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7 games coming up starting with 1 on Wednesday 24th February, 4 on Saturday 27th and 2 on Wednesday 3rd of March.

The Sheep play at the midden again, will they for once give up a fight?
Once again the Buddies have 2 home games on the bounce, can they secure a top 6 place?
Important games for Hamilton and Kilmarnock in the fight against relegation.
Rangers away to Livingston on the 3rd of March.
 
Predictions in for Wednesday 24th February 17h45.

Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers

A reminder of the standings after week 29

Dug              098
Bastion         093
Boro Boy      089
Mak             087
Hairy           087
SP                075
Winston      059

And to help you in your predictions the SPL table after week 29

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

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Results for week 30 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members Wednesday 24th February     St Mirren                                                     18:            

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Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell...................1

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen....................1
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell...................1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United.............2
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County..................1

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone.................2
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers........................2

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Wednesday 24th February

St Mirren              18:00         Motherwell 1

Saturday 27th February

Celtic                   15:00         Aberdeen 1

Hibernian            15:00         Motherwell 1

Kilmarnock        15:00          Dundee United x

St Mirren             15:00         Ross County x

Wednesday 3rd March

Hamilton            18:00          St Johnstone 2

Livingston          18:00          Rangers 2

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Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell           X

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen              1
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell            1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United      2
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County          X

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone        X
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers                2

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Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell...................1

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen....................X
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell...................1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United.............2
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County..................1

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone.................2
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers........................2

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On 23/02/2021 at 12:27, Harold said:

Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell...................1

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen....................1
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell...................1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United.............1
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County..................1

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone.................1
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers........................2

 

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Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell...................1

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen....................1
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell...................1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United.............2
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County..................x

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone.................2
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers........................2

 

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Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                  18:00                                 Motherwell...................1

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                       15:00                                 Aberdeen....................1
    Hibernian                                                15:00                                 Motherwell...................1
    Kilmarnock                                             15:00                                 Dundee United.............2
    St Mirren                                                 15:00                                Ross County..................x

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                             18:00                                St Johnstone.................2
    Livingston                                               18:00                                 Rangers........................2

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Results for week 30 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members

Wednesday 24th February

    St Mirren                                                     18:                                   Motherwell                                X

Saturday 27th February

    Celtic                                                          15:00                              Aberdeen                                     1
    Hibernian                                                    15:00                              Motherwell                                  2
    Kilmarnock                                                 15:00                              Dundee United                            X
    St Mirren                                                    15:00                              Ross County                                1

Wednesday 3rd March

    Hamilton Academical                               18:00                                St Johnstone                             X
    Livingston                                                 18:00                                Rangers                                      2

Results of week 30 by participants

SP 2 out of 7
Dug 3 out of 7
Bastion 3 out of 7
Hairy 3 out of 7  
Mak 3 out of 7
Boro Boy 2 out of 7
Winston 4 out of 7

The standings after week 30

Dug               101
Bastion         096
Boro Boy      091
Mak              090
Hairy            090
SP                077
Winston       063

Dug over the 100 points mark and still 5 points in the lead above Bastion, BB still in 3rd place, Mak and Hairy still neck and neck, Winston 14 points behind SP.

Rangers 4 points from glory and a 55th league title, the Buddies finally win at home after their 6th home game in a row, the Sheep once again lie down to the tims at the giro dome and the Steelmen come away with all 3 points from Easter Road.

A few afters

Full time Buddies Motherwell 0 - 0

Tony Watt's honesty led to Motherwell being denied a penalty as they had to settle for a draw with St Mirren, suggests manager Graham Alexander.

Devante Cole hit a post for Motherwell, but it was a Scottish Premiership tussle of few chances as both sides cancelled each other out.

Alexander, though, questioned why Watt was not awarded a spot kick after a first-half challenge in the box.
"The communication we've had is, if he goes down, it's a penalty," he said.
"It was a foul, but he's got to go down. But, if it's a foul, it's a foul. Tony's an honest guy, perhaps too honest.
"We don't encouraging cheating or diving, but he was certainly clipped and you could see the response of the home bench - they knew they had got away with one."

Motherwell's point increased the gap between themselves and bottom of the table Hamilton Academical to five points, albeit having played a game more.

It is sixth-placed St Mirren's fourth consecutive draw and their fifth outing without a win.

It was a first half to forget in Paisley. Joe Shaughnessy's weak header at Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly seconds before half-time was the only effort on target.
Before that, Shaughnessy headed a free-kick wide and, at the other end, Barry Maguire had a shot deflected past a post, but they were the only highlights of a game devoid of quality.

