Giakoumakis keeps Celtic on rise while Hearts go top despite draw with Dundee

Georgios Giakoumakis’s first Celtic goal in his first start helped the Hoops to a comfortable 2-0 Premiership win over St Johnstone at Parkhead.

In the 35th minute of his fourth appearance since signing from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in August, for a reported fee of £2.5m, the Greece striker confidently converted an Anthony Ralston cross from close range. Celtic kept pushing in the second half and returning full-back Josip Juranovic added a second from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining as Ange Postecoglou’s side extended their winning run to four games in all competitions.

Hearts went top of the Premiership but it was the Dundee fans who were celebrating at Tynecastle after Jason Cummings headed a late equaliser. John Souttar curled home an impressive 20-yard effort to put Hearts ahead at half-time but they could not really build on their lead, although they hit the frame of the goal for a second time after the interval. The hosts kept Leigh Griffiths quiet but it was another former Hibernian striker that did the damage in the 1-1 draw in the 83rd minute. Cummings, a former Hearts youth player, glanced home from close range after meeting Cammy Kerr’s long throw and the visitors held on.

Hearts went top on goal difference but Rangers now have the chance to go three points clear when they play St Mirren in Paisley on Sunday.

Dundee United made it three Premiership wins in a row with a narrow 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Tannadice. The home side opened the scoring in the first half through defender Ryan Edwards, with Motherwell equalising after the break thanks to a Tony Watt penalty. However, United secured all three points as Charlie Mulgrew notched what proved to be the winning goal.

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The result leaves United in third place in the table but on the same amount of points as both league leaders Hearts and Rangers in second. The game kicked off late at 3.15 after the Motherwell team bus was delayed due to a traffic accident.


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