Scottish football as it happened

Premiership wins for Celtic, Inverness, Hearts, Dundee United, St Mirren and St Johnstone on a pulsating afternoon's action.

9 November 2013 Last updated at 17:59

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  1. 1210: 

    Amid speculation Terry Butcher and his dog Fritz have said their goodbyes to everyone at Inverness, and are about to head down the A9 or K9 to Easter Road, the managerial merry-go-round may be about to whir into action again...

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of a Scottish football bonanza.

    We have six, yes six Premiership games to enjoy, starting with Ross County v Celtic at 12:45.

  2. 1211: 

    Inverness have given manager Terry Butcher permission to hold talks with Hibernian.

    Butcher, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is now free to discuss the possibility of succeeding Pat Fenlon.

    Hibs host Inverness this afternoon...

  3. 1212: 
    Today's 3pm Premiership games

    Aberdeen v Hearts

    Hibs v Inverness CT

    Motherwell v Dundee Utd

    Partick v St Mirren

    St Johnstone v Kilmarnock

  4. 1214: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "We've had two pullouts - Mikael Lustig and Beram Kayal. We had to change things anyway because of the short timescale between Wednesday night and today. But we're here now and we'll get on with it.

    "The demands on the players are massive. Some of them are into 20-odd games. The players who played on Wednesday have done no training at all - yesterday they were just in for a massage. Arsenal are playing tomorrow, Man United are playing tomorrow. I have to be mindful of the way the squad is getting stretched.

    "I'm expecting the attitude to be sharp. It's always difficult when you come to Dingwall and today will not be any different."

  5. 1216: 

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    Ian, Glasgow: "What a moan Neil Lennon is he has the best resources in the league and he's hardly under pressure to win the league, my team Hearts would love to have Celtic's fixtures particularly champions league get on with it ."

  7. 1218: 

    Ross County: Brown, Micic, McLean, Boyd, Kovacevic, Brittain, Quinn, Kettlewell, Carey, De Leeuw, Klok. Subs: Gordon, Sproule, Maatsen, Steven Ross, Luckassen, Fraser, Saunders.

    Celtic: Forster, Fisher, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Biton, Ledley, Forrest, Brown, Mulgrew, Pukki. Subs: Stokes, Boerrigter, Commons, Balde, Rogic, Zaluska, McGeouch.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  8. 1224: 
    Ross County boss Derek Adams

    "It's a great day and a little bit cold. We've had a couple of games abandoned and it's been a stop-start season. We just want to finish our 12th game of the season.

    "We've got nothing to lose and have done particularly well against Celtic at home: drawing two and winning one."


    Brendan Loftus: "Why isn't Rogic getting any game time with Celtic? A frustrated Celts fan from Melbourne, Aust."

    Danny Nicoll: "Odds on Wilson to get a frosty reception today? #bbcsportscot #hmfc"

  10. 1228: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "There's been a lot of speculation and Inverness had a really good season last year. It looks like Hibs have wrestled Terry Butcher away..."

  11. 1232: 
    Terry Butcher's future
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher has been linked with the Hibs managerial vacancy. Will he succeed Pat Fenlon at Easter Road?


    Alasdair from Inverness: "Keeping an eye open for a full solar eclipse in Dingwall as it is the only thing that could result in County's game being halted at half time!"

    Stevie the Painter in Motherwell: "Terry Butcher's dog is a German miniature schnauzer hence the name Fritz."

    If he moves to Hibs, will he be whistling "Fritz A Grand Old Team To Play For?"

  13. 1239: 

    The last time the sides met on league duty in Dingwall, Iain Vigurs cancelled out Anthony Stokes's opener to ensure a point apiece...

    Celtic remain the only unbeaten side in the Premiership; will that change today?


    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "Has the announcement of Butcher as Hibs manager been deferred until after today's game or has Mr Petrie messed up again? I hope it's the former...."

  15. 1243: 

    The sun has put in an appearance in Dingwall, superb conditions for a Premiership lunch-time serving as County prepare to take centre.

  16. 1245: 

    We're under way in Dingwall...


    JFT96: "Poor Neil Lennon some of his players have played 20 games... 30 whole hours of work in 4 months: poor little lambs......"

  18. 1247: 

    Celtic start as brightly as the sun beating down in the Highlands, Charlie Mulgrew's corner is headed towards goal by Virgil van Dijk but the County defence clear the danger.

  19. 1250: 

    County are struggling to keep Celtic at bay in the opening five minutes and Neil Lennon will be keen for his side to re-discover a cutting edge following the poor display in Amsterdam.

  20. 1251: 

    Celtic press again as Virgil van Dijk surges forward and fires in a 20-yard shot that forces County keeper Mark Brown into an impressive save.

