Every SPFL promotion, relegation and play-off place scenario as it stands

The 2021/22 Scottish football season does not have long left as the cinch Premiership sides play their first post-split matches this weekend.

But the final league games don’t signal the end for every team.

For some, there is still a tough road ahead as they face play-offs to secure promotion or avoid relegation.

The Premiership is not quite a foregone conclusion despite Celtic’s six point advantage over Rangers at the top of the table.

At the other end, Dundee are hanging on for dear life with Mark McGhee’s side still in the fight against the drop.

Kelty Hearts got the job done pretty sharpish down in League Two after securing promotion for a second year in a row last month with Cowdenbeath cementing their place at the bottom of Scotland’s professional tiers this campaign.

But what teams are coming up and what teams are on a slippery slope downwards?

Here is all you need to know from league leaders to play-off possibilities…

Scottish Premiership: Winners and losers…

Celtic are currently six points ahead of second place Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

There are still five games to go so the title does not belong to the Hoops just yet…

At the other end of the table you will find Mark McGhee’s Dundee.

The Dees are five points adrift at the bottom of the table as it stands but up next is St Johnstone, sitting in 11th place, with St Mirren just six points better off in tenth so it could come down to the wire!

Scottish Championship to Scottish football’s top flight

The winners of the Scottish Championship could be crowned on Friday as the top two teams – Kilmarnock and Arbroath – face off at Rugby Park.

The sides meet in the penultimate game of the Scottish Championship season this Friday night.

The Ayrshiremen have a one point advantage at the top of the table and three points on Friday will seal the deal.

But anything less than a win means that the drama continues, with the last game of the season the decider.

The clubs finishing second, third and fourth in the Championship will enter a two-legged play-off.

The side in third will play fourth, with the winner then taking on second place.

As it stands, Inverness will play Patrick Thistle with the winners facing Arbroath in the semi final.

The side that comes out on top in the semis will then face the 11th place club from the Premiership – St Johnstone as it stands – with the winner securing their place in Scotland’s top flight for next season.

Scottish League One to the Scottish Championship: Promotion and play-off places as it stands

Cove Rangers currently top of the Scottish League One table with 73 points in total.

Airdrie are sitting second in the league with 68 points.

With two games to go, there is no certain winner just yet but it will take a lot to snatch the crown from Cove Rangers now as Paul Hartley’s Aberdeenshire side are on course for their second promotion in three seasons.

Cove Rangers
Cove Rangers are en route to another promotion.

  • Promotion play-offs as it stands

The clubs finishing second, third and fourth in League One, and the ninth placed team in the Championship then enter the two-legged Championship play-off.

Second place will play the club in third with fourth taking on ninth in the Championship.

As things stand, Airdrie would play Queen’s Park with Montrose facing off against Ayr.

The winners will then face each other to find out who plays Championship football next season.

Scottish League Two to League One: Who will be promoted and who faces the play offs?

Kelty Hearts were crowned champions of Scottish League Two back in March after their win against Stenhousemuir made it impossible for anyone to catch them.

It is a second promotion in as many years for the Fife club after they won the Lowland League and beat Brechin City in the play-off final last year to secure their SPFL place.

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It is not only the Scottish League Two champions who are in with a shout of playing in League One next season.

The clubs who finish second, third and fourth in Scotland’s fourth tier will also be in with a chance of securing promotion through the play-offs.

As it stands Annan, Forfar and Edinburgh City will make up the three League Two teams in the promotion play-offs.

However, just one point separates Edinburgh City in fourth and Stenhousemuir in fifth with two games still to play.

The fourth included in this set of play-offs is the side finishing ninth in League One – which will be Dumbarton.

Second place will play third with fourth place playing ninth from League One over two legs.

The two winning teams will face each other with the winners of that securing their place in League One for next season.

Scottish League Two to the Highland or Lowland League

At the other end of the Scottish League Two table you will find another Fife side, Cowdenbeath.

The Blue Brazil have struggled this season and are bottom of the pile with just two games to go.

Albion Rovers sit second bottom but with only six points up for grabs and nine points between the sides, Cowden have secured their place in the play-offs as they hope to keep their professional football club status.

They will face the winners of Bonnyrigg vs Fraserburgh – the sides that won the Lowland and the Highland League respectively.

Whoever comes out on top will secure their place in League Two with Cowdenbeath possibly facing a stint in the Lowland League.

If Fraserburgh secure promotion, it does not mean that Cowdenbeath will take their place in the Highland League.

The split is instead geographically with the Fife side following into the area covered by the ‘Lowlands’.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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