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    Agreed, tipped them for 3rd at the start of the season, looking good now.
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    I can't really, if you use a VPN you can change your IP address, that's really all I have to go off. Harold said he knew the gasworks bloke though.
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    Gasworks_Gus and now Mickey Methane, something has got to blow
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    Gasworks_Gus and now Mickey Methane, something has got to blow
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    Below are a selection of great website resources for Euro 2020 (2021):
    OneWorld-Futbol
    A great website for seeing the countries who are in Euro 2020. Click on a country to see their up and coming fixtures.
    Link: http://www.oneworld-futbol.com/
     
     
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    Favourite player Justin Fashanu 😂😂😂
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    Best new username ever Mickey Methane. 
    Luton fan..... 
    Have we ever had this amount of new forum members in the space of one week. 
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    Friday the 18th June at Wembley SP
    All of Scotland’s group games 

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    away to suck on choccy.....have a good evening you filthy animals....lol
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    I'm doing alright me like 🙂 
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    Its mental the cops even have to go to this level to stop the BLM cunts rioting and looting. 
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    Could watch that on a loop.....
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    I think the world would be better if they shot a lot more.....
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    Awesome reactions and accuracy from that cop, well done, another animal off the streets 👍
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    Take a look at this and see what Police in the USA are up against, scum fat bitch deserved to get wasted.
    https://www.breitbart.com/law-and-order/2021/04/20/graphic-video-columbus-police-release-bodycam-video-of-shooting/
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    Here... I'm undefeated,  you ain't won this yet....😀
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    Happy days, then welcome @Gasworks_Gus you have two accounts with same name, which one should I delete?
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    Bastion is sniffing yer baw hairs Harold 🤣
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    Results for week 35 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members
    Wednesday 21st April
        Hamilton Academical                                              18:00                               Motherwell                          2
        Hibernian                                                                 18:00                               Livingston                            1
        St Johnstone                                                           19:00                               Rangers                               x
        Aberdeen                                                                 19:45                               Celtic                                   x
        Kilmarnock                                                               19:45                              Dundee United                    1
        Ross County                                                            19:45                              St Mirren                              2
    Results of week 35 by participants
    SP 3 out of 6
    Dug 2 out of 6
    Bastion 3 out of 6
    Mak 1 out of 6
    Boro Boy 2 out of 6
    The standings after week 35
    Dug               114
    Bastion         109
    Boro Boy      104
    Mak              099
    Hairy            094
    SP                088
    Winston       067
    Dug drops another point and is now only 5 points in the lead above Bastion, BB cruising in 3rd place, Mak 1 point short of the 100 points mark, SP 12 points short of the century with only 18 predictions remaining.
    A few afters
    Full time Accies Motherwell 0 - 1
    Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice says his side "know what they need to do" if they are to defy the odds and secure Scottish Premiership survival.
    Victory for Kilmarnock and defeat for Ross County means Rice's men are three points adrift with three games remaining after losing to Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell.
    Mark O'Hara's first-half strike was enough to down the 10-man hosts, who saw Ronan Hughes sent off.
    "Nothing has been decided," Rice said.
    "We didn't deserve to win but I'm disappointed we didn't take something. We need to dust ourselves down and get over the disappointment."
    Motherwell's first derby win since August 2019 - coupled with County's defeat at home to St Mirren - means the Fir Park club's top-flight safety is guaranteed.
    In their previous two derbies, Motherwell's defence shipped seven goals and they were all at sea again in Hamilton's first venture forward. Scott McMann's deep free-kick found Hakeem Odoffin all alone at the back post, but the former Livingston man cushioned a volley just wide.
    Motherwell responded with a set-piece chance of their own, as Ricki Lamie's close-range header was blocked en-route to goal.
    The visitors began to take control as Devante Cole's curling effort was tipped behind by Kyle Gourlay but, despite dominating the ball, the visitors failed to create anything of note until Hamilton were reduced to 10 when Hughes lunged in late on Crawford.
    Four minutes later, Motherwell had the lead when patient play around the edge of the box resulted in O'Hara arrowing in a fine low finish into the far corner.
    Cole struck narrowly wide with a volley just before the break, but Alexander's side rarely threatened in the second period despite having the extra man.
    Instead it was Hamilton who came out with intent - something that was sorely missing from their first-half showing - as Bruce Anderson struck straight at Kelly from the edge of the box.
    The home side fought on - as we have come to expect from Rice's side - but they ran out of steam in the closing stages as O'Donnell, O'Hara and Cole struck wide for the visitors as they saw the game out.
    Man of the match - Mark O'Hara

