5 things we learned from the Scottish Premiership this weekend


Celtic limped closer to the title and Dundee United fans can start preparing for Championship football. Here are five things we learned from a decisive weekend of action in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

1. Partick Thistle need Kris Doolan's goals.

The striker became only the second Jags player to get into double figures in six consecutive seasons when he headed an equaliser against Dundee. Jimmy Walker managed the feat in seven seasons from 1948 to 1954. Doolan has twice as many goals this season as Thistle's second-top scorer, David Amoo, and his fellow striker Mathias Pogba only has two.

2. Aberdeen lack physicality.

Dons boss Derek McInnes admitted his side lacked strength and height, without the injured Ash Taylor, as they lost 3-0 to a more determined St Johnstone side. A third consecutive away defeat cost Aberdeen dear in the title race and McInnes vowed to address his squad's lack of physical presence during the summer.

3. Certainty over Ronny Deila's future did not help Celtic.

Ronny Deila on the sidelines with Celtic
(Jane Barlow/PA)

The Norwegian announced he would step down at the end of the season after fearing negativity and speculation over his own future was hindering his team's development. But any positive impact was not immediately evident as Celtic laboured to a 1-1 draw against Ross County. Celtic still extended their lead to nine points but Deila urged his players to "have fun" in their last four games after feeling the news had the opposite effect on his players.

4. Kane Hemmings sees imaginary fans.

The Dundee striker launched into an energetic and eclectic celebration after netting the opener against Partick Thistle at Firhill before holding out his arms and clapping towards the empty hill behind the goal. It was his 24th goal of the season but surely his best celebration by far. His 25th followed later and he marked his winner in more conventional fashion by running towards actual Dundee fans.

5. Dundee United are not good enough for the Premiership.

Mixu Paatelainen screams from the sidelines
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Mixu Paatelainen's analysis was frank and brutal after his side missed another chance to cut an eight-point gap on Kilmarnock by losing 3-1 at home to Hamilton. United provided absolutely no hope or fight for their fans in the first half, leading the Finn to admit they were all but relegated.

"We realised early doors that the majority of the playing squad were possibly not yet ready for the Premiership," he said. "It's a fact. Maybe they are too soft, maybe simply tactically they don't realise what it takes."