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SPL RESULTS: Hearts 2-1 Rangers Match report Aberdeen 2-0 Motherwell Match report Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT Match report Falkirk 1-1 Hibernian Match report Hamilton Accies 1-0 Kilmarnock Match report St Mirren 0-2 Dundee United Match report

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By David Sharp

1700: That's all from me folks! Thanks again for your lively banter. Bye for now.

1659: "Can we not just stop the league now and start a new one after New Year?" KillieJimbo SOFBTRC on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Might not be a bad shout Jimbo! Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder once said of England's national dance: "Morris dancing is the most fatuous, tenth-rate entertainment ever devised by man. Forty effeminate blacksmiths waving bits of cloth they've just wiped their noses on. How it's still going on in this day and age I'll never know." You could almost substitute the words 'Morris dancing' for 'the Scottish Premier League'!!

1657: The big question today is: can rampant Hearts repeat their feat of three seasons ago when they split the Old Firm to finish second in the SPL?

1656: "After Aalborg, a win for Celtic, however narrow and badly played, would be much welcome to all except for the most arrogant Celtic fan who expects a 4 -0 thumping." CelticBhoy1888 on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

After their weekus horribilis I reckon most Celtic fans will be mighty relieved to get the three points, regardless of the wholly uninspiring performance from their side.

1655: 'Russell Latapy Day' went a bit a flat with that late Hibs leveller. Shame the wee man didn't get a run-out on his big day as that game, like all the games in today's SPL, were crying out for his delicate passing skills.

1654: It's all over and Billy Reid's men hang on for that long-awaited fourth league win of the season.

1653: Desperate save from Hamilton keeper Tomas Cerny to maintain Accies' slender lead. Nerve-shredding stuff at New Douglas Park.

1652: The final whistle blows at Celtic Park and the home side notch their 12th consecutive league victory to stretch their lead over Rangers at the top of the tree to seven points. Both sides showed the artistic talent of a cluster of colour-blind hedgehogs in a bag.

Caley Thistle will feel they should have shared the spoils but for Celtic it's the kind of dour win that collects titles. And that's all that matters to Gordon Strachan after a difficult week in the Parkhead hot-seat.

1651: Full-time at Pittodrie and Love Street. The Dons cruise to victory over sorry 10-man Motherwell. Dundee United stop their two-game rot with a hard-fought win.

1649: We're in four minutes of added time at Celtic Park. Can Caley Thistle snatch a last-gasp equaliser?

1648: As it stands Hamilton will leapfrog St Mirren to haul themselves off the bottom of the SPL table.

1647: Goal! St Mirren 0-2 Dundee United. Penalty for United after Craig Conway is felled in the box. Jon Daly scores from the spot to clinch victory for United.

1646: Scott McDonald blazes high over the bar after finding space on the edge of the box.

1645: Rob Jones hits the Falkirk crossbar with a thundering header. But the whistle has blown for an infringement.

1641: St Mirren's Stephen McGinn sees his rasping drive cannon back off the crossbar. Agony for Saints. It remains St Mirren 0-1 Dundee United.

1643: Hamilton have lost late goals in their last few games. Can they hang on for a win that would be as valuable as a Faberge egg? It's squeaky-bum time for Accies...

1641:The Simpsons'NedFlanders would have fared better with that cross-a-roony.

1640: Goal! Falkirk 1-1 Hibernian. Disaster for Falkirk keeper Scott Flinders. Hibs captain Rob Jones nods a high ball out of his hands and Colin Nish accepts the gift, nodding the ball over the line from around a yard out.

1639: Ugly wins across the board at the moment.

1636: "Shocking by Motherwell. If we lose today then we have not won in six and I can't see a win in sight. Come on 'Well." kevmfc on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

It's a poor show indeed. The wheels appear to have come off Mark McGhee's Motherwell bandwagon.

1633: Scott Robertson's mazy run almost pays off for Dundee United, but his effort just drifts past. A beautiful piece of skill to light up what's been a drab encounter

1631: Boruc comes out to punch clear a Caley Thistle cross into the box and Gary Caldwell collides with him. Both players are flat on the turf holding their heads. That was like a super tanker crashing into a monster truck. But they're both made of girders and recover to continue in this, quite frankly, awful game of football.

