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Live Reporting

Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. KICK-OFF

    We are up and running at most of the grounds... Billowing red smoke at Easter Road as pyros go off in the away end.

    No sign of the players in Paisley yet.

    A colourful opening to the game in the Rangers end
    Image caption: A colourful opening to the game in the Rangers end
  2. A night for the thermals

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19.45)

    Tyrone Smith

    BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

    The snow and sleet is whirling around Pittodrie, as is the biting North Sea wind. Perishing is putting it mildly.

  3. 'We need to be up for the fight' - Davidson

    Dundee v St Johnstone (19:45)

    St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson tells BBC Sportsound: "It's a big game. It's a big week. Tonight is important because we want to get back to the football we know we can play.

    "We've had a lot of injuries to key players. Hopefully Glenn Middleton will be back for the weekend and Stevie May isn't too far away.

    "Dundee played really well last game, we need to make sure we are up for the fight. It's a Tayside derby."

  4. Hibs boss aiming for cup repeat

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross wants his side to replicate their Hampden performance of 10 days ago: "First of all, midweek games under the lights are good especially against this level of opponent," he told BBC Scotland. "It crackles.

    "We were good in all aspects of our play that afternoon [the League Cup semi-final] and we need to replicate that and some because we are playing a top team and we only won that game because we were at our very best. We need that again tonight."

    On the return of Martin Boyle, Ross said: "I think numbers - goals and assists - he's a terrific asset to have. He worries all opponents in this league when he's at his best."

    Top scorer Martin Boyle is back in the Hibs side after suspension
    Image caption: Top scorer Martin Boyle is back in the Hibs side after suspension
  5. Aberdeen not looking down - Russell

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19:45)

    Aberdeen assistant Allan Russell, on media duties as manager Stephen Glass serves a one-match touchline suspension, tells BBC Sportsound: "We get our messages to the players beforehand and they know what is expected.

    "It will just be a different voice from the sidelines, that's the only difference.

    "We've had good performances but anything less than three points - particularly tonight - is not good enough.

    "Of course we pay attention to the league table, but we don't look below us. We don't have that mentality at the club."

    Allan Russell
    Image caption: Allan Russell, left, will be the main man in the home dugout tonight
  6. Martindale not fooled by Aberdeen form

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19:45)

    Livingston manager David Martindale says the chance to leapfrog Aberdeen with victory is "the carrot" for his players.

    "That's what we've spoken about in the changing room," he tells BBC Sportsound.

    "I know where Aberdeen are in the league but their performances haven't been bad, so it's going to be a difficult night..

    "We will try to implement our game-plan and manage the conditions, because it's a night where they look like they'll have a big part to play."

    David Martindale
    Image caption: Livi boss David Martindale is targeting a first win in five games
  7. 'Motherwell win is the standard' - McPake

    Dundee v St Johnstone (19:45)

    Dundee manager James McPake tells BBC Sportsound that the weekend win against Motherwell is the "standard we've been looking for".

    "That's the levels we need to reach," he adds. "On Saturday it came together, but it's gone now.

    "St Johnstone are here, they're a good side and they'll be a tough side. We need to be at our very best. We respect them, but we've got to focus on our strengths."

  8. Will Morelos make his mark again?

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has scored more Scottish Premiership goals against Hibernian than any other side (eight), with the Colombian international scoring in his last two league appearances at Easter Road.

    His most recent winning goal in Leith will still sting with Hibs fans since it came after a stamp on Ryan Porteous that earned Morelos a retrospective three-game ban.

    That was just one of the several flashpoints in simmering feud between those two.

    Alfredo Morelos scored the only goal on Rangers' last visit to Easter Road
    Image caption: Alfredo Morelos scored the only goal on Rangers' last visit to Easter Road in late January
  9. Hibs seek more cup final tickets

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Hibs expressed frustration when they were given around 17,500 tickets for the League Cup final with Celtic on 19 December - a little over one third of the capacity at Hampden.

    Those tickets were quickly snaffled up and the Easter Road club are hoping for some extras.

    "Knowing that we would sell out our full ticket allocation, we have constantly been engaged with the SPFL to gain more tickets," read a club statement.

    "We think it’s of paramount importance that we receive a greater allocation for our supporters, and for sporting integrity.

    “We are putting increased pressure on the SPFL and will update supporters as soon as we hear more."

  10. Brrrr...

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19:45)

    Snow is falling at Pittodrie as the players finish off their warm ups.

    Of course, Aberdeen skipper Scott Brown is in short sleeves...

    Aberdeen captain Scott Brown
  11. Challenge Cup action on BBC Alba

    The remaining SPFL Trust Trophy (what was the Challenge Cup) quarter-final is also on this evening and you can watch Queen of the South v Morton on BBC Alba (kick-off 19:30).

    Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers are already through to the semis after wins last night.

    You can follow the game from Palmerston Park here.

  12. Rangers out for revenge

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Rangers again had an interim management team for that recent loss to Hibs, with new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst watching from the main stand at Hampden.

    The Dutchman has started his reign with wins over Sparta Prague and Livingston, while a third victory would take the defending champions seven points clear of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who host Hearts tomorrow.

    Rangers have not lost at Easter Road since April 2016 when both teams were slugging it out in the Championship.

    Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst
    Image caption: Can Giovanni van Bronckhorst keep up his winning run this evening?
  13. Can Hibs repeat Hampden heroics?

