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Summary

  1. Aberdeen move into second place
  2. Third consecutive loss for Inverness CT
  3. Final Premiership fixture of 2014

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Aberdeen beat Inverness 1-0

    That's enough from me. Thanks for your company on what turned out to be another good afternoon for Aberdeen.

    I'll see you all in 2015...

  2. Post update

    We'll be back with some cracking top flight fixtures on 1 January.

    Here's how the card looks:

    Dundee Utd v Dundee (12:15)

    Aberdeen v St Johnstone, Hamilton v Motherwell, Ross County v Inverness CT, St Mirren v Kilmarnock (all 15:00)

    Partick Thistle v Celtic (17:30)

  3. Post update

    All of the highlights from yesterday's games will be available online in just over half an hour. Make sure you get a look at Stevie Mallan's debut goal for St Mirren, it's a peach.

    And Hibs supporters may be in for some repeat viewing of their biggest win over Rangers since 1912.

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    QUOTE OF THE DAY

    BBC Sportsound host Richard Gordon to former Dons captain Willie Miller: "This is the first time Aberdeen have had the chance to go top of the league at this stage of the season since you looked like Che Guevara."

  5. Post update

    That's it for 2014 in the Scottish Premiership. Aberdeen fans will have a good Hogmanay now that they are just two points off top spot.

    Inverness supporters may be more subdued since that's the first time they've lost three league games on the spin since January 2011 but Highlanders usually enjoy a good party no matter what.

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    ICT manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I felt we put enough into it to get something out of the game. Lady Luck is just not shining on us at the moment.

    "Aberdeen keep that shape and they are very good at it. I just feel the effort and commitment was good, we were terriers with and without the ball but we need to take care of our passing.

    "We need to be bigger and braver on the ball. We need to be quicker and slicker in the final third.

    "Any team that comes here will know they've been in a game and that was certainly the case today."

  7. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Michael Nelson on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball If someone had told me, Aberdeen FC would be 2 points off the top of the table at the end of year I would have bitten their hand off!"

    A rather violent reaction to some good news but I think we all know what you mean.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We had good opportunities to get the second goal and I was disappointed not to get a penalty, which would have made things easier. There was a lot to like about us in terms of application and concentration.

    "We had to change the back four today and Craig Murray has acquitted himself very well.

    "For us as professionals, we need to have a boring, cliched one-game-at-a-time approach. For the fans, there in nothing wrong with getting excited.

    "We have 20 league games to play and we don't want to look too far ahead. We don't think we are this or that, we are just working hard and normally you get rewards for working hard."

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I don't see Celtic going on and dominating the second half of the season. It's intriguing because the champions are not dominating games like they should with the squad they have and Aberdeen must be considered a threat, as other teams are, like Inverness and Dundee United."

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    BBC Sportsound John Robertson

    "Inverness will play worse than that and win games. I think they deserved at least a point but it can't be a fluke that Aberdeen are winning so many games 1-0. If you are only two points behind in the table, you are certainly contenders."

  11. Post update

    So that's eight clean sheets in 10 matches and five league wins on the bounce for the Dons. Aberdeen are guaranteed to move top of the pile if they beat St Johnstone at Pittodrie on New Year's Day, if only briefly, that's because Celtic's trip to Firhill is an evening kick-off.

  12. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Corey Cook on Twitter: "Good win for Aberdeen 3 points is what was needed #bbcscotfootball"

  13. FULL-TIME

    Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen

    It was a long time ago, but Peter Pawlett's smart strike on 12 minutes is enough for Aberdeen to take maximum points and move second in the Premiership.

  14. Post update

    Inverness are throwing bodies forward but there is little structure to their approach and Aberdeen are holding firm without too much trouble as we enter stoppage-time. We're only getting one more minute.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Cammy Smith is on for David Goodwillie and Ibra Sekajja replaces Aaron Doran as both sides make late changes.

  16. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Stuart Morrison on Twitter: "2 big decisions for Calum Murray today and he gets them both wrong! #bbcscotfootball"

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    The towering Ash Taylor meets an Aberdeen corner but the defender's header sails straight into the arms of Dean Brill, which at least shows the keeper still has the use of his fingers on this cold evening.

