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Sunday's SPL as it happened


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By Keir Murray

1707: Thanks for following the live text commentary this afternoon. We'll be back in midweek with coverage of the Scottish League Cup matches. All the best.

1705: From Sam Ross in Stirling by text on 80295: "Brilliant result for the mighty Saints. And did you hear the self proclaimed best fans in the world booing their players & team? I seem to remember them doing that after the game against Sion."

1703: Ah, but the bold Chris has a knack for thinking on his feet and he tells Sportsound host Richard Gordon that he fully expected Saints to leave Glasgow with three points. Aye, right.

1701: Proof that one should be wary of what one posts on social networking sites. BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin had written on Facebook that if there was an upset at Celtic Park he would conduct his post-match interviews naked.

1700: The highlights of today's three games will be online about 2300 BST, while the best of yesterday's fare will be available in about an hour.

1656: Celtic will be cursing their early penalty miss and Paddy McCourt was unlucky to hit the post. However, Cillian Sheridan was a fraction away from scoring for St Johnstone. I hear the last time St Johnstone won at Celtic Park, Nick Dasovic scored the winner.

1654: That Celtic Park result is a good old-fashioned coupon buster. It means Rangers are top of the table with 10 points from four games, while Motherwell have the same number of points from five games. Celtic are on nine points after four matches.

Full time
Full-time: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

1652: The Saints players take the applause of the travelling fans, delighted at their first win at Celtic Park since 1999.

Full time
Full-time: Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone

1650: Celtic are hoofing high balls into the box, with big Daniel Majstorovic joining the attack.

1649: Victor Wanyama goes in heavily but fairly on Murray Davidson as the Saints midfielder eyed a shot at goal from the right-hand side of the box.

1648: There are three minutes of injury-time to be played at Celtic Park.

1647: John Sutton has been thrown on for the last five minutes at Rugby Park. Can the Hearts striker make the difference? It's still goalless.

1646: At the one point there were 10 St Johnstone players in a line across the edge of their penalty box.

1644: Shaun Maloney hits a free-kick just wide of the post from the edge of the box after Paddy McCourt had been felled by St Johnstone's veteran full-back Callum Davidson.

1642: Celtic are camped in the St Johnstone box but somehow St Johnstone find a way to stem the attacks.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1640: Paddy McCourt drifts across the St Johnstone box and releases a shot which hits the foot of Peter Enckelman's left-hand post.

1638: "It's a long time at Celtic Park to hold on. It's backs to the wall now." BBC Scotland football pundit Willie McStay

1635: The Celtic Park crowd groan at the errant forward ball by Daniel Majstorovic, which sailed out of play.

1633: That Dave MacKay goal is St Johnstone's first in the league this season. And the goalscorer has just nicked the ball off the toe of Shaun Maloney as he was about to pull the trigger in the Saints box.

1632: Neil Lennon makes a change for Celtic, sending on James Forrest for Joe Ledley. And again Paddy McCourt wriggles his way towards the Saints goal but he tries to take on one man too many.

1629: Perth Saints sub: Francisco Sandaza is replaced by the Canadian Marcus Haber.

1628: Celtic are playing the ball about with more purpose now, buoyed by the talismanic Paddy McCourt.

1626: St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza hits a spongy shot towards goal from outside the box, which Fraser Forster mops up.

1625: Celtic sub Paddy McCourt, on for Kris Commons, bamboozles the Saints defence, slaloming his way through a wall of blue jerseys before eventually being dispossessed.

1623: Danny Grainger's free-kick is palmed out by Cammy Bell, who also blocks the rebound by Ryan Stevenson before Manual Pascali clears.

1622: Shaun Maloney is shoulder-charged off the ball in the Saints box and crashes to the turf, but Brian Winter awards a goal-kick, not a penalty.

St Johnstone take the lead at Celtic Park. Moments after a Jody Morris pile-driver, which was beaten away by Fraser Forster, Dave MacKay shows great control to volley the ball past the big Celtic goalie from the right-hand side of the box.

GOAL! Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone (MacKay)

1618: Celtic's Shaun Maloney curls in another perfect cross for Anthony Stokes from the byline. Stokes connects with the header but Peter Enckleman copes with it.

