Scottish football as it happened

St Mirren beat Celtic in Scottish League Cup semi-final, Dundee draw against Kilmarnock after Aberdeen and Hibs end goalless at Pittodrie.

27 January 2013 Last updated at 17:12

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  1. 1200: 

    Is it possible to be sitting comfortably while Andy Murray locks horns with Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final?

    If you're wearing out the living room carpet with nervous shuttle runs as you frantically check developments in Melbourne: slow down and pause for breath.

    We have the not insignificant matter of two SPL games and a Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden to enjoy this afternoon.

    Plenty of Scottish football to get our teeth into...

  2. 1202: 

    In the SPL's lunchtime kick off (12:30 GMT), Craig Brown's Aberdeen host Hibs at Pittodrie and Dundee entertain Kilmarnock at 15:00 GMT.

    If that's not enough to whet the collective football appetite, then we also have, for your enjoyment, St Mirren and Celtic vying to face Hearts in the final of the Scottish League Cup.

    The Hampden cracker gets under way at 14:30 GMT, and I'll also offer regular updates on that titanic tennis tussle in Melbourne. I wonder if Joe Mangel is watching?

    Djokovic leads by two sets to one and 3 games to one in the fourth set...

  3. 1204: 

    Get in touch today via text to 80295 and tweet the commentary using the hashtag @bbcsportsound - you can also send me a message @bbcthomasmcg

  4. 1205: 

    Fourth-placed Hibs travel to Pittodrie two points ahead of Aberdeen. However, the Dons have won both league games between the sides this season: a 1-0 win in the Scottish capital and a 2-1 victory at Pittodrie.

    Niall McGinn was on target in both wins, will Aberdeen's answer to Gerd Muller find the net again today?

    Hibs' last win away at Aberdeen was in May last year, when a Mark Reynolds on goal and Sean O'Hanlon effort secured a 2-1 win.

  5. 1208: 

    SPLstats: "Hibs haven't drawn 3 games in a row since March/April 2009. The first of those draws was against Aberdeen. None of the last 10 matches between Aberdeen and Hibs at Pittodrie have been drawn. 6 Dons wins and 4 for Hibs."

  6. 1210: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Osbourne, Reynolds, Robertson, Pawlett, Rae, Hughes, Milsom, McGinn, Hayes. Subs: Brown, Vernon, Low, Fallon, Magennis, Masson, Smith.

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

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  7. 1212: 

    Speaking ahead of today's game at Pittodrie, Aberdeen defender Clark Robertson said it was a "massive week" for the club.

    "Three games in seven days that could shape our season potentially," he said.

    "Hopefully we start the week off with a good result against Hibs.

    "We need to get back to defending better and taking our chances up field, and we'll definitely win games with the players we have got.

    "If we were to win the next two league games and the Scottish Cup tie we would go on a fantastic run and there is no reason why we can't finish high up the league.

    "Sunday is crucial to give us confidence going into the other two games, against St Johnstone in the league and Hibs in the Scottish Cup.

  8. 1214: 

    Hibs striker Eoin Doyle admits Aberdeen will prove formidable opponents.

    "They've beaten us twice this season," he said. "The last game at Easter Road, I don't think we deserved to lose. So I'd say we owe ourselves a performance up there.

    "I wouldn't say we have revenge in mind this Sunday, but it was tough coming off the pitch having lost. We couldn't believe it.

    "We had plenty of chances to win it and their keeper was great on the day.

    "Hopefully, we can put them away this time - or he has a bad game."

  9. 1217: 

    Both sides show three changes to their respective line-ups: Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson drops out after suffering an injury in training, Peter Pawlett comes into the Dons side following a loan spell at St Johnstone. Rob Milsom and Isaac Osbourne also feature, at the expense of Scott Vernon and Cammy Smith.

  10. 1220: 

    For Hibs, Eoin Doyle and Lewis Stevenson drop to the bench, and on-loan Jorge Claros is out of the squad altogether as his loan spell is about to end. Paul Cairney, Tom Taiwo and Shefki Kuqi are rewarded with first-team starts.

  11. 1224: 

    Bad news from Melbourne I'm afraid. Andy Murray loses the Australian Open final to a rampant Novak Djokovic, going down by 3 sets to 1.

