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By Keir Murray

1710: I'll wind this up now. Many thanks as ever for setting eyes on this sports offering. Have a terrific Saturday night. Look out for the highlights from all of today's SPL matches on the website from 1800 GMT on Sunday. All the best

1708: We'll have lots of SPL post-match reaction on the BBC Sport website as soon as our stubby digits can knock out the quotes.

1707: The lines are open for Radio Scotland's Your Call - 0500 92 95 00. Chick Young and Tom English will field your points and questions. On-air in just over 20 minutes' time.

1706: Davros183 "Credit to St Johnstone, twice being pegged back, twice hitting back. It's a good season to be a Saintee, so far anyway! #bbcsportsound"

1705: From Nick Fyfe on Twitter: "Aberdeen must keep Arnason. Splash the cash Milne! #bbcsportsound"

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1704: Ian in Edinburgh: "I wonder when the Dons fans r going to wake up and smell the coffee they r being shortchanged by their team, only play against Rangers, disgraceful."

1703: jackrt14 on Twitter: "Gutted not to have won after being ahead but a solid point on the way to recovery. Cheers Broon for making us believe again. #bbcsportsound"

1701: Commentator John Barnes says that is Dunfermline's first win at Rugby Park in the SPL. A coupon buster, surely.

1700: matthewrestored on Twitter: "Dear #Hibs, the idea of winning football matches is scoring more than the opposition. Not standing watching them score. #bbcsportsound"

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1659: Bill in East Kilbride: "David Begg is the finest radio commentator in the land by a country mile."

1656: Commentator David Begg and Billy Dodds sound hoarse from the excitement at Ibrox, saying it was a fantastic game. For the Dons, they fail to break that 21-year-old hoodoo of not winning at Ibrox, while for the home fans it means their team now trails Celtic by four points.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen

1655: Jason Brown beats the ball away from Sone Aluko's volley to keep the score level.

1654: Only Rangers v Aberdeen still playing in the SPL. Currently 1-1.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Dundee United 1-1 Motherwell
Inverness CT 1-0 Hearts

1653: That might be Hearts' last chance as Ryan Esson saves a Jamie Hamill effort. Agony for the 700 or so travelling fans.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone

1651: From JB on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Motherwell are quickly losing their way in the league... we really need to strengthen the team." In saying that, JB, the new kid on the block, Henrik Ojamaa, looks like a handful!

1650: Motherwell have a shout for a penalty as Henrik Ojamaa is taken down in the Dundee United box but referee Stevie O'Reilly waves it away.

1650: Almost time up at the Caledonian Stadium, where ICT lead Hearts 1-0.

Hibs go to sleep after equalising and Francisco Sandaza makes them pay as he spins and shoots home to give the Saints a 3-2 lead.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Kilmarnock 0-3 Dunfermline

1647: Motherwell substitute Henrik Ojamaa pulls back the ball to Michael Higdon who had made the right run to smash home an easy finish from six yards.

GOAL! Hibernian 2-3 St Johnstone (Sandaza)

GOAL! Dundee United 1-1 Motherwell (Higdon)

1645: Great save from Darren Randolph keeps Motherwell in it at Tannadice as Jon Daly sets up a shooting chance for United's John Rankin.

1644: Maurice Edu's shot is just wide after superb set-up play by Nikica Jelavic.

1643: At Easter Road, Callum Booth works a one-two and curls a right foot shot past Peter Enckelman.

GOAL! Hibernian 2-2 St Johnstone (Booth)

1643: Liam Buchanan, having set up their first two goals, secures the three points for Dunfermline by scoring against Kilmarnock on the break.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-3 Dunfermline (Buchanan)

1642: Kari Arnason threatens again for Aberdeen, this time with a 30-yarder that Allan McGregor gets down to beat out for a corner.

1641: Motherwell's Tom Hateley delivers another quality cross to team-mate Michael Higdon in the Dundee United six-yard box but the striker just can't direct the header on target. Chances a-plenty for both sides at Tannadice.

1640: Now into the last 15 minutes, Rangers are pummelling the Aberdeen defence as they look to close the gap on Celtic.

1639: Jonny Hayes is one-on-one with Marian Kello but can find no way past the Hearts goalie. The Jambos are still in this game with 10 minutes to go.

1638: As things stand, St Johnstone would move into fourth spot in the SPL table.

1637: Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes is getting a wee bit upset after Kilmarnock are denied a penalty. John thinks Paul Heffernan was shoved inside the Dunfermline box.

1636: The lines are open for Radio Scotland's Your Call - 0500 92 95 00. Chick Young and Tom English will field your points and questions. On-air at 1730 GMT.

1635: Jonny Hayes leads a quick Inverness break. His cross into the box, though, lands on the roof of the Hearts net.

