Scottish football as it happened

Aberdeen beat Inverness after Scottish Premiership wins for Celtic, Dundee United and Motherwell.

21 December 2013 Last updated at 11:51

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  1. 1930: 

    It's been a long day and it's time for me to sign off. There'll be further reaction from today's games on the BBC Sport website later.

    Join us again on Boxing Day for more Scottish Premiership coverage.

  2. 1926: 

    So, a hugely entertaining match to round off the Scottish Premiership card. A relieved Aberdeen will head home safe in the knowledge that they are now level on points with second-place Dundee United and Inverness.

  3. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 3-4 Aberdeen

    And that is that. A remarkable game with Aberdeen winning, but only just.

  4. 1923: 

    Inverness win a corner and Graeme Shinnie's delivery is nodded towards goal by Danny Williams but the ball is scrambled clear.

  5. 1922: 

    But then Aberdeen counter and Jonny Hayes is played in by Willo Flood but the winger's effort is tame and collected by Dean Brill.

  6. 1921: 

    Aberdeen are hanging on now with a couple of desperate clearances midway through the stoppage time of five minutes.

  7. 1918: 

    The Inverness fans get excited at the winning of a throw-in deep in the Aberdeen half but Carl Tremarco's long delivery is cleared and the Dons escape upfield to try and use up a few more seconds. The match has entered five minutes of stoppage time.

  8. 1917: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 3-4 Aberdeen (Shinnie)

    Graeme Shinnie gets on the end of Gary Warren's deep cross to head past Jamie Langfield and the gap between the sides is back to one goal. Incredible.

  9. 1915: 

    Scott Vernon wins a free-kick near the halfway line and that's just the kind of stoppage Aberdeen are looking for as they home in on victory.

  10. 1912: 

    Inverness build down the right, desperate to further reduce their deficit. Aberdeen are organised enough to keep the hosts at bay as they edge closer to the three points.

  11. 1911: 

    Now it is Peter Pawlett receiving treatment on what appears to be a hip injury.

  12. 1909: 

    Into the last 10 minutes now. Will there be any more goals?

  13. 1906: 

    Niall McGinn has another shot at goal, this time from a central position, and Dean Brill is clutches the ball on his goal line.

    Scott Vernon and Gary Warren It's been a keenly contested match in the Highlands
  15. 1859: 

    After so many goals and near misses in this match, we have an effort that is well off target from Peter Pawlett, who lifts a shot high into the stand behind the Inverness goal.

  16. 1857: 

    Carl Tremarco's inswinging corner is headed onto the post by Ross Draper and David Raven also hits the upright with the follow-up. So close to a third for Inverness.

  17. 1854: 

    David Raven has recovered from his knock and he makes an important block to deny Niall McGinn after the striker gets away a shot in the Inverness penalty area.


    Graeme Stewart, Glasgow: "When will Aberdeen drop Langfield? He is forever flapping about like a full washing line, and at fault for both goals (so far) today. Time for a change."

  19. 1852: 

    And that substitution takes place with Mark Reynolds stretchered off and Jonny Hayes joining the fray.

  20. 1851: 

    And it looks as though Mark Reynolds will need to be replaced. The stretcher is on and Jonny Hayes is waiting to come on.

  21. 1849: 

    Another aerial challenge ends with players getting treatment as Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds and Inverness defender David Raven pull up on the touchline.


    Tom Watson: "Based on what i remember from Yogi's time in charge at Hibs, this match has got 6-6 written all over it"


    Matthew in Shetland: "As an Aberdeen fan I'm hoping this doesn't turn into another Newcastle-Arsenal game..."

    That game in 2011 finished 4-4.

  24. 1844: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 2-4 Aberdeen (McKay)

    Is it game on again?! Nick Ross pokes the ball through to Billy McKay, who rounds Jamie Langfield and slams the ball into the net for his second of the day.

  25. 1841: 

    Billy McKay heads a deep cross back into the danger area and Nick Ross's downward volley is beaten away by Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

  26. 1840: 

    Graeme Shinnie makes an important clearance as Aberdeen make a dangerous advance. Inverness quickly go to the end but they too are stopped in their tracks. It's been an exciting start to the second half.

  27. 1837: 

    Aberdeen will no doubt be frustrated to have lost that goal and given Inverness some impetus. Caley look much more like the side that started this game on the front foot.

  28. 1834: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-4 Aberdeen (McKay)

    Just the start of the second half that Inverness would have wanted as Billy McKay slides in to tuck the ball in at the back post after the Dons struggle to deal with a corner.

