Saturday football as it happened

St Johnstone beat Celtic at McDiarmid Park while Motherwell come from behind to beat Dundee and remain top of the SPL table.

15 September 2012 Last updated at 18:06

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  1. 1200: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of today's five Scottish Premier League games.

  2. 1202: 

    Now, then. Here's a statistic to put you off your bacon roll.

    Dundee United's stalemate against Ross County at Tannadice on Friday was the eighth goalless draw in the SPL this season.

    Of the 30 SPL games played this season, 16 have ended in draws; Derek Adams's County have played out four goalless draws.

    Should we be panic-stricken over the goal drought? Have goalkeepers been that impressive or misfiring strikers that poor?

    Message to all strikers plying their trade (buff up moustache in Lord Kitchener style) "your SPL needs you!"

  3. 1203: 

    Can a goalless draw still quicken the collective pulse or does it have you wishing you'd brought your Kindle to the game?

    Three ways for you to offer your views today: via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound or send me a message @bbcthomasmcg

    And you can text 80295 using SPL at the beginning of your message.

  4. 1205: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

    "Sun out here at McDiarmid Park. plenty of #StJohnstone players reporting for action despite the bug sweeping through club. #bbcsportsound"

  5. 1207: 

    Venezuelan striker Miku will make his Celtic debut in Perth this afternoon. Will he "Love Today" and be singing "Big Goals You Are Beautiful?"

    Sorry, that's Mika isn't it...

  6. 1209: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Wright, Anderson, Miller, Cregg, Davidson, Craig, Pawlett, Tade, Vine. Subs: Tuffey, Millar, Hasselbaink, MacLean, Caddis, Scobbie, Kane.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Forrest, Wanyama, Brown, Commons, Hooper, Miku. Subs: Zaluska, Nouioui, Rogne, Watt, Ibrahim, McGregor, Fraser.

    Referee: Euan Norris

  7. 1212: 
    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

    "We would love to get three points and we probably feel we should be sitting on six or seven points already this season. I'd be much more worried if we weren't creating chances. The performances have been very positive.

    "The positive is that in the SPL, anybody can beat anybody.

    "It's very hard for punters to pick the odds."

  8. 1214: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "We've had to manage Scott Brown quite carefully over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully he gets through the game ok. We just need to manage him day-to-day.

    "I want to win today, I want to put a strong team out. It'll be tough so I didn't want to muck about with the team."

  9. 1216: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon says defender Efe Ambrose will have to sort out work permit issues before making his debut for the club.

    Lennon said he hopes his side come through this afternoon's game in Perth unscathed, as he looks ahead to the Champions League game at home to Benfica on Wednesday...

  10. 1218: 

    bringthemonjpn: "Looking forward to this match..not a nil-niler. 2-1 either way"

    No goalless draws this afternoon, that's an order!

  11. 1220: 

    Alan in Ayrshire to 80295: "My my you must have been sitting on that Mika gag all week."

    The last seven days have been torture...

  12. 1223: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "I think it'll be intriguing to see how the SPL season pans out. Celtic and Aberdeen have kept strong sides and the rest have been weakened.

    "A lot of teams are still testing each other out."

  13. 1225: 

    It's a sun-kissed Perth for the early kick off: beautiful conditions for football. Now give us goals, please, and plenty of them...

  14. 1227: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "Having asked why the term Gaffer is still used in football I've been reminded of umpteen terms not to use on radio. What are other no no's?"

  15. 1230: 

    We're under way at McDiarmid Park.

  16. 1231: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "Not a massive attendance today. And not a lot of fans behind either goal."

  17. 1232: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown tries to send debut boy Miku on his way with a threaded ball down the left but St Johnstone are alive to the danger and clear their lines.

  18. 1233: 
    BBC Sprtsound anchor Richard Gordon

    "@bbcjimspence how about... "hold on, I've got the goal-scorer wrong..."

  19. 1234: 

    The visitors take the lead with their first serious foray into St Johnstone territory. Gary Hooper dabs a ball to Kris Commons and the midfielder arrows a low 20-yard shot past Alan Mannus.

  20. 1235: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

    "It's like a summer day here in Perth. Murdo nearly dropped his ice pole when Commons scored. #bbcsportsound #mcleodmoments"

  21. 1237: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    ""First thing on his mind, get the ball on target. 1-0 Celtic"

  22. 1238: 

    Kris Commons goes in search of a second goal, but this time Mannus is equal to his shot from outside the penalty area and gathers at the second attempt.

  23. 1239: 

    JockSwizz: "Commons scores in the first couple of minutes - again. Still, Craig Levein knows best..."

  24. 1240: 

    St Johnstone come within a whisker of scoring an equaliser, Dave Mackay testing Fraser Forster with a curling, dipping free-kick that the giant keeper tips away!

  25. 1241: 

    Paddy Cregg goes into the book for a late challenge on Victor Wanyama as this encounter starts to bubble away nicely...

  26. 1242: 

    Wanyama, dusting himself down following that Cregg foul, tries to feather a shot into the far corner after neat play by Miku. But his effort drifts wide. St Johnstone are looking sluggish in defence...

  27. 1243: 

    With the sun splitting the sky over Perth, St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas has opted against wearing his wee trademark bunnet.

