What channel is Hearts v Celtic on? Match information, start time, TV details, team news

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Hearts take on Celtic at Tynecastle Park. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

It is the second meeting between the sides at Gorgie this campaign with the first, on the opening weekend of the campaign, producing a captivating affair with the Capital club edging out their Glasgow rivals 2-1 thanks to a late strike from John Souttar.

Back then, there were still restrictions on crowds without visiting fans. Tonight’s match will be close to sold out with over 1,000 visiting supporters.

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It is a great game for both teams. Hearts are currently comfortable at third. Fourth and fifth meet at Fir Park when host Hibs from Motherwell and Aberdeen lost to St Mirren on Tuesday, meaning there is a chance to put more distance between Robbie Neilson’s men and the chasing pack.

For Celtic, it’s about keeping the pressure on Rangers. Last week they were able to narrow the gap at the top from six to four points. However, a game at Tynecastle presents a very difficult test.

Here’s the key match information you’ll need to tune in…

match details

Who: Heart of Midlothian v Celtic

What: Premiership cinch match

Where: Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh

When: Wednesday, January 26. Start 7:45 p.m.

how to look

The game is being broadcast by Sky Sports, which owns the exclusive rights to the Scottish Premiership action in the UK. The match is available on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage begins at 7pm.

team news

Hearts will be buoyed by the return of John Souttar and Ben Woodburn, while Beni Baningime will enter the fray having been on the bench for the Scottish Cup fourth round victory over Auchinleck Talbot. All three trained before the game. However, Neilson will be without Taylor Moore.

Ange Postecoglou will be missing at least five stars from the first team. Tom Rogic and Daizen Maeda are on international duty for Australia and Japan, respectively. Kyogo Furuhashi and David Turnbull are both absent through injury with Callum McGregor also likely to be absent after picking up a facial injury against Alloa Athletic. Liel Abada and Yosuke Ideguchi were also hit.

Another midweek game?

Yes! Due to a mix of the winter break and rescheduled games, this is the second of four consecutive midweek league games. For Celtic it is the second of seven consecutive games on weekdays due to their participation in the Europa Conference League.

Anything else?

John Souttar. The Hearts centre-back has signed a pre-contract deal with Rangers, who have already had an offer to sign him this month turned down by the Tynecastle Park club. He was booed during his appearance against St Johnstone last week and then missed the Auchinleck cup tie due to injury.

Neilson has said he is available for selection once again and it will not only be interesting to see if he gets picked to start the game, but the reception he gets from Hearts fans and Celtic fans will likely boo him.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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