By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic will top The SPL at Christmas after getting the better of Dundee United.Celtic players guaranteed they will sit down on Christmas Day as SPL leaders after getting the better of Dundee United on Saturday.
The Bhoys' win over Dundee United takes them four points clear of Glasgow rivals Rangers who do not play until Sunday.
Chris Sutton has been a key player for Martin O'Neill this term and his goal on 18 minutes secured the three points for the SPL leaders.
Aberdeen's hopes of challenging the Old Firm in the New Year were dealt a hammer blow as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Dundee - Neil Barrett the scorer on 57 minutes.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are finding their feet after a sticky start to life in The SPL and they put further ground between themselves and the bottom clubs with a 2-1 win at Motherwell.
Richard Hart and Graham Bayne had Caley in control before the break, but they had to hold on for dear life as David Clarkson handed Well a lifeline with 25 minutes remaining.
A last minute goal from Derek Riordan handed Hibernian a 2-1 win over Dunfermline.
The game seemed set to end all square after Andrew Tod's goal on 68 minutes for The Pars had cancelled out an earlier strike from Stephen Glass, but the visitors had not counted on Riordan popping up in injury time.