Hearts v Celtic – Team news, match officials, travel update, KO time and where to watch

Brendan Rodgers takes his Celtic side through to Edinburgh this morning to take on Hearts in the lunchtime kick-off in the Scottish Premiership. With Motherwell winning at Ibrox yesterday the Irishman knows that taking the three points today will take Celtic a point clear at the top of the league looking down on theRangers. Just do it, Celtic!

Team News

Callum McGregor is the big fitness worry from midweek, when he was replaced at the interval by young Daniel Kelly, who incidentally is in line for a contract extension with significantly improved terms after making his first team breakthrough this season. Kelly should find himself on the bench at Tynecastle this afternoon.

28th February 2024 Celtic Park, Scottish Premiership Football, Celtic versus Dundee Daniel Kelly shoots and scores for 7-0 in the 63rd minute Photo ActionPlus David Young

If the captain doesn’t make it, Brendan Rodgers is likely to start with Tomoki Iwata as the number 6 and play with two number 8s with Matt O’Riley being joined by Paulo Bernardo. The rest of the team picks itself after that stunning 7-1 win in midweek against Dundee.

Reo Hatate is getting closer to a return but that’s still a few weeks away.

Predicted Team

Yang Hyun-Jun and Owen Beck, Celtic v Dundee, Scottish Premiership, Celtic Park, 28 February 2024. Photo Mark Runnacles/Shutterstock

The magnificent Joe Hart in goals. A back four of Alistair Johnston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Liam Scales and Greg Taylor. A midfield of Tomoki Iwata, Matt O’Riley and Paulo Bernardo. And a front three of Yang, Adam Idah and Daizen Maeda.

On the bench expect to see Bain, Palma, Kyogo, Kuhn, Vata, Kelly, Welsh and maybe Bernabei.

Match Officials

The SFA have confirmed that Don Robertson will referee the clash. Robertson, who used to be a player, will be assisted by Daniel McFarlane and Ross Macleod. Graham Grainger is on Fourth Official duties in Gorgie. Meanwhile, at Clydesdale House, John Beaton is on VAR duties with Andrew McWilliam assisting.

Kick Off Time

Hearts v Celtic has a 12 noon (CPT) kick-off time.

Supporters Update

Where to Watch

The game will be shown on TV on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Ultra HDR, and is available to stream online live through Sky Go. The match will also be available to Celtic TV subscribers living outside of Britain and Ireland.

Predicted Score

Celtic will be boosted by that result in midweek against Dundee and the players will see the opportunity presented yesterday by theRangers blinking at Ibrox. Instead of being five points behind and under pressure to reduce the gap Celtic can leapfrog theRangers and go a point clear with a victory over Hearts. Predicted score: Hearts 0-2 Celtic.

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About Author

Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

1 Comment

  1. Charles Antony Taylor on

    Magnificent Joe Hart!!!!!!!!!
    He has cost us more goals than he has made saves.
    A decent keeper would have seen us way ahead in title race.
    Too slow across his goals
    Can’t organize a defence
    Can’t command his area
    Won’t catch a cross.