Scottish football as it happened

Dundee Utd pip Kilmarnock to sixth spot as Celtic, Hearts and Dundee record victories on a pulsating day's action.

6 April 2013 Last updated at 16:40 GMT

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  1. 1145: 

    Not dissimilar to Walter White's showdown with Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, this season's Scottish Premier League is reaching a nerve-shredding climax.

    Victory for Celtic against Hibs and Motherwell losing to St Mirren would see Neil Lennon's side crowned SPL champions.

    And the race for sixth place will be decided by quarter to five.

    Sixth-placed Kilmarnock have 42 points. Should they win at home to Dundee, then they'll clinch the place. If they drop points and Dundee Utd beat Aberdeen, then Jackie McNamara's side will secure sixth place.

    Similarly, if Aberdeen beat United and Dundee take something at Rugby Park, then Craig Brown gives the Dons the perfect parting gift before retiring from management.

    Hibs have a distant chance of clinching sixth spot too.

    And Dundee will be relegated IF they lose to Kilmarnock and Hearts win and St Mirren avoid defeat and/or IF they draw with Kilmarnock and Hearts & St Mirren both win.

    Welcome to our live text coverage of what promises to be a cracking afternoon of SPL action...

  2. 1146: 

    Hearts host Ross County at noon to get us off with a bang.

    Are you heading to a game today? Is your team heading for the title, a place in the top six or still battling relegation?

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

  3. 1148: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, McKay, Wilson, McHattie, Stevenson, Tapping, Taouil, Walker, Ngoo, Carrick. Subs: Ridgers, Sutton, Gordon Smith, Holt, David Smith, Novikovas, McGowan.

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

    Referee: Alan Muir

  4. 1150: 

    A penny for the thoughts of Craig Brown today? The 72-year-old Aberdeen boss is retiring from management following today's game at Tannadice.

  5. 1151: 

    Speaking yesterday, the former Scotland manager revealed he and his assistant Archie Knox treated the staff at Pittodrie to breakfast, but stressed he wasn't feeling emotional.

    Should the Dons snatch a place in the top six, the old warhorse may shed a tear of joy!

    BBC Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon has been assessing Brown's reign at Pittodrie, while the BBC Sport Scotland website has also marked Brown's managerial career In Pictures.

  6. 1153: 

    The sun is splitting the sky in the Scottish capital over the sun-kissed Tynecastle pitch. Not long until kick off...

  7. 1200: 

    We're under way at Tynecastle.

  8. 1203: 

    Hearts defender Jamie Hamill, who is back in the first-team following almost a year out with a knee injury, is looking eager to make up for lost time.

  9. 1205: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Tynecastle

    "There's nothing between the teams at all and we're still waiting for the game to settle down."

  10. 1206: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Wife at her mum's = football on..Going for three score draws today. Hearts, Dundee U and Killie."

  11. 1207: 

    Ivan Sproule gallops down the right hand side for County but his impressive run is brought to a halt by a sliding Kevin McHattie. County boss Derek Adams will be keen to get Sproule and Vigurs on the ball as often as possible.

  12. 1209: 

    Hearts threaten from a set piece as Brad Mackay, stepping backwards inside the penalty area, sends a header over the bar.

  13. 1211: 

    Hearts somehow manage to keep Ross County at bay as Ivan Sproule's cross with the outside of his right foot causes havoc in the box. The ball drops to Steffen Wohlfarth but he can't get a clean shot at goal.

  14. 1214: 

    Fifth-placed Ross County have impressed in their debut season in the top flight, with manager Derek Adams guiding his side to the dizzy heights of fourth spot.

    The Highland outfit are keen to tie down Adams to a long-term contract to see off would-be suitors...

  15. 1217: 

    Central defender Danny Wilson snuffs out a Ross County attack with aplomb before arrowing the ball out of play for a goal-kick! The two sides of the game encapsulated in a matter of seconds.

  16. 1220: 

    Neither goalkeeper has been called into action as both sides search for a cutting edge in the final third. Twenty minutes on the clock and it remains goalless.

  17. 1221: 

    Callum Tapping earns a yellow card for, we assume, dissent. Referee Alan Muir brandishes what BBC Sportsound commentator Paul Mitchell calls a "mystery card".

  18. 1222: 
    GOAL- Hearts 0-1 Ross County (Wohlfarth)

    Steffen Wolfharth creates a goal out of nothing but what a superb finish. The striker collects the ball on the left, drives past Jamie Hamill and then smacks the ball into the far corner. Take a bow son!

