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By Thomas McGuigan

1702: Aberdeen continue their resurgence under Craig Brown with victory over St Mirren, while Motherwell and Inverness ends goalless, and St Johnstone snatch a late point against Kilmarnock. Highlights of all five SPL games will be available on our website from 1800 GMT on Sunday, with the highlights programme on BBC One Scotland at 2255 GMT later that evening. Thanks again for your company, we're back on Tuesday for more SPL action. Have a good weekend!

1700: So, Celtic are rewarded for an impressive second-half display with a 3-0 win over Hibs and Old Firm rivals Rangers thump a makeshift Hamilton Accies 4-0. Walter Smith's side are five points behind the league leaders with three games in hand.

My Sport
bringhtemonjpn says: "Plenty of action and goals today. Who says that Scottish football is dull?"

Full time


Full time
1649: FULL-TIME:

Someone has struck the woodwork
1647: Kyle Lafferty clips the junction of crossbar and post with a left-footed chip from the edge of the box.

St Johnstone goal: The visiting fans are dancing inside Rugby Park as substitute Cleveland Taylor shoots low across the face of goal and it slips just inside the far post. A dramatic late equaliser!


1644: Conor Sammon's shot from a tight angle is deflected over the St Johnstone bar. I wonder how much longer Kilmarnock fans will be able to enjoy the hitman's efforts?

Rangers goal: From a throw-in into the penalty box, Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu turns and fires a left-foot shot past Tomas Cerny. Accies must be longing for the full-time whistle.


1637: St Mirren squander a chance to pull a goal back when Paul McQuade pounces on a mistake in the Aberdeen defence, but his chip over goalkeeper Jamie Langfield also clears the bar. Further misery for those of a Buddies persuasion.

1636: Jamie Ness hits the deck after a challenge by Accies' Flavio Paixao but is back on his feet with a minimum of fuss.

1635: Ryan Esson saves at the second attempt to deny Motherwell striker John Sutton, who thought he had scored.

My Sport
Amazingless on My Sport says: "2-0 Aberdeen. I can breathe again. If we win our game in hand over Celtic, of course, then we'll close the gap to 26 points."

1632: A slip by Shaun Hutchinson allows Richie Foran a run at goal but the former Motherwell player drives his shot wide.

1631: Rangers' left-back Sasa Papac has taken a knock and he is subbed, with Ricky Foster trotting on to replace him.

Aberdeen goal: Aberdeen go two ahead and it is the Chris Maguire-Scott Vernon combination at work again. Maguire's curling cross to the back post is headed home by Vernon from point-blank range. Dons boss Craig Brown continues to work his magic at Pittodrie...


1623: Rangers' Lee McCulloch passes to Gregg Wylde who unselfishly sets up Kyle Lafferty for a shot, which the Northern Irish striker stabs past the post.

1622: Danny Grainger has a chance direct from a free-kick but blazes high over the bar. No 'Grainger' of that finding the target...

1620: Jamie Murphy darts through and hammers in a shot but the effort is wide. Much more like it from Motherwell.

1618: Vladimir Weiss is given a standing ovation by the Rangers fans as he makes way for Gregg Wylde.

My Sport
Ibrox_Via_Bristol_1985 on My Sport says: "Rangers are absolutely dominating today. Good to see! Especially Weiss. Would love to keep him at the club after season but I cannot see it happening."

1614: Peter 'Peaso' MacDonald flashes a header wide of the post from a Danny Grainger free kick as St Johnstone search for an equaliser against Kilmarnock.

1612: "This is another thing about modern football that does my head in: the length of the half-times."
BBC Scotland's Jim Fleeting is vexed at Rugby Park.

1611: Either Hamilton boss Billy Reid wants to show solidarity with his sodden players... or he has fogotten his anorak. He is soaked to the skin standing in the technical area at Ibrox.

Aberdeen goal: The Dons take the lead when Chris Maguire curls the ball to the back post and top scorer Scott Vernon makes sure after taking the ball down with his chest.

1609: Motherwell have their first effort at goal as Jamie Murphy fires a shot into the grasp of Ryan Esson.


1601: We're getting under way in the second half at the four SPL grounds.

Rangers goal: Vladimir Weiss adds his second straight from a free-kick, although Kenny Miller had run across the face of the Accies defence but it would appear he made no contact. The makeshift visitors are being put to the sword here...


Half time


1544: Aberdeen are forced to make a change through injury, with David McNamee leaving the field and straight up the tunnel for treatment to make way for Nikola Vujadinovic, whose loan from Udinese was extended this week.

