Scottish football as it happened

Victories for Aberdeen, Motherwell, Dundee United and Hibs in today's Scottish Premiership action.

15 February 2014 Last updated at 12:06

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  1. 1205: 

    If you're an Aberdeen supporter in the middle of February then you'll be sporting a smile wider than the River Don.

    Sitting second in the Premiership table and still retaining that winning glow after last week knocking out Scottish Cup holders Celtic with an impressive display in Glasgow.

    This afternoon Derek McInnes takes his troops to Paisley to face St Mirren. Can the Dons continue their impressive form?

  2. 1207: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Scottish football.

    St Mirren v Aberdeen at 12:45 GMT is the first of five Premiership games for us to enjoy.

    Dundee Utd v Kilmarnock

    Hibs v Ross County

    Inverness CT v Hearts

    Motherwell v Partick Thistle

  3. 1208: 

    There's a pitch inspection at Fir Park scheduled for 12:20 GMT...

  4. 1209: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "It's our home game and, like every game, we want to get as many points as we can.

    "We want to stop losing games, there is no doubt about that.

    "I believe January was good to us in terms of working hard and strengthening the squad.

    "The lads have already had a positive run of results before this season and I certainly believe they have the character and ability to do it again."

  5. 1211: 

    Aberdeen team to face the Buddies: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Considine, Flood, Pawlett, Low, McGinn, Rooney, Shaughnessy. Subs: Weaver, Tate, Murray, Smith, Vernon, Zola, McManus.

  6. 1214: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "Barry Robson picked up a thigh strain on the back of last week's performance against Celtic. He'll be fine for next week; if he played today he'd run the risk of being out for longer. Jonny Hayes felt a tightness in his back but we've got Joe Shaughnessy and Nicky Low coming in."

  7. 1215: 

    St Mirren: Kello, Newton, McGregor, Goodwin, Kelly, McGinn, McLean, Djemba-Djemba, Wylde, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: Morgan, van Zanten, Campbell, Reilly, Teale, Naismith, Dilo.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Considine, Shaughnessy, Low, Flood, McGinn, Pawlett, Rooney. Subs: Zola, Vernon, Smith, Weaver, McManus, Tate, Murray.

    Referee: Calum Murray


    It's the middle of February: how would you assess your team's season to date? Are you hoping for a fresh burst of magic or keep the winning run going?

    Who has been your player of the season?

    Text 80295 or tweet @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot


    SPLstats: "St Mirren have won just 2 of their last 13 league matches, and have 4 points from 7 games in 2014. Aberdeen have 6 wins and 1 draw in their last 7 away matches in all competitions. Their away record this season is: P16 W11 D2 L3."

  10. 1225: 

    Josh Magennis, who is on loan at St Mirren from Aberdeen, is unable to play today because of his agreement between the clubs.

    Asked trackside by BBC Sportsound's Charlie Mann who will win today, the striker replied: "I can't say as I could get into a lot of trouble!"

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?

    Andrew Priestley: "Player of the Season has without a doubt been Kris Commons, with an honourable mention also going to Aberdeen's Niall McGinn."

  12. 1228: 

    The pitch inspection at Fir Park has been moved back until 13:00 GMT. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed that the game goes ahead...

  13. 1230: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller
    St Mirren's on-loan striker Josh Magennis

    "Josh Magennis has everything it takes to become a great striker. He's strong and very quick on the counter attack because he's go the pace to get onto the long ball over the top. He's only what, 23? I'm glad Aberdeen have kept a hold of him."

  14. 1237: 
    Hat's The Way We Like It
    Eric Djemba-Djemba

    Eric Djemba-Djemba has brought some much-needed sartorial elegance to the top-flight. Sporting the type of snazzy hat normally worn by Guy Ritchie or singer Kim Sims, I can't recall Alex Ferguson chewing gum under similar headwear...

  15. 1240: 

    Not long until kick-off and the sun has put in an appearance in Paisley!

