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Sunday's Scottish football as it happened



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By Colin Moffat

1645: Okay folks, I'm going to sign off now. Rangers are the top dogs in Scottish football for the 53rd time. Enjoy the party if you go along to Ibrox and if you're still going at midnight, you can see highlights of the game online.

1640: Rangers will continue the celebrations back in Glasgow, where they will open up Ibrox Stadium to have a knees-up with supporters. The trophy won't be on show though. The silverware will be kept on hold until Rangers' final home game of the season against Motherwell on 9 May.

1638: "The boys dug deep and worked hard for the victory. I'm totally biased but nobody can look at Walter Smith's record and say it's anything other than fantastic," Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist tells BBC Radio Scotland. Will the boss stay on for another season or will McCoist step up over the summer?

1635: That's a ninth league success for manager Smith over his two periods in charge at Ibrox.

1630: "It's fantastic reward for all of our hard work over the season," Kevin Thomson tells BBC Radio Scotland, while manager Walter Smith adds: "The players thoroughly deserve it. It's been a pleasure working with this group. It's always nice to win, especially back-to-back championships."

1626: The Rangers team and backroom staff are bouncing away in front of their small pocket of supporters. It might not have been their finest display of the season but they got over the final hurdle in determined style.

Full time
1623: Full time: Hibernian 0-1 Rangers
RANGERS ARE THE SPL CHAMPIONS. A fine early strike from Kyle Lafferty was enough to seal the win at Easter Road and settle the title race, with three games remaining.

1620: Hibs pile forward in the closing stages, winning a series of corners but the Rangers defence stands strong. Into injury time now. Get those party poppers ready Rangers fans...

1616: The home fans are aggrieved once more as Lee McCulloch makes the most of a slight touch from Colin Nish and collapses to win a foul as the Hibs man finds the net with a neat finish.

1615: It's all backsides at the moment as Smith hits an attempted clearance against the erchie of Rangers sub Nacho Novo. Luckily for the Hibs keeper the ball bounces off to safety.

1611: Maurice Edu hammers in a shot from 25 yards and it nicks off Ian Murray's backside before flashing narrowly wide of Graeme Smith's goal.

My Sport

From iammickstupp On My Sport:

"Not a penalty for me, Riordan went down far too easily. Also, Whittaker may be a good finisher but he's a horrendous passer of the ball."

1606: Wotherspoon gallops into the Rangers penalty box again but the Hibs teenager wants forever to get a shot away and Sasa Papac nips in to make a timely tackle. Riordan then has McGregor at full-stretch to push away a fierce angled strike.

1603: Stokes is off with the temperamental Moroccan Abdessalam Benjelloun coming on for the final 15 minutes. Steven Davis drags a shot wide for the visitors, who are sitting deeper and deeper.

1559: The Hibs penalty claim is generating quite a bit of chatter. Whittaker was nowhere near winning the ball and there was most definitely contact. It's way beyond the 'seen them given' category and big Yogi Hughes will no doubt have something to say after the match.

1556: Hibs need a point to reclaim fourth spot from Motherwell but their cause has not been helped by top scorer Stokes having an off day. To be fair, he's not the only one. The game is very scrappy.

1553: A poor offside call denies Kenny Miller a free run at goal. The Rangers striker pops the ball into the net before having a good old moan.

1552: Steven Naismith, who has been very quiet for Rangers, cuts in from the left and has a dig from the edge of the penalty area but keeper Graeme Smith is right behind it and gathers at the second attempt.

1550: Hibs have a strong claim for a penalty waved away as Derek Riordan goes down under a challenge from ex-Hibee Steven Whittaker. Referee Willie Collum was right up with play and didn't even blink...

1547: Colin Nish is on for Hibs, with Paddy Cregg making way. It's a positive move from manager John Hughes, putting on a striker for a midfielder.

1545: A lovely passing move from the home side finally cuts open the Rangers defence and David Wotherspoon sees his shot curl inches away from the top corner after latching on to John Rankin's cute back-heel

1541: Rangers look content to hit on the break for the time being, with Hibs continuing to struggle up front. It's not been a classic but you can see highlights online from midnight to judge for yourself.

1536: The game is underway again and Anthony Stokes clatters into Kevin Thomson after just a few seconds. Rangers certainly aren't getting an easy ride.

1535: Hibs captain Chris Hogg has suffered a recurrence of his recent back problems and is replaced by Steven Thicot for the second half.

My Sport

From mem On My Sport:

"Unless his tea comes in ring pull cans then I'm sure Laugherty's robot is having something a little stronger."

1522: Let's touch on that goal celebration again. Peter Crouch looks like a member of the Rock Steady Crew ('Hey, you, make a break, make a move') compared to Lafferty. Is his robot man having a cup of tea, as suggested by a contributor, or dabbling in something stronger?

