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Saturday's SPL as it happened


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By Thomas McGuigan

1710: We'll have highlights of all six games on our website from 1800 GMT tomorrow. Thanks for your company, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

1704: Dundee United ease the pressure on manager Peter Houston with a thumping victory away to Dunfermline and Kilmarnock secure their first away win since March with victory over 10-man Hearts. And Danny Lennon's St Mirren earned maximum points at managerless St Johnstone.

1700: Rangers and Motherwell will be happy with their afternoon's work. The defending SPL champions saw off Aberdeen 2-1 to extend their lead over third-placed Celtic to 12 points. More storm clouds over Celtic Park after the goalless draw against Hibs. The Steelmen show their mettle to come from behind to win 3-2 and are nine points behind Rangers.

1654: JamesKelly82 tweets: "More dropped points for Lennon, maybe losing him to Leicester won't be so bad"

Full time



1650: Celtic send a hopeful long ball deep into Hibs territory but the visitors clear the danger.


Motherwell goal: Tom Hateley gives Motherwell a remarkable lead with a free-kick from the edge of the box. What a turnaround!

1647: David Silva flashes a shot wide as Killie look for a clinching goal.


Red card
1646: RED CARD! Inverness defender Chris Hogg is shown a straight red card for hauling back Jamie Murphy on the edge of the box.

1646: Hearts have three minutes plus any additional time to find an equaliser at Tynecastle but Kilmarnock are looking confident of holding on for maximum points.

1644: Hibs substitute Ivan Sproule rifles in a shot that flies inches wide of Fraser Forster's far corner: it's still goalless at Celtic Park!

1643: Kenny in Aberdeenshire, by text to 80295: "Can we lay to rest all this Peter Houston nonsense? He and Levein have brought stability after years of turmoil after Jim McLean stood down. That said I think he should let someone else assist Levein in the excellent Scotland set-up."

Dundee Utd goal: Dunfermline were wanting Dundee United's Jon Daly sent off for a deliberate hand ball. However, after only a yellow card is shown, United rush up the other end and Johnny Russell sets up Gary Mackay-Steven to roll in United's fourth goal.

1641: GOAL! DUNFERMLINE 1- DUNDEE UTD (Gary Mackay-Steven)

Motherwell goal: Motherwell's Keith Lasley, wide on the right, smacks a screamer past Ryan Esson to level the score. Inverness's lead didn't last long!

St Mirren goal: A route one ball is headed down by Steven Thompson and Kenny McLean fires home to give the Buddies the lead.

Inverness goal: Andrew Shinnie keeps his cool to give Inverness a deserved lead against Stuart McCall's men. He has sub Jonny Hayes to thank for his contribution in the build-up.




Dundee Utd goal: United forward Johnny Russell does well to control a bouncing ball to fire into the roof of the Dunfermline net to surely secure victory for Peter Houston's men.


1632: Hibs striker Garry O'Connor holds off two Celtic challenges inside the box but shoots high over the bar.

1630: Shaun Hutchinson makes an important challenge on Andrew Shinnie to deny Inverness a goalscoring chance. Excellent defending!

1629: Paddy McCourt and Victor Wanyama come on for Beram Kayal and Ki as Celtic manager Neil Lennon searches for that elusive goal.

1628: Ten-man Hearts, still 1-0 down at home to Kilmarnock, are still plugging away looking for an equaliser.

1627: Eight of Inverness's nine points have been earned at home. They are on track for another: it's still 1-1 against Motherwell.

1624: Junior Agogo wastes a promising attack for Hibs as his attempted pass for Paul Hanlon drifts out of play. But the game has really opened up...

Someone has struck the woodwork
1622: Celtic winger James Forrest, their midweek goal hero in the League Cup victory against Hibs, sees his thunderbolt from the edge of the area smack the top of the bar on its way over.

1621: Cillian Sheridan's strike is well saved by St Mirren keeper Craig Samson.

1620: Croppybhoy says: "This game is crying out for McCourt, but will Lenny make a sub before the 89th minute??"

1618: "A definite rise in tempo from Celtic in this second half with plenty of players getting forward in numbers."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1617: "It is amazing how a goal can change the game. Dunfermline, down to 10 men and looking out of it, but now they have a spring in their step and we have a game on our hands"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1616: Gregory Tade smacks the Motherwell crossbar with a ferocious shot. Inverness have looked the more likely side in the second half.

