SPFL: Round 1 summary
Hello and welcome! Here are your results from the first round of fixtures for the 22/23 Scottish Premiership Football League.
Livingston 1-2 Rangers
Livi started strong at the Tony Macaroni in front of 9,762 fans, scoring in the fifth minute through Joel Nouble (assisted by Nicky Devlin). But were unable to see the game out through it's entirety, conceding two late goals in the space of two minutes. Goals scored by Scott Arfield (assisted by Ryan Kent) and captain James Tavernier.
Hearts of Midlothian 2-1 Ross County
Hearts proved to have scored just enough with two goals scored by Alan Forrest 59' (assisted by Alexander Cochrane) and Barrie McKay 77' (assisted again by Alexander Cochrane). Jordan White 79' (assisted by Jack Baldwin) had a late effort proved futile in brining back three points on the road.
Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee United
Rugby Park's 8,014 spectators saw a late home goal (Ash Taylor 90') snatch a hard-fought point on opening day. United surely must have been thinking that they would be gaining three important points to start off the season after scoring through Dylan Levitt 43' (assisted by Steven Fletcher). But a second yellow card to Ian Harkes 72' did not help their efforts.
St. Johnstone 0-1 Hibernian
Another last gasp goal, this time at McDiarmid Park holding 5,793 fans. A Murray Davidson red card in the 58th minute hurt the home side's effort in securing three points. Josh Campbell 90' (assisted by Ewan Henderson) spoiled those plans and took all three points back to Easter Road.
St. Mirren 0-1 Motherwell
5,668 spectators at SMISA Stadium left less than pleased at walking away empty-handed. A Kevin Van Veen penalty 42' proved to be the decider here, despite a Rickie Lamie red card in the 82nd minute. The Well leave with all three here.
Celtic 2-0 Aberdeen
Flag Day at Celtic Park, with 58,824 fans in attendance. The Champions began their quest for title number two began in spectacular fashion. Two goals from Stephen Welsh 3' (assisted by Matt O'Riley) and Jota 75' (assisted by David Turnbull) ensured a convincing display was rewarded with three points. And what a strike that was from Jota...