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By David Sharp

1705: In the immortal words of Adam Ant: I'm gonna put some wax on the tracks and slide on outta here. Thanks again for all your boisterous banter. Adieu for noo!

1703: Join us again on Monday evening for live coverage of St Mirren v Hibernian. It's now between Motherwell and the Hibees for that final top six spot. And the Buddies are still flirting with disaster, a mere three points above Falkirk who prop up the table tonight...

So, hold onto your Easter bonnets for that one; it's bound to be an absolute cracker.

1701: That's it. We're done and dusted here. Make sure you check out the highlights from today's games on this website from 1800 BST tomorrow.

1700: Another swaggering performance by Rangers' midfield puppetmeister supreme, Pedro Mendes , and a striker's masterclass from unplayable man-mountain Kevin Kyle were the outstanding solo performances of the day. Who was your top dog today?

1658: "We close the gap to within one point of Celtic, Stevie Smith and Velicka get a chance (albeit by injuries): good day all round." Albertz11WATP on My Sport

1656: "Boyd will probably match Larsson's goal total eventually, and he's out there to score goals so that's a fine achievement, but it needn't fool anyone into thinking he's the better player. He'd need to play until he's older than Davie Weir to get as many assists as Henke did." Glenn_Quagmire on My Sport

So, there's no pleeeeeeeeasing you! (adopts the voice of Dr Evil from Austin Powers )

1654: And it's all over bar the shouting at New Douglas Park and Pittodrie as Dundee United and Aberdeen guarantee their places in the giddy heights of the top six after slender 1-0 wins.

1652: Full-time at Ibrox: Rangers 3-1 Motherwell
A convincing victory which sees Rangers breathing down Celtic's neck in the race for the Scottish Premier League title. Two Marco-van-Basten-esque sizzlers from Kris Boyd and John Sutton illuminated an absorbing encounter in sunny Govan.

1650: Full-time at Rugby Park: Kilmarnock 3-0 Falkirk
Killie collect three points that may prove to be as priceless as a Faberge egg to soar six points clear of sorry Bairns.

1649: Inverness pass up a gilt-edged chance to equalise when Andrew Barrowman finds himself in acres of space only eight yards out, but he scuffs his shot and the ball is hoofed clear.

1647: Hat-trick hero Kevin Kyle comes off to rapturous applause and a standing ovation at Rugby Park. His precious goals could keep troubled Killie in business.

Sub David Fernandez will attempt to fill the striker's giant, clown-sized boots for the final few minutes.

1644: "I think Jim Jefferies has got his tactics spot on today."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Nevin

1642: GOAL! Kilmarnock 3-0 Falkirk
Lanky hit-man Kevin Kyle completes his hat-trick with another header from another Mehdi Taouil delivery. Game over. Huge advantage to Killie in the battle for SPL survival.

1641: "Terry Butcher's going mental at his midfield players."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Alan Kernaghan

Terry's haka builds up into a frenzied climax...his tongue is darting in and out like a demented salamander as he prances about the touchline like a man whose hair is on fire, howling at the moon...

1639: GOAL! Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT
At long last the deadlock is broken as Gary McDonald scores with a looping header at the back post from an excellent Charlie Mulgrew cross.

1638: "It looks like Terry Butcher is doing the New Zealand Haka on the touchline."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie at Pittodrie

What a terrifying sight! Put your tongue away Terry...

1635: Jamie Smith's corner is cleared by the Highlanders' defence, but only as far as Sone Aluko whose his effort is easily gathered by Ryan Esson.

1633: Falkirk defender Jackie McNamara's rasping drive is soars over the bar as the Bairns struggle to break Kilmarnock down.

1632: At New Douglas Park, Hamilton's Trent McClenahan nutmegs two United players to send in a teasing cross only for Derek Asamoah to miss the target completely from six yards out.

1631: Steven Smith trots off after a highly creditable return to the Rangers first XI. Steven Naismith takes his place.

The little ex-Killie forward is such a deadringer for the Milky Bar Kid I'm always surprised he's not sporting a dinky wee cowboy outfit and spinning a pair of toy Colt 45s, hollering: "The milky bars are on me!"

