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SPL results:

St Mirren 1-1 Kilmarnock Report
Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen Report
Hamilton 2-0 Hearts Report
Hibernian 1-1 Motherwell Report
Rangers 2-0 Dundee Utd Report

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By David Sharp

1703: That's all folks! What a cracking day of SPL high-jinks. Thanks again for all your lively banter.

After all that excitement I'm gonna vamoose to my floatation tank, tune in to some tranquil dolphin music and drift off into a silent trance...

1702: "I must say that although I am a Celtic fan, it is really good to see such an exciting Scottish prospect...Wayne Rooney of Scotland perhaps?" bhoys909 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Fleck certainly is a tantalising talent...

1700: Craig Levein just cracked an accidental joke on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound about when he got "wind of the Willo" transfer to Celtic...despite his obvious disappointment at his side's late capitulation at Ibrox, the United boss manages a wee chuckle. Brilliant stuff.

1658: You need to go back to season 1979/80 for Hamilton's last triumph over Hearts. That dismal run came to an end today with a fine win over the Jambos. Victory takes Billy Reid's young guns to the cusp of the top six. What a great achievement so far for the SPL rookies.

1657: Motherwell keep their unbeaten bandwagon going with a worthy point at Easter Road. They've now gone six games without defeat; their best run with Mark McGhee at the helm.

Tons of disgruntled Hibs fans left with five minutes still on the clock. Are they mad at Mixu? Could it be related to Steven Fletcher's mooted departure for pastures new? To one of a green-and-white hooped hue...

1656: Rangers close the gap on Celtic at the top of the table to a single point with their late show against Dundee United. And yet another clean-sheet for Allan McGregor.

For the Tannadice men the result completes a doleful Old Firm double defeat this week.

1655: Falkirk hang on to take all-three points against Aberdeen, a victory that could be as priceless as a Fabergé egg in their battle for SPL survival. The Dons miss the chance to go third as the Bairns notch their first win over them since November 1994.

1653: Four whistles toot and it's full-time all across the country.

1649: Goal! Rangers 2-0 Dundee United
Then the human giraffe does score! The ball breaks to Kyle Lafferty 20-yards out and, with Zaluska stranded in no-man's land, the Northern Irishman makes amends for missing a sitter a minute ago, sending a low shot into the back of the pokey.

Zaluska raced out of his goal to thwart Barry Ferguson on the edge of the box and Girafferty passed the ball into the empty net with aplomb. Game, set and match to Rangers.

1648: Lafferty must score! The lanky striker finds himself in acres of space with only Zaluska to beat but he takes so long to untangle his telescopic legs and get the shot away that time stands still, a tumbleweed rolls by, and Zaluska makes a super save.

1646: Four minutes of added time at Ibrox. Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist careers over to the touchline to remonstrate wildly with the fourth official. The normally affable McCoist seems bemused as to where they found four minutes from...

I'd say the injury time is completely warranted: Novo and Mendes spent some time crashed out on the turf with various ailments. Can United take advantage and snatch a last-gasp equaliser?

1644: At the Falkirk Stadium, Steve Lovell bursts through on goal and lifts the ball over the advancing Jamie Langfield only to see the ball drift wide of the gaping goal.

1642: "YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! COME ON JOHN FLECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELL IN WEE MAN!!!!!! YOU'RE A HERO!!!!!" GersRaggi9 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Would it be fair to say you're a trifle excited by that Fleck goal GersRaggi9?!

1640: "It doesn't look like it's going to be Hearts day today at New Douglas Park."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1639: Aberdeen have thrown on substitute Tommy Wright as they chase the game. So far, Lee Miller has cut a frustrated figure leading the line for the Dons.

1638: The quicksilver Kenny Miller races down the right like a ferret up a drainpipe. Zaluska saves his first shot, the ball rebounds kindly for the Rangers striker but he can only sclaff his second attempt across the face of the goal. Should have been 2-0.

That proves what many people, punters and pundits alike, think: Kenny Miller is not a natural finisher.

1637: The introduction of Laryea Kingston has failed to ignite Hearts' attacking ambition at New Douglas Park with Hamilton holding firm like the rock of Gibraltar. Or Princess Diana's 'Royal rock', Paul Burrell, even...

1636: Goal! Hibernian Hibs 1-1 Motherwell
Mark McGhee's side draw level with thirteen minutes to go with David Clarkson converting from the penalty spot.

