Scottish football as it happened

Celtic thrash Dundee United 6-2, while Paul Heffernan scores a hat-trick for Killie at Hearts in the Scottish Premier League.

16 February 2013 Last updated at 18:02 GMT

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  1. 1403: 

    Welcome to our live text commentary of the Scottish football action this afternoon.

  2. 1405: 

    I'll have team news coming soon. First, here's Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara...

  3. 1407: 

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara looks ahead to the game against Celtic: " It's a massive job [at Dundee United]. It was a big decision to leave Partick Thistle. I am loving every minute of it. I know it will be a difficult game for us [today] but I hope we express ourselves and play in the right way. If we get beaten, at least it will be with a fight."

  4. 1408: 

    McNamara continues: "To be at this stage in my second season in management, I am very proud. I was fortunate to play here [at Celtic] for 10 years. Hopefully it will be a good game and our players will show how good they are."

  5. 1409: 
    LINE-UPS

    Celtic team to play Dundee United: Forster, Matthews, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Commons, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Rogic, Miku, Rogne, Lassad, Kayal, Forrest

  6. 1411: 
    LINE-UPS

    Hibernian team to play St Mirren: Williams, Stevenson, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Done, Taiwo, Claros, Robertson, Cairney, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Doyle, Wotherspoon, Maybury, Handling, Caldwell, Forster.

  7. 1412: 
    LINE-UPS

    Hearts team to play Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Mullen, Webster, Barr, Wilson, Robinson, Tapping, Holt, B King, Ngoo, Walker. Subs: Ridgers, Sutton, Taouil, Driver, Prychynenko, McGowan, Novikovas.

  8. 1414: 
    LINE-UPS

    Motherwell team to play Inverness CT: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hutchinson, Hateley, Humphrey, Ojamaa, Higdon, Higginbotham, Ramsden, Carswell. Subs: Hollis, Saunders, McHugh, Daley, Francis-Angol, Erwin, Cummins.

  9. 1416: 
    LINE-UPS

    Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, G Shinnie, Jones, Warren, McKay, Draper, A Shinnie, Ross, Meekings, Doran Subs: Reguero, Sutherland, Polworth, Pepper, Roberts, Devine, Taylor.

  10. 1417: 

    So, looking at that Hearts line-up, they have made two enforced changes, with Darren Barr in for the injured Marius Zaliukas, while Scott Robinson is in for Ryan Stevenson, who is suspended.

  11. 1419: 

    Hibs have made three changes, with Gary Deegan suspended and Alan Maybury and Eoin Doyle dropping out. Midfield trio Tom Taiwo, Jorge Claros and Paul Cairney are the men replacing them.

  12. 1421: 
    LINE-UPS

    Kilmarnock team at Tynecastle: Bell, Tesselaar, Fowler, Clingan, Gros, Dayton, Heffernan, Perez, Barbour, Pascali, Sissoko. Subs: Letheren, Hay, O'Leary, Racchi, Rabiu, McKenzie, O'Hara.

  13. 1421: 

    Motherwell are without skipper Keith Lasley after his red card at Rugby Park last weekend, Karl Higginbotham steps into midfield for Stuart McCall's side.

  14. 1423: 

    My sharply dressed colleague Jonathan Sutherland is at Broadwood: "Rangers have beaten Clyde 2-0 and 3-0 this season. Top scorer Lee McCulloch out injured, so too Fran Sandaza. @bbcsportsound"

  15. 1426: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon discusses the penalty box antics of the Juve players at set-pieces: [The second leg against] Juventus won't come into my thinking for the next couple of weeks. My grievance isn't with Juventus. All I want to know is what is legal and what is not. What went on the other night was not legal. My players did everything right in terms of pointing it out. It's not sour grapes. I just think the referee didn't do his job properly. For me it's a form of cheating."

  16. 1427: 

    Neil Lennon on Jackie McNamara: "I think he was player of the year twice in Scotland. He's a great lad. It doesn't surprise me that he is now managing in the SPL. He was a tough tackler and he could play a bit. He does his talking on the pitch."

