Scottish football as it happened

Hibs beat SPL leaders Celtic on a day featuring wins for Aberdeen, Dundee and a four-goal thriller at Fir Park.

29 December 2012 Last updated at 17:50 GMT

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  1. 1220: 

    Many parts of Scotland were battered by high winds last night - and not solely because of the mass festive consumption of Brussels Sprouts...

    Will the blustery conditions threaten the beautiful game in this afternoon's Scottish football extravaganza? Here's hoping not.

    First up, we've got a Glasgow derby to mark as Queen's Park host Rangers at Hampden.

  2. 1223: 

    It may not be a festive Old Firm clash, but it's a city derby as Rangers visit the 10-time Scottish Cup winners and the only Scottish club to have featured in an FA Cup final. Twice.

    Ally McCoist's men enjoy a 12-point lead at the top of Division Three and are 16 clear of The Spiders.

    Queen's Park manager Gardner Speirs is relishing Rangers's visit.

    "It's going to be unique and I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful atmosphere," he told BBC Scotland.

    "The focus and the attention of having Rangers in the SFL in general, but the Third Division in particular, is outstanding."

  3. 1224: 

    Queen's Park have sold out their allocation of 2,327 tickets for the visit of Rangers, a 300% increase on their usual home support at the national stadium.

    The visitors had sold about 30,000 tickets with more expected to be snapped up...

  4. 1227: 

    And we've got five SPL games kicking off at 3pm.

    Dundee v Aberdeen

    Hibs v Celtic

    Motherwell v Kilmarnock

    Ross County v Hearts

    St Johnstone v Inverness CT

  5. 1228: 

    Are you heading to a game today? Are you bound for a supporters' bus? Get in touch...

  6. 1229: 

    Get in touch today via text using 80295 or tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  7. 1230: 

    Queen's Park: Parry, McGinn, Little, Brough, Robertson, Gallacher, Anderson, Keenan, Watt, Quinn, Shankland. Subs: Lochhead, Bradley, McParland, Longworth, Connolly.

    Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Crawford, Black, Hutton, McKay, McCulloch, Templeton. Subs: Currie, Sandaza, Cole, Faure, Aird.

    Referee: William Collum

  8. 1231: 

    Rangers make two changes for the game at Hampden: Andy Little and Lewis Macleod both miss out after picking up knocks in the Boxing Day win over Clyde, Ian Black returns from injury and Robbie Crawford also starts.

  9. 1232: 

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist has been speaking about not being able to lock horns with Celtic this season.

    "Of course you miss the Old Firm games, they are fantastic fixtures," he said.

    "You miss the excitement, the drama, the sick feeling in your stomach - everything that goes with it.

    "At the same time, we have known for a while that we're not going to have one, especially in the league, that's for sure.

    "But we have got another one, it's one of the oldest derbies in world football and it's something we're looking forward to.

    "The Rangers-Celtic game, for the vast majority of people, is one of the biggest games in the country.

    "But this is a big game for both clubs at Hampden tomorrow and we will be looking to continue our good form."

  10. 1234: 

    Contradictory information over this afternoon's game at Dingwall between Ross County and Hearts.

    Hearts on Twitter say: "Supporters please note: Today's game vs Ross County is subject to a pitch inspection. We'll pass on more information as soon as we have it."

    However, Ross County have told BBC Scotland there is no pitch inspection planned. Mmmm.

    We'll clarify as and when we can.

  11. 1237: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "It's your original Glasgow derby..."

  12. 1240: 

    The floodlights are on at the national stadium amid the Glasgow gloom, not long to the 12:45 kick off...

  13. 1245: 

    Rangers get us under way.

  14. 1246: 
    Tweet from Hearts

    "Folks, the ref will be here at his normal time and will look at pitch but confirmed that NO official inspection scheduled, so game on."

  15. 1248: 

    Jamie Hall: "Original Glasgow derby? Queen's Park had played seven Glasgow sides by the time they first met Rangers! #bbcsportsound"

  16. 1249: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "The game being played at a fairly leisurely pace in the early stages..."

  17. 1250: 

    Rangers winger David Templeton, with his first touch of the ball, looks to launch an attack from just inside the halfway line but black & white spiders swarm round the former Hearts man and the move fizzles out.

  18. 1253: 

    Neither goalkeeper called into action in a fairly low key opening five minutes. Both sides trying to establish some passing rhythm but it's all in the midfield...

  19. 1255: 

    Barrie McKay tries to thread a through ball for Rangers captain Lee McCulloch but it's too heavy and runs away from the veteran warhorse.

