Scottish football at is happened

Dundee United and St Johnstone draw, with victories for Ross County, Motherwell and Kilmarnock on an action-packed day of SPL action.

26 December 2012 Last updated at 17:58

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  1. 1145: 

    Was Santa good to you? If you've just woken up upside down behind the television following some ferocious festive over-indulgence, put a pillow under your head and keep across our live text coverage of six, yes six Scottish Premier League games.

  2. 1146: 

    Dundee United v St Johnstone get us under way at noon.

    Then, at 3pm, we've got:

    Hibs v Ross County

    Inverness v St Mirren

    Kilmarnock v Hearts

    Motherwell v Aberdeen

    And it's Dundee v Celtic from Dens Park at 7.30pm

  3. 1147: 

    Here's hoping for plenty of goals from today's games and more entertainment than last night's Royle Family Christmas special...

    United trail seventh-placed St Johnstone by a point going into today's game at Tannadice, with Peter Houston's men having a game in hand.

  4. 1148: 

    Get in touch today via text to 80295 and tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomascg

  5. 1149: 

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, McLean, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Rankin, Armstrong, Skacel, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Ryan, Millar, Gardyne, Dow, Lacny, Petrie.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, Wright, McCracken, Scobbie, Pawlett, Cregg, Murray Davidson, Craig, Tade, MacLean. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Moon, Miller, Vine, Caddis, Steeves.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  6. 1151: 

    Speaking ahead of today's game, Dundee United captain Jon Daly said the side were keen to tighten up defensively.

    "It's just trying to stamp out the silly goals that we're conceding," he said.

    "It's something that we need to address and we need to address it quickly because the games are coming thick and fast now.

    "We don't want to find ourselves falling behind. We want to get right back into the group and that starts against St Johnstone."

  7. 1154: 

    We're hoovering up a box of Celebrations in the office, need to begin the healthy-eating regime... soon!

  8. 1157: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "This is a difficult one to call. St Johnstone were poor against Aberdeen and didn't adapt well to the conditions. It's a local derby, and for me, United should win it."

  9. 1159: 

    United have gone eight games without a win at Tannadice. Peter Houston will be hoping for some festive cheer this afternoon...

  10. 1202: 

    We're under way!

  11. 1203: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-0 St Johnstone (Gunning)

    United make an early breakthrough as Gavin Gunning bullets a header into the net from Barry Douglas's free kick after good work by Willo Flood. An early Christmas present for United as the St Johnstone defence bear an early gift...

  12. 1204: 
    BBC Sportsound punit Willie Miller

    "Gunning was totally unmarked. It's going to be an intriguing game if the defending continues like this."

  13. 1205: 

    St Johnstone, with one with in 10, will be looking to recover from that horror start.

    "You've got to point the finger at Frazer Wright, who fouled Willo Flood after delaying on the ball and United have scored from the set piece," says BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  14. 1207: 

    The Dickensian pickpocket Willo Flood has started brightly at Tannadice and is proving a thorn in St Johnstone's side.

  15. 1208: 

    SPLstats: "Gavin Gunning's last goal for Dundee Utd came in their last home win back in August (v Dundee). Repeat?"

  16. 1209: 

    The visitors are warming to their festive task after a sluggish start, MacLean and Scobbie combine before Cregg lashes a shot at goal but Cierzniak is equal to it in the United goal.

    Cregg then fires another shot in but the United keeper denies him for a second time.

  17. 1212: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "Double header for me today. Trackside. United v St Johnstone first, then Dundee v Celtic tonight. Predictions folks?"

  18. 1213: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "It's end to end stuff and it's developing into a good open game."

  19. 1215: 

    United spurn a great chance to double their lead; Willo Flood flights in a juicy cross and the unmarked Gavin Gunning rises but fails to connect and the ball drifts out of play.

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller spits out his mince pie in disbelief: "He's got to score there!"

  20. 1216: 

    Tambo using 80295: "Steve Lomas has lost the dressing room, these hopeless performances are shocking, with the squad we have Dundee United should be relatively straight forward, our defence is shocking. Lomas doesn't have a clue, he has no experience: time to move on!"

  21. 1217: 

    Temperatures rise at Tannadice as Rudi Skacel earns a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Patrick Cregg. No sign of the season of goodwill in that incident. A handshake between the pair after Cregg dusts himself down and we're back up and running.

  22. 1220: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "United have been by far the slicker side. Their movement has been more impressive than St Johnstone's more direct approach."

