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Live Reporting

Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    So, Celtic leapfrog Aberdeen and move to clear at the top of the Premiership courtesy of victory at Motherwell.

    Ten-man Hamilton come back to claim a point at home to Dundee, while Kilmarnock see off Inverness CT and Partick claim a hard-fought victory at McDiarmid Park.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back tomorrow for Dundee United v Hearts, hope you can join us then.

    Check our website for reaction to all today's games and Tom English's preview of Scotland v Australia at the rugby World Cup. Cheers!

  2. Hamilton 1-1 Dundee

    Hamilton boss Martin Canning

    "When you're down to 10 men and manage to come back into the game and get the goal then it feels like a victory.

    Hamilton boss Martin Canning

    "Had we stayed with 11 on the pitch I think we could've won the match."

  3. Hamilton 1-1 Dundee

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley

    "It's a difficult surface to play on. I think our players, for the first 15 minutes, struggled with the conditions. We then worked our way into the game and got the goal just after half time.

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley

    "But credit to Hamilton: down to 10 men, they did well - we should really see the game out at 1-0. We've got to defend better."

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    Max Baggins-Craig: Deserved win for Kilmarnock today. They were emphatic, brilliant game lads, c'moooooon!

  5. St Johnstone 1-2 Partick

    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

    "This [McDiarmid Park] is a tough place to come and we hadn't won here in 20-odd years. St Johnstone were on a great run as well. I'm delighted with the victory; it was hard fought and we made it hard for ourselves in the second half.

    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald

    "We scored two wonder goals..."

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    Joe, Partick: Will Scotland + Strachan have a better squad next qualifying round? May lose Darren Fletcher, but will have S Armstrong, Griffiths, Forrest, D Wilson, Lee Wallace, Matt Ritchie, who were not used or not fully used during last campaign. Also important to improve rankings for 2020 campaign.

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    Anon: Why are Hibs' crowds staying stubbornly low? Despite huge giveaways they can still only get half the crowds Hearts got last season.

  8. Hamilton 1-1 Dundee

    Andy Burke at New Douglas Park

    BBC Scotland

    Paul Hartley will be annoyed @dundeefconline gave up initiative when a goal and a man up, but gutsy stuff from @acciesfc. #bbcscotfootball

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley

    League two

    Annan 3-1 Queen's Park

    Arbroath 3-1 Montrose

    Berwick 1-1 East Fife

    Clyde 0-1 Stirling

    East Stirling 2-0 Elgin


    League One

    Airdrie 1-0 Brechin

    Albion 1-0 Peterhead

    Forfar 2-2 Ayr



    Alloa 0-1 Raith Rovers

    Falkirk 1-0 Morton

    Hibs 4-2 Dumbarton

    Livingston 0-1 St Mirren

    Rangers 2-1 QoS


    St Johnstone 1-2 Partick


    Hamilton 1-1 Dundee


    Kilmarnock 2-0 Inverness CT

  15. GOAL

    Rangers 2-1 QoS (Waghorn)


    QoS goalkeeper Robbie Thomson saves Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn's penalty at Ibrox.

  17. RED CARD

    Abdul Osman

    Partick Thistle's Abdul Osman is sent off for a foul just outside the penalty box.

  18. GOAL

    Hamilton 1-1 Dundee (Imrie)

    Ten-man Accies get the goal their second half play deserves. A low ball across the box is tapped in from close range by Dougie Imrie. The home fans inside New Douglas Park are going bananas!

  19. Hamilton 0-1 Dundee

    Dundee, despite the extra man, have rarely ventured forward since their goal. They do though with nice skill from Greg Stewart who does a couple of step overs, but his low shot lacks the killer punch!

  20. CLOSE!

    Hamilton 0-1 Dundee

    Ten-man Hamilton continue their search for an equaliser. Ziggy Gordon drills a low shot wide, then Dougie Imrie should put his laces through the ball but instead plays a weak shot into goalkeeper Scott Bain's arms!!

  21. Kilmarnock 2-0 Inverness CT

    Kallum Higginbotham rasps a swerving drive across the face of goal from the right edge of the box, but it whistles inches past Owain Fon Williams' right-hand upright.

