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Andy Walker and Ian Crocker take you through Wednesday's Scottish Premiership fixtures

Andy Walker and Ian Crocker take you through Wednesday's Scottish Premiership fixtures

Andy Walker and Ian Crocker take you through Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership fixtures

Sky Sports Scotland commentary team Ian Crocker & Andy Walker take a look at Wednesday’s full list of Premiership fixtures

Celtic vs St Mirren – Wednesday 7.45pm

Referee: Euan Anderson

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Celtic are unbeaten in each of their last 16 league matches against St Mirren (W14 D2 L0) since a 0-4 defeat in March 2010.

St Mirren’s last visit to Celtic Park against Celtic was in March 2017 in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, losing 1-4 despite leading 1-0 at half-time.

Odsonne Edouard has scored five goals and assisted two in his last four Scottish Premiership appearances at Celtic Park for Celtic.

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney is one of just two managers in the Scottish top-flight that Brendan Rodgers has faced without winning (P1 W0 D1 L0), along with Gary Holt.

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: Celtic 3-0 St Mirren

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

Oliver Burke: Has the stage and the opportunity to fulfil all the promise.

Greg Tansey: He can get on the ball and likes a set-piece.

Greg Tansey in action for St Mirren against Alloa Ath in the Scottish Cup - his first appearance since joining the Paisley side after leaving Aberdeen Greg Tansey in action for St Mirren against Alloa Ath in the Scottish Cup - his first appearance since joining the Paisley side after leaving Aberdeen

Greg Tansey in action for St Mirren against Alloa Ath in the Scottish Cup – his first appearance since joining the Paisley side after leaving Aberdeen

Andy Walker’s Prediction: Celtic 5-0 St Mirren

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

Timothy Weah: He’s off to a flier after his goal at the weekend, can he do it regularly?

Kyle McAllister: The winger on loan from Derby has a chance to add some much-needed firepower to Oran Kearney`s attacking options

Timothy Weah scores for Celtic on his debut in the Scottish Cup win against Airdrieonians Timothy Weah scores for Celtic on his debut in the Scottish Cup win against Airdrieonians

Timothy Weah scores for Celtic on his debut in the Scottish Cup win against Airdrieonians

Hamilton vs Aberdeen – Wednesday 7.45pm

Referee: Greg Aitken

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Hamilton have won just two of their last 12 league matches against Aberdeen (D2 L8), with both wins coming at home.

Aberdeen are winless in four Scottish Premiership visits to Hamilton (D2 L2) since a 3-0 win in February 2015.

Hamilton have lost 24 of their last 32 Scottish Premiership matches (W5 D3), including five of the last six (D1).

Hamilton have received a red card in four of their last six Scottish Premiership games against Aberdeen – Scott McMann in December 2016, Darian MacKinnon in February 2017, Xavier Tomas in August 2017 and Dougie Imrie in October 2018.

Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove scored seven Scottish Premiership goals during December 2018 – the last player to score more in a single calendar month was Kris Boyd in December 2009 for Rangers (11).

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: Hamilton 1-2 Aberdeen

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

Tony Andreu: Back for more at Accies and we’ve seen what he can do.

Greg Stewart: Dons will be hoping his Killie form continues. It should do.

Greg Stewart has re-signed for Aberdeen on loan after returning from his loan spell with Kilmarnock - where he scored eight goals in 17 appearances in the first half of this season Greg Stewart has re-signed for Aberdeen on loan after returning from his loan spell with Kilmarnock - where he scored eight goals in 17 appearances in the first half of this season

Greg Stewart has re-signed for Aberdeen on loan after returning from his loan spell with Kilmarnock – where he scored eight goals in 17 appearances in the first half of this season

Andy Walker’s Prediction: Hamilton 0-1 Aberdeen

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

Tony Andreu: On loan from Coventry and back where he made a name for himself. Hamilton are desperate for a midfield goalscoring threat.

Greg Stewart: Surprised everyone by going back to Aberdeen following his successful loan at Kilmarnock, maybe this time he’ll turn it on for the Dons.