  23. 1221: 

    EdinburghTom: "#bbcsportsound #Hibs yet 2 beat the cold firm (Ross County & ICT) this season."

  24. 1222: 

    United are straining at the leash as they chase a second goal. Stuart Armstrong fizzes in a shot that St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus gathers at the second attempt.

    Great stuff!

  25. 1223: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Tannadice

    "Utd 1 St Johnstone 0 very open game. 2 Cregg shots and a Maclean effort all saved by Cierznak but Gunning goal in 2nd minute the difference"

  26. 1224: 

    United are stretching St Johnstone down the flanks and another sumptuous centre, this time from Keith Watson, almost sees Rudi Skacel in on goal...

  27. 1225: 

    United have their second booking of the game, Barry Douglas is the latest name on the rap sheet after flooring the flying Peter Pawlett.

  28. 1227: 

    St Johnstone come within a whisker of scoring the equaliser: Cierzniak displays Ninja-like reflexes to deny a point-blank Craig header.

    The United keeper is on fire, clearly not too many selection boxes & turkey on Christmas Day...

  29. 1229: 

    Parsley, Dundee: "Re Tambo: 'Dundee Utd should be relatively straight forward' pffffft! In what parallel universe are St J'stone the big team in this match?"

  30. 1230: 

    We have a third booking - whatever happened to the season of goodwill? - as Peter Pawlett has his name taken for a rash sliding challenge on Barry Douglas.

    Give peace a chance lads, come on!

  31. 1231: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "There are more goals in this game but I don't think St Johnstone can afford to lose another one..."

  32. 1233: 

    St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade, like a belligerent customer in the Boxing Day sales, is making a right nuisance of himself for the United defence.

    He goes to ground under the close attention of Douglas - the St Johnstone fans are howling for a penalty - but referee Calum Murray is having none of it.

  33. 1235: 

    A Rudi Skacel effort is deflected wide and from the subsequent corner Gavin Gunning, again unmarked, spurns a great chance to double United's lead.

    St Johnstone fortunate not to be punished for more sloth-like defending...

  34. 1236: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "As a defender it's almost impossible to read Gregory Tade because it looks like he doesn't know what he's going to do next!"

  35. 1237: 

    Connor Scott: "Re Tambo: As this match unfolds, this clearly shows that Dundee United are not straight forward. Goalkeeper is phenomenal!"

  36. 1240: 

    St Johnstone are pressing for an equaliser; they've forced a number of corners - currently standing at six - but have found the United defence Scrouge-like and goalkeeper Radoslav Cierzniak equal to their sporadic attacks.

    Seven minutes plus added time remaining of an entertaining first half.

  37. 1241: 

    St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus claims a United set piece and launches a kick deep into United territory, attempting to find Tade.

    But the hosts snuff out the danger.

  38. 1243: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "St Johnstone are throwing a lot at United who are defending strongly and making it really difficult to break them down."

  39. 1245: 

    Anonymous: "Rudi is a Hearts legend and he was correct to acknowledge the Jambo respect for him. Hopefully, he will be coming home to Tynecastle in January!"

  40. 1246: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "I think St Johnstone deserve more from this first half."

  41. 1248: 

    Gavin Gunning's header separates the sides at the break, but you sense there's more goals in this encounter.

  42. 1250: 

    Right, a question to get us all going today.

    Name me your Festive/Christmas Dinner XI.

    For instance, Hibs winger Ivan Sprout would be in there, with manager Jimmy WishBone barking tactical instructions from the sidelines...

    Up front, Conor Smoked-Sammon could be found with a long punt by keeper Peter Stilton.

    Let rip with your best efforts to 80295 or tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  43. 1253: 

    Peanut: "Re 12.45: does somebody want to remind this person Hearts will be signing no-one in January or the foreseeable future until they can learn to pay their staff? So, there is more chance of Skacel playing for Real Madrid than Hearts in January."

  44. 1254: 

    Richard Wilkinson: "I'm hoping Niall Mc-Gin will be mixing a triple and be a Christmas Tonic to Dons fans this afternoon #COYR"

    I'm sure your fellow Aberdeen fans will raise a glass to that suggestion!

  45. 1304: 

    The second half gets under way at Tannadice.

  46. 1305: 

    St Johnstone are level as good work by Peter Pawlett leads to a ball into the United box and Brian McLean puts the ball into his own net. Game on!

