Scottish Premiership roundup: Motherwell, Celtic in emphatic draw

Tim Clancy of Motherwell during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell on September 10, 2011
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Motherwell secure an emphatic 3-3 draw against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in today's early kickoff at Fir Park.

Motherwell have secured an emphatic 3-3 draw against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in today's early kickoff at Fir Park.

The Hoops fell two goals behind at Fir Park Stadium earlier today thanks to strikes from John Sutton and Zaine Francis-Angol, before drawing level through Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras just short of the hour mark.

Leigh Griffiths looked to have won it late on for the champions, but John Sutton struck in the closing stages to ensure that the points were shared.

St Johnstone have defeated Dundee United 2-0 in today's clash at McDiarmid Park.

A first-half goal by Steven Anderson saw the home side break the deadlock, before Stevie May struck in the 76th minute to secure the victory in the dress rehearsal for Scottish Cup Final.

Hearts have defeated Ross County 2-0 at Tynecastle, the league's bottom side breaking the deadlock courtesy of Jamie Hamill's penalty in the 65th minute.

Things were made difficult for the home side, however, when the same player was sent off five minutes later after a second yellow card, but they doubled their lead through Dale Carrick in injury time.

Kilmarnock have gone down 2-1 at home against Partick Thistle, with Vitalijs Maksimenko opening the lead for the home side in the 54th minute, before Kallum Higginbotham equalised just three minutes later.

The Jags secured all three points with five minutes to go when Aaron Taylor-Sinclair nodded the ball in at the near post.

Elsewhere, St Mirren saw off Hibernian 2-0, the home side scoring the day's quickest goal in just 37 seconds thanks to Kenny McLean's strike, before the scorer turned provider for his side's second goal, assisting Paul McGowan in the 14th minute.

The Buddies hung on for the win despite having Jim Goodwin sent off on the half-hour mark.

Results in full: Motherwell 3-3 Celtic, Hearts 2-0 Ross County, Kilmarnock 1-2 Partick Thistle, St Johnstone 2-0 Dundee United, St Mirren 2-0 Hibernian

Ryan Stevenson of Hearts in action during a pre season friendly match between Dunfermline Athletic and Hearts at East End Park on July 13, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic33007169
2St Johnstone33007259
3Aberdeen33006249
4Hamilton AcademicalHamilton32016336
5Hibernian32017616
6RangersRangers31114404
7Hearts311124-24
8Motherwell310246-23
9Ross County310235-23
10Kilmarnock300315-40
11Partick Thistle300315-40
12Dundee300327-50