Celtics Wonderful,Fantastic,Amazing Run Of 69 Games Comes To A End.
Hearts 4-0 Celtic 17/12/2017 Tynecastle Park Edinburgh ….
Listen it was going to happen eventually it could have happened after 16 games it could have happened after 33 games it could have happened after 67 games Game 70 was the one and after 69 matches unbeaten the celtic juggernaut came to a end at tynecastle in a 4-0 humbling by a young hearts side who deserved the win ….
A lot can be taken from this game celtic were slow sluggish careless In Possession ,and their were so many mistakes in the game from the players when passing the ball ?? the pitch was very soft and a lot of the celtic players were slipping so I think the choice of studs were maybe wrong ,no excuses though hearts came out the traps very fast and Craig Leveins tactics were spot on getting in Celtics faces and swarming on players in possession , sometimes you just have to take your hat Of to a opponent ….
I believe celtic will come back stronger from this and a game midweek against Partick Thistle is the perfect tonic to reopen up a 5 point gap over Aberdeen with a win , the club and the fans will be hurting tonight but they will know that they let themselves down at tynecastle today , the good thing about defeat is you often come back stronger , we go again and Partick Thistle might not be looking forward to playing a wounded celtic team who will try to punish their nxt opponent …..
Aberdeen look like they will again be the challenge for the Scottish title as both Sevco and Hibs lost ground on the champions,the games against the teams around us are coming around again soon so it’s maybe a perfect time to regroup and reflect on the season so far ….
It would be easy to pick out a few players from today’s game for criticism but that would take away from the achievements made during this fine unbeaten run , the team as a whole are to blame for the defeat and they will be feeling it tonight ,record breakers , trend setters celtic usually do it first and the rest have to step up …
I believe now a little bit of pressure will have come off the shoulders and now we shall see the team get back to playing good football and entertaining the fans , we have a lead at the top of the table to build on , Scottish cup to look forward to and Europa league in Feb 2018 with a double header against Zenit St. Petersburg…
I salute you Celtic for a wonderful year and a half of domestic bliss we go again let’s break our own record HH
Celtic v Partick Thistle
20th December 2017
Kick Off 19:45
10 hours ago – Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten domestic run, ended emphatically by Hearts on Sunday, may never be surpassed, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Tynecastle side hammeredCeltic 4-0, inflicting their first defeat by a Scottish opponent since May 2016. … “They’ve set a record that may …
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9 hours ago – Hearts boss Craig Levein says his players “ran the miles needed to shut Celtic down” and end the champions’ unbeaten domestic run.
Scottish Premiership match Hearts vs Celtic (17 Dec 2017). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report.
Official Match Report
Sunday, December 17, 2017
(Cochrane 26, Lafferty 34, Milinkovic 47, 75)
CELTIC’S incredible 69-game domestic unbeaten run came to an end today as the six-in-a-row champions tasted defeat for the first time in a year-and-a-half with a 4-0 away loss to Hearts.An organised and aggressive Hearts side frustrated the Hoops as the record-breaking run finally came to a conclusion in the capital.
Goals from Harry Cochrane and Kyle Lafferty gave Hearts a two-goal lead going into half-time. David Milinkovic then scored early in the second half before bagging his brace from the penalty spot.It was a disappointing result for the Scottish treble-winners but the Celtic support stayed until the final whistle to salute Brendan Rodgers and his players for their tremendous consistency over the past 18 months, and the team will be determined to bounce back in Wednesday’s night’s Glasgow derby against Partick Thistle.
The manager had made four changes to the side which beat Hamilton 3-1 at Paradise in midweek with Griffiths replacing Odsonne Edouard up front. The Scotland internationalist was supported by Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair in attack, with James Forrest and Kieran Tierney out on the wings. Olivier Ntcham paired up with captain Scott Brown in the centre of midfield in front of a back-three of Mikael Lustig, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata.
The home side made a positive start and showed aggression in the opening stages as they pressed Celtic high up the pitch. This presented opportunities for the Hoops on the counter attack which Ntcham took advantage of early on. The French midfielder collected the ball deep inside Celtic’s half and broke forward before threading a wonderful pass through to Sinclair. Connor Randall’s well- timed sliding tackle inside the box was enough to stop the Celtic winger getting his shot off though.
Hearts then gave Celtic a scare when Lafferty controlled a ball over the top of the defence with his chest and broke free, however, the linesman had flagged him offside. The hosts came close to grabbing a goal from a set piece when Christophe Berra’s glancing at the near post flashed past Craig Gordon’s goal.
Celtic continued to open up Hearts on the counter attack and Forrest created a couple of golden opportunities for Griffiths. The Scotland striker slipped at the crucial moment for the first chance and hit the side netting with his shot moments later, after peeling away from his marker on the edge of the area.
Hearts’ high pressing game paid off in the 26th minute. Don Cowie won the ball deep inside the Celtic half before working the ball to Harry Cochrane on the edge of the penalty box. The 16-year-old controlled the ball and quickly fired off a low shot into the bottom corner to give Craig Levein’s side the lead.
Craig Gordon made a wonderful to deny Milinkovic from close range but Hearts found the back of the net for a second time with ten minutes remaining in the half. Milinkovic received the ball on the halfway line and slipped the ball out to Lafferty who was wide open on the right. The striker lashed in a low shot from the edge of the area to double Hearts’ advantage.
Brendan Rodgers made two changes at half time, with Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong coming on for Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham. Celtic showed more attacking intent at the start of the second half, particularly Forrest who troubled the opposition with direct runs and crosses into the box.
The Hoops were dealt another blow early in the second half when a defensive error gifted Milinkovic a goal. Gordon rushed off his line to try and thwart the danger but Milinkovic was well positioned to round the Hoops keeper and slot beyond a covering Lustig.
Celtic piled the pressure on Hearts as they went in search of a way back into the game and flooded Jon McLaughlin’s goalmouth with a steady stream of attacks. Griffiths forced a wonderful save from the Hearts keeper when he cut inside and fired a rocket of a shot from 20 yards.
As the Bhoys continued to pour forward, Sinclair caused problems with his pace and trickery but he uncharacteristically fired over from inside the box after doing well to open up space inside the box. Moments later he almost set up Griffiths but his final ball across goal was just beyond his team-mate.
Instead, it was the hosts who found the net. Ross Callachan won a penalty in the 75th minute after Gordon’s outstretched arm brought him down in the box and Milinkovic converted from the spot kick.Hearts defended deep for the remainder of the half and made life difficult for the Hoops. Dembele was unable to test McLaughlin from his half volley inside the area and Edouard fired wide of the far post with his own half volley.
Griffiths almost grabbed a consolation goal in the dying minutes when he ran across goal and let off a shot which was straight at the McLaughlin. Sinclair, similarly, came close after cutting inside and unleashing a right- footed shot but Berra blocked the effort inside a crowded Hearts’ box.
CELTIC (3-4-2-1) Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata; Forrest, Ntcham (Armstrong 45), Brown, Tierney (Dembele 45); McGregor (Edouard 67), Sinclair; Griffiths
Not Used: De Vries, Ajer, Hayes, Kouassi
HEARTS (4-5-1) McLaughlin; Brandon, Buaben (McDonald 67), Berra, Smith; Cochrane, Callachan (Grzelak 84), Cowie, Randall, Milinkovic; Lafferty (Stockton 71)
Not Used: Hamilton, Hughes, Keena, Goncalves