Dunfermline goal: Ten-man Dunfermline are back in the game with their first goal threat. Paddy Boyle wins the ball and sets up Andy Kirk to rifle the ball into the net.


Kilmarnock goal: Dean Shiels converts the spot-kick with ease. Coollness personified from the midfielder.


1612: Hearts defender Marius Zaliukas is the one who is penalised after felling Paul Heffernan...


1610: Hibs are enjoying a great spell and pin Celtic in their own half but have yet to show a cutting edge in front of goal.

1607:...but Leigh Griffiths sends his effort wide of Fraser Forster's goal. The home fans are becoming frustrated with the way things are going.

1606: Hibs striker Garry O'Connor is felled by Thomas Rogne and the visitors have a free-kick about 25 yards out...

1605: "Hopefully we'll get a better second half and more intensity from both sides." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Celtic Park.

1603: Here we go in the second half, hoping for goals at our five SPL games.

1555: Lauriedunsire says: "The red card has hampered what had been a very positive start by Hearts. They still look the more likely side to score though."

Half time

1544: Anssi Jaakkola denies Hearts with a stunning reaction save from Ryan Stevenson's back-post shot.

1543: Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack beats away a low James Forrest drive that was heading for the inside of the back post.

1542: Cillian Sheridan's shot is spilled by St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson but the stopper recovers.

Motherwell goal: Despite the home side's domination in the first half, Shaun Hutchinson heads Motherwell level from Tom Hateley's cross, giving keeper Ryan Esson no chance.


1538: English midfielder Greg Tansey cannot find a way past Motherwell's Darren Randolph, who follows a save from an Andrew Shinnie effort to deny the home side again!

1536: "Hooper created that chance there with the one-two, and you would have put your mortgage on him scoring from there. What a chance gone begging." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod

1535: Celtic striker Gary Hooper plays a one two with Anthony Stokes and the sees his shot clip the outside of Graham Stack's post and run out for a goal kick. The hosts are turning the screw but the Hibs goal survives.

1534: An anonymous text from Edinburgh's west end. "Not happy with the ref at Tynie. The red was harsh considering a Killie player only got a yellow for a similar challenge and Killie handle in the box, nothing given. On the other hand Sergio's team selection is poor. Not a happy support at Tynecastle."

1533: Inverness's Josh Meekings tackles Stevie Hammell and, after treatment, the Motherwell man is replaced by Ross Forbes.

1532: Kenny McLean tests St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman with a right-foot shot at McDiarmid Park but it remains goalless in Perth.

1531: Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack does well to flick away an Anthony Stokes drive clear with his outstretched foot as Celtic up the pressure.

Dunfermline red card: Pars midfielder Gary Mason is shown a straight red card for a studs-first tackle on Dundee United forward Johnny Russell. It seemed a bit of a harsh decision, but it is all uphill for the Pars now - 2-0 down and reduced to 10 men.

Red card

1528: Striker Francisco Sandaza's shot drifts wide of goal as St Johnstone try to break the deadlock against St Mirren.

1526: Celtic spurn a great chance to break the deadlock as Anthony Stokes finds Gary Hooper free in the box but the forward is on his heels and Hibs manage to clear the danger: it's still goalless.

Yellow card
1525: Motherwell's speedy forward Jamie Murphy is booked by Crawford Allan for diving in the box, a harsh decision, according to BBC Scotland commentator Rob Maclean.

1524: St Mirren's Graham Carey curls a free-kick wide of the St Johnstone goal.

1523: Celtic captain Charlie Mulgrew has sent a free-kick well over the bar and it's nip and tuck in the opening 20 minutes at Celtic Park with Hibs looking dangerous on the counter attack.

1522: Greg Tansey smacks a shot straight at keeper Darren Randolph as Inverness push for a second goal against Motherwell.

Dundee Utd goal: The visitors appear on their way to victory already when Paul Dixon tries a long shot in search of his own second goal, it hits off defender John Potter and Lauri Dalla Valle is on hand to beat goalkeeper Paul Gallacher to make it 2-0.

1520: St Johnstone's Kevin Moon fires in a shot but he snatched at the effort to take the pressure off St Mirren.


Red card
1517: RED CARD Hearts midfielder Ian Black is dismissed after a reckless challenge on Kilmarnock's Dean Shiels.

Dundee Utd goal: Pressure eases on Peter Houston as Paul Dixon fires a superb half-volley past Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.


