posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 11:48 AM
Barry Ferguson returned to Ibrox in style as he helped Rangers to a 3-0 victory over Hibernian to mark his homecoming after his return from Blackburn.
The result was enough to take Rangers to the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League, at least until Celtic play at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on
Sunday. Dado Prso supplied two of the goals either side of the interval before Thomas Buffel grabbed the third in the 61st minute.
Hearts exorcised the ghosts of last week when they cruised to a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock at Tynecastle. The same two teams battled for a place in the
quarter-finals of the Tennent's Scottish Cup at the same venue seven days ago when Killie grabbed a last-gasp leveller to force next week's replay.
This time around there was never any real doubt about the scoreline when goals from Saulius Mikoliunas and Lee Miller, as well as an own goal from
James Fowler, secured all three points.
A late strike by Dunfermline substitute Simon Donnelly earned then a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at East End Park. Fifers' striker Billy Mehmet fired
the home side ahead in the 53rd minute only to see Dons' defender Alexander Diamond pop up to slam home the equaliser from close range 20 minutes
later. But, with seven minutes left, Donnelly latched on to a Lee Makel pass to find the net from close range at the second attempt.
A brace from Steve Lovell handed Dundee a 2-1 victory over Motherwell and put eight points between the Dens Park side and bottom club Livingston. They
came back from losing a goal to Scott McDonald in the first half, demonstrating their steely character. Lovell, who was the subject of transfer window
attention from Hibs, Plymouth and Aberdeen, hit his eighth and ninth goals of the season to give the Dark Blues a decent advantage in the battle for
Meanwhile Dundee United moved five points clear of Livingston after a hard-fought 2-0 win in their relegation six-pointer at Almondvale. Scotland
striker Stevie Crawford set United on their way in the 13th minute when he coolly opened the scoring, while James Grady added a second five minutes
before the break. The result eases the pressure on under-fire Tannadice manager Ian McCall after weeks of speculation over his future.