Lewis Ferguson opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season

Aberdeen made a significant move in the race for a Europa League place with a Scottish Premiership win over Hearts.

Derek McInnes’ side edged three points clear of Kilmarnock in the fight for third spot thanks to second-half goals by Lewis Ferguson and Greg Stewart.

It was only their second home win in eight games at Pittodrie.

In between those goals, Bobby Burns forced in his first Hearts strike, but Craig Levein’s side continue their disappointing end to the campaign.

The Tynecastle side, whose only win in their last seven games was at home against Aberdeen, have now not won in four outings.

Kilmarnock get the chance to return to third on Saturday against Hibernian, who host Aberdeen in their final game next weekend while the Ayrshire side welcome Rangers.

The second and third-placed sides in the division will qualify for the Europa League, with the team in fourth also earning a place if Celtic win the Scottish Cup final.

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