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By Thomas McGuigan

1705: We're back tomorrow afternoon with the second League Cup semi final as Falkirk take on Celtic (1500 kick-off). Hope you can join us then. We'll have highlights of all today's SPL games on our website from 1800 tomorrow. I'll sign off now, thanks for your company, hope you have a cracking Saturday night. Cheers!

1703: And Kilmarnock book their place in the final of the Scottish Communities League Cup, following a pulsating extra-time victory over Ayrshire rivals Ayr United at Hampden. You can watch highlights of that game on BBC One Scotland now, featuring a superb goalkeeping display by the cat-like Kevin Cuthbert.

1702: Motherwell make it two home league wins on the bounce, seeing off St Johnstone 3-2 in an entertaining clash at Fir Park. Inverness CT and St Mirren, meanwhile, play out a goalless draw in the Highlands.

1701: Rangers thump 10-man Hibs to move to within a point of league leaders Celtic but Dunfermline fail to capitalise and remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing 1-0 away to Aberdeen.

Full time
1657: FULL TIME: RANGERS 4-0 HIBS

Rangers goal: Captain Steven Davis scores his second and Rangers' fourth of the afternoon, showing excellent control to bring the ball down and hammer home past Mark Brown.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1654: GOAL! RANGERS 4-0 HIBS (STEVEN DAVIS)

1653: We're into added time at Ibrox, Rangers coasting to a 3-0 victory against 10-man Hibs.

1652: FULL TIME: MOTHERWELL 3-2 ST JOHNSTONE

Full time
1651: FULL TIME: INVERNESS CT 0-0 ST MIRREN

1650: Nick Ross cuts in from the left and lets fly but his shot is saved by Buddies keeper Craig Samson. Superb stop!

1649: bringthemonjpn via Twitter: "A strike; D Healy in there. Rangers balance the books. History repeats itself in the strangest ways."

Full time
1648: FULL-TIME: ABERDEEN 1-0 DUNFERMLINE

Twitter
1645: rossabercrombie via #bbcsportsound: "What was wrong with Kenny Shiels's comments? Ayr did play for penalties. They were the disgrace in a semi final."

1644: David Wotherspoon flashes a shot wide of Allan McGregor's goal as 10-man Hibs look for a late consolation.

1643: Joe Cardle spurns a great chance to equalise for the Pars with a couple of minutes remaining; he really should've scored.

St Johnstone goal: Steve Lomas's side are given a lifeline after earning a late penalty at Fir Park. Keith Lasley is adjudged to have fouled Murray Davidson and referee Calum Murray points to the spot. Fran Sandaza tucks the penalty away and it's 3-2 to 'Well. Can Saints find a late equaliser?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1640: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 3-2 ST JOHNSTONE (SANDAZA)

1639: PENALTY TO ST JOHNSTONE!

Rangers goal: The hosts grab their third of the afternoon at Ibrox as Sone Aluko curls a superb free-kick past Mark Brown.

Motherwell goal: The Steelmen extend their lead courtesy of a 25-yard screamer from midfielder Keith Lasley that speeds past Enckelman.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1635: GOAL! RANGERS 3-0 HIBS (SONE ALUKO)

1634: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 3-1 ST JOHNSTONE (KEITH LASLEY

Red card
1633: RED CARD: Hibs are reduced to 10 men after James McPake's challenge on Maurice Edu is punished with a second booking.

Twitter
1631: EwenDodds via #bccsportsound: "Great to see Henrik knocking them in for fun in the SPL again."

1630: Dunfermline have come roaring back into the game at Pittodrie, but time and again their attacks fizzle out on the edge of the area. With Hibs losing at Ibrox, Jim McIntyre will hope his men can salvage a point.

1628: Mervan Celik makes his Rangers debut as a replacement for Gregg Wylde. Will he make it a scoring one?

Motherwell goal: The Steelmen retake the lead and it's the red hot Estonian Henrik Ojamaa on target again, as he controls inside the box and rifles home past the helpless Pete Enckelman.

1626: After good set-up play by St Mirren's Stephen Thompson, striker Paul McGowan controls the ball and meekly rolls his shot in to Ryan Esson's arms with the goal at his mercy! What a terrible miss!

1625: rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor races off his line to deny Ivan Sproule.

