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SPL RESULTS:

Hamilton 2-0 Motherwell Match report

Hearts 0-0 Dundee Utd Match report

Inverness CT 0-3 Aberdeen Match report

Kilmarnock 0-1 St Mirren Match report

Rangers 1-0 Hibernian Match report

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By David Sharp & Thomas McGuigan

1701: That's all from me folks! Thanks for your lively banter. I'm off for some festive punch. All that's left for me to do is serenade you in my best Judy Garland voice with the Christmas classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Aaah, that haunting melody fair warms the cockles of your heart when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. It could bring a tear to a glass eye. Cheers and all the best!

1700: BBC Commentator Paul Mitchell sums up the day at Tynecastle: "Not always pretty - but absorbing." That kind of sums up the day all over the country. In fact, it might even sum up Scottish football period.

1658: Pedro Mendes was the pundit's pick for 'Man of the Match' at Ibrox today. The swaggering Portugese midfielder pulled the strings in the middle of the park today like a master puppeteer. Who was your top dog today? You can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the matches have finished.

1656: Rangers extend their winning run at Ibrox to 23 games and close the gap on Celtic at the top to a single point.

1654: "The pressure is going to grow on Craig Brewster."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

The heat on the Caley Thistle boss will be hotter than Jimmy Calderwood's Death Valley patio.

1652: Full-time at Rugby Park and Saints notch up three wins on the bounce with a 1-0 triumph over sorry Killie. That's the Buddies first win at Rugby Park since 1992.

1651: Full-time at the Caledonian Stadium and it's a drubbing for the home side. The majestic Dons cruised to a 3-0 victory courtesy of three classy strikes.

1649: "Ah Calderwood, the only living baked potato to enjoy a successful managerial career."MiFrancoBaresi on My Sport

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Ha ha! The perma-tanned Dons boss makes travel show presenter Judith Chalmers look like an albino ghost. Did you hear that he's heading off to his winter retreat in Death Valley, California for Christmas?

1648:BBC pundit Murdo MacLeod opines from Tynecastle: "You're meant to say it's got 0-0 written all over it and then we'll get goals. It's been a much better second-half though."

1646: Hibs have a spell of pressure. Allan McGregor touches the ball for the second time this afternoon.

1645: Billy Mehmet and Andy Dorman both squander excellent chances to seal the points for St Mirren.

1643: "David Fernandez is a lucky, lucky boy. He has already been booked and threw the ball away. That is usually an automatic booking"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Des McKeown

The Spaniard has taken some kind of Kevin the Teenager fit. He stamps his right foot, folds his arms, turns and runs up to his bedroom shouting 'I hate you referee Steve O'Reilly!"

1641: Pedro Mendes launches an outrageous shot from around 50-yards which cannons back off the Hibs crossbar. That would have been an even better goal than Boyd's. But it didn't go in, so it's not.

1638: "The Calderwood doubters (myself included) should now admit that we have a decent team out there. Good football, great goals." DonMalki on My Sport

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Yer darn tooting Malki! After a miserable start to the season the Two Jimmys have turned the good ship Aberdeen around after a near-collision with a giant iceberg and are now smooth sailing on calm seas.

1636: Garry Brady fires high and wide as St Mirren attempt to secure victory with a second goal. The Buddies are going for their third league win on the trot. It would be the first time they've ever notched up a straight trio of victories in the SPL.

1635: Inverness have a penalty claim denied as the ball strikes Mark Kerr in the chest/arm area.

1633: Donovan Simmonds' turn and shot goes harmlessley wide for Kilmarnock, who are playing like a bunch of geriatric Ayrshire cuddies. I think that's the third time that Simmonds has "turned and shot harmlessly wide" or high or whatever. It's a poor show from Jim Jefferies men.

1629: The so-called 'Match of the Day' at Tynecastle isn't quite turning out to be the classic most people predicted. Plenty of blood and thunder but still no goals. Hearts don't have a single striker on the pitch. The mercury-heeled Andrew Driver went close to breaking the stalemate a few minutes ago, but that's about it...

