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Wednesday's Scottish football


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By David McDaid

2210: Okay, folks, it's been a very eventful evening. Celtic take the title to the last game of the season with a fine win against Hearts, although it is all still in Rangers' hands to throw away. There was a good victory for impressive Inverness, and Kilmarnock seal fifth spot. But all of this is overshadowed by an attempted attack on Celtic manager Neil Lennon by an individual jumping from the Hearts crowd. Clear a few hours of your timetable tomorrow to read the screeds and screeds about this which will, without doubt, dominate the morning press. We shall also keep you right up to date with the latest reaction here on the BBC Sport Scotland website. See you.

"Neil Lennon is fine. He's had to deal with a lot this season. Something like that happens in a game? I've never seen it before. But he's a strong character and I'm sure he'll be okay. It shouldn't happen that a fan can break through the security and have ago at the coaching team. We wanted to talk about a good performance, but I understand what the main talking point will be. It's a sad day when that's the case. Neil must have some strength of character to deal with all of this. Although he's very animated on the touchline away from football he's a really quiet guy." Celtic defender Mark Wilson

Times journalist Graham Spiers: "I have never seen anything like this at Tynecastle tonight. A fan, a manager caught in a fight. These attacks on Neil Lennon are staggering."

Hearts have also released a statement condemning the actions of the individual who attempted to attack Celtic manager Neil Lennon, and promising to investigate.

"I was absolutely shocked and appalled by the incident. We will be investigating it thoroughly. We'll be talking to the police and both clubs. The SPL title race is going down to the wire on Sunday, but the headlines tomorrow will be about something less savoury and that's a shame. It's difficult to get your head around. It's utterly unacceptable." SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

"We have to wait and see how Neil reacts to this. It's too early to say how he's going to react. I haven't really had time to speak to him much. You see things like this on the TV, but I haven't ever witnessed anything like this myself. I'm shocked. Neil's a strong character. We all know this. We are desperate for him to continue to do his work. No one could blame him (if he decided to walk away from Celtic at the end of the season)" Celtic coach Johan Mjallby

"Neil was surprised and shocked because obviously he's had death threats. He's okay, but he's shaken. It's just a proper disgrace" Celtic coach Johan Mjallby speaking after the attempted attack on Neil Lennon at Tynecastle

Celtic player Joe Ledley (joe16led) on Twitter says: "So it's going to be a helicopter Sunday! Great result tonight well done lads."

"Celtic were magnificent. They blew Hearts away. But all the talking points are going to be about what happened off the pitch with Neil Lennon. Football's just gone away from what we're used to this season" BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

thedarrenhudson says "As much as I love the game, I am really looking forward to the season ending next week. Hopefully sanity will return"

2138: Following the unsavoury incident at Tynecastle, the Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Reganhas released the following statement: "Clearly this kind of behaviour from supporters is wholly unacceptable. The safety of players, club officials and match officials is paramount on or around the field of play, and this clear breach of security is a matter I will be discussing with SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster tomorrow."

2136:Celtic boss Neil Lennon goes to the centre circle to applaud his club's fans at Tynecastle, before being shepherded up the tunnel by several police officers and stewards.

Full time
Full time

Full time

2132: Celtic are around a minute away from going into Sunday's final SPL round of the season just a point behind leaders Rangers.

Steven218 says "Neil Lennon might be better off coming to manage in England. I cannot get my head around the abuse he gets. Simply moronic"

GCMonty92 says "Pars fan. Following on Twitter, the treatment of Lennon is casting a horrible shadow on our game! Let's get rid of this!

cragcrag on Twitter says: "Response to garrytrinder would be that that guy is not a fan"
Agreed. Not in the true sense of the word anyway.

"Hearts have been really disjointed this evening" BBC Scotland commentator Rob MacLean

"You'd almost say that Hibs could play till this time tomorrow and still not score. It must be frustrating to be a Hibs fan." says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine in Inverness, where the home team lead 2-0.