  29. 1834: 

    Aberdeen start the second half.

  30. 1832: 

    With second half coming up, the indications are that Inverness captain Richie Foran has sustained a shoulder injury.


    Tim: "How are we looking for that 13-0 now?"

  32. 1818: 
    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-4 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen head in at the break totally in command. Four well-taken goals and a dominant display in the second quarter of the match from the Dons would appear to have put this game out of the reach of Inverness.

  33. 1817: 

    As stoppage time ensues, Richie Foran comes off after that knock he picked up earlier and David Daven comes on.

  34. 1816: 

    Though he's not scored yet tonight, Scott Vernon has been really impressive in Aberdeen's attacking, creating space for his teammates and causing Inverness all sorts of problems.

    John Robertson, BBC Sportsound pundit

    "This game is over."

  36. 1814: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-4 Aberdeen (McGinn)

    It just gets better and better for Aberdeen. Niall McGinn has looked threatening whenever he has drifted in from the left and on this occasion he gains enough space to fire the ball back across Dean Brill and into the net.

  37. 1812: 

    Foran gets back to his feet and is ushered off the pitch to receive more treatement.

  38. 1810: 

    Concern for Inverness. Richie Foran is lying on the pitch after taking a head knock.

  39. 1809: 

    It's been a pretty stunning 20 minutes from the Dons. They got off to a slow start but have been in complete control since the Barry Robson penalty.

  40. 1807: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-3 Aberdeen (Pawlett)

    Aberdeen score an excellent third and this time it is Peter Pawlett on target. The midfielder canters forward, plays a one-two with Scott Vernon and sidefoots past Dean Brill.

  41. 1805: 

    Aberdeen keep attacking and Niall McGinn's shot comes off two Inverness players on its way out.

  42. 1801: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-2 Aberdeen (Robson)

    Aberdeen double their lead and it's a fantastic header from Barry Robson, who leaps to turn Peter Pawlett's cross into the net.

  43. 1759: 

    Niall McGinn drifts in from the Dons' left and tries to bend a shot into the far corner only to see it curve wide.

  44. 1757: 

    How will Inverness respond to going behind? And what now for Aberdeen, sit on the lead or go for a second before the break?


    Andrew Priestly: "Niall McGinn has been in fantastic form for Aberdeen. He has provided his team with goals, assists and work-rate this season. #bbcsportscot"

    Ian McDonald: "They will make second if they win 13-0... #bbcsportscot"

    Good point Ian!

  46. 1752: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen (Robson, pen)

    Former Inverness player Barry Robson blasts the ball past Dean Brill from 12 yards and Aberdeen have the lead.

  47. 1751: 

    But wait, Aberdeen win a spot-kick! Josh Meekings misjudges the flight of the ball as it comes into the box and it strikes his arm.

  48. 1749: 

    John Hughes, who is still unbeaten as Inverness manager, should be pleased with the start his side have made. Determined and bright, they've made it difficult for Aberdeen to gain territory.

  49. 1747: 

    Richie Foran threatens again with a header but this time Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield claims the ball.

  50. 1745: 

    The resulting free-kick takes place and Barry Robson's low drive is deflected wide by the defensive wall.

  51. 1744: 

    Peter Pawlett takes a sore one from Ross Draper's sliding challenge and the Inverness midfielder is booked.

  52. 1742: 

    Bit of a mix-up in the Aberdeen defence almost gifts Inverness the opener as goalkeeper Jamie Langfield's loose pass is pounced upon by Aaron Doran.

    The attacking midfielder tries to bend the ball round Langfield as he retreats to his line up the keeper gets back to make the save.

  53. 1741: 

    With Dundee United having won against Ross County earlier, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen both dropped down a place.

    A draw or a win will take Caley back up to second while the Dons need victory to reach second.


    Andy Knox: "Love the Dons line up but have a funny feeling this will end a draw - COYR! #bbcsportscot"

  55. 1738: 

    It's been a good start from the hosts and this time Nick Ross fires in a shot that grazes in the post on its way out.

  56. 1735: 

    Inverness captain Richie Foran makes his presence known early on with a header just wide of the Aberdeen goal.

  57. 1732: 

    You can listen commentary to Inverness v Aberdeen on BBC Radio Scotland. The whole match will be on 810MW while 92-95FM will provide first-half coverage.

    Match commentary of the whole game is also available on the BBC Sport website.

