Scottish football as it happened

Partick Thistle ensure their Scottish Premiership safety with Kilmarnock and Hibs to battle to avoid relegation play-off spot.

7 May 2014 Last updated at 18:06 GMT

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  1. 1910: 

    It's time to show your mettle, deliver your best performance on the big stage and make your voice heard when it matters most.

    No, not the upcoming 59th Eurovision Song Contest, but the race to avoid the dreaded Scottish Premiership relegation play-offs.

  2. 1911: 

    Good evening and a warm welcome to our live text coverage of tonight's Scottish Premiership action.

    We have four games for your delectation, including the crunch, nerve-shredding, eye-watering, teeth-clenching encounter at Rugby Park for Kilmarnock v St Mirren.

    Other 19:45 BST kick-offs

    Hearts v Partick

    Motherwell v Inverness CT

    St Johnstone v Celtic

  3. 1912: 

    Throw in Championship and League One play-offs into Scottish football's tumble dryer and we have a veritable football feast.

    Championship play-offs, semi-final first leg

    Ayr United v Cowdenbeath

    Stranraer v Dunfermline

  4. 1913: 

    Ross County's victory over Hibs last night secured their Premiership safety but did little for Terry Butcher's nerves in the race to avoid the relegation play-offs.

    Hibs, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock are in the mix for the dubious pleasure of 11th spot in the penultimate round of Premiership games...

  5. 1914: 

    At the top of the table, victory for Celtic would keep alive their hopes of scoring 100 goals and accruing 100 points from the current campaign.

    A win for Motherwell at home to Inverness CT would keep alive Stuart McCall's men's hopes of nabbing second place ahead of high-flying Aberdeen.

    In short, it's all to play for...

  6. 1916: 
    Still all to play for in the Premiership...
    Premiership table

    Tonight's question, and we always have to pose a question, is: what's your earliest football memory? Is it attending a game? Kick about with your Dad? Your first strip?

    Text 80295 or tweet @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot

  8. 1920: 

    Goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska and forwards Teemu Pukki, Amido Balde and Derk Boerrigter all start for Celtic at McDiarmid Park tonight.

    Captain Scott Brown, Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes are on the bench...

  9. 1922: 

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Ashcroft, Maksimenko, Tesselaar, Pascali, Fowler, Irvine, Eremenko, McKenzie, Boyd. Subs: Nicholson, Clingan, Johnston, Gros, Reguero, Slater, Muirhead.

    St Mirren: Dilo, Naismith, McAusland, McGregor, Kelly, Newton, Goodwin, McGowan, McLean, McGinn, Thompson. Subs: van Zanten, Campbell, Magennis, Teale, Kello, Wylde, Djemba-Djemba.

    Referee: Alan Muir

  10. 1926: 
    Danny Lennon's future
    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon

    St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour has told BBC Scotland that they'll make a decision on the future of manager Danny Lennon within the next couple of days.

    The board will meet on Thursday with the manager's position one of the items under discussion.

    Gilmour says there has been no decision as yet - and has praised the club's performance during the last few weeks of the season.

  11. 1928: 
    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

    "We want to do it [ensure our Premiership safety] tonight. Pressure makes a difference and we want to go and enjoy our last game on Saturday if we can. When you see the way Hearts have played in the last four or five games with no pressure, it just shows you the difference it can make to a team.

    "We need to start really well and then relax and play football. We're desperate to stay in this league and there's such a prize at the end of it. We've got a good bunch of lads here and it would be great if we could do it {stay up] and build on it next year..."

  12. 1930: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Anderson, Wright, Clancy, Croft, Brown, Cregg, McDonald, O'Halloran, May. Subs: Millar, Wotherspoon, Hasselbaink, Dunne, Banks, Iwelumo, Gilchrist.

    Celtic: Zaluska, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Mulgrew, Matthews, Kayal, Johansen, Boerrigter, Balde, Pukki. Subs: Forster, Brown, Stokes, Commons, Mouyokolo, Griffiths, Henderson.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  13. 1932: 

    Motherwell: Hollis, Reid, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Ainsworth, Lasley, Vigurs, Francis-Angol, Sutton, McFadden. Subs: Nielsen, Erwin, Kerr, Moore, Murray, Anier, Leitch.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Warren, Tremarco, Shinnie, Watkins, Devine, Ross Draper, Tansey, McKay, Doran. Subs: Esson, Vincent, Ross, Williams, Polworth, Christie, Sutherland.

