By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juninho scored his first goal for Celtic in their 3-0 win over Hearts.Juninho scored his first goal for Celtic in their 3-0 win over Hearts.
The Bhoys extended their lead at the top of The SPL to eight points, although Rangers can restore the status quo on Sunday, with a comfortable display at Parkhead.
Martin O'Neill's charges were made to wait until the 41st-minute to take the lead, with Henri Camara the man in the right place.
Brazilian schemer Juninho made the points safe with a strike shortly before the hour and Welsh forward John Hartson put some gloss on the scoreline with a late third.
Aberdeen leapt into third place with a 3-1 win over lodgers Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
What would normally be an away trip, saw The Dons take the field at their own Pittodrie and their home knowledge reaped dividends as they nicked the points.
A brace from Derek Adams, the second a penalty, and a late spot kick from Darren Mackie were enough for Aberdeen to see off Caley who found the scoresheet through Roy McBain.
Dundee United continue to struggle and goals by Garry O'Connor and Steven Fletcher condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Hibernian.
Livingston put a bit of daylight between themselves and the basement places with a 2-0 win over Dunfermline.
A Scott Wilson own goal and an effort from Robert Snodgrass were enough for Livi to take the points.
Dundee came from a goal down to beat Kilmarnock 3-1.
Kris Boyd fired Killie ahead on five minutes, but Dundee rallied and goals by Steven Robb, John Sutton and Iain Anderson handed them the points.