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By Keir Murray

1713: Fans of football of the Scottish variety, it has been a pleasure. Thanks for your company today whether you were following us on your mobile or your PC, here in Scotland or in the Saskatchewan plains. Your texts and contributions to My Sport are very much appreciated. If you are in the UK, please look out for the highlights of today's games on the site on Sunday at 1800 GMT. Bye!

My Sport
Manc_Blue on My Sport "Just as it was against Valencia, does this not bring about the subject of our credentials as goal scorers? All three goals at Celtic park had a degree of fortuitousness to them and previously against Valencia we've missed open nets along with clear cut chances. I hope Walter points this out to them."

1709: Contrasting views on Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee. Ewan says: "Aberdeen paid £400k to sack Calderwood and his team. McGhee knows they can't afford to sack him. If he has any decency he will rip up his contract and allow us to proceed." While Scott and Liam on the way home from Paisley, say: "McGhee is the man for the job, just get behind the team. The ref was awful but McGhee must punt Ifil and Velicka shows nothing."

1707: James in Edinburgh says, by text: "The Celtic fans have the audacity to criticise the SPL refs? Perhaps they should sample some of the utter incompetence SFL fans have to encounter every single week. Livingston once again denied a stonewall penalty away from home. Forfar's goal came from an unbelievable decision that should have gone to ourselves. Why even bother going to games if you have to be subjected to the primary-school intelligence of some of the referees in Scotland?"

1705: An anonymous text: "Incredibly cruel for Aberdeen. Two clear hand balls, St Mirren winning every free kick with the Dons getting denied identical fouls. Completely out played them."

1703: Also in the First Division, there were wins for Dunfermline, Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle, while Ross County drew with Queen of the South.

1700: What a match at Falkirk, where they drew 3-3 with Dundee. Mark Millar got the leveller for the home side with two minutes remaining.

My Sport
BlueNose31AR on My Sport "Why rest Naismith?! Show our bogey team some respect. Get this result then look to midweek, we're not going to win the Champions League."

Full time
Full-time: Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton

1657: Rangers have lost their 100% record in the Scottish Premier League, while Inverness CT maintain their wonderful away record.

Full time
Full-time: Rangers 1-1 Inverness CT
Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian

1654: Lots of late goals today.

Full time
Full-time: St Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen

1647: Jonny Hayes free-kick fizzes over the Rangers crossbar.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Paul McGowan lays the ball into the path of Jure Travner and the midfielder fires into the net to give the Buddies the lead again.ENT>
GOAL! St Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen (Travner)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
David Goodwillie breaks the deadlock with four minutes remaining at Tannadice. The striker speeds onto Danny Swanson's long pass and he knocks the ball under the on-rushing Mark Brown and into the net.

1644: Aberdeen have a shout for a penalty after the ball appears the strike the hand of St Mirren's Michael Higdon but no spot-kick is awarded.

GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian (Goodwillie)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Eric Odhiambo shocks Rangers with an equaliser. Kirk Broadfoot lost possession and Richie Foran rolled the ball into the striker's path to score.

GOAL! Rangers 1-1 Inverness CT (Odhiambo)


GOAL! Falkirk 2-3 Dundee (Witteveen)

1638: Paul McGowan spins and blasts in a shot from distance but it clears the Aberdeen bar. St Mirren looking for a winner. Paul McGowan spins and blasts in a shot from distance but it clears the Aberdeen bar. St Mirren looking for a winner.

1638: Elsewhere in the First Division, Raith Rovers have taken the lead at Morton and Dunfermline are now three goals up against Stirling Albion.

GOAL! Ross County 1-1 Queen of the South (Vigurs)

1636: John Sutton comes off the bench and immediately tries for goal with a long-range effort that sails over the Accies bar.


1635: "The Motherwell fans are livid with the referee at the moment." BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson

1632: "There's nothing in it. Both goals have been kind of flukes, or through mistakes." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Scott Booth at St Mirren Park.

1631: "Twenty minutes to go for someone - anyone - to break the deadlock!" BBC Scotland commentator Scott Davie hoping for a goal at Tannadice

GOAL! Falkirk 2-2 Dundee (Mark Stewart)

1627: Motherwell's Steven Saunders heads a powerful effort off the face of the Accies post, but the assistant referee had already flagged him offside. Craig Brown's men are still searching for an opening with roughly 20 minutes left to play.

