Scottish roundup: Celtic squander late penalty in draw with Livingston

Giorgos Giakoumakis missed a stoppage-time penalty as Celtic squandered the chance to go top of the cinch Premiership in a goalless home draw with Livingston.

The Greek striker’s weak effort was saved by Max Stryjek after Abi Obileye had gifted the hosts a rare chance when he hit out at Kyogo Furuhashi in the box and received a red card.

Celtic took even longer to get going than their supporters after a 30-minute silent protest against the board and managed only one other shot on target – an Anthony Ralston effort that was cleared off the line just before half-time. The home side had 85 per cent of possession but failed to score against David Martindale’s side for the second time this season.

A win would have put Celtic top, at least until Rangers play Motherwell on Sunday, for the first time since they briefly hit the summit after beating St Mirren 6-0 on August.

The stalemate meant Hearts could have climbed to second, but instead they surrendered their unbeaten record in a 2-1 defeat at Aberdeen.

John Souttar gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after Joe Lewis brought down Josh Ginnelly. But Aberdeen equalised four minutes into the second half through a fierce Marley Watkins drive that gave Craig Gordon no chance.

In the 69th minute Lewis Ferguson rose above everyone else to meet a Dylan McGeouch corner and send a powerful header into the net to win it for the Dons. Hearts’ misery was compounded when Andrew Halliday was sent off a minute from the end.

Dundee United’s seven-game unbeaten run was ended by St Johnstone thanks to Ali Crawford’s first-half goal.

In the 28th minute Cammy MacPherson stole the ball from Jeando Fuchs and played in Crawford, who curled his shot into the bottom corner. United had plenty of chances to equalise but were denied time after time by Saints goalkeeper Zander Clark, who produced an inspirational display.

Dundee bounced back from their 5-0 midweek defeat to Ross County to claim a first league away win of the season at St Mirren. Max Anderson’s 11th-minute curler from the edge of the box was enough to give Dundee victory. The Dark Blues held firm throughout the second half as Jim Goodwin’s men chased an equaliser that never came.

The match between Ross County and Hibernian was postponed after a Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp.