Scottish Premier League round-up

Commons brace fires Hoops

March 5, 2011
By ESPN staff

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was forced to watch from the stands as his side extended their lead at the top of the SPL after grinding out a 2-0 win against bottom side Hamilton Academical.

Kris Commons
PA PhotosKris Commons celebrates his goal for Celtic

Lennon, who was slapped with a four-game ban for his part in the ill-tempered Old Firm clash at Celtic Park on Wednesday, saw his side overcome a slow start to move eight points clear of rivals Rangers, albeit with three games in hand over the Gers, who play St Mirren on Sunday.

Kris Commons scored both goals for the Hoops, who broke the deadlock shortly before half-time: Scott Brown teeing up the former Derby striker who fired a fierce strike from 25 yards past keeper Tomas Cerny.

And he was handed his second on a plate, when Hamilton defender David Elebert rolled a pass into the path of Commons, who curled it neatly into the net.

In the battle of third and fourth, Kilmarnock closed the gap on Hearts with an impressive 2-0 win at Tynecastle.

Two goals in six minutes decided the outcome of the match, with a superb solo effort from David Silva, before Alexei Eremenko sealed the win, slotting the ball home after a superbly-worked one-two with William Gros.

However, Eremenko was sent for an early bath after being shown a straight red for a scrap with Marius Zaliukas, who was cautioned for his troubles.

Inverness moved up to sixth after an impressive 3-0 win over Motherwell. Shane Sutherland scored his first goal for Inverness after 18 minutes, curling a left-footed strike past Darren Randolph after cutting in from the right wing.

It remained 1-0 for the best part of 50 minutes, but Richie Foran popped up to sink his former club before substitute Alex MacDonald scored with his first touch of the game to seal an impressive win for Terry Butcher's men.

David Wotherspoon salvaged a point for Hibernian, who continued their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at home to St Johnstone. Wotherspoon scrambled the ball home in the 80th minute to cancel out team-mate Richie Towell's own-goal.