Scottish Premiership as it happened

Dundee United hammer Hearts to move third, Aberdeen beat St Johnstone and Hibs grab a last-gasp equaliser.

7 December 2013 Last updated at 14:15

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  1. 1733: 

    That will do from me. Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    That will probably be easier for fans of Dundee United, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock who enjoyed good wins. Hibs followers will also be smiling after grabbing a stoppage-time equaliser.

  2. 1730: 

    Inverness CT manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland:

    "They are an honest, hard-working bunch and they maybe tried too hard to impress. St Mirren were the better team in the first half but our goalkeeper was outstanding. Second half was much better and we had chances to go on and win it. A few of the players have already said to me 'we're better than that, gaffer'".

  3. 1727: 

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland:

    "The sending off certainly helped us get over the line a bit more comfortably but I'd rather emphasise the quality of the two goals we scored. They were both outstanding. St Johnstone work hard and do the simple things well but our back four handled them. We are getting players back, which is pleasing, and it's good to get back to winning ways."

  4. 1723: 

    Dundee United may have knocked in four goals to make it six home wins on the bounce but manager Jackie McNamara still sounds like someone has stolen his lunch money.

    "I thought we stuck to our task," he tells BBC Radio Scotland. "Hearts came in with a game plan and I thought our first goal was crucial. I was disappointed that they got back into it with the penalty, but we regrouped at half-time, we kept forcing it and we got our just rewards.

    "We kept going and doing the same things, passing the ball and taking the game to them. We had good chances to catch them on the break at times. I'm delighted because it keeps the momentum going, especially at home."

  5. 1720: 

    Scottish League Two:

    Albion Rovers 2-1 Stirling Albion

    Clyde 1-3 Peterhead

    East Stirling 1-1 Annan Athletic

    Elgin 2-0 Berwick

    Queen's Park 0-1 Montrose

  6. 1718: 

    Scottish League One:

    Arbroath 1-2 Stranraer

    Dunfermline 1-1 Forfar

    East Fife 1-0 Stenhousemuir

    Rangers 3-0 Ayr

  7. 1715: 

    Scottish Championship:

    Cowdenbeath 2-3 Livingston

    Dumbarton 0-1 Queen of the South

    Falkirk 3-1 Raith Rovers

    Hamilton 0-1 Alloa

    Morton 1-2 Dundee

  8. 1711: 

    A quick dip into the lower leagues:

    Dundee move top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at Morton, while previous leaders Hamilton slipped up at home to Alloa, the Wasps earning a 1-0 win.

    Rangers got their 20th consecutive win with a comfortable 3-0 success against League One rivals Ayr United at Ibrox. All is not rosy though since there were large-scale protests against the board during the game.

  9. 1707: 

    I should mention Kris Boyd as well. The Kilmarnock striker was unlucky not to get a hat-trick but the one that did go in was pretty special.

  10. 1705: 

    There are a couple of cracking goals for you to look out for on Sportscene or on our online highlights from 18:00 tomorrow. Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan's run and finish was first class, while Aberdeen's Niall McGinn covered an even greater distance to thunder in a smashing shot.

  11. 1703: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice

    "The two late goals skewed the result slightly but Hearts ran out of steam. Dundee United thoroughly deserved their win because they were the better team but the score flatters them and the victory was hard won."

  12. 1700: 

    Hearts remain rooted to the bottom of the table on minus three points but Ross County are now in 11th spot, having lost at home to Kilmarnock who nudge up a place thanks to an excellent display in Dingwall. The Staggies are 14 points better off than the Jambos.

  13. 1657: 

    Big Terry Butcher went absolutely bananas when Hibs knocked in that last-gasp equaliser. Partick Thistle will feel gutted at losing their lead so late on but the home side were really piling on the pressure.

  14. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME

    Hibernian 1-1 Partick Thistle

  15. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME

    St Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen

    Ross County 1-2 Kilmarnock

  16. 1653: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 1-1 Partick Thistle (Collins)

    Hibs appear to have rescued a point in injury time as James Collins gathers a downward header from Paul Hanlon and steers a shot past Scott Fox from eight yards.

