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Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. See you in the new year

    We'll leave you with match reports from today's Premiership fixtures:

    Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Celtic 0-0 Rangers

    Hibernian 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical

    Partick Thistle 2-0 Ross County

    St Johnstone 0-2 Dundee

    Scottish Championship

    Brechin City 2-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Falkirk 3-2 Queen of the South

    Scottish League One round-up

    Scottish League Two

    Montrose 2-6 Peterhead

    Celtic 0-0 Rangers

    Celtic's Scott Sinclair

    Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Rangers' Alfredo Morelos miss clear chances as the Old Firm game ends goalless.

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  2. As you were at the top

    A long day, a long year draws to a close with Celtic where they began it on top of the Premiership table.

    But city rivals Rangers will take heart from holding Brendan Rodgers' side to a goal-less draw in the final game before the three-week winter break and the opening of the January transfer window.

    The Ibrox side, under Graeme Murty, lie third, three points adrift of an Aberdeen side who missed a chance to narrow the eight-point gap at the top after being held by a Hearts side who have now gone six games without conceding a goal.

    Kilmarnock are the other form team in the top flight and move above St Johnstone into sixth place after their draw away to Hibs.

    Partick Thistle are the day's other movers, leapfrogging Ross County and off the bottom of the table after a 2-0 win over the Dingwall side.

  3. Hartley breaks Bairns duck


    It was a day of ups and downs for Falkirk in the Championship.

    BBC Scotland revealed earlier than assistant Jimmy Nicholl is leaving to take up the same post with Rangers.

    They then recorded their first win under manager Paul Hartley.

    The 3-2 win over Queen of the South moves the Bairns to within five points of third bottom Dumbarton with a game in hand.

    It also takes them 11 points clear of Brechin, who missed a chance to record their first league win of the season after Inverness Caledonian Thistle had Carl Tremarco sent off.

    Caley Thistle came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 and move to within three points of sixth-top Queens, who themselves missed a chance to draw level with third-top Livingston.

  4. Wright laments 'harsh' red card

    FT: St Johnstone 0-2 Dundee

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright thought the red card shown to Richard Foster was harsh and ultimately cost his side against Dundee.

    "We are down to 10 men with about 70 minutes to go and 1-0 down at the time," he said.

    "I thought we responded well to to the goal and created a few opportunities, just that final ball in the first half and didn’t work the keeper enough.

    "I thought second half we were outstanding, we should have got something from the game, even with 10 men I thought we were the better side.”

  5. 'We ground out a point' - Killie boss Clarke

    FT: Hibernoian 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke was happy enough after his side extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-1 draw at Hibs and moved above St Johnstone on goal difference into sixth place.

    "I think we will take the point," he told BBC Scotland. "It was a tough game for us. If you can ever score a goal too early, I think that was the one."

    Kilmarnock keeper Jamie McDonald looks dejected after gifting Hibs an equaliser
    Image caption: Jamie McDonald gifted Hibs an equaliser, but they failed to score again

    Clarke praised the response of goalkeeper Jamie McDonald, whose error gifted Hibs' Oli Shaw the equaliser.

    “He is a goalkeeper and understands the life of a goalkeeper," Clarke added. "He understands that, if you make a mistake like that you are going to get the spotlight on you.

    "The good thing for me was he recovered really well from the mistake because, after that, there were a lot of crosses whipped in under the crossbar.”

  6. Second half displeases Coyle

    FT: Partick Thistle 2-0 Ross County

    Ross County manager Owen Coyle: "The first 45 minutes I felt we were very comfortable and obviously we've made a horrendous mistake.

    "My disappointment is the reaction in the second half. We huffed and puffed without any real penetration or goalscoring chances.

    "There's no doubt there's a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we knew that when we came in.

    "If that means adding a few players to the squad and hopefully adding quality then that's what we'll look to do."

    Owen Coyle
  7. Well need a striker - Robinson

    FT: Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson, speaking to BBC Scotland: “We know what we’re missing – we created a lot of chances.

