Scottish Premier League as it happened

There are handsome wins for Celtic, Inverness CT and Ross County as the SPL resumes after a winter break.

19 January 2013 Last updated at 18:06 GMT

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  1. 1801: 

    I'm going to sign off now. Thanks for your company today and for all of your contributions. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.

  2. 1757: 

    It's Motherwell v St Johnstone at Fir Park tomorrow. The home side can move level on points with second-placed Inverness with a win, while the Perth outfit can leapfrog Aberdeen into fifth if they take all three points.


    Jamie Hall via Twitter: "Craig Brown trying to defend our performance again. He needs to go now. #bbcsportsound "

  4. 1751: 
    Dundee manager Barry Smith

    "I thought the boys were excellent. Our goal was a great finish after good link play by the strikers.

    "We worked extremely hard but there was a wee bit of quality there as well. We had four strikers out there and they combined very well.

    "That performance gives us massive heart for the rest of the campaign."


    Chris Jappy via Twitter: "Poor result for Dons, If McGinn doesn't score we struggle. Need centre def and target man. #bbcsportsound"

  6. 1743: 
    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

    "Inverness played to their strengths and took their chances. I think the result flatters them but I have to give them credit.

    "Inverness looked good going forward and scored three good goals but it was poor defending on our part.

    "But we had chances. Johnny Hayes could have had a hat-trick. Unfortunately, he didn't quite finish the way Inverness did."


    Dan Grant, Dundee via text: "Very frustrated Hearts fan. Not sure if we put up with John McGlynn much longer. I can understand Celtic away is very hard, but going into the game with limited tactics and hope is just not right. However thought Holt and Walker were outstanding today!"

  8. 1737: 
    Inverness manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Our second-half performance was tremendous. The front four always looked like they could get through Aberdeen.

    "It took us 45 minutes to get going. You could see the players were a little bit rusty.

    "But when we got the first goal and I didn't think there was any doubt about us going on to win.

    "Billy McKay has been phenomenal. That's 20 goals now and there is plenty of time for him to add to that."


    Mikey the Hibby via text: "Im sick and tired of Kenny Shiels having a pop at other teams. Dundee Utd only have one way of playing? I'm not a Utd fan but he is so patronising and arrogant. He thinks his team play football better than anyone else."

  10. 1731: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought it was an even contest; a very good game of football.

    "United have only the one way of playing and we were looking after that quite well. I was just thinking to myself 'Johnny Russell has gone off the boil' then he scored!

    "He was absent in the first 40 minutes then he ends up with a hat-trick.

    "I don't think we deserved to lose. We just didn't get that break when we were on top in the second half."

  11. 1725: 
    Hearts manager John McGlynn on BBC Radio Scotland

    "You can't come to Celtic Park and lose a goal after 90 seconds. We were under a lot of pressure but we didn't crumble, we stuck to the task and got back into the game, even though it took a bit of fortune with the goal.

    "But then we lose two soft goals late on and that rubs salt into the wounds."


    Michael Behan via Twitter: "Lassad should get signed up permanently he has shown he could be a useful squad player #bbcsportsound"


    Dave Urie ‏via Twitter: "#bbcsportsound I have to question Kenny Shiels' team selection today. Having Sheridan out wide and keeping Borja on the bench was v. strange"

  14. 1720: 
    Dundee Utd boss Peter Houston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a brilliant performance from the team. We dominated from start to finish.

    "I don't think Johnny Russell is quite ready for the step up to Scotland but he's developing all the time and he will be a fine talent."

  15. 1715: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought we were great from start to finish. My only criticism is that I'd like us to put teams away a bit quicker.

    "Gary Hooper was fantastic. He just keeps getting better and better. Other clubs are interested but he's ours and we want to keep him for as long as we can.

    "We are not encouraging any offers. There is a contract on the table for him if he wants it."


    Anonymous text to 80295: "Re - Houston at United - just on our way back from Killie game best performance today for months - I think Houston should go now and let us get a new manager before the end of the season - would give him a chance to take over and get some games under his belt - I would like Steven Pressley with Paul Heggarty as assistant."

  17. 1709: 
    Ross County manager Derek Adams

    [On Richard Brittain who has agreed to join St Johnstone in the summer]

    "Richard has been great for this football club and we will miss him when he goes, however he will miss Ross County more as it's a fantastic football club.

    "Richard knows that, he's been given a bit of stability at St Johnstone, but he won't get a better group of players than he has at Ross County."

