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SPL MATCHES:

Aberdeen 4-2 Celtic

Dundee United 0-4 Motherwell

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By David McDaid

1705: Well, what a day! Don Diamond does the double to dump dejected Celtic in a terrific encounter at Pittodrie.
They move up to third, while Celtic's lead is slashed to just two points.

And a worry for Celtic will be the extent of the injury to goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who hurt his groin in the warm-up.

Goal-crazy Motherwell record their first win at Tannadice in four years to spoil Craig Levein's 100th game in charge of United.

Ten goals in just the two matches. Brilliant!

Thanks for staying the distance with me, and sending in all your comments.

I'm away for now, but remember to log on again to the BBC Sportscotland website from midnight to see the highlights of those incredible matches.

Yesterday's fare will be available from 1800 GMT.

Tarra!

1700: BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Tannadice confers the lofty honour of Sportsound Man of the Match on Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan.

You can vote for your main man on the Player Rater here...

1657: Celtic manager Gordon Strachan agrees about the excitement of the match, but bemoans his side's bad marking at free-kicks.
He says Mark Brown didn't have a save to make from open play, and maintains referee Dougie McDonald HAD blown to chop off Aberdeen's third.

1655: "I though we did really well in the first half and we deserved our lead. In the second half I thought they were going to take over when they levelled, and we got our break with the third goal. But I think we deserved to win today, and we'll take massive confidence from that." Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood after his side's 4-2 win at home to Celtic.

1654: Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood says the match at Pittododrie was a "Fantastic advertisement for Scottish football." and who could disagree?

1653: FULL-TIME: Dundee United 0-4 Motherwell

Comprehensive from the Steelmen - three wins and a draw for them recently, and they go up to seventh.

1650: I think you've all gone off for some din-dins on My Sport too... It's half-time in England where Portsmouth are 'welcoming' back old boss Harry Redknapp and Jermaine Defoe with Spurs.

No score there. Earlier West Ham beat Fulham 3-1.

1646: Mark McGhee may have one eye on the Inverurie Locos match, but I've got both eyes on my dinner.

I've been in this chair so long I'm almost looking back with thankful fondness at that that cold tea bath that made me get up for some paper towels.

1644: Final substitution for Motherwell - Darren Smith for Chris Porter.

1643: "Five clean sheets in 24 games for Motherwell this season."BBC Radio Scotland's John Barnes gives us those NEED-TO-KNOW stats!

1641: "If Motherwell play like this on Wednesday how many are they going to put past Inverurie?" asks kevmfc.

I hear the Locos boss is working on his 10-0-0 formation as we speak...

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1638: "C'mon the Well, cracking performance from the boys!! Wish we hadn't got off to such a slow start though this season or we could have been away to Europe again. There's no denying we are one of the better teams in the SPL and it just goes to show what consistency means," says madscot125 on My Sport.

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Mark McGhee said pre-match a win today would put Motherwell back in the mix for a Europa League spot.

1635: Warren Feeney heads just wide for the home side, as Motherwell make a double change.

Clarkson and O'Brien leave the field for Jamie Murphy and Steven McGarry as Mark McGhee begins to think about their midweek Scottish Cup trip to Inverurie Locos.

Dundee United put on David Robertson for Willo Flood.

1632: Perhaps quite predictably this game has lost a lot of its edge.

"Sandaza has made absolutely no impact since he came on for United." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1629: The last time Motherwell hit four at Tannadice was 33 years ago yesterday! On that day they won 4-1.

1626: "Motherwell's finishing has been so good. I don't think Zaluska has had a chance with any of them." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1624: GOAL! Dundee United 0-4 Motherwell

Chris Porter coolly slots past Zaluska from 12 yards with the home defence nowhere to be seen.

1623: And the big Spaniard duly enters the fray in place of Jon Daly.

1620: Time for a change for the Terrors. Scott Robertson makes way for Danny Swanson. Francisco Sandaza is also warming up menacingly behind the goal.

1618: "That Aberdeen match is the best I've seen for a while - but can Motherwell beat the goal tally?"asks 2o-DeMoN-o9 on My Sport.

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1616: "Why is Smith trying to waste time? You're 3-0 up! It sends out the wrong message."BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Tannadice.

1615: Referee Eddie Smith has a word with Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith, who he accuses of time-wasting at a goal kick.

1614: Another let-off for United. Goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska makes a hash of a clearance, passing the ball straight to Clarkson outside the box.
But the United defence regroup.

