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Live - Scottish Premier League



SPL fixtures:

Rangers 1-0 Celtic

Kilmarnock 1-1 Falkirk

St Mirren 1-3 Motherwell

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By Colin Moffat

1700: That's all from me folks. I'm off to get something to eat since I forgot to stock up on typing-friendly snacks before the early kick off and I'm starving. We have new leaders in the Scottish Premier League. Can Rangers hold on for their first title success since 2004/05?

1655: Inverness will have the chance to move back up the table when they host Hamilton Accies tomorrow.

1651: Full-time: Kilmarnock 1-1 Falkirk
Falkirk edge to within two points of 11th-placed St Mirren, with three games remaining. It could have been so much better for the Bairns but they couldn't hold on to the lead Darren Barr gave them against the run of play. Kevin Kyle was the man with the goal for Killie as they climb one place above Inverness on goal difference.

1649: Full-time: St Mirren 1-3 Motherwell
Bad news for the Buddies. St Mirren are sucked further into the relegation mire after a meek capitulation. David Clarkson scored twice for Motherwell after Jamie Murphey claimed the first.

1647: "C'mon Killie! Form at home has been a disgrace! If Killie get relegated they will not be around next season!" Stephen Mc via text on 80295.

1644: St Mirren are pinning Motherwell back but just can't find the opening that would set up a grand stand finish.

1642: Kevin Kyle climbs above the Falkirk defence for the umpteenth time but his header from Garry Hay's cross flashes narrowly wide.

1640: Falkirk's Neil McCann delivers another great cross and Killie keeper Alan Combe scrambles the ball away as Darren Barr gets a touch.

1638: Billy Mehmet threatens twice in quick succession for St Mirren but the astute defending of Motherwell's Mark Reynolds alleviates the pressure.

1634: St Mirren have been roused by that goal and are suddenly looking dangerous in attack. Another couple of goals is a lot to ask from a notoriously shot-shy side.

1631: Okay, I'll have another stab at the 'as things stand' routine since I made a pig's ear of it last time and things have changed. Falkirk bottom on 32, St Mirren on 34, with Killie and Inverness on 35.

1628: GOAL - St Mirren 1-3 Motherwell
Some hope for the Buddies? Stephen O'Donnell lashes home from Garry Brady's cross.

1627: Falkirk captain Darren Barr is fuming after his claims for a penalty are denied as he is challenged by Jamie Hamill.

1625: GOAL - Kilmarnock 1-1 Falkirk
That changes everything. Kevin Kyle thumps in a cracking volley from 20 yards and now Falkirk are back on the bottom.

1621: "If Yogi pulls off this great escape he will be manager of the season. No calls for his head now!" kanu in Newcastle, via text on 80295.

1618: Very interesting times at the bottom of the SPL heap. I'll use the classic 'as things stand' to tell you Kilmarnock, Falkirk and St Mirren are all tied on 34 points. The Bairns would rocket up two places to 10th, with Killie staying where they are.

1616: GOAL - St Mirren 0-3 Motherwell
A second goal of the day for David Clarkson as the striker heads in from Paul Quinn's cross. Worrying times for St Mirren, who will go bottom of the table if results stay the same.

1614: GOAL - Kilmarnock 0-1 Falkirk
That could be a massive goal for the Bairns! Skipper Darren Barr rises highest to nod home a corner from Neil McCann.

1610: Motherwell's Stephen Hughes ends his terrific 40-yard run with a wild effort that fails to trouble St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Howard.

1609: "Kevin Kyle is nothing but a thug in a football top. He got away with murder the last time Falkirk were here. Exactly the same today." Gordon sends in a text on 80295 from Rugby Park.

1606: "You just wonder where the goal is going to come from for St Mirren. They haven't really threatened Motherwell." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan.

1604: There's a Dad's Army changing of the guard as Lee Bullen is on for Jackie McNamara as Falkirk kick off the second half at Rugby Park.

1601: We're off again at St Mirren Park. Is there any way back for the Buddies? Substitution for St Mirren, with Will Haining replacing Jack Ross.

1555: "With Motherwell being in with a shout of this Fair Play spot, I thought they would lack the fight to take anything from the game. I've been pleasantly surprised and a draw for us at Killie wouldn't be the end of the world, if things stay as they are." Regular contributor Lanky-ffc takes a few crumbs of comfort from St Mirren's poor showing.
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1551: "It's looking good from Motherwell but where was this sort of game a few weeks ago?" asks a frustrated kevmfc on My Sport.
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1549: Half-time: Kilmarnock 0-0 Falkirk
The home side are on top but they're not getting enough runners from midfield to support towering target-man Kevin Kyle. The Bairns have done nothing in the final third of the park.

