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Summary

  1. FT: Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle (Sinclair; Azeez) - Cerny saved Sinclair penalty at 1-1
  2. FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers - Rangers 12 points behind Aberdeen
  3. FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts (Shaughnessy) - Nicholson sent off for Hearts, Saints go five points clear of Hearts
  4. FT: Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton Academical - MacKinnon sent off for Accies

Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

Champions held, Saints prevail

Not a night littered with goals in the Premiership but some big results.

Partick Thistle produced an excellent display to become just the third team this season to deny champions Celtic all three points. Ade Azeez cancelled out Scott Sinclair's opener before Tomas Cerny denied Sinclair from the penalty spot to earn his side a point.

St Johnstone were deserved 1-0 winners over Hearts, whose night was made even worse by Sam Nicholson's red card over an alleged spitting incident.

Kilmarnock and Rangers played out a 0-0 draw at Rugby Park and Motherwell and Hamilton could not produce a goal either in the Lanarkshire derby.

That's it for this evening. Thanks for your company and contributions.

Goodnight.

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'Hearts form is unacceptable'

FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Hearts manager Ian Cathro was asked on BBC Radio Scotland about people questioning his poor win ratio since taking charge.

"They are right to question that," Cathro said. 

"That run is one that is unacceptable for this club, it's unacceptable for me. It's the situation that we're in. None of those things can be changed. 

"The only thing we can focus on is making sure we improve."

'We fully deserved the win'

FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright on BBC Radio Scotland : "Hearts kept the ball pretty well in the first 10 or 15 minutes without creating one chance. 

"Once that spell was over the game opened up. We were the dominant team throughout and probably should have been up at half time. The win was fully deserved.

"I can't speak highly enough of the players. There was a lot of good play and there was a lot of character tonight. They've been superb all season and tonight was another good performance."

Tommy Wright
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'Our job is to peak for the semi-final'

FT: Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers talking to BBC Sportsound:

"In the first half we had good control and good interplay but we were missing that bit of penetration to get behind Partick, who were very well organised.

"After we score, we made changes and there's a bit of disruption which they take advantage of. 

"Scotty will be disappointed not to score the penalty and then Partick showed why they haven't been conceding too many goals.

"I'm proud of the players because sometimes a game like that can get away from you.

"Our job is to peak for the semi final [against Rangers on 23 April]. If there was a game to give some players rest, tonight was it. I'm pleased to give game time to a few that needed it. Eboue [Kouassi] made his first start and Tom Rogic is back."

Brendan Rodgers
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FT: Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

To put a positive spin on this for both sides, this is Motherwell's first clean sheet in 16 attempts in all competitions, while hamilton have now taken four points from their last six.

This stalemate will be remembered for the goal that might have been - Ben Heneghan's header cleared by Accies' Alex D'Acol, but did it cross the line?

Thistle's 'bonus point'

FT: Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald on BBC Radio Scotland: "I think it's a bonus point. 

"The first half was a bit like a training exercise for Celtic. It was the worst we've played here in terms of passing the ball in my time as manager but they were working ever so hard. Much better in the second half in terms of keeping the ball and creating openings. 

"I thought they were going to nick the win because we've lost a late goal here before. Delighted with the point. It was a good performance."

Alan Archibald
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Stalemate frustrates Caixinha

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha on Sky Sports : "We need to show initiative.

"If one team deserves to be the winner, it should be us.

"But it's not enough. We cannot be happy with this, we want more."

Pedro Caixinha
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Nicholson in spitting incident

FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser at McDiarmid Park

It (the red card) is 100% for spitting. He doesn't spit on the linesman. He steps away from the linesman, goes on his tip-toes, arches his back and spits. The linesman clearly thinks it's aimed at him, that's the reason he's put his flag up. He's called the referee over and Sam Nicholson has been sent off for spitting.

McCulloch satisfied with point

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch: "We really took the game to Rangers. All in all, delighted with the point.

"Delighted with how the boys showed resilience at the end.

"Maybe a bit unfortunate not nick it in the end but if we're being realistic, we'll take a point.

"Every point's a prisoner as they say."

Lee McCulloch
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FT: Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Celtic looked in control after Sinclair's opening goal but there was total confusion when Emilio Izaguirre went off and they had no one at left-back, with Partick Thistle taking advantage.

FULL-TIME Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton

A fiercely contested affair at Fir Park but neither side able to find the breakthrough.

Darian MacKinnon plays the game right on the edge and he saw red after allegedly - and we await conformation of this - gesturing at a Motherwell fan.

With a man advantage it will be Motherwell who will be the more frustrated side this evening at failing to take all three points.


          Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson shows his frustration on the sidelines
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FULL-TIME Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

A terrific point for Partick Thistle at the home of the champions.

When Scott Sinclair gave Celtic a second half lead it looked like it would be a routine win for Brendan Rodgers' side, but Ade Azeez hit back for Thistle and Thistle Tomas Cerny saved a Sinclair penalty to ensure his side secured a share of the spoils.

Celtic drop league points for just the third time this season.

FULL-TIME St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

St Johnstone move five points ahead of Hearts in the Premiership table after a deserved victory at McDiarmid Park.

Joe Shaugnessy's second half goal proved to be the winner, and another miserable night for Hearts was completed with Sam Nicholson's red card.

Tricky times for Ian Cathro who just can't seem to build up any sort of momentum at Hearts.


          St Johnstone's Joe Shaughnessy and Tom Scobbie celebrate their win over Hearts
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All action

Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Tom English

BBC Scotland chief sports writer at Celtic Park

This has suddenly got very, very interesting. Everybody in this stadium will have assumed that when Scott Sinclair scored then that, pretty much, was that. Then Ade Azeez shocked the place with the equaliser. 

