Match Day Live: updates from around the grounds

Perry Kitchen replaced Alim Ozturk as Hearts captain earlier this week
Perry Kitchen replaced Alim Ozturk as Hearts captain earlier this week
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Welcome to the Scotsman live blog. We’ll bring you updates, stats and reaction throughout the afternoon from around the grounds. We’ll start with the team news as we get it...

17.40: It’s difficult what to make of the Hearts result. The clean sheet is encouraging, considering they had to make a defensive change in the first half when Alim Ozturk replaced the injured John Souttar, but it is now two matches without a goal for a side who want to finish better than their third place finish last season. Many thought Tony Watt would start to score for fun after his first goal versus Partick thistle, but he has failed to make his mark on matches since. Conor Sammon missed a one-on-one today, while Johnson came off the bench after a disappointing showing in his first start last week. Hearts certainly have options in attack but all three mentioned are struggling at the moment.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers (left) with Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers (left) with Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark

17.32: The Celtic goalkeeping situationis an interesting one. De Vries was brought in because of his ability with his feet but early evidence suggests that he is not much better than Craig Gordon in this department. Furthermore, De Vries has let in a few goals that he perhaps should have done better with. Billy King’s from last week is an obvious example, while Coulibaly scored from an outrageous distance for Kilmarnock today. To top it all off, De Vries supposedly strained his chest trying to save that effort, meaning he had to be replaced by Gordon at half-time. Whether it’s through injury or form, De Vries may now miss out on the Manchester City clash, allowing Gordon to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League.

17.20: Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Dorus de Vries was, in fact, withdrawn due to injury and does not know if he will recover in time for their clash with Manchester City in the Champions League.

17.16: Lee Clark tells BBC Scotland that today’s match was a day to forget, though praised his team’s first half efforts. He said that Celtic were playing at another level and that they are not the only side who have been torn apart at Celtic Park under Brendan Rodgers.

17.15: Kilmarnock now sit one point off the bottom of the league after their defeat, which means they have now failed to win in their last five. Three of those have been draws but they were outclassed by a rampant Celtic today.

Leigh Griffiths has had to settle for a place on the bench as Celtic continue with Moussa Dembele up front

Leigh Griffiths has had to settle for a place on the bench as Celtic continue with Moussa Dembele up front

17.12: Brendan Rodgers says Moussa Dembele still has a lot to learn after his fifth goal in two Premiership matches. Dembele had said earlier in the week that he would take a penalty should Celtic be awarded one, but he was unfortunately substituted before their award versus Kilmarnock. Leight Griffiths stepped aside and allowed Scott Sinclair to score his sixth goal in as many league matches.

17.10: Motherwell are now fourth after their fourth match without defeat. McDonald’s late equaliser, his second goal of the league campaign, follows a win over Hamilton and draws against Ross County and Dundee.

17.06: Thistle’s draw leaves them joint-bottom with Hamilton and without a win in six. We’ve been here before with Thistle, though. Last season they spent the early part of the season at the bottom before a victory over Dundee United lifted them above the Tannadice side. They never looked back after that. Alan Archibald is one of those managers who doesn’t seem to get much criticism when his side are struggling. No wonder given his record of keeping his side in the division year after year.

17.05: Ross County’s 0-0 draw at Tynecastle is their third clean sheet in four matches. It is Hearts’ third 0-0 this season.

17.01: Dundee have now failed to win in their last six – their last win coming on the opening day versus Ross County – and have not beaten Inverness in 16, yes 16 attempts. Dundee are now in ninth, just one point off the bottom. Paul Hartley’s post-match interview should be interesting.

16.57: Goals from Lonsana Doumbouya, Greg Tansey and Liam Polworth – each scoring their first of the season – mean that Inverness’ 11 league goals have been scored by ten different players (which includes a Callum Paterson own goal).

16.54: A round-up of the Premiership results: Celtic 6-1 Kilmarnock, Hearts 0-0 Ross County, Inverness 3-1 Dundee, Partick Thistle 1-1 Motherwell.

