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Summary

  1. FT: Hamilton 1-0 St Johnstone (D'Acol) - Saints' Richard Foster and Danny Swanson sent off for first-half skirmish
  2. FT: Rangers 1-1 Motherwell (Garner; Moult) - Ibrox side trail Aberdeen by 10 points
  3. FT: Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County (Doolan 2; Curran) - Kris Doolan gets 100th & 101st Thistle goals
  4. FT: Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock (Mckay; Boyd, pen) - Caley Thistle slip to bottom

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. From storm clouds to party preparations

    So another stormy day in Scottish football comes to an end.

    Days after Hibs and Morton squared up in Edinburgh, leading to a major public fallout between managers Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy, two St Johnstone players were sent off for confronting one another during their defeat by Hamilton.

    The players have been suspended by the club pending an internal investigation.

    Attention now turns to tomorrow lunchtime, when Celtic have the chance to secure their sixth Scottish title in a row should they win away to Hearts.

    Brendan Rodgers' side will be hoping for fireworks instead of fighting at Tynecastle.

    Players argue at New Douglas Park
  2. Thistle on way to top six

    And here's Alasdair Lamont's view of Partick Thistle's win.

    Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County

    Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan

    Kris Doolan scores twice and passes 100 goals for Partick Thistle as they fight back from behind to beat Ross County.

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  3. Accies edge embattled Saints

    You can now read Jonathan Sutherland's thoughts on the Battle of New Douglas Park.

    Hamilton Academical 1-0 St Johnstone

    Danny Swanson was sent off for fighting with Richard Foster

    St Johnstone duo Danny Swanson and Richard Foster are sent off for fighting as Hamilton move off the foot of the table.

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  4. Nervous times for Clyde

    In League Two, the biggest result of the day was at the foot of the table, where bottom side Cowdenbeath beat second-bottom Clyde.

    Despite the introduction of new signing David Goodwillie, the former Scotland striker signed yesterday, the Bully Wee could not come back from Dale Carrick's goal early in the second half.

    The Blue Brazil move to within a point of Clyde, who have only won once in 13 games, with five games remaining and the two sides are now in a dogfight to avoid a play-off to stay in the SPFL.

    At the top of the table, Forfar Athletic remain a point ahead of Arbroath after beating Stirling Albion, while the second-top side hammered third-placed Annan Athletic 5-2.

    Montrose beat Edinburgh City to move to within four points of fourth-top Elgin City, who could only draw at home to Berwick Rangers.

  5. County 'lost top-six hopes'

    FT: Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre admits his side's chances of finishing in the top six are now gone.

    "I was pleased with the way we approached the game and we were the better team in the first half," he told BBC Scotland.

    "I thought the second half was quite even, but the free-kick which leads to the first goal is not a free-kick and he’s (referee Willie Collum) got to give a penalty when Liam Lindsay has grabbed Alex Schalk’s hand and spun him, so them two decisions went against us. 

    "The second goal is atrocious from our point of view. 

    "We’ve put so much into the game but come away with nothing and that’s killed our top-six hopes."

  6. Two-goal Doolan 'a role model'

    FT: Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald says Kris Doolan does not get the credit he deserves after the striker scored his 100th and 101st goals for the club.

    "I was his team-mate as well. He’s one of the hardest working players and a real team player," Archibald told BBC Scotland.

    "Any of our young lads could pick Kris as a role model. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he’s at a club like Partick Thistle, but he’s very much appreciated with the fans and everybody at the club.

    "We didn’t really get going, but we were much better in the second half. 

    "We showed great character to come back and see the game out. 

    "We know the run we’ve got coming up, we’ve got Celtic, Motherwell and Rangers coming up, but we’ll go into these games with confidence."

    Kris Doolan (right) celebrates scoring against Ross County
    Image caption: Kris Doolan (right) scored twice against Ross County
  7. Foran disappointed but confident

    FT: Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran told BBC Scotland: "We were the better team for most of the game. Over the match, probably their keeper is man of the match. 

    "Delighted with the players attitude, passion, endeavour. Just lacked that wee bit of composure, bit of quality in the final third. 

    "We wanted to win the game today. It brings us a point closer to Ross County. It's a disappointing result for us. 

    "If the lads were hiding from the ball, I'd be worried, but I'm not worried at all. I know we'll get a run going.

    "We've got the players there. The winning run is coming. We need to turn those draws into wins."

    Billy Mckay (left) celebrates scoring for Caley Thistle
    Image caption: Billy Mckay (left) scored Caley Thistle's equaliser
  8. Livi move closer to title

    In League One, Livingston increased their lead at the top to 13 points after a 2-0 win away to third-top Brechin City and are now one win away from the title.

    Second-placed Alloa Athletic were held at home by Albion Rovers.

    East Fife missed a chance to draw level with Brechin after being held at home by Queen's Park.

    At the bottom, Stenhousemuir are five points adrift of Peterhead, who drew with Airdrieonians, after losing away to Stranraer, who jump above Peterhead. 

  9. Canning happy with Hamilton behaviour

    FT: Hamilton Academical 1-0 St Johnstone

    Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning does not think he will have to take action against any of his staff after St Johnstone's Danny Swanson and Richard Foster were sent off for a fight just before half-time.

