Scottish football as it happened

Hibs go top of the SPL with a win over St Mirren as bottom side Dundee win for the second time this season.

3 November 2012 Last updated at 17:42

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    Welcome to our Saturday feast of fun - and, hopefully, goals - in Scottish football. With Dundee United against Celtic delayed until tomorrow as Dundee are also at home this weekend, we have five fixtures kicking off at 1500 GMT in the Scottish Premier League as well as 16 ties in the third round of the Scottish Cup as the First and Second Division clubs enter the competition.

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    Three teams - Aberdeen, Hibernian and St Johnstone - have the chance to leapfrog inactive leaders Celtic at the top of the SPL should they win this afternoon. The Dons are away to Ross County, Saints at home to Motherwell, while Hibs entertain St Mirren.

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    In the other games, Dundee are hoping to reduce the eight-point gap between themselves and second bottom St Mirren when they entertain Hearts, while Kilmarnock and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are tied on 15 points, face one another at Rugby Park.

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "It's second versus eleventh; the team that has picked up the most points at home this season against a side that lost their last three league games. A banker home win surely?

    "But look a bit closer and you'll see that a mere six points separate Hibs and St Mirren, while the Buddies are unbeaten on their previous three visits to the 'Leith San Siro' and only one of the last 13 meetings has been decided by more than a one-goal margin.

    "That's a long-winded way of saying this is likely to be a tight contest."

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    St Johnstone haven't headed the top flight in November since 1934, while Aberdeen are hoping to go top for the first time since August 2010 - and the first time in November since 1993.

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    1993 appears to have been a significant year. If St Johnstone avoid defeat by Motherwell, they will have gone eight consecutive top-flight matches unbeaten for the first time since then, when their run included seven consecutive draws.

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    Aberdeen are also looking to extend an unbeaten run. Avoiding a loss at Victoria Park would take their run to 11 league matches for the first time since 1994.

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Leigh Griffiths is man on form. The striker scored both of Hibs' goals in their win in Paisley earlier this season and, following his brace at Motherwell last week, leads the SPL charts with nine - that's just two shy of his tally for last season.

    "His second loan from Wolves expires in January and the Edinburgh club are anxious to keep the 22-year-old for as long as they can."

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    We should be in for a feast of goals today. Ross County have conceded two or more in each of their last five SPL games - a total of 14 goals. Meanwhile, Hibs have scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine top-flight games.

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    Meanwhile, at Rugby Park, the stats suggest the net should be bulging. There were 16 goals in the two meetings between Killie and Caley Thistle at Rugby Park last season. SPL meetings between the two sides have averaged 3.7 goals per game - and both teams have scored in 22 of the 26 matches.

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    However, predicting a winner down there in Ayrshire is not easy. In 30 meetings between Killie and Inverness, they each have 10 wins, with 10 draws. Caley Thistle have 54 goals - only one more than Killie.

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    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock will wear red and white at home today against Inverness. Clash? Or because they wore it at Celtic Park last week?"

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    Dundee are hoping that lightning strikes twice as they host Hearts. Their only SPL win this season came against today's opponents when they visited Tynecastle.

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    But, should Dundee lose, they will equal a club record of six consecutive home defeats, set between February and August 2006. The First World War was being waged the last time Dundee lost seven consecutive league games, between April and September 1916.

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    Scottish Cup update

    The action has already started in the Scottish Cup - and there has been an early goal. A shock could be on the cards, with First Division side Cowdenbeath going behind at home to East of Scotland outfit Vale Of Leithen, with Scott Moffat scoring after two minutes.

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    From BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Heading to Easter Road today to see if Hibs can beat St Mirren and go top of the SPL. What do Hibs and Buddies fans think?#BBCSportsound"

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    Chick Young and Jim Traynor are describing it as "shameful" and "embarrassing" on BBC Radio Scotland the fact that the Scottish Football Association has delayed their decision over the future of national coach Craig Levein over the weekend. What are your own thoughts? Tell us by text or tweet.

