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There are wins for Inverness CT, Ross County and St Johnstone as Kilmarnock and Aberdeen end all square.

23 February 2013

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  1. 1800: 

    I'll sign off now on what has been a great day for the Highland teams. St Johnstone also enjoyed a good win and are right in the mix. Aberdeen missed out on a clean sweep for the northern sides and their fans will be smarting over a denied penalty at Rugby Park.

    Thank you for your company and all of your contributions. We'll be back tomorrow for more of the same. It's Celtic v Dundee and Dundee United v Hibernian.

    There's also some rugby going on at Murrayfield.

  2. 1758: 
    Ross County manager Derek Adams

    "It was an outstanding performance.

    "The knowledge of the game from the players today, the way they passed the balls and created openings - it was a very good win for us, against a team which is going for second place."

    Ross County can count themselves as challengers for second place now since they sit three points behind Highland rivals Inverness CT.

  3. 1756: 
    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

    "I'm hugely disappointed. From the first minute to the last, Ross County were the hungrier side.

    "They played to the conditions of the pitch far better - that's not an excuse.

    "They just wanted it more and the better team won on the day."

  4. 1754: 

    There have been lots of you writing in about the interim appointment of John Brown at Dundee and it's fair to say most of them were rather negative.

    BBC Scotland reporter Jim Spence is getting word of fans mobilising to voice their objection by calling an extraordinary general meeting.

  5. 1750: 
    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

    "We knew it wasn't going to be a game for the purists. The first goal was always going to be critical and we got it, very scrappily. But I didn't care how we got the three points today, I just wanted the three points."


    St Johnstone striker Rowan Vine on Twitter: "Big result for us today...results at home are where it matters...#3points...#A #walkthedog"

  7. 1747: 
    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

    "That's the third game in a row in which we haven't scored - that's disappointing and we'll need to work hard to rectify that.

    "We're not a million miles away. It just needs a few tweaks here and there."

  8. 1743: 
    Even more from Kenny Shiels

    "I'm trying very hard to discipline myself not to speak about referees. I'm not allowed to speak about referees and I'm not allowed to speak about other teams because they'll fall out with me."

    What's this? Kenny biting his tongue when the subject is the opposition being denied a clear penalty...

  9. 1740: 
    More from Kenny Shiels

    "They started better than us and got themselves in front, but then we dominated the patterns. We had a good grip on the game and I thought - this is going our way, but it upset our rhythm when we lost Borja Perez because he was hurting Aberdeen and after that I thought our defence became very indecisive."

  10. 1736: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on signing Kris Boyd

    "I'm absolutely delighted to get him on board, his record speaks for itself.

    "I'm a little disappointed in the press - they couldn't make the effort to get him in a Kilmarnock shirt because he played a lot of games for Kilmarnock and it's a bit sensitive in the current climate to put him on the back pages with a Rangers shirt on.

    "But that's me. I look for faults."

  11. 1733: 
    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

    "It's been like that quite a lot this season when we have had most of the game and failed to take our chances.

    "And we maybe didn't get the vital decision in the match.

    "The implications of situations like that are quite huge when it comes to top six.

    "I think everyone in the stadium knew it was a penalty. It's an inexplicable error from the referee."

  12. 1728: 

    If you're in the house, our colleagues at BBC ALBA are about to show a delayed transmission of Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen.

    Rory Fallon's goal is certainly worth seeing and Aberdeen fans can torture themselves by watching the incident in which Niall McGinn was denied a stonewall penalty. The poor guy was booked into the bargain...

  13. 1723: 

    Terry Butcher also raised the point that the league might not be so open under the proposed 12-12 league set-up, splitting into three divisions of eight. His fear is that teams will adopt a more cautious approach as they jockey for places.

  14. 1721: 
    ICT manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I'm happy with the quality and character shown by the players today.

    "They had to showed grit in abundance because Hearts put us under real pressure by coming back twice.

    "They were pumping a lot of balls into out box but we held firm

    "It's been difficult because we've been playing well but not getting results. We just had to keep believing."


    From Chris Stone on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot In the last two home games, Hearts have conceded 6 goals. That is not good enough."


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    Rose heading back up the A9 on cloud nine via text: "Caley Thistle back to winning ways. Knew it was just a matter of time. The blip is over. Onwards to Europe with Terry n Mo."


