SPFL midweek preview: relegation dogfight takes centre stage

By Daryn MacRae

With the title wrapped up and Aberdeen leaving Rangers in their rear-view mirror in the race for second, the battle to avoid the SPFL trapdoor takes centre stage over the next two nights.

With only five points separating the bottom five clubs and just 8 games remaining, every game and every point counts.

Inverness, currently occupying the bottom spot, travel to Pittodrie this evening while Highland rivals Ross County, who sit only a point clear of the relegation play-off, host Dundee in Dingwall. Thistle, who have only one win to their name in the last ten, line up as huge underdogs against the Dons, who come into the match fresh from smashing seven past Dundee at Dens Park on Friday.

The Staggies, who have lost six of their last ten, know three points are crucial if they are to steer themselves clear of a relegation dogfight while Dundee will be looking to respond after Friday night’s dismal 7-0 reverse.

Tomorrow night Motherwell take on Hamilton in a relegation six-pointer. The Steelmen put in a resolute display to take a point at Ibrox on Saturday, but with Hamilton securing a 1-0 win over a battered and bruised St. Johnstone the gap between the two sits at only a point.

‘Well hitman Louis Moult, who scored the opener on Saturday, said: “We have to take the positives from coming to Ibrox and taking a 1-1 draw. It’s good for our confidence leading into Wednesday, to show what we are capable of.

“If we apply ourselves like that we’ve got nothing to worry about.”

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said: “We have got better and better since I came in. The more the boys have got to understand me the better they have got. We had a plan and they’ve carried it out to the letter.

“It’s massive we don’t throw away the point we’ve gained against Rangers and put in another performance against Hamilton.”

Elsewhere, Rangers travel to Kilmarnock, champions Celtic host Partick Thistle and Hearts head for Perth to take on Tommy Wright’s St. Johnstone.

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