Scottish football as it happened

Wins for Celtic, Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and Rangers while Dundee Utd draw with Hibernian.

5 January 2014 Last updated at 12:15

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  1. 1725: 

    Time for me to sign off. Thank you for your contributions today.

    Alan Archibald, Partick Thistle manager

    "I thought we deserved to win, we worked ever so hard. It's been a long time coming. Lyle Taylor, who was a threat all day, got a good goal."

    Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds celebrates his winning goal against Kilmarnock Mark Reynolds was Aberdeen's goal hero at Rugby Park
    Derek McInnes, Aberdeen manager

    "We felt we could win the game. I always felt there was a goal in us. What a great header from Mark Reynolds. I thought we deserved the three points."

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    Ryan Hawes: "If I'd been told 2-2 before the game I'd have taken it. When we conceded it's disappointing but still a positive result #bbcsportscot #Hibs"

  6. 1707: 

    In Scottish League One, leaders Rangers increase their lead to 17 points.

  7. 1705: 

    Aberdeen's win takes them up to second, 13 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

    Dundee United's comeback to draw with Hibs maintains the five-point gap between the two sides, with United moving up to fourth.

    Partick Thistle are now 20 points clear of bottom club Hearts and a point above Ross County.

    Allan Johnston, Kilmarnock manager

    "First half, we had some great opportunities. It was never a free-kick [when Kris Boyd netted in the first half]. It's disappointing that we switch off and lose a goal from a corner."

  9. 1658: 

    So, quite an afternoon of Scottish football with away wins for Celtic, Aberdeen, Partick Thistle and Rangers and an exciting draw between Dundee United and Hibs.

  10. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee United 2-2 Hibernian

    Dundee United's comeback earns them a point with Liam Craig's double not enough to seal victory at Tannadice.

  11. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Stenhousemuir 0-2 Rangers

    Nicky Law's double gives Rangers all three points against Stenhousemuir.

  12. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Thistle claim their first league win since October with Lyle Taylor and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair in the first half. Stuart Bannigan was sent off for the visitors but they saw out victory.

  13. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen

    One goal proves to be enough for the Dons at Rugby Park.

  14. 1651: 
    GOAL- Stenhousemuir 0-2 Rangers (Law)

    It's a second for Rangers and a second for Nicky Law, whose strike from outside the box flies into the net.

  15. 1650: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 2-2 Hibernian (Graham)

    Brian Graham scores to draw United level, with Hibs losing their two-goal lead.

  16. 1648: 
    RED CARD- Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen

    Nicky Low is shown a straight red card for his tackle on Sean Clohessy. The Dons will play the final few minutes with 10 men.

  17. 1647: 
    CLOSE!- Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Brad McKay heads wide of the Partick Thistle goal as Hearts' frustration continues.

  18. 1644: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 1-2 Hibernian (Goodwillie)

    David Goodwillie's strike reduces Dundee United's deficit.

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  20. 1641: 
    RED CARD- Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Stuart Bannigan is sent off for Partick Thistle after receiving his second yellow card.

  21. 1640: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen (Reynolds)

    But, from the resulting corner, the unmarked Mark Reynolds heads Niall McGinn's delivery into the net.

  22. 1639: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Craig Samson comes to Kilmarnock's rescue again, this time blocking Peter Pawlett's powerful shot.

  23. 1639: 
    Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Billy King's header for Hearts is saved by Scott Fox.

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    Duncs the Hibby in Tranent: "Liam Craig and Hibs are soaring in confidence right now! Here's hoping, if this continues, for more sell-outs to come at Easter Road this season."

  25. 1637: 
    Dundee United 0-2 Hibernian

    John Souttar, seeking to atone for conceding a penalty, has a shot for United but he cannot keep the effort down.

  26. 1634: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Killie's Craig Samson makes a stunning save after Niall McGinn directs Peter Pawlett's low cut-back towards goal.

  27. 1632: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Another Sammy Clingan free-kick is clawed out by Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

  28. 1628: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    As things stand, Aberdeen will move to within a point of second-place Motherwell but they need to a win to overtake the Steelmen.

