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Freeze hits Scottish fixture card once again

Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers
The thaw has resulted in "significant water damage" at Ibrox

The freezing weather has once again hit the Scottish fixture list, with 16 from 21 senior games postponed.

Scottish Premier League games at Aberdeen, Hamilton, Rangers and St Johnstone have been called off.

First Division matches at Queen of the South, Raith and Ross County are off while Falkirk failed an inspection.

And in the leagues below the games at Dumbarton, Ayr, Brechin, Albion Rovers, Berwick, Clyde, Stenhousemuir and Stranraer have succumbed to the freeze.

Stenhousemuir's match against Livingston at Ochilview in the second division failed an 1100 GMT pitch inspection.

However, Alloa's match in the second division against Airdrie United at Recreation Park goes ahead. and while Falkirk's home match against Partick Thistle passed an early pitch inspection, the match was called off at 1400 GMT.

All of the games in the Highland League are off.

Rangers v St Mirren was called off on Thursday after water damage caused by burst pipes at Ibrox.

Snow fell in Aberdeen on Thursday and a statement from the SPL read: "The extreme weather conditions currently in the North East and its forecast continuance over the weekend led to police concerns about spectator safety travelling to and around Pittodrie Stadium. A new date will be announced in due course."

Regarding the call-off at Rangers, the SPL said: "The thaw following the recent extreme cold has led to significant water damage in various parts of the stadium.

"The extent of the damage is such, there is no prospect of repairs being completed before the weekend."

In Perth, the McDiarmid Park pitch is not a cause for concern, having been covered over the course of the bad weather, with snow and ice removed.

However, surrounding areas pose a hazard for travelling supporters.

The Scottish Football League has lost 49 fixtures to the weather this season.

A spokesman confirmed to BBC Scotland that those fixtures are manageable within the current calendar. However, should they suffer further postponements after the new year they would have to reassess that situation.


Matches off on Saturday 18 December

Scottish Premier League

Aberdeen v Motherwell
Hamilton v Celtic
Rangers v St Mirren
St Johnstone v Dundee Utd

First Division

Queen of the South v Morton
Ross County v Dunfermline
Raith v Cowdenbeath
Falkirk v Partick Thistle

Second Division

Ayr v Forfar
Brechin v East Fife
Dumbarton v Peterhead
Stenhousemuir v Livingston

Division Three

Albion Rovers v Annan Athletic
Berwick Rangers
Clyde v Arbroath
Stranraer v East Stirlingshire

Highland League

Cove Rangers v Keith
Fort William v Fraserburgh
Huntly v Nairn County
Turriff United v Inverurie Loco Works
Wick Academy v Buckie Thistle
Deveronvale v Formartine United
Lossiemouth v Rothes
Brora Rangers v Clachnacuddin
Forres Mechanics v Strathspey Thistle

Tuesday 21 December

Second Division

Forfar v Alloa



see also
Eleventh Scottish game postponed
14 Dec 10 |  Scottish Cups
Eight SFL matches hit by weather
11 Dec 10 |  Scottish League
Fourteen Scottish games postponed
06 Dec 10 |  Scottish Cups
Weather wipes out Scottish card
29 Nov 10 |  Scottish League
Remaining cup tie falls to snow
27 Nov 10 |  Scottish Cups
Referee strike wipes out SFL card
26 Nov 10 |  Scottish League


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