  17. 1429: 
    LINE-UPS

    St Mirren team to play Hibs: Samson, McAusland, McLean, Van Zanten, Dummett, Carey, Gonçalves, Thompson, Newton, McGowan, Goodwin. Subs: Adam, Guy, Barron, Imrie, McGinn, Parkin, Mair.

  18. 1433: 

    Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas tells BBC Scotland reporter Brian McLauchlin that talks to sell the club are ongoing with a number of interested buyers.

  19. 1434: 

    "I understand discussions are happening," Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas tells BBC Scotland.

  20. 1435: 

    Fedotovas continued: "I don't think anything will happen today or tomorrow, most will be looking towards the end of the season or the start of the new financial year. For us it's not the most important thing. We need to keep the club going in the right direction and bring enjoyment to the fans."

  21. 1435: 
    LINE-UPS

    Dundee United team at Celtic Park: Cierzniak, Watson, Dillon, McLean, Douglas, Armstrong, Flood, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Ryan, Millar, Gardyne, Dow, Petrie, Souttar.

  22. 1437: 

    OK, in terms of SPL team news we are just waiting to get the details from Ross County v St Johnstone.

  23. 1437: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Jonathan Sutherland: "Rangers go with same starting eleven that thumped Queen's Park 4-0 last weekend. Gavin Brown back and starts for Clyde @bbcsportsound"

  24. 1440: 

    Paul Barnes is at Cappielow for BBC Scotland to watch Morton play Partick Thistle in the top-of-the-table First Division match. Ever resourceful, the big man has tweeted a picture of the team sheets.

  25. 1442: 

    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman: "A big bonus for County fans. Ivan Sproule has made an unexpectedly rapid recovery from his hamstring injury and is starting. This is doubly helpful for County who have Iain Vigurs suspended."

  26. 1443: 
    LINE-UPS

    Ross County team to play St Johnstone: Brown, Munro, Boyd, Lawson, Brittain, Quinn, Sproule, Morrow, Oikonomou, Cooper, Kovacevic. Subs: Fraser, Kettlewell, Wohlfarth, Glen, MacPhee, Ross, Fotheringham.

  27. 1445: 
    LINE-UPS

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Vine, MacLean, Anderson, Craig, McCracken, M Davidson, C Davidson, Abeid, Cregg, Wright. Subs: Tuffey, Hasselbaink, Tade, Millar, Scobbie, Edwards, Doughty.

  28. 1449: 

    News shocker - Jim Spence is not at Celtic Park to see United play Celtic. Instead he is taking in Lochee United v Auchinleck.

  29. 1450: 

    Official ICTFC ‏@ICTFC: "In the absence of Richie Foran, Ryan Esson has taken possession of the Captains Armband."

  30. 1451: 

    The image of the Inverness goalie wearing water wings has just come into my mind. Hmm...

  31. 1454: 

    Wherever you are today, just ignore your friends and peer into your phone to get the latest scores and details of what's happening around the country's football grounds. Your pals will understand.

  32. 1455: 

    Morton manager Allan Moore talks to BBC Radio Scotland ahead of the match against Thistle: "It's the same three points that you get for beating Partick Thistle as beating Airdrie. But it would give us a psychological advantage. We are hoping the fans turn out. Our boys had a really good performance against Airdrie last week. That's why we are going with two up front again today. We asked them last week to have a look at themselves. From the first minute to the last they performed. If can get it for 90 minutes today we'll be OK."

  33. 1457: 

    Heart of Midlothian ‏@JamTarts: "Ten Scottish players in the Hearts starting eleven today, plus Englishman Michael Ngoooooo."

  34. 1458: 

    Two minutes until kick-off.

  35. 1502: 
    KICK-OFF

    Matches are kicking off around the country. Now, let's have some goals, please.