    It's a cross between something Samuel L Jackson, Fergus McCann and Kym Syms would wear. Great stuff!

  28. 1244: 

    HotelPRScotland: "They're playing the champions but if Saints get thrashed Lomas' jacket will be on a shaky peg after their awful season start."

  29. 1245: 

    Peter Pawlett speeds into the Celtic box but sees his shot blocked by Kelvin Wilson. St Johnstone are beginning to find their feet after a nightmare start. However, the hosts fail to get an effort on goal from the subsequent corner.

  30. 1246: 

    It's been coming: St Johnstone find a deserved equaliser as Rowan Vine, speeding down the left, plays in Gregory Tade and the striker rifles a ball past a helpless Fraser Forster. Game on!

  31. 1248: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "Tade had an awful lot of time to turn on it and tuck it away. His turn and his finish was superb."

  32. 1250: 

    St Johnstone about to make a change with Chris Millar stripped and ready to go. Pitchside reporter Chris McLaughlin stil trying to confirm who's coming off.

  33. 1251: 

    Chris Millar comes on for the injured Murray Davidson as Steve Lomas is forced to shuffle his St Johnstone pack.

  34. 1253: 

    St Johnstone force another corner. They're riding the crest of a wave after Tade's equaliser and are pressing hard for a second goal...

  35. 1254: 

    Gav Clark: "Refreshing to hear Willie Miller on commentary. Someone with no clear old firm bias #BBCSportsound"

  36. 1256: 

    Celtic appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty as Kris Commons tumbles under a Steven Anderson challenge. Referee Euan Norris is having none of it, despite protests from the away side.

  37. 1258: 

    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley: "That's a pen and a sending off!!"

  38. 1259: 

    Mikeybhoy77: "Very poor descion a defitne penalty & red card #noballcontact #bbcsportsound"

  39. 1300: 

    Scottish actor and celebrity St Johnstone fan Colin McCredie: "Well Saints got lucky there!! Clear penallty for Celtic. #phew"

  40. 1301: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

    "Let off for #StJohnstone as Anderson pulls down Commons inside the box. No penalty given. #bbcsportsound"

  41. 1302: 

    What a chance! Celtic new boy Miku finds himself in acres of space on the edge of the area but blazes his shot high and wide of goal. It remains 1-1 just after the half-hour mark.

  42. 1304: 

    bringhthemonjpn: "Well done 4-4-2 St J. Got a good game on now. See how easy that is."

  43. 1305: 

    Richard, to 80295: "Celtic look as if they are only here to make up the numbers and that the title is already in the bag."

  44. 1306: 

    Peter Pawlett, emboldened by St Johnstone's spirited comeback sees a shot deflected wide by a shaky Celtic defence. Neither rearguard looks confident today, which is good news in terms of our embargo on goalless draws. Get in there!

  45. 1307: 

    Desmond Henaghen: "I don't think there's any bias in the refereeing, its just really bad. Stonewall Penalty #bbcsportsound #celtic #shouldvegonetospecsavers"

    Gary Lloyd: "So Celtic DIDN'T get the penalty?! Would you believe it?! #stopthepress #bbcsportsound"

  46. 1309: 

    James Forrest, who has been on the periphery of proceedings so far, tries to sprint clear of a sea of blue jerseys but St Johnstone have done their homework on the pint-sized speedster and muzzle the danger.

  47. 1313: 

    Heart of West Lothian: "Dry your eyes Hoops fans. The ref will see you alright before the end of the match as usual."

    Chris, in Glasgow: "No doubt Rangers will face severe punishment for that penalty not being awarded to Celtic."

  48. 1314: 

    What a chance for St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tees up Peter Pawlett but he blazes over the bar with the Celtic defence all at sea.

  49. 1316: 

    BBC Scotland's Charlie Mann at Galabank"Annan dugouts must be furthest apart in Scottish football - at either end of stand! #bbcsportsound"

  50. 1317: 

    Kris Commons got Celtic off to a dream start but St Johnstone came roaring back and threatened on more than one occasion following Gregory Tade's equaliser. The main talking point will be referee Euan Norris's decision to wave away penalty appeals when Commons tumbled under Anderson's challenge.

  51. 1318: 
    BBC Spoortsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "The best save of the first half came from Fraser Forster from Dave Mackay's free kick. St Johnstone, through Gregory Tade, have an out ball. But Celtic still look dangerous."

  52. 1319: 

    Michael Behan: "Miku looking a decent player, always looking to get involved & already is building up a partnership with Hooper #bbcsportsound"

  53. 1321: 

    Tony Logan: "Was there any need for the publishing of the snidey comments at 13:13 from bitter Hearts and Rangers fans? Stick to reporting."

    We receive all shades of opinion Tony!

  54. 1324: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Dens Park

    "Dundee v Motherwell. Full squad for Well could give them the edge, but Mark Kerr & Brian Easton + win at Hearts a big boost for Dundee."

  55. 1331: 

    We're back under way in Perth. Who's going to win this one?

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  56. 1332: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "St Johnstone seemed to grow in confidence as the first half wore on. Steve Lomas will have told them to cut out the mistakes at the back."

