Scottish football as it happened

Scotland's women make it three wins out of three as they beat Northern Ireland in their 2015 World Cup qualifier at Fir Park.

29 October 2013 Last updated at 13:12

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  1. 1355: 

    I've been humming Arcade Fire's Power Out ever since last night's Highland derby was plunged into darkness.

    Ross County and Inverness were forced to head home at half-time - with visiting boss Terry Butcher momentarily stuck in the loo - following a less than electrifying opening 45 minutes in Dingwall.

    Here's hoping this afternoon's Scottish Premiership games are played to the death with no Victoria Park-style power failures to disturb the football...

  2. 1356: 

    We've got three Premiership games, all getting under way at 3pm, to enjoy.

    Dundee Utd v St Mirren

    Hibernian v Aberdeen

    Kilmarnock v Hearts

  3. 1357: 

    Victory for Aberdeen at Easter Road would see them climb to second in the table while Hibs could leapfrog fourth-placed Dons should they claim maximum points.

    St Mirren will be aiming to put further daylight between themselves and basement side Hearts when they pitch up at Tannadice; the Jambos, on -7 points, entertain Kilmarnock, who sit 13 points above them.

  4. 1358: 

    And SFA chief executive Stewart Regan will be on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound just after 2pm. What would you like to ask him?

    Text your pearls of wisdom to 80295 and tweet using #bbcsportscot or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  5. 1402: 

    Former director Dave King aims to help build consensus on the best way forward for Rangers.

    The South Africa-based businessman is in Glasgow for talks with both factions in the power struggle for boardroom control at Ibrox.

    King, who invested £20m when Sir David Murray owned Rangers, pled guilty to 41 counts of contravening Income Tax Act, for which he was fined £43m.

    It has led to speculation as to whether King would pass the "fit and proper persons" criteria in Scottish football.

  6. 1404: 

    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon has asked Stewart Regan about the speculation concerning Dave King and Rangers...

  7. 1405: 
    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan

    "There's a process that has to be gone through... That requires the club to initiate that process.. We've had no contact as yet.

    "The matter is "a little premature" and would have to be discussed by our professional game board."

  8. 1408: 
    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan on Dave King
    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan

    Richard Gordon asks Stewart Regan whether Dave King satisfies the criteria?

    "There'll be mitigating factors and we're hypothesising... Article 10 tells us exactly what's allowed under 'fit and proper'.

    "We have had no contact from Rangers or anyone else regarding Dave King.

    "As far as we are concerned, any suggestions that he has no issues as far as the SFA's fit and proper test is concerned is a little premature.

    "I spoke to Brian Stockbridge last night and he assured me that as far as the club is concerned there is no discussion on Dave King's fit and proper requirements.

    "Until the process is kicked off it is very difficult for us to make any comment.

    "You need full disclosure of the facts and that requires the club to lay those out to us - if they believe there are issues the PGB need to consider."

  9. 1418: 

    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has also praised Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for lifting the side to fourth spot in World Cup qualifying, adding: "Gordon has found one or two stars and a structure that works for us. The performances have given us great cause for optimism..."

    Strachan is "passionate" about football and is someone who comes into his own on the training pitch, Regan adds.

  10. 1420: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Both sides make two changes for this encounter. The home side, looking to make it two wins on the trot, replace former Hearts defender Ismael Bouzid and Rabiu Ibrahim with tricky winger Chris Johnston and defender Mark O'Hara.

    "Hearts also make two changes to the starting XI that lost 2-1 to Motherwell. Out go defender Dylan McGowan and forward Callum Paterson, in come full-back Kevin McHattie and midfielder Scott Robinson."

  11. 1421: 

    Hibernian defender Michael Nelson misses out after suffering an eye socket injury in last week's draw with Celtic. James McPake replaces him at centre-back.

    Clark Robertson makes his first Premiership start of the season for Derek McInnes's side, coming in at left-back with Andrew Considine dropping to the bench.

  12. 1423: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "We've progressed immensely under Gordon Strachan and the steps put in place are slowly beginning to produce that we should be optimistic about."

  13. 1426: 

    Scotland's Anna Signeul has been named on Fifa's shortlist for women's world coach of the year.

    Signeul has led Scotland to an all-time high of 20th in the world rankings and twice steered them to the play-offs in European Championships.

