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Five games on Saturday 16th January, one game (Rangers) on Sunday 17th and a midweek catch up game on Wednesday 20th January. That makes seven predictions in total.

Predictions in please for Saturday 16th January 14h45

Saturday 16th January

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic

A reminder of the standings after week 23

Dug             074
Bastion       069
Hairy           067
Mak             065
Boro Boy     065
SP                055
Winston       036

And to help you in your predictions a reminder of the SPL table after week 23

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

 

 

 

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers 2

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic 2

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday 16th January

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers....................2

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic........................2

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MSaturday 16th January

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers.        2

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic.       2

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Saturday 16th January

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers....................2

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic........................X

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Saturday 16th January

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

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                         12:00                                      Rangers              2

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                          20:15                                       Celtic                 X

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Saturday 16th January

Celtic         15:00      Livingston 1

 Hamilton       15:00      Dundee United  x

Hibernian       15:00       Kilmarnock. 1

 Ross County   15:00      Aberdeen 2

St Johnstone     15:00    St Mirren  x

Sunday 17th January

Motherwell        12:00       Rangers  2

Wednesday 20th January

Livingston           20:15      Celtic 2

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Ross County beat Aberdeen 4-1 ?....What a shower of fucking scum these Pittodrie based cunts are.....play their balls out against Rangers but lie down to fucking Ross fucking County ?....selling their supporters way down the river. Upped their game wi ten men against Rangers but capitulate like that today ? No more of this...'we don't raise our game against Rangers shite' you lying cunts!

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2 hours ago, Harold said:

Ross County beat Aberdeen 4-1 ?....What a shower of fucking scum these Pittodrie based cunts are.....play their balls out against Rangers but lie down to fucking Ross fucking County ?....selling their supporters way down the river. Upped their game wi ten men against Rangers but capitulate like that today ? No more of this...'we don't raise our game against Rangers shite' you lying cunts!

Between them and Septic I'm dropping predictor points like a school janitor dropping dolly mixtures!

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Results for week 24 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Saturday 16th January

    Celtic                                                           15:00                        Livingston                         X
    Hamilton Academical                                 15:00                        Dundee United                 X
    Hibernian                                                    15:00                        Kilmarnock                        1
    Ross County                                               15:00                        Aberdeen                          1
    St Johnstone                                              15:00                        St Mirren                           1

Sunday 17th January

    Motherwell                                                12:00                         Rangers                             X

Wednesday 20th January

    Livingston                                                  20:15                        Celtic                                  X

Results of week 24 by participants

SP 3 out of 7
Dug 2 out of 7
Bastion 1 out of 7
Hairy 1 out of 7  
Mak 2 out of 7
Boro Boy 2 out of 7
Winston 4 out of 7

The standings after week 24

Dug               076
Bastion         070
Hairy             068
Mak               067
Boro Boy       067
SP                 058
Winston        040

Dug stretches his lead by one point above Bastion, Hairy is now being tailed by Mak and BB, Winston with four correct results is now only eighteen points behind SP.

A few afters

Full time Tims Livvy 0 - 0 no match report


Full time Accies D Utd 0 - 0

Brian Rice feels Hamilton Academical have been "a wee bit unlucky" with how Covid-19 has affected their fixtures.

Accies' games with Aberdeen and St Mirren were postponed and Hamilton were initially awarded three points for the match with the Buddies.
However, St Mirren's appeal against that ruling was successful and the match will be rearranged.
"We just get on with it," Rice said after Saturday's goalless stalemate with Dundee United.
"That's twice now. We were meant to play Aberdeen when Aberdeen had nine people out with Covid and a suspension and we went and played them after it when they had their full team. We were meant to play St Mirren when they were depleted. They'll have their full team. We've been a wee bit unlucky."

Hamilton remained second bottom after drawing with United but could slip to the foot of the table if Motherwell draw or win against Rangers on Sunday. The Tangerines stayed sixth.

Dundee United saw more of the ball in the first half and should have moved into the lead when Dillon Powers crossed from right to left and Ian Harkes nodded towards goal, Ryan Fulton somehow keeping it out on his return to the starting line-up.
At the other end, Callum Smith stayed onside when found by Ross Callachan but could not keep his effort down and a free-kick by Callachan was pushed out by goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.
Siegrist held Lee Hodson's shot early in the second half and also got a touch on Hakeem Odoffin's effort.
In between times Nicky Clark drew a save from Fulton from the edge of the Hamilton box.

Lawrence Shankland, having been starved of service, finally had a sight of goal from Harkes' lay-off and fired past the left-hand post.
United finished as strongly as they had started but could not find a way through.