  57. 1334: 

    Kris Commons and Gary Hooper trade passes before the striker's attempted cross is blocked by St Johnstone. The hosts are proving tenacious in the tackle.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon indulges in a stroll from his seat in the dugout to trackside. Penny for his thoughts? He won't be happy with his side's defensive display, with Benfica on the horizon.

  58. 1335: 

    Heggie: "#bbcsportsound Ross County, 40, yes 40 games unbeaten! Can we make 45??"

  59. 1336: 

    St Johnstone striker Gregory Tade earns a free kick for the hosts as he's wrestled by Kelvin Wilson. Tade's proving a thorn in Celtic's side this afternoon.

  60. 1338: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin

    "Second half under way. HT tension in the press room as Murdo helps himself to two pieces of Madeira cake. #bbcsportsound #mcleodmoments"

  61. 1340: 

    Anonymous: "Good to see the Rangers fans as sporting as ever... Worst thing for them is that Celtic could lost today and it will make know difference "

  62. 1341: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod wonders if Neil Lennon is mulling over whether to bring on Tony Watt and maybe bring off debutant Miku.

  63. 1342: 

    Gary Miller earns a booking for a foul on Scott Brown after the Celtic captain executed a wee Zidane-style pirouette.

  64. 1343: 

    St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright goes old school and thunders a clearance high into the blue sky - it's that high it could hit the sun - before it falls deep into Celtic territory.

    That's what you call no-nonsense defending.

  65. 1345: 

    Striker Tony Watt comes on for Celtic debutant Miku, while Emilio Izaguirre is booked for chopping down livewire Peter Pawlett.

    Getafe striker Miku had a quiet afternoon but showed in flashes he could prove a decent acquisition.

  66. 1346: 

    Kris Commons, who looks like Celtic's likeliest goal threat, rifles in a 20-yard shot that whistles just over the bar. That's the closest Celtic have come to re-establishing the lead in a low-key start to the second half.

    Thomas Rogne has come on for Emilio Izaguirre.

  67. 1348: 

    It's St Johnstone's turn to collectively rub their eyes in disbelief as Charlie Mulgrew appears to obstruct Peter Pawlett on the edge of the area but once again referee Euan Norris is having none of it.

  68. 1350: 

    Kris Commons spurns a great chance to launch a lightning counter attack for Celtic; his pass is too heavy for James Forrest down the right as the move fizzles out.

    St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas has a quick "chat" with the referee over the Pawlett palaver. Calm has been restored...

  69. 1351: 

    St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson sees yellow for a foul on Tony Watt, Celtic keep on the pressure but Victor Wanyama sees his shot sail over the crossbar.

    A little over 20 minutes remaining for either side to find a winner. No more draws today please. Remember, we've had 16 draws from 30 SPL games so far this season...

  70. 1353: 

    St Johnstone's sporadic attacks are going through Gregory Tade but the visitors are beginning to enjoy more possession in midfield. Scott Brown fizzes in a low shot that Alan Mannus gathers comfortably.

  71. 1355: 

    Michael Behan: "Kris Commons showing the kind of spark that Scotland are badly missing"

    Desmond Henaghen: "Celtic went into this game thinking it was won before kickoff, we'll be lucky to finish 2nd if we play like this all season!"

  72. 1357: 

    Eighteen minutes remaining at McDiarmid Park and substitute Tony Watt is trying to spark Celtic into action but his team-mates have been far from electrifying.

  73. 1400: 

    Anonymous: "Sat ar my desk at work with 50 staff who keep bothering me whilst I'm trying to listen to the game. If the Hoops lose... it'll be a long day for these guys "

  74. 1401: 

    HotelPRScotland: "Would love to be wrong but this seems to have 1-2 written all over it."

  75. 1402: 

    St Johnstone have the Celtic defence rocking again, but Rowan Vine is correctly flagged offside as Kelvin Wilson swipes a clearance over his own bar in unconvincing fashion.

  76. 1403: 

    Dougie Russell: "Re 13.21 and 13.40, remember those halcyon days when such things were mistaken for friendly banter? What fools we were! #bbcsportsound"

  77. 1404: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink comes on for Peter Pawlett as St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas rolls his dice in the hope of finding a winner in the remaining 12 minutes.

  78. 1405: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "St Johnstone are now playing the better football"

  79. 1407: 

    The hosts take the lead with a stunning goal. Nigel Hasselbaink plays in Rowan Vine and he steps away from Thomas Rogne to curl a shot out of Fraser Forster's reach and into the top corner. What a strike!

  80. 1408: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "That finish was right out of the top drawer"

  81. 1409: 
    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin at McDiarmid Park

    "Neil Lennon hangs his head and walks back to his dugout. Cracking shot from Vine. #bbcsportsound"

  82. 1410: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean

    "What kind of effect could this have on St Johnstone if they can hold onto this 2-1 lead?"

  83. 1411: 

    Another of Celtic's new forward signings, Lassad, is on for captain Scott Brown. Can the visitors find an equaliser in the remaining five minutes?

  84. 1412: 

    James Forrest, who has had a very quiet afternoon by his own standards, sends in a sumptuous cross that substitute Tony Watt heads wide. Celtic looking short of ideas and craft here...