1609: Motherwell nearly pick up where they left off. David Clarkson squares for Chris Porter, but the big Englishman just can't get his toe to the ball from a few yards out.

1607: Right, now to Tannadice... where they've just kicked off again.

1604: "I said all last season and this season, if teams would just attack and take the game to Celtic then they are very beatable, they cannot cope with teams going at them." says memnoch666.

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1601: The Sportsound team have plumped for Aberdeen's two-goal hero Zander Diamond as their Man of the Match... with special mention to Charlie Mulgrew for his excellent deliveries for those goals.

Do you agree?

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1558: Of Course, another effect of Celtic's defeat is that they lead Rangers by only two points now.

1555: Scott Davie is quite extraordinary! The garrulous BBC Scotland commentator has just finished a mind-bending FIVE-MINUTE post-match summary of the game up at Pittodrie.

That MUST be a record!

1553: AND... if Dundee United lose - and they're 3-0 down at half-time - Aberdeen will be third in the SPL at the end of the day.

1552: And it's the first time Aberdeen have scored more than three goals against either Celtic or Rangers since the 1985/86 season.

1551: FULL-TIME: Aberdeen 4-2 Celtic

Amazing match at Pittodrie! The Dons' first home win over Celtic since 2001!

1547: HALF-TIME: Dundee United 0-3 Motherwell

1547: Three extra minutes though. Not enough time for a comeback surely!

1546: A minute to go at Pittodrie. I'm going to take a chance and say Aberdeen are going to win!

1545: "We're getting pies and chocolate. It's good to see Dundee United are still handing out the goodies despite being 3-0 down." BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes.

By the time JB gets to eat the pie it'll be pretty cold I imagine.

1542: Time for quick breather. My fingers are almost smoking like that firecracker in Dundee.

Thanks to eagle-eyed choptastic - there has been no United-Motherwell swap deal! Just a blip in the heat of battle.

1540: "It's Mark McGhee's team that are on fire, let's just hope none of the seats are too."BBC Radio Scotland's Craig Paterson at Tannadice, where the smoke seems to have cleared.

1539: "Every free-kick, every corner has caused Celtic problems."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod at Pittodrie.

1536: GOAL! Dundee United 0-3 Motherwell

David Clarkson with a stunning left-foot shot in to the corner of the net! And there's a firecracker causing some problems pitchside there...

1536: GOAL! Aberdeen 4-2 Celtic

Incredible! Zander Diamond nets his second. Again from a header, again the Celtic defence fail to deal with a set-piece.

1533: "The Celtic bench are absolutely livid as they claim referee Dougie McDonald had actually blown his whistle to disallow the goal." BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin.

1532: GOAL! Aberdeen 3-2 Celtic

Zander Diamond looks unsure for a couple of seconds as there's confusion over whether the header was disallowed for a push.

But the goal is given. Great delivery from Charlie Mulgrew.

1530: GOAL! Aberdeen 2-2 Celtic

Scott McDonald heads Celtic level from Barry Robson's cross.
There was a suspicion of offside though from the Australian....

It's all happening now!

1529: GOAL! Dundee United 0-2 Motherwell

Maros Klimpl scores a peach for 'Well - his first for the club.

1529: United almost went two behind there. Scott Robertson clears David Clarkson's looping header off his goal-line.

1527: While all that's been going on in Dundee, in Aberdeen Mark Kerr has been cautioned for a lunge on Hinkel.

There's a bit of debate in here over whether he deserved more than that. Was it or wasn't it two-footed?

1526: "Absolute textbook finish from Fitzpatrick."BBC Radio Scotland's Craig Paterson at Tannadice.

Fitzpatrick heads the Steelmen in to the lead against the run of play.

1525: GOAL! Dundee United 0-1 Motherwell

Marc Fitzpatrick scores his first goal since Boxing Day 2006.

1523: Celtic are now forcing Aberdeen back. Barry Robson unleashes a wayward shot.

Vennegoor of Hesselink does indeed come on to replace the ineffective Samaras.

1521: Gangly Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink trots towards the dugout. Could we see him on the pitch soon?

1519: Almost a freak goal for Celtic. Andreas Hinkel's cross arcs over Langfield's head, smacks off the post and in to the path of Paul Hartley who can't keep his shot down.

1518: Attack is the best form of defence for the Dons. They're still pouring forward, not content to sit on their lead.