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?

    Craig Rothnie: "Re Andrew Priestley: You clearly haven't watched any Dons matches this season; McGinn has not been a stand out player. #bbcsportscot"

  17. 1246: 

    We're under way at St Mirren Park...

  18. 1249: 

    The ball is being "blootered" about the Paisley turf a fair bit as both sides try to settle into their respective passing games. The wind, thankfully, has eased slightly in the last half hour. The St Mirren fans, though, would still be well advised to keep a tight hold of their Djemba-Djemba bunnets...

  19. 1252: 

    Aberdeen, so impressive in last week's Scottish Cup victory against Celtic, are being pressed well by St Mirren as the hosts' midfield snap at Dons heels. It's goalless after five minutes in Paisley.


    bringthemonjpn: "The Dons could win the league next season if they invest, say £5m. Much improved, though."

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?

    Andrew Priestley: "Re. Craig Rothnie: You're underselling McGinn's importance, he's the heartbeat of the team. If he's on-song, the team performs! #bbcsportscot"

  22. 1255: 

    Aberdeen force a couple of corners in quick succession but goalmouth action has been quieter than timid Cadet Laverne Hooks of Police Academy fame...

  23. 1257: 

    Aberdeen continue to press for the opener and Shaleum Logan fizzes a shot over the bar. The visitors are beginning to warm to the task in the Paisley sunshine.

  24. 1300: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "The wind is proving to be a problem for both sides..."


    bringthemonjpn: "Fir Park pitch inspection..that's all members of the Groundsmans' Union weekend leave cancelled then..."

  26. 1302: 

    Peter Pawlett embarks on a slaloming run deep into St Mirren territory and he takes a tumble on the edge of the area but referee Calum Murray is having none of it.

  27. 1303: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "McGregor's been defending well for St Mirren and handled Pawlett very well there..."

  28. 1305: 
    St Mirren striker Paul McGowan (left) is closed down by Andrew Considine

    It's proved a cagey opening 20 minutes in Paisley with St Mirren giving in-form Aberdeen a run for their money...

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?

    Craig Rothnie: "Re Andrew Priestly: I do agree, but that does not mean he is player of the season by any stretch of imagination. #bbcsportscot"

  30. 1308: 

    Motherwell v Partick Thistle is ON after a pitch inspection at Fir Park. Grab your scarves and get going!

    Motherwell FCFir Park pitch inspection

    "A massive thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to get things ready. It is very much appreciated by everyone at the club."

  32. 1311: 

    St Mirren and Aberdeen continue to probe their respective defences in search of the opening goal but neither goalkeeper has been called to the rescue. Twenty five minutes gone in the first half. Come on boys, give us a goal!

  33. 1312: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "Not too much in the way of notes being taken at the moment..."


    LloydimusHD: "If we have a season like 2012-13 then Aberdeen could challenge, but Old Firm lost, by at most, 15 to each other. #bbcsportscot"

    Motherwell FC
    Water at Fir Park

    "This gives you an idea of how much water was getting squeegeed of the park!"

    Love the word "squeegeed" - sounds like the description of your nose being crushed at the bottom of a school "pile-on"...


    Adam Terris: "Hibs have been absolutely woeful recently, and I don't see that changing today..."

    Andrew Priestley: "I fancy Partick Thistle to cause an upset vs Motherwell later on this afternoon, so an Aberdeen win here would cement 2nd spot"

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?

    Gordon McKechnie: "Mark Reynolds has to be considered. Week in week out he is Dons best player but as a CB doesn't get the credit. #bbcsportscot"

    That's a decent shout Gordon, any other candidates?


    Steve from Strathaven: "One for the fans at Tynecastle....Roses are red, violets are blue, she's bought the Hearts to sell back to you."