    Hopefully, the football will cheer us up!

  12. 1226: 

    Gordon in Fraserburgh: "Are you broadcasting the Hibs v Aberdeen game online or not?"

    Yes we are Gordon, click here for the link. Cheers

  13. 1227: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "It's a crucial game for both clubs and Hibs would be happy with a draw. But Aberdeen, with a bad defeat last week, will be gunning for three points."

  14. 1232: 

    We're under way at Pittodrie!

  15. 1233: 

    David Low: "At last, someone at @BBCSportScot not talking about tennis :)"

  16. 1235: 

    Early controversy as Peter Pawlett's slaloming run is brought to a shuddering halt by Hibs defender Tim Clancy. But referee Craig Thomson books Pawlett for taking a tumble.

  17. 1236: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I thought that was a penalty..."

  18. 1237: 

    Penalty or not, Aberdeen have come flying out of the traps in the opening five minutes while Hibs look about as convincing as Lennox Lewis at an awards ceremony.

  19. 1239: 

    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown, with a face like thunder in the technical area, must still be smarting from that early penalty appeal and subsequent booking for the flying Pawlett. However, whistler Craig Thomson appears to have got that one spot on, so to speak...

  20. 1241: 

    Aberdeen's red-hot marksman Niall McGinn springs the Hibs offside trap but the number 10 dwells too long on the ball and the backtracking Hanlon snuffs out the danger. What is going on in the Hibs defence? Manager Pat Fenlon will be doing a great impression of nerve-shredded Chief Inspector Dreyfuss in the Pink Panther.

  21. 1242: 

    Aberdeen do have a penalty...

  22. 1243: 

    Hibs keeper Ben Williams comes to the visitors' rescue, displaying Ninja-like reflexes to push away Niall McGinn's penalty. Aberdeen had the chance to score from the spot following Clancy's challenge on Hayes. It looked very, very soft.

  23. 1245: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Because of the first penalty appeal maybe the ref had no option but to give that one. I think there was contact."

  24. 1246: 

    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, looking in a right old state of alarm, comes to the edge of his technical area to bark some technical instructions to his shell-shocked troops. Despite their chocolate fireguard-style defending, it remains goalless.

  25. 1247: 

    Aberdeen appear the hungrier of the two sides and Hibs striker Shefki Kuqi is cutting a forlorn figure up front.

  26. 1249: 

    What's your view on the two penalty appeals - one given and one not - in a pulsating opening 15 minutes?

    Text using 80295, tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  27. 1251: 

    Billy_Turnbull: "This sums up Scottish football: 2 big names but utterly pathetic..."

  28. 1253: 

    Aberdeen spurn a great chance to break the deadlock and capitalise on their almost total domination. Good work by Milsom and Shaughnessy gives Pawlett the chance to score but his header is off target. He should've scored.

  29. 1254: 

    Hibs chairman Rod Petrie, in the stand at Pittodrie, is sporting a snazzy-looking Roman Polanski-esque black hat. He could be watching the game or appearing as an extra in Allo Allo. Triggers memories of Jose Mourinho taking in a game at Old Trafford recently, with hood up like he was fresh from a trip to Glastonbury.

  30. 1257: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen have been much better and much livelier; they've had a number of opportunities to take the lead but haven't taken them."

  31. 1300: 

    A quarter of the game and the good ship Hibs appears to have weathered that ferocious early Aberdeen storm...

  32. 1301: 

    The Dons, attacking like an army of red ants, swarm all over Hibs as Gavin Rae thunders down the right and his cross is dying to be swept home by Jonny Hayes but the latter succeeds only in a fresh-air swipe! Howls of frustration from the home fans inside Pittodrie.

  33. 1302: 

    Aberdeen continue to hammer away at the Hibs rearguard, this time Peter Pawlett threads a great ball through to Niall McGinn but the number 10 slices a shot wide. Incredibly, it remains goalless. Should Hibs take the lead, you would forgive Craig Brown grabbing Rod Petrie's bunnet and stomping on it repeatedly in an angry dance of frustration.

