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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    What a day. Ten-man Aberdeen beat Celtic to move clear at the top of the table on a day when St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean fires a hat-trick in the win over Hamilton and Kilmarnock record their first league win of the campaign.

    We'll have reaction to all of today's games on our site.

    Highlights of all today's games will be available from 18:00 BST tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers.

  2. Your Views

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    Neil, Angus: Look at the table. The real Dundee team are heading up. The pretenders are staring at the drop.

  3. St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton Accies

    'Really pleased for Steven MacLean'

    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "I'm really pleased for Steven MacLean to score a hat-trick. He's missed huge parts of the last couple of seasons but, if we keep him fit, he can score a lot of goals.

    "If he keeps scoring then it makes it difficult for other strikers to get in. That's what you want at your club."

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    Darren Jackson: Give Jackie McNamara time, we play great stuff and he will turn it round. In Jackie I trust!! Shed Rule.

  5. Motherwell 1-1 Ross County

    Well boss Ian Baraclough

    "It was never going to be a pretty game, knowing what Ross Country do. They scrap for everything, they make you work for absolutely everything.

    "We probably could have been better with possession, but they don't allow you to do that and at times it could easily said that it's your deficiencies or it's the teams good pressing, and that's what they are all about.

    Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough

    "But we had a bit of patience, we didn't lose it and just lump it into the box and our goal was in a phase of play where we kept it, created the opening and put the ball in. Just shows we didn't give in, we tried one or two different ways of going, in fact we went to a back three when we scored just to keep the momentum going forward and I thought the boys just stuck at it."

  6. Motherwell 1-1 Ross County

    County boss Jim McIntyre

    "I thought second half we were the better, more dominant side and created good opportunities to get that second goal. Unfortunately for us we couldn't take the chance and it came back to bite us.

    "We were still hurting Motherwell on the counter-attack, you've got to credit the opposition they were going to have a period in the game where they put you under pressure, they're the home side.

    Ross County boss Jim McIntyre
    Image caption: "We look a real threat going forward"

    "But I thought we were coping with it well and I didn't see Motherwell scoring. But we switched off at the throw in and we've been done. So that's the disappointing side of it, but I'm delighted with what the players gave us.

    "They're working as a team. We look a real threat going forward. We just had to take that chance to get that second goal and if we'd done that it would have been game over."

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    Andrew Priestley: Hearts were the big winners today, without even kicking a ball. #bbcscotfootball

  8. Dundee United 1-2 Kilmarnock

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

    Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara
    Image caption: 'Quality hasn't been there..."

    "Today that should've been three points. We created chances and were totally dominant for long spells.

    "We don't seem to be getting a lot of luck in front of goal and that bit of quality hasn't been there.

    "You need to put the game to bed and we had enough chances to win a few games. I'd be more disappointed if we hadn't been creating the chances we had."

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    Anon: United fan here time is up Jackie another disgrace today enough is Enough United 2nd bottom is just not acceptable

    Phil in Edinburgh: How far down do United have to go before Jackie McNamara is punted? He's run out of ideas; we have a team that doesn't look like scoring from open play even if we create 100 chances.

    Anon: It's not based on one game. We've won four in 27.

  10. Dundee United 1-2 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock boss Gary Locke

    "It [the victory over Dundee United] gets the monkey off our back. Our players showed what they're capable of.

    "We played some great stuff and if we play like that consistently then we can do very well."

    Kilmarnock boss Gary Locke
    Image caption: "We played some great stuff"

    "I'm delighted for our supporters who have come up here in big numbers and it was important we didn't let them down because we've let them down on two or three occasions this year.

    "But today the boys put in a performance and merited their support."

  11. Killie In The Name Of

    Kevin McHattie's late piledriver secured Kilmarnock's first league win of the season. Joy for the visiting fans at Tannadice but the home supporters vented their spleen at full-time.

    Food for thought for Jackie McNamara's troops.

    Kevin McHattie scored the winner
    Image caption: Kevin McHattie secured Kilmarnock's first league victory of the season
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    Bobby in Livingston: Still raging about that Celtic performance. Taxi for Deila, Boyota & Ambrose to start. Agree with Chris McLaughlin, Celtic were better in first half, what game was Derek McInnes watching? Thanks Ronnie, you've given Derek McInnes opportunity to gloat.



