Scottish football as it happened

Champions Celtic hammer Inverness Caledonian Thistle after Hearts beat Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby.

27 April 2014 Last updated at 12:07

As it happened

  1. 12:06: 

    Welcome to our live coverage of another crucial day in the Scottish football season. Not so much for Celtic, who have already clinched the title and host Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the 15:00 BST kick-off in Glasgow. However, today's Edinburgh derby, which starts in just under 45 minutes, could go a long way to deciding whether Hibernian will join Hearts in suffering relegation come the end of the season.

  2. 12:10: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, Forster, Nelson, McGivern, Thomson, Robertson, Harris, Stanton, Craig (capt), Cummings. Substitutes: Murdoch, Collins, Boateng, Stevenson, Jones, Handling, Watmore.

  3. 12:12: 

    Hearts: MacDonald; Paterson, Wilson, McGowan, McHattie; King, Holt, Robinson, Nicholson. Substitutes: Ridgers, McKay, McCallum, McGhee, Oliver, Walker, Smith.

  4. 12:14: 

    Yesterday's victory for Ross County over Kilmarnock has made it even tighter down at the bottom end of the Scottish Premiership. Killie are now second bottom, the position that brings with it a play-off against a Championship side to avoid relegation. Hibs are now only one point clear of that going into today's Edinburgh derby.

  5. 12:15: 

    So who do you think will finish second bottom? And who will replace Hearts in the top flight after Dundee leapfrogged Hamilton Accies with a game to go yesterday? Give us your thoughts....

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  6. 12:22: 

    Later this afternoon, we will be no doubt be probing Celtic manager Neil Lennon about newspaper reports linking him with the vacancy at Norwich City. The Norfolk club have, according to the Sunday Mail, put Lennon on a shortlist of four that also includes another former Celtic player, Malky Mackay, who was recently dismissed by Cardiff City, who are battling with the Canaries against relegation from the English top flight.

  7. 12:25: 

    Do Celtic fans think Neil Lennon will still be manager next season? Would Norwich be the move to the English top flight the Northern Irishman has talked about and maybe dreamt about?

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  8. 12:26: 
    Hibernian manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have treated it like a cup final and the players have been great.

    "The derby is the best thing that could have happened and this has been one of the best weeks I've had in terms of preparation."

  9. 12:28: 

    Positive words there from the Hibs manager despite his side having gone nine games without a victory. In contrast, opponents Hearts have gone four games without defeat despite having already been consigned to relegation.

  10. 12:30: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke has been quoted in today's newspapers saying that it would be disaster for Scottish football if Hibs were relegated along with the Tynecastle side. However, he stressed that his side would not be doing anything today to help them avoid the play-off.

  11. 12:34: 

    Hearts have made two changes following last week's win over Ross County. Captain Danny Wilson returns from suspension along with Scott Robinson. The latter takes the place of Jamie Hamill, whose turn it is to be banned after his crazy red card last weekend, while Wilson comes in for Brad McKay.

  12. 12:36: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke has just described the decision to drop Brad McKay as "my hardest decision of the season". He said he decided to bring back Danny Wilson into the heart of the defence to compensate for the loss of Jamie Hamill's experience.

  13. 12:37: 
    Hearts manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    Hearts have been linked in today's newspapers with a move for Hibernian midfielder Kevin Thomson, who is out of contract in the summer. The Hearts manager was a bit elusive when asked if there was truth in that.

    "It is starting to get to the funny season," he said. "We are getting linked to everybody at the moment.

    "Agents are touting people all over the place.

    "Until we come out of administration, we can't sign anyone and it's disrespectful to talk about players with other clubs."

  14. 12:40: 

    Hearts have won three of the four Edinburgh derbies so far this season, including their meeting in the League Cup at Easter Road. However, Hibs won the last league encounter on their own patch, 2-1 in January.

  15. 12:45: 

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher has made four changes as he shuffles his pack again in an attempt to end a poor run. Ryan McGivern, Scott Robertson, Liam Craig and Jason Cummings come in for Lewis Stevenson, Owain Tudur Jones, Danny Haynes and James Collins.

