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By Keir Murray

1703: Thanks for chipping in with all your fantastic texts and tweets today, and for choosing the BBC for your Scottish football kicks. Have a great evening. Bye.

1659: It has been a good day for Motherwell who have gained two points on Rangers and Celtic, the two other teams in the top three of the SPL.

1657: Uefa look like it is going to re-instate Sion into the Europa League and create a five-team group in the process - Celtic would keep their place. We'll have more on that on the BBC Sport site later.

Full time
Full-time: Rangers 1-1 St Mirren
St Johnstone 2-0 Inverness CT
Dunfermline 0-2 Hearts

Steven Thompson stuns his former club with a goal in the 93rd minute, guiding David van Zanten's cross past Allan McGregor.

GOAL! Rangers 1-1 St Mirren (Thompson)

Full time
Full-time: Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee United

1648: I'm scared to say this after Celtic's remarkable comeback earlier, but it looks like there are only two results in doubt, with Rangers' lead over St Mirren limited to one goal, and a 1-0 score at Easter Road in favour of Well.

1646: stewerogers on Twitter: "This @MotherwellFC team is fantastic! With Celtic slipping points here and there, some great things can happen this season."

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1644: Fee the Arab: "Think that anyone calling for Houston to go has a screw loose. Who else is gonna do the job? We have lost a lot of big players, what do people expect?"

1643: "Motherwell should be five or six goals up, easily." BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson is amazed that there is still only one goal in it in Well's favour at Hibs.

1642: Steven Davis's effort is saved at full stretch by St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

1642: Hibs striker Junior Agogo angles a drive just wide of the Motherwell post.

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1641: That consolation goal for United won't satisfy Danny at Pittodrie: "Dundee United are a complete embarrassment right now. Bar John Rankin and Paul Dixon, not one player deserves the jersey. Dusan Pernis has completely lost interest and looks like a pub team's goalkeeper, shocking at the third goal for the second week in a row. Houston, I'm sorry, but it's time to go, tactically inept and more interested in his Scotland job."

1639: Danny Galbraith fires wide of the near post as Hibs nearly catch Motherwell on the break.

1638: Lauri Dalla Valle gets his second goal of the season, but that was a goal of Stuart Armstrong's making. A great run then a great ball across the face of goal allowed Dalla Valle to touch it in at the back post.

GOAL! Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee United (Dalla Valle)

1634: Rudi Skacel plays in David Templeton and, when the winger's low effort deflects off the legs of goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, Skacel has the easy task of driving into the net.

GOAL! Dunfermline 0-2 Hearts (Skacel)

1634: A fine drive from Hibs' David Wotherspoon forces a fine save from Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph, but nothing comes from the corner.

1633: Rangers have made all three of their allowed substitutions in the last few minutes with Juanma Ortiz, Lee McCulloch and Kirk Broadfoot on for Maurice Edu, Gregg Wylde and Lee Wallace.

1632: Hearts winger David Templeton curls a drive just wide of the far Dunfermline post.

Celtic's double goalscorer Anthony Stokes on Twitter: "1st half was a shambles, we showed a bit of spirit 2nd half... Thought we were going to win it in the last 10!!"

1631: "Dunfermline begin to look more dangerous against Hearts after a fine mazy run from David Graham, but the winger's curling effort was from an acute angle and was well saved by Marian Kello. Paddy Boyle then fires a drive over the Hearts crossbar."

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1630: Finlay, a Saints fan in Dundee: "Don't know why you think McInnes intends to move because Saints pull in poor crowds, he'll move if he believes the opportunity is right for him. He is a manager of great integrity, trivial things like crowds won't factor into it if he has a chance of success. Going on how we are doing currently it would be a shame for him to leave when we are in such a great position."

1629: St Mirren press again at Ibrox and Allan McGregor is relieved to retrieve the ball after David van Zanten gets on the end of Jeroen Tesselaar's pass.

1628: St Mirren keeper Craig Samson brilliantly denies Nikica Jelavic with his legs to keep the score at 1-0.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1627: Motherwell's Michael Higdon hits the bar as the visitors go close to doubling their lead.

