Scotland v Poland as it happened

Scotland's women beat Poland in a World Cup qualifier at Fir Park with Hearts relegated from the Premiership earlier.

5 April 2014 Last updated at 12:21

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  1. 1220: 

    Has the rain stopped yet? I'm "drookit" after an almost Biblical downpour in Glasgow...

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

  2. 1221: 

    Four Scottish Premiership games for your delectation, starting with Dundee United against champions Celtic at Tannadice.

    Then, it's three games kicking off at 3pm.

    Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

    Partick v Hearts

    St Mirren v Motherwell

  3. 1222: 

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

    Celtic: Forster, Brown, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Kayal, Johansen, Henderson, Commons, Stokes, Samaras. Subs: Balde, Pukki, Mouyokolo, Zaluska, Griffiths, Herron, O'Connell.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  4. 1224: 

    A huge game for Hearts this afternoon: Gary Locke's men need to win at Firhill and hope St Mirren lose at home to Motherwell to again stave off relegation for another week...

  5. 1226: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke

    "Over the course of the season we have all made mistakes at some point.

    "I can look back at some team selections that with hindsight I'd do differently now. But I'm not going to be the only manager sitting here saying that.

    "But in the main we have tried our very best to put the strongest team available out on the pitch most weeks.

    "I've said all along that our biggest problem would be that our young lads would take a dip. Unfortunately for us, they all took a dip at the same time. Without making excuses, we just genuinely did not have the players to come in and replace them."

  6. 1230: 
    Pierre Point
    Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk

    Former Celtic striker turned football agent Pierre van Hooijdonk is at Tannadice for this afternoon's Premiership clash. Loving the Shirley Bassey look...


    Gordon Stewart, Hamilton: "Leigh Griffiths was only having a wee bit of fun - nothing more, certainly nothing criminal and players singing about other teams is not in the laws of the game, so, are the "beaks" just making up rules ad they go along? As a Rangers fan we've had to endue folk taking the mick for the last few years - Hearts fans now have to take it on the chin also."

  8. 1240: 

    Now, Inverness's win in last night's Highland derby has given John Hughes's side renewed hope of securing a European place. They're two points behind Dundee United...

  9. 1241: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "Celtic deserve to be champions. They have been the best team again and shown very high levels of consistency.

    "They have got to where they want to be and it's happened with a few games still to go. But that doesn't mean they are about to slacken off in any way.

    "I'm sure they will approach this game as they would any other one. They will want to win it because they are a group of professionals who always want the best.

    "So in no way are we thinking the Celtic game might be any less difficult just because the league race is over."

  10. 1242: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We want to go and win the game, we want to finish the season well.

    "There were facets of the game last week [in the draw with Ross County] that I wasn't pleased about but I'll tolerate that given the circumstances of having won the league, but I'm looking for a better and brighter performance from us."

  11. 1243: 

    *Rubbing eyes in disbelief* Dundee United's celebrity fan Lorraine Kelly is in the stand talking to... Timmy Mallett.

    What's going on here? Are we "wide awake?"

  12. 1248: 

    Here we go at Tannadice, goals please and plenty of them!

  13. 1249: 
    BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

    "Only Celtic have scored more goals than Dundee United this season..."


    Bringthemonjpn: "Will Craig Gordon go to Rangers? Will Hearts stay up? Can DU make a point today? I love the Scottish game."


    David, Stirling: "Timmy has family in Stirling."

  16. 1254: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 0-1 Celtic (Samaras)
    Georgios Samaras fired Celtic in front at Tannadice

    Celtic draw first blood at Tannadice as Kris Commons whips in a free-kick and the recalled Georgios Samaras steals in behind the statuesque United defence to flick the ball high into the net. A cracking finish from the out-of-sorts Greek.

  17. 1255: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds at Tannadice

    "What a goal!"

  18. 1257: 

    United come roaring back and Gavin Gunning, in acres of space inside the penalty area, blazes high over the bar. What an open game we have at Tannadice: this could end nine each.

