Hooper double sparks Celtic

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 20:00 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, with leaders Celtic winning again.

Celtic's two-goal Gary Hooper celebrates
Celtic's two-goal Gary Hooper celebrates

Gary Hooper showed why he is so highly rated by scoring a double in Celtic's 4-1 Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League win over Hearts at Parkhead

Bhoys manager Neil Lennon confirmed on Friday that the Scottish champions had rejected an offer, reported to be in the region of £5million, from Norwich for the 24-year-old English striker.

And Hooper showed why he is attracting attention from south of the border when he slid in an Adam Matthews cross in the second minute for his 19th goal of the season.

Georgios Samaras added a second 10 minutes later but after Jason Holt pulled a goal back in the 68th minute there was a nervy spell for the home side which only ended five minutes from time when Hooper grabbed a third, before substitute Lassad Nouioui, on for Matthews, grabbed a fourth in added time.

Billy McKay's double helped second-placed Inverness cruise to a 3-0 victory against Aberdeen.

Andrew Shinnie opened the scoring for the hosts nine minutes into the second half and McKay wrapped up victory with goals in the 61st and 78th minutes.

Inverness manager Terry Butcher was cheered by the home fans, who showed appreciation for him turning down the chance to move to English Championship side Barnsley earlier this month.

Elsewhere, Dundee United showed no ill effects from news of manager Peter Houston's planned departure as Johnny Russell struck a hat-trick in a 3-2 defeat of Kilmarnock.

Manuel Pascali gave Killie the lead against the run of play but Russell rewarded United's first-half dominance with an excellent finish two minutes before the break.

The goal originated from Keith Watson and Russell headed United in front from the same source before completing his treble two minutes from time to move his side above their opponents in the table.

Pascali headed a second goal coming in the final seconds but there was no time to push for an equaliser.

Ross County moved 12 points clear of danger at the foot of the table with an impressive 4-1 victory over St Mirren.

Richard Brittain fired the visitors ahead with an excellent 25-yard free-kick and the Highland side passed up numerous opportunities to extend their advantage during the first half.

St Mirren were rewarded for a bright start to the second half when Steven Thompson rocketed a shot past Mark Brown from just inside the area, but it was to be the highlight of the afternoon for Danny Lennon's side.

Sam Morrow took advantage on an horrific defensive error by David Barron to restore County's lead and Ivan Sproule marked his debut with a goal four minutes later.

Sproule capped off an excellent display when he tapped home a fourth and a miserable day for St Mirren was completed when Lewis Guy's penalty was saved by Brown in injury time.

Leigh Griffiths' goal earned Hibernian a point as they drew 1-1 against Dundee.

John Baird gave the visitors - 13 points adrift at the foot of the table - an eighth-minute lead at Easter Road.

However Griffiths netted four minutes into the second half to earn Pat Fenlon's men a point.


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