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Summary

  1. Challenge Cup SF: Queen of South 2-3 Dundee Utd (Dobbie, Lyle; Telfer, Fraser, Andreu)
  2. Celtic 2-0 Motherwell (Dembele, Forrest); Hearts 1-1 Inverness (Djoum; Tremarco)
  3. Partick 2-0 Hamilton (Doolan 2); Ross Co 1-2 St Johnstone (Curran; McEveley og, Kane)
  4. Celtic move 27 points clear with 20th straight league win; 31 domestic games unbeaten
  5. Thistle move into top six - five points clear of play-off spot
  6. Championship: Raith Rovers 1-1 Hibs; Morton 2-2 Falkirk; Dumbarton 2-2 Ayr

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Bye for now!

We'll find out who will play United in the final tomorrow afternoon, when St Mirren host The New Saints.

Before then, there are two important Premiership games as Aberdeen and Rangers tussle for second place.

Kilmarnock host the Dons, while the Glasgow side travel to face Dundee.

Join us tomorrow for more live coverage of another action-packed day of Scottish football.

McKinnon 'relieved to hear final whistle'

FT: Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon on BBC Alba: "We are glad to get through.  

"We are a bit disappointed with the second-half performance - we lost a couple of goals, which were avoidable. But we are happy to come down here and win against a strong side.   

"We showed a lot of character and dealt with what they threw at us, though we were relieved to hear that final whistle. 

"The main objective was to get to the final and we have done that." 

United reach cup final

You can now read Andrew Southwick's impressions of the match at Palmerston Park as United go through to the Irn Bru Cup final.

Dundee United's Charlie Telfer

Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

Dundee United march into the Irn Bru Cup final after holding off a late Queen of the South fight back at Palmerston Park.

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Andreu not looking beyond summer

FT: Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

Dundee United forward Tony Andreu, who was voted man of the match, told BBC Alba that he could not say what will happen when his loan spell from Norwich City ends this summer.

"Obviously I still have another season of my contract with Norwich to go and we will just need to wait and see what happens at the end of the season.

"We wanted to reach the final and we are happy with that. 

"We could have played better and we conceded a goal at the end, but all in all we are happy to go through. 

"It was a big shift from all the players and we scored three goals."

Fraser just happy to progress

FT: Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

Dundee United midfielder Scott Fraser on BBC Alba: "I don't think it was a very great game in terms of quality. 

"It was pretty frantic in the first half and, in the second, we didn't play our normal game.

"But we are just happy to get through. We grinded that one out and that is the main thing."

FULL-TIME Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

United hold on to reach the Irn Bru Cup final. So close for Queens, who paid for slackness in a first half in which they lost three goals.

GOAL Queen of the South 2-3 Dundee United

Derek Lyle

The big comeback is still on as Derek Lyle stabs home Queens' second goal from Dom Thomas' low cross across the face of goal in stoppage time.

Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

The Doonhamers have only five minutes left to score twice or United will be on their way to a second Challenge Cup final.

Queens are having the better of play without creating many clear-cut chances and Dom Thomas wastes a chance to put pressure on the United defence as he whips in a free-kick that evades the head of his team-mates - and the far post.

Lennon hits out at Hibs side

Hibs manager Neil Lennon was a tad unhappy at his players, despite their side extending their lead in the Championship with a 1-1 draw away to Raith Rovers.

Neil Lennon

Lennon slams 'disgraceful' Hibs display

An incensed Neil Lennon says his "abject" Hibernian team "totally disrespected" Raith Rovers in their 1-1 draw in Kirkcaldy.

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Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

The winners of this evening's game at Palmerston will be play either St Mirren or The New Saints, who are playing in the Irn Bru Cup for the first time.

St Mirren have home advantage for Sunday's second semi-final.  

The Welsh champions were among two sides from their homeland, along with two from Northern Ireland, to take part in the new format for the Challenge Cup.

Next season, there will also be two clubs from Republic of Ireland - Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers.

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TNS celebrate
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TNS are the first Welsh side to reach the semi-finals

GREAT SAVE!

Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

Luis Zwick saves at point-blank range from Darren Brownlie, but the Queens defender is flagged for offside. Not that the United goalkeeper knew it at the time.

Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

Tony Andreu scored United's third goal and gave his side a cushion it looks like they have needed as the Doonhamers are pressing for a second goal of their own.

Dundee United celebrate a goal from Tony Andreu (centre)
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Tony Andreu (centre) scored United's third goal at Palmerston Park

GREAT SAVE!

Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

Dom Thomas is next to threaten for Queens and the winger's low, 18-yard drive is pushed wide for a corner by the outstretched arm of United goalkeeper Luis Zwick.

CLOSE!

Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

Queens are pressing for a second goal and, after a goalmouth melee, Stephen Dobbie squanders a chance of his second goal of the game by blasting over the crowd on the goal-line but also over the crossbar from 10 yards.

