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Roddie McVake

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    That's it from me tonight folks on what has been a dramatic evening of action.

    Congratulations to Alloa for reaching the Challenge Cup Final with a stunning comeback win over Rangers and well done to Celtic, who have gone three points clear at the top of the Premiership with a home win over Partick Thistle.

    Thanks for joining us.


    "The biggest disappointment is they scored from a set play. But we had a few chances of our own, we got a couple of crosses into the box that we should have scored from.

    "We lost 6-0 here the last time so the boys did well to come here and put their foot on the ball at times."

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    Nicola: "Ally to stay!!!! It's not his fault u fickle fans!!! Boardroom is to blame and so called fans who don't show at Ibrox these days!!!!"

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    Alloa celebrate

    It's party time at Recreation Park for Alloa as they celebrate a sensational 3-2 comeback win against Rangers in the Challenge Cup semi-final.


    "We have played better but I'm happy with the points. We deserved to win but we have more to go. We should have finished the game off and we need to be more effective with our chances, but sometimes it's like that. Virgil was very good today and we had a fantastic save from Craig Gordon at the end.

    "Virgil is a very important player, he is a leader and is performing week in week out. We want to keep him, we are building a team around him."


    David Morrow: "McCoist to go. Rangers need new owners, new players, new everything. Well done to Alloa tonight Good goals."


    Greig Spence scored a double for Alloa tonight and he spoke to us after the win over Rangers.

    "We lost two goals that were quite soft but when we got the first goal back we knew we had a great chance of winning the game. You want to play in finals and for the club it's massive. In the first half we were by far the better team."

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    There are clearly some angry Rangers fans out there after tonight's defeat at Recreation Park. Manager Ally McCoist is taking the bulk of the flak that's flying.


    Alex: "Edge of the cliff was tonight for Ally McCoist... Alloa pushed him off that cliff. Ally please go now. It's now well proven u are not rangers manager material. Please don't embarrass us rangers fans any more."

    Eddie: "Sad as it is...maybe time for super ally to go."


    Our reporter Charlie Mann spoke to a delighted Barry Smith after his Alloa side came back from 2-0 down to beat Rangers 3-2.

    "They showed the character and team spirit that's there. To come from 2-0 down shows the character and quality in the dressing room. I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory.

    "Even at 2-0 I had the belief we could still get back into the game. It's a part time club and these boys were working this afternoon, to beat Rangers is a massive achievement."


    Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle

    It's all over at Celtic Park and Ronny Deila's men take the three points against a hard-working Partick Thistle side.

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    Virgil van Dijk almost goes from saint to sinner as Steven Lawless goes down under the Dutchman's challenge in the box, but referee Brian Colvin waves away the penalty appeals.

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    We're into three minutes of stoppage time at Celtic Park and Virgil van Dijk's sixth goal of the season still separates Celtic and Partick Thistle.

    The hosts look like going three points clear of Inverness at the top of the Scottish Premiership.


    Ross: "Poor old Gers fans must be wishing for the good old days, when it was known as the Ramsdens cup."


    Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan hooks a brilliant effort over his shoulder but Celtic keeper Craig Gordon gets down well to make the save.

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    Virgil van Dijk scores

    Celtic are a goal to the good against Partick Thistle as we enter the last few minutes, with Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk volleying home for Ronny Deila's men.

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    Seven minutes left at Celtic Park and the hosts are still pressing to get that killer second goal.

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    Celtic go close to their second of the night. Virgil van Dijk has a sight of goal but he tries to pick out Kris Commons rather than going for goal, and the chance is wasted.


    Declan McDaid is on for Partick as they chase a leveller, with Stuart Bannigan making way.

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    Ryan McCord goal

    Ryan McCord drew Alloa level with a neat finish and Greig Spence grabbed his second of the night to make it 3-2.


    Alloa 3-2 Rangers

    What an stunning result for Alloa as they roar back from 2-0 down to see off Rangers. The Wasps are off to the Challenge Cup Final.

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    Celtic's Kris Commons has a dig but Partick keeper Paul Gallacher deals with it well.

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    We're into stoppage time and as it stands Alloa will meet Livingston in the Challenge Cup Final.

  24. GOAL

    Alloa 3-2 Rangers (Spence)

    An amazing comeback at Recreation Park. Greig Spence brilliantly slots the ball into the bottom corner of Steve Simonsen's net from a delivery from the left.


    Celtic manager Ronny Deila makes a double switch with John Guidetti and Aleksandar Tonev off and Kris Commons and Stefan Scepovic on.


    Partick's Kallum Higginbotham makes way for Steven Lawless.


    Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch is booked for a foul on Greig Spence.


    Rangers sub Jon Daly collects an Ian Black free-kick in the area, flicks it up and nods it goalwards from a few yards out but keeper Craig McDowall is equal to it, palming the ball over the top.


    Rangers boss Ally McCoist takes Fraser Aird off, with David Templeton on in his place.


    As Celtic celebrate their opener, Alan Archibald makes a change for Partick as Kris Doolan comes on for Ryan Stevenson.

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Celtic finally make the breakthrough. A well-flighted Johansen free-kick falls to Virgil van Dijk inside the area, he cannot make full contact with his head, but the ball drops to his feet and he stabs home from close range."

  32. GOAL

    Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle (Van Dijk)

    Virgil van Dijk has looked a threat all night and he volleys the ball home from eight yards to send his side into the lead.

  33. GOAL

    Alloa 2-2 Rangers (McCord)

    Edward Ferns is again the creator with a great delivery from the right that is perfect for Ryan McCord to slot home, The Rangers defence didn't look too clever for that one and it's all square.

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    Partick are enjoying a decent spell of possession at Celtic Park with Ryan Stevenson and James Craigen looking lively.

  35. GOAL

    Alloa 1-2 Rangers (Spence)

    Alloa get right back into this game, Mark Docherty provides the delivery from the left and Greig Spence is in acres of space to nod home.


    Alloa boss Barry Smith also makes a change, sending on Edward Ferns for Adam Asghar.


    Rangers boss Ally McCoist makes a change with Jon Daly on in place of Kris Boyd.

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    With 25 minutes left to play at Recreation Park, Barry Smith's Alloa side have it all to do to set up a Challenge Cup Final date with Livingston.

  39. GOAL

    Alloa 0-2 Rangers (Shiels)

    Kenny Miller does the set-up work with some strong hold-up play and when he knocks it towards Dean Shiels the Northern Irishman nicks in front of a defender and curls the ball into the bottom right corner.

  40. CLOSE!

    A moment of panic for Steve Simonsen as a cross from Ryan McCord pings off defender Bilel Mohsni and the Rangers keeper needs to make a flapping save at his near post.


    Celtic boss Ronny Deila makes one change at the interval with Nir Bitton on in place of Charlie Mulgrew.

  42. KICK-OFF

    The second half is under way at Celtic Park.

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    John Guidetti

    Celtic striker John Guidetti has had a few chances tonight against Partick Thistle but he has been unable to get the better of Paul Gallacher.

    There's still 45 minutes to go though and Jags boss Alan Archibald will be hammering home to his players that concentration is key when the Swede is on the pitch.

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    Can you see Alloa getting back into the match at Recreation Park?

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "The clearer chances belonged to Celtic, with Johansen and Tonev the most influential of their attackers, but Thistle were determined at the back and game up front. Celtic need to up the tempo and try to spring players in behind the Thistle defence, too many attacks are pulling up short as they try one-twos around the edge of the penalty area."

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    Billy Stark at Celtic Park

    "You could argue that Celtic maybe deserve to be in front but what a chance Partick had from that free-kick when Osman headed over the bar. I think Alan Archibald will be quite pleased but they will be looking to do more with their set pieces."

  47. GOAL

    Alloa 0-1 Rangers (Miller)

    Kris Boyd hammers in a free-kick from 25 yards and Craig McDowall can only claw it back out where Kenny Miller is waiting to lash the ball home from 10 yards.


    Referee Brian Colvin brings the first half to a close at Celtic Park. It remains 0-0.

  49. KICK-OFF

    The action is underway again at Recreation Park.

    A goal or two would be nice lads...

  50. CLOSE!

    Celtic's Anthony Stokes and Stefan Johansen link brilliantly at the edge of the area but the former fluffs his lines when the ball is played back to him, and the ball goes well wide.

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    Adam Matthews shoots wide as Celtic continue to press for the opener and then, following a blunder from Partick's Abdul Osman, the hosts pass up a fine chance to take the lead, with Anthony Stokes eventually taking a shot that drifts wide.

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    Partick Thistle keeper Paul Gallacher looks a bit worried as Virgil van Dijk tries a shot but it bounces into the ground and goes narrowly over.

    The big Dutchman seems just as capable of sniffing out chances as he is at snuffing them out at the other end.

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    Aleksandar Tonev

    Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev has been one of the most lively players on show in Glasgow but the score remains 0-0.


    Hugh: "I have just watched Alloa comprehensively outplay every sense. Rangers were being touted on Sat as a top six team. Where does that place Alloa, and worse, Kilmarnock?"

