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Live - Scottish Premier League



SPL results:

Hamilton 0-1 Hibernian Report
Hearts 2-1 Motherwell Report
Kilmarnock 1-2 Celtic Report
Rangers 0-1 Inverness CT Report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By David Sharp

2200: That's it! I'm out of here. Thanks for joining me on that hair-raising SPL rollercoaster ride. Catch you again soon.

2159: "My theory is proven right again - Aussies = Goals!!!" meeks88 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

He's mad! He's mad! He's madder than Mad Jack McMad, the winner of this year's Mr Madman competition!

2158: "I'm not conceding the title just yet, but too many times this season the Rangers frontline has let us down, we need a proven striker that will score at all levels no matter what. Hate to admit it but Celtic have that player in McDonald and I just don't see anyone like him playing for us." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Commendable magnanimity about McDonald from the gutted Rangers fan there...chapeau my good man.

2157: Who was your man of the match tonight? Probably not David Weir if you're a Rangers fan...I think Scott McDonald deserves it for his double at Rugby Park.

That remarkable little man keeps coming up trumps for Celtic while his fellow strikers continue to toil in front of goal. He has almost single-handedly restored the reigning champions to the summit of the SPL.

2154: "Wow! Does anyone know what an overreaction is. I'm glad we're back on top but do I honestly think that the title is ours? You must be kidding, this is a race to see who can screw up the least, the way things have gone over the last couple of months do you really think we won't drop more points?" Still_plays_football on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

A lone voice of sanity amid the madness. I reckon you're spot on: the plot of this title race still has more twists and turns to come than 1970s conspiracy thriller The Parallax View.

2150: "Hint for the Rangers management team... when your best attacking player is a centre back, you have serious problems, we only have one man that can truly create from midfield and that one man was sat in the stands injured tonight: Pedro Mendes." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Rangers certainly missed the poise and panache of Mendes; the absent Portuguese playmaker has pulled the strings in midfield for the Ibrox side all season.

But they should have had enough to overcome a stuffy Caley Thistle side who never looked like scoring until that thrilling finish. Walter Smith's side were completely devoid of any imagination or cutting edge.

2148: A brilliant win for Hearts which restores their five-point advantage over the chasing pack, led by Dundee United, in the battle for third place and European football next season.

2146: What a second goal by Scott McDonald. It oozed class and sends Celtic three points clear of Rangers in the race for the title. The little Aussie's first wasn't half bad either.

2144: "Rangers have just handed Celtic the title. Congrats Walter. You don't have a clue what your doing!" GersRaggi9 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

2142: Phew! That was a crazy final few minutes of harum-scarum action.

2140: Full-time at Ibrox. Terry Butcher comes back to haunt his old club with his first victory at Ibrox as a manager.

2139: Full-time at New Douglas Park as Hamilton are slayed by a Steven-Fletcher-inspired Hibs. Mixu's men have now beaten Hamilton three times this season without conceding a goal. They are now officially Accies' bogey team.

2138: Full-time at Rugby Park. Celtic triumph over Killie and soar back to the top of the tree.

2136: Goal! Rangers 0-1 Inverness CT
Ian Black sends Allan McGregor the wrong way from the spot to surely seal their first win away from home since November and haul themselves off the bottom of the table.

2135: Goal! Hearts 2-1 Motherwell
Ruben Palazuelos grabs a dramatic late goal with a deflected shot which bamboozles Graeme Smith.

2134: Penalty for Inverness! A high ball foxes David Weir, the bumbling defender collides with David Proctor and the ref points to the spot. Weir is sent off to boot! High drama at Ibrox!

Old man Weir looked like retirement material there. Dreadful defending! Never mind offering him a new contract; it's time to put the auld cuddy out to pasture.

2133: A moment of madness from Rangers' defender Madjid Bougherra as he almost slaps the yellow card being brandished at him out of Calum Murray's hand.

2132: "This Rangers team at the moment are a disgrace. We may as well hand Celtic the title with performances like this!" GersRaggi9 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

2130: "Rangers just can't find a way through."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

2128: What a time to score! Celtic and Hibs look to have snatched victory from the jaws of a stalemate.

2125: Goal! Kilmarnock 1-2 Celtic
Wonderful play from Scott McDonald; the little Aussie wrongfoots the entire Killie defence with a delicious wee shimmy before weaving into the box and prodding the ball past a helpless Combe.

2124: Goal! Hamilton 0-1 Hibernian
Derek Riordan swivels and sends a raking ball across goal for Steven Fletcher to ram home for his first strike since November.