Man of the match - Mark Connolly

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It was a day when defences were on top and Connolly (top) made life difficult for the Hamilton attack

What did they say?

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice:
"Probably a fair result. It was slippy and it was windy. It was a gritty performance. You could easily lose these games so to walk away, get a point, we'll take that.
"It was a really good save from Ryan Fulton. It's his first game in about a month so I'm delighted for him. We've got another clean sheet, so I'm delighted with that."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"Over the course of 90 minutes, performance wise, we're satisfied, apart from not putting an end to some of the moves that we created.
"We have to get better at getting on the end of those chances or being more clinical when they come, we know that. Defensively, we were excellent. We're building in the right direction."

What's next?

Both teams need to wait 11 days for their next match with Hamilton away to the tims and Dundee United at home to St Mirren on 27 January (both 19:45 GMT).


Full time Hibs Killie 2 - 0

Hibernian did the "ugly side of the game well" to beat Kilmarnock and move into third place in the Scottish Premiership, head coach Jack Ross says.

An Alan Power own goal and a thundering Alex Gogic drive won an untidy game on a rutted Easter Road surface.
Ross said "it's not always pretty" but put the victory down to being more direct after the half-time interval.

Hibs' first win in five outings ended Kilmarnock's recent revival after three games without defeat.
"I've said it often during the course of the season about the result being the all and end all and, for us in the conditions and with it being so blustery and the fact the pitch isn't in great condition at the moment, means that it was going to be a game decided by fine margins and by doing the ugly side of the game well and I thought we did that," Ross told BBC Scotland.
"We defended our box well and, in the second half in particular, I think we played forward quicker. I think it suited the conditions to do that and, as a consequence, we created a lot more."

It secured a fourth win in a row over the seventh-placed Ayrshire side, who have not won at Easter Road in seven visits, and lifts Ross' side a point above Aberdeen, who lost away to Ross County.

There was much anticipation about how Hibs' two midweek signings would fare, especially when Jackson Irvine was thrown straight into action from the start.
The Australia midfielder, released by Hull City in June, is no stranger to the state of Scottish pitches, Easter Road being his fifth top-flight home, so you imagined that rustiness from not playing competitively since March was to blame as he landed ungainly on his backside attempting an early touch.
However, he was not the only one to struggle during a first half when Paul McGinn's languid shot straight at Kilmarnock goalkeeper Danny Rogers in the opening seconds was the only effort on target.

Hibs head coach Ross brought back Martin Boyle from injury, but it appeared that opposite number Alex Dyer had made the right decision by dropping equally influential winger Chris Burke to the bench given the difficult conditions.
It was perhaps no surprise that the breakthrough was an untidy one as midfielder Power turned Josh Doig's low cross through Rogers' arms and over the line.
That was reward for a more lively start to the second half from the Edinburgh side, but it also sparked a reaction from Kilmarnock - thanks also to the introduction of Burke and striker Nicke Kabamba.
However, when the latter missed their big chance to draw level by firing against the inside of the post, Gogic made them pay with a sublime strike from just outside of the penalty box into the top corner.

Man of the match - Alex Gogic

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The battling qualities of Alex Gogic were not only vital in midfield but he scored one and came close with another header

What they said

Hibs head coach Jack Ross:
"I've said it often during the course of the season about the result being the be all and end all and, for us in the conditions and with it being so blustery and the fact the pitch isn't in great condition at the moment, means that it was going to be a game decided by fine margins and by doing the ugly side of the game well and I thought we did that today."

Kilmarnock assistant manager Andy Millen:
"Not a lot happening in the first half - two teams evenly matched - and, after the first goal. we are chasing the game a bit. They worked hard enough but never created enough.
"We've had a bump along the road to a good Hibs side who are high in the league and doing well this season, so it's not the end of the world."

What's next?

Hibs take a break from the Premiership in Saturday's League Cup semi-final at Hampden (17:30 GMT) as they face a St Johnstone side fresh from beating St Mirren. They will then hope that Kilmarnock can prevent Livingston narrowing the gap between them when they meet at Rugby Park on Wednesday, 27 January (19:45).


Full time Ross County Sheep 4 - 1

Aberdeen suffered a "horrible afternoon" said manager Derek McInnes as they were hammered 4-1 by Ross County in Dingwall.
To make matters worse, Jonny Hayes, Ross McCrorie and Ash Taylor were all injured in the rout.

Ross County rose off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership with their first home league win since the opening day of the season.

"At both ends of the pitch we weren't good enough," said McInnes.

Oli Shaw and Charlie Lakin drove County into an early 2-0 lead before an Alex Iacovitti own goal on the stroke of half-time gave Aberdeen hope.
But as the visitors faltered in front of goal, Shaw scored again before Jermaine Hylton made it four.