  34. 1304: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Andy Murray has just Tweeted that he thought the first Aberdeen penalty claim was outside the box, but the second was a net call..."

  35. 1306: 

    Gavin Rae leads another charge into Hibs territory as he looks to plunder that all-important opening goal but the visitors' creaking defence repels yet another attack.

  36. 1308: 

    Such has been his inactivity in the opening 35 minutes, Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield could've used some of his Kindle Christmas vouchers to buy a book on "The Top 10 ways to keep active".

  37. 1310: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "(Hibs striker) Leigh Griffiths has been dreadful wide right and should be being used more centrally where he's more comfortable..."

  38. 1312: 

    Dons defender Clark Robertson, running at full pelt down the left, tries to find Jonny Hayes but the scampering Hayes fails to get the ball under control and the Hibs defence breathe a collective sigh of relief.

  39. 1314: 

    Gavin Rae embarks on another lung-bursting thunder run but is upended by Paul Hanlon in what Ron Atkinson would've described as the perfect "reducer". Niall McGinn's free kick whistles just over the bar...

  40. 1316: 

    Aberdeen, with an impressive move from left to right, stretch Hibs to breaking point and Clark Robertson sees the whites of Hibs keeper Ben Williams's eyes but fails to find the net.

  41. 1318: 

    The rampant Dons will count themselves unfortunate not to hold a commanding lead at the break after pinning a lifeless Hibs in their own half for long spells of a one-sided first half. Will Aberdeen be left to rue Niall McGinn's saved penalty?

  42. 1320: 
    Niall McGinn's penalty was saved by Ben Williams

    The normally razor-sharp Niall McGinn momentarily lost his shooting boots as his penalty was saved by Ben Williams.

  43. 1322: 

    bringthemonjpn: "H=T talk..will the Aberdeen players have their ipods on or off. Craig will certainly need a wee seat."

  44. 1323: 

    Mikey using 80295: "If Pawlett isn't pulled up for that dive then the game is a bogey. Disgrace. I thought this is what we are trying to stamp out of the game? I'm sure we will get the usual excuses from his manager tho, saying Peter isn't that kind of player. Or, I didn't see it."

  45. 1326: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Chick Young at Hampden

    "No Fraser Forster in the Celtic team this afternoon, so Zaluska starts..."

  46. 1327: 

    Hibs have shuffled their pack at half time: Lewis Stevenson is on for Ryan McGivern.

  47. 1334: 

    We're back under way at Pittodre.

  48. 1335: 
    Hibernian FC

    "McGivern off because of a tight hamstring, so Stevenson comes in at left-back #hibees"

  49. 1336: 

    Hibs show some much-needed attacking intent, as Shefki Kuqi threads a through ball for Leigh Griffiths but the forward is unable to win a foot race with Dons keeper Jamie Langfield.

  50. 1338: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "It was a fantastic pass from Kuqi but I feel his striking partner could've done better."

  51. 1339: 
    Celtic team to face St Mirren at Hampden

    Celtic: Zaluska; Matthews, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre; Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras; Lassad, Hooper. Subs: Fasan, Stokes, Commons, Lustig, Kayal.

  52. 1341: 

    Aberdeen, almost stung by the temerity of that Hibs attack, come forward in numbers again, with Peter Pawlett and Gavin Rae looking hungry for goals but it remains goalless.

  53. 1343: 

    Midfielder Gary Deegan receives a yellow card as Hibs' efforts to keep Aberdeen at bay become more desperate.

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller expresses surprise that Hibs haven't exerted more pressure on an Aberdeen defence which "isn't the tallest in the world".

  54. 1346: 

    Just shy of the hour-mark, the game is following a familiar pattern: Hibs repel Aberdeen attack; the Dons regroup and try again before the visitors clear the ball any way they can...

  55. 1348: 

    A second substitution for Hibs as Eoin Doyle replaces Shefki Kuqi. Will that move finally see Hibs bare their attacking teeth?

  56. 1350: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen have to keep playing football, keep playing passes and begin to take their chances."

  57. 1351: 

    The sun puts in an appearance over Pittodrie. Will it herald a change of fortune for Aberdeen in front of goal? A little over 25 minutes remaining and the Dons are beginning to show increasing anxiety at their near total domination.