    Hibernian 3-0 Alloa

    Morton 0-0 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 1-0 Queen of South

    Rangers 3-0 Livingston

    St Mirren 2-3 Falkirk


    Albion 1-3 Airdrieonians

    Brechin 0-2 Forfar

    Cowdenbeath 2-2 Peterhead

    Dunfermline 0-2 Ayr

    Stenhousemuir 1-0 Stranraer


    Clyde 4-2 Annan Athletic

    East Fife 0-1 Arbroath

    Elgin 4-1 Berwick

    Queen's Park 5-1 East Stirling

    Stirling 1-0 Montrose


    Dundee United 1-2 Kilmarnock

    Motherwell 1-1 Ross County

    Partick 0-1 Dundee

    St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton

  15. GOAL

    Motherwell 1-1 Ross County (Mould)

    The Steelmen are level! Louis Moult fires home from close range following good work by Marvin Johnson.

    Motherwell's Louis Moult (centre) celebrates his goal with Marvin Johnson
    Image caption: Motherwell's Louis Moult (centre) celebrates his goal with Marvin Johnson
  16. GOAL

    Dundee United 1-2 Kilmarnock (McHattie)

    Kevin McHattie smashes the ball into the net from 30 yards - the left-back scoring on his debut for Gary Locke's side.


    Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    "Phenomenal save by Jamie MacDonald. Unbelievable reflexes to keep out Ryan Dow's close-range shot!"

  18. Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    "United pressing for the winner and McKay is denied a second goal by a terrific block by MacDonald and then Darko Bodul fires wide."

  19. GOAL

    Rangers 3-0 Livingston (Law)

  20. Partick 0-1 Dundee

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Greg Stewart's fourth goal of the season and lovely left-footed curler at that!

    "The front-man was a player of the season nominee last campaign and was patient to wait on the right moment to beat Tomas Cerny there."

  21. GOAL

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Dundee (Stewart)

    Paul Hartley's men break the deadlock at Firhill. Greg Stewart is the man of the moment, picking his spot with a cool finish.

    Dundee's Greg Stewart (left) celebrates his goal with team-mate Kane Hemmings
    Image caption: Dundee's Greg Stewart (left) celebrates his goal with team-mate Kane Hemmings
  22. St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton

    Hamilton Accies haven't given up in this one as Jesus Garcia Tena shows nice feet for a big defender and draws a good save from Alan Mannus from the edge of the box.

  23. St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton

    BBC Scotland's Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    "Lucas Tagliapietra grabbed a goal that will be of limited consolation for the 217 Accies fans in the 2,684 punters at Perth."

  24. GOAL

    St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton (Tagliapietra)

    Hamilton reduce the deficit in Perth as Ali Crawford's cross from the left is headed home by Lucas Tagliapietra at the back post.

  25. GOAL

    Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock (McKay pen)

    Blair Spittal's volley came off the arm of Lee Ashcroft, who argued he was too close to get out of the way. Regardless, Billy McKay slots away the penalty to level the scoring.


    Dundee United have a spot kick! Brian Colvin penalises Lee Ashcroft for handball while the defender was on the turf.


    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Partick Thistle hit the woodwork for a third time as Ryan Stevenson heads Mustapha Dumbuya's cross onto the crossbar - when will it go in for the Jags???"

  28. Motherwell 0-1 Ross County

    Richard Wilson at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Creativity is at a premium at Fir Park and neither side has managed to open up the opposition defence yet in the second half. Ross County are comfortable with their one-goal lead and Motherwell need to raise their tempo and their ambition if they are to rescue anything from this game."

  29. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "This match has not had the frenzied pace of the first half but Dundee full-back Gary Irvine did make Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny work with a long distance strike which the Czech stopper tipped over the crossbar."

  30. Dundee United 0-1 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont at Tannadice

    BBC Scotland

    "Billy McKay brings out a save from Jamie MacDonald, but it's pretty straight-forward for the keeper, easily holding the long-distance effort."

  31. St Johnstone 4-0 Hamilton Accies

    BBC Scotland's Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    "It's six already in this campaign and if StevenMacLean can stay fit then Saints goalscoring problems could well be a thing of the past."

  32. GOAL

    St Johnstone 4-0 Hamilton (MacLean hat-trick)

    Hat-trick for Steven MacLean as he reacts quickest in a busy penalty box to prod home Michael O'Halloran's knock-down. The striker will be able to take the match ball home with him and plonk it on the couch while he's watching X-Factor...

