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Team news and stats as the Scottish Premiership returns to action, with Dundee vs Hibernian live on Sky Sports on Sunday.

Celtic vs St Mirren – Saturday, 3pm

Team news

Ryan Christie will return for Celtic when they host St Mirren in the cinch Premiership.

Mikey Johnston (hamstring) is set to return after the international break, while Karamoko Dembele (ankle) is a longer-term absentee.

Christopher Julien is still working his way back from a serious knee injury.

St Mirren striker Eamonn Brophy and defender Charles Dunne will be assessed after both players picked up knocks in last week’s Premier Sports Cup game at Livingston.

Forward Kristian Dennis completes a two-match suspension.

Friends boss Jim Goodwin will be absent after testing positive for Covid-19.

Opta stats

  • Celtic have won 21 of their last 24 league meetings with St. Mirren (D2 L1) dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Hoops have scored 61 goals in those matches while conceding just seven, keeping 18 clean sheets in the process.
  • St. Mirren won their last league visit to Celtic Park 2-1 in January of last season; in the entire 21st century, only two sides have won back-to-back away league games against Celtic: Aberdeen in 2004 and Rangers in October 2020.
  • In Celtic’s 6-0 win over Dundee in their last league match, Kyogo Furuhashi scored a hat-trick on his first league start for the club. In doing so, he became the first player ever to score a hat-trick on his first Scottish Premiership start since the competition was rebranded in 2013. Indeed, including in Japan’s J1 League with former side Vissel Kobe, Furuhashi has now scored nine goals in his last five league starts.

How to follow: Follow the action via our live minute-by-minute match blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Livingston vs Motherwell – Saturday, 3pm

Team news

Livingston manager David Martindale has a couple of players back in training but Saturday’s visit of Motherwell might come too soon.

Tom Parkes is back running, Ben Williamson has returned from Covid-19 and both Cristian Montano and Adam Lewis are getting closer to comebacks.

Jackson Longridge has run off the knock that forced him off against St Mirren as Keaghan Jacobs made his return from a 17-month absence.

Jack McMillan and Jaze Kabia (both knee) remain out and player/assistant manager Marvin Bartley serves another two-match ban after falling foul of SFA rules by taking his place in the dugout for the original suspension.

motherwell boss Graham Alexander declared he would have a similar squad for the trip to West Lothian.

Stephen O’Donnell missed last week’s defeat by Dundee through illness and Kevin van Veen sat out the game with a back problem.

Opta stats

  • While Livingston have only lost one of their four home league meetings with Motherwell since their promotion in 2018 (W2 D1), that defeat was in their last such clash (0-2 in October 2020).
  • Motherwell have only lost two of their last 17 top-flight league games against Livingston (W11 D4), although both defeats were away from home, losing 2-0 in December 2018 and 1-0 in February 2020.
  • Livingston are the only side yet to pick up a point in this season’s Scottish Premiership; they last began a top-flight season with defeats in each of their opening three league matches back in 2005-06 under Paul Lambert.
  • Motherwell have only suffered one defeat in their last seven away league outings (W3 D3), a 1-4 loss at Kilmarnock in March of last season.

How to follow: Follow the latest scores on the Sky Sports website and Sky Sports Scores app. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Dundee vs Hibernian – Sunday, 12pm, live on Sky Sports Football

Team news

Defender Jordan Marshall is suspended for Dundee’s cinch Premiership game against Hibernian at Dens Park on Sunday after being sent off in the last league game at Celtic Park.

Midfielder Max Anderson returns from a ban while striker Cillian Sheridan will have a late fitness test following a groin injury.

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Hibernian head coach Jack Ross says Martin Boyle’s contract extension is a sign of intent by the club

Defender Cammy Kerr is likely to return next week from a knee injury.

Hibs could have James Scott in his squad with the former Motherwell forward tipped to complete a loan move from Hull.

Defender Paul Hanlon could return after a bout of concussion.

Christian Doidge (Achilles), Melker Hallberg (knee), Chris Cadden (thigh) and Sean Mackie (foot) remain on the sidelines.

Opta stats

  • Dundee have only enjoyed one win in their last 17 top-flight league matches against Hibernian (D7 L9), a 3-1 win in November 2012 under Barry Smith.
  • Dundee have won just one of their last 21 Scottish Premiership home games (D5 L15), and are winless in 12 such matches (D4 L8) since a 4-0 win over Hamilton in December 2018.
  • Hibernian are looking to start a league season with three consecutive wins for a second consecutive campaign.
  • Only Odsonne Edouard (12) and Devante Cole (10) have scored more Scottish Premiership goals in 2021 than Hibernian’s Martin Boyle (nine). Boyle has scored in both of Hibs’ first two league matches of 2021-22 (two goals).