1634: From Nicky on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Would 1520 (1624) like any chips with his shirt?" It could yet happen...

1633: Neat play down the left wing from Motherwell's Nicky Law who sends a cross to Michael Higdon who just couldn't get his head to it. It's a really engrossing game at Tannadice.

1631: Back to those goals in quick succession at Easter Road. Leigh Griffiths made no mistake from the spot for the equaliser but straight away a ball from the halfway line catches out Hibs defender David Stephens and in stepped Liam Craig to fire home a composed finish for the Perth Saints.

1630: Aberdeen are almost immediately undone. Persistent pressure from the hosts eventually pays off as Maurice Edu's shot deflects past Jason Brown and into the net.

GOAL! Rangers 1-1 Aberdeen (Edu)

GOAL! Hibernian 1-2 St Johnstone (Craig)

GOAL! Hibernian 1-1 St Johnstone (Griffiths)

1627: Hibs have a penalty! Steven Anderson shoves Leigh Griffiths in the back. A bit soft, that decision.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1627: Marian Kello loses the flight of the ball and Shane Sutherland's cross-come-shot from distance hits the post.

1626: Best chance of the game for Motherwell so far as a cross to Jamie Murphy at the back is taken on the turn only to be mopped up at the second attempt of keeper Dusan Pernis.

1626: "Dunfermline are just throwing their bodies at Kilmarnock every time they get near their goal." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1625: Aberdeen mount a counter-attack from halfway and Chris Clark feeds Kari Arnason on the right and the midfielder finishes superbly past Allan McGregor.

GOAL! Rangers 0-1 Aberdeen (Arnason)

1624: "Re my text of 1520, if the boys in blue don't get their eye in I can see Aberdeen nicking one & I'll need to dig out some cutlery & red sauce."

1622: And the pressure continues in the Rangers box as McGregor misses the corner and Carlos Bocanegra heads off the line.

1621: Chris Clark's shot is tipped out by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor after patient play by the Dons.

1621: James Dayton goes close to bringing Kilmarnock back into the game but sends his powerful header wide following a Ben Gordon cross.

1620: "Hibs are all over the shop - they lack experience and leaders." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Stevie Cowan

1620: From Chris Samson on Twitter: "All Hibs' good work of last week is surely undone if they don't pick up a result today #bbcsportsound"

1619: Down Leith way, at one end, Lewis Stevenson mis-kicks in front of goal and then David Stephens kicks Marcus Haber's effort off the line at the other. The game is becoming really stretched, like a poorly adjusted telly.

1618: Jack Thomson quips on Twitter re 1603: "Cammy Bell stop tweeting and concentrate on the game!#bbcsportsound"

1616: A cross by Steve Davis causes havoc in the Aberdeen box but Lee Wallace cannot convert.

1616: Liam Buchanan is again the creator as Dunfermline stretch their lead and it is another Killie howler it helps him on his way. Zdenek Kroce tries to usher the ball over the bye-line, he is robbed by Buchanan and he sets up Joe Cardle to fire home.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-2 Dunfermline (Cardle)

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1613: Mark from Perth on the Hearts situation: "Isn't it funny how an eight point deduction, decided by by a panel with Dundee United's Thompson on it would put strengthen their push for Europe. Well done SFA."

1612: Andrew Barrowman squanders a great chance to put Dunfermline 2-0 ahead at Rugby Park when he shoots wide of the Kilmarnock goal after being set up at the front post by Liam Buchanan.

1610: That goal at the Caledonian Stadium has come against the run of play four minutes into the second half, yet, given the home side's dominance in the first half, is probably justified.

1608: Jonny Hayes does well to make space for a cross which, when delivered, is met by Shane Sutherland and the ball slithers over the line to give Inverness the lead.

GOAL! Inverness CT 1-0 Hearts (Sutherland)

1606: matthewrestored on Twitter: "Referee is a joke at Easter Road today. Sandaza diving twice unpunished and 2-footed from Croft only a yellow. #bbcsportsound"

1604: "I think Hibs' Garry O'Connor has to step up to the plate in the second half and do more for his team." BBC Radio Scotland summariser Stevie Cowan

1604: From Christopher Chree on Twitter: "Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen at HT. Am I dreaming? #bbcsportsound"

1603: From Cammy Bell on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "I do wonder if Rudi Skacel will make a massive impact in what could be one of his last games for the club. Watch this space."

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1559: Brian in Penicuik: "At least Chick Young has the bottle to say what he really thinks about the Hearts situation, while the rest of you hide behind the, 'what a shame it would be for the players and the fans if points are deducted', nonsense. Hearts have turned into a circus act, they have to be hammered by the SPL."

1558: A warning to Hibs: St Johnstone have won their last eight matches where they have taken the lead.

