Nikica Jelavic scored twice as Rangers tightened their grip on top spot in the SPL with a 2-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road.

32484 - Celtic keep pressure on Rangers

After a poor opening half from both sides, Jelavic broke the deadlock just after the hour mark, scoring from the penalty spot after Lee Wallace was brought down by Michael Hart.

And Jelavic netted his second just eight minutes later, heading home Greg Wylde's cross to seal three points for the champions.

Victor Wanyama's first goal for Celtic took the Hoops back to within four points of leaders Rangers but it took a late and dramatic Fraser Forster penalty save to secure the home win against Hearts.

Anthony Stokes' second-half header which hit the bar was the closest Celtic had come to breaking the deadlock before the Kenyan drove high past Marian Kello in the 72nd minute to apparently ease the pressure on Neil Lennon's men, who had been hitherto unconvincing.

Two minutes from time, though, Wanyama conceded a penalty when he was adjudged by referee Calum Murray to have handled in the box as Celtic defended with some desperation but Forster dived to his left to save Eggert Jonsson's spot-kick.

Omar Daley and Jamie Murphy did the damage as Motherwell consigned Steve Lomas to his first defeat as St Johnstone manager. The Motherwell wide men both converted crosses to put Stuart McCall's men well in command before the half-hour mark.

Murphy then appeared to glance home Daley's strike midway through the second half as Motherwell emphatically opened up a seven-point lead in third place.

A terrific strike from Graham Carey gave St Mirren a share of the spoils against 10-man Aberdeen in a pulsating 2-2 draw at Pittodrie. The Dons looked set to ease to their fourth victory of the season after taking an early 2-0 lead when Scott Vernon netted after only 40 seconds and Rory Fallon's diving header doubled their advantage after 17 minutes.

However, Kenny McLean latched onto a Steven Thompson header to pull a goal back 10 minutes before the break and Carey's wonderful 35-yard free-kick after 52 minutes earned the Buddies a point.

Dundee United completed a barnstorming second-half comeback, led by substitute Johnny Russell, to overcome an Inverness side who finished the game with 10 men. Early goals in either half from Johnny Hayes and Billy McKay put Inverness in front, but United replacement Russell reduced the lead before a Roman Golobart own-goal levelled.

Russell then won the match for the visitors with 12 minutes to go, while David Davis was dismissed for two bookable offences with seven minutes left.