Scottish football as it happened

Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibs enjoy wins following victories earlier in the day for Celtic and St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

29 December 2013 Last updated at 11:58 GMT

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  1. 1200: 

    Have you polished off the last selection box? Does the thought of another tube of Pringles fill you with horror? Are you recoiling at the prospect of going back to work? Fear not amid the festive frenzy, as the Scottish Premiership bandwagon lumbers on...

  2. 1201: 

    We've got a full card this afternoon, boasting six games.

    John "Yogi" Hughes's Inverness CT host league leaders Celtic in the early kick off at the Caledonian Stadium.

  3. 1202: 

    Then we have a further five games for your delectation.

    St Johnstone v Dundee Utd (14:00)

    Aberdeen v Ross County (15:00)

    Hibs v Kilamrnock (15:00)

    Partick v Motherwell (15:00)

    St Mirren v Hearts (15:00)

  4. 1203: 

    Inverness last secured a league win at home to Celtic in May 2011. Shane Sutherland's winner in the 3-2 victory dealt a fatal blow to Celtic's title aspirations that season.

    Since then, Celtic have won three league games and one Scottish Cup tie at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Neil Lennon's men are 11 points clear at the top of the table and 12 ahead of Yogi's men.

  5. 1204: 

    Two questions for you today. What's your favourite Scottish football moment of 2013? And which club/stadium sells the tastiest pie?

    Text 80295 or send a tweet to me @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot

  6. 1205: 

    Inverness CT: Brill, Shinnie, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco, Watkins, Ross Draper, Williams, Doran, Ross, McKay. Subs: Esson, Raven, Devine, Polworth, Pepper, Agdestein, Christie.

    Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Samaras, Commons, Stokes. Subs: Biton, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Zaluska, O'Connell, Atajic.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

  7. 1207: 

    Inverness are unchanged from the side that fought out a goalless draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Boxing Day.

    Celtic make one change: James Forrest comes in for the absent Darnell Fisher with Adam Matthews moving to right back.

  8. 1208: 
    Inverness CT boss John Hughes
    Inverness CT boss John Hughes

    "We know how good Celtic are but this is all about us. We're at home so we'll need to go and have a go but we will need to defend better than we did here against Aberdeen."

  9. 1210: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "This game rarely lets us down..."

  10. 1211: 
    Neil Lennon on Zlatan Ibrahimovic link
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "He'd have to play well to get into our team! I don't know how true the story is but it would be wonderful to bring a player of his quality to the club, although I think that might be some way off.

    "We've never had it easy here in my time as a player or a manager and hopefully our extra bit of quality comes through. There's always been goals in these games and I'm expecting that again."


    SPLstats: "St Mirren have won their last 2 home games against Hearts. They haven't managed 3 in a row since Aug 1960-Aug 1961."

  12. 1214: 

    Motherwell's last visit to Firhill was more than 10 years ago and ended in a 1-0 win for Partick Thistle. What chance of a repeat today?

    Remote, it would seem, since the Jags are yet to register a home success since they returned to the top flight and a run of three victories has lifted the visitors into second place in the Premiership.

  13. 1216: 

    After a promising start to the season, Partick Thistle have been sliding down the table, without a win in seven matches. Inverness left Maryhill with a point on Boxing Day, with the home team missing three gilt-edged chances from close range.

    Motherwell FCGET INVOLVED

    "Motherwell FC remembers our captain, Phil O'Donnell, who sadly and so tragically passed away six years ago today."

  15. 1220: 

    Aberdeen have never beaten Ross County in the top flight, with the Staggies winning three of the four past meetings, including a 1-0 success in Dingwall in October...


    Lachlan Jones, Moray: "I'm a Ross County supporter so, the up of the year was beating Caley Thistle 1-0 on the last day of the season which stopped them going to Europe and the down is losing 3-1 at home to New boys Partick."

    Jai in Blair: "The goal that most rankles me is the one that Gazza scored against Scotland after Gary Mac missed the pen at Euro 96."

  17. 1229: 

    Glorious sunshine in the Highlands as John Hughes and Neil Lennon exchange handshakes and a few warm words before taking their place in the dugouts.

  18. 1230: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Although we love the sun we may soon be cursing it as it's low and could be in our eyes..."

  19. 1231: 

    We're under way in the Highlands...

