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Full programme of midweek games, predictions in for Wednesday 23rd 17h45

Wednesday 23rd December

    Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County
    Hamilton Academical                       18:00                                Livingston
    Hibernian                                          18:00                                St Mirren
    St Johnstone                                    18:00                                Rangers
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock

A reminder of the standings after week 18

Dug             058
Bastion       055
Mak            053
Boro Boy    049
Hairy          047
SP              045
Norm         035
Red Devil   029
Winston       021

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 18





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    Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County 1
    Hamilton Academical                       18:00                                Livingston 1
    Hibernian                                          18:00                                St Mirren x
    St Johnstone                                    18:00                                Rangers 2
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen x
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock 1





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Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County.      2
    Hamilton Academical                            18:00                                Livingston.          X
    Hibernian                                                           18:00                                St Mirren.       1
    St Johnstone                                               18:00                                Rangers.           2
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen.          2
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock.         1

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    Celtic                 18:00   Ross County    1
    Hamilton            18:00   Livingston        2
    Hibernian           18:00   St Mirren          x
    St Johnstone     18:00   Rangers           2
    Motherwell        18:15    Aberdeen         2
    Dundee United  18:30   Kilmarnock      1

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Wednesday 23rd December

    Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County............1
    Hamilton Academical                       18:00                                Livingston.................2
    Hibernian                                          18:00                                St Mirren...................1
    St Johnstone                                    18:00                                Rangers....................2
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen..................1
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock................1

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Wednesday 23rd December

    Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County............1
    Hamilton Academical                       18:00                                Livingston.................2
    Hibernian                                          18:00                                St Mirren...................X
    St Johnstone                                    18:00                                Rangers....................2
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen..................1
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock................X

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Wednesday 23rd December

Celtic                  V       Ross County 1

 Hamilton Academical       V      Livingston 2

Hibernian            V            St Mirren. 1

St Johnstone         V          Rangers 2

Motherwell              V         Aberdeen  2

Dundee United         V             Kilmarnock x

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Results for week 19 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

 Wednesday 23rd December

    Celtic                                                 18:00                                Ross County           1
    Hamilton Academical                       18:00                                Livingston               2
    Hibernian                                          18:00                                St Mirren                 1
    St Johnstone                                    18:00                                Rangers                  2
    Motherwell                                       18:15                                 Aberdeen               X
    Dundee United                                 18:30                                Kilmarnock             1

Results of week 19 by participants

SP 3 out of 6  
Norm did not participate
Dug 5 out of 6
Bastion 4 out of 6
Hairy 6 out of 6   
Mak 4 out of 6
Boro Boy 4 out of 6
Winston 4 out of 6
Red Devil did not participate

The standings after week 19

Dug                  063
Bastion            059
Mak                 057
Boro Boy         053
Hairy               053
SP                   048
Norm              035
Red Devil       029
Winston         025

Dug jumps a point above Bastion, Hairy gets a 6 out of 6 congratulations and Winston only 4 points behind RD, no predictions from Norm for the last three weeks?

A few afters

Full time tims Ross County 2 - 0 no match report


Full time Accies Livvy 0 - 2

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice says his side "can't cope" with their injury crisis after they fell to a Scottish Premiership defeat against Livingston.
Jon Guthrie's header and Josh Mullin's free-kick secured a comfortable win for the visitors.
Hamilton, who failed to register a shot on goal and remain 11th, were without weekend goalscorers Ross Callachan and Scott Martin.
"It's difficult for us," said Rice.
"The heart of my team was ripped out. I'm missing nine first team players. Seven of them are starters.
"We're scraping the barrel. Tonight [Wednesday] you saw that we really did miss key, key players."

After four consecutive wins as interim boss, the victory is David Martindale's first as Livingston's permanent head coach and leaves his side in seventh.
It is the first time since October 2003 they have won back-to-back away games in Scotland's top tier.

Rice was dealt a blow in his preparations with both Callachan and Martin - goalscorers in Saturday's win against Ross County - ruled out.
And the hosts started like a side missing two integral midfielders as they were second best throughout.
The visitors almost made their early dominance count as Alan Forrest's ball from the left was flicked just past the near post by Scott Pittman.
The hosts just could not deal with cross balls as Mullin then delivered a dangerous ball of his own to Scott Robinson, but his glancing header came down off the crossbar before being cleared.
Mullin then found Robinson again with another cross from the right, but instead of going for goal at the back post the forward decided to head across goal to no avail.
Mullin's delivery continued to threaten as David Moyo almost diverted a cross from the former County man into his own net before Guthrie somehow diverted wide from close range from the corner.
However, the centre-back would make amends early in the second half as Jason Holt's ball from the left dropped to the stand-in captain, who headed home from close range at the back post.

