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Cold snap hits Scottish schedule

Frozen pitch
Aberdeen's last two league games have been called off

The icy weather has almost wiped out the midweek Scottish Premier League card, with Tuesday's Aberdeen v Falkirk game off, plus three more on Wednesday.

Hamilton Accies were due to take on St Mirren, Kilmarnock were to face Celtic and St Johnstone were to host Hibs, but these games have now been postponed.

The SPL says pitches were playable but police were concerned for fans' safety.

Forfar's Tuesday game against Berwick and East Stirling's match with Albion Rovers on Wednesday are also off.

Rangers' match with Dundee United and Motherwell's game at Hearts are the only SPL games to survive so far.

The game at Tynecastle goes ahead subject to a 1400 GMT pitch inspection on the day of the match to assess supporter safety and accessibility.

A Hearts spokesperson said: "We are hopeful that the game will proceed as planned. We are continuing to sell tickets for the game and are expecting a large crowd.

"We are doing everything we can to clear the ice and snow-covered areas around the stadium. Naturally, we will also be monitoring the weather forecast between now and then.

"We are also very conscious of the distances that supporters of both Hearts and Motherwell have to make in order to get to the game and, as such, we fully intend to release a statement as soon as possible after the inspection."

The Scottish Football League saw 13 matches called off on Saturday because of the freezing temperatures and, with the Third Division games at Forfar and East Stirlingshire being cancelled because of frozen pitches, no midweek SFL matches will be played.

The First Division match between Airdrie United and Dundee on Saturday 2 January has also been cancelled due to a frozen pitch. The fixture due to be played between the two sides at Dundee's Dens Park on 20 March has been moved forward to Sunday 3 January, with a 1500 GMT kick-off.

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see also
Forfar v Berwick match postponed
28 Dec 09 |  Scottish League
Big chill decimates Scottish card
26 Dec 09 |  Scottish League

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