Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Celtic Players Rated And Slated In Their Disastrous Defeat Vs Hearts: Gordon Gets 4/10

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Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run still continues under Brendan Rodgers since his last summer appointment and the Hoops are well ahead of their league rivals to clinch seventh consecutive Premiership title. Their Sunday early kick-off outing against Hearts at Tynecastle was expected to be another stroll in the park for the Hoops as the visitors were favourites to grab a comfortable victory this afternoon.

But things went completely wrong for the Bhoys who looked nervy from the very beginning and eventually lost their domestic invincible status following a shocking 4-0 defeat against Heart of Midlothian F.C.

Below are the Celtic players rated from their shambolic defeat against Hearts after a 69-game domestic unbeaten run.

Craig Gordon: 4

An afternoon to forget for the former Hearts custodian who conceded four times in his return to his former side including a spot-kick late in the game when he brought down Ross Callachan inside the box.

Mikael Lustig: 4.5

The full-back never looked enough resilient defensively and also failed to create enough menace up front with his crosses and forward runs.

Jozo Simunovic: 4

A disastrous outing for the Croatian whose error made the Hoops concede their third of the afternoon when Manuel Milinkovic made the full use of it by finding the net.

Dedryck Boyata: 4.5

Boyata was out of position on most occasions and never looked settled alongside Simunovic in the heart of the Celtic defence.

Kieran Tierney: 5

The youngster made some notable runs down the left-hand flank and combined well with Scott Sinclair at times during the first-half. He, however, was taken off at half-time and was replaced by Moussa Dembele in order to add more firepower up front being 2-0 down.

Scott Brown: 5

The skipper didn’t really manage to break down the flow of Hearts attacking movements in the middle of the park and failed to constitute moves from his deeper midfield role.

Olivier Ntcham: 4

The Frenchman had a quiet first-half and didn’t do enough to shield his back-line. Was taken off at half-time to be replaced by Stuart Armstrong.

Callum McGregor: 5

McGregor tried to link up with the front three of the Hoops from an advanced midfield slot but could not orchestrate moves like he usually does. Was taken off in the second half to be replaced by Odsonne Edouard.

James Forrest: 5.5

Forrest has been in great form lately and created a few decent opportunities from the right-hand flank. But his efforts went in vain in front of a disciplined and organized Hearts defence.

Scott Sinclair: 5.5

Sinclair tried to break down the opponent’s defence with his tricky runs, cut insides but was repeatedly closed down by Liverpool loanee Connor Randall who didn’t allow him to trouble the Hearts defence.

Leigh Griffiths: 5

Griffiths was denied by the Hearts custodian Jon McLaughlin in both the halves and failed to grab goals at Tynecastle.


Moussa Dembele: 5

Was introduced at half-time in place of Tierney. Was repeatedly denied by Hearts defence as he failed to make any noteworthy contribution.

Stuart Armstrong: 5.5

Armstrong looked purposeful with his runs and link-up play but could not create enough opportunities up front either.

Odsonne Edouard: 4.5

Had a glorious opportunity late in the game but failed to keep his strike on target.

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