1627: Breaking news: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has handled the ball after 65 minutes and 27 seconds of play. This game is wildly one-sided. It's incredible that Rangers only lead by that solitary Boyd goal. Make sure you check out the highlights on the BBC Scotland sport website tomorrow evening. It was Roberto Baggio-esque in his strutting prime.

1623: That's Boyd's first goal against Hibs since April 2006. What a way to end his drought.

1622: Goal! Rangers 1-0 Hibernian A spectacular scissors kick from Kris Boyd. The Rangers striker leaps like an Olympic gymnast and sends a beautiful overhead shot high past Ma-Kalambay.

1621: Wonderful tackle from Hibs skipper Rob Jones to thwart a rampaging Steven Davis.

1620: "Hearts are looking very light-weight up front with no one to challenge United's big defensive pairing." Murdo MacLeod at Tynecastle

1617: "Aberdeen have just grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

1614: Goal! Inverness 0-3 Aberdeen Game over. Darren Mackie chips Ryan Esson to give Aberdeen a seemingly unassailable lead. Follow that with your sea lions!! Three lovely goals from the Dons. Classy stuff from the two Jimmy's boys.

1612: "Rangers need to score: usual stuff, loads of pressure and ball but no goal." ThePizzaTheHut on My Sport

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You don't say!! This game could get very nervy for the home side if they don't turn perpetual pressure into goals soon. Celtic, of course, play tomorrow and could stretch their lead at the top of the tree if they beat Falkirk and Rangers drop points at Ibrox. Hibs are hanging in there but have contributed next to hee-haw in terms of attacking football. In another 20 minutes it could be squeaky bum time for the Ibrox faithful...

1609: Goal! Inverness CT 0-2 Aberdeen. The Dons double their lead as Gary MacDonald takes advantage of Dougie Imrie's mistake to finish with aplomb.

1607: Barry Ferguson rifles a downward volley wide of Ma-Kalambay's right-hand post. Banjo. Hit with. Cow's bahookie: form a well known sentence. Rangers can't hit the target for love or money in this game.

1605: And we're off again!

1603: I've just been reminded to give a wee plug for the new Gaelic channel, BBC ALBA: they're screening the Killie v St Mirren game LIVE. You can tune in on Freeview or satellite or cable. So what are you waiting for, get tuning! In fact, it's not live at all: there will be highlights screened later on. Apologies for confusing you all.

1601: "'East Ayrshire Coast'? The only thing east or west of Kilmarnock is other regions of Scotland - no water in sight!" SonOfKearneyon My Sport

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Thanks for the correction. You're spot on Mr Son of Kearney...but Kilmarnock is in the east of Ayrshire is it not? Or is it East of Eden? I always get confused between the two...

1558: "1519: "If I was Craig Brewster, I would hook David Proctor now." He can't be playing that badly that violence is required ...can he?" moreno510on My Sport

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Ha ha! Nice one moreno.

1557: "Before the match I jokingly predicted four each - right now I'd take four SHOTS each!" Murdo MacLeod at Tynecastle

1554: "The steam was almost coming from Nade's ears as he went right through Paul Dixon."
BBC Scotland's Paul Mitchell

He piled through the unfortunate Dundee United player like a wild bull hurtling through the streets of Pamplona.

1552: Apart from that single incident, McGregor could have watched the game from a deckchair whilst leafing idly through volume 1 of Marcel Proust's 'Remembrance of Things Past.'

1551: It's been one of the most one-sided goalless draws I've ever seen at Ibrox, although Colin Nish should have given Hibs the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time but instead of homing in on goal he chose to attempt a ludicrous 40-yard lob over Allan McGregor which trundled harmlessly wide.

1550: Half-time at Ibrox and Tynecastle. No goals at either game.

1548: Half an hour of added time at Ibrox after Yves Ma-Kalmbay's boot change.

1547: Half-time at Rugby Park with St Mirren holding a one-goal lead over Killie. It's time for tea and oranges at the Caledonian Stadium too with the Dons ahead 1-0.