  16. 12:45: 

    Here come the teams onto the Easter Road turf. It appears there are big spaces in the home seats, with all the noise coming from a buoyant Hearts support.

  17. 12:47: 

    Scott Robertson starts his first game for Hibs since January after recovering from a knee injury. Will his energy in midfield be the missing link for Terry Butcher's side.

  18. 12:47: 

    An excellent minute's applause for long-time Hibs fan and renowned politician Margo MacDonald and former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine, who have both sadly passed away.

  19. 12:49: 

    We're off at Easter Road and the tackles are already flying in!


    R in Kilmarnock: "Why is Terry Butcher's future openly discussed already in the media, yet Allan Johnston, who has put out an awful Kilmarnock side all season, escapes criticism? Aimless long ball football that is taking us down. Time the media wakes up and puts the pressure on him that he deserves." I am sure there has been some discussion on BBC Radio Scotland about Johnston's future too.

  21. 12:53: 

    Hibs left-back Ryan McGivern will need to be careful. Two crunching tackles on Hearts forward Billy King have narrowly avoided a yellow card from referee Bobby Madden already.

  22. 12:54: 

    First shot on goal, but Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson, linked with Hearts this morning, leans back and balloons his drive well into the stand.


    Tom Watson: "Hearts, relegated & just back from the brink, come to Easter Rd as favourites. How have Hibs contrived to make this possible?"

  24. 13:00: 

    The game has settled from its tension-filled opening and it is Hearts who are dominating possession.

  25. 13:02: 

    Alan Maybury left a foot in as he cleared ahead of Sam Nicholson and the Hibs defender has left the young winger with a very sore shin.

  26. 13:03: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "It is not a thing of beauty. The game is dire, hardly a thing created. Someone needs to be brave and start passing it."

  27. 13:05: 

    Sam Stanton flashes a dangerous driven cross across the face of Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, but no Hibs team-mate had advanced into the six-yard box.

  28. 13:08: 

    Hibs are starting to apply some pressure and Liam Craig's header finds the head of Jason Cummings, but it is just too high for the young striker, whose header drifts wide of the far post from eight yards.

  29. 13:11: 

    Hibs have had 77% of the possession in the last five minutes as the tide begins to shift at Easter Road.

  30. 13:13: 

    It is Hearts' turn to show some derby nerves as Callum Paterson makes a wild swipe at a clearance and is bailed out by goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald after his miss-kick.

  31. 13:14: 

    Yet another reckless challenge on Billy King by Ryan McGivern leads to the predictable booking for the Hibs full-back. The Northern Irishman is treading a fine line now.

  32. 13:16: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "Hearts have got to get the ball to Billy King. McGivern can't touch him now for the rest of the game."

  33. 13:20: 

    Liam Craig's dangerous ball into the Hearts penalty box evades defender Danny Wilson, but it also has too much space for Hibs team-mate Sam Stanton.

  34. 13:21: 

    At last, a shot on target. Young Hibs striker Jason Cummings shoots on the turn and his 25-yard drive forces goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald to parry clear.

    The two sides observe a minute's applause The two sides observed a minute's applause for Margo MacDonald and Sandy Jardine

    Gavin, Perth: "It just shows how far Scottish football has fallen. When the highlight is how far relegated Hearts can drag a poor Hibs down in a stadium that's never been full since the Ramsden Cup final. Followed by the Scottish champions playing in a near empty stadium. No-one is interested." Well, there are a few thousand at Easter Road who are interested and, thankfully, a lots more reading this and listening to BBC Radio Scotland I expect!

  37. 13:26: 
    GOAL - Hibernian 0-1 Hearts (Callum Paterson)

    Hearts score against the run of play as Callum Paterson rises at the back post to meet a corner and the ball loops lazily into the far corner of the net. Goalkeeper Ben Williams is unsighted as Hearts defender Dylan McGowan ducks out of the way.

