Date: 30th April 2016
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Celtic will head into is game with something of a defensive injury crisis to worry over.
Charlie Mulgrew has been added to the injury list alongside Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic. That leaves Sviatchenko and Ambrose as the only remaining centre-half pairing for the trip to Tynecastle.
It should be enough to worry every Hoops fan and could rightly give a wee boost to the Jambos camp. There has been a lot of talk about this game being a dead rubber but until Celtic finally stumble over the line there is still plenty to play for.
Has there ever been a dead rubber between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle? While the last few years have seen a growing (if grudging) respect between certain factions of their supports this is still a game that neither set of fans will be keen to lose.
For the Celtic fans any sign of grit and heart will be welcome from a team they have lost all faith in. For Hearts fans getting one over on the Champions elect will be a barometer towards next season and will prevent the title being won on their home turf. That will happen (technically) if Celtic win and Aberdeen fail to beat Motherwell later in the day.
As such I expect the Hearts squad to be up for it although what you can expect from Celtic is hard to fathom. Many predicted a bounce back last weekend at home to Ross County but it never materialised. It was another effort lacking in endeavour and the Celtic fans are letting their feelings be known.
Rumours of Peter Lawwell entering the dressing room and Dermot Desmond entering the boardroom suggest that the power brokers are taking note. Whether that transmits to the players on the park remains to be seen.
Hearts v Celtic Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
Backing Celtic in any form is a non starter and that has seen their price drift to 1.62 (5/8) with Ladbrokes, McBookie and others. Hearts at a price of 5/1 with Paddy Power will tempt many while the draw is best priced at 4.4 (17/5) with Marathon Bet.
Hearts are more than capable of troubling Celtic and that accounts for the low price of 1.73 (8/11) on both teams to score with 888Sport. You may be better taking Hearts to score +0.5 team goals at 1.5 (1/2) with Coral and Boylesports and that could make great acca material.
Goals backers can get 1.68 (13/19) from Marathon Bet for +2.5 total goals and that certainly has appeal given the last few head to heads but is too short to tempt.
The best avenue of attack could be to back Hearts +1 Asian Handicap at 1.83 (5/6) with McBookie. That has stake back insurance should Celtic win by just win and any better result for the home side would be a winner.
Celtic have only beaten three teams in eleven away matches in 2016 by more than one goal. They were Dundee Utd, Stranraer and East Kilbride so in many ways can be virtually discounted from your considerations.
Hearts v Celtic Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Betting Tips
Hearts +1 Asian Handicap @ 1.83 with McBookie