By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leaders Hearts remain three points clear in The SPL after a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.Leaders Hearts remain three points clear in the Scottish Premier League after their 1-0 home win over Kilmarnock.
Edgaras Jankauskas's strike ten minutes before half time gave the managerless Jambos all three points at Tynecastle.
Second place Celtic remained close on the heels of their Edinburgh rivals with a 5-0 thrashing of Motherwell at Parkhead.
Stilian Petrov struck a hat-trick for The Bhoys, while Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura also found the scoreheet for the Old Firm giants.
Hibernian stay in third after a 2-1 success at ten man Dunfermline Athletic.
Following a goalless first half at East End Park, Garry O'Connor gave Hibs the lead three minutes after the break.
The Pars were reduced to ten men when Yannick Zambernardi was sent off for a second bookable offence on 68 minutes.
O'Connor then doubled the visitors' lead on 83 minutes before Dunfermline got a late consolation through Gary Mason.
It proved a bad night for champions Rangers, as they lost ground on Hearts after a surprise 2-2 draw at bottom club Livingston.
Barry Ferguson gave The Gers a half time lead before Chris Burke made it two on 54 minutes.
Livi, however, salvaged a valuable point when Robert Snodgrass made it 2-1 on 56 minutes before striking the all-important equaliser on 64 minutes.
The result at Almondvale is sure to pile more pressure on Gers boss Alex McLeish, with the Ibrox club 11 points off the SPL summit.
Finally, Falkirk continue to settle into life in The SPL after a convincing 3-0 win at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Steven Thomson gave The Bairns a half time lead before Darryl Duffy doubled their advantage midway through the second half.
Pedro Moutinho sealed a fine win in the Scottish Highlands with a third goal in injury time.