  20. 1256: 

    McKay is warming to the task and dances away from a couple of Queen's Park challenges before being fouled wide on the left. However, the visitors fail to profit from a promising position. It remains goalless after 10 minutes.

  21. 1257: 

    Anonymous: "Queen's Park will earn around FOUR YEARS worth of league gate money from this one game. Incredible!"

  22. 1258: 

    Queen's Park launch a foray down the Rangers right but a promising passing move fizzles out after good work by Quinn and Shankland.

  23. 1300: 

    Queen's Park have a free kick on the edge of the area following a handball by Robbie Crawford...

  24. 1301: 

    Ian Watt blazes the free kick high over the bar and out for a goal kick. Gardner Speirs will be frustrated Watt didn't send that into a dangerous area.

  25. 1302: 
    Motherwell FC ‏

    "Fans will mark the 5th anniversary of the tragic death of Phil O'Donnell with a minutes applause on the 10th min #10thMinuteApplauseForPhil"

  26. 1303: 

    Lee Wallace, at full pelt, thunders deep into Queen's Park territory and looks to find Lee McCulloch but the Spiders' rearguard holds firm. Both goalkeepers could be spending their Christmas vouchers on a few books for their Kindles such has been their inactivity.

  27. 1305: 

    Queen's Park cause alarm in the Rangers defence as Quinn feeds Anderson but the latter drags his shot wide and fails to test Neil Alexander. It remains goalless after 20 minutes of the first half at Hampden.

  28. 1306: 

    Boab10: "I'd like to see David Templeton out wide more, maybe change with Crawford & McKay; though decent idea to have him in the hole. #bbcsportsound #RFC"

  29. 1308: 

    What a chance for Rangers. Barrie McKay, causing havoc down the left once again, scampers away from his marker and sends in a sumptuous cross for David Templeton. The winger takes a touch before rifling a shot over the bar.

  30. 1310: 

    Stephen Fleming: "Hey Thomas, what's the attendance at Hampden today? #gersfanincalgarycanada"

    Hi Stephen, we don't have official confirmation as yet but it looks to be more than 30,000. I'll let you know ASAP.

  31. 1314: 

    David Templeton is fortunate to be spared a yellow card for a challenge on David Anderson. Seconds later, Ian Black is shown a yellow for fouling Paul Gallacher.

  32. 1316: 

    Kyle Hutton pounces on a miss-placed Queen's Park but Rangers are lacking a cutting edge in the final third as another attack fizzles out; it's goalless after half an hour. The game in need of a wee bit of magic to light up proceedings.

  33. 1317: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

    "Queen's have been easy on the eye but they can also flex their muscles and are prepared to mix it."

  34. 1319: 

    McKay, who has been Rangers' most impressive performer, flights in a great cross but Brough heads clear with McCulloch loitering with intent. Then Crawford heads inches wide after clever work by Black.

  35. 1320: 

    Theresa Talbot: " My best son Andrew Roberston is playing for Queen's Park!!!"

    You must be a proud Mum today!

  36. 1322: 

    Rangers look to up the tempo with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, midfielder Ian Black breaks free of the Queen's Park shackles, but fires a 20-yard shot just wide of goal.

  37. 1324: 

    Boab10: "Lovely move there involving Wallace, McKay and Crawford. #bbcsportsound #RFC"

  38. 1325: 

    James Brough earns a yellow card for a WWE style challenge on the flying David Templeton that sends the winger higher into orbit and almost out onto the streets of Mount Florida...

  39. 1327: 

    Templeton dusts himself down and torments the Queen's Park defence before James Brough takes the ball off of his dancing toes. The winger was almost in on goal and Brough's intervention proved crucial.

  40. 1330: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Queen's Park have defended well in the first half and have kept their discipline."

  41. 1331: 
  42. 1333: 

    We're hearing there will be a pitch inspection ahead of Ross County v Hearts in the next 15 minutes or so...

  43. 1335: 
    Livingston FC ‏

    "Pitch inspection ongoing at the moment at the Stadium. Continuing rain an issue. More news when we get it."

  44. 1337: 

    Boab10: "I'd rather see Hegarty at centre-back, Perry off and Darren Cole at right-back. Better balance & Perry not good enough. #bbcsportsound #RFC"

  45. 1340: 
    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "Right now, Ross County v Hearts is still on, but the referee is having a look at the pitch..."

  46. 1341: 

    bringthemonjpn: "If only we could still have an old Hampden..what a ground that was..and place to be...Still, live with what we have."

