Scottish football as it happened

Celtic beat 10-man Motherwell to go top of the table and there are victories for Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, Inverness and St Mirren.

29 September 2012 Last updated at 18:02

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  1. 1140: 

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

  2. 1141: 

    Six games for us to enjoy: starting with Aberdeen v Hibs from Pittodrie at 12noon.

    Then, at 3pm, we have:

    Dundee v St Johnstone

    Hearts v Kilmarnock

    Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

    Motherwell v Celtic

    St Mirren v Ross County

  3. 1142: 

    And defending Highland League champions Forres Mechanics host Rangers in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

  4. 1143: 

    Aberdeen, in eighth spot in the table, host second-placed Hibs.

    SPLstats on Twitter: "Hibs are looking to go 3 away SPL matches unbeaten for the first time since February/March 2011. Aberdeen's record in their last 8 home games against Hibs is Win-Lose-Win-Lose-Win-Lose-Win-Lose."

  5. 1145: 

    Get in touch today on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

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  6. 1147: 

    "BE RIGHT" "BE GOOD" "AWESOME" and "YOU'RE THE MAN" no, not primeval roars from USA players in the Ryder Cup, more likely a preview of how our crack-team of football commentators and pundits will describe this afternoon's action on Open All Mics…

  7. 1150: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Jack, Anderson, Reynolds, Considine, Osbourne, Rae, Hughes, Vernon, Fraser, McGinn. Subs: Jason Brown, Robertson, Clark, Milsom, Megginson, Magennis, Smith.

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, Maybury, Wotherspoon, Deegan, Claros, Cairney, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs: Antell, McGivern, Stevenson, Handling, Stanton, Caldwell, Kuqi.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  8. 1151: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Should have remembered to deduct ten degress from expected temperature at Pittodrie. fffreezin. aberdeen v hibs. #bbcsportsound"

  9. 1152: 

    Stato_Grant: "Big opportunity for Aberdeen to get 3pts today but Hibs have improved a lot from last season. Could be a few goals."

  10. 1154: 

    Aberdeen make five changes from the side that defeated Dunfermline 1-0 midweek in the Scottish Communities League Cup: skipper Russell Anderson, Ryan Jack, Scott Vernon, Stephen Hughes and Ryan Fraser are all restored to the starting line-up.

    Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths, who missed last weekend's 2-2 draw with Inverness CT, comes in for Ross Caldwell. Can Griffiths fire Hibs top of the table?

  11. 1157: 

    The sun is breaking through the clouds over Aberdeen as the sides trot onto the Pittodrie pitch.

  12. 1158: 

    Quick couple of questions ahead of kick-off: what's been your highlight of the SPL season so far? Best goal and best save?

    Let rip via Twitter using #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg and send a text to 80295.

  13. 1200: 

    We're under way at Pittodrie...

  14. 1201: 

    Hibs force a corner but the Aberdeen defence repel Leigh Griffiths's centre. Decent start from Pat Fenlon's men who have come roaring out of the traps.

  15. 1203: 

    Hibs send an inviting cross into the box but Andrew Considine clears and Aberdeen are pinned in their own half in the early stages at Pittodrie.

  16. 1204: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen will be happy to get a touch of the ball soon because it's been all Hibs."

  17. 1205: 

    The Dons break the deadlock with their first attack. Scott Vernon latches onto a hopeful long ball and sees his shot parried by Hibs keeper Ben Williams. Niall McGinn shows Ninja-like reflexes to pounce and rifle the ball home.

  18. 1206: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "You don't need possession, you just need a long ball down field. That was not dealt with very well. Ben Williams should have pushed that further clear"

  19. 1207: 

    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown shields his eyes from the sun in the home dugout and he must be delighted with his side's ruthless efficiency in front of goal. Despite being penned in for a painful opening couple of minutes, McGinn's strike has given the Dons the lead.

    Brown's opposite number Pat Fenlon will be tearing his hair out over sluggish defending.

  20. 1210: 

    bringhthemonjpn: "A Beezer of a goal from Aberdeen. Thought I was watching Best and Law for a moment. Cracking match set up now..."

  21. 1211: 

    Hibs continue to look dangerous on the attack and Leigh Griffiths steps away from a statuesque Aberdeen defence but his flashing drive is well saved by Jamie Langfield. The Hibs marksman should have levelled there.

    A great opening 10 minutes in the Pittodrie sunshine...

  22. 1212: 

    Hibs defender Alan Maybury earns a yellow card for a thunderous, sliding challenge on Ryan Fraser.

  23. 1213: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller on Griffiths's chance

    "Leigh Griffiths has been making some good early runs. A good enough save from Jamie Langfield, but that should have been in the net from Griffiths."

  24. 1214: 

    Now, then. Replays of Maybury's challenge on Fraser make for grim viewing; the Hibs man could've had no complaints had he received his marching orders from whistler Calum Murray. A bit of a let off for the Edinburgh side.

