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By Keir Murray

1710: I'm going to call it a day. Thanks for your opinions and attention. Have a great Saturday evening. All the best.

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1708: Bev in Peterhead backs that point up by text: "Never heard such loud boos for a ref before. Two pens denied for the Dons. Terrible decisions. His linesman was baffling too. Sort it out SFA."

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1706: A text from "a lot of Aberdeen fans": "The referee at the Aberdeen game today was a SHAMBLES! Aberdeen should have had 3 penalties and an offside goal, even though no man in red had touched or played the ball! I have never seen so many people stay back to boo the ref off the park, SFA IS A SHAMBLES!"

1704: Aberdeen, Hibs and Dunfermline are all locked on 14 points at the foot of the table. Motherwell's win in Perth means they are seven points clear of fourth-placed St Johnstone, but Well trail Celtic by eight points although they have a game in hand. Rangers are four points ahead of Celtic.

1702: All the highlights from today's five Scottish Premier League games will be online from 1800 on Sunday evening.

1701: From a dull first half at Easter Road beginning at 1230 through to the high drama in the final minutes at Celtic Park, it's fair to say the day's excitement built steadily throughout the day.

1658: It seems there was a bit of a stooshie between Celtic captain Scott Brown and Jamie Hamill at the end of the match, with emotions running high after Fraser Forster's last-gasp penalty save.

1656: Gary Gillen on Twitter: "Good to hear the @MotherwellFC fans in good voice on #bbcsportsound"

Full time
FULL-TIME: Celtic 1-0 Hearts
Inverness CT 2-3 Dundee United

1652: What drama at Celtic! Jonsson's penalty was too close to the big Celtic keeper Forster and at a good height for the goalie. How important will that save be when the points are counted at the end of the season? The penalty was awarded, I think, for either hand ball by Scott Brown or for the use of an elbow by Victor Wanyama. I can't figure it out!

Full time
1651: FULL-TIME Aberdeen 2-2 St Mirren

Full time
1650: FULL-TIME St Johnstone 0-3 Motherwell

1650: Fraser Forster dives to his left and saves Eggert Jonsson's penalty!

Someone has won a penalty
1649: Hearts have a penalty at Celtic Park.

1648: RED CARD Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen)

1648: Partick Thistle have scored a late goal at Cappielow to lead the Ton 2-1.

1646: K Brus on Twitter "A lot of credit to the unpaid Hearts players for the effort they've put in. Not sure I would be trying so hard without wages."

1646: Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown's outstretched leg prevents Steven Thompson putting St Mirren 3-2 ahead after the former Scotland striker reacted quicker than the home defence inside the box at Pittodrie.

1645: "David Davis receives his marching orders after picking up a second booking against Dundee United."

Red card
1643: RED CARD David Davis (Inverness)

1642: "St Johnstone must have about 70% possession in the second half. But it's all about taking your chances." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark

1640: My pal at work was tempted to put £20 on Celtic winning by three goals against Hearts. That would land him £70 in winnings. He felt it was a certainty but, being a Rangers supporter, he couldn't bring himself to back his team's main rivals. An interesting dilemma...

1639: Johnny Russell does it again, scoring his second to put United ahead with a neat finish. Big Terry Butcher will be incandescent with rage.

GOAL! Inverness CT 2-3 Dundee United (Russell)

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1637: Pete in Edinburgh wonders about the BBC's critical faculties, by text: "Shocking free kicks and corners from Mulgrew but you never criticise that at the end of the game. Are you too close to the players maybe?"

1636: Stuart McCall makes a change to his Motherwell team. Stephen Hughes comes on for Keith Lasley, who was on a booking.

1635: Roman Golobart almost atones for his own goal with a header that just inches past the post.

1634: Victor Wanyama breaks the deadlock with a superb strike from the edge of the D into the top left-hand corner of Marian Kello's goal to put Celtic one up with roughly 20 minutes left to play.

GOAL! Celtic 1-0 Hearts (Wanyama)

1632: In the Scottish First Division, Morton and Partick Thistle are level at 1-1 at Cappielow and there are no goals between Falkirk and Hamilton. Dundee are leading Queen of the South 2-1 and Raith Rovers are a goal down at home to Livingston.

