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Positive news Scottish Premiership team news, stats & selectors

Positive news Scottish Premiership team news, stats & selectors

Positive news Scottish Premiership team news, stats & selectors


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Positive news Scottish Premiership team news, stats & selectors

All 12 sides are in action this weekend before the Scottish Premiership takes a two-week break for the return of international football.Catch up with all the team news and stats and choose your side’s preferred XI.Things to watch out for in the Premiership weekendSportscene Predictor: Amy Irons v Leanne CrichtonHamilton Academical v Rangers (Sat, 17:30)Hamilton…

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All 12 sides are in action this weekend before the Scottish Premiership takes a two-week break for the return of international football.

Catch up with all the team news and stats and choose your side’s preferred XI.

Hamilton Academical v Rangers (Sat, 17: 30)

Hamilton midfielder Will Collar is back training with the first team but not be ready to play. Club captain Brian Easton is still out following ankle surgery.

Alfredo Morelos will not be guaranteed a place in the Rangers squad, despite turning over a new leaf with boss Steven Gerrard. Allan McGregor will compete with Jon McLaughlin to start in goal after recovering from the knock that has kept him out for the last four games, while Leon Balogun is back from a quad strain.

Hamilton manager Brian Rice: “My players have to believe that they deserve to be on the same pitch as Rangers and can get something out of the game.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “What I will say is that we have definitely seen a difference in Alfredo Morelos’ application. He has re-focused himself into training well and worked hard this week.”

Did you know? Rangers are the only side yet to concede a goal in this season’s Scottish Premiership; they are the first side to concede no goals in their opening five games in the competition since Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2014-15 (also first five).

Celtic v Motherwell (Sun, 15: 00)

Celtic’s new signing David Turnbull will be in the squad for the match against his former club. Striker Odsonne Edouard will again miss out due to a thigh injury, along with Mikey Johnston (calf surgery) and Leigh Griffiths (calf). Midfielder Nir Bitton hopes to shrug off a groin injury.

Motherwell are set to welcome back forward Jermaine Hylton, who missed Thursday’s 5-1 Europa League drubbing of Glentoran after rolling an ankle last Saturday. Liam Donnelly (knee), Nathan McGinley (groin), Jake Carroll (Achilles) and Charles Dunne (groin) remain out.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “I am not saying there is disharmony within the group but what I want is players who are with us and who really want be successful again this year.”

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “It was really pleasing to see all three forwards score on Thursday night and hopefully we can kick on.”

Did you know? Motherwell are the only side yet to score an away goal in this season’s Scottish Premiership; the Steelmen are winless in six away league outings (D3 L3).

Hibernian v Aberdeen (Sun, 16: 30)

Hibernian forward Kevin Nisbet is rated “tough and go”, having missed last weekend’s win over St Johnstone with a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Funso Ojo returns from suspension for Aberdeen after missing the midweek victory over NSI Runavik. Michael Devlin (hamstring) and strikers Sam Cosgrove (knee) and Ryan Edmondson (ankle) remain out.

Hibs head coach Jack Ross: “There is not a lot between the teams in the Scottish Premiership. To continue stay on the right side of those fine margins, that is the time to strengthen and we want to do so.”

Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis: “This is the best squad we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Did you know? Hibs have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches; they last kept a shutout in four consecutive top-flight fixtures in March 2009 under Mixu Paatelainen, when the fourth clean sheet was at home to Aberdeen.

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After four games on Saturday, the opening weekend concludes with the final two matches of the opening round. Catch up with the team news and statistics and choose your team’s preferred XI. 12 teams, 12 questions for the seasonSportscene Predictor: Amy Irons v The PunditsCeltic v Hamilton Academical (Sun, 16:30) Vasilis Barkas goes straight into…

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After four games on Saturday, the opening weekend concludes with the final two matches of the opening round.

Catch up with the team news and statistics and choose your team’s preferred XI.

Celtic v Hamilton Academical (Sun, 16: 30)

Vasilis Barkas goes straight into the Celtic squad, but Scott Bain could start depending on how the Greece goalkeeper’s fitness is assessed after his transfer from AEK Athens on Thursday. Winger Mikey Johnston is the reigning champions’ only injury absentee with a calf problem.

English right-back Hakeem Odoffin could make his Hamilton debut after moving from Livingston on Friday. But fellow defender and club captain Brian Easton and midfielder Will Collar miss out through injury, while the game comes too soon for David Templeton despite the winger’s return to training.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “It’s exciting. The anticipation is building now. It has been a good week so far. While it is going into a historic season, we can’t let it get away from the day-to-day work. What I expect from Hamilton is good energy, well-organised, well-coached and they gave us a couple of tough games last season and we have to be right on it.”

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: “This year, we need to stay in the Premiership, first and foremost. It’s the first home game of the season where Celtic are going for 10-in-a-row so we know they will be flying and we need to be ready. As long as you’re not beaten in your head before you get there, that gives us a wee chance.”

Did you know? Hamilton have lost each of their last eight league visits to Celtic Park since winning 1-0 in October 2014 under Alex Neil.