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Motherwell line up in a 4-4-2 formation. Randolph, Hateley, Cummins, Ramsden and Hammell across the back. Humphrey, Lasley, Law, Murphy. Ojamaa and Higdon up front."

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "St Mirren have dropped like a stone in the league after three consecutive losses, but the Paisley side will be buoyed by their League Cup win at Aberdeen on Tuesday.

    "The Dons may have had more of the ball, but the Saints were a real threat on the break and created the better chances before prevailing on penalties."

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    BBC Radio Scotland pundit and former Hearts and Scotland striker John Robertson is wondering who will take charge of the Scotland squad for the friendly against Luxembourg should the SFA dispense of Craig Levein as national coach on Monday. The squad is due to be announced on Tuesday and Robbo doesn't think that assistant Peter Houston or Kenny Black would want to take temporary charge if their big pal was to be axed. Answers on a postcard please...or try us on text or Twitter.

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    BBC Radio Scotland guest Jim Traynor is suggesting that the "extra information" being blamed for the delay by the SFA in making a decision about Craig Levein is financial. He can't understand that, because the SFA ought to know exactly how much it would cost in compensation should the coach be sacked.

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    From Davy by text on 80295 re Craig Levein: "Keep him, get rid of him, yada, yada, yada. Who else is there?" Well, I am sure a few of you out there might have some names to supply...

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    From Dom in Fife by text on 80295: "The SFA as usual is the problem with making a decision. Whether it's the Rangers saga or the Scotland manager. They are totally not fit for purpose and should be given a vote of no confidence." Unfortunately, there is no ballot at your disposal.

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Saints also look to be 4-4-2. Mannus in goal, defence of Mackay, Wright, Anderson and Gary Miller. Midfield: Chris Millar, Davidson, Craig, Hasselbaink; MacLean and Tade up front"

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    Ross County manager Derek Adams on BBC Radio Scotland

    "They have the character, attitude and determination and they believe in themselves and quite rightly so - and they believe they can win today"

    Great faith in his side from the County manager. They have certainly done well after promotion from Division One.

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    From anon. by text: "Levein should be backed. Scotland's problem is the lack of players eligible to play for Scotland! We bring in so many foreign players at great expense, so we struggle to get an experienced team together."

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    From Joe by text on 80295: "Unfair for Levein? The guy will either continue as manager or get a bumper pay off! Its win, win for him! He should resign."

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    Scottish Cup update

    By the way, Cowdenbeath have levelled through Greg Stewart after 25 minutes at Central Park. Not only that, but East of Scotland League side Vale Of Leithen have also had a man sent off. Seems like their dream of a Cup shock are disappearing there in Fife.

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    Of course, the big game in the Scottish Cup today is Rangers hosting in-form Division Two side Alloa Athletic. Rangers were disappointed to lose at home to Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final in midweek. Remember, Ally McCoist's Third Division side also lost at home to another Second Division outfit, Queen of the South, in the Ramsdens Cup a few weeks ago. The pressure will mount on the manager should they disappoint another massive crowd at Ibrox this afternoon.

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    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "The stadium is beginning to fill with what's expected to become about 2,000 travelling Dons fans. That sea of red and white will contribute hugely to what's going to be a great atmosphere in this newly-upgraded ground."

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Alloa will go to Ibrox with plenty of confidence. They've got a right good chance of getting a result. If Rangers' back four don't play today then Alloa have a great chance."

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs make one change from last week's fantastic 4-0 win at Motherwell, with Alan Maybury taking the place of injured right-back Tim Clancy.

    "St Mirren also make one alteration from the side that knocked Aberdeen out of the League Cup, with young midfielder Thomas Reilly in for Gary Teale."

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    LINE-UPS: St Johnstone v Motherwell

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

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

    Referee: Brian Colvin

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    LINE-UPS: Hibernian v St Mirren

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Claros, Taiwo, Cairney, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Sproule, Handling, Stanton, Stevenson, Kuqi, Donaldson.

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

    Referee: Alan Muir

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    LINE-UPS: Dundee v Hearts

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

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

    Referee: Steven McLean

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    LINE-UPS: Kilmarnock v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Kilmarnock: Bell, O'Hara, O'Leary, Nelson, McKeown, McKenzie, Johnson, Pascali, Kelly, Dayton, Sheridan. Subs: Letheren, Tesselaar, Fowler, Harkins, Heffernan, Perez, Sissoko.

