Scottish Premiership fixtures: Who will take a step towards survival?

There are just three rounds of Scottish Premiership fixtures left with the relegation battle set to go to the wire.

There are just five points between ninth-place St Johnstone and Dundee United at the bottom with one team set for automatic relegation and another facing a play-off.

Hibernian take on Rangers, live on Sky Sportsas Lee Johnson’s side continues their push to secure European football for next season.

Champions Celtic host a St Mirren side who still have an outside chance of a European place and Hearts could close in on Aberdeen in the race for third.

We take a look at what is at stake this weekend…

What’s live on Sky?

Sunday 21st May 11:00am

Kickoff 12:00pm

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Easter Road on Sunday as Hibernian against a Rangers side buoyed by last weekend’s victory over Celtic, which Michael Beale said had given his side “oxygen”.

The Ibrox side have nothing to play for in terms of silverware, but there will be some of the squad fighting to prove they deserve a place for next season.

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Highlights of the Cinch Scottish Premiership Old Firm match between Rangers and Celtic

Hibs still have plenty to play for with European football on the cards for Lee Johnson’s side.

They go into this round of fixtures in fifth, just one point behind Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

Will Celtic return to form against St Mirren?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 13: John Souttar celebrates making it 2-0 Rangers during a cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium, on May 13, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
Celtic suffered defeat to Rangers in their last game

Ange Postecoglou’s side return to Celtic Park for the first time since clinching the title and the manager will be demanding a better performance than against Rangers last weekend.

Few players impressed at Ibrox as they fell to a 3-0 defeat, their first loss since St Mirren stunned them in Paisley back in September.

Stephen Robinson’s side have failed to win any of their last four matches with their hopes of playing European football next season fading.

Can Hearts close the gap on third-placed Aberdeen?

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 23: Liam Scales celebrates making it 1-0 Aberdeen during a cinch Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie, on April 22, 2023, in Aberdeen, Scotland.  (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)
Aberdeen are five points ahead of Hearts in third

Aberdeen have been revitalized under Barry Robson and a victory at Tynecastle Park on Saturday would all but secure third place and entry to the Europa Conference League at the third qualifying round, or the play-off stage if Celtic win the Scottish Cup.

A win for Hearts would see them close the gap on the Dons to just two points with two games left to play.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Aberdeen at Tynecastle Park

The Jambos though are only one point ahead of Hibs so a defeat could see them drop down the table if their Edinburgh rivals were to beat Rangers on Sunday, live on Sky.

Aberdeen won the last meeting 3-0 while Hearts claimed a 5-0 victory in Georgia back in January.

Will Kilmarnock put St Johnstone back in danger?

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Livingston

Kilmarnock’s hopes of survival were boosted by a victory over Livingston last weekend and Derek McInnes will be looking for their home form to continue against St Johnstone.

A win would see them move above the Perth side into ninth place as they aim to make their top-flight return last longer than one season.

Steven MacLean is in interim charge of St Johnstone
Steven MacLean is in interim charge of St Johnstone

Saints, who have Steven MacLean in interim charge since Callum Davidson’s sacking, would be safe from automatic relegation if they win at Rugby Park and Dundee United fail to pick up all three points in their game.

St Johnstone survived through the play-offs last season and are still facing the risk of an end-of-season battle to extend their 14-year stay in Scotland’s top flight.

Can Dundee United keep their survival hopes alive?

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Ross County

It is a massive weekend for Dundee United in their battle for survival.

Jim Goodwin’s side could be cut five points adrift at the foot of the table with just two games remaining if they lost away to Livingston and Ross County and Kilmarnock win.

After missing out on the top six, Livingston’s season is all but over with their Scottish Premiership status secure for next season.

David Martindale though will be looking for a strong end to the season after three consecutive 2-0 defeats.

Will Ross County take another step toward safety?

DINGWALL, SCOTLAND - MAY 06: Ross County's Alex Iacovitti (R) celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 with his teammate Yan Dhanda during a cinch Premiership match between Ross County and Livingston at the Global Energy Stadium, on May 06, 2023, in Dingwall, Scotland.  (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)
Ross County won their last two games

Back-to-back victories in their last two matches have given Ross County a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.

A win at Motherwell on Saturday could see them five points clear of automatic relegation if Dundee United fail to pick up anything at Livingston.

Motherwell's Kevin van Veen celebrates scoring to make it 1-1
Kevin van Veen has scored in Motherwell’s last eight games

Stuart Kettlewell’s side have nothing to play in their last three matches but the Staggies will have to keep Kevin van Veen quiet if they are to take the points at Fir Park.

The striker, who was a nominee for PFA Player of the Year, has scored in their last eight games and is closing on in on Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi as the league’s top scorer.

Scottish Premiership & SWPL on Sky Sports

Sky Sports will broadcast the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Women's Premier League
Sky Sports will broadcast the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Women’s Premier League

Sky Sports – This season up to 48 cinch Premiership games will be available across Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, plus at least five SWPL matches. From 2024/25, up to 60 cinch Premiership will be live on Sky Sports, in addition to the SWPL.

Sky Sports News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Scottish football fans can enjoy Sky Sports News’ (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the cinch Premiership and SWPL throughout the season.

Sky Sports Digital – Follow all the latest from Scottish football across and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage, in-game clips from matches live on Sky Sports and free highlights.

Sky Sports Social – Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @ScotlandSky will continue to be the home of all Scottish football content on Sky Sports.

Highlight Show – Tune in for a dedicated round-up from the cinch Premiership every week on Sky Sports Football.

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