  47. 1344: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Rangers have up the tempo in the second half."

  48. 1345: 

    Mark Roberts: "I hope Theresa Talbot's next best son (not Andrew Robertson) is proud of Andrew too and has not got an inferiority complex..."

  49. 1346: 

    The second half gets under way at Hampden.

  50. 1347: 

    Kyle Hutton is booked for leading with his arm while contesting a high ball with David Anderson. "That looked harsh," opines BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson.

  51. 1348: 

    Ross County v Hearts goes ahead in Dingwall today. Despite a biblical downpour and rainfall not seen since the film LA Confidential, the game will be played...

  52. 1350: 

    Paul Gallacher is booked for tripping Ian Black as referee Willie Collum continues to extend his rap sheet.

  53. 1352: 

    Rangers captain Lee McCulloch tries to outfox Queen's Park keeper Neil Parry with a delicate chip but the ball clears the bar.

  54. 1353: 
    Hamilton Accies

    "Livi v Accies GAME OFF"

    Livingston were hoping to attract fans by charging only £5 entry for the match - which had already passed a 10:00 inspection.

  55. 1356: 

    Rangers are denied by a superb save from Neil Parry. McCulloch and Tempelton combine to tee up McKay and the number 11's shot is tipped away for a corner by Parry.

    In his technical area, Rangers boss Ally McCoist wheels away in frustration.

  56. 1359: 

    Queen's Park are reduced to 10 men as defender James Brough is given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. He clipped David Templeton and trots off the pitch and up the tunnel for an early bath.

    A case of Brough justice? I'll get my coat...

  57. 1400: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

    "If Rangers play with a bit of width then they can hurt Queen's Park here..."

  58. 1401: 

    Looking ahead to this afternoon's SPL games, Hearts are unchanged from the side that faced Killie on Boxing Day. 4-4-2, Smith & Sutton up top...

    Hearts: Macdonald; R.McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, McHattie; Stevenson, Barr, Taouil, Driver; G.Smith, Sutton. Subs: Enckelman, Novikovas, Robinson, Carrick, Holt, D.McGowan, Paterson.

  59. 1404: 

    Ross County v Hearts has been postponed! A nightmare for supporters who have made their way to Dingwall...

  60. 1406: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "More police around Easter Road right now than we had County fans last Wed. Wonder if Rod Petrie charges them to get in the ground..."

  61. 1407: 
    Rangers striker Andy Little

    "COME ON LADS!!!!"

  62. 1409: 

    Another booking: the blizzard of yellow cards continues, this time after frazzled whistler Willie Collum deems Laurence Shankland has dived under a challenge by Ross Perry...

  63. 1410: 

    Kinnon in Leith: "It's an absolute disgrace for a game to be called off at this stage of the day!! Surely if conditions deteriorate then the ref can always abandon it? Very strange?!"

    Niall and Callum who are Staggies fans using 80295: "Aberdeen Staggies disappointed about game being off."

    We're hearing that "a part of the pitch" is unplayable and that's the reason for the postponement.

  64. 1412: 

    Rangers huffing and puffing as they look to break the deadlock and make their numerical advantage pay dividends. Paul Gallacher has slotted into central defence as the Spiders look to keep the visitors at bay.

  65. 1413: 

    Robert Ryan: "A weird substitution, very early to take off our only midfield enforcer in Kyle Hutton?! Very early to chase the game. #bbcsportsound#RFC."

  66. 1415: 
    BBC Scotland's Paul Mitchell at McDiarmid Park

    "Caley Thistle unchanged for the game in Perth. For Saints, Callum Davidson comes in for Tam Scobbie."

  67. 1418: 

    Rangers substitute Fran Sandaza does well on the left before his cross is deflected for a corner. Play then rages up the other end as Connolly feeds Shankland but his tame effort fails to seriously trouble Neil Alexander.

  68. 1419: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

    "Three or four Queen's Park players got up the park there and that's the urgency Rangers haven't really shown."

  69. 1420: 

    Dannie Murdoch: "Just arrived in Dingwall all the way from Edinburgh £50 in fuel now what!!? Not very happy."

  70. 1421: 
    Heart of Midlothian

    "Players were preparing to warm up, last minute decision to call game off by referee team."

  71. 1424: 

    Laurence Shankland whips in a free kick that flies inches wide of Neil Alexander's left-hand post. That was very, very close. Queen's Park boss Gardner Speirs, arms folded on the touchline, leans back and gives a quick blow of his cheeks.

    Then Rangers have a great chance to break the deadlock but Fran Sandaza rifles a shot into the side netting.

