Celtic stays unbeaten after holding off Hearts

Published December 21, 2013

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Edinburgh, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Celtic's unbeaten run in the Scottish Premier League continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win over last-place Hearts at Parkhead courtesy of second-half goals from Kris Commons and James Forrest.

The Hoops move 10 points clear at the top of the league with the result, while Hearts has yet to climb back into the positive points following a 15-point deduction at the beginning of the season for entering administration.

Despite its struggles, Hearts was determined to make life tough for Celtic on Saturday, and goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald did well to keep his side level with a fine stop on Joe Ledley's header.

But Celtic continued to ask questions of the Hearts defense, and Commons finally found the breakthrough in the 63rd minute when he collected a pass from Scott Brown and rifled the ball inside the far post.

Commons proved valuable at the defensive end as well when he cleared a header from Dylan McGowan off his own goal line in the 88th minute to preserve Celtic's lead.

Forrest then secured the win in stoppage time as he broke free and beat MacDonald with Hearts having thrown men forward.

Dundee United moved into second place following a 1-0 win against Ross County with Gary Mackay-Steven providing the lone tally in the 69th minute.

Inverness saw its comeback attempt fall short against Aberdeen, losing 4-3 to the Dons after falling behind 4-0 at halftime. Barry Robson tallied a pair of goals for Aberdeen, while William McKay's brace in the second half sparked a rally for Inverness.

Motherwell closed to within a point of Inverness after downing St Mirren, 3-0, behind two goals from Henri Anier, Kris Boyd netted the winning goal 17 minutes from time in a 2-1 Kilmarnock victory over Partick Thistle, while Hibernian and St Johnstone played out a 0-0 draw.

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