Saturday’s Scottish football – team news & build-up

Saturday’s Scottish football – team news & build-up

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

  1. LINE-UPS from McDiarmid Park

    St Johnstone v St Mirren (15:00)

    St Johnstone: Clark, Foster, Kerr, Shaughnessy, Tanser, Wright, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Craig, Kennedy, Watt.

    Substitutes: Hurst, Kane, McMillan, Nydam, Scougall, Gordon, Callachan.

    St Mirren: Samson, P McGinn, Baird, Jones, Hodson, Flynn, S McGinn, Willock, Hammill, Jackson, Mullen.

    Substitutes: Lyness, MacPherson, Erhahon, McShane, Kirkpatrick, Edwards, Smith.

  2. Precious points on offer in Perth

    St Johnstone v St Mirren (15:00)

    St Johnstone and St Mirren are separated by seven points and
    three places before today’s encounter at McDiarmid Park.

    However, such is the
    tightness of the bottom half of the table, the Buddies could be just one place
    behind their hosts by close of play today.

    For St Mirren to do that, they would
    have to claim just their second Premiership win of the season and their first
    in any competition under new manager Oran Kearney.

    He takes on a fellow Northern Irishman in the opposing
    dugout – Tommy Wright, whose side narrowly beat Motherwell last week and could go above Aberdeen into seventh today.

    It’s a first meeting of St Johnstone and St Mirren in
    three-and-a-half years.

    Oran Kearney

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    Image caption: Can Oran Kearney get his first win as St Mirren manager?
  3. High flying Killie host Hamilton

    Kilmarnock v Hamilton (15:00)

    Killie will end today second if they avoid defeat at home to
    Hamilton with Celtic, currently second and ahead of Steve Clarke’s side on goal
    difference, not back in league action until midweek.

    Victory would take the
    Ayrshire side to within three points of leaders Hearts.

    But Hamilton will have other ideas. They have picked up just
    two wins so far in the Premiership this season and have lost their past four.

    Accies’ recent record against Kilmarnock will not offer much encouragement to
    the travelling fans – no wins for Martin Canning’s side in the past five
    meetings. However, their last win over Killie was at Rugby Park in a 2017
    Scottish Cup tie.

    Kirk Broadfoot scores for Kilmarnock against Hamilton

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    Image caption: Kirk Broadfoot’s only goal for Kilmarnock so far came in their last meeting with Hamilton
  4. Broadcast coverage

    BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound will provide updates and results from today’s Scottish fixtures and coverage is already under way.

    And on TV, BBC One Scotland’s Sportscene will round up the day’s results from 16:30.

    Both programmes are available here above.

    A BBC microphone

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  5. Promotion battles continue in SPFL

    There’s a full card in
    the Championship, including league leaders Ross County at home to Greenock
    Morton, and it’s also a full house in Leagues One and Two.

  6. Top-flight tussles

    In the Premiership, there’s just the two games: Kilmarnock v
    Hamilton Academical and St Johnstone v St Mirren.

  7. Plenty at stake

    It’s a reduced Scottish fixture card today owing to Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals but there’s still plenty of points on offer in the
    Scottish Professional Football League this afternoon.

    Thirty-four senior clubs are in action at 15:00 and you can follow radio and text coverage here.

    There may be some sunshine around but it’s likely to be a colder Saturday afternoon for Scottish football fans.

    But whose hearts will be warmed by today’s results?

    Rugby Park

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    Image caption: Kilmarnock take on Hamilton at Rugby Park, pictured here earlier this year
    McDiarmid Park

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    Image caption: McDiarmid Park, seen here in July, is the venue for St Johnstone v St Mirren

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