Narrow victory for Celtic
A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership.
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Anthony Stokes' 87th-minute free-kick gave Celtic a 1-0 victory over Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership's early game at Tannadice.
The game looked to be drifting towards a draw when the Irishman was brought down by United defenders Stuart Armstrong and Keith Watson at the edge of the box.
Stokes, who had set up James Forrest for the Champions League clincher in the 3-0 win against Shakhter Karagandy at Parkhead on Wednesday night, picked himself up and curled the free-kick over the wall and past Radoslaw Cierzniak, with the ball going in off the post.
The only downside was the injury to defender Mikael Lustig, who was carried off on a stretcher early in the second half after appearing to fall awkwardly following a hefty challenge by United defender Gavin Gunning.
Inverness re-established their three-point lead at the top later in the afternoon with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hearts.
Two first-half goals from Billy McKay, who later spurned a chance to claim his hat-trick when he missed from the penalty spot, were sufficient enough to overcome a Hearts side that finished with 10 men when Jamie Hamill saw red.
John Sutton scored a second successive winner as Motherwell came from behind against Kilmarnock to move into third with a 2-1 victory.
Sutton netted from close range with the last kick of the first half after a blunder by Killie centre-back Jackson Irvine.
A headed own goal by Stephen McManus had given the visitors a 17th-minute lead, but the unmarked Henri Anier levelled three minutes later.
Motherwell were never entirely comfortable after the break and Kris Boyd came close several times before Killie were boosted by the sending-off of Simon Ramsden in the 87th minute.
However, Lee Hollis made two excellent late saves to deny the Ayrshire side their third point of the season.
Aberdeen had the better chances but could not find a way through in the 0-0 draw against St Johnstone at Pittodrie.
Niall McGinn struck the crossbar and also had a shot saved brilliantly by veteran Saints goalkeeper Steve Banks.
The result means St Johnstone stayed a point above their opponents in the early league standings.
Partick Thistle heaped yet more pressure on under-fire St Mirren boss Danny Lennon as they won 2-1 to hand him his fourth defeat from five games this season.
The Buddies looked set to collect their first three points of the season after Kenny McLean had given them a early second-half lead.
But Kallum Higginbotham and Ross Forbes struck twice in the final 10 minutes to ensure Lennon was treated to another round of boos from the furious Paisley public at the final whistle.
Hibernian remain winless against Ross County after playing out an underwhelming 0-0 draw against the men from Dingwall at Easter Road.
The Hibees have now played County six times, spanning four years, and have yet to register a victory.
They saw their best chance come and go in the first half, when James Collins headed against the post, but Derek Adams' County will consider themselves unlucky not to have claimed three points as they also struck the woodwork through Mihael Kovacevic, while Rocco Quinn and Graham Carey passed up golden opportunities for the visitors.