Scottish football as it happened

Aberdeen beat league leaders Inverness CT while Celtic move joint top with a win against St Johnstone.

21 September 2013 Last updated at 17:37

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  1. 1400: 

    Muhammad Ali famously once quipped he was so fast he "handcuffed lightning" and Inverness's meteoric rise to the top of the Premiership has been just as electrifying.

  2. 1401: 

    Terry Butcher's men, three points clear at the top of the table, face Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon in one of five top-flight games.

    Aberdeen v Inverness CT

    Celtic v St Johnstone

    Hibs v St Mirren

    Partick v Kilmarnock

    Ross County v Hearts

  3. 1403: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of today's Scottish football.


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    Is Tynecastle the most atmospheric? Does Celtic Park rate as your favourite? Ibrox, Tannadice or Easter Road?

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  4. 1405: 

    Inverness earned maximum points the last time they visited Pittodrie on league duty. The prolific Billy McKay nabbed a double in a 3-2 win in November last year.

    Aberdeen, who appear to be heading in the right direction under Derek McInnes, last beat Inverness at Pittodrie in August 2011, Scott Vernon netting the winner in a 2-1 victory...

  5. 1406: 

    What a game in prospect at Easter Road this afternoon. St Mirren, with only one victory since their League Cup final victory, are looking nervously over their shoulders at basement side Hearts.

    The Buddies have a solitary point from a disappointing start to the campaign, while the Jambos are up to -8 points.

  6. 1409: 
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "We've done well against Celtic in the past but today's a different game.

    "We've got to ensure we start well and can't be coming here and giving anything away early doors; if we do that then we've got a chance.

    "I thought they were excellent against AC Milan and I'm sure Neil Lennon will want them to start the game the way they did in Milan.

    "We've got to keep the ball, otherwise it'll be wave after wave of attacks. We're sixth and have made a reasonable start to the season.

    "There's nothing to suggest we can't get a result..."

  7. 1410: 

    Hibs, unbeaten in four but without a win at home this season, go with the same XI that started last weekend's 2-1 victory at St Johnstone.

  8. 1411: 

    New signing Ismael Bouzid goes straight into the Kilmarnock team for today's visit to Partick Thistle and captain Manuel Pascali makes his first start of the season now that he has fully recovered from a hamstring injury sustained back in February.

  9. 1412: 

    Aberdeen are looking for their third clean sheet in a row in the Scottish Premiership but is that achievable up against the in-form Billy McKay and Richie Foran of Inverness? The Dons starting XI is unchanged from the one that beat Partick Thistle 3-0 at Firhill.


    bringthemonjpn: "Will be very close, but you have to fancy ICT. Almost a home match. Both teams in scoring form. I cannae wait."

  11. 1414: 
    Celtic team to play St Johnstone

    Celtic: Forster; Matthews, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Commons, Brown, Mulgrew, Boerrigter; Stokes, Pukki. Subs: Zaluska, Biton, Samaras, Balde, Rogic, Atajic, McGeouch.

  12. 1416: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLachlin at Ross County v Hearts

    "Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson continuing his recovery from a knee injury ahead of game v Ross County #bbcsportscot"

  13. 1417: 

    Hearts make one change from the side that lost out to Celtic as manager Gary Locke brings in David Smith in place of Billy King.

  14. 1419: 

    Following their midweek Champions League exertions in Milan, Celtic manager Neil Lennon makes two changes ahead of St Johnstone's visit.

    Teemu Pukki and Derk Boerrigter come in for Mikael Lustig and Georgios Samaras. Lustig isn't in the squad but Samaras earns a place on the bench...

  15. 1421: 

    Scott Boyd replaces Grant Munro in the Ross County defence and Kevin Luckassen is back to lead the home attack against Hearts in Dingwall.

  16. 1423: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Easter Road

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, Nelson, Hanlon, Stevenson, Robertson, Taiwo, Thomson, Craig, Heffernan, Collins. Subs: McGivern, McPake, Vine, Murdoch, Stanton, Zoubir, Caldwell.

    St Mirren: Dilo, McAusland, Goodwin, Grainger, van Zanten, Newton, McLean, McGowan, Harkins, Teale, Thompson. Subs: Cornell, McGregor, Mair, McGinn, Caprice, Reilly, Bahoken.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  17. 1425: 
    BBC ALBA commentator Alex O'Henley

    "David Silva has agreed terms with @OfficialKillie but deal not quite over the line yet."

  18. 1426: 
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "There's a lot of hard work going in from the players to be able to pick the same side every week.

    "This year we've been very fortunate (in terms of injuries) and the guys on the bench are itching to get into the team. And that's a lovely feeling for me as a manager..."

  19. 1429: 
    Highland sharp-shooter
    Inverness CT striker Billy McKay

    Billy McKay, who has netted six times for league leaders Inverness CT this season, will be gunning for another goal at Pittodrie this afternoon.

  20. 1431: 

    St Johnstone make four changes for the match at Celtic Park, with Gary Miller, Stevie May, Nigel Hasselbaink, Brian Easton coming into Tommy Wright's starting line-up.

  21. 1432: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Dingwall

    Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, McLean, Boyd, Gordon, Kettlewell, Sproule, Brittain, Quinn, Carey, Steven Ross. Subs: Micic, De Leeuw, Munro, Maatsen, Glen, Fraser, Saunders.

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGowan, McKay, Wilson, McHattie, Holt, Hamill, Robinson, Smith, Paterson, Walker. Subs: Ridgers, Carrick, Billy King, Tapping, Nicholson, Oliver, McGhee.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  22. 1434: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I wouldn't discount Aberdeen today but if Inverness win it'll be an enormous result for them."

  23. 1435: 

    Like Aberdeen, Inverness CT are unchanged from their successful starting XI last time out. Terry Butcher's men defeated Kilmarnock 2-1 at Rugby Park last week - making it five wins and one draw so far in the league this season.

  24. 1437: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Celtic Park

    Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Commons, Brown, Mulgrew, Boerrigter, Stokes, Pukki. Subs: Biton, Samaras, Balde, Rogic, Zaluska, Atajic, McGeouch.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Wright, Anderson, Brian Easton, Cregg, Millar, Murray Davidson, McDonald, Wotherspoon, MacLean. Subs: Scobbie, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Banks, Caddis, May, Miller.

    Referee: Alan Muir

  25. 1438: 

    St Mirren, without a win this season, change goalkeepers for the match at Easter Road, with Christopher Dilo wearing the gloves today. On-loan striker Stephane Bahoken drops out, with midfielder Kenny McLean the man coming in.

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    Edinburgh Tom: "Fav ground Easter Rd. My boy was born in the street a few yards from north stand! Stop on the spot with him whenever passing by..."

  27. 1442: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Pittodrie

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Reynolds, Hector, Considine, Pawlett, Jack, Hayes, Wylde, Zola, Smith. Subs: Robertson, Vernon, Low, Weaver, Magennis, Storie, Murray.

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

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  28. 1445: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Firhill

    Partick: Fox, Stephen O'Donnell, Muirhead, Balatoni, Sinclair, Lawless, Welsh, Osbourne, Bannigan, Higginbotham, Doolan. Subs: Craigen, Forbes, Paul Gallacher, Elliot, Baird, Kerr, Fraser.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Clohessy, Barr, Bouzid, Tesselaar, Nicholson, Irvine, Pascali, Ibrahim, Boyd, Gardyne. Subs: Gros, Reguero, Jacobs, Stewart, McKeown, O'Hara, Ashcroft.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  29. 1447: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We played well in Milan and want to take that into the game today. There's been no signs of fatigue.

    "The Champions League games take a lot out of you. I think we'll need to win away from home (to have a chance of making the last 16) it's a tall order but not beyond us...."


    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher posed our senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin a question/teaser ahead of the game at Pittodrie.

    "Crow in desert, ceramic jug with 1/3 water in it. Crow can't fit in the jug. How does it get the water out?"

    Send us your answers; El Tel says he'll reveal the answer after the game...

