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Saturday's Scottish football as it happened

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By Thomas McGuigan


1715: Thanks for your company this afternoon. We're back tomorrow lunchtime for Motherwell against Hibs. Hope you can join us then. Have a good night, cheers!

1712:
My Sport
From bringthemonjpn On My Sport: "Hartley hat-trick; Aberdeen top of the SPL; Blackpool top of the EPL. Not a great day for the bookies..." But a great opening day in the new Scottish Premier League season!

1705: Paddy McCourt's superb individual effort was enough to give Celtic maximum points from their trip to Inverness. Highlights of all of today's games - including Hartley's hat-trick - will be available on our website from 1800 BST on Sunday

1702: The story of the day in the SPL? Paul Hartley marks his Aberdeen debut with a hat-trick - all three goals coming from the penalty spot - as the Dons surge to the top of the table after thumping Hamilton Accies 4-0.

1658: Rangers begin their SPL title defence with a win but Kilmarnock made them fight all the way at Ibrox. St Mirren manager Danny Lennon claims a point in his first league game in charge, and Hearts and St Johnstone share the spoils at Tynecastle.

Full time
FULL-TIME
HEARTS 1-1 ST JOHNSTONE

ABERDEEN 4-0 HAMILTON
ST MIRREN 1-1 DUNDEE UNITED
RANGERS 2-1 KILMARNOCK

Dundee United goal: The visitors scramble an equaliser deep into injury time. Jon Daly side-foots home from close range, an absolute killer for the bewildered Buddies.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1647: GOAL! ST MIRREN 1-1 DUNDEE UNITED (JON DALY)

1646: Hearts striker Kevin Kyle heads off for a few stitches as blood pours out of a head wound as the home side and St Johnstone are reduced to 10 men with a few minutes left. For speed, a headband is applied instead of the needle.

1643: Michael Duberry heads clear from in front of his own goal when Hearts substitute Kevin Kyle creates some rare danger in the St Johnstone penalty box.

1642: Danny Lennon is on the verge of a win in his first competitive match in charge of St Mirren.

1640: James Beattie's Rangers debut comes to an end as Kyle Hutton comes on to replace the striker.

1639: With 10 minutes left to play, Craig Conway makes way for Danny Cadamarteri as United press for an equaliser in Paisley.

1636:
My Sport
From Bringthemonjpn On My Sport: "Scotland manager Craig Levein should get Paul Hartley back in the squad as our set-piece man."

1635: Josh Magennis almost marks his debut with a goal for Aberdeen, but his header cannons back off the crossbar. Pow!

St Mirren goal: The Buddies take the lead as Sean Lynch fires in a volley with the outside of his right boot from the edge of the box.

Red card
1632: St Johnstone's Steven Anderson is shown a straight red card and he could have no complaints after a karate kick from behind into the calf of Hearts winger Suso. Ouch!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1631: GOAL! ST MIRREN 1-0 DUNDEE UNITED (SEAN LYNCH)

1630: "Killie need to step it up. There's always a danger they could lose a third goal." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

1628: "The game hasn't got the same pace or same quality as the first half and that's maybe because it is the first game of the season. But now is when there might be more space found as legs tire." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark at Tynecastle

1627: From cruising at 2-0 at Ibrox, Rangers are suddenly looking nervous as Kilmarnock press for an equaliser.

1626: St Mirren striker Gareth Wardlaw is forced off with a groin injury - an early season blow to Danny Lennon's plans.

Aberdeen goal: The Dons are running riot at a white-hot Pittodrie. Paul Hartley collects a hat-trick of penalties as he puts it to Cerny's left to make it 4-0 - and all three of his goals have come from the penalty spot. What odds would you get on that?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! ABERDEEN 4-0 HAMILTON (PAUL HARTLEY)

Kilmarnock goal: Sasa Papac is penalised for a push on James Dayton in the box and Jamie Hamill sweeps the ball past Allan McGregor to reduce the deficit. A glimmer of hope for the visitors?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! RANGERS 2-1 KILMARNOCK (JAMIE HAMILL)

Rangers goal: Walter Smith's side look to have made the points safe. Steven Naismith ends a well-worked move by lashcing the ball into the net from the angle of the six-yard box. His first goal against his former club.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! RANGERS 2-0 KILMARNOCK (STEVEN NAISMITH)

1616: "It's a beautiful afternoon in the Granite City, it's a beautiful day if you're an Aberdeen fan." BBC Scotland's Scott Davie

1612: Dundee United winger Craig Conway gets away from David van Zanten and fires in a cross for striker David Goodwillie, who narrowly misses with a glancing header. It remains goalless in Paisley.

