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Colin Moffat

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  1. Post update

    That's quite enough from me. I'm off for a lie down after all of those goals. We'll be back tomorrow for Partick Thistle v Aberdeen, which is a lunchtime kick-off.

    Thanks for your company and make sure you enjoy more from Stuart and Tam on Off the Ball's Saturday Supplement, which has just got started...

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    Celtic boss Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a poor performance. we did not press properly in the first half and Dundee had too much of the ball and created a few possibilities. But we won the game and that is positive and the second goal was fantastic.

    "At 2-0 we needed to attack and keep going for more goals.

    "James Forrest was great on the ball and Kris Commons has been out for a while, so it's good to have them back again."

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    We have a late kick-off in the Championship, with Queen of the South taking on Raith Rovers at Palmerston, with a 17:30 kick-off.. That one is being shown over on BBC ALBA and you can watch online too.

    The teams served up a seven-goal thriller in Kirkcaldy earlier this season so that should be worth tuning in for.

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    Former Inverness midfielder Barry Wilson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Inverness were dominant after switching off a bit for Motherwell's equaliser. It could and probably should have been by a few more goals, it was a comfortable win. They are right up there challenging, which is great to see."

    Barry was making his debut on Open All Mics and is a natural; shrieking and shouting like he's been on every week for years. He even called one of the goalscorers wrong just to fit in...

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    Dundee manager Paul Hartley on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought we were excellent in the first half and, overall, played some good football. Not many teams will come here and make things happen. I'm disappointed in the result but I take positives from the way we played. We gave Celtic a game and could have won the game if we'd taken our chances."

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    St Mirren, along with Ross County and Motherwell, are in danger of losing touch with the rest of the Premiership pack.

    Do Buddies fans regret the departure of former boss Danny Lennon, who steered them to League Cup glory in 2013?

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    St Mirren manager Tommy Craig on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I feel the football pressure but it's nothing I can't handle. I've been in the game a long time and I've seen both sides in equal measure.

    "I'll be back at training on Monday and we'll go at it hard and fast again."

    Craig adds that injured quartet Steven Thomson, Isaac Osbourne, John McGinn and Ellis Plummer are all two weeks away from a return.

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    It seems an age ago since Hearts moved nine points clear in the Championship with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Rangers at Tynecastle. There will be no time for much in the way of celebrations, though. Head coach Robbie Neilson has his team in six days a week, with double and even triple training sessions. It's been paying off so far, with the men in maroon still unbeaten in the league.



    Alloa 2-3 Falkirk

    Cowdenbeath 1-0 Livingston

    Dumbarton 3-6 Hibernian

    League One

    Dunfermline 4-0 Stirling

    Forfar 2-0 Ayr

    Morton 3-1 Stenhousemuir

    Peterhead 1-1 Brechin

    Stranraer 1-0 Airdrieonians

    League Two

    Arbroath 4-0 Clyde

    Berwick 2-0 Annan Athletic

    East Fife 1-1 Elgin

    East Stirlingshire 4-0 Montrose

    Queen's Park 0-1 Albion Rovers

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    With the top four in the Premiership all winning, a mere two points continues to cover them. Aberdeen can move to within two points of fourth-place Hamilton with a win at Partick Thistle tomorrow.

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    Celtic stay top of the Premiership

    John Guidetti was on target for Celtic

    John Guidetti busts a few old skool breakdance moves after netting Celtic's second goal. Where his his sheet of linoleum?

    Dundee got one back and played very well in patches but the champions remain at the top of the pile.


    St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

    That makes it a clean sweep of five home wins in the top flight...


    Celtic 2-1 Dundee

    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell


    Celtic 2-1 Dundee

    Beram Kayal knocks the ball in for Celtic but it won't count. Dundee can breathe again but not for long as the clock ticks down.


    Dundee Utd 3-1 Kilmarnock

    Hamilton 3-0 St Mirren

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    St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

    Ross County's second half performance has been full of invention, pace and creativity, the complete opposite of their first half efforts. However they are leaving it late as a Jackson Irvine header drfits wide.

  17. GOAL

    Dundee Utd 3-1 Kilmarnock (Connolly)

    Substitute Aiden Connolly surely makes the points safe for Dundee United, finishing off a flowing move in stoppage-time. It's no more that the hosts deserve after dominating for long spells.


    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell

    Marley Watkins does it again! For the second time inside a few minutes the ICT midfielder hits the frame of the goal with a header when it looked easier to score.

  19. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Steve on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball. Is Scottish football on the up with a tight SPFL and a decent Championship?"

    BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland on Twitter: "It's a shame for @saintmirrenfc that they've played by far their best stuff after going 3-0 down to @acciesfc @BBCSportScot"

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    Championship update

    Goals, goals, goals! Hibernian are now 6-3 in front at Dumbarton as Dominique Malonga grabs a hat-trick for the visitors.


