Scott Brown is the latest Celtic man to become a doubt for next weekend’s Scottish Cup final. The Daily Record report that the midfielder was in hospital on Thursday for a scan on a broken toe.

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The skipper picked up the injury in the 3-0 victory over Aberdeen earlier this month. He played through the pain at Ibrox last weekend with doctors only now believing he had suffered a fracture.

Brown joins James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Jonny Hayes as doubts for the showpiece clash at Hampden next weekend.

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Injuries making it a close call

Most people are predicting a pretty comfortable afternoon for Celtic on May 25th but these injury concerns may throw a spanner in the works. Hearts are no great shakes but they’ll receive a real boost if the likes of Forrest, Brown and Tierney are missing.

 

Celtic have gone into cup finals in fine fettle in recent years so it’ll be interesting to see what state we are in prior to kick-off at Hampden.

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We can’t afford to take Hearts lightly. Despite their poor recent form they are still one of the only domestic sides to beat us this season. They have individuals who can hurt us given a chance and a tactically astute manager who knows how to get under Celtic’s skin.

The players need to be well aware that this will be no stroll in the sun against the Jambos. Trebles don’t come easily in any country. Celtic will need to be on their game as they usually are at the National Stadium.