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Friday 20 April 2018

Leigh Griffiths the star as Brendan Rodgers' men hammer Aberdeen in clinical display

Celtic's Tom Rogic celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal
Celtic's Tom Rogic celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal

Celtic rounded off a fine week as they moved top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a convincing 4-1 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Hoops hit-man Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a storming 20-yard shot before striker Adam Rooney levelled in the 33rd minute in a rare Dons attack.

Midfielder James Forrest, however, restored Celtic's lead in the 42nd minute and - with three minutes remaining - Scott Sinclair grabbed the third with a penalty with Dons defender Mark Reynolds sent off for picking up a second yellow card after bringing him down. Midfielder Tom Rogic added the last-gasp fourth for Celtic, who confirmed their progression to the Champions League group stages in midweek.

Tony Watt snatched a 2-1 victory for Hearts at Firhill as he killed off Partick Thistle with a stoppage-time winner.

Jambos right-back Callum Paterson proved his worth to the Tynecastle side as he nodded home the 17th-minute opener, but Liam Lindsay handed the Jags a deserved equaliser when he headed home from Chris Erskine's corner 10 minutes into the second period.

However, just as the match was heading for a draw, there was a cruel blow for the hosts when Watt fired past Tomas Cerny to hand his side a second-straight Premiership triumph.

A stoppage-time winner from Josh Meekings gave Inverness a first league win under Richie Foran.

Meekings bundled over the line in the dying embers of the game to give Caley Thistle a 2-1 win over St Johnstone, who looked like they would snatch a point.

Ross Draper handed Inverness the lead but a long-range effort from Richard Foster pulled the visitors level with 10 minutes to go before Meekings struck from close range.

Dougie Imrie was the hero as Hamilton bagged their first league win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Ross County.

Imrie pounced in the 76th minute to slam the ball into the net following good play by Darian MacKinnon during a goalmouth scramble, for his fourth goal of the season.

Motherwell and Dundee lacked attacking inspiration in a goalless contest at Fir Park.

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