Scottish Cup as it happened

Celtic thrash Hearts 7-0 in the Scottish Cup fourth round after Andrew Considine's header earned Aberdeen a win at Partick Thistle.

1 December 2013 Last updated at 12:29

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  1. 1225: 

    Good afternoon to you all. Following Saturday's exciting action in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, we have two more ties. First it's Partick Thistle against Aberdeen at Firhill, then Hearts play Celtic at Tynecastle.

  2. 1230: 

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound to preview the match in recent minutes. Here's what he had to say about the tie: "The pitch is looking well, there are a lot of fans down for it, it's live on TV, it's got all the ingredients for a great game.

    "We've got a tough test ahead of us. We've had to play well to beat Thistle. The most apparent thing for me in both games against them was our work rate to stop them playing. It's a different competition (today) and there are a couple of changes to both teams but our mindset has to be the same."

  3. 1233: 

    Derek McInnes continued: "Any time I've watched Thistle I've always been impressed. Thistle always try to go and win the game. They are a team that has been used to winning over the last 18 months, except for the last few games. We're not arrogant enough to think that it's all about us.

    "We respect that they've got good players. I think we can win two cups but we can't get complacent in any competition. The draw could have been kinder to us. Cup runs are vital to clubs like us. We've picked the team that we think can do the job."

  4. 1234: 

    Partick Thistle: Fox, Osbourne, Balatoni, Piccolo, Sinclair, Kerr, Forbes, Elliot, Craigen, Higginbotham, Doolan. Subs: Welsh, Lawless, Paul Gallacher, Baird, Mukendi, Wilson, Meechan.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Hector, Anderson, Considine, Reynolds, Jack, McGinn, Pawlett, Robson, Wylde, Zola. Subs: Shaughnessy, Vernon, Smith, Low, Weaver, Magennis, Murray.

    Referee: Bobby Madden

  5. 1237: 

    Thistle boss Alan Archibald is playing it cool. He tells Sportsound listeners: "We've not really performed to our best against Aberdeen so hopefully we can put that right in the cup.

    "There's no pressure us because no-one outside of Partick Thistle thinks we're going to win today. Aberdeen are strong favourites."

  6. 1240: 

    It's a beautiful day for the match at Firhill, where Aberdeen have 1,800 fans in the away stand to roar them on.

  7. 1242: 


    Fancy sharing your thoughts on the games today? If so, please send us a text to 80295 or use the hashtag #bbcsportsound. Thanks. OK, three minutes until kick-off.

  8. 1244: 

    Well, well. So many fans are in short sleeves for this early kick-off. IT'S DECEMBER! IN SCOTLAND! Advent calendars are being opened! As former BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith often said, Scotland doesn't have a climate; it just has weather.

  9. 1245: 

    The teams make their way on to the pitch and exchange handshakes in the centre circle.

  10. 1247: 

    There is now a minute's silence to mark the awful events at the Clutha Bar on Friday night.

  11. 1249: 

    Referee Bobby Madden's shrill whistle ends the impeccably observed silence and we're under way.

  12. 1251: 

    Thistle, as you'd expect, are in their red, yellow and black strips, while the Reds are in white jerseys. I'm confused.

  13. 1253: 

    Aberdeen win a corner after a Thistle defender makes a commanding header to clear the danger from a long throw-in.

  14. 1254: 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen (Considine) It's a stinker of a goal for Thistle to lose as they are static at Barry Robson's in-swinging corner kick. Andy Considine can scarcely believe his luck as keeper Scott Fox remains rooted to his line and no Thistle players make a challenge and the Dons defender nods home from six yards.

  15. 1257: 

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair tries to inject some urgency into Thistle's play with an aggressive run down the left but he is eventually forced back.

  16. 1258: 

    Alan Archibald must be seething. The Jags boss will be wondering how, after a week's training, his team can concede such a basic goal.

  17. 1300: 

    Gregg Wylde looks confident on the ball down the Aberdeen left but his movement might be curtailed for the next few minutes following a hefty sliding challenge by Thistle's Isaac Osbourne, playing at right-back.

  18. 1303: 

    It's the 12th minute and both sets of fans in Glasgow engage in a minute's applause to thank the "12th man", the emergency services who have worked so hard to save lives at the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar.

  19. 1305: 

    BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Willie Miller on Andy Considine's goal: "It's criminal for him to get a free header the way he did."

