Dunfermline's tribute

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The gates were locked at East End Park and Cappielow before 3pm on Saturday as the First Division title race entered its final dramatic day. By day's end, Dunfermline were celebrating promotion to the Premier Division after three years of heart-wrenching failure. Dundee United were in a play-off with Partick Thistle and the door to the top division had been slammed firmly in the face of Morton.

Andy Smith and Marc Millar scored the goals against Airdrie which means Dunfermline will rub shoulders with the Gascoignes, Laudrups and McStays next season - an achievement they have dedicated to the memory of Norrie McCathie, their former captain, whose death in a tragic accident four months ago proved an inspiration to the players.

Dunfermline's win left the chasing pair of Dundee United and Morton scrapping for the consolation of the play-off place. Goals from Brian Welsh and Robbie Winters gave United the point they needed to set themselves up for a nerve-racking two games against Thistle, the first leg of which takes place at Firhill on Sunday.

"The play-off games can't possibly be more tense than today," commented a drained Billy Kirkwood, the Dundee United manager.

With the Premier title decided last week, Rangers took on Kilmarnock without six recognised first-team players and with an eye towards the Tennents Scottish Cup final against Hearts. Two goals from Ian Durie and Ally McCoist strike gave a makeshift side a convincing victory.

McCoist is expected to sign a two-year contract this week which would allow him to see out his career at the club where he has become a legend. Whether he teams up with Gianluca Vialli the Juventus striker is less certain after the Italian superstar gave himself an option by agreeing terms with Sampdoria, his former club, in a deal similar to the one which he has agreed with Rangers. He will finally decide after the European Cup final on 22 May.

Celtic finished the season in fine style against Raith Rovers. They scored three in the first half and could have had many more. Raith pulled one back after 50 minutes but Cadete's second ensured that Celtic finished the season having lost only one league game.

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