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By Thomas McGuigan

1700: And Hibs move up to fifth courtesy of Garry O'Connor's late, late goal at Inverness. Highlights of all today's games will be available on our website from 1800 BST tomorrow. We'll be back tomorrow afternoon for Hearts v Dundee United. Thanks for your company today, cheers!

1654: Motherwell, despite that goalless draw with Kilmarnock, move back to the top of the SPL table on goal difference. They're joined by Rangers and St Mirren on four points, after they secured wins over St Johnstone and Aberdeen respectively.

Full time
1652: FULL-TIME INVERNESS 0-1 HIBS

Hibs goal: Hibs striker Garry O'Connor scuffs his shot and somehow it is fumbled over the line by Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson, who had just been named man of the match. Incredible scenes in the Highlands!

1651: FULL-TIME KILMARNOCK 0-0 MOTHERWELL

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1650: GOAL! INVERNESS 0-1 HIBS (O'CONNOR)

Full time
1650: FULL-TIME ST MIRREN 1-0 ABERDEEN

1647: We're into three minutes of added time at St Mirren Park, with Aberdeen showing no signs of scoring an equaliser.

1647: Caley Thistle's Greg Tansey strikes a post from only a yard out following a corner as Hibs survive late pressure.

1646: Motherwell, despite being held 0-0 in the closing stages, are on course to move back to the top of the SPL table.

1644: Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack parries clear a powerful effort from Shane Sutherland before Caley Thistle's Richie Foran has claims for a penalty waved away by referee Steve Conroy. The home fans howl in disbelief...

1643: St Mirren fans rise as one to acclaim goalscorer Nigel Hasselbaink as he is substituted following that all-important goal; Jon McShane replaces him.

1641: Caley Thistle's Tom Aldred misses the ball completely from two yards as he attempts to connect with a cross across the face of the Hibs goal. Ouch!

1640: Little sign of a breakthrough at the Caledonian Stadium: both sides are still going at it hammer & tongs but little in the way of goalmouth action. C'mon, give us a goal!

1638: Hearts boss Jim Jefferies and his assistant Billy Brown - who were the managerial team at Kilmarnock at one time - are in the stand at Rugby Park. The pair were deep in conversation with one fan and looked like a couple of Mafiosi from The Sopranos being showered with praise!

1637: John Hughes has just described new St Mirren assistant manager Tommy Craig as the "best signing Danny Lennon has made so far".

1636: Steven Thompson is replaced by Graham Carey after a busy afternoon for the former Rangers striker. Still to break his St Mirren duck though...

Twitter
1634: Lesley McKay tweets: "So much for second half goal fest! Even watching the text commentary is getting boring." That's a fair cop Lesley; think we all need to raise our game!

1630: Dean Shiels replaces Liam Kelly as Kilmarnock look for a spark to break the deadlock with 15 minutes remaining.

1627: BBC pundit John Hughes is talking up the benefits of living in Paisley: "Wonderful people, great banter: and now they just want a team the town can be proud of."

1626: Greg Tansey jabs his effort just wide of the Hibs goal after a fine run by the Inverness midfielder.

Twitter
1624: Dan_Omegawebby tweets: "St Mirren have the look of a side that will surprise quite a few this season."

1623: A great save from Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson prevents a Matt Thornhill scissor kick finding the net for Hibs.

1622: It's all St Mirren in Paisley: Aberdeen boss Craig Brown reacts by making his first change with Mitchel Megginson on for Peter Pawlett.

1620: Ian Murray tucks the ball into the net from six yards, but the effort from the Hibs midfielder is ruled out by the referee's assistant. It is not clear whether it was for offside or if the cross had drifted out on its way to Murray.

1618: Jamie Murphy tries to fashion a chance for Motherwell but the Kilmarnock defence remain firm and it's still goalless with half an hour remaining.

Twitter
1614: The Aberdeen fans on Twitter are far from happy that their side are trailing in Paisley. Grant and Darren Hudson are both critical of Craig Brown's side. "Even if the Dons get something out of the game, it won't disguise the fact that they have been outplayed by St Mirren," says Darren.

1612: "Two weeks ago I was pretty optimistic about this season. Now, I am already concerned on how difficult we find it to score or even create chances. Nothing new I suppose."
From Steve in Aberdeen by text on 80295

1608: "That will exorcise some ghosts of his previous misses in the first half," BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod on Hasselbaink's goal for St Mirren

St Mirren goal: Dutchman Nigel Hasselbaink breaks the deadlock with his first goal since joining the Buddies from Hamilton Accies. The wee striker shows great composure to slide the ball past Dons keeper David Gonzalez.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1606: GOAL! ST MIRREN 1-0 ABERDEEN (HASSELBAINK)

1605: Liam Kelly spurns a great chance to give Kilmarnock the lead after Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph slips.