    "When you’re on top as much as we were in the first half, you have to take your chances.

    “Second-half was really poor, make no mistake about it, we were poor.

    "They took their chances and that’s the difference in football.

    "I’m desperate to get some fresh blood in because, ultimately, strikers win you football matches.

    "We need to make sure we get busy in the transfer window."

  8. McCann delight at improvement

    FT: St Johnstone 0-2 Dundee

    Dundee manager Neil McCann was relieved to overcome 10-man St Johnstone.

    "It is a wonderful way to end the year," he told BBC Scotland.

    “I think we have improved a lot. We’ll now look to have a real good break for the boys.

    "I’ve told them to go away and make sure they are relaxing for the next week anyway and just turn the engines down.

    "But it’s a good place to come back and start again off the back of a good win.”

  9. Forfar shock leaders Ayr

    League One

    The shock of the day was in League One, where leaders Ayr United squandered a two-goal lead to lose at home to bottom side Forfar Athletic.

    The Loons scored three times in the last 15 minutes but remain a point behind Queen's Park.

    Ayr's defeat allowed Raith Rovers to move within two points of the Honest Men with two games in hand after their 3-0 win over Stranraer.

  10. Sammon helps Thistle leap off bottom

    FT: Partick Thistle 2-0 Ross County

    Thistle secured a priceless victory today - their fourth in their last five home games - to move off the bottom of the Premiership, leaving vanquished opponents County in that position, three points adrift, heading into the winter break.

    Thistle manager Alan Archibald told BBC Scotland: "It was a very scrappy first half, there was not a lot in it and it was a mistake which led to our goal.

    "Kris [Doolan] took it really welI, but I expect him to score with the quality he has.

    "Conor [Sammon] is a terrific professional and is always ready to go, whether he is starting or coming off the bench.

    Conor Sammon celebrates scoring for Partick Thistle against Ross County
    Image caption: Conor Sammon scored only his second goal of the season for Thistle

    "He was a real handful and had a number of opportunities to score, but credit to [County keeper] Scott Fox for a fantastic save.

    "But Conor got his reward in the end for an outstanding performance.

    "[Moving off the bottom] certainly helps going into the break with a bit of positivity. Hopefully we will come out of it with three or four players back from injury.

    "The bottom of the table is very tight and we need to be ready to go after the break."

  11. Sixy football from Peterhead

    FT: Montrose 2-6 Peterhead

    Victory of the day was arguably at Links Park, where Peterhead hammered League Two leaders Montrose 6-2.

    The Blue Toon, who remain second in the table, have not only reduced the gap at the top to three points with two games in hand but become the first side in the SPFL to score half a dozen away from home this season.

    For once, Rory McAllister was overshadowed in the goalscoring stakes.

    The veteran striker scored his side's sixth goal, but it was 21-year-old Jason Brown's early double that set them on their way to a fine victory.

  12. Hibs close on Dundee's Bain

    FT: Hibernian 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Hibernian assistant coach Gary Parker has been speaking to BBC Scotland, with head coach Neil Lennon still speaking to his players after their 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.

    "That was very frustrating," he said. "We had a few chances, especially in the first half; Danny Swanson had a couple.

    "We gave away a goal early doors, which was sloppy from our point of view, and managed to get one back.

    "But we just couldn't break them down. They sat in and we tried and tried and tried, but we just couldn't get the winning goal.

    "We really should have had enough to break them down and get the three points, which is disappointing."

    Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain
    Image caption: Scott Bain is out of favour at Dens Park

    Parker confirmed that Hibs hope to bring in "one or two" new players in January.

    BBC Scotland understands they are closing in on a deal for Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain, who has not featured since a 3-1 home defeat by Hamilton in October, after a falling-out with manager Neil McCann.

  13. Well's Hartley sent off after game

    FT: Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical

    Hamilton manager Martin Canning played down the post-match ruckus, but it appears that referee Andrew Dallas didn't see it that way.