    "It's amazing the progress Scottish women's football has made under Anna Signeul," said Stewart Regan.

    "They're ranked 11th in Europe and 20th in the world - their highest ever ranking - and the skills of the girls, their fitness levels have come on leaps and bounds.""

  14. 1428: 

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Wilson, Souttar, Gunning, Robertson, Mackay-Steven, Paton, Rankin, Gauld, Ciftci, Graham. Subs: Butcher, Goodwillie, Armstrong, Erskine, Dow, McCallum, Gomis.

    St Mirren: Kello, van Zanten, McGregor, Mair, Kelly, Goodwin, McLean, Newton, McGowan, McGinn, Thompson. Subs: Cornell, Harkins, McAusland, Caprice, Bahoken, Naismith, Grainger.

    Referee: Iain Brines

  15. 1430: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "We've got four games in two weeks so the squad will be used. It's a big period for us but I've known from experience that if you look too far ahead then you can get a belt in the mouth.

    "It's going to be a tough game for us, but also for Hibs too."

  16. 1432: 

    A little more from SFA chief executive Stewart Regan on meeting Dave King in the summer of last year.

    "He wanted to understand the process that had to be followed if he was to be considered (as a director)," said Regan.

    "At the time he wanted to be involved in one of the consortiums (vying for control of Rangers).

    "I set out to him what the process was and told him he would need to disclose fully anything he felt was relevant as far as Article 10 is considered.

    "What he has is an understanding of the process. What he hasn't had is any assurances from myself of any of my board or colleagues about any proposal for him to join the board."

  17. 1434: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "It's worth having a look at how many Killie-Hearts connections there are involved in this game. Starting for Kilmarnock is former Hearts defender Darren Barr. Starting for Hearts is former Killie defender/midfielder Jamie Hamill. Killie boss Allan Johnston used to play as a striker for the Jambos, while his assistant Sandy Clark has managed Hearts. Gary Locke, meanwhile, served as a right-back for Kilmarnock before heading back east to eventually become Hearts manager. Even the Hearts goalkeeping coach spent several years at Rugby Park - Alan Combe."

  18. 1437: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Stevenson, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Robertson, Tudur Jones, Thomson, Craig, Zoubir, Heffernan. Subs: Vine, Cairney, Collins, Handling, Taiwo, Murdoch, Forster.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, McGinn, Flood, Jack, Hayes, Pawlett, Zola. Subs: Considine, Vernon, Smith, Robson, Wylde, Weaver, Hector.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  19. 1439: 

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Clohessy, Irvine, Barr, Tesselaar, O'Hara, Pascali, Nicholson, Johnston, Gardyne, Boyd. Subs: Fowler, Clingan, Gros, Reguero, McKenzie, Ashcroft, Muirhead.

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGhee, Wilson, McKay, McHattie, Robinson, Hamill, Tapping, Smith, Walker, Stevenson. Subs: McGowan, Paterson, Ridgers, Holt, Carrick, Nicholson, Oliver.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  20. 1441: 
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon

    "We're on a good run and have some great games coming up. It's a great place to be at the moment. We deserved a point against Celtic last week and we were delighted with our performance. Whether it's Celtic or Aberdeen, we have to get about teams and we should have more possession today..."

  21. 1443: 

    Our reporter Charlie Mann has been speaking to Dave King about his intentions...

  22. 1444: 
    Former Rangers director Dave King
    Former Rangers director Dave King

    "I'm looking forward to the (East Fife v Rangers) game, I haven't seen the team since the Kilmarnock game when Craig Whyte took over. So, I'm looking forward to seeing a game; it's going to be fun.

    "I've had a total of six meetings since I came here. All of the meetings have agreed to be private and confidential. But I regard each of them as very constructive in what I'm hoping to achieve.

    "I think it would be premature of me to speculate that I'm there yet. I've had six meetings and each and every one has been a good and positive one, but we're not there yet.

    "I haven't even approached the SFA. The comments I gave when I arrived were in relation to the AIM requirements and were nothing to do with the SFA.

    "But I'm certainly very happy, when the time comes and we've something to put towards them, that it'll be fine. We just haven't got to that point yet."

  23. 1448: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke

    "It's a massive game and the gap has widened since the start of the season so it's important we start winning again. We don't have a lot of strength in depth so I can't make too many changes. We work hard in training to try to cut out the mistakes.

