By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers are top of the SPL after beating Hearts while Celtic drew at Dundee.Rangers have gone top of the Scottish Premier League for the first time this season after a 3-2 victory over Hearts at Ibrox.
A second half brace from Nacho Novo (pictured) helped The Gers take the three points and go a point clear of rivals Celtic, who had to settle for a 2-2 draw at struggling Dundee on Sunday.
It was The Jambos, who were buoyed by their Uefa Cup win at Swiss side Basel on Thursday, who took the lead on the quarter hour mark from the penalty spot.
Jean-Alain Boumsong was fortunate not to receive a red card from referee Dougie McDonald after bringing down Mark de Vries in the box, with the Frenchman only receiving a booking for his indiscretion.
Paul Hartley stepped up to put his spot kick past Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos to give the Edinburgh club the lead.
Alex McLeish's side, however, drew level just before the break when Jamie McAllister put into his own goal after trying to stop Fernando Ricksen from getting on the end of a Peter Lovenkrands pass at the far post.
The Gers then took the lead 11 minutes after half time when Novo latched onto a Zura Khizanishvili pass and beat his markers for pace before striking a measured finish past Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
Hearts, however, pulled level ten minutes later when de Vries got in front of his marker before lofting Joe Hamill's pass past Klos for 2-2.
But Rangers secured the points with nine minutes remaining, as Novo headed home Stephen Hughes's cross in the box for a 3-2 win.
Celtic, meanwhile, missed the chance to build on their midweek draw in Barcelona after a 2-2 draw at Dundee.
The Bhoys were hoping to put their SPL campaign back on track after last week's defeat to Rangers while The Dark Blues were looking for their first home win over Celtic since 1988.
The visitors had plenty of chances to score in the first half at Dens Park, but it was the struggling Taysiders who had the lead at the break.
Steve Lovell ran onto Mark Fotheringham's through ball before dispatching his shot past Celtic goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and into the bottom corner.
The home side then had excellent chances just after the break to increase their lead through Fotheringham and Alexander Cerderia, but Celtic pulled level on 53 minutes.
Henri Camara knocked home John Hartson's follow up strike after Dundee goalkeeper Derek Soutar saved Stilian Petrov's initial shot.
Martin O'Neill's side then took the lead nine minutes later when an unmarked Aidan McGeady was given time to play a ball across the face of Dundee's goal for Hartson to convert and make it 2-1.
Dundee, however, earned a share of the spoils when they pulled level with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Bobo Balde and Hedman failed to deal with substitute Garry Brady's ball forward and Lovell was on hand to lob his second goal into the back of the net.
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