Scottish football as it happened

Scottish Premiership title-winners Celtic draw with Ross County and Kilmarnock secure a late victory at Motherwell.

29 March 2014 Last updated at 13:53 GMT

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  1. 1355: 

    With Celtic having clinched their third consecutive Premiership league title in midweek, attention turns to the race for European places and the relegation/play-off battle.

    Hearts, in action in tomorrow's Edinburgh derby, will be aiming for victory to delay their inevitable drop to the Championship.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the bottom six - from Hibs down to St Mirren - will be aiming to avoid finishing 11th in the table and the dreaded play-off against a Championship outfit.

    Ninth-placed Ross County, on 30 points, travel to Celtic Park this afternoon.

  2. 1357: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of this afternoon's five Premiership matches.

    Aberdeen v Dundee United

    Celtic v Ross County

    Inverness CT v St Mirren

    Motherwell v Kilmarnock

    St Johnstone v Partick

  3. 1358: 

    Are you heading to a game today? Do you have thoughts on the race for a European place or the relegation play-off battle?

    Let rip via text to 80295 or tweet @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot


    Anonymous: "I really hope Neil Lennon gives youngsters and fringe players an opportunity to prove themselves over the new few games."

  5. 1402: 

    What a game in prospect at Pittodrie this afternoon. Second-placed Aberdeen, on the crest of a wave following their League Cup final victory, host Dundee United with both sides chasing a European spot.


    Davie from Dumfries: "Celtic won the league and well done to them, but it's no great achievement because, like Rangers in their league, they have no viable challengers."

  7. 1405: 

    Eoghan O'Connell will make his Celtic debut against Ross County. Eoghan is the young cousin of Irish rgby captain Paul O'Connell...

  8. 1407: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Flood, Jack, Smith, McGinn, Rooney, Robson. Subs: Weaver, Robertson, Tate, Low, Zola, Vernon, McManus

    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Watson, Gunning, Dillon, Souttar, Paton, Rankin, Mackay-Steven , Armstrong, Dow, Graham. Subs: McCallum, Wilson, Gomis, El Alagui, Smith, Connolly, Gauld.

  9. 1410: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Wright, Anderson, Millar, McLean, Dunne, May, Croft, Easton, O'Halloran. Subs: Banks, Cregg, Wotherspoon, Hasselbaink, Miller, Clancy, Iwelumo.

    Partick Thistle: Gallacher, McMillan, Taylor-Sinclair, Piccolo, Mair, Bannigan, Buaben, Elliott, Fraser, Erskine, Taylor. Subs: Fox, O'Donnell, Craigen, Doolan, Lawless, Moncur, Keenan.

  10. 1414: 
    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "Aberdeen are going very well at the moment and it's important we get the ball down. At the start of the match it'll be more an aerial battle that we'll need to compete. For us, it'd be a massive lift to win three points. Aberdeen have beaten us twice but there's not been much in it."

  11. 1416: 

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

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Tesselaar, Irvine, Clohessy, McKenzie, Maksimenko, Slater, Ashcroft, Eremenko, Muirhead, Boyd. Subs: Reguero, Fowler, Nicholson, Gros, Barbour, Gardyne, Bouzid.

  12. 1420: 

    Celtic: Forster; Ambrose, van Dijk, O'Connell; Izaguirre; Henderson, Brown, Johansen, Commons; Stokes, Griffiths. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Balde, Pukki, Kayal, Herron, Fraser.

    Ross County: Brown, Cikos, Boyd, Songo'o, Ikonomou, Kiss, Brittain, Tidser, Carey, De Leeuw, Arquin. Subs: Gordon, Quinn, Glen, McLean, Saunders, Slew, McCarthy.


    Tom Watson: "Big game in Inverness today. If St Mirren avoid defeat, Hibs can relegate hearts tomorrow."