GOAL! Falkirk 1-2 Dundee (Mark Stewart)

1625: It is Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson's turn to produce a fine save to turn a John Fleck effort wide for a corner.

1625: United keeper Dusan Pernis parries John Rankin's penalty and David Goodwillie clears the rebound to safety. "An absolute disaster for Hibs" is how BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson describes it.

1624: Motherwell midfielder Alan Gow nods down a header towards the Hamilton goal, but Tomas Cerny produces a superb Gordon Banks-like save to turn the ball out for a corner.

1624: My colleague Colin says: "The highlight of the United game so far is the group of Ghanaian fans getting joined in a half time sing song by some young United fans. Could they be friends of Prince Buaben? It's a long way from Accra to Tayside!"

My Sport
Jamie on My Sport is delighted at the ambition shown by Rangers' marauding Algerian defender: "Some of Franz-Madjid Boughenbauer's attacking runs have been ridiculously exciting."

1620: Richie Foran is denied an equaliser when Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor pulls off a superb save to deny the Inverness striker. Foran squanders another opportunity from the corner.

1618: In the First Division, Dundee are still two goals up on Falkirk, Morton-Raith Rovers is goalless, Dunfermline are beating Stirling Albion 2-0, Partick are leading Cowdenbeath 1-0, and Queen of the South have a one-goal lead at Ross County.

1615: "Two balls have gone over the stand in the past minute and had to be replaced. Two kids on the outside of the stadium have got their Christmas early with a couple of £60 Mitre balls." BBC Scotland commentator John Barnes at Fir Park.

1614: Dundee United striker David Goodwillie blazes wide with the goal at his mercy. What a chance for United!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Paul Hartley's ball into the box is mis-hit by Chris Maguire but Rory McArdle follows in to slam the ball home for the Dons' leveller.

GOAL! St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen (McArdle)

1611: Hibs boss Colin Calderwood, in his second game in charge, must be happier with his side's display than last week's 4-2 mauling at Pittodrie. He's patrolling his technical area, urging his troops on.

1610: Steven Davis fires just wide as Rangers respond to some Inverness pressure.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1607: So far there aren't too many highlights from the United-Hibs match. It's pretty dire so far. Just a reminder that the match highlights will be online here at the BBC Sport website on Sunday at 1800 GMT (yep, the clocks go back tonight). It's worth mentioning, too, that the online highlights are available to UK users only.

1606: Maurice Edu had taken a knock midway through the first half and obviously has not recovered.

1605: Steven Naismith and John Fleck come on at half time for Rangers, with Vladimir Weiss and Maurice Edu making way.

1603: Most of the games are under way again.

1558: "In case anyone is wondering why John Robertson is not on Open all Mics today, it's because he is the new manager at East Fife, taking over from Stevie Crawford. And if you want to see how his first training session went then have a look. Look out for Alicia Keys at the end.

"Re. Gregg at 1533. Are you serious? Young Celtic fan was dragged out by police for waving a Honduras flag last week." Anonymous text.


Half time
Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton
Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT

1547: Martin Canning brings down Nick Blackman in the final minute of the first half. No card issued for the offence, but Motherwell's Tom Hateley steps up to take the spot-kick and Tomas Cerny produces a save.

1547: A bit of casual play by Madjid Bougherra almost presents Caley Thistle with an equaliser. But, after gifting possession to Adam Rooney, the Rangers defender recovered with a saving tackle.


Half time
Half-time: Dundee United 0-0 Hibernian
St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen

1546: "Half of Fir Park is bathed in sunshine. It's a much better day than it was yesterday. It was teeming down here yesterday." BBC Scotland commentator John Barnes fills a gap in play with a weather report from Lanarkshire.

1544: "Hibs keeper Mark Brown prevents United taking the lead, blocking David Goodwillie's shot with his legs. The keeper then shows Ninja-like reflexes to save Daly's close-range header."