    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell

    A second goal for Marley Watkins surely as he rises at the back post to connect with a back-post header? But no, he somehow smacks his effort against the crossbar.

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    St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County

    Fired-up Ross County are on top in Perth and after a sweeping move opens up the Saints Filip Kiss fires just over. St Johnstone don't have the points secure yet.

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    Celtic 2-1 Dundee

    Substitute Callum McGregor forces a good save from Scott Bain as Celtic look to kill off their opponents. Time running out for Dundee to secure a point.


    Hamilton 3-0 St Mirren

    St Mirren are suddenly awake and hit the woodwork for the third time since they conceded a third goal as Jason Naismith's shot is tipped onto a post by Michael McGovern.

  25. GOAL

    Inverness CT 3-1 Motherwell (Meekings)

    The Highlanders have the cushion their play merits as Josh Meekings is in the right place to divert home from a corner kick.

  26. GOAL

    St Johnstone 2-1 Ross County (Jervis)

    With the visitors still fuming about Saints' second goal, they swiftly reduce the deficit as Jake Jervis bundles the ball over the line.

  27. GOAL

    St Johnstone 2-0 Ross County (O'Halloran)

    Ross County are claiming for penalty as Michael O'Halloran breaks away and does well to hold off the defender before turning and unleashing a shot past Mark Brown.

  28. GOAL

    Hamilton 3-0 St Mirren (Crawford)

    It's game over at New Douglas Park as the impressive Ali Crawford slots in a composed finish on his 150th appearance for the club.

  29. GOAL

    Inverness CT 2-1 Motherwell (Watkins)

    The Highlanders are ahead again as Marley Watkins glances in a header from Graeme Shinnie's delivery.

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    Championship update

    The goals keep coming at Dumbarton. It's now 4-3 to Hibs. There's still time for that despair and desperation, Tom.

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    St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County

    Two great chances at either end at McDairmid Park. First, Lee Croft's cross finds Michael O'Halloran unmarked at the back post, but the Saints attacker somehow heads against the bar.

    While the Saints players look at each other in disbelief, Jake Jervis races through and Alan Mannus does well to block his effort.

  32. GOAL

    Hamilton 2-0 St Mirren (Antoine-Curier)

    The hosts' pressure finally leads to a second goal as Mikael Antoine-Curier applies a close-range finish. The beleaguered Buddies are all at sea.

  33. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Tom and 20 others ‏on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball I never know quite what 2 tweet when Hibs are winning. 4 me football's always been about the despair & desperation."

    Well, be prepared for further discombobulation because Hibs have scored again, 4-2 at Dubarton now.

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    Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren

    Buddies goalkeeper Mark Ridgers does will to tip over a close-range effort from Mikael Antoine-Curier.

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    Championship update

    Well, well. Dumbarton have knocked in two second-half goals and now trail Hibernian 3-2.

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    St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County

    Signs that Ross County are going to be more of a threat in the second half, with the visitors moving the ball about at pace, but home goalkeeper Alan Mannus has yet to dirty his gloves.

  37. GOAL

    Celtic 2-1 Dundee (Clarkson)

    There was a good claim for a penalty in the build-up but Dundee don't stop to claim for the handball, they work on and the ball breaks to David Clarkson who fires past Craig Gordon with the aid of a deflection. Seven goals in seven games for the striker.

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    Celtic 2-0 Dundee

    Dundee thought they had a goal back there as Gary Harkins' free kick is glanced into the net by James McPake, but the assistant's flag was raised for offside. That'll be worth a look on television. Moments later Greg Stewart's shot is deflected inches wide.

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    Dundee Utd 2-1 Kilmarnock

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Tannadice

    "Picking up from where we left off here... United's Stuart Armstrong set up Nadir Cifcti whose point-blank effort is saved by Killie's Craig Samson, and the goalkeeper goes on to stop another Armstrong drive from 18 yards."

  40. GOAL

    Celtic 2-0 Dundee (Guidetti)

    Swedish striker John Guidetti just can't stop scoring! James Forrest begins the move with some good skill and a perfect pass for the over-lapping Adam Matthews, who shows good composure to pick out Guidetti and the Swede finishes clinically from just inside the box.

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    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell celebrate at Inverness

    Motherwell have had one shot on goal in Inverness and they made it count...

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    Dundee Utd 2-1 Kilmarnock

    The hosts have started this second half in sparkling form as Charlie Telfer hammers a shot narrowly past and Craig Samson makes a good save to deny Stuart Armstrong.

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    Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren

    Hamilton striker Mikael Antoine-Curier has his head in his hands after nodding a good chance over the top.

