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Only two Scots games beat freeze

Pitches across Scotland are frozen
Fifteen matches are off across the country because of the cold weather

The cold weather has devastated the Scottish football schedule for the third week in a row.

The Scottish Premier League match between Falkirk and St Johnstone was cancelled 80 minutes before kick-off and Motherwell v Hamilton is also off.

In the Scottish Football League the three scheduled First Division games are victims of the freezing weather and all five Second Division games are off.

Queen's Park's late call-off means all Third Division fixtures are wiped out.

East Stirling v Elgin, Stranraer v Annan, Berwick Rangers v Livingston and Montrose v Forfar had all been postponed earlier, and the staff at Hampden were hopeful that the Spiders' game against Albion Rovers could have gone ahead after a major effort was made to clear ice and snow from around the ground.

But further snowfall in the south side of Glasgow has caused continuing problems in the Hampden area.

The SPL Lanarkshire derby was called off after frozen pipes burst in two stands at Fir Park, leading to major safety concerns for fans of the Steelmen and Accies.

A pitch inspection is planned for 1000 GMT on Sunday at Dundee for their First Division match against Airdrie United.

Four Scottish Premier League games were called off earlier in the week, as was Forfar's game against Berwick and East Stirling's match with Albion Rovers.

And on Boxing Day 13 SFL fixtures were cancelled because of frozen pitches.


Matches postponed on Saturday, 2 January:

Scottish Premier League
Falkirk v St Johnstone
Motherwell v Hamilton Accies

First Division
Dunfermline v Raith Rovers
Queen of South v Ayr
Inverness CT v Ross County

Second Division
Alloa v Stirling Albion
Arbroath v Brechin City
Cowdenbeath v Clyde
Dumbarton v Stenhousemuir
Peterhead v East Fife

Third Division
Berwick Rangers v Livingston
East Stirling v Elgin City
Montrose v Forfar
Queen's Park v Albion Rovers
Stranraer v Annan Athletic



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see also
Falkirk P-P St Johnstone
02 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Motherwell P-P Hamilton
01 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Dunfermline P-P Raith Rovers
02 Jan 10 |  Scottish League
Cold snap hits Scottish schedule
29 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Big chill decimates Scottish card
26 Dec 09 |  Scottish League


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