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Summary

  1. Celtic kick off title defence with 4-1 win v Hearts
  2. Griffiths (2), Sinclair & McGregor for Celtic; Goncalves for Hearts
  3. FT: Dundee 1-2 Ross Co (Hendry; Lindsay, Routis)
  4. FT: Hibs 3-1 Partick (Boyle, Whittaker, Murray; Erskine)
  5. FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone (Boyd; Wotherspoon, O'Halloran)
  6. FT: ICT 0-1 Dundee Utd in one of five Championship games

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Thrills, spills and belly rumbles

Jon Daly & Brendan Rodgers at odds over Hearts comments

Well, we've had a goal-laden start to the new SPFL season and already a "war of words" between two managers - Hearts' Jon Daly and Celtic's Brendan Rodgers - has hit the headlines.

No doubt there will be more outspoken comments to follow this season - maybe even tomorrow.

Join us then for more Premiership coverage, when Aberdeen and Rangers, expected to be Celtic's closest challengers, get their campaigns up and running.

The Dons, runners-up last season, host Hamilton Academical, while Pedro Caixinha is looking for improvement on the Ibrox side's third-place finish after heavy summer investment as they visit Motherwell.

That game at Fir Park is up first, kicking off at 13:30 BST.

Hearts interim boss Jon Daly and Celtic's Brendan Rodgers
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Off The Ball

The BBC Radio Scotland baton has been passed back to Off The Ball, with Jane Lewis hosting with Tam Cowan and former Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton.

There will be more reaction to today's games on there.

They are looking for suggestions for team of the day, with Hibs, Ayr United and St Mirren all getting mentions so far.

Neil starts with win over fellow Scots

Alex Neil has started his reign as Preston North End boss with a win over a Sheffield Wednesday side laden with fellow Scots.

Scotland midfielder George Boyd made his debut for Wednesday after his summer move from Burnley but was replaced by compatriot Ross Wallace after the break.

Jordan Rhodes was also hooked, replaced by former Celtic man Gary Hooper, with fellow Scotland striker Steven Fletcher left kicking his heels on the bench.

Paul Gallagher was a late replacement for Preston, but Stevie May was another unused sub.

Daniel Johnson (right)

Preston North End 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Daniel Johnson's penalty gives Alex Neil a victory over Sheffield Wednesday in his first game as Preston manager.

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Former Ger Garner scores winner

Joe Garner, remember him? The striker sold by Rangers after a disappointing season at Ibrox has bounced back with a winning goal in his competitive debut for Ipswich Town in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City in the English Championship.

Joe Garner

Ipswich Town 1-0 Birmingham City

Joe Garner marks his return to English football by scoring the winner for Ipswich against Birmingham at Portman Road.

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Goal of the season already - Wright

FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has been waxing lyrical about Michael O'Halloran's debut goal as a substitute in his return to the Perth club on loan from Rangers.

"It was probably written in the stars," he told BBC Radio Scotland after the 2-1 win over Kilmarnock.

"It must be right up there for goal of the season."

McCann wants 'nasty' response

FT: Dundee 1-2 Ross County

Dundee manager Neil McCann thinks his side need to be a "bit more nasty" in midfield after their meek 2-1 defeat at home to Ross County.

"I felt we started okay and looked a threat and latter part we did well," he said.

"The bit in between was not good enough and Ross County dominated us in the middle of the pitch, which is disappointing as we have two combative players in there.

"We looked hesitant going forward and I'm also disappointed with losing two goals from set-pieces.

"Overall, I am disappointed with the start of the campaign and will be looking for a reaction come Wednesday [against Dundee United in the League Cup]."

We survived Alamo - McIntyre

FT: Dundee 1-2 Ross County

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is delighted with his side's first opening-day win in seven years.

"I thought first half we were excellent and should have hit the net at least once more," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It was nervous close to the end and it was like the Alamo.

"But the boys dug in and threw their bodies on the line.

"We spoke about getting more goals from the middle of the park and two guys from the middle scored today."

McGregor delight at Celtic start

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says his side's 4-1 win over Hearts has sent out a message to their Premiership rivals.

