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Celtic Move To Top Of The Scottish Premiership Table Whilst Hearts Slip 10 Points Adrift At The Bottom

Monday 7th October 2013
Celtic moved three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League after a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Motherwell.

Anthony Stokes broke the deadlock from a tight angle after a mistake by Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis, immediately in the second half Kris Commons outstripped the defence to lob Hollis to put Celtic in prime position. Celtic now sit comfortably with a game in hand over second place Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

It was a bad day at the office for Inverness and Terry Butcher as they were defeated 4-0 by St Johnstone. The opening goal came when Stevie May latched onto a Gary McDonald cross, shortly after Dave Mckay put Johnstone 2-0 up from the penalty spot after May had been upturned. Steven MacLean benefitted from two more May assists two cap a wonderful win for Johnstone, their first in five games that sees them move up to sixth in the SPL. Butcher and his team will rue the missed chance to keep piling the pressure on Celtic in what was only their second defeat of the season. It is fine margins like that which can decide a season.

Hearts woes at the bottom of the table were further compounded when fellow strugglers St Mirren beat them 2-0. John MGinn headed a powerful opening goal before Paul McGowan stabbed the second over the line to give Mirren their first win of the season, this victory goes a long way in easing the pressure on Buddies boss Danny Lennon. So far this season Mirren have looked like Bantha fodder for most of the SPL teams but this was a much improved performance from the Buddies.

Dundee United meanwhile pushed Kilmarnock down towards the bottom of the SPL after a stunning volley from Nadir Ciftci, which proved to be the only goal in a frantic game.United now sits comfortably in fifth position. Killie are now winless after 10 games this season, only saved from bottom spot by Hearts point deduction.

Ross County secured a surprise 1-0 victory over highflying Aberdeen, Rocco Quinn's strike being the telling difference between the two teams. Aberdeen will be cursing their luck as a win on Saturday would have seen them move up to third in the table after Motherwell lost against Celtic.
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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