  39. 1323: 

    Former Scotland boss Craig Brown, sporting a snazzy Guy Ritchie bunnet, (everybody's wearing them) looks on from the stand and he won't have been impressed by the first half so far. Neither side has found that wee bit of magic in the final third. Ten minutes until the break.

  40. 1329: 

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who has never lost against St Mirren in 12 games as a manager, tries to bark some tactical instruction to his troops as they chase a goal before half-time.

  41. 1333: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 0-0 Aberdeen

    Let's accentuate the positive: the sun is shining, the pitch is in pristine condition and both sides have the second half in which to find their shooting boots. It's goalless after an eye-watering 45 minutes in Paisley.

    GET INVOLVED - Player of the Season?
    St Johnstone striker Stevie May

    Calvin Hepburn: "Surely Stevie May? Second top goalscorer in the league just behind Commons but playing for an average team! #bbcsportscot"


    Craig Rothnie: "Unfortunately, can't watch the second half, but I would like to see Cammy Smith brought on though. He has something to prove. #bbcsportscot"

  44. 1340: 

    We're on the road to recovery after that opening 45 minutes in Paisley; the blackout blinds are in action in the newsroom alongside Enigma's Greatest Hits. The second half will be better; it must be!

  45. 1342: 
    Fir Park joy
    Referee Stephen Finnie inspects the Fir Park pitch

    Referee Stephen Finnie inspects the Fir Park pitch and, the man from Del Monte, he says: "YES!"

  46. 1349: 

    The second half gets under way!

  47. 1352: 

    Conor Newton outmuscles Niall McGinn as both tussle for possession down the left. The Buddies spring forward and veteran hitman Steven Thompson steers Kenny MacLean's low cross just past the post. Much better!

  48. 1355: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "It's a much brighter start to the second half..."

  49. 1356: 

    St Mirren are far from happy as Jim Goodwin is penalised for handball after blocking Adam Rooney's flick and is also booked for his troubles by Calum Murray. The natives are getting restless in the Paisley sunshine.

  50. 1359: 

    Aberdeen come within a whisker of breaking the deadlock as Andrew Considine rises to meet Nicky Low's corner but his header is well saved by Marian Kello.

  51. 1403: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "Hats off to the Motherwell ground staff and a hardy band of volunteers, who were in action early this morning tending to a pitch that was battered by torrential overnight rain.

    "It's still squelchy underfoot and there won't be much bounce on the park but we have blue skies overhead and the surface passed a lunchtime inspection."

  52. 1406: 

    A well worked Aberdeen move sees Andrew Considine flick on a header into the box but Niall McGinn can't get on the end of it at the back post. Dons boss Derek McInnes was about to celebrate there; jumping in his technical area like a cat on a hot tin roof.

  53. 1409: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "We need a bit of magic and something special; one goal may win it."

  54. 1412: 
    War of Attrition
    Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett (centre) is challenged by Conor Newton

    Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett has been smothered by a resolute St Mirren side. It remains goalless with 20 minutes remaining. Can either side find a winner?

  55. 1413: 

    Eric Djemba-Djemba earns a booking for a tackle from behind on Niall McGinn. The Dons can't get going in the second half.


    Andrew, Richhill: "Aberdeen Football Club are on Cloud Nine at the moment. 2nd in the SPL, into the QFs of the Scottish Cup (and favourites) after defeating Celtic away, and into the Final of the League Cup. In the absence of Rangers, they are the closest challengers to Celtic, and expect to see them close the gap to the Hoops over the next few seasons. The glory days are coming back to Pittodrie."

  57. 1417: 

    Danny Lennon shuffles his St Mirren pack, Adam Campbell replacing Paul McGowan. Can the substitution pay dividends for the Buddies?


    bringthemonjpn: "Aberdeen need to switch to some "away from home tactics", and get some big punts up the middle. Tick tock"

  59. 1422: 

    Aberdeen have a penalty!