1635: Another penalty; this time at Easter Road. Lewis Stevenson and Steven Thicot clumsily combine to fell Jamie Murphy and the ref points to the spot.

1634: Goal! Rangers 1-0 Dundee United
Cool as a mountain stream, John Fleck takes a short run-up and calmly strokes a left-foot shot past Zaluska, sending the United keeper the wrong way.

With regular penalty-taker Kris Boyd off the pitch, the cocksure youngster wrestled the ball off several more experienced players to claim the spot-kick for himself. Admirable confidence from the callow Fleck. Always good to see that in a young player. Time to wheel out that 'old head on young shoulders' chestnut...

1633: Penalty at Ibrox! Mihael Kovacevic clambers all over John Fleck and the darting little teenager tumbles to the turf.

1632: Rangers substitute Kyle Lafferty springs the United offside trap and gallops clean through before prodding the ball past Zaluska. No goal. The lanky Northern Irishman is flagged offside. Ooooh, that was marginal.

1631: Falkirk have plummeted to the murky depths of the SPL table, just two points ahead of basement boys Inverness.

The Bairns have 14 players out of contract in the summer with manager John Hughes unable to offer deals until he knows what division the club will be in. Can they hang on for a priceless three points against Aberdeen? We're fast approaching squeaky-bum time...

1629: In quick succession, first Jamie Murphy squanders a golden opportunity as Motherwell search in vain for an equaliser and then, at the other end, Derek Riordan's touch lets him down as Hibs look to wrap up all three points at Easter Road.

1628: "Dundee United to score in injury time! And take all three points from Rangers!" JordanBlack68 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

1626: Andy Driver's effort at the back post ends on the roof of the net as Hearts struggle to create meaningful opportunities at New Douglas Park.

The Jambos are battling valiantly to get back into this game. To be frank, I think it's beyond them.

1625: "Hibs are trying to make themselves as difficult as possible to score against"
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson

Do they have 10 men behind the ball? At home? With a slender 1-0 lead? That's a bit negative from Mixu Paatelainen's side...

1622: Falkirk striker Steve Lovell has a huge tear in his shorts and is giving the fans a real eyeful. Cheeky, if you know what I mean.

1621: I know it sounds rather unlikely, but Madjid Bougherra twists and turns like a jinky winger and sends a teasing cross into the United box. Kris Boyd swivels and sends a downward volley goalward but Zaluska pulls off a Hollywood-style save; the United keeper over-egged his dive a tad for the TV cameras there.

1620: Warren Feeney makes a horse's bahooky of his cross-cum-shot and Craig 'Harry Potter' Levein is incensed on the touchline by his player's buffoonery.

1619: "The Hibs supporters are starting to get a bit disgruntled"
BBC Scotland's Scott Davie

What for? They're winning 1-0. I dunno, some people are never happy...

1617: Falkirk haven't beaten Aberdeen since Willie Miller was in the Pittodrie hot-seat. They're looking good today.

1614: What did I say about the calm before a storm? That was spooky! The dance must've worked! All we need now is a goal at Ibrox...

1612: Goal! Hamilton Accies 2-0 Hearts
Simon Mensing steps up and cooly converts the spot-kick to double his tally and Hamilton's lead.

1611: Goal! Falkirk 1-0 Aberdeen
Steve Lovell plays an inviting lay-off to Michael Higdon and the big striker smashes a brilliant shot high into the net from the edge of the penalty box.

1610: Penalty at New Douglas Park! Robbie Neilson impedes James McCarthy and referee Eddie Smith points to the spot. Great chance for the home side to double their lead.

1609: "Falkirk have started the second half very well and they need to ram home the advantage they have in terms of possession."
BBC Radio Scotland summariser Stevie Frail

1608: It's gone eerily quiet in all the games, like the calm before the storm? Animals are scampering for cover...

1607: "If Hearts had a second striker they would look a more potent force going forward."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan

1605: That was a strange one. Mendes crashed to the ground as if he'd been brought down by strategically placed dynamite planted in his socks by the late steeplejack Fred Dibnah.

And United will feel aggrieved as they were in a good attacking position when ref Iain Brines called a halt to proceedings. They lose their advantage with a dropped ball.

1603: Pedro Mendes is receiving treatment for a head knock. He's decked out on the turf. I think Darren Dods caught the Portugese playmaker on the back of the head with, of all things, his hip bone as they tussled for a high ball.

1601: And we're off again!