  19. 1258: 

    United continue to search for an equaliser and Virgil van Dijk stops Stuart Armstrong in his tracks at the edge of the area. Great opportunity to test Fraser Forster...

  20. 1259: 

    Ciftci's effort deflects off of the Celtic wall and spins out for a corner. The hosts can't profit and moments later United midfielder John Rankin earns a booking for catching Samaras flush in the coupon with a trailing arm as they contested a high ball.

  21. 1302: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown can count himself fortunate not to receive a yellow card for a swipe at Nadir Ciftci. Referee Craig Thomson believes a free-kick to United will suffice.

    "That's a booking for me," thunders BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.


    Board67: "Samaras has been great in his recent games, but there's still no reason for him to be playing. Poor team selection again."

    Bringthemonjopn: "Rumoured that Tam Shepherds has made a special delivery of 10 false beards to Ibrox ahead of tomorrow's match."

  23. 1307: 

    United manage to clear for a corner as Celtic look to probe down the left with goalscorer Georgios Samaras and the buccaneering Emilio Izaguirre involved. The visitors still lead by that early Samaras goal as we approach the 20-minute mark.

  24. 1310: 

    Dundee United are trying to dink some balls behind the Celtic defence but the tactic has yet to pay dividends for Jackie McNamara's men.

    No word, as yet, of what Timmy Mallett makes of the opening 20 minutes at Tannadice...

  25. 1313: 
    GOAL- Dundee United 0-2 Celtic (Stokes)

    Celtic double their lead with a lovely goal resulting from some crisp passing and a predatory finish. Anthony Stokes plays a clever one two with Kris Commons, latching onto the return before firing a shot beyond the helpless Cierzniak from inside the area.

  26. 1315: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Two great goals from Celtic's perspective."

  27. 1316: 

    BBC Scotland's commentator Liam McLeod points out that Anthony Stokes is proving to be the scourge of Dundee United: that's his 13th career goal in 20 games against them.

  28. 1317: 

    Two yellow cards in the space of as many minutes. Nadir Ciftci earns a booking for chopping down Beram Kayal and then Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is in the dock for a foul on Ciftci.

    Referee Craig Thomson, in his best Senator George Mitchell role, brings calm and reconciliation to proceedings.

  29. 1320: 
    BBC Sportsound's Billy Dodds

    "Celtic's front four have been causing all the problems today, they've been absolutely rampant."

  30. 1322: 

    Celtic are close to a third as Kris Commons fires in a free-kick and Georgios Samaras heads over but is flagged offside in the process.

  31. 1324: 

    Celtic appear sharper than Dundee United all over the pitch and Kris Commons is at the heart of another impressive move, threading the ball through for Liam Henderson but Cierzniak trots out to gather at his feet.

  32. 1328: 

    The hosts are huffing and puffing but lack that cutting edge to reduce the deficit; time running out for them to pull one back before the break.

  33. 1334: 
    HALF-TIME- Dundee United 0-2 Celtic

    Celtic are coasting at the break courtesy of impressive strikes by Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes. United have threatened sporadically and came closest to pulling one back when Gavin Gunning blazed over.

    Every Day's A Wacaday
    Lorraine Kelly & Timmy Mallett
  35. 1354: 

    Here we go in the second half!

  36. 1355: 

    Dundee United have come roaring out of the traps as they seek a way back into this game with Keith Watson and Gary Mackay-Steven looking lively. A United goal could make things very interesting...

  37. 1356: 
    Celtic have controlled proceedings at Tannadice, can United repsond?
    Statistics from Tannadice
  38. 1357: 

    Yellow card for Stefan Johansen for cleaning out Stuart Armstrong and referee Craig Thomson scuttles over to deliver the punishment. United's collective pulse is racing at the start of the second half; Timmy Mallett must've used his infamous mallet at the break...

  39. 1358: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven threads a superb ball through to Ryan Dow who coolly slots the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeping giant Fraser Forster. But the offside flag cuts short United celebrations in the stands.

  40. 1400: 

    Leigh Griffiths comes on to replace Liam Henderson as Neil Lennon looks to shake Celtic from their second-half lethargy.

