Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic was prevented from recording a 70 games unbeaten domestic run on Sunday as Hearts outclassed the league leaders in tremendous style. They made the Hoops look average at Tynecastle. You could have never imagined this would be the game that the run would finish.
To be fair, most footy fans with common sense would think that Celtic would manage to carve out a victory over Craig Levein’s side. However, it wasn’t to be, as the Jambos turned over a lacklustre Hoops team that simply failed to defend properly.
Rodgers has to have a look at his team’s backline as they were sloppy and get away from his world of fairy tales. Kyle Lafferty tormented Simunovic and Boyata for the full 90 minutes. Twisting and turning the defence with ease. His physical presence certainly helped his side battle for every ball.
Now no team will fear them as Hearts showed everyone across Scottish Football how to crush the leaders at their own game. Over this season, Celtic have comfortably beaten teams with style, but recently their performances have been slipping and they’ve got lucky with controversial decisions going in their favour.
A 16-year-old boy, Harry Cochrane stole the show with an impressive performance and the game didn’t faze the youngster who looked at home on the Tynecastle pitch.
He capped off his performance with a sweet finish and had Scotland captain Scott Brown in his back pocket. Levein stepped back into the dugout from his director role, angering a lot of the Hearts supporters and many questioned the decision. Every manager across Scotland wanted to be the man who went down in history for ending Celtic invincible run.
Levein was the man and this has certainly silenced the doubters in the stands. Everything went smoothly on Sunday and his players showed togetherness which lacked under Ian Cathro. But congratulations are in order for Celtic, who beat their own record of a 62-win unbeaten run between 1915 to 1917 with an incredible 69 game unbeaten domestic run, a historic achievement for certain.
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