John Souttar (proper) heads dwelling Hearts’ late winner
Celtic suffered opening-day defeat for the primary time in 24 years – and Ange Postecoglou’s chastening begin as supervisor continued – as Hearts made a successful Scottish Premiership return.
John Souttar scored with 90 seconds left at a raucous Tynecastle to safe the victory after Anthony Ralston’s gorgeous solo strike had cancelled out Gary Mackay-Steven’s opener.
A primary win for Hearts over Celtic in three years condemned the Glasgow facet to a second loss in three video games after the midweek Champions League exit.
It means Postecoglou continues to be trying to find a primary win, with a Europa League third qualifying spherical tie within the Czech Republic towards FK Jablonec on Thursday subsequent up, earlier than the go to of Dundee subsequent Sunday.
Nonetheless, after League Cup group stage exhibiting, Robbie Neilson’s Hearts have now made it 5 wins from 5 this season.
Not for a very long time had Celtic started a league marketing campaign in such disarray. Off the again of a trophy-less season, Wednesday’s extra-time defeat by Danish league runners-up Midtjylland had opened new wounds.
They arrived within the capital bolstered by new signings Carl Starfelt and Kyogo Furuhashi, and a efficiency was wanted to galvanise an anxious help.
However, lower than 10 minutes in, the disaster headlines had been already being written after a calamity within the visiting defence.
Josh Ginnelly bore down the appropriate and obtained previous Starfelt all too simply earlier than feeding Liam Boyce. Nir Bitton took the ball away from the Hearts striker, however solely knocked it into the trail of an unmarked Mackay-Steven, who tapped in on the far put up.
Celtic responded by dominating possession. The full of life Odsonne Edouard headed into the arms of Craig Gordon, whereas Callum McGregor and David Turnbull additionally threatened. However regardless of hogging the ball, they could not unsettle the house facet.
And, Hearts could nicely have opened up a two-goal lead earlier than half-time had Craig Halkett or Michael Smith not put efforts from shut vary over the bar.
Celtic’s nerves had been evident. Starfelt was struggling to decide on his debut and Hearts’ boisterous dwelling help sensed it. However simply as Celtic wobbled, a contact of high quality levelled the rating.
Ralston stepped previous Andy Halliday, skipped previous the lunges of two extra maroon shirts, earlier than guiding a composed left foot end previous Gordon.
It lit up what was already a captivating sport, and either side nonetheless believed victory could possibly be theirs.
Celtic quickly had the ball within the web once more, although Liel Abada’s celebrations had been lower quick by the assistant’s flag for offside towards Greg Taylor, who had crossed for the Israeli.
Scott Bain needed to claw away Souttar’s header as Hearts went shut, earlier than Gordon punched clear substitute Ryan Christie’s effort.
Japanese ahead Furuhashi made his entrance from the bench for Celtic, but it surely was Hearts who had been ending the stronger of the 2, and so they obtained their reward when Souttar rose highest at a free-kick to move dwelling for Hearts.
But nonetheless the motion wasn’t over, as Gordon – launched by Celtic final summer season – made two gorgeous late saves.
First James Forrest drove into the field however his near-post effort was blocked at point-blank vary, then from the resultant nook, the Scotland goalkeeper tipped away Starfelt’s header acrobatically.
Man of the match – Beni Baningime
Hearts debutant Baningime appeared assured in midfield, impressing defensively
What did we study?
Celtic had little hassle getting their foot on the ball, however the struggles of final season have but to be shaken off as they discovered it onerous going within the closing third whereas defensively they’ve but to type a strong unit.
Hardly ever had a facet gained the Scottish Championship underneath such a cloud, however Hearts put final season’s fan demonstrations behind them with a efficiency that means they’re unlikely to be anyplace close to a relegation battle this season.
What they mentioned
Celtic supervisor Ange Postecoglou: “We obtained into so many good crossing areas and crosses ended up out on the touchline, and taking pictures alternatives. For me, it is most likely the world we have to enhance essentially the most.
“Defensively it is not like we’re being put underneath stress for durations of instances in any of the video games. However if you maintain the opposition within the sport there’s at all times a risk they’ll hit you from a set-piece or counter-attack.”
Hearts supervisor Robbie Neilson: “We had 5,500 followers right here and it seemed like 20,000, and it has been a very long time since lots of people have been at a stay sport. So to ship them dwelling completely happy is nice.
“When the followers begin placing the vitality again on the pitch, particularly in direction of the top of the sport, when gamers begin getting that additional yard… they gave us the purpose.”
Celtic journey to the Czech Republic to face Jablonec on Thursday (16:45 BST) earlier than internet hosting Dundee on Sunday, whereas Hearts are subsequent in motion on Saturday at St Mirren within the Scottish Premiership (15:00).
Participant of the match
Coronary heart of Midlothian
Squad quantity6Participant identifyBaningime
Squad quantity4Participant identifySouttar
Squad quantity1Participant identifyGordon
Squad quantity11Participant identifyMackay-Steven
Squad quantity17Participant identifyCochrane
Squad quantity30Participant identifyGinnelly
Squad quantity10Participant identifyBoyce
Squad quantity5Participant identifyHaring
Squad quantity19Participant identifyHalkett
Squad quantity2Participant identifySmith
Squad quantity16Participant identifyHalliday
Squad quantity3Participant identifyKingsley
Squad quantity21Participant identifyGnanduillet
Squad quantity42Participant identifyMcGregor
Squad quantity56Participant identifyRalston
Squad quantity49Participant identifyForrest
Squad quantity11Participant identifyAbada
Squad quantity4Participant identifyStarfelt
Squad quantity12Participant identifySoro
Squad quantity29Participant identifyBain
Squad quantity14Participant identifyTurnbull
Squad quantity3Participant identifyTaylor
Squad quantity6Participant identifyBitton
Squad quantity22Participant identifyEdouard
Squad quantity17Participant identifyChristie
Squad quantity8Participant identifyFuruhashi
Squad quantity18Participant identifyRogic
1Gordon4Souttar19Halkett3Kingsley2Smith6Baningime16Halliday17Cochrane30GinnellySubstituted forGnanduilletat 77′minutes10Boyce11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forHaringat 68′minutes
29Bain56Ralston6Bitton4Starfelt3Taylor12SoroSubstituted forRogicat 90′minutes42McGregor11AbadaSubstituted forFuruhashiat 79′minutes14TurnbullSubstituted forChristieat 79′minutes49Forrest22Edouard
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Match ends, Coronary heart of Midlothian 2, Celtic 1.
Second Half ends, Coronary heart of Midlothian 2, Celtic 1.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Peter Haring.
Try saved. Carl Starfelt (Celtic) header from the centre of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Ryan Christie with a cross.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Gordon.
Try saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Odsonne Edouard.
Foul by Anthony Ralston (Celtic).
Liam Boyce (Coronary heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Ismaila Soro.
Purpose! Coronary heart of Midlothian 2, Celtic 1. John Souttar (Coronary heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Michael Smith with a cross following a set piece state of affairs.
Foul by Ismaila Soro (Celtic).
Peter Haring (Coronary heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Peter Haring (Coronary heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Craig Halkett (Coronary heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Michael Smith with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Coronary heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Greg Taylor.
Try blocked. Liam Boyce (Coronary heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross.
Foul by Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic).
Beni Baningime (Coronary heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.
Try saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from the appropriate facet of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Odsonne Edouard.