Scottish Premiership briefing

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Neil Lennon: Takes his Celtic side to Partick on Sunday

Neil Lennon: Takes his Celtic side to Partick on Sunday

Sunday, October 26

Partick v Celtic (1245 BST)

Mark Kerr is a doubt for Partick ahead of the Glasgow derby against Celtic. The midfielder is struggling with a back complaint and will be assessed. Gary Fraser is suspended after being sent off in an under-20 game in midweek and the match comes too early for Jordon McMillan who is on his way back from a thigh injury.

James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew are doubts for Celtic. Forrest has an ankle problem and Mulgrew a heel injury. Midfielder Beram Kayal has a thigh complaint but should be available and Mikael Lustig is expected to shrug off an ongoing hip issue, while captain Scott Brown comes back in after missing the Champions League game against Ajax in midweek through suspension. Derk Boerrigter (ankle) should join up with the squad for training on Monday while Kris Commons' hamstring strain is minor and he is hoping to be back next weekend.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Partick L D D L W; Celtic W W W W D

Top scorers (all competitions): Kris Doolan (Partick) 4; Kris Commons & Georgios Samaras (Celtic) 6

Referee: William Collum

Our verdict: Partick 1 Celtic 2

St Johnstone v Motherwell (1605 BST)

Bosnia defender Sanel Jahic comes into the St Johnstone squad after signing a short-term deal but is unlikely to start against Motherwell on Sunday. Fellow centre-backs Steven Anderson (dislocated thumb) and the suspended Frazer Wright both miss the Scottish Premiership clash. Murray Davidson is back after a knock and David Robertson (ankle) will return to training next week while Steven MacLean is out with a knee injury.

Motherwell goalkeeper Lee Hollis remains sidelined by an ankle injury. He missed last weekend's win over Hearts and will be replaced at McDiarmid Park for the Scottish Premiership fixture by Gunnar Nielsen. Former Scotland forward James McFadden is close to a return following a hamstring tear but may not be fit enough to feature against Tommy Wright's men.

Last season: St Johnstone 2 Motherwell 0, Motherwell 3 St Johnstone 2, St Johnstone 1 Motherwell 3, Motherwell 1 St Johnstone 1

Last five league matches: St Johnstone L L D W L; Motherwell W D W L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Stevie May (St Johnstone) 7; John Sutton

(Motherwell) 5

Referee: Calum Murray

Our verdict: St Johnstone 1 Motherwell 1


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