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Celtic welcome Mjallby back after knee problem
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The Premier League leaders, Celtic, will be without Jackie McNamara as they take on Aberdeen this afternoon at Parkhead after he sustained a hamstring injury. Johan Mjallby is added to the squad after returning from a lengthy spell out with a knee problem.

For Aberdeen, Kevin McNaughton is ruled out with a head injury and Alexander Diamond is on international duty with Scotland Under-19s. The midfielder Jamie McQuilken, defender Michael Hart and goalkeeper Ryan Esson are also out. Fergus Tiernan, Scott Morrison and Kevin Rutkiewicz are added to the squad.

Livingston's Fernando Pasquinelli (knee), Guy Ipoua (hamstring) and the goalkeeper Alan Main (neck) are out for the early kick-off at home to Rangers. The teenagers Robbie Arthur, Allan Walker and Martin Scott are added to the squad. The Rangers strikers Michael Mols and Shota Arveladze may miss out through a cold and leg injury respectively.

Hibernian's defender Yannick Zambernardi has been ruled out with a groin problem for the tie with Kilmarnock at Easter Road. The striker Scott Brown is away on international duty with Scotland Under-19s and Kevin Thomson and Alan Reid are added to the squad.

Freddie Dindeleux and Gordon Greer are added to the Kilmarnock squad but the striker Kris Boyd faces a late fitness test on a groin problem.

David Lilley returns to the Partick squad for the Hearts match after a back problem but Ian Ross is out with a fractured toe. Hearts are hopeful that the midfielder Phil Stamp will be fit after a back problem for the trip to Firhill.

Dundee United's Charlie Miller faces a late fitness test. The goalkeeper Tony Bullock and defender Scott Paterson (both knee) are out but Stuart Duff returns after a virus for the derby with Dundee at Tannadice Park tomorrow. The defender Lee Mair (hamstring) and Georgi Nemsadze (knee) face fitness tests for Dundee. The midfielder Craig Burley is in the squad for the first time since signing last month.

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