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SPL RESULTS Sat March 6: Hamilton 1-1 Aberdeen, Hibernian 1-0 Kilmarnock, Rangers 3-1 St Mirren, St Johnstone 1-2 Motherwell. Sun March 7: Dundee United 1-0 Hearts, Falkirk 0-2 Celtic. The end of the season can't come quickly enough for everyone associated with Aberdeen Football Club. A dreary 1-1 draw against Hamilton was a further dent to the Dons' slim hopes of making the top six. The Pittodrie side, who have not won since January 27th, are currently on an ominous winless sequence stretching nine games that looks unlikely to end anytime soon. Boss Mark McGhee has already admitted his squad needs an extensive clear-out when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season, and it appears the supporters have also given up on enjoying any success this term. The Red Army usually travel in impressive numbers to Aberdeen's away matches around the country, but few could stomach the journey to Lanarkshire to watch a team currently lacking in form and inspiration.
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Before this weekend, when was the last time that every single match in the Irn Bru First Division drew a bigger crowd than an Aberdeen game?
It is a sad indication of the once-great Aberdeen's current toils that more people turned out to watch Ross County face Raith Rovers than were at New Douglas Park on Saturday. McGhee's side now sit seven points behind sixth-placed Hearts, albeit with a game in hand and, perhaps more worryingly for the Dons manager, they are only ten points above bottom side Falkirk. Fortunately for Aberdeen, none of the five teams below them managed to pick up three points this weekend, but McGhee is well aware that if his side fails to find a run of victories soon they could easily be drawn into a nervy relegation battle. While the Dons continue to struggle, Motherwell can't stop winning. Despite conceding a rare goal to St Johnstone – only their second in 10 matches – Craig Brown's men went on to win 2-1 at McDiarmid Park. Brown's revolution at Fir Park continues to gather pace with their impressive run extended to ten matches without defeat. A place in Europe is not beyond The Steelmen, but they will need the current pacesetters Dundee United and Hibernian to start dropping points – something neither of them did this weekend with hard-fought 1-0 wins over Hearts and Kilmarnock respectively. And let's not forget that all-but-over title race. The Old Firm both overcame tricky obstacles to rack up another three points.
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Rangers came back from a goal down to defeat plucky St Mirren 3-1 with refereeing controversies at Ibrox again providing the talking point after the match. Saints boss Gus MacPherson was raging that Rangers captain David Weir went unpunished for tugging Michael Higdon's jersey in the opening minutes of the match.Walter Smith, the Rangers manager, retorted: “Everyone wants people to get ordered off, everybody wants penalties against us, everybody wants everything against us.”And while referee decisions again dominated discussions post-match, the talk in the terraces revolved around the news that London-based property developer Andrew Ellis is poised to launch a bid to take over the club, understood to be in the region of £33 million. Challengers Celtic bounced back from last week's Old Firm defeat with a 2-0 win at Falkirk, with Robbie Keane showing why the Hoops are understood to be paying him £65,000 per week with a deadly double. Talk before the match had centered on quotes from an Aiden McGeady interview in the Sunday Mail, in which he accused referee Dougie McDonald of lacking impartiality in last weekend’s match at Ibrox. Celtic manager Tony Mowbray tried to deflect attention away from the Irishman, who could be asked to explain himself by the SFA's general purposes committee, by saying that McGeady probably didn't know what impartiality meant.
"Impartiality? I don't know the meaning of the word, sir..."
However McGeady bucks the trend of the stupid footballer stereotype having gained impressive Standard Grade results (seven ones and a two) before embarking on a career in football and probably won't have been best pleased with the way his gaffer attempted to protect him. Scottish Football League Round-upFirst Division leaders Dundee displayed their resilience by coming back from two goals down to Inverness Caledonian Thistle to salvage what could be a priceless point in the title race. Ross County moved to within five points of the Dens Park side with a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers at Dingwall, while there were also home wins for Ayr United, Dunfermline and Queen of the South.In the sexy world of the Second Division, the Blue Brazil (Cowdenbeath) turned on the samba style to move to within six points of Alloa with a stunning 6-2 success over East Fife. However the result of the day came in the Third Division where bottom of the league Montrose picked up only their second win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Stranraer. It's been a good week for... Jamie Murphy. Motherwell have won their last three games on the trot with the young Scot on target in each of the victories. It's been a bad week for... Gordon Smith. The SFA chief executive apparently had a face like thunder after the International FA Board, comprising of FIFA and the four home associations, voted 6-2 to permanently outlaw the introduction of goal line technology.
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