Mols double extends Gers advantage

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A MICHAEL MOLS double gave Rangers a 2-0 win over Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle at Ibrox to extend their lead at the top of the SPL to nine points. 

The Dutchman struck twice in just five minutes to secure success for Rangers, who badly missed inspirational skipper Barry Ferguson.

The Old Firm outfit left it late to take the lead and Mols was about to be replaced when he struck the opener on 70 minutes.

Boss Alex McLeish allowed Mols to stay on and he rewarded his manager's faith with a second strike on 75 minutes when he raced on to Ronald de Boer's pass.

Rangers now lead by nine points, but rivals Celtic have three games in hand and have the chance to close the gap on Sunday against Dundee.

Hearts had to come from behind at Tynecastle against Dundee United to seal a 2-1 win.

Northern Ireland international Danny Griffin gave The Terrors the lead after 40 minutes, but the second bottom side were pegged back when central defender Andy Webster levelled matters,

The Jambos won it with just 12 minutes left when Andy Kirk blasted home from close range.

Kilmarnock romped to a 6-2 victory over Hibernian at Rugby Park to maintain the pressure on third placed Hearts.

Gary McDonald put Killie ahead after 11 minutes, but Ian Murray brought Hibs back into the game just seven minutes later.

The game then turned into a one man show when Gary McSwegan smashed four goals (24, 42, 47 & 62) to put Killie 5-1 up.

Mathias Jack pulled one back for Hibs with seven minutes remaining, but Kris Boyd sealed the win with a last minute spot-kick.

Dunfermline sealed their place in the top-six play-offs with a 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Motherwell.

Steve Hampshire put the Pars on their way after 18 minutes, and then Well's cause was dealt a massive blow when Tony Vaughan was dismissed just before the interval.

Dunfermline sealed victory just after half time when Barry Nicholson blasted home.

Aberdeen climbed above Livingston in the table after a 2-1 win at The Almondvale Stadium.

Stuart Lovell gave Livi the lead after just two minutes, but then The Dons struck back with a two goals in three minutes to seal victory.

Derek Young grabbed the equaliser after 28 minutes and then midfielder Paul Sheerin grabbed the lead just after the half hour mark.

Click below for match summaries:
Dunfermline 2-0 Motherwell
Hearts 2-1 Dundee Utd
Kilmarnock 6-2 Hibernian
Livingston 1-2 Aberdeen
Rangers 2-0 Partick

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