  38. 13:30: 
    GOAL - Hibernian 0-2 Hearts (Callum Paterson)

    Kevin McHattie's in-swinging free-kick from wide on the Hearts right finds Callum Paterson rising at the back post and the right-back heads it down and beyond goalkeeper Ben Williams from 12 yards.

  39. 13:30: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "Hearts have never been in it and they are 2-0 up. The Hibs fans are leaving in their droves already and there is more than 45 minutes still to go."

  40. 13:33: 

    Callum Paterson's first was apparently Hearts' 500th goal in Edinburgh derbies. Very quickly, he has added goal number 501. Hibs need to find at least two of their own in reply or the spectre of relegation will cloud further over Easter Road.

  41. 13:35: 
    HALF-TIME - Hibernian 0-2 Hearts

    Tom: "With this form, there is no doubt Hibs are going down - fans leaving the stands already." Would anyone argue with that? However, remember, even a defeat leaves them still a point ahead of similarly off-form Kilmarnock.

  43. 13:37: 
    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Tom English

    "Hibs are going to have to do something they have hardly done all season and come back from a losing position. But all I can see is more goals for Hearts."

  44. 13:42: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Brian McLauchlin is saying that Hibs fans have complained to police that water from a bottle was squirted on them by someone in the Hearts dugout. Police are apparently taking statements presently. Trying to pour cold water on a Hearts victory?

    Hearts fans make a statement Hearts are close to coming out of administration and their fans made their feelings clear from the stand about their survival.

    David, Motherwell fan in Moray: "Hibs in freefall and looking prime candidates for relegation play-off spot."


    Alastair, Glasgow: "Minus the points deduction for Hearts, Killie are now bottom of the league. Cheerio Allan Johnstone." Well pointed out Alastair in relation to relegated Hearts having that 15-point penalty for being in administration.

    Callum Paterson rises to score his second goal of the game Callum Paterson rose above the home defence to score his second goal of the game
  49. 13:51: 

    The second half is underway and Hibs have 45 minutes to save face - and their hopes of vital points in the relegation zone.

  50. 13:52: 

    Sam Harris drives into the penalty area and his shot is deflected into the Hearts side-netting as Hibs start positively.

  51. 13:57: 

    Scott Robertson is booked for a studs-first challenge on Hearts defender Kevin McHattie, frustration written all over the Hibs midfielder's face.

  52. 13:59: 

    Hibs midfielder Scott Roberston is lucky not to be shown a second yellow card in a matter of minutes as he loses possession then fouls Scott Robinson.

  53. 14:00: 

    Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson dips his shoulder to fool his marker before firing a low drive just wide of the near post. A corner is given for a mystery deflection and Michael Nelson's header slips a couple of feet wide.

  54. 14:02: 

    Kevin McHattie tries a snap shot from all of 30 yards, but the defender's effort powers straight into the chest of Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams.

  55. 14:03: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "Hibs had the momentum after the break, but Hearts have taken the sting out of the game."

  56. 14:04: 

    Hearts' Scott Robinson is booked for a late tackle on Sam Stanton.

  57. 14:05: 

    David Smith has come on for Sam Nicholson, the Hearts winger still struggling with an injury picked up in the first half.

  58. 14:07: 

    Just-booked Scott Robinson tests the referee's patience with another late challenge on Jason Cummings, with the young Hibs striker being left receiving treatment for cramp.

  59. 14:09: 

    Liam Craig takes the resulting free-kick and his left-foot drive drilled towards the far post is pushed clear by Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

  60. 14:12: 

    Duncan Watmore comes on for the tiring Scott Robertson in Hibs' midfield. Home boss Terry Butcher had delayed his decision while waiting to see if Jason Cummings recovered from injury. It almost backfired as Robertson pulled down Callum Paterson to flirt with a second yellow card.

  61. 14:15: 
    GOAL - Hibernian 1-2 Hearts (Jordon Forster)

    A quickly taken free-kick by Kevin Thomson puts Hearts on the back foot. A cross is eventually delivered to the back post by Ryan McGivern and Jordon Forster powers in to sail above the home defence and head past goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

  62. 14:18: 

    James Collins comes on for Jason Cummings as Hibs manager Terry Butcher looks for the experienced striker to add firepower up front.