    Steven MacLean
    Image caption: Steven MacLean is proving too hot to handle for Hamilton Accies
  33. GOAL

    Elgin 3-1 Berwick (Gunn)

  34. GOAL

    Hibs 2-0 Alloa (Cummings)

  35. GOAL

    Brechin 0-2 Forfar (Kader)

  36. KICK-OFF

    Ready to rock in the second half? Let's go!

  37. Dundee United 0-1 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    "It's been a pretty even game, with neither side enjoying real superiority, but Kallum Higginbotham's penalty just before the break gives Kilmarnock hope they can record their first victory of the season and move off the bottom of the Premiership. United haven't been bad but haven't troubled Jamie MacDonald in the visitors' goal."

  38. St Johnstone 3-0 Hamilton

    BBC Scotland's Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    "Stunning first half display by St Johnstone who have ripped Hamilton apart in the first half after taking the lead with Liam Craig's first goal since returning to the club. Steven MacLean added a quick second from the penalty spot then clipped home the third near the break with the Accies' defence looking a real shambles by then.

    "That's five already for the season for MacLean, two more than the whole of last season and there's no chance of Hamilton rescuing this one."


    Dundee United 0-1 Kilmarnock

    Motherwell 0-1 Ross County

    Partick Thistle 0-0 Dundee

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hamilton



    Hibernian 1-0 Alloa

    Morton 0-0 Dumbarton

    Raith Rovers 0-0 Queen of SthShow

    Rangers 2-0 Livingston

    St Mirren 2-0 Falkirk


    Albion 0-2 Airdrieonians

    Brechin 0-1 Forfar

    Cowdenbeath 1-1 Peterhead

    Dunfermline 0-1 Ayr

    Stenhousemuir 0-0 Stranraer


    Clyde 3-1 Annan Athletic

    East Fife 0-0 Arbroath

    Elgin 1-1 Berwick

    Queen's Park 2-0 East Stirling

    Stirling 0-0 Montrose

  41. GOAL

    Hibs 1-0 Alloa (Henderson)

  42. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "A terrible mix up between Partick Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny and defender Liam Lindsay leads to a fantastic chance for Dundee's Nicky Low, but the ex-Aberdeen midfielder guides his low shot wide of the post. Easily Dundee's best chance.

    "Straight after that Ryan Stevenson thumps a rising shot off the inside of Scott Bain's near post - it just won't go in for Thistle!"

  43. GOAL

    Dundee United 0-1 Kilmarnock (Higginbotham)

    Killie in front! Sean Dillon brings down Rory McKenzie just inside the box and Kallum Higginbotham lashes the penalty past Luis Zwick.


    Penalty for Kilmarnock!

  45. GOAL

    St Johnstone 3-0 Hamilton (MacLean)

    Tommy Wright's men all but wrap up the points as the predatory Steven MacLean nabs his second and St Johnstone's third with Hamilton's defence all at sea.

  46. GOAL

    Rangers 2-0 Livingston (Waghorn)

  47. GOAL

    St MIrren 2-0 Falkirk (Mallan)

  48. GOAL

    Clyde 3-1 Annan (Linton pen)

  49. Dundee United 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    "It's a very open match at Tannadice, but there's a lack of quality so far in the penalty areas and neither keeper has been tested."

  50. GOAL

    Motherwell 0-1 Ross County (Gardyne)

    Jim McIntyre's men take the lead against the Steelmen, Michael Gardyne steering the ball home at Fir Park.

    Michael Gardyne fires Ross County in front
  51. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Partick Thistle's quick-passing approach seemed to stun Dundee a bit, but the Dark Blues are getting more into things now, with striker Kane Hemmings almost latching onto Greg Stewart's neat through ball. It's being played at a very fast pace at Firhill.

    Julen Etxabeguren has come on for injured Dundee defender James McPake.

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    Depressed Scotland fan: After hearing the Everton result earlier, is every Scotland fan thinking: why wasn't Steven Naismith playing against Germany?

  53. GOAL

    St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton (MacLean)

    Goals are like buses at McDiarmid Park: you wait for one to come along and you get two in a minute. St Johnstone go 2-0 up as Steven MacLean scores from the spot following a Darian MacKinnon handball.


    Penalty for St Johnstone!

  55. GOAL

    St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton (Craig)

    We have a goal in our 3pm games. Liam Craig rifles home from a clever Steven MacLean cutback as St Johnstone draw first blood in Perth.

    Liam Craig fires St Johnstone in front
  56. GOAL

    Queen's Park 1-0 East Stirling (McGeever)

  57. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Kenny Crawford at Firhill

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Another Ryan Stevenson corner ends up with Kris Doolan, whose scissor kick rebounds off the the crossbar with goalkeeper Scott Bain beaten. Jags boss Alan Archibald must be so frustrated that none of these are hitting the back of the net!"