1517: "Quite a good open, flowing game here at Tannadice."BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes.

You can listen to that match online now...

1516: At Tannadice Warren Feeney volleys from 12 yards straight into the arms of Graeme Smith in the Motherwell goal.

1515: Zander Diamond has recovered from his ankle knock, and is on hand to sclaff Aiden McGeady's cross past his own post.
The Sportsound team reckon McGeady's having a good game.

1513: "The linesman bottled that. what a shock." requiem7 on My Sport.

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1511: A quick update from daaan saaaaf.... West Ham 3-1 Fulham in the 1330 GMT kick-off.

1510: Oh... Sone Aluko flagged wrongly offside there. The Englishman had latched on to a chip over McManus' head and was bearing down on goal too!

1508: Jimmy Calderwood's fine teak complexion pales somewhat as he waits to hear the damage to Zander Diamond, who hobbles to the touchline with what looks like an ankle problem.

1506: "A good start from Celtic in the second half especially down the flanks."BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

"At the moment Aberdeen are on the back foot."BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine agrees. I hope he nipped to the loo. It's not good to hold it in, you know.

1503: And we've kicked off at Tannadice too! And a yellow card already for Stevie Hammell of Motherwell for a foul on Warren Feeney. Forty-five whole seconds on the clock.

1502: We're back playing at Pittodrie. More of the same please lads!
No changes for either side.

1459: "It's been a great game - one of the best first-halves of the season so far. I'm up in the press box and I've been really needing to relieve myself, but I can't. It's just so exciting." BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine.

Righto.

1456: "Celtic have struggled with set-plays this afternoon."BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1455: "Motherwell are a good side but just were not firing on all cylinders. We were forced into changes last week, but we are not a kick off my best side today. I don't know what the significance of a result would be either way in the race for a European place."Dundee United manager Craig Levein.

The United boss gets ready for his 100th game in charge at Tannadice. Real, actual fact.

1451: Mmmm! Keir Murray has just given me one of his chocolate gingers. Very nice.

I also have a fresh cup of tea... which is staying WELL out the way of excitable colleagues...

1450: "I think if we beat Dundee United today we'd be back in the mix for third spot, but if they win they might run away with it." Motherwell manager Mark McGhee tells Sportsound ahead of his match at Tannadice.

1449: "Not happy with Celtic's performance so far,"says shrek69.

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1447: "Smelly wet trousers, hmm. Are you sure it's tea and not just the excitement?" asks duffedup on My Sport.

I don't know what you mean, duffedup.... Cracking game though.

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1446: HALF-TIME: Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

1444: Gary Caldwell stops Celtic going further behind as he blooters Lee Miller's effort off the line. Not sure if it actually would have gone in but Mark Brown was nowhere at hand.

1443: Shunsuke Nakamura has the chance to test Langfield with one of his specialty free-kicks. But the Japanese midfielder opts to chip for a header rather than go for goal himself. Unusual for him.

1441: Celtic look desperate to level before half-time. But Scott McDonald can only muster a bobbling effort that goes meekly past the post.

1438: "Mr McDaid, just be grateful your jeans smell of tea and not of something that's similar,"says memnoch666 on My Sport.

What, like coffee? Ah gotcha! yes, small mercies n' all that.

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1437: "It's a joy to watch football of this calibre." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie.

Agreed!

1435: TEAMS:

Remember there's another game on from 1500 GMT...

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dillon, Wilkie, Kenneth, Dixon, Gomis, Scott Robertson, Flood, Conway, Feeney, Daly.
Subs: McGovern, Sandaza, David Robertson, Swanson, Kovacevic, Buaben, Johnathen Russell.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Reynolds, Craigan, Hammell, O'Brien, Hughes, Klimpl, Fitzpatrick, Porter, Clarkson.
Subs: Krysiak, Malcolm, Sutton, Darren Smith, Murphy, McGarry, Hutchinson.

Referee: Eddie Smith

1433: What a game this is - even if my jeans are soaked and smelling of tea.

1432: Duff scores his first goal for the Dons - and his first in two-and-a-half years.

1430: GOAL! Aberdeen 2-1 Celtic

Stuart Duff is unmarked at the back post to sweep in Mark Kerr's cross.
Stephen McManus was off the pitch at the time with a head knock.

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That's my keyboard wiped dry now...