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1630: A great text from Kenny Crawford in Glasgow. He says: "Just typed 'sleeping giant' into Google and the top result was Greenock Morton FC. Closely followed by Jack and the Beanstalk."

And to McDiarmid Park, Omar Daley cuts on to his right foot in the Saints box and smacks a shot at goal and his effort deflects off Jamie Murphy's back and beats Peter Enckelman.

To the Caledonian Stadium first. Dundee United are level after Roman Golobart turns the ball into his own net. What a turnaround in the Highlands.

GOAL! St Johnstone 0-3 Motherwell (Murphy)

GOAL! Inverness CT 2-2 Dundee United (Golobart own-goal)

1624: Celtic's James Forrest blitzes down the right-flank and flights in a ball that Stokes heads off the Hearts crossbar.

1623: St Johnstone are having plenty of possession, but failing to seriously trouble the Motherwell goal. Stuart McCall's men always look dangerous when Omar Daley is on the ball.

1622: "Hearts are looking dangerous when they come forward - arguably, more dangerous than Celtic." BBC commentator Liam McLeod at Celtic Park

1621: Hearts continue to grow in confidence with an ambitious Scott Robinson shot from 30 yards out that inches past Celtic's right-hand post, then Beram Kayal tests Kello at the other end with a low drive from 18 yards.

1620: Scott Forsyth on Twitter: "2 stone wall penalties for Aberdeen, missed one right before the equaliser, one just before half time, ref is having a shocker."

1618: "Richie Foran fires just wide with a powerful shot for Inverness."

1617: You can almost hear the heavy sigh from Ross Ewen in his tweet about Aberdeen surrendering a two-goal lead: "Exactly why I have no faith in my team."

1615: Just in case you have been listening to Sportsound and fretting about the welfare of the Killie fans getting home safely across the Clyde: "Tell Chick not to worry," texts Kerr Thomson, "the Dunoon boys made the boat."

1614: Referee Calum Murray has a word with Hearts' Ian Black after he gets involved in a bit of argy-bargy with Georgios Samaras.

1613: "Absolutely magnificent! If you see a better free-kick than that all season, you will be lucky. The Jolly Green Giant wouldn't have saved that!" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan on Graham Carey's equaliser against Aberdeen

Now back to that St Mirren goal... They draw level at Pittodrie thanks to a 30-yard howitzer of a free-kick from Graham Carey that goes in off the underside of the Aberdeen crossbar.

1612:Johnny Russell scores moments after coming on as a substitute, converting after good work by Stuart Armstrong.

1611: GOAL! Inverness CT 2-1 Dundee United (Russell)

1611: I'll have a description of the Buddies' equaliser in a second. In the meantime, at Celtic Park, immediately after the break, Hearts give Celtic a scare with an early free-kick from the boot of Ian Black that Fraser Forster edges out for a corner.

1611: "St Johnstone are probing patiently rather than chasing the game, but they need to show some urgency." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-2 St Mirren (Carey)

Billy McKay rises to head home from Jonny Hayes' teasing cross. Inverness well on top.

GOAL! Inverness CT 2-0 Dundee United (McKay)

1606: The other three matches are under way again...eventually. No changes at Inverness.

1603: Well, St Johnstone v Motherwell is the first of the games to re-start. I thought this would be a draw.

1600: The second halves of this afternoon's four games are about to begin. The players are emerging from their tunnels like sleepy polar bears emerging from hibernation. (Have you been watching Frozen Planet?)

1559: If the scores stay as they are, then Aberdeen will move two places up to 10th and Dunfermline would prop up the SPL.

1555: You may have heard the half-time chat on Sportsound about whether you can get such a thing as "a former legend". Well, Jim in Inverness insists you CAN get such a thing - he suggests the name Mark McGhee...

1550: HALF-TIME: Inverness CT 1-0 Dundee United

1548: Steve Lomas is about to earn his corn at his new club as he tries to inspire St Johnstone to a second-half recovery against visitors Motherwell.

Half time
HALF-TIME: Aberdeen 2-1 St Mirren
Celtic 0-0 Hearts
St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell

1546: Another mistake by Robbie Neilson allows a chance for Billy McKay, who draws an excellent save from Dusan Pernis. Inverness coming close to a second.