Half time
1519: Half-time: Hibernian 0-1 Rangers
The visitors are on course to win a 53rd championship thanks to Kyle Lafferty's fine strike. Rangers look the sharper team, with Hibs too ponderous to pose many problems.

1518: Rangers full-back Sasa Papac steals in behind the home defence but lacks composure and slashes his cross high into the stand.

1515: Hibs are moving the ball around quite nicely but time and again come unstuck in the final third when faced with a solid wall of blue shirts. There's a distinct lack of pace about the Edinburgh side.

1512: Hibs defender Paul Hanlon gets the merest flick on to a John Rankin corner and the ball flashes narrowly wide of the target. That's been the best chance for the home side.

1506: A Maurice Edu header lands on the roof of the net as Rangers captain David Weir again gets his old napper to a corner and sends the ball back into the danger zone.

1504: Riordan hurdles a challenge from Sasa Papac to send David Wotherspoon scampering away on the right but the Hibs youngster can't find a team-mate with a disappointing delivery into the penalty area.

1459: Hibs forward Derek Riordan tries his luck from distance and the shot dips awkwardly in front of Allan McGregor, who manages to scoops the ball away with a combination of body parts.

My Sport

From SrnasLoveChild On My Sport:

"RE 1449: I always thought he was making a cup o' tea."

1456: Hibs keeper Graeme Smith takes a sore one as he saves bravely at the feet of Kevin Thomson. Earlier, Steve Davis had been sent clear by a simple ball over the top but he and Thomson got in the way of each other, much to the relief of the home defence, which was posted missing.

1453: BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young tells us that there has been a scuffle or two in the main stand and a few fans have been removed by police and stewards.

That's a third goal in four games for Kyle Lafferty as he powers in an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area. Once again we see the robot-opening-a-can-of-lager dance routine from the Northern Ireland forward. Has there ever been a stranger celebration?

1449: GOAL Hibernian 0-1 Rangers (Lafferty)

1448: Miller again hits another shot too high, this time meeting a flick on from Lafferty and slicing his volley from near the penalty spot.

1445: Kenny Miller scoops a first-time effort over the crossbar from inside the six yard box after connecting with a headed knockdown from Rangers skipper David Weir.

1442: Kyle Lafferty's height is causing a few problems for the home side, who are missing the towering presence of the suspended Sol Bamba. The much-maligned Lafferty is an awkward customer, all arms and elbows when scrapping for the ball.

1439: No real pattern emerging yet, with both sides struggling to string together any meaningful possession and pressing at every opportunity.

1436: Hibs midfielder John Rankin blazes a free kick high into the stand from all of 40 yards. Has he had a shot on target since his famous 'squiggler' goal against Celtic?

1434: On Rangers' last visit to Easter Road they were one down after 12 seconds, with Anthony Stokes scoring the quickest goal in SPL history. No such early drama today, although we have had a few crunching tackles already.

1431: We're off, with Rangers attacking in the direction that used to be down the slope at Easter Road.

1430: There is a minute's applause for former Rangers and Hibernian star Sammy Baird, who died this week at the age of 79. Baird won seven caps for Scotland in the mid 1950s and managed Stirling Albion.

1428: Just a few minutes to go now. Easter Road looks very strange with the old East Stand demolished. With the capacity much diminished, Rangers only have a small band of fans at the ground.

1423: Leading scorer Kris Boyd is on the Rangers bench. The striker is sitting on 99 league goals for the Ibrox side but has not been firing on all cylinders of late.

1417: Hibs are riding on the crest of a slump right now, with just two wins from their last 14 outings, while Motherwell climbed above them into fourth spot with yesterday's win at Tynecastle. The Edinburgh team last beat Rangers at Easter Road in September 2006, thanks to a Chris Killen double. Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by John Hughes's side at Ibrox in October but have swatted them aside in the last two meetings, scoring seven and conceding one in the process.

Hibernian: Smith, McCormack, Hogg, Murray, Hanlon, Wotherspoon, McBride, Rankin, Cregg, Stokes, Riordan. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Thicot, Nish, Benjelloun, Stevenson, Gow, Galbraith.
Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Edu, Weir, Papac, Naismith, Davis, McCulloch, Thomson, Lafferty, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Boyd, Novo, Broadfoot, Fleck, Little, Kind Bendiksen.

Full time
1409: Full-time: Dundee United 0-2 Celtic
The win seals second place and a tilt at Champions League qualifying for Celtic, with the goals at Tannadice coming from loan boys Kamara and Keane. Rangers now need a victory at Easter Road to seal the championship, although a draw would effectively end the contest, since they enjoy a healthy lead in goal difference.