  21. 1255: 

    County have decided to cede territory to Celtic and challenge them to play through a fierce and determined rearguard, rather than press, harry and snap at their heels.

    It remains goalless after 10 entertaining minutes of the first half.

  22. 1256: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown, restored to the side following his Champions League suspension, sees his deflected shot flash wide of goal. The visitors fail to test keeper Mark Brown from the corner.

  23. 1258: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod

    "Ross County's three league wins this season have all come at home, against St Mirren, Hearts and Aberdeen..."


    Ian in Inverness: "ICT's next manager should be someone who will see out their contract and not leave for a rival team in the same league, when he was responsible for bringing most of the players to the club."

  25. 1300: 

    A Ross County free-kick deep in Celtic territory fizzles out and the visitors, breaking at pace, attempt to get a shot at goal but the hosts remain defiant.

    Both sides are committing men forward and the opening goal may not be too far away...


    Patrick Poling: "Shame people do not realise that the game is not the only part of players working week."

    Robert Kennedy: "Need a good performance today from the Celts..."

  27. 1304: 

    Charlie Mulgrew whips in a free-kick and finds the unmarked Virgil van Dijk but the Dutchman can't find the net. "He should've scored there!" bellows BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson.

  28. 1306: 

    County have weathered that early Celtic storm and are beginning to show more attacking intent.

  29. 1308: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Apart from the Van Dijk thunderbolt, Mark Brown hasn't really been tested. Although Van Dijk really should've scored with the header from about seven yards."


    Andrew Priestley: "Neil Lennon isn't doing anything to win over any neutrals in Scottish football with these comments. Just get on with it Neil. #bbcsportscot"

  31. 1310: 

    In the women's Champions League, Glasgow City have fallen behind against Arsenal. Ellen White has opened the scoring for the Gunners...

  32. 1312: 

    Following a promising start, Celtic appear lethargic, sluggish and short of ideas on how to breach the County defence.

    Time and again, their attacks fizzle out in the final third and there'll be plenty of food for thought for Neil Lennon.

  33. 1316: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod

    "The frustration continues for Celtic, this hasn't been a happy hunting ground for them..."

  34. 1319: 

    Attacking with greater purpose, Celtic move the ball at pace down the left and Emilio Izaguirre sends in a great cross only for James Forrest to scoop his shot over the bar.

  35. 1321: 

    Another free header, but this time for the hosts. Carey's corner finds the unmarked Kovacevic but he heads over. That was a very good chance for County to break the deadlock.

    It remains goalless in Dingwall but encouraging signs for Derek Adams's troops.

  36. 1323: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "This game is screaming out for a Kris Commons or an Anthony Stokes..."

  37. 1325: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-1 Celtic (Van Dijk)

    Emilio Izaguirre flights a wonderful cross into the box following a short corner and Virgil van Dijk rises to place a header home via the post with Mark Brown stranded. That's the Dutchman's first goal for Celtic and he's been the visitors' most dangerous attacking threat.

  38. 1326: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "That goal has taken the wind out of County's sails..."


    Fred McGrath: "Re: Andrew Priestley, didn't realise it was Neil Lennon's job to win over the neutrals in Scottish football. #bbcsportscot"

  40. 1331: 
    HALF-TIME- Ross County 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic lead at the break following a hard-fought opening 45 minutes in which they've struggled to break fierce County resistance. Virgil van Dijk's header separates the sides and you feel there's more goals in this one...

    BBC Scotland's Heather Dewar at The Hive, Barnet, for Champions League last-16 first leg

    "Arsenal 1-0 up. Steph Houghton with the goal - nicely set up from a Rachel Yankey corner. City responded with a terrific solo run through the centre from Jess Fishlock - who crossed to Jo Love, who then drove wide."

    Van Dijk heads home opener
    Virgil van Dijk heads Celtic in front

    The impressive Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring with a header late in the first half.


    Andrew Priestley: "Awful time for Ross County to concede. They would have loved to go in at HT level, but now they have a mountain to climb. #bbcsportscot"

  44. 1340: 

    "I'll just keep things ticking over and see what happens over the weekend. We'll see what Monday brings," says Jimmy Nicholl, who expects Terry Butcher, if he is appointed as the new Hibs manager, to bring his own coaching team with him, making his departure from Easter Road likely.

  45. 1344: 

    Glasgow City trail Arsenal 2-0 at half-time in their Champions League last-16 first leg in Barnet...

  46. 1347: 

    We're back under way in Dingwall. More goals please and plenty of them!

  47. 1348: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Going forward, Ross County boss Derek Adams will be looking for his side to get more support up to Melvin De Leeuw."

  48. 1349: 
    BBC Scotland's Heather Dewar in Barnet

    "Arsenal 2-0 Glasgow City. Danielle Carter with the goal, fed by Steph Houghton. Arsenal will be very happy with that as they head into half time..."