1630: "Phew, the Dons should win now, far from vintage however." fraz_afc on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Aberdeen need to start winning ugly. And it looks like they're going to do it today.

1627:Goal! Falkirk 1-0 Hibernian. Burton O'Brien's cross is horribly misjudged by Hibs keeper Yves Makalambay as the ball flies over his head and is met by Darren Barr at the far post who powers it into the empty net.

1626: Dennis Wyness misses a honker. That was one of the few chances St Mirren have had and Wyness completely fluffs it.

1625: Celtic striker McDonald races clean through on goal and lobs the ball over Esson. But the linesman flags for offside. The ball trickles wide but it wouldn't have counted anyway.

1624: Goal! Aberdeen 2-0 Motherwell. Big Dons striker Lee Miller steps up to score from the spot. That could be game over.

1622: Penalty at Pittodrie. Paul Quinn is sent off for a tug on Darren Mackie.

1621: Apparently there's NOTHING to report from Love Street where Saints still trail United by that Jon Daly goal.

1620: Steven Fletcher rises above the Falkirk defence to meet David Van Zanten's floated cross but somehow manages to head the ball past the post from 3cm out. That was a shocking miss.

1618:Goal! Aberdeen 1-0 Motherwell. With an hour on the clock, Gary McDonald dives in to head Aberdeen in front. It is only his second touch of the ball having come on as a substitute.

1614: It's been a lacklustre performance from Celtic today. They have the lion's share of the possession but can't seem to conjure anything with it. Scott McDonald is trying to gee up the crowd by whooping both his arms in the air.

1612: Offiong is on a hot streak - that's three goals in three games for the marauding Hamilton striker.

1610: Goal! Hamilton 1-0 Kilmarnock. Hamilton take the lead with a goal completely out of the blue. Fourth goal of the season for Richard Offiong. He collects David Graham's pass and skips past Frazer Wright on the edge of the box before swivelling and blazing a fantastic strike past Damien Rascle.

1608: Inverness midfielder Don Cowie's surging run at Celtic Park is halted by a borderline offside decision.

1604: Surely the quality of entertainment will improve in the second 45? It couldn't get any worse.

1602: And we're away again! Hold onto your hats!

1556: As Alan Partridge might say, I'm off to a BP garage for a mushroom slice. The temperature inside those things is hotter than the core of the sun. Even hotter than melted cheese on the top of a freshly-baked pizza. Both substances are capable of scalding the top of the inside of your mouth. There are not many things sorer than that.

1553: I must confess, it's been dour fare so far this afternoon. What do you all reckon? You've been very quiet so far. Rangers fans need to stop arguing with each other about who's to blame for their woeful display at Hearts. C'mon, where are the rest of you? Throw me a bone here! Join the debate on My Sport

1551: "Fridge on his back? That's nothing, Scott Mcdonald is carrying one in his belly." fiferjim on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Miaow fiferjim!

1550: Half-time at Hamilton now. Still no goals there.

1549: Harry Potter's Tannadice magicians hold a slender lead over St Mirren at Love Street.

1548: Half-time everywhere, except at Hamilton.

1546: Following neat Inverness interplay Ian Black curls a cross-cum-shot wide of Boruc's right-hand-post. That was a real waste. It floats harmlessly out for a goal kick.

1545: "The only thing brightening up the play is all the different coloured football boots on display." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Jimmy Duffy is not impressed at New Douglas Park.

Also 1544: Aberdeen defender Charle Mulgrew's free-kick is tipped over the bar but, once again, the goal would not have counted with the referee blowing for an infringement in the wall. Not much happening at Pittodrie. I'm reduced to mentioning disallowed goals.

