The Scottish Premiership 2020/21 season is reaching its conclusion however what’s nonetheless to be determined?
A penultimate spherical of fixtures takes place on Wednesday night time, earlier than the curtain falls on a dramatic marketing campaign this weekend.
But with relegation, Rangers information and a jostle for third, earlier than pivotal play-offs and cup showdowns, there’s a lot nonetheless to play for…
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Rangers… Invincibles and Centurions?
Rangers have gained the league however will they keep unbeaten?
Rangers have waited a decade for Scottish Premiership and James Tavernier will lastly elevate a protracted-awaited trophy aloft after their season finale in opposition to Aberdeen on Saturday, stay on Sky Sports.
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A momentous event awaits however can Steven Gerrard’s gamers end the marketing campaign unbeaten within the league?
They should overcome Davie Martindale’s Livingston on Wednesday night time earlier than they’ll deal with leaping the ultimate hurdle at dwelling to the Dons however by avoiding defeat of their closing two fixtures, the 2021 champions will turn into one among simply three groups in Scottish historical past to go a league marketing campaign unbeaten.
Gerrard’s facet might be eager to complete as Centurions in addition to Invincibles – a win and a draw from their remaining two fixtures this week would do it.
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With a present 23-level benefit over Celtic, Rangers are on the right track to complete the season with their greatest hole over Celtic within the league, surpassing the 21-level lead they assembled within the 1999/2000 season.
They have additionally conceded a paltry 13 league targets this season and if Allan McGregor concedes fewer than 5 targets in Gers’ closing two video games, Rangers will surpass the report of 18 targets conceded by Martin O’Neill’s Celtic in 2001/2.
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“The excitement is building but we don’t want any hiccups to spoil the good season we’ve had,” stated Tavernier.
“Our full focus is on [Livingston] and then we are able to deal with taking part in Aberdeen. After that every one the enjoyment and the emotion will simply be popping out straight after the sport.
Rangers captain James Tavernier admits the thrill is constructing because the staff prepares to elevate the Scottish Premiership trophy on Saturday
“It would be sweet to go the season unbeaten but we know we have two tough games ahead of ourselves and we just have to focus on Wednesday night and getting the job done there.”
“We are going to be right up for it in the two final games to turn around our form and hopefully end the season on a high,” warned Livi defender Jon Guthrie.
“Obviously Rangers have had an amazing season but if you are the team that can break that run it’s something to be proud of and remember. We were quite unlucky last game when we lost 1-0, and took a point off them in the game before. We know we can give them a game here. If we can end their unbeaten run it would be amazing.”
Third spot up for grabs – and why fight for fifth might be essential
Christian Doidge and Hibernian are out to assert third spot
There is a lot nonetheless to play for elsewhere.
Five Scottish sides will qualify for European competitors subsequent season, although who performs wherein competitors isn’t but absolutely confirmed.
Rangers and Celtic have already booked their locations within the Champions League, with the champions coming into the 2021/22 event on the third qualifying stage and runners-up Celtic beginning within the second spherical.
Hibernian and Aberdeen are jostling for the unofficial ‘better of the remaining’ title and the Edinburgh facet can safe third spot behind Rangers and Celtic for the primary time since 2005 with victory in opposition to the Dons on Wednesday.
Securing third spot would additionally deliver with it a £2m windfall – £200,000 greater than the prize cash sum on provide for ending fourth – however Jack Ross is extra serious about sporting status.
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“We’re looking to finish in a position in the league that the club hasn’t done for 15 or so years,” he stated. “It’s a position we want to consistently challenge to be in and achieve.
“Hopefully it is indicative of the steps ahead this squad has revamped the course of the season. We’ve needed to fight and work onerous to place ourselves in third place and now we’re this near it we do not need that chance to slide by.”
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Hibs and Aberdeen are already assured of their locations within the new Europa Conference League and will enter on the second qualifying spherical.
But Hibs might but play within the Europa League; a spot within the play-off spherical of Europe’s second-tier membership competitors goes to the winners of the Scottish Cup.