1624: James McPake survives calls for handball as he falls on the ball before Maurice Edu's shot deflects onto the post, as Rangers chase a third goal at Ibrox.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1623: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-1 ST JOHNSTONE (OJAMAA)

1621: Sone Aluko beats several players as he works his way into the box but his shot is poor. The former Aberdeen winger has given Rangers some much-needed creativity since his move to Ibrox.

1620: Murray Davidson's swerving drive is pushed out for a corner by Darren Randolph, then the keeper blocks a Fran Sandaza shot. We're getting the best and the worst of goalkeeping today...

Rangers goal: David Healy scores into an empty net after a mix-up in the Hibs defence, the striker retrieving after Mark Brown and his defence get in a fankle. Ally McCoist's men are on course to narrow the gap at the top of the table to a single point.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1617: GOAL! RANGERS 2-0 HIBS (DAVID HEALY)

1615: Graham Carey, St Mirren's free-kick expert, smacks one well wide of Ryan Esson's Inverness goal. Still goalless at the Caledonian Stadium in front of 3,044 supporters.

1614: BBC Radio Scotland commentator Scott Davie: "Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre is kicking every ball down there on the touchline"

1612: Chance for Hibs as Ivan Sproule crosses towards Tom Soares but the debutant doesn't do the necessary to make contact. Frustration for Pat Fenlon's men.

Twitter
1610: Ross_Taggart94 via #bbcsportsound: "Kidding themselves if they think Rangers will win by a few, we're struggling to create anything!"

1608: A ball flighted in from the left by Jonny Hayes falls to Gregory Tade and the Inverness striker somehow knocks the ball past the post from a few yards out. Ouch!

1606: St Johnstone's Liam Craig tests Darren Randolph with a shot from distance, but the Motherwell keeper is equal to the task.

Twitter
1605: Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has upset Ayr United fans with his post-match comments. Shiels believed the First Division outfit were playing for penalties. HolyroodPatter says: "Really disappointed at ungracious comments from Kenny Shiels. Ayr's p/t team has been a credit and he's undermined that effort."

1604: Aberdeen are pressing for what could prove to be a decisive second goal against the Pars at Pittodrie.

1602: Here we go in the second half of this afternoon's four SPL games.

Twitter
1552: sgeddes1989 via #bbcsportsound: "Can see Rangers getting a few today after that goal!"

1551: HALF TIME: RANGERS 1-0 HIBS

1549: HALF TIME: MOTHERWELL 1-1 ST JOHNSTONE

St Johnstone goal: Steve Lomas's side equalise in some style as captain Jody Morris volleys home an absolute corker!

1547: HALF-TIME: INVERNESS CT 0-0 ST MIRREN

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1547: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-1 ST JOHNSTONE (JODY MORRIS)

1546: Hibs almost nab an equaliser at Ibrox! Eoin Doyle is inches away from connecting with David Wotherspoon as Hibs chase a leveller.

Half time
1545: HALF TIME: ABERDEEN 1-0 DUNFERMLINE

1543: Aberdeen are looking comfortable on their one-goal lead at Pittodrie and the Pars need a creative spark to get back into this game. However, with Hibs losing at Ibrox, it's not all bad news for Dunfermline.

1541: Liam Craig's free-kick clatters the underside of the Motherwell crossbar with Darren Randolph stranded, but there are no St Johnstone players at the back post to tap home and 'Well get it clear!

1540: BBC Scotland football pundit Brian Irvine: "Inverness don't seem to have their shooting boots on today. There's something wrong in that area."

1539: Maurice Edu toe-pokes the ball wide after a superb cross from Sasa Papac as Rangers go close to doubling their lead.

Yellow card
1537: Motherwell's Tim Clancy takes a swipe at the ankle of striker Francisco Sandaza which results in both players requiring treatment on the pitch. Clancy earns a yellow card for his trouble.

Twitter
1536: coachingabn via #bbcsportsound: "Great start from the Dons, think we might get a few goals today! #donsrule"

Rangers goal: Ally McCoist's men turn defence into attack as they scramble the ball clear and within moments, captain Steven Davis curls a shot past Mark Brown.

