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1707: We're back tomorrow afternoon for Celtic against Hearts. The highlights of today's games, including THAT controversial clash at Rugby Park, will be available to view on this website from 1800 BST on Sunday. As always, thanks for your comments during today's games. Have a good night, especially if you're still glued to the couch after watching the illusionist Derren Brown...

1706:
My Sport
From dsh301 On My Sport: "On my way home from Tannadice and would like to say well done to the super Well. A brilliant result against a really good Utd outfit, who I think will be up there fighting for third place in the league. Jim Gannon has got us playing with confidence and we look good defensively; well done lads."

1704: Falkirk earn their second point of the season with a hard-fought draw away to Hamilton and Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick gives Aberdeen victory over St Mirren at Pittodrie.

1702: So, victories for Hibs and Motherwell see them move up to third and fourth in the table, respectively, with nine points. Dundee United miss out on the chance to join Rangers at the top of the table.

1655:
My Sport
From Macker 100 On My Sport: "Hibs might not have been at their best today but the 3 points are what we needed after last weekend's hapless performance."

Full-time
1651: FULL-TIME Aberdeen 1-0 St Mirren

1651: FULL-TIME Dundee United 0-1 Motherwell

1650: FULL-TIME Hamilton Accies 0-0 Falkirk

1649: FULL-TIME Hibernian 3-0 St Johnstone

1648: Mulgrew's free-kick found its way round the St Mirren wall and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Looks like it will prove to be a late winner for Mark McGhee's side.

1647: United are pressing for a late leveller and have won a series of corners but Motherwell's lead remains intact.

1644:
Red card
Former Dons defender Lee Mair is sent off for protesting the free-kick which led to Aberdeen's goal... and continuing his complaint afterwards.

1643:
Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
GOAL Aberdeen 1-0 St Mirren (Charlie Mulgrew)

1642: "For me, United have really missed Scott Robertson and Morgaro Gomis. If it stays like this, they'll get what they deserve." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan

1641: The Hamilton supporters at New Douglas Park are urging their side on as they seek a later winner.

1639: Kenny Deuchar lashes a shot horribly high and wide from a tight angle as Hibs keeper Graham Stack goes walkabout.

1638: About 10 minutes remaining at the four grounds.

1635: If Motherwell hang on to their 1-0 lead at Tannadice, they'll leapfrog United and move into third place - alongside Hibs, who are thumping St Johnstone. Falkirk are on course to secure only their second point of the season - provided they draw with Hamilton, where it's goalless at the moment. And St Mirren, looking for their first win at Pittodrie since 1987, may have to wait a little longer. It's still goalless there, too.

1632: It's just not St Johnstone's day. Ian Murray makes a goal-line clearance from Kenny Deuchar's header.

1631:Aberdeen defender Charlie Mulgrew hits the crossbar with a free-kick and Lee Miller's overhead kick from the rebound goes wide.

1629: Motherwell goalkeeper John Ruddy pulls off a stunning series of saves as Darren Dods, David Goodwillie and Andy Webster are foiled.

Danny Galbraith gets chopped down on the edge of the penalty box and Anthony Stokes fires in the free kick, with the help of a slight deflection.

1628:
Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs 3-0 St Johnstone (Anthony Stokes)

1626: "You couldn't call this Hibs at their best. They are giving the ball away cheaply and finding it really difficult to deal with set-pieces at the back." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Easter Road.

Forbes converts the spot-kick low to goalkeeper Nicky Weaver's left. First blood to Motherwell at Tannadice, bad news for United's hopes of moving joint-top of the table.

1624: Dundee United 0-1 Motherwell (Ross Forbes)

1623:
Penalty
Penalty for Motherwell. Jim O'Brien is chopped down by Sean Dillon and referee David Sommers points to the spot.

1622: "Aberdeen have come in to the match, but they're still lacking that little bit of quality in the box." BBC Scotland pundit Jim Leighton at Pittodrie.

1619: Hamilton striker Mickael Antoine-Curier, who scored a double on his Accies debut last week, sees his shot blocked. It's the closest we've come to a goal at New Douglas Park and Billy Reid's men are beginning to motor.

1618: St Johnstone subs Kenny Deuchar and Stevie Milne combine and and the latter's overhead kick from 12 yards is gathered by Graham Stack.

1617: This time it's the St Johnstone defence making a meal of things, with Graham Gartland's poor clearance blazed over the bar by Anthony Stokes.

1616: Aberdeen's Sone Aluko embarks on a mazy run and fires in a shot, but St Mirren keeper Paul Gallacher makes only his second serious save of the match.