Callum McGregor celebrates

'Celtic have sent a message to rivals'

Callum McGregor insists champions Celtic have shown their Premiership rivals "they mean business" with a 4-1 hammering of Hearts.

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Daly and Rodgers trade words

Hearts interim head coach Jon Daly has hit back at Brendan Rodgers' comments following the sacking of Ian Cathro, but the Celtic boss has defended his right to speak his mind.

Jon Daly and Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers' comments unacceptable - Daly

Hearts interim head coach Jon Daly criticises Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers for questioning the Tynecastle club's structure and recruitment.

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First option is staying up - Lennon

FT: Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon is not getting carried away with a fine 3-1 win over Partick Thistle.

"We were dozy at their goal, but the reaction was excellent," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We have goalscorers in this team and I thought Simon Murray was brilliant in his debut at this level.

"Staying up is the first option and I am looking for consistency of performance.

"This is a good league, but it is a very good start."

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie with the Championship trophy
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Hibs chairman Rod Petrie unfurled the Championship trophy ahead of kick-off

FULL-TIME ROUND-UP

Championship, League One & League Two

Championship

Dumbarton 0-0 Greenock Morton

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-1 Dundee United

Livingston 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Queen of the South 4-1 Brechin City

St Mirren 3-1 Falkirk

Dunfermline celebrate their equaliser
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Kallum Higginbotham equalised for Dunfermline against League One champions Livingston

League One

Albion Rovers 1-5 Ayr United

Alloa Athletic 1-1 Raith Rovers

Arbroath 2-0 Queen's Park

Forfar Athletic 2-1 Airdrieonians

Stranraer 1-0 East Fife

Arbroath celebrate a goal against Queen's Park
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Arbroath celebrated unfurling the League Two flag by beating Queen's Park

League Two

Annan Athletic 1-2 Peterhead

Berwick Rangers 3-1 Clyde

Edinburgh City 1-3 Montrose

Elgin City 1-1 Cowdenbeath

Stenhousemuir 2-3 Stirling Albion

FULL-TIME - Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Hibs are back in the top flight with a bang, coming from behind to sweep aside Thistle.

A joyous Championship flag day for Neil Lennon's men, dominating most of the match against a team who finished in the top six last season.

FULL-TIME Dundee 1-2 Ross County

County leave Dens Park with all three points.

Dundee almost got back into the match near the end, but Jamie Lindsay and Christopher Routis' goals, followed by Jack Hendry's for Dundee, were enough to give the visitors victory.

Ross County celebrate
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FULL-TIME - Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone

That piece of magic from Michael O'Halloran ensures that Saints show they mean business again after finishing fourth last season.

Kilmarnock had gone into the game full of confidence after Lee McCulloch's summer rebuilding, but they are made to think again.

GOAL - Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone

Michael O'Halloran

Michael O'Halloran said he hoped working with Saints boss Tommy Wright again would restore his form and he has started with a bang.

The forward on loan from Rangers waltzes into the Killie penalty box and past a clutch of defenders who seem mesmerised by his movement before he plants it low into the far corner of the net.

CLOSE!

Dundee 1-2 Ross County

Dundee captain Darren O'Dea close to an equaliser, his rasping shot rising just over the crossbar.

GOAL - Dundee 1-2 Ross County

Jack Hendry

It's game on again at Dens Park as Jack Hendry, son of former Scotland defender Colin, heads in Scott Allan's corner to reduce Dundee's deficit.

New face for Hibs

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

The Easter Road crowd get their first glimpse of Lithuanian international Vykintas Slivka, as the midfielder who arrived from Juventus trots on for his home debut. He replaces Marvin Bartley, who took a sore one in a collision with team-mate Steven Whittaker a few minutes ago.

RED CARD

St Mirren 3-1 Falkirk

Aaron Muirhead is sent off for an elbow in the face of St Mirren's Stelios Demetriou.

GOAL - Queen of the South 4-1 Brechin City

Lyndon Dykes

Lyndon Dykes pounces on a defensive mistake to stretch Queens' lead again.

