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By Keir Murray

1709: Thanks for your company once again, wherever in the world you are. All the best. Hope you can join us again on Sunday.

1706: And on Sunday it's the Old Firm game - Rangers welcome Celtic... OK, I'll re-phrase that - Rangers host Celtic at Ibrox. You never know - maybe love will fill the air in Govan.

1704: The highlights of today's games will be available on the BBC Sport website from 1800 BST on Sunday.

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1701: Anonymous text: "St Johnstone in positive goal difference shocker!"

1659: Scottish First Division final scores:
Falkirk 2-1 Dundee
Hamilton 2-2 Raith Rovers
Partick 4-0 Ayr
Queen of the South 4-1 Morton
Ross County 1-1 Livingston

1657: Not a bad day's football, it must be said. Lots of goals around the country.

1656: Inverness drop to the bottom of the table, one goal behind Hibs, who also have a mere five points.

Full time
Full-time: Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock
Dundee United 3-1 Inverness CT

1653: Ricky Foster, Fraser Fyvie and Chris Clark try to fashion a match-winning chance for Aberdeen but it looks like this one will end in a draw.

Full time
Full-time: Motherwell 0-3 St Johnstone
Hearts 2-0 St Mirren

1648: We're approaching the full-time whistle time around the grounds. Only the result in any doubt is at Pittodrie where Aberdeen and Killie are tied at two goals apiece.

1646: Zdenek Kroca makes a slack back-pass and allows in Peter Pawlett but the chance comes to nothing.

1645: "Game, set and match." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Fir Park. The visiting fans shout "We want four!"

Liam Craig converts after Francisco Sandaza's initial shot is saved. Unassailable lead now for the Perth Saints.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-3 St Johnstone (Craig)

1640: As the scores stand, there will be four teams on nine points, from sixth to ninth in the table.

1638: I've just caught a better look at Paulo Sergio's cardigan. I thought it was a jacket earlier. I'm sure I had one like that in 1982, a burgundy one just like it, except it had a big letter "Y" on it. Will it become as iconic as Walter Smith's tank top?

Now for the details of that second St Johnstone goal: Steven Hammell gifted possession to Francisco Sandaza, who showed no mercy as he drove past the goalkeeper and slotted home.

Back to that goal for Hearts, Lee Mair has been "credited" with the own-goal, a diving header under pressure from Stephen Elliott, it looked like. The cross was smashed into the St Mirren six-yard box with such pace that it was hard to see who got the final touch on it.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-2 St Johnstone (Sandaza)

Jon Daly heads home for Dundee United following a cross from Paul Dixon. It's the striker's first touch of the ball, seconds after coming on as a substitute against Inverness.

GOAL! Dundee United 3-1 Inverness CT (Daly)

1630: Omar Daley makes his Motherwell debut as a replacement for Steve Jennings.

GOAL! Hearts 2-0 St Mirren (own goal, scorer TBC)

1625: Ewan McTaggart on Twitter: "@bbcsportsound is Jim Traynor on Your Call today? If he is, does he have a tin helmet? He's going to be in for a rough ride #andrightlyso"

1623: Dundee United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis saves well with his feet to deny Gregory Tade after the Caley Thistle striker's pace took him away from the home defence.

1622: A statement on the Celtic website says: "There is no question, on the eve of a Rangers v Celtic match to use 'Lennon', 'Hate' and 'Ibrox' in a newspaper headline is extremely irresponsible. Neil Lennon, his coaching staff and the Celtic players are very disappointed at this reporting and have jointly decided that they will not be co-operating with journalists from The Daily Record. It is only right that the newspaper delivers a suitable retraction and apology. Neil Lennon as always will continue to receive the full support of everyone at the Club."

1620: More of Celtic in a moment...first to Hearts. Substitute Kenny MacLean squanders a free-kick opportunity for St Mirren from 20 yards out, sending the ball sailing wide and high into the stand.

