From an eight-goal show at Tynecastle, Rangers loanee Josh McPake’s red card on his league debut and Covid wipeouts, the Scottish Championship was certainly full of talking points over the weekend.
The second tier of SPFL football was back for the first time since March over Friday and Saturday as the ball got rolling on the shortened 27-game season.
Here’s our quick round-up of the weekend’s action.
Hearts 6-2 Dundee
Tynecastle played host to the opening Championship match, and possibly, one of the best games of the term already. Eight goals were scored under the Gorgie lights as Robbie Neilson’s side put down a title marker.
They had four goals to their name by half-time, two of the six scored by left-back Stephen Kingsley in superb fashion. For Dundee meanwhile it was a harsh opening day lesson, the only bright spot being Charlie Adam’s terrific solo goal on his Dee debut.
Hearts certainly laid down the gauntlet to the chasing pack as they took their first steps towards a Championship crown they are expected to collect.
Ayr United 2-1 Queen of the South
Mark Kerr’s side achieved victory on their return to Championship action. They faced a Queen of the South side depleted by Covid-19 issues after Allan Johnston and his backroom staff had to miss out after positive tests amongst them.
Ayr started quick and got two goals inside 20 minutes through Michael Miller. Despite the best efforts of nearby Ayr fans to put him off, Stephen Dobbie got one back from the spot but it wasn’t enough for the Palmerston side.
Dunfermline 3-1 Inverness CT
Dunfermline have been flying in the League Cup, winning all three of their opening group matches. They continued that form into Championship competition with a strong performance against Inverness.
Nikolay Todorov had put the Highlanders in front but goals from Euan Murray, Ryan Dow and Declan McManus sealed three points for Stevie Crawford.
Greenock Morton 1-o Alloa Athletic
This wasn’t the most eye-catching game of football you’ll ever witness but it was a big one nonetheless for Morton. They won 1-0 with 10 men, a Cameron Salkeld goal after 10 minutes sealing things despite Rangers loanee McPake seeing red.
It was a controversial red for the Rangers starlet, earning a second yellow for what the ref deemed to be a dive. David Hopkin’s side picked up the points regardless but it leaves the Ton without a key man away to Dundee on Saturday.
Raith Rovers 3-0 Arbroath
John McGlynn’s men returned to the Championship following their League One title win last season with an impressive three-goal haul against Dick Campbell’s side.
They clinically finished the job inside the first 45 minutes, Danny Armstrong, Reghan Tumilty and Regan Hendry all finding a route to goal.