Scottish Premier League fixtures: Who will top this weekend? | Football news
It promises to be another exciting weekend in the Scottish Premiership with lots of stakes and two matches live on Sky Sports.
The cameras will be at Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday when Livingston hosts Hearts before attention turns to Tannadice Park when Celtic take on Dundee United.
Rangers can close the gap to the lead, at least for 24 hours, when they face St Johnstone at Ibrox on Saturday.
And at Easter Road, Hibernian took on Aberdeen alongside Lee Johnson and Jim Goodwin under pressure to turn the tide of his team.
Here we take a look at what is at stake…
What is Live on Sky Sports?
Sunday January 29 12:30pm
There are two games to look forward to live on Sky Sports this Sunday.
Making their first appearance at 1:30pm, Livingston will aim to continue their good form to close the gap on third-placed Hearts to just three points.
David Martindale’s side are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches but face a tough test against Robbie Neilson’s army.
Hearts have not lost a game since early November and go on to compete in European football next season.
Sunday January 29 at 3:30pm
Starts at 4:00pm
Attention will then turn to Tannadice Park at 4pm when Dundee United take on Celtic.
Ange Postecoglou’s side beat United 9-0 the last time the two sides met in Tayside, but United have found form and have lost just one game since the World Cup break.
If they produce a shock, it will end Celtic’s impressive 16-match unbeaten run in the league.
Will Michael Beale’s undefeated reign continue before St Johnstone?
Rangers are yet to lose a game since the new manager took charge and know Saturday’s win will cut Celtic’s top spot to six points, in at least 24 hours.
Todd Cantwell becomes manager’s first signing when he joins from Norwich and he could show up at Ibrox.
A trip to Govan may not be ideal for Callum Davidson as he wants to turn the tide of St Johnstone.
They lost to Rangers in the Scottish Cup a week ago and a 4-2 defeat to Livingston in their final Scottish Premier League game, leaving them without a win since mid-December.
Perth’s side are now just four points above the relegation play-off spot – Saturday’s defeat could see that team cut to just one point.
Can Goodwin take the big win after the Scottish Cup humiliation?
Aberdeen’s manager, Jim Goodwin, remains in charge of their trip to the Hibernian but has been warned there must be an “immediate reaction” to the shock defeat to Darvel in the National Cup.
The Dons board had a “full and frank meeting” with the manager after picking up a win in nine games.
He is not assured of his future beyond their clash with Hibs with Lee Johnson also under increasing pressure.
The Easter Road home team lost to Hearts in the National Cup last weekend, which means they have only won 2 of the last 10 matches.
A win for the home team would put them ahead of Aberdeen for fourth place.
Will the struggling Motherwell put an end to St Mirren’s impressive unbeaten run at home?
St Mirren has only lost once at SMiSA Stadium this season, and that was on the opening weekend against Motherwell.
Stephen Robinson’s side entered Saturday’s game after successive away defeats dropped them out of the top six on goal difference.
Pressure is mounting on Motherwell’s manager Steven Hammell as they look for their first win since October.
If they can’t end that bad streak this weekend, they may have to drop to the relegation play-off position.
Who will win the basement battle?
The bottom two teams meet in Dingwall on Saturday when Ross County takes on Kilmarnock.
County have scored the fewest goals (15) in the Premiership this season and Malky Mackay has moved to address the issue as strikers Eamonn Brophy and Josh Stones move to Dingwall on loan from St Mirren and Wigan respectively. .
It was a tough January for Killie with league defeats to Celtic and Rangers plus a League Cup semi-final loss to Postecoglou’s side.
Saturday’s win could move them up to ninth in the standings if other results go their way.
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