  63. 14:19: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

    "Jordon Forster's header has lifted the Hibs players, it has lifted the Hibs fans and put Hearts under pressure for the first time."

  64. 14:22: 

    Hibs scorer Jordon Forster is struggling with what looks like a knee injury.

  65. 14:24: 

    Kevin McHattie sends a long-range free-kick into the hands of Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams. A brief respite for Hearts, who have gone into their shell in this second half.


    Andy from Luton: "If Hibs had stuck will Pat Fenlon, they would have finished in the top-six. Butcher's has been a disaster." Hindsight is a great thing and you might be right, but remember that the Irishman was dismissed for a disappointing start to the season.

  67. 14:28: 

    Jamie Walker, who has missed the second half of the season, returns to the fray in place of Jason Holt as Hearts manager Gary Locke looks to inject some life back into his side. Walker was certainly impressive for Hearts at the start of the season.

  68. 14:29: 

    Hibs are piling on the pressure and Danny Wilson is acting like a one-man barrier as he heads successive balls clear from the six-yard box.

  69. 14:31: 

    James Collins misses a glorious chance as the ball deflects into his path only seven yards from goal, but the striker misses the ball and instead lands a boot on the face of Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

  70. 14:33: 

    The introduction of on-loan Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore has breathed new life into Hibs. But the wee man fails to collect a ball inside the penalty box that would have left him clear with a sight at goal.

    Jordon Forster heads Hibs' goal Jordon Forster headed Hibs back into the game at 2-1
  72. 14:36: 

    A superb pass from Callum Paterson sends Ryan Stevenson clear behind the Hibs defence. The attacking midfielder only has Ben Williams to beat, but his little chip over the goalkeeper goes wide of the far post. What a miss!

  73. 14:37: 

    There are six minutes to be played of stoppage time. You have a feeling that it is only a matter of time before Hibs equalise - especially after that let-off at the other end.

  74. 14:39: 

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher has sent big, lumbering centre-half Michael Nelson up front to add his physical presence to the final assault on the Hearts goal.

  75. 14:40: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "Hearts have conceded so many late goals in games and they're getting deeper and deeper."

  76. 14:41: 

    Hearts defender Danny Wilson is on his knees as he heads clear inside his own penalty box as Hibs throw everything at the visitors.

  77. 14:42: 

    Jamie MacDonald has proved to be a thorn in Hibs' side this season and Hearts goalkeeper pulls off a magnificent save to push over the crossbar a thundering 16-yard drive from James Collins. The whistle goes from an infringement, so it would not have counted anyway, but what a stop that was.

  78. 14:44: 
    FULL-TIME - Hibernian 1-2 Hearts
  79. 14:45: 

    That proved to be the final action of the game as Hearts edge out Hibs in a breathtaking Edinburgh derby that may have lacked quality but had plenty of drama.

  80. 14:47: 

    Despite that defeat, Hibs remain in eighth place. That Jordon Forster goal at least kept them ahead of Ross County on goal difference. However, the Easter Road side are one of three sides on 34 points, one ahead of second-bottom Kilmarnock.

  81. 14:50: 

    Hearts can not only celebrate a fourth Edinburgh derby victory of the season but have some consolation in their points total. They are relegated, but if they had not received that 15-point penalty for being in administration, they would now be above Kilmarnock and off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table.

  82. 14:52: 

    Attention now turns to Celtic Park, where the champions host Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with kick-off less than 10 minutes away.

  83. 14:54: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    On the possibility of new signings: "Me personally, I think the squad needs a bit of change.

    "I would like to strengthen, but whether we can do that, we will wait and see.

    "There will be a few leaving, so there will be a bit of turnover."

  84. 14:55: 
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes

    "We have picked up a few illness and some injuries, so we are down to the bare bones.

    "We took the game to them last time and it backfired, so we have a different game-plan.

