Celtic 3 - 2 Hearts RECAP: Jam Tarts rally but exit the League Cup

Hearts travel to Glasgow to face Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup second round tie.

Sunday, 15th August 2021, 11:31 am
Updated Sunday, 15th August 2021, 4:50 pm
Live coverage of the Premier Sports Cup clash between Celtic and Hearts. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

It is a competition which hasn’t been kind to the Tynecastle Park side. Since winning the League Cup in 1962, the club have reached just two finals and not won either game.

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To reach the next round, with Rangers, Dundee, Dundee United and Livingston already qualified, Hearts will need to win a game at Celtic Park for the first time since 2009 when a Michael Stewart penalty gave the team a 1-0 win in the League Cup.

Hearts have already defeated Celtic already this season in the cinch Premiership opener but Ange Postecoglou’s men seem to have found their feet in the last couple of weeks winning their last three, scoring 13 in the process.

We will have live coverage from Celtic Park throughout the afternoon with all the latest updates, plus reaction and analysis.

Celtic v Hearts LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from Celtic Park

Last updated: Sunday, 15 August, 2021, 18:23

  • Kick-off 3pm
  • Team news 1.45pm
  • Live on Premier Sports

Neilson’s assessment

'The pressing wasn't working' - Hearts boss Robbie Neilson on Celtic loss and why Josh Ginnelly didn't start

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson felt the team were “too passive” in the first half of the Premier Sports Cup loss to Celtic as he revealed Josh Ginnelly wasn’t fit to start the game.

How the Hearts players rated

How the Hearts players rated in Premier Sports Cup loss to Celtic

Hearts’ winning run to start the season came to an end against Celtic during a difficult afternoon at times.

FT: Celtic 3 - 2 Hearts

The Jam Tarts rally after the break but fall to defeat after a difficult first half.

Goal! McEneff makes it 3-2

A well worked piece of play from Hearts ends with Aaron McEneff slipping a shot past Joe Hart after being set up by Stephen Kingsley.

Gordon called into action again

Celtic broke through Ralston who found substitute Montgomery but Gordon beat away his shot. Moments later Gordon had to spring to his left to push away a McGregor effort.

Cochrane OFF, Walker ON

Hearts now 4-2-3-1.

Haring OFF, McEneff ON

Celtic restore their two-goal lead through Kyogo. Slipped in between Michael Smith and John Souttar his fierce shot was too powerful for Gordon.

Liam Boyce beats Joe Hart from the penalty spot after being felled clumsily by Starfelt.

Ginnelly drives in field before firing a shot wide with his left foot.

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