1545: At Celtic Park, Anthony Stokes shoots from 25 yards out and warms the hands of Marian Kello, but Hearts' strategy of limiting Celtic around the penalty area continues to benefit the visitors.

1544: As we approach half-time, the only game without a goal is Celtic-Hearts, where the home side are dominant but Hearts are defending manfully so far.

1542: St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has a lot of work to do at half-time to turn this game around." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Sandy Clark

1541: "It's been a good game but I'd like to see the goalkeepers just a little bit busier than they are at the moment." BBC Sportsound pundit Brian Irvine at Inverness v Dundee United

1540: "What do I know about football? I was just slating Kenny McLean and maybe he was listening to me. He was just jogging around the park but got himself into gear and scored a goal." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan

1539: Back to Motherwell's second goal... Tom Hateley swept in a cross from the right and Jamie Murphy connected to beat Peter Enckelman with a header in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Kenny McLean, who until now has been looking lazy and disinterested, gets in behind the Aberdeen defence to slot a goal back for St Mirren.

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-1 St Mirren (McLean)

1536: Gary Hooper latches on to a Georgios Samaras cut-back from the goal-line, but the ball rebounds off his ankle and rolls into Kello's hands.

1533: The best chance of the Celtic-Hearts match so far lands at the feet of Gary Hooper in the six yard area, but the Celtic striker toe-pokes the ball past Marian Kello's right-hand post.

1530: GOAL! St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell (Murphy)

1528: "Peter Enckelman is having a good season, but the St Johnstone keeper won't be happy with his part in the Motherwell goal." BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

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1527: Big Lush: "Today's fiasco at Dunfermline surely only highlights why summer football is the future and saviour of the Scottish game. How many games would realistically get postponed? Winter running costs would be eradicated."

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1525: Neil the Jambo in Dunbar: "No chance Aberdeen will go down because they'll finish above Hearts at the very least. Very worried Hearts will end up in free fall."

1524: Celtic have dominated the first 20 minutes of the match - Hearts are struggling to keep the ball out of their own half.

1523: "Danny Lennon has his shape and tactics all wrong. They are trying to be too cute and playing from the back. If they continue like this, it could be three or four nil. They are standing off, allowing Aberdeen to play little triangles and have to play two or three yards further up the park." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan

1522: A description of that second goal at Pittodrie: Aberdeen celebrate Craig Brown's anniversary in charge by taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Rory Fallon's diving header from Fraser Fyvie's cross.

1521: "We talk about Hearts and all the turmoil they're going through - but I'm looking at Ryan Stevenson, and I don't think the guy is a centre-forward. John Sutton should be playing in that position." BBC pundit John Hughes at Celtic Park

Omar Daley will never score a simpler goal! The Motherwell winger is in the right place at the right time to knock the ball home as Peter Enckelman fails to reach a low cross from the left wing.

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-0 St Mirren (Fallon)

GOAL! St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell (Daley)

1517: Injury blow for Inverness. Chris Hogg is on the deck after being on the end of a heavy challenge by Gary Mackay-Steven. The big defender is going to be stretchered off.

1516: Dundee United are almost undone by their own sloppiness again as the concede possession to Jonny Hayes who elects to pass when a shot might have produced another goal.

1515: End-to-end early action at McDiarmid Park as Motherwell's Nicky Law and Murray Davidson of St Johnstone test the keepers.

1514: Cha Du-Ri sends in a tempting ball from the right-hand side that ends up too much of a stretch for Anthony Stokes to make use of.

1512: That goal after 75 seconds shell-shocked Dundee United somewhat and Inverness are pushing for a second.

1511: Skinner by text on the Pars-Killie game being cancelled: "Surely you wait until 2.30 as place full of Killie fans, give it an hour to clear. Just leaving now and can see for miles. It's hard enough to attract fans. Petrol cash down and have to pay again on midweek night."

1509: Jim in Netherlee by text to 80295: "Surprised at Aberdeen scoring after 50 seconds. Never known Aberdonians to do anything early at Christmas, don't they normally wait for the sales?" Miaowwww!

1507: Georgios Samaras plays a neat one-two with Anthony Stokes, who over-hits for Gary Hooper on the 18 yard line. First real chance of the match falls to Celtic.

Robbie Neilson fails to clear his defensive lines and David Davis squares for Jonny Hayes who turns the ball into the net.

