Inverness Caledonian Thistle guaranteed European football for the first time in their 21 year history on the same weekend that Gary Teale’s St Mirren were eventually consigned to the Championship.
John Hughes’ side managed to secure a European place with a 1-0 win over Dundee, courtesy of an early Edward Ofere header, condemning the Dees to their fifth straight defeat.
Aberdeen saw their ten match unbeaten streak at Pittodrie come to an end on Sunday as Champions Celtic overcame them 1-0, with Captain Scott Brown scoring his second goal in as many games.
The final game in the top half of the Premiership table saw St Johnstone come from behind to muster a draw with Dundee United, with both sides still chasing fourth place which could offer a European spot if ICT manage to lift the Scottish Cup come the end of the season.
In the bottom half of the table Motherwell’s 3-1 victory over Kilmarnock not only boosted their hopes of survival, but also saw St Mirren relegated to the Championship, goals from Lee Erwin, Scott McDonald and Lionel Ainsworth consigning the Buddies to the Championship. Kilmarnock on the other hand have been dragged into the playoff race themselves, with the Ayrshire side on a barren run of seven defeats in a row.
St Mirren themselves came from behind to defeat Ross County 2-1 in Dingwall, goals from Stephen Mallan and a Steven Thompson penalty ensuring County would remain in the playoff battle, with only three points separating 11th,10th and 9th.
Partick Thistle held Hamilton to a 1-1 draw in another enthralling weekend in the Premiership.
In the first leg of the SPFL Premiership play-offs, Rangers managed a 2-1 victory against Queen of the South, giving them a one goal advantage ahead of the second leg at Ibrox. Goals from Steven Smith and Dean Shields came either side of a Derek Lyle strike, leaving the Doonhammers with a mammoth task if they are to face Hibernian a week today.
Image: Football in the grass © faungg’s photo.
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