1556: MissLisaGray on Twitter: "David Weir now being presented with a commemorative gift from chairman Craig Whyte on the pitch."

1554: From Ryan Heatly on Twitter: "I'd put at least my year's wages on Sone Aluko being named MOTM today, just to wind us up. #bbcsportsound #donsrule"

1553: Davie Weir strolls on to the pitch at Ibrox to take the applause of the Rangers fans. He told BBC Radio Scotland last night that he was not too keen on being the centre of attention like this, but allowed his arm to be twisted. If you have a moment, can I recommend Colin Moffat's feature on the veteran defender?

1550: "St Johnstone's Lee Croft goes to shake the hand of referee Euan Norris at half-time, perhaps for not sending him off." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Al Lamont

Half time
HALF-TIME: Hibernian 0-1 St Johnstone
Dundee United 1-0 Motherwell
Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen

Half time
HALF-TIME: Kilmarnock 0-1 Dunfermline
Inverness CT 0-0 Hearts

1546: Kilmarnock are almost back on level terms immediately, but Dunfermline goalkeeper Iain Turner saves well from a Dean Shiels drive. Killie have been stung by that goal and Gary Mason clears off the line from Liam Kelly then goalkeeper Iain Turner saves well to deny Garry Hay.

1546: Another great chance for Dundee United at Tannadice as Gary MacKay-Steven pops a shot goalwards from 35 yards out, left of centre - the ball just inches past the Motherwell post.

1545: Rangers are off target again as Maurice Edu's effort bounces wide.

1544: Lee Wallace drills a shot wide after Rangers work the ball across the Aberdeen box.

1544: A moment ago - Hibs' Leigh Griffiths steamed forward and drove a shot just a yard wide of the post, despite having unmarked Garry O'Connor close in support

1543: A mistake by Kilmarnock defender Mo Sissoko hands Dunfermline the opener. Liam Buchanan rolls the ball into the path of Andrew Barrowman to score.

GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-1 Dunfermline (Barrowman)

1542: Dundee United really should be two ahead at Tannadice as John Rankin on the break delivers a great left-footed cross to striker Jon Daly but he doesn't connect properly and sends the ball just wide of the mark.

1541: Liam Buchanan is having one of those days in front of goal for Dunfermline and this time his shot is blocked by Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

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1539: Some strong words from Craig in Edinburgh: "What a sad state of affairs when a media hack like Chick Young can tell us about an 8 point deduction when the SPL meeting has yet to even be held regarding the punishment. Maybe Vlad IS right, it seems the west coast media and the west coast authorities ARE in cahoots?"

1538: At Ibrox, Rangers' Sone Aluko flashes a shot wide after combining well with skipper Steven Davis.

1537: Kenny Gillet is denied his first goal for Inverness. Jonny Hayes' shot is spilled by Marian Kello and Gillet knocks the ball home, only for the offside flag to be raised. Still goalless.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1536: Kari Arnason's header clips the top of the Rangers crossbar from Fraser Fyvie's corner. Good chance for the Dons.

1535: Motherwell almost pull level at Tannadice as Keith Lasley on the edge of the box catches the ball really well but directs it straight down the throat of Dusan Pernis, and with the form the United keeper has been in so far, it is easily mopped up.

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1533: GT, Edinburgh: "Maybe Willie the Big Hibee would be better placed going to Easter Road to boost Hibs' paltry attendances rather than worrying about what Allan Preston has to say."

1533: St Johnstone debutant Lee Croft drove forward and unleashed a shot from around 18 yards which Paul Hanlon did well to block. However, the ball rebounded to the Saints man and he let fly again with his right boot to put his side ahead.

GOAL! Hibernian 0-1 St Johnstone (Croft)

1531: Dundee United's Paul Dixon dances down the left-hand side and squares to the six-yard box for Johnny Russell to trickle the ball into the net.

GOAL! Dundee United 1-0 Motherwell (Russell)

1530: David Healy beats the offside trap as he runs on to Nikica Jelavic's flick but the Northern Ireland striker fails to hit the target.

1529: It's Motherwell this time with a chance to open the scoring at Tannadice as a terrific cross from Nicky Law floats invitingly to team-mate Michael Higdon but the ball is nudged off his head by United keeper Dusan Pernis. How is this game goalless?!

1528: "Seems amazing that this game at Tannadice is goalless with the couple of chances we have had for both teams." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark.

1527: Hibs' Garry O'Connor latches onto a ball over the top from Michael Hart and lets fly with a left-foot effort which Peter Enckelman does well to turn away for a corner.

Yellow card
1526: A few minutes ago at Easter Road, St Johnstone's on-loan Derby man Lee Croft made a two-footed challenge on Hibs' Isaiah Osbourne with studs showing, but referee Euan Norris opted for only a yellow card.