2123: "Seems to be stalemate at Ibrox and we sound devoid of ideas. I say take off either Boyd or Miller and give Aaron a chance; he is an unknown player to Caley, as it seems they know exactly how to handle Miller and Boyd (not hard mind you when they cant read the line for offside)." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

2120: Every game level. We've officially entered squeaky-bum time!

2119: Goal! Hearts 1-1 Motherwell
Well draw level asStephen Hughes' left-foot shot from 25 yards bounces in front of Janos Balogh in the Jambos goal and skites past him into the net.

2118: Rangers have sent on Steven Naismith for John Fleck in an attempt to unlock the Inverness defence.

2117: "Kenny Miller has the touch of a donkey." GersRaggi9 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

I think that's an insult to donkeys.

2115: It's getting a wee bit tousy at Rugby Park.

2113: Jamie Hamill looked like he was going to 'scant' McGeady there after a tough McGeady tackle. The Killie player almost performed a 'reverse wedgie' on the Celtic winger. Both are booked for their absurd tussle - along with O'Dea. Don't know what he did. Mouthed off at the ref probably.

2111: Caldwell wriggles free of his marker to bullet a header towards goal from six yards, but once again the heroic Killie keeper shows strong hands to keep his team level.

2110: Kenny Miller's cross is headed straight into the arms of Ryan Esson by Kris Boyd,.

2108: What a save by Alan Combe from Gary Caldwell! Superhuman stuff from the Killie keeper. Chick Young emits the excited cackle of a Pterodactyl swooping in for the kill on a baby Diplodocus. Or the birthing moan of a distressed T-Rex...

2106: Kyle 'Girafferty' Lafferty replaces Maurice Edu as Rangers go for broke.

2104: Conor Sammon fails to connect with an attempted header smack-bang in front of goal. That was a ludicrous miss! What a big haddy!

2103: Man-mountain Kevin Kyle gets his lanky legs to the ball but knocks it wide as Celtic YET AGAIN are caught napping at a high ball.

2102: John Rankin skips past a challenge and picks out Colin Nish with a perfect cross but the Hibs striker balloons his header over the top. A moment later, Steven Fletcher blazes wide from a promising position as the Accies defence goes walkabout.

2101: Scott Brown unleashes an Exocet from 25 yards that clears the bar by about six inches.

2100: Hibs defender Darren McCormack requires lengthy treatment from the club physio and the ambulance crew after clattering into the advertising boards behind the goal. The groggy full-back is eventually replaced by Steven Thicot.

2059: David Fernandez' night is over as he pulls up, his face etched with agony, with what looks to be a hamstring problem.

2059: Inverness are continuing to frustrate their hosts with Rangers struggling to produce a decent final ball. They're bombarding the Highlanders' box with route one football but the Ibrox men currently lack the guile to make that precious breakthrough.

2058: "Memnoch - I agree about Papac, however you could have most of the squad meeting the definitions of rarely makes a mistake and consistent. I'd have Davis, consistently excellent and can, and has, changed games on his own." god_is_a_gers_man on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

2056: The Scott Brown's shot is deflected wide after great play from McGeady down the left as Celtic launch a lightning-quick counter.

2055: Fernandez seemed to hesitate. Did he think he was offside? Play to the whistle!

2054: A long, hopeful punt forward sees David Fernandez race clean through on Artur Boruc, but with the Celtic defence in disarray, the Spaniard somehow contrives to lob the ball over the bar. What a miss!

2053: Goal! Hearts 1-0 Motherwell
The ball eludes the entire Motherwell defence and Andrew Driver takes advantage to head Hearts into the lead.

2051: Still a war of attrition in a packed midfield at Tynecastle. It's an ugly affair.

2050: Ditto at New Douglas Park and Tynecastle. Hope someone manages to find their shooting boots.

2049: And the teams are back on the pitch at Rugby Park. Killie get the second half underway.

2048: We're away again at Ibrox!

2046: We're all set for a tantalising second half of action. All four games are delicately balanced. Any predictions for how it's all going to pan out?

2044: "My vote for player of the year - Sasa Papac, he has been consistently good for Rangers over the last couple of seasons and very rarely makes any mistakes." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

I think you're bang on memnoch666. The Bosnian left-back is an unsung hero in the Rangers side.

2041: Kilmarnock have lost their last 13 home games to Celtic. Can they arrest this alarming run tonight? Join the debate on My Sport

2038: "Two Aussies on the pitch up at Kilmarnock, two goals. Solution to Celtic's scoring problem? Buy more Aussies!!" meeks88 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

2036: Strange game at Rugby Park: Celtic looked like they were going to run riot in the opening half hour, then Killie hit them with a classic sucker-punch goal after spending most of the first half on the ropes. Poor finishing and some inspired goalkeeping from Alan Combe kept Killie in the game before Danny Invincibile pounced. Brilliant stuff!