  47. 1307: 

    St Johnstone press for a second goal and Liam Craig is denied by Cierzniak. The United keeper saved that with his posterior!

    A bum note for the visitors...

  48. 1308: 

    On the thorny issue of Festive/Christmas Dinner XI

    Bored United fans: "What about Prawn Collins and Rowan Wine."

    Jamie Maxwell: "#bbcsportsound gaffer could be Goose McPherson"

  49. 1310: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "St Johnstone have been by far the livelier side in the second half. We're not seeing much of United now."

  50. 1312: 

    St Johnstone fans have to cast their collective minds back to November 2000 for their last league victory over United. Keigan Parker scored the only goal of the game at McDiarmid Park...

  51. 1315: 

    Connor Scott: "Festive XI - Johnny Brussell"

  52. 1317: 

    Murray in Dundee. "When Leigh Griffiths played for Hibs at Dens earlier this season he received a great ovation from the home fans. He responded with applause even though his team were 3 nil down. Hibs fans were ok. The problem is the Arabs ! Horrible east angus club."

    Oooft. Think United fans may have an alternative view!

  53. 1318: 

    Dundee United have been toothless since the break but midfielder John Rankin shows menace, 25 yards from goal, fizzes a shot just wide. It remains 1-1 at Tannadice.

  54. 1320: 

    Ryan Hawes: "James Mc-Cake to fill up the gap at the back."

  55. 1321: 

    Another yellow card, definitely not the season to be jolly! Patrick Cregg goes into referee Calum Murray's black book for an eye-watering foul on John Rankin.

    "Another one like that and he'll be off," is the sombre warning from BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

  56. 1322: 

    Greg Young: "Jeroen Tinselaar #bbcsportsound"

    Ha ha, I nearly coughed up my turkey there...

    Fergus Weir: "CranBerra Sauce. Plugging the gaps between the ChipoLatapys. #bbcsportsound #festivefooball"

    Rory Ferrier: "How about Gary Mince-pies Steven #christmasdinnerXI"

  57. 1324: 

    Peter Houston shuffles his Dundee United pack as Michael Gardyne comes on for Keith Watson. We've got about 25 minutes remaining for either side to fashion a winner.

  58. 1326: 

    St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson, in a great position inside the United penalty area, stabs an effort with the outside of the foot wide. That was a great chance for Steve Lomas's men to take the lead.

  59. 1330: 

    Steven MacLean heads across the United goal but is flagged offside when he may have been better pinging in a first-time shot to test the impressive Cierzniak.

  60. 1331: 

    Just a thought about our festive XI... what about combative midfielder Vino Gattuso?

    Fergus Weir: "Giggs in Blankets, an ageless classic."

  61. 1336: 

    Gavin Gunning's effort is cleared off the line by Paddy Cregg as United chase what could prove to be the winning goal. The game is hotting up like the roaring fire in the video for Bing Crosby/David Bowie's Little Drummer Boy!

  62. 1337: 

    Liam Baird: "Obvious festive IX is the one n only RUDOLF SKACEL!!! #5-1 #19/05/12"

  63. 1339: 

    Brian McLean and Gavin Gunning live dangerously as they close down striker Gregory Tade in the box but United scramble the ball clear.

  64. 1340: 

    Midfielder John Rankin rifles in a shot that whistles past Alan Mannus's goal. Both sides are pressing for the winner at an emotionally-spent Tannadice...

  65. 1342: 

    James Wilson: "Evander Snow #bbcsportsound"

  66. 1344: 

    United force a blizzard of corners as they search desperately for the winning goal.

    Brian McLean and Gavin Gunning attack another corner but St Johnstone's sloth-like defending has been transformed into lightning quick, steely-eyed defiance.

    It remains 1-1 in an enthralling encounter at Tannadice.

    "Gavin Gunning should've had a hat-trick today," thunders BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.

  67. 1347: 

    United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak deserves another plate of turkey tonight. He produces a brilliant save to deny Gregory Tade as the St Johnstone striker hared into the penalty area. With a couple of minutes plus added time remaining, could that save earn United a point?

  68. 1349: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Another good spell for United but I don't think they've done enough to win the game and they've struggled to break down St Johnstone."

  69. 1350: 

    Three minutes of added time at Tannadice before the 7,063 hardy souls inside Tannadice can head home and watch Turner & Hooch...