    Will that decision have a bearing on the game?

  25. 1216: 

    Hibs may be trailing 1-0 at Pittodrie, but the movement of Eoin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths is causing problems for the Don's rearguard.

  26. 1217: 

    David Cruickshank: "And so the 'boot ryan fraser off the park' tactics begin again #bbcsportsound #afc #standfree"

    Himalaya Joe: "Yet another assault on young Ryan Fraser. At this rate, he'll be in a wheelchair by the age of 21 #bbcsportsound"

  27. 1219: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller says, despite the Pittodrie sunshine, strong winds are hampering the passing of both sides.

  28. 1221: 

    Leigh Griffiths sends a hopeful free-kick into the Aberdeen area, keeper Jamie Langfield comes and leaps for the ball unconvincingly like a crab on roller skates.

    "I thought Jamie Langfield was on a sponsored run there," quips Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  29. 1224: 

    Hibs captain James McPake heads clear after another impressive Aberdeen move down the right hand side. The Dons, emboldened by McGinn's goal, are pressing for a second.

  30. 1226: 

    Aberdeen appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty as James McPake appears to block Scott Vernon's goalbound header with his arm but referee Calum Murray is having none of it.

    That looked like a spot-kick; harsh on the rampant Dons...

  31. 1228: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "The referee has a decision to make: was it deliberate or not?"

  32. 1230: 

    Aberdeen have their tails up and Stephen Hughes sees his effort blocked by frantic Hibs defending before Scott Vernon's ferocious drive is superbly tipped over the bar by Ben Williams. The Hibs keeper, if at fault for Aberdeen's opener, atoned for his sins there.

  33. 1231: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Aberdeen are really pushing for a second goal here"

  34. 1232: 

    Finlay Thewlis: "Come on Saints, let's get 3 points today. #taysidederby #bbcsportsound"

  35. 1234: 

    What. A. Goal. Hibs draw level in spectacular style, Eoin Doyle collects a long ball on his chest before swivelling and rifling an unstoppable shot past a bewildered Jamie Langfield.

    What a strike, what a goal. Take a bow son!

  36. 1236: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "What a fabulous strike it was. It looked like Langfield dived for it after it entered the net. There wasn't much backswing."

  37. 1237: 

    With 10 minutes until the break, the first half at Pittodrie has flown past. Both sides look dangerous on the break and both defences look about as reliable as the proverbial chocolate teapot.

    Craig Brown and Pat Fenlon are shielding their eyes from the sun and some eye-wateringly poor defending. Great stuff!

  38. 1238: 

    BallsOfWood: "#COYR get back into the game lads!!!"

  39. 1239: 

    What's your thoughts on the game so far? Are you heading to a game this afternoon? Get those thumbs working by sending a text to 80295 with SPL at the start of your message.

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  40. 1243: 

    Aberdeen fans are becoming a little disgruntled with some of the challenges on the impressive Ryan Fraser. Hibs midfielder Paul Cairney is, according to Sportsound pundit Willie Miller, fortunate not to receive a yellow card for another foul.

    Pittodrie is crackling and bubbling away, with about two minutes until half time.

  41. 1245: 

    Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths ensures that Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield isn't day-dreaming about watching X-Factor or the Ryder Cup tonight, firing in a cheeky free-kick from distance when everyone expected a cross. But the keeper collects at the second attempt.

  42. 1246: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I think Alan Maybury is frustrated playing against young Ryan Fraser today."

  43. 1247: 

    Referee Calum Murray brings an entertaining first half to a close. Niall McGinn fired the Dons into the lead against the run of play and Eoin Doyle's wonderstrike restored parity with both sides chasing more goals. Keep them coming, great stuff!

  44. 1248: 

    Our Sportsound pundits are discussing Aberdeen's penalty appeal - when Hibs skipper James McPake appeared to handle Scott Vernon's header - and some of the tackles flying in on Dons' wonderkid Ryan Fraser.

  45. 1252: 

    Chris, lost somewhere in England, to 80295: "Any chance of a mention for all us Wick fans making the 2000-mile round trip down to Berwick?"

    Consider it done, Chris. Keep us posted on your progress.

  46. 1254: 

    Andy Harrold: "Talented player? hack him down, SPL referees won't mind. Shocking treatment Fraser is receiving from Hibs. #bbcsportsound"

  47. 1256: 

    Here's a thought: why is it impossible to listen to Duran Duran's A View to a Kill without pursing your lips Mick Jagger-style and firing an imaginary gun?

  48. 1257: 

    AberdeenStats: "That is the 10th yellow card that opponents have earned this season just for fouls on Ryan Fraser. ICT got a straight red too #targeted"

  49. 1303: 

    The second half gets under way at Pittodrie, with Alan Maybury - who was booked in the first half - substituted and Ryan McGivern on for the visitors.

