Five things we learned from the Scottish Premiership

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Here are five things we learnt from the weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership action

Aberdeen can beat Celtic

Ash Taylor celebrates after Paul Quinn's winner for Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

Ash Taylor celebrates after Paul Quinn's winner for Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

The only thing that separated leaders Celtic and Aberdeen going into May was the champions’ hat-trick of victories over the Dons and they duly made it four out of four. Aberdeen know they have to do better in the head-to-head if they are to challenge for the title this season and they got a huge psychological boost by beating the champions with 10 men at Pittodrie to ensure their best start to a league campaign.

Partick will need to do it the hard way

Two seasons ago Partick did not manage a home win until February, despite dominating a number of games at Firhill. Their rotten luck returned to haunt them on Saturday when they hit the woodwork three times against Dundee before going down to Greg Stewart’s late strike, leaving Thistle without a win so far in this campaign.

Steve Maclean has rediscovered his shooting boots

The St Johnstone striker did not score last season after August, suffering a lengthy lay-off following his second knee operation in two seasons. But he has shown his instincts remain as sharp as ever this season with his hat-trick against Hamilton taking him to six goals for the campaign.

Hearts need to keep 11 men on the pitch

After returning to the top flight with five consecutive victories, Hearts have lost back-to-back games after getting men sent off. Callum Paterson saw his red card against Hamilton rescinded but Juwon Oshaniwa has little chance of a reprieve after hitting out at Tobi Sho-Silva during their 2-0 defeat at Inverness.

There is hope for Killie

Kilmarnock survived a few second-half scares before Kevin McHattie struck a debut winner against Dundee United but their first three points will be a huge boost for Gary Locke following a difficult start to the campaign, including 4-0 reversals at home to Ross County and Dundee.