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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    That's all folks... We'll be back on Boxing Day for Celtic's visit to Dens Park.

    Have a great Christmas - even if your team lost today...

  2. Aberdeen boss seeks quick recovery

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes rues his side's luck after a deflected goal gave Celtic their opener in Glasgow.

    "I think the luckiest team won," he tells BBC Scotland. "There wasn't anything between the teams in the first half and they get the break with the goal. It was harsh on us going in 1-0 down. There was a huge slice of fortune to help Celtic on their way.

    "Our pressing was good, our aggression was good, as was our quality on the ball and we passed up a few opportunities to get into good areas.

    "Second half, we lose a slap-dash goal and that knocks the stuffing out of us.

    "It's a hard slog from there because we recognise the quality of the opposition and the third goal puts a slant on the score and it looks like normal practice for Celtic but I thought, for an hour, that it certainly wasn't that.

    "There is still some positives to take but we are disappointed not to show more conviction in the opposition box.

    "We've got two home games now and we want to finish what has been a strong year with a bit of positivity."

  3. Wright 'happy enough' with Saints' point

    St Johnstone 0-0 Hearts

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright tells BBC Scotland: “It was difficult conditions for both sides; windy and blustery. One of their best chances came when Ando [Steven Anderson] misread the ball and Zander Clark made a good save.

    "I thought overall we just about edged it. We could get that final pass and their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves from Joe [Shaugnessy] in the first half and then a really good save from David [Wotherspoon] in the second half.

    “It was a bit more like us today and Zander wasn’t troubled too much. We looked solid and we looked as if we had a little bit of energy about us. I’m happy enough. It was important that we got something out of today after last week. It’s something to build on and try and get on a run."

  4. Dundee 'better side by a distance'

    FT: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

    Dundee manager Neil McCann’s father died this morning and his players wore black armbands in the draw at Motherwell as a tribute to him.

    McCann, who did not discuss it afterwards, praised his side's performance.

    He told BBC Scotland: "I thought we were by a distance the better side.

    "I do believe we deserved more from the game but I'm not going to be too hard on them because I questioned their application at Hearts, but in the last two games anyone that has watched us would say 'Dundee are a good side, but they're prepared to work for each other as well.' That's what I've been searching for."

    McCann said he had no complaints about the penalty which earned Motherwell a point.

    He said: "It's a stonewall penalty, but I was really pleased with the reaction afterwards, and that's what I'll take away from today."

    Josh Meekings twice went close to a winning goal late on, but McCann said: "Josh comes off the pitch and apologises to me, and I told him there's no need because if he misses the target I'll maybe have a go at him, but it's an unbelievably good save from Trevor Carson."

    Dundee boss Neil McCann thought his side should have won at Fir Park
    Image caption: Dundee boss Neil McCann thought his side should have won at Fir Park
  5. Robinson happy to end losing streak

    FT: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson was happy to end a four-game losing streak with a draw at home to Dundee.

    Robison told BBC Scotland: "We brought Elliot Frear on to change the game and within two minutes he's tweaked his hamstring.

    "We scored when we had 10 men on the pitch as well, so it's a really good point.

    "They scored with a brilliant goal from (Paul) McGowan but after that it was all us, but when Elliot does his hamstring we're in trouble.

    "It's a fantastic game coming up against Rangers. We'll go there confident. We had four defeats in a row so we've stopped that.

    "The players that will be struggling will be Elliot and Chris Cadden, but we've got players who can come in and it's up to them to take their chance before I get to the January transfer window."

  6. Coyle fumes over offside decision

    FT: Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

    Ross County manager Owen Coyle is a frustrated man as he talks to BBC Scotland and he thinks Billy Mckay was unlucky to see a late effort chalked off...

    "I think we've scored a perfectly good goal at the end," he said. "I've seen it back and it looks onside to me. Those things are hard to take.

    "When we came in we were a point off the bottom, so there is a lot of work to be done.

    "We've got two massive games coming up against St Johnstone and Partick Thistle.

    "We have to learn to defend better when we take the lead. We've been well in every game, so we need to turn those fine margins in our favour.

  7. Accies could've won it - Canning

    Partick Thistle 1-0 Hamilton Academical

    Speaking to BBC Scotland after the 1-0 defeat at Partick Thistle, Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: “I don’t think it would have been nicking a point if we’d got one. In the first half we didn’t play well enough, albeit I don’t Thistle didn’t played particularly well either.

    “Three or four were not as ‘at it’ as they need to be if we’re going to win away from home. I thought we were the better team second half and controlled the game. We did everything but score in the second half and I felt if we’d got one with 15-20 minutes to play we potentially could have won the game. It would have been difficult for them to turn the momentum, it was so far in our favour.

    “It was a fantastic effort from David Templeton [that hit the bar] and you know he has that in his game.

    “It was always going to take a mistake, and it was from us, or a bit of quality, and the one bit of quality came from Temps but it didn’t go in. The mistake we made we got punished for.

    “It’s going to be tight all season and we need to dust ourselves down and go again."

  8. Teenager Shaw is 'a natural' - Lennon

    FT: Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

    Hibernian manager Neil Lennon talking to BBC Scotland.

    "It was a great performance. We played very well and were unfortunate not to score a few more.

    "They showed plenty of character; there was no heads dropping, which can happen when you lose a goal to a sucker punch.

    "Ross County are a good team with a good manager and I'm delighted to have won.

    "Oli Shaw is a natural. I thought he was excellent today. We've been crying out for our striker's to get across the near post or across the defender.