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    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell

    Defender Gary Warren pokes an effort just wide as Inverness continue to make all of the running. Billy McKay then goes round the keeper only to shoot high and wide from a tight angle.

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    Celtic 1-0 Dundee

    Jason Denayer took a knock just before half-time in a challenge with Gary Irvine and the Celtic defender hasn't reappeared for the second period. He's replaced by Efe Ambrose.

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    Dundee Utd 2-1 Kilmarnock

    We're underway at Tannadice. Referee John Beaton must have a hot date tonight; he's not hanging about.



    Alloa 1-2 Falkirk

    Cowdenbeath 0-0 Livingston

    Dumbarton 0-3 Hibernian

    League One

    Dunfermline 2-0 Stirling

    Forfar 1-0 Ayr

    Morton 2-0 Stenhousemuir

    Peterhead 0-0 Brechin

    Stranraer 0-0 Airdrieonians

    League Two

    Arbroath 4-0 Clyde

    Berwick 0-0 Annan Athletic

    East Fife 1-1 Elgin

    East Stirling 2-0 Montrose

    Queen's Park 0-0 Albion Rovers

  48. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Stephen Hay on Twitter: "Not fully convinced by this centre half pairing of Celtic. 'Footballers' don't always make good stoppers. #bbcscotfootball"

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    St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County

    St Johnstone will feel they should be more than one goal ahead, with Brian Graham and Michael O'Halloran both passing up good chances before James McFadden grabbed his first goal for the club, while the delivery into the box has not always been up to standard. However, Staggies boss Jim McIntyre has more to do at half-time with his side yet to have a shot on target.


    St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County

    Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren

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    Celtic 1-0 Dundee

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    Anthony Stokes celebrates

    "The Celtic fans applaud their team off the pitch at the break but if that Anthony Stokes header hadn't found the net a minute ago, the reception might have been very different. Dundee have been the better team, creating the better chances, but as Paul Hartley knows only too well, if you can't take those chances there's a good chance Celtic will punish you. That's what they've done, but the home side will have to improve in the second half if they want to be sure of victory."


    Celtic 1-0 Dundee

    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell

    Dundee Utd 2-1 Kilmarnock

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    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell

    Inverness are piling the pressure on now as Dan Twardzik makes another fine stop to keep out Greg Tansey's raking strike.

  54. GOAL

    Celtic 1-0 Dundee (Stokes)

    Kris Commons fires in a free kick almost at the corner flag on the right and Anthony Stokes meets it with an emphatic header at the near post, past Scott Bain and into the net.


    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell keeper Dan Twardzik pulls of a marvellous save to keep out Ryan Christie's shot.

  56. GOAL

    St Johnstone 1-0 Ross County (McFadden)

    Vintage James McFadden finally breaks the deadlock in Perth. His skill on the left helps win a corner, then as the ball floats in the ex-Scotland man turns and fires through the ruck of bodies.

  57. GOAL

    Dundee Utd 2-1 Kilmarnock (Armstrong)

    A lovely piece of play has United back in front immediately. Stuart Armstrong sprints infield along the edge of the box and exchanged passes with Chris Erskine before firing low past Craig Samson.

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    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Tannadice

    "It was an odd goal in the end but it all originated from a superb pass by Alexei Eremenko, playing in Rory McKenzie on the right-hand side of the box. The 21-year-old smashed a shot off the inside of the near post and it rebounded to the edge of the box, where Killie hero Manuel Pascali side-foots through loads of bodies and into the middle of Radoslaw Cierzniak's goal."

  59. GOAL

    Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren (Andreu)

    Tony Andreu's fine scoring form continues with the Hamilton man driving home from outside the box, leaving goalkeeper Mark Ridgers helpless.

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "Brilliant run and almost a goal to match for Greg Stewart, cutting in from the left, through the Celtic defence and gets the shot away, it deflects off Virgil van Dijk and fortunately for the defender spins wide. Dundee are playing really well here but Celtic haven't imposed themselves on Paul Hartley's side nearly enough."

  61. GOAL

    Dundee Utd 1-1 Kilmarnock (Pascali)

    Nadir Ciftci spurns a great chance for the hosts, curling his shot wide before Manuel Pascali levels from a rare Kilmarnock attack.

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    Dundee Utd 1-0 Kilmarnock

    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Tannadice

    "It looks like that goal was just what Nadir Ciftci needed. Since he hit the back of the net I've counted four occasions when the striker treated us with an audacious piece of skill... either a flick or deftly chipped pass. Lovely from the former NAC Breda man."

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    Great run by James Forrest, jinking between defenders before poking the ball goalwards, but he can't get enough purchase on it and Scott Bain gathers before John Guidetti can slide in to get a touch. Dundee go up the other end, win a corner and when the ball is headed back across goal, Thomas Konrad is unmarked but puts the ball over.

