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  • Manager: We're delighted to be back home at Paradise

    Manager: We're delighted to be back home at Paradise

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 11 Feb, 2020 17:01

  • AFTER four consecutive games on the road, Celtic return home tomorrow night (Wednesday), with Hearts the visitors for a Premiership match that sees top play bottom. And Neil Lennon is looking for his side to continue their winning start to 2020 and maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

    The Hoops have won all five of their league games, along with two Scottish Cup ties, and now the aim is to take all three points against the Edinburgh side.

    Speaking ahead of the game, the Celtic manager said: “I’m really pleased with the form that we’re in and I’m really pleased with the form of some of the individual players as well, so we just want to build momentum and keep it going.

    “It’s a home game and our home form has been superb this season, but we’re not taking anything for granted.

    “We’ve got a few players back. Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton are back in training, and obviously Mo Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie got a run-out at the weekend. For Hatem and Nir, tomorrow might be too early, but the rest of the squad’s fine and there are no fresh injuries from the weekend.

    “Getting players back at any time is a good time, but with the influx of games coming up, it’s great to have them all back.”

    It’s the third meeting between the sides this season, with the Hoops having won the two previous encounters – 3-1 at Paradise back in August and then 2-0 at Tynecastle in December.

    The Tynecastle side, now managed by Daniel Stendel, will be targeting vital points as they look to get off the foot of the Premiership table, and they recently recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Rangers.

    “Hearts had a good window and brought in some good players,” said Neil Lennon. “We know Liam Boyce from his time at Ross County and I know him from when he was a young player in Belfast, so he’s a talented player.

    “Toby Sibbick looks like a good find as well, and obviously, under Daniel it’s going to be a new style of play and new principles.

    “It’ll be a test. Daniel’s a positive, forward-thinking manager and I think the game may be open tomorrow.

    “We will certainly try and attack, and we’ll be ready for whatever Hearts try to throw at us. Sometimes teams sit in but sometimes teams come and have a go, so we’ll see how that pans out.”

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