Celtic 4-0 Hearts 26/01/11

Jordan McCallum was at Celtic Park…

A great  Celtic performance saw  four goals put  past a dismal Hearts side to extend the gap between the two sides to 10 points.

The home side made three changes to side that beat Aberdeen: Joe Ledley and James Forrest came in for Paddy McCourt with Charlie Mulgrew coming in as a makeshift centre defender to replace the injured Daniel Majstorovic. Jim Jeffries made just one change to the side that defeated Rangers with the combative Ian Black replacing Ruben Palazuelos.

Celtic started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead after just seven minutes. Scott Brown played the ball to James Forrest who rifled his left foot shot into the top corner. That was to be Forrest’s only contribution as he went off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by fans’ favourite Paddy McCourt after 20 minutes.

Scored wonder goal before picking up injury

Celtic players clearly knew Hearts had taken 31 points from 33 as no Hearts player was given any time on the ball. Celtic could have doubled their lead when Joe Ledley fired wide after a neat Celtic move. Mark Wilson and Rudi Skacel were both shown a yellow card in a stormy first half.

One felt that another Celtic goal would kill the game and Gary Hooper nearly provided it within seconds of the restart. He beat the offside trap but his shot saved by in form Marian Kello. It did not take Celtic long to double their lead though. Former Hibs striker Anthony Stokes curled home a free kick from 25 yards leaving Kello helpless.

On 54 minutes this stormy encouter boiled over. Ian Black upended Paddy McCourt with players from both sides getting involved. Yellow cards were shown to: Black, Brown, Zaliukas and Stokes.

Hooper almost got in on the scoring act on the hour mark but could not direct his shot after good link up play with Stokes.

The two did combine to put Celtic 3-0 up. Hooper was played in by Ledley with Marius Zaliukas failing to intercept the pass. Hit man Hooper stumbled when rounding the goalkeeper but strike partner stokes was on hand to score his sixth goal in four games.

Stokes nearly got his hat-trick when Scott Brown played him in but the striker miss hit his shot but McCourt was there with the follow up to side foot into the far corner.

The scoreline could have been a lot worse for Hearts as the defence, who have rightly been subject to plenty of praise this season; pressed the self destruct button.

Many would have predicted a much closer game but Celtic showed class to make a really good Hearts side look distinctly average.

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