Scottish Premiership briefing

  • Last Updated: January 25 2014, 14:38 GMT

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

Ryan Gauld: Returns to Dundee United's squad
Ryan Gauld: Returns to Dundee United's squad

Sunday, January 26

Hibernian v Celtic

Hibernian defenders Paul Hanlon (thigh) and Ryan McGivern (hamstring) will both miss out. Midfielder Scott Robertson is suspended for the Sunday lunchtime encounter but Daniel Handling has overcome a heel injury. Manager Terry Butcher revealed this week that Kevin Thomson and Tim Clancy, who have been unable to work their way into his plans, were also missing through injury.

New midfield signing Stefan Johansen is added to the Celtic squad but defender Adam Matthews will be out for at least a couple more weeks with a calf complaint. Forward Georgios Samaras will return from a hamstring injury. Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out.

Last season: Celtic 3 Hibernian 0, Hibernian 1 Celtic 0, Celtic 2 Hibernian 2

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

Top scorers (all competitions): Liam Craig (Hibernian) 9; Kris Commons (Celtic) 19

Match odds: H 15-2 A 1-3 D 7-2

Referee: Craig Thomson

Our verdict: Hibernian 1 Celtic 2

Monday, January 27

Dundee United v St Johnstone

Dundee United will welcome back teenagers John Souttar and Ryan Gauld following their Spanish holiday. The highly-rated duo were ordered to recharge their batteries on a sunshine break by boss Jackie McNamara but return for the clash with Saints. Winger Chris Erskine has rejoined Partick on loan for the rest of the season, though, while frontman Brian Graham remains out with an ankle injury. Defender Gavin Gunning is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo could make his St Johnstone debut after joining the Perth club until the end of the season. Goalkeeper Alan Mannus and defender Tam Scobbie are suspended for their part in a brawl against Hearts but Steven Anderson is free to play after winning his appeal against a red card. Left-back Brian Easton is likely to return following a hamstring injury while midfielder Murray Davidson and striker Steven McLean (both knee) remain on the sidelines.

Last season: Dundee Utd 0 St Johnstone 1, St Johnstone 1 Dundee Utd 1, Dundee Utd 1 St Johnstone 1, St Johnstone 0 Dundee Utd 0

Last five league matches: Dundee Utd L L D D L; St Johnstone L L W D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Nadir Ciftci (Dundee Utd) 8; Stevie May (St Johnstone) 20

Match odds: H 21-20 A 9-4 D 12-5

Referee: Crawford Allan

Our verdict: Dundee United 0 St Johnstone 1

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