1546: Don Cowie's diving header for Inverness goes over the frame of the Aberdeen goal.

1545: Allan Preston emits a squeal like a lonely sea cow looking for a friend in the South Pacific after Hearts David Obua goes agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock at Tyencastle.

1542: "It's starting to look now like the fixture that's seen 10 red cards in the last five matches. A few players are leaving the boot in." BBC Radio Scotland's Murdo MacLeod

Not one for the faint-hearted, the lily-livered or those of a delicate disposition over at Tynecastle...

1539: GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-1 St Mirren Dennis Wyness tees up Andy Dorman who shows Roger Federer-esque composure on the edge of the box to fire past a helpless Alan Combe.

1538: Kris Boyd rises above the Hibs defence but cranes his neck back and directs a floating header onto the roof of the Hibs goal. Another decent opportunity squandered by the home side. Still goalless.

1537: Every single game in Scotland is stopped for another two minutes while Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay changes his goalie gloves. He's now sporting a giant pair of oven mitts. I'm kidding...

1535: Franco Miranda's in-swinging cross almost deceives Killie keeper Alan Combe, who does well to pirouette in mid-air and palm the ball out for a corner.

1534: Nade is hooked straight after that challenge. No wonder. Commentator Paul Mitchell says: "Nade has a face like fizz as he shrugs away Csaba Laszlo."

1533: Christian Nade goes right through Dundee United's Paul Dixon like a hot knife through melted butter - commentator Paul Mitchell and pundit Murdo MacLeod agree the striker is lucky to get away with a yellow card.

1532: "Never mind a suicide pass, that was a manslaughter pass. If it had been intercepted he would have got a doin' from Gus MacPherson at half-time."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Des McKeown on a stray ball by St Mirren against Killie

Peculiar turn of phrase there...

1531: Bizarre scenes at Ibrox as the game is halted for nearly two minutes while Yves Ma-Kalambay changes his boots. Has he got the wrong studs in? The big man must take about a size 20. His feet are like flippers. If there was a circus in town he could borrow a set of shoes from one of the clowns.

1530: "St Mirren have scored just five times at home this season but nine away."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod as the Buddies and Killie fail to threaten a goal in Paisley

Nice stat Liam.

1528: Kilmarnock's Donovan Simmonds spins on the proverbial sixpence and lashes a volley over the St Mirren crossbar.

1526: "I think it's a really intense game, although the football's not great."
BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

Apparently it's so cold at Tynecastle today that Murdo is sporting THREE coats! A suit, a duffel-coat baby-grow and a giant puffa...

1523: Inverness winger Dougie Imrie's volleys wildly over the bar as the Highlanders struggle to threaten Aberdeen's slender advantage.

1522: Pedro Mendes curls a lovely shot beyond Ma-Kalambay from the edge of the box but it clips the outside of the post. Close but no cigar. It's all Rangers at the moment. In fact, it's been all Rangers since the first whistle. Hibs are strangely lethargic.

1521: "Mulgrew's third free kick of the season, that's every bit as impressive as Nakamura." fraz_afcon My Sport

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The Dons dead-ball specialist will soon be joining Motherwell's Bob 'Herc-from-The-Wire' Malcolm in the pantheon of free-kick wizards.

1519: "If I was Craig Brewster, I would hook David Proctor now."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

1518: "A few defenders have tried to intimidate Jim Hamilton down the years during his time with all 92 SPL clubs, but he just shrugs it off and gets on with it"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Des McKeown after a few meaty challenges from Killie players on the veteran and much-travelled St Mirren striker

Ha ha! Brilliant!

1516: "Dundee United have had the better start for me, and have had Hearts under pressure."
BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1514: It's a fairly tame affair at Rugby Park so far with neither Kilmarnock or St Mirren able to carve out any meaningful opportunities. Oh well, humdrum stuff then on the East Ayrshire coast.