  58. 1731: 

    Inverness get the match underway against Aberdeen.

  59. 1729: 

    Inverness have made just one change to the line-up that beat Hearts with Danny Williams replacing Marley Watkins.

    Aberdeen bring in Joe Shaughnessy in place of Andrew Considine.

  60. 1728: 

    Queen's Park have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Gardner Speirs.

    The Spiders, who are bottom of Scottish League Two, lost 4-0 at home to Berwick Rangers today.


    On Twitter, the hashtag to use is #bbcsportscot.


    Keep your texts coming to 80295.

  63. 1725: 

    Steven McLean is the referee at the Caledonian Stadium.

  64. 1724: 

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

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

    John Hughes, Inverness manager

    "I'm really looking forward to it. Derek McInnes has recruited really well and I've got a great respect for Derek so we know how difficult it's going to be. If we can get the three points, we'll be absolutely delighted."

  66. 1720: 

    Thank you Thomas. It's almost time for Inverness v Aberdeen, the final Scottish Premiership fixture of the weekend.

  67. 1710: 

    I'm going to pass the baton to my esteemed colleague Andy Campbell, who will guide you through Inverness CT v Aberdeen.

  68. 1708: 
    Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

    "It was a massive result for us today. We weren't at our best so it's pleasing to not play that well but still get three points.

    "The fans have stuck by us and it's up to us to kick on now..."


    Andrew Priestley: "Playing at home against a rival club in the table who are down to 10 men for 60 mins. Hibs need to be winning games like this."

  70. 1705: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes ahead of Inverness clash at 17:30 GMT

    "There's been a downpour and the pitch will be a bit heavy. But we've got a good support with us and hopefully we can come out winners."


    Clyde 2-2 Albion

    Elgin 0-1 East Stirling

    Peterhead 3-1 Stirling

    Queen's Park 0-4 Berwick


    Arbroath 0-3 Dunfermline

    East Fife 1-3 Brechin

    Forfar 0-1 Ayr

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Airdrieonians


    Alloa 0-1 Dundee

    Dumbarton 2-1 Hamilton

    Morton 0-2 Falkirk

    QoS 2-2 Livingston

    Raith Rovers 3-3 Cowdenbeath

  74. 1655: 
    Kilmarnock on song
    Kilmarnock players mob Chris Johnston after his goal at Rugby Park

    Chris Johnston was on target as Kilmarnock earned an important victory at home to Partick Thistle...

  75. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee Utd 1-0 Ross County
  76. 1650: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibernian's misery in front of goal continues and this stalemate means the men in green have found the net just twice in their last nine outings. St Johnstone, who played for an hour with 10 men, held on pretty comfortably to remain four points clear of their hosts but should the home side have had a penalty in the last minute of added on time?"

  77. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibernian 0-0 St Johnstone
  78. 1647: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 2-1 Partick Thistle
  79. 1646: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 3-0 St Mirren
  80. 1642: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "The groans of exasperation are growing louder from the home fans as St Johnstone stubbornly defend on the edge of their penalty box. Hibs have been short of inspiration all afternoon against the 10 men from Perth."

  81. 1640: 

    Just over 10 minutes to play at Tannadice and Nadir Ciftci tries his luck with a long-range effort that sails over the County bar. John Rankin follows suit with a similarly hopeful effort that fails to hit the target...


    Tom Watson: "American woman sitting next 2 me at Easter Rd: "how long do they get b4 some1 has 2 shoot?""

  83. 1638: 

    Kallum Higginbotham almost caps a wonderful Partick Thistle move, but Craig Samson pulls off a magnificent save from the winger's seven-yard shot.

  84. 1637: 

    Steven Thompson stabs the ball just wide at the front post as St Mirren go close to pulling a goal back against a Motherwell side sitting back on their lead.


    The predatory Kris Boyd fired Kilmarnock back in front at Rugby Park. Can Partick Thistle respond?

  86. 1631: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs began the second half with the bit between their teeth but 10-man St Johnstone are looking reasonably comfortable again as Alan Mannus stops a long-range shot from from former Perth favourite Liam Craig and James Collins hooks an awkward shot over the crossbar."

  87. 1630: 
    Boys Have Done 'Well
    Lionel Ainsworth nabbed a goal as Motherwell brushed St Mirren aside at Fir Park

    Lionel Ainsworth was on target for a rampant Motherwell at home to St Mirren...

