Two John Hartson goals saw Celtic FC stretch their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 3-0, round 17 win against Hibernian FC on Saturday.
Hartson bagged his first goal after eleven minutes, stooping to head home a cross from Paul Lambert but he saved his best until the 40th minute when he turned Ulrik Larsson, collected Johann Mjallby's pass and chipped the ball superbly over Hibernian goalkeeper Tony Caig. The Welsh striker turned provider after 75 minutes, setting up Neil Lennon who lanced the ball home to complete the scoring.
Second-placed Rangers FC saw Celtic’s lead stretch to 12 points after they drew 0-0 with Dundee FC at the Dens Park stadium, and they are now just two points clear of Livingston FC who were comfortable 3-1 winners against Motherwell FC at Almondvale. Davide Xausa struck twice in the first half and a Steven Hammell own-goal gave Livingston a 3-0 half-time lead before James McFadden pulled one back for the visitors after the break.
Alan Mahood and Garry Hay scored the goals that gave Kilmarnock FC a confidence-boosting 2-0 win over Dundee United FC at Rugby Park while Robbie Winters’ delicate lob was the only goal of the game at the Pittodrie stadium to give Aberdeen a 1-0 win against Saint Johnstone FC.
Dunfermline FC came within a minute of a valuable away victory at Tynecastle before Heart of Midlothian’s Stephen Simmons converted a penalty to leave them with just a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts. Barry Nicholson had put Dunfermline into the lead in the second half, but Hearts got the vital penalty to cancel out his good work after striker Ricardo Fuller went down inside the area.
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