  50. 1305: 

    James Todd: "Fraser gave Murray Davidson a cynical push at McDiarmid Park and injured the latter, so no more of this angelic victim rubbish!#bbcsportsound."

  51. 1306: 

    Eoin Doyle tries to play in Hibs team-mate Paul Cairney but Ryan Jack intercepts and booms the ball downfield. That's what you call no-nonsense defending.

  52. 1308: 

    Anonymous: "Looking forward to watching Forres Mechanics showing Rangers how to play football this afternoon at Mosset Park! From everyone up north!"

    So, you reckon there could be a SPANNER in the works for Rangers in the Scottish Cup? Spanner, Mechanics; I'll get my coat...

  53. 1310: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Hibs doing really well to get back on level terms, but even they couldn't have expected Aberdeen playing with a sweeper..."

  54. 1311: 

    Aberdeen are making a change, Ryan Fraser limps off and is replaced by Josh Magennis who does a couple of burpees on the touchline. Steady on chief, you may do yourself an injury...

  55. 1312: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Let's see how that affects the game because Ryan Fraser has been superb. Maybe Alan Maybury can come back on now?"

  56. 1314: 

    Showing no sign of lethargy following his burpees on the touchline, Aberdeen substitute Josh Magennis rises like a salmon to bullet a header over the bar from a sumptuous Niall McGinn cross.

  57. 1316: 

    Henry Laughlin on Twitter: "#BBCSportsound Have unearthed an amazing stat that Celtic have not enjoyed a 3pm Saturday (away) kick off in the SPL since 2005."

    That's a corker of a stat Henry. Take a bow, son!

  58. 1317: 

    Aberdeen holler for another penalty; this time after Scott Vernon tumbles under a challenge by Hibs skipper James McPake.

    But referee Calum Murray, with a crisp shake of the head, indicates: you're getting hee-haw!

  59. 1320: 
    BBC Sportsound's Charlie Mann

    "At Stark's Park for Raith v Thistle - should be interesting as corner flags all blowing in different direction!! #bbcsportsound"

  60. 1322: 

    A little under half an hour remaining at Pittodrie. Can either side find a winner? The Dons seem to have been knocked off their stride since the impressive Ryan Fraser limped off.

  61. 1324: 

    Jonathan Main: "Hibs should be down to 9 by now and we should have had a penalty. Another week, another shocking performance by the officials #bbcsportsound"

  62. 1325: 

    Hibs midfielder Paul Cairney balloons a shot over the bar that's got more chance of taking out one of the infamous Pittodrie seagulls; play then rages up the other end and Paul Hanlon earns a yellow card for chopping down Josh "Burpee" Magennis.

    The Dons, though, fail to profit from the free-kick on the edge of the area.

  63. 1327: 

    Aberdeen are probing the Hibs defence in their search for an equaliser. Scott Vernon is inches away from converting a low cross and Hibs somehow scramble the ball clear. Dons boss Craig Brown is up on his feet, kicking every ball.

  64. 1329: 

    The Dons carve out a second goal and it's another cracker. Substitute Josh Magennis controls on the edge of the area before sending in a low cross that Gavin Rae stabs home.

    A great goal and no less than the hosts deserve.

  65. 1331: 

    Tom in Edinburgh. "Supporting Aberdeen has always been frustrating , but this season it seems even more so, with 5 draws in the league already are we doomed to another year of rueing missed chances?"

  66. 1332: 

    Stuart Morrison on Twitter on the Paul Hanlon tackle on Josh Magennis: "Should that not have been a red card on the edge of the box? Denying a goal scoring opportunity. #bbcsportsound"

  67. 1334: 

    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon shuffles his pack, bringing off Paul "Chilli Con" Cairney and sending on striker Shefki Kuki.

  68. 1336: 

    Ryan Heatly: "Right Dons. See this out now, too often the foot comes off the gas! #bbcsportsound"

  69. 1337: 

    Hibs are enjoying their best spell of the second half and the home fans inside Pittodrie are becoming restless. Leigh Griffiths has the chance to fire a free kick into the box...

  70. 1338: 

    ... Griffiths's effort is deflected and, after a bit of pingpong in the box, Aberdeen clear.

    The Dons lead 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining, but the Edinburgh side are pressing for an equaliser.

  71. 1339: 

    Stuart Morrison: "Standard of officiating in this game has been nothing short of appalling! And the Scottish refs not go on strike again? #bbcsportsound"

  72. 1341: 

    Hibs captain James McPake embarks on a wonderful, driving run down the right flank and arrows a cross into the box but Russell Anderson clears. It's all Hibs at the moment...

  73. 1342: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Hibs have upped the tempo and manager Pat Fenlon has pushed more men forward"

  74. 1343: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Aberdeen are coming under increasing pressure in the closing minutes. Can they survive?"

