Weather claims entire SPL programme

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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."

The statement continued: "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.

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