1548: Falkirk keeper Dani Mallo makes another good save, flying through the air to push away a fierce strike from Craig Bryson.

1546: "Motherwell are good value for their lead. They've created chances and passed and moved well." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan.

1545: Half-time: St Mirren 0-2 Motherwell
It's going to take a gargantuan effort from St Mirren to get back into this match. Motherwell are two goals to the good thanks to Jamie Murphy and David Clarkson, while Saints are continually getting caught offside.

1543: Falkirk goalkeeper Dani Mallo saves at the feet of Willie Gibson just as the Kilmarnock winger looks poised to move clear and open the scoring.

1541: Kilmarnock's Kevin Kyle squanders an opportunity with a header in front of goal and there are cries for a penalty as Craig Bryson is challenged as he tries to pounce on the loose ball. Referee Alan Muir does not react to the home players' pleas.

1539: Motherwell come close to a third goal. On-loan striker Cillian Sheridan gets in front of his marker to force in a shot but Mark Howard is equal to it with the save.

1538: A near miss for St Mirren, with David Barron's deflected effort flashing across the Motherwell goal before travelling out for a throw-in.

1537: It's all gone quiet on the texts and My Sport messages and it doesn't sound like there are many punters at either game. Is no one interested in the fate of these teams or are you all busy hiding behind the couch, too nervous to contribute?

1534: Kilmarnock's Jamie Hamill misses a glorious chance, snatching at his effort from 12 yards and sending it well over the crossbar. Kevin Kyle does likewise with a bullet-like header that he ought to have put on target.

1532: GOAL - St Mirren 0-2 Motherwell
The St Mirren defence is carved open as David Clarkson fires into an empty net after Stephen Hughes's first effort rebounds off the post.

1529: Some fine play from Kilmarnock's Mehdi Taouil ends with a cross that is just not precise enough to give Kevin Kyle the opportunity to put his overhead hitch-kick on target.

1527: "With the greasy surface, it's one of these days that if you get enough balls into the box you can get mistakes." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan sounds a little bored at a very quiet St Mirren Park.

1525: Falkirk defender Steven Pressley is giving Kevin Kyle an earful after hacking the Killie striker down. It looks like those two will have a lively joust this afternoon.

1522: It's all a bit scrappy at Rugby Park, with Kilmarnock still enjoying the lion's share of territory. Meanwhile, Beeb match commentator John Barnes assures us that Mark Stewart's eye injury is nothing to worry about.

1518: GOAL - St Mirren 0-1 Motherwell
Motherwell youngster Jamie Murphy nods the visitors in front with a simple finish from Stevie Hammell's cross. Poor marking by the St Mirren defence as that goal came out of the blue.

1516: Jim Jefferies is going berserk at the award of a shy to Falkirk near the halfway line! The Killie boss is fired up for this one. I wouldn't want to see him if any important decisions go against his struggling team.

1512: Falkirk boss John Hughes decides he can't wait any longer for Mark Stewart, with his side down to 10 men, and sends on Michael Higdon as his replacement.

1511: "Kilmarnock have started sharper and are winning all the 50-50s." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Rugby Park.

1509: "The sun is trying to break through at St Mirren Park but it is absolutely freezing. At least the rain has gone off." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod is shivering down in Paisley.

1507: Falkirk forward Mark Stewart is off the field for treatment on a head knock. Michael Higdon is warming up in case Stewart can't continue.

1506: St Mirren's Andy Dorman races in on the Motherwell goal but goalkeeper Graeme Smith is quick off his line to avert the danger.

1505: "Right, onto more important matters now. What is it Motherwell need to do to get the Fair play spot - just behave themselves and don't kick anybody? We already have nothing to play for and it just seems a little strange to give the players even more reason to dawdle." madscot125 has a future in motivational speaking over on My Sport.
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1502: St Mirren boast a favourable record over Motherwell this season with the Buddies having won the last two encounters. A 1-0 Scottish Cup win was followed by a 2-0 victory at Fir Park last month. Motherwell won the opening clash of the sides 2-1 and the other league fixture was goalless. The cup win was a replay, which means this is the sixth meeting of the sides this term. They must be fed up at the sight of each other.

