Scottish Cup briefing

  • Last Updated: February 8 2014, 19:28 GMT

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the fifth round matches in the Scottish Cup.

Inverness head to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup
Inverness head to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup

Saturday, February 5

Celtic v Aberdeen

Leigh Griffiths is bidding to make his Celtic debut following his move from Wolves. Manager Neil Lennon revealed full-back Adam Matthews (calf) was "touch and go" while James Forrest is a "major doubt". Long-term absentees Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out.

Joe Shaughnessy returns to the Aberdeen squad after missing the League Cup semi-final through suspension. His fellow full-back Clark Robertson is still out but he has resumed running following knee surgery. Ryan Jack remains on the sidelines with a hip injury.

Top scorers (all competitions): Kris Commons (Celtic) 22; Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 10

Referee: William Collum

Our verdict: Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0

Hibernian v Raith Rovers

Former Notts County striker Danny Haynes, Arsenal defender Daniel Boateng and Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore could make their Hibs debuts after joining on transfer deadline day. Paul Hanlon is back in the squad after recovering from a thigh injury but fellow defender Ryan McGivern (hamstring) remains on the sidelines. Scott Robertson is available after suspension but fellow midfielder Paul Cairney drops out with a one-match ban following his red card against Ross County in the fourth round.

Raith include full-back Callum Booth for their tie with Hibs, with the on-loan Easter Road player free to feature against his parent club. Calum Elliot has suffered a hamstring injury and misses out with goalkeeper David McGurn (Achilles) and Paul Watson (foot) remaining absent with recent signing John Baird cup-tied after playing for Partick in the previous round.

Top scorers (all competitions): Liam Craig (Hibernian) 9; Calum Elliot (Raith) 8

Referee: Steven McLean

Our verdict: Hibernian 3 Raith Rovers 1

Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir

Albion Rovers have a fully-fit and suspension-free squad as they look to reach the last eight of the cup for the first time in 80 years.

Stenhousemuir look set to be without former Albion favourite John Gemmell who has a groin injury, with Kevin McKinlay rated as extremely doubtful as well with a calf problem. The Warriors, who remain under the interim control of coach Brown Ferguson, have been given permission to include on-loan Falkirk winger Kris Faulds.

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris Dallas, Scott Chaplain & Mark McGuigan (Albion) 5; John Gemmell (Stenhousemuir) 13

Referee: Brian Colvin

Our verdict: Albion Rovers 1 Stenhousemuir 1

Alloa Athletic v Dumbarton

Recently-appointed Alloa boss Barry Smith misses Jason Marr, who has a thigh problem, and Willie Robertson who has a toe injury.

Dumbarton's Garry Fleming is included as his suspension for being sent off against Livingston in midweek will be served in the Championship. The Sons hope to have Mark McLaughlin available after illness, but Chris Turner will miss out with an ankle injury as will goalkeeper Jamie Ewings and Hugh Murray through hamstring injuries. Loan signing from Celtic, Michael Miller, can play, as can St Johnstone's Chris Kane.

Top scorers (all competitions): Andrew Kirk & Kevin Cawley (Alloa) 6; Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton) 8

Referee: Calum Murray

Our verdict: Alloa Athletic 2 Dumbarton 1

Forfar Athletic v St Johnstone

An injury crisis threatens to spoil Forfar's chances of an upset. Former Scotland goalkeeper Rab Douglas as well as Odmar Faero, Mark Baxter, Iain Campbell, Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson and Chris Templeman all have to prove their fitness before manager Dick Campbell can finalise his side.

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has no fresh injury worries. Long-term injury absentees Alan Mannus (broken thumb), Murray Davidson and Steven MacLean (both knee) remain out while defender Tam Scobbie completes a two-game ban.

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris Templeman (Forfar) 7; Stevie May (St Johnstone) 20

Referee: John Beaton

Our verdict: Forfar Athletic 0 St Johnstone 3

Stranraer v Inverness

Stranraer will be without Marc Corcoran (hip) and Chris Aitken (ankle) as they look to defeat a Premiership side in cup competition for a second time this season, having already knocked out Ross County in the League Cup.

Inverness skipper Richie Foran will be on the bench, with the 33-year-old Irishman having not played since December 21 due to a shoulder injury. Josh Meekings is available after winning his appeal against his League Cup semi-final red card while fellow centre-back Gary Warren's suspension only counts in the final of that competition.

Top scorers (all competitions): Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) 19; Billy McKay (Inverness) 18

Referee: Kevin Clancy

Our verdict: Stranraer 1 Inverness 1


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