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Summary

  1. FT: Celtic 0-0 Killie; FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibs (Lafferty, Naismith; Kamberi pen)
  2. Hibs' hopes of second place over; they need to thrash Rangers to finish third
  3. Naismith heads in Cochrane free-kick
  4. Kamberi equalises from spot after Stevenson tumbles in box
  5. Lafferty pounces on Stevenson mistake to score
  6. Celtic now 12 points clear at top, having already won title

Live Reporting

By Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

Goodnight

Well, the evening has ended on something of a bombshell with Neil Lennon's revelation that he may consider his position as Hibs head coach after their 2-1 defeat by Hearts.

Was that just frustration and emotion taking over? Or has the Northern Irishman seen something tonight that makes him question whether he wants to stay in Edinburgh?

Fourth place - if that's where Hibs end up - is hardly to be sniffed at for a club in their first season back in the top flight.

Anyway, Hibs now need a six-goal margin of victory over Rangers if they are to finish third, which seems a tad unlikely.

That game is one of three in the final round of fixtures this Sunday, with champions Celtic hosting second-placed Aberdeen and Kilmarnock hosting Hearts.

Before that on Saturday, attention turns to the bottom of the table, with Ross County needing a win at St Johnstone in their bid to overhaul Partick Thistle and avoid automatic relegation, with Thistle possibly needing something at Dundee to ensure they are the ones in the relegation play-off.

Thanks for your company tonight and see you then.

Clarke hails disciplined Killie display

FT: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke on BBC Scotland: "It was a disciplined performance. We didn't threaten enough going forward - we got into one ort wo promising positions but they seemed to peter out. We didn't work their goalkeeper which was disappointing; We like to think we can score in every game we play.

"But I've got to be happy with a very disciplined defensive performance. We managed to restrict Celtic to very few shots at goal."

BREAKING - Lennon to consider future at Hibs

FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

An emotional Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has declared he will consider his future at the club after a 2-1 defeat by Hearts cost them the chance of finishing second in the Premiership.

Lennon branded his players "unprofessional" after some lost their footing on the wet surface and lost out to Steven Naismith's headed winner from a set-piece.

He said: "We look like we are going to finish fourth, which is unacceptable for me. I will reconsider my position now in the summer.

"I've got things to think about myself, my own personal aims and ambitions. But I can't watch that in a derby. It's not good enough.

"We have a board meeting next week so we'll see. I have been here two years now and we have made great strides but I've got to think about myself sometimes as well and how I feel about the whole thing.

"Maybe I am a bit over-emotional at the minute but fourth isn't good enough."

Neil Lennon cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines
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Neil Lennon cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines throughout the game

Rodgers - 'I've no complaints'

FT: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wasn't too disappointed by his side's failure to break down a disciplined Kilmarnock defence in their goalless draw at Parkhead.

"It was one of those games where you control a lot of the ball and a lot of the game, but Kilmarnock sat very deep and were compact, and that always makes it very difficult," he told BBC Scotland.

"We found the space hard to come by, and without natural strikers, who can make those natural movements, it makes a bit more difficult.

"We had a couple of chances from set pieces and if we get a little bit of luck and get the goal, then it opens the game up a little bit and they’ve got to come out.

"But I've no complaints really. It was a good evening in terms of getting more players game time, and some young players getting the chance to come in and play which is great.

"In these type of games you have to make sure if you don't score, you don't give anything away, and it is another clean sheet."

Brendan Rodgers urges his Celtic side on against Kilmarnock
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'Pathetic' Hibs rile Lennon

FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Hibs boss Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland: "The two goals we conceded were pathetic. Lewis (Stevenson) should’ve dealt with it, put it out for a corner, he’s caught napping. But that summed us up defensively tonight really, I thought we were awful, normally we’re quite solid. The difference between the sides tonight is a set-piece.

"There’s a level of professionalism that I set, but if players aren’t wearing the right footwear then they need to look at themselves. Players are slipping over because they’re not wearing the right footwear.

"The pitch is good but there’s dew on the top and it’s hard underneath so you have to wear long studs. In the first five minutes I have two players slipping over like Bambi on Ice. Then they’re off guard and they’re unsettled. That really riles me.

"Fourth won’t be good enough for me, we want to finish third."

Neil Lennon taunts the Hearts fans at full-time
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Neil Lennon was happy to remind the Hearts fans how many points his Hibs side are ahead of them, but he was furious with his players

Scottish Premiership top six

Hibs will finish fourth in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership, unless they beat Rangers on Sunday by six goals.