1600: The teams are back on the pitch at Ibrox. Many cultures, from Ancient Egypt to Native American tribes used to perform ceremonial rain dances to invoke rain and to ensure the protection of their harvest. Perhaps we should all perform a 'goal-dance' to end the current drought at Ibrox and the Falkirk Stadium. Are you ready? Let's boogie!

1557: "Well done Craig Levein. The Arabs are right up for the game and are matching Rangers. Fleck is the best on the field though Kenneth and Dods are defending brilliantly!" JamieMcGDUFC on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

1555: Three months ago the not-so-dandy Dons were languishing at the foot of the SPL table and in desperate need of three points when they travelled to face Falkirk.

A Lee Miller header took the heat off Jimmy Calderwood's side with their first win in six games and triggered a change in fortune which has seen the Pittodrie men climb to fifth spot in the league. Can they break the deadlock at Falkirk today? So far the Bairns are standing firm.

1553: "I think it's a tactical battle today and Dundee United are winning it at the minute. They are controlling the tempo and Morgaro Gomis is the top man so far."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at Ibrox

Do you agree with Doddsy? Join the debate on My Sport

1550: "David, when was the last time Chick Young got a result correct on The Predictor?" bringthemon on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Erm, I'm afraid I don't have the official stats to hand for that but I'll take a wild guess at...never?

1549: Rather humdrum fare so far. Only two goals in the opening 45 minutes, courtesy of Hibs' Derek Riordan and Hamilton's Simon Mensing. Stalemates at Falkirk and Ibrox.

1547: Half-time all across the country.

1546: The crowd at Ibrox are as mute as a church mouse convention on a sponsored mute-a-thon. No wonder, there's not much to cheer about for either side, although, despite the lack of goals, it has been an engrossing game. United's Craig Levein will be the more content manager at the break.

1545: Hearts' Christian Nade has the chance to volley towards goal but slices his shot and looks rather foolish.

1544: "I think Mark McGhee can be encouraged by the way his team have approached this game"
BBC Scotland's Paul Mitchell

1543: Over at New Douglas Park, the lively Obua goes close for the Jambos again. This time his shot is deflected by Brian Easton onto the roof of the net.

1541: Falkirk striker Steve Lovell heads over the crossbar from close range as Neil McCann picks him out from a short corner routine. Another one of those rehearsed moves almost pays off.

1540: Nacho Novo signals to the Rangers bench that his game is over and Kenny Miller dashes out the dugout to start his warm-up. It appears the diminutive Spaniard has pulled a hamstring. Oooyah, that's gotta hurt!

1538: "Good to see Fleck getting another chance, he has shown more quality in 90 mins out of position on the left hand side than McCulloch has shown in a full season. And he's only seventeen." John - Mon the biffy on My Sport.Join the debate on My Sport

Lee McCulloch is about as mobile as a lump of wood, while Fleck gambols around the pitch like a newly-born lamb.

1537: Here's another one, comin' atcha like Cleopatra (how sensationally naff were they? Remember the ludicrous Cleopatra's Theme?): United last won at Ibrox in April 2005 and manager Craig Levein was last a winning manager in Govan in May 2004 when his Hearts side recorded a solitary goal win.

1535: With a lull in the proceedings, here's a few cheeky stats for your perusal: Falkirk have not been victors over Aberdeen since November 1994.

1533: Over in deepest, darkest Lanarkshire: Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny makes an instinctive point-blank save after Michael Stewart birls like a ballerina and unleashes a shot on the volley.

1531: Fleck, with the swaggering confidence of youth, takes the ball on the half-volley and rattles a left-foot shot that Zaluska tips athletically over the bar.

1530: A scramble in the United box sees the ball ricochet around like a pinball before popping up for Barry Ferguson, but a flock of Tangerine bodies throw themselves in the line of fire to block the Rangers skipper's left-foot effort.

1529: Bairns keeper Dani Mallo makes a decent save to keep out a shot from Darren Mackie as the Dons forward escapes from slow-coach Falkirk defender Steven Pressley.

1528: " Re: 1446. I agree on the dwindling quality - they did go to the top teams, when they went at all - McLeish refused to go to Man Utd to stay at Aberdeen! Imagine that these days..." duffedup on My Sport.Join the debate on My Sport

It wouldn't happen; there's not a single player in the SPL that would interest Sir Alex Ferguson. It's a crying shame.

1527: Michael Higdon blasts a shot over the crossbar from 16 yards as Falkirk get their first glimpse of goal. Suddenly this game has sparked into life.

