Scottish Premiership build-up with all 12 clubs in action

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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Rangers delivered a 5-0 thrashing of the Dons, which featured two penalties from captain James Tavernier. Greg Stewart, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe were also on target for Steven Gerrard’s troops.

    Rangers captain James Tavernier celebrates with team-mate Ryan Jack

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    Image caption: Rangers captain James Tavernier fired home two penalties in a 5-0 victory at Ibrox

    The last time Aberdeen claimed a league victory against Rangers at Pittodrie? You have to go back to September 2016, when a certain James Maddison – now strutting his stuff in England’s Premier League with Leicester City – scored a last-minute free-kick in a 2-1 win.

    James Maddison celebrates his last-minute winner with Shay Logan

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    Image caption: James Maddison celebrates clinching the Dons’ last league win v Rangers at Pittodrie in 2016
  • LINE-UPS AT RUGBY PARK

    Kilmarnock v St Johnstone (19:45)

    Kilmarnock:Branescu, O’Donnell, Del Fabro, Bruce, Hamalainen, Power, Dicker, El Makrini, Burke, Brophy, Millar.

    Substitutes:Koprivec, Johnson, Wilson, McKenzie, Thomas, St. Clair, Sow.

    St Johnstone:Clark, Ralston, Booth, Gordon, Kerr, Craig, Wright, McCann, Holt, O’Halloran, Kane.

    Substitutes: Parish, May, Wotherspoon, Swanson, Kennedy, Duffy, Tanser.

  • MacPhee seeks Hearts clarity

    Hearts v Livingston (19:45)

    Will tonight be Austin MacPhee’s last game in temporary charge at Hearts? MacPhee has been steering the Jambos’ ship since Craig Levein’s sacking at the end of October.

    Hearts have made former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel an offer to become their manager but MacPhee remains in the dugout for Livingston’s visit.

    Austin MacPhee and Daniel Stendel

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    Image caption: Austin MacPhee remains in temporary charge as Hearts await Daniel Stendel’s decision

    MacPhee, who has overseen one win and three defeats, admits he is in the dark regarding his future at the club.

    “Obviously there are talks going on with other people and I will speak to [Hearts owner Ann Budge] again at some point. If there is anything to be communicated I will always do that with the players. She has very good lines of communication with the senior players as well.”

  • Celtic gear up for Cup Final against Hamilton

    Celtic vs Hamilton Accies (19:45)

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park

    Celtic are aiming to make it 11 wins in a row tonight to make sure they keep the foot to the floor in terms of the Premiership title race.

    But the League Cup Final this weekend very much part of the narrative. How will tonight impact on that huge game against Rangers? Just how fit are the likes of Hayes, Bolingoli, Elyonoussi and – most importantly – Odsonne Edouard?

    A tough night in prospect for a Hamilton Academical side with their own injury issues…

    Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton and full-back Moritz Bauer

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    Image caption: Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton and full-back Moritz Bauer
  • LINE-UPS AT GLOBAL ENERGY STADIUM

    Ross County v Hibernian (19:45)

    Ross County: Baxter, Kelly, Fontaine, Morris, Gardyne, Paton, Mullin, Spence, Foster, Stewart, Graham,

    Substitutes:Laidlaw, Fraser, Erwin, McKay, Watson, Henderson, Spittal.

    Hibernian:Maxwell, Naismith, Porteous, Hanlon, Stevenson, Hallberg, Slivka, Allan, Boyle, Kamberi, Doidge

    Substitutes:Marciano, Jackson, James, Horgan, Whittaker, Mallan, Shaw.

  • Pittodrie poised for blockbuster

    Aberdeen v Rangers (19.45)

    Tyrone Smith

    BBC Scotland at Pittodrie

    Previous Aberdeen v Rangers encounters have been deserving
    of their Scottish football blockbuster billing, and tonight’s Pittodrie
    showdown is no different. There is plenty at stake for the two rivals.

    For the hosts, an expectant home crowd will be demanding the Dons atone for their 5-0 thrashing to Rangers at
    Ibrox at the end of September.

    Third-place Aberdeen’s form has certainly picked
    up, they’ve lost just one of the eight league games they have played since that
    humbling experience in Govan.

    Rangers' Greg Stewart

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    Image caption: The Rangers players, including Greg Stewart, enjoying a stroll across the Pittodrie turf

    As for Rangers, they are hoping to successfully overcome another hurdle as they continue to challenge on all fronts at home and abroad.

    While the visitors could perhaps be forgiven for having one eye on Sunday’s League Cup final date with Celtic, boss Steven Gerrard knows he can’t allow that to happen.

    Separated by just one goal from leaders Celtic at the Premiership summit, Rangers are determined to keep up the pressure on their Old Firm rivals, and that means taking care of business in the Granite City tonight.

  • LINE-UPS AT PITTODRIE

    Aberdeen v Rangers (19:45)

    Aberdeen:Lewis, Logan, Taylor, McKenna, Considine, Vyner, Leigh, Ferguson, Gallagher, Wilson, Cosgrove

    Substitutes:Cerny, Devlin, Campbell, McLennan, Anderson, Hedges, Main

    Rangers:McGregor, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Flanagan, Jack, Davis, Arfield, Aribo, Kent, Morelos

    Substitutes:Foderingham, Katic, Halliday, Kamara, Ojo, Stewart, Defoe

  • LINE-UPS AT CELTIC PARK

    Celtic v Hamilton Accies (19:45)

    Celtic:Forster, Bauer, Bitton, Ajer, Taylor, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Ntcham, Forrest, Morgan.

    Substitutes: Gordon, Frimpong, Jullien, Rogic, Sinclair, Johnston, Griffiths

    Hamilton Accies:Southwood, Easton, Stubbs, McMann, McGowan, Miller, Gogic, Collar, Smith, Martin, Moyo

    Substitutes: Fon Williams, Hunt, Oakley, Cunningham, Beck, Hamilton, Ogkmpoe

  • LINE-UPS AT TYNECASTLE

    Hearts v Livingston (19:45)

    Hearts:Zlamal, Smith, Berra, Halkett, Hickey, Whelan, Damour, Mulraney, Clare, Walker, Naismith.

    Substitutes: Pereira, Wighton, Maclean, Ikpeazu, Brandon, Irving, Meshino.

    Livingston:Sarkic, Jacobs, Lamie, Guthrie, Taylor-Sinclair, Bartley, Pittman, Robinson, Sibbald, Lawless, Dykes.

    Substitutes: Stewart, McMillan, Souda, Lithgow, Odoffin, Lawson and Erskine.

  • Tonight’s Premiership action

    (All 19:45 kick-offs)

    Scottish Premiership fixtures

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  • Prediction powers…

    There’s a full card of Premiership fixtures tonight as the hectic December schedule begins.

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  • Tight at the top…

    Christmas has come early in the Scottish Premiership with six cracking fixtures to get us in the festive mood.

    With the title race continuing to rattle along at a thrilling pace, league leaders Celtic host Hamilton Accies while Rangers lock horns with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    Scottish Premiership table

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    The top two are locked on 37 points, with Celtic top of the table courtesy of goal difference (+1).

    What does tonight have in store?

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