Hearts 2 - 1 Celtic RECAP: John Souttar nets late winner to raise the roof off Tynecastle

Hearts welcome Celtic to Tynecastle Park for their cinch Premiership opener.

Saturday, 31st July 2021, 10:11 pm
Live coverage of Hearts v Celtic from Tynecastle Park. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

It is more than 500 days since the Gorgie side played a top-flight match, a 1-0 defeat to St Mirren consigning the club to a year in the Championship.

Robbie Neilson’s men have had a strong start to the season with four wins from four in the Premier Sports Cup with no goals conceded.

There could be a debut for new signing Beni Baningime with a number of squad decisions to consider.

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More than 5,000 Hearts fans will be in attendance after the club were given permission for an extra 700 tickets.

They face a Celtic side going through a difficult period. New boss Ange Postecoglou has a big job on his hands and the team were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers during the week by FC Midtjylland.

We will have all the latest from Tynecastle Park throughout the evening.

Hearts v Celtic: Updates, reaction and analysis

Last updated: Saturday, 31 July, 2021, 21:55

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FT: Hearts 2 - 1 Celtic

Tynecastle was bedlam. The perfect start to the season continues for Robbie Neilson’s men.

Gordon is forced into two great saves at the death.

Forget 5,000, it sounds like 50,000 in Tynecastle

Hearts 2 Celtic 1!

The free-kick from Smith is met by Souttar who loops a header up and over Bain. Bedlam

Nearly a goal for Hearts!

A cross to the back post is won by Gnanduillet, the ball is then cleared to the middle of the box. Souttar, running on to the ball, heads it towards the corner but Bain saves.

Celtic continue to put pressure on. It is worked to the byline and squared for Abada to finish but the linesman had already flagged.

Anthony Ralston slaloms his way inside and past a number of Hearts players to fire past Gordon.

Seconds before Neilson was demanding his players get up the pitch quicker.

HT: Hearts 1 - 0 Celtic

A pulsating 45 minutes. The noise, the intensity, the pressure.

It’s been an intriguing half. Hearts got the lead early on having started quick, backed by a passionate support. It was everything they wanted. Putting pressure on a Celtic side in a difficult period.

Celtic, however, built into the game and controlled possession - around 75 per cent of the ball. As the game progressed Hearts got deeper and deeper until the 3-4-3 became 5-4-1. Celtic’s positioning of their full-backs in field was causing issues and the wingers staying very wide.

It led to some easy possession. However, in the defensive third, Hearts got men in front of the ball so well to block shots and avenues behind.

On the flip side, through GMS and Ginnelly, they posed a constant threat on the counter with Celtic leaving plenty of space to attack down the flanks.

On an individual level. Beni Beningime and Andy Halliday have got through a power of work with the new boy showing his ball-winning and game-breaking-up abilities.

John Souttar has been excellent in marshalling James Forrest.

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