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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Celtic Beats Raith 3-1, Closes on Rival Rangers

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Celtic outplayed Raith 3-1 to move within five points of Scottish Premier Division leaders Rangers.

Celtic, which extended its unbeaten league run to 16 games Tuesday night, got first-half goals from Phil O'Donnell in the 16th minute and John Collins in the 38th minute.

Dutchman Pierre Van Hooydonk scored his 15th goal of the season after 76 minutes to put Celtic ahead 3-0. Colin Cameron's eighth goal of the season after 83 minutes was the only consolation for the home side.

Celtic, with a game in hand on the Rangers, is now potentially only two points behind its Ibrox rivals.

In the night's other Scottish Premier Division game, Falkirk beat Partick 3-0 to climb off the bottom of the table.

In Division One, Dundee United moved to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Dundee. United moved past Dunfermline, which postponed its game against Dumbarton because of the death of captain Norrie McAthie, who was found dead at his home Monday night from apparent asphyxiation.


Swiss right-back Marc Hottiger is set to join Everton from English Premier League rivals Newcastle for ?700,000 ($1.09 million).

Hottiger, who played in the 1994 World Cup finals, has been out of favor at Newcastle since the team bought Warren Barton from Wimbledon ahead of the current season.

Signed from Swiss club Sion, Hottiger played 51 games for Newcastle in the 1994-95 season.


Werder Bremen, last season's championship runner-up but now struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga, fired coach Aad de Mos on Tuesday.

De Mos, 48, lasted half a season after coming to Bremen to replace longtime coach Otto Rehhagel.

Karl-Heinz Kamp, a former Werder player who served as assistant to de Mos, will become interim coach.

(AP, Reuters)

(For other results, see Scorecard.)