  72. 1426: 

    Rangers go close again, this time captain Lee McCulloch has a free header at goal but his effort clears the target. The veteran has his head in his hands; he knows that was a great chance to score the winner. Four minutes plus added time remaining at Hampden. It's still goalless.

  73. 1427: 

    Message to Stephen Fleming in Canada: the attendance at Hampden this afternoon is 30,117.

  74. 1428: 

    Anonymous: "Wee suggestion for the disappointed Jambos: why not head to Nairn for the Highland League derby against Forres? Happy New Year to the best team on radio."

  75. 1430: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Queen's Park have looked more of a threat since going down to 10 men. Overall, they've been excellent."

  76. 1432: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "First visit to Dens Park this season for Dundee v Aberdeen. 4,200 tickets sold by the Dons with a crowd about 9,000 expected #bbcsportsound"

  77. 1433: 

    Rangers look to have nabbed all three points as substitute Fraser Aird fires a low shot through a ruck of players and into the bottom corner.

  78. 1434: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

    "It's a cruel game. The desire and effort Queen's Park have been incredible."

  79. 1435: 
  80. 1436: 

    Stephen Fleming: "Thanks for the update. Hope the rain stops for you there, we haven't seen rain in months here #calgaryrfc"

    My pleasure Stephen, unfortunately we've had more than our fair share of rain recently. It's been a rain-lashed Christmas!

  81. 1437: 

    That's 10 consecutive league wins for Rangers as they catch Queen's Park with a late, late winner at Hampden.

  82. 1438: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, MacKay, McCracken, Wright, Callum Davidson, Pawlett, Cregg, Murray Davidson, Craig, MacLean, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Moon, Miller, Vine, Caddis, Steeves.

    Inverness CT: Reguero, Raven, Graeme Shinnie, Cooper, Warren, Doran, Andrew Shinnie, Draper, Tudur Jones, Foran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Ross, Sutherland, Morrison, Polworth, Pepper, Roberts.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  83. 1439: 

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Benedictus, Gallagher, Lockwood, Riley, O'Donnell, McBride, McAlister, Nish, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, Davidson, McGregor, Conroy, Toshney, Easton, Stewart.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Considine, Reynolds, Robertson, Smith, Rae, Vernon, Hayes, McGinn, Masson. Subs: Jason Brown, Anderson, Milsom, Fallon, Hughes, Fraser, Magennis.

    Referee: Brian Colvin

  84. 1440: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, Stevenson, Deegan, Taiwo, Claros, Cairney, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Wotherspoon, Maybury, Handling, Caldwell, Kuqi, Donaldson.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Rogne, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Brown, Wanyama, Nouioui, Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, McCourt, Watt, Kayal, Chalmers, McGeouch, Kidd.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  85. 1441: 

    "It's a different game today, Celtic won't come to sit in. We had a fabulous start - but we're building a whole new team here.

    "The important thing is that's not as far as we want to go."

  86. 1442: 

    Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Ramsden, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Higdon, Ojamaa. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Daley, Carswell, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Cummins.

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Fowler, Nelson, O'Leary, McKeown, Perez, Johnson, Kelly, Dayton, Sheridan, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Tesselaar, Harkins, McKenzie, Winchester, Slater, O'Hara.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

  87. 1444: 

    Anonymous: "I am amazed at your after match commentary: yes Queen's Park deserved a draw but you forget how young the Rangers team are!"

  88. 1445: 

    Sean Donaghy: "Great effort from the Aberdeen fans taking a big crowd to Dens Park..."

  89. 1447: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Winter sunshine at Dens Park for Dundee v Aberdeen #bbcsportsound"

    Hope you've got the Factor 99 on Scoop...

  90. 1448: 

    So, four SPL games for us to enjoy this afternoon following that late, late call off for Ross County v Hearts.

  91. 1453: 

    Hibs will be looking to clip Celtic's wings in the Scottish capital. Pat Fenlon's side have struggled recently but will aim to halt their poor run against the SPL champions. Inverness, seven points behind Celtic, face a tricky trip to Perth while Dundee host Aberdeen.

    Throw in Motherwell v Kilmarnock and we have some mouth-watering clashes to see us through the afternoon.

    Remember, text me using 80295 or tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportsound and/or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  92. 1455: 

    Embo Fisher: "Hearing rumours of Billy McKay going to the Championship. Think he needs another season with Caley. He just needs to look at Adam Rooney, excellent in the SPL, moved to Birmingham and has since been farmed out to League 1 where he warms the bench. Don't leave Billy!!"