1544: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc comes for a cross ball and grabs at it like a bar of soap and Inverness nearly pounce to draw level. Boruc claims for a foul, but the Poland international appeared to fumble the ball. A nervy performance from the SPL leaders so far. They're fortunate still to be ahead

1543: "What's with all the Motherwell bashing? I've got a four hour car journey to Inverness to make and wanted something nice to read on the way up!" Tipland on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Sorry mate, I'd love to say summat nice about Motherwell - but it's just not happening for them at the moment...they appear to be absolutely devoid of confidence.

1541: Doug Imrie tries to outfox Artur Boruc with an audacious chip, but it drifts over the bar. Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is prancing around on the touchline like a cat on a hot tin roof. The wee man is fuming.

1540:Goal! St Mirren 0-1 Dundee United. Willo Flood crosses for Jon Daly to head home. A brilliant header from Daly, only a minute after St Mirren looked like taking the lead.

1538: My colleague, Mr Moffat, has just remarked that Hibs' midfielder John Rankin is plodding around the pitch at Falkirk like a man carrying a fridge on his back through a swamp. That's slow!

1537: "Motherwell look like a lower league team playing a Premier League team."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine

What has happened to Mark McGhee's side this season? They've been proper guff after finishing third last time round. Are they still suffering from a Euro hangover? (just kidding!)

1536: Maloney almost doubles Celtic's lead with a low fizzing shot from 25 yards, but the ball flashes past the post.

1534: "Hi My Sport. I'm hoping for another Super Caley win at Parkhead. C'mon the Highlanders. It is my birthday after all." From Kim the Snecker enroute to Newcastle via text on 80295

1533: Darren Mackie elects to pass rather than shoot when through on goal and the danger is cleared.

1532: Goal! Celtic 1-0 Inverness CT. Nakamura clips a beautifully-judged defence-splitting pass onto Shaun Maloney's chest and the diminutive midfielder, in splendid isolation in the Caley Thistle box, turns and sclaffs the ball past Esson.

1528: Hibs striker Steven Fletcher curls a 20-yard free kick narrowly wide at the Falkirk Stadium and then sees an acrobatic volley deflected away for a corner.

1527: "The home fans are getting restless."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod at Love Street

1525: Shaun Maloney, restored to Celtic's starting line-up, has looked spritely in the opening 25 minutes. The game is crying out for a goal.

1524: Andreas Hinkel comes close to breaking the deadlock at Celtic Park, but his shot slides wide of Ryan Esson's post. The German attempted a wee fancy-dan Ronaldinho-style step-over, but he couldn't find the target. And in the end was left looking a tad foolish.

1523: Hibs goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay gets his large frame down smartly to push away a low, curling free kick from Burton O'Brien.

1522: "David, did Smith still in goals for Motherwell or did Nielsen come on?" kevmfc on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

As far as I know Kev, Smith is soldiering on for Motherwell. Perhaps they'll replace him at the break? Watch this space...

1521: Scott Brown clatters into Inverness midfielder Ian Black. Precious little goalmouth action at a subdued Celtic Park

1520: Billy Reid's men are in dire need of points as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table. They'll be looking to McCarthy to weave some of his magic against Killie.

1519: Is it true that Barcelona are interested in Accies exciting teenager James McCarthy? How amazing is that?! What a wild fairy-tale that would be if a player from the SPL were to move to the exotic environs of the Camp Nou and La Liga!!

1518: No goals anywhere at the moment.

1517: Hibs striker Derek Riordan tries his luck with a volley from 18 yards but it's straight at Falkirk keeper Scott Flinders.

1515: Paul Hartley fires a shot over the bar from about 20 yards following a clever pass from Celtic playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura.

1514: "So predictions on first goal for Celtic - I'll go for three minutes." wgs-best-since-jock on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Well, that's nearly fifteen minutes gone and we're still goalless...

1512: Nine minutes gone at Love Street and little in the way of action to warm the fans in frosty Paisley.

1511: Motherwell keeper Graeme Smith is limping at Pittodrie but is attempting to run the leg injury off. He's old school. Remember when you were a kid and your Under-11 team manager used to tell you to 'stamp off' any injury?! Even if it was obviously really serious. Like a broken leg or summat.

