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Aberdeen 1-2 Hamilton Accies

Falkirk 2-1 Hearts Hibernian 2-1 Dundee United Inverness CT 1-2 St Mirren Motherwell 2-4 Celtic Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock


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By Andy Campbell and Clive Lindsay

1704: What an afternoon and, as usual, the SPL's scorers contrived to ensure that goals at different grounds went into the net at almost the exact same time - thus making life difficult for yours truly! Tremendous entertainment though and many thanks for all your contributions on My Sport. See Ya!
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1655: "So many 2-1 scores - crazy!"
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1652: FT: Falkirk 2-1 Hearts. The Bairns get their first points of the season with a last-gasp win against Hearts at the Falkirk Stadium.

1652: FT: Inverness 1-2 St Mirren. Saints also do it the hard way by losing the first goal but coming back to win in style at the Caledonian Stadium.

1652: FT: Hibernian 2-1 Dundee United. Steven Fletcher's first goals of the SPL campaign give Hibs victory over under pressure United, and this despite losing Sol Bamba to a red card.

1652: FT: Aberdeen 1-2 Hamilton. Hamilton get their campaign back on track with an impressive win at Pittodrie.

1651: FT: Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock. Ten-man Rangers stay top of the table after coming back from a goal down against Kilmarnock at Ibrox. End to end stuff in a highly entertaining game.

1650: Goal. Falkirk 2-1 Hearts. Scott Arfield surely gives the home side their first win of the season with a shot from Steve Lovell's lay-off.

1648: Red card. Rangers defender Sasa Papac is ordered off following a second bookable offence.

1646: "Just no luck for United but Sandaza missing so many good chances is painful."
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1645: "Since it got a mention in the live update - Well done The Fort!!! Who cares that we're the worst football team in the country, Camanachd Cup two years in a row will do for me!"
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1641: "I don't care if Michael Stewart is the only guy who can score goals at Hearts ... as long as he scores 50 odd goals this season!"
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1640: "That's the fourth magnificent save of the afternoon from Alan Combe."
BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young on Open All Mics

1639: Goal. Inverness 1-2 St Mirren: Garry Brady fires Saints in front with his first goal of the season.

1636: Final score in the Camanachd Cup Final: Fort William 2-1 Kingussie. What a comeback from Fort William to retain the trophy.

1632: "Michael Stewart is really pushing for a Scotland place, that was a superb goal."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Charlie Mann

1631: Goal. Falkirk 1-1 Hearts. Michael Stewart fires low past the goalkeeper from 20 yards to bring the visitors level.

1628: "The biggest surprise for me was that Bamba was playing in midfield today. He was lucky not to be sent off in the first half."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston on Open All Mics

1627: Red card. Sol Bamba is sent off on his Hibernian debut after receiving a second booking.

1624: "First goal Killie have conceded in over 500 minutes of football this season. And it's a penalty to Rangers at Ibrox, what a shock."
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1622: Goal. Hibernian 2-1 Dundee United: Steven Fletcher scores his second of the afternoon after neat link-up play with Colin Nish.

1621: It's a hero's return at Easter Road as Derek Riordan, resplendent in the number '01' jersey, comes on as a substitute for Joe Keenan. It's the former Celtic striker's first appearance since rejoining Hibs.

1620: Goal. Inverness 1-1 St Mirren: Billy Mehmet capitalises on a Phil McGuire mistake to draw his side level.

1619: Goal. Rangers 2-1 Kilmarnock: Kris Boyd puts Rangers in front with a goal on the turn with goalkeeper Alan Combe beaten by the deflection.

1618: Hearts claim for a penalty after captain Christophe Berra appears to be impeded in the box.

1616: Goal. Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock: Kris Boyd converts the penalty, his second goal and penalty of the season.

1615: Goal. Aberdeen 1-2 Hamilton: Substitute James McCarthy muscles Andrew Considine off the ball and fires Accies in front at Pittodrie.

1614: Penalty at Ibrox. Nacho Novo felled in the box Manuel Pascali, who is booked.