1513: Ronnie in Kirkcaldy by text to 80295: "I find it incredible that Peter Houston's job is under threat while Colin Calderwood remains at Hibs despite an atrocious record over a longer period."

1512: "Hibs will be quite happy at the moment and have settled down, pretty much flooding the midfield area at Celtic Park."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo McLeod

1511: Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher produces a fine to save to turn a powerful Gavin Gunning free-kick wide for a corner.

1509: Celtic striker Anthony Stokes sees his shot well parried by Hibs keeper Graham Stack and Gary Hooper narrowly fails to profit from the rebound.

1507: Ryan Stevenson heads wide of the Kilmarnock goal after being picked out by the ever-busy David Templeton.

1506: St Mirren have been prominent in the early stages at McDiarmid Park but so far the Paisley side have not made anything of their set pieces.

Inverness CT goal: Terry Butcher's men make an early breakthrough against the Steelmen as David Davis side-foots a first-time shot past Darren Randolph.


1503: Danny Grainger has the game's first real attempt at goal but his curling free-kick drops wide of the near post. Decent strike from the Hearts left-back.

1502: Depending on what happens in Celtic's match against Hibs, Motherwell may need to win in the Highlands to retain second place in the table.

1500: We're under way across the country.

1457: Lauriedunsire tweets: "Disappointed there's no natural striker in the Hearts team again. Sutton not even a sub - doesn't bode well for his future"

1455: Any predictions for today's games? Peter Houston will be anxious to record a Dundee United win over Dunfermline ahead of talks over his future with chairman Stephen Thompson.

1449: Muzz_Brand tweeets: "No, Hibs can't stop their losing run against Celtic. And let's hope Lennon does go south. Not a fan of his at all"

CELTIC: Forster, Mark Wilson, Rogne, Mulgrew, Matthews, Forrest, Kayal, Ledley, Ki, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, El Kaddouri, Majstorovic, Samaras, Cha, McCourt, Wanyama.
HIBERNIAN: Stack, Wotherspoon, Stephens, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Griffiths, Osbourne, Stevenson, Agogo, O'Connor, Galbraith. Subs: Brown, Scott, Thornhill, Sproule, Palsson, Sodje, Welsh.
Referee: Calum Murray

DUNFERMLINE: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Keddie, Potter, McCann, Burns, Mason, Easton, Boyle, Kirk, Graham. Subs: Smith, McDougall, Dowie, Clarke, Willis, Ryan Thomson, Young.
DUNDEE UTD: Pernis, Watson, Daly, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Dow, Russell, Dalla Valle. Subs: Banks, Douglas, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Allan, Hilson, Barrett.
Referee: Stevie O'Reilly

HEARTS: Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Templeton, Stevenson. Subs: MacDonald, Elliott, Obua, Novikovas, Taouil, Gordon Smith, Robinson.
KILMARNOCK: Jaakkola, Pursehouse, Pascali, Sissoko, McKeown, Buijs, Kelly, Fowler, Shiels, Heffernan, Harkins. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Silva, Dayton, Kroca, Racchi, Fisher.
Referee: Alan Muir

INVERNESS CT: Esson, Tokely, Hogg, Tansey, Foran, Andrew Shinnie, Tade, Sutherland, Gillet, Davis, Meekings. Subs: Tuffey, Piermayr, Cox, Hayes, Golobart, Graeme Shinnie, Chippendale.
MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Craigan, Hateley, Humphrey, Higdon, Murphy, Lasley, Hutchinson, Clancy. Subs: Bradley, Daley, Forbes, Smith, Page, Halsman, Carswell.
Referee: Crawford Allan

ST JOHNSTONE: Enckelman, MacKay, Wright, Anderson, Callum Davidson, Millar, Moon, Morris, Craig, Sheridan, Sandaza. Subs: Mannus, Maybury, Murray Davidson, Haber, Durnan, May, McIntosh.
ST MIRREN: Samson, van Zanten, Mair, McAusland, Tesselaar, McShane, McGowan, Goodwin, McLean, Carey, Thompson. Subs: Smith, Hasselbaink, Teale, Thomson, McKee, Barron, Haddad.
Referee: Euan Norris

1432: Celtic have won their last seven matches against Hibs; can Colin Calderwood's men halt their losing run today?