Hamilton showed no signs of a revival as Livingston continued to dominate, with Forrest having two efforts in quick succession go wide before Robinson had a one-on-one saved by Kyle Gourlay, who came on for the injured Ryan Fulton.

A 1-0 win would have flattered Rice's men, and going into the closing stages it looked like that would be the case until Mullin guided a fine free-kick past Gourlay into the top-right corner.

Man of the match - Josh Mullin


The 28-year-old's delivery terrified the Hamilton backline throughout and he rounded off an impressive display with a fine free-kick to seal the win.

What they said

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice:
"When things go against you, they go against you. Some of the lads tonight were given a chance to stake a claim, and I'm really disappointed in them. I've told them that."

Livingston head coach David Martindale:
"I can't take a lot of the credit for this, the boys have been magnificent. Tonight, the gameplan came together very nicely.
"I was really pleased how the boys managed the game. It was a very, very good performance. The boys have bought into everything we're trying to do. It's all positive just now."

What's next?

Both sides resume league action on Boxing Day as Hamilton welcome Celtic (15:00 GMT) and Livingston travel to Kilmarnock (15:00).

Full time Hibs Buddies 1 - 0

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin admits he is "frustrated" their 11-game unbeaten run is over after a Scottish Premiership loss to Hibernian.
Kevin Nisbet's fine curling effort was enough to give Jim Goodwin's side their first defeat since 2 October.
Brandon Mason was sent-off late on for the visitors, before Christian Doidge also received his second yellow card.

"Apart from one moment of quality from young Nisbet, it was an even game," Goodwin told BBC Scotland.
"We looked fatigued - tired minds. In the final third, those penetrating runs and forward passes just weren't quite there.
"We might need to look at freshening one or two things up.
"I can't remember either goalkeeper having a great deal to do and that's the frustrating thing."

Hibernian move into third place, just one point behind Celtic, though the champions have three games in hand.
Jack Ross' side are on an unbeaten streak of their own, with their last defeat in any competition coming 10 games ago.

Hibs lost a late leveller against Dundee United's last weekend and started eager to make amends. But it required a moment of real quality to break the deadlock after an even start.
Intricate and patient play led to Boyle dribbling across the 18-yard line and playing a short pass to Nisbet, who took one touch before gently curling a delicate effort high into the net.
That provoked a response from the visitors, and Ryan Porteous' heart may have been in his mouth when Richard Tait took a tumble in the box, but referee Steven Kirkland waved play on.

Though the hosts looked shaky at the back, they were confident going forward, with St Mirren struggling to deal with the width provided by Boyle.
Former St Mirren captain Kyle Magennis nearly doubled their lead before the break, but his half-volley went narrowly over the bar.
Hibs were then given a gilt-edged chance to double their lead with Boyle once again the architect. Joe Newell's quick free-kick set him away down the right, but his driven pass was somehow turned behind by Conor McCarthy.

Both sides made a change at half-time. Magennis was withdrawn for Drey Wright, while Jim Goodwin looked to provide a spark with the introduction of Ilkay Durmus in place of Tait.
He was nearly instantly rewarded when Cammy MacPherson's cross from the left found Durmus unmarked in the box, but he got his header all wrong and it went harmlessly wide. Jon Obika also came on and had a chance to score but elected to shoot early and blazed over the bar.
Hibs then had to replace first-choice goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, with Dillon Barnes his replacement. Barnes was soon called into action by a long-range effort, but he got down well to turn the ball behind.
Nisbet really should have wrapped up the three points when Wright's dragged effort fortuitously fell into his path just a few yards from goal, but he could only find the side-netting.

A lack of discipline was on display in the closing stages. First, Mason was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Boyle, before Doidge was dismissed for a stray arm into the face of Ethan Erhahon.
Despite late St Mirren pressure, Hibs managed to see out the victory.

Man of the match - Martin Boyle


When Martin Boyle plays well, so do Hibernian.