1544: Hello to Dougie from Falkirk. "Taking a break from the SFL this week. At the Pompey - Forest game. Pretty even right now, 1-1. Keeping up with things on BBC Sport website. Keep the updates coming from The Falkirk Stadium. Some goals for the home side would be nice."

1543: "That's now the last six goals that Aberdeen have conceded come from headers." Anonymous text.

1540: Derek Riordan lashes a shot on goal from inside the penalty area but Dusan Pernis is equal to it once again. Hibs beginning to warm to the task now...

Handbags
1539: More afters at St Mirren Park with Jerel Ifil and Gareth Wardlaw getting into a scuffle.

1538: Accies fan Andrew by text to 80295: "Sick of hearing Jim Spence droning on about Dundee and saying they deserve fairness. They should go to the bottom league and nothing less. Remember what happened to Hamilton, my team when they went on strike. The worst points penalty yet we survived. Dundee have to be made an example of for sheer negligence and cheating by buying people they could not afford."

1537: Derek Riordan spurns a great chance to give Hibs the lead after collecting a superb pass from Edwin De Graaf but his shot lacks conviction and is gathered by a relieved Dusan Pernis.

1537: "The Aberdeen forwards should be doing a lot more. Generally speaking, I think St Mirren look comfortable." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Scott Booth.

1536: Lee McCulloch has time to pick his spot with a header but sends it wide of the Inverness post as Rangers dominate possession at Ibrox.

1535: Morgaro Gomis finds himself in space about 30 yards out on the left but his rasping drive fails to trouble Hibs keeper Mark Brown.

My Sport
scamilton on My Sport: "The fact that Hasselbaink is our top scorer with two goals is a sad indication on the start to our season. However, a win is a win, and I'd jump at it however it comes."

1534: "This is going to be competitive - Motherwell are letting Hamilton know they're still in the game, although Hamilton are certainly putting the Motherwell back four under a lot of pressure." BBC Scotland pundit Steve Cowan at Fir Park.

1530: David Weir heads just wide after the Rangers defender rose to meet a corner inside the Inverness penalty box.

1533: From Gregg in Glasgow by text to 80295. "Just to let you know football has reached new lows. Several AFC fans ejected at St Mirren for standing. It's a disgrace. Would they do this to the Old Firm?"

GOAL! Dunfermline 2-0 Stirling Albion (Andy Kirk)

1529: Dundee United's giant defender Garry Kenneth fires a howitzer of a shot towards goal but it has more chance of sending a pie out of a fan's hand in the stand than billowing the net...

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
A St Mirren corner is not dealt with by Aberdeen goalkeeper Mark Howard and Marc McAusland takes full advantage by heading into the net.

GOAL! St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen (McAusland)

1527: "Hibs really need someone in the middle of the park to put their foot on the ball because they're getting nothing going from back to front." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1527: Should St Mirren draw or lose today, they will have been winless in September and October.

Handbags
1526: Nothing doing at St Mirren Park so far. A bit of handbags between Darren Mackie and David van Zanten but little or nothing in the way of goalmouth action.

Yellow card
1526: Richie Foran is booked for a clattering challenge on Rangers goalscorer Maurice Edu.

1523: Derek Riordan makes his first contribution of the day as he plays a neat one-two with Lewis Stevenson before screwing a shot wide of Dusan Pernis's goal. Great stuff from the Hibs number 10.

My Sport
hailthe33 on My Sport: "Listening to Radio Scotland talking about the referee crisis. No surprise that they don't look at their own behaviour. We live in a country where the media sit and judge everything in their kangaroo court, turning every drama into a crisis and every crisis into the end of the world. What ever happened to balanced journalism?"

1520: Dundee United come within inches of taking the lead as Jon Daly bullets a header towards goal but John Rankin clears on the line. Daly, head in hands, can't believe he hasn't found the net.

1519: "Both sides are losing the ball and everything seems to be breaking down in midfield." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson is far from impressed with a drab opening 20 minutes at Tannadice.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Nigel Hasselbaink fires a left-footed shot in off the post to give Accies the lead at Fir Park. Incredibly, he is now Accies' top scorer this season...on two goals.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton (Hasselbaink)

1517: Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson saves at the second attempt after Rangers striker Kenny Miller beat a couple of players before scuffing his shot.