Deep into time added on Aiden McGeady is bundled over by keeper Dusan Pernis and Robbie Keane hammers the penalty kick straight down the middle.

1407: GOAL Dundee United 0-2 Celtic (Keane)


1403: Neil Lennon is closing in on five league wins in a row since he assumed control of the first team at Celtic. Will it be enough to earn him the job full-time or has that Scottish Cup defeat to Ross County scuppered his chances?

1400: Mihael Kovacevic goes down clutching his thigh. It's the walking wounded for United now and there must be a few concerns in the home dugout, given their Scottish Cup final date on 15 May.

1357: Tempers are fraying, with a big stooshie in the middle of the park. Iain Brines flashes yet another yellow card in the direction of an irate Prince Buaben.

1355: Dusan Pernis keeps out a powerful strike from Robbie Keane after good work from Fortune. Sandaza is struggling with what looks like a hamstring problem but he'll have to keep going since the home side have used all their replacements.

Red card
Well, that was short and not so sweet from United substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams, who is sent packing for picking up two quick yellow cards for late challenges. Referee Iain Brines then has a word with United boss Peter Houston, who has steam coming out of his ears...

1351: SENT OFF (Dundee United's Myrie-Williams)

1348: Ross County manager Derek Adams is looking on from the main stand. He might fancy his chances of a Scottish Cup upset at Hampden if United are as toothless as they have been in this second half.

1346: Francisco Sandaza replaces fellow striker Jon Daly as United aim for a way back in the final 15 minutes.

1344: Neil Lennon does a very good impression of his mentor Martin O'Neill, springing into the air, as if on an invisible pogo stick, to protest a throw-in at the half-way line.

1340: United defender Garry Kenneth does a painful-looking splits as he makes a vital interception to prevent Robbie Keane snaffling up a chance inside the six yard box.

1336: Danny Swason rarely lasts 90 minutes and he is replaced by Jennison Myrie-Williams as United look for a foothold in a game they have fallen out of slightly.

1334: That's a shocking miss! Aiden McGeady scampers past two opponents and picks out Diomansy Kamara with a perfect chipped cross but the borrowed Fulham forward casually side-foots the volley over the crossbar from all of eight yards.

1332: Celtic are making a second change in central defence, with Glenn Loovens following returning team-mate Thomas Rogne by hobbling off. Former United favourite Mark Wilson is on in the Dutchman's place.

1328: Landy N'Guemo shows why he doesn't trouble the scoring charts very often, dragging his shot wide from 20 yards after a good surge from midfield.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1325: As the sun pokes through the clouds over Dundee, United respond with Jon Daly heading into the path of David Goodwillie and the striker's drilled shot from the edge of the penalty area thumps against the base of the post, with Boruc sprawling.

1324: A let off for United as the home side good to sleep from a Lee Naylor free kick and Robbie Keane is totally unmarked when he awkwardly volleys over the crossbar from 12 yards.

1319: We're off again at Tannadice...

1317: With Nish dropped, it looks like Hibs have ditched their usual front three, while the versatile Lee McCulloch is set for a central defensive role for Rangers.

1314: Some teams news from Easter Road. There are three changes to the Hibernian side with Graham Stack, Sol Bamba (suspended) and Colin Nish dropping out to be replaced by Graeme Smith, Chris Hogg and Patrick Cregg. Rangers are without the injured Madjid Bougherra, while Kris Boyd drops to the bench. Maurice Edu and Steven Naismith earn starts for the visitors. Full teams to follow...

1311: If Celtic claim three points today, Rangers will need a victory at Easter Road to clinch the championship. It will also end United's hopes of second place.

My Sport

From Dave On My Sport:

"How miserable did Kamara look when he celebrated that goal? He almost made Robbie Keane look like a happy chappy."

Half time
1302: Half-time: Dundee United 0-1 Celtic
An exciting first 45 minutes comes to close with Dusan Pernis punching away a Celtic corner and the visitors in the ascendency. A cracking finish from Diomansy Kamara is the difference between the sides.

1259: An Aiden McGeady cross is helped on by a deft flick from Kamara and skids across the face of goal. Fortune is the nearest Celtic player but is a yard short of making contact.

1256: With half time approaching, United have lost some of their earlier fizz and Celtic are winning more of the 50-50 midfield challenges in what has been a robust contest. Scott Brown picks up a booking for upending Morgaro Gomis with a late tackle.

Yellow card
1253: Landry N'Guemo and David Goodwillie are the first players to be cautioned after a bit of daft argy-bargy in the middle of the park.

1249: Injury has struck the unfortunate Thomas Rogne once again, with the Celtic defender hobbling off to be replaced by Darren O'Dea.

What was I saying about Celtic's wide players being quiet? The visitors enjoy their first period of prolonged possession and it culminates with Fortune threading a great pass to Diomansy Kamara, who lashes a great angled strike from 15 yards into the far corner of the net.