  17. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME

    St Mirren 0-0 Inverness CT

    Dundee Utd 4-1 Hearts

  18. 1651: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 4-1 Hearts (Rankin)

    But Jamie MacDonald is soon picking the ball out of the net for a fourth time as shot from John Rankin takes a huge deflection to wrong-foot the Hearts custodian.

  19. 1650: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald makes a great full-length save to push away a fierce effort from Stuart Armstrong.

  20. 1648: 

    Hibs win their 11th corner of the game, and it leads to pingball inside the penalty area. Ryan McGivern and Jason Cummings both fire in efforts but the Jags hold firm to protect their 1-0 lead.

  21. 1645: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    A contender for goal of the season as Aberdeen's Niall McGinn runs the full length of the park from the left-back position and cuts inside before smashing it into the top corner!

  22. 1645: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 3-1 Hearts (Mackay-Steven)

    Stuart Armstrong's shot is well saved by Jamie MacDonald and comes back out for Gary Mackay-Steven on the right hand side of the penalty box. He looks up and clips a curling shot into the far corner to give Dundee United a two-goal cushion.

  23. 1644: 

    "Hearts have got to go for it, but they can't allow themselves to be caught out on the counter-attack in a free-kick situation." BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice comments on a squandered free-kick by Hearts that almost led to a strike at the other end for Dundee United.

  24. 1641: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Kris Boyd hits the frame of the Ross County goal for a second time as his shot comes back off the post, Killie should be out of sight by now.

  25. 1638: 

    Jason Cummings, just on as sub for Hibs, is guilty of a quite amazing miss! James Collins nods the ball down for the teenager in front of goal and the crowd can't believe it as he doesn't make any sort of contact with the ball at all. He was two or three yards from the goal-line. One your granny could have tucked away with ease...

  26. 1637: 

    Kilmarnock keep creating chances but they cannot find a third killer goal. Will the visitors play for their profligacy?

  27. 1635: 

    Hibs threaten again as Paul Hanlon throws himself at a deep free kick and his diving header is not too far away.

  28. 1633: 

    It's another good chance for James Collins as the Hibs striker rises to meet Paul Hanlon's chipped cross but he can only plant his header straight at Thistle keeper Scott Fox.

  29. 1632: 
    RED CARD

    St Johnstone are down to 10 men as Rory Fallon is sent off one minute after coming on a substitute. The New Zealand forward clattered into Michael Hector and is dismissed by referee Willie Collum.

  30. 1631: 
    Sir Alex Ferguson looks on from the main stand at McDiarmid Park. Sir Alex Ferguson looks on from the main stand at McDiarmid Park.
  31. 1629: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Inverness Caley Thistle are making much more of a game of it in the second half. Indeed, they've had the better of the few chances since the break, while St Mirren - so impressive in the first period - haven't reached the same level of performance since the interval."

  32. 1626: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Partick Thistle keeper Scott Fox makes a fabulous flying save to claw away an acrobatic effort from James Collins. The Hibs striker slammed a volley into the ground from 15 yards and the ball looked destined to sneak into the back of the net.

  33.  

    Kris Doolan's goal was Partick Thistle's 6000th league goal, according to @ThistleStats

  34. 1622: 

    Kilmarnock slice Ross County open again as Chris Johnston skips past a couple of challenges to set up Kris Boyd. The striker's thumping shot is saved by Mark Brown.

  35. 1621: 

    Jordan McGhee's shot is blocked by Dundee United defender John Souttar as Hearts attempt to find a way back into the game at Tannadice.

  36. 1619: 
    BBC Sportscene pundit John Robertson at Victoria Park

    "Kilmarnock winger Chris Johnston is a real breath of fresh air. He's a real throw back. A slight winger who just goes and goes at opponents."

  37. 1617: 
    BBC Sportscene pundit Billy Dodds at Easter Road

    "Hibs don't look like a side that can cut teams open. They've had a few long range shots, but they've lacked any real quality."

  38. 1614: 

    Kilmarnock are going for the kill at Ross County as they pepper the home goal. It remains 2-1 to the visitors.

  39. 1612: 

    St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus denies Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett a second goal with a good save at McDiarmid Park.

  40. 1610: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-1 Partick Thistle (Doolan)

    Partick Thistle are ahead thanks to a wonderful goal from Kris Doolan. The striker picks the ball up on the half-way line, lobs Jordon Forster, cuts inside Paul Hanlon, and dinks the ball over keeper Ben Williams. A cracking goal to break the deadlock at Easter Road.