  64. GOAL

    Inverness CT 1-1 Motherwell (Ojamaa)

    A swift reply for the Steelmen as John Sutton does well to hold the ball up in the penalty area and lays it off for Henrik Ojamaa to slam home.

  65. GOAL

    Inverness CT 1-0 Motherwell (McKay)

    Ryan Christie slips a pass through to Billy McKay, who races away from the Motherwell defence to slot a shot underneath the advancing goalkeeper.

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    Championship update

    In the Championship, Hibernian have raced into a 3-0 lead at Dumbarton, Falkirk are 1-0 up at Alloa and it's goalless between Cowdenbeath and Livingston.

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    Good piece of goalkeeping from Dundee's Scott Bain, rushing out to block from John Guidetti who was poised to slip the ball into the net after a defence-splitting pass from James Forrest.

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    St Johnstone 0-0 Ross County

    St Johnstone have done everything but score in the opening 25 minutes. James McFadden flights in a corner that almost sneaks in before it's hacked off the line.

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    Dundee Utd 1-0 Kilmarnock

    Dundee United go close to extending their lead as Gary Mackay-Steven fires in a free-kick, which Craig Samson does well to push away.

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    Inverness CT 0-0 Motherwell

    Greg Tansey fires a free-kick narrowly wide of the mark as Inverness look to keep the pressure on league leaders Celtic.

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    Hamilton 0-0 St Mirren

    Accies keeper Michael McGovern makes an excellent flying save to keep out a shot from Sean Kelly.


    St Johnstone 0-0 Ross County

    Great work from Mark Brown as a surging run from James McFadden feeds Michael O'Halloran, and the County goalkeeper has to stand up well to the close range shot.

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    Hamilton 0-0 St Mirren

    Danny Redmond gets a toe on the ball after good work from Dougie Imrie but the Accies midfielder cannot keep his shot down.

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    St Johnstone 0-0 Ross County

    St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar fires in a shot that Mark Brown has to get his body behind. A minute later and Jamie Reckford has to head over his own bar under pressure.

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    St Johnstone 0-0 Ross County

    Brian Graham peels away from his marker and finds himself with a free header in the box, but heads wide. The Saints striker should really have forced a save at least.

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    Kris Commons somehow heads wide of Scott Bain's left-hand post, getting on the end of Anthony Stokes' corner. The Celtic playmaker should have scored from only a couple of yards out.

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    Dundee go close again as David Clarkson tries a clever chip over Craig Gordon, who'd gone to ground to clear a pass with his feet, but Virgil van Dijk is on hand to head off the line. Positive stuff from the visitors.

  78. GOAL

    Dundee Utd 1-0 Kilmarnock (Ciftci)

    Fabulous start for United via a terrific finish from Nadir Ciftci, running onto Stuart Armstrong's through-ball and thumping the ball right-footed and low into the far corner. The Turkish striker's fifth goal of the season left Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson with no chance.

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    St Johnstone 0-0 Ross County

    The game at McDairmid Park was proceeded by a minute's applause for former Saints manager Jim Storrie, who passed away recently.

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    Celtic 0-0 Dundee

    Big chance for Dundee's Greg Stewart inside the first minute, but his first touch inside the box means he has to stretch to get the shot away and he sends it high over the bar.

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    Hearts manager Robbie Neilson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The game hinged on the sending off, Rangers had the upper hand before that. The win is massive for confidence. We need to keep moving and motivating each other and working hard.

    "The key [to the good start to the season] has been the players. They have been magnificent and I couldn't ask any more from them."

    Just in case you missed it, Hearts beat Rangers 2-0 to move nine points clear at the top of the Championship.

  82. KICK-OFF

    We're off at Premiership grounds across the nation...

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    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Tannadice

    "Apparently there's some rugby going on at Rugby Park today - it'll never catch on. So, seventh-placed Kilmarnock have trudged up to the north-east to take on third-placed Dundee United with a round ball.

    "Allan Johnston's men hold bragging rights so far this season, since goals from Tope Obadeyi and Mark Connolly gave them a 2-0 win in Ayrshire in October. But what Killie need to factor into this encounter is that United haven't conceded a goal at Tannadice since 13 September and have taken 16 points from 18 on their own patch this campaign."

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at Celtic Park

    "A strong looking Celtic side this afternoon as Ronny Deila's side look to consolidate their position at the top of the Premiership. Having toiled at times to get there, the manager will be keen for his team to show their class and begin to establish a lead before Christmas.

    "Dundee and Paul Hartley are capable, as they showed in the 1-1 draw at Dens Park, of causing them problems. They haven't had the publicity fellow promoted side Hamilton Accies have had this season but they're only four points behind them and are unbeaten in their four matches. If they can stay in the game early on they'll feel they can cause an upset."


