Hearts v Celtic

Celtic make it 13 consecutive Scottish Premier League wins with a 4-0 romp at Tynecastle.

8 February 2012 Last updated at 22:06

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As it happened

  1. 1903: 

    Good evening and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. Leaders Celtic visit Tynecastle, the scene of their last domestic defeat - some four months ago.

  2. 1907: 

    Neil Lennon's side will go four points clear of Rangers at the top if they can extend their winning SPL sequence to 13 matches.

  3. 1908: 

    Some early team news: Danny Grainger, Mehdi Taouil and Andrew Driver come in for Hearts, while winger James Forrest replaces Kris Commons in the Celtic starting XI. Full line-ups to follow...

    Scotland manager Craig Levein talking to BBC Scotland

    "I'm really looking forward to it. It's an important game, more so for Celtic given they can increase their lead at the top. But they won't relish coming here. Tynecastle is a difficult place to get points."

  5. 1911: 

    Celtic are undefeated in 15 league games since losing 2-0 at Tynecastle on 2 October.

  6. 1912: 

    Rudi Skacel and Ryan Stevenson were on target that day. The latter has since moved on to Ipswich, while the Czech midfielder has to be content with a place on the bench tonight. It's worth noting that Celtic were trailing Rangers by 10 points after that loss.

    Scotland manager Craig Levein talking to BBC Scotland

    "With the form Celtic are in and with Hearts missing a few key players, I'd slightly favour the visitors."

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon says hello to St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon greets St Johnstone counterpart and former Northern Ireland team-mate Steve Lomas (right) who's at Tynecastle to spy on Hearts ahead of facing them in a Scottish Cup replay

  9. 1920: 

    Hearts have won their last three home fixtures in the SPL and another success would move them to within three points of third-placed Motherwell.

    Hearts manager Paolo Sergio talking to BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think everybody involved in football wants to be part of these games. We hope for a good performance that will leave our supporters happy."

    Hearts boss Paolo Sergio on the subject of his players using social networking sites

    "I don't do Twitter. Sometimes they say clever things, sometimes they don't."

    Rudi Skacel let the world know he was on the bench via Twitter this morning...

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon talking to BBC Radio Scotland

    "We always thought that when we had everyone fit and healthy, the squad would be strong but that doesn't guarantee that you'll win games. We need to keep our focus and concentration and, if we can do that, it will take a really good team to stop us."


    Hearts: MacDonald, Hamill, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger, Taouil, McGowan, Robinson, Mrowiec, Driver, Elliott. Subs: Ridgers, Barr, Santana, Obua, Skacel, Glen, Holt.

    Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Kelvin Wilson, Rogne, Mulgrew, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Majstorovic, Stokes, Cha, Commons, Brozek, Ki.

    Referee: William Collum

    Scotland manager Craig Levein on the news of Fabio Capello has quit as England coach

    "I won't be applying for the job..."

    Scotland manager Craig Levein on Fabio Capello resignation

    "The John Terry situation made his job a difficult one. Capello must be gutted after leading England to Euros and now he's going to be watching it on the television."

  16. 1936: 

    Back to matters at Tynecastle. The home side are once again without goalkeeper Marian Kello, who is being frozen out after refusing a transfer to Austria Vienna on January's deadline day.

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon talking to BBC Radio Scotland

    "The pitch looks slick and quick, it should be a cracking game."

  18. 1940: 

    Eagle-eyed BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young has spotted GB Olympic manager Stuart Pearce in the main stand at Tynecastle.

  19. 1943: 

    The teams are in the tunnel. Just a few minutes to go before kick off on a freezing cold Edinburgh night.

  20. 1947: 

    Celtic get us underway at Tynecastle. Both sets of fans are in good voice.

  21. 1949: 

    Quite incredible. From a corner, Hearts striker Stephen Elliot heads against Celtic's Joe Ledley on the goal-line and keeper Fraser Forster scrambles the ball clear, with the home side claiming it had crossed. The visitors break and a poor touch from Georgios Samaras sends the ball into the path of Scott Brown, who drills in a low strike from 12 yards.

  22. 1952: 

    BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young reckons the ball crossed the line and Joe Ledley used a hand to block it. The home fans are certainly feeling hard done by and voicing their displeasure...

  23. 1955: 

    That's four goals in four games for Scott Brown and he's just thundered a shot over the crossbar from 30 yards. The Celtic skipper is certainly in the mood.