There was improvement after the break an,d within the first minute, there had been more action than in the previous 45.
St Mirren's Ilkay Durmus volleyed a cross towards the bottom right-hand corner and Kelly brilliantly palmed it wide.
Then Allan Campbell drove into the box and won a corner by forcing St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick into a save - then the same player ended a neat passing move by firing over.

Motherwell were having the better of it. Cole had a near post shot saved before Robbie Crawford and Jordan Roberts sent efforts over.
Cole came closest to piercing the deadlock when he flicked his heels at a corner kick and directed it towards goal, but it bounced back off the inside of a post.

As the rain pelted down late on, the visitors continued to be the more likely to find a winner, but St Mirren almost had the final say when substitute Kyle McAllister cut inside and Jake Carroll had to get his head in the way to divert wide.

Man of the match - Allan Campbell

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Motherwell midfielder Allan Campbell helped breath life into the game and linked up well with frontman Tony Watt.

What did they say?

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"I'm disappointed. It was a really scrappy game, both teams defended really well, but I thought the game lacked quality in the final third.
"We rode our luck in the second half with the one that comes off the post, but there wasn't really any clear-cut chances for either team."

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"I'm content with the point but thought we did things where we could have got the three points.
"I was delighted with the players' response to two difficult results previously."

What's next?

St Mirren are at home to Ross County on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while at the same time Motherwell visit Hibernian.


Full time tims Sheep 1 - 0 no match report


Full time Hibs Motherwell 0 - 2

Graham Alexander says Motherwell need to play "with a point to prove" after they left Easter Road with all three points.
Jordan Roberts and Devante Cole scored against Hibernian to take Well eight points clear of bottom side Hamilton Academical.

Alexander's side also have a seven-point cushion over Kilmarnock in the relegation play-off spot.
"All our players should play with a point to prove," he told BBC Scotland.
"I've got a point prove, our whole club has got a point that we're a good club, we're a good team, we've got good players, good coaches but we've got to prove it every matchday."

The hosts, in third, remain four points clear of Aberdeen but have a game in hand over the Dons.

Martin Boyle's header and Chris Cadden's half-volley were off target as Hibs pressed early on and Motherwell almost went ahead when Tony Watt latched on to a long ball and flashed wide.
Darren McGregor came to Hibs' rescue with a block on Allan Campbell's shot but that only delayed the inevitable with Watt's terrific pass with the outside of his right foot setting Roberts away from Paul Hanlon to finish coolly past Ofir Marciano.

Motherwell were dealt an injury blow when left-back Jake Carroll and Christian Doidge clashed heads with the Irishman replaced by Nathan McGinley.
However, the second half could not have started better for Alexander's side as Watt headed on a throw-in and Roberts slipped a pass to Cole, who finished with style.

Hibs head coach Jack Ross had seen enough and threw on Ryan Porteous, Alex Gogic and Kevin Nisbet in place of McGregor, Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Murphy in an attempt to lift the hosts out of their lethargy.
Joe Newell fired into the side netting at a Hibs corner and Jackson Irvine's lovely pass set Doidge through only for Liam Kelly to make the block.

Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher made his return from injury as a replacement for Watt and made a mess of a clearance that gave Doidge another chance, Kelly again excelling with the save.

Alexander was sent to the stand by referee Alan Muir in stoppage time - the manager's second red card in four games.

Man of the match - Jordan Roberts

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Roberts impressed with the opening goal and an assist for the second.

What did they say?

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
"Frustrating afternoon for us. They're incredibly soft goals. At key moments, we probably miss chances that could enable us to get back in the game.
"Our reaction to the concession of the second goal was very good. We performed like a team in the second half that was still desperate to win it."

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
"It's a brilliant three points for us. They were prepared to put everything into winning a game of football.
"They didn't let each other down, they fought for each other on every inch of the pitch and we deserved to win a game of football against a very good opponent away from home."

What's next?

Hibernian are away to St Johnstone next Saturday (15:00 GMT), when Motherwell are at home to Livingston.


Full time Killie D Utd 1- 1

Kilmarnock still have "a lot of work to do", says manager Tommy Wright as they scored their first goal in 571 minutes to end an eight-game losing streak with a draw at home to Dundee United.
Adrian Sporle's deflected shot gave the visitors a half-time lead.
But Kilmarnock, who dominated proceedings throughout, eventually got their reward as Zech Medley tapped in.

