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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Quite a night of Scottish Premiership action.

    Goals, penalties, sitters & managers seething at the referee. Never a dull moment!

    Rangers move ahead of Aberdeen in second place on goal difference, while Hearts continue their recent impressive form. There are also victories for Hibernian and Motherwell against Dundee and Ross County, respectively.

    Click on the links for the match reports from tonight's games. Highlights to follow on our website later.

    We're back for more of the same on Saturday; hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. Referee made 'terrible blunder' - Coyle

    FT: Motherwell 2-0 Ross County

    Ross County manager Owen Coyle told BBC Scotland: "The young kid [Harry Souttar] scores an own goal on his debut. That said, it sounds daft to say it, but I thought he had an outstanding performance. I've seen international stars in the Premier League in England crumble when something like that has happened but he picked himself up, played well in the game.

    "The second goal was as clear a foul as you're ever going to see. I hope it's shown because it's happened to Ross County again.

    "I think he's [Kevin Clancy] a very good referee but he's made a terrible blunder. Ciftci has just barged into the back of Marcus Fraser.

    "The reaction we showed was terrific, we created chances, the 'keeper has had an unbelievable save from Ross Draper's header, we had one cleared off the line.

    "There was things we were pleased about. I thought David Ngog was outstanding. Young Souttar did well. (Ross) Tansey is on his way back. So there's no doubt when we get them all together we're going to be a very good team."

    Ross County manager Owen Coyle
    Image caption: Ross County manager Owen Coyle
  3. 'We look ready for second half of season' - Murty

    FT: Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

    Rangers boss Graeme Murty on Rangers TV: "The guys put in a really big shift today. We were good at times, we were slick at times. But at times we had to do the other side of it; we had to put our bodies on the line.

    "Wes Foderingham pulled out a display there, when we really needed him, of excellent saves. He just underlined for me why he's one of, if not the, top goalkeeper in this league.

    "But we look a threat and we look ready for the second half of the season."

    Rangers boss Graeme Murty
    Image caption: Graeme Murty: "We were good at times, we were slick at times"
  4. First goal spurs Hearts to win, says Levein

    FT: Hamilton 0-3 Hearts

    Hearts manager Craig Levein told BBC Scotland: "The first half was quite attritional. It was who could get the dominance in the match and generally in this league the first goal tends to make a big difference. That was the case tonight. We managed to get that and then I felt we were comfortable.

    "We put them under pressure and made them make mistakes, which is a credit to our forward players. This is a hard place to come at any time and I don’t think I’ve ever won 3-0 here. I’m pleased with that, particularly after Sunday, when there could have been a comedown after that.

    "It’s not the best surface in the league, but our pitch isn’t the best surface in the league just now. The game is played slightly differently, the ball skids a lot more than it would do on grass, so it is difficult. I don’t think it was a factor in the match.

    "I said to the lads, 'this is not about 11 players, it’s every player in the squad'. Young Andy Irving made his debut and I thought he was very good. We had a few boys who were still not quite 100% after injuries, and we had our two main strikers missing."

    Hearts manager Craig Levein congratulates John Souttar
    Image caption: Craig Levein: "I felt we were comfortable"
  5. 'Hearts are form side in the country'

    Michael Stewart

    BBC Sportsound pundit

    Aberdeen’s terrible form against Rangers & Celtic continues this season. That needs to change. Great result for Rangers to get back into 2nd. Unbeaten in 11 and clean sheets in last 8, Hearts are the form side in the country and will take some beating.

    Important win for Hibs away at Dens, especially after the Edinburgh derby and to help maintain their position in the league.

    Dario Zanatta
    Image caption: Dario Zanatta celebrates his goal in the victory over Hamilton
  6. Canning bemoans defensive lapses

    FT: Hamilton 0-3 Hearts

    Hamilton manager Martin Canning tells BBC Scotland: "It’s so poor defensively. It’s cost us every week. It was the same against Motherwell on Saturday. It’s basic mistakes. I told them at half-time that decision making and concentration will be the difference between and losing. It’s another example of individual mistakes costing us points. It’s frustrating, but we need to dig deep and go again on Saturday.

    "We have bodies out, we don’t have players we can rotate with. It’s big boys playing men’s football and you’ve got to stand up. We’ll speak about it again, but you can only do that for so often before you have to do something about it. Maybe boys need to be taken out of it to regain their confidence, but we don’t have that luxury.

