By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers moved back to within a point of Celtic at the summit of The SPL.Rangers moved back to within a point of Celtic at the summit of The SPL with a 4-1 win over Motherwell.
Alex McLeish was looking for his side to respond to Celtic's win on Boxing Day and they did exactly that, with Nacho Novo the catalyst to the victory.
Novo netted twice in the opening 15 minutes, with the first coming following a flowing move and the second arriving after Fernando Ricksen and Shota Arveladze combined to tee up the Spaniard.
Jim Paterson and Richie Foran went close for Well before the break, but they did level four minutes after the interval when Scott McDonald curled a fine effort beyond Stefan Klos.
The Gers' two-goal cushion was restored on 53 minutes when Novo turned creator as he delivered the ball perfectly for Arveladze to sweep home.
Steven Thompson is looking to impress McLeish in order to win a new deal and he did his cause no harm when netting Rangers' fourth late on to emphasise their superiority over Well.
Aberdeen surrendered their spot in third after being held to a 0-0 draw by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Hibernian took advantage of The Dons' failure to beat their lodgers, as they hammered Dundee United 4-1.
The Arabs went in front on eight minutes through Jason Scotland, but they were stunned by the manner of Hibernian's response.
Derek O'Riordan and Gary O'Connor had Hibs in control at the break and Alen Orman and Sam Morrow reinforced their position with goals after the interval.
Dundee United's loss saw them tumble to the foot of the table, as Livingston climbed above them after taking a point from their trip to Dunfermline.
Kilmarnock climbed further away from the bottom clubs with a 3-1 win over Dundee who remain in deep trouble.
Danny Invincible, Simon Ford and Kris Boyd did the damage for Killie, with Dundee's consolation coming from John Sutton.