1604: ... but the Steelmen's set-piece trauma continues and they fail to profit.

1603: Steve Jennings tests Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell with a great strike and Motherwell have their 11th corner...

1601: Here we go in the second half: goals please and plenty of them!

Half time
1548: HALF-TIME
INVERNESS CT 0-0 HIBS
KILMARNOCK 0-0 MOTHERWELL
ST MIRREN 0-0 ABERDEEN

1547: Another gilt-edged chance for St Mirren - Nigel Hasselbaink has a free header inside the six-yard box - but heads it past the post. The Buddies have been profligate in front of goal.

1546: Bob McHugh fires in a howitzer from inside the Kilmarnock area but Cammy Bell brilliantly tips it over the bar! What a save!

1544: Gregory Tade smashes the ball into the net for Inverness, but team-mate Richie Foran is ruled offside.

1543: Kilmarnock's James Dayton - yes, him again - sizes up a Motherwell clearing header about 20 yards out but his volley fails to trouble Darren Randolph.

1541: Great skill from St Mirren's pint-sized striker Nigel Hasselbaink, as he goes past two Aberdeen players but sends his shot the wrong side of the post. "A more prolific goalscorer would have buried that," opines BBC pundit John Hughes.

1540: "Hibs have had the better of the chances, but saves from Ryan Esson have kept them at bay" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Caledonian Stadium

Twitter
1537: H1ghland3r tweets: "ICT are a second half team. I predict it will finish 2-0 or 3-0 for the home side, all goals coming after half-time." A confident prediction indeed, here's hoping you're right and we've got a goal blizzard in store!

1535: At last! A goalkeeper has been troubled for the first time at St Mirren Park: Craig Samson leaps to his right to save from Josh Magennis's strike. "This is more like Aberdeen!" roars the BBC Scotland pundit John Hughes

1533: Caley Thistle's Richie Foran sends a half-volley over the Hibs crossbar at the far post.

1531: James Dayton stings the palms of Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph with a rasping 20-yard drive; Kilmarnock are starting to motor again.

1529: Inverness manager Terry Butcher comes down from the stand to berate his players as Hibs start to take control at Caledonian Stadium. I remember reading about Butcher in a great book focusing on the England squad at Italia 90: you wouldn't want to upset the big fella...

1527: Good effort from St Mirren's Gary Teale: the new Buddies signing finds space on the edge of the box, but his left foot strike sails over the bar.

1526: Garry O'Connor's side-footed effort from three yards from an Ivan Sproule cross is stopped on the line by Ryan Esson. Whether that was a save or simply struck the Inverness goalkeeper in the face, the result's the same - the game remains level at 0-0.

1525: Nicky Law thunders down the Motherwell left and sends in a decent cross but it's too high for Chris Humphrey and the winger's effort fails to trouble Cammy Bell.

1522: Ryan Esson beats away a powerful, 20-yard effort from Hibs striker Garry O'Connor that was down the throat of the Inverness goalkeeper.

1519: Kilmarnock and Motherwell are serving up a cracker at Rugby Park. It's still goalless but both sides are attacking with gusto.

1517: "It's all St Mirren so far, but they just can't score"
BBC Scotland pundit John Hughes

1515: What a chance for Motherwell! Stevie Hammell's cracking corner finds Shaun Hutchinson but he bullets his header over the bar.

1514: There's a beardless Steven Thompson at St Mirren Park today - the former Rangers striker apparently reaching for the razor in reaction to his penalty miss against Dunfermline on Monday night. Or maybe because he looked the double of Matthew Fox from Lost!

1512: Jamie Murphy comes within a whisker of giving Motherwell the lead, just failing to connect with Nicky Law's cross. That would've come against the run of play considering the start made by a rampant Killie.

1511: Hibs' Ivan Sproule misses a great chance from seven yards out, delaying his strike too long and allowing Caley Thistle's Kenny Gillet to block his effort wide.

1510: Thomas Piermayr fires a 25-yard thunderbolt just wide of the post as Inverness burst to life after a quiet start against Hibs at Caledonian Stadium. BOOM!

1508: Killie have started brightly and force two corners in as many minutes but have yet to find the breakthrough. Scotland manager Craig Levein looks on from the stand. I wonder what he makes of the World Cup pots and the whole draw drama?

1505: Kilmarnock make faint appeals for a penalty as Keith Lasley clumsily challenges James Dayton but referee George Salmond is having none of it.