  22. Hamilton 0-1 Dundee

    It is a bad looking injury for Dundee's Julen Etxabeguren, who is carried off after crumpling to the turf.


    Hamilton 0-1 Dundee

    They may be down to 10 men but Hamilton are dominating at New Douglas Park. Carlton Morris is denied by a great save by Scott Bain, then Morris heads into the net as the ball is played back in but his celebrations are cut short by the assistant's flag.

  24. Kilmarnock 2-0 Inverness CT

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Scotland

    "With only 20 minutes left to play this is surely a game that the home side can only throw away. Now looking very dominant and threatening with every opportunity they go forward."


    Ten-man Hamilton hit the post from a floating free kick which Carlton Morris gets a slight touch too, but not enough to squeeze it into the net.

  26. GOAL

    Kilmarnock 2-0 Inverness CT (Magennis)

    Josh Magennis combines neatly with Kallum Higginbotham and finishes from a tight angle to send Kilmarnock 2-0 ahead. Gary Locke's men are in dreamland!

  27. RED CARD

    Hamilton's Darian Mackinnon

    Accies are reduced to 10 men as Darian Mackinnon receives his marching orders. Thomas Konrad lies prone on the ground after Mackinnon floors him with a high tackle.

  28. Rangers 1-1 QoS

    Kenny Crawford at Ibrox

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Lovely finish into the far corner, at s very tight angle, from Jason Holt for his third goal of the season.

    "Very clever through ball by James Tavernier to split the Queen of the South defence."

  29. GOAL

    Rangers 1-1 QoS (Holt)

  30. GOAL

    St Johnstone 1-2 Partick (MacLean)

    What did Tommy Wright put in the half-time oranges? St Johnstone come roaring out of the traps and reduce the deficit as Steven MacLean heads home Graham Cummins's cross. Game. On.

  31. GOAL

    Hamilton 0-1 Dundee (Holt)

    Kevin Holt tries his luck from 40 yards out and strikes lucky as it takes a deflection and beats Michael McGoven to give Paul Hartley's men the lead.

  32. KICK-OFF

    Fed and watered, we're off and running again...


    League Two

    Annan 2-0 Queen's Park

    Arbroath 1-0 Montrose

    Berwick 0-0 East Fife

    Clyde 0-1 Stirling

    East Stirling 1-0 Elgin


    League One

    Airdrie 0-0 Brechin

    Albion 0-0 Peterhead

    Cowdenbeath 1-0 Stenhousemuir

    Forfar 2-0 Ayr



    Alloa 0-0 Raith Rovers

    Falkirk 0-0 Morton

    Hibernian 3-1 Dumbarton

    Livingston 0-1 St Mirren

    Rangers 0-1 QoS


    Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    Kilmarnock 1-0 Inverness CT

    St Johnstone 0-2 Partick

  37. Kilmarnock 1-0 Inverness CT

    Brian McLauchlin at Rugby Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Kilmarnock take the lead on the stroke of half-time with a terrific strike by Greg Kiltie to give the home side the lead. ICT were much better in the early stages but fare play to Gary Locke's side who weathered the pressure before going in front. "


    Kilmarnock 1-0 Inverness CT

    Not the end to the first half Inverness would have wanted as Greg Kiltie's strike gives Killie the lead at the break. Two very different team talks await...

  39. GOAL

    Kilmarnock 1-0 Inverness CT (Kiltie)

    Greg Kiltie's low drive from the edge of the box puts Killie in front on the stroke of half-time.

    Gary Kiltie celebrates breaking the deadlock
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    Tom and 20 others: I just watched Hibs break at pace! It was just so exhilarating - I hope they do it again one day.

  41. Rangers 0-1 QoS

    Kenny Crawford at Ibrox

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Ibrox stunned to silence as Queen of the South go in front through Derek Lyle's close range goal. Ryan Conroy's corner is flicked on by captain Chris Higgins and Lyle is there to tuck to put it away into the corner. Is Rangers' unbeaten league record under serious threat?"