1615: Murray Davidson sends an effort wide under pressure from goalkeeper Graham Stack as Hibs fail to deal with a long throw-in.

1613: Craig Levein's Dundee United side would move level on points with Rangers at the top of the table if they beat Motherwell at Tannadice. But it remains goalless.

1612: We're about 12 minutes into the second half and the only goals of the afternoon's games have come for Hibs at Easter Road.

1610:
My Sport
From one4colin-neverwull On My Sport: "Just in from the Killie game and I don't think I can remember being so disappointed at only getting a draw against the Old Firm. The ref was a bit card-happy but I felt he got the red cards correct."

1608: Dundee United full-back Paul Dixon is taken off injured with what seems to be a head knock. Mihael Kovacevic replaces him.

1607: "St Mirren have started brightly and it's frustrating the Aberdeen players. The Dons really need to get Sone Aluko into the game." BBC Scotland pundit Jim Leighton at Pittodrie.

1606: Hamilton have made an impressive start to the second half and seem to have recovered from the loss of the injured Derek Lyle.

1603: Craig Dargo tumbles in the box, appealing for a penalty, but there's no chance of the St Mirren striker getting one there. Still goalless at Pittodrie and not a lot to get the pulse racing...

1601: We're under way in the second half at all four SPL games.

1600:
My Sport
From memnoch On My Sport: "Re: German Exile. The ref is to blame as he was way to quick to just dole out bookings to players instead of at times just having a quiet word. Go watch the top refs in the world and see how many times they actually send players off."

1556: What does St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes say to his shocked troops at half-time? They were all over Hibs in the first quarter of an hour at Easter Road, but failed to find the net. Stokes and Riordan made them pay for spurning three great chances...

1552:
My Sport
From Macker 100 On My Sport: "Miller and Stokes are showing just why Yogi brought them to Easter Road. First of many goals for Stokes this season. He will spur Riordan on to score more."

1547: HALF-TIME Dundee United 0-0 Motherwell

1546: HALF-TIME Hibernian 2-0 St Johnstone, Hamilton 0-0 Falkirk
1545:
Half-time
HALF-TIME Aberdeen 0-0 St Mirren

1544:"I think Nicky Weaver's looked good for United. He's certainly prepared to come off his line." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan

1537: Motherwell substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz almost makes an instant impact with a turn and shot that requires United keeper Nicky Weaver to make a smart save.

1536: The ball drops to Derek Riordan 20 yards from goal and the Hibs forward drills his shot low into the corner. That's two shot on target for the home side and two goals.

1535:
Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibernian 2-0 St Johnstone (Derek Riordan)

1534: Clever play by Hamilton midfielder James McArthur sets up David Louhoungu, but the substitute's header clears the bar and fails to trouble Robert Olejnik.

1532: An early substitution at Tannadice with the recently Steve Jennings coming off and Lukas Jutkiewicz introduced from the bench.

1533:
My Sport
From German Exile On My Sport: "In my opinion all the cards I can remember being shown at Rugby Park were justified, so why is the ref to blame?"

1531: "Referee David Sommers has to stop being so pernickity." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan reflects on a stop-start match at Tannadice

1529: Referee Euan Norris has a quiet word in St Johnstone captain Jody Morris's ear after the midfielder's ill-advised lunge at John Rankin.

1527: David Wotherspoon drives a shot narrowly wide following an excellent run from Liam Miller, who left three St Johnstone players in his wake.

1525: David Goodwillie heads wide from Danny Cadamarteri's cross as United create a rare opening.

1524: A lack of communication in the Dundee United defence almost results in the ball creeping towards Nicky Weaver's goal but a bizarre goal is avoided as Andy Webster clears.

1523: We're still looking for a goal at this afternoon's three other SPL games. Come on strikers, get your fingers out!

1522: Completely out of the blue, Anthony Stokes controls a long ball on his chest and turns to fire in his first Hibs goal from the edge of the penalty box.

1521:
Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibernian 1-0 St Johnstone (Anthony Stokes)

1519: Falkirk have been the more impressive of the two sides at New Douglas Park since Lyle's injury, but Eddie May's men have been unable to make their superiority count.

1517: "Scrappy stuff so far." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod at Tannadice

1516: "Hibs have weathered that early St Johnstone storm, but the home side are creating nothing going forward." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark at Easter Road

1515: David Louhoungu has come on for the injured Derek Lyle, who has suffered a suspected fracture in his left leg.

1510: St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig is guilty of a terrible headed miss as he balloons Collin Samuel's cross over the bar from eight yards. It's one-way traffic at Easter Road.

