Scottish Premiership - Weekend Preview

Hearts - Celtic

Bottom of the table Hearts have Jamie Hamill back in their matchday squad after the players ban for dismissal against Inverness Caley Thistle overturned. Captain Danny Wilson also returns along with Kevin McHattie. Long term absentee Ryan Stevenson remains sidelined.

Celtic welcome new signing Pukki into their squad, however another summer signing Steven Mouyokolo will miss out after suffering a long term Achilles injury in training.

There is the possibility that Celtic will have one eye on their midweek Champions League bow against AC Milan and will face a stern test against a Hearts side fighting for survival.

Prediction - Narrow away win

Kilmarnock - Inverness CT

Kilmarnock have a few yet to be named injury worries, but welcome new signing Michael Gardyne, on loan from Dundee United, into their matchday squad and he could be set to start alongside Kris Boyd up front.

Inverness Caley Thistle will be hoping to continue the form that sees them as the early Premiership pace makers at the top of the table. Terry Butcher's side has a clean bill of health and he is unlikely to change his winning team

Prediction - Comfortable away win

Partick Thistle - Aberdeen

Partick Thistle welcome Aberdeen to Firhill but will have to take on the North East club without defender Conrad Balatoni, who is looking extremely doubtful. Issac Osbourne may well face his former club.

Aberdeen's goal merchant Niall McGinn will miss the game after picking up a knock midweek for Northern Ireland and Russell Anderson misses the game due to a fractured hand. Derek McInnes will also be without longer term absentees such as Robson, Clark and Flood but welcomes back Hayes and Considine to his squad

Prediction - Entertaining draw

St Mirren - Motherwell

Struggling St Mirren welcome the Steelmen Motherwell to St Mirren Park for this match. Last years League Cup winners can expect Lee Mair to start tomorrow despite being told he could leave the club over the summer. The Paisley side are almost at full strength.

Motherwell will be struggling for options at right back, with both the clubs natural right backs Ramsden and Kerr out suspended and injured respectively. 

Prediction - Bore draw

St Johnstone vs Hibernian

St Johnstone welcome back first choice goalkeeper Alan Mannus who has recovered in time from a shoulder injury and is likely to replace veteran keeper Steve Banks who has been deputising. The home side go into the game with no injury concerns.

Hibs are less lucky when it comes to injuries and currently have 6 first team players on the sidelines, but could welcome summer signings Heffernan and Zoubir into the squad and Kevin Thomson is set to return following a suspension

Prediction - Home win

Ross County - Dundee United

Ross County gaffer Derek Adams has the luxury of being able to name an unchanged team from their last outing, with Alex Cooper the only noticeable player missing.

Dundee United welcome back winger Ryan Dow, who has shrugged off a groin injury in time for Sunday's game. However Mark Millar and Gavin Gunning will be absent for United, both players are currently suspended.

Prediction - Home win

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