HEARTS boss Craig Levein believes Celtic will be “a bit wary” of his team when the champions return to Tynecastle tomorrow.
The Hoops’ 69-game unbeaten domestic sequence came to a shattering halt when the Edinburgh side capitalised on an error-strewn performance to triumph by a remarkable four clear goals on a dreadful December afternoon.
Rodgers could hardly believe what he witnessed from his players in the capital as they practically gifted the points to their opponents with a display that never rose above awful.
Now Levein is plotting another shock victory over the seven-in-a-row title winners who will be given a guard of honour from their hosts when they take to the pitch tomorrow.
He said: “I hope we can do it again. I don’t know if we’ll catch Celtic by surprise this time.
“The fact that we managed to win the last time at Tynecastle, I think they’ll be wary about us this time around.”
Rodgers was magnanimous in defeat and he said: “We had an incredible run of 69 games, it may never be done again, and Hearts were the better team on the day.
“Now we are going there off the back of a brilliant performance where we played really well.
“We got the scoreline we wanted to wrap up the league and we have three league games to finish and we would like to finish them as strong as we can.”
Odsonne Edouard, last week’s two-goal marksman during the 5-0 win in Graeme Murty’s last game in charge of the Ibrox outfit, will be challenged for a place up front by fellow-Frenchman Moussa Dembele, who is fit again and included in the squad.
Last season’s 32-goal man has missed the last two games against Hibs at Easter Road and the title party at Parkhead on Sunday.
Leigh Griffiths, too, will want to get in on the act and is still two goals short of the magical 100 for the Hoops.
And further good news for Celtic fans is the announcement midfielder Stuart Armstrong, another recent injury victim, will be fit for selection.
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