"I'm as disappointed by the last 10 minutes as I was by the opening," McInnes told BBC Scotland. "We have two players leaving here on crutches, it's been a horrible afternoon for us."

It is the second win in six games under Hughes since he took charge last month, and moves them up to 10th in the table.

However for Aberdeen, it is now just one win in their past five games as they fall to fourth.
It is a result that will send shockwaves through the north-east. Within seconds of kick-off, they were behind amid a calamity in the Dons defence.
Andrew Considine's pass was loose, and Tommie Hoban fell over in the box while cutting out Lakin's pass to gift away possession. But, despite a flurry of red shirts, no-one could get close to Shaw, who in the confusion drove a shot low into the bottom left-hand corner.

Passes went astray and it got all too scrappy at times, but both sides were getting forward. Aberdeen threatened through Curtis Main and Sam Cosgrove, but just as they began to look more dangerous County stunned them with a second.
Lakin collected the ball in space on the left of the six-yard box and sneaked the ball into the bottom corner.

Every time Hughes' side marched forward they looked like scoring as Aberdeen's defence wobbled, and Regan Charles-Cook's cross was begging for a blue shirt to knock it in, while Lakin had a long shot that just deflected wide.

Yet Aberdeen looked like they too had a goal in them. Home goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw made point-blank saves twice from Scott Wright, Lewis Ferguson had a free-kick deflected over, and Hoban and Cosgrove both had strong penalty shouts.
But they did get a break when Hoban's header deflected off County defender Iacovitti and trundled over the line to pull one back before the break.

The story of Aberdeen's game was summed up in one attacking move. Wright made a great pass to Matty Kennedy on the right, whose ball across goal expertly found Cosgrove. But the striker, once so deadly in that position, let it slip through his legs.

But County were not only repelling what Aberdeen had, they found a second wind going forward. Shaw struck a shot from distance that just whistled the post, but he made no mistake when Ross Draper's header fell to him and he hit it first time past Joe Lewis to seal the three points.
Even then they were not done. The gloss was put on the result when Hylton raced on to a pass, Lewis' attempted clearance bounced off him, and he just had to knock it home to add a fourth.

Man of the match - Oli Shaw

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Two fine finishes from Oli Shaw in the game, and he went close to making it a hat-trick

What did they say?

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"What they [the players] have given me since I've come in is they give me everything they've got. No matter who we play, win or lose, they'll know they've been in a game. I've got a committed bunch of boys. To get a reward like that, I'm really pleased for them.
"That victory is for the chairman and everyone at the club."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:
"The defending wasn't good enough. At both ends of the pitch we weren't good enough. We created numerous chances. At half-time it was about trying to pick up where we left off. But some of the chances we missed were not good enough."

What's next?

Ross County travel to Ibrox next Saturday to take on league leaders Rangers (15:00), while Aberdeen are at home on the same day against Motherwell (15:00).


Full time St Johntone Buddies 1 - 0

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin described the call to send off Cammy MacPherson as "a joke" in his side's Scottish Premiership loss to St Johnstone.
The midfielder received two bookings for sliding challenges either side of the half-time interval.

Chris Kane's finish won the game, and Goodwin also took exception to the referee's decision making in the build-up to the goal.

"It's been a miserable afternoon," said Goodwin.
"Joe Shaughnessy clearly heads the ball onto Guy Melamed's arm [in the build-up to the goal], whose arm is way above his head. If it happens in the penalty area you are screaming for a penalty. Steven McLean's view of that is perfect.
"The sending off is a joke as far as I'm concerned. For the first one I think it's a good honest tackle. You could argue Cammy's trailing leg catches the St Johnstone player. The second one is just a mistake. I think the referee's position is all wrong. I don't think he can see Cammy touches the ball."

The win for St Johnstone ended a 10-game winless league run and means they are now level on points with eighth-placed St Mirren.

The visitors briefly started the brighter of the two sides as Eamonn Brophy came close to getting on the end of a Jamie McGrath volley that was driven into the ground.
But as the early stages progressed, the home side began to feel their way into the game as both Scott Tanser and Shaun Rooney saw two dangerous balls in quick succession evade everyone in the St Mirren box.
David Wotherspoon then came close to breaking the deadlock with a curling free-kick that drifted narrowly wide of Jak Alnwick's top-right corner, before Joe Shaughnessy glanced wide from a deep McGrath free-kick up the other end.

