Hearts: Alim Ozturk & Igor Rossi to return for Celtic clash

Hearts are set to receive a double boost in defence with the return of captain Alim Ozturk and Igor Rossi for next week's meeting with Celtic, according to reports.

The pair missed Hearts' defeat against St Johnstone on Saturday. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rossi has been struggling with a groin problem in recent weeks and missed the games against Dundee and St Johnstone as a result.

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Ozturk, who missed three months with a hip injury earlier in the campaign, held together a back four that featured three teenagers in the away win at Dens. However, he missed last Saturday’s match against Saints at Tynecastle through a hamstring problem, as Hearts lost the game 3-0.

Barring any set-backs, Hearts are confident of having the pair for the league meeting with Celtic in Glasgow next Saturday.

Robbie Neilson’s side are undefeated against the league leaders in the Ladbrokes Premiership so far this season, though they lost 2-1 at Tynecastle in the League Cup.