GOAL Queen of the South 1-3 Dundee United

Stephen Dobbie

Could the unlikely be possible? Stephen Dobbie will hope to have started the fightback as the veteran striker turns on the edge of the penalty box and sends a low drive past United's Luis Zwick at the goalkeeper's near post.

KICK-OFF

Queen of the South 0-3 Dundee United

United kick-off the second half but are well on their way to their second Challenge Cup final as they look to lift the trophy for sides outside the Scottish top flight for the first time.

They lost that 1995-96 final on penalties to Stenhousemuir after a 0-0 draw.

Queens have 45 minutes to stage an unlikely comeback as they look to reach the final for a fifth time.

The Dumfries club have lifted the trophy twice, the last time in 2012-13, when they beat Partick Thistle on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

HALF-TIME Queen of the South 0-3 Dundee United

Gary Naysmith has some magic to weave during his half-time talk if Queens are to rescue their hopes of reaching the Irn Bru Cup final.

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith
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Queen of the South are managed by Gary Naysmith

Relegation not haunting McIntyre

FT: Ross County 1-2 St Johnstone

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland: "That's two weeks in a row we've lost a late goal and it's a real sickener given the effort we've put into the game.

"Nothing really changes. It's still very tight. 

"Nothing is going to be decided over the next three or four games because you would class them as a harder run of fixtures. 

"We've done it already this season at Ibrox and Tynecastle, where we've put on really good performances and picked up points. 

"There's nothing to say we won't go and do that again."

St Johnstone celebrate their second goal from Chris Kane (second right)
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Chris Kane (second right) scored St Johnstone's winner against Ross County

Canning accepts relegation 'grind'

FT: Partick Thistle 2-0 Hamilton Academical

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland: "We were probably the better team for parts of the first half. 

"We forced Thistle into changing their shape. In the second half, you can clearly see we tired, which was going to happen given how stretched the squad is. 

"When you've got a squad our size and you've got seven or eight bodies out, it's going to take its toll. 

"It's still all to play for, it's still a tight league, but it's going to be a grind."

GOAL Queen of the South 0-3 Dundee United

Tony Andreu

Tony Andreu curls a superb shot into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area as United look to have won the Irn Bru Cup semi-final before the half-time whistle.

Archibald coy about top six

FT: Partick Thistle 2-0 Hamilton Academical

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotalnd: "It was a massive game and a massive three points. 

"There wasn't a lot of good football on show - I think because of the size of the game and what was at stake.

"It is a boost (being in the top six). We don't harp on about it too much - I think the last time it lasted three days. 

"I said to the lads we've nine huge games before the split, let's win the home ones and see where it takes us, we've done that today and hopefully we can build on it."

Kris Doolan celebrates for Partick Thistle
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Kris Doolan scored twice for Partick Thistle

Queen of the South 0-2 Dundee United

There aren't many signs at Palmerston Park that Queens have the ability to force themselves back into the Irn Bru Cup semi-final.

United are comfortable as they look to protect the early lead thanks to goals from Charlie Telfer and Scott Fraser.

Charlie Telfer (right) celebrates giving Dundee United the lead
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Charlie Telfer (right) gave Dundee United the lead

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Scotland's pitches are taking a battering.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has described the Premiership leaders' pitch as "old" and hinted that it will be dug up at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Hearts' Tynecastle surface certainly hasn't been helping new head coach Ian Cathro's aim of playing passing football and there was a pow-wow on the pitch after today's draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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Leaders Forfar slip up

Runaway League Two leaders Forfar Athletic suffered a blow with a 3-2 defeat away to Berwick Rangers.

Arbroath could only move to within eight points of their Angus rivals after being held at home to Stirling Albion.

Third-top Elgin City hammered Clyde 4-1 as Barry Ferguson's Cumbernauld side continued their slide down the table and look out of the promotion play-off contention.

Annan Athletic stay fourth with a 1-0 win over Cowdenbeath, who are four points adrift at the bottom.

Montrose are three points ahead of Berwick in fifth after a 1-1 draw away to Edinburgh City.

Lennon 'raging' with Hibs

FT: Raith Rovers 1-1 Hibernian

Hibs manager Neil Lennon has lambasted his team, despite a draw away to Raith Rovers extending their lead at the top of the Championship.

"We were a disgrace and totally disrespected the opponent today," said Lennon, whose side have a Scottish Cup replay at home to city rivals Hearts on Wednesday. 

"I am raging. I didn't even celebrate the goal even though it was a great goal. 

"They will all want to play on Wednesday, but they didn't want to play today."

GOAL Queen of the South 0-2 Dundee United

Scott Fraser

United appear to be on their way to the final of the Irn Bru Cup after only 11 minutes as Scott Fraser fires through a sea of defenders from 12 yards.

Livi rough up Diamonds

In League One, Livingston have stretched their lead at the top to 12 points with a thumping 4-0 win away to second-top Airdrieonians in the battle between the two full-time sides.

Alloa Athletic leapfrog the Diamonds into second with their 2-0 win away to Queen's Park.

