By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
SPL leaders Celtic threw away a two-goal lead as Dundee United claimed a 3-3 draw.SPL leaders Celtic threw away a two-goal lead as Dundee United claimed a 3-3 draw at Parkhead, while Hearts claimed bragging rights in the Edinburgh derby.
The Bhoys were ahead early on through John Hartson (9), but former Celtic man David Fernandez (pictured) levelled just before the break.
Polish ace Maciej Zurawski (49) soon restored the lead, before Stillian Petrov - fresh from penning a new contract - fired Celtic into a 3-1 lead.
Lee Miller gave The Terrors hope with his goal eight minutes from time and the draw was sealed when Fernandez (86) grabbed his second.
Hearts dominated proceedings at Tynecastle with a 4-1 victory over Hibernian.
The game was over as a contest at half time as Hearts were three goals to the good thanks to Paul Hartley (27 & 44 pen) and Rudi Skacel (41) - while Hibs' plight was made even worse when Gary Smith was dismissed just before the break.
Calum Elliot (50) made it four for Hearts and although Garry O'Connor pulled a consolation back just before the hour - it was far too little for Tony Mowbray's men.
The win means Hearts have closed the gap on Celtic to eight points.
Livingston are two points adrift at the bottom after they lost at home to Falkirk and second from bottom Dunfermline drew with Motherwell.
There was one goal at Almondvale and it came from Stephen O'Donnell after 35 minutes. Livi were reduced to ten men late on when Paul Dalglish was sent off.
Dunfermline had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Motherwell after taking the lead just 11 minutes in through Darren Young.
Jim Hamilton rescued a point for Terry Butcher's outfit with his goal on 52 minutes.
The final game of the day saw Aberdeen and Kilmarnock play out a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie.
Barry Nicholson (10) put The Dons ahead only for Steven Naismith to level (31 pen). The home side then went ahead through Russell Anderson (74), but Aberdeen could not hang on as David Lilley (85) pounced.