Celtic v Hearts preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 3:09

Adam Matthews is very doubtful for Celtic.

The Wales right-back twisted his ankle in training on Thursday and could join midfielders Kris Commons (thigh) and Joe Ledley (ankle) on the sidelines.

Defender Kelvin Wilson and Thomas Rogne have recovered fully from their respective Achilles and hamstring injuries and are in contention.

Defender Andy Webster is a doubt for Hearts after coming off at half-time in the loss to St Johnstone last weekend with a calf problem.

Left-back Danny Grainger is out for around six weeks after undergoing groin surgery, defender Darren Barr (groin) is also missing, while striker Kevin Kyle, forward Gary Glen and winger Suso Santana remain out.

Celtic (from): Forster, Majstorovic, Matthews, Cha, K Wilson, Rogne, Loovens, Brown, Kayal, Wanyama, Samaras, Stokes, Ki, Forrest, Hooper, Zaluska, Bangura, McCourt, McGeouch, Filip Twardzik.

Hearts (from) Kello, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Mrowiec, Jonsson, Driver, Stevenson, Taouil, Templeton, Robinson, Skacel, Novikovas, Elliott, MacDonald, Obua, MacDonald.

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Celtic v Hearts preview

Date published: Tuesday 25th January 2011 2:06

James Forrest returns from suspension for Celtic.

Daniel Majstorovic has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring strain picked up during the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Aberdeen leaving Thomas Rogne as the only recognised central defender available.

Striker Georgios Samaras is still out with a hamstring injury.

Kevin Kyle remains a doubt as Hearts bid to extend their 11-match unbeaten away run against leaders Celtic.

Striker Kyle missed last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rangers due to a groin injury and may be absent again, but Rudi Skacel is poised to continue in midfield after showing no ill-effects following a recent calf problem.

Suso Santana is poised to be on the substitutes’ bench again following his knee injury, but Calum Elliot remains doubtful and Andrew Driver (thigh) is nearing a return.

Celtic (from): Forster, Wilson, Mulgrew, Rogne, Izaguirre, McCourt, Ljungberg, Brown, Kayal, Forrest, Ledley, McGinn, Stokes, Hooper, Murphy, Zaluska, Carey, Towell.

Hearts (from): Kello, Barr, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Stevenson, Palazuelos, Templeton, Elliot, Elliott, Balogh, Kyle, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, C Thomson, Novikovas, Wallace, Obua, J Thomson, Kucharski, Santana.

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