Celtic head to Tynecastle on Sunday to face Hearts aiming to maintain their seven-point lead at least at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Brendan Rodgers - who scooped his first Glen's Manager of the Month award for September - will be hopeful that his side can preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign.

The men in green and white sported a 100 per cent record in the league during September as they recorded victories over Motherwell, Livingston, Dundee and Rangers.

Celtic have begun their defence of the Scottish Premiership title with a bang registering seven wins and a draw from their eight matches played so far.

However, the next eight days and three games could be crucial to the Northern Irishman in terms of their season both domestically and in Europe.

The trip along the M8 will be followed up by a home outing against Atletico Madrid during Matchday three of the Champions League group stage before Celtic will then make a return trip to the capital to Easter Road to face Hibernian next Sunday.

Tynecastle has proven to be a happy hunting ground of late for Celtic as they triumphed on three separate occasions in the League and Scottish Cup last season.

Greg Taylor was the unlikely Celtic hero in a thrilling 4-3 win at the same venue last October and that victory was followed up by a 3-0 success in a one-sided affair during a quarter-final Scottish Cup tie in March.

Kyogo Furuhashi and Oh Hyeon-gyu were on target in a 2-0 win as the champions wrapped up back-to-back titles under former manager Ange Postecoglou at Tynecastle in May.

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It will be a depleted away section that greets the side from Glasgow's east end on Sunday with restrictions reducing Celtic's ticket allocation to just 576.

Rodgers spoke of his disappointment in the allocation in the build-up to what is shaping up to be the biggest week in Celtic's campaign so far.

The 50-year-old said: "It’s always a difficult place to go, Tynecastle. However, we’ll relish the game, it should be a great atmosphere. Sadly, I don’t think there are so many tickets for our supporters, so we’ll have to go there without our same support.

"However, we’ve shown already this season that we can go into venues that are tough and get the results that we need, so we want to go there and perform well."

How will Rodgers' side fare?

Can Celtic get their week off to the proverbial flyer with a victory against the Jambos?

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