  88. 1628: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-0 Ross County

    United finally break the deadlock at Tannadice. A well-worked counter-attack involving David Goodwillie and Stuart Armstrong ends with Gary Mackay-Steven slotting the ball past Michael Fraser.

    Motherwell 3-0 St Mirren (Anier)

    Henri Anier then grabbed his second goal with a fine half-volley from an Iain Vigurs cross.


    Kris Doolan guides a shot past Craig Samson to bring Partick Thistle level against Killie. He shaped to shoot with his left foot but let it run onto his right and scored his seventh of the season.


    Kilmarnock's Chris Johnston nabbed his third goal in four games with a lovely left foot strike into the corner of Scott Fox's net after the ball broke to him in the box.


    Motherwell made it 2-0 at Fir Park, Lionel Ainsworth started and finished a fine move for Motherwell, collecting a through ball from John Sutton before slipping it into the corner of the St Mirren net past the advancing Marian Kello.


    We're back up and running. Bear with me as we bring you up to date with what we've missed...

  94. 1538: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Paddy Cregg's sending off has had no discernible effect on the game as Hibs continue to launch speculative, long balls forward to no avail. Ten-man St Johnstone have come closest to breaking the deadlock, with Ben Williams making a good save to prevent a Michael Nelson own goal."

  95. 1536: 

    Ross County's Melvin De Leeuw fires a low shot from the edge of the area that whistles past Radoslaw Cierzniak's left-hand post. It's end-to-end stuff at Tannadice.

  96. 1533: 

    Stuart Armstrong sends in a curling ball from the wide on the right and Brian Graham leaps above the County defence but sends his header straight into the arms of keeper Michael Fraser. United still plugging away seeking the opener at Tannadice.

  97. 1531: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren (Anier)

    Motherwell take the lead as Henri Anier turns Jim Goodwin inside out inside the penalty box before firing past Marian Kello from eight yards.

  98. 1530: 
    RED CARD- St Johnstone's Patrick Cregg

    St Johnstone are reduced to 10 men as Patrick Cregg is given his marching orders less than a minute after replacing Davidson.

    Cregg's red comes two weeks after St Johnstone striker Rory Fallon got sent off for an elbow a minute after coming on as a substitute versus Aberdeen.

  99. 1529: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "A chorus of angry boos are aimed at referee Alan Muir after he flashes a yellow card at Scott Robertson as the Hibs midfielder makes a show of pacing out 10 yards in protest at how close the defensive wall is to a home free kick. And, of course, Liam Craig's effort crashes into the cluster of defenders, just to incense the supporters further."

  100. 1528: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "St Mirren's Marian Kello is forced into his second save in as many minutes as a Keith Lasley cross finds Lionel Ainsworth at the back post, but the goalkeeper comes off his line swiftly to block the winger's shot at point-blank range."

  101. 1527: 

    Richie Brittain requires treatment after lunging in to feed the ball for Melvin De Leeuw who then rifles the ball over the United crossbar from 25 yards.

  102. 1524: 

    Motherwell defender Simon Ramsden rises to meet a corner and his looping header is tipped away by St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello.

  103. 1523: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Paul Cairney stings the palms of St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus following good work from Jordon Forster but Lewis Stevenson, on the six yard line, cannot react quickly enough to profit from the rebound."

  104. 1522: 

    Ross County come within a whisker of taking the lead as Graham Carey's free-kick bounces inside the Dundee United area before bouncing and clipping the bar and out for a goal kick!

  105. 1521: 

    Now it's Partick Thistle goalkeeper Scott Fox called into action, as Kris Boyd dummies the ball for Chris Johnston and then gets the return pass before sending in a shot which the recent Scotland call-up deals with.

  106. 1519: 

    Graham Carey's glancing header flies inches wide of Radoslaw Cierzniak's left-hand post as Ross County seek to put free-flowing United on the back foot at Tannadice.

  107. 1515: 

    Partick Thistle threaten after Killie's Chris Johnston concedes possession and Kris Doolan thumps in a shot, but goalkeeper Craig Samson saves well with his left foot.


    Andrew Priestley: "Inverness vs Aberdeen is the game of the day. The outcome of this match will determine the shape of the top of the SPL table"

  109. 1512: 

    Dundee United's Brian Graham has the ball in the back of the net with a close-range strike, but the far-side official flagged him offside.

  110. 1510: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs are in a hurry to get the ball forward but the St Johnstone defence are dealing comfortably with a series of long balls. The visitors are more measured in their approach although top scorer Stevie May has been a peripheral figure in the opening exchanges."