    Inverness CT: Reguero, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Graeme Shinnie, Doran, Tudur Jones, Draper, Roberts, Andrew Shinnie, McKay. Subs: Mathieson, Foran, Sutherland, Morrison, Polworth, Pepper, Cooper.

    Referee: Euan Norris

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    LINE-UPS: Ross County v Aberdeen

    Ross County: Fraser, Kovacevic, Boyd, Munro, Fitzpatrick, Brittain, Kettlewell, Fotheringham, Quinn, Ross, Vigurs. Subs: Brown, Tokely, McMenamin, Scott, Glen, Cooper, Porritt.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Anderson, Considine, Reynolds, Naysmith, Hughes, Rae, Osbourne, Fraser, Vernon, McGinn. Subs: Rogers, Robertson, Clark, Hayes, Magennis, Jordon Brown, Smith.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

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    Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels and Inverness boss Terry Butcher have named unchanged sides. Both obviously happy with how their teams are doing. No wonder - their last outings led to victories over either side of the Old Firm, Killie over Celtic in the SPL and Caley Thistle in the League Cup over Rangers.

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    From Jill Rattray on Twitter: "'They found a way to get the ball in the back of the net,' says Craig Paterson. Kicking or heading it usually works. #bbcsportsound"

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    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Both managers stick with the same teams. Not a single 0-0 draw ever between these two sides: 30 games, 10 wins and 10 draws. You couldn't get a Rizla paper between them."

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Both sides looking to bounce back from heavy defeats on a sunny but cool afternoon in Perth - Saints from a 5-0 thrashing by Celtic; Motherwell from a four-goal defeat by Hibs.

    "For Saints, there is the added incentive of the chance of topping the table. Although, from chatting to fans pre-match, that seems to be more hope than expectation."

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    Scottish Cup update

    For those interested in that early kick-off in the Scottish Cup, Cowdenbeath are now easing to victory over Vale of Leithen after Greg Stewart completed his hat-trick with a penalty kick to make it 3-1.

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    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland on national coach Craig Levein

    "All successful managers are those that are given time. If the change the manager, who are they going to bring in? I am disgusted at the way they are trying to kill him - and the media have not been very supportive either"

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    Call to Ryan Jack

    I saw injured Aberdeen defender Ryan Jack ‏@RyanJack22 asked earlier on Twitter: "Anyone know if I can watch Aberdeen vs Ross county on the laptop?" Well Ryan, Ross County v Dons is live on Sportsound from 3pm on 103.5-105FM/810MW/digital. Open All Mics live on 92-95FM. Both also online. I thought you would have been in the crowd at Victoria Park, Ryan, but happy we can help.

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    Seems like the sun is out in most parts of the country at the moment as we near kick-off. A welcome respite from all that rain.

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    From Roddy MacLeod on Twitter: "If results go ICT's way today, we could go second! If results go against us, we could be 9th...#loving the #spl right now#bbcsportsound"

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    KICK-OFF

    We're off at most grounds around the country...

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    GOAL St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell (Jamie Murphy)
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    That's Motherwell's first goal in the SPL for 278 minutes apparently!

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    Henrik Ojamaa misses a great chance to make it 2-0 for Motherwell, firing over the crossbar after intercepting a poor pass back. St Johnstone breath again.

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    GOAL Scottish Cup update Rangers 1-0 Alloa Athletic (Dean Shiels)
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    Richard Brittain's teasing free-kick across the face of the Aberdeen goal bounces out with Grant Munro inches away from making a scoring touch for Ross County.

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    Nicky Law was the man who set up Motherwell's goal, haring down the left-hand-side and sending a cross right into the path of Jamie Murphy, who controlled with his right foot and smacked the ball into the net from 12 yards.

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    Aberdeen are doing the pressing and the fit-again Gary Naysmith flights a cross to the back post, but the well-marked Scott Vernon cannot get enough purchase on the header.

