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By Keir Murray

1714: My fingers are going into a cramp now. I'm off to rub some leftover goose fat into them. Thanks for logging on and joining in. All the best for 2012.

1713: "The pitch beat both of us. I apologise to the St Mirren fans for that. It had a significant impact on the product. We had no flow in our play. A draw would have been a fair result." Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels laments the state of the Rugby Park playing surface but is pleased to win the game.

1711: YousKerr88 on Twitter: "Called it at half time, Arnason is a class act, surprised if the Old Firm aren't looking at him in the window..."

1709: Neil Lennon says he does not want to sell any players in the January transfer window. "Why would anyone want to leave?" he asks BBC Scotland reporter Charlie Mann.

1707: Slowly but surely he is starting to get back to where he was last season." Celtic manager Neil Lennon is pleased to see the return from injury of Emilio Izaguirre

1706: And in the Third Division, the final scores were: Berwick 2-2 Montrose, Clyde 1-2 Queen's Park, East Stirling 1-3 Alloa, Peterhead 3-0 Elgin

Full time
1704: In the Second Division, the scores were Airdrie Utd 1-0 Albion, Brechin 2-1 Forfar, Cowdenbeath 4-0 East Fife, Dumbarton 3-2 Arbroath, Stirling 3-1 Stenhousemuir.

1702: Ross County lead the First Division by three points and have two games in hand over chasers Falkirk.

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1700: Davy in Aberdeenshire: "Aberdeen have offered Kari a contract and as yet, he's not given his answer. Mr Milne needs to seal the deal by throwing in a house into the bargain, and a hurl in his Bentley."

1657: In case you cannot see the SPL league table, Celtic are two points clear of Rangers at the top. Motherwell are now a whopping 19 points behind Celtic, though they have two games in hand. Hearts' win over Hibs means they are fourth, ahead of St Johnstone on goal difference after the Perth side's game in Inverness was postponed because of the snow. United, Killie and St Mirren are all six points adrift of St Johnstone. Dunfermline are at the bottom, a point behind Hibs with a game in hand.

1656: The game at Tannadice sounded like it was a cracker. I'm looking forward to seeing the highlights on the BBC Sport site tomorrow.

Full time
Morton 3-1 Ayr
Queen of South 1-2 Hamilton
Raith Rovers 0-1 Dundee

Full time
FULL-TIME: Dunfermline 0-3 Celtic
Dundee United 1-2 Aberdeen
Rangers 3-0 Motherwell
Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren

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1650: Rangers fan Wee Jimmy has been at the texting: "Surely Ally will not let John Fleck go on loan to Sheffield United after his performance today? Magnificent display from the wee fella and one he can repeat each week with a bit of luck."

1649: Dundee United attempt a quick reply as a Willo Flood corner is net-bound but is cleared by Dons defender Ryan Jack. It has to be said that Aberdeen keeper Jason Brown has been less than commanding in his area. Three minutes of injury time at Tannadice.

1648: Danny Racchi looks to have won the game for Kilmarnock with a superb chip over St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson from 15 yards.

1648: GOAL! Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren (Racchi)

1647: Well in front, Rangers have taken the opportunity to take some players off, with Maurice Edu and Lee Wallace withdrawn and Jordan McMillan and Salim Kerkar brought on.

1645: With the game at Tannadice heading for a draw, Kari Arnason hammers a 40-yard shot off the underside of Dusan Pernis's bar to send the Red Army into raptures.

1644: GOAL! Dundee United 1-2 Aberdeen (Arnason)

Yellow card
1641: Celtic's Ki Sung-Yeung is booked for a sliding challenge on Patrick Boyle, who is also booked for retaliating. Perhaps the intent was there from Ki to do harm but no actual contact was made.

1640: Gavin Gunning has a half-chance to take the lead at Tannadice but the big defender just doesn't rise high enough to be able to direct a header at goal.

1638: Georgios Samaras struggles to get a hold of the ball in the middle of the Dunfermline penalty area, then James Forrest sends a powerful shot over the crossbar as Emilio Izaguirre takes to the field for the first time since breaking his ankle earlier in the season.

1637: Queen of the South pull one back at home to Hamilton, thanks to Ryan McGuffie. They now trail 2-1.

1636: HolyroodPatter on Twitter is not too impressed by Celtic's Greek striker: "To say Samaras has flattered to deceive is a disservice to flattering deceptions #bbcsportsound"

1634: It's almost as if Rangers are making a point of matching Celtic's result today.

