Scottish Premier League Roundup, Feb. 20

Robbie Keane gave Celtic a 1-0 win over Dundee United to cut SPL

leaders Rangers’ lead to seven points ahead of next Sunday’s Old

Firm derby.

The Irishman raced on to a throughball from Diomansy Kamara

in the 21st minute to slot the ball past Tannadice keeper Dusan

Pernis.

Rangers now have a game in hand ahead of next weekend’s Old

Firm clash after their lunchtime game at St Johnstone was called

off due to a frozen pitch.

Jamie Murphy’s late goal for Motherwell consigned 10-man

Hibernian to their third consecutive defeat and boosted the home

side’s European hopes as they claimed a 1-0 victory.

The Scotland Under-21 striker side-footed home in the 82nd

minute to break Hibernian’s resilient response to Liam Miller’s

32nd-minute dismissal.

Motherwell dominated even before Miller was shown a straight

red card for a late tackle on Jim O’Brien, but they struggled to

create clear chances until good forward play from John Sutton set

up Murphy.

Billy Mehmet’s wonderful late equaliser at Rugby Park ended

St Mirren’s dismal run of results as the 1-1 outcome denied

Kilmarnock a club record of four consecutive victories in the

league.

Chris Maguire’s first half poacher’s goal after Paul

Gallacher had spilled Craig Bryson’s modest shot looked to have

continued Kilmarnock’s superb recent form under new manager Jimmy

Calderwood.

But Mehmet struck in the 82nd minute with a glorious volley

from 14 yards out to give Gus MacPherson’s side hope that they can

kick-start their league campaign.

Steven Pressley claimed his first win in management as

rock-bottom Falkirk came from behind to beat Aberdeen 3-1.

A Charlie Mulgrew free-kick handed the Dons a fifth-minute

lead but the Bairns dominated the remaining 85, scoring through

Pedro Moutinho, captain Darren Barr and Enoch Showunmi to close to

within a point of safety.