Aberdeen secured second place in the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable victory against Motherwell at Pittodrie.
Kenny McLean, Niall McGinn, Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes got the goals for Derek McInnes’ side as they cruised to a 4-1 win against Mark McGhee’s side.
Scott Brown, who has been in goal since Danny Ward was recalled by Liverpool in January, missed out altogether with Ward’s replacement Adam Collin coming in for his first appearance of the season.
Mark Reynolds also dropped to the bench where he was joined by attacker Adam Rooney, who was available again following a thigh injury.
Celtic’s win against Hearts at Tynecastle meant the Dons’ title hopes had all but ended due to the Hoops’ vastly superior goal difference but Derek McInnes’ side knew victory would secure a second place finish.
They raced out of the traps in pursuit of that win and were ahead after just six minutes Well defender Louis Laing was teased into making a clumsy challenge on Jonny Hayes in the box to concede a penalty.
Kenny McLean took the spot kick, sending Well goalkeeper Connor Ripley the wrong way to put the Dons 1-0 up.
The lead was doubled in the 26th minute when Shay Logan, who signed a new two-year contract earlier this week, picked out Niall McGinn who sidefooted the ball past Ripley.
Rooney made his return a minute before the break when he replaced the injured Simon Church and it did not take the attacker long to get back in the groove as he fired home his 20th goal of the campaign after Andy Considine’s header had been tipped on to the crossbar by Well goalkeeper Ripley.
Well pulled a goal back when substitute Chris Cadden beat Adam Collin with the aid of a deflected effort via the head of Dons defender Ashton Taylor..
But this was to be Aberdeen’s day and Hayes ended Well’s hopes of a comeback when he raced away from two Well players before driving into the box and firing past Ripley to make it 4-1.
Well captain Keith Lasley was sent off in the closing minutes for a crude challenge on Dons midfielder McLean.