  19. 1223: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "An absolute peach of a goal into the top corner."

  20. 1224: 

    That was German Wohlfarth's second goal in County colours since his move from third-tier club SV Wehen Wiesbaden.

  21. 1225: 

    Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald denies County a second goal with a superb double save, denying Ivan Sproule one-on-one and then thwarting Wohlfarth following up.

  22. 1227: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "That could've been game over. Jamie MacDonald has thrown Hearts a lifeline."

  23. 1230: 

    County come within a whisker of doubling their lead and Derek Adams will be delighted at how his side are ripping through the Hearts rearguard. Alarm bells will be ringing for his opposite number Gary Locke.

  24. 1231: 

    Dundee manager John "Bomber" Brown will be watching events at Tynecastle with interest. Should Hearts drop points this afternoon it'll give relegation-threatened Dundee faint hope of beating the drop.

    Wonder if Brown gave a trademark roar when County took the lead?

  25. 1232: 

    County press for a second goal and Rocco Quinn's drilled shot is well saved by Jamie MacDonald, who is being forced into action too often for the home support's liking.

  26. 1234: 

    More like it from Hearts as Kevin McKattie breaks forward before firing in a 30-yard howitzer that clips the crossbar on its way over.

  27. 1236: 

    County spurn another chance to double their lead and once again it's the waspish Ivan Sproule who fails to find the net. Kovacevic whips in a great cross from the right that's dying to be smacked home but Sproule's weak effort is gobbled up a relieved MacDonald.

  28. 1237: 

    Seven minutes plus added time until the break at Tynecastle and it's all County who're well worth their one-goal lead courtesy of that wonder strike by Wohlfarth.

    Every pass seems to be finding a red shirt in space and Gary Locke will aim to get his shell-shocked troops into the dressing room at half-time only a goal down.

  29. 1240: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "Wife: "I'm doing a green wash - have you got anything else 2 go in the machine?" #TalesFromAHibsHousehold"

    Graeme Heggie: "Derek Adams has to be manager of the year. Staggies for Europa League."

  30. 1242: 

    Evangelos Ikonomou concedes a needless free-kick about 30 yards from Ross County's goal but Hearts fail to make the set-piece count, which probably sums up a fairly toothless first-half display from the Jambos.

  31. 1245: 
    HALF-TIME- Hearts 0-1 Ross County

    Steffen Wohlfarth's stunning strike sees County lead at the break with the visitors dominating in the Edinburgh sunshine and giving Hearts a bit of a runaround. If Ivan Sproule had his shooting boots on, County could be out of sight...

  32. 1247: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "If you've got four or five younger players out there then it's difficult. Hearts look very nervous at the back and that's been a problem for them in recent weeks. You take Andy Webster out of that back four and you've got problems."

  33. 1249: 
    Ross County's Steffen Wohlfarth (right) celebrates his opening goal with his team-mates

    Steffen Wohlfarth slalomed past a couple of Hearts challenges before scoring with a stunning effort to give County the lead in the Tynecastle sunshine.

  34. 1300: 

    We're back under way in the Scottish capital.

  35. 1301: 

    County start the second half as they spent much of the first: on the attack. Richard Brittain drags a shot wide following a neat passing move that split the Hearts defence once again.

  36. 1304: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-1 Ross County (Ngoo)

    Hearts draw level as Michael Ngoo rises highest in the box to bullet a header past Michael Fraser.

  37. 1305: 

    Hearts are looking livelier in this second half since introducing Holt and Novikovas for Tapping and Taouil.

  38. 1308: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-2 Ross County (Wohlfarth)

    County re-take the lead and it's a second goal for Steffen Wohlfarth as he rises to bullet home Iain Vigurs's corner with the Hearts defence all at sea.

  39. 1310: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "What a header!"

  40. 1312: 

    Hearts press for the equaliser and substitute Jason Holt fires a shot wide from inside the box when he should've hit the target.

  41. 1314: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Like to see Hearts bring on McGowan and open things up a bit. Also help my prediction..."

  42. 1316: 

    Hearts are showing greater urgency since falling behind for a second time. Hamill's throw finds Novikovas in space but the substitute's wild shot heads out for a Ross County throw in.

  43. 1318: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "County have silenced the crowd again with that second goal and having an extra man in the middle of the park is proving the difference for the visitors."