1426: And I'm soaked in cold tea after a colleague knocks the cup over as Celtic score.
I'm not saying if it was in anger or delight, but I've been more comfortable at work.

Give us a sec to get some paper towels....

1424: GOAL! Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic

Scott Brown replies instantly for Celtic from six yards after excellent trickery from Aiden McGeady.

1423: GOAL! Aberdeen 1-0 Celtic

Gary McDonald loops a beautiful cross-goal header in to the net from Stuart Duff's pinpoint cross.

1421: The McDonalds being the ref Dougie, Aberdeen's Gary, and Celtic's Scott.

1420: By the way... McDonald just gave a foul for a tackle by McDonald, just after McDonald was denied a free-kick on the edge of the box.

1418: Aberdeen are playing well right now. They've had a few corners in succession and Mackie and Aluko look lively.

1416: Well there was a nervy moment in the Celtic defence there. Sone Aluko looks good down the left for Aberdeen. He jinked by Gary Caldwell and fired the ball in again.

Stephen McManus and Mark Brown got in each other's way, and Paul Hartley stepped in to hoof the ball to safety as Brown did circles looking for it.

1413: "All Celtic fans will now not be harping on about decisions I take it? That was a stone-waller." says Edinbur-GER - Scotland till I die... on My Sport.

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1411: A confidence-booster for Mark Brown as he claims a good, whipped-in cross by Sone Aluko.

1410: In the other box Jamie Langfield saves from Samaras' toe-poke.

End to end stuff!

1408: A BIG claim for a penalty for Aberdeen! Darren Mackie squares for Gary McDonald, and Scott Brown looks to have pushed the former Oldham man just as he was about to take his shot.

1406: Some sustained pressure from Celtic and Richie Foster clears off the line from Scott McDonald's hook-shot in the six-yard area.

1404: Andy Murray would've enjoyed that exchange of head tennis in midfield as the teams struggle to get the ball on the deck.
Georgios Samaras has been penalised twice already as he's gone up for headers.

1402: It's frantic stuff in the opening minutes.

"What a fantastic start to this football match." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1401: "Remember, there's no roly-poly Holy Goalie today..."BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie.

That's easy for you to say!

1400: Bang on cue, we're under way.

1357: "The ref at Ibrox yesterday was pretty awful. He only sent Papac off to balance the numbers. It was a soft penalty as well. Who's the ref in the Aberdeen Celtic game?"asks phantom_piddler.

That would be Mr Dougie McDonald today.

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1355: On the other hand... Not exactly a vote of confidencefrom Gavin who texted 80295 to say: "Mark Brown is a legend in his own mind, nothing more. No command of his area, weak at crosses, appalling at penalties, ICT are better off without him."

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1353: cuth4king says on My Sport: "I served Boruc in Tesco yesterday in Aberdeen. He was bigger than I thought he was! Shame he is injured but it is probably for the best. All the Celtic fans please get behind Mark Brown as he is loyal to us."

When you say bigger, you mean taller, right? What was he buying?

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1351: TEAMS:

Aberdeen: Langfield, Foster, Severin, Diamond, Mulgrew, Duff, McDonald, Kerr, Aluko, Miller, Mackie.
Subs: Bossu, Wright, Vidal, De Visscher, Mair, Maguire, Considine.

Celtic: Mark Brown, Hinkel, McManus, Caldwell, Robson, Nakamura, Scott Brown, Hartley, McGeady, Samaras, McDonald.
Subs: Vennegoor of Hesselink, Misun, Loovens, Mizuno, Crosas, O'Dea, Caddis.

No substitute 'keeper on the Celtic bench now.

1348: "I wondered when that voodoo doll Mark Brown had made would come to fruition - normally it only works to make Boruc's arms go flappity flap-flap!!!"says choptastic on My Sport.

If you've just joined us, Artur Boruc was due to play today, but injured his groin in the warm-up, so Mark Brown plays for Celtic between the sticks.

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1344: BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod doesn't seems to have anything good to say about the referee's performance yesterday at Ibrox.

The Kris Boyd penalty, Paddy Cregg's red card, and Sasa Papac's sending-off too.

Remember to come back from 1800 GMT when you can see all these talking points in the highlights on the BBC Sportscotland website.

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1341: "I'll go with 3-1 Celtic and Dundee Utd to win 2-0."says kennymo08 on My Sport.

Most people are plumping for Celtic and United wins.