1509-and-a-half: Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford flashes a header narrowly wide from Willie Gibson's excellent cross. "Ooooh, Heavens to Murgatroyd Willie!"

1509: Celtic's right-back Andreas Hinkel sends in a superb cross towards Georgios Samaras, but the Inverness defence manage to hoof the ball clear of danger.

1508: Falkirk have made a bright start and Burton O'Brien rifles a low strike into the side-netting from the edge of the Hibs penalty box. Close but no cigar! That nearly got 'Latapy Day' off to a flier.

1507: A low-key start to the game at Celtic Park. There's more than a few empty seats as the hosts look to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

1506: Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith makes an excellent save from Darren Mackie's volley but the goal would not have counted as the offside flag was raised.

1503: Kilmarnock winger Willie Gibson stands out from the crowd at New Douglas Park. He's wearing pink boots! Did he borrow those from Snagglepuss? "Ooooh, Heavens to Murgatroyd Willie!"

1502: "You just look at Motherwell today and you wonder where they are going to get goals from."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine

1500: And we're off!

1456: And finally, here's how they line up at New Douglas Park:

Hamilton: Cerny, McClenahan, Swailes, Canning, McArthur, McLaughlin, Easton, Neil, McCarthy, Offiong, Graham. Subs: Murdoch, Elebert, Gibson, Ettien, Akins, Lyle, Taylor.

Kilmarnock: Rascle, Fowler, Wright, Ford, Hay, Taouil, Bryson, Hamill, Gibson, Pascali, Fernandez. Subs: Harpur, Simmonds, Russell, Murray, Skelton, Flannigan, Cox.

1455: Team news from Love Street:

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

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dixon, Wilkie, Kenneth, Kovacevic, Flood, Scott Robertson, Gomis, Swanson, Sandaza, Daly. Subs: McGovern, Dillon, Conway, Feeney, O'Donovan, David Robertson, McCord.

1454: Team news from Pittodrie:

Aberdeen: Langfield, Considine, Mulgrew, Diamond, Mair, Severin, Kerr, Young, Aluko, Miller, Mackie. Subs: Bateman, Foster, McDonald, Hodgkiss, De Visscher, Maguire, Paton.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Hammell, Reynolds, Malcolm, Klimpl, Lasley, Fitzpatrick, Hughes, Murphy, Porter. Subs: Nielsen, Sutton, McGarry, McHugh, Hutchinson, Page, Saunders.

1453: Hibs ended a six-match winless run with a terrific win at Fir Park last weekend. And Mixu Paatelainen's men will be keen to spoil 'Russell Latapy Day' at Easter Road.

The bunting is out as Falkirk are set to commemorate Latapy's five years at the club by inducting the 40-year-old into their hall of fame this afternoon. Can Hibs spoil the party?

Latapy will receive a guard of honour and a special presentation from the Westfield side but, with only four appearances this season, unsurprisingly he warms the bench for the visit of his old club. But I'm sure John Hughes stick him on at some point for a few minutes to take a bow in front of the Bairns supporters.

1451: Team news from the Falkirk Stadium:

Falkirk: Flinders, McNamara, Bullen, Barr, Holden, McBride, Cregg, Riera, O'Brien, Lovell, Higdon. Subs: Olejnik, Barrett, Latapy, Arfield, Mark Stewart, McCaffrey, Lynch.

Hibernian: Ma-Kalambay, van Zanten, Hogg, Jones, Bamba, Shiels, Chisholm, Murray, Rankin, Fletcher, Riordan. Subs: McNeil, Yantorno, Nish, O'Brien, Keenan, Thicot, Stevenson.

1448: Team news from Celtic Park: Celtic boss Gordon Strachan makes two changes to his side for the visit of Inverness. Following their Champions League defeat against Aalborg in midweek, which saw them crash out of Europe, Glenn Loovens drops to the bench with Mark Wilson missing altogether.

In comes Paul Hartley and Shaun Maloney to the midfield with Barry Robson moving to left back and Gary Caldwell returning to the centre of defence alongside Stephen McManus.

