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Sunday's SPL as it happened


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By Colin Moffat

1802: That's enough from me on a day of 2-0 wins for Celtic, Rangers and Hearts. Thanks for your company and enjoy what's left of your weekend...

1800: The highlights from yesterday's SPL goalfest are going up on this very website right now. Today's action can be seen on Sportscene (BBC One Scotland 2225) and online after that transmission.

1758: "We have to apologise to the fans. What we produced in the second half was way below standard," a gloomy Hibs manager Colin Calderwood tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1756: "I'm starting to get to know my players better and every day they work hard," adds Paulo Sergio. "I'm sure we will improve." He gives nothing away when asked about any possible signings before the transfer window closes.

1753: "The three points are the main thing and I'm happy with the performance. We created a few chances and didn't allow them to score." Hearts manager Paulo Sergio reflects on his first experience of the Edinburgh derby.

1750: From pullshapes89 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "'Awful helicopter thing with scarves?' Nice one. not enough criticising us for everything else but now the twirly too..."
Apologies to happy Hearts fans but you need to come up with a better name. Twirly? Seriously?

1747: Eggert Jonsson is doing the post-match telly interview, along with Ryan Stevenson. The Icelander isn't claiming that second goal for Hearts is he? Andy Webster's header was a good two metres over the line.

1744: Hibs have just three points on the board after five games and those came from a fortunate last-minute win at Inverness. It's early days but are fans worried? Attendances at Easter Road are certainly down and near-comatose manager Colin Calderwood does not inspire confidence.

Full time
1741: FULL-TIME: Hearts 2-0 Hibernian
A huge cheer from the home fans as they celebrate a thoroughly deserved win. A goal in each half from Ryan Stevenson and Andy Webster lifts Hearts into fourth place and keeps Hibs at the foot of the table.

1740: The Hearts fans are doing that awful helicopter thing with their scarves. Time nearly up.

1738: The ball falls to an unmarked Ian Murray at the back post but Hearts defender Andy Webster throws himself in to block and the deflected shot spins into the grateful arms of Jamie MacDonald.

1735: Jamie MacDonald gathers comfortably at his near post as Garry O'Connor catches a dipping ball on the half-volley from 18 yards.

1734: Nice footwork from Arvydas Novikovas earns Hearts a corner as the home side continue to press forward.

1732: Leigh Griffiths picks up the ball wide on the right and cuts in to drill a shot into the arms of replacement goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

1730: Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello goes off with a shoulder injury. Jamie MacDonald is on for the last six or seven minutes.

1727: Martin Scott, who scored twice in the midweek win over Berwick Rangers, comes on for Hibs. Matt Thornhill goes off. Ryan Stevenson is given a huge cheer from the home fans as he makes way for Arvydas Novikovas.

1724: Hibs are just launching long balls in the direction of Akpo Sodje and Hearts are soaking it all up with ease. I'm not sure Leigh Griffiths has touched the ball yet...

Yellow card
1720: Hibs don't seem interested in getting back into this game, instead concentrating only on fouling their opponents. Garry O'Connor picks up a yellow card for a horrible tackle on Jamie Hamill.

Yellow card
Yellow card
1718: Akpo Sodje is booked for a high challenge on Hearts keeper Marian Kello. Hibs skipper Ian Murray picked up a booking a minute earlier as the visitors unravel.

Hibs are undone from the corner as Andy Webster thumps in a header that crosses the line despite Akpo Sodje's attempted clearance. Eggert Jonsson slams the ball high into the net just to make sure and it's just as well he did since the linesman didn't flag for Webster's effort.

1715: GOAL! Hearts 2-0 Hibernian (Webster)

1714: Nervy moments for Hibs as Paul Hanlon takes a fresh air swipe at a harmless looking cross, allowing the ball to run to Andy Driver. The winger sends in a tame shot and Graham Stack is relieved when the ball squirms out of his grasp and past the post.