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1625: Campbell says: "Would love to be at Easter Road but it would cost £68 for 2 adults and 2 kids plus snacks and petrol from Strathaven."

1623: Michael Higdon fires just wide as the Motherwell striker goes close to extending the lead against Hibs.

1622: It could be the perfect send-off for Derek McInnes in Perth as Dave MacKay fires in a second for the home side against basement side Inverness.

GOAL! St Johnstone 2-0 Inverness CT (MacKay)

1620: Back to that Dons goal. Andrew Considine's third goal of the season makes it 3-0 Aberdeen. Mawene and Vernon both had swipes at the ball before it bounced in front of Considine, who composed himself before slotting the ball into the net, leaving Dusan Pernis with no chance. Looks to be all over for United.

1619: Kevin Moon smacks a shot over the bar as St Johnstone blow the chance to go two goals up on Inverness Caley.

1618: Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson heads straight at Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

GOAL! Aberdeen 3-0 Dundee United (Considine)

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley on Twitter: "First half was a disgrace! Better in the second half. Thanks to the fans for sticking with us! We must do better."

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1615: Calum in Bishopbriggs: "The guys are complaining about the crowds, it's the cost that's putting people off in the first instance."

1614: Rangers defender Steven Whittaker makes a saving tackle to deny Steven Thompson as the St Mirren striker bears down on goal.

1613: Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack saves with his feet to deny Michael Higdon as Motherwell come close to extending their lead.

1613: "There's a fluency about Rangers now." BBC Sportsound pundit Rob Maclean

1612: Ricky Foster flights in a measured free-kick which meets the head of Youl Mawene perfectly, and he nods into an empty net from inside the box to double Aberdeen's advantage. Dundee United now have it all to do and are bringing on a big-name player - Gary MacKay Steven - to replace Johnny Russell.

1610: "They have brought legs on and it's much, much better for Hibs." Er... BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jimmy Calderwood on the addition of young substitutes Galbraith and Wotherspoon against Motherwell

1609: A crowd of only 2,909 at McDiarmid Park for St Johnstone v Inverness CT.

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee United (Mawene)

Nikica Jelavic lifts Rangers out of their lethargy with a clinical finish from 12 yards after Kyle Lafferty's spade work.

GOAL! Rangers 1-0 St Mirren (Jelavic)

1606: The highlights of all the matches will be on the BBC Sport website from 1800 BST on Sunday.

1605: Gary Teale is on for Nigel Hasselbaink as St Mirren make a half-time change at Ibrox.

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1604: Who needs Doric comics Scotland the What? Here's Andy in Aberdeen: "Saw Prince Charles this morning in the city. Said he was going to watch the game in the Royal Box. Couldn't get in. Willie Miller wouldn't move."

1559: The second halves are about to begin. Enjoy. May your football coupons not be bust.

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1553: An astonishing text from Ally Bongo at McDiarmid Park, Perth: "Is Biscuits needing anything from Tesco? I'm sitting here watching the match from the car park."

1550: brulafu on Twitter answers the query earlier about the size of the Dons crowd: "Not great considering free for under 18s."

Half time
Half-time: Rangers 0-0 St Mirren
Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell
St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT

Half time
Half-time: Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United
Dunfermline 0-1 Hearts

1546: "It's been so easy this first half for Motherwell. Billy Brown is absolutely livid down there on the Hibs bench." BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson

1542: coachingabn on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Dons sounding more promising today, good game so far. Another goal would be a real boost before half time."

1541: Rudi Skacal's low drive from 20 yards looked to be heading into the corner of the net before goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's hand touched it wide. However, from Danny Grainger's mis-hit corner, Andy Webster heads home from six yards.

GOAL! Dunfermline 0-1 Hearts (Webster)

Yellow card
1539: St Mirren's Nigel Hasselbaink is booked for simulation after going down near the byline.

1538: It's almost exactly 20 years since St Mirren's last victory at Ibrox when Kevin McGowne (remember him?) fired a first-half winner.

1538: cameronfoster on Twitter: "Old Firm fans are brilliant; they moan about the lack of completion in the SPL but want managers sacked when they drop points."