  49. 1351: 

    Team news from this afternoon's five other Premiership games coming up shortly...

  50. 1353: 

    Melvin De Leeuw hooks the ball back across goal after a deep free-kick caused problems in the Celtic defence but no takers among the County ranks.

  51. 1354: 
    GOAL- Ross County 0-2 Celtic (Van Dijk)

    Celtic captain Scott Brown sees his shot deflected onto the post by County keeper Mark Brown. From the resulting corner, Charlie Mulgrew's accurate delivery is glanced home by Virgil van Dijk. Two goals, two headers and Celtic are 2-0 up.

  52. 1356: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Van Dijk just glanced it home as all the pace was on Mulgrew's delivery."


    James Scott, an Aberdeen fan: "For Inverness manager I think Jimmy Calderwood should get a real shout for it as he is a good manager and was unfairly dismissed by ourselves while he was doing well."

  54. 1358: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Is this the day for Partick Thistle's first home win in the Premiership? Jags supporters have largely enjoyed their return to the top flight, with the exception of two heavy defeats to Aberdeen, and Alan Archibald's men will be looking to exorcise the memory of Monday's 4-0 battering at Pittodrie.

    "St Mirren were cruising to a third win in four games last weekend before the heavens opened and cruelly washed away their 2-0 lead over Ross County. Paul McGowan found the net in that abandoned game and his improved form has helped drive the Buddies' revival. Midfield partner Kenny McLean is another who has looked back to his best in recent weeks, earning a recall to the Scotland U21 squad."


    bringthemonjpn: "I think that Terry Butcher just wanted the excitement of taking a tram to work."

  56. 1401: 

    Virgil van Dijk's headed double has deflated Ross County who badly need a spark to find a way back into this game. With half an hour remaining a County goal could make things interesting...

  57. 1403: 

    Graham Carey earns a yellow card for stopping the rampaging Darnell Fisher in his tracks. Mihael Kovacevic is booked moments later for some verbals after a clash with Scott Brown.

  58. 1407: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-2 Celtic (Sproule)

    Ladies & Gentlemen we have a game on here... County reduce the deficit through the Ninja-like reflexes of Ivan Sproule who stabs the ball home after Fraser Forster had parried Stuart Kettlewell's shot. Game on!

  59. 1410: 
    Ross County 1-3 Celtic (Ledley)

    Suddenly, it's raining goals in Dingwall. With County still celebrating Sproule's effort, Emilio Izaguirre scampers down the left and his centre is headed home by Joe Ledley. An instant response from Celtic, could that seal victory for the visitors?

  60. 1412: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-4 Celtic (Ledley)

    Another goal and another header. What's going on today? Darnell Fisher whips in a sumptuous cross and Joe Ledley heads his second of the game with a cracking glancing effort that give Mark Brown no chance.

  61. 1414: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Partick Thistle welcome back central defender Conrad Balatoni, with his usual partner Aaron Muirhead dropping to the bench and Gabriel Piccolo keeping his place. Skipper Sean Welsh is injured and his midfield berth goes to Steven Lawless.

    "St Mirren make a change at the back as Marc McAusland steps back in to replace Lee Mair.

    "Partick Thistle came from behind to win in Paisley earlier this season, with two great strikes in the final 10 minutes. St Mirren fans last made the short trip to the West End of Glasgow for a Division One fixture in 2005. That one ended in a 0-0 draw; let's hope for better fare today."

  62. 1418: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Anthony Stokes will be wanting a goal here and join in Celtic's Highland Party."

  63. 1420: 

    Scott Brown threads through a great ball to Teemu Pukki but the striker fails to find Anthony Stokes in the box as he takes an extra touch and is thwarted by Scott Boyd.

    Goal blizzard in Dingwall
    Virgil van Dijk celebrates one his two headed goals

    Virgil van Dijk headed two goals for Celtic as the visitors stepped up a gear in the second half.

  65. 1422: 

    Teemu Pukki sees his shot hit Celtic team-mate Joe Ledley as the visitor seek more goals in the Highlands.

  66. 1423: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "The cold November rain is lashing down at Fir Park but the Dundee United players don't seem too bothered as they do their warm-up in front of the main stand. Only the goalkeepers out for Motherwell but I'm sure Keith Lasley and co will be joining us shortly..."

  67. 1425: 

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall makes four changes from the side which beat Hibernian last week. Adam Cummins, Zaine Francis-Angol, Fraser Kerr and Iain Vigurs come in for Stevie Hammell, Simon Ramsen, James McFadden and the suspended Shaun Hutchinson.

    Only one alteration from Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara. Morgaro Gomis drops out and Paul Paton starts.