16.53: Alloa remain top of League One despite dropping points and Brechin move into second after their win over Peterhead and Livingston’s defeat to East Fife.

GOAL! (16.50): Ollie Shaw scores a late equaliser for Stenhousemuir, who were 2-0 behind to Alloa until Jim Goodwin, scorer of their second was sent off. And that’s how it finished, Stenhousemuir 2-2 Alloa.

16.49: The full-time results are starting to come in and one significant scoreline has seen Queen of the South hold Hibernian to remain top of the Championship.

16.47: Elgin will go third as they now lead 4-0 at Stirling Albion, but it is Forfar who are looking strongest in League Two as they are ahead against second-placed Clyde. The win will see them extend their lead to seven points.

GOAL! (16.44): Just when you thought Thistle were going to colect some much needed points, Scott McDonald pops up to nod in the equaliser. Partick Thistle 1-1 Motherwell.

GOAL! (16.43): Celtic score another, Lee Clark must be regretting fielding such an attacking line up today as Tom Rogic scores his third league goal this season. 6-1 Celtic.

GOAL! (16.42): Nicky Low scores a wonderful free-kick to put a silver lining on another dark day in Inverness for them.

RED CARD (16.40): Ian McShane has been sent off for County for a foul on Faycal Rherras. They will now try to see out the game with ten men.

16.37: We are now entering the final stages and it’s looking like Celtic are going to extend their lead to five points. Bjorn Johnson has replaced Sammon for Hearts but they appear to be struggling when they reach the final third. Ross County will climb to fourth if they take a point, with Aberdeen playing tomorrow. Inverness’ romp at home to Dundee will see them go eighth, not bad considering the pressure Richie Foran was under recently, while Thistle will go ninth. Hamilton will slip to the bottom before hosting St Johnstone tomorrow.

GOALS! (16.34): Falkirk take the lead at home to Ayr through a Meggatt own goal, while Dumbarton may be about to stage a remarkably similar comeback to last season. Then, they trailed 3-0 with nine minutes remaining but pulled out a 3-3 draw. They were 3-0 behing to the same opponents today but have just scored to make it 3-2.

16.33: Jamie Walker has come on for Heatrs and Tony Dingwall for Ross County but the score remains 0-0.

GOAL! (16.30): Griffiths, who once said that Criag Gordon would be taking penalties before him, steps aside and allows Scott Sinclair to score his sixth goal in as many league matches.

16.29: Scott McDonald had the ball in the net for Motherwell but it was ruled offside, while Celtic have a penalty...

16.27: As it stands in the Championship, Queen of the South will stay one point ahead of Hibs at the top of the League, while Raith Rovers and Dundee United will close the gap. Dundee United recently took the lead through Tony Andreu at home to Morton.

GOAL! (16.26): Leigh Griffiths emerges from the bench to score his eighth goal of the season. Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock.

16.22: Craig Curran has come on to replace Liam Boyce at Tynecastle where it remains 0-0. The sides have only played out such a scorline on one previous occasion, back in 2001 in the League Cup.

16.20: Dembele gets on the end of another Tierney cross and almost gets his second perfect hattrick in the same number of Premiership matches.

READ CARD! (16.19): Jim Goodwin is dismissed for violent conduct, four minutes after putting his side 2-0 ahead.

16.17: Rory Loy has come on for Dundee to replace Hateley, moving to a 4-4-2, but it looks too little too late. Kilmarnock have brought on Jordan Jonea and Charlee Adams to replace Dean Hawshaw and Nathan Tyson, but again they are facing an uphill battle at Celtic Park.

RED CARD! (16.12): Lewis Stevenson is sent off for a foul on Dale Hilson, beleived to be a second yellow card. Jason Cummings was then booked as he was substituted for Jordan Foster.