  58. Rangers 1-0 Livingston

    Paul Mitchell at Ibrox

    BBC Sport

    "Pre-planned free kick didn't work for Rangers so Lee Wallace smashed the rebound from 30 yards - some hit. 1-0 home side #bbcscotfootball"

  59. Motherwell 0-0 Ross County

    Richard Wilson at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Neither manager has succumbed to over-caution, with both Motherwell and Ross County lining up with two strikers. The game has been open and dynamic so far, and the sense is that both defences will be under pressure throughout."

  60. GOAL

    Rangers 1-0 Livingston (Wallace)

  61. St Johnstone 0-0 Hamilton

    BBC Scotland's Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    "Accies picked up five bookings against Hearts last time out and Grant Gillespie wasted not time in collecting another in Perth.

    "It was his third already in just six games this season and referee Andrew Dallas did little to help his popularity with the Hamilton fans by waving away strong penalty claims when their ex-player Brian Easton collided with Carlton Morris early on."

  62. Goal drought

    We're still waiting for a goal in the four 3pm top-flight games... Only a matter of time, eh?

  63. GOAL

    St Mirren 1-0 Falkirk (Agnew)

  64. Dundee United 0-0 Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    "Greg Kiltie has gone close with a curling effort that only missed the top corner by inches. United have also threatened, with Billy McKay prodding a Ryan McGowan cross goalwards, but it was a comfortable take for Jamie MacDonald."

  65. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "The benefit of having Ryan Stevenson back in the starting line-up for Partick Thistle has become apparent immediately.

    "The former Hearts man making the Jags tick with a series of attacking moves, two of which amount to chances which new signing Robbie Muirhead and Kris Doolan should have put away."

  66. St Johnstone 0-0 Hamilton

    Graham Cummings fails to give Saints an early lead at McDiarmid Park but it's a bright start by the hosts.

  67. Partick 0-0 Dundee

    Robbie Muirhead spurns a great chance to give Partick Thistle the lead but his effort is straight at goalkeeper Scott Bain.

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    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Ralph Milne banner at Tannadice

    "Tannadice stood in perfect silence to pay its respects to one of United's favourite sons - Ralph Milne."

  69. KICK-OFF

    Here we go across the country!

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    Max Baggins-Craig: Get in Aberdeen, fully deserved, by far the better team, without doubt. I wanted a thriller & got one. Great stuff today !!

  71. Dundee United Kilmarnock

    Alasdair Lamont at Tannadice

    BBC Scotland

    "It is a poignant day at Tannadice as United and their supporters mark the recent death of club legend Ralph Milne. It is an important day on the park as well. Both sides ring the changes, perhaps a reflection on their poor starts to the season.

    "Jackie McNamara gives debuts to loan signings Aaron Kuhl and Adam Taggart as well as bringing Callum Morris and Scott Fraser into the side.

    "Kilmarnock also have a debutant in Kevin McHattie, with Greg Kiltie and Darryl Westlake coming in as well as they seek their first win of the season."

  72. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    'Got our just reward'

    "Delighted and I think we got our just reward. We were the better team in the first half. Our response to falling behind was excellent.

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes (right)
    Image caption: Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes (right) was delighted with the victory

    "We had to show why the win was so important to us.

  73. LINE-UPS


    Partick: Cerny, Dumbuya, Frans, Lindsay, Booth, Osman, Bannigan, Lawless, Stevenson, Muirhead, Doolan. Subs: Miller, Seaborne, Welsh, Amoo, Scully, Wilson, McDaid.

    Dundee: Bain, McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Irvine, Low, Thomson, Ross, Harkins, Hemmings, Stewart. Subs: Healey, Holt, Loy, Mitchell, Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia, Calder, Gadzhalov.

    Referee: William Collum

  74. Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    'Disappointing end'

    "We played a controlled first half, we were the best team and created the most chances. The second half started ok as well but they got the penalty, that was no penalty.

    "He stands still and doesn't take up his foot again. That was a very, very cheap penalty and the end of the game was disappointing, they get one sent off and we should have attacked and scored a second goal and instead we conceded one in an easy set play.

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "Some very poor defending..."

  75. LINE-UPS


    Motherwell: Ripley, Law, Laing, McManus, Hammell, Ainsworth, Lasley, Taylor, Thomas, McDonald, Moult. Subs: Grimshaw, Robinson, Johnson, Twardzik, Chalmers, Kennedy, Clarkson.