1612: "This is a pretty poor show by Hearts today. Even though I'm a Killie fan I believe Hearts are the most likely team to challenge the Old Firm but they need to stop getting terrible results at places like Falkirk."
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1610: "Kilmarnock are a right good team you know."
BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young on Open All Mics

1608: "It's over two years since Hearts won at Falkirk."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Charlie Mann

1606: Goal disallowed at Pittodrie. Lee Miller puts the ball on the net but the Aberdeen striker is penalised for pushing.

1605: "Let's just pretend that Rooney's penalty should not have been given and then we can have Wilkie's 25-yarder as the 6,000th goal eh?"
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1603: "It's no surprise to see Killie doing so much better this year. If you made a 'best of the rest' team outside of the Old Firm, Killie would have about five players in it. Combe, Taouil, Pascali, Invincible and Fernandez are players that would get a game for any other SPL side."
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1601: "Once again, United seem to have possession but lacking penetration. That our top scorer is a defender speaks volumes. Sandaza missing two good chances is worrying."
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1552: "Come on Killie. Wasn't able to make it to Ibrox today but I wish I was there!"
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1551: "Well that's the 6000th - shame it wasn't more exciting than a penalty..."
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1550: Half-time scores. Aberdeen 1-1 Hamilton, Falkirk 1-0 Hearts, Hibernian 1-1 Dundee United, Inverness 1-0 St Mirren, Rangers 0-1 Kilmarnock.

1549: Goal. Hibernian 1-1 Dundee United. Lee Wilkie equalises for United with a stunning 25-yard strike right on the half-time whistle.

1544: Goal. Inverness 1-0 St Mirren: Adam Rooney scores the 6,000th SPL goal with a penalty at the Caledonian Stadium. It is also Rooney's first goal for the Highlanders.

1539: "I'm not going to get the 6,000th goal, that's for sure."
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1538: "Well, which team will score the 6000th goal then?"
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1536: For those who are interested, it's 1-0 to Kingussie against Fort William at half-time in the Camanachd Cup Final.

1534: Goal. Aberdeen 1-1 Hamilton. David Graham equalises for Hamilton against the run of play with a superb 16-yard volley at Pittodrie.

1533: "I'm impressed with Kilmarnock. I can't remember seeing a Kilmarnock side play with such confidence."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell

1531: "Kilmarnock have defended that free-kick very well again."
BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young

1529: "This free-kick looks ideal for Charlie Mulgrew."
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1527: "Rangers are too slow in their build-up and allowing Kilmarnock to get behind the ball."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1526: "This season the refs are being scrutinised for every biased decision they make. That alone will ensure the league is much, much tighter than normal."
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1523: Goal. Hibernian 1-0 Dundee United: Hibs take the lead with Steven Fletcher's first goal of the season, a diving header into the roof of the net.

1522: "I bet two deep fried mars bars, Kilmarnock don't hold on to the lead against Rangers."
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1520: "Aluko tearing Hamilton apart down the left - welcome home Sone!"
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1518: "Hearts really not in this game at the moment."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Charlie Mann at the Falkirk Stadium

1517: "We're on countdown till the 6,000th goal in the SPL. Three more to go."
Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon

1514: "What a mistake by Allan McGregor."
BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young at Ibrox

1509: Goal. Rangers 0-1 Kilmarnock: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor fails to deal with a high ball into the box and Frazer Wright keeps his cool to turn in the box and fire Kilmarnock ahead.

1508: Goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton: Gary McDonald opens the scoring after being set up by Lee Miller.

1506: It's all gone quiet on My Sport. Give us your thoughts on the early action.
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1505: Goal. Falkirk 1-0 Hearts. Neil McCann scores his first goal for Falkirk against his former club.

1504: Rangers claim for a penalty after Kenny Miller goes down in the box but referee Callum Murray waves play on.

1455: "To have 10 points after four games, we're really happy."
Kilmarnock assistant manager Billy Brown

1453: That's all the team news in. What are fans' views on the line-ups?
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1450: Team news from the Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk: Olejnik, McNamara, Bullen, Barr, Scobbie, McBride, Arfield, O'Brien, McCann, Barrett, Higdon. Subs: Flinders, Cregg, Latapy, Aafjes, Lovell, Mark Stewart, McCaffrey.