  85. 1414: 

    Board67: "Ross County game all over again, a poor performance from Celtic but an even poorer ref decision costs the points #bbcsportsound"

  86. 1416: 

    We're into the final minute of the 90. Celtic are probing but St Johnstone's rearguard is holding firm...

  87. 1417: 

    Three mnutes of added time at McDiarmid Park and Commons fires in a shot from distance that's more in danger of taking out someone's pie & bovril behind the goal than hitting the net.

  88. 1418: 

    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is booked for obstructing St Johnstone sub Nigel Hasselbaink and the hosts are running down the clock in the hope of securing three vital points.

  89. 1420: 

    What a chance! Tony Watt's shot is saved by the legs of St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus.

  90. 1421: 

    Jubliant St Johnstone players congratulate one another on the sun-kissed McDiarmid Park as they secure their first league win of the season. Tade and then Vine's wonder goal secure maximum points.

    Celtic will feel aggrieved over that penalty appeal but the visitors lacked a cutting edge in the second half.

  91. 1422: 

    Kieran Watson: "Who said Scottish football wasn't exciting? Well deserved 2-1 win by St Johnstone over Celtic, great late goal #SPL"

    Desmond Henaghen: "Celtic should have had a stonewall penalty but they deserved nothing from this game. Full credit to St. Johnstone #bbcsportsound #deserved"

    Adam Reid: "Anyone else reckon Celtic may struggle to win the league given outstanding performances by other teams? #panic"

  92. 1424: 

    Michael Behan: "Celtic very poor but ref even poorer #bbcsportsound"

    bringhthemonjpn: "The BIG TWO, both third in their respective leagues. Comic book stuff."

  93. 1426: 

    Board67: "re Desmond Henaghen, if Celtic deserved a penalty then they deserved at least a draw, simple logic really #bbcsportsound"

  94. 1428: 

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

  95. 1430: 
    St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas

    "All credit to the boys. The most pleasing thing was after losing an early goal we showed character and what our team is all about.

    "It was reward for a lot of good performances. The quality of the finish from Rowan Vine was exceptional.

    "All credit to the boys to keep believing. We'll enjoy tonight and refocus ahead of the Ross County."

    On the Kris Commons penalty appeal, Lomas said: "In any other area of the pitch it's a free kick..."

  96. 1432: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller

    "St Johnstone's second half performance was top quality and they gave Celtic a problem or two up front. It's good for Scottish football when you see teams getting the ball down and playing.

    "It's good to come and watch that."

  97. 1434: 

    Johnny in Castlemilk, to 80295: "No co-ordination, no 2 passes linked up; absolute no imagination..."

    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Conditions are absolutely perfect at Easter Road for Hibernian v Kilmarnock. There are only 30 or so fans in the ground with 50 minutes to go until kick-off. Not quite an Indian summer but a few of these supporters are in short sleeve tops."

  99. 1436: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Kenny McLean and Paul Dummett shake off knocks to take their place in St Mirren's starting line-up. Ryan Stevenson makes his first start for the visitors since returning from Ipswich Town."

  100. 1437: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, Hanlon, McPake, Deegan, Claros, Griffiths, Doyle, Cairney, Wotherspoon, Maybury. Subs: Antell, Stevenson, Sproule, Handling, Stanton, Caldwell, McGivern.

    Kilmarnock: Letheren, Fowler, O'Leary, Nelson, Racchi, Kelly, Dayton, Sheridan, Perez, McKeown, Pascali. Subs: Jaakkola, Gros, Harkins, Johnson, Mckenzie, Pursehouse, Johnston

  101. 1439: 
    Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "I'm fed up about answering questions about the Champions League. Commons, Wilson and Lustig were the exceptions; the rest were below average.

    "One point out of six is unacceptable and they better buck up their ideas. I detected a listlessness and they were a bit leggy. We weren't sharp enough to take our chances.

    "I'm expecting a big performance on Wednesday (against Benfica)

    "I haven't seen it again but for me, it's a penalty and a sending off."

  102. 1442: 

    Paul Reid: "Well done St Johnstone. Hope other teams take a leaf out of your book and prove the Scottish football doubters wrong."

  103. 1445: 

    Inverness CT: Esson, Raven, Meekings, Warren, Graeme Shinnie, Draper, Tudur Jones, Andrew Shinnie, Blackman, Doran, Foran. Subs: Reguero, McKay, Oswell, Sutherland, Morrison, Pepper, Brislen-Hall.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Jack, Considine, Anderson, Reynolds, Hughes, Fraser, Rae, Hayes, Magennis, Vernon. Subs: Jason Brown, Robertson, Clark, McGinn, Megginson, Jordon Brown, Smith.

    Referee: George Salmond

  104. 1447: 

    Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, McGregor, Toshney, Lockwood, McAlister, Kerr, Davidson, Conroy, Nish, John Baird. Subs: Alex Baird, Milne, Riley, Benedictus, Boyle, Easton, Stewart.

    Motherwell: Randolph, Kerr, Cummins, Hutchinson, Hammell, Hateley, Lasley, Law, Humphrey, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Hollis, Ojamaa, Ramsden, McHugh, Daley, Carswell, Francis-Angol.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  105. 1449: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Paisley

    "There's so little to choose between most of the sides in the SPL this season, perhaps more than ever. It's very difficult to pick a winner today at St Mirren Park.

