Kilmarnock - 24h on

Last updated : 24 May 2009 By Firparkcorner

Maros limps off
Maros limps off
Mark Mcghee dismissed the score as "irrelevant" and suggested that everyone wanted the game out of the way. The prospect of close season holidays might have been a distraction but the lack of any meaningful reward was probably the main reason for the end of season atmosphere.

No tears will be shed for the much maligned playing surface. The bobbles continued to deceive and frustrate the players. At one point Craigan had a fresh air swipe at the ball. Thankfully he was on the halfway line and recovered well but the uncertainties caused by the poor surface could have done nothing for the players' confidence. Work on the pitch has already begun and we can look forward to a much improved surface being available in a couple of months.

The SFA will announce the name of the team which has gained the Fair Play place in the Europa League on Tuesday and the draw for the first qualifying round will take place on Monday June 22. It is said that there is little between Motherwell and St Mirren and the weekend's crime sheet was a booking each.

The players and management might have mixed feelings about the prospect of an early start to season 2009/10 but wouldn't it be great to see the new pitch come to life with european opposition? There are six dates in the UEFA calendar reserved for the qualifying rounds of the new competition and the last is a couple of days before the pre-season friendly against Wigan.

Let's hope that the staff enjoy their well earned break and that they return refreshed and eager to start the next campaign. Remember the floppy hats and sun tan lotion!