  44. 1320: 

    Ivan Sproule outmuscles and outruns Kevin McHattie on the right and his low centre is cleared by Hearts with the predatory Steffen Wohlfarth prowling in search of his hat-trick.

  45. 1321: 

    Anonymous: "Hearts having a shocking season. Doesn't help having a owner who is skint, though. Rangers all over again."

  46. 1323: 

    Hearts substitute John Sutton is warming up for the hosts as manager Gary Locke mulls over how to try to get his side back in the game.

  47. 1325: 

    John Sutton replaces Dale Carrick as the Jambos shuffle their pack in search of an equaliser with 20 minutes remaining.

  48. 1327: 

    Jordan: "Feed the wolf and he will deliver!!

  49. 1329: 

    Better play from Hearts as Ryan Stevenson and Arvydas Novikovas combine down the left and County have to clear their lines with substitute John Sutton looking to get an effort on target.

    Moments later defender Danny Wilson rises unchallenged in the box but can't find the target with his header.

  50. 1331: 

    Martin Scott replaces Rocco Quinn, with County boss Derek Adams, chewing gum contentedly on the touchline, surveying the scene with a quiet serenity.

  51. 1334: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-2 Ross County (Holt)

    Hearts have done it again! A second equaliser, this time from Jason Holt as he pounces on Grant Munro's headed clearance to hook the ball home.

  52. 1335: 
    GOAL- Hearts 3-2 Ross County (Ikonomou O.G.)

    The Jambos are in dreamland as they take the lead courtesy of an own goal. Walker's shot deflects off of Ikonomou and spins into the net to send the Hearts fans wild.

    Hearts boss Gary Locke can't believe it.

  53. 1337: 

    What a difference; the Jambos are going bananas at Tynecastle...

  54. 1340: 
    GOAL- Hearts 4-2 Ross County (Ngoo)

    We're rubbing our eyes in disbelief. Checking the score and then rubbing our eyes again just to make sure. Hearts make it 4-2 as Michael Ngoo collects a long ball through the heart fo the County defence and drills the ball home from 12 yards.

    Hearts boss Gary Locke celebrates with a 360 degree spin and a double fist-pump to fans behind the dugout.

  55. 1342: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Hearts were down and very nearly out. County went flat and Hearts have made them pay by taking their chances when they presented themselves."

  56. 1343: 

    Mihael Kovacevic spurns a great chance to reduce the deficit, blazing high over the bar with the Hearts defence - not for the first time - all over the shop.

  57. 1345: 

    Ross County manager Derek Adams's previous silent, contented serenity has been replaced by a quiet dismay: how on earth has his side contrived to control a game yet now trial 4-2?

    He's chewing that gum a lot faster now...

  58. 1347: 

    We're into the first of three minutes of added time of a pulsating game at Tynecastle.

  59. 1348: 

    bringthemonjpn: "At 2-1 I would have said there's more chance of Craig Brown sporting a sensible hat today than Hearts taking the lead."

    Edinburgh Tom: "Regardless of how results go 2day, I think it's fair 2 say Dundee will be the run-away losers of this season's SPL #bbcsportscot"

  60. 1350: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 4-2 Ross County

    What a game at Tynecastle. Hearts come roaring back in a game where they were dominated for long spells to beat County and leapfrog St Mirren to move into 10th spot.

    Michael Ngoo scored a brace but how important was that first half display from Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald?

  61. 1351: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "It's an incredible result. They worked and worked and worked; the Hearts fans will be delighted."

  62. 1353: 

    Anonymous: "What a phenomenal turnaround by Hearts."

  63. 1354: 
    Michael Ngoo celebrates a thrilling Hearts comeback

    Were the Hearts players whistling The Great Escape theme tune? Or was it Rocky? Whatever their inspiration, Michael Ngoo and his team-mates sealed an incredible comeback to win a pulsating six-goal contest at Tynecastle.

  64. 1356: 

    Anonymous: "Dundee can be relegated today but as an Arab hope they do the biz at Killie, 'mon the Dundee clubs today. PS ,hope Craig Brown gets a great send off from United fans today too."

    Please remember to include your name so we can credit your text!

  65. 1358: 

    What about Gary Locke's celebration moves on the touchline? A slot on the next series of Strictly surely beckons?

  66. 1400: 

    Eoin Alexander: "Come on Aberdeen, just get the 3 points today..."

  67. 1402: 

    Andy Campbell's match report on that incredible Hearts comeback and victory is available for your delectation.

  68. 1404: 

    Victory for Celtic against Hibs and Motherwell losing to St Mirren would see Neil Lennon's side crowned SPL champions.

