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Full day of Boxing day fixtures, predictions in for Saturday 26th December 12h15

Saturday 26th December

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren

A reminder of 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

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 19

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

 

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Full day of Boxing day fixtures, predictions in for Saturday 26th December 12h15

Saturday 26th December

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian 1 
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone  1
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell 2
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic 2
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston 1
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren 2

 

 

 

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Saturday 26th December

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian                       1
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone                 1
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell                     x
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic                            2
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston                      2
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren                        1

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Glad I checked back in before bed. 
 

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian         1
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone   1
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell       X
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic                2
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston         2
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren           X

 

Merry Christmas SP, hope the move is going / went well. 

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Rangers         12:30       Hibernian     1

Aberdeen       15:00       St Johnstone   1

Dundee United     15:00     Motherwell    1

Hamilton Academical     15:00     Celtic   2

Kilmarnock           15:00   Livingston        X

Ross County        15:00    St Mirren           X

 

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4 minutes ago, Winston Ingram said:

Glad I checked back in before bed. 
 

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian         1
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone   1
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell       X
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic                2
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston         2
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren           X

 

Merry Christmas SP, hope the move is going / went well. 

Cheers Winston, still lots of work to  do. You know how it goes with a moving, especially at this time of the year, it's a ball breaker but me and wifey have been through this 14 times in our 30 years of marriage. Merry Xmas to family and loved ones:beer:

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Saturday 26th December

    Rangers                                     12:30                 Hibernian............1
    Aberdeen                                  15:00                 St Johnstone.......1
    Dundee United                         15:00                 Motherwell...........1
    Hamilton Academical               15:00                 Celtic....................2
    Kilmarnock                               15:00                 Livingston.............2
    Ross County                            15:00                 St Mirren................1

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3 minutes ago, sployal said:

Just checking the results lads and noticed i forgot to get my own fucking predictions in :m1323:

FFS mate....mind ye, you've had a helluva lot on your mind....personally I don't mind if you give yersel 1 point for the Gers win.....lol

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Results for week 20 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members


Saturday 26th December

    Rangers                                12:30                 Hibernian                     1                  
    Aberdeen                              15:00                 St Johnstone               1
    Dundee United                     15:00                 Motherwell                  X
    Hamilton Academical           15:00                 Celtic                           2
    Kilmarnock                           15:00                 Livingston                    2
    Ross County                        15:00                 St Mirren                      2

Results of week 20 by participants ( i am leaving out Norm and RD, if they wish to join back in then i will give them back their last positions from week 19)

SP stupid cunt forgot to predict so it's a big 0 from 6
Dug 4 out of 6
Bastion 4 out of 6
Hairy 6 out of 6 for the second week in a row congratulations   
Mak 3 out of 6
Boro Boy 5 out of 6
Winston 5 out of 6

The standings after week 20

Dug               067
Bastion         063
Mak              060

Hairy            059
Boro Boy      058
SP                 048
Winston       030

Dug still leads Bastion by four points, Hairy jumps above BB and Winston trails SP by a massive 18 points

A few afters

Full time Rangers Hibs 1 - 0

Rangers' relentless quest for the Scottish Premiership title carried on with a tight win over Hibernian at Ibrox.
Ianis Hagi's first-half goal opened up a 19-point gap at the summit, which Celtic - who have three games in hand - cut to 16 later in the day.
Hibs hit a post, had a strong penalty shout and threatened late on, but could not stop Rangers' 12th win in a row.
The Easter Road side, whose last league loss was on 7 November, drop to fourth.
Jack Ross' Hibernian were the last team to deny Steven Gerrard's team a Premiership victory in a gripping 2-2 draw in Edinburgh back in September.
And, in truth, the Hibs manager, who was without suspended striker Christian Doidge, will be both proud of and perplexed by his side, who somehow did not come away from Ibrox with a similar result.
While surrendering much of the ball early on, they still had their opportunities.

In the opening moments, Josh Doig's sweeping cross was dangled at the back post, but Martin Boyle couldn't convert. And after Hibs went a goal behind, Doig's devilish delivery kissed the far post with Allan McGregor deceived and beaten.
There were also penalty claims during a late surge. The strongest came on the hour as Hagi's high boot thwacked away a ball inches from Joe Newell's head, and Melker Hallberg's dipping shot from range almost snuck in.

