5 things we learned from the Scottish Premiership this weekend

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Aberdeen strengthened their position as Celtic’s main challengers with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell to move six points ahead of Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Here are five other things we learned from the weekend’s action.

1. Scott McKenna likes a physical battle

The 20-year-old centre-back made his first Aberdeen start since May 2016 and rewarded Derek McInnes’ faith with a solid display as the Dons made amends for their 3-0 midweek defeat at Fir Park. McKenna showed he meant business early on by grabbing hold of Louis Moult’s shirt after a tussle and later pushed the Motherwell striker onto the turf after winning a tackle. A defender of the old-fashioned variety.

2. Kilmarnock need to settle their nerves

Manager Lee McCulloch admitted some of his players showed a nervousness early on as Killie lost a goal inside the opening 10 minutes for the first time this season. They battled back to earn a 1-1 draw against Dundee and McCulloch will continue to talk positively about his team after feeling that external negativity is affecting his players before matches.

3. John Souttar is hitting form

The 20-year-old centre-back drew praise from Hearts boss Craig Levein following a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle after being encouraged to get on the ball and build play from the back. The former Dundee United player is less than two months into his comeback from a ruptured Achilles and looks set to get better if he can keep mistakes to a minimum.

4. Hibernian can shut out their opponents

Hibs had gone 15 games without a top-flight clean sheet before their 1-0 victory over Ross County. Admittedly, most of them came during their spell in free fall before relegation in 2014 but head coach Neil Lennon had been frustrated that they were throwing points away from dominant displays and leading positions after going four league games without a win.

5. Martin Canning’s patience has limits

The normally circumspect Hamilton manager described himself as “raging” and took 10 minutes to calm down before attending his post-match press conference after his side threw away a half-time lead against St Johnstone. Accies’ inability to hold on to a lead was a major fault last season and it returned to haunt them in Perth as Murray Davidson struck a late winner.

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