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    Scottish Cup update

    The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup will be on Monday...but who will be in it from today's ties? Looks like Cowdenbeath will be there as they are now 4-1 up against Vale of Leithen.

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    By the way, just in case I have given a few Rangers fans heart attacks, I got the score from Ibrox round the wrong way. No conspiracy theories please! Just refresh your browser folks!

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    From Thomas Wilson on Twitter: "Stuck in work watching#bbcsportsound refresh! #hmfc" We'll do our best to keep you informed Thomas!

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    Ryan Fraser is in full flight as he drives at the Ross County defence until Rocco Quinn trips him and pick up a booking for his trouble.

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    Aberdeen are forced into an early change as Stephen Hughes limps off and on comes Chris Clark enters the fray.

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "It could and perhaps should be 2-0 to Motherwell. It's all Steelmen in the opening stages."

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    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Rain and swirling wind causing problems early on for both teams here. Inverness have started by far the brigher side."

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    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "Ross County's Rocco Quinn struggles to deal with Ryan Fraser and is booked for a dreadful challenge. The injured Stephen Hughes has been replaced by the Dons, who have had the better of the game so far."

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park:

    "Suicidal defending by St Johnstone's Steven Anderson as he fluffs a headed clearance straight to Michael Higdon, but the Motherwell striker's rasping volley flashes wide."

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    That early substitution has not disturbed Aberdeen's rhythm. They are still the team on top so far, while Ross County are struggling to get the ball to stick every time they go forward.

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    Billy McKay misses a great chance to put Inverness ahead at Rugby Park, but the striker blasts the ball over the crossbar.

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    Ross County's Richard Brittain tries his luck from 35 yards and the effort is not too far away, rising a foot over the bar.

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    Ryan Fraser's delivery causes havoc in the Ross County defence, but a clutch of Aberdeen players at the back post cannot convert.

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Ibrox

    "That early goal has done Rangers the world of good. They look comfortable, not allowing Alloa into the match at all at this stage."

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "The ball bobbles into the path of St Mirren striker Steven Thompson, who prods a shot at goal from 15 yards, but Ben Williams gets down smartly to save. Seconds later, Dougie Imrie cuts into the penalty area and curls a strike from the left just over."

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    Leigh Griffiths smashes the ball off the post as he squanders a chance to put Hibs ahead.

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    GOAL Kilmarnock 0-1 Inverness (Andrew Shinnie)
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    GOAL Dundee 1-0 Hearts (Matt Lockwood)
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    Dundee have a free-kick just outside the Hearts penalty area and Matt Lockwood curls it into the net just when the visitors looked to be in control.

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    Andrew Shinnie finds the back of the net for Inverness, driving into the bottom right corner of the goal.

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    Jamie Langfield makes a stunning save after making a blunder at a passback. The Aberdeen man was put under pressure after failing to deal with Andrew Considine's pass and Rocco Quinn's header was heading for goal before the keeper's recovery.

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    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Deserved opener for Caley Thistle. Andew Shinnie forcing home. Then a McKeown error almost allowed Mackay in for a second. Killie are half asleep!"

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    From Cammy Bell on Twitter: "1-0 Dundee, poor freekick to give away by Marius Zaliukas. He should be leading by example not making stupid challenges.#bbcsportsound"

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    From tmc on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound 2-1 win for the Dons today to take them to the top of the League for the first time since August 3rd..#topeverysummer "

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    Cillian Sheridan fires a shot straight at Inverness goalkeeper Antonio Reguero, but that is a rare threat by Kilmarnock. Caley Thistle are well on top in Ayrshire.

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Ibrox

    "Shiels beats the offside trap to collect Lee McCulloch's pass and fire low under Scott Bain. Rangers in complete command."

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    GOAL Hibernian 0-1 St Mirren (Kenny McLean)

    Kenny McLean scores with a spectacular strike after controlling it on his chest to put St Mirren in the lead. The watching scouts will be impressed again with the young midfielder.

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    Aberdeen have had the territory so far in this match, but County have had, by far, the better chances with home keeper Michael Fraser untroubled so far.