1516: Our BBC blogger Chris Jardine will be a happy man. Annan Athletic are 2-0 up on Preston Athletic in their Scottish Cup replay.

1516: "You could not see that coming with the way Caley Thistle had started the game, bright and good going forward." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Maurice Edu has two attempts to strike the ball. After a fresh air swipe, his second attempt with his left foot, a half volley from 16 yards, flies past Ryan Esson.

GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Inverness CT (Edu)

1509: Very little in the way of goalmouth action in a low-key start to proceedings at Tannadice.

1507: In the Scottish First Division, Sean Higgins tucks away a second goal for Dundee at the Falkirk Stadium. No goals so far in the SPL.

1502: Dundee get off to a flying start at Falkirk, Leigh Griffiths lobbing Robert Olejnik.

1500: "I think that Hamilton are due a victory." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson at Fir Park.

1458: We're almost at kick-off time around the country. All the teams are displaying the "Show racism the red card" signs.

1450: Colin Calderwood sends Hibernian out with the following players: Brown, Hart, Grounds, Bamba, Hanlon, De Graaf, Galbraith, Miller, Stevenson, Riordan, Rankin. Subs: Smith, McBride, Dickoh, Hogg, Currie, Trakys, Murray.

1447: Dundee United take on Hibernian: Pernis, Dillon, Douglas, Kenneth, Watson, David Robertson, Buaben, Gomis, Scott Robertson, Daly, Goodwillie. Subs: Banks, Dixon, Cadamarteri, Swanson, Shala, Russell, Dow.

1446: Steven Davis also comes back for Rangers, Gregg Wylde making way for him.

1444: "Referees are not making any more mistakes than they used to. It is video technology that is killing referees. So why don't we turn it round and use technology to help referees?" Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist

1443: Mark McGhee's Aberdeen go with: Howard, McArdle, Folly, Diamond, Ifil, Jack, Mackie, Hartley, Aluko, Maguire, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Young, Velicka, Magennis, Paton, Robertson, Fraser.

1442: St Mirren are at home to Aberdeen: Samson, van Zanten, Potter, McAusland, Travner, Cregg, McGregor, Mooy, McGowan, Wardlaw, Higdon. Subs: Mathers, Murray, Brady, McCluskey, McQuade, McLean, Kennedy.

1440: Inverness make one change from their win over Kilmarnock, with Kevin McCann replacing Eric Odhiambo.

1438: Rangers have made four changes from their midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup win for the visit of Inverness. Kyle Lafferty and Sasa Papac are back from illness and injury, while goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Kenny Miller are also added to the side. Stevens Naismith and Whittaker are rested.

1436: Terry Butcher's Inverness CT go with: Esson, McCann, Tokely, Munro, Shinnie, Duff, Hayes, Duncan, Ross, Foran, Rooney. Subs: Tuffey, Golabek, Odhiambo, McBain, Morrison, Sutherland, Sanchez.

1435: Rangers line up with the following players for their match against Inverness CT: McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, Edu, McCulloch, Weiss, Lafferty, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Foster, Naismith, Whittaker, Loy, Hutton.

1433: And the Hamilton side going into the Lanarkshire derby: Cerny, Elebert, Goodwin, Canning, McLaughlin, Buchanan, Routledge, Mensing, Imrie, Hasselbaink, Flavio Paixao. Subs: Murdoch, Skelton, Casalinuovo, Neil, Kirkpatrick, Marco Paixao, Gillespie.

1432: Motherwell team to face Hamilton: Randolph, Saunders, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Hateley, Forbes, Blackman, Gow. Subs: Hollis, Sutton, McHugh, Fitzpatrick, Hutchinson, Page, Charalambous.

My Sport
bringthemonjpn on My Sport: "Think Walter will give Lafferty a start, and go for the Little and Large." Wey-hey! Nice one.

1423: The debate about refereeing injustices and the pressure being placed upon the officials continues. Here's a text from Craig the Jambo in Edinburgh: "Last season Hearts had TWO penalty decisions overturned, yet nothing was said. Can someone explain why we now have this long drawn out inquest because ONE penalty has been overturned this year? I am genuinely interested in whether there are different circumstances this year, compared to the two incidents last year involving the Hearts. Please please please educate me."

