They defeated Hobbs Gambus 3-1 at Parkhead less than 72 hours ago in the league and now the two sides meet again, this time in the capital.
Goals from Daisen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi and Sid Haskapanovic were enough for the Scottish champions to secure comfortable wins against Robbie Nelson’s side on Wednesday.
There’s more on the line this time around, though, as both teams look to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the second season in a row.
Postecoglou made four changes to the team that won last time around. Alistair Johnston replaces Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor replaces Alexandru Bernabe.
Daisen Maeda does not recover in time and Jota takes his place. Sid Haksapanovic also begins before Lil’ Abada.
Celtic XI: Hart. Johnston, Carter; Vickers; Starvelt, Taylor; McGregor, Hattat, Moi; Jota, Kyogo, Haksapanović.
Branches: Bean, Abada, Turnbull, Kobayashi, Oh, Iwata, Burnaby, O’Reilly, Ralston
Eleven Hearts: Clark, Smith, Kingsley, Grant, Keough, Rolls, Halliday, Mackay, Seebeck, Guinley, Hill.
Branches: Stewart, Atkinson, Devlin, Forrest, Cochrane, Nelson, Cole
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The Aussie also discussed the importance of Boyce striker Kyogo Furuhashi during his pre-match press conference.
He praised Japan’s international movement, calling it “the best he’s ever seen”.
The forward has scored 25 goals so far this season, including against Hearts in their last league match.
And the 57-year-old had nothing but good things to say about the forward.
He said, “I mean, it’s not about kind of taking his game to another level.
Like I said, he does his role really well and he’s really disciplined. It’s just sometimes, you know, we don’t see the potential of what can come from his movement now.
“I get frustrated, but it’s a reason you know, kind of a perfectionist like most managers and that just doesn’t exist.
“I think Kyoju’s movement is great. It’s the best I’ve ever seen, and it’s very difficult to tackle the opponent and I think sometimes it’s difficult for us to know exactly when to play it.
“I felt last night there were some good chances for us to give him more of the ball, as we did with the goal we created and the one he scored.
“Just being aware of it and knowing, the only way you can get better is to keep getting better at it.
“We get feedback from the players, we work it out in training and we kind of try and see if we can maximize the space available and we’ll try to make use of that.”
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