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Six games on Saturday 2nd January 2021, the main game has a 12h30 kick off so predictions in for Saturday 2nd 12h15

Saturday 2nd January

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

A reminder of the standings after week 21

Dug               069
Bastion         065
Hairy             062
Mak              062
Boro Boy      061
SP                 049
Winston        032

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 21

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

 

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

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Saturday 2nd January

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

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47 minutes ago, Winston Ingram said:

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

 

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

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Saturday 2nd January

Rangers      12:30         Celtic 1

Aberdeen    15:00         Dundee United 1

Hamilton      15:00         Motherwell x

Hibernian      15:00        Livingston 1

Kilmarnock   15:00        St Mirren 1

Ross County  15:00       St Johnstone 2

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Saturday 2nd January

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

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On 31/12/2020 at 20:28, sployal said:

Saturday 2nd January

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

well done SP....lol

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Results for week 22 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Saturday 2nd January

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

Results of week 22 by participants

SP 2 out of 6
Dug 2 out of 6
Bastion 1 out of 6
Hairy 2 out of 6  
Mak 1 out of 6
Boro Boy 1 out of 6
Winston 0 out of 6

The standings after week 22

Dug               071
Bastion         066
Hairy             064
Mak               063
Boro Boy      062
SP                 051
Winston        032

Dug now 5 points above Bastion, Hairy clear in third place and Winston with a 0 from 6 a massive 19 points behind SP.

A few afters

Full time Rangers tims 1 - 0

Rangers took a seismic leap towards the Scottish Premiership title as 10-man Celtic's defence crumbled further in a dramatic Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

A Nir Bitton red card and a Callum McGregor own goal within eight second-half minutes inflicted a potentially decisive blow to Neil Lennon's hopes of his side clinching an unprecedented 10 titles in a row.

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Rangers' winner came via the shoulder of Callum McGregor, far left, 20 minutes from time

Celtic dominated the early proceedings, but now sit 19 points behind their peerless rivals going into the second half of the campaign.

Steven Gerrard's Premiership leaders - who have yet to lose a league game this season - have played three matches more, but are now in a formidable position as their campaign goes into the new year.

The prelude to this one was compelling. Rangers on their best start to a domestic campaign since 1928, while Celtic - on a resurgent turn of form - clinging on to their 10-in-a-row hopes by their fingertips.

Yet on a day of great sporting consequence in Glasgow, there was more than a tinge of irrelevance to what was about to take place on the pitch.
Before kick off, Rangers icon John Greig and Celtic chairman Ian Bankier stepped into the crisp air outside the Bill Struth Stand to lay wreaths in memory of the Ibrox disaster 50 years ago to the day.
Sixty-six Rangers fans never returned home that day after being killed in a crush on Stairway 13. Nearly half of those who perished were under the age of 20.

When the football commenced, Celtic began as a team who knew their season potentially hung on its outcome. Sixteen points behind - albeit with three games in hand - there was no margin for error in the face of a relentless Rangers.
Driven by McGregor - captain for the day with Scott Brown dropped to the bench after starting the past 30 Old Firm games - Celtic looked insatiable as they marauded forward at will.
In their way stood an inspired Allan McGregor, who denied Odsonne Edouard early on and Leigh Griffiths soon after. Yet, it was his incredible one-handed save on to a post to deny the latter once more, that made you think this was not going to be Celtic's day.

Rangers appeared overwhelmed and on the back foot, yet half-time arrived with the game goalless. Celtic were the better side, but crucially had nothing to show for it.

Gerrard introduced Ianis Hagi for Kemar Roofe at the break and slowly Celtic's hold weakened. Then came the crucial moment.
There were 28 minutes still to play when a ball was played down the Rangers right. Alfredo Morelos managed to turn Bitton 30 yards from goal, and the Israeli hauled him to the ground. Kris Ajer was attempting to cover, but a red card was shown, and Celtic wilted further.
Eight minutes later, the game was done. A whipped corner was flicked on by Joe Aribo and Celtic captain McGregor was caught out, the ball rebounding off his shoulder and beyond the helpless Vasilis Barkas.

There was a meek response from Celtic, who introduced Brown and Mohamed Elyounoussi from the bench, the latter volleying on to the roof of the net.

Fireworks illuminated the Govan sky outside Ibrox at full-time as Celtic faded within it. There was no way back for the defending champions here. It is looking even harder to see it in the title race.

Man of the match - Allan McGregor

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Rangers claimed victory in the second half, but that was only allowed to happen by the first-half heroics from the man in their goal. Allan McGregor defied his 38 years with a string of superb stops

What did they say ?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:

Rangers will continue to ignore the "noise" around claims the Scottish Premiership title is theirs to lose after defeating Celtic, says manager Steven Gerrard.
A 1-0 victory over their rivals at Ibrox on Saturday moved Gerrard's team 19 points clear at the summit.
However, the Rangers manager claimed the lead was only 10 points, with Celtic holding three games in hand.