GOAL! Inverness CT 1-0 Dundee United (Hayes)

Scott Vernon scores for the Dons after 42 seconds, chesting the ball down and hitting a half-volley in off the underside of the bar. What a start!

GOAL! Aberdeen 1-0 St Mirren (Vernon)

1455: That's all the SPL team news in. Here's hoping we have four crackers.

1452: DUNDEE UNITED TEAM: Pernis, Gunning, Dillon, Neilson, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Daly. Subs: Banks, Kenneth, Watson, Douglas, Russell, Dalla Valle, Dow.

1451: INVERNESS TEAM TO FACE DUNDEE UNITED: Esson, Tokely, Hogg, Gillet, Hayes, Tansey, Golobart, Andrew Shinnie, Foran, Davis, McKay. Subs: Tuffey, Cox, Ross, Tade, Morrison, Sutherland, Graeme Shinnie.

chopper2108 tweets: "Pictures of East End Park up on, disgraceful decision to call it off! Can see goals from the other end of the pitch."

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1449: David Morrison by text to 80295: "Game off due to 'credibility and safety'! And when the wind is blowing wildly enough to influence these parameters what happens??? Another clueless Ref!"

1446: HEARTS TEAM: Kello, Hamill, Zaliukas, Mrowiec, McGowan, Jonsson, Black, Taouil, Templeton, Stevenson, Robinson. Subs: MacDonald, Elliott, Obua, Novikovas, Driver, Skacel, Mullen.

1445: CELTIC TEAM TO PLAY HEARTS: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Loovens, Mulgrew, Forrest, Kayal, Wanyama, Samaras, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Brown, Bangura, Ki, Kelvin Wilson, McGeough, Twardzik.

1442: "We cannot predict the weather. I have to take the decision to protect all parties. My decision made at 1.30pm was that the game was not playable. It's all about credibility and safety. My decisions have to be credible and I have to protect the players." Referee Bobby Madden explains why he called off the Dunfermline-Killie match

1440: John Yorkston, the Pars chairman, is fizzin', describing ref Bobby Madden's decision to call off the match as "absolutely bl**dy ridiculous".

1435: MOTHERWELL TEAM: Randolph, Law, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Daley, Hateley, Lasley, Jennings, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Bradley, Forbes, Page, Clancy, Hughes, Humphrey, McHugh.

1434: ST JOHNSTONE TEAM TO PLAY MOTHERWELL: Enckelman, MacKay, McCracken, Anderson, Callum Davidson, Millar, Murray Davidson, Robertson, Craig, Finnigan, Haber. Subs: Mannus, Maybury, Gibson, Parkin, Durnan, McIntosh, Gray.

1433: ST MIRREN TEAM: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Goodwin, Barron, Teale, McLean, Carey, Tesselaar, Thompson, McGowan. Subs: Smith, Haddad, McKee, Mooy, Hasselbaink, McShane.

1433: ABERDEEN TEAM TO PLAY ST MIRREN: Brown, Jack, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Fyvie, Arnason, Osbourne, Milsom, Fallon, Vernon. Subs: Gonzalez, McArdle, Clark, Pawlett, Mackie, Chalali, Magennis.

1431: coopersthoughts has tweeted: "As much as I love my team, I can't see Hibs doing much this season, they are dreadful."

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1429: Rangers fan David texts: "Celtic go through more peaks and troughs from really good to really bad. But consistency wins the league and we've shown that year after year. 3 in a row and 7 points top and we're a bad team - well, I take that any day."

1427: Charlie Mulgrew comes in to the Celtic team for the injured Adam Matthews, who may be out for a few weeks, says his manager Neil Lennon.

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1424: Come on, folks. Add your name to your texts. From anonymous: "Once again the referees decisions favour the Old Firm. Scottish football will never be as competitive as we would all like while the Old Firm get all the major decisions their way. As disgusted today as I was watching the Sone Aluko penalty decision last week." I must say, I just didn't see today's decisions as being wrong. I thought Iain Brines was correct.

1422: Not a classic, it must be said. The second half was much more entertaining than the awful one that preceded it. You would be hard pushed, though, to argue that Rangers were worthy of a two-goal winning margin. But win they did and that is how teams win titles.