1419: The attendance at McDiarmid Park today was 6,866. Quite a few of those were dressed up for Hallowe'en.

1412: While we're waiting for news from the grounds, a shameless plug for the online highlights of the SPL matches. For today's matches, these will be available on the BBC Sport site at 1800 GMT on Sunday.

1406: "So much for your pundits on Wed night that Sat would be tough for Tic. Wishful thinking was what it really was. Tell Murdo that the last goal today was to make up for the 4th goal on Wed that Tic blatantly got cheated out of, even though Murdo thought the fourth should not have mattered." An anonymous text.

1400: I'll bring you the team news from around the country as soon as I can.

1357: Ah, those heartless Celtic fans... "As the Beatles said it, Loovens should get back to where he once belonged. I'll chip in for a taxi to Cardiff." From Euan, Notts.

My Sport
archiepellagow on My Sport: "A good away win for CFC, next week at home vs Aberdeen then a tough midweek tie at Tynecastle. The Dons shouldn't pose too many problems, I hope, but Hearts at home is another story. A win in Perth is a wee boost though."

1352: Celtic are level on points with Rangers for three hours at least. Emilio Izaguirre was terrific to watch today. Could it have something to do with his left-footedness? He looks good on the ball, well balanced, fast, forward-thinking - definitely a good 'un.

Full time
Full-time: St Johnstone 0-3 Celtic

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Niall McGinn has a "riddy" after that goal. He really looks bashful. He fluffs his angled first-time shot from 10 yards...but it bounces into the net to give him his second of the game.

GOAL! St Johnstone 0-3 Celtic (McGinn)

1349: More on Loovens' musical tastes: "He's surely listening to The Communards - Don't Loov me this way." That from Kieran in Edinburgh.

Red card
Saint Johnstone's Danny Grainger fouls Anthony Stokes and is shown a second yellow card by referee Callum Murray.

1344: Dom in Irvine isn't pulling his punches! "Taxi for Loovens, with Chris Rea's 'This is the road to Hell' on the stereo." Steady on, Dom, he might score a flying header for you next week.

1342: Sam Parkin is called offside again. The Celtic fans are in full voice. Saints have seven minutes to somehow save a point.

1340: Ki Sung-Yeung takes a corner for Celtic but Liam Craig heads clear. Celtic switch the play from right to left, Emilio Izaguirre crosses for Georgios Samaras and his shot goes a few yards wide.

1338: Sam Parkin tries a header at the Celtic goal but he is offside.

1336: These suggestions are brightening my day! Colin in Glasgow, by text to 80295, says: "I would imagine Glenn Loovens is listening to Blame it on the Boogie - 'I just can't, I just can't, I just can't control my feet...'."

1334: If St Johnstone are going to get anything from this match they will surely have to score soon. There are 17 minutes left.

1332: Liam Craig heads behind for a Celtic corner from which Jennison Myrie-Williams causes panic in the Saints defence with a mis-hit clearance.

1331: Another cracking suggestion for what Glenn Loovens is listening to on his iPod: "Perhaps due to the up and down nature of his form, Glenn Loovens' chosen track should be Aerosmith's classic Looven a elevator." Alan Cameron, Bearsden.

1328: A rare chance for St Johnstone as Jennison Myrie-Williams volleys a shot across goal and Marcus Haber is a fraction away from reaching it. Celtic goalie Fraser Forster looked sharp to make the clearance.

My Sport
moutainview-motel on My Sport is at the wind-up: "Celtic must wish they had someone of Steven Milne's quality to play defence splitting passes all the time."

1325: As a move for the Perth Saints peters out, Celtic hit on the break but the move collapses when Niall McGinn makes a poor decision - too slow to pass to a team-mate.

1323: "St Johnstone are passing it better and more players are getting forward." BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

My Sport
QatarBhoy on My Sport: "I'm impressed that Cha Du-Ri made the starting line-up and is also on the bench ready to come on. As for Loovens' i-Pod, I reckon he's listening to a medley of In the Ghetto, Should I Stay or Should I Go? and Under Pressure..."