    Ross County: Fox, Fraser, Robertson, Davies, Reckord, Franks, Irvine, Quinn, Gardyne, De Vita, Boyce. Subs: Gary Woods, Martin Woods, Boyd, McShane, Graham, Foster, Dingwall.

    Referee: Don Robertson

  76. 'Hunger and will to win'

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    "Whatever Derek McInnes said them at half time, and he was out well before the players walking up and down the touchline. Aberdeen had a bite about them in the second half, they had a real intensity and a hunger and a will to win that Celtic didn't have."

    Aberdeen secure a late win against Celtic
  77. Partick Thistle v Dundee

    Kenny Crawford at Firhill

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Thistle boss Alan Archibald says a first win of season and more goals are the order of the day - new striker Robbie Muirhead starts to help with that, as does left winger Mustapha Dumbuya.

    "Kris Doolan and Ryan Stevenson also back in starting line-up. Sean Welsh, Mathias Pogba, Declan McDaid and Gary Miller drop out. Thistle have only scored two goals this season, both by Doolan.

    "Paul Hartley is looking for more consistency with results and says he will continue to play attacking football because it is an entertainment business. Gary Harkins in for Paul McGowan is their only change as McGowan has gone over on his ankle."

  78. St Johnstone v Hamilton

    BBC Scotland's Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    "Saints boss Tommy Wright hands a debut to Celtic's on loan full back Darnell Fisher with Tam Scobbie dropping to the bench as the only change from the team beaten at Parkhead last time out.

    "Martin Canning is back on the bench but the Accies player manager sticks with the line-up that started the win against Hearts a fortnight ago.

    "Thankfully the torrential rain has eased but the strong wind swirling around McDiarmid Park could make it tricky for the players."

  79. Your Views

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    Anon: Boyata utter useless.

    Nico: This is a total embarrassment from Celtic, even if Dons had 12 men, Celtic should never lose to them.

    Alan in Barrhead: Time for Ronny Deila to go just not up to it.

  80. 'What a comeback'

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Pittodrie erupts. Celtic silenced. What a comeback from the Dons."

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    Dougie Kinnear: Have a wee roar about that Ronny! Brilliant result for the Dons and a great performance!

    Alan David Duncan: Believe!

  82. Aberdeen march on

    Derek McInnes's side go two points clear at the top of the table after making it six wins from as many league games. Not too shabby, eh?


    Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

    Ten-man Aberdeen beat Celtic in a league game at Pittodrie for the first time since February 2014 - jubilation in the Dons' ranks as the players take the acclaim of the delighted home supporters.

    Paul Quinn is mobbed after scoring the late winner for Aberdeen
  84. CLOSE!

    Cleared off the line! Leigh Griffiths rounds goalkeeper Danny Ward after Paul Quinn's mistake but Andrew Considine is there to clear from under the crossbar.

  85. Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

    Celtic captain Scott Brown sends a shot whistling wide of goal as the visitors search for a late equaliser. What a turnaround in this Premiership encounter.

  86. GOAL

    Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic (Quinn)

    Wow. Ten-man Aberdeen take the lead with simplest of goals. A long, hanging free kick into the area is missed by everyone with the exception of Paul Quinn who slides the ball home from close range.

    The Dons dugout erupts and the home supporters are going crazy. Celtic's defence posted missing once again; the grounded keeper Craig Gordon wears a pained expression.

    Aberdeen celebrate their late winner
    Image caption: Paul Quinn is mobbed after netting his late winner for 10-man Aberdeen
  87. Your Views

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    Anon: Despite getting the two penalties right you have to say the referring has been terrible again. All card decisions have been wrong yellow or red. Not good enough...much like Celtics performance today.

  88. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Niall McGinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Stefan Johansen. Charlie Mulgrew sees his effort saved by Danny Ward but referee Craig Thomson awards the Dons a free kick for a Johansen push in the wall.

  89. Hayes red card

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Had a feeling a red card was coming in this game. I didn't think Hayes would be the man to walk. Looks like he got some of the ball."

  90. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Celtic substitute James Forrest fizzes a cross, or a shot, across goal with Nadir Ciftci unable to get a touch.

    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller can't believe how immobile Ciftci was with that half chance...

  91. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Nadir Ciftci replaces Gary Mackay-Steven as Celtic aim to re-establish their lead at Pittodrie.