Actually, they'll probably be on Kris Boyd from his handsome win bonus when Rangers close the gap on Celtic to a single point...or should that be bumper bags of Monster Munch?

1629: Graeme Smith prevents Motherwell falling further behind to Rangers as he manages to turn a close-range Steven Whittaker shot on to the underside of the crossbar.

1627: "If JC doesnt get Aberdeen 3 points today, he might as well pack his bags and clear the office tonight..." eoinalexander on My Sport

1624: It's an awkward lead for Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Do they sit on a 2-0 advantage and let Falkirk come at them or do they go for that clinching third? I reckon they'll probably sit tight...

1622: GOAL! Rangers 3-1 Motherwell
Kris Boyd saunters up scores his second of the day, sending Graeme Smith the wrong way from the penalty spot. The keeper is booked by ref David Somers for protesting that rather soft penalty award.

1621: Penalty at Ibrox! Pedro Mendes goes down like a man walking a tightrope in a set of giant clogs as Brian McLean clatters into him.
1620: Someone called 'Gillian' has come on for Motherwell. Well, Cillian Sheridan actually...

1619: Rangers are starting to turn the screw but Boyd again squanders a great chance to put the game beyond Motherwell when he screws a right-foot shot wide of Smith's right-hand post.

1617: Up at Pittodrie, Sone Aluko's shot is fumbled by Inverness goalie Ryan Esson, Maguire scoops the rebound onto the bar and then the ball falls to Lee Miller but he wellies his shot wide
1616: "It's a great start to the second half. It's really opened up."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Nevin at Rugby Park

1613: Kris Boyd has his shooting boots on today and the Rangers striker forces Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith to parry the ball clear with a fine volley on the turn from 16 yards.

1612: "At the 1-1 draw with the Pars in the Scottish Cup I was disappointed to find the famous steak bridies had ran out.. would have been the highlight of the day..." afcmontana on My Sport

A steak bridie!! That would have been the highlight of anyone's day! A rare delicacy to rival the morning-roll-filled-with-a ladleful-of-mince that I've only sampled in the gastronomic environs of Dundee...
1610: An early second 45 chance for Hamilton: James McCarthy stings United keeper Lucas Zaluska's gloves with an 18-yard drive but the Polish stopper flaps away the danger. 1608: Carl Finnigan's shot is saved by Alan Combe and Scott Arfield's effort is blocked by Simon Ford. Falkirk are cranking up the pressure at Rugby Park. They're playing like desperadoes in the waiting room of the last-chance saloon.

1607: Motherwell arrived at Ibrox this afternoon searching for their first victory in Govan since 1997.

Back when Tamagotchi's were all the rage, current Burnley gaffer Own Coyle bagged a double as 'Well dumped a Rangers team starring the likes of Brian Laudrup, Paul Gascoigne, Jorg Albertz, Mark Hately and Ally McCoist.

I bet Walter Smith would love to have such a glittering panoply of talent at his disposal today...

1605: Falkirk explode out of the traps and Burton O'Brien slips the ball past Alan Combe but Garry Hay clears the danger for Kilmarnock.

1604: By the way, that was Boyd's 27th goal of the season, his 138th league goal for Rangers and Killie, which brings him to within 20 goals of Henrik Larsson's record.

1603: Goalscorers Boyd and Velickaget the second 45 underway at Ibrox. And the other two games have kicked off too.

1602: We're away again at New Douglas Park.

1558: "Sorry about the lack of banter, the Pittodrie atmosphere has gotten the better of us and we are all having an afternoon siesta. Think its time to talk about pies..." afcmontana on My Sport

Well, wake up little snoozies, I need your company for the second half! And stop talking about pies: I'm Hank Marvin and salivating like mad here. My jaw almost locked a second ago at the thought of munching into a Rugby Park pie...

1555: "Super Sutton! With any luck by the end of the game that name will be giving the Gers nasty flashbacks of times not long past." Glenn_Quagmire on My Sport

Indeed, Mr Quagmire - big brother Chris was certainly a fly in Rangers ointment on many occasions during Celtic's Martin O'Neill era...

1553: "A game with some tension from time to time but also with some good play from time to time."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie at Pittodrie

1550: Half-time at Pittodrie: no goals in a bit of a non-event of a first half.

