Kilmarnock go top, Christie scores and and Morelos picks up another red card

By Bill Heaney

It was the most unexpected outcome of last night’s football. Kilmarnock moved to the top Scottish Premiership after Greg Stewart’s double earned a comfortable win over Livingston.

Steve Clarke’s side are a point clear of both Rangers and Celtic, both of whom dropped points, and now visit Celtic Park on Saturday.

The Rugby Park side have lost just once in 11, and have not conceded in four.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: “Greg has been really good for us. He probably took a gamble coming back to Scotland but if works out well for Greg and for Kilmarnock then everyone can be happy.”

Danny Johnson’s late goal earned Motherwell a precious Scottish Premiership point and prevented Celtic returning to the top of the table.

Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Christie.

Brendan Rodgers’ side looked like returning to the summit thanks to Ryan Christie’s sumptuous goal – his sixth in nine games – but they are now third.

Leigh Griffiths had a first-half spot-kick saved by Mark Gillespie and Filip Benkovic had an effort disallowed.

Johnston skidded a late shot past Craig Gordon to earn an unlikely draw.

Rangers relinquished top spot in the Scottish Premiership after Scott McKenna’s goal earned Aberdeen their second win at Ibrox in 27 years on a night when both finished with 10 men.

McKenna struck after seven minutes, but Aberdeen were on the defensive after Sam Cosgrove received a second booking.

Rangers laboured and Alfredo Morelos was dismissed when a stray arm on Graeme Shinnie led to a second yellow.

The defeat saw Kilmarnock replace Steven Gerrard’s side at the top.

But the Ibrox club stay ahead of Celtic on goal difference.

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