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SPL results:

Dundee Utd 2-2 Rangers

Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
Celtic 1-1 Hearts
Hibernian 2-0 Hamilton
St Mirren 2-0 Inverness CT

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Colin Moffat

1705: That's all from me folks. We've got a day off tomorrow but don't forget Motherwell v Kilmarnock on Monday night.

You will be able to see online highlights from all of today's games on this website from 1800 GMT on Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

1700: "Aberdeen cantered through the second half and won the game comfortably despite Falkirk's late goal." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Brian Irvine.

1657: "Hearts might think they deserved more from the match but they were undone by Celtic's only moment of quality - that cross from Nakamura." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1653: Full-time: Celtic 1-1 Hearts. The Edinburgh side's winning run comes to a halt, while Celtic maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.

1652: Full-time: Hibernian 2-0 Hamilton Accies. The Easter Road side are going on a nice little run now. That's five games unbeaten in the league.

1650: Aiden McGeady fires a shot wide as Celtic lay siege to the Hearts penalty area.

1648: Full-time: St Mirren 2-0 Inverness CT. That's two wins in a row for the Buddies.

1648: GOAL! Hibernian 2-0 Hamilton.
Hibs skipper Rob Jones has been close a couple of times and is finally rewarded when he rises to head in a corner from Derek Riordan.

1647: Full-time: Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk. The Dons survive a late scare to make it four home wins on the bounce.

1642: GOAL! Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk.
Suddenly the Dons look a little bit shaky as the ball drops to Steve Lovell and the Bairns striker hits the back of the net from 16 yards.

1641: Hibs skipper Rob Jones hits the post with a strong header from all of 18 yards. Tomas Cerny was nowhere near that one.

1638: GOAL! Celtic 1-1 Hearts.
Shunsuke Nakamura crosses from the right, Georgios Samaras heads it back across goal and Stephen McManus stoops to head home from close range.

1636: "Derek Riordan looks a shade of the player he used to be." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell after the Hibernian striker fails to get a shot away with a two against one advantage for the home side.

1634: "The Aberdeen fans who stayed away to do the Christmas shopping made a good decision - this is a poor game." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Brian Irvine.

1632: Celtic striker Georgios Samaras looks certain to find the net when he breaks free inside the penalty area but he losing his footing and is dispossessed.

1629: Hearts are dangerous on the break and David Obua fires a shot just over after a neat, flowing attack.

1627: Speedy Hibs winger Alan O'Brien goes down under the challenge of Tomas Cerny but the goalkeeper gets just enough of the ball to avoid conceding a penalty. The Czech keeper then has to make a good save to keep out a powerful strike from John Rankin.

1624: Aberdeen striker Lee Miller chases down a lost cause and crosses for Gary McDonald in acres of space but the midfielder skies his shot high over the target.

1623: Hamilton are continuing to put the Hibernian defence under pressure and the physical presence of Joel Thomas has been added menace to the visitors' attack.

1620: Celtic midfielder Scott Brown fires in a good effort from distance but it flashes wide of the post.

1618: Hamilton's Derek Lyle, sporting a curious fake tan glow, curls the ball narrowly wide from the edge of the Hibernian box.

1615: Hearts striker Christian Nade has to play peacemaker as Celtic duo Artur Boruc and Gary Caldwell start a little shoving match. The Celtic keeper then flaps at a corner before the home defence hack the ball clear.

1612: "Tell us how the Dons are getting on. What a load of rubbish BBC you give us a wee quote from commentators on all the other games but ours." Glasgow-Don on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

C'mon Glasgow-Don, we gave you up to the minute news on Brian Irvine's cold pie problems! By the way, BBC Radio Scotland's Stevie Cowan has just said Aberdeen are "looking comfortable".

1610: "St Mirren are really on top. I can't see Inverness getting back into this game." BBC Radio Scotland's Martin 'Dowders' Dowden at Love Street. Right on cue, Stephen McGinn connects with another dangerous Jim Hamilton cross but can only fire wide.

1608: The big Hibs keeper is a mere spectator as Richard Offiong slams a shot against the junction of post and bar from 30 yards.

1606: Yves Ma-Kalambay gives his Hibs team-mates a wee fright; juggling a corner from James McArthur before finally gathering the ball right on the right edge of his penalty box.