  18. 1706: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "With the standards we set at the club and history we have, that is one of the worst performances I have seen.

    "It was a group of players I didn't really recognise today, it rips me up inside to say Ross County wanted it more than we did."

  19. 1704: 

    Dundee remain bottom of the pile and have lost more ground after Ross County's excellent win at St Mirren. However, manager Barry Smith can take heart from a good display at Easter Road.

  20. 1700: 

    Celtic top the table on 46 points, with Inverness CT nine points behind. Motherwell can go level with the Highlanders with a win at home to St Johnstone tomorrow.

  21. 1656: 

    It looks like the winter break has worked wonders for SPL players, with 20 goals in the five games played today. Well, not everyone obviously as St Mirren, Aberdeen and Hearts are licking their wounds after heavy defeats.


    Paddy Gray ‏via Twitter: "There was a time, not so long ago, when ICT couldn't buy a win against the Dons. Seems they barely have to turn up these days #bbcsportsound"


    Scott Forsyth ‏via Twitter: "@bbcsportsound Aberdeen awful but referee shocking some awful decisions no Caley bookings how is that possible?"

  24. 1652: 

    Celtic 4-1 Hearts

    Inverness CT 3-0 Aberdeen

    Hibernian 1-1 Dundee

    Kilmarnock 2-3 Dundee Utd

  25. 1651: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 2-3 Dundee Utd (Manuel Pascali)

    Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali heads in his second goal of the afternoon direct from a corner but time is running out for the hosts.

  26. 1648: 
    GOAL- Celtic 4-1 Hearts (Lassad)

    Celtic substitute Lassad pops up at the back post to knock in a lovely injury-time goal.

  27. 1647: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-3 Dundee Utd (Johnny Russell)

    It's a hat-trick for Johnny Russell and a perfect on at that. The first was with with the left foot, the second with the head and now the striker has tucked home with a right-foot shot.

  28. 1646: 

    A sliding Paul Hanlon is a fraction away from reaching a ball into the Dundee box with the goal at his mercy. Will there be a winner at Easter Road?

  29. 1644: 

    Kilmarnock's Momo Sissoko lashes the ball towards goal only to see his equaliser attempt scrape the wrong side of the post.

  30. 1643: 
    GOAL- Celtic 3-1 Hearts (Gary Hooper)

    Gary Hooper makes sure of the points for Celtic after a good run down the right by Scott Brown. The ball comes to the striker and he bangs in his 20th goal of the season, low past Jamie MacDonald.


    Jordan Rowson via Twitter: "@bbcsportsound poor poor poor from Aberdeen. Promising start to the season is leading into mid season mediocrity."


    From football novice Scott Ponton in Edinburgh via text: "What a season Caley are having!! Off to the Cup semi next weekend, first ever football match, cannot wait! Though, my mates are having to explain the rules to me this week!"

    Ross County skipper Richard Brittain on Twitter

    "Absolutely buzzing after the win today the boys were brilliant and to the fans that travelled and got behind us that was for you #staggies"

  34. 1637: 

    Another free-kick opportunity for Leigh Griffiths at Easter Road but he cannot work his magic for a second time as the ball is gathered by Rab Douglas and it remains locked at a goal apiece between Hibs and Dundee.

  35. 1636: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 3-0 Aberdeen (Billy McKay)

    That's goal number 20 for Billy McKay as the Inverness striker slams a left-foot shot high into the net.

  36. 1635: 

    Ross Draper bursts through the Aberdeen defence and pokes a shot narrowly wide as keeper Jamie Langfield comes flying off his line.

  37. 1634: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "The Celtic fans must be wondering how this match is all of a sudden in the balance. Their team has been on top throughout, but an inability to get a third goal means they could be in for an uneasy final 15 minutes."


    Greg Edwards Edinburgh texts 80295: "I didn't go to the Dundee Utd game because I wanted to make snowmen, looks like a bad decision!!"


    Scott MacKenzie via Twitter: "@bbcsportsound :McKay scores when he wants to! Normally Robbo at TCS is delirious when #ICTFC score, today its Willie Miller and he seems suicidal."


    An anonymous text response to an earlier post: "The attendance at Rugby Park is representative of the price charged. Completely ridiculous."

  41. 1627: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-1 Hearts (Jason Holt)

    Hearts are suddenly back in the game as a shot from Jason Holt takes a big deflection to wrong-foot Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska.