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Kick off 12:00pm

How to follow: Watch Dundee vs Hibernian live on Sky Sports Football from 11am; kick-off 12pm. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Hearts vs Aberdeen – Sunday, 3pm

Team news

Andy Halliday hopes to be fit for Hearts‘ cinch Premiership clash with Aberdeen.

The midfielder was forced off with a knock halfway through his side’s defeat at Celtic Park.

Robbie Neilson will also assess fitness issues for Gary Mackay-Steven and Josh Ginnelly while Armand Gnanduillet could return after missing the Celtic game for personal reasons.

aberdeen will be without Andy Considine and Ryan Hedges.

Considine was carried off with a knee injury during the European defeat by Qarabag and Hedges remains out with a hamstring problem.

Both players will be properly assessed next week.

Opta stats

  • Hearts are unbeaten in five home league meetings with Aberdeen (W3 D2) since a 1-2 reverse in May 2017.
  • Hearts are looking to win each of their opening three Scottish Premiership matches of a season for the first time since 2018-19, while they have also achieved this once before under Robbie Neilson (2015-16).
  • Aberdeen could start a season with a win in each of their opening three league matches for the first time since 2017-18, having beaten Dundee United on MD1 and Livingston last time out.

How to follow: Follow the latest scores on the Sky Sports website and Sky Sports Scores app. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Ross County vs Rangers – Sunday, 3pm

Team news

Ross County new boy Joseph Hungbo is available for the visit of Rangers in the cinch Premiership on Sunday.

The 21-year-old winger joined on a season-long loan from Watford to become County’s 10th summer signing.

Jake Vokins remains out with a broken foot as Malky Mackay’s side look for their first league win of the season.

Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe return to the Rangers squad for the trip to Dingwall.

Both were suspended for the Europa League play-off first-leg win over Alashkert at Ibrox on Thursday night.

Fashion Sakala remains sidelined with a groin niggle while long-term absentees Ryan Jack and Nnamdi Ofoborh are still out.

Opta stats

  • Ross County won their last league match against the previous season’s title-winners (1-0 v Celtic in February 2021); the Staggies had failed to win each of their previous 22 league games against defending Scottish champions before this (D5 L17), with all of these matches coming against Celtic.
  • Rangers have won each of their last nine league meetings with Ross County, while also keeping a clean sheet in each of the last six of these.
  • Ross County have failed to win both of their league matches so far this season (D1 L1), while they last started a Scottish Premiership campaign with no wins from their opening three fixtures back in 2014-15 under Derek Adams.
  • After their 1-0 defeat at Dundee United, Rangers could suffer back-to-back Scottish Premiership losses for the first time since March 2018 under Graeme Murty.

How to follow: Follow the action via our live minute-by-minute match blog. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

St Johnstone vs Dundee United – Sunday, 3pm

Team news

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson will assess players who are carrying knocks and niggles ahead of the cinch Premiership clash with Dundee United.

Some players could be taken out of the team as a precaution with Thursday’s second leg against LASK to follow.

David Wotherspoon is due to get out of self-isolation but Sunday’s game may come too soon for him to start.

Wales and Manchester United midfielder Dylan Levitt could feature for Dundee United after moving to Tannadice on loan.

Louis Appere is pushing for a comeback for United.

Long-term absentees Mark Connolly and Declan Glass (both knee) remain out.

Opta stats

  • All three of St Johnstone and Dundee United’s Scottish Premiership meetings last season were drawn; Before this, the two sides had drawn just one of their previous 12 top-flight clashes.
  • Dundee United are unbeaten in four Scottish Premiership games against St Johnstone (W1 D3); they had lost four of their previous five such meetings before this (D1).
  • St Johnstone have drawn each of their last three league games, including both so far in 2021-22. They last drew four league fixtures on the bounce in April 2011 under Derek McInnes.
  • St Johnstone’s Stevie May has scored five goals in his last four Scottish Premiership starts against Dundee United, including netting a hat-trick against them at McDiarmid Park in December 2013.

How to follow: Follow the latest scores on the Sky Sports website and Sky Sports Scores app. Free match highlights will be published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Key dates in the Scottish Premiership 2021/22 season

The top-flight will once again take a winter break from Monday January 3 until Wednesday January 26.

After 33 games, the league splits into two sections of six teams, with each team playing each other in that section.

The 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season with Sky Sports

  • Up to 48 live matches from the Scottish Premiership, including every Old Firm encounter.
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  • Dedicated Scottish Premiership highlights show every week and free-to-watch highlights of every Scottish Premiership game on our website.
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