    In his first start in over two months, the former Dundee man was at the heart of Motherwell's attacks and helped control the game late on.
    What did they say?
    Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
    "The red card was a turning point, there wasn't much in the game up to then. To go down to 10 men and lose the goal quickly knocked us."
    Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
    "It was a big win in terms of the league and the fact it's a local derby.
    "We haven't done well enough in these games throughout the season. Hopefully that's a reward for the supporters and a thank you for sticking with us."
    What's next?
    Motherwell turn their attention back to the Scottish Cup this Saturday as they travel to Hibernian (17:00 BST) in the quarter-finals, while Hamilton go to St Mirren in the league the following week (15:00).

    Full time Hibs Livvy 2 - 1
    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross is eyeing third place in the Scottish Premiership after securing a European spot with a 2-1 win against Livingston.
    Kevin Nisbet opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, before Martin Boyle doubled their lead from the penalty spot.
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was brought down by Kyle Magennis in the box and stepped up to score a consolation late on.
    Ross says he's delighted with his side's achievement.
    "Securing top-four is something that goes under the radar a little bit because we've continued to push the bar in what we want to achieve," he says.
    "At the start of the season we would have been delighted with that."
    But David Martindale's side have now won just one of nine league games.
    Hibs will play in the new Europa Conference League next season, with a place in the Europa League also potentially within reach should either they or Rangers win the Scottish Cup.
    Hibs knew avoiding defeat would secure continental competition, but did not look like a side interested in a draw.
    Paul McGinn picked up the ball just outside the box and slid an incisive pass to Boyle, who would have been within his rights to shoot, but instead squared for Nisbet to tap in.
    Livingston suffered an exhausting penalty shoot-out defeat at Aberdeen last weekend and their lethargy was evident, with no sign of a response to going a goal down.
    It was two before the half hour, as Boyle jinked inside and out, holding off two players before Efe Ambrose brought him down in the box. The Australia international stepped up to take the penalty himself, sending Max Stryjek the wrong way and arrowing the ball high into the net.
    The only possible complaint Ross could have had at half-time was that his side were not three or four up. Nisbet skinned Alan Lithgow before forcing a save out of Stryjek; Jackson Irvine glanced a header wide; and Christian Doidge did not quite connect with a half-volley.
    But you can never quite count on Hibs to be defensively solid throughout a game. They are now without a clean sheet in their last six in the league, and Emmanuel-Thomas' late consolation from the spot had been coming.
    Craig Sibbald had a few long-range efforts, and Livingston asked for a penalty on multiple occasions before eventually getting one.
    Substitutes Matej Poplatnik and Alan Forrest both had excellent chances, but both were hit wide of the far post.
    Despite Emmanuel-Thomas holding his nerve from 12 yards after Magennis had clumsily tripped him, Hibs held out for the three points.
    Man of the match - Martin Boyle

    A goal and an assist for Boyle in a devastating first-half display.
    What did they say?
    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
    "I thought we were brilliant in the first half, we didn't quite hit those levels in the second half, but I'm really delighted with the result at this stage of the season."
    Livingston manager David Martindale:
    "You've got to perform 90 minutes to win a game of football and we were miles off it for a half hour spell.
    "Did I get the formation wrong? I think I did. It didn't work the way I wanted it to work."
    What's next?
    Hibernian host Motherwell in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup on Saturday (17:00 BST). Livingston are not in action again until Saturday 1 May, when they face Aberdeen at home in the Scottish Premiership (15:00 BST).