Full time
1421: FULL-TIME: Hibernian 0-2 Rangers

1420: Hibs winger Ivan Sproule is hopping in agony after Thomas Bendiksen stamps on his toes. Ouch!

1419: Both teams makes some changes in the final minutes, more to warm their players up than for any tactical advantage, I'd have thought.

1418: And another anonymous text: "All teams get good and bad decisions. But the team at the top are the best team and have been for three years. We will get better and keep winning, Celtic fans think it's a guaranteed win today - let's see."

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An anonymous text to 80295: "Re 1408: Haters gonna hate. End of the day it's about the points. And the fact that a dilapidated team like Rangers are top of the league says something about the competition."

1416: What a different second half we might have had if Leigh Griffiths had directed that shot into the net at the end of the dire first half.

1415: calummeston has tweeted: "Words don't even describe my hatred towards Scottish Football, it's more one sided than the La Liga."

1414: Hibs are running out of time - just six minutes plus injury time to score two goals.

1412: Back to that text at 1408, I have to disagree with the texter's view of the two incidents. The handball incident is presumably when it looked like Steven Whittaker had handled the ball in the box. I'm 99% certain it hit his chest. And I felt the penalty decision was correct - I think Hart intentionally held Wallace back.

1411: A deflected cross from Paul Hanlon looked like it was going to loop over Allan McGregor's head but the Rangers keeper steps back and leaps in one movement and somehow claws the ball out from under his crossbar.

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1408: An anonymous text: "Ally McCoist goes on about decisions that seem to go against his team. Well just look at today - a clear hand ball from Rangers, no penalty, but right up the park low and behold a penalty award for, guess who? 2 penalties in 2 weeks. Where are the decisions going do you think that Rangers feel the pleasure that penalty decisions are the only way that can determine who wins matches."

1405: And Galbraith makes a surge forward with the ball under the control of his left boot. Rangers manage to clear the ball.

1403: Michael Hart, off for Danny Galbraith, is in the Hibs' technical area, re-enacting the penalty incident and claiming innocence.

1401: Two chances on target, two goals. It's hard for Hibs to stomach as they have often looked the better of two poor teams this afternoon. Rangers now have their tails up.

1359:Nikica Jelavic scores his 14th goal of the season, heading Gregg Wylde's in-swinging corner past the helpless Graham Stack. Poor marking there by the home defence, but you cannot fault the Rangers striker's finish.

1358:GOAL! Hibernian 0-2 Rangers (Jelavic)

1356: Much better defending by Hibs' Michael Hart on that occasion, out-muscling Gregg Wylde on the bye-line out on the left. The sub Thomas Bendiksen was involved in the build-up to that move.

1354: Hibs have a chance almost as good as the one at the end of the first half for Leigh Griffiths, but unmarked Paul Hanlon's diving header from Ivan Sproule's free-kick goes a few feet over the bar.

Croatia international striker Nikica Jelavic strokes home his penalty just inside Graham Stack's right-hand post. It's Rangers' first effort at goal and they are a goal to the good.

GOAL! Hibernian 0-1 Rangers (Jelavic, pen)

1350: Michael Hart had Lee Wallace's arm wedged between his arm and his body. Nikica Jelavic will take it. Pat Fenlon is furious!

1349: Iain Brines awards a penalty to Rangers!

Yellow card
1347: A moment ago Carlos Bocanegra was booked for taking Isaiah Osbourne out of the action with a high challenge.

1346: Thomas Bendiksen comes on for Rangers' Kyle Bartley as Ally McCoist tries to inject some creativity into his team.

Breaking news

1343: Leigh Griffiths has clearly dunked a few iced rings or custard creams in his half-time cup of tea. He looks a new man!

1342: "The onus is on Rangers to create something." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Billy Dodds

1341: "You are now starting to see the real Lewis Stevenson. He will continue to take possession even in tight areas." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Craig Paterson

1340: Carlos Bocanegra hoofs the ball clear as Hibs push once more. Still not a shot on goal from the visitors.

1338: RnFnGn has tweeted: "Every since Rangers lost Steven Naismith they've lacked any creativity. Never seen a team look so lost."

1337: Isaiah Osbourne tries to divert a cross into the net from eight yards as Hibs apply pressure in the opening exchanges.

1335: Thomas Bendiksen receives a pep talk from Ally McCoist on the Rangers bench. Looks like he is going to get some game time.

