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Scottish football roundup

Celtic edged closer to the Premiership title as they beat Dundee United three-nil courtesy of a Leigh Griffiths hat-trick and could win the title next week, if they win their game and Aberdeen fail to win theirs, in Ronny Deila’s first season in charge of the Hoops.

Aberdeen themselves secured their first top two finish since the 1993/94 season with a 2-1 win over Inverness, helped by a David Raven own goal and a Niall McGinn strike in the second half after Nigel Ofere put the Highlanders ahead.

In the other top six clash, St Johnstone ran out 2-0 winners against Dundee and leapfrogged Tayside rivals Dundee United into fourth place as the Perth club look to push for European Qualification come the end of the season.

In the bottom half of the table, Martin Canning won his first game in charge of Hamilton Accies since his instalment in January, as Accies beat Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell 2-0 to edge ‘Well closer to that relegation play-off spot.

Motherwell sit six points behind Ross County with four to play, but County were unable to capitalise on Well’s misfortune as they were defeated 2-1 by Partick Thistle. Bottom of the league St Mirren finally gave their fans something to cheer about as they thrashed Kilmarnock 4-1, which included a double from striker Steven Thompson in another enthralling weekend in the Premiership.

In the Championship, Hibs edged closer to securing second place as they ran out 4-1 winners against Alloa, who now find themselves bottom of the table as Livingston thumped Kirckaldy outfit Raith Rovers 4-0.

Hibs managed to overtake Rangers in second position after they could only muster a point at home to Falkirk, coming from two-nil down against the Scottish Cup finalists thanks to a Nicky Law goal in the final minute of injury time.

Champions Hearts left it late to overcome a stubborn Cowdenbeath side, a Brad McKay penalty in the dying embers of the game ensuring the three points for the travelling Hearts fans.

It promises to be a thrilling final day of the season before the playoffs in the Championship, with the matters of relegation and playoff places to be finalised in a highly anticipated weekend of football.

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Grant Barnes

Grant Barnes

I have developed a continuing interest in football from a very young age and have attended games for as long as I remember. With the help of Young Perspective I have been able to attend football and sports press conferences and have been able to develop my writing skills, with a view looking forward to working in media relations with football along with other sports.

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