    Full time St Johnstone Rangers 1 - 1
    Scott Wright is "ready to contribute" to Rangers after scoring his first goal for the club against St Johnstone, says boss Steven Gerrard.
    Wright stroked the Scottish champions ahead in Perth with a neat 55th-minute finish as they were held to a 1-1 draw.
    The attacker, who joined in January from Premiership rivals Aberdeen, was making his first league start.
    "Since Scott has come in, everything we have asked of him he has done really well," said Gerrard.
    "He is really professional, we are working hard with him on and off the pitch. He is up to speed, he looks ready now to contribute and it was a really tidy finish.
    "I thought again he showed some flashes but again there are things he can work on, but so can a lot of other people on tonight's performance. We are really pleased with Scott."
    Despite Liam Craig's 94th-minute penalty snatching a point for St Johnstone, Rangers remain on course for an unbeaten league season and a points total of 100 for the first time in a top-flight campaign.
    St Johnstone stay sixth in the table, and climb within three points of Livingston, who lost to Hibernian earlier on Wednesday.
    According to the latest figures, the hosts have less than a 10th of Rangers' player budget, but money does not account for the doggedness, diligence and sheer bloody-mindedness embodied by Callum Davidson's side.
    Gerrard has tremendous depth in his Rangers squad, and it showed. Seven players who started the Scottish Cup castling of Celtic dropped out and fit-again captain James Tavernier returned for the first time since February. Davidson, by contrast, strengthened his line-up with four front-liners returning.
    St Johnstone began at a furious clip. From a cutely-worked corner, Craig steered straight at Jon McLaughlin. Guy Melamed rasped beyond the Rangers goalkeeper, but was flagged offside, then the Israeli striker nodded into McLaughlin's arms from a dangerous position.
    It was a shame to see Melamed, who has scored two goals in his past three matches and who has emerged as pivotal cog in Davidson's machine, hobbling off injured and visibly distraught.
    After this turbulent opening, Rangers began to stir, finding their rhythm and growing into the contest. Simpson ballooned a header onto the roof of the home net. Wright was sent scurrying through on goal by a wonderful, arcing Kemar Roofe pass but out galloped Zander Clark to smother at the feet of the attacker.
    The duel was full-blooded, the football less than stellar, but all Rangers needed to pounce was a sliver of opportunity.
    Shaun Rooney was beaten to a looping ball in midfield by Steven Davis, and off swooped Rangers. Davis cantered to the edge of the box, slipped to his left, and Wright opened his body to caress a neat shot past Clark.
    Two minutes later, chaos erupted. Rooney swivelled, blasted over and hit the deck under pressure from Borna Barisic. He roared for a penalty, but referee Euan Anderson gestured for a goal kick. Then, the official seemed to change his mind, pointing to the spot.
    That was gripping enough, but it got more dramatic still when Anderson jogged over to speak to his assistant, and after a brief chat, reverted to his initial decision. No penalty.
    St Johnstone, undeterred, continued to push, and push hard. In the end, their resilience was rewarded. In the dying embers, Kane won a header in the Rangers box, and was caught in mid-air by Simpson.
    This time, Anderson was in no doubt. Craig was equally decisive in burying his kick.
    Man of the match - Stevie May

    May was a relentless nuisance, harrying and chasing and fizzing in around the Rangers defenders.
    What did we learn?
    The pair do it all again on Sunday with a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at stake.
    St Johnstone's organisation and staying power is no revelation, but living with Rangers over 90 minutes will imbue them with great confidence.
    Gerrard, though, will surely bring back some of his big names for the last-eight showdown and his side will surely be more ruthless; it will take another monumental effort by Saints to pull off a seismic shock.
    What they said
    St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
    "Once we lost the goal we didn't give up, we kept going and got our rewards in the end.
    "It's not often you play against Rangers and have more shots on target than they do, so that shows how well we played. We deserved at least a point and I'm really proud of the players."
    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
    "It was a penalty, we should have won the header and it was a combination of small errors.
    "But I think over the course of the 90 minutes St Johnstone deserved that little bit of luck."
    What's next?
    Another meeting of the two at Ibrox on Sunday (18:30 BST) in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

    Full time Sheep tims 1 - 1 no match report

    Full time Killie D Utd 3 - 0
    The job of avoiding relegation from the Scottish Premiership is "nowhere near done" says Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright, despite his side's 3-0 thrashing of Dundee United.
    Kyle Lafferty netted a hattrick in 11 first-half minutes to secure victory.
    The win moves Kilmarnock five points clear of bottom side Hamilton Academical and up to 10th, a point clear of the relegation play-off.
    "We've been down there for far too long," Wright said.
    "But I'm not thinking the job's done - it's nowhere near done.
    "We still need a couple of wins to make sure we can stay in this league. It now gives us a little bit of a cushion but there's a lot of hard work to go, but in terms of it being a good night for us - most definitely."
    United - who were already safe and made seven changes - slip to eighth.
    Lafferty was a February free-agent signing as Tommy Wright took charge with Kilmarnock in serious relegation trouble, and though the jeopardy is far from over, the Northern Irishman is taking it upon himself to launch the Ayrshire side to safety, with 10 goals in his last six games.
    His opener came in typical fashion, as he peeled off United's 16-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith to nod in Ross Millen's fantastic cross from close range, and his second arrived just three minutes later.
    Millen was again inch-perfect with the assist, as he latched on to Chris Burke's incisive pass to pull the ball back for Lafferty to dispatch into the far corner.
    After a strong start, United were now reeling and Jeando Fuchs compounded their misery by coming through the back of Chris Burke in the box three minutes before the break to hand Lafferty a chance for a 10-minute hat-trick.
    The former Rangers man sent Deniz Mehmet the wrong way with a calm finish into the right-hand corner and essentially wrapped up victory by half-time.
    United very much looked like a side who had made seven changes and had little to play for, with young defender Smith given a torrid time on his first start.
    However, they can shake this one off with minimal damage done and look forward to Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final with Aberdeen.
    Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