Top Six
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Levein praise for Lafferty

FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Hearts boss Craig Levein, speaking to BT Sport: "I thought it was a competitive match, as usual. I thought we had the best chances, and I am just thrilled for the players and supporters.

"Kyle Lafferty is on the team-sheet every week if he is available, and although his Achillles was hurting him a bit, it was important to get three points against our local rivals.

"So he played, and I thought he was excellent."

Kyle Lafferty celebrates victory over Hibs
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Kyle Lafferty celebrates Hearts' victory over Hibs

FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Robbie Neilson

Former Hearts manager on BBC Sportsound

"The Hearts fans here are absolutely delighted. They don't really care about where their team are in the league right now; they can go off for the summer happy now they've won the final derby of the season."

FT: Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

So that was the first time Hearts have managed to beat Hibs in the league this season, after two defeats at Easter Road and a draw in the previous encounter at Tynecastle.

This one was probably the best of the lot, with plenty of niggle, drama and controversial decisions.

I'm not a betting man, but I have an inkling Hibs boss Neil Lennon won't be a happy man when we hear from him shortly...

FT: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

"Celtic popped the ball around but had no focal point and couldn't create chances. Kilmarnock worked really really hard to frustrate Celtic. They'll be happy with the point."

Dumbarton and Stenhousemuir hold play-off advantage

Stuart Carswell's first-half goal gives Dumbarton a 1-0 advantage from their away leg at Alloa in the Scottish Championship play-off final, with the second leg to come on Sunday.

Rory McAllister missed a penalty for Peterhead, who lost 2-0 to Stenhousemuir - Michael Dunlop heading a second-half double for the hosts ahead of Saturday's second leg.

FULL-TIME - Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

So Hibs won't finish second this season. That will be either Aberdeen or Rangers.

They could still sneak third, but it will take a six-goal margin of victory over Rangers in their final league game on Sunday.

Late chance for Hibs

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Brandon Barker plays the ball in from the right flank, but Darren McGregor, up from centre-back for the last throes, fluffs his lines, and misses his kick completely.

That could be it...

Share of the spoils

FT Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

Celtic dominated possession, territory and a had a couple of very good chances but were, in the main, extremely well managed by Kilmarnock.

Steve Clarke’s side clearly know what they are doing and follow the game-plan to the letter. They did not create much but looked competent in their approach.

James Forrest and Jack Hendry came closest for the home side but they didn’t test Jamie MacDonald enough.

Kilmarnock will be the happier but in truth the result has little meaning in the grand scheme of things. It’s another positive result for Clarke, something he is used to in this role.

FULL-TIME - Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Six minutes of added time...

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Robbie Neilson

Former Hearts manager on BBC Sportsound

It's been a fantastic game, end to end. The flow of the match has gone from one team to the other."

Half-chance for Hibs

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Hibs have four minutes, plus added time, to keep their hopes of second place alive.

John McGinn swings in a corner, Darren McGregor nods it down, and Jamie Maclaren can't get quite enough on it as Hearts keeper Jon McLaughlin dives on the loose ball.

Callachan on for Hearts

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Harry Cochrane receives a generous round of applause from the Hearts fans after another industrious display from the 17-year-old midfielder. Ross Callachan is on in his place.

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Kris Commons

Former Celtic attacker on BBC Sportsound

We mentioned pre-match about Brandon Barker and the excitement he brings, the pace, directness, the skills. The only thing he lacks is that goal."

CLOSE!

Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Another chance for the home side, but Jack Hendry heads Callum McGregor's corner just wide.

Chance for Hibs

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Brandon Barker can be an exciting talent with the ball at his feet, but he there is not always an end product.

The on-loan Manchester City winger races into the Hearts box but pushes the ball a little wide to make the angle less promising, and his left-foot effort drifts over the bar.

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Robbie Neilson

Former Hearts manager on BBC Sportsound

Hibs really need to open up and they have to push people forward to try and get that equalising goal. What it's doing is allowing Kyle Lafferty to drift into the wide areas and pick the ball up."

GOAL - Stenhousemuir 2-0 Peterhead (Meechan)

Ross Meechan makes it 2-0 to Stenhousemuir, bulleting a header into the net in the League One play-off final first leg.

Boyd takes to the stage

Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd enters the fray for Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

The Premiership's top scorer this season comes on for Eamonn Brophy, as Killie sense the chance to snatch something more than a point, perhaps.

Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Hibernian

Kyle Lafferty looks to be in a bit of bother after going down after challenging Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.