1611: Kyle Lafferty's shot is deflected onto the post by Frazer Wright and wide but Killie escape with the award of a goal kick.

1610: A slip-up by Frazer Wright lets Rangers strike James Beattie in on goal but the striker runs out of steam as he bears in on goal and the shot is saved.

Aberdeen goal: Zander Diamond bundles the ball over the line from a corner to send the Dons fans into dreamland and heading for the top of the league!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1608: GOAL! ABERDEEN 3-0 HAMILTON (ZANDER DIAMOND)

1607: Kilmarnock searching for an equaliser early in the second half at Ibrox but they have yet to test Allan McGregor since the break.

Half time
1549: HALF-TIME
RANGERS 1-0 KILMARNOCK
HEARTS 1-1- ST JOHNSTONE
ABERDEEN 2-0 HAMILTON
ST MIRREN 0-0 DUNDEE UNITED

St Johnstone goal: It's a goal blizzard in the Scottish capital: St Johnstone take a matter of seconds to draw level when Cleveland Taylor's cross from the by-line was fired into the corner of the net off the head of fellow debutant Sam Parkin.

Hearts goal: Lee Wallace had been giving St Johnstone problems down the Perth side's right and the defender's cross to the back post was met by the head of Calum Elliot, who steered the ball home from six yards.

1545: GOAL! HEARTS 1-1 ST JOHNSTONE (SAM PARKIN)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1544: GOAL! HEARTS 1-0 ST JOHNSTONE (CALUM ELLIOT)

1541: Danny Invincible is inches away from connecting with a tap-in shot as Rangers creek at the back once more. Killie have come roaring back into this game.

Jack Ross is penalised for a tug on Sone Aluko. Paul Hartley despatches the ball into the other corner this time, wrong-footing Cerny to double Aberdeen's lead with his second goal of the game from the spot. A goal bonanza at Pittodrie!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1539: GOAL! ABERDEEN 2-0 HAMILTON (PAUL HARTLEY)

1539: The St Mirren fans make half-hearted appeals for a penalty after Steven Thomson's shot hits Paul Dixon's arm. Referee Brian Winter is having none of it, however.

1536: Hamilton keeper Tomas Cerny pulls off a smart save from Aberdeen youngster Josh Magennis to prevent the Dons from doubling their lead.

1532: "Dundee United are coming into the game and are creating chances. You get the feeling that a goal's coming." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson at St Mirren Park

1529:
My Sport
From bringthemonjpn On My Sport: "Pleased for Hartley. Good honest player. And Miller for Rangers... just can't stop scoring, the lad."

1527: Craig Thomson misses a good chance for Hearts when he meets Lee Wallace's cross to the back post on the half volley but fires well over the crossbar from 12 yards.

1526: James Beattie is denied a first Rangers goal by a stunning save by Cammy Bell. Superb goalkeeping to block the striker's volley.

1525: Dundee United threaten through Garry Kenneth but Saints keeper Paul Gallacher makes a great reaction save to keep the match goalless.

1524: Jamie Fowler's volley is deflected wide by Kenny Miller as Kilmarnock come close to an equaliser at Ibrox.

1523: Hartley almost tricks Cerny with a free-kick to the near post, but his effort speeds just wide.

1522: St Johnstone are forced to make a change when Danny Grainger collides with a post and a stretcher is called. Former Brentford midfielder Cleveland Taylor is the man to replace Grainger at Tynecastle.

1521: No goals yet at St Mirren Park. Despite all the talk of Dundee United being raided for their top players, there are only three changes to the team that won the Scottish Cup in May and only one of those is because the player left - Andy Webster back to Rangers at the end of his loan deal.

1520: Manuel Pascali's header is claimed by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Aberdeen goal: Paul Hartley fires the spot-kick low into the bottom corner of Tomas Cenrny's goal to score his first goal for the Dons after Simon Mensing was penalised for tripping Sone Aluko.

Kirk Broadfoot's shot is blocked on the line but as Killie try to clear, the ball ricochets into the net off Kenny Miller. Rangers take a deserved lead and it's one-way traffic at Ibrox.

