Hibs, St Mirren, Aberdeen, Ross County, Dundee United, Motherwell in action as Scottish football returns

New signing Drey Wright sets up equaliser for Easter Road side

Hibernian's Jamie Gullan scored against St Mirren. Picture: Paul Devlin / SNS
Hibernian's Jamie Gullan scored against St Mirren. Picture: Paul Devlin / SNS

Scottish football returned on Saturday with a series of friendly matches involving top-flight sides, signalling the resumption of action following the enforced Covid-19 shutdown.

The Scottish Government announced on Friday that the new Premiership season could begin on 1 August and also gave the green light for clubs in that division to start playing bounce games.

Rangers got the ball rolling with a 2-1 win over Hamilton, and the action continued on Saturday.

David Turnbull played 45 minutes of Motherwell's friendly win. Picture: SNS

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Hibs and St Mirren drew 1-1 behind closed doors at the former’s East Mains training ground. The Paisley side took the lead in the first half through Jay Henderson, with Jamie Gullan levelling in the second period after good work from new winger Drey Wright. Hibs fielded two different teams in each half, with Ben Stirling putting in a good performance in central defence.

Centre-back Ryan Porteous, who has been sidelined since January, completed the second 45 minutes. Alex Gogic and Kevin Nisbet who, like Wright, both signed for Hibs on Friday, played no part.

Aberdeen had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Ross County at Cormack Park. A double from Bruce Anderson had the Dons 2-0 up before Regan Charles-Cook and Billy Mckay drew County level.

New signing Jordan White was the scorer as Motherwell beat Dundee United 1-0. Prized asset David Turnbull made his return for Well after summer knee surgery.

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