Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2016/2017
Dorus de Vries set for surgery
Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is set to have surgery to try and help solve problems with his foot and ankle. The 36-year-old had spells at Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, before joining the Glasgow side last summer from Championship team Nottingham Forest. However, he has only played five games because he has been playing understudy to number-one choice Craig Gordon for most of his time there so far. The operation reportedly is due to take place during the international break to minimise the amount of games the Dutchman will miss.
Caixinha named Rangers manager
Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Portuguese coach Pedro Caixhina as their new manager on a three-year contract. The Glasgow club agreed a deal with Qatari side Al Gharafa for the Portuguese coach to move to Ibrox and the deal was completed on Saturday ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby against Celtic, although interim manager Graeme Murty will remain in charge for the game. Rangers have been without a manager since the shock departure of Mark Warburton last month.
Kiernan suspended for two games
Rangers will be without defender Rob Kiernan for their visit to Celtic Park on Sunday. The defender has been handed a two-match ban effective immediately after losing an appeal against a red card received against St Johnstone. The 26-year-old received a straight red from referee Kevin Clancy for a lunge on Saints striker Graham Cummins. Kiernan will also miss a home tie against Hamilton next weekend.
James Forrest doubtful
James Forrest is a facing a fight to be fit for Sunday's Rangers showdown. The Celtic winger is battling to be ready for the clash after sustaining a severe knock against Hamilton. Forrest was scanned by medical staff after a hefty tackle from Danny Redmond and has subsequently missed the last two matches against Inverness Caley Thistle and St Mirren. Manager Brendan Rodgers will not push Forrest for the clash, with on-loan Manchester City star Patrick Roberts available again after injury and starring in the 4-1 weekend win over Saints in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Aberdeen trio to miss Cup clash with Partick
Aberdeen are facing a number of injury problems ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle. Mark Reynolds is facing surgery after going off at half-time in Tuesday's 1-0 Premiership defeat by Hamilton while Ryan Jack sustained an ankle injury at the SuperSeal Stadium. Jonny Hayes (hamstring) and Jayden Stockley (shoulder) missed the game through injury.
"Mark Reynolds was injured. He has been struggling a bit with a groin problem and we think it may have developed into a hernia so we think Mark will be out for about four weeks," manager Derek McInnes said. "And Ryan Jack, his injury it was down to the surface. It was his ankle. That is a real worry as well. I expect both players to be out for a period of time. We are hopeful Jonny Hayes won't be out for too long but I think he will miss Sunday. Hopefully we might get Jayden back for Sunday because all of a sudden, the squad is really stretched."
Motherwell sack manager McGhee
Motherwell have sacked manager Mark McGhee following Saturday's 5-1 home defeat by Dundee which left the Lanarkshire club 10th in the table, three points above bottom side Hamilton. They have won just two of their past 13 league games ant the 59-year-old Scotland assistant boss leaves his second stint at Fir Park. Coach Stephen Robinson will take temporary charge, with help from assistant James McFadden and under-20s boss Stephen Craigan.
O'Hara will get ankle injury assessed
Dundee manager Paul Hartley is hopeful that influential midfielder Mark O'Hara will be fit to face Partick Thistle on Wednesday night. The former Kilmarnock man scored for the second game in a row at the weekend, and was every bit as impressive against Motherwell as he was against Rangers six days before.
An ankle injury forced him off in the second half of the Fir Park thrashing and Hartley will now be keeping his fingers crossed that it doesn't rule him out of the Thistle match. "He's had a little knock on his ankle," the Dark Blues' boss said. "We'll assess him and see how he is. Hopefully he'll be available for Wednesday because he's been a big player for me."
|9||Ross C.||28||-17||6-10-13 (29)|
|19.3||Dundee - Celtic||1 : 2|
|18.3||Aberdeen - Hearts||2 : 0|
|18.3||Kilmarno. - Partick||1 : 1|
|18.3||Rangers - Hamilton||4 : 0|
|18.3||Motherw. - St.John.||1 : 2|
|18.3||Inverness - Ross C.||1 : 1|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||41 %|
|away wins||31 %|
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.