Five things we learned from the Scottish Premiership this weekend


Celtic were crowned Ladbrokes Premiership champions with a 3-2 home win over Aberdeen while Kilmarnock's place in the relegation play-offs was confirmed with a 2-0 defeat to Partick Thistle.

Here, we look at five things we learned from the penultimate weekend of the 2015-16 season.

Patrick Roberts will be key for Celtic next season

Andrew Milligan/PA
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

The 19-year-old winger is on loan from Manchester City until the end of next season. Since arriving at Parkhead at the start of February, he has shown more than a few flashes of the skills that won him a move from Fulham to the Etihad for a reported fee of around £12 million, notwithstanding the open goal he missed in last month's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers which the Ibrox side went on to win in a penalty shoot-out. Roberts' well-taken double in the 3-2 win over Aberdeen on Sunday offered hope to the Hoops for next season when they look to make the Champions League while winning their sixth successive title.

Aberdeen's season encapsulated in one game

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (left) and Aberdeen's Ash Taylor
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Aberdeen gave Celtic a three-goal start at Parkhead on Sunday before scoring twice to make a game of it. The second-placed Dons have been the only real challengers to the Hoops this season and there have been times when they looked set to put real pressure on the champions. However, Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes admitted that in the title race, as in the game, his side came up just short.

Partick and Hamilton able to pull out the results

feet and ball
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Both Partick and Hamilton flirted with the relegation play-off following the split but both managed to find results at exactly the right time. Thistle's 2-0 win at Kilmarnock - their first three points on the road since March - consigned the home side to the play-off spot while Accies' 1-0 win at Dundee after losing 4-0 at home to Killie was a more than welcome result. Respective managers Alan Archibald and Martin Canning deserve credit for surviving another season in the top flight.

Kilmarnock's survival hopes hang on them finding a streak of consistency

Partick Thistle's Sean Welsh (right) scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.
(Jeff Holmes/PA)

The Rugby Park outfit's roller-coaster campaign now comes down to a thrilling do-or-die clash with either Falkirk or Hibernian after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Partick Thistle. Boss Lee Clark admitted after that disappointment that his side's lack of consistency was the reason they now find themselves in the play-offs with their top-flight slot on the line. If they cannot figure out a way to keep an even keel they are heading down.

St Johnstone have developed into a top-half club

St Johnstone's Liam Caddis
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St Johnstone cemented their fourth-place spot in the league after coming from behind to beat Motherwell 2-1 at Fir Park and are likely to finish in that position. It is certainly a fifth successive top-half finish for the Perth club which represents the best run of top-flight finishes in the club's history. Tommy Wright's side perhaps do not get the credit they deserve for their achievements.