1543: St Johnstone keeper Peter Enckelman prevents his side from falling 2-0 behind, pulling off a great save from Conor Sammon after Mehdi Taouil's pass outfoxes Michael Duberry.

1542: David Elebert is more careful with his challenge in the box this time, dispossessing Sasa Papac as the Bosnian prepared to shoot at the Accies goal.

1541: More pressure from Inverness. Ross Tokely collects a loose ball and tries his luck from distance with his left foot but the ball spins wide.

1540: New Aberdeen signing Rob Milsom fires in a 25-yard drive that St Mirren goalkeeper Paul Gallacher blocks with his knees.

1538: St Johnstone's central defenders trade about six pass between themselves and they appear to lack the urgency to restore parity at Rugby Park.

1537: "In the last five minutes, St Mirren have started to look increasingly comfortable. Aberdeen have lost their way in terms of ways to break down the defence."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark

1535: A poor clearance by Tomas Cerny is picked up by Kyle Lafferty who passes through to Kenny Miller, but a saving challenge by Andy Graham prevents Rangers taking a three-goal lead.

1534: More chances, it's all kicking off now! Adam Rooney and Graeme Shinnie have efforts blocked by Darren Randolph. It's raining shots at Fir Park.

1533: At last a shot at Fir Park! The Motherwell defence are opened up as Adam Rooney goes through on goal and the striker hits the ball down into the ground but goalkeeper Darren Randolph reacts well to make the save.

1532: Scott Vernon and Ryan Jack squander two half chances for Aberdeen after mistakes in the St Mirren defence. Dons boss Craig Brown will be doing a wee dance of frustration on the touchline...

My Sport
Jamie on My Sport says: "People can criticise him for inconsistency but Weiss is the kind of player who is going to get the fans back into Ibrox."

Rangers goals: Vladimir Weiss evades a challenge by Lee Kilday and rifles a 25-yard shot past Accies goalkeeper Tomas Cerny at rain-soaked Ibrox. Rangers are awarded a penalty a minute later as David Elebert makes a diving challenge on Weiss. Steven Whittaker scores from the spot, his second in two games, following his penalty against Kilmarnock on Monday in the Scottish Cup.



1526: "Aberdeen, for me today, Sone Aluko is a big miss today. There's lots of space in behind the St Mirren defence and there isn't too much space there, which is a big big problem. In set-pieces they have threatened, but not in general play," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark


1524: Tomas Cerny parries Lee McCulloch's powerful shot which was hit straight at Accies' Czech keeper.

1523: Rangers push for goal and Steven Davis smacks a shot just wide with Kyle Lafferty begging for the ball to be passed to him for a tap-in.

1522: It sounds like the deteriorating conditions at Fir Park are affecting the quality of the game with the rain lashing down in Lanarkshire.

1521: Chris Maguire wins a corner for Aberdeen with a shot that was heading on target until being deflected for a corner by St Mirren defender Mair. And, from the corner, Dons defender Andrew Considine sends a powerful header over the crossbar.

Kilmarnock goal: As if strikers across the country suddenly heard the call from the Glasgow Pacific Quay nerve centre that goals were needed, red-hot Kilmarnock marksman Conor Sammon obliges as he lashes home from eight yards after clever work from Eremenko.


My Sport
I am not as think as you drunk I am on My Sport says: "Need a goal to change the "library" atmosphere at Ibrox." We need a few goals in all four games to get everyone going...

1514: St Mirren try to hit Aberdeen on the counter-attack but Craig Dargo sends a drive a yard wide of Jamie Langfield's left-hand post.

1513: "There's not much movement up front for St Johnstone," says BBC Scotland commentator David McDaid. Perhaps they need to change gears in their tractors? Ahem...

1512: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis hits a 30-yard free-kick a few yards over Tomas Cerny's bar.

1511: A lively start at Fir Park but no real goal-mouth action. Motherwell are, of course, getting used to life without defender Mark Reynolds.

1509: Not a great deal to report from Pittodrie in the opening 10 minutes.

1506: "St Johnstone can't lay off Eremenko"
BBC Scotland's Jim Fleeting flags up Killie's danger man

1503: A stuffy start to the action at Ibrox. Hamilton have committed a few challenges that have produced fouls as their newly formed back five try to get to grips with the Rangers attack.

1501: Here we go across the country, plenty of goals and action please...

1500: Peter MacDonald, who came off the bench to net St Johnstone's late winner in their midweek Scottish Cup tie at Hearts, is rewarded with a starting place for Saints , swapping places with Sam Parkin, who is on the bench.

