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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back tomorrow for St Johnstone v Rangers at McDiarmid Park.

    Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

  2. Goals, goals, goals

    What a day of Premiership action.

    Celtic remain top of the tree, courtesy of a 3-0 victory at home to Dundee.

    What about high-flying Aberdeen? An eighth win in 10 league games propels Derek McInnes' side up to second place.

    Hamilton and Kilmarnock shared the points; as did Hibs and Livingston in the Scottish capital.

    And it'll be a Merry Christmas for the Buddies, after St Mirren recorded a 1-0 win at Motherwell.

  3. 'We grew back into the game' - Canning

    FT: Hamilton Accies 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Hamilton manager Martin Canning is pleased with his side's spirit as they fought back to claim a point - their first from a losing position this season.

    "I thought the first 15/ 20 minutes Kilmarnock started well, as you would expect from a team in form at the top end of the table," Canning said.

    Martin Canning was pleased with his side's fighting spirit
    Image caption: Martin Canning was pleased with his side's fighting spirit in the draw with Kilmarnock

    "We grew our way back into the game, and we get our goal through the penalty from Mickel [Miller], we hit the post through Scott McMann and a good chance for Mickel late on. We were more than in the game, I think a draw was a fair result."

  4. Well 'too slow' - Lasley

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 St Mirren

    Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley: "Everything was too slow, too precise. We never started the game and that set the tone throughout.

    "Here at home, you've got to be better than that. I don't think we deserved to win.

    "The next game becomes even bigger now, against Kilmarnock on Wednesday. We've got to show more. We demand a reaction."

    Keith Lasley
    Image caption: Keith Lasley expects a better display from his Motherwell players at Fir Park
  5. 'We didn't do enough to win' - Clarke

    FT: Hamilton Accies 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock certainly had chances to move clear at 1-0, so is manager Steve Clarke frustrated at getting just a point?

    "I'm not furstrated no," he told Sportsound listeners.

    "I don't think we quite did enough to get all three points today, although we did miss some really good chances, one in particular that normally Greg [Stewart] would tuck away.

    Steve Clark says the penalty decision gave Hamilton belief
    Image caption: Steve Clark says the penalty decision gave Hamilton belief

    "The game changes on the penalty decision but I've no great qualms about it, Eamonn [Brophy] moves his arm towards the ball. It was soft and it gave Hamilton something to cling on to, up until then I don't think they believed they could get anything out of the game.

    "You see the Hamilton players celebrating at the end a home point against Kilmarnock as if they've done something marvellous."

  6. 'The better team won' - McInnes

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes disagreed with Hearts counterpart Craig Levein's assertion that the referee had got the big decisions wrong in the game at Pittodrie.

    The Dons were awarded a second half penalty, but Hearts felt they should have had two themselves.

    He tells BBC Scotland: "I felt the game at Tynecastle was a real injustice [2-1 defeat in October]. They got two penalties that should never have been. I didn't see any complaints from Hearts then.

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    "The best team won. We can moan about this and that, but the better team won. [Christophe] Berra pulled down [Scott] McKenna, it's a penalty. I thought the referee had a good game. The only thing I would question is [Steven] Naismith's yellow that maybe should have been a red."

    The Dons have now won eight of their last 10 league match, and are three points behind Celtic ahead of the Boxing Day clash between the two at Pittodrie.

    McInnes said: "The players started brilliantly. I thought we caused all sorts of problems, we were dominant."

  7. 'Big decisions have decided match' - Levein

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    Hearts manager Craig Levein tells BBC Scotland that Hearts have been wronged by refereeing decisions in the 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen.

    He tells BBC Scotland: "It's frustrating. I was much happier with the team's performance than I was the previous week. I do honestly think there was nothing in the game.

    "I think we should have had two penalties. [Peter] Haring has a free header at goal, and Steven Naismith is hauled to the ground 10 yards from the referee. I spoke to the referee and he says he hasn't seen it.

    Hearts manager Craig Levein (right) with referee John Beaton after the match
    Image caption: Hearts manager Craig Levein (right) with referee John Beaton after the match

    "It's been an error, but it's happened on a number of occasions.

    "But I have no doubt today it's a finely balanced match and the big decisions have decided it."

