Burns has Hearts on his mind

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Tommy Burns yesterday mapped out his first desired destination for his Celtic team, even if he cannot give the estimated time of arrival.

The Parkhead chief hopes the game against Hearts today will produce a victory to mark another signpost on the road to overtaking Rangers and "becoming the best in Scotland".

Celtic, unbeaten in 17 league games, can cut the gap to just two points at the top of the Scottish Premier League by winning at Tynecastle in their remaining game in hand.

"We still have a long way to go to reach where I eventually want us to be," Burns said. "We are reaching out to be the best that we can be and that is still a long, long way off.

"The potential at this club is enormous, and we have made progress. Possibly we have got down the road quicker than we imagined. "

Celtic are set to be unchanged after impressive away wins at Raith last Tuesday and Aberdeen on Sunday. Hearts were crushed 4-0 at Tynecastle and 3-1 at Celtic Park earlier in the season but Jim Jefferies' side are now full of confidence. "They have been playing well but we are only thinking about ourselves," Burns said.