20-year-old to shine once again: Three things we expect from Celtic in clash v Hearts
COMMENT by Aramide Oladipo
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side welcome Hearts to Celtic Park on the final day of the SPL season.
Celtic have just come off the back of an emphatic 5-0 victory away at Partick Thistle in midweek which saw them easily surpass the 100-goal mark in the Premier League this season.
The Hoops will receive their sixth consecutive league title in front of their home crowd on Sunday afternoon but before the ceremony, they have the chance of making history by becoming the first Scottish side ever to go through an entire 38-match league season without defeat.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at three things we expect to happen in this match.
Patrick Roberts to get amongst the goals
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What more can be said about this young man?
The Manchester City loanee has been absolutely sensational throughout the entire season and he’s finding himself on the scoresheet more often as the season comes to a close.
Roberts produced two stunning strikes against Partick Thistle in midweek taking his tally of goals scored to 11 in all competitions.
It’s almost inevitable that he’ll get a goal on the final day of the season because not only has he scored four times in his last three SPL appearances, he loves finding the net against Hearts as he’s already notched up two goals in the last two games between the sides.
No clean sheet
Despite enjoying one of the best seasons in their illustrious history, one area where Celtic can still improve is in defence.
The Scottish champions have only managed one clean sheet in their last six games at Celtic Park in all competitions and the last one came all the way back in March when they beat Hamilton 2-0.
A clean sheet is also doubtful because Hearts have only failed to score once in their last four league matches which came in the stalemate away at St. Johnstone in midweek.
Celtic would want to give their fans the perfect sendoff with an attacking performance and this could give the visitors a chance to counter and grab a couple of goals for themselves.
Celtic to finish the season unbeaten
Brendan Rodgers is set to make history in only his first season in charge at the club and it would be an almighty shock should Celtic lose on the final day of the season.
The Hoops have been in purring form in recent weeks as they’ve won their last four league matches on the trot, scoring 17 goals in the process.
Hearts are probably sick of playing Celtic as they haven’t beaten the champions in the Scottish Premier League since 2011.
Rodgers’ side clinched the title this season with an impressive 5-0 win away at Hearts and not many would doubt that they’re going to do the same again this weekend in order to complete the unbeaten season.
In other Celtic news, Murdo MacLeod believes Rodgers needs to bring in these types of players this summer.