1245: GOAL Dundee United 0-1 Celtic (Kamara)

1241: Andreas Hinkel slashes a terrible shot from distance well wide of the target. We haven't seen much from Celtic's wide attackers Aiden McGeady and Diomansy Kamara so far...

1237: Another enterprising run from Swanson is brought to an abrupt halt by a crunching tackle from Rogne before Morgaro Gomis trundles a weak shot straight through to Boruc.

1234: Celtic defenders Rogne and Loovens have both made a few strong challenges already and don't look like a pair that have been missing with injuries for so long.

My Sport

From mem On My Sport:

"Andy Webster to get the winner for Utd and Rangers to do the job and clinch the title with a win at Easter Road, is it true they might not be presenting the trophy today?"
Rangers won't get their hands on the trophy if they succeed today. It will almost certainly be handed over at their next home game, which is Motherwell on the last weekend of the season.

1228: Celtic forward Marc-Antoine Fortune spins and gets away a decent strike but Dusan Pernis gets down to make the save and Kenneth is on hand to complete the clearance.

1225: Swanson finds Goodwillie with a raking delivery from the right flank but the United striker's first touch is clumsy and a good shooting chance is gone. Loovens then clears an angled strike from Garry Kenneth off the line and Darren Dods screams a shot from 25 yards wide. It's all United at the moment...

1222: With Easter Road under reconstruction, Rangers have been given less than 800 tickets. However, like our man below, there are sure to be a few infiltrators in the home ends. Let's hope everyone behaves.

My Sport

From Glaucon On My Sport:

"On my way to Easter Road to (hopefully) celebrate the title. Unfortunately, I'm in the Hibs end. Will need to keep my head down and remain quiet."

1218: United have made a strong start and Danny Swanson troubles the Celtic defence with a mazy run before David Goodwillie's cross-cum-shot brushes the near post and trickles along the face of goal, with keeper Artur Boruc beaten. No takers for the home side and that's a big let off for the visitors.

1215: We're underway at Tannadice, with the home side kicking off.

1213: "We need a point to consolidate third place and that would be a good achievement for us. Our players are hungry, our team today and our bench is very, very strong," Dundee United manager Peter Houston is relishing the contest.

1211: "Rogne and Loovens will give us a bit of strength at the back. This is probably the hardest test we've had in the league, against a very confident United team," Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland.

My Sport

From video_killed_the_diving_star On My Sport:

"Could be title clinching day and I'm stuck in work! I'm gutted..."

1208: United skipper Andy Webster is left on the bench with Garry Kenneth playing in his place, while defender Mihael Kovacevic replaces Keith Watson at right-back.

1206: Celtic change three of their back four, with Thomas Rogne and Glenn Loovens both returning for the first time since February after recovering from hamstring injuries to replace Josh Thompson and Darren O'Dea, while right-back Andreas Hinkel comes in for Mark Wilson. Diomansy Kamara is also back from injury to take over from Niall McGinn.

Dundee Utd: Pernis, Kovacevic, Kenneth, Dods, Dillon, Swanson, Buaben, Gomis, Conway, Daly, Goodwillie. Subs: Banks, Webster, Myrie-Williams, Scott Robertson, Cadamarteri, Sandaza, David Robertson.
Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Loovens, Rogne, Naylor, Kamara, Brown, N'Guemo, McGeady, Fortune, Keane. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Wilson, Crosas, O'Dea, Caddis, McGowan.

1200: United scored two late goals to snatch a 2-1 home win against Celtic in November, while last season's Tannadice encounters between the sides were both draws. Celtic have to go for it and United won't hold back, so it should be a cracker to brighten up a dull, damp day on Tayside.

1155: Dundee United trail second-placed Celtic by seven points and the Tannadice outfit are the form team in Scotland right now. Peter Houston's Scottish Cup finalists are unbeaten in 11 games, having last tasted defeat against today's visitors on 20 February.

1150: The Scottish Premier League could be settled today. Rangers can wrap up a second successive title with a win against Hibernian at Easter Road (kick off 1430). However, the contest could be over before a ball is kicked in Edinburgh, if Celtic fail to win at Dundee United (1215). Will the blue half of Glasgow be celebrating or can the teams in green delay the party? Stay tuned...

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25 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 35 54 83
2 Celtic 35 30 72
3 Dundee Utd 35 11 62
4 Motherwell 35 2 51
5 Hibernian 35 2 50
6 Hearts 35 -11 44
7 St Johnstone 35 -4 43
8 Hamilton 35 -10 42
9 Aberdeen 35 -14 38
10 St Mirren 35 -12 32
11 Kilmarnock 35 -22 29
12 Falkirk 35 -26 28

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