Scottish PL Roundup, Dec. 30

Kris Boyd scored five times as Rangers thrashed Dundee United 7-1

to go seven points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League

on Wednesday.

Rangers can build an even stronger lead by beating Celtic in

the Old Firm derby on Sunday.

The breakthrough came in the 20th minute when referee William

Collum awarded a penalty after Darren Dods shoved Kenny Miller in

the box.

Boyd sent the spot kick low into the net and he was on target

again five minutes later after being fed by Steven Davis’ short

free kick.

Boyd’s third came in the 29th after stabbing home from

Miller’s cross.

While Damian Casalinuovo pulled one back for the Ibrox

visitors immediately after the break, there was no way back for

them.

Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra both scored either side

of another two from Boyd.

The only sour point of the night for Rangers was a red card

for Miller which rules him out of the Celtic match.