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SPL weekend wiped out as weather bites

All six Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches scheduled for this Saturday have been postponed due to adverse weather, the Scottish Premier League have announced.

Aberdeen were due to host Celtic at 1200 on Saturday, with Hibernian-St Mirren, Inverness-Dundee United, Motherwell-Kilmarnock, Rangers-Hearts and St Johnstone-Hamilton the remaining fixtures.

An SPL statement read: “In light of the severe weather conditions across Scotland, which are forecast to continue for some time, all Clydesdale Bank Premier League games have been postponed this Saturday, December 4. It is hoped that this early notice of postponement, whilst disappointing, will allow everyone to plan accordingly.

“New dates for the fixtures will be announced in due course.”

Last weekend's referees' strike meant four SPL matches were completed with foreign officials on Saturday, with two more postponed on Sunday due to adverse weather.

Snow blizzards have continued into this week, with a severe weather warning across much of the country.

And with the inclement weather showing no sign of abating — forecasters in fact expect temperatures to plummet further — the SPL have taken the decision to postpone all fixtures with more than 48 hours' notice.

Undersoil heating meant many of the playing surfaces could have been playable on Saturday, but the health and safety of supporters was behind the decision.

The SPL postponements follow the earlier postponement of the Irn-Bru First Division clash between Dunfermline and Partick Thistle and the Third Division meeting between Berwick Rangers and East Stirling.

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon will not discover this week if he is to be punished for comments made following his dismissal to the stand by referee Craig Thomson during the 2-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle last month.

The general purposes committee was scheduled to meet at Hampden on Monday to discuss the matter but were thwarted by the poor weather conditions.

It was reported that Lennon's case had consequently been discussed by the committee via conference call and that the decision would be relayed to the Celtic boss this week, but that has been denied by a SFA source.

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