  14. 1425: 

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Shinnie, Vincent, Warren, Meekings, Mckay, Draper, Tansey, Polworth, Christie. Subs: Esson, Ross, Devine, Watkins, Tremarco, Williams, Evans

    St Mirren: Dilo, Naismith, Kelly, McGregor, Goodwin, Newton, McGinn, McLean, Campbell, Wylde, Thompson. Subs: Van Zanten, McAusland, Magennis, Reilly, Teale, Djemba-Djemba, Mathers.


    Magnus Trench: "Just a random thought, could you get a really decent team out of the current SPL managers? Tommy Wright in goal, Hughes, Butcher, Archibald in defence. Midfield of Locke, N. Lennon, McCall, McInnes, McNamara. Adams and Johnston up front, with D Lennon on the bench. I reckon that team would best Hibs right now."

  16. 1433: 

    It's been a good afternoon for Man Utd manager David Moyes. The fly-past protest by disgruntled fans at their side's stuttering form this season hasn't stopped Moyes guiding his side to a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa.


    If you were to charter a plane for a fly-past over your club's stadium, what would the message be?

    "The pies are mince!" or "Just buy a striker, please!"

    Keep them clean please and send them to 80295 or tweet @bbcthomasmcg using #bbcsportscot


    Andrew Gairns: "#bbcsportscot Prospect of a great game at Pittodrie today #COYR"

  19. 1442: 
    Red Arrows or Red Devils?
    Fly-past protest at Old Trafford

    The fly-past at Man Utd didn't stop David Moyes's team beating Aston Villa. What message would you have for your club?

    GET INVOLVED - Fly-past message

    Sal Patinas: "Hibs Bottom line = Bottom six or Clean Sheets NOT Balance sheets or Hibs need a Kwik Fix or Petrie/Farmer out"

    GET INVOLVED - Fly-past message

    St Mirren fan Ryan Rochford: "It's time to prove it or lose it"

    Ardisss: "Balde must be the laziest player in training! C'mon Neil give him a chance like you did Pukki! Give Stokes a break!"

    Ann: "Championeesss!!!"

  22. 1451: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "The league form has been very consistent and, if we can keep that going until the end of the season, then we'll be there or there abouts."

  23. 1453: 
    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Fir Park

    "Motherwell missing James McFadden, but this game isn't short of individual talent. With the likes of the home side's John Sutton and Lionel Ainsworth, and Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd and Alexei Eremenko, there ought to be some good attacking play. The result might come down to which defence performs better at Fir Park..."

  24. 1500: 

    Hang onto your hats, here we go...

  25. 1502: 

    Anthony Stokes comes close to converting Emilio Izaguirre's cross as Celtic chase an early goal. Opponents Ross County gave the league champions a guard of honour ahead of kick off and were almost caught cold...

  26. 1503: 

    BBC Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon says Dundee United have brought a sizeable travelling support for the crunch encounter with Aberdeen...

  27. 1504: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 0-1 St Mirren (Naismith)

    After a bright start, the Buddies have the lead in the Highlands. Jason Naismith's free-kick flies into the net despite the best efforts of David Raven on the line. What a start for Danny Lennon's troops!

  28. 1505: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee Utd (Paton)

    Brilliant low, steered finish from 20 yards to put United in front! Brian Graham's low cross is only half-cleared by Dons captain Russell Anderson and Paul Paton is on hand to do the rest!

  29. 1508: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-0 Partick (May)

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is back in action after missing a couple of games as he recovered from gall bladder surgery. And he'll be indulging in a wee jig of delight around his Lucozade & grapes after watching Stevie May fire his side into the lead with his 23rd goal of the season.

  30. 1510: 

    Only a couple of minutes passes before Paul Paton's midfield partner, John Rankin, almost doubles United's lead! His long-range effort is tipped wide by Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield. United are on the rampage and seeking a second goal...

  31. 1512: 

    Aberdeen's first shot on goal is a weak effort by Willo Flood which trundles harmlessly past Radoslaw Cierzniak's post.