What they said

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"Our response to the disappointment of how the Dundee United game finished was excellent, the character of the team is good.
"We're on a terrific run, a lot of teams have been getting plaudits for the runs they've been on - we're on a really good run and have been for the bulk of the season."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"We certainly didn't deserve to win the game, but apart from one moment of quality from Nisbet there wasn't a great deal between the two teams. It was a very even game."

What's next?

Hibernian face Premiership leaders Rangers at Ibrox on Boxing Day (12:30 GMT), while St Mirren are away at Ross County (15:00).

Full time St Johnstone  Rangers 0 - 3

Rangers need to "guard against anything that can come our way", said Steven Gerrard after his side maintained their 16-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Kemar Roofe, Glen Kamara and Ianis Hagi secured a 3-0 win for Rangers over St Johnstone in Perth.
It was an 11th straight league win for the Ibrox side.

"The challenge is to keep people fit and healthy and in a good place and in good form," said Gerrard.
"This is a different situation with Covid and this type of stuff, so we need to guard against anything that can come our way.
"But if we keep everyone fit and fresh we're a good team and we'll win football matches. That's the challenge for me, just go game to game. Don't get too ahead of ourselves and stay balanced."

St Johnstone substitute Michael O'Halloran was sent off after receiving two bookings inside three minutes and was on the park for just six minutes in total.
And a third straight league loss leaves Callum Davidson's team 10th in the division, above Hamilton Academical on goal difference.

The hosts' Murray Davidson and Kamara were unsuccessful with early efforts before Rangers went in front.
Kamara squared for Hagi to shoot and Roofe was on hand to convert after Zander Clark had blocked. A quick check from the striker that he was not offside confirmed he had scored for the 11th time this season.
Finland international Kamara was the beneficiary moments later as he glided on to Joe Aribo's perfectly timed pass in behind the St Johnstone defence and nudged the ball home with the outside of his right foot.
There was no let up from Gerrard's side in the second half with Hagi thundering the ball under Clark after Roofe's effort was blocked.

Substitute Stevie May almost pulled one back for the hosts when he got goal-side of the Rangers defence but Allan McGregor would not be beaten.

Amid a series of substitutions, O'Halloran came on for Danny McNamara and was quickly booked for a foul on Roofe's replacement Alfredo Morelos. And the winger saw red after a rash challenge on Borna Barisic met with the same punishment.

Morelos slipped a shot wide soon after but Rangers' work was done.

Man of the match - Glen Kamara


If there can be one criticism of Kamara this season, it would be lack of goals but he doubled his season's tally in Perth and put in another commanding midfield performance.

What did they say?

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"We limited them to very few chances. It's a throw-in and we deal with it all wrong. Five or six minutes later, we're 2-0 down and it's an uphill struggle. We conceded right after half-time. And that's it, game's over.
"I'm really disappointed with Michael O'Halloran. It was reckless going into that challenge already being booked. Just stay on your feet."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"We really stood up to the physicality of St Johnstone. They are a well-organised team, they are right up for it and compete well, so we had to match that and at the right times we were very clinical and showed our quality.
"We're very pleased with the run we're on in the league. With 19 games gone, to return 53 points is a really good effort from the players."

What's next?

Rangers are involved in the first Premiership match on Boxing Day, at home to Hibernian (12:30 GMT), before St Johnstone take on hosts Aberdeen later on Saturday (15:00).

Full time Well Sheep 0 - 0

Aberdeen "didn't do enough" in the final third in their goalless Scottish Premiership draw with Motherwell, says manager Derek McInnes.

Curtis Main's first-half header against the bar for Aberdeen was as close as either side came to a goal at Fir Park.
The result meant McInnes' side dropped to fourth, behind Hibernian by one point.

"I thought our link up play was very good," the Aberdeen boss said.
"Main, and [Sam] Cosgrove when he came on were very good. I thought we worked the ball into good areas but from dead ball and wide areas we never did enough.
"We came here to win, and we're disappointed we haven't. We've got to look at ourselves for that. It was just the final bit, the last bit of quality that we all need as managers to make the difference."

The visitors were aiming to register a third straight league win for the first time since early October, while Motherwell were desperate to halt a miserable run of four straight defeats.

McInnes named the same team that beat Kilmarnock on Sunday, with Main given a third straight start and Cosgrove left on the bench.
The continuity appeared to have worked initially as Main came close to squeezing in from close range after two minutes, with Kennedy scuffing wide from a good position just a minute later. And Main's header against the bar from Hedges' corner was ultimately as close as either team came.