1712: Hibs have lost their way a little since making those substitutions, with the game thundering on at 100 miles per hour.

Yellow card
1709: Madness from Leigh Griffiths! The new Hibs loan signing goes flying into a wild tackle on Jamie Hamill and picks up a yellow card before he's even touched the ball.

1708: It's end-to-end stuff now as David Obua flashes a header wide from Ryan Stevenson's excellent cross. Graham Stack took the midfielder right out for his troubles and the Ugandan has to go off. Eggert Jonsson is his replacement.

1706: Hibs send on strikers Leigh Griffiths and Akpo Sodje, with Ivan Sproule and Junior Agogo going off.

1705: Jamie Hamill races clear of the Hibs defence but shoots straight at Graham Stack rather than squaring for team-mate Ian Black, who is not at all pleased...

1704: Garry O'Connor clobbers in a 25-yard free kick and, with the ball wobbling all over the place, Marian Kello spills it but manages to pounce on the loose ball before a Hibs player can pounce.

1702: Incredible save from Graham Stack! Stephen Elliott's flicked effort comes back off the post and Andy Driver's rebound effort is somehow scooped away by the legs of the grounded goalkeeper.

1700: Ryan Stevenson leaps high to beat Paul Hanlon in the air and Hearts forward Stephen Elliott scampers off to test Hibs keeper Graham Stack with a low, angled strike.

1657: Hibs are in tigerish mood, pressing high up the pitch, and the Hearts defence are struggling to find their midfield colleagues.

Full time
1654: FULL-TIME: Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen
It's a first home win for manager Ally McCoist as Rangers go back to top the league. They were not at their best but Steven Davis and Steven Naismith got the vital goals to sink the Dons.

Steven Davis hammers in a free kick from 25 yards and keeper David Gonzalez makes a mess of it, spilling the ball for Steven Naismith to prod in from close range.

1652: GOAL! Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen (Naismith)

1652: The second half is up and running at Tynecastle and Marian Kello has to look lively to push away a raking shot from Hibs winger Ivan Sproule.

1650: Nikica Jelavic heads over the crossbar as Rangers search for the killer second goal in the closing minutes.

1648: Alejandro Bedoya sends a half-volley wide before Steven Davis breaks through the heart of the Aberdeen defence only to shoot against the legs of goalkeeper David Gonzalez.

1647: Not long to go now at Ibrox and Rangers are still 1-0 up. Lots of stray passes from both sides. It's been a very scrappy game.

1644: Steven Naismith has been off the boil today. The BBC Radio Scotland commentary team think he's carrying an injury, which could be bad news for Scotland boss Craig Levein ahead of next weekend's vital match with Czech Republic.

1641: It's all gone a bit quiet at Ibrox. The home fans are getting nervous as their team fail to find a second goal. Aberdeen are working hard but haven't really done enough in the final third.

Half time
1636: HALF-TIME Hearts 1-0 Hibernian
The Hearts fans are in good voice as they celebrate Ryan Stevenson's close-range strike. It's been typical derby fare, which is a journalese for pretty dire stuff with lots of fouls.

Yellow card
1634: Hearts' goalscorer Ryan Stevenson is cautioned for a reckless lunge on Ian Murray. That might be payback for some of the hefty tackles the Hibs captain has made in these games over the years...

1633: "Rangers look like they're taking control of the midfield area again," says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1631: A big cheer at Ibrox as new signing Alejandro Bedoya comes off the bench to replace Kyle Lafferty.

1630: Hibs almost equalise immediately as Matt Thornhill runs on to Garry O'Connor's pass, evades a defender and fires in a shot that skips just wide.

Hearts draw first blood! A simple finish from Ryan Stevenson after being found by Jamie Hamill's low cross. The Hibs defence opened up far too easily.

1628: GOAL! Hearts 1-0 Hibernian (Stevenson)

1627: Andy Driver forces his way into the Hibs box and fires towards goal but goalkeeper Graham Stack makes a comfortable save.