"Prior to this game, we were aware of the noise," he said.
"But it's my job to protect my players and we are not going to gain anything or get an advantage by listening to the noise and getting involved in playing to it.
"We need to keep a tight-knit group and keep doing the right things. Everything we have done this season has got us into this position and we need to keep fighting to remain there.
"My reaction to the win is I'm really proud, really happy and satisfied with the three important points. It stretches our lead to 10 points with where it's at."

The tims manager:

"We've been done by poor refereeing"

What next?

Rangers are back in action first, with a visit to Aberdeen next Sunday (15:00 GMT). The tims host Hibernian two days later (19:45) after asking for the fixture to be delayed so they could travel to Dubai for a training camp.


Full time sheep D Utd 0 - 0

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says he "expects more" in attack from his side after a second goalless draw in three matches against Dundee United.
The home side dominated possession and territory but again lacked fluency in the final third.

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Both sides toiled to create clear chances at Pittodrie

United went closest to scoring despite long periods without the ball as Lawrence Shankland's long-range effort cracked the bar before the break.

"We've got to try and bring a better 90-minute performance," McInnes said.
"You've got to ask the question of the opponents and make them the ones that unravel and maybe make mistakes.
"We lost that poise and experience in the second half and the game played out as a 0-0 draw."

The draw moves Aberdeen three points clear of Hibernian, who lost to Livingston, while United dropped to sixth after another solid defensive display but one that lacked any attacking punch.

The last meeting between the sides in October at Tannadice also finished goalless and the pattern of this game was almost identical.
Aberdeen, fresh after their midweek match with Livingston was postponed, dominated for long periods but with a now familiar lack of end product.
Ryan Hedges had two efforts flash past in the first half, as well as having a penalty claim waived away by referee Kevin Clancy after going down under a challenge from Mark Connolly.

After the interval, Tommie Hoban guided a back-post header wide and Curtis Main scooped over when played through.

Sam Cosgrove was brought on for Matty Kennedy in the final quarter in an attempt to spark something, but the Englishman was largely feeding off scraps.
United, meanwhile, have found a solid base that has allowed them to gain a firm foothold in mid table on their return to the top flight.
But, other than Shankland's fine individual effort off the bar, they created little of note.
The Scotland striker also cracked a volley that forced Joe Lewis into action, having earlier been denied by the Aberdeen goalkeeper after a defensive mix-up.
However, those were isolated flurries rather than the product of fluid attacking moves.

Ultimately, though, a point away against the league's third best side is not to be sniffed at, particularly given the improved second-half display.

Man of the match - Mark Reynolds

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Up against his former club, Reynolds marshalled the United defence well and helped limit the home side to few chances

What they said

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"I thought Dundee United were better second half, but we lost control of the game in terms of showing our poise and experience. We needed more crosses, shots, and more responsibility to make good decisions."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"We came here to win but Aberdeen are a terrific side and we respect that. All credit to the group, we were well worthy of a point and we had the better chances to win a hard fought game."

What's next?

Aberdeen host high-flying league leaders Rangers at Pittodrie on Sunday, 10 January (15:00 GMT), while United play St Johnstone the day before at Tannadice (15:00).


Full time Accies Well 3 - 0

Keith Lasley hinted that not enough Motherwell players "feel passionately about the club" as they suffered derby defeat by Hamilton Academical in his first game as caretaker manager.
He promised changes to his squad during January after Accies leapfrogged his side and off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership with a 3-0 win.

Lasley took over after Stephen Robinson resigned in midweek.
"I was already looking at targets with Stephen," the interim boss said.
"There was a need to freshen things up, no doubt about that. At the same time, there's still boys in there that I really believe in and really know that they've got this club at heart - and still some good players in there."

Goals from Lee Hodson, Ross Callachan and Callum Smith secured Accies' first win in four outings - and first in five at home to their neighbours.

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Callum Smith scored his first goal for Hamilton

A sobering day for Lasley and his side leaves Motherwell without a victory in 10 games and only goal difference keeps them above bottom club Ross County.
It is a result that will do little for Lasley's chances of keeping the job permanently, reports having suggested he had been given four games to prove himself.

Considering Tony Watt is Motherwell's top scorer in the league this season with only three goals, it is clear where the Fir Park side are most lacking.

Accies had themselves gone into this game without scoring in three consecutive home defeats, so odds were against a goal fest.

