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Sunday's football as it happened



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By Martin Conaghan

1653: Well folks, it's been another marathon Sunday, with wins for Dundee United and Rangers - and goals a-plenty. We hope you've enjoyed it, and commiserations to fans of Motherwell and Hibernian. We'll see you back here on Tuesday and Wednesday for more top Scottish football action in the Premier League.

1652: So, Rangers hold on to book themselves a slot in the final against their oldest rivals, Celtic. Motherwell truly made a game of it - especially in the last 30 minutes of the match, but the Ibrox side had the necessary quality to edge it. We'll be back at Hampden on Sunday 20 March to see the two Glasgow giants slug it out in what is sure to be a sell-out crowd at Hampden for the final.

1651: FULL-TIME: Rangers 2-1 Motherwell.

Full time

1650: Motherwell's hopes are in the last-chance saloon, or so says BBC Scotland's commentator David Begg.

1649: Three minutes of added on time.

1647: Motherwell's Jamie Murphy pushes the ball towards the Rangers keeper Neil Alexander, but the shot lacks power and fails to find the back of the net.

1646: Signs of frustration starting to show on the Motherwell players. Referee Willie Colum will do well to keep his cards in his pocket before the end of the match.

1645: Motherwell keep up the pressure as the match enters the final three minutes of regulation time.

1643: Rangers find themselves under more pressure as Tom Hateley's corner is sent out for another.

1641: Rangers are on the back foot as Motherwell push to try and nab a late equaliser and earn a corner for their efforts.

1638: Steven Saunders lobs in a cross from far out on the right that loops its way towards the Rangers goal, but it fails to catch Neil Alexander off-guard.

1637: There's only 11 minutes left for Motherwell to get back into this game. Can Stuart McCall's men make the difference in the final stages of the match?

1636: Motherwell make a change as Tom Hateley makes way for Steve Jones.

1634: Rangers' Nikica Jelavic makes his way to the goal-line and sends the ball across the face of the Motherwell goal for Steven Naismith to head in with ease and re-take the lead.

1632: GOAL! Rangers 2-1 Motherwell. (Naismith)


1631: Steven Davis turns and fires for goal on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area, but the ball edges wide of the mark.

1630: Rangers' Lee McCulloch really should have done more with John Fleck's outswinging corner, but he doesn't make much of his header and the scoreline remains 1-1.

1627: Motherwell look to have found a whole new streak of determination. Rangers are pinned back and struggling to regain a foothold on the game. It's going to be an interesting final 20 minutes.

1625: Rangers are made to pay when Steven Davis loses possession and, when John Sutton stretches to divert the ball into the path of Keith Lasley, the midfielder drives it low into the far corner from just outside the penalty box. Game on at Hampden.

1624: GOAL! Rangers 1-1 Motherwell (Lasley)


1620: John Fleck is stripped and ready to come on for Rangers, Kyle Lafferty's semi-final is over.

1618: The Hour mark has come and gone. There's only 30 minutes remaining to settle this semi-final. However, remember, if it's a draw at full-time - we have extra-time, and penalties, if needed.

1616: Steven Jennings blasts in a blistering shot from the edge of the Rangers penalty area that has Neil Alexander at full-stretch to tip into the air, then grab a hold of. That's the closest Motherwell have come in this half to scoring, and it would have been equal to Edu's sensational first-half strike, had it gone in.

1614: "Motherwell will be looking to change their players and strengthen, because I can't think of anything they've done significantly. Rangers have upped the tempo in terms of closing down and their work-rate. They're certainly looking for another goal and they want another goal to put the game beyond Motherwell." BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith at Hampden Park.

1611: Maurice Edu's 16th-minute strike for Rangers is still the difference between the sides at Hampden. Motherwell need to get themselves back into the game before Walter Smith's men grab another vital goal.

1610: Motherwell are passing the ball about in slick, fluid movements, but they don't seem to be making much of the good work in the final third. Rangers are certainly being pinned back more in this half, but they always look like a significant threat on the break.