    GET INVOLVED - Terry's Teaser

    ChillScot: "The crow drops stones in to raise the level of water #bbcsportscot"

    Heart of MidlothianGET INVOLVED

    "Mark Ridgers shakes hands with nearly every single person in the stadium as he comes off the pitch #localboy #celeb"

    GET INVOLVED - Terry's Teaser

    Jim Mitch in Port Glasgow: "The Crow and the Pitcher is one of Aesop's Fables, numbered 390 in the Perry Index... It gets stones to make water rise; moral is the fable shows that thoughtfulness is more superior than brute strength."

  34. 1457: 
    Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

    "The boys don't let the heads go down. We need to work harder to try to get results. We'll be solid at the back and hopefully we can break quickly for Boydy (Kris Boyd) up front."

  35. 1500: 

    Here we go across the country...

  36. 1501: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland at Celtic Park
  37. 1502: 

    Kevin McHattie sees his drive deflected over for a corner as Hearts seek an early breakthrough in Dingwall.

    GET INVOLVED - Terry's Teaser

    bringthemonjpn: "Answer to the Tell quiz,, put the heid in..sure I'll be right, check at match end."

  39. 1505: 

    Partick Thistle have the ball in the net with Kris Doolan firing home but it's disallowed as the striker appears to handle the ball in the build up...

  40. 1506: 

    Inverness CT have started the brighter at Pittodrie as they seek their third win on the bounce against the Dons. A nice through-ball is played through to James Vincent but he fails to react quickly enough.

  41. 1507: 
    BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane at Easter Road

    "Decent-sized, and noisy, home support at Easter Road at Hibs face a St Mirren side in their away all-red strips seeking their first league win of the season for under pressure boss Danny Lennon."


    Roddy Macleod: "That gotta be some sort of record? Same starting XI for the 7th straight game to start the season! #ict #bbcsportscot."

  43. 1508: 

    The hosts beginning to apply a bit of pressure with two corners in a row. Aberdeen full-back rises to meet the second one but his header is blocked by his own player, Calvin Zola.

  44. 1509: 
    GOAL- Hibs 1-0 St Mirren (James Collins 9mins)

    James Collins stoops to nod in a bouncing free kick, as the Saints defence dithered. Not the starter the vistors were after, behind within 10 minutes...

  45. 1510: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone (Pukki 10mins)

    The Finn Teemu Pukki fires Celtic into the lead, thumping a shot through Alan Mannus's legs.

  46. 1511: 

    Partick have a penalty as Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali is penalised for a high challenge on Steven Lawwless...

  47. 1512: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-0 Kilmarnock (Aaron Muirhead 12mins pen)

    Manuel Pascali marks his first start for Killie this marking the hip of Steven Lawless with a clumsy challenge and concedes a penalty. Aaron Muirhead is confident from the spot and slams the penalty straight down the middle past Craig Samson to give the home side the lead.

  48. 1513: 

    Ross County midfielder Ivan Sproule is almost through on goal but for a great tackle from Hearts' left-back Kevin McHattie...

  49. 1514: 
    BBC Sportsound summariser Willie Miller at Pittodrie

    "I don't think Terry Butcher will be very happy about how his side have started. They've not shown any urgency and have struggled to keep the ball."

    GET INVOLVED - Favourite Scottish stadium

    Craig Edwards: "Has to be Tannadice for most St Johnstone fans. Even 4-0 down and still enjoying it. #bbcsportscot."

  51. 1516: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park

    "St Johnstone are winning the ball within their own 18-yard box but there is no out ball for them. They are giving the ball away."

    GET INVOLVED - Terry's Teaser

    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportscot #TerrysTeaser The answer is clear: A manager's glass is always 1 third full, never 2 thirds empty."

  53. 1516: 
    GOAL- Queen's Park 0 Elgin 1 (Dennis Wyness 14)
  54. 1517: 
    GOAL- Raith 0 Alloa 1 (Kevin Cawley 16)
  55. 1519: 
    BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane at Easter Road

    "Seeing that Saints new keeper looks a little nervous at his first game for the club, Hibs are trying everything from long range, especially Liam Craig...and there goes another fine effort from goalscorer James Collins whistling inches over the crossbar. Hibs well in control of the opening 20 minutes..."

