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Summary

  1. Dundee Utd 0-2 Inverness (Storey, Vigurs), Kilmarnock 3-0 St Johnstone (Boyd 2, 1 pen, Higginbotham)
  2. Hamilton 2-1 Dundee (Crawford, Garcia Ten, pen; Harkins), Ross Co 1-0 Partick Thistle (Schalk)
  3. Motherwell 1-2 Celtic (McDonald; Griffiths 2)

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Cup fever

Our attention also turns to cup business tomorrow, when a new name will be engraved on the Petrofac Training Cup trophy.

Rangers, already having clnched the Championship title, face Peterhead, second in League One and themselves chasing promotion, at a sold-out Hampden.

Join us then for more live action.

Fat lady singing?

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen is not yet prepared to accept that relegation is a certainty.

At least the Terrors have some respite next weekend, when they can turn their attention to the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden.

Intriguing that it is a match between two sides suffering in the league campaigns in recent weeks.

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

"At half-time, it was nowhere good enough - a poor performance. Diabolical.

"All credit to Inverness, they wanted to be first on the ball.

"It will be very hard and has been very hard for a long time, but obviously we keep fighting and keep believing.

"Today was a major disappointment, the way we performed, and we can't accept performances like that."

Couple of firsts

Hamilton's win was their first at home in eight months - their last victory at New Douglas Park being 19 September.

Meanwhile, Kilmarnock's win was their first in their seven games under manager Lee Clark. 

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre

Ross County 1-0 Partick Thistle

"We made it no secret that our goal was to get into the top six after fighting relegation in the last two seasons.

"It is fantastic and we deserve it and this is for the chairman, who has given me great backing.

"We dropped out of it last week after being in the top six for most of the season, but we knew that, with the importance of the games for the other teams, we had a chance.

"We had to scrap out there as Thistle put us under a lot of pressure."

Sorry Shire

In League Two, East Stirlingshire's 3-0 defeat at home to Queen's Park means that the losers will definitely face a play-off to retain their place in the Scottish Professional Football League.

At the top, Gary Naysmith's East Fife moved seven points clear with only three games remaining with a 3-0 win over Montrose.

Annan Athletic move into second on goal difference over Clyde after their 4-1 victory over Arbroath.

Barry Ferguson's Clyde slumped to another painful defeat, beaten 3-0 by Berwick Rangers and are only a point above Queen's Park and Elgin City, who drew away to Stirling Albion.

Inverness CT manager John Hughes

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

"Fantastic victory. Good result coming here and we are delighted with the performance.

"Results have went against us and we are in that bottom six.

"I would have more of that if I had players at my disposal who have moved on or who have been injured.

"We can't feel sorry four ourselves and, with competition for places, I think we can get that every week."

League One round-up

In League One, promotion hopefuls Ayr United suffered a blow with a 1-0 defeat at home to Albion Rovers.

At the bottom, Forfar Athletic edged a point clear of Brechin City after a fine 2-2 draw away to champions Dunfermline Athletic.

Brechin were beaten by Cowdenbeath, who move above Stenhousemuir, who drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir, into fourth bottom.

Hibs horror

In the Championship, Hibernian's slump in form continued with a 1-0 defeat away to already-relegated Alloa Athletic, thanks to Michael Duffy's first-half strike.

Second-top Falkirk overcame St Mirren in a five-goal thriller to move six points clear of Hibs in the race for promotion play-off places.

Hibs still have two games in hand, but the Bairns have the points in the bag ahead of the two rivals meeting at Easter Road on Tuesday.

LEAGUE TWO FULL-TIME SCORES

Annan Athletic 4-1 ArbroathBerwick Rangers 3-0 ClydeEast Fife 3-0 MontroseEast Stirlingshire 0-3 Queen's ParkStirling Albion 0-0 Elgin City

LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIME SCORES

Airdrieonians 1-1 StenhousemuirAyr United 0-1 Albion RoversCowdenbeath 2-1 Brechin CityDunfermline Athletic 2-2 Forfar Athletic

CHAMPIONSHIP FULL-TIME SCORES

Alloa Athletic 1-0 HibernianFalkirk 3-2 St MirrenMorton 2-1 LivingstonQueen of the South 1-2 Raith Rovers

Nightmare for Terrors

It was an awful day for Dundee United. On top of their own defeat at home to Inverness Caley Thistle, all three of the teams above them won.

Second-bottom Kilmarnock move eight points clear with only 15 points available in the remaining matches.

Hamilton are another four points further ahead, with Caley Thistle 15 points clear of bottom spot.