1429: Here's a couple of stats for you to chew over with your bacon roll: Inverness have won only 1 of their last 11 SPL matches against Motherwell. The previous four games between Dunfermline and Dundee United have yielded just three goals: here's hoping for more today…

1428: "I think when you get a result like that, it lifts the spirits and we are coming out the other side of a difficult period. But Hibs will be coming here like a wounded animal"
Celtic manager Neil Lennon on this afternoon's encounter

1425: Celtic manager Neil Lennon says it's "flattering" to be linked with the Leicester City vacancy but is enjoying life in Glasgow.

1415: Motherwell and Celtic have fallen further behind league leaders Rangers. They're in action against Inverness CT and Hibs, respectively. Team news to follow...

1410: Team news to follow from this afternoon's five other SPL games. Aberdeen boss Craig Brown has just told BBC Sportsound listeners that the better team won at Pittodrie, although he says some referees may not have awarded the penalty for the challenge on Sasa Papac.

1408: "We had a wee pop at Laff at half time because of his ball retention and I thought the second half performance he gave us terrific and he took his goal superbly well"
Rangers manager Ally McCoist

1406: Jim in Troon by text on 80295: "Just watched the Aberdeen v Rangers game. The difference between Celtic and Rangers is that all the Rangers players play as a team. Yes we will miss Naismith but because they are all team players they will still win the league."

1405: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is on the shortlist for Leicester City vacancy following Sven Goran Eriksson's dismissal, according to BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin.

1405: Rougvie83 tweets: "Harsh to say the least for Fallon....Papac's double 2 footed lunges was more of a red card than that. Ref lost the plot a bit"

1359: Rangers move 12 points clear of Motherwell and 13 ahead of Celtic, with their 14th consecutive away victory in the SPL. Ally McCoist's side are now unbeaten in 23. Are they marching towards a fourth consecutive league title?

Full time

1356: "I think that is a little bit harsh. It didn't look like he threw his elbow" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

Red card
1354: RED CARD Aberdeen's Rory Fallon receives a straight red for appearing to catch Dorin Goian with an arm as they challenged for a high ball.

1353: We're into three minutes of added time at Pittodrie.

1352: Josh Magennis comes on for Chris Clark as Dons boss Craig Brown, shielding his eyes from the sun, looks to snatch a point.

1350: The Dons have three minutes to find an equaliser and are opting for pumping long balls into the Rangers penalty area; with little success so far.

1349: That's the first league goal Rangers have conceded away from home this season. Allan McGregor gave Sasa Papac a bit of a tongue-lashing for failing to close down Foster but in truth it was a howler by the keeper, and not his first this season.

Aberdeen goal: The Dons give their fans faint hopes of rescuing a point with a goal that Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor won't want to see again in a hurry. Richard Foster sends in a shot from distance that McGregor gets a gloved mitt to but can't keep out. Did he lose sight of it in the sun?


1343: Scotbot tweets: "Are we sure Craig Brown is really shading his eyes from the glare of the sun, and isn't just discretely greeting to himself?" Given his side's defending you may be right: either that or he's been peeling onions in the dugout...

1341: Mohamed Chalali, on for Fraser Fyvie, drags a shot wide of Allan McGregor's goal. The Dons don't look like finding the net today. We've got a little over 10 minutes remaining.

1338: RichyBallantyne tweets: "I tweeted in last week "Invincibles 2011/12?" I stand by this. The juggernaut continues..."

1336: Aberdeen manager Craig Brown, shielding his eyes from the sun, looks stunned outside the home dugout. His side have been decent in midfield but appear toothless up front. For Ally McCoist, it just gets better and better...

Rangers goal: That must be game set and match to Ally McCoist's men. Darren Mackie fouls Sasa Papac inside the area as the defender's about to pull the trigger and Willie Collum points to the spot and books Mackie. Of more concern to Aberdeen, Nikica Jelavic sweeps home the penalty. The defending champions are two-up and coasting to another victory...



1329:... But Arnason's free-kick is straight at the Rangers wall. The visitors break up the park and Kyle Lafferty lashes the ball over the bar. Can Aberdeen respond?

It's sunny
1328: The sun puts in an appearance over Pittordrie as Aberdeen earn a free kick about 25 yards from goal after Papac fouls Arnason...

1325: So, with 30 minutes remaining Rangers are on course for their 14th consecutive league victory away from home.