2035: "I don't think Gordon Strachan will be too perturbed with the way his Celtic side has played in this half, but at 1-1 Killie boss Jim Jefferies will be thrilled."
BBC Scotland pundit Jim Duffy

2034: Half-time at Rugby Park where Killie fought back from a goal down to head into the break locked at 1-1 with Celtic.

2033: Half-time at Hamilton where the teams are also firing blanks.

2032: Half-time at Ibrox and it's a stalemate.

2031: This is a much-improved performance by Inverness; on their last visit to Ibrox, they were 5-0 down at half-time. Terry Butcher's men have frustrated Rangers at every turn.

2029: Hibs winger Alan O'Brien bursts forward and exchanges passes with Colin Nish before prodding a shot just wide. That's been the best chance of the match so far.

2028: Christian Nade is brought on to boost the Jambos attack, with poor Adrian Mrowiec getting hooked after just 33 minutes. At least he shook Csaba Laszlo's hand before heading up the tunnel.

2026: Sasa Papac slides in at the back post to meet Steven Davis' cross and forces Ryan Esson into a good save.

2025: Game on at Rugby Park! Killie were under the cosh and looked like they were going to crack but, incredibly, they've hauled themselves level.

2023: Goal! Kilmarnock 1-1 Celtic
Suddenly Celtic look rattled as Danny Invincibile equalises from six yards after the visitors defence fails to clear a corner. That was Killie's first real effort on target.

2022: Action reported at Tynecastle as Motherwell midfielder Stephen Hughes thumps the crossbar with a thundering shot.

2021: "There's a real lack of confidence and conviction in Hibs' play so far."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie is not impressed by the visitors at New Douglas Park.

2020: Suddenly ailing Killie rouse themselves to life and Artur Boruc has to look sharp! Jamie Hamill's wayward cross nearly ended up catching out the Pole, who has to backtrack and tip over.

2019: Celtic flood forward en masse, in for the kill, like a pack of hounds sniffing the scent of a wounded fox. This time McGeady's shot is deflected up and onto the bar as Kilmarnock are yet again carved open down their right flank.

2017: Killie are rocking and reeling after conceding that McDonald goal. Scott Brown is denied from six yards by the legs of Alan Combe. That should've been 2-0.

2016: We'll call this the Paul Mitchell Lament: "It has probably been the most forgettable quarter of a match that I have seen in a while."

Not much happening at Tynecastle then, according to the Sportsound commentator.

2015: Goal! Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic
Scott McDonald finds himself unmarked in the box as he receives Crosas' pass, the Australian sidesteps Lilley and curls the ball beyond Alan Combe.

2014: Hibs defender Chris Hogg blazes in a screamer from all of 40 yards and it whistles narrowly over the crossbar.

2013: Rangers get a goal chopped off as Kenny Miller chests the ball down and fires it into the net. The Gers striker had stepped just offside.

2012: "Rangers' passing has gone completely. In the early part of the game it was slick."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Ibrox

2010: Hibs get their first sight of goal at New Douglas Park but Derek Riordan's tame strike is deflected away for a corner, which is dealt with easily by the home defence.

2009: Then Nakamura addresses a free-kick in a similar position to the screamer he scored against St Mirren on Saturday....but it deflects off someone's noggin and over the bar.

2008: Celtic's Marc Crosas may have scored a screamer on Saturday against St Mirren, but he was no where near replicating it just then. The Spaniard stepped on to Georgios Samaras' lay-off 25 yards out, but hoofed the ball into row ZZ of the stand.

2007: "Its a goal race tonight, Rangers and Celtic will be doing their best now to outscore each other." memnoch666 on My Sport Join the debate on My Sport

Will the title race go down to the wire, goal-difference-wise, once again? I'm not sure I can handle the excitement!

2006: A Paul McGowan cross-cum-shot deflects off Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson and crashes against the crossbar. A lucky escape for Mixu Paatelainen's men, who are looking rather shaky at the back.

2005: "Celtic have started the match very well in terms of their passing with maybe just the final ball letting them down a little bit."
BBC Scotland pundit Jim Duffy at Rugby Park.

2004: Sasa Papac's deflected cross is cleared off the Inverness goal-line by heroic Highlanders captain Grant Munro.

2003: Kenny Miller centres the ball for Kris Boyd who turns and has a shot blocked by Ryan Esson. Boyd once again, with the delicate first touch of a geriatric heffalump in a trance, gets his legs in another fankle.

2000: Not sure if anyone heard the BBC Radio Scotland pre-match discussion about what constitutes cheating?

