Scottish Premiership briefing

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 20:35 BST

Team news, statistics and our verdict for the rest of the weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership.

Jackie McNamara: Dundee United manager
Jackie McNamara: Dundee United manager

Sunday April 26

Hibernian v Hearts

Hibernian defender Ryan McGivern returns from suspension. James McPake played 90 minutes for the under-20s in midweek but is not ready for a Scottish Premiership comeback, while Scott Robertson is still building up his fitness after a knee problem. Paul Heffernan (thigh) and Paul Hanlon (knee) are both out for the season.

Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill is suspended for the Edinburgh derby after being sent off for barging over Ross County manager Derek Adams but captain Danny Wilson returns from a ban. Striker Paul McCallum has recovered from an ankle problem to make the squad for Easter Road but Callum Tapping remains on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Last season: Hearts 1 Hibernian 2, Hibernian 0 Hearts 0 Hearts 0 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 1 Hearts 1

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

Top scorers: Liam Craig (Hibernian) 9; Jamie Hamill (Hearts) 9

Match odds: H 7-10 A 3-1 D 12-5

Referee: Bobby Madden

Our verdict: Hibernian 0 Hearts 1

Celtic v Inverness

Adam Matthews and Charlie Mulgrew are back in the Celtic squad having recovered from their respective hamstring injuries, while manager Neil Lennon is hoping to have right-back Mikael Lustig available after his recovery from a hip operation. Midfielder Nir Biton and wide man James Forrest remain out with groin injuries, along with winger Derk Boerrigter, who has an abdominal problem.

Inverness full-back Graeme Shinnie will return from suspension, but fellow defender David Raven is doubtful after picking up a groin injury in training. Captain Richie Foran will be out for a few more weeks following surgery on his knee.

Last season: Celtic 4 Inverness 1, Inverness 1 Celtic 3, Celtic 0 Inverness 1, Inverness 2 Celtic 4

Last five league matches: Celtic W W D W D; Inverness L D L W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Kris Commons (Celtic) 28; Billy McKay (Inverness) 22

Referee: Craig Charleston

Our verdict: Celtic 3 Inverness 0


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