1616: The best move of the game so far for Kilmarnock as a great piece of control from Manuel Pascali enables him to pass to Rory McKeown who lays off for Gary Harkins. Sadly, he cannot produce the ideal finish.

1615: A big miss for Saints' Cillian Sheridan against his old side. Alan Maybury sent the ball to him across the face of goal, but the sliding striker couldn't connect. The first real scare for Celtic.

1613: Killie's Rory McKeown picks out Paul Heffernan who heads the ball goalwards for Marian Kello to save, but the Irishman is flagged for offside in any case.

1611: "It's one of these games that needs a goal. It'll open things up and make one of the teams have a go." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at Rugby Park

1610: Ki Sung-Yueng drives in a fierce shot from 30 yards, which Murray Davidson halts but he ends up severely winded. Play is stopped while he recovers.

1609: Jamie Murphy, Chris Humphrey, Nicky Law, Keith Lasley - there are lots of reasons why Motherwell should continue to entertain this season, but today they could not match Rangers' finishing.

1608: Well, so much for Rangers' defensive frailties. They leave Fir Park with a clean sheet and go top of the table, with Celtic drawing with St Johnstone so far in the east end of Glasgow.

Full time
Full-time: Motherwell 0-3 Rangers

1606: Ryan O'Leary has not made the second half for Killie. Let's hope he is back in action soon.

1605: We've restarted at Celtic Park and straight away the home side have a shot on goal. Kris Commons goes just wide from 20 yards. Charlie Mulgrew has been replaced by Mark Wilson at half-time.

1604: The matches are under way once again at Celtic Park and at Kilmarnock.

1602: Gregg Wylde us subbed by Ally McCoist and the Rangers boss greets him warmly on the touchline. Salim Kerkar on. Also, David Healy on for Nikica Jelavic.

Rangers go Wylde, Gregg Wylde, as the young midfielder picks up a smart clearance from Steven Davis and races from the halfway line towards goal and cracks a left-footed show low past Darren Randolph. A peach.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-3 Rangers (Wylde)

1559: Some lovely passing in midfield by Motherwell but they cannot find a way through to their strikers.

1557: Gregg Wylde makes a tremendous break from his own half deep into Motherwell territory and passed to Lee Wallace on the left. The Scotland full-back's quality of delivery is as woeful as a lazy postman's.

1556: Ten minutes to go in the sunshine in Lanarkshire where, unless Motherwell can find a few goals, they are about to be removed from the SPL summit.

1553: Nikica Jelavic is the saviour at the back for Rangers as Keith Lasley is denied an attempt at goal from six yards by the diving Croat.

1552: The one down side of the first-half at Rugby Park was an injury to Kilmarnock defender Ryan O'Leary. The big Scot tried to run it off but it looks doubtful that he'll return for the remainder of the game.

Half time
Half-time: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Someone has struck the woodwork
1549: A flowing move by Rangers started and ended by Steven Naismith, who passed to Nikica Jelavic on the right and the Croatian international clipped the ball to Juanma Ortiz at the back post. His header ricocheted towards Naismith and the Scot's headed effort hits Darren Randolph's bar.

1548: Two minutes of stoppage time to be added to the first period at Rugby Park. A decent first-half, hope the second provides some goals!

Half time
Half-time: Celtic 0-0 St Johnstone

1547: Another chance for Celtic: there's no let-up for the St Johnstone defence. Joe Ledley picked out Stokes on the edge of the box who went round Peter Enckelman but sent his shot just wide of the target.

1545: Our boys in the Rugby Park commentary box, John Barnes and Craig Paterson, are being pestered by wasps!

1544: Hearts nearly open the scoring as Andy Driver on the left crosses to Stephen Elliott running into the Kilmarnock box, who heads the ball off the bar. A real let-off for Kilmarnock. (No tittering at the back.)

1543: Kris Commons bending ball comes off the St Johnstone post. A wonderful free kick - almost making up for that penalty miss in the third minute. Less than five minutes to half time now.

1542: Celtic captain Scott Brown picks out Ki 25 yards out, but his shot takes a deflection and goes just wide.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1540: Steven Davis can't bear to be outshone, presumably, so he picks up the ball in midfield, advances 15 yards and thunders a shot off the Well crossbar from 25 yards!

Someone has struck the woodwork
1540: Motherwell's impressive Chris Humphrey clips the Rangers crossbar with a cross from the right.

