Scottish Premiership round-up: Rangers leave it late but Hibernian draw blank
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 05/05/18 6:51pm
Rangers capitalised on the Steven Gerrard feel-good factor as they struck late to grab a crucial 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.
The former Liverpool and England skipper was confirmed as the new Gers boss on Friday after signing a four-year deal.
He was not there to see Steve Clarke's men frustrate the Ibrox faithful for long periods but the Gers support - so despondent after last week's record 5-0 Old Firm hammering - were cheering again as David Bates grabbed the late winner as they closed to within a point of second-placed rivals Aberdeen.
Jamie Maclaren's missed penalty cost Hibernian the chance to move up the table as they drew a blank away at the Dons.
The two sides are in direct competition for second place, but it was Aberdeen who emerged the more content after a 0-0 draw at Pittodrie.
Visiting Hibs had the two best chances, and it was Maclaren who spurned both of them with a miss from the spot and a wasted header, meaning Neil Lennon's side remain three points adrift of the Dons, who are now just one point clear of Rangers.
Steven MacLean rounded off his St Johnstone career in style with a 25-minute hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park.
The 35-year-old produced a masterclass in penalty-box play in his 203rd and final game for Saints before a summer move to Hearts.
MacLean will sit out Tuesday's game on Hamilton's artificial surface because of long-standing knee problems and is suspended for the final match of the campaign, but he ensured Saints have a real chance of claiming a seventh-placed finish.
Dundee all but secured their Premiership status following a 1-0 win over fellow relegation battlers Hamilton at Dens Park.
The home side had the best of the first half and deserved the lead given to them by left-back Kevin Holt's 18th-minute drive.
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