Promotion & Relegation Scenarios (18th April)

Premiership Title

Only Celtic and Aberdeen are still able to win the title.  The winners will enter the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Champions League.  The title cannot be decided this weekend.

 

Europa League

The teams finishing in 2nd and 3rd in the Scottish Premiership will qualify for the Europa League, along with the Scottish Cup winners.  If the Scottish Cup winners have already qualified for Europe via the league, then the team finishing in 4th in the Scottish Premiership will also qualify for Europe.  Celtic are already guaranteed a place in at least the Europa League.

Aberdeen will be guaranteed a place in at least the Europa League if:

  • Aberdeen avoid defeat against Dundee Utd.

 

Premiership Relegation Play-off

The team finishing 11th in the Premiership will enter the relegation play-offs.  It is currently possible that any of the bottom six sides could occupy this play-off spot.  None of these teams are in action this weekend.

 

Premiership Automatic Relegation

The team finishing 12th in the Premiership will be relegated to the Championship automatically.  Only St Mirren or Motherwell can still finish in this spot.  Neither side is in action this weekend.

 

Championship Title

Heart of Midlothian have already been crowned as champions and will play in next season’s Premiership.

 

Championship Promotion Play-offs

The teams finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th will enter the promotion play-offs along with the side finishing 11th in the Premiership.  The format is as follows:

Quarter-Final: 3rd v 4th
Semi-Final: 2nd v QF Winner
Final: 11th v SF Winner

All ties are played over 2 legs, and the winners will play in next season’s Premiership.  Hibernian and Rangers are both guaranteed a play-off place.

Queen of the South will be guaranteed a play-off place if:

  • Queen of the South beat Alloa Athletic.

Falkirk will be out of contention for a play-off place if:

  • Queen of the South beat Alloa Athletic.

 

It is advantageous to finish as high as possible within the play-off positions.  The side finishing in 2nd gets a bye to the semi-final, while the side finishing in 3rd gets home advantage in the second leg of the quarter-final.

Rangers will be guaranteed at least 3rd place (and home advantage in the quarter-final) if any of the following occur:

  • Rangers beat Dumbarton AND Queen of the South fail to beat Alloa Athletic.
  • Rangers draw with Dumbarton AND Queen of the South lose to Alloa Athletic.

Queen of the South will be out of contention for 2nd place (and a bye to the semi-final) if any of the following occur:

  • Queen of the South fail to beat Alloa Athletic AND Rangers beat Dumbarton.
  • Queen of the South lose to Alloa Athletic AND Rangers draw with Dumbarton.

 

Championship Relegation

The team finishing 9th in the Championship will enter the relegation play-offs.  The team finishing 10th in the Championship will be relegated to League 1 automatically.  Only Livingston, Alloa Athletic or Cowdenbeath can finish in the bottom two positions.  Nothing can be decided this weekend.

 

League 1 Title

The League 1 champions will be promoted to the Championship.

Brechin City will be out of contention for the title if any of the following occur:

  • Brechin City fail to beat Dunfermline Athletic.
  • Forfar Athletic defeat Peterhead.
  • Stranraer defeat Stenhousemuir AND Greenock Morton defeat Stirling Albion.

 

League 1 Promotion Play-offs

The teams finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th will enter the promotion play-offs along with the side finishing 9th in the Championship.  Forfar Athletic, Stranraer and Greenock Morton are all guaranteed at least a play-off place.

Brechin City will be guaranteed at least a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • Brechin City defeat Dunfermline Athletic AND Airdrieonians fail to beat Ayr United.
  • Brechin City draw with Dunfermline Athletic AND Airdrieonians lose to Ayr United AND Peterhead fail to beat Forfar Athletic.

Airdrieonians will be out of contention for the play-offs if:

  • Airdrieonians lose to Ayr United AND Brechin City do not lose to Dunfermline Athletic.
  • Airdrieonians fail to beat Ayr United AND Brechin City beat Dunfermline Athletic.

Dunfermline Athletic will be out of contention for the play-offs if:

  • Dunfermline Athletic fail to beat Brechin City.

Peterhead will be out of contention for the play-offs if any of the following occur:

  • Brechin City beat Dunfermline Athletic
  • Peterhead lose to Forfar Athletic
  • Peterhead draw with Forfar Athletic AND Brechin City draw with Dunfermline Athletic.

 

League 1 Relegation Play-offs

The team finishing 9th in League 1 will enter the relegation play-offs.  Only Stenhousemuir and Ayr United can finish in 9th position.  Nothing can be decided this weekend.

 

League 1 Automatic Relegation

Stirling Albion are already certain to finish bottom of League 1, and will be relegated to League 2.

 

League 2 Title

The League 2 champions will be promoted to League 1.

Albion Rovers will be champions if:

  • Albion Rovers beat Clyde AND Queen’s Park fail to beat Arbroath.

 

League 2 Promotion Play-offs

The teams finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th will enter the promotion play-offs along with the side finishing 9th in League 1.  Albion Rovers and Queen’s Park are guaranteed at least a play-off place.

Arbroath will be guaranteed a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • Arbroath beat Queen’s Park.
  • Arbroath draw with Queen’s Park AND Elgin City lose to Montrose.
  • Arbroath draw with Queen’s Park AND Elgin City draw with Montrose AND East Fife fail to beat Annan Athletic
  • Arbroath lose to Queen’s Park AND Elgin City fail to beat Montrose AND East Fife lose to Annan Athletic AND East Stirlingshire fail to beat Berwick Rangers.

East Stirlingshire will be out of contention for a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • East Stirlingshire fail to beat to Berwick Rangers AND East Fife beat Annan Athletic.
  • East Stirlingshire lose to Berwick Rangers AND Elgin City beat Montrose.
  • East Stirlingshire lose to Berwick Rangers AND East Fife draw with Annan Athletic AND Elgin City draw with Montrose.

Annan Athletic will be out of contention for a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • Annan Athletic lose to East Fife.
  • Annan Athletic draw with East Fife AND Elgin City do not lose to Montrose.

Clyde will be out of contention for a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • Clyde lose to Albion Rovers.
  • Clyde draw with Albion Rovers AND East Fife beat Annan Athletic.
  • Clyde draw with Albion Rovers AND Elgin City beat Montrose.
  • Clyde draw with Albion Rovers AND East Fife draw with Annan Athletic AND Elgin City draw with Montrose.
  • Clyde beat Albion Rovers AND East Fife beat Annan Athletic AND Elgin City beat Montrose.

Berwick Rangers will be out of contention for a play-off place if any of the following occur:

  • Berwick Rangers fail to beat East Stirlingshire.
  • Berwick Rangers beat East Stirlingshire AND East Fife beat Annan Athletic.

 

League 2 Relegation Play-off

Montrose are already guaranteed to finish bottom of League 2 and will take part in a relegation play-off against the winners of the Pyramid Play-off between Brora Rangers and Edinburgh City.  If Montrose lose that play-off, they will be relegated to the Highland League.

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