  36. 1502: 

    Hibernian FC ‏@HibernianFCClub: "The teams, led by skipper James McPake, are out of the tunnel to a loud fanfare of Rocky music #knockemouthibees"

  37. 1505: 

    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman: "I don't know what the St Johnstone drummer does for a day job, but he's pretty good at drumming! Also, a strange warm-up earlier by St Johnstone sub Nigel Hasselbaink. He's been sitting on the ball while his team mates went through their paces."

  38. 1506: 

    "Pitch is not good - it's been heavily sanded and not conducive to good football." BBC Scotland's John Robertson in Dingwall, gets it the right way round, following Allan Moore suggesting it was a good day for conducive football.

  39. 1507: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Teams out at St Mirren Park. Tough one to call this one, but probably a home win would be the safest bet given Hibs' recent league form. Leigh Griffiths really the only recognised striker in their ranks today. Looking forward to seeing Esmael Goncalves in action after catching a few glimpses of him on TV and thinking he looked decent."

  40. 1508: 

    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin: "Good crowd inside Tynecastle for Hearts v Kilmarnock. Score predictions? #bbcsportscot"

  41. 1508: 

    At Fir Park, Karl Higginbotham breaks into the Inverness penalty area from the right but his low delivery across the face of goal fails to find a Motherwell team-mate.

  42. 1509: 
    GOAL

    Chris Erskine puts Partick Thistle a goal up at Morton.

  43. 1509: 
    GOAL

    And at Clyde, Andy Little has made it 1-0 for Rangers.

  44. 1510: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 0-1 Dundee United (Armstrong) Stuart Armstrong finishes under the body of Fraser Forster to give Dundee United the lead.

  45. 1511: 

    Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park: "What a magnificent goal from Dundee United."

  46. 1512: 
    GOAL

    Ross County 1-0 St Johnstone (Sproule) Ivan Sproule scores with Ross County's first attack of the match with a curling chip into the net after collecting a pass from Richard Brittain - who will join St Johnstone in the summer.

  47. 1512: 

    At Fir Park, Motherwell striker Michael Higdon gets his head to a Stevie Hammell free-kick but the ball loops onto the roof of the net.

  48. 1513: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 1-1 Dundee United (Ambrose) Efe Ambrose heads a Kris Commons corner into the net for a quick equaliser for Celtic.

  49. 1515: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Charles Bannerman: "What a fairytale return for Ivan Sproule! A beautiful lofted shot from the edge of the box to put County ahead."

  50. 1517: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Precious little to commend this game in the opening exchanges, Leigh Griffiths flashing a header a yard or so wide there but neither keeper has been remotely troubled."

  51. 1517: 

    Nick Ross and Aaron Doran exchange sharp passes before the latter crosses for Billy McKay to head wide. Andrew Shinnie then drills in a low shot that his held comfortably by Darren Randolph as Inverness respond to the early Motherwell pressure at Fir Park.

  52. 1517: 

    Another neat passing move from Inverness comes close to unlocking the Motherwell defence but a lunging interception from Simon Ramsden prevents Billy McKay from running on to the ball near the penalty spot.

  53. 1518: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "David van Zanten is making his 300th appearance for St Mirren today. That's the kind of stat that seems to be becoming rarer in football these days."

  54. 1520: 

    Influential St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson comes off to be replaced by Michael Doughty.

  55. 1521: 

    Michael Behan: "Pleased for Ambrose after the week he's had #Neveradullmoment#bbcsportsound."

  56. 1522: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young: "Both teams are getting the ball down. This surface at Parkhead is in pristine nick."

  57. 1522: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 2-1 Dundee United (Commons) Kris Commons receives an Emilio Izaguirre pass and fires off the underside of the bar into the net to give Celtic the lead for the first time this afternoon.

  58. 1524: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod: "Another top quality goal."

  59. 1525: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Dreadful backpass by Conor Newton almost allows Tom Taiwo to squeeze in the opening goal for Hibs, but St Mirren get bodies in the way to block the shot from a tight angle."

  60. 1526: 

    Andy Little scores a second for Rangers at Clyde. It's now 2-0 to the visitors.

  61. 1526: 
    PENALTY

    Dundee United win a penalty at Celtic Park... Adam Matthews' challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven results in a spot-kick and Celtic are not happy, with Fraser Forster booked for dissent.

