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Saturday's Scottish football as it happened

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1700: If you can, please log on again on Sunday for live audio, video and text coverage of St Mirren v Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. The match kicks off at Hampden at 1500 GMT. Bye for now.

1658: I hope you enjoyed the coverage this afternoon. If you fancy watching Scotland's final Six Nations match, against Ireland in Dublin, you can do so on the BBC Sport website. Available to UK users only.

1656: Highlights of all the day's SPL matches will be available on the BBC Sport website from 1800 GMT on Sunday.

1655: Celtic move back to within 10 points of Rangers, though Tony Mowbray's side have played a game more.

Full time
Celtic 3-0 St Johnstone

1653: They are still playing at Celtic Park, where it has been a hard-fought win for the home side, currently leading 3-0.


Full time
Hamilton 2-2 Falkirk
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Celtic sub Georgios Samaras skins Gary Irvine on the left wing, drives into the box and slots the ball under Graeme Smith.

GOAL Celtic 3-0 St Johnstone

1648: A few moments ago I mentioned the bottom two sides in the First Division were winning. Make that the bottom three - Morton have scored a last-minute winner against Partick Thistle.

1647: "Dundee United are hanging on after being in control in the first half." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

"It looks as though both sides have pretty much settled for a draw." BBC Scotland commentator Alasdair Lamont at New Douglas Park

1643: Fraser Fyvie scampers on to the pitch for Sone Aluko as Mark McGhee tries to complete an amazing comeback. In case you are just joining now, United were 2-0 up, then Zander Diamond and Michael Paton pulled the Dons back into it.

Phil in Dundee by text to 80295: "I actually put 2-2 as my Predictor scoreline for Hamilton-Falkirk, on the suggestion of a friend."

1640: And Ayr United are leading Queen of the South 3-0 - that's the bottom two sides in the First Division winning handsomely.

1637: What a bizarre scoreline at Airdrie - they are beating the league leaders Dundee 3-0. Airdrie have only won two league games all season.

1635: "Dundee United are certainly building up momentum again after falling away a bit." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

Deek from Livi is enjoying Open all Mics on Radio Scotland and online: "What an epic O.A.M this is today! Most games in the balance, Scottish football alive and well!"

1634: Martin Canning gets in a crucial saving tackle to deny Pedro Moutinho giving Falkirk the lead at Hamilton.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Seconds after making another close-range save from Robbie Keane, Graeme Smith brings down Marc-Antoine Fortune. Keane scores from the spot to put Celtic two goals ahead.

GOAL Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone

1630: Penalty for Celtic!

My Sport
Scamilton on My Sport: "Okay, who said that there weren't going to be any goals between Hamilton and Falkirk? Whoever it was, can you say it more often please?"

1625: Graeme Smith in the St Johnstone goal sticks out a foot to deny Robbie Keane from point-blank range. Celtic still with that slender advantage.

1619: "Zonal marking is killing Dundee United. They stand like statues at set-pieces." BBC Radio Scotland summaris Steve Cowan

1617: Aiden McGeady is inches away from giving Celtic a two-goal lead against St Johnstone with a deft chip from wide on the left that strikes the inside of the far post.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Ryan Flynn volleys Falkirk level almost immediately after they had fallen behind.

GOAL Hamilton 2-2 Falkirk

1615: St Johnstone almost level the scores at Celtic Park when Gavin Swankie curls a 20-yard free-kick against the outside of the far post.

"Dougie McDonald and penalties go hand-in-hand and I think he's got that one right." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Des McKeown on the award of Hamilton's penalty

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Simon Mensing converts the penalty to put Hamilton ahead for the first time in the match.

GOAL Hamilton 2-1 Falkirk

1614: Mickael Antoine-Curier is felled in the box by Tam Scobbie and a penalty is awarded.

1612: Dundee United have three efforts at goal blocked in quick succession, including a Jon Daly header cleared off the line, before Morgaro Gomis volleys wide of the post.

1609: "Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben have fallen out of the game because Aberdeen are taking control in midfield." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Steve Cowan

1608: The Accies are developing the knack for scoring vital goals. Flavio Paixao scored in injury-time against relegation rivals St Mirren last week.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Flavio Paixao's corner is missed by goalkeeper Robert Olejnik and Mickael Antoine-Curier has the simplest of tasks to nod the ball home.