  70. 1351: 

    Nick Killingback: "Playing in the background for the festive dinner? "It's McGinn-ing to look a lot like Christmas" #COYR"

  71. 1353: 

    St Johnstone are rewarded for an impressive second display with a point at Tannadice, but have gone 18 league games without a win against United. Steve Lomas's side remain a point ahead of United and move up to sixth at Hearts' expense.

    United came roaring out of the traps, but the Perth outfit responded well to that horror start...

  72. 1356: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "There was only one team, in my opinion, who deserved to win on that second half display and it was St Johnstone. They were unlucky not to get a winner through Gregory Tade and maybe lacked composure. Cierzniak had four of five really good saves and I think that tells the story..."

  73. 1358: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "United are struggling just now. Skacel is causing them a problem because it isn't working for them."

  74. 1400: 

    We've got four games getting under way in an hour's time.

    Hibs v Ross County

    Inverness v St Mirren

    Kilmarnock v Hearts

    Motherwell v Aberdeen

    And it's Dundee v Celtic from Dens Park at 7.30pm

  75. 1403: 
    Dundee Utd boss Peter Houston

    "Gavin Gunning could've had a hat-trick but St Johnstone started the second half the brighter. We finished strongly and I'm pleased with some of our football.

    "But I'm also frustrated as it's an emotional rollercoaster supporting United just now. We're failing to kill teams off and should be about 10 points better off than we are."

  76. 1405: 

    Houston also said he's unsure whether Rudi Skacel will remain at Tannadice....

  77. 1406: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

    "Clancy and McPake back in for Hibs. Maybury and Stevenson out. McMenamin out for County Gary Glen in. #bbcsportsound"

  78. 1408: 

    EdinburghTom: "#FestiveXI Didn't #Hibs once hav a defender called Dingdong Merrili, or am i just imagining that?"

  79. 1410: 

    Hibs: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Taiwo, Deegan, Cairney, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Claros, Stevenson, Handling, Kuqi, Horribine, Donaldson

  80. 1412: 

    Hearts: Macdonald; R.McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, McHattie; Stevenson, Barr, Taouil, Driver; G.Smith, Sutton. Subs: Enckelman, Robinson, Carrick, Holt, Novikovas, D.McGowan, Paterson.

  81. 1414: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Some early team news from a chilly Fir Park. Motherwell were expected to be unchanged despite Saturday's 2-1 defeat by St Mirren. However, we are now anticipating at least two changes because of knocks picked up by winger Chris Humphrey and full-back Stevie Hammell."

  82. 1416: 

    Alistair Weir: "Santa Clausorla #bbcsportsound"

    David Nugent: "Eating turkey sandwiches and listening to the football @bbcsportsound #boxingday"

  83. 1418: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Aberdeen have lost every second game since beating Dundee on 27 October. Having won at the weekend at home to St Johnstone, they should lose today if that sequence continues. And, while they have won more on their travels than at home this season, another defeat would give a perfectly symmetrical 4-2-4 record. Motherwell have won every second game since drawing with Dundee on 10 November and are due a win after Saturday's defeat by St Mirren."

  84. 1420: 

    Jamie Langfield returns in goal for Aberdeen in place of Jason Brown after serving a one-match suspension, while fit-again winger Jonny Hayes replaces Mitch Megginson. Defender Andrew Considine has to be content with a place on the bench after recovering from a virus and the match has come too soon for midfielders Ryan Fraser and Stephen Hughes as they battle back from injury.

  85. 1422: 

    For Motherwell, Fraser Kerr and Zaine Francis-Angol come in for injured pair Stevie Hammell and Chris Humphrey. That's two defenders in for a defender and a winger, so it will be interesting to see how manager Stuart McCall re-arranges his side to compensate. There is no starting place for striker Bob McHugh despite two consecutive scoring appearances off the bench.

  86. 1424: 
    St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson

    "Thought the lads were excellent today and unlucky to come away with only a point! Great support from all the fans, on to Saturday now!"

  87. 1426: 

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

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

    Referee: Steven McLean

  88. 1428: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Taiwo, Deegan, Cairney, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Claros, Stevenson, Handling, Kuqi, Horribine, Donaldson.

    Ross County: Brown, Fitzpatrick, Boyd, Munro, Kovacevic, Kettlewell, Quinn, Brittain, Vigurs, Cooper, Glen. Subs: Fraser, Tokely, Lawson, McMenamin, Morrow, MacPhee, Ross.

    Referee: John Beaton

  89. 1430: 

    Liam Kelly and Rory McKeown return to the Kilmarnock side with Gary Harkins and Jeroen Tesselaar dropping to the bench.

