Rangers fans will have a familiar ground to return to next season after Kilmarnock secured their promotion to the Premiership with a win over Arbroath – meaning it’s back to Killie’s plastic pitch for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side.

The Rugby Park men beat their nearest rivals 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp winner from Blair Alston to end Arbroath’s popular title charge.

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Killie boss Derek McInnes was delighted to have secured the title as he expressed his delight for the Ayrshire side’s fans

“I’m just happy for so many people. It’s not easy winning leagues and when you see the crowd turn up tonight, we were too anxious, too excitable in the first half.

“There was pressure on us tonight and the whole country outwith Kilmarnock seemed like they wanted Arbroath to win it and I get that, it’s a great story. They still might get there.

“But the best team wins the league and we are the best team, that’s a fact.

“We have had to do it the hard way.

“It would have been tough for us to go again and prepare for Raith Rovers. The boys sniffed it – we felt tonight was the night we had to do it.

“Our best opportunity was tonight.

“Normally you have to beat your closest competitors, you have to kill the chief.

“Arbroath have been the chiefs all season, they have been up there, terrific.

“When we came in Killie weren’t even looking convincing to be in the play-offs. But we have beaten Inverness here, Raith Rovers here and Partick here. All the teams round about us. It just left Arbroath and we needed to do it tonight.”

Rangers fans won’t be looking forward to trips to Kilmarnock

While Killie aren’t likely to replicate Hearts’ surge towards Europe after being promoted, Gers fans won’t be looking forward to a trip down the M77.

Their plastic pitch has long been unpopular with the Gers fans and a year away from it hasn’t exactly left supporters longing for a return.

Still, as long as Rangers win it doesn’t matter whether it’s astro, grass, red ash or concrete they play on.

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