  20. 1234: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic (Commons)

    Celtic break the deadlock as they slice through the Inverness defence with their first attack. Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons exchange a one two before the latter fires a low shot through the legs of goalkeeper Dean Brill.

  21. 1236: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Commons, with a good one two there, and drilled it home. Celtic got an early goal against St Johnstone but didn't kick on. Inverness will punish them if they do the same today."

  22. 1238: 

    Inverness CT striker Billy McKay pressurises Celtic's central defenders Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk. Ambrose looks to have the danger under control before doing a nervous soft-shoe shuffle to concede a corner. The hosts, though, fail to profit from the set piece.

    Commons fires Celtic in front
    Kris Commons fires home the opener for Celtic

    Kris Commons played a neat one two with Georgios Samaras before firing home the opener against Inverness, his 15 goal of the season.

  24. 1241: 

    Inverness, stunned by that early Kris Commons strike, threaten through Aaron Doran as Fraser Forster is forced to gather a low, rasping drive.

    "Much better from Inverness," purrs BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson.

  25. 1244: 

    Celtic fail to capitalise on some sluggish Inverness defending as James Forrest takes possession from a short corner but his cross sails out of play for a goal kick.

    You wouldn't bet against another goal or two in this first half...


    Isaac Callan: "Sadly, Hibs' only home win this season was my highlight. Jeez, typing that was depressing..."


    Willie: "Donald Ford's late goal against Motherwell in the Texaco Cup in the early 70's still hurts. I cry myself to sleep thinking about that goal."

  28. 1249: 

    Virgil van Dijk causes fear and alarm in Inverness ranks as he strides forward with some intent. But the Dutchman, who scored a cracker against St Johnstone on Boxing Day with a similar charge, is thwarted by John Hughes's men on this occasion.

  29. 1251: 

    Inverness's white-hot striker Billy McKay has been feeding on scraps in the opening 20 minutes. He possesses the weapons to hurt Celtic but his team-mates have failed to create anything of note for him...


    Tom Watson: "Top tip 4 turkey leftovers: put on a sheet of tin foil along with any leftover veg, wrap into a parcel and place in the bin."

    And then crack open an industrial-sized big bar of Turkish Delight?

  31. 1257: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson mentioned earlier about Celtic failing to capitalise on a promising start in the Boxing Day victory at St Johnstone.

    Celtic goalscorer Kris Commons

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon is roaring at his troops in search of a second goal as the visitors appear a little flat after Commons's early strike.

  32. 1302: 

    Celtic flicker into life once again and Emilio Izaguirre whips in a sumptuous cross that Ross Draper manages to get his head on. However, the ball breaks to Anthony Stokes and the Irishman drags his shot wide of the target. What a chance!

  33. 1304: 

    Inverness spurn a superb chance to equalise as Billy McKay heads a Nick Ross cross straight into the arms of the giant Fraser Forster. Celtic's defence looking far from secure, but the visitors still lead 1-0 courtesy of Kris Commons's early strike.


    Andrew Priestley: "Inverness are missing Richie Foran. With so many games around Christmas/New Year, it's a bad time to be injured."

  35. 1307: 

    Georgios Samaras earns the first booking of the game with a late sliding challenge on Ross Draper. Yellow for the galloping Greek.

  36. 1310: 

    James Forrest gets a rare chance to press Inverness down the flank but the flying speedster is crowded out by a sea of blue jerseys. "Inverness won't want to concede a second goal before the break," says BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean.

  37. 1313: 

    Joe Ledley and Kris Commons trade passes before Scott Brown speeds forward to feed Emilio Izaguirre. The left back's cross is well gathered by Inverness keeper Dean Brill and both sides are seeing promising attacks fizzle out in the final third.

  38. 1314: 

    Graeme Shinnie tests Fraser Forster with a rasping drive and the England keeper is forced into a smart save as he parries the ball clear. Encouragement for the hosts as we head for half-time in the Highlands.

  39. 1316: 
    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic

    Despite Kris Commons firing Celtic in front early on, it's been nip and tuck at the Caledonian Stadium at the break. Inverness grew in confidence as the half progressed and you suspect there's more goals in this one...


