Celtic vs Hearts: How to watch on TV live stream, kick-off time, team news & predictions

Reigning Scottish champions Celtic host Hearts as they continue their defence of the title on Saturday afternoon.

Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops have already hit double digits for goals scored across their opening three games, starting the season with all the swash and buckle demonstrated at the conclusion of the previous campaign.

Hearts haven’t been shy in front of goal themselves, rattling in seven as they opened the campaign with two victories and a draw against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian.

Here’s everything you need to know about the meeting between this prolific pair.

Channel: BT Sport Score (Studio Updates Only)
Streaming Service: CelticTV
Broadcast Time: 15:00 (BST)

Streaming Service: CelticTV
Broadcast Time EST: 10:00
Broadcast Time PST: 07:00

Streaming Service: CelticTV
Broadcast Time (EST): 10:00

Where can you watch Celtic vs Hearts Highlights?

Channel: BBC Sportscene
Stream: SPFL YouTube channel

H2H Results (Last Five Games)

Celtic: 4 Wins
Hearts: 1 Win
Draws: 0

Current Form (Last Five Games)

Ross County: DWWWW
Celtic: WLWDW

Celtic team news

Postecoglou resisted the urge to restore Reo Hatate to his midfield on Kilmarnock’s artificial pitch last weekend for fear of an injury relapse. On the plush playing surface at Celtic Park, Hatate could return this Saturday.

However, Yosuke Ideguchi isn’t expected back until the end of the month as he nurses a leg injury.

Celtic Starting 11: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Jenz, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Turnbull; Jota, Furuhashi, Maeda
Bench: Siegrist, Starfelt, Giakoumakis, Abada, Mooy, McCarthy, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston

Hearts team news

The only notable absentee for Robbie Neilson continues to be Beni Baningime. The 23-year-old midfielder opened the scoring within three minutes of Hearts’ home meeting with St Johnstone last March but was forced off with a ruptured cruciate ligament in the first half. Baningime isn’t expected back until December.

Hearts Starting 11: Gordon; Smith, Halkett, Rowles, Cochrane; Devlin, Grant; Forrest, Boyce, McKay; Shankland
Bench: Stewart, Sibbick, Kingsley, Atkinson, Neilson, Halliday, Haring, Mackay-Steven, Ginnelly

Hearts were the Old Firm’s closest challengers in last season’s Scottish Premiership but Celtic still finished 25 points clear of the Gorgie Boys. Boasting a newfound efficiency at set-pieces, Celtic have added “another bow in our armoury to hurt teams” according to Postecoglou.

Last season’s iteration of the champions was good enough to win their previous four games against the capital club. Hearts’ decade-long wait to defeat Celtic in Glasgow may be extended this weekend.

Prediction: Celtic 3-1 Hearts

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