Scottish Premier League briefing

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 16:25 GMT

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

Scott Brown: Injury concern for Celtic
Scott Brown: Injury concern for Celtic

Saturday, February 16

(Current league positions in brackets)

Celtic (1) v Dundee Utd (7)

Neil Lennon has several injury concerns ahead of Celtic's game against Dundee United.

Skipper Scott Brown (abductor) and defender Rami Gershon (thigh strain) are out while there are serious doubts over defender Mikael Lustig (thigh) and midfielder Victor Wanyama (swollen ankle). Greece striker Georgios Samaras has battled back from a hamstring injury but he will not start training until next week.

Dundee United will be without Gavin Gunning after the defender suffered a knee injury that could finish his season. Willo Flood is also a doubt after being hit with illness earlier in the week. But striker Jon Daly has recovered from a knock he picked up against Hearts last weekend.

Last season: Dundee Utd 1 Celtic 0, Celtic 2 Dundee Utd 1, Dundee Utd 0 Celtic 1, Celtic 5 Dundee Utd 1.

Last five league matches: Celtic W W W W W; Dundee Utd D W L D W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Gary Hooper (Celtic) 23; Johnny Russell (Dundee Utd) 17.

Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).

Hearts (10) v Kilmarnock (6)

Hearts will have to do without skipper Marius Zaliukas as he recovers from ankle surgery, the Lithuanian defender possibly missing the remainder of the season.

Also missing for John McGlynn's men will be Ryan Stevenson, who has been handed a three-match ban following his straight red card for a dangerous studs-up tackle on Gary Mackay-Steven in a 3-1 defeat to Dundee United

Kilmarnock welcome back James Fowler from suspension but boss Kenny Sheils still has injury concerns. He rates Rangers target Cammy Bell as doubtful as the goalkeeper continues his recovery from a hip injury.

Striker Cillian Sheridan and defender Rory McKeown, meanwhile, also have no chance of featuring as they recover from their own knocks.

Last season: Kilmarnock 1 Hearts 1, Hearts 0 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 0 Hearts 0.

Last five league matches: Hearts D L W D L; Kilmarnock L D L W D.

Top scorers (all competitions): John Sutton (Hearts) 5; Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) 10.

Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland).

Motherwell (3) v Inverness (2)

Motherwell are without the suspended Keith Lasley and Fraser Kerr. Midfielder Lasley and defender Kerr were both sent off in the final stages of Motherwell's 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock last weekend.

Steven Saunders played another 90 minutes in an under-20 win against Hibernian in midweek as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.

Inverness will still be without captain Richie Foran for the trip to face Motherwell. Foran has missed two games with a knee injury. Simon King (ankle) and Chris Hogg (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Last season: Motherwell 0 Inverness 1, Inverness 2 Motherwell 3, Motherwell 3 Inverness 0.

Last five league matches: Motherwell W D L W L; Inverness D W L L D.

Top scorers (all competitions): Michael Higdon (Motherwell) 16; Billy McKay (Inverness) 21.

Referee: Calum Murray (Scotland).

Ross County (9) v St Johnstone (4)

Ross County winger Ivan Sproule (hamstring) remains a doubt for the SPL clash with St Johnstone. Midfielder Iain Vigurs is suspended but captain Richard Brittain will play despite signing a pre-contract agreement with the Perth club.

St Johnstone skipper Dave Mackay is rated doubtful after sitting out Monday's win over Hibernian with a calf injury and could miss the trip to Dingwall. Boss Steve Lomas has no fresh injury worries ahead of the meeting with the Highlanders.

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

Last five league matches: Ross County W D W D W; St Johnstone D W L W W.

Top scorers (all competitions): Richard Brittain & Iain Vigurs (Ross County) 7; Murray Davidson & Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) 6.

Referee: John Beaton (Scotland).

St Mirren (11) v Hibernian (5)

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has no fresh injury worries. Long-term absentees Darren McGregor (knee) and Thomas Reilly (ankle) remain on the sidelines. Lennon is hopeful both will be back in full training by the end of the month.

Hibernian defender Tim Clancy remains boss Pat Fenlon's only injury concern. The Leith side travel to Paisley to take on a resurgent St Mirren side while struggling themselves after just two wins in their last 11 games. They will have to do without suspended midfielder Gary Deegan as well as Clancy, who is struggling with a hamstring strain.

Last season: St Mirren 1 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 0 St Mirren 0, St Mirren 2 Hibernian 3, Hibernian 1 St Mirren 2.

Last five league matches: St Mirren W D L W D; Hibernian D D D L L.

Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Thompson (St Mirren) 14; Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 16.

Referee: William Collum (Scotland).


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