    "The Buddies haven't won at home yet, Hearts have drawn both their away matches. For me, the clever money's on a share of the spoils."

    As long as it's not a goalless draw my boy!

  106. 1451: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in the Highlands

    "Beautiful day in Inverness so had to make my annual trip to Culloden before kick-off. On that fateful day in 1745, the Reds travelled from Aberdeen to massacre the home team in blue.

    "The locals in Caledonian Stadium will be hoping that the same does not happen today. But Terry Butcher's side will have to plug their leaky defence if they are to avoid defeat."

  107. 1453: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    Hibs and Killie have completed their pre-match warm-ups and have sauntered back up the tunnel for their final preparations. I wonder which player has the strangest pre-match ritual...

  108. 1456: 

    St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Carey, McGowan, Goodwin, McLean, Dummett, Thompson, Guy. Subs: Chris Smith, Imrie, Robertson, Parkin, Reilly, Teale, Barron.

    Hearts: MacDonald, Ryan McGowan, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger, Driver, Taouil, Barr, Paterson, Novikovas, Stevenson. Subs: Enckelman, Robinson, Sutton, Dylan McGowan, McHattie, Carrick, Nicholson.

    Referee: Calum Murray

  109. 1459: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    The strong winds haven't deterred the Aberdeen fans from making the journey across country to Caledonian Stadium. They almost outnumber the home support.

  110. 1500: 

    Here we go across the country. Goals please, and plenty of them!

  111. 1501: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "Utter dismay at a ref decision going against old Firm. If Hibs go top it'll be muted celebrations, knowin Celtic were denied a point #bbcsportsound"

  112. 1502: 
    BBc Scotland's Brian McLauchlin

    "Stands now beginning to fill up as fans make late appearance at Easter Road. "

  113. 1504: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "On-loan Celtic defender Andre Blackman has already made his mark on his debut - all over the ankles of Aberdeen winger Ryan Fraser. The Englishman is lucky not to find himself in the referee's book after that early late challenge."

  114. 1506: 

    We're still waiting for our first goal in this afternoon's four SPL games that kicked off at 3pm.

  115. 1508: 

    The first chance of the game at Dens Park falls to Keith Lasley after a Michael Higdon knock down. The midfielder's effort is blocked by Dees skipper Gary Irvine with Lasley screaming for a penalty but the referee is having none of it.

  116. 1510: 

    Rangers winger David Templeton has been stretchered off in the Third Division clash at Annan, according to BBC Sportsound's Charlie Mann.

  117. 1511: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "Aberdeen have forced a couple of early corners, but the strapping Caley Thistle defence has dealt with the dangerous balls swung in with the assistance of the heavy sea breeze."

  118. 1515: 
    GOAL- HIBS 1-0 KILMARNOCK (McKeown own goal)

    A ball into the Kilmarnock area causes havoc with Leigh Griffiths claiming he forced the ball home but our Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson believes it's a Rory McKeown own goal.

    In any event, Hibs have the lead in the Scottish capital.

  119. 1516: 

    The hosts create their first chance at Dens Park. The ball falls to Lewis Toshney on loan from Celtic inside the 18-yard-box, he can't make proper a contact and Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph does brilliantly to claw the ball away.

  120. 1517: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay at the Caledonian Stadium

    Richie Foran squanders the first chance for Caley Thistle, delaying his shot too long after being found 14 yards from goal by Aaron Doran's low cross. And, almost immediately, Graeme Shinnie fires a low 20-yard drive at Jamie Langfield, but the wind took the sting out of the midfielder's effort.

  121. 1518: 
    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

    "Perez passes up golden opportunity for a Killie equaliser. 1 on 1 with Hibs keeper Williams who pushes ball wide for corner."

  122. 1520: 

    Barry Smith's side draw first blood in the city of discovery; John Baird tees up Colin Nish to power a header past the helpless Darren Randolph.

  123. 1522: 
    Clive Lindsay at Caledonian Stadium

    "Inverness were having problems escaping their own half but not not really down to any real good play from Aberdeen. Now they are coming to terms with the wind in their faces.

    "Caley Thistle suffer their first yellow card, with Aaron Doran penalised for a foul on the man he has been charged with replacing on the wing - Johnny Hayes."

  124. 1523: 

    Steve G: "Why does Neil Lennon never give credit to the opposition when his team don't win?"

    Muzz_Brand: "re Edinburgh Tom, no it won't. We know we won't be there for long but what a contrast to last season!"

  125. 1524: 
    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence

    "Fine headed goal by Colin Nish in 20 minutes. Dundee 1 Motherwell 0"

  126. 1526: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont is feeling peeved in Paisley

    "Pretty turgid stuff so far between St Mirren and Hearts..."

  127. 1527: 

    Craig Campbell: "Does anyone know how long (in mins, prior to todays game) it was since AFC scored a goal? #debate"

  128. 1530: 

    Dundee have their tails up against Stuart McCall's Motherwell and are pushing forward at every opportunity, looking to double their lead.

  129. 1531: 

    Danny Racchi levels for Kilmarnock after Ben Williams and the defence make a meal of clearing a cross from the left. Racchi kept his cool and side-footed home from 12 yards out on the right.