  75. 1344: 

    Four minutes plus added time remaining at Pittodrie: the Dons appear content to sit deep and try to hit Hibs on the counter attack. A risky strategy, with Hibs establishing some momentum.

  76. 1346: 

    Another penalty appeal! This time for Hibs, though, as Leigh Griffiths crumples to the turf under the close attention of Ryan Jack but referee Calum Murray is impervious to pressure.

    Aberdeen launch a quick counter attack and Scott Vernon tees up Nial McGinn but the former Celtic man stabs his effort over the bar.

  77. 1347: 

    Hibs should be level. Substitute Shefki Kuqi flicks a shot past Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield but the backtracking Reynolds manages to clear the goalbound effort. Agony for the visitors!

  78. 1349: 

    Grant Campbell: "Getting to the 'biting finger nails time' if you are a Dons fan #bbcsportsound."

  79. 1350: 

    Deep, deep into injury time at Pittodrie. Can the Dons hold on to secure victory?

  80. 1351: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "This would be a huge win for Aberdeen if they can hold on"

  81. 1352: 

    The Dons break a frustrating sequence of home draws to take maximum points in an entertaining game at Pittodrie.

  82. 1354: 

    Stato_Grant: "Phew. At last- 3pts at home. Well done Aberdeen. COYR! #bbcsportsound"

    Mikey Ritchie: "Now sitting 4th, brilliant win!!!@MacPhee1982 @FM_Winnie #AFC #standfree, #bbcsportsound"

  83. 1400: 

    That was a cracking game at Pittodrie. Gavin Rae's winner ends Hibs' hopes of ending the day on top of the SPL - and the visitors' own run of six league games without defeat.

    The Dons, meanwhile, stretch their own unbeaten run to nine games and end a sequence of five home draws. Not a bad afternoon's work for Craig Brown's troops.

  84. 1402: 
    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown

    "That home win was overdue. We didn't deserve to lose and, maybe, today's game should've ended in a draw.

    "I felt we had control of the match. I've got to credit our defence for standing up to the task and defending very well."

  85. 1404: 

    Five SPL games at 3pm.

    Dundee v St Johnstone

    Hearts v Kilmarnock

    Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

    Motherwell v Celtic

    St Mirren v Ross County

  86. 1406: 

    Greig Kelbie: "Dundee United really need an away win today. Have to build confidence for next week's game against Motherwell. #bbcsportsound"

  87. 1408: 
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon

    "I'm disappointed. We're conceding too many goals at the moment and it's something we need to work on.

    "We had more belief in ourselves today and we spoke about starting the second half properly.

    "It was a fantastic strike from Eoin Doyle; that's three league goals from him and I'm delighted for him.

    "There was very little in the game."

  88. 1410: 

    Paul from Aberdeen: "On way to Dundee to see Boyle score a hat-trick for Dundee today, by far the best player not to play for Scotland U-21s and deserves a chance now Rhodes has broken into first-team"

  89. 1412: 

    Motherwell: Randolph, Law, Hutchinson, Hateley, Humphrey, Higdon, Murphy, Lasley, Ramsden, Francis-Angol, Cummins. Subs: Hollis, Ojamaa, McHugh, Daley, Carswell, Kerr, Hetherington.

    Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Wilson, Brown, Commons, Mulgrew, Lustig, Forrest, Wanyama, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Miku, Samaras, Ledley, Watt, Kayal, McGeouch.

  90. 1414: 

    Approval is "imminent" for permission to build a hotel and leisure complex near Celtic Park to coincide with the build up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, according to BBC Scotland's Jim Spence.

    "The Celtic Triangle, as it's called, will look splendid," Spency says.

  91. 1416: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Dens Park

    "St Johnstone arrive in the City of Discovery buoyed by three consecutive victories, which have lifted them off the foot of the SPL and taken them into the last eight of the Scottish Communities League Cup. Dundee, who currently prop up the table, are looking for their first home win of the season."

  92. 1418: 

    Barney in Neilston: "Craig Brown and Pat Fenlon should try for jobs in the Diplomatic Corps - they'll never win anything in football with that "nicey nicey" attitude!"

  93. 1423: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "I've got a good bench today. If the starting line-up aren't doing their stuff then we can replace them.

    "We can't take any chances today but we want Georgios Samaras fit for Tuesday (the Champions League trip to Spartak Moscow) as he's such an importance player for us.

    "All my focus is on the Motherwell game and it's a massive game for us. It should be a cracking atmosphere.

    "It's brilliant having a traditional kick off, even if it's away from home."

  94. 1425: 

    Peter Wilson: "Disgraceful treatment of Ryan Fraser. And we want young players in Scotland? Protect them first"

    Anonymous text: "Jim Spence. Celtic development. Yawn yawn!!"

