Sky Live: Celtic vs HeartsMay 17, 2019
Celtic vs Hearts preview: Neil Lennon’s champions set for Scottish Premiership finale
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Last Updated: 17/05/19 1:32pm
Scottish champions Celtic host Hearts live on Sky Sports this Sunday as they look to finish their title-winning league season in style.
The Hearts players will give Celtic a guard of honour at Parkhead ahead of what has traditionally been a very hostile fixture.
The final day of the Scottish Premiership season provides a dress rehearsal for the Scottish Cup final next weekend, but it has been a forgettable league season for Craig Levein’s side.
Hearts have not faced a top-flight team during their run to the cup final next weekend, but they will look to land a psychological blow before that showpiece event by spoiling Celtic’s title celebrations.
While Hearts sit sixth, with virtually no chance of catching Hibernian in fifth due to their significantly inferior goal difference, Celtic can finish the season on 87 points with another win in front of their home supporters.
Neil Lennon said: “We won the league comfortably. Perhaps not as comfortable as some years, but not every year is going to be the same. The cup is very important. Not for me, but for the players and this big piece of history for the club.
“I still can’t believe I’m sitting here talking about a possible Treble Treble. That’s remarkable. These players have won two trophies out of two and are going for a third. What more can the players do? It’s pretty special.”
Celtic vs Hearts
May 19, 2019, 2:30pm
While Celtic prepare to celebrate their eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, Hearts boss Levein says he is focused on ending the league season on a positive note before turning his focus on the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.
He said: “I’m feeling reasonably good about the final, and I myself am finding it difficult to predict how we’re going to do and how we’re going to play. But I see a big performance in us.
“I see my role as bringing a clear idea to the system that we’re going to play and try to get everybody fit. But we’ll go out on Sunday to try to win the game. There’s no reason not to.”
Karamoko Dembele could be in line for his first competitive appearance for Celtic with the 16-year-old having trained with the first-team squad.
Lennon is also considering blooding youngster Armstrong Okoflex in what could be a mixture of youth and experience.
Hearts will be without three key players on Sunday, with Levein sweating over the trio ahead of the Scottish Cup final.
Striker Uche Ikpeazu and midfielders Peter Haring and Arnaud Djoum are all now doubts, and Levein has indicated that it will be a young squad to choose from this weekend.
- Celtic haven’t lost any of their last 20 home league meetings with Hearts (W17 D3) since a 1-3 defeat under Gordon Strachan in April 2007.
- There hasn’t been a draw between Celtic and Hearts in the Scottish Premiership in any of the last 13 encounters, with Celtic winning 11 and losing two since a 2-2 stalemate in December 2015.
- Celtic are unbeaten at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership this season; they could remain undefeated in an entire league at home for a second time in the last three seasons having also done so in 2016-17. However, the Hoops lost their final game of the season at home last term (0-1 to Aberdeen).
- Hearts’ six-match league winless streak (D1 L5) is the longest current run without victory of all sides in the Scottish Premiership.
- Celtic top scorer Odsonne Edouard has been directly involved in five goals in his last five league appearances against Hearts (four goals, one assist) despite only starting three of those games.
Andy Walker’s prediction: Celtic 2-1 Hearts
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