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Summary

  1. FT: Livingston 1-1 Rangers
  2. Celtic's Griffiths scores hat-trick
  3. Celtic go eight points clear in Premiership
  4. Rangers now second in Championship

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Thanks for your company tonight on another topsy turvy, event-filled, official statement-mad day in Scottish football. Celtic have edged three points closer to the Premiership title, Rangers have stuttered into second in the Championship. Join us again on Saturday when Hibernian and Falkirk contest the first Scottish Cup semi-final while second-top Aberdeen host Dundee United in the Premiership.

  2. Livingston manager Mark Burchill on BBC Radio Scotland

    "To lose a goal 30 seconds after we score was disappointing.

    "It looks good in the grand scheme of things.

    "But, if we held on for longer, Rangers were running out of ideas.

    "It was a chance to take three points, but we're closing in on Alloa.

    "We have a superior goal difference - three games left and nine points to play for.

    "I am still convinced Livingston will still be a Championship side next season."

  3. Rangers manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "A point was what both sides deserved.

    "It was always going to be a tight game and it was no surprise both goals were set plays.

    "Hibs and Queen of the South have still to come here and I'm sure they'll find it as difficult.

    "It was never going to be easy, especially on a surface like that, and with them fighting for their lives."

  4. Celtic hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I was disappointed to be left out, but I came on and scored a hat-trick and that's what I'm all about - scoring goals.

    "The quality in this team, we should be beating teams like Kilmarnock.

    "They were lucky to go into the lead. It took a massive deflection and we bounced back from that.

    "We are looking forward going into Sunday and I've done myself no harm by putting my name in the hat."

  5. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Robbie Devenney: "Rangers keep dropping points like this and Hibs won't need to worry about the last game of the season being moved."

    bringthemonjpn: "A must-win match for Rangers. Maybe if the fans started singing that, the players will get the message."

  6. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

    "Rangers have one diamond, Haris Vuckic. I just think tonight they struggle for long periods and I am thinking have they got players that are good enough to beat Queen of the South and Hibs over two legs? I have my doubts now."

  7. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

    "If Leigh Griffiths doesn't start on Sunday, I would be amazed."

  8. Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I thought for a good 55 minutes, the game plan was going well.

    "Sammy Clingan thought he was fouled in the lead up to their first goal - and that kind of kills us a bit.

    "I was proud of the performance and, on another night, we might have held on.

    "The four goals were unfair on us."

  9. Post update

    BBC Scotland's Tom English has just described the SPFL's statement in response to Hibs and Hearts complaining about Rangers' final-day fixture being moved for TV purposes as ridiculous. He describes it as "an SPFL mess-up". Judge for yourself:

    A spokesperson for the SPFL said: "On this weekend, the Hearts v Rangers match is scheduled for Sunday 3 May to be broadcast on television and it is not clear to us why this has caused so much surprise.

    "This is a key game in the Championship season and will inevitably attract huge interest from fans around the world.

    "It is unreasonable to expect all Championship fixtures that weekend to move to the Sunday when a number of them will be unaffected by the Hearts v Rangers tie.

    "However, as a result of this fixture, all Championship clubs have been invited to submit a request should they wish to move games to the Sunday.

    "To date, the only feedback we have received is from one Championship club, which has asked for its match to remain scheduled for the Saturday.

    "For the avoidance of doubt, we have had no request from Hibernian FC to move its fixture to the Sunday at the time of writing.

    "Whilst we regret any inconvenience to supporters caused by rescheduled fixtures, the circumstances surrounding the matches on the weekend of 2/3 May are in no way unusual."

  10. Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We needed more passes forward and higher tempo and more moments behind them.

    "We did that, especially when Leigh Griffiths came on.

    "He made himself a good case for the next game.

    "It was much better in the second half and we got our goals."

  11. Post update

    FT: Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock

    Celtic huffed and puffed in the first half, but Leigh Griffiths' second-half hat-trick has secured a victory that takes them eight points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership.