1324: "It is a brilliant finish, but it is through poor defending by Aberdeen for me" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

Rangers goal: It was coming. Aberdeen fail to clear their lines as Mawene and Foster dither, allowing Steven Davis to play in Kyle Lafferty who drills a low shot beyond Gonzalez.


1320: Chris Clark gets away with a ticking off from referee Willie Collum after chopping down Maurice Edu. From the free-kick Kyle Lafferty forces David Gonzalez into a decent save.

1319: Mackie and Fallon trade passes before the latter tries a more ambitious ball which is easily hoovered up by Rangers.

1317: The visitors are getting a bit of joy down the left as they search for a breakthrough at Pittodrie. Isaac Osbourne blunts a Rangers attack then earns a foul after a clumsy challenge by Lee McCulloch.

1315: Dons keeper David Gonzalez blocks Nikica Jelavic's effort and Lee McCulloch can't find the net with the rebound; Rangers are looking dangerous.

1314: Darren Mackie threads a great ball through to Rory Fallon but the New Zealand international's attempted chip pass sails out of play for a Rangers throw in.

1313: Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic pulls a dangerous cross back for team-mate Kyle Lafferty but Aberdeen clear their lines.

1309: After some early Rangers pressure, Fraser Fyvie tries to spark an Aberdeen counter attack but the offside flag checks the hosts' progress.

1307: We're under way in the second half.

1304: BobbaFettdozer11 tweets: "Surely the pace and direct running of Greg Wylde is what Rangers need to break open this game?" If it's still goalless with half an hour remaining I think you'll see the wide man introduced.

1301: Moving away from the SPL for a minute, I've gone for Sergio Aguero rather than David Silva as captain of my fantasy football team. Not sure if that's a good move or not...

1257: BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds says Steven Naismith's injury is "bad news for club and country".

Half time

1249: Rangers defender Dorin Goian suffers a sore one near the touchline after a sliding challenge by Chris Clark. The towering stopper is up on his feet after a couple of minutes.

1245: Liverpool and former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam has tweeted he hopes Steven Naismith's injury isn't too serious.

1243: The ball is taking a bit of a pasting from both sides as we approach the break...

Yellow card
1240: Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu is booked for chopping down Kari Arnason from behind. Neither side appear to have rediscovered their rhythm since those enforced substitutions and the game is crying out for a bit of magic.

1236: Whistler Willie Collum has a quiet word with Aberdeen boss Craig Brown after the former Scotland manager went bananas over that penalty appeal. "One more tantrum and you're off" seems to be the gist of the ref's message.

1234: The Dons fans are on their feet and howling for a penalty. Darren Mackie tumbles under the close attention of Dorin Goian but referee Willie Collum is having none of it and waves away Dons' appeals. Seconds earlier McGregor denied Clark with a great block.

1232: Aberdeen captain Ricky Foster embarks on a Forrest Gump-style run down the left before sending in a dangerous cross which is cleared for a corner. But the Dons fail to pressure Allan McGregor. Much more enterprise from the hosts there.

1231: What a chance! Rangers substitute Kyle Lafferty whips in a sumptuous cross from the right but Sasa Papac sends his header into the turf and the ball bounces over the Aberdeen goal. That was the best chance of the match. Half an hour gone and it remains goalless.

1229: Rangers have a free-kick in a dangerous area about 30 yards from goal as Edu is fouled after nabbing in to steal the ball from Osbourne. But the visitors can't profit from a promising set piece.

1228: "It is a devastating blow for the game for those two players to go off. Both were showing up as their team's best players"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1227: Rory McArdle clears a dangerous ball from the Aberdeen defence and moments later Rangers defender Dorin Goian lashes a shot well wide of goal. The shooting so far leaves a lot to be desired!

1226: Applause inside Pittodrie for Steven Naismith as he's stretchered off and is replaced by Kyle Lafferty.

1224: Darren Mackie comes on for Rob Milsom but Rangers forward Steven Naismith is in trouble after twisting his knee again - unchallenged - and is being stretchered off...

1223: "I have to admit that I am surprised that Steven Naismith wasn't booked for that. It is a big blow for Aberdeen to lose Milsom" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1221: After some treatment, Naismith gets gingerly to his feet and is able to return, but Rob Milsom has suffered a bad gash to his right leg - sustained in the challenge with Naismith - and looks likely to be subbed.