    "The fans have been phenomenal and hopefully we can reward them with a good result this afternoon."

  24. 1450: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "In glove news, Killie's Kris Boyd must be a serious contender for being the earliest to don a pair of mitts. The striker's been warming up in them, but the real acid test is whether they are removed before the game. Will keep you posted on this developing story."

    Are they fingerless Fagan numbers though, Kenny?


    Jim, Sowerby: "Has ANYONE at the SFA spoken directly to Dave King and given him "assurances" that there will not be a problem?"

  26. 1458: 

    Nearing kick off in our three Premiership games and also across the country in today's SPFL fixtures, here's hoping for goals and plenty of them...

  27. 1459: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Kris Boyd's gloves are off. I repeat, Kris Boyd's are OFF. He's such a tease."

  28. 1500: 

    Here we go!

  29. 1504: 

    We're still waiting for the first goal in our three Premiership games and it's all quiet so far...

  30. 1506: 

    Aberdeen have started brightly at Easter Road, Mark Reynolds forcing a save from Ben Williams with a header inside the box. The Dons know victory would see them climb to second in the table.

  31. 1507: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "It's Aberdeen who are very much in the ascendancy. Hibs haven't had too much of the ball, they're all over the place at the back."

  32. 1508: 

    Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson curls one with his right foot from the corner of the box but Killie 'keeper Craig Samson claws it away for a corner.

  33. 1509: 

    An early free-kick from Nadir Ciftci fails to trouble new St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello but Dundee United have started well at Tannadice. It remains goalless in the City of Discovery...

  34. 1512: 
    GOAL- Stranraer 1 (Jamie Longworth 12) Dunfermline 0
  35. 1513: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd is best known for his goalscoring ability inside the box but he lets fly with a sweetly struck half volley which whizzes a yard wide of Jamie MacDonald's post."

  36. 1514: 

    Barry Nicholson is next to go close for Killie as his hooked effort goes over the bar. It all came about after good work from Chris Johnston on the left. Allan Johnston's side are warming to the task against the Jambos.

  37. 1516: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-0 Hearts (Boyd 16mins)

    The hosts are rewarded for an impressive start as the predatory Kris Boyd shows ice-cool composure to fire home with the Hearts defence all at sea.

  38. 1517: 
    GOAL- Alloa 0 Queen of South 1 (Iain Russell 16)
  39. 1518: 

    Great skill by Niall McGinn as he skips past Robertson and McGivern, side-steps Hanlon, and fires a left-foot shot just over.

  40. 1520: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven has been prominent for Dundee United early on. The speedy winger bursts past a couple of defenders and fizzes in a cross but Brian Graham cannot connect in the middle...

  41. 1521: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Kris Boyd fires Kilmarnock into an early lead here at Rugby Park and it was calmness personified! Shouts of offside for the through-ball that found him but he ran into the box and cut inside a defender before shooting low past Jamie MacDonald."


    Muzz: "Come on.....#killiefc #stmirrenfc and @HibernianFCClub #GGTTH #bbcsportscot"

  43. 1523: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park
    Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston

    "The majority of Killie fans hold up red cards and shout "we want Johnston out" in unison as a protest against their chairman Michael Johnston. Boy, do they not like his stewardship of the club."

  44. 1525: 

    Kilmarnock have a spring in their step and Jackson Irvine directs his header to close to Jamie MacDonald, otherwise it could have been 2-0.

  45. 1528: 

    Kilmarnock Kris Boyd's strike is the only goal to date in our three Premiership games as we approach the half-hour mark.

  46. 1529: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-0 St Mirren (Ciftci 29mins)

    Nadir Ciftci wins the long ball chase with Lee Mair and trundles the ball past Marian Kello to give United the lead.

  47. 1530: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Much better from Hibs. They're now passing the ball, getting it into wide areas, and putting in crosses. The last five minutes have been a really good spell for the home side."

  48. 1531: 

    A couple of injury enforced substitutions as Hearts' Ryan Stevenson and Killie's Darren Barr leave the field. Callum Paterson and Sammy Clingan respectively replace them.

  49. 1533: 
    Kris Boyd's 300 "This Is Sparta" growl
    Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd

    The predatory Kilmarnock striker celebrates his opener against Hearts with a thunderous Gerard Butler-style roar...

