Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian
Kilmarnock will be without Rory McKeown for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Hearts. The defender underwent knee surgery earlier this week and is unlikely to feature again this season, with Manuel Pascali and James Dayton already out for the rest of the campaign. The Rugby Park side have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of the Edinburgh outfit.
Hearts boss Gary Locke has been handed good news ahead of the trip to Kilmarnock after defenders Andy Webster and Darren Barr were both passed fit. Stand-in skipper Webster missed his side's 4-2 defeat to Ross County with a thigh strain but is back in contention for this weekend's match at Rugby Park in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, while Barr has overcome a lingering ankle complaint. Locke, however, will have to monitor Gordon Smith after he was injured in an Under-20s match with Motherwell in midweek. Long-term absentees including captain Marius Zaliukas and Danny Grainger remain unavailable.
St Mirren v Dundee FC
St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves will serve the final game of his two-match ban as his team strive to pull the plug on Dundee's Clydesdale Bank Premier League survival hopes. The Portuguese frontman was handed the suspension after TV pictures proved he took a dive to win the Buddies a penalty in last month's meeting with Celtic in Paisley. St Mirren Park will be the venue again as Dundee make what could be their last stand in the top flight but home boss Danny Lennon will also be without long-term injury victims Darren McGregor, David Barron and Thomas Reilly.
Dundee welcome back full-back Gary Irvine from suspension. Goalkeeper Rab Douglas is still missing following his thigh injury. And long-term absentees Stephen O'Donnell (knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.
Celtic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Defender Thomas Rogne is back in training after recovering from a leg injury and is in contention for Celtic's home Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness on Sunday. Striker Lassad Nouioui (calf) and defender Adam Matthews (hamstring) remain on the sidelines. Skipper Scott Brown has recovered from surgery on an abductor problem but is still not close to returning to training.
Inverness boss Terry Butcher has given his squad a clean bill of health as they look to maintain their perfect record in Glasgow this season. The Caley Thistle manager has watched his side triumph twice in the city this season after beating Rangers in the Scottish Communities League Cup in October and then Celtic on Clydesdale Bank Premier League duty a month later. It is the SPL which takes them back to Parkhead again on Sunday as the Hoops look to celebrate a second successive top-flight title but Butcher is confident of mounting a third Highland uprising of the season and has a full-strength side at his disposal.
St Johnstone v Ross County
Midfielder Liam Craig is suspended for St Johnstone's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Ross County on Sunday. David McCracken has fluid on the knee but boss Steve Lomas is hopeful the centre-back will be fit. Full-back Callum Davidson is out with a hamstring complaint.
Ross County boss Derek Adams will keep faith with skipper Richie Brittain for Sunday's clash with St Johnstone in spite of the midfielder's on-off move to Perth. The 29-year-old has penned a pre-contract agreement with the club managed by Steve Lomas but has now changed his mind and revealed he wants to pull out of the deal. Adams, though, insists Brittain will start against Saints, as will Canadian defender Andre Hainault, who replaces the suspended Scott Boyd.
Hibernian v Aberdeen
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has doubts over three midfielders for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Aberdeen on Monday. Gary Deegan is still having treatment on the foot injury that kept him out of last weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Falkirk while Scott Robertson and Kevin Thomson both have knocks. Defender Ryan McGivern is suspended but Matt Done is available after a cup ban.
Aberdeen's new boss Derek McInnes has no new injuries for Monday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hibernian at Easter Road. The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss has taken advantage of the fortnight's break to get everyone ready for the trip to Leith, apart from his two long-term injured players. Andrew Considine (broken leg) and Chris Clark (broken ankle) are out for the rest of the season.
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