First Team

Celtic 5-0 Heart of Midlothian

Saturday 3rd November 2018, KO 15:00 | Ladbrokes Premiership | Celtic Park

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Team news
 
Hearts came through the Edinburgh Derby in mid-week relatively unscathed and for the first time in a while there are no fresh injury concerns.
 
They will also be boosted by the return of Steven MacLean who was ruled out against Hibs through suspension.
 
The injury list currently reads: Jamie Brandon (knee), Christophe Berra (hamstring), John Souttar (hip), Steven Naismith (knee), and Uche Ikpeazu (foot).
 
Celtic remain without Scott Brown (thigh) and Leigh Griffiths (calf) as well as long-term absentees Marvin Compper (groin) and Nir Bitton (knee).

On Friday morning Brendan Rodgers confirmed that Daniel Arzani and Eboue Kouassi have picked up cruciate injuries, potentially ruling them out for the season. It came as a big blow for both, who have only recently broken into the first team.

However, Kristoffer Ajer made his return from injury last weekend against Hearts in the Betfred Cup semi-final and Mikey Johnston made it onto the bench for the midweek game against Dundee.
 
 
Form
 
Hearts have faced four games over the past two weeks; winning two (Aberdeen, Dundee), losing one (Celtic) and drawing one, putting in a resilient performance against Edinburgh rivals Hibs on Wednesday night.
 
Celtic, who had struggled somewhat early in the season, seem to have hit their stride.
 
They were back to their best against Dundee mid-week, racking up a 5-0 win at Dens Park.
 
Tom Rogic, Scott Sinclair, James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie were all on target for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
 
 
Head to head
 
Hearts have won 2 of the last 5 against Celtic but haven’t won at Celtic Park since October 28th 2009 – nine years ago.
 
That 1-0 win came through a Michael Stewart penalty in the League Cup quarter-final.
 
The last win in the league came 11 years ago in April 2007. That was a 3-1 win under Anatoly Korobochka with goals from Kestutis Ivaskevicius, Andrew Driver, and a Michal Pospisil penalty.