By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic maintained their lead at the top of the SPL with a narrow 1-0 win at Falkirk.
Celtic maintained their lead at the top of The SPL with a narrow 1-0 win at Falkirk.
Aiden McGeady's late goal proved to be enough to give Celtic their fifth successive SPL victory.
Falkirk more than matched Celtic for the whole game and went close to scoring on 35 minutes when Pedro Moutinho saw his close-range header kept out by Artur Boruc.
Kenny Miller was unlucky not to break the deadlock three minutes later when he smacked a left-footed shot off the crossbar.
Falkirk defended well in the second half, restricting Celtic to few clear cut chances and they almost caught The Bhoys out just before the hour mark when Anthony Stokes raced clear on goal, but Gary Caldwell got back to block his shot with a last-ditch lunge.
Celtic grabbed the winner six minutes from time when substitute Shaun Maloney picked out McGeady inside the box and the tricky winger drove his shot into the bottom corner past Scott Higgins.
Hearts remain three points behind Celtic after a 4-0 win over Dundee United at Tynecastle.
An unfortunate own goal from Alan Archibald gifted Hearts the lead on the half hour and Juho Makela doubled the lead six minutes before half time.
Paul Hartley added a third from the penalty spot a minute from time and there was still time left for youngster Jamie Mole to add a fourth for Hearts.
Rangers left it late to beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Ibrox.
Filip Sebo grabbed the winner for Paul Le Guen's men two minutes from time to prevent them falling even further behind in the title race.