SPL as it happened

Motherwell beat league leaders Celtic and St Mirren see off Hearts on a busy night of Scottish Premier League action.

27 February 2013 Last updated at 22:31 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    During his playing days, John Brown thundered into every 50-50 challenge with gusto. And you suspect he'll bring the same ferocity and enthusiasm on taking up the role as interim Dundee manager.

    Brown doesn't have his troubles to seek at Dens Park: succeeding Barry Smith with Dundee at the foot of the SPL table and desperately aiming to eat into the 15-point gap between themselves and 11th-placed St Mirren.

    Some Dundee fans have been less than ecstatic about Brown's interim appointment.

    "That's the position we're in," said Brown. "The fans are unhappy, and that comes with the territory.

    "It's why I'm interim manager. I want the opportunity to win games and put my hat in the ring for the job."

    Brown, who was in the stand for last weekend's defeat by Celtic, will be gunning for victory tonight at home to St Johnstone.

  2. 1902: 

    Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of tonight's SPL games.

    We've got five encounters to get our teeth into, all with a 19:45 GMT kick off.

    Dundee v St Johnstone

    Hibs v Kilmarnock

    Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

    Motherwell v Celtic

    St Mirren v Hearts

  3. 1903: 

    Forward James McFadden starts for Motherwell against Celtic at Fir Park tonight...

  4. 1904: 

    Get in touch tonight via text to 80295, using SPL in your message. And you can tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcsportscot or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  5. 1905: 

    MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hutchinson, Humphrey, Ojamaa, Higdon, Lasley, Ramsden, McFadden, Cummins SUBS: Hollis, Saunders, Higginbotham, McHugh, Daley, Carswell, Murray.

    CELTIC: Forster; Matthews, Rogne, Wanyama, Izaguirre; Forrest, Kayal, Rogic, Commons; Samaras, Stokes Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Lassad, Ledley, McCourt, McGeouch, Hooper.

  6. 1907: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has made several changes, with Joe Ledley, Gary Hooper and Efe Ambrose all given a breather on the bench tonight. Georgios Samaras returns to the starting line-up after injury, while Tom Rogic gets a start in midfield and Victor Wanyama is given a central defensive role. Kris Commons is back after shaking off a virus.

    Kelvin Wilson misses out after suffering from a migraine, with Wanyama wearing the armband.

  7. 1908: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We don't really have a vice captain. It's like a little reward for Victor for the way he's been playing; it's an honour. This is the second game of three within six days. So, we're trying to get the balance right.

    "Gary Hooper has played a lot of football and there's a fatigue element: Samaras is fresh and Gary has been carrying the forward line for most of the season.

    "I've always liked James McFadden; he's technically superb and I'm not sure where he will play tonight..."

  8. 1909: 

    Hibs are without Paul Hanlon tonight so Ryan McGivern moves across to central defence, Lewis Stevenson takes over at left-back and Alan Maybury comes in to fill the right-back berth.

  9. 1910: 

    DUNDEE: Douglas, Irvine, Benedictus, Gallagher, Toshney, Riley, McAlister, Davidson, Conroy, Harkins, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, McBride, Milne, Grassi, Morgan, Nish, Stewart.

    ST JOHNSTONE: Mannus, MacKay, McCracken, Wright, Scobbie, Abeid, Cregg, Millar, Craig, MacLean, Vine. Subs: Tuffey, Callum Davidson, Anderson, Tade, Hasselbaink, Edwards, Caddis.

    REFEREE: William Collum

  10. 1912: 

    Another returning hero Kris Boyd takes his place on the Kilmarnock bench at Easter Road as manager Kenny Shiels sticks with in-form Paul Heffernan up front, with support from the industrious William Gros.

  11. 1913: 
    Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels

    "It would be ludicrous to put him Kris Boyd in from the start. He hasn't had the game time. It doesn't matter if you are Lionel Messi, you can't just come in without a 90 minutes since August and lead the line."

  12. 1914: 

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall is licking his lips in anticipation of seeing the return of the prodigal son James McFadden.

    "He's a big-game player and we want him to go and excite the fans. If he gets an hour then...

    "He's looking forward to the game as we all are. The two defeats we've had since he arrived mean we wanted to shake things up.

    "It's tough to throw him in tonight but we want to get it forward and try to unsettle Celtic. We've got to play at a high tempo..."