1626: Wait a minute, Hibs are on the attack and Garry O'Connor nods wide from Ivan Sproule's chipped cross.

1625: Andy Webster's back-post header from Danny Grainger's corner loops over the bar as Hearts begin to look the likelier side to make the breakthrough.

1623: Maurice Edu rifles a shot narrowly wide after a positive run forward from midfield. The Rangers man has been the recent subject of flak from fans but he's being applauded now for that effort.

1621: From coachingabn on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Dons sounding a bit better, few more chances. Mon the Dandies!"

1619: Ivan Sproule is a lucky man. The Hibs winger has already been booked and escapes a second caution after taking out Danny Grainger for a second time.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1618: Aberdeen go agonisingly close to equaliser as Allan McGregor claws away a errant header from team-mate Carlos Bocanegra. Dons skipper Ricky Foster throws himself at the loose ball but somehow sends his header from eight yards against the crossbar.

1616: Hibs' recent record in derbies has been pretty dismal. The men in green were last celebrating a win against their city rivals in May 2009.

1614: Peter Pawlett was a half-time replacement for Aberdeen and he has looked lively in the early second-half exchanges. Ryan Jack was the man to make way.

1613: Ian Black drags a shot wide of the Hibs goal after a corner is cleared into the midfielder's pass.

1612: From Hugh_Donnelly on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Wonder if David Weir will return? Impressed with Bocanegra though."

1610: Ivan Sproule has a run at the Hearts defence and has two opportunities to cross but hits a defender on both occasions.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1609: A deep cross from Gregg Wylde has Dons keeper David Gonzalez worried and the Colombian is relieved to see the ball skim the top of his crossbar.

1608: Hearts were almost in a minute ago as Stephen Elliott robbed Paul Hanlon and tried to set up a team-mate but to no avail.

1607: We're off again at Ibrox and a mistake between Ross Perry and Carlos Bocanegra allows Scott Vernon a glimpse of goal but keeper Allan McGregor does well to force the Dons striker wide and a good chance is snuffed out.

1605: Rangers' defensive injury problems are mounting up, with Dorin Goian the latest to suffer. Steven Whittaker came on for the big Romanian in first-half injury time.

1601: We're still waiting for some football to break out at Tynecastle. The ball is being leathered all over the place, with every hoof up the park and slide tackle greeted with febrile cheers and jeers.

1558: Hibs boss Colin Calderwood has ditched his smart cardigan for a tracky top this afternoon. He's pacing up and down in his technical area with that terrifying stare of his. He has a calm demeanour but you wouldn't want to cross him...

Yellow card
1555: Hibs winger Ivan Sproule picks up the first yellow card of the day for a late cruncher on Danny Grainger. Ouch!

1554: "Electric atmosphere as ever at the Edinburgh derby." BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Tynecastle.

1553: It's all hustle and bustle from both sides in the opening minutes at Tynecastle. Typical derby fare.

Half time
1551: HALF-TIME: Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen
A goal from Steven Davis has the home team in front against a Dons side short on ambition. It's not been a classic.

1550: We're off at Tynecastle. Five minutes late.

1548: There's a delay at Tynecastle as stewards deal with a plethora of balloons on the pitch (I'll avoid the obvious joke). The busy stewards are also dealing with a smoking flare on the touchline.

1547: Ooh and aahs from the Ibrox crowd as Maurice Edu heads wide from a Gregg Wylde.

1544: The teams are in the tunnel at Tynecastle. Edinburgh derbies are usually fiery encounters but the players are all exchanging handshakes and jokes at the moment.

1543: From Force_Of_Law on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Steven Davis is Rangers' best player by a long way. How important tying him to a long-term deal will prove. Different class!"

1541: Nikica Jelavic drills a shot into the side-netting after a lapse in concentration from Aberdeen skipper Richard Foster. Dons keeper David Gonzalez then gathers a deflected shot from Steven Naismith.