1511: "Csaba Laszlo has been quite quiet on the touchline - no doubt we'll see his jigging and dancing as the afternoon goes on."
BBC Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell

Did anyone see the Hearts gaffer's wonderfully eccentric celebration for the Jambos winning goal against Rangers a few weeks ago? It was like a slow-motion Elvis-Vegas-era uppercut.

1509: "Aberdeen look as though they mean business today and Inverness are on the back foot."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine

1508:GOAL! Inverness 0-1 Aberdeen The visitors take the lead as Charlie Mulgrew fires a sizzling free-kick into the net past Ryan Esson.

1506: Rangers spring Hibs' offside trap and Kris Boyd races clear on goal. He's mano-a-mano with the towering Yves Ma-Kalambay but the Hibees keeper uses his huge frame to great effect and pulls off a great save. Boyd really should have tucked that one away.

1505: A minute's silence preceded the match at Tynecastle for two former Hearts players John Urquhart and John Cumming who both died recently...and observed impeccably by both sets of fans.

1504: There's been an old-fashioned stramash in the Aberdeen box in the first 90 seconds of the north-east derby. 100 miles-an-hour stuff up there.

1503: And we're off!

1502: Am I right in saying Hibs were the last team to beat Rangers at Ibrox in the league? My slightly festive-addled brain vaguely recalls Walter Smith saying something along those lines this week. Correct me if I'm wrong: Join the debate

1501: A minute's silence is being observed at the Caledonian Stadium in memory of Jock Macdonald, the founding chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle who passed away this week.

1500: Rangers and Hibs are in the tunnel at Ibrox. Looks like there's a slight delay in the kick-off over in Govan.

1556: Mark McGhee has yet to emerge from the Motherwell dressing room for his post-match radio interview. He must be administering the old hairdryer treatment following a woeful performance from his side. After finishing third last season and bagging the Lanarkshire club a Uefa Cup place the wheels have come off McGhee's bandwagon in spectacular fashion. What is going on at Fir Park?

1455: And finally, team news from Rugby Park:

Kilmarnock: Combe, Murray, Hay, Wright, Pascali, Fowler, Skelton, Hamill, Simmonds, Fernandez, Russell. Subs: Rascle, Bryson, Corrigan, Clancy, Flannigan, Sammon, Nolan.

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

1453: Team news from Ibrox: Rangers make just one change from the side who drew with Dundee United last week for the visit of Hibernian. Kyle Lafferty is rewarded for his equaliser at Tannadice last weekend with a starting berth at the expense of Lee McCulloch, who is dropped to the bench.

Steven Fletcher made the starting line-up for Hibs despite hobbling out of last week's win over Hamilton with a shin injury.

He was passed fit for the trip to Glasgow, allowing boss Mixu Paatelainen to name an unchanged side.

1447: "1430: 'Selling Madjid Bougherra is not on our agenda at this moment in time.' Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist - famous last words it appears, like Cuellar and Boumsong before him." pedro mendes govan cruisader on My Sport

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I heard Mr McCoist say that on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound a minute ago too. You're right, it does sounds eerily familar...but Bougherra hasn't made anywhere near the same impact as Cuellar did.

1445: And here is how they'll line up down Gorgie way:

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

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

1442: I reckon the match of the day is Hearts v Dundee United. They're locked together in third place like conjoined twins on 30 points apiece. Should be an absolute corker of a game at Tynecastle. The Jambos are in the midst of their finest run of form since the halcyon days of season 2005/06. And Harry Potter's Terrors are doing not bad too. How do you all think it's going to pan out? Let rip here with gay abandon: Join the debate

1440: As for 'Well, well, Mark McGhee's side are on a slippery slope to oblivion with just one measly point garnered from their last seven matches...

1438: Great win for Hamilton eh? They join three other clubs on 17 points and are now jostling for position with Motherwell, Falkirk and Inverness CT. They're still bottom on goal difference but Billy Reid's callow rookies have made a fine recovery after a dire spell when it seemed like they might become detached from the rest of the SPL like a lost satellite.

1435: Ok, no messing about, here's some team news from Inverness:

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

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

1433: Thanks Thomas - you're too kind. Rapier, hmmm, no pressure there then...

