Scottish Premiership round-up: Celtic and Rangers win in contrasting styles
Celtic and Rangers emerged with contrasting emotions despite both recording wins in week six of the cinch Premiership.
There were also wins for St Mirren, Hibernian and Aberdeen while Dundee and Kilmarnock shared the spoils at Dens Park.
Here are five things we learned from the weekend’s action.
Celtic get ‘monumental’ win
Brendan Rodgers called Celtic’s 3-0 victory at Livingston “monumental” after the champions built on their one-goal lead despite having Joe Hart sent off.
Celtic again showed a good response to adversity four days after picking up two red cards in a 2-0 defeat by Feyenoord.
Rodgers said: “Livingston is a notoriously hard place to come anyway, never mind with 10 men, so to play with that mentality was very good.”
Dons kick-start their season
Aberdeen had been experiencing their worst start to a campaign for almost a quarter of a century but they picked up their first win of the campaign at the sixth time of asking, and did so in emphatic fashion.
A 4-0 win over Ross County set the Dons up for a Viaplay Cup quarter-final in Dingwall on Wednesday.
The Saints go marching on
St Mirren are still only two points off the top after beating Hearts 1-0 in Paisley.
And it could have been more after they had three goals disallowed, two of them in controversial fashion.
Manager Stephen Robinson said: “I’ll let the fans enjoy it, let them dream and I’ll keep within the realism.”
Montgomery shows his intent
New Hibernian head coach Nick Montgomery made history in his first match at Easter Road by making Rory Whittaker the club’s youngest player at only 16 years and 44 days.
Whittaker was a ball boy for Hibs earlier in the season but he came off the bench in a 2-0 win over St Johnstone that continued Montgomery’s unbeaten start to life in Scotland since his move from Central Coast Mariners.
Rangers take a step back
That was the analysis of manager Michael Beale despite a third win and clean sheet in eight days.
Beale was unimpressed by his side’s performance in a 1-0 win over Motherwell, days after being left delighted by the same scoreline against Real Betis.
The goal came courtesy of a deflection off Cyriel Dessers and Motherwell had a number of chances to maintain their seven-month unbeaten Premiership run on the road.
Beale admitted: “We got away with one.”