1525: Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown fists the ball onto the crossbar from Nikica Jelavic's header. The hosts try to force home the rebound but the referee blows for a foul.

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1525: Ah, this text from "Willie Milne the big Hibby" made me laugh... "Am sick of that Jambo Preston screaming down the radio when his team has a chance. I thought ur presenters r meant 2 b unbiased."

1523: A throw-in from the left makes it to the box and Dundee United striker Jon Daly manages to get the better of Motherwell defender Stevie Hammell but couldn't keep his header down and the ball soars over the bar.

1521: Hearts' David Templeton comes on to terrorise the Inverness defence, as Stephen Elliott is forced to leave the field.

1520: Hmm, not sure if that least text was from a super-confident Gers fan or from a pessimistic Don.

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1520: An anonymous text: "If Aberdeen win today, I'll eat my fitba' top!"

1518: Changeable conditions in Inverness: one minute, sunny and calm, followed by swirling winds and rain. No goals yet from the home side or Hearts...or anywhere in the SPL, in fact.

1517: "Aberdeen have been spot-on defensively so far." BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

1517: Dunfermline winger Joe Cardle lets fly, but his drive dips just too late to trouble the Kilmarnock crossbar.

1516: St Johnstone's Murray Davidson heads debutant Lee Croft's header across the six-yard box, but Fran Sandaza can only connect with a weak header and the ball bounces harmlessly off Garry O'Connor's back

1515: At Easter Road Hibs have the ball in the net through Garry O'Connor, but the striker is adjudged to be a fraction offside after strike partner Leigh Griffiths' in-swinging ball found him in the penalty area.

1515: Kilmarnock respond at Rugby Park against Dunfermline and Ben Gordon, on his return on loan from Chelsea, sends a clever chip just over the crossbar.

1514: Dunfermline squander an early chance when new signing Mark Kerr plays a nice pass that sets Liam Buchanan free. But the striker fails to control the ball after trying to round Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

1513: Nothing doing in the opening minutes at Ibrox with the blustery wind forcing both sides to keep the ball on the deck.

1512: MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Craigan, Hammell, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Daley, Murphy, Higdon. Subs: Bradley, Humphrey, McHugh, Forbes, Clancy, Ojamaa, Carswell.

1511: DUNDEE UNITED: Pernis, Neilson, Kenneth, Dillon, Dixon, Armstrong, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven, Daly, Russell. Subs: Banks, Flood, Ryan, Swanson, Douglas, Gunning, Dow.

1509: Ah, I've just realised I haven't listed the teams at Tannadice... Un moment, mes amis...

1509: Good effort from a Tom Hateley free-kick at Tannadice but the Dundee United keeper Dusan Pernis is up to the task and makes the save. A really open game so far between these two teams.

1508: CashMoneyDench on Twitter: "@NickGordon30 we're going to win 1-0 Considine header. You heard it here first. #bbcsportsound"

1506: No goals from the five SPL games so far. Thanks very much for all your contributions so far. Much appreciated. OK, mostly appreciated - I jest! I jest!

1504: Hearts' Jamie Hamill takes a pass from Ian Black and smacks the crossbar from 35 yards, with Ryan Esson beaten.

1503: PA marvel MissLisaGray on Twitter: "#Rangers fans get their first look at Mervan Celik on pitch before game. McGregor back from injury, Jelavic still here and playing- for now!"

1502: MotherwellFC on Twitter: "Weather is horrible here at Tannadice - blowing a gale with sleet making it even worse. What is it about 'Well vs United games?"

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1501: true blue bear: "We could do with a convincing win today. Attack from start, don't give Aberdeen a chance to play as our luck this game today would end up being their best game of the year."

1500: Five SPL matches get ready to rumble.

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1458: Casper in Callander on Rangers' choice of strikers: "Great to see Healy getting another start. The more game time the more he will contribute. Goal from both strikers today."

1457: A couple of hopeful Dons fans on Twitter, Nick Gordon says: "Would love a shock 3-2 Dons win at Ibrox today. A Vernon brace and a Sone Aluko own goal to seal the deal?#unfoundedoptimism #bbcsportsound." While Andrew Reilly says "I wasn't even born when Aberdeen last won at Ibrox. Well overdue!"

1456: Hearts make one change to the team who beat St Mirren 5-2 last Saturday with suspended Marius Zaliukas replaced by Ryan McGowan.

1455: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall also makes just one change to his team after the 1-0 home loss against Inverness. Steve Jennings returns to central midfield, with Tim Clancy a substitute and Tom Hateley moving to right back.

1453: Dundee United manager Peter Houston makes just one change to the side that lost 2-1 to Celtic last weekend. Stuart Armstrong replaces Willo Flood in midfield, with the Irishman dropping to the bench.