2125: At Fir Park, Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph produces a good double save after David Silva's drive threatens to give Kilmarnock the lead.

Red card
This is quite and incredible match for all sorts of reasons. Kris Commons gets his 14th goal since arriving at Celtic in January, jinking into the box before driving the ball across Kello and inside the post. Commons then goes to celebrate with his fans and is given a yellow card - his second of the game after an earlier one for diving. Celtic's star man is sent for an early bath.


2119:GOAL! HEARTS 0-3 CELTIC (Kris Commons)

garrytrinder on Twitter asks: "Have Scottish fans lost their minds?"
Unfortunately this does undoubtedly casts a bad light on our game, but let's not tar all Scottish fans with the same brush.

2113: "Caley Thistle are really piling on the pressure against Hibs and like last week against Celtic, extremely dangerous on the break." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Jim Spence. Our online commentary of that game is now back working.

2111: I am advised by the BBC's Scotland correspondent James Cook that the police match commander at Tynecastle will be making a statement following that attempted attack on Celtic manager Neil Lennon by someone form the Hearts crowd.

A number of you have commented on the attack on Neil Lennon on Twitter via #bbcsportsound. It happened to coincide with a glut of goals in all three games. There was no way that one was getting way without mention. Deplorable scenes at Tynecastle.

2107: Terrible defending by Hearts. Three players all leave the ball to each other, none of them takes control, allowing Commons another rocket shot which is deflected wide.

2106: Hearts make their first change: Stephen Elliot off, Andy Driver on.

"How much more can Neil Lennon realistically deal with before he thinks enough is enough?" asks BBC Scotland football reporter Chris McLaughlin

2104: Meanwhile, Bouzid isn't far away with a backward header from Ismael Bouzid.

2059: Okay... that was frantic... Now I have a chance to tell you that after Celtic scored their second, someone jumped out of the Hearts near the away dugout, and ran to attack Celtic boss Neil Lennon. The person was quickly dragged away by police. Lennon, understandably looked a little shaken. Thankfully he looked unhurt. Disgusting behaviour. Unfortunately, no doubt THAT is the incident which will overshadow any football played tonight.

2058: We are having problems with the stream for the Inverness game. Sorry about that. Our finest minds are doing their best to resolve the issue so you can listen to Jim Spence's entertaining commentary.


2056: Kris Commons is centimetres away from a third for Celtic. Boy, that man can hit a sweet shot!

Kilmarnock goal: James Dayton crosses into the box and Willy Aubameyang appears to get the final touch for Killie to level the scores against Motherwell.

Celtic goal: South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung burst forward to the Hearts box, he slips it sideways to Gary Hooper who shows good reflexes to hit a low outside-of-the-foot shot inside Kello's post.

2052: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-1 KILMARNOCK (Willy Aubameyang)

2051:GOAL! HEARTS 0-2 CELTIC (Gary Hooper)

2050: Kilmarnock's on-loan midfielder, Alexei Eremenko, is being linked with a move to Real Mallorca, according to Paul Mitchell.

2049: Rudi Skacel has a free-kick 25 yards out on the angle for Hearts, and he wastes it going for goal (weakly) when his team-mates had piled into the box to attack a cross.

2048: ... and now at Fir Park too...

2047: Here we go again at Tynecastle and Inverness.

2045: Don't switch off your PCs... I agree wholeheartedly with BBC Scotland's Chick Young on his assessment of the Hearts red card... he says: "Ian Black's potential leg-breaker on Samaras was much more worthy of a red card than David Obua"

2044: Sergejus Fedotovas, right-hand man of Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has reaffirmed in an interview BBC Scotland that the Russian businessman will continue his interest in the Edinburgh club. But his answer on whether Romanov would allow boss Jim Jefferies to deal with team matters without interference needs another listen in order to detrermine if it was a 'yay' or a 'nay'. Seemed to avoid giving a direct answer for me.

2034: Seems like there is some confusion as to whether Adam Rooney got the final touch on Foran's header as it went into the net. Only the match highlights (available on this website tomorrow) will settle the dispute...