  68. 1427: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "Dundee United have travelled to Lanarkshire hoping for their fourth straight win at Fir Park. However, the man who scored the winning goal on both visits last season, Johnny Russell, has moved on to pastures new. Nadir Ciftci leads the line for Jackie McNamara's side and he's already scored against 'Well this season at Tannadice.

    "The Tangerines may have been disappointed to be denied victory by a late goal at Celtic Park last week but their Scottish Premiership form has been good of late with only one defeat in their last eight league games.

    "Motherwell have been buoyed by last week's win over Hibernian, which followed back-to-back league and cup defeats. Lionel Ainsworth scored a stunning equaliser when the Steelmen drew with United in September and his pace could be a key weapon for Stuart McCall's men this afternoon."

  69. 1428: 

    Ivan Sproule's goal seems like an eternity ago and Celtic are coasting to victory - with about five minutes remaining - courtesy of the heads of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Ledley.

  70. 1430: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "You can't fault County for effort but they've been outclassed today with Virgil van Dijk head and shoulders above everyone today..."


    Brendan Loftus: "So glad Rogic is on. Go you Aussie Lad..."

    Al Watt: "Assuming Terry Butcher moves to Hibs, It'll be Craig Levein or Peter Houston taking over at ICT. Possibly both"


    Kate Beaton, Ross-hire: "Paul Hartley, please, to replace Terry B."

    Anonymous: "I think Caley support are resigned to the fact we have lost Terry, I just wish everybody would leave it alone until announcement has been made. There is no excuse for any manager not doing well at Caley as we have an excellent team and support would expect to see that carried on."

  73. 1434: 
    FULL-TIME- Ross County 1-4 Celtic

    Virgil van Dijk-inspired Celtic respond to the disappointment of losing to Ajax in the Champions League to beat Ross County comfortably in Dingwall and move seven points clear at the top of the Premiership table.

  74. 1436: 

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

    Inverness CT: Brill, Tremarco, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie, Doran, Ross Draper, Watkins, Ross, Foran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Raven, Devine, Greenhalgh, Polworth, Pepper, Agdestein.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  75. 1438: 

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

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

    Referee: Iain Brines

  76. 1442: 
    Inverness CT assistant boss Maurice Malpas

    "It's been a strange week with the speculation being very difficult. As the week's gone on it has got easier; Terry's got a decision to make and the clubs have a decision to make. We'll see where we are after that..."

  77. 1444: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Those St Mirren fans arriving early in the West End of Glasgow for a skinny latte and over-priced cupcakes must have been a little anxious, with the rain absolutely chucking it down. However, it's brightened up nicely now, diminishing the chances of another abandonment. There is a fair bit of squelching on the soggy pitch as the teams warm-up but the ball is zipping around."

  78. 1447: 

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Cummins, Kerr, McManus, Francis-Angol, Carswell, Lasley, Vigurs, Ainsworth, Sutton, Anier. Subs: McFadden, Lawson, McHugh, Stewart, Moore, Murray, Leitch.

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

    Referee: Steven McLean

  79. 1448: 

    Partick: Fox, Stephen O'Donnell, Balatoni, Piccolo, Sinclair, Osbourne, Bannigan, Higginbotham, Craigen, Lawless, Doolan. Subs: Muirhead, Forbes, Paul Gallacher, Elliot, McMillan, Baird, Kerr.

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

    Referee: John Beaton

  80. 1450: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Mackay, Scobbie, Brian Easton, Millar, Murray Davidson, McDonald, Wotherspoon, May, Hasselbaink. Subs: Jahic, Cregg, Edwards, Banks, Caddis, Brown, Kane.

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

    Referee: William Collum

  81. 1451: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "I'm thrilled with the performance and we played very well. We needed fresh legs and Pukki, Brown and Ledley provided that.

    "It's been a really good performance as it's never easy coming here."

  82. 1453: 

    Glasgow City have lost 3-0 to Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 first leg in Barnet.

  83. 1455: 

    Inverness CT assistant boss Maurice Malpas sounded far from comfortable speaking to our reporter Brian McLauchlin earlier. It must be difficult for him in the midst of the Terry Butcher speculation after Hibs were granted permission to hold talks...

  84. 1459: 

    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher is in the main stand at Easter Road...

  85. 1500: 

    Here we go across the grounds...


    bringthemonjpn: "Aberdeen v Hearts is going to brighten up the day. Both teams will set out to play in the other team's half."

  87. 1504: 

    No early chances at Fir Park yet but a welcome burst of sunshine has graced the start of the match. Ryan Gauld and Stuart Armstrong have already looked lively for the visitors, Motherwell still feeling their way into the game.

  88. 1508: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "A loose pass from Dundee United defender John Souttar lets Motherwell in but Iain Vigurs' cross is just a little too far in front of John Sutton."