  41. 1609: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 2-1 Hearts (Graham)

    Dundee United are ahead again as Brian Graham leaps unmarked from a corner to send home a bullet header.

    That's Graham's third goal in three games...

  42. 1608: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd is close to his second goal as he thunders a shot against the underside of the crossbar. Ross County keeper Mark Brown barely moved...

  43. 1607: 

    John Rankin tries his luck from 30 yards but the Dundee United midfielder is thwarted by a good save from Jamie MacDonald.

  44. 1605: 
    KICK-OFF

    The matches are up and running again...

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    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Twitter: "Dundee United 1-1 Hearts HT - United dominated early and scored. But a gutsy Hearts response full of belief. This game could go either way."

  46. 1559: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson at Victoria Park

    "Kilmarnock are well worth their lead. They dominated the first half and it was totally against the run of play when Ross County levelled. Kris Boyd's goal was delightful."

  47. 1557: 
    It's not been a classic at Easter Road. It's not been a classic at Easter Road.

    Both sides are working hard but there has been a dearth of quality moments in attack. You can see all the action "as live" on BBC ALBA from 17:30 GMT.

  48. 1554: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice

    "I'm enjoying the game, with two teams giving everything for the cause. Hearts have responded magnificently well from that drubbing last weekend. I feared the worst for them after they conceded but they have done really well to get back into it."

  49. 1552: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Not a bad first half here despite the lack of goals. St Mirren certainly the better team, but Dean Brill has done well in the Caley Thistle goal. The St Mirren midfield in particular has been very impressive. Kenny McLean, John McGinn, Paul McGowan and Conor Newton providing a lot of good football and attacking threat and no less importantly Jim Goodwin sits and keeps things simple in the centre of the park."

  50. 1551: 
    HALF-TIME

    Hibernian 0-0 Partick Thistle

  51. 1550: 
    HALF-TIME

    St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen

  52. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME

    St Mirren 0-0 Inverness CT

    Ross County 1-2 Kilmarnock

    Dundee Utd 1-1 Hearts

  53. 1546: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-2 Kilmarnock (Boyd)

    Vintage stuff from Killie's top scorer so far this season as Kris Boyd dinks it beyond County 'keeper Mark Brown and into the top corner from 22 yards following a half-clearance.

  54. 1546: 

    Great save this time by Scott Fox as Ryan McGivern hits a long spinning strike from a good 40 yards out. The Jags keeper manages to get down to his near post to push it wide for a corner.

  55. 1545: 

    Brave or stupid? Partick Thistle keeper Scott Fox is almost caught out by James Collins as he decides to take on the Hibs striker, but he gets away with it and manages to slip by him and get the ball cleared.

  56. 1544: 

    Dundee United's John Souttar hammers in a shot but his team-mate Stuart Armstrong gets in his way and the ball spins wide. It's all gone a bit scrappy at Tannadice.

  57. 1542: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at McDiarmid Park

    "Stunning save from Jamie Langfield to deny Stevie May a 13th goal of the season after Mark Reynolds had failed to find a team mate. First save of note for the Dons keeper and it was a blinder!"

  58. 1541: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Brilliant stop from Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to deny the dangerous Stevie May as Saints begin to rediscover the attacking threat that's served them so well this season.

  59. 1540: 
    Peter Pawlett was the man to lash Aberdeen in front at McDiarmid Park Peter Pawlett was the man to lash Aberdeen in front at McDiarmid Park
  60. 1538: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "John Hughes keeping a low profile down in the Caley Thistle technical area, leaving Duncan Shearer to do the bulk of the bawling from the touchline. His side create their best chance of the match, which Aaron Doran fires wide from the edge of the box."

  61. 1536: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-1 Kilmarnock (Kettlewell)

    Ross County's first meaningful attack results in an equaliser. Melvin de Leeuw's shot was saved by Craig Samson but Stuart Kettlewell is there to lash it home from 16 yards.

  62. 1536: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Partick Thistle are forced into an early change as Steven Lawless is carried off with what BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds suggests looks like ligament damage. Ross Forbes replaces him.