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    Ross Jackson: "Terry Butcher's revolution continues. Hibees are on the march! #bbcsportscot"

    Robbie Devenney: "#bbcsportscot for Hibs and penalties it seems when it rains it pours, only our second of the season I think

    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportscot So thrown am I by my team's recent form that I can't think of anything to say. #ggtth"

  30. 1626: 
    Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Hearts have introduced Billy King and Dale Carrick in place of David Smith and Callum Paterson midway though the second half. Can they bring about a change in fortunes for Gary Locke's side?

  31. 1622: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen have improved in this second half but just don't seem to have the penetration they need at Rugby Park.

  32. 1620: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 0-2 Hibernian (Craig, pen)

    And Liam Craig converts from 12 yards, his second goal of the day.

  33. 1620: 
    PENALTY- Dundee United 0-1 Hibernian

    John Souttar fouls James Collins and Hibs have a penalty.

  34. 1619: 
    Dundee United 0-1 Hibernian

    United pursue an equaliser but Stuart Armstrong cannot hit the target with a shot.

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    Graeme MacDonald: "Partick Thistle starting to get the results their play deserves now #bbcsportscot."

  36. 1616: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Kilmarnock win a free-kick 20 yards out and Sammy Clingan's curling shot is well saved by Jamie Langfield.

  37. 1613: 
    Stenhousemuir 0-1 Rangers

    And, at Ochilview, Lee Wallace and Fraser Aird have tested Stenny goalkeeper Chris Smith.

  38. 1612: 
    Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Hearts' Ryan Stevenson and Thistle's Steven Lawless have both had headed efforts just over the bar at the start of the second half at Tynecastle.

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    Sean Steele: "Hibs are starting to gel and put a few wins together #bbcsportscot."

  40. 1610: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen winger Peter Pawlett forces his way into the box and drives in a shot that is ushered out by Craig Samson.

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    Anonymous: "Big t has the hibees buzzing"

  42. 1608: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Ryan Jack's looping header is touched over the Kilmarnock bar by goalkeeper Craig Samson.

  43. 1608: 

    If Hearts do not turn it around at Tynecastle, they will end the day 19 points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

  44. 1606: 
    Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Lyle Taylor has come close to his second of the day at Tynecastle, firing in from a tight angle and forcing Jamie MacDonald into a save.

  45. 1606: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Niall McGinn makes a trademark run inside from the Aberdeen left but his eventual shot is well off target.

  46. 1602: 

    Matches resuming for the second half.

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    Will Walsh: "Worrying dip in form for United, and their record when they go behind in a game is terrible recently #bbcsportscot."

    Lyle Taylor scores for Partick Thistle against Hearts Lyle Taylor netted his first goal for Partick Thistle
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    Adam Terris: "#bbcsportscot Who said the festive period was a struggle for clubs, the Hibees are flying!"

    Liam Craig scores for Hibernian against Dundee United Liam Craig's goal put Hibs ahead at Tannadice
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    Andrew Priestly: "Hearts look like they're down and out already. It'll be a long second half of the season if they continue to play like this. #bbcsportscot."

  52. 1550: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee United 0-1 Hibernian

    Hibs hold a slender advantage at the break, courtesy of Liam Craig's opener.

  53. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Stenhousemuir 0-1 Rangers

    Rangers in front at the break but down to 10 men following Arnold Peralta's dismissal.

  54. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle

    Partick Thistle well in control at Tynecastle and on course to claim their first league win since October.

  55. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Goal-less at the break. Kilmarnock have been the better side in the first half but have not been able to make the breakthrough.

  56. 1545: 
    RED CARD- Stenhousemuir 0-1 Rangers

    Rangers midfielder Arnold Peralta is sent off following his challenge on Eddie Malone.

  57. 1542: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-2 Partick Thistle (Taylor-Sinclair)

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is unmarked as he heads Thistle two ahead against Hearts.

  58. 1541: 
    CLOSE!- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson almost lifts the ball into his own net, but is relieved to see his awkward touch drop over the bar.

  59. 1540: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 0-1 Hibernian (Craig)

    And Hibs are in front at Tannadice after Liam Craig latches on to a long ball and rams it into the net.

  60. 1539: 
    GOAL- Stenhousemuir 0-1 Rangers (Law)

    Nicky Law's powerful strike puts Rangers ahead at Ochilview.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez and chief scout Kevin Reeves Everton manager Roberto Martinez and his chief scout Kevin Reeves take in Dundee United v Hibernian
  62. 1535: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    New Aberdeen signing Alan Tate looks on from the bench. Will the on-loan Swansea defender make his Dons debut today?