  13. 1916: 

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

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

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  14. 1918: 

    Dundee's interim boss John Brown has been speaking to our flame-haired reporter Jim Spence...

  15. 1919: 
    Dundee interim manager John Brown

    "There's a big gap in the league but if we manage to get a win tonight...

    "We're trying to encourage the players to express themselves and we've got to create more opportunities in the box.

    "Other teams like St Johnstone are well-organised and we might be pinned back. However, we've got to avoid conceding an early goal. We're 15 points adrift but we've got nothing to lose.

    "If the players get a result then one or two above us might start to worry. I've got wonderful memories of my playing time at Dundee and that's what I want to put into our dressing room..."

  16. 1922: 

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

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, Douglas, Dillon, McLean, Gardyne, Flood, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Russell. Subs: Banks, Ryan, Millar, Armstrong, Dow, Thomson, Souttar.

    Referee: Brian Colvin

  17. 1924: 
    Dundee Utd boss Jackie McNamara

    "It's been a strange season but there's been some great excitement for the fans and there's still a lot to play for.

    "We aim to defend well and cause Inverness problems. There's always room for improvement and we've conceded some cheap goals. But, it's all about learning and hopefully that'll start with three points."

  18. 1925: 
    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

    "It's been a wonderful league this season and we want three points. A lot of sides are aiming for a place in the top six. You've got to go for wins, draws aren't good enough.

    "If we're in a slump in second place then that's not too bad. We're very pleased with what we've achieved this season. Wouldn't it be great if ourselves and Ross County remained in the top six?"

  19. 1927: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, McPake, McGivern, Stevenson, Done, Robertson, Claros, Taiwo, Cairney, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Deegan, Doyle, Wotherspoon, Handling, Harris, Donaldson.

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

    Referee: John McKendrick

  20. 1928: 

    Ross Lawson: "Was hoping for a Perth Saints win tonight, but fear we'll come across New Manager Syndrome. #bbcsportscot"

    Edinburgh Tom: "McFadden bak 2 'Well, Boyd bak 2 Killie, Thomson trainin with Hibs & roosting chickens comin home 2 Hearts. Interesting times..."

    Stephen Foster: "Surely St Mirren v Hearts is the first nothing to play for game of the season. Both teams safe & guaranteed a bottom 6 finish..."

  21. 1929: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Very interested to see the reaction here over the next couple of hours to John Brown's first game in charge of Dundee. How will the supporters of the SPL's bottom club take to Brown and perhaps more pertinently the club board? Most observers, myself included, believe Dundee's relegation from the SPL is a formality, but a win under Bomber tonight might just trigger a bit of belief that they can somehow turn it around."

  22. 1932: 

    Nice line there from Inverness boss Terry Butcher dubbing the local derby against Ross County as "El Kessoco"

    "Perhaps there's a power shift up north," he quipped.

    And Butcher hopes Saturday's Highland derby won't be the last in the top six this season...

  23. 1934: 

    Hearts boss John McGlynn sounds like a frustrated manager. Losing so many first-team players at Tynecastle because of budget cuts has cut the Jambo to the quick...

  24. 1936: 

    Graeme Aitken: "McGlynn goes for victory again by leaving the strikers on the bench. Fingers crossed for 0-0 and keep 10th place, eh John?! #bbcsportscot"

    Stripey Baz: "Odd season in SPL. Two Highland teams in Euro places now. Potential for Perth team to get 4th. Wonder how they'd get on there? And four points separate 2nd top and fourth bottom. No wonder the fans want to see league reconstruction. I'm still holding out for a 16 team top league & a switch to summer football. Can only hope though."

  25. 1938: 

    Are you at one of the five SPL games tonight? If so, let rip with gay abandon by texting 80295 or tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportscot and/or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  26. 1940: 

    Dundee's interim boss John Brown receives a "good reception" from the home fans at Dens Park, according to Sportsound pundit Allan Preston.

  27. 1945: 

    We're under starter's orders, hang onto your hats...

  28. 1946: 

    Stuart McCall and Neil Lennon exchange a handshake and a few words before taking up their positions in the dugout on a cold night at Fir Park.

  29. 1947: 

    St Mirren have the chance to take an early lead...

  30. 1948: 

    The Buddies draw first blood in Paisley. Darren Barr bundles down Lee Mair after a Saints corner and referee Kevin Clancy points to the spot. Up steps Paul McGowan to rifle home his fifth goal of the season; three of his strikes have been from the spot. Deadly.