1633: Rangers' continued pressure pays off with Stephen Craigan putting the ball past his own goalkeeper following Lee Wallace's shot.

1632: GOAL! Rangers 3-0 Motherwell (Craigan og)

1632: The game has exploded into action at Tannadice. A Paul Dixon free kick falls for Johnny Russell. However, a great challenge from Aberdeen's Andrew Considine nudges the ball off the post and out for a corner.

1631: An attendance of 10,140 at East End Park.

1629: Charlie Mulgrew curls in a free kick from about 22 yards that Pars keeper Chris Smith really ought to have saved. He had moved to his right and was caught out by the movement on the ball.

1628: GOAL! Dunfermline 0-3 Celtic (Mulgrew)

1627: An intense spell from Dunfermline sees Martin Hardie fire in a shot from 18 yards out that inches past Fraser Forster's right-hand post.

1626: An Andy Kirk cross fails to find a Dunfermline jersey as the hosts look a bit more sprightly in search of a goal against Celtic at East End Park.

1625: Aberdeen striker Mohamed Chalali is on the park a matter of seconds and heads a Rory McArdle flick-on from a throw-in into the net of Dundee United keeper Dusan Pernis.

1624: GOAL! Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen (Chalali)

1623: In the First Division, Livingston have equalised through Marc McNulty against Falkirk.

1622: Steven Davis's blistering shot is palmed away by Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

1622: "Since he has come on, he has been different class. He wants to get on the ball time and time again." BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds is impressed by Rangers attacker John Fleck

1621: Please excuse that wee typo. Now corrected.

1620: Archie Campbell puts Morton 2-1 up against Ayr.

1619: "Kilmarnock are much better now and probably are the better team now." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jimmy Calderwood

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1618: David in Belfast, by text, wants a sub to be made by Celtic boss Neil Lennon: "Get Paddy McCourt off the bench! One of European football's great entertainers."

1616: Celtic Gary Hooper dinks a header towards the Dunfermline goal from a Joe Ledley cross, but the ball drifts wide of Chris Smith's left-hand post.

1616: Sone Aluko scores his first goal for Rangers to double the Ibrox side's lead. The winger received Steven Davis's pass and found the net from the edge of the box with his left foot.

1614: GOAL! Rangers 2-0 Motherwell (Aluko)

1613: Dunfermline seem to have emerged from the interval with enthusiasm, but they're still struggling to break down Celtic's resolute defence.

1611: At Ibrox, Carlos Bocanegra's header is blocked on the line by the Motherwell defence. The Steelmen counter well but Chris Humphrey's cross is disappointing.

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1610: William from Glasgow, by text: "1557 Jim, let's put your big bucks wager where your mouth is, that you'll not see Jelavic in a Rangers top again?" Lads, we're not a betting exchange(!), but an interesting point all the same.

1608: Aberdeen display real desire to get back into the game at Tannadice from the re-start. Scott Vernon would have been through on the Dundee United goal had it not been for the pace of defender Gavin Gunning.

1608: Sone Aluko's cross finds Lee Wallace but the Rangers man's effort is well blocked by Darren Randolph.

1607: Mopgaw on Twitter: "The Dons need to get their act together!! Brown can't keep coming out with the old 'false position' rubbish." #COYR #bbcsportsound

1605: Motherwell have made a double substitution at the break with Chris Humphrey and Omar Daley on for Jamie Murphy and Stephen Hughes.

1603: Oranges have been sooked, tea has been downed, rubs have been applied. The matches are beginning their second instalments now.

1602: "Dunfermline are trying the World Cup passes behind the full backs and Celtic are just sweeping up everything at the back." BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

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1557: Jim in Lincoln by text: "Can't believe all of the fuss about Jelavic being out of the team - he is injured and I'd wager big bucks that he is going nowhere! 3 points today please Gers."

Half time
1555: Airdrie Utd 0-0 Albion
Brechin 0-1 Forfar
Cowdenbeath 1-0 East Fife
Dumbarton 1-2 Arbroath
Stirling 0-0 Stenhousemuir

1553: Not everyone is as happy as Stevo over the water in Norn Iron. ScottLennon_LFC on Twitter says: "Rangers strike-force so unrecognisable. The bench? Don't get me started. Need 4 or 5 new players in January."

Half time
1551: HALF-TIME: Rangers 1-0 Motherwell

1550: Stevo in Northern Ireland by text: Could not be happier for King Healy, playing and scoring today. In his prime, probably the best finisher I've ever seen, and he's not past it yet!"

