Livingston v Aberdeen postponed minutes after scheduled kick-off

Grounds people try to clear the Livingston pitch of water
Efforts to dry out the pitch ultimately proved unsuccessful as heavy rain continued to fall

Livingston’s match with Aberdeen has been postponed 10 minutes after the game was scheduled to kick off at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Efforts to clear the pitch of puddles amid heavy rain ensued while the players were warming up.

The referee spoke with both managers at length and Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said postponing was “the right call”.

The Scottish Premiership fixture was previously postponed hours before kick-off on 30 December amid cold weather.

Both clubs are scheduled to play away from home on Saturday, with Livingston visiting Celtic and Aberdeen taking on Ross County.

Livingston are then due to host Celtic next Wednesday and both clubs have fixtures on the weekend of 23/24 January and on the evening of 27 January, meaning it could be more than two weeks until the postponed game can be played.

Referee McLean speaks to managers Derek McInnes and David Martindale

The weekend of 30/31 January is currently free for both clubs after their Scottish Cup third-round ties were postponed as part of the Scottish FA’s suspension of football outside the Scottish Premiership and Championship.

McInnes was confident travelling down to the game that it was not under threat but told BBC Scotland: “Obviously, we’re all keen to get the game on.

“I think the referee’s made the right decision, there’s no doubt about it. I do think that pitch is unsafe and potentially dangerous.

“Obviously the Scottish Cup weekend is a weekend is free. As soon as we can get it played the better.”

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  1. This match has been postponed to play at a later date.

  2. Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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