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Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Clarke out to match Hearts' physique

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke on BBC Radio Scotland: "We just spoke about, although we played so well, we still lost 3-0 to Hibs.

    "If we play well, I think we have enough to cause Hearts a few problems.

    "I've got to see how my players respond in big games and they have done okay.

    "Since I came in, I am reasonably happy with the performances.

    "Hearts can be quite a physical side at times and we have to stand up to that and play how we want to play."

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke
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  3. No Grzelak or Hughes for Hearts

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Craig Levein makes three changes to his Hearts side after their 3-1 home defeat by Rangers.

    We've already mentioned the debut of 18-year-old Daniel Baur and he is joined in defence by on-loan Liverpool 22-year-old Connor Randall, with former Scotland midfielder Don Cowie back in the side after recovering from injury.

    Rafal Grzelak, the Polish defender whose performances have been heavily criticised, drops out, along with injured winger Jamie Walker and rested midfielder Harry Cochrane.

    Grzelak is not even on the bench and neither is Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes.

    Hughes had been hoping to return from injury ahead of his country's World Cup play-off against Switzerland on Thursday and it seems unlikely he will now make the first leg in Belfast, although he might still be involved in the return.

    Hearts defender Connor Randall
    Image caption: Connor Randall returns to the Hearts defence
  4. Scots lose Fletcher & Griffiths

    Stoke City midfielder Darren Fletcher and Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will miss Scotland's friendly with Netherlands at Pittodrie on Thursday.

    Fletcher, who captained Scotland in their last game against Slovenia, withdrew after playing 90 minutes on Saturday against Leicester City.

    Griffiths was not in Celtic's squad as they beat St Johnstone 4-0 on Saturday.

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: "He won't play. He had a slight calf injury from our game during the week."

    Darren Fletcher and Leigh Griffiths will be missing for Scotland
    Image caption: Darren Fletcher and Leigh Griffiths will miss out against the Dutch
  5. Baur 'a talented boy' - Levein

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Hearts manager Craig Levein has been talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

    On visitors Kilmarnock, he said: "We have seen in recent draws away from home against Old Firm teams, they are very well organised and we will have to be patient today."

    On replacing 16-year-old Harry Cochrane with fit-again Don Cowie in midfield, he explained: "It was maybe one game too far for Harry and we have Don back today and he comes in in his place."

    On handing a debut to 18-year-old defender Daniel Baur, he said: "Danny's a talented boy, is tall and good in possession.

    "He's had a year out through injury but is back now and we are struggling on the left of defence.

    "We don't have much choice on that side of the park and he can play any position on the left."

    Hearts manager Craig Levein
  6. Murrayfield has been 'pitch perfect' - Budge

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    How has the Murrayfield experience been for Hearts?

    "it's been fantastic," says Hearts owner Ann Budge. "The atmosphere's been here and we've had good crowds, which is clearly a must. It's been fantastic and the players love the pitch - I've heard nothing but good things about the pitch and the facilities.

    Hearts owner Ann Budge
    Image caption: "Murrayfield has been fantastic..."

    Asked whether Hearts will host Partick Thistle at the new Tynecastle following the international break, Budge said: "Well, I always caveat everything. I don't know what else can go wrong and the guys are working, not quite round the clock, but very long hours and weekends. We've still got things to do; we've got the last gable to put up... apart from that, it's really just finishing the concourse.

    "I'm optimistic as I can be but the guys are knuckling down - we'll get there."


    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Hearts: McLaughlin, Michael Smith, Souttar, Berra, Baur, Cowie, Randall, Callachan, Moore, Lafferty, Goncalves. Subs: Milinkovic, Hamilton, Nowak, Stockton, Brandon, Petkov, Henderson.

    Kilmarnock: MacDonald, O'Donnell, Greer, Broadfoot, Findlay, McKenzie, Power, Taylor, Burke, Jones, Kris Boyd. Subs: Thomas, Erwin, Bell, Brophy, Scott Boyd, Frizzell, Hawkshaw.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

  8. In Clarke, Killie Trust

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Steve Clarke watched Kilmarnock's victory against Partick Thistle from the stand before overseeing draws against Rangers and Celtic.

    The former West Bromwich Albion and Reading boss expressed frustration at not picking up more than a couple of points against the big two, before seeing his side dismantled by high-flying Hibernian at the end of October.

    Clarke has spoken of the need for stability at the club, and the urgency to climb the table.

    Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke

    "Hearts are a good strong team, physically capable," says Clarke.

    "Kyle Lafferty is a handful up front and Isma Goncalves, on his day, can be dangerous.

    "I read there might have one or two of their key players back this weekend and that would make them better.

    "It is my understanding, speaking to people who have watched the team over the course of the season, that the team has improved a little bit since I came in.

    "It is a step in the right direction, but I'm still getting to know the players and they are getting to know me.

    "I don't think there are too many ideas that I want to put into the group short term that I haven't already put into them."

  9. Oh, Danny Baur...

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Hearts head coach Craig Levein has been forced into blooding a clutch of teenagers because of injuries to key midfielders in recent weeks.

    This time, it is the Hearts defence that will be taking a dip in its average age, with 18-year-old centre-half Daniel Baur being handed a surprise start.

    Baur, who signed his first professional contract in June 2015, made his senior debut last season in the Challenge Cup for Hearts Under-20s - and played again in this season's competition.

    But this will be the Scot's debut for the Edinburgh club's senior side.

    Could we one day hear the Hearts faithful singing his praises to the tune of "Danny Boy"?

    Hearts defender Daniel Baur
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  11. Welcome

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our live text coverage of the final Premiership fixture of a busy weekend of top-flight action.

    Hearts, in sixth spot, are seven points ahead of Kilmarnock, who currently occupy 11th place in the table.

  12. 'There's no place like home...'

    Hearts v Kilmarnock (15:00)

    Hearts, at least in terms of Premiership points, have proved uneasy temporary residents at Murrayfield while Tynecastle undergoes reconstruction.

    Craig Levein's men have been playing their home games at 67,000-capacity Murrayfield while their new main stand is completed.

    The Jambos have accrued four points from a possible nine - beating St Johnstone, drawing with Aberdeen and losing to Rangers - and will be keen to return to their familiar stomping ground.

    However, in the final Premiership fixture before the international break, Levein's men host Steve Clarke's Kilmarnock in what is likely to be their last Murrayfield hurrah...

    Clockwise from top left: Tynecastle, Murrayfield and Hearts boss Craig Levein with club captain Christophe Berra
    Image caption: Hearts have had a capital date at the home of rugby while Tynecastle gets a shiny new stand