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St Mirren v Hearts preview

St Mirren prepare to entertain relegated Hearts in their final match of the season with speculation swirling round manager Danny Lennon's future.

Lennon steered the club to Premiership safety with victory over Ross County last weekend but is out of contract this summer and the Paisley board will assess the situation next week.

Lennon has an unchanged squad to choose from as he looks to steer the club to seventh place - which would be their highest top-flight finish in 25 years; Saints currently sit eighth, but are only behind Partick Thistle on goal difference.

Hearts will be without Jamie Hamill after the midfielder was given an extra three-game ban for barging over Ross County boss Derek Adams last month.

And Ryan Stevenson will also miss out with a knee injury as Gary Locke's men bring the curtain down on their 33-year stay in the top division.

Long-term absentee Callum Tapping (knee) remains on the sidelines as Hearts loook to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Partick - their first reverse in seven games.

Locke cannot understand the St Mirren board's prevarication over Lennon's future.

"He has kept them in the league again, won them a trophy last season - what more can Danny do?" the Hearts manager said.

"If St Mirren had been relegated, you could understand it. But he has secured their safety and if you are being realistic, keeping St Mirren in the Premiership is a fantastic achievement. I just find it baffling."