1548: Half-time at Ibrox: a whirlwind start from Rangers who hurtled out of the blocks like Usain Bolt and raced into an early two-goal lead courtesy of Velicka and a Kris Boyd melter, only to be pegged back by that otherworldly strike from Sutton.

1547: Half-time at New Douglas and Rugby Parks: Dundee United hold a deserved lead over Hamilton while Kilmarnock fans will be giddy with delight as their side lead Falkirk 2-zip.

1544: Kris Boyd forces Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith to parry the ball clear with a snap shot from the edge of the box as Rangers settle down again after a decidedly shaky spell.

1543: Paul Dixon steams down to the goal-line for United and fires in a wonderful cross, but Andis Shala rises to head his effort off the bar and out for a goal-kick. Close but no cigar as United go in search of a second goal.

1542: "Motherwell have not asked any questions of the Rangers defence or Neil Alexander. Rangers have been dominant, but now their fans are stunned."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit and injured Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan

1539: Lawks-a-lawdy! Good golly Miss Molly! Great balls (or ball, singular) of fire! That was an absolute humdinger from Sutton and 'Well have halved Rangers lead with seven minutes until the break. That arrived like a bolt out of the azure blue Govan sky.

1538: Hamilton struggling to gain a foothold on the match, a brief period of pressure towards the end of this first half aside, and are highly fortunate not to be trailing a vibrant Dundee United by a greater margin than Conway's solitary strike.

1537: GOAL! Rangers 2-1 Motherwell
John Sutton outdoes Boyd with an outrageous 30-yard volley. The ball sat up beautifully for him and he blootered it into the postage stamp top corner with Gers goalie Neil Alexander left pawing at fresh air.

1536: GOAL! Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk
Kevin Kyle doubles his and Killie's tally as he gets the slightest of touches to head the ball past Dani Mallo.

1535: "Mark McGhee and Scott Leitch will be shouting at the players urging them not to concede another before half-time. We need to go in at 2-0, regroup and see what we can do in the first 15 minutes of the second half" BBC Radio Scotland pundit and injured Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan

1536: "Carl Finnigan has been left up on his own for Falkirk. The ball is not sticking and the midfield are not getting up to support him."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Nevin at Rugby Park

1533: Kevin Kyle's goal is his second for Kilmarnock. His last earned a point against St Mirren. Could today's render all three against the Bairns? Where are you all today? Sunbathing? In a tally-van queuing for a 99-er cone?

I feel like some lonely street-crazy here, ranting and raving away to myself. Let's hear some of your legendary banter: My Sport or via text on 80295

1532: "It's a lovely day, the surface is fantastic and everybody wants the ball - at the moment, Rangers are just untouchable."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit and injured Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan

1530: Former Celtic striker Chris' little brother adds injury to the insult of that wild effort. Quite literally. He hobbles off for treatment.

1529: John Sutton comes careering into the Rangers box but is off-balance as he attempts an athletic volley but only succeeds in ballooning the ball into outer space.

1528: At Tannadice, Lee Wilkie powers into the Hamilton box and sends an awkward header over the bar. The towering defender really should doubled the Terrors' lead there.

1527: An away win for the Bairns would put them level with Killie and pile the pressure on Jim Jefferies' team and signal an intense five-team scrap for survival which also includes Hamilton Academical, St Mirren and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Falkirk are up against it at the moment and they've not been scoring goals of late. In fact: cow's bahookie, with a banjo, hit a, couldn't - rearrange into a well-known sentence and that would describe their profligacy quite nicely...

1526: "If they're not sitting on their hands, they're biting their nails."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Nevin describes the tension in the stands at Rugby Park

1524: "Inverness have played the better football, but Aberdeen have had the better chances."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Alan Kernaghan at Pittodrie

1522: "Finally Steven Smith and Velicka play. Velicka gives us that goal threat miller can never offer. Away from home we probably couldn't get away with Velicka and Boyd every time but at home they should play together. Smith is just a left sided version of Hutton and should play every week even ahead of the reliable Papac. Big win today I think." ZimmerBear on My Sport

Good to see young Steven Smith back. I thought he looked like an extremely promising prospect before his horrendous injury problems.

