Hearts have suffered a minor blow ahead of their visit to Celtic Park on Sunday with the news that Steven Naismith and John Souttar will miss the clash.
There had been talk earlier on in the week that the pair were winning a race to be fit for the match. However, Craig Levein commented that they would “likely” miss the match when talking to press on Thursday. (Scottish Sun)
The news means that the Jambos will be without three key first-team players after Jamie Walker fractured his fibula in the cup win over Motherwell.
However, former Stoke City man Glenn Whelan could make his debut in the intriguing fixture in the East End of Glasgow.
Celtic should have too much for Hearts
It’s crucial that Celtic get back to league duty with a win after the European and Betfred Cup distractions in recent weeks. Neil Lennon’s men have two wins from two in their opening matches and a positive goal difference of ten.
However, this weekend they’ll be playing after Rangers for the first time this season and that brings a different level of pressure. The Ibrox outfit should beat St. Mirren in Paisley but a victory for Celtic should still keep us top of the league thanks to our superior goal difference.
Hearts have just one point from their opening two fixtures and could end up bottom of the league if they’re not careful. Only three points will do for Celtic.