Half time
Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen
Dunfermline 0-2 Celtic
Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren

Half time
1548: Some half-time scores in the First Division. Livingston 0-1 Falkirk, Morton 1-1 Ayr, QOS 0-2 Hamilton, Raith Rovers 0-1 Dundee

1546: Michael Higdon fires over from Steven Hammell's cross as Motherwell come close to an equaliser.

1545: Paul Burns forces a save out of Fraser Forster almost immediately from the re-start as Dunfermline try to claw one back before the break.

1544: A real shout for a penalty at Tannadice as Johnny Russell is tackled from behind in the box by Aberdeen's Andrew Considine. Referee Steven McLean turns to his assistant ref for assistance but the spot-kick isn't awarded.

1544: Victor Wanyama steals in at the back post to fire in a crisp volley from Charlie Mulgrew's inch-perfect free-kick to put Celtic 2-0 up as the interval approaches.

1543: GOAL! Dunfermline 0-2 Celtic (Wanyama)

1542: A moment ago - Martin Hardie mis-times a shot that drifts wide of Fraser Forster's left-hand post - the first chance of the match for Dunfermline after almost 40 minutes played.

1542: Almost a howler for Aberdeen's Andrew Considine as his pass back almost catches out keeper Jason Brown. Very reminiscent of Cha Du Ri's own goal earlier in the season.

1541: "The thing about Celtic is - they have plenty of the ball, but they're not doing much with the chances. Even at one-nil, you would have to say Dunfermline are still in the game, being at home." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at East End Park

1540: A real chance for Scott Vernon to pull one back for Aberdeen at Tannadice. He could have either got a shot away himself early or slotted the ball to team-mate Peter Pawlett. Ultimately the indecision allows the defence to clear.

1540: David Healy atones for his earlier miss as he sidefoots home on the turn to give Rangers the lead.

1539: GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Motherwell (Healy)

1538: In the First Division, none of the home teams is ahead. Livi are one down to Falkirk, Morton are losing to Ayr by a goal, Dougie Imrie's two goals have Hamilton ahead at Queen of the South and Dundee are a goal up on Raith Rovers.

1537: Rangers' Steven Davis tries to beat Darren Randolph with a free-kick but the Motherwell goalkeeper is equal to the task as he plucks the ball out of the air.

1535: Dean Shiels forces a save from Craig Samson. From the corner, Paul Heffernan fires low past the goalkeeper.

1534: GOAL! Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren (Heffernan)

1532: Kenny Shiels makes a sub for Kilmarnock as they try to equalise against St Mirren at Rugby Park. Alex Pursehouse makes way for Zdenek Kroca.

1531: Dunfermline are struggling to get the ball out of their own half - zero attempts on goal so far for the hosts after almost 30 minutes of football at East End Park.

1529: GerryBaggins on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Has Jelly (Jelavic) really got an injury or has he as rumoured downed tools? Rangers look poor. Celtic look strong. Tides have turned."

1527: Dundee United should have doubled their advantage after Sean Dillon hits a lovely ball on the volley towards team-mate Gary Mackay-Steven but his effort flies over the Aberdeen cross bar.

1526: Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre engages in a spot of stop-start sprinting on the touchlines at East End Park. Could he be about to make his comeback since breaking his ankle early in the season?

Someone has struck the woodwork
1525: Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama blasts in on the half-volley from 25 yards out and Dunfermline keeper Chris Smith has to stretch to tip the ball on to the bar and out for a corner.

1524: "Aberdeen are putting in plenty of effort but they are lacking in inventiveness." BBC Scotland football pundit Jim Spence

1523: Shaun Hutchinson's superbly timed tackle blocks Rangers' Lee Wallace's burst towards goal.

1523: "What a fantastic goal - so casual, just a couple of touches and a wee curling ball into the top corner. The keeper had no chance." BBC Scotland Murdo MacLeod at East End Park

1522: The game at Tannadice is being played at a great tempo, both teams playing well and it's been a good opening 15 minutes from Aberdeen and Dundee United." BBC Radio Scotland pundit John Hughes

1521: Anthony Stokes picks up Georgios Samaras's header at the edge of the box and curls a sublime shot into the far corner of the net. It's a beauty. Great vision and technique.

1520: GOAL! Dunfermline 0-1 Celtic (Stokes)

1519: "St Mirren are looking very comfortable, while Kilmarnock have not got started. I think they are obviously missing Gary Harkins, who is a good footballer" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jimmy Calderwood

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1518: Ian in Edinburgh quips by text: "Will you get rid o' that guy posing as Spencey? That's another scorer he's identified first time!"

