By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Strike duo John Hartson and Chris Sutton fired Celtic to a 2-1 win over Livingston.Strike duo John Hartson and Chris Sutton fired Celtic to a 2-1 win over Livingston.
With Glasgow rivals Rangers failing to beat Dundee United on Saturday, Celtic took the opportunity to open up a three-point lead at the head of The SPL with a gritty win over Livi.
Hartson is well known for his prowess in the air and he proved the point on 15 minutes to head home an Alan Thompson cross.
Celtic continued to dominate but they were shocked on 39 minutes when the visitors hit the target against the run of play.
The Bhoys failed to clear their lines and Jim Hamilton took advantage to send Livi in level at the interval.
Celtic stormed out after the break and, after Aidan McGeady had gone close with a free kick and Hartson just failed with a header, Sutton slammed home from the penalty spot after Hamilton had handled in the area.
Livi threw men forward in search of a leveller but were kept at bay by Celtic who now hold an advantage over Rangers at the SPL summit.
The spoils were shared in the Edinburgh derby, as Hearts came away from Hibernian with a 1-1 draw.
Derek Riordan has been in fine goalscoring form all season and he put Hibs ahead on 24 minutes, but Hearts fought back after the break and levelled the match through Paul Hartley.
Riordan netted his 13th goal of the campaign when pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the area and firing a shot past Craig Gordon.
Hibs had a real chance to double their advantage but Gary O'Connor blazed over the bar and they were made to pay moments later when Hartley drew Hearts level.
Robbie Neilson and Graham Weir combined on 55 minutes to tee up Hartley and he made no mistake from close range to secure Hearts a share of the spoils.