Scottish Premiership as it happened

Motherwell win at Hibs and St Johnstone beat Hearts as the first weekend of the new top flight comes to a close.

4 August 2013 Last updated at 17:20

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  1. 1715: 

    I'll sign off now. Many thanks for your company this afternoon. St Johnstone were slick as they sunk Hearts, while Motherwell were pretty stodgy but managed to edge out an equally uninspired Hibs.

    Good luck to Celtic, Saints and Well in Europe next week.

  2. 1710: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart: "There is an inherent fear in the Hibs set-up going into derbies. We saw that last season, with Pat Fenlon setting his team up not to get beat. There is always more positivity from Hearts going into these games."

    Well, Michael played for both clubs but he is sure to have angered a few Hibbies, who will be pointing to an unbeaten record against their city foes last season.

  3. 1707: 
    Hearts manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have a young team and there will be frustrating days but we need to stay positive.

    "They battled well in the second half, without having any real penetration in the final third.

    "Our delivery needs to be better. It's disappointing to see their keeper gather floating balls under no pressure.

    "[on the goal] The linesman had his flag up and a couple of players ran across the line of Jamie MacDonald. I'd need to see it again but I won't be complaining about referees or anything like that."

  4.  

    Tom Watson again on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot both the Edinburgh teams will be going into next week's derby as the underdog."

  5. 1700: 
    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We maybe should have scored more goals - it was a thoroughly deserved win. We passed it and switched the play quite well.

    "We've always been a hard team to beat and I'm happy to see that continuing.

    "We have a good squad, if everyone stays fit, and I think we'll be challenging at the right end of the table."

  6. 1657: 

    Hibs and Hearts were losers today and the Edinburgh sides look short on attacking ideas. The teams meet at Tynecastle next Sunday and there will be a cracking atmosphere but it could be a bit of a slog on the pitch.

  7. 1654: 

    The first weekend of the new Scottish Premiership is over and St Johnstone join Motherwell, Celtic, Inverness and Aberdeen on three points.

    Poor old Hearts will be bottom of the pile for a while with that 15-point penalty.

  8. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts
    There was only one goal - a real belter from Stevie May - but it was a thoroughly one-sided match, with St Johnstone well on top. There was only one goal - a real belter from Stevie May - but it was a thoroughly one-sided match, with St Johnstone well on top.

    The Perth side played with a good tempo and have players that move very well off the ball to create openings.

  9. 1648: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart at McDiarmid Park: "What I like about St Johnstone is that they have a number of players who will go at the opposition and take them on."

  10. 1645: 

    The 3,500 visiting fans at McDiarmid Park are roaring their team on as we enter the last five minutes. But their enthusiasm is quickly dampened as Alan Mannus gathers a corner under no pressure at all.

  11. 1644: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Allan Preston at McDiarmid Park: "[St Johnstone goalkeeper] Alan Mannus has had nothing to do. It must be one of the most comfortable afternoon's he's ever had."

  12. 1641: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Murray Davidson is booked for chasing down Billy King and dragging the Hearts substitute to the turf.

  13. 1639: 

    Rory Fallon is on for Steven MacLean as St Johnstone switch strikers for the last nine minutes.

  14. 1635: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink has the ball at his feet in the penalty area for an absolute age as the Hearts defence stand and watch. The ball is eventually laid into the path of Chris Millar who balloons his shot over the top.

  15. 1634: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Jamie Walker has not had his best day in a Hearts strip and he's making way for David Smith.

  16. 1633: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Allan Preston at McDiarmid Park: "Looking at this Hearts side, I think they'd be better served with a back three, with wing-backs really pushing on."

  17. 1631: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Stevie May has run his race and the goalscorer is replaced by Nigel Hasselbaink.

  18. 1627: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Striker Billy King comes off the bench to replace midfielder Callum Tapping as Hearts look for a way back.

  19. 1624: 

    On this evidence, Hearts are going to struggle to make up the 15 points they have been docked for entering administration. With nearly 70 minutes gone, the men in maroon are yet to test home keeper Alan Mannus.

  20. 1621: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Murray Davidson is on for St Johnstone, with Paddy Cregg making way. A few moments ago, Hearts replaced Scott Robinson with Jason Holt.