1540: "I don't think Rangers are playing at full tilt," says BBC Radio Scotland Billy Dodds. "There's no real pace about them on or off the ball."

1537: Fraser Fyvie is beginning to find more space as Aberdeen start to string a few passes together at Ibrox.

1534: Aberdeen midfielder Kari Arnason lets fly from 25 yards but Rangers keeper Allan McGregor calmly watches the ball whizz wide.

1532: Rangers defender Dorin Goian knocks a header over the crossbar after attacking a good corner kick from Gregg Wylde.

1528: "Aberdeen just can't make two passes - they need to be better than that." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds is not impressed.

1525: Aberdeen have not been able to pose the Rangers defence any problems at all. The home side are in control.

1522: Ian Black, David Obua, Adrian Mrowiec and Andy Driver all return to the Hearts midfield. Young Gordon Smith is a bit unlucky to drop out after his excellent display against Tottenham on Thursday.

1520: Team line-ups from Tynecastle:
Hearts: Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Obua, Black, Mrowiec, Driver, Elliott, Stevenson. Subs: MacDonald, Jonsson, Templeton, Novikovas, Skacel, Gordon Smith, Robinson.
Hibernian: Stack, Towell, Hanlon, O'Hanlon, Booth, Sproule, Thornhill, Murray, Osbourne, O'Connor, Agogo. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Galbraith, Scott, Palsson, Sodje, Griffiths.
Referee: Craig Thomson

1519: Loan signing from Wolves Leigh Griffiths is on the Hibs bench for the Edinburgh derby but Richie Towell, returning to the club for a second loan spell from Celtic, starts.

That's a first goal of the season for Steven Davis as his rather bizarre lofted effort deceives Dons keeper David Gonzalez to end up in the net. They all count...

1517: GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Aberdeen (Davis)

1515: Kyle Lafferty sends a shot sailing over the crossbar after running on to a good headed flick from Nikica Jelavic. That's better from Rangers.

1513: A slack pass from Ryan Jack presents Gregg Wylde with a shooting opportunity but the Rangers midfielder makes a mess of it, sclaffing the ball wide.

1512: Osbourne is back on the field, sporting a big red bandage on his napper.

1510: Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon is already cutting an isolated figure for the visitors. Still no sign of a return for Isaac Osbourne.

1508: Rangers are not really pressing their numerical advantage, with some slow build-up play.

1506: Aberdeen's Isaac Osbourne is off the field getting treatment after taking a whack from the trailing arm of Maurice Edu.

1505: From JJRob2 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "I'm quietly confident about Aberdeen winning this one. Get this hoodoo at Ibrox broken!"

1503: We're off at Ibrox, with Rangers manager Ally McCoist looking for his first home win.

1502: Aberdeen are a wee bit tardy at Ibrox. The men in red come ambling out on to the pitch.

1457: "This will be a tough place for teams to come," Celtic first team coach Alan Thompson tells BBC Radio Scotland. "But St Mirren couldn't cope with our pace and power at the start of the game. It was a thoroughly deserved win."

1455: "It's easy to fold against the Old Firm but my players showed great heart and great togetherness," St Mirren gaffer Danny Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland after the 2-0 loss to Celtic. "We knocked the ball around well and created one or two good opportunities."

1452: Worry stat for Dons fans. It's been almost 20 years since Aberdeen won at Ibrox...

1449: "We've won our last two games and that's given us a bit of confidence," Aberdeen boss Craig Brown tells BBC Radio Scotland. "We've certainly not come here to defend."

1445: "It's back to business today," Rangers assistant manager Kenny McDowell tells BBC Radio Scotland. "The players are professional and will want to move on from the disappointment of Thursday."

1442: "I'm surprised Rangers haven't made more changes," says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds. "Aberdeen are going to sit in and it's up to Rangers to break them down."

1440: Aberdeen are boosted by the return of Rob Milsom from injury and he joins Kari Arnason and Isaac Osbourne in a muscular central midfield trio.

