Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns heading into Sunday’s game away at Hearts – but he will have to be wary of squad fatigue, as per Sky Sports.

The Glasgow outfit were held 1-1 at Celtic Park by AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday night, leaving the side with a lot of work to do when they head to Greece next week.

That game may weigh heavily on Rodgers’ selection for the game, with the likelihood being that several Celtic players will be rested for the league game.

The Hoops have dominated Scottish football ever since Rangers financial implosion – but qualifying and actually being competitive in the Champions League has been a different story.

Celtic haven’t made the knockout stage of the competition for six years when they were thumped 5-0 over two legs by Italian giants Juventus.

While even the most diehard of fans will not expect to challenge for the trophy itself, being competitive in Europe is the next step for Celtic – making the second leg in Greece an absolutely vital game in the season.

Hearts head into the game on the back of a 4-1 thumping of Hamilton, meaning Craig Levein’s charges sit top of the league.

To underestimate the Edinburgh outfit would be foolish on Rodgers’ behalf – but an almost full contingent of players to choose from should make selection choices easier.

The Celtic boss has admitted that he could be tempted to rotate his squad with the critical clash against AEK looming on Tuesday.

“We have to look at it,” he told the official website.

“We have to consider heat and everything out there. We have to look at the squad and look at the players that are robust and need to come out with Tuesday in mind, but we’ll always pick a team to get a result.”

Celtic take on Hearts at 1.30pm on Sunday.

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