    "We’re still speaking to one or two that we’re tying to get in, to improve us. We’ll keep on trying until the end of the widow."

    Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning
    Image caption: Martin Canning: "We don’t have players we can rotate with"
  7. Scottish Premiership

    Here's the top six after tonight's matches, with Rangers leapfrogging Aberdeen on goal difference and Motherwell returning to the top half.

    Top Six
  8. 'It takes all your restraint not to go over the edge' - McCann

    FT: Dundee 0-1 HIbernian

    Dundee manager Neil McCann: "I'm disappointed that the referee doesn't send off John McGinn. I thought it was a second yellow card all day long; and he's denied us an opportunity to have a man advantage. I just can't believe it.

    "I was desperate for him [referee Don Robertson] to come over for a chat. I'm sick of it; I'm sick of things going against us where we don't seem to get decisions. We seem to get red cards and bookings. Jack Hendry's booking in the first half was so soft, then Glenn Kamara gets cleaned out - it just infuriates you as a manager.

    "It takes all your restraint not to go over the edge."

    Dundee manager Neil McCann reacts to discussion with referee Don Robertson
    Image caption: Dundee manager Neil McCann reacts to discussion with referee Don Robertson
  9. Robinson praises new signings as Motherwell win

    FT: Motherwell 2-0 Ross County

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson tells BBC Scotland: "I thought the result was more important than the performance tonight. I don't think we were at our best if we're being honest, but we were organised, the back four were excellent.

    "Trevor (Carson) made an excellent save, but other than that I didn't feel we were in any kind of trouble. We were comfortable in the game without playing overly well.

    "It was a game we needed to win. It pushes us back into the top six again.

    "I think Nadir (Ciftci) is only 70% fit at the minute. It's a super finish from Curtis Main. I'm confident both players will get better and better as time goes on.

    "I'm delighted with the back four, I'm delighted with the result, and I know we'll play better than that."

    Motherwell's Nadir Ciftci (centre) with Marcus Fraser (left) and Harry Souttar
    Image caption: Motherwell's Nadir Ciftci (centre) with Marcus Fraser (left) and Harry Souttar
  10. Scottish Premiership

    The bottom six makes grim reading for Ross County propping-up the table.

    Bottom six
  11. 'It's a brilliant win' - Lennon

    FT: Dundee 0-1 HIbernian

    Hibs boss Neil Lennon: "It's a brilliant win and I think we played really well against a very good Dundee side. It was a cracking game but they [the Hibs players] could make my life a lot easier by taking our chances.

    "Some of our counter-attacking in the second half was outstanding. We nearly conceded a goal at the end but I think that would've been, on the balance of play and chances, against us. I thought we were fantastic.

    "A real good reaction from Sunday [Edinburgh derby/Scottish Cup loss]."

    HIbernian boss Neil Lennon
    Image caption: Neil Lennon was delighted with Hibernian's response to their Edinburgh derby Scottish Cup exit
  12. Hearts go marching on...

    FT: Hamilton 0-3 Hearts

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland at the SuperSeal Stadium

    The visitors stretching that long unbeaten run to 11 games - with consecutive clean sheets. Three second-half goals proved decisive, but boy, were they aided by some honking Hamilton defending.

    They completely shot themselves in the foot with Hearts punishing them fully for each mistake.

    Ross Callachan celebrates his goal in the victory at Hamilton
    Image caption: Ross Callachan was on hand to punish poor Hamilton defending
  13. FULL-TIME Dundee 0-1 Hibernian

    Stats from Dens Park
  14. FULL-TIME Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

    Stats from Ibrox
  15. FULL-TIME Motherwell 2-0 Ross County

    Fir Park stats
  16. Motherwell 2-0 Ross County

    Motherwell substitute Deimantras Petravicius gets beyond his marker on the left-hand side and lobs the onrushing goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, but the ball bounces wide of the goal, and there was no-one in claret and amber far enough forward to knock the ball into the empty net.

  17. FULL-TIME Hamilton 0-3 Hearts

    Stats from the SuperSeal Stadium
  18. CLOSE!

    Dundee 0-1 Hibernian

    What a chance for a late, late Dundee equaliser. AJ Leitch-Smith rises unmarked to meet a sumptuous Mark O'Hara cross into the box but sends his header... wide.


    Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

    Six minutes of added time at Ibrox, following the injury to Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis.

  20. Wes Side Story

    Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen can't find away past the wall that is Wes Foderingham tonight. The keeper makes a double save to deny Adam Rooney then Scott McKenna.