1450: Seven of Inverness's midweek Scottish Cup heroes miss today's home game against Hearts. Inverness defender Kenny Gillet missed Wednesday's 3-1 extra time win at Dunfermline and is restored to the side, alongside on loan centre back Steve Williams, who makes his full debut. Goalkeeper Ryan Esson had recovered from a groin strain to replace Northern Ireland international Jonny Tuffey, who drops to the bench. Nick Ross, David Proctor, Shane Sutherland and Josh Meekings also start for Caley Thistle, while Thomas Piermayr, Ross Tokely, Graeme Shinnie and Billy McKay drop to the bench. Roman Golobart and midweek substitute Andrew Shinnie miss out completely after suffering injuries which will see them sidelined long term and Lee Cox is out due to a calf problem.

1447: HEARTS TEAM: Kello, Hamill, McGowan, Barr, Webster, Black, Skacel, Mrowiec, Robinson, Sutton, Elliott. Subs: MacDonald, Santana, Templeton, Obua, Glen, Prychynenko, Holt.

1446: INVERNESS TEAM TO PLAY HEARTS: Esson, Proctor, Gillet, Williams, Meekings, Hayes, Tansey, Ross, Foran, Tade, Sutherland. Subs: Tuffey, Piermayr, Tokely, Morrison, Graeme Shinnie, McKay.

1445: ABERDEEN TEAM: Brown, Jack, McArdle, Reynolds, Robertson, Magennis, Fyvie, Arnason, Clark, Fallon, Vernon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Chalali, Paton, Megginson, Fraser, Masson.

1445: RANGERS TEAM TO FACE ABERDEEN: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Jelavic, Healy. Subs: Alexander, McCulloch, Ortiz, Bedoya, Wylde, Kerkar, McCabe.

1444: ST JOHNSTONE TEAM: Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, McCracken, Callum Davidson, Croft, Morris, Murray Davidson, Craig, Sandaza, Haber. Subs: Mannus, Sheridan, Maybury, Compton, Moffat, Stewart, Gray.

1442: HIBERNIAN TEAM TO PLAY ST JOHNSTONE: Brown, Hart, Stephens, Hanlon, Booth, Francomb, Osbourne, Stevenson, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Stack, O'Hanlon, Wotherspoon, Doyle, Galbraith, Towell, Smith.

1442: DUNFERMLINE TEAM: Turner, Dowie, Rutkiewicz, Keddie, Boyle, Graham, Mason, Kerr, Cardle, Barrowman, Buchanan. Subs: Smith, Kirk, Hardie, Potter, Thomson, Byrne, Young.

1440: KILMARNOCK TEAM TO FACE DUNFERMLINE: Bell, Fowler, Sissoko, Kroca, Gordon, Kelly, Pascali, Hay, Shiels, Harkins, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Nelson, Silva, Dayton, Racchi, McKeown, Kennedy

1439: Aberdeen are seeking their first win at Ibrox since 1991.

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1437: Jim in Netherlee: "Off to Firhill and dreading it due to the wind. Didn't see the Celtic game, but it sounds like the wind affected it. Surely we should consider calling games off when it's this windy?"

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1435: Pure mischief-making by John in Perth: "A flavour of today's post match interview with Craig Brown: 'We were doing well until they got their pen - I thought the straight red card for Considine was harsh but I'm not going to criticise the ref - we only lost by 3 goals but on another day and with a wee bit of luck we could have just sneaked it - we had a number of key players missing thro injury but I'm not using that as an excuse - the Aberdeen fans were fantastic.' Missed anything?"

1431: From Dundee fan Iain Weir on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Predict we will get beaten in Partick today. Always a bad place to go. Reckon we will lose the football game after too. #DFC" Our man Derek Ferguson is at Firhill for Sportsound's 'Open all Mics, Iain.

1429: Team news coming up, folks.

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1426: Gordon Combe by text: "Can someone please explain how a 2pm inspection at ICT is of any use 2 a Hearts fan waiting to go to the game in Edinburgh! Another SPL joke!"

1425: St Mirren just did not have the classy finishing of Celtic. The Buddies had plenty of chances but they could not find a way past the superb Fraser Forster in the visitors' goal.

1423: Celtic move five points clear at the top of the SPL table with that win. St Mirren stay in eighth place. Considering the conditions, that was an entertaining game of football.

Full time
FULL-TIME: St Mirren 0-2 Celtic

1422: From Fiona C on Twitter using #bbcsportsound who has half an eye on the game coming up at Ibrox: "Lots of positive tweets from the Dons fans on twitter! Hope it's a sign of things to come this afternoon #donsrule"

1421: Looking at that Rangers team to face Aberdeen, Ally McCoist has made one change with Allan McGregor returning in goal and Neil Alexander dropping to the bench.