    Referee: William Collum

  14. 1934: 

    Hearts: Ridgers, Paterson, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie, King, Holt, Hamill, Robinson, Nicholson, Carrick. Subs: MacDonald, Walker, McKay, Smith, Oliver, McGhee, Beith.

    Partick: Paul Gallacher, McMillan, Mair, Balatoni, Sinclair, Elliot, Fraser, Bannigan, Higginbotham, Craigen, Taylor. Subs: Fox, Doolan, Lawless, Piccolo, Moncur, Erskine, Wilson.

    Referee: Crawford Allan


    Allan Wilson: "I predict 2-1 Killie tonight and then survival is about the game at Hibs."


    Ian, Gorgie: "Very strange game at Tynecastle this evening. All the Hibees will be praying for a Hearts win while 13,000 Jambos will not be too bothered if Partick leave with something. We live in interesting times."

  17. 1945: 

    Here we go!

  18. 1947: 

    St Johnstone have come flying out of the traps and are denied by the woodwork as Michael O'Halloran sees his low shot come back off the post.

  19. 1948: 
    PENALTY- Penalty for Motherwell
  20. 1949: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-0 Inverness CT (Sutton)

    Motherwell have designs on nabbing second spot from Aberdeen and they've given themselves the dream start by taking the lead within four minutes. John Sutton fires home his 22nd goal of the season from the spot after being tripped by Ross Draper.

  21. 1953: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Celtic (Clancy)

    Tommy Wright's men draw first blood in Perth as they're rewarded for an impressive start against the Premiership champions. Steven Anderson knocks down a corner and Tim Clancy reacts quickest to stab the ball home.


    Deke: "Well done to the mighty McCall, Europe secured again. 2nd place on the horizon."

  23. 1957: 

    Predatory striker Kris Boyd spurns a great chance to give under-pressure Kilmarnock the lead at home to St Mirren but sends an effort from about eight yards... Wide.

  24. 1958: 
    GOAL- Stranraer 1-0 Dunfermline (Grehan)
  25. 1959: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-0 Partick (Paterson)

    Gary Locke says he's content to keep Callum Paterson in defence for Hearts, despite his goalscoring exploits. And he's done it again, rifling the Jambos into the lead at home to Partick Thistle. That's Paterson's 11th of the season and a sore one for Thistle...

  26. 2000: 
    GOAL- Ayr 0 Cowdenbeath 1 (Stewart)
  27. 2001: 

    Celtic press St Johnstone on the counter attack, pressurising through Beram Kayal, but Saints remain strong and are well worth their early lead courtesy of a rare goal from Tim Clancy.

  28. 2002: 

    Heats, emboldened by that Callum Paterson goal, are flying at Tynecastle. Billy King is the latest Jambo to threaten as Thistle struggled to stem the maroon tide.

  29. 2004: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren (Boyd)

    What an important goal this could turn out to be. Alexei Eremenko whips in a superb ball and Kris Boyd makes no mistake this time as he fires Kilmarnock into the lead. As things stand, Partick Thistle are in 11th spot and the relegation play-off place...

  30. 2005: 
    BBC Scotland's Tom English

    "Listening to Stewart Gilmour pre-match, you'd have to have slight fears for Danny Lennon keeping his job at St Mirren. Board meeting 2morrow."


    Isaac Callan: "Good goal #Hearts, that's the attitude, keep us up. Now @saintmirrenfc do the same please... #bbcsportscot #bottomsixscrap"

  32. 2008: 

    Celtic find an opening as Teemu Pukki asks questions of Mannus with a long range effort, but the keeper palms away with confidence.

    BBC Scotland's Tom English at Rugby Park

    "Eremenko excellent for Killie. They could be three-up by now. Different side to the weaklings who went down in flames last Sunday..."

  34. 2010: 

    Good pace to the game at Fir Park and both sides have good chances within a minute. Iain Vigurs's free-kick almost catches out Dean Brill. The Inverness goalkeeper manages to get his fingers to it to direct it wide.

    At the other end, Aaron Doran gets a sight of goal and curls an effort just past the post.

  35. 2012: 

    St Mirren goalkeeper Chris Dillo spills a shot from Rory McKenzie, but gathers again before Kris Boyd can steal in for his second goal.

  36. 2015: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-1 Partick (Taylor)

    Relief for those of a Partick Thistle persuasion as Lyle Taylor equalises for Alan Archibald's men. Game on!