1533: Kilmarnock break stiff and spirited resistance from Ayr Utd to prevail in the Ayrshire derby and book their place in the final of the Scottish Communities League Cup. Kilmarnock had their First Division opponents pinned in their own half for long spells but Ayr keeper Kevin Cuthbert was heroic for the part-timers. What a game!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1532: GOAL! RANGERS 1-0 HIBS (DAVIS)

Full time
1531: FULL-TIME AYR UTD 0-1 KILMARNOCK

1529: Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre must be at a loss to explain the succession of goalkeeping howlers he's witnessed from the frazzled Pars this season. I'm picturing a scene akin to Basil Fawlty whacking his car repeatedly with a branch after deciding "enough is enough!"

1528: Maurice Edu fizzes a powerful shot wide after good set-up play by Sone Aluko.

Motherwell goal: The Estonian Henrik Ojamaa picks the ball inside the penalty area and fires low into the bottom left-hand corner. He's clearly on a hot goalscoring streak after his midweek heroics against Dunfermline. First blood to the Steelmen.

1525: Ayr have suddenly discovered where the Killie goal is and are chucking everyone forward. It should be a bumpy ride until the final whistle sounds.

1524: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-0 ST JOHNSTONE (OJAMAA)

Aberdeen goal: It's another goalkeeping howler for the Pars as Iain Turner fails to deal with a cross ball and Scott Vernon fires home the opener.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1522: GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-0 DUNFERMLINE (SCOTT VERNON)

1521: Greg Tansey balloons a shot high over the St Mirren bar and into the travelling fans.

1519: Good chance for Hibernian as Eoin Doyle goes through on goal and lifts the ball towards goal, Kyle Bartley deflects the ball out.

Kilmarnock goal: Killie finally break through! Kevin Cuthbert keeps out shots from Dean Shiels and Paul Heffernan but cannot stop strike number three from Shiels. Jubilation among the Killie ranks as manager Kenny Shiels raises his hands and looks heaven-ward in triumph like that famous scene when Tim Robbins escapes from prison in The Shawshank Redemption.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
1517: GOAL! AYR UTD 0-1 KILMARNOCK (DEAN SHIELS)

1516: BBC Scotland commentator Jim Spence at Inverness CT v St Mirren: "At the minute, the game is struggling to find any rhythm." Jim Spence ALWAYS has great rhythm!

1514: What was that about Dunfermline sitting in? Liam Buchanan has gone close twice for the Pars as the visitors respond to that early Dons pressure.

1513: Lee Croft sets up Jody Morris on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area, but the pint-sized midfielder sends his shot wide.

1512: Angus in the Market Inn, Ayr, via text to 80295: "Cuthbert is on fire. Keeping us in it!! Hopefully sneak a goal in ET. Ayr Ayr Super Ayr!"

1511: That's half time in extra time at Hampden: we're still waiting for that elusive first goal. Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels and his counterpart Brian Reid cajole their respective troops. Ayr still digging in stubbornly. We have 15 minutes left to find a winner or the League Cup semi final goes to penalties.

1510: Rangers threaten from a corner. Carlos Bocanegra's initial header is blocked and then Sone Aluko's shot hits one of his own team-mates and diverts out. First real chance for the hosts at Ibrox.

1509: Dunfermline, who are rooted to the foot of the SPL table, are sitting very deep at Pittodrie and looking to hit the Dons on the break. Not dissimilar to Ayr's tactics against Kilmarnock at Hampden. Will it bear fruit?

Twitter
1508: Muzz_Brand via #bbcsportsound: "Come on the Hibs. Surprise result on its way? I think so!"

1507: BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Fir Park: "A slow build-up from Motherwell, keeping hold of the ball. They need to get the big boys forward into the box."

1506: Manuel Pascali gets his head to a corner kick but Ayr keeper Kevin Cuthbert gathers easily. It's all gone rather quiet at Hampden as both sets of fans brace themselves for the nerve-shredding possibility of a penalty shoot-out.

1505: Fraser Fyvie fires in a wicked drive but Pars keeper Iain Turner tips it round the post.

1503: Jamie Murphy rifles in a right-foot shot that catches St Johnstone keeper Peter Enckelman by surprise, but the ball drifts inches past the post.

1502: Kari Arnason - who has been superb this season - threads a great ball through to Josh Magennis, whose cross is cleared for an early Aberdeen corner. But the Dons fail to profit.

Whistle
1500: We're under way in our four SPL games!

1459: Kevin, via text on 80295, has a view on our BBC exclusive with former Rangers boss Walter Smith: "Walter has to take some responsibility for the current situation. Rangers and Scottish football are suffering from a lack of investment in youth players. Nearly 2 decades of chasing foreign 'talent' led by Walter Smith have brought us here." If you haven't read it yet, you can do so here.