    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Anderson, Wright, Brian Easton, Croft, Millar, Lappin, O'Halloran, McFadden, Graham. Subs: Morgan, Banks, Caddis, Davidson, Miller, Brown, Dylan Easton.

    Ross County: Brown, Irvine, Boyd, Paul Quinn, Reckord, Gardyne, Brittain, Woods, Carey, Dingwall, Jervis. Subs: Reguero, Cardle, Kiss, Arquin, Boyce, Frempah, Toshney.

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    The international break came at just the wrong time for the Staggies, who will have been desperate to get out last weekend after their 3-0 win at Kilmarnock on 8 November.

    The Dingwall side remain at the foot of the table but are level on points with St Mirren and just two points behind Motherwell now.

    County skipper Richie Brittain is again postponing surgery to help his side but this is a game he might wish to miss, given the rancour still felt in Perth over his U-turn on a move to the Saints.

    St Johnstone have been a fixture in the top half of the table in recent times but curiously poor home form has been their Achilles heel this season, losing four of their six outings at McDiarmid Park.


    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Shinnie, Vincent, Warren, Meekings, McKay, Watkins, Tansey, Williams, Christie. Subs: Esson, Devine, Tremarco, Polworth, Doran. Ross, Sekajja

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Reid, Ramsden, McManus, Ainsworth, Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, O'Brien, Kerr, Ojamaa. Subs: Stewart, Francis-Angol, Law, Erwin, Thomas, Cadden, MacLean

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    Inverness are another side unbeaten at home this season, with five wins and two draws at the Caledonian Stadium.

    John Hughes is nearing a year in charge of the Highlanders and can be very pleased with the job he has done. His patient, passing approach wasn't instantly appreciated by supporters but there will be few complaints about being level on points with leaders Celtic.

    Things are not going anywhere near so smoothly for Motherwell, who are still searching for a new manager.

    Kenny Black remains in the hot seat following Stuart McCall's departure and can boast a 100% record, albeit from one previous game in charge.


    Hamilton: McGovern, Gordon, Canning, Garcia Tena, Hendrie, Gillespie, Andreu, Redmond, Crawford, Imrie, Antoine-Curier. Subs: Devlin, Routledge, Scotland, Neil, Longridge, MacKinnon, Currie.

    St Mirren: Ridgers, Naismith, Baird, McAusland, Tesselaar, Drury, Reilly, Mallan, McLean, Kelly, Caldwell. Subs: Marwood, Ball, Brown, Williams, Teale, Kello, Morgan.

    Referee: Greg Aitken.


    These two are both without a win in four games, with identical one draw, three defeats records.

    The visitors' need for points is greater, with Tommy Craig's men only avoiding bottom spot on goal difference and the Buddies have amassed seven of their meagre eight points away from home.

    Accies were flying high at the top of the league not so long ago and remain just two points adrift of Celtic.

    St Mirren's last league visit to New Douglas Park was in 2010 and the previous five meetings at this venue have yielded a measly two goals.


    Dundee Utd: Cierzniak, Dillon, Morris, Fojut, Townsend, Paton, Armstrong, Telfer, Erskine, Ciftci, Mackay-Steven. Subs: Souttar, Watson, Dow, Butcher, Connolly, Spittal, Szromnik.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Pascali, Connolly, Chantler, McKenzie, Clingan, Hamill, Muirhead, Eremenko, Magennis. Subs: Miller, Johnston, Cairney, Brennan, Ashcroft, Slater, O'Hara.

    Referee: John Beaton.


    Dundee United are unbeaten at home so far, winning five of their six league matches at Tannadice, and the hosts are out to avenge a 2-0 loss at Rugby Park in October.

    The last five meetings on Tayside have served up 23 goals, so let's hope we get another high-scoring encounter.

    A run of three consecutive defeats has seen Kilmarnock slip out of the top six following a promising start to the campaign.

    Allan Johnston's side were all over the place in a 3-0 loss to Ross County last time and will need a much-improved defensive display today.


    Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Johansen, Forrest, Commons, Stokes, Guidetti. Subs: Ambrose, Biton, Scepovic, Berget, Zaluska, Kayal, McGregor.

    Dundee: Bain, McGinn, Konrad, McPake, Irvine, McAlister, Thomson, McGowan, Harkins, Stewart, Clarkson. Subs: Schenk, Dyer, McBride, Ferry, Roberts, Tankulic, Boyle.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy.


    Celtic went top of the league for the first time this season with a last-minute goal at Aberdeen on their last outing. Are Ronny Deila's team there to stay?

    The hosts are unbeaten in seven games since their surprise home loss to Hamilton.

    Celtic skipper Scott Brown, who signed a new four-year deal with the champions on Thursday night, is suspended but Kris Commons has recovered from a buttock injury.

