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Hearts v Celtic: Tips, Predictions and Odds

It's third against second in the Scottish Premiership this Sunday as Celtic head to Edinburgh looking to keep pace with rivals Rangers and settle a score with Hearts.

The Jambos put a dent in the Hoops' title defence when they won 2-0 in Glasgow when the clubs last clashed in December, but Celtic are in defiant mood after thrashing Dundee 7-1 on Wednesday.

Hearts v Celtic

Hearts v Celtic betting tips and predictions

Celtic to win and Over 2.5 goals - 21/20

After a tough start to the week, Brendan Rodgers left Celtic Park with a smile on his face on Wednesday. His team had just dismantled Dundee in a performance that many believe is the best produced during his second spell in charge.

The Hoops' intense and incisive football was in stark contrast to the ponderous play at Fir Park a few days before and suggests another corner could have been turned in a title race of twists.

Rangers remain two points clear, but there are two more Old Firm derbies to play and Celtic now look capable of winning one again. 

They know Hearts will be no pushovers as Steven Naismith's side deserved their December victory that consigned Celtic to consecutive league defeats.

But Rodgers's men have not lost in any of their 12 games since and are catching the Jambos just as their 12-game unbeaten run has come to an end.

This is the third tough test for Hearts in the space of a week and, after being sunk 5-0 by Rangers last weekend and fighting out a 1-1 draw with Hibernian in midweek, the physical and mental toll on them could be too great to overcome.

Celtic can take full advantage and there should be at least three goals in the game, just as seven of the Hoops' last eight away Premiership matches have seen.

Adam Idah Anytime scorer - 6/5

Idah has become a talismanic figure up top for Celtic and is playing with the sort of confidence that must make him feel as though he can score in every game.

The on-loan Norwich striker bagged a match-winning brace against Hibernian early last month and then did the same against Motherwell last weekend.

He scored again in midweek and, on current form, he may be ahead of fan favourite Kyogo Furuhashi in the pecking order.

Lawrence Shankland Anytime scorer - 2/1

The Scotland international has claimed 26 goals for Hearts this season — more than the rest of the team put together.

Shankland has a great record against Celtic too, having bagged five goals in his last four competitive games against the Hoops.

He became the first player to score a domestic hat-trick against them in 37 years when he finished on the losing side in a seven-goal thriller back in 2022 and registered in both early season clashes between the clubs this term.

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Hearts v Celtic Odds

Hearts - 11/2
Draw - 10/3
Celtic - 1/2

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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