1458: David Silva ghosts past Ayr United full-back Eddie Malone but drags his shot wide. The First Division side are looking mighty tired as extra time opens at Hampden.

1456: We're under way in the first period of extra time.

1455: "Ayr United are on the edge of glory. You get the feeling Kilmarnock have to score in extra-time. If it goes to penalties, and the way Kevin Cuthbert has been playing, it may be Ayr's day" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1454: I can only imagine the pressure both sets of players will be under in extra time; so close to securing a place in the League Cup final at Hampden. Who will prevail?

1453: BBC Scotland pundit Chick Young: "I think it's been a brilliant game"

1451: We've got half an hour of extra time at Hampden after a tremendous defensive display by Ayr United in the Ayrshire derby. Goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert was sublime in the 90, a towering display! The players are taking on water in the centre circle and indulging in some stretches to ease those aching muscles and limbs. This is where the managers earn their corn with some well-chosen words for their battle-weary troops...

Full time
1449: FULL-TIME AYR UTD 0-0 KILMARNOCK

1448: The two sides look dead on their feet; it's like Rocky and Apollo Creed slugging it out in the ring. Great stuff!

1446: We've got three minutes of added time of this pulsating cup tie. Will there be a late, late winner or are we destined for extra time?

1445: With two minutes remaining at Hampden, Michael McGowan gallops down the right hand side for Ayr Utd and swings a dangerous cross into the box but Kilmarnock clear.

1442: TEAMS FROM CALEDONIAN STADIUM:
INVERNESS CT:
Esson, Meekings, Tokely, Proctor, Gillet, Sutherland, Tansey, Foran, Tade, Hayes, Ross. Subs: Tuffey, Piermayr, Morrison, Graeme Shinnie, Winnall, McKay, Gnakpa.
ST MIRREN: Samson, van Zanten, Barron, Mair, McAusland, Tesselaar, Thomson, Carey, Imrie, McGowan, Thompson. Subs: Smith, Murray, Hasselbaink, Mooy, Teale, Naismith, Reilly.
REFEREE: Stephen Finnie

1440: TEAMS FROM FIR PARK:
MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Clancy, Hammell, Daley, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Ojamaa, Murphy. Subs: Bradley, Humphrey, McHugh, Forbes, Page, Lawless, Carswell.
ST JOHNSTONE: Enckelman, MacKay, Anderson, McCracken, Callum Davidson, Croft, Morris, Murray Davidson, Craig, Sandaza, Haber. Subs: Mannus, Millar, Sheridan, Compton, Moffat, Stewart, Gray.
REFEREE: Calum Murray

1437: Ayr keeper Kevin Cuthbert will sleep tonight! He tips away a thunderous Dean Shiels drive and then stops a Manuel Pascali header. The Killie players look on in disbelief; what a display from the man between the sticks!

1434: FULL TEAMS FROM IBROX:
RANGERS: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Wylde, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Healy, Aluko. Subs: Alexander, McCulloch, Ortiz, Celik, Kerkar, Little, McCabe.
HIBS: Brown, Francomb, McPake, O'Hanlon, Hanlon, Soares, Osbourne, Murray, Stevenson, Sproule, Doyle. Subs: Stack, Booth, Scott, Stephens, Towell, Caldwell, Stanton.
Referee: Charlie Richmond

1433: Dean Shiels finds himself in space 20 yards out after being fed by Ben Gordon but he shoots wide.

1431: TEAMS FROM PITTODRIE:
ABERDEEN: Brown, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Robertson, Clark, Jack, Arnason, Fyvie, Vernon, Magennis. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Fallon, Chalali, Hughes, Megginson, Masson.
DUNFERMLINE: Turner, Dowie, Rutkiewicz, Keddie, Boyle, Graham, Mason, Willis, Thomson, Kerr, Buchanan. Subs: Smith, Cardle, Hardie, Kirk, McDougall, Potter, Byrne.
Referee: Craig Thomson

1429: bringthemonjpn via Twitter: "Ayr's performance must be worrying Pressley, harder to breakdown than a Scottish school dinner bacon rasher!" Bravo!

Twitter
1426: NickHood87 via #bbcsportsound: "Kilmarnock need to get a goal, this is getting a bit embarrassing, they are meant to be an SPL side!"

