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Tynecastle Stadium (ATT 16,223) 20th December 2009 - Kick off 12:30 Ref: W Collum

Hearts Hearts vs Celtic Celtic

Hearts 2

M Stewart (pen 32)
I Bouzid (76)


Celtic 1

G Samaras (21)
G Caldwell (S/O 31)

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Bhoys buoyed by midweek comeback in Austria

Last Updated: 19/12/09 12:56pm

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Laszlo: Hoops challenge

Laszlo: Hoops challenge

Hearts will be looking to cause an upset when Celtic travel to Tynecastle in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.

The Edinburgh outfit are stranded in the bottom half of the league table and face a Hoops side who will be buoyed by their midweek comeback in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna.

Hearts are sweating over the fitness of striker Christian Nade - he was unable to train between Monday and Thursday because of a stomach problem but manager Csaba Laszlo is hopeful he will recover in time.

Vice-captain Marius Zaliukas is available after almost three months out with an ankle problem, though he may not be risked.

Ismael Bouzid returns from suspension but Ian Black and Suso Santana remain banned while Laryea Kingston (hamstring), Andrew Driver, Callum Elliot (both knee) and Jamie MacDonald (ankle) are all out.

Georgios Samaras (back) and Danny Fox (hamstring) are injury doubts for Tony Mowbray's Celtic.

Lee Naylor (stomach) and Paddy McCourt (groin) are expected to sit out again after missing the trip to Austria to face Rapid.

Niall McGinn suffered a dead leg in the 3-3 draw but Celtic are hopeful he will face Hearts, while Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney remain on the sidelines.

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