Scottish Premiership briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership.
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(Current league positions in brackets)
Saturday, September 28
New signing David Silva goes straight into the Kilmarnock squad. The 26-year-old midfielder's return to the Ayrshire club, where he played between 2010 and 2012, was confirmed on Thursday. Chris Johnston is still recovering from his shoulder injury.
Celtic pair Beram Kayal and James Forrest will miss the clash with Kilmarnock. Midfielder Kayal is returning from a groin injury and winger Forrest is recovering from a virus. Midfielder Joe Ledley is still out with a groin injury.
Last season: Celtic 4 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 1 Celtic 3, Celtic 0 Kilmarnock 2
Last five league matches: Kilmarnock D L L L D; Celtic W D W W W
Top scorers: Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) 3; Kris Commons & Anthony Stokes (Celtic) 4
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland).
Ryan Stevenson returns to the Hearts squad for the clash with Dundee United. The midfielder has made a quick recovery from a knee ligament injury, although he is not expected to start. Manager Gary Locke has a full squad but might make changes after his players were taken to extra-time and penalties by Queen of the South on Wednesday night.
Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning is suspended as the centre-back serves the final match of his three-game ban for aiming a kick at Celtic's Virgil van Dijk. Winger Gary Mackay-Steven is battling to return from a groin strain while Chris Erskine could miss out again with a knock.
Last season: Dundee Utd 3 Hearts 1, Hearts 2 Dundee Utd 1, Dundee Utd 0 Hearts 3
Last five league matches: Hearts D W L L L; Dundee Utd D W L W D
Top scorers: Jamie Hamill, Jamie Walker & Callum Paterson (Hearts) 2; Nadir Ciftci & David Goodwillie (Dundee Utd) 4
Referee: Steven McLean (Scotland).
Inverness manager Terry Butcher is hopeful of having Gary Warren available. The centre-back missed the League Cup win over Dundee with a knock but Butcher revealed he was "making progress". Two other unnamed players face fitness tests but Butcher revealed they were both confident of making the game.
Hibernian midfielder Owain Tudur Jones comes back into contention after overcoming a groin injury. Hibs are otherwise unchanged although Paul Cairney is set to step up his comeback from an ankle injury with some under-20 action this weekend. Daniel Handling (foot), Tim Clancy (groin) and Alex Harris (ankle) also remain out.
Last season: Hibernian 1 Inverness CT 2, Inverness CT 3 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 2 Inverness CT 2
Last five league matches: Inverness CT W D W W L; Hibernian D W D W W
Top scorers: Billy McKay (Inverness CT) 7; Liam Craig (Hibernian) 5
Referee: William Collum (Scotland).
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has an unnamed injury doubt for the clash with Ross County. McCall, who made five changes for the midweek League Cup win over Livingston, has delayed naming his team until Saturday.
Ross County remain without striker Orhan Mustafi as the on-loan Grasshoppers striker is several weeks away from returning from a broken toe. Melvin de Leeuw is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score the equaliser and set up a late winner against Hearts.
Last season: Motherwell 2 Ross County 0, Ross County 3 Motherwell 0, Motherwell 3 Ross County 2, Ross County 0 Motherwell 0
Last five league matches: Motherwell L W W W D; Ross County L W D L W
Top scorers: Henri Anier (Motherwell) 4; Richard Brittain (Ross County) 4
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).
St Johnstone will welcome back Murray Davidson. The Scotland midfielder injured a knee in the 2-1 defeat to Celtic last week and missed Tuesday night's League Cup win over Hamilton but has now been passed fit. David Robertson (broken leg) is unavailable to boss Tommy Wright but the midfielder is nearing a return to action.
Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is hopeful Stuart Bannigan is fit again after the Scotland Under-21 midfielder missed Wednesday's Scottish League Cup tie against Dundee United at Tannadice with a groin strain. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair picked up a knock against United but but should be fine although Jordan MacMillan misses out again with an ankle knock.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: St Johnstone W L D L L; Partick D L W L D
Top scorers: Stevie May (St Johnstone) 6; Steven Lawless & Aaron Muirhead (Partick) 3
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland).
Monday, September 30
Under-fire St Mirren boss Danny Lennon is sweating on the fitness of defender Marc McAusland as a training ground knock means he is "touch and go" to feature. Lennon has further worries in his back four as Danny Grainger is suspended.
Niall McGinn and Barry Robson could return for Aberdeen's trip to Paisley. McGinn (ankle) and Robson (knee) both have a chance of making their respective returns from injury. But Russell Anderson, Chris Clark and Willo Flood remain on the sidelines while Andrew Considine is a doubt.
Last season: St Mirren 0 Aberdeen 0, Aberdeen 0 St Mirren 0, St Mirren 1 Aberdeen 4, Aberdeen 0 St Mirren 0
Last five league matches: St Mirren D L L L L; Aberdeen L L D W W
Top scorers: Steven Thompson, Kenny McLean & Gary Harkins (St Mirren) 1; Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) 4
Referee: Calum Murray (Scotland).