Ross County F.C. still have to play their final, pre-split, match on Friday (an at home edition of the Highland Derby), but after that it’s down business to make sure that a third consecutive season in the Premiership is in the future rather than relegation back to the Scottish Championship. The post-split fixtures are as follows:
Practically speaking, Hearts are already relegated- a single dropped point by them or one gained by St. Mirren and it will be official. That leaves the five other clubs (Ross County, Kilmarnock, St. Mirren, Hibernian, and Partick Thistle) playing to avoid finishing in 11th place and being forced to take place in the relegation/promotion play-off.
While all of these matches are important I think it is the match against Hearts and the one against St. Mirren that will be the most important. Not only will wins in these two matches give County the 37 points that I’ve predicted they will need to avoid relegation, but they will also make it very difficult for St. Mirren to climb above their current spot- 11th place (especially if they struggle against Kilmarnock and Hibernian).
I think the situation can be best summed up with a picture…