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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. On to the weekend...

    Well, that was quite a night. Have Rangers suffered a mortal wound in the title race? The Ibrox side have dropped points in three games since the league resumed for 2020, while Celtic are steamrollering their way to victory after victory. Will the champions now motor clear for a record-equalling ninth successive championship?

    There are sure to be a few more twists and turns along the way but that is a big gap at the top now.

    Here's what we have in store over the weekend as the Premiership juggernaut rumbles on.

    Join us then and thanks for your company this evening.

    SATURDAY

    • Heart of Midlothian v Hamilton Academical
    • Motherwell v St Mirren
    • Rangers v Livingston
    • Ross County v St Johnstone

    SUNDAY

    • Aberdeen v Celtic
    • Kilmarnock v Hibernian
  2. Catch up with Sportscene

    We will have the goals online later but you'll need to wait until tomorrow to catch up with the midweek highlights on Sportscene.

    BBC Scotland at 19:00 BST, with James McFadden and Steven Thompson providing the expert analysis from the couch.

  3. Dykes to the rescue for Livi

    FT: Livingston 2-1 St Mirren

    Dykes
  4. 'We got what we deserved' - Wright

    FT: St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell

    While Stephen Robinson believes a draw would have been the fair result, it's fair to say St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright does not agree.

    "We totally dominated the second half. We dealt with their long ball and throws into the box, which has been an Achilles heel against them in the past. We kept going right until the end. We got fully what we deserved. Really pleased and it’s another great three points against a good side who have been going well."

    St Johnstone celebrate their dramatic late winner against Motherwell
    Image caption: St Johnstone celebrate their dramatic late winner against Motherwell
  5. 'Hibs players backed to take risks'

    FT: Hibernian 3-0 Ross County

    Hibs head coach Jack Ross was pleased to see his creative players click in an emphatic win over Ross County.

    "We started very well, which we haven't done in recent home games," he said. "We encourage the players to take risks and back themselves and they were at it tonight. They're good players, that's not something that I coach, that's down to their ability.

    "I got to see Greg Docherty first hand in England last season and he is everything I hoped he would be. He is enjoying it and his all round play was fantastic.

    "We have important games against teams around us, so we look forward to them."

  6. Goodwin questions Livi penalty

    FT: Livingston 2-1 St Mirren

    The crucial moment of Livingston's 2-1 win was undoubtedly the moment Conor McCarthy tripped Lyndon Dykes and the home side were awarded a penalty. However, St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin doesn't agree with the decision.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: "We watched the penalty back at half time and it looked as though the initial contact is outside the box and then Lyndon Dykes starts falling into the box. Then obviously the two players fall down together. For me, it's outside the box initially so I don't think the penalty should have been awarded."

    Livi
    Image caption: Conor McCarthy and Lyndon Dykes get themselves in a tangle
  7. 'A kick in the teeth' for Motherwell

    FT: St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson refuses to make excuses for his team's loss, stating that their own mistakes cost them a point in Perth.

    "A draw would have been a fair result," he tells BBC Sportsound. "It's a real kick in the teeth to lose a goal that late on when we have possession of the ball. We mess about on the ball twice. There's a real naivety in our defending. Down to 10 men, put the ball into the corner a get up behind it - and we've been punished. It's one loss and we'll have to deal with it. I'm really, really disappointed in how we managed the last minutes of the game with 10 men. We only have ourselves to blame."

  8. Gerrard questions squad's character

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is obviously a very disappointed man and he is not holding back with his criticism of his team since the winter break.

    "I thought we had the mentality and the characters to sustain a push but on the evidence of the last four-five weeks I'm getting proven wrong," Gerrard told BT Sport. "But having said that, it's me as well because I'm responsible for that group of players.

    "I''m going to have to do some real analysing of some individuals and where we are because I thought we were in a better place than what we've shown over the last four-to-six weeks.

    "The second-half we didn't go out like a team in the position of us, which is trying to sustain a title push. We looked all over the place, we couldn't handle a simple long ball. Our leaders in the team couldn't clear our box. We've got some issues at the moment but I'm responsible for them."

    Rangers fell to their third defeat of the season at Rugby Park
    Image caption: Rangers fell to their third defeat of the season at Rugby Park
  9. Dyer content with Clarke comparison

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer is pleased as punch to hear comparisons with last season, when he was assistant to Steve Clarke - who is now in charge of Scotland, of course.

    "It's a good night for us," he tells BBC Sportsound. "I'm just happy that we showed what we can do after showing Rangers too much respect in the first half.

    "If someone says 'that reminds me of a Steve Clarke team', I'll take that all day. I learned so much from the gaffer.

    "The second half was all about belief. Keep a good shape and use the ball well to ask them a few questions. We have a goal to get back into the top six and we've given ourselves a chance to kick on."

  10. Experience tells for Livi - Holt

    FT: Livingston 2-1 St Mirren

    Livingston manager Gary Holt: "It wasn't pretty. I don't think we did the basics well enough in the second half. Our game management wasn't there. It was scrappy. They are a wee bit more experienced and they saw the game out. Last year we might have drawn that 2-2 or lost 3-2, so I'll give them credit for that."

  11. 'Hearts must stay together' - Stendel

    FT: Celtic 5-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Daniel Stendel is now thinking about Saturday's big game against Hamilton, with those two separated by just one point.

    "It was a hard night for us but we can only look forward to Saturday," he says. "We hoped to take maybe a point here but with that performance we had no chance.

    "We will try and stay together. That is our only chance."

  12. 'A long way to go,' insists Lennon

    FT: Celtic 5-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keeping a lid on it after a very good night for his side.

    "First half was a bit sloppy but the second half was emphatic, a great goal for Callum McGregor and great deliveries from set-pieces," he tells BBC Sportsound.

    "It's just another game ticked off. There's still a long way to go.

    "It gives us a bit more of a margin but things can flip at any time. I'm just delighted with our performances at the moment."

    Celtic moved 10 points clear with a big win over Hearts
    Image caption: Celtic moved 10 points clear with a big win over Hearts
  13. Daylight for Celtic at the top

    Here's how the table looks now. Celtic open up a healthy 10-point lead, although Rangers do have a game in hand.

    Hearts' goal difference took a bit of a hammering ahead of Saturday's basement battle with Hamilton.

    Premiership table
  14. Smells like team spirit at Killie

    Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: They've got a team spirit. I know a couple people in the backroom staff at Kilmarnock and they say that's coming back, and it's shown tonight.
    Kilmarnock celebrate after Stephen O'Donnell's equaliser
    Image caption: Kilmarnock celebrate after Stephen O'Donnell's equaliser
  15. FULL-TIME St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell miss the chance to reclaim third spot thanks to that late, late own goal from captain Peter Hartley.

    St Johnstone were the more adventurous side after the break and are now well clear of their early-season relegation worries.

  16. FULL-TIME Hibernian 3-0 Ross County

    At the third time of asking in the league, it proves to be a comfortable home win for the Hibees. Ross County just couldn't get the service to Billy Mckay and Lee Erwin and although they battled hard in the first half they were undone by slack marking at two corner kicks when Christian Doidge and Adam Jackson profited. Marc McNulty kept up his scoring run after his hat-trick against BSC Glasgow on Sunday and will be annoyed that he had his penalty saved by County's Nathan Baxter - although Jackson's goal came from the resultant corner.

    Hibs stay in sixth place, County remain in ninth.

    Adam Jackson nodded in Hibs' third goal of the night at Easter Road
    Image caption: Adam Jackson nodded in Hibs' third goal of the night at Easter Road