    St Johnstone: Mannus Miller Easton Davidson Anderson Wright Wotherspoon McDonald May Cregg Edwards. Subs: Scobbie, Hasselbaink, Banks, Brown, Croft, Jahic, Fallon

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Wilson, Robertson, Gomis, Butcher, Dillon, Erskine, Paton, Graham, Goodwillie, Dow. Subs: Rankin, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Souttar, Ciftci, McCallum, Connolly.

    Referee: Stephen Finnie

  41. 1334: 

    We're back under way at the Caledonian Stadium...

  42. 1336: 

    Inverness start the second half the way they finished the first: on the offensive. Again it's Graeme Shinnie who tests Fraser Forster with a low shot that the keeper does well to tip round the post for a corner. Ross Draper can't direct his header on goal from the subsequent set piece.

  43. 1339: 

    Kris Commons earns a booking for clipping Inverness midfielder Danny Williams and the visitors appear to have lost some of their early initiative. Inverness look the hungrier side at the moment.

  44. 1341: 
    Highland Clearances
    Inverness v Celtic

    Inverness, after conceding that early goal, grew in confidence as they repelled Celtic's attacks before threatening themselves as the game progressed.

  45. 1342: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Inverness have had more efforts on goal but, unfortunately for them, they're still behind."

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland

    "Jackie McNamara going for a team reboot. Or is he resting the main men for the match with Aberdeen?"


    Andrew Priestley: "The SPL is crazy. (Apart from the title procession). Motherwell are in 2nd position with a -2 goal difference."

  48. 1347: 

    Celtic shake themselves from their lethargy and almost carve out a second goal with their first genuine attempt in the second half. Anthony Stokes whips in a dangerous ball and Kris Commons gets in behind the Inverness defence but his effort drifts wide.

  49. 1348: 

    Anthony Stokes, drifting in from the left flank, screws a shot well wide of goal. "the wonder goal or the one off his backside is what he requires at the moment," is the succinct assessment of BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson.

  50. 1350: 

    Kris Commons is denied by the crossbar as his dink over the back-tracking Dean Brill grazes the bar and bounces over for a goal kick. Commons had been brilliantly found by Adam Matthews following good work by James Forrest. The visitors are beginning to motor...

  51. 1352: 

    Georgios Samaras speed forward towards the Inverness penalty area but his progress is halted by Danny Williams and the Inverness midfielder earns a yellow card for his troubles.

  52. 1353: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Roberston

    "If Samaras is in the mood and wants to play, then he can be unstoppable. But he looks disinterested today. You want a lot more from him..."

  53. 1355: 

    Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill prevents Kris Commons from nabbing his and Celtic's second of the afternoon. Brill displays Ninja-like reflexes to deny the midfielder when he looked certain to find the net. Great save!


    Board67: "Lennon will play the same underperforming XI every week then whinge about the number of games they have to play #bbcsportscot"

  55. 1359: 

    Celtic continue to threaten a second goal but Inverness midfielder Ross Draper is alive to the latest danger into the box and performs an acrobatic clearance to thwart the visitors.

  56. 1400: 
    KICK-OFF- St Johnstone v Dundee United

    We're under way at McDiarmid Park.

  57. 1403: 

    Anthony Stokes is fouled on the edge of the area, a big chance for the visitors to double their lead...

    But Kris Commons sees his effort come back off the Inverness wall.

  58. 1405: 

    Gary Warren's looping header is tipped over the bar by Celtic keeper Fraser Forster as Inverness continue to toil away in search of an equaliser. John Hughes's men have about 10 minutes remaining in which to do so.

  59. 1408: 

    Neil Lennon shuffles his Celtic pack as Teemu Pukki comes on to replace James Forrest.

  60. 1410: 

    With seven minutes plus added time remaining, both sides continue to plug away in search of an equaliser or second goal. It's got at little scrappy in the closing stages.

  61. 1415: 

    It remains goalless after 15 minutes at McDiarmid Park where St Johnstone and Dundee United are slugging it out to work off their excess turkey dinners.

  62. 1417: 

    Anthony Stokes pickpockets the Inverness defence and his cutback finds Scott Brown but the Celtic skipper sends his shot straight at keeper Dean Brill.

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at McDiarmid Park

    "Big United support here, both ends filled, but Saints having the best of it so far. 0-0 after 19 minutes."