1525: Big let off for Falkirk. The home side fail to clear a Charlie Mulgrew corner and Aberdeen skipper Scott Severin's shot is cleared off the goal-line.

1524: Novo sets off on a rampaging run through the heart of the Dundee United defence and tees up Kris Boyd just inside the 18-yard box, but the normally clinical 'Gers goal-grabber curls his shot wide of the post.

1523: "Szamotulski is the shrewdest of Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen's signings"
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson

Indeed. The Polish keeper has been a more than capable stand-in for the injured Yves Ma-Kalambay.

1521: Michael Stewart's shot from David Obua's scrapes the post as Hearts come agonisingly close to an equaliser at New Douglas Park.

1520: Bairns gaffer John Hughes is sporting a rather dashing red scarf. Has he chosen this game to out himself as a Dons fan?

1518: Allan McGregor has to get down smartly to prevent David Robertson opening the scoring for United. Robertson burst into the box to meet a long throw-in and stabbed the ball towards goal from 14 yards but McGregor was alert to the danger and held well. That was the best chance yet for either side.

1517: It's been very scrappy so far at the Falkirk Stadium; both sides are guilty of loose passes and we haven't had any goalmouth action. The home side look very nervous, while Aberdeen have yet to find any rhythm.

1516: "What a magnificent strike by Derek Riordan!"
BBC Scotland's Craig Paterson

1514: Goal! Hamilton Accies 1-0 Hearts
Hamilton's Simon Mensing heads into the net from a short corner routine. Straight from the training ground, as they say. Is the Hearts defence missing Berra already?

1513: "It's all very tight. You could almost throw a blanket over 20 players out there."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg as hee-haw continues to happen at Ibrox

1511: That was Riordan's eighth goal since returning to Hibs from a miserable spell at Celtic.

1510: Goal! Hibernian 1-0 Motherwell
The home side take an early lead with a sizzling Derek Riordan strike after good work down the left flank by Ross Chisholm.

1508: "It's all pretty fractured"
BBC Scotland's Scott Davie

'Fractured?' What can he possibly mean?!!

By the way, has anyone noticed that Scott Davie has a very peculiar way of pronouncing the letter 'o'. He just mentioned Hibs skipper Rob Jones and it sounded eerily familiar to the way Rigsby would say 'Oh Miss Joooooones' in Rising Damp.

Or the way that that 1980s Trevor Horn band The Buggles sang 'Oh uh-oh oh oh' in Video Killed the Radio Star.

Did anyone hear Mr Davie say 'Roly poly holy goalie' when describing rotund Celtic keeper Artur Boruc on last weekend's Sportscene. It was hilarious!

1508: Hearts are looking for their 20th successive win over Hamilton. Wow, that's quite some record!

1506: The home side have United on the back foot in the opening minutes without really threatening Celtic-bound Lukasz Zaluska's goal. The darting Fleck has been prominent in most of Rangers' best moves.

1505: Rangers have only conceded one goal since their 1-0 defeat to Celtic on 27 December. At the root of their defensive miserliness has been the rediscovered form of goalie Allan McGregor.

1503: Hamilton's James McCarthy almost gets in behind the Christophe Berra-light Hearts defence but Marius Zaliukas hurls himself across to clear.

1502: United forward Francisco Sandaza is sporting a mullet of biblical proportions. You could lose a badger in there. Only the cross-dressing Corporal Klinger from M*A*S*H could boast a more impressive mountain of barnet.

1501: John Fleck, the 17-year-old attacking midfielder, has added youthful vim and vigour to the Rangers team over the past month. What have Rangers fans thought of his contribution? Join the debate on My Sport

1500: And we're off, bang on time!

1459: Craig Levein's team must be emotionally and physically drained after their heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to Celtic in midweek.

Can they rouse themselves for today's clash? Recent form suggests the two sides will be closely matched having already shared 10 goals between them in two thrilling drawn encounters in the league this season.

United are undefeated against the Old Firm over 90 minutes on five occasions this season and will be looking to take at least a point at Ibrox with the race for third spot gathering pace.

1457: The teams are on the pitch at Ibrox. United are set to kick-off today's game of the day in a New York minute. Or three.

1455: In contrast to their opponents today, Hamilton have rebuffed bids for their in-demand players. The club's determination to keep prized youngsters such as as James McArthur, Brian Easton and James McCarthy will help them achieve their ambition of remaining in the SPL for a second season. What do you all reckon? Join the debate on My Sport

1454: Now we swoop over Govan like Batman:
Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Davis, Mendes, Ferguson, Fleck, Novo, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Papac, McCulloch, Naismith, Miller, Lafferty, Niguez.