  18. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Jeremy Wood on Twitter: "#bbcscotfootball clear Dons penalty. could see it from here in Dubai #COYR"

  19. Post update

    Inverness have their tails up now as Carl Tremarco has a go from the edge of the box and his shot is deflected wide. We're into the last eight minutes and Gary Warren is up from defence playing as an auxiliary striker.

  20. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Billy McKay must score. No! The goal is gaping as Scott Brown is beaten to a cross by Gary Warren but the Inverness striker is leaning back and smashes a shot against the face of the crossbar.

  21. PENALTY APPEAL

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is nearly on the pitch as he and his players scream for a penalty. Adam Rooney powers in a header and it hits the flailing arm of Gary Warren, definitely altering the course of the ball, and taking the sting out of the striker's nod. A let-off for the hosts...

  22. Post update

    That Greg Tansey effort was really fizzing! It wasn't quite in the top corner but not far away and it needed a top drawer save.

  23. GREAT SAVE!

    Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey curls a powerful free-kick over the defensive wall from the left and Scott Brown does very well to get two big hands to the ball to push it over the crossbar.

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    CT star Greg Tansey has the beating of Peter Pawlett (right) in the air

    Can Inverness find a way back into this game or will it be eight clean-sheets in 10 games for Aberdeen's parsimonious defence?

  25. Post update

    That's better. Ryan Christie takes a nice touch to make room for a shot on the edge of the Aberdeen penalty area but Mark Reynolds is quick enough to close down the midfielder and deflect the ball wide.

  26. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I think Jonny Hayes will be bitterly disappointed not to get any kind of touch on that. It was a wonderful opportunity."

  27. Post update

    David Goodwillie scurries free of the Inverness defence down the right and makes his way into the penalty box to centre for the onrushing Jonny Hayes but the ball whistles through the legs of the diminutive Don.

  28. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "The game is scrappy but that will suit Aberdeen. They have taken the sting out of the game. Neither team can get hold of the ball and (Inverness keeper) Dean Brill could be getting frostbite out there."

  29. Post update

    One of those hoofs falls kindly for Aaron Doran but rather than cracking a shot on target the Inverness midfielder has an embarrassing swipe at fresh-air. Were these guys on the sherry at half-time?

  30. Post update

    After an entertaining first-half, this game has taken a serious turn for the worse, with far too many aimless balls being hoofed around.

  31. Post update

    There's a long way to go in this one but as it stands Aberdeen will end the year in second place just two points adrift of Celtic. Could the Dons mount a challenge for the title or will the champions stroll to a fourth consecutive success?

  32. Post update

    Inverness are shelling long balls at the Aberdeen defence in the opening minutes of the second half. I'm not sure that's the best approach against central defenders Ash Taylor and Mark Reynolds.

  33. Post update

    The teams are back out for the second half, with the visiting fans in good voice. No changes in personnel.

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    FOCUS, FOCUS...

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    When did this become the universal football gesture for "nothing daft now, lads"? Dons gaffer Derek McInnes has got it down to a tee.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "Inverness have been finding holes in the Aberdeen shape and they have switched Marley Watkins to target young Craig Murray. They will be encouraged by how the first half finished since they were well on top."

  36. Post update

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Aberdeen started strongly but have not been committing too many players forward since they got the goal. They are waiting for counter-attacks to flood the attack in numbers."

  37. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: "@AberdeenFC looking sluggish today. Too many sprouts and Christmas pudding. Caley look more dynamic right now. #bbcscotfootball #COYR"

  38. HALF-TIME

    Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen

    Peter Pawlett's goal separates the sides and it was a fine finish on 12 minutes but Inverness will feel aggrieved not to be on level terms after creating a couple of good chances.

    Will one goal be enough for the Dons? They don't give many away.

  39. GREAT SAVE!

    Just as we enter first-half stoppage time, Graeme Shinnie hammers in a shot from 22 yards and it needs a great flying save from Scott Brown to deny the hosts an equaliser. The ball is worked back to Ryan Christie and his shot from near the penalty spot is deflected narrowly wide, although the officials don't award a corner.