    An honourable mention for Millen, who assisted the first two goals, but there is only one serious candidate in Lafferty given his contribution.
    What they said
    Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
    "The main thing for us is getting the three points. We knew the Hamilton result before kick-off so it was a big three points for us.
    "Then we heard St Mirren had won up at Ross County so it opens up a bit of a gap and gets us up to 10th place."
    Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
    "We wanted to keep the integrity of the league. We had a go and expected to get some sort of a result.
    "They [young players] did very well and we'll be able to move on from the so-called report card now and work on the things they need to get better at."
    What's next?
    Both sides are in Scottish Cup quarter-final action this weekend. Dundee United travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen on Sunday (14:30 BST), while Kilmarnock host St Mirren the next day (19:45). Both games are live on the BBC.

    Full time Ross County Buddies 1 - 3
    John Hughes says the "penny has to drop" for his Ross County side after they slipped into the Scottish Premiership relegation play-off place after defeat by St Mirren.
    Jordan White's cute flick had County set to go six points clear of bottom club Hamilton Academical.
    However, Lee Erwin's fine header early in the second half levelled the score.
    Then Ilkay Durmus gave the away side the lead before Jamie McGrath made sure of the win with a late penalty.
    "We won't win any games if we're conceding two or three goals," Hughes said. "There must be something wrong and we have to sit down and look at it.
    "We're looking for the answers and solutions and hopefully we can come up with them."
    The defeat means County sit three points above Hamilton and slip two behind Kilmarnock, while St Mirren climb into seventh place.
    The home side would have been keen to take advantage of Hamilton's defeat by Motherwell, but it was St Mirren who started more brightly and almost took the lead inside the first minute.
    Jay Henderson, a 19-year-old making his first start, nearly converted a Cammy MacPherson cross with Leo Hjelde putting his body in between.
    The away side continued to have the majority of play but were unable to make the most of that dominance and County took advantage. A quick free-kick found Billy Mckay, whose ball into the area was eventually cleared before being returned by Jason Naismith towards White, who shrewdly nudged past Jak Alnwick.
    The goalkeeper was involved again as he stretched spectacularly to keep out Jordan Tillson's looping shot just before the interval.
    The break was a welcome one for Jim Goodwin's side as they came out the blocks much improved and quickly equalised through Erwin.
    Alnwick's long ball found Richard Tait, who chested past his man and delivered a perfect cross into the path of Erwin to bullet a header past Ross Laidlaw.
    Hughes wasn't content with a point and opted to make a triple change on the hour, but it was the away side who continued to threaten before taking the lead through Durmus.
    The Turkish winger finished off a sweeping counter attack after Collin Quaner latched onto Erwin's long ball forward then cut back to find the onrushing Durmus, who finished neatly.
    County could not regain a foothold in the game as the visitors began to create further opportunities.
    Kyle McAllister cracked the post following a Quaner flick on and MacPherson saw two efforts drift just wide of the post in the final stages.
    McGrath ensured the points would head back to Paisley as he converted a penalty for his 14th goal of the season after Hjelde slid in to block a MacPherson shot with his arms outstretched.
    Man of the match - Ilkay Durmus

