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Scottish Premiership Wrap: Motherwell boost European hopes, Celtic trounce Aberdeen

3 May 2014 21:32

Motherwell all but secured a UEFA Europa League qualifying berth with victory in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Third-placed Motherwell ended a three-game winless run by edging St Johnstone 2-1 at home.

Stephen McManus headed home the deciding goal before half-time to send Stuart McCall's side six points clear of fourth-placed Dundee United, who could only draw 1-1 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle due to a superb performance from home goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Motherwell only require one point from their final two outings to secure European football.

Champions Celtic ran out 5-2 winners against second-placed Aberdeen, who are now just a point above Motherwell.

Celtic have long since secured a third successive title, but required victory on Saturday to maintain their chances of breaking the 100-point barrier.

Neil Lennon's men ultimately triumphed at a canter, with Scott Brown and Kris Commons each grabbing two goals.

Gregg Wylde's 79th-minute thunderbolt earned St. Mirren a 1-0 win over Ross County, heightening the latter's relegation fears.

County are just a point above Kilmarnock, who visit Hearts on Sunday and currently occupy the relegation play-off place.

Hibernian and Partick Thistle each moved a point above Ross County following an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Kris Doolan's tap-in gave Partick an early lead, but Hibs avoided a seventh successive defeat - despite losing Michael Nelson to a red card - courtesy of Sam Stanton's late header.

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Competition
Premiership
Date
3 May 2014
Game week
3
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Fir Park (Motherwell)
Attendance
7201

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
S. McManus 36'  
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24
20
12
22
23
26
30
# Player Bookings
22
11
8
4
15
23
25

Friday 1 July

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Wednesday 29 June

23:47
23:37
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Premiership table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0

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