  89. 1510: 

    Partick Thistle are doing most of the pressing as Steven Lawless scurries in behind the St Mirren defence to pick out Kris Doolan but the striker takes a touch and his shot is blocked by the grounded Darren McGregor.


    Billy Turnbull: "Neil Lennon complained about having to travel today in wee Scotland. How would he handle life in a bigger country?"

  91. 1511: 

    A short pass-back from Ross Draper puts Dean Brill under pressure and the Inverness goalkeeper has to clear off Scott Robertson. Fortunately for Caley Thistle, the referee gives a foul for a high boot and not a corner. However, that is three poor pass-backs already that the goalkeeper has considered far from Brill.

  92. 1513: 

    Former Rangers and Hibs striker Kenny Miller is another interested onlooker in the Easter Road stand. The former Scotland striker is without a club after leaving Vancouver Whitecaps and has been linked with a return to Rangers...

  93. 1514: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "That was a lovely move by United down their right with Nadir Ciftci playing in Gary Mackay-Steven and his low cross just waiting to be converted but neither Ryan Gauld nor Stuart Armstrong could make the connection."

  94. 1515: 

    Where are all the goals in the 3pm Premiership games? Not a sausage so far...

  95. 1516: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-1 Inverness (Nick Ross)

    James Collins shoves Graeme Shinnie in the back and Nick Ross scores from the spot despite goalkeeper Ben Williams getting a fingertip to the ball.

  96. 1516: 
    GOAL- Partick 0-1 St Mirren (Thompson)

    St Mirren are ahead and it doesn't get much more straightforward as Steven Thompson rises to nod in a Kenny McLean corner. Keeper Scott Fox will be ruing his awkward save from Paul McGowan's tame free-kick which led to the set-piece.

  97. 1517: 
    Motherwell 0-1 Dundee Utd (Gauld)

    Ryan Gauld volleys Dundee United ahead after Gunnar Nielsen punches the ball away under pressure from Nadir Ciftci. Fine finish from the midfielder. Will Motherwell's home hoodoo against United continue?

  98. 1518: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-2 Inverness (McKay)

    Billy McKay rounds goalkeeper Ben Williams after a fine run and pass by Graeme Shinnie, who also won the penalty. Boos all around Easter Road as the home fans show their disgruntlement...

  99. 1520: 

    Scott Robertson screws a shot well wide as Hibs threaten the Inverness goal. Invernes CT boss Terry Butcher looks onf rom teh main stand, no sign of his wee dog Fritz though...

  100. 1521: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-2 Dundee Utd (Paton)

    What a start from the visitors. Nadir Ciftci's shot is blocked and his second effort ricochets up into air, allowing Paul Paton to head home. United are rampant at Fir Park.

  101. 1523: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Kilmarnock (Hasselbaink)

    Nigel Hasselbaink puts St Johnstone ahead after going one-on-one with Killie keeper Craig Sampson, slotting home with aplomb for the opener at McDiarmid Park.

  102. 1524: 

    Graeme Shinnie marches forward again and sends a curling drive from just outside of the box a foot wide of Hibs' far post.

  103. 1526: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "Nadir Ciftci may not have scored yet today but the Dundee United striker is causing Motherwell all sorts of problems with his presence and quick feet."

  104. 1527: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-0 Hearts (McGinn)

    The Dons break the deadlock at Pittodrie and it's a sixth goal of the season for Niall McGinn as he collects Barry Robson's cross to rifle home from seven yards. The Dons are on the march again...

  105. 1528: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Thistle's neat passing has gone awry since St Mirren took the lead and Gabriel Piccolo is an uncertain presence at the heart of the home defence, with the big Mexican apparently on a different wavelength than the rest of his team-mates."

  106. 1530: 

    Billy McKay has now scored as many goals as Hibs this season...

  107. 1531: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-0 Kilmarnock (Stevie May)

    St Johnstone double their lead with the Kilmarnock defence all at sea, Stevie May rifling home to compound Killie's misery.

  108. 1534: 
    GOAL- Cowdenbeath 0-2 Alloa (Andrew Kirk 32)
  109. 1535: 

    Jordan Foster heads just wide as Hibs threaten from a corner. The shattered hosts are seeking a way back into this game against a rampant Inverness side.

  110. 1536: 

    Kilmarnock attempt to reduce the deficit at McDiarmid Park. Kris "Boydy" Boyd fires in towards goal, but the ball deflects off a defender and spins out for a corner. There's more goals in this game...

  111. 1537: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at FirhillGREAT SAVE!

    "St Mirren keeper Marian Kello gets down to make a smart save from Kris Doolan's shot on the turn. Thistle are beginning to press the visitors back again."

  112. 1538: 

    Motherwell are let off the hook by the offside flag as Andrew Robertson slots the ball under Gunnar Nielsen. The defence-splitting pass by Ryan Gauld was sublime.