  20. 1307: 

    Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett watches the ball closely as it falls on to his left foot and he crashes a peach of a volley at goal from 25 yards. Big Scott Fox has to scamper across the Thistle goal like a dad trying to catch his child's fly-away balloon...and makes a splendid diving save.

  21. 1309: 

    Ryan Jack's shot deflects off Thistle left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Jags keeper Scott Fox, so motionless at the Dons goal, darts across to his right to tip the ball clear. Two fine saves in quick succession by Fox in the box.

  22. 1312: 

    Bryan on the loss of the goal from the corner kick: "#bbcsportsound too right Archie will be annoyed, #PartickThistle boss & asst both excellent defenders...what as they not passing on?"

  23. 1314: 

    With Thistle so poor in attack so far and with the Reds on top, Derek McInnes will be looking for his Aberdeen players to extend their lead. You have to imagine the Jags can only improve and get lone striker Kris Doolan involved in the match.

  24. 1316: 

    Calvin Zola races into the box with Jags defender Gabriel Piccolo and a fraction of a second after Scott Fox collects the bouncing ball, the Dons player pokes his foot into the home keeper. Referee Bobby Madden gives Zola a thorough upbraiding...but keeps his cards in his pocket.

  25. 1319: 

    Michael Hector, on loan to Aberdeen from Reading, takes a throw-in deep on the right and when the ball comes back to him his cross is wayward, giving Thistle a goal-kick. That was poor. In truth, the first half hour has been scrappy - no efforts on goal from the home side, one goal from three goal efforts by the Dons.

  26. 1322: 

    Gregg Wylde makes a purposeful run down the middle of the Jags defence, showing a great burst of pace. As Scott Fox moves out to narrow the angle, the Dons attacking midfielder unleashes a shot that was, well, wild... In fact, singer Kim Wilde might have hit a better shot.

  27. 1326: 

    Thistle win a free-kick 30 yards from goal and their number 10, Ross Forbes, smacks his strike off the defensive wall and wins a corner, but that, too, fails to produce a goal-scoring chance. This is painful viewing for the Jags faithful.

  28. 1327: 

    Peter Pawlett's cross from the right has neither loft or accuracy and Conrad Balatoni is able to make a sliding clearance to concede a corner to Aberdeen.

  29. 1329: 

    Andrew Priestley: "Hopefully Aberdeen can go all the way in the Scottish Cup this season. It'll be like a flashback to the 1980s! #bbcsportsound"

  30. 1330: 

    Having scored from a corner from the right, the Dons go close with one from the left, delivered by Niall McGinn and headed a fraction over by Calvin Zola.

  31. 1332: 

    Much better stuff from Thistle as Kallum Higginbotham turns on the aggression and pace and creates a chance for himself on the left-hand side of the Dons box. However, he drags his low shot wide of Jamie Langfield's far post and the visitors remain in charge.

  32. 1334: 

    Ah, what are we seeing here? Have Thistle woken from a slumber? Ross Forbes weaves his way in from the left, reaches the goal-line and clips the ball back to three advancing red-and-yellow-shirted players - but there was trusty defender Russell Anderson to head it clear. Moments later, Jamie Langfield clutches the ball from a Thistle cross from the right.

  33. 1335: 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen The Reds take a well-deserved lead into the changing room where Derek McInnes will surely be imploring his players to push for a killer second goal. Thistle have been very disappointing, though they finished well in the last few minutes of the half.

  34. 1339: 

    Kris Doolan is too isolated up front for Thistle. What will Jags boss Alan Archibald be saying to his players to keep them in the Scottish Cup? Send suggestions by text to 80295 or on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsound.

  35. 1345: 

    BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Willie Miller on Thistle's performance so far: "Everything just fizzled out 30 yards from the Aberdeen goal but it improved in the last 10 minutes of the first half."

  36. 1348: 

    Don't forget, the Hearts-Celtic Scottish Cup tie is live on BBC One Scotland and online from 14:45 GMT, with kick-off at 15:00 GMT.

  37. 1350: 

    Partick Thistle get the second half going at Firhill.

  38. 1352: 

    Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield does what Scott Fox ought to have done in the fifth minute of the game - he comes to gather an in-swinging corner from the right.