    Accies midfielder Ali Crawford was booked and assistant Guillaume Beuzelin was sent to the stand.

    "For me, I would rather be talking about us," he told BBC Scotland.

    "With 11 against 11 in the first half, I thought we were excellent and we kept going and got a huge three points.

    "It is not something you want to see, but it is a passionate game and sometimes it spills over.

    "My players acted well. I think Darian MacKinnon was just trying to separate them and calm things down.

    "I don't think I have to take any action against my players."

  10. Hibs stumble, Buddies on the up

    Championship leaders Hibs were held away to Dunfermline, but second-top Morton lost away to Dumbarton, meaning the Edinburgh side end the day nine points clear at the top.

    Morton's defeat allows Falkirk to leapfrog them into second place with a win over Raith Rovers.

    Queen of the South thumped Dundee United to move to within their visitors, who remain in fourth place, the last promotion play-off place.

    St Mirren's hammering of Ayr United moves the Buddies to within a point of the visitors at the foot of the table.

    Raith Rovers' defeat means that the Kirkcaldy outfit remain two ahead of Ayr but only three clear of St Mirren.

    Stevie Mallan (left) celebrates scoring for St Mirren
    Image caption: Stevie Mallan (left) celebrates scored for St Mirren
  11. Wright could come down hard on Saints pair

    FT: Hamilton Academical 1-0 St Johnstone

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright  has spoken to BBC Scotland about the brawl between Danny Swanson and Richard Foster that led to both his players being sent off at half-time.

    "I didn't see as I was halfway down in the tunnel," he said.

    "If what is alleged to have happened, we will come down hard on both players, but I am not going to comment.

    "The players have been told in front of the whole team that they have let the team down.

    "We should have been celebrating making the top six today.

    "They will get a fair investigation, but I have warned them that the hardest punishment I can legally do, I will do it if what has alleged to have happened has happened.

    "I don't know why Hamilton got involved in it. It was nothing to do with them."

    
          St Johnstone's Danny Swanson (centre) is restrained by Hamilton's Dougie Imrie
    Image caption: St Johnstone's Danny Swanson (centre) was sent off for a scuffle with a team-mate
  12. Caixinha's Rangers stall in third

    After what must be a disappointing home draw with Motherwell, Pedro Caixinha's Rangers fail to keep pace with Aberdeen and are now 10 points behind the second-placed side who thrashed Dundee last night.

    St Johnstone fail to make ground on Rangers after losing a late goal away to Hamilton, but the Perth side have still secured a top-six finish because of other results.

    Two goals from Kris Doolan, whose first was his 100th for Partick Thistle, consolidates the Glasgow side in sixth place.

    They are now four ahead of a Kilmarnock side held away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    That point is not enough to prevent Caley Thistle falling back to the bottom of the table because of Hamilton's win.

    Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks frustrated
    Image caption: Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looked frustrated against Motherwell at Ibrox
  13. FULL-TIME

    Results round-up

    SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP

    Dumbarton 1-0 Greenock Morton 

    Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Hibernian 

    Falkirk 1-0 Raith Rovers 

    Queen of the South 4-2 Dundee United 

    St Mirren 6-2 Ayr United 

    SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE 

    Alloa Athletic 1-1 Albion Rovers 

    Brechin City 0-2 Livingston 

    East Fife 0-0 Queen's Park

    Peterhead 1-1 Airdrieonians 

    Stranraer 3-0 Stenhousemuir 

    SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO

    Annan Athletic 2-5 Arbroath 

    Cowdenbeath 1-0 Clyde 

    Elgin City 2-2 Berwick Rangers 

    Montrose 3-0 Edinburgh City 

    Stirling Albion 0-3 Forfar Athletic

  14. 'I'm an easy target' - Lennon

    Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Hibernian

    Hibernian manager Neil Lennon said ahead of kick-off against Dunfermline that he wants to put the midweek touchline bust-up between his side and Morton behind him.

    “I got my point across and Jim (Duffy) has his take on it, I think we are going to agree to disagree on it," he said.

    “We go to, maybe, a tribunal next week and that will decide our fates and we’ll move on.

    “I told the press on Wednesday night not to turn it into the Neil Lennon show and they did exactly that, and they were wrong. They didn’t quote some quotes and were selective in their journalism.

    “I’m always an easy target, as soon as it happens you know whose name is at the front of the queue, and I felt I certainly wasn’t the aggressor in the incident. It’s done, I’ve got to concentrate on a game today against a very good side.”

  15. FULL-TIME Falkirk 1-0 Raith Rovers

  16. FULL-TIME Dunfermline Athletic 1-1 Hibernian

  17. FULL-TIME Partick Thistle 2-1 Ross County

    Partick Thistle are now four points clear of seventh place Kilmarnock with just three games to go until the split. They are also just six points behind fourth place St Johnstone and a potential Europa League spot.

  18. FULL-TIME Rangers 1-1 Motherwell

    It ends level at Ibrox. A good point for Motherwell after two straight defeats, while Rangers are now 10 points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

  19. FULL-TIME Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock

  20. FULL-TIME Hamilton Accies 1-0 St Johnstone