Tony Andreu poses for photos after re-signing on loan for Hamilton this January after spells with Norwich, Dundee Utd, Rotherham and current parent club Coventry Tony Andreu poses for photos after re-signing on loan for Hamilton this January after spells with Norwich, Dundee Utd, Rotherham and current parent club Coventry

Tony Andreu poses for photos after re-signing on loan for Hamilton this January after spells with Norwich, Dundee Utd, Rotherham and current parent club Coventry

Hearts vs Dundee – Wednesday 7.45pm

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Hearts manager Craig Levein is feeling optimistic ahead of their Scottish Premiership game against Dundee

Hearts manager Craig Levein is feeling optimistic ahead of their Scottish Premiership game against Dundee

Referee: John Beaton

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Hearts have won their last three home league matches against Dundee, scoring five goals and conceding none.

Dundee have lost 13 of their last 17 top-flight trips to Tynecastle Park against Hearts (W2 L2).

Steven Naismith has been involved in 11 goals in his last 11 Scottish Premiership appearances at Tynecastle for Hearts (9 goals, 2 assists).

Dundee have collected fewer away Scottish Premiership points this season than any other side (4 – W1 D1 L8).

19 of Hearts’ last 22 home league goals have been scored in the first half – they haven’t scored a second half goal in any of their last six home Scottish Premiership games.

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: Hearts 2-0 Dundee

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

David Vanacek: Should bring something to the Hearts party.

Seny Dieng: On loan ‘keeper should add some much needed security.

Dundee's on-loan goalkeeper Seny Dieng made his debut for the club in Saturday's draw with Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup Dundee's on-loan goalkeeper Seny Dieng made his debut for the club in Saturday's draw with Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup

Dundee’s on-loan goalkeeper Seny Dieng made his debut for the club in Saturday’s draw with Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup

Andy Walker’s Prediction: Hearts 3-1 Dundee

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

David Vanecek: Tall and mobile Czech striker, he’ll surely add goals to a team challenging for the top four.

Seny Dieng: Dundee have gone back to basics with Jim McIntyre looking to find a goalkeeper he can trust.

New Hearts striker David Vanecek in action for the Edinburgh side during Sunday's win over Livingston in the Scottish Cup New Hearts striker David Vanecek in action for the Edinburgh side during Sunday's win over Livingston in the Scottish Cup

New Hearts striker David Vanecek in action for the Edinburgh side during Sunday’s win over Livingston in the Scottish Cup

Kilmarnock vs Rangers – Wednesday 7.45pm

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Steven Gerrard is relishing second-placed Rangers’ trip to Kilmarnock, who sit just a point behind his side in the Scottish Premiership.

Steven Gerrard is relishing second-placed Rangers’ trip to Kilmarnock, who sit just a point behind his side in the Scottish Premiership.

Referee: Don Robertson

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Kilmarnock are unbeaten in four home Scottish Premiership matches against Rangers (W2 D2) since a 1-5 defeat in May 2011.

Rangers have already faced Kilmarnock twice this season in all competitions, winning one and drawing one – Alfredo Morelos has scored all four of their goals against Killie in 2018-19.

Excluding own-goals, Scottish players have scored 25 goals for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership this season – more than any other side; in contrast, only four of the 43 goals scored by Rangers have been scored by Scotsmen.

Since his debut in the competition in August 2017, Alfredo Morelos has scored 26 Scottish Premiership goals for Rangers – eight more than any other player in the division.

Rangers full-back James Tavernier has provided 8 assists in the Scottish Premiership this season, the most of any player.

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: Kilmarnock 1-2 Rangers

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

Jordan Jones: Well it’s going to be interesting for him!

Steven Davis: Class act on and off the pitch and still with plenty to offer.

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Kilmarnock midfielder Jordan Jones has the mentality to go up against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership despite having signed a pre-contract at Ibrox.

Kilmarnock midfielder Jordan Jones has the mentality to go up against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership despite having signed a pre-contract at Ibrox.

Andy Walker’s Prediction: Kilmarnock 1-3 Rangers

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

Jordan Jones: Having signed a pre-contract with Rangers it’ll be interesting to see how he performs against his soon-to-be-new employers.