GOALS! (16.10): Liam Polworth makes it 3-0 to Inverness and James Forrest continues his excellent form to make it 3-1 Celtic.

16.07: Alloa extend their lead through Jim Goodwin, they are now 2-0 up at Stirling, while Edinburgh City, still searching for their first win, have equalised away to Annan through a Steven Swindlehurst own goal.

16.03: Harald Gordon comes on to replace Dorus de Vries at half-time. We’re not sure if it was enforced by injury.

15.58: It’s not looking good for Paul Hartley, is it. He lost his two best players in the last transfer window, he was criticised for too many draws last season and that seems to have continued. Now, in a week where he has lashed out at certain memebrs of the press, his side’s terrible record against Inverness looks set to continue as they trail 2-0 at the break. They have a fair few attacking options on the bench: Rory Loy, Danny Williams, Craig Wighton and Yordi Teijsse.

15.54: If it stays the same at Tynecastle, Perhaps Jim McIntyre might think that a decent point given that they haven’t beaten Hearts in the last seven attempts – which includes five defeats. However, Hearts have scored six second half goalss in the league so far this season and have a number of options on the bench. That said, County have had their chances and may fancy taking all three points.

15.50: Half-time in the Premiership it’s Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock, Hearts 0-0 Ross County, Inverness 2-0 Dundee and Partick Thistle 1-0 Motherwell.

GOALS! (15.47): Raith Rovers are now 3-0 up, as are East Fife. In League One Albion now lead 2-0, Brechin and Peterhead are one-a-piece, and Stranraer have taken the lead against Queen’s Park. in League Two Annan lead Edinburgh City and Forfar are 1-0 away to Clyde.

15.42: Among that barrage of Premiership goals, Alim Ozturk – who was dropped as captain earlier in the week – has come on to replace the injured John Souttar for Hearts.

GOAL! (15.40): Kilmarnock were not ahead for long and now they’re behind. Moussa Dembele converts Kieran Tierney’s cross, the former Fulham’s striker’s second of the match, to give Celtic the lead. It’s Tierney’s fourth league assist this season. 2-1 Celtic.

GOALS! (15.36): Chris Erskine takes advantage of a Stevie Hammell mistake to grab his fifth goal of the season to put Thistle ahead, while Moussa Dembele quickly equalises for Celtic.

15.35: It means that Coulibaly has now scored four league goals for his side. He and Kris Boyd have scored all but one of their eight league goals this season.

GOAL! (15.32): Souleymane Coulibaly gives Kilmarnock the lead at Celtic Park with another stunning effort. This time it’s a raker from long-range. Celtic 0-1 Kilmarnock.

15.30: It’s pretty even so far at Firhill in miserable weather. There’s been no real chances and we’re hearing that the cheesy bean pies aren’t up to much either.

15.27: Hearts have scored eight goals in their last two matches at Tynecastle and have just been denied once again byFox. Hearts are looking dangerous from set-pieces and Igor Rossi has just seen his header saved by the County custodian.

15.24: Partick Thistle haven’t won in their last five matches, after starting the season so well, and they host Motherwell today without midfield stalwart Abdul Osman. If recent fixtures at this venue is anything to go by, then Thistle have a great chance to turn things around to day. Not only have Thistle won the last two, Motherwell have failed to score. In fact, their last win at Firhill came in December 2013 in a 5-1 victory. The score is currently 0-0.

15.21: Scott Fox makes a wonderful save to deny Conor Sammon moments after Ross County rattle the bar at the other end. It remains 0-0 though.

GOAL! (15.19): Greg Tansey scores from the spot to heap more misery on Dundee. That terrible record versus Inverness looks like it’s going to continue.

15.17: Jonathan Burn blocks a great chance for Sxcott Sinclair, who is looking to score in his sixth consecitive league match. Kilmarnock have drawn their last three but haven’t won at Celtic Park since 2012 when goals from Cillian Sheridan and Liam Kelly goals gave them victory.