  111. 1508: 

    United threaten again. This time Ryan Gauld is provider, with a Messi-like run and pass through to Stuart Armstrong but Ross County defender Brian McLean is there to nip the ball off his toes and deal with the danger. United beginning to motor...

  112. 1505: 

    Ryan Gauld's header from a corner is edged over the bar by Ross County's Mihael Kovacevic as goal-hungry Dundee United seek an early breakthrough at Tanandice.

  113. 1503: 

    At Rugby Park both Killie and Thistle are trying to get the ball down and play early on. You can't blame the hosts for trying to find tricky winger Chris Johnston as often as they can, the 19-year-old's scored twice in his last three games.

  114. 1501: 

    Motherwell threaten almost straight from kick-off as Lionel Ainsworth's cross to the front post is headed a couple of fee wide by Henri Anier. The sun has well and truly disappeared at Fir Park, but there has been a bright start on it.

  115. 1500: 

    Here we go across the country...

  116. 1458: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibernian boss Terry Butcher, serving a touchline ban, takes his seat in the stand as the teams come out of the tunnel. St Johnstone are in an AC Milan-style away kit and midfielder Gary McDonald is sporting a huge bandage on his head - a tribute to Mr Butcher's famous blood-soaked display for England or is he just keeping his ears warm against the Edinburgh chill?"

  117. 1455: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park
    Motherwell striker John Sutton

    "Striker John Sutton is in the Motherwell programme suggesting that he feels his side have under-performed this season despite sitting fifth in the table. Part of the reason for that could be that Sutton has not yet hit the scoring form of the man he replaced as the Well target man, fellow former St Mirren striker Michael Higdon.

    "At eight top-flight goals this season, Sutton is four adrift of his fellow Englishman at the same stage last term. However, Sutton did score the winner against the Buddies this season in Paisley and grabbed both goals in last week's defeat of Ross County. Incidentally, Higdon, who went on to bag 27 and the player of the year award from his fellow professionals, is on six for his new club, NEC Nijmegen."


    Andrew Priestley: "'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl wins hands down. Anyone who says anything different is wrong."

  119. 1448: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke

    "We're never going to be happy about being beaten but I felt we competed a lot better today. On another day, Dylan McGowan's header goes in..."


    Donald Moar: "David Coleman was brilliant commentating on Scotland/England matches and FA cup finals..."

  121. 1443: 

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Wilson, Souttar, Gunning, Robertson, Paton, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Gauld, Armstrong, Graham. Subs: Dillon, Goodwillie, Erskine, Dow, Ciftci, McCallum, Gomis.

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

    Referee: Iain Brines

    Mistletoe & Wine
    Cliff Richard

    Is Cliff Richard's festive number the greatest Christmas hit of all time?

  123. 1434: 

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

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

    Referee: Craig Thomson

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "Motherwell v St Mirren - Fairly even between the sides in recent years. Going for a 1-1 share of spoils. #BBCSportscene @bbcsportsound"

  125. 1431: 

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Ramsden, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Ainsworth, Lasley, Carswell, Vigurs, Sutton, Anier. Subs: McFadden, Lawson, Cummins, Francis-Angol, Kerr, Stewart, Moore.

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

    Referee: William Collum

  126. 1430: 

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

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Jahic, Wright, Scobbie, Millar, Murray Davidson, McDonald, Wotherspoon, May, Edwards. Subs: Croft, Cregg, Hasselbaink, Banks, Miller, Brian Easton, Kane.

    Referee: Alan Muir

  127. 1428: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "St Mirren's six-game unbeaten run was ended by Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend. However, they have not lost on their last four visits to Fir Park. Ironically, Motherwell have a better recent record away from home against today's visitors and won their only previous meeting this season 1-0 in Paisley."


    Tom Watson: "Boy wants 2 stay home & play with Lego instead of goin 2 the Hibs match. Traitor, or a common sense that belies his 5 yrs?"

    You need to build the wee man a spaceship but then tell him what Terry Butcher's trying to build at Easter Road. That might swing it!

  129. 1424: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Motherwell manager Stuart McCall sticks with the side that won 2-1 in Dingwall, which means that fit-again Zaine Francis-Angol and Fraser Kerr have to settle for places on the bench.

    "St Mirren boss Danny Lennon makes two changes from the side that lost in Aberdeen. Lee Mair replaces Marc McAusland at the heart of the defence, while Gary Harkins comes into midfield ahead of John McGinn."