"To be on the front foot against a side pushing for the top six shows how good we can be." said Wright.
"Out of my four games we've had four really good performances. But we've only got one point."

Kilmarnock nudge away from bottom club Hamilton but remain in the relegation play-off spot, while Dundee United hold on to seventh, but are now four adrift of St Mirren in the hunt for a top-six place.

Kyle Lafferty was involved throughout this match, the new Kilmarnock forward driving his team on. He had the first chance of note, a brilliant curling effort which failed to dip under the crossbar with Benjamin Siegrest scrambling.

United, though, delivered the sucker punch almost immediately. Ian Harkes stole the ball from Medley in the Kilmarnock half, fed Sporle and his shot looked unlikely to trouble Colin Doyle before taking a deflection off Kirk Broadfoot.

The home side were not swayed as they continued to apply pressure and create a number of chances. Siegrest was forced into a fantastic double save; blocking a Lafferty free-kick before reacting quickly to deny Mitch Pinnock.

In the second half Siegrest was again called into action as he kept out efforts from Greg Kiltie, Pinnock and Medley. However, the latter eventually made the breakthrough on 64 minutes, slamming home the equaliser through a crowded box at the back post.

Wright's men had all the momentum and thought they had grabbed a quick second, only for Lafferty's high finish to be ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper.

For Dundee United, they rarely threatened when producing another all too familiar performance with little attacking intent.

Lawrence Shankland cut a frustrated figure throughout with his only real opportunity of note coming at the end of the game where he could have done better when through on goal.

Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

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The nomadic striker marked his first start with an all action, swashbuckling performance.

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
"It's a point closer to where we want to be. The players gave everything and I think they showed a lot of character in the game when you consider they go one nil down to come back and get back in the game and we ultimately should have gone on to win it."

Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
"Before we came here we knew it would be a tough game but to score the first goal and get into half time you'd expect to be able to dog that out. We know that there are areas that we need to get better at, we invited the pressure onto ourselves. But then on the flip side of that we've probably had the better chances in the game to win it."

What's next?

Kilmarnock travel to Dingwall for a huge relegation battle against Ross County on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Dundee Utd welcome Celtic to Tannadice on Sunday (12:00).


Full time Buddies Ross County 1 - 0

Collin Quaner should be punished if he is found to have cheated to earn the decisive penalty in St Mirren's win over Ross County, says Jim Goodwin.

The German forward was labelled a diver by Ross County boss John Hughes after going down under a challenge from Leo Hjelde late in the game.

Jamie McGrath converted the spot-kick to put Saints on course to finish in the Scottish Premiership top six.
"It was minimal contact," said St Mirren manager Goodwin.
Goodwin, who earlier this month called for divers to be named and shamed, told BBC Scotland: "If there is any indication that our player has dived, I'll be the first person to tell him it's not acceptable.
"There's far too many players getting far too many soft penalties out there. If my player is the one to get the book thrown at him then so be it. I don't think it's simulation, I think there's contact, but is it enough to go over - I don't know."

St Mirren were heading for their fifth draw in a row when Irish midfielder McGrath's spot-kick ensured the hosts are now four points clear of seventh-placed Dundee United, and one behind fifth-placed Livingston.

County, who hit the woodwork twice, remain in 10th.
And bottom-of-the-table Hamilton have a game in hand over John Hughes' strugglers, who were unable to build on last week's win over Celtic.

St Mirren dominated the first half, and it took a fine Ross Laidlaw save to deny Conor McCarthy's point-blank header from breaking the deadlock.
They had other chances, too, with Dylan Connolly shooting over and Lee Erwin flashing a shot wide. It was a fine first 45 minutes from Jim Goodwin's side and all that was missing was the goal.
But St Mirren captain Joe Shaughnessy was unable to emerge for the second half after failing to shake-off a head knock.

County boss Hughes made three changes to try and get his side going, and it appeared to work with the Highlanders hitting the woodwork twice in the opening minutes.
Jordan White's point-blank header forced a great save from Jak Alnwick, who pushed it off the bar. As the hosts struggled to get it clear, Stephen Kelly rattled a shot off the same crossbar.

After 10 minutes of County dominance, Goodwin made a triple change of his own to turn the tide.
However, Ross County remained in the ascendency, with Cammy MacPherson having to head Alex Iacovitti's header off the line, and they looked the more likely as the home side were pushed deeper.

