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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers reacts to humiliating Hearts defeat

18 December, 2017, 03:14 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Celtic’s incredible unbeaten run ended in spectacular fashion

"Early on we had a couple of chances from midfield and I felt we had some space to play football but after the first goal we didn't manage to create and we didn't win the duels".

Sixteen-year-old Harry Cochrane opened the scoring at Tynecastle, Northern Ireland worldwide Kyle Lafferty added a superb second, and David Milinkovic made it three early in the second half before adding his second from the penalty spot. 'The things we have done haven't been done before and probably won't be done again, so it's unbelievable.

Remarkable stats popped up at every turn.

Rodgers brought on the striker Moussa Dembélé and Stuart Armstrong for Tierney and Olivier Ntcham at the start of the second half but soon found themselves three down when Milinkovic took advantage of a Simunovic slip and rounded Gordon before knocking the ball into the net.

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.

'I don't know what went wrong - everything, ' lamented Lustig.

The Hoops could extend the gap to five points if they win their game in hand. "If the pitch was better we might have kept it better".

Celtic have started the season in imperious form and have yet to taste defeat in their opening 17 games. A home meeting with the Premiership's bottom club appears a favourable opportunity this midweek, before Aberdeen visit Parkhead on Saturday. When faced with adversity in Europe, Rodgers' side have typically bounced back well, but never have they looked so utterly sapped of energy and vigour.

"But also congratulations to my players, it (the unbeaten run) is a phenomenal achievement".

'Hearts were pressing us and I think and hope that if the pitch was a little bit better, we might have kept it better'.

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