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Hearts will make late decisions on the fitness of striker Kevin Kyle and midfielder Rudi Skacel ahead of the game.

Kyle (groin) and Skacel (calf) missed Tuesday's win at Kilmarnock, but manager Jim Jefferies may risk them against the defending SPL champions as Hearts seek to maintain their challenge at the top of the table.

Calum Elliot is also doubtful, while long-term injury absentees Andrew Driver (thigh) and Suso Santana (knee) are nearing returns.

Rangers are boosted by the return of Madjid Bougherra from suspension.

Steven Naismith could also be in contention for the visit to Tynecastle after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Sasa Papac faces a fitness test on a groin strain, while long-term casualty Kirk Broadfoot remains on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Hearts (from): Kello, Barr, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Stevenson, Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot, Elliott, Balogh, Kyle, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, C Thomson, Novikovas, Wallace, Obua, J Thomson, Kucharski.

Rangers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Foster, Weir, Webster, Davis, McCulloch, Ness, Edu, Weiss, Fleck, Beattie, Jelavic, Lafferty, McMillan, Kerkar, Wylde, Alexander, Naismith, Bougherra.

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Scottish Football Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
Aberdeen v Motherwell
Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Dundee v Hamilton
Inverness v Dundee U
Partick v St J'stone
St Mirren v Ross Co
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:00
Celtic v Kilmarnck  
Friday, 31 October 2014
19:45
St J'stone v Motherwell  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
15:00
Celtic v Inverness  
Dundee U v St Mirren  
Hamilton v Partick  

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Hamilton 10 14 23
2 Dundee U 10 7 22
3 Inverness 10 6 20
4 Kilmarnck 10 6 20
5 Celtic 9 13 17
6 Aberdeen 10 1 16
7 Dundee 10 -1 13
8 Partick 9 0 10
9 St J'stone 10 -7 9
10 St Mirren 10 -8 7
11 Motherwell 10 -12 7
12 Ross Co 10 -19 4

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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