  63. 1534: 
    Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Rory McKenzie cannot capitalise after a mistake by Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes, the Killie player forced just a little too wide to get away an effective shot.

  64. 1530: 
    Dundee United 0-0 Hibernian

    Michael Nelson's header for Hibs is pushed out by goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  65. 1526: 
    CLOSE!- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Sean Clohessy's cross makes it all the way across the Aberdeen penalty area to Chris Johnston, who tries to sweep the ball home, but he gets under it slightly and lifts is just over Jamie Langfield's goal.

  66. 1526: 
    Hearts 0-1 Partick Thistle

    Hearts go in search of an equaliser against Thistle, with David Smith firing wide.

  67. 1525: 
    Stenhousemuir 0-0 Rangers

    Sean Higgins has a shot for Stenny but Cammy Bell makes the save in this Scottish League One encounter.

  68. 1521: 
    Dundee United 0-0 Hibernian

    James Collins, fresh from scoring in the Edinburgh derby, fires towards the United goal but Radoslaw Cierzniak makes the save.

  69. 1520: 
    Stenhousemuir 0-0 Rangers

    And it's a similar story at Ochilview, with Andy Little firing wide for Rangers in the opening mintues.

  70. 1519: 
    Dundee United 0-0 Hibernian

    Little in the way of shots at goal so far at Tannadice, with John Rankin having a shot blocked for the hosts early on.

    Danny Lennon, St Mirren manager

    "We came in and I thought we were more than a match and worthy of a 0-0 at half-time, although, against a quality side like Celtic, you need a bit of luck. We got that with them hitting the woodwork twice.

    "In the second half, Celtic certainly stepped it up one of two notches, then within a 15-minute period, they were really at us and caused us all sorts of problems.

    "I think when you concede the first goal against Celtic, you talk about how you're going to cope with it. It affected us very poorly."

  72. 1515: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Ryan Jack's header from Barry Robson's cross clips the crossbar and bounces down into the six-yard box. The Dons coming very close.

  73. 1514: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-1 Partick Thistle (Taylor)

    Lyle Taylor nets his first goal for Partick Thistle, bursting through the Hearts defence and firing past Jamie MacDonald.

  74. 1513: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Kris Boyd gets away from his marker and chips the ball over Jamie Langfield into the net but referee Craig Charleston brings play back for a foul by Boyd on Russell Anderson. Killie fans not happy.

  75. 1511: 
    Hearts 0-0 Partick Thistle

    Ryan Stevenson threatens for the hosts with an early shot that is saved by Scott Fox. Thistle move upfield and Steven Lawless tests Jamie MacDonald.

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  77. 1507: 

    Quiet start to the other 15:00 GMT matches. No goals yet at Tannadice, Tynecastle or Ochilview.

  78. 1502: 
    CLOSE!- Kilmarnock 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen open up Kilmarnock with Scott Vernon releasing Niall McGinn but the forward catches his shot wrong and it goes wide.

  79. 1500: 

    And the games are underway.

  80. 1459: 

    Almost at kick-off.

  81. 1458: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is at Tannadice for Dundee United v Hibernian.

    Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

    "I thought we played well in the first half. I thought we were exceptional from start to finish. We could have been two up, but for the inside of the post.

    "We felt at half-time if we got one goal, we would go on to dominate the game and that's how it panned out. It was a magnificent team performance and another clean sheet.

    "I can't ask for any more of them, they're doing the club really proud."

  83. 1452: 
    Derek McInnes, Aberdeen manager

    "The most important thing for us is to get the three points. All in all, it is the same team and hopefully we get the same outcome.

    "I watched Kilmarnock against St Mirren and they came out on top and have a winning mentality with nine points from 12.

    "We have stressed it is not a lesser game than the Dundee United one because Kilmarnock are going along fine themselves."

  84. 1451: 

    Hearts make one enforced change with David Smith replacing the suspended Jamie Hamill.

    Partick Thistle also make on alteration, Steven Lawless starting in place of Christie Elliott.

  85. 1449: 

    Dundee United are unchanged following their defeat by Aberdeen. Defender Calum Butcher is available again following suspension but is on the bench.