  60. 1423: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-1 Aberdeen (Rooney 79mins)

    The Dons draw first blood through Adam Rooney. Referee Calum Murray pointed to the spot after Eric Djemba-Djemba felled Peter Pawlett with a sliding challenge. Rooney was calmness personified as he fired home.

  61. 1424: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "St Mirren may be feeling a little hard done by."

  62. 1426: 

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie, Watkins, Ross Draper, Tansey, Doran, Vincent, McKay. Subs: Esson, Foran, Ross, Devine, Tremarco, Williams, Polworth.

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGowan, McKay, Wilson, McGhee, Hamill, Robinson, Carrick, Stevenson, Nicholson, McCallum. Subs: Ridgers, Holt, King, Oliver, Beith.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  63. 1427: 

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Carswell, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Francis-Angol, Lasley, Vigurs, Ainsworth, Sutton, McFadden. Subs: Lawson, Stewart, Murray, Anier, Leitch, Shirkie, Thomas.

    Partick: Paul Gallacher, McMillan, Mair, Balatoni, Sinclair, Erskine, Bannigan, Higginbotham, Buaben, Fraser, Taylor. Subs: Fox, Stephen O'Donnell, Muirhead, Craigen, Doolan, Lawless, Elliot.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  64. 1429: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

    "Hibs are without Duncan Watmore through injury. Craig and Collins also out. McGivern Haynes and Handling come in#bbcsportscot"

  65. 1430: 

    St Mirren think they've fashioned an equaliser as John McGinn threads a great ball through to Darren McGregor but the latter is flagged offside as he dinks the ball over Jamie Langfield and into the net. Much gnashing of teeth among the Buddies.

  66. 1431: 

    Jamie Langfield comes to Aberdeen's rescue as he gets down well to block Gregg Wylde's low shot through a ruck of players. The Dons are looking good for all three points.

  67. 1434: 

    Adam Rooney spurns a superb chance to double Aberdeen's lead. Peter Pawlett finds the speedster who bears down on goal before forcing a superb save from Marian Kello. The ball rebounds to the winger and his centre for the unmarked Niall McGinn is off target and the chance is lost.

  68. 1436: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 0-1 Aberdeen

    Adam Rooney's penalty separates the sides as the Aberdeen juggernaut rumbles on...

  69. 1437: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Forster, Nelson, Hanlon, McGivern, Handling, Taiwo, Stevenson, Harris, Haynes, Stanton. Subs: Boateng, Cairney, Collins, Maybury, Heffernan, Cummings, Grant.

    Ross County: Brown, Cikos, McLean, Songo'o, Ikonomou, Brittain, Quinn, Tidser, Carey, Arquin, Slew. Subs: Gordon, Kettlewell, Boyd, Glen, Cooper, Luckassen, McCarthy.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  70. 1438: 

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

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Irvine, Pascali, Ashcroft, Tesselaar, McKenzie, Slater, Clingan, Eremenko, Muirhead, Boyd. Subs: Brennan, Nicholson, Johnston, Karlsson, Maksimenko, O'Hara, Kiltie.

  71. 1442: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "Motherwell are aiming for a hat-trick of wins against Partick Thistle, having prevailed by John Sutton's solitary goal in August and then ruthlessly picking off the Jags to find the net five times at Firhill in late December.

    "Both sides make one change in personnel, with Iain Vigurs restored to the home XI and Chris Erskine back in Thistle's starting line-up."

    Rooney to the rescue
    Aberdeen's goal hero Adam Rooney

    Adam Rooney's penalty saw Aberdeen claim maximum points in Paisley without firing on all cylinders.

  73. 1500: 

    Here we go!

  74. 1505: 

    Dundee United are denied by the woodwork as they seek to capitalise on a bright start. Nadir Ciftci sees his effort come back off the post.

  75. 1506: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "The Fir Park pitch looks a bit worse for wear in patches after all of the heavy rain but the early signs are promising as Motherwell knock the ball around confidently and a neat move culminates in Iain Vigurs side-footing too high from 16 yards."