  50. 1534: 
    GOAL- Elgin 2 Annan Athletic 1 (Peter Weatherson 33)
  51. 1535: 
    PENALTY- Dundee United have the chance to double their lead...
  52. 1537: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 2-0 St Mirren (Ciftci 37mins)

    Nadir Ciftci is taken down by Sean Kelly and Dundee United have a penalty against St Mirren. Ciftci converts to double United's lead and his own personal tally for the day.

  53. 1538: 

    Two chances in a minute from Hibs. First Jamie Langfield has to spread himself to deny Paul Heffernan, then Liam Craig fires wide as the home side become more of a threat.

  54. 1539: 
    GOAL- Montrose 1 (Michael McGowan Og 35) East Stirling 0
  55. 1540: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Good work by Michael Gardyne on the right allows Killie's Barry Nicholson to meet a cross with a diving header at the back post, but it goes wide."

  56. 1540: 
    GOAL- Stenhousemuir 1 Forfar 1 (Dale Hilson 36)
  57. 1540: 
    GOAL- Queen's Park 1 (Lee Davison 36) Albion 0
  58. 1542: 

    Ryan Gauld's drilled shot just slips past the post as Dundee United pummel St Mirren at Tannadice...

  59. 1543: 
    GOAL- Clyde 2 (Scott Ferguson 40) Stirling 0
  60. 1545: 
    Hibernian v Aberdeen

    Hibs and Aberdeen remains goalless despite both sides having a real go at Easter Road.

  61. 1545: 
    GOAL- Raith 1 (Kevin Moon 44) Morton 0
  62. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibernian 0-0 Aberdeen
  63. 1547: 

    Another chance for Ryan Gauld with the United midfielder foiled by St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello on this occasion. United are bashing the Buddies all over the pitch.

  64. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee Utd 2-0 St Mirren

    Ian, Edinburgh: "There has to come a time when Gary Locke realises that the young players are NOT learning from their mistakes and are NOT some of the best youngsters in the game. When ARE the young players going to learn? Next season in the Championship when we're heading towards the First Division?"

  66. 1551: 
    HALF-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-0 Hearts
    HALF-TIME- Championship

    Alloa 0-1 Queen of South

    Dumbarton 0-0 Cowdenbeath

    Hamilton 1-0 Falkirk

    Livingston 0-0 Dundee

    Raith Rovers 1-0 Morton

    HALF-TIME- League One

    Airdrie 0-0 Ayr

    Brechin 1-0 Arbroath

    East Fife 0-0 Rangers

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Forfar

    Stranraer 1-0 Dunfermline

    HALF-TIME- League Two

    Clyde 2-0 Stirling

    Elgin 2-1 Annan

    Montrose 1-0 East Stirling

    Peterhead 0-1 Berwick

    Queen's Park 1-0 Albion

  70. 1602: 

    Can St Mirren and Hearts salvage anything from their respective games?

  71. 1603: 

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

  72. 1604: 
    GOAL- East Fife 0 Rangers 1 (Gary Thom og 46)
  73. 1605: 

    Aberdeen have come roaring out of the traps at the start of the second half but the Hibs defence is remaining resolute in the face of a blizzard of attacks. What did Derek McInnes say at the break?

  74. 1606: 
    GOAL- East Fife 0 Rangers 2 (Daly 50)
  75. 1606: 
    GOAL- Stranraer 1 Dunfermline 1 (Stephen Husband 49)
  76. 1607: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "A late finish to the first-half due to those injuries and there were chances for both sides to score as the rain batters down.

    "Hearts' Callum Paterson was unlucky not to divert Kevin McHattie's deflected strike in. Then Chris Johnston's shot almost had Killie 2-0 up but for a brilliant reaction save from Jamie MacDonald."

  77. 1608: 

    Aberdeen striker Calvin Zola is next to threaten for the rampant Dons, spinning on the edge of the area before rifling a shot wide of Ben Williams's goal. It remains goalless at Easter Road but for how long?

  78. 1610: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "An early Callum Paterson header shows Hearts are still a threat here at Rugby Park. It went wide from Jamie Walker's cross but Killie are by no means on easy street."