  58. 1353: 

    David Wotherspoon earns a yellow card for chopping down Rob Milsom. However, the Dons fail to profit from the resulting free-kick. More gnashing of teeth in the home dugout...

  59. 1355: 

    St Mirren: Samson, Carey, Van Zanten, McAusland, McGinn, Goodwin, Newton, Goncalves, Thompson, McGowan, Teale. Subs: Guy, Barron, Mair, Imrie, Adam.

  60. 1357: 

    Hibs substitute Eoin Doyle fails to capitalise on a superb opening in the penalty area after good work by Paul Hanlon. What a chance for the visitors, who have been under the cosh throughout, to take the lead.

  61. 1359: 

    Peter Pawlett receives a standing ovation from the Aberdeen fans as he trots off to be replaced by Scott Vernon.

  62. 1400: 

    Aberdeen, beginning to find some fresh momentum, trade passes on the edge of the penalty area, before Jonny Hayes rifles in a shot that whistles just wide of goal. Unbelievably, it remains goalless...

  63. 1401: 

    Hibs captain James McPake goes into the book for a scything challenge on Clark Robertson.

  64. 1402: 

    The pace has quickened as, with about 15 minutes remaining, Aberdeen turn up the heat in search of a winner.

  65. 1403: 

    Aberdeen's top marksman Niall McGinn is gunning for his 16th goal of the season : can he help fashion a late winner for the rampant Dons?

  66. 1405: 

    Stephen Hughes shapes to whip in a cross but Lewis Stevenson blocks and the ball bounces out for another Aberdeen corner...

  67. 1406: 

    Hibs are alive to the danger and clear once again. This is reminiscent of training mode in Pro Evolution Soccer of Fifa: defence against attack. The defence is ruling supreme...

  68. 1408: 

    St Mirren's latest capture Esmael Goncalves will make his debut in today's Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

  69. 1410: 

    Hibs make their third and final substitution: Danny Handling replaces Paul Cairney. Hibs Unless either side can produce a piece of magic then it looks like a point apiece.

  70. 1412: 

    Aberdeen defender Clark Robertson, wide on the left, whips in a cross but he fails to find a team-mate in red and the Hibs defence, if still under pressure, are showing better discipline and shape.

  71. 1414: 

    Stephen Hughes screws a shot wide of goal before Josh Magennis comes on for Jonny Hayes as Dons boss Craig Brown searches for a breakthrough with five minutes remaining.

  72. 1415: 

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, Goodwin, McAusland, Carey, Newton, McGinn, Teale, McGowan, Goncalves, Thompson. Subs: Adam, Mair, Imrie, Barron, Guy.

    Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Wanyama, Brown, Hooper, Ledley, Nouioui, Samaras. Subs: Fasan, Stokes, Commons, Lustig, Kayal.

    Referee: William Collum

  73. 1416: 

    What a chance for Hibs to plunder maximum points with a late, late winner. Eoin Doyle finds Leigh Griffiths with a cracking low cross but his shot slides agonisingly wide. Goalless with two minutes plus added time remaining at Pittodrie.

  74. 1418: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson says the Celtic line-up is "designed to attack".

  75. 1420: 

    We're into the first of three minutes of added time.

  76. 1423: 

    The Dons spurn the chance to leapfrog fourth-placed Hibs as a lack of cutting edge costs them dearly. A few boos of frustration from the home supporters who saw their troops dominate from start to finish against a listless Hibs.

  77. 1425: 
    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon

    "It's a cup competition and anything can happen. You look at what Bradford have done in the cup this season. We respect Celtic and hopefully we can get taht bit of luck we need today."

  78. 1426: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We have to be at our best and we're expected to win. If we don't we'll be heavily criticised and our players are aware of that. If we can achieve a Treble that would be incredible and is what we're aiming to do."

  79. 1428: 

    St Mirren and Celtic vying for a place in the Scottish League Cup final and a Hampden showdown against Hearts.

  80. 1430: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator John Barnes

    "This is the 15th League Cup meeting between the two sides; Celtic have won 11 of them."

  81. 1432: 

    We're under way at Hampden!

