20225-05-14 21:00:00

St Johnstone prepare for play-offs with Hibs defeat

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  • McGinn (44' minutes),
  • Scott (48' minutes, 61' minutes, 88' minutes)

FTHT 1-0

  • Melkersen (44' minutes),
  • McGinn (48' minutes),
  • Newell (61' minutes),
  • Doig (88' minutes)

Assists

Having scored his first Hibs goal in midweek, James Scott added a hat-trick against St Johnstone

St Johnstone will head into the Scottish Premiership play-offs after ending the league season with an abject defeat at the hands of Hibernian.

Callum Davidson said the game was irrelevant, and his side were overwhelmed as Paul McGinn's effort and a James Scott hat trick secured Hibs' first home win since February and ensured they finish the season eighth.

The Perth side now prepare to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Friday and next Monday as they bid to retain their top-flight status.

  • Reaction & as it happened

Six changes to the starting line-up meant Davidson's pre-match comments came as little surprise. Goalkeeper Zander Clark was left out of the squad entirely, whilst captain Liam Gordon was on the bench.

It seemed his mind games might have worked for the majority of the first-half. St Johnstone had the better of it, finding pockets of space in Hibs territory and passing it around nicely, but there was little to threaten Matt Macey's goal.

Josh Doig had a good chance to open the scoring for Hibs when he connected with Joe Newell's cross, but the full-back poked wide from six yards out.

Hibs would take their next chance, though. After a corner was cleared, Elias Melkersen nodded back into the area and Ryan Porteous and McGinn both swung at it. The strike ended up in the net, with both defenders wheeling away taking the acclaim.

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