  31. 1949: 

    Motherwell have made a positive start and there is a real buzz around Fir Park every time talismanic James McFadden gets on the ball. The home team win a free-kick 25 yards out and 'Faddy' is waved away by Nicky Law, who curls the ball wide of the target.

  32. 1950: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Great start for Saints in Paisley. Excellent penalty by McGowan. Hearts defence once again failing to deal with a set piece. #bbcsportscot"

  33. 1951: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "Re 1932: My favourite until now was Cold Firm Derby, but El Kessoco is truly inspired. #ComicGenius"

    I think even The Special One Jose Mourinho would arch an eyebrow before breaking into a quick chuckle on hearing that one...

  34. 1953: 

    Hearts are doing their best to recover from losing that early penalty and falling behind to St Mirren. But the shell-shocked Jambos defence feature not one but two bandaged heads: Darren Barr and Danny Wilson. Both of whom, are doing a rare impression of Basil Fawlty...

  35. 1955: 

    James Forrest scampers forward for Celtic and finds Anthony Stokes with a clipped cross into the penalty area but the striker makes a real mess of his attempted volley, sending the ball back in the direction from which it came.

  36. 1956: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Pretty uneventful on the park in the opening few minutes. Gary Harkins just flashed a header wide from Nicky Riley's cross. Harkins is the man who can make things happen for Dundee if anyone can."

  37. 1957: 

    Here comes the Hearts response: Jamie Walker drills in a shot on goal from the edge of the box which Craig Samson has to parry away. Danny Lennon's men remain a goal to the good.

    Paul McGowan's penalty is the only goal in tonight's five SPL games so far. Come on boys, shooting boots on please!

  38. 1958: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Great start for Saints in Paisley. Excellent penalty by McGowan. Hearts defence once again failing to deal with a set piece. #bbcsportscot"

  39. 2000: 

    Anonymous: "Hearts one up front again. It's time Ngoo and Sutton played together let's try to attack teams instead of sitting back"

    Craig Scoular: "Re Stephen 1928: I think you will find the first meaningless game of the SPL season was Celtic v Aberdeen back in August. Harsh but true."

  40. 2001: 

    Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley has a pop at goal from 25 yards but a deflection takes the sting out of the midfielder's effort and Fraser Forster makes a comfortable save.

  41. 2003: 

    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons, with a free kick about 30 yards out from Darren Randolph's goal, but he fizzes a shot wide.

    It remains goalless at Fir Park and the game is crying out for a wee bit of magic from James McFadden or someone else to brighten proceedings...

  42. 2005: 

    Alan Mannus keeps the scores level at Dens Park, tipping the ball round the post with Ryan Conroy curling a free kick towards the top corner.

    Should Dundee score, I reckon you'll be able to hear the infamous John Brown roar as far away as Sydney...

  43. 2006: 

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, arms folded in his technical area and circling his technical area like a great white shark, will be happy with his side's defensive display. Better service to McFadden and Higdon would make him happier.

  44. 2008: 

    Hearts, pressing for an equaliser in Paisley, test St Mirren through Jamie Walker's slaloming run. The hosts snuff out the danger but much better from John McGlynn's capital troops.

  45. 2011: 

    Celtic almost take the lead at Fir Park in bizarre circumstances. James Forrest, scampering down the right, whips in a dangerous low cross that hits defender Shaun Hutchinson's standing foot. It looks goalbound but Well keeper Darren Randolph shows Ninja-like reflexes to gather.

  46. 2013: 

    James from Perth: "John McGlynn is hopeless: young team yes but clueless tactically. My 5-year-old has more tactical nous. Bye John."

  47. 2014: 

    The Steelmen draw first blood at Fir Park. Nicky Law twists and turns on the right edge of the penalty area and drives a shot across goal - it's going wide but Chris Humphrey pops up at the back post to lash the ball high into the net - that's his second of the season.

  48. 2016: 

    Darren Barr, who earlier conceded a penalty, receives a yellow card for a heavy challenge on Saints goalscorer Paul McGowan. Not one to write home about for Barr so far...

    Wouldn't be surprised if someone shouts at him: "BASIL!"

  49. 2018: 

    Mark, Ayr: "Lazy Wanyama, lazy Stokes, lazy Samaras and lazy Commons. So frustrating, four good players but so often so lazy."