  93. 1456: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod at Easter Raod

    "I think this will be a tight one and Celtic will be looking to win this one ahead of facing Motherwell next week..."

  94. 1500: 

    Here we go across the country. Goals please and plenty of them!

  95. 1502: 

    George, Edinburgh based County fan: "Re County v Hearts late call off. Yes, sympathy for all Hearts travelling support BUT don't forget the County fans who also have long journeys to Dingwall from the south and all parts of their huge Highland catchment area."

  96. 1504: 
    Rangers winger David Templeton

    "Hard game today pitch was heavy and felt tired! I didn't play well but good result and boys dug deep for the 3 points."

  97. 1505: 

    kpowalker: "Zaluska & McCourt on bench again. Wonder how long they'll stay at #Celtic. Surely they can't be happy just picking up wages #bbcsportsound"

  98. 1509: 

    Hibs are rewarded for an impressive start to the game as Leigh Griffiths latches onto a long ball to nip between Thomas Rogne and Fraser Forster and shows great composure to slot the ball home. Game on!

  99. 1510: 

    Fans at SPL games take part in a minute's applause for the late Phil O'Donnell, who died in December 2007.

  100. 1512: 

    David, Motherwell fan on Speyside: "Jeez guys, had to pull my whisky lorry to the side of the road --- a right tear jerker. Respects to all who took part in the Phil O'Donnell tribute."

  101. 1513: 

    Kilmarnock draw first blood at Fir Park after some good work by James Dayton sets up Borja Perez, who spins and fires the ball into the top corner.

  102. 1515: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "A cup-tie atmosphere inside Dens Park with the game flowing from end to end. Dundee 0 Aberdeen 0 #bbcsportsound "

  103. 1516: 

    Greg a Hibbee in Selkirk: "We still have 80 min to hold on, and with our defending it will finish 4-1 to Celtic."

  104. 1519: 

    Celtic striker Gary Hooper darts in ahead of the Hibs defence to flash a shot at goal that Hibs keeper Ben Williams touches onto the post. But the English hitman was flagged offside. A great open game at Easter Road.

  105. 1520: 

    Georgios Samaras almost replied immediately for Celtic, hitting the post after Mikael Lustig's cut-back - but the whistle had gone for offside anyway.

  106. 1521: 

    St Johnstone forward Gregory Tade spurns a great chance about five yards out following great work by Liam Craig but the big striker can't get a header on goal.

  107. 1523: 

    Eoin Doyle fizzes a shot across goal with Leigh Griffiths unable to apply a finish at the back post as Hibs look to double their lead. The Celtic defence is all at sea in a bruising opening 25 minutes.

  108. 1524: 

    Andrew Considine goes close for Aberdeen, heading over the Dundee crossbar but it remains goalless at Dens Park.

    "Something has got to give, sooner rather than later," according to BBC Sportsound's Jim Spence.

    Not sure what his soup of the day is today. Need to check on that later...

  109. 1527: 

    Funkibazi: "Re Temps ..Tired display against amateurs....shocking Rangers display."

  110. 1528: 

    Gary Hooper looks to launch a Celtic attack and take the pressure off the unconvincing defence but Hibs remain a goal to the good at Easter Road.

  111. 1529: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "Aberdeen have had plenty of territory, but what they need to do is get some shots on target and they haven't done that up until now"

  112. 1530: 

    Efe Ambrose embarks on a lung-bursting 40 yard run and Gary Deegan is penalised for stopping him in his tracks, earning a booking in the process.

    Lassad balloons the subsequent free-kick over the bar.

  113. 1532: 
    BBC Sportsound's Paul Mitchell at McDiarmid Park

    "Saints have weathered a bright start by ICT and are starting to get more into the game but McKay and Shinnie look menacing..."

  114. 1533: 
    Leigh Griffiths fires Hibs in front at Easter Road Leigh Griffiths pounced on Celtic indecision to give Hibs the lead
  115. 1534: 

    Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine is stretchered off and is replaced with Russell Anderson. Anderson had been rested by manager Craig Brown, who reckons that the veteran former Scotland centre-half is unable to last two games in quick succession because of his injury history. Considine was just back in the team after losing half a stone in weight through illness. Lucky white heather!

  116. 1536: 

    Hibs, tigrish in the tackle, are given Celtic little time to settle on the ball as the midfield war of attrition continues. Tin hats all round in a ferocious encounter in the Scottish capital.

  117. 1537: 

    Dundee at last threaten against Aberdeen, with a Colin Nish free-kick flying just over from 28 yards but it remains goalless in the City of Discovery...

