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Scotland round-up: Rangers keep ahead

Published: Sunday 20 October 2002, 22.34CET
Rangers FC remain a point clear of their arch-rivals Celtic FC despite the goalscoring efforts of Henrik Larsson.

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Published: Sunday 20 October 2002, 22.34CET

Scotland round-up: Rangers keep ahead

Rangers FC remain a point clear of their arch-rivals Celtic FC despite the goalscoring efforts of Henrik Larsson.
Celtic FC's Henrik Larsson is out on his own as Scotland's top scorer, but Rangers FC remain one point clear of their arch-rivals after this weekend's league action.

Larsson strikes again
Larsson took his league tally for the season to 13 with a double as Celtic beat Heart of Midlothian FC 4-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday. Chris Sutton volleyed the opener after just three minutes, Stilian Petrov added the second six minutes later, and Swede Larsson put Celtic out of sight with goals in the 36th and 43rd minutes. A late Gary Wales header was scant reward for fourth-placed Hearts.

Rangers' home comforts
Yet, while Celtic's form was good, Rangers stay a point ahead following a 3-0 victory against Motherwell FC on Saturday. The Ibrox team were rarely in trouble against Terry Butcher's side - taking a second-minute lead through Lorenzo Amoruso's goal from Mikel Arteta's cross. The Spaniard then fed Peter Løvenkrands to head home number two and, after David Partridge had been sent off, Ronald de Boer punished the ten men with a late third.

Bottom of the pile
Dundee United FC are anchored to the bottom of the table after a 3-2 home defeat by fellow strugglers Livingston FC. Caretaker manager Paul Hegarty saw United race into a 2-0 lead with goals either side of half-time from Derek Lilley and Jim McIntyre. But Hegarty's team crumbled in the last 22 minutes, Gary Bollan and Barry Wilson registering for the visitors before substitute Eugene Dadi struck a 78th-minute winner. Livingston leapfrog United into eleventh spot.

Lost advantage
Dunfermline Athletic FC twice failed to hang on to the lead in a 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock FC, though they remain third in the table. Goals from Craig Brewster and Lee Bullen handed the home team the initiative, but each time Kilmarnock replied, first through Greg Shields moments after half-time, then through substitute Kris Boyd.

Hibs on the climb
Hibernian FC eased past Partick Thistle FC 3-0 at Firhill Park. Garry O'Connor scored twice and Mixu Paatelainen was also on target as Bobby Williamson's side climbed into fifth place ahead of Aberdeen FC on goal difference. Aberdeen failed to break down a stubborn Dundee FC in a game of few chances at Pittodrie.

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