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Celtic Away Days – Hearts Midweek

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18 December 2019

After the weekend victory over Hibs, Celtic face the other Edinburgh side, Hearts at Tynecastle on Wedesday.

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There is no love lost between Celtic and Hearts fans and a midweek trip to Tynecastle always has the possibility of a slip up.

 

Hearts have been a mess this season, sitting joint bottom with Hamilton after losing at home to St Johnstone at the weekend. That loss moved St Johnstone three points ahead of Hearts. It was a disappointing start for the new manager, Daniel Stendel. The German has previously managed Hannover and Barnsley, where he got the Yorkshire outfit promoted but was then sacked after a run of ten games without a win back in October.

 

Celtic are nearing full strength again, with Bolingoli and Edouard both starting against Hibs, Edouard back on the scoresheet. Elyanoussi looks like he will be missing for a few weeks. I’d like to see Greg Taylor back at left back, Bolingoli seems a more offensive player but at Tynecastle I feel Taylor offers a bit more solidity to the defence. Ryan Christie missed out on Sunday and hopefully he is back in the starting line up, his energy and all round play will be crucial.

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With both teams current form, Celtic should win but as I said, it’s never easy at Tynecastle. Winning is the most important thing, I’m not too bothered if we play beautiful football on Wednesday.

Rangers don’t play again until Friday, when they travel to Edinburgh to take on Hibs so we have a big opportunity to apply some more pressure and go five points clear.

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.

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