But while this Rangers team has shown its ability to win with a swagger during the season, their durability to get by Motherwell last week, and now Hibs, will please their manager going into a pivotal part of the campaign.
After losing Scott Arfield to injury early on, Connor Goldson's early effort was cleared by Hibs, before the impressive Hagi dragged a shot just wide from the edge of the box. However, the Romania international was not to be denied.

His decisive strike was grafted from endeavour down the left. Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo combined - the latter showing great strength to hold the ball up - to feed Kemar Roofe. His low cross was scuttled across the box in the direction of Hagi, who beat Paul Hanlon to the ball for a low finish.

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Ianis Hagi sweeps the ball into the net for the winner

Leon Balogun was unfortunate not to add to the hosts' lead as he was denied by the impressive Dillon Barnes on his first start, but most of the second half was all about Hibs' pursuit of a leveller.
On the balance of play, it would have been deserved as Rangers offered little to trouble Hibs. But it was a familiar winning feeling for Gerrard and his table toppers, whose 100% domestic record at Ibrox continues this season.

Man of the match - Ianis Hagi

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A strong team performance from Hibernian in the second half is worth mentioning, particularly from Joe Newell. However, Ianis Hagi made his influence felt, and his goal could prove crucial

What they said

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"Resilience and character are a must. If we want to go the distance it's not always going to be easy. You know you're going to have to rely on your big players to stand up and be counted and I thought we did.
"We're in a much better place than we have been previously when faced with this situation because, recruitment-wise, we've got much better players in the door now with all due respect."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"We are trying to grow and foster a mentality at the club where we are not happy to lose matches, so we are disappointed we have not taken anything from the game.
"But it's a day for tempering that with pride in large parts of our performance. I thought we were excellent in how hard we made Rangers work for their victory in a stadium where they have been relentless this season."
What next?

Next up for Rangers is a trip to their Scottish League Cup conquerors St Mirren on Wednesday (15:00 GMT), while Hibernian host Ross County (18:00).

 

Full time Sheep St Johnstone 2 - 1

Aberdeen moved above Hibernian into third place in the Scottish Premiership after coming from behind to beat St Johnstone.

Ash Taylor struck early in the second half to keep Derek McInnes' side two points behind Celtic and open up a gap of the same margin over Hibs.

Liam Gordon's downward header bounced over goalkeeper Joe Lewis and into the net to give St Johnstone the lead.
But Sam Cosgrove won and converted a penalty to level before half-time.

St Johnstone, who had substitute Callum Hendry dismissed for a second booking in the 90th minute, sustain a fourth league defeat in a row that leaves them three points above Hamilton Academical.
The visitors were dealt an early injury blow when Scott Tanser pulled up on the turf clutching his knee and had to be helped off as Callum Booth came on.
However, Callum Davidson's side were the better team before half-time with David Wotherspoon and Ali McCann flashing efforts wide.

The Perth side moved into the lead from a free-kick on the left. Liam Craig's deep delivery swung all the way to Gordon at the back post and the defender's header wrong-footed the stranded Lewis.

Aberdeen had not been particularly active as an attacking force but Cosgrove sought to change that with a fierce strike that Zander Clark beat wide.
Andy Considine claimed unsuccessfully for handball in the box by Booth but within seconds Aberdeen did have a penalty as Cosgrove went down with Shaun Rooney and McCann in close proximity.
Referee Alan Muir indicated there had been a tug of the shirt and Cosgrove tucked away for parity.
St Johnstone were undone at a corner when Craig's attempted clearance fell into Taylor's path and the defender beat Clark with a straightforward finish.

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Ash Taylor struck Aberdeen's winner at Pittodrie

Stevie May dragged a shot wide of Lewis' goal and a Hendry free-kick cleared the Aberdeen crossbar but St Johnstone's chances soon dried up and Hendry's second booking for a challenge on Matty Kennedy sealed their fate.

Man of the match - Ali McCann

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McCann was a driving force for St Johnstone and came close in the first half

What did they say?

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"I'm pleased with the end up. It was very challenging for both sets of players. The wind really got up and was causing all sorts of problems.
"The players clearly put so much into the game and got the desired outcome. We had it all to do. The reaction was good. It was scruffy at times. I thought we were the better team second half."

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"I've watched the penalty back. I've probably yet to see what the penalty's for. It was a huge turning point in the game.
"Just a lack of discipline, really [from Callum Hendry]. I'm really disappointed, very frustrated because we need all our players to perform and get results."

What's next?

St Johnstone's last match of 2020 is at home to Hamilton on Wednesday (15:00 GMT), with Aberdeen kicking off away to Livingston an hour later (16:00).