    "You are always looking to bring players in, but we have them all signed up and I'm quite happy to go with what we've got next season.

    "I am delighted with the season we've had - a national cup final and the top six."

  85. 14:58: 

    What John Hughes was referring to was the fact that he has only been able to name four substitutes.

  86. 15:00: 

    Adam Matthews and Charlie Mulgrew return to the Celtic side after recovering from hamstring injuries, striker Leigh Griffiths is given a start as Georgios Samaras and Beram Kayal drop to the bench and John Herron misses out altogether. Right-back Mikael Lustig is also named among the substitutes after being out since December with a hip injury.

  87. 15:00: 

    The minute's applause for former Hearts, Rangers and Scotland Sandy Jardine is respectively observed at Celtic Park.

  88. 15:01: 

    We are under way at Celtic Park, with the home side in early possession.

  89. 15:02: 

    Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Johansen, Mulgrew, Commons, Stokes, Griffiths. Subs: Samaras, Balde, Pukki, Lustig, Zaluska, Kayal, Henderson.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Doran, Ross Draper, Tansey, Williams, Ross, McKay. Subs: Esson, Devine, Polworth, Christie.

    Referee: Craig Charleston

  90. 15:04: 

    Kris Commons has the first effort of the game, but it is a poor shot straight at Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill.

  91. 15:08: 

    Clarification of those three changes in the Caley Thistle line-up. Defender Graeme Shinnie returns from suspension, Nick Ross is given a rare start in midfielder alongside Danny Williams. They are given their chance with David Raven and James Vincent picking up injuries and Marley Watkins suffering illness.

  92. 15:10: 

    Celtic are on a run of seven games without defeat, while Caley Thistle are looking to extend their own run to three games. So both sides are in good form.

  93. 15:11: 

    Not surprisingly, Celtic are dominating possession in the early stages, but it is a bit of an end-of-season atmosphere in Glasgow.

  94. 15:12: 

    Caley Thistle still have much to play for as they chase Dundee United for fourth spot, which will bring with it some extra finance. Maybe then, they would be able to afford more than four substitutes!

  95. 15:15: 

    Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill pulls off a top-class save, with Kris Commons' drive heading for the bottom corner before the on-loan Luton man turns it wide for a corner.

  96. 15:18: 

    Caley Thistle came close to victory at Celtic Park in August before having to settle for a 2-2 draw. However, they were thumped 5-0 on their last visit in March, so it is little wonder they are adopting conservative tactics with limited resources today.

  97. 15:18: 

    Inverness do manage to threaten at the other end and Danny Williams' long-range effort slips through a sea of legs and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has to keep his eye on it for a simple save.

  98. 15:20: 

    Ross Draper's through ball almost catches out the Celtic rearguard, but striker Billy McKay is just offside.

  99. 15:25: 
    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Nothing at stake at Celtic Park but pride. The home side have opted for a strong starting line-up, with Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes up front, which suggests a strong competitive edge as they pursue 100 points this season. Only four players on the bench for Inverness, but they are still be rugged and determined."

  100. 15:26: 

    Emilio Izaguirre drills a fine dangerous ball into the Caley Thistle penalty box, but it is just too far in front of striker Leigh Griffiths.

  101. 15:29: 

    Charlie Mulgrew just fails to reach another Emilio Izaguirre cross and the ball skims off the top of the Scotland midfielder's head and wide.

  102. 15:31: 
    Hearts manager Gary Locke after the 2-1 win over Hibernian

    "We played well first half. Second half, Hibs were the better side.

    "We've showed a different side to our character. In the last month, we've won games and played really well. Today was more about character and digging in and I think you saw that in abundance.

    "Hibs have got good players, they've got a good management team. Everybody's writing them off. I knew that they would make it difficult for us.

    "They did make the game physical. I'm delighted that our players have stood up to that because maybe earlier in the season that wouldn't have been the case.

    "You can definitely see that we're physically better and fitter and the younger lads are handling themselves a lot better now."

