Scottish football as it happened

Leigh Griffiths scores a hat-trick as Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell and St Mirren all record Premiership wins.

1 March 2014 Last updated at 12:24

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  1. 1225: 
    Fergus McCann

    Can it really be nigh on 20 years since the wee man sporting the bunnet rode into Glasgow to rescue Celtic?

    Canada-based businessman Fergus McCann rescued the club from the brink of bankruptcy in March 1994.

    "I appreciate the club marking the occasion of 20 years since the takeover," said McCann.

    "I'm very proud when I see Celtic's progress, its status in Scotland and its worldwide reputation."

  2. 1226: 

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

    First up, unbeaten League One leaders Rangers travel to New Bayview to take on East Fife.

  3. 1227: 

    Then we've got five Premiership games all getting under way at 15:00 GMT.

    Aberdeen v St Johnstone

    Celtic v Inverness CT

    Motherwell v Hearts

    Ross County v Partick

    St Mirren v Kilmarnock

  4. 1228: 

    Today's League One encounter is the first time East Fife and Bayview will be shown live on television.

    East Fife chairman Lee Murray: "It's all gone great here and everybody's running about mad trying to get the final preparations right.

    "I hope it's going to be a good experience for the guys. It's a beautiful day here in Methil so, hopefully the camera will show a lovely area."

  5. 1229: 

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist yesterday declined to comment on the latest off-field developments at Ibrox.

    Former Rangers director Dave King has urged supporters to withhold season ticket money until they receive assurances about the League One outfit.

    In response, a coalition of Rangers fans said: "We cannot doubt the intentions of one of our own who has previously committed £20m to the club we love."

  6. 1231: 
    Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    "Our team is sitting 20-odd points ahead at the top of the league.

    "I think they are doing exceptionally well. We had a fantastic result at Stranraer (a 2-0 win on Tuesday), it was a tough place to go and I don't want any attention taken away from my players, who we feel are doing very, very well.

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    "I just want to talk about football."

  7. 1233: 

    East Fife: Paterson, Cowan, Rutkiewicz, Mbu, Durie, McKenzie, Fisher, Campbell, Hughes, Buchanan, Smith. Subs: Austin, O'Neill, Shaw, Johnstone, Thom, Clarke, Jonathan Stewart.

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

    Referee: Alan Muir

  8. 1237: 

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist makes two changes: David Templeton and Dean Shiels return to the starting line-up as Steven Smith and Arnold Peralta drop to the bench.

    Fifers boss Gary Naismith welcome Ibrox old boy Steven Hughes back into his side after his short-lived move to Dundee.

    He replaces Johnny Stewart in midfield, while Craig Johnstone drops out for Steven Campbell after last Saturday's goalless draw with Airdrie.

  9. 1240: 

    The sun is shining in Methil, a cracking day for football...

  10. 1245: 

    We're under way at New Bayview!


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  12. 1248: 

    Rangers need three victories to secure the League One title and they've started the game at New Bayview in sprightly fashion. Neither goalkeeper, though, has been called into action in the opening minutes.

  13. 1250: 

    Gary Naysmith has set up his East Fife side to be difficult to break down under the Methil sunshine...

  14. 1253: 

    Rangers have won their last eight encounters with East Fife without conceding a goal. Can Naysmith's men find a way past Cammy Bell this afternoon?

  15. 1256: 

    The hosts are beginning to show some attacking intent but the towering Mohsni is able to mop up at the back after good work by Buchanan and Hughes.

  16. 1258: 

    Rangers get their first sight of goal but Dean Shiels drags his effort wide after finding some space inside the East Fife box. New Bayview is an oasis of calm.

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair LamontGET INVOLVED
    Picture of New Bayview from Alasdair Lamont

    "First time at New Bayview. Now I know why it's so named..."

  18. 1305: 

    East Fife are beginning to find some rhythm and defender Gary Fisher fires a drive narrowly wide of Cammy Bell's goal. It remains goalless at New Bayview as we approach the 20-minute mark.

