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Celtic Level Up On Points With Surprise SPL Leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Monday 23rd September 2013
It has been an interesting weekend north of the border and Phil Inman has the round up of the action from the Scottish Premier League.

The Scottish Premier League took an interesting turn at the weekend as Celtic joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 16 points at the top of the table.

The ‘Hoops' saw off St Johnstone with a relatively comfortable 2-1 win.  Teemu Pukki and Charlie Mulgrew put Celtic 2-0 ahead in the first half before Liam Caddis pulled back a late consolation goal. Celtic who have a game in hand on Thistle, have a chance to go top by three points as they have a game in hand.

Meanwhile Inverness Caledonian Thistle found their unbeaten run to the season come to an end at Aberdeen. A Scott Vernon goal secured the win for the don's late in the second half. Aberdeen have now moved up to third in the SPL and are only three points away from Celtic and Inverness. Terry Butcher will not be happy with his side after this defeat as he knows that Celtic have  a change to go three points clear with their game in hand.

St Mirrens poor start to the season has continued as they lost 2-0 to Hibernian. ‘Hibs' will have the happier set of supporters with this result as they move up to fifth in the SPL. The goals came either side of the halftime as James Collins and Paul Heffernan found the net.

If not for Hearts point deduction St Mirren would most likely be rooted to the bottom of the table as they have only managed one point so far this season. The pressure is surely building on ‘The Buddies' manager Danny Lennon.

Things have taken a turn for the worse for Hearts this season as they are now nine points adrift at the bottom of the SPL. It looked like they might be able to reduce that to six points as they took the lead against Ross County through Callum Peterson.

This lead was short lived though as Ross County scored two goals in two minutes late in the second half to win dramatically, the County scorers were Melvin De Leeuw and Richard Brittain.

Ross County are now comfortably away from the relegation zone. Kilmarnock along with St Mirren are still the only teams in the SPL yet to record a win in this season. This was no closer to changing as Kilmarnock found drew against Partick Thistle 1-1. Thistle were given a penalty in the 11th minute and Aaron Muirhead coolly smashed the ball home, then in the 49th minute Kris Boyd headed home a cross to salvage a point for Kilmarnock. This ended a terrible run of four defeats in their last four games in all competitions for Killie. The main focus will no doubt be on the battle between Celtic and Inverness as the race for dominance heats up.
Phill Inman
I'm 23 years old and followed football all my life. Still waiting for my talent and prowess to get spotted on the pitch, until that happens I hope you enjoy reading my articles.

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