    The pacey winger was a thorn in County's side throughout the second half and was worthy of his goal.
    What did they say?
    Ross County manager John Hughes:
    "The goals we conceded are the same as against Inverness and Kilmarnock - it's bread and butter stuff. It's the do's and the dont's of football.
    "I'll never question their commitment but it's the fundamentals we have to get right."
    St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
    "At half time, it was important to encourage the players and help them believe that if they got the next goal then they could go again and win the game."
    "All in all I'm really satisfied considering we're up here with a real lack of numbers, not loads of options off the bench. I think the players deserve enormous credit."
    What's next?
    County travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United a week on Saturday (15:00 BST), while St Mirren face Kilmarnock away from home in the Scottish Cup this Monday (19:45) live on BBC Scotland.
    And the SPL table after week 35
    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table
     
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    sployal reacted to Harold in 2021 Celebrity Death Thread!   
    Not rocking the boat here and in a very lesser extent this guy was absolutely loved by the patrons of M & S in my home town...Tom MacAleer (53) died last week sudden death. Known by everyone who shopped there, had time for everyone....such a nice, decent gut who was a fantastic employee. RIP Tom....unfuckingbelievable! I was honestly shocked when I read our local rag this morning!
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    piece of piss for the dug......lol
    I am actively searching the facilities to which I have access and seriously considering banning Bastion from participating in this prestigious competition.................I shall of course engage in such activity with no trace.
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    Results for week 35 of the super SPL fun predictor season 2020 - 2021 fellow members
    Wednesday 21st April
        Hamilton Academical                                              18:00                               Motherwell                          2
        Hibernian                                                                 18:00                               Livingston                            1
        St Johnstone                                                           19:00                               Rangers                               x
        Aberdeen                                                                 19:45                               Celtic                                   x
        Kilmarnock                                                               19:45                              Dundee United                    1
        Ross County                                                            19:45                              St Mirren                              2
    Results of week 35 by participants
    SP 3 out of 6
    Dug 2 out of 6
    Bastion 3 out of 6
    Mak 1 out of 6
    Boro Boy 2 out of 6
    The standings after week 35
    Dug               114
    Bastion         109
    Boro Boy      104
    Mak              099
    Hairy            094
    SP                088
    Winston       067
    Dug drops another point and is now only 5 points in the lead above Bastion, BB cruising in 3rd place, Mak 1 point short of the 100 points mark, SP 12 points short of the century with only 18 predictions remaining.
    A few afters
    Full time Accies Motherwell 0 - 1
    Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice says his side "know what they need to do" if they are to defy the odds and secure Scottish Premiership survival.
    Victory for Kilmarnock and defeat for Ross County means Rice's men are three points adrift with three games remaining after losing to Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell.
    Mark O'Hara's first-half strike was enough to down the 10-man hosts, who saw Ronan Hughes sent off.
    "Nothing has been decided," Rice said.
    "We didn't deserve to win but I'm disappointed we didn't take something. We need to dust ourselves down and get over the disappointment."
    Motherwell's first derby win since August 2019 - coupled with County's defeat at home to St Mirren - means the Fir Park club's top-flight safety is guaranteed.
    In their previous two derbies, Motherwell's defence shipped seven goals and they were all at sea again in Hamilton's first venture forward. Scott McMann's deep free-kick found Hakeem Odoffin all alone at the back post, but the former Livingston man cushioned a volley just wide.
    Motherwell responded with a set-piece chance of their own, as Ricki Lamie's close-range header was blocked en-route to goal.
    The visitors began to take control as Devante Cole's curling effort was tipped behind by Kyle Gourlay but, despite dominating the ball, the visitors failed to create anything of note until Hamilton were reduced to 10 when Hughes lunged in late on Crawford.
    Four minutes later, Motherwell had the lead when patient play around the edge of the box resulted in O'Hara arrowing in a fine low finish into the far corner.
    Cole struck narrowly wide with a volley just before the break, but Alexander's side rarely threatened in the second period despite having the extra man.
    Instead it was Hamilton who came out with intent - something that was sorely missing from their first-half showing - as Bruce Anderson struck straight at Kelly from the edge of the box.
    The home side fought on - as we have come to expect from Rice's side - but they ran out of steam in the closing stages as O'Donnell, O'Hara and Cole struck wide for the visitors as they saw the game out.
    Man of the match - Mark O'Hara

    In his first start in over two months, the former Dundee man was at the heart of Motherwell's attacks and helped control the game late on.
    What did they say?
    Hamilton head coach Brian Rice:
    "The red card was a turning point, there wasn't much in the game up to then. To go down to 10 men and lose the goal quickly knocked us."
    Motherwell manager Graham Alexander:
    "It was a big win in terms of the league and the fact it's a local derby.
    "We haven't done well enough in these games throughout the season. Hopefully that's a reward for the supporters and a thank you for sticking with us."
    What's next?
    Motherwell turn their attention back to the Scottish Cup this Saturday as they travel to Hibernian (17:00 BST) in the quarter-finals, while Hamilton go to St Mirren in the league the following week (15:00).

