Scottish football: Celtic's stunning midweek triumph over Barcelona would certainly have warranted a glass of bubbly or two for the heroes who helped make history — but boss Neil Lennon will be wary of a Champions League hangover as his table-topping side host St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.
Ecstatic in the aftermath of the incredible result, Lennon himself rightly described the result as “one of the greatest nights in the club’s recent history.”
However he will hope that Celtic — who announced the appointment of Donegal GAA Football manager Jim McGuinness as a performance consultant yesterday — don’t return to earth with a bump against the Saints.
Neil Lomas’s men will come to Parkhead with a point to prove, having been trounced on their last visit.
Yet though Celtic’s 5-0 League Cup quarter-final win illustrated the huge difference in quality between the two sides, a mere three points separates the sides in the league and St Johnstone will be hopeful of following Kilmarnock’s lead in shocking the champions.
Meanwhile Hearts supporters will be hoping for some relief on the pitch after one of the most harrowing weeks in the club’s history.
Mixed messages have been emanating from Tynecastle over the last few days, with Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas claiming yesterday that the club were on the road to fending off the immediate threat of closure, as well as being in talks with owner Vladimir Romanov regarding a “short-term fix.”
But he added that more funds would be needed to beat an HMRC winding-up order over a tax bill of almost £450,000, meaning that Hearts’ future is far from secure.
A win tomorrow at Inverness CT could move John McGlynn’s side into the top half of the table, though Terry Butcher’s men have been in good form lately.
Elsewhere Hearts’ Edinburgh rivals Hibernian will seek to keep the pace with Celtic at the top as they welcome Dundee United to Easter Road on Sunday.
Bottom club Dundee face a tough contest at Motherwell tomorrow, while Kilmarnock and Ross County battle it out in mid-table and St Mirren hunt their first win in five matches against visitors Aberdeen.
Finally Rangers will look to consolidate their lead at the top of Division Three as Peterhead visit Ibrox.
Gers currently sit two points clear of Elgin with a game in hand and will look to extend their 100 per cent home record.
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