  41. 1400: 

    The flurry of Dundee United activity in front of Fraser Forster's goal has energised the home support, who are getting right behind their team.

  42. 1400: 

    We have booking number five: Keith Watson is the latest guilty party for a crunching, sliding challenge on Georgios Samaras that sends the galloping Greek spinning to the turf.

  43. 1402: 

    Celtic come within a whisker of scoring their third of the afternoon as substitute Leigh Griffiths, legs and arms pumping across the Tannadice pitch, homes in on a through ball but United are alive to the danger.

    Play rages up the other end and Nadir Ciftci is thwarted just as he's about to pull the trigger and Keith Watson then drags a shot wide.

    The players have clearly had their Weetabix...

  44. 1404: 

    Referee Craig Thomson stops play to "have a word" in Neil Lennon's ear. Calm is restored and we're back under way with Celtic retaining their two-goal lead with half an hour remaining.

  45. 1406: 

    United surrender possession on the edge the area and Leigh Griffiths is onto it in a flash. His daisy-cutter is brilliantly tipped away by the Ninja-like Cierzniak. Great stuff at Tannadice!

  46. 1409: 

    Celtic have upped the pace again as Anthony Stokes feeds Leigh Griffiths and the former Hibs marksman curls a left foot shot just beyond Cierzniak's far post.

  47. 1411: 

    Another chance for Celtic as Virgil van Dijk gallops forward from defence and the ball finds its way to Kris Commons but he can't get it out from under his feet and United thank their keeper Cierzniak once again as he saves.

  48. 1414: 
    Stokes at the double
    Anthony Stokes doubled Celtic's lead

    Anthony Stokes doubled Celtic's lead before the break to cap a fine passing move that dissected United's defence.

  49. 1418: 

    United win a corner as Robertson plays the ball off of Brown but Paton's volley from the set-piece speeds straight into the arms of Forster.

  50. 1420: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "United came out well at the start of the second half but haven't been able to get a goal. With about 18 remaining, Celtic have the players to kill the game."

  51. 1423: 

    Leigh Griffiths chases down Dundee United's Keith Watson and the Celtic substitute then bumps into a pitch-side cameraman; triggering It's A Knockout style scenes as Griffiths offers a consoling word as the camera's stitched back together.

  52. 1424: 

    United are knocking at the door here as Stuart Armstrong's fizzing drive from the edge of the area is pushed away by Fraser Forster for a corner. Can either side add to those two first-half goals?

  53. 1428: 

    Celtic force a flurry of corners and appear content to take the steam out of United's mini revival. Leigh Griffiths, after a bit of keepie-uppie, fires a volley that forces a good save from Cierzniak.


    Ardisss: "Celtic don't dominate teams in the middle when Kayal is in there, hasn't been the same player since his injury problems."


    Board67: "Have Utd made a challenge yet today that hasn't hurt somebody? #bbcsportscot"

  56. 1435: 

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

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

    Referee: Stephen Finnie

  57. 1439: 

    St Mirren: Dilo, Naismith, McGregor, McAusland, Kelly, Newton, Goodwin, McLean, McGinn, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: van Zanten, Campbell, Magennis, Teale, Wylde, Mathers, Djemba-Djemba.

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Reid, Kerr, McManus, Hammell, Ainsworth, Lasley, Leitch, Vigurs, Sutton, Anier. Subs: Francis-Angol, Erwin, Stewart, Moore, Murray, Thomas, Cadden.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  58. 1440: 
    FULL-TIME- Dundee United 0-2 Celtic

    Two cracking goals from Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes are enough to see Premiership champions Celtic seal victory against Dundee United at Tannadice. The hosts improved after the break but lacked a cutting edge to seriously trouble Fraser Forster.

  59. 1442: 

    Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson failed a fitness test ahead of the trip to St Mirren Park after picking up an injury in training.

    Craig Reid and Henri Anier are declared fit, meaning just one change from the team that won at Inverness in midweek, as Lionel Ainsworth came in.