1618: Celtic have responded to the Daily Record headline asking "Who is more hated at Ibrox? (Lennon or the Taxman?)" by withdrawing co-operation with the paper's journalists.

1616: And that effort from Gunning came after Danny Swanson had threatened Ryan Esson's goal with a drive from the edge of the penalty box that stung the keeper's hands.

1615: Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning fires an audacious 40-yard drive that is turned wide by Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson.

1614: Motherwell striker Michael Higdon's volley is turned round the post by St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman.

1614: Match summariser at Pittodrie Steve Cowan feels the Dons now look like the stronger side.

Anything Dunfermline can do, Aberdeen can do! The Dons recover from going two goals down to draw level at Pittodrie against Kilmarnock, Youl Mawene heading Kari Arnason's long throw-in into the corner of the net.

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock (Mawene)

1610: Killie's Dean Shiels slices a shot so wide of Jason Brown's Aberdeen goal that it goes out for a throw-in.

1608: St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza drags a shot wide from 25 yards after nutmegging Stephen Craigan.

1606: Aberdeen will have the words of Archie Knox and Craig Brown ringing in their ears as they seek an equaliser against Kilmarnock.

1604: It's back to the action now...

1602: There was very sad news in Scottish football this week. We learned that the legendary Scottish football commentator David Francey had died at the age of 87 . Have a look at our tribute to a former colleague. I'll add some more audio to the page tomorrow - there were some great stories about him on Sportsound on Thursday evening. Thanks.

1600: Motherwell have some way to go if they are to pull level with Rangers at the top of the table. They'll need to score twice (at least) to beat St Johnstone.

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Fred in Stirling asks: "Why is Craig Brown getting an easier time from Aberdeen fans than Mark McGhee did? They were better off under him."

1551: A text from Jamie in Kirkcaldy: "Note to the commentator on the Dundee United match - the team's nickname is the Terrors, it's the fans that are called "Arabs". Please stop referring to the team as "the Arabs".
I did not know that.

Half time
Half-time: Aberdeen 1-2 Kilmarnock
Dundee United 2-1 Inverness CT
Motherwell 0-1 St Johnstone

Half time
Half-time: Hearts 1-0 St Mirren

1546: Tom Hateley's free-kick is a just a touch too high for Motherwell as it clears the St Johnstone crossbar.

Gregory Tade loses the ball inside his own half and Danny Swanson advances towards the Inverness defence before lofting the ball over goalkeeper Ryan Esson.

GOAL! Dundee United 2-1 Inverness CT (Swanson)

Jamie Hamill jogs up to the spot and coolly despatches the penalty past Saints keeper Craig Samson. Lovely finish.

GOAL! Hearts 1-0 St Mirren (Hamill, pen)

1543: Penalty for Hearts! Marius Zaliukas is brought down by St Mirren's Ilias Haddad and ref Charlie Richmond points to the spot.

1542: With Aberdeen pushing for the equaliser and Killie on the back foot, I can't help wondering how Kenny Shiels' half-time team talk is going to go. Can the Killie boss speak quickly? Does he lose the rag? Or will he deliver his pep talk in the same measured tones he favours in interviews?

Hesitant Killie goalkeeper Cammy Bell makes a hash of things at Pittodrie, gifting Andrew Considine the chance to hook the ball into the net. The Dons are back in it.

GOAL! Aberdeen 1-2 Kilmarnock (Considine)

1538: At Tynecastle, Ilias Haddad almost opens the scoring for St Mirren in the 33rd minute with a narrow-angled header from the right-hand side of the Hearts' six-yard box that inches across the face of goal.

1536: Aberdeen's Rory Fallon is booked by Iain Brines for diving, which our commentator Scott Davie feels is a poor decision, and which summariser Steve Cowan describes as "shocking".

1535: Medhi Taouil tests the St Mirren keeper Craig Samson with a 20-yard shot that is tipped over the bar.

