John Souttar’s last-gasp header shocked Celtic as Hearts secured a 2-1 victory on their return to the Scottish Premiership.
Hearts made the absolute best begin as Gary Mackay-Steven scored in opposition to his former membership within the eighth minute to provide the hosts an early lead. Nevertheless, Celtic responded properly to going a purpose behind and so they have been ultimately rewarded with an equaliser due to Anthony Ralston’s very good solo effort (54).
Each side pushed for a winner, nevertheless it was Hearts who struck late as Souttar capitalised on some poor Celtic defending to provide his facet the lead within the 89th minute.
Celtic nonetheless had time to vogue two probabilities to seize an equaliser however they discovered goalkeeper Craig Gordon in wonderful kind as he denied James Forrest and Ryan Christie to safe all three factors for his facet and a successful return to the highest combat.
For Celtic, it is the beginning new boss Postecoglou would have dreaded after their Champions League exit in midweek. It is a first opening-day defeat for Celtic since 1997, with Postecoglou nonetheless ready for his first aggressive win since taking up.
How Hearts shocked Celtic…
Celtic have been accustomed to opening their season at dwelling however they needed to play a supporting function as Hearts raised the Championship flag. The visiting gamers had welcomed their opponents onto the park with a guard of honour and so they have been overly beneficiant with their defending quickly afterwards.
Carl Starfelt, a brand new arrival from Rubin Kazan did not halt Josh Ginnelly’s progress in an tried deal with after which went to floor in a determined try to cease Liam Boyce capitalising. The ball finally broke for Mackay-Steven to stroke dwelling from six yards.
David Turnbull squandered Celtic’s greatest first-half probabilities, twice failing to hit the goal in house on the sting of the field and likewise hitting a free-kick into the wall.
There have been different half-chances for the guests. Craig Gordon comfortably saved Odsonne Edouard’s header and long-range efforts from Callum McGregor and Ismaila Soro, whereas Liel Abada failed to check the goalkeeper after twice chopping inside.
However Hearts had alternatives to enter the break additional forward.
Liam Boyce headed not far over from a nook and the hosts have been getting in behind the left facet of Celtic’s defence. Michael Smith fired into the stand when Boyce was well-placed within the center earlier than organising fellow wing-back Alex Cochrane to volley huge.
Celtic levelled after some optimistic play from Ralston, whose solely look final season got here in opposition to Livingston in January when 14 of his team-mates have been in self-isolation.
The defender bought into the kind of central attacking place Postecoglou calls for of his full-backs, performed a one-two with Edouard earlier than swerving round an opponent and curling dwelling together with his left foot. It was the 22-year-old’s first purpose since December 2018 and the primary purpose Gordon had conceded in 12 membership matches.
Hearts had been pinned again for a lot of the half however the introduction of midfielder Peter Haring turned the tide and Scott Bain needed to scramble to cease Souttar’s header.
Postecoglou responded by placing on Ryan Christie and debutant Kyogo Furuhashi, who had not even had time to coach after his quarantine. The double change virtually paid speedy dividends with Gordon saving properly from his Scotland team-mate.
- Hearts handed a debut to Beni Baningime after his arrival from Everton.
- In the meantime, each Carl Starfelt and Nir Bitton got here into the Celtic central defence and James Forrest made his first begin of the season.
However Hearts have been quickly again on the entrance foot and Souttar headed previous Bain with the goalkeeper stranded to spark wild celebrations at Tynecastle.
The drama was not over, although, and Gordon needed to be at his greatest to disclaim his former facet with two wonderful stoppage-time saves from Forrest and Starfelt.
Extra disappointment for Postecoglou
Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, talking on Sky Sports activities:
“It is a disappointing consequence however I do suppose we noticed some optimistic play from Cletic, particularly going ahead.
“However sadly, whenever you discuss philosophy it isn’t simply on the ball, it’s off the ball as properly.
“There are some worrying indicators for Celtic, particularly off the ball when the opposition imagine and put stress on Celtic.
“Then you’ll be able to see there’s a whole lot of work that must be carried out. However we’ve got seen some positives. We are able to see what Ange Postecoglou is attempting to implement however will probably be a protracted, lengthy street for him.”
What the managers mentioned…
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson: “I used to be delighted with them. Having 5,000 followers actually helped us. Delighted to provide the followers an excellent Saturday night time.
“I assumed Beni Baningime was sensational. He is solely performed three 45 minutes all by way of pre-season.
“John Souttar’s a high participant. Defensively and attacking, he is sensational. Delighted to get the purpose, it is a huge three factors however we have to go and win at St Mirren subsequent week.”
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “Vastly disappointing consequence. We bought management of the sport after a chaotic opening 5 minutes. We let ourselves down with some execution within the closing third, and it was clearly disappointing to concede from a set play.
“I assumed we have been in charge of the sport once we scored however a few of our capturing in and across the field allow us to down. As soon as we scored, I felt we had alternatives to win it.
“Not the best way we wished to start out however we have one other sport Thursday so no level simply feeling sorry for ourselves – we had alternatives to win and we did not try this.
“The board don’t desire me to fail, I believe persons are attempting to make on the market’s some disconnect there. Everyone knows what must be carried out and we’re doing that collectively.”
Man of the match – Beni Baningime
Stiliyan Petrov on Sky Sports activities: “He was actually spectacular at present, particularly in that form of sport as a result of as a holding midfielder it’s important to actually be composed.
“It’s important to work tirelessly as a result of the staff was at all times underneath stress.
“He intercepted the ball very properly and he is bought nice consciousness. However each time he bought the ball he managed to gradual the play and he managed to manage the sport and provides the staff confidence.
“He was the excellent participant for Hearts as a result of he was very relaxed, he knew his job and he did it completely.”
Hearts now go to St Mirren on Saturday at 3pm within the Scottish Premiership, whereas Celtic go to FK Jablonec at 4.45pm on Thursday of their Europa League third qualifying spherical first leg.
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