    Full time Hibs Livvy 2 - 1
    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross is eyeing third place in the Scottish Premiership after securing a European spot with a 2-1 win against Livingston.
    Kevin Nisbet opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, before Martin Boyle doubled their lead from the penalty spot.
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was brought down by Kyle Magennis in the box and stepped up to score a consolation late on.
    Ross says he's delighted with his side's achievement.
    "Securing top-four is something that goes under the radar a little bit because we've continued to push the bar in what we want to achieve," he says.
    "At the start of the season we would have been delighted with that."
    But David Martindale's side have now won just one of nine league games.
    Hibs will play in the new Europa Conference League next season, with a place in the Europa League also potentially within reach should either they or Rangers win the Scottish Cup.
    Hibs knew avoiding defeat would secure continental competition, but did not look like a side interested in a draw.
    Paul McGinn picked up the ball just outside the box and slid an incisive pass to Boyle, who would have been within his rights to shoot, but instead squared for Nisbet to tap in.
    Livingston suffered an exhausting penalty shoot-out defeat at Aberdeen last weekend and their lethargy was evident, with no sign of a response to going a goal down.
    It was two before the half hour, as Boyle jinked inside and out, holding off two players before Efe Ambrose brought him down in the box. The Australia international stepped up to take the penalty himself, sending Max Stryjek the wrong way and arrowing the ball high into the net.
    The only possible complaint Ross could have had at half-time was that his side were not three or four up. Nisbet skinned Alan Lithgow before forcing a save out of Stryjek; Jackson Irvine glanced a header wide; and Christian Doidge did not quite connect with a half-volley.
    But you can never quite count on Hibs to be defensively solid throughout a game. They are now without a clean sheet in their last six in the league, and Emmanuel-Thomas' late consolation from the spot had been coming.
    Craig Sibbald had a few long-range efforts, and Livingston asked for a penalty on multiple occasions before eventually getting one.
    Substitutes Matej Poplatnik and Alan Forrest both had excellent chances, but both were hit wide of the far post.
    Despite Emmanuel-Thomas holding his nerve from 12 yards after Magennis had clumsily tripped him, Hibs held out for the three points.
    Man of the match - Martin Boyle

    A goal and an assist for Boyle in a devastating first-half display.
    What did they say?
    Hibernian head coach Jack Ross:
    "I thought we were brilliant in the first half, we didn't quite hit those levels in the second half, but I'm really delighted with the result at this stage of the season."
    Livingston manager David Martindale:
    "You've got to perform 90 minutes to win a game of football and we were miles off it for a half hour spell.
    "Did I get the formation wrong? I think I did. It didn't work the way I wanted it to work."
    What's next?
    Hibernian host Motherwell in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup on Saturday (17:00 BST). Livingston are not in action again until Saturday 1 May, when they face Aberdeen at home in the Scottish Premiership (15:00 BST).