1419: Dougie Imrie belts a shot that soars over the Celtic bar, that following a disallowed goal for Celtic. Thomas Rogne's header crossed the line but Crawford Allan rules it out for a player being offside.

Well, for all St Mirren's fine play, they have shot themselves in the foot with both goals. A Celtic corner is rolled to Scott Brown outside the box and the Celtic skipper curls a beauty into the far corner of the net. Very like the one he scored at Ibrox.

1417: GOAL! St Mirren 0-2 Celtic (Brown)

1416: Four minutes to go. James Forrest off, Adam Matthews on. Matthews looks miffed at having to come on for a soaking for a few minutes' play!

1414: Paul McGowan sets up Dougie Imrie on the right wing. He jinks into the Celtic box, puts the ball on to his left foot and slams a shot a few yards wide of the far post. He needed to curl it in.

1413: Gary Hooper is a fraction away from adding a second for Celtic, his right-foot shot slipping by Craig Samson's post.

1412: The 6ft 7in keeper should be carried shoulder-high by the 10 Celtic outfield players if they hold on to this score - Forster has been immense. It's torture for St Mirren, though.

1410: And from the corner, Celtic goalie Fraser Forster makes another excellent save, on this occasion from Lee Mair, whose downward header at the back post looked to be the leveller.

1409: Thomas Rogne heads clear a dangerous cross into the St Mirren box but St Mirren win a corner as they search for an equaliser.

1408: Kenny McLean leans back and balloons a left-footed shot high over the Celtic bar. Maybe my good pal Chick Young will need to revise his £1m valuation of the Buddies starlet?

1406: RFC_Official on Twitter with some Rangers team news: McGregor; Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac; Aluko, Davis, Edu, Wallace; Healy, Jelavic.

1405: Inverness CT v Hearts is ON. The ground has passed a 1400 GMT pitch inspection.

1404: That goal was James Forrest's eighth of the season.

1403: Celtic have been lifted by that goal but they looked livelier since the arrival of Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes.

1401: It's hard on St Mirren as they find themselves a goal down despite their good performance. But they will be asking how they managed to allow Scott Brown and scorer James Forrest so much space for the goal. A punched clearance landed at the Celtic captain and he had lots of time to roll the ball to young Forrest who rammed a cracking low shot into the net.

GOAL! St Mirren 0-1 Celtic (Forrest)

1400: Jeroen Tesselaar is as cynical as a washed-up hack with his block on James Forrest. No yellow card.

1358: "At the moment the wind is dictating how Celtic attack St Mirren." Sportsound commentator Liam McLeod.

1357: Anthony Stokes gets on the ball and makes a surge at goal, but his pass into the box is over-hit. Relief for the Buddies.

1356: About 25 minutes left at St Mirren Park. Fraser Forster has been the busier keeper this afternoon - he looks unbeatable. Danny Lennon will be proud of his players up to this point.

Yellow card
1355: Cha Du-Ri is booked for a clumsy, intentional foul on St Mirren livewire Paul McGowan.

1354: DickoDickson44 on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound Gutted that I'm missing the game due to work but Sportsound keeping me up to date as usual. Come on you bhoys in green!"

1353: "Celtic have got to be braver and build it up from the back." Celtic legend Pat Bonner on BBC Radio Scotland

1350: Dougie Imrie finds space in the box and will be kicking himself that he did not tuck the ball beyond Fraser Forster. The new signing's shot is high to Forster's left and the Celtic keeper throws out a massive arm to save.

1348: Kris Commons gets involved straight away. He takes a corner and the ball comes off Thomas Rogne's head and hits the arm of a St Mirren defender. The visiting fans are raging that they did not get a penalty from Crawford Allan - not sure what the Saints man knew about the handball but foolish of him to go up for the header with his arm in the air. St Mirren are lucky there.

1347: Kris Commons and Anthony Stokes come on for Georgios Samaras and Ki Sung-Yueng. Neil Lennon looks to spark some life into Celtic.

1346: From Michael Behan on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Surely with all the options in the bench it won't be long til Celtic make changes, Ki non existent."

1345: Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is taking off his tracksuit trousers and I don't think it's because he has spilled his water bottle. Who will Neil Lennon remove?

1343: Oh, what a save by Forster! Paul McGowan diverts a speeding ball at goal from eight yards out and the Celtic goalie shows tremendous reflexes to dive to his left and make the save.

1341: At the other end, Kenny McLean hits a left-foot shot too close to Fraser Forster and the big goalie makes an easy save. McLean ought to have curled it into the far corner.

1339: Celtic's Cha Du-Ri makes a great run down the right wing. His cross is deflected high into the air by Lee Mair and the ball is blown on to the M8 two miles away... OK, it lands at Gary Hooper but St Mirren get it clear.

