Celtic played very well and performed better than they did against Elfsborg in midweek.

    "We are Ross County Football Club and are competing against a multi-million pound team.

    "It was a hard task and I thought we did very well."

  152. 1924: 

    The big surprise result of the day was Rangers' 2-1 defeat by the part-timers of Forfar Athletic in the League Cup. The match report and rest of today's first-round ties are also available to read on the website.

  153. 1928: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought we were fantastic. We got punished at the start by a fantastic goal, but the next 84 minutes was scintillating football.

    "Even if it finished 1-1, I would have been happy, but we got what we deserved in the end.

    "There was a zest and spark about us today and I think people will see what Bert Boerrigter gives us.

    "He was getting beyond Ross County and on the end of things, but unfortunately he twisted his ankle and we'll need to see how he is tomorrow."

  154. 1930: 

    Thanks very much for your company today. Join us again tomorrow for Hibernian against Motherwell and St Johnstone facing Hearts. I am off to have my dinner and a lie down!

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 04 Aug 2013 UK

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 Inverness CT 1 3 3
No movement 2 Aberdeen 1 1 3
No movement 3 Celtic 1 1 3
Moving up 4 Motherwell 1 1 3
Moving up 5 St Johnstone 1 1 3
Moving down 6 Dundee Utd 1 0 1
Moving down 7 Partick Thistle 1 0 1
Moving up 8 Kilmarnock 1 -1 0
Moving up 9 Ross County 1 -1 0
Moving down 10 Hibernian 1 -1 0
No movement 11 St Mirren 1 -3 0
No movement 12 Hearts 1 -1 -15