  19. 1307: 

    That shot is the last action for defender Gary Fisher who is withdrawn with a suspected dislocated elbow after landing awkwardly following his efforts to win a high ball. Stephen O'Neill comes on to replace the injured East Fife man.

  20. 1310: 

    Both sides are slugging it out in midfield but there's been precious little in the way of goalmouth action. Come on boys, give us a goal!


    David Gallacher: "Shame it took the demise of Rangers for most #Celtic fans to realise what Fergus McCann did for our club. #bbcsportscot"

  22. 1315: 

    Lee Wallace's shot is deflected into Nicky Law's path and the former Motherwell midfielder's effort comes back off the post. The sea of blue jerseys in front of goal can't profit as the linesman flags for offside. That's the closest we've come to a goal in the opening half-hour.

  23. 1317: 

    Rangers go close again as Templeton slaloms past a couple of East Fife challenges before seeing his shot well saved by Paterson.

    Stats from the first half at New Bayview

    It's been a keenly contested first half at New Bayview with shots on target at a premium...

  25. 1325: 

    Rangers probe for an opening down the left but East Fife continue to deny Ally McCoist's men time and space. Can either side break the deadlock before half-time?

  26. 1329: 
    Give us a goal!
    Rangers midfielder Nicky Low and East Fife's Stephen Hughes

    The first half at New Bayview has proved a war of attrition with fans of both sides no doubt looking forward to their half-time pie & bovril...

  27. 1333: 
    HALF-TIME- East Fife 0-0 Rangers

    The opening 45 minutes at New Bayview won't live long in the collective memory but as D:Ream one famously sang: "Things Can Only Get Better..."

    Jim Spence, BBC SportGET INVOLVED
    Celtic Park

    "Cracking day here at Parkhead for Celtic v Inverness Caley Thistle on @bbcsportsound"

    GET INVOLVED - Song for Fergus McCann

    Anonymous: "Wherever I lay my bunnet that's my home..."

  30. 1350: 

    We're back under way at New Bayview: let's have some goals, please!

  31. 1352: 

    Rangers defender Richard Foster is as cool as a cucumber as he snuffs out an East Fife attack with some composed defending that'd do Franco Baresi proud.

    It remains goalless five minutes into the second half of this League One clash.

  32. 1359: 

    Fraser Aird thunders down the wing before his cross is cleared for a Rangers corner...

  33. 1400: 

    ...But the visitors can't get an effort on target and it remains goalless. Both keepers have been quieter than church mice on a sponsored silence.

    Hearts team, pic courtesy of Hearts FC

    "Here's how the boys line-up at Fir Park today."

  35. 1405: 

    Motherwell: Hollis, Reid, Hutchinson, McManus, McFadden, Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, Francis-Angol, Ainsworth, Leitch. Subs: Nielsen, Carswell, Murray, Shirkie, Thomas, Cadden.

    Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, McHattie, Wilson, McGowan, Stevenson, Robinson, McCallum, Paterson, McKay, Nicholson. Subs: Ridgers, Holt, Carrick, King, Oliver, McGhee, Beith.

    Motherwell FCGET INVOLVED

    "Only six subs for the Steelmen today I am afraid... Craig Reid makes his Fir Park bow, Jack Leitch starts his first match. #MFCvHMFC"

  37. 1415: 
    War of Attrition at New Bayview
    Statistics from East Fife v Rangers

    The goalkeepers could put a cushion against a post and settle down with their Kindles such has been there inactivity...

  38. 1416: 

    Rangers winger David Templeton, who has looked one of the livelier players on show in sunny Methil, drags a shot wide.

  39. 1418: 

    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has just told BBC Sportsound listeners that he expects to remain in his post until the summer.

    Do Buddies fans want him to continue?

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  40. 1423: 

    Rangers press again, with a little over 10 minutes remaining, with Templeton's effort forcing Paterson into a cracking save before Mbu crashes into the post as he ensures the ball doesn't find the net. That's brave; almost Purple Heart territory there!

