Confirmed: Celtic lineup v Hearts - O’Connell starts

General view inside Celtic Park

Celtic will take on Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic will be looking to kick off their 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign with victory over Heart of Midlothian this afternoon.

The Bhoys will take on Hearts away from home at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will head into the match as favourites and with confidence.

Celtic have been in good form in pre-season and have done quite well in competitive games.

The Scottish Premiership giants could progress to the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League campaign.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

The Bhoys have been quite busy in the summer transfer window as well, signing defender Kolo Toure, winger Scott Sinclair and forward Moussa Dembele.

Hearts will not be easy pushovers, though, as they have ambitions of competing for the Scottish Premiership title this season.

Robbie Neilson’s side finished as high as third in the league table during the 2015-16 campaign.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press ConferenceBrendan Rodgers

Hearts will be looking to earn at least a point against Celtic at home this afternoon.

The first goal in the match will be key. If the Bhoys score first, then they should be able to pick up all three points with ease.

This is how Celtic will line up for the Scottish Premiership game against Hearts this afternoon:

Celtic XI: Gordon; Lustig, Toure, O’Connell, Tierney; Forrest, McGregor, Brown, Armstrong; Griffiths, Dembele

Subs: Fasan, Izaguirre, Ciftci, Sinclair, Rogic, Johansen, Janko

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers talks to the media before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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