The Northern Irishman is holding his left arm after going down, though he has managed to come back on.

Hibs bring on Maclaren

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Hibs manager Neil Lennon sends on Aussie striker Jamie Maclaren, with captain and centre-back Paul Hanlon the surprise choice to make way.

Hearts respond by sending on Don Cowie for Danny Amankwaa.

Celtic send for the big guns

Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

A double substitution by Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who sends on Tom Rogic and Kieran Tierney, with Stuart Armstrong and Calvin Miller making way.

£££'s at stake in the race for second

Hibs need to score in these final 25 minutes to remain in with a chance of finishing second.

The difference in prize money between second and third in the Scottish Premiership is £320,000.

Fourth place gets £240,000 less than third.

So, it's more than just local bragging rights at stake at Tynecastle.

Prize money
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GOAL - Stenhousemuir 1-0 Peterhead (Dunlop)

Michael Dunlop gives Stenhousemuir the lead in the League One play-off final first leg, heading home from a corner kick.

Hearts 2-1 Hibernian

Kris Commons

Former Celtic attacker on BBC Sportsound

"Superb delivery from Harry Cochrane for the goal. Even if Naismith misses it, there are two or three who could've scored. What a game we have now."

Composed Killie frustrate Celtic

Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

You have to admire Kilmarnock under Steve Clarke.

Yes, this is not Celtic firing on all cylinders, but they have not been allowed to tonight.

Killie have been so well organised but maintained the balance of closing down space and being occasionally threatening.

In fact, they might have gone in front when Greg Kiltie squared for Aaron Tshibola but he missed the target.

They will be very happy thus far, with Celtic frustrated.

GOAL - Hearts 2-1 Hibernian (Naismith)

Harry Cochrane's free-kick is perfect for Steven Naismith, who steers his header from the edge of the six-yard box across Ofir Marciano into the far corner.

Steven Naismith scores for Hearts
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GREAT SAVE!

Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Almost an early second-half breakthrough for the home side. Scott Sinclair does well to make space to cross and Stuart Armstrong's close-range effort is stopped by the trailing foot of Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Hearts 1-1 Hibernian

Robbie Neilson

Former Hearts manager on BBC Sportsound

"All credit for me goes to Neil Lennon. It's so easy for a manager to say 'let's keep doing what we're doing'. He's made a decision, he's gone 3-5-2 with Lewis Stevenson further forward and it's paid off within a minute. Now it's time for Hearts to step up."

GOAL - Hearts 1-1 Hibernian (Kamberi penalty)

Florian Kamberi makes no mistake from the penalty spot. He fights with Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin for the ball, apparently keen to get on with things.

Hibs' hopes of second place are back on track.

Hibernian's Florian Kamberi celebrates his equaliser
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Hibernian's Florian Kamberi celebrates his equaliser

PENALTY TO HIBS

Hearts 1-0 Hibernian

Lewis Stevenson catches the leg of Joaquim Adao as he runs into the penalty area...

Jouquim Adao leaves a trailing leg to concede a penalty
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Jouquim Adao leaves a trailing leg to concede a penalty

Can Hibs hit back v Hearts?

HT: Hearts 1-0 Hibernian

If they are to keep their hopes of second place alive, Hibs will have to do it without Martin Boyle.

The winger has been in sparkling form this season, but appeared to pull a hamstring towards the end of that first half.

We're back under way at Tynecastle...

Hibs winger Martin Boyle lies on the turf holding his head in his hands
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Play-off finals latest

Dumbarton lead 1-0 at the break thanks to a terrific strike from Stuart Carswell; his shot from 20 yards giving the visitors the advantage against Alloa in the Scottish Championship play-off final first leg.

The hosts are dominating however, and Sons goalkeeper Scott Gallacher has made one or two great saves.

In the League One play-off final first leg, Peterhead had a great opportunity to get their noses in front, but the normally lethal Rory McAllister failed to work the goalkeeper from a penalty kick.

Stuart Carswell
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Stuart Carswell has given Dumbarton the lead against Alloa

HT: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

"I don't know whether he'll change it in the second half, Brendan Rodgers, whether he'll maybe try somebody else through that central forward area. I think the main problem is that there's no space there."

HALF-TIME - Hearts 1-0 Hibernian

Hibs' hopes of finishing second are not looking great as things stand. If it stays this way, that option will be gone by end of play tonight

Kyle Lafferty's 19th goal of the season has Hearts' noses in front at the break.

Kyle Lafferty celebrates scoring against Hibs
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Kyle Lafferty celebrates scoring his first Edinburgh derby goal