  21. 1618: 

    St Johnstone really should be out of sight by now. Will they rue these missed chances?

  22. 1617: 

    Stevie May's blocked shot pops up invitingly for Steven MacLean on the corner of the six yard box but the St Johnstone striker fails to find the target with a diving header.

  23. 1616: 

    Saints' David Wotherspoon whips a free-kick over the defensive wall and Jamie MacDonald has to scramble it away from his near post.

  24. 1614: 

    St Johnstone string together a lovely passing move which culminates with Chris Millar chipping a pass through for Steven MacLean, who is just a yard too slow to profit.

  25. 1611: 

    Dave MacKay and Ryan Stevenson go head to head like a pair of feuding stags and get a ticking off from the ref.

  26. 1608: 

    Kevin McHattie loses his footing as he shapes to block a St Johnstone cross and the home fans are crying for a penalty but the young defender did really well to use his chest before getting up sharply and completing the clearance.

  27. 1606: 

    There's an almighty scramble in the St Johnstone penalty area as Tam Scobbie stops a Brad McKay header on the goal-line following a corner. The ball pinballs around before a man in blue blooters it clear.

  28. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off again at McDiarmid Park.

  29. 1559: 
    Stevie May's excellent strike separates the sides at McDiarmid Park Stevie May's excellent strike separates the sides at McDiarmid Park
  30. 1555: 
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We defended really well but we got done by one long ball - it's a lack of concentration.

    "There were good individual performances and I thought we contributed well to the game.

    "I don't feel pressure. I said when I came in that if I can turn this club round, then great. If I can't, then someone else will come in. I've no problem with that."

  31. 1553: 
    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Our experienced back four were solid. We weren't at our best but, overall, I think we just about edged it."

  32. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

    The hosts are ahead thanks to a cracking strike from Stevie May and could have extended that lead against a fragile Hearts team that has posed no threat in attack.

  33. 1547: 

    Ryan Stevenson has a sneaky stamp on a prone Paddy Cregg. The Hearts midfielder is quick to apologise but he's very lucky it wasn't spotted by the officials.

  34. 1546: 

    Steven Anderson has his head in his hands again as he nods wide at the back post from Tam Scobbie's free-kick. That really should have been 2-0 the Saints.

  35. 1544: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Steven Anderson clutches his face in anguish as his powerful header from a David Wotherspoon corner is tipped over by Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald.

  36.  

    Paul McGeady via Twitter: "I feel Hearts are going to get another 2 past them #bbcsportscot"

  37. 1542: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart at McDiarmid Park: "Hearts are disjointed, they look a bit lost and I think Gary Locke is going to need to make some changes."

  38. 1540: 

    Stevie May banged in a hatful of goals on loan at Hamilton Accies last season and is carrying on that excellent form. It's hard to believe former manager Steve Lomas hummed and hawed about handing him a new deal.

  39. 1537: 

    A huge clearance from keeper Alan Mannus is controlled wonderfully by the confident Stevie May and the striker has a clear route to goal only for Callum Tapping to get back and snuff out the danger.

  40. 1535: 

    Now it's St Johnstone's turn to have a go at the referee as Steven MacLean tries to lift the ball over Danny Wilson and claims the Hearts skipper used an arm to block the ball on the edge of the penalty box.

  41. 1530: 

    "It looks like someone has taken a bicycle pump to him," says BBC Scotland match commentator Rob Maclean in reference to the gym work goalscorer Stevie May has been doing over the summer.

  42. 1526: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts (May)

    Is it, isn't it? It is! Referee Steven MacLean consults with his assistant before awarding the goal after Stevie May curls in a shot from the edge of the box.

    The young striker did really well to find the bottom corner of the net and the assistant may have thought David Wotherspoon had got a touch on it from an offside position. He didn't but he might have been distracting goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

  43. 1525: 

    Steven Anderson upends Ryan Stevenson on the edge of the penalty area but the officials take no action. The Hearts player did his best to land well inside the box and is outraged that no decision is forthcoming.

  44.  

    Sean Grant on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Hearts have a young talented team, confident we'll stay up!"

  45. 1523: 

    The ball falls for Callum Paterson in a central area and the Hearts teenager lets fly from 25 yards but his shot skids wide.