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    Jim in Glasgow: Referee making up for not giving the first penalty as Aberdeen should now be down to nine men!

    Adam Reid: A game between two challengers for the title all square on penalties? Who voted for that? The Dons to nick it.

  93. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Celtic make two changes: James Forrest and Efe Ambrose replace Tom Rogic and Mikael Lustig.

  94. RED CARD

    Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes receives his marching orders for a sliding challenge on Mikael Lustig. Hayes appears stunned at the decision and Lustig limps back on to give Hayes a consoling pat on the back.

  95. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Jonny Hayes, arguably a contender for man of the match, turns Mikael Lustig and is fouled by the Swede as he's about to show him a clean pair of heels.

    A booking for Lustig - the game has become scrappy in the last 10 minutes with frequent fouls disrupting the flow of the game.

  96. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton gets to the by-line but his cutback doesn't have any takers and Aberdeen clear their lines. The visitors have lost their shape since conceding the equaliser.

    There's about 25 minutes remaining of a fascinating contest at Pittodrie. Will we see a winner?

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    Max Baggins-Craig: Well deserved equaliser for Aberdeen, without doubt. Two Rooneys make the headlines this week & both are penalties...

  98. Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Looked like a challenge Boyata didn't have to make. As Adam Rooney stepped up to take the spot kick, the Aberdeen bench couldn't watch. They had nothing to worry about. Great penalty. All square now."

  99. GOAL

    Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic (Rooney)

    The Dons are level and it's another penalty at Pittodrie. Dedryk Boyata is penalised for a foul on Graeme Shinnie; the visitors are unhappy with the decision but did Boyata have to make the challenge?

    Adam Rooney is coolness personified as he rifles home for the equaliser. Game on!

    Adam Rooney equalises for Aberdeen
    Image caption: Adam Rooney equalises from the spot at Pittodrie
  100. PENALTY

    Aberdeen have a penalty...

  101. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Some real needle about this game now. Celtic still on top but the tackles are flying in."


    Now, then. Aberdeen want a penalty and they appear to have a decent case. Shay Logan's cross appears to be handled by defender Charlie Mulgrew before he lashes clear. Howls of protest inside Pittodrie but referee Craig Thomson is having none of it.

    The atmosphere is crackling inside the stadium; the Dons feel aggrieved.

  103. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    A cracking Stefan Johansen delivery into the box causes alarm in the Aberdeen defence but they manage to clear their lines as Celtic seek to double their lead.

  104. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    Whistler Craig Thomson has a word with Aberdeen striker Kenny McLean following his robust challenge on grounded Celtic defender Mikael Lustig. The Swede took a clonk to the back of his head; a few heated exchanges before we're back under way.

  105. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way at Pittodrie.

  106. The story of the first half...

    Pittodrie ahead of kick-off
    Leigh Griffiths remonstrates with referee Craig Thomson
    Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths
  107. Celtic in command

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Celtic good for their lead here at half time. Aberdeen were definitely coming into the game but they're lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch."

  108. Your views

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    Alan Duncan: Considine having a 'mare right now. Luck to still be on the pitch. Not good. Nooooot good...

    Jim: I'm in the Amazon rain forest. A native said "Celtic are one up". I said "who scored their penalty?"

  109. HALF-TIME

    Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    Chances aplenty; a penalty; a yellow card that could've been red; free-kicks against the bar; misses from six yards... it's all been happening at Pittodrie. Celtic lead at the break, courtesy of Leigh Griffiths's penalty. The Dons are still in this, with Celtic's tormentor-in-chief Jonny Hayes having a field day down the left. More goals in the second half? Yes please.

  110. CLOSE!

    Short of Jonny Hayes sitting Kenny McLean down and serving him a dish of football there's little else he can do.

    The livewire winger shreds Celtic down the left before delivering a cross between Celtic's central defence that's begging to be nodded home. McLean, though, can't get his head on it and the visitors' lead remains intact.

  111. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    The flicker of another chance for Celtic goalscorer Leigh Griffiths. He finds himself unmarked in the box but his header from Stefan Johansen's cross slides wide of goal.


    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew receives a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Aberdeen striker Kenny McLean, much to the chagrin of Willie Miller.

    "The referee's got to be stronger than that," booms the BBC Sportsound pundit.

  113. Post update

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Great play from Griffiths before he was held back for the penalty. Great spot kick too. Looked like an obvious goal scoring opportunity and could have been a red for Considine. What will that do to the Aberdeen confidence?"