Everybody got noisy again when that penalty was awarded, then everybody fell quiet again when Sinclair missed. Little happened in the first half. Everything happening now. 


          Scott Sinclair has his haad in his hands after missing his penalty against Partick
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FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

It ends in probably the right result. Neither side really did enough to win and there was a distinct lack of cutting edge at both ends of the park.


          Joe Garner yells out in frustration as Rangers draw 0-0 with Kilmarnock
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Fully deserved

St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland

It's simply unarguable that St Johnstone don't deserve three points. They've created good chances and looked head and shoulders above this Hearts side.

They're on course for a five-point lead over their visitors and given the run Hearts are on, it's hard to see that being overhauled.

Sam Nicholson's ordering off has just put the seal on another disappointing evening for Ian Cathro's side.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Sean Longstaff heads wide after beating Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to a cross.

Way over

Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Rangers' James Tavernier sizes up a free-kick on the edge of the box. He scored at Rugby Park earlier this season but cannot repeat the feat as he blazes over.

Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

It's only speculation at the moment but we're hearing Darian MacKinnon might have been dismissed because of gesturing towards a Motherwell fan.


          Darian MacKinnon walks off the pitch after being shown a straight red
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RED CARD St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Sam Nicholson

Sam Nicholson has only been on the pitch 16 minutes but he is off after receiving a red card.

Allan Preston at McDiarmid Park is hearing it may be for aiming a gesture at a Saints supporter.

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Hearts are down to ten men after Sam Nicholson is sent off
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Iain McGowan : Watching Kilmarnock v Rangers - can't believe how poor this is. Most amazing thing is this is Kilmarnock's "pitch" and they can't play passing football on it??? Don't they train on it? As for Rangers they're not exactly great either.

St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser

When Ian Cathro took over Hearts were two points ahead of Aberdeen in second place. They will now be 23 points behind them as things stand. It's just simply not good enough.

Iain Cathro tries to push his team forward to get a goal
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Rangers change

Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Last throw of the dice from Pedro Caixinha. With Joe Dodoo on earlier for Joe Garner and Kenny Miller having replaced Emerson Hyndman at the break, Josh Windass is sent on in place of Martyn Waghorn.

Pedro Caixinha urges his players on
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Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton Academical

Accies boss Martin Canning responds to that bizarre dismissal by replacing playmaker Ali Crawford with the more robust, defensive presence  of Massimo Donati. A point looks like a pretty good result for the visitors as things stand...

RED CARD

Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton Academical

Accies are down to 10 men - and no-one is quite sure why. Midfielder Darian MacKinnon is shown a red card after a brief conference between referee and linesman. It seems the Hamilton player may have spoken out of turn to the officials.

In a game of massive significance at the foot of the Premiership, it's very much advantage Motherwell.

Darian MacKinnon is shown a red card
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Azeez blows big Thistle chance

Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Suddenly, Thistle look lively as the ball is cleared from the Celtic goal-line, with an Adam Barton header dipping on target.

Ade Azeez is then clean through but the striker takes too long to get a shot away and Jozo Simunovic is able to get in a blocking tackle.

Ade Adzeez almost gets a second for Partick
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GOAL St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts

Joe Shaughnessy

A simple ball into the box is fumbled by goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and wide for a corner. From the resulting set-piece Joe Shaughnessy gets his head to it and steers the ball inside the near post.

Saints' Joe Shaugnessy opens the scoring
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Moult on the mic

Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

Hamilton look slightly more settled in this second half and are shooting towards the Accies fans, who are urging their team forward.

Louis Moult is still having to earn his corn tonight despite being out injured - he's on co-commentary duty for Motherwell's media channel!

MISSED PENALTY

Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Scott Sinclair must wait for his 23rd goal of the season as Tomas Cerny makes a good stop.

Scott Sinclair misses his penalty
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Pat Bonner's bunnet

St Johnstone 0-0 Hearts

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser

Hearts have had a shot on target. Pat Bonner with his bunnet could have saved it.

Hearts' Isma Goncalves
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PENALTY

Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Scott Sinclair is upended and Celtic have an immediate chance to restore their lead.

GOAL Celtic 1-1 Partick Thistle

Ade Azeez

Celtic shuffle things around to accommodate that double change and Erik Sviatchenko is caught out on the left and Ade Azeez is able to profit with a tidy finish from Christie Elliott's low delivery.


          Ade Adeez slots the ball past Craig Gordon to level things up
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Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle

A big round of applause as Tom Rogic comes off the bench for his first Celtic appearance since 17 December. Stuart Armstrong is also on, with Eboue Kouassi and Emilio Izaguirre making way.

Brendan Rodgers sends on Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong
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GREAT SAVE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Freddie Woodman keeps out a James Tavernier header as Rangers again trouble Killie at a corner.

CLOSE!

Motherwell 0-0 Hamilton Academical

The home side looking dangerous as the second half progresses - Elliott Frear volleys just wide from the edge of the box with the Steelmen beginning to pile men forward.

Motherwell's Chris Cadden tries to keep Greg Docherty at bay
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GREAT SAVE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

Martyn Waghorn gets in behind the Kilmarnock defence with the ball bouncing and his shot is turned out by Freddie Woodman.

Off target

St Johnstone 0-0 Hearts

Brian Easton takes aim from distance but it's over the bar. A real lack of quality in this half. St Johnstone are still the dominant team but are beginning to run out of steam. 

St Johnstone ar elooking the more dominant team
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