  82. 1433: 

    Yousuf Kerr: "When will Craig Brown learn? #abv#anyonebutvernon #bbcsportsound."

  83. 1434: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Good to see Paul McGowan back for St Mirren: he can pass the ball and make them play."

  84. 1436: 

    After a bright start by St Mirren, Celtic launch their first foray into Buddies' territory. Izaguirre sends in a dangerous cross that's just too high for Lassad.

  85. 1437: 

    JockSwizz: "How many Celtic players are survivors of the 4-0 defeat by St Mirren? Only Samaras?"

  86. 1438: 

    Steven Thompson is too heavy with a through ball for Gary Teale as St Mirren look to capitalise on their bright start to the game. Danny Lennon's side look fired up for this one...

  87. 1440: 
    GOAL- ST MIRREN 1-0 CELTIC (Esmael Goncalves)

    Conor Newton's cross finds St Mirren's new signing Esmael Goncalves and the Portuguese stabs the ball past Zaluska.

  88. 1441: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "What a start for the young Portuguese lad. He does really well to deflect it on target. Fantastic finish."

  89. 1442: 

    St Mirren are flying and pushing hard for a second goal. McGinn stings Zaluska's palms with a rasping drive. What a start from Danny Lennon's men; they're all over Celtic.

  90. 1443: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Bullish start from St Mirren and Goncalves has opened that barn door. Don't think this will finish 1-0"

  91. 1446: 

    St Mirren fans inside the national stadium are celebrating that early Goncalves strike and roaring their side on in search of a second goal.

  92. 1448: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Celtic will be looking to get their full-backs further forward..."

  93. 1450: 

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

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Tesselaar, Sissoko, Pascali, Hay, Barbour, Fowler, Perez, McKeown, Heffernan, McKenzie. Subs: Letheren, O'Leary, Racchi, Gros, Dayton, Sheridan, Ibrahim.

    Referee: John Beaton

  94. 1451: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown nutmegs Jim Goodwin but his goalbound effort is superbly blocked by Marc McAusland and it fizzes wide of goal for a corner. What a block!

  95. 1453: 

    Scott Brown dinks a long ball through to striker Gary Hooper and his effort rattles the crossbar on the way over. Celtic inches away from an equaliser.

  96. 1455: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Zaluska shouting to the dugout for a bigger pair of gloves, or a defence. The gloves might be available..."

  97. 1456: 

    Victor Wanyama collects the ball in midfield before driving forward but his 25-yard effort drifts wide of Craig Samson's goal and St Mirren still lead, courtesy of Esmael Goncalves's predatory strike.

  98. 1457: 

    Celtic are increasingly trying to find the galloping Georgios Samaras with passes down the flanks.

  99. 1459: 

    Adam Matthews flights in a sumptuous cross for Georgios Samaras and the Greek's glancing header hits the bar on the way over.

  100. 1500: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Michael Higdon

    "St Mirren are playing such a high tempo I'm not sure if they can sustain it. But they're doing everything right so far."

  101. 1501: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "They miss his drive in midfield but his organisation at the back could be worth its weight in gold"

  102. 1501: 

    We're under way at Dens Park...

  103. 1503: 

    St Mirren appeal for a penalty following a potential Joe Ledley handball in the box but referee Willie Collum is having none of it.

  104. 1504: 

    Mikeybhoy77: "Don't understand why Commons didn't start today, such an attacking threat. Celtic's biggest obstacle today might be the woodwork."

  105. 1506: 

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson punches clear a Charlie Mulgrew corner and the Buddies defence scramble the ball away somewhat unconvincingly.

  106. 1508: 

    James Earl: "Celtic to lose, Gary Hooper to send in transfer request and to join Norwich by Tuesday #bbcfootball"

  107. 1510: 

    Georgios Samaras, in a promising position wide on the left, makes a hash of an attempted pass and gives St Mirren the chance to launch a counter attack. Esmael Goncalves, who has been outstanding in the first half, is unable to profit.

  108. 1512: 

    Gary Hooper's backheel allows Victor Wanyama to feed Lassad but another Celtic move fizzles out on the edge of the St Mirren penalty area.