1459: Kilmarnock boss Mixu Paatelainen makes just two enforced changes following the Ayrshire side's Scottish Cup defeat at Ibrox last Monday - James Fowler and Tim Clancy starts in place of the injured Craig Bryson and suspended Jamie Hamill.

1458: Inverness are without midfielder Lee Cox with Russell Duncan coming in. Shane Sutherland and Ryan Esson also started following the Scottish Cup win over Elgin, with Jonny Tuffey and Eric Odhiambo dropping to the bench.

1456: Mark Reynolds is left out of the Motherwell team ahead of his proposed move to Sheffield Wednesday. Shaun Hutchinson comes into central defence for his first start since December 2009, having recovered from a long-term hamstring problem.

1454: Nikica Jelavic is named on the bench for Rangers as he aims to play his first match since October, while Steven Naismith fails to make the squad after struggling with a hamstring injury. Hamilton are without suspended duo Simon Mensing and Jim McAlister following their red cards against Celtic in midweek. Accies hand debuts to youngsters Micheal Devlin and Lee Kilday.

1451: St Mirren make three changes with Michael Higdon and Marc McAusland injured and Paddy Cregg missing out through suspension. David van Zanten, former Don Lee Mair and former Falkirk midfielder Sean Lynch are given places in the starting line-up.

1450: New signing Rob Milsom is handed his Aberdeen debut in place of suspended skipper Paul Hartley. Fellow new recruit Nick Blackman, who has joined the Dons on loan from Blackburn, misses out because of a virus. Josh Magennis replaces Sone Aluko.

MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Forbes, Murphy, Sutton. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Page, Charalambous, Casagolda, Meechan, Pollock.
INVERNESS CT: Esson, Tokely, Innes, Munro, Shinnie, Ross, Duncan, Duff, Foran, Rooney, Sutherland. Subs: Tuffey, Proctor, Golabek, Odhiambo, McBain, Blumenshtein, Sanchez.
Referee: E Norris

1439: "If he carries on as he has in the first part of the season, his future is great. There has been interest in him and we will see what the future brings next week. There has been an offer from Scunthorpe and more or less everything has been agreed. But it is not just the clubs that decide and it will come down to Conor's decision. He is very happy here," Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen on Conor Sammon's possible transfer Sammon has been on fire this season and it'd be a pity if he flew the SPL nest...

1438: "I think today we could have had even more goals. Overall, we are just delighted and the three points is the most important thing."
Celtic goalscorer Anthony Stokes

RANGERS: McGregor, Whittaker, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, McCulloch, Ness, Weiss, Miller, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Edu, Foster, Jelavic, Beattie, Webster, Wylde.
HAMILTON: Cerny, Graham, Devlin, Kilday, Elebert, Gillespie, Flavio Paixao, Imrie, Skelton, Marco Paixao, Antoine-Curier. Subs: Murdoch, Casalinuovo, Crawford, Kirkpatrick, Hopkirk,Lindsay, Hasselbaink.
Referee: B Winter

KILMARNOCK: Bell, Clancy, Sissoko, Wright, Hay, Kelly, Pascali, Eremenko, Fowler, Taouil, Sammon. Subs: Jaakkola, Old, Silva, Berntsson, Laurent, Gross, Kennedy.
ST JOHNSTONE: Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, Duberry, Grainger, Millar, Morris, Davidson, Craig, MacDonald, Samuel. Subs: Smith, Parkin, Taylor, Maybury, Reynolds, May, Caddis.
Referee: S McLean

ABERDEEN: Langfield, McNamee, McArdle, Diamond, Considine, Maguire, Young, Jack, Milsom, Vernon, Magennis. Subs: Howard, Vujadinovic, Paton, Pawlett, Ifil, Megginson, Robertson.
ST MIRREN Gallacher, van Zanten, Mair, Potter, Travner, Lynch, McGregor, Thomson, Goodwin, Dargo, McGowan. Subs: Samson, McLean, Mooy, McQuade, Love, McKernon, Lamont.
Referee: C Murray

1430: Hit F5 to refresh and zap my mistake, re: 1413, concerning Motherwell's opponents this afternoon. Cheers!

1427: "We've got no qualms about playing Kenny Miller at all. I don't have a clue how long he will remain here. It's well documented that we don't want to get rid of him. From our point of view, in an ideal situation, we'd like to add to the squad."
Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist

1419: The radio debate version of pistols being drawn at dawn has broken out on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. Chief among the contentious points is Hamilton's goal against Celtic in midweek and whether Celtic are right to query a number of decisions this season. Billy Dodds, Jim Traynor and Chick Young are all involved...