1338: Hearts' Ryan McGowan on Twitter looks ahead to the match in Inverness and offers us some words of wisdom: "Buzzing for the game today! Hopefully get 3 points #onlytimesuccesscomesbeforeworkisinthedictionary"

1337: Big Lee Mair is a fraction off reaching Kenny McLean's right-footed cross from the left wing into the Celtic box.

1335: At Paisley's Stadium of Wind, the second half is well and truly under way.

1331: St Johnstone have just arrived at Easter Road, reports Sportsound's Brian McLauchlin.

1330: From Grant Campbell on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Been impressed with St Mirren. Improving season upon season. Still 45 mins to go. Still fancy Celtic 2-0."

1328: Our other games today in the SPL are Dundee Utd v Motherwell, Hibs v St Johnstone, Inverness CT v Hearts and Kilmarnock v Dunfermline.

1327: As it stands, Celtic are three points ahead of Rangers at the top of the table. Rangers host Aberdeen at 1500 GMT. That's 135 minutes of football where anything can happen.

1325: Douglas McNeil on Twitter: "Celtic look dangerous down the right through Brown and Cha. Very few chances."

1323: Neil Hepburn on Facebook: "Re 1302: Martin, why should we give more tickets to the Old Firm when they come to Pittodrie when they won't give us more for Ibrox and Parkhead? More often than not, we sell out our pitiful allocation that we get. It's well known that Aberdeen have one of the best travelling supports and we could of easily sold 5 times our allocation for today."

1320: The covers are still on one-third of the Inverness pitch but the match against Hearts, as things stand, goes ahead.

1318: That was a pretty good 45 minutes. St Mirren held on for the first 10-15 minutes and thereafter more than held their own, their lively midfield play keeping Celtic at bay and they might have taken the lead from McAusland's or Barron's shots or Thompson's header.

Half time
1317: HALF-TIME: St Mirren 0-0 Celtic

1315: And moments later Forrest streaks down the right wing again and his cross hits the bar and goes out. Crawford Allan awards a corner to the disgust of the home fans. They boo as if they are at the panto.

1314: Celtic winger James Forrest beats his man on the right wing and crosses for Gary Hooper at the front post. The in-demand English striker flicks the ball across the face of Samson's goal and St Mirren breathe a hu-u-uge sigh of relief.

1312: Imrie is surely a good signing for Danny Lennon. He evidently likes that type of busy player - McGowan, Carey, Hasselbaink.

1310: Dougie Imrie cuts inside from the right touchline and on to his left foot. His looping cross to the back post is aimed at Stevie Thompson who nods it back to Graham Carey and his effort drifts wide.

1308: A half-chance for St Mirren there: a lofted ball into the Celtic box sees three Celtic defenders crowd out Kenny McLean but it comes out to David Barron and the Greenock man, appearing in "enemy" colours, slices his shot well wide of the Celtic goal.

1306: yogs1967 on Twitter: "#bbcsportsound way too much sideways passing from Celtic. More direct please!"

1304: "Now we are starting to come in to the game and get a bit of possession ourselves." St Mirren midfielder-turned-radio summariser Jim Goodwin

1302: Martin McDonagh on the Sportsound Facebook page: "Yet again the Celtic end is completely packed whilst the home end has thousands of empty seats in full view of the cameras. I'm no fan of John Yorkston but he is the the one SPL chairman who has got his seating policy right. He makes all his home fans sit together so that they can open other areas to away fans if they can fill it. Then they can get a better crowd against Hibs than St Johnstone could against Rangers last week. So many other clubs like Hibs and Aberdeen are costing themselves a fortune with this stupidity."

1300: Fraser Forster comes out of his goal to gather the ball but Charlie Mulgrew hesitates then takes control of the situation by chesting the ball beyond his goalie. Stevie Thompson makes a fair-looking challenge on Mulgrew but ref Crawford Allan is not impressed and awards Celtic a free-kick.

1259: OK, 26 minutes gone at blustery St Mirren Park. No goals.

1258: By the way, have you seen some of the excellent BBC TV programmes and web content on the world's greatest ever boxer? Marvellous!

1256: Charlie Mulgrew's inswinging corner is cleared by St Mirren keeper Craig Samson with a punch that septuagenarian Muhammad Ali would applaud.

1254: Marc McAusland plays it safe in the Saints defensive, blootering the ball clear as a Celtic attack breaks down. No-nonsense stuff. I dream of defending like AC Milan legend Franco Baresi but in truth my style is much more like the big St Mirren stopper's.

1252: Dougie Imrie crosses for Stevie Thompson and the diving header from the Bearded Wonder from 12 yards is saved by Fraser Forster.

1250: Stevie Thompson, as usual, makes a pest of himself as he closes down Charlie Mulgrew and cuts off his attempted pass from the back. Celtic manager Neil Lennon goes cuckoo at the slackness.

