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25 August 2019

Celtic kick off a crucial week in this early stage of the season, when they take on Hearts today.

A match with the Jambos always has a bit of needle about it and Hearts would love nothing better than to return to Edinburgh with a point or three.

With the visit of Hearts on Sunday, then away games to both AIK and Rangers ahead of the transfer window closing, this week could really have a big say on how the season transpires.

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Europa League

Celtic put the disappointment of the Champions League knock out by Cluj and a less than convincing win over Dunfermline last week past them as they beat AIK 2-0 at Celtic Park on Thursday.

Celtic looked fairly comfortable throughout as Jullien and Bolingoli put in their best performances in a Celtic jersey so far.

With Fraser Forster having signed on Thursday we could see him added to the team that beat AIK, as I expect the team to remain pretty much the same, unless Hatem Abd Elhamed has recovered from injury.

Hearts

Hearts have started the season with some mixed results.

Qualification for the quarter final of the League Cup was secured with a 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park last weekend.

However in the league they have been beaten away to Aberdeen 3-2 and drawn with Ross County at Tynecastle 0-0.

The arrival of the vastly experienced Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan should prove useful as the 35 year old signed up last week. Whelan has played 86 times for Ireland and helped Aston Villa to promotion last season.

Transfers

Celtic meanwhile are still working on more signings with Greg Taylor, the Kilmarnock left back appearing to be a likely addition. Another right back and defensive midfielder would be welcome too.

If Celtic can add a couple more quality signings and secure a win over Hearts as well as qualification for the Europa League then we would go into the derby at Ibrox in a much better frame of mind than last week.

Prediction: Celtic 3-0 Hearts

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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