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Scotland round-up: Rangers return to the top

Published: Sunday 18 May 2003, 22.10CET
Rangers moved above Celtic FC on goals scored after securing a 2-0 win away to Heart of Midlothian FC.

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Published: Sunday 18 May 2003, 22.10CET

Scotland round-up: Rangers return to the top

Rangers moved above Celtic FC on goals scored after securing a 2-0 win away to Heart of Midlothian FC.

Rangers FC returned to the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 2-0 win away at Heart of Midlothian FC on Sunday.

One-goal advantage
Rangers joined Glasgow rivals Celtic FC on 94 points, with both sides having a goal difference of +68, but took over at the top by virtue of having scored 95 goals compared to Celtic's 94. Rangers play at home to Dunfermline Athletic FC next Sunday on the final day of the league season, while Celtic travel to Kilmarnock FC.
 
De Boer on target
Rangers were unable to find a way through a solid Hearts defence until the 65th minute, before Netherlands international Ronald De Boer opened the scoring a minute after Shota Arveladze's low penalty had been saved by Hearts goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen.

Crucial second
De Boer then created a chance for Peter Lovenkrands eight minutes after scoring, and the Danish striker made no mistake to give his side the narrowest of advantages at the top on the penultimate day of the season. 

Motherwell finish bottom
Motherwell FC will definitely finish bottom of the table after slipping to a 3-2 defeat at home to Aberdeen FC, despite taking the lead through David Clarkston. Goals from Leigh Hinds, Eric Deloumeaux and Paul Sheerin turned the match in Aberdeen's favour, and James McFadden's second-half penalty was not enough for the home side.

Decision pending
However, Motherwell may still avoid relegation, as a decision will be made on Friday to determine whether first division champions Falkirk will take their place in the top flight as their ground-share proposal for next season awaits approval.

Kilmarnock comeback
Elsewhere, goals from Barry Nicholson and Gary Mason gave Dunfermline a early 2-0 lead at home to Kilmarnock, but Gary McDonald pulled a goal back before Kris Boyd's injury-time equaliser earned the away side a point.

Home defeat
John Lambie's final home game in charge of Partick Thistle FC ended in a 1-0 defeat by Dundee United FC, with Jim Paterson scoring the only goal of the game a minute before the hour, while two Scott Brown goals were enough for Hibernian FC to secure a 2-1 win at Livingston FC, whose only reply came from Fernando Pasquinelli.

Last updated: 18/05/03 21.14CET

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