  39. 1354: 

    Russell Anderson, putative man of steel, is caught late by Kallum Higginbotham and duly rolls around the turf. Then, astonishingly, the Dons captain leaps to his feet, shakes hands with the Jags forward, and gets on with the game. That recovery should be bottled and supplied free of charge to the NHS.

  40. 1357: 

    Gregg Wylde is a great option to have for Aberdeen defenders seeking an "out" ball - he keeps making runs down the left to propel an attack.

  41. 1400: 

    Football pundit Chick Young has been on Sportsound remarking that Aberdeen's Calvin Zola is not his favourite player. KrisLowe concurs: "#bbcsportsound. Agree with Chick Calvin Zola's reason for being in that Aberdeen side has very little to do with his meagre football ability."

  42. 1403: 

    Barry Robson shows some nimble footwork out on the left for Aberdeen, but when he cuts inside his right-footed pass is hoofed clear at the edge of the Thistle box.

  43. 1405: 

    Derek McInnes makes two changes to his Aberdeen side as Calvin Zola and Gregg Wylde make way for Cammy Smith and Josh Magennis.

  44. 1406: 

    And Alan Archibald makes a change too, with Thistle midfielder Mark Kerr withdrawn for Sean Welsh.

  45. 1409: 

    Now, with 50 minutes until kick-off at Tynecastle, we have the teams...

  46. 1409: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGhee, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie, Smith, Hamill, Robinson, Walker, Stevenson, Paterson. Subs: Hamilton, McKay, A King, Tapping, B King, Carrick, Oliver.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Biton, Ledley, Mulgrew, Commons, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Boerrigter, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Fisher.

  47. 1412: 

    Michael Hector smashes a shot that is so high it clears not only the crossbar but the flats behind the Thistle goal. That is no mean feat.

  48. 1414: 

    BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Willie Miller: "It's much better from Thistle. The tempo is good, they are getting supporting players when they get forward. You just wonder why it has taken this long to get going. They are looking as if they just might get back into this game, but they still look light up front."

  49. 1417: 

    Barry Robson tugs a right-footed cross into the box from the left wing and Niall McGinn just fails to connect with his head 12 yards from goal. The Jags have under 20 minutes to take this tie to a replay, or score twice to win it.

  50. 1420: 

    Josh Magennis makes a run at the Jags defence and it takes three home players to usher him wide. The big Northern Irishman wins a throw-in and from that the ball eventually falls to Niall McGinn, who smashes a low shot into the side netting.

  51. 1422: 

    Dougie Kinnear wonders: "When was the last time that Mark 'The Ghost' Kerr imposed himself on any game! #bbcsportsound"

  52. 1424: 

    Kallum Higginbotham cuts inside and unleashes an unstoppable shot at the Dons goal...that is stopped by Russell Anderson. The Thistle forward falls to his knees and, panto style, slams his hand into the turf like a WWF baddie giving the wrestling good guy a pasting. That grass will know never to mess with him again.

  53. 1426: 

    Ah, but Higginbotham - this has the makings of an epic - shrugs off the disappointment of a blocked shot and tries his luck again. This time, once more on his right foot, he curls a peach of a shot at goal that Jamie Langfield does well to parry clear. He looks the one Jags player capable of levelling this tie.

  54. 1431: 

    Christie Elliott, perhaps encouraged by Higginbotham, arrows a shot at goal that drifts a foot or so over. At the other end Niall McGinn, under pressure from two Thistle defenders, goes to ground in the box, mimicking an 18th-century plough. The home fans are furious, though I'm not sure if they thought he was trying to win a penalty or if they are worried at the damage to the turf.

  55. 1432: 

    Aberdeen substitution: Peter Pawlett is taken off with five minutes to go and Scott Vernon comes on. Not Double P's finest match but he's enjoying a fine season all the same.

  56. 1434: 

    Text of the day to 80295 from Eric in Aberdeen: "Are Right Said Fred the referee and linesman at the Dons game today? If not they should start a tribute band in time for Xmas."

  57. 1436: 

    Ryan Jack bursts forward for Aberdeen and feeds Niall McGinn who rattles the post with a 20-yard shot.

  58. 1437: 

    We have only two minutes of the four added by referee Bobby Madden to play.

  59. 1439: 

    That was probably Thistle's final chance of the match. Kallum Higginbotham shows a great turn of pace down the left as Russell Anderson tries in vain to keep up. He rolls te ball back from the goal-line to Isaac Osbourne and his side-footed shot from eight yards is diverted clear by Andy Considine.