  109. 1515: 

    Celtic equalise on the stroke of half-time as Lassad feeds Scott Brown and the captain's cross is buried at the back post by in-form Gary Hooper.

  110. 1516: 
  111. 1517: 

    Dundee have enjoyed the better of the opening 20 minutes but it remains goalless at Dens Park.

  112. 1519: 
    Esmael Goncalves

    Esmael Goncalves gave St Mirren an early lead at Hampden and is proving a real thorn in the side of Celtic's defence.

  113. 1521: 

    jockSwizz: "Or it could be Hooper for a hat-trick and to stay at Celtic until the summer..."

  114. 1523: 

    Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby told BBC Sportsound that, while Gary Hooper's goal was "important", the players would still receive a verbal roasting for their first-half display.

  115. 1526: 

    Still waiting for the opening goal at Dens Park, which our flame-haired reporter Jim Spence describes as "lively". I hope the bold Spencey has been fortified by some of his famous homemade soup...

  116. 1528: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "Lively opening 27 mins at Dens. McAlister ball in net after 8 mins but offside and Heffernan low shot saved well by Douglas in 13 mins."

  117. 1534: 

    We're back under way for the second half at Hampden.

  118. 1535: 

    Celtic are on the offensive from the off and Scott Brown sends a 20-yard shot whistling just wide of Craig Samson's goal.

  119. 1536: 

    Penalty for Celtic for handball against Jim Goodwin from Lassad's shot...

  120. 1537: 

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson dives to his right and pushes Charlie Mulgrew's penalty away! It remains 1-1 and we've had two penalty saves in today's Scottish games.

  121. 1538: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit

    "St Mirren need to regroup, concentrate and work hard as a team because they know Celtic will come at them again."

  122. 1540: 

    jockSwizz: "#bbcsportsound What happened to keepers not being allowed to move before a penalty? Didn't that used to be a rule?"

  123. 1541: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "Killie claims for penalty after McKenzie goes down in the box but ref John Beaton waves it away. Fowler makes 70-yard run lays ball off to left it comes back into Barbour who fires high over Killie looking more dangerous now..."

  124. 1543: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "St Mirren are parked inside their own 18-yard box and they have to find a way out."

  125. 1545: 

    George, a St Mirren fan, using 80295: "Hooper goal was offside.....where was the flag ? Also, there would be a media inquest if that goal was scored at the other end. Penalty decision a joke ! Same old story with officials when you play the Old Firm."

  126. 1547: 

    Esmael Goncalves tries to play the ball past Adam Matthews and sprint onto it but the Welshman is alive to the danger and is awarded a free-kick for a foul by the Portuguese.

  127. 1548: 
  128. 1549: 

    St Mirren have a penalty; Charlie Mulgrew penalised for a handball from Gary Teale's shot.

  129. 1550: 

    On a day when two penalties have been saved by keepers, Paul McGowan bucks the trend and sends Zaluska the wrong way to re-establish St Mirren's lead. The Buddies are going bananas: game on!

  130. 1552: 

    Kris Commons is on for Lassad as Celtic seek a spark to get back into this enthralling cup tie. With 25 minutes remaining, it's St Mirren who look likely to face Hearts in the Scottish League Cup final.

  131. 1556: 

    What a goal! Marc McAusland's cross is met perfectly by Steven Thompson as the veteran hitman's volley proves too hot to handle for Zaluska. Are the Buddies about to shatter Celtic's hopes of a domestic Treble?

  132. 1559: 

    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew, aiming to atone for his penalty miss and also conceding one, sees his header flash just wide of goal. With 20 minutes remaining, it's shaping up as a St Mirren v Hearts League Cup final.

  133. 1600: 

    Georgios Samaras and Victor Wanyama are withdrawn, with Mikael Lustig and Anthony Stokes on for Celtic.

  134. 1603: 

    The second half gets under way at Dens Park.

  135. 1604: 

    Graham Neil: "I'm in the library on a Sunday and by the sounds of it still having a better afternoon than Charlie Mulgrew #bbcsportsound"

    The Celtic defender will be hoping for a happier final chapter in this pulsating cup tie...