1320: I hope the Dundee Utd vs Hibs game today is a cracker and an advert for what Colin Calderwood is going to achieve up here. Two teams that need a win!!!! ho i-bees." John Deadly, Leith, by text to 80295.

1317: St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes freshens up his attack, with Sam Parkin and Collin Samuel replacing Peter MacDonald and Steven Milne. Can the subs spark the Saints into life?

1314: Celtic manager Neil Lennon cuts a relaxed-looking figure in the dugout, feet up as he shares a tactical thought with assistant Alan Thompson. Given Celtic's recent defensive problems, Lennon must be happier with what he's witnessed today.

1312: St Johnstone need to find a goal soon if they are to stand any chance of salvaging something from this game. But they have looked strangely subdued today, a shadow of the side that came roaring back against Celtic in midweek.

1310: Cha Du-Ri controls the ball in the right hand side of the box and fires a shot straight at Graeme Smith.

1308: I was having a quick look at some of the texts coming into the Off the Ball in box. There is one that reminds us of Derek Johnstone's remark about a substitution where he said the manager had "a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve".

1306: The second half is under way and the sun is still out.

My Sport
dontcallmemarco on My Sport "Am I watching a different game? Yeah fair enough it was an error that led to the chance but Izaguirre's first touch and finish was probably the best piece of skill that we'll see this entire weekend of football up North."

"Re 12:53. We would love to take Glenn back to Cardiff. But we will keep our £4m. Ta." Dan the chief, by text to 80295.

1300: Later this afternoon, Rangers play Inverness CT, Motherwell take on Hamilton in the Lanarkshire derby, Dundee United host Hibs and basement side St Mirren play Aberdeen.

"It's 112 years since Rangers last won their first 10 league games. Only Chick Young can remember that." BBC Scotland commentator Alasdair Lamont

1256: "Izzy has been a great signing for us this year, so consistent and a cracking goal there! Keep a clean sheet and I'll be happy this afternoon."Sean, Aberdeen, by text to 80295, is a fan of Celtic's Honduran goalscorer

1253: Well, St Johnstone came back from 3-0 down against Celtic on Wednesday to make it 3-2, but they really have not threatened Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal.

Half time
Half-time: St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic

1248: Re. the music on Glenn Loovens' iPod? "You've lost that Looven feeling. Perhaps?" From Dave Moss by text to 80295.

1245: "Celtic are now in a very strong position and St Johnstone, as they did in midweek, are making a big contribution to Celtic's advantage.The visitors are cruising." BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
A disaster for Steven Milne. The Saints defender makes a suicidal pass to his goalkeeper in a congested penalty box and Emilio Izaguirre nicks in to stab the ball past Graeme Smith.

GOAL! St Johnstone 0-2 Celtic (Izaguirre)

1243: Ha! Nice one, Stu in Ayr by text to 80295. "Re 1232. Is Loovens perhaps listening to Return to Sender and we can ship him back to Cardiff City? Mon the hoops!"

1240: Peter 'Peaso' MacDonald gets on the end of a looping cross from the right but cannot get any power on it to trouble the Celtic goal.

1236: Saints are alive! Marcus Haber makes a run down the left but his shot or cross is blunted by the hefty leg of Daniel Majstorovic.

1235: Saints have failed to show much by way of attacking threat so far. The Galloping Greek Georgios Samaras broke into a canter for the first time in the game.

1232: Celtic defender Glenn Loovens is sitting in the stand at McDiarmid Park listening to his iPod. Wonder what's his chosen track after he was dropped? Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis?

My Sport
JodyMorris4England on My Sport "McInnes will be so disappointed with that start. After the way Wednesday's match panned out all he will have been asking for was the team to be alert defensively for the first 20 minutes. They were anything but for that goal."

1228: An anonymous text to 80295 with an explanation for McGinn's booking: "McGinn didn't just run behind the goal! He grabbed some of the crowd, some more of whom then came over the stand to pitchside. We know the rules, automatic booking. No probs! Come on Celtic!"

1226: Anthony Stokes must have seen more of the ball in the first 22 minutes of this match than in the entire 90 minutes of previous games this season.