Half time

Half time

Half time

2029: Meanwhile, at Fir Park, Kilmarnock's Willy Aubameyang forces Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph into a one-handed save from a header, and at the other end midfielder Steve Jennings finds the net from a Chris Humphreys cross... but Kilmarnock are thankful for an offside flag.


2027:GOAL! INVERNESS 1-0 HIBERNIAN (Richie Foran)

2025: Hearts are actually playing better since going down to 10 men. Stephen Elliot plays the ball across the six-yard box, and only a good intervention from Glenn Loovens takes the ball off the toe of Ryan Stevenson.

2023: Mulgrew is being jeered at Tynecastle every time he touches the ball. To be fair to him, he felt contact and looked at the referee, but he didn't make a big deal about it.

2022:In Inverness, Hibernian's David Wotherspoon runs onto a neat flick from Liam Miller on the right for the first real solid chance to open the scoring. But he blasts the ball well over the bar.

2012: If that was an attempted punch, I fancy my chances in a fight against David Obua any day!

"It is being described as 'an attempted punch'" says BBC Scotland's Chick Young pitchside at Tynecastle

Red card
Referee Craig Thomson is called over to his near-side assistant after an incident right in front of him involving Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew and David Obua. basically what happened was as the ball ran out, Obua went to push Mulgrew on the shoulder, but he missed and his hand brushed against the top of Mulgrew's head. It was soft, but if you raise your hands you are taking a risk.

2016:RED CARD FOR HEARTS: David Obua

2015: There are goals in all of the SFL play-offs... Stay up to date here...

2012: Celtic captain Scott Brown dishes out a little rough justice of his own on Ian Black, perhaps in response to the Hearts man's tackle on Samaras earlier.

2011: Celtic are well on top at Tynecastle. But at 1-0 it's still anybody's game.

2010: Celtic so close to number two! Kris Commons hits a low drive from outside the box, Kello pushes it onto the post, then the midfielder knocks the ball wide after it's knocked back into the six-yard box.

2008: Celtic's Hooper again has a shooting chance, but he fails to get a good contact on the ball as a defender manages to put him off his stride.

2007: The first sniff of a chance in Inverness falls to Hibs from a Scott Taggart free kick on the right-hand-side but Ricardo Vaz Te heads the ball a few yards wide of the post of home keeper Jonathan Tuffey.

2006: Ian Black of Hearts is a very lucky man not to be sent off for a horrible two-footed lunge on Georgios Samaras. He didn't make contact, but it was a nasty tackle.

2005: Very quiet game in Inverness... after 20 minutes at the Caledonian stadium there's still not been a single shot on target.

2002: Cammy Bell, the Kilmarnock goalkeeper, should have done better with Steve Jones' shot at Fir Park.

"Hearts for me haven't started this game yet" says BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Tynecastle.

Celtic were well and truly gifted that opportunity! Zaliukas - back in the the team after being left out on Saturday - tries to run the ball out of defence only to be robbed by Kris Commons. The Celtic midfielder shows incredible awareness to pick out Gary Hooper with a lovely reverse pass, which Gary Hooper slots under Marian Kello.

1956:GOAL! HEARTS 0-1 CELTIC (Gary Hooper)

Well that's Jamie Murphy's prediction out of the window... Steve Jones gives the Steelmen and early lead with an angled drive.


"Not a great deal happening at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness. There's no real pattern emerging with both teams a little flat." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Jim Spence

Still no goals at either of the other SPL venues tonight... BUT we do have a Twitter prediction from Motherwell's Jamie Murphy - who is not playing: "Watchin from the back of the Cooper tonight view is very different! Tom Hateley first goal!"

"Celtic have made the better start" says BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1949: Hearts have to do some desperate defending as Hooper and Samaras threaten in their area. It wasn't tidy, but it was effective and the danger was averted.

1947: First corner to Celtic... which is diverted over for another corner... which is cleared out of the box.