    "As hard as I was on them last week, I'm lavishing praise on the players this week."

  9. Archibald thrilled to move off bottom

    FT: Partick Thistle 1-0 Hamilton Academical

    Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is taking heart from seeing his side move off bottom spot in the table after their win over Hamilton.

    He told BBC Scotland: “Delighted to get the three points after the disappointment of last week. We got a reaction today from the lads, we matched up with Hamilton and I thought we deserved the result.

    "We still looked very fragile, we got a bit deep and Hamilton had a right go in the second half.

    “The players definitely look more comfortable at home, and we need to get the balance away from home that we’re not wide open. There’s been a desperation to try to get the three points and we’ve been leaving ourselves really open, but we looked a lot more solid today.

    “It’s a huge week. I said to the players we can go in at Christmas off the bottom. Not that we’re out of the woods, but it gives everybody a better feeling about it."

  10. Red card very harsh - Levein

    FT: St Johnstone 0-0 Hearts

    Hearts boss Craig Levein was unhappy with the decision to send off teenager Harry Cochrane for a second booking after a challenge on Blair Alston.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “Blair Alston said he didn’t touch him, that he hurdles him. He’s in the line of the ball trying to block it rather than tackle. I thought it was very very harsh. I’ll get a chance to look at it properly later on.

    “I’m not 100% [referee] Kevin Clancy actually saw it, he just heard the squeal and made his decision from that.

    “He was trying to block him from clearing the ball up the line, not tackle him, there’s a difference and that’s the annoying thing for me. He’s trying to get in front of him. It’s done but it’s unfortunate Harry will miss the next game.

    “He was distraught."

    And on the match, he continued: “Probably not happy with a point. In the second half we were in complete control and I was hopeful we would score.

    “Even after Harry was sent off I thought there was an opportunity to sneak it."

    Hearts manager Craig Levein has a consoling word for Harry Cochrane at McDiarmid Park
    Image caption: Hearts manager Craig Levein has a consoling word for Harry Cochrane at McDiarmid Park
  11. A 'special day' for Celtic's Hayes

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen

    Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers talking to BBC Sportsound:

    "It's a fantastic result for us.

    "We had to battle in the first half, We knew Aberdeen had had a free week and would have good energy and our fluency wasn't quite where we wanted.

    "Second half, I have to applaud the physicality of the players. We changed our positioning and made the pitch much bigger.

    "Jonny Hayes is settling in as a Celtic player and I thought this was a good game for him.

    "When you're an Irishman and you get your first goal for Celtic, it runs deep. This is a special day for him and his family."

  12. Who got the goal?

    FT: Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

    There's some dubiety over the winning goal at Easter Road, with Oli Shaw getting the credit, while our reporter Martin Dowden thought defender Kenny van der Weg got the last touch.

    I'm sure Hibs boss Neil Lennon won't be too concerned as his players responded well after a poor display at Pittodrie last weekend.

    "Hibs had enough chances to win two games," says BBC pundit Allan Preston. "They were by far the better team but they're not clinical enough."

    Oli Shaw gets his head to a Brandon Barker cross for the winning goal
    Image caption: There's no sign of Kenny van der Weg in this photo...
  13. Post update

    FT: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

    After four defeats on the spin, Motherwell at least stop the rot but they are down to eighth spot in the table now and they can consider themselves rather fortunate to have picked up a point today.

    Dundee, who stay 10th, had the hosts under the cosh for long spells and hit the woodwork on three occasions.

  14. Post update

    FT: St Johnstone 0-0 Hearts

    Saints remain unbeaten at home against Hearts since November 2010 but they slip out of the top six as in-form Kilmarnock move into the upper half of the table thanks to their win over Rangers in the lunchtime game.

  15. Champions Celtic stretch their lead

    FT: Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen

    That's eight wins in a row for Celtic gaffer Brendan Rodgers against Aberdeen. "That's the best Celtic have played in a long time," says BBC Sportsound pundit Pat Bonner. "They always seem to raise their game against Aberdeen."

    "Aberdeen were not at the races in the second half," says colleague Willie Miller.

    Is that it for the championship race?

    Celtic are eight points clear of the Dons in second place, while Rangers slipped up again today at Rugby Park.

    Jonny Hayes was on target against his former club at Celtic Park
    Image caption: Jonny Hayes was on target against his former club at Celtic Park


    Dumbarton 0-0 Falkirk

    Dundee United 3-0 Livingston

    Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City

    Greenock Morton 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Queen of the South 2-3 St Mirren


    Airdrieonians 2-0 Ayr United

    Albion Rovers 3-2 East Fife

    Alloa Athletic 0-0 Stranraer

    Arbroath 1-2 Raith Rovers

    Forfar Athletic 0-3 Queen's Park


    Annan Athletic 2-1 Edinburgh City

    Clyde 0-0 Berwick Rangers

    Peterhead 3-2 Cowdenbeath

    Stenhousemuir 4-1 Elgin City

    Stirling Albion 0-1 Montrose

  17. FULL-TIME Hibernian 2-1 Ross County

    Hibs come from behind to earn their first win in four outings and that sends Ross County to the bottom of the pile.

  18. FULL-TIME Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

    And that's it at Fir Park. Dundee will be wondering how on earth they are not going home with maximum points.


    Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

    Dundee again go close to a winner. Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson makes a brilliant one-handed save to deny Mark O'Hara's diving header at the back post.

  20. FULL-TIME Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen

    The champions move eight points clear at the top.