    Started humming that Suede song Lazy reading your text...

  50. 2020: 

    Completely against the run of play, St Johnstone take the lead. Rab Douglas saves Paddy Cregg's long-range drive with his knee, the ball ricochets high in the air and following up Steven MacLean rises highest to head into the net before Douglas can properly recover. Sore one for Dundee and their new gaffer.

  51. 2022: 

    St Mirren have only beaten Hearts once in 11 attempts but Paul McGowan's penalty has the Buddies on the right road.

    You have to go back to November 2001 for the last goalless encounter between Hibs and Kilmarnock. Not tonight lads, please.

  52. 2024: 

    Michael Ngoo springs to life for Hearts, unleashing a low left-footer which Craig Samson gathers with ease. Since the early penalty, this game has been devoid of real chances.

  53. 2026: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Almost an immediate reposte from Dundee but Gary Harkins' 12-yard shot comes back off the post. Immediately afterwards, St Johnstone break upfield and have a claim for a handball against Gary Irvine in the box, but referee Willie Collum isn't interested."

  54. 2028: 
  55. 2029: 

    Dundee at last get their reward. A corner from the right is flicked on at the near post by Lewis Toshney and tapped in at the back post by John Baird.

    Can you hear that infamous John Brown roar? It puts Gerrard Butler's scream in the film 300 in its place...

  56. 2030: 

    Who needs Gareth Bale? Graham Carey, with the last kick of the first half, fires in a howitzer from about 30 yards into the top corner. Take a bow son, take a bow!

  57. 2031: 





  58. 2033: 

    Amid that late goal flurry and the Graham Carey wonderstrike, Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal earned a yellow card for chopping down Henrik Ojamaa. Tempers threatened to boil over as the players funnelled down the tunnel.

    Time for cool heads and some well chosen words while the players chomp on their half-time orange.

  59. 2035: 

    Motherwell have been hunting in packs and working really hard to press the ball, allowing Celtic no time to settle. The runaway SPL leaders lacked fluency in the first 45 minutes and Anthony Stokes has been isolated up front. James McFadden has shown a few nice touches but Nicky Law has been the pick of the home players and it was his determination and trickery that led to Chris Humphrey's goal.

  60. 2036: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Serious contender from goal of the season from Graham Carey...What a strike!!!"

    I'm hearing you Brian, I'm hearing you.

  61. 2037: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Dundee have pummelled the opposition goal, but fell behind as Saints put Rab Douglas under pressure for the first time. But they showed good resolve to strike back through John Baird. John Brown couldn't really have asked for more from his players in the first half. More of the same should bring three points for only the fourth time this season. Steve Lomas's St Johnstone have been second best and are capable of much better."

  62. 2040: 

    Scotbot: "What's happening at Easter Road? Doesn't sound as if anything is going on - has the match even kicked-off?"

    Not a great deal I'm afraid, chief. Our man at Easter Road Charlie Mann described a drab first half in the capital as "cagey, very cagey..."

    Bazza: "Not a lot of goals but wait till you see Robben's goal for Bayern tonight. 1-0 against Dortmund."

    Tony McManus: "Can someone please tell McGlynn that if you put 2 players up front and we lost, we as fans, wouldn't mind..."

  63. 2041: 
    Hearts' Darren Barr and Danny Wilson

    The two Basils, no, let's try that again. Hearts defenders Darren Barr and Danny Wilson have been in the wars. Or have they been mentally grappling with the thorny issue of league reconstruction?

  64. 2045: 

    We're under way in the second half. Goals please and plenty of them.

  65. 2047: 

    And all of a sudden it's all happening at Easter Road. Sammy Clingan gives Kilmarnock the lead with a sensational 25-yard strike that flashes past the helpless Ben Williams in the Hibs goal. Will the visitors be Clingan on in the closing stages?

  66. 2050: 

    South Seas Buddie in New Zealand: "Nothing better than stopping for a morning cuppa and seeing The Buds in control at half time this could be a very good day :)"

  67. 2052: 

    Celtic fail to trouble Motherwell from a corner and the hosts spring on the counter. Chris Humphrey goes galloping down the right but his cross is cut out by the Celtic defence, with midfielder Keith Lasley in the midst of a Forrest Gump-style run into the penalty area.

  68. 2054: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Edinburgh only famous for the castle and the wee guys that draw your portrait for a tenner, the way the results are going"

    Tony McManus: "Come on Hearts: we need a win and Hibs are getting beat at the Mo!!"

