Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones is tackled by Livingston's Egli Kaja. Pic: SNS/Ian Georgeson

Livingston 0 - 0 Kilmarnock: Stalemate as Livi earn first point

They rolled out a green carpet in the shape of the new artificial playing surface to greet the return of Premiership football at the Tony Macaroni Arena but this grinding stalemate suggested it will take many sides, not least Livingston, a while to get to grips with the way this particular pitch plays.

Partick Thistle's Connor Sammon scores to make it 2-0. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

St Johnstone 1 - 3 Partick Thistle: Jags get first away win

New Year, same old story for St Johnstone. Yet another failure in front of their own fans means that they have extended their miserable home form to eight games without a win. Partick Thistle were the latest to prey on the Perth side’s vulnerabilities and how delighted they were – picking up their first away victory of the season and easing themselves further away from the Premiership basement.

Partick Thistles's Niall Keown celebrates his goal. Picture: SNS

Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Hamilton: Jags off bottom with crucial win

The acclaim that greeted the final whistle in this game told you everything about how much these three points meant to Partick Thistle. The roar may have been made up of a mixture of elation and relief but on discovering that this victory had also been enough to lift them off the bottom of the Premiership it added a whole new meaning to notion of Christmas cheer.

St Mirren's Cammy Smith celebrates his opening goal. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

St Mirren 1 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic: Buddies take top spot

This encounter between the two highest scoring sides in the Championship turned out to be more of slow burning battle of attrition – not that St Mirren will be unduly perturbed as a solitary strike from Cammy Smith in the opening 45 minutes was enough to send them back to the top of the table. It was certainly a game where Jack Ross’s side proved that they can dig in and grind out a win which isn’t the worst attribute to have when you are chasing promotion.

St Mirren's Gavin Reilly scores to make it 7-0. Picture: SNS/Bruce White

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 1 - 7 St Mirren: Stroll for Buddies

The romance of the cup eh? For poor old Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale this blast of harsh reality was akin to being unceremoniously dumped after a dream date. The East of Scotland League side were ruthlessly disposed of by St Mirren in an opening 45-minute salvo which saw them rack up seven goals, with four of them coming from the clinical finishing of Gavin Reilly. Mercifully the Paisley men took the foot off the gas after the break and there was the tiniest crumb of comfort for the hosts as they scored the only goal of the second half.

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Dumbarton's Alistair Roy celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Dumbarton 2 - 0 Raith Rovers: Sons ease into the last four

This was a lot more comfortable than the scoreline suggests for Dumbarton, who in the process advanced to the semi-final of a national cup competition for the first time since they played Hearts in the same stage of the Scottish Cup way back in the days of flapping denim flares and sideburns in 1976.

Dundee Utd's Sam Stanton scores to make it 2-0. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Dundee United 2 - 1 St Mirren: No manager, no problem for Arabs

No manager, no problem for Dundee United. Having dispensed with Ray McKinnon’s services as they became alarmed at a widening gap between themselves and Championship leaders St Mirren, they have now, in the space of two games, drawn themselves neck and neck with the Paisley side under the charge of caretaker Laurie Ellis.

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