1424: There's an almighty scramble in the Ayr penalty area after Paul Heffernan and Dean Shiels trade passes - but the men in yellow somehow clear. If Kilmarnock lose this game...

1422: What a double save from Ayr's Kevin Cuthbert! He parries James Dayton's wicked drive before stabbing a boot out to deny Gary Harkins from close range. That was reminiscent of the display by the Japanese keeper the first time my Brazil side played Fifa on the Playstation. Incredible stuff!

1420: Kilmarnock, still probing for the opener, thread half a dozen passes together before captain Manuel Pascali loses patience and drags a shot well wide from 35 yards. Ayr will be delighted with that; it remains goalless with 25 minutes remaining of an intriguing contest.

Twitter
1418: BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin has tweeted the teams from Ibrox:
RANGERS: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Wylde, Davis, Edu, Wallace, Aluko, Healy.
HIBS: Francomb, O'Hanlon, McPake, Hanlon, Soares, Osbourne, Stevenson, Sproule, Wotherspoon, Doyle.

1417: Dean Shiels tries once again to pierce this determined Ayr Utd rearguard but the sea of yellow holds firm. The First Division outfit deserve immense credit for their defending. Collectively, they're screaming: "Thou shall not pass!"

1416: Team news from this afternoon's four SPL games to follow...

Twitter
1414: StumpyPepys says: "Kilmarnock are all over Ayr right now. Hang on boys. Ride the storm"

1413: What a chance for Kilmarnock! Dean Shiels threads a great ball through to Ben Gordon but the full back's weak effort has the Killie fans groaning inside Hampden. He should've tested Cuthbert there.

1412:... Shiels dusts himself down but sends a shot into the Ayr United wall.

Yellow card
1411 Ayr's Michael McGowan receives a yellow card for a scything challenge on Dean Shiels. Killie have a free kick 25 yards from goal...

1410: Ayr block Paul Heffernan's shot and the Honest Men are in danger of buckling under this incessant Kilmarnock pressure.

1409: "Kilmarnock have all the momentum and the possession" BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1408: Brilliant stuff from Kilmarnock. James Dayton glides past Eddie Malone and plays a cracking ball back across goal that's crying out to be rifled home but there are no Killie players on hand to pounce!

1406: Michael Moffat receives a yellow card for a sliding challenge on James Fowler. Ayr continue to snap at Kilmarnock heels and are giving them no time on the ball.

1405: "Ayr United will look again to slow the game down and soak up some pressure" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1404: Kilmarnock begin the second period just as they finished the first - on the attack. Ben Gordon sprints to the byline and sends in a wicked cross that's scrambled clear. Yet again, however, Killie can't profit from the corner.

Whistle
1403: The second half gets under way at Hampden. Both sides are unchanged.

1400: Back to our earlier football cliche chat. May I also add: "Keep it tight early doors" and "he's a real box to box player?" Send me your bugbears via #bbcsportsound or send me a message @thomasmcg76.

1359: And we've also got Inverness CT v St Mirren and Motherwell v St Johnstone to enjoy...

Twitter
1357: gail_killie_fan via #bbcsportsound: "Freezing my bum off, hope Killie get a few goals in the second half to warm me up!"

1356: The Pars travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen.

1355: Looking ahead to this afternoon's SPL games, Rangers will be without top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic as they look to beat Hibs and narrow the gap on league leaders Celtic to a single point. Pat Fenlon's side will be hoping to put some daylight between themselves and basement side Dunfermline.

Half time
1347: HALF-TIME: AYR UTD 0-0 KILMARNOCK

1345: There are no yellow jerseys in the Kilmarnock half as Ayr cede possession and territory and say: "come and break us down".

1343: Ben Gordon thunders down the left and into the Ayr Utd penalty area but the Honest Men repel the latest Killie attack. They are defending superbly!

1341: "Ayr will be quite happy if they get to half-time with the game locked at 0-0"
BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

1339: James Dayton, who is uncannily like former Valencia and Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta, launches another foray deep into Ayr territory but he is swamped by a sea of yellow jerseys.

1338: Ayr Utd keeper Kevin Cuthbert shows Ninja-like reflexes to race from his line and block Ben Gordon's effort. Kilmarnock are getting closer and closer to breaking the deadlock...