  62. 1527: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    Jon Daly steps up to take the penalty but his effort is well saved by Fraser Forster.

  63. 1527: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths beats a couple of St Mirren defenders on the right, before unleashing a powerful shot which cannons back off the post.

  64. 1529: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod on that penalty award for Dundee United: "For me, it was a decent challenge by Adam Matthews."

  65. 1529: 

    Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park: "Rowan Vine comes very close to an equaliser for St Johnstone but keeper Mark Brown tips it past his left post. Moments later it was Mehdi Abeid's turn to test Brown from 25 yards in what's been a pretty even game."

  66. 1530: 

    Inverness CT have the ball in the net at Fir Park as Andrew Shinnie follows up from Aaron Doran's long-range stinger that is saved by Darren Randolph. But an offside flag is fluttering...

  67. 1530: 

    More from Charles Bannerman in Dingwall: "Now County's Alex Cooper has Alan Mannus at full stretch in the St Johnstone goal."

  68. 1531: 
    GOAL

    Motherwell 1-0 Inverness CT (Higdon) Ryan Esson beats away a curling free-kick from Tom Hateley. Nicky Law picks up the loose ball but his shot is diverted wide by team-mate Michael Higdon. The striker immediately makes amends by being in the right place to tap in a scuffed cross from Henrik Ojamaa.

  69. 1535: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Jorge Claros flashes a shot from 20 yards just wide of Craig Samson's right-hand post as Hibernian begin to establish a bit of dominance in the match."

  70. 1536: 

    Scott in Edinburgh: "Stuck at home whilst my mates are at the Caley match. Skint after taking my girlfriend Amanda out on Valentine's Day. Mates unimpressed saying I've got my priorities wrong! Looking forward to the match at 5.30 on BBC Alba!!" Aw, how romantic, Scott.

  71. 1537: 

    Defender David Raven gets forward for Inverness and cuts back an inviting pass for Aaron Doran but the tricky midfielder lashes his shot a foot or so over the crossbar from 15 yards.

  72. 1537: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 3-1 Dundee United (Ledley) Joe Ledley's shot takes a deflection and finds its way into the net. It's a great comeback by Celtic.

  73. 1539: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Charles Bannerman: "County may have the only goal in Dingwall but this game is beginning to swing St Johnstone's way."

  74. 1541: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Brian McLauchlin: "Darren Barr carried off on a stretcher after a head clash with Danny Wilson who required stitches above his left eye." #bbcsportscot

  75. 1543: 

    Derek Ferguson at Cappielow: "Morton are starting to drop off a little bit. Thistle are growing in confidence. It has been 100 miles an hour. Thistle are looking the more likely to score. They look the more comfortable."

  76. 1544: 
    GOAL

    Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock (Heffernan) Having lost Darren Barr to injury, it's more misery for the Jambos as Paul Heffernan at the back post turns in a cross from the left.

  77. 1545: 
    GOAL

    David Templeton pings a screamer in off the post from 30 yards to make it Clyde 0-3 Rangers.

  78. 1546: 

    Kallum Higginbotham finds himself in yards of free space at the left edge of the penalty box but tamely shoots first-time at Ryan Esson. The Inverness keeper has to look lively soon after to block a fierce angled shot from Henrik Ojamaa.

  79. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME

    Celtic 3-1 Dundee United

    St Mirren 0-0 Hibs

    Motherwell 1-0 Inverness CT

  80. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME

    Ross County 1-0 St Johnstone

    Morton 0-1 Partick Thistle

    Clyde 0-3 Rangers

  81. 1550: 

    Prior to the half-time whistle blowing in Paisley, BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont noted: "Tremendous solo run by St Mirren's Esmael Goncalves into the penalty area, but his shot is pushed away by Ben Williams - the first thing he's had to do in the entire game."

  82. 1554: 

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall discussing his contract situation with BBC ALBA: "I'd be surprised if next week it's not tied up. I can't see any problems. I'm ambitious; I want to be better. But I want to be better here." You can see the full interview with Stuart McCall on BBC ALBA from 17:30 GMT.