1946: With the first 60 seconds out of the way at Tynecastle we've already had some passes go wildly astray. I'm sure it will settle down - I hope it will settle down...

1945: We're under way across the SPL...


Inverness: Tuffey, Tokely, Munro, Hogg, Gillet, Duff, Cox, Ross, Rooney, Foran, Sutherland.
Subs: Esson, Odhiambo, Morrison, Sanchez, MacDonald, Doran, Polworth.

Hibernian: Divis, Towell, Hanlon, Stephens, Booth, Wotherspoon, Palsson, Miller, Stevenson, Taggart, Vaz Te.
Subs: Brown, Sodje, Horner, Forster, Handling, Scott, Smith.

Referee: Stephen Finnie

Motherwell: Randolph, Saunders, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Hateley, Lasley, Sutton, Jones.
Subs:Hollis, Forbes, Gunning, Casagolda, Jeffers, Smith, Carswell.

Kilmarnock: Bell, Fowler, Clancy, Pascali, Hay, Dayton, Silva, Kelly, Bryson, Aubameyang, Eremenko.
Subs: Letheren, Taouil, Berntsson, Agard, Pursehouse, Gros, Fisher.

Referee: Crawford Allan

1938: Of those teams, only Inverness's final league position has been decided. As for the others, they can still move up or down a a place or two - and the difference between final positions is £80,000. Not to be sniffed at these days.

1937: There are of course two other games on tonight... In the top six, Motherwell host Kilmarnock, while in the other half of the table Hibernian travel to Inverness.

1932: In summary: three changes for Celtic... Glenn Loovens comes into defence for Thomas Rogne, on the left side of midfield Charlie Mulgrew replaces James Forrest and Georgios Samaras is in for Daryl Murphy up front in what looks like a 4-4-2.
Four changes for the hosts: Marian Kello is back in goal, while Zaliukas and Ismael Bouzid are back in central defence. Stephen Elliot is also in up front.

Hearts: Kello, Jonsson, Zaliukas, Bouzid, Craig Thomson, Obua, Black, McGowan, Skacel, Stevenson, Elliott.
Subs: MacDonald, Barr, Driver, Glen, Robinson, Mrowiec, Stewart.

Celtic: Forster, Wilson, Loovens, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Ki, Brown, Mulgrew, Commons, Samaras, Hooper.
Subs: Zaluska, Stokes, Cha, Maloney, Rogne, Murphy, Forrest.

Referee: Craig Thomson

1931: And if you need proof... the team line-ups are coming right up...

1930: As well as that, the Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has said that captain and defensive rock Marius Zaliukas will be reinstated to the team after he gave the bizarre order to leave him out at Ibrox for fear he would get sent off.

1928: There won't be much love lost between the two teams at Tynecastle. Hearts boss Jim Jefferies was ehhh... irked... by Neil Lennon's "observation" about Hearts' 4-0 defeat on Saturday at Ibrox. See for yourself...

1926: So, given that Hearts' job is done for the season they'll be already thinking about sun loungers and pina coladas... Yeah, right!

1924: Standing in Celtic's way tonight is Hearts. Dundee United's defeat last night means the Edinburgh side have secured third place. But can you believe that Hearts have won just a single SPL match since 19 February, when they beat St Mirren 3-2?

1921: If Celtic take a point, it would still go down to the last game of the season on Sunday as Rangers would have a three-point lead with the goal difference very tight.

1918: It doesn't get much more plain and simple than this: if Celtic lose against Hearts tonight, Rangers will be Scottish Premier League champions for the third season in succession.

1915: Evening all! What a big night of football this could be...

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11 May 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 11 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 37 55 90
2 Celtic 37 59 89
3 Hearts 37 9 63
4 Dundee Utd 37 4 58
6 Kilmarnock 37 2 49
7 Motherwell 37 -16 46
5 Inverness CT 37 7 50
8 St Johnstone 37 -20 43
9 Hibernian 37 -20 37
10 Aberdeen 37 -22 35
11 St Mirren 37 -24 32
12 Hamilton 37 -34 26

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