Hearts 4—0 Celtic.

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Celtic’s domestic unbeaten run of 69 games, almost two years unbeaten, comes to a halt at Tynecastle. Celtic have had off days before and contrived to win or, more recently, draw. Here, all over the pitch, Celtic’s passing game came unstuck as Hearts pressed high up the pitch. Celtic players slipped and slid and seemed unable to make a pass. Heart’s players were first to the fifty-fifty balls. Craig Gordon hesitated and looked uncertain. He almost lost an early goal, taking too many touches and the ball cannoning off a Heart’s forward in the Celtic six-yard box. Later, he gave away a needless penalty, hauling down Ross Callachan when he’d lost control of the ball and was heading towards the bye-line. Manuel Milinokovich scored for the Heart’s fourth goal and his second. Milinokovich’s first goal, at the start of the second-half, with Celtic already 2-0 down, to make it 3-0  and Hearts, effectively, killed the game off. Again it was schoolboy defending and a basic error that led to the goal. Jozo Simunovich, not for the first time in recent games, took his eye of a long ball from Conor Randal and Milikovich kept his cool to round Gordon and net. Dedryck Boyata also had a hand in Heart’s first two goals that set up the Heart’s win. For the Heart’s first goal, he tried to play a pass to Kieren Tiernay, who lost possession and sixteen-year-old Harry Cochrane fired in from the edge of the box. Celtic were 1—0 down and deservedly so in the sixteen minute. The second goal, nine minutes later, from Kyle Lafertty was a fantastic strike from the edge of the box, in off the post. Boyata’s loose pass to Calum McGregor had the Celtic midfielder losing that ball and the Heart’s forward running in on goal. Hearts deserved their win. Celtic’s soft centres assisted them.  Only James Forrest gets pass marks. His Celtic team mates, skid marks. Shite.

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