1438: New Rangers signing Alejandro Bedoya is on the bench, while his fellow American Carlos Bocanegra switches to left-back to fill in for the injured Lee Wallace.

Full time
1435: FULL-TIME: St Mirren 0-2 Celtic
Celtic return to winning ways thanks to Gary Hooper's early brace. St Mirren put up a decent fight but didn't trouble visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster enough.

1434: Team line-ups from Ibrox:
Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Perry, Goian, Bocanegra, Edu, Davis, Naismith, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Healy, Whittaker, Juanma Ortiz, Bedoya, Kerkar.
Aberdeen: Gonzalez, McArdle, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Arnason, Jack, Osbourne, Fyvie, Milsom, Vernon. Subs: Jason Brown, Mackie, Pawlett, Chalali, Magennis, Megginson, Shaughnessy.
Referee: Iain Brines

1432: Aberdeen are going with one up top at Ibrox. Scott Vernon has been given the lone striker's role.

1431: James Forrest is played in by Charlie Mulgrew but the winger is again denied by Craig Samson, with the Buddies keeper spreading himself at his near post to make the block.

1427: Rangers make two changes for the visit of Aberdeen. Steven Naismith returns from a European suspension and youngster Ross Perry will play in central defence. Full teams from Ibrox to follow.

1425: St Mirren are looking a bit desperate now as Jim Goodwin blazes a long-range effort well wide.

1421: Ki Sung-Yueng breaks into the St Mirren penalty area and has forever to pick his spot but the Celtic midfielder can only shoot straight at the legs of keeper Craig Samson.

1420: Steven Thompson gets a header on target but it's straight at Fraser Forster, who clutches the ball under his crossbar.

1419: From simonb373 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "If Saint Johnstone can do it against Celtic, so can Aberdeen against Rangers, 1-0 to the Dons. Miracles can happen!"

1417: Young Mr Forrest has suddenly sprung to life! This time he cuts into the box and tricks Jim Goodwin before unleashing a shot that Craig Samson does well to claw away.

1415: James Forrest has had a quiet game but shows great pace to get past his man inside the penalty box only to see his cross cut out by Jim Goodwin.

1411: St Mirren striker Steven Thompson can't quite reach a flashing delivery from his team-mate and namesake Steven Thomson as the home side keep up the pressure.

1408: Scary, scary moment for Kelvin Wilson as the Celtic defender sends an awkward header inches wide of his own goal.

1407: St Mirren are still sticking to their passing game but the home side are maybe just a bit too ponderous in the final third.

1404: From William in Glasgow by text on 80295: "Let's hope Ally McCoist is a bit more positive with the line-up today. I'd start with Bedoya and I'd also put Ortiz on the first available flight back to Spain. He's just not good enough."
Of course, Mr McCoist is still looking for his first home win as Rangers manager...

1402: Craig Samson gets a hand to a powerful, low strike from Anthony Stokes. The ball might have been going wide but the Buddies keeper was taking no chances.

1400: A great sliding tackle from Jeroen Tesselaar denies Celtic captain Scott Brown the opportunity to shoot from close range. The Dutch full-back has been impressive.

1358: Remember, we have two more games to come this afternoon. Rangers and Aberdeen meet at Ibrox at 1500, while the Edinburgh derby gets underway at Tynecastle 45 minutes later.

1356: From Aidan in Dundee by text on 80295: "In reference to 1318 - I believe other Celtic fans are a bit harsh on Samaras. He can be brilliant when the crowd get behind him as was seen at Old Firm matches last year. He is frustrating at times, but then so is McCourt and he only gets praise. I wonder if Samaras was Irish would he receive less criticism?"

1354: Jeroen Tesselaar whips the free kick round the defensive wall and Fraser Forster has to make a scrambling save down low by his near post.

