Celtic FC vs Hearts Live Blog: Score and Updates

FT Hearts 0-2 Celtic

84′ Leigh Griffiths comes on for Edouard.

83′ Bitton comes on for Forrest

60′ Not much action as things remain 0-2.

HT Hearts 0-2 Celtic. We go into the half two goals for the good.

42′: YELLOW CARD. Damour of Hearts booked. And for some inexplicable reason Ajer was booked.

40′: GOALLLL!!!! Great execution by Forrest to Ntcham! BEAUTIFUL! Hearts 0-2 Celtic

39′: Odsonne Edouard had such an opportunity to add another! Hearts GK just smothered it. Multiple chances, and Celtic is getting hot.

33′: Ryan Christie was so close again! Hearts GK was able to punch it just over the bar.

30′: YELLOW CARD. Maclean of Hearts is booked after numerous fouls early.

28′: GOALLLLL!!!! Ryan Christie makes a BEAUTIFUL goal from distance. Hearts 0-1 Celtic!

26′: Christie is fouled, and gets a free-kick. Hearts have made some questionable challenges but are not booked unlike Scott Brown.

21‘: Bozanic had another opportunity for Hearts. Celtic has to pick up the intensity. They are getting beat on all fronts to start.

18′: YELLOW CARD. Scott Brown is booked for his challenge.

13′: Great ball from Johnny Hayes to Ajer. Even after a first good touch, Ajer was unable to convert the opportunity.

10′: Good looking corner from Ryan Christie that found the head of Jullien. So close!

7′: Hearts’ Bozanic tries for the goal, but Forster makes easy work of it.

1′: Great looking attack by Celtic, could have had a chance to score there within the first minute.

19:45pm BST: We have kickoff!

Time and Venue:

Time: 19:45pm BST/ 2:45pm EST/ 01:15am IST

Date: December 18th, 2019

Venue: Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland

Weather: 5C/41F. 20% chance of precipitation at kickoff, partly cloudy.

Celtic Starting XI

Fraser Forster

Jeremie Frimpong

Christopher Jullien

Kristoffer Ajer

Johnny Hayes

Scott Brown (c)

Olivier Ntcham

Callum McGregor

Ryan Christie

James Forrest

Odsonne Edouard

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

Hearts Starting XI

Pereira

Smith

Berra

Bozanic

Mulraney

Wighton

Maclean

Damour

Brandon

Halkett

Hickey

Subs: Zlamal, Clare, Whelan, Dikamona, Keena, Henderson, Meshino

Next on the docket for Celtic is Hearts FC, and the Hoops will travel to Tynecastle in Edinburgh to faceoff against their Scottish Premiership League opponent. The Hoops will continue their momentum after beating Hibernian 2-0 last Sunday. With Rangers on the horizon, every win matters to help the Hoops stay on track.

Hearts has not fared as well as its opponents this evening. Hearts sits near the bottom of the table, second to last to be exact. They did put up a fight last month against Rangers when they clawed their way to draw, causing the Hoops’ archrivals to fall two points back. The Hoops will try avoid the same fate.

Celtic has an absolutely elite starting lineup tonight against Hearts, and should see victory in a big way against Hearts. But, as Rangers have learned, they cannot be underestimated. Some players to keep an eye on tonight will be right-back Jeremie Frimpong, and Odsonne Edouard. Frimpong has helped solidify himself as the starting right-back in Hatem Abd Elhamed‘s absence with injury. Odsonne Edouard will want to prove that he is back on track after being out from injury recently. He did just that when he scored late against Hibs on Sunday, and will continue to build off of that performance.