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Saturday's SPL as it happened


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By Colin Moffat

1714: I'll sign off now. I've just been told I need to knock out a report on a rugby match I haven't seen, so I'd better crack on. No rest for the wicked or, in my case, the mildly mischievous. It's St Johnstone v Hearts tomorrow in the SPL after Scotland's early morning meeting with Argentina at the Rugby World Cup. Have a top Saturday night...

1710: Inverness are stuck at the bottom of the pile but manager Terry Butcher can take heart from a decent performance at Celtic Park. Caley Thistle were tidy in possession and Gregory Tade bustled around with some menace in the first half.

1707: Aye, old Craig Brown is under a spot of pressure. Aberdeen have still to score away from home in the SPL this season. I see it was 5-2 to the Dons on corners, which is an old favourite of the former Scotland manager when defending poor results...

1705: coachingabn on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Brown needs to work some real magic with this Dons team over the next few games, awful performance."

1702: Celtic were far from their best but got the job done against Inverness and remain four points behind leaders Rangers.

1700: Hibs looked dead and buried at 3-1 down but two goals inside a minute ensured a third consecutive league draw for Colin Calderwood's men, who remain in 10th spot.

1657: Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Inverness all failed to find the net, with the latter two propping up the table.

1655: The SPL served up 16 goals today, with Hibs and Dundee United sharing six in a thriller at Easter Road and Rangers claiming the highest tally with four at East End Park.

1651: FULL-TIME: Hibernian 3-3 Dundee Utd

1650: FULL-TIME: St Mirren 3-0 Kilmarnock

1648: FULL-TIME: Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen

1647: FULL-TIME: Celtic 2-0 Inverness

Someone has struck the woodwork
1645: Big Zdenek Kroca crashes another header against the St Mirren crossbar - it has not been his day! The Buddies break and Gary Teale should score but passes to Nigel Hasselbaink, who is miles offside, to tap-in. Bad choices from both men in black & white.

Buddies substitute Nigel Hasselbaink heads home for St Mirren, nudging an opponent out of the way to reach David van Zanten's cross.

1642: GOAL St Mirren 3-0 Kilmarnock (Hasselbaink)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1640: Kilmarnock defender Zdenek Kroca goes close to making amends for conceding that earlier penalty but his effort comes back off the crossbar.

Motherwell substitute Bob McHugh scores a fantastic goal, winning the ball himself before firing a superb drive past Aberdeen goalkeeper David Gonzalez.

1639: GOAL Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen (McHugh)

1638: St Mirren's Paul McGowan is not too far away from a third goal of the afternoon as his powerful strike flashes wide.

1635: What a save from Fraser Forster! Inverness looked certain to score as Richie Foran dived to head a Graeme Shinne cross from six yards but the big Celtic keeper stuck out a paw to somehow keep it out.

A few fans have already left Easter Road and they will be kicking themselves! Scott Robertson can only help an angled piledriver from Issiah Osborne into his own net. Seconds later, Hibs are level as Garry O'Connor sends Junior Agogo scampering forward and the former Notts Forest man curls in a sweet finish. Dare I say, goals-a-go-go!

1630: GOAL Hibernian 3-3 Dundee United (Agogo)

1629: GOAL Hibernian 2-3 Dundee United (Robertson og)

1628: Buster1903 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Dons can still nick this one after riding their luck so far!"

Dundee United are on course to extend Hibs long wait for a home win as Jon Daly stoops at the back post to head in a cross from Paul Dixon. Awful defending from the men in green...

1625: GOAL Hibernian 1-3 Dundee Utd (Daly)

1622: Kilmarnock are building up a head of steam in Paisley but the home side are defending their 2-0 lead like tigers.

1619: With Mohamed Bangura on for Gary Hooper, Celtic have settled into a pattern in the second half, controlling possession. Inverness really need to get the next goal.

1618: Hibs forward Lee Griffiths jinks one way then the other on the right edge of the penalty box and drills a shot narrowly wide of the nearside post.

1616: "I don't like criticising players, but I have to say that Michael Higdon has had a bit of a shocker," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan on the Motherwell striker's contribution against Aberdeen.

