From St Mirren making inroads in their survival bid to Motherwell’s goal controversy, the Scottish Premiership once again proved it is the league that never rests, as more drama unfolded this weekend.
Here are five things we learned from the weekend’s action in Scottish football.
St Mirren gain ground on their rivals
After last week’s draw at Aberdeen, St Mirren had something to build on going into another tricky fixture against Hearts at Tynecastle. They executed their game plan brilliantly, gaining another crucial away point against a top six side.
It shows that Oran Kearney’s men are not quite dead and buried yet. The team have plenty of fight about them, which will be pivotal for them in the next couple of weeks.
If St Mirren can turn draws into defeats now, they could make a late push for the great escape. With Hamilton and Dundee losing this weekend, it brings the Buddies a point closer to safety, something which seemed like a lost cause only a few weeks ago.
James Scott make himself known
Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson gave 18 year old James Scott a baptism of fire on Sunday, giving him his first Premiership start at Parkhead against Celtic. He didn’t half make himself known around the place, with Scott playing a major factor in Motherwell’s controversial consolation.
After Ryan Christie had went off injured, Richard Tait threw the ball towards Scott Bain in the Celtic goal. Scott seized his chance and instead ran onto the ball whilst everyone was up the park, missing his initial shot before Gboly Ariyibi converted it into an almost empty net.
It was terrible sportsmanship from Scott, who perhaps got caught up in the moment of the big day. He will be a well known name amongst Celtic fans now, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Hibernian made it two wins from two under new boss Paul Heckingbottom, but there has been one key man for Hibs in the past couple of weeks. Deadline day signing Mark McNulty looks to have finally given the Hibs supporters a striker they can rely on.
The Reading forward scored a double and bagged an assist against Dundee at Dens Park. He’s got four goals and two assists from his last four outings, and looks set to become the main man in Hibs’ top six push.
Craig Levein makes a massive call
After goalkeeper Colin Doyle’s disastrous error led to Motherwell gaining all three points at Fir Park last week, Hearts boss Craig Levein made a huge call against St Mirren. He dropped the Irishmen to the bench and called upon Zdenek Zlamal to take over between the sticks.
It didn’t really affect the outcome of the game, with Zlamal left helpless for St Mirren’s only goal at Tynecastle. What it will affect is Doyle’s confidence and relationship with Levein. It’ll be interesting to see Hearts’ next lineup, and whether this was just a punishment for Doyle’s costly error.
Partick take a body blow
In the Championship, there was big results at the bottom, and they weren’t kind to Partick Thistle. Having been two goals up against league leaders Ross County, the Jags threw away their lead and handed County a 4-2 win at Firhill.
Relegation rivals Alloa and Falkirk managed to pick up points this weekend. Those results leave Thistle rooted to the bottom again.
After a good run of form for the Jags, this is a major setback. Time will tell whether they can recover from it.