  79. 1611: 

    Niall McGinn blasts over from 15 yards with the goal at his mercy. Last season's 20-goal hitman still hasn't hit the net from open play this season. What a chance for the Dons!

  80. 1612: 
    GOAL- East Fife 0 Rangers 3 (Jon Daly 56)
  81. 1613: 
    GOAL- Livingston 1 (Keaghan Jacobs 55) Dundee 1
  82. 1614: 
    GOAL- Clyde 2 Stirling 1 (Bradley Coyne 56)
  83. 1615: 

    Dickensian pick-pocket Willo Flood is in mesmerising form at Easter Road as the wee fella engineers Aberdeen attack time and again but the Hibs defence remains Fagan-esque...

  84. 1616: 

    St Mirren have improved in the second half but still trail by two at Tannadice. Jackie McNamara will be eager for his Dundee United side to put this one to bed before getting home for a curry and X-Factor...

  85. 1617: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Easer Road

    "I think we can safely say if this game does finish 0-0, that neither side have set out for that scoreline. They've both had a go."

  86. 1618: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 3-0 St Mirren (Gauld)

    The Paisley Panda will be pawing at red eyes after this bruising encounter at Tannadice. Ryan Gauld cuts inside and beats St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello from 25. Game over.


    Pete Cowan: "To Ian, Edinburgh: so what other players can Locke use? Surely you saw this coming?"


    Greg at Tannadice: "What a goal from the Mini Messi!!! United are on fire!!! It's like watching Barcelona!"

    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "Hibs are struggling to pass the ball to each other as usual. Negative, lacking urgency and boring. Bring back Tony Mowbray!"

  89. 1622: 
    GOAL- East Fife 0 Rangers 4 (Jon Daly 64)
  90. 1623: 
    GOAL- Stranraer 1 Dunfermline 2 (Joshua Falkingham 70)
  91. 1624: 

    Chances in quick succession for Dundee United as Brian Graham, Ryan Gauld and Nadir Ciftci are denied inside the St Mirren six-yard box. The Buddies have some work to do to keep the score respectable and avoid further bloodshed.

  92. 1625: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald beats away Sean Clohessy's near-post drive as Killie begin to take control of the play."

  93. 1626: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 2-0 Hearts (Boyd)

    Kilmarnock double their lead and it's that man again: warbler Kris Boyd shows a bit of impudence to flick the ball home to compound the Jambos' misery.

  94. 1628: 

    Morgaro Gomis makes his first appearance since returning to Dundee United as a substitute.

  95. 1629: 

    James Collins gets in the way of Rowan Vine's goalbound shot, and deflects it wide. How on earth is it still goalless at Easter Road? Our boffins will have to hammer out a *rubs eyes in disbelief* graphic in memory of this game...

  96. 1630: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "It's Kris Boyd at the double as he scores a stylish second for Killie. He chests down Jeroen Tesselaar's free-kick from deep and lifts it over the onrushing Jamie MacDonald."

  97. 1632: 
    GOAL- Alloa 0 Queen of South 3 (Gavin Reilly 75)
  98. 1633: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "This game is too complicated for me now..."

  99. 1634: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-1 Aberdeen (Scott Vernon)

    That's a big, big goal for the Aberdeen who are heading for second place. Lewis Stevenson dwells on the ball and is robbed by Gregg Wylde and Scott Vernon finishes brilliantly from the edge of the area.

  100. 1635: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Kris Boyd plays in Chris Johnston who sees his rising shot palmed over by Jamie MacDonald. Then Kris Boyd has a hat-trick chance charged down. A refreshingly excited atmosphere at Rugby Park!"

  101. 1637: 
    BBC Scotland's Chick Young at Easter Road

    "The Dons fans have been dancing and singing since the goal went in."

    Half expecting Louis Walsh to jump out in front of them and proudly proclaim: "I'm going to say... YES!"

  102. 1641: 

    Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield - in a rehearsal for It's A Knockout - takes a fresh air swipe at the ball but James Collins sends his effort wide!

  103. 1642: 
    GOAL- Dudnee Utd 4-0 St Mirren (Erskine)

    Substitute Chris Erskine adds his name to the scoresheet with a long-range strike. Miserable day for the bewitched, bothered and bewildered Buddies.


