By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic easily defeated struggling Livingston 4-2 in the SPL on Sunday.Celtic recovered from their midweek UEFA Champions League disappointment to defeat struggling Livingston 4-2 at Almondvale.
The Bhoys needed a boost after their 3-0 setback to Shakhtar Dontetsk in Ukraine and Martin O'Neill's side ran out to a four-goal lead before The Livi Lions made things interesting with a Burton O'Brien brace.
Stilian Petrov finished off a fine five-man move after just two minutes when John Hartson (pictured) and Chris Sutton combined to send the Bulgarian through before he struck his shot past Livingston goalkeeper Roddy McKenzie.
Henri Camara then doubled Celtic's advantage just before the quarter hour mark after a mistake by Livingston's Emmanuel Dorado saw Hartson play his strike partner through before the Senegalese star side-footed the ball past McKenzie to make it 2-0.
Camara then took advantage of more slack Livingston defending five minutes later when he latched onto a long ball downfield before finding Hartson in the box and the Wales hit-man easily made it 3-0.
Just after the half hour mark, Sutton made it four after Hartson back-heeled a pass to the former Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea striker before Sutton struck his shot under McKenzie's body and into the net.
It was not until just before the break that Livingston replied through O'Brien before he scored his second goal eight minutes after half time after shooting through a number of players and past a diving David Marshall in the Celtic goal.
The visitors, however, held on for the victory to remain at the top of the Scottish Premier League while Livingston stay in the bottom half of the table.
Rangers lost ground on their Old Firm rivals after being held to a surprise 1-1 home draw by struggling Dundee United at Ibrox.
The Gers dominated the first half but failed to make dividends by the break and Alex McLeish's side needed until the 69th minute to take the lead.
Gregory Vignal found Nacho Novo and the Spaniard turned Dundee United's Alan Archibald before firing high into the net from 20 yards out.
However, Ian McCall's side scored a vital and unexpected equaliser in the dying stages when Barry Robson's free kick from 20 yards out beat Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos to give the Tayside club an important away draw.
Hearts took the bragging rights in the Edinburgh derby after a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Hibernian at Tynecastle.
The Jambos - fresh from a 3-0 Uefa Cup defeat to Dutch giants Feyenoord on Thursday - saw midfielder Patrick Kisnorbo hand the home side the lead with a powerful volley from 16 yards out after Hibs goalkeeper Simon Brown failed to properly clear the danger.
Hearts then doubled their lead with less than a quarter hour remaining, as Joe Hamill tucked away substitute Ramon Pereira's byline cutback from the right for 2-0.
The visitors would make it interesting in the dying stages when Derek Riordan sublimely volleyed David Murphy's cross home for 2-1, but it was not enough in the end.
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