  42. 1626: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "Johnny Russell chases a long ball and tries to slip a shot home for his hat-trick but Cammy Bell makes an excellent save."

  43. 1623: 

    Hibs' Ben Williams makes another impressive save, throwing out an arm to stop Colin Nish clipping the ball into the net after a terrific run by Brian Easton from the halfway line.

  44. 1623: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Scott Brown misses a great chance, sending a diving header well off-target having been picked out by Adam Matthews. Another excellent Celtic move ends with Joe Ledley firing in a shot, which is brilliantly pushed behind by Jamie MacDonald."

  45. 1622: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee Utd (Johnny Russell)

    Dundee United take the lead for the first time and it's a second for Johnny Russell. The striker sprung to nod the ball down into the net after Keith Watson's industrious run and cross on the right.


    Embo Fisher via text to 80295: "What a finish by Shinnie! Need him to sign this contract. Why would he leave a team destined for Europe next season!"

  47. 1620: 

    Dundee's Stevie Milne is denied putting the Dark Blues 2-1 up as Hibs keeper Ben Williams blocks his shot from three yards.

  48. 1619: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 2-0 Aberdeen (Billy McKay)

    It's a 19th goal of the season for Billy McKay, who strokes the ball home from 12 yards after good work from Ross Draper.


    Andrew V Watson via Twitter: "@bbcsportsound: Kilmarnock Att: 4,112 Cold weather? Poor product?"

  50. 1617: 

    At Easter Road Leigh Griffiths tugs a left-foot shot a few feet wide of Rab Douglas's goal as Hibs lay siege to the Dundee penalty box.

  51. 1616: 
    Charles Bannerman at Caledonian Stadium for BBC Scotland

    "A moment of magic from Andrew Shinnie for the opening goal! His contract talks may have stalled but his play certainly hasn't. He scored from the tightest of angles."

  52. 1615: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock youngster Ross Barbour flashes a shot wide of the Dundee United goal after venturing forward from right-back."

  53. 1614: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Jamie Walker has made a difference for Hearts having come on for Callum Paterson as a half-time substitute. He tests Lukasz Zaluska, who saves low to his right. That's the first time he's been called into action all match - after 50 minutes."

  54. 1612: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-0 Aberdeen (Andrew Shinnie)

    Inverness open the scoring as Andrew Shinnie drifts past a stumbling Russell Anderson and lets rip with a fierce strike high into the net.

  55. 1610: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic ParkDISALLOWED GOAL

    "Gary Hooper converts Kris Commons' cross from close range but his celebrations are cut short by the assistant referee's flag."


    Gregor via text on 80295: "Would love to know the logic behind the Dundee United manager announcement this week other than to put Peter Houston in the shop window and the players under no real pressure to perform."

  57. 1608: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 1-1 Dundee (Leigh Griffiths)

    It's a 15th goal of the season for Leigh Griffiths who whips a free-kick over the Dundee wall and leaves Rab Douglas clutching at thin air as the ball slams in at the near post. A superb finish.

  58. 1606: 

    Aberdeen winger Johnny Hayes does well to fashion a shooting chance but Antonio Reguero gets down to make a smart save.

  59. 1604: 

    We're up and running again...

  60. 1601: 

    The half-time breaks are almost over. Inverness and Aberdeen need to buck their ideas. It's not been a classic up in the Highlands.

  61. 1556: 

    In the First Division, leaders Morton are beating Livingston 1-0 at half-time. Martin Hardie knocked in his eight goal of the season from three yards after Peter MacDonald's shot had been saved. Third-placed Partick Thistle lead Falkirk 2-1. The other title contenders, Dunfermline, are not playing today - their match at Cowdenbeath was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

  62. 1553: 
    John Robertson at Easter Road for BBC Scotland

    "Dundee scored with the first real attacking move of the game and the visitors have looked dangerous every time they go forward. Hibs have had chances as well. It's been an open, entertaining game."

  63. 1552: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "It's all square at the break. United definitely deserved that equaliser and the timing of the goal was perfect for the half-time team talk. Kilmarnock will take heart from the amount of problems they've been able to cause the visiting defence. It should be an interesting second period."

  64. 1551: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Celtic started the match superbly and quickly opened up a two-goal lead through Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras. Since then they've been in almost complete control, with Hearts looking pretty impotent. Difficult to see any way back into the match for them."