1218: Kari Arnason tries to control a long ball but quickly loses possession and Rangers forward Steven Naismith scampers away down the right. The Scotland international then catches his studs in the turf in a challenge with Rob Milsom and looks to have twisted his right knee.

1216: Foxhuntingx tweets: "I think we learned with other managers that one up front against Rangers at home is suicide." Not a lot of goalmouth action for either side yet!

1215: "Good game, enjoying it already. We knew there was not going to silky football, but also knew it was going to be exciting with plenty of incidents." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1213: Aberdeen spread the ball from right to left but blue jerseys are snapping at their heels all over the pitch. Space is at a premium in the opening 15 minutes.

1212: Arnason then tries his luck at goal with a speculative effort from about 40 yards out that Allan McGregor saves, as the home fans raise the volume. The game is beginning to bubble away nicely...

Yellow card
1208: We have the first booking of the game before the first decent chance. Kari Arnason finds his name in Willie Collum's black book for a sliding challenge on Rangers captain Steven Davis.

1207: Rob Milsom slaloms past a few Rangers challenges and sends in a low cross that is comfortably repelled by the visitors.

1206: Macdonald 26 tweets: "Playing with one striker at home won't please the already hard-to-please dons fans."

1205: Rangers respond immediately and midfielder Steven Davis finds himself in space wide on the right but sends his cross straight into the arms of David Gonzalez.

1203: Aberdeen have the first effort on goal, but Rob Milsom drags his 30-yard effort well wide.

1202: We're under way!

1200: There's a cracking atmosphere inside Pittodrie as Dons boss Craig Brown and Rangers assistant boss Kenny McDowall exchange a few words and a warm handshake.

1154: Fans of both sides are sporting some nifty Halloween-style fancy dress at Pittodrie. They'll be hoping there are no own ghouls...

1152: Don't forget, you can text me on 80295. Here's an anonymous one: "As a Celtic fan I could really do with a positive Aberdeen result but Rangers look so resilient just now I can't see anything but an away win."

1149: Scottishjet says: "So that's why Lafferty has been in the news, he was being dropped to the bench! Don't understand that: dropped but new contract..." It's an interesting one, he's certainly been bang in form recently.

1145: Following the game at Pittodrie, we've got another five SPL crackers to enjoy.

1143: Only one Rangers change from the side that beat Hearts at Tynecastle: Nikica Jelavic, who scored the second in last week's win with a superb effort, comes in for Kyle Lafferty. The Northern Ireland international has a place on the bench.

1140: Aberdeen are without striker Scott Vernon and the suspended Ryan Jack, with Chris Clark and Rory McArdle coming in for Craig Brown's side.

Aberdeen: Gonzalez, McArdle, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Clark, Fyvie, Arnason, Osbourne, Milsom, Fallon. Subs: Brown, Mackie, Robertson, Chalali, Magennis, Megginson, Grimmer.
Rangers: McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace, McCulloch, Edu, Davis, Papac, Jelavic, Naismith. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Fleck, Lafferty, McKay, Wylde, McCabe.
Referee: William Collum

1133: To offer your tuppenceworth on this afternoon's SPL action, tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or tweet me @thomasmcg76

1131: Rangers have won three of their last 11 visits to Pittodrie on SPL duty; two of those wins came last season.

1129: Seventh-placed Aberdeen's last home league win against Rangers came in November 2009, when Lee Miller scored the only goal of the game.

1126: Rangers have yet to concede a goal away from home in the league this season; and have scored 14 in the process. Impressive stuff, can the Dons check their progress today?

1123: The Rangers juggernaut shows no sign of slowing this season. Chasing a fourth consecutive league title, Ally McCoist's men have recorded 13 straight away league wins. They're closing in on an all-time SPL record: Celtic's 16 away wins in a row in 03/04.

1121: We've got six, yes six SPL games to enjoy this afternoon. First up, it's Aberdeen v Rangers at Pittodrie.

1120: Good morning and welcome to Saturday's bumper edition of Scottish Premier League football.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 29 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 13 22 35
2 Motherwell 13 2 26
3 Celtic 12 11 23
4 St Johnstone 13 4 19
5 Hearts 13 4 18
6 St Mirren 13 -1 16
7 Kilmarnock 13 -2 15
8 Dundee Utd 13 -4 14
9 Hibernian 13 -7 13
10 Aberdeen 13 -3 12
11 Dunfermline 12 -14 10
12 Inverness CT 13 -12 9

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