  60. 1440: 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen It's hard to argue with that result. Aberdeen were sharper, faster and more imaginative in this tie but the Jags, poor in the first half, improved after the interval but they just could not create enough chances to really test the Dons.

  61. 1446: 

    So, Aberdeen go into tomorrow afternoon's draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Who will join them - Hearts or Celtic? Their match begins at 15:00 GMT.

  62. 1448: 

    Kris Commons is playing just behind Anthony Stokes for Celtic at Tynecastle.

  63. 1451: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke tells BBC Radio Scotland: "The mood is great. We got good news on Friday with the CVA (company voluntary arrangement). All the pressure is on Celtic. Everyone is expecting them to win. I just want us to go out and express ourselves and hopefully we can get a result. We have worked hard all week. We know it is a huge ask today. We are playing against a top side. If we do the things we are good at I'm pretty sure we can get a result. The players have in the main given us everything this season. If we can get the first goal it would get everyone in the stadium behind us."

  64. 1453: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on the helicopter tragedy in Glasgow: "It has hurt the city as a whole. A member of our girls' team has lost her father. It puts a lot of things into perspective. I was out with some friends on Friday and there but for the grace of God go I. No-one ever wants to see anything like that. It brings the city together. It shouldn't take something like that."

  65. 1456: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon continued: "(Nir) Biton and (Scott) Brown were always going to play. Stokesy (Anthony Stokes) comes in, he's fresh. He plays quite well here. We've re-jigged the formation because we're away from home. Tynecastle's in great nick."

  66. 1500: 

    The Hearts and Celtic players stand around the centre circle to remember, in a minute's silence, the victims of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar.

  67. 1502: 

    And we're off...

  68. 1502: 

    Andrew Priestley: "Hearts are really struggling in the league, but I wouldn't put it past them causing an upset today and go on a Cup-run. #bbcsportsound"

  69. 1504: 

    This has the feel of a good cup tie, with both sets of fans in full voice.

  70. 1504: 

    Hearts 0-1 Celtic (Commons) Joe Ledley works a one-two with Anthony Stokes and slides the ball through to Kris Commons on the left-hand side of the penalty box. He takes a touch, looks up and hits a low shot beyond Jamie MacDonald in off the far post to give Celtic a very early lead.

  71. 1507: 

    Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk goes up for a header with Ryan Stevenson and the pair clash heads.

  72. 1510: 

    Jamie Walker makes a good break into the Celtic defence but is felled by Charlie Mulgrew just as he was about to cross into the box. Referee Willie Collum lets Mulgrew off with a warning.

  73. 1511: 

    Hearts are showing plenty of appetite, despite losing that third-minute goal. The match is frantic.

  74. 1513: 

    Efe Ambrose keeps a close eye on the long ball over the top and Hearts striker Callum Paterson and makes an effective, hoofed clearance.

  75. 1515: 

    Jamie Hamill makes a vital block from Nir Biton's shot inside the box and the big Israeli balloons a shot over the Hearts bar when the rebound falls for him.

  76. 1519: 

    This will be a case of Hearts clenching their teeth and riding the Celtic storm. If they can keep it at a single-goal deficit for the next 10 minutes or so it will give them a chance to gain confidence and have a go themselves. They are beginning to show some positive signs already.

  77. 1521: 

    Hearts 0-2 Celtic (Commons) Charlie Mulgrew catches Hearts out with a very quick free-kick. Kris Commons is the only player on his wavelength and he sneaks in to the box to collect the pass and smash the ball past the helpless Jamie MacDonald. Is 2-0 an unassailable lead?

  78. 1525: 

    Striker Callum Paterson does well to win possession at the edge of the Celtic box but instead of playing in Ryan Stevenson he shoots at goal where Fraser Forster collects with ease.

  79. 1527: 

    Hearts do, at least, manage to keep up the momentum and Ryan Stevenson cracks a wild shot from 22 yards that does not threaten the goal.

  80. 1530: 

    Kris Commons is already pushing for a hat-trick and he nearly had it there. He clipped a lovely shot that was about to dip under the Hearts crossbar but Jamie MacDonald had just enough time to slip on a pair of high-heeled boots and tip it over.

  81. 1531: 

    Nir Biton is at the hub of a move as he plays one-twos with a series of Celtic team-mates before Hearts clear it. Hearts are chasing shadows at times.

