Champions Celtic held by County

  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 17:44 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership, as champions Celtic were held to a home draw by Ross County.

  • Celtic celebrate their title success following Saturday's draw
  • Niall McGinn rescued a point for Aberdeen 

Celtic's belated Scottish Premiership title-winning celebrations fell flat as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ross County at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon's side had clinched their third successive title with a 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night and were looking to put on a show for their supporters, but the home crowd were silenced in the 15th minute when Dutch striker Melvin de Leeuw fired the visitors ahead.

Position Player Score
1 Celtic 85
2 Aberdeen 59
3 Motherwell 57
4 Dundee Utd 54
5 Inverness 49
6 St J'stone 45
7 Hibernian 34
8 Kilmarnock 33
9 Ross Co 31
10 Partick 30
11 St Mirren 28
12 Hearts -9

Kris Commons equalised from close range in the 34th minute with his 28th goal of the season and both sides hit the woodwork after the break before settling for a point which better suited the resolute visitors, who are battling to remain out of the relegation play-off spot.

Niall McGinn scored his first goal in 17 games to earn Aberdeen a 1-1 draw against Dundee United in the race for second place.

The Northern Ireland winger struck seven minutes after the interval to cancel out an early strike from his international colleague Paul Paton as the match finished 1-1.

A cracking Craig Slater goal five minutes into injury-time gave Kilmarnock a precious 2-1 win at Motherwell to steer them further away from the relegation play-off spot.

Until the late decider it looked as though both teams would have to settle for a point from an evenly contested and entertaining match.

A first-half goal from Iain Vigurs should have set 'Well up for a win to enhance their chase for a Europa League spot but Rory McKenzie's second half equaliser brought the Rugby park side level and set up a grandstand finish.

Inverness and St Mirren missed out on the opportunity to close the gap on the teams above them with a 2-2 draw at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The visitors took a third-minute lead through Jason Naismith, but goals by Ross Draper in the 16th minute and Greg Tansey 19 minutes later turned the match in the favour of Inverness before the interval.

After the break, Sean Kelly brought St Mirren level just past the hour mark and the Buddies looked to have been handed the initiative when Josh Meekings saw red with 23 minutes still remaining - but the hosts held on.

Team Score Team
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee Utd
Motherwell 1 - 2 Kilmarnock
St J'stone 1 - 1 Partick
Inverness 2 - 2 St Mirren
Celtic 1 - 1 Ross Co

Kris Doolan's 90th-minute strike rescued a deserved 1-1 draw for Partick at St Johnstone just as it appeared their efforts would go unrewarded.

The second-half substitute struck with time running out after the Jags had dominated for most of the match but trailed to Stevie May's early opener.

Doolan's goal was his first in the last 15 matches and denied St Johnstone a third successive victory but was no more than they merited for a lively display that only lacked a better cutting edge.

May's eighth-minute breakthrough was his 23rd of the campaign and came after he had been rested in midweek for the win over St Mirren.


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