  12. Post update

    FT: Livingston 1-1 Rangers

    Rangers move a point clear of Hibernian and into second place in the Championship, but the visiting fans aren't happy and the boos ring round Almondvale. Livingston edge to within two points of second bottom Alloa Athletic.

  13. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Pedro Mcsherry: "Who was the last guy to score a hat trick from the bench for Celtic?" Is that a rhetorical question? Your guess is as good as mine. Any suggestions folks?

  14. Post update

    Livingston 1-1 Rangers

    It is still square at Livingston, where the game is on a knife edge and Rangers midfielder Haris Vuckic is booked for simulation inside the penalty box.

  15. Post update

    FT: Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock

  16. Post update

    Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock

    Leigh Griffiths (right) celebrates scoring for Celtic
    Image caption: Leigh Griffiths (right) has scored three times since coming on after half time for Celtic
  17. GOAL

    Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock (Leigh Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths completes a quick-fire hat-trick as he bursts behind the visiting defence to score. The Scotland striker has surely sealed his starting place in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

  18. GREAT SAVE!

    Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock threaten to come back into the game as substitute Nathan Eccleston finds Lee Miller and goalkeeper Craig Gordon does superbly to stop the striker's clever chip.

  19. GOAL

    Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock (Leigh Griffiths)

    What an impact from Leigh Griffiths. The Celtic substitute unleashed a powerful drive that swerves away from goalkeeper Craig Samson, strikes the inside of the post and spins over the line.

  20. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    MBEHAN: "Was it really necessary to drop Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong & Leigh Griffiths?" Manager Ronny Deila suggesting he had chosen his side with Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final in mind. However, Mackay-Steven and Armstrong are cup-tied and didn't need the rest, while Griffiths has made the difference after coming off the bench.

  21. Post update

    Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock

    Stefan Johansen has probably been Celtic's best player this season, but the Norway midfielder misses a great chance as he shins an effort wide from in front of goal.

  22. Post update

    Livingston 1-1 Rangers

    Haris Vuckic and Marius Zaliukas celebrate for Rangers
    Image caption: Haris Vuckic and Marius Zaliukas combined for Rangers' equaliser in Livingston
  23. Post update

    Livingston 1-1 Rangers

    Myles Hippolyte curls the ball into the Rangers net
    Image caption: Myles Hippolyte curled the ball into the Rangers net to give Livingston the lead
  24. GREAT SAVE!

    Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock

    Kris Commons forces a fine same from Craig Samson with a curling drive and Jason Denayer heads wide from the resulting corner as Celtic look to extend their lead.

  25. GOAL

    Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock (Leigh Griffiths)

    Celtic come from behind to lead and there are question marks about the role of the Kilmarnock goalkeeper. Kris Commons' cross finds substitute Leigh Griffiths, but Craig Samson is slow reacting to the striker's downward header.

  26. Post update

    Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock celebrate Daryl Westlake's goal
    Image caption: Daryl Westlake gave Kilmarnock a surprise lead against Celtic in Glasgow
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    Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Josh Magennis flashes a shot across the face of the Celtic goal as Kilmarnock show they more adventure despite being pegged back.

  28. GOAL

    Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock (Scott Brown)

    It's Celtic's turn to hit back quickly as they burst into life after some aimless tip-tapping 30 yards from goal. Captain Scott Brown dispossesses Sammy Clingan on the edge of the Kilmarnock box in typically tigerish style and fires past Craig Samson.

  29. GOAL

    Livingston 1-1 Rangers (Marius Zaliukas)

    It's raining goals all of a sudden and it's Rangers turn in West Lothian, where Livingston are unable to hold on to their lead for more than a couple of minutes. Haris Vuckic's free kick finds Marius Zaluikas and the defender flick's a back header into the home net.

  30. GOAL

    Celtic 0-1 Kilmarnock (Daryl Westlake)

    Out of the blue, Kilmarnock take the lead with their first effort on goal as Daryl Westlake's shot takes a deflection and flies past goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

  31. GOAL

    Livingston 1-0 Rangers (Myles Hippolyte)

    Livingston take the lead they have been threatening. After Jordan White wins a free kick 25 yards from goal, Myles Hippolyte curls the ball into the top corner.

