RANGERS maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Championship yesterday afternoon with a 1-0 win at St Mirren, with Hibernian remaining the closest challengers to Mark Warburton’s men.

The Light Blues visit Easter Road on Sunday, and could extend their advantage to 11 points after only 12 games should they get the better of Alan Stubbs’ side.

The Hibees had to survive a scare at Raith Rovers on Saturday to maintain their challenge with a 2-1 victory. 2-0 up through John McGinn and Jason Cummings, ex-Ger Jon Daly pulled a goal back for the Fifers to setup a grandstand finish, although Stubbs’ men held on for the three points.

With their defeat, Raith are now fourth in the table after they were leapfrogged by Falkirk on goal difference.

The Bairns turned in a sparkling performance to thrash Dumbarton 5-0 under the Rock, with John Baird nabbing a hattrick and Blair Alston and Bob McHugh grabbing the other two goals.

There was a shock for Queen of the South as they were thumped 4-1 at home by struggling Livingston.

Dale Hilson had the hosts in front at the break, but a second half barrage from Scott Pittman, Jordan White and a double from Liam Buchanan completed a rout.

Finally, Morton remain in mid-table after a 1-0 win over now bottom of the table Alloa Athletic courtesy of a Ross Forbes free-kick 10 minutes after the break.


This week’s fixtures


Alloa Athletic v Queen of the South

Dumbarton v Morton

Falkirk v St Mirren

Livingston v Raith Rovers


Hibernian v RANGERS (12.30)

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