Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
|24.Inverness - Rangers|
|25.Celtic - Hamilton|
|Aberdeen - Ross C.|
|Motherw. - Dundee|
|Partick - Hearts|
|St.John. - Kilmarno.|
Double injury doubt for Aberdeen
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is sweating over the fitness of Niall McGinn and Mark Reynolds for the Premiership clash against Motherwell. Both are injury doubts and will be given fitness tests before kick-off. "Niall McGinn has a knock and is a doubt as is Mark Reynolds who took a gash at the top of his ankle," McInnes said. "They are not ruled out and we will give them every chance to make the game."
Rogic ruled out for 'a few months'
Tom Rogic will be out for "a few months" after having an operation on his ankle, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has announced. The 24-year-old midfielder last played on December 17 in the 2-1 win over Dundee where he came off at the interval and suffered the setback during training.
"Tom Rogic will be out probably for the next few months," Rodgers said. "He had to have an operation. It was unfortunate, it was right at the end of training, the same spot where he had it before. His foot stuck in the ground and he did a full twist on it."
Rodgers confirmed that midfielder Stuart Armstrong (hamstring) and striker Leigh Griffiths (calf) will again be on the sidelines but will "definitely" be ready for next week.
Sammon joins Kilmarnock in loan deal
Kilmarnock have completed the loan signing of striker Conor Sammon from Hearts until the end of the season. The Irishman is out of favour at Tynecastle and has been allowed to return to Rugby Park. He scored 18 goals in 27 appearances for Kilmarnock during the first half of the 2010/11 campaign before joining Wigan Athletic. A £1.2m move to Derby County followed, but Sammon failed to impose himself there and was loaned out three times before joining Hearts last summer. However, he has managed just one goal in 22 domestic appearances for the Edinburgh club and will hope to revitalise his career back at Kilmarnock.
Dundee confirm Ojamaa loan deal
Dundee have confirmed the signing of striker Henrik Ojamaa. The 25-cap Estonian international has agreed a loan deal from Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles through to the end of the season. Ojamaa, who began his senior career at Derby County, left Motherwell for Legia Warsaw in 2013 after a season in Scottish football.
Kilmarnock sign Boyd on permanent basis
Kilmarnock have signed defender Scott Boyd from Ross County on an 18-month deal after an initial loan spell. The 30-year-old has made 13 appearances for Killie since his summer move, scoring once. Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark is also working on bringing in a new striker on deadline day, with Hearts' Common Sammon and Leeds United's Lee Erwin on his radar.
Inverness sign McCart on loan
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have completed their second signing of deadline day by bringing in Celtic youngster Jamie McCart on loan. Richie Foran's squad was bolstered by the arrival of former striker Billy Mckay on a temporary deal from Wigan on Tuesday morning and the Caley boss has now added the talented Hoops centre-back. The 19-year-old has joined the Highlanders on loan until the end of the season and could go straight into Foran's squad for tonight's Premiership meeting with Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park.
Rangers bring in goalkeeper Jak Alnwick
Rangers have signed goalkeeper Jak Alnwick from Port Vale, with Matt Gilks leaving Ibrox to join Wigan Athletic. The 23-year-old, who was previously with Newcastle and had loan spells at Gateshead and Bradford City, has agreed a deal with Mark Warburton's side until 2020.
Jak Alnwick joins Rangers
Rangers have signed English goalkeeper Jak Alnwick on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee from Port Vale. Alnwick made eight appearances for Newcastle United and had loan spells with Gateshead and Bradford City before moving to Port Vale in August 2015. The deal will likely allow Matt Gilks, 34, to move from Ibrox in search of more regular first-team football.
|9||Ross C.||24||-16||5-9-11 (25)|
|19.2||Dundee - Rangers||2 : 1|
|19.2||Kilmarno. - Aberdeen||1 : 2|
|18.2||Celtic - Motherw.||2 : 0|
|18.2||Hearts - Inverness||1 : 1|
|18.2||Partick - Hamilton||2 : 0|
|18.2||Ross C. - St.John.||1 : 2|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||41 %|
|away wins||30 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) contains 12 teams. During the first phase of the season, each team plays three matches against each opponent, twice away and once at home, or twice at home and once away. After 33 games, the league splits into two groups of six, according to their points earned, a "split league format". The clubs will compete only within their groups during the second phase. The top six teams contest for the championship and European competitions, with the bottom six battling to retain their top flight status. So, the top six play each other once more, as the bottom six clubs, making 38 games total.
Points achieved during the first phase of the season will be carried forward to the second phase, but the teams in the bottom group can finish no higher than seventh in the league. After completing a season, the top two teams have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the UEFA Champions League. The third placed team is qualified for the UEFA Cup, along with the Scottish FA Cup winners. Only the bottom placed club will be relegated to a lower division. However, if the top side in the Scottish First Division fails to meet the ground criteria there will be no relegation from the Scottish Premier League.