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.

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Hearts get a chance again. Down the right-hand side, the ball is floated into the box. Nir Bitton missed the header and it landed to Alex Cochrane. He fizzed a shot which just went passed the far post.

Turnbull goes close

Abada gets down the right, cuts it across for Turnbull entering the Hearts box but he hits the ball over. A player of his quality should be doing better.

Brilliant work from Beningime sets Hearts free. Ginnelly runs and cuts inside with GMS clipping it to Smith. The wing-back fires the ball wide.

The ball is worked along the midfield to Abada. Cutting in off the right he fires over.

Andy Halliday appeared to win the ball cleanly in midfield but Bobby Madden called it as a free-kick.

The result? Chants against the SFA, featuring a four-word expletive.

Hearts danger and concern

Hearts, with GMS and Ginnelly, pose a real threat on the counter aided by Celtic committing players high, especially their full-backs.

The concern is Celtic are getting too much easy possession in the Hearts half.

Hearts win a corner through some positive play from GMS. Smith’s cross is met by Boyce but he directs his effort just over.

Celtic having plenty of the ball. Taylor clipped a pass through for McGregor but the captain’s effort was fired wide.

Celtic threaten from a corner. Turnbull’s cross is met by Edouard but his header is easily saved by Gordon.

The roof has come off Tynecastle. Hearts get down the right-hand side through Josh Ginnelly who finds Liam Boyce in the box. The ball eventually finds GMS at the back post to fire in.

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