1336: That's a lovely move from Kilmarnock: a fine passing move results in Paul Heffernan dabbing the ball into Dean Shiels's path but he drags a shot wide. Kilmarnock have lifted the tempo, with nine minutes of the first half remaining.

1334: "Apart from that breakaway, it's been all Killie so far" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1332: The ball breaks for Ayr and Michael Moffat gallops towards the Kilmarnock goal - Forrest Gump-style - before finding Alan Trouten, who is scythed down by Liam Kelly and he receives a yellow card. Ayr fail to profit as Michael McGowan balloons the free kick over the bar. It's still goalless but the game is warming up nicely...

Yellow card
1331: Ayr's Andy Geggan goes into the book for a clumsy, sliding challenge on the dancing toes of James Dayton.

1329: "Ayr need to thread together three or four passes so that they're not chasing the game for 90 minutes"
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1327: Kilmarnock look at their most menacing when James Dayton is in full flight but Ayr, alert to his threat, are closing him down quickly.

1325: Michael Moffat is fortunate not to receive a yellow card for a rhino-style charge into a surprised Killie keeper Cammy Bell.

Yellow card
1324: Garry Hay goes into the book for a crunching tackle on Jonathan Tiffoney. He obviously prefers Debbie Gibson!

1321: Kilmarnock are a whisker away from taking the lead. Garry Hay sends in a lovely cross but John Robertson heads it off the line for a corner. But Kilmarnock, despite growing pressure, can't find the breakthrough.

1320: Ayr's tactics, to sit in and frustrate Killie, has silenced Hampden. It's a bit cat & mouse at the moment and Brian Reid's men will be happy with their afternoon's work so far.

1318: "The one good thing Killie are doing is getting some width" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1316: In response, Kilmarnock are trying to stretch their opponents with a few long diagonal passes, but the Honest Men are looking comfortable. It remains goalless, just short of the 20-minute mark.

1314: There is a sea of yellow jerseys between Kilmarnock and the Ayr Utd goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert for every Killie attack.

1312: Ayr Utd force the first corner of the game as Wardlaw presses Pascali to clear his lines. But Killie keeper Cammy Bell gathers the set-piece.

1311: Dean Shiels's free-kick finds Gary Harkins inside the Ayr penalty area but he fails to get a shot away. The First Division outfit repel the danger.

1310: James Dayton is fouled by Eddie Malone and Kilmarnock have a free-kick in a promising position...

1308: Every time Ayr United's Jonathan Tiffoney gets on the ball I start singing Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now. A flat note?

1307: "Killie are going to have the bulk of possession because they are the SPL side" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1306: The SPL side surge forward again and Dean Shiels has a sight of goal but drags his shot wide; the game is starting to open up. It remains goalless after five minutes.

1304: Kilmarnock look to profit down the left flank and the ball breaks to Gary Harkins whose low centre is snuffed out by the Ayr Utd defence.

1303: Both sides are trying to establish some rhythm to their passing but it's 100mph stuff in the opening minutes.

1302: "This match has captured the imagination of the Ayrshire public for the past few months" BBC Radio Scotland commentator John Barnes

Whistle
1301: The Honest Men of Ayrshire get the first half under way. Hang onto your hats...

1259: Supporters of Ayr Utd and Kilmarnock are making an almighty din; this is what cup football is all about!

1258: The teams are in the tunnel at Hampden and are about to emerge onto that famous turf. The streets of Ayrshire must be empty. Here we go...

Twitter
1256: RossMacLeod2 via #bbcsportsound: 'One of the cliches I never get: "He's got a big heart.' What?" I'm feeling your pain Ross!

1254: Sam of Dundee with a quick joke: "What's black and white and lies in the middle of the jungle? Tarzan's auld St Mirren strip." Oh dear!

1253: Rab via text: "On way to game but stuck in traffic Pollokshaws Road. Will miss the national anthems of Paper Roses and whatever that eejit Somerset Boab sings. Come on Ayr!"

1252: The atmosphere is bubbling away nicely at Hampden; Primal Scream's Rocks is belting out the PA system. Wonder if Bobby Gillespie will be watching today?

1249: Kilmarnock make two changes for the Ayrshire derby: central defenders Mohamadou Sissoko and Zdenek Kroca drop out, with debutant Michael Nelson and midfielder James Dayton starting for Kenny Shiels's side. Skipper Manuel Pascali moves back into defence.