    Motherwell defender Peter Hartley has apparently been sent off after the game for his involvement.

    Motherwell's Peter Hartley
  14. Lafferty red card 'harsh'

    FT: Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Craig Levein thought striker Kyle Lafferty did not deserve to be shown a red card late in the second half.

    "I thought it was harsh," he said. "There were a lot of tackles in the game.

    "Kyle was in a recovering position, chasing back and he's a fraction way from getting the ball.

    "The referee said he went in with excessive force, but it wasn't any more forceful than other tackles in the game. I feel sorry for him."

    Levein said he would be hoping to extend goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin's contract beyond the summer.

    "I'll talk to Jon when he comes back from the break, but we've already spoken about it," he said.

    "He made three really good saves, but the defending in general was excellent."

  15. Players gone down in history

    FT: Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Craig Levein was delighted to create a club record of six consecutive clean sheets.

    "I wish we were saying it was six victories, but all credit to the players," he told BBC Scotland.

    "We had huge problems going into the game and coming up to Aberdeen is never easy.

    "The game-plan was to let them have possession in their own half, defend deep and hopefully hit them on the counter attack.

    "Other than not taking the good chances that we made, the plan worked perfectly, to the players’ credit.

    "We’ve had four really good opportunities to score and it’s not often you come to Aberdeen and get chances like that.

    "Overall, they worked their socks off and did everything they could to win the game.

    "I said to the players afterwards that their names will go down in history, so they all need a huge amount of credit for that."

  16. Accies boss praises players

    FT: Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical

    Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning described it as a "fantastic win" against Motherwell.

    "I thought the first 10 minutes, we did not start well and Motherwell scored," he told BBC Scotland.

    "But I thought we showed great endeavour and character and I thought we were the better team in both halves.

    "Any three points is great in a derby game and I thought we thoroughly deserved it."

    Canning played down an incident at the end of the game involving both sets of players, suggesting it was just the kind of exchange of views you would expect after a derby game.

  17. Rodgers blames Celtic fatigue

    FT: Celtic 0-0 Rangers

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says the winter break has come just in time for his exhausted squad.

    Boss wants 'fresher' Celtic after break

    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will return from the winter break "fresher and better" after ending 2017 with a 0-0 draw with Rangers.

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  18. Dressing-room dust-up fires Rangers

    FT: Celtic 0-0 Rangers

    Rangers manager Graeme Murty explains how a half-time exchange inspired his side to a draw away to leaders Celtic.

    Half-time confrontation 'fired Rangers'

    Rangers manager Graeme Murty

    Rangers manager Graeme Murty says a "frank exchange of views" among the players at the interval led to second-half resurgence in Old Firm draw.

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    Scottish Premiership

    Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Celtic 0-0 Rangers

    Hibernian 1-1 Kilmarnock

    Motherwell 1-3 Hamilton Academical

    Partick Thistle 2-0 Ross County

    St Johnstone 0-2 Dundee

    Scottish Championship

    Brechin City 2-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Dumbarton P-P Greenock Morton

    Falkirk 3-2 Queen of the South

    Livingston P-P Dunfermline Athletic

    Scottish League One

    Airdrieonians P-P Alloa Athletic

    Arbroath 1-1 East Fife

    Ayr United 2-3 Forfar Athletic

    Queen's Park 2-2 Albion Rovers

    Raith Rovers 3-0 Stranraer

    Scottish League Two

    Berwick Rangers P-P Stenhousemuir

    Edinburgh City P-P Clyde

    Elgin City P-P Stirling Albion

    Montrose 2-6 Peterhead

  20. FULL-TIME Aberdeen 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Aberdeen miss a chance to narrow the gap between themselves and leaders Celtic.

    Hearts had the better chances but had to survive the final few minutes with 10 men after Kyle Lafferty's red card to create a new club record of six clean sheets and extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

    Referee John Beaton sends off Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty
    Image caption: Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty was sent off in a stormy Pittodrie finish