How Hearts are likely to line-up against Celtic in the Scottish Cup final

How will Hearts line-up against Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup final?

Friday, 24th May 2019, 11:41 am

With Steven Naismith and Olly Lee out, plus no recognised left-back, there are a few question marks over the Hearts team which will face Celtic. Here, Joel Sked predicts the XI.

Produced a wonderful save in the semi-final and has earned his No.1 potions over the last few weeks.
No debate.
Slipped in recent weeks but has the ability to put in the ultimate final performance.

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The captain will have to be the leader he is. Head, block and clear at all costs.
Can the 16-year-old start such a match? Why not. More natural in the position than Bobby Burns.
Has the capacity and ability to really trouble Celtic by supporting Uche Ikpeazu with his running.
Recovered from injury and Hearts' best player for months.
The Austrian's return from injury is huge. His ability to intercept, break up play and react to second balls will be huge.
The winger could be the key man with his pace against Celtic's weak point.
A surprise inclusion? He is yet to win over the Hearts fans but Craig Levein was impressed with his recent showings and would be close to Uche.
There was no way the big Englishman was not starting. He'll be an excellent outball but will need to get his head up in the final third.