Celtic vs HeartsScottish Premiership, KO: 15:00 May 19, 2019, Celtic Park
CELTIC PARK will celebrate eight in a row on Sunday when Paul McStay presents Scott Brown with the Scottish Premiership trophy at the conclusion of the Hoops' final home game of the season against Hearts.
The league title was one of two trophies that formed part of Neil Lennon's mission statement, along with the Scottish Cup – which both of these sides will go to war for next weekend.
With Hampden Park on the horizon, this league meeting will be anything but a dress rehearsal, as both managers will more than likely safeguard their star men with the Scottish Cup final in mind.
Be that as it may, the Bhoys are still big favourites with the bookies to bag three points on Sunday at 3/10 (Bet 365)
The Jambos odds are justified following a wretched run that has seen the men in maroon register only one win in their last eight league games.
That solitary success came against Aberdeen way back in March and such poor form since then will see Hearts finish the season bottom of the pile in the Scottish Premiership's top six.
Meanwhile, Celtic were well beaten by fierce rivals Rangers last weekend in the final Old Firm derby of the season.
The 2-0 defeat at Ibrox was Neil Lennon's first loss since landing the Hoops hot seat on an interim basis and that setback also ended Celtic's impressive 16 game domestic unbeaten run of 2019.
The Celtic boss admitted that his side were second best in Govan, however the Northern Irishman was clearly aggrieved at the controversial Jon Flanagan incident that has dominated the headlines in the aftermath of the Old Firm.
Lennon's side may have been denied a spot-kick last weekend, but I like the look of a penalty being awarded at Celtic Park on Sunday at 5/2 (William Hill)
Hearts will almost certainly set up to contain the hosts, so a Celtic penalty is more probable at Parkhead.
In conjunction with that it may be worthwhile looking at the anytime goalscorer market with a view to backing a green and white goalscorer.
Scott Sinclair has been starved of game time under Lennon's stewardship, however with next week's cup final looming, the English winger could well find himself restored to the starting lineup.
Despite falling down the pecking order under Lennon, Sinclair has netted a notable 17 times this season and he could add to his tally against a Hearts team that he has tortured in the past.
What's more, the Celtic number 11 would be a contender to hit a penalty kick, and that along with his attacking threat from open play makes Sinclair an attractive 8/5 (Ladbrokes) to score anytime.
Whether or not Sinclair starts remains to be seen, but don't bank on this being a high scoring encounter.
Celtic have only scored three goals in their last four games at home and will be faced with Craig Levein's notoriously negative tactics, so a goalfest is unlikely in Glasgow's east end.
Furthermore, both of these sides will more than likely abandon this final league fixture and simply view this as a warm up game for next weeks Scottish Cup final.
Nevertheless, the Bhoys have been brilliant at home this season and even in spite of this being a dead rubber, it's hard to make a case for hapless Hearts
Given the short value on offer for a home win on trophy day, an alternative angle to consider is Celtic To Win To Nil at 6/5 (Bet 365).
This Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts will be played on May 19, 2019 and kick off at 15:00