1607: Motherwell pick up a free-kick out on the far left and pack the Rangers penalty area out with players, but the men in blue are up to the task and the momentum swings back Rangers' way.

1605: Lee McCulloch takes an ambitious shot from the half-way line after he spots Darren Randolph off his line - but he might as well have sent it by second class post, after it drifts about 15 yards wide of the post.

1603: And we're back underway at Hampden Park for the second half of Rangers v Motherwell in the semi-final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup. It's currently 1-0 to Rangers.

1558: Uncle Chick just told the BBC Radio Scotland listeners that David Healy's move to Rangers is not a loan deal - it's a free transfer, until the end of the season. Apparently, Healy was in the changing room at Hampden ahead of the match and spoke to his new Rangers colleagues.

1548: So, Rangers are one up at the break. Can they extend the lead? Can Motherwell get back into the match? Stay tuned - we'll be back after a short break!

1547: HALF-TIME: Rangers 1-0 Motherwell.

Half time

1546: A late corner for Rangers is gathered comfortably by Randolph as Motherwell make a final push before the ref blows the half-time whistle.

1544: "It's that little bit of quality Motherwell are lacking. I would like to see Murphy get closer to the Rangers defence and take them on, but he's just standing too wide at the moment." BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at Hampden Park.

1543: Motherwell's Jamie Murphy gets a chance on goal, but sends the effort over the bar, then Maurice Edu sends in a low drive on target that Darren Randolf stops.

1541: Don't forget, you can give us your view on the action on My Sport.

1540: "There is a realisation among the Motherwell fans that they are in this game and they are really up for it," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1538: Just over five minutes to go before the end of the first half. Motherwell look fairly confident passing the ball around, but their attacks seem to lack pace. Their fans are certainly in full voice though - so that should help spur them on.

1535: Motherwell's Tom Hateley fires in a 34-yard free-kick and Neil Alexander stretches to collect.

1533: Steven Davis fires in a fairly tame, low effort from the right-hand edge of the Motherwell penalty area, but Darren Randolph is up to the task and smothers it.

1531: Almost half an hour played at Hampden, and it's been a quick 30 minutes. It's still 1-0 to Rangers, but Motherwell are certainly holding their own, despite the narrow deficit.

1530: Sasa Papac shrugs off the challenge of Chris Humphrey who was powering down the right wing for Motherwell, but the attack ultimately leads to a corner for the Steelmen.

1529: "It's been a tight game since the goal went in. Motherwell have had some good possession, but they haven't done anything with it - they need to get more creative." BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith at Hampden.

1527: You'll have to excuse the small gaps in transmission folks - the gremlins have crept into the BBC PC's again today and keep crashing our system.

1523: Maurice Edu collects the ball from Kyle Lafferty 22 yards from goal, moves it swiftly to his left foot and sends a powerful drive into the top corner. If newspaper speculation is correct that the USA midfielder is seeking a move, he is going the right way about impressing any watching scouts.

1520: GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Motherwell (Maurice Edu)


1517: John Sutton nods down a header in the six yard area, but aims it straight into the arms of the Rangers keeper Neil Alexander as Motherwell get their first attempt at goal.

1516: Some great footwork by Maurice Edu sets up Lee McCulloch to fire in a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area, but it sails wildly over the bar.

1513: A searching free-kick from Sasa Papac fails to find a blue jersey and Motherwell clear the danger - not for long though, as the Glasgow giants press forward in numbers. No scoring in this match yet, but it's warming up nicely.

1512: "Motherwell are working hard in possession and when Rangers are in possession. I think they've started really well." BBC pundit Gordon Smith at Hampden Park.

1510: "Hibernian peaked too early. They were at their very best in the dressing room before the match started." From Charlie Cheesecake on My Sport.

1509: Motherwell look very composed on the vast Hampden surface. Rangers are pressing them hard and look deadly on the break. This one looks like it's going to be a cracker. Give us your views on My Sport and we'll use the best ones here on the clockwatch.

1508: Dundee United leapfrog Motherwell into sixth place after picking up their second win in ten matches. Hibernian have gone over 10 hours without even scoring a goal.