Ross County v Motherwell (Mon, 19: 45)

Ross Doohan could make his competitive Ross County debut after the Celtic goalkeeper completed his loan move to Dingwall on Saturday. Midfielder Joe Chalmers and defender Tom Grivosti and Joe Chalmers remain long-term absentees.

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Wigan Athletic forward Callum Lang, who joined on loan this week, is in line to make his Well debut along with a series of other summer recruits. Goalkeeper Trevor Carson is set to make his first competitive appearance since Northern Ireland’s Nations League clash with Austria in November 2018, after which he suffered deep vein thrombosis. However, midfielder Jake Carroll and defender Charles Dunne will return to fitness before September.

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell: “It’s been a slight frustration as we’d liked to have got Ross in before and I’m sure Celtic will tell you they’d like to have had business done a couple of weeks earlier too. It’s just been one of those domino chains where we knew once Celtic got a new goalkeeper in, Ross would come up to us. We’ve been patient because it’s important we give ourselves good options in every area.”

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “The worry for me is the transfer window is open now until October. So, with England shutting down for a little while, there is always the fear that English teams come in after watching games early on. So we are prepared for that, but I have strengthened us in lots of areas.”

Did you know? Motherwell have only lost one of their last five league meetings with County (W3 D1), winning both of the last two in a row.

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A full card was scheduled for the Scottish Premiership this week, with Hibernian’s trip to Dundee United on Tuesday preceding five matches on Wednesday.However, the Scottish government have since insisted on the postponement of St Mirren v Celtic and Aberdeen v Hamilton, plus the meeting of Aberdeen and Celtic at the weekend.United and Hibs have…

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A full card was scheduled for the Scottish Premiership this week, with Hibernian’s trip to Dundee United on Tuesday preceding five matches on Wednesday.

However, the Scottish government have since insisted on the postponement of St Mirren v Celtic and Aberdeen v Hamilton, plus the meeting of Aberdeen and Celtic at the weekend.

United and Hibs have now played, leaving us with three games to look forward to on Wednesday. Catch up with all the team news and statistics and choose your team’s preferred XI.

Motherwell v Livingston (Wed, 19: 45)

Motherwell midfielder Liam Donnelly faces at least two months out with a knee problem. Left-back Nathan McGinley is out with a groin injury, joining long-term absentees Charles Dunne and Jake Carroll on the sidelines.

Livingston, looking for their first point of the campaign, have added midfielder Jason Holt to their squad for the game at Fir Park after his release from Rangers.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “It’s not the start we wanted. Teams are playing against us with a real respect – they’re sitting in and trying to hit us on the counter-attack, which never used to happen.”

Livingston manager Gary Holt: “I was rightly angry on Saturday with the manner of the goals that we conceded. It’s going to take time. We knew there was going to be bumps this first month but we want to make it right. The whole lack of atmosphere has a knock-on effect.”

Did you know? Motherwell are unbeaten in nine home top-flight meetings with Livingston since a 5-1 defeat in 2002 but have only won one of their last 10 league matches while the visitors have lost each of their last three league games.

Rangers v St Johnstone (Wed, 19: 45)

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor missed Sunday’s win over St Mirren, but manager Steven Gerrard is hopeful he will return to fitness in time to vie with summer signing Jon McLaughlin for a starting place. Alfredo Morelos, who has been linked with a move to Lille, is in the squad.

St Johnstone forward Michael O’Halloran will miss the game against his former club owing to his sending off against Dundee United on the opening weekend of the season. The suspension would have been served against Aberdeen last weekend but the game was postponed.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “When we’re at Ibrox and we put pressure on teams it’s important that defenders are capable of defending the halfway line and he certainly is.”

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: “It’s Rangers, obviously a good team. They’ve got a lot of movement in their team with balls behind, so they are always a threat and are difficult to contain. I think we need to be a threat and press, we can’t just stand off them.”

Did you know? Rangers have only lost one of their last 19 top-flight meetings with St. Johnstone, but the visitors have lost just two of their last six visits to Ibrox.

Ross County v Kilmarnock (Wed, 19: 45)

County go into the match against Kilmarnock with the prospect of making it three wins on the trot. Manager Stuart Kettlewell has no fresh selection problems and could field the same team that beat Motherwell and Hamilton. Midfielder Joe Chalmers remains on the sidelines with a groin injury, while defender Tom Grivosti has returned to training after a foot problem, but remains a doubt, as does midfielder Blair Spittal.

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Kilmarnock’s Rory McKenzie is a doubt for the trip to Dingwall. Goalkeeper Colin Doyle could make his debut after signing on loan from Hearts.

Ross County captain Iain Vigurs: “All it is is a good start, nothing else. We haven’t won anything, haven’t done anything, it’s just been two very good, assured performances, two clean sheets and we just need to keep that going going into the game tomorrow.”

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer: “The players are in good spirits. They worked hard. We know what it’s like – you play well against the bigger clubs, but it’s the next game that’s most important. It wasn’t a win but it was a good point and hopefully we can go to Ross County and do the same again. They are a good side, well organised and a confident bunch because they have won two games.”

Did you know? Ross County have only lost one of their last six home league meetings with Kilmarnock, but the visitors have only tasted defeat once in their last five league meetings.

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