1500: The relegation battle commences, with the action underway at Rugby Park and St Mirren Park.

1453: Kilmarnock injury doubts Danny Invincibile and David Fernandez fail to make the starting line-up, with Willie Gibson and Kevin Kyle coming in. Kyle has been suspended since netting all three goals when the teams met at Rugby Park last month.

Falkirk, three points behind the hosts, replace the banned Gerard Aafjes with veteran defender Steven Pressley, while striker Michael Higdon can only make the bench on his return from suspension.

1450: "People say 'you win the Old Firm game, you win the league'; that's showing huge disrespect to the other sides but we're on a good run right now." Rangers manager Walter Smith talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

1448: St Mirren make three changes, with Dennis Wyness and David Barron, who came on in the second half in last week's defeat to Inverness, starting, as does Steven Thomson. The injured Jim Hamilton drops out and Mo Camara and Gary Brady drop to the bench.

Motherwell, with nothing to play for, make four changes. Paul Quinn and Jim O'Brien returning from injury and Cillian Sheridan and Jamie Murphy promoted from the substitutes' ranks. John Sutton, Stephen McGarry, Maros Klimpl and Marc Fitzpatrick make way.

1445: "It shows how close the teams are. My players have got to be disappointed with the result but not the performance." Celtic manager Gordon Strachan talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

1442: TEAM NEWS from St Mirren Park

St Mirren: Howard, Ross, Potter, Cuthbert, Barron, Thomson, Murray, Dorman, McGinn, Wyness, Mehmet. Subs: Mathers, Mason, Haining, O'Donnell, Brady, McAusland, Camara.

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

144O: TEAM NEWS from Rugby Park.

Kilmarnock: Combe, Clancy, Lilley, Ford, Hay, Bryson, Hamill, Skelton, Gibson, Taouil, Kyle. Subs: Rascle, Fowler, Wright, Fernandez, Flannigan, McInnes, Nolan.

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

1438: Rangers are away to Hibs, home to Aberdeen and away to Dundee United in their final fixtures. Celtic are at home to Dundee united, away at Hibs, and at home against Hearts. There could be a few twists and turns to come...

1433: "Once again 'world class' Nakamura fails to kick a ball at Ibrox. He seems to be Strachan's sacred cow, yet McGeady is dispensable." George from Edinburgh via text on 80295.

1430: Don't forget that are two more important games coming up. With the relegation issue far from resolved, there's a classic 'six-pointer' as bottom side Falkirk visit Kilmarnock. St Mirren can breathe a little easier if they manage to beat Motherwell in Paisley.

1427: "It wasn't always great football but it certainly was thrilling. The Old Firm games are special." BBC Radio Scotland analyst Jim Traynor.

1425: Full-time: Rangers 1-0 Celtic
The Ibrox side move two points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League thanks to a first-half strike from Steven Davis. Celtic dominated possession after the break, without creating many chances as the Rangers defence stood firm.

1424: Celtic win a last-gasp corner and everyone's up, including Artur Boruc, but Rangers clear. The keeper's staying up as a centre forward!

1423: Pedro Mendes wriggles free and blasts an angled shot into the arms of Boruc.

1421: Celtic sub Lee Naylor is the latest recipient of a yellow card as he hacks down Maurice Edu. Rangers take the ball for a walk into the corner to waste some valuable time.

1420: The Rangers fans are bouncing now. The 90 minutes are almost up and we'll have four minutes of added time.

1418: Celtic defender Gary Caldwell goes into the referee's book for a full-blooded lunge at Pedro Mendes.

1417: Kyle Lafferty looks a little foolish as the ball sticks in a puddle on the touchline and he has a good old fresh-air swipe at it before stumbling over.

1416: Another commotion in the Rangers penalty box but the ball won't fall for a Celtic player and the move breaks down when Georgios Samaras is flagged offside.

1414: Kris Boyd heads over from a Pedro Mendes corner kick. The Rangers striker was up a little too early for that one. That was his last contribution. Lee McCulloch comes lumbering off the Rangers bench to enter the fray.

1413: A cross from Aiden McGeady causes problems in the Rangers penalty box but, when the ball falls to Marc Crosas, the Celtic midfielder shoots wastefully high.

1410: Ten minutes of regulation time left. That's Naylor on for Darren O'Dea at left-back. The Englishman will be expected to steam forward at every opportunity.

