Aberdeen failed to capitalise on Celtic’s slip-up against Hamilton Accies on Friday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw by St Johnstone.
Simon Church opened the scoring from close range to give Derek McInnes’ men the lead but their profligacy in front of goal was to prove costly as Liam Craig converted from the spot after being brought down by Ryan Jack in the box.
At the other end of the table, Dundee United kept their hopes of Scottish Premiership football next season alive after an impressive 3-0 victory over Ross County. Paul Paton followed up his stunning winner last week by breaking the deadlock against County with a header. Billy McKay and Ryan Dow ensured victory for United in the second half as they narrowed the gap to Killie to just eight points with a game in hand.
Jamie MacDonald saved two penalties against Hearts but that wasn’t enough to give Kilmarnock a share of the spoils as Walker’s fifth goal of the season ensured Robbie Neilson toasted his new deal with a win.
A Louis Moult double helped Motherwell leapfrog Partick Thistle into eighth place after a 3-1 win over the Jags. Marvin Johnson added a fine third but Callum Booth grabbed a consolation for Alan Archibald’s men at Fir Park.
Kane Hemmings netted his 20th goal of the season and rescued a point for Dundee against Inverness. Ross Draper had given the Highlanders the lead but Hemmings’ intervention in the final few minutes maintained the Dark Blues’ momentum heading into a double header against the Old Firm.