    Dundee have not been at Celtic Park since December 2012 and last won in the east end of Glasgow back in 2001, thanks to a double from Fabian Caballero.

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    Now it's time to turn our attention to the Premiership, with five matches kicking off in around 15 minutes.

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    Well, that was breathtaking stuff at Tynecastle, full of blood and thunder and snotters aplenty. Rangers lost Steven Smith to a first-half red card and could easily have seen another three players sent packing.


    Hearts 2-0 Rangers

    The Hearts fans are in tremendous voice as the full-time whistle sounds. There is a long way to go but a nine-point lead looks very healthy indeed for the unbeaten Edinburgh side.

    Jason Holt hammered in a cracker, with Jamie Walker adding a late penalty.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller: "It's a poor, poor show from Craig Thomson. That is a weak yellow card for Kris Boyd and Ian Black should have gone as well for that foul for the penalty."


    Ouch! Brad McKay is caught on the toe by a very late sliding challenge from a frustrated Kris Boyd, who is perhaps fortunate to stay on the park.

  100. GOAL

    Hearts 2-0 Rangers (Walker)

    Right down the middle from Jamie Walker and Hearts are on course for a nine-point lead in the Championship.

  101. PENALTY

    Jamie Walker speeds away again and this time he is scythed down by Ian Black. Spot-kick. The Rangers man is on a booking but avoids another for his latest indiscretion.

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    We're into the final five minutes as Jamie Walker breaks down the left and drills a shot across the face of goal.


    A standing ovation for goalscorer Jason Holt, who makes way for defender Jordan McGhee.


    Last throw of the dice from Rangers boss Ally McCoist as Jon Daly trundles off to be replaced by Nicky Clark.


    Rangers bring on striker Kris Boyd for the final 10 minutes, with Lewis MacLeod making way.

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    Hearts' Billy King seizes on slack play from Richard Foster as he picks the ball up in the middle of the park and surges forward to fizz a shot from 20 yards narrowly wide.


    Rangers defender Darren McGregor is the latest player to go into Craig Thomson's little black book for a hack at Jamie Walker.

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    Jason Holt cracks Hearts into a 1-0 lead

    A rare moment of beauty amid the furious tempest at Tynecastle arrived on 56 minutes as Jason Holt cracks a sweet strike beyond Steve Simonsen.

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    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson looks like the calmest man inside Tynecastle as he issues a few instructions from the sidelines. Will the hosts press for a killer second goal or be content with their 1-0 lead?


    Miguel Pallardo, formerly of Valencia and Levante, gets into the Scottish spirit by dragging Jon Daly to the turf in the centre circle as the booking count mounts up.

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    Undeterred by his booking, Jon Daly wins yet another high ball and nods it into the path of Lewis MacLeod but the Rangers youngster drags his shot wide of the target.


    Another big cheer from the jubilant home crowd as Rangers forward Jon Daly is cautioned for consistent clambering over opponents.

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    James Keating and Jamie Walker do well to hound Darren McGregor into losing possession but the latter Hearts man lacks composure as he breaks into the penalty area from the right, scuffing a shot wide of the near post.

  114. YELLOW CARD x2

    Rangers' Ian Black is booked for a spot of mouthing-off and is then upended by Adam Eckersley, who is also cautioned.

  115. CLOSE!

    Almost an immediate reply from Rangers as Neil Alexander makes a great save to keep out a venomous strike from Nicky Law. The ball falls to Lewis MacLeod, who fires in a shot which hits the post via a deflection from a sliding defender in maroon.

  116. GOAL

    Hearts 1-0 Rangers (Holt)

    Hearts are in front as Jason Holt crashes an unstoppable shot home from 20 yards after a defensive header falls invitingly for the young midfielder.


    Hearts change their main striker as James Keatings comes on in place of the disappointing Soufian El Hassnaoui.

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    BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod refers to the second half action as "eye-bleeding", adding there has been "plenty of agriculture but no culture".


    Now Rangers make a change, with right-back Richard Foster replacing striker Kenny Miller. The Scotland international trudges off to a crescendo of boos from the home support.


    Adam Eckersley is on for Kevin McHattie. That's a like-for-like replacement at left-back for Hearts.

  121. Post update

    It looks like game over for Kevin McHattie as the stretcher bearers are called for.


    Kenny Miller slides in on Kevin McHattie with his studs showing, which is pretty daft considering Steven Smith was sent off for doing the same. The Rangers striker escapes with a yellow as the Hearts full-back receives treatment on the sidelines.

  123. CLOSE!

    Alim Ozturk is looking for his third long-range goal of the season as he thumps a shot in from fully 35 yards. Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen is at full-stretch as the ball skids wide.

  124. KICK-OFF

    Hearts get the game up and running again. No changes in personnel to report.