  82. 1532: 
    Kris Commons opens the scoring for Celtic at Tynecastle Kris Commons opens the scoring for Celtic at Tynecastle
  83. 1534: 

    Hearts 0-3 Celtic (Brown) Charlie Mulgrew's pin-point long ball lands on the big toe of Anthony Stokes, who controls it and passes to Joe Ledley. The Welsh midfielder's shot hits the post and rolls to Scott Brown who cannot miss from three yards. He celebrates in trademark style - arms outstretched - how about that?

  84. 1537: 

    Former Hearts and Scotland manager Craig Levein: "As soon as the heads go down it is an open door for Celtic go on and score some more."

  85. 1539: 

    Jamie MacDonald's kick-out from the Hearts box bounces once and falls into the arms of Fraser Forster, his counterpart in the Celtic goal. That is not going to bring the Jambos back into this match, which looks like a lost cause for them already. But you just never know in football...

  86. 1541: 

    Scott Brown's snapshot with his left foot dashes a couple of feet wide of Jamie MacDonald's left-hand post.

  87. 1543: 

    Hearts 0-4 Celtic (Ledley) This is painful viewing for all but Celtic fans, who are loving this display. Joe Ledley makes it four as he tucks Mikael Lustig's perfect ball across the six-yard box into the net. It was a great move by the visitors.

  88. 1545: 

    Hearts 0-5 Celtic (Lustig) Celtic cannot stop scoring! Mikael Lustig will seldom hit a shot as cleanly as he did there, thundering a shot in off the crossbar from 25 yards. The away fans goad those in maroon with a chant of "You're not very good".

  89. 1547: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown heads wide of the post and, at the other end, in the final move of the first half, Jamie Walker slaloms into the Celtic box but watches disconsolately as Fraser Forster tips it clear of the goal.

  90. 1549: 

    Hearts 0-5 Celtic

  91. 1553: 
    Kris Commons scores his and Celtic's second after 21 minutes Kris Commons scores his and Celtic's second after 21 minutes
  92. 1600: 

    The lads on Sportsound are discussing whether Neil Lennon will tell his players to ease up in the second half, given Hearts' plight? I suspect not. Surely he'll want more goals to build confidence.

  93. 1602: 

    Joe in Fife has sent a text to 80295: "The major difference between Celtic today and Wednesday night is - no runners with the ball on the pitch. No Samaras, no Forrest. No pointless sprinting with the ball. That's the main difference."

  94. 1602: 

    Hearts begin the second half.

  95. 1605: 

    Jordan McGhee diverts Emilio Izaguirre's cross out for a corner. Can Hearts at least keep a clean sheet this half?

  96. 1607: 

    This is a real test for Hearts fans, to sit through this. Character building, I'm sure. They have supported their weakened team in great numbers this season.

  97. 1608: 

    Harry Hippie in Hamilton: "Mulgrew couldn't pass wind against AC Milan - 1 good game against a poor Hearts team isn't good enough. Celtic will never be a force in Europe with Lennon and Lawwell in charge."

  98. 1610: 

    Mikael Lustig flashes a great ball into the danger area from the Celtic right but there's no goal this time. Emilio Izaguirre and the Swede are enjoying the chance to push high up the pitch.

  99. 1611: 

    Henry Monk, Warrington: "HoMFC fans are now made to watch a team they can afford after years of spending what they didn't have. Lets see how loyal they are now."

  100. 1612: 

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose gets on the end of Mikael Lustig's latest cross but his header, under pressure from Callum Paterson, flies harmlessly into Jamie MacDonald's arms.

  101. 1615: 

    Hearts defender Danny Wilson is penalised for hand ball. Harsh, I'd say, as Kris Commons was just a metre away when he hit the ball off his arm.

  102. 1616: 

    Hearts 0-6 Celtic (Commons pen) Kris Commons doesn't waste any time feeling sorry for Wilson as he places the ball on the spot and smacks a penalty low into Jamie MacDonald's left corner.

  103. 1618: 

    Kris Commons reminded me of the former Nottingham Forest and Scotland winger John Robertson, the way he tucked that penalty away.

  104. 1621: 

    Our TV cameras have picked out former Hearts favourite Rudi Skacel in the Tynecastle stand. Seeing him brings it home how depleted this young Hearts squad is.

  105. 1624: 

    Hearts full-back Jamie Hamill tests Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal with a superb long-range shot that almost takes the big goalie by surprise.