  95. 1428: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Scottish Cup duty

    "Mosset Park in fine condition ahead of Forres Mechanics vs Rangers. Tight wee pitch. Conditions just perfect."

  96. 1429: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat

    "Striker Martin Boyle returns to the Dundee starting line-up as does defender Lewis Toshney, who had to sit out last weekend's loss to his parent club Celtic.

    "St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean keeps his place after a midweek double against Queen's Park in the League Cup."

  97. 1430: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Forres historians telling me of 7,000 here for a Celtic game back in the 1950s. 2,751 the sold out ticket allowance for today"

  98. 1431: 

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Dummett, Imrie, Robertson, Goodwin, Carey, Thompson, Guy. Subs: Chris Smith, Teale, Barron, McGowan, Parkin, Reilly, McLean.

    Ross County: Fraser, Tokely, Boyd, Munro, Fitzpatrick, Quinn, Scott, Fotheringham, Kettlewell, Vigurs, Morrow. Subs: Brown, McMenamin, Glen, Kovacevic, MacPhee, Ross, Dingwall.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  99. 1432: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Ryan McGowan, Barr, Zaliukas, Grainger, Novikovas, Taouil, Robinson, Stevenson, Driver, Paterson. Subs: Enckelman, Webster, Sutton, Gordon Smith, Dylan McGowan, McHattie, Carrick.

    Kilmarnock: Letheren, Fowler, O'Leary, Nelson, McKeown, Dayton, Pascali, Kelly, Racchi, Harkins, Sheridan. Subs: Jaakkola, Boulding, Johnson, McKenzie, Pursehouse, Winchester, Johnston.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  100. 1433: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Two changes from Rangers team from midweek. Kyle Hutton and Kal Naismith in for Sandaza and Shiels. Kevin Kyle amongst subs. Forres fans disappointed Lee Fraser not fit to partner Scott Lawrie in attack. Lawrie the big Mechanics hope up front!"

  101. 1435: 

    "Re Anonymous Text 14:25 - 'Celtic Development yawn yawn' it's not Moonbeam Murray who's discussing these developments so unlike Rangers endless developments(never materialised) these developments are going to be going ahead and are not a publicity stunt ala Moonbeam Murray!!!!"

  102. 1437: 

    Anonymous: "Great win for the Dons today."

  103. 1439: 

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Toshney, Lockwood, Conroy, McAlister, Kerr, Davidson, Boyle, Nish, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, Riley, McBride, Milne, Benedictus, Gallagher, Easton.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Anderson, Wright, MacKay, Millar, Cregg, Murray Davidson, Craig, Tade, MacLean. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Beattie, McCracken, Caddis, Tobin, Kane.

    Referee: Alan Muir

  104. 1441: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Apart from the match today, there's also interest in the two managers at Inverness. Peter Houston's future at Dundee United not yet settled, while Terry Butcher considers an SFA offer of a one-game touchline ban."

  105. 1442: 

    Graeme Thomson: "Yaaaas! 3 points! Almost forgotten what it felt like #drawspecialists #unbeateninnine#aberdeenfc #BBCsportsound"

  106. 1444: 

    Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, Meekings, Warren, Graeme Shinnie, Foran, Morrison, Draper, Doran, Andrew Shinnie, Roberts. Subs: Reguero, McKay, Oswell, Polworth, Pepper, Brislen-Hall, Cooper.

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, McLean, Dillon, Gunning, Watson, Flood, Ryan, Rankin, Gardyne, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Millar, Armstrong, Dow, Vignal, Hilson, Gauld.

    Referee: Stephen Finnie

  107. 1446: 

    Scott Christie: "Good win for the Reds today. Celebrated with a nice Effes here is Sunny Turkey. #COYR"

    Alright for some!

  108. 1448: 

    Matthew, who calls himself "a happy Don," in Ayrshire: "The officials at Pittodrie had an absolute shocker. Maybury should have seen red for that shocking tackle, we should have had a penalty when McPake handled in the area and in the 2nd half Niall McGinn was easily onside. Referees demand respect from players and managers. In my opinion you earn your respect and if you don't get the basic decisions right you don't deserve any respect."

  109. 1450: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Rangers fans en-masse have far side of pitch. Jovial atmosphere here, real air of excitement amongst Forres fans."

  110. 1454: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Tynecastle

    "Tynecastle is bathed in sunshine ahead of today's match against Kilmarnock. Both sides unchanged from last week"

  111. 1455: 

    Greig Kelbie: "Strong-looking Dundee United team. A good bench as well - Dow, Armstrong, Hilson and Gauld."

  112. 1457: 

    Cup of tea and a Star Bar down the hatch: we're ready to go! Goals please and plenty of them...

  113. 1459: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman

    "Drums! Whistles! Trumpets! There's a crazy band playing jazz outside to entertain the Inverness and United fans."