 

Full time D Utd Well 1 -1

Dundee United substitute Nicky Clark snatched a stoppage-time equaliser at Tannadice as Motherwell paid for not taking their chances.
It looked like an early header from Tony Watt would be enough to end the visitors' long winless run in the Scottish Premiership.
However, Clark put away a 92nd-minute shot to make sure United stay fifth.
And only a good save from Trevor Carson prevented Adrian Sporle adding a winner for Micky Mellon's side.

It was a kick in the teeth for Motherwell, who have now gone seven league games without a win, and find themselves five points worse off than they were on Christmas Day.
That's because 3-0 victories awarded at the beginning of December after Covid regulation breaches by St Mirren and Kilmarnock have been "suspended pending appeals".
The sudden subtraction of six points and six goals resulted in Motherwell tumbling from sixth to 10th, with this draw nudging them back up to ninth.

The opening goal came on nine minutes and Watt will not have scored many easier as the United defence dozed off at a corner, allowing the striker a free header from six yards.
Allan Campbell looped a header just over following another lapse at the back from United, while Stephen O'Donnell's neat finish was disallowed for a tight offside.

Carson returned to the Motherwell side after two months out and the goalkeeper showed no signs of rust when he turned a firm shot from Jeando Fuchs onto a post in what was United's only bright moment of the first half.

Motherwell were so close to doubling their lead when Callum Lang nipped in ahead of goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist at the front post to turn a close-range shot from a tight angle on target. It hit the heel of Liam Smith, who knew nothing about it, and a panicked clearance cannoned away off Watt.
The lively Lang then dragged a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards, while his attempted lob was gathered by Siegrist following a botched kick from the keeper.

Marc McNulty did have a glimpse of goal for United after a smart one-two with Lawrence Shankland but his rising shot was stopped by Carson.
And that should have been a warning for Motherwell, who continued to spurn opportunities in the final third.
Clark's first attempt was blocked in a busy penalty box but the striker kept a cool head to roll his second effort in from 10 yards.

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For the second weekend running, United salvaged a point with a stoppage-time goal

Man of the match - Tony Watt

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Watt headed Motherwell into an early lead and was a constant menace to the United defence

What did they say?

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"The subs came on an seamlessly carried the fight for us, the team are relentless and they just keep going. Now it's about finding consistency and ironing out the wee bits we know we need to sort, like giving away cheap goals from set-plays."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson:
"We haven't created that many chances in a long, long time, so we come away a little bit disappointed, but the overall performance was great. Our decision-making with two minutes to go can be better. It's a harsh lesson."

What next?

Dundee United go to Celtic Park on Wednesday (15:00 GMT), while Motherwell take on fellow strugglers Kilmarnock at Fir Park later that day (18:15).

Full time Accies tims 0 - 3 no match report


Full time Killie Livie 1 - 2

Scott Robinson's last-gasp winner made it six wins from six for new Livingston manager David Martindale as Kilmarnock's Scottish Premiership struggles continued.

Chris Burke ended Kilmarnock's four-game wait for a goal with a penalty after a handball from Nicky Devlin.
But Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drew Livingston level soon after.
And as they finished the stronger side, Robinson looped a delightful finish over goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

The result moves League Cup semi-finalists Livingston to within one point of Dundee United in fifth place with a game in hand.
For Kilmarnock, it's a fifth straight defeat, and Alex Dyer's side have won just once in their last nine games.

There was plenty at stake for both sides. Kilmarnock were in desperate need of goals and points, while Livingston were looking up at the table after a fine run of form under Martindale.
And the visitors could have been in front inside 45 seconds had it not been for a terrific save from Rogers. Jon Guthrie had a free header on the edge of the six-yard box, but Rogers managed to palm it wide from an awkward angle.
It was a frantic start. In the other box Rory McKenzie squeezed between two defenders and hit the deck. There was contact from Guthrie but not enough to sway referee Kevin Clancy.
But after that passes went stray and little happened in either box, save for a header from Livingston's Scott Pittman header that hit the net but was ruled out for offside.

By half-time Kilmarnock had gone over 400 minutes without a goal, but five minutes into the second half they were awarded a penalty when Devlin stopped Kirk Broadfoot's goal-bound shot with an arm.
Burke was the last Kilmarnock player to score - in November against Ross County - and he put the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner to end their goal drought.

Their lead lasted less than three minutes before they threw it away.
Josh Mullin forced a mistake, Emmanuel-Thomas collected the ball and fired a low shot from distance, and despite getting a touch Rogers couldn't stop the ball slipping behind him and into the net.

