Scottish Premier League picks: Scary task for Dons, Hibs striker on form, Fox feeling heat

Scottish Premier League picks: Scary task for Dons, Hibs striker on form, Fox feeling heat

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Scottish Premier League selection

The top two keep winning, we have a four-way fight at the wrong end of the table and who knows what happens in between?

Yes, the Scottish Premier League is back to business and here are just some of the things to watch out for.

Match of the Weekend – Celtic – Aberdeen (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Celtic want their 15th consecutive home win in the league when Aberdeen arrive.

The leaders have won eight straight games in all competitions since a draw at Ibrox on January 2, scoring 27 goals and conceding two.

They lost top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi to an early shoulder injury last weekend but clinched five goals in the Scottish Cup against St Mirren.

There is also stiff competition in midfield, with Reo Hatate, Aaron Mooy, Matt O’Riley and David Turnbull battling for minutes alongside captain Callum McGregor.

A comfortable three points against Motherwell stopped the bleeding for Aberdeen after a hot spell, but away form had long been a problem.

Adding to the shameful shock at Darvel, they have lost their last six away games in the Premiership, conceding 22 goals. They last lost seven in a row on their trips in October 1999 – and the seventh game in that row was a 7-0 defeat at Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou has won five out of five against Aberdeen since joining Celtic, although four of those have come by a goal.

This will be the third other opponent the Aussie has faced in the opposing dugout and Barry Robson’s bid to land the job permanently would be given an almighty boost if he could somehow find a way to stop the champion’s juggernaut.

Players in Mind – Elie Youan (Hibernian)

Hibs striker Elian Youan celebrates scoring the winner at St MirrenYouan has four goals and six assists in the Scottish Premiership so far

The French striker has scored in each of Hibernian’s last three league games, with the Edinburgh side aiming to extend their unbeaten run to six at home against Kilmarnock.

The 23-year-old has plenty of pace but was let down by decision-making in his first few months at Easter Road.

He now benefits from a regular selection, has started every game since the season resumed after the World Cup and the call option clause on his loan from St Gallen looks like a smart deal.

Last Hibs player to score in four Premiership games? Martin Boyle, August 2021.

Manager Spotlight – Liam Fox (Dundee United)

Dundee United find themselves back at the bottom of the table with just a point from their last five league games, while the ordeal continued in Tannadice with a Scottish Cup home defeat by relegated rivals Kilmarnock.

After the 1-0 defeat, Liam Fox spoke of the need for “more personality and courage” from his players and complained about “nervousness towards the group”.

Supporters are angry and Tony Asghar’s convoluted explanation for the lack of business in January has further fanned the flames of frustration.

The good news for those fans is that United’s last win came against opposition St Johnstone on Saturday. The bad news is that Perth side are unbeaten in six league games at Tannadice (S4 D2).

Since the Saints’ 2-1 win at McDiarmid Park in September 2015, there has not been a home win in 10 games between these Tayside rivals in the competition (D4 N6).

With three points covering the last four, this race down has a long way to go but with American owner Mark Ogren expected to be in town Fox could really use to rediscover the kind of form that seven Points and six goals brought from the three games immediately after the winter break.

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