Jermain Defoe: He’s had a magnificent career at the highest level in England, just how will he fare in the fast-paced Scottish Premiership?

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe played in Sunday's 3-2 friendly win over HJK Helsinki Rangers striker Jermain Defoe played in Sunday's 3-2 friendly win over HJK Helsinki

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe played in Sunday’s 3-2 friendly win over HJK Helsinki

Motherwell vs Hibernian – Wednesday 7.45pm

Referee: Bobby Madden

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Motherwell have lost their last three Scottish Premiership games against Hibernian – as many as they’d lost in their previous 15 against them.

Hibernian haven’t won back-to-back top-flight visits to Motherwell since September 2009.

Motherwell haven’t lost three consecutive home top-flight matches since a run of five ending in March 2017.

Hibernian’s Florian Kamberi – who scored on his league debut against Motherwell – has been involved in 19 goals since his Scottish Premiership debut in January 2018 (14 goals, 5 assists), seven more than any other Hibs player.

Motherwell’s last five league goals have been scored by either Danny Johnson (2) or Tom Aldred (3).

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: Motherwell 0-1 Hibernian

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

Ross McCormack: Has what it takes to bring along some much needed goals.

Ryan Gauld: Great to have him back in Scotland to watch him at close quarters.

Ross McCormack pictured playing for Motherwell in 2008. The striker has returned to the club on loan from Aston Villa Ross McCormack pictured playing for Motherwell in 2008. The striker has returned to the club on loan from Aston Villa

Ross McCormack pictured playing for Motherwell in 2008. The striker has returned to the club on loan from Aston Villa

Andy Walker’s Prediction: Motherwell 1-2 Hibernian

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

Ross McCormack: Great to see him back in Scottish football, hopefully he can show Motherwell what he’s capable of.

Ryan Gauld: Another loan signing, the former Dundee United man will be keen to show everyone how his game has developed.

Ryan Gauld made his debut for Hibernian in the Scottish Cup win against Elgin at the weekend Ryan Gauld made his debut for Hibernian in the Scottish Cup win against Elgin at the weekend

Ryan Gauld made his debut for Hibernian in the Scottish Cup win against Elgin at the weekend

St Johnstone vs Livingston – Wednesday 7.45pm

Referee: Andrew Dallas

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This is the first time St Johnstone have hosted Livingston in the top-flight since February 2002, when they won 3-0.

Livingston haven’t beaten St Johnstone in the top-flight since December 2001, a 2-1 victory.

St Johnstone have won just 38% of their points this season in home games (13/34), the lowest percentage in the division – opponents Livingston have the lowest percentage of points in away games (23% – 7/30).

St Johnstone have used 16 Scottish players in the top-flight this season – only opponents Livingston (17) have used more Scotsmen.

Livingston’s Ryan Hardie has scored five goals in five Scottish Premiership starts.

Ian Crocker’s Prediction: St Johnstone 1-1 Livingston

Ian Crocker’s Key Men:

Matty Kennedy: Has prospered on his return to Scotland.

Ryan Hardie: Renewed loan can only do him and Livingston good.

Matthew Kennedy has scored six goals in 23 appearances in all competitions since joining the club in the summer Matthew Kennedy has scored six goals in 23 appearances in all competitions since joining the club in the summer

Matthew Kennedy has scored six goals in 23 appearances in all competitions since joining the club in the summer

Andy Walker’s Prediction: St Johnstone 1-0 Livingston

Andy Walker’s Key Men:

Michael O`Halloran: Back at a club that suits him and where he has been at his most productive. St Johnstone again unlikely contenders for a top-four spot.

Ryan Hardie: Retaining his services for the remainder of the season is the best piece of business Livingston could have hoped for in this transfer window.

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SPFL’s One2watch take a look at whether Livingston striker Ryan Hardie, on loan from Rangers, can work his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox.

SPFL’s One2watch take a look at whether Livingston striker Ryan Hardie, on loan from Rangers, can work his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox.

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