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Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drew Livingston level as they fought back from behind

Twice Robinson had efforts for Livingston; putting one past a post and another into the arms of Rogers. And in time added on Guthrie headed over from close range.

But just as it looked like Kilmarnock had held on for a point, Robinson again found space on the left, twisted his body and lobbed Rogers to spark wild celebrations from the West Lothian side.

Man of the match - Scott Robinson

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Robinson was a constant menace in the second half and always looked likely to be Livingston's goal hero, finally getting his reward in time added on.

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer:
"It was a hard one to take. I thought we did alright in the second half. They scored with the last kick of the game. It's a wonderstrike but for us it's a sickener.
"We're having a moment now where we have to dig in. We're not going to quit. The players are hurting at the moment but when you're hurt you have to dig deep and find a solution."

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"Its a great way to win a game of football. Fantastic, brilliant. I think you can see the excitement, the enjoyment from the players.
"I said to the boys at half-time, 'you can see the conditions, I'll take the clean sheet and go down the road with the point'. I was heard shouting [to Scott Robinson] 'take a touch', so I'm in there getting slaughtered off the boys but he's taken it really well."

What's next?

Kilmarnock travel to Motherwell on Wednesday (18:15 GMT), while Livingston are at home to Aberdeen (16:00 GMT).


Full time Ross County Buddies 0 - 2

Goals from Marcus Fraser and Kristian Dennis earned St Mirren an ultimately comfortable Scottish Premiership victory at nine-man Ross County.
The hosts had both Josh Reid and Ross Draper dismissed for two bookable offences, but looked to be holding out for a rare point.

But Fraser smashed an effort, aided by a touch off a defender, past Laidlaw with 15 minutes remaining.
Substitute Dennis then made sure of the points with a fine header.
The result comes as St Mirren's two forfeited league matches - against Motherwell and Hamilton Academical - as punishment for breaching Covid-19 guidelines were put on hold pending an appeal.

John Hughes has now lost his first two games as County manager, with the club bottom of the table and without a win in their last 12 league matches.

It was very nearly a perfect start for the hosts, who dominated the early stages. Visiting goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was forced into an early double save and Stephen Kelly might have done better after being fed by Jermaine Hylton but dragged his effort harmlessly wide.
It took half an hour for St Mirren to even have a serious attempt on goal, with Junior Morias' long-range effort comfortably saved by Ross Laidlaw.
But that only kicked the hosts back into life as Hylton then tested Alnwick with a long-range effort.

Then came the turning point. Teenager Reid had already been booked for fouling Kyle McAllister before making the mistake of repeating the offence just before the break.
The 18-year-old full-back looked distraught as referee Colin Stephen produced a second yellow card, leaving his side to play with 10-men for the remaining 55 minutes.

Fraser's mis-hit volley just after the break went narrowly wide, but it signalled the direction the second half would take as St Mirren sniffed the points were there for the taking.
Junior Morias stung Laidlaw's hands as Jim Goodwin threw Jon Obika and Ilkay Durmus on to bolster his side's forward line.
Things then went from bad to worse for the hosts as Draper was shown two yellow cards in a matter of seconds. He was initially cautioned for a foul on Ethan Erhahon, before being dismissed for seemingly shoving over the St Mirren midfielder in the aftermath.

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Ross County have now received five red cards this season following Josh Reid's and Ross Draper's dismissals

The visitors still struggled to create clear-cut chances despite the numerical advantage, but a slice of luck ensured they finally broke the deadlock.
A cross from the right-hand side ended up at the feet of Fraser, who took one touch and struck a fierce effort towards goal, with a deflection taking it over Laidlaw and into the net.
Once that had gone in, there was only ever going to be one outcome. A terrific save from Laidlaw denied Richard Tait, but substitute Dennis wrapped up the victory shortly after with a well-taken header, his first goal for the club.

Man of the Match - Marcus Fraser

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It was a game lacking standout performers, so Fraser gets the award for ultimately deciding the tie

What they said

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"We need to be more streetwise, always finish with 11 on the pitch.
"Even in defeat, I'm happy for the boys. If we keep doing what we're doing and a little bit of luck comes our way. It is what it is, don't feel for ourselves, stick together."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"We asked the players to be patient and we got our rewards. We'd have been very disappointed if we weren't able to beat nine men.
"We can play better, we have played better, but today was about getting the result and getting home."
What next?

Next up for County is a trip to Hibernian on Wednesday (18:00 GMT), while St Mirren welcome Rangers to Paisley (15:00).

And the SPL table after week 20

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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