  83. 1554: 

    Tom Watson: "#bbcsportscot Ivan Sproule again! He's just the sort of player we could do with at #Hibs" Ouch.

  84. 1555: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park sums up the opening half at St Mirren Park: "Poor first 45 minutes here, though Leigh Griffiths and Esmael Goncalves have risen above the general mediocrity. Griffiths's brilliant run and shot was by some distance the stand-out piece of action, while Goncalves looks a threat when he picks the ball up and runs at the Hibs defence. Unfortunately their team-mates haven't been able to match their quality."

  85. 1556: 
    HALF-TIME

    First Division: Airdrie Utd 0-0 Hamilton; Falkirk 0-0 Dunfermline; Livingston 3-0 Cowdenbeath; Morton 0-1 Partick Thistle; Raith Rovers 1-1 Dumbarton.

  86. 1557: 
    HALF-TIME

    Second Division: Arbroath 0-0 Brechin; Ayr 2-1 Albion; Forfar 0-0 Alloa; Stenhousemuir 0-0 East Fife; Stranraer 0-3 Queen of the South

  87. 1558: 
    HALF-TIME

    Third Division: Annan Athletic 0-0 East Stirling; Clyde 0-3 Rangers; Montrose 3-0 Elgin; Peterhead 0-0 Stirling Albion; Queen's Park 1-1 Berwick Rangers.

  88. 1603: 
    GOAL

    Partick Thistle are two goals up on Morton thanks to Steven Craig's 47th minute goal.

  89. 1605: 

    "It's not been a thing of great beauty, this one", says BBC Scotland's Rob Maclean at St Mirren Park.

  90. 1606: 
    GOAL

    Kevin Watt pulls a goal back for Clyde against Rangers. It's now Clyde 1-3 Rangers.

  91. 1608: 

    Inverness midfielder Nick Ross steals in behind the Motherwell defence but lifts his shot from 16 yards narrowly over the top.

  92. 1609: 

    We hear Darren Barr is a bit groggy in the Hearts changing room after his nasty clash of heads with team-mate Danny Wilson. Thankfully, he is talking and seems to know what's going on.

  93. 1610: 
    GOAL

    Motherwell 2-0 Inverness CT (Law) Motherwell extend their lead as Nicky Law lifts the ball over keeper Ryan Esson during a penalty box scramble, has a fresh air shot, then tucks it away at the second attempt.

  94. 1610: 
    PENALTY

    Barry Douglas pulls down Anthony Stokes and Celtic have a penalty.

  95. 1611: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 4-1 Dundee United (Commons, pen) Kris Commons converts from the spot and Celtic are well on their way to victory.

  96. 1612: 
    GOAL

    Morton are back in the game against Partick Thistle, thanks to Peter MacDonald. It's now Morton 1-2 Partick Th.

  97. 1613: 
    GOAL

    David Templeton scores for Rangers and they now lead 4-1 at Clyde.

  98. 1614: 
    GOAL

    Motherwell 3-0 Inverness CT (Higdon) Motherwell are cruising into second place as Michael Higdon bags his 18th goal of the season with a lovely volley arrowed into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

  99. 1620: 

    There are 3,516 spectators watching Ross County lead St Johnstone 1-0.

  100. 1621: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Double change by St Mirren as they look to try to start posing Hibs some problems. Lewis Guy and John McGinn replace Kenny McLean and Graham Carey.

  101. 1622: 

    Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park, Dingwall: "If there's going to be a goal in this second half, it may well be an equaliser. Mark Brown did well to get a foot to Liam Craig's attempt at one."

  102. 1624: 

    The attendance at Falkirk v Dunfermline is 3,680 including 648 Pars fans.

  103. 1625: 

    "Re Scott 15.36 - you're not watching the football at 5.30, I'm watching this week's EastEnders omnibus! From an irate Amanda in Edinburgh. Ha! Brilliant! Go, gal!