1509: No clear cut opportunities at Tannadice as two of the Scottish Premier League's unbeaten sides, Motherwell and Dundee United, cancel each other out in the early stages.

1508: Aberdeen striker Lee Miller sees his header brilliantly saved St Mirren goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, following a cracking cross from Charlie Mulgrew.

1507: With the Hibs defence all at sea, Martin Hardie cracks a snap-shot against the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box.

1506: Hamilton's Derek Lyle has been stretchered off with a suspected broken leg at New Douglas Park.

1505: Murray Davidson heads over the top from close range for St Johnstone as the visitors make a lively start at Easter Road.

1503: Collin Samuel goes down in the penalty area under an aerial challenge from Hibs defender Sol Bamba, but referee Euan Norris waves play on.

1502: St Johnstone have started brightly at Easter Road, with midfielder Jody Morris looking the part.

1500: Here we go around the grounds, hold onto your hats!

1458: We're under way at Pittodrie.

1454: St Mirren are looking for their first league victory at Pittodrie since 1987!

1446: TEAMS - Dundee Utd: Weaver, Dillon, Dods, Webster, Dixon, Swanson, Buaben, David Robertson, Conway, Cadamarteri, Goodwillie. Subs: Banks, Wilkie, Myrie-Williams, Kovacevic, Shala, McCord, Russell.

Motherwell: Ruddy, Moutaouakil, Saunders, Reynolds, Hammell, Hateley, Coke, Jennings, Forbes, O'Brien, Sutton. Subs: Kosiorowski, Craigan, Jutkiewicz, Lasley, Murphy, McGarry, McHugh.

1443: Winger Sone Aluko starts for Aberdeen after all the shenanigans surrounding his trip to train with the Nigeria Under-20 squad.

1440: Hibs captain Chris Hogg drops to the bench with Ian Murray moving into central defence beside Sol Bamba. Liam Miller makes his first start for the Easter Road side, while youngsters Darren McCormack and David Wotherspoon are also drafted in by boss John Hughes.

1437: TEAM NEWS - Hibernian: Stack, Hanlon, Bamba, Murray, McCormack, Wotherspoon, Miller, McBride, Rankin, Stokes, Riordan. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Hogg, Zemmama, Cregg, Benjelloun, Galbraith, Stevenson.
St Johnstone: Main, MacKay, McCaffrey, Gartland, Grainger, Davidson, Morris, Millar, Craig, Hardie, Samuel. Subs: McLean, Irvine, Swankie, Milne, Deuchar, Durnan, Reynolds.

1434: TEAM NEWS - Aberdeen: Langfield, Mulgrew, Foster, McDonald, Considine, Kerr, Ifil, Grassi, Miller, Paton, Aluko. Subs: Nelson, Maguire, Mackie, Young, Pawlett, Crawford, Fyvie.

St Mirren: Gallacher, Ross, McGinn, Mair, Potter, Murray, Mehmet, Thomson, Brady, Dargo, Barron. Subs: Howard, Dorman, Higdon, Brighton, Innes, Quinn, Love.

1431: TEAM NEWS - Hamilton: Cerny, McClenahan, Canning, McLaughlin, Hastings, Mensing, Mason, Wesolowski, McArthur, Lyle, Antoine-Curier. Subs: Murdoch, Evans, Louhoungu, Marco Paixao, Elebert, Knight, Wilkie.

Falkirk: Olejnik, Barr, McNamara, McLean, Scobbie, O'Brien, Lynch, Flynn, Finnigan, Finnbogason, Marceta. Subs: Wagenaar, Twaddle, Arfield, Stewart, Mitchell, Allison, MacDonald.

Referee: Willie Collum

1430:Truth be told, it was a poor spectacle at Rugby Park. More cards on show than attempts on goal, I'm afraid. Here's hoping for a goalfest in today's other SPL games.

1427: Rangers finish with 10 men for the second successive league game and play out their second goalless draw. Walter Smith's side move a point clear at the top of the table with 11 points. Dundee United could jo them at the summit with victory over Motherwell this afternoon.

1423:
Full-time
FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

1420: "I think a draw here will be a fair result." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1419: But once again Killie fail to profit from a set-piece and Rangers clear.

1418: Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle feeds Mehdi Taouil and, after a bewildering number of step-overs, the substitute forces a corner.

1415: Five minutes remaining and Jamie Hammill sends a high ball into the Rangers box... but David Weir heads clear. Are we going to see the first goalless encounter between these two sides at Rugby Park in 62 games?