    Stu, Margate: "Aberdeen will only challenge Celtic if they can hang onto their most talented youngsters( a big 'if') and if they can replace their experienced heads with slightly younger versions when age begins to catch up with them (e.g. Anderson with, say, McManus)"

  77. 1511: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-0 Kilmarnock (Mackay-Steven)

    Gary Mackay-Steven pounces on a mistake by Jackson Irvine, finds himself one-on-one with Craig Samson, and has no trouble slotting it home to put United in front.

  78. 1512: 
    GOAL- Hibs 1-0 Ross County (Stanton)

    Terry Butcher demanded an improvement from his Hibs side following last week's Scottish Cup defeat by Raith and Sam Stanton answers the call, firing home a superb free-kick.

  79. 1513: 
    GOAL- Morton 0-1 Cowdenbeath (Armstrong 13)
  80. 1513: 

    Lee Ashcroft gets to the back post and heads the corner into the net, but the Kilmarnock equaliser is chopped off. Looked a soft one there...

  81. 1514: 

    The game at Tannadice is being played at an electric place, and Gary Mackay-Steven goes close to adding a second. Cutting inside his marker and firing just wide of the post.


    Alastair, Glasgow: "Allan Johnston's continual playing or Irvine at right back is absolutely criminal. Player himself says he's a midfielder."

  83. 1519: 
    GOAL- Airdrieonians 1-1 Brechin (Gilmour)
  84. 1520: 
    GOAL- Annan Athletic 0-1 East Stirling (Wright)

    Tom Watson: "Sitting in the sun at Easter Rd watching Hibs' young guns run the opposition ragged. Living the dream!"

    You must've been impressed by Stanton's free-kick!

  86. 1522: 
    GOAL- Alloa 0-1 Livingston (Mensing)
  87. 1524: 

    Dundee United continue to press, and Nadir Ciftci has a half-hearted penalty appeal. Gary Mackay-Steven drills a low ball across to the Turkish striker who stumbles under the challenges, but doesn't make a meal of it and picks himself up to eventually fire a weak shot at Craig Samson.

  88. 1525: 

    Hearts goalkeeper saves well from Greg Tansey's header. Caley Thistle midfielder Marley Watkins did well to create that chance for the man who scored in the Scottish League Cup semi-final against the Jambos.

  89. 1526: 
    GOAL- Hibs 2-0 Ross County (Taiwo)

    Hibs double their lead as Tom Taiwo lashes the ball home from Danny Haynes's clever cutback. Ross County are being pummelled in the capital...


    Graham from Kent: "Really enjoying being an Aberdeen fan at the moment. We'll done again today lads."

  91. 1529: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "Zaine Francis-Angol may be playing at left-back but he has been Motherwell's bets attacking outlet so far. Good work from the number 17 sets up a shooting chance for James McFadden, which is blocked, with Keith Lasley's deflected strike on the follow-up rippling against the side-netting."


    Robbie Devenney: "Taiwo has scored?! Sign of the apocalypse right there. He must have changed Butcher's opinion of him for good now #bbcsportscot"

  93. 1530: 

    A goalmouth scramble from Kilmarnock but they incredibly can't find the back of the net. First Kris Boyd's effort is brilliantly saved by Radoslaw Cierzniak, then Rory McKenzie cracks the rebound off the post.

    Then Alexei Eremenko has an effort and tests the goalkeeper with a low effort.

  94. 1532: 

    Inverness hitman Billy McKay is next to test Jamie MacDonald with a shot from six-yards, but the Hearts 'keeper is equal to it once again. The Jambos are remaining defiant in the face of mounting Inverness pressure.

  95. 1535: 
    GOAL- Forfar 1-1 Dunfermline 1 (Dale)
  96. 1537: 

    Marley Watkins and Billy McKay both hit the crossbar for Inverness in the space of a couple of seconds! Watkins should've done better with his header and then McKay hit the woodwork with an overhead kick.

