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Steven Davis grabbed a goal of his own and set up the other two as Rangers restored their 10-point lead at the summit of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over bottom side Falkirk.

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The midfielder set the ball rolling at Ibrox with his second goal in three days, before teeing up shots for both John Fleck and Steven Whittaker.

The pressure was on for the Scottish champions to secure maximum points following Celtic's victory at Hamilton earlier in the day, but the result ensured Falkirk remain rooted to the foot of the SPL.

Earlier, Morten Rasmussen scored his first Celtic goal in a 1-0 victory over Hamilton at New Douglas Park.

The former Brondby striker had only been on the park for three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Georgios Samaras when he turned and hooked the ball past Tomas Cerny from close range.

The visitors were far from their best in a scrappy game and missed a late penalty when Cerny saved from Marc-Antoine Fortune. But the most important thing for Tony Mowbray and the nervy Celtic support was that three points were claimed.

Kilmarnock ended their five-game barren spell, but Jimmy Calderwood is still searching for his first three points after Jon Daly's penalty tied an eight-goal thriller against Dundee United. Goals from Kevin Kyle, Manuel Pascali and Craig Bryson turned the game on its head but the hosts led for just three minutes before Daly completed the scoring midway through the second half.

Calderwood would have been encouraged by the spirit on show as his side fought back from Craig Conway's double, which came after Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford had levelled Prince Buaben's opener.

Jim Jefferies' first match in charge of Hearts for almost a decade proved a huge anti-climax as St Johnstone cruised to three points at McDiarmid Park.

Kenny Deuchar's first SPL goal for almost two years was enough to beat a side whose only shot on target came from substitute Gordon Smith in stoppage time, the game ending with Jambos captain Michael Stewart having to be restrained leaving the field.

Motherwell scored three times against Aberdeen without reply to earn their third win in four games. Craig Brown's men were worthy winners at a snowy Pittodrie and never looked back after John Sutton's opener after 29 minutes.

Lukas Jutkiewicz nodded home a second five minutes after the break before Sutton struck again three minutes later. The toothless Dons rarely troubled the Well rearguard who kept their fourth successive clean sheet in the league.

In a tale of two own-goals, Hibernian ran out 2-1 winners over St Mirren. Jack Ross put through his own net with seconds to go to give Hibs the win after Souleymane Bamba had given St Mirren the lead with one of his own.

Liam Miller equalised, before Ross' last-gasp mistake cost his side dearly.


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