East Fife take advantage to move into fourth with a 3-2 win over Brechin City, who are now sixth.

It is as it was at the bottom, where Stenhousemuir and Stranraer remain tied on points after Stenny's 1-1 draw with Albion Rovers and Stranraer's 3-3 draw at home to Peterhead.

GOAL Queen of the South 0-1 Dundee United

Charlie Telfer

The Terrors make an early breakthrough in Dumfries as the Queens defence fail to clear a cross from the right and Charlie Telfer's scuffed shot slides past the goalkeeper from 15 yards.

'We deserved to win it'

FT: Ross County 1-2 St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC Radio Scotland: "We deserved to win it; I thought we were excellent.

"We started really well, dominated the ball, hit the post, maybe got a bit of fortune with the own goal.

"First half, they had a couple of long-range shots and we didn’t really feel under any pressure.

Tommy Wright
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St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists his team deserved their win over Ross County

"Second half, we knew they’d put the ball in the box, but we defended well and on the counterattack we had numerous opportunities, the final ball just let us down.

"Scott Fox has made an incredible save from MacLean, we’ve hit the bar and the post off corners, we probably should’ve had a penalty, so to lose a goal the way we did – alright, it was good play getting to the situation where they got a shot off – was disappointing for the players, but they showed great character.

"We can’t rest, we can’t think we’re in the top six, we’ve got to go and do it week in, week out."

KICK-OFF

Queen of the South v Dundee United (17:15)

Our reporter Sandra Brown says there is a poor turnout at Palmerston Park for the Irn-Bru Cup semi-final, which has just kicked off in Dumfries.

Maybe the fans are staying home to watch it live on TV, with the game being broadcast on BBC Alba.

LINE-UPS from Palmerston Park

Queen of the South v Dundee United (17:15)

Queen of the South: Robinson, Hamill, Marshall, Dowie, Brownlie, Higgins, Lyle, Dobbie, Jacobs, Thoms, Murray.

Substitutes: Hooper, Atkinson, Dykes, Bell, Fergusson, Carmichael.

Dundee United: Zwick, Dillon, Dixon, Murray, Flood, Van der Struijk, Fraser, Telfer, Edjenguele, Nicholls, Andreu.

Substitutes: Long, Durnan, Allardice, Mikkelson, Coote, Smith, Murdoch.

Rodgers hails scorer Forrest

FT: Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Radio Scotland: "I thought the players were typically very good on a difficult surface.

"Motherwell were never going to come here and open the game up.

"The first 20 minutes was a bit slow, but we still got our two goals.

"James Forrest was the man of the match today. He was outstanding.

"Overall, another clean sheet and we were very solid."

McGhee praises Well despite defeat

FT: Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee on BBC Radio Scotland: "Given Celtic's recent form, with a decent performance and 2-0 defeat, I was quite satisfied.

"The Aberdeen game was a total aberration and we needed to come today and stand up to it and we did."

Bad news for Buddies

Relegation is closing in on St Mirren despite the Paisley side not playing today.

Raith Rovers and Ayr United both picked up a point to move further clear of the bottom side.

Ayr scored twice in stoppage time to take a point against Dumbarton despite being down to 10 men for most of the game.

Rovers got theirs in their first game under John Hughes with a draw at home to leaders Hibs.

The Edinburgh side move seven points ahead of Dundee United.

Morton and Falkirk drew a thrilling game in Greenock and are locked on 41 points, with the Bairns ahead of goal difference.

Full-time scores

Championship

Dumbarton 2-2 Ayr United

Greenock Morton 2-2 Falkirk

Raith Rovers 1-1 Hibernian

League One

Airdrieonians 0-4 Livingston

Albion Rovers 1-1 Stenhousemuir

East Fife 3-2 Brechin City

Queen's Park 0-2 Alloa Athletic

Stranraer 3-3 Peterhead

League Two

Arbroath 1-1 Stirling Albion

Berwick Rangers 3-2 Forfar Athletic

Cowdenbeath 0-1 Annan Athletic

Edinburgh City 1-1 Montrose

Elgin City 4-1 Clyde

Hearts pay penalty

As Celtic stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership to 27 points, Hearts' missed penalty means they squander a chance to move to within three points of third-top Rangers.

Instead, Hearts are left looking behind them as St Johnstone's win away to Ross County moves the Perth side to within a point of the Edinburgh outfit.

Partick Thistle's 2-0 win over Hamilton takes the Glasgow side into sixth place ahead of Kilmarnock and Dundee, who play tomorrow, County and Motherwell.

Caley Thistle's point takes Richie Foran's side to within two points of second-bottom Accies.

Hearts' Jamie Walker shows his disappointment
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Jamie Walker missed a penalty for Hearts

FULL-TIME

Celtic 2-0 Motherwell

A 20th straight league win for Celtic and they are again 27 points clear at the top of the Premiership.

Moussa Dembele and James Forrest were on target for the hosts.

Celtic celebrate
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