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    Hearts are out for the second half, with Rangers following a good minute later.

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    Steven Smith (left) is sent off at Tynecastle

    Here's the moment referee Craig Thomson sent Steven Smith (left) for an early bath. The Rangers midfielder can have no complaints after his late lunge at Callum Paterson.

  127. Post update

    Hearts have a great chance to open up a nine-point lead on their closest rivals. However, the hosts have not been anywhere near their best, with striker Soufian El Hassnaoui largely isolated. The home midfield must step up after the break to make the most of their advantage in personnel.

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    Rangers manager Ally McCoist

    How will visiting manager Ally McCoist approach the second half? Shore up with his 10 men and hope for a point or stick with strikers Kenny Miller and Jon Daly?

    Miller has been filling in on the left following Steven Smith's red card, so it's not really been two up top.

  129. HALF-TIME

    Hearts 0-0 Rangers

    The visitors were shading a fiery game before Steven Smith's reckless red card. We haven't seen much in the way of entertaining football but the contest has been absolutely ferocious.

    The best chances have fallen to Hearts, with Morgaro Gomis shooting wide and Brad McKay's header being tipped on to the crossbar.

  130. Post update

    Hearts have the upper hand now as Kevin McHattie takes aim for the far top corner only to blaze the ball well wide of the target.


    So close to the opener for Hearts! Steve Simonsen is at full-stretch to get a fingertip to Brad McKay's looping header and the ball skims the top of the crossbar on the way over. A top save.

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    Rangers defender Darren McGregor powers forward on an enterprising run but his cutback is behind the sole colleague in white in the penalty box.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller reckons referee Craig Thomson has got "about 50% of his decisions right so far". A damning verdict delivered in dead-pan fashion from the former Scotland and Aberdeen defender, who was rather fond of telling match officials what to do.

  134. CLOSE!

    That's more like it from Hearts as Morgaro Gomis jinks his way into space on the edge of the penalty box and fizzes a shot narrowly wide.

  135. Post update

    Now Hearts win a free kick from similar range and the outcome is pretty much the same as Steve Simonsen pushes away the effort from Alim Ozturk.

  136. Post update

    Jon Daly is impeded while going for a high ball resulting in a free kick on the edge of the home penalty box. Nicky Law curls it round the defensive wall and Neil Alexander paws it away.

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    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "Paterson needs to be careful, at the rate he's going it will soon be 10 men each #bbcscotfootball"

  138. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller: "I'm surprised there has been no change from Hearts since the sending off. Rangers are still forcing the play, even with 10 men."


    Another booking for Hearts as Morgaro Gomis hauls down former Dundee United team-mate Jon Daly.


    Callum Paterson is cautioned for tugging at Rangers midfielder Nicky Law. The resulting free kick is fired low to an unmarked Lee Wallace, who can only hoof the ball high over the crossbar.

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    The earlier sunshine has given way to a torrential downpour. Will that cool tempers in this fiery contest?

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    With the ball bobbing around in the Hearts penalty area, it falls to Bilel Mohsni some eight yards out but the Tunisian can only awkwardly steer it wide.

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    Jamie Walker gets a nudge in the back from Ian Black, prompting more howls of outrage from the home fans. Alim Ozturk lines up the free kick but blasts the ball straight into the defensive wall.

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    Sportsound pundit Willie Miller: "Robbie Neilson must get his wide men further forward now Hearts have a man advantage."

  145. RED CARD

    Rangers are down to 10 men as Steven Smith is sent packing for a terrible, late challenge on Callum Paterson. What was he thinking of? Crazy...

  146. Post update

    More good work from Callum Paterson as he puts in a sliding challenge to thwart Lee Wallace in the Hearts penalty box. From the corner the ball falls to Darren McGregor after a slip from Paterson but the Rangers defender is crowded out.

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    Callum Paterson surges forward for Hearts again as he makes his way into an old outside left position from right back but the defender's shot is blocked.

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    Ian Black is getting some serious stick from the home fans after a tasty sliding challenge on Soufian El Hassnaoui. The Hearts striker looks to have damaged his ankle as he goes straight back down after gingerly getting to his feet.

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    Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod takes a dropping ball on the volley and his effort is deflected over for a corner. Again the home defence deal with the set-piece without any fuss.

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    Hearts full-back Callum Paterson strides forward on the right and has lots of time to assess his options before over-hitting a cross.

  151. Post update

    Still waiting... Rangers are seeing more the ball, with the Hearts midfield struggling to retain possession.

  152. Post update

    We're still waiting for some football to break out as the meaty challenges mount up.

  153. Post update

    Set-piece to Rangers after five minutes of long balls to and fro. Former Jambo Ian Black slings in the free kick but it's nodded away by a defender in maroon.