  104. 1626: 
    GOAL

    Hearts 0-2 Kilmarnock (Heffernan) Paul Heffernan smashes a loose ball into the net following James Dayton's corner. Talk about an eye for goal...

  105. 1628: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 5-1 Dundee United (Stokes) Anthony Stokes rifles the ball past Rado Cierzniak to put Celtic out of sight against the Terrors.

  106. 1628: 
    PENALTY

    Hibs win a penalty at St Mirren as Jim Goodwin brings down Matt Done and referee Willie Collum points to the spot.

  107. 1629: 
    GOAL

    St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian (Griffiths pen) Leigh Griffiths sends Samson the wrong way from the spot to claim his fifth goal against St Mirren this season.

  108. 1632: 
    GOAL

    Hearts 0-3 Kilmarnock (Heffernan) Paul Heffernan scores his 10th of the season as the Ayrshiremen not only put the result to bed, but tuck it in and sing it a lullaby.

  109. 1634: 
    PENALTY

    Morton have a penalty... Can they pull level with Partick Thistle?

  110. 1635: 
    GOAL

    Morton 2-2 Partick Thistle (MacDonald pen) Peter "Peaso" MacDonald slams the ball into the net from the spot to level the match with nine minutes remaining.

  111. 1638: 

    Chris Humphrey shows Graeme Shinnie a clean pair of heels but the Motherwell winger can only find the side-netting with his low strike.

  112. 1638: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 6-1 Dundee United (Stokes)

  113. 1638: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie squeezes between two opponents to fire off a shot at the edge of the penalty box but the ball cannons off the post.

  114. 1639: 

    Greg in Edinburgh: "Dundee utd totally outclassed by Celtic today. Just goes to show why they are top! Fair play."

  115. 1640: 
    RED CARD

    Partick Thistle are down to 10 men at Cappielow as former Hugh Murray is sent for an early bath.

  116. 1641: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Motherwell go close to a fourth goal as Nicky Law's swerving strike from 20 yards leaves the crossbar quivering.

  117. 1642: 

    Craig Benson: "3-0 Heff!!!! easy easy easy. Can we play you every week? #killie#bbcsportsound."

  118. 1643: 

    Falkirk are 1-0 up against Dunfermline in the First Division.

  119. 1644: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Derek Ferguson at Cappielow: "It's all Morton against the 10 men. They are pinning Thistle back."

  120. 1645: 

    Doug, Dundee: "Dundee Utd players should be absolutely ashamed. Another gutless showing at Parkhead."

  121. 1646: 
    GOAL

    Celtic 6-2 Dundee United (Russell)

  122. 1647: 
    FULL-TIME

    Celtic 6-2 Dundee United

    Morton 2-2 Partick Thistle

  123. 1649: 

    It's injury time in Dingwall where Ross County lead St Johnstone 1-0.

  124. 1649: 

    Two minutes of injury time being played at Fir Park with Motherwell 3-0 up on Inverness.

  125. 1649: 

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "Leigh Griffiths denied a second goal - his swerving shot well dealt with by Craig Samson. Griffiths really has been in a class of his own this afternoon. Dougie Imrie coming on for Conor Newton as St Mirren look for an equaliser."

  126. 1650: 

    BBC Scotland's Rob Maclean: "Hibernian have nullified what St Mirren normally do."

  127. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME

    Motherwell 3-0 Inverness CT

    Clyde 1-4 Rangers

    St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian

  128. 1653: 

    Only three points separate third from eighth in the SPL.

  129. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME

    Hearts 0-3 Kilmarnock

    Ross County 1-0 St Johnstone

  130. 1656: 

    Jim Spence: "Season ticket at Lochee Utd £45. According to one regular who has given up the senior game. Great value if true."

  131. 1657: 

    David Sibbald: "Massive win for Hibs today! An essential 3 points picked up thanks to that man Sparky!#bbcsportsound."

  132. 1659: 

    That was quite an afternoon's action in the SPL. A hat-trick for Kilmarnock's Paul Heffernan at Hearts, Michael Higdon on fire for Motherwell, Leigh Griffiths on target again for Hibs and Celtic routing Dundee United.