  97. 1538: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-1 Partick (Erskine)

    Alan Archibald's men break the deadlock through Chris Erskine, the on-loan midfielder has an age to pick his spot and the ball rolls in despite keeper Gunnar Nielsen getting hands on the shot.

  98. 1540: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-1 Kilmarnock (Eremenko)

    Alexi Eremenko fires Kilmarnock back on level terms. Cierzniak's goalkick goes straight to Rory McKenzie who heads forward to the Russian-born playmaker, and he cracks a beautiful effort into the net from 30 yards. What a strike!

  99. 1542: 
    Dead-ball specialist
    Sam Stanton fired home a superb free-kick for Hibs at Easter Road

    Sam Stanton fired Hibs in front in spectacular fashion at Easter Road.

  100. 1544: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir ParkGOAL- Motherwell 1-1 Partick (Lasley)

    Motherwell are level thanks to a strike from Keith Lasley which loops off Kallum Higginbotham and floats into the far corner, with Thistle keeper Paul Gallacher totally wrong-footed.

  101. 1545: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee Utd 1-1 Kilmarnock
  102. 1546: 
    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-0 Hearts
  103. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 2-0 Ross County
  104. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 1-1 Partick
    HALF-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Alloa 0-1 Livingston

    Dumbarton 0-1 Falkirk

    Morton 0-1 Cowdenbeath

    QoS 0-1 Dundee

    Raith Rovers 0-4 Hamilton

    HALF-TIME- League One

    Airdrieonians 1-1 Brechin

    Ayr 0-0 Rangers

    Forfar 1-1 Dunfermline

    Stenhousemuir 0-0 East Fife

    Stranraer 0-1 Arbroath

    HALF-TIME- League Two

    Annan Ath 1-1 East Stirling

    Montrose 0-0 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 1-0 Clyde

    Stirling 0-0 Albion Rovers

  108. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half...

  109. 1601: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "There was an element of fortune in both goals but the visitors taking a surprise lead did liven up what had been a pedestrian affair. The last time these teams met, Motherwell tore Thistle apart with a series of swift counter-attacks, aided and abetted, it has to be said, by some pretty woeful defending. This time, Alan Archibald's men have adopted a more cautious approach - packing men behind the ball - but they could not protect their advantage for long."

  110. 1602: 
    GOAL- Ayr Utd 0-1 Rangers (Law)
  111. 1603: 
    GOAL- Stenhousemuir 0-1 East Fife (Liam Buchanan)
  112. 1605: 
    Well In The Game
    Keith Lasley equalised for Motherwell

    Motherwell midfielder equalised for Stuart McCall's side at home to Partick.

  113. 1608: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir ParkGOAL- Motherwell 2-1 Partick (Ainsworth)

    "Motherwell have been much brighter in the opening minutes of the second half and their enterprise is rewarded as Lionel Ainsworth slams in a wonderful shot after being found on the edge of the box by James McFadden."

  114. 1609: 

    Hearts have tried to turn the tide in the second half....Paul McCallum and Sam Nicholson are doing their best to fashion some chances after that Caley Thistle onslaught in the first-half.

  115. 1611: 

    Kris Boyd misses a good chance to give Kilmarnock the lead. Jereon Tesselaar picks him out in the box free of the defenders, but on the turn he fires well over the bar!

  116. 1612: 

    Dale Carrick is next in line to threaten for Hearts, he goes close with a shot not long after Caley Thistle claimed the ball hit Jamie Hamill's arm in his own box.

  117. 1613: 
    GOAL- Ayr Utd 0-2 Rangers (Jon Daly)
  118. 1615: 

    Jackie McNamara makes a surprising early double substitution. Ryan Gauld and Stuart Armstrong are taken off, with Farid El Alagui and Ryan Dow coming on.