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1338: "Oh dear - the warm up probably took it out of Boruc. He'll be quite happy - probably go and get a pie and a pint."the phantom_piddler has no sympathy for Artur Boruc, who to be fair, does seem slightly... errr... generously filled out of late.

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1334: "Mark Brown is more-than-capable of coming in but it's a big blow as Boruc is able to pull off some real match-winning saves."BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine at Pittodrie on the news that Artur Boruc has been injured in the warm-up.

So... those coming in for Celtic today are Barry Robson, Gary Caldwell, Andreas Hinkel, Georgios Samaras, and now Mark Brown.

1334: That would be six changes for Celtic then.

1330: "It's very strange, our goalie got injured in the warm-up, so Mark Brown has to go in goals."Celtic manager Gordon Strachan.

Interesting last-minute switch for Celtic. We were just debating whether Artur Boruc deserved to start after some of his mistakes this season, but he's gone and injured his groin, so he's out now anyway.

1327: "Motherwell will have to be at there best if they are to beat Dundee Utd today,"says kevmfc who they won't play at their best to end up Dundee United 2-1 Motherwell. He also reckons it'll be Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic.

Get your predictions in.

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1324: "Jimmy has done well to stabilize the club but has taken us as far as he can. By far, the majority of die-hard regular fans would not be sorry to see him replaced. We need to improve the quality of our play and win something! After all, that's what football is all about for clubs like AFC." Rory in Aberdeen by text.

Do many Dons fans share this opinion?

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1321: Woops! I've gone nuts... Aberdeen beat Killie mid-week. Thanks tokennymo08 on My Sport.
My brain is mush - I even watched the match!

1320: "I can't believe Boruc is in again today. Sure he has been brilliant for us in the past but he needs to improve his fitness and drop the arrogance. A spell in the reserves might help."opines Jim in Aberdeen by text on 80295.

1317: The debate on Sportsound has turned to Artur Boruc and whether it's time for him to be dropped.
The Celtic goalie has been out of sorts this season, and found yet another way to sell a goal last week against Dundee with a fresh-air swipe.
Add to that a butter-fingered effort to catch a cross.

His boss Gordon Strachan has kept faith in Boruc for today though.

1314: "The Dons have to get stuck into Celtic early doors. Hopefully a nice hostile home crowd as well,"saysrequiem7 onMy Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1313: Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood is playing down reports that he's in line for either the Norwich City or Utrecht manager's jobs:"I have heard nothing about it. I have heard things from Holland, but nothing from the club."

1309: The considerable collective minds of BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound are unable to agree on whether it's two changes or five changes for Celtic...

Confusion reigns. Once the teams are announced officially we'll sort it out. Sheesh!

1308: "We are in a rich vein of form, but we have not beaten Celtic for some time at Pittodrie and hopefully today is the day." Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood.

Jimmy's not wrong! here are the gory details...

Aberdeen have won their last five matches at Pittodrie, but haven't beaten Celtic there since 22 December 2001 when Robbie Winters and Darren Mackie scored the goals in a 2-0 win.

In the same seven years they've gone to Glasgow and won three times!

1306: For Celtic Paul Hartley and Andy Hinkel are changes from the Scottish Cup win over Dundee.
Barry Robson looks likely to play at left back according to BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin at Pittodrie.

1303: Early team news from Pittodrie... Aberdeen make one change from the team that lost to Kilmarnock in mid-week.
Andy Considine drops to the bench with Stuart Duff coming in.

1301: Good afternoon sports fans!

The SPL is preparing a hearty Sunday lunch for us today.

Jimmy Calderwood and Gordon Strachan are cooking up a big, fat, juicy roast of a game, with Aberdeen hosting Celtic from 1400 GMT.

If you've got any room left after that, generous helpings of tangerine and more-than-a-splash of claret will be going in to the dessert at Tannadice when Motherwell take on Dundee United.

Okay, enough with the food analogies....

There's plenty at steak, I mean stake, for both sides in the match at Pittodrie.

Celtic will hope to restore their lead over Rangers at the top to five points, while victory for the Dons would take them up to third.

Although that will be short-lived if United can beat Motherwell in the 1500 GMT kick-off.

So stay with us throughout the afternoon and please send in your thoughts via: My Sport and text on 80295.

Full coverage of both matches is available online.

And on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW they'll have second half coverage from Tannadice after the full Aberdeen v Celtic game.



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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
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