Caley boss Craig Brewster keeps the same side which beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park last week with Garry Wood playing the lone-striker's role.

1445: Meanwhile, St Mirren are looking for their first win in seven games. The Paisley side have managed just one home win this season, scoring only three league goals at Love Street and 10 in the entire campaign. Can they improve their dire home record against Dundee United today?

1443: Somewhat surprisingly, Caley Thistle have the second best away record in the SPL outwith the Old Firm. Just thought I'd share that solid-gold factoid nugget with you all.

1439: Inverness go into today's jaunt to Glasgow buoyed by last Saturday's 2-1 win away to Kilmarnock but eager to avoid a repeat of the 5-0 whupping they suffered at Ibrox at the start of the month. With many Celtic fans still crestfallen following their shock Euro exit at Aalborg will there be a subdued atmosphere at Celtic Park today? I'm sure the Parkhead faithful will have found some cheer in their bitter rivals' capitulation at Hearts...

1437: Right, let's get cracking here. We've got five tasty SPL games comin' atcha. Any predictions for this afternoon's games? My Sport and text on 80295.

1435: Thanks Colin! Greetings all! What an excellent result for Hearts. Dreadful performance from Rangers but the Jambos were in their faces from the first whistle and thoroughly deserved their win. Rangers were very one-dimensional, especially going forward. That legendary sage Baldrick once said on Blackadder: " We're not at home to Mr Cock-up." Walter Smith's side clearly are...

By Colin Moffat

1433: That's all from me folks. I can only handle one match at a time, so David Sharp will take over with his Ninja reflexes to take you through the remaining five matches in the Scottish Premier League. Keep the comments coming in...

1430: Celtic kick off at home to Inverness in half an hour. A win for Gordon Strachan's side will open up a seven-point gap at the top. What are your predictions for the rest of today's games?

1424: FULL-TIME: Hearts 2-1 Rangers
Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo celebrates with a Vegas-era Elvis Presley air guitar move. It's a deserved win for the boys in maroon, who were the more positive team in the first half. The second period made for wretched viewing as Rangers failed to exert any attacking pressure.

1422: Kirk Broadfoot shoots wide as the ball drops at his feet in the congested Hearts penalty box. Is that the last chance for Rangers?

1419: "The home fans are trying to roar their side over the finishing line."BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1418: Ten-man Hearts are camped deep in their own half and just thumping the ball anywhere. Rangers are simply hammering long balls forward. Four minutes of injury time signalled, much to the distress of Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo.

1414: Christian Nade goes off, leaving Hearts without a recognised striker. The athletic David Obua is on for the final five minutes of regulation time.

1411: Kris Boyd hooks a shot high over the crossbar from eight yards. The Rangers striker was under pressure and it was a difficult bouncing ball to deal with.

1410: More fresh legs for the home side. Bruno Aguiar goes off and Lithuanian Deividas Cesnauskis makes his return from a lengthy injury lay-off.

1406: "Lee Wallace didn't need to make that challenge. There were plenty of team-mates behind him. Rangers will fancy it now."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1405: SENT OFF - Hearts defender Lee Wallace picks up a second yellow card for a late tackle on Chris Burke. Daft challenge; really daft.

1403: "The Mighty Bears are just getting their second wind. I feel a goal coming on."weebluemeanie bucks the trend of doom and gloom among Gers fans over onMy Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1401: It's Jean-Caude Darcheville who troops off as Nacho Novo comes on. I'd forgotten the burly French striker was playing!

1357: "Kyle Lafferty - 3 million? I just don't get it. Surely that money could have been spent more wisely."Sam Ross, Stirling, via text on 80295 Join the debate on My Sport

Novo is warming up and I wouldn't be surprised if Lafferty is the player withdrawn. The gangly Northern Irishman has not made much impact.

1355: "When does Walter Smith go to the talisman who has scored six times in 11 appearances against Hearts? Nacho Novo." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1353: Laryea Kingston goes off to warm applause from the home fans. Eggert Jonsson comes on to shore up the Hearts midfield.