  64. 1420: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee Utd (May pen)

    St Johnstone take the lead from the penalty spot after Calum Butcher fouls Stevie May in the box. The striker shows superb composure to fire home beyond Radoslaw Cierzniak. Butcher receives his marching orders. Ouch!

  65. 1421: 
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic make it 18 games unbeaten and seven consecutive wins as Neil Lennon's men secure a hard-fought if unconvincing victory in the Highlands.

    In stoppage time, Ross Draper's downward header across the face of the Celtic goal was nodded wide by substitute Ryan Christie, who was flagged offside in any event.

  66. 1422: 

    Partick Thistle: Fox, O'Donnell, Taylor-Sinclair, Balatoni, Craigen, Bannigan, Doolan, Lawless, Piccolo, Elliott, Higginbotham. Subs: P Gallacher, Muirhead, Forbes, Baird, Kerr, Wilson, L Gallacher.

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Hammell, Ramsden, McManus, McFadden, Lasley, Francis-Angol, Carswell, Vigurs, Anier, Ainsworth. Subs: Nielsen, Lawson, Sutton, Cummins, McHugh, Moore, Murray.


    Paul Anthony Cassidy: "Garbage game. 4hrs north to see Forster hoofing it up the pitch all afternoon and Stokes can't hit a barn door."

  68. 1424: 

    Hibs: Williams, Forster, Nelson, Hanlon, McGivern, Cairney, Robertson, Craig, Stevenson, Cummings, Collins. Subs: Murdoch, Jones, Maybury, Handling, Stanton, Zoubir, Caldwell.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Tesselaar, Pascali, Ashcroft, Clohessy, Irvine, Slater, McKenzie, Johnston, Gardyne, Boyd. Subs: Nicholson, Clingan, Gros, Reguero, Winchester, McKeown, Muirhead.

  69. 1425: 

    Following the dismissal of Calum Butcher, Dundee Utd manager Jackie McNamara re-jigs his line-up by removing striker David Goodwillie and sending on defender John Souttar.

  70. 1427: 

    At McDiarmid Park, Saints midfielder Murray Davidson continues the pressure on the United goal by drawing a save from Radoslaw Cierzniak. It's one-way traffic, according to BBC Scotland reporter Jim Spence.


    Dougie Kinnear: "En-route to Pittodrie. Here's hoping we get goals today. Didn't look like we could score v Well if we were still playing now!"

  72. 1428: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Hector, Reynolds, Low, Pawlett, Flood, Jack, Hayes, Vernon, McGinn. Subs: Anderson, Smith, Robson, Wylde, Weaver, Magennis, Shankland.

    Ross County: Fraser, Saunders, Boyd, McLean, Gordon, Brittain, Cooper, Kettlewell, Klok, Carey, Mustafi. Subs: Brown, Micic, Quinn, De Leeuw, Maatsen, Glen, Luckassen.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  73. 1430: 

    St Mirren: Kello, Naismith, McAusland, McGregor, Grainger, Newton, Goodwin, McGinn, Kelly, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: van Zanten, Mair, Harkins, Reilly, Brady, Dilo, Cuddihy.

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGowan, McKay, Wilson, McHattie, Hamill, Robinson, Tapping, Paterson, Walker, Stevenson. Subs: Smith, Carrick, Billy King, Hamilton, Adam King, Nicholson, McGhee.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  74. 1431: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at McDiarmid Park

    "Without wishing to make excuses for the team, United have made eight changes. Five of them are on the bench. St Johnstone have grabbed the midfield by the scruff of the neck. So far they have been absolutely terrific."

    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter RoadGET INVOLVED

    "Flags at half mast today at Easter Road in memory of Hibs youth player David Paul who died last Sunday. Hibs players wearing tee-shirts in the warm up with David's photo on the front. A minute's silence ahead of today's match v Killie#bbcsportscot"

  76. 1437: 

    Dundee United full-back Mark Wilson reminds St Johnstone they are in a game by fizzing a free-kick inches wide of Alan Mannus's goal.

  77. 1440: 
    Inverness CT boss John Hughes

    " Celtic knew they were in a game today, that's for sure. It gives us plenty to work on. Even when you feel you're on top against Celtic they can threaten. It was nice to see the boys disciplined in their shape and we worked their keeper a few times."