1538: It's like buses at Rugby Park - all of a sudden there are two Hearts corners in quick succession, Cammy Bell making an unconventional save, pushing the ball over the bar for the first and Danny Grainger heading wide for a Killie goal-kick for the second.

1537: Francisco Sandaza manages to get in behind the Celtic defence, but a woeful first touch means it is a wasted opportunity. Not a lot happening for the Saintees today. Ah, the referee has ruled Sandaza offside anyway. It's not his day!

1535: Rangers's Steven Naismith collects a typical Steven Davis threaded ball into the box but smacks his effort over the bar from 12 yards from the right of the box.

1534: There have been a few meaty challenges going in at Fir Park but credit to recipients Michael Higdon and Ross Perry for taking it like men, dusting themselves down and getting on with the game. Much to applaud, in fact, in this match.

1532: Kyle Lafferty tries his luck from a similar angle to the one where he scored Rangers' second. However, this time the ball fell to his left and he just did not connect properly - it looked like he was trying to flick a slipper off his foot.

1531: Another good save from Peter Enckelman, this time from a low driving shot from Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew 15 yards out. It's on target, but Enckelman is there to deal with it.

1531: From pigeonlad on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Ortiz looking much better on the right and Lafferty impressing up-front with Jelavic. Much more promising for the season."

1530: We can hear St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes screaming at his players on the commentary feed. He's not at all happy.

1529: A weak call for a penalty at Rugby Park as Danny Grainger tackles Kilmarnock forward Paul Heffernan in the box. Not a lot in it, according to BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1528: "All the really clear-cut chances have been for Celtic so far in the opening 27 minutes. Fraser Forster hasn't been threatened so far." BBC Radio Scotland's David Begg at Celtic Park

1527: He is talented at the dead ball, Tom Hateley, but on this occasion he sends his free-kick over the heads of his team-mates in the Rangers box and a chance for Well is wasted.

1526: Paul Heffernan has a real opportunity to open the scoring at Rugby Park but his pass misses three Kilmarnock team-mates who had burst a gut to get into the Hearts box. They;ll give him dog's abuse no doubt...once they get their breath back.

1524: Shaun Maloney is the provider again at Celtic Park, this time creating an opportunity for Anthony Stokes, but the former Hibs player sends the ball across the face of Enckelman's goal. Still 0-0.

1523: Well's Nicky Law slips a lovely pas inside Lee Wallace for Chris Humphrey to race on to. That was lovely, but Humphrey's cross is cut out by Allan McGregor.

1521: Motherwell and Rangers reconvene at Fir Park and Juanma Ortiz is dispossessed at the edge of the box as the team in blue attacks immediately.

1520: "Celtic are starting to relax on the ball and get creative. Shaun Maloney is key to that - getting the ball from back to front." Willie McStay at Celtic Park

1519: "Hearts don't seem to have the ability in the final third that Kilmarnock have." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1518: A chance for Kris Commons as Shaun Maloney finds him inside the box with a cross in from the right. Saints' Alan Maybury is down injured from his challenge on Commons in front of goal.

1517: Sustained pressure from Celtic on the edge of the St Johnstone box. "It's unbelievable how many passes that was. The disappointment will be that they didn't have the end product," Willie McStay says. St Johnstone have nine men deep inside their own half as Celtic move up a gear.

1515: Killie's James Dayton drives a 25 yard free-kick towards the Hearts goal, but keeper Marian Kello is up to the task.

1513: Celtic are enjoying the lion's share of possession in their game against St Johnstone but it remains goalless.

1512: "If Rangers score the next goal it's all over." BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds

1510: A quick round-up of the early action at Rugby Park. Adrain Mrowiec is booked for pulling back Kilmarnock's Paul Heffernan as he charges in on goal. And there were another couple of early chances as the home side look lively at the start of the match.

1508: If I heard Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon correctly, Peter Enckelman's save was the fifth from six penalties in the SPL this season.

1507: From DigitalTwisted on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Come on Hearts, I know we usually struggle after Euro nights but we really need 3 pts after that poor performance on Thursday."

1506: Radio Scotland commentator David Begg and sidekick Willie McStay at Celtic Park are questioning why Peter Enckelman wasn't booked for bringing Anthony Stokes down.