1535: "Hibs are really lucky to be just 1-0 down. It is so one-sided it is unbelievable." BBC Scotland football pundit Derek Ferguson

1534: Macar has made the journey from England's north-east to Easter Road and is not a happy camper: "I wish Hibs would start playing. What a wasted trip."

1531: Billy Dodds is complaining about being thumped by commentary colleague Chick Young as St Mirren push for a goal at Rangers.

1530: "Hearts are pressing the game and pushing Dunfermline further and further back, but it's been a poor, dour midfield battle so far." BBC Radio Scotland pundit and former Dunfermline and Hearts striker Sandy Clark

1529: Two SPL games have yet to witness a goal - that's Rangers v St Mirren and Dunfermline v Hearts.

1527: Dave by text, referring to the Dunfermline v Hearts match that will be on BBC Alba: "Any wonder attendances are struggling when you can watch a game in full in a couple of hours on freeview? Any live or delayed games should have cheap entry."

1525: Tom in Edinburgh by text: "Love listening to Open all Mics and today I am counting how often Derek says Richard!!! 7 times so far..."

1524: Hearts lose Ian Black to a leg injury, with Mehdi Taouil taking his place in midfield at East End Park.

1524: Allan "Biscuits" Preston tells us that it was good combination play between Cillian Sheridan and Francisco Sandaza that led to the latter's left-footed goal. However, their partnership is over for the day - Sheridan's hamstring injury has got the better of him and the fancy physio's tape... or the physio's fancy tape.

1522: "Rangers, after a good start, have gone off the boil. They're a bit slack." BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

CPS:EVENT>1520: I reckon there could be quite a few boys named "Kari" in the Grampian region in the coming years, as a tribute to the Dons player and because it's a cool name. After all, there is a smattering of "Zoltans" in the area after Zoltan Varga's stay at Pittodrie in the 1970s.

1519: Jim Goodwin's shot deflects off team-mate Lee Mair as St Mirren look to go in front at Ibrox.

1517: I'm still trying to get a description of Francisco Sandaza's goal for the Perth Saints. Our man there reports some techie problems with the line. Up at Pittodrie, Fraser Fyvie drifted in from the corner to find Rory Fallon who was unmarked by the Dundee United defence. His header was saved by Dusan Pernis but Kari Arnason was there to pounce on the rebound and put Aberdeen ahead in front of the large travelling support.

1515: Maurice Edu heads wide from a corner as Rangers continue to threaten. Moments before, Kyle Lafferty's shot from Gregg Wylde's corner was well saved by goalkeeper Craig Samson

GOAL! Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United (Arnason)

1514: Hearts winger David Templeton goes close with a low drive that deflects off Dunfermline defender John Potter and just wide of the far post.

GOAL! St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness (Sandaza)

1513: Jamie Murphy finishes well from inside the box to give Motherwell the lead at Easter Road.

GOAL! Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell (Murphy)

1509: Anyone know the answer to this text from Fraser from Perth?: "What's the crowd like at Pittodrie? I noticed Aberdeen were giving free admission to under 18s."

1506: Pundits Charlie Mann and Allan Preston debate on Open all Mics whether it would be best for St Johnstone's in-form striker Cillian Sheridan to come off or whether, with the miracle physio's tape round his thigh, he should be allowed to play on.

1505: An anonymous text from an anxious Dunfermline fan: "Another poor home support at East End. Supporters really need to start backing the team by coming along or they may not have a team to follow if this continues.

1503: Rangers v St Mirren, aka the Chick Young Derby (copyright of David Currie), has kicked off.

1502: Former Hearts striker Andy Kirk just fails to get a good touch on a Joe Cardle free-kick aimed at the back post as Dunfermline threaten the Edinburgh side's goal.

1502: Aberdeen have stuck with the same team that beat Dunfermline 4-0 for the visit of Dundee United to Pittodrie. Scott Vernon, the hat-trick hero of the SPL's Friday night football experiment, again partners New Zealand international Rory Fallon in attack. The Terrors, looking to bounce back after a 3-1 home defeat to Motherwell, have made two changes. Youngsters Johnny Russell and Scott Allan start in place of the injured Keith Watson and Ryan Dow who drop to the bench.

