Rangers moved to within a point of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a convincing 4-0 win against Hibernian, without the help of top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic.
Jelavic missed the clash at Ibrox through illness but captain Steven Davis netted a double, while David Healy and Sone Aluko grabbed a goal apiece against Hibs, whose miserable afternoon was compounded by the dismissal of James McPake.
With rivals Celtic in League Cup action this weekend, the victory allowed Rangers to give their title hopes a much-needed boost.
Elsewhere, Henrik Ojamaa struck twice as Motherwell defeated St. Johnstone 3-2. Ojamaa opened the scoring midway through the first half before Jody Morris levelled on the stroke of half-time.
The Estonian restored the hosts' lead after 65 minutes and Keith Lasley doubled their advantage ten minutes later, before Francisco Sandaza netted from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining, but Motherwell held out to move six points clear in third spot.
Scott Vernon's tenth goal of the season helped Aberdeen move into the top six with a 1-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic. With Kilmarnock on cup duty and Dundee United without a fixture, the Dons took full advantage to move above the pair and into the top half of the table for the first time under Craig Brown's tenure.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's new signing Claude Gnakpa struck the post against St. Mirren but was unable to prevent the game finishing in the first goalless draw in the Highland Capital for nearly three years.