Matchday 22 saw the Premiership sign off in style before the winter break. Partick…
Matchday 33 was another exciting weekend of Scottish Premiership action, with clubs jostling for position as we go into the split.
Hearts comfortably dispatched of Aberdeen 2-0 at Tynecastle, Hibs scored a late equaliser to gain a point away to Ross County while at Ibrox, a rampant Rangers ran out 4-0 winners over Neil McCann’s Dundee.
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Hearts hosted Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon and stunned Derek McInnes’ side with an early two-goal salvo. Steven Naismith opened the scoring early in the first half after being set up by David Milinkovic, before the midfielder grabbed a goal of his own just two minutes later. Aberdeen tried and failed to find a way back into the game, with Hearts stretching their unbeaten run at Tynecastle to 14 fixtures.
The Dons were the pre-match favourites so the defeat cost McInnes three points in our rankings, leaving him with an overall score of +5 but with his position unchanged. Craig Levein, meanwhile, gained three points for the win but is still rooted to the foot of our rankings with -8. The Hearts boss has a good chance of improving his position between now and the end of the season, however – as the lowest-ranked team going into the split, the Jambos will often be expected to lose games so any wins for Levein will be greatly rewarded.
Motherwell travelled to McDiarmid Park on Saturday for what promised to be an intriguing clash between the Premiership’s two best teams in the bottom half of the table. Neither side has any fear of relegation and are enjoying decent seasons, but with little to play for the fixture had little in the way of spectacle. The match finished 0-0 in a fairly uneventful game.
Before the match, Tommy Wright led Stephen Robinson by two points in our rankings with a score of +13 compared to the Motherwell boss’ +11. Now, the two managers have essentially swapped positions: Wright’s side were expected to win so he was docked two points, while Robinson gained the same amount. It’s now Robinson who leads with +13, while Wright is closely behind on +11.
The race for second place in the Premiership looks set to go right down to the wire and Rangers have put themselves in the driving seat going into the final stretch of the season.The Gers demolished Dundee 4-0 at home on Saturday with Kenny Miller, Alfredo Morelos, Jamie Murphy and Dani Candeias all getting on the scoresheet.
The win was Rangers’ first in their last four outings and Graeme Murty was rewarded with a solitary point in our table as his side were the pre-match favourites, remaining level with Brendan Rodgers. McCann, meanwhile, remains where he was with +14, edging ahead of Robinson immediately below the Dundee boss.
It’s been a good week for County. After thumping relegation rivals Partick Thistle 4-0 last week and moving off the bottom of the Premiership table, they next hosted a much-fancied Hibs side at home. Billy McKay put County ahead in the first half and the home side looked set for a huge win before Oli Shaw levelled the game with just a few minutes to go.
Hibs were the bookies’ favourites before the match kicked off so Neil Lennon lost two points for the draw, dropping his overall score to -2. Stuart Kettlewell, who started the day in ninth, overtook the Northern Irishman and now finds himself on a positive score for the first time since he was appointed in March. He’s now on +1.
If County’s week has been impressive, then Partick Thistle’s has been nothing short of disastrous. A week ago, the Jags were three points clear of the Highland club with a three-goal deficit in the two team’s goal difference; now, they’re a point behind and 12 goals worse off than County. Thistle had a tricky home fixture against Kilmarnock and it was Steve Clarke’s men who left Firhill with all the points, courtesy of Stuart Findlay’s first half goal.
Clarke looks uncatchable at the top of our power rankings and now has +39 overall, 17 points ahead of his nearest challenger. Alan Archibald remains on +15 but enjoys the unenviable position of going into nearly every game with the odds stacked against his side. With Robinson and McCann closing in, the Thistle boss needs a win if he’s to avoid slipping down our table too.
Celtic have one hand on the Premiership trophy after picking up a 2-1 win against a stubborn Hamilton Accies side in the final game of the weekend. Callum McGregor scored in the opening minutes before Rakish Bingham equalised with 20 minutes on the clock. Darren Lyon was dismissed for a second yellow at the end of the first half, then Leigh Griffiths scored what proved to be the winner at the beginning of the second period.
As usual, Rodgers’ side were the pre-match favourites so the Celtic boss gained a single point in our table. Rodgers, Murty and Lennon are all currently tied on -2 – expect lots of chopping and changing here between now and the end of the season. Canning remains in second place with +22, although the Accies boss will be concerned with his team’s poor form of late.