Hearts: Kello, Karipidis, Berra, Lee Wallace, Mikoliunas, Kingston, Stewart, Jonsson, Zaliukas, Mole, Mrowiec. Subs: MacDonald, Palazuelos, Nade, Makela, Thomson, Ksanavicius, Rapnik.

Referee: S Conroy

1446: "We won't lose a beat on the strength of this result. We will just try to work on the things we did wrong today. I expect Nancy to start the way Celtic did today and we will need to be prepared for that."
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee

1442: Team news from Ibrox: Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, Edu, Pedro Mendes, Beasley, Miller, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Novo, Adam, Darcheville, Niguez, McMillan, Fleck.

Kilmarnock: Combe, Fowler, Ford, Wright, Hay, Invincibile, Pascali, Bryson, Skelton, Taouil, Fernandez. Subs: Rascle, Lilley, Hamill, Flannigan, Sammon, Nolan, Simmonds.

Referee: C Murray

1440: Team news from Pittodrie: Aberdeen: Langfield, Foster, Severin, Considine, Mulgrew, Young, Kerr, McDonald, Aluko, Miller, Mackie. Subs: Bossu, Diamond, Wright, Hodgkiss, De Visscher, Mair, Maguire.

Hamilton: Cerny, Stevenson, Canning, Elebert, Easton, Mensing, McArthur, Neil, Sorsa, Graham, Offiong. Subs: Murdoch, Casement, McCarthy, Lyle, Corcoran, Thomas, Akins.

Referee: A Muir

1439: Team news from the Caledonian Stadium: Inverness CT: Fraser, Tokely, McGuire, Duff, Hastings, Cowie, Black, McBain, Vigurs, Rooney, Wood. Subs: Esson, Djebi-Zadi, Wilson, Barrowman, Imrie, McAllister, Munro.

St Mirren: Howard, Ross, Haining, Potter, Miranda, Dorman, Mason, Brady, Robb, Mehmet, Hamilton. Subs: Smith, Murray, Wyness, Dargo, McAusland, McGinn, Cuthbert.

Referee: I Brines

1434: Team news from Easter Road: Hibernian: Ma-Kalambay, van Zanten, Hogg, Jones, Stevenson, Shiels, Murray, Keenan, Bamba, Fletcher, Nish. Subs: McNeil, Riordan, Rankin, Chisholm, Thicot, Pinau, Campbell.

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Kovacevic, Wilkie, Dods, Grainger, Buaben, Scott Robertson, Gomis, Conway, Sandaza, O'Donovan. Subs: McGovern, Dillon, Daly, David Robertson, Swanson, Kenneth, Goodwillie.

Referee: D Somers

1430: Afternoon all, Andy Campbell here to guide you through the remaining five SPL matches this afternoon.
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1429: Thanks for your company and your comments (keep them coming), I'm heading off now and handing over to my colleague Andy Campbell for the other five games. Yes, I did the easy bit! Phew...

1422: FT: Motherwell 2-4 Celtic. The final whistle blows with both sides able to take something from the game - even though all three points head back to Celtic Park. Celtic deserve their win, but Motherwell will have taken some confidence from their second-half showing. Even so, both will need to tighten up at the back if they are to make an impact in Europe. For Celtic, Georgios Samaras certainly staked his claim to be a permanent fixture in Gordon Strachan's front line, even when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is back fully fit.

1420: "We felt at 4-0 that Celtic would add to that, but Motherwell made a game of it before it went flat and Celtic were fairly comfortable"
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1418: Time is running out for Motherwell, but at least they have made a game of it. And a very good game at that. They could have suffered a real dent to their confidence ahead of their Uefa Cup tie against Nancy, but they will take heart from giving Celtic a scare in the second half. Celtic, meanwhile, will hope to carry on their good play against Aalborg.

1417: Pinball inside the Motherwell penalty box, but the ball is finally fired wide and they survive and retain hope of a late flurry.

1409: Shunsuke Nakamura has replaced Marc Crosas in Celtic's midfield, but it is Motherwell who remain in control against an increasingly disjointed Celtic.

