Scottish Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 12:52 GMT

Team news and statistics for the weekend's remaining action in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.

Sean Dillon: Major doubt for Dundee United
Sean Dillon: Major doubt for Dundee United

Sunday December 23

Hearts v Dundee Utd

Darren Barr, Jason Holt, Arvydas Novikovas and Mehdi Taouil should be fit for Hearts. Barr (shin), Holt, Novikovas (both ankle) and Taouil (groin) should shake off knocks in time to play and midfielder Scott Robinson is available following a dispute, but due to the returning players may not be included. Jamie Hamill and Danny Grainger (both knee) remain out.

United defender Sean Dillon is a major doubt. The Irishman has missed the last three games with a troublesome thigh injury so looks like missing out again. Winger Gary Mackay-Steven remains on the sidelines after breaking his hand.

Last season: Dundee Utd 2 Hearts 2, Hearts 0 Dundee Utd 2, Dundee Utd 1 Hearts 0, Hearts 0 Dundee Utd 1

Last five league matches: Hearts W D L W D; Dundee Utd D W L W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Callum Paterson, John Sutton & Marius Zaliukas (Hearts) 4; Johnny Russell (Dundee Utd) 11

Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

Kilmarnock v Hibernian

Kilmarnock will be without the suspended Liam Kelly, while Danny Racchi is a doubt with a groin problem and could also miss the visit of the Edinburgh side. Garry Hay and William Gros remain on the sidelines ahead of the clash at Rugby Park.

Defender James McPake is suspended for one match. Midfielder Gary Deegan returned from a fractured jaw and is in contention to start at Rugby Park, while defender Tim Clancy could be included following a groin problem.

Last season: Hibernian 0 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 1 Hibernian 3, Hibernian 1 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 4 Hibernian 1

Last five league matches: Kilmarnock W D L L W; Hibernian L L W L L

Top scorers (all competitions): Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) 9; Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 13

Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)


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