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  17. 1715: 

    The table suddenly doesn't look so good for Hibs either. They weren't playing today and dropped three places to seventh. They will fall another spot if they lose at Tannadice tomorrow. A win and they could be back up in fourth.

  18. 1713: 

    What about Motherwell? There hasn't been a McFadden-bounce. The Steelemen have lost both of their games since the darling of the Tartan Army returned and drop back to third in the table.

  19. 1710: 

    Inverness are back in second place after that victory in Edinburgh. Terry Butcher's side hadn't won since the first game back after the winter break but the manager has always insisted his team have been playing well enough.

  20. 1708: 

    Tynecastle gaffer John McGlynn mentioned "learning curve" a lot when talking about his callow team.

    Hearts are stuck in 10th place but they are surely in no danger of being sucked into a relegation fight since Dundee are so far behind.

  21. 1705: 
    Hearts manager John McGlynn on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We've contributed a massive amount of effort and played some excellent football.

    "But we lost cheap goals form three set-pieces.

    "We worked so hard to get back into the game on two occasions, it's so disappointing to leave empty-handed."


    From Jordan Rowson on Twitter: "You have to hand it to #RossCounty this season, has there been a better team in their first season?"


    From Gregor Muir on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Killie fans everywhere must be buying lottery tickets like nobody's business, our luck is in today #flukey."

  24. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 St Mirren

    St Johnstone continue their excellent league run against their rival Saints. Rowan Vine bundled in the only goal and the Perth side hit the frame of the goal three times in the second half.

  25. 1652: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen

    Killie keeper Cammy Bell turned in a great display to repel wave after wave of Aberdeen attacks. But the big talking point will be his chop on Niall McGinn which went unpunished. Rory Fallon shot the Dons ahead with a lovely goal, only for Paul Heffernan to level.

  26. 1651: 

    St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade hits the woodwork with a header again and his rebound shot is well saved by Craig Samson.

  27. 1651: 

    Aberdeen win a stoppage-time free-kick 20 yards out but Niall McGinn's effort is blocked by the defensive wall.

  28. 1650: 

    St Mirren defender Marc McAusland loses the ball in his own box, but Gregory Tade's shot is blocked by Buddies skipper Jim Goodwin.

  29. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 2-3 Inverness CT

    Defender Gary Warren powered in two headers as Inverness returned to winning ways with a hard-fought triumph against a battling home side.

  30. 1649: 
    FULL-TIME- Ross County 3-0 Motherwell

    A well-earned victory for the Staggies, who now move into the top half of the table. Ivan Sproule raced through to open the scoring and the home side dominated after the break, with further goals from Richard Brittain and Iain Vigurs.

  31. 1648: 

    Shane Sutherland charges down an attempted clearance from James McHattie but the Inverness sub lacks a cool head and fires over the top when confronted with Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald.

  32. 1647: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Aberdeen are definitely on top again as we enter the closing stages here. Cammy Bell has definitely been the busier keeper this afternoon and he has again shown his class with a string of excellent saves."

  33. 1645: 

    St Johnstone hit the bar for the second time in the match, this time Gregory Tade heading it off the woodwork from close range.

  34. 1644: 
    GOAL- Ross County 3-0 Motherwell (Vigurs)

    Ross County are steaming into the top six in style as the ball is popped up to the back post and there is Iain Vigurs to volley home from close range.


    From Cameron Fotheringham on Twitter: "Getting tired of complaining about poor refereeing decisions involving Aberdeen, why can't we get a break? #bbcsportscot."


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  36. 1642: 

    Morton are now 4-0 up at Dunfermline but nearest challengers Partick Thistle are in front against Airdrie United thanks to a screamer from Chris Erskine.

  37. 1640: 

    Aberdeen sub Jonny Hayes finds space in the penalty box and fires a goal-bound shot towards Cammy Bell's top corner, but the Killie keeper makes a crucial save.

  38. 1638: 

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is a mild mannered gent but he will have steam coming out of his ears over ref Euan Norris's decision to book Niall McGinn. A clearer penalty you would struggle to find.

  39. 1636: 

    St Johnstone sub Gregory Tade harries Marc McAusland into conceding a foul as the pair contested a ball into the Buddies' half. From the free-kick, the ball falls to Steven Anderson who fires a left-footed shot a few metres wide.