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Nigel Hasselbaink sends a cross way too long and his body language tells its own story. St Johnstone just not at the races so far today."

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    Aberdeen's in-form forward Niall McGinn has his path to goal blocked by some desperate Ross County defending.

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "What a goal! Kenny McLean controls a poor headed clearance from Jorge Claros on his chest and thumps a low, skidding strike in from nearly 30 yards. Ben Williams was maybe a bit slow off his feet, but the ball whistled in right at the near post."

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    GOAL Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen (Mark Reynolds, own goal)
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    GOAL Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren (Leigh Griffiths)

    Tenth goal of the season for Leigh Griffiths, the in-form striker on loan from Wolves.

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    Richard Brittain's delivery from a free-kick on Ross County's left is headed into his own net by Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds.

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    GOAL St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell (Jamie Murphy)
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    CLOSE!

    Aberdeen midfielder Gavin Rae smacks a shot against the crossbar after being gifted a shooting chance by Marc Fitzpatrick.

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    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs are level as Leigh Griffiths smashes in his 10th goal of the season. Paul Cairney does well to get past two opponents on the left and his cross glances the head of James McPake before landing at the feet of Griffiths at the back post. Craig Samson got in the way, but the keeper could not deal with the power on the shot."

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    BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "A stunning second goal for Motherwell as Jamie Murphy picks the ball up 45 yards out and dribbles through the defence until he reaches the edge of the box and curls the ball beyond Alan Mannus."

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    PENALTY

    Inverness have a penalty at Rugby Park when Aaron Doran is pulled down.

  96. 1545: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    Cammy Bell saves Graeme Shinnie's penalty to prevent Inverness going 2-0 ahead.

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    Scott Vernon stabs the ball wide after latching on to a terrible passback by Richard Brittain. Great chance missed by the Aberdeen forward.

  98. 1547: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson on Ross County

    "They got a goal out of nothing and what a lift that's given them."

  99. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME Ross County 1-0 Aberdeen
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    HALF-TIME

    Dundee 1-0 Hearts

    Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Inverness CT

    St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell

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    As I predicted, there have been plenty of goals in the SPL today - and lots more close shaves in the five games. My poor fingers are about to drop off here!

  102. 1552: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs have not been playing like a team bursting a gut to get to the top of the league and are fortunate to be level at the interval.

    "St Mirren took a deserved lead when Kenny McLean hammered in a wonderful strike from long range, but Leigh Griffiths, who had earlier thundered a shot against the post, established parity with a typically predatory finish."

  103. 1553: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Justice at Rugby Park for earlier non-award? As Graeme Shinnie sees his penalty saved by Cammy Bell after brother Andrew was upended. An irate Kenny Shiels being ushered up the tunnel by goalkeeping coach Billy Thompson. Referee Euan Norris escaping the clutches of the Ulsterman."

  104. 1554: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "The Dons will be disappointed to go in behind at the break after dominating early on."

  105. 1557: 
    Scottish Cup latest

    Cowdenbeath 8-1 Vale Of Leithen (result)

    Airdrie Utd 1-1 Raith Rovers

    Albion Rovers 1-0 Morton

    Ayr United 0-1 Clachnacuddin

    Brechin City 0-1 Bonnyrigg Rose

    Buckie Thistle 0-1 Turriff United

    Dumbarton 2-1 East Stirlingshire

    Edinburgh City 0-1 Queen of the South

    Elgin City 2-0 East Fife

    Forfar Athletic 3-0 Nairn County

    Inverurie Locos 0-2 Arbroath

    Partick Thistle 2-0 Cove Rangers

    Rangers 3-0 Alloa Athletic

    Stenhousemuir 0-1 Berwick Rangers

    Stirling Albion 0-0 Deveronvale

    Stranraer 0-0 Queen's Park

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    Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose are on their way to a Scottish Cup shock, leading Second Division side Brechin City at half time through Sean Grady. Highland League outfit Clachnacuddin are also close to a surprise result as they lead another Second Division side, Ayr United, through Scott Graham's goal. And Rangers are on their way to beating a side from the league above, leading Alloa 3-0 at Ibrox!