1602: GOAL! St Mirren 2-0 Inverness CT.
Right from the restart, Jim Hamilton delivers a great ball across goal and Garry Brady is on hand to finish it off.

1600: "Hibs need to be scoring more of the chances we have had. We cant afford to slip up today." Macker100 on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

Aye, big Colin Nish has wasted a couple of golden opportunities but the even bigger Yves Ma-Kalambay has made two very good saves to keep Accies at bay.

1557: "St Mirren took control of the midfield in a first half of few chances." BBC Radio Scotland's Liam McLeod at Love Street.

1553: "If Hearts win today I can see them winning the league..." The superbly-named supereggybongo tells it like he sees it over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

155O: "That's the worst first half performance Celtic have had all season! In the words of D:ream: Things can only get better." IBrokeTheBigScreen on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

The SPL leaders have been very sluggish. Gordon Strachan's team have not had a shot on target, while Hearts have been very lively.

1547: Half-time:Celtic 0-1 Hearts, St Mirren 1-0 Inverness CT, Hibernian 1-0 Hamilton Accies.

"Hearts have got Celtic on the rack at the end of this first half." BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young.

1545: Colin Nish squanders a great chance to increase Hibs' lead as Tomas Cerny gets down bravely to block at the striker's feet.

1545: "What are the chances of Celtic being able to buy the new left-back, right back midfielder, two strikers and the decent back-up that we need in the January window. So poor again!" Mark from Troon via email. Join the debate on My Sport

1544: Half-time: Aberdeen 2-0 Falkirk.

1543: GOAL! Hibernian 1-0 Hamilton Accies.
Ian Murray breaks down the left and drills in a great low cross for Derek Riordan to tap in from close range.

That's Riordan's second goal against Hamilton this season, having scored the winner at New Douglas Park earlier this season.

1541: Simon Mensing gets a clear sight of goal but Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay gets down well to block. Hibs break swiftly but Alan O'Brian wastes a great chance to set up Colin Nish.

1539: GOAL! Aberdeen 2-0 Falkirk.
That's a double for Lee Miller as he gets on the end of Chris Maguire's cross to slide the ball home.

1538: Andrew Driver is in the mood for Hearts. The winger races through and fires in a fierce shot, which Artur Boruc does well to push away.

1537: Accies keeper Tomas Cerny gets his fingertips to a looping Rob Jones header. It's all Hibs at Easter Road.

1534: BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie reckons Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield is lucky not to concede a penalty for a foul on Falkirk's Graham Barrett.

1533: Hibs striker Colin Nish is next to try his luck from long range and Tomas Cerny is relieved to see the 40-yard effort sail just over his crossbar.

1532: "Bad news for Fletcher... hope its not too bad an injury, he looks like a genuine quality player." audacious_attempt on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

The Hibs striker was carried off with what looked like an ankle injury.

1531: BBC Radio Scotland summariser Brian Irvine is concerned at Pittodrie. The pies and half-time tea have arrived early and are already getting cold!

1530: Shaun Maloney hobbles off with what looks like a hamstring injury. Georgios Samaras is on for Celtic.

1527: Hibs midfielder Sol Bamba heads against the post from a corner and Colin Nish digs the rebound wide from inside the six yard box. What a let-off for Accies!

1526: Accies keeper Tomas Cerny hits the deck after retrieving the ball at the feet of John Rankin before quickly getting back to his feet.

1525: GOAL! Celtic 0-1 Hearts.
Laryea Kingston drills in a low, angled strike and Andrew Driver races in to divert it past Artur Boruc.

1522: Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay gets his huge frame down quickly to tip away a low strike from James McCarthy.

1521: "Both teams take credit for their start to the game but Aberdeen deserve to be ahead against Falkirk." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Brian Irvine.

1516: Ouch! Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher is writhing in agony on the deck following a poor challenge by David Elebert. It's game over for the Scotland striker, with Derek Riordan ready to come on.

1516: GOAL! St Mirren 1-0 Inverness CT
The Buddies are in front after Andy Dorman bursts through and finishes in style. That's his first of the season.