1501: Striker Cillian Sheridan looks like he has pulled his hamstring...28 seconds into St Johnstone's game against Inverness.

1500: No messing about at Dunfermline. Their game against Hearts has begun.

1459: Sam Ross in Stirling by text: "Once again, everybody is banging on about Celtic's great comeback & forgetting to give Killie any credit. Celtic should be able to make a comeback, they're a massive club with massive resources compared to Killie. We keep being told by the Celtic fans how good their players are, aye right. No wonder they're already greeting about buying in January, pathetic."

1457: BBC Scotland football pundit Jim Traynor opines that Celtic need a player to take the team by the scruff of the neck when things are going against them.

1456: "I'll turn it round. We will turn it round but it will have to be done very quickly. We had a couple of players off-colour today and I don't know where that has come from. We had three internationals in the back four."Celtic manager Neil Lennon

1453: "I have great faith in these players. I have mixed emotions at the minute." Celtic manager Neil Lennon

1447: INVERNESS CT TEAM: Esson, Piermayr, Proctor, Tokely, Graeme Shinnie, Foran, Tansey, Andrew Shinnie, Ross, Davis, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Cox, Shane Sutherland, Chippendale, McKay, Gillet, Meekings.

1446: ST JOHNSTONE TEAM TO FACE INVERNESS CT: Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, Wright, Callum Davidson, Moon, Morris, Millar, Craig, Sandaza, Sheridan. Subs: Mannus, Murray Davidson, Gibson, Haber, Durnan, Caddis, May.

1444: HEARTS TEAM: Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Templeton, Black, Mrowiec, Skacel, Jonsson, Stevenson. Subs: MacDonald, Novikovas, Gordon Smith, Robinson, Obua, Taouil, Sutton.

1443: DUNFERMLINE TEAM TO FACE HEARTS: Gallacher, Boyle, Potter, Dowie, McCann, Graham, Mason, Burns, Cardle, Ryan Thomson, Kirk. Subs: Smith, McDougall, Buchanan, Clarke, Easton, Willis, Young.

1443: MOTHERWELL TEAM: Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Clancy, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Daley, Forbes, Page, Halsman, Carswell.

1443: HIBERNIAN TEAM TO FACE MOTHERWELL: Stack, Palsson, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Murray, Scott, Towell, Osbourne, Sproule, O'Connor, Agogo. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Galbraith, Stevenson, Stephens, Sodje, Griffiths.

1441: Hughie from Inverness by text: "1 point from 3 game, shocking. Lennon must go before the task becomes mission impossible."

1441: Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels tells Sportsound listeners that "it wasn't as if we were on the ropes when it went to 3-3".

1440: DUNDEE UNITED TEAM: Pernis, Allan, Gunning, Kenneth, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Russell, Daly, Swanson. Subs: Banks, Douglas, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Dalla Valle, Dow, Hilson.

1439: ABERDEEN TEAM TO FACE DUNDEE UNITED: Gonzalez, Jack, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Fyvie, Osbourne, Arnason, Milsom, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Brown, McArdle, Clark, Mackie, Pawlett, Chalali, Magennis.

1438: ST MIRREN TEAM: Samson, van Zanten, Mair, McAusland, Tesselaar, McGowan, Thomson, Goodwin, McLean, Thompson, Hasselbaink. Subs: Graeme Smith, Barron, McKee, McShane, Teale, Carey, Haddad.

1437: RANGERS TEAM TO FACE ST MIRREN: McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace, Naismith, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, McCulloch, Healy, Juanma Ortiz, Perry, McCabe.

1437: Jimmy in Edinburgh, by text: "I'm sorry but not good enough, Neil Lennon must resign today! PS And I am his biggest fan."

1430: I'll post the team news here as soon as I get it.

1426: That was brilliant entertainment, even if the game was full of mistakes. Anthony Stokes' miss in the first half was astonishing, while Paul Heffernan's header over the bar two minutes from time will haunt him for weeks. Well done to both teams. What a comeback by Celtic.

Full time
Full-time: Kilmarnock 3-3 Celtic

1424: In the final move of the match, Celtic centre-half Daniel Majstorovic heads wide. It's all over.