  107. 1602: 

    From Stuart Macpherson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Gavin Griffin's first goal in professional football for Airdrie, deserves a wee shout-out!" Shout given Stuart!

  108. 1603: 

    From Ross Ewen on Twitter: "A first half of missed Aberdeen chances and they go in a goal down! #typical #bbcsportsound"

  109. 1604: 

    We're underway in the second halfs around the country...More goals on the way? More hectic typing for me?

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    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "An open first half in Perth, with Motherwell two goals to the good. I don't think that's the end of the scoring in this game though."

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    Russell Anderson wanders foward to boost the Aberdeen and attack and has a shooting chance at the back post, but the effort is blocked.

  112. 1606: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Attendance here is 3,112. Not brilliant for a team who could go top of the SPL"

  113. 1606: 
    GOAL Ross County 2-0 Aberdeen (Steven Ross)
  114. 1607: 

    Steven Ross scores his first goal for Ross County, applying a superb finish to an attack down the inside right channel.

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    Cammy Bell saves at the feet of Billy McKay to prevent Inverness going 2-0 ahead at Rugby Park. But, apart from that, it has been all Kilmarnock after the break.

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    A Liam Kelly drive is saved by Inverness goalkeeper Antonio Reguero as Kilmarnock continue their second-half improvement.

  117. 1611: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    A neat exchange between Eoin Doyle and Paul Cairney ends with the Hibs midfielder smashing a shot at goal from the left edge of the penalty box, but the ball was always curling off target.

  118. 1612: 
    GOAL Kilmarnock 1-1 Inverness CT (Liam Kelly)
  119. 1613: 

    Liam Kelly scores his second goal in successive weeks with a wonder strike from long range that leaves Inverness goalkeeper Antonio Reguero helpless.

  120. 1614: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "Great goal by young Steven Ross. Great ball from Quinn and he runs through one on one with Langfield. County's second goal sets Victoria Park alight."

  121. 1617: 

    Colin Nish fires a drive against the post as Dundee fail to increase their lead over Hearts.

  122. 1617: 

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is looking for a turnaround in fortunes and Cammy Smith has been sent on from the bench in place of Andrew Considine.

  123. 1618: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

    "Magnificent goal from Liam Kelly. In space and 30 yards out, he pinged it into the top corner leaving Reguero clawing at thin air. Deserved equaliser for Killie."

  124. 1619: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Much less frantic opening to this half with both St Johnstone and Motherwell defences looking a bit more organised."

  125. 1619: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "Aberdeen must now be seriously worried about that 10-game unbeaten run."

  126. 1620: 
    GOAL Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren (Leigh Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths scores his 11th goal of the season, with Hibs heading for the top of the table after his superb long-range drive against St Mirren.

  127. 1622: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Motherwell carve out the first clear chance of the half, when Henrilk Ojamaa was played through in the inside right channel with Alan Mannus blocking with his feet."

  128. 1622: 
    RED CARD

    It's going from bad to worse for St Mirren in Leith, with Jim Goodwin sent off for a second yellow card after a flying elbow. The Buddies have already squandered a lead to be 2-1 behind against Hibs.

  129. 1625: 
    CLOSE!

    Another glaring miss from Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon as his back-post header trickles wide of the Ross County post.

  130. 1626: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Rowan Vine has a shot at goal for Saints from eight yards. It's low and weak and no problem for keeper Darren Randolph. The Well fans are in a noisy mood. There's more intense drum and chanting action than from the film 'Zulu'."

  131. 1627: 

    From Johnny Mac on Twitter: "The Dons should just give up. Bunch of bottle merchants#bbcsportsound #donsrule" Certainly, Hibs are the only one of the three sides with a chance to go top today to rise to the occasion.

  132. 1628: 
    CLOSE!

    Leigh Griffiths smashes another effort off the post as Hibs go close to extending their lead over St Mirren.

  133. 1629: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Jim Goodwin, who turned down an offer to join Hibs last season, leaves for an early bath with a chorus of boos in his ears. The Buddies captain let his side down by leading with an elbow to pick up his second booking of the day."