1516: The one thing about David Healy and Kyle Lafferty starting for Rangers was that they were up against their Northern Ireland team-mate Stephen Craigan, who would know their style of play well.

1515: And John Fleck enters the fray as Kyle Lafferty's replacement. Fleck and Healy up front for Rangers - who'd have thought it?

1514: Gary Hooper goes down easily on the edge of the Dunfermline penalty area, but referee Iain Brines isn't convinced and waves for play to continue.

1514: macdonald26 on Twitter: "Really hoped Josh Magennis was going to get a start, always looking to take shots on goal, something Fallon lacks."

1513: Another blow for Rangers as it looks as though Kyle Lafferty has pulled his hamstring.

1512: Celtic's Georgios Samaras delivers a ball across the face of the Dunfermline goal, but none of his team-mates are on hand to profit.

1511: St Mirren go close to taking the lead when Marc McAusland's volley strikes the Kilmarnock crossbar then go one better with their next corner when Killie goalkeeper Cammy Bell can only send a Lee Mair header off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-1 St Mirren (Mair)

1509: At Ibrox, Dorin Goian is unable to make contact with Sone Aluko's teasing corner as Rangers threaten at home to Motherwell.

1509: An early opener at Tannadice as Aberdeen keeper Jason Brown punches a corner into the path of Dundee United forward Jon Daly who lashes the ball into the net from 10 yards.

1508: GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen (Daly)

1508: Jereon Tesselaar nips the ball off the toes of Paul Heffernan as the Kilmarnock striker looks set to score after controlling a through ball on his chest.

1507: Dougie Imrie puts Hamilton Accies ahead against Queen of the South in Dumfries.

1505: ryantks on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Fallon starting for Aberdeen again?? He has been dreadful. The laziest player to feature for the Dons since...well...ever."

1504: Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell has to spread himself to push clear a dangerous long-range effort from St Mirren striker Steven Thompson.

1502: There is a minute's silence at Rangers' home game to remember those who died in the Ibrox Disaster.

1501: Celtic are in their wasp-like yellow and black strip; Dunfermline in traditional black and white.

1500: It's that time again. Er, 1500 GMT. Or 3pm. Let the games begin!

1459: Aberdeen have made two changes with Peter Pawlett returning following his two-match suspension for simulation and Fraser Fyvie starts following a knee injury. French defender Youl Mawene is absent for the Dons, while striker Darren Mackie drops on to the bench as Craig Brown's men search for their second away win of the season.

1459: Dundee United have kept the same starting XI for the fourth successive match for the visit of Aberdeen to Tannadice. Irishman Richie Ryan is handed a place on the United bench after gaining international clearance following his move from Sligo Rovers in November.

1458: mikeybhoy77 on twitter: "Interesting thought Celtic's 2 stand out players from last season Izaguirre & Commons yet to really feature this season."

1457: ABERDEEN TEAM: Brown, Jack, Arnason, Considine, Foster, Pawlett, Osbourne, Fyvie, Milsom, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Langfield, McArdle, Clark, Mackie, Robertson, Chalali, Magennis.

1456: DUNDEE UNITED TEAM TO PLAY ABERDEEN: Pernis, Neilson, Dillon, Gunning, Dixon, Armstrong, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Kenneth, Flood, Ryan, Douglas, Dalla Valle, Dow.

1456: MOTHERWELL TEAM: Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Clancy, Law, Hughes, Lasley, Murphy, Higdon. Subs: Bradley, Humphrey, McHugh, Daley, Forbes, Page, Carswell.

1455: RANGERS TEAM TO PLAY MOTHERWELL: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Healy, Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, McKay, McMillan, Wylde, Kerkar, McCabe.

1454: ST MIRREN TEAM: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Barron, Carey, McGowan, McLean, Thompson, Mooy. Subs: Smith, Teale, Thomson, Murray, Hasselbaink, McShane, McKee.

1453: KILMARNOCK TEAM TO FACE ST MIRREN: Bell, Hay, Pascali, Sissoko, Pursehouse, Fowler, Racchi, Shiels, Kelly, Heffernan, Kennedy. Subs: Jaakkola, Silva, Kroca, Panikvar, Gros, Fisher, Lee Ashcroft.

1452: CELTIC TEAM: Forster, Matthews, Rogne, Mulgrew, Ledley, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Samaras, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Ki, Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Cha, Bangura, McCourt.