  37. 2016: 

    Good chance for Inverness but Carl Tremarco appears to put his own team-mate off, going up for the header alongside Billy McKay and just putting him off at the back post.

  38. 2017: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-0 Inverness CT (Warren O.G.)

    It's an own goal at Fir Park as Inverness shoot themselves in the foot for a second time. The corner is whipped in to the danger area, and Gary Warren meets it with a great diving header, but unfortunately he's facing his own goal.

  39. 2018: 
    GOAL- Stirling 2-0 Annan Athletic (Weatherston)
  40. 2019: 

    Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, hungry for more goals for the Ayrshire outfit, is felled inside the penalty box as he goes through on goal, but the flag goes up for offside in any case.

  41. 2020: 

    Celtic are playing some patient stuff, spraying the ball around with ease and making strides, but still yet to really trouble Mannus in the St Johnstone goal. The hosts still lead courtesy of Tim Clancy's early close-range strike.

  42. 2021: 
    GOAL- Stirling 3-0 Annan Athletic (Weatherston)

    Mehdi Lachhab: "In a season where Hibs should be laughing at the relegation of Hearts, they now rely on us to keep them up..."

    BBC Scotland's Tom English at Rugby ParkGET INVOLVED

    "Exciting game, this. Given it's still flogging with rain, it's decent stuff. Killie good value for their lead. St Mirren threatening though"


    Patrick: "As it stands, Hearts would be on 40pts and in 7th place if there wasn't the points deduction - must be favourites for next years Championship!"

  46. 2022: 

    A third goal looks on the way at Fir Park. Zaine Franis-Angol is being given the freedom of the park on the left hand side, and he was given all the time in the world to roll the ball along to Lionel Ainsworth who side-foots the ball off the bar.

  47. 2024: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-1 Partick (Wilson)

    The Jambos nudge their noses in front again as defender Danny Wilson gets on to Kevin McHattie's free-kick to nod beyond Paul Gallacher to make it 2-1.

  48. 2025: 
    GOAL- Ayr 0-2 Cowdenbeath (Stewart)
  49. 2026: 
    GOAL- Clyde 1-0 East Fife (Ferguson)
    BBC Scotland's Tom English

    "More than 14,000 at Tynecastle, I hear. Pretty damn impressive. All 14,000 wearing Thistle tops as well. Funny, that."

  51. 2029: 
    PENALTY- Penalty for St Johnstone
  52. 2030: 

    Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska saves Stevie May's penalty and Virgil van Dijk gets the ball clear. The penalty was awarded for Beram Kayal's clumsy challenge on Michael O'Halloran.

  53. 2031: 

    What a sitter! St Johnstone are pressing hard to double their lead before the break and, after doing a wee soft-shoe shuffle in front of goal, Michael O'Halloran balloons the ball over the bar.

  54. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Hearts 2-1 Partick
  55. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Celtic
  56. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren
  57. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 2-0 Inverness CT
  58. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Play-offs

    Ayr United 0-2 Cowdenbeath

    Stranraer 1-1 Dunfermline

    Clyde 1-0 East Fife

    Stirling 3-0 Annan Athletic

    Clancy takes his Chancey
    St Johnstone"s Tim Clancy celebrates scoring during the Scottish Premiership match at McDiarmid Park

    St Johnstone lead at home to the Premiership champions, courtesy of Tim Clancy's early strike.


    Anonymous: "We, ICT, look so easy to beat these days. We used to be treacherous to play against away from home."

    Anonymous: "John Hughes has ruined the second best team in the league in just a few short months. We know he is the medias darling because of his moronic sound bites but the majority of fans want him gone. When will he start being grilled by journalists?"

  61. 2045: 

    Here we go in the second half...

  62. 2049: 

    Partick Thistle celebration are cut short as they think they've equalised but Lyle Taylor's effort is chalked off for offside. "It was offside... just," according to BBC Sportsound's high-pitched warbler Allan Preston.

  63. 2051: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-2 Partick (Fraser)

    Gary Fraser with a stunning howitzer from distance draws Partick Thistle level at 2-2; Hibs are back down to 11th spot. This is unbelievable!


    Nathan Barley: "Gary Locke should be a contender for manager of the year..."

  65. 2053: 

    St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright clears for a corner after the galloping Charlie Mulgrew fizzes in a dangerous cross. The visitors can't profit from the set piece but they're building the pressure as they seek a way back into this game.

