Scottish football: Celtic welcome St Mirren to Glasgow tomorrow with the champions desperate to put a run of poor home league performances behind them and record their first SPL win at Parkhead since early October.
Despite that statistic Celtic are three points clear at the top on the back of strong away showings including a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock last weekend.
With Champions League football out of the way until mid-February Bhoys boss Neil Lennon has made it clear he views the SPL as his priority.
“It’s important we start to play like the champions we are, consistently in the league. You can look for all sorts of reasons and excuses for it (the home form),” he said. “But it is something that we need to remedy and we want to remedy.”
Despite beating the Buddies 5-0 in Paisley earlier this season and their lowly standing in the league, Lennon has cautioned that St Mirren, who’ve been in touch with Scotland striker Kenny Miller about a loan move from Vancouver Whitecaps, remain “one of the better teams to watch in the SPL.”
Adam Matthews, who scored the winner at Arbroath in the midweek Scottish Cup fourth round replay, is expected to be available for the Hoops after picking up a groin strain but Kris Commons is still out.
Unusually there’s a full card of six games at three o’clock tomorrow, with second place Inverness Caledonian Thistle heading south to take on Dundee United at Tannadice.
Inverness should be confident having lost just once since their 4-0 victory on the same ground at the end of September.
United are expected to be without defender Sean Dillon, who has been out for a fortnight with a thigh injury.
Hibernian will be looking to bounce back after their defeat against Caley Thistle a week ago. Hibs face Motherwell at Easter Road with the two sides third and fourth in the division and locked together on 27 points.
The Edinburgh outfit are likely to be boosted by the return of Gary Deegan, who was sidelined for almost three months with a broken jaw, and captain James McPake, who has been suffering with back problems.
Elsewhere Aberdeen take on Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. Captain Russell Anderson could be back for the Dons who’ve seen rising stars Jamie Masson and Joe Shaughnessy sign new contracts in recent days.
St Johnstone are at home to Hearts in Perth. Saints, without a win in any competition this month, have a number of suspensions while Jambos midfielder Scott Robinson is unlikely to make the trip after refusing to take his place on the bench last weekend.
Ross County are at home to fellow strugglers Dundee who are six points behind the Staggies.
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