1451: DUNFERMLINE TEAM NEWS TO FACE CELTIC: Smith, Dowie, Potter, Keddie, Boyle, Willis, Hardie, Mason, Burns, Graham, Barrowman. Subs: Goodfellow, Kirk, Buchanan, Cardle, Easton, Ryan Thomson, Young.

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1450: Brian from East Kilbride: "At Rugby Park. £37 for an adult and a 14 year old really is grossly overpriced. £7.40 for two pie and bovrils... Add in petrol... That's around £50! Is it any wonder stadia in Scotland lie empty!"

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1446: An anonymous text questions the bold Chico's fretting over Rangers' defensive formation today: "Has Chick been asleep for five years? 4 centre backs got us to Manchester and numerous domestic honours since Walter's return."

1444: Hearts boss Paulo Sergio on BBC Sportsound: "I am a fighter. I have never had easy jobs. Our supporters can trust that since I arrived here I have not thought about myself. I love the club, I feel a Jambo, like them, and I want to do everything I can for Hearts."

1443: Davros183 on Twitter: on whether scoring a volley or half-volley is better: "Volley, tends to be less time to think about it. Just think of Di Canio and Meireles vs Wolves last season. Amazing shots."

1440: Manager Paulo Sergio says he is "very happy" for the Hearts players and the supporters. "We deserved the three points," he says.

1436: Former Hibs manager John Hughes and Scotland boss Craig Levein agree on BBC Radio Scotland that what Hibs need is stability. Pat Fenlon needs time to make his mark on the club.

1435: McPodge on Twitter: "Would Chick Young like to explain how he came to conclusion that Papac is a centre back?"

1433: "There was a lot of application and desire today. We need to add a bit of quality. We are actively looking to get players into the club. The fans are the ones you feel for today. We are working hard to improve." Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

1432: "I don't think anyone has the momentum that Celtic have got at the moment." BBC Scotland football pundit Chick Young

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1431: Tom in Edinburgh by text: "Some plus points for Hibs. Another great performance from a now fit Stack; coming back from a goal down; taking the game to the opposition in the second half. But it's no fun being a Hibby and you can't be anything other than deeply concerned."

1430: Chris_Greig on Twitter: "Glad Healy is getting his chance, he and Laffs linked up well for Northern Ireland #bbcsportsound"

1428: Quick reboot required there - of my PC, not me.

1423: "Rangers have four centre-backs in their defence this afternoon. It's incredible." (Panicking?) BBC Scotland football pundit Chick Young

1422: My friend and I were debating the following yesterday: which is the more satisfying - scoring with a volley or a half-volley?

1421: We have 40 minutes to go until the four other SPL matches begin.

1419: Rangers midfielder Tomas Bendiksen has gone back to Norway, says Chick Young. Ibrox boss Ally McCoist had been hoping to keep him at the club where he had been beginning to get a game.

1417: richardk_boyle on Twitter: "Why can a Hearts team with problems off the pitch still offer so much more commitment and hunger to win compared to Hibs?"

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1417: Davy in Aberdeenshire has sent us a corker of a text: "Aberdeen - unbeaten in 2012. Let's keep the run going."

1415: cameronfoster on Twitter: "Two more wins should do it for Hearts to avoid relegation when they start playing their U19s next month #bbcsportsound"

1414: From Mark Watson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Hibs look dreadful at the back. There's hope for the Pars yet."

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1413: Jamie in Cambuslang by text: "Whatever the reason for Jelavic's absence, it can only be good for the team. He along with Davis have been woeful for weeks now, and it's about time McCoist tried something different to freshen things up."

1411: Hearts move up to fourth on the table, overtaking St Johnstone on goal difference. The Saintees have a game in hand, though, now that their game at Inverness has been scuppered by snow.

1409: That was a hugely entertaining end to what had been a very average game for the bulk of the play. Well done to Hearts, especially given the problems behind the scenes.

Full time
1409: FULL-TIME: Hibernian 1-3 Hearts

1407: Rudi Skacel bows before the adoring Hearts fans after rifling a cracking angled left-footed shot past Graham Stack from 12 yards. He had plenty of time to pull the trigger there.

1406: GOAL! Hibernian 1-3 Hearts (Skacel)

1405: Hearts are set to make it nine games since they lost to Hibs. Three minutes of injury time to be played.

1404: "Hibs have got to go man for man at the back to try to get an equaliser." BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

1403: That would have been game, set and match. Two minutes to go as Hearts go for the jugular, with Hibs looking disjointed.

1402: Ian Black sends Andy Driver free on the left with a wonderful crossfield pass. The Hearts winger cuts inside and shoots but Sean O'Hanlon clears the ball off the goalline.

