Celtic´s 69-match unbeaten run ends with Hearts thrashing

Ross Houston
December 17, 2017

Brendan Rodgers' side faced Hearts looking to extend their run to 70 games. They had won their previous seven encounters with the Edinburgh side.

Celtic's standards are, of course, higher than any other side in Scottish football, but to reach half-time with a mere two efforts at goal and not a single one on target would have anxious any of the Premierships' 12 managers.

"But at this club especially, including the gaffer, we're not putting too much pressure on their shoulders or asking them to hold us together".

Celtic´s 69-match unbeaten run ends with Hearts thrashing

After the final whistle, the Celtic boss and his players formed a huddle on the pitch, with Rodgers saying he was eager for the squad to reflect on the pain of defeat, and the magnitude of their achievements. They did everything they could to run the miles they needed to to shut Celtic down.

Since then, the Hoops had been flying, even breaking their own 100-year-old record when they took their winning run to 63 games - in a 4-0 win against the Saints last month.

The Bhoys are next in action on Wednesday when they host Partick Thistle.

More typical of their performance was the inability of centre-back Dedryck Boyata to find another green-and-white clad man, or Jozo Simunovic's failure to clear early in the second half, thereby allowing Manuel Milinkovic to coolly round Craig Gordon and poke a third into the goal.

Fair play to Celtic wanting the streak to end on 69, nice!

"First of all, I need to give credit to Hearts".

"We didn't cope with the direct balls from Hearts", Rodgers admitted.

"They played honestly today".

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