Rangers FC emerged from a six-goal thriller against Celtic FC with their one-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League intact after a 3-3 draw with their Glasgow rivals on Sunday.
The Ibrox side took a sixth-minute lead after Robert Douglas fumbled Mikel Arteta's 20-metre shot into the net. Henrik Larsson restored parity six minutes from the break with a hooked shot from eight metres and then the second-half exploded into life.
Larsson at the double
Larsson's flashing header gave Martin O'Neill's side the lead only for the game to be levelled inside 60 seconds when Ronald de Boer's 53rd-minute header made it 2-2. A scramble in the Celtic penalty area allowed Shota Arveladze to nudge Rangers ahead in the 75th minute only for Chris Sutton to score two minutes later.
Sutton's strike ensures Celtic trail Rangers by just the solitary point after another titanic Old Firm tussle which also saw seven players booked and a crowd of 60,000 regally entertained.
Stamp the hero
Sunday's other fixture also ended in stalemate when Barry Wilson's opener for Livingston FC was equalised a minute after half-time by Heart of Midlothian FC midfield player Phil Stamp. Hearts' draw enabled Dunfermline Athletic FC to reclaim third place in the table following Saturday's 4-1 win against Partick Thistle FC.
Scott Thomson's goal set them on their way and after David Lilley had been sent off for Partick, the ten men equalised through Jamie Mitchell. But Barry Nicholson's goal and two from Scotland international Stevie Crawford (79 and 90) took the Fife side into third place.
Dundee United FC slumped to their fourth defeat in a row when the fast-improving Hibernian FC surged to a 2-1 win at Easter Road. Garry O'Connor set Hibs on their way in the 29th minute and Ian Murray doubled the lead in the 55th minute. Steven Thompson's goal proved to be a consolation for United.
Dundee on the up
Argentinian striker Fabian Caballero completed a late fightback from Dundee as they defeated Kilmarnock FC 2-1 at Dens Park. Samuel Boutal scored a debut goal in the 65th minute to give the visitors the lead, but Gavin Rae's 15-metre shot levelled the match and Caballeros' injury-time strike took Dundee into the top six.
Aberdeen fight back
Aberdeen FC also showed fighting spirit against Motherwell FC. Scotland international James McFadden scored his sixth goal of the season to put Motherwell in front but Derek Young levelled following an error from Stevie Woods and Eric Deloumeaux's volley clinched the Pittodrie side all three points with a 2-1 win.
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