‘Helicopter Saturday’ as Dundee, Hamilton and Falkirk fight for Championship title

A helicopter carrying the SPL trophy on the final day of the season in 2011. There will be a similar effort for the Championship on Saturday.

The SPFL aren’t taking a Dundee title win for granted.

Instead of bringing the Championship trophy to Dens, the governing body are hedging their bets and preparing for ‘helicopter Saturday’.

The trophy that Dundee, Hamilton and Falkirk could still win will be delivered by chopper as the three sides battle it out for automatic promotion to the top flight.

It is so tight at the top that operations director Iain Blair will be standing by at Cumbernauld Airport with the trophy.

As the last day of the season approaches, Dundee are in pole position, sitting two points ahead of rivals Hamilton with Falkirk a further point back.

A dramatic day last weekend when Accies crashed 4-1 to Dumbarton and the Bairns were held by Morton means that Dundee, who comfortably defeated Alloa 3-0, are on the cusp of glory.

In simple terms, if the Dark Blues beat Dumbarton they will be champions.

However, a draw will surely be enough as Hamilton would have to beat Morton by eight goals, such is Dundee’s superior goal difference.

Accies will win the crown if they defeat Kenny Shiels’ side and Dundee lose.

However, Falkirk are not out of it and there have been so many twists this season that there could yet be a dramatic finale.

The Bairns can be champions if they beat Alloa by two goals, Dundee lose and Hamilton fail to win.

An SPFL spokesman said: “It’s so tight that we are going to have to make sure we have all the bases covered.

“We will have representatives at each off the venues Dens Pak, New Douglas Park and the Falkirk Stadium.

“We will keep the trophy at Cumbernauld Airport and then it will be flown to the winning venue.”

A helicopter has been used four times when the Premier title battle has gone down to the wire between Celtic and Rangers in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011.