  63. 1535: 

    A statement from Police Scotland says 18 smoke bombs, three fireworks and one flare were set off at the Motherwell v Celtic game last night. No arrests have been made.

  64. 1533: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at McDiarmid Park

    "Aberdeen worthy of their lead given to them by former on loan Saintee Peter Pawlett, with the hosts struggling to breach the Dons defence."

  65. 1532: 

    Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson has had next to nothing to do at Victoria Park as Ross County struggle to get going.

  66. 1531: 

    St Johnstone's Chris Millar plays a poor square pass in midfield and Aberdeen's Scott Vernon pounces on it, but curls his effort over the bar.

  67. 1530: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren ParkHITS THE WOODWORK

    "Another excellent piece of play from St Mirren - Paul McGowan slips in Steven Thompson, whose first touch takes him slightly wide, but he gets a good powerful shot away, but Dean Brill does superbly to push it onto the post."

  68. 1528: 

    Jamie Walker is causing problems for Dundee United with his direct running down the left. The winger curls a free kick round the defensive wall and the effort is held by keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  69. 1526: 

    Hibs are pumping a lot of balls into the Partick Thistle penalty area but the visitors are seeing them off without too much trouble.

  70. 1523: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 1-1 Hearts (Hamill)

    Jamie Hamill keeps a cool head to roll in the penalty and Hearts are level at Tannadice.

  71. 1522: 
    PENALTY

    Hearts have a spot kick after a trip on Jamie Walker by Mark Wilson.

  72. 1522: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Inverness Caley Thistle yet to get into their stride here. Not so for the home team, who look bright and confident. Conor Newton has a shot blocked just short of the goal-line as the pressure builds."

  73. 1519: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen (Pawlett)

    He missed a few minutes ago but Peter Pawlett hits the net this time! A 20-yard strike from the Aberdeen midfielder after a nice back-heel by Scott Vernon. That's Pawlett's second goal of the season.

  74. 1519: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 1-0 Hearts (Armstrong)

    Dundee United's Gary Mackay-Steven sets up Stuart Armstrong, who calmly strokes the ball into the back of the net for the opener from close range.

  75. 1519: 

    Kallum Higginbotham and Steven Lawless test Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams within a minute, but the Englishman is equal to both efforts. Then Kris Doolan drags a shot just wide, though the offside flag was already up. The Jags starting to get some joy down the left hand side at Easter Road.

  76. 1518: 
    CLOSE!

    Dundee United wunderkind Ryan Gauld strikes for goal from 25-yards out but Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald manages to get a hand to the looping effort and tips it over the crossbar.

  77. 1516: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "St Mirren should be ahead. They built a move of supreme quality, starting in the left-back position with Sean Kelly and involving John McGinn, Paul McGowan, Conor Newton, Jason Naismith and finally Steven Thompson, who is twice denied by Dean Brill in the Caley Thistle goal. Brilliant stuff from the home side."

  78. 1515: 

    That's a second goal in two games for Killie's Chris Johnston. His last one was in the 5-2 Scottish Cup defeat to Dundee United so he'll be hoping it's a more significant strike this time.

  79. 1514: 
    CLOSE!

    Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett shoots just wide as the visitors settle in at McDiarmid Park. A good one-two with Scott Vernon and the former St Johnstone loanee misses by inches.

  80. 1513: 

    Rangers are 1-0 up against Ayr United as the seek a 20th consecutive victory. Jon Daly with the goal.

  81. 1510: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-1 Kilmarnock (Johnston)

    Kilmarnock's high-tempo start pays off as pint-sized winger Chris Johnston pops up at the back post to knock home a ball driven across goal by Kris Boyd.

  82. 1508: 

    It's been a very lively start from Kilmarnock up in Dingwall against Ross County. Two teams desperate for a win there.

  83. 1506: 

    Hibs midfielder Paul Cairney steps inside from the left flank and lets fly with a fierce strike that Partick Thistle keeper Scott Fox has to tip wide at his near post.

  84. 1505: 

    BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice for Dundee United v Hearts: "If the form book is right, we'll get goals. Often that isn't the way it works out. But it's a perfect day for football - cold, crisp, no wind with an immaculate pitch - so there's no reason why we shouldn't get goals."