  41. 1425: 

    Celtic: Forster; Matthews, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Biton, Mulgrew; Stokes, Griffiths. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Boerrigter, Commons, Johansen, Kayal, Fisher.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Ross, Vincent, Draper, Tansey, Foran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Devine, Watkins, Tremarco, Polworth, Pepper, Christie.

  42. 1426: 

    Ross County: Brown, Cikos, Songo'o, Boyd, Ikonomou, Brittain, Kettlewell, Kiss, Tidser, Arquin, Slew. Subs: Gordon, Quinn, De Leeuw, Glen, McLean, Carey, McCarthy.

    Partick: Gallacher, Stephen O'Donnell, Mair, Balatoni, Sinclair, Fraser, Buaben, Higginbotham, Erskine, Bannigan, Taylor. Subs: Fox, Craigen, Doolan, Lawless, Piccolo, Elliot, Moncur.

  43. 1428: 
    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell on Fergus McCann's legacy

    "He was focused, single-minded and he delivered. I think it might be the most successful club share flotation ever. He revitalised the club and it was a huge task; but he delivered.

    "Financially, we're probably in the best position we've ever been."

  44. 1430: 

    St Mirren: Kello, Naismith, Kelly, McAusland, McGregor, Newton, McLean, McGinn, McGowan, Magennis, Thompson: Subs: Dilo, Williams, Reilly, Brady, Wylde, Djemba-Djemba, Campbell.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, O'Hara, Tesselaar, McKenzie, Pascali, Slater, Clingan, Johnston, Eremenko, Boyd, Ashcroft. Subs: Reguero, Irvine, Gros, Karlsson, Maksimenko, Gardyne, Muirhead.

  45. 1431: 

    Rangers come within a whisker of scoring a late, late winner at New Bayview. Striker Jon Daly cushions a header into the path of old warhorse Lee McCulloch but the Gers skipper can't find a way past Paterson.

  46. 1433: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Tate, Reynolds, Considine, Flood, Pawlett, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney, Jack. Subs: Weaver, Anderson, Shaughnessy, Low, Robson, Smith, Vernon.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Dunne, Easton, Miller, Wotherspoon, O'Halloran, McDonald, Croft, May. Subs: Banks, Iwelumo, Cregg, Millar, Clancy, Hasselbaink, MacLean.

  47. 1434: 

    Rangers are denied again! David Templeton's stinging drive is tipped away by the Ninja-like Greg Paterson. What a save! And Nicky Law hits the post seconds later, it's like a scene from It's A Knockout.

  48. 1435: 
    PENALTY- Penalty for Rangers
  49. 1436: 
    GOAL- East Fife 0-1 Rangers (McCulloch)

    Pat Clarke is penalised for a foul on David Templeton in the box and Lee McCulloch is the man to bury the penalty and secure victory for Rangers.

  50. 1437: 

    Jubilation among Rangers ranks and despair for East Fife who looked destined for a share of the spoils...

  51. 1438: 
    FULL-TIME- East Fife 0-1 Rangers

    Rangers need two league wins to secure the League One championship...


    Board67: "The number of penalties this Rangers club have to rely on is shocking #bbcsportscot"


    Steve: "Last-minute penalty for Rangers, so much has changed right enough."


    Jimmy: "Rangers win football matches. Always. Sorry! #bbcsportscot"

    Inverness CTGET INVOLVED

    "Our prediction for first #ICTFC goalscorer today is Gary Warren. (Ross Draper is our backup). #togetherNess"

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED
    St Mirren Park

    "Decent if slightly chilly day in Paisley for St Mirren vs Kilmarnock..."


    Jonathan Hamilton: "6 pointer in Paisley today. Fancy Killie to leave with three points. Boyd and Eremenko too hot to handle. #bbcsportscot"

  58. 1500: 

    Here we go!

  59. 1501: 
    GOAL- Alloa 0-1 Hamilton (Longridge)

    Gary McCammon: "Big game up in Dingwall! Jags win and a draw with Killie vs St Mirren would do nicely #bbcsportscot"


    David Gray, Springburn: "Here I am at Dingwall staring at a corner flag despite half the stand being unused. Do Ross Cty not want away fans? £20 to sit at corner flag!"