    Hearts manager John McGlynn makes one change with former Killie favourite Mehdi Taouil in for Dylan McGowan.

  90. 1431: 

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

    St Mirren: Samson, Barron, McGinn, van Zanten, Mair, Imrie, Teale, Robertson, Carey, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: Chris Smith, Parkin, Kelly, Guy, Yaqub, Brady.

    Referee: William Collum

  91. 1434: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "Temperatures here in Inverness are retreating as fast as the setting sun but we have calm conditions and a perfect looking pitch for St Mirren's attempt to move on after their win over Motherwell and take something against an Inverness team which last failed to score 27 games ago on 2 May!"

  92. 1437: 

    Elizabeth in Perth: "I am enjoying listening to your programme whilst ironing, and think that were there less pessimists like Chic and more optimists like John, Scottish football would fare better. It's all in the mind!"

  93. 1440: 

    Andrew from Edinburgh: "Delighted to here the panel talking positively about Scottish football. I have been sick of people denigrating the game for years, if we can't talk it up nobody will. Their opinions filter throughout the fans and it can only be a good thing to think the future is bright. C'mon the Jambos this afternoon."

  94. 1442: 

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

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Magennis, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, Rae, Vernon, Shaughnessy, McGinn, Fallon, Hayes. Subs: Jason Brown, Considine, Megginson, Jordon Brown, Masson, McManus, Smith.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  95. 1446: 

    Kinnon, Leith: "Kenny Shiels: he's as honest as his face is long."

  96. 1450: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "We are 10 minutes from kick-off and there are more empty seats than fans inside Fir Park. It makes Motherwell media manager Alan Burrows' programme notes even more poignant. He points out that it costs £2,500 per day for clubs like his to "burn the undersoil heating system to fight against nature" and ensure games like this go ahead at this time of year. Burrows believes Scotland should follow "just about every northern European country" and play the league season in the summer months."

  97. 1451: 

    Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels has been speaking about his recent skirmishes with the football authorities...

  98. 1452: 
    Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels

    "I don't take life seriously - the only thing I take seriously is football. Outside of that, I'm not a bad person. I'm sort of like a monster in the game, and I try not to be, but that's me. I try to change it, but if I change it, do I weaken my managerial skills.

    "I don't know, but I'm trying to not tell the truth as much and retract from what I say, because there's so many people in this industry that have good political skills. I've got to try to look at them and see what I can learn from them. I'll probably not change, to be honest."

  99. 1455: 
    St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas

    "We felt we owed the fans a performance and brought a great crowd to Tannadice. We came fighting back and in the second half we were the more progressive side and probably should've got the victory."

  100. 1457: 

    CammyBell: "Killie pie finished, now for a Hearts win. #bbcsportsound #confusedgoalie"

  101. 1500: 

    Here we go in the four SPL games getting under way at 3pm!

  102. 1501: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "A few hardy souls have made their way down from the Highlands to support The Staggies #bbcsportsound"

  103. 1502: 

    The Buddies draw first blood in the Highlands as Dougie Imrie rifles a 20-yard drive past Antonio Reguero to claim his second goal of the season.

  104. 1504: 

    Snapshot from the edge of the box by Hearts speedster Andy Driver rises over the bar. The Jambos look in determined mood at Rugby Park.

  105. 1505: 

    Niall McGinn misses a sitter at Fir Park for Aberdeen as the ball drops at his feet near the penalty spot and he sclaffs his shot wide.

  106. 1506: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "Just 80 seconds on the clock and Dougie Imrie once again returns to haunt his old team and put St Mirren ahead."

  107. 1507: 

    Owain Tudor-Jones tries his luck with a long-range drive, but St Mirren keeper Craig Samson is equal to it.

  108. 1508: 

    Josh Magennis picks up a threaded pass from Niall McGinn and curls in a shot that flies inches past the post. Some good early pressure from the Dons.

  109. 1509: 

    Nicky Law thunders a shot off Jamie Langfield's crossbar as the Steelmen respond to a rampant Aberdeen at Fir Park.

  110. 1510: 

    Despite pinning Motherwell in their own half in the opening 10 minutes, Aberdeen fall behind as Tom Hateley rises to head home Jamie Murphy's cross.

  111. 1511: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "It is end-to-end stuff. And Motherwell take the lead when a Jamie Murphy cross is headed in at the back post by Tom Hateley."