  119. 1617: 
    GOAL- Hibs 2-1 Ross County (Brittain)

    Another superb free-kick at Easter Road as Richard Brittain bends an effort round the Hibs wall to score for County and reduce the deficit. Game on!

  120. 1618: 

    Kilmarnock are calling for a penalty when Kris Boyd's goalbound effort is deflected within the six-yard box, but it appears to hit Keith Watson's back rather than his arm.

  121. 1620: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-2 Kilmarnock (Boyd)

    Kilmarnock go ahead in bizarre fashion. Radoslaw Cierzniak rushes out out his box but is beaten to the ball by Kris Boyd. It looked like Andrew Robertson has the ball covered on the line, but he misses the header and it somehow bounces into the net.

  122. 1621: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "Prince Buaben darts into the penalty box and pokes in a low shot that almost squirms under Motherwell keepr Gunnar Nielson but the Faroese gets just enough on the ball to keep it out and gratefully smothers it at the second attempt."

  123. 1622: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-2 Partick (Higginbotham)

    Lionel Ainsowrth dives in late to trip Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Kallum Higginbotham enjoys hammering the spot-kick down the middle against his former club.

  124. 1623: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 2-2 Kilmarnock (Good)

    A minute later and United are on level terms. Gary Mackay-Steven's corner kick finds Curtis Good who directs his header into the top corner. What a game at Tannadice!

  125. 1628: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 3-2 Kilmarnock (Rankin)

    It's still end to end at Tannadice and Dundee United are back in front. John Rankin fires a left foot shot from outside the area which Samson has to dive full stretch to tip wide. However he isn't to be denied as United keep the pressure on, and after good play from Nadir Ciftci he finishes from close range into the roof of the net.

  126. 1629: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-3 Partick (Higginbotham)

    Kallum Higginbotham is a man on a mission against his former club as he drives into the penalty area from the left and plants a wonderful shot into the far corner.

  127. 1631: 
    GOAL- Dumbarton 2-1 Falkirk (Jordan Kirkpatrick)

    bringthemonjpn: "Kris Boyd still not showing that one touch form that Gordon Strachan will be looking for."

  129. 1634: 

    Jamie Hamill blasts a great chance over the bar for Hearts! He needed composure but went for power and got right under it. It remains goalless in the Highlands, can either side find a winner?


    Andrew, Richhill: "What a difference Terry Butcher's arrival at Hibs and departure from Inverness has made to the fortunes of the two clubs. As it stands, his Hibs side are now only seven points behind his former employers who have been in free-fall since he left. That just shows how influential he is."

  131. 1640: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "What a spell from Kallum Higginbotham! The Motherwell defence just cannot not live with the Thistle midfielder's powerful surges. After netting the penalty, he drew a fine save from Gunnar Nielsen, left Stephen McManus for dead to set up a great chance for Lyle Taylor, then finished with aplomb after darting past Shaun Hutchinson. Now he's milking the applause (and home boos) as he goes off for a well-earned breather."

  132. 1642: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 3-3 Partick Thistle (John Sutton)

    Motherwell have not lost to a bottom six side this season and it looks like John Sutton has rescued that record as he powers in a header from Lionel Ainsworth's delivery.

  133. 1643: 

    Almost identical to Dundee United's opener, Kilmarnock lose possession from a corner kick, the home side race forward and Andrew Roberton's piledriver is tipped over the bar.

  134. 1644: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir ParkGOAL- Motherwell 4-3 Partick Thistle (McManus)

    "Fir Park erupts as Stephen McManus joins the cavalry going forward and is in the right place to nod in a lovely, deep cross from Stevie Hammell."

  135. 1646: 
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 0-0 Hearts
  136. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 4-3 Partick Thistle
  137. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee Utd 3-2 Kilmarnock
  138. 1650: 
    Hibs 2-1 Ross County
  139. 1700: 
    Goal glut at Fir Park
    Motherwell celebrate one of their four goals in the win at home to Partick Thistle

    Motherwell won a seven-goal thriller against Partick Thistle at Fir Park; the home fans will be delighted the game survived a lunch-time pitch inspection.

