Celtic news – Hearts v Celtic teams, Firearms incident at Celtic training ground, Hoops to tour

Hearts v Celtic teams.

Celtic welcome back Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras after suspension for the Wednesday´s visit to Tynecastle to take on Hearts.

Defender Glenn Loovens has recovered from a calf strain but the Hoops will again be without Beram Kayal and Joe Ledley who are out for the season.

Marius Zaliukas returns for Hearts and Eggert Jonsson is available after appealing his sending off at Rangers. However, manager Jim Jeffries has a host of other problems with Adrian Mrowiec, Andy Webster, Lee Wallace, Jason Thomson, David Templeton and Ruben Palazuelos all doubtful.

Definitely out for the Jambos are Andrew Driver, Suso Santana, Calum Elliot and Kevin Kyle.

Hearts (from): Kello, MacDonald, Stevenson, Bouzid, Elliott, Skacel, Glen, C Thomson, J Thomson, Balogh, Webster, Wallace, Templeton, Black, Palazuelos, Robinson, Mrowiec, Jonsson, Barr, McGowan.

Celtic (from): Forster, Izaguirre, Mulgrew, Loovens, Majstorovic, Wilson, Rogne, Brown, Commons, Ki, Forrest, Maloney, Hooper, McCourt, Stokes, Samaras, Murphy, Zaluska, Juarez, Cha, McGinn.

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Hoops to tour.

Celtic are all set to put the finishing touches to the Australian part of their preparations for the 2011/12 season, reports the Glasgow Evening Times.

The Hoops will play three matches Down Under and Tony Sage, owner and chairman of A-League team Perth Glory, says details are just waiting to be rubber-stamped by the Football Federation Australia (FFA).

“Celtic have agreed to all the terms the clubs have put up and the dates are set,” said Sage, “and it´s now up to the FFA to approve it. Celtic need to know quickly because if they don’t come here they’ll tour Asia instead. So they want to get this wrapped up within 24-48 hours.”

Once confirmed Neil Lennon´s men will play Central Coast in Sydney on July 3 before facing Perth Glory six days later. They then sign off with a match against Melbourne Victory on July 13.

Firearms incident at Celtic training ground.

Seven people appeared in court on Tuesday after being arrested in connection with an alleged firearms incident outside Celtic´s training ground, reports STV.

Armed police were called to the club´s Lennoxtown training complex in East Dunbartonshire on Sunday, although there were no reports of any shots being fired. It is understood an imitation weapon was involved and there are also thought to have been flags draped near to the gates to the complex.

All seven, including four 21-year-old women, a 19-year-old woman and two men aged 17 and 19, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with possessing a fake firearm and were released on bail.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said: “Around 8.30pm on Sunday, seven people were arrested and are presently detained in police custody in connection with an alleged firearms offence at a football training ground in Glen Road, Kirkintilloch.”

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