Celtic's best XI, who starts up front for Rangers, plastic pitch battle, the Wright man for St Johnstone, Hearts system - Scottish Premiership preview

A look ahead to week 7 of the Scottish Premiership with the season in full swing.


Celtic travel to Easter Road to face Hibs in the early kick-off on Saturday with the rest of the games that afternoon. The league is already looking like two teams running away from 10 others who continue to stumble over one another. However, there are plenty of story lines to get our teeth into. There is a fascinating battle on a plastic pitch, we will get a good indication of Celtic's best XI and are Hearts turning a corner? All that and more.

Alfredo Morelos has started the last three games for Rangers and with another European clash on the horizon it could be the turn of Jermain Defoe. The Englishman could have a field day against Aberdeen.

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After making nine changes for the Betfred Cup win over Partick Thistle, Neil Lennon could confirm who he sees as his best XI at Easter Road. Edouard, Christie, Brown and Forrest will all come back in.
Sam Stubbs has been a rock for Hamilton in defence. He will get a difficult test against Livingston with Lyndon Dykes leading the line. The forward is an attacking force for Livi. It will be a fascinating match-up.
Motherwell's social media team have been drumming up Declan Gallagher for a Scotland call-up. He faces what could be a lively St Johnstone attack. The ex-Livi man will need to put in a fine display to make national consideration a reality.
Drey Wright could make his first St Johnstone start since November. After three sub appearances can he return and inject more life into the Saints forward line?
You don't get a good game on a plastic pitch. Apparently. Livingston and Hamilton, both familiar with the turf, will face each other on Saturday. Here's hoping for a classic.
In the last two games Hearts have played 3-4-2-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and everyone in attack as they chased a goal against Aberdeen. Craig Levein is seeing players return which is giving him more options in personnel and system.
St Mirren have had a real problem in front of goal. Their expected goals (xG) is 6.87 but they have scored only three times. Jon Obika has got in good positions but not without a killer instinct.
Hibs fans feel a sense of trepidation when the starting XI is announced. Paul Heckingbottom has recently dropped Ofir Marciano, Florian Kamberi and Scott Allan. He'll have to get the balance right against Celtic.
Ross County's midfield trio could have an average age of 20 against Killie's experienced trio (average age - 32). It will be an intriguing battle between youthful vibrancy and that know-how.