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Hearts sack Laszlo, can Celtic keep up with Rangers?



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Csaba Laszlo has been sacked from Hearts by chairman Vladimir Romanov. Laszlo spent 18 months in the hotseat under the eye of controversial Lithuanian Romanov. The Hungarian boss has been at war with Romanov over the past due to the lack of investment for new signings.

Laszlo departs Hearts

Hearts were 7 games unbeaten of late and the staff at Hearts have been called to Tynecastle for a private meeting at 7pm. He was one of the most successful managers in the Romanov era and with a National cup semi-final on Tuesday, the sacking has come as a surprise to fans and the media. Laszlo’s character was a favourite amongst the Scottish media and fans with his long press-conferences moving off subject with Laszlo’s 20-minute answer for one question.

With Laszlo gone, the hole at Hearts needs filling and Jim Jefferies is the favourite to replace Laszlo as new manager but lets be honest, under Romanov, don’t rule out the current Kaunas manager replacing Laszlo.

Scott Robinson, goalscorer at Ibrox last weekend, is injured

Hearts travel to St Johnstone tomorrow and Assistant Manager Werner Burger will take charge at McDiarmid Park. The Jambos will be without Andrew Driver, Lee Wallace, Laryea Kingston, Ian Black, Ruben Palazuelos, Jamie Mole, Jamie MacDonald, Calum Elliot, Arvydas Novikovas, Craig Thomson, David Templeton and Scott Robinson for tomorrow’s match, Algerian centre-back Ismael Bouzid could feature after a broken nose. After the 3-3 draw at Dundee United, St Johnstone will be without Liam Craig and Graham Gartland. Manager Derek McIness should have Jody Morris and Murray Davidson back.

Steven Naismith back in contention this weekend

It is top v bottom at Ibrox tomorrow afternoon as Falkirk make the trip to Ibrox. The Bairns have a decent record against the Old Firm this season and after a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park, Falkirk will fancy their chances tomorrow of holding Rangers to a draw tomorrow. Rangers should be without DaMarcus Beasley, Kenny Miller, Madjid Bougherra, Jerome Rothen, Pedro Mendes and Kris Boyd for tomorrow’s game. Kyle Lafferty is expected to start upfront alongside John Fleck or Steven Naismith. Falkirk will have Brian McLean back in the squad tomorrow with Pedro Pele dropping out through injury.

N’Guemo back for Celtic after poor ACN

Celtic have a number of worries ahead of tomorrow’s game at Hamilton at New Douglas Park with Danny Fox and Stephen McManus departing Celtic today to Burnley and Middelsbrough respectively. Landry N’Guemo returns to the Celtic squad after an unsuccessful African Cup of Nations with Cameroon. Billy Reid has mainly a full strength side but Antoine-Courier and Alex Neil are doubts.

Loy could make Buddies debut

At Easter Road, Sol Bamba will return for Hibs after the African Cup of Nations and John Hughes will also be boosted by the return of Zemmama after a hamstring injury. For the Buddies, Rory Loy could make his St Mirren debut tomorrow after his loan move from Rangers.

Kilmarnock host Dundee United at Rugby Park tomorrow without Mark Burchill and Frazer Wright. United, who this week confirmed Peter Houston as their new manager until the end of the season, will be without Andy Webster, but David Goodwillie and Jon Daly should return. Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee faces his old club at Pittodrie tomorrow with the only injury concern about Peter Pawlett who will face a late fitness test. Motherwell will be without Giles Coke who is suspended after a red-card in midweek.


Hamilton 0-1 Celtic

Rangers 3-0 Falkirk

Hibs 4-1 St Mirren

Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd

Aberdeen 0-0 Motherwell

St Johnstone 1-0 Hearts