  32. 1513: 
    Candid Camera?
    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell

    Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell captures the moment ahead of kick-off. Who is being snapped, I wonder?

  33. 1515: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-1 Ross County (De Leeuw)

    Melvin de Leeuw stuns the newly-crowned Scottish Premiership champions by drilling home after County capitalise on slackness by the hosts.

  34. 1516: 

    United are well on top at Pittodrie and John Souttar's close range drive is destined for the net until it's deflected after by Dons defender Mark Reynolds. Not good viewing for the healthy home support.

  35. 1518: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 1-1 St Mirren (Draper)

    Ross Draper heads the equaliser for Inverness as he rises to steer home Graeme Shinnie's cross. Game on!

  36. 1520: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 0-1 Rangers (Daly)

    The Scottish League One winners take the lead as Fraser Aird's corner is not cleared and Jon Daly tucks the ball away for the visitors.

  37. 1519: 

    Partick Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher makes a good save to deny Lee Croft and Stevie May is first to the loose ball but his header crashes against the crossbar.

  38. 1522: 

    Striker Billy McKay goes clean through for Inverness but makes a mess of the shot and St Mirren breathe again.

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Smashing goal by Melvin de Leeuw on the break. He was slipped in by Graham Carey after Celtic gave away possession inside their own half. De Leeuw drilled the ball low past Fraser Forster to give County an unlikely lead."

  40. 1524: 
    United on top
    Dundee United took the lead through Paul Paton

    Paul Paton fired Dundee United in front in a cracking first half at Pittodrie.

  41. 1529: 

    Dundee United scream for a penalty as Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds outmuscles Stuart Armstrong in the box. Armstrong had him for pace but went down too easily.

    GET INVOLVED - Fly-past message

    Stuart Gordon: "Hearts - Can We Play You Every Week? (Paid for by all Scottish Football Clubs)"

  43. 1534: 

    They need a new ball at the Caledonian Stadium after the one the players were using is hoofed into the sea. Good luck getting that one back...

  44. 1535: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-1 Ross County (Commons)

    Kris Commons is at it again. Leigh Griffiths lines up a long-range shot, which Mark Brown fails to hold and Commons is ideally poised to knock the rebound into the net and draw Celtic level.

  45. 1536: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 2-1 St Mirren (Tansey)

    A well-worked goal gives the hosts the lead for the first time. Liam Polworth's cross is headed down by Billy McKay for Greg Tansey to lash home.

  46. 1538: 

    Craig Reid goes close for Motherwell as his header from a corner is hacked clear on the goal-line by a Killie defender.

  47. 1540: 

    Aberdeen's Niall McGinn gets on the end of Adam Rooney's flick-on and directs a shot on goal, which hits United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak and then the inside of the post before being hoofed away!

  48. 1541: 

    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths latches on to a Kris Commons pass and looks destined to score but a last-ditch tackle prevents the hosts from taking the lead.

  49. 1542: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-0 Kilmarnock (Vigurs)

    Motherwell break the deadlock minutes before the break as Iain Vigurs collects John Sutton's knock down and volleys home. Killie keeper Craig Samson gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.

  50. 1544: 
    Stevie May fired St Johnstone in front at McDiarmid Park

    White-hot St Johnstone striker Stevie May fired them ahead against Partick at McDiarmid Park.

  51. 1545: 

    The Fir Park faithful are treated to some Iain Vigurs showboating as he drags the ball away from a bewildered Kilmarnock defender but the Motherwell midfielder's shot slams into the side-netting.

  52. 1547: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee United

    Jackie McNamara's side lead courtesy of Paul Paton's early strike.

  53. 1548: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 1-0 Kilmarnock

    The Steelmen go in at the break with a spring in their step and a half-time lead thanks to Iain Vigurs.

    HALF-TIME- Celtic 1-1 Ross County

    The Premiership champions aren't having it all their own way as Kris Commons cancels out Melvin De Leeuw's opener to ensure it's all square at the break.

