Scottish Premier: Celtic snatch last-gasp winner
GLASGOW, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Celtic came from a goal down to snatch a late winner in their top-of-the-table clash with Hearts on Saturday, thanks to a blunder by Scotland keeper Craig Gordon.
Gordon tried to parry a scrambled shot from defender Stephen McManus in stoppage time but instead bundled it over the line for a 2-1 win which allowed Celtic to move 13 points clear in the Scottish Premier League (SPL).
Manager Gordon Strachan was delighted his side had recovered from their 3-0 beating by Benfica on Wednesday in the Champions League Group F.
'It was an emotional game,' he told the BBC. 'We thought if we won two out of three then it would be a good win for us, so it is. We will grow with that, remember it is a young, young side.'
Hearts took the lead with Lithuanian Andrius Velicka driving at the defence and surging into the box to slot a 72nd-minute shot under Polish keeper Artur Boruc.
Celtic's Czech Republic defender Jiri Jarosik headed in a corner by Shunsuke Nakamura for the leveller in 86 minutes then McManus set up the winner after another corner by the Japanese midfielder.
Falkirk won 3-0 at Dunfermline with a second successive hat-trick by on-loan Arsenal forward Anthony Stokes. He scored a treble in last weekend's 5-0 win over Dundee United.
Hibernian were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Kilmarnock in new manager John Collins's first match in charge.
Motherwell drew 0-0 at home to St Mirren with Saints' John Sutton missing a penalty.
Celtic top the SPL standings with 34 points from 13 games with Hearts in second place on 21. Third-placed Rangers are at Dundee United on Sunday in Craig Levein's first match in charge since replacing Craig Brewster at Tannadice.