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Hearts and Rangers lead the way

Published: Sunday 7 August 2005, 6.17CET
Heart of Midlothian FC lead Rangers FC on goal difference following Sunday's derby defeat of Hibernian FC. features

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Published: Sunday 7 August 2005, 6.17CET

Hearts and Rangers lead the way

Heart of Midlothian FC lead Rangers FC on goal difference following Sunday's derby defeat of Hibernian FC.

By Alex O'Henley

The champions Rangers FC continued their winning start to the campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC on Saturday before Heart of Midlothian FC replaced them at the Scottish summit 24 hours later.

Brewster focus
New signing Julien Rodriguez was kept in reserve but it was fellow Frenchman José Pierre-Fanfan who almost opened the scoring for Rangers with an overhead kick that player-manager Craig Brewster was forced to clear off the line. Inverness came close to scoring on a number of occasions but it was Rangers who made the breakthrough on 69 minutes, Dado Pršo cutting the ball back for captain Barry Ferguson who converted from close range to seal the points.

Derby triumph
Hearts also made it two wins from two to climb above Rangers on goal difference as they eased to a 4-0 triumph against Hibernian FC in the first Edinburgh derby of the season at Tynecastle. Czech midfield player Rudi Skacel (12 minutes), Paul Hartley (58, penalty), Stephen Simmons (71) and Saulius Mikoliunas (83) scored the goals, with Hibs' woe being compounded by a second-half rib injury to Scotland defender Gary Caldwell.

Nakamura impresses
Elsewhere on Saturday, Japanese midfield player Shunsuke Nakamura made his debut for third-placed Celtic FC and was instrumental in their 2-0 home win against Dundee United FC. John Hartson opened the scoring for Gordon Strachan's side, slotting past Derek Stillie on 36 minutes for his 75th Scottish Premier League goal, and Craig Beattie sealed the points with a clinical second-half strike.

Kilmarnock victory
Kilmarnock FC surprised Aberdeen FC with a 2-1 win at Pittodrie. Killie took the lead in the first minute as winger Allan Johnston capitalised on a slack back-pass from Kevin McNaughton. The Dons responded with a goal from captain Russell Anderson on 34 minutes, but with 20 minutes remaining Steven Naismith scored his second goal of the season, racing from the halfway line before rounding Ryan Esson and slotting the ball into the net.

Motherwell success
Motherwell FC needed an added-time goal from Jim Hamilton to give them a 1-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic FC, who saw defender Scott Wilson sent-off for violent conduct on 24 minutes, at Fir Park. Finally, newcomers Falkirk FC recorded their first SPL win with a 2-0 victory against Livingston FC at Almondvale.

Last updated: 07/08/05 21.18CET



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