1505: "Celtic have got to put the missed penalty behind them and concentrate on the positives. It was a great run from Stokes." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Willie McStay

Half time
Half-time: Motherwell 0-2 Rangers

1503: At Celtic Park, Anthony Stokes is brought down inside the box by Peter Enckelman but the Saints keeper makes amends by saving Kris Commons' spot-kick.

Kyle Lafferty rifles a low shot into the goal off the far post, his 16-yard blast beating the outstretched Darren Randolph. Great counter-attack involving Steven Davis and Juanma Ortiz.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-2 Rangers (Lafferty)

1501: And St Johnstone get the action under way at Celtic Park.

1500: At Fir Park, Rangers defender Jordan McMillan follows Motherwell's Shaun Hutchison into the ref's book, both for cynical fouls.

1459: St Johnstone also make three changes, with Kevin Moon, Marcus Haber and Carl Finnigan out and Callum Davidson, Alan Maybury and Francisco Sandaza in.

1458: Celtic manager Neil Lennon makes three changes. Striker Georgios Samaras, who bore the brunt of the criticism from the fans during their goalless Europa League play-off first leg clash with Sion on Thursday night, drops to the bench along with both full-backs Mark Wilson and Cha Du-Ri. In a reshuffled side, new signing Victor Wanyama makes his SPL debut alongside Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of the Celtic defence with Shaun Maloney making his first start of the season and Adam Matthews in at right-back.

1457: We're approaching kick-off at Celtic Park and Rugby Park.

1454: Jamie Murphy knocks the ball into the net from six yards but referee Craig Thomson rules the goal out for handball. Yep, the ball did strike the young striker's arm. Tricky decision, that: it was certainly unintentional but the handball did bring the ball under control.

1452: The action at Fir Park continues as first Steven Naismith's low shot from 12 yards is blocked by Shaun Hutchison, then, yet again, Nikica Jelavic wins the aerial battle at a corner but on this occasion he heads over the bar.

1451: HEARTS TEAM: Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Obua, Robinson, Mrowiec, Driver, Stevenson, Elliott. Subs: MacDonald, Jonsson, Sutton, Skacel, Templeton, Novikovas, Prychynenko.

1451: KILMARNOCK TEAM TO PLAY HEARTS: Bell, Buijs, O'Leary, Ada, McKeown, Dayton, Kelly, Pascali, Harkins, Shiels, Heffernan. Subs: Jaakkola, Clancy, Hay, Fowler, Galan, Racchi, Fisher.

1449: Nicky Law teases the Rangers defence at the edge of the box before cutting inside and smashing a shot straight at cool-as-a-cucumber Allan McGregor.

1449: ST JOHNSTONE TEAM: Enckelman, MacKay, McCracken, Wright, Callum Davidson, Sheridan, Murray Davidson, Morris, Maybury, Craig, Sandaza. Subs: Mannus, Higgins, Adams, Haber, Moffat, May, Caddis.

1448: CELTIC TEAM TO FACE ST JOHNSTONE: Forster, Matthews, Wanyama, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Commons, Brown, Ki, Ledley, Maloney, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Forrest, Mark Wilson, Murphy, McCourt, Cha.

1446: Michael Higdon shoots at goal but, as pundit Billy Dodds says, Rangers goalie Allan McGregor could have placed his cap on it.

1444: A nice move by Motherwell - Stephen Craigan pings the ball over Lee Wallace's head and Jamie Murphy is on to it like a dog chasing a stick. He dinks it into the box but the passing breaks down at a crucial moment.

1443: As Well begin to find their passing rhythm, burly striker Michael Higdon is penalised in the box for being altogether too physical in a challenge on Jordan McMillan.

1441: As it stands, Rangers are top of the SPL. "Crisis? What crisis?" their fans might ask. Mind you, Maribor rattled two goals past Allan McGregor on Thursday to snatch a 2-1 win after going one down.

1439: That goal, it is worth noting, is the first that Motherwell have conceded in the SPL this season.

Surely Steven Naismith cannot claim that goal! The Rangers attacker had no time to react to Nikica Jelavic's powerful header from six yards from Steven Davis's corner but it glanced off his head on its way to goal.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-1 Rangers (Jelavic)

1434: Gregg Wylde is seeing plenty of the ball in left midfield but his cross into the box proves worthless thanks to a foul by Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty on his countryman Stephen Craigan.