    Full time St Johnstone Rangers 1 - 1
    Scott Wright is "ready to contribute" to Rangers after scoring his first goal for the club against St Johnstone, says boss Steven Gerrard.
    Wright stroked the Scottish champions ahead in Perth with a neat 55th-minute finish as they were held to a 1-1 draw.
    The attacker, who joined in January from Premiership rivals Aberdeen, was making his first league start.
    "Since Scott has come in, everything we have asked of him he has done really well," said Gerrard.
    "He is really professional, we are working hard with him on and off the pitch. He is up to speed, he looks ready now to contribute and it was a really tidy finish.
    "I thought again he showed some flashes but again there are things he can work on, but so can a lot of other people on tonight's performance. We are really pleased with Scott."
    Despite Liam Craig's 94th-minute penalty snatching a point for St Johnstone, Rangers remain on course for an unbeaten league season and a points total of 100 for the first time in a top-flight campaign.
    St Johnstone stay sixth in the table, and climb within three points of Livingston, who lost to Hibernian earlier on Wednesday.
    According to the latest figures, the hosts have less than a 10th of Rangers' player budget, but money does not account for the doggedness, diligence and sheer bloody-mindedness embodied by Callum Davidson's side.
    Gerrard has tremendous depth in his Rangers squad, and it showed. Seven players who started the Scottish Cup castling of Celtic dropped out and fit-again captain James Tavernier returned for the first time since February. Davidson, by contrast, strengthened his line-up with four front-liners returning.
    St Johnstone began at a furious clip. From a cutely-worked corner, Craig steered straight at Jon McLaughlin. Guy Melamed rasped beyond the Rangers goalkeeper, but was flagged offside, then the Israeli striker nodded into McLaughlin's arms from a dangerous position.
    It was a shame to see Melamed, who has scored two goals in his past three matches and who has emerged as pivotal cog in Davidson's machine, hobbling off injured and visibly distraught.
    After this turbulent opening, Rangers began to stir, finding their rhythm and growing into the contest. Simpson ballooned a header onto the roof of the home net. Wright was sent scurrying through on goal by a wonderful, arcing Kemar Roofe pass but out galloped Zander Clark to smother at the feet of the attacker.
    The duel was full-blooded, the football less than stellar, but all Rangers needed to pounce was a sliver of opportunity.
    Shaun Rooney was beaten to a looping ball in midfield by Steven Davis, and off swooped Rangers. Davis cantered to the edge of the box, slipped to his left, and Wright opened his body to caress a neat shot past Clark.
    Two minutes later, chaos erupted. Rooney swivelled, blasted over and hit the deck under pressure from Borna Barisic. He roared for a penalty, but referee Euan Anderson gestured for a goal kick. Then, the official seemed to change his mind, pointing to the spot.
    That was gripping enough, but it got more dramatic still when Anderson jogged over to speak to his assistant, and after a brief chat, reverted to his initial decision. No penalty.
    St Johnstone, undeterred, continued to push, and push hard. In the end, their resilience was rewarded. In the dying embers, Kane won a header in the Rangers box, and was caught in mid-air by Simpson.
    This time, Anderson was in no doubt. Craig was equally decisive in burying his kick.
    Man of the match - Stevie May

    May was a relentless nuisance, harrying and chasing and fizzing in around the Rangers defenders.
    What did we learn?
    The pair do it all again on Sunday with a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at stake.
    St Johnstone's organisation and staying power is no revelation, but living with Rangers over 90 minutes will imbue them with great confidence.
    Gerrard, though, will surely bring back some of his big names for the last-eight showdown and his side will surely be more ruthless; it will take another monumental effort by Saints to pull off a seismic shock.
    What they said
    St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson:
    "Once we lost the goal we didn't give up, we kept going and got our rewards in the end.
    "It's not often you play against Rangers and have more shots on target than they do, so that shows how well we played. We deserved at least a point and I'm really proud of the players."
    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard:
    "It was a penalty, we should have won the header and it was a combination of small errors.
    "But I think over the course of the 90 minutes St Johnstone deserved that little bit of luck."
    What's next?
    Another meeting of the two at Ibrox on Sunday (18:30 BST) in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

    Full time Sheep tims 1 - 1 no match report

    Full time Killie D Utd 3 - 0
    The job of avoiding relegation from the Scottish Premiership is "nowhere near done" says Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright, despite his side's 3-0 thrashing of Dundee United.
    Kyle Lafferty netted a hattrick in 11 first-half minutes to secure victory.
    The win moves Kilmarnock five points clear of bottom side Hamilton Academical and up to 10th, a point clear of the relegation play-off.
    "We've been down there for far too long," Wright said.
    "But I'm not thinking the job's done - it's nowhere near done.
    "We still need a couple of wins to make sure we can stay in this league. It now gives us a little bit of a cushion but there's a lot of hard work to go, but in terms of it being a good night for us - most definitely."
    United - who were already safe and made seven changes - slip to eighth.
    Lafferty was a February free-agent signing as Tommy Wright took charge with Kilmarnock in serious relegation trouble, and though the jeopardy is far from over, the Northern Irishman is taking it upon himself to launch the Ayrshire side to safety, with 10 goals in his last six games.
    His opener came in typical fashion, as he peeled off United's 16-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith to nod in Ross Millen's fantastic cross from close range, and his second arrived just three minutes later.
    Millen was again inch-perfect with the assist, as he latched on to Chris Burke's incisive pass to pull the ball back for Lafferty to dispatch into the far corner.
    After a strong start, United were now reeling and Jeando Fuchs compounded their misery by coming through the back of Chris Burke in the box three minutes before the break to hand Lafferty a chance for a 10-minute hat-trick.
    The former Rangers man sent Deniz Mehmet the wrong way with a calm finish into the right-hand corner and essentially wrapped up victory by half-time.
    United very much looked like a side who had made seven changes and had little to play for, with young defender Smith given a torrid time on his first start.
    However, they can shake this one off with minimal damage done and look forward to Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final with Aberdeen.
    Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