  140. 1704: 
    Heart boss Gary Locke on draw with Inverness CT

    "I thought it was a fair result and conditions played a part. Second half we played well and a point apiece was probably fair. There's been a big improvement in the young players in the last few months and we weathered the storm in the first half. We could've had a couple of goals. "


    Tom Watson: "Hibs defence looks so much better organised with Ryan McGivern playing. I wouldn't call them good, but much much better."

    Andrew Priestley: "Cracking game at Fir Park, there's nothing quite like a 4-3 football scoreline. And to think the game was in doubt at 1pm! #bbcsportscot"

    FULL-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Alloa 0-3 Livingston

    Dumbarton 2-1 Falkirk

    Morton 1-1 Cowdenbeath

    Qos 0-1 Dundee

    Raith 2-4 Hamilton

    FULL-TIME- League One

    Airdrieonians 2-1 Brechin

    Ayr 0-2 Rangers

    Forfar 2-4 Dunfermline

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 East Fife

    Stranraer 1-1 Arbroath

    FULL-TIME- League Two

    Annan 2-3 East Stirling

    Montrose 1-0 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 2-0 Clyde

    Stirling 2-0 Albion Rovers

  145. 1717: 
    Inverness boss John Hughes after draw with Hearts
    Inverness CT boss John Hughes

    "We hit the woodwork and had efforts cleared off the line. It was just one of those days when it wouldn't go in for us. I've got no complaints over the players' effort or commitment.

    "Keep doing what we're doing and we'll win more than we lose."

  146. 1720: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat at Fir Park

    "What a comeback from Motherwell! What a sickener for Thistle! Kallum Higginbotham dragged the visitors to within a few minutes of just a fifth win of the season almost single-handedly but the Steelmen had other ideas and a fantastic second half ended in scenes of wild delirium for the home fans after those late goals from John Sutton and Stephen McManus."


    Decky McNaught, Merchant City: "Despite where we sit in the table and cannot seem to win at home, I'm sure most Thistle fans would tell you that we are thoroughly enjoying watching the team play. We have rarely been totally outplayed and have made a significant contribution to many entertaining matches. Avoiding the play off would be terrific but I would fancy our chances against any of the Championship sides."

    Scott, Hurlford: "Killie were never going to hold out as the defence is awful. Doesn't matter what Boyd and Eremenko do if we continue to leak goals at the other end."

  148. 1725: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara on beating Kilmarnock

    "I think we shaded it with chances. Give Kilmarnock great credit, they tried to play football but we came out on top. Boyd was a constant threat and Eremenko showed what a great player he is.

    "Some of our passing was sloppy but the important thing is we got three points."

  149. 1730: 
    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

    "It was a good performance today. To come to Tannadice, score two goals and not get anything is disappointing. It's frustrating we didn't defend well. The positive we need to take from the game is how well we played and take that on to the rest of the season."

  150. 1740: 

    So, victories for Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hibs and Motherwell with some cracking goals well worth seeing when we publish the highlights on our website from 6pm on Sunday.

    Inverness CT were kept out by a spirited Hearts side in the Highlands.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back tomorrow for Celtic v St Johnstone, hope you can join us then.

    Enjoy your Saturday night. Cheers!

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 15 Feb 2014 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 24 45 66
No movement 2 Aberdeen 25 14 48
No movement 3 Motherwell 24 5 47
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 25 13 38
No movement 5 Inverness CT 23 8 38
No movement 6 St Johnstone 23 5 32
No movement 7 Hibernian 25 -5 31
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 26 -12 26
No movement 9 St Mirren 26 -18 24
No movement 10 Ross County 25 -15 22
No movement 11 Partick Thistle 26 -18 22
No movement 12 Hearts 26 -22 6