    Gregor Muir: "My Dad just held up two fingers and rubbed his belly. I assume Kris Boyd has scored again? #killiefc #bbcsportscot"

    Or maybe he's indicating how many Spring Rolls he wants tonight?

  105. 1647: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-2 Aberdeen (Wylde)

    The Dons are heading for second place as they double their lead through Gregg Wylde to send the visiting fans, well, Wylde.

  106. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- East Fife 0-4 Rangers

    Ally McCoist's men secure maximum points and Jon Daly nets a hat-trick. "Rangers are romping away with it," says BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon.

  107. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibernian 0-2 Aberdeen

    Derek McInnes's side are up to second in the Premiership table with a hard-fought victory in the capital.

  108. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee Utd 4-0 St Mirren

    Dundee United do a fine impression of 1970s Brazil with a thumping victory over the battle-weary Buddies.

  109. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 2-0 Hearts

    Kris Boyd's double floors the Jambos who slip further behind at the foot of the Premiership table.


    Tom Deed, Aberdeen: "Great to see Aberdeen have learnt from Captain Caveman tactics of Fenlon from last week."

    Bob in Oxon: "In reply to Ian @ 15 50 what is Locke supposed to do with his hands tied with sanctions? You should be getting behind your team not slagging them off."


    How happy are Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Dundee United fans tonight?

    Supporters of Hearts, Hibs and St Mirren will be keen to watch El Clasico to purge the memory of today's defeats.

    Let me know how you're feeling via text to 80295 and tweet using #bbcsportscot or message me @bbcthomasmcg


    Scott McLennan: "Dons looked like the real deal, best squad outside Celtic. Now bring on Motherwell, Patrick and Hearts! stand free."

    Edinburgh Tom: "Looks like Kris Boyd is the right type of hungry once more..."

  113. 1705: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara
    Dundee United romped home against St Mirren

    "First half was as good as we've played this season. In the second it was important we got the third goal and that deflated St Mirren a bit. Gauldy had a few chances but his finish was fantastic; he's great to watch. Ciftci was magnificent and has got better and better for us. He's settled in very well."


    Giant Jambo: "Hearts' chances of avoiding Championship now totally depend on CVA and lifting signings ban. Any points before then a bonus."

  115. 1707: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Rugby Park

    "Michael Johnston protest aside - it was a pleasure to be inside a much happier Rugby Park this afternoon. Kris Boyd's finishing was deadly and complimented by exciting wing-play by the likes of Chris Johnston and Michael Gardyne. Jackson Irvine is also a composed presence for the East Ayrshire club as they seek to move up the Scottish Premiership table."

  116. 1709: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "I think 2-0 was a fair reflection on the game and we dominated it. We didn't have a failure today and once we scored the first I always thought we could hit them on the break.

    "All of a sudden, with injured players coming back, we look strong. Scott's come off the bench and scored for us; Gregg Wylde has been far more like himself in recent weeks and has that spring in his step again. I'm delighted we could send the fans home happy.

    "It's nice to be in second place and we're going to have to work hard to stay there. Now we have to channel all our energies into the League Cup game against Motherwell on Wednesday."

    Aberdeen climb to second in table
    Scott Vernon was on target for Aberdeen at Easter Road

    Scott Vernon was on target as the Dons secured victory at Easter Road to shoot up the table.

    FULL-TIME- Championship

    Alloa 0-3 Queen of South

    Dumbaton 0-0 Cowdenbeath

    Hamilton 2-0 Falkirk

    Livingston 2-1 Dundee

    Raith Rovers 2-1 Morton

    FULL-TIME- League One

    Airdrie 0-1 Ayr

    Brechin 3-1 Arbroath

    East Fife 0-4 Rangers

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Forfar

    Stranraer 1-2 Dunfermline

    FULL-TIME- League Two

    Clyde 2-1 Stirling

    Elgin 2-3 Anna

    Montrose 2-0 East Stirling

    Peterhead 1-1 Berwick

    Queen's Park 1-1 Albion

  121. 1720: 

    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon sounded far from a happy camper following the home defeat by Aberdeen. Fenlon said his players had the perfect opportunity to atone for the loss when they face Hearts in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday...

  122. 1721: 

    We'll be keeping our live text commentary going tonight to include Scotland's women v Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier at Fir Park.

    Team news coming up...

