James Tavernier and Alan Smith

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Alan Smith and James Tavernier played for MK Dons against Samuel Adjei's Hartlepool United on Saturday - and honours were even at Victoria Park in the battle of the Newcastle loanees.

Adjei made his debut for Pools as a 54th minute substitute, but he limped off with a hamstring injury after half an hour, having looked sharp during his time on the pitch.

The Swedish youngster missed most of last season with a hamstring injury and will be assessed back on Tyneside over the weekend.

Smith and Tavernier both played the full 90 minutes for the Dons in a 1-1 draw, with the former picking up a booking. James Poole gave Hartlepool the lead on 40 minutes but the visitors levelled five minutes into the second half through Jay O'Shea.

Also ending all square was Celtic's game against Aberdeen, as the Hoops' winning run finally came to an end.

Anthony Stokes gave Neil Lennon's side the lead but Andre Blackman diverted Gavin Rae's shot into his own net as Forster was beaten for the first time in more than ten hours of football.

But Rangers were beaten 2-1 at home to Hearts, meaning a Scottish Premier League champions medal looks more and more likely for the Magpies keeper.

Meanwhile, Xisco was a 71st minute substitute for Deportivo la Coruna as they beat AC Alcorcon 2-1.

On Sunday, Haris Vuckic was a 35th minute substitute for Cardiff as they lost 2-0 at home to West Ham. Former Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan was on target for the visitors.