The big story in Scottish football today is that Brendan Rodgers looks set to leave Celtic for Leicester City. The Celtic board have given him permission to talk to the Premier League side.
It looks as if John Kennedy will take charge of Celtic against Hearts on Wednesday night, and that could play right in the hands of Craig Levein’s side.
There’s no doubt that Celtic’s players will be affected by the events of the last 24 hours. It’s just human nature, and it would not be a shock if they were not in the right frame of mind for the game.
To be fair to John Kennedy, he has never managed a team before, and he perhaps finds the brief transition to first-team management difficult.
Celtic also don’t’ have the best recent record at Tynecastle, losing 1-0 earlier this season, and 4-0 last season.
When it comes down to it, Celtic have better players than Hearts. But that isn’t what always wins games. The absence of Rodgers, the inexperience of Kennedy and the poor record at Tynecastle could be a perfect storm.
Hearts will need all of their best players to be at the very top-level. But it seems like a game made for the likes of Steven Naismith and Sean Clare. If they are on their game, it could be a tough night for Celtic.