  69. 2055: 

    Celtic make a change, with Joe Ledley replacing Tom Rogic in midfield. The Welshman impressed in the weekend's 5-0 thumping of Dundee. Scoring twice in the demolition of John Brown's side. Can he spark a revival for Celtic with a little over half an hour remaining?

  70. 2057: 

    Kris Commons fashions room for a curling shot but the Celtic midfielder's effort lacks power and it's a simple save for Darren Randolph. That's the first shot on target Neil Lennon's men have had.

  71. 2058: 

    Hearts looking in better shape at the start of the second 45. Substitute Dylan McGowan heads a corner just wide then more pressure leads to a penalty shout when Lee Mair pulls down John Sutton. No spot-kick though.

  72. 2059: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Great run by Gary Harkins from the halfway line, leaving players trailing his wake, but he just over-runs it and allows Alan Mannus to come off his line to gather before he can get a shot away. He really is a very talented player."

  73. 2101: 

    Celtic break at pace from defending a corner and Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes combine to send the former scurrying into the penalty area but Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph does well to force him wide and a promising attack breaks down.

  74. 2102: 

    bringthemonjpn: "I just said to my mate here in Jpn, what's the logic in taking Rogic off? He didnae follow me...."

    Not a case of skewed Rogic?

  75. 2104: 

    Celtic draw level as Anthony Stokes plays in on-rushing James Forrest and the winger sends in a superb cross for Georgios Samaras to glance a header past Darren Randolph into the net. Game on!

  76. 2106: 

    Victor Wanyama, Celtic captain for the night, is booked for chopping down James McFadden. Wanyama will be suspended for next month's league game against Aberdeen

  77. 2108: 

    Declan Gallacher is shown a straight red card for hauling down Steven MacLean just outside the box, with the Saints man poised to shoot. From the free kick, Dave Mackay curls a beauty past Rab Douglas. Double blow for Dundee. How do they come back from this?

  78. 2110: 

    Leigh Griffiths breaks free of a couple of Kilmarnock challenges and fires a shot that whistles narrowly over the bar. Hibs still trail to that Sammy Clingan goal. Can Griffiths or another Hibs player "beam up" an equaliser?

  79. 2112: 

    James McFadden has run his race. The returning Motherwell hero turned in a decent shift over 70 minutes. Stuart Carswell is on in his place. Celtic also make a change by throwing on top scorer Gary Hooper.

  80. 2114: 

    Nicky Law gets in behing the Celtic defence and checks past Efe Ambrose before standing up a lovely cross to the back post where Michael Higdon is arriving to slam in a volley for his 19th goal of the season.

  81. 2115: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Dundee are really rocking now. Liam Craig and Steven MacLean both go close to a third for St Johnstone before substitute Gregory Tade blasts in a shot that Rab Douglas pushes away."

  82. 2116: 

    Mike Whelan: "Dundee can get back in the game via a rabble rousing appeal by John Brown on the steps of Dens Park #bbcsportscot"

    Board67: "One of the worst games of the season. At least the bad pitch hasn't played a role with the ball in the air"

  83. 2118: 

    The second half at St Mirren Park has been all Hearts. They've had sustained pressure without creating anything clear-cut. The Buddies retain their two-goal lead courtesy of Paul McGowan's penalty and Graham Carey's wonder strike.

  84. 2120: 

    Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph makes a great close-range block to deny Joe Ledley, who had run on to a teasing low delivery from the lively Gary Hooper.

  85. 2121: 

    Nico: "Celtic are again caught at the far post, this has happened so many times this season and is the obvious way to create a chance against them. Easy!"

  86. 2124: 

    Kris Commons gets on the end of another cross from James Forrest but the header is straight at Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph.

  87. 2126: 

    Ryan McGivern heads home David Wotherspoon's corner to restore parity at Easter Road.

  88. 2127: 

    Jude Winchester proves he's a sharp-shooter, firing Kilmarnock ahead seconds later!

  89. 2128: 

    It's raining goals at Easter Road! Leigh Griffiths thumps home a second equaliser for Hibs to make it 2-2. Who says the SPL is boring?

  90. 2129: 

    Dundee surely salvage a point as substitute Mark Stewart smashes home from just inside the box.