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "For all that Partick Thistle have tried to be bright and ambitious on the ball, and Celtic have been occasionally too casual, it is the home side that has dominated possession. Stefan Johansen has been particularly prominent and seems the most likely to create threatening moments."


    Referee John McKendrick brings the first half to a close at Recreation Park, with the score 0-0.

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    Partick go close to our first goal of the night as Stuart Bannigan delivers a free-kick that Abdul Osman nods just over the bar. Craig Gordon looked well beaten if the effort had been on target.

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    Mark Docherty is the next Alloa player to try his luck but his shot from 22 yards is easily scooped up by Steve Simonsen.

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    Another chance for Celtic but John Guidetti can only find the side netting from close range after more good work from the excellent Stefan Johansen.

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    Celtic threaten again as Stefan Johansen's corner is met by the head of Virgil van Dijk but it takes a touch off a Partick defender and goes out for another corner that comes to nothing.

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    A brief moment of danger from Partick Thistle as Stephen O'Donnell races up the flank and whips in a brilliant low ball, but Celtic keeper Craig Gordon collects with two Jags men waiting to pounce.

  62. CLOSE

    As if to emphasise my previous point, Alloa striker Liam Buchanan gets the jump on the Rangers defence to meet a header near the penalty spot but skews his effort well off target. Moments later, the same player has a great chance as the ball breaks to him but drags his shot wide with a lot of the goal to aim for.

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    With 10 minutes left in the first half at Recreation Park Alloa will be the happier side. They are competing well and have had the best sight of goal through Greig Spence.

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    Kenny Miller hooks the ball into the path of Kris Boyd but the Rangers striker cannot get it under control in the penalty area and the danger is cleared. Alloa break swiftly and visiting keeper Steve Simonsen has to sweep up at the edge of his own box.

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Flat occasion so far at Celtic Park. John Guidetti and Aleksandar Tonev have already threatened for the home side, but Thistle have also been prepared to commit men forward, particularly at full-back, in support of Ryan Stevenson."


    Paul Gallacher is called into action again at Celtic Park as Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk crashes in a brilliant effort from 30 yards that needs tipped wide.

    The hosts are getting closer to the opener here...

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    Aleksandar Tonev has made a bright start for Celtic and he fires in a shot that Paul Gallacher has to tip wide for a corner.


    Michael McBrier: "Think the alcohol ban should be lifted but strict regulations must be put in place and held. And if you take it too far, you need to face a substantial penalty."

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    Celtic almost edge ahead and it's that man John Guidetti again. The Swede, the scourge of Thistle the last time the sides met, sees his header easily saved by Paul Gallacher after good wing play from Aleksandar Tonev.

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    Alloa go on the attack next and Adam Asghar drives in a shot from distance that goalkeeper Steve Simonsen is relieved to see skid wide.

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    Nicky Law scored two screamers for Rangers in Sunday's 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock, so it's no surprise to see him have a pop from distance. This time the midfielder's effort flies high over the crossbar.

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    Lewis Macleod

    Rangers suffered an early blow at recreation Park as Lewis Macleod was carried off with a suspected hamstring injury.

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    Celtic are getting familiar with the ball in the opening exchanges but they haven't troubled Jags keeper Paul Gallacher as yet.


    Kenny Simpson: "Personally don't agree that the alcohol ban should be lifted. There will always be a few that will take it too far."

  75. CLOSE!

    Alloa almost hit the front against Rangers but after a well-worked free-kick Greig Spence fires tamely at goalkeeper Steve Simonsen from a few yards out.

  76. KICK-OFF

    We're off at Celtic Park...

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Celtic Park

    "Partick Thistle suffered a heavy defeat at Celtic Park earlier this season, so every likelihood they will approach this game cautiously. The home side have a strong line-up, with John Guidetti in a fine run of form. This could be a case of attack v defence for most of the night."

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    Kick off is fast approaching at Celtic Park...


    Dean Shiels is on for the Ibrox outfit in place of Lewis Macleod.

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    Injury worry for Rangers as Lewis Macleod goes down after pulling up with a possible hamstring injury. It looks like the midfielder is coming off.

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    Rangers' Lewis Macleod tries his luck from the edge of the area but it's blocked by a diving Alloa body.

    Early commitment on show from the Wasps.

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    Not much in the way of goalmouth action between Alloa and Rangers as of yet.


    "We had a couple of late call-offs. I think we have a bug going through the squad.

    "We go in with confidence and hopefully we can come here and get a result. We're definitely here to get something."


    Our reporter Chris McLaughlin has been talking to the Celtic manager ahead of their meeting with Partick Thistle.