GOALS! (15.14): Albion Rovers take the lead at the Excelsior, Raith edge ahead against Dumbarton, Elgin go 2-0 up over Stirling and East Fife fire two in quick succession to give them a comfortable lead at home to Livingston, who started the day top of League One.

15.12: Dundee’s last win over Inverness came in 2009 when a Bulvitis own goal and strikes from Harkins and Forsyth gave Dees a 3-2 League Cup victory.

GOAL! (15.10): Almost as soon as we sent that last update, Dundee fall behind to a Lonsana Doumbouya goal, his first for the club. 1-0 Inverness.

15.08: Not only are Dundee in poor form – having failed to win in their last last – they have failed to defeat Inverness in their last 15 (FIFTEEN) attempts. Moreover, they have never won in Inverness.

15.06: Early goals for Alloa and Elgin. A Fraser Kerr own goal has given Jack Ross’s side the lead over Stenhousemuir; while Shane Sutherland has given Jim Weir’s men the lead away to Stirling Albion.

15.03: The big match in the Championship today is between Hibernian and Queen of the South. Here are the teams:

Hibernian: Marciano; Gray, Hanlon, McGregor, Stevenson; Boyle, Bartley, McGeough, McGinn; Graham, Cummings

Queen of the South:

14.59: Unsurprisingly, Motherwell stick with the same side that won 4-2 in the Lanarshire derby last week.

Starting XI: Samson, Tait, Heneghan, McManus, Hammell; Cadden, Lasley, Clay; McDonald, Moult, Bowman

14.56: Partick Thistle welcome Motherwell to Firhill and make two changes. Adam Barton starts, replacing the suspended Abdul Osman, and Ade Azez comes in for Kris Doolan in attack.

Starting XI: Starting XI: Scully, Gordon, Devine, Lindsay, Booth; Amoo, Elliott, Edwards, Barton, Lawless; Erskine; Azeez

14.54: For Inverness, Lonsana Doumbouya continues in attack despite Alex Fisher’s late equaliser versus Celtic in an unchanged line-up.

Starint XI: Fon-Williams; McKay, Warren, Meekings, Tremarco; Polwarth, Draper, Tansey, Vigurs, King: Doumbouya

14.50: Dundee travel to Inverness, where they have never won and replace the suspended Mark O’Hara with Michael Duffy. Elsewhere, Nicky Low comes in for Danny Williams

Starting XI: Bain; Cammy Kerr, Julen, O’Dea, Holt; Duffy, McGowan, Hateley, Ross, Low; El Bakhtaoui

14.45: For Ross County, Alex Schalk has been ruled out for a few weeks so he is replaced by Liam Boyce and Lovejoy comes in for Craig Curran.

Starting XI: Fox; Fraser, Quinn, Davies Van der Weg; Franks, Routis, McShane, Woods, Gardyne; Boyce

14.41: Hearts face Ross County at Tynecastle and Conor Sammon is recalled, replacing Bjorn Johnson while Arnaud Djoum comes in for Jamie Walker.

Starting XI: Hamilton; Paterson, Souttar, Rossi, Rherras; Nicholson, Kitchen, Cowie, Djoum; Watt, Sammon

14.37: Their opponents Kilmarnock make two changes from the draw with Partick Thistle. Greg Taylor replaces Steven Smith, who has been ruled out for up to four weeks, and Nathan Tyson comes in for his debut, replacing Adam Frizzell.

Starting XI: MacDonald; Hendrie, Burn, Boyd, Taylor; Hawkshaw, Dicker, McKenzie, Coulibaly; Boyd, Tyson.

14.31: Leigh Griffiths returns from injury but has to settle for a place on the bench after Moussa Dembele’s impressive form. Dorus de Vries returns in goal and Scott Sinclair, Nir Bitton and Erik Sviatchenko come in for Stuart Armstrong, Kolo Toure and Patrick Roberts.

Starting XI: De Vries, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, Bitton, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair, Dembele

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