Steve Munro did and he has emailed sportsound@bbc.co.uk to take issue with one of our pundits: "Can Billy Dodds tell me when football became a non-contact sport? The defender is allowed to touch you, 'feeling a touch and going down is cheating!' A touch does not constitute a foul!"

1958: The TV cameras home in on Rangers' absent-through-injury Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes, watching the action from the comfort of the Ibrox main stand. The female companion to his right yawns widely, like a tired hippo. I think I might join her. Bit of a snoozefest so far. Why is yawning catching? Join the debate on My Sport

1956: Rangers are enjoying plenty of possession at Ibrox but a dogged and well-organised Inverness are thus far keeping the hosts at bay.

1955: Hamilton Accies teenager James McCarthy tries his luck with a snap-shot but his effort from the edge of the penalty box soars wide.

1954: Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura goes close to adding to his eight goals against Kilmarnock, with a drive from the edge of the box that flies inches past the post. The Japanese playmaker is looking frisky in the opening 10 minutes.

1952: Handbags at dawn! Scott Brown and Manuel Pascali square up to each other after a meaty tussle in midfield.

1950: "He got his feet in a fankle."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes on Kris Boyd's early chance at Ibrox

Great word, 'fankle.'

1949: Darren O'Dea sends a pass the distance of a Bo Weekley drive in the direction of Scott McDonald who scampers past Killie's last man and bears down on goal, but he screws his waist-high volley wide of the post.

1948: We've kicked off everywhere else across the country.

1947: Rangers waste an early chance at Ibrox as Steven Davis threads a Bergkamp-esque pass through for Kris Boyd to run on to. However, going by his first touch, the Ibrox goal machine looks as though he is wearing a set of diving boots as he runs the ball out of play.

1946: "There's no way that the two teams can win every game."
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan on the title race between his side and Rangers

1944: No messing about at Ibrox. The game is underway already, a minute early.

1942: 'Well boss Mark McGhee says his side are still the best team in Scotland outwith the Old Firm, despite trailing tonight's opponents by a mammoth nine points in the race for a Europa League spot. Do you agree with Mr McGhee (or should that be Mr McGoo - does the myopic gaffer need a new set of specs?) Join the debate on My Sport

1940: Team news from Tynecastle:

Hearts: Balogh, Neilson, Mrowiec, Jonsson, Lee Wallace, Palazuelos, Aguiar, Karipidis, Stewart, Driver, Obua. Subs: Kello, Mikoliunas, Nade, Cesnauskis, Thomson, Elliot, Park.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Brian McLean, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, O'Brien, Hughes, Klimpl, Sheridan, Clarkson, Sutton. Subs: Krysiak, Malcolm, Darren Smith, Murphy, Lasley, McGarry, Aydilek.

1939: The pitch at Ibrox tonight is Eden-like in its glorious otherwordly plushness. A great surface for some slick passing football. Let's hope Rangers and Caley Thistle are in the mood for a spot of 1970s Dutch total football. Have I lost my mind?

1938: Full team line-ups from Ibrox:

Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, Edu, Ferguson, Fleck, Miller, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Naismith, Beasley, Dailly, Lafferty, Whittaker, Niguez.

Inverness CT: Esson, Tokely, Mihadjuks, Munro, Djebi-Zadi, Proctor, Black, Duncan, Foran, Morais, Rooney. Subs: Fraser, McBain, Imrie, Hastings, Duff, Odhiambo, Kerr.

1936: Did I hear right? I'm sure someone said on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that Hibs are the only SPL team that Hamilton have failed to score against this season. Can anyone clarify this stat? Join the debate on My Sport

1935: Team news from New Douglas Park:Hamilton boss Billy Reid makes four changes after reporting several injury problems.

Midfielder James McArthur is among those missing, while Martin Canning and Trent McClenahan join fellow defender Mark McLaughlin on the sidelines.

Richard Offiong is dropped to the bench, with Jordan McMillan, David Elebert, Jimmy Gibson and Kenny Deuchar coming in.

Hibs also suffered a pre-match blow with skipper Rob Jones absent. Alan O'Brien, John Rankin and Denes Rosa come in, with Jonatan Johansson and Joe Keenan demoted to substitute roles.

1934: And from Ibrox: One change in the Rangers line-up with diminutive teenager John Fleck replacing lofty giraffe-man Kyle Lafferty.

The Inverness starting XI shows two alterations from Saturday's match with Felipe Morais and Adam Rooney playing in place of Dougie Imrie and Eric

1932: Right here we go, let's hit the ground running with some news from Rugby Park: Danny Invincibile replaces Mehdi Taouil in the Kilmarnock starting line-up while Celtic make two changes: Georgios Samaras and Darren O'Dea coming for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Lee Naylor.

1930: Good evening all! Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin...

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