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    With the low winter sunshine bathing one end of the pitch, Tynecastle is rocking with noise as the home support roar their approval after every challenge.

  155. Post update

    Already we have two players lying prone on the turf, as Callum Paterson takes a bash from Jon Daly and Lee Wallace gets a sore one too. No action taken from referee Craig Thomson...

  156. KICK-OFF

    Rangers, all in white, get the action started at a packed Tynecastle.

  157. Post update


    Gordon MacIntosh on BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page: "I think this is a really important moment for Hearts. This game could be the difference between a team with the mentality of winners that can go on a win the league at a 'canter' or just a team fighting for every ball but knowing it's punching above it's weight."

  158. Post update

    So often in the recent past, the top players in this fixture have been from foreign shores but, with economic reality biting for both, there are now some promising young Scots being given a chance to shine in the second tier.

    Lewis MacLeod looks a real prospect and the 20-year-old Rangers midfielder was recently called up by Scotland boss Gordon Strachan.

    Hearts full-back Callum Paterson, also 20, was given a taste of the Scotland squad too as a late call-up.

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    Hearts' Danny Wilson (right) speaks to Rangers' Kyle Hutton prior to kick-off

    Hearts captain Danny Wilson (right), a former Rangers player, shares a pre-match word with Kyle Hutton. Both men will be watching from the Tynecastle stand today.

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    Hearts gaffer Robbie Neilson is also trying to play it down, saying: "I don't think this game is going to have a huge bearing on the rest of the season, it's another three points.

    "We're going to go out there and try and pass the ball and do things right and play the same style of football that we've had this season."

  161. Post update

    Rangers striker Kenny Miller says it is "ludicrous" to suggest that this game is a title decider but a nine-point gap will look daunting to followers of the Glasgow club should they lose this one.

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    Over on BBC Sport Scotland's Facebook page...

    Colin Hunter: "It's still early in the season, a lot can change, regardless…"

    John Kerr: "I predict Hearts will win 2-0."

    Kenny Matthews: "A minor football game between two clubs who financially ruined themselves... I hope Hearts win."

    Scott Douglas: "With the chance to go 9 points clear, and at home, Jambos to win!"

  163. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball They don't get any bigger than this. Go on Ally, do it for 'The Ten'."

    The 10 are the staff made redundant at the Ibrox club this week.

  164. Post update

    Rangers have lost to both Edinburgh teams at home and been held by Alloa twice but they have been impressive on their travels, conceding just one goal.

  165. Post update

    Hearts were 2-1 winners at Ibrox in August

    Hearts opened the league campaign with a win at Ibrox and victory in the Edinburgh derby and have not looked back since.

    There has only really been one wobble for the Jambos and that came in the next derby at Easter Road when they were outplayed in the first half and down to 10 men late in the game but a stunning stoppage-time howitzer from Alim Ozturk rescued a draw.

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    Hearts are unbeaten in the Championship, winning 11 of their 13 games. Robbie Neilson is making this management malarky look easy in his first job as head coach.

    Opposite number Ally McCoist is feeling the heat, with Rangers six points adrift, describing the fixture as "important and as competitive a league fixture as we have played post-administration".

  167. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Having seen the teams, how do you think this one will go? Use #bbcscotfootball on Twitter to let me know.

  168. Post update

    Two changes for the hosts, with Callum Paterson and Jason Holt replacing Jordan McGhee and Prince Buaben.

    Hearts captain Danny Wilson has been unable to shrug off a hamstring injury, while top scorer Osman Sow, who scored a late winner at Ibrox in August, also misses out through injury.

    Kris Boyd drops to the bench as Rangers make three alterations from the side that drew at home to Alloa. Jon Daly leads the attack with Kenny Miller, while Bilel Mohsni and Lee Wallace return to the defence.

  169. LINE-UPS

    Hearts: Alexander; Paterson, McHattie, McKay, Ozturk, Gomis, Pallardo, Walker, Holt, King, El Hassnaoui. Subs: Gallacher, Nicholson, Buaben, Keatings, Buchanan, McGhee, Eckersley.

    Rangers: Simonsen; McGregor, McCulloch, Mohsni, Wallace; Macleod, Law, Black, Smith; Daly, Miller. Subs: Robinson, Foster, Boyd, Templeton, Shiels, Clark, Aird.

  170. Post update

    We'll have five top flight matches at 15:00, with Celtic at home to Dundee, Inverness CT hosting Motherwell and Dundee United welcoming Kilmarnock to Tannadice. Struggling St Mirren make the short trip to Hamilton and bottom-of-the-table Ross County are at St Johnstone.

  171. Post update

    Good afternoon and welcome to another busy Saturday in the world of Scottish football. The lunchtime kick-off is a cracker as Championship leaders Hearts welcome closest challengers Rangers to Tynecastle.