If Hibs beat St Johnstone on May 22, they’d enter the Europa League and their Europa Conference place would go to whoever finishes fifth within the league – St Johnstone or Livingston, who play one another on the ultimate weekend.
If St Johnstone win the Scottish Cup, Hibs must settle for the Europa Conference League.
Who’s happening… or developing?
It's crunch time for Hamilton
Hamilton, Kilmarnock and Ross County are preventing to keep away from relegation to the Championship and Wednesday night time serves up a crunch fixture on the backside as Ross County host Hamilton.
A Ross County victory – coupled with a win for second-backside Kilmarnock in opposition to St Mirren – would verify Hamilton’s relegation and finish their seven-yr keep within the high flight.
Brian Rice has urged his Hamilton gamers to visualise victory, saying: “It comes down to nerve sometimes, individual feelings, but you are a footballer, you have to handle these things.
“If you dread it and worry it, worry making a mistake, you have bought a little bit of an issue. If you stay up for it, dream about scoring a successful objective, making an enormous save, scoring a penalty, no matter it could be. That has been my message all alongside. Just be constructive.
“We will try to go and get three points and take it into the last game. That is the objective and that is what we will try to do.”
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Whoever finishes backside will swap place with Hearts, who secured computerized promotion to the Scottish Premiership for 2021/22 after successful the Championship.
But the promotion and relegation play-offs means whoever finishes second-backside should still not be secure.
The eleventh-positioned Scottish Premiership membership will play the Championship play-off winners over two legs to resolve who will take the ultimate spot in subsequent season’s high-flight line-up.
Dunfermline, Raith Rovers and Dundee have been the three Championship sides concerned on this season’s play-offs however Raith have already seen off Dunfermline of their two-legged quarter-closing to arrange a semi-closing with Championship runners-up Dundee, with the primary leg going down on Wednesday night time.
Whichever facet prevails in over these two legs will meet one among Hamilton, Kilmarnock or Ross County in one other two-legged showdown on May 20 and May 24.
Who will end high scorer?
Odsonne Edouard leads the highest scorers chart
Keep a watch on who bangs within the targets over the past couple of video games, too.
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard leads the best way with 17 targets, with Hibs’ Kevin Nisbet (14) his closest challenger.
Nisbet’s staff-mate Martin Boyle is 2 targets additional again, together with Rangers pair Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.
It’s a battle between Rangers and Aberdeen – the 2 sides squaring up in entrance of the Sky cameras on Saturday – for most clear sheets. Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis is at present edging Gers’ Allan McGregor 17 to 16…
How to observe
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Rangers vs Aberdeen – together with the trophy elevate – will then be stay on Sky Sports Football on Saturday.
Dundee United vs Motherwell – kick-off 6pm
Livingston vs Rangers – kick-off 6pm
Celtic vs St Johnstone – kick-off 6.30pm
Aberdeen vs Hibernian – kick-off 7.45pm
Kilmarnock vs St Mirren – kick-off 7.45pm
Ross County vs Hamilton – kick-off 7.45pm
Saturday fifteenth May 12:00pm
Sat May 15: Hibernian vs Celtic – kick-off 12.30pm
Sat May 15: Rangers vs Aberdeen – kick-off 12.30pm, stay on Sky Sports Football
Sat May 15: St Johnston vs Livingston – kick-off 12.30pm
Sun May 16: Hamilton vs Kilmarnock – kick-off 12pm
Sun May 16: Motherwell vs Ross County – kick-off 12pm
Sun May 16: St Mirren vs Dundee United – kick-off 12pm
Scottish Premiership play-off fixtures and outcomes
Tues May 4: Quarter-final first leg – Dunfermline 0-0 Raith Rovers
Sat May 8: Quarter-final second leg – Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline
Wed May 12: Semi-final first leg – Raith Rovers vs Dundee – kick-off 7.45pm
Sat May 15: Semi-final second leg – Dundee vs Raith Rovers – kick-off 7.45pm
Thurs May 20: Final first leg – Dundee or Raith Rovers vs eleventh-positioned Premiership membership
Mon May 24: Final second leg – eleventh-positioned Premiership membership vs Dundee or Raith Rovers
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