GOAL Hamilton 1-1 Falkirk

1606: If you like listening to the bold Chico, you'll love Chick Young's World of Football .

1604: BBC Scotland's football pundit Chick Young argues that Zander Diamond's header to make it 2-1 could be a pivotal moment in Aberdeen's season.

1603: The Dons v The Terrors is back up and running, as is Hamilton v Falkirk.

1601: In the Second Division, Cowdenbeath v Dumbarton is the only match without a goal. Stenhousemuir, Clyde, Stirling Albion and Peterhead are all leading by a single goal.

1600: There has been only one goal in the First Division this afternoon; Ayr are leading Queen of the South.

"I know Aberdeen are struggling but the ref doesn't need to hand them soft decisions. It's like Ibrox all over again." Text to 80295 from Gordon. And wasn't it Sean Dillon who conceded the soft penalty at Ibrox too? Today's at Pittodrie looked a lot more clear-cut.

A text from Gabbo in Manchester to 80295: "In reply to Youngy from Gorgie - to overtake Hibs, St Johnstone would probably need to win every game after today until the split and hope that Hibs lose every game. Not what I would call a 'real chance'."

My Sport
mem on My Sport: "It's only 1-0 at half-time, so there's a good chance for St Johnstone to snatch something against Celtic."

Half time
Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United
Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Michael Paton scores from the spot for Aberdeen. Astonishing comeback by Mark McGhee's side. Wow, they have a backbone!

GOAL Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee United

1548: Sean Dillon shoves Stuart Duff out the way to concede a spot kick. The Dons have a chance to draw level.

1548: Penalty for Aberdeen!

Half time
Hamilton 0-1 Falkirk

1545: "Big mistake, big turning point." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Des McKeown reflects on Pedro Moutinho's miss at New Douglas Park

1544: Pedro Moutinho misses a good chance to double Falkirk's lead as he fires wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Yellow card
Aberdeen's Richard Foster is booked for a foul on United's Craig Conway.

1541: Paul McGowan misses another chance to extend Celtic's lead when he rises to his full 5ft 2ins - OK, 5ft 7.5ins - but the unmarked striker heads wide from seven yards.

1540: Oh, dear. Willie Miller and Stewart Milne in the PITTODRIE stand look like a pair of funeral undertakers.

1539: A glancing header from Dougie Imrie does not seriously test Falkirk goalkeeper Robert Olejnik as Hamilton oil at New Douglas Park.

1538: Aberdeen's Davide Grassi replaces Jim Paterson, who seems to be struggling with an injury.

1538: Gavin Swankie breaks into the Celtic box but his powerful low shot is well saved by Lukasz Zaluska.

My Sport
requiem 7 on My Sport: "Saw a funny article in the local paper about a punter complaining about the Richard Donald stand at Pittodrie. It concerned the design and how it was positioned in the wrong place. As in, it faces the the pitch!"

1534: "There are one or two signs that Dundee United's tempo has dropped." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Charlie Mulgrew delivers a trademark free-kick into the danger area and big Zander Diamond heads powerfully past Dusan Pernis.

GOAL Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee United

Youngy from Gorgie has texted 80295 to rub some salt into Hibees' wounds: "How come there has been no mention of the fact that Hibernian still have a very real chance of slipping into the bottom six? Teams now seem to know how to play them and nullify their strikers. Hearts and St Johnstone can still catch and pass them before the split."

1530: Derek Young escapes with just a talking-to for an off-the-ball slap on a Dundee United player.

1530: Paul McGowan tries his luck for Celtic with the outside of his right boot but his effort clips the top of the St Johnstone bar.

"I don't think anyone in the ground can believe Falkirk are in the lead." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Alasdair Lamont

"There's no heart, no belief and no confidence in the Aberdeen players." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Steve Cowan

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Falkirk take the lead against the run of play as Scott Arfield slides home at the second attempt after his first shot is saved.

GOAL Hamilton 0-1 Falkirk

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Danny Swanson swings in the ball from a free-kick on the right touchline and Jon Daly rises in the box to power home a header.

GOAL Aberdeen 0-2 Dundee United

1524: Dougie Imrie has another shot at the Falkirk goal but defender Brian McLean makes a crucial block.

