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Scottish Premiership LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 29 August, 2020, 16:23
- Saturday’s transfer news and gossip
- Team news ahead of the four live Scottish Premiership games
- Updates of the 3pm games
- Live coverage of Hamilton v Rangers
Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill
Hibs are looking to sign Rangers winger Jamie Murphy. The left-midfielder hasn’t featured much for the Ibrox side since sustaining a knee injury back in August 2018, though he impressed in a brief loan at Burton Albion last term, netting seven goals in just 10 appearances. Talks have begun over a six-figure transfer. (Daily Record)
Charlie Adam is close to completing a shock move to his boyhood heroes Dundee. The former Rangers, Liverpool and Stoke City star is a free agent after leaving Reading at the end of last season. (Daily Record)
Reported Celtic target Liam Moore’s future at Reading looks in further doubt as the defender wasn’t handed the captain’s armband for his team’s friendly match with Gillingham despite starting the contest. Moore is supposedly being lined up as an alternative target to Irish international Shane Duffy. (Daily Record)
Celtic target Noa Lang is said to be attracting interest from FC Twente. The Parkhead club were said to be keen on bringing the 21-year-old Ajax winger to Celtic Park in reports last week. (Daily Record)
Kilmarnock v Dundee United team news
Kilmarnock (4-4-2): Rogers; Rossi, Broadfoot, Findlay, Waters; Burke, Tshibola, Dicker, Kiltie; Brophy, Kabamba
Subs: Doyle, McGowan, Haunstrup, Dikamona, Pinnock, McKenzie, Mulumbu, Cameron, Whitehall
Dundee United (4-5-1): Siegrest; Neilson, Connolly, Reynolds, Robson; Neilson, Pawlett, Harkes, Butcher, Chalmers; Clark,
Subs: Deniz, Sporle, Powers, McMullan, C Smith, Edwards, Glass, Freeman, Appere
Still no Lawrence Shankland for Dundee United as the striker struggles to overcome an injury issue. United fans are understandably bemused to see his omission today after being included in the latest Scotland squad, however.
As for the hosts, Aaron McGowan’s disappointing start to his career in Ayrshire has seen him dropped to the bench. Zeno Ibsen Rossi comes in his place. He is a centre-back so the hosts may line up in a 3-5-2, though that would be asking a lot of the 36-year-old Chris Burke, who’d be the only natural option at right wing-back in that system. Look for it to be Ibsen Rossi or Kirk Broadfoot playing out at full-back in a 4-4-2.
Livingston v Ross County team news
Livingston (4-2-3-1): McCrorie; Devlin, Guthrie, Ambrose, Serrano, Bartley, Sibbald; Robinson, Pittman, Forrest; Lokotsch
Subs: Stryjek, McMillan, Taylor-Sinclair, Poplatnik, Crawford, Holt, Kouider-Aïssa, Tiffoney, Hamilton.
Ross County (3-5-2): Laidlaw; Watson, Iacovitti, Donaldson; Randall, Vigurs, Gardyne, Draper, Tremarco; Mckay, Stewart.
Subs: Doohan, Morris, Kelly, Tillson, Mullin, Paton, Charles-Cook
Three changes for Livingston from the team that lost to Aberdeen last week. Recent signings Julien Serrano and Lars Lokotsch each make their full debut. Serrano came off the bench for the match at Pittodrie last week, while Efe Ambrose comes in for Jack Fitzwater, who has an injury. There is no place in the squad yet for Anthony Stokes.
The inclusion of Keith Watson for the visitors indicates a three-at-the-back system with first-choice right-back Connor Randall and centre-back pairing Alex Iacovitti and Coll Donaldson keeping their place. A 3-5-2 is likely with Gardyne at the tip, though he could only be a 3-4-3 with the veteran on the right, alongside Ross Stewart and Billy Mckay.
St Johnstone v St Mirren team news
St Johnstone (3-4-3): Parish; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; McNamara, Wotherspoon, McCann, Tanser; Conway, Hendry, O'Halloran
Subs: Sinclair, Duffy, Rooney, Booth, Davidson, Kane, May, Olaofe, Robertson.
St Mirren (4-4-2): Alnwick; Fraser, Foley, McCarthy, Tait; McAllister, Sheron, McGrath, Durmus; Morais, Obika
Subs: Lyness, Baird, Erhahon, MacPherson, Connolly, Henderson, Jack, Jamieson, Dennis
Saints look to be continuing with the 3-4-3 system that hasn’t served them all that well so far this campaign, though they are now approaching something close to full fitness with Stevie May and Murray Davidson, both of whom have struggled with injuries so far this campaign, on the bench.
As for St Mirren, no real surprises there except from perhaps the decision to go with an attack-minded 4-4-2 away from home. Kyle McAllister and Ilkay Durmus will be tasked with pinning back the St Johnstone wing-backs and feeding the ball to Jonathan Obika and Junior Morais.
Congratulations to Ryan Gauld
Bit of news here while we’re waiting on the 3pm games to get started: Ryan Gauld has been awarded the player of the year for the Portuguese second tier.
The former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder made the move to Faranese in 2019 after failing to make the grade at Sporting Lisbon following his £3million transfer five years earlier.
He helped the club to promotion back to the top tier and has been rewarded for his performances with individual recognition.
The three 3pm matches are underway!
Shankland out of Scotland games
Lawrence Shankland will be forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad for the upcoming Nations League double-header against Czech Republic and Israel.
The striker was included in the squad despite being missing from Dundee United’s line-up since the opening day draw with St Johnstone.
The club were hoping he’d be able to return for today’s match at Rugby Park but he still hasn’t recovered from an ankle problem.
United are hopeful he’ll be fit in time for their next encounter against Rangers on September 12. (BBC)
Nothing much to report
It’s 0-0 still in all three Premiership 3pm games. Killie’s match with Dundee United is the most entertaining of the three so far but there hasn’t been much action over.
THERE’S A GOAL!
Kilmarnock have got themselves the first goal of the day! Nicke Kabamba heads past the goalkeeper after a cross from Calum Waters into the penalty box.
The hosts had just been dealt a cruel blow with Stuart Findlay being forced off through injury - he was replaced by ex-Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona for his Rugby Park debut - but that will give them a huge lift.
Am I annoyed I included Eamonn Brophy instead of Kabamba in my fantasy team? Too bloody right I am!