1507: FULL-TIME: Dundee United 3-0 Hibernian.

Full time

1506: News just in: David Healy's loan deal with Rangers from Sunderland has gone through.

1505: Three minutes of added on time at Tannadice. Colin Calderwood was probably hoping the ref would chop three minutes off and let him go home early.

1504: Motherwell striker Jamie Murphy bursts down the inside left channel and arrows a shot into the arms of Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

1502: All of a sudden, Hibs start playing football as Daryl Duffy gets brought down on his way into the United penalty area and earns his side a free-kick. However, nothing comes of it and the score remains 3-0 to United as the match enters the final minute.

1500: And they're underway at Hampden as the time ticks out at Tannadice - both on the match itself, and undoubtedly Colin Calderwood's career as Hibernian manager.

1459: The players are coming out on to the pitch at Hampden. If anything happens, we'll give you the latest updates here. Stay tuned for more thrill power.

1458: It's difficult to imagine how Colin Calderwood can turn this around. Hibernian are now in serious relegation territory, two points behind St Mirren, having played a game more.

1456: The corner leads to a goalmouth stramash and the ball comes back out for Russell to stab home and make for a thoroughly miserable afternoon for Hibernian.

1455: GOAL! Dundee United 3-0 Hibernian (Johnny Russell)


1453: Johnny Russell opts to go for goal, rather than selflessly line up one of his Dundee United colleagues for goal, and the ball takes a deflection en route to goal for a corner.

1452: Hibernian are leading 4-2, on corners that is. It's goals they need.

1449: There's 15 minutes of regulation time left in this match, and just over 10 minutes left to go before the kick-off at Hampden. Don't go anywhere folks - we'll have every kick of the ball, and if you refresh the page, not only will it clear out the shameful howlers I keep making, but you'll see a live video stream of the Co-operative Insurance Cup match.

1447: Hibernian now have three strikers on the pitch, so it a goal doesn't come soon, questions are going to be asked of Colin Calderwood's men.

1444:Dundee United's Johnny Russell is about to come on, with Matt Thornhill set to come on for Hibernian.

1443: David Goodwillie deliberately handles the ball (wearing a black glove), but referee Iain Brines fails to spot it and doesn't issue the requisite yellow card the offence normally merits.

1441: "Hibs need a goal and they need it quick," BBC Scotland pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice.

1439: Team news from Hampden: Rangers: Alexander, Whittaker, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Davis, Edu, McCulloch, Naismith, Lafferty, Jelavic. Subs: McGregor, Fleck, Weiss, McMillan, Ness.

Motherwell: Randolph, Saunders, Hutchinson, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Hateley, Lasley, Jennings, Murphy, Sutton. Subs: Hollis, Jones, Page, Casagolda, Gunning.

Today's semi-final referee is Willie Collum.

1438: Richie Towell and David Galbraith are taken off for Hibernian in a double-swap clearly designed to seek out a way back into this match.

1437: United's David Goodwillie slips the ball to David Robertson with only the keeper to beat, but he blasts it over from 15 yards out.

1436: Kurtis Byrne and Daryl Duffy set to come on for Hibernian, but there's no word on who might be getting hooked.

1434: The last time these two teams met, Hibs came back from two goals down late in the match to secure a 2-2 draw. Colin Calderwood might be thinking along those lines right now.

1431: "A bit of common sense and banter is what we're after, but some of these officials leave all that at home when they come to these matches, and we can do without it," BBC Scotland pundit John Hughes on the fourth official's approach to United manager Peter Houston.

1429: The look on Colin Calderwood's face when that second goal went in said it all. He looked like he was mentally packing his case and booking a flight.

1427: David Wotherspoon breaks into the United penalty area and cues up a shot for goal, but is thwarted by keeper Dusan Pernis.

1425: David Robertson plays the ball through to Craig Conway, who races clear of a sleepy Hibs defence to blast past goalkeeper Graeme Smith and into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

1422: GOAL! Dundee United 2-0 Hibernian (Conway)

1419: And with that, we're back underway at Tannadice for the second half. The score remains Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian.