  46. 1522: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Stewart at McDiarmid Park: "David Wotherspoon looks like a player who has been freed from the shackles he was under for a while at Hibs."

  47. 1520: 

    A lovely long ball from David Wotherspoon sends Chris Millar clear on the right and he slips a pass to the overlapping Dave MacKay but Hearts deal with the full-back's cross. Stevie May then glances a header wide from another delivery from the right as the visitors start to creak under pressure.

  48. 1515: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Allan Preston at McDiarmid Park: "St Johnstone look the sharper side and they are using the big pitch well. Stevie May is really direct and is causing Hearts a few problems."

  49.  

    Malcolm Macdonald on Twitter: #bbcsportscot Hibs look like a team lacking confidence and imagination, surely Fenlon must make way 4 some1 who can motivate this lot."

    A defeat in the Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle next weekend and the heat will really be on the Hibs gaffer...

  50. 1510: 

    Jambos have rallied to the cause, forking out for season tickets to keep their favourites afloat as a tidal wave of debt threatens to take the club down. There is a large travelling support at McDiarmid Park but the home side look the brighter side just now.

  51. 1507: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell plunder all three points from Easter Road thanks to a cool finish from substitute Henri Anier. It wasn't a classic and Hibs can feel a little hard done by but the home side really struggle to create openings in attack.

  52. 1505: 

    Hibs players are outraged as Stephen McManus escapes with a push on Owain Tudur Jones as the pair challenge for a high ball on in the penalty box. Just a shake of head from ref Bobby Madden...

  53. 1504: 

    No sign of any stirring fight back from Hibs as disappointed home fans start to slip away through the exits.

  54. 1502: 

    Hearts had the upper hand in this fixture last season with two home wins and a draw in Perth.

  55. 1501: 
    KICK-OFF

    St Johnstone and Hearts have started at a sun-drenched McDiarmid Park.

  56. 1459: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Danny Handling is on for Kevin Thomson as Hibs seek a response in the final six minutes.

  57. 1457: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell (Anier)

    A mighty header out of defence from Shaun Hutchinson splits the Hibs back four and Henri Anier races clear to lift a cool shot beyond Ben Williams, who was tricked into going to ground too early.

  58. 1453: 

    Two good saves from Hibs captain Ben Williams. A hoof up the park from Iain Vigurs sends John Sutton away and his angled shot is tipped round the post. From the corner, the goalie needs to push away a strong header from Stephen McManus.

  59. 1452: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Scott Robertson was cramping up a few minutes ago after a good performance in midfield for Hibs. he's replaced by Tom Taiwo.

  60. 1450: 

    Paul Hanlon tries a Cruyff-turn in his own penalty box and is lucky Henri Anier is not quick enough to react to the loose ball. The Estonian then attempts to remove Hanlon's shirt with some angry tugging, giving away a foul with Hibs in trouble. Silly stuff all round.

  61. 1449: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Stuart Carswell is on for Motherwell midfielder Paul Lawson.

  62.  

    Roddy Cons via Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Fenlon has built a squad with too many options in central midfield and next to none in attack."

  63. 1447: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road: "The one thing about Zaine Francis-Angol is that he's very direct. I don't think either team is willing to gamble and throw an extra man forward to win the game."

  64. 1446: 

    Fifteen minutes until kick-off in Perth. Saints have changed manager and brought in a few new players but there is real continuity at the club with Tommy Wright stepping up to replace the departed Steve Lomas, while eight of the starting line up were regulars last season.

  65. 1443: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    James McFadden and Bob McHugh are hooked by Motherwell boss Stuart McCall. Henri Anier and Zaine-Francis-Angol are the replacements.

  66. 1442: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    It's game over for Alex Harris and Sam Stanton comes off the bench.

  67. 1441: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Shaun Hutchinson is booked for a high, sliding challenge on Hibs winger Alex Harris. The speedy youth is clutching his ankle and appears to be in some pain.

  68. 1438: 

    Hibs threaten again as Lewis Stevenson sends James Collins bundling towards goal in the penalty box. The ball is cleared to Scott Robertson on the edge of the box and his volley is pushed away by the diving Lee Hollis. Good save. This is a bit livelier now...