You can, however, add goalkeeping to the headaches facing Lasley as Aaron Chapman produced a shaky display in place of the injured Trevor Carson.
The former Peterborough United 30-year-old did get down well to touch wide an early low drive from Hodson.
However, when the former Rangers and St Mirren full-back was given an almost identical sight at goal minutes later, it slipped under Chapman's body.
The English goalkeeper almost sold a second goal when he flapped at a cross on the edge of his penalty box, but forward Andy Winter lashed high and wide with the goal at his mercy.

Motherwell had the better of the chances and possession thereafter, but goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay dealt comfortably with what few efforts the visitors were able to aim his way.

Callachan's return to Accies' starting line-up proved significant as he side-footed in David Mayo's low cross, then set up Smith for a header off the inside of the far post to secure a second Lanarkshire derby in a row.

Man of the match - Ross Callachan

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Hamilton midfielder Ross Callachan made a fine return form injury, scoring one and setting up another

What did they say?

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice:
"Scoring three goals and keeping a clean sheet, I can't think of anything better. I took the shackles off one or two of them today, asking them to get forward a bit more. Everyone played their part, everyone did their job to the best of their ability."

Motherwell caretaker manager Keith Lasley:
"That was a poor afternoon. I asked for personality from the players to represent this football club and that was as far removed from representing this club as could be. When the chips are down, we've not been able to respond and that's probably been the story for us all season."

What next?

Both sides face away games on Saturday (15:00 GMT), with Hamilton looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games against Kilmarnock and Motherwell up against in-form St Mirren.


Full time Hibs Livvy 0 - 3

Jack Ross has urged Hibernian not to "just drift along" for the remainder of the season after they sustained a third straight league defeat.

Josh Mullin, Jon Guthrie and Scott Robinson scored as Livingston won to move fifth in the Scottish Premiership.

League Cup semi-finalists Hibs are now three points off third-place Aberdeen and face Celtic next on Monday 11 January.
"This does give us a little breather," Ross told BBC Scotland.
"It is an opportunity for us to draw breath and re-group and say, 'right, what do we want to achieve for the rest of the season?'. I don't want us to just drift along.
"We need to respond to this week that we've had. We've got a tough game when we come back, but we've got an exciting month ahead."

Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was initially named in the Hibs starting line-up but pulled out after the warm-up and Dillon Barnes started for a third game running.

The visitors moved into an early lead when Robinson hooked the ball over the head of Lewis Stevenson and Mullin finished first time past Barnes.
Livingston strengthened their grip on the game from a Mullin set play. Barnes failed to punch clear and Ciaron Brown beat two Hibs men in the air before Guthrie pounced at the back post.

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Jon Guthrie fired through a clutch of players to double Livingston's lead

Hibs were rattled and could not get a foothold in the game, with Mullin bending a shot wide and then being denied by Barnes after more slackness in defence by the hosts.

The visitors continued where they laid off in the second period with Robinson chasing Guthrie's long ball and cleverly holding off Ryan Porteous and Paul Hanlon before rolling under Barnes.

Jason Holt then exchanged passes with Scott Pittman before drawing a save from the goalkeeper.

Substitute Jamie Gullan registered Hibs' only effort on target with a header that was saved in what turned out to be a thoroughly miserable start to 2021 for the green half of Edinburgh.

Man of the match - Josh Mullin

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Mullin was a persistent menace to Hibs and took his goal in style

What did they say?

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"We defended poorly throughout and we weren't anywhere near creative enough or fluid enough. In all aspects of the game we fell short.
"There's no panic from us but equally we can't shy away from how poor we were. Our reaction to going behind wasn't good enough. It's a real sore afternoon for us."

Livingston manager David Martindale:
"We came here with a wee bit of a game plan and I think it worked perfectly. They leave a lot of space in behind the centre-halves.
"We'd be really disappointed if you're sitting fifth and you were to finish outside the top six. Realistically, we've got to be aiming to try and stay in the top six."

What's next?

Hibernian's next game is in nine days' time against the tims in Glasgow (19:45 GMT). Livingston are at home to Ross County next Saturday (15:00).


Full time Killie Buddies 1 - 1

Danny Rogers' late mistake is not to blame for Kilmarnock failing to beat St Mirren, insisted manager Alex Dyer.

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Kilmarnock goalkeeper Danny Rogers carried a late cross over the line as St Mirren earned an unlikely point


The Killie boss accused his side of throwing away the win after St Mirren scored a late leveller in bizarre circumstances.
Danny Whitehall's first-half header was cancelled out when, with seconds left, keeper Rogers caught an innocuous cross but carried the ball over the line.

"I thought we were comfortable in the game, so it is a sickener," Dyer said.
"He [Rogers] has been good for us this year, he's been excellent, but that goes down as a mistake. We had points in the bag and we've thrown them away.
"I'm not blaming Danny - if we put our chances away we win the game. It should have been over at half-time. We had good opportunities to put it to bed."