Twitter
1504: bringthemonjpn tweets: "Expect ICT to be up 2-0 at H-T, and CC to be BCC. And PS, Motherwell to get a 1-1 . You have to shorten the posts on twitter!" Brevity is the key!

1503: Motherwell go on the offensive at Rugby Park and Jamie Murphy, who has been linked with a move to England, gets an early touch but can't get an effort on goal.

1502: BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes is basking in the Ayrshire sunshine and has told listeners it's definitely "short-sleeve shirt" weather.

1500: We're under way!

It's sunny
1456: Scorchio! The sun is shining over Rugby Park and it's perfect conditions for football; here's hoping for more than a few goals.

Twitter
1453: Stuart75 tweets: "The nightmare group for Scotland would be a 5-team group with Spain, France, Ukraine and Macedonia." We've got to qualify this time: it's a must!

1451: Kenny Shiels says that son Dean would have been in the Doncaster starting line-up this weekend, but the midfielder wanted a return to Scotland for personal reasons.

1450: "I've signed him as a footballer first and foremost and I think he will provide a few things that will help us this season. He scores goals and he also creates goal, so it would have been foolhardy for us not to take up this option"
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels on signing son Dean

1445: TEAMS FROM CALEDONIAN STADIUM
Inverness CT: Esson, Gillet, Tokely, Aldred, Piermayr, Tudur Jones, Ross, Tansey, Hayes, Foran, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Andrew Shinnie, Proctor, Morrison, Shane Sutherland, Graeme Shinnie, Doran.
Hibernian: Stack, Stephens, Hanlon, Booth, Murray, Palsson, Stevenson, Sproule, Thornhill, Wotherspoon, O'Connor. Subs: Brown, Hart, De Graaf, Galbraith, Horner, Crawford, Caldwell.
Referee: Steve Conroy

1439: TEAMS FROM RUGBY PARK
Kilmarnock: Bell, Buijs, Kroca, O'Leary, McKeown, Kelly, Pascali, Fowler, Dayton, Hutchinson, Harkins. Subs: Jaakkola, Hay, Ada, Silva, Heffernan, Shiels, Pursehouse.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, McHugh, Murphy. Subs: Hollis, Saunders, Forbes, Smith, Halsman, Lawless, Carswell.
Referee: George Salmond

1435: TEAMS FROM ST MIRREN PARK
St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, Mair, McGregor, Tesselaar, Thomson, Goodwin, McGowan, Teale, Thompson, Hasselbaink. Subs: McHugh, McAusland, McQuade, McLean, McShane, Kennedy, Carey.
Aberdeen: Gonzalez, Foster, Considine, Arnason, Robertson, Magennis, Milsom, Osbourne, Pawlett, Vernon, Mackie. Subs: Jason Brown, McArdle, Paton, Megginson, Low, Jordan Brown, Fraser.
Referee: Euan Norris

1420: "I believe if we take our chances we can win the game (against Malmo). We still want to bring players in; those we've got we're delighted with but we do want to add to the squad. I've made no secret of the fact we'd love to bring David Goodwillie to Rangers." Ally McCoist following his first competitive win as Rangers boss

1412: ...his best-case scenario would see Craig Levein's side drawn to face: Norway, Slovenia, Israel, the Faroes and Andorra. The nightmare draw: Spain, France, Switzerland, Macedonia and Wales...

1410: Scotland will learn their fate later when the draw for qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is made in Brazil. My colleague Colin Wallace has been studying the pots...

1405: Team news from St Mirren Park: Liam McLeod tells us that St Mirren are unchanged from the side that drew with Dunfermline; three changes for Aberdeen: Clark Robertson, Arnason and Magennis all start.

Twitter
1400: Remember, you can offer your views on the games by tweeting using the hashtag #bbcsportsound contact me or by text via 80295.

1355: Rangers move to the top of the SPL table with a comfortable win at McDiarmid Park. I'll have reaction from the game soon, as our attention turns to this afternoon's three other games:
Kilmarnock v Motherwell
Inverness CT v Hibs
St Mirren v Aberdeen

It's sunny
1350: A relieved-looking Ally McCoist shakes hands with opposite number Derek McInnes after securing his first competitive win as Rangers boss: in truth it was a comfortable afternoon for his side in the Perth sun. Lee Wallace had a stormer.

Full time
1349: FULL-TIME ST JOHNSTONE 0-2 RANGERS

1347: Steven Davis feeds Rangers substitute Gregg Wylde after a lightening counter attack but the youngster's shot fails to trouble Enckelman.