Bottom six

Dundee

Partick Thistle

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Hamilton Academical

Kilmarnock

Dundee United

Top six

Celtic

Aberdeen

Hearts

Motherwell

St Johnstone

Ross County

Top six confirmed

Hamilton's win over Dundee means that Paul Hartley's visitors drop out of the top six and are leapfrogged by Ross County.

Partick Thistle's failure to find an equaliser against County means that they and Inverness Caley Thistle miss out on the top six.

A goal for the Glasgow side would have meant that Inverness, who defeated Dundee United, would still have had a chance to clinch their place against Hearts next week.

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Dundee United 0-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

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Hamilton Academical 2-1 Dundee

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Kilmarnock 3-0 St Johnstone

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Ross County 1-0 Partick Thistle

CLOSE!

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

Iain Vigurs, high on confidence after netting the second goal, has a go from a long, long way out and almost catches out Dundee United goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, who just manages to get his fingertips to it.

Kilmarnock 3-0 St Johnstone

Kilmarnock celebrate Kris Boyd's goal
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Kris Boyd (centre) has scored twice for Kilmarnock

GOAL

Kilmarnock 3-0 St Johnstone

Kris Boyd bangs in the penalty won by Rory McKenzie. That wraps up three precious points for Kilmarnock.

Hamilton Academical 2-1 Dundee

Accies are defending ever deeper as Dundee press for the equaliser that could secure them a top-six finish.

GREAT SAVE!

Kilmarnock 2-0 St Johnstone

Another utterly tremendous stop from Jamie MacDonald - the Kilmarnock goalkeeper somehow keeps out Chris Millar's thunderous 25-yard volley. And holds it. Brilliant.

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

Very little to suggest Dundee United can get back into this match and, with Kilmarnock looking good for all three points, these Tannadice fans look like they'll have to start getting used to Championship football. A lack of fight and a lack of quality from those in Tangerine - it's not a good mixture.

GREAT SAVE!

Kilmarnock 2-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone are looking increasingly dangerous and a fantastic stop from goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald keeps out a downward header.

CLOSE!

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

It is Dundee United's best chance of the game as Kyle Knoyle has an effort from close range, but goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams is able to block it. From that range, Knoyle should really score and he knows it.

Hamilton Academical 2-1 Dundee

Thomas Konrad has a chance to equalise for Dundee, but the German defender can't get enough power on the header to beat goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Kilmarnock 2-0 St Johnstone

Liam Craig is apoplectic as his close-range header is chalked off for a push on Mark O'Hara as St Johnstone look to stage a comeback.

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT

Iain Vigus fires Caley Thistle into a two-goal lead
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Iain Vigus fired Caley Thistle into a two-goal lead

GOAL

Hamilton Academical 2-1 Dundee (Gary Harkins)

Gary Harkins shows the bit of class that Dundee were needing as the midfielder flicks the ball nonchalantly over goalkeeper Michael McGovern after collecting a pass from Kane Hemmings,

GOAL

Kilmarnock 2-0 St Johnstone (Kallum Higginbotham)

Kilmarnock finalily capitalise on their dominance. Arguably the player of the game,Kallum Higginbotham, nods home a Josh Magennis cross at the back post. What a crucial goal for Killie!  

Hamilton Academical 2-0 Dundee

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at New Douglas Park

As Hamilton Accies look to preserve their 2-0 lead, defender and goalscorer Jesus Garcia Tena is off the pitch again to get that head wound patched up.

There were boos at half-time from Dundee fans.

Kilmarnock 1-0 St Johnstone

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

Kilmarnock playing in a garrulous manner that almost amounts to a swagger. But, for as long as it remains 1-0, St Johnstone still have a chance. Tam Scobbie just blazed over the bar. Accies doing Saints a favour in terms of the top six right now.

Ross County 1-0 Partick Thistle

Thistle are pressing for that equaliser and Kris Doolan's low drive is parried by goalkeeper Scott Fox. 

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 1-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone really are on the ropes at Rugby Park. Kris Boyd again holds the ball up well on the edge of the Saints box, before Josh Magennis fires in a low ball. Goakeeper Alan Mannus does just enough.

GOAL

Dundee United 0-2 Inverness CT (Iain Vigurs)

Dundee United clear the ball only as far as Iain Vigurs, who finds the net with a scorching shot.   

CLOSE!

Dundee United 0-1 Inverness CT

Guy Demel has a chance from inside the box but can't get a clean hit on it and Inverness manage to get it clear. Enterprising start to the second half from Dundee United though.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 1-0 St Johnstone

More fine attacking play from Kallum Higginbotham as he sends Lee Hodson away down the flank. His cross finds Josh Magennis, but the striker's looping header lands on the roof of the net.