ODSONNE EDOUARD, the matchwinner at Ibrox last weekend, is hoping to get the chance to shoot Celtic TWELVE points ahead at the top of the Premiership at Fir Park tomorrow afternoon.
The French striker claimed a hat-trick against Motherwell in the Hoops’ 5-1 victory at Parkhead earlier in the season – and wouldn’t mind staging an action replay this time out.
And Brendan Rodgers’ men now have the opportunity to stretch their advantage with a game in hand following Sevco Rangers’ 1-0 defeat at home to Kilmarnock today.
Ironically, the only goal of the encounter was snapped up by their former striker Kris Boyd in the 54th minute after keeper Wes Foderingham could only push out a shot from Mulumba.
And, amazingly, it was the club’s SEVENTH league defeat in Govan in another tortuous and disastrous campaign, losing to Celtic (twice), Hibs (twice), St Johnstone, Hamilton Accies and now Steve Clarke’s Rugby Park outfit.
The last time Killie were at Ibrox they achieved a 1-1 draw on October 25 – and the following day Pedro Caixinha was sacked.
A first-half strike from skipper Graeme Shinnie gave Aberdeen a 1-0 triumph over troubled Dundee at Pittodrie and they can leapfrog Graeme Murty’s toilers into second place.
With the champions on 67 points after 29 games, the Ibrox side are second nine points adrift following 31 outings and the Dons are just two points behind them with a game in hand.
Murty and his players were making noises about a title race only seven days ago, but two back-to-back defeats in quick succession may have dampened their cockiness.
Their season could effectively be over when they face Rodgers’ holders in the Scottish Cup semi-final on April 15.
Elsewhere this afternoon, Hearts overwhelmed Partick Thistle 3-0 at Tynecastle and rock-bottom Ross County battled out a 2-2 stalemate with Martin Canning’s Accies.
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