1533: "Lauri Dalla Valle has hardly been seen in the game since his goal and that shows how well Inverness are defending. Inverness went a goal down but did not panic, got the equaliser and could have even been ahead." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark

1532: "It's a flat four, they're all in straight lines at the back." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan identifies a problem with the Aberdeen defence

Kilmarnock increase their stranglehold on the match at Pittodrie, with Garry Hay's surge into the Dons half supplying Dean Shiels to score a goal for his old da's team.

GOAL! Aberdeen 0-2 Kilmarnock (Shiels)

1527: The Dons have so far been unable to get on level terms with Kenny Shiels' Kilmarnock side at Pittodrie. All eyes will be on new signing Rory Fallon to produce the goods in front of goal - he did warn Aberdeen fans not to look upon him as a saviour, mind you.

1525: An anonymous text to 80295 suggests Sportsound should have been focusing more on events at Tannadice prior to kick-off: "I have to say very poor acknowledgement of the renaming of The Jim McLean Fair Play Stand on today's show. The man is a legend in Scottish football. I wonder if the same would apply in one of the two big Glasgow stadia? I guess the West Coast media still hold a grudge for him turning down the mighty Rangers. Very disappointing."

1523: With 20 minutes played at Tynecastle, Stephen Elliott makes an attempt on the St Mirren goal from close range, but his shot clears the bar.

Liam Craig's cross is headed around the Motherwell box and as Jamie Adams nods towards goal, Tim Clancy's attempted clearance goes into his own net.

GOAL! Motherwell 0-1 St Johnstone (Clancy og)

Nick Ross bundles home an equaliser for Inverness, beating Dundee United defender Paul Dixon to the ball after a Gregory Tade cross.

GOAL! Dundee United 1-1 Inverness CT (Ross)

Dean Shiels creates space for Killie team-mate Paul Heffernan to head home from six yards.

GOAL! Aberdeen 0-1 Kilmarnock (Heffernan)

Lauri Dalla Valle fires low and hard across Inverness Caley Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Esson for the Finnish striker's first goal for Dundee United.

GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Inverness (Dalla Valle)

1515: There hasn't been a great deal of action at Tannadice. Gregory Tade forced a good save from Dusan Pernis, as the Dundee United goalkeeper turned it wide for an Inverness Caledonian Thistle corner. And Andrew Shinnie flashed a header wide from the corner for the visitors.

1514: St Mirren's Steven Thomson produces a decent save from Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald in the 11th minute with a shot from 25 yards in the first real chance of the match.

1513: A win for Motherwell over St Johnstone would put them level on points with leaders Rangers.

1511: For those joining us late, Hearts' Andy Webster injured himself in the warm-up and was replaced by Eggert Jonsson in the starting line-up.

1510: So, no goals yet in the four SPL matches. Let's hope there's a game to rival the early kick-off where Dunfermline and Hibs shared four goals.

1509: At Pittodrie, Aberdeen's Fraser Fyvie has a wayward shot at Cammy Bell's Kilmarnock goal.

1507: It has been a quiet first five minutes at Tynecastle, although there's been plenty of slick passing and attacking, but no clear-cut chances for either side so far.

1506: Hearts manager Paulo Sergio is wearing a most unusual maroon jacket this afternoon (yeah, yeah, a maroon jaikit for ma roon' shooders) that suggests Portuguese fashion differs from that of Edinburgh's.

1505: Nicky Law tests St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman with a shot. BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod feels the Motherwell midfielder rushed his strike.

1503: If either Aberdeen or Inverness lose by more than one goal today they will fall below Hibs at the foot of the table.

1501: Here goes. The games are kicking off around the country.

1459: INVERNESS TEAM: Esson, Piermayr, Tokely, Golobart, Graeme Shinnie, Davis, Tansey, Andrew Shinnie, Ross, Tade, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Proctor, Shane Sutherland, Chippendale, McKay, Gillet

1457: DUNDEE UNITED TO FACE INVERNESS CT: Pernis, Watson, Kenneth, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Swanson, Rankin, Dalla Valle, Dow. Subs: McCallum, Daly, Douglas, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Hilson, Marsh-Brown.