1432: From 'Gers Fan' by text on 80295: "How come we always start off rubbish when we need to win games. Not the way champions should be playing. We look more like chumps!" Harsh words, Gers Fan!

1430: Rangers' young right-back Jordan McMillan takes a heavy challenge from Michael Higdon as the pair go for a high ball.

1429: "There are going to be goals, let's be honest." A bold statement by BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1428: Motherwell's Jamie Murphy is unmarked down the left wing, picks up the ball and rifles a low shot that Allan McGregor saves, then straight away Steven Davis creates a counter-attack, racing into the Well half before passing to Kyle Lafferty whose attempt to curl the ball round Darren Randolph fails - a good block by the home goalie.

1426: Gregg Wylde's in-swinging left-footed corner is met by Nikica Jelavic at the back post but he cannot get his effort on target for the visitors.

1425: Well midfielder Nicky Law looks tidy on the ball and his early movement suggests he is going to be hard to pick up.

1423: Tom Hateley's pass in the midfield is intercepted and Rangers break swiftly through Nikica Jelavic, who makes his way down the left wing and clips in a clever ball with the outside of his right foot - but Kyle Lafferty cannot reach it before keeper Darren Randolph.

1420: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis pings a ball over the head of Nikica Jelavic and it drifts out for a goalkick. That will give the players a chance to have a breather after a fast-paced opening. No shots on goal yet.

1419: From ohMurrayyyyy on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Time to step up and play, Rangers, we need these points today."

1417: Almost straight from kick-off Motherwell win a corner and from that Tom Hateley's in-swinger tests the alertness of Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.

1416: If Motherwell can win today's game they will stay top of the table no matter what happens later in the day. It would be sore on Rangers but good for the competitive nature of the SPL.

1414: Former Rangers manager Walter Smith is in the main stand at Fir Park. No Rangers blazer these days, of course: he has gone for a beige sports jacket instead.

1412: According to BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds, the last thing Rangers manager Ally McCoist needs is a defeat at Fir Park today, given the crunch Europa League match against Maribor at Ibrox on Thursday.

1411: My colleague Chris McLaughlin at Celtic Park says Anthony Stokes and Shaun Maloney will start up front for Celtic, while there's a first start for Victor Wanyama. Full team news for Celtic and St Johnstone to follow...

1409: On BBC Radio Scotland Motherwell manager Stuart McCall acknowledges that the visitors' defence is weaker than normal but points to the talent of Nikica Jelavic up front.

1407: Injured-ravaged Rangers hand first SPL starts to youngsters Jordan McMillan and Ross Perry. Gregg Wylde and Kyle Lafferty are also drafted into the starting line-up, with Maurice Edu suspended, Lee McCulloch suffering a recurrence of a knee problem and Kirk Broadfoot also absent from the squad. Carlos Bocanegra - who made his Rangers debut in Thursday's Europa League tie against Maribor in Slovenia - is unavailable for selection as he and fellow American Alejandro Bedoya have failed to obtain visas in time for today's game.

1405: Motherwell head into the game in better shape than Rangers, with Keith Lasley returning from suspension to replace Ross Forbes the only change the SPL leaders have made from their win over St Mirren.

1404: RANGERS TEAM: McGregor, McMillan, Perry, Goian, Wallace, Juanma Ortiz, Davis, Naismith, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Healy, Kerkar, Bendiksen, Little, Hutton.

1402: Some team news from Fir Park. MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Murphy, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Forbes, Page, Halsman, Lawless, Carswell.

1400: Good afternoon and welcome to another dose - hopefully, healthy - of Scottish Premier League action. First up it's top of the table Motherwell against Rangers, kick-off 1415 BST.

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21 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 21 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 4 7 10
2 Motherwell 5 2 10
3 Celtic 4 6 9
4 Dunfermline 4 2 8
5 St Mirren 5 1 8
6 Kilmarnock 4 3 6
7 Hearts 5 1 5
8 Dundee Utd 5 -4 5
9 St Johnstone 4 -2 4
10 Aberdeen 5 -4 4
11 Hibernian 4 -5 3
12 Inverness CT 5 -7 1

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