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Scotland round-up: Penalty saves Celtic

Published: Saturday 2 March 2002, 19.53CET
Alan Thompson's first-half penalty gave Celtic FC a 1-0 win over Aberdeen FC on Saturday.
Published: Saturday 2 March 2002, 19.53CET

Scotland round-up: Penalty saves Celtic

Alan Thompson's first-half penalty gave Celtic FC a 1-0 win over Aberdeen FC on Saturday.

Alan Thompson's first-half penalty gave Celtic FC a 1-0 win over Aberdeen FC on Saturday.

Patched together side
With Celtic down to the bare bones with John Hartson suspended and Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, Bobo Balde, Joos Valgaeren injured and Olivier Tebily absent, Martin O'Neill's patched together side held on for victory.

Decisive penalty
Eugene Dadi was adjudged to have held Stephen Crainey down in the box in the final seconds of the half and Thompson fired low into the bottom corner from the spot. However both Thompson and Aberdeen's Hicham Zerouali were sent off after an off-the-ball clash late in the game.

Triumph for Jefferies
Jim Jefferies had a winning start in his first game as Kilmarnock FC manager as they beat Dundee FC 3-2 at Rugby Park. Two stunning second-half goals from substitute Andy McLaren, including a last-minute winner, enabled allowed the former Heart of Midlothian FC coach to celebrate his first game back in the Scottish Premier League.

Joy for Williamson
Jefferies' predecessor at Rugby Park Bobby Williamson celebrated his first game as Hibernian FC manager with three points - and virtually secured their top-flight survival for another season with the 3-0 win. The win allowed the Edinburgh side to stretch their lead over bottom side Saint Johnstone FC to 12 points, leaving the Perth outfit with little chance of avoiding the drop to the First Division.

Bullen goal enough for Dunfermline
An instantly forgettable encounter at East End Park, saw Dunfermline Athletic FC take three points off third-placed Livingston FC in a 1-0 win. A 50th minute strike by Lee Bullen was sufficient to send the visitors back to West Lothian without reward.

Hearts hold on
A late goal by youngster Robert Sloan gave Hearts a 2-1 win over an unlucky Motherwell FC side to consolidate the Edinburgh side's top-six position. Scott Severin had given the visitors a first-half lead and the impressive Edinburgh side looked in a commanding position at the interval.

Late winner
But after the break, the Fir Park men battled back and grabbed a deserved equaliser through Keith Lasley. However, with the game evenly poised, up popped Sloan in the 82nd minute to send a lovely shot past Stephen Woods and snatch all three points.

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