1520: "This is the only three o'clock kick-off where we're still awaiting a goal."
BBC Scotland's Scott Davie commenting on a humdrum, goalless at Pittodrie

1518: "United have started well and they're moving the ball about and getting in about Hamilton."
BBC Scotland pundit Craig Brown

1516: Mark McGhee's punch-drunk side have recovered from their nightmare start at Ibrox and are attempting to haul themselves off the ropes.

But the home side are pumped up for this one knowing that victory would take them to within a point of arch rivals Celtic at the top of the tree.

1515: "The battles are being won in midfield by Kilmarnock."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Pat Nevin

1514: "It wasn't even half a chance. It was incredible. You'll be lucky to see a better goal this season."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell on Kris Boyd's sensational goal against Motherwell

1513: A blistering start from Rangers and what could be a priceless early goal for Killie.

1511: GOAL! Kilmarnock 1-0 Falkirk
Kevin Kyle side-foots the ball past Bairns goalkeeper Dani Mallo, who was stranded in no-man's land.

1510: GOAL! Rangers 2-0 Motherwell
Steven Whittaker launches a long ball to Kris Boyd who takes a single step and pings a stunning half-volley high past the helpless Smith in the Motherwell goal.

1509: Motherwell forward, Cillian Sheridan, on-loan from Celtic, is listed in the team-sheet in the press box at Ibrox as 'Gillian.' Is there something we don't know about the Irishman?! Don't call me Shirley...

1506: Wow! What start! Barely time to settle into our armchairs and we've already got two goals in the opening four minutes.

1504: GOAL! Hamilton 0-1 Dundee United
Craig Conway scores one of the most unlikely goals you'll ever see with a seemingly innocuous cross-cum-shot across the face of the goal which catches Tomas Cerny by surprise.

1503: Falkirk's Scott Arfield has a pop at Alan Combe's goal but it flies high and wide.

1502: GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Motherwell
A dream start for the home side as Steven Smith curls a terrific cross in from the left which drops amongst a flailing scrum of bodies in the 'Well six-yard box and Andrius Velicka is the quickest up off his backside to prod the ball home.

1501: And we're up and running all across the country!

1500: And we're off! At Hamilton at least. And, before I forget, here are the teams from New Douglas Park:

Hamilton: Cerny, McClenahan, Swailes, Canning, McLaughlin, Easton, Neil, McCarthy, McArthur, Mensing, McGowan. Subs: Murdoch, Deuchar, Thomas, Gibson, Lyle, Evans, Asamoah.

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Caddis, Kenneth, Wilkie, Dixon, Buaben, David Robertson, Shala, Conway, Wesolowski, Sandaza. Subs: McGovern, Dillon, Swanson, Kovacevic, Goodwillie, McCord, Smith.

1458: "Good chance for Gers to turn the heat up on Celtic at the top. One point means its in Rangers hands and goal difference wouldn't be an issue! Mon the Gers!!" ogre83 on My Sport

1457: Victory over Caley Thistle today would secure a top-six place for Aberdeen who could then focus on chasing down Hearts for a Europa League spot next term.

1456: Killie's inability to win so far in 2009 has caused the Ayrshire club, who topped the table after their fourth game of the season, to be dragged into a relegation dogfight.

1455: Falkirk boss John Hughes is, bizarrely, getting kicks from his side's nailbiting predicament: "It's the biggest challenge of my career, but I feel I'm up for it. In a macabre kind of way, I'm enjoying it. All the pressure and spotlight is on us, folk have written us off so there is no better incentive. I'm confident we can do it."

1453: If the final-day winner-takes-all finale at the top-of-the-table has been nicknamed 'Helicopter Sunday (or whatever day it happens to fall on)' then what shall we call the last-day tussle to avoid finishing bottom of the heap? 'Wooden spoon Wednesday'?

Maybe we could we bring back Dusty Bin from 3-2-1 as the booby prize for the team that avoids the drop? Does anyone remember that mad show? And the crazy, incomprehensible limerick-style clues?

1452: It's a MASSIVE match for Falkirk too as they look to haul themselves off the foot of the table for the first time in a month.

We're hurtling with gay abandon towards squeaky-bum time for the five sides battling for survival and it could be won or lost on goal difference on the final day of the season. Whaddya all reckon?

