Celtic resolve will be put to the test in difficult week

By John Reid

February 23, 2019

Following Celtic’s exit from Europe, the Hoops return to domestic action, and a trio of fixtures that could well define their quest for a treble treble.

The three games could well test the Hoops to the limit, and by next Saturday we should have a clear idea about Celtic’s treble bid.

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Firstly, the Hoops take on in-form Motherwell at Celtic Park on Sunday. The Steelmen come to Glasgow in a superb run of form, having won their last six league games.

Manager may ring the changes

The Hoops could well be tired after their midweek exertions in Spain. So Brendan Rodgers may well ring the changes for his starting line-up.

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The next test is a trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts. Celtic lost in their first visit there this season, and the team will be under no illusions about how difficult it will be to get three points against a Hearts team who will be in Celtic’s face from the moment the referee’s whistle blows.

Cup tie could be dangerous against new manager

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Finally, the week ends with a trip to Easter Road to take on Hibernian in the Scottish Cup. The Hoops lost there in December, and new boss Paul Heckingbottom already looks to be making an immediate impression.

Brendan Rodgers might well make changes for the game against Motherwell. But the Hoops will be at full strength for both visits to Edinburgh.

Aside from one defeat to Rangers, Celtic have won every big domestic match Rodgers has been in charge of. If the Hoops have three victories by seven o’clock next Saturday, the treble is well on its’ way to being secured.