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Squad news, stats and how to follow the action as the Scottish Premiership continues this weekend.

Dundee vs Hearts – Saturday, kick-off at 3pm

Team news

Dundee manager James McPake fears he will be able to do without a dozen players for the clash with Hearts.

Jason Cummings was counted for a disciplinary violation, while Charlie Adam, Lee Ashcroft, Shaun Byrne and Cillian Sheridan are out injured and Ryan Sweeney is suspended.

Max Anderson, Danny Mullen, and Jordan Marshall are also among those who McPake had doubts about fitness this week.

hearts will be without the suspended Josh Ginnelly following his red card against Rangers on Sunday.

Michael Smith returns from the injury that forced him out early in the recent Livingston win and then held him out last weekend. Beni Baningime is still out, while Jamie Brandon is still working to recover his fitness after a long hiatus.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian and Dundee

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  • Dundee have only won one of their last six Scottish Premiership games against Hearts (2N L3), a 2-1 away win in January 2019.
  • Hearts have won both of their last two Scottish Premiership away games against Dundee, their first since March 2019 (won 1-0). They last won three straight wins at Dundee in the top flight in August 2004.
  • Dundee have won both of their last two league home games; they last won three straight home wins in the top flight in April 2002 under Ivano Bonetti.
  • Hearts alternated between losing (four times) and winning (three) in each of their last seven league games, losing 0-2 to Rangers last time. Hearts have not lost consecutive Scottish Premiership matches since February 2020.
  • Daniel Mullen has scored in each of his last three home games in the Scottish Premiership; the last Dundee player to score in consecutive home appearances in the competition was Kane Hemmings from December 2015 to February 2016, a streak of five that ended when he failed to score against Hearts in March 2016.

How to follow

The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sport website, app and YouTube channel later on Saturday evening.

Livingston vs Ross County – Saturday, kick-off at 3pm

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Livingston

Team news

Cristian Montano risks two or three weeks of absence due to a hamstring injury Livingston. Tom Parkes is out with a knee injury. Keaghan Jacobs is back to racing, while long-term absentees Adam Lewis and Daniel Barden remain sidelined.

Ross County defender Alex Iacovitti is still out with a hamstring injury and will miss the away match. Harry Paton went out in the midweek defeat to Celtic at Dingwall by one stroke, but he will be fit. Elsewhere, Staggies boss Malky Mackay has some players with bumps and bruises, but nothing serious.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Ross County and Celtic

  • Livingston has won all three home games against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, with an aggregate score of 8-1.
  • Ross County have only won one of seven Scottish Premiership fights with Livingston (1N, 5P), a 2-0 win in February 2020.
  • Livingston has won both of his last two league games, each with a score of 1-0. The Lions had never won three consecutive games of the Scottish top flight, always keeping a clean sheet.
  • Only Dundee (four) have earned fewer away points in the Scottish Premiership this season than Ross County (five), who have won only one of eight league away games this season (D2 L5).
  • Regan Charles-Cook has been directly involved in 56% of Ross County’s nine away goals this season, scoring four and assisting one. The last Staggies player to score more than 5 away goals in a single Scottish Premiership season was Craig Curran in 2017-18 (five).

How to follow

The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sport website, app and YouTube channel later on Saturday evening.

Motherwell vs St Johnstone – Saturday, kick-off at 3pm

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership clash between Celtic and Motherwell

Team news

Motherwell they have no respite in their defensive problems. Center-backs Ricki Lamie, Sondre Solholm Johansen and Juhani Ojala are still absent, so left-back Jake Carroll will replace the back four again. Mark O’Hara also remains on the sidelines.

St Johnstone striker Chris Kane will be missed again as he is self-isolating. Glenn Middleton is available after being ineligible to face the parent club’s Rangers midweek, but Murray Davidson is set to remain unavailable. Cammy MacPherson is out until January, while David Wotherspoon is out for the season.

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Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says it is up to Tony Watt to decide what his future is after turning down a new deal with the Fir Park club

  • None of Motherwell’s last 11 home games against St. Johnstone have ended in a draw, with the Steelmen winning five and losing six after a 1-1 draw in January 2015 under Ian Baraclough.
  • St. Johnstone have lost just one of their last five league games with Motherwell (W2, D2) and are unbeaten in their last three (W1, D2).
  • Five of Motherwell’s last six league wins have come at home, with the Steelmen winning both of their last two league games at Fir Park always keeping a clean sheet every time.
  • Bottom of the table, St. Johnstone have lost four consecutive league games; they last lost five in a row in the Scottish Premiership in October 2014.
  • St. Johnstone’s Scottish Premiership matches have seen fewer goals (27 – F9 A18) and fewer shots (390 – F149 A241) than any other team in the division this season.

How to follow

The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sport website, app and YouTube channel later on Saturday evening.

Rangers vs Dundee United – Saturday, kick-off at 3pm

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone

Team news

Ranger defender Borna Barisic should be available. The left-back was substituted after feeling ill during the 2-0 win over St Johnstone midweek but recovered.

Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has doubts and those players will be evaluated on Saturday morning, but Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack both suffered an injury and are unlikely to be available before the winter break, while Leon Balogun (knock), Filip Helander (knee) and Nnamdi Ofoborh (heart problem) is still sidelined.

Dundee United were affected by Covid-19 issues prior to the Ibrox game. Head coach Tam Courts would not have given a specific number of absentees but will be missing more than one player following positive tests.

Calum Butcher has been suspended and Courts has lost Dylan Levitt, Liam Smith, Marc McNulty, Max Biamou and Lewis Neilson to injury in recent weeks.

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Dundee United boss Tam Courts confirms there have been “a couple” of positive Covid-19 tests within his squad, but expects Saturday’s game against Rangers to move forward

Eight statistics

  • Rangers have scored two or more goals in each of their last 15 home games against Dundee United in the top flight (W12 D2 S1), scoring 51 goals in total in this series (3.4 per game).
  • Dundee United won their last league game against Rangers 1-0 in August; have not won consecutive top flight matches with Gers since March 1997, over a year before current Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst joined the club as a player in 1998.
  • Rangers have won each of their last seven league games, including all five under new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, while keeping clean sheets in each of their last four.
  • Dundee United are currently in a three-game Scottish Premiership streak; they last lost four in a row in competition in May 2016 under Mixu Paatelainen en route to relegation from the division.
  • Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos has scored in each of his last three league games; only twice previously has he enjoyed a streak of longer appearances in the Scottish Premiership: seven games from October to December 2018 and five from January to March 2021.

How to follow

Follow Rangers vs Dundee United with our dedicated live blog. The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sport website, app and YouTube channel later on Saturday evening.

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