  123. 1722: 
    Scotland coach Anna Signeul
    Scotland coach Anna Signeul

    "We're really looking forward to playing our third game in the group and Northern Ireland will make it hard and give us a physical battle. We need to win the physical battle first and then play football. It won't be easy."

  124. 1725: 

    Scotland have been in impressive form in Group 4 of World Cup qualifying, with two wins from two and amassing 14 goals in the process...

  125. 1728: 

    Northern Ireland are playing their first qualifier tonight... not long until kick off.

  126. 1734: 

    We're under way at Fir Park!

  127. 1735: 

    Scotland thumped Bosnia 7-0 at Fir Park last month but coach Anna Signeul has warned against expecting such a straightforward victory against Northern Ireland.

  128. 1736: 
    GOAL- Scotland 1-0 Northern Ireland (Ross)

    The Scots draw first blood as Jane Ross seizes on a defensive lapse by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Emma Higgins to steer the ball home from close range. Higgins was punished for a poor goal kick and the hosts worked the ball to Ross and she found the net with a cool finish.

  129. 1739: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds says conceding the early goal will be a real blow for Northern Ireland, particularly since it started with a poor kick by Higgins.

  130. 1742: 

    With the rain falling steadily at Fir Park, Scotland go close to doubling their lead as Lisa Evans heads over after a clever flick by Jenny Beattie.

  131. 1744: 

    Northern Ireland have settled after that poor start and look content to sit deep and attempt to hit Scotland on the break.

  132. 1747: 

    A feature of Scotland's World Cup qualification campaign to date has bee the form of the rampaging Lisa Evans who gave Bosnia right-back Nikolina Dijakovic a torrid time last month.

  133. 1749: 

    The rain, tumbling down earlier, is absolutely bucketing down and neither keeper will fancy being tested from distance with the ball fizzing off the wet turf.

  134. 1751: 

    Scotland are probing down both flanks as they look to stretch the visitors and pressure Emma Higgins's goal. The Northern Ireland defence successfully repel another corner but the pressure is building...


    "Jane Ross's goal was her 19th for Scotland. The forward capitalised on a mistake & calmly slotted under Higgins to put Scotland ahead."

  136. 1753: 

    Northern Ireland have managed to stem the tide heading for Emma Higgins but they'll be keen to pressure the Scotland defence amid the torrential rain at Fir Park.

  137. 1754: 

    Scotland attack down the left and the ball is played out to Lisa Evans but her cross fails to find a blue jersey and the visitors breathe a sigh of relief.

    It remains 1-0 to the hosts, courtesy of that early Jane Ross goal.

  138. 1756: 

    Northern Ireland are forced into an early change, Rachel Furniss suffers a hamstring injury and is replaced by Marissa Callaghan.

  139. 1758: 

    Earlier, Group 4 rivals Sweden secured a 1-0 win against Bosnia. Northern Ireland are beginning to find their feet at Fir Park as they attempt to find an equaliser.

  140. 1801: 

    Northern Ireland's Demi Vance has the visitors first effort on target as she tests Gemma Fay with a drive from distance. However, the Scotland goalkeeper gathers comfortably.

  141. 1804: 

    Leanee Ross is booked for stopping the galloping Aimee Mackin in her tracks. Mackin has appeared Northern Ireland's most creative outlet in the opening half hour.

  142. 1806: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds at Easter Road

    "Scotland could maybe be moving the ball about a bit quicker because they haven't been as impressive as they were against Bosnia."

  143. 1809: 

    A promising Scotland counter attack fizzles out on the halfway line and both sides are finding it difficult to keep their feet on the slippery surface. The Scots remain a goal to the good with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

  144. 1810: 

    Northern Ireland's Sarah McFadden earns a booking for a sliding challenge but, in the conditions, she can maybe consider herself a little unfortunate not to escape with a warning.

  145. 1814: 

    Scotland's Lisa Evans is in the mood tonight and her barnstorming run down the left is stopped by Nadene Caldwell. A superb intervention from the Northern Ireland midfielder just as Evans was about to pull the trigger.

  146. 1815: 

    Northern Ireland are inches away from an equaliser just before the break as Sarah McFadden rises to powerfully head a centre inches wide of goal. Scotland keeper Gemma Fay was stranded and it's a let off for the hosts.