  91. 2132: 

    Adam Cummins does well to block a header from Georgios Samaras in a busy Motherwell penalty box and Darren Randolph shows a complete disregard for his own safety as he throws himself at Victor Wanyama and Efe Ambrose to punch clear.

  92. 2133: 
  93. 2134: 



  94. 2135: 


  95. 2136: 


  96. 2137: 

    Michael Higdon's goal secures a 2-1 win for Motherwell to consign Celtic to their fifth defeat of the season and send the Steelmen up to second in the table.

  97. 2138: 

    Inverness lose their grip on second place with a goalless draw at home to Dundee United.

  98. 2142: 
    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "We wanted a bit of magic in the final third and we got that. We'd have taken a point tonight but to get all three is fantastic. It's a great night.

    "It's all about points at this stage of the season. James McFadden needs time on the park and needs to be playing football. With performances like that he'll get that here."

  99. 2144: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Dens Park

    "Terrific fightback from the ten men of Dundee. It looked like they were destined for yet another defeat, one that would have summed up their season as they had been the better team for the first hour. St Johnstone rarely played to their potential, but will be extremely disappointed not to have won having led against ten men with just a couple of minutes left."

  100. 2146: 
    Hearts boss John McGlynn

    "We've lost players and had to sell players to get money in. I've been classing our last four games as "must win". Motherwell and St Johnstone at home coming up and an opportunity for us to collect six points..."

  101. 2150: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "Attacking-wise first half was very disappointing for us. Although, James Forrest was a stand out. But I was expecting to win the game and I'm bitterly disappointed. Our attacking play was insipid in the first half and marginally better in the second.

    "People keep coming to me wanting to play games but when Hooper comes on we open them up at will.

    "Another basic error has cost us..."

  102. 2155: 
    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon

    "You could see that our players were raring to go. I thought we controlled the game for long spells.

    "That's what Graham Carey's got in his locker and it was an exceptional strike."

  103. 2156: 
    Graham Carey scored a contender for goal of the season

    St Mirren's Graham Carey scored a contender for goal of the season in the 2-0 victory against Hearts.


    Edinburgh Tom: "1 point not of much use 2 Hibs, but a show of determination like that goes a long way."

  105. 2200: 
    Dundee boss John Brown

    "Since I've come in the spirit of the players have been fantastic. We battles and deserved appoint tonight."

  106. 2203: 

    "The angle is from the main stand but the ball looks over the line. You can tell from the reaction of the players that the ball had crossed. These wee things are very important to get right." Dundee Utd manager Jackie McNamara has a look at a video replay of Jon Daly's header at the Caledonian Stadium.

  107. 2205: 
    Kilmarnock FC

    "A difficult result to take tonight after leading twice and hitting the post twice but it is a good point away from home. Big game on Sunday!"

  108. 2207: 
    St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas follownig 2-2 draw with 10-man Dundee

    "We should've killed the game off either through either scoring or being more professional. All credit, thought, to Dundee. They had a real go tonight and we knew they would with a new manager.

    "But, in that position against 10 men, we should be seeing the game out."

  109. 2210: 

    "I thought it was a shocking challenge on Johnny Russell. The whistle had gone and I'm really angry about the challenge on him. He got a yellow card but I thought it could have been more." Jackie McNamara lets off some more steam about a late tackle from Inverness defender Josh Meekings...

  110. 2215: 

    So, Motherwell beat league leaders Celtic to leapfrog Inverness and move into second spot.

    Terry Butcher's men are held to a goalless draw at home to Dundee Utd.

    Hearts' woes continue: losing 2-0 at St Mirren with Graham Carey scoring a Gareth Bale-esque howitzer to light up the Paisley night sky.

    Ten-man Dundee fight back to grab a share of the spoils against St Johnstone in interim manager John Brown's first game in charge.

    And Leigh Griffiths fires a late, late equaliser to break Kilmarnock's hearts at Easter Road.

    As ever, thanks for your company, texts and tweets. We're back tomorrow for Lord Nimmo Smith's ruling on Rangers...

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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 29 45 62
2 Motherwell 28 6 43
3 Inverness CT 28 7 42
4 Ross County 28 2 41
5 St Johnstone 29 1 41
6 Hibernian 29 0 39
7 Kilmarnock 29 6 38
8 Dundee Utd 29 -5 38
9 Aberdeen 29 -3 37
10 St Mirren 28 -10 32
11 Hearts 28 -12 30
12 Dundee 28 -37 15