1423: Both sides are surrendering possession in the final seconds. What great drama!

1423: moecaldoon on Twitter has £100 on Celtic getting a winner. Is he going to be celebrating?

1422: We're into the first minute of injury time. Two to go.

1420: What an incredible turnaround in this match. I just did not see a way back for Celtic. They deserve bags of praise for this...but question marks remain about their defence in terms of a title bid.

1418: Paul Heffernan heads the ball over the net from four yards! That was Killie's chance to win it! If I'm being generous, I'd suggest Fraser Forster did enough to put him off.

1416: Mo Sissoko gives away a daft foul on the edge of the box but makes amends with a powerful header to clear the subsequent delivery into the box.

1415: Should Kenny Shiels and Jimmy Nicholl go?

1415: The texts putting the boot into Celtic have suddenly dried up...

1413: Eight minutes left at Rugby Park. How on earth is this one going to end?

1412: Killie look shell-shocked. Their calm passing has gone. Celtic are rampant.

1411: It's three goals in eight minutes for Celtic! Charlie Mulgrew heads the ball into the net from close range to complete an utterly sensational comeback.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 3-3 Celtic (Mulgrew)

1409: Neil Lennon urges his players to "keep the head". The Celtic fans are going crackers.

A fine strike with his right boot from 22 yards by Anthony Stokes puts Celtic within touching distance of the hosts. Could we be about to witness an amazing comeback?! Great spirit being shown by Celtic.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 3-2 Celtic (Stokes)

1406: Paul Heffernan spins 10 yards from goal and hits a shot a fraction past Killie's left-hand post.

A screamer of a free-kick from 20 yards by Anthony Stokes flashes past Anssi Jaakkola to give Celtic a toe-hold in the game.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 3-1 Celtic (Stokes)

Yellow card
1403:Mo Sissoko goes into Steve Conroy's book for a clumsy tackle at the edge of the box. Celtic have a free-kick.

1402: Paul Heffernan diverts the ball straight into Fraser Forster's arms from six yards. That was so close to being a fourth!

1400: James Forrest clips a ball to the back post, agonisingly too long for Anthony Stokes. It is not happening for Celtic.

1359: If Killie can emerge with a win from this one, they will move into sixth place in the table. Celtic would trail Rangers by 10 points.

1357: And it's Cha Du-Ri who draws a save from the Finnish keeper with a shot from 12 yards straight down his throat.

1355: After a spell of controlled Celtic passing Cha Du-Ri lobs a ball into the box from the right. Anthony Stokes is harshly penalised for his challenge on Killie keeper Anssi Jaakkola.

1353: Killie do not look like a team that is about to blow a three-goal lead. They are fighting for every ball.

1352: Neil Lennon looks glum in the away dugout. A goal now would give him and the Celtic camp some hope.

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1351: Cammie in Northern Ireland by text to 80295 "Lennon was never up to the Celtic job, some fans seem to forget that we booed him as a player for his negative play and now as a manager he has no tactical awareness. Strachan should never had been driven out by so called fans!!"

1349: Liam Kelly makes a last-ditch challenge on Celtic and Scotland winger James Forrest, who had waltzed through the Killie defence. Alex Pursehouse blocks Celtic's follow-up chance.

1347: "No let-up in the workrate for Killie. They continue to hound Celtic." BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

1345: Cha Du-R gets forward and wins a corner for Celtic, but Dean Shiels and then Manuel Pascali take it in turns to clear the danger and Killie stay three goals up.

Yellow card
1344: Gary Harkins may have felt like he was towing a caravan when he tried to run from defence into midfield - in fact, his jersey was being tugged by Victor Wanyama, who is booked.

1343: Killie goalscorer James Fowler makes a lovely run from right to left to collect a ball into the box - Adam Matthews makes a vital block.

Yellow card
1341: Celtic's James Forrest is booked for leaving his leg trailing to connect with Danny Buijs.

1339: Gary Harkins is puffing like an old steam engine as he tries to make it into the box to get on the end of Paul Heffernan's cross across the goal - thankfully for Celtic, the ball rolls past Harkins' toe and to safety.