  118. 1539: 

    Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes fires just over the Dundee crossbar as we have everything but a goal at Dens Park, wit the action hotter than a steaming plate of Jim Spence's homemade soup...

  119. 1541: 

    What a chance for Hibs to double their lead! Eoin Doyle outmuscles some feeble Celtic defending and sees the whites of on-rushing goalkeeper Fraser Forster's eyes but blazes over the bar.

  120. 1542: 

    St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus saves well to deny Aaron Doran just after the Caley Thistle winger had headed off the line at the other end.

  121. 1544: 

    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor has been speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme about referee Iain Brines' decision to call off County v Hearts an hour before kick-off.

    "It was difficult. We had a real downpour between 10 and half past 12. He was concerned with small bits on the park and he did an inspection at quarter to two. He asked us to do some work and came out again.

    "There are a couple of spots where the ball isn't running as well as it can - 95 per cent is playable but safety and the pace [of the players] has changed the game.

    "The safety of the players is of paramount importance..."

  122. 1545: 
  123. 1546: 
  124. 1547: 
  125. 1548: 

    Daniel Falconer: "Seems like every season the Dons are "hamstrung" by injuries at one point or another... #bbcsportsound"

  126. 1550: 
  127. 1552: 

    Some Hearts reaction coming up to the postponement at Ross County...

  128. 1553: 
    Hearts managing director David Southern

    "My understanding is that the referee arrived at the ground between one o'clock and half-past one. Given the rain that has fallen across the country would it not have been more prudent to arrive mid-morning? A number of fans have travelled from far and wide.

    "We have supporters clubs in Manchester, York and London who travelled for this game. It does defy belief in some ways that we can have a game in the most northerly point of professional league football called off one hour before kick-off."

  129. 1555: 

    Alan MacDonald: "About time Aberdeen got proper training facilities to help prevent injuries every season. Training in parks is embarrassing #bbcsportsound"

  130. 1556: 

    Anonymous: "Disappointed to hear Aberdeen are wearing Red socks today. Trips to Dens always used to see the white socks come out. The Dons used to look taller and more athletic those times, Stewart McKimmie included."

    You'd put Trinny & Susannah to shame!

  131. 1559: 

    Here we go in the second half...

  132. 1603: 

    Mikael Lustig plays an inviting ball across the six yard box but it's just too far ahead of Lassad Nouioui and Georgios Samaras as Celtic look to restore parity at Easter Road.

  133. 1605: 

    Craig Meighan: "Anyone think it would save refs a lot of admin hassle if they just gave Gary Deegan his usual yellow card before the match?"

    Dougie: "RE: Alan McDonald at 15:55 - Tell that to Aberdeen Council who rejected the Calder Park development & AFC training facilities #bbcsportsound"

  134. 1606: 

    The Dons take the lead early in the second half, Niall McGinn forcing the ball home after it is thrown into a tangle in legs in front of the Dundee penalty area to score his 12th of the season and send manager Craig Brown into dreamland.

  135. 1608: 

    Michael in Rogart: "Re 15:53 - ye we are all frustrated the game is off at 2pm but really annoys me when people expect there to be different rules because the game is played far away from the central belt. It's called the SCOTTISH Premier League, they need to remember Scotland extends north of the River Forth."

  136. 1612: 

    Gary Deegan has a great chance to double Hibs' lead but fluffs his lines in front of goal. Then Hibs defender Tim Clancy nips the ball off of Lassad as the Celtic striker was about to pull the trigger. What a game!

  137. 1614: 

    Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph saves from Killie striker Cillian Sheridan after the Irishman had cut in from the right and pinged a left-footed strike on target.

  138. 1615: 

    St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade is through on goal one-on-one against Inverness goalkeeper Antonio Reguero and the keeper makes a good save.

  139. 1616: 

    James Todd: "Re Michael at 16:08 - bang on. If rules causing problems, change them but can't be different rules for different teams #bbcsportsound"

  140. 1617: 

    Mark Johnston: "Re :1608 every other club manages it, so why should Ross County be exempt. #21st century"

  141. 1620: 

    Paul Heffernan scores his fifth goal of the season when he reacts quickly at a corner to put Kilmarnock in a strong position in Lanarkshire. The visitors are two up at Fir Park; worrying times for flame-haired Well boss Stuart McCall...

  142. 1621: 

    Jim Douglas: "Re David Southern - Elgin City are most northerly professional club. He must've failed his O Level Geography..."