  65. 1549: 

    Celtic 2-0 Hearts

    Inverness CT 0-0 Aberdeen

    Hibernian 0-1 Dundee

    Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd

  66. 1549: 

    "There are just no chances being created," moans BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Inverness CT v Aberdeen.

  67. 1548: 

    Eoin Doyle hits the target for the second time in the match but again the Hibs forward's effort lacks power - Rab Douglas makes an easy save from the Irishman.

  68. 1545: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd (Johnny Russell)

    A terrific low finish by Johnny Russell brings United level after Killie had only partially cleared Keith Watson's cross.


    Dundee United fan Steven Murray via Twitter: @bbcsportsound Get Craig Levein back in to sort out this defence!!

  70. 1544: 

    Staying at Easter Road; and at the other end, Dundee boss Barry Smith will be fizzing that his team are not 2-0 up on Hibs as John Baird sets up Mark Stewart, who blazes over the bar when he should at least have hit the target.

  71. 1543: 

    Over in Leith, David Wotherspoon sends a header at Rab Douglas's goal, corkscrewing his body to direct the ball a foot over the bar. Leigh Griffiths looks miffed, though - he was lurking on the penalty spot behind the Hibs midfielder.

  72. 1542: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Joe Ledley denied a third Celtic goal. Hooper's pass to the midfielder was partially blocked by the hand of MacDonald, forcing the Welshman to turn and take the shot on the spin. Andy Webster does really well to get the block in."

  73. 1541: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "More chances for Dundee United. A corner is partially cleared to Gary Mackay-Steven, whose volley is deflected wide. Killie continue to struggle to get the ball clear and Jon Daly heads wide at the back post."

  74. 1540: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Terrific move from Celtic, starting with great skill from Wanyama, a nice pass by Hooper, spoiled only by a scuffed shot into MacDonald's arms by Commons."

  75. 1538: 

    Dundee striker Colin Nish seems in the mood to punish his former club. He goes desperately close to making it 2-0 to the Dark Blues with a left-foot chip that had Hibs goalie Ben Williams scampering to his far post. Great skill by the big man.


    BBC Scotland;s Kheredine Idessane on Twitter: "Danny Lennon's reaction to St Mirren's 4-1 defeat to Ross County: "worst display" since he became manager."


    Anonymous text to 80295: "Charles Bannerman at Inverness. You might want to consider the weather before you criticise the Aberdeen support. The A96 is a nightmare in this weather."

  78. 1535: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "A controlled volley by Jon Daly sails wide of the Kilmarnock goal. Dundee United are pressing hard for an equaliser."

  79. 1533: 
    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Hearts have yet to seriously threaten Lukasz Zaluska's goal. Celtic extremely comfortable, with Victor Wanyama and Adam Matthews superb so far."

  80. 1533: 

    It's a battle of the Lewises at Easter Road and on this occasion it's Dundee's Toshney who manages to clear an inviting ball into the box by Stevenson in green and white. Good stuff so far, Hibs look like they could pull level in this game.

  81. 1532: 

    Right on cue, Inverness threaten as Graeme Shinnie crosses from the left - Billy McKay misses it - and Andrew Shinnie then heads the ball over the crossbar.

  82. 1531: 
    BBC Scotland's Willie Miller at Caledonian Stadium

    "It's been a lively encounter. Inverness haven't had too many opportunities but they've played some nice football and are coming right back into this game."

  83. 1527: 
    Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "There is no shortage of players prepared to have a dig here with Johnny Hayes' latest effort saved by Antonio Reguero."

  84. 1525: 

    At Easter Road, Lewis Stevenson cushions a looping cross from the right with a delightful lay-off into the path of Eoin Doyle, but the Hibs striker's shot is powder puff and Rab Douglas in the Dundee goal mops up with ease.

  85. 1521: 

    Home keeper Ben Williams races off his line to save at the feet of Steven Milne, who had played a neat one-two with former Hibee Colin Nish. Dundee have made a great start at Easter Road.

  86. 1520: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-0 Dundee Utd (Manuel Pascali)

    Kilmarnock take the lead against the run of play and it's Manuel Pascali tapping home from sox yards after United failed to deal with a corner that was headed down by Paul Heffernan.


    Greg Davidson via Twitter: "Dundee appear to have gone for a 4-2-4 line up today..... Bold! #bbcsportsound"

  88. 1519: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby ParkCHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    "Great bit of skill by Gary Mackay-Steven, flicking the ball up and heading before cantering away from a clutch of defenders before he is eventually chopped down.