1516: GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-0 HAMILTON (PAUL HARTLEY)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1516: GOAL! RANGERS 1-0 KILMARNOCK (KENNY MILLER)

1515: A rehearsed free-kick move almost comes off for Rangers as Kirk Broadfoot's disguised pass is fired towards goal by Kenny Miller but a deflection carries the ball wide.

1514: "The game has been very open so far with both teams willing to attack" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark at Tynecastle

1512: Steven Whittaker drags a shot wide of the Killie goal from the edge of the box.

1510: We're still waiting for a goal from this afternoon's four SPL games. James Beattie is looking lively at Ibrox but the hosts have yet to seriously test Kimarnock keeper Cammy Bell.

1509: All 'huff and puff' from Rangers so far. Plenty of approach play but little end product.

1508: St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is sitting behind his chairman in the stand as he serves a two-match touchline ban from last season.

1505: Aberdeen's Sone Aluko cracks the underside of the bar, but, unlike Frank Lampard at the World Cup, BBC Scotland's Jim Spence is sure this one didn't cross the line.

1504: BBC Scotland's John Barnes alerts us that Miss Scotland has been introduced to the supporters at St Mirren Park, only the mean-spirited would suggest that this could be the highlight of St Mirren v Dundee Utd.

1501: David Templeton puts the ball into the net at Tynecastle, but the Hearts striker is judged to be offside...still 0-0.


1454: There's not a spare seat to be had at a sun-kissed Ibrox as Rangers prepare to unfurl the league champions flag as they begin their title defence.

1452: New Buddies boss Danny Lennon takes charge of an SPL match for the first time having replaced Gus MacPherson in the summer. United finished last season on a high, clinching third place in the league and triumphing in the Scottish Cup final.

1451: Hearts host St Johnstone with the home side unlikely to be able to field their new striking partnership of Kevin Kyle and Stephen Elliot. Both have been struggling with injury. Saints made an impressive debut season in the SPL last term and will be aiming to avoid a 'second season syndrome' by at least matching their eighth-placed finish.

1450: Hamilton won on both of their visits to Pittodrie last season and will hope to make it three in a row against Aberdeen in the north-east today. The Dons struggled last season and have made several changes to their squad in an attempt to turn around their fortunes.

1448: "We had a bit of a problem with Steven Davis being ill last night and not fit enough for today. So James Beattie has come in earlier than we would have liked. If Steven had been fit, there was every chance that Kyle Lafferty would have started up front, but he starts on the left." Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist

1446: Kilmarnock's last win over the Ibrox side was in Govan, Steven Naismith scoring the winner months before joining Rangers. New signing James Beattie makes his debut for the defending SPL champions.

1441: Hearts v St Johnstone teams
Hearts: Kello, Jason Thomson, Barr, Zaliukas, Wallace, Craig Thomson, Santana, Black, Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot. Subs: Balogh, Kucharski, Kyle, Elliott, Ryan McGowan, Novikovas, Mulrooney.
St Johnstone: Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, Duberry, Grainger, Davidson, Millar, Morris, Craig, Parkin, Haber. Subs: Smith, Rutkiewicz, Taylor, Dobie, Samuel, Caddis, May.
Referee: S O'Reilly

1439: St Mirren v Dundee Unite teams
St Mirren: Gallacher, van Zanten, McGregor, Potter, Travner, Thomson, Murray, Lynch, Robb, McGowan, Wardlaw. Subs: Samson, McAusland, Brady, Love, McLennan, McLean, Mair.
Dundee Utd: Pernis, Dillon, Dods, Kenneth, Dixon, Scott Robertson, Buaben, Gomis, Conway, Goodwillie, Daly. Subs: Banks, Myrie-Williams, Cadamarteri, Douglas, Casalinuovo, Russell, Watson. Referee: B Winter

1436: Aberdeen v Hamilton teams
Aberdeen: Howard, McArdle, Diamond, Ifil, Considine, Pawlett, Folly, Aluko, Hartley, Maguire, Magennis. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Young, Fyvie, Jack, Megginson, Shaughnessy.
Hamilton: Cerny, Ross, Mensing, Canning, Skelton, Imrie, McDonald, Wilkie, Buchanan, Flavio Paixao, Marco Paixao. Subs: Murdoch, Graham, McAlister, Thomas, Kirkpatrick, Routledge, Gillespie.
Referee: D McDonald