  134. 1630: 
    Scottish Cup latest

    Rangers are now 5-0 ahead against Alloa Athletic at Ibrox, Robbie Crawford the latest scorer. Good to see a member of the Clan Lindsay scoring!

  135. 1631: 
    GOAL St Johnstone 0-3 Motherwell (Nicky Law)
  136. 1632: 
    RED CARD

    Cammy Bell pulls down Ross Draper and the goalkeeper who has been a hero for Kilmarnock all afternoon is sent off after conceding the penalty.

  137. 1633: 
    GOAL Kilmarnock 1-2 Inverness CT (Billy McKay)

    Kyle Letheren comes on for Cammy Bell but is unable to prevent Inverness going ahead from the penalty spot, Billy McKay making no mistake.

  138. 1635: 
    GOAL Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen (Niall McGinn)
  139. 1635: 

    Niall McGinn scores his sixth goal in six league games, but that goal was all about Jonny Hayes, who weaved his way to the byeline before cutting back for McGinn to tap home. Aberdeen back in it.

  140. 1637: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Game over at McDiarmid as Nicky Law's deft flick over Alan Mannus from a tight angle puts Motherwell three ahead. Home fans starting to head for the exits."

  141. 1637: 

    From Ross Fairlie on Twitter: "The #stmirren captain's armband should be removed from Goodwin. Shocking discipline#bbcsportsound" The midfielder definitely has a tendency to get himself in trouble.

  142. 1642: 

    From Eddie V72: "What have Hibs got to do to keep Leigh Griffiths for at least the whole season but preferably sign for the club? #bbcsportsound" Well, Wolves have made it clear they don't think he has a future at the Championship club. All you have to do now is get Rod Petrie to open the Easter Road biscuit tin. The Hibs chairman says January signings depend on attendances at Easter Road, so I hope you are texting from the stadium!

  143. 1643: 

    Tweeting even...

  144. 1643: 

    Liam Kelly almost scores from long range again, the midfielder going close to his own second and an equaliser for 10-man Kilmarnock with a 30-yard drive that just clears the bar after taking a deflection.

  145. 1645: 
    GOAL St Johnstone 1-3 Motherwell (David Robertson)
  146. 1646: 

    David Robertson scores a late consolation for St Johnstone, but Motherwell are still in control in Perth.

  147. 1649: 
    From BBC Scotland's Stevie Miller at McDiarmid Park

    "Nigel Hasslebaink pulls the ball back for St Johnstone sub David Robertson to lash home from just about the penalty spot."

  148. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME Dundee 1-0 Hearts
  149.  
    FULL-TIME Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen
  150.  
    FULL-TIME Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren
  151.  
    FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 1-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  152.  
    FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-3 Motherwell
  153. 1655: 

    Hibs are top of the SPL after coming from behind to beat St Mirren and overtake inactive Celtic. Aberdeen squandered their chance to do likewise by losing to Ross County in Dingwall, as did St Johnstone, who were beaten 3-1 at home to Motherwell.

  154. 1655: 

    At the bottom, Dundee narrow the gap to five points with only their second league win of the season. The second, as did the first, comes at the expense of Hearts.

  155. 1701: 
    FULL-TIME Scottish Cup

    Airdrie Utd 2-2 Raith Rovers

    Albion Rovers 1-1 Morton

    Ayr United 2-1 Clachnacuddin

    Brechin City 2-2 Bonnyrigg Rose

    Buckie Thistle 0-1 Turriff United

    Cowdenbeath 8-1 Vale Of Leithen

    Dumbarton 4-1 East Stirlingshire

    Edinburgh City 0-2 Queen of the South

    Elgin City 5-1 East Fife

    Forfar Athletic 3-3 Nairn County

    Inverurie Locos 3-3 Arbroath

    Partick Thistle 2-1 Cove Rangers

    Rangers 7-0 Alloa Athletic

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Berwick Rangers

    Stirling Albion 0-1 Deveronvale

    Stranraer 1-1 Queens Park

  156. 1705: 

    Stirling Albion are the only Scottish Football League side to exit at the hands of a non-league outfit. Highland League side Deveronvale won 1-0 at Forthbank.