  130. 1422: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Jason Cummings makes his first start for Hibs today. The teenager has been banging them in for fun at Under-20 level, with 30 goals for the club's two teams at that level this season.

    "David Wotherspoon is back at Easter Road for the first time since his summer exit and Gwion Edwards gets a start for St Johnstone."


    Tam C: "Hearts were a disgrace to the beautiful game in Scotland. Third Division football has more enterprise than Hearts FC."

  132. 1415: 

    What's your favourite Christmas song?

    A quick festive straw poll in the office has thrown up: Cliff Richard's Mistletoe & Wine; Boney M's Mary's Boy Child; Jona Lewie's Stop The Cavalry and East 17's Stay Another Day.

    Any other suggestions? Text 80295 or tweet me @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot

    Former England striker Gary LinekerGET INVOLVED

    "Sad to hear, David Coleman has died. A giant of sports broadcasting. Brilliant, gifted, precise and concise. Much more than 'one-nil'"

  134. 1407: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "The sun has got his hat on above Fir Park, hip, hip, hooray. Still plenty of puddles around, but not enough to dampen expectations of the game between Motherwell and St Mirren going ahead and giving us a festive feast of football from teams renowned for trying to play with a bit of style."

  135. 1406: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 2-0 Hearts

    Celtic have to be patient in the face of some superb goalkeeping from Jamie MacDonald before securing victory courtesy of goals from Kris Commons and James Forrest.

  136. 1404: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 Hearts (Forrest)

    Celtic secure victory with a well-worked second goal. Georgios Samaras speeds forward to play in James Forrest who steps inside his marker before lashing a shot home.

  137. 1402: 

    What a chance for Hearts! Dylan McGowan bullets a header towards goal but Kris Commons is on the line to clear and deny Hearts a late, late equaliser.

  138. 1359: 

    James Forrest and Joe Ledley combine well and Anthony Stokes fires a shot a couple of yards wide. Celtic look poised to claim maximum points to move 10 clear of Inverness CT who'll have a game in hand.


    MBEHAN: "Would suggest that keeping Common should be high on Celtic's agenda..."

  140. 1353: 

    Ten minutes plus added time remaining for Celtic to double their lead or Gary Locke's men to find an equaliser.

  141. 1349: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "If it stays at 1-0 then Hearts will receive a massive boost when you think what happened in the last game."

  142. 1346: 
    Hearts broken
    Kris Commons fired Celtic in front

    Kris Commons finally broke Hearts' resistance with an impressive finish past the even more impressive Jamie MacDonald.

  143. 1344: 

    Georgios Samaras gallops on to replace Teemu Pukki as Celtic look to double their lead.

  144. 1342: 

    Celtic are denied by the woodwork again. James Forrest dances down the right and his cross is met by Joe Ledley's whose effort comes back off the post. Did Jamie MacDonald also get a touch too? It wouldn't surprise me in this form.

  145. 1340: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "Celtic haven't failed to score in a league game since December last year in the defeat by Hibs: 34 league games since then..."

  146. 1337: 

    Commons fired a hat-trick against Hearts in the thumping Scottish Cup win at Tynecastle at the beginning of the month and he's broken the deadlock against the Jamie MacDonald-inspired Jambos this afternoon.

  147. 1335: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Hearts (Commons)

    Hearts and Jamie MacDonald's resistance is finally broken. Celtic skipper Scott Brown dabs a great ball through to Kris Commons and he fires a shot across MacDonald and into the far corner.

  148. 1332: 

    Celtic look more threatening down the left since the break and James Forrest dances away from a couple of Hearts challenges before seeing his cross headed clear for a corner.

    Moments later, Kris Commons angles into the box and his shot is brilliantly saved by Jamie MacDonald. The Hearts keeper is heading for an 11 out of 10 performance here...

  149. 1330: 

    Celtic press once again as they seek to break the deadlock, Virgil van Dijk sends a header narrowly over the bar. Is this game destined to end goalless?

  150. 1327: 

    Kris Commons, with a free kick from 20 yards out on the left, whips in an effort round the Hearts wall that hits the side-netting. More frustration for the league leaders.

  151. 1325: 

    Celtic try to outfox Hearts with a short corner as Anthony Stokes plays in Kris Commons. But the pair are unable to part the maroon sea and another attack fizzles out.

  152. 1323: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon is sporting a wee festive bunnet today but he looks far from happy with the display of his sluggish troops. The longer it remains goalless, the more likely we'll see another Celtic change.