    Saints make two changes with Marc McAusland and Paul McGowan in for Gregg Wylde and Adam Campbell.

  60. 1444: 
    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson

    "Fans are steadily streaming into New Douglas Park in anticipation of a tense, nervous and possibly critical game. Hamilton and Dundee can barely separated at the top of the Championship, so which side will cope with the pressure of the occasion and take an advantage in the title race? Only four games left after this one, but Hamilton haven't even managed a goal against Dundee (or Paul Hartley) this season."

  61. 1445: 

    Richard Wilson has assessed Hamilton's youth development strategy, one which this afternoon's opponents are keen to emulate...

  62. 1448: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "The goals we lost today were very cheap and we need to take our chances. We're looking forward to next week [Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Rangers]."

  63. 1449: 

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Ashcroft, Maksimenko, Tesselaar, Eremenko, Irvine, Muirhead, Slater, McKenzie, Boyd. Subs: Fowler, Nicholson, Gros, Reguero, Clohessy, Gardyne, Bouzid.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Wright, Brian Easton, Croft, Dunne, Millar, Wotherspoon, May, MacLean. Subs: Cregg, Hasselbaink, Banks, Miller, Clancy, Iwelumo, O'Halloran.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  64. 1457: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "I'm delighted. It was a wonderful performance and we controlled the game from start to finish. We wanted to come here and put a marker down. A lot of nice things has been said about Dundee United's youngsters this season. A lot of people take Celtic for granted, I don't.

    "We had to ensure the fans went away happy. Our football, at times, was exhibition stuff."


    Paul Anthony Cassidy: "So is Timmy Mallet the mystery fan who cleared the Arabs' debt??"

    Speculation suggests Grotbags was involved at some stage...

  66. 1500: 

    Here we go, a nerve-shredding afternoon for Hearts fans among others beckons...

  67. 1504: 

    Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen thwarts the Buddies with a superb save to deny McLean and Goodwin heads the rebound wide.

  68. 1505: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-0 Hearts (Doolan)

    Bad news for Hearts as Kris Doolan takes advantage of poor defending to rifle the ball home.

  69. 1506: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-0 St Johnstone (Muirhead)

    Allan Johnston's side break the deadlock through Robbie Muirhead whose close-range finish punishes some statuesque St Johnstone defending.

  70. 1508: 
    Timmy Mallett at Tannadice
    Timmy Mallett at Tannadice

    "I've just met Nadir Ciftci and he's a really entertaining fella. You can see why Celtic are champions; they come with a spark and a magic."

  71. 1510: 

    It's still goalless in Paisley but Motherwell are within a lick of paint of taking the lead as John Sutton's header scrapes a post on its way out for a goal kick.

  72. 1511: 

    Hearts look "drained" at Firhill, according to BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller. "They'll need to up their game," the Dons legend adds.

    Gary Locke's men need to win at Firhill and hope St Mirren lose at home to Motherwell to again stave off relegation for another week...

  73. 1515: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-1 Motherwell (Anier)

    Wonderful ball over the top by Stephen McManus releases Lionel Ainsworth who, in turn, plays in Estonian Henri Anier to net his second goal in two games.


    Tom Watson: "Any chance u could let the wife know I've gone 2 the park with the boy & will b home the back of 5? #PublicServiceBroadcasting"

    Consider it done, Tom. You've to ensure you're back in time for The Voice and bring in some mince for dinner...

  75. 1522: 

    Hearts, ferocious in their Edinburgh derby victory, need to find a spark from somewhere as they trail to that early Kris Doolan goal at Firhill.

  76. 1524: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-2 Motherwell (Sutton)

    The lowest stooping header you will ever see from John Sutton, who's on hand to put in Lionel Ainsworth's knock-down from Stevie Hammell's delivery! The bewildered Buddies are receiving a brutal bashing in Paisley...

  77. 1525: 

    Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor fails to fire an effort on target with BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller is urging him to shoot.

    Half expected the bold Willie to remove the headphones in disgust there and head for home...