1337: Celtic kick off the second half. If they could come back from this deficit, they will be hailed as heroes by their fans.

1336: Gary Hooper and Beram Kayal are off. Celtic bring on Victor Wanyama and Mo Bangura come on to try to salvage something.

1334: Tam in Fife by text to 80295: I'm sick of saying this to anyone who will listen, but Celtic have too many foreigners in their team, Celtic have no heart, we need about eight first team regulars who are from Scotland or Britain. Rangers have a good mix of Scots and British lads with a couple of foreign boys, bring back Martin O'Neill, I hate to say it but Neil isn't up to the task."

1333: Some Rangers team news... Steven Naismith is back from suspension to replace Alejandro Bedoya. Sasa Papac is out with a virus so he is replaced with Lee Wallace.

1332: Well, non-Celtic fans are having a ball at the club's predicament at Rugby Park. For example, Henry says by text: "Peter Lawwell is wrong. This is the most exciting product in world football."

1330: Al in Blairgowrie by text to 80295: "This is not a wind-up, I really am worried about Rangers' title hopes! If Lennon goes so soon, Celtic might get a manager in time to sort them out..."

1328: markovanwatson on Twitter: "This could be Lennon's Mowbray v St Mirren moment."

1327: Chris in Sauchie by text to 80295: "Lennon out."

1325: ComedyTeddy on Twitter: "I think Lennon saying Samaras could get him the sack overlooked the efforts of the rest of the Celtic squad."

1322: Resident football brain Richard Gordon has been thumbing his record book and reveals that one has to go back to season 1964/65 to find a victory for Killie over Celtic of more than two goals.

Half time
Half-time: Kilmarnock 3-0 Celtic

1319: Unbelievable! Charlie Mulgrew makes a mess of a pass-back to his goalie and in steps James Fowler to tip his hat by way of thanks, lob Fraser Forster and celebrate a three-goal lead.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 3-0 Celtic (Fowler)

1317: That will be broadcast at half-time in the Rangers game.

1315: Listen out for Chick Young's interview with Paul Gascoigne on Sportsound this afternoon. When Chico Met Gazza... Oh, my. Gazza is at Ibrox to see his old team play St Mirren.

Paul Heffernan side-foots Dean Shiels' low cross from the left past Fraser Forster. Shiels showed a great turn of pace to make space for himself as Cha Du-Ri tried to close him down but his ball for Heffernan, who looked fractionally offside, was perfect.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 2-0 Celtic (Heffernan)

1309: What a shot and save! Killie's Liam Kelly thunders a right-foot shot from 30 yards that looked like it was heading for the top left-hand corner of the net. However, big Fraser Forster stretches his frame to tip the ball over. Superb stuff.

1304: "If you get bodies into that area you are going to get chances." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson points out that Killie's midfielders are surging forward in support of striker Paul Heffernan

1302: It's hectic stuff at Rugby Park. Killie break four-on-three and, with the Celtic defence retreating, James Fowler tries his luck from 20 yards but his shot is too direct and a bit too powder-puff to trouble Celtic's monster goalie.

Killie take the lead thanks to Shiels...but not the manager. Instead, it was his son Dean Shiels who got into the Celtic box to support Paul Heffernan and he was well placed to receive the Irishman's low pass and smack a shot beyond Fraser Forster.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic (Shiels)

1258: Manuel Pascali hooks a left-foot shot hopelessly over the Celtic bar. Poor technique, that.

1255: Ooya. I've just seen a replay of that Stokes tap-in miss. The ball took a nasty wee bounce before the striker made contact with it - but it's still a stinker of a miss.

1254: Celtic's Anthony Stokes heads wide of the back post as he gets into another good position.

1251: Killie waste the set piece, blasting the free-kick against the Celtic wall, and when the visitors break Alex Pursehouse takes out Anthony Stokes with a cynical foul. That really should have been a booking.

1249: Celtic captain Charlie Mulgrew sends Dean Shiels into the air with a late tackle. Killie have a free-kick 35 yards out.

1247: That's a wake-up call for Killie, who have enjoyed lots of possession, but with James Forrest's chance that was cut out by the Killie keeper and Stokes' miss, they know they cannot switch off. Celtic will surely not be so profligate again.