1406: Motherwell threaten to make it a nervy finish for Celtic by going close twice in quick succession. Artur Boruc produces a fine save to turn away a Paul Quinn header then John Sutton stabs the ball just wide from close range while under pressure.

1355: "Just shows how bad the Scottish game is when a donkey like Samaras can score goals for fun"
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1358: Motherwell's Steve Craigen shows his frustration at having been given the runaround by Georgios Samaras with a late tackle that earns the Northern Ireland defender a booking. Celtic's Barry Robson soon follows for a late lunge and Motherwell's Mark Reynolds. Hopefully the game is not going to turn scrappy as this has been entertaining stuff delivered in sporting fashion.

1355: "They've scored again. Celtic better watch out!"
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1353: Celtic have recent signing Glenn Loovens, Massimo Donati and Shunsuke Nakamura warming up as Gordon Strachan considers a change or just sends a warning shot to his stuttering side.

1348: Former Celtic winger Jim O'Brien comes on for Steve McGarry as Motherwell continue to press and Chris Porter heads straight at Artur Boruc when he should have made the visitors' goalkeeper work harder for his save.

1346: All the talk at half-time was about Celtic matching their 7-1 win at Fir Park in 1999, when Henrik Larsson scored four of the goals. Instead, thoughts have turned to 2005 when, in Gordon Strachan's first match in charge, the game ended 4-4 after Celtic led 3-1 at half-time.

1344: Goal. Motherwell 2-4 Celtic. Could that strike from the brother of former Celtic star Chris inspire an amazing fightback? I was about to say, no chance, when David Clarkson slips the ball under Artur Boruc under pressure from a couple of defenders.

1342: Goal. Motherwell 1-4 Celtic. John Sutton claims his third goal in as many games since joining Motherwell by firing the ball low into the net from 16 yards.

1337: Georgios Samaras is the guilty party this time as he stabs the ball wide of the far post instead of finding the unmarked Scott McDonald as the Motherwell defence again shows its charitable streak. McDonald gives the big Greek an earful. The wee Aussie is one to talk about being greedy.

1335: Celtic once more sweep forward towards the black hole at the centre of Motherwell's defence and both Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney delay pulling the trigger too long before the ball is scrambled clear.

1333: Back to the action and, surprisingly considering Motherwell could be heading for a right hammering and Celtic boss Gordon Strachan could afford to rest some players ahead of midweek, there are no changes to either side.

1322: "Motherwell must be glad that it is half-time. Celtic are coasting at the moment"
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1318: "Motherwell's defending has been shocking, but that should not detract from the quality of play from Celtic, who have been a delight to watch"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor
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1316: Half time. Motherwell 0-4 Celtic. Celtic end the first 45 minutes in total control. Motherwell's players look shell-shocked - some of their fans are already heading off for some Saturday afternoon shopping or a consolation pint.

1314: "Celtic in the final third have been devastating"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod
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1312: Goal. Motherwell 0-4 Celtic. A delightful move ends with Georgios Samaras stroking the ball into the net after a flowing passing move involving Lee Naylor and Scott McDonald.

1310: Motherwell look to have just about given up the ghost now, with all the traffic heading towards their goal. Former Barcelona youngster Marc Crosas is staking his claim for a starting place against Aalborg in midweek, controlling the game from his defensive midfield berth just in front of the Celtic back four.

1307: Georgios Samaras again strides through the Motherwell defence and Scott Brown is pulled down on the edge of the box. Wee free-kick expert Shaun Maloney comes close to make it 4-0 with a curling effort that strikes the top of the crossbar.

1306: "The Poland manager is in the crowd watching Artur Boruc with a view to calling him up for future international matches"
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1304: If Motherwell's defence was playing as well as their midfield and attack, they would still be in this game. The hosts work their way behind the Celtic rearguard again, but goalkeeper Artur Boruc denies John Sutton with a save at the striker's feet.

1259: David Clarkson finds the Celtic net with an acrobatic overhead kick (right enough, what overhead kick isn't!), but the Motherwell striker was rightly ruled offside following Stephen Hughes' neat chip into the box.