1400: Garry O'Connor and Eoin Doyle come on for Martin Scott and Danny Galbraith.

Hearts make their physical presence count, with big John Sutton controlling the bobbling ball in the box to lay it off to Andy Webster, who coolly lashes it into the corner of the net, giving Graham Stack no chance.

GOAL! Hibernian 1-2 Hearts (Webster)

1357: Sub Rudi Skacel, on for David Templeton, tries to get Hearts going.

1356: "I don't think either team deserves to lose the game," says BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

1354: Some comfort for Rangers fans: David Healy's only goal for Rangers came against Motherwell at Ibrox last season.

1353: Twelve minutes to go down Leith way. Will there be a winner? Anyone fancy Hearts' Marius Zaliukas to pop up with a match-winning header in the final minute to atone for his own goal?

1352: Hmmm, what does Nikica Jelavic's absence mean for Rangers - injury or offski?

Yellow card
1351: Andy Webster is booked for a bit of unsporting play against Leigh Griffths.

1350: Rangers have tweeted their line-up to face Motherwell. No Nikica Jelavic. It's McGregor; Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac; Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace; Healy, Lafferty.

1348: Ian Black fancies a goal today, just possibly because he is facing Hibs. He follows up his earlier shot that tried to catch Graham Stack out when he was off his line with a powerful shot just over the bar.

1347: Like Desperate Dan, Danny Galbraith has two bites of the pie and it's gone. First, he hit a left-foot free-kick into the Hearts wall from 25 yards and latched on to the rebound to volley a right-foot shot over the bar.

1345: Now, for the Hearts goal, when Andy Webster headed at goal, Stephen Elliott was clearly offside. Though he did not touch the ball before McGowan applied the killer touch, he was standing bang in front of Graham Stack. When is offside not offside?!

1342: Spare a thought for my Salford-based colleague Andy Burke. Moments before the goals, he tweeted: "With crazy shifts over Christmas, I've been having trouble sleeping. Turns out this Edinburgh derby is the cure. Nite nite." Soon followed by "I'll get me coat." Ah, Burkey - it's a cup of warm milk and a custard cream you need before beddy baw-baws.

1340: Ivan Sproule up-ends Ryan McGowan, who gets up and sticks his head into the Hibs winger's gut. Sproule rolls about in (mock) agony after a moment's pause but the ref shrugs off the appeals for a red card.

1338: The tricky Northern Irishman bamboozles the Hibs defence, beats three men and hits a low cross along the six-yard line. Somehow, somehow, his Hibs team-mate allows the ball to flash through his legs when all it needed was a tap-in. I think it was Martin Scott lurking with intent.

1337: Ah, this is much more like it. Ivan Sproule is off and running...!

Unreal! Marius Zaliukas knocks the ball past his own keeper, turning Danny Galbraith's low driven cross past Marian Kello.

GOAL! Hibernian 1-1 Hearts (Zaliukas og)

Ryan McGowan heads Andy Webster's firm header into the net, though the initial effort would probably have crossed the line in any case. The Hearts fans go wild!

GOAL! Hibernian 0-1 Hearts (McGowan)

1329: The quality is still not great but at least Hibs are having a go at the visitors. Leigh Griffiths looks like he may have had a word or two in his lugs at half-time from manager Pat Fenlon.

1328: Andy Webster takes no chances at the back for Hearts, playing Sean O'Hanlon long ball from defence out of play for a Hibs throw-in.

1327: Victor Palsson is just too keen in the challenge, fouling Ian Black who shielded the ball well from the Hibs man.

1326: EmbraCraig is full of mirth on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Re. 1301, 1314 - maybe the referee was worried about ruining the spectacle of the game. OK, probably not then..."

1324: Hibs keep Hearts pinned back with four minutes gone in the second half.

1322: I wonder if Hibs could smuggle Martin O'Neill into the dugout to replace Pat Fenlon without anyone noticing the difference.

1321: Hibs make a bright start to the second half, though it's a case of deja-vu as Danny Galbraith slices a left-foot shot wide of the target in the opening exchanges.

1318: Gary Harkins is out of action for Killie for about six weeks - the Killie midfielder broke his ankle in a challenge with Zdenek Kroca in training.

1316: Chick Young tells BBC Scotland listeners that John Fleck could be set to join Blackpool on loan. What is certain is that Darren Cole is joining Partick Thistle on loan.

1314: The_Panick on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound RE:1301: Under the letter of the law, I guess so. But a penalty + card surely makes up for denying a clear goalscoring opp."

