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Team news, and stats for round 35 of the Scottish Premiership, as Celtic host current champions Rangers in the final Old Firm clash of the season.

Aberdeen v Dundee – Saturday, 3pm

Ross McCrorie is suspended for Aberdeen’s cinch Premiership game against Dundee on Saturday.

The Dons utility player misses out after being sent off against Livingston last week.

Matty Kennedy remains on the sidelines for the visit of the league’s bottom side but is making progress from a back issue which has kept him out since the start of March.

dundee have no fresh injury problems ahead of the trip to Pittodrie.

Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins remains out with a knee problem and is unlikely to feature again this season.

Defender Lee Ashcroft (hamstring) and striker Cillian Sheridan (Achilles) are out for the season.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Livingston

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  • Dundee have only won one of their last 24 league matches against Aberdeen (D6 L17), a 2-1 victory in October of this season.
  • Aberdeen have picked up the joint-fewest points of any side in the Scottish Premiership in 2022 so far (9), winning just one of their 14 league games this calendar year (D6 L7).
  • Dundee have drawn each of their last three league games, last drawing four in a row in the Scottish Premiership in November 2015 under Paul Hartley. That run, however, was ended by a 0-2 defeat to Aberdeen.
  • In Christian Ramírez (10) and Lewis Ferguson (10), Aberdeen have had two players score 10+ league goals in the same season for the first time since Adam Rooney (12) and Niall McGinn (10) did so in 2016-17.

How to watch: Free match highlights published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Dundee United v Motherwell – Saturday, 3pm

Dundee United midfielder Kevin McDonald is pushing to be involved in Saturday’s cinch Premiership encounter with Motherwell following a muscle problem.

Calum Butcher is unlikely to play for the rest of the campaign because of a
personal issue.

Max Biamou (thigh), Ian Harkes (ankle) and Peter Pawlett (Achilles) are out for the rest of the season.

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander declared he had an unchanged squad following their defeat by Rangers.

Striker Kevin van Veen serves the second match of his two-game ban.

Sondre Solholm, Stephen O’Donnell, Jordan Roberts and Nathan McGinley have been absent in recent weeks while Barry Maguire is out for the season following quad surgery.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Hearts

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  • Dundee United have only lost one of their last 10 home league games against Motherwell (W6 D3), a 0-3 reverse in February 2016. Indeed, the Tangerines have won both of their two previous Scottish Premiership home games versus Motherwell this season.
  • Motherwell are looking to avoid losing back-to-back Scottish Premiership matches against Dundee United within a single season for the first time since they lost to them three times in a row in 2013-14.
  • Dundee United have both scored and conceded in each of their last eight league games (W1 D5 L2); they last did so in nine consecutive top-flight matches in September 2004 under Ian McCall.
  • Motherwell are winless in their last 10 away league outings (D4 L6), their longest such run on the road in the top-flight since going 18 without a victory from August 2002 to August 2003 under Terry Butcher.

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

Hearts vs. Ross County – Saturday, 3pm

hearts remain without Beni Baningime, who is sidelined for the rest of the season through injury, with defenders John Souttar and Craig Halkett missing.

Robbie Neilson is left with reduced options as a result, and he may deploy a back three in front of goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Everton loanee Ellis Simms will be pushing to return to the starting XI, though there is competition for places in attack, with Liam Boyce and Josh Ginnelly on target last time out.

Ross County are set to be without goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer again, with defender Jack Baldwin serving the second game of a two-match suspension.

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  • Hearts have only lost one of their last 18 Scottish Premiership games against Ross County (W7 D10), although nine of the last 12 such meetings between the two clubs have been drawn (two Hearts wins, one Ross County).
  • Hearts are looking to win a fourth Scottish Premiership home game in succession for the first time since March 2016, when they won five in a row.
  • Ross County have alternated between a win (three times) and a defeat (three times) in their last six away league games, beating Aberdeen 1-0 last time out on the road. The Staggies last won consecutive away games in the Scottish Premiership in May 2021.
  • Hearts’ Barrie McKay has either scored (two) or assisted (four) a goal in each of his last six league matches. Overall in 2022, his 10 goal involvements in the Scottish Premiership (two goals, eight assists) are the outright most of any player this calendar year.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Ross County and Celtic

How to watch: Free match highlights published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Livingstone vs. Hibernian- Saturday, 3pm

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between St Mirren and Hibernian

Max Stryjek is suspended for two games and misses Livingston’s cinch Premiership clash at home to Hibernian.

Russian goalkeeper Ivan Konovalov will therefore make his debut for the club as they look to extend their unbeaten run to three games.