1514: Hibs midfielder John Rankin tries his luck with another 'squiggler' but Accies keeper Tomas Cerny gets behind the shot from fully 40 yards.

1513: "The ball at Celtic Park has turned into an egg-shape, so the referee has called for a replacement." BBC Scotland commentator John Barnes.

1512: Hibernian winger Alan O'Brien gets in behind the Hamilton defence but his cross is claimed by goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

1512: Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk.
The Dons take an early lead as Lee Miller tucks away the penalty.

1511: PENALTY - Aberdeen striker Lee Miller lines up a spot kick after Gary McDonald is felled.

1509: All the early action is at Pittodrie. Dons keeper Jamie Langfield makes a wonderful save to tip Burton O'Brien's long-range shot onto the crossbar.

1506: Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond nods over the top from a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

1504: Hamilton Accies are wearing a change strip which matches the Brazilian colours. They also have an Argentina kit. Nothing like dreaming big but it can look a little silly if you're bottom of the league.

1500: And we're off...

1459: "If Hibs have any ambitions of getting third in the SPL, these are the games they've got to win." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stephen Frail at Easter Road.

1457: Hearts' Michael Stewart has served his two-match suspension but the fiery midfielder is suffering from a bad dose of flu.

1453: It's a wet and wild day in the Granite city. Chris Maguire and Jeffrey de Visscher have been drafted in for Aberdeen. Are Dons supporters in confident mood? Falkirk have not won at Pittodrie since 1957...

1446: Lots of Rangers fans still grumbling about the 2-2 draw at Tannadice on My Sport. Let's hear from the rest of you.

1444: TEAM NEWS:

Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Wilson, Nakamura, Scott Brown, Hartley, McGeady, McDonald, Maloney. Subs: Mark Brown, Samaras, Sheridan, Crosas, O'Dea, Mizuno, Naylor.

Hearts: Balogh, Neilson, Berra, Karipidis, Palazuelos, Jonsson, Kingston, Aguiar, Zaliukas, Driver, Nade. Subs: MacDonald, Makela, Cesnauskis, Mole, Thomson, Rapnik, Obua.

"Here we go again, a wee man up front! Will he (Gordon Strachan) ever learn? We are at home and again he takes the chance with Sammy on the bench. He is walking a thin line!" Kevin via email.

1443: TEAM NEWS:

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

Hamilton Accies: Cerny, McLaughlin, Elebert, Swailes, McClenahan, Mensing, McArthur, McCarthy, Easton, Offiong, Lyle. Subs: Murdoch, Gibson, Taylor, Ettien, Stevenson, Thomas, Graham.

Derek Riordan stays on the bench for Hibs as Mixu Paatelainen sticks with the team that beat Celtic last weekend.

1440: TEAM NEWS:

St Mirren: Howard, Miranda, Potter, Cuthbert, Ross, Dorman, Murray, Brady, McGinn, Wyness, Hamilton. Subs: Smith, Mason, Dargo, Barron, McAusland, McCay, Brighton.

Inverness CT: Esson, Proctor, McGuire, Munro, Hastings, Black, Duncan, Cowie, Imrie, Rooney, Barrowman. Subs: Fraser, McBain, McAllister, Sutherland, Wood, Duff, Vigurs.

1437: TEAM NEWS:

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

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

1430: "I'm expecting a right good game today." Celtic manager Gordon Strachan talks to BBC Radio Scotland.

1427: Righto, that's one down and four to go. Now we turn our attention to the remaining Saturday fixtures. Early teams news from Celtic Park; striker Georgios Samaras is on the bench for the home side and Janos Balogh is in between the sticks for Hearts.

1424: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds selects United left-back Paul Dixon as his man-of-the-match. The former Dundee man set up both goals for the home team and put in a really good shift up and down the park.

1419: Full-time Dundee Utd 2-2 Rangers.
"It's been another fantastic advert by these two teams." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

Old Beggy's spot on. It was a tremendous match. Rangers were well on top in the first half and could have had more than a one-goal advantage by the interval. But United came roaring back and just didn't stop. A draw is a fair result.

1416: Rangers full-back Steven Whittaker sends a dangerous dipping strike onto the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

1415: United introduce the tricky Danny Swanson for the closing stages. Three minutes of stoppage time signalled.