    Striker Paul Heffernan comes in for Jason Cummings in Hibs' only change from the side which defeated rivals Hearts 2-1 last Thursday.

  86. 1448: 

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Clohessy, Ashcroft, Pascali, Tesselaar, Slater, Clingan, McKenzie, Muirhead, Johnston, Boyd. Subs: Nicholson, Gros, Reguero, Winchester, McKeown, Gardyne, O'Hara.

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

    Referee: Craig Charleston

  87. 1447: 

    Stenhousemuir: Chris Smith, Devlin, Greacen, McMillan, Malone, Dickson, Rowson, Hodge, McKinlay, Higgins, Lynch. Subs: Faulds, Douglas, McNeil, Shaw, Ferguson, Darren Smith, Gemmell.

    Rangers: Bell, Foster, McCulloch, Faure, Wallace, Little, Black, Peralta, Law, Daly, Aird. Subs: Simonsen, Clark, Emilson Cribari, Shiels, Crawford, Steven Smith, Murdoch.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

    Allan Johnston, Kilmarnock manager

    "For me Aberdeen and Dundee United are the top two teams in the group behind Celtic.

    "We are well aware of what they're capable of.

    "We have brought in some of the younger players, which has given us a bit more energy, but it was all about getting the confidence back.

    "We should be a lot higher than we are, but we realise we've got a big job ahead of us. You can see they have turned the corner with the results we've had."

  89. 1444: 

    Robbie Muirhead makes his first start for Kilmarnock, replacing Michael Gardyne while Sammy Clingan starts in place Jackson Irvine for Allan Johnston's side against Aberdeen.

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  91. 1435: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 0-4 Celtic

    It's all over at St Mirren Park and Celtic have a sixth straight win and another clean sheet. Strong second-half performance from Neil Lennon's side, during which they scored all their goals, and they move 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

    Kris Commons scores for Celtic against St Mirren Commons headed Celtic's third before adding their fourth
  93. 1432: 

    Still playing in Paisley, not long left.

  94. 1432: 

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

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

    Referee: Steven McLean

  95. 1428: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGhee, McKay, McGowan, McHattie, Smith, Tapping, Robinson, Walker, Stevenson, Paterson. Subs: Carrick, Billy King, Hamilton, Adam King, Nicholson.

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

    Referee: Iain Brines

  96. 1426: 

    A last-ditch tackle by Darren McGregor denies Amido Balde after the Celtic substitute gets a run at goal. Fine defending.

  97. 1425: 

    Anthony Stokes wants another goal and he hammers in a shot from 20-odd yards that just rises over the crossbar.

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    MBEHAN: "Good to see Izzaguire & Forrest make a contribution ps what an effort from Brown & save from Kello #bbcsportscot"

    Andrew Priestley: "I wonder what Neil Lennon said to his players at half time. Whatever it was, they listened to it! #bbcsportscot"

  99. 1421: 

    Kris Commons comes very close to a hat-trick when is powerful low drive is deflected just wide.

  100. 1420: 

    There will be live Sportsound commentary from Kilmarnock v Aberdeen and updates from the other matches on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online.

  101. 1419: 

    Into the last 15 minutes in Paisley. Three more Scottish Premiership matches coming up at 15:00 GMT, as well as Stenhousemuir v Rangers in Scottish League One.

  102. 1417: 

    Four goals in the space of 19 second-half minutes have sent Celtic on their way to a sixth straight victory.

  103. 1414: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-4 Celtic (Commons)

    And Commons nets again, this time with a smart finish high into the net from Emilio Izaguirre's cut-back.

  104. 1412: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-3 Celtic (Commons)

    Kris Commons finally gets a goal, stooping to head Emilio Izaguirre's cross into the net.

  105. 1410: 

    And then Marian Kello pulls off the save of the match to turn Kris Commons' rasping drive out for a corner.

  106. 1409: 

    St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello races off his line to volley clear a James Forrest cross before Kris Commons can get on the end of it. Unusual but effective from the former Hearts player.

  107. 1406: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon shouts on instructions from the touchline, urging concentration from his team. He will be wary of St Mirren getting a quick route back into this match.

  108. 1404: 

    Anthony Stokes' seventh goal of the season is also his 100th career goal.

