After losing 2-1 at Tynecastle on the opening weekend of the season, Celtic are looking to show how far they have come after a poor opening game. Most Celtic fans knew better than anyone at that time if Ange was backed he could bring silverware to the club.
Fans liked what they saw, they liked the attacking mentality and they liked the kind of players the Australian was bringing to their club, the problem back then was the number of players the new team needed.
Hearts benefited from the early days of the rebuild all the way back in August but even now Celtic are not the finished article. The team has been patched up for the past couple of months due to an unbelievable amount of injures.
Despite four new recruits brought into the first team this month, Postecoglou is not without selection problems tonight up in Edinburgh after a fresh batch of injuries at the weekend.
Celtic captain Callum McGregor and fellow midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi are rumoured to miss the trip to Gorgie. Striker Kyogo Furuhashi remains on the sidelines along with midfielder David Turnbull and striker Albian Ajeti. Tom Rogic and Daizen Maeda are away on international duty.
Tynecastle isn’t the kind of ground to visit with so many first-teamers missing, each of Celtic’s last six league defeats to Hearts has all come at Tynecastle. However, the Bhoys have only lost three of their last 30 league matches against them overall winning 25 and drawing 2.
All eyes will be on the midfield once the team sheet comes out as it looks like it will be another patched up job with Nir Bitton a possible starter and new Bhoy Matt O’Riley possibly in for his Celtic debut with Reo Hatate expected to start too.
The wait is over with the teams just released officially, this is how Celtic will line up tonight at Tynecastle:
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Ange Postecoglou has handed new signing Matt O’Riley his first-team debut. If you want to endear yourself to Celtic fans, Tynecastle is not a bad place to start.
Celtic are unbeaten in 15 league matches, winning 12 and drawing three. The Hoops have managed to win seven of their last eight league games played away from home and drawn one.