  114. Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

    The Sportsound pundits are discussing whether Andrew Considine was a touch fortunate not to receive his marching orders for that foul on Griffiths.

    Denying a goal-scoring opportunity? The Sportsound pundits believe so. Mulgrew's pass was inch perfect for Griffiths; like an NFL quarterback finding his star receiver in tight coverage.

  115. GOAL

    Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic (Griffiths)

    Leigh Griffiths, who collected a long ball from Charlie Mulgrew before being fouled, dusts himself down before drilling his effort beyond the despairing dive of Danny Ward.

    Celtic draw first blood in a pulsating encounter at Pittodrie.

    Leigh Griffiths fires Celtic in front
    Image caption: Leigh Griffiths dusts himself down before firing Celtic in front from the spot
  116. PENALTY

    Andrew Considine pulls back Leigh Griffiths inside the box. Penalty for Celtic. The Dons defender is booked for his troubles.

  117. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon sprints from his line to claim a cross from ahead of the onrushing Jonny Hayes. The home fans inside Pittodrie are roaring their side on in search of the opening goal.

    Just past the half-hour mark and it remains goalless, for how long though?

  118. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Celtic force a couple of corners in quick succession but the visitors lack a player with an aerial threat and Aberdeen mop up both set pieces with the minimum of fuss.

  119. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    "Aberdeen growing in confidence as this game opens out. The seagulls are also moving in for a bit of half time thievery."

    Keep your pie & bovril under lock and key. Be alert and look to the skies!

  120. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Celtic counter - this is developing into a cracking game - as Stefan Johansen attempts to play in Gary Mackay-Steven but the former Dundee United winger is outmuscled by the Dons defence.

  121. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Jonny Hayes is causing havoc down the left for Aberdeen and he stands up a great cross for Kenny McLean to force Craig Gordon into a superb save with a bullet header.

    Referee Craig Thomson, though, blows for a foul inside the box.

    Aberdeen are warming to the task here.

  122. CLOSE!

    The hosts fancy their chances against Celtic through the air. Jonny Hayes whips in a corner and the unmarked Andrew Considine rises to head the ball over.

    Groans from the home fans but Celtic look far from happy dealing with aerial attacks, a theme carried over from their defeat by Malmo.


    Leigh Griffiths's wicked effort deflects off Graeme Shinnie and thunders off the crossbar with Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Ward left stranded.

    "You do need a bit of luck," says BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller.

    The free-kick had been awarded after Quinn chopped down Johansen.

  124. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Free kick of for Celtic about 20 yards from goal in a dangerous position...

  125. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Stefan Johansen has possession in midfield but the Norwegian cuts a frustrated figure as he sees little movement in the final third for Celtic.

    Aberdeen v Celtic

    Eventually, Mikael Lustig gallops after a through ball but Aberdeen defend well and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.

  126. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    After a shaky start, Aberdeen have come roaring back into proceedings. Shinnie, Rooney and Hayes are probing for an opening with the Celtic rearguard looking as convincing as four blind mice chasing each other in a sack.

    The visitors survive but Ronny Deila's pulse will be racing after seeing them repel the danger with some difficulty.

  127. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Celtic enjoying the majority of the possession here but it's scrappy. Aberdeen's best chances so far have come through Boyata mistakes."

  128. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Aberdeen respond as Ash Taylor gallops forward before feeding Adam Rooney on the outside. His cross is cleared by Boyata for a corner. Craig Gordon comes to punch clear Jonny Hayes's corner. It remains goalless but you can sense a goal is in the post...

  129. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Celtic, looking to capitalise on a promising start, feed the ball to Stefan Johansen who in turn sends a long diagonal to Gary Mackay-Steven but the winger concedes a free kick as the ball hits his arm.

    A good open game so far at a blustery Pittodrie. No sign of the seagulls terrorising the skies, yet...

  130. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Tyler Blackett, Celtic's loan signing from Manchester United, makes his debut this afternoon. How will the Celtic rearguard combat the absence of Virgil van Dijk?

  131. Get Involved


    Dougie Kinnear: A confident forward line versus an untested back four? I'll take that. Mulgrew was a ghost midweek. He can learn fae Shinnie!

  132. Aberdeen 0-0 Celtic

    Far from convincing defending from Andrew Considine under the close attention of Tom Rogic; the Dons survive but Celtic are chasing an early breakthrough at Pittodrie.

    "He's a lucky boy," says Willie Miller. "A real opportunity for Rogic and he should've done much better."

    From the subsequent corner, Aberdeen scramble the ball clear. A bright start by the visitors.