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1431: Thanks for your company today. I'm going to pass the baton to my colleague David Sharp who will use his rapier-style wit to steer you through the rest of today's SPL extravaganza.

Cheers!

1430: "Selling Madjid Bougherra is not on our agenda at this moment in time."Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist

1427: "Motherwell have now gone 10 hours and fifteen minutes without scoring a goal in open play." BBC Scotland's John Barnes

James McCarthy (8.43) was your top man at New Douglas Park - closely followed by Richard Offiong (7.50).

You can still cast your vote here

1426: Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has one last look at the pitch before disappearing up the tunnel. He has seen his side pegged back by Hamilton and both sides are now level on 17 points, with Well ahead on goal difference.

1425: FULL-TIME

Hamilton 2-0 Motherwell

"Motherwell are devoid of ideas and you can see that confidence is not at the club. They need to do something and quickly."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1423: "The Hamilton back three have been brilliant all afternoon."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1420: "This is a worrying time to be a Motherwell fan. I think we should be looking for a new defence and manager in the transfer window. " Random_Hero on My Sport

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We've played two of the five minutes added on at New Douglas Park.

1418: Mark Reynolds and Paul Quinn play a clever one-two on the edge of the box, but Quinn's effort is dealt with easily by Murdoch. Motherwell just don't look like scoring.

1416: Motherwell fans look stunned by their team's display today. Much gnashing of teeth is going on among the supporters who are beginning to drift towards the exits.

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1412: John Sutton looks to have pulled one back for Motherwell, but his effort is cleared off the line by James McCarthy. He's proved a real thorn in Well's side today. Mark McGhee scratches his head on the touchline.

Six minutes to go at New Douglas Park.

1409: "It's shocking stuff we have been playing this season. Time for McGhee to go." kevmfcis a disgruntled Motherwell fan on My Sport

1405: "Why do Motherwell play with a high backline? That's twice now that Hamilton have scored from a ball over the top." redandblackT1899 on My Sport

Their rearguard doesn't look secure and Well seem to be lacking a cutting edge up front - a hazardous combination.

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1403: You reckon Richard Offiong (8.00) is the pick of the bunch at New Douglas Park. Cast your vote using the player rater here

1402: Chris Porter sees his weak header from Darren Smith's cross comfortably saved by Sean Murdoch. The points seem secure for Hamilton barring an amazing comeback.

1359: John Sutton tumbles under David Elebert's challenge, but referee Ian Brines says no penalty.

"The referee is 50 yards up the pitch. He can't call it from where he is and the linesman certainly didn't help him out."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1357: "The battle to avoid the drop is very much on for Hamilton Accies."BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1356: GOAL

Hamilton 2-0 Motherwell

James McCarthy fires his second of the game after pouncing on Mark Reynolds' sclaff to steer the ball beyond Smith.

1352: "Hamilton just look like they're containing Motherwell at this point in time."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1349: Motherwell have just over half an hour to salvage something from this game. A win for Accies will see them move level on points with Well.

1346: Hamilton's Mark McLaughlin is stretchered off and is replaced by Martin Canning. And Motherwell make a change with Jamie Murphy coming off for Jim O'Brien. The Motherwell fans don't seem too happy about that substitution, judging by the chorus of boos.

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1340: "Any passing planes in Lanarkshire this afternoon will have seen a few balls in the air."BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1339: Motherwell must have been stung by some harsh words from Mark McGhee as they look fired up as they search for an equaliser.

1338: "Mark McGhee must be regretting not getting on that plane to Lithuania now." SDuffy_HMFC on My Sport

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1335: Referee Ian Brines loses his footing and takes a tumble on the turf. Don't expect to see him on Strictly Come Dancing anytime soon.

1334: The second half gets under way.

1324: "Good goal. Just what this game needed." redandblackT1899 on My Sport

You're spot on mate. Hopefully we're in for a much better second half.

Some early team news for Hibs fans ahead of the game with Rangers at Ibrox. BBC Scotland's Chick Young says Derek Riordan is a fitness doubt. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we get the teams confirmed.

