Scottish Premiership briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for the weekend's remaining action in the Scottish Premiership.
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Sunday, January 5
St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin completes a two-match ban. Midfielder Kenny McLean (knee) may feature as the Buddies try to delay surgery as long as possible. Gary Harkins is also unavailable after agreeing a six-month switch to Oldham but John McGinn should shake off a knee injury. Gary Teale (hernia) and defender David Barron (ankle) are out.
Joe Ledley is a major doubt for Celtic - the Wales midfielder was due to have a scan on Friday on the groin injury picked up in the 1-0 win over Partick, a game in which where he scored the winning goal. Forward Derk Boerrigter is in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury and striker Mo Bangura has returned from his loan spell at Elfsborg but will not be included in a squad which is still without Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles).
Last season: St Mirren 1 Celtic 1, Celtic 2 St Mirren 0, St Mirren 0 Celtic 5
Last five league matches: St Mirren D L L W D; Celtic W W W W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Steven Thompson (St Mirren) 10; Kris Commons (Celtic) 15
Referee: John Beaton (Scotland).
United defenders Keith Watson and Calum Butcher will return from suspension - a welcome boost for boss Jackie McNamara after watching his side concede nine goals in their last three games.
Hibs boss Terry Butcher is hoping Scott Robertson recovers from a tightening of his calf muscles - the midfielder had to come off in the second half of the derby win over Hearts on Thursday night. Striker Paul Heffernan is in line for a start after he recovered from a thigh injury to come on as a substitute against the Jambos.
Last season: Dundee Utd 2 Hibernian 2, Hibernian 2 Dundee Utd 1, Dundee Utd 3 Hibernian 0
Last five league matches: Dundee Utd W W L L L; Hibernian D L D W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Nadir Ciftci (Dundee Utd) 8; Liam Craig (Hibernian) 7
Referee: Steven McLean (Scotland).
Hearts captain Danny Wilson is a major doubt after missing the Edinburgh derby through tonsilitis. Midfielder Jamie Hamill is suspended, while Gary Oliver (ankle), Mark Ridgers (knee) and Jason Holt (foot) remain on the sidelines.
Defender Jordan McMillan has recovered from illness but Isaac Osbourne (ankle) and Sean Welsh (groin) remain on the sidelines for the visitors. Loan player Gary Fraser's nine-match ban has ended but he will be returning to parent club Bolton.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Hearts L L L L D; Partick D L D L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Jamie Hamill, Callum Paterson & Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) 4; Kris Doolan (Partick) 7
Referee: Iain Brines (Scotland).
Killie manager Allan Johnston will choose from a similar squad to the one on duty in the win over St Mirren, with midfielders James Fowler (knee) and David Silva (knock) and defender Ismael Bouzid (knee) still struggling.
On-loan Swansea defender Alan Tate goes straight into the Aberdeen squad. Reading's Michael Hector plays his last game before his loan deal expires and fellow defenders Andrew Considine (calf) and Clark Robertson (knee) are out. The Dons will assess several players who picked up knocks against Dundee United, while striker Calvin Zola may return from a knee injury.
Last season: Aberdeen 1 Kilmarnock 0, Kilmarnock 1 Aberdeen 1, Aberdeen 0 Kilmarnock 2, Kilmarnock 1 Aberdeen 3
Last five league matches: Kilmarnock W L W W L; Aberdeen W W L W W
Top scorers (all competitions): Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) 12; Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 9
Referee: Craig Charleston (Scotland).