    And the race for sixth place will be decided by quarter to five.

    Sixth-placed Kilmarnock have 42 points. Should they win at home to Dundee, then they'll clinch the place. If they drop points and Dundee Utd beat Aberdeen, then Jackie McNamara's side will secure sixth place.

    Similarly, if Aberdeen beat United and Dundee take something at Rugby Park, then Craig Brown gives the Dons the perfect parting gift before retiring from management.

    Hibs have a distant chance of clinching sixth spot too.

    And, following Hearts' win at Tynecastle, Dundee will be relegated IF they lose to Kilmarnock...

  69. 1406: 

    Elliot, Glasgow: "Naturally, as an Arab, I'm usually happy to say this, but I fear that Killie will hammer Dundee today and seal our fate as a side in mid table obscurity."

    Melvin: "People mentioning Adams/Butcher for Manager of the Year seem to dismiss McCall because 'Well have been consistent over a few seasons. He lost Craigan and Jennings last summer and has maintained a superb level of performance."

  70. 1408: 

    BBC Sportsound's Chick Young says Rangers manager Ally McCoist is "one frustrated soul" over the latest revelations surrounding former owner Craig Whyte's claims over the club's assets.

  71. 1410: 

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin brought us the story on Friday.

    Craig Whyte led the club into administration and liquidation last year before a consortium led by Charles Green took control.

    But Whyte claims he was behind the takeover all along, with Green agreeing to be the front man.

    Green says Whyte "has no right to any claim on Rangers FC".

    BBC Scotland has obtained documents, text messages and secret recordings which may cast doubt on Green's claim that Whyte had nothing to do with the deal to acquire the assets.

  72. 1416: 

    BBC Sportsound's Chick Young has also said that the 12-12-18 proposed league reconstruction is "doomed to failure" with two clubs - St Mirren and Ross County - to vote against the move.

    SPL clubs are due to vote on the thorny issue on 15 April.

    What do you think? Send a text to 80295 with SPL in your message or tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportscot and/or message me @bbcthomasmcg

  73. 1418: 

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

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

    Referee: Brian Colvin


    Sloany77 in Thailand: "Good luck to Aberdeen and thanks to Craig Brown for steadying the ship at Pittodrie. #COYR"

  75. 1424: 

    Dundee United: Cierzniak, Dillon, Douglas, Flood, Rankin, Daly, Watson, Millar, Gardyne, Souttar, Gauld. Subs: Anderson, Ryan, MacKay-Steven, Tornstrand, Boulding, Dow, Johnston

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Naysmith, Jack, Rae, Vernon, Hayes, McGinn, Magennis. Subs; Twardzik, Low, Fallon, Pawlett, Smith, Milsom

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  76. 1426: 

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Wilson, Izaguirre, Commons, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Gershon, Samaras, Rogic, McCourt, Watt, Kayal.

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Deegan, Thomson, Claros, Harris, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Doyle, Cairney, Stevenson, Handling, Robertson, Forster.

    Referee: John Beaton

  77. 1430: 
    Outgoing Aberdeen boss Craig Brown

    "I'm not feeling any emotion as yet and just try to concentrate on the job. Maybe this time next week when you're standing here and I don't have a team (it may be different).

    "I'm lucky and have lived every football guy's dream..."

  78. 1432: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "What Craig Brown's done, and leading us to a World Cup, he deserves enormous credit."

  79. 1434: 

    Robert Ryan: "Never been any good reason of any credence from anyone as to why its reconstruction or bust. Why not #SPL play-offs, at least?#bbcsportsound"

  80. 1436: 

    Fergie in Aberdeen: "Guys, if this doesn't go through I predict that within our lifetime Scottish football will be the equivalent of Conference League football!!!"

    Stuart Christie, Glasgow: "Guys, in my opinion Scottish football has slowly but surely eroded its product to such a low level that the damage is irreparable. Last week I took my sons to see Glasgow Warriors, only my third time at a rugby match, and what did I find? Top class sport, a great result and performance from a Glasgow team and crucially no rancour, bitterness or hatred. Frankly after our visit to see Warriors, I'm retiring from going to football because those who govern the game can't deliver what people are looking for in a sport and their opinions are ignored."

  81. 1439: 

    David in Denny: "Reconstruction: so, is this the supporters being ignored again!? one of the problems with Scottish football is chairmen deciding what is best and ignoring the majority of supporters. What do the supporters of St Mirren and Ross County think of their chairmen's blinkered choices? And has their voice been heard here?"

