By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts handed Rangers the initiative in the SPL title race as they beat Celtic 2-0.Hearts handed Rangers the initiative in the SPL title race as they claimed a 2-0 win at Celtic on Saturday.
The Bhoys came into the game with a two-point advantage, but their hopes of tightening their grip on the title race were undone by two early goals from Hearts.
Lee Miller and former Celtic striker Mark Burchill did the damage and the capital club survived a Celtic onslaught to claim the spoils.
Rangers travel to Motherwell on Sunday and can reclaim the lead with a three-point haul.
A Steve Lovell penalty on 63 minutes against Kilmarnock secured a vital three points for Dundee as they battle to avoid the drop.
Hibernian cemented their spot in third place with a battling 3-2 win over basement boys Dundee United.
United twice pegged Hibs back, as goals from Jim McIntyre and Jason Scotland cancelled out strikes from Dean Shiels and Gary O'Connor, but they were undone by a last-minute strike from Gary Smith.
Noel Whelan's effort on 39 minutes handed Aberdeen a 1-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Livingston and Dunfermline played out a 1-1 draw, with Noel Hunt's strike on 79 minutes cancelling out an effort from Hassan Kachloul barely 60 seconds earlier.