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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    What a night in the Scottish Premiership!

    Florian Kamberi and Alex Schalk fire hat-tricks for Hibernian and Ross County, respectively.

    County move off the bottom of the table with a thumping win over relegation rivals Partick Thistle; Aberdeen move into second spot with victory at Fir Park.

    And Hibernian move to within a point of Rangers in third spot, courtesy of a comfortable win against 10-man Hamilton Accies.

    Highlights of all tonight's games to follow; we're back tomorrow as Premiership leaders Celtic host Dundee.

  2. Kamberi hails 'perfect night'

    FT: Hibernian 3-1 Hamilton Accies

    Hibernian's hat-trick hero Florian Kamberi: "To score a hat-trick and win the game... it's a perfect night for me and for the team.

    "As a striker, I need to score goals to help the team to win games. At the moment, I'm very pleased to be here and I'm thankful to Neil Lennon for his trust.

    "I hope that we will continue like this and be successful."

    Hibernian's hat-trick hero Florian Kamberi
    Image caption: Florian Kamberi said the win at Easter Road amounted to a "perfect night"
  3. 'We're too good to be in this position'

    FT: Ross County 4-0 Partick Thistle

    Hat-trick-scorer Alex Schalk took his tally for the season 13 goals, and insists County have too much quality to find themselves near the foot of the table.

    "The first goal is so important psychologically and after we scored it a weight fell off our shoulders and we did brilliantly to build on that," the Dutchman said.

    "The goal difference is [worth] an extra point. But we need to look at ourselves. We're too good to be in this position - we've said that a long time, I know, but we're actually showing it now.

    "We need to take the good things out of that game into Saturday and after the split. We need some more wins like this to get ourselves to safety but I'm confident we will."

    Alex Schalk celebrates his hat-trick
    Image caption: Alex Schalk's treble helped Ross County hammer Partick Thistle
  4. Scottish Championship

    Morton have slipped out of the promotion play-off places after tonight's matches.

    Meanwhile, St Mirren are inching closer to the Championship title.

    Scottish Championship
  5. Kamberi can be proud, says delighted Lennon

    FT: Hibernian 3-1 Hamilton Academical

    Hibs boss Neil Lennon is delighted with Florian Kamberi's hat-trick. He may well be making a case to keep the on-loan striker at tomorrow's board meeting.

    "He's been superb," Lennon tells BBC Sportsound. "His first goal was out of this world. Lovely interplay... His hold-up play, his physicality, his speed, work-rate - he's got all that and now he's adding goals. He can be proud of his contribution.

    "It was important that we kept the pressure on the teams around us. The other thing is that it opens up a nine-point gap to Kilmarnock [in fifth place].

    "Ross County [away on Saturday] is a huge game going into the split. It could put us in a really good position. They got a real shot in the arm with a fantastic result tonight. It's a must-win for us if we are to maintain our standards but County are fighting for their lives, as were Partick and Hamilton and we've negotiated those two very well."

    Hibs' hat-trick hero Florian Kamberi
    Image caption: Hibs' hat-trick hero Florian Kamberi
  6. Split an 'opportunity to right a few wrongs' - McInnes

    FT: Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes tells BBC Scotland: "Both Rangers and Celtic see us as a big game. We've been the closest team to Celtic for the last few years, Rangers have spent a lot of money in terms of the January window there as well.

    "There's an expectation there for them to be second and that's the way it should be. For me they should be ahead of Aberdeen and Hibs in terms of what they've got to work with.

    "But the thing about the split is we get the opportunity to go and right a few wrongs. I'm confident with the way we are going at the moment, we're going into the business end of the season and relishing the challenge.

    "The boys are in a good frame of mind, we've a good level of performance, and we want to be right in amongst it. Six games to go in the league, a cup semi-final to look forward to."

    Aberdeen's Kari Arnason (far left) watches as his header hits the net
    Image caption: Aberdeen's Kari Arnason (far left) watches as his header hits the net

    On his side's 2-0 win at Fir Park, McInnes said: "In terms of coming here as an away team against a very strong Motherwell team I was really pleased with the territory we were getting and the possession of the ball. We just asked for that bit of quality. We thoroughly deserved all three points.

    "By and large it was almost a perfect performance by us."