    William_Main "If that's not an advert for technology to be introduced then I don't know what is. Over the line anyday of the week #bbcsportsound"

  25. 1959: 

    Adrian Mrowiec is rubbing his ear after catching an elbow from Celtic forward Georgios Samaras. Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas tries his luck from distance but his shot rises high over the crossbar.

  26. 2001: 

    Better from Hearts now. Danny Grainger weaves his way into the penalty box and when the ball makes it way out to Scott Robinson the youngster's low dig is deflected wide by a defender.

  27. 2002: 

    Hearts winger Andrew Driver is the first name in referee Willie Collum's book for a late lunge at Georgios Samaras.

  28. 2004: 

    Celtic's Georgios Samaras is seeing a lot of the ball on the left flank. This time he's brought to a halt by a good tackle on the stretch from Jamie Hamill.


    Duncan Bertram "as a hearts fan seeing all these crosses going into the box you can't help but miss Kyle #bbcsportsound"

  30. 2006: 
    GOALHEARTS 0-2 CELTIC (Wanyama)

    A corner is headed clear by Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas but only as far James Forrest, who drills a shot into a congested penalty area. The ball falls kindly for Victor Wanyama, who swivels and slams a shot high into the net from 10 yards.

  31. 2011: 

    A let off for Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas as he makes a horrible mess of an attempted clearance. Much to the Lithuanian's relief his slice loops up perfectly for goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

    Scott Brown drills Celtic into the lead at Tynecastle

    Here's a picture of Scott Brown opening the scoring at Tynecastle...

  33. 2013: 

    Marius Zaliukas is at it again! This time a devilish delivery from Charlie Mulgrew spins off the defender's shins and whizzes across the face of his own goal and a few feet wide.


    Shaun, Dundee on 80295: "A huge huge decision in a game involving the Old Firm. Which way does it go? Yep shocker it goes in favour of the Old Firm. As per usual!"

  35. 2018: 
    GOALHEARTS 0-3 CELTIC (Ledley)

    Scott Brown wins the ball from dithering Marius Zaliukas and sends Georgios Samaras scampering down the left and into the penalty box. The Greek stands up a lovely cross that eludes keeper Jamie MacDonald and Joe Ledley heads into an empty net from close range.

  36. 2022: 

    The stuffing has been well and truly knocked out of Hearts. Celtic keep charging forward with real vim and vigour.

    Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Hearts look like they're feeling a little sorry for themselves and if they keep giving the ball away like this they could lose another goal before half time."

  38. 2028: 

    Andy Webster will miss Hearts' next game after crudely upending Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

  39. 2030: 

    Victor Wanyama has put in a real shift so far. He's everywhere! The Kenyan midfielder is clearly high on confidence has he watches a ball dropping out of the dark Edinburgh sky and thumps a long-range volley a few yards wide.

  40. 2032: 

    Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is punished for simulation as he crumples like a big softie in the penalty box under a high challenge from Scott Robinson.

  41. 2033: 

    Goals from Scott Brown, Victor Wanyama and Joe Ledley have put Celtic in complete control at Tynecastle. It could have all been so different if the officials had ruled that Stephen Elliott's early header had crossed the goal-line.

  42. 2038: 

    Well, the various pundits have been watching several replays of Stephen Elliott's header and opinion is divided. BBC Radio Scotland's Chick Young is convinced the whole of the ball was in.

  43. 2040: 

    I've seen it again, with the action frozen on the TV screen, and it certainly looks like Hearts were denied a legitimate goal.


    James Doleman "#bbcsportsound commentators upset about the Hearts non goal. Ok we'll give them it so it's 3-1 #Celtic"


    kpowalker: "Celtic have been ruthless tonight. More goals to come. Would like to see Brozek get a run out later in the 2nd half #bbcsportsound"

    Stephen Elliott thinks he scored with a close-range header

    Here's a picture of that header from Stephen Elliott. You can't see the ball but you can see how close the Irish striker was to the goal.

  47. 2049: 

    The second half is underway. Can Hearts stage a miraculous recovery at Tynecastle?

  48. 2051: 

    Hearts have made a change, with Gary Glen on for Andrew Driver. That looks like a change of shape to a 4-4-2 for the home side.

  49. 2054: 

    Hearts have started this second period at a furious pace but they haven't been able to create an opening in front of goal.