1345: Three minutes remaining and you get the impression St Johnstone would love to hear the final whistle now. Rangers are passing the ball at the back with ease and the hosts have been toothless up front.

1343: "Rangers have got the big midweek game against Malmo and Ally McCoist will be saying to St Johnstone: 'come and break us down'." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1342: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis produces a wonderful piece of skill: a flick and drag-back to outfox Murray Davidson before seeing his shot blocked by Frazer Wright.

1339: Maurice Edu is replaced by Gregg Wylde and Ortiz almost finds an opening as the visitors press for a third goal.

1337: St Johnstone captain Jody Morris sends in a low shot from the edge of the area - definitely of the daisy-cutter variety - but it whistles past Allan McGregor's right-hand post. We've got 10 minutes remaining at McDiarmid Park.

Twitter
1335: Davros183 tweets using the hashtag #bbcsportsound: "How does Maurice Edu get continued employment as a footballer?" I take it your not the American's biggest fan then?

1333: Lee McCulloch trots off to be replaced by Juan Manuel Ortiz as Rangers shuffle their midfield pack.

1331: Rangers go close to adding a third as Steven Naismith outmuscles Frazer Wright only to see his low shot blocked by Peter Enckelman. The hosts are all over the place at the back and Rangers scent blood.

Twitter
1330: IainFordyce17 tweets: "I can see Rangers getting a third or fourth they are dominating this game! Good to see both strikers on the score sheet!"

1328: Steven Whittaker delivers a wicked cross into the box but the ball evades the unnmarked Steven Naismith as the forward looked to add his second of the game and Rangers's third.

1325: "Rangers are comfortable just now, and don't really need to create anything." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1323: You fancy there's still a couple of goals in this game. Rangers appear content to soak up the pressure and hit St Johnstone on the counter.

1320: Murray Davidson stabs a shot at goal but his effort lacks composure and Rangers eventually manage to repel the danger. That was a great chance for St Johnstone to retain a glimmer of hope of getting something from this game.

1317: Ally McCoist cuts a fairly relaxed figure in the Rangers dugout; with his side two-up and looking in control with just under half an hour remaining, he's heading for his first competitive win since succeeding Walter Smith.

1315: St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes freshens up his side in an effort to get back into the game: Millar and Finnigan come on for Sheridan and Robertson.

1313: Rangers break in numbers and Sasa Papac delays inside the box when he really should've pulled the trigger. The Serb's frustration sees him booked soon after for chopping down Moon. St Johnstone's defence is looking increasingly vulnerable.

1309: "It was cute little ball from Naismith that freed Jelavic. Davidson has got to get goal side of him, but it was a neat finish. David Robertson lost the ball and that's what caused the goal"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

Rangers goal: The visitors go two-up with a cleverly worked goal: Steven Naismith is the architect this time, threading through a great ball to Nikica Jelavic who holds off Callum Davidson's challenge before sliding a shot beyond Peter Enckelman.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1306: GOAL! ST JOHNSTONE 0-2 RANGERS (JELAVIC)

1305: "Allan McGregor had one really good save in the first half but was fairly quiet otherwise."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1303: Saints force an early corner but Murray Davidson is closed down brilliantly by Sasa Papac to deny the midfielder time and space to ping a volley at goal.

1302: The second half gets under way at McDiarmid Park.

1257: The Sportsound team are discussing speculation that Craig Bellamy may return to Celtic for a second spell at the club. His weekly wage at Manchester City is a major stumbling block for any side wishing to utilise the Welshman's talents.

1250: Our reporter Jim Spence has told BBC Radio Sportsound listeners that Dundee United striker David Goodwillie's move to Blackburn may have hit "a snag" and that Rangers have made a late bid to land the hitman. The plot thickens...

1248: Rangers are worthy of their one-goal lead at the break. St Johnstone had a decent opening 20 minutes but the visitors, with Lee Wallace the pick of the bunch, grew in confidence and dominated from then on.

Half time
1247: HALF-TIME ST JOHNSTONE 0-1 RANGERS

1245: St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes tries to cajole his troops forward in search of an equaliser. We're into a minute of added time at the end of the first half.

1243: Steven Whittaker, enjoying a lot of space down the right, sends in a wicked cross that bounces inside the six-yard box and whistles past Peter Enckelman's right-hand post.

Twitter
1243: IainFordyce17 tweets: "Rangers dominating the game and I wouldn't be surprised if they are two up at half time. Attacking very well, especially Lee Wallace."

1241: Bad news for Liverpool fans: captain Steven Gerrard will miss the start of the season with a groin injury.