  56. 1520: 

    Celtic's Adam Matthews tears down the right and crosses for Dirk Boerrigter who heads wide of Alan Mannus's post. The Welshman looks to be in fine form this afternoon and the hosts are pushing hard to double their lead.

  57. 1521: 

    Strong wrists from Dean Brill in the Inverness goal as he beats away 17-year-old Cammy Smith's piledriver. Inverness are keen to extend Brill's loan from Luton Town beyond January and you can see why! Aberdeen still dominating.

  58. 1522: 

    Ross County midfielder Steven Ross turns his marker, has a pop at goal but his shot is wide of the post. It remains goalless at Victoria Park.

  59. 1522: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-1 Hearts (Paterson 22mins)

    Gary Locke's side are in front in Dingwall; Kevin McHattie finds Callum Paterson who makes no mistake to give the Jambos the lead.

  60. 1523: 

    Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan weaves his way into the Killie box from the right wing, works the ball on to his left foot and cracks a shot at goal. Thankfully for the visitors, their goalkeeper Craig Samson makes a brisk dive to his left and palms the ball clear.

  61. 1524: 
    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park

    "Celtic are working very hard as a unit and St Johnstone have no answer for them. They are pinned in their own half."

  62. 1525: 
    GOAL- Annan Athletic 0 Clyde 1 (Ryan Frances 26)
  63. 1526: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone (Mulgrew 26mins)

    Charlie Mulgrew, playing in front of Celtic's back four, strikes a low shot past Alan Mannus into the corner of the St Johnstone net. That's his second goal of the season and Celtic are coasting...

  64. 1527: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod at Pittodrie

    "Inverness are coming more and more into this game and are beginning to look the better side."

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland at Celtic Park

    "Celtic streets ahead of St Johnstone so far. Matthews impressive and his final ball better than it was against Milan."

  66. 1530: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Victoria Park

    "Ross County have never beaten Hearts in regulation time. One win in a penalty shootout in a League cup tie. #bbcsportscot."

  67. 1531: 

    Aberdeen try to pull off that famous free-kick routine where two players pretend to make a mess of it before firing in a quick cross! Unfortunately it doesn't work as well against Inverness as it did against the mighty Bayern Munich!

    Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone
    Celtic striker Teemu Pukki is congratulated on his goal

    Teemu Pukki fired Celtic into an early lead against St Johnstone, with Charlie Mulgrew doubling their lead before the break.

  69. 1532: 

    Hibs striker Paul Heffernan almost breaks away from the St Mirren defence but Marc McAusland makes a terrific covering tackle.

  70. 1533: 
    BBC Sportsound summariser Willie Miller at Pittodrie

    "Aberdeen's wide players: Gregg Wylde and Jonny Hayes, have fallen out of the game which has allowed Inverness to come into things more."

  71. 1534: 

    Hearts spurn the chance to add to their lead in Dingwall; a ball over the top from Jason Hope is met by midfielder Callum Paterson but he can't manage to get his shot on target.


    Mikeyboy77: "Adam Matthews outstanding again for Celtic , very versatile & talented #bbcsportscot"

  73. 1535: 
    GOAL- Queen's Park 1 (Anthony Quinn Pen 31) Elgin 2
  74. 1536: 

    Veteran midfielder Barry Nicholson flashes a header past Thistle goalie Scott Fox's right-hand post when he really ought to have buried Sean Clohessy's excellent cross.

  75. 1537: 
    BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane at Easter Road

    "Another unexpected fumble from St Mirren's reserve goalie Chris Dilo, brought in today ahead of David Cornell, who's on the bench. The 19 year old Englishman looks very nervous indeed...."

  76. 1538: 

    Adam Matthews dinks a ball over for Celtic team-mate Dirk Boerrigter who uses his ear rather than his forehead to direct the ball at goal. Suffice to say, the home team fail to extend their lead over St Johnstone.

  77. 1539: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 1 (Lee Erwin 34) Stenhousemuir 1
  78. 1540: 

    Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell manages to beat Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald to a floated corner but his header flies over the bar. Still 1-0 to the visitors in Dingwall.