  109. 1402: 

    It's a long way back for St Mirren now and Celtic are playing with confidence. However, there's still over half-an-hour left in Paisley.

  110. 1400: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-2 Celtic (Stokes)

    It's a second for Celtic with Anthony Stokes adding his name to the scoresheet. The striker peels away from his marker to collect Joe Ledley's pass and curves the ball round Marian Kello.

  111. 1358: 

    St Mirren try to get through the stubborn Celtic defence but Steven Thompson is thwarted by Efe Ambrose as a cross comes into the area.

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  113. 1355: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-1 Celtic (Mulgrew)

    Charlie Mulgrew hits the post again but this time the ball ends in the back of the net. Adam Matthews' enterprising run creates the opportunity for Mulgrew, who calmly slides the ball along the turf.

  114. 1353: 

    No real pattern to this second half. A lot of loose passes and tackles flying in in the midfield.

  115. 1348: 

    St Mirren get the second half started.

    St Mirren's Jason Naismith slides in to tackle Celtic's Joe Ledley St Mirren's Jason Naismith slides in to tackle Celtic's Joe Ledley in the first half at St Mirren Park
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  118. 1332: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 0-0 Celtic

    No goals in the first half, though Celtic came close twice by hitting the post through Charlie Mulgrew and Kris Commons.

  119. 1330: 

    Virgil van Dijk's foul on Steven Thompson gives St Mirren's Danny Grainger a free-kick shooting opportunity but his effort is too high.

  120. 1327: 

    More pressure from Celtic and Emilio Izaguirre's cross is headed wide by Kris Commons.

  121. 1324: 

    John McGinn gets under his shot from distance and it is well over the Celtic crossbar.

  122. 1321: 

    St Mirren try to regain a foothold in this match but Adam Campbell cannot get away from Virgil van Dijk.

  123. 1318: 

    Celtic hit the post again and this time it's a superb effort by Kris Commons, who collects the ball near the D and swivels as he chips the ball onto the upright.

  124. 1317: 

    Darren McGregor slides in to clear after James Forrest sends a dangerous low delivery right across the St Mirren box.

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    Gary Menzies: "Early signs are that the Celtic team have responded to the gaffers request for zip and urgency #bbcsportscot #StMirrenVCeltic"

  126. 1311: 

    Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew fires in a low shot that rebounds off the right-hand post and into the arms of St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello.

  127. 1307: 

    The pace of Adam Campbell is a potent weapon for St Mirren. He gets away from Efe Ambrose and only the intervention of Virgil van Dijk dampens the excitement of the home fans.

  128. 1306: 

    Sean Kelly's dangerous cross into the Celtic area is in the direction of Steven tThompson but he is outjumped by defender Virgil van Dijk.

  129. 1304: 

    Anthony Stokes' shot at the edge of the St Mirren box is blocked. Forwards are getting very little room so far in Paisley.

  130. 1300: 

    More probing from St Mirren and this time it is Steven Thompson drifting wide to send in a cross but it is just too far ahead of Adam Campbell. Celtic quickly move upfield and Charlie Mulgrew's swirling cross is palmed away by Marian Kello.

  131. 1257: 

    St Mirren forward Adam Campbell, making his own debut, stretches the Celtic defence and tries to find team-mate Steven Thompson, whose touch lets him down. The home side recycle the ball but the eventual cross is cleared.

  132. 1254: 

    Still it's Celtic doing all the pressing and Charlie Mulgrew blasts in a shot from the left-hand side that is blocked out for a throw-in.

  133. 1252: 

    St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello confidently plucks the ball out of the air following Kris Commons' cross from a corner.

  134. 1249: 

    Early work for the St Mirren defence with Darren McGregor sharply across to cut out a Kris Commons cross.

  135. 1247: 

    Celtic start the match.

  136. 1246: 

    Players on the pitch in Paisley, it's almost time for kick-off.

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    Andrew Priestley: "With Ross County making a great start to 2014 with 2 victories from 2 games, St Mirren need to pick up some points themselves. #bbcsportscot"

    Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

    "I need my experience here so I didn't want to change the team too much. We're in good form so too many changes can change the flow of the team. I want a wee bit more zip and urgency from us today.

    "We're looking at players. We're working at all sorts of options. We'll endeavour to bring freshness to the squad."