But then Quaner skipped into the County box and was tripped by on-loan Celtic defender Hjelde. McGrath dispatched the penalty low into the bottom right-hand corner.

Harry Paton fired over as County tried to rally, but MacPherson nearly made it two only to put his curling effort the wrong side of the post.

Man of the match - Cammy MacPherson

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St Mirren's Cammy MacPherson (left) crucial goal line clearance was pivotal, and he was unlucky not to score late on.

What did they say?

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
"I've not watched the penalty back. I thought Quaner got goal side of the defender but it was minimal contact. But it's a terrible time to be a defender, it's not a stick on stonewaller, but we've had a few dodgy ones given against us so to get a dodgy one for us we're pleased, But I'd rather have won it in other terms."

Ross County manager John Hughes:
"The referee is paid to make these decisions. I know it's a hard job, but this time of year, what's at stake, he's got to get it right. It was never a penalty, it wouldn't even be a free-kick in open play. It's just another sore one we have to take.
"In the second half I thought we created the better chances a little lady luck deserted us."

What's next?

St Mirren next face a trip to Ibrox to play Rangers on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while at the same time Ross County host fellow Premiership strugglers Kilmarnock.


Full time Accies St Johnstone 1 - 1

Hamilton Academical were left "aggrieved" and stuck on the bottom of the Scottish Premiership after Guy Melamed's late goal for St Johnstone denied them a priceless victory.

Ross Callachan's stunning first-half effort looked like lifting Brian Rice's side to 10th place and leaving their visitors' top-six hopes in tatters.
But Israeli striker Melamed struck for the dominant League Cup winners with three minutes remaining - a goal that Rice suspects was offside after seeing video replays.

"I've spoken to the linesman and he said he only had a split second," he said. "We all make mistakes, it might not be offside but I think it is. Once again I feel a little bit aggrieved."

Hamilton remain bottom of the division on goal difference, with a game in hand over Kilmarnock.

St Johnstone, meanwhile, are eighth - five points adrift of sixth-placed St Mirren with two games before the split.

Fresh from their Hampden victory over Livingston on Sunday, St Johnstone dominated the first half and spurned a number of opportunities to take the lead.
Scott Tanser had the best of the openings, his first time volley direct from a corner just flashing wide.
The away side continued to push Hamilton back, with Melamed having three attempts well-saved by Hamilton goalkeeper Ryan Fulton.

The Israeli forward was involved in a lot of St Johnstone's good first-half play, but he and his team-mates lacked the quality of finish required.

And Callum Davidson's side were made to pay for that when Hamilton went ahead. Callachan's effort was right out of the top drawer, his curling effort flashing into the net after Bruce Anderson did well to hold off defenders.

St Johnstone continued to have most of the play in the second half but couldn't find their cutting edge. Their best chance again fell to Melamed, only for Fulton to dive to his right and brilliantly keep out the striker's close-range header.
It began to feel as though it would be a typical late season Accies win as St Johnstone lost their man-of-the-moment Shaun Rooney to injury at the beginning of the second half.

That sense was heightened as Rice's side showed a greater threat on the break, Callachan stealing the ball from Craig Bryson before laying off to David Moyo, whose thunderous shot crashed off the bar.
It would prove costly as absent defending allowed an unmarked Melamed to collect a long ball from Liam Gordon before finishing smartly with the outside of his right foot.

Man of the match - Ross Callachan

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The midfielder's superb strike was good enough to win any game but his team couldn't hold on.

What they said

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
"I'm disappointed to lose the late goal I thought we had defended ever so well. We got near the finishing line but couldn't quite get over it."
"We are confident [we can survive], we've been over the course before, we know what's required. I see a team out there giving everything. It's going to be nip and tuck from now to the end of the season."

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
"Overall it wasn't too bad, first half we were better. When you go one nil down you have to chase the game with discipline I thought we became a little bit ragged trying to force the game and force passes rather than doing what we're good at.
"We play first on Saturday so we can try to give ourselves the best chance [of top six], hopefully we can try to get the result which will give us that chance."

What's next?

Hamilton travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while St Johnstone are at home to Hibernian the same day (15:00 GMT).


Full time Livvy Rangers 0 - 1

Alfredo Morelos' late winner at Livingston moved Rangers to within four points of the Scottish Premiership title - but manager Steven Gerrard was sent off for debating a "bang out of order" refereeing decision.
Gerrard was shown two yellow cards at half-time by John Beaton, who booked Morelos for diving after a challenge by Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek.

But Morelos netted with three minutes left to edge Rangers closer to glory.

