Celtic travelled to the Tynecastle stadium to take on Hearts, and they emerged with another three points as they secured a 2-0 win.
The Jambos started the game well, and they were able to close Celtic down quickly with their pressing. The away side were failing to get a foothold in the game, but they had that clinical edge in the final third. Ryan Christie opened the scoring for the Bhoys after a clever little backheel by Edouard. The second goal came in the 40th minute as the Hoops were able to counter quickly and Forrest set up Ntcham for the goal. Both the goals came against the run of play as the game was evenly balanced in the first 45.
Celtic had the ball back in the net once in the second half as McGregor scored, but it was ruled out due to offside. Edouard hit the post later through a header. Hearts kept on probing, but they failed to carve out any clear cut opportunity, and the Hoops held on to a win.
Here is how the Celtic players fared on the night.
Fraser Forster 6
Made some regulation saves. Was poor with his distribution on a few occasions.
Jonny Hayes 6
Struggled early on but improved as the game went on. Had a tough time in defence. Made a few good runs in the attacking half of the pitch.
Christopher Jullien 7.5
Cleared quite a few dangers by being at the right place at the right time. Was strong in his duels and won quite a few aerial battles.
Kristoffer Ajer 7
Had to be sharp in defence as Hearts played with energy. Did a decent job as he made some crucial blocks and interceptions.
Jeremie Frimpong 6.5
Worked hard defensively and helped in keeping things tight at the back. Can be better sometimes as he dwells on the ball a bit too much. Did alright while going forward.
Scott Brown 5.5
Had a tough time in getting a foothold in the game as Hearts were quick off the blocks and were pressing high. Committed a few fouls and didn’t manage to control the game as he can usually do. Got a yellow card for a poor tackle but just about got the job done on the night.
Olivier Ntcham 6
Scored with a resounding finish on the volley. Failed to get much control in the game from the middle as Hearts matched Celtic in terms of possession. However, looked threatening every time when there was a possession turnover.
Ryan Christie 8
Loves to score from in and around the edge of the box and got another one today with an impressive finish. Helped his side in defence when required and ran his socks off.
Callum McGregor 8
Was behind quite a few good moves and played some incisive forward passes. His vision and passing range once again stood out.
James Forrest 6.5
Squandered an easy chance to score but soon turned the provider for the second goal. Had a tough time while tracking back and like many of his teammates, started the game slowly.
Odsonne Edouard 6.5
Came close to scoring in the second half but was denied by the post. Had one decent chance in the first half but a heavy touch let him down. Nevertheless, kept the defence occupied with his runs and produced a clever play for Celtic’s first goal.
Nir Bitton N/A
Didn’t play enough to warrant a rating.
Leigh Griffiths N/A
Didn’t play enough to warrant a rating.
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