Scottish Football: Aberdeen target

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The Independent Online
ABERDEEN, needing a point to secure a place in next season's Uefa Cup, have Paul Kane back from suspension for today's visit to St Johnstone, who are battling to avoid relegation from the Premier Division.

Alex McLeish, Scott Booth, Ray McKinnon and Andy Roddie all face fitness tests before the Aberdeen side can be finalised, while Saints will be without Paul Curran, who is suspended, and Harry Curran, who has fractured his foot.

Kilmarnock, like Saints in danger of going down, have an even tougher task and may be without their midfielder Ally Mitchell when they take on Rangers, who have faltered with the title in touching distance. Rangers have a number of injury problems and have named a 15-strong squad without Stuart McCall, Trevor Steven, Dave McPherson, Gordon Durie and Steven Pressley, who are all injured. Ian Ferguson is one match away from suspension and will not be risked ahead of the Tennents Scottish Cup final in two weeks' time.

Partick travel to Celtic Park with a full strength squad knowing that they will stay up if they take anything home from the game. However, Celtic, who will be without the defender Tom Boyd, need the points and as many goals as they can score if they are to retain a chance of pipping Aberdeen to Europe.