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Fraser Forster: Returns for Celtic

Fraser Forster: Returns for Celtic

Sunday, February 3

Dundee v Morton

Dundee could hand a debut to on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder David Morgan but midfielder Gary Harkins is cup-tied following his recent move from Kilmarnock. The hosts are still without Stephen O'Donnell, Davide Grassi, Carl Finnegan, Mark Kerr (all knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles).

Morton striker Colin McMenamin is cup-tied and misses out on a match against one of his former clubs. Broken leg victim Stephen Stirling and Archie Campbell, who has a groin problem, also miss out.

Top scorers (all competitions): Ryan Conroy (Dundee) 4 Peter Weatherson (Morton) 12

Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)

Hibernian v Aberdeen

New Hibernian recruit Matt Done could be given an immediate introduction after beating yesterday's transfer deadline to sign on loan for the rest of the season. Another loan recruit, Manchester City's Ryan McGivern, is struggling with injury while full-back Tim Clancy has been ruled out too.

Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson resumed training today and returns on Sunday after missing two games through injury. Mark Reynolds is expected to brush off an ankle knock while goalkeeper Dan Twardzik could take his place on the bench. Gary Naysmith and Ryan Jack are close to comebacks but Andrew Considine (broken leg) and Chris Clark (broken ankle) are out for the rest of the season.

Top scorers (all competitions): Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 15 Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 16

Referee: Iain Brines (Scotland)

Raith v Celtic

Raith are without suspended defender Dougie Hill but can include on-loan Hearts man David Smith after agreement was reached to extend the winger's stay until the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster will return for Celtic after recovering from a neck injury. Winger James Forrest is back from a hamstring injury but forward Georgios Samaras (hamstring) and left-back Emilio Izaguirre (knee) are out. New signing Tom Rogic, the 20-year-old midfielder signed on a four-and-a-half-year contract from Central Coast Mariners in Australia, has been granted a work permit but is not yet ready to be considered.

Top scorers (all competitions): Brian Graham (Raith) 20 Gary Hooper (Celtic) 23

Referee: Steven McLean (Scotland)


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