Scottish Football: McStay is a concern for Celtic

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PAUL McSTAY, the Celtic captain, is doubtful for tomorrow's trip to Kilmarnock and could also miss Scotland's game against Austria in Vienna on Wednesday.

The midfielder has a groin injury and the Celtic manager, Lou Macari, said: 'Paul is 50-50 and obviously if he doesn't play against Kilmarnock he will be out of the Scotland squad.'

In addition to McStay, Lee Martin is unlikely to play today, also because of a groin trouble, while Gary Gillespie, Charlie Nicholas and Dariusz Wdowczyk will undergo fitness tests this morning.

Kilmarnock should have a full squad to chose from, although Craig Paterson and Ally Mitchell both collected knocks in their Scottish Cup defeat by Rangers in midweek.

As for unchanged Rangers, they go into their game at Ibrox against Raith knowing they need just four victories from their last six games to clinch another title.

Raith need points in their fight against relegation, but have David Sinclair suspended, while the goalkeeper, Tom Carson, is on standby because Scott Thomson has been unwell.

Rangers main challengers, Aberdeen and Motherwell, meet at Pittodrie knowing defeat could end their challenge.

Aberdeen will have Alex McLeish available after suspension, while Motherwell have doubts over Rob McKinnon, Brian Martin, Dougie Arnott and Tommy Coyne.

Dundee could be the first team relegated from the Premier Division if they lose against Hearts at Tynecastle and St Johnstone pick up a point against a full-strength Partick.