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Was Steven Davis a worthy Rangers winner after he scooped Writers' Player of the Year? Monday Jury

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It's Kilmarnock v Dundee in the top-flight play-off. Who will be playing in the Premiership next season?

Keith Jackson: Killie probably won't like hearing that they are too good to go down. But it's true. With key players like Power, Dicker and Lafferty they should have enough to grab a lifeline from the play-offs and keep themselves in the top flight.

Fraser Wilson: Unusually for this fixture it's two sides in good form going head to head which means it should be a cracker. Both are packed with experience but there's one big difference - Kyle Lafferty - and I can see the Northern Irishman firing Killie to safety.

Scott Burns: Kilmarnock are favourites and have the edge, although Dundee on their day are more than capable.

Kyle Lafferty holding a football ball © SNS Group

How do you rate Hamilton's chances of coming straight back up?

Keith: Never say never where Accies are concerned but already it's starting to look like a big ask for Brian Rice and his youngsters. They may require two or three attempts to get back into the Premiership.

Fraser: We all know Accies are packed with talented youngsters so it depends how those players can adapt to the rigours of the Championship. They'll be close but it might take a play-off tilt.

Scott: With the young squad that Brian Rice has, they are good enough to bounce back at the first time of asking.

Steven Davis was named Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year. Was he your choice?

Keith: Yes. Rangers have had some star performers this season and Ryan Kent is arguably the most talented game changer but for sheer class and consistency, Davis is a deserving winner. He's been the best midfielder in the country this season.

Fraser: No. Good as Davis has been I think the incredible consistency, fitness and mental strength of Connor Goldson to play every minute of a season makes him a standout. Goldson has been a rock at the back and got my vote.

Scott: No but he was a worthy winner. I went for James Tavernier.

a large stadium © SNS Group

What's your prediction for the Scottish Cup Final?

Keith: It could be a cracker if both sides go for it. St Johnstone have been excellent all season and cannot be dismissed. But Hibs should have the firepower required to get their hands back on the trophy. Don't be surprised if it goes all the way to extra time.

Fraser: Hibs have so much firepower the smart money would be on the sun shining on Leith. But St Johnstone have proved they have the cup X-Factor. Is a remarkable double on for Callum Davidson's Saints? I have a sneaky feeling it might be.

Scott: I think Hibs will just edge it but it will be close. Whoever wins it will have enjoyed a great season.

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