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Ten days ago Hibs caused an upset at the national stadium, racing into a 3-0 lead against Rangers thanks to a Martin Boyle hat-trick inside 38 minutes.

    Rangers got one back before half-time but the Easter Road side made light of a four-game losing streak and not far shy of a month without a match to set up a League Cup final date with Celtic later in December.

    It was Hibs' first success against Rangers since February 2018 when Graeme Murty was in temporary charge at Ibrox.

    Martin Boyle was Hibs' hat-trick hero against Rangers at Hampden
    Image caption: Martin Boyle was Hibs' hat-trick hero against Rangers at Hampden
  14. Dons out to stop the rot - again

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19:45)

    When Jack MacKenzie's stoppage-time shot squirmed through the fingers of Max Stryjek back in August, Aberdeen were celebrating maximum points from their first two Premiership games.

    That must seem like a long time ago for Dons fans now as they sit eighth in the table after just two more wins from the last 13 league outings.

    Livingston could leapfrog the hosts with three points tonight but the West Lothian side do not enjoy a good track record in this fixture, with just one win in the past 16 meetings.

  15. St Mirren on a roll against Ross County

    St Mirren v Ross County (19:45)

    St Mirren have won four in a row against Ross County and are unbeaten in the past six meetings.

    The Paisley side have only won once at home this season (3D 3L), while the visitors have picked just one win and one draw from seven Premiership road trips.

    However, the bottom-of-the-table Staggies are beginning to stir, gathering seven points from a possible 12, and the hosts are on a run of six games without a win (3D 3L).

    St Mirren were 3-2 winners in Dingwall in mid-October
    Image caption: St Mirren were 3-2 winners in Dingwall in mid-October
  16. Saints enjoy recent duels with Dundee

    Dundee v St Johnstone (19:45)

    St Johnstone are on a run of seven consecutive wins against Dundee in all competitions, including a 3-1 league victory in Perth and a 2-0 League Cup success at Dens Park earlier this season.

    However, Dundee have taken 10 points from their last six matches and are just one point behind their Tayside rivals. Spirits in the home camp will be high after Saturday's 3-0 swatting of Motherwell.

    St Johnstone's problem has been scoring; they have managed just nine in the Premiership. Dundee's problem has been letting them in; with 27 conceded.

    Chris Kane scored twice in St Johnstone's league win over Dundee in early October
    Image caption: Chris Kane scored twice in St Johnstone's league win over Dundee in early October
  17. McAllister & Dennis start for St Mirren; County make four changes

    St Mirren v Ross County (19:45)

    St Mirren make two changes from the 2-0 defeat to Hearts on Saturday.

    One of them is enforced with centre-back Joe Shaughnessy suspended after being sent off in the closing stages at the weekend, while midfielder Ryan Flynn drops to the bench.

    Midfielder Kyle McAllister and forward Kristian Dennis start tonight as manager Jim Goodwin aims to end a run of six games without a win.

    Kristian Dennis returns to the starting line-up for St Mirren
    Image caption: Kristian Dennis returns to the starting line-up for St Mirren

    Ross County make four changes from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

    The visitors are without banned defender Harry Clarke, with his two bookings on Saturday ruling him out.

    Jordan Tillson, Regan Charles-Cook and Jordan White are all dropped as boss Malky Mackay freshens up his side, with defender Jake Vokins, midfielder Ross Callachan, and forwards Dominic Samuel and Joseph Hungbo all getting the nod.

  18. Fontaine in for Dundee; two changes for Saints

    Dundee v St Johnstone (19:45)

    Dundee boss James McPake has been forced in to just one change after Saturday's impressive win over Motherwell.

    Centre-back Lee Ashcroft - who was injured in the 3-0 victory - is the man coming out and he is replaced by Liam Fontaine, who makes his first start in two months.

    Liam Fontaine
    Image caption: Fontaine makes his first start since early October

    As for St Johnstone, it is two switches to the side that went down to a late 2-1 defeat at home to Hibs at the weekend.

    Midfielder Craig Bryson is out after picking up a suspension, with on-loan St Mirren man Cammy MacPherson coming in.

    The other change sees defender Lars Dendoncker make way as striker Chris Kane returns from his own ban.

    Might Callum Davidson be setting up with a rare 4-3-3 tonight?

  19. Boyle returns for Hibs; Roofe on Rangers' bench

    Hibernian v Rangers (19:45)

    Hibernian welcome back top scorer Martin Boyle after he missed the win over St Johnstone through suspension. He replaces Jamie Gullan.

    Christian Doidge remains absent as he serves the second part of a two-match ban. It means it's the same XI who triumphed 3-1 against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final.

    Kemar Roofe returns from an ankle injury for Rangers, but he's on the bench as Giovanni van Bronckhorst brings back Steven Davis for Scott Arfield in midfield. Other than that, it's the same team which beat Livingston last time.

  20. JET lands a Dons start; Livi make two changes

    Aberdeen v Livingston (19:45)

    Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is back to face his former club in his first start since mid-September.

    Funso Ojo returns from suspension at right-back in place of Jack Gurr, who drops to the bench, and Dylan McGeouch misses out after going off injured in the weekend loss to Celtic.

    Livi defender Jackson Longridge ends a two-month wait for a start, with Ayo Obileye joining him in the backline after suspension.

    Jack McMillan, who is among the subs, and Cristian Montano make way from Sunday's home loss to Rangers.

    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
    Image caption: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' last Dons start came in the 1-0 home defeat to St Johnstone