1615: rhysdavidsonx on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Danny Swanson has been a breathe of fresh air since he's come back from injury."

1612: Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali lets rip with a screamer but Craig Samson watches it all the way and tips it over his crossbar.

1611: Scotland manager Craig Levein is at Easter Road today and he must be impressed by Danny Swanson - a player he signed during his time at Tannadice.

1609: Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell makes a great save to tip Steven Thompson's glancing header to safety.

1606: Anthony Stokes skies a great chance over the crossbar from close range, following a great move down the right as James Forrest and Gary Hooper combine to set up the Celtic striker.

1604: Danny Swanson jinks into the Hibs penalty box, showing some good footwork, but fires his shot straight at keeper Graham Stack.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1602: Motherwell defender Tim Clancy sends a header against the Aberdeen crossbar following a Tom Hateley free-kick.

1600: We're off again. A few more goals to come, I'd say...

1557: It's been end to end stuff at Easter Road, with both sides charging forward at every opportunity. Garry O'Connor bagged his eighth of the season to put Hibs in front but United responded swiftly with goals from Jon Daly and the impressive Danny Swanson.

1554: The BBC Radio Scotland team are still arguing about that St Mirren penalty. Sandy Clark reckons the linesman was right to flag, while John Barnes and Chick Young are not so sure. There's no debate about the ball striking Zdenek Kroca's hand and one thing's for sure; the home side won't care a jot. Paul McGowan is now chasing a hat-trick.

1552: The Celtic defence has been rather shaky to say the least and Inverness can count themselves unlucky to be trailing 2-0. Clinical finishes from Joe Ledley and James Forrest make the difference.

1550: Only Motherwell and Aberdeen letting the side down, with no goals yet at Fir Park. Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey wasted the best chance of the game, hitting the crossbar after rounding the keeper.

Half time
Celtic 2-0 Inverness
Hibernian 1-2 Dundee Utd
Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen
St Mirren 2-0 Kilmarnock

St Mirren double their lead as Paul McGowan powers home a penalty given for a handball against Zdenek Kroca. The visitors are not happy about that award at all and the BBC Radio Scotland team are split.

1545: GOAL St Mirren 2-0 Kilmarnock (McGowan)

Someone has won a penalty

1542: Greg Tansey's shot sails wide of the far post. Inverness have had their chances in this first half.

1540: Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law makes a good run and fires in a drive but it is straight at Aberdeen goalkeeper David Gonzalez.

1539: Gregory Tade wins a free-kick right on the byeline, takes it quickly and Greg Tansey's shot skews wide. Decent attack from the Highlanders.

Dundee United are in front just a few minutes after going behind. John Rankin slips a neat pass through for Danny Swanson to fire home with considerable ease from 12 yards. What a turnaround!

A classic counter-attack from Celtic as an Inverness corner is cleared and two passes later, James Forrest is through on goal and the tricky winger clips a shot into the net.

St Mirren are ahead as Jeroen Tesselaar whips in a great ball and Paul McGowan guides home a header from six yards.

1533:< GOAL Hibernian 1-2 Dundee Utd (Swanson)

1532: GOAL Celtic 2-0 Inverness (Forrest)

1531: GOAL St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock (McGowan)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1530: Prior to those goals in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey raced clear of Andrew Considine and rounded goalkeeper David Gonzalez. But, instead of sidefooting the ball into the net, Humphrey powered the ball against the crossbar!

Dundee United are level as Danny Swanson's shot from the left edge of the penalty area is pushed out by Hibs keeper Graham Stack and Jon Daly is in the right place to slot home from from barely three yards.

Joe Ledley lifts Celtic out of their lethargy. The Welsh midfielder takes an excellent first touch off Beram Kayal's pass and drills a low shot inside the post.

1529: GOAL Hibernian 1-1 Dundee Utd (Daly)

1528: GOAL Celtic 1-0 Inverness (Ledley)

1527: Paul Heffernan rounds Craig Samson to find the net but the Killie striker's joy is cut short by a fluttering offside flag.

1527: "It's been very scrappy. The first two minutes were good, but neither of the teams is able to get the ball down," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan is down in the dumps at Fir Park.

