Scottish Football - Weather forces Scottish games to be abandoned

The Scottish football programme suffered on Saturday as 70mph winds battered the country.

Partick Thistle's Premier League clash with St Johnstone was abandoned at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch at Firhill.

Referee Kevin Clancy called the match off after a goalless first half.

Partick confirmed the match had been abandoned on their official twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Queen of the South's Championship clash with Falkirk at Palmerston was abandoned after half an hour as the wild weather rendered conditions unplayable.

In addition to the abandonments, there were three postponements - with Rangers among the victims as their League One match at Stenhousemuir was postponed.

The Ibrox men hoped to extend their incredible winning streak to 22 games but severe gales which had swept across the nation forced Stenny bosses to postpone the fixture less than two hours before kick-off.

BT Sport were due to screen the match at 1730 - but the hosts decided conditions both inside and outside of their 2,600 capacity Ochilview home were unsafe.

Stenny had installed a temporary stand behind the east end goal in order to accommodate Rangers' large travelling support.

But the extreme winds saw the roof of the structure give way, leaving Warriors officials with no choice but to cancel the game.

A statement posted on the club's Facebook page said: "Game off today at Ochilview. Apologies but following an inspection, today's match is off due to weather related flooding and structural damage."

A statement on Rangers' website added: "Discussions about a date for the rearranged game will occur between both clubs and the SPFL in due course.

In League Two, high winds were also blamed as Annan's meeting with Queen's Park was called off, while a waterlogged pitch saw Stirling Albion's match with Elgin postponed just 15 minutes before its scheduled 1500 kick-off.