  130. 1533: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "Aberdeen are starting to exert some pressure and Garry Warren's block 12 yards from goal is needed to prevent Stephen Hughes finding the target after Ryan Fraser's cutback from the by-line."

  131. 1536: 

    Anonymous: "Re steve G neil lemon did give st johnstone credit in his interview on tv after game should try looking before u leap m8"

  132. 1539: 

    Chick Young ROARS his approval as Jim Goodwin scores with a monster, monster shot from about 40 yards that bounces once and nestles in the net behind a shell-shocked Jamie MacDonald.

    What a way to break the deadlock. Feast your eyes on this belter when we have the highlights on our website tomorrow evening and on Sportscene...

  133. 1540: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon just fails to get enough on a header six yards from the Inverness goal from a fine Ryan Fraser cross and the efforts floats wide."

  134. 1541: 

    A break in the Dundee pressure allows Motherwell to force a succession of corners, the pressure comes to nothing, though, and the hosts still lead by that Colin Nish goal to nil.

  135. 1542: 
    Clive Lindsay at the Caledonian Stadium

    "Richie Foran again delays to pull the trigger in front of goal after a flick off the head of Ross Draper and, as the Inverness captain tries to turn, QE2-like, on to his right foot, the chance is wasted."

  136. 1543: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Hibs have responded well since losing that goal. If David Wotherspoon had shown more composure they could be heading in at the interval 2-1 up.

    "Instead, the midfielder blazed high and wide when a cross or more accurate shot was required from 12 yards out on the right."

  137. 1545: 

    Spot kick for Hibs...

  138. 1546: 

    Paul Cairney goes down very easily following a challenge by James Fowler. Leigh Griffiths smacks the penalty into the corner of Kyle Letheren's net to make it 2-1.

  139. 1547: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "Jim Goodwin's strike has really lit up this match. He had Kenny McLean in a good position to his right, but he stunned everyone by rifling the ball past Jamie MacDonald from 40 yards. It'll be interesting to see a replay because, as good a strike as it was, I have a feeling MacDonald will feel he should have kept it out."

  140. 1548: 





  141. 1550: 







    Albion 0 - 0 Stranraer

    Alloa 0 - 0 Stenhousemuir

    Arbroath 2 - 0 East Fife

    Ayr 2 - 2 Queen of Sth

    Forfar 1 - 0 Brechin


    Annan Ath 0 - 0 Rangers

    East Stirling 0 - 0 Stirling

    Elgin 0 - 0 Peterhead

    Montrose 2 - 1 Berwick

    Queens Park 1 - 0 Clyde

  144. 1555: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay

    "Despite the rays beating down on Caledonian Stadium and the appearance of two Shinnie brothers in the home line-up, this has been anything but a bright opening half.

    "Aberdeen have had more of the territory, largely thaanks to the breezy conditions, Inverness slightly the better of the half chances. But niether goalkeeper has ben forced to work for their money."

  145. 1556: 
    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont at St Mirren Park

    "As expected, there's been very little between these sides in the first half. Hearts have probably had slightly better chances to score, but Jim Goodwin's thunderbolt from 40 yards is the difference between the teams at the break."

  146. 1600: 

    Here we go again...

  147. 1602: 
    BBC Scotland's Charlie Mann on David Templeton's injury

    "It seems as though he's gone over on his ankle and we're not sure if he's damaged ligaments. We'll find out when we ask Rangers manager Ally McCoist after the game"

  148. 1603: 

    DubaiHoops: "Fine Thomas Rogne, they should fine Neil Lennon and the board for the terrible displays"

  149. 1604: 
    GOAL- Livingston 0 Partick 2 (Steven Lawless)
  150. 1605: 

    Dundee's goal hero Colin Nish bears the brunt of a clash of heads with Adam Cummins. He leaves the pitch with blood pouring from his hooter. Raspberry on your ice-cream?

  151. 1606: 

    Danny Lennon's side double their lead through Lewis Guy and the Buddies are giving the Jambos a bloody nose here...

  152. 1608: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "Aberdeen go close to taking the lead almost immediately after the break, with Andrew Considine half volleying a Johnny Hayes corner at the back post, but Inverness scramble it off the line."

  153. 1609: 

    Inverness are reduced to 10 men, Owain Tudor Jones is given his marching orders for a challenge on Aberdeen's Ryan Fraser.

    "Very very harsh on Inverness," says Sportsound pundit John Robertson.

  154. 1611: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay on that Tudor-Jones dismissal

    "It was a harsh decision by referee George Salmond. The winger just seemed too nippy for the big man."

  155. 1612: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Despite his modest stature, Leigh Griffiths looks head and shoulders above the rest of the players this afternoon. He is denied from close range by Kyle Letheren after being picked out by a marvellous Eoin Doyle cross from deep. Good stuff from Hibs."

  156. 1614: 
    Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Cillian Sheridan comes within a whisker of scoring on his debut for Kilmarnock. Danny Racchi's run and cross from the right produced a chance for the visitors to level but the big Irish striker nodded just wide of the target."