1349: With almost an hour gone, Rangers win their first corner kick of the day. Kris Boyd heads over the top after David Weir hoists Chris Burke's delivery back into the danger zone.

1347: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has to push away an awkward, skidding strike from Laryea Kingston.

1345: Charlie Adam is the man to make way for Chris Burke.

1344: "What's Craig Paterson like? He's so negative towards Hearts. I can't listen to him anymore!"Anonymous text, via 80295 Join the debate on My Sport

1341: Chris Burke is warming up on the sidelines. Rangers manager Walter Smith is planning a change as he bids to get back into the game. Play has really deteriorated with lots of stray passes.

1337: The early signs suggest the pattern of play isn't going to change much from the blood and thunder of the first 45 minutes.

1333: The teams are back out at Tynecastle. No changes from either manager.

1330: Celtic fans will have been down in the dumps after their midweek European exit. However, the atmosphere at Celtic Park may be more upbeat if closest rivals Rangers drop points at Tynecastle.

Can Hearts hold on for their fifth league victory in a row?

1323: "Boyd had a look to see where Berra was before the ball came down, then proceeded to throw up his left arm towards Berra's face when Christophe came in to contest the ball. You think that's not a foul? Talk about bias..." Man Utd - Jambo takes issue with David Begg's analysis over onMy Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1317: HALF-TIME. Hearts 2-1 Rangers.
Wow, where did that half go? It's not been pretty but we've had three goals and the action has all been played at a whirlwind speed. Hearts have been a picture of industry and haven't given Rangers a minute's rest.

1314: "Christophe Berra was all over Kris Boyd like a rash there. But it's Boyd who is booked. It's a very physical game." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1313: Rangers win a free kick on the left corner of the penalty box but Jamie MacDonald punches away the delivery from Pedro Mendes.

1310: Allan McGregor gets down smartly to keep out a shot from Laryea Kingston as the Hearts midfielder tries to steer home a low cross from Bruno Aguiar.

1308: "I'm amazed that with the number of quality players on show we haven't seen too many decent passes. Everything has been route one."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

It has been a bit harum-scarum but we've been served up three goals already, so I'm not complaining.

1305: "Somehow I don't think the scoring is over here at Tynecastle. It's such an open game." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1304: "Could you please make a point of describing every SPL game as being unlikely to be a goal-fest? Could be a hell of a season." The Hand of Hidden Forces is giving me some deserved cheek over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1259: "That will definitely go down as an own goal. Karipidis got the final touch after it came off the bar."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young.

There's wee Chick, first with the news as ever.

1257: GOAL! Hearts 2-1 Rangers
What was I saying about it not being a goal-fest? It's another goal from a set-piece. This time Charlie Adam swings one in for Kris Boyd to nod into the ground and it loops up onto the crossbar and goes in off defender Christos Karipidis.

The unlucky Greek defender couldn't have done much about that as he tried to clear from underneath the crossbar.

1256: "Rangers need a couple of their big-time players to start producing and get themselves back in the game. If they can get one back then it's game on." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

How about a line or two about how well the home side are doing from our radio colleagues?

1254: GOAL! Hearts 2-0 Rangers
Once again, a free kick from Bruno Aguiar is headed into the mixer by Christophe Berra and Laryea Kingston nods the ball in from close range.

1252: "Rangers were a real shambles there at the goal. They just couldn't deal with the aerial threat."BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1251: GOAL! Hearts 1-0 Rangers
A fantastic free kick from Bruno Aguiar finds the head of Christophe Berra, who forces a good stop from Allan McGregor but Marius Zaliukas is in the right place to smash the ball home.

1246: Rangers striker Kris Boyd blazes a 25-yard free kick high into the stand and Barry Ferguson slices a volley wide as the visitors begin to threaten.

1244: Steven Whittaker, a former Hibs favourite, is getting some stick from the home fans after a dangerous lunge at Marius Zaliukas.

1242: "Rangers have not started at all; Hearts are well on top."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1239: "Rangers fans have decided to pepper the pitch with red, white and blue streamers. The stewards are clearing them as we speak. And there's a kilted rhino there, too."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young.