  153. 1321: 

    Referee Euan Norris has a word with Hearts midfielder David Smith for an over zealous challenge on James Forrest. The Celtic winger was far from happy with the sliding challenge but the whistler takes the sting out of the situation.

  154. 1320: 

    James Forrest gets an early touch and the second-half substitute feeds Joe Ledley before scampering away down the left but Hearts continue to frustrate Celtic with some stout defending.

  155. 1318: 

    We're back under way at Celtic Park.

  156. 1316: 

    Celtic shuffle their pack at the break, bringing on James Forrest for Nir Biton.


    Andrew Priestley: "Jamie MacDonald must be thinking that he's been involved in a goalkeeping training drill rather than an actual football match."

  158. 1300: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 0-0 Hearts
  159. 1257: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "It's wins that Hearts need to try to eat into this deficit at the foot of the table..."

  160. 1254: 

    While Hearts have defended superbly, Celtic keeper Fraser Forster could've nipped down to The Forge to get some Christmas shopping in the first half. The towering Englishman hasn't been forced into action yet.

  161. 1252: 

    This game is fast becoming the Celtic v Jamie MacDonald show. The keeper is displaying Ninja-like reflexes to deny Neil Lennon's men time and again. It's goalless at Celtic Park with a little under 10 minutes remaining of the first half.

  162. 1250: 

    Jamie MacDonald is at it again! Joe Ledley breaks away from the Hearts defence to bullet a header at goal from Kris Commons's cross but MacDonald blocks superbly to deny the Celtic midfielder.

  163. 1249: 

    Emilio Izaguirre whips in a great cross that looks destined to be hammered home by Teemu Pukki but Hearts captain Danny Wilson reacts superbly to clip the ball away for a corner.


    Anonymous: "Sums up Scottish football just now. Empty seats and a one sided contest."

  165. 1244: 
    Celtic's Teemu Pukki and Hearts captain Danny Wilson tussle for possession

    Hearts, determined to avoid a repeat of their Scottish Cup drubbing at Tynecastle earlier this month, fought ferociously to repel Celtic attacks.

  166. 1242: 

    Hearts spurn a great chance to break the deadlock as Callum Paterson pounces on poor Celtic defending but dithers on the ball as reinforcements in the form of Adam King arrive and Celtic scramble clear. Hearts assistant boss Billy Brown is going bananas on the touchline with a wee Gangnam Style dance of frustration...

  167. 1240: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "It wasn't about whether Celtic would win today, it was by how many?"

  168. 1238: 

    Facing a wall of maroon jerseys, Anthony Stokes tries to dink a pass onto Teemu Pukki inside the box, almost like a pitching wedge at St Andrews. Pukki eventually gets a shot on target but Jamie MacDonald is in impressive form so far and parries the Finn's effort.

  169. 1236: 

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose tries to create something for the hosts but his slaloming run is halted by Callum Tapping. Hearts continue to snap at Celtic heels in this first half and it remains goalless after 20 minutes.

  170. 1234: 

    Mercifully, the rain has eased at Celtic Park but high winds remain a problem for the players. That's what Emilio Izaguirre will be claiming, after his deep cross from the left drifts harmlessly out of play for a goal kick as his team-mates look heavenward...


    Andrew Priestley: "Without Jamie MacDonald this season, Hearts would be in a much worse position than they already are. Fantastic goalkeeper. #bbcsportscot"

  172. 1231: 

    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald is equal to a Kris Commons shot from the edge of the area, pushing the ball away after the midfielder fizzed a low shot that looked to be heading just inside MacDonald's left-hand post.

  173. 1230: 

    Hearts fail to trouble Celtic's Fraser Forster after forcing their first corner of the game. With 15 minutes gone, it remains goalless. The game is crying out for a bit of magic to brighten proceedings.

  174. 1229: 

    Celtic launch another attack as they seek the opening goal, Scott Brown, Joe Ledley and then Emilio Izaguirre involved, searching for a space in the Hearts rearguard. But the visitors are having none of it.


    Andrew Priestley: "I really fear for Hearts today as they travel to Celtic. Watch Hearts' -14 goal difference get a whole lot worse."

  176. 1225: 

    Gary Locke will be more than content with the opening 10 minutes at Celtic Park. The Jambos are denying Celtic space and remaining compact in front of Jamie MacDonald's goal.