1523: Darren O'Dea and Steven Milne clash heads at Celtic Park as they contested a high ball. They are back on their feet but looking a bit ropey.

1521: Lordy! I've just seen some shots of Mark McGhee going crackers at the referee and fourth official when Jon Daly burst through to score that goal. Think he's claiming a foul on his defenders.

1519: Danny Swanson is set free on the edge of the Aberdeen box after a quick break but fires over the bar.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stevie Reynolds replaces the injured Kenny Deuchar for St Johnstone and Celtic immediately take advantage, with Josh Thompson flicking a header into the net from Landry N'Guemo's inswinging free-kick.

GOAL Celtic 1-0 St Johnstone

1517: "Dundee United are just that bit sharper than Aberdeen at the moment. Their concentration wavers at key moments." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie

1516: Can there be anything sweeter than beating your under-pressure rivals on their own patch? So far, this is looking the case in Aberdeen.

1515: Argh, the game is at Pittodrie, of course. Can I blame that on a murky monitor?

1513: That follows another save by Olejnik from a Dougie Imrie curler.

1513: Falkirk goalkeeper Robert Olejnik makes a reaction save to block Mickael-Antoine Curier's header.

1513: Robbie Keane, playing as Celtic's most advanced striker, fires against the post from 20 yards but had already been ruled offside.

1512: Dundee United are playing in their white strip.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
A cracking strike by Jon Daly gives the Terrors the lead at Tannadice. Charlie Mulgrew and Zander Diamond are caught in at least two minds and the big centre-forward powers through the middle and lamps one past Jamie Langfield.

GOAL Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee United

1506: In terms of the match action, a slip by Simon Mensing gives Falkirk winger Ryan Flynn a chance but the shot is beaten away by Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

1505: Hamilton manager Billy Reid drops David Elebert to the bench and midfielder James Wesolowski comes in. And Falkirk boss Steven Pressley, replaces injured Burton O'Brien with Scotland Under-21 international Scott Arfield.

1503: Falkirk: Olejnik, Twaddle, Barr, McLean, Scobbie, Lima, Healy, Arfield, Flynn, Moutinho, Showunmi. Subs: Wagenaar, Lynch, Stewart, Compton, Duffy, Bloom, Davidson.

1502: The Hamilton team to face Falkirk: Cerny, Canning, McLaughlin, Easton, Mensing, McArthur, Neil, Wesolowski, Flavio Paixao, Imrie, Antoine-Curier. Subs: Murdoch, McClenahan, Evans, Marco Paixao, Elebert, Thomas, Crawford.

1501: There was a minute's applause at Pittodrie before kick-off for former Aberdeen player Alex Young, who passed away recently.

1500: And we're off and running in the second part of the afternoon's action.

1458: Lorraine Kelly is in the crowd with the Dundee United fans at Pittodrie.

1457: "Artur missed the last game for compassionate reasons. Lukasz has come in an done exceptionally well. Artur is coming into the last year of his contract and I want to have a look at Lukasz." Celtic manager Tony Mowbray on his decision to choose Lukasz Zaluska ahead of Artur Boruc in goal

1454: St Johnstone: Smith, Irvine, Duberry, MacKay, Grainger, Millar, Davidson, Sheerin, Swankie, Milne, Deuchar. Subs: Main, Connolly, Gartland, Morais, Reynolds, Craig, Falkingham.

1453: Celtic: Zaluska, Wilson, Thompson, O'Dea, Braafheid, McGeady, N'Guemo, Crosas, Fortune, Keane, McGowan. Subs: Boruc, Hinkel, Samaras, Rasmussen, Zhi, Ki, Caddis.

1448: For the Dons, Steven MacLean, Jerel Ifil, Fraser Fyvie and Gary McDonald drop out for Aberdeen. McDonald, of course, was injured against St Johnstone in midweek.

1447: And Dundee United line up with: Pernis, Dillon, Webster, Kenneth, Kovacevic, Gomis, Swanson, Buaben, Conway, Daly, Goodwillie. Subs: Banks, Dods, Myrie-Williams, David Robertson, Sandaza, Kevin Smith, Watson.

1446: The Aberdeen team to halt the decline is: Langfield, Foster, Diamond, Paterson, Mulgrew, Paton, Young, Kerr, Duff, Aluko, Mackie. Subs: Nelson, Grassi, Marshall, Ifil, MacLean, Fyvie, Jack.

