Celtic demolished the only side to record a domestic win against the Hoops in a scintillating forty-five minutes that totally blew the Edinburgh side away.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard, Dedryck Boyata and the man of the moment Moussa Dembele, gave the Bhoys a comfortable three goal interval lead.
The Bhoys returned to the kind of form that had all us Celtic fans salivating after we demolished Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier this season, again with an in-form Moussa as the focal point. Of course as on that occasion, captain Scott Brown ran the show last night.
If Broonie doesn’t win the Player of the Year then there’s something far wrong.
Brendan changed things around abit for the game, bringing in the more physical Koussi and Eduoard to combat the Jambos, who like to leave the boot it. They only do so because they get away with it, much like their Glasgow cousins….
From the start you could see the Bhoys were up for the game and took the lead after only two minutes, Edouard scoring aftre Moussa put him through. That was the catalyst for Celtic to go about skelping their opponents.
And they did, when James Forrest headed down to Moussa who slipped in Dedryck Boyat who was still forward from a corner, to shot past the advancing McLaughlin in the Hearts goal.
The goal didn’t really reflect the dominance the Bhoys had in the game, but the third made the scoreline more realistic.
A fantastic run from Kieran Tierney down the left brought him to the byeline, where he dummied a sprawling Hearts defender, before crossing to Moussa, three yards out to knock home the goal we’ve all been waiting for.
You could see the relief on the players face, and in fairness to the Bhoy, his perforamance was more like the Moussa we all know.
As in many one sided games, the interval breaks up the momentum, and although the Champions still controlled the game, only poor finishing and heroics from the Hearts defence prevented Celtic adding more goals. Although the lead did alllow Brendan the opportunity to introduce Charly Musunda, who just oozed class as he strolled about the pitch.
The Jambos did get a consolation goal from Lafferty, who seems to lead a charmed life when he plays against us. The last twice he’s scored at a tim ewhne he’s lucky to be on the pitch. The leniency shown to him by both Willie Collum last month at Tynecastle and Craig Thomson last night is quite astounding.
Which leads me nicely on to the crass act that manages the Edinburgh side.
When Celtic lost our unbeaten run at Tynecastle in December, manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the home side in how they went about their business. He could easily have griped about the aforementioned Lafferty, who committed FIVE fouls, including a straight elbow on Dedryck Boyata, before being carded, but chose only to praise the victors.
Contrast that to the moaning of Craig Levein last night post match. His greeting about Scott Brown was almost predictable as his team were given a footballing lesson all over the park. But his ‘well that’s 5-3 on aggregate’ jibe was something you’d expect in the playground.
Pity he forgot to mention our 4-1 drubbing of his team in the first league game of the season….
Still, normal service has been restored.