  78. 1442: 

    Saints are forced to make a change two minutes before half-time, with Brian Easton replaced by Tam Scobbie.

  79. 1445: 

    Hearts welcome back Ryan Stevenson this afternoon. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since early December with a hamstring injury but is back in Gary Locke's line-up against St Mirren.

  80. 1448: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Dundee United
  81. 1450: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "The pitch played a huge part - it was very heavy and lumpy. I thought we could have done better in the final third with our decision-making but it's our sixth clean sheet in a row. Away from home, you need to grind out results at times."


    Shaun Thorpe: "Happy with the county team. Klok in for Quinn is a good shout, Quinn's form has dropped off. 2-1 win for County."

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at McDiarmid ParkGET INVOLVED

    "Attendance at St Johnstone v Utd is 7,231."


    Anonymous: "If Neil Lennon thinks Inverness raised their game today, he's on another planet!"

  85. 1500: 

    A minute's silence is held at Easter Road to mark the passing of Hibs youth player David Paul, who died in his sleep on 22 December.

  86. 1501: 

    Getting under way across the country in our 3pm kick offs and set for the second half from McDiarmid Park...

  87. 1502: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-0 Heats (Thompson)

    Ideal start for St Mirren as Hearts fail to clear a Danny Grainger corner and eventually Steven Thompson sticks out a long leg to direct the ball past Jamie MacDonald. Things don't get any easier for Gary Locke's beleaguered side.

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Fresh from their tremendous 4-1 victory over Dundee United on Thursday, St Mirren face a very different challenge in the shape of bottom-of-the-league Hearts, who can't get a win from anywhere right now. The weight of expectation is all on the home side today, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with that. Danny Lennon said he had no qualms about selecting his captain Jim Goodwin for the match, despite the controversy surrounding him in that United game."

  89. 1504: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-0 Ross County (Low)

    Nicky Low, making his first start of the season, confidently steps up and fires in a free-kick to put the Dons ahead.

  90. 1506: 

    Kallum Higginbotham, who was on loan at Motherwell last season, has been lively down the left flank for Partick Thistle in the opening minutes.

  91. 1508: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-0 St Mirren (Lawless)

    A lovely move from Partick Thistle sees Stuart Bannigan, Kris Doolan and Christie Elliott combine to set up Steven Lawless, who finds the bottom corner of the net with a low drive from 12 yards.

  92. 1509: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Nearly a second for St Mirren as Thompson powers down the right before slipping in Jason Naismith, but his shot from a tight angle is well pushed away by MacDonald."

  93. 1512: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee Utd (May)

    St Johstone make their numerical advantage pay against 10-man Dundee Utd as Stevie May smacks home an angled shot for his 14th goal of the season.

  94. 1514: 
    GOAL- Hibs 1-0 Kilmarnock (Hanlon)

    Paul Hanlon rises to meet a corner kick and nods the Easter Road side in front against the Ayrshiremen.

  95. 1515: 
    PENALTY- Aberdeen have a penalty...
  96. 1516: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Aberdeen miss penalty

    Striker Scott Vernon sees his penalty saved by Ross County keeper Michael Fraser after Peter Pawlett was fouled in the box.

  97. 1517: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-1 Motherwell (Lasley)

    Motherwell's James McFadden jinks past a couple of opponents on the edge of the penalty area before slipping a pass to Keith Lasley who slips an angled strike past Scott Fox to level at Firhill.

  98. 1518: 

    That goal for Terry Butcher's Hibs had been coming. Moments earlier they had threatened Craig Samson's goal when Lewis Stevenson's cross was narrowly missed by striker James Collins in the penalty box.


    Robbie Devenney: "I can't wait for the day when I see someone other than a defender score for Hibs!"


    Andrew Priestley: "Why didn't Niall McGinn hit that penalty for Aberdeen? He's been so dependable so far this season, he should be the go-to-man."

  101. 1522: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-2 Motherwell (Francis-Angol)

    Motherwell are ahead at Firhill as Zaine Francis-Angol cuts in from the left to squeeze a low shot in that beats Scott Fox at his near post. What a goal!

  102. 1524: 

    At Easter Road, Lewis Stevenson puts further pressure on the Killie goal but on this occasion keeper Craig Samson is equal to the danger.

