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Summary

  1. Premiership results
  2. Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen (Boyata)
  3. Hearts 4-1 Rangers (Nowak, Walker 2, Cowie; (Hyndman)
  4. Partick Thistle 0-1 St Johnstone (MacLean)
  5. Celtic move 25 points clear at top

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Premiership recap

    So, Celtic extend their lead at the top of the table to 25 points, courtesy of Dedryk Boyata's winner against Aberdeen.

    Ian Cathro hails Hearts' "most complete" display of the season as they thrash Rangers 4-1 at Tynecastle, and St Johnstone secure victory at Partick Thistle courtesy of Steven MacLean's strike.

    Thanks for your company tonight. Highlights of all the games will be available on our site in due course.

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen - read match report 

    Hearts 4-1 Rangers - read match report 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 St Johnstone - read match report 

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Hearts' most complete performance, says Ian Cathro after rout of Rangers

    Hearts head coach Ian Cathro praises the intensity and style of his side's 4-1 win over Rangers.

  3. Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald

    Partick Thistle 0-1 St Johnstone

    "The result’s disappointing. The performance first half was very good, we created a number of chances and worked the goalkeeper.

    "But we switched off, made a horrible mistake for the goal and couldn’t get back in. I'm disappointed we didn’t really get a reaction in the second half.

    "It’s definitely a chance missed. We’ve got to score when we’re on top of games, and take our chances. 

    "We made a number of chances tonight and didn’t take them. It’s been our Achilles heel all season, individually and collectively we’ve missed chances when we’re on top of games and it’s come back to bite us tonight."

    Alan Archibald
    Image caption: "We've got to score when we're on top of games"
  4. St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    Partick Thistle 0-1 St Johnstone

    "I thought we started the game well, made a few bad decisions in the last third, Zander (Clark) made a couple of good saves.

    "We capitalised on a mistake from them and once we got in front, I think we had one chance in the second half, some good opportunities we didn’t make the most of.

    "But it's a great win for us, it's never an easy place to come.

    "It’s great for our players to be competing again this season at the right end of the table. I think everybody waits for the St Johnstone bubble to burst, but we just keep plodding away, picking up results people don’t expect, proving people wrong.

    "The spirit’s unbelievable, the dressing room’s buzzing tonight, and we keep on the coattails of Hearts. But it opens up a 10 or 11-point gap off the ones that were close to us."

    Tommy Wright
    Image caption: "Everybody keeps waiting for the St Johnstone bubble to burst"
  5. 'We gave Aberdeen virtually nothing'

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Radio Scotland: "I am absolutely delighted. We had two days less than Aberdeen to prepare and the first half was tough.  But the players were brilliant. They took on a different tactical concept and we had to wear them down.  

    "In the first half we could have moved the ball quicker and I just asked them at half-time to be a bit tighter and shorten the passes.  I thought we were excellent in the second half. It is not easy what we ask the players to put into games but we virtually gave Aberdeen nothing, which is tremendous credit to the players."

    Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: "We were excellent in the second half"
  6. Celtic goalscorer Dedryk Boyata

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    "I've been through some tough moments and coming back with an injury, and also missing the Euros.

    "Even back after the injury you have to get the fitness back. From there, the team is playing well and then you're trying to get a place in the team.

    "I've been working very hard and now it's paying off. So, I can only be happy with what's happening right now."   

    Celtic goalscorer Dedryk Boyata

    "From the beginning, he [Brendan Rodgers] has told me what he wants me to do and where he wanted me to improve.

    "That's what I've been doing every week. Every time I was improving on one point he'd come over with another point until I got to where he wanted me to get."  

  7. Cathro hails 'most complete' Hearts display

    Hearts 4-1 Rangers

    Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "We for sure had the intensity. Tonight we managed the game well.

    "Across the 90 minutes, it was the most complete we've been. Hearts are worth watching.

    "It's important that right throughout the difficult moments that we've had, I've always known where we were going and I've always known what the football would be like and I'm just pleased tonight that the 17,000 inside Tynecastle were able to see some of that as well.

    "We've had some difficult times, we've had to suffer. Tonight was all of us getting our frustrations out and I'm really, really pleased that everyone's had that opportunity.

    [On Jamie Walker] "Massive talent. I love the way he plays."

    Ian Cathro and Don Cowie
  8. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    "We probably didn't do enough to win the game but, by and large, we're disappointed we haven't got something from it. To lose a goal from a set play is especially disappointing. 

    "The players - their tenacity and organisation and experience - all showed tonight. I don't think Celtic got into any real rhythm; Joe [Lewis] hasn't really had anything to do."   

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
    Image caption: "We probably didn't do enough to win the game"
  9. 'No excuses' from Rangers boss

    Hearts 4-1 Rangers

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton (on BT Sport): "There's no excuses.

    "That's below the levels we've set. At this level, you can't give goals away."

    Mark Warburton
  10. 'It could've been much more'

    Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    Quote Message: No Griffiths, no Dembele, no Rogic and no Armstrong. It's finished 1-0 but to be honest it could've been much more if they had that instinct in the penalty box. Their play was like wingers getting lost coming in off the wing and not sure what to do once they're in the penalty box. "Aberdeen were well organised and their tempo was high but a dreadful goal to lose. from Willie Miller BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller
    Willie MillerBBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller
  11. Cathro delight

    Hearts 4-1 Rangers

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland at Tynecastle

    This was the kind of emphatic performance that will reshape some of the early assessments of Ian Cathro. It was only one victory, but the nature of it tells of a side growing under their new head coach. For Rangers, it was a reminder, again, of their failings.

  12. 'Best performance by a country mile'

    Hearts 4-1 Rangers

    Quote Message: The best Hearts performance of the season by a country mile. Tomorrow's press shouldn't be about Rangers as that wouldn't do Hearts justice. This is Rangers' biggest hammering since they lost at Parkhead. from Alan Preston BBC Sportsound pundit
    Alan PrestonBBC Sportsound pundit
    Don Cowie celebrates his goal against Rangers
    Image caption: Don Cowie was on target as Hearts proved too strong for Rangers
  13. FULL-TIME Partick Thistle 0-1 St Johnstone

    St Johnstone maintain pressure on fourth-placed Hearts in the Scottish Premiership with a hard-fought win at Partick Thistle.  

    St Johnstone celebrate Steven MacLean's strike
  14. FULL-TIME Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

    Celtic make it 18 straight league victories and 28 games undefeated.

  15. FULL-TIME Hearts 4-1 Rangers

    It doesn't get much better than that for Hearts.

    Their second win of the season over Rangers and they move to within eight points of the second-placed side and are now six off Aberdeen.

    Jamie Walker grabbed two as the visitors were torn apart at Tynecastle.

    Jamie Walker celebrates
    Image caption: Walker scored Hearts' second and fourth goals