1257: "For me now, that's game, set and match. Motherwell will be hoping that Celtic take the foot off the gas. If they don't, this could be five or six nil. Samaras is upsetting them at the back"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod
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1254: Goal. Motherwell 0-3 Celtic. Commentators' nightmare! Just as I was saying that Motherwell were not giving up, they concede a third goal. Former Fir Park striker Scott McDonald easily turns his marker at a throw in and chips the ball over the goalkeeper.

1251: Motherwell are threatening to come back into the game, but John Sutton fires across the face of Celtic's goal with no takers when he should have at least found the target. More promising from Mark McGhee's men. It is difficult to imagine Celtic letting this lead slip, but at least the hosts are not giving up the chase like so many have done in the past after going behind early against the Old Firm.

1247: What's this? Scott Brown is having a decent game for Celtic. The midfield enigma, who has failed to justify his multi-million pound move from Hibernian, fires a drive just wide from the edge of the box.

1245: "In the last few minutes, Motherwell have taken hold of the midfield and Stephen Hughes has been outstanding"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod
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1242: David Clarkson fires a shot at the Celtic goal at last, but it is typical of Motherwell's start that it hits his strike partner Chris Porter and bounces wide.

1240: Motherwell are in for a pre-Europe hiding if this goes on. Manager Mark McGhee said before the game that the break for internationals had allowed them to relax and prepare for the game. It seems like they are still relaxing and forgot the preparation.

1239: Goal. Motherwell 0-2 Celtic. Georgios Samaras breaks through the centre of a static Motherwell defence to fire the ball low into the net from 16 yards.

1235: Goal. Motherwell 0-1 Celtic. Scott Brown plays a one-two with Georgios Samaras and drives a low ball across the face of goal and Shaun Maloney finishes simply with the side foot at the back post. Where was the Motherwell defence?

1234: Spanish playmaker Marc Crosas is making his starting debut alongside the returning Barry Robson in the centre of midfield and Celtic are taking a firm grip of that area of the park.

1230: Off we go, with Celtic kicking from right to left at a lush Fir Park and that's the direction of play from the start. Celtic striker Scott McDonald falls to the ground inside the penalty box. Normal service has resumed in the SPL!

1225: Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, Hughes, Lasley, McGarry, Clarkson, Porter, Sutton. Subs: Nielsen, Malcolm, Darren Smith, Murphy, O'Brien, Fitzpatrick, Connolly.

Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Robson, Crosas, Scott Brown, Maloney, Samaras, McDonald. Subs: Mark Brown, McGeady, Nakamura, Loovens, Donati, Caddis, Sheridan.

Referee: C Thomson

1220: "It's a fantastic sequence of games with Celtic today, Nancy away then Rangers and then Hamilton in a fantastic local derby. We have not been talking much about Nancy. Celtic have kept us concentrating on today's game then we can think of the Uefa Cup game. Celtic are going to have to play well to beat us."
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1217: "I hope Motherwell compound Celtic's miserable week with a home win, while Rangers stretch their lead with a fine 3-0 win at Fortress Ibrox"
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1213: "We had to get over the defeat to Rangers quickly - there was a lot of individual things that could have been done better, but we got over it quickly" Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
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1210: "I just feel that there are guys who needs games. We really need to play some players who need a game as we have a hard period of matches ahead of us." Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
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1208: Celtic manager Gordon Strachan reacts to the Old Firm defeat by making four changes, with Shunsuke Nakamura, Aiden McGeady, Paul Hartley and Andreas Hinkel all left out the starting line-up. It appears that only Hartley is injured. Motherwell are unchanged.

1207: There have been 5988 goals scored since the start of the SPL, so the 6000th is a possibility this afternoon.

1200: So give us your thoughts as we progress through what we hope will be an exciting day of football.
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1155: Good day all. After the rollercoaster ride that surrounds Scotland's international shenanigans, it is back to the comparative predictability of the good old Scottish Premier League. We'll be here all afternoon, starting with the visit by reigning champions Celtic to take on Motherwell at 1230BST as both sides prepare to start their European campaigns in midweek. Then, at 1500, we have the rest of the weekend's fixtures, including the top-of-the-table clash between leaders Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox, with only goal difference separating the two sides.

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