1322: "To be fair Billy Dodds, you could have missed the first 45 minutes of the match and your life would have been none the poorer for it." BBC Scotland's Richard Gordon

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1318: HALF-TIME

Hamilton 1-0 Motherwell

The hosts will be more than happy to take a half-time lead. Well had a great chance to take the lead through Porter, but Cerny's superb save could prove crucial.

1317: Maros Klimpl and Alex Neil both receive yellow cards after clashing on the half-way line. Motherwell still appear to be smarting from that McCarthy goal.

Was it offside? It was mighty close.

1315 GOAL

Hamilton 1-0 Motherwell

James McCarthy looks borderline offside as he races clear of the Motherwell defence after collecting Mensing's headed pass to rifle home a low shot past Graeme Smith.

Motherwell assistant boss Scott Leitch complains the fourth official about the goal. He feels it was offside.

1311: The game needs something out of the ordinary. A few Ronaldinho-style stepovers; a penalty, a lion running onto the pitch to paw the ball, anything! Come on lads, give us a goal!

1308: A fairly grim-faced Motherwell manager Mark McGhee surveys proceedings from the relative comfort of the dugout. The game's still goalless with seven minutes to go until half-time.

1306: Cerny's earlier clash with Sutton appears to have taken its toll. He's substituted after some treatment, he looks concussed, and Sean Murdoch takes his place between the sticks for Hamilton.

1304: Chris Porter fires in a thunderous shot inside the box which is brilliantly tipped over the bar by Cerny. What a save!

1303: Motherwell's Paul Quinn stings Tomas Cerny's palms with a 25-yard strike.

1300: "The onus is on the home team to do most of the attacking and that just hasn't happened too much in this half." redandblackT1899 sums up a fairly dull opening half hour.

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1258: "There's a few tasty challenges going in - it's making it interesting to watch."BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

1256: Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith's Ninja-like reactions thwart Richard Offiong just as the Hamilton striker breaks free in the penalty area and is about to pull the trigger.

1254: Jamie Murphy ghosts into the box, but heads a cracking Stevie Hammell cross wide of Cerny's left-hand post. Not a goal, but we're getting closer...

1253: "It's lively, it's hectic but it's not too cultured."BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1250: Hamilton striker Richard Offiong and his opponent Stevie Hammell look the liveliest players on the pitch after 20 minutes of low-key fare at New Douglas Park.

The game is crying out for a wee bit of magic.

1249: "One thing you don't want to do in a derby is dwell on the ball" BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

Someone is going to have to dwell on it long enough to get a shot on target!

1246: "Billy Dodds does not have a clue what he is on about. If Motherwell weren't interested in playing why would they have turned up today?" kevmfc bristles on My Sport over the BBC pundit's take on Motherwell's tactics.

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1244: Richard Offiong runs at full pelt into the Motherwell box, but Paul Quinn is on hand to clear the danger. Not much room for the players to get their foot on the ball.

Just under 15 minutes gone and neither goalkeeper has been forced into a save.

1241: Motherwell full-back Stevie Hammell bursts forward but his shot from the edge of the area lacks composure and fizzes harmlessly wide.

1240: "Motherwell are not interested in playing today. They're launching the ball up to Porter and Sutton."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1238: Not much in the way of silky football so far at New Douglas Park. Cerny's recovered from his It's A Knockout-style clash with Sutton and launches a free-kick deep into Motherwell territory.

1236: Play rages to the other end and Motherwell striker John Sutton clatters into Accies keeper Tomas Cerny. Ouch!

1235: First chance of the game. Hamilton midfielder James McCarthy plays in Richard Offiong, but Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith is alert and rushes off his line to clear the danger.

1234: "I don't think the ball's been on the pitch too often in the first four minutes." BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1232: A reminder that you can cast a critical eye over today's game and vote for your man of the match using our player rater here

1231: "2-0 Well and Porter to score first. Come on 'Well!" kevmfc on My Sport

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1230: We're under way at New Douglas Park.