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Kovacevic, Dods, Kenneth, Grainger, Feeney, Gomis, Buaben, David Robertson, Conway, Sandaza. Subs: McGovern, Dillon, Daly, Swanson, Shala, Dixon, Goodwillie.

1453: "Steven Fletcher will definitely be a Hibs player on Monday," Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen brushes off an approach from Celtic to discuss a potential transfer for the the Easter Road striker.

1452: Mark McGhee's resurgent 'Well travel to Reekie without prolific goalscorer Chris Porter who has scooted off to Derby. The Wigan-born striker became Nigel Clough's first signing this week since taking the reins at Pride Park.

To continue the tragic drain of talent to England, Doncaster Rovers are set to sign Hibs' versatile forward Dean Shiels. I know he's not Scottish but he plays for a Scottish club. Anyway, enough of this maudlin transfer guff...it's getting me down.

1450: Now we transport ourselves, courtesy of the magician David Copperfield, to Easter Road:
Hibernian: Szamotulski, McCormack, Hogg, Jones, Stevenson, Chisholm, Rosa, Hanlon, Rankin, Nish, Riordan. Subs: McNeil, van Zanten, Yantorno, O'Brien, Keenan, Thicot, Johansson.

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

1448: Let's beam ourselves, Star Trek-style, over to the Falkirk Stadium:
Falkirk: Dani Mallo, McNamara, Holden, Barr, Pressley, Bullen, Riera, Arfield, McCann, Lovell, Higdon. Subs: Barrett, Olejnik, Finnigan, Mitchell, Staunton, Murdoch, O'Brien.

Aberdeen: Langfield, Foster, Mulgrew, Mair, Severin, Kerr, Vidal, Duff, McDonald, Miller, Mackie. Subs: Wright, Young, Maguire, Bossu, Aluko, Paton, Crawford.

1446: If you go to the Championship page of the BBC Sport website today the top three stories are about SPL clubs selling their top players to clubs in English football's second tier.

It's a sad reflection of the quality of Scottish football and the financial clout of the Championship versus the SPL. When I was knee high to a grasshopper the cream of Scotland's talent went almost exclusively to the giants of English football: Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness at Liverpool, Gordon Strachan and Brian McClair at Manchester United and Stevie Archibald at Spurs to name a few...

1444: Hearts travel to take on Accies with half their team involved in transfer speculation.

The Jambos have agreed a transfer fee of around £2.5m for the sale of club captain Christophe Berra to Wolves. Coventry have offered £1m for Andrew Driver while Laryea Kingston, Marius Zaliukas, Michael Stewart and Christos Karipidis have all been linked with moves away from Tynecastle. It's a depressing sign of the times for Scottish football...

1442: Here's how they line-up in deepest Lanarkshire:
Hamilton: Cerny, McClenahan, Canning, McLaughlin, Neil, Easton, McCarthy, McArthur, Mensing, McGowan, Offiong. Subs: Murdoch, Deuchar, Thomas, Swailes, Gibson, Lyle, Gow.

Hearts: MacDonald, Neilson, Karipidis, Jonsson, Lee Wallace, Aguiar, Stewart, Zaliukas, Driver, Obua, Nade. Subs: Kello, Thomson, Kingston, Elliot, Glen, Mrowiec, Templeton.

1440: "Rangers fans are collectively praying that the rest of the transfer window passes uneventfully. If we sell Boyd, I may cry." Alan_Compton on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

I feel ya Alan. As the January transfer window edges closer to shutting for another year, Kris Boyd is still at Ibrox despite all the hoo-ha surrounding his mooted switch to Birmingham. In fact, the only player to depart Govan has been Chris Burke who moved to Cardiff City - which must be a pleasant surprise to Rangers fans who were expecting a mass Exodus from Govan. The transfer window is open until 5pm on Monday, so it is possible that someone could still be sold...

1438: How much will Craig Levein's side miss the buzzing presence of human fly Willo 'the Wisp' Flood following his flit to Celtic? A lot I reckon.

1436: Dundee United make three changes to the side who lost to Celtic in THAT marathon penalty shoot-out: Darren Dods comes in for Lee Wilkie at the fulcrum of the Terrors' defence, David Robertson replaces the departed Willo Flood in midfield and Danny Grainger slots into right-back.