1434: Rangers v Kilmarnock teams
Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Whittaker, Naismith, Edu, Lafferty, Beattie, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Velicka, McMillan, Little, Shinnie, Wylde, Hutton.
Kilmarnock: Bell, Hamill, Wright, Pascali, Gordon, Silva, Bryson, Fowler, Kelly, Dayton, Invincibile. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Old, Owens, Sammon, Doyle, Gavin Brown.
Referee: W Collum

1426: There is plenty more to come from BBC Scotland this afternoon. I'll be battering away at my keyboard for the live text commentary until 1700 or so. On radio, the Sportsound team have live commentary from the remaining four SPL matches, plus Open All Mics to bring you right up to date on the action around the country. And on BBC One Scotland Sportscene is on air at 1630.

1423: That was an exciting opening match in the SPL season. Having started the match so promisingly, Caley Thistle were given a bit of a lesson in the second period. Still, there was plenty of goalmouth action for the fans to enjoy at the ground.

1418: The Sportsound team are debating what has been the best bit of transfer business in Scottish football. Is it Celtic pocketing £10m for Aiden McGeady's move to Spartak Moscow? Craig Gordon to Sunderland from Hearts? Rangers' sale of Jean-Alain Boumsong to Newcastle?

1415:
My Sport
From bringthemonjpn on My Sport:

"Surely Esson man of the match?"

1411: Celtic begin the new SPL campaign under Neil Lennon with a clean sheet and three points. Inverness were superb in the first half and proved they will be more than a handful at the Caledonian Stadium this season.

Full time
1410: FULL-TIME INVERNESS CT 0-1 CELTIC

1408: Substitute James Forrest could have had a hat-trick today. His shot cannons back off the bar and Juarez sends the rebound into the arms of the grateful Esson.

1406: The sun breaks through the clouds above the Caledonian Stadium as we enter four minutes of additional time. "See the game out" Celtic manager Neil Lennon urges his players. Terry Butcher cajoles his troops, looking for one last effort to snatch a draw.

1405: "Ten chances Celtic have had this second half, it's incredible." BBC Scotland's John Robertson

1403: Inverness keeper Ryan Esson tips James Forrest's thunderbolt wide for a Celtic corner. And Esson shows Ninja-like reflexes to deny Cha Du Ri - great stuff from the keeper, leaping like a Highland salmon...

1402: Jonny Hayes trots off to loud applause from the Inverness fans and is replaced by Shane Sutherland - four minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

1400: Inverness have eight minutes to rescue a point but they are straying into Celtic territory only sporadically.

1356: Utretcht assistant manager Jan Wouters leaves his seat at the Caledonian Stadium - his side face Celtic on Thursday in the Europa League qualifier at Celtic Park - with nine minutes remaining.

1355: Inverness substitute Gil Blumanshtein limps off clutching his hamstring and is replaced by David Proctor.

1351: Substitute James Forrest balloons a great chance over the bar from eight yards after being played in by Fortune. Another opportunity wasted by the profligate visitors.

1349: Marc-Antoine Fortune feeds Cha Du Ri and desperate Inverness defending prevents Shaun Maloney from doubling Celtic's lead. The visitors force another corner and they're turning the screw with 15 minutes remaining.

1347: "Inverness are hanging in there. While they are keeping it at one, they still have a chance. But Celtic in this second half have been very impressive." BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1345: Celtic are dominating but, with 20 minutes remaining and only one goal in it, Inverness will still fancy their chances of salvaging a point on their SPL return.

1343:
My Sport
From 5ForKeeps On My Sport: "RE: Jane McNaughton via text, that's why Paddy McCourt is in the side he can pop up at anytime. The lad is talented."

1340: Shaun Maloney and Georgios Samaras both come close to extending Celtic's lead and Inverness boss Terry Butcher knows his side's long undefeated league run is is danger of coming to a halt unless they can find an equaliser.

1339: Celtic's goal hero Paddy McCourt is withdrawn through injury - he appeared to suffer a knock after finding the net - and is replaced by James Forrest.

