12 Apr 2009

Rangers close gap with Celtic

3:17 pm on 12 April 2009

Two goals from Kris Boyd helped Rangers move to within one point of the Scottish football Premiership leaders Celtic with a 3-1 win over Motherwell at Ibrox.

Buoyed by the news their Old Firm rivals had been held to a 1-1 draw away to Hearts in the early kick-off, Rangers came out the traps flying and were 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes.

At Tynecastle, Celtic took the lead after just 30 seconds when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink fired in a shot from the edge of the box. Bruno Aguiar's superb free-kick from 35 metres levelled matters 13 minutes before half-time but despite late pressure Csaba Lazlo's side couldn't find a winner.

A Kevin Kyle hat-trick secured a 3-0 win and three vital points for Kilmarnock against bottom-placed club Falkirk in their relegation battle at Rugby Park. Aberdeen scored late on to defeat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 while Dundee United defeated Hamilton 1-0.