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Team News: Ryan Christie and Jonny Hayes return to action

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Ryan Christie and Jonny Hayes are back in the Celtic side to face Hearts tonight with Boli Boligoli and Nir Bitton dropping out with the Belgian not making the substitute bench.

There is no return for Mikey Johnstone which might result in James Forrest playing on the left flank in front of Hayes.

Celtic made it nine SPFL Premiership wins on the bounce when they beat Hibs 2-0 on Sunday with Jeremie Frimpong and Odsonne Edouard were on the scoresheet.

The day before Hearts had lost 1-0 at home to St Johnstone with little evidence of a new manager bounce for Daniel Stendel.

Tonight’s match was scheduled for the weekend of the League Cup Final forcing Celtic to play three matches in seven days at the busiest stage of the season.

When the two clubs met in August Celtic won 3-1 with two goals from Vakoun Bayo despite the SPFL deciding to award them as own goals.

CELTIC: Forster; Frimpong, Ajer, Jullien, Hayes; McGregor, Brown; Christie, Ntcham, Forrest; Edouard

SUBS: Gordon, Taylor, Bitton, Rogic, Morgan, Bayo, Griffiths

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