The final round of Championship fixtures are played tomorrow, with Dunfermline travelling to Inverness. The Pars blew a chance of a promotion play-off during the current winless run of 6 defeat and a draw, and were saved the worry of a last day relegation battle due to other teams' results last weekend.
Here is the current Championship table:
Dunfermline team news, selection & preferred lineup
A season that began with a highly promising and long overdue win at Tannadice will end tomorrow at the scene of one of our most memorable days in recent seasons, when 12 months ago a 95th minute Nicky Clark equaliser put Dunfermline in pole position to secure a top 4 place, and kept opponents that day Inverness below us in the table. The promotion play-off place was achieved the following week but tomorrow's game has no such potential drama. It will be a day out for the fans and a final glimpse of many of the squad, which will surely be overhauled this summer.
Manager Stevie Crawford will be without the suspended Jackson Longridge. His replacement will be Lewis Martin, whose substitute appearance last week was his first game in a competitive match this season. The defender also played for 45 minutes in the reserves' win at Raith Rovers in midweek.
Joe Thomson, Tom Beadling and Ryan Williamson are injured. Andy Ryan may make an appearance from the bench after getting 20 minutes game time in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday, his first run out since November 10.
The team I have selected for tomorrow is decided by several factors, all listed below.
Out injured: Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson, Ryan Williamson
Available but not selected: Danny Devine, Matty Todd, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Robbie Muirhead.
Comments: I would revert back to a 4-4-2 formation after last week's 3-5-2, although the pragmatic Stevie Crawford may choose to stay with the same shape. If we are to play wingbacks, they must get forward to far greater effect.
Ultimately, fussing over tomorrow's lineup is a waste of time. It's the final game, it means nothing - although the manager has mentioned the extra cash received from the SPFL for finishing in as high a place as possible. It's unlikely this squad will be motivated by that given their lacklustre displays when in with a chance of promotion, and preventing relegation - games that had real consequences.
We need a summer refresh and come back next season with far more attacking intent.
Preferred line-up, 4-4-2 formation:
Inverness boss John Robertson has spoken about the importance of maintaining momentum ahead of his side's upcoming play-off quarter final games against Ayr United. ''At this level, we can’t just switch on and off – we have to look to go into the play-offs with another victory,'' the Highlanders' manager told local media during the week, and he is likely to pick a strong lineup to end the regular League season. Inverness can still claim third spot and home advantage in the second leg against Ayr, and there will also be the customary claims of fringe players to be involved against Ayr if they impress Robertson tomorrow.
Match odds (McBookie):