  78. 1528: 

    St Mirren are being torn apart as John Sutton almost adds a third for Motherwell - and the fact that Killie and Partick Thistle are both winning doesn't make things any better for the Buddies at the moment.

  79. 1530: 
    GOAL- Falkirk 2-0 Cowdenbeath (Rory Loy)
  80. 1532: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone (Wright)

    St Johnstone are level as Frazer Wright scores against his former club, meeting Lee Croft's cross with a bullet header. Game on!

  81. 1534: 
    GOAL- Hamilton 0-1 Dundee (Boyle)
  82. 1541: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-2 Motherwell (Thompson)

    Steven Thompson volleys in his 15th goal of the season following Kenny McLean's corner to bring St Mirren back into the match against Motherwell! He urges the home support to get behind them as they now go in search of an equalising goal!

  83. 1542: 
    GOAL- Stirling 0-1 Berwick (Darren Lavery)
  84. 1544: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-1 Hearts (Carrick)

    Hearts are back in it as Dale Carrick heads home from inside the penalty area after great work from Billy King. A lifeline for the stricken Jambos!

  85. 1545: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone (Anderson)

    Having trailed at Rugby Park, St Johnstone take the lead through an impudent finish through Steven Anderson with a cheeky backheel.

  86. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 1-2 Motherwell

    The Buddies buckled early on against the Steelmen as goals from Henri Anier and John Sutton put Well in the driving seat. But Steven Thompson's counter has given St Mirren hope of getting back into this game.

  87. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick 1-1 Hearts

    Can the Jambos stave off relegation for another week? Falling behind to Kris Doolan's goal amid calamitous defending, Gary Locke's troops have fought their way back into the game courtesy of Dale Carrick's header. All is not lost for those in maroon...

  88. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone

    Tommy Wright's half-time cuppa will taste sweeter after watching his side come from behind to lead at the break. You fancy there'll be more goals in this one...

  89. 1551: 
    HALF-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Dumbarton 1-0 Alloa

    Falkirk 3-0 Cowdenbeath

    Hamilton 0-1 Dundee

    Morton 2-0 Livingston

  90. 1552: 
    HALF-TIME- Scottish League One

    Airdrieonians 1-0 Dunfermline

    Brechin 1-0 Ayr

    East Fife 1-0 Stranraer

    Stenhousemuir 1-1 Arbroath


    Gerard Boyd: "Dees been scrappy here but crucial opener..."

    Funkibazi: "Just think?...If Hearts had not been docked 15 pts....They would still be bottom?"

  92. 1554: 
    HALF-TIME- Scottish League Two

    Albion 1-0 East Stirling

    Clyde 0-1 Annan Athletic

    Elgin 0-1 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 0-0 Montrose

    Stirling 0-1 Berwick

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at New Douglas Park

    "A nervous, frantic and at times untidy game seemed to be suffering from the weight of expectation. Neither side could establish a foothold, but Martin Boyle broke the deadlock for Dundee in the 37th minute, finishing deftly despite a suspicion of offside. Hamilton need to find their poise after the interval."

  94. 1600: 

    Ready to rock in the second half!

  95. 1604: 
    Clyde 0-2 Annan Athletic (Josh Todd)GOAL
  96. 1605: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-2 Hearts (King)

    Now, then. Billy King sends the Jambos bananas as he rifles home an unstoppable shot to give Hearts the lead. Incredible strike!

  97. 1608: 

    Referee Euan Norris has picked up some sort of injury so fourth official Iain Brines will ref the second half of St Mirren v Motherwell. An early bath for the whistler and a chance to play the X-Box...

  98. 1610: 
    GOAL- Falkirk 5-0 Cowdenbeath (Rory Loy hat-trick)
  99. 1612: 

    What a save by Gunnar Neilsen! Rising like a river-leaping salmon to tip away Kenny MacLean's drive. The Buddies are plugging away here...

  100. 1614: 
    GOAL- Peterhead 1-0 Montrose (Ryan Strachan)
  101. 1617: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-3 Hearts (Stevenson)

    Hearts are in DREAMLAND. Ryan Stevenson peels off his marker to fire home a third goal for the Jambos. What a turnaround for Gary Locke's men, stirring stuff from the capital outfit.

