Fifth plays seventh in tomorrow's Championship game at East End Park, with both teams in danger of being involved in a last-day relegation battle. A win for Dunfermline would secure our place in the division, while Morton could replace us in fifth place with a victory.
Here is the current Championship table; Ross County play Queen of the South this evening in a game that will be shown live on BBC Scotland:
Dunfermline team news, selection & preferred lineup
The defeat at Queen of the South last weekend extended the Pars' winless run to 6 games, during which only a single point has been picked up. The lethargic performance in Dumfries cannot be repeated tomorrow against opponents who need a win to boost their own chances of avoiding relegation. Stevie Crawford spoke this week about the importance of players having the right attitude. We can only hope that the team show far greater resolve tomorrow and do not have to rely on results from other games being played to prevent a disastrous slide down the table.
Team selection is limited due to the absence of the first choice midfield pairing of Joe Thomson and Tom Beadling. Thomson has a long-term injury while Beadling will miss tomorrow's game and possibly the final League fixture of the season, at Inverness next week. This leaves Ryan Blair, James Craigen and Matty Todd as central midfield options, with all 3 players also capable of playing in wide midfield roles if required. They will likely be involved in central positions, especially as we do not lack options on the wings with Louis Longridge, Aidan Connolly, Kallum Higginbotham, Myles Hippolyte and Robbie Muirhead all available for selection. James Vincent, missing last week, is an injury doubt again this weekend.
The team I have selected for tomorrow is decided by several factors, all listed below.
Out injured: Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson, plus James Vincent (likely)
Available but not selected: Danny Devine, Matty Todd, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Robbie Muirhead.
Comments: The back 4 could stay the same as last week. Ryan Williamson's form is poor but we need James Craigen in central midfield more than filling in for an actual rightback given the injuries in midfield. Danny Devine is fit again but I would play Mark Durnan, who came back into the starting 11 last week, beside Lee Ashcroft.
Kallum Higginbotham has struggled for form but was the team's most enthusiastic player when coming on as a substitute at Queen of the South, and might offer more in this game than Matty Todd, who has done well in his first team appearances but is still developing. Louis Longridge would retain his place in left midfield.
I would select Ryan Blair and James Craigen for the central midfield roles, even if James Vincent is fit. Up front, we are short on quality but I would bring in Myles Hippolyte to play alongside Bruce Anderson, with Faissal El Bakhtaoui dropping to the bench.
Preferred lineup, in a 4-4-2 formation:
Last week's crucial 2-0 win at Falkirk was Morton's first victory since February 26. Morton's form has been relegation-standard for the past few months, winning only 3 League games in 2019. The club's fans have been critical of manager Jonathan Johansson's appraoch to games, seen as too cautious and lacking a real goal threat.
Johansson spoke to the media after the win at Falkirk:
"It was a great win and a great performance. I thought we deserved our victory and it could have been even more. It was like a cup final, but we were in total control, so very very pleased.
"We wanted to play football and the big difference from earlier in the season is that we defended our box really well.
"Under pressure, I'm pleased with the bravery of our players. The win is massive for us - its a great league for the media, but gives us managers grey hairs."
Match odds (McBookie):