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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, victories for Rangers and Aberdeen this afternoon in the two Premiership fixtures.

    Steven Gerrard's side move 23 points clear at the top of the table, while the Dons end their three-game run without a victory.

    Then at Hampden, St Johnstone booked their place in the League Cup final with a 3-0 victory against a profligate Hibernian side.

    We're back tomorrow for our second semi-final, with Livingston and St Mirren aiming to meet St Johnstone in the final on 28 February.

    Thanks for your company tonight, hope you can join us tomorrow. Cheers.

  2. 'It's hurting me... and the players' - Ross

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross is at a loss to explain his side's second-half display.

    "I'm angry in the manner we played in the final 35 minutes of the game. We give up the opportunity to get to a final far too meekly.

    "Prior to that, for the first 35 minutes we were good. We didn't deserve to be behind at half-time but we were. We lost our way badly in the second-half, our reaction to conceding the second goal wasn't good enough.

    Hibernian boss Jack Ross
    Image caption: Jack Ross feels Hibs "lost our way" in the second half

    "It's hurting me, and I would like to think it's hurting the players as much. You work hard to get here, and we've thumbed our nose at the opportunity to get to a final."

  3. Motherwell will 'look at' Polworth red card

    FT: Aberdeen 2-0 Motherwell

    Motherwell manager Graham Alexander tells BBC Scotland his club will potentially look at appealing against Liam Polworth's red card for "foul and abusive language".

    He said: "My player said he did swear, but it was at the player who fouled him. Maybe it's been misinterpreted. We'll have to look at the official report and see if there's anything we can do.

    Liam Polworth was sent off early in the second half for Motherwell
    Image caption: Liam Polworth was sent off early in the second half for Motherwell

    "Even though the result didn't go our way I thought the team was excellent today.

    "We've had some good opportunities from open play, hit the post, could have had a penalty. Despite the score, at half-time I was really pleased with the performance. After the red card we still tried to do the right things. We just couldn't get enough pressure around their goal to force an equaliser.

    "But I'm so proud of the team today with everything they had to face, they faced it well."

  4. More from Davidson

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    More from St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson, who praised the work-rate of Shaun Rooney.

    "One thing with Shaun is, he's lively," he said.

    "He's great to have in the dressing room. His head didn't go down when he wasn't playing at the start of the season. He works extremely hard, and I think his performances at right centre-half have been excellent when Jason [Kerr] was out. He performed really well today and I'm glad he got the goal."

    "Any team can win it. At the moment I'll enjoy tonight. I'm just delighted we managed to get through. Now we've a chance to win a trophy this season."

  5. 'We dug deep and got a result'

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson is a happy man.

    "Most of the time this season we've played well and conceded goals," he said on Sportsound.

    "I thought Hibs were the better team first-half, especially for the first 35 minutes. We rode our luck a little bit. We dug deep and it allowed us to go and get a result.

    St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson
    Image caption: Callum Davidson said his side rode their luck before winning the tie

    Asked if they had targeted Hibs' at set-pieces after two goals, Davidson said: "They defend really well - it was just that aggression. We haven't scored many, it's something we've worked hard at improving."

  6. 'You're welcome, Saints'

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland's chief sports writer

    I confidently predicted a Hibs win today. You’re welcome, Saints.

  7. Prediction time...

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    BBC Scotland pundit Tom English is receiving the treatment on Sportsound from colleagues Liam McLeod and Richard Gordon for his pre-match prediction.

    Only fair we look at it again...

    Quote Message: I find it hard to see past Hibs. Hibs best level is significantly higher than St Johnstone's best level this season. St Johnstone haven't produced the sort of goal power Hibs have. If it goes to form Hibs win this and they might win this by a couple of goals.
  8. 'Everybody dreams of playing in a cup final'

    FT: St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Man of the match Shaun Rooney is "buzzing", on Sportsound: "Everybody played their part. I thought first-half was quite poor, but second-half we came out the traps quite well.

    "We could've played a lot more football, we were hitting it long quite often. We're a big side, and we do need to get more goals from set-pieces, we work on it every Friday.

    "Everybody dreams of playing in a cup final when they're a wee boy."

  9. FULL-TIME St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    St Johnstone secure their place in the League Cup final for the third time in the club's history.

    They'll face Livingston or St Mirren in the final on Sunday, 28 February.

    St Johnstone celebrate
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    Robbie Devenney: It’s nice of rest of the Hibs team to make Scott Allan ease back into things like all playing like it’s their first game since August


    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    We're into three minutes of added time at Hampden.

  12. First goal proved pivotal

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    John Collins

    Former Hibs manager on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Goals change matches and that first goal certainly changed this match

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Scott Allan is booked for a late challenge on Scott Tanser as Hibs' frustration becomes more apparent.

    Two minutes plus added time remaining.

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    Stevie Hammell: Surely Jack Ross is under serious pressure now? The club have backed him in the transfer market. They’re miles off it with a squad of that quality.

  15. Poor Hibs reaction?

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Richard Foster

    Partick Thistle defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: If you're a Hibs fan you would expect your team to have a better reaction. Since the second goal, they haven't really put St Johnstone under any pressure whatsoever.
  16. Saints pushing for more goals

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Saints substitute Stevie May spurns a promising opening, his deep cross sailing over the head of the unmarked Craig Conway as they chase a fourth goal.

  17. Rooney shines for Saints

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hibernian

    Shaun Rooney, who scored St Johnstone's second goal, has proved a real thorn in Hibernian's side throughout this semi-final tie.

    He's causing all sorts of problems when he receives possession wide right and cuts back inside: more than a few of the Hibs defenders will have twisted blood after trying to mirror Rooney's runs.