Both sides - particularly the visitors - showed nice touches in their build-up, but there was very little incision in the final third. Hedges was full of endeavour and looked the most likely to make something happen, but too often his final ball was rushed or imprecise.

Motherwell defended comfortably for 70 minutes while barely threatening, but Stephen Robinson brought on Devante Cole in a bid to spark something and it almost worked.
The striker latched on to Tony Watt's ball before sliding a pass across the six-yard box, but Liam Polworth did not arrive in time to tap home.

Watt, while not getting into scoring positions himself, was effective in possession for Motherwell, and teed up Polworth with 10 minutes left, but the midfielder's shot was blocked by Andy Considine.
And Aberdeen were also denied by some good defending late on, with Liam Grimshaw getting in the way of Matty Kennedy's close-range header and Considine's low finish snuffed out by Rickie Lamie.

Ultimately, that was the story of the match. Defending won the day.

Man of the match - Ryan Hedges


Hedges (right) was lively and always looked to get on the ball, but ultimately could not find an end product. The same could be said for Watt (left).

What they said

Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley:
"There was a lot of good defending on show. We've not been on the greatest run, so to get that clean sheet gives us something to build on moving forward."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"I thought we played well up until the penalty box - which is the most important part.
"I thought we were very competitive and the better team in terms of territory and all the rest of it. But clearly the nature of the game is to score goals and work the goalkeeper more."

What's next?

The Premiership continues on Boxing Day as Motherwell travel to Tannadice to play Dundee United (15:00 GMT), while Aberdeen host St Johnstone at the same time.

Full time D Utd Killie 2 - 0

Alex Dyer believes the Kilmarnock players are still behind him despite a seventh defeat in eight games as they lost to Dundee United at Tannadice.

Dundee United moved up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership with Marc McNulty and Lawrence Shankland both ending recent goal droughts in the first half.

Kilmarnock had a brief flurry but now have no goals or points in their last four.
"They trust me and I would know if they don't," Dyer told BBC Scotland.
"They would tell me because we have that relationship and I'm honest with them, and I would know if they weren't feeling me at the moment. But we're together.
"It's just not working for us at the moment but we will dig in and fight."

It is just Dundee United's fourth win in 15 games, yet amid that run they have only lost two of their last nine games as they leapfrogged Motherwell in the table.
Like their visitors, United did not have their troubles to seek in front of goal. Only two Premiership teams had scored fewer, McNulty had yet to break his duck, and Shankland had not netted since September.

But after Greg Kiltie sent a Chris Burke cross wide from close range for Kilmarnock, McNulty and Shankland both scored in quick succession.
McNulty breezed past Kirk Broadfoot and picked a spot in the bottom far corner. Then Luke Bolton found Shankland in the box and he got the ball out from under his feet quickly and knocked it past the goalkeeper from close range.

Kilmarnock had half-hearted efforts from Burke and Calum Waters, but by half-time they had now gone three and a half games without a goal.
Furthermore, they had shown little evidence they could turn around the deficit, especially against a United side whose goals against tally was only bettered by the top four.

Kilmarnock did begin the second half in encouraging fashion. Broadfoot fired an effort over then Waters sent a header past the far post.
And their recent form was summed up by Nicke Kabamba missing a cross inside the box, then Burke slicing his effort when it fell his way.

United should really have wrapped it up when Shankland tried to be clever and flick the ball into the net from close range, but hit the ball off his own foot, and when Nicky Clark drove into the box but shot straight at goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

Man of the match - Marc McNulty


McNulty not only scored but was all over the place, linking up well with Shankland and they moved the Kilmarnock defence about.

What did they say?

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"We felt more confident we could put more players forward while still retaining that defensive organisation.
"Marc McNulty does a power of work but he's better through the middle and Lawrence Shankland is better with someone playing off him."

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer:
"We made a lot of errors at the back which we're getting punished for at his present time.
"Had we started off and got the first goal then it would be a different game. But it's not falling for us at the moment. I told them we've got to keep going and sticking together and hopefully it will change."

What's next?

On Boxing Day, Dundee United could move five points clear of sixth-place Motherwell when they host the Lanarkshire men (15:00 GMT). Kilmarnock are at home to Livingston (15:00 GMT) who are now four points clear of them in the Premiership.

And the SPL table after week 19



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