Scottish Premiership: Rangers & Hibernian Keep Up The Pace
Rangers and Hibernian remained deadlocked at the top of the Scottish Premiership following the weekend’s action as both teams secured three points in their respective matches. Champions Celtic returned to winning ways once more following their enforced lay off.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers played took advantage of playing before Hibs as they swept aside Kilmarnock at Ibrox with both goals coming in the second half. New arrival Kemar Roofe got his first in a Gers’ shirt with a smart flicked finish from the edge of the
six-yard box. Wanted man Ryan Kent got the second as plenty of potential suitors watched on to secure the points for Rangers.
On Saturday evening it took Celtic 83 minutes to break the deadlock against a resilient Dundee United side. New arrival from West Ham Albian Ajeti getting his first goal for the club to seal a one-goal victory for Neil Lennon’s men, an important win as they look to bridge the gap between themselves and their Old Firm rivals.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Hamilton left it late to claim victory away at Motherwell, central defender Hakeem Odoffin heading home the winner in the 86th minute, whilst St Mirren drew at home 1-1 with high-flying Ross County. Jonathan Obika got the early goal at St Mirren Park only for teammate Nathan Sheron to score an own-goal to equalise for County.
Sunday’s action began with Aberdeen facing Livingston at Pittodrie, the Dons another side returning from an enforced layoff for breaking protocols. Midfielder Lewis Ferguson broke the deadlock after half-time from the penalty spot before 23 years old Scott Wright doubled the home side’s lead. American forward Scott Pittman got the visitors back in the match although they fell short in search of a leveler as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.
Finally on Sunday afternoon, Hibernian fought their way back to the joint top of the table as they overcame an impressive St Johnstone outfit. Stevie Mallan slotting home a 91st minutes penalty to move Hibs to 13 points, only behind Rangers on goal difference.
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