1451: Can Jim Jefferies' men arrest their alarming slide to the verge of SPL oblivion? Lemme know what's on your mind: My Sport and via SMS on 80295 .

1450: "Killie have not won at Rugby Park since 15 November - its their worst run since season 1999-2000."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod at Rugby Park

1449: Here's how the teams line-up at Pittodrie:

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

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

1448: Meanwhile, Jim Jefferies freshens up his free-falling Kilmarnock side as Tim Clancy returns from illness and is joined by Gavin Skelton and Craig Bryson in the starting line-up.

1447: Bairns boss John Hughes has opted to start Lee Bullen while Tam Scobbie begins on the bench after taking a knock during the 4-0 defeat to Celtic in midweek.

1446: Let's scoot down to Ayrshire for team news from Rugby Park:

Kilmarnock: Combe, Clancy, Hay, Lilley, Ford, Bryson, Hamill, Skelton, Taouil, Invincibile, Kyle. Subs: Rascle, Wright, Fernandez, O'Leary, Flannigan, Pascali, Anson.

Falkirk: Dani Mallo, Bullen, McNamara, Barr, Pressley, McBride, McCann, Arfield, O'Brien, Higdon, Finnigan. Subs: Olejnik, Holden, Cregg, Riera, Aafjes, Moffat, Scobbie.

1444: Meanwhile, Caley Thistle, who are aiming to match their opening-day success at Pittodrie when they defeated the Dons 2-0, also make one change: Ryan Esson is back from the from suspension naughty step to take his place in goal with Michael Fraser dropping to the bench.

1443: Up at Pittodrie, Aberdeen, looking for a win over Inverness to secure their place in the top six, make one enforced change to the side that drew 1-1 with Motherwell last weekend.

Winger Sone Aluko returns to the starting XI in place of the suspended Andrew Considine. Strikers Darren Mackie and Tommy Wright both start on the bench after recovering from injury.

1441: Here are those teams in full from Ibrox:

Rangers: Alexander, Whittaker, Weir, Bougherra, Steven Smith, Davis, Edu, Dailly, Mendes, Boyd, Velicka. Subs: Graeme Smith, Novo, Naismith, Webster, Niguez, Fleck, Wilson.

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

1438: Hamilton lead the race to escape the drop but Billy Reid's young rookies have taken just one point from their last five league games and are in danger of being dragged right back into the thick of it.

They welcome Dundee United to New Douglas Park on this gloriously sunny Easter weekend Saturday.

1436: Motherwell make just one change for the visit to Ibrox, with Maros Klimpl back from suspension and Keith Lasley dropped to the bench.

1435: And, with Rangers missing no fewer than nine first-team regulars, Andy Webster is also named among the substitutes.

1433: And a rare start for striker Andrius Velicka who forms a twin-pronged attack with Kris Boyd.

1432: Full-back Smith, who slots into the left side of midfield this afternoon, has not featured in the first team since last season's Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone but is drafted back into the side after Sasa Papac was ruled out through injury.

1431: Early team news from a sun-bathed Ibrox: Steven Smith earns a shock recall for Rangers as Walter Smith is forced to make the best of limited resources for today's hazardous game against Motherwell.

1429: Thanks Martin! What a pulsating thrill-fest that was at Tynecastle! Ok, no time to dilly-dally. Let's plunge headlong into this afternoon's four intriguing SPL encounters. Get gabbing to me here as the action unfolds: My Sport and via SMS on 80295 .

By Martin Conaghan

1427: That's it from me for today folks. What a day - so far. I'm going to hand you over to my colleague David Sharp to guide you through the rest of the afternoon, with more thrills, spills and bellyaches undoubtedly yet to come. Thank-you for your time and all of the comments. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

1424: Absolutely thrilling stuff at Tynecastle today, especially for a match that ended with only one goal from either side. BBC Scotland pundit John Robertson gives Hearts' Calum Elliot the Sportsound Man of the Match award, while Murdo MacLeod gives Lee Naylo r and honourable mention for his shift at the back for the visitors.

1422: FULL-TIME: Hearts 1-1 Celtic

1421: Nerve-jangling stuff as the referee blows the final whistle and the match ends in a deadlock.

1419: A goalmouth scramble ensues from a Nakamura free-kick as Celtic push for a winner - and Loovens misses another opportunity from barely one yard out.