  7. 'We can't feel sorry for ourselves'

    FT: Ross County 4-0 Partick Thistle

    "Bitterly disappointing," is Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald's assessment of their hammering in Dingwall.

    "It was never going to be a game for the purists with the conditions tonight, the first goal was going to be very, very important and County got it, and it gave them real confidence.

    "We looked for a reaction at half-time, we put a couple of attacking players on. But we didn’t defend and we got three warnings before they scored the third goal.

    "It’s been like that all season, it’s been a real Achilles heel in terms of trying to keep a clean sheet and keep the ball out of the net.

    "It was hugely concerning. Massive game coming up on Saturday now [against Kilmarnock at Firhill]. We need to get a reaction; that’s all we can do is look to get a bounce off it.

    "We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to try to dig in and stick together to try to get that result to kick us on."

    Alan Archibald in the Partick Thistle technical area
    Image caption: Alan Archibald's Partick Thistle are bottom of the Premiership after a thrashing at the hands of Ross County
  8. 'We didn't lay a glove on them' - Robinson

    FT: Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson tells BBC Scotland: "I think it was a scrappy game and the reason Aberdeen are up there in second is because they know how to win scrappy games.

    "I said at half-time a set-play will win the game and we miss a great chance from a set-play and they take it.

    "But we didn't look like we were going to lay a glove on them. For about 60 minutes I think that is as bad as we can be. There's plenty of hope for the cup tie because we'll be a lot better than that.

    "Any time a team comes up against us it's usually the team that is the most physical that comes out on top and they won that battle tonight."

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson
    Image caption: Stephen Robinson was frustrated by his side's display at Fir Park
  9. Canning laments 'soft' Imrie dismissal

    FT; Hibernian 3-1 Hamilton Accies

    Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning: "I'm disappointed with the result but I thought that the boys gave everything to get something from the game. At 1-1, until we got a man sent off, we were more than in the game. It [the red card] was unfortunate: Dougie [Imrie] has made two tackles in the game and both have been deemed to be yellow cards.

    "I thought the second one was very soft. He goes off and, from there, they score within five minutes before we can make a change. I'm disappointed with the result but pleased with the effort the boys put in."

    Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning
    Image caption: Martin Canning praised the effort his Hamilton side displayed in the loss at Easter Road
  10. Dons seize opportunity

    FT: Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

    On Monday, the Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty urged his men to "grab the opportunity" of going 3 points clear of Rangers in the Premiership, and despite a sticky 10 minute period after the break, that's exactly what the Dons have done.

    Click here to read Kenny Crawford's match report from Fir Park

    Aberdeen players celebrate as they beat Motherwell 2-0
    Image caption: Aberdeen players celebrate as they beat Motherwell 2-0
  11. Scottish Premiership top six

    Aberdeen are back into second after tonight's win at Fir Park, while Hibernian sit a point behind Rangers in fourth.

    Top six
  12. Hat-trick heroes

    Hat-trick heroes: Flo Kamberi (left) and Alex Schalk
    Image caption: Hat-trick heroes: Flo Kamberi (left) and Alex Schalk
  13. Scottish Premiership bottom six

    Ross County are off the bottom after a 4-0 win at home over fellow relegation battlers Partick Thistle.

    Bottom six
  14. 'Dominant Dons' move up to second

    FT: Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Truly dominant performance from Aberdeen. Motherwell were a shadow of themselves throughout the 90 minutes.
    Aberdeen's Kenny McLean (left) celebrates his goal with Scott McKenna
    Image caption: Aberdeen's Kenny McLean (left) celebrates his goal with Scott McKenna
  15. FULL-TIME in the Championship

    Dundee United 2-0 Dumbarton

    Dunfermline 1-0 Livingston

    Inverness CT 4-0 Brechin

    QoS 2-2 Falkirk

  16. FULL-TIME Hibernian 3-1 Hamilton Accies

    Stats from Easter Road

    Hibernian 3-1 Hamilton Academical

    Danny Swanson hasn't had much of a look in at Hibs this season but the substitute nearly makes his mark with a great shot on the turn from 25 yards. The ball is moving around and Gary Woods has to awkwardly slap it away.

  18. FULL-TIME Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Stats from Fir Park
  19. FULL-TIME Ross County 4-0 Partick Thistle

    Stats from Dingwall