Suspensions, red cards, and subsequent sackings. The rollercoaster of Scottish football took another dramatic turn this weekend.
Some staved off relegation fears, while others lost ground at the top. Here are five things we learned from the weekend’s action.
Hibs soldier on
With Neil Lennon’s suspension on Friday night, the Easter Road camp, and all of Scottish football, were taken by surprise. Come Sunday afternoon though, all eyes were on the pitch, as Hibs looked to secure a much needed three points.
After a rocky first half, the Hibee’s came firing back in the second half. Three goals from Oliver Shaw, Darren McGregor and Stephen Mallan saw Hibs cruise to a 3-1 victory over St Mirren.
When the heat was on, the Easter Road side were cool under pressure, and it’s vital they continue to deliver on the pitch during this period of uncertainty.
Canning is down and out
After another gutless performance from Hamilton on Saturday, the Accies board and Martin Canning agreed to part ways.
It seems harsh for him to be given his marching orders after a game at Parkhead, but this was coming way before then. Accies are a torrid watch, and change was needed to give the club a lift for the upcoming relegation battle.
Aberdeen and Kilmarnock lose ground
In what was the tie of the weekend. Aberdeen and Kilmarnock played out a rather dull stalemate at Pittodrie, in which the only real talking point was Kris Boyd’s controversial sending off.
This result helps neither side, with both teams looking to mount a credible title challenge. With this result, all the Dons and Killie have done is allow Celtic to open up a bigger gap at the top, with a game in hand. Neither team will be happy with the outcome of this match.
Motherwell on the up
A third consecutive league victory was secured by Motherwell at the weekend, defeating Dundee for the 6th time in a row.
The result almost guarantees that the Steelmen won’t have to worry about the drop this season. They now sit 14 points above 11th, and it’s unlikely Dundee or St Mirren will do 14 points better than the Steelmen between now and May.
Livingston wobble continues
No goals in their last four competitive games signal that a lack of confidence may be creeping up on the newly promoted Lions.
Throughout the season they have been tenacious and driven, but Sunday’s performance against Rangers was anything but. Gary Holt’s men looked flat and dejected, as they failed to create any real opportunities against Rangers.
It’s a must win game for the Lions at Fir Park against an in-form Motherwell side next weekend.