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Craig Levein says he copied the game plan Anderlecht used to beat Celtic in the Champions League last month as his Hearts side won 4-0 - their biggest win over the Glasgow side for 122 years - to end the Scottish champions' 69-game unbeaten run. (Daily Record)external-link

Hearts manager Craig Levein joked he wasn't able to relax until "around the 89th minute" of his side's 4-0 win over Celtic but planned to savour the result after a stressful year. (The Scotsman)external-link

Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty knew he could get the better of Celtic's "great centre-halves" because they make mistakes when they are put under pressure. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he called an impromptu huddle on the Tynecastle pitch after their 69-game unbeaten domestic record ended in a 4-0 defeat by Hearts to remind them of their historic achievement. (The National)external-link

Bookmaker William Hill has said that only one lucky punter placed a bet on Hearts' unlikely 4-0 victory over Celtic, with odds of 200/1. (The Scotsman)external-link

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig says some of his team-mates did not know how to react after suffering their first domestic defeat in 70 games. (Evening Times)external-link

Anderlecht's Pieter Gerkens celebrates after Celtic's Jozo Simunovic (left) scores an own goal
Anderlecht's win over Celtic was the blueprint for Hearts' win on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers has backed his Celtic players to a put together another unbeaten run after the champions fell to their first domestic defeat since May 2016. (The Scotsman)external-link

Hamilton Academical and Ross County are certain to face disciplinary action from the Scottish FA following their mass brawl on Saturday. (Daily Express, print edition)

Ross County defender Chris Routis has accused Hamilton Academical full-back Ionnas Skondras of punching him and team-mate Kenny van der Weg during the Highland side's 3-2 defeat on Saturday. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Midfielder Darian MacKinnon has defended Hamilton Academical from jibes that they are overly physical after Saturday's win over Ross County became the latest in a string of fiery Scottish Premiership clashes for Martin Canning's side. (Evening Times)external-link

Hamilton Accies midfielder Darian MacKinnon admits he was "choking" to become involved in the melee that marred his side's win over Ross County but knew he would have been sent off because he had already been booked. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas
Two Scots have revealed they have been inspired by Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas

Kilmarnock midfielder Greg Kiltie, who made his return at the weekend against Motherwell after seven months out with a broken ankle, says the way Chelsea's Eden Hazard has come back to form after long-term injury was his inspiration. (Daily Record, print edition)

Midfielder Chris Millar, who has been out of the St Johnstone team for two months, has revealed that Cesc Fabregas inspired him to his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday's win over Rangers because the Spain international had spoken about returning to the Chelsea side after a spell out of favour. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says he already has a closer relationship with the president of his new club, Cruz Azul, their sports director and the players than he had at Ibrox. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers need a safe pair of hands and it is time to make Tony Pulis, recently sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager, Pedro Caixinha's successor, says Greenock Morton boss Jim Duffy. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Rangers defender Bruno Alves believes his side have to learn to cope with the pressure of playing in front of a full house at Ibrox to enjoy a successful campaign after losing their fourth league game at home this season. (The Herald)external-link

Dundee striker Sofien Moussa, who scored twice in Saturday's win over Partick Thistle, admits he feared for his future if did not end his three-month scoring drought. (Daily Record, print edition)

Preston North End manager Alex Neil hopes to persuade owner Trevor Hemmings to pay out for two or three January signings the Scot believes would win them promotion to the Premier League. (Scottish Sun, print edition)


Glasgow Warriors captain Ryan Wilson is struggling to be fit for Saturday's Pro14 derby against Edinburgh at Murrayfield after being forced off three times in the weekend defeat by Montpellier. (Daily Express, print edition)

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