Things are starting to look crystal clear in the Scottish Premiership. Celtic have predictably wrapped up the title in emphatic fashion, a 26-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen testament to their complete and utter dominance of the domestic league. Despite losing 3-0 last weekend, Aberdeen look set to finish second in the table ahead of Rangers who themselves enjoy a six point lead over St Johnstone.
Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle will make up the numbers in the top half of the Premiership table whilst of the remaining sides, Kilmarnock are the only team relatively free of the spectre of relegation. The Rugby Park outfit will be confident of maintaining or even increasing their lead over the sides below them in the league table when they face Hearts on Friday evening.
Killie have been something of a mixed bag in recent weeks although they have enjoyed a couple of much-needed wins over St Johnstone and Ross County as well as hard-earned draws with Partick Thistle, Inverness and Rangers. This hasn’t been enough to allow them into the top-half of the Premiership table ahead of the league split, however a win on Friday could see them effectively wave goodbye to the threat of relegation at a crucial stage of the campaign.
Heart of Midlothian’s season is effectively over in that they are realistically out of the race for a top-three finish, however with six games left to play before the end of the season, they won’t be letting up any time soon, certainly not at Rugby Park on Friday evening. Indeed Hearts have been pretty solid on their travels this season although with back-to-back away defeats to Partick Thistle, Aberdeen and St Johnstone we really cannot back them with any confidence to secure the three points on Friday.
Indeed with Kilmarnock proving to be draw-specialists in recent outings with three in their last five games, we’ll be predicting a share of the spoils in what looks set to be a low-score bore draw.