    Muzz_Brand: "Do the English greet this much when games are called off? #bbcsportsound"

  143. 1623: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon shuffles his pack, sending on Paddy McCourt for Lassad. About 25 minutes remaining at Easter Road. Can Hibs see the game out to claim maximum points?

  144. 1624: 

    Aberdeen are still searching for their first penalty of the season despite it looking like Joe Shaughnessy had been brought down in the Dundee box.

  145. 1626: 

    As things stand, it's going to be a great Saturday night for fans of Hibs, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

  146. 1629: 

    Chris Humphrey races past Rory McKeown and cuts the ball back for Jamie Murphy who slams the ball into the net to give the home fans some hope in the remaining 19 minutes. The Steelmen are back in it...

  147. 1630: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Paul Mitchell at McDiarmid Park

    "Gregory Tade the man most likely for St Johnstone, coming in off the left is suiting him but needs to improve his finishing."

  148. 1631: 

    Niall McGinn scores his second of the day for Aberdeen with a little head flick against Dundee. That must all but seal victory for the rampant Dons who are putting the hosts to the sword at Dens Park.

  149. 1632: 

    Aidan in Edinburgh: "Surely the SPL super computer can arrange local fixtures to minimise travelling for fans around the Xmas period. That would then boost attendances and income for clubs."

  150. 1633: 

    Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa levels the score at Fir Park by cutting in-field and bending a shot around Cammy Bell off the far post. A goal blizzard in Lanarkshire!

  151. 1635: 

    Motherwell attacker Jamie Murphy cuts in from the right and smacks a shot into the side netting. What a comeback that would have been!

  152. 1636: 

    Celtic have Hibs pinned in their penalty area as the search for an equaliser with about 10 minutes remaining at Easter Road. Victor Wanyama rifles in a 25-yard shot that scrapes the crossbar on the way out for a goal kick. Then Paddy McCourt tees up captain Scott Brown, whose shot flies inches wide. Pat Fenlon's men still lead by a goal to nil.

  153. 1637: 

    Killie goalie Cammy Bell tips a Bob McHugh downward header over the bar as Motherwell look to effect a superb comeback.

  154. 1639: 

    Hibs survive again: Efe Ambrose scoops the ball over when it appeared easier to score after good work by Georgios Samaras. Dismayed expressions among the Celtic ranks...

  155. 1641: 

    What. A. Save. Hibs keeper Ben Williams palms away a ferocious Gary Hooper strike. Take a bow, son! That's an incredible stop. Could it prove a crucial stop?

  156. 1642: 

    Paul, Amsterdam: "This could the the turning point for Hibernian, building the team confidence for the year ahead."

  157. 1643: 

    Fraser Ross: "I have made several trips south for late call off's. Nobody offered to pay my return trip for the replay be grateful."

  158. 1645: 

    Substitute Mark Stewart scores his first goal for Dundee from close range to set up a grandstand finish at Dens Park...

  159. 1647: 

    We've played one of an added three minutes at Easter Road. Hibs are lashing the ball anywhere as the onslaught continues.

  160. 1649: 

    Motherwell are pressing forward, looking for a late winner after coming from 2-0 down. Superb drama in the SPL this afternoon...

  161. 1651: 
  162. 1652: 
  163. 1653: 

    Shot from Jonny Hayes, saved by Rab Douglas and Niall McGinn completes his hat-trick and will surely nab the match ball too for a sterling afternoon's work. McGinn fast becoming the Gerd Muller of the SPL - that's 14 for the season!

  164. 1653: 
  165. 1655: 

    Matthew Reilly: "Studying contextual theologies in Inverness, but distracted by events at Easter Road #ggtth #holdonlads #bbcsportsound."

    You'll be a happy man after that result Matthew. You're permitted a five minute lap of honour before hitting the books again!

  166. 1656: 

    Muzz: "Finally get to tweet about the game. well done #Hibs lets carry this over to the derby #GGTTH #bbcsportsound"

  167. 1657: 
  168. 1700: 

    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportsound Hibby New Year one and all!"

  169. 1701: 

    Defeat at Easter Road brings Celtic's run of five consecutive league wins to a halt as Leigh Griffiths's sends the Hibs fans home happy.

  170. 1702: 

    The goalless draw at McDiarmid Park was the first time that Inverness CT have failed to score in a league game this season. Will Terry Butcher withhold the fish suppers before the head home or will he exhibit some traditional goodwill and throw in a few pickles and a jar of mussels?