1224: "A super ball from Mark Wilson and if Stokes finds the target with his header then it's in the net." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1223: "Derek McInnes was chasing the linesman there because he felt McGinn was offside. He's now having a chat with the Celtic backroom staff!" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1223: Celtic's Mark Wilson cuts inside from the right wing and clips a ball into the box for Anthony Stokes to head, but his effort goes wide.

1222: Jennison Myrie-Williams and Emilio Izaguirre renew their rivalry, the pair having tested one another fully in the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup match. Celtic's Honduran left-back looked happy to be subbed at the end of that match.

1219: Niall McGinn was booked for running behind the goal to celebrate his strike for Celtic. We can't be having displays of emotion now, can we? Dear, dear.

1216: "Derek McInnes will be angry at conceding that early goal, but his side just keep giving the ball away." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1215: Ah, dear. Saints' Michael Duberry tries a Charlie Adam-like (OK, maybe not) 60 yard crossfield free-kick...but it flies out the pitch.

1213: As always, it's great to hear your thoughts on the match, whether it's by text to 80295 or on My Sport. It all adds to the heady mixture of Saturday soccer fun.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1211: It's one-way traffic at the moment. Three men in blue go to Anthony Stokes on the edge of the box on the right wing and he produces a lovely back-heel through to Ki Sung-Yeung who cracks a low shot across the goal and off the post.

1209: "The Celtic supporters are delighted with the start their side have made to this game. St Johnstone are having questions asked of them here." BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean

1208: There was an early pitch inspection at McDiarmid Park today but it looks in good condition, though maybe a bit soft in one goalmouth where the autumn sun cannot get to work its wonders.

1206: "Quite incredible, a similar to the start of the Co-op Cup game here at McDiarmid Park in midweek!" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Ki fires a low free-kick across the Saints box and Anthony Stokes thumps a low shot at goal, which is parried brilliantly by Graeme Smith. Niall McGinn is fastest to react and he nips in to open the scoring after 68 seconds.

GOAL! St Johnstone 0-1 Celtic (McGinn)

1204: This is the hundredth meeting between the sides.

1202: And the match is under way.

1200: Forster, Wilson, Majstorovic, Rogne, Izaguirre, McGinn, Ledley, Ki, Du-Ri, Samaras, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Juarez, Hooiveld, Cha, Crosas, McCourt, Towell.

1159: So the St Johnstone team is: Smith, Maybury, MacKay, Duberry, Grainger, Myrie-Williams, Millar, Haber, Craig, Milne, MacDonald. Subs: Enckelman, Rutkiewicz, Parkin, Samuel, Jackson, May, Caddis..

1157: Uh-oh. Celtic's Shaun Maloney is unwell and will not play after all. Cha Du-Ri will start instead.

1151: Jennison Myrie-Williams earns a start for St Johnstone in place of the injured Murray Davidson in midfield. Marcus Haber, Peter MacDonald and Steven Milne come in for Collin Samuel, Sam Parkin and Andy Jackson as manager Derek McInnes adds three fresh forwards to his line-up.

1150: Shaun Maloney returns to midfield after missing out in the Co-operative Insurance Cup tie between the sides with a black eye suffered in last weekend's defeat by Rangers, with striker Gary Hooper missing through injury.

1146: Glen Loovens and Cha Du-Ri are the men to pay for recent defensive lapses highlighted by Celtic manager Neil Lennon and are replaced in the starting line-up with Thomas Rogne and Mark Wilson.

1140: Welcome to the live text commentary following all the action in the Scottish Premier League. We start with Celtic's return to Perth to play St Johnstone after their 3-2 win at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday in the quarter-final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.



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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 30 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 10 17 28
2 Celtic 10 15 27
3 Motherwell 10 2 16
4 Inverness CT 10 4 15
5 Hearts 9 4 14
6 Dundee Utd 10 -5 14
7 St Johnstone 10 -4 11
8 Aberdeen 10 -1 10
9 Hamilton 10 -10 9
10 Hibernian 10 -8 8
11 St Mirren 10 -10 8
12 Kilmarnock 9 -4 7

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