  40. 1634: 

    Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn is booked for simulation as Kilmarnock's Cammy Bell is caught trying to dribble with the ball. The keeper absolutely axed the Northern Ireland international! A shocking decision...

  41. 1632: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-3 Inverness CT (Warren)

    Another bullet header from Gary Warren puts Inverness into the lead for the third time. This one came from a well-worked corner routine.

  42. 1631: 

    Inverness goalie Ryan Esson gets across to his top right-hand side to palm Jason Holt's shot away.

  43. 1629: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-2 Inverness CT (Webster)

    Following a disputed corner, Andy Webster fires Hearts level as his shot deflects off David Raven and finds the net. Game on.

  44. 1629: 
    BBc Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "Paddy Cregg knocks the ball towards goal and Steven MacLean twists and heads the ball in one movement from eight yards...straight into the arms of St Mirren goalie Craig Samson."

  45. 1627: 
    GOAL- Ross County 2-0 Motherwell (Brittain)

    The Dingwall side are flying now as Ivan Sproule picks out skipper Richard Brittain, who pings home a sweet strike.

  46. 1625: 

    Peter MacDonald has knocked in a second goal for Morton to give the First Division leaders a 3-0 advantage in Dunfermline. Partick Thistle still haven't broken down Airdrie United.

  47. 1624: 

    All of a sudden Aberdeen have a chance as Rory Fallon flicks on for Niall McGinn in the box, but the Northern Irishman stumbles and falls on the ball, handling it by mistake, resulting in a free-kick to Killie. That didn't quite go to plan...

  48. 1623: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Bit scrappier this second half and fewer chances being created than the very open first half. Difficult to pick a winner."

  49. 1622: 

    St Johnstone substitute Gregory Tade shoots wide after being set up by Rowan Vine at the far side of the St Mirren penalty box.

  50. 1620: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "James McFadden preparing to come on for Motherwell. Will he be a supersub?"

    Stuart Carswell is the man to make way...

  51. 1619: 

    Murray Davidson's cross from the right is headed off the crossbar by St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright. He holds his head in anguish...

  52. 1617: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-2 Inverness CT (McKay)

    Inverness striker Billy McKay nips in at the back post to net a header after Ross Draper knocks down a diagonal ball. That's 18 SPL goals for the Caley Thistle hot shot...

  53. 1613: 

    Ross County should have doubled their lead after Paul Lawson slides the ball to team-mate Ivan Sproule, but Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph pulls of a good save to deny the Northern Irishman.

  54. 1612: 

    Killie defender Ryan O'Leary does very well to clear Niall McGinn's cross - it was heading straight for Stephen Hughes who would've tapped in for a goal.

  55. 1610: 
    Hearts 1-1 Inverness CT (Holt)

    Jason Holt fires Hearts level with an impressive shot from the edge of the box.

  56. 1610: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 St Mirren (Vine)

    It's a seventh goal of the season for Rowan Vine. The striker bundles the ball into the net from Mehdi Abeid's disputed corner. It's a scrappy goal in a scrappy game but at least it's something for the home fans to shout about.

  57. 1608: 

    First Division leaders Morton are 2-0 up at Dunfermline, thanks to goals from Peter MacDonald and Michael Tidser.

    Nearest challengers Partick Thistle are being held 0-0 by Airdrie United.

  58. 1604: 

    Hearts' Darren Barr kicks fresh air after Arvydas Novikovas' delivery falls to him a few yards from goal. Maybe his bandage slipped over his eyes...

  59. 1604: 

    New interim boss John Brown and Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner are taking in the action at McDiarmid Park.

    St Johnstone will be at Dens Park next Wednesday.

  60. 1603: 

    We're back up and running around the grounds...


    From bringthemonjpn on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Aberdeen should have been 5 up. Craig Brown will no doubt be playing some soothing music in the H-T dressing room."


    From Tom Watson on Twitter: "Sproule could hav played 4 Hibs until the cows (or horses) came home & never hav scored. Amazin wat a change of scene can do. #bbcsportscot"


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  63. 1555: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock dragged their way back into this match, having been completely outplayed for 25 minutes or so. So the home fans are in good fettle now they're back on level terms and their mood is improved further as Kris Boyd comes out to do the half-time draw and is received very positively."

  64. 1550: 

    Seconds before the half-time whistle at Rugby Park, Niall McGinn floats in a lovely ball from the left and Ryan Jack glances his header over the bar. He should've done better and the Dons will be bemused at how they're not winning at the break.

