Scottish football: Waghorn, Motherwell, Coulibaly, Ross County, Commons

Rob Maclean continues his weekly assessment of the main talking points from the weekend's action.

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 1-2 Rangers

Waggy's on goal trail

Martyn Waghorn has found his shooting boots again with what could prove to be perfect timing for Rangers.

Friday night's 2-1 win at Hamilton, in which Waghorn scored both their goals, made it nine points out of nine so far in December for Mark Warburton's team.

Their other two victories this month were against their challengers for runners-up spot, Aberdeen and Hearts.

Weekend results have strengthened Rangers' hold on second place.

What they've lacked lacked this season, among other things, is a regular goalscorer. Waghorn was exactly that in their Championship-winning campaign.

Those goals at New Douglas Park were only his second and third in the Premiership but could be just the boost he needs to launch himself into another scoring spree.

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Highlights: Motherwell 1-1 St Johnstone

Good growth at Fir Park

I like the way Motherwell are going about their business, on and off the pitch.

I've always thought fan ownership was more idealistic than practical but I admire the club for having a go.

The Fir Park playing surface has been transformed over the last 18 months and Motherwell are growing their own football talent as well to play on it.

Manager Mark McGhee sees it as part of his remit to give youngsters their chance in the first team.

Twenty-year-old Chris Cadden has grabbed the opportunity and featured in Saturday's 1-1 draw in Perth. David Ferguson (20) and Jack McMillan (19) were also in the starting 11.

Ross Maclean (19) has made an impression this season. Dom Thomas (20) has talent and Jake Hastie (17) is the latest youth team player to be pushing for promotion.

Relegation is what Motherwell want to avoid in the short term. But it's good to see them doing some long term planning too as they continue their scrap for top-flight safety.

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 1-1 Inverness CT

Coulibaly doesn't dilly-dally

Let's hope Kilmarnock can hold on to that serial scorer of spectacular goals Souleymane Coulibaly.

His latest stunner, blasted home on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Inverness Caley Thistle at Rugby Park, took his Killie tally so far to 11 with no tap-ins that I can remember.

Yes, there was a handball in the build-up to a screamer of a strike but I'm willing to overlook it, just as the officials did.

The Ivory Coast-born Coulibaly is just turning 22 and his scoring exploits can't have gone unnoticed elsewhere.

Inevitably, he's going to move on, sooner or later, but it would be good to think that one of the Premiership's top entertainers can hang about in Scottish football for a little bit longer.

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Highlights: Ross County 2-1 Aberdeen

Split loyalties

It was easier for me when Ross County and Aberdeen didn't share the same league because both have a place in my heart.

I come from Invergordon. I used to work for the local newspaper in Dingwall so County are my home-town team.

But I spent 10 years in Aberdeen and was a local radio commentator when Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost and Willie Miller had a moustache.

I find it difficult when the two teams go head-to-head, as they did this past weekend. I feel Aberdeen's pain that they've won only one of their last five games.

But I can't help but smile at County's continuing football fairytale. That's them back in the top six.

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Highlights: Celtic 2-1 Dundee

Hibs' Kris-mas present

Kris Commons didn't set the heather alight at Cappielow on Saturday but he could be the Christmas capture who pushes Hibs on to promotion.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the impact being made at Championship rivals Dundee United by Tony Andreu, who's on a season-long loan deal from Norwich.

If Hibs can convert Commons' emergency four-week loan from Celtic into an arrangement for the rest of the season, the balance of power in the title race could shift again.

Three seasons ago he was voted Scotland's top player. Of course he's nowhere near that sort of fitness and form at the moment.

But even a half-fit Commons, with his quality of passing, crossing and finishing, could be exactly what Hibs need to nudge them over the finishing line.