posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 01:59 PM
Rangers emerged victorious from the Ibrox battleground after first-half goals from Nacho Novo and Dado Prso decided a brutal and controversial Old
Celtic ended the game with nine men following red cards for Alan Thompson and then Chris Sutton on a day when any number of other players could also
have gone. It was Rangers manager Alex McLeish's second Old Firm victory in 10 days, with the first having ended a seven-derby losing streak. More
importantly it narrowed Celtic's lead at the top to just a point to set up a battle royal in the coming months with a repeat of the last-day dead heat
of two years ago now a possibility.
Richard Foster scored after just 32 seconds to help third-placed Aberdeen to a 2-0 win and heap the pressure on bottom club Livingston. The Aberdeen
man opened the scoring early on against a poor Livi side before Darren Mackie sealed the points in the 22nd minute.
A Richie Foran penalty allowed Motherwell to take all three points against Hearts at Tynecastle. Foran grabbed the only goal of the game from the spot
after Martyn Corrigan had been tripped in the box by Alan Maybury - the challenge earning the Hearts player a red card. The defeat proved to be a
disappointing home debut for new Hearts head coach John Robertson.
Dunfermline cruised to their biggest League win of the season with a 4-1 win over Kilmarnock at East End Park. Goals by Barry Nicholson and Billy
Mehmet had fired the home side into a 2-0 half-time lead over the lacklustre Ayrshire side. A Scott Wilson header after the break put the Pars in an
unassailable position before Killie substitute Gary Wales pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time. However, on the final whistle, Craig Brewster made
it 4-1 with an unstoppable volley from 10 yards out.
Goals from Guillaume Beuzelin, Derek Riordan, Alen Orman and Dean Shiels lifted Hibernian to fourth place as they ran out 4-1 winners at Dundee. The
Edinburgh side dominated from the start and were two-up at the break after Beuzelin and Riordan's strikes. Dundee did momentarily halve the deficit
through Steve Lovell, but Orman pounced to put the game beyond their reach before Shiels compounded their misery in the final minutes.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's home clash with Dundee United was postponed after the frozen pitch was deemed unplayable.