1413: MOTHERWELL TRANSFER NEWS: Defender Mark Reynolds will not feature against Inverness CT this afternoon, ahead of a proposed move to English League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday. How does that news go down with fans of the Steelmen?

1411: "We were excellent in that second half and that was probably as good as we've played all season. Once Gary Hooper got into the game, he and Anthony Stokes played very well together. Scoring two goals away from home will give us a real shot-in-the-arm."
Celtic manager Neil Lennon after the win at Easter Road

My Sport
JodyMorris4England on My Sport says: "I'm going to play Devil's advocate here and say that, although he has not gone about it in the right way, Neil Lennon has had plenty of reason to complain about referees this season. The margins between Rangers and Celtic are so tight that one or two bad decisions from referees can cost you a title - do we expect Lennon to just accept it?"

1405: "We gave possession away too easily. Little Zemmama had one or two terrific dribbles and you can see the improvement from last week. But we lost the opportunity to pose a bigger threat."
Hibs boss Colin Calderwood

1403: "Is there anyone at East End Park with Spencie to help him with the tea at half-time?" Lee, from Aberdeen, via text on 80295 I'm sure there'll be someone on-hand to give our flame-haired reporter a cuppa and a Bourbon biscuit...

1359: We may have lost Dundee Utd v Hearts to the weather, but stay with us throughout the rest of the afternoon as we cover the remaining four SPL games.

1354: Celtic move eight points clear at the top of the SPL table, courtesy of their 3-0 win over Hibs at Easter Road. Rangers, though, have four games in hand.

1352: Kenny Miller will start for Rangers against Hamilton Accies at Ibrox this afternoon, despite ongoing speculation that the Scotland striker will be sold in the current transfer window, Chick Young has just told BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound.

Full time

1348: Paul Hanlon blocks Anthony Stokes, just as the Celtic hitman looks to pull the trigger. We're into the first of two minutes of added time.

1347: "There's just nothing about this Hibs team just now."
The cutting assessment of BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1345: We're into the final three minutes plus stoppage time at Easter Road and it's a fairly grim-faced Hibs boss Colin Calderwood who surveys the wreckage of another home defeat.

My Sport
JocktheBear on My Sport says: "I wonder if Mr Lennon will complain about the penalty?"

1341: "Colin Calderwood knows neither his best Hibs 11, nor his best formation." BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1339: A flowing Hibs move, their best of the second half, is cut short as Danny Galbraith's deep centre is gathered by Fraser Forster in the Hibs goal. Duffy's introduction has emboldened the hosts but it may be too little, too late with eight minutes remaining.

1338: Fraser Forster tips away a clever Darry Duffy flick from close-range after a great cross from Derek Riordan and that effort from the Hibs substitute looked destined for the net.

1337: Paul Hanlon recovers well to dispossess Anthony Stokes after his initial mistake gifted possession to James Forrest.

1334: Two-goal Anthony Stokes is suddenly everywhere at Easter Road and he feeds Ljungberg but Hibs clear for a corner and it remains 3-0 to Celtic.

1332: Freddie Ljungberg comes on for Celtic goalscorer Gary Hooper, and the former Scunthorpe striker receives a standing ovation from the visiting fans. If Hibs are to salvage something from this game they need a goal, and quickly.

1330: Anthony Stokes has a great chance to seal his hat-trick but his shot over Mark Brown - more like a flick with a pitching wedge on the edge of a golf green - lacks pace and Francis Dickoh backtracks to head the ball clear on the line.

1328: Edwin de Graaf is replaced by Darryl Duffy as Hibs look to get back into this game with 20 minutes remaining. Zemmama has moved wide on the right, with Duffy pushing further forward in an effort to test the Celtic defence.

1326: Joe Ledley comes on for Beram Kayal as Celtic manager Neil Lennon shuffles his pack in midfield. More than a few Hibs fans are streaming for the exits after that third goal.

1325: "I'd like to say I taught Stokes that after working with him for a number of years, but that was just genius."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit and former Hibs manager John Hughes on Anthony Stokes's second goal

Celtic goal: The visitors score their third goal of the day and it's a sublime effort from Anthony Stokes who controls the ball inside the box and hits a shot-on-the-turn that finds the top corner.


