Lynch set for second stay at St Johnstone

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The St Johnstone manager Billy Stark is on the verge of resigning the Manchester United youngster Mark Lynch on loan until the end of the season.

The promising midfielder recently returned to Old Trafford for treatment on a sprained ankle after impressing during a brief spell at McDiarmid Park. He is due to return to Perth next week to see out the remainder of his loan period and then stay for the rest of the season.

Ross Forsyth is available for St Johnstone after suspension for today's game at home to Hearts as the Bank of Scotland Premier League's bottom club look to close the five-point gap on Motherwell.

Hearts could rest their Jamaican striker Ricardo Fuller, who has been scoring freely despite an Achilles injury. The French defender Stéphane Mahé could return following a stomach bug.

Martin O'Neill, whose Celtic side entertain struggling Motherwell today, yesterday denied having made a £3m bid for the Leeds United defender Michael Duberry. The Parkhead manager tried to sign the former Chelsea defender while in charge at Leicester City, but the player has only just signed a new five-year deal at Elland Road.

O'Neill said: "If you are asking me if I have made any approach to Leeds United, then the answer is no."

The Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood has concerns over the defender Justin Skinner for today's game against Dundee. The Pars will be without their suspendedcaptain Ian Ferguson.

Dundee will be without midfielder Gavin Rae following a training collision with goalkeeper Jamie Langfield that left him with a damaged ankle.

Aberdeen are going for a club record 10th successive home league win, but face Livingston, who won 6-1 at Pittodrie in the CIS Insurance League Cup earlier in the season. The Dons' captain Derek Whyte returns from suspension while Eugene Dadi is fit.

Livingston are likely to be without Nathan Lowndes and Didier Santini as well as Cherif Toure, Stuart Lovell, David Fernandez and Javier Sanchez Broto. The midfielder Quino is fit to play after being substituted during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Kilmarnock.

Hibernian are still searching for their first win under Franck Sauzée and try for the fourth time, at home to Dundee United. Paul Fenwick is still suspended, but Tom McManus, Paco Luña and Ulrik Laursen are all back after bans.

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