SPL wrap: Inverness join race for second as Celtic impress

SPL wrap: Celtic increase their lead to 13 points at the top of the table as Inverness beat Aberdeen on Saturday

By Graham Barr

Vital victory for Inverness as they close the gap on second

Inverness won their first game in six attempts on Saturday as Danny Williams’ first goal for the highland club sealed a 1-0 win against Aberdeen. The victory was only John Hughes’ second as manager but it moved his team to within seven points of their opponents with two games in hand. Aberdeen did hold onto second place despite the 1-0 defeat thanks to Motherwell losing away to Celtic. Kris Commons scored another two goals as Celtic eased to a 3-0 victory – and a tenth win in a row. The result leaves Motherwell one point behind Aberdeen in second, with a game in hand, and moves Celtic 13 points clear at the top.

Bottom clubs all pick up points on Saturday

St Mirren and Ross County picked up three points on Saturday with impressive victories over Hibs and Dundee United. Despite a late comeback from Hibs at Easter Road, St Mirren held on to win 3-2. The victory was their first in five games and helped moved Danny Lennon’s men up to eighth in the table. Ross County also climbed the table with an excellent 3-0 win at home to Jackie McNamara’s Dundee United. Two goals from Filip Kiss and one from new signing Yoann Arquin made it 10 points out of 12 for 2014 as county moved to 10th in the table. A late goal from Robbie Muirhead saved a point for Kilmarnock as they drew 1-1 with Partick Thistle who dropped to 11th in the Scottish Premier League. There are now only three points between Thistle and eighth-placed St Mirren as the battle to avoid the relegation play-off spot tightens up.

Six-goal thriller as Hearts pick up a point

Two late goals earned Hearts a point as they came from 3-1 behind to draw 3-3 in a game which saw three players sent off. The match was Billy Brown’s last as assistant manager of the club and ended a run of three straight defeats. Despite the point, Hearts remain 21 points adrift of second bottom and still have a point total of -1. St Johnstone will be disappointed to have failed to hang on for three points but the result moved them one point clear of seventh placed Hibs and keeps them in the top six.

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