SPL Round-up: Rangers march on as Accies keep their hopes alive


Rangers extended their lead at the top of the SPL to four points with a 4-0 win over Hearts. Rangers rampaged through Hearts’ defence with Nikica Jelavic, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis all scoring before half time.

Hearts were reduced to ten men when Eggert Jonsson was sent off for a late tackle on Jelavic, and a late own goal from Ryan Stevenson piled more misery on the Tynecastle side.

With two games remaining Rangers have put more pressure on rivals Celtic who travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday, who must win otherwise Rangers can win the title on Tuesday against Dundee United.

Bottom of the table side Hamilton kept their hopes of survival alive with their third win in four games after beating Hibs 1-0. Nigel Hasselbaink scored the only goal of the game.

St.Mirren continue to give Accies a lifeline as they went down 1-0 to Inverness Caley Thistle. Caley saw Russell Duncan sent off midway through the second half, but a late Adam Rooney goal secured all three points for Butcher’s side, and with two games remaining their lack of form could see Hamilton beat relegation at the expense of the Paisley side.

Dundee United brushed past Motherwell thanks to a hat trick from Jon Daly. Daly popped up twice in the first half before sealing his hat trick shortly after the restart before Keith Watson rounded off the scoring to seal a 4-0 victory.

An own goal from Aberdeen defender Steven Smith and a second half goal from Jamie Adams gave St.Johnstone a 2-0 win at Pittodrie over Craig Brown’s Aberdeen side.

Celtic play Kilmarnock tomorrow at Rugby Park, in a must win game for the Parkhead side. Anything less will surely hand Rangers the title.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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