It was a weekend of derby matches and fortunes were mixed up and down the country. There were wins for Hearts, St. Johnstone and Kilmarnock while the New Firm and Lanarkshire Derby’s saw the share of spoils between the sides.
The Edinburgh Derby was settled late on thanks to an 86th minute goal from Kevin Kyle to give Hearts a 1-0 victory, securing all three points and their fans the bragging rights over city rivals Hibs.
The Lanarkshire Derby passed off with little more than a whimper as both sides settled for a 0-0 draw, in possibly one of the worst derby matches in recent years. Motherwell came close to breaking the deadlock after 71 minutes but his shot was deflected onto the bar and late on Hamilton Accies striker Dougie Imrie shot wide.
The New Firm Derby saw another share of the spoils, but unlike the Lanarkshire Derby there was at least a couple of goals. Dundee United had David Goodwillie to thank for securing a point for the Tannadice side as he scored in injury time at Pittodrie.
Chris Maguire latched onto a poor back pass by Keith Watson to round Dusan Pernis to score after 37 minutes. Despite dominating the second half Aberdeen could not turn possession into goals and Goodwillie made them pay when he equalised for United when he scored five minutes into injury time volleying past Jamie Langfield, as the derby finished 1-1.
In-form Mixu Paatelainean’s Kilmarnock side extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 win over St.Mirren in Paisley. Killie made the breakthrough when Hamill forced the ball home on 64 minutes. And on 79 minutes Craig Bryson doubled Killie’s lead after a counter attack, whose shot from 20 yards out was deflected passed Saints keeper Gallacher.
Inverness Caley Thistle finally lost their year-long unbeaten league away record as St. Johnstone substitute Colin Samuel fired the Perth Saints to a late 1-0 win at McDiarmid Park.
And the Old Firm derby at Ibrox, saw Celtic beat rivals Rangers 2-0, thanks to goals from Greek Internationalist Georgios Samaras. The Ibrox side put in a lacklustre performance in front of a partisan crowd against their greatest rivals. The result sees Celtic stay at the top of the SPL, despite Rangers having two games in hand.