Assessing the SPL season
Rangers' SPL title win at Kilmarnock means the Old Firm have now won Scottish football's top prize between them for the 26th season in a row.
It was to be expected that one of the Glasgow giants, with their overwhelming finacial superiority, would triumph again this season.
But how do you feel the rest of the clubs have fared this season? Have they exceeded their fans' wildest dreams, lived up to their potential or fallen far short of what was hoped for and expected?
Aberdeen and Hibernian both finished in the SPL's bottom six. Photo: SNS.
It's definitely not a case of judging achievement on the basis of the size of the clubs this season.
Hearts' third place finish could be expected for a club of their stature and financial muscle, but was still a big improvement on last season's sixth place, when 16 games were lost.
And despite yesterday's last day defeat at Tannadice there are some very good youngsters emerging at Tynecastle.
Peter Houston in his second season in charge at Dundee United will be very pleased with a fourth-place finish even although next season will be tough, with almost his entire midfield leaving the club and United needing to sell players to balance the books.
Kilmarnock's improvement has been startling and it's little wonder that Mixu Paateleinen was rewarded with manager of the year and the Finland job for his efforts.
From second-bottom last season to finishing fifth this term, it has been a remarkable achievement and shows what can be done with positive management skills.
That said, their end of season run without a win in eight games will alarm chairman Michael Johnson and the Rugby Park faiththful.
Motherwell too can be satisfied that a mid-season change of management didn't throw them off course. A Scottish cup final place and a sixth-place finish in the SPL is testimony to the potential at Fir Park.
They too have suffered a late fall off in form, but with a top-six finish secured and one eye on Hampden glory, that is perhaps understandable.
It's the bottom half of the table which I find fascinating though.
While Inverness celebrated an instant return from the first division with a terrific seventh place finish and St Johnstone have looked safe from any relegation scrap all season, to end up eigth, it's the fate of two of Scotland's biggest and proudest clubs which is really alarming.
For Aberdeen and Hibernian to finish ninth and tenth respectively is a big worry not just for the fans of the two clubs, but also for the Scottish game.
The Dons changed management in mid-stream with Craig Brown and Archie Knox relieving Mark McGhee.
They have done well to keep them in the SPL, given at one stage there was a real concern that Aberdeen could do what they've never done before - be relegated.
Consecutive ninth-place finishes suggest that, unless cash can be found to strengthen for next season, the Dons will have to run with a very young and inexperienced squad.
With crowds falling markedly and a new stadium on the horizon, the air of gloom among Aberdeen fans is palpable.
Hibs' position is also a major concern. Finishing in fourth last season, with five fewer wins and with 19 less goals scored this campaign, their fall from grace to 10th has been dramatic.
Shifting as many season tickets for the next campaign as they did for this one may prove difficult, until the Hibs fans see the extent of the board's ambition with some exciting new signings.
Danny Lennon at St Mirren has done what he set out to do, keep them in the SPL, albeit finishing the season one point poorer than in their last whirl.
But after his first season in charge at SPL level, he will be better prepared to cope with next season's demands.
Hamilton drop out this season. Last season's excellent seventh place could not be matched this time around and four wins in 38 games tells its own tale.
With fewer resources than any other club, Accies could not continue to rely on producing young talent to keep them afloat in such an unforgiving environment.
But it is Aberdeen and Hibs who are the real tales of woe. The Dons are potentially the third or fourth biggest club in Scotland with Hibs fifth biggest.
The potential of both in terms of support and finance should put them well ahead of Dundee United, Motherwell and Kilmarnock. Both great clubs appear to be at a crossroads.
There is good young talent at each, but a solid backdrop of experienced pros is needed for both clubs to achieve what the fans will demand of them.
If you're a fan of an SPL club how happy are you with the best of the rest as this season ends?