Live ReportingBy Clive LindsayAll times stated are UKPosted at 13:2413:24Martin back for Accies as Hibs drop AllanHamilton Academical v Hibernian (15:00)Hamilton midfielder Scott Martin makes his first appearance of the season in one of four changes from the team thrashed 5-0 at Ibrox last time out.Also handed starts are forwards Marios Ogkmpoe and Mickel Miller,…
Hamilton midfielder Scott Martin makes his first appearance of the season in one of four changes from the team thrashed 5-0 at Ibrox last time out.
Also handed starts are forwards Marios Ogkmpoe and Mickel Miller, plus Scotland Under-21 midfielder Lewis Smith. Dropping out are Markus Fjortoft, Adrian Beck, Ciaran McKenna and George Oakley.
Hibs midfielder Scott Allan drops to the bench, with Joe Newell taking his place, in the Easter Road side’s only change from the 1-1 draw at Aberdeen.
Stuart Findlay continued his excellent start to the new season by winning his first Scotland cap – and scoring – against San Marino on Sunday, but Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio expects more from the centre-half and his international colleague, left-back Stephen O’Donnell.
“He’s young and I think it’s important
for him to get the call up,” the Italian said. “He has to learn to improve his performances in the Scottish Premiership.
“He’s young, he has time, but at the same time, I expect his
performances to improve in the future. Stuart Findlay as well as Stephen O’Donnell, can improve the performances of our
Former Scotland forward on BBC Radio Scotland
Quote Message: It’s not a surprise Ross County have came up and done well. A lot has been made of the co-management structure, but it seems to work for them. They’ll come here with hope that they can come here and cause an upset
It’s not a surprise Ross County have came up and done well. A lot has been made of the co-management structure, but it seems to work for them. They’ll come here with hope that they can come here and cause an upset
Both managers make two changes for today’s battle of the bottom two. Stephen McGinn comes into St Mirren’s midfield for Ryan Flynn and Tony Andreu replaces Ikay Durmus in attack.
Meanwhile, Tommy Wright brings in Drey Wright for David Wotherspoon on the wing as his side search for a first league win of the season, while Jason Holt is fit again and replaces Ali McCann in central midfield, with the 19-year-old taking his place among the substitutes.
Hibs striker Florian Kamberi was quoted in the newspapers today suggesting that he might need to leave the Edinburgh club in January if he does not win back his starting place as he bids for an international call ahead of the Euro 2020 finals.
Born in Switzerland, the 24-year-old is also eligible to play for Kosovo and Albania.
His frustration continues as he is again on the bench today, despite having been directly involved in eight goals in four Premiership appearances against Hamilton.
However, his five goals and three assists have all been at Easter Road and he failed to have an impact on his only appearance at Hamilton in December.
At 18, former Manchester City full-back Jeremie Frimpong is handed his Celtic league debut, with Moritz Bauer dropping to the bench, following their defeat by Livingston.
The only other change made by Neil Lennon is Australia midfielder Tom Rogic replacing the suspended Ryan Christie.
Ross County also make two changes, with Josh Mullin and Ross Draper coming into the team to bolster the midfield.
The club’s top scorer from last season, Billy Mckay, drops to the bench alongside defender Tom Grivosti.
Big day at Palmerston. Not only are the league leaders in town but a wooden carving has been unveiled paying tribute to Queen of the South legends Billy Houliston, Allan Ball and current top scorer Stephen Dobbie to mark the club’s centenary.
Former goalkeeper Ball played 731 games for the club and passed away last year, while ex-striker Houliston is the only Queens player to have played for Scotland.
Kilmarnock make just one change from their 1-0 win over Hearts – with Rory McKenzie replacing on-loan Liverpool forward Liam Millar.
Former St Mirren striker Simeon Jackson could make his Kilmarnock debut should be come off the bench after signing
a short-term deal.
Livingston name the same starting line-up that beat Celtic two weeks ago, with the only change coming on the bench as Alan Lithgow replaces Cece Franck Pepe.
Celtic: Forster, Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Brown, Rogic, McGregor, Forrest, Elyounoussi, Edouard.
Substitutes: Gordon, Bitton, Hayes, Elhamed, Bauer, Shved, Bayo.