    "Mackay-Steven has already added a lot to United's attack on his return to the first team, hugging the touchline and winning all manner of set pieces."

  89. 1518: 
    Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Already there have been chances at both ends with Richie Foran seeing his header saved by Jamie Langfield and Johnny Hayes now firing just over from 25 yards for the Dons."

  90. 1516: 

    Hibs midfielder Jorge Claros clips a shot over the Dundee bar but visiting keeper Rab Douglas is far too experienced to allow it to make him look flustered. Earlier, defender Tim Clancy headed over a good chance from a corner.

  91. 1513: 
    Celtic 2-0 Hearts (Georgios Samaras)

    Kris Commons gets away from Kevin McHattie, who wanted a free kick for a pull by the Celtic player. The referee plays on, Commons' shot is palmed away by Jamie MacDonald, giving Georgios Samaras an easy task to score from eight yards.

  92. 1510: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-1 Dundee (John Baird)

    Bottom of the league Dundee are ahead at Easter Road as John Baird plays a neat one-two with Colin Nish and slips in a low shot that beats keeper Ben Williams at his near post.

  93. 1510: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby ParkDISALLOWED GOAL

    "Dundee United's Johnny Russell stoops to head Barry Douglas' free-kick into the net but the goal is ruled out for offside."

  94. 1508: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "Gavin Gunning misses his kick as he attempts to volley home a corner from United's left. The visitors have been prominent early on. Not much from Kilmarnock so far."

  95. 1507: 
    Charles Bannerman at the Caledonian Stadium

    "There's not as big a Dons support as I might have expected here. Neither end is anywhere near full."

  96. 1503: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Hearts (Gary Hooper)

    That's goal number 11 for Gary Hooper against Hearts. Adam Matthews gets the break of the ball on the right of the box and his pass rolled across goal is tapped into the net by the Celtic striker.

  97. 1500: 

    We are off all across the country.


    Text from Abi the Hibby: "Well done Ivan Sproule you will be missed. 2 cracking goals for your new club, always will remember ur hat trick against gers, all the best."

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  99. 1456: 
    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Touching tribute to the late Sean Fallon on the big screens at Celtic Park right now. Minute's applause pre-match."

    Fallon made more than 250 Celtic appearances in the 1950s and assisted manager Jock Stein in the next two decades.


    Thommo an Arab in Glasgow via text: "Re Houston - ideally United would pay him off or he could walk now but United don't have to cash and he will not give up 6 months salary. We know we need a new manager and should aim to get one on a pre-contract so that the manager has time to check out the squad and look for players as well as the players who are out of contract knowing who is coming in."

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  101. 1455: 

    It's a different scenario at Dundee United, with manager Peter Houston announcing that he will move on at the end of the season.

    Supporters will be happy with the job he has done at Tannadice and most will wish him well but how will the players react to the news? It seems odd to question their professionalism, but there is a worrying precedent of teams going off the boil under similar circumstances.

  102. 1453: 

    Despite the fierce chill, Terry Butcher is sure to get a warm reception from the Inverness fans today. The Caley Thistle boss was courted by Barnsley this month but turned down what must have been a much more lucrative contract in order to finish what has been a great season for far for the Highlanders.

    But will his loyalty be rewarded by a decent home turn out? Gates at the Caledonian Stadium have been disappointing despite their lofty league position.


    Text from David in Glasgow: "Typical Hibs. Player struggling, leaves and then re-discovers his goal-scoring touch. Will always be a Hibee though."

    You can text in using 80295 or tweet with #bbcsportsound.

  104. 1451: 

    Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Lustig, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Commons, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Thomson, Gershon, Stokes, Nouioui, Rogne, Kayal, McGeouch.

    Hearts: MacDonald, Barr, Webster, Wilson, McHattie, Holt, McGowan, Taouil, Driver, Paterson, Sutton. Subs: Ridgers, Gordon Smith, Walker, Prychynenko, Novikovas, Tapping, Carrick.

    Referee: Iain Brines

  105. 1450: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Deegan, Claros, Stevenson, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Maybury, Taiwo, Handling, Kuqi, Harris, Horribine.

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Toshney, Gallagher, Easton, John Baird, McAlister, Davidson, Milne, Stewart, Nish. Subs: Alex Baird, Lockwood, McGregor, McBride, Conroy, Benedictus, Boyle.

