Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
Injury blow for Celtic
Celtic will have to continue to cope without defender Jozo Simunovic for at least the rest of October due to injury. The Bosnian centre-back has not appeared for the Bhoys since the 3-0 Champions League group win over Anderlecht in late September. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he would be unavailable for selection ahead of this weekend's League Cup semi-final against Hibernian. "It's a repeat of what he had before so probably out for a few weeks," Rodgers told the media.
Don Cowie ruled out of Saints clash
Hearts midfielder Don Cowie will miss the match against St Johnstone and is in a race to be fit for Tuesday's Edinburgh derby. The 34-year-old was forced off at half-time in last weekend's win over Ross County with a calf strain. It remains to be seen if he will be back to face Hibs at Easter Road. Ross Callachan returns tomorrow following a calf problem, but Aaron Hughes, Arnaud Djoum and Ashley Smith-Brown are all out and Malaury Martin is doubtful.
Kilmarnock appoint Clarke as manager
Kilmarnock have appointed Steve Clarke as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year deal. The 54-year-old former Scotland full-back has been out of a job for a year after leaving as the assistant manager at Aston Villa but now he will replace Lee McCulloch who left the club after registering three draws and five defeats. Clarke was assistant at Newcastle, West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa and has managed West Bromwich Albion and Reading.
Celtic's triple fitness boost
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been handed a triple injury boost after it emerged Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Jozo Simunovic are all in contention to face Bayern Munich next week. Brown pulled up with a troublesome hamstring late in the 3-0 win over Anderlecht last month while Armstrong felt a tight calf in the warm-up to the same game. Simunovic joined them on the doubtful list when the Bosnian FA initially claimed he had torn his hamstring on international duty.
However, Rodgers allayed those fears revealing his Scottish duo having responded to treatment to the extent that they will train on Friday with a view to playing in the game against Bayern. Simunovic is also in contention for the Group B crunch after his injury was deemed nowhere near as serious as first feared.
Celtic injury fears over Lustig, Simunovic
Celtic have injury concerns over defenders Mikael Lustig and Jozo Simunovic ahead of their Champions League double-header with Bayern Munich. The pair, who are on international duty with Sweden and Bosnia-Herzegovina respectively, missed training this week and may struggle to face Bayern. Right-back Lustig was forced to watch on in training after suffering a knock, while Simunovic would definitely miss games against Belgium and Estonia after suffering a torn hamstring.
Simunovic suffers injury blow
Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has picked up an injury while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that the centre-back will not be available for the Russia 2018 double-header against Belgium and Estonia. The team doctor revealed that Simunovic has suffered a hamstring tear ahead of his country's qualifying clashes.
Tansey ruled out for four weeks
Aberdeen midfielder Greg Tansey has been ruled out for up to four weeks after finally undergoing surgery. The 28-year-old midfielder had been delaying the operation on his groin but is now facing time on the sidelines after complaining the problem was affecting his mobility against Motherwell last week. Craig Storie (hamstring) and Danny Harvie (knee) remain out but are working their way towards a return.
Ross C. 25.9.17
Ross County sack manager McIntyre
Ross County have sacked manager Jim McIntyre and his assistant Billy Dodds with the Staggies sitting 10th in the Scottish Premiership. McIntyre arrived in 2014, going on to lead the club to its first major trophy by winning the League Cup in 2014/15. However, Ross County are without a win since the opening day of the campaign and currently sit one point off bottom in 10th place. Academy director Steven Ferguson takes over in a caretaker role.
|8||Ross C.||10||-7||3-1-6 (10)|
|21.10||Hearts - St.John.||1 : 0|
|21.10||Partick - Dundee||2 : 1|
|21.10||Ross C. - Hamilton||2 : 1|
|14.10||Celtic - Dundee||1 : 0|
|14.10||Hibernian - Aberdeen||0 : 1|
|14.10||Partick - Kilmarno.||0 : 2|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||37 %|
|away wins||40 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
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.