1353: Nigel Hasselbaink spins away from Kelvin Wilson to race towards goal and the big Celtic defender brings him down. Has referee Willie Collum left his cards at home?

1352: From Hollz2012 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Saints playing a lot better now, caught sleeping first ten minutes. We are not out this yet!"

1350: Celtic are denied a third goal by the fingertips of Craig Samson. The Buddies keeper was at full-stretch to keep out a low strike from Anthony Stokes.

1347: The second half is underway at St Mirren Park. No changes in personnel from either side.

1341: St Mirren will need to throw bodies forward in the second half and you don't want to leave too many gaps at the back with Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes around.

1338: From CraigBell6 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: " I'm hoping Irene doesn't cut out power here in NJ. I'm desperate to watch the derby. Come on the famous!!!"

1333: From Reiss by text on 80295: " From reading your commentary Paul McGowan has squandered every chance for the Saints and seems to still have his heart with Celtic - or is just playing very poorly?"
Well, he won't want to see a replay of the second goal. He just laid the ball on a plate for Hooper to score. Since then he has been busy trying to make amends and Fraser Forster had to make a smart save to deny him a goal.

Half time
1331: HALF-TIME: St Mirren 0-2 Celtic
Two early goals from Gary Hooper has Celtic in a strong position for a fifth consecutive away win in the SPL. St Mirren's passing has been impressive and they are still very much in the game.

1327: Another great cross from Jeroen Tesselaar flashes across the Celtic goalmouth, with a sliding Nigel Hasselbaink inches away from making contact. Celtic are a bit exposed on their right flank, with skipper Scott Brown drifting infield and not offering much assistance to full-back Cha Du-Ri.

1324: St Mirren have taken the game by the scruff of the neck with a lot of neat possession but they need to get big striker Steven Thompson more involved.

1321: Daniel Majstorovic does love a crazy sliding tackle. This time he upends Nigel Hasselbaink but Gary Teale's free kick is comfortably gathered by Fraser Forster

1319: More good stuff from St Mirren as Jeroen Tesselaar finds Nigel Hasselbaink with a cross and the striker lays the ball off neatly to Stevie Thomson but team-mate Paul McGowan gets in the way of his team-mate's strike from 18 yards.

1318: From George by text on 80295: "Lennon needs to explain why he doesn't trust Stokes. Hooper and Stokes deliver every time. There is no case for Samaras at any time."

1315: The home fans are outraged as ref Willie Collum blows for a foul on Fraser Forster. Nigel Hasselbaink, who is about half the size of the Celtic keeper, must have been nibbling on his knees.

1313: Jeroen Tesselaar delivers a tempting cross to the back post but St Mirren can't profit as Paul McGowan scuffs his shot when the ball falls his way.

1310: James Forrest tugs a shot well wide of after another promising Celtic attack. Lots of sharp passing, with Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper involved.

1307: St Mirren are knocking the ball around well but Celtic are lightning quick on the break and the Buddies are shaky in central defence.

1305: From a corner, Gary Teale picks out the unmarked Paul McGowan on the edge of the penalty box but the midfielder's volley swerves off target and the head of team-mate Lee Mair cannot quite redirect the ball towards goal.

1302: Paul McGowan get the chance to atone for his mistake as he latches on to a nice Nigel Hasselbaink pass to get a shot away but he can't beat Fraser Forster, who claws the ball past the post with one of his big mitts. Good save.

1300: That really was a terrible blunder from Paul McGowan but Celtic have started this game like a runaway train. Is it game over already?

Oh dear. St Mirren's Paul McGowan must still think he's a Celtic player as he passes straight to Gary Hooper and the striker races on to slot another crisp shot into the corner of Craig Samson's net.

1258: GOAL! St Mirren 0-2 Celtic (Hooper)

1255: Charlie Mulgrew whips in a fantastic free kick and Daniel Majstorovic rises highest to thump a header over the crossbar from six yards. The big Celtic defender should have burst the net from there...

