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Friday 29th April 2016

Big weekend of football ahead

There's a big weekend of football ahead in the SPFL, with the final games in the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2.

There's a big weekend of football ahead in the SPFL, with the final games in the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2.

The Ladbrokes Premiership reaches fixture round 35 and both the title and relegation issue could be decided, depending on how the results go.

Ladbrokes Premiership
Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts are already assured of European football next season. Celtic could clinch the title on Saturday if they win against Hearts at Tynecastle, live on Sky Sports at 12.30pm, and Aberdeen fail to beat Motherwell in a 3.00pm kick-off at Pittodrie. A draw will be enough for Celtic if Aberdeen then lose to Motherwell.

At the other end of the table, Hamilton Accies will ensure their Premiership status for another year if they beat second-bottom Kilmarnock at New Douglas Park. Dundee United, eight points adrift at the bottom, could be relegated this weekend - a win for Killie would leave United needing to beat Dundee at Dens Park on Monday night, live on BT Sport, to avoid the drop.

Ladbrokes Championship
All this weekend's games take place on Sunday at 12.30pm, with St Mirren v Rangers live on BT Sport. Rangers received the trophy last weekend and Alloa Athletic have been relegated. Livingston will be involved in the play-offs as they bid to retain their Championship status.

Raith Rovers, Falkirk and Hibernian occupy the promotion play-off places, with Raith guaranteed to finish fourth. Falkirk - who host Morton - are in second place, three points and three goals better off than Hibs, who take on Queen of the South at Easter Road. If Hibs and Falkirk end up level on points, goal difference and goals scored then the head-to-head record comes into play and that favours Alan Stubbs' side.

Ladbrokes League 1
Champions Dunfermline Athletic will receive the trophy after Saturday's game against Peterhead, while Forfar Athletic were relegated last weekend. Peterhead and Ayr face each other in the play-offs - home advantage in the second leg will be determined by who finishes second and third - but fourth place has still to be decided.

Stranraer, who are at home to Cowdenbeath, have a two-point lead over both Airdrieonians and Albion Rovers but their inferior goal difference means they could be caught be either if they don't beat the Blue Brazil. Albion Rovers travel to play Stenhousemuir at Ochilview and Airdrieonians are away to Ayr United. The relegation play-off place is occupied by Cowdenbeath but Brechin City - who are away to Forfar - and Stenhousemuir are still in danger of dropping into ninth, with one point covering the three teams.

Ladbrokes League 2
East Fife will receive the trophy after their home game against an East Stirlingshire side who will face Edinburgh City (who lead 3-0 from the first leg) or Cove Rangers in a two-legged play-off on May 7 and 14 to preserve their SPFL status. Four clubs are still in contention for three play-off places. Queen's Park (56 points), Elgin City (56 points) and Clyde (54 points) are best placed but any could still be caught by Annan Athletic (53 points). Annan and Queen's Park meet at Galabank, Clyde host Stirling Albion and Elgin welcome Arbroath to Borough Briggs.