1434: Straight off the bat, here's some team news from Ibrox: Rangers have restored goal-machine Kris Boyd to their starting line-up. He is paired up front with sprightly Spaniard Nacho Novo.

1432: Thanks Colin! OK, here we go, no messing about. Let's throw ourselves into this afternoon's four SPL fixtures with wild abandon. There's plenty to chat about, so let's get ranting and raving. No holds barred. Well, some holds barred; it's a family live text commentary after all.

By Colin Moffat

1430: Right, I'm out of here. David Sharp will guide you through the rest of the day's action.

1426: "Don't worry lads, I'm sure Combe will brush that blunder off." Shame on you, John - Mon the biffy on My Sport, who also tells us he correctly predicted the 1-1 result. Join the debate on My Sport

I don't expect Jim Jefferies will be sharing too many jokes with his keeper after that howler. However, we can't forget that Combe did save a penalty, err... which he gave away with a crazy challenge.

1423: Full-time: St Mirren 1-1 Kilmarnock

A draw is probably just about right. Kevin Kyle nodded Killie in front against the run of play and St Mirren wasted a great chance to level when Jim Hamilton's poor penalty was saved. Just when it looked like the visitors were holding on comfortably, an error from Alan Combe handed Dennis Wyness the late equaliser. Not a bad first day for the new stadium.

1421: St Mirren break at pace and Jack Ross sends in a dangerous cross, which is deflected over his own crossbar by James Fowler.

1419: A wonderful late chance for Killie as David Fernandez slides the ball across to Danny Invincibile at the back post but Steven Robb makes a great block to prevent what looked a certain goal.

1416: Kilmarnock are all over the place. The loss of that goal has really knocked them sideways. Could the Buddies nick it?

1412: GOAL! St Mirren 1-1 Kilmarnock
Alan Combe has a shocker; coming for a deep cross and getting nowhere near it. The ball drops to Dennis Wyness and the sub slams it gleefully into an empty net.

1410: St Mirren throw on Steven Thomson and Dennis Wyness in a bid to turn the game in their favour. Jim Hamilton and Stephen McGinn make way. Wyness has a chance straight away but hits his shot straight at Alan Combe from close range. He really should have buried that, even if he is just on.

1409: "David Fernandes and Kevin Kyle up front? I'd be a shocked, shocked man if they completed 90 minutes together without injury!"jokes Alan Compton on My Sport.Join the debate on My Sport

1407: "I think, just now, Kilmarnock are the better side. They are looking sharper and have more football about them, while St Mirren are just hoping things are going to happen."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1405: St Mirren have got 15 minutes to rescue the game. It's been very scrappy so far, with the home side's final ball letting them down time after time.

1403: Garry Hay's ambitious drive from long distance is touched on by team-mate Manuel Pascali and whizzes narrowly wide of the post, although Mark Howard does not look overly concerned.

1400: Billy Mehmet does brilliantly to burst into the Killie penalty box and set up Garry Brady but the midfielder sends an unconvincing shot wide.

1359: Big Jim's down again! This time, the Buddies striker is flattened by Manuel Pascali and is badly winded.

1357: Jim Hamilton volleys wide from close range after Scott Cuthbert flicks on a Steven Robb cross. The St Mirren forward took a heavy dunt from Simon Ford after releasing the shot but he's pretty hard and he's back on his feet after a wee lie down.

1355: "Seeing as today is the first game at the new stadium, does that mean EVERYTHING will go into the 'record books'?... the first dodgy back-pass, the first high tackle, the first sale of a pie n bovril, the first ticking off / yellow card / red card / poor decision / offside, the first substitution. etc." asks TopCorner1Join the debate on My Sport

1351: Billy Mehmet, St Mirren's leading scorer this season, is on for Craig Dargo. That surprises me since the wee man has been causing Killie problems. The home fans don't sound too happy with Gus MacPherson's decision.

1350: "I'm a Saints fan from Ontario and I think the pressure falls on the home team on these 'big' occasions - but I'm still counting on Saints to tie it up, and go on to win! I also blame it on my brother who has attended these last two games!!!" stdavieh adds yet more international flavour to My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1347: Danny Invincibile is on for the ineffectual Mehdi Taouil. The Australian wastes no time in making an impact but Mark Howard gets everything behind the Killie substitute's shot.

1345: The official attendance is given as 7542, so it's not quite a sell-out on the opening day. Maybe all the fat cats and special guests are taking up extra seats.

