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Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven gives fitness update

Celtic ace is hoping to be fit to face Hearts this weekend.

Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven says he is optimistic he will be fit to face Hearts this weekend.

He missed the previous game against Kilmarnock with his ongoing ankle injury, but feels the recent international break has given him a hand to focus on his recovery.

Speaking to the club's official website, Mackay-Steven said: "The break came at a good time for me.

Although I was frustrated to miss out on the Kilmarnock game, it was the right thing to do as my ankle had been bothering me for a little bit of time and also with the game being on the synthetic surface. All being well I will be back for the Hearts game."

The former Dundee United forward knows it will not be an easy match when the two teams clash at Celtic Park this Saturday lunchtime.

He added: "The Hearts match will be a massive game. They have acquitted themselves really well this season. They have a good manager in Robbie Nielson who has bought well, and they have a strong, big squad who are always dangerous. It won’t be an easy game.

“We drew the last time we played them and it was a little bit frustrating for us, but if we can go and really put the foot on the gas from the start, then we can go and win this time.”

Hearts are in third place in the table, but are 14 points behind Celtic, with Aberdeen four points behind the leaders in second place, having played a game more.

Celtic have won seven of their last 10 matches, losing only once. Hearts have won six of their last 10, also suffered a surprise 3-0 loss to St Johnstone in their last game.



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