  42. GOAL

    Rangers 0-1 QoS (Lyle)

  43. Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    It has been an easy afternoon for both goalkeepers so far, with the finishing leaving much to be desired. Rhys Healey beats his marker for pace but his shot had more chance of hitting the double decker bus parked outside than the back of the net.

  44. GOAL

    St Johnstone 0-2 Partick (Lawless)

    Steven Lawless sends a superb drive into the net to put Thistle into a two-goal lead at McDiarmid Park. The midfielder's first goal of the season.

    Goalscorer Steven Lawless is congratulated by his Partick Thistle team-mates
  45. Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    Gilt-edged chance missed by Hamilton. Dougie Imrie makes a strong run across the box before teeing up Gramoz Kurtaj, who attempts to place the ball in the top corner but instead hits it well over.

  46. GOAL

    St Johnstone 0-1 Partick (Miller)

    We have a goal in one of our top-flight games kicking off at 3pm! Partick defender Gary Miller returns to haunt his former club to rifle home the opener at McDiarmid Park.

    Partick Thistle celebrate
  47. GOAL

    Hibernian 1-1 Dumbarton (Gallagher)

    Charlie Mann

    BBC Scotland

    Two goals in two-minute spell sees game explode into life with Malonga putting Hibs in front and Gallagher equalising - both third goals of the season.

  48. GOAL

    Hibernian 1-0 Dumbarton (Malonga)

  49. Kilmarnock 0-0 Inverness CT

    A sumptuous swerving ball sees Liam Polworth through for Caley Thistle, but his square pass is intercepted and cleared by the Kilmarnock defence.

  50. Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    Accies have a third goalmouth scramble of the game, which has been their best attacking outlet so far this afternoon. Once more, though, a bit of ping ball ends with a wild shot wide.

  51. St Johnstone 0-0 Partick

    Tomas Cerny parries wide for a corner from a well-struck Dave MacKay free-kick. Thistle race up the other end and it is Alan Mannus' turn to parry clear from a David Amoo effort.

  52. Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    Dundee's 20-year-old Rhys Healey beautifully skips by two defenders on the left hand side, but drags his effort wide of the near post.

  53. St Johnstone 0-0 Partick

    Graham Cummins heads a few feet wide for St Johnstone after the striker rises above Danny Seaborne at the back post. It's a cracking open game at McDiarmid Park.

  54. CLOSE!

    St Johnstone 0-0 Partick

    Stuart Bannigan threatens again for Thistle, but his drive from 22 yards goes just wide.

  55. Kilmarnock 0-0 Inverness CT

    Danny Devine passes up a glorious chance for Caley Thistle at Rugby Park, heading, remarkably, over the bar from four yards out. Minutes later, from an in-swinging free-kick, Ross Draper heads powerfully over amid a cluster of players.

  56. St Johnstone 0-0 Partick

    Terrific effort from Stuart Bannigan, but his half-volley is well saved by Alan Mannus. First chance to Thistle despite a bright start from St Johnstone.

  57. Hamilton 0-0 Dundee

    It has been a bright start at New Douglas Park. Rhys Healey heads over from close range for Dundee, Julen Etxabeguren almost heads Ali Crawford's cross into his own net at the other end.


    It should be 1-0 to the Accies. Scott Bain makes two point blank saves, but really Carlton Morris should do better for the hosts.

  59. Rangers v QoS

    Rangers have a free-kick in James Tavernier territory but he squares the ball to Martyn Waghorn and Queens repel the danger.

  60. KICK-OFF

    We are under way across the country; goals please and plenty of them!

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    Peter, Dalkeith: Have I missed the discussion about the poor refereeing performance today at Fir Park?

  62. Rangers v QoS

    Kenny Crawford at Ibrox

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Rangers could make it 10-in-a-row this afternoon... in league victories that is.

    "The Ibrox men are the only senior side left in Scottish & English football with a perfect points record this far into the season.

    "Manager Mark Warburton spent some of the international break doing some more work on his pro-coaching licence, so let's see if he has any fresh nuggets in the tactics side of things today.