1411: Garry Kenneth is punished for what looks a perfectly good challenge on Nacho Novo and Kris Boyd's 20-yard free kick is charged down by the defensive wall. The ball breaks to Pedro Mendes and the midfielder curls a strike just wide with the outside of his boot.

1408: With ten minutes or so remaining, this game could go either way. The whirlwind pace shows no sign of abating and both sides are throwing men forward.

1404: Kyle Lafferty looks in the mood and Lukasz Zaluska has to get down smartly to push away a long-range strike.

1402: GOAL! Dundee Utd 2-2 Rangers.
The Rangers substitutes combine, with Nacho Novo setting up Kyle Lafferty for a sweet side-foot finish. The Northern Ireland international was cool as a cucumber as he slotted the shot inside the post.

1358: "This is exactly the kind of match that Rangers need to win to be considered serious title contenders." Stevie Mac via text.

1357: United are not sitting on this lead. Central defenders Lee Wilkie and Garry Kenneth are bombing up to support their strikers every chance they get.

1354: Nacho Novo is the next Rangers substitute to get a chance. Kenny Miller, who was very lively in the first half, is the man going off.

1353: "Smith's team selections away from Ibrox this season have been awful to put it politely. McCulloch should not be any where near a Rangers shirt and David Weir has been terrible."a disgruntled memnoch666 lets off some steam on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1350: "Miller and Boyd still look a threat." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds thinks we might have a few more goals.

1348: Rangers withdraw Lee McCulloch, who has had a quiet game, and bring on Kyle Lafferty.

1347: Rangers are being ripped apart every time Craig Conway and Paul Dixon team up on United's left flank. Garry Kenneth heads over under pressure from Allan McGregor.

1343: "Craig Levein must've had some of Asterix's magic potion to hand out during half time." QatarBhoy on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1342: Rangers have been rocked by the fabulous United comeback and goalkeeper Allan McGregor is called upon to block a dangerous flick from Garry Kenneth.

1339: GOAL! Dundee Utd 2-1 Rangers
What a turnaround! Paul Dixon delivers another excellent cross and Warren Feeney rises high to nod home from close range.

1338: Kenny Miller is screaming for a penalty but Michael Kovacevic timed his last-ditch tackle perfectly to halt the Rangers striker's progress.

1336: GOAL! Dundee Utd 1-1 Rangers
United defender Lee Wilkie slides in at the back post to divert Paul Dixon's deep cross high into the net.

1333: John Daly sends a header narrowly wide after a good run and cross from United winger Craig Conway.

1331: The second half is underway at Tannadice. Can United salvage something from this game and avoid what would be just their third home loss of 2008?

1324: "It's been a bad tempered match but some of the 50/50 decisions have actually gone United's way!" BBC Radio Scotland's Off The Ball guest Lorraine Kelly offers her thoughts on the first half action. The GMTV presenter adds: "A draw could be a possibility and I think that would be a fair result."

1321: "I am just wondering why Barry Ferguson is the only football player on earth who is allowed to sneer and shout and swear at the referee or linesman and get off with it." Jon Walker via email.

1319: "My dad commented that it's an 'old school muddy pitch' just how the grounds were in the good old days, right before he started singing Queen's "Radio Ga-Ga"...badly!" darrend1234 gives us an amusing insight to his home life over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1314: Half-time: Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers

"It's been a tremendous opening 45 minutes." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

Well, I've seen better. But we'll allow for commentator hyperbole. The game has been played at a cracking pace and Rangers are well worth their lead.

1311: "I used to fancy Lorraine Kelly when I was a lad. She's still looking quite foxy, in an older-lady kind-of-way. Shame she's a Utd fan." David Attenborough on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport I left out the rest of Mr Attenborough's post since it might make BBC Radio Scotland's Off The Ball guest blush!

1308: The pace of Kenny Miller causes more problems for the home team. Lee Wilkie makes a mess of a clearance, simply blootering the ball high over his own goalkeeper but the defender gets back to clear as the Rangers striker barges Lukasz Zaluska out of the way a few yards from goal.

1305: Kenny Miller is outraged to be flagged offside as he collects a Steven Davis pass on the edge of the penalty box. That was a let off for the dozing United defence.