  133. 1659: 

    Big Terry Butcher will be fizzing at that Inverness CT result at Fir Park. That's six matches without a win in all competitions.

  134. 1702: 

    Our former colleague and legendary commentator David Begg: "5647 crowd at Cappielow. Great atmosphere, great game. That's what you get when you have genuine competition #SPLtakenote"

  135. 1704: 

    Okey-doke, I'll bring you as much of the post-match interviews as I can in the next wee while.

  136. 1705: 

    Journalist Tom English and former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith are in the BBC Scotland sport office just now, ready to air their views on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound Extra.

  137. 1705: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin: "#Celtic stunning this afternoon. Neil Lennon coming up #bbcsportscot"

  138. 1710: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Scotland: "I'm delighted from a team perspective. I've got a lot of time for him [Efe Ambrose]. He has a lot of suitors out there already. You can tell he wanted to rectify what happened the other night [against Juventus]. I think the criticism we get for a defeat is way over the top. They performed fantastically well. I think that's our best at home this season. [Anthony] Stokes looked very lively today. I thought Kris [Commons] had a brilliant game. We wanted to reaffirm our position as the best team in the country and I think we have done that today."

  139. 1713: 

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara: "[Fraser] Forster had a lot of good saves today. We scored two goals. We missed a penalty to go 2-2. It's easy to accept if they are carving you open through good play but there are things I am not very happy about. We got the goal up, we were defending properly and then we conceded from a corner. Some of them lacked a bit of belief later on. We've got to lift them. We've got a big game on Tuesday against Motherwell. They have to stand up and be counted. There are things we need to improve on. We need to defend properly and we didn't at times."

  140. 1714: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod: "[Adam] Matthews and [Emilio] Izaguirre all day long will cause you problems."

  141. 1719: 

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall: "[Michael] Higdon's second goal was a fantastic strike. I'm delighted with the victory. I thought it was an open game. To keep a clean sheet was great. We are all looking forward to Tuesday [v Dundee United]. We have averaged three goals in the last five home games. That's what fans pay their money for."

  142. 1720: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds: "Motherwell look like they are peaking at the right time."

  143. 1721: 

    Billy Doods continued: "Inverness need a result. They weren't at their best today and they were well beaten. If they get a result I still think they will finish in the top six."

  144. 1726: 

    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon tells BBC Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park: "I was delighted with the performance today. It's a difficult place to come. On Monday [3-1 defeat by St Johnstone] I thought the shape wasn't very good but today it was. Leigh was very good for us today. The ball was played up to him and it stuck and defensively we were very good again today. Second place and second last are still up for grabs! It's vitally important that we are in the top six. We've got to make sure that we kick on."

  145. 1727: 

    Jonathan Sutherland: "Rangers manager Ally McCoist says level of goals today was great. Templeton goals 'fantastic'. @bbcsportsound"

  146. 1731: 

    Morton manager Allan Moore talks about the comeback to draw 2-2 with Partick Thistle: "The biggest factor is the psychological boost it will have given the players. We were a bit aggrieved to go in at half-time a goal down. For the second we didn't clear the corner properly. We didn't get the ball down the right-hand side of the pitch. It was all down the left. [Sub] Martin Hardie is strong and he is a boss. He is a big influence. He is a big factor at corners, he can always get you a goal. You don't mind guys being angry on the bench. I like that."

  147. 1732: 

    And Derek Ferguson comments on that match at Cappielow: "It was brilliant to watch as a neutral."

  148. 1732: 

    Anonymous: "Was at Fir Park today as an Inverness fan, I think we play some good football but lack that end product. Too many chances nothing to show at the moment. Butcher needs to grind out some wins to keep us up there in the league!"

  149. 1733: 

    Tony "on way back fae Greenock": "Disappointing to lose a 2 goal lead to long ball howfers. Hard to beat 12 men though. When did Morton last play 11 men!" Miaow, Tony!