1418: Chick failed to mention that Maurice Edu comes in for Jamie Ness for Rangers at Hampden.

1411: Team news from Hampden: Motherwell make one change as Keith Lasley comes in for Steve Jones, while Rangers bring in Kyle Lafferty for Vladimir Weiss. Full squads still to come. Neil Alexander comes in for Allan McGregor in goals as is usual in cup games.

1409: Some team news still to come from Hampden - we'll get that to you shortly folks. Time for a break - back soon!

1408: Ally McCoist tells Chick Young on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW that he believes David Healy's medical "went fine" and he should be training with the side on Monday morning.

1407: Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist says he's expecting "a tough match from a very well-prepared Motherwell" today. The 'Well boss Stuart McCall says his side "have to get about Rangers and make it as difficult as possible."

1406: Some exclusive transfer news from Chick Young: Rangers will complete the signing of Sunderland's David Healy this afternoon on a loan deal until the end of the season.

1405: So, United lead at the break. Can Hibs get themselves back into the match in the second half? Don't forget, we have coverage of Motherwell v Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final at Hampden still to come.

1404: HALF-TIME: Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian.

Half time
1403: "That has been a concern for Dundee United for several weeks now. Dusan Pernis is a good goalkeeper, but he is wincing every time he kicks the ball," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston as Shaun Dillon continues to take the goal kicks.

1402: Here's a mad statistic for you: Hibernian started the match having gone 541 minutes without scoring a goal. Add on the 45 minutes played in this half and you have almost ten hours of football played without a goal. That really is no good if you're a Hibs fan.

1400: A push forward from United in the final minutes of the first half, but David Wotherspoon snuffs out the attack and clears upfield.

1356: We're edging closer to half-time, and Hibs could be doing with a goal before the interval to get them back into the match. But where is it going to come from?

1353: David Goodwillie breaks away down the right-hand side and fires in a terrific cross, but Richie Towell gets the block in, controls, and clears the danger.

1348: "The game is still evenly-balanced, I have to say," says former Hibernian manager John Hughes, summarising the action for Sportsound on Radio Scotland 810MW. Apart from the goal United have, of course.

1347: The Dundee United manager Peter Houston is pacing around in his technical area like a caged tiger. For a man whose team is leading, he doesn't look too happy with the result as it stands.

1346: "Hibs have given a good response to going a goal down. They've played well with a biting spirit in the middle of the park, with some aggression," BBC Scotland pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice.

1345: We're approaching the half-hour mark and it would probably be fair to say that United have dominated most of this half. Hibs look capable, but they're coming up against a resolute United defence and can't seem to find a way through.

1343: Craig Conway fires in a free-kick from near the Hibernian goal-line and the ball comes back out to give him another attempt to cross it in. Jon Daly leaps to head towards goal, but the ball inches wide.

1341: Correction on our description of the goal earlier: Paul Dixon is injured, so it would have been quite extraordinary if he sent a ball in for Daly to score. It was Barry Douglas who provided the diagonal long-ball.

1339: Just over 20 minutes gone at Tannadice, United leading by one goal to nil thanks to Jon Daly's 13th minute strike.

1336: The wind seems to have been sucked somewhat out of the Hibernian sails. United look more confident, now that they have the lead - and I wouldn't want to be in Colin Calderwood's shoes right now.

1334: "Hibs had probably had the better chances, but you could see it coming. Those diagonals have been causing problems," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Allan Preston at Tannadice.

1332: A diagonal ball is sent in by Barry Douglas and David Robertson heads down for Jon Daly to scramble a shot into the back of the net and hand United the lead. A faint whiff of offside to that one, but the flag stayed down and the hosts are one up.

1331: GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Hibernian (Daly, 13 mins)

1329: Colin Nish volleys in for for Danny Galbraith to volley towards goal, but it flies over the top of the United crossbar. Almost an early opener there for Hibs.