1337: "Absolutely magnificent, he's come across four defenders." BBC Scotland's Murdo McLeod

The game needed a bit of magic to break the deadlock and Paddy McCourt provided it in some style. A mazy run past a clutch of Inverness defenders tumbling all around ends with a shot arrowed away to Ryan Esson's right-hand corner. What a goal! Can Inverness respond?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1331: GOAL INVERNESS 0-1 CELTIC (PADDY McCOURT)

1329: "Celtic are asking all the questions, calling all the shots." BBC Scotland's David Begg dusts down a Girls Aloud classic...

1328: Celtic force their fifth corner of the game, Mulgrew sends a dangerous ball into the box but Inverness repel the danger.

1326: Esson is called into action again, this time denying Joe Ledley with a great save after a superb ball from Shaun Maloney as Celtic spurn another great chance to break the deadlock

1323: Ryan Esson brilliantly tips Mulgrew's free-kick away.

1322: Scott Brown, Shaun Maloney and Marc-Antoine Fortune trade passes and Brown earns a free-kick near the edge of the area. Maloney and Charlie Mulgrew loitering with intent...

1321: Hang onto your hats, the second half is under way!

1316:
My Sport
From Kevin On My Sport: "Samaras couldnae hit water if he fell out a boat, time to bring Murphy on show him how its done!!! Lucky to be level and if Inverness start the second half the same way as the first they're bound to burst the net."

My Sport
From bringthemonjpn On My Sport: "Samaras has put in a good shift in the first half. Is Fortune waiting on instructions from the touch line that it's OK for him to touch ball?"

Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson blocked Marc-Antoine Fortune's shot with his legs on the stroke of half-time. I've no idea why this game remains goalless at the break!

Half time
1303: INVERNESS CT 0-0 CELTIC

1302: "Inverness, the first 10 or 15 minutes looked sharper, but they have been pushed deeper and deeper down the pitch" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod

1301: "Paddy McCourt - why? He doesn't do anything! No room for luxury at away games. He's a totally pointless player too inconsistent and suitable for exhibitions only!" Text to 80295 from Jane McNaughton, Perth.

1300: Inverness were all over Celtic in the opening 15 minutes but the visitors are finishing the half in the ascendancy.

1257: Samaras wallops a great chance a couple of yards over the bar following good work by Fortune and McCourt, the big Greek then sends a header off the post with Inverness's Nick Ross also appearing to get a touch. Celtic are lacking a lethal marksman...

1254: Celtic manager Neil Lennon receives a talking-to from referee Calum Murray for his vocal protest over a Georgios Samaras foul. Six minutes to go until the break and we're still waiting for the first SPL goal of the 2010/11 season.

1251: Inverness defender Ross Tokely deflects Joe Ledley's shot over the bar as Celtic force a corner and build the pressure on the home rearguard with eight minutes until half-time.

1249: The Highlanders' last win over their Glasgow opponents was in December 2007 and Celtic boast a strong record over Terry Butcher's side with 11 victories in 15 Scottish Premier League encounters.

1248: Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska races from his line to block Adam Rooney's shot as the defence are slow to react to Jonny Hayes's clever ball.

1247: "Great run... terrible first touch."BBC Scotland's Murdo MacLeod on the Cha Du Ri chance

1246: Celtic right back Cha Du Ri thunders down the wing but a heavy touch as he arrows into the box sees the chance lost and Ryan Esson collects.

1244:
My Sport
From Mem On My Sport: "Caley need to start taking some of these chance or it will come back to haunt them as it so often does when teams miss chances against the Old Firm. Aside from that though, good to see a "smaller" team having the guts to take it to one of the Old Firm. Hopefully this will be a precursor for the rest of the season ahead." You can see why Inverness have gone 21 league games unbeaten.

1242: Jonny Hayes has been the pick of the bunch in the opening 25 minutes; it's still goalless but it's compelling viewing.

1241: After surviving that early Inverness onslaught, Celtic appear to be growing in confidence but they remain vulnerable down the left.

1238:
My Sport
From Boogie Bear On My Sport: "Mulgrew lucky not to be booked. Inverness the better side so far but it's early days."

1237: Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney is sent clear on goal following a wonderful through ball from Georgios Samaras but his shot comes back off the post and bounces to safety. He should have scored.

1234: Oh Inverness, what a chance! Jonny Hayes - who else? - engineers space on the right before sending a delicious cross into the box but Eric Odhiambo sends his header over the bar. Terry Butcher puts his head in his hands; Neil Lennon urges his team to tighten up.