  65. 1549: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid ParkYELLOW CARD

    "I'm still blushing for St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean, who was booked for falling rather pathetically in the penalty box under a good challenge by David Van Zanten. MacLean offered no protest as his near namesake, ref Steven McLean, flashed a yellow card."

  66. 1547: 

    St Johnstone 0-0 St Mirren

    Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen

    Hearts 0-1 Inverness CT

    Ross County 1-0 Motherwell

  67. 1547: 

    Motherwell miss out on a chance to equalise as a Nicky Law free-kick is headed over the bar by Shaun Hutchinson from 10 yards.

  68. 1546: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "What a signing Ivan Sproule has been for County. Set up by Iain Vigurs, he dashes goalwards to claim his fifth in as many games. The opener has certainly quietened the Motherwell support."

  69. 1542: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen (Heffernan)

    Mo Sissoko plays a lofted pass forward to William Gros which Mark Reynolds fails to cut out, allowing the little French striker to prod it on to Paul Heffernan in the box and the Killie striker steers it beyond Jamie Langfield.

  70. 1540: 

    Aberdeen go close again through Joe Shaughnessy. He connects well with a Ryan Jack cross from the right, but the low volley goes just the wrong side of the post.

  71. 1539: 

    Buoyed by his opening goal, Aberdeen striker Rory Fallon follows it up with a fresh-air shot to top all fresh-air shots. It would've been a left-foot effort from the edge of the box, but it never quite happened.

  72. 1538: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "Liam Craig, having switched from the right flank to the left, has a shot from an acute angle diverted a few feet past the St Mirren goal. A header over the bar, a free-kick straight at the keeper and a shot by the post is the sum total of the Perth Saints' day so far."

  73. 1537: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Fair play to Killie winger James Dayton. In the space of a couple of moments, he's on the wrong end of hefty challenges from Rory Fallon, Ryan Jack and Stephen Hughes, but each time he gets up and gets on with it, not complaining to the referee, unlike the home fans who let Euan Norris they'd like their player to be given greater protection."

  74. 1535: 
    GOAL- Ross County 1-0 Motherwell (Sproule)

    What a signing Ivan Sproule has been for the Staggies! The flying winger nicks the ball through the legs of Zaine Francis-Angol then does the same to keeper Darren Randolph with his shot.

    Inverness CT celebrate their early goal at Tynecastle Inverness CT celebrate their early goal at Tynecastle
  76. 1533: 

    A good low save to his right by Jamie Langfield to keep out Paul Heffernan's low shot from the edge of the box. The Kilmarnock striker is looking for his 11th goal of the season.

  77. 1531: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence reports that Ray Farningham will be in the dug-out for Dundee against Celtic on Sunday, with new interim manager John Brown watching from the stands.

  78. 1530: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "A second smoke bomb goes off in Dingwall and a horrible stench of sulphur dioxide hangs in the air - now two dozen police and stewards are hovering over about 50 very noisy away fans."

  79. 1529: 

    Conor Newton brings out a decent save from flying goalie Alan Mannus as the St Mirren midfielder rattles a 22-yard shot towards the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

  80. 1528: 

    It really hasn't been Darren Barr's month. The Hearts man was stretchered off last week and though he returned to action today he is now sporting a bandage on a head wound.

  81. 1527: 

    Sam Morrow heads a Mihael Kovacevic's cross in the direction of Ross County team-mate Ivan Sproule, who lumps the ball over the bar from 20 yards.

  82. 1526: 

    Yet another chance at Rugby Park! Niall McGinn is giving Killie left-back James Fowler all sorts of problems, driving down the right to centre for Rob Milsom, who fails to turn it in due to the close attention of Cammy Bell.

  83. 1525: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Aberdeen are utterly dominant in the early stages here and have that stunning goal from Rory Fallon to show for it. But they could have had two or three more and Kilmarnock are really struggling to get into the game."

  84. 1523: 
    BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds at Tynecastle

    "I think Hearts are a little bit in shock. They started the game really well. Suddenly, against the run of play, they go 1-0 down."

  85. 1522: 

    Owain Tudor-Jones blasts a free-kick wide of the Hearts goal. Having taken an early lead, Inverness are turning the screw at Tynecastle.