  114. 1500: 

    Motherwell, who remain leaders after Hibs' earlier defeat away to Aberdeen, entertain reigning champions Celtic. Neil Lennon's side could overtake Well at the top - and with a game in hand - should they record a win at Fir Park.

    Dundee, seeking their first home points of the season, will hope to lift themselves off the bottom of the table as they host St Johnstone in the Tayside derby.

    Inverness host Dundee United, Kilmarnock are at Tynecastle to face Hearts, while St Mirren entertain Ross County. Meanwhile, little Forres Mechanics host Rangers in the game of the day in the second round of the Scottish Cup in perhaps the biggest game of the Highland League champions' history.

  115. 1501: 

    Here we go!

  116. 1502: 

    The sun has put in an appearance above Fir Park and the surface looks top notch. Neither goalkeeper called into action, yet.

  117. 1503: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Dens Park

    "These supporters really don't like each other, as was evidenced when Saints fans were seen merrily teaching Turkish locals anti-Dundee songs when on Europa League duty against Eskisehirspor.

    "It's a strange relationship since Dundee obviously considered next door neighbours United their main rivals and the antipathy Saintees feel for the Dees does not extend to the Terrors."

  118. 1504: 

    Calvin Hepburn: "Come on Forres, rough up Rangers today and sneak a draw! #BBCsportsound"

  119. 1506: 

    Both sides still sizing each other up so far at Fir Park. Motherwell have had plenty of territory but nothing too taxing for Celtic.

  120. 1507: 

    Lauren, from Cardonald: "The Rangers bandwagon goes to Forres to spread some joy with those fantastic fans again today. We set the benchmarks when it comes to loyalty and always will!"

  121. 1508: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod

    "Motherwell already look better than they did in midweek, they look up for this."

  122. 1510: 

    Jamie Hall: "How can the SPL hope to hang on to young players like @ryzi_94 when they get treatment like that? #bbcsportsound"

  123. 1511: 

    Celtic have their first real chance. James Forrest slips in Gary Hooper, whose shot is well blocked by Darren Randolph. Francis Angol makes a mess of clearing and Hooper tries to set up Kris Commons, who is put off by a defender in the six-yard box.

  124. 1512: 

    Another chance for the visitors as Scott Brown's low drive from a short free-kick routine forces Darren Randolph into action again.

  125. 1513: 

    Derek Adams's men draw first blood in Paisley as Iain Vigurs rifles a shot into the bottom corner beyond Craig Samson.

  126. 1514: 
    GOAL- Forres 0-1 Rangers (Naismith)

    Lee McCulloch's lobbed effort goes close for Rangers before Kal Naismith gives the visitors the lead.

  127. 1515: 

    The visitors are in front through Gregory Tade. The Dundee defence dithers as Liam Craig is given ample space on the left of the penalty area to cut the ball across for Tade to slam high into the net.

  128. 1517: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Tynecastle

    "Hearts striker Callum Paterson struggling after a crunching tackle by Rory McKeowan #bbcsportsound"

  129. 1518: 

    Hearts' Ryan McGowan picks out Arvydas Novikovas in front of goal but the Lithuanian winger, on his weaker right foot, leans back and sends the ball over the bar into the Killie fans behind the goal.

  130. 1516: 

    First big call by referee Iain Brines as Shaun Hutchinson takes out the galloping Kris Commons as he canters towards goal. Yellow card is the verdict.

  131. 1520: 

    Frazer Wright is cautioned for blocking off Martin Boyle after a period of pinball in the penalty area and Ryan Conroy tucks away the spot-kick.

  132. 1522: 

    Kris Commons's delightful lob attempt drops on top of the net. Worth the effort, if only for the audacity.

  133. 1523: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "So Rangers get that all-important opening goal. Just wonder if Forres Mechanics can now retain that self-belief they had at the start."

  134. 1525: 

    Jonathan Main: "If Pat Fenlon believes there was "very little in the game" he needs to go to Specsavers #bbcsportsound #COYR"

  135. 1527: 

    OK, some meat on the bones of that Liam Craig goal for St Johnstone. Gregory Tade's glancing header found Craig lurking at the back post and he smashed home confidently to make it 2-1.

  136. 1528: 

    At Tynecastle, Ryan Stevenson's corner lands on the head of the unmarked Callum Paterson who misses from four yards. Can Killie make Hearts pay for such slackness?

  137. 1529: 

    Tom Hateley has a sight of goal from 20 yards but his shot is always rising. No work for Fraser Forster to do.

  138. 1530: 

    Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph races off his line to clear at the feet of Celtic striker Gary Hooper. "Just in the nick of time," according to BBC pundit Craig Paterson.

  139. 1532: 

    This time it's Zaine Francis-Angol to Motherwell's rescue again as Gary Hooper threatens again for the visitors. Terrific block.