  150. 1735: 

    A very unhappy Jambo: "That Hearts team is a disgrace and the manager is clueless, he has to go, wish we could get Hartley in."

  151. 1737: 

    Ian in Inverness: "Not impressed with the comments from TB [Terry Butcher] this week. Even if that is his thoughts he should concentrate on winning games, not reacting to fans frustration by voicing some of his. Maybe he is regretting his decision to stay."

  152. 1737: 

    BBC reporter Jonathan Sutherland: "McCoist on Ibrox naming: 'I'm reasonably open minded ... Most important thing is fans views ... such a controversial topic.' @bbcsportsound"

  153. 1739: 

    A challenge to the Sportscene team from Paultic73: "8 goals, 2 penalties celtic 6 dun utd 2 like to see sportscene fit highlights of that into 90 seconds on sunday night #bbcsportscot"

  154. 1741: 

    sibbald: "Massive win for Hibs today! An essential 3 points picked up thanks to that man Sparky! #bbcsportsound"

  155. 1743: 

    Chaz going back down the A9, a disappointed Saintee: "How can Nigel Hasselbaink play well for St Mirren, then come and be bad for St Johnstone? Does anyone rate Steven Maclean, how he gets a game is beyond me? Any thoughts on how to improve the team?"

  156. 1745: 

    Good to see another healthy crowd at Hearts: 14,280. The Jambos are in 10th spot after their 3-0 defeat by Killie but they are not too far from a top six spot.

  157. 1748: 

    "We didn't bring our true qualities to the game," said St Mirren manager Danny Lennon. "We created very few opportunities. We only worked the goalkeeper once, which is very frustrating."

  158. 1749: 

    Inverness CT manager Terry Butcher: "We got what we deserved, which was nothing. It wasn't good enough. They are an honest bunch of lads and I think the midweek game took a lot out of them. We didn't get it right at either end and that's not like us this season."

  159. 1752: 

    After the 1-0 win over St Johnstone, Ross County manager Derek Adams tells BBC Scotland: "It was a good victory for us today. I thought we dominated the match. I didn't see Mark Brown make any saves. St Johnstone didn't trouble us at all. We kept the likes of Rowan Vine very quiet. This is probably the best side we have had at Ross County. They are a strong unit. We have built a new side every season and we just keep climbing the SPL. We have had a good run. We have lost seven games out of 26. We are delighted to be competing. We want to keep on moving along."

  160. 1754: 

    Following their 3-0 success at Hearts, Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels opines: "It's a fantastic achievement to beat a club of Hearts' stature three times in one season. You could see the resilience and organisation that we have. Those were the foundations of our success. It was great finishing from Paul Heffernan. We played well on the counter-attack and it was a massive three points for us. We know we need to beat the teams around us if we want to get into that top six."

  161. 1757: 

    Compare and contrast these post-match comments by St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas with those of County counterpart Derek Adams at 1752: "I think we bossed the game from start to finish. Unfortunately, they get the first goal and it allows them to sit in. I think if you were a neutral watching that game, there was only one team wanting to play football." Hmm, so who is right?

  162. 1758: 

    And as I round off today's text offering, here's downbeat Jambos boss John McGlynn: "That was a bad day at the office for us. Kilmarnock took their chances and we didn't take ours. They sat in and it was very difficult to break them down."

  163. 1800: 

    Dear readers, many thanks indeed for choosing BBC Scotland as your provider of football news, snippets, missed chances, gossip and sporting drama. All the highlights from today's five SPL matches plus Clyde v Rangers will be on the BBC Sport website on Sunday evening. Have a great night.

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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 26 41 58
2 Motherwell 25 9 40
3 Inverness CT 26 6 38
4 Hibernian 27 0 37
5 Kilmarnock 27 6 36
6 St Johnstone 26 0 36
7 Aberdeen 27 -2 36
8 Ross County 26 -2 35
9 Dundee Utd 26 -6 33
10 Hearts 26 -9 30
11 St Mirren 26 -11 29
12 Dundee 26 -32 14