  157. 1615: 

    Roddy Macleod: "Ict Aberdeen game comes to life! #atlast #bbcSportsound #openAllMics"

  158. 1616: 

    BBC Scotland's Charlie Mann says Annan have fashioned a number of promising openings against Rangers at Galabank but it remains goalless...

  159. 1617: 

    Ian in Edinburgh: "I texted Jim Traynor a few weeks ago to say that i thought John McGlynn was out of his depth in the spl and i stand by that. When he first came in he was talking about needing a striker and here we are in the middle of September and he still hasn't brought one in. I've thought Patterson has been over-rated in certain games and today seems no different. No goals scored again"

  160. 1619: 
    BBC Scotland's Clive Lindsay in Inverness

    "Shane Sutherland is on for Andrew Shinnie as Inverness manager Terry Butcher swaps a striker for a midfielder to compensate for being a man down."

  161. 1622: 

    Ten-man Inverness have chance to take lead from the spot...

  162. 1623: 

    Amazingly, 10-man Inverness have taken the lead. Substitute Shane Sutherland races through and is pulled down by Rusell Anderson, the former Scotland defender is sent off and Richie Foran slots the penalty kick into the corner.

    The Dons' misery is compounded by Anderson given his marching orders.

  163. 1628: 

    The Steelmen are back on level terms at Dens Park. Henrik Ojaama crosses for Michael Higdon to force the ball home from close range with the Dundee defence as stretched as Russell Grant's swimming trunks...

  164. 1630: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Chris Johnston makes an immediate impact for Kilmarnock since coming on for Danny Racchi. He shows some nice touches, screams for the ball and gives Paul Hanlon a tough time down the right wing."

  165. 1631: 

    Radio: "#Hearts fans want John McGlynn #sacked sharpish. H e is going to get us relegated. Not up to it #bbcsportsound #HMFC"

  166. 1634: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "Hibs' star man Leigh Griffiths limps off to be replaced by Ross Caldwell, his injury the result of his own poor challenge. That's a real pity - he has really looked in the mood."

  167. 1636: 

    Robert in Buckie: "Aberdeen are a complete embarrassment. Should be a lot better than this."

  168. 1639: 

    Michael Higdon scores his second of the day, powering home a header from a Tom Hateley corner. The Steelmen have turned this game on its head and lead shell-shocked Dundee.

  169. 1641: 

    Aberdeen are back in the game out of the blue thanks to young striker Cammy Smith, who fires home after a Johnny Hayes cross.

  170. 1642: 

    Scott Christie: "Sitting in Newcastle Airport for hours, goin 2 Turkey. Dons result not helping. Sign McFadden whatever the wage!"

    If you can see Ant & Dec ask if they'll donate a few bob to the Dons' cause...

  171. 1643: 
    BBC Scotland's Keir Murray at Easter Road

    "The attendance at Easter Road is 9,723. They're watching a really lively match, with Kilmarnock striker William Gros's looping header almost levelling the scores."

  172. 1645: 

    Adam Reid: "Hearts are having a nightmare! Where did all that promising football go? #disappointed"

  173. 1648: 
  174. 1649: 

    Robert in Buckie: "Aberdeen- finally a goal. Forgot what the back of a net looked like."

  175. 1651: 
  176. 1652: 
  177. 1653: 



  178. 1655: 

    Cowdenbeath 3-4 Morton

    Dumbarton 0-2 Dunfermline

    Hamilton 1-1 Falkirk

    Livingston 1-2 Partick

    Raith 2 - 0 Airdrie U

  179. 1656: 

    Albion 2 - 1 Stranraer

    Alloa 0 - 2 Stenhousemuir

    Arbroath 2 - 0 East Fife

    Ayr 2 - 4 Queen of Sth

    Forfar 1 - 0 Brechin

  180. 1657: 

    Annan Athletic 0-0 Rangers

    East Stirling 3-1 Stirling

    Elgin 2-0 Peterhead

    Montrose 3-1 Berwick

    Queen's Park 1-0 Clyde

  181. 1658: 

    Michael Higdon's double at Dens Park ensures Motherwell remain top of the table. An excellent Saturday night ahead for those of a claret & amber hue...

  182. 1700: 

    Hibs have climbed to second spot, courtesy of that 2-1 win against Kilmarnock at Easter Road.

    St Mirren are up to third after a Jim Goodwin-inspired victory over Hearts - yes, his 40-yard pearler is worth a first, second & third watch - and Aberdeen come back to snatch a point at Inverness.

  183. 1704: 
    St Mirren boss Danny Lennon on Jim Goodwin's wonder goal

    "I thought it was about 39 yards out! He's got that in his locker and it came at a very good time for us.

    "Hearts are a big side but we defended very well. We looked a constant threat today."

  184. 1706: 

    Brett Faulds: "As a Motherwell fan, I have a fear Rangers will wake up, sack McCoist and come in for McCall. What a manager #BBCSportsound"

  185. 1710: 
    Aberdeen boss Craig Brown

    "We played poorly and it's probably our poorest performance of the season. We fought back well but we didn't do enough in the first half.

    "It could've passed without either player being sent off but I don't want to criticise the referee.

    "Inverness battled away very well. We didn't pass the ball the way we have done this season."