  79. 1541: 

    St Mirren midfielders Paul McGowan and Gary Harkins are having a bit of a tiff at Easter Road. The Buddies team-mates are squabbling as their side trail 1-0.

  80. 1542: 

    Make that two crucial saves by Inverness 'keeper Dean Brill now! This time he tips over Michael Hector's header as the big Englishman meets a Jonny Hayes cross.

  81. 1543: 

    Lewis Stevenson and Paul Heffernan combine on a Hibs counter-attack and only the fingertips of Christopher Dilo prevent the home side from increasing their lead...

  82. 1544: 

    Hearts go close to doubling their lead as Callum Paterson fires in a blistering shot but County keeper Mark Brown is equal to it.


    Tom in Edinburgh: "I see Danny Lennon is "under pressure" (live text 1507). By the day's end he'll be "beleaguered"; next comes "fully backed by the board", then "sacked", then "studio guest". It's a tried and tested managerial descent."

  84. 1545: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone
  85. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness CT
  86. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Ross County 0-1 Hearts
  87. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 1-0 St Mirren
  88. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick 1-0 Kilmarnock
    HALF-TIME- Championship

    Dumbarton 1 - 0 Livingston

    Falkirk 1 - 0 Dundee

    Hamilton 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath

    Morton 0 - 1 QoS

    Raith Rovers 1 - 1 Alloa

    HALF-TIME- League One

    Arbroath 1 - 1 Stenhousemuir

    Ayr 2 - 0 Brechin

    Dunfermline 0 - 0 Airdrieonians

    Stranraer 1 - 0 East Fife

    HALF-TIME- League Two

    Annan Ath 1 - 1 Clyde

    Berwick 0 - 0 Stirling

    East Stirling 0 - 3 Albion

    Montrose 1 - 1 Peterhead

    Queen's Park 2 - 3 Elgin

  92. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half...

    Partick 1-0 Kilmarnock
    Aaron Muirhead celebrates his penalty against Kilmarnock

    Aaron Muirhead fired Partick in front from the spot after Manuel Pascali's eye-wateringly high challenge on Steven Lawwless.

  94. 1604: 
    GOAL- Annan Athletic 1 Clyde 2 (John Sweeney Pen 49)
  95. 1605: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-1 Kilmarnock (Boyd)

    Kilmarnock are level as striker Kris Boyd peels away from Aaron Muirhead and buries a header into the corner of Scott Fox's net. Game on!

  96. 1606: 
    GOAL- Raith 2 (Grant Anderson 48) Alloa 1
  97. 1607: 
    GOAL- Dumbarton 1 Livingston 1 (Marc McNulty 49)
  98. 1608: 
    GOAL- Hamilton 1 (Ziggy Gordon 51) Cowdenbeath 0
  99. 1610: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Pittodrie

    "It's not good at all in this second half. A physical game and far too many long passes. Plenty effort but not enough skill on show."

  100. 1611: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 1 Stenhousemuir 3 (John Gemmell 53)
  101. 1613: 

    Kris Boyd almost makes it two goals in three minutes as he glances Michael Gardyne's cross from the right towards goal with his head, but Scott Fox makes a great save. What a start to the second half for Killie!

    Boyd then earns a yellow card for an over-zealous tackle and there's little doubt Allan Johnston's men are more fired up since the break.


    Mark Walker-Stewart: "Aberdeen just cannot do the business against the better teams..."

  103. 1616: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon makes a change after an hour of play against St Johnstone. Georgios Samaras comes on for Kris Commons.

  104. 1616: 
    GOAL- Hibs 2-0 St Mirren (Heffernan)

    Pat Fenlon's men double their lead at Easter Road, Paul Heffernan turning the ball home from close range. The Buddies are being battered in the capital...

  105. 1617: 
    BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane at Easter Road

    "Paul Heffernan turns in Alan Maybury's pacy cross after a nice move. The home side two goals to the good, and deservedly so."

  106. 1618: 

    Aberdeen are making a change to try to spice things up. Gregg Wylde, largely ineffective today, departs and Nicky Low enters the fray.