  171. 1703: 

    "I thought we were fantastic today. Celtic put us under pressure but we had the better chances. Our workrate was fantastic. We got 70 minutes out of Leigh Griffiths and he put in a great shift for us.

    "We'd love to keep him and he wants to stay but it's probably outwith our control."

    Hibs's next game? The not insignificant matter of an Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle...

  172. 1705: 

    "I thought it was a great game and a great atmosphere. I don't think we played badly and probably deserved something from the game.

    "Congratulations Hibs, I'm disappointed that our good run has come to an end.

    "It was a straight ball over the top (for Leigh Griffiths's goal) and we should've dealt with it better.

    "We've got a few players out at the minute and we're putting square pegs in round holes. In defeat you can take a lot of positives out of it although I don't like losing."

  173. 1707: 

    Roscoe: "Motherwell Judging by commentary I just heard, Murphy has taken a final bow at Fir Park. Where's he off to? Is it Sheffield Utd? Good luck Jamie, you deserve a good payday after being a fine player for the Well."

    Andy in Inverness: "Hibs beat Celtic easily."

  174. 1710: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "Hibs forced Celtic wide and took their chances on crosses. Celtic, in the final third, probably didn't have the quality they'd have hoped. This was a really good performance from Hibs and just what they needed before the Edinburgh derby. Pat Fenlon brought on substitutes at the right time and nothing went wrong for them today..."

  175. 1714: 

    "I'm gutted we haven't scored. St Johsntone had the better chances in the second half and I'm sure Steve Lomas will feel his side should've won it.

    "Both sides had a go and it was one of the games where we've had to grind out a result. Our back four had to deal with a lot and, in the end, I'm delighted with a point.

    "I'm delighted we're second top at the end of 2012 and we want to stay there..."

    Fish suppers all round by the sound of it!

  176. 1718: 

    James Darling: "What a win for Hibees; just what we needed to bounce back from some mixed results and get us back on track #ggtth"

  177. 1720: 

    Airdrie Utd 1-1 Partick Thistle

    Falkirk 3-4 Dumbarton

    Morton 4-2 Dunfermline

    Raith Rovers 2-2 Cowdenbeath

  178. 1722: 

    Arbroath 2-1 Albion

    Ayr 0-0 Alloa

    Forfar 3-2 East Fife

    Stenhousemuir 1-3 Queen of Sth

    Stranraer 0-2 Brechin

  179. 1723: 

    Queen's Park 0 - 1 Rangers

    Annan Athletic 2-0 Elgin

    Clyde 2-1 Berwick

    Montrose 3 - 2 Stirling

    Peterhead 2-0 East Stirling

  180. 1725: 

    "Today was a fair result, but the previous three home games we should've had nine points..."

  181. 1727: 

    Kinnon in Leith: "I'm a St Mirren fan but I think that's a terrific result for Morton this afternoon & I would be one Buddy who'd be more than happy to see Renfrewshire derbies back in top flight football. Would be magic."

  182. 1730: 

    Aberdeen joy at claiming three points at Dens Park this afternoon tempered by news that defender Andrew Considine has suffered a suspected broken leg. Best wishes to him and hope he makes a speedy recovery...

  183. 1735: 

    What an afternoon of SPL action. Hibs clip league leaders Celtic's wings courtesy of Leigh Griffiths's opportunist strike and give themselves a pre Edinburgh derby boost.

    Niall McGinn continues to impress for Aberdeen this season, firing a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Dundee.

  184. 1737: 

    Motherwell come roaring back from 2-0 down at home to Kilmarnock to secure a draw in a four-goal thriller and Inverness CT fail to score for the first time this season, but will surely still be treated by Terry Butcher to fish suppers following a goalless draw against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    The only fly in the ointment proved to be the late, late postponement of Ross County v Hearts. Part of the pitch was deemed unplayable, but supporters of both clubs understandably frustrated by events.

  185. 1740: 

    Thanks for your company, comments, tweets and texts today.

    Highlights of all today's games will be available to view on our website from 18:00 on Sunday.

    We're back tomorrow for Dundee Utd v St Mirren, hope you can join us then.

    Enjoy your Saturday night, cheers.

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Scottish Premier League results

29 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 29 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 20 24 40
2 Inverness CT 21 9 34
3 Motherwell 21 8 34
4 Hibernian 21 2 31
5 Aberdeen 21 2 30
6 Kilmarnock 20 5 27
7 St Johnstone 21 -3 27
8 Dundee Utd 19 0 25
9 Hearts 20 -2 25
10 St Mirren 20 -9 21
11 Ross County 20 -9 21
12 Dundee 20 -27 12