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.

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The centre-back is punished for a cynical foul on GMS.

Celtic hit back with Kyogo and Edouard linking up, the latter having a shot saved by the chest of Gordon, who then repelled the Frenchman’s header down low from a corner.

Hearts appeal for a penalty

Josh Ginnelly has already made an impact, getting round and down the side of Starfelt before going to ground and appealing for a penalty.

Halliday OFF, Ginnelly ON

HT: Celtic 2 - 0 Hearts

A very difficult 45 minutes for Robbie Neilson’s men. They struggled throughout to get into the Celtic half. When the ball did get beyond the half-way line it was very rarely held on to.

Celtic, at times, toyed with Hearts. Moving the ball wide and through the lines with ease at times. A mixture of wasteful finishing and Craig Gordon kept the score line down.

The double act of Anthony Ralston and James Forrest down the right gave Alex Cochrane plenty of problems, while the movement of Kyogo Furuhashi was hard to pin down.

Neilson will likely be frustrated that when he tweaked the system from a 5-3-2 to a 5-4-1 Celtic scored seconds later.

The centre-back found his way into John Beaton’s notebook for an off-the-ball clash with Kyogo.

Celtic take a quick corner with Edouard finding Welsh who rose the highest in the box to power a header past Gordon.

Big save from Gordon

Edouard looked like he was going to get his and Celtic’s second when the ball found him in the box. He shaped to shoot, steadied himself but Gordon blocked the shot.

Seconds after Robbie Neilson made a tactical tweak, Celtic break with Kyogo playing a glorious outside of the foot pass to James Forrest. Just when the winger looked like he was going to shoot he squared it for Edouard to finish.

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