  136. 1607: 

    St Mirren will be aiming to keep cool heads as Celtic appear to have lost their ability to carve out goalscoring opportunities. We're into the final 10 minutes at Hampden.

  137. 1609: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator John Barnes

    "Danny Lennon will be loving this..."

  138. 1610: 

    Esmael Goncalves causes consternation in the Celtic penalty area, the ball eventually breaks to Steven Thompson but the big striker can't get a toe on the ball to further extend St Mirren's lead.

  139. 1611: 

    Celtic substitute Kris Commons engineers a bit of space about 25 yards from goal, but the midfielder drags his shot wide.

  140. 1613: 

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson claws away the ball with Lustig about to pounce. Celtic fail to profit from the corner.

  141. 1615: 

    St Mirren's David Barron earns a yellow card for a challenge on Joe Ledley. Celtic's attacks are becoming increasingly desperate as we enter the final five minutes; St Mirren lead 3-1.

  142. 1616: 

    Kris Commons flights in a superb cross into the St Mirren penalty area but Joe Ledley heads over the bar from a couple of yards.

  143. 1618: 

    Mikeybhoy77: "St Mirren deserving lead far more clinical, don't make Mulgrew fall guy tho, whole defence to blame #bbcsportsound"

  144. 1619: 

    Three minutes of added time at Hampden; St Mirren on the verge of booking their place in the Scottish League Cup final.

  145. 1620: 

    Usman Rasul, Celtic fan, via text: "Lucky for Celtic they don't have an up coming game in a different Cup against a team in black and white stripes..."

  146. 1622: 

    Charlie Mulgrew fires home a consolation for Celtic seconds before the final whistle. St Mirren will meet Hearts in the League Cup final following an impressive display. Danny Lennon's men celebrate in the driving rain.

  147. 1623: 
  148. 1624: 

    "We knew it was us against the world but we've got great belief in the dressing room. I hope we get the credit we deserve..."

  149. 1626: 

    jockSwizz: "Scunner for anyone who had 3-1 St Mirren as an exact score."

  150. 1627: 

    "What a monumental effort from all the players. It's a magnificent feeling. It's fantastic for the St Mirren support to be in a final and hopefully we can make the 25-year wait [for a trophy] go away."

  151. 1629: 

    "Congratulations to @saintmirrenfc we'll see you at Hampden in March!"

  152. 1630: 

    Kinnon, Leith by text: "What a result. I'm so proud of the boys. It definitely didn't do my blood pressure much good, and unfortunate about the late Mulgrew goal. But what a result! Go on The Saints."

  153. 1631: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "The underdog has won again. St Mirren's performance was nothing short of outstanding..."

  154. 1632: 

    Anonymous: "I'm a Celtic fan and I'd like to congratulate St Mirren, they thoroughly deserve it."

  155. 1633: 

    Stevie, Motherwell: "Sooner Celtic get rid of Samaras and Lassad the better. We played with 9 men. Well done St Mirren, though, at least they showed the hunger!"

  156. 1637: 

    "It's a fantastic achievement, it's a fantastic result. That's for all our fans. Hopefully, we've given them something to look forward to."

  157. 1640: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

    "Great win for #StMirren today. Well deserved. Waiting to speak to Neil Lennon in the tunnel. Could be interesting. #BBCSport #leaguecup"

  158. 1643: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "That's a soulless performance from us. I don't know where that performance came from."

  159. 1650: 
  160. 1651: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "This was a poor game of football. Kilmarnock struggled to establish any pretty passing patterns. Pretty poor fare..."

  161. 1655: 
    Steven Thompson celebrates his goal in the win against Celtic

    Steven Thompson's stunning volley capped a superb display from St Mirren as they booked a place in the Scottish League Cup final against Hearts.

  162. 1700: 

    Drab goalless draws at Pittodrie and Dens Park in the Scottish Premier League were in stark contrast to a pulsating cup tie at Hampden. St Mirren book their place in the Scottish League Cup final with an impressive 3-2 victory against Celtic.

    Thanks for your company, tweets and texts this afternoon. We're back on Tuesday and Wednesday for the next round of SPL fixtures.

    Check our website from 18:00 GMT for highlights of the games.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Cheers!

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