1418: "Nobody deserves to lose today. And the strange thing is that the real winners of this could be Rangers."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson.

1417: The referee adds on three minutes of additional play at the end of the match. It's not over, not by a long-chalk.

1416: Balogh pulls off another fine save as Nakamura latches on to a ball from the left-hand side of the Hearts box and targets goal. Cliffhanger finale here at Tynecastle!

1414: Michael Tullberg comes on as the Hearts goalscorer Bruno Aguiar goes off.

1413: Hearts are on the back-foot once more as Celtic up the pressure in a bid to claim the three points as the clock ticks down to the final five minutes of the match.

1410: Koki Mizuno prepares to come on for Celtic as Aiden McGeady heads in for the day after a tough shift down the left.

1410: "It's just fantastic. You can't keep your eyes off it. It just hurtles from end to end."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1409: Real end-to-end stuff as Nakamura blasts in a 20-yard strike that Janos Balogh smothers.

1408: Andy Driver lifts Hearts with a searching run down the right-hand side that sees the ball run out for a corner. Hearts fail to make much of the set-piece and Celtic re-group.

1407: This is one of those matches where the deadlock is going to remain until the dying seconds of the match and one of the sides will snatch a late winner. Mark my words.

1406: Two corners in a row for Celtic and two opportunities in a row go a-begging for Glenn Loovens as the big Dutchman fails to find the net.

1405: "Celtic are on top just now and Hearts are hanging on. They have just lost that wee spark."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1404: Calum Elliot makes way as the Frechman Nade comes on.

1402: Christian Nade getting set to come on for Hearts.

1401: Hearts being pushed back for a spell as Celtic grab a corner and Caldwell knocks down the inswinger, but none of his colleagues are on hand to make the most of it.

1358: "Was Willo Flood signed on the basis of a couple of good games against Rangers for Dundee United?" Andy2119 on My Sport .

1356: Michael Stewart breaks loose with the ball on the edge of the Celtic penalty area, but Lee Naylor gets ahead of him and nudged the ball out for a corner. Solid defending by Naylor there.

1355: For a match of this calibre, I'm amazed there's not more goals. Hearts are playing a very physical game, dispossessing Celtic at every turn and stifling any significant attack from the visitors.

1354: "More and more the game is being put on the Celtic back four, and more and more Hearts look likely."
BBC Scotland commentator David Begg.

1353: "I can't believe Nakamura didn't start today. He was a machine during the week. Back to his best." Dave in Finneston via SMS on 80295 .

1350: Hearts look slightly more determined than Celtic in this second half as Csaba Laszlo's side keep piling on the pressure.

1349: "Craig Thomson was on the other side of the wall, so he would be looking for help from his assistant, but it definitely looked like hands."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1348: Nakamura fires a free-kick straight at the wall and the action replay shows the ball hitting a Hearts hand, but the referee waves it away.

1347: "Flood looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights today. He couldn't cope with the passion and speed of the play."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1346: Some possession stats for you: Hearts 57%, Celtic 43%.

1344: Willo Flood heads in for an early bath as Nakamura comes on for Celtic.

1343: "If we can get a result today that would really show Hearts we're making big strides this season. We've done it the ugly way for so many games, so how refreshing it is to see us play the game the way it should be." J Morley in Southampton via SMS on 80295 .

1342: Shunsuke Nakamura is warming up on the sidelines, but we're not too sure who will be making an exit yet. Possibly Willo Flood.

1341: "You won't see a better run from a defender this season."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod on Zaliukas' attempt on goal.

1340: Another fine save from Boruc as Elliot fires in a feeble effort from the left-hand edge of the six-yard box.

1338: Marius Zaliukas goes on a fantastic run through the heart of the Celtic defence and tests Artur Boruc with a fantastic, rifling shot. Close shave for the visitors there.

1337: A much slower, composed start to the second-half so far, but it's still a strong battle between the sides. Both managers know how important this match is to their seasons - a draw suits neither.

1335: "With Hearts doing so well this season, are they ready to sack their manager again?" Jamie in Glasgow via SMS on 80295 .

