SPL Round 37 Results: Celtic lift trophy but Inverness CT sweat on Europe

Kilmarnock continue their quest to be best of the bottom six with a victory over relegated Dundee, while St Mirren and Aberdeen play out a goalless draw in Paisley

Round 37

Kilmarnock continued their push to finish as the best of the bottom six, as goals from Rory McKenzie, Chris Johnston and Sammy Clingan gave them victory over already-relegated Dundee.

The visitors opened the scoring in stunning style, as McKenzie picked the ball up on the halfway line then proceeded to race forward, beating several Dundee defenders before placing it beyond keeper Steve Simonsen.

John Brown's side did draw level with 19 minutes gone as Ryan Conroy flicked home a Gary Irvine cross from the right into the net after Gary Harkins had dummied the ball, allowing the midfielder to find the finish.

Kilmarnock took the lead just before the hour mark as Jude Winchester found Johnston on the edge of the area and the young midfielder curled the ball round Simonsen and into the back of the Dundee net.

The lead was increased 12 minutes later as former Celtic midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim superbly found Clingan and the Northern Ireland international made no mistake with a 25-yard effort that flew into the top corner.

Dundee got one back with seven minutes left as Mark Stewart found the bottom corner of Cammy Bell’s net after being set-up by Carl Finnigan but it was not enough for the Dens Park side as they fell to defeat.
Inverness CT's hopes of securing a place in next season's Europa League were put on hold as an injury-time strike from Gary Mackay-Steven handed Dundee United victory.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, Inverness were awarded a penalty when John Rankin hauled Aaron Doran down inside the box but he was saved by keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak, who got down to palm away Billy McKay's spot kick.

On the stroke of half-time, they did take the lead, as Doran picked up possession on the edge of the area and spun and fired the ball beyond Cierzniak.

Just after the interval, Jackie McNamara's side got back on level terms as Jon Daly knocked down a long ball into the path of Ryan Dow, who fired home his first goal for the club.

With the game entering injury-time, the visitors stole the victory as Willo Flood played in Mackay-Steven and the 22-year-old placed his effort beyond Antonio Reguero in the Inverness goal to seal the victory for the Terrors.

The home side must now travel over the Kessock Bridge and claim victory against Highland rivals Ross County next Sunday in order to seal a European place.
Aberdeen failed to extend their lead at the top of the bottom six as they were held to a goalless draw at St Mirren.

The visitors had the opening chance of the game, as Scott Vernon curled an effort beyond Craig Samson, but it went just beyond the left hand post.

Dougie Imrie had a strike with a free kick to which Dons keeper Jamie Langfield had to react well in order to keep out and Derek McInnes's side did have the ball in the back of the net through Jonny Hayes - unfortunately for the Aberdeen winger, he was flagged offside.

St Mirren's Lewis Guy had the unpopular honour of coming on as a substitute for Esmael Goncalves with an hour gone, then, 20 minutes later, he was replaced for young striker Jack Smith as the game petered out.