League Showdown

The final league matchday is upon us. Two of the twelve Scottish Premiership clubs battled for relegation yesterday, today three slug it out for European places.

At the foot of the table are Partick Thistle and Ross County. Thistle won at Dundee to retain their relegation play-off spot whilst County drew at St Johnstone and now go down to the Championship.

It was always going to be tough one for both of those clubs, beating survival away from home in their final match of the season. Thistle only needed a draw, but County required a win and for Thistle to lose.

Motherwell warmed for their Scottish Cup Final match with a 3-0 win over fellow Lanarkshire club, Hamilton. On-loan Celt, Nadir Ciftci, notched a double in that game.

Meantime up at the top half of the Premiership, there is a three way battle going on today. Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibernian are grapling for European places.

Hibs didn’t help themselves midweek with a draw at Tynecastle. Neil Lennon was unhappy at the result and the position it has left the Easter Road club in.

He is said to be considering his position at the end of the season as well. Personally, I think he needs to have another go regardless of his reasons.

There is a very slender chance that Hibs could pip Rangers to third spot though. It would mean winning 6-0 against Rangers at Easter Road today.

It isn’t an impossible task however, it is very unlikely. So you can understand Lennon’s frustration.

Hibs have been great this season. Too many draws have held them back though.

They have only lost 7 games in total. That’s better than any other Premiership club with the exception of 7-in-a-row Champions, Celtic.

I think Hibs have to be upbeat about this last match and go for it. Lennon may be considering his position, but in all honesty, he’s got a much better side than Rangers and possibly even Aberdeen in my opinion.

Some reports have suggested Lennon hadn’t been at training in the aftermath of the Hearts defeat. He has also been vocal about next seasons expectations and his own ambitions.

That doesn’t bode well going into this match. On the other hand, it may just get the reaction he is looking for.

His opponents on Sunday have their own battle though. They too can finish 3rd and possiby 2nd if results at Easter Road and Celtic Park go their way.

A Celtic, victory and the minimum of a draw at Easter Road would see Rangers into 2nd place. A betting man would take that any day of the week.

Aberdeen won’t want to give up 2nd place so easily though. They’d have to spoil Celtic’s title party to make Rangers’ result meaningless.

So it’s going to be a very interesting lunchtime showdown in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Killie v Hearts is a dead rubber.

We are the Champions.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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