Sports Premiership Roundup

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After a disappointing international break the Scottish Premiership returned with supporters hoping for something to celebrate.

 

Celtic 1-0 Dundee

Celtic came away 1-0 winners at Celtic Park despite a disappointing performance, where key players such as Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong Jozo Simunovic were missing.

The only goal of the game came in the second half from new signing Olivier Ntcham whose swerving strike dismayed Scott Bain in the Dundee goal. Bain was in inspired form and on another day Dundee would have came away with a point with midfielder Roarie Deacon missing a great chance for Dundee to snatch a draw. All in all another win for Celtic who had one eye on this week’s Champions League tie in Germany against Bayern Munich.

 

Hibs 0-1 Aberdeen

Touted as the game of the weekend Aberdeen continued their unbeaten start to the league season with a hard fought draw against newly promoted Hibs.

With only one point out of nine at home, Hibs were determined to set that straight in this fixture but Aberdeen were dogged and showed a different side to the Aberdeen fans are used to. Gary Mackay-Steven got his first league goal for the Dons as he rounded off a great Aberdeen move, giving the away side the lead.

Hibs had the better of the game possession wise but they never managed to create any clear cut chances, resulting in a poor attacking performance.

The win kept Aberdeen joint on points with Celtic at the top of the table with their next league fixture against each other.

 

St Johnstone 0-3 Rangers

Rangers produced their best performance of the season here as they demolished St Johnstone 3-0.

Two goals from Carlos Peña either side of half-time and a late strike from Graham Dorrans gave Rangers the win.

The game was even up until the point where Rangers took the lead but St Johnstone never looked like threatening. Michael O’Halloran was a clear miss for the Saints, who was unavailable due to being on loan from Rangers.

On the counter attack, Rangers always looked dangerous with their ability to get men forward at such a quick pace.

Just as the game entered the final 20 minutes with the score just 1-0, St Johnstone had their captain Steven Anderson sent off for two clumsy and stupid yellow cards, denting any hope of a comeback.

Rangers will look at this win as a great platform to build on going forward.

 

Ross County 1-2 Hearts

Yet to get fully going under Craig Levein, Hearts travelled to Ross County. Somewhere that has proved a difficult venue for teams over the past few years.

Hearts took the lead through Isma Goncalves after a swift break but their lead would only last a matter of minutes as Ross County equalised through Davis Keillor-Dunn.

Injuries plagued Hearts throughout with Cowie and Cochrane both substituted through injury.

Hearts got their winner after some good play from Kyle Lafferty, he released Jamie Walker down the right who smashed his shot into the top corner for his first goal of the season.

A crucial win for Hearts which now leaves them only a point behind rivals Hibs in the table. It was the first taste of defeat for new County boss Owen Coyle but there were still positives for him to take.

 

Hamilton 1-2 Motherwell

Motherwell have been the surprise team of the Scottish Premiership so far this season and the managed to get another win on Saturday.

Hamilton took the lead in the game through Giannis Skondras but a similar theme for Hamilton this season, they couldn’t hold onto their lead.

Goals from Andy Rose and Peter Hartley either side of half-time gave Motherwell all three points, lifting them up to fourth in the table only a point behind Rangers in third.

Hamilton haven’t had their troubles to seek this week with a fraud case hanging over them with up to £1m estimated to have been lost by the club.

 

Partick Thistle 0-2 Kilmarnock

Both sides came into this game looking for their first win of the season and it was the visitors who went home with the three points.

Buoyed by the appointment of new manager Steve Clarke, Killie impressed their new boss who was watching from the stands.

Some slack defending from Niall Keown saw Kris Boyd pouncing and netting the opener. Killie’s lead was doubled in the second half through Adam Frizzell who scored the goal of the weekend.

Partick failed to test Jamie MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goal as they couldn’t capitalise on some nice football. Some worrying times for them now as they sit at the bottom of the table, now three points behind Killie.

 

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