    Not the David Gray, surely? Do you want to "Sail Away" from the game even if the County chairman says "Please Forgive Me" ??

  62. 1506: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park

    "Celtic are playing a midfield diamond with James Forrest playing at the point behind the strikers."

  63. 1508: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone (Jack)

    The Aberdeen juggernaut continues to rumble on as Ryan Jack's 25-yard effort finds the net to give Derek McInnes's men the lead at home to St Johnstone.

  64. 1509: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-1 Partick (Higginbotham)

    Kallum Higginbotham deceives Ross County, firing his free-kick under the defensive wall as it jumps, Partick draw first blood in Dingwall.

  65. 1510: 
    GOAL- Alloa 0-2 Hamilton (Keetings)
  66. 1511: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT (Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths darts into the near post area to volley home a wonderful cross from Emilio Izaguirre. Dean Brill couldn't keep the ball out and it's a positive start for the Premiership leaders.

  67. 1512: 

    Hearts have started the better side but Motherwell almost take the lead with their first chance of the game. Lionel Ainsworth's volley is deflected off Scott Robinson, and Jamie MacDonald is nearly caught out but manages to readjust and tip it over.

  68. 1514: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-1 Partick (Brittain)

    Ross County respond with a free-kick of their own with Richie Brittain hammering the ball into the Partick Thistle net. There must've been plenty of free-kick drills in training this week, superb stuff!


    Scott Cairns: "Least the Rangers penalty makes up for the horrid challenges we've had to put up with. If the shoe was on the other foot, eh?"

  70. 1516: 

    The Hearts defenders are throwing themselves in the way of shots, but it's making it a difficult afternoon for goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald. This time John Sutton's effort is deflected, but the Hearts stopper manages to tip it away.


    Graham in Poole: "I see the conspiracy theorists are out again. The reason we get penalties is because we get into positions to get them. Nothing else."

  72. 1519: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-0 Hearts (Vigurs)

    Motherwell take the lead with a lovely goal that'd have Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger purring away on the touchline. The long goal kick isn't picked up, and after good play between James McFadden and Iain Vigurs, the former Ross County man is able to stroll through and roll the ball beyond Jamie MacDonald.

  73. 1520: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "All of Celtic's width is coming from the full-backs pushing forward. Inverness need to start playing higher up the pitch looking for gaps in behind."

  74. 1521: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT (Mulgrew)

    Celtic double their lead as Charlie Mulgrew manages to flick in an awkward corner from Leigh Griffiths with the Inverness defence all-at-sea.

    Boy Don Well
    Ryan Jack gives Aberdeen the lead

    Ryan Jack fired Aberdeen in front at Pittodrie with a 25-yard howitzer...

  76. 1524: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller says he's struggling to keep warm from the comfort of his commentary position at Pittodrie. I hope the Dons legend has got his long johns on...

  77. 1525: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "John Hughes will be disappointed that Inverness have lost two goals to near-post crosses. That should be bread and butter stuff for defenders."

  78. 1527: 
    Leading Light
    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring at home to Inverness before Charlie Mulgrew doubled their advantage.

  79. 1530: 

    Hearts have responded well since going behind with some good passing football. Ryan Stevenson gets an opportunity from a free-kick and whistles it just wide.

  80. 1531: 

    Inverness skipper Richie Foran scoops a great chance over the bar following good work from galloping full-back Graeme Shinnie.


    Andrew in Richhill: "Aberdeen to win today and Motherwell to drop points at home Hearts. The Dons will cement their place in second spot for the run-in."

  82. 1533: 
    GOAL- Clyde 1-0 Elgin (Michael Daly)
  83. 1535: 

    Inverness keeper Dean Brill uses an outstretched foot to keep out a fizzing shot from Anthony Stokes following a purposeful run from Charlie Mulgrew.

  84. 1536: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-0 Hearts (Ainsworth)

    The Steelmen double their lead as James McFadden manages to keep the ball in play and hooks it over to the other end of the box, for Lionel Ainsworth to fire a volley beyond Jamie MacDonald.