  112. 1512: 

    Precious little in the way of goalmouth action at Easter Road, with Hibs and Ross County still sizing each other up.

  113. 1513: 
    BBC Scotland's Allan Preston at Easter Road

    "The fans are quiet and there's nothing much happening on the pitch. Both sides are feeling each other out."

  114. 1514: 

    Paul Heffernan slips the ball into the Hearts net but the Kilmarnock forward is flagged offside. It remains goalless at Rugby Park.

  115. 1516: 

    Inverness are almost level as Foran's header is brilliantly saved by Samson after Raven's cross is headed on by McKay.

  116. 1518: 

    Cammy Bell blocks a deflected Ryan Stevenson effort and is then helped out by Michael Nelson before John Sutton can pounce on the rebound. The Hearts striker is flagged offside.

  117. 1520: 

    A Cristiano Ronaldo-style free-kick by Graham Carey beats Antonio Reguero but cannons back off the Inverness crossbar. What an effort!

  118. 1522: 
    BBC Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson at Fir Park

    "You have to admire the freedom the Motherwell players have. From a Motherwell point of view, they're getting plenty of bodies floating forward and putting pressure on Aberdeen."

  119. 1523: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Aberdeen striker Rory Fallon forces goalkeeper Darren Randolph to parry over the Motherwell crossbar with a left-foot drive from 18 yards."

  120. 1525: 

    Penalty for Kilmarnock as Andy Webster takes down James Dayton...

  121. 1526: 

    Liam Kelly confidently tucks home the opening goal from the spot to give Kilmarnock the lead.

  122. 1528: 

    Hibs captain James McPake gets his head to a Leigh Griffiths corner but the ball flies wide of the target.

  123. 1529: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "A tale of missed chances for Caley Thistle with with Ross Draper's effort over the bar the latest, but Graham Carey's free kick at the other end came off the bar. Action at both ends!"

  124. 1530: 

    The Steelmen double their lead as Jamie Murphy weaves his way inside the Aberdeen defence and thumps the ball past Jamie Langfield from 25 yards. That's Murphy's ninth goal of the season...

  125. 1531: 

    Injury problem for Kilmarnock with Borja Perez flat on the deck following a heavy challenge. He limps off the field and his game may be over.

  126. 1532: 

    Another disallowed goal at Rugby Park. Gordon Smith thunders the ball into the net from 20 yards but a foul by John Sutton cuts the visitors' celebrations short.

  127. 1534: 

    Aberdeen reduce the arrears at Fir Park only minutes after going 2-0 behind when Jonny Hayes marks his return from injury by bursting his way through the centre of the Motherwell midfield and firing a powerful drive past Darren Randolph from 20 yards.

    Take a bow son!

  128. 1535: 

    James Datyton speeds down the left, cuts inside and flashes a shot beyond the far post. The Kilmarnock winger has been on song in this first half.

  129. 1537: 

    Borja Perez's return to the play was short-lived as he is replaced by Lee Johnson.

  130. 1539: 

    Andrew Shinnie crashes a sensational strike into the top corner of the net to level for Inverness. The Highlands is lit up by some sumptuous football and laser-sharp finishing!

    It's 1-1 with the promise of more goals to come. Ya beauty!

  131. 1540: 

    Gordon Smith heads wide from Andy Driver's teasing centre. Hearts are certainly knocking at the door, with flowers, chocolates and a bottle of wine. But will they be allowed in?

  132. 1541: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "Inverness continue to press with Aaron Doran's header saved by Craig Samson their latest near miss. And then Anrew Shinnie crashes in the equaliser!"

  133. 1543: 

    More from an unusually subdued BBC Sportsound Allan Preston at Easter Road: "I want to be positive but this is a dreadful game."

  134. 1544: 

    Steven Thompson blazes a good chance over the bar after a corner is knocked down to David Barron.

    Thommo will be hoping it's not the start of a BARRON spell...

  135. 1545: 
  136. 1546: 

    The Steelmen are putting Craig Brown's Aberdeen to the sword at Fir Park. Jamie Murphy slots the ball past Jamie Langfield for his 10th of the season.

  137. 1547: 
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    Dunfermline 0-0 Falkirk

    Hamilton 2-0 Airdrie Utd

    Partick Thistle 1-0 Morton


    Brechin 3-2 Arbroath

    Albion 1-0 Ayr

    Queen of Sth 1-1 Stranraer


    Rangers 2-0 Clyde

  141. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half across the country...