1524: Celtic striker Anthony Stokes flings himself at Badr El Kaddouri's cross but the striker cannot get on top of the header.

Hibs escape when John Rankin can only lob onto the roof of the net after a blunder from Ian Murray. The home team race up the park and that man Garry O'Connor picks up a David Wotherspoon pass to confidently rounds Dusan Pernis and slot home from a tight angle.

1522: GOAL Hibernian 1-0 Dundee Utd (O'Connor)

1521: The Celtic fans get excited when the ball falls for Ki Sung-Yueng over 30 yards from goal but he is unable to produce one of his trademark piledrivers on this occasion, the effort lacking direction and power.

1520: Garry O'Connor has been on fire since his return to Easter Road this season. The big striker has scored seven goals in nine matches, including a double in Tuesday's League Cup win at Motherwell. Can the rest of his team-mates in green start pulling their weight soon? Hibs have not won a home SPL game since February!

1519: Hibernian's fourth corner of the match is met by the head of Sean O'Hanlon but fails to test keeper Dusan Pernis in the Dundee United goal.

1518: Aberdeen forward Scott Vernon tries to find the bottom corner with a drive but Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph gets a strong hand to the ball to turn it wide for a corner.

1517: DaxCrosby on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Good to see Houston stick to his guns by keeping money boy Scott Allan out of the squad. Respect to the gaffer.

1516: Celtic exert some pressure on the Inverness defence as Gary Hooper cuts infield and drags a low effort across goal.

1515: Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell is at full stretch to push away a header from St Mirren striker Steven Thompson.

1513: Balls long and short are causing uncertainty in the Celtic defence. Richie Foran almost profits this time but Badr El Kaddouri is across to help out his dithering centre-halves.

1512: Killie striker Paul Heffernan is at it again, running from the halfway line and evading a couple of challenges before his strike takes a deflection off Marc McAusland and loops into the arms of St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

1510: The in-form Paul Heffernan gets a glimpse of goal at St Mirren Park but home goalkeeper Craig Samson gets down well to make a smart save.

1508: The Highlanders are having a lot of joy down the Celtic right. Nick Ross is inches away from connecting with Richie Foran's low cross.

1507: Great chance for Dundee United at Easter Road but Danny Swanson miscues his shot and screws the ball wide from the edge of the penalty box.

1504: Inverness get in behind Celtic early on as Gregory Tade latches on to a long ball but Fraser Forster is off his line to block the striker's effort. An early warning for the hosts.

1503: Andy the loyal Don via text on 80295: "These fans calling for Brown's head are crazy, his comments may be a bit absent minded but I don't think he's disrespecting the fans or the club, we as Dons fans need a shot of realism, constant sackings solve nothing, give him time!"

1502: Kevinmcgrandles on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Expect a cracker from SMP today with the Paisley Barca taking on an in-form Killie..."

1501: Jamie Murphy sends a left-foot drive just wide of the Aberdeen post after a fine run by the Motherwell forward.

1500: We're off at Celtic Park, Easter Road, St Mirren Park and Fir Park...

1458: Motherwell are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Aberdeen. The Dons' last visit to Fir Park ended in an unseemly scuffle between the now-departed Well chairman John Boyle and Aberdeen's septuagenarian gaffer Craig Brown. It wasn't exactly rumble in the jungle but I think old Broonie managed a sly kick to the shins...

1455: Kilmarnock managed a clean sweep of three victories over St Mirren last season. Garry Hay replaces Gary Fisher for the visitors in Paisley, while the Buddies bring in Paul McGowan for Nigel Hasselbaink after a fine 2-0 League Cup win at St Johnstone.

1453: Mark Brown's midweek penalty shoot-out heroics against Motherwell aren't enough to keep him in the Hibs team, with goalkeeper Graham Stack returning. Isaiah Osbourne and Junior Agogo also make it into the home starting XI. Dundee United welcome striker Johnny Russell back from suspension.

