Scottish Championship: The league with 60% of its teams in a relegation fight

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport Scotland

As the Scottish Championship entered its final two weekends of games, a staggering 60% of its teams could still be relegated.

Ross County's 4-0 thumping of Queen of the South not only secured the title and automatic promotion for the hosts but sent the visitors deeper into trouble.

The Dumfries side stay third bottom ahead of Alloa Athletic on goal difference but have now played a game more than the Wasps in the relegation play-off spot.

Falkirk are three points adrift at the foot of the table, but even they could catch fifth-placed Dunfermline Athletic should they win their two remaining fixtures.

So which of the six sides will go down to League One? Which will face the relegation play-offs? And which three will survive? BBC Scotland looks at the prospects for what promises to be a nervy run-in.


Remaining fixtures: Greenock Morton (h), Inverness CT (a)

Dunfermline are all but safe from automatic relegation despite suffering six straight defeats. It would require a seven-goal swing with Falkirk and require the other three to pick up sufficient points. However, they will still feel that a play-off place is perilously close, especially after Partick Thistle's win over Ayr.


Remaining fixtures: Dunfermline Athletic (a), Dundee United (h)

When Morton beat Ross County in their opening fixture of 2019, all seemed well at Cappielow. Jonatan Johansson had been in charge for four months and his side were in fourth place - and maybe even dreaming of a tilt at promotion to the top flight. But the former Finland international's side lost their way during a run of one win in 13 games. Saturday's victory over Falkirk moved them closer to safety, but they are only two points above the play-off spot.

Queen of the South fixtures

Remaining fixture: Partick Thistle (h)

Queens are another side to have suffered a slump since January - and another to do so after beating champions-elect County. A 4-0 win over the league leaders took the Dumfries side into fourth, but Gary Naysmith's men then won only one of 14 league games. At the same time, the goals dried up for the Championship's top scorer Stephen Dobbie, who has only two in his past nine appearances having netted 19 in his previous 20 matches. Worse still, he looks like missing the rest of the season. Saturday's timely win over Dunfermline was a boost, but they are only clear of the play-off place thanks to goal difference and have now played a game more than their nearest rivals after losing 4-0 to County.

Alloa fixtures

Remaining fixtures: Inverness CT (h), Ayr United (a)

It looked ominous for the Championship's only part-time team after a run of eight defeats in nine games left them three points adrift at the bottom at the end of March. However, four consecutive victories meant Jim Goodwin's side were able to breathe ever so slightly more easily. Defeat by Partick Thistle restored the anxiety.

Partick Thistle fixtures

Remaining fixtures: Ayr United (h), Queen of the South (a)

Thistle looked to be on track to save themselves as five successive wins amid a run of seven games undefeated took Gary Caldwell's side out of the bottom two in mid-February. After two wins in their next eight fixtures, they found themselves bottom again. However, winning Tuesday's game in hand away to Ayr United means they are up to sixth after a run of five matches without defeat.

Falkirk fixtures

Remaining fixtures: Dundee United (a), Ross County (h)

Manager Ray McKinnon left Morton for Falkirk on the final day of the August transfer window, sparking a prolonged dispute between the clubs. It looked like it would pay off for Falkirk, though, when they went eight games without defeat and lifted themselves off the bottom of the table after making a plethora of new signings in January. A run of five matches without a win returned them to 10th place and, despite a win away to Dunfermline, they are further adrift at the bottom after a defeat in Greenock and Thistle's midweek win.

'I fear for Falkirk, Queens and Morton' - analysis

Former Falkirk and Queen of the South midfielder John Rankin on Sportsound

I think there's too many teams between Dunfermline and the rest but I am worried for Queen of the South. And the other team I worry about is Morton. They got a good result at Falkirk at the weekend, but they are looking over their shoulders while Alloa and Queens know what they have to do - they have to win their games. Falkirk have real hard games coming up - Dundee United and Ross County. It is a big ask to win only eight games all season and win your final two.

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