    Danny Lennon, St Mirren manager

    "Little episodes with his [Kenny McLean's] knee usually take three or four days to clear, but it looks like that it is it this time. So next Friday he goes under the knife, so you are looking at four-to-six weeks.

    "Jim Goodwin is suspended, so that's two influential players we're missing, and Gary Teale makes three.

    "The squad is stretched at the moment, but the January window gives us the chance to strengthen that. We are very active on that front just now. It is inappropriate to mention any names, but all I can say is watch this space."

  140. 1240: 

    Adam Campbell scored the opening goal on his St Mirren debut when they faced Kilmarnock on Thursday but Danny Lennon's men ended up losing 2-1.

  141. 1239: 

    Neil Lennon's Celtic have not lost a goal in their last five matches, during which time they've collected four 1-0 wins.

  142. 1238: 

    Back to events at Paisley. Today is the first meeting of St Mirren and Celtic this season. Their last match was in March, when the Buddies fought back to get a 1-1 draw.

  143. 1236: 

    The January transfer window is also very much in full flow. Who do you want your team to sign/sell this month? Check out my colleague Kenny Crawford's article on Scottish Premiership fans' transfer wishes.

  144. 1234: 

    You'll also be able to watch highlights of Ross County v St Johnstone on the BBC Sport website this evening and of all of this weekend's Scottish Premiership matches on Sportscene tonight on BBC One Scotland at 23:05 GMT.

  145. 1233: 

    You can listen to live Sportsound commentary of St Mirren v Celtic on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, on DAB digital radio and online.

    Later, there will be commentary of Kilmarnock v Aberdeen and updates from today's other matches, again on 810MW/DAB/online.

  146. 1232: 

    Aberdeen can move up to second if they beat Killie while Hibs will be eager to cut the five-point gap between themselves and United.

  147. 1231: 

    Celtic, still unbeaten in the league so far this season, start the day 11 points ahead of Motherwell.

  148. 1230: 

    Yesterday, Ross County beat St Johnstone with a late goal to move to within three points of St Mirren. The match between Motherwell and Inverness was postponed due to heavy rain.

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  151. 1228: 

    So, a busy day ahead. Let me know your thoughts on today's matches.

  152. 1227: 

    And, also at 15:00 GMT, Stenhousemuir host Scottish League One leaders Rangers.

  153. 1226: 

    After the Scottish Premiership leaders take on the Buddies, there's more top-flight action between Dundee United and Hibernian, Partick Thistle visiting Hearts and the meeting of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen at Rugby Park.

  154. 1224: 

    John Beaton is the referee in Paisley.

  155. 1223: 

    St Mirren: Kello, Naismith, McGregor, McAusland, Kelly, Newton, McGowan, McGinn, Grainger, Campbell, Thompson. Subs: van Zanten, Mair, Reilly, Brady, Dilo, Williams, Cuddihy.

    Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Mulgrew, Commons, Stokes. Subs: Biton, Boerrigter, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Zaluska, Fisher.

    Former Scotland player Willie Henderson on Eusebio

    "Devastating blow this morning when I heard the news. I first met Eusebio in 1964. It's only three or four weeks ago that I sent a present out to Portugal for him. It's a sad, sad loss."

  157. 1221: 

    Portugal football great Eusebio has died aged 71 and former Scotland and Rangers player Willie Henderson has been speaking to BBC Radio Scotland about his late friend.

  158. 1218: 

    Kenny McLean does not feature for St Mirren and manager Danny Lennon has confirmed the midfielder will have an operation on his knee later this month.

  159. 1216: 

    There's a lunchtime kick-off in Paisley, St Mirren v Celtic, followed by more games at 15:00 GMT.

  160. 1215: 

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

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 05 Jan 2014 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 20 33 54
Moving up 2 Aberdeen 21 13 41
Moving down 3 Motherwell 20 6 40
Moving up 4 Dundee Utd 21 15 33
Moving down 5 Inverness CT 19 9 33
No movement 6 Hibernian 21 0 28
No movement 7 St Johnstone 20 2 25
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 21 -9 21
No movement 9 St Mirren 20 -14 20
Moving up 10 Partick Thistle 20 -16 18
Moving down 11 Ross County 20 -16 17
No movement 12 Hearts 21 -23 -2