  107. 1619: 

    Hearts, who lead in Dingwall courtesy of Callum Paterson's goal, are enjoying the majority of possession at Victoria Park but have so far failed to turn their supremacy into a second goal.

  108. 1620: 

    It's been one-way traffic towards the Thistle goal in the second half - a complete change from the opening period. Thistle boss Alan Archibald makes a change. He sends on Christie Elliot on for Steven Lawless.

  109. 1621: 

    Hearts should have a second. A shot from Callum Paterson is deflected for Jason Holt to cut the ball back across the six yard line but Paterson stabs his effort wide!

  110. 1622: 

    David Wotherspoon gets away from Efe Ambrose and whips the ball across for Stevie May who heads over the Celtic crossbar. There's been precious little goalmouth action at Celtic Park in the second half.

  111. 1623: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 1 Stenhousemuir 4 (Sean Dickson 64)
  112. 1625: 

    Partick Thistle ease the pressure on their defence for a spell and Kris Doolan's right-foot volley is well saved by Craig Samson.

  113. 1626: 

    Aberdeen's Calvin Zola goes off and is replaced by Josh Magennis. Can he bring Aberdeen the goal they badly need? Another blank would mean the Dons have failed to score in four of their seven competitive games this season, highlighting the reliance on Niall McGinn...

  114. 1627: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Pittodrie

    "We're screaming out for one piece of magic that's going to open this game up."

  115. 1627: 

    Christopher Dilo makes a good save from Liam Craig's free-kick and James Collins is there to squeeze the ball in from close range but it won't count. The striker had strayed offside.

  116. 1628: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 2 (Colin Hamilton 69) Stenhousemuir 4
  117. 1630: 

    Aberdeen's Cammy Smith clears off the line when Graeme Shinnie's delivery is met by the head of Josh Meekings. The Inverness players claim it crossed the line but no goal given. The league leaders are pushing for the opener at Pittodrie.

  118. 1631: 
    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park

    "When Celtic raise the tempo of the game they cause St Johnstone all sorts of problems."

  119. 1633: 

    Saints midfielder Chris Millar's shot is blocked by Fraser Forster. Tommy Wright's side showing more attacking intent as they seek to eat into the two-goal deficit at Celtic Park.

  120. 1635: 
    GOAL- Dumbarton 1 Livingston 2 (Marc McNulty 76)
  121. 1636: 

    Another defensive mix-up from St Mirren allows Paul Heffernan to break through. Christopher Dilor races out to clear but only as far as Liam Craig and the keeper has to scurry back frantically to make a save from the Hibs midfielder.

  122. 1637: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-1 St Johnstone (Caddis)

    Liam Caddis toe pokes the ball home against his former club as he nips in in front of Efe Ambrose. Is a comeback on for Tommy Wright's troops?

  123. 1637: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT (Scott Vernon)

    Scott Vernon, on as a substitute, chests the ball and hits a wonderful shot on the turn following a free-kick to net his first of the season against the league leaders.

  124. 1640: 

    Mark Brown keeps Ross County in the game with a cracking save to keep out Jason Holt's 20-yard howitzer. County still trail by a goal to nil but could that save prove crucial?

  125. 1641: 

    Steven MacLean is angry that he's not awarded a penalty as he and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes clash in the box. The visitors have a real spring in their step now...

  126. 1642: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-1 Hearts (De Leeuw)

    Ross County substitute Melvin De Leeuw nabs an equaliser with late header; joy for the home supporters who are going bananas!

  127. 1643: 

    Danny Grainger tries to take a quick free kick but a Hibs man blocks the effort and the Buddies left-back blasts the ball against him in protest to earn a stupid second yellow card. It's not been a good day for St Mirren.

  128. 1645: 
    GOAL- Ross County 2-1 Hearts

    It's a mirror image of the Ross County equaliser as the Highlanders nick it at the end, Melvin De Leeuw whips in a cross for Richard Brittain who heads home the winner. Victoria Park is in the vice-like grip of wild & emotional home celebrations!

  129. 1646: 

    St Johnstone hit the Celtic post through Gary McDonald's glancing header, then Fraser Forster makes a great save from Dave Mackay's shot.