1445: Sone Aluko, Stuart Duff, Darren Mackie and Derek Young all come in.

1443: Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee make four changes from their defeat to St Johnstone.

My Sport
Scamilton on My Sport: "This looks like a tasty afternoon of games. Aberdeen under pressure, Dundee Utd can take advantage of a Hibs slip-up, Celtic need to win against a St Johnstone team who look good... and PLEASE can the Accies win and go nine points clear of danger and take one more step to safety?"

1438: There are two changes for Dundee United from last week's Scottish Cup draw with Rangers. Andy Webster comes in for Darren Dods and David Goodwillie comes in for Damian Casalinuovo.

Donald in Edinburgh's text to 80295 maps Aberdeen's loss of form to the loss of their goalkeeping coach. "Dons slump exactly matches sacking of (Jim) Leighton. Serves them right."

1433: The Dons are 10 games without a win. They are 10 points back from Hearts for a top-six finish, but have played two games fewer. But they are only six points clear of 11th-placed St Mirren.

1432: The pressure's on Aberdeen. If they were to lose today to Dundee United they would be drawn into a relegation battle.

1423: Remember the date, 20 March 2010 - Jim Jefferies smiles broadly.

1422: First up, Scott Brown, Andreas Hinkel and Morten Rasmussen are out for Celtic. Artur Boruc is on the bench.

1420: We'll fire the team news for the other games your way as soon as we get them.

1413: That was thoroughly enjoyable. Let's hope the rest of the games today are as exciting.

1411: So sixth-placed Hearts are seven points behind Hibernian now, while the boys from Leith are still in with a good shout of eclipsing Dundee United and Motherwell for third place.

1410: The maroon and white scarves are swirling at Tynecastle, while for the Hibs fans it's their heads that are in a spin. That was a 2-1 hammering, if you know what I mean.

Full time
Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

1408: After Janos Balogh fires his kick-out straight into the arms of Graham Stack, Steven Thicot fires Hibs' last effort into the stand.

1407: Hearts goalie Janos Balogh gathers a through ball and does one of those "look, everybody just cool it" gestures with his hand.

1406: Benji tries to hold the ball up to allow Steven Thicot to support but he is dispossessed and the Jambos fans begin to believe that a derby win is theirs.

1404: Three minutes of injury time to be played.

1402: The crowd are getting nervous now. Every decision by Willie Collum that goes against Hearts is being booed by the home fans.

1401: Graham Stack dives to his right to parry a pile-driver from Ryan Stevenson.


1359: If the Edinburgh derby is just too, er, "rich" for you, a bit like a chocolate pudding after a slap-up dinner, then have a butcher's at a short film about Scottish junior side Newmains United, linked on the BBC Sport Scotland index .

1358: "It's going to be a helter-skelter last eight minutes." So says a breathless-with-excitement Allan Preston, summarising for BBC Radio Scotland.

1356: And almost immediately normal service is resumed as Laryea Kingston chips a ball from a central position into the right-hand side of the box, where Suso Santana has made a darting run. Graham Stack keeps his eye on the ball and gathers.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
A duff cross from the right somehow makes its way through a ruck of players in the six-yard box and lands at Derek Riordan, who clips a first-time shot just under the bar. Game on!

GOAL Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

1352: Ah, just when you thought David Obua had turned into a classy striker, the ball comes to his left peg on the edge of the box and he shanks one in the direction of the corner flag.

1350: Steven Thicot is hopelessly ambitious with a wild shot from 30-35 yards. Hibs need to be smarter than that.

Thanks to Gregor for his text to 80295: "It looks like the Hibs players are still shaking from the rollicking they got from big Yogi. All they need is one goal though and they're right back in it."

1347: John Hughes is chewing his gum so vigorously, he may be working into his cheek flesh by now. Steady on!

1346: Graham Stack collects a dangerous-looking cross with ease then - guess what - hoofs a kick-out from his penalty box straight into the arms of Janos Balogh at the other end. If you are thinking 'hang on, I read those same words just a minute ago', then you're right.

1343: This is the best I have seen Hearts play this season. I really fancied Hibs to win this one, but Hearts are first to every ball and closing down their rivals all over the pitch.

