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Despite having a Champions League tie on Wednesday, Celtic will prove a massive test for Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday, according to boss Gary Locke.
Neil Lennon’s side travel to the San Siro in midweek to face the might of AC Milan on Wednesday, but will not be allowed to be distracted by a young Hearts outfit in the early SPL kick-off.
Hearts manager Locke is fully prepared for his youngsters to endure a torrid time at the hands of the champions, even though Lennon may rest a few players.
Locke said: “We’re playing against the champions who have a team full of international stars. It is a great test for our young players.
“There is more pressure on their players but that’s the thing about playing for a club the size of Celtic, there are demands on them to win every week.
“I don’t know what Neil is thinking with regards to his plans for their Champions League game. He might make a couple of changes, he might play his full-strength side and that’s certainly what I think will happen.
“He will admit that Tynecastle is a tough place to come to and I’m sure he will come here wanting to take three points.”
The Jambos face an uphill task to ensure that they don’t finish bottom of the table come the end of the season after incurring a 15-point fine for going into administration. However, they have knuckled down well, and are just nine points behind St Mirren ahead of the Celtic visit.