Hearts boss Craig Levein has admitted that he will give youth a chance when his side visit Celtic Park on Sunday.

The Jambos can no longer finish ahead of rivals Hibernian due to a inferior goal difference so the match is pretty meaningless for both sides. The fact they already have injury concerns going into next weekend’s cup final is also likely to shape Levein’s thinking.

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He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “There won’t be anybody involved who they don’t know. But I’m protecting some injured players, resting some players and playing more young boys than we would normally. I hope to get a win. That’s my first thought.

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“I don’t want to be sitting on Monday morning with any injuries, that’s also important – and I’m sure Celtic will be the same. I’m sure the game will be competitive because they always are.”

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The calm before the storm

The match at Celtic Park is likely to have a bizarre feel to it. Both sides are set to name changed line-ups and youngsters will be given their chance to shine.

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The atmosphere should be good with a sell-out crowd expected to see the champions lift the Premiership trophy. It will be interesting to gauge the feeling of the support after last weekend’s defeat at Ibrox.

The negative feeling around the club is in stark contrast to the current period of dominance we are seeing in front of our eyes. It would be nice if the negativity could subside for one afternoon at least, as the champions once again collect their prize.

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