- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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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?