1455: For Inverness, David Proctor wins a place on the bench after recovering from a hamstring problem. Caley Thistle are still missing six players, however, with Josh Meekings, Chris Hogg, Lee Cox, Owain Tudur Jones, Aaron Doran and Jonny Hayes all sidelined through injury.

1453: Full team news to come but I can tell you Dundee United manager Peter Houston has resisted the temptation to throw captain Jon Daly straight back into action following a quicker than expected return from a knee ligament injury - he's on the bench. Fellow forward Johnny Russell is suspended following his dismissal in the 1-0 defeat to Rangers last time out, while Sean Dillon joins Scott Severin on the casualty list.

1450: Text from Roy in Lochiel: "Making my way back to Dundee, Hibs must get defence sorted now. Why take off O'Connor and Griffiths? Sproule was the one to take off, so disappointing."

1448: Just the Dundee United v Inverness team news to come.

1446: ST JOHNSTONE TEAM: Enckelman, Maybury, MacKay, Wright, Anderson, Millar, Moon, Adams, Craig, Sheridan, Sandaza. Subs: Mannus, Higgins, Gibson, Haber, Caddis, May, McIntosh

1445: MOTHERWELL TEAM TO FACE ST JOHNSTONE: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Daley, Sorbes, Page, Halsman, Carswell.

1444: ST MIRREN TEAM Samson, van Zanten, Haddad, Mair, Tesselaar, McGowan, Thomson, Goodwin, Teale, Thompson, Hasselbaink. Subs: Graeme Smith, Barron, McKee, McAusland, McLean, McShane, Carey

1444: HEARTS TEAM TO FACE ST MIRREN: MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Taouil, Black, Mrowiec, Obua, Elliott, Stevenson. Subs: Balogh, Jonsson, Templeton, Novikovas, Skacel, Gordon Smith, Robinson

1443: KILMARNOCK TEAM: Bell, Fowler, Kroca, Panikvar, Hay, Dayton, Shiels, Harkins, Pascali, Kelly, Heffernan. Subs: Jaakkola, Hutchinson, Racchi, McKeown, Pursehouse, Fisher, Sissoko

1442: ABERDEEN TEAM TO FACE KILMARNOCK: Jason Brown, Jack, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Fyvie, Osbourne, Arnason, Milsom, Fallon, Chalali. Subs: Langfield, McArdle, Clark, Vernon, Mackie, Pawlett, Magennis.

1435: Twenty-five minutes until our next four matches begin. I'll bring you the team news as soon as I have it.

1432: If you fancy a bit of shinty instead of football this afternoon, you can follow the live text of the Camanach Cup final , featuring Newtonmore and Kingussie.

1430: Staying on the religious theme of a few minutes ago, New Zealand striker Rory Fallon says God told him to come to Pittodrie.

1429: And Craig Paterson notes that John Hughes was sacked as Hibs boss last season for a similar record to Colin Calderwood's.

1427: "There's that fragility about Hibs and that is why I thought there would be something in this game for Dunfermline. But a 2-2 draw is a fair result." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1425: My radio colleagues spotted that the message on Garry O'Connor's T-shirt, which he revealed when he scored Hibs' second goal, read, "Only God can judge me."

Full time
Full-time: Dunfermline 2-2 Hibernian

1422: Callum Booth defends well at the back post, heading the ball clear for a Pars corner.

1421: Hibs boss Colin Calderwood, looking tanned and immaculate in the away dugout, puffs his cheeks and sighs as the Pars push for a winner.

1420: Ninety seconds remaining.

1418: Paul Hanlon still has a a spring in his step, though, as he leaps to head the ball clear for a Pars corner, then is the Hibs hero when he heads the corner clear. Inspirational stuff.