  130. 1647: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 2-1 St Johnstone
  131. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Ross County 2-1 Hearts
  132. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibs 2-0 St Mirren
  133. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT
  134. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick 1-1 Kilmarnock
  135. 1652: 

    Inverness lose for the first time this season, substitute Scott Vernon nabbing the winner. Terry Butcher's men, though, still top the table ahead of Celtic on goal difference.

    Hibs beat St Mirren at Easter Road
    Hibs celebrate one of their two goals in the victory against St Mirren

    Pat Fenlon's men claimed maximum points against out-of-sorts St Mirren; James Collins and Paul Heffernan on the scoresheet for Hibs, who are now unbeaten in five...


    Tom Watson: "Is 'under-pressure' manager Danny Lennon now officially beleaguered?"

  138. 1706: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes on beating Inverness

    "First half we were excellent, making chances and dominating the game. Second half was a lot more even but Scott Vernon got his reward for his perseverance and professionalism.

    "We go with two strikers in the last 20 minutes and it paid dividends. It's nice for the players to get their reward for hard work."

  139. 1710: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "I'm absolutely delighted with the three points, it's a big, big win. We put a lot into the first half and you're mindful that might catch up with them.

    "We needed a bit more from the substitutes but it's a fine win as St Johnstone are no pushovers. Adam Matthews gave us pace and width down the right and we missed him in the second half.

    "It's about trying to integrate the new players into British football. We're waiting on blood tests (on James Forrest) but thankfully he's been discharged from hospital and is convalescing at home."

    FULL-TIME- Championship

    Dumbarton 1-2 Livingston

    Falkirk 3-1 Dundee

    Hamilton 1-0 Cowdenbeath

    Morton 0-2 QoS

    Raith Rovers 4-2 Alloa

    FULL-TIME- League One

    Arbroath 3-4 Stenhousemuir

    Ayr 2-2 Brechin

    Dunfermline 2-1 Airdrieonians

    Stranraer 2-0 East Fife

    FULL-TIME- League Two

    Annan Ath 1 - 2 Clyde

    Berwick 1 - 1 Stirling

    East Stirling 1 - 4 Albion

    Montrose 2 - 1 Peterhead

    Queen's Park 3 - 3 Elgin

  143. 1720: 
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "You can see from Aberdeen's reaction at full-time that we're considered a big scalp.

    "We're disappointed we've lost our unbeaten record today but we'll lick our wounds and we'll look to put that right.

    "Sometimes you need a slap in the face. We matched Aberdeen and there was nothing in the game. I don't think we deserved to lose but it just shows you it was a physical, competitive game. We'll bounce back; the fans are great and the players are great."

  144. 1723: 
    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "Celtic made a good start but we sat too deep and in the first half we didn't work hard enough.

    "We asked for a reaction in the second half and we got it; we controlled large parts of the second half and were unlucky to hit the post. We also thought we should've had a penalty.

    "But we lost the game in the first half."


    So, Inverness lose their unbeaten record with defeat at Pittodrie. However, Terry Butcher's men remain top of the table, ahead of Celtic on goal difference.

    Neil Lennon's men see off a spirited late St Johnstone comeback to claim victory; while Ross County come roaring back to break Hearts in Dingwall.

    Partick and Kilmarnock share the spoils at Firhill and Hibs coast to victory at home to under-fire St Mirren.

    Highlights of all today's games will be available on our website from 6pm tomorrow; we're back tomorrow afternoon with Dundee United v Motherwell at Tannadice.

    Hope you can join us then, cheers!

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 22 Sep 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 7 8 16
No movement 2 Celtic 6 7 16
No movement 3 Aberdeen 7 4 13
No movement 4 Motherwell 7 0 13
No movement 5 Hibernian 7 2 11
Moving up 6 Dundee Utd 7 4 9
Moving down 7 Partick Thistle 7 -1 9
No movement 8 St Johnstone 7 -1 8
No movement 9 Ross County 7 -5 7
No movement 10 Kilmarnock 7 -4 3
No movement 11 St Mirren 6 -10 1
No movement 12 Hearts 7 -4 -8