    "There was no international break for Queen of the South, who beat Morton last weekend and sit fifth in the Championship.

    "Queens boss James Fowler will hope to avenge a 5-1 defeat to Rangers in Dumfries earlier this campaign."

  63. St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    BBC Scotland

    "I was delighted to extend my own contract to June 2019 earlier this week. I had no hesitation in agreeing to stay and feel there is a lot more to come from this team and staying here gives me the chance to continue our recent success."

    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright
  64. Kilmarnock v Inverness CT

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Scotland

    "Stat of the day contender possibly? In the 39 previous meetings between Kilmarnock and ICT, there has never been a 0-0 draw!"

  65. Hibs v Dumbarton

    Charlie Mann at Easter Road

    BBC Scotland

    "Start of busy spell of six games in three weeks for Hibs and Alan Stubbs makes three changes with Fyvie, Fontaine and Keatings starting in what could be a 4-3-3 formation against Dumbarton."

  66. LINE-UPS


    Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Smith, Findlay, McKenzie, Higginbotham, O'Hara, Slater, McHattie, Kiltie, Balatoni, Magennis. Subs: Ridgers, Hamill, Boyd, Obadeyi, Ashcroft, Connolly, Frizzell.

    Inverness CT: Fon Williams, Raven, Tremarco, Meekings, Draper, Devine, Tansey, Williams, Polworth, Christie, Storey. Subs: Esson, Wedderburn, Horner, Vigurs, Mutombo, Sutherland.

  67. Rangers v QoS

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "Smashing afternoon for football. Ibrox the setting for Rangers v Queen of the South. @BBCSportScot @BBCSportsound"

    Ibrox Stadium
  68. Kilmarnock v Inverness CT

    Brian McLauchlin at Rugby Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Inverness CT boss John Hughes says at no time was there a chance of him leaving the club to join Dundee United.

    "The Highland club turned down an official approach by United to speak to Hughes who also told BBC Scotland he has no issues with the refusal.

    Inverness CT boss John Hughes

    "Hughes also confirmed that talks were continuing over the prospect of a new deal with his current contract running out at the end of this season."

  69. LINE-UPS


    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Scobbie, Lappin, Davidson, MacLean, Wotherspoon, Shaughnessy, Cummins, Easton, Craig. Subs: Clark, Anderson, Sutton, Caddis, Fisher, Kane, O'Halloran.

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

  70. LINE-UPS


    Hamilton: McGovern, Gordon, Kurakins, Gillespi, Imrie, Crawford, Kurtaj, Morris, MacKinnon, Garcia Tena, Tagliapietra. Subs: Canning, Turner, D'Acol, Longridge, Docherty, Nade, Martin.

    Dundee: Bai, Holt, Konrad, Etxabeguren, McGinn, Calder, Ross, Harkins, Stewar, Loy, Healey. Subs: Meggatt, Gadzhalov, Irvine, Low, Curran, Skelly, Mitchell.

  71. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Motherwell boss Mark McGhee

    "The first half felt like we were playing with a missing player. Louis Laing took a role that wasn't really intended. But that's down to me. When we sorted that at half time we were much better.

    Motherwell boss Mark McGhee

    "We might have nicked something but Celtic winning 1-0 is probably about the balance of the game."

  72. St Johnstone v Partick

    Scott Davie at McDiarmid Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Alan Archibald isn't blessed with good luck at the moment as full back Mustapha Dumbuya scored one of their rare goals against Dundee United but misses out today.

    "He has come down with an illness after returning from Sierra Leone's World Cup qualifying defeat against Chad.

    "Former St Johnstone defender Gary Miller takes over while his old team also make one change to the team that hammered Aberdeen last time out.

    "Zander Clark drops back to the bench with Northern Ireland international keeper Alan Mannus back after a one-game ban for his straight red against Dundee United."

  73. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila

    "For 70 minutes it was very satisfying but we should've scored more goals and had at least one penalty, maybe two.

    "We created a lot of chances and had control of the game. We should've been braver on the ball in the last 20 minutes so that we didn't have to stress so much.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila

    "Our top level is good and we need to keep that consistency for 90 minutes."

