Hearts break Celtic's unbeaten domestic streak after 69 games

Hearts break Celtic's unbeaten domestic streak after 69 games

Celtic's unbeaten run of 69 matches without a defeat in Scottish competition was ended by Hearts on Sunday, with the Hoops going down limply 4-0 at Tynecastle.

The Edinburgh fixture always promised to be a tricky one for Brendan Rodgers' worn out side, yet first-half goals from Harry Cochrane, who became the club's youngest ever league scorer, and Kyle Lafferty set the platform for the hosts to run out comfortable winners.

David Milinkovic capitalised on more poor defending to grab a third goal three minutes after the restart before adding a 76th-minute penalty to put the finishing touches on a remarkable afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers' side lost for the first time since St Johnstone beat them in May 2016.

Celtic are just two points clear of Aberdeen now with Partick Thistle at Parkhead on Wednesday night as their game-in-hand.

Ten minutes later, former Rangers man Kyle Lafferty doubled Hearts' lead.

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Celtic appeared unsettled and were slapdash in possession under heavy pressure from Hearts' aggressive pressing.

Gordon brought down Callachan inside the box following a Gorgie counter-attack - when the Jambos player had overrun the ball - and Milinkovic converted the spot-kick for his second goal in maroon since joining the club in the summer.

Milinkovic robbed Callum McGregor in the middle of the park and motored forward before releasing Lafferty who, from the edge of the box and looking as if he had plenty to do, angled a shot low past Gordon and in off the far post.

And Rodgers conceded the better team deserved the three points.

The champions swarmed around the Hearts penalty area and Griffiths drew a fine save from Gorgie goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin with a powerful 22-yard drive.

In their midweek victory against Dundee at Tynecastle, a series of withdrawals through injury persuaded Levein that two 16-year-olds, Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald, should be part of a midfield that also included 19-year-old Lewis Moore.

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