  142. 1602: 
    Tom Hateley was on target for Motherwell Tom Hateley was on target for Motherwell in a festive cracker at Fir Park
  143. 1603: 

    Dougie Imrie almost starts the second half the way he started the first, fizzing another long-range shot just narrowly wide of Antonio Reguero's goal

  144. 1605: 

    Superb save from Cammy Bell to deny Andy Driver after he had drifted in from the left. The keeper ensures Kilmarnock maintain their one-goal lead at Rugby Park...

  145. 1606: 

    Andrew Shinnie sets up Billy McKay inside the St Mirren box, but the prolific Northern Irishman sclaffs his shot.

  146. 1607: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Adam Cummins has come on for Simon Ramsden at the heart of the Well defence at half time. Ramsden's wanders up field had caused the home side problems, but the substitute is immediately exposed in a similar fashion as Jonny Hayes breaks into the box and his low is held at the second attempt by goalkeeper Darren Randolph."

  147. 1608: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium

    "Billy McKay doesn't miss many for Inverness but, well supplied by Andy Shinnie, he turns and drags what looked an easy chance past the right-hand post."

  148. 1610: 

    Gary Teale whips in a cross which Steven Thompson heads home to put the visitors back in front.

  149. 1612: 

    Henrik Ojamaa unlocks the Aberdeen defence with a powerful run past three players before releasing Michael Higdon who crashes in a shot off the underside of the bar and into the net. 'Well have four and are hungry for more...

  150. 1613: 

    Richard Brittain gets on the end of an Iain Vigurs cross and the County skipper's header from 12 yards leaves Hibs keeper Ben Williams floundering. County lead in the Scottish capital.

  151. 1614: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Henrik Ojamaa might have only scored once this season, but the Estonia forward shows his worth with a mazy run past a clutch of Dons defenders and his low cut-back from the bye-line is fired in off the underside of the crossbar by Michael Higdon."

  152. 1616: 

    Mehdi Taouil stings the palms of Cammy Bell with a controlled volley as the Jambos look to up the tempo in search of an equaliser at Rugby Park.

  153. 1619: 

    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon shuffles his pack in a bid to breathe life into his struggling side. Danny Handling and Jorge Claros are on for David Wotherspoon and Tom Taiwo.

  154. 1620: 

    Motherwell's Jamie Murphy ploughs forward in search of his hat-trick, but scoops the ball over the bar. Worrying times for Craig Brown's Aberdeen who are in danger of being overrun here...

  155. 1624: 

    Richie Foran heads home the rebound after Craig Samson parries an Aaron Doran shot to level the match in the Highlands. What a game!

  156. 1625: 

    Penalty for Motherwell at Fir Park after Henrik Ojamaa is clipped in the box...

  157. 1625: 

    Jamie Murphy, chasing a hat-trick at Fir Park, steps up and dinks a casual penalty at goal but Jamie Langfield makes an easy save.

  158. 1627: 

    Ryan McGivern swings a lovely cross into the Ross County penalty area but Hibs striker Eoin Doyle can only head over the crossbar from six yards.

  159. 1629: 

    Hibs are looking brighter now as Jorge Claros powers in a shot and Mark Brown has to look lively to push the ball away. The home fans inside Easter Road are roaring on their troops....

  160. 1630: 

    Cammy Bell saves well from Callum Paterson after the Hearts player races away from Michael Nelson. Paterson really hit that shot too early.

  161. 1631: 

    Hibs have the ball in the net but it won't count. Mark Brown spilled a shot from Leigh Griffiths and an offside Eoin Doyle was first to it.

  162. 1632: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at Fir Park

    "Henrik Ojamaa forces a fine point-blank save from Aberdeen goallkeeper after a fine Motherwell break."

  163. 1633: 

    Ryan McGivern produces another smart delivery from the left but Hibs' top-scorer Leigh Griffiths heads straight into the arms of Mark Brown. What a chance for the hosts to equalise!

  164. 1634: 

    Anonymous: "Massive six-pointer tonight at Dens Park tonight. Hoping the Dees can get their title challenge back on track..."

  165. 1637: 

    St Mirren's Lewis Guy has the ball in the net for the Buddies but it's chalked off for offside.

  166. 1640: 

    Inverness CT's in-form hitman Billy McKay, who had scored in seven consecutive games, won't find the target this afternoon as he's subbed by Terry Butcher.

  167. 1642: 

    Mariuz Zaliukas's shot deflects agonisingly wide for the visitors as the Jambos throw the kitchen sink at Kilmarnock.