  66. 2055: 
    PENALTY- Penalty for Celtic
  67. 2056: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-1 Inverness CT (Shinnie)

    Inverness drag themselves back into the game at Fir Park. Graeme Shinnie doesn't get a great deal on his shot, but it takes a nick off a defender which spins it just wide of Lee Hollis' finger tips and into the net. Hope for John "Yogi" Hughes and his troops.

  68. 2056: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-1 Celtic (Commons)

    Celtic skipper Scott Brown is felled by Gary McDonald in the box and the visitors have a penalty. After what seems like an eternity - Kris Commons has trouble placing the ball on the spot, Diego Costa style at Stamford Bridge - Commons fires high into the net. It's all square in Perth.


    John Jones: "John Hughes has turned #ICTFC into a joke he needs to go before he ruins the club. One home win since 23 November..."

  70. 2101: 

    The goal has given Inverness the boost they needed, and both Billy McKay and Greg Tansey go close with efforts. All of a sudden Motherwell's dreams of second place are hanging in the balance again.

  71. 2102: 

    Gary Warren, who headed Motherwell's second goal, almost nods in a second for Inverness this time. Tansey's free-kick finds the defender who is inches away from finding the top corner.


    Decky McNaught, Jags fan, Merchant City: "This is so unbeatable; I've started stripping the tiles off the bathroom which I promised to do in. 'The new year' as my nerves are completely shot. This is torture!"

  73. 2106: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-3 Partick (Mair)

    Lee Mair nets for Partick Thistle, a goal that might just keep the Jags up. BBC Sportsound's Allan Preston in full When Harry Met Sally mode describing that one...

  74. 2108: 

    It's yet another good chance for Inverness. David Raven slips through Billy McKay who puts his shot just to the other side of the post.


    Donald MacLeod: "For any Hibees optimists (there may be 1 or 2) if scores stay the same tonight Hibs can still finish 7th :-)"

    Michael McDonald: "Butcher has won 1 of last 18. Is that a record low for Hibs? 2) If this was Fenlon, would he get off as lightly?"

  76. 2112: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-4 Partick (Higginbotham)

    Could that be the goal that ensures Partick Thistle's safety? Lyle Taylor's shot is parried by Mark Ridgers but Kallum Higginbotham is on hand to score Thistle's fourth.

    "We are staying up," sing the jubilant away fans inside Tynecastle.

  77. 2114: 
    GOAL- Stirling 3-1 Annan Athletic (Hopkirk')
  78. 2115: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-2 Celtic (Pukki)

    Celtic take the lead in Perth as Charlie Mulgrew's low cross is steered home by Teemu Pukki, the Finn wheeling away in delight to take the acclaim of the Celtic fans.

  79. 2119: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic (Van Dijk)

    Celtic extend their lead after Scott Brown slaloms past a couple of St Johnstone challenges and his low cut back finds Kris Commons, whose shot is blocked but Virgil van Dijk fires home superbly from the edge of the area.


    Grey: "6am in Brisbane Australia - Can't go to work till I know we're safe (Jags fan). #bbcsportscot"

    I think your boys are safe now Grey, you should be able to rest easy. By the way, does Lou Carpenter still drink in the Water Hole in Neighbours?

  81. 2122: 

    Gary Warren again heads just over the bar as he attempts to make up for his earlier own-goal, and hand Inverness what would be a deserved point on the balance of their second half play. It remains, though, 2-1.

  82. 2126: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 2-3 Celtic (Brown)

    Scott Brown sparks a St Johnstone survival with a clever finish from close range. Game on!

  83. 2127: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 3-3 Celtic (O'Halloran)

    Incredible! Michael O'Halloran takes advantage of sloth-like Celtic defending to stoop low inside the six-yard box and head home the equaliser; it's raining goals in Perth!

  84. 2128: 

    Nervous times for Kilmarnock as James Fowler is given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.


    Mark Adamson: "Hearts have played it perfectly tonight. Scored a couple so nobody suspects then let in 4 to send Hibs to 11th"


    Scott, Edinburgh: "As an Accies fan, the thought of playing a home and away against Hibs for Premiership status is sumptuous. I don't know how likely we'd be to beat them, surely Hibs have enough Premiership pedigree, history & status to stay up?"

    BBC Scotland's Tom English at Rugby Park

    "Tension. Knife. Cut. Re-arrange these words and you know what it is like at Rugby Park in the dying minutes."

