By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Skipper Craig Gordon was again left out of Hearts' 1-0 win over Inverness.
Hearts had substitute Michal Pospisil to thank for a victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle - but Craig Gordon's omission from the matchday squad provided the real talking point.
Pospisil came off the bench with eight minutes remaining to head in Andrew Driver's cross with his first touch and earn all three points.
Gordon (pictured) was surprisingly not even included on the Hearts bench, despite the Scotland number one being reassured by new national team boss Alex McLeish this week that his international place is not in doubt.
Steve Banks took Gordon's place in goal as head coach Valdas Ivanauskas made a number of changes to his starting line-up which resulted in a disjointed performance by the hosts.
And the home fans had to wait for the introduction of Pospisil eight minutes from time to grab the points with the Czech forward nodding in Driver's penetrating cross with his first touch.
Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Bank of Scotland Premier League to 22 points over Rangers with a 1-0 home win against Hibernian.
The visitors arguably shaded an open first-half but a Craig Beattie header nine minutes after the interval gave the Hoops all three points.
To add to the visitors' depression, substitute Ivan Sproule, on at half-time for Michael Stewart, was shown a straight red card four minutes from time for a reckless challenge on Hoops full-back Lee Naylor.
Aberdeen moved one point behind second-placed Rangers courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dunfermline.
Darren Mackie broke the deadlock thanks to a smart first-half finish from an acute angle, while Barry Nicholson added a second with a 58th minute penalty after Stephen Simmons handled the ball in his own box.
Steve Lovell completed the scoring after rounding off a great team move with seven minutes left, as Dunfermline's scoreless run in the top flight was extended to nine matches.
Motherwell clinched a valuable three points to move further clear of relegation danger after coming from behind to beat Falkirk 2-1.
Scott McDonald cancelled out Patrick Cregg's second-half opener by taking advantage of a Tom Scobbie error.
Substitute Darren Smith condemned the hosts to their fifth straight defeat just minutes after coming on by notching the winner with a simple tap-in.
Dundee United skipper Barry Robson lit up a bitterly cold day at Love Street with a brilliant long-range strike to beat St Mirren.
There was little to warm up the fans in the opening half hour but both sides came close before the break.
The Buddies failed to trouble United in the second half and Robson grabbed his fourth goal against the Saints this season with 12 minutes left to clinch a 1-0 win.