Soccer / Football : Scotland : Premier League 2017/2018
|21.Hibernian - Celtic|
|Dundee - St.John.|
|Kilmarno. - Aberdeen|
|Partick - Hamilton|
|Ross C. - Motherw.|
|22.Rangers - Hearts|
Rangers suspend Wallace and Miller
Rangers have confirmed that club captain Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller have been suspended by the club. The pair are understood to have been involved in a bust-up with boss Graeme Murty after the 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat to rivals Celtic. The players were at Ibrox this morning for talks with Rangers management where they were told their fate. Neither player took to the field in Sunday's humiliating defeat, Miller an unused sub and Wallace fighting back from injury.
Armstrong faces late fitness test
Celtic will wait to give Stuart Armstrong every chance of making it into the squad for Sunday's semi final after it was revealed the player was struggling with an injury. The Scottish midfielder has come back into the fold after a long layoff earlier this season and has had mixed form. It's likely a decision will be taken on the morning of the game. Celtic are looking to book their place in final of the Scottish Cup with a win over their Glasgow rivals.
Rangers dealt worrying injury blow
Rangers attacking midfielder Josh Windass got injured during Saturday's 2-2 draw against Motherwell, and he could miss the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown against Celtic. The 24-year-old was replaced with eight minutes to go as he couldn't continue the game, and he had to be assisted off the pitch. "Josh is sore right now," said the Light Blues manager after the game. "He's in a bit of pain and we're going to assess him and take our time to have a look at that. It's something in his calf, I think. It's definitely in his lower limb."
Prince Buaben facing spell on sidelines
Prince Buaben is facing several weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury while playing for Hearts' development team. The Ghanaian midfielder, who has endured a frustrating season, had to limp off in the second half of the under-20s' 3-2 defeat to Hibs. Manager Craig Levein confirmed that Buaben is likely to be out until after the Premiership split next month.
On a brighter note, Levein is hopeful that Kyle Lafferty and Aaron Hughes will both be available for Sunday's trip to Dundee despite having their involvement with the Northern Ireland squad prematurely curtailed by injury.
|11||Ross C.||26||-19||6-8-19 (33)|
|14.4||Hamilton - Kilmarno.||1 : 2|
|8.4||Hamilton - Celtic||1 : 2|
|7.4||Hearts - Aberdeen||2 : 0|
|7.4||Rangers - Dundee||4 : 0|
|7.4||Partick - Kilmarno.||0 : 1|
|7.4||St.John. - Motherw.||0 : 0|
Scottish Premier League stats
|home wins||40 %|
|away wins||36 %|
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.