  147. 1820: 
    HALF-TIME- Scotland 1-0 Northern Ireland

    Scotland lead at the break courtesy of Jane Ross's early strike. She's scored in each of Scotland's three 2015 World Cup qualifying games but Northern Ireland have responded well to that early blow.

  148. 1835: 

    The teams re-emerge at Fir Park and, mercifully, the rain has eased...

  149. 1836: 

    Lisa Evans and Jane Ross combine brilliantly before the former's cross is repelled by Northern Ireland; the Scots have come out bristling with attacking intent after the break.

  150. 1838: 

    Kim Little drags her 20-yard shot wide of the target as the Scots seek to double their lead early in the second half.

    Scotland's Jane Ross is congratulated on her early strike

    Jane Ross, who has scored in each of Scotland's three 2015 World Cup qualifiers, with a clinical strike inside two minutes.

  152. 1844: 

    Suzanne Lappin gets on he end of a Jane Ross centre but her effort flies just wide.

  153. 1847: 

    Frankie Brown is denied a second Scotland goal as her cross is sailing in to the net before an acrobatic tip away by Northern Ireland keeper Emma Higgins who atones for her earlier error with a cracking save!

  154. 1852: 

    It's one-way traffic towards Emma Higgins's goal and Rachel Corsie blazes a great chance over the bar; the Scots will be kicking themselves for their profligacy. They still lead, courtesy of Jane Ross's early strike.

  155. 1857: 

    Lappin and Lauder combine and a pass is played through to Ross but it is eagerly clutched by Higgins and Northern Ireland continue to defend resolutely in the face of a steady stream of Scotland attaks.

  156. 1900: 

    Scotland shake up their side as Suzanne Mulvey replaces Suzanne Lappin with the hosts looking to double their lead in the final 20 minutes.

  157. 1903: 

    The game is becoming stretched as Scotland chase a second goal and Northern Ireland push for an equaliser...

  158. 1907: 
    GOAL- Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland (Jennifer Beattie)

    Scotland are heading for three wins from three in World Cup qualifying as Jennifer Beattie reacts quickest to a ball breaking on the edge of the area to rifle a shot past the helpless Emma Higgins.

  159. 1910: 

    Scotland's second goal has knocked the wind from Northern Ireland's sails and the hosts are looking to further extend their lead before full time.

  160. 1916: 

    Scotland continue to probe as they look to add to their lead. Lisa Evans is replaced by Joelle Murray for the final few minutes at Fir Park.

  161. 1920: 

    Three minutes of added time in this 2015 World Cup qualifier and the Scots are now coasting to victory.

  162. 1923: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland

    Anna Signeul's side make it three qualifying wins out of three in 2015 World Cup Group 4 with a narrow but comfortable victory against Northern Ireland at Fir Park.

  163. 1925: 

    The Scots, who top the group on nine points, travel to Poland for their next qualifier on Thursday.

  164. 1928: 
    Scotland coach Anna Signeul

    "It was frustrating and the game was too slow. Our final ball wasn't good quality and the decision making got slower and slower. It was a bit better in the second half when the rain stopped.

    "However, it's three points and a clean sheet. Another goal could have given us a bit more fluency; I'm pleased with our goals and Northern Ireland's goalkeeper and back four played really well.

    "Poland will be the toughest game we'll play this year."

  165. 1930: 

    Thanks for your company today. So, Scotland make it three wins out of three to top 2015 World Cup qualifying Group 4 ahead of Thursday's trip to Poland.

    Earlier, Aberdeen moved up to second in the Premiership with victory at Easter Road, while Dundee United and Kilmarnock recorded comfortable wins over St Mirren and Hearts, respectively.

    We're back tomorrow for more Premiership action, hope you can join us then. Cheers!

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 26 Oct 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 9 12 23
Moving up 2 Aberdeen 11 6 20
Moving down 3 Inverness CT 10 6 19
Moving down 4 Motherwell 10 1 19
Moving up 5 Dundee Utd 11 8 16
Moving down 6 Hibernian 11 -2 15
No movement 7 Partick Thistle 10 -1 13
No movement 8 St Johnstone 10 2 12
No movement 9 Ross County 10 -8 10
Moving up 10 Kilmarnock 11 -4 9
Moving down 11 St Mirren 10 -11 8
No movement 12 Hearts 11 -9 -7