    Ali: "LOL at Andrew in Richhill as We'll get a second. Hope he's right in the end. COYR."

    Tom Watson: "That was never a penalty / was a stonewall penalty*. And I'm a Rangers fan / not even a Rangers fan* (*delete as appropriate)"

    Vim & Vigurs
    Iain Vigurs put Motherwell in front with a superbly worked goal at Fir Park

    Iain Vigurs put Motherwell in front with a superbly worked goal at Fir Park.

  87. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Premiership

    Celtic 2-0 Inverness CT

    Motherwell 2-0 Hearts

    Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone

    Ross County 1-1 Partick

    St Mirren 0-0 Kilmarnock


    Board67: "There's no conspiracy re: Rangers constant penalties, it's just embarrassing they have to rely on them given the disparity #bbcsportscot"

    HALF-TIME- Championship

    Alloa 0-3 Hamilton

    Dundee 1-0 Morton

    Livingston 0-0 Cowdenbeath

    QoS 2-0 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 2-1 Falkirk


    League One

    Airdrieonians 1-0 Ayr

    Brechin 0-2 Arbroath

    Stenhousemuir 1-0 Forfar

    Stranraer 2-0 Dunfermline

    League Two

    Annan Athletic 1-0 Berwick

    Clyde 1-0 Elgin

    Montrose 0-0 Albion

    Peterhead 3-0 East Stirling

    Stirling 1-2 Queen's Park


    Dougie Kinnear: "Howitzer? I'll have to watch the highlights on fast forward for that to be a howitzer! Good to have Jack back tho! #bbcsportscot"

    Craig Rothnie: "If all thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs, what does that make Griffiths?"

  92. 1601: 

    Here we go in the second half...

  93. 1603: 

    Nir Biton splits the Inverness defence with a lovely pass to send Leigh Griffiths clear but the striker shoots wide when one-on-one with Dean Brill.

  94. 1604: 

    Motherwell have started the second half the way the finished the first: on the ascendancy. Iain Vigurs shows some nimble footwork on the edge of the area but can't find the net. Some great stuff from the Steelmen.

  95. 1605: 

    Hearts come so close to pulling one back. Dale Carrick races up the left wing, cuts inside and rattles the crossbar with a fine strike!

  96. 1606: 

    St Mirren threaten in the only Premiership game still goalless but striker Steven Thompson's header is comfortably saved by Craig Samson.

  97. 1608: 
    GOAL- Brechin 0-3 Arbroath (Michael Travis)
  98. 1610: 

    Paul McGowan ghosts past a couple of Kilmarnock defenders and his shot looks destined to find the net but Craig Samson reacts brilliantly to push it away for a corner! The Buddies are beginning to motor...

  99. 1611: 

    A deflected effort from Anthony Stokes skips narrowly wide as Celtic push for a third goal. Nir Biton is the man pulling the strings from a deep midfield role.

  100. 1612: 
    GOAL- Celtic 3-0 Inverness CT (Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths bags his second goal of the day as he nips in between two Inverness defenders and smashes home a shot via a nick off the post.

  101. 1613: 

    St Mirren's John McGinn shows some superb skill to dance along the byline before cutting the ball back but Kilmarnock's goal somehow survives!

  102. 1615: 

    Inverness striker Billy McKay gets a glimpse of goal inside the six yard box but the Inverness striker slips before recovering and Fraser Forster has time to spread himself and make the save.

  103. 1615: 

    After absorbing incessant second half pressure, Kilmarnock are denied the opener as Muirhead's effort is brilliantly saved by Kello...

  104. 1616: 

    Motherwell have continued their dominance into the second half. Keith Lasley and Jack Leitch both have decent efforts, while John Sutton meets the ball yards from an empty net, but it hits his thigh and bounces over. You sense there's more goals to be had at Fir Park...

  105. 1619: 

    Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes are too polite by far as they exchange passes in the penalty box and Griffiths eventually slashes a shot high over the crossbar to miss out on his hat-trick!