  102. 1619: 

    St Mirren goalkeeper Chris Dilo denies Lionel Ainsworth - the Motherwell winger's already set two goals up for his side this afternoon, now he wants a goal of his own!

  103. 1622: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Hearts are playing well enough although Partick will try to get back into it. They've been well worked goals and well taken. Billy King has played a huge part: setting up two and scoring one himself."


    Inverness CT keeper Dean Brill: "Great derby win last night!! Buzzing to go into the split with 3 points!! Couple of weeks now before a big 5 games!! #ictfc"

  105. 1625: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-4 Hearts (Stevenson)

    Hearts are pulverising Partick at Firhill. It's a second Ryan Stevenson goal of the game as he flashes a drive into the net beyond the helpless Paul Gallacher.

  106. 1626: 
    GOAL- Hamilton 1-1 Dundee (Mickael Antoine-Curier)
  107. 1630: 
    GOAL- Stenhousemuir 1-2 Arbroath (Robert Linn)
  108. 1632: 
    GOAL- Brechin 2-1 Ayr (Alan Forrest)
  109. 1635: 
    BBC Sportsound's Rob Maclean at Rugby Park

    "St Johnstone are homing on a very significant win ahead of next weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final."


    Robbie Devenney: "Hearts, the in form bottom six team apparently #bbcsportscot"

  111. 1644: 
    GOAL- Partick 2-4 Hearts (McMillan)

    Jordan McMillan's angled drive reduces the deficit for Thistle...

  112. 1645: 
    PENALTY- St Mirren have a penalty
  113. 1646: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 2-2 Motherwell (Kenny MacLean)

    Gregg Wylde's cross seems to be handled by Stephen McManus presents Kenny McLean with a chance from the spot and he fires home.

  114. 1647: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 3-2 Motherwell (Thompson)

    Absolutely incredible! Steven Thompson with his second of the afternoon, gives St Mirren the lead and with it, will seal Hearts' fate and see them relegated.


    Anonymous: "Chic is very happy, u hear it is in his voice .x "

  116. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone
  117. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick 2-4 Hearts
  118. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 3-2 Motherwell
  119. 1651: 

    Hearts FC: "Sensational 'last stand' from Hearts in the past week, but sadly to no avail as the Jambos are relegated to the SPFL Championship today. The Hearts players are saluting the brilliant away support. The Jambos fans sing "We'll be back" as the teams leave the field."


    SPLstats: "Hearts have suffered their first relegation since 1980/81. Killie went down with them that year."


    Alan Simpson: "I'm a Hearts fan, & its a pity they are showing a fight back spirit so late in the season, & now it's over. Hard Luck boys. x"

  123. 1710: 
    Broken Hearts
    Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson

    Despite beating Partick Thistle 4-2, Hearts were relegated following St Mirren's late comeback to win at home to Motherwell.

    FULL-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Dumbarton 4-1 Alloa

    Falkirk 5-0 Cowdenbeath

    Hamilton 1-1 Dundee

    Morton 2-0 Livingston

    FULL-TIME- Scottish League One

    Airdrieonians 2-0 Dunfermline

    Brechin 2-1 Ayr

    East Fife 1-1 Stranraer

    Stenhousemuir 2-2 Arbroath

    FULL-TIME- Scottish League Two

    Albion 2-1 East Stirling

    Clyde 0-3 Annan Athletic

    Elgin 1-1 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 4-0 Montrose

    Stirling 2-1 Berwick


    NYcheesy: "Accepted the punishment; down with dignity. The REAL fight begins."

    Ryan Hawes: "The weird thing is most Hibees will be Hearts fans for the last 5 to help us from the playoff spot (bar the final derby mind) #bbcsportscot"

    Tom Watson: "A fighting end to the campaign from a hearts team that's been fighting all the way. They will come back a very strong team."

  128. 1725: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke on relegation

    "We're disappointed but with the backing we've got we're confident of coming back up.