    But two other Highland outfits, Nairn County and Inverurie Locos came from three goals behind to draw 3-3 with league opposition. County were away to Forfar Athletic, while Inverurie forced a replay at home to another Second Division side, Arbroath.

    Second Division Ayr came from behind to deny Highland outfit Clachnacuddin a shock at Somerset Park. Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose were also close to a surprise result but will get a second chance at home after Brechin City came from two goals behind to force a replay at Glebe Park.

    There was to be no slip up by Rangers at Ibrox, where the Third Division outfit overwhelmed Alloa Athletic from Division Two 7-0.

  157. 1709: 
    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston

    "The best Christmas present Hibs can give their fans is to sign Leigh Griffiths long term from Wolves"

  158. 1710: 
    Ross County manager Derek Adams speaking on BBC Radio Scotland

    "A very good performance for us today, especially against a team like Aberdeen who are riding high. We knew they would have a lot of possession, but they did not have many chances"

  159. 1711: 

    From anon. by text on 80295: "Hearts have mis-treated fans on season ticket purchase prices, Hearts management are responsible for the state of the club. And now they want fans to buy shares? The players' league position says they should take a wage cut as they are overpaid, continually under-performing."

  160. 1713: 
    Inverness Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I have to say congratulations to Ross County too. That is a marvelous win. Two Highland teams moving up the table. It has been a hard week for us with travel, but we are in the semi-final of the League Cup and now we've won today"

  161. 1715: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Easter Road

    "Hibs sit proudly at the top of the SPL pile after dominating the second half. Leigh Griffiths was a box of tricks and is very unlucky not to be leaving with the match ball. St Mirren were badly let down by skipper Jim Goodwin, who was dismissed just moments after the second goal from man of the match Griffiths."

  162. 1716: 

    From Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "Wasn't that long ago that the only league I thought we had a chance of being top of was the First Division#GGTTH #bbcsportsound" I assume Robbie, you are a Hibs fan. Congratulations to your side.

  163. 1719: 

    That was a nice touch by Terry Butcher, whose first words were to congratulate local rivals Ross County for their own victory over Aberdeen. The two Highland sides seem to have a bond there. If only other local rivals further south felt similarly.

  164. 1720: 
    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We conceded two soft goals today. They had two chances and took them. I thought we deserved more today, but I have to concede that the second goal was finished excellently. Jonny Hayes made a difference and it is easy to think in hindsight I could have brought him on earlier, but his legs were sore from midweek and I knew I had to use him sparingly. The players let the fans down today and there can't be a repeat of that"

  165. 1722: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It wasn't a good game for me. We lost the game in the first 30 minutes, when we were not at the races. We pulverised them after that, but it wasn't enough."

  166. 1725: 

    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels says he has reported referee Euan Norris for making a sarcastic remark to the Northern Irishman at the final whistle. Shiels is refusing to comment on the penalty decisions during the game, saying he is not allowed to tell the truth.

  167. 1730: 

    You can read - and hear - more of Kenny Shiels' remarks on the BBC Sport website. I am sure we will be hearing more of the fallout from that during the coming week too!

  168. 1731: 
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We didn't start the game well and St Mirren were the better side. We woke up in the second half. It is still a work in progress.

    "Leigh wasn't well before the game today and he was unlucky not to get his hat-trick. He is a terrific goalscorer and his workrate is also fantastic. He is a great kid and good on the training ground and is probably just maturing.

    "We are working hard to keep all our better players and Leigh is in that category. I have left it in the chairman's hands, but Wolves don't want him and Leigh wants to stay and that's the important thing. He loves playing for the club, which is helpful as he might be tempted to go somewhere else."

  169. 1736: 

    It has been an eventful afternoon in both the SPL and the Scottish Cup. Hibs are top, at least until Celtic visit Tannadice tomorrow, while Dundee have stopped the rot and narrowed the gap at the bottom. I am off for a well-earned bath. As for you, thanks for your company and please join us here again tomorrow for that match between Dundee United and the Scottish champions.

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