  106. 1621: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 3-0 Hearts (Sutton)

    James McFadden, who has been involved in all three goals today, is bundled over at the edge of the area, but John Sutton latches on to the loose ball and slides it home. Motherwell are flying and the Jambos are being put to the sword.


    Dougie Kinnear: "We're giving the ball away far too easily today. We're inviting St Johnstone into this game! We need to kill it off! #bbcsportscot"

  108. 1625: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 3-1 Hearts (Paterson)

    Hearts pull one back. Callum Paterson beats Stephen McManus to the corner kick and heads into the net. Can the Jambos plunder another goal?


    Tom Watson: "Tryin 2 get my head around not celebrating each time Griffiths scores. Can't do it. Go Sparky!"Q

  110. 1630: 

    Inverness keeper Dean Brill makes a great low save to push away a curling shot from James Forrest that looked destined for the bottom corner. Seconds later Leigh Griffiths slashes wildly as he searches for his third of the afternoon.

  111. 1631: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 4-1 Hearts (McFadden)

    James McFadden for Scotland!! The playmaker has created the first three Motherwell goals today, and deservedly gets his own name on the scoresheet as he heads a free-kick beyond Jamie MacDonald.

  112. 1632: 
    GOAL- Celtic 4-0 Inverness CT (Commons)

    Kris Commons, a substitute today, jinks away from two defenders and drills a shot at Dean Brill, who allows the ball to squirm under him. The Inverness keeper won't want to see that one again.

  113. 1634: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock (Newton)

    The Buddies have done it! Conor Newton shows great composure to rifle the ball home, could that be the winner?

  114. 1636: 

    Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd sees his shot come back off the post and St Mirren survive. What a game we have in Paisley...

  115. 1637: 

    Celtic's top-scorer Kris Commons wants a second goal as he sends another rasping shot on target. This time Dean Brill is able to flap it away.

  116. 1639: 
    GOAL- Celtic 5-0 Inverness CT (Griffiths hat-trick)
    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

    Leigh Griffiths is celebrating his first hat-trick for Celtic as he fires an excellent, composed shot past the exposed Dean Brill.

  117. 1644: 

    St Johnstone's Steven MacLean fouls Nicky Low and picks up a second yellow card.

  118. 1645: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 2-0 Kilmarnock (Wylde)

    The Buddies seal victory through speedster Gregg Wylde to kill off Kilmarnock hopes of a comeback. That Kris Boyd effort that came back off the post proving costly for the visitors.

  119. 1646: 
    FULL-TIME- Ross County 1-1 Partick Thistle
  120. 1647: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtci 5-0 Inverness CT
  121. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 4-1 Hearts
  122. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-0 St Johnstone
  123. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 2-0 Kilmarnock
  124. 1651: 

    That's now three times in the last four home games Motherwell have scored four goals: the Steelmen are as fiery as Stuart McCall's managerial locks...



    Alloa 0-3 Hamilton

    Dundee 2-0 Morton

    Livingston 1-0 Cowdenbeath

    QoS 3-1 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 2-4 Falkirk

    League One

    East Fife 0-1 Rangers

    Airdrieonians 3-0 Ayr

    Brechin 2-4 Arbroath

    Stenhousemuir 4-1 Forfar

    Stranraer 3-1 Dunfermline


    League Two

    Annan Athletic 4-0 Berwick

    Clyde 4-0 Elgin

    Montrose 2-1 Albion

    Peterhead 4-0 East Stirling

    Stirling 2-2 Queen's Park

  127. 1701: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Neil Lennon will be delighted with the reaction of his Celtic players. Overall, he'll be delighted with the performance, keeping a clean sheet and Griffiths' hat-trick."

  128. 1703: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We always felt this kid (Leigh Griffiths) had goals in him and his record speaks for itself. We've been crying out for penalty box striker. We had a good reaction to losing the other night but it's the overall performance that pleased me.

    "We want to win the title as quickly as we can."


    William, Arbroath: "Rangers only need to win one more game to win title as their goal difference is worth a point due to the big gap in difference."