  177. 1223: 

    What a save! Jamie MacDonald reacts brilliantly to tip an Anthony Stokes shot onto the bar after clever work by Joe Ledley. The ball bounces to safety and it remains goalless despite Celtic increasing the pressure.

  178. 1221: 

    Celtic enjoying plenty of possession in the opening five minutes but Hearts have clearly heeded manager Gary Locke's advice in trying to avoid a repeat of their Scottish Cup drubbing.

    A sea of maroon jerseys engulfing waves of Celtic attacks and the hosts have been unable to force goalkeeper Jamie McDonald into action...

  179. 1219: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "I'm not sure either set of fans will be exactly brimming with confidence since Hibs have won just once on home soil in the league this season, while St Johnstone mirror that statistic on their Premiership travels.

    "Hibs' most glaring shortcoming has been finding the net. Terry Butcher's men are the lowest scorers in the Premiership with a mere 10 goals. St Johnstone striker Stevie May has 12 goals this season, with eight of those coming in the league."

  180. 1217: 

    Celtic's midfield boasts Joe Ledley this afternoon. The Welshman and Georgios Samaras have been urged by manager Neil Lennon to clarify their future. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season.

    "We're planning for next season," said Lennon. "And obviously we would like some sort of indication as to what they're going to do."

  181. 1216: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Hearts have got to hope Celtic take their eye off the ball but the Celtic players, even those on the bench, will be keen to impress manager Neil Lennon."

  182. 1215: 

    Celtic get us under way in the lunchtime kick off.


    Isaac Callan: "Wouldn't surprise me if the whole Celtic team bagged a couple today"

  184. 1207: 

    Celtic right-back Darnell Fisher comes in for Sweden international Mikael Lustig, who faces four months on the sidelines after undergoing a hip operation.

    For Hearts, Brad McKay, David Smith and Adam King - making his first start - come in for Sam Nicholson, Scott Robinson and Gary Oliver...

  185. 1205: 
    Celtic assistant boss Johan Mjallby

    "We've got a target of going through the festive season unbeaten before a break. With so many games, it won't be the same 11 (in every game of the busy spell).

  186. 1202: 
    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose

    "We know it's going to be more difficult. Because beating them at their home is something they never thought of - but now they'll be more prepared to come to Celtic to get their own back on us.

    "But, we just have to do it again, keep the momentum high, keep the spirit high, work harder, because we know this will be a different ball game.

    "We want to play and entertain the fans and give them what they want. but at the same time, at Celtic Park we try to give the fans what we want and we will do our best to win the game."

  187. 1200: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke
    Hearts boss Gary Locke

    "We've got four on the bench and five injuries; that's a crisis for us. But I'm not going to make that as an excuse and we have to put up a better fight than we did last time."

  188. 1157: 

    Text the live commentary using 80295 and tweet me @bbcthomasmcg using the hashtag #bbcsportscot

  189. 1155: 

    Celtic: Forster, Fisher, Izaguirre, Biton, Ambrose, van Dijk, Brown, Ledley, Stokes, Commons, Pukki. Subs: Samaras, Balde, Zaluska, O'Connell, Atajic, Henderson.

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

    Referee: Euan Norris

  190. 1152: 

    Troubled Hearts travel to Glasgow looking to purge the memory of the Scottish Cup drubbing at the hands of today's opponents when they lost 7-0 at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup earlier this month.

  191. 1151: 

    Celtic host Hearts at Celtic Park at 12:15.

    Then, we've got four games with a 3pm kick-off.

    Dundee Utd v Ross County

    Hibs v St Johnstone

    Kilmarnock v Partick

    Motherwell v St Mirren

    And Inverness CT v Aberdeen at 17:30 GMT

  192. 1150: 

    Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Is your Christmas Hat already sitting at a jaunty angle? Need a break from the festive madness of listening to Boney M and Mariah Carey?

    Then fear not, we've got a bumper edition of Scottish Premiership football as way of an early present...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 21 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 16 26 42
Moving up 2 Dundee Utd 17 22 32
Moving up 3 Aberdeen 17 11 32
Moving down 4 Inverness CT 16 11 32
No movement 5 Motherwell 17 -3 31
No movement 6 St Johnstone 16 5 22
No movement 7 Hibernian 17 -6 18
No movement 8 St Mirren 16 -12 16
Moving up 9 Kilmarnock 17 -10 15
Moving down 10 Partick Thistle 16 -13 14
No movement 11 Ross County 16 -15 11
No movement 12 Hearts 17 -16 -3