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By ESPN Staff
Nov 26, 2006

SPL: Celtic fightback, Rangers climb to second

GLASGOW, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Celtic fought back from two goals down to snatch a late point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday in their Scottish Premier League tussle.

Rangers climbed to second place with a convincing 3-0 win over Kilmarnock to cut Celtic's lead to 13 points.

Irishman Ivan Sproule crashed a ferocious half volley into the top right from 12 metres to put Hibs ahead in 11 minutes with Celtic struggling to contain them in a fast flowing half.

Hibs skipper Kevin Thomson ended a fabulous run past three players by stabbing the ball through the legs of keeper Artur Boruc for 2-0 in 63 minutes.

But substitute Evander Sno hit back with a low drive from 16 metres following a fine run and cut-back by Kenny Miller in 70 minutes on the left.

Another Celtic sub, Aiden McGeady, hit the equaliser five minutes later with a low shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Rangers took the lead against Kilmarnock in the 22nd minute with Charlie Adam firing a shot into the top left from 16 metres before Kris Boyd hooked in the second five minutes later.

Croatian striker Dado Prso added a third in the 57th minute.

Dundee United beat St Mirren 1-0 in the only other SPL fixture on Sunday with Noel Hunt scoring from a close range header in the 63rd minute.

Yesterday, Darren Mackie struck twice in the last seven minutes to lift Aberdeen to second in the Scottish Premier League with a 3-0 win at Dunfermline Athletic.

Lee Miller broke the deadlock after 50 minutes before Mackie's late double wrapped up victory.

Aberdeen have 28 points from 16 matches. Leaders Celtic, on 40 points, play their game in hand at Hibernian on Sunday.

Third-placed Rangers are also at home to Kilmarnock on Sunday while Dundee United entertain St Mirren.

'We deserved the victory but it was very difficult until we got the second goal,' Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It keeps the pressure on the teams chasing us and sets us up nicely for a great game against Celtic next week."

Motherwell beat Falkirk 4-2 thanks to two penalties from Richie Foran and goals from Scott McDonald and Calum Elliott.

Falkirk had striker Anthony Stokes sent off for a second caution.

Hearts, in fourth position, drew 0-0 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.