Scottish Championship: The league with half its teams in a relegation fight

Championship table

With two weekends of fixtures left to play, half of the teams in the Scottish Championship are in a relegation fight.

Morton hauled themselves up to sixth place on Saturday with their first win in eight games, but are still only fives points off the bottom.

Even Dunfermline, one place and one point above them, can still be caught.

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.

Dunfermline
Dunfermline fixtures

Dunfermline are all but safe, despite suffering six straight defeats. They can still be caught by bottom-club Falkirk, who are six points behind with two games remaining, but it would require a seven-goal swing to condemn them to relegation. They will still feel that a play-off place is perilously close, however.

Morton
Morton fixtures

When Greenock 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 now 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. Victory over Falkirk moved them closer to safety, however.

Queen of the South fixtures
Queen of the South fixtures

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 13 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. A timely win over Dunfermline moved them back up the table.

Alloa fixtures
Alloa fixtures

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 to Partick Thistle restored the anxiety.

Partick Thistle fixtures
Partick Thistle fixtures

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. But, after two wins in their next eight fixtures, they found themselves bottom. However, they do have what could be a crucial game in hand over the four sides above them and the one side below them, as victory over Alloa moved them back off the bottom again.

Falkirk fixtures
Falkirk fixtures

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, then a derby win at Dunfermline nudged them up a place on goal difference. Defeat to Morton returned them back to the bottom.

'It'll go to the last game' - analysis

Dunfermline Athletic midfielder James Craigen

Alloa are on this fantastic run now. They are still in the mix, but they've given themselves a great chance. Brechin struggled as a part-time team last season, but Alloa have been the surprise package and have given us tough games, are a credit to the league and play some really good stuff as well. Falkirk and Partick Thistle made changes in January and have picked up form, but they are also still in the mix. With the teams all playing against each other, I think it will go to the last game of the season.

Ross County v Queen of the South will be live on BBC Scotland and BBC Sport online on Friday 26 April (Kick-off, 19:05 BST).

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