  103. 1525: 

    The Dons have their fifth corner of the game already as the one-way traffic continues at Pittodrie. Scott Vernon's goalbound shot is charged down, before a dangerous ball is fired across the six-yard box but no-one in red can direct it home.

  104. 1526: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Jamie Walker fizzes a shot just wide of Marian Kello's left upright as Hearts begin to make a game of it here."

  105. 1526: 

    Scott Vernon goes close again, turning Scott Boyd and flashing a left-foot shot just wide. Aberdeen are well on top at Pittodrie.

  106. 1523: 
    Hibs' mark of respect
    Hibs players marked the death of academy player David Paul by wearing special T-shirts ahead of their game against Kilmarnock at Easter Road

    Hibs players marked the death of academy player David Paul by wearing special T-shirts ahead of their game against Kilmarnock at Easter Road.

  107. 1526: 

    James Collins blows the chance to double Hibs' advantage as he miss-kicks with the goal at his mercy after his team had hit the crossbar. Will Hibs be made to pay for these misses?

    May On Form
    Stevie May celebrates one of his two goals against Dundee Utd

    St Johnstone striker Stevie May has netted twice against 10-man Dundee United at McDiarmid Park.


    Dougie Kinnear: "Composed on the ball and looking dangerous every time we take the ball forward! What a difference a few days make! #COYR"

  110. 1533: 

    Kris Doolan takes aim for the far top corner from 25 yards and the Partick Thistle striker's curling effort is not too far away.

    Dons ahead at Pittodrie
    Nicky Low fired Aberdeen in front

    Nicky Low fired Aberdeen in front with a superb free-kick at Pittodrie.

  112. 1535: 

    While Hibs have had half a dozen goalscoring chances, the pickings have been slim for the visitors to Easter Road. Kris Boyd looks to add to his amazing goal tally in Scotland's top flight but is denied by home keeper Ben Williams.

  113. 1536: 

    Partick goalscorer Steven Lawless charges towards goal and is brought down by Simon Ramsden just inches from the penalty box. Substitute Ross Forbes lines up the free kick but cannot get it past the defensive wall.

  114. 1537: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-3 Motherwell (McFadden)

    A touch of class from James McFadden as he profits from a slip by defender Gabriel Piccolo to lift the ball over keeper Scott Fox and into the net from near the penalty spot.

  115. 1538: 

    Paul Cairney hits the Easter Road turf and the home fans demand a spot kick, but referee Willie Collum waves play on...

  116. 1543: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 3-0 Dundee Utd (May)

    Stevie May slots home from six yards to seal his hat-trick against the Terrors whose fans head for the exits at McDiarmid Park.

  117. 1544: 

    James Craigen's face crumples in anguish as he gets his head on a Steven Lawless cross only to nod over the top from eight yards. Partick Thistle could do with a goal before half time.

  118. 1546: 

    Every time Ross County get on the ball, they're either giving it away or being forced backwards by the home side. The penalty save apart there's been little to cheer for the travelling support.

  119. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Partick 1-3 Motherwell

    Motherwell respond impressively to falling behind to Lawless's strike, with goals from Lasley, Francis-Angol and McFadden to lead at the break.

  120. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 1-0 Ross County

    Nicky Low's free-kick separates the sides at Pittodrie but Aberdeen could've been further ahead; Michael Fraser saving Scott Vernon's penalty after Peter Pawlett was sent tumbling in the box.

  121. 1549: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren ParkHALF-TIME- St Mirren 1-0 Hearts

    "Steven Thompson's second-minute goal is the difference between the sides at the break. After a lively opening, the game rather tailed off and the only save of the match has come from Jamie MacDonald as he pushed Jason Naismith's drive away to safety."

  122. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 1-0 Kilmarnock

    Terry Butcher's men lead at the break, courtesy of Paul Henlon's header at Easter Road.

  123. 1550: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 3-0 Dundee Utd

    Stevie May fires a hat-trick as 10-man Dundee United are blown away in Perth.


    Andrew Priestley: "Stevie May has been on-form today! Dundee United have had an awful couple of days. First a 1-4 defeat, now it's a 0-3 loss."

  125. 1600: 

    Here we go for the second 45 across the country.

  126. 1602: 

    This is more like the James McFadden of old as the Motherwell midfielder dips in an ambitious shot that Scott Fox does well to tip over.