1417: Both sides have given everything and are looking a bit tired now." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1416: The rain is pelting down now in the Kingdom of Fife.

1415: Aw, what a ball by Joe Cardle with the outside of his boot, slicing through three Hibs players. Pity his team-mate Paul Burns was offside. Criminal, in fact.

1414: Akpo Sodje gets on the end of Graham Stack's kick-out but his head flick is hoovered up by the Pars defence.

1412: I don't know what football purists would make of this game but for entertainment and effort, it gets a 7 out of 10.

1411: Joe Cardle cuts into the box and fizzes a shot low to the corner of Graham Stack's Hibs goal - "Stacky" dives to the rescue to parry the shot and keep the score at 2-2.

1410: David from the 'Pans, by text to 80295: "Though I worry about disagreeing with someone called Martin the Blade, surely he can't be serious that winning trophies means nothing and teams like the Pars are what football is all about. I think Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United may all have a better idea of what football is all about."

1407: Andy Barrowman heads over the bar, showing good aggression to reach Jason Thomson's nicely weighted cross. Now it's the Pars' turn to attack.

1405: Hibs' Callum Booth makes a desperate sliding challenge to deny Jason Thomson as he raced down the right wing.

1403: Yuck, I hate throw-ins like that. Hibs' Richie Towell launches a shy into the Dunfermline box, which bounces...and bounces...over several heads before eventually falling into the arms of Paul Gallacher. As a very amateurish defender, I can't stand those sort of balls.

1402: "It's like a basketball match now!" BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod gasps for air as the play rages from one end to the other.

1400: Well, Sean O'Hanlon makes up for his part in Dunfermline's second goal by back-heeling the ball to a team-mate as he raced towards his goalline with the Pars ready to pounce.

1359: Both sides are going for it but are finding it tough to retain possession.

1357: So, which team is the hungrier? Neither side deserves to lose, as it stands - there are still 20 minutes to go.

1354: It has been a really entertaining second half, with neither defence looking rock solid.

1353: "It's great to see the boys coming back in to this game today." Injured Dunfermline midfielder Craig Easton, summarising on BBC Radio Scotland

Jason Thomson slams the ball home from the angle of the six-yard box to make it 2-2. There was nothing Sean O'Hanlon could do to divert the ball clear. The big Hibs defender got the last touch on the ball as it ricocheted off him from three yards and into the net.

GOAL! Dunfermline 2-2 Hibernian (J Thomson)

1347: Ryan Thomson tries his best to get on the end of Austin McCann's cross from the left, and the Pars keep up the pressure with Andy Barrowman heading over the bar from eight yards. That would have been some first touch for Barrowman had that hit the back of the net.

1346: Jim McIntyre makes a change to the Pars - Andy Kirk makes way for Andy Barrowman.

What a few minutes! Garry O'Connor hammered a left-foot shot from the edge of the box past Paul Gallacher, possibly via a deflection, then Ryan Thomson hits back for the Pars instantly with a bold run in to the box and a shot beyond Graham Stack.

GOAL! Dunfermline 1-2 Hibernian (Thomson)

GOAL! Dunfermline 0-2 Hibernian (O'Connor)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1338: Hibs go so-o-o-o close to making it 2-0. First Garry O'Connor has a shot saved when one-on-one with Paul Gallacher, then Sean O'Hanlon's header is headed off the goalline and on to his own bar by Andy Kirk, standing right on the line. Great defending there.

1336: Austin McCann's shot is deflected and Graham Stack does well to tip it over the Hibs bar. Joe Cardle takes the corner, which flashes past Jason Thomson before the Pars defender can react.

1335: Martin Scott is showing he is not shy when it comes to having a pop at goal. On this occasion the Hibs midfielder volleys a few feet over the bar from fully 35 yards, out on the right.

1333: And Dunfermline get the second half going.

1331: Tomorrow brings the first Old Firm game of the season. My colleague Andy Campbell has been busy working on a feature on that very game .