1341: By Jiminy, nearly a third for Hearts. Andy Driver dinks a ball over Graham Stack but his effort is cleared a yard from the goal-line by Lewis Stevenson.

1340: Graham Stack hoofs a kick-out from his penalty box straight into the arms of Janos Balogh at the other end. That's a novel way of keeping the goalies involved in the play. Maybe it's an agreement forged by the Keepers' Alliance?

1338: David Obua is wearing gloves!!! It's springtime!

1335: Hibernian are getting in amongst it more in the second half but still do not look like threatening Janos Balogh's goal.

1333: Also, we'll have live online coverage of St Mirren v Rangers in Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final, and online highlights available that evening.

1332: While Willie Collum talks to Steven Thicot and Jason Thomson, I have time to give a shameless plug for some video content on the BBC Sport website. The highlights of today's four SPL games will be available at 1800 GMT on Sunday.

1331: Graham Stack dives to his right and keeps his team in the game with a good reaction save from Laryea Kingston's free-kick, which was headed on by Gary Glen.

1329: John Hughes removes John Rankin from the fray and sends on Abdessalam Benjelloun (from now on called "Benji" - phew.)

1328: And again, Hearts pass up another chance to make it 3-0 - Gary Glen making an utter mess of a one on one with Graham Stack.

1327: John Hughes is ready to burst. His face is puce!

1325: Derek Riordan is mocked mercilessly by the home fans after spooning a free-kick into the stand behind Janos Balogh's goal. Shocker.

1324: How did the wee man fail to score there?! That would have been game, set and match.

1323: David Obua streaks down the left wing (metaphorically) and clips over a low ball which, incredibly, is knocked over the bar from six yards by Suso Santana.

1320: Dundee United and Motherwell are a point ahead of Hibs in the league. The Easter Road men could really do with something from this game to get that third spot.

1316: A reboot of the PC required there. Now, where were we...?

1310: That's not Mons Meg being rolled out at Edinburgh Castle; it's big Yogi Hughes going ballistic in the away changing room at Tynecastle.

1306: No matter where you are in the world, if you turn off the telly, radio or stereo and listen closely you will hear a booming sound from Scotland's capital...

Half time
Half-time Hearts 2-0 Hibernian

1303: The ball falls for Derek Riordan out on the left wing and his whipped, curling cross strays too close to Janos Balogh for perhaps only the Hearts' goalie second touch in 10 minutes.

1302: This is a better spell for Hibs. They have spent the last minute or so in the Hearts half. A goal now would change the game's complexion.

A text to 80295 from Chris in Edinburgh: "The only disappointing thing so far about this game from a Hearts fan's perspective is knowing Driver is going to be sold this summer."

1259: Hearts goalie Janos Balogh claims a lofted free-kick comfortably, with the imposing Sol Bamba flying towards him through the air.

1257: Ian Murray tries to calm his team-mates and sends a left-footed free-kick into the Hearts box. Mopped up easily, though.

1256: No, but Yogi's jaiket may be coming off to tear into his players at half-time, which is just four minutes away. Another goal for Hearts would end the contest.

1255: Hang on, am I seeing things? Is that former centre-half-turned-manager John Hughes getting stripped for action?

1254: What is the biggest mess: Edinburgh's roads with the on-going trams project...or the Hibs defence?

1253: And from the corner, Ruben Palazuelos stabs a shot at goal from four yards out but it is blocked on the goal-line.

1252: Sol Bamba sticks out a leg to divert another Hibs shot behind for a corner.

1250: The big Hibs goalie was a guest recently in the BBC Radio Scotland studios. He says he loves living in Edinburgh and playing for the Cabbage & Ribs.

1248: Graham Stack will be annoyed at his error of judgement for that second goal. I think he thought Suso Santana's cross was going behind. Instead, it bounced off the inside edge of the post and straight to young Mr Driver.

1246: Lewis Stevenson is shown a yellow card by Willie Collum for a petulant pull on Suso Santana's maroon jersey.

1244: David Obua goes close for the home side with a header over the bar, as Hibernian look to have lost their concentration...or their bottle.

1243: Where did those goals come from?! It's Hearts who were at sixes and sevens through injury yet they are now two up!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Eggert Jonsson diverts a corner towards goal with a strong header and Gary Glen, just two yards out and directly in front of Graham Stack, heads the ball into the goal.