  74. Championship games

    Alloa v Raith Rovers

    Falkirk v Morton

    Hibs v Dumbarton

    Livingston v St Mirren

    Rangers v QoS

  75. Today's other Premiership fixtures

    Hamilton v Dundee

    Kilmarnock v Inverness CT

    St Johnstone v Partick

  76. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Celtic should have won this match by many more goals. Yes, they should have had a penalty but overall they failed to live up to a lively start. Still, they are due credit for generally dominating Motherwell throughout. It was a poor first-half for Mark McGhee's side, an uninspiring start to his second stint in charge of the club.

    "He left some big-hitters on the bench and the gamble did not pay off. Motherwell were better in the second-half but this was allied to the fact that in the latter stages of the game the Celtic performance slumped badly.

    Celtic celebrate Nadir Ciftci's goal

    "But it was always a contest right up until the final whistle given the tight scoreline. The success or otherwise of McGhee's return to Motherwell will be judged in the long term - not in games against Celtic, when the likelihood is always that the Glasgow side will emerge triumphant."

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    Max Baggins-Craig: Deserved win for Celtic, without any question. This season looks to be very interesting for a top 3 finish. Bring it on :)

  78. Celtic top of the table

    Celtic leapfrog Aberdeen to move two points clear at the top of the Premiership as Mark McGhee's second spell as Motherwell boss gets off to a losing start.


    Motherwell 0-1 Celtic


    Three minutes of added time at Fir Park.

  81. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Emilio Izaguirre slices his cross straight into the box and the arms of Connor Ripley. The Motherwell keeper then punts the ball downfield... Straight into the arms of Celtic keeper Craig Gordon.

  82. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Kris Commons is felled by Stephen McManus and Celtic have a free kick in a promising position 20 yards out. However, Commons balloons his effort high over the bar; the intrepid ball-boy is off on his travels again [cue Mission Impossible theme tune again]

    Leigh Griffiths looks far from amused: he wanted to take that by the look of his pained expression.

    Celtic remain a goal to the good with two minutes plus added time remaining.

  83. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    One of the Fir Park ball-boys earns his keep, fetching the ball from beside a fence and some dense shrubbery at the side of one of the stands.

    We can almost hear the Mission Impossible theme tune but he comes up trumps and claims his prize.

  84. CLOSE!

    Celtic spurn a glorious chance to double their lead as Kris Commons, played in by Dedryck Boyata, sends a tame effort trickling into the grateful hands of Connor Ripley.


    Motherwell substitute Scott McDonald earns a booking for a sliding challenge on Efe Ambrose. Ronny Deila and Mark McGhee exchange some robust views on the foul; it's all happening at Fir Park.

  86. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic make their third and final substitution of the day as Callum McGregor replaces the injured Nir Bitton, who hobbles off with a knock.

  87. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic come forward again as Brown and Commons combine, before playing in Griffiths but the striker is denied a shot on goal by some quick thinking in the Motherwell defence.

  88. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "As off the pace as they've been, you almost get the sense Motherwell are getting a second wind here. Suddenly the introduction of Scott McDonald looks significant. There's still a very credible chance here of Motherwell getting something from this match. Young winger Dom Thomas about to join the game. A former youth player at Celtic apparently."

  89. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Twenty minutes plus added time remaining of a pulsating encounter at Fir Park. Plenty of time for more goals...

    Motherwell v Celtic
  90. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Scott McDonald replaces Wes Fletcher and Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Stuart Armstrong as both sides roll the dice in search of a goal.

  91. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Celtic should have had a penalty for that handball, but it remains 1-0 and therefore Motherwell are still in this. Ronny Deila must be feeling frustrated his side have failed to score more in this match. No surprise to see Leigh Griffiths introduced. Scott McDonald about to enter the fray for the home side."

  92. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic are swarming all over Motherwell in search of a second goal and Celtic skipper Scott Brown fizzes a shot wide. "Celtic need to hit the target from those areas," says BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner.

