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Sunday's SPL as it happened


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By David McDaid

1700: So, in the end nothing much changed in the title race this afternoon. Ah well, I suppose that keeps it bubbling over nicely until the end of the season. That'll do me! We're back tomorrow for the Easter Monday matches between Hamilton and Aberdeen (1615 BST) and St Johnstone v Inverness (1945). Join us again then. See you!

1655: After missing out on the top six, Hibernian's next goal was to finish up as 'best of the rest'. But it's Inverness who are looking good for that as things stand. Hibs boss Colin Calderwood must now be looking at planning for next season.

1652: But for St Mirren it's another point closer to SPL safety. They are now 10 points above bottom dogs Hamilton. And although Accies have a game in hand - which they play tomorrow against Aberdeen - it's looking highly unlikely that they won't be playing First Division football next term.

1650: Well, in terms of goals, we had more at Easter Road than at Ibrox earlier. But whether it ever managed to near the excitement levels is up for debate.

Full time

"Hope Saints' curse of conceding a late goal doesn't strike again..." says DJ_Nicol on Twitter as Saints bring on David Barron for Hugh Murray.

"At this moment a point's a great result for St Mirren" BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

Yellow card
1644: Steven Thomson is the latest Saints player to go into Alan Muir's book after he tugs the shirt of Ian Murray who was in full flight.

1642: Wardlaw tries to make an instant impact. He gets his head on the end of a cross, but it's straight at Hibs goalie Brown.

"The second half hasn't matched the pace and excitement of the first half" BBC Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell

1640: And the substitutions just keep on coming... Saints withdraw Dargo for Gareth Wadlaw.

1638: Riordan goes for glory from 20 yards, but a pass to a team-mate would've been a better option.

1637:St Mirren's Jim Goodwin leaves the field to a chorus of boos from the home support. On for him is a former Hibbee Patrick Cregg.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1634: Sodje cracks the ball off the post from Riordan's delivery. He was offside, though, so it wouldn't have counted.

Yellow card
1632: Darren McGregor of St Mirren is shown yellow for catching Akpo Sodje, who receives some injury treatment.

1630: Right, nearly 30 minutes of the second half gone and neither keeper has had to make a save yet since the break.

1629: When Hibs are getting the ball into advanced positions there aren't enough players taking a gamble to get into the box. Maybe that'll change with the fresh legs coming on.

1628: Liam Miller and David Wotherspoon are the men who come off for Hibs.

1626: Hibs are making a double change. Louis Stevenson and Ricardo Vaz Te are readying themselves for action.

Yellow card
1624: Yellow card number two at Easter Road. This time it's Jim Goodwin of St Mirren who's the transgressor for persistent fouling.

1619: Hibs' on-loan defender Richie Towell has to look sharp to turn away David van Zanten's teasing ball into the home side's box.

"I think another goal would really liven things up for us" BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

Hollz2012 says on Twitter: "Come on St Mirren, keep the momentum and let's get another goal"

1612: Well, Palsson's afternoon is over prematurely after all. He's been hooked by Hibs boss Colin Calderwood before he gets sent off. Ian Murray is the man who comes on.

"Sounds like the ref is letting Palsson away with everything - afraid to give him a second yellow?" asks DJ_Nicol on Twitter

"You're looking for that niggly edge to liven up the game because it's been a bit dour" BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1606: Palsson and Goodwin are having a minor battle this afternoon. Palsson - who I'm assured is Icelandic, and not Finnish - jabs a finger at the Saints midfielder.

1604: There's a break in play early in the second half to allow some treatment to Hibs' Palsson, who's taken a sore one square on the chops.

1602: Ref Alan Muir blows for the start to the second period at Easter Road.

1554: The debate on the Old Firm draw rumbles on on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW. There's a Your Call special with Jim Traynor. If that's not your cup of tea, don't worry - it's finished at 1600 BST, when the second half of Hibs v St Mirren will take over the airwaves.

top_geezer (Kevin Murray) on Twitter says: "Looked as if Saints wanted it more but since goal Hibs look dangerous. Shaky in defence at times"

Half time

1544: St Mirren threaten again after good play by the sprightly McGowan. Brown saves this time.

1542: Kenny McLean hits a crisp strike across Brown's goal, but watches it fall agonisingly wide of the Hibs post.

Hibernian's Victor Palsson - who's already on a yellow - clumsily goes into the back of Paul McGowan in the box. Ref Muir points to the spot, and self-confessed Hibs fan Craig Dargo sends goalkeeper Mark Brown wrong way to level the score with half-time approaching.