    HALF-TIME- Inverness CT 2-1 St Mirren

    John Hughes will be smiling after seeing his side come from behind to lead following goals from Ross Draper and Greg Tansey.

    HALF-TIME- St Johnstone 1-0 Partick

    Stevie May's incredible season continues as he fires St Johnstone ahead in Perth to see them lead at the break.

    HALF-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Alloa 0-0 Raith Rovers

    Cowdenbeath 0-0 Hamilton

    Dundee 0-1 Falkirk

    Livingston 1-0 Dumbarton

    Queen of Sth 1-0 Morton

    HALF-TIME- Scottish League One

    Arbroath 0-1 Rangers

    Ayr 0-1 Stenhousemuir

    Dunfermline 0-0 Brechin

    Forfar 1-2 East Fife

    Stranraer 0-0 Airdrieonians

    HALF-TIME- Scottish League Two

    Annan Athletic 0-1 Stirling

    Berwick 2-0 Albion

    East Stirling 1-3 Clyde

    Montrose 0-0 Elgin

    Queen's Park 0-0 Peterhead

  60. 1600: 

    Here we go in the second half. Apologies for the technical problems causing a delay in our updates!

  61. 1602: 

    Anthony Stokes slaloms past a couple of Ross County challenges but the visitors survive an early Celtic attack.

    GET INVOLVED - Fly-past message

    Billiam McBoab: "One specifically for Brill and Meekings: if in doubt, kick it out!"

  63. 1608: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United (McGinn)

    Niall McGinn gets the goal he's been looking for to equalise for Aberdeen! Stooping to head in Barry Robson's delicious cross from the right - his 10th goal of the season.

  64. 1610: 

    Celtic go close to taking the lead as Liam Henderson sees his header come back off the post following Stefan Johansen's cross. Neil Lennon's side seem determined to edge themselves in front at the start of the second half with Efe Ambrose and Emilio Izaguirre also going close...

  65. 1611: 

    Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley stands up a cross for John Sutton and the striker has his head in his hands after nodding wide from close range. What a chance!

  66. 1615: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 1-1 Rangers (McManus)

    Paul McManus takes advantage of slackness in the Rangers defence to calmly slot home Arbroath's equaliser.

  67. 1618: 
    GOAL- Inverness CT 2-2 St Mirren (Kelly)

    It's all square in the Highlands again as Sean Kelly, in among a melee of players, heads St Mirren's second. The Buddies are going bananas!

  68. 1620: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Rory McKenzie brings Kilmarnock level at Fir Park as he played through on goal and keeps a calm head to find the back of the net.

  69. 1622: 
    RED CARD- Inverness CT's Josh Meekings

    Inverness are down to 10 men as Josh Meekings is dismissed for a professional foul on Josh Magennis but BBC Scotland's John Robertson feels Graeme Shinnie was the player who made the challenge.

  70. 1625: 

    Motherwell fans are screaming for a penalty as Henri Anier goes down. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston thinks the substitute striker got his own feet in a tangle but covers himself with the old "I'd like to see that one again"...

    You McGinn Again
    Aberdeen equalised through Niall McGinn's header

    Niall McGinn's header drew Aberdeen level against Dundee United to boost the Dons's hopes of holding onto second place...

  72. 1633: 

    Killie keeper Craig Samson bats away a free kick from Iain Vigurs and the rebound falls to John Sutton who sees his shot cleared off the goal-line by a visiting defender.

  73. 1636: 

    St Mirren are living dangerously as Inverness press hard for a winner but it's still locked at 2-2 in the Highlands. Can either side find a winner?


    Board67: "Subbing on Samaras and Kayal. Is Neil Lennon serious?"

  75. 1640: 

    Now St Mirren threaten. Gary Teale's chip to the back post is drilled into the ground by Kenny McLean and goalkeeper Dean Brill collects.

  76. 1641: 

    Ross County so close to take the lead again. Graham Carey delivers a trademark long-range strike and it rattles the post!

