RANGERS’ commanding lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League was trimmed to eight points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Motherwell while Celtic were 2-0 winners at home to Hearts.
Kris Boyd struck an equaliser 10 minutes from full-time to deny Motherwell a rare victory over the champions at Fir Park.
Well had gone ahead after 28 minutes thanks to Tom Hateley – the son of former Rangers hero Mark Hateley – who fired in a stunning free-kick that left goalkeeper Allan McGregor with no chance.
The hosts looked like they would hold on to that advantage before Boyd stepped up to grab a share of the spoils.
Celtic grabbed their two goals inside two second-half minutes to inch closer to their city rivals.
Glenn Loovens put the Hoops ahead in the 49th minute when he converted with his second attempt following a Diomansy Kamara corner.
A minute later Marc-Antonie Fortune calmly slid in a second after being sent clear by Aiden McGeady.
Abdessalam Benjelloun stepped off the substitutes’ bench to score an 88th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot as Hibernian drew 2-2 with Aberdeen.
The Dons took a 2-0 lead into half-time after goals from Michael Paton and recent signing Steven MacLean.
Anthony Stokes pulled a goal back five minutes after the break before Benjelloun’s equaliser.
At the other end of the table, Hamilton lifted themselves out of last place thanks to a goal from each of the Paixao twins as they defeated a lacklustre Dundee United 2-0.
Falkirk slipped into the relegation places after they lost 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock.
Michael Higdon rescued a point for St Mirren as they drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers St Johnstone.
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