1343: A dangerous cross from Craig Dargo flashes across the penalty box but Jim Hamilton is slow to react. The big Buddies striker is having a day to forget.

1339: The gusting wind makes life difficult for Alan Combe and the Killie keeper drops a cross from Jim Hamilton but there are no takers for the home side.

1335: We're off again and St Mirren win an early corner. However, Killie clear their lines without too much trouble.

1333: "If you want to score points on the predictor with Killie, just put down the opposite of what your head tells you. Unfortunately, it took me until Christmas to realise. Got them down for a cheeky 2-0 win today." bringthemon has a handy tip over on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

That's so true. I had 0-0 for this one, so I've blown it already. It really is quite an infuriating game, which is to say, I'm hopeless at it.

1327: "I'm following this game on live text in Washington DC; I used to be able to listen to live commentary on the BBC when I was out of the country. What happened to that? Still, we beat Ayr in the Cup and our away form will keep us safe so an historic win at the new St Mirren Park today will do nicely!" KilliefaninAyr Join the debate on My Sport

I'm afraid it's a contractual issue, so many of the clubs offer their own commentaries via their websites, which you have to pay for. More and more of our online commentaries only reach a UK audience.

1325: "It would have been good if the football had been as good as the stadium, which is neat and tidy. It has not been the best start to the new era, but the game did liven up near the end of the half."Grumpy, yet cuddlyBBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor.

1322: "Killie's secret seems to be scoring against the run of play. Maybe they should just stop trying altogether and they might win a few more games." bringthemon has an unusual suggestion on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1318: Half-time: St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock

The Buddies fans give ref Willie Collum an earful of abuse. They are still angry at his decision to award Alan Combe a yellow card for conceding the penalty he then saved. Kevin Kyle's goal separates the sides and the giant striker is really giving the home defence a torrid time of it.

1314: "Surely not a third game in three weeks in which St Mirren deserve a point if not a win. I'm an Arab and they deserved something last week - only Buaben's goal knocked their confidence. C'mon St Mirren!!!" Jamie McGDUFC Join the debate on My Sport

The home side did start brightly but they are really struggling to contain the towering Kyle, who is enjoying a great debut for Killie.

1312: Kevin Kyle is denied a second goal as Mark Howard makes a terrific save to keep out his towering header from another great Garry Hay delivery.

1309: Mark Howard is at full stretch to push away a deflected 20-yard strike from Kevin Kyle after Craig Dargo gives the ball away, trying a nutmeg deep in his own half.

1306: The atmosphere has certainly cranked up, with the Buddies faithful aiming all sorts of colourful language at referee Willie Collum.

1305: Penalty miss! Alan Combe gets down to block a terrible effort from Jim Hamilton. The home fans are fuming; they think the keeper should have been sent packing for his crazy lunge at Dargo.

1303: Penalty for St Mirren. Alan Combe comes flying out and hacks down Craig Dargo. Only a yellow card for the keeper for what was a reckless challenge.

1259: GOAL! St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock
Big Kevin Kyle nods in the first goal at the new St Mirren Park, meeting a perfect Garry Hay cross to glance the ball beyond Mark Howard from 10 yards.

The goal came against the run of play but Kyle has looked a real threat for the visitors, winning everything in the air.

1256: Andy Dorman is denied again. This time, the Buddies midfielder latches on to a loose ball inside the penalty box but his powerful strike is charged down by Frazer Wright.

1253: Terrible miss for St Mirren. Andy Dorman makes one of his trademark runs from midfield to collect a great pass from Dargo but slides his shot wide from 12 yards as Alan Combe advances.

1251: "That's him in the history books. Well done Willie Collum." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod as Mehdi Taouil becomes the first player booked at the new St Mirren Park after a theatrical dive.

1250: St Mirren striker Jim Hamilton scoops an awkward shot wide from a promising position, following more good work from the lively Craig Dargo. It looks like the wee forward has had some extra sugar on his Coco Pops this morning.

1247: St Mirren keeper Mark Howard makes a routine save after Kevin Kyle gets a knockdown to an obscured team-mate from a Mehdi Taouil corner.

1242: "I've heard the new St Mirren pitch is absolutely massive and the stands are quite far away from each other... What's the atmosphere been like? Nice to see them selling out, empty seats are a nightmare, just ask any Hibee!" the A_A team on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

The pitch looks splendid but the fans have been pretty quiet so far. It's often the case with these daft early kick-offs.