Bruce Anderson could feature after an ankle problem but James Penrice and Tom Parkes are out for the season following surgery, while the game likely comes too soon for Caleb Chukwuemeka (hamstring).

hibs will be without Chris Cadden who was forced off with a thigh issue in last weekend’s win at St Mirren.

Demi Mitchell could return to the squad after two months out with an ankle injury.

Ryan Porteous serves the final game of his four-match league ban, while Drey Wright, Christian Doidge, Kevin Nisbet (knee) and Kyle Magennis (knee) are all still out.

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  • Livingston have only lost one of their last five home league games (W2 D2), a 1-3 defeat to league leaders Celtic in March.
  • Hibernian won their last league game away at St. Mirren (1-0); Hibs last won back-to-back Scottish Premiership away games within a single season in February 2021. Overall in two spells as caretaker manager, David Gray is yet to lose in Scottish Premiership with Hibernian (P3 W2 D1 L0).
  • Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet has scored more Scottish Premiership goals against Livingston than any other opponent (five), with Nisbet scoring a hat-trick at the Tony Macaroni Arena in August 2020.
  • Hibernian lost their last league visit to Livingston 1-0 in December; they haven’t lost back-to-back top-flight visits to Livingston since May 2004.

How to watch: Free match highlights published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

St Johnstone vs St Mirren – Saturday, 3pm

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson will select from an unchanged squad for Saturday’s cinch Premiership match at home to St Mirren.

Tony Gallacher (leg), Craig Bryson (ankle), Chris Kane (knee) and David Wotherspoon (knee) all remain on the sidelines.

None of this quartet are expected to feature again this season.

St Mirren pair Richard Tait and Eamonn Brophy are included in the squad despite going off with suspected broken feet against Hibernian last weekend.

The fracture fears were allayed and they both returned to light training on Friday but they remain doubtful for the game.

Defenders Charles Dunne (foot) and Matt Millar (tendon) are both out, while Jordan Jones (shoulder) is doubtful.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Dundee and St. Johnstone

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  • The away side has won none of the last 11 league matches between St. Johnstone and St. Mirren (D5 L6) since St. Johnstone won 1-0 at St. Mirren in December 2018. The Buddies’ last away win in this league fixture came in October 2014 (2-1).
  • St. Johnstone have won both of their last two home league fixtures, as many as their previous 18 beforehand (W2 D7 L9). The Saints last won three straight home league matches in April 2019 – a run which included a 1-0 win over St. Mirren.
  • St. Mirren have lost each of their last four league matches, the longest ongoing losing run in this season’s Scottish Premiership. Indeed, the Buddies have lost seven of their first eight league games under Steve Robinson overall (W1).
  • Against no other side has St. Johnstone’s Nadir Çiftçi scored more Scottish Premiership goals than the five he has against St. Mirren (level with Ross County). Four of the Turkish forward’s five such goals came at home for Dundee United from 2013 to 2014.

How to watch: Free match highlights published on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

Celtic vs Rangers – Sunday, 12pm, live on Sky Sports

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton will be available for Sunday’s visit of Rangers.

The Israel international has sat out recent games with a fitness issue but he returned to training on Friday.

Right-back Josip Juranovic remains on the sidelines with the injury he picked up in the recent Scottish Cup defeat by rangers at Hampden.

Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will assess his squad ahead of the trip to Celtic Park.

The Light Blues are in recovery mode since the 1-0 defeat by RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.

Striker Kemar Roofe (knee) and midfielder Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) remain out while defender Filip Helander (foot), striker Alfredo Morelos (thigh) and attacker Ianis Hagi (knee) are out for the season.

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  • Celtic have won both of their last two league meetings with Rangers; they last won three league Old Firm derbies in a row within a single season in 2003-04, when they won all four such clashes.
  • Celtic are unbeaten in their last 28 league games (W24 D4), winning each of their last 10 in a row on home soil.
  • Rangers have won five of their last six league games, although they lost the other to Celtic in April. The Gers had only won three of their eight league matches prior to this (D4 L1).
  • Rangers right back James Tavernier is one goal involvement short of his 100th in the Scottish Premiership, having currently been directly involved in 99 goals in 200 appearances in the competition (45 goals, 54 assists), which is the most of any player since his debut in the division in August 2016.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers

How to watch: Watch Celtic vs Rangers live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 11am; kick-off 12pm. Follow all the action in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including in-game clips. Watch free match highlights later on Sunday evening.

Sunday 1st May 11:00am

Kick-off 12:00 p.m.


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