Hearts parted company with Robbie Neilson last weekend and interim boss Steven Naismith faces a baptism of fire when his side visit Hibernian for an Edinburgh derby.
That is the pick of the games in the Scottish Premiership this weekend, with the action north of the border getting underway on Friday evening with relegation-threatened Ross County taking on Aberdeen.
Rangers and Celtic are also in action following last week's Old Firm derby, with the Gers set to welcome St Mirren to Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, while the league leaders visit Kilmarnock on Sunday.
Elsewhere, bottom of the table Dundee United will be aiming for a second successive win when they visit Motherwell, while top-six chasing Livingston play host to St Johnstone.
We have picked out an intriguing treble from this weekend's Premiership action which comes in at odds of almost 13/1.
Hearts to beat Hibernian @ 9/4
Rangers to win to nil against St Mirren @ 4/5
Celtic to beat Kilmarnock and Over 3.5 match goals @ 5/4
Odds were correct at time of writing and are subject to change.
|What||Hibernian v Hearts|
|Where||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|When||12:30, Saturday 15th April 2023|
|Odds||Hibernian 13/10, Draw 23/10, Hearts 9/4|
Hearts appeared certain to finish best of the rest behind the Old Firm just a few weeks ago, but a run of five consecutive defeats across all competitions has contributed to the Jambos dropping down to fourth.
Last week's 2-0 home loss to St Mirren proved the final straw for the hierarchy at Tynecastle, with boss Neilson relieved of his duties just 24 hours later.
Former Scotland international Naismith has been named interim boss until the end of the season and he could provide Hearts with a boost ahead of Saturday's Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.
Hearts have won the last two meetings with Hibernian 3-0, extending their unbeaten run over their city neighbours to nine matches, and they appear to provide good value at 9/4 in the Full Time Result market, especially when you consider the Hibees are also out of form.
Hibs have lost four matches on the spin, most recently going down 2-1 at lowly Dundee United, which further suggests this may not be a derby for the purists, but it is one that Hearts can certainly win.
|What||Rangers v St Mirren|
|Where||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow|
|When||15:00, Saturday 15th April 2023|
|Odds||Rangers 2/9, Draw 5/1, St Mirren 14/1|
Realistically Rangers saw their title hopes ended by last week's Old Firm defeat at Celtic, but they were on a 10-match winning run in the Premiership prior to that 3-2 reverse and they remain unbeaten at home in the league all season.
Michael Beale's side have won 13 and drawn two of their 15 league matches at Ibrox during 2022/23, while they also boast the best home defence in the division, conceding just nine goals and keeping eight clean sheets.
One of those shutouts came in a 4-0 victory over St Mirren back in October and they will be facing the Buddies once again on Saturday.
St Mirren did claim a 1-1 draw when the sides last met in Paisley, but their record at Ibrox is poor to say the least, with the Gers winning the last 11 meetings between the two sides at the venue, with each of the previous nine successes being to nil.
This feels like the ideal fixture for the Gers to return to winning ways and they are available at 4/5 to win the match to nil in the Result/Both Teams to Score market.
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|What||Kilmarnock v Celtic|
|Where||Rugby Park, Kilmarnock|
|When||12:00, Sunday 16th April 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Main Event and Football|
|Odds||Kilmarnock 14/1, Draw 6/1, Celtic 1/5|
If there were any doubts regarding the destination of the Scottish Premiership title this season, then Celtic surely laid those to rest with last week's Old Firm victory, a result that means they head into this weekend's action sitting 12 points clear at the top of the standings.
The 3-2 success also extended the Bhoys' winning run across all competitions to 16 matches and they have scored three or more goals in 11 of those successes.
Next up for Ange Postecoglou's side is a trip to Rugby Park to take on a Kilmarnock team embroiled in a relegation battle after winning just two of their 12 league matches since the turn of the year.
Celtic have won each of the last five meetings between these two sides, while they have triumphed 4-0 and 5-0 on their last two visits to Kilmarnock.
That suggests an away win and over 3.5 goals in the match could be worth considering at 5/4 in the Result/Total Goals market.
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