1539:GOAL: HIBERNIAN 1-1 ST MIRREN (Craig Dargo)


1536: Liam Miller misses a good chance for Hibs. The midfielder scoops the ball over with his right foot, when he would've be better served by his left.

1532: St Mirren are let off the hook when Derek Riordan intercepts a slack Jim Goodwin pass, while at the other end no one makes the run to get on the end of a nice Hugh Murray ball into the box.

"It is not the best contact he has ever had, but he finds the corner. What a ball from Derek Riordan. Give him time and he can find that pass" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

With Hibernian's first real sniff at goal they take the lead. Derek Rioardan plays a lovely ball up towards Sodje, the Englishman manages to get between the St Mirren centre-halves... and although he doesn't catch the ball cleanly he still manages to hit the net via the turf.

1526: GOAL: HIBERNIAN 1-0 ST MIRREN (Akpo Sodje)

Yellow card
1524: Hibernian's Victor Palsson sees yellow for a challenge on Jim Goodwin. Ref Alan Muir spotted studs up by the Finn.

1523: It's all gone very quiet and quite scrappy in Edinburgh.

1518: According to BBC Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell - a man who knows his stats, let me tell you - the last time these two teams drew 0-0 at Easter Road was in 1992. Please let that trend continue!

"The good slick passing of the first five minutes seems to have gone just now" BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1513: Hibernian's Liam Miller has a shot from 30 yards out, but it sails over bar.

"St Mirren have got to get the ball into feet. Without Michael Higdon they don't have anyone for the ball to stick to up front, and Dargo and McGowan won't win much in the air" BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1509: Hibs must be desperate to atone for their defeat by Hamilton Accies last weekend. They became only the third league scalp of the season for the relegation-threatened side.

1506:Twitter is still open for business for your thoughts on Hibs v St Mirren. Add #bbcsportsound.

"It's been nice and lively so far" BBC Scotland commentator Paul Mitchell at Easter Road

Rangers manager Walter Smith tells BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound: "It was a good game first and foremost considering what went on beforehand. We had by far the better of the first hour of the game and I am a bit disappointed that we didn't capitalise on that. The penalty is not a penalty. Steve Davis tries to get out the road of him and he just ran into him. But, anyway, it was saved and, for us, the crux was that we did not score in that first hour. There is no doubt that Celtic have the upper hand. We just have to keep going and keep winning. That is all we can do"

1502: Some early space for Hibs. David Wotherspoon fails to pick out Derek Riordan with a pass, when the striker was in a good goal-scoring position.

1500: They're playing at Easter Road. Another manual refresh might be an idea to get rid of the weird item in the middle of the page.

1458: Ok... we have live commentary of Hibernian v St Mirren online. All you need to do is a manual refresh (hit F5). And you'll see the link on this page on the right-hand side.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound: "While Rangers had chances I don't think our goalie's had a save to make. Samaras wanted to take the penalty, there's no recourse on him. I'm delighted with the performance. In the second half I thought we were wonderful and we had Rangers on the back foot for about 30 minutes. It's a slight advantage we have in the league now. We have to make the most of the game in hand"

Hibernian: Brown, Towell, Dickoh, Hanlon, Booth, Wotherspoon, Miller, Scott, Palsson, Riordan, Sodje.
Subs: Divis, Hart, Murray, Vaz Te, Nish, Stevenson, Stephens.

St Mirren: Gallacher, van Zanten, McGregor, Mair, Travner, McGowan, Thomson, Murray, Goodwin, McLean, Dargo.
Subs: Samson, Barron, McAusland, Wardlaw, Cregg, Mooy, McKernon.

Referee: Alan Muir

1443: If you don't need to go and have a lie-down after that, stick around for Hibs V St Mirren. The Buddies are still not yet safe from the drop.

"Now that wee sideshow is over can we move onto discussing the real Big Game in the SPL today, any team news?" asks Ian_Crombie on Twitter
Haha! You must be talking about Hibernian v St Mirren which is coming up from 1500 BST. Fret not - coming up.

BBC commentator Liam McLeod is never off Twitter... he points out the following vital info: "#Celtic's title run-in: D Utd h, ICT a, Killie a, Hearts a, Motherwell h, #Rangers' run-in: Motherwell a, Hearts h, D Utd h, Killie a"
Do those schedules make your mind up either way about who's going to take the title?

IanRush1888 on Twitter asks of the penalty taker: "Why Samaras instead of Commons?"
I think many people are asking the same question

"A draw was probably the right result" BBC Scotland Gordon Smith.
I, for one, agree.