  82. 1441: 

    Funkibazi: "After a season of reading Dundee United's post of c'mon whoever Dundee were playing....I'm sympathising with them...C'mon Killie!"

  83. 1447: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We've been a bit off colour the last few weeks but I'm expecting an energetic performance today.

    "Maybe not having the Champions League has brought down the dynamism a wee bit.

    "The bread and butter is the league and the players have been very consistent in my three years here. We're not looking at results elsewhere. I just want the players to play well."

  84. 1450: 

    Kilmarnock: Bell, Barbour, O'Hara, Sissoko, Tesselaar, Perez, Fowler, Hay, Clingan, Boyd, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, O'Leary, Gros, Sheridan, Ibrahim, McKenzie, Johnston.

    Dundee: Simonsen, Benedictus, Toshney, Gallagher, Lockwood, McBride, Davidson, McAlister, Easton, Harkins, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, Riley, Finnigan, Conroy, Nish, Kerr, Barrowman.

    Referee: Iain Brines

  85. 1452: 

    Andrew Caldwell: "Delighted Saints are a 'no'. No reason why change must include a system the Swiss ditched #bbcsportscot"

  86. 1500: 

    Here we go across the country!

  87. 1501: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock know their destiny is entirely in their own hands. Victory will give them a place in the top six and Kenny Shiels acknowledged a short time ago that would be hugely significant in terms of finance and prestige for the club. Dundee are in no mood to be unwitting guests at a top-six party and above all want to win today to put off their perhaps inevitable relegation."

  88. 1503: 

    Greg at Tannadice: "The SPL clubs have themselves to blame for this mess. They made up the 11-1 rule in the first place then could have went 9-3 but they rejected that. So no point putting the blame with County and St Mirren. Everyone needs to come together for the good of the game."

  89. 1504: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I'm glad to see Craig Brown has stuck with two up front. The big guys up there Josh Magennis and Scott Vernon should cause the United backline problems."

  90. 1505: 

    An inviting ball into the Celtic box from Leigh Griffiths is missed by everyone and bounces just past the post.

  91. 1506: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    Early chance for Killie as Kris Boyd gets on the end of Garry Hay's corner, but he diverts it against the post of Steve Simonsen.

  92. 1507: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "Is Kris Boyd playing wide again 2day, or has he managed 2 shed those few extra pounds?"

  93. 1508: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 0-1 Dundee (Harkins)

    Hang on a minute. Relegation-threatened Dundee take the lead at Rugby Park and it's former Kilmarnock midfielder Gary Harkins who finds the net. Is the Great Escape on? John "Bomber" Brown will be in his element...

  94. 1509: 

    Teenager Ryan Gauld's confidence is still high after his midweek goal. He jinks past four Dons players like they're not there, but it remains goalless at Tannadice.

    "Nothing much doing," is the succinct assessment of BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds.

  95. 1510: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner

    "Celtic are just building gradually, looking to get that killer pass."

  96. 1512: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Hibs (Commons)

    Kris Commons gathers Gary Hooper's pass and tucks the ball past Ben Williams for a 15th goal this season.

  97. 1514: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Gary Harkins puts the cat among the pigeons here with an early goal against his former side. He's been getting the treatment from the Killie fans in the opening stages but he goes some way to silencing them as he collects John Baird's pass and coolly slots past Cammy Bell."

  98. 1515: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice

    "Great game so far, good tempo to the game. Both teams are going at it."

  99. 1516: 

    Celebrity Aberdeen supporter and former Open golf champion Paul Lawrie is in the stand at Tannadice. Will he see the Dons' hopes of a top six finish bunkered or his favourites chip in with a crucial goal to putt the pressure on United?

    Sorry if all this is out of bounds...

  100. 1518: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "The Kilmarnock defence is all over the place right now. Gary Harkins has a decent-looking penalty claim turned down after Momo Sissoko seemed to catch him. Then Harkins loops a header just over. This isn't exactly a 'Prodigal Son' return to Rugby Park for the classy forward."

  101. 1519: 

    Kris Boyd has spurned two decent chances for Kilmarnock to equalise and Dundee still lead, courtesy of that Gary Harkins goal.

  102. 1522: 

    St Mirren's Kenny McLean fluffs his lines in front of goal, before Michael Higdon shoots over the bar. It remains goalless at Fir Park. Remember, Celtic need to beat Hibs and Motherwell to lose to the Buddies for the SPL title to be decided today.