Celtic are ahead as Gary Hooper plays a sharp one-two with Anthony Stokes on the edge of the penalty area and the English striker keeps a cool head to pick his spot. Clinical.

1253: GOAL! St Mirren 0-1 Celtic (Hooper)

1250: From Hendo87Cameron on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Am I right in being nervous for Hearts v Hibs even though I'm a Jambo?"

1248: Anthony Stokes twice gets behind the St Mirren defence. He shoots wide at the first attempt, although there was an offside flag waving. He then gets the better of Marc McAusland and rounds Craig Samson to net. However, he is penalised very harshly for a foul on the defender. A real let off for the home side.

1246: The home fans are singing a song to the tune of the Joy Division classic Love Will Tear Us Apart. I can't make out the words, which is probably just as well...

1245: Celtic, wearing their garish yellow barcode kit, get the game started at St Mirren Park.

1243: "I'm expecting a few goals today," says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds, who is going for a Celtic, Rangers and Hearts treble.

1240: Five minutes to kick off at St Mirren Park. It should be a cracking game, with St Mirren high on confidence and Celtic hurting after a couple of slip-ups.

1237: From Davy by text on 80295: "Scottish football in crisis? I watched MOTD last night and the Scottish product is held in high regard. Owen Coyle, Bolton, Davie Moyles, Everton, Goodwillie and Kean, Blackburn, Adams and Dalglish, Liverpool, and of course, The Boss at Man U. We are well represented in the 'best' league in the world. Time to take that experience and use it to develop our game."

1235: There has been a lot of gloomy introspection since Scotland's Euro wipe out on Thursday. However, we had a real treat yesterday, with the three SPL games yielding 15 goals. Same again, please.

1231: Celtic won all three games against St Mirren last season, following a thumping 4-0 loss in Paisley in March 2010, which led to Tony Mowbray's sacking and gave Neil Lennon the opportunity to step up.

1227: BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "Hurtling up the M6 for the Edinburgh derby. Always look forward to this one. Especially at Tynecastle."

1225: It's not quite Hurricane Irene, but there is a stiff wind blowing across the country. A day for keeping the ball on the deck...

1222: Full team line-ups from St Mirren Park:
St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Thomson, Goodwin, McGowan, Teale, Thompson, Hasselbaink. Subs: Graeme Smith, McKee, McLean, McShane, Kennedy, Carey, Haddad.
Celtic: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Brown, Ki, Kayal, Forrest, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Samaras, Maloney, Commons, Ledley, Wanyama.
Referee: William Collum

1220: "Celtic will be looking for a reaction," St Mirren manager Danny Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland. "It's always a difficult challenge but one we are really looking forward to. We want to be playing against the best teams."

1218: Celtic have gone three games without a win after their Europa League exit at the hands of Sion and a shock home defeat to St Johnstone last Sunday. St Mirren have only lost once this season.

1216: From Jock in Kelloholm by text on 80295: "Well done Lenny for dropping Samaras. He hasn't kicked a ball since he signed a new deal. Get him away out on loan."

1215: "It's a very difficult game for us," Celtic boss Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland. "St Mirren have improved greatly from last season and are playing really well."

1212: In-form St Mirren are unchanged for the lunchtime game, while Celtic bring in Anthony Stokes and James Forrest. Full teams to follow later.

1210: Good afternoon and welcome to a busy day of Scottish Premier League action. Celtic visit St Mirren in the early kick off before Rangers host Aberdeen and Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibs meet at Tynecastle.

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28 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 28 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 5 9 13
2 Motherwell 6 4 13
3 Celtic 5 8 12
4 Hearts 6 3 8
5 Dunfermline 5 0 8
6 St Mirren 6 -1 8
7 Kilmarnock 5 2 6
8 Dundee Utd 6 -4 6
9 St Johnstone 5 -2 5
10 Inverness CT 6 -6 4
11 Aberdeen 6 -6 4
12 Hibernian 5 -7 3

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