I think that must be a cuddly toy rhino as mascot sort of thing, rather than two men in a pantomime rhino suit, surely...

1238: "You can see Christian Nade is going to be a real handful for the Rangers defence today."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1236: Rangers defender David Weir balloons an attempted clearance high into the Edinburgh sky and a crazy scramble ensues but the home side can't capitalise.

1234: "Has Boyd still never scored a goal Tynecastle?" asksEdinburghsNo1 onMy Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Well, he hasn't scored in the colours of Rangers but he did manage one during his days at Kilmarnock.

1232: Andrew Driver tests Allan McGregor with a low strike but the Rangers keeper gathers easily.

1230: And we're off...

1227: The teams run out at Tynecastle. It's a cold, crisp day in Edinburgh, without a breath of wind. BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg is wearing two hats; a skip cap to help combat the low sun and a woolly bunnet to keep him warm.

1223: "Hearts may think that the players' wages problem is not an issue, but I'm sure others would disagree."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young.

1220: "On that team sheet with Lafferty & Adams I am not confident one bit..." BahrainBEAR is a worried Rangers fan over onMy Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Let's hear from all the Jambos out there. Your team are flying right now. Four wins in a row is not to be sniffed at.

1212: Hearts' lone striker Christian Nade has nabbed just one goal this season and Rangers keeper Allan McGregor has kept five clean-sheets in his last seven outings. It doesn't point to a goal-fest in Edinburgh does it?

1207: "I think Hearts shall be affected by their wage problems. But how will this affect them? Will it spur them on or will they lose confidence??"Fox Forever on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1200: TEAM NEWS:

Hearts : MacDonald, Neilson, Zaliukas, Berra, Wallace, Kingston, Karapidis, Palazuelos, Driver, Aguiar, Nade. Subs: Kello, Makela, Obua, Cesnauskis, Mole, Thomson, Jonsson

Rangers : McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Lafferty, Ferguson, Mendes, Adam, Darcheville, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Edu, Novo, McCulloch, Burke, Aaron, Loy.

Chris Burke makes his first appearance this term on the Rangers bench. The winger has recovered from an ankle injury sustained in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final.

1155: For the second time this season, Hearts players have not been paid on time. The club insist the wages will be available on Monday.

1152: "You never know what your going to get with Rangers these days. IF Mendes and Bazza are in the mood and Boyd has his right boots on we should win but if not it could be another long day." DCooper 7 is first up over onMy Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1150: Early team news from Tynecastle: Madjid Bougherra returns to the heart of the Rangers defence at the expense of Lee McCulloch.

Hearts welcome back midfielder Laryea Kingston from injury and goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald makes just his second start of the season.

1145: Welcome to another busy day in the Scottish Premier League.

It's second versus third in the early kick off at Tynecastle, as Rangers visit in-form Hearts, with the home side looking to make it five victories in a row.

Later on, leaders Celtic entertain Inverness aiming to stretch their winning league run to 12 games.

Dundee United go to St Mirren Park, while Motherwell are the visitors at Pittodrie for what is Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood's 200th match in charge.

Falkirk host Hibernian in a match that will be broadcast 'as live' on BBC ALBA from 1930. You'll have to brush up on your Gaelic, mind.

Finally, bottom side Hamilton are at home to Kilmarnock. The Accies are smarting from the loss of late goals in recent weeks; will their luck change today?

Of course, you can listen to BBC Radio Scotland's coverage of all the games on the wireless and online.

I want to hear what you think of the action as it unfolds, so feel free to send in your thoughts via: My Sport and text on 80295.



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Clydesdale Bank Premier League Table
30 January 2010 17:38
    P GD PTS
1 Rangers 23 40 54
2 Celtic 22 21 44

3 Hibernian 22 16 42
4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

5 Motherwell 22 0 30
6 Hearts 23 -5 28
7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
10 Hamilton 21 -18 17
11 Kilmarnock 22 -15 16

12 Falkirk 21 -19 14


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