"It's a stonewaller," Gerrard said.
"What I can't stand for at this level is three people making the same mistake. They all had clear views of it. I could see it and I'm the furthest away.
"They all got it wrong together - I can't have that. I asked for an explanation and [Beaton] refused to speak to me. You are talking about officials at a top level of the game."

Regardless, the victory for Rangers means Gerrard's men will be crowned champions if they beat St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday and Celtic drop points at Dundee United the following day.

As for Livingston, they remain fifth but still have a game in hand to extend the one-point gap between themselves and sixth-placed St Mirren.

The hosts started in their usual industrious fashion, pouncing on loose balls while preventing Rangers from getting a grip early on, as both Scott Pittman and Gavin Reilly tried their luck with tame efforts.

While Gerrard's side enjoyed the majority of possession as the half wore on, they struggled to create anything of note as Livingston remained disciplined in their defensive shape. In fact, the visitors failed to register a single shot in the opening half hour.
Instead, it was Sunday's defeated League Cup finalists who looked the more threatening as slack defending from Filip Helander resulted in Scott Robinson sliding a ball back to Jason Holt, but the Swede recovered well to block the effort.

The game began to spark into life as Rangers saw their first glimmer of the home goal. Joe Aribo got himself to the bye-line before his attempted cut-back was turned behind by Stryjek, then Helander powered over an outswinging Borna Barisic corner.
It was then the opposing left-back's turn to whip in a dangerous ball of his own, as Jullien Serrano bended in a teasing cross towards Robinson, who failed to get enough on the finish to divert it towards goal.

Then came the drama. Morelos found himself in behind the Livingston backline before knocking the ball past Stryjek. The goalkeeper appeared to catch the striker with an arm, sending him tumbling, but referee Beaton judged the Colombian to have dived and showed him a yellow card.

Scott Arfield then passed up a glorious chance, as a low cross from Ryan Kent took a nick before breaking back towards the midfielder, who rolled a right-footed finish just passed the post.

The Morelos decision clearly riled Gerrard, with his protests to Beaton as the teams went off at the break resulting in two yellow cards for the Rangers manager and a seat in the stand for the second half.

Gerrard was on his feet early in the second half though, as Connor Goldson headed home from a deep free-kick - but his celebrations were cut short as the centre-back was marginally offside.

The hosts still posed a threat as a wicked Josh Mullin ball dropped just short of Robinson but the league leaders continued to press as Morelos again found himself in on goal, this time forcing Stryjek down to his right to save.

Morelos continued to pose the biggest danger and was a constant option in behind the Livingston backline as twice he drilled wide across goal before failing to divert a close-range header on target.

However, the striker would get the goal his performance deserved after 87 minutes, tapping in to spark wild celebrations after Stryjek pushed away a Steven Davis strike.

Man of match - Alfredo Morelos

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Morelos' effort was exceptional as he fought on despite his booking and missed chances before netting the winner.

What did we learn?

No one is learning anything new by saying that this Rangers side are relentless, but their record is quite frankly ridiculous.

Taking 85 points from 93 on offer is a truly staggering return, and factor in 23 clean sheets and nine goals conceded from 31 games to the equation too and we really are watching one of the best top-flight teams Scottish football has seen in modern times.

Morelos also appears to be hitting his best run of the season. He has now been directly involved in 12 goals in his last eight games - scoring six and assisting six.

Livingston came within minutes of holding Rangers to a second goalless draw of the season, but having won 11 of his first 14 games in charge, Martindale is now without victory in five.

The West Lothian club still sit in fifth, which would be a remarkable achievement in Martindale's first season. The Livingston manager has spoken about pushing for fourth but, with just eight games remaining and eight points between themselves and Aberdeen, time is running out.

What they said

Livingston head coach David Martindale:
"We got a wee bit lucky in the first half. I think it was a penalty looking back. We had a few chances in the game ourselves we've got to a wee bit better with.
"Then we lose a goal so late on, I'm gutted for the players because the performance was there tonight. The focus has got to be on Motherwell now."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to RangersTV:
"Never doubt our spirit. The fans epitomise and demand that. It's my job to demand the dressing room gives the fans what they want.
"We haven't done that consistently up until this season, but you have seen this season we have a group of players that'll do everything to make these fans happy. We're super close."

What's next?

Rangers continue their charge towards the Premiership on Saturday (15:00 GMT) as they host St Mirren, while Livingston travel to Motherwell on the same day.

And the SPL table after week 30

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table

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