    An honourable mention for Millen, who assisted the first two goals, but there is only one serious candidate in Lafferty given his contribution.
    What they said
    Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright:
    "The main thing for us is getting the three points. We knew the Hamilton result before kick-off so it was a big three points for us.
    "Then we heard St Mirren had won up at Ross County so it opens up a bit of a gap and gets us up to 10th place."
    Dundee United manager Micky Mellon:
    "We wanted to keep the integrity of the league. We had a go and expected to get some sort of a result.
    "They [young players] did very well and we'll be able to move on from the so-called report card now and work on the things they need to get better at."
    What's next?
    Both sides are in Scottish Cup quarter-final action this weekend. Dundee United travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen on Sunday (14:30 BST), while Kilmarnock host St Mirren the next day (19:45). Both games are live on the BBC.

    Full time Ross County Buddies 1 - 3
    John Hughes says the "penny has to drop" for his Ross County side after they slipped into the Scottish Premiership relegation play-off place after defeat by St Mirren.
    Jordan White's cute flick had County set to go six points clear of bottom club Hamilton Academical.
    However, Lee Erwin's fine header early in the second half levelled the score.
    Then Ilkay Durmus gave the away side the lead before Jamie McGrath made sure of the win with a late penalty.
    "We won't win any games if we're conceding two or three goals," Hughes said. "There must be something wrong and we have to sit down and look at it.
    "We're looking for the answers and solutions and hopefully we can come up with them."
    The defeat means County sit three points above Hamilton and slip two behind Kilmarnock, while St Mirren climb into seventh place.
    The home side would have been keen to take advantage of Hamilton's defeat by Motherwell, but it was St Mirren who started more brightly and almost took the lead inside the first minute.
    Jay Henderson, a 19-year-old making his first start, nearly converted a Cammy MacPherson cross with Leo Hjelde putting his body in between.
    The away side continued to have the majority of play but were unable to make the most of that dominance and County took advantage. A quick free-kick found Billy Mckay, whose ball into the area was eventually cleared before being returned by Jason Naismith towards White, who shrewdly nudged past Jak Alnwick.
    The goalkeeper was involved again as he stretched spectacularly to keep out Jordan Tillson's looping shot just before the interval.
    The break was a welcome one for Jim Goodwin's side as they came out the blocks much improved and quickly equalised through Erwin.
    Alnwick's long ball found Richard Tait, who chested past his man and delivered a perfect cross into the path of Erwin to bullet a header past Ross Laidlaw.
    Hughes wasn't content with a point and opted to make a triple change on the hour, but it was the away side who continued to threaten before taking the lead through Durmus.
    The Turkish winger finished off a sweeping counter attack after Collin Quaner latched onto Erwin's long ball forward then cut back to find the onrushing Durmus, who finished neatly.
    County could not regain a foothold in the game as the visitors began to create further opportunities.
    Kyle McAllister cracked the post following a Quaner flick on and MacPherson saw two efforts drift just wide of the post in the final stages.
    McGrath ensured the points would head back to Paisley as he converted a penalty for his 14th goal of the season after Hjelde slid in to block a MacPherson shot with his arms outstretched.
    Man of the match - Ilkay Durmus

    The pacey winger was a thorn in County's side throughout the second half and was worthy of his goal.
    What did they say?
    Ross County manager John Hughes:
    "The goals we conceded are the same as against Inverness and Kilmarnock - it's bread and butter stuff. It's the do's and the dont's of football.
    "I'll never question their commitment but it's the fundamentals we have to get right."
    St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin:
    "At half time, it was important to encourage the players and help them believe that if they got the next goal then they could go again and win the game."
    "All in all I'm really satisfied considering we're up here with a real lack of numbers, not loads of options off the bench. I think the players deserve enormous credit."
    What's next?
    County travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United a week on Saturday (15:00 BST), while St Mirren face Kilmarnock away from home in the Scottish Cup this Monday (19:45) live on BBC Scotland.
    And the SPL table after week 35
    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership/table
     
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