  69. 1436: 

    Alex Harris does brilliantly to skip in behind the Motherwell defence and slide a pass across goal for the sliding Liam Craig, who skews the ball wide from a central position under pressure from Shaun Hutchinson.

  70. 1435: 

    St Johnstone are cock-a-hoop at the moment, having enjoyed a great start to the season on their Europa League adventures. Rosenborg were stunned by the Perth side who came back from Belarus with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

    Will that game and journey have taken it out of the home players or will the extra matches give them an edge in terms of sharpness?

  71. 1433: 

    Kevin Thomson races into a huge open space as the Motherwell midfield goes missing. He has a look round for team-mates and then ignores them all, firing in a low shot into the arms of Lee Hollis from 30 yards.

  72. 1432: 

    Fraser Mullen gets forward to fire a lovely cross in from the right flank. It finds the head of James Collins but Hibs' new striker can only send the ball wide from a great position 12 yards out.

  73. 1431: 
    LINE-UPS

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Scobbie, Cregg, Anderson, Millar, McDonald, MacLean, Wotherspoon, May, Miller. Subs: Banks, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Caddis, M.Davidson, B. Easton, Fallon.

    Hearts: MacDonald; McGowan, McKay, Wilson, McHattie; Tapping, Hamill, Robinson; Walker; Paterson, Stevenson. Subs: Ridgers, A.King, B.King, Oliver, McGhee, Holt, Smith.

  74. 1430: 

    This tame stuff bucks the recent trend. The last time Motherwell were at Easter Road they came back from two down to win 3-2 and this fixture has provided us with 50 goals in the last 11 meetings. That figure is skewed by the remarkable 6-6 draw at Fir Park in May 2010. My colleague Martin Conaghan, who will be providing today's match report, is still having night sweats about writing that game up in four paragraphs for the dearly departed Ceefax.

  75. 1428: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road: "The drummer inside Easter Road really needs to work on his repertoire - hitting it hard does not make a tune."

    It's just about the only noise at the game. The atmosphere is very flat as both sides struggle to create chances.

  76. 1426: 

    Liam Craig is the answer and he drills a disappointing effort straight at Motherwell goalkeeper Lee Hollis.

  77. 1425: 

    Scott Robertson is tripped as he charges towards goal. Who will be over the set-piece from 25 yards now that Leigh Griffiths has gone?

  78. 1423: 

    Not for the first time, a cluster of Hibs players crowd out James McFadden. The tempo of play is very slow at the moment; bordering on ponderous.

  79. 1422: 
    YELLOW CARD

    The bookings are evened up as Paul Lawson goes into Bobby Madden's little black book for a trip on Kevin Thomson.

  80. 1419: 
    KICK-OFF

    The second half is up and running at Easter Road. No changes in personnel.

  81. 1417: 

    Hearts will be bottom of the league this evening no matter how the results go since they start the campaign with a 15-point penalty for being in administration. With a transfer embargo also in place, manager Gary Locke will just need to get on with what he's got. The starting XI is not too shabby but the player pool is callow and thin.

  82.  

    Ross Quinn on Twitter: "Awful inconsistent refereeing from Bobby Madden. Books Thomson but not for the challenge on Liam Craig which was worse. #bbcsportscot"

    Mr Madden has not had much to do in that first 45 minutes at Easter Road. Maybe he was just bored and wanted to get involved. I think he was playing advantage for the challenge on Craig but could have taken action later. Neither were particularly bad tackles.

  83.  

    Lamine Lachhab on Twitter: "Have a funny feeling the mighty #JTs are going to get a result up in Perth, good start to this long season going to be vital #bbcsportscot"

  84. 1409: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke has gone for an attacking line-up against St Johnstone, with Callum Paterson, Ryan Stevenson and Jamie Walker up top.

  85.  

    Tunde Akere on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Hibs fans stay away becos the ridiculous defeat to malmo is still fresh. it is left for the players to step up today."

  86. 1403: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibernian 0-0 Motherwell
    It's been a bit dreary at Easter Road. It's been a bit dreary at Easter Road.

    Hibs started brightly but have not been able to get the ball to new striker James Collins enough. Motherwell's main men James McFadden and Iain Vigurs have been very quiet.

  87. 1402: 

    John Sutton cushions a header in the director of Iain Vigurs and the Motherwell man slams a half-volley high and wide from 20 yards.