1428: So Rangers still lead the SPL title race - but they have played one game more than Celtic.

1426: Celtic must be annoyed, though, that they couldn't take advantage of their penalty award.

1425: Celtic boss Neil Lennon takes his players straight over to the visiting support to take their acclaim. He will be the happier manager this afternoon as Celtic still have a game in hand.

Full time

1423: Diouf curls it over the wall and a yard wide.

1422: Lafferty pulled down 25 yards out by Mulgrew - another soft one - and a free-kick chance at the death for Rangers.

Yellow card
1421: Stokes goes down in the box again - this time he sees yellow for simulation. Three minutes of added time now....

1420: A minute of the regulation 90 to play...

1418: Unsurprisingly, Allan McGregor of Rangers is announced as the sponsors' Man-of-the-Match.

1414: Perhaps that was justice. Anthony Stokes was awarded a penalty for being blocked by Davis, but it was no worse than Ledley/Whittaker in the first period - which was waved away. In any case, Samaras stepped up to stroke it inside the post, and McGregor proved just why he is Scotland's first choice - diving low to his left to touch it round the post. Wonderful save. And the save which keeps Rangers in the title race???



Yellow card
1410: And then we see the other side of the Greek, skinning Weir and Papac before drawing a foul from the Bosnian defender - who goes into the book.

1409: Poor from Samaras. He had options left and right, but goes for glory himself and ends up with egg on his face, ballooning the ball over.

"Time running out if we're to have an Old Firm winner" BBC Scotland commentator Rob MacLean

1406: McGregor again to Rangers' rescue as he tips Izaguirre's clever chip over the bar. Celtic have also switched Gary Hooper , who's had a quiet afternoon, for Anthony Stokes in attack.

1405: Oh dear, oh dear... Mo Edu horribly slices a shot from the edge of the box. It's not been his day at all. How he is still on the park I don't know.

1404: Edu survives for Rangers. It's Gregg Wylde who comes off for John Fleck.

1403: Pressure relieved: Mulgrew delivers straight into the Rangers keeper's arms.

1402: McGregor's goal is under some pressure right now. Celtic have had a couple of corners and now a free-kick on the corner of the box...

1400: Rangers boss Walter Smith is on the touchline thinking about changes. Fleck is coming on, with Edu the likely man to make way. Smith must be desperate to win his final Old Firm game before leaving the Rangers hotseat.

1358: El-Hadji Diouf and John Fleck are going through a warm-up routine. Will they be introduced soon for Rangers?

1355: Naismith this time goes close for Rangers. It was a lovely flick on from Jelavic, no Celtic player seemed to be tracking Naismith's run, and he picked the ball up before striking a crisp shot just wide. Forster was worried.

Yellow card
1352: Celtic's Beram Kayal takes a booking for the team, crudely stopping Jelavic in his tracks as the big Croat was bearing down on goal. Lafferty fires the resultant free-kick wide from 25 yards.

legaljourno on Twitter says: "The Gers need to clinch this Old Firm game. Finishing needed. Win would be a decent chance for our third SPL title in a row"

1349: Another trip on Weir by Samaras. How many more can he afford?

"A better spell for Celtic and they have control of the match. With Commons on, they are more offensive" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1347: What a save by Allan McGregor! Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic aims a header inside the post, but McGregor dives to claw it away for a corner. Save of the game so far.

1345: First change of the afternoon for Celtic: Kris Commons on for Joe Ledley who's struggling with injury.

1344: Beram Kayal's not far away at the other end for Celtic. The Israeli strikes one from 25 yards - inches past the post. Nowhere near as good a chance as Lafferty's. It was on a plate for the Northern Irishman.

1342: Unbelievable miss from Rangers! Kyle Lafferty needs to have a word with himself after heading wide with the goal at his mercy. Bad, BAD miss. Should have been 1-0.

1341: Rangers just showed a perfect example of stay-on-your-feetery... Celtic had the ball on the corner of their box and Ibrox team just force them back without jumping into any tackles. #butchwouldbeproud.

1338: Rangers start the second period as they did the first, trying to get quickly into Celtic territory. Steven Naismith cracks a fierce one in from the edge of the box which is deflected wide.

1336: Celtic get the second half up and running.

1333: Even at Half-time amongst all the pie-munching and Bovril-supping the noise is deafening and atmosphere fantastic.
N.B. Other brands of hot drink are available#sopcme...

Nathan_7 on Twitter says: "As a Celtic fan, bit worried about Samo's aggression but a draw suits us. Would be nice to see Commons come on, a game winner.