    Charlie, Fife, on 80295: "The whole ball did not cross the line. But Celtic's three goals did cross the line. Why all the fuss Hearts are not in the game and it may well get worse!"

  51. 2100: 

    Team GB manager Stuart Pearce, sitting in the main stand at Tynecastle, must be impressed with the form of Celtic trio Adam Matthews, Scott Brown and James Forrest.

  52. 2102: 

    That Hearts storm has rather blown itself out as Celtic begin to impose themselves on the game again.

  53. 2103: 

    A slick Celtic move culminates with Gary Hooper slipping a pass to Joe Ledley and the Welsh midfielder's angled strike hits the base of the post.

  54. 2104: 
    GOALHEARTS 0-4 CELTIC (Hooper)

    Charlie Mulgrew whips a great corner to the back post and Victor Wanyama rises highest to head down powerfully. It might have been going in but Gary Hooper does what all good poachers do and pokes it home from right on the line.

  55. 2107: 

    Disappointed Hearts fans are heading for the exits...

  56. 2108: 

    Both teams make a change, with Rudi Skacel replacing Danny Grainger and Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic coming on for Thomas Rogne.

  57. 2109: 

    Celtic skipper Scott Brown goes into Willie Collum's black book for clipping the heels of Ryan McGowan.

  58. 2111: 

    Another change for Celtic, as Gary Hooper makes way for Anthony Stokes. Not a bad option to have on the bench when you're 4-0 up away from home, huh?


    EdinburghTom: "Lenny for England Manager! #bbcsportsound"

  60. 2114: 

    Spanish forward Suso Santana is on for Hearts' Stephen Elliott for the final 20 minutes...

  61. 2117: 

    Celtic fans get a first glimpse of Pawel Brozek as the Polish striker comes on for captain Scott Brown.

  62. 2120: 

    The card count continues to grow as Ryan McGowan is cautioned for clattering into Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson.

  63. 2121: 

    Oh dear. Mehdi Taouil does really well to get to the byline and cut the ball back but Suso Santana makes a mess of his shot from near the penalty spot. A classic sclaff from the wee Hearts substitute...


    MarnieQX: "This is shambolic from (apparently) Scotland's 3rd Biggest Team. Hardly the best advert ever for the SPL? #bbcsportsound"

  65. 2125: 

    Celtic striker Georgios Samaras glides forward unopposed and hammers in a shot from 30 yards that Jamie MacDonald does well to bat away.

  66. 2129: 

    Georgios Samaras looks like he fancies a goal here. This time he drives into the penalty area only to thwarted by Jamie MacDonald, who dives bravely at the Celtic forward's feet.

    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley

    Joe Ledley got himself on the score-sheet for Celtic with a close-range header after half an hour.

  68. 2133: 

    Hearts midfielder Adrian Mrowiec is punished for tugging at the shirt of Georgios Samaras. Anthony Stokes lines up the resultant free kick but the ball curls wide from 25 yards.

  69. 2134: 

    Rudi Skacel fizzes in a free kick from 22 yards but it's easily gathered at his near post by Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, who has had nothing much to do since he scooped away that header from Stephen Elliott early in the game.

  70. 2137: 

    Celtic move four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League thanks to goals from Scott Brown, Victor Wanyama, Joe Ledley and Gary Hooper.

    Scotland manager Craig Levein on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I was really impressed by Celtic. The team is full of real pace and power, with good options all over the park and from the bench."

  72. 2140: 

    That's 13 consecutive SPL wins for Celtic. The record is 25 - set by Martin O'Neill's Celtic side in season 2003/04.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon talking to BBC Radio Scotland

    "That was a devastating performance. The team is just getting better and better - and there's more to come, I'm sure of that. We scored four, going on six or seven."

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the 'goal' Hearts were denied

    "I'm told it was over the line, so we caught a break there. But I'm not sure what bearing that would have had because we were really in the mood tonight."

    Hearrts manager Paolo Sergio on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have been unlucky in the last two games with these kind of decisions. Everybody saw a clear penalty against St Johnstone and today it was a goal. But if you don't see the ball inside the line, at least you have to see the handball - and it was a penalty and a red card."

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No movement 2 Hamilton 8 10 17
No movement 3 Inverness CT 8 5 16
No movement 4 Celtic 7 9 14
No movement 5 Kilmarnock 8 3 14
No movement 6 Aberdeen 7 3 12
No movement 7 Dundee 8 -2 10
No movement 8 St Johnstone 8 -5 9
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