  113. 1539: 

    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald saves Niall McGinn's penalty!

  114. 1540: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Big Gabby Piccolo draws more cries of exasperation from the Thistle fans as he blazes a shot high over the crossbar after the ball falls invitingly for him at a corner kick."

  115. 1541: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "John Sutton has a chance on the left angle of the box. It looks rather tight but the experienced English striker tests Radoslaw Cierzniak with a fierce low drive."

  116. 1545: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 2-0 Kilmarnock
  117. 1546: 

    Hibs' Jordan Foster and Caley Thistle's Josh Meekings are left on the deck after a clash of heads as goalkeeper Dean Brill rose above them to punch untidily clear. Hibs cries for a penalty are ignored.

  118. 1547: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "Nadir Ciftci has done everything but score in this first half. The United number 21 sets himself for a shot from around 21 yards that just skins wide of the Motherwell goal."

  119. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 1-0 Hearts
  120. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 0-2 Inverness
  121. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick 0-1 St Mirren
  122. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 0-2 Dundee Utd
    HALF-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Cowdenbeath 0-2 Alloa

    Dundee 1-0 Raith Rovers

    Falkirk 1-0 Livingston

    Morton 0-0 Dumbarton

    Queen of Sth 0-1 Hamilton

    HALF-TIME- League One

    Arbroath 0-0 East Fife

    Dunfermline 1-1 Stenhousemuir

    Forfar 1-0 Brechin

    Rangers 0-0 Airdrieonians

    HALF-TIME- League Two

    Albion 0-0 Annan Athletic

    East Stirling 1-2 Stirling

    Elgin 0-1 Peterhead

    Queen's Park 0-0 Clyde


    Keith McAdam: "Another poor display by Hibs.Why would Terry Butcher want to leave ITC. A winning team."

    Edinburgh Tom: "Leigh Griffiths has scored more league goals than Hibs this season (Also, havin conceded none he has a far superior goal diff)"

    Dougie Kinnear: "If this is the best referees Scotland has to offer, I'd hate to see who's refereeing 4th tier games! Comical!"

  127. 1602: 

    Here we go for the second half...

  128. 1603: 

    Stevie May is almost behind the Kilmarnock defence again early in the second half but Killie snuff out the danger...

  129. 1605: 

    Kilmarnock certainly don't have their troubles to seek; two-down and now down to 10 men as Jackson Irvine is given his marching orders for a challenge on Chris Millar.

  130. 1606: 

    Hibs caretaker Jimmy Nicholl rings the changes. Tom Taiwo and Ryan McGivern are hauled off at half-time, with Rowan Vine and Abdellah Zoubir coming on...

  131. 1608: 

    Rowan Vine makes an instant impact with a fine cross to the back post, where Graeme Shinnie turns the ball wide for a corner under pressure from James Collins.

  132. 1609: 

    Motherwell need a big turnaround in this second half and manager Stuart McCall has sent on James McFadden in place of Adam Cummins for the second half. Will the move pay dividends?

  133. 1610: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 3-0 Kilmarnock (Stevie May)

    Stevie May dances into the box and feeds Chris Millar, but Jeroen Tesselaar's challenge sees referee Willie Collum point to the spot. May fires home to make it 3-0 at McDiarmid Park against 10-man Kilmarnock.

  134. 1611: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "The ball sits up perfectly for a Keith Lasley volley but, much to the disappointment of the home fans, the net does not bulge with the ball dipping wide."

  135. 1613: 

    It's a red card for Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson after he picked up a second booking for making a challenge on Jason Holt on the halfway line.

  136. 1614: 

    A Kevin Thomson free-kick evades everyone inside the Inverness penalty box and, fortunately for Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill, it bounces wide of the far post.

    Nigel Hasselbaink was on target for St Johnstone

    St Johnstone striker Nigel Hasselbaink was on target in Perth as Tommy Wright's side threatened to run riot against Kilmarnock.

  138. 1615: 

    Andrew Robertson twists and turns and blasts in a shot that takes a deflection and a finger-tip save from Gunnar Nielsen helps the ball onto the crossbar. United have picked up where they left off in the first half.

  139. 1616: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "A neat interchange between Kallum Higginbotham and James Craigen allows the former to pull the trigger near the penalty spot but a deflection off a defender sees the ball pop straight into the arms of St Mirren goalkeeper Marian Kello."

  140. 1617: 

    Aberdeen are enjoying the bulk of possession, even though they are down to 10 men. Do Hearts' youngsters have the desire and energy to have a go at turning this match around?

  141. 1617: 
    GOAL- Queen's Park 0-1 Clyde (Stuart McColm 58)

    Dougie Kinnear: "Robson was bound to get a booking for that challenge but it makes the first booking, that Hammill asked for, look ridiculous! #bbcsportscot"

  143. 1622: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-3 Dundee Utd (Gauld)

    Nadir Ciftci's superb reverse pass opens up the space for Ryan Gauld to lash home his second of the day. Magnificent display from Jackie McNamara's side today.