  103. 1523: 

    Despite trailing at home to Dundee, Kilmarnock remain in sixth spot. That would change if Dundee United or Aberdeen take the lead at Tannadice. It's all up for grabs!

  104. 1524: 
    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown

    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown takes the acclaim of the Dons fans at Tannadice. The 72-year-old is retiring from management following today's game before handing over the reins to Derek McIness.

  105. 1525: 

    Hibs need a huge turnaround if they are to seal a top-six place but poor decision-making by Leigh Griffiths brings a promising advance to an end at Celtic Park.

  106. 1525: 

    Big Dave the chef: "Re David in Denny. I think the majority of Saints fans have been heard we don't want a league of 12, we want it bigger."

  107. 1526: 

    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is also guilty of choosing the wrong option as he waits too long to get a shot away, allowing Hibs to recover...

  108. 1527: 

    Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper combine to send the latter through on goal but the club's top scorer cannot get enough on the shot. Neil Lennon's side lead through that early Kris Commons goal.

  109. 1528: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Would it be overly controversial to suggest that Gary Harkins is the most skilful Scottish player currently plying his trade in the SPL? I love watching him play."

  110. 1530: 

    A huge let off for Aberdeen. Poor pass-back by Gary Naysmith is almost pounced on by Jon Daly. Jamie Langfield just manages to get there first.

  111. 1531: 

    Neat play from Motherwell's Nicky Law through the middle of the park. He lays off to James McFadden who whips in a cross for Michael Higdon, but the big striker balloons the ball over the bar. Still goalless at Fir Park but Motherwell with most of the pressure.

  112. 1532: 
    Kris Commons gives Celtic the lead

    Kris Commons rifled home his 15th goal of the season to give Celtic the lead at home to Hibs. Will results got their way to clinch the title this afternoon?

  113. 1534: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren (Higdon)

    Keith Lasley sends in a sumptuous cross for Motherwell striker Michael Higdon to nod home his 23rd goal of the season. The big fella has been in inspirational form for the Steelmen this term.

  114. 1535: 

    Good chances for both sides. Russell Anderson rises above the United defence and heads just wide. Then seconds later a mix-up between Anderson and Langfield gave Ryan Gauld a golden opportunity but he can't finish.

  115. 1537: 

    Anonymous: "SPL Re Edinburgh Tom 1507: Boyd never looks to improve, and certainly doesn't work on fitness, which is why he's flopped his way back to Killie."

  116. 1544: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren (Newton)

    St Mirren equalise with a superb 25-yard strike from Connor Newton that whistles into the top corner of Darren Randolph's net. What a goal!

  117. 1545: 

    Celtic 1-0 Hibs

    Dundee Utd 0-0 Aberdeen

  118. 1546: 

    Anonymous: "SPL- re: 15.16 you've got a fairway to go to becoming a comedian."

    You can tee them up...

  119. 1547: 

    Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Dundee

  120. 1550: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "The first half rather petered out midway through, which is worrying for Kilmarnock who have to show more urgency and ability if they are to make sure of a top-six place. Dundee have been the better side and in Gary Harkins have the game's top performer and, of course, only goalscorer."


    Conor Thompson: "Alasdair Lamont has clearly forgotten about James Forrest. And Dylan McGeouch. And Paddy McCourt. Etc, etc."

    bringthemonjpn: "You have to hand it to St M of late. Get themselves back into games."

  122. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half, hang onto your hats...

  123. 1603: 

    Aberdeen start the second half on the front foot, Johnny Hayes clips in a cross that Niall McGinn heads towards goal to force a comfortable save from Cierzniak

  124. 1604: 

    Barry Douglas's free-kick is blocked by the Aberdeen wall, the ball breaks to John Rankin and his low shot is well saved by Jamie Langfield. It remains goalless at Tannadice but the game is starting to bubble away nicely...

  125. 1605: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-0 Hibs (Commons)

    Two for Celtic and two for Kris Commons. Poor defending from Hibs allows the Scotland forward to turn in the box and send a shot beyond Ben Williams.

  126. 1606: 

    David Roberts: "In response to Connor, Paddy McCourt isn't Scottish...."

  127. 1607: 

    Scott at Tannadice: "Re 15.16 - there's certainly a few birdies in the Eddie Thompson stand. And since we are at the seaside there's been the odd albatross as well."