  140. 1533: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    Forres Mechanics plumber/winger Scott Moore just fails to connect to cross in 28th minute, inches away from equalising vs Rangers.

  141. 1533: 

    The long balls have been causing Motherwell problems and this time Celtic are able to convert as Gary Hooper latches on to Kris Commons' searching pass and finishes smartly past Darren Randolph.

  142. 1534: 

    The visitors take the lead as Cillian Sheridan heads home Dayton's cross.

  143. 1534: 

    Roberts and Shinnie combine, allowoing Richie Foran to fire a shot into the top corner. What a goal!

  144. 1536: 

    Celtic double their lead as Adam Cummins' attempted clearance from Scott Brown's low centre flies past Darren Randolph.

  145. 1537: 

    It's that man Richie Foran again, this time a bullet header as he nods home unmarked at the back post.

  146. 1540: 

    The Buddies are level as Steven Thompson scores from close range. The goals are raining in across the country. Brilliant!

  147. 1542: 

    The visitors retake the lead almost immediately through Grant Munro. That will change the half-time team talks of the respective maangers...

  148. 1545: 






    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Forres looking not bad but 2nd goal from Rangers will kill this match. Rangers' superior fitness may well make difference in second half."

  150. 1555: 

    Martin Phee: "Celtic surging back to top of the league #cmonthehoops"

    Alex Robertson: "County destroyed Saints in cup last year yet out of jail, same today. Difficult reading for a Buddie in Hong Kong Airport."

  151. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half across the country.

  152. 1601: 

    Great chance for an equaliser at Tynecastle. Callum Paterson fires wide from close range, what a chance!

  153. 1603: 
    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at St Mirren Park

    "Ross County keeper Michael Fraser has had to endure the loudest 'woooooaaaaaahhhhhs' from the young St Mirren fans every bye-kick."

  154. 1605: 

    The visitors double their lead at Tyncestle and it's a second goal for Cillian Sheridan as he latches on to a ball over the top, beats Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald in a one-on-one and slips the ball into the net.

  155. 1608: 

    St Mirren have a penalty...

  156. 1610: 
  157. 1611: 

    Motherwell's Adam Cummins is sent off for a foul on Kris Commons. Peanlty for Celtic!

  158. 1612: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown sees his penalty saved by Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph. The midfielder paused during his run up and sees his effort saved.

  159. 1614: 

    Substitute Sam Parkin fires the Buddies in front. Paisley is in the midst of a goal blizzard. Great stuff!

  160. 1616: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Dens Park

    "Dundee's deficiencies in defence have been cruelly exposed by St Johnstone. It's going to be a long, hard season for Barry Smith's men unless they tighten up at the back."

  161. 1617: 
    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Scottish Cup duty

    "Massive chance for Forres. Neil Alexander saving from close range, Kyle Scott (PE teacher) with slightly scuffed shot. Rangers still 1-0 up."

  162. 1618: 

    What an afternoon for Cillian Sheridan, who becomes the first man to score a hat-trick for Killie since Kevin Kyle more than three years ago as he thunders the ball home from close range with the Hearts defence all at sea...

  163. 1621: 

    The Buddies are rampant, scoring their fourth as Kenny McLean fires a rasping drive past the helpless Fraser.

  164. 1622: 

    Scott Brown is denied by Darren Randolph again, this time with a volley as Celtic go in search of a third goal against 10-man Motherwell.

  165. 1624: 

    Apologies for the technical difficulties we're experiencing. Please bear with us!

  166. 1625: 

    Georgios Samaras makes his comeback from injury as a replacement for Scott Brown...

  167. 1626: 

    The attendance at Tynecastle is 11,847. How many of those are in the blue and white of Killie to witness this 3-0 score?

  168. 1627: 

    Victor Wanyama heads over from Emilio Izaguirre's teasing cross as it looks easier to score! Celtic still lead 2-0 at Fir Park.

  169. 1628: 

    Craig_Killie: "Cillian Sheridan is the first Killie player to score an SPL hat-trick since Kevin Kyle v Falkirk in April 2009. #superkillieaway"

  170. 1628: 

    Terry Butcher's men compund United's misery, Richie Foran turning provider this time as his good work tees up Andrew Shinnie sliding home at the back post to score.

  171. 1630: 

    (Peter) Houston we have a problem. Inverness twist the knife as 18-year-old striker Philip Roberts, on loan from Arsenal, fires in a 20-yard howitzer to make it four, yes four nil to Inverness.

  172. 1632: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Dens Park

    "Gregory Tade nearly uproots the goals with a thunderous low shot that cannons off the base of Rab Douglas's near post."

  173. 1634: 
    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at St Mirren Park

    "There's not only been a goal glut in the second half in Paisley but the sun has come out again too. Derek Ferguson still has his hat on though!"