  93. CLOSE!

    Motherwell threaten as Kieran Kennedy flashes a shot wide of Craig Gordons' goal. Two substitutions to alert you to: Lionel Ainsworth replaces Louis Moult for Motherwell while Leigh Griffiths is on for Nadir Ciftci.


    Another Celtic appeal for a penalty; another appeal rejected. The visitors claim for handball as Kieran Kennedy looks to clear- not given.

    Celtic appeal for handball
    Image caption: Celtic appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty

    "That's a penalty," opines BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner.

  95. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic respond immediately as Kris Commons looks to engineer some space inside the box but his effort fizzes just wide - it looks like referee Alan Muir called a halt to the move for a handball by Commons.

    How on earth is this game still 1-0? Answers on a postcard, please...

  96. CLOSE!

    Motherwell come within a whisker of an equaliser as Efe Ambrose slices his attempted clearance over the bar. "That could've gone anywhere," chuckles BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner.


    Referee Alan Muir, with a shake of the head, rejects Celtic calls for a penalty as Scott Brown takes a tumble in the box. The whistler says the ball was taken in the challenge by Kieran Kennedy. Play rages on and the atmosphere is crackling away inside Fir Park.

  98. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    You'd imagine Mark McGhee delivered a heat-seeking verbal rocket for his troops at the break; Ronny Deila will have urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal.

  99. Post update

    The visitors come haring out of the traps as Nadir Ciftci shows an impressive touch to control a long ball into the box but the Motherwell defence clear the danger at a sun-kissed Fir Park.

  100. KICK-OFF

    We're back under way at Fir Park.

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    Max Baggins-Craig: "Well, Motherwell have not been enough by any means, best buck-up guys. Celtic deserve HT lead."

  102. Changes afoot?

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Quite how Celtic are only 1-0 up is the most staggering thing. The champions have been excellent, but they should be at least two or three goals in front. Such was the Celtic dominance that one of their centre backs - Tyler Blackett - was able to cross the ball into the box for his central defensive partner Dedryck Boyata - who had joined the attack - but his free header was just wide of the target. Motherwell keep giving the ball away, it's far too sloppy. Surely changes are required at half-time?"

    Motherwell's Stephen Pearson and Celtic's Efe Ambrose
  103. HALF-TIME

    Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

  104. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Celtic captain Scott Brown gallops forward but the midfielder's wild effort has more chance of hitting a fan's pie & bovril behind the Motherwell goal than hitting the net.

  105. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "I can't remember watching a Motherwell team so poor in possession of the ball. Mark McGhee, at half-time, will have to be looking at the bench to see if someone can come on and make their mark."

  106. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner

    "The next goal is crucial: if Motherwell concede again then this game could end anything."

  107. CLOSE!

    Another Celtic attack slices open the Motherwell rearguard and Dedryck Boyata's header whistles narrowly past Connor Ripley's goal. Will Celtic rue these missed chances? Can Well stem the tide for much longer?

  108. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Kris Commons with some exquisite technique. His free-kick from 20 yards coming back off the bar. Ripley in the Motherwell goal was well beaten. Motherwell struggling. "

  109. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Motherwell venture into Celtic territory and the hosts have a free-kick as Izaguirre fouls Johnson. However, the set piece sails out of play as Craig Gordon watches the ball go past without connecting with a Motherwell head.


    The crossbar denies Celtic a second goal as Kris Commons sees his 20-yard free-kick smack the woodwork and bounce clear; Motherwell keeper Connor Ripley was stranded.

  111. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Ronny Deila's side are zipping the ball about in midfield as they probe for another opening and a second goal. The space Celtic are enjoying is where Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley usually patrols: food for thought for Mark McGhee at the break?

    Celtic celebrate the opener at Fir Park
  112. CLOSE!

    Celtic shred the Motherwell defence again with an incisive passing move but Tom Rogic can't finish as he blazes over the bar from inside the area.

  113. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "This is looking ominous for Motherwell. They are becoming almost a play-thing for Celtic right now. Louis Laing has been moved into central midfield proper, while Liam Grimshaw has been told by Mark McGhee to play the defensive midfield role aka the Keith Lasley role."

