SPL wrap: Aberdeen cement second place as Celtic continue to impress

SPL wrap: Aberdeen drew with closest rivals Motherwell to cement second spot. Graham Barr reports

By Graham Barr

Aberdeen hold onto second place

A last-gasp goal from Russell Anderson rescued a point for second-placed Aberdeen against third-placed Motherwell on Saturday. The result means that Aberdeen remain one point clear of their opponents, having played one game more. Stephen McManus and Zaine Francis-Angol had put Stuart McCall’s side ahead but the Dons were more than deserving of a point in a game which they had a number of chances. Aberdeen and Motherwell have put considerable distance between themselves and the chasing pack and it looks certain to be a two way race for second place in the Scottish Premier League.

Unbeaten Celtic impress against Hibs

Top of the table Celtic made it 22 games unbeaten in the Scottish top-flight this season with a convincing 4-0 victory over Terry Butcher’s Hibernian on Sunday. Kris Commons was once again the star as he added another two goals to bring his tally for the season to 21. However, goal of the day undoubtedly came from Virgil Van Dijk, who hit a sublime free kick from 20 yards into the top corner of Ben Williams’ net late in the second half. The win was Celtic’s 12th in a row and they are well on their way to another title. Celtic now face a trip to Kilmarnock on Wednesday and Neil Lennon will be hoping his side can extend their long unbeaten run further.

Kilmarnock climb the table as bottom clubs drop points

A 13th goal of the season from Kris Boyd helped Kilmarnock to an impressive 2-0 victory against Inverness. The result moved Allan Johnston’s side above St Mirren and Partick Thistle, who played out a 0-0 draw, into eighth place. St Mirren and Partick both had decent chances to steal a valuable three points but in the end a draw was a fair result. Ross County also dropped points as they became the first team to lose to bottom placed Hearts since November and allowed Partick to move level on points with them. The victory was important for the Edinburgh side as took them onto a positive points tally for the first time this season.

Sad day in Greenock as fan passes away at game

The Scottish Championship game between Greenock Morton and Queen of the South was abandoned after 10 minutes when a fan collapsed and tragically died in the stand following a suspected heart attack. The entire stadium fell silent with respect as players were taken off the pitch by referee Don Roberston and fans began to realise the gravity of the situation. Both clubs agreed that the game should be abandoned as a mark of respect and a statement from Morton read: “All at Greenock Morton Football Club would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all family and friends of the gentleman concerned.”


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