Kris Commons' hat-trick helped Celtic trounce Hearts to progress to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup and soothe the pain of this week's European exit.

Commons' angled shot went in off the post before he netted a second after Charlie Mulgrew's quick thinking.

Celtic captain Scott Brown tapped in a third and Joe Ledley benefited from Mikael Lustig's cross to score again.

Lustig's screamer made it five, Commons scored a penalty and Brown completed Celtic's record win over Hearts.

It was an emphatic statement from Neil Lennon's side, who will hope the prospect of a league and cup double can serve as reasonable salve for a season that will be short of European competition once their meaningless remaining Champions League Group H game in Barcelona has been completed.

Their seven goals against Hearts did not include any from an out-and-out striker but Lennon, taking charge of his 200th Hoops game, said afterwards it was the best performance in his time at the helm.

For Hearts, the knock-on effects of the penalties issued for entering administration were plain to see.

A 15-point deduction in the Premiership was accompanied by a transfer embargo that has left manager Gary Locke having to pick from a young, inexperienced squad and that was the telling factor on this occasion.

Quite how the Tynecastle teenagers will recover from this thrashing will become evident when they travel to Tannadice to face Dundee United on Saturday.

Finish it!

Kris Commons

Neil Lennon bemoaned Celtic's profligacy versus Milan but his side scored with seven of their 11 shots on target at Tynecastle.

Commons' hat-trick began after a neat one-two between Anthony Stokes and Ledley saw the latter play him in to whip a shot across Jamie MacDonald and in off the post.

Signs of a Hearts collapse were not immediately evident, however, as Jamie Hamill whistled a drive wide from 20 yards.

The former Kilmarnock midfielder then had to block Nir Biton's effort at the other end before Commons struck again.

Having rippled one corner of MacDonald's net, the former Scotland international fizzed the ball into the other side following a quick free-kick by Mulgrew that caught Hearts unaware.

Callum Paterson then chose to shoot from 20 yards instead of playing in Ryan Stevenson, another opportunity the Jambos would rue not taking.

MacDonald tipped over Commons' wonderful chip to prevent a first-half hat-trick but the third goal was on its way.

A perfect long ball from Mulgrew was instantly controlled by Stokes in the box. The Irishman fed Ledley whose left-foot strike rebounded off the inside of the post and into the path of Brown to finish off.

Wales international Ledley did not have long to wait for a goal of his own, though, arriving at the back post to convert Lustig's swift centre.

And provider then turned scorer once again, in brilliant fashion, as Lustig's tremendous right-footed strike flew in via the underside of MacDonald's crossbar.

A slaloming run by Jamie Walker almost produced a Hearts consolation after the break before a slightly harsh decision by referee Willie Collum led to Celtic's sixth.

Danny Wilson's arm certainly connected with Commons' shot in the box but it looked unintentional. Commons stepped up to complete his hat-trick from the spot.

Brown's second of the afternoon completed the rout when his drive from the edge of the area deflected in off Jordan McGhee.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 30 McGhee
  • 03 McHattie
  • 02 Hamill (King - 79' )
  • 05 McGowan
  • 04 Wilson
  • 08 Robinson Booked
  • 17 Smith (McKay - 45' )
  • 12 Paterson
  • 07 Stevenson (Carrick - 68' )
  • 14 Walker

Substitutes

  • 16 McKay
  • 18 Carrick
  • 19 King
  • 20 Tapping
  • 21 Hamilton
  • 26 King
  • 29 Oliver

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig (Fisher - 73' )
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 06 Biton
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown
  • 16 Ledley
  • 10 Stokes
  • 15 Commons (Boerrigter - 77' )
  • 21 Mulgrew Booked (Pukki - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Samaras
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 17 Baldé
  • 18 Rogic
  • 20 Pukki
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 41 Fisher
Ref: William Collum
Att: 10,636

Match Stats

Shots

8 23

On target

2 10

Corners

5 8

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hearts 0, Celtic 7.

90:00 +1:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hearts 0, Celtic 7.

89:41

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Celtic).

89:41

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:50

Attempt missed. Jordan McGhee (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:58

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

85:46

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

81:04

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:04

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

80:09

Hand ball by Scott Brown (Celtic).

78:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Adam King replaces Jamie Hamill.

78:23

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:29 Booking

Booking Scott Robinson (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

77:26

Nir Biton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:26

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

76:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces Kris Commons.

74:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 7. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

74:16

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Darnell Fisher replaces Mikael Lustig.

70:58

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

70:34

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:30

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

69:30

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:58

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:31

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Robinson.

67:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Dale Carrick replaces Ryan Stevenson.

64:59

Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

62:07

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

58:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

58:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 6. Kris Commons (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

57:25

Penalty conceded by Danny Wilson (Hearts) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

56:00

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:52

Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

54:07

Attempt saved. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:48

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

51:04

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:26

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Brad McKay.

48:12

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

47:22

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

45:00

Second Half begins Hearts 0, Celtic 5.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Brad McKay replaces David Smith.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hearts 0, Celtic 5.

45:00 +1:58

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +0:05

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

43:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 5. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

41:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 4. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

39:56

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

39:00

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

37:46

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

36:16

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

36:16

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:55

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:55

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

35:20

Attempt missed. Nir Biton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 3. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

32:41

Attempt saved. Joe Ledley (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

30:19

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

30:19

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:00

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

27:00

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:42

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

26:17

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

24:47

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

23:48

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:43

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:43

Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

21:18 Booking

Booking Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

21:05

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

21:05

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 2. Kris Commons (Celtic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

19:57

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:57

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

17:31

Attempt missed. Jamie Hamill (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:55

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:55

Foul by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

16:31

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

14:48

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Nir Biton.

13:05

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

12:38

Attempt missed. Nir Biton (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

12:22

Attempt blocked. Nir Biton (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

11:34

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

7:49

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

7:49

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:44

Attempt missed. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

2:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hearts 0, Celtic 1. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

0:43

David Smith (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:43

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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