1312: Dunfermline are the only side in the UK who have not won at home in the league this season - so says commentator Charlie Mann on Radio Scotland. Celtic will go there with high hopes of returning to Glasgow with three points.

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1310: Ally in Dundee by text: "I must say I took a lot of pleasure from Ian Black missing that penalty, and to be honest, I think the whole of Scotland bar Hearts fans did as well." I thought this was the season of goodwill to all men, even to Scottish football's so-called villains?

1308: Highlights of this match and of the four later today will be posted on the BBC Sport website on Tuesday.

1306: Still, Hearts have looked much more likely than Hibs to score...though still not likely at all, if you catch my drift.

1305: Sportsound anchor Richard Gordon tells listeners that Hearts have now missed three penalties in a row.

1304: From Euan Black on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Watching kids play footy with a rock in Thailand. A much better spectacle than the Edinburgh Derby by the sounds of things!"

Half time
1303: HALF-TIME: Hibernian 0-0 Hearts

1301: Now, should Graham Stack have been sent off? Elliott had only the Hibs goalie to beat but Stack's challenge with his left leg about 10 yards from his goal was more clumsy than malicious. A goalkeeper's tackle, you might say.

1300: Oh, boy! Ian Black slaps a poor penalty to Graham Stack's right. The big goalie dives the right way and saves!

1259: Hearts have a penalty! Graham Stack commits a foul on Stephen Elliott.

1258: By the way, we'll be able to bring you Hearts' post-match reaction. They are talking to the media again.

1256: Ian Black and Ryan McGowan make an incursion into the Hibs' right-back area but are eventually crowded out. Black commits a foul and Graham Stack gets a rare touch of the ball to take the goal-kick.

1255: From Nick Hall on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "SPL? Hibs players cannot execute simple skills: passing, control, shooting, crossing. Not rocket science lads." While Nick Fyfe adds : "Neither team looks like they want to keep the ball, misplaced passes everywhere."

1253: David Templeton's shot that hit the post has been the most exciting bit of action so far, though the atmosphere and charged and the fans are involved. Not one for the purists, as they say. But if you love commitment, effort, snarling, scything, comedy fouls and panto-style hatred, this is marvellous fare.

1251: Hibs' Martin Scott stands on Ian Black's foot as clumsily as a fat aunt at a ceilidh. Scott v Black - now there is a contest.

1249: Former Hearts manager Csaba Lazlo and Jim Jefferies are in the main stand at Easter Road. Jeez-oh, if all Vladimir Romanov's ex bosses were here they'd need their own terracing!

1248: Ian Black pings a free-kick into the Hibs box that Andy Webster only just manages to get on the end of.

1246: Does the Edinburgh comedy festival now run all year round?!

1245: right in front of the Hearts fans, Hibs' Ivan Sproule plays a short corner to Leigh Griffiths, who controls the ball as though it were a sphere of strawberry jelly and allows it to wobble out of play.

1244: Andy Driver catches a long diagonal pass, knocks it past Callum Booth but is miffed to see the ball roll out of play beyond the goalline before he can cut the ball back.

1242: Keeper Marian Kello's long kick into enemy territory causes panic but Hibs eventually clear their lines.

1240: That effort was Taouil's last. He limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury and Andy Driver comes on. Let's hope we get a goal soon. We have Ivan Sproule for the home side and now David Templeton and Driver for Hearts to run at defences.

1238: Stephen Elliott finds some space on Hearts' outside right position, makes a foray into the Hibs box and lays it on a festive plate for Mehdi Taouil, who slices his shot high and wide. No-o-o-o! That should have been a goal.

1236: Ivan Sproule has a run at the Hearts defence, then, when faced with a wall of maroon, plays the ball back. When a cross comes in to the box, Leigh Griffiths does well to get his head on to it but the ball drifts like a lonesome cowboy on the plains.

1234: Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths goes down in the Hearts box, collapsing like Frank Spencer in his Some Mothers Do Have 'Em pomp.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1232: Steward's inquiry in to why Paul Hanlon allowed David Templeton to drift past him on to his best foot, his right. The Hearts attacker smacks Graham Stack's left-hand post with a firm, low shot from 22 yards. Hibs are hanging on to an extent here.

1231: We've played 15 minutes.

1231: From Craig Marnock on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "A win for Hearts would do me fine today. I don't want Hibs pulling away from the Pars and I don't see us beating Celtic..."