"For Celtic to win this game they need to impose themselves on midfield" BBC Scotland pundit Jim Traynor

"Celtic must be happy that it's 0-0, but I think they have better changes they can make" BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith
But... fellow pundit Murdo MacLeod says: "I don't think they'll make changes as 0-0 suits Celtic"

CFChaz (Charlie Hart) says: "Scoreline will suit Celtic just fine. Draw no use to Rangers but Hoops will only be 1 point behind having played a game less. #bbcsportsound"

SjhS_ (Samuel Stening) via #bbcsportsound on Twitter says: "After the previous old firm matches this season I see that first half as a let down"
I'm with you on one. Maybe we've been spoiled.

"It has been exciting, but mainly because of the fans. There hasn't been much football. Rangers have stopped Celtic playing and there one or two nervous players out there. You can't say which way this will go. Celtic are not at their best while Rangers are working hard but not making telling passes" BBC Radio Scotland pundit James Traynor

In fact, even BBC Scotland football reporter Chris McLaughlin (aka BBC chrismclaug on Twitter) has his mind on other matters: "After the initial battle cries, you can sense the nerves from fans now. In other news - thanks to Michelle from Real Radio for my first Easter egg"

1318: Hmmmmm... report card: must do better....

Half time

1315: It's slowed down somewhat at Ibrox - and getting a bit more scrappy. We just saw shots of Stokes and Commons looking pretty glum on the Celtic bench. I wonder if it'll be long before we see either or both of them on the park.

"In terms of how the gone, 0-0 is probably the correct scoreline" BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

"As an Everton fan, if we had to play Liverpool 7 times in one season, id go grey and I'm only 17!" says Alexgreen21 on Twitter.
Haha! Have you seen your old boss Walter Smith? This is his 56th Old Firm match! He's got a good record though - only lost 15 of them.

1310: Samaras is living dangerously... The Celtic striker nudges Weir in the back deliberately, conceding another free-kick. He's already on a card too.

"davie mcdaid gone a bit mad with his new ability to use BOLD." says mdmorrison90 on Twitter via #bbcsportsound

1304: You can definitely see what BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith meant earlier. Celtic are so patient and deliberate in possession. The latest result of that, though, was Gary Hooper blasting a shot high into the Copeland Road stand.

BBC Scotland's football reporter Chris McLaughlin at Ibrox on Twitter "Both sides biting and fighting. Anyone's game"

1302: I've got to say, the game's being played at some pace, but it's not quite reaching the heights of that fantastic 2-2 cup draw at Ibrox in February.

1259: Celtic's Scott Brown works himself into a good shooting position just outside the box, but he drags it low and wide of Allan McGregor's post. Got to hit the target from there...

eddkahn on Twitter says: "The 7 games between Rangers and Celtic are much better than the 4 El Classicos"
Steady on... but I like your enthusiasm!

1255: Mo Edu is just about the only Rangers player having a poor game at the moment. The big Californian midfielder has been sloppy in possession on a few occasions.

Yellow card
1253: Georgios Samaras just pushes over David Weir in the box after the Greek goes in for the ball. Weir should know better than to go down so theatrically. He also pushed Samaras first. Both are booked.

1250: Celtic fans are making themselves heard on the 18th minute - a tribute to Neil Lennon who wore that number as a player for Celtic... The Rangers fans are doing their best to drown that out.

1249: Fraser Forster was VERY lucky there. The big Celtic goalie made a hash of a punch at a corner and it evades everyone and goes out to safety.

1247: Rangers threaten twice in quick succession... first Charlie Mulgrew slides in well to deny Davis in the six-yard box, then Maurice Edu's shot is deflected wide from 18 yards. Celtic are under some pressure.

Samstille on Twitter via #bbcsportsound says: "Rangers definitely looking the livelier. Not a pen in my view. Ki should have been booked for the studs up foul"

"Celtic are keeping the ball and playing their football slower than Rangers, who are going more direct" BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

1241: Celtic's goalkeeper Fraser Forster JUST manages to deal with a Steven Davis cross, with Nikica Jelavic bearing down on goal. Forster nearly clatters into his own defenders, but it's job done and the danger is cleared.

1239: Celtic's Joe Ledley appeals for a penalty as he knocks the ball past Steven Whittaker and runs into the Rangers defender. Referee Thomson waves play-on. Probably quite rightly as Ledley could have changed the course of his run quick enough.

1238: Celtic get their first corner with their first real attack. Emilio Izaguirre comes forward from left-back, and has a dig from distance and it deflects off Madjid Bougherra. The corner comes to nothing though.

