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Hamilton into Premiership play-off

Highland sting as Caley Thistle relegated

Richie Foran
Inverness CT manager Richie Foran at full-time (SNS Group)


Inverness Caledonian Thistle failed to pull off a miracle escape from relegation, despite beating Motherwell, and will drop down to the Scottish Championship.

The Highlanders did what they had to in defeating the Steelmen 3-2 in front of their own fans but their fate was sealed with second-bottom Hamilton Accies beating Dundee 4-0 at the Superseal Stadium.

It is the first time Caley Thistle have dropped out of the top flight since 2010 and marks a dramatic change in fortunes for the club which won the Scottish Cup just two years ago.

Hamilton will now face Dundee United in a two-leg play-off to decide the final place in the Scottish Premiership, the Tangerines having squeezed through their semi-final play-off against Falkirk.

The first leg is at Tannadice on Thursday evening, with Hamilton hosting Ray McKinnon’s side on Sunday.

Elsewhere on a day of drama, Gary Locke’s Cowdenbeath retained their SPFL status with a penalty shoot-out victory over East Kilbride at Central Park after the League Two play-off final had finished 1-1 on aggregate.

Forfar Athletic secured promotion to League One after a thumping 5-1 win over Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium, the win sending their hosts into League Two.

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