  127. 1605: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-1 Hearts (Hamill)

    Hearts are level and it's a wonder strike from Jamie Hamill that thunders past Marian Kello in the St Mirren goal before he can move. What a goal, what a goal!

  128. 1607: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Amazing start to the second half. Poor defending by St Mirren as they fail to clear a straight-forward ball and when it falls to Jamie Hamill just outside the penalty area, he fairly rattles it into the top corner. Unstoppable!"

  129. 1608: 

    At Easter Road, Lewis Stevenson's right foot shot is beaten away by Craig Samson - the Hibs man could have "scored three or four today", gushes BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston.

  130. 1610: 

    Ross Forbes emulates McFadden with a lovely dipping strike from 30 yards and, again, the keeper is up to it, with Dan Twardzik pushing the ball over.

  131. 1612: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-4 Motherwell (Ainsworth)

    Keith Lasley intercepts a loose pass from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair to drive forward and slip in Lionel Ainsworth, who slides home a composed finish. Motherwell are running riot at Firhill!

  132. 1613: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Huge claim for a penalty for St Mirren as Jim Goodwin's shot comes off the arm of Kevin McHattie. His arm was certainly outstretched, though he was close to Goodwin. Tough one to call and the referee Kevin Clancy errs on the side of caution. Moments later Steven Thompson slides the ball past the post when he really should hit the target and at the other end Ryan Stevenson volleys into Marian Kello's arms from 10 yards."

  133. 1615: 

    Should probably be 2-0 to Aberdeen. Niall McGinn is inches away from connecting with Michael Hector's ball across goal. A slight touch was all that was needed to nudge it over the line. It remains 1-0 to the Dons at Pittodrie.

  134. 1617: 

    Lewis Stevenson cracks a shot just wide of the target from 18 yards as Hibs try to score a second to make the points more secure than their 1-0 lead over Kilmarnock represents.

  135. 1620: 
    GOAL- Partick 1-5 Motherwell (Sutton)

    More calamitous defending from Partick Thistle as Gabriel Piccolo simply lets a high ball bounce off him and into the path of substitute John Sutton, who slams a shot beyond Scott Fox from 16 yards.

  136. 1624: 

    Jordon Forster's cross is knocked away from his goal-line by Killie keeper Craig Samson but there is no-one there for Hibs for the follow-up. Hibs still lead 1-0 at Easter Road.

  137. 1625: 

    Aberdeen step it up again, and it's defenders Michael Hector and Joe Shaughnessy causing all the problems with dangerous runs into the box. Niall McGinn goes closest but he can't get his shot on target.

  138. 1627: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Hearts are in the ascendancy and Jamie Walker's low drive is only a foot the wrong side of the diving Marian Kello's right-hand post."

    Heart-warming stuff in Paisley
    Jamie Hamill

    Jamie Hamill gave the Hearts fans something to cheer with a cracking equaliser from distance against St Mirren.


    Anonymous: "Did Jim Spence ask Jackie McNamara why he made eight changes to a team which has won seven of our last eight games? Disgraceful decisions and let down a fantastic travelling support."

  141. 1634: 
    GOAL- Hibs 2-0 Kilmarnock (Cairney)

    Paul Cairney curls home his first goal of the season to make sure of the points against Killie.

  142. 1635: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Steven Thompson passes up another good chance, heading over from Conor Newton's cross. Is there a winner in the last 15 minutes of this match?"

  143. 1637: 

    As it stands, Motherwell, Hibs and Aberdeen are all heading for three points in their respective games. St Mirren and Hearts are tied at 1-1.

  144. 1639: 

    It's just not Partick Thistle's day as Kris Doolan latches on to a poor pass-back from Simon Ramsden to poke the ball past Dan Twardzik but the keeper does really well to get back to his feet and make a sliding tackle right in front of his empty net.


    Dougie Kinnear: "Some of the fire and composure has disappeared along with the feeling in my toes! We need to kill this game off! #COYR"


    Funkibazi: "Seem like United are counting down the days to New Year in 4.....3......"

  147. 1645: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Conor Newton and St Mirren substitute Gary Harkins both go close but Hearts stand firm."

  148. 1647: 

    Despite Aberdeen dominating posession they haven't had much on target in the second half. Substitute Cammy Smith fires a fierce effort at Michael Fraser.