  8. Conceding before break 'sore blow' - McIntyre

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Dundee

    Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "Celtic's movement, at times, was sensational. We struggled to cope with it. For the first half hour, I thought we coped admirably.

    "We made sure that our lines were good and made it difficult. As always, your goalkeeper is going to have to make a lot of saves here, especially when they're in that kind of form.

    "Conceding the goal right before half-time was a sore blow.

    Dundee boss Jim McIntyre
    Image caption: Jim McIntyre says his Dundee side struggled to combat Celtic's movement

    "These two home games [against Livingston and St Johnstone] are an opportunity for us, but we're going to have to play a lot better than we did today."

  9. Boys Don Well...

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts

    A Sam Cosgrove-inspired Aberdeen saw off Hearts at Pittodrie this afternoon to move up to second in the Premiership table.

    That's eight wins in 10 league games for Derek McInnes' high-flying outfit. Rangers have the chance to leapfrog the Dons and move into second spot, should they beat St Johnstone tomorrow, but what a run of form for Aberdeen.

    Aberdeen celebrate their victory against Hearts at Pittodrie
    Image caption: Aberdeen proved too hot for Hearts to handle at Pittodrie
  10. Scottish Premiership table

    Scottish Premiership table
  11. 'Great win' - Kearney revels in Fir Park win

    FT: Motherwell 0-1 St Mirren

    St Mirren manager Oran Kearney: "Today we got more of the answers that we wanted to get.

    "Particularly away from home it's important that we're hard to beat.

    "It's been frustrating for Simeon Jackson at times. We struggled to get him in the game. Simeon's bright and he knows where the net is. It was nice to see him get his goal.

    Oran Kearney

    "Dean Lyness had to weigh in with two or three big saves. Anton Ferdinand's been brilliant. I don't think you can quantify the value that he's brought to the club off the pitch. He's been excellent with the young players.

    "It's a great win and I'm delighted for everyone at the club. Ideally there will be a few changes in January."

  12. Rodgers hails Celtic victory

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Dundee

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "I just said to the players that, in my two-and-a-half years here, it was one of my most enjoyable performances.

    "At this time of the year, sometimes the team can look leggy and a bit tired, but our pressing was very good today.

    "We didn't really give Dundee the chance to build any sort of sequence of passing or any threat. It was so enjoyable, some of our play... was so pleasing."

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers says the win against Dundee ranks among his most enjoyable victories at Celtic
  13. Celtic top of the tree at Christmas

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Dundee

    Celtic will remain top of the Premiership at Christmas, courtesy of their 3-0 victory at home to Dundee. A double from Mikey Johnston and a Filip Benkovic goal seal victory for Brendan Rodgers' side.

    Clockwise from top: Filip Benkovic and Mikey Johnston were on target in Celtic's victory
  14. FULL-TIME Hibernian 1-1 Livingston

    The promoted West Lothian side remain in sixth place after ending a run of four successive away defeats, while Hibs nudge above St Johnstone into seventh spot on goal difference.

    Ryan Hardie opened the scoring for the visitors at Easter Road, racing through the middle to clip the ball over goalie Adam Bogdan.

    Liam Kelly then saved a terrible penalty from Florian Kambeir but Neil Lennon's men did find a way back when Ryan Porteous stooped low to head in a good delivery from Daryl Horgan.

    Ryan Hardie celebrates the opening goal at Easter Road
    Image caption: Ryan Hardie celebrates the opening goal at Easter Road
  15. FT scores in League Two

    League Two scores
  16. FULL-TIME - Motherwell 0-1 St Mirren

    St Mirren have done it. Their third win of the season takes them three points clear of bottom side Dundee.

    Simeon Jackson scores
    Image caption: Simeon Jackson got the crucial goal at Fir Park
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    Keith McAdam: Disappointing, should have been 3 points today. Some of the players need to have a word with themselves. Seems like they can only perform against the top teams.


    Championship full-time scores
  19. FT Premiership scores

    Premiership scores

    Motherwell 0-1 St Mirren

    Almost an equaliser for Motherwell.

    Gael Bigirimana's deep cross is headed towards goal at the back post by David Turnbull but keeper Dean Lyness blocks with his legs.