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St Johnstone v Rangers postponed

football in snow

Wednesday's Scottish Premier League game between St Johnstone and Rangers at McDiarmid Park has been postponed because of weather conditions.

Despite the requirement for undersoil heating, the SPL suffered two postponements on Sunday.

And there was due to be a full card of six games on Wednesday.

Hamilton will hold a 0815 GMT pitch inspection on Wednesday morning ahead of their game, which is due to kick off at 1500 against Aberdeen.

Accies are yet to play in December after Arctic conditions swept Scotland, with two matches at New Douglas Park already falling victim to the weather.

A statement on the club's official website read: "The undersoil heating is on and the pitch is thawing and improving every hour.

We are a little disappointed not to be playing, but there's not a lot we can do about it

Rangers manager Walter Smith

"But the consequence of that is surface water. That is draining and we will have an inspection by match referee Craig Thomson to check on matters in the morning."

SPL leaders Rangers have suffered a number of call-offs in recent weeks, with their games against Hearts, St Mirren and Dundee United all postponed.

The Scottish champions enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 win at Motherwell on Boxing Day and manager Walter Smith was disappointed to be denied the opportunity to build on that result.

"We are obviously disappointed," he said. "With the break in the weather, we hoped the games would be on.

"We are a little disappointed not to be playing, but there's not a lot we can do about it.

"It's been a bit stop-start for a lot of the matches, but everyone has had to put up with that.

"But, after playing well at Motherwell, we thought we would have another game - but it's not to be."

It means that Rangers' next match will be Sunday's Old Firm derby against Celtic, who could now leapfrog their city rivals should they defeat Motherwell at home on Wednesday.

Two First Division matches, at Dunfermline and Falkirk, are scheduled for Wednesday evening, with the latter more hopeful that their game against Raith Rovers will go ahead following a Tuesday pitch inspection.

"At 12 noon yesterday, the pitch was frozen and flooded with surface water," said a website statement.

"However, the pitch has improved overnight. At the 2pm inspection today, it was felt that, with milder weather forecast for tonight, a further inspection should take place on Wednesday at 11.30am."

All but one of the Scottish Football League fixtures scheduled for Boxing Day were postponed.

And, on Monday, it was announced that the three Scottish Cup ties still outstanding from the third round and due to be played on Tuesday would be postponed for another week.



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More disruption to Scots football
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Weather wipes out Scottish card
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