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Bhoys to lick Jam Tarts

Frank Monkhouse | 5 August 2017

Big win expected over managerless Hearts

Celtic unfurl the championship flag at home on Saturday when welcoming managerless Hearts to Glasgow for a 12.30pm start, played out in front of the Sky Sports cameras. A convincing home win is expected.

Hearts were always in for a tough afternoon’s work at the home of last seasons’ treble winners, but it just got a whole lot harder when sacking manager Ian Cathro just days before the curtain went up. Jon Daly takes temporary charge, will he pin his name to the top of the list with a famous win?

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Celtic’s dominance to continue

Brendan Rodgers and his Bhoys kept their dreams of playing in the Champions League group stages alive with a dramatic midweek win away to Rosenborg. With the tie ending goalless in Glasgow, and sitting at 0-0 going into the latter stages in Norway, James Forrest rifled in an unstoppable late winner to send the Scottish side through to the next round. They’ll now play Astana over two legs in the play-off round.

Celtic and Hearts met four times last season, and for a clearer picture of just how that went, we need only look at the aggregate score, which ended Celtic 13-1 Hearts. That tells us everything we needed to know, but won’t come as a surprise to followers of the Scottish game. The Hoops dominated the scene last term and, frighteningly, they look a better side this time.

Ravanelli fancies Hearts job

The Hoops didn’t concede a goal when hosting Hearts, winning 4-0 and 2-0. Keeping Rosenborg out home and away suggests that defensive unit is as solid as ever. Grab the value about a home win to nil at 20/23, or those with a little more confidence can get on Coral’s 31/20 Celtic -2. Prefer to keep it simple? Take Glasgow over Edinburgh at 2/11.

There has been no lack of interest in the Hearts post, with some major names in the running, including former Italy striker Fabrizio Ravanelli. Craig Levein and the board have a crucial few weeks ahead, they must get the right man and must back him with funds in what’s left of the summer transfer window. Interim boss Jon Daly wants the job permanently – a win over Celtic at Parkhead would look great on his CV. The away day goes at a whopping 14/1, while both teams to score gives an option at 23/20.

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