  32. Post update

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    A shot on target at last and not surprisingly it comes from Celtic. John Guidetti has been poor so far but shields the ball well before playing it into the path of Scott Brown. The Celtic captain fires towards goal, but it is straight at goalkeeper Craig Samson.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock kick-off at Celtic Park and will hope to limit the hosts' scoring chances again in the second half.

  34. Post update

    HT: Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    Rangers fans set off a blue flair at Livingston
    Image caption: Rangers fans set off a blue flair in the stand at Livingston
  35. BBC Radio Scotland's Tom English

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    "Kilmarnock haven't offered much in attack, but their work rate in keeping Celtic out has been tremendous. For all their possession, Celtic have not forced Craig Samson into a save."

  36. Post update

    HT: Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson reports that Livingston have been the better side against Rangers. He also thinks that Myles Hippolyte was unlucky to have a goal chopped off as goalkeeper Cammy Bell simply allowed the ball to slip out of his grasp and wasn't fouled.

  37. Get involved #bbcscotfootball

    Gerard Boyd: "Guidetti looking for the fancy move instead of doing the basics." Perhaps Celtic's on-loan Manchester City striker is trying to impress potential new employers Feyenoord, who are reported to be unhappy at his wage demands.

  38. Post update

    HT: Livingston 0-0 Rangers

  39. Post update

    HT: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

  40. Post update

    Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    Myles Hippolyte finds the net for Livingston against Rangers
    Image caption: Myles Hippolyte found the net for Livingston against Rangers only to have his effort ruled out for a foul
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    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Celtic's Adam Matthews battles with Kilmarnock's Tope Obadeyi
    Image caption: Wales right-back Adam Matthews (left) is back in Celtic's starting line-up but is being matched by Tope Obadeyi tonight so far
  42. Post update

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    John Guidetti passes up a good chance for Celtic as he gathers the ball seven yards from goal but for some reason turns away from goal instead of shooting first time and James Forrest's shot curls wide.

  43. Post update

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Virgil van Dijk rises unchallenged to meet a driven Kris Commons corner kick in a move straight off the training ground, but Celtic's Dutch defender can't direct his header on target.

  44. Post update

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Scott Brown goes close for Celtic, meeting an Emilio Izaguirre cross but failing to divert it on target when Kris Commons was poised to score if he had left it for his team-mate.

  45. Post update

    Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    Nicky Clark heads over the crossbar and Haris Vickic fires straight at Livingston goalkeeper Darren Jamieson as Rangers begin to apply some pressure.

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    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Hughes takes his seat at Celtic Park
    Image caption: Former Celtic defender John Hughes is on a scouting mission ahead of his Inverness Caley Thistle side facing the Glasgow side in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday
  47. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    "Kilmarnock are doing okay defensively but have not had much in terms of going forward. Celtic have been a big sluggish."

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    Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    Chick Young reports from Livingston, where Rangers could be in trouble for the behaviour of the fans, with smoke bombs and "bangers" being set off among the visiting support.

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    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    John Guidetti wastefully fires a free-kick into the Kilmarnock wall. Craig Samson has still not been needed to make a save.

  50. Post update

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Celtic are having to be patient and so far they haven't tested goalkeeper Craig Samson despite all their possession.

  51. Post update

    Livingston 0-0 Rangers

    Livingston feel hard done-by against Rangers as they have the ball into the net, but it is chalked off for a foul. Myles Hippolyte pokes home after Cammy Bell spills the ball, but Jordan White is adjudged to have fouled the goalkeeper.

  52. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark Wilson

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    "It is relentless pressure just now from Celtic and Kilmarnock can't get hold of the ball."

  53. KICK-OFF

    Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

    We're off at Celtic Park and Kilmarnock are immediately under pressure.

  54. Post update

    More news just in about the switch of Rangers' final Championship game against champions Hearts to Sunday 3 May for live television coverage.

