Scottish Premiership briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for this weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership.
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Saturday, October 19
Paul Cairney and Danny Handling could be on the bench for Hibernian. Winger Handling has not featured since bruising a bone in his foot against Ross County in August, while midfielder Cairney has not played at all this season because of a troublesome ankle injury.
Alan Maybury (thigh), Tim Clancy (groin), Alex Harris (ankle), Jordon Forster (groin) and Sam Stanton (hip) remain out.
Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig is a major doubt after injuring his hip on Sweden duty. Midfielders Joe Ledley and Tom Rogic are back from groin injuries and James Forrest is expected to be fit again after a combination of sciatica and a virus. Derek Boerrigter (ankle), Adam Matthews (shoulder) and Steve Moyoukolo (Achilles) remain out.
Last season: Celtic 3 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 1 Celtic 0, Celtic 2 Hibernian 2
Last five league matches: Hibernian D W W L W; Celtic W W W W W
Top scorers: Liam Craig (Hibernian) 6; Kris Commons & Georgios Samaras (Celtic) 6
Referee: Calum Murray (Scotland).
Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson has returned to training after knee surgery and could make his comeback.
Russell Anderson (fractured hand) may also be back, but the game is likely to come too soon for Chris Clark (knee). Josh Magennis is out for four weeks after a knee operation, while Calvin Zola is still a doubt with a knock.
Dundee United will assess Scotland Under-19 pair John Souttar and Ryan Gauld. Manager Jackie McNamara was unhappy that Souttar played three games in five days while Gauld was on the bench for the third game after picking up a knock.
Winger Gary Mackay-Steven has a leg knock but McNamara is hopeful he will play, while Morgaro Gomis could return to the squad after rejoining the club last week.
Last season: Dundee Utd 1 Aberdeen 0, Aberdeen 2 Dundee Utd, 2 Dundee Utd 1 Aberdeen 1
Last five league matches: Aberdeen D W W D L; Dundee Utd L W D D W
Top scorers: Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) 4; Nadir Ciftci (Dundee Utd) 5
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland).
Kilmarnock have a slight doubt over the fitness of Sammy Clingan, who returned from Northern Ireland duty with a knock, but boss Allan Johnston hopes he will be fit. Johnston has no other injury concerns.
Orhan Mustafi is set to return to the Ross County squad after recovering from a broken toe, but fellow forward Alex Cooper is a doubt. County begin life without defender Grant Munro, who has quit to pursue a career outside football after more than two seasons with the club.
Last season: Ross County 0 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 3 Ross County 0, Ross County 0 Kilmarnock 0
Last five league matches: Kilmarnock L L D L L; Ross County D L W L W
Top scorers: Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) 3; Richard Brittain (Ross County) 4
Referee: Stephen Finnie (Scotland).
James McFadden is out for Motherwell with a hamstring tear, while fellow winger Lionel Ainsworth is a doubt. Estonia striker Henri Anier has returned fully fit after playing 45 minutes against Romania in midweek.
Scott Robinson will be part of the Hearts squad after the midfielder was forced to apologise to the Tynecastle manager Gary Locke. Robinson had claimed he was being "picked on" by Locke after being substituted against St Mirren two weeks ago. His inclusion means Locke has a full squad.
Last season: Hearts 1 Motherwell 2, Motherwell 0 Hearts 0, Hearts 1 Motherwell 0
Last five league matches: Motherwell W W D W L; Hearts L L L D L
Top scorers: John Sutton (Motherwell) 5; Jamie Hamill, Jamie Walker & Callum Paterson (Hearts) 2
Referee: Brian Colvin (Scotland).
Former Scotland winger Gary Teale will miss out for St Mirren, having been ruled out with a groin injury after suffering a reaction to a pain-killing injection. Defender Marc McAusland is nearing a return from an ankle knock but is not fit enough for Saturday, while full-back David Barron is expected back from his own ankle injury around Christmas.
St Johnstone remain without Steven Anderson and David Robertson. Anderson was this week told he was unlikely to return from a dislocated thumb until the turn of the year while Robertson has an ankle problem. Tommy Wright's international players did not report back with any injuries.
Last season: St Johnstone 1 St Mirren 0, St Mirren 1 St Johnstone 1, St Johnstone 2 St Mirren 1
Last five league matches: St Mirren L L L D W; St Johnstone D L L D W
Top scorers: Steven Thompson (St Mirren) 2; Stevie May (St Johnstone) 7
Referee: William Collum (Scotland).
Sunday, October 20
Inverness will be without James Vincent for up to three months with a fractured tibia. Manager Terry Butcher otherwise has a full squad at his disposal.
Partick manager Alan Archibald has no fresh injury concerns. Jordan McMillan remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury which, along with a previous ankle problem, has kept him out since the start of the season.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Inverness CT W W L W L; Partick W L D D L
Top scorers: Billy McKay (Inverness CT) 9; Steven Lawless & Aaron Muirhead (Partick) 3
Referee: Euan Norris (Scotland).