Boyle leading Hibs charge

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Easter Road

Despite a few sparks of life towards the latter stages from Thistle, this has the feel of game-over. Hibs are in cruise control now after showing enough power to get themselves into a 3-1 lead. Three points look like being the reward for the Easter Road side for a job well done. Martin Boyle looks like he can be a big player for Hibs this season, but lots of good performances.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone

Kris Boyd goes close to doubling his tally for the day and giving his side the lead, but his effort crashes off the bar via a fine touch from Saints goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

GOAL - Queen of the South 3-1 Brechin City

Chris O'Neil

Brechin get their first goal in the second tier in 10 years, but Chris O'Neil's strike has probably come too late to prevent defeat in Dumfries.

Returning hero Stokes

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Easter Road rises to salute one of its fondest sons as the man who scored two goals in the hoodoo-ending 2016 Scottish Cup final victory, Anthony Stokes, replaces Danny Swanson to a hero's welcome.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone

Kilmarnock almost take the lead as Kris Boyd feeds Lee Erwin on the right and the striker draws a solid stop from Alan Mannus with an angled drive.

GOAL - St Mirren 3-1 Falkirk

Gavin Reilly

After that false alarm earlier, Gavin Reilly does get his fourth goal of the season as he fires St Mirren into a healthy lead with a fine strike against one of the pre-season promotion favourites.

GREAT SAVE!

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Substitute Kevin Nisbet is on the end of a chance for Thistle, with his looping header tipped over the bar by Ofir Marciano. The visitors are having much more of the ball but still trail by two goals.

Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

All these new signings at Rugby Park and yet it's the old boy Kris Boyd who brings Kilmarnock back into the game. He's scored more than 100 goals for Killie, has more than 200 in the top flight and notched the Premiership's fastest goal. Now he's brightened up the opening match of the hosts' league campaign - and what a strike it was!

HITS THE WOODWORK

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Tomas Cerny's right-hand post denies Simon Murray a second goal as Hibs tear downfield again. Martin Boyle beats Callum Booth, his cross finds Murray, but the striker hits the woodwork from seven yards out and Thistle scramble clear.

GOAL Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone

Kris Boyd

Killie level things up at Rugby Park and, almost inevitably, it's Kris Boyd. The veteran former Scotland striker adopts a raw power approach to free-kick taking, smashing an effort from 25 yards into the corner as goalkeeper Alan Mannus is unable to keep it out.

GOAL - Dundee 0-2 Ross County

Chris Routis

Chris Routis rises highest in the Dundee penalty area to head home a corner and double County's lead.

Kilmarnock 0-1 St Johnstone

David Wotherspoon's strike has St Johnstone still in the lead at Rugby Park.

David Wotherspoon's strike gives St Johnstone the lead over Kilmarnock
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David Wotherspoon's strike gave St Johnstone the lead over Kilmarnock

Hibees in command

Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland

Martin Boyle has been a threat for Hibs all afternoon and he engineers the situation to make it 3-1 to the home side. Callum Booth brought Boyle down in the box. Simon Murray made no mistake from the spot. No bright start from Thistle this time. Hibs have taken this game by the scruff of the neck.

GOAL - Livingston 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Kallum Higginbotham (penalty)

The Pars draw level from the penalty spot through Callum Higginbotham.

GOAL - Queen of the South 3-0 Brechin City

John Rankin

Queens are well on their way to a victory as John Rankin puts them three ahead against Brechin.

GOAL Hibernian 3-1 Partick Thistle

Simon Murray

Red-haired striker Simon Murray sends Tomas Cerny the wrong way from the spot to net his eighth goal in five matches since joining Hibs - and his first strike in the league.

PENALTY

Hibernian 2-1 Partick Thistle

Callum Booth, former Hibs defender, fells Martin Boyle in the box and Nick Walsh points to the spot...

Injury blow for Dundee

Dundee 0-1 Ross County

Jack Hendry replaced defender Kerr Waddell at the start of the second half and now Dundee make another change with striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui taking over from injured summer signing Sofien Moussa.

GOAL - St Mirren 2-1 Falkirk

Gavin Reilly

Summer signing Gavin Reilly scores his fourth goal of the season - the first after the break here in Scotland - as St Mirren come from behind to lead Falkirk.

The Bairns have also suffered a blow, with summer signing Rory Loy having to be replaced through injury.

Ins and outs in Scottish football

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