Yellow card
1229: Paul Hanlon becomes the second Hibernian player to be booked, for a foul on pacy David Templeton. Ian Black's free-kick wafts into the arms of Graham Stack in the home goal.

1227: The pace is manic! The players have no time on the ball at all and neither side looks to have the skill to retain possession under any kind of pressure.

1227: Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "I understand representatives from Southampton are here at Easter Road to watch Andrew Driver. He's on the bench. #Hearts #longdrivehome"

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1226: From Tom in Edinburgh by text on 80295: "Hibs have had four different managers since they last beat Hearts!"

Yellow card
1224: Hibs' Lewis Stevenson has a feisty exchange with Ian Black and then moves on to his next challenge with Scott Robinson...where he clatters the man in maroon's shin.

1222: Ryan McGowan wins a free-kick when Hibs' lightning-quick winger Ivan Sproule knocks the ball past the Hearts full-back and almost jumps on his back to try to win possession in the Hearts box.

1220: I swear, when I was having a kick-about at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh yesterday I smacked a few better shots than that...while I was wearing my new suede desert boots with slippy soles.

1219: Hibs' Leigh Griffiths rolls the ball out to Danny Galbraith who hits a truly lamentable shot well wide of goal from the left side of the box.

1217: My, oh my. Former Hearts assistant boss Billy Brown in the Hibs dugout for an Edinburgh derby.

1216: It's sunny but cold in Leith. Hearts take kick-off and win two free-kicks in the first 28 seconds.

1215: The players are out on the pitch, the fans are in full voice and we are all set for the Edinburgh derby. Kick-off is imminent.

1214: "When you are struggling, sometimes this is the game that you want. This might just be the day the Hibs players galvanise themselves and put on a performance." Scotland manager Craig Levein on Sportsound

1213: IainM17 on Twitter: "I think Hearts could win this game easily, been playing very well and Hibs are on a poor run of form. #bbcsportsound"

1211: Hearts are 14 points ahead of Hibs, though Pat Fenlon's men have a game in hand.

1209: For the visitors, Hearts, right-back Jamie Hamill is included as one of five changes. Hamill missed the midweek SPL draw at Aberdeen with an ankle injury but is drafted into the starting line-up alongside Ian Black, Stephen Elliott, Mehdi Taouil and Scott Robinson as Hearts seek to extend their eight-match unbeaten record in the capital clash.

1208: Hibernian have made four changes, with Paul Hanlon, Ian Murray, Martin Scott and Victor Palsson brought in and leading scorer Garry O'Connor, who has been struggling with a toe injury, named among the substitutes alongside new signing Eoin Doyle.

1207: HEARTS TEAM: Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, McGowan, Taouil, Black, Mrowiec, Robinson, Templeton, Elliott. Subs: MacDonald, Barr, Driver, Sutton, Skacel, Novikovas, Hamilton.

1206: HIBERNIAN TEAM TO PLAY HEARTS: Stack, Murray, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Booth, Sproule, Palsson, Scott, Stevenson, Galbraith, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Hart, Wotherspoon, O'Connor, Doyle, Stephens, Towell.

1204: As Andy has shown, to get in touch on Twitter, please use the hashtag #bbcsportsound, and if you fancy texting us the number is 80295.

1202: andyvwatson on Twitter: "Some great looking games in the SPL today. Hopefully there isn't an Old Firm hangover for #Celtic like last season. #bbcsportsound"

1200: Second-placed Rangers are at home to Motherwell, Dunfermline welcome Celtic, Kilmarnock take on St Mirren and Dundee United play Aberdeen.

1158: The Inverness CT v St Johnstone game has been cancelled because of snow, so there are only four SPL matches to follow, all with 1500 GMT kick-offs.

1156: The teams will have to go some to match the spectacle of the city's celebrations at the bells but let's hope there are some football fireworks to blow away the effects of the Hogmanay partying.

1155: A very happy new year to you all. Please accept my virtual handshake. Our first treat this afternoon, kicking off at 1215 GMT, is the Edinburgh derby, when Hibernian take on Hearts at Easter Road.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 22 29 53
2 Rangers 22 28 51
3 Motherwell 20 0 34
4 Hearts 22 10 32
5 St Johnstone 21 6 32
6 Dundee Utd 22 -4 26
7 Kilmarnock 21 -4 26
8 St Mirren 22 -6 26
9 Aberdeen 22 -4 24
10 Inverness CT 21 -12 19
11 Hibernian 21 -17 15
12 Dunfermline 20 -26 14

see also
Inverness CT v St Johnstone
31 Dec 11 |  Scottish Premier

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