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Celtic 0-2 Hearts: Visitors Stun Champions & End 14-Year Wait For Celtic Park Win

Free-kick specialist Stephen Kingsley doubled Hearts’ leadHearts got the win they “deserved” at Celtic, said head coach Steven Naismith, as his side ended a long wait for victory at the home of the Scottish Premiership leaders.

Naismith’s side stunned the champions to secure a first away win over Celtic since 2009 and consign them to successive league defeats.

Unmarked Lawrence Shankland headed Hearts in front from a corner and Stephen Kingsley’s stunning free-kick doubled the lead before half-time.

Luis Palma had Celtic’s best opportunity but was foiled by Kingsley’s last-ditch block.

Leaders Celtic remain five points above Rangers, who have two games in hand, while Hearts, in third, move within 11 points of the Ibrox team.

“It’s a big win because of the record,” said Naismith. “We showed today that we’ve got belief. It’s just another step in what we hope will be a successful run for the club.”

Reaction & as it happenedKeep up to date with CelticThe latest at HeartsBrendan Rodgers’ side had taken heavy criticism following last Sunday’s loss at Kilmarnock but reversed that narrative with a stirring midweek Champions League group stage win over Feyenoord – the club’s first at home in 10 years.

An early drive from Greg Taylor forced a save from Zander Clark but it was Hearts, beaten in their previous two games, who looked the more comfortable and silenced the home crowd with Shankland’s early goal.

Cameron Carter-Vickers had been alert to prevent Kingsley’s cross finding Alan Forrest but then Celtic switched off, with Shankland waiting at the back post to convert Jorge Grant’s delivery from the left.

And, after Carter-Vickers had fouled Nathaniel Atkinson, set-piece specialist Kingsley lifted a superb shot over the wall and past Joe Hart. Celtic had been upset with the award of the free-kick.

Celtic were rattled and David Turnbull’s powerful effort brought out the best in Clark, then Kingsley came to the visitors’ rescue. Kyogo Furuhashi’s cross deflected into Luis Palma’s possession and his finish was blocked by the Hearts defender almost on the line.

Rodgers took action at the break with Daizen Maeda and Oh Hyeon-gyu added to attack in place of Mikey Johnston and David Turnbull while Anthony Ralston took over from right-back Alistair Johnston.

Palma almost found Kyogo with a lofted ball from deep, the Japan striker just unable to make contact for a tap-in.

That should have jolted Celtic into action but Clark was largely untroubled for the remainder of the match, due in no small part to Hearts’ disciplined display.

A late header from Kyogo was off target and Maeda could not get a toe to Oh’s low ball across as home fans headed for the exits.

Player of the match – Lawrence ShanklandThe striker’s performance was not just a scoring one, he led the line superbly and further justified Hearts’ stance that it would take an “exceptional” bid to consider his sale in JanuaryStatement win for Hearts – analysisIt was a statement win for Hearts and Naismith after an up and down season so far. He spoke pre-match about “doing most things right” with the ball and without it and that’s exactly what his players delivered.

Among the aspects Hearts got right was having a spare man in defence to block low crosses and being first to the 50-50 challenges.

Celtic will lament both goals, naturally, but the finishing of Shankland and Kingsley was not only on point but well timed given Scotland manager Steve Clarke’s presence in the stands, though Kingsley did not return for the second half.

Rodgers has remarked on an inconsistency in Celtic’s performances, sometimes starting poorly and improving; other times dominating a first half then fading in the second.

This display was consistently poor throughout. Where Hearts had made the right choices in key moments, Celtic too often took the wrong option with passes, crosses and emphases.

Kyogo cut a frustrating figure in attack, Matt O’Riley seemed dragged into an unfamiliar wide right role and the returning Maeda possibly lacked the match fitness to make an impact from the bench.

The narrative will return to one of Celtic stuttering and misfiring. How they respond in the next two-and-a-half weeks before the winter break and the re-opening of the transfer window could define their season.

What they said”We lacked any desire in that game” – Rodgers post HeartsCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers: “It’s an apology to the support. I don’t think I’ve ever had to do that in all my time here. The performance today was nowhere near the level of what is expected of a Celtic player and a Celtic team.