  144. 1623: 

    Hibs have been exerting decent pressure, but Inverness break swiftly and Aaron Doran sends a curling drive just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area.

  145. 1623: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-1 Hearts (Jamie Walker)

    Jamie Walker, who moments ago fired wide of goal, flicks the ball past Jamie Langfield in the six-yard box and the Jambos are level at Pittodrie. Game on!

  146. 1624: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Firhill

    "Partick Thistle fans rise as one to protest as St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin stops of fierce shot from Kallum Higginbotham with his hand. The shot came from distance and was as clear a case of handball as you are ever likely to see but referee John Beaton just shakes his head and play continues."

  147. 1625: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 3-1 Kilmarnock (Sean Clohessy)

    Ten-man Kilmarnock pull a goal back through Sean Clohessy with a cross-cum-shot that finds the net.

  148. 1626: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "Huge round of applause from the visiting fans as Ryan Gauld is replaced by Brian Graham."

  149. 1627: 
    GOAL- Partick 0-2 St Mirren (Newton)

    It's just not been Thistle's day as Stephen O'Donnell picks up his second booking for impeding the bustling Sean Kelly. Minutes later, the home side are 2-0 down as Conor Newton breaks into the penalty box from the right and skids a shot between the legs of keeper Scott Fox.

  150. 1629: 

    Jonny Hayes gets the ball into Scott Vernon but the striker can't fire the Dons back in front. BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller describes an "electric atmosphere" at Pittodrie.

  151. 1631: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-2 Hearts (Paterson)

    Incredible, just incredible. Hearts make their numerical advantage count as Callum Paterson strokes the ball beyond Jamie Langfield to stun the home fans and send the visiting supporters bananas at Pittodrie.

  152. 1633: 
    GOAL- Albion 1-0 Annan Athletic (Peter Watson Og 76)
  153. 1634: 

    Marley Watkins fires well over from the edge of the box to spoil a superb passing move from Inverness.


    James Mitchell: "So Terry Butcher, what does #Hibs have that #ICTFC don't? A 2nd placed team to a 7th placed team struggling in the league."


    Boab, AFC: "Left Pittodrie early absolutely disgusted with Iain Brines'S performance. The man did a grand job of ensuring Aberdeen took nothing from a game. We absolutely deserved to win."

  156. 1639: 

    Nick Ross claims for a penalty and Hibs defender Alan Maybury hesitated, almost expecting a whistle, but no whistle is blown.

  157. 1640: 

    Kilmarnock are down to nine men as Darren Barr is given his marching orders at McDiarmid Park for his second bookable offence after fouling Stevie May.

    BBC Sportsound pundit Chick "Chico" Young's assessment: "This is INCREDIBLE!"


    Sam: "Travelling all the way to Aberdeen to watch HMFC best decision this season! They are playing brilliant since HT #HHGH #HMFC"

  159. 1644: 

    Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon looks likely to get a shot at goal but the Hearts defence do their job to nullify the threat. Can the Jambos hold on?

  160. 1646: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Fir Park

    "David Goodwillie almost adds a fourth for Dundee United, his low, angled drive just touched around the post by Gunnar Nielsen..."

  161. 1647: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 3-1 Kilmarnock
  162. 1648: 
    GOAL- Partick 0-3 St Mirren (Thompson)

    The Buddies have been rampant at Firhill and Steven Thompson adds a third for Danny Lennon's men.

  163. 1649: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-3 Hearts (Stevenson)

    Ryan Stevenson smashes in Hearts' third goal against 10-man Aberdeen, rounding off a swift break for the white-shirted Jambos.

  164. 1650: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-4 Dundee Utd (Andy Robertson)

    United put a big cherry on the cake as Andy Robertson nets a fourth goal for the rampant visitors; the Steelmen have wilted in the face of this white-hot attack...

  165. 1651: 

    A superb last-ditch tackle by Paul Hanlon prevents Billy McKay knocking in Caley Thistle's third goal from five yards.

  166. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-3 Hearts
  167. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 0-4 Dundee United
  168. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibs 0-2 Inverness
  169. 1655: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick 0-3 St Mirren

    Scots Wehey: "My five-fold is currently being bust by what I thought was the most obvious bet in the coupon: Aberdeen to beat Hearts."

    Dougie Kinnear: "Thank goodness we won't be playing Hearts next season! #bbcsportscot"

  171. 1700: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says James Forrest is a "major doubt" for Scotland's friendly against the USA on Friday. Forrest was substituted during the second half of Celtic's 4-1 win over Ross County, though it was not immediately clear what the nature of his injury was.