1329: Later on this afternoon, at 1500 BST to be precise, there are four other matches: Aberdeen v Kilmarnock, Dundee United v Inverness CT, Hearts v St Mirren and Motherwell v St Johnstone.

1327: I should point out that the Off the Ball guest is Willie Young, the retired referee.

1325: I enjoyed this text from Kenny to our colleagues in the Off the Ball studio. "Question for Mr Young; at last week's Dundee United - Rangers game, a beach ball was on the pitch as Rangers came close to scoring, narrowly hitting the side netting. Am I correct in thinking the play should have been stopped and the foreign body removed from the pitch, or would that only have applied had it been United that were the attacking side?"

1322: "I don't think they have done an awful lot wrong." BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson feels sorry for the home side

Half time
HALF-TIME: Dunfermline 0-1 Hibernian

1317: Garry O'Connor slides the ball to Ivan Sproule, who jinks one way and the other before shooting into the side netting. He has lovely balance, the lad Sproule, very hard to read which way he is going to go.

1316: We're almost at half-time - Hibs have been buoyed by that goal.

1314: Martin the Blade (!) by text to 80295: "Steve from Edinburgh has it right. (See 1238) Winning trophies actually means nothing. It's teams like the Pars that make football great. You might get one night of glory in 30 years but it means so much more."

1313: Martin Scott blasts a shot at goal from the edge of the box but Dunfermline's Alex Keddie manages to deflect the ball off target.

1310: It's a tale of two Northern Irishmen so far. Andy Kirk will be cursing missing the target with that header just moments before his countryman put Hibs ahead.

Against the general run of play, Ivan Sproule, in his second spell at Hibs, crashes a low, angled left-foot shot beyond Paul Gallacher from 12 yards. A nice wee flick from Garry O'Connor helped the ball on to the scorer.

GOAL! Dunfermline 0-1 Hibernian (Sproule)

1305: Joe Cardle fires in another inviting cross; this time it's Andy Kirk who gets on the end of it but he must have a head like a 50p coin because, under no pressure at all, he heads it over the Hibs bar from seven yards.

1303: Hibs started the brighter of the two sides but the Pars have found their rhythm now.

1259: Oh, dear. What a chance for Dunfermline! Joe Cardle's corner is headed back into "the mixer" and falls for big Alex Keddie, who slashes at it with his right boot and the ball drifts wide of Graham Stack's goal. Now, had the ball come to his left peg it might have been a different story...

1257: Ouch! Hibs striker Garry O'Connor volleys Gary Mason in the face.

1256: Pars boss Jim McIntyre is sitting beside club legend Jim Leishman in the main stand. McIntyre was sent to the stand last week for an outburst and cannot take his place in the dugout.

1255: Hibs' centre-half Sean O'Hanlon defends his front post very well, diving to head Joe Cardle's dangerous cross out for a corner.

1254: Steve's text at 1238 has puzzled David in Prestonpans: "So I take it you would only go to a local restaurant even if they only served up terrible food? Also you would only go to a local cinema even if they weren't showing anything worth watching?"

1252: "I am enjoying the game. It is being played at a good pace, it is open and chances are being created," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1250: Dunfermline's Jason Thomson bursts into the box from his right-back berth and hammers the ball into the side netting. Plenty of power in his shot but not much in the way of direction.

1249: Still goalless after 18 minutes.

1247: Andy Kirk clips the ball across the Hibs goal but the Pars clear from the six-yard line. That's the closest the home side have come to Graham Stack's goal.

1245: Leigh Griffiths spins and hits a right-foot shot at goal. Hibs win a corner, though, but fail to make it count.

1243: I'm not sure if you have seen the back page of today's Daily Record; Stewart Regan has and he's not impressed. He has criticised the paper's coverage ahead of tomorrow's Old Firm derby. The newspaper's headline asks "Who's more hated at Ibrox? Is it Lennon or the Taxman?". Next to the headline is a picture of the Celtic manager Neil Lennon and a cartoon depiction of the taxman. On his Twitter feed SFA boss Stewart Regan says: "It would be helpful if newspaper headlines focused on the football rather than referring to 'hatred' ahead of the first Old Firm match."