Ross County: Laidlaw, Fraser, Watson, Fontaine, Foster, Draper, Gardyne, Mullin, Spittal, Chalmers, Stewart
Substitutes: Ruddy, McKay, Grivosti, Spence, Graham, Power, Paton
Tom Rogic, the Australia international who has only made three appearances this season because of injury and Ryan Christie’s good form, has replaced the suspended Scotland man in midfield behind striker Odsonne Edouard.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon said yesterday: “Tom is up to speed and he’s a creative type, very similar. We all know about his pedigree.
“He’s come back in great condition and he’d jump at the chance to play if selected. It’s great having that luxury where you lose a high-quality player and you’ve got another high quality one to bring in.”
St Mirren: Hladky, P. McGinn, Brodfoot, McLoughlin, Waters, S. McGinn, Magennis, Foley, Andreu, Obika, Mullen.
Substitutes: Lyness, Mackenzie, MacPherson, Durmus, Breadner, Djorkaeff, Morias.
St Johnstone: Clark, Ralston, Tanser, Duffy, Kerr, Holt, Davidson, Wright, Kennedy, Swanson, May.
Substitutes: Parish, Vihmann, Booth, McCann, Wotherspoon, O’Halloran, Hendry.
Hamilton Academical: Fon Williams, McMann, Gogic, Easton, Stubbs, Martin, Hughes, Alston, L Smith, Miller, Ogkmpoe.
Substitutes: Southwood, Davies, Oakley, Cunningham, MacKinnon, Moyo, Hamilton.
Hibernian: Maxwell, James, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson, Mallan, Vela, Hallberg, Newell, Horgan, Doidge.
Substitutes: Marciano, Naismith, Jackson, Allan, Murray, Middleton, Kamberi.
Kilmarnock: Branescu, O’Donnell, Findlay, Del Fabro, Hamalainen, McKenzie, Dicker, Power, El Makrini, Burke, Brophy.
Substitutes: Koprivec, Bruce, Johnson, Thomas, St.Clair, Millar, Jackson.
Livingston: Sarkic, McMillan, Devlin, Guthrie, Lamie, Bartley, Jacobs, Crawford, Lawless, Robinson, Dykes.
Substitutes: Stewart, Odoffin, Lithgow, Lawson, Sibbald, Souda, Miller.
Motherwell: Gillespie, Hartley, Gallacher, Tait, Grimshaw, Maguire, Campbell, Polworth, Long, Scott, Seedorf.
Substitutes: Carson, Manzinga, Hylton, Ilic, Mugabi, Semple, Cole.
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan Leigh, Considine, McKenna, Devlin, Gallagher, McGinn, Wilson, Cosgrove, Vyner.
Substitutes: Cerny, Gleeson, Campbell, Hedges, Bryson, McLennon, Anderson.
The Scottish Cup second round got under way live on BBC Scotland last night, leading to much debate about whether Jonny Stewart’s opener for Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic was a miss-directed cross or a brilliant lob of the Buckie Thistle goalkeeper. Click thumbs up below for a stroke of genius, thumbs down for a fluke!
There was no question about the “moment of real quality” from George Hunter that secured a 2-0 win for the Lowland League leaders over their Highland League counterparts.
In Friday’s other second-round tie, League Two side Edinburgh City defeated North Super League leaders Banks O’Dee 3-1.
The build-up to today’s games is just starting on BBC Radio Scotland.
Presented from Celtic Park by Richard Gordon, among those providing expert opinion are former Scotland players Willie Miller, Billy Dodds, Derek Ferguson and Michael Stewart.
From 13:55, the frequencies split, with Rob Maclean providing commentary from Celtic Park, with analysis from former Scotland forward James McFadden, on 810MW, digital and here on our website. Meanwhile, updates from all the grounds will be via Open All Mics on 92-95FM and this website.
It’s a bit of a novelty to be writing a weekend Premiership preview without describing Celtic as leaders.
But that’s the case this week after the reigning champions slumped to defeat away to Livingston last time out.
Rangers now lead by two points after thumping Hamilton Academical, but Celtic will be favourites to return to the top, at least temporarily, as they host Ross County today while their city rivals are not in action away to Hearts until tomorrow.
Stay with us for coverage of the build-up to today’s five Premiership games, followed by live commentary and post-match reaction. Not to forget news from today’s games in the Championship, League One and Scottish Cup.