Hibernian: Stack, Towell, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Murray, Wotherspoon, Palsson, Osbourne, Griffiths, O'Connor, Agogo. Subs: Brown, Booth, Stevenson, Sproule, Stephens, Sodje, Horner.
Dundee Utd: Pernis, Watson, Kenneth, Gunning, Dixon, Russell, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Swanson, Daly. Subs: McCallum, Douglas, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Dalla Valle, Dow, Marsh-Brown.
Referee: Brian Winter

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Loovens, El Kaddouri, Forrest, Ki, Kayal, Ledley, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Wanyama, Samaras, Mark Wilson, Bangura, McCourt, Rogne.
Inverness CT: Esson, Piermayr, Tokely, Proctor, Graeme Shinnie, Ross, Tansey, Davis, Chippendale, Tade, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Andrew Shinnie, Golobart, Shane Sutherland, McKay, Gillet, Meekings.
Referee: William Collum

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Daley, Forbes, Page, Halsman, Carswell.
Aberdeen: Gonzalez, Foster, Jack, Mawene, Considine, Clark, Milsom, Osbourne, Arnason, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Brown, McArdle, Mackie, Pawlett, Chalali, Magennis, Megginson.
Referee: Alan Muir

St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Thomson, Goodwin, McLean, Teale, Thompson, McGowan. Subs: Graeme Smith, Haddad, Barron, McShane, McKee, Carey, Hasselbaink.
Kilmarnock: Bell, Fowler, Kroca, Sissoko, Panikvar, Kelly, Pascali, Hay, Harkins, Shiels, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Silva, Dayton, Hutchinson, Racchi, McKeown, Fisher.
Referee: Stephen Finnie

1442: Celtic will be smarting after their defeat at Ibrox last Sunday and Neil Lennon's men will be out for a spot of revenge today against Inverness Caley Thistle. It was a defeat in the Highlands late last season that saw them surrender their lead at the top of the SPL, allowing Rangers to win the title.

Full time
1437: FULL TIME: Dunfermline 0-4 Rangers
Well, that was a comfortable day's work for the SPL leaders. Steven Naismith scored twice after the break to take his tally to nine for the season. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu were on target in the first half.

1435: We're in injury time now. Just a couple of extra minutes for the home side to endure.

1433: Steven Davis curls a free kick round the defensive wall from 25 yards but Paul Gallacher makes a good flying save. The Rangers skipper has been red hot today and thought he'd got himself on the score sheet there.

1430: Rangers aren't letting up. Ally McCoist's men are still charging forward in search of goals.

1428: Nikica Jelavic goes off to thunderous applause from the Rangers fans. David Healy is on the for the last six minutes or so.

A lovely counter-attacking goal from Rangers. Steven Davis gallops at the heart of the Dunfermline defence and splits them with a pass to Nikica Jelavic, who rolls the ball square for Steven Naismith to fire into an empty net.

1425: GOAL Dunfermline 0-4 Rangers (Naismith)

1424: Andrew Barrowman makes way for Liam Buchanan. All the Pars' sub needs is a quick hat-trick to make himself a hero in Dunfermline.

1421: It doesn't take long for Alejandro Bedoya to make an impact, cutting in from the left to let fly with a useful shot, only to see it strike team-mate Nikica Jelavic, who had taken up an offside position in front of Pars keeper Paul Gallacher.

1418: Alejandro Bedoya is on now for Rangers, with Gregg Wylde going off. We have around 17 minutes of action left.

1415: Steven Naismith latches on to a high ball from Steven Davis and manages to twist away from one opponent in the penalty box but Austin McCann gets back to help out with a strong tackle.

1412: Steven Whittaker catches a dropping ball flush with a sweet volley from 30 yards but Pars keeper Paul Gallacher is able to push the swerving ball clear.

1410: A great chance for Dunfermline as Andrew Barrowman finds David Graham unmarked on the left edge of the penalty area but Allan McGregor makes a fine save from the midfielder's low shot.

1409: Rangers right-back Steven Whittaker steams forward from the halfway line to have a pop at goal but his left-foot effort from 20 yards flies wide.

1407: Paul Willis is on for Dunfermline, with Joe Cardle making way.

1405: Dunfermline won't be too worried about dropping points to Rangers - after all their main objective will be mere SPL survival - but a run of one point from four games will concern manager Jim McIntyre.

