Scottish Premier League briefing
Team news and statistics ahead of this weekend's action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.
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(Current league positions in brackets)
Saturday, November 24
Celtic captain Scott Brown is in contention to play against Inverness after a decision over whether he will face hip surgery was postponed until next month. Manager
Neil Lennon has doubts over Charlie Mulgrew, Thomas Rogne and Kelvin Wilson through illness and Joe Ledley (groin). Emilio Izaguirre (hamstring), James Forrest (hamstring) and Anthony Stokes (ankle) remain on the sidelines.
Inverness have an unchanged squad to choose from. Midfielder Ross Draper has still not recovered from the ankle injury he picked up in the recent win at Kilmarnock. Simon King (ankle), Chris Hogg (knee), Nick Ross (shoulder) and Ryan Esson (hip) are still out.
Last season: Celtic 1 Inverness 0, Inverness 0 Celtic 2, Celtic 2 Inverness 0
Last five league matches: Celtic W L D D W; Inverness CT W D W D L
Top scorers (all competitions): Gary Hooper (Celtic) 11; Andrew Shinnie (Inverness) 9
Referee: Calum Murray (Scotland)
Captain James McPake is again doubtful with a back problem for the visit of Aberdeen. Defender Tim Clancy (groin) is definitely out as Hibs seek to remain unbeaten at home this season. Midfielder Gary Deegan (fractured jaw) has been given permission to return to full training, but will be eased in gently.
Ryan Fraser, Clark Robertson and Gavin Rae are doubtful for Aberdeen. Robertson's injury is unspecified while Fraser has a hip problem and Rae a hamstring injury. The trio will undergo fitness tests tomorrow morning. Gary Naysmith, Stephen Hughes, Ryan Jack and Rob Milsom are out, with youngsters Declan McManus, Stephen O'Neill and Jamie Masson included in the travelling party.
Last season: Aberdeen 1 Hibernian 2, Hibernian 0 Aberdeen 0, Aberdeen 1 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 0 Aberdeen 0
Last five league matches: Hibernian L W W W L; Aberdeen D W L W L
Top scorers (all competitions): Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 13; Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 7
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Kilmarnock will be without Liam Kelly for the visit of St Johnstone. The midfielder, who won his first Scotland cap in the friendly against Luxembourg last week, is out with a shoulder injury sustained in a training ground accident. Midfielder Danny Racchi is back in contention following his recovery from a knee injury.
Paddy Cregg is back in contention for St Johnstone's clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The Irishman has been sidelined for more than a month with a hamstring injury but has now recovered. Kevin Moon, Jamie Adams and Peter Pawlett remain on the sidelines.
Last season: Kilmarnock 0 St Johnstone 0, St Johnstone 2 Kilmarnock 0, Kilmarnock 1 St Johnstone 2
Last five league matches: Kilmarnock L W L W D; St Johnstone W D L D D
Top scorers (all competitions): Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) 7; Murray Davidson & Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) 4
Referee: S O'Reilly (Scotland)
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall has an unchanged squad for the visit of Hearts. Defender Simon Ramsden is still struggling with a calf niggle. Scotland cap Steven Saunders remains on the sidelines as he recovers from a knee injury.
Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald is a doubt due to illness. Peter Enckelman is on standby, with fit-again Mark Ridgers likely to come on to the bench if required. Right-back Jamie Hamill (knee) is still unavailable.
Last season: Hearts 0 Motherwell 1, Motherwell 3 Hearts 0, Hearts 2 Motherwell 0, Motherwell 1 Hearts 0
Last five league matches: Motherwell L W L D W; Hearts W D L D W
Top scorers: Michael Higdon (Motherwell) 9; Marius Zaliukas (Hearts) 4
Referee: Crawford Allan (Scotland)
Ross County are boosted by the return of Rocco Quinn from suspension. A late decision will be taken on Mark Corcoran (groin) and Paul Lawson (hamstring), who are both back in training after recovering from their respective injuries. Martin Scott (ankle) remains on the sidelines.
Dundee United will make a last-minute decision on full-back Keith Watson for their game with Ross County. Watson returned to training this week after a knee injury kept him out of last Friday's match with Kilmarnock. French defender Gregory Vignal is still absent after his recent hamstring tear.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Ross County W D W L D; Dundee Utd W D W L D
Top scorers: Richard Brittain & Iain Vigurs (Ross County) 3; Johnny Russell (Dundee Utd) 7
Referee: Iain Brines (Scotland)
St Mirren are boosted by the return of striker Lewis Guy, who missed last week's defeat against Hearts with a hamstring strain but has been passed fit for tomorrow's clash. Boss Danny Lennon has no fresh injuries ahead of the visit of the Tayside club.
Dundee have no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to St Mirren. Striker Mark Stewart stepped up his training this week after a knee injury but is still some way off a first-team return. Dundee are still without Stephen O'Donnell (hamstring), Carl Finnigan (knee), Jamie McCluskey (Achilles), Mark Kerr (knee), Brian Easton (hamstring) and Davide Grassi (knee).
Last season: No Corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: St Mirren L L L L L; Dundee L L W D W
Top scorers (all competitions): Lewis Guy, Kenny McLean & Steven Thompson (St Mirren) 5;
Martin Boyle, Ryan Conroy, Steven Milne & Colin Nish (Dundee) 2
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)