1236: Gregg Wylde shows he's up for it this afternoon - the youngster racing down the right and delivering a dangerous cross into the Celtic box which is nodded behind for a corner. Rangers are looking pretty good in these very early stages.

"I thought someone might put an extra man in midfield, but it is definitely 4-4-2 by both sides" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith

1234: It's Rangers who kick off. And straight away they go up the Celtic end to apply pressure.

1233: We're under way. Late... again... I'm a stickler for punctuality...

BBC Radio Scotland pundit James Traynor points out that Craig Whyte is in the Ibrox stand and predicts that something will happen this week with the Scottish businessman's takeover bid for Rangers.

1230: Teams are out... Ibrox is awash with Union flags on three sides, with a green-and-white display and a photo of Neil Lennon adorning the other.

1229: Many of you on Twitter are questioning the wisdom of Celtic using Samaras instead of Stokes. We'll find out soon enough.

"When this fixture is like this and both sides are singing songs that are acceptable, it is spectacular" BBC Radio Scotland pundit James Traynor

1227: Just a few minutes from kick-off at Ibrox. The atmosphere is crackling!

1226: Rangers currently hold a single-point advantage over Celtic at the top of the SPL - albeit they have played a more. It's widely thought that today's winner will go on to lift the trophy.

1224: By the way, the man in the middle today for this one has the reputation as Scotland's top whistler: Craig Thomson

1222: What do you make of the teams???
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith says: "I think Rangers have gone with that side because of the positivity of winning in the final. I am surprised at it as I thought they would look to strengthen the midfield by pushing Whittaker up and bringing Foster back in. I am really shocked that Commons is not playing for Celtic and I think Rangers had him in mind when choosing their team"

BBC Scotland football reporter Chris McLaughlin is at Ibrox:"Neil Lennon takes to the field to wild applause and chants from #Celtic fans. Some jeering from home support but not too bad" He is BBCchrismclaug on Twitter. Follow him...

1215: Remember... today is not just about Rangers; it's not just about Celtic... It's also about YOU! You can send your thoughts via Twitter by adding #bbcsportsound. (I'm so cheesy I just made myself feel slightly sick...)

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist: "There's been a lot of nonsense that doesn't have anything to do with football and we want a game of football today. I certainly feel we played well in the final at Hampden. We took that game to Celtic and hope to do that again today"

1211: Neil Lennon has been the focus of the news this week because of the disgusting mail bombs addressed to him. You'd have to have been living on Ice Station Zebra for the last week not to know the details. Hopefully, today is just all about football.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "We can be flexible with it. We have a strong midfield and we will be looking to take control of that area. It was a difficult decision to leave Kris out, but we are looking at the physicality of the game. It was tough to leave Stokes out, but Samaras has been a problem for Rangers this season"

1208: Celtic again plump for Georgios Samaras instead of Anthony Stokes up front for an Old Firm match. Kris Commons, who scored two against Kilmarnock on Wednesday drops to the bench, and in comes Ki Sung-Yeung. AND... Joe Ledley, who was struggling with a hamstring injury is FIT... at the expense of James Forrest.

1207: So, that means Rangers go with the same team that won the Co-operative Insurance Cup last month against Celtic - except Allan McGregor is in for Neil Alexander. There's also just one change from the win over Dundee United in midweek - Gregg Wylde returning for Kyle Hutton.

Forster, Wilson, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Kayal, Ki, Ledley, Hooper, Samaras.
Subs: Zaluska, Ljungberg, Stokes, Maloney, Commons, Rogne, Forrest.

McGregor, Whittaker, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Lafferty, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Jelavic, Naismith.
Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Foster, Healy, Diouf, Kerkar, Hutton.

1204: Ok, straight into the team news. Interesting it is too!

1203: This one could all-but decide the destination of the SPL title.

1202: It's the seventh Old Firm meeting of the season. The sixth of 2011! Boring, right? Wrong.

1201: I hope you got your egg-rolling out the way early this morning so you can enjoy what's coming up.

1200: Happy Easter!

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24 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 24 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 34 44 81
2 Celtic 33 52 80
3 Hearts 34 16 62
4 Dundee Utd 34 5 55
5 Kilmarnock 34 4 47
6 Motherwell 34 -7 45
7 Inverness CT 32 1 38
8 Hibernian 34 -16 37
9 St Johnstone 33 -21 34
10 Aberdeen 33 -20 31
11 St Mirren 34 -23 29
12 Hamilton 33 -35 19

see also
Hibernian v St Mirren
11 Sep 11 |  Scottish Premier

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