  149. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Partick 1-5 Motherwell

    Motherwell's five-star display ensures the Steelmen will be second in the Premiership going into the New Year...

  150. 1649: 
    GOAL- Hibs 3-0 Kilmarnock (Stevenson)

    Hibs add a late third goal and it's a first of the season for Lewis Stevenson.

  151. 1650: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibs 3-0 Kilmarnock
  152. 1651: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 1-1 Hearts
  153. 1652: 

    The Dons still can't put this game to bed. Josh Magennis bursts clear, then tries to find Niall McGinn in the middle, but he hits the ball behind the striker and County are able to get it clear!

  154. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-0 Ross County

    Tom Watson: "I could get used to this. #ggtth"

    Robbie Devenney: "Lewis Stevenson now goals to games ratio is now 1 in every 100 games #bbcsportscot"

  156. 1700: 
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "We started really well and I hope our performance isn't devalued by (Calum Butcher's) sending off. I hope we get the plaudits we deserve for a complete performance.

    "Stevie May hadn't scored for a few weeks but he's a great player who's had some bad luck recently. I know how tough it is to win games in this league."

  157. 1701: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "St Johnstone will be looking to go on a wee run now and win four or five games..."


    Alex: "When will the highlights be shown on BBC and available online? Thanks."

    Inverness CT v Celtic and St Johnstone v Dundee Utd will be available online at midnight, the rest of the Premiership matches will appear tomorrow.


    Isaac Callan: "New highlight for 2013: First goal in donkeys years for Lewis Stevenson #oneofourown"

    Andrew Priestley: "Terrible day for Dundee United and Inverness. Not only did they both lose, but they lost ground to Motherwell and Aberdeen. #bbcsportscot"

  160. 1710: 
    Dundee Utd boss Jackie McNamara on eight changes
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "The sending off made it hard for us and we tried to regroup after that. We had a chance to make it 1-1 before they scored their second.

    "Injuries were behind it. A few of the boys were carrying knocks but I took a gamble by putting (Gary) Mackay-Steven and (Stuart) Armstrong on the bench after they passed a fitness test this morning.

    "(Ryan) Gauld is out with a groin problem, Gavin Gunning is struggling with his knee and Keith Watson is obviously suspended after being sent off in the last game. So a lot of it was forced.

    "The only one that wasn't forced was leaving out John Rankin for (Morgaro) Gomis. John has played a lot of games

    "I can't fault the lads for effort but there were a lot of things I wasn't happy about."

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "In the end, we could've had more. It was a really open game today and I'm delighted. Faddy was terrific today and that will give him a great boost.

    "They all played their part and second half we really defended well. All round, a really good performance. It's nice to have our goal difference in the positive - I think we're plus two now."

  162. 1730: 

    Earlier today, Kris Commons fired the only goal of the game as Celtic beat Inverness CT to make it 18 games unbeaten and seven consecutive victories.

    Stevie May fired a hat-trick as St Johnstone dismantled 10-man Dundee United as Utd boss Jackie McNamara defended his eight changes for the clash at McDiarmid Park.

  163. 1731: 

    Motherwell thumped Partick Thistle 5-1 to ensure they'd be in second spot heading into the New Year, while Hibs ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at home to Kilmarnock.

    Nicky Low scored the only goal of the game to seal Aberdeen's victory against Ross County.

    And in Paisley, Jamie Hamill scored a screamer to ensure Hearts earned a point against St Mirren.

  164. 1733: 

    We'll have highlights of all the Premiership games by tomorrow, with more than a few cracking goals well worth seeing.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back on Wednesday for another batch of Premiership games, hope you can join us then.

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 29 Dec 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 18 28 48
No movement 2 Motherwell 19 2 37
Moving up 3 Aberdeen 19 11 35
Moving down 4 Inverness CT 18 10 33
Moving down 5 Dundee Utd 19 16 32
No movement 6 St Johnstone 18 7 25
No movement 7 Hibernian 19 -1 24
No movement 8 St Mirren 18 -9 20
No movement 9 Kilmarnock 19 -9 18
No movement 10 Partick Thistle 18 -17 15
No movement 11 Ross County 18 -18 11
No movement 12 Hearts 19 -20 -2