“We lacked any desire in our defending, we lacked that drive when we had the ball and that intensity. We could’ve played all day and not have scored. We got outdone by a corner, where we’ve been naively blocked, and then from a free-kick, where we were so passive in the build-up to them getting the free-kick. It’s a really sore one for the fans.”

Hearts head coach Steven Naismith: “We needed a structure to work from, we needed to be disciplined, we needed to be composed on the ball and say, ‘no, we’re good enough to play against your press’ because I would argue Celtic have got the best press in the league.

“And then we’ve got to have the composure in the right moments. We’ve shown every bit of that, which is pleasing.”

What’s next?Celtic host Livingston next Saturday, Hearts are at home to St Mirren (both 15:00 GMT).

Line-upsCelticFormation 4-3-3

1Hart

2Johnston20Carter-Vickers5Scales3Taylor

33O’Riley42McGregor14Turnbull

90Johnston8Furuhashi7Palma

1Hart2JohnstonSubstituted forRalstonat 45’minutes20Carter-Vickers5Scales3TaylorSubstituted forForrestat 71’minutes33O’Riley42McGregor14TurnbullSubstituted forOhat 45’minutes90JohnstonSubstituted forMaedaat 45’minutesBooked at 52mins8Furuhashi7PalmaSubstituted forBernabéiat 62’minutesSubstitutes19Oh22Kwon25Bernabéi28Gonçalves Bernardo29Bain38Maeda49Forrest56Ralston57WelshHeartsFormation 3-5-2

28Clark

3Kingsley2Kent15Rowles

13Atkinson22Denholm6Baningime7Grant19Cochrane

9Shankland17Forrest

28Clark3KingsleySubstituted forSibbickat 45’minutes2Kent15Rowles13AtkinsonSubstituted forHalkettat 90+1’minutes22DenholmSubstituted forVargasat 65’minutes6Baningime7GrantSubstituted forTaitat 85’minutes19Cochrane9Shankland17ForrestSubstituted forMcKayat 66’minutesSubstitutes1Gordon4Halkett5Haring11Oda18McKay21Sibbick25Tait30Tagawa77VargasLive TextMatch ends, Celtic 0, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Attempt blocked. Liam Scales (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Oh Hyeon-Gyu (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt O’Riley.

Attempt missed. Alexandro Bernabéi (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Ralston with a cross.

Foul by Anthony Ralston (Celtic).

Kye Rowles (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Craig Halkett replaces Nathaniel Atkinson.

Foul by Daizen Maeda (Celtic).

Macaulay Tait (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Ralston (Celtic).

Alex Cochrane (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Celtic. Daizen Maeda is caught offside.

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Macaulay Tait replaces Jorge Grant.

Attempt missed. Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt O’Riley with a cross.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kye Rowles.

Attempt blocked. Matt O’Riley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Ralston.

Player of the match

ShanklandLawrence Shankland

with an average of 8.86

CelticSquad number49Player nameForrest

Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers

Squad number56Player nameRalston

Squad number5Player nameScales

Squad number7Player namePalma

Squad number2Player nameJohnston

Squad number1Player nameHart

Squad number38Player nameMaeda

Squad number25Player nameBernabéi

Squad number19Player nameOh Hyeon-Gyu

Squad number33Player nameO’Riley

Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

Squad number14Player nameTurnbull

Squad number90Player nameJohnston

Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi

Squad number3Player nameTaylor

Heart of MidlothianSquad number9Player nameShankland

Squad number3Player nameKingsley

Squad number19Player nameCochrane

Squad number2Player nameKent

Squad number28Player nameClark

Squad number13Player nameAtkinson

Squad number6Player nameBaningime

Squad number15Player nameRowles

Squad number7Player nameGrant

Squad number22Player nameDenholm

Squad number17Player nameForrest

Squad number21Player nameSibbick

Squad number25Player nameTait

Squad number18Player nameMcKay

Squad number4Player nameHalkett

Squad number77Player nameVargas