  106. 1626: 

    An anonymous text in response to the comment by Henry at 1611: "HoMFC are like any football club fans, they want their club to do well. It's hardly the fans fault if an ego maniac wants to spend his money on complete duds from Belgium is it? Be interesting to see how many other clubs outside the OF back their team the way the Jambos have. How is the Rugby League going in Warrington Henry anyway?"

  107. 1629: 

    Virgil van Dijk's header from a corner hits the back of Dylan McGowan's head and Hearts survive conceding a seventh. Anthony Stokes is next to try his luck but he over-does it and is dispossessed at the edge of the box.

  108. 1630: 

    Dale Carrick is on for Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson, while Celtic's Darnell Fisher comes on for Mikael Lustig, who scored a screamer in the first half.

  109. 1632: 

    Hearts 0-7 Celtic (Brown) Moments after Jamie MacDonald made a good save from sub Teemu Pukki, the Hearts keeper is left helpless as Anthony Stokes's cross is headed clear by Dylan McGowan only as far as Scott Brown who lashes a left-foot shot home from 18 yards.

  110. 1635: 

    Scott in Bonnyrigg: "Mr Anonymous Texter @ 1626 is a tad touchy. His team must be losing heavily at home in the Scottish Cup or something."

  111. 1637: 

    Joe Ledley is off balance as he fires well wide of goal after making a clever diagonal run to collect a pass. It's one-way traffic.

  112. 1638: 

    OK, some more substitutions - Derk Boerrigter is on for Celtic hat-trick star Kris Commons and Adam King replaces Hearts full-back Jamie Hamill.

  113. 1640: 

    Dylan McGowan catches Celtic striker Anthony Stokes late at the edge of the box but Willie Collum waves play on.

  114. 1642: 

    Six minutes to go.

  115. 1644: 

    The ball pings about the Hearts box before landing at the left boot of Scott Brown whose smashed shot is deflected wide for a corner.

  116. 1645: 

    Jordan McGhee eases the pressure on the Hearts defence with a run down the right wing. His cross into the penalty box is headed clear by Virgil van Dijk and, when the ball comes back to him, the Hearts youngster whacks it, almost petulantly, miles wide of Fraser Forster's far post.

  117. 1647: 
    Kris Commons grabs the ball after completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot Kris Commons grabs the ball after completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot
  118. 1648: 

    There is, mercifully, only one minute of injury time.

  119. 1648: 

    Hearts 0-7 Celtic

  120. 1650: 

    It's Celtic's record victory over Hearts, whose manager Gary Locke shakes hands with all his players as they trudge up the tunnel. Celtic were in a different league from the Jambos this afternoon.

  121. 1653: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown: "We know how good we are, in that dressing room. The lads are on fire."

  122. 1654: 

    Former Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart: "It's a result that was possible because there is a huge gulf between the teams."

  123. 1655: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Chick Young: "Celtic seldom lose two games in a row and they'd be motivated after what happened against AC Milan."

  124. 1657: 

    Former Hearts manager Craig Levein: "I don't think whatever Gary Locke did today would have stopped Celtic."

  125. 1659: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Scotland: "It's the best performance I've had in my time as manager. That's the way I want them to play. It was everything I could have asked for. The passing, the crispness of their passing, was in evidence today. Obviously I wanted a reaction from Tuesday night. There is no shame in going out of the Champions League. It has been a fantastic day against the background of what has been a difficult weekend for the city. I am not expecting them to play like that every week but it shows what we have been pushing for."

  126. 1705: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke: "It's a sore one. I thought Celtic were outstanding. It's a harsh lesson for us. One of my worries at the start of the season, having such a young team, was that something like that would happen. Celtic were just too good for us."

  127. 1709: 

    Hearts manager Gary Locke continued: "We need some help for these young players. This is not ideal for their development. I am not going to make excuses. They gave us everything but we were simply outclassed. We can learn from it - the second goal was terrible, we turned our back at the free-kick. We've just got to get on with it. I can only apologise to the fans and every one of us is disappointed at what happened today."

  128. 1711: 

    Congratulations to Aberdeen and Celtic on their Scottish Cup wins today. What a way for Neil Lennon to mark his 200th game in charge of Celtic. We'll have highlights on the BBC Sport website later of the two games from today. Thanks for following the live text commentary. Have a great evening.

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