  86. 1521: 

    Aberdeen hit the post as a jinking Niall McGinn turns James Fowler inside and out before striking left-footed against the Cammy Bell's far upright. It's been a tremendous opening at Rugby Park!

  87. 1520: 

    Paul Heffernan goes within centimetres of equalising for Kilmarnock. Ross Barbour puts an excellent low ball into the box which the Irish striker drags just wide of Jamie Langfield's post.

  88. 1519: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "Little Esmael Goncalves provides the first bit of entertainment, working a couple of one-twos down the right and making his way into Alan Mannus's box but firing wide. Much better by St Mirren."

  89. 1518: 

    Kilmarnock's James Dayton, who must sport the biggest beard in the SPL, has just had Killie's first effort on goal, shooting wide from 20 yards.

  90. 1517: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-1 Inverness CT (Warren)

    Inverness CT take the lead in Edinburgh and it's defender Gary Warren planting a header into the net from Aaron Doran's free-kick.

  91. 1517: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's John Robertson at Victoria Park

    "The pitch is pretty poor here in Dingwall - the centre of it more like a beach. The football hasn't been great either, one half-chance for Motherwell's Michael Higdon."

  92. 1516: 

    It's all Aberdeen at Rugby Park. Kris Boyd will be fidgeting in his seat as he sees Dons midfielder Gavin Rae shoot over the top from 20-yards after being teed up by Niall McGinn.

  93. 1515: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "David McCracken powers a header over Craig Samson's crossbar from six yards as St Johnstone get down to some football, rather than giving their name to the ref to write in his book."

  94. 1514: 

    Two early bookings for St Johnstone players; Paddy Cregg and Rowan Vine.

  95. 1508: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen (Fallon)

    Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson lumps it forward and the ball sits up nicely for Rory Fallon on the left edge of the penalty box, so the big Kiwi striker simply loops a cool volley into the far corner of the net. A lovely finish.

  96. 1507: 

    Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell gets down to make an excellent close-range save to deny Rob Milsom. Stephen Hughes was again the provider, with a low cross into the six yard box.

  97. 1506: 

    A good opening for Aberdeen at Rugby Park as Stephen Hughes sends in a cross from the right and Rory Fallon heads over.

  98. 1504: 

    Motherwell threaten from an early corner, with Michael Higdon's shot from a Shaun Hutchinson flick blocked by a Ross County defender.

  99. 1503: 

    Scotland defender Andy Webster volleys off target as Hearts make a bright start against Inverness.

  100. 1502: 

    The first booking of the day goes to Hearts striker Michael Ngoo for pushing Inverness defender Gary Warren. BBC match commentator John Barnes uses the word "stupidity" in quite a shrill tone.

  101. 1500: 

    We're off!

  102. 1457: 
    Dundee statement on John Brown appointment

    "Having been inundated by high calibre candidates over the last few days, one man stood out as perfect for the position of Interim Manager of Dundee FC.

    John Brown is a man with real heritage and history at Dundee FC and when at Dens Park in his time as a player, he was an real inspiration, a fans favourite and scored some vital goals and he has never lost his feelings for the club."

  103. 1455: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Kris Boyd is fit, he's been training at Rangers for weeks now.

    "In the first case he's here until the end of the season. Mutually we're hoping to extend that, but we'll see how things go.

    "It's great to have a new face around.

    "I could do with a new face myself, a much younger version."


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  105. 1449: 
    Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's fantastic to have Kris Boyd back at his spiritual home.

    "Kris has not been at all difficult to deal with and there are a few success-orientated elements in his contract, which are very modest compared to what he has been used to, I'm sure."

  106. 1447: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Anderson, McCracken, Wright, Callum Davidson, Abeid, Cregg, Murray Davidson, Craig, MacLean, Vine. Subs: Tuffey, MacKay, Tade, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Doughty, Scobbie.

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Goodwin, Dummett, McLean, McGowan, Newton, McGinn, Thompson, Goncalves. Subs: Adam, Mair, Imrie, Carey, Parkin, Barron, Guy.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  107. 1445: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "As we await kick-off, I recall being here at McDiarmid Park for a game against Dundee United just after Saints had been promoted. My pal's dad had some tickets for the fancy seats that got you into one of the suites where food and drink was on offer. One man, only half joking, castigated the waiting staff for the type of grub being served - "Where's the chicken satay?!" he yelled. "Or the chicken tikka strips?!" He went on, with increasing menace: "When we were in the First Division we got all the good tuck; now it's just pieces and sausage rolls! This is garbage!" Personally, I thought it was marvellous."