1413:
My Sport
From memnoch666 On My Sport: "Finally some consistency but the ref has lost control of this game. His terrible use of his card and decision-making has ruined this game as a spectacle."

1412: Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor blocks Conor Sammon's shot and Kilmarnock force a corner, but the visitors clear the danger.

1411:
Yellow card
Rangers sub Jerome Rothen receives a yellow card after committing three fouls within about 45 seconds.

1408:
Red card
Manuel Pascali is given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. This time it's for a tug on Steven Davis's jersey. It's 10 v 10 now.

1407: Kevin Kyle is shown the yellow card for a foul in the box. The game is getting scrappy again. Twelve minutes left at Rugby Park.

1405:
Yellow card
Rangers defender David Weir goes into the referee's book for a foul on Mehdi Taouil.

1401: Rangers winger Jerome Rothen comes on for Steven Naismith. A little under 20 minutes for either side to find a winner. Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle has been unable to get into the game in this second half and he urges his team forward.

1355: Kilmarnock are failing to make their numerical advantage count, and 10-man Rangers look the more likely side at the moment. The introduction of Miller and Thomson appears to have galvanised the visitors.

1353: Rangers striker Steven Naismith throws his arms in the air in despair after a lunging challenge by Craig Bryson. Referee Steve Conroy waves play on.

1352: "The game is now wide open - it's been a difficult one for the referee." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1350:
My Sport
From David Goodwillie for Scotland On My Sport:

"Rangers AND Celtic are always the two teams that get decisions their way. If anybody says otherwise then tough luck."

1349: Sasa Papac whips in a decent cross, but substitute Kenny Miller can't get his header on target.

1348: Rangers manager Walter Smith shuffles his pack with Kenny Miller and Kevin Thomson coming on for Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo.

1345: Kilmarnock midfielder Jamie Hammill sees his shot come back off the post. Rangers break up the park immediately and Killie goalkeeper Mark Brown is forced into a smart save to palm away John Fleck's effort. We've got a game now...

1344: Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies barks some instructions to his players - he isn't a happy camper. Ten minutes into the second half and we're still goalless. Looks as though Kevin Thomson is about to come on for Rangers.

1342: What a chance for Kilmarnock! Lee McCulloch heads Conor Sammon's cross away from the hands of Allan McGregor and Danny Invincibile's header is blocked. The ball rebounds to the Australian, but he blazes wildly over the bar. A howler!

1341: The Kilmarnock supporters roar their team forward and you get the feeling the Rangers defence are in for a busy 45 minutes.

1338:
Yellow card
Kris Boyd is booked for a challenge on Tim Clancy and the Kilmarnock defender trudges off with a suspected dislocated elbow.

1337: Danny Invincibile's cross fails to find a Kilmarnock team-mate, but Rangers centre-half Lee McCulloch slips as he attempts a clearance. The ball could've gone anywhere, but the visitors clear.

1335: The second half gets under way.

1332:
My Sport
From Hardtofigure On My Sport: "Yet another attempt by biased official to help Celtic to the title. seems they have got together and decided that making us play second half with 10 men will stop us winning."

1329: BBC Scotland's Chick Young has just told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that the English Premier League 2 proposal - which would include both Old Firm clubs - is being mooted once again by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.

1327: Rangers managed to secure a draw at Fir Park last week after Madjid Bougherra's dismissal against Motherwell. Can they do the same again today? The game certainly needed livening up, and Mendes's red card did just that.

1324:
My Sport
From Big_Borucs_Back On My Sport: "Stupid challenge by Mendes when he's already on a yellow card. Third red card for rangers in five SPL games, discipline is really poor and then Walter Smith shows them up by complaining when it was clearly a yellow card offence. Trouble at Ibrox?"

1319: "Walter Smith was clearly infuriated by the red card. His assistants Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall were asking the referee Steve Conroy for an explanation as they made their way down the tunnel." BBC Radio Scotland's Alasdair Lamont, trackside at Rugby Park.

1318: HALF-TIME Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers

1316: Walter Smith is involved in a heated exchange in the stand before taking a seat beside Rangers coach Ian Durrant. The atmosphere is beginning to crackle at Rugby Park.

1314: Rangers manager Walter Smith, raging at Mendes's red card, is sent to the stands by referee Steve Conroy for taking his protests too far.

1313:
Red card
Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes is sent off for a second bookable offence, for chopping down Craig Bryson.

1312: Naismith pops up on the left-hand side this time - he seems to be everywhere at the moment - but concedes a foul, much to the consternation of the Rangers fans behind the goal.

1311: Rangers striker Steven Naismith bursts into the box against his former club, but can't get a shot away.

