You and I can kick back and relax this weekend, but most Scottish Premiership teams have something big to play for. Aberdeen look secure in third spot, five points ahead of Hearts, they sold out Pittodrie for the visit of Hibs on Saturday. Demand will be swollen by today’s 40th anniversary of their Cup Winners’ Cup win over Real Madrid – it was as special then as it sounds now. It’s Aberdeen, though, so we should expect them to disappoint their fans.
One point separates Dundee United, Kilmarnock and Ross County, with County at Tannadice. Ask around, everyone is writing County off, a perennial mistake. I hope United stay up, a Dundee derby is good for the game, and inevitably embarrasses the broadcasters who ignore it.
The Plastic Derby takes place at Kilmarnock, as Livingston visit. Kilmarnock have an opportunity to put space between themselves and whoever is bottom, if they fail, Derek McInnes needs to take a look at himself.
Hearts are on a run of seven defeats in eight games but managed to box in the champions for a long period last weekend. They are a side who pick and choose when to play and sit a point ahead of Hibs. St Mirren can move within a point of Hearts with a win on Saturday. There’s prize money as well as pride to play for in the battle between Hibs, Hearts and St Mirren.
Two months ago Motherwell looked most likely for the drop. Form since has been spectacular, they even became the first Scottish team to take a point at Celtic Park this season. A win in Perth could see them move top of the Bottom Six – in England, they’d present you with a huge trophy for this!
Which leaves Celtic, visiting Ibrox without a fan and with nothing substantial to play for, and Newco, who want the season over and done with as soon as possible.
Grounds will be packed, towns energised, kids engaged in the game across Scotland. We might not have Gothenburg nights anymore, but the product still delivers.