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Live ReportingBy Thomas McGuiganAll times stated are UK14:23Goodwin seeks upturn in Buddies’ fortunesSt Mirren v Hamilton (15:00)St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin: “We’re going in to this game on the back of three narrow defeats which is never ideal. “Sometimes it’s just about getting a break of the ball and in the last few games we’ve…

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodwin seeks upturn in Buddies’ fortunes

    St Mirren v Hamilton (15:00)

    St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin: “We’re going in to this game on the back of three narrow defeats which is never ideal.

    “Sometimes it’s just about getting a break of the ball and in the last few games we’ve not had that.”

    St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin

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    Image caption: Jim Goodwin is aiming to halt St Mirren’s winless run
  2. Rice seeks similar intensity from Accies

    St Mirren v Hamilton (15:00)

    Hamilton Accies ran Premiership leaders Celtic mighty close last weekend, before losing to a James Forrest strike.

    How will Brian Rice’s troops fare against St Mirren this afternoon?

    Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice

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    Image caption: Brian Rice wants Hamilton to show the same intensity they did in the narrow defeat by Celtic

    “The biggest concern I have in football is getting the players back down to earth quickly after you play one of the Old Firm, put in a decent performance and the players get a few pats on the back,” says Rice.

  3. McInnes expects tough test at Livi

    Livingston v Aberdeen (15:00)

    Aberdeen are unbeaten in 10 meetings with Livingston since a 2-0 away loss in April 2004. However, Dons boss Derek McInnes is guarding against complacency.

    “It’s always that bit tougher when it is away from home and on the astro,” he says.

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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    Image caption: Derek McInnes is guarding against complacency, despite Aberdeen’s impressive record v Livingston

    “Livi deserve all the plaudits they get because, even more so since losing players, they get the best out of players.”


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  5. LINE-UPS from the Simple Digital Arena

    St Mirren v Hamilton (15:00)

    St Mirren: Hladky, P. McGinn, Broadfoot, McLoughlin, Waters, Magennis, Flynn, Foley, Durmus, Andreu, Morias

    Substitutes: Lyness, S. McGinn, Breadner, Djorkaeff, McAllister, Mullen, Obika

    Hamilton: Fon Williams, McGowan, McMann, Collar, Oakley, Alston, Gogic, Easton, Stubbs, L Smith, Ogkmpoe

    Substitues: Southwood, Fjortoft, Davies, Hughes, Beck, Moyo, Want

  6. Dorrans on the bench for Dundee

    Morton v Dundee (15:00)

  7. Championship fixtures

    (All 15:00 kick-offs)

    Championship fixtures

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  8. League One games

    (All 15:00 kick-offs)

    League One fixtures

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  9. League Two fixtures

    League Two fixtures

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  10. LINE-UPS from the Tony Macaroni Arena

    Livingston v Aberdeen (15:00)

    Livingston: Stewart, Devlin, McMillan, Lamie, Guthrie, Bartley, Jacobs, Crawford, Erskine, Lawless & Robinson.

    Substitutes: Sarkic, Pepe, Lawson, Sibbald, Stobbs, Souda & Tiffoney.

    Aberdeen: Lewis, Vyner, Devlin, Considine, Leigh, Ferguson, Campbell, Gallacher, McGinn, Hedges, Main.

    Substitutes: Cerny, Logan, Barron, McLennan, Wilson, Anderson, Cosgrove.

  11. Holt in bullish form ahead of Dons’ visit

    Livingston v Aberdeen (15:00)

    Livingston, fifth in the Premiership host Aberdeen this afternoon with the Dons a point ahead of them in fourth spot.

    Gary Holt is urging his Livi troops to banish the memory of their recent defeat by Rangers when they lock horns Aberdeen.

    “It probably says a lot about how far we’ve come that the boys were
    disappointed after the game [3-1 loss at Ibrox],” he said.

    Livingston manager Gary Holt

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    Image caption: “We’ve kept our standards high all season”

    “But I said to them: ‘Get the heads up’. I couldn’t be prouder of them for what they produced on the day. We just need to keep working, keep pushing and continue to have pride in what we are doing.

    “We’ve kept our standards high all season, that’s the pleasing thing. It
    wasn’t a case of turning up at Ibrox because it’s a big crowd.

    “We’ve been doing that every game and we need to keep at it, and keep
    enforcing it.
    “The day we take our foot off the gas is the day we receive a skelping. We
    can’t afford that.”

    Stat attack: Livingston are unbeaten in four home games this season…

  12. Premiership table

    Premiership table

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  13. County braced for stern test

    Motherwell v Ross County (15:00)

    Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: “It [facing Motherwell] comes like any away game in this division and it’ll be a really tough one.

    “We know that Motherwell have scored three goals in each of their last three games.

    Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell

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    Image caption: Stuart Kettlewell says Ross County go into the Motherwell game with “real belief”

    “So, we know they’ve got a pretty potent threat up top and that’s something we’ll have to be mindful of.

    “We always go into these games with a real belief in what we do ourselves and trust ourselves.

    “We believe we have players who can harm them [Motherwell] as well.”

  14. LINE-UPS from Fir Park

    Motherwell v Ross County (15:00)

    Motherwell: Gillespie, Hartley, Gallagher, Carroll, Grimshaw, Donnelly, Campbell, Polworth, Cole, Scott, Seedorf.

    Subs: Carson, Tait, Long, Hylton, Maguire, Mugabi, O’Hara

    Ross County: Laidlaw, Foster, Fontaine, Watson, Fraser, Henderson, Grivosti, Gardyne, Paton, McKay, Stewart.

    Subs: Ruddy, Erwin, Mullin, Graham, Spittal, Spence, Chalmers

  15. ‘Well gunning for second spot – Robinson

    Motherwell v Ross County (15:00)

    Motherwell are in in fine fettle ahead of Ross County’s visit to Fir Park. The Steelmen, in third place in the Premiership, have claimed the scalps of Hamilton Accies, Hibs and Hearts during an impressive run of form in the league.

    “If we win [this afternoon] we can go into second place, albeit for 24 hours,” says Robinson. “There’s a little incentive there with teams not playing until the Sunday.

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson

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    Image caption: Victory for Motherwell would steer Stephen Robinson’s side to second in the table

    we can go into second place but we can’t just turn up and expect that to happen.
    We have to really work hard and do the simple things well, which we’ve done in
    previous weeks.

    “We’ve got players in the team that can win football matches and a solid
    backbone of a back four. Our expectations are growing but we have to make sure we don’t get too
    carried away. It’s a start but that’s all it is.

    “It’s just the start of the season and we’ve started well but we can’t expect
    to turn up and just win football matches. We had to work very hard for our win
    at Hearts and it will be the same [against County].”

  16. Today’s Premiership games

    (All 15:00 kick-offs)

    Scottish Premiership fixtures

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    Sunnier times…

    It’s Saturday, the sun is shining and we have top-flight football to enjoy: what’s not to like?

    A warm welcome to our live text coverage of another busy day in Scottish football.

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    A sun-kissed Fir Park

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    Image caption: A sun-kissed Fir Park will play host to one of three Premiership fixtures this afternoon

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