1239: "The goal has given Rangers such a confidence boost and I think a second goal would prove too much for St Johnstone. They just have to dig in at the moment" BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

Yellow card
1238: St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson goes into the book for clipping the impressive Lee Wallace.

1237: Rangers are turning the screw after taking the lead and another accurate delivery from Lee Wallace causes havoc in the St Johnstone box but the hosts survive.

1236: "Steven Naismith is not the tallest, but he absolutely launched himself at that one to put Rangers into the lead"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

Rangers goal: The visitors break the deadlock just after the half-hour mark as Steven Naismith rises unchallenged to guide home a header from Lee Wallace's superb free-kick. Peter Enckelman had no chance. That's Naismith's 50th league goal.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1230: GOAL! ST JOHNSTONE 0-1 RANGERS (STEVEN NAISMITH)

1228: Callum Davidson's inviting cross deserves better than a weak header by Cillian Sheridan that is easily saved by Allan McGregor. Saints will be encouraged by that move, though, as it's been all Rangers for the past 10 minutes.

1225: "Rangers' movement is really good and they look as though they could score at any moment" BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1223: Cillian Sheridan, whose movement has been superb so far, takes possession about 40 yards from the Rangers goal, but the combative Steven Davis snaps at his heels before taking the ball and earning a foul for the visitors. Great industry from the Northern Ireland international and it remains goalless after an entertaining 20 minutes.

Twitter
1221: bringthemonjpn tweets: "The boy Moon looks bright. And it's a day match. Yes, five or six goals I would say, given both of the teams' early running."

1219: What a save! Peter Enckelman superbly tips away Nikica Jelavic's bullet header from Sasa Papac's cross.

1217: Ally McCoist is looking for his first competitive win as Rangers manager after the opening-day draw with Hearts and defeat by Malmo. His side certainly look up for it today.

1214: St Johnstone have weathered that early Rangers pressure and are beginning to establish a bit of rhythm in their passing: the two Davidson's (Murray and Callum) and Sheridan have been impressive.

1213: "He should've hit the target there"
BBC Scotland commentator David Begg on Davidson's chance

1212: Murray Davidson, a Rangers target, plays a neat one-two with Cillian Sheridan but he tugs his shot wide of Allan McGregor's goal. That was a great chance for the hosts.

1211: "Rangers have started well, they have found their tempo and St Johnstone are playing their part as well"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1210: Steven Whittaker whips in a delicious cross that finds Steven Naismith but the forward's shot is a comfortable height for Peter Enckelman and he gathers easily.

1209: "There's a great pace and tempo to the game already. With Rangers boss Ally McCoist down there on the touchline he's made sure of that" BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1207: Steven Naismith almost nips in behind the St Johnstone defence before the ball is cleared deep into Rangers territory and former Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan screws a shot wide of goal. The game is wide open and we could be in for a few goals here...

Twitter
1206: andset1191 via Twitter using #bbcsportsound "Rangers started very sprightly - straight out the traps and the new boy nearly scored! What a start!"

1204: St Johnstone respond immediately as Calum Davidson finds space down the left before sending in a low shot that forces Allan McGregor into action: great stuff in the opening five minutes!

1203: Rangers create the first chance of the game as Steven Whittaker's centre is tipped away by Peter Enckleman. From the corner debut boy Dorin Goian uses all of his 6ft 5in frame to head across goal but the visitors are penalised for a push in the box.

1202: "The problem for St Johnstone has been scoring goals; even Hamilton Accies scored more last season."
BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

1201: We're under way!

1158: Managers Derek McInnes and Ally McCoist trade handshakes and smiles on the touchline as they share a joke.

1155: The sun is shining in Perth and the pitch looks in superb nick!

1153: St Johnstone signing Francisco Sandaza misses out as he's still short of match fitness, defender Dorin Goian makes his Rangers debut following his move from Palermo. David Weir, though, misses out after suffering a hamstring strain in the midweek defeat by Malmo

Twitter
1150: Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #bbcsportsound during the course of the afternoon, contact me directly here or send a text via 80295.

1147: TEAMS FROM McDIARMID PARK
St Johnstone:Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, Wright, Callum Davidson, Moon, Murray Davidson, Morris, Robertson, Haber, Sheridan. Subs: Mannus, Millar, McCracken, Finnigan, May, McIntosh, Moffat.
Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Bougherra, Goian, Wallace, Edu, Davis, McCulloch, Papac, Naismith, Jelavic. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Fleck, Healy, Juanma Ortiz, Wylde, Hemmings.
Referee: Alan Muir

1145:

Good morning and welcome to week two of the new Scottish Premier League season. We've got four games this afternoon, starting with St Johnstone at home to defending champions Rangers.



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