1242: Gary Mason tries an ambitious crossfield pass for the Pars but the ball skids off the surface and Hibs have a throw-in.

1240: "They need to move things quicker in the midfield, Dunfermline," BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds

1239: The surface looks good but the rain will have made it greasy.

1238:Steve from Edinburgh has sent a text to 80295: "Re: Gavin from Perth. I'd rather watch paint dry than either of the Old Firm. Speaking as a Pars fan, we may never win anything in my lifetime, but I don't care. They're my home town team and that's what sport is all about."

1236: Leigh Griffiths, on loan at Hibs from Wolves, looks lively down the left and wins another corner for the visitors. The Pars clear the danger.

1235: And Hibs win a corner, from which big Garry O'Connor fires a downward header which ricochets to Ivan Sproule - but the Northern Irishman balloons his shot over the bar from eight yards.

1234: Nothing of note to report yet... Hibs are doing the early pressing.

1233: I'm in a sweat here, hoping everything works OK today. Apologies if you were following the live text last Saturday. The whole thing froze after an hour! Fingers crossed for today. Thanks for your company.

1231: And we are under way, the Pars in their home black and white strip, Hibs in green and white.

1230: The Skids' "Into the Valley" belts out over the PA system.

1228: Hibs remain bottom but at least go into the game with a point from their last game, a 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Aberdeen.

1226: But Dunfermline have won only two of their last 12 league meetings, with Hibs winning six. The Pars are seeking their first home of the season and have lost their last two.

1224: This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2007, when the Pars won 1-0 shortly before also beating Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final after a replay.

1222: Er, this text from Gavin in Perth wasn't quite what I had in mind... "Today will probably be a milestone in Scottish football, without any of the Old Firm playing. The SPL will be the least watched live, least watched on TV and least listened to on radio. A message to all those fans of other clubs who think our game would be better off without Rangers or Celtic - dream on."

1219: Texts to 80295 are most welcome, as are your tweets using the hashtag #bbcsportsound .

1216: Hibs make two changes, with Callum Booth coming into defence in place of the injured Ian Murray and their loan signing from Wolves, Leigh Griffiths, is handed a first start up front, with Junior Agogo dropping to the bench. Griffiths is well known to the Pars, having played for Dundee while Dunfermline were in the First Division.

1215: Ryan Thomson comes in to the Dunfermline side for recent signing Craig Easton, who picked up an injury against Kilmarnock last week.

1213: Calum Murray is the referee for our first match.

1210: "We've conceded seven goals in two games and that is not too clever," admits Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland.

1208: HIBERNIAN TEAM: Stack, Towell, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Booth, Sproule, Palsson, Osbourne, Scott, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Galbraith, Stevenson, Agogo, Sodje, Stephens.

1207: DUNFERMLINE TEAM: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Keddie, Dowie, McCann, Cardle, Mason, Ryan Thomson, Graham, Kirk, Burns. Subs: Smith, Barrowman, Boyle, Buchanan, Potter, Willis, Byrne.

1205: I'm still trying to get my head round Billy Brown becoming assistant manager at Hibs. If things don't go well, poor Billy will be unpopular on both sides of Edinburgh!

1203: Our first match is at East End Park where Dunfermline host Hibernian.

1200: Good afternoon and welcome to today's live coverage of Scottish football.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 6 10 16
2 Celtic 6 12 15
3 Motherwell 8 -3 13
4 Hearts 8 5 12
5 Kilmarnock 7 3 10
6 St Johnstone 7 1 9
7 Dunfermline 7 -1 9
8 Dundee Utd 8 -3 9
9 St Mirren 8 -3 9
10 Aberdeen 8 -6 6
11 Hibernian 7 -7 5
12 Inverness CT 8 -8 5

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