The final curtain comes down on the 2016/17 Scottish Premiership this weekend and we take a look at the likely winners and losers on Sunday afternoon.
As we head into the final weekend of the Scottish Premiership season, things are perfectly clear in the top-half of the table. Celtic have predictably won the title by a country mile while Aberdeen will finish as ‘best of the rest’. Rangers will have to content themselves with a third-place finish while St Johnstone will doubtless be more than happy to finish in the top four and claim a European berth for next season. As for Hearts of Midlothian and Partick Thistle, they should just be happy to finish in the top-half of the table given their poor performances.
With not much left to play for, what can we expect to see on Sunday afternoon? Here’s what we think…
Celtic v Heart of Midlothian match preview
Celtic’s charge to the Scottish Premiership title has surprised absolutely no-one although their 30-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen as we head into the final league game is nevertheless impressive by any standards. The Hoops have avoided defeat in all of their Premiership games so far this season and with just one left to play, they will be going all-out to complete this record on Sunday afternoon. Will Heart of Midlothian stop them in their tracks? They certainly won’t.
Partick Thistle v Aberdeen match preview
Aberdeen have enjoyed a very good season, of that there can be little doubt. OK so they will likely finish a full thirty points behind Celtic but the Dons weren’t really expected to give the Hoops any serious opposition in the title-race anyway. Will Derek Mcinnes’ men finish their 2016/17 campaign in style by signing-off with a win at Firhill on Sunday afternoon? We’d be rather surprised if they didn’t given that the Jags were thrashed 5-0 by Celtic in their last outing and have looked far from convincing in recent matches. The fact that Partick have failed to find the net in three of their previous five games suggests that the Dons could also enjoy a clean-sheet into the bargain.
St Johnstone v Rangers match preview
This is one of many dead-rubber games around the country this weekend, however there will be reason for celebration at McDiarmid Park on Sunday afternoon. The Perth side have enjoyed an excellent season which has ended with them securing fourth-place and a European berth for next season. Not too bad for a relatively small club. The big question is, can they sign-off 2016/17 with a win against Rangers this weekend? Indeed they can and a free-flowing and entertaining game should end with the three points going to the home side.