  128. 1608: 

    Celtic are beginning to motor now and a 25-yard strike by Anthony Stokes drive is beaten out by Ben Williams.

  129. 1610: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Tannadice

    "I don't think anyone could say that either team have sat back and defended. Both are going for it".

    "The quality just isn't there, but you can't point the finger at either manager and say they're being negative."

  130. 1611: 

    Dundee United are going to make an early change in the second half, bringing on Gary Mackay-Steven for Michael Gardyne.

  131. 1612: 

    Motherwell almost re-take the lead through Henrik Ojamaa but St Mirren's Craig Samson makes a great save at his near post.

  132. 1613: 

    Hat-trick chasing Kris Commons gets the ball caught under his feet as he tries to convert a Gary Hooper pass.

  133. 1614: 

    Dundee United spurn two superb chances within a minute. Substitute Gary Mackay Steven fluffs his lines in front of goal before Keith Watson bullets a header just over the bar. Who wants sixth place?

  134. 1615: 

    Conor Thompson: "Excuse my Paddy McCourt nationality blunder. The Derry Pele is, of course, Irish. So blinded by fury, I could barely read."

  135. 1616: 
    GOAL- Celtic 3-0 Hibs (Lustig)

    Mikael Lustig converts Joe Ledley's cross for Celtic's third with Hibs claiming unsuccessfully for a handball by the Swede.

  136. 1618: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Kilmarnock have been really lacking in ideas this afternoon and their play hasn't improved since half-time. Kenny Shiels told me before the match he hadn't needed to do a team talk today because the players knew what was at stake, but the way things are going, they could be about to throw away the chance of a top-six place."

  137. 1621: 

    Gary Mackay-Steven produces a magical piece of skill to juggle the ball and flick it over Joe Shaughnessy. You MUST watch that piece of brilliance in the highlights. Unbelievable stuff...

  138. 1622: 

    Chris Humphrey sees Motherwell come close to re-taking the lead at Fir Park but Craig Samson saves the day for St Mirren...

  139. 1624: 

    Gus in Edinburgh: "The trials and tribulations of being a Hibs fan, wouldn't change my allegiances for the world. However, it's so often full of utter disappointment, with a few (and only a few) highs. Still, there's always the Scottish Cup, and next season....deja vu me thinks!"

  140. 1626: 

    Best chance of the game. Ryan Gauld cuts inside Joe Shaughnessy and fires a shot that Jamie Langfield manages to save. It bounces off Willo Flood and off the bar, then Mackay-Steven puts the rebound just over.

    Jamie Langfield claws off the line from Keith Watson's header. The Dons are riding their luck at Tannadice.

  141. 1628: 

    Motherwell's James McFadden shows some sublime skill, dancing his way through a couple of St Mirren players, but pulls his shot just wide. It remains 1-1 at Fir Park.

  142. 1630: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee (Boyd)

    Kris Boyd draws Kilmarnock level with a deadly finish after controlling Ross Barbour's cross from the right, he fires it past Steve Simonsen. Can Killie now get the second goal that would guarantee them a top-six finish?

  143. 1633: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-2 St Mirren (Guy)

    Lewis Guy drills the ball past Darren Randolph to give St Mirren the lead and, if the scores remain the same, Celtic will win the title.

  144. 1635: 
    GOAL- Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee (Harkins)

    Incredible stuff at Rugby Park. Gary Harkins fires home his second goal of the game to give Dundee the lead and retain hope of beating the drop.

  145. 1636: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Rugby Park

    "Unbelievable stuff here. No sooner are Killie level than Gar Harkins pulls down a cross from the right before blasting his second goal of the afternoon past Cammy Bell."

  146. 1637: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds at Tannadice

    "Dundee United are throwing everything at this..."

  147. 1639: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 2-2 St Mirren (McFadden)

    Motherwell equalise through a wonderful 25-yard free-kick from James McFadden. If it ends 2-2 then Celtic won't be crowned SPL champions today...

  148. 1647: 

    Three minutes of added at Tannadice. Can either of these sides score a late, late winner and clinch sixth place?

  149. 1648: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 3-0 Hibs
  150. 1649: 

    Michael Higdon squanders a great chance to seal all three points at Fir Park. It remains 2-2 with three minutes to go.

  151. 1650: 
    GOAL- Dundee Utd 1-0 Aberdeen (Boulding)

    Incredible, absolutely incredible. Rory Boulding scores in the final minute of added time to clinch sixth place for United. They've pipped Kilmarnock.

