SPL round-up

Smith's men move to the summit, while Butcher continues to enjoy life

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Smith: One point clear at the top

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Rangers moved to the top of the SPL, Terry Butcher remained unbeaten at Inverness, while Aberdeen stretched their unbeaten home record to nine games.

With Celtic - who sat two points clear ahead of Saturday's kick-offs - playing against Motherwell on Sunday, Old Firm rivals Rangers took full advantage with victory over Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

Walter Smith's side are now one point clear of their Glasgow foes in the battle for SPL glory.

Inverness manager Butcher remains unbeaten since taking over in January as his side downed Hibernian, while fifth-placed Aberdeen extended their unbeaten Pittodrie form to nine games with a draw against fourth-placed Dundee United.

Aberdeen 2 Dundee United 2

Aberdeen have now failed to suffer defeat in nine games following a 2-2 home draw with Dundee United.

The visitors took the lead through an 11th minute Francisco Sandaza penalty as Aberdeen were shocked early on.

The Dons, though, were level immediately after the half-time interval as Scott Severin hit the back of the net.

A David Robertson goal 11 minutes after the break saw United retake the lead, but Alexander Diamond netted on 72 minutes to restore parity.

Falkirk 1 Hamilton 2

Falkirk remain one-point above bottom spot following a 2-1 home defeat to Hamilton.

A seventh minute Chris Swailes own goal handed Falkirk the lead, but Hamilton were back on level terms 10 minutes later courtesy of Simon Mensing.

Paul McGowan then gave the visitors the lead with 14 minutes of the match remaining and Falkirk could not respond.

Hearts 1 St Mirren 0

A last minute Andy Dorman goal earned St Mirren a 1-1 draw at third-placed Hearts.

After a goalless first half, Eggert Jonsson gave Hearts the lead in the 78th minute, but Dorman struck in the dying seconds to grab a point a Tynecastle.

Inverness CT 2 Hibernian 0

Rock-bottom Inverness remain unbeaten under the management of Butcher following a 2-0 victory over Hibernian at the Caledonian Stadium.

David Proctor put the home side in front after a quarter of an hour and Richie Foran then doubled Inverness' advantage on 65 minutes.

Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers moved one point clear at the top of the SPL as Walter Smith's side came from a goal behind to defeat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Ibrox.

Smith's men were left reeling when Killie took a shock lead through Jamie Hammill on 17 minutes.

But Kris Boyd (29) restored parity before Kenny Miller hit the target twice (33 and 35) - with all three goals in a blistering six-minute spell.

Miller was then denied his hat-trick in the second half by an impressive block from Combe, who did well to prevent the point-blank shot hitting the back of the net.

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