1239: St Mirren midfield Stephen McGinn runs on to a neat lay-off from Craig Dargo inside the penalty box but doesn't catch his shot properly and Killie clear for a corner.

1238: "Both sides are just settling in and getting used to the new stadium. Both playing 4-4-2."BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1235: Chaos in the Killie goalmouth! St Mirren break at speed and Manuel Pascali skies an attempted clearance high over his own keeper, Alan Combe, leaving Simon Ford to make an uncertain clearance from the goal-line.

1231: The ball is hoofed right up the park and Buddies keeper Mark Howard has to look lively to come from his line and smother it, with David Fernandez sniffing around.

1230: And we're off. Killie, wearing a very fetching all-purple strip, get the game underway.

1226: Breaking news: Motherwell striker Chris Porter has signed for Derby, while out-of-favour Celtic striker Chris Killen is set for a loan move to Norwich.

1223: TEAM NEWS:

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

Kilmarnock: Combe, Fowler, Wright, Ford, Hay, Bryson, Pascali, Taouil, Skelton, Kyle, Fernandez. Subs: Rascle, Invincibile, Murray, Gibson, Flannigan, Nolan, Simmonds.

St Mirren's Steven Robb is in for the suspended Franco Miranda and Jim Hamilton replaces top-scorer Billy Mehmet.

Kilmarnock welcome back David Fernandez from suspension, give Kevin Kyle a debut up front and Gavin Skelton gets a run out in midfield.

1220: We've now got a brass band on the pitch, striking up 'When the Saints Go Marching In'. Some fireworks go off to muted applause from the crowd and there's a rather rude chorus in honour of First Minister Alex Salmond, who is on the pitch with St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour.

1217: "I predict a riot. Seriously, there is going to be some game on our hands at Ibrox. Here's hoping United can sneak a wee victory against the OF. I said on Wednesday that I'd give up a place in the Co-op Cup final for a win against the Gers today..." shalalalalatheterror looks ahead to the later games on My Sport. Join the debate on My Sport

1215: A piper strikes up a rather mournful tune as the old centre spot from Love Street is laid in the turf by the side of the new pitch. It's a two-piece jigsaw but Buddies legend Tommy Turner makes a bit of hash of it.

1210: Early teams news; striker Kevin Kyle makes his Kilmarnock debut. The giant former Sunderland forward won nine caps for Scotland between 2002 and 2004, scoring once, against a crack Hong Kong select side.

1206: First Minister Alex Salmond is a guest for today's game and the new stadium is looking rather tidy. I wonder how many of the 8,000 seats will be taken today? Err... I've just been told it's a sell-out, so that would be all of them.

1203: "I predict an up and at them type of game. 12 yellow cards, 2 red cards, 8 goals, with all games today ending in a draw." Does this look rash to you isfirst up on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Get a quid on that Mr Rash and you could end the day a very rich man.

1200: Welcome to an another busy Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.

First up, we have St Mirren's bow at their new stadium, imaginatively called St Mirren Park, which is what their home for the last 114 years was called, although we often referred to its postal address, Love Street.

There was an emotional send off for the old place on 3 January but the Buddies could only muster a 0-0 draw with Motherwell.

This time, Kilmarnock are the guests and the Ayrshire side may be in the mood to spoil the party since they have saved their best form for their travels this season.

Aberdeen and Rangers served up a dreary snoozefest in last weekend's early kick-off and goals may be hard to come by again, if previous form is anything to go by.

The last nine meetings between St Mirren and Killie have only produced eight goals, so let's be positive and say we're long overdue an avalanche of goalmouth action.

Later on, the league's form side, Aberdeen, aim to continue their excellent run at Falkirk, who haven't won on SPL duty since mid-November.

Hamilton, recent masters of the clean-sheet at home, host Hearts, who will be without skipper Christophe Berra since he is off discussing a possible switch to Wolves.

Motherwell have turned the corner since they were humbled 4-1 at Fir Park by Hibs in November and the visitors will be gunning for revenge at Easter Road.

Finally, there should be a cracker at Ibrox, where Dundee United shared six goals with Walter Smith's side on their last trip to Govan, while it was 2-2 at Tannadice in December.

As ever, BBC Radio Scotland will provide commentaries from all the games, which you can tune into via this website.

So, make yourself comfy and stay with us all the way through until around 1700 GMT, and send in your comments via: My Sport and text on 80295.

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