1321: Buoyed by their two-goal cushion, Celtic are beginning to pass the ball with a composure that evaded them in a first half dominated by Hibs. Paddy McCourt embarks on a mazy run and his low shot is superbly tipped round the post by Mark Brown.

1319: Derek Riordan spurns a great chance to pull a goal back for Hibs as his effort is blocked by Daniel Majstorovic. Seconds later Zemmama's free-kick deflects off the Celtic wall for a corner but the visitors repel the danger. Much more like it from Hibs!

My Sport
I am not as think as you drunk I am on My Sport says: "Whats that Neil??......Craig Thomson is "the Best Referee EVER!"

1316: The unmarked Anthony Stokes sclaffs wide of the Hibs goal from about eight yards out and the visitors have their tails up with a little over half an hour remaining.

1314: "Colin Calderwood has to make one or two changes and he does have attacking options on the bench. Hibs will still be in the game if they score the next goal."
Former Hibs boss and now BBC pundit John Hughes

Yellow card
1312: The Hibs players are struggling to retain possession for any length of time and Derek Riordan receives a yellow card for a foul on Kayal.

1311: Hibs manager Colin Calderwood cuts a forlorn figure in the dugout because that second Celtic goal gives his side a further headache.

Celtic goal: Lewis Stevenson upends Anthony Stokes in the box and referee Craig Thomson points to the spot. Stevenson is booked for his efforts and former Hibs hitman Stokes finds the net with a shot straight down the middle.



1307: Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic tests Hibs keeper Mark Brown with a hooked shot.

1305: "Do you think Gary Hooper is more important to Celtic than Kenny Miller is for Rangers? Graeme, from Irvine asks via text on 80295 That's a cracking question!

1304: Hibs are straining at the leash to find an equaliser and force Mark Wilson into a hurried clearance.

1303: The second half gets under way.

1301: BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod says today's game at Easter Road falls into the "must-win" category for Celtic in their quest to wrest the title from Rangers. A win for Neil Lennon's men would see them move eight points clear at the top of the table, having played four games more.

1259: Folks, a problem with the automatic refresh of the live text has been resolved after our top boffins worked at lightning speed during half-time. Normal service resumes...

Celtic goal: The visitors show some rare menace as Gary Hooper hits goalkeeper Mark Brown with a shot after being sent clear by Beram Kayal. But the former Scunthorpe hitman makes no mistake seconds later when he shows a predatory instinct to skip past Paul Hanlon and fire home low into the net. That's his 12th goal of the season; harsh on Hibs who trail at the break.

Half time


1243: "It's been a pretty poor game in terms of quality,"
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1241: Edwin de Graaf fouls Beram Kayal and from the free-kick Daniel Majstorovic somehow heads Mark Wilson's expert delivery wide with the Hibs goal gaping. Ouch!

1238: A battery of Hibs players press defender Daniel Majstorovic and force the big Swede into an unconvincing clearance but the ball fails to land to a green jersey as Celtic scramble clear.

1236: Neither side has offered vintage fare in a scrappy 35 first-half minutes. Colin Calderwood, in the Hibs dugout, looks battle-weary with the whole shooting match.

1235: Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre ensures Hibs keeper Mark Brown is still awake with a tame effort from distance that fails to seriously trouble the keeper.

My Sport
At least John Barnes could rap on My Sport says: "Oddly I think most non-Old Firm Scottish football fans are hoping Celtic win all their games to the end of the season. It'll save us from listening to the borderline slanderous paranoid drivel from Lennon and Celtic FC every week."
1231: Edwin de Graaf receives a booking for impeding Emilio Izaguirre: the yellow card count is trouncing the goal-scoring opportunity tally...

1230: Some of the fans inside Easter Road would be forgiven for allowing their thoughts to drift to that half-time pie and bovril. Little to write home about in a drab opening half-hour.

1228: Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Daniel Majstorovic indulge in a bit of Chucklevision football that sees Hibs gifted a throw-in, in a dangerous position. But the hosts can't profit as Celtic recover their composure to clear their lines.

Yellow card
1227: Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal goes into referee Craig Thomson's book for chopping down Hibs captain Ian Murray. Scott Brown remonstrates with the whistler to no avail.

1225: "The players are just sparring with each other at the moment. But I'm sure we'll get a goal or two."
Former Hibs boss John Hughes accentuates the positive

1224: Managers Colin Calderwood and Neil Lennon are padding their respective technical areas like angry bears: they must be frustrated with their players' inability to carve out an opening.

1222: BREAKING NEWS FROM TANNADICE... Dundee United's game against Hearts has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

1221: Both sides are trading possession with some poor passes and the final ball is proving difficult for most of the players out there.