  88. 1400: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Bobby Madden reaches for his yellow card for the first time, cautioning Kevin Thomson for a late sliding challenge on Motherwell's Keith Lasley. That booking goes into the soft category, according to BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson.

  89.  

    Michael via Twitter: "#bbcsportscot following the blog while at work in the states. Come on Hib!!"

    Is that just one Hib or all Hibs?

  90. 1357: 

    James Collins breaks into the penalty area from the left but there is little in the way of support for the new Hibs striker and he slams a shot into the side-netting from a next to impossible angle.

  91. 1354: 

    Hibs midfielder Owain Tudur Jones goes down in a heap while defending a corner. It looks like he stumbled and was caught in the face by Shaun Hutchinson's knee.

  92. 1353: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road: "Both teams are guilty of trying to play that 40-yard killer ball through the defence - patience is the key."

  93. 1351: 

    Liam Craig is playing wide on the right of Hibs' midfield, which is a bit strange given his success in a central role for St Johnstone. Scott Robertson, more of a holding player in his Dundee United days, is the man getting closest to new striker James Collins.

  94. 1349: 

    Paul Lawson, not noted for his goalscoring, goes for a cute chipped shot from long range and it sails too high to trouble Hibs keeper Ben Williams.

  95. 1346: 

    Space opens up for Alex Harris on the edge of the penalty area but the Hibs youngster pings a wild effort high over the crossbar.

  96.  

    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Hibs looking a lot better than I expected, but this can only mean we'll concede a sloppy goal soon."

  97. 1343: 

    Hibs captain for the day Ben Williams makes a good flying catch from a Keith Lasley strike. The home goalkeeper is seeing more of the ball now as Bob McHugh sends an awkward header wide.

  98. 1342: 

    There's a mis-match as John Sutton gets on the wrong side of tiny Lewis Stevenson but the tall Motherwell striker can't quite reach a deep cross from Stephen McManus.

  99. 1339: 

    BBC Radio Scotland match commentator Paul Mitchell points out that both teams lost their top three scorers over the summer. Where are the goals going to come from today? James Collins is looking lively on his Hibs debut.

  100. 1337: 

    Hibs winger Alex Harris scampers after a long ball but Stephen McManus is able to step across the teenager and steer a header back to his goalkeeper Lee Hollis.

  101. 1335: 

    BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young pitch-side at Easter Road: "Pat Fenlon is very happy with the build-up play but wants a better final ball. I think he's the happier of the two managers so far."

  102. 1333: 

    The sun has disappeared behind a cloud and Hibs' early dominance has given way to a scrappy period of play, with both sides struggling to retain possession.

  103.  

    Tom Watson on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Many shows in the Edin fringe are offering special preview prices on their tickets this weekend. Hibs should b doing the same."

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  104. 1330: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road: "Hibs are a threat at set-pieces with James Collins, the two centre-backs and Owain Tudur Jones - he's an absolute giant."

  105. 1328: 

    Motherwell midfielder Paul Lawson makes a crucial sliding interception to prevent a low cross from Lewis Stevenson reaching Scott Robertson near the penalty spot. Michael Nelson gets his head to the resulting corner but Shaun Hutchinson is able to nod clear at the post.

  106. 1326: 

    The Hibs defence is caught out by a long ball down the left channel but Bob McHugh slices his first-time shot high and wide.

  107. 1325: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road: "Pat Fenlon's players need to show they were stung against Malmo, because if they don't, the next match is against Hearts and the pressure on the team will be building and building."

  108. 1323: 

    We've got sunshine on Leith as Hibs do some early pressing but the Motherwell defence are holding firm on the edge of their penalty area.

  109. 1321: 

    Some 16,000 fans turned up to cheer Hibs on against Malmo but today's crowd is way down on that number after such a chastening defeat.

    The men in green need a good start to the league campaign to exorcise that painful experience and attract those disenchanted supporters back. Pat Fenlon could also do with a win or two under his belt as swiftly as possible since he must be feeling the heat.

  110. 1319: 

    "James Collins needs to hit the ground running for Hibs," says Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson. "Leigh Griffiths really carried Hibs for the last 18 months with his goals."

