Nish at the double as Hibs earn their place in Europe

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Hibernian pipped Motherwell to fourth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to secure European football with a 2-0 win at Dundee United yesterday.

Colin Nish broke the deadlock after 12 minutes with a shot that United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis should have saved, and scored his second with a header after 72 minutes to ensure his side finished the season on a high.

Motherwell staged another impressive late comeback to draw 3-3 at Rangers. Rangers thought they would be marking their trophy presentation with a win thanks to a Kris Boyd goal and a double from Kyle Lafferty. But Motherwell hit back through Jamie Murphy before goals from Steve Jennings and Lucas Jutkiewicz earned them a last-gasp draw. However, Hibs' victory means the Lanarkshire side now need Dundee United to win the Scottish Cup to ensure European football.

Zheng Zhi's second-half strike against Hearts gave Celtic their eighth consecutive SPL win in succession under Neil Lennon, their interim boss. The scores were level at half-time after Robbie Keane's opener had been cancelled out by Marius Zaliukas. However, a wonderful volley from 16 yards by the Chinese midfielder on the hour-mark earned him his first goal for the Hoops and the visitors a 2-1 victory to finish off a trophyless season.

Falkirk were condemned to the drop from the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock in the relegation decider.