  168. 1643: 

    Lewis Guy touches in a Gary Teale effort - but the assistant ref flags it offside again! Does that make Lewis a Jealous Guy??

  169. 1644: 

    Marius Zalkiukas trips Paul Heffernan as he bears down on goal but the Hearts captain escapes a red card, picking up just a booking.

  170. 1647: 

    Dougie Imrie is tripped on the edge of the box and he rolls the free kick to Graham Carey but the referee has ordered a re-take...

  171. 1648: 

    Inverness keeper Reguero brilliantly saves Teale's free-kick. What a game!

  172. 1650: 
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  176. 1654: 

    George Munro: "@bbcsportsound Hope Danny Lennon enjoys his 164.3 miles home after that. @RossCounty_FC only have 169.4 to go."

  177. 1655: 
    BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod has worked out the reason for Aberdeen's heavy defeat

    "I think the Aberdeen players had too much turkey yesterday..."

  178. 1656: 
    Ross County FC ‏@TheStaggies


  179. 1700: 

    A potentially massive victory for Ross County at Easter Road this afternoon. Derek Adams's side move nine points clear of SPL basement side Dundee, who host Celtic later tonight.

  180. 1702: 
    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown following the 4-1 defeat at Fir Park

    "We didn't play well enough and should've been two up before Motherwell score. The first goal in many SPL games often proves crucial. It could've been 7-5 and Motherwell deserved to win. It wasn't a thrashing..."

  181. 1704: 

    Liam Kelly's penalty was all that separated the sides at Rugby Park and sees Kilmarnock sixth in the table and Hearts down to ninth.

    Motherwell, who crushed Aberdeen 4-1 at Fir Park, are level on points with second-placed Inverness CT, who drew with St Mirren in a four-goal thriller in the Highlands.

  182. 1706: 

    Barney, Neilston: "Wee Broon has had so many "injured" players according to his post-match comments this season - he must have the biggest squad in EUROPE!"

  183. 1710: 


    Dunfermline 0-1 Falkirk

    Hamilton 3-0 Airdrie Utd

    Partick Thistle 1-2 Morton


    Brechin 3-2 Arbroath

    Albion 2 -0 Ayr

    Queen of Sth 4-1 Stranraer


    Rangers 3-0 Clyde

  184. 1715: 

    We're keeping the live text commentary going up to and including Dundee v Celtic at 19.30pm.

    I'll pass on the festive baton to my colleague Keir Murray for that one...

  185. 1720: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "1 down 1 to go. Souped up after Tannadice, now heading to Dundee v Celtic, trackside. Celtic to win or can Dundee surprise them?"

    That's a Herculean effort Spencie. You'll sleep tonight...

  186. 1722: 
    Hearts boss John McGlynn

    "We feel we put a lot into the game and didn't get a lot out of it. We created a number of chances and a penalty kick separates the two teams.

    "It was one-way traffic in the second half and we dominated but couldn't get the ball in the net."

  187. 1725: 
    Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield after 4-1 defeat by Motherwell

    "Bitterly bitterly disappointed about result and performance, we need to get our finger out and go again at Dundee #notgoodenough. Thank u to the fans for turning up on Boxing Day, great again!!"

  188. 1727: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "We're delighted to come to a difficult venue and come away unbeaten. Having said that, given the opportunities we created, we should've come away with three points.

    "it's disappointing, taking the lead twice and letting Inverness back into the game, but it's a difficult venue to come to.

    "We've got a fantastic group of players who are a pleasure to work with."

  189. 1730: 
    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "To score four against a good Aberdeen side is terrific and makes for a pleasing Boxing Day.

    "Second half we were exceptional and some of our football was a joy to watch. It was a pleasure to be involved with that team."

  190. 1732: 
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "We've come back twice in the match, which is a credit to the players. And I thought: "let's go and win it now" but we didn't manage it.

    "Both teams looked like they would score and it was more like a basketball match. I thought we were in control at 2-2 but we couldn't get a third goal."

  191. 1740: 

    So, victories for Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Ross County in this afternoon's Boxing Day games in the SPL.

    Dundee United and St Johnstone were forced to settle for a point apiece, with Inverness CT and St Mirren playing out a 2-2 draw in the Highlands.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. Keir Murray will be back at 7pm tonight to bring you live text commentary on Dundee v Celtic.

    And we'll have highlights of today's games on our website tomorrow. Cheers.

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