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Summary

  1. Defoe scores debut goal but Brophy levels & Rangers' pre-contact signing Jones nets winner
  2. Cosgrove brace & Stewart effort has Aberdeen in command at Hamilton
  3. Burke brace, Sinclair penalty & Weah strike have Celtic cruising against St Mirren
  4. Dundee off bottom after surprise win at Hearts
  5. Turnbull strike gives Motherwell lead over Hibs
  6. Davidson puts St Johnstone ahead of Livingston
  7. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportscot

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    I'll sign off now. Thanks for your company on an eventful evening.

    Celtic open up a slender lead, Kilmarnock move second and Aberdeen keep up their winning momentum as three points cover the top four.

    At the bottom, Dundee breathe new life into their survival bid as St Mirren drop to the bottom and Hamilton get sucked into the dogfight.

    The Premiership is back with a bang!

  2. What next?

    Now that the Premiership action is back up and running, we don't have long to wait until the next installment of action.

    On Saturday we have...

    • Aberdeen v Kilmarnock
    • Celtic v Hamilton Academical
    • Dundee v Motherwell
    • Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone

    On Sunday, the fixtures are...

    • St Mirren v Hibernian
    • Livingston v Rangers
  3. Midweek Sportscene

    A quick reminder that you can catch all of the match highlights on BBC One Scotland at 00:15.

    Dundee fans might want to stay up to celebrate a valuable victory and the Dark Blues knocked in two great goals too.

    Sportscene
  4. 'I can't hang my hat on any of them'

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hibernain

    Neil Lennon

    Hibernian manager on Sportsound

    Hibernian manager Neil Lennon cut a frustrated figure at Fir Park as his side's winless run in the league stretched to five games.

    "I didn’t think we defended well at all," he tells BBC Sportsound. "We missed easy chances. We’ve only got ourselves to blame. We have to turn that domination we had in the second half into goals. It’s an area we need to improve at.

    " We need to get back to winning ways. At the minute we’re nowhere near the team we were last year. Players need to play more consistently. I can't hang my hat on any of them.

    Neil Lennon
  5. Things not going for Hamilton - Canning

    FT: Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen

    Hamilton manager Martin Canning: "We hit the bar early in the game and the way things are going for us just now we're not able to get that first goal.

    "We seem to gift teams opportunities and we've got to do better than we did tonight."

    Martin Canning
    Image caption: Martin Canning's side have lost nine of their past 11 games in all competitions
  6. 'Livi lacked composure' - Holt

    FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Livingston

    Livingston manager Gary Holt: "It looked like a nil-nil and if we could have had a wee bit of composure, a wee bit more bravery in the final third, I felt that we were in the ascendancy in the game.

    "It's disappointing that someone gets a free header in your box and no one's tracking a runner and it's in your net and the game's done."

    Gary Holt was disappointed in his side's defending for St Johnstone's winner
    Image caption: Gary Holt was disappointed in his side's defending for St Johnstone's winner
  7. Vanacek not at the races - Levein

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Dundee

    Hearts manager Craig Levein: "We didn't play well enough, anywhere near well enough, particularly in the first half.

    "I ended up taking David Vanacek off because I felt he just looked as if he wasn't at the races. Conor Shaughnessy slips and he's the last man and gifts them a goal so that just pretty much sums up the day.

    "We didn't show enough composure in the last third of the field. We had a enough opportunities to win the game."

    Craig Levein and David Vanacek
    Image caption: New signing David Vanacek was replaced before half time at Tynecastle
  8. Motherwell boss eyes 'bright future'

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson on BBC Radio Scotland: "We had energy, a lot of good play, and really pleasing aspects.

    "You look at the age of our squad – two midfielders under 20 in Jake Hastie and David Turnbull, we’ve got a real bright future. Sometimes the young boys are up and down, it’s something we have to persevere with and keep being brave with."

    David Turnbull
    Image caption: Teenager David Turnbull scored the only goal as Motherwell beat Hibernian
  9. 'His knee's popped out' - Hibs boss Lennon on Porteous

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

    More bad news for Hibs fans, with Ryan Porteous, who is just back from a festive injury lay-off, was forced off in the first half of tonight's defeat after his knee "popped out".

    "We don’t know how bad it’s going to be," Hibs head coach Neil Lennon added on BBC Radio Scotland.

    "We’ve just had him back, I wanted him in the team because he’s been superb this season. It’s another injury we could’ve done without.

    "We’ve lost him and Efe Ambrose has left – it’s an area I don’t really want to delve into because we’re looking at the top end of the pitch. We haven’t really got the full extent of the injury yet."

    Ryan Porteous receives treatment
    Image caption: Ryan Porteous was forced off during the first half of tonight's Fir Park defeat
  10. 'You can’t win football matches if you give silly gifts away'

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a frustrated man after that defeat in Ayrshire. His side have won just four of their 11 away games in the league.

    "I think we’ve created enough to win the game," he tells BT Sport. "Kilmarnock haven’t put any combinations together or cut us open or looked like a team that were worrying us really. We looked like we were the team that were going to create the better opportunities. So that was a positive.

    "But you can’t win football matches if you give silly gifts away. A square ball in the second half, on this type of pitch is something we asked the players to avoid at all costs. We’ve been done for them to go in front. It’s incredible how you can have so much control and be playing so well and playing with confidence and swagger and then completely lose your way for such a long part of the game from the first mistake."