  40. Post update

    Marley Watkins was perhaps too slow to get a shot away there, making it a tough angle to beat the keeper from. Billy McKay was screaming for a pass in a central position.

  41. Post update

    Marley Watkins gets in behind the Aberdeen defence to reach a pass from Ryan Christie but the home midfielder cannot beat Scott Brown at his near post. The ball is parried to David Raven but the full-back doesn't catch his shot very well and the keeper makes another save to preserve his side's lead.

  42. Post update

    Peter Pawlett scores for Aberdeen against Inverness

    Dean Brill adopts the classic "rooted to the spot" stance as Peter Pawlett shoots Aberdeen ahead after 12 minutes.

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    Inverness striker Billy McKay gets the better of Craig Murray and tries to bend a shot into the far corner from the left. It doesn't miss by much.

  44. YELLOW CARD

    It's all getting a bit fiery now as Inverness left-back Carl Tremarco is cautioned for flying into a high tackle on Craig Murray.

  45. YELLOW CARD

    Peter Pawlett gets a yellow card to go with his goal as he takes out Graeme Shinnie with a rash, sliding challenge.

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    Josh Meekings goes down like a felled oak following a tangle with fellow giant Ash Taylor as Inverness threaten from a corner. Referee Calum Murray is not interested...

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    The ball falls to Gary Warren some 25 yards out and the Inverness defender has a pop, although it's a comfortable save for Scott Brown.

  48. Post update

    Scott Brown has to look sharp to dive at the feet of Billy McKay and the ball squirms out of the Aberdeen keeper's hands, with Mark Reynolds on hand to poke the ball out of play for a corner.

  49. Post update

    Aberdeen are good at hunting in packs and the visitors are not giving Inverness any time to settle into their passing rhythm.

  50. Post update

    More jitters from the home defence and Peter Pawlett is surging forward. His pass to Niall McGinn forces the Aberdeen forward wider than he'd like and Josh Meekings is able to get across and make a sliding block.

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    A poor header from Gary Warren goes straight to Dons forward David Goodwillie and the ball is worked out to Jonny Hayes who lets fly with an ambitious long-range effort on his weaker right foot. It's well struck but nowhere near the target... One for the dolphins to play with in the Moray Firth.

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    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "It's a big mistake from the defenders but you have to applaud a marvellous finish from Peter Pawlett."

  53. GOAL

    Inverness CT 0-1 Aberdeen (Pawlett)

    Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett charges off to celebrate his goal with Ryan Jack (left)

    Inverness defenders Carl Tremarco and Josh Meekings go for the same high ball and neither man deals with it very well. Niall McGinn picks up the scraps on the right edge of the penalty area and cuts it back for Peter Pawlett to slam a first-time strike high into the net.

  54. Post update

    There's not much to Peter Pawlett but he throws everything he's got into a challenge to rob possession from the dithering home defence and Aberdeen are knocking on the door again, with home keeper Dean Brill gathering a tame header from Adam Rooney.

  55. Post update

    Inverness old boy Jonny Hayes gets a bit of stick from the home fans as he charges forward to slip a pass to Ryan Jack. The Aberdeen midfielder has a crack at goal from the edge of the box but his shot is blocked by David Raven.

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    Graeme Shinnie sets his sights on the top corner from 22 yards but can't lift the ball over the defensive wall.

  57. Post update

    Inverness midfielder Ryan Christie is upended just outside the penalty box after dispossessing Mark Reynolds. Free-kick in a very promising positition...

  58. Post update

    Aberdeen get the game started as the daylight fades in the Highland capital.

  59. Post update

    Handshakes are exchanged at the centre circle and both sides will now observe a minute's silence for the victims of the George Square tragedy.

  60. Post update

    St Johnstone fans will also want to see the online highlights or wait for Sportscene (BBC One Scotland 22:25) to verify that it was indeed Chris Millar popping up to fire in a rare goal to complete a 2-1 comeback win at home to Dundee United.

