Scottish Premiership round-up: Ruthless Rangers extend lead at the top while Hearts fall to first league defeat

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Motherwell 1-6 Rangers

Rangers produced their best performance of the season to blow away a poor Motherwell side in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off.

Rangers dominated the first half in Lanarkshire, but found themselves behind in the 13th minute. Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi fired his side 1-0 in front after Rangers failed to deal with a cheaply conceded corner. The home side threatened once again as Tony Watt came close, but that ended Motherwell’s attacking display in the game.

Rangers eventually turned their pressure into goals; a wonderful James Tavernier strike levelled the score in the 43rd minute and barely two minutes later, Fashion Sakala sent his side into the interval 2-1 ahead.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 30: Fashion Sakala of Rangers celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell FC and Rangers FC at on October 30, 2021 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

 

There was little let up in the second half, and it was no surprise when Fashion Sakala made it 3-1 in the 63rd minute. Four minutes later, the game was all but ended as a contest when ‘Well captain Stephen O’Donnell picked up a second yellow card.

Glen Kamara’s deflected effort made it 4-1 before Fashion Sakala completed his hattrick with four minutes remaining. There was just enough time for a sixth goal; substitute Kemar Roofe rounding off the scoring in injury time.

 

Celtic 0-0 Livingston

Celtic missed the chance to heap pressure on Rangers and go top of the league, at least temporarily, before their rival’s visit to Motherwell.

Ange Postecoglou’s side struggled to break down the well organised Livingston defence, and when they did find a way through, they were denied by an impressive Max Stryjek performance in goal. Alan Forrest came close for Livingston in a rare display of attacking action.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 30: Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi (L) lies on the ground after an incident with Livingston’s Ayo Obileye during a Cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Livingston, on October 30, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

 

There was to be a dramatic finish to the game. Livingston felt aggrieved not to receive a penalty as Joe Hart collided with Livi’s Ayo Obileye. The latter would be involved again as the game entered injury time; the defender lashed out at Celtic forward Kyogo after an altercation whilst his goalkeeper was safely in possession of the ball.

Obileye was shown a red card and Celtic awarded a penalty. However, Giorgos Giakoumakis’s spot kick was weak and easily saved by Stryjek in the 93rd minute.

The Greek striker would be further disappointed as deeper into injury time he was unable to convert when the ball landed at his feet from six yards. Frustration for the Glasgow side as a four-match winning run comes to an end.

Aberdeen 2-1 Heart of Midlothian

Aberdeen’s revival continued as they ended Hearts’ unbeaten start to the season.

The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time; John Souttar converting from the penalty spot after Dons’ ‘keeper Joe Lewis fouled Josh Ginnelly.

Hearts struggled to create any other real chances as the hosts turned up the pressure. Marley Watkins levelled at 1-1 four minutes into the second half, and with little over twenty minutes remaining Lewis Ferguson headed Aberdeen into a 2-1 lead.

There was little threat of an equaliser and Aberdeen eased over the line. Hearts’ cause was not aided by Andy Halliday, who received a red card for a rash challenge with a minute remaining.

 

Dundee United 0-1 St Johnstone

Ali Crawford’s 17th minute strike was enough to win the game, firing home from distance after Cammy MacPherson dispossessed Jeandro Fuchs in midfield. However, St Johnstone ‘keeper Zander Clark was the hero as he pulled off a string of outstanding saves as his side ended United’s impressive recent form.

 

St Mirren 0-1 Dundee

Dundee recovered from an embarrassing midweek 5-0 home defeat to Ross County and picked up three vital points in Paisley. Max Anderson with the winner after eleven minutes to lift pressure on manager James McPake.

 

Ross County v Hibernian

Ross County were due to welcome Hibs to Dingwall, but the game was postponed on Saturday as the visitors recorded two positive Covid tests amongst their squad.

 

What it means

Rangers extend their lead at the top to four points; Celtic move two points clear of defeated Hearts and Dundee United. Hibs, Aberdeen and Motherwell occupy 5th to 7th places all on 15 points with St Mirren a point behind.

St Johnstone move up to 9th, closely followed by Livingston as Dundee remain in the relegation play-off place, four points clear of Ross County at the bottom.

 

 

 

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It’s safe to say 2022 was a TV-worthy season for Patrick Mahomes and the #Chiefs. 📺

Mr. Box Office. 🔥

#NFL x #Quarterback twitter.com/NFL/status/167…

me on the couch now that Quarterback dropped:

@la_academiapc suffer shock defeat
📈 @DvoTachira gaining ground on the top
👏 Eduardo Lima’s heroics for @DvoLaGuaira

Here are all the major headlines and talking points from jornada 18 in the #LigaFUTVE.

#VenezuelaEsFUTVE
https://t.co/yCiP4QGlfJ

🔟 days until the @Superligaen begins.

Still plenty of time to read our analysis of the most exciting young players in Denmark right now. Which of these superstars will move on this summer? ✨

#sldk | #transferdk
https://t.co/viCwrXPU3n