  114. Your Views

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    Max Baggins-Craig: "Great win for County last night, Aberdeen a mess. Looks to be an interesting early match today, glad to see the Mac's back :)"

  115. Ouch!

    Motherwell midfielder Stephen Pearson can count himself not to earn a booking for a late challenge on Efe Ambrose. The former Celtic man gets away with a stern talking to; Ambrose dusts himself down and we're back under way.

    The hosts have yet to show any attacking intent as Celtic search for a second goal.

  116. GREAT SAVE!

    Kris Commons goes close to doubling Celtic's lead, collecting a pass from Nir Bitton before seeing his 30-yard drive tipped over by Connor Ripley. The Steelmen repel the corner kick but Mark McGhee will be concerned at the one-way traffic in the opening 25 minutes.

  117. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "I don't think Craig Gordon has touched the ball with his hands yet..."

  118. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "Celtic are keeping the ball well and, despite Motherwell playing five in midfield, are struggling. Celtic are looking to pick them off."

  119. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "Celtic the dominant force so far, but a tad sloppy in possession. Motherwell have set-up with a formation that aspires to be 4-3-3 but is spending a lot of time as 4-5-1. Eventually the pressure tells and Celtic pull it together. Good play down the left from Armstrong and Izaguirre. Motherwell failed to deal with it, Commons with the quick turn and shot well saved by Ripley but Ciftci is there to lap up the rebound to make it 1-0. He enjoyed that goal."

  120. GOAL

    Motherwell 0-1 Celtic (Ciftci)

    A goal's been coming and it arrives via the boot of Nadir Ciftci. Stuart Armstrong waits for Emilio Izaguirre's overlapping run before dinking the ball to the Honduran. His cross tees up Kris Commons, whose effort is parried by Connor Ripley, allowing Ciftci to steer the ball home.

    Nadir Ciftci opens the scoring for Celtic
    Image caption: Nadir Ciftci breaks the deadlock at Fir Park

    Celtic appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty as the impressive Stuart Armstrong spears into the Motherwell box but is felled by Marvin Johnson with a shoulder challenge. That didn't look like a penalty...

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  123. Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

    Stuart Armstrong dances past a couple of Motherwell players but screws his effort wide as he tries to outfox Connor Ripley at his near post.

  124. Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

    Nadir Ciftci feeds Efe Ambrose and his low cross is cleared for another Celtic corner. The set piece will be delayed, though, as Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton receives treatment for a knock.

    The set piece, when it does arrive, sees Motherwell clear their lines.

  125. Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

    The hosts threaten as an impressive move puts Celtic's defence on their heels. Wes Fletcher has a chance to test Craig Gordon but his curling effort is easily gathered by the goalkeeper.

  126. Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

    Kris Commons feeds Nadir Ciftci on the edge of the penalty area and the former Dundee United hitman's effort is deflected for a Celtic corner. Stuart Armstrong's subsequent corner is headed wide by Tyler Blackett.

  127. Motherwell 0-0 Celtic

    The visitors are enjoying the lionshare of possession in the early stages at Fir Park but have yet to test Connor Ripley in the Motherwell goal.

  128. KICK-OFF

    We're under way at Fir Park. Mercifully, the fog is lifting!

  129. Minute's applause

    The teams are out on the pitch and there's a minute's applause for the late Motherwell legend Joe Wark, who passed away aged 67.

  130. Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "Good opportunity" to top the table

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila

    "We have a good opportunity to get up front [move top of the table] and where we want to be. We're going to do everything we can to get that. It's a long season.

    "We have some small issues with some of the players but nothing major with anybody. We're very close to having everybody going again..."

  131. Motherwell boss Mark McGhee

    "It feels like I've never been away'

    "Only a week ago I was preparing for a different kind of match and at that point had no idea I would be standing here.

    "It has been a busy week; we've got some work done and we've prepared the team according to what I've seen in training and we think we have a set-up and plan that will hopefully give us a chance of winning the game.

    "There's a lot of new faces in the dressing-room and I've got to quickly get up to speed about their names, strengths and weaknesses and how best to deploy them.