    "The players need to learn that even if you’re playing well, you get yourself in front. You can’t get over confident. You’ve got to continue to keep doing the right things and respect your opponents.

    "This makes it a lot more difficult for us. The table won’t look nice tonight. We’ll get some criticism and rightly so. We’ve had an awful lot of praise three weeks ago (for the win against Celtic) and rightly so but tonight we weren’t at it all over the pitch. We have to suck that criticism up."

    Steven Gerrard
    Image caption: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard is dejected at full-time at Rugby Park
  11. Dons got 'job done' - McInnes

    FT: Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "Very professional performance, some good individual performances.

    "Clean sheet and three goals, we would've taken that before the game.

    "The performance was more what I would expect from the team. I've got to be happy with the night's work. Tonight was pleasing to get the job done."

    Derek McInnes
  12. 'Jones committed to Kilmarnock' - Clarke

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke hails "a great response" from his side after coming from behind to beat Rangers at Rugby Park.

    "We defended well when we had to defend," he tells BBC Scotland. "We put in a good shift and showed a little bit of quality in the finishes as well."

    Jordan Jones, who is off to Ibrox in the summer, drilled in the winning goal on a night of high drama.

    "I know what Jordan is like," explains Clarke. " I work with him day in, day out. I know he is committed to Kilmarnock until the end of this season. Jordan has got himself a fantastic move but that's for next season.

    "Our next ambition is to go to Aberdeen on Saturday, another tough game. I've got to freshen the boys up and get them ready to go again.

    "The squad is a little bit light, so if we can do something, we'll do that."

    Daniel Bachmann and Jordan Jones celebrate a fine win for Kilmarnock
    Image caption: Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann celebrates with Kilmarnock match-winner Jordan Jones
  13. 'Vital win' for St Johnstone- Wright

    FT: St Johnstone 1-0 Livingston

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is pleased his side managed to fashion a goal out of nothing: "We produced the only real bit of quality in the game. To not play as well as we can and win, at this stage of the season is important. It's a vital win."

    On moving above Hearts into fifth Wright said: "After last season I don't think many people would have thought that was possible. We want to get to 40 points as soon as possible. That's a good platform to kick on."

    The win moves St Johnstone above Hearts into fifth in the Premiership
    Image caption: The win moves St Johnstone above Hearts into fifth in the Premiership
  14. Dundee 'stood up to Hearts' - McIntyre

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Dundee

    Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "I thought we deserved it. I thought we played ever so well. We scored a couple of great goals.

    "The players deserve a lot of credit because it's been a hard season and it's still going to be a hard season.

    "To a man, they stood up to Hearts."

    Jim McIntyre
  15. Good night for 'big talent' Burke

    FT: Celtic 4-0 St Mirren

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is satisfied with "a very good performance" against St Mirren.

    He describes two-goal Oliver Burke as a "big talent, who needs guiding".

    "He's here to help us and he's here to develop as a player," he said of the on-loan West Brom forward.

    "He's fitted in very well and he's still building relationships with his new team-mates."

    Having already confirmed the club's interest in Ukrainian winger Maryan Shved, Rodgers adds: "We're always opened minded to bring in quality players. if we can do that, that's what we'll do."

  16. 'Dundee have a chance to stay in this league'

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Dundee

    Allan Preston

    BBC Scotland at Tynecastle

    Dundee win at Tynecastle for the first time since September 2012 and more importantly get off the bottom of the table. They deserved it. Hearts had chances but Dundee had their fair amount of chances too, which has given them an opportunity to stay in this league.

  17. 'Rangers need to beef up at the back'

    FT: Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Kilmarnock got back into the match because of Rangers' horrendous defending. If they want to put in a challenge, they need two centre-halves
  18. Celtic canter, St Mirren struggle

    FT: Celtic 4-0 St Mirren

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

    A result that was never in doubt.

    Celtic cruised this and once they opened the scoring through Oliver Burke there was no looking back.

    Brendan Rodgers must be thrilled at the attacking options he now has with Timothy Weah also making an impact with another goal off the bench with at least one new face still to be integrated in Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

    They’ve edged a point clear at the top and three clear of Rangers with a game in hand. That will be a significant boost given their defeat at Ibrox last month.

    St Mirren drop to the bottom of the table and while it is harsh to judge them here, there was not much to suggest things are coming together. They were chasing shadows for the most part.

  19. What a difference a game makes!

    FT: Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

    What were all the Motherwell fans worrying about!? In the space of 90 minutes an excellent win against Hibs, a wave of optimism seems to have replaced the tension and panic created by the weekend’s Scottish Cup exit.

    Stephen Robinson’s men have nothing to worry about if they can produce performances like this on a regular basis. Jake Hastie, David Turnbull and Gboly Ariyibi were fantastic.

  20. Delight for Dons, agony for Accies

    FT: Hamilton Accies 0-3 Aberdeen

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland at Hope Stadium

    This ended up as a stroll for Aberdeen but they had to work hard to put themselves so firmly in control. Sam Cosgrove looks unstoppable right now. The only thing unstoppable about Accies at the moment is their winless run. Pressure continues to mount on Martin Canning.