  77. 1642: 
    GOAL- Arbroath 1-2 Rangers (Aird)

    Rangers back in front at Gayfield as Fraser Aird knocks the ball in, a sucker punch for Arbroath after they threatened to go ahead in the second half.

  78. 1643: 

    It remains fast-paced at Pittodrie but Aberdeen and Dundee United are failing to create anything clear-cut. Still over five minutes for something to happen, though!

  79. 1644: 

    It's the same old story for Partick Thistle as they dominate possession at McDiarmid Park without finding the finishing touch. St Johnstone are on course to secure maximum points courtesy of the predatory Stevie May.

  80. 1645: 

    Adam Rooney hits a low drive from 20 yards which Radoslaw Cierzniak pushes away to safety.

  81. 1648: 
    GOAL- St Johnstone 1-1 Partick (Doolan)

    Kris Doolan swivels near the penalty spot and his shot squirms away from St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus to bring Partick Thistle level in stoppage time.

  82. 1649: 

    Alexei Eremenko is clean through to seal the points for Kilmarnock but his audacious chip from the edge of the box bounces against the crossbar.

  83. 1650: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 1-2 Kilmarnock (Slater)

    Craig Slater wins it for Kilmarnock in the dying minutes, arrowing in a fabulous shot to leave the Motherwell fans dejected. They've done it!

    FULL-TIME- Celtic 1-1 Ross County
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee United
    FULL-TIME- St Johnstone 1-1 Partick
    FULL-TIME- Inverness CT 2-2 St Mirren
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 1-2 Kilmarnock
  89. 1700: 

    Should Hibs win tomorrow's Edinburgh derby then Hearts will be relegated...


    Ken, Inverness: "John Hughes has ruined one of the best football sides in Scotland. They're making mistakes that amateurs would be ashamed of."

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    "On reflection, it was probably a fair result. With the backing we got and the atmosphere here today, I think it was a great advert for the Scottish Premiership."

    FULL-TIME- Scottish Championship

    Alloa 0-1 Raith Rovers

    Cowdenbeath 1-1 Hamilton

    Dundee 0-1 Falkirk

    Livingston 1-2 Dumbarton

    Queen of Sth 3 - 0 Morton

    FULL-TIME- Scottish League One

    Arbroath 1-2 Rangers

    Ayr 2-3 Stenhousemuir

    Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin

    Forfar 1-2 East Fife

    Stranraer 1-1 Airdrieonians

    FULL-TIME- Scottish League Two

    Annan Athletic 1-2 Stirling

    Berwick 3-1 Albion

    East Stirling 2-4 Clyde

    Montrose 0-3 Elgin

    Queen's Park 0-2 Peterhead


    Quite an afternoon in the Scottish Premiership. Celtic's title party at home was upset by a determined Ross County side.

    Aberdeen hit back to secure a share of the spoils with Dundee United and boost their hopes of claiming second place this term.

    Inverness CT and St Mirren drew at the Caledonian Stadium and Alan Archibald's Partick found a late equaliser at McDiarmid Park.

    Speaking of late shows, Craig Slater fired a late, late, late winner for Kilmarnock against a shell-shocked Motherwell.

    We're back tomorrow for the Edinburgh derby from Tynecastle. Victory for Hibs would see Hearts relegated; it promises to be quite an afternoon in the Scottish capital.

    Thanks for your company today; we'll have highlights of all today's games from 6pm on Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 29 Mar 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 32 64 85
No movement 2 Aberdeen 31 15 59
No movement 3 Motherwell 31 5 57
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 32 19 54
No movement 5 Inverness CT 31 5 49
No movement 6 St Johnstone 32 6 45
No movement 7 Hibernian 31 -11 34
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 32 -15 33
No movement 9 Ross County 32 -17 31
No movement 10 Partick Thistle 32 -19 30
No movement 11 St Mirren 32 -22 28
No movement 12 Hearts 30 -30 6