  111. 1317: 

    Fraser Mullen swings in a lovely cross but James Collins is muscled out by Shaun Hutchinson and the Motherwell man heads clear.

  112. 1316: 
    KICK-OFF

    And we're off at Easter Road.

  113. 1313: 

    There's a minute's applause in memory of Lawrie Reilly. The 84-year-old was the last surviving member of Hibs' "Famous Five" forward line which helped the side win three league titles in 1948, 1951 and 1952.

    Reilly made his debut as a 17-year-old and played his entire career with Hibs, scoring 238 goals.

    The striker also still holds the record for the most goals scored by a Scot against England - five.

  114. 1312: 

    Hibs are missing a host of defenders, including skipper James McPake, through injury and suspension, so it falls to 33-year-old Nelson to instil some organisation and provide leadership at the back. He only arrived from Bradford on Thursday and is likely to have a real tussle on his hands with 'Well striker John Sutton. That will be a heavyweight clash.

  115. 1310: 
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've got to get on with it. We want to start the league campaign well. We needed an experienced defender with James McPake out for a while. Motherwell are a decent side and they're probably a different shape to what they were last year."

  116. 1308: 
    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I don't like just playing with one striker and Bob McHugh's been looking sharp in training so he gets his chance.

    "We've always got to try and improve and it's difficult to improve on last season apart from in the cup competitions."

  117. 1307: 

    The Hibs players are warming up in t-shirts that pay tribute to the late Lawrie Reilly. They are all sporting the legendary striker's number 9 and have the phrase "Gi' the ball tae Reilly' on them".

  118. 1305: 

    Stephen McManus spent some time with Hibs in pre-season but opted to join the Steelmen instead. The former Celtic defender brings a wealth of experience with him and should help progress the career of the very promising Shaun Hutchinson.

  119. 1302: 

    Motherwell are also smarting after a European loss having been turned over at home by Kuban Krasnodar and manager Stuart McCall has been busy rebuilding after a raft of departures over the summer. Many of last season's star performers have moved on but the new recruits look promising, with Iain Vigurs catching the eye against the Russians. McCall is not done yet since he has gone public with his desire to add right winger.

  120. 1259: 

    Hibernian have signed striker James Collins and defender Michael Nelson since that crushing 7-0 defeat at home to Malmo in the Europa League. Can Collins fill the Leigh Griffiths-shaped hole in Pat Fenlon's squad and can the former Killie centre-half help plug the leaks in a porous backline?

  121.  

    SPLstats on Twitter: "Bob McHugh is making his 77th appearance for Motherwell, but just his 9th start. All 4 of his goals for the club came as a sub."

  122. 1254: 

    One change for Motherwell, with Bob McHugh replacing Zaine Francis-Angol. Bob McHugh sounds like a character from Still Game but the forward is only 22. He'll grow into that name in another 50 years.

  123. 1251: 

    Former Jambo Fraser Mullen will be making his first competitive start for Hibs at right-back. Another ex-Hearts full-back Alan Maybury is on the bench - he's signed on again as a development coach.

  124. 1248: 
    LINE-UPS

    Hibernian: Williams, Mullen, Nelson, Hanlon, Stevenson, Harris, Robertson, Jones, Thomson, Craig, Collins. Subs: Murdoch, McGivern, Maybury, Handling, Taiwo, Stanton, Caldwell.

    Motherwell: Hollis, Hammell, Ramsden, Hutchinson, McManus, McFadden, Lawson, Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, McHugh. Subs: Nielsen, Cummins, Francis-Angol, Carswell, Erwin, Kerr, Anier.

  125. 1245: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage. Hibernian are at home to Motherwell in the lunchtime kick off, while St Johnstone welcome Hearts to McDiarmid Park.

    The season kicked off on Friday night with Partick Thistle and Dundee United drawing 0-0 and yesterday yielded wins for Celtic, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 05 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
No movement 4 Motherwell 1 1 3
No movement 5 St Johnstone 1 1 3
No movement 6 Dundee Utd 1 0 1
No movement 7 Partick Thistle 1 0 1
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 1 -1 0
No movement 9 Ross County 1 -1 0
No movement 10 Hibernian 1 -1 0
No movement 11 St Mirren 1 -3 0
No movement 12 Hearts 1 -1 -15