    Promotion rivals Hibs issued a statement earlier saying it is unfair that their final game remains the previous day. Now Hearts are saying they will also complain to the Scottish Professional Football League about the switch.

    However, the SPFL has hit back tonight saying that it had offered the other Championship clubs the option of moving their own fixtures to Sunday but none had yet got back to the parent body.

  55. Get involved #bbcsportfootball

    It is a busy day off the field in the Scottish Professional Football League today. The post-split fixtures are out for the Premiership, Hibs have complained about Rangers' final fixture in the Championship being different from their own, while Hibs, Hearts and Motherwell are hoping to change the distribution of play-off income.

    Give us your thoughts on those topics or tonight's matches.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportfootball or contact us on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

  56. Post update

    Celtic v Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock show two changes, with midfielder Paul Cairney and striker Lee Miller in for Chris Johnston and Alexei Eremenko, who were named among the substitutes.

    Manager Gary Locke explained that he was looking for "extra legs" in midfield.

  57. Post update

    Celtic v Kilmarnock

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has made four changes to his side after their weekend draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    Right-back Adam Matthews, winger James Forrest, midfielder Kris Commons and striker John Guidetti came in for Efe Ambrose, Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and Leigh Griffiths, who all dropped to the bench.

  58. Post update

    Livingston v Rangers

    The big news from West Lothian is that Lee McCulloch is back from suspension and into Rangers' central defence, with Robbie Crawford missing out and Darren McGregor moving to right back to make way for the captain.

  59. LINE-UPS

    Livingston v Rangers

    Livingston: Jamieson, Fordyce, Gallacher, Cole, Talbot, Keaghan Jacobs, O'Brien, Pitman, Kyle Jacobs, White, Hippolyte. Subs: Boulding, Walker, Beaumont, Glen, Mullen, Sekajja, Donaldson.

    Rangers: Bell, McGregor, McCulloch, Zaliukas, Wallace, Vuckic, Shiels, Murdoch, Law, Miller, Clark. Subs: Mohsni, Black, Boyd, Crawford, Robinson, Walsh, Hardie.

    Referee: Greg Aitken

  60. LINE-UPS

    Celtic v Kilmarnock

    Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Biton, Commons, Johansen, Forrest, Guidetti. Subs: Ambrose, Stokes, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Zaluska, Griffiths, McGregor.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, O'Hara, Ashcroft, Syme, Westlake, Cairney, Slater, Clingan, Obadeyi, Magennis, Miller. Subs: Barbour, McKenzie, Johnston, Brennan, Eccleston, Eremenko, Kiltie.

    Referee: Crawford Allan

  61. Celtic manager Ronny Deila on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We want to erase the poor performance on Saturday.

    "There were things that could be better and we need to lift ourselves 10-15% and make it difficult for Kilmarnock.

    "We want to win every game we play in and today is an important game.

    "We have to think about Sunday and next Wednesday and we have to use the full squad."

  62. Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have come here for three points, so there's no use sitting back.

    "We are not safe from relegation as we are only seven points clear of Motherwell.

    "There will be no Kilmarnock player coming here thinking the season is over."

  63. Post update

    Rangers have lost once in their last 11 matches and a win would take them three points above Hibernian and into second place in the Championship.

  64. Post update

    Over in West Lothian, there are two form teams. Livingston are at the foot of the Championship, but they have won their last three games and drawn one, their best form of the season and win tonight would take them level with Alloa Athletic.

  65. Post update

    The signs are not good for Kilmarnock, with Celtic having won the last seven fixtures between the sides.

    Killie have won once at Celtic Park since 1955. However, that win was as recently as 2012, when Cillian Sheridan and Liam Kelly scored in a 2-0 win.

  66. Post update

    A victory for Celtic would take the holders eight points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

  67. Post update

    Welcome to another sunny evening of Scottish football, with Celtic hoping to move closer to another title as they host Kilmarnock, while Rangers travel to Livingston hoping to move into second place in the league below.