    "All the players have improved over the course of the season. Thanks to the fans from myself and the coaching staff, the backing we've had has been remarkable."

  129. 1727: 

    Keep your reaction coming to Hearts' relegation from the Scottish Premiership. Our attention now turns to Scotland's women and their World Cup qualifier against Poland at Fir Park.

  130. 1728: 

    Anna Signeul's side have seen off the Faroe Islands, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Northern Ireland and Poland with convincing victories - and scored 18 goals along the way - to take them to the top of Group 4.

  131. 1729: 

    They're now looking to gain maximum points from their upcoming double header against the Poles and Bosnia next midweek.

  132. 1731: 

    We're under way at Fir Park in Scotland's World Cup qualifier...


    Scotland: Fay (c), L.Ross, Love, Lauder, Little, Sneddon, Evans, J.Ross, Corsie, Beattie, Brown. Subs: Lynn (GK), Black, Mitchell, Crichton, J Murray, Docherty, Lappin.

    Poland: Szymanska, Krzysik, Mika(c), Aszkiełowicz, Gonzalez, Chudzik, Niciński, Balcerzak, Pakulska, Sikora, Wiśniewska.

  133. 1741: 

    Scotland have started well at Fir Park but the Poles have repelled all attacks in the opening 10 minutes.


    Brian Martin: "Premier League winner for 14/15 already known. SPFL stagnant pool with other teams fighting for oxygen."

    Michael Brown: "Good riddance? No. Nothing but karma."

  135. 1750: 

    Rachel Corsie threads a great ball through to Leanne Ross and the Poles block for a corner. The Scots fail to get an effort on target from the set piece and, with 20 minutes gone, we're still waiting for the World Cup qualifier to ignite.

  136. 1755: 

    The Poles have a free kick wide on the left but Montpellier's Jennifer Beattie is equal to the task and clears for Scotland. Anna Signeul's side, aiming to extend their winning run to five games in Group 4, are looking for a spark.

  137. 1758: 

    Much more like it from Scotland. Jane Ross scampers down the left and skips past Poland skipper Mika but her centre fails to find a blue shirt. Panic, though, for the visitors and the home fans inside Fir Park roar their side on.

  138. 1804: 

    Scotland continue to probe for the opener but Poland appear comfortable to deal with the aerial threat; patience required for the hosts with a little over 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

  139. 1805: 

    Poland's goalkeeper Szymanska is quick off her line to gather another cross and the visitors are holding firm in the face of increasing Scottish pressure.

  140. 1807: 

    Scotland come within a lick of paint from taking the lead as midfielder Lisa Evans fizzes in a shot that forces Szymanska into a superb save, tipping the drive onto the bar.

  141. 1811: 

    Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay has had little to do in this first half but she reacts superbly to tip away Pakulska's goal-bound effort. Great save! The Poles are beginning to warm to the task...


    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan: "Great effort from @LisaEvans_17 pushed on to the bar by the keeper. Scotland look the most likely to score. Still 0-0 #ScotlandPassion"

  143. 1816: 
    HALF-TIME- Scotland 0-0 Poland

    Despite enjoying the majority of possession and carving out a couple of great chances, the Scots have been unable to breach the determined Polish rearguard. It's all-square at the break.

  144. 1820: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds at Fir Park

    "If Scotland don't get the breakthrough early in the second half then I'd be a tad worried."

    Poles Apart
    Kim Little (left) is closed down by Poland's Marta Mika

    Scotland struggled to break down fierce Polish resistance in the first half at Fir Park.

  146. 1832: 

    The second half gets under way, can Scotland make the breakthrough?

  147. 1836: 

    Two chances within a minute for Scotland as Joanne Love's header is well saved by Szymanska and the Scots press again to no avail as once again the visitors clear.

  148. 1838: 
    GOAL- Scotland 1-0 Poland (Lisa Evans)

    They've done it! Kim Little threads a superb pass through the Polish defence for Lisa Evans to rifle the ball home at Szymanska's near post. The Scots have been rewarded for their persistence; will the Poles now show more attacking endeavour?

