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SPFL Premiership Roundup: St Mirren bottom despite draw, Celtic slip up again

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Hamilton Accies moved off the bottom of the SPFL Premiership table after a much-needed 1-0 win over ten-man Kilmarnock. A Ross Callachan penalty was enough to secure victory.

Kilmarnock won against Ross County two weeks ago despite a red card, but there weren’t any heroics this time around. Both teams had their fair share of chances, but the extra man paid dividends for Accies as they moved above Ross County and St Mirren in the Premiership table.

Livingston took full advantage of a weakened Dundee United side as they scored twice to no response at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

United were missing nine players as well as their entire management staff, but players coming into the side would have hoped to turn this ordeal into a positive one during their chance to impress.

Instead, David Martindale won his second consecutive game as caretaker boss at Livingston, with goals from Scott Pittman and Marvin Bartley boosting his chances of securing the job on a full-time basis.

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson was left furious after his side lost by three goals to Hibernian. Martin Boyle opened the scoring with half an hour remaining, before Christian Doidge and Stephen McGinn scored late on to round up a win which temporarily moves Hibs up to third in the table.

Robinson, however, has asked for an apology from referee Andrew Dallas after he ruled out a Bevis Mugabi effort which would have put the Steelmen 1-0 up going into half-time.

St Mirren fought hard for a point against Aberdeen in Paisley, but it wasn’t enough to stop them slipping to the foot of the league table.

Johnny Hayes put the Dons in front eight minutes before the break, but a Jamie McGrath penalty levelled things up just seven minutes later.

Lewis Ferguson was shown a second yellow card on 51 minutes, but despite St Mirren’s best efforts they weren’t able to find a winner. With twelve shots on target compared to Aberdeen’s two, however, manager Jim Goodwin will take plenty of positives from the game.

Sunday’s early kick-off brought yet more misery for Celtic, who needed a late equaliser to salvage a point at home to St Johnstone.

Christopher Kane’s goal ten minutes from time threatened to heap yet more pressure on Hoops boss Neil Lennon, but even Mohamed Elyounoussi’s strike will do little to help the Northern Irishman’s situation.

Celtic are now 13 points from the top of the table and are just two clear of third place, although they have played two games less than the sides in these positions. If their current form is anything to go by, however, securing these six points will be far from a formality.

Rangers, on the other hand, showed no sign of slowing up their title charge as they romped to a 4-0 win against struggling Ross County.

Kemar Roofe opened the scoring, with James Tavernier doubling his side’s lead in the 56th minute. A Callum Morris own goal added to County’s misery, before Jermaine Defoe struck late on as Rangers recorded yet another clean sheet in the Premiership.

The Staggies have now gone eight league games without a win and could slip to 12th place in the table if St Mirren win their game in hand.

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