1401: Dunfermline throw on a second striker, with Andy Kirk replacing midfielder Ryan Thomson.

1359: Rangers are pinging the ball around with real confidence and Dunfermline are chasing shadows as Gregg Wylde flashes a dangerous delivery across the face of Paul Gallacher's goal.

It looks like game over now as Steven Davis slips a great pass through for Steven Naismith to clip a first-time shot into the far corner of the net. Paul Gallacher got hands to it but couldn't keep it out.

1355: GOAL Dunfermline 0-3 Rangers (Naismith)

1354: Dorin Goian appears to be in discomfort after his first-half ankle injury but the Romanian defender is soldiering on for now.

1351: Rangers win a corner and we're left with a huge pile of bodies on the deck. I counted six men sprawled on the turf. Referee Iain Brines needs an extra set of eyes for these set-pieces.

1349: We're off again at East End Park...

1346: Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty picked up a knock in the first half and will be replaced by Juanma Ortiz. Steven Naismith will probably move up front to join striker Nikica Jelavic. No changes in personnel for Dunfermline.

1344: BBC Scotland reporter John Barnes thinks Paul McGowan will return to the St Mirren side for their home clash with Kilmarnock.

1343: Looking ahead to the three o' clock kick offs, Aberdeen will be without midfielder Fraser Fyvie, who is on duty with the Scotland U19s.

1341: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod shares in today's birthday celebrations with Ally McCoist but he's not letting on how old he is...

1339: Dunfermline hit back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at home to Hibs in last weekend's early kick off but they will need to up their game considerably to get a foothold in this match.

Half time
1334: HALF-TIME: Dunfermline 0-2 Rangers
It looks like the perfect 49th birthday present for Rangers manager Ally McCoist. The visitors are in complete command and lead thanks to goals from Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu.

1331: Rangers have been sloppy in defence a couple of times now but Dunfermline just don't the number of players up front to take advantage of any slips.

1329: Steven Naismith feeds the galloping Gregg Wylde on another Rangers attack but Paul Gallacher gets down smartly to save the midfielder's low shot.

1327: Rangers skipper Steven Davis charges forward and exchanges passes with Nikica Jelavic but can only head well wide from the Croatian international's return ball.

1325: More pushing and shoving in the home penalty box and Rangers forward Steven Naismith is lucky ref Iain Brines didn't see him catching an opponent with a swinging elbow. Naughty...

1324: What was I saying? The Pars scamper forward and Paul Burns lets fly with a low, skidding strike that Allan McGregor has to push away.

1323: Dunfermline are trapped inside their own half of the pitch as Rangers continue to make all of the running.

1320: Some news of live football on the telly, courtesy of BBC Scotland. The Hibs v Celtic League Cup, quarter-final tie will be broadcast by the corporation on 26 October, with a 1915 kick off.

1319: A big cheer from the visiting fans as Goian comes back on. He's limping a bit but he'll no doubt have the classic 'run it off' instructions from the Rangers coaching team.

1317: Rangers defender Dorin Goian is carried off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly but he's sitting up and it looks like he wants to continue.

1315: "Dunfermline have just got to get to half time without conceding another goal so Jim McIntyre can have a word," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds. The Pars boss might have more than a word to say about his side's marking from set-pieces. They are being totally dominated in the air.

1313: Lots more jostling in the home penalty box as Rangers win their fifth corner. The whistle goes this time but it's Dunfermline who get the free kick. Gers striker Nikica Jelavic is complaining that he got a karate chop in the throat. An accident, I think.

1310: Logan Foord on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Just what Rangers needed after a shocking performance midweek. Let's see if they can actually keep a level of consistency."

1308: Rangers are in full flow now as Steven Naismith fires a shot wide and Gregg Wylde is stopped in his tracks after a surge into the Pars' penalty box.

1306: Not one but two strong penalty claims for Rangers as Alex Keddie and Jason Thomson both grab an armful of blue shirts from a corner kick. Ref Iain Brines waves play on...