  149. 1841: 

    Emboldened by that opener, Scotland press for a second but an impressive passing move that slices through the Polish defence peters out with a poor cross straight into the arms of Szymanska.

  150. 1845: 

    Scotland shuffle their pack with Nicola Docherty replacing Joanne Love. We've got half an hour remaining at Fir Park and the Scots are on course to maintain their 100% winning record in Group 4.

  151. 1849: 

    Leanne Ross looks odds to double Scotland's lead but Aszkiełowicz recovers brilliantly to block her effort and the Poles scramble clear.

  152. 1852: 

    The sun puts in an appearance over Fir Park and Lisa Evans's goal has further brightened Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes...

  153. 1854: 

    Lisa Evans thunders down the left and her impress run allows her to dink a pass into Jane Ross but the Poles clear for a corner. Superb play from the Scots as they increase the tempo in search of a second goal.

  154. 1859: 

    Scotland may be a goal to the good but Poland remain a threat and Balcerzak's shot forces a superb save from Gemma Fay, who tips the shot onto the bar.

  155. 1902: 

    Lisa Evans has proved a real thorn in Poland's side this evening and her lung-bursting run takes her clear in the box but her shot slides agonisingly wide of Szymanska's left-hand post.

  156. 1907: 
    GOAL- Scotland 2-0 Poland (Crichton)

    Scotland double their lead and all but seal victory as Lisa Evans knocks down Kim Little's cross and substitute Leanne Crichton is able to rifle the ball home.

  157. 1920: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 2-0 Poland

    Scotland make it five qualifying wins in as many games in World Cup qualifying Group 4 with a hard-fought victory over Poland at Fir Park. Anna Signeul's side were finally rewarded for their patience and will travel to Bosnia with a spring in their step.

  158. 1922: 
    Scotland's Kim Little

    "It was tough and we didn't perform the way we wanted in the first half. But we scored two good goals, kept a clean sheet and it's another three points. They sat in but we've got the three points we came for."

  159. 1926: 
    Scotland Marching On
    Scotland substitute Leanne Crichton is congratulated after doubling their lead at Fir Park

    Scotland made it five qualifying wins in as many games after overcoming obdurate Polish defending at Fir Park.


    Rory in Dysart: "When are we going to recognise Scotland have a world-class keeper with Gemma Fay at 171 caps?"

    Gemma was outstanding when called upon against the Poles...

    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "Well done to Scotland Women, 2-0 v Poland, now five wins out of five in qualifying for 2015 World Cup. Superb goals by Evans and Crichton."

  162. 1932: 
    Scotland head coach Anna Signeul

    "They were sitting so deep, it was difficult to get behind them in the first half. It's fantastic and it's important that we keep being positive and just expect to score lots of goals and be brilliant all the time. We have to appreciate all the good things we do and enjoy a victory like this."

  163. 1935: 

    What a day it's been. Celtic recorded a victory over Dundee United with Timmy Mallett - remember him? - looking on from the stand at Tannadice.

    Then Hearts thrashed Partick Thistle and looked odds on to stave off relegation for another week. However, St Mirren's late show at home to Motherwell stunned the Jambos and confirm their drop to the Championship.

    Hearts boss Gary Locke praised the fans for sticking by the club during their recent problems and said they were determined to bounce straight back up.

    And Scotland's women continued their impressive form in World Cup qualifying with victory over Poland, their fifth straight win.

    We're back tomorrow for the Ramsdens Cup final between Rangers and Raith Rovers. Plus, we'll have highlights of all the Premiership games from 6pm.

    Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 05 Apr 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 33 66 88
No movement 2 Aberdeen 32 15 60
No movement 3 Motherwell 33 5 60
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 33 17 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 33 5 52
No movement 6 St Johnstone 33 7 48
No movement 7 Hibernian 32 -13 34
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 33 -16 33
No movement 9 Ross County 33 -18 31
Moving up 10 St Mirren 33 -21 31
Moving down 11 Partick Thistle 33 -21 30
No movement 12 Hearts 33 -26 13