1328: Craig Conway fires in a curling free-kick from the left-hand edge of the Hibs penalty area, but it drifts towards the back post with only a nod and amounts to nothing.

1326: Don't forget to send us your views on today's action via My Sport , or you can text us on 80295.

1325: A good spell of pressure there from the visitors as United find themselves pinned back, but no goals yet in this league match.

1324: Liam Miller blasts a shot from 18 yards out on the right-hand side of the United penalty area, but it batters of Barry Douglas on the way through a throng of players and comes back out. However, Miller gets a second bite at the cherry a few moments later, and hits the side-netting at the other post.

1323: David Robertson exposes some obvious weaknesses in the hibs defence, but fails to make the most of it. United really look like the keener of the two sides in these opening five minutes. Hibs don't seem to have settled yet, but it's early days.

1321: United's Garry Kenneth puts the Hibs keeper Graeme Smith under pressure, jumping for a header in the opening minutes of the match, but the big goalie smothers the ball and the danger soon passes.

1319: And we're off! A few minutes late. We're not sure what the hold-up was, but we're underway at Tannadice.

1317: Hibs are again without the talented Derek Riordan, the forward missing out through injury. Manager Colin Calderwood hands debuts to new signings Martin Scott, who joined from Ross County this week, and Liverpool youngster Victor Palsson. Liam Miller and David Wotherspoon return to the starting line-up, with captain Ian Murray, Kevin McBride, John Rankin and Merouane Zemmama, who is poised to join Middlesbrough.

1315: The players are heading out on the pitch, getting ready for kick-off. Dundee United are minus influential midfielder Morgaro Gomis through illness, while Stuart Armstrong and fellow youngster Johnny Russell drop out. Manager Peter Houston goes for experience, bringing in midfielders Scott Robertson and David Robertson, while Jon Daly starts up front.

1312: Three minutes until kick-off. Send us your predictions folks. This is a close one to call. Hibs desperately need a win, and United haven't been losing games, but need a win also. I think it's too close to call.

1310: "Safest bet in Scottish football. Dundee Utd 3" from I am not as think as you drunk I am on My Sport.

1308: "This is a massive week for Hibernian football club," BBC Scotland pundit Alan Preston on Radio Scotland 810MW.

1307: Just over five minutes until kick-off at Tannadice. Plenty at stake for Hibernian. Colin Calderwood told BBC Scotland's Jim Spence that his side is "past the stage of needing to win games. It's a win we're after today."

1304: Team news in from Tannadice:

Dundee Utd: Pernis, Watson, Dillon, Kenneth, Conway, Buaben, Scott Robertson, David Robertson, Goodwillie, Daly, Douglas. Subs: Banks, Swanson, Shala, Russell, Dow, Smith, Armstrong.

Hibernian: Smith, Towell, Dickoh, Hanlon, Booth, Scott, Palsson, Miller, Galbraith, Wotherspoon, Nish. Subs: Brown, Murray, De Graaf, Rankin, Duffy, Thornhill, Byrne.

Today's referee is Iain Brines.

1300: Dundee United have only had one win in their last ten matches, the rest all being draws - whereas Hibs have not picked up a win since last November. Are we set for an exciting match today, or is it going to be more of the same? Send us your views on My Sport.

1250: Live coverage of today's matches coming up on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW and on BBC ONE Scotland, plus online. Every kick of the ball folks - don't miss it.

1245: Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today's Scottish football action. Rangers face Motherwell in the semi-final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup at Hampden with a place against Celtic in the final at stake, and it's Dundee United host Hibernian in the SPL in the day's early kick-off at 1315 GMT.

Post us your views on the action on My Sport and we'll use the best entries here on the live clockwatch.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 23 36 55
2 Rangers 21 26 50
3 Hearts 23 17 48
4 Kilmarnock 23 10 33
5 Inverness CT 24 1 29
6 Dundee Utd 20 0 29
7 Motherwell 22 0 28
8 St Johnstone 22 -12 26
9 Aberdeen 22 -16 23
10 St Mirren 22 -18 18
11 Hibernian 23 -21 16
12 Hamilton 21 -23 14

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