By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers moved back to the summit of The SPL with a 2-1 home win over Hearts.Rangers moved back to the summit of The SPL, albeit for 24 hours, following a 2-1 home win over Hearts.
Defender Marvin Andrews grabbed what proved to be the winner, although his late own goal gave the visitors some late hope.
Rangers started well and moved ahead as early as the eighth minute when Thomas Buffel headed home after Nacho Novo had seen a shot blocked on the line.
Andrews then spurned a good chance to double the lead, but made amends three minutes before the break.
The imposing defender reacted quickly to divert a Buffel shot high into the net and provide the hosts with some breathing space.
However, Rangers took their foot off the pedal after the break and were punished for a somewhat lacklustre display six minutes from time.
There seemed little danger when Michael Stewart swung in a free kick but, under no pressure, Andrews contrived to divert the ball past Ronald Waterreus.
There was still time for substitute Steven Thompson to hit the bar while there was nearly a sting in the tail from Hearts as Stephen Simmons fired over.
Hibernian grabbed a late point at Motherwell after two goals in the final nine minutes.
Steven Craigan put Motherwell two up with strikes on 16 and 49 minutes, but third-placed Hibs grabbed a share of the spoils with late efforts from Gary Caldwell and Amadou Konte.
Dunfermline moved off the bottom in emphatic style with a resounding 5-0 triumph over fellow strugglers Dundee - who now replace them at the bottom.
Derek Young was the hero for Dunfermline grabbing a fine hat-trick, but the game was over by half time with the hosts going in four goals to the good with a Calum McDonald own goal and an effort from Andrius Skerla adding to two from Young.
Young then completed his treble with his team's fifth on 64 minutes to complete a miserable afternoon for Dundee.
Livingston claimed a 1-0 win at Inverness courtesy of Jason Dair's first-half strike while Dundee United and Kilmarnock had to settle for a point each after Jim McIntyre and Kris Boyd exchanged goals.