Celtic’s bid to reclaim the league title from champions Rangers received off to a nightmarish begin on Saturday evening, after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Coronary heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.
The newly-promoted hosts shocked the Hoops after solely eight minutes, when Gary Mackay-Steven tapped dwelling to spherical off some good work from Liam Boyce.
Celtic pushed to attract stage, with David Turnbull going shut on a variety of events, however he failed to check goalkeeper Craig Gordon, and the guests went into the break behind by a aim.
The Bhoys didn’t have to attend lengthy after the half-time pause earlier than discovering a killer response, when Anthony Ralston danced by way of the Hearts defence with some good, nimble footwork and calmly slotted the ball dwelling from contained in the field.
Liel Abada then had the ball within the internet for Celtic, however his strike was dominated out for a really tight offside name. Hearts have been below the cosh within the second half, and Gordon needed to be at his greatest to disclaim substitute Ryan Christie.
And Celtic have been made to pay for his or her wastefulness in entrance of aim, when defender John Souttar ‘leapt like a prized salmon’ – in response to Hearts’ official Twitter account – to stay a looping header past Scott Bain and into the again of the online.
The hosts noticed out the ultimate minutes of injury-time to say a well-known victory on their return to the SPL, concurrently sinking their opponents to an terrible defeat.
This disastrous consequence solely compounds supporters’ distress, after Celtic have been knocked out of the Champions League within the second qualifying spherical by FC Midtjylland, which means they must watch the elite European competitors from the sidelines for one more 12 months.
New coach Ange Postecoglou’s reign could not have gotten off to a worse begin then, as he goals to knock Steven Gerrard’s Rangers off their new-found perch on the peak of Scottish soccer.