1248: And somehow St Mirren survive, as big Stevie Thompson almost heads the ball into his own net, but I think it deflected off Lee Mair on the goal-line before Samson leapt on it to kill it.

1247: Ooya! What a shot by Gary Hooper - a volley from 35 yards! And what a save by Craig Samson, who sprung to his left like a lively puppy to parry the ball out for a corner!

1246: St Mirren haven't scored against Celtic in their last five meetings.

1244: The first decent chance of the match falls to St Mirren's Marc McAusland, lurking at the back post, whose drilled shot from eight yards is smothered smartly by Fraser Forster.

Yellow card
1242: Thomas Rogne is booked for a challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar.

1241: Referee Crawford Allan awards St Mirren a free-kick for Georgios Samaras's foul on Paul McGowan.

1240: Buddies defender Lee Mair heads Cha Du-Ri's cross from the right wing clear. St Mirren win a free-kick to ease the pressure.

1239: Celtic are enjoying the bulk of the play at St Mirren Park in these early minutes.

1238: From Andrew V Watson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Surprising line-up today for #Celtic. Still, I have a feeling by the end of today Celtic will have extended the points gap." While Campbellbhoy adds: "Good looking Celtic team today, Lennon not afraid to change for the good of the team."

1236: Jim Goodwin has a calf strain. St Mirren's temporary loss is Radio Scotland's, and the listeners', gain.

1234: "I am pleased with the way we have started. There seems good organisation and shape and we have forced Celtic in to a few mistakes early on." St Mirren's Jim Goodwin, working on Radio Scotland today

1233: James Forrest is out on the left for Celtic. I'm sure he'll be switching wings regularly.

1231: And we have a game of football...

1229: The teams are making their way on to the pitch, St Mirren in their mint humbug black and white stripes, Celtic in their wasp-like strip. The sun is out, but the weather in the west of Scotland is pizza-like - four seasons, that is. Give it a minute and it could be snowing.

1227: Three minutes until kick-off.

1226: My colleague Chris McLaughlin informs Sportsound listeners that Liverpool remain favourites to sign the Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. West Ham and Fulham are also both interested in taking the Croatian striker south of the border.

1224: Isn't it terrific to hear former Celtic keeper Packy Bonner on Radio Scotland? What a gent.

1221: When it comes to getting in touch with us, the message is simple - don't haud back. You can text us on 80295 or use the hashtag #bbcsportsound on Twitter. And then there's the Sportsound Facebook page , if that's your thing.

1219: So, thanks for logging on to join BBC Scotland's coverage. We'll make it worth your while. I hope you're sitting comfortably or, if you've been dragged shopping, I hope you aren't attracting too many suspicious looks as you lurk behind the shoe racks fidgeting with your phone.

1217: And coming in to replace them are full-back Cha Du-Ri, midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng and winger James Forrest.

1216: That means Adam Matthews, Emilio Izaguirre and Anthony Stokes have dropped to the bench for Celtic.

1215: CELTIC TEAM NEWS: Forster, Cha, Rogne, Mulgrew, Ledley, Brown, Ki, Wanyama, Forrest, Hooper, Samaras. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson, Stokes, Commons, McGeough.

1214: ST MIRREN TEAM: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Barron, Carey, McLean, McGowan, Imrie, Thompson. Subs: Smith, Thomson, Murray, Hasselbaink, Mooy, Teale, Reilly.

1214: "Imrie might give them something a bit different," remarks Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland.

1212: For St Mirren, new signing Dougie Imrie starts, with Gary Teale dropping to the bench.

1210:BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon @RichardGordon48 tweets some interesting stats: "SPL record for successive wins: Celtic, 25 in 03/04. They also won 16 in 10/11 and 14 in 01/02. Rangers' best is 13 in a row 07/08."

1208: "While Celtic are flying high, our level of performances have been pleasing and we hope to put a spanner in their works." St Mirren manager Danny Lennon

1205: For the Buddies, who have earned plaudits for their style of play this season, they can move from eighth to sixth if they can pull off a win over Celtic, for a few hours at least.

1204: Celtic are two points ahead of Rangers at the top of the table. If they win at St Mirren, well, they'll be...ah, you do the sums.

1200: It's midday on another blowy Saturday in Scotland. We're only half an hour away from the kick-off at St Mirren Park where Celtic are the visitors.

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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 21 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 24 32 59
2 Rangers 24 29 55
3 Hearts 24 12 35
4 St Johnstone 23 6 35
5 Motherwell 22 -1 35
6 Dundee Utd 24 -5 27
7 Kilmarnock 23 -7 27
8 Aberdeen 24 -4 26
9 St Mirren 24 -11 26
10 Inverness CT 23 -10 25
11 Hibernian 23 -17 18
12 Dunfermline 22 -24 17

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