Celtic's Sunday task after Saturday afternoon Scottish Premiership results

By John McGinley

March 4, 2023

Celtic will be playing to maintain a nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday lunchtime after results across the country this afternoon.

The Bhoys take on St Mirren away from home at 12pm tomorrow, in a live Sky Sports clash, hoping to continue incredible unbeaten domestic form.

But what went down in this afternoon’s matches and where does it leave the table?

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Hearts, Hibs and Rangers win but Ross County hit trouble

Robbie Neilson’s Hearts team will go into the upcoming double-header against Celtic in confident mood after thrashing St Johnstone 3-0 at Tynecastle this afternoon. Josh Ginnelly scored a double to send the Jam Tarts on their way before Jorge Grant rounded off the scoring.

Hibs continued their turnaround this season with a strong away win against Livingston, despite going a goal behind early on. Elie Youan inspired the comeback with a nine-minute double before Stephane Omeonga suffered an own goal and the away side struck again late into injury time to leave David Martindale’s with a 4-1 defeat.

Rangers, having now played a game more than Celtic, are six points behind the champions after predictably taking care of Kilmarnock at Ibrox. Connor Goldson, Fashion Sakala were both on the scoresheet in the first half, with James Tavernier continuing his penalty scoring. Kilmarnock pulled one back in the second half but the match ended 3-1, despite some contentious VAR decisions.

Ross County meanwhile were further sucked into relegation bother after suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Motherwell. It gives hope to bottom side Dundee United, who can start to dig themselves out of trouble with a win over Aberdeen in a 6pm kick-off at Tannadice this evening.

Celtic will stay focused on themselves

Although fans naturally look around the league to see how teams are doing, Ange Postecoglou will be keeping Celtic focused on their own game and results.

The Bhoys have just 12 games remaining in the top flight and know a win away from home tomorrow is another small step towards defending their title.

And while the team have been unbeaten domestically since September, St Mirren were the last Scottish team to beat us and it came on their own patch.

Since then, Postecoglou’s side have overcome some injury concerns and found consistency in team selections and results – even against the Buddies. The signs are good they’ll get the job done tomorrow.

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