1333: McManus off and Crosas on. We're not entirely sure why the change as been made, possibly an injury for the Celtic captain. Caldwell moves back into defence as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink takes the captain's armband.

1332: And we're back off again at Tynecastle. Get the Pampers on and buckle up your seatbelt folks, we're in for another thrill-ride.

1329: Just waiting on the teams coming back out for the second-half. I'm not too sure if my nerves can handle another 45 minutes like the one we've just watched.

1326: "Why, after strong comfortable performances in the last two games has Strachan changed the side? Odea, Crossas and Nakamura were stand-outs. I just don't get it." Dave via SMS on 80295 .

We don't know Dave - does anyone understand what goes on inside the mind of the diminutive, ginger-headed Celtic manager?

1325: Hamilton are unbeaten in the head-to-head against Dundee United this season, but can they keep it up when the Tangerine Terrors make the trip to New Douglas Park this afternoon? Stay tuned.

1323: Caley Thistle are a rejuvenated side under Terry Butcher, but it's going to be a tough match against Aberdeen as Jimmy Calderwood's side keep their sights firmly on catching Hearts in third place. Our BBC Scotland commentator colleague Liam McLeod was none too happy at me referring to the match as a "Highland derby" earlier today - what do you call it then?

1321: Kilmarnock haven't won a league match at Rugby Park since 15 November. Can they do better today against bottom side Falkirk? Stay tuned later in the afternoon as the inimitable David Sharp takes over the live text baton at 1430 BST to give you his all-encompassing and thoroughly entertaining perspective on the afternoon's matches.

1320: No early team news as yet from Ibrox as Rangers prepare to face Motherwell with nine first team players out. Walter Smith and Ally McCoist will be keeping a close eye (or ear) on developments at Tynecastle.

1319: A blistering 45 minutes of first-half action at Tynecastle. Let's hope the second-half delivers more of the same. Stay with us here folks for live commentary, live text updates and plenty of comments from My Sport and via SMS on 80295 .

1318: Half-time at Tynecastle: Hearts 1-1 Celtic.

1317: "This is the best I have seen Hearts in years! Fantastic game." from Ross in Glasgow on 80295 .

1314: Obua is back on the pitch after a rub from the magic sponge and a skoosh of spray that smells like Vick's vapo-rub. Whatever it is, it's made him run faster - as the dreadlocked Ugandan goes on a blistering run down the right.

1313: Calum Elliot powers into the Celtic box from the right-hand side and blasts in a powerful shot, which looks as though it strikes the arm of Glenn Loovens, but the referee is having none of it and waves play on.

1312: "You have to think today will be a big day in terms of the title. I can see that rangers team slipping up at some point as they just don't have the squad to deal with the title run-in. as for Celtic, if they win a tricky tie today I can see them going all the way." Scubar2k8 My Sport

1310: David Obua is on the deck with his right boot off as Hearts kick the ball out to let the Ugandan receive some medical treatment. I reckon that's the first real lull in play in almost 40 minutes of non-stop football.

1309: Andreas Hinkel clears a dangerous ball out for a corner as Hearts turn the screws on Celtic. Eventually, the visitors get the ball out, but Hearts look relentless in their pursuit of a lead at this stage in the match.

1304: If you're watching the Liverpool v Blackburn game, you're wasting your time. Get Radio Scotland on (92-95FM and 810MW, or listen live online) and send us your views on My Sport or send us a text on 80295 . This match is a classic.

1302: "Aguiar has scored a couple of crackers like that. Boruc has not done his homework. The place erupts, it's bedlam, what a game we have now."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1301: GOAL! Hearts 1-1 Celtic. Bruno Aguiar fires in a sensational 29-yard free-kick with his right foot and Hearts are back in the game.

1259: "I'm watching the game on telly, but listening to your commentary, coz its a lot better. As for the penalty claim, there was contact - however he made the most of it. However McGeady went down easily got the free kick. I'm a Celtic fan and this is an amazing game." SMS from Denis in Carlise on 80295 .

1257: As we approach the 30-minute mark, the pace of the match has finally settled down. I can maybe look up now, if my neck can cope with the strain. What a start to the day.

1254: "Hearts are a shambles at the back, but when they do go forward they do look threatening."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg.

1253: "That was breath of wind that knocked down Aiden McGeady there."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson as the Celtic winger goes down with Michael Stewart breathing down his neck.