  103. 15:34: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke has praised two-goal Callum Paterson, who has found his scoring touch after switching back to defence after being used as an emergency striker earlier in the season. "Callum's been great," Locke told BBC Scotland. "He's played all over the place. Callum, who sees his long-term future at right-back, has done very well there and we're delighted that he got two goals for us."

  104. 15:35: 
    GOAL - Celtic 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Anthony Stokes)

    Caley Thistle are undone by some slack marking at a Leigh Griffiths corner. Anthony Stokes rises to head down and past goalkeeper Dean Brill.

  105. 15:37: 

    Danny Williams fires an effort at goal, but Celtic defender Efe Ambrose manages to deflect it for a corner.

  106. 15:38: 

    Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill has to beat away a powerful 20-yard effort from goalscorer Anthony Stokes.

  107. 15:40: 

    Dean Brill is having to show his quality as the Caley Thistle goalkeeper gets a strong left hand to a fine, low Adam Matthews drive.

  108. 15:45: 
    GOAL - Celtic 2-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Anthony Stokes)

    Anthony Stokes grabs his 18th goal of season after Leigh Griffiths just fails to get on the end of a Kris Commons cross but the Irishman makes no mistake.

  109. 15:48: 
    HALF-TIME - Celtic 2-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
    Anthony Stokes (right) celebrates against Caley Thistle Anthony Stokes (right) scored twice in the first half against Caley Thistle
  111. 16:00: 

    Sorry for impasse. Terry Butcher's surprisingly positive reaction from Hibs' defeat by Hearts to come shortly.

  112. 16:04: 
    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "The teams are separated by two goals from Anthony Stokes, who has been lively and dangerous throughout. Celtic have been comfortable, but Inverness are capable of some nice passing moves that only tend to run out of purpose in the final third. It's being played at a good tempo and with an ambitious intent, but Inverness have no match for the movement and guile of Stokes, Kris Commons and Leigh Griffiths."

  113. 16:05: 

    We're back up and running at Celtic Park and already the home side are close to extending their lead at Dean Brill tips a Kris Commons shot over the crossbar.

  114. 16:07: 
    Hibernian manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think we deserved something from the game today, but that's how things are going for us.

    "The result doesn't reflect the actual nature of the game for me - Hearts have scored two goals against the run of play.

    "We did well in both halves, we said we wanted to win the second half, which we did, but it wasn't enough to get a point or anything from the game.

    "We certainly put in a very good performance here that was full of commitment, we passed the ball well and there was confidence from a team that's lost five on the bounce.

    "But it's disappointing when you do everything and lose two goals from set pieces. It's normally our strength and we normally score from set pieces."

  115. 16:09: 

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher added that he is "utterly convinced" his side will avoid a relegation play-off. Do you share his optimism?

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  116. 16:10: 

    Stefan Johansen wins a penalty after the midfielder is brought down by Gary Warren, who is shown the yellow card.

  117. 16:11: 
    GOAL - Celtic 3-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Anthony Stokes)

    Anthony Stokes completes his hat-trick by sending Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill the wrong way from the spot. The visitors pay the penalty for trying to work the ball out of defence, with Stefan Johansen winning the penalty after his interception.

  118. 16:12: 

    Billy McKay wins a penalty after a challenge from Virgil van Dijk. The Celtic fans suggest it is a rather soft award.

  119. 16:13: 

    Aaron Doran's spot kick is saved by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who guessed right.

  120. 16:16: 

    Billy McKay has a chance to make up for that penalty miss, but the striker's drive is pushed away by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

  121. 16:20: 

    Another effort from Billy McKay. The Inverness striker makes a more confident connection this time, but his shot flies just wide of the post.

  122. 16:22: 

    Anthony Stokes fires an effort off the crossbar as he goes close to his fourth goal of the afternoon. The ball is played back into the danger area and Virgil van Dijk's header crashes off a post. This scoreline could be so much worse for Caley Thistle had it not been for a combination of goalkeeper Dean Brill and the woodwork.