1226: A few of the Hamilton fans are sporting santa hats at New Douglas Park. They'll be hoping Motherwell's defence comes bearing gifts today.

1225: "If Motherwell play to their capabilities, they could win this. So it's Motherwell to win 2-1, with Chris Porter getting the first goal."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1220: "Who in their right mind would want to go Christmas shopping when the Lanarkshire derby is on?" BBC Sport's Alison Walker states her case for the beautiful game at New Douglas Park.

1218: "Looking forward to a hum-dinger of a Lanarkshire derby today. It will resemble a rugby match at times but I fancy the Steelmen to sneak it by 1." IBrokeTheBigScreenon My Sport

1216: "It's the first Lanarkshire derby at New Douglas Park, the pitch is great, the sun is out, it's live on TV and it should be a cracker.

"Last season, we played 4-3-3 and played total football. But we have had to adjust in the SPL and be big and strong in the middle of the park"Hamilton Accies manager Billy Reid

1205: TEAMS

Hamilton: Cerny, Elebert, Swailes, McLaughlin, Easton, McClenahan, McArthur, Neil, Mensing, Offiong, McCarthy. Subs: Murdoch, Canning, Gibson, Stevenson, Akins, Lyle, Thomas.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Saunders, Klimpl, Quinn, Reynolds, Hammell, Murphy, Lasley, McGarry, Porter, Sutton. Subs: Nielsen, O'Brien, Darren Smith, Malcolm, Fitzpatrick, McHugh, Hutchinson.

Motherwell make two changes. Paul Quinn and Jamie Murphy both start, with Stephen Hughes missing from midfield through injury and Bob Malcolm dropping to the bench.

Hamilton captain Alex Neil returns for the Accies, with Derek Lyle having to be content with a place among the subs.

1201: "A tough-looking game for the Gers. If Motherwell lose today alarm bells will really start ringing." Blue Heaven on My Sport

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1156: A couple of statistics for you to chew over with your coffee. Today sees the third Lanarkshire derby of the season.

Bottom club Accies won a Co-operative Insurance cup tie at Fir Park in September before losing on their league visit to Well a few weeks later. This is Motherwell's first visit to New Douglas Park.

Accies are chasing their first league win since beating Kilmarnock at the end of November, while Mark McGhee's men - who have found the net only once in six games - have failed to win any of their last five SPL matches.

1151: "Morning Thomas. Making use of my new BlackBerry in Scotland today. Heading to the Rangers game later on and hoping to close the gap on Celtic with a 3-0 win.

"As for the early kick-off, has to be a Motherwell win to send Hamilton deeper down into the shadows of doom!" FoxForever - Decode - (a.k.a sunillcfcp) at the cutting edge of technology preparing for today's game at Ibrox.

Morning Fox, I'm hoping for a goal glut at New Douglas Park to get us off and running.

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1146: "What a cracker Hearts v Dundee United is shaping up to be. A chance for both teams to stake a claim for third place. A brilliant gesture by the Hearts board to give free tickets with Hearts jerseys. Here's hoping the full-house at Tynie can help the boys get the 3 points!" supereggybongo on My Sport

I'm really looking forward to the game at Tynecastle. Although I've been agonising all morning on what to put down for this game on the BBC Predictor. And I really need some points after some shockers in recent weeks!

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1140: Good morning to one and all. We've got a cracking day of SPL action to get our teeth into.

Postpone your Christmas shopping for another day and instead enjoy Hamilton's clash with Motherwell in the lunch-time kick-off. Well secured a 2-0 win over Hamilton in November, and Billy Reid's men will be out to avenge that defeat.

Later on, Rangers can move to within a point of league leaders Celtic if they beat Hibs at Ibrox today, and Hearts take on Dundee United at Tynecastle as they vie over third spot in the table.

Inverness host Aberdeen as Craig Brewster's side search for their first league win in six attempts.

Add in Kilmarnock against St Mirren and we've got some cracking games to enjoy.

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

So get the kettle on, stay with us, and send in your comments 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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