A peach of a strike from Maurice Edu doubles the visitors' lead. The US international was given time and space to pick his spot from 25 yards and boy did he pick it...

1304: GOAL! Dunfermline 0-2 Rangers (Edu)

1259: Joe Cardle swings a decent cross into the Rangers penalty box but it's just an inch too high for striker Andy Barrowman.

1258: andset1191 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Decent start from Dunfermline and then caught out by Rangers' first corner - defending ought to have been better."

Dunfermline's Paul Gallacher makes a good save to push away a glancing header from Steven Naismith but the keeper can only stand and watch as Carlos Bocanegra thumps in a header from the resulting corner from Steven Davis.

1255: GOAL! Dunfermline 0-1 Rangers (Bocanegra)

1253: Andrew Grosset on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Check out Kyle Lafferty's pink boots - clearly doesn't want mistaken!"

1250: It's all a bit cagey in the opening stages, with the home side getting a lot of early touches as they pack the midfield and leave Andy Barrowman to plough a lone furrow up front.

1249: Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty is a player that divides opinion but he's never short of confidence. He's sporting a pair of pink boots today...

1247: "If Rangers don't start well, Dunfermline have the players to hurt them," says BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds.

1246: The sun is out at East End Park and Dunfermline get us started...

1242: Rangers keeper Allan McGregor made an uncharacteristic howler for one of the Celtic goals last week and his understudy Neil Alexander dropped a clanger for Falkirk's winner on Wednesday. Gers fans will be hoping bad luck does not come in threes...

1239: For the eagle-eyed among you, the unfamiliar name on the Rangers bench is teenage midfielder Rhys McCabe.

1236: The clubs met last year in the Scottish Cup with Kyle Lafferty bagging a hat-trick in a 7-2 win for Rangers at Ibrox.

1233: "The players understand they did not do well enough in the game on Wednesday. If they don't pick up today, they will get beat in these games. The tempo was not good enough and we did not ask enough questions of Falkirk. Dunfermline will be well up for the game, so we will need to be on our game today," Rangers assistant manager Kenny McDowall on BBC Radio Scotland.

1230: "We are really looking forward to the game. When you are promoted, these are the kind of games that you check the calendar for. It's about going out there and doing ourselves justice," Dunfermline Athletic manager Jim McIntyre tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1227: Jim McIntyre's men have been finding the net regularly, with six goals in their last three league outings but they only picked up one point from that run due to a leaky defence.

Dunfermline: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Dowie, Keddie, McCann, Graham, Mason, Burns, Cardle, Ryan Thomson, Barrowman. Subs: Smith, Kirk, Buchanan, Potter, Boyle, Willis, Byrne.
Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Davis, Edu, Naismith, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Healy, Juanma Ortiz, Bedoya, Perry, McCabe.
Referee: Iain Brines

1223: Dunfermline fans might have been a bit worried after they opened their return to the SPL with a 0-0 draw at home to St Mirren. They were rather fortunate to earn a point that day but since then the Pars have climbed to a comfortable mid-table perch.

1220: Rangers are four points clear at the top of the SPL after last weekend's Old Firm derby win but they were brought crashing back down to earth on Wednesday, with a shock 3-2 loss at First Division Falkirk in the League Cup. An ear-bashing will have been duly delivered by manager Ally McCoist...

1218: Andrew Barrowman is in for Andy Kirk up front in the only change for Dunfermline.

1217: Rangers are fielding the same starting XI that beat Celtic 4-2 last weekend. Full teams to follow...

1215: Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. Rangers visit Dunfermline in the lunchtime kick off, with Celtic v Inverness, Hibs v Dundee United, Motherwell v Aberdeen and St Mirren v Kilmarnock to follow at three o' clock.

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As it stood on 24 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 8 16 22
2 Celtic 8 12 18
3 Motherwell 9 -2 16
4 Hearts 8 5 12
5 St Mirren 9 0 12
6 Kilmarnock 8 0 10
7 Dundee Utd 9 -3 10
8 St Johnstone 7 1 9
9 Dunfermline 8 -5 9
10 Hibernian 8 -7 6
11 Aberdeen 9 -7 6
12 Inverness CT 9 -10 5

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