    FULL-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Cowdenbeath 0-2 Alloa

    Dundee 2-0 Raith Rovers

    Falkirk 4-1 Livingston

    Morton 2-0 Dumbarton

    Queen of Sth 0-1 Hamilton

    FULL-TIME- League One

    Arbroath 2-2 East Fife

    Dunfermline 3-2 Stenhousemuir

    Forfar 2-0 Brechin

    Rangers 2-0 Airdrieonians

    FULL-TIME- League Two

    Albion 2-0 Annan Athletic

    East Stirling 2-2 Stirling

    Elgin 2-4 Peterhead

    Queen's Park 1-1 Clyde

  175. 1705: 
    Celtic's two-goal hero Virgil van Dijk

    "I still need to improve my attacking headers and shots from distance. I'm a perfectionist and work very hard.

    "I'm looking forward to the game against Aberdeen following the international break."

  176. 1707: 
    Hibs caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl

    "We've got to work for our breaks and, unfortunately, that didn't happen this afternoon. Terry Butcher (in the stand at Easter Road) will be happy with how Inverness played."


    Mehdi Lachhab: "Strangely I seem to like hearing fans talk about how sure they are of hearts going down. Definitely gets the lads going!#Hearts"

  178. 1710: 
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "We're really pleased with the way things are going at the moment but we're not going to get carried away."


    Andrew Priestley: "Inverness CT are the big winners this afternoon with Aberdeen and Motherwell both losing. Terry Butcher would be mad to leave. #bbcsportscot"

    Inverness assistant boss Maurice Malpas

    "We started the game brightly and the boys deserve credit for how they dealt with the hullabaloo.

    "There's a decision to be made between the three parties: Terry and the two clubs.

    "Whether I get involved, I don't know..."


    Martin from Kilmarnock: "Allan Johnston is very lucky the Michael Johnston saga is going on as it's deflected attention from him. Shocking tactics, long ball play, poor signings, ignoring too much of our youth system. He is woefully out of his depth."


    Gordon McKechnie: "Words cannot describe how bad Brines was today at Pittodrie! Would accept defeat if they were the better team but they weren't."

    Edinburgh Tom: "Whoever is in charge at Hibs has to go..."


    Stewart, Glasgow: "Thought Thistle's tactics were a disaster today with our defence. Referee never helped but think teams have discovered how to beat us, becoming concerned."

    Keith. Glasgow: "Good luck to Butcher. Worst squad of players Hibs have ever had. Shockingly poor, no goals no confidence no ability whatsoever. Thank god Fenlon is gone but until Vine, Collins, Hanlon, McGivern, Taiwo, Zoubir and the rest join him we are stuffed. ICT could have won by 5, not one attempt on goal in 90 mins."

    Bev fae Peterhead: "Barry Robson lost us the game today. A man of his experience should know better. Ref awful but can't make excuses. Still overall happy with dons. Time to move on to park head next. Easy."


    Barney, Neilston: "If Terry Butcher takes the Hibs job, he'll be making the biggest mistake of his football life! There is hardly anybody alive who was, or can remember, a successful Hibs manager or team- stay where u are Terry - it's a nicer place to live, the people are more friendly, u'll not get much more money, the house prices are sky-high - and at least uv got a few guys who can play football ! It'll not be a case of "U'll have had ur tea" but "Yer tea's oot !"

    Kenny in St Andrews: "I think the referees in Scotland should be giving the Celtic players more protection on the field. Some of the tackles that have went in in the last few games have been shocking to say the least. In Europe these tackles would be straight reds."

  185. 1755: 

    What an afternoon we've had. Celtic ran out 4-1 winners in Dingwall at lunchtime before Inverness - with manager Terry Butcher looking on from the stand - coasted to a 2-0 victory at Hibs.

    Butcher's future will undoubtedly be resolved in the coming days.

    St Johnstone saw off nine-man Kilmarnock with a ruthless display in Perth, while St Mirren thumped Partick.

    Dundee United proved too strong for Motherwell at Fir Park, rattling in four goals without reply and Hearts recorded a morale-boosting victory at in-form Aberdeen.

    We'll have highlights of all today's games on our website from 6pm on Sunday.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 09 Nov 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 12 16 30
Moving up 2 Inverness CT 12 9 25
Moving down 3 Aberdeen 13 8 23
No movement 4 Motherwell 13 -4 22
No movement 5 St Johnstone 13 8 21
No movement 6 Dundee Utd 13 12 20
No movement 7 Hibernian 13 -5 15
No movement 8 Partick Thistle 13 -9 13
Moving up 9 St Mirren 11 -8 11
Moving down 10 Ross County 11 -11 10
Moving down 11 Kilmarnock 13 -7 9
No movement 12 Hearts 13 -9 -4