  186. 1712: 

    Adam Reid: "I really hope Hearts pick up really soon. Seeing them drop points and Hibs rake them in is horrid #twilightzone"

  187. 1714: 

    Jim the Jag: "How about Glasgow's form team getting a mention. Partick Thistle win five division one games in a row while you prioritize the reports of a third division diddy club. One team in Glasgow."

  188. 1717: 
    Rangers boss Ally McCoist after goalless draw against Annan

    "It was a disappointing result for us. We didn't start well enough and for all our possession we didn't create enough chances.

    "Temps having to go off was disappointing. The players know I'm not happy at all but at the same time but, at the same time, we've got a home game in the Ramsdens Cup on Tuesday.

    "There was no lack of effort but there wasn't enough guile. I've got to sort it but we're all in it together. It's not a disaster but it's a concern."

  189. 1724: 
    Hearts boss John McGlynn after defeat by St Mirren

    "We're not doing a lot wrong but we're getting punished.

    "I want the Hearts fans to stick with us; we're in transition and we knew we didn't have loads of options up front.

    "A wee break in front of goal can make a big difference."

  190. 1725: 

    No wins in the last five games for the Jambos and three matches without a goal...

  191. 1727: 

    Anonymous: "Hearts should be pushing up trying to get 2nd and the Champions League spot, but instead we'll find ourselves in a relegation scrap! McGlynn out!"

  192. 1728: 

    Edinburgh Tom: "Hibs far from perfect but its hard 2 exaggerate just how much better they look than last yr. #bbcsportsound"

  193. 1730: 

    I'll keep our live text coverage rumbling on until 18:00 BST. Where you at a game today? Did your team win?

    Tweet the commentary using #bbcsportsound or message me @bbcthomasmcg and/or text 80295.

    Your Call with Jim Traynor is about to start on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW

  194. 1731: 

    Stuart Lugton: "How long will Ally get b4 the axe falls if he doesn't start winning? Or do u think he would quit b4 the axe. #allyswallys #bbcsportsound"

  195. 1733: 

    Iain Smith: "Fed up of Craig brown time to go #afc #bbcsportsound"

  196. 1734: 

    We'll have TV highlights of all today's SPL games on our website from 18:00 BST on Sunday.

  197. 1736: 

    Ian in Edinburgh: "I sent you a text a month ago saying that John McGlynn was out of his depth and I stand by that. Experienced players playing badly, young players being over-rated and no goal scorer. I must have been in the minority when not getting excited over the Liverpool games. At best we'll finish mid table, at worst it'll be a relegation battle"

    Ray: "I have said for weeks only Dundee can save Hearts from drop. No goals, no guile, uninspiring boss, disinterested owner. Worst Hearts side since 1980"

  198. 1738: 

    Joe in Maryhill: "Celtic's performance was unacceptable. Neil Lennon is a dire manager and needs replaced immediately. Champs Lge qualification (vs. very poor sides) only papers over the cracks - we have a clueless rookie manager and a mediocre squad of players. 8 points in 5 games? Joke. Get Lennon out now"

    Audz fae Ellon in Aberdeen: "Not good enuff today bhoys. Too complacent. But in bigger picture shouldn't make too much difference. Just Hope players get a wake up call after that."

    Jim Spreckley: "Well done 'WELL. Still top of the heap."

  199. 1740: 
    Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali

    "Lookin forward to watch the full video highlights! Was a Pen? Mmm.... Anyway, cheers to everyone who travelled to Edinburgh today."

  200. 1741: 

    Billy_Turnbull: "It's obvious Celtic are saving themselves for the CL they can afford to, the standard in the SPL is pathetic."

  201. 1742: 

    Alison Cruickshank, Aberdeen fan: "Ryan Fraser needs protection, he's getting booted up in the air at every opportunity just because he's a tricky skilful player. Pick on somebody your own size!"

  202. 1745: 
    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "When we up the tempo, chances come. Two fine goals from Michael Higdon but I think his all-round performance - he gave their young lads a really tough time at the back - and a lot of our players are playing well.

    "I'm delighted to get the three points; the pitch was sticky and the grass slightly long. It didn't really suit a lot of our boys who like to dribble the ball.

    "Over the piece, with the chances and possession, we deserved to win."

  203. 1750: 

    Jason in Dundee: "I think all the Dundee fans calling Barry smiths managerial qualities in doubt and wanting him out should take a reality check and look at our squad on paper with the other teams in SPL. Today was the first day we have had a decent strength team and very unlucky not to get a point. The only man for the job. "

  204. 1752: 

    Fergie in Aberdeen: "Am I the only one who has always thought it would be harder not easier for Celtic this season? My reason for this is that The Old Firm BETWEEN them influenced how far the other teams were behind them on points so actually helped each other! Celtic now have to do it all on their own!!"

  205. 1800: 

    So, St Johnstone come from a goal behind to beat Celtic at McDiarmid Park.

    Michael Higdon's double keeps Motherwell top of the table, while Hibs and St Mirren record victories against Kilmarnock and Hearts, respectively.

    Inverness and Aberdeen draw at the Caledonian Stadium after both being reduced to 10 men.

    Thanks for your company and comments today. I'm going to bow out for tonight. Remember, we'll have highlights of today's SPL games from 18:00 BST on Sunday.


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