1245: A jaw-dropping miss by Celtic striker Anthony Stokes! The Irishman got on the end of Cha Du-Ri's incisive ball across the six-yard box but somehow knocked the ball high over the bar when a tap-in was all that was required.

1243: Celtic's Joe Ledley wins a free-kick after being barged in the back. Have some pity on the man - he has probably been watching Wales' cruel Rugby World Cup exit.

1241: The first real chance of the game as Ki Sung Yueng slides a pass down the right channel for James Forrest, who races in to the box but is denied by a very alert-looking Anssi Jaakkola.

1239: Not anywhere near a full house at Rugby Park. However, the Celtic fans are currently in full voice remembering the talents of Paul McStay et al.

1237: This has been an impressive start by the home side with lots of neat passing and good movement. They have not, though, tested Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal.

1234: A colleague of mine has just likened Killie's opening play and Celtic's chasing to Spain v Scotland. (Killie = Spain)

1233: And we're off.

1232: Celtic go into their familiar huddle, Killie's players are in position and are ready to kick off.

1232: Steve Conroy is the referee down in Ayrshire.

1231: Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed his interest in James McFadden, Celtic having already held talks with the out-of-contract Scotland forward. However, while Moyes says it "could happen", he admits: "I would say it's probably going against that now." That could be good news for Celtic fans - for those who want the club to sign McFadden, that is!

1229: The teams are in the tiny tunnel at Rugby Park. Kick-off beckons.

1226: BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod believes the left-back position has been a worry for Celtic. He thinks Badr El Kaddouri has buckled when put under pressure and that is why he has been left out. Mark Wilson is not even being considered for left-back. Adam Matthews has moved across to play there.

1225: "You make changes in relation to Celtic, you make changes in relation to the way they have been playing. It is a combination of reasons. I am expecting a tough game and I have told the players, if we are going to get beat, I want it to be because Celtic have been brilliant, not because of our mistakes. The performances have generally been good, but we are getting punished for every mistake and we are making too many mistakes. If we can continue our performances, the results will come." Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels

1222: "We have been scratching our heads about why it has not been working for us, because nothing much has changed from last season, when we were playing really well. I don't think there is ever going to be an attitude problem when you play for Celtic. We have been questioning their mental strength and we need more leadership. We have catch-up to do and need to go on a good run - and we are looking very much to this game." Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby

1219: And anything you can do, Kenny, I can do too, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon...or so I assume, for he has also made four changes: Kris Commons is suspended after being sent off in the last outing at Hearts as Badr El-Kaddouri, Victor Wanyama and Mohamed Bangura all drop to the bench, with Cha Du-ri, Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Anthony Stokes coming in.

1218: Manager Kenny Shiels has made four changes to that Killie side, with injured keeper Cameron Bell replaced by Anssi Jaakkola and Danny Buijs, Gary Harkins and Liam Kelly coming in for Zdenek Kroca, Gary Fisher and James Dayton who are all among the substitutes.

1217: CELTIC TEAM: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Matthews, Forrest, Ki, Kayal, Ledley, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Wanyama, Bangura, El Kaddouri, Mark Wilson, Loovens, Rogne.

1216: KILMARNOCK TEAM: Jaakkola, Pursehouse, Buijs, Sissoko, McKeown, Fowler, Pascali, Kelly, Shiels, Harkins, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Silva, Dayton, Kroca, Fisher, Kennedy.

1215: Good afternoon. Sitting comfortably? Sneaking a peek at your mobile phone to see what is going on in the Scottish Premier League? Well, whether you're camped in front of your PC or out and about, thanks for joining us here at BBC Scotland.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 11 19 29
2 Motherwell 11 1 22
3 Celtic 10 10 19
4 Hearts 11 7 18
5 St Johnstone 11 5 18
6 St Mirren 11 -1 13
7 Aberdeen 11 -1 12
8 Kilmarnock 11 -3 11
9 Dundee Utd 11 -7 10
10 Hibernian 11 -8 9
11 Dunfermline 10 -11 9
12 Inverness CT 11 -11 8

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