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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Hearts are in crisis for Parkhead opener

Comfortable start for Celtic

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
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Celtic could hardly have picked more favourable guests for their flag-raising party, but Hearts can at least score on their way to seemingly inevitable defeat.

Brendan Rodgers' Invincibles face the capital side in crisis after they cut their losses on the disastrous appointment of Ian Cathro on Tuesday.

Hearts - who will have Jon Daly as caretaker boss - lost at Ladbrokes League Two Peterhead in the Betfred Cup as they crashed out, and they were a mess last week against Dunfermline.

But although Celtic should win as usual after their Champions League win in Norway, there are chinks in their armour this season, especially defensively and with ex-Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty in the Tynecastle side, the visitors are capable of scoring.

Celtic to win and both teams to score
1pt 19-10 Ladbrokes, Coral, Boylesports

Key stat
Celtic haven't lost a domestic game in any competition since May 11, 2016.

Team news
The Bhoys are without injured Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele.
Jamie Walker is missing for Hearts because his 'head has been turned' by Rangers' interest. Aaron Hughes is an injury doubt.

With ex-Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty in the Tynecastle side, the visitors are capable of scoring
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