  85. 1503: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at McDiarmid Park

    "Sir Alex Ferguson has just taken his seat here. He's in Perth 50 years on from his famous Saints hat-trick against Rangers. His mind will surely be on yet another horror result for Manchester Utd today at home to Newcastle."

  86. 1501: 
    KICK-OFF

    We're off!

  87. 1500: 

    The applause for Nelson Mandela begins across the nation's football grounds...

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    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland at Tanandice: "About to get underway at Tannadice! Very, very cold but expecting a roaringly good match - and goals!"

  89. 1455: 

    Hibernian manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland: "We've had two good away performances so we're looking forward to this one now. I just about feel settled in now. This is a massive club and I'm coming to terms with that. The players are a marvellous bunch and we are going along one step at a time."

  90. 1451: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "The last time I was here it was for Terry Butcher's first game as Hibernian manager. Today's visitors are Butcher's former club Inverness Caley Thistle, with John Hughes now in the hot seat. He's always been an effervescent figure, much like Butcher, and the brand of football he likes his teams to play is usually pretty attractive. So he should be a good fit."

  91. 1449: 

    New Inverness CT manager John Hughes talking to BBC Radio Scotland: "The dressing room is self-policing. There are some great characters in the dressing room and I trust the guys."

  92. 1445: 
    More from Liam McLeod at McDiarmid Park

    "Saints defender Frazer Wright replaces Brian Easton who took a knock yesterday. Aberdeen have Jonny Hayes back from injury and Willo Flood makes the bench after another hamstring injury.

    "The most welcome addition today though is Allan Preston's heater which gets its debut this afternoon."

    Liam will be snuggling in beside his BBC colleague to keep the bitter Perth cold at bay...

  93. 1443: 
    LINE-UPS

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, Forster, Hanlon, McGivern, Cairney, Jones, Craig, Stevenson, Handling, Collins. Subs: Murdoch, Nelson, Taiwo, Zoubir, Caldwell, Cummings, Thomson.

    Partick Thistle: Fox, Taylor-Sinclair, Muirhead, Craigen, Lawless, Piccolo, Elliott, McMillan, Osbourne, Higginbotham, Doolan. Subs: Gallacher, Forbes, Baird, Kerr, Lindsay, Wilson, Meechan.

  94. 1442: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at McDiarmid Park

    "St Johnstone's home record is more impressive than some think. They have lost just three times here in more than a year - one of those losses was to FC Minsk in the Europa League qualifiers, the other two to Hibernian, including their only home league defeat this season."

  95. 1440: 

    The Scottish Professional Football League has recommended that a minute's applause be held before weekend matches as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela. The former South Africa president died on Thursday aged 95.

  96. 1438: 

    Lewis Stevenson is making his 200th appearance for Hibernian today. The versatile midfielder, with indie-kid musical taste and choir boy haircut, is only 25 but has played under seven managers now at Easter Road.

  97. 1436: 

    Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, Boyd, Micic, Gordon, Klok, Kettlewell, Carey, Quinn, De Leeuw, Luckassen. Subs: Dingwall, Mustafi, Maatsen, Glen, Cooper, Steven Ross, Fraser.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Clohessy, Ashcroft, Irvine, Tesselaar, Gabriel, Johnston, McKeown, Slater, Gardyne, Boyd. Subs: David Silva, Nicholson, Clingan, Reguero, McKenzie, Ibrahim, Muirhead.

  98. 1433: 
    LINE-UPS

    St Mirren: Kello, Naismith, McAusland, Newton, Kelly, Goodwin, McGregor, McGinn, McGowan, McLean, Thompson. Subs: Dilo, van Zanten, Reilly, Grainger, Harkins, Mair, Caprice.

    Inverness CT: Brill Shinnie Warren Meekings Mckay Draper` Foran Doran Ross Watkins Tremarco. Subs: Esson Raven Devine Greenhalgh Williams Polworth Agdestein.

  99. 1430: 
    LINE-UPS

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Scobbie, Wright, Jahic, Millar, McDonald, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Hasselbaink, May. Subs: Banks, Cregg, Edwards, Caddis, Miller, Brown, Fallon.

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

  100. 1428: 
    LINE-UPS

    Dundee United: Cierzniak, Wilson, Souttar, Dillon, Robertson, Rankin, Paton, Mackay-Steven, Armstrong, Gauld Graham. Subs: McCallum, Erskine, Watson, Goodwillie, Dow, Gomis, Butcher.

