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Live Reporting

Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. WATCH: Highlights on Sportscene

    Should Alfredo Morelos have had a penalty instead of a yellow card for diving, as Rangers manager Steven Gerrard suggests?

    Was St Johnstone's equaliser offside, as Hamilton head coach Brian Rice believes?

    Decide for yourself by catching up with the highlights of both tonight's games on the BBC Scotland channel from 23:30.

    However, for now, that's us signing off. Thanks for your company.

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  2. We're closer to where we want to be - Gerrard

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    We'll leave the last words this evening to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, who tells his club's TV channel that his players had to "stand up" tonight.

    "We had to deal with direct play, physicality and be brave," he says.

    "At the right times, we had to play and we did that. We got out the game what we deserved in the end."

    Gerrard was sent to the stand at the break by referee John Beaton after Alfredo Morelos' booking for simulation and the manager adds: "We should have had a blatant penalty in the first half and that explains the commotion at half-time. We’re closer to where we want to be."

    Referee John Beaton and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard
  3. What does it all mean?

    The Premiership table will be a pleasant sight for Rangers fans, with Steven Gerrard's side now within four points of their first major silverware in 10 years after tonight's narrow win away to Livingston.

    David Martindale's side are left three points away from securing a top-six minutes but remain favourites to do so among the four sides still in contention for two remaining places.

    Being held to a draw away to Hamilton leaves St Johnstone with only an outside chance of making it.

    Meanwhile, Hamilton remain bottom, behind Kilmarnock now only on goal difference but with a game in hand.

    We'll know more after five Premiership fixtures on Saturday and one on Sunday.

    League table
  4. St Johnstone equaliser 'offside' - Rice

    FT: Hamilton Academical 1-1 St Johnstone

    Hamilton head coach Brian Rice claimed St Johnstone's late equaliser was offside.

    "Once again, I feel a little bit aggrieved tonight," he tells BBC Scotland. "I felt aggrieved at Easter Road too. The linesman only has a split second to make the decision and we all make mistakes, but I still feel aggrieved.

    "I'm disappointed to lose the late goal. I thought we had defended ever so well. We got near the finishing line but couldn't quite get over it."

    The draw leaves Accies still bottom of the Premiership, but asked if he thought his side could avoid relegation, Rice adds: "We are confident.

    "We've been over the course before, we know what's required. I see a team out there giving everything. It's going to be nip and tuck from now to the end of the season."

    Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice
  5. Davidson still eyeing top six

    FT: Hamilton Academical 1-1 St Johnstone

    St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson is still hopeful that his side can secure a top-six place.

    "I thought our overall performance wasn't too bad - first half was better," he said of the draw with Hamilton.

    "After we went behind and were chasing the game, we were a little bit ragged, but the substitutes gave us energy and, in the end, we were delighted to take the point.

    "You could see their fighting spirit and you could see their determination to push for that top-six spot. I'm just glad we have the opportunity and we'll just try to win on Saturday and hopefully that keeps us in it."

    Davidson praised striker Guy Melamed, who has now scored three times in his last two appearances, saying it is "a fantastic first touch and great finish".

    St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson
  6. Melamed's the Guy

    FT: Hamilton Academical 1-1 St Johnstone

    Matthew Reed's match report as a late goal prevents Hamilton moving off the foot of the table is also there for your perusal.

    Read here.

    St Johnstone's Guy Melamed celebrates
    Image caption: Guy Melamed's third goal in two games gave Saints a point
  7. Morelos moves Rangers to brink

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    You can now read Nick McPheat's match report as Rangers score with three minutes remaining to move a step closer to the Scottish title.

    Read here.

    Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates
  8. Livi so close, Saints look out of it

    That top-six place still looks secure for Livingston, who are fifth, one point ahead of St Mirren, five in front of Dundee United and six clear of St Johnstone with a game in hand on all of them.

    With only two games remaining before the split, that draw tonight looks to have ended Saints' hopes as the Perth side would require to win both of them and hope all three clubs above them slip up.

  9. Rangers should have had a penalty - Livi boss

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Livingston manager David Martindale agrees that Rangers should have had a first-half penalty, when Alfredo Morelos was instead booked for simulation.

    "We got a bit lucky in the first half," he tells BBC Scotland. "Looking back, it was a penalty.

    "We have some chances ourselves that I think we have to do better with and then to lose a late goal, I am just gutted for the players to lose it in the way they did.

    Livingston manager David Martindale

    "They were brilliant and resilient at the back. We wanted to force Rangers into long balls and the game-plan worked to a certain extent.

    "I said in the dressing-room, I can't wait to finally get these three points that will secure a top-six finish."

  10. Only a matter of time for Rangers

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: It is inevitable now that Rangers will win the league. Rangers have been so far in front and Celtic would have had to be on top, top form to get anywhere close to them. Rangers have been incredible. Anything Celtic do now is just delaying the inevitable
  11. Old Firm climax?

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Rangers are now 18 points clear of the reigning champions and, should they defeat St Mirren on Saturday, Celtic must beat Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday to prevent Steven Gerrard's side clinching the title this weekend.

    If that doesn't happen, it moves on to the Old Firm derby between the two Glasgow rivals. What a potential climax that would be.

  12. 'Morelos bounced back well from yellow card'

    FT: Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I can sort of understand why Beaton gave the yellow and not a penalty in the moment. But it clearly wasn’t a yellow card and was a penalty when you see it back. Morelos didn’t let it get to him though. He bounced back and took up the perfect position to score the winner
  13. FULL-TIME Hamilton Academical 1-1 St Johnstone

    That late Guy Melamed equaliser is heartbreaking for Accies as it prevents them moving off the bottom of the Premiership table.

    Brian Rice's side remain behind Kilmarnock on goal difference, although they have a game in hand.

    Ross Callachan's opener came against the run of play and, despite ending with a share of the points, St Johnstone will be disappointed with a result that leaves them with only an outside chance of finishing in the top six.

    Guy Melamed scores for St Johnstone
    Image caption: Guy Melamed scored for St Johnstone in Hamilton
  14. FULL-TIME Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Rangers move to within four points of their first major silverware in 10 years after grinding out a narrow victory over a resilient Livingston.

    Visiting manager Steven Gerrard was sent to the stand after being left angry when Alfredo Morelos was booked for simulation when Rangers wanted a penalty for a challenge by goalkeeper Max Stryjek.

    However, the striker had the last laugh with a tap-in after the Pole had blocked Steven Davis' shot.

    Rangers celebrate
  15. Post update

    Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: This is the best sides do. They find a way by hook or by crook to grind out wins. It’s not been a scintillating performance by any means from Rangers, but they’ve got their goal and they’re on their way now
  16. Post update

    Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Scott Tiffoney fires a powerful drive off Rangers centre-half Filip Helander, who does well to block as the Livingston substitute threatens a quickfire equaliser.

  17. The making of champions

    Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Shelley Kerr

    Former Scotland head coach on Sportsound

    Quote Message: This is what champions do - and Rangers have the making of champions. They find ways to win games that they haven’t been dominating. That goal is a perfect example of that
  18. Minutes remaining...

    We're heading into stoppage time after two fairly significant goals in both tonight's games...

  19. 'Exactly what you want from Morelos'

    Livingston 0-1 Rangers

    Michael Stewart

    Former Scotland midfielder on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: It's good play from Morelos to take up that position as he’s left with a tap-in at the back post. He is right in the spot where you’d want him to be and he gets his reward