Whitehall's goal looked like giving Kilmarnock a second league win in a row for the first time since October, but the late goal denied them the chance to leapfrog St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

Kilmarnock, under a cloud after losing eight out of nine games, had concluded 2020 with a confidence-boosting win over Motherwell to end a run of five defeats in a row.
And they continued that momentum, Whitehall meeting a cross and heading in off the bar to give them the lead.

St Mirren's poor start wasn't helped by Richard Tait's early substitution with a head knock after he careered into Rogers and Kilmarnock continued to have the upper hand.
Greg Kiltie and Alan Power went close, although nothing much was testing goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

It was the visitors who looked hungrier as the teams emerged for the second half. Jamie McGrath's looping free-kick bounced past, but despite the improvement, St Mirren struggled to create.
However, in the final minutes, they had a great double chance to level. Rogers did well to punch away a Joe Shaughnessy header before Conor McCarthy headed over the rebound from close range.

It looked to be their final opportunity, but, with seconds remaining, McAllister's cross bypassed everyone and was caught by Rogers. The Irishman thought he had done enough to keep it from going over the line, but the assistant referee indicated it was over.

Man of the match - Danny Whitehall

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It wasn't a game of many chances, but Danny Whitehall caused problems with some clever movement and looked to have got the all-important goal in the first half

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer:
"I'm disappointed because the boys gave 100%. I thought it was quite comfortable in the game, so it is a sickener.
"He [Rogers] has been good for us this year, he's been excellent, but that goes down as a mistake."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"I don't think we were at our best, in fact we were very poor in the first half. We lacked a spark. I have to credit the players for keep going until the end of the game.
"I've not seen a goal like that [Danny Rogers own goal] for a long, long time. But we'll take it."

What's next?

Kilmarnock and St Mirren both are at home on Saturday 9 January. Kilmarnock face Hamilton Academical (15:00 GMT), while St Mirren host strugglers Motherwell (15:00).


Full time Ross County St Johnsone 1 - 1

Ross County manager John Hughes says he is seeing "real progress" in his team despite their return to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table after a draw with St Johnstone.
They moved off the basement with the new manager's first win away to Hibs and led here thanks to Ross Draper's first-half strike.
But Craig Conway equalised from the penalty spot just five minutes later for St Johnstone, who are now winless in their last nine league matches, with County bottom on goal difference.

Despite his side having been overtaken by Hamilton Academical, Hughes is encouraged by what he is seeing.
"You have to embrace the hard work and I got that today," he said. "It makes us a very hard team to beat.
"There will be times when it's backs against the wall and you don't buckle, that gives me confidence going forward. We hung in the game and we could have won it 2-1. If we keep doing what we're doing with that effort and that commitment, every team will know they've been in a game and that's what I'm after."

While Callum Davidson's side may not have come into this match with a great deal of confidence, County's 2-0 victory at Easter Road boosted morale in Dingwall.
There has been plenty said of the character within the squad, and that was on show in the early stages as Hughes' side seized the initiative.
St Johnstone's midfield were caught too far from their defence, and when the ball fell to Draper on the edge of the box, he had time to calmly place the ball into the back of the net.
But that lead lasted just five minutes, as Keith Watson brought down Conway in the box. The winger then dusted himself down and confidently dispatched the equaliser past Ross Laidlaw.

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Craig Conway's penalty earned St Johnstone a point at the Global Energy Stadium

Chris Kane nearly gave the visitors the lead at the break with a header, but a good stop from Laidlaw kept the scores level.

Both sides came out fighting at the start of the second-half with belief that they could take three points, but St Johnstone settled better and took control of possession.
Kane will feel he should have done better after a long ball was nodded into his path, before Laidlaw denied substitute Liam Gordon from close-range.
County, however, could have secured the points late on. Stephen Kelly's drilled corner was met by Watson, but Zander Clark somehow managed to keep it out with a stunning save.

Josh Reid unleashed a ferocious effort right at the death, but Clark was there once again to turn the ball over the bar and ensure that his side left Dingwall with a point.

Man of the Match - Stephen Kelly

No man of the match photo as it as it represents a player from each team taking a 'knee' in the centre circle before kick off (and i am against bullshit)

What they said:

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"The draw was fair. We were the better team in the first half but in the second half it was all St Johnstone and it was backs against the wall, but we stood up to it.
"You could see the spirit amongst them, the willingness, the togetherness to keep the door shut. There is plenty to build on."

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"We have to take our chances in the second half, it's disappointing not to score when we're on top, but I'm also grateful for Zander's save at the end to get us a point. It was a strange one."

What next?

Ross County are away to in-form Livingston on Saturday 9 January (15:00 GMT), while St Johnstone are at Dundee United at the same time.

And the SPL table after week 22

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

 

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