Shaughnessy was then called into duty in his own box as Kane turned Conor McCarthy before feeding Guy Melamed, but the St Mirren captain did well to deny the Israeli striker with a last-ditch challenge at close range.
However, the hosts would have their goal less than a minute into the second period. Melamed flicked a neat through ball to Kane who hammered a volley towards Alnwick from the edge of the box.
The St Mirren keeper could only parry straight back into the path of Kane who tapped home his sixth goal of the season.

The away side's afternoon went from bad to worse when MacPherson was dismissed for a second bookable offence just 10 minutes later, having mistimed two sliding tackles either side of the break.

Man of the match - Chris Kane

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The 26-year-old worked tirelessly all afternoon, grabbed the important winner and was unlucky not to have a brace

What they said

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"It was a funny game. First half there wasn't a lot in it. But if we wanted the three points, I asked for a scrappy 1-0 win and we got that.
"We can play better. The energy levels can be better. Defensively we were really good today. We were really solid and we got close to St Mirren."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"It was a really poor game. Jak Alnwik has had one save to make all afternoon and it's the save that leads to the goal. I thought it had 0-0 written all over it."

What's next?

Both sides take part in next weekend's Scottish League Cup semi-finals as St Johnstone face Hibernian on Saturday (17:30 GMT) before St Mirren take on Livingston (16:00) the following day.


Full time Well Rangers 1 - 1

Cedric Itten rescued a draw for Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers against resolute Motherwell to restore their 21-point lead over Celtic.
The substitute headed in Borna Barisic's cross and scored against Well for the fourth time this season.

Devante Cole had put the hosts ahead in the first half from Tony Watt's cross.

Itten's leveller prevented Motherwell becoming the first side to beat Rangers in the league this term, with the hosts moving off bottom spot.
Cole also temporarily kept his team in front by clearing Connor Goldson's header off the line.

Graham Alexander made it two draws out of two since taking over at Motherwell, who are only the third team to take points of Rangers this season and are ahead of bottom side Hamilton Academical on goal difference. The Steelmen also have games in hand over the sides around them.

Rangers' sequence of 15 successive league wins comes to an end and defending champions Celtic could cut their deficit to 18 points when they visit Livingston on Wednesday.
It was a quiet opening from both sides and Motherwell netted at the end of a concerted period of possession with Watt delivering low for Cole to knock home in the six-yard box. Cole had been involved earlier in the move and was rewarded for carrying on his run.

Rangers had barely carved out an opportunity until Barisic's excellent cross from the byeline was headed just wide by Alfredo Morelos.
That chance perhaps showed the visitors how best to attack but instead they persisted with low crosses that were mopped up gladly by the Well backline.

Ianis Hagi volleyed wide after the break and another from team-mate Steven Davis - making his 300th Rangers appearance - was blocked.
Ryan Kent burst inside from the left to test Well goalkeeper Liam Kelly and the pattern for the second half was quickly being established.
Cole then prevented a goal by clearing Goldson's header at a corner and Goldson's next effort, a shot, was kept out by Kelly.

But Rangers finally found the right formula when Barisic's cross from deep on the left was nodded in by Hagi's replacement Itten. Alexander said post-match he felt the Swiss striker was offside.

The visitors continued to push as legs tired on both sides and Jermain Defoe, who had come on for Morelos, drew a save from Kelly deep into stoppage time.

Man of the match - Tony Watt

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Watt (right) set up the Cole goal and worked tirelessly for his team in defence and attack

What did we learn?

Motherwell had led and created chances in their draw with St Mirren last weekend and it will be a frustration for Alexander that they were again pegged back.

Rangers' defensive record this season has been strong but they have lost more goals on average as the season has worn on.

The Cole goal was reminiscent of Callum Lang's opener for Motherwell when the Steelmen lost 3-1 at Ibrox - a low ball from a wide area - and it is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by future opponents.

Going forward, the intricate passing that had been the catalyst for Rangers' goals in last week's win over Aberdeen was largely nullified by Alexander's tactics. Still, they persevered and got the goal their endeavours merited.

What did they say?

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"But for a potential offside goal, we win the game. At the time I couldn't see it but I've seen a still in the camera and he's offside it looks like to me.
"I have pride in the team, in the players, in the club, really, because there was a lot of help behind the scenes to prepare for this game. I thought the team were fantastic. It's another point on our total. The two games that we've had, we're unbeaten."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
"We haven't managed to stretch our lead today but at the same time we haven't lost anything either.
"You've seen two sides of us today, a first half showing that wasn't us and wasn't good enough but the second half was an awful lot better."

What's next?

Motherwell are away to Aberdeen on Saturday (15:00 GMT), when Rangers are at home to Ross County (15:00).


Full time St Johnstone Tims 2 - 2 no match report

And a reminder ot the SPL table after week 24

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

 

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