1407: Greek striker Georgios Samaras comes on for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Lee Naylor is also warming up for Celtic.

1405: Did I say Maurice Edu looked tired? The American has just made a great surge up the park. Play immediately rages down to the other end and Aiden McGeady fires an angled shot into the side-netting.

1402: We've got approximately 20 minutes to go. Celtic are seeing an awful lot of the ball but the home side pose a threat on the break and look like they're getting a second wind.

1400: Kyle Laffery gets a yellow card with his first touch, sliding his studs against the shin of Shunsuke Nakamura.

1358: Steven Smith makes way for Kyle Lafferty. That's an attacking move from Walter Smith, so often accused of being overly-cautious. It looks like Kenny Miller will play wide on the left, with Lafferty teaming up with Kris Boyd up front.

1357: Andreas Hinkel wins a corner for Celtic after a terrific run down the right flank but Shunsuke Nakamura disappoints with another poor delivery. He's not had a great day so far, the Japanese star.

1356: Rangers striker Kris Boyd scorches a shot narrowly wide at the front post as he latches on to a fizzing, low pass from Steven Davis.

1353: Aiden McGeady is on for Shaun Maloney. No surprise; Maloney has had a quiet match for the visitors. Maurice Edu might be next to go, the Rangers central midfielder is flagging.

1352: "I think Kris Boyd's played well today. He's won so many balls in the air and provided an out ball." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod sticks up for the Gers forward after that missed opportunity.

1350: Kris Boyd breaks in behind the Celtic defence with good strength and a nice touch but Artur Boruc is out quickly to deny the Rangers striker with an excellent save. That was a fantastic chance for Scotland's top goal-scorer.

1348: Rangers keeper Neil Alexander gets down smartly to gather a glancing downward header from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink after a lovely cross from Andreas Hinkel.

1345: "Gordon Strachan has got to look at bringing Aiden McGeady on in the next 10 minutes" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod. However, it is the Rangers subs who are busy warming up.

1344: Celtic are looking the brighter side just now, with Rangers pinned back in their own half.

1340: "There's so much surface water splashing up now." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg keeps us up to date with the inclement conditions. The pitch is really slowing down and there are a number of tasty sliding tackles going in.

1339: Kenny Miller lobs the ball into the net but from an offside position, after slack play from Shaun Maloney and then Shunsuke Nakamura gifted Rangers possession.

1337: Shunsuke Nakamura appears to have taken up a more central role in midfield as Celtic search for a way back into the game.

1336: We're off again. No changes from either side.

1334: "Enough potential shown from Celtic, unlucky not to be level with big Jan's header. I think an equaliser is on the cards." Andrey23Arshavin takes a break from banging in the goals for Arsenal to have his say.
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1332: "I did say 2-1 Celtic before the match, so you could say I'm on course for that... But I'm not very confident Celtic will win the match now." BBC Radio Scotland's resident Mr Grumpy, Jim Traynor.

1329: "Half-time and at last a chance to get a few cans from the fridge. That and my oxygen tank, which I think I'm going to need to get me through the second half. Unless of course Rangers get the early goal..." bringthemonjpn is also a bag of nerves over on My Sport.
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1326: There have been a flurry of texts concerning the Celtic penalty claims. The BBC Radio Scotland team are unmoved; backing referee Craig Thomson's handling of what has been a frantic match.

1324: "Good first half but Rangers allowing Celtic too much time to pick their passes. We need to shut them down quicker." You can almost hear memnoch666 biting his nails over on My Sport.
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1321: Snooker legend Stephen Hendry is enjoying a chat with Sir Alex Ferguson in the Ibrox stand. Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, formerly in charge at Rangers, is also looking on. Maybe Big Eck is preparing another bid for Kris Boyd? The Rangers striker has been pretty quiet so far.

1317: Half-time: Rangers 1-0 Celtic
An engrossing first 45 minutes comes to a close, with the home side enjoying the lead thanks to a well-worked goal from Steven Davis. The same player denied Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink a certain equaliser with a great clearance.

1316: "Celtic have definitely had the better of the last 15-20 minutes of this half, even though Rangers have scored." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1314: Steven Davis is having a stormer! The Rangers goal-scorer pops up on his own goal-line to clear away a powerful header from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Neil Alexander was well beaten by the Dutch striker's effort.