    Referee: Craig Charleston

  106. 1449: 

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

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

    Referee: Crawford Allan

  107. 1448: 

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Fowler, O'Leary, Sissoko, McKeown, Racchi, Barbour, Pascali, Dayton, Heffernan, Sheridan. Subs: Letheren, Tesselaar, Hay, Perez, McKenzie, Winchester, O'Hara.

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Millar, Rankin, Russell, Daly, Mackay-Steven. Subs: Banks, Gardyne, Dow, Barrett, Petrie, Souttar, Skacel.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  108. 1444: 
    Ross Couty winger Ivan Sproule on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's been hard for me this season, sitting in stand and not playing and I think I have proved a point to a few people.

    "I had a wonderful time during my two spells at Hibs and left club with heavy heart. It was a big decision for me but I think it was the right one."

  109. 1440: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 1-4 Ross County

    Ross County new boy Ivan Sproule was the star of the show with two goals. The winger was very lively in the first-half and the visitors were worth their interval lead following a great free-kick from Richard Brittain.

    St Mirren levelled through Steven Thompson and looked menacing for a while but were undone by some calamitous defending.

    The Staggies remain 11th in the SPL but are now just one point behind St Mirren, with two games in hand.

  110. 1440: 

    Lewis Guy hammers the ball down the middle and Mark Brown makes the block. That sums up a bad day for the Buddies.

  111. 1439: 

    St Mirren are given a very soft stoppage-time as Lewis Guy falls over at the far post.

  112. 1437: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "Three changes for both teams.

    "For Killie, Danny Racchi, Ross Barbour, Mohamadou Sissoko come in for departed pair Liam Kelly and Michael Nelson and the benched Borja Perez.

    "Gary Mackay-Steven returns to the Dundee United starting line-up, along with Keith Watson and Mark Millar. John Souttar, Richie Ryan and Stuart Armstrong make way."

  113. 1435: 

    County midfielder Iain Vigurs goes off - very slowly - and Alex Cooper gets a taste of the action for the last few minutes.

  114. 1434: 
    BBC Scotland's Andy Campbell at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston says there is "no winding-up petition" facing the club following media reports earlier today."

  115. 1433: 

    Lukasz Zaluska is in goal for Celtic today, with manager Neil Lennon saying that regular number one Fraser Forster could miss the next couple of games with a neck injury.


    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont at Celtic Park: "It'll be very interesting to see how Danny Wilson copes being put straight into Hearts' starting line-up, having played very little first-team football since leaving Rangers. Really good player, but surely a little rusty."

  117. 1427: 

    Well, Ivan Sproule won't be adding another hat-trick to his collection as he goes off to rapturous applause from the small band of County fans. Steven Ross is on.

    Hibs fans; are you regretting the release of the winger?

  118. 1426: 

    St Mirren midfielder Paul McGowan has a quiet game and he trudges off to be replaced by the baby-faced John McGinn. The home side have slightly more than 10 minutes to stage a dramatic comeback.

  119. 1421: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-4 Ross County (Ivan Sproule)

    The speedy winger is having a dream debut for the Staggies as he knocks in his second goal to put the visitors firmly onto Easy Street.

    Craig Samson can only parry a low, 20-yard strike from Rocco Quinn that came through a forest of legs and Ivan Sproule is quickest to react, tapping the ball home.

  120. 1417: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-3 Ross County (Ivan Sproule)

    More shocking defending hands Ross County another goal but that should take nothing away from Ivan Sproule's top-drawer finish.

    A Buddies throw-in is aimed at Jon Robertson but Iain Vigurs nips in to take the ball off the dozing home player and the ball falls for the Northern Ireland international, who smashes in a great shot from 18 yards.

  121. 1414: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-2 Ross County (Sam Morrow)

    Oh dear! David Barron makes a horrible mess of a headed back-pass and County sub Sam Morrow races through to slip a shot beyond advancing keeper Craig Samson.

  122. 1413: 

    County should really be ahead as Ivan Sproule flashes a shot wide from 14 yards. The visitors have replaced striker Gary Glen with Sam Morrow.

  123. 1411: 

    Another midfielder making his first start in a while is Stephen Hughes. The Aberdeen man has fully recovered from knee and ankle problems.

  124. 1410: 

    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has recovered from a groin injury to make his first start since 8 December.

  125. 1408: 

    Ross County have lost the fluency they had in the first 45 minutes and St Mirren have the upper hand now.