    "It's going to be a tough game. They are a good team. We're going to have a lot of possession but we have to make sure we're going forward.

    "We are coming more and more together and we know what's expected in every position, the confidence also helps."

  85. KICK-OFF

    And we're off at Recreation Park.

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    The officials have just led the teams out on to the pitch...

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    Kick off at Recreation Park is not too far way now...


    Barry Hearn at SFA convention

    Elsewhere today there was an SFA convention at Hampden and Barry Hearn, the sports promoter who revitalised darts, offered a few forthright views on what he thinks is wrong with Scottish football.

    Hearn reckons it's a disgrace that the Premiership has no sponsor and he also believes the alcohol ban in Scottish football grounds should be lifted.

    Do you agree with him? Let us know by text on 80295, tweet to #bbcscotfootball or leave a message on our Facebook page.

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    This is Celtic's game in hand over their Premiership rivals and a win will take them three points clear of Inverness Caley Thistle at the summit.

    Alan Archibald's charges can move up to eighth with a victory.

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    John Guidetti

    Partick have been to Celtic Park already this season on League Cup duty and it was a big night for striker John Guidetti.

    Celtic's Swedish star helped himself to a hat-trick as the home side capitalised on Stuart Bannigan's sending off to record a 6-0 win and seal their spot in the semi-final.

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    Celtic have bossed this fixture since that win for Thistle in 1995 and will have happy memories of last season's match at Firhill in March when a 5-1 win secured the club's third Scottish top-flight title on the spin.

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    So Celtic manager Ronny Deila brings in Charlie Mulgrew and Aleksandar Tonev after Sunday's 4-0 Scottish Cup win at Hearts.

    Midfielder Mulgrew had recovered from a rib injury while winger Tonev, whose appeal against a seven-game ban for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan will be heard tomorrow, makes his first start since October.

    Thistle boss Alan Archibald drafts in Aaron Muirhead, Conrad Balatoni and James Craigen as Frederic Frans, Christie Elliott and Danny Seaborne drop out.

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    In the Premiership, Partick are looking to secure a first win over Celtic since May 1995.

    On that night Peter Grant scored a rare goal for the men in green but Roddy Grant replied and Wayne Foster's double won it for the Jags.

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    Livingston reach Challenge Cup Final

    Awaiting tonight's winners from Recreation Park are Livingston, who booked their spot in the final with a penalty shootout victory over Stranraer.


    "The mood in the camp is brilliant. These guys work all day but they're all desperate to play in the semi-final. We know Rangers are a good side but we've competed well with them this season. The boys can take confidence from our two results this season.

    "It's to be enjoyed, some of these boys might not play in another semi-final in their careers."

  96. Post update

    The Alloa-Rangers match kicks off at 19:30 and it's live on BBC Alba.

    There should be plenty of interest in this one with Alloa unbeaten in two games against the Ibrox men this season.

    The sides have met twice in the Championship and both matches have ended 1-1, but we'll have none of that tonight as the match will be played to a finish.

  97. LINE-UPS

    Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Izaguirre, Ambrose, van Dijk, Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen, Tonev, Stokes, Guidetti. Subs: Zaluska, Bitton, Scepovic, Commons, Berget, Kayal, McGregor.

    Partick: Thistle: Gallacher, O'Donnell, Muirhead, Balatoni, Carroll, Bannigan, Osman, Fraser, Stevenson, Craigen, Higginbotham. Subs: Fox, Welsh, Doolan, Lawless, McMillan, McDaid, Lindsay.

    The referee at Celtic Park is Brian Colvin.

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    With Inverness having hammered St Mirren in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday, and tonight's games, there's plenty to talk about and we want to hear from you.

    Fire a text our way to 80295, a tweet to #bbcscotfootball or get on the Facebook page to make your voice heard.

  99. LINE-UPS

    And here are the teams for the Challenge Cup match..

    Alloa: McDowall, Doyle, Benedictus, Gordon, Meggatt, Asghar, Hetherington, McCord, Docherty, Spence, Buchanan. Subs: Gibson, Ferns, Hynd, Forsyth, Wilson.

    Rangers: Simonsen, McGregor, McCulloch, Mohsni, Foster, Aird, Law, Black, Macleod, Boyd, Miller. Subs: Daly, Templeton, Clark, Faure, Hutton, Shiels, Robinson.

    The referee at Recreation Park is John McKendrick.

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    For your enjoyment tonight we have Partick Thistle's Premiership trip to league leaders Celtic and the Challenge Cup semi-final between Alloa Athletic and Rangers at Recreation Park.

  101. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to BBC Scotland's live text coverage of this midweek instalment of Scottish football.