1220: Paddy McCourt gets a rare touch and he finds Izaguirre but there's little buzzing movement in the Bumblebee ranks and Hibs lash it clear.

1218: Celtic one again spurn possession as Majstorovic sends Izaguirre scampering away down the left but his lofted pass is too strong and it trundles out for a goal-kick. The visitors have yet to settle in this scrappy first half.

1216: Danny Galbraith's progress down the left is halted by Mark Wilson and Hibs have a free-kick: the hosts look like they could get some joy on the flanks today. We've played 15 minutes at Easter Road and Hibs are beginning to bare their teeth.

My Sport
bringthemonjpn on My Sport says: "Colin Calderwood frantically giving no signals to his players." That made me chuckle...

1213: Celtic captain Scott Brown clumsily upends Merouane Zemmama but, from the free-kick about 20 yards out, Derek Riordan balloons it over the bar.

1212: "Hibs have definitely started the better of the two sides, but the quality of their final ball has to be better."
Former Hibs boss and BBC pundit John Hughes

1210: Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown arrows a long kick deep inside the Celtic half but it's headed out of play: the game needs a midfielder to keep possession and slow the pace of a frantic opening 10 minutes.

1207: Dickoh is penalised for a shove on Hooper and the visitors have a chance from a free-kick to pressure the Hibs goal but the hosts repel the danger with ease. Neither goalkeeper has been tested yet but Wotherspoon's header illustrated early Hibs menace.

1205: Beram Kayal seizes possession as Celtic make their first serious foray into Hibs territory but Mark Wilson and James Forrest fail to capitalise on a promising opening as their one-two peters out.

1203: Easter Road is alive with noise and colour, with both sets of supporters in fine voice and the ball is taking a bit of a blootering in a frantic opening three minutes.

1201: Hibs come within a whisker of taking the lead as Lewis Stevenson's delicious cross is headed narrowly wide by David Wotherspoon. The Celtic defence is rocking in the early stages...

1159: Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks on from the technical area as the game gets under way at Easter Road.

1157: Hibs supporters will be demanding an improved display from their charges today. The players were booed off the Easter Road turf the last time they played here, following a goalless draw with Ayr United in the Scottish Cup.

1155: Celtic have the chance to move eight points clear of SPL title rivals Rangers, but the defending champions will face Hamilton Accies later with four games in hand.

Hibs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Thicot, Dickoh, Hanlon, Galbraith, De Graaf, Murray, Stevenson, Riordan, Zemmama. Subs: Smith, Nish, McBride, Duffy, Stephens, Booth, Byrne.
CELTIC: Forster, Wilson, Rogne, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Forrest, Kayal, Brown, McCourt, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Ljungberg, Ledley, Mulgrew, Murphy, Towell, McGinn.
Referee: C Thomson

1150: TEAM NEWS FROM EASTER ROAD: Lewis Stevenson, David Wotherspoon and Edwin de Graaf starting start for Colin Calderwood's Hibs side. Celtic captain Scott Brown and striker Gary Hooper return at the expense of Charlie Mulgrew and Joe Ledley.

My Sport
Jinky on My Sport says: "Morning lads. Celtic v Hibernian will be a tough game for Celtic with limited strike force, but see a 2-1 win, to keep the heat on Rangers. Rangers v Hamilton - easy win for Rangers today with Accies missing two big players: 4-0 win Aberdeen at home to St Mirren: 2-0. Kilmarnock v St Johnstone this will be a close game but Kilmarnock to edge it 1-0."

Rangers v Hamilton
Aberdeen v St Mirren
Dundee Utd v Hearts
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
Motherwell v Inverness CT

1135: First up, we have Hibernian v Celtic from Easter Road. The visitors won the two league games in the Scottish capital last season: each by a single goal to nil. The last time Hibs claimed a home SPL win against Celtic was back in December 2008, when John Rankin scored a goal that will go down in history as 'The Squiggler'.

1130: Good morning and welcome to our live text coverage of a bumper day of Scottish Premier League action.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 21 31 49
2 Rangers 18 24 44
3 Hearts 19 18 39
4 Kilmarnock 20 11 31
5 Inverness CT 21 4 28
6 Motherwell 20 -1 25
7 Dundee Utd 17 -3 24
8 St Johnstone 19 -12 22
9 Aberdeen 20 -17 20
10 Hibernian 20 -14 16
11 St Mirren 20 -18 16
12 Hamilton 19 -23 12

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