1312: There's a wee break in the action as Maurice Edu receives treatment after a nasty hack from Glenn Loovens.

1311: "A dreich Glasgow Saturday, a pulsating Old Firm encounter and another masterclass from David Begg. Superb." Decky McNaught, Merchant City, viatext on 80295 is enjoying the BBC Radio Scotland coverage.

1309: Steven Smith is booked for a late lunge at Andreas Hinkel. The German full-back was sent high into the air by that reckless challenge. Ouch!

1307: "What a magnificent finish by Steven Davis but it was all about Kenny Miller." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1306: GOAL - Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Kenny Miller chases a pass from Kris Boyd and crosses from the left for Steven Davis to blast home on the volley from close range at the back post. That's a first Old Firm goal for the Northern Ireland international.

1304: Kenny Miller gets his head down and charges at the heart of the Celtic defence but the Rangers forward soon loses control and Artur Boruc races out of his goal to clear.

1302: More cries for a penalty from Celtic followers as Scott McDonald tumbles after a sly nudge from Steven Whittaker.

1300: Shunsuke Nakamura ties Steven Whittaker in knots with a lovely shimmy but his cross eludes team-mate Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who had taken up a good position at the back post.

1258: Celtic enjoy a prolonged spell of possession as both teams take a well-earned breather.

1256: "Celtic are getting back into the match maybe this will be a decent game after all; like the old firm matches are always hyped up to be." AdamMorrow is getting excited over on My Sport.
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1254: Marc Crosas, making his first start in an Old Firm game, looks a little overwhelmed. Celtic's Catalan midfielder has given the ball away on a number of occasions already.

1252: Celtic defender Gary Caldwell gets a glimpse of goal after fluffing his initial shot but his second attempt from 18 yards is charged down by a wall of opponents.

1250: Rangers full-back Steven Whittaker whips a magnificent cross in from wide on the left and it skids across a crowded penalty area before smacking off the far post.

1249: The game has settled down to a mere frenzy. We've even had a few passes strung together. Whatever next?

1245: David Weir hauls down Scott McDonald and Shunsuke Nakamura swings in a dangerous free kick that has Neil Alexander scrambling to tip over his crossbar.

1244: Rangers playmaker Pedro Mendes finds Kenny Miller but the striker's acrobatic scissors kick flies harmlessly wide.

1243: "A bit early but it looks as if Celtic are content to soak up the pressure and hit on the break. That Rangers back four isn't the quickest so balls over the top could bear fruit for Celtic!" redandblackT1899 on My Sport.
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1240: The away fans are screaming for a penalty as Madjid Bougherra grapples with Scott McDonald, with both men nowhere near the ball.

1238: A scare for Celtic fans as Andreas Hinkel delivers an under-hit back-pass to Artur Boruc but the keeper swipes the ball away to safety under pressure from Kenny Miller.

1235: Rangers appear to have the early momentum as the home team flood forward in numbers.

1233: "I've never heard anything like this and this is my 115th Old Firm derby." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg is stunned by the decibel level.

1232: That will be the first booking of the day, then. Paul Hartley crudely upends Kenny Miller in the middle of the park. A scramble in the Celtic penalty box follows and Kris Boyd skews a header off target.

1231: Celtic win an early free kick but Darren O'Dea's hopeful, long delivery is easily mopped up by the home defence.

1230: And we're off. Hold on to your hats. This should be special.

1228: The teams come running out and the noise is deafening as Ibrox erupts in a turbulent sea of noise and wonderful colour.

1225: With five minutes to go until the big kick-off, the torrential rain shows no sign of abating at Ibrox. Spare a thought for the thousands of hopefuls who are queuing for X-Factor auditions at Hampden. On second thoughts, don't bother...

1222: "If Celtic win today they are home and hosed, for me," says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds, before predicting a narrow home win.

1220: Rangers have not scored against Celtic since beating Gordon Strachan's side 4-2 at the end of the August. Top-scorer Kris Boyd has only netted once in 18 career appearances against Celtic. Can the SPL's leading marksman add to that tally today?

1216: "McGeady should be playing if Dailly is at left or right back. He would run rings round him." the nostalgic bringbackthejungle is one of the many bemused Celtic fans writing in.
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1212: TEAM LINE-UPS:

Rangers: Alexander, Dailly, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Davis, Mendes, Edu, Steven Smith, Boyd, Miller. Subs: McGregor, Novo, McCulloch, Lafferty, Velicka, Fleck, Wilson.

Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Loovens, Caldwell, O'Dea, Nakamura, Hartley, Crosas, Maloney, Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald. Subs: Mark Brown, Naylor, Samaras, Misun, Flood, Robson, McGeady.

1210: It could be quite tasty, with so much at stake. There have been three red cards in Old Firm games this season with Daniel Cousin, now at Hull City after leaving Rangers, and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink being dismissed in the 4-2 victory for Rangers. Kirk Broadfoot was sent off in extra-time as Celtic went on to win the Co-operative Insurance Cup final at Hampden 2-0.

1207: "Celtic to win 2-1, then to beat Dundee United on Tuesday and Rangers to draw with Hibs on Wednesday. Game over." An anonymous soothsayer via text to 80295.

1206: "It's the game I'm sure many of us have been waiting for. Reading the recent past fixtures on this, I'm pretty sure that if Celtic win, they'll be champions." FoxForever on My Sport.
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1203: "It's certainly going to be a nerve-wracking 90 minutes. Madjid coming back in was an obvious choice, he's been brilliant all season. The park is absolutely fantastic and deserves a good game on it. There's some great footballers on the park." Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

1200: "Walter's old pals act might cost us the league today. Christian Dailly should not be playing at right-back for us. It should be Whittaker, with Smith at left back, instead we have now stifled our own attack as Davis can't charge forward." memnoch666 on My Sport.
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1158: "We've got a small pack in midfield but we hope they can use their ability on the ball. It's just an attacking set-up, with good players" Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

1156: "For me, the biggest surprise of the day is Shaun Maloney playing and Aiden McGeady not playing." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

1155: Walter Smith has taken charge of a Rangers team against Celtic on 44 occasions, winning 23 times, drawing 10 and losing 11.

Gordon Strachan boasts eight victories in this famous derby and has been a losing manager six times, with three of his Old Firm clashes ending all square.

Those stats have been plucked from my colleague Andy Campbell's 'hat of stats', which is always brimming with interesting tit-bits.

1152: "If Celtic win, Strachan will be called a tactical genius. If not, he will get slaughtered. He is taking a gamble. I think McGeady will be on soon." says Graeme from Irvine, via text on 80295.

1150: It's blowing a gale in Glasgow and lashing down with rain; perfect conditions for crunching slide tackles and goalkeepers spilling crosses.

1144: Some surprise news from the Celtic camp. Aiden McGeady is not in the starting XI. Shaun Maloney comes into midfield for his first league start since 13 December, while Darren O'Dea replaces Lee Naylor at left-back and Glenn Loovens is in for injured captain Stephen McManus.

McGeady, so influential in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final win, is among the substitutes, as is Naylor and the fit-again Barry Robson.

1142: Early team news. Madjid Bougherra is back from a ban to take his place in Rangers' central defence, while Kenny Miller partners Kris Boyd up front.

1140: Good day to you all. Are you ready for the last Old Firm tussle of the campaign?

Both managers have being doing their best to play down the significance of the fixture but just who do they think they are kidding? This game is huge.

Celtic are one point better off than their fierce Glasgow rivals at the summit of the Scottish Premier League and both teams will have just three matches to play, following today's encounter.

The honours have been even on league duty this term, with both sides enjoying an away success and the points being shared in a drab goalless draw at Celtic Park.

However, Gordon Strachan's side turned Rangers over with an extra-time victory in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final in March.

Will Walter Smith go with just one striker, stick with the recently-prolific partnership of Kris Boyd and Andrius Velicka or bring in former Celt Kenny Miller, or even turn to Kyle Lafferty?

And what about Strachan? At Hampden he deployed a surprise five-man midfield, with Aiden McGeady supporting top-scorer Scott McDonald.

All the questions and many more will be answered at 1230 when the teams kick-off at Ibrox.

You can listen to BBC Radio Scotland's coverage online and highlights of the match will be on this website from 1800 on Sunday.

As always, we want your views as the action unfolds, so add your thoughts on My Sport or send us a text on 80295 and we'll include some them.



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30 January 2010 17:38
    P GD PTS
1 Rangers 23 40 54
2 Celtic 22 21 44

3 Hibernian 22 16 42
4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

5 Motherwell 22 0 30
6 Hearts 23 -5 28
7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
10 Hamilton 21 -18 17
11 Kilmarnock 22 -15 16

12 Falkirk 21 -19 14


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