  126. 1407: 

    Hibs shuffle their midfield due to Paul Cairney's suspension. Lewis Stevenson takes up a position on the left, with David Wotherspoon on the opposite flank. Tom Taiwo drops out.

  127. 1406: 

    It has been confirmed that Danny Wilson will make his loan debut for Hearts today. The Liverpool defender will need to keep a close eye on Gary Hooper, who loves a goal against the Jambos. The Celtic striker, who was the subject of a £5m offer from Norwich this week, has found the net 10 times against the men in maroon.


    SPLstats on Twitter: "Steven Thompson has now scored 5 goals in his last 5 SPL games."

  129. 1400: 

    That was Steven 'Thomo' Thompson's 12th goal of the season. And the St Mirren striker now has a new partner up front, as Lewis Guy replaces Sam Parkin.

  130. 1357: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-1 Ross County (Steven Thompson)

    St Mirren are level thanks to a lovely finish from top-scorer Steven Thompson, who gathers a raking pass from David Barron and turns sharply to thunder in a strike from 15 yards.

  131. 1354: 

    County's Rocco Quinn surges into the penalty box but fails to get a shot away and crumples in a heap under the merest of challenges from David Barron. The midfielder looks suitably embarrassed as he gets back to his feet.

  132. 1353: 

    The second half is underway at St Mirren Park.

  133. 1350: 

    Conor Newton's St Mirren debut only lasts 45 minutes, with Dougie Imrie coming on as a replacement.


    Becca from Perth via text: "Talking about the atmosphere in football grounds! I don't think its wrong to stand at football grounds! It creates more atmosphere as the fans get behind the team by singing their teams' songs! And the smoke booms at the Saints-Dundee game and fans got chucked out and told we can't take them into football grounds, it's no harm to anyone! They are a bit of fun!!"

    You can text in using 80295 or tweet with #bbcsportsound.

  135. 1342: 

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson might have been positioned for Richard Brittain's free-kick but television replays show the ball whistling into the top corner of the net. It really was a cracker of a goal.

  136. 1339: 

    The thorny topic of league reconstruction has been keeping us busy during the break, with plans for a new 12-12-18 set-up being discussed.

    St Mirren chairman Stuart Gilmour told BBC Radio Scotland that he thinks there is no chance of a new system being in place for next season.

  137. 1335: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 0-1 Ross County

    Ross County laid on free bus travel for their supporters and those that took up the generous offer will be enjoying the fare at St Mirren Park.

    Both sides are committed to attack but the visitors have shaded it, with Richard Brittain pulling the strings in midfield and Ivan Sproule very lively on the right wing. A splendid free-kick from Brittain has the Dingwall team in front.

  138. 1331: 

    Referee Euan Norris waves away another penalty appeal from the home side as striker Steven Thompson goes to ground after a gentle shoulder-to-shoulder nudge from Mihael Kovacevic.

  139. 1328: 

    Five minutes to go until the break and an entertaining match has fairly whizzed by. Both sides are eager to get forward, with the visitors deserving of their lead.

  140. 1325: 

    St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin flies into Ivan Sproule, missing the ball completely. The County winger looks like he might be winded and the home player avoids a caution after a few stern words from referee Euan Norris.


    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "Danny Wilson is cleared to play for Hearts against Celtic. He's in the squad. Will he start?"

  142. 1320: 

    Another great pass from Richard Brittain picks out Ivan Sproule and the former Hibs man flashes a shot narrowly wide from 18 yards.

  143. 1318: 

    A slick passage of passing from the home side sees Gary Teale break into the penalty area and he gets a nudge from Evangelos Ikonomou before losing the ball. Referee Euan Norris is not interested in the winger's protests.

  144. 1314: 

    County continue to look the more dangerous side and Graham Carey needs to make a great sliding tackle to stop Ivan Sproule on the edge of the penalty box.

  145. 1309: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 0-1 Ross County (Richard Brittain)

    St Mirren keeper Craig Samson does a good impression of Alan Rough v Brazil at the 1982 World Cup as he stands motionless watching Richard Brittain's excellent 25-yard free-kick whizzing into the net. A screamer from the County captain!


    Text to 80295 from Kris in Motherwell: "I loved the winter break! in that 2 week period I went to see Albion Rovers v Queen of the South and then the Motherwell under 20's game! long live the shutdown!"