1233: "Inverness know what they are doing, they are well drilled and Celtic know they are in a battle" BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1232: Inverness boss Terry Butcher delivers some tactical instructions to his charges and he must be delighted with the opening 15 minutes.

1231: Celtic come within a whisker of taking the lead with their first serious attack. Marc-Antoine Fortune feeds Cha Du Ri and his centre finds Paddy McCourt but Kevin McCann's block prevents a certain goal.

1229: Celtic left-back Charlie Mulgrew chops down livewire Jonny Hayes and can count himself lucky not to receive the first yellow card of the game. There's rich pickings for Inverness down Celtic's left-hand side...

1227:
My Sport
From LogieB On My Sport: "Can't believe I'm at work Should get home for the second half though"

1225: The hosts haven't allowed Celtic settle into the game in the opening 10 minutes, as Celtic boss Neil Lennon bites his lip nervously on the touchline. Georgios Samaras has been a peripheral figure so far and the ball is remaining in Celtic territory. Inverness are pressing and squeezing the game.

1223: "One thing Inverness do have is a lot of pace." BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Robertson

1222: Inverness come close to drawing first blood. Odhiambo and Hayes combine well on the right before the latter's cross finds Rooney. But the striker balloons his effort wide of Zaluska's goal.

1221: "We've had four minutes, there's been hardly any play, but it's been explosive" BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1220: Jonny Hayes is back on his feet and re-enters the fray after that spearing run through the heart of the Celtic defence.

1219: Both sides are going with lone frontman today: Adam Rooney for Inverness and Georgios Samaras for the visitors.

1217: Inverness midfielder Jonny Hayes embarks on a lung-bursting run as he slaloms past a few Celtic challenges before falling in the box under the close attentions of Glenn Loovens and Jos Hooiveld. Replays show he may have been caught there. Great start from the home side.

1216: The 2010/11 SPL season is under way!

1214: Paddy McCourt is given the chance to emulate Aiden McGeady, as he starts against Inverness. Mexican midfielder Efrain Jaurez drops to the bench. Marc-Antoine Fortune comes in for Gary Hooper, who is absent with a calf injury.

1213: Inverness field Jonny Hayes after he recovers from a knee injury but fellow Irish forward Richie Foran misses out with the same problem. Defender Kenny Gillet makes his debut but summer signing Gil Blumenshtein has to settle for a place on the bench.

1211: Cheered by a passionate home support, Inverness CT unfurl the First Division league champions flag at the Caledonian Stadium. The teams are limbering up in the tunnel. Not long to go now...

1208: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has just told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that the club's pursuit of Manchester City winger Craig Bellamy is "ongoing".

1204:
My Sport
From DCooper7 - true blue On My Sport: "If James Beattie can stay fit then he will be a massive player for Rangers this season. Well done to Walter on bringing some big name players back into the Scottish game. We welcome the chase."

1201: Inverness CT v Celtic teams:
Inverness CT: Esson, McCann, Tokely, Munro, Gillet, Ross, Cox, Duncan, Hayes, Odhiambo, Rooney. Subs: Tuffey, Proctor, Golabek, McBain, Blumenshtein, Sutherland, Sanchez.
Celtic: Zaluska, Cha, Hooiveld, Loovens, Mulgrew, Maloney, Ledley, Brown, McCourt, Samaras, Fortune. Subs: Cervi, Juarez, Misun, Ki, Murphy, Kayal, Forrest. Referee: C Murray

1157: By the way, before we turn our attention to the Caledonian Stadium a wee word on the triumphant return of the BBC Predictor Yes, it's back, and it's your chance to show the pundits how it's done.

1154: In the other games, Aberdeen host Hamilton, Hearts take on St Johnstone and St Mirren face Dundee United as the SPL bandwagon rolls into action in style...

1152: Walter Smith's men will unfurl the league flag before this afternoon's game against Kilmarnock at Ibrox. Rangers are targeting a third consecutive title in Smith's last season in charge.

1150: Celtic manager Neil Lennon takes his new-look side north looking to hit the ground running. Since succeeding Tony Mowbray, Lennon has signed seven players as he looks to wrest the title back from champions Rangers.

1147: Newly-promoted Inverness CT host Celtic in the first of five SPL games. Terry Butcher's men are riding on the crest of a wave: 21 games unbeaten in the league and ready for battle.

1145: Welcome to this afternoon's live text commentary of the opening day of the new Scottish Premier League season.



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