  130. 1710: 

    Former Rangers director Dave King will step up his increasingly acrimonious battle with the current Ibrox board, reports BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont.

    King plans to meet supporters' groups and formalise legal structures for trusts, into which he wants fans to put season ticket money.

    Rangers say King is undermining the work being done at the League One club.

    But King is dismissing concerns over the potentially damaging effects of withholding of season ticket money as "an insult to fans' intelligence".

  131. 1711: 
    Dave King statement on Rangers
    Former Rangers director Dave King

    "I am enthused by the statement issued by the fans following my own comments earlier this week. It is inspiring to see how the Rangers community continues to unite and put the club first in times of need.

    "This will guarantee a positive outcome at this watershed moment in our club's history. The board continues to treat the fans with disdain by offering mere platitudes. A more considered and constructive response was appropriate.

    "It is insightful of the board's mindset that it is willing to borrow money from a preferred shareholder at a rate of interest that reflects a high risk to the investor.

    "In doing so the board has finally confirmed its true view on the parlous state of the club's finances.

    "Paradoxically, the board wants long suffering fans to lend money at no interest and with no security. Rangers fans are loyal but not stupid."

  132. 1712: 
    Dave King statement cont:

    "I will now make it a priority to travel to Scotland to meet with fan representatives to ensure that appropriate legal structures are discussed and implemented for both season-ticket payments and the creation of a substantial fund to secure an influential equity stake in the club for fans."


    Ed, Uddingston: "Don't understand why Rangers fans are so unhappy with current board. Top of the league, record goals tally, good group of players, guys at the top willing to invest in the club and going for a Treble! What more do they want? King & Co not interested in buying club when in real trouble! Be careful what you wish for lads!"

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan SutherlandGET INVOLVED

    "Huge three points for St Mirren. Danny Lennon knows he's fighting for his future. Play-off spot scramble looks like going down to the wire."


    Baz, Killie fan: "Alan Johnston is well out of his depth. He's had his chance, get rid before it's too late. Goodbye AJ, your time is up. Thanks but no thanks. Take Clark and the other Johnston with u please."

  136. 1730: 
    Celtic hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths

    "It was good to get back to winning ways. The manager wanted us to express ourselves and we did that. That was my first ever league hat-trick and, to do it here, was special."

  137. 1732: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes after beating St Johnstone

    "Great credit to the players, there was obviously some fatigue. We made a couple of changes to try to freshen it up. Possibly, we should've made a few more changes. However, what can't be in question is the determination to win the game.

    "A lot of boys were running on empty there but it was a job worth doing and they worked extremely hard."

  138. 1734: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "This club for the past couple of decades has been surrounded by relegation and First Division football. Any time we come into that seventh or eighth position, there's a bit of breathing space there.

    "It's at times like this when there's doubt that the players respond again."

  139. 1745: 
    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "It was important to bounce back today after two disappointing away performances. But we've been good at home of late and scored four against St Johnstone, four against Thistle, two against Aberdeen and four today.

    "On a difficult heavy park today I thought we played some really good stuff."

  140. 1800: 

    Leigh Griffiths scores his first hat-trick for Celtic - which is also the first in the league of his career - as they crush Inverness at home.

    Motherwell, in similar high-scoring form, account for Hearts while Aberdeen and St Mirren record wins over St Johnstone and Kilmarnock, respectively.

    Ross County and Partick settled for a share of the spoils in Dingwall.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. Highlights of today's Premiership games will be on our website from 6pm tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 01 Mar 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 28 54 75
No movement 2 Aberdeen 28 14 54
No movement 3 Motherwell 27 3 50
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 27 17 44
No movement 5 Inverness CT 26 7 44
No movement 6 St Johnstone 27 3 35
No movement 7 Hibernian 27 -7 32
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 28 -14 27
Moving up 9 St Mirren 28 -17 27
Moving down 10 Partick Thistle 28 -16 26
Moving down 11 Ross County 28 -17 26
No movement 12 Hearts 28 -27 6