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Hearts boss admits that Hamilton match is more important than playing Celtic

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Hearts boss Daniel Stendel has prioritised Saturday’s bottom of the table clash against Hearts ahead of Wednesday’s game against Celtic.

The Jambos are currently sitting at the bottom of the SPFL Premiership with just three wins all season.

Hamilton drew at Tynecastle earlier in the season with a repeat of that result piling the pressure onto Stendel who took over shortly before Christmas.

Having John Souttar back in defence has given the club a boost since the winter break but the Scotland defender missed Saturday’s Scottish Cup win over Falkirk and looks certain to sit out Wednesday’s match against the SPFL leaders.

Discussing Souttar Stendel told the Edinburgh News:

We are doing everything so he can play. Wednesday is the goal but, if he cannot play Wednesday and he can play Saturday, then Saturday is the bigger game for us at the moment.

He was injured for five months with his ankle and he played five games in two weeks. That is a lot of pressure on his ankle. I think it was a reaction after so many games. Normally, I think he can play in the next week.”

Hearts are currently one point behind Hamilton and four short of St Mirren who are in the safety of third bottom place.

Despite their well-publicised win over Steven Gerrard’s side last month they have only taken one point from the two SPFL fixtures that followed that victory.

Hamilton are at home to Aberdeen tomorrow night but after five seasons battling relegation they have plenty of experience of fighting against the drop.

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