1252: "Credit to Gordon Strachan. The only real surprise in his changes was leaving out Nakamura. But the power and passion of these early exchanges probably would not have suited him."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1251: "Hope that the referee is training for the London marathon if he wants to have any chance of keeping up with the play. bringthemonjpn on My Sport . Too right. The match is being played at a furious pace. There's almost certainly more goals to come in this game.

1249: A brief period of pressure from Celtic, starting with a free-kick and a quick flurry of pressure that ends with Vennegoor of Hesselink heading wide.

1246: The Celtic fans are in full song as they celebrate their early lead, but as our commentator David Begg has described, Artur Boruc is also receiving a hearty, Gorgie welcome from the home supporters.

1243:BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young says Hearts fans will want to watch the highlights of this match when they appear on the BBC Sport website on Sunday at 1800 BST as the home side had a good claim for a penalty waved away by referee Craig Thomson.

1242: Aiden McGeady goes down very easily under pressure from Christos Karipidis on the edge of the Hearts box, but fails to capitalise on the free-kick.

1240: Who says the SPL is dull? This is one of the most exciting starts to a match in ages. Hearts have just notched up their fourth corner in 11 minutes. To coin a well-worn cliché, it's end-to-end stuff.

1239: "Wonderful atmosphere, great football, it's living up to the billing."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1238: Marius Zaliukas heads one over the head of Artur Boruc, but it drifts over the top of the bar - surely he should have fired that one in to give Hearts a quick equaliser?

1235: "The Hearts keeper must have thought that he was handling his Easter egg there. I have pushed a Tescos trolley harder than that." bringthemonjpn on My Sport

1234: What a start! My keyboard is on fire. Hearts have responded almost instantly from that shock opener and this match looks like it's going to be hotter than mouthful of green and red chillies.

1233: "Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink couldn't buy a goal, now he's got three in the last three matches."
BBC Scotland pundit David Begg describes the sensational opener for Celtic.

1232: "The teams that have played a lot of games will start feeling injuries and you just hope we can have the squad to cope with that."
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan

1230 (and 23 seconds): GOAL! Hearts 0-1 Celtic: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink pounces on a flick by Andreas Hinkel and nets one of the fastest goals in a long time.

1230: And we're off at Tynecastle!

1229: BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod bids for Hearts 1-2 Celtic for The Predictor and reckons Scott McDonald will get on the scoresheet today.

1228: The players are in the tunnel, ready to come out - don't forget to send us your views on My Sport or text us on 80295.

1226: Getting close to kick-off - a quick look at those team formations shows that Hearts are unchanged, while Celtic make four changes. Flood, Naylor, Loovens and Vennegoor of Hesselink are are all in.

1214: Team news from Tynecastle:

Hearts: Balogh, Neilson, Zaliukas, Karipidis, Lee Wallace, Obua, Aguiar, Palazuelos, Stewart, Driver, Elliot. Subs: MacDonald, Tullberg, Nade, Cesnauskis, Jonsson, Park, Templeton.

Celtic: Boruc, Caldwell, McManus, Loovens, Naylor, Hinkel, Flood, Scott Brown, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald. Subs: Mark Brown, Ferry, Misun, Maloney, Mizuno, Crosas, Nakamura.

Today's referee is Craig Thomson.

1211: "I think it will be 3-1 to Rangers and 1-0 to Hearts (I hope), Dundee Utd to win 3-0, Aberdeen 2-1, Killie to draw 0-0." Some bold predictions from rangersfcwrestling on My Sport .

1210: The crowds are starting to gather at Tynecastle for the 1230 BST kick-off. Celtic have played six away games in 2009, with two defeats, three draws and a single win against Kilmarnock - what are their chances away to a Hearts side that have only lost one match in their last seven?

1200: The SPL heads into the home straight as the penultimate matches before the split get underway, starting with Celtic's trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts in the early kick-off.

Rangers host Motherwell in what will surely be one of the big matches of the day at Ibrox, while Aberdeen face Inverness at Pittodrie.

Dundee United make the trip to New Douglas Park, where Hamilton are the hosts, and Kilmarnock take on Falkirk in the crucial basement battle.

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