1302: "Too much at stake for Rangers to lose this one. Push forward and wrap up by H-T." demands bringthemonjpn over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1300: "There's a fluency about Rangers that wasn't there in some of their recent games away from home." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1257: Allan McGregor makes a terrific save to keep out Jon Daly's header. The United striker is allowed a free header from Craig Conway's corner but his powerful downward effort is clawed away by the Rangers keeper.

1253: Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson is the next player to be booked by referee Iain Brines. The greasy surface is encouraging a few hair-raising tackles, although there didn't appear to be much contact for that one.

1249: United's Morgaro Gomis picks up the first yellow card of the match for a late sliding challenge on Kenny Miller.

1247: The home side have been rather blunt in attack so far and shaky at the back. Rangers look really up for this one.

1244: Another scare for United. Pedro Mendes pounces on a poor kick-out from Lukasz Zaluska and sends Kris Boyd scampering towards goal. However, Paul Dixon gets back to divert the ball narrowly wide of his own goal, with the keeper stuck in no man's land.

1240: GOAL! Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers
A clever dummy from Steven Davis allows Kris Boyd to gather on the edge of the penalty area and the striker turns Lee Wilkie expertly to drive a low shot into the net.

That's Boyd's 17th goal of the season and his ninth goal for Rangers against Dundee United.

1239: "United are committing numbers forward and that's allowing Rangers to break on them." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1236: Kenny Miller slips a neat pass through to his strike partner Kris Boyd but the Rangers man takes a heavy touch in the penalty box and the chance is gone.

1234: Rangers are the top scorers in the SPL but United have the meanest home defensive record. The Tangerines have only conceded six league goals at Tannadice.

1232: Dundee United earn the first corner of the match but Rangers keeper Allan McGregor manages to punch it away under pressure.

1230: And we're off... There are a lot of empty seats at Tannadice.

1227: "I think there will be goals and this weather might make for a few mistakes. I'm going for 2-1 Rangers." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1223: "I'm going for a 4-2 victory for Rangers. Dundee Utd to take an early two-goal lead..." FoxForever is predicting another thriller at Tannadice over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1220: "Tannadice is always a very difficult place to come and the recent games have been very exciting with a lot of goals." Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist on BBC Radio Scotland.

He's right, you know. The last four meetings between the sides have yielded 20 goals.

1218: TEAM NEWS:

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

Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Broadfoot, Weir, Papac, Davis, Mendes, Ferguson, McCulloch, Miller, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Novo, Beasley, Dailly, Lafferty, Niguez, Fleck.

1215: More team news. United midfielder Willo Flood is back after a virus and Warren Feeney is recalled up front for the home side. Full line-ups soon.

1213: There's been a lot of rain overnight and the pitch looks rather heavy in patches.

1210: "Walter Smith knows he'll get a real battle from United. He's selected a physical team." BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young at Tannadice.

1208: "A very tough game in prospect for the Gers, without a doubt. A win at Tannadice would be a major statement of intent." Boogie Bear on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1205: Early team news from Tanandice. Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has failed a fitness test and it looks like Kirk Broadfoot will move into central defence. Lee McCulloch makes a rare start for the visitors.

1200: Welcome to another busy Saturday of Scottish Premier League action.

The early kick off sees Rangers travel to Tannadice and that promises to be a corker.

The teams shared six goals at Ibrox last month and we had the same 3-3 scoreline when Rangers last went to Tayside on league duty.

A win for the visitors would see them close to within one point of leaders Celtic before Gordon Strachan's men entertain Hearts.

The Jambos have won all five of their SPL matches since Celtic turned them over at Tynecastle on 2 November.

Aberdeen host Falkirk looking for a fourth consecutive home triumph and Inverness go to St Mirren, who stopped the rot of five losses with a win at Falkirk last weekend.

Hibernian, fresh from a fine victory over Celtic, are at home to bottom side Hamilton Accies and that game will be broadcast 'as live' on BBC ALBA from 1930 GMT.

As ever, you can listen to BBC Radio Scotland's coverage of all the games online, and the old-fashioned way on the radio.

So put the Christmas shopping off for another day, stay with us, and send in your comments via: My Sport and text on 80295.



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    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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