Scottish Premiership champions Celtic play the final game of their league season on Sunday afternoon when they host Hearts at Celtic Park, but they will be without a couple of big players for the encounter.

These two sides will be quite familiar with each other over the coming days, as the Bhoys will do battle with the Jam Tarts in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park next weekend.

Before then though, the two teams conclude their league campaigns on what will be a day of celebration for Celtic, as they will be presented with the Scottish Premiership title after the final whistle.

The Bhoys already have an eye on next week’s match, where they will be looking to secure another domestic treble, and as such they are likely to be without Kieran Tierney and James Forrest for Hearts’ visit to Celtic Park.

The pair are two of a number of men who are carrying knocks at the present time for Celtic, so Neil Lennon doesn’t see the need to risk either of them, as he discussed when he met the media ahead of the contest.

“James and Kieran probably won’t be involved at the weekend, but both should be fit for the cup final. Karamoko Dembele is a possibility for Sunday. He’s training with the squad this week, as is Ewan Henderson.” The Bhoys’ official website quote him as saying.

“We’ve got boys that are carrying knocks and we don’t feel the need to risk them ahead of the cup final.”

In essence the match on Sunday has little meaning in the overall picture, but with the chance to gain a psychological advantage over the team they face for the cup next week, those Celtic players who are involved should be desperate to come out on top in the match, despite the lack of competitive reward in this one.


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