1308: Just over six minutes until half-time and Pedro Mendes has a chance to send a free-kick into the Kilmarnock penalty area, but the delivery is poor. Sums up a fairly turgid first half, to be honest!

1307:
Yellow card
Manuel Pascali is shown the yellow card for a tug on Nacho Novo. The visitors are warming to the task now, but have yet to show a cutting edge in the final third.

1303: Rangers earn a free-kick 35 yards out. John Fleck fires it in, but it fizzles out and the pace of the match slows down a bit with just over half an hour played.

1301:Pedro Mendes fires a shot from 18 yards out by it drifts five yards wide of the post. He doesn't look like he's got his shooting boots on today.

1259: "Kilmarnock have got it spot on so far, keeping the back four occupied and keeping them busy at the back. It's all going to plan for them so far." BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at Rugby Park.

1254: "I think it was two players going at each other, but it wasn't a flying elbow. I don't think there was anything in it." BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds on Kris Boyd's challenge on Frazer Wright.

1251: Steven Whittaker plays a neat one-two with Nacho Novo, but the defender's run is halted by three Kilmarnock players.

1250: "Kilmarnock are second to the ball. They weren't getting up in the game last week, but they're trying this week and getting into it. Rangers are trying to make sure they don't have a spare man in midfield." BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1248: The game is crying out for a player to put their foot on the ball and show a bit of class - precious little in the way of creativity on show at Rugby Park, as we approach the 20-minute mark.

1246:
Yellow card
Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes is booked for chopping down the galloping Craig Bryson.

1244: Apologies for the delay ladies and gentlemen. A few technical problems there, which have hopefully been ironed out. A Conor Sammon header for Kilmarnock is the closest we've come to any significant goalmouth action.

1233: A fairly low-key start to the game with neither keeper called into action.

1231: Rangers fans will be happy David Weir passed a late fitness test. The 39-year-old has been at his imperious best so far this season. And with Madjid Bougherra suspended, he'll aim to be a calming influence on Lee McCulloch.

1230: Both managers exchange a few words in the dugouts and we're under way.

1228: Kevin Kyle leads out Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The striker returns to the fold after injury and Jim Jefferies will be hoping his skipper can give the Rangers defence to think about.

1227: Another stat for you to chew over with your lunch: Killie and Rangers have played 61 games at Rugby Park since the last goalless draw between the sides.

1224: Kilmarnock are looking to stop the rot, following three consecutive league defeats. But their record against Rangers at Rugby Park isn't the best. You have to go back to 7 May, 1994 for the last Killie win. Tony Di Bart was number one in the charts with The Real Thing, when Tom Black fired the winner against Rangers.

1220:
My Sport
From Boogie Bear On My Sport: "Another tricky away game for the Gers. Dundee United and Aberdeen should win. Hamilton to win again? Another shock for Hibs or will they recover?"

Kilmarnock: Mark Brown, Clancy, O'Leary, Wright, Old, Pascali, Hamill, Bryson, Invincibile, Sammon, Kyle. Subs: Bell, Taouil, Skelton, Owens, Flannigan, Fernandez, Kelly.

Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Papac, Weir, McCulloch, Mendes,Naismith, Davis, Fleck, Novo, Boyd. Subs: Alexander, Thomson, Rothen, Miller, Smith, Little, Wilson.

1213: Rangers make four changes. David Weir, Nacho Novo, John Fleck and Kris Boyd return to the starting line-up at the expense of the suspended Madjid Bougherra and benched trio Kevin Thomson, Jerome Rothen and Kenny Miller.

1210: TEAM NEWS Five changes for Kilmarnock with Steven Old, Ryan O'Leary, Manuel Pascali, Danny Invincibile and Kevin Kyle coming in. Garry Hay, Simon Ford, Gavin Skelton, Mehdi Taouil and David Fernandez all drop out.

1205: Good afternoon, and welcome to another day of SPL action. Today's lunchtime offering sees SPL leaders Rangers take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.





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Scottish Premier results

19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-0 St Mirren R
Dundee Utd 0-1 Motherwell R
Hamilton 0-0 Falkirk R
Hibernian 3-0 St Johnstone R
Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 5 7 11
2 Celtic 4 6 10
3 Hibernian 5 3 9
4 Motherwell 5 3 9
5 Aberdeen 5 2 8
6 Dundee Utd 5 2 8
7 St Mirren 5 -1 5
8 Kilmarnock 5 -1 4
9 Hearts 4 -2 4
10 Hamilton 5 -7 4
11 St Johnstone 5 -6 3
12 Falkirk 5 -6 2

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