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Hearts v Celtic preview

Hearts welcome back a trio of players for their early Sky Live clash against Celtic at Tynecastle on Saturday.

Midfield playmaker Jason Holt could play some part after being sidelined for three months with a broken metatarsal.

Holt was on the bench for last weekend's 0-0 draw at Inverness, but he played for the full 90 minutes in midweek for the U20 team.

Defender Kevin McHattie and midfielder Callum Paterson are back in the squad following suspension.

Charlie Mulgrew will return for Celtic when the unbeaten league leaders travel to the capital, after the versatile Scotland international missed two matches with a calf knock.

Full-back Emilio Izaguirre is struggling with fitness after limping off with a knock against St Johnstone last Sunday.

James Forrest is again out of contention with a strain, but manager Neil Lennon expects the winger to return soon.

Long-term absentees Mikael Lustig (hip), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out of action.