  147. 1305: 

    Gary Teale delivers a teasing cross into the County penalty box and the beefy figure of Sam Parkin shrugs off a challenge to get his head on the ball from six yards but it goes straight at keeper Mark Brown. A yard either side and it would have been in, as they say...

  148. 1302: 

    Iain Vigurs curls the free-kick up and over the defensive wall and Craig Samson has to look smart to beat the ball away near his front post.

  149. 1301: 

    Ivan Sproule has made a lively start to the match and Graham Carey picks up the game's first booking for upending the County winger just outside the penalty box.

  150. 1257: 

    The balls falls for County skipper Richard Brittain on the edge of the penalty area but the midfielder does not catch his attempted volley properly and it bobbles harmlessly through to Craig Samson.

  151. 1255: 

    County spring a dangerous attack as Richard Brittain slips a great pass through to Ivan Sproule on the right if the penalty box. The winger cuts in only to shoot rather tamely at Craig Samson who was guarding his near post.

  152. 1254: 

    New County defender Evangelos Ikonomou gets an early welcome to Scottish football as he gets his shins clattered by Steven Thompson after a neat drag-back.

  153. 1251: 

    Conor Newton makes a great late run into the County penalty box to gather Gary Teale's pass but dithers when keeper Mark Brown advances before finding Steven Thompson with a pass. The striker's low shot is then kept out by the goalie's foot at the near post.

  154. 1249: 

    Grant Munro gets his head to an early Ross County corner but his long-range effort sails straight into the hands of St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

  155. 1247: 

    We're off at St Mirren Park. The pitch looks immaculate...

  156. 1246: 

    There is a new face in the St Mirren ranks as well, with Conor Newton, on loan from Newcastle, taking up a midfield role.

  157. 1245: 

    There is a minute's applause at St Mirren Park for life-long Buddie Jimmy McIntosh, who died this week at the age of 90. Jimmy was very active at the club, organising buses and functions for supporters.

  158. 1244: 

    Ross County have had a longer rest than their rivals since their home games against Hearts and Inverness were postponed before the break. The Dingwall outfit then went off to the same Spanish training camp Celtic used, so they should be nice and refreshed.

  159. 1243: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We went unbeaten in eight of the nine games before the break and the players were beginning to play to their potential.

    "The break has given us an opportunity to recharge the batteries and we can go on to carry on that good form and build momentum for the rest of the season and see where it takes us."

  160. 1239: 

    Richard Brittain retains the captain's armband for the Staggies, despite signing a pre-contract deal to join St Johnstone in the summer.

  161. 1238: 

    Greek defender Evangelos Ikonomou makes his Ross County debut today, along with winger Ivan Sproule, who negotiated his release from Hibs this month.

  162. 1236: 

    St Mirren: Samson, Barron, McAusland, Goodwin, Carey, Teale, Robertson, Newton, McGowan, Parkin, Thompson. Subs: Adam, van Zanten, Mair, Imrie, Kelly, Guy, McGinn.

    Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, Boyd, Munro, Ikonomou, Sproule, Lawson, Brittain, Vigurs, Quinn, Glen. Subs: Fraser, Fitzpatrick, Tokely, Morrow, Cooper, MacPhee, Ross.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  163. 1235: 

    The last time Ross County made the trip to Paisley we were treated to nine goals, with a spectacular overhead kick from Steven Thomspon winning it for the Buddies late on. The goal glut came as a major surprise since the Staggies had started their first season in the top flight in miserly form, conceding just three goals in the seven preceding matches.

  164. 1231: 

    Managers and players appear to like the mid-season rest but what about supporters? Do you think it's a good idea?

    As luck would have it, the weather was very mild during the breather and now it's eye-wateringly cold. Six games have bitten the dust in the Scottish Football League due to frozen pitches. If you are going along to a game, make sure you are well wrapped up.

  165. 1228: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today's Scottish Premier League action. The players should be raring to go after a two-week winter break.

    The early kick-off sees St Mirren take on Ross County, while Celtic, Hibs, Inverness and Kilmarnock are the home teams at 15:00.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 22 28 46
2 Inverness CT 22 12 37
3 Motherwell 22 7 34
4 Hibernian 23 2 33
5 Aberdeen 23 -1 31
6 St Johnstone 22 -2 30
7 Dundee Utd 22 0 29
8 Kilmarnock 22 4 28
9 Hearts 22 -5 26
10 St Mirren 23 -11 25
11 Ross County 21 -6 24
12 Dundee 22 -28 13