  108. 1443: 

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

    Motherwell: Randolph, Ramsden, Francis-Angol, Hutchinson, Cummins, Law, Humphrey, Lasley, Carswell, Ojamaa, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, Saunders, McHugh, Daley, Higginbotham, McFadden.

    Referee: William Collum

  109. 1442: 

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Barbour, Sissoko, O'Leary, Tesselaar, Fowler, Clingan, Perez, Gros, Heffernan, Dayton. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Racchi, Sheridan, Ibrahim, McKeown, O'Hara.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Naysmith, Jack, Hughes, Rae, Milsom, McGinn, Fallon. Subs: Twardzik, Robertson, Vernon, Hayes, Pawlett, Magennis, McManus.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  110. 1440: 
    Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I'm delighted to be back - it's where it all started - and hopefully Kilmarnock can push on and finish as high up the table as possible

    "I've been away from my family for the last two or three years and it's important for me to be settled.

    "The last 90 minutes I played was at the end of August, so I need games under my belt.

    "Hopefully, I can play some part on Wednesday [against Hibs in the SPL].

    "I've still plenty of years left in me yet but it's all about getting match-fit right now."

  111. 1438: 
    BBC Scotland's Charles Bannerman at Victoria Park

    "During the week County manager Derek Adams said he didn't want all the pre-match attention to focus on James McFadden. I'm sure he's thinking the same of the game itself where the Motherwell returnee is again on the bench."

  112. 1436: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at McDiarmid Park

    "A smattering of fans have begun to infiltrate Perth's McDiarmid Park, half of which is bathed in late winter sunshine. For fans in the shade, gloves and a balaclava are in order. St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour takes a rather tentative stroll on to the playing surface wearing no more than a business suit. A puff of his cheeks and he's off down the tunnel, presumably to sift through the team kit for a camel coat or such like."


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  114. 1431: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Mullen, Webster, Wilson, McHattie, Walker, Holt, Barr, Tapping, Novikovas, Ngoo. Subs: Ridgers, Sutton, Taouil, Gordon Smith, Prychynenko, McGowan, Billy King.

    Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, Warren, Devine, Graeme Shinnie, Draper, Tudur Jones, Ross, Andrew Shinnie, Doran, McKay. Subs: Reguero, Sutherland, Laing, Polworth, Pepper, Gibbons, Taylor.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  115. 1429: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels welcomes Kris Boyd back to Rugby ParK Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels welcomes Kris Boyd back to Rugby ParK
  116. 1425: 

    And there's just the one change to the Ross County team who beat St Johnstone last week. Iain Vigurs takes the place of Alex Cooper, who drops to the bench.

  117. 1423: 

    Just the one change for Inverness CT at Tynecastle as Daniel Devine replaces Josh Meekings at the back. Captain Richie Foran is still sidelined by injury.


    From Grant via text: "Shameful treatment of Barry (Smith). After the 25 point deduction he saved us from part time 2nd division football. That's me done with them until we vote a new board with decency and respect."


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  119. 1420: 

    Two changes for Hearts with Kevin McHattie and Arvydas Novikovas in for Scott Robinson and Billy King.


    From Euan Crabb on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot Shocking decision by Dundee coming from a committed Dark Blue. Angered and embarrassed to be a Dundee fan right now."

  121. 1418: 

    Motherwell make three changes after the midweek defeat to Dundee United. Tom Hateley and Steven Hammell miss out through injury and Kallum Higginbotham drops to the bench.

    Youthful defenders Zaine Francis-Angol and Adam Cummins get the chance to impress and skipper Keith Lasley is back from suspension.

    The Steelmen have only named six subs in Dingwall, with defender Fraser Kerr feeling ill.

  122. 1414: 

    Four changes for the Aberdeen side to face Kilmarnock. Gary Naysmith replaces Clark Robertson, Ryan Jack comes in for Jonny Hayes, Rob Milsom replaces the injured Isaac Osbourne and Rory Fallon plays up front instead of Scott Vernon.

  123. 1412: 

    Brechin City v East Fife is a late postponement due to a waterlogged pitch at Glebe Park.