1247: Midfielder Alan Trouten returns for Ayr following a hamstring injury and striker Gareth Wardlaw starts, with Mark Roberts and Adam Dodd on the bench.

1245: Not long to kick off now. There's always something special about travelling to Hampden for a massive cup tie. Here's hoping for a few goals and a cracking game.

Twitter
1242: Gail_Killie_Fan: "At Hampden Park for the #ayrshirederby, hoping for a big Killie win! #bbcsportsound"

1240: TEAM LINE-UPS FROM HAMPDEN:
AYR UTD:
Cuthbert, Tiffoney, John Robertson, Smith, Malone, McGowan, Trouten, Geggan, McKernon, Moffat, Wardlaw. Subs: Roberts, Dodd, Tomsett, Ross Robertson, McWilliams.
KILMARNOCK:
Bell, Fowler, Pascali, Nelson, Gordon, Hay, Kelly, Dayton, Shiels, Harkins, Heffernan. Subs: Racchi, Silva, Buijs, Kroca, Letheren.
REFEREE: Steven Mclean

Twitter
The Burning Club via #bbcsportsound: "Enjoyed spiel from Shiels 'Ayr are bigger town. Ayr are not part timers. Ayr are favourites'. Someone is a wee bit nervous..."

1227: On the thorny issue of the football cliche, Bawarmy offers: "He's got a great engine." Ouch! I can almost hear David Pleat offering up that one to listeners/viewers...

Twitter
1225: Owen_Thompson via #bbcsportsound: "Hopefully Dons will get a result this afternoon again and continue progress up the table. Potential to end day in 6th!"

1222: Remember, we've got four SPL games from 3pm this afternoon.
ABERDEEN v DUNFERMLINE
INVERNESS CT v ST MIRREN
MOTHERWELL v ST JOHNSTONE
RANGERS v HIBS

1220: BBC Scotland's Chick Young has told us there are traffic problems leading to Hampden, but that the 1300 kick off will not be moved. Hope all the Ayr and Killie fans manage to get there in time.

1218: But what about the dreaded football cliche? "That finish was top drawer" and "this team's got plenty of legs" are two sore ones. What irks you? Let rip via the hashtag #bbcsportsound.

1216: In the office, we've been discussing the most irritating workplace phrases. These include: "to coin a phrase" - "it is what it is" - "we'll touch base later" - and "at the end of the day". All of these make us silently scream at the photocopier.

1214: Former Rangers manager Walter Smith has warned of a barren spell akin to the early 1980s era, should the club fail to improve their financial situation. Read our exclusive story here.

1212: Kilmarnock have won just one of their last six competitive matches against Ayr Utd. Can we expect the Honest Men to claim another SPL scalp this afternoon?

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1210: SPLstats tweets: "In competitive matches, the #AyrshireDerby head to head reads: Killie 57, Ayr 47, with 35 draws."

1207: Are you heading to Hampden today, or one of the four SPL games? Get in touch on Twitter via the hashtag #bbcsportsound or send me a message @thomasmcg76. And you can send a text via 80295.

1206: Overconfident Killie fans would do well to heed the words of Ayrshire's most celebrated citizen Robert Burns: "There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing."

1204: The Honest Men may be sitting second bottom of the First Division but Killie would be foolish to underestimate the part-timers. Brian Reid's side have eliminated three SPL sides - Inverness, Hearts and St Mirren - from this season's competition.

1202: Then we've got four SPL games getting under way at 1500, including Rangers against Hibs, with Ally McCoist's men looking to narrow the gap on league leaders Celtic to a single point.

1201: We've got plenty of football to enjoy: first up it's a mouth-watering Ayrshire derby as Ayr United face Kilmarnock at Hampden for a place in the final of the Scottish Communities League Cup, kick off is at 1300.

1200: Good afternoon and welcome to BBC Scotland's live text coverage of a bumper day of Scottish League Cup and Premier League action.



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Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 24 32 59
2 Rangers 25 33 58
3 Motherwell 24 2 41
4 Hearts 24 12 35
5 St Johnstone 24 5 35
6 Aberdeen 25 -3 29
7 Dundee Utd 24 -5 27
8 Kilmarnock 23 -7 27
9 St Mirren 25 -11 27
10 Inverness CT 24 -10 26
11 Hibernian 24 -21 18
12 Dunfermline 24 -27 17


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