GOAL Hearts 2-0 Hibernian

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Suso Santana makes a fantastic run down the right wing, cuts inside, his cross hits the near post and the ball bounces out to Andy Driver who smacks it into the net.

GOAL Hearts 1-0 Hibernian

1237: Eugh. Poor Ian Black has just taken another clatter to the head. He wants to stay on the pitch, though. A Hearts fan, he won't want to leave this game against their old rivals.

1236: Meanwhile, combative midfielder Ian Black still looks a bit groggy. I don't think the elevator is going to the top floor just yet...

1235: Jim Jefferies has to shuffle his pack, with Suso Santana replacing Dawid Kucharski, who looks as if he has strained his hamstring.

1232: A screamer of a shot from Laryea Kingston fizzes past Graham Stack's left-hand post. Relief for the Hibs fans.

1230: Ian Black looks a bit dazed and confused after a knock to the head. The Hearts backroom team apply ice to his bonce.

My Sport
Cocothered on My Sport makes a fair point: "Ted McMinn was a great character but could not be described as a great player - mercurial perhaps?"

1226: But with most of the Tynecastle crowd roaring on the Jambos, and with it being a derby, anything could happen.

1224: When you look at that Hibs team, they have the more skilful footballers, you imagine. Liam Miller, Anthony Stokes and Derek Riordan can win games.

1222: Share your thoughts on the game, wherever you are. You can do so by texting 80295 or by hammering away at your keyboard to contribute to My Sport .

1221: Sol Bamba clears for Hibs in the six-yard box, with a posse of Jambos lurking over his shoulder.

1219: It has been a bright start to the game - "high-octane" would describe it well.

1217: A great run by Hearts' Jason Thomson, reminiscent of the great Ted McMinn, down the right wing.

1215: And we're off, with Hearts on the offensive immediately. Hibs's stand-in captain Ian Murray clears the danger.

1214: We're approaching kick-off at Tynie. Incredibly, spring has sprung - there is grass on the pitch and the sun is in the sky.

1213: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson has gone for a 1-0 win for Hibs in the the Predictor .

1210: Our intrepid reporter Jim Spence is jousting with Hibs boss John "Yogi" Hughes. The gaffer says the bragging rights in the city are at stake; he wants to see his players get the ball on the deck and express themselves.

1208: It's a game I've always wanted to go, the Edinburgh derby, either at Tynecastle or Easter Road. It lacks the scale of its Old Firm equivalent, and no doubt some of its bile, but it doesn't lack in atmosphere and intensity, by all accounts.

1206: And for Hibernian, John Hughes sends out the following: Stack, Thicot, Bamba, Murray, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, McBride, Miller, Rankin, Stokes, Riordan. Subs: Smith, Cregg, Benjelloun, Galbraith, Hanlon, Byrne, McCormack

1205: Okey-dokey, team news for Hearts: Balogh, Jason Thomson, Jonsson, Kucharski, Lee Wallace, Kingston, Black, Palazuelos, Driver, Glen, Obua. Subs: MacDonald, Santana, Nade, Stevenson, Templeton, Craig Thomson, Robinson.

1200: Welcome to another day of Scottish football action. There are four Scottish Premier League games on today's card, starting with Hearts v Hibernian at lunchtime. Jim Jefferies oversees his first Edinburgh derby since returning as Hearts manager, while John Hughes is still looking for his first win over the Tynecastle side as Hibs boss. Later on, it's Aberdeen v Dundee United, Celtic v St Johnstone and Hamilton host Falkirk in a crucial relegation encounter. A win for Accies would take them nine points clear of bottom club Bairns but victory for the visitors would take them to within a point of St Mirren and within three of Hamilton.



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Scottish Premier results

20 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 28 48 67
2 Celtic 29 27 57
3 Dundee Utd 29 6 49
4 Motherwell 30 6 48
5 Hibernian 29 8 47
6 Hearts 30 -5 40
7 St Johnstone 28 -7 34
8 Aberdeen 29 -10 31
9 Hamilton 29 -18 27
10 Kilmarnock 29 -16 26
11 St Mirren 29 -15 24
12 Falkirk 29 -24 21

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