  124. 1411: 

    For St Mirren, David van Zanten has come in for David Barron at the back, while John McGinn replaces Gary Teale in midfield.

  125. 1409: 

    Influential midfielder Murray Davidson returns for St Johnstone, replacing Michael Doughty. Callum Davidson returns in place Tam Scobbie at left-back in the other change from the side which draw 1-1 with Celtic.


    Lesley, Dundee fan in Edinburgh via text: "John Brown? That's a scandal. I am not going back."

    John the Dee in Aberdeen via text: "Quite simply a disgraceful appointment, don't even want to talk about it!"


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  127. 1406: 

    Who would you like to see back at your club? What's Alexei Eremenko up these days? Could Dean Windass still do a job for the Dons? I'm sure Ross County and St Mirren fans would welcome back Charlie Adam.


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    Pie and Bovril on Twitter: "Fully expect Hibs to announce short term signing of Russell Latapy today, whilst Hearts are close to tying up a deal for John Robertson."


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  129. 1403: 

    It's a safe bet that James McFadden and Kris Boyd will be earning peanuts compared to their recent pay packets and Kevin Thomson would likely agree a similar drop in wages for the opportunity to prove his fitness.

    It is also a safe bet that these guys will be playing elsewhere next season if they do manage to shine between now and May.

  130. 1400: 

    The Third Division match at Shielfield Park has just finished, with Rangers beating Berwick Rangers 3-1.

    You can read Andy Campbell's match report here.

  131. 1358: 

    And then there is Boyd's old Rangers and Middlesbrough team-mate Kevin Thomson, who is training with Hibs. Easter Road manager Pat Fenlon says the club can't afford to offer the midfielder anything but was also gushing about his talent. Is he trying to exert some pressure on the board?

  132. 1356: 

    Of course, Kris Boyd is not the only Scotland international turning back the clock to where it all began. James McFadden made his second Motherwell 'debut' as a sub during the midweek loss to Dundee United and the forward is expected to be on the bench again for today's trip to Ross County.

  133. 1353: 

    The Kris Boyd deal has tongues wagging at Rugby Park. The SPL's all-time leading scorer began his career at Kilmarnock before leaving for Rangers in 2006.

    The 29-year-old, who will wear number 11, has seen his career meander off track since he moved on to Middlesbrough in 2010 and he's been to Turkey and the north west of America without setting the heather alight.

    He'll be watching from the stand today after agreeing a deal until the end of the season.


    Dominic Jack via text: "John Brown has been appointed Dundee manager?! Is that based on his record at Clyde? What an awful move by Dundee, they can now wave the SPL goodbye."

    Stephen Kennedy via text: "John Brown being appointed is a joke ..... I have been a season ticket holder for years .... what has he done that Barry has not .... he was at Clyde and did not do a good job ..... not a good move by the board. Dundee till I die."

    Murray by text: "Bomber will get these underachieving losers fired right up for the Cup game against United. Magic appointment ."


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    BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon on Twitter: "Surprised Dundee have appointed John Brown. Expected boss with more managerial experience. Not sure what he brings that Barry Smith couldn't."


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  136. 1349: 

    It's been a busy old day already, with Kilmarnock confirming the return of Kris Boyd and Dundee bringing in John Brown as an interim manager. What do you make of those moves? Is 'Bomber Brown' still held in high regard by the Dens Park faithful? After all, it's been a long time since he played and his management experience is limited to a brief spell at Clyde.

  137. 1347: 

    With the much-maligned league split looming, the jockeying for positions continues in a tightly congested pack. Celtic are out of sight at the top, while Dundee appear doomed at the bottom. Eleven points cover the rest, with a mere three points the difference between Inverness CT in third and their Highland rivals Ross County in ninth.

  138. 1345: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. We have four top flight matches today, with Hearts v Inverness CT, Ross County v Motherwell, St Johnstone v St Mirren and Kilmarnock v Aberdeen.

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Scottish Premier League results

23 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 27 41 59
2 Inverness CT 27 7 41
3 Motherwell 27 5 40
4 St Johnstone 28 1 40
5 Ross County 27 1 38
6 Kilmarnock 28 6 37
7 Hibernian 27 0 37
8 Aberdeen 28 -2 37
9 Dundee Utd 27 -5 36
10 Hearts 27 -10 30
11 St Mirren 27 -12 29
12 Dundee 26 -32 14