1334: Hibs prepare to kick off the second half.

1333: "We're doing OK at the moment. The players have worked really hard. We should be winning 1-0 - Leigh should have scored. There is no point having a go at him; he is liable to rap one in from 25 yards now." Hibernian assistant manager Billy Brown

Breaking news
1332: There is an inspection at East End Park as I type.

1331: BBC Radio Scotland summariser was not kidding when he noted that Allan McGregor had not touched the ball with his hands before that Leigh Griffiths shot.

1328: Well, let's hope for some better fare in the second 45 minutes at Easter Road. That was pretty turgid.

1326: Now, don't wish to alarm, but my colleagues on Sportsound have said there is a slight doubt about the Dunfermline-Killie game going ahead. We hear the fog is refusing to budge from East End Park. We'll keep you updated on that.

1324: Later on this afternoon, we have five matches in the SPL. St Johnstone lock horns with Motherwell, Celtic host troubled Hearts, Aberdeen play St Mirren, Dunfermline welcome Kilmarnock and Inverness CT are at home to Dundee United.

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1321: Sam Ross: doesn't hold back with his text: "Slow, ponderous, boring & decidedly mediocre, that's how I would described not only this game but also this Gers team. If Celtic don't win the league against this lot they really will be a laughing stock."

1318: That late chance for Hibs forward Griffiths was the only shot on target in 47 minutes of first-half "action".

Half time
HALF-TIME: Hibernian 0-0 Rangers

1317: We're into injury-time in the first half.

1316: Leigh Griffiths will be kicking himself! Ivan Sproule skins Steven Whittaker on the left wing and pings a low ball across the face of goal. Lee Wallace completely misses with a swipe of his boot and the ball falls for Griffiths who snatches at his shot and it rolls into Allan McGregor's gloves.

1313: Rangers have the pressure on the Hibs goal as we approach half-time but niggly fouls in the box means Graham Stack is not required to make any saves.

Yellow card
1311: Kyle Bartley goes into Iain Brines' book for a hefty challenge on Garry O'Connor.

1310: If ever we need proof that goalkeepers are cuckoo, then we have it: Hibs' Graham Stack is wearing a short-sleeve jersey. He hasn't had anything to do to warm him up!

1308: "You tend to notice the creative side of Steven Davis, but it's top class stuff from the midfielder to nullify the threat of Ivan Sproule." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Rob Maclean on that challenge by the Rangers captain

1306: Lee McCulloch is fouled by Lewis Stevenson in midfield, typifying the tussle in the centre of the pitch. Come on! Give us some goalmouth action!

1304: Hibs' Ivan Sproule picks up a beautiful pass from Isaiah Osbourne that bisects the Rangers defence. He dashes for goal and is thwarted by his countryman Steven Davis.

1303: Maurice Edu gets up to support Nikica Jelavic, winning a header and knocking it down for the Croatian striker, but the move peters out.

1302: "Pat Fenlon is talking to his midfield players all the time and telling them to get tighter. Ally McCoist is much more relaxed." BBC Radio Scotland pitchside reporter Charlie Mann

1300: Leigh Griffiths fires a shot at goal, which is deflected out for a corner. Kyle Bartley heads clear. Still no shots on goal after half an hour.

1258: Lee Wallace is ruled offside, probably harshly, as he got in to a good position beyond the Hibs defence.

1256: The match restarts with a drop-ball. Rangers head up the pitch and win a corner, which comes to nothing.

1254: Maurice Edu is floored by an aerial challenge by Hibs stopper Sean O'Hanlon. Great header by the big man but the forearm to the back of Edu's head looked painful.

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1252: A Rangers fan in Reading sends a text to 80295: "We need a settled midfield, having lost Naismith, but instead of using Bedoya or McKay we use McCulloch and Bartley who aren't long back from injuries."

1250: Paul Hanlon's ball down the left for Garry O'Connor escapes the control of the burly Hibs front man and in steps Steven Whittaker. You get the feeling Whittaker would be good at most sports - he looks a great athlete.

1248: "There are 20 players in that central area of the pitch and nothing much happening." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1246: Carlos Bocanegra plays the ball up to Nikica Jelavic, who touches the ball back to Kyle Bartley. The on-loan Arsenal man's headed return bounces beyond Jelavic, though, and Hibs have possession.