  123. 16:25: 
    GOAL - Celtic 4-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Leigh Griffiths)

    Having completed his own hat-trick, Anthony Stokes turns provider, rolling the ball into the path of Leigh Griffiths, who curls it into the far corner with his instep with the kind of finish we have come to expect from the Scotland striker.

  124. 16:29: 

    Hero of the hour Anthony Stokes is replaced with Teemu Pukki, while Liam Henderson comes on for Charlie Mulgrew. Moments ago, Mikael Lustig had made his return from long-term injury as he took the place of Adam Matthews at right-back.

  125. 16:32: 

    Leigh Griffiths looks for his own second goal, but his 25-yard effort goes wide of the Caley Thistle post.

  126. 16:34: 

    Caley Thistle are back on the attack, but Celtic are easing to a comfortable victory that exemplifies the gulf in class between the champions and the fifth-placed visitors.

  127. 16:34: 
    GOAL - Celtic 5-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Efe Ambrose)

    Kris Commons delivers a fine cross that is met powerfully by the head of Efe Ambrose. The central defender produces his customary summersault celebration before going directly to congratulate assistant manager Johan Mjallby, who is leaving Celtic at the end of the season.

  128. 16:36: 
    GOAL - Celtic 6-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Teemu Pukki)

    Substitute Teemu Pukki gets in on the scoring act, firing low past Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill. Celtic are rampant and seemingly unstoppable.

  129. 16:39: 

    Celtic have now surpassed the five-goal mauling to which they subjected Inverness last month. Caley Thistle manager John Hughes said pre-match that he had a plan to avoid another bruising defeat. Whatever it was, it has been undone in style this afternoon.

  130. 16:47: 

    There are no signs that Celtic have any intention of easing off this season despite having long ago retained their league title.

  131. 16:49: 
    FULL-TIME - Celtic 6-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  132. 16:51: 

    That becomes the biggest win - and heaviest defeat - in the Scottish Premiership this season as Celtic, having already been crowned champions, stretch their lead at the top to 27 points after Aberdeen's draw yesterday.

  133. 16:56: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

    "Celtic are looking good not only with what is on the park but what is on the bench."

  134. 16:59: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "There was a flow to us and we looked really dangerous going forward.

    "It was a fantastic performance and probably the best of the season.

    "They kept going until the last minute and did not allow Inverness an in at all.

    "Anthony Stokes has been bang on form in recent weeks."

  135. 17:00: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "That is the second time this has happened to Inverness here and they have looked out of their depth. They have to regroup and be a hard side to beat again."

  136. 17:05: 

    We are still waiting to hear from Inverness manager John Hughes following that heavy defeat.

  137. 17:10: 

    Inverness remain in fifth place, four points behind Dundee United, after that heavy defeat by Celtic and their chances of catching the Tannadice side seem to be receding.

  138. 17:13: 
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I felt Celtic were awfully good and looked like they were going to score every time they went forward.

    "We had a game plan and looked a better team than one that lost six.

    "But we put so much into the game and lost a goal to Anthony Stokes, who I don't think has ever scored with a header.

    "A few heads went down when they scored their third and that's disappointing to see. You can't afford to feel sorry for yourself."

  139. 17:17: 

    Thanks for your company today on an afternoon when Celtic showed the gulf in class between themselves and the rest in the Scottish Premiership by beating Inverness Caley Thistle with the biggest winning margin of the season. Earlier, Hibs' problems at the other end deepened when they lost the Edinburgh derby at home to Hearts and Terry Butcher's side remain only one point clear of second-bottom Kilmarnock.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 27 Apr 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 35 72 92
No movement 2 Aberdeen 35 17 65
No movement 3 Motherwell 35 1 61
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 35 19 57
No movement 5 Inverness CT 35 -1 53
No movement 6 St Johnstone 35 9 52
No movement 7 St Mirren 35 -19 35
No movement 8 Hibernian 35 -18 34
No movement 9 Ross County 35 -19 34
No movement 10 Partick Thistle 35 -20 34
No movement 11 Kilmarnock 35 -18 33
No movement 12 Hearts 35 -23 19