    Hearts: MacDonald; McGhee, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie; Robinson, Hamill, Tapping, Paterson, Stevenson, Walker. Subs: Hamilton, McKay, Smith, Carrick, A.King, B.King, Nicholson.

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    Tom Watson on Twitter: "Getting ready for Easter Rd. Jersey - check; scarf - check; Terry Butcher bandage - check."

    Leigh Griffiths has been tweeting about paying a visit to Easter Road today as well. How Hibs could do with the Scotland striker back. Goals have been very hard to come by for the men in green and white.

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    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Twitter: "Dundee United vs Hearts - expectancy for teenage terrors to run riot, but are United due a blip? Hearts MUST show a reaction after 7-0 loss."

  103.  
    St Mirren v Inverness CT (15:00)
    John 'Yogi' Hughes John 'Yogi' Hughes takes charge of Inverness Caley Thistle for the first time, with the visitors aiming to extend their winning run to six matches.

    St Mirren were turned over 3-0 in the Highlands on the opening weekend of the season but have hit some form recently, with only one loss in their last seven outings.

  104.  
    St Johnstone v Aberdeen (15:00)

    Former Saints boss Derek McInnes returns to McDiarmid Park for the first time in a competitive match. His Aberdeen side have been widely praised this season but are just two points above the sixth-placed hosts. St Johnstone will fancy their chances of leapfrogging the visitors. The Perth outfit have won their last four at home, scoring 11 and conceding just one goal.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is a guest at McDiarmid Park today. The former Manchester United boss is of course regarded as a legend by the Dons after masterminding their all-conquering team of the 1980s. He also turned out as a no-nonsense forward for the Saints between 1960-64.

  105.  
    Ross County v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Both of these teams could do with a win. County have gone five games without a victory and Killie are on a run of four straight defeats. The Staggies have never scored in the five meetings between the teams. Kilmarnock prevailed 2-0 at Rugby Park in October but Allan Johnston's side have yet to reach double figures in the points column after 14 games.

  106.  
    Hibernian v Partick Thistle (15:00)

    Terry Butcher makes his home bow as Hibs manager looking to improve the team's dreadful recent record at Easter Road. Hibs have won just one league match in front of their own fans this term. The wheels have fallen off for Thistle after an impressive start to the season, with Alan Archibald's side losing their last five matches. However, the Jags have saved their best form for away games, with their three league victories all coming on the road.

  107.  
    Dundee United v Hearts (15:00)

    Dundee United are on a roll right now and could move up to third place with a win. Jackie McNamara's young guns have banged in 13 goals to rack up three straight victories since drawing at Premiership leaders Celtic. Hearts are still on negative points following their penalty for going into administration and confidence will have taken a battering after last weekend's 7-0 home mauling from Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

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    BBC Sportsound regular Tom English on Twitter: "Vandalism at Fir Park was a disgrace. Usual bunch of halfwits. Real competition now for the prize of Scotland's dimmest fan."

  109. 1417: 

    Celtic were in devastating form last night and could have easily won by a far larger margin. However, the slick performance was overshadowed by crowd trouble.

    Celtic say they will investigate the release of flares and smoke bomb from visiting fans at Fir Park last night. "The actions of a small minority have again tarnished the great reputation of the club," read a statement from the league leaders. There was also damage done to a number of seats and reports of graffiti.

    BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young says Motherwell estimate the costs of the damage at £10,000.

  110. 1415: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage. We have five games kicking off at 15:00, with the pack chasing after leaders Celtic, who thumped Motherwell 5-0 last night.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 07 Dec 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 Celtic 14 23 36
No movement 2 Inverness CT 14 10 29
Moving up 3 Dundee Utd 15 18 26
Moving up 4 Aberdeen 15 8 26
Moving down 5 Motherwell 15 -7 25
No movement 6 St Johnstone 15 5 21
No movement 7 Hibernian 15 -5 17
No movement 8 St Mirren 14 -7 16
No movement 9 Partick Thistle 15 -12 14
Moving up 10 Kilmarnock 15 -8 12
Moving down 11 Ross County 14 -13 11
No movement 12 Hearts 15 -12 -3