  174. 1637: 
  175. 1639: 

    County grab two goals in as many minutes through Rocco Quinn. Eight goals for the good folk of Paisley to savour. This is unbelievable!

  176. 1641: 

    Fiona C: "Forres down to 10 men and still only being beaten by 1 goal by Rangers. How is McCoist still in a job?!"

  177. 1643: 

    Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas pulls a goal back for the shell-shocked Jambos who have endured a bit of capital punishment at the hands of a razor-sharp Cillian Sheridan.

  178. 1646: 

    A nine-goal thriller in Paisley! This game deserves centre stage on Match of the Day 2. Steven Thompson fires the Buddies in front. Incredible, absolutely incredible.

  179. 1649: 
  180. 1651: 



  181. 1652: 


  182. 1655: 

    Anonymous: "I've had enough of this rubbish. I'm not apologising or makin excuses for our part-time manager Peter Houston anymore. He's obviously not commited to Dundee Utd. He's the Steve Kean of the SPL. He hasn't got a clue; he only won the cup with Craig Levein's team and tactics: he's let good players go and signed duds. Stephen Thomson u hav to act now b4 it's too late please please sack Peter Houston b4 monday. Replacements: Jim Jeffries, Steven Pressley or Stuart McCall"

  183. 1657: 

    Iain the Arab in Fife: "If Peter Houston leaves United, I would like to see Jimmy Calderwood named manager."

  184. 1700: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "We were brilliant today from start to finish. We could've made the game more comfortable but it was one-way traffic.

    "That was the best I've seen from Izaguirre this season."

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Forres 0-1 Rangers FT Kal Naismith's goal the difference but Rangers making heavy weather. 10 man Forres leave pitch to standing ovation."

  186. 1710: 
    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "Celtic were outstanding and that's what happens when they play like that, you get beat.

    "There'll be no doom and gloom; if you come up against a better side playing like that there's nothing you can do."

  187. 1712: 

    Jill Rattray: "I'm as hacked off as the next person at #DUFC form, but 'Houston must go' are we going through this for a third season?! #bbcsportsound"

  188. 1714: 

    The PA live scores feed has been playing up and that's had a knock-on effect for our scores and tables. Apologies for the disruption to our service.

    I'm going to keep our live text coverage going until 18:00 BST. Offer your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

    And send a text to 80295

  189. 1718: 

    euan_macquarrie: "As a St Mirren fan, I'm over the moon. I thought we'd lost it at one point but we managed to rescued all 3 points #bbcsportsound #happyfan"

    Connor Scott: "Houstie time has come! He did very well for us but now is the time for him to leave. Jim Jefferies could do well at Tannadice."

  190. 1720: 

    Doug in Dundee: "Triple training sessions needed for United players. Absolutely woeful, bottom six for us this season."

  191. 1724: 

    dufc_gurj: "Opposed to Houston being sacked/leaving #DUFC purely because I don't think that there's anyone out there able to do any better #bbcsportsound"


    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has given his reaction to his side's victory in the nine-goal thriller in Paisley.

    "It was a very emotional afternoon," he said.

    "It was a game we lost, then got ourselves back into and then had to win twice back over!

    "I promise our wonderful supporters they won't have to go through that again."

    Ross County boss Derek Adams

    "Disappointed to lose five goals and to score four goals away from home and be on the losing team...

    "We passed it well and created good opportunities to go in 2-1 up at half-time.

    "To lose the game, at the death, to an overhead kick; I'm disappointed."


    Dean Oban jambo: "We had loads of chances today and just couldn't take them, Killie had 3 and took then, Sheridan massive difference, and if they wants to get the fans back they should maybe not charge £10 for four-year-olds for a start, reduce prices"


    Anonymous: "United should get David Goodwillie back from Blackburn, as he's been an absolute flop in England."


    Celtic's 2-0 win at 10-man Motherwell sees Neil Lennon's men move to the top of the table.

    St Mirren's stunning 5-4 victory against Ross County will be worth viewing again, again and again...

    Victories for Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Inverness CT on a day to forget for Hibs, Dundee United, Dundee and Hearts.

    We'll have highlights of all today's SPL games on our website from 18:00 BST on Sunday.

    Thanks for your company and comments. Apologies once again for the technical problems, but they were outwith our control.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

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As It Stands Table

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 12 17 26
No movement 2 Inverness CT 13 8 26
No movement 3 Dundee Utd 13 8 25
No movement 4 Hamilton 13 10 24
No movement 5 Aberdeen 13 2 22
No movement 6 Dundee 13 3 20
No movement 7 Kilmarnock 13 -1 20
No movement 8 Partick Thistle 12 1 15
No movement 9 St Johnstone 13 -6 14
No movement 10 Motherwell 13 -13 10
No movement 11 St Mirren 13 -12 8
No movement 12 Ross County 13 -17 8