Twenty-three goals were scored in the five Premier Division matches, a result of the style of football north of the border where fancy teamwork takes second place to old-fashioned passion and commitment. The most dramatic events were at Easter Road, where Rangers came back from 3-1 down to beat Hibernian 4-3. For once, the foreign players dug deep into their reserves to give Walter Smith a fighting performance, with Marco Negri scoring twice to take his season's total to 18.
Chic Charnley, the Hibs midfielder, was struck by a coin and plastic bottles were thrown by Hibs supporters when Rangers scored their winning goal.
"Even when we were 3-1 down, I was always confident we would score but I have to admit I am dubious about whether we can keep them out at the other end," Smith said.
Rangers remain undefeated in the league but trail by a point to a Hearts side who look set to make a more determined challenge this season. Hearts beat Motherwell 4-1 while Celtic were 4-0 ahead of Kilmarnock by half- time, with Henrik Larsson contributing two goals.
Roy Aitken's problems continued. The Aberdeen manager, who was given the proverbial vote of confidence earlier in the week, watched his side lose 1-0 as St Johnstone gained their first home win of the season.
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