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FALKIRK v HIBS

FALKIRK are boosted by the return of Stephen O'Donnell and Steven Thomson after suspension. Keeper Jeroen Lambers and defender Tom Scobbie have shrugged off knocks but Pedro Moutinho (shoulder), Tiago Rodrigues, Graham Barrett and Craig Ireland (all knee) remain sidelined.

Hibs winger Ivan Sproule starts a four-match ban, while midfielder Merouane Zemmama has recovered from a hamstring injury.

HEARTS v ABERDEEN

MIRSAD Beslija (knee), Mauricio Pinilla (calf), Deividas Cesnauskis (leg) and Roman Bednar (heel) remain on the sidelines for Hearts.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood has only one absentee. Long-term casualty Richie Byrne remains sidelined with a hamstring problem. The former Dunfermline defender has not played for almost three months due to the persistent complaint.

INVERNESS v KILMARNOCK

CALEY defender Darren Dods returns to the squad after suspension, but midfielders Richie Hart (groin) and Liam Keogh (ankle) remain sidelined.

Killie striker Gary Wales is set for a place on the bench after three weeks out with a hamstring injury. Defender David Lilley has returned to training after a back problem but is still short of match-fitness, while longterm casualties David Fernandez and Ryan O'Leary are still sidelined.

MOTHERWELL v DUNDEE UTD

WELL welcome back onloan striker Calum Elliot. Phil O'Donnell (Achilles), Brian McLean and Keith Lasley (both cruciates) are still out while Shaun Fagan is short of fitness.

United boss Craig Levein has no fresh injury concerns. Lee Wilkie has gone out on loan to Ross County while Ross Gardiner has joined Arbroath for a month. Steven Robb, recovering from a hamstring injury, is on the bench.

RANGERS v CELTIC

Tomorrow, kick-off 12.30pm

RANGERS have no fresh injury concerns. Striker Kris Boyd is expected to be out until the New Year with an ankle injury picked up at Falkirk on December 3. Winger Chris Burke (shoulder) is also missing.

Celtic defender Stephen Mc- Manus is set to return to the squad after groin trouble. Strikers Shaun Maloney, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Craig Beattie are back in light training.

STMIRREN v DUNFERMLINE

SAINTS striker Billy Mehmet faces a late test. The former Pars forward returned to training this week after a back problem. But Stewart Kean, Iain Anderson and Craig Molloy are still absent.

Pars' Darren Young (ankle) returns to the squad after three weeks. Phil McGuire and Mark Burchill are available but Jim Hamilton has knee surgery next week. Jamie McCunnie, Jim McIntyre, Roddy McKenzie, Noel Whelan and Scott Thomson are still out.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2006
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