    Motherwell boss Mark McGhee

    "But, in terms of surroundings, it feels like I've never been away. Every week you have to prove yourself. Regardless of what I did six years ago, it is irrelevant, but hopefully the supporters will give me a chance to prove I can be successful again.

    "I didn't miss it early on with Scotland as I was so integrated into Gordon's regime and that's been amazing and that kept me sane.

    "But I can do that [Scotland] role now along with a full-time job and I'm back on the training ground and it's fantastic.

    "That won't change. It was discussed before I came here and I factored that into my decision."

  132. On Air

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    The BBC Sportsound team at Fir Park

    "The Sportsound lads ready for action ahead of Motherwell v Celtic. I think it's fair to say Craig Paterson intrigued by the starting line-ups from both sides."

  133. Spot the ball?

    Motherwell boss Mark McGhee
    A foggy Fir Park
    Celtic assistant boss John Collins (left) and manager Ronny Deila
  134. 'Ciftci has chance to shine'

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "The big question pre-match is how on earth will Motherwell line-up with the likes of Keith Lasley, Lionel Ainsworth and Scott McDonald all on the bench? As for Celtic, Nadir Ciftci has a chance to shine with Leigh Griffiths on the bench. Scott Brown starts after recovering from that training ground knock."

  135. Return of the Mac

    'Prove I'm the right man'

    Mark McGhee says he must prove himself once again to Motherwell supporters in his second spell in charge at Fir Park.

    In 2008, McGhee led Well to third place in the top flight but left for Aberdeen after two years at the helm.

    Mark McGhee
    Image caption: Mark McGhee aims to prove he's the "right man" for Motherwell

    "You go to any club, you've got to prove yourself," said McGhee. "I don't think it's any different here.

    "What I would hope is, the fact I've been here before and been relatively successful, it means it would give me a chance to prove myself.

    "I'm going to go out there and try to prove to those people who are supporting Motherwell that I am the right man."


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  137. LINE-UPS


    Motherwell: Ripley, Law, Laing, McManus, Kennedy, Chalmers, Grimshaw, Pearson, Johnson, Moult, Fletcher. Subs: Samson, Robinson, Ainsworth, Lasley, Jack Leitch, Thomas, McDonald.

    Celtic: Gordon, Ambrose, Boyata, Blackett, Izaguirre, Rogic, Brown, Bitton, Armstrong, Commons, Ciftci. Subs: Griffiths, Stokes, Mackay-Steven, Lustig, Bailly, McGregor, Tierney.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  138. "Fog on the line is all mine, all mine..."

    Jonathan Sutherland at Fir Park

    BBC Scotland

    "A very good morning! It's a very foggy Fir Park ahead of Motherwell v Celtic.

    "The weather is cold and foggy. In fact the temperature is 6C expected to rise to 10C by the end of the match. For some reason it always seems colder than it actually is in a football stadium, which surely doesn't make sense since you're surrounded by thousands of people and their collective body heat.

    A foggy Fir Park
    Image caption: Fir Park, a foggy scene this morning

    "But I'm not a scientist. I am wearing five layers of clothing..."

  139. Premiership fixtures

    Motherwell v Celtic (12:00 BST)

    Hamilton v Dundee (15:00)

    Kilmarnock v Inverness CT (15:00)

    St Johnstone v Partick (15:00)

  140. Change at the top?

    Ross County's victory against Aberdeen last night - which lifted Jim McIntyre's men to third in the table - offers Celtic the opportunity to move top, should they pick up at least a point this afternoon.

    Ross County's Brian Graham (left) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Aberdeen
    Image caption: Ross County consigned Aberdeen to their fourth straight defeat
  141. Making his Mark

    Motherwell have a new manager at the helm: Mark McGhee has returned to Fir Park for a second spell at charge.

    This afternoon, McGhee will attempt to derail former club Celtic's bid to move top of the Premiership.

    Motherwell boss Mark McGhee
    Image caption: Mark McGhee aims to shine in his second spell at Fir Park

    Will the Steelmen do the business or will Ronny Deila's side leapfrog Aberdeen?

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