    Motherwell made it two wins from two under new boss Ian Baraclough with a 1-0 success against Partick Thistle and Alexei Eremenko thundered home a last-gasp free-kick to snatch a home win for Kilmarnock against Hamilton at Rugby Park.

  61. Post update

    So what happened in the top flight yesterday? Celtic were frustrated at home by Ross County but increased their lead at the top, while a precious point for the Staggies saw them drop to the bottom of the table.

    That's because St Mirren won at Dens Park to move up to 11th place. Kenny McLean netted twice in what was only the Buddies third win of the campaign. Stevie Mallan was also on target and will have to go some to better his first senior goal. Make sure to tune into the online highlights from 18:00 to watch the youngster slalom his way forward from the halfway line before curling in a beauty.

  62. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie moves into a midfield role today, with Carl Tremarco filling in at left-back.

    "I haven't been too happy with the way personally I have played in the last couple of games so I need to get my own form back up and that comes with working hard on the training pitch," Shinnie said this week.

    "It's a time of year where you just have to get your head down and work hard. Games come thick and fast and you have to be ready for and I'm sure all the boys are."

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    Shinnie aiming to shine

    Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie

    Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie has been a bit more under the radar than he was last season but that's probably because we have come to expect consistently good performances from the 23-year-old. He is out of contract in June and has been strongly linked with a move to his hometown club, although there are sure to others interested in such a fine player.

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    Rooney revels in Aberdeen role

    Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney

    Those 17 goals have come from 24 outings this season and the 26-year-old admits he is in the form of his life.

    "In terms of goals per games this is the best form I have probably been in," Rooney said earlier this week after agreeing a new contract.

    "When I was at Inverness a couple of years ago I had a good run as well. Hopefully I can build on what I have done so far this season."

  65. Post update

    The teams have met once already this season, with Aberdeen edging a five-goal thriller at Pittodrie in late September. Adam Rooney was on target against his old club that day and the Irish striker currently stands on 17 goals.

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    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The boys are playing with a lot of confidence and the team has been easy to pick.

    "It's all about getting another three points and we always have tough matches against Inverness.

    "We are looking to improve on last season and at the moment we are two points better off than we were last year, so we need to keep winning matches like this."

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    Inverness CT manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The boys have been different class so far, I'm giving them an A+ and there are always goals in this game.

    "We are quite not as slick as we were at the start of the season but that might be down to the conditions.

    "I don't have to say too much to the players, they police the dressing room well and they are champing at the bit. We will give Aberdeen respect but we will have a right go at them. I'm sure it will be a cracking match."

  68. Post update

    Ground staff were forced to remove a thin layer of ice from the side of the pitch

    It was a frosty old night in the north, so the covers were on the pitch and fans that went along to help lift them have been rewarded with a free match ticket. I hope everyone involved had their porridge this morning because those things are heavy.

  69. LINE-UPS AT CALEDONIAN STADIUM

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

    Aberdeen: Brown, Murray, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine, McGinn, Jack, Pawlett, Hayes, Goodwillie, Rooney. Subs: Langfield, Monakana, Smith, Robson, Shankland, Rose, Gibbons.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  70. Post update

    Ross Draper is suspended for Inverness, so Carl Tremarco comes in at left-back, with Graeme Shinnie moving in a midfield role. James Vincent drops out and his place is taken by Marley Watkins.

    Craig Murray makes his first Aberdeen start of the season, replacing injured full-back Shay Logan.

  71. Post update

    Inverness have had a bit of a wobble after losses to Partick Thistle and St Johnstone but a return to winning ways would see the Highlanders move from fifth to second place. The hosts have not lost three league games in a row since January 2011.

  72. Post update

    The Dons can move to within two points of leaders Celtic with a victory today and Derek McInnes' side are in cracking form, having won their last four league outings. Christmas is a time of giving but the Aberdeen defence have been very stingy of late, keeping clean sheets in seven of their last nine matches.

  73. Post update

    Good afternoon and welcome to our Sunday helping of Scottish football coverage as Inverness Caledonian Thistle host Aberdeen in the Premiership.