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Celtic beat Aberdeen to go top

ESPN staff
November 17, 2012

Celtic moved top of the SPL with a win at Aberdeen, as Hibernian were beaten at Dundee.

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Celtic were made to work hard but eventually netted twice in the final quarter of the game to defeat Aberdeen 2-0.

Aberdeen kept Celtic at bay for long periods, but they were undone on the 73rd minute. Victor Wanyama crashed a 25-yard shot off Jamie Langfield's left-hand post, and all newcomer Lassad Nouioui had to do was roll the ball home.

Boosted by their goal, Celtic added a second just three minutes later. Georgios Samaras crossed from the left and, at the back post, Charlie Mulgrew acrobatically volleyed home left-footed.

The win puts Celtic a point clear of Hibernian who were beaten 3-1 at Dundee. Kyle Benedictus, Steven Milne and Kevin McBride were on target for the Dons - with Leigh Griffiths grabbing a 90th-minute consolation.

The victory lifted bottom-of-the-table Dundee to just a point behind St Mirren as Barry Smith's side continued their recent run of fine form against a side who began the day at the summit.

Daniel Grainger scored just past the hour to hand Hearts a 1-0 win over St Mirren.

Full-back Grainger notched in front of a crowd of 16,443 at Tynecastle to leave St Mirren having now lost six SPL games in a row.

Hearts initially feared the match could be the last in their 138-year history after being hit with a winding-up order before agreeing a deadline extension this week with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs until December 3 to pay a tax bill of almost £450,000.

There was further good news ahead of Saturday's game when Hearts revealed that more than £500,000 has been raised so far through a share issue as fans rallied around the stricken club.

Ross County battled back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at St Johnstone.

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay put the hosts in front with a neat finish five minutes into the second half at McDiarmid Park, but Liam Craig diverted Iain Vigurs' shot into his own net 20 minutes from time to share the points.

Meanwhile in the Third Division, Rangers move well clear at the top of the table after a 6-2 demolition of East Stirlingshire.

Lee McCulloch scored twice - both from the penalty spot - and Andy Little, Lee Wallace, Kevin Kyle and Kal Naismith all also notched as Ally McCoist's men picked up an easy win.

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