  152. 1651: 

    Dundee Utd 1-0 Aberdeen

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee

    Motherwell 2-2 St Mirren

  153. 1652: 

    Brook Heron: "What a finish to the New Firm derby. Sergio Boulding taking us into the top six. GET IN THERE!!"

  154. 1654: 

    No fairytale ending for Craig Brown as Aberdeen manager as they succumb to that late, late Rory Boulding winner.

    Dons keeper Jamie Langfield was absolutely sensational for the visitors, keeping United at bay time and again. But it's United who clinch sixth spot.


    Alastair, Glasgow: "Really hate the split. United, Killie, Hibs and Aberdeen should be battling it out until the end of the season. Instead we all have meaningless games now. Watch the crowds slump."

  156. 1656: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "It was exciting for both teams and it's not good for the nerves but we're delighted.

    "Jamie Langfield was outstanding for Aberdeen but today more than makes up for losing that late goal against St Johnstone."

  157. 1659: 
    Dundee Utd goal hero Rory Boulding

    "The top six means everything and anything less is a failure for a club of this size. Hopefully, we can kick on from here."

    That goal was worth £500,000 to United. Not too shabby is it?

  158. 1703: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "It doesn't matter when we win the title as long as we win it. We've got a big Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to and need a point for the title. It's exciting."

  159. 1705: 
    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon

    "I don't think we showed up today and looked like we turned up accepting we were in the bottom six.

    "I know it's a difficult place to come but we didn't have enough today. Not being in the top six, the season has been a bit of a failure.

    "We've got to have more commitment and desire. We've got to focus on next weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final

  160. 1710: 
    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels

    "We didn't deliver and at the end of the day I'm to blame and I feel really down at the minute.

    "There were nerves and we ended up playing long balls up to Boydy. We've taken one point from two home games so I have to take the blame.

    "I'm the manager and have to take responsibility. You feel as though you've let so many people down.

    "We need to lift ourselves now."

  161. 1714: 
    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown

    "We had a fantastic support here and my heart bleeds for them. No fans could be more supportive than ours today.

    "There was nothing in it in the first half and, had we just wanted a draw, I think we'd have got it.

    "I'm not looking for another job. All I said was that a couple of agents phoned me about jobs abroad.

    "But that's just to go to the USA, for example, to do some coaching but not back into football management."

  162. 1716: 
    Rory Boulding fired Dundee United into the top six

    Rory Boulding fired Dundee United into the top six at Kilmarnock's expense...


    Fraser Stewart: "Killie very poor today, a team who can only get a point from 2 home games against St Mirren and Dundee doesn't deserve top 6"

  164. 1720: 
    Dundee boss John Brown

    "My players are showing great character and Gary Harkins has all the ability in the world. He can create things in the final third and he doesn't need great pace.

    "We keep fighting and I've asked the players to keep going as they're playing for their livelihoods. We've not managed many results on the road so it's a great result for our fans."

  165. 1722: 

    Scottish First Division

    Dumbarton 0-3 Livingston

    Dunfermline 2-3 Hamilton

    Falkirk 4-0 Cowdenbeath

    Morton 5-2 Airdrie Utd

  166. 1725: 

    Scottish Second Division

    Arbroath 2-1 Albion

    Ayr 0-2 Alloa

    Forfar 3-2 East Fife

    Stranraer 3-2 Brechin

  167. 1727: 

    Scottish Third Division

    Annan Athletic 2-2 Elgin

    Clyde 2-1 Berwick

    Montrose 2-2 Stirling

    Peterhead 6-0 East Stirling


    So, Dundee United pip Kilmarnock to sixth spot with a sensational late Rory Boulding goal and Dundee keep alive their faint hopes of beating the drop with victory at Rugby Park.

    Celtic beat Hibs but still need another point to be crowned SPL champions following Motherwell's 2-2 draw at home to St Mirren.

    Hearts' incredible comeback at home to beat Ross County 4-2 seems a long time ago.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We'll have highlights of all today's games on our website from 1800 BST on Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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6 Apr 2013 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Apr 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 33 48 69
2 Motherwell 33 13 54
3 Inverness CT 33 9 51
4 St Johnstone 33 1 46
5 Ross County 33 -1 45
6 Dundee Utd 33 -4 44
7 Kilmarnock 33 4 42
8 Aberdeen 33 -3 41
9 Hibernian 33 -7 40
10 Hearts 33 -11 37
11 St Mirren 33 -11 36
12 Dundee 33 -38 23