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Scottish League Cup and Premiership team news, stats & selectors

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It’s Glasgow versus Edinburgh within the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup at Hampden this weekend.

Holders Celtic face Hibernian on Saturday and the next day Rangers face a Hearts side led by Austin MacPhee after Craig Levein’s sacking.

There are moreover three Scottish Premiership video video games on Saturday – together with top-six clashes at Pittodrie and Fir Park.

Preserve up with the staff information and statistics for all six matches and take away your staff’s hottest XI.

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Aberdeen v Kilmarnock (Sat, 15: 00)

Ash Taylor is attend within the squad for Aberdeen – he hasn’t carried out given that pause of July because of a hamstring hurt.

Kilmarnock are quick in defence – Stuart Findlay and Dario Del Fabro are uncertain, and Alex Bruce’s crimson card enchantment has been brushed apart.

Aberdeen supervisor Derek McInnes: “Till [the 2-1 loss to Motherwell] Kilmarnock had best misplaced 4 targets in eight video video games, which tells you ways robust it’s to interrupt them down.”

Kilmarnock supervisor Angelo Alessio: “It was refined after we had a elephantine squad [against Aberdeen] and now it is rather, very robust. Three centre-backs out, that can be very refined.”

Did ? Three of Sam Cosgrove’s six Premiership targets this marketing campaign for Aberdeen agree with attain from the penalty direct – no participant has scored extra targets from the direct within the league.

Motherwell v Livingston (Sat, 15: 00)

Motherwell will assess left-attend Jake Carroll – the Irishman brushed apart an ankle knock to face Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes is out with an ankle hurt, Nicky Devlin has a knee relate and Lee Miller, Cece Pepe, Ibrahima Savane and Chris Erskine are amongst the diversified avid avid gamers lacking. Winger Aymen Souda serves the 2nd sport of a two-match ban.

Motherwell supervisor Stephen Robinson: “I genuinely agree with a total lot of admiration for Livi – they take pretty little little bit of stick for a way they play, being stutter and bodily, nevertheless that is fantasy, you play what your avid avid gamers will level out you’d finish.”

Livingston supervisor Gary Holt: “The Motherwell sport is appropriate about as robust as it’s going to moreover be for us on chronicle of we’re all the formulation all the way down to the bare bones [with injuries].”

Did ? Motherwell agree with alternated between a get rid of and a loss throughout their last seven dwelling video video games within the Scottish Premiership (W4 L3), successful last day day trip in opposition to Kilmarnock (2-1).

Hamilton v Ross County (Sat, 15: 00)

Hamilton’s Brian Easton, Blair Alston, Marios Ogkmpoe and Aaron McGowan sat out the midweek defeat by Aberdeen and are unlikely to be prepared to achieve.

Ross County defender Tom Grivosti will most likely be assessed ahead of the sport after choosing up a foot knock within the 4-Zero defeat by Rangers on Wednesday night.

Hamilton goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams: “The fellows might perchance effectively perchance be youthful nevertheless they’re able to step up, which they confirmed on Wednesday.”

Ross County co-supervisor Stuart Kettlewell: “Arguably Hamilton is a membership of a an identical dimension to ourselves. In order that turns into a good appropriate larger emphasis to idea how we acknowledge from the defeat [to Rangers].”

Did ? Ross County are winless of their last 5 Scottish Premiership video video games (D3 L2), since successful attend to attend matches within the rivals in September.

Hibernian v Celtic (Sat, 17: 30) (League Cup semi-final)

Hibernian’s Martin Boyle will most likely be assessed after coming off the bench to salvage a tiresome equaliser in opposition to Livingston on Wednesday on his comeback from a long-term knee plot.

Neil Lennon says captain Scott Brown is a doubt for the semi-final after a thigh hurt pressured him off in opposition to St Mirren all through the week. Greg Taylor is cup-tied.

Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom: “It takes care of itself this sport – a mountainous semi-final. All individuals is aware of the scale of the job in entrance of us. They agree with been dominating now for years and no individual has beat them – why cannot or no longer it’s us?”

Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “[Scott Brown] is enjoying brilliantly and he is the captain. We agree with [Callum] McGregor, [Olivier] Ntcham, [Nir] Bitton, so we’re efficiently stocked in midfield might perchance effectively soundless he should miss out.”

Did ? Celtic agree with gained their last three consecutive League Cup semi-finals with an mixture bag of 8-2 – a type of was in opposition to Hibernian in 2017, which the Glasgow side gained 4-2.

Rangers v Hearts (Solar, 15: 00) (League Cup semi-final)

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has a “appropriate likelihood” of creating the semi-final per supervisor Steven Gerrard – the 37-yr-extinct missed the 4-Zero get rid of at Ross County with a knock.

Steven Naismith might perchance effectively function for Hearts off the bench as he seems to be like to achieve from the hamstring plot which has sidelined him for most of the season. Loic Damour is suspended.

Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard: “I do not suppose [Hearts manager Craig Levein being sacked] will impression the sport. From my stage of discover we have now to focal stage on what is going on on proper right here, the job we should finish and our preparation.”

Hearts meantime supervisor Austin MacPhee: “I’m acceptable going to finish what I genuinely agree with completed prior to which has led to the staff successful after I genuinely agree with been meantime supervisor.”

Did ? Hearts agree with had little success at this stage of the League Cup in contemporary years – they’ve misplaced seven of their last eight semi-finals since 1998. Two of these losses have been in opposition to Rangers, with the ideally suited get rid of in opposition to Inverness on penalties (prior to shedding to Inverness on penalties on the an identical stage the next yr).

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