  88. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren
  89. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 2-4 Partick
  90. 2135: 

    Inverness CT striker Billy McKay smacks a shot against the post and, agonisingly for the visitors, they can't profit.

  91. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 2-1 Inverness CT
  92. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 3-3 Celtic

    James Finnie: "We are staying up, say we are staying up!!!"

    Lloyd Evans: "Why did I feel like that was going to happen?"

  94. 2140: 
    Premiership table ahead of final game of season
    Premiership table
  95. 2141: 
    Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

    "The crowd got right behind the players and it makes a massive difference. There was passion and desire that was lacking in the Hearts game. It was a really good performance and it would've been really harsh if we hadn't got three points. You can see what it means to the players and the fans."

    Play-off results; semi-final first legs

    Ayr United 1-2 Cowdenbeath

    Stranraer 2-1 Dunfermline

    Clyde 1-0 East Fife

    Stirling 3-1 Annan

  97. 2145: 

    Hibernian need to win their final league game of the season to avoid the Premiership relegation play-off. Their opponents at Easter Road on Saturday? Kilmarnock...

  98. 2146: 

    Michael O'Halloran's late equaliser for St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park means Celtic can't hit the 100-point mark for the season. However, Neil Lennon's side can hit 100 goals, should they score against Dundee United on Sunday.

  99. 2147: 

    Motherwell's 2-1 win at home to Inverness CT means they retain hopes of securing second place in the Premiership ahead of Aberdeen. Stuart McCall takes his side to Pittodrie on Sunday in the final league game of what's proved a fascinating season...


    Michael Nelson: "Can't wait for Aberdeen vs Motherwell. Massive game for that prestigious 2nd Spot. I'm calling a full house!"


    Mikey: "Can I just ask how Hearts can go from battering 5 goals past Killie with a clean sheet to conceding 4 and losing to Partick Thistle? Strange eh? Oh, and it's good to see Mark Ridgers getting a start in such an important game especially with Jamie McDonald being Hearts best player all season."

    Mike Smith: "Huge weekend ahead. Aberdeen v Motherwell & Hibs v Killie. Easter Road will be like watching a car crash..."

    Christopher McIvor, Blantyre: "Yet again Neil Lennon's tactics have to be questioned. Started with the wrong team. Made changes which should have won the game but he couldn't adapt to Tommy Wright's change of tactics. £25 to watch a team going through the motions. Maybe they'll get a wake-up call when season book renewals are much lower."


    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: "Scott you have nothing to worry about. Hibs are currently the worst team on the planet. A half decent pub team would beat them."

    AP: "A penny for your thoughts Hibs fans?"

    BBC Scotland's John BarnesGET INVOLVED

    "On 14 May 1994, under manager Tommy Burns, Killie went to Easter Road and got a 0-0 draw to keep them in the Premier Division. Four days short of the 20th anniversary of that feat they go looking for something similar against Hibs!"


    Andrew Priestley: "Who would have predicted that both of the 2 big Edinburgh clubs would occupy the bottom two places in the Scottish Premiership after 37 games?"

  105. 2200: 
    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald
    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald and Kris Doolan

    "We were outstanding in the second half and it's hard to put into words what it means for us to stay up. It makes such a difference and, hopefully, we can build on this because for years we've been a yo-yo team. You don't want to be in the play-offs because it takes up another couple of weeks and effects your plans for next season."

  106. 2205: 

    What a final weekend we have in prospect. The race for second place goes to the wire and will be decided at Pittodrie when Aberdeen host Motherwell.

    And Kilmarnock travel to Easter Road in the knowledge that avoiding defeat will see them saved from the relegation play off spot and consign Hibs to 11th spot and a tie against a Championship outfit.

    Tonight, Partick Thistle ensured their top-flight safety with a hard-fought victory at Tynecastle.

    Thanks for your company and comments tonight. Highlights of tonight's games will be published on our website later; we're back on Saturday for the start of a pulsating final weekend in the Premiership. Hope you can join us then.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 07 May 2014 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 37 75 96
No movement 2 Aberdeen 37 16 68
No movement 3 Motherwell 37 3 67
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 37 17 58
No movement 5 Inverness CT 37 -2 54
No movement 6 St Johnstone 37 8 53
Moving up 7 Partick Thistle 37 -18 38
Moving down 8 St Mirren 37 -19 38
Moving down 9 Ross County 37 -19 37
Moving up 10 Kilmarnock 37 -22 36
Moving down 11 Hibernian 37 -19 35
No movement 12 Hearts 37 -20 22