1245: Garry O'Connor tries to hold the ball up for Hibs, with Steven Whittaker in close proximity. He needs support from the home midfielders.

1243: Steven Davis looks lively in the middle of the pitch for Rangers, though he over-hits a cross from the right, then moments later volleys a shot wide of Graham Stack's goal.

Yellow card
1241: Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu is booked for showing his studs in a challenge on Garry O'Connor.

1240: Erif texts: "Jelavic playing up front on his own? Kinda sums up the Rangers team... Without him they'd offer very little."

1239: Hibs' Lewis Stevenson pulls a left-foot shot a few metres wide of Allan McGregor's post as he is first to react to a headed clearance from a free-kick into the box.

1238: Michael Hart gives the ball away, allowing Lee Wallace to send in a cross from the left, then Ivan Sproule does just enough to put off Steven Whittaker as the Rangers defender tried to convert Gregg Wylde's cross.

1236: Paul Hanlon launches a long ball up to Garry O'Connor whose best efforts in the air cannot retain possession for the hosts.

1235: Gregg Wylde gets on the ball early, haring down the left wing and sending in a low cross that Graham Stack gathers at his front post.

1234: Pat Fenlon looks like a mixture of Martin O'Neill and Gordon Dalziel.

1233: Hibs get in among the action straight away, forcing a hurried clearance from the Rangers defence.

1231: And we're off and jogging.

1230: Nikica Jelavic is playing on his own up front for Rangers.

1229: Ally McCoist will be pleased American centre-half Carlos Bocanegra is back from his hamstring injury to try to keep tabs on big Garry O'Connor.

1228: The teams are heading out to the pitch in their traditional colours.

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1227: Big Bob's Big Brother says: "To stop diving. Dig up the grass and play the game on blaze pitches. Still got the scars from slide tackling on red ash!" Aw, man - do you remember picking out the wee bits from your legs?!

1225: If you don't want to text us with your thoughts on the games today, how about tweeting, as in on Twitter? If that's your thing, please use the hashtag #bbcsportsound - beautiful.

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1223: Chris in Glasgow is quick off the mark with the texts to 80295 today. Thanks, sir. He says: "Hopefully the Rangers players are up for this one. They owe McCoist and the fans a good performance and result."

1221: For Rangers, Ally McCoist has made three changes from last week's narrow win over Dunfermline. Carlos Bocanegra and Lee Wallace have recovered from injury to start at Easter Road and Lee McCulloch is also drafted into the side. Sone Aluko begins his two-match ban for diving, while Thomas Bendiksen and Kirk Broadfoot drop to the bench.

1219: Looking at that Hibs line-up, Pat Fenlon has gone for the same players as he chose for his debut as Hibs boss - the abandoned game at Motherwell.

1217: It's Pat Fenlon's first home game in charge of Hibernian. Defeat is unthinkable, really, for both sides. Hibs are just one point above bottom side Aberdeen while visitors have Celtic on their tails and will not want to drop any more points after recent slip-ups.

1215: The kick-off is in 15 minutes. The referee is Iain Brines.

1213: RANGERS TEAM: McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace, McCulloch, Bartley, Edu, Davis, Wylde, Jelavic. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Healy, Ortiz, McKay, Perry, Bendiksen.

1211: HIBERNIAN TEAM: Stack, Hart, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Osbourne, Stephens, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Galbraith, Scott, Palsson, Sodje, Towell, Caldwell.

1209: Our first match today is Hibernian v Rangers at Easter Road. The team news is on its way...

1205: It's mighty nippy out there, so what better way to heat yourself up than to jump about shouting at your team and the opposition? If you cannot manage that, then jump about and shout at your PC or mobile phone as the day's matches unfold, following this live text commentary.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 10 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 18 26 45
2 Celtic 18 22 41
3 Motherwell 17 5 33
4 St Johnstone 17 4 26
5 Hearts 18 2 22
6 Kilmarnock 17 -2 22
7 Dundee Utd 18 -5 21
8 St Mirren 18 -6 21
9 Inverness CT 18 -12 15
10 Aberdeen 17 -6 14
11 Hibernian 17 -12 14
12 Dunfermline 17 -16 14

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