  133. KICK-OFF

    We're under way!

  134. Minute's applause

    There's a minute's applause at Pittodrie ahead of kick off as a mark of respect for Graham Leggat, the former Aberdeen and Scotland striker who played at the 1958 World Cup, who died at the age of 81.

    The local lad scored 64 goals in 109 games for the Dons between 1953 and 1958, and netted eight goals in 18 games for his country.

  135. Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner

    'Set a marker'

    "We know it's early in the season and it always sets a marker. Heading up to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen is never an easy game.

    "Last season Celtic got the results and wins against Aberdeen. I think this is more crucial for Aberdeen..."

  136. Former Aberdeen defender Willie Miller

    'Mount a challenge'

    "Aberdeen have to lay the marker down. Last season and they made a fine title challenge which fell away towards the end of the season for.

    "it's crucial if you want to mount a challenge to make a statement, that's what's really important for Aberdeen."

  137. Get Involved

    Tweet using #bbcscotfootball

    Alan David Duncan: Captain Jack will skewer the Hoops with his trusty rusty cutlass... @RyanJack22 @AberdeenFC #bbcscotfootball

  138. Post update

    Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie

    BBC Sport

    "Incredible atmosphere as we get ready to kick off here at Pittodrie. There's a real belief in this city that today could be the day the Dons show that they have what it takes to go toe to toe with Celtic for the title. We shall see..."

  139. Purple Hayes

    Aberdeen's last league victory over Celtic at Pittodrie came in February 2014 when Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes were on target in a 2-1. Celtic, who replied through James Forrest, had the now Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk sent off…

    Jonny Hayes was on target for the Dons when they last beat Celtic on league duty at Pittodrie
    Image caption: Jonny Hayes was on target for the Dons when they last beat Celtic on league duty at Pittodrie
  140. Get Involved

    Plenty for us to get our teeth into today. You know the drill: text via 80295, tweet #bbcscotfootball or @bbcthomasmcg with your thoughts as the action unfolds.

  141. Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    'It's going to be a tough game'

    Deila believes Aberdeen are better equipped to mount a title challenge this season.

    The Dons finished as runners-up to Celtic in last term's title race, 17 points behind Deila's men.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila

    "They are a better team this year than last year," said the Norwegian.

    "They have brought in good players and kept their team. They have more experience and have started well, it's going to be a tough game."

    Celtic have taken 16 points from six games this season - five more than the same stage last year - while Aberdeen have won all five of their league games so far.

  142. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    'It's a big game for us'

    Does today's clash against Celtic fall into the dreaded "must win" category?

    "You still want to make sure you find a way to win these games [early in the season].

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "Those results against Celtic last season are well documented and I am constantly reminded about them but I still maintain we played well.

    "We know it's a big game for us but, domestically, Celtic will see this as one of the toughest challenges of their season.

    "Celtic have recruited well. I think they've lost arguably the best player in Scottish football over the last couple of seasons in Virgil van Dijk."

  143. LINE-UPS


    Aberdeen: Ward, Taylor, Quinn, Considine, Logan, McGinn, Jack, Shinnie, Hayes, McLean, Rooney. Subs: McLaughlin, Flood, Robson, Pawlett, Goodwillie, Brown, Parker.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Blackett, Mulgrew, Bitton, Brown, Rogic, Johansen, Mackay-Steven, Griffiths. Subs: Ambrose, Ciftci, Commons, Janko, Bailly, McGregor, Forrest.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  144. Championship focus

    We've also got league leaders Rangers hosting Livingston; St Mirren v Falkirk and Hibernian v Alloa among the other Championship fixtures.

    A busy day ahead, with plenty of goals hopefully...

  145. What's coming up?

    Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our live text coverage of Saturday's Scottish football.

    Aberdeen v Celtic (12:30 BST)

    Dundee United v KIlmarnock (15:00)

    Motherwell v Ross County (15:00)

    Partick Thistle v Dundee (15:00)

    St Johnstone v Hamilton (15:00)

  146. Aberdeen aim

    Forget hungry seagulls hovering up snacks in the city, Aberdeen are more interested in removing the monkey from their backs when they entertain Celtic.

    The second-placed Dons host the Scottish Premiership leaders at Pittodrie this lunchtime in what promises to be a cracker.

    Aberdeen v Celtic
    Image caption: The Dons are aiming to reverse a losing run against Celtic

    Defending champions Celtic won all four of their league encounters last season en-route to the title; can the Dons turn the tables this season?