Scottish Premiership roundup: Aberdeen up to second after Hearts slip up

Scottish Premiership roundup: Aberdeen up to second
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Sports Mole rounds up all of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership.

Hearts have failed to close the gap on league leaders Celtic after a 2-2 draw against strugglers Motherwell, with Aberdeen's 3-1 win against Ross County seeing them rise to second in the Scottish Premiership table.

Motherwell gave up the lead twice as Louis Moult opened the scoring in the second minute. Juanma grabbed an equaliser for Hearts shortly after but Marvin Johnson regained the lead. Osman Sow then scored with 21 minutes remaining to rescue a point.

Aberdeen made the most of Hearts' slip-up but had to come from behind to beat Ross County. Craig Curran gave Ross County a first-half lead but goals in quick succession from Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes secured the points for the Dons. Niall McGinn scored Aberdeen's third with 10 minutes remaining.

Partick Thistle leapfrogged Kilmarnock into ninth after a convincing 5-2 victory. Kris Doolan scored twice within the opening 15 minutes before Josh Magennis hit back. Gary Fraser made it three for Partick in the 52nd minute before Mark Connolly struck Killie's second. A brace from Robbie Muirhead late on completed the scoring.

Dundee United remain firmly at the foot of the table after picking up their 12th loss of the season at home to Hamilton Academical. The Accies had to come from behind though, after Billy McKay opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. Second-half goals from Lucas Tagliapietra and Ziggy Gordon gave Hamilton the win.

Celtic will play Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday afternoon.

Results in full: Aberdeen 3-1 Ross County (0-1), Dundee United 1-2 Hamilton Academical (1-0), Kilmarnock 2-5 Partick Thistle (1-2), Motherwell 2-2 Hearts (1-1)

Lionel Ainsworth of Motherwell vies with Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic at Fir Park on October 17, 2015
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic1310303062433
2Aberdeen138322014627
3Hibernian147432216625
4RangersRangers1373327151224
5Motherwell137152015522
6St Johnstone145361521-618
7Hearts144461318-516
8Hamilton AcademicalHamilton144372124-315
9Ross County144281422-814
10Kilmarnock142661119-812
11Partick Thistle142571223-1111
12Dundee142391325-129
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