Celtic 2-0 Hearts

21 August 2022

Kyogo's first-half strike put the hosts ahead with Hearts reduced to nine men late on with both Cochrane and Sibbick dismissed in quick succession with second yellow cards. Giakoumakis then added a second in the final minute of stoppage time.

Robbie Neilson rang the changes to the side that lost narrowly in Switzerland in midweek. Captain Craig Gordon was rested with Ross Stewart deputising between the stick. Elsewhere, Toby Sibbick, Andy Halliday, Alan Forrest, Liam Boyce, Gary Mackay-Steven and Josh Ginnelly all came into the team. 

The first notable attack of the game arrived on six minutes when Andy Halliday won possession before bursting through the middle of the park. He played in Liam Boyce on the right side, however, his shot was blocked. 

Celtic were dominant in possession during the opening ten minutes without troubling the visitors. With their first chance, however, they got their noses in front as Maeda's cross from the right was slammed home by Kyogo from close range. 

Ginnelly hit the byline five minutes later and his cross/shot forced Hart into a save at this near post.  

The hosts continued to apply the pressure, however, with Jota sending a left footed effort into the side netting after break free down the left on 23 minutes.

Five minutes later and the Jambos had a golden opportunity to draw level. Mackay-Steven instigated a fine attack down the left before cutting inside and releasing Ginnelly on the right side of the box. The winger, playing up front on the day, could only drag his effort wide of the far post however.

Soon after, O'Riley sent a shot inches wide from close range. 

Half-time: Celtic 1-0 Hearts

The second period was only 30 seconds old when Ginnelly burst into the box from a throw-in but he could only steer his effort wide of the far post. 

The Jambos enjoyed a strong start to the half with plenty of possession in the final third. Forrest wriggled free on the left and his cross nearly found Sibbick, with a last ditch clearance denying him a clear-cut chance from a few yards out.

Celtic made a couple of early changes with Abada and Hatate entering the frey. Shortly after, Stewart made a stunning save to deny O'Riley from close range before Hatate blasted the rebound narrowly wide. 

Andy Halliday made way for Michael Smith on the hour mark as the Jambos continued to cause the hosts problems at the back. 

Robbie made a further two changes on 65 minutes as Barrie McKay and Lawrence Shankland replaced Forrest and Boyce. It was evenly matched by this point with the hosts unable to assert their dominance like they did in the first-half. 

A further double sub took place on 70 mintues as youngsters Lewis Neilson and Connor Smith replaced Haring and Mackay-Steven.

Chances were few and far between at this stage although Moritz Jenz did find himself in space on 74 minutes only to fire the bar high over the bar from the right side of the box. Minutes later, Giakoumakis rose to meet a ball from the left but couldn't steer his effort on target.

The Jambos enjoyed more pressure late on but were then reduced to ninte men with minutes remaining as Cochrane picked up a second booking. Soon after, Sibbick also received a second yellow for a late challenge inside his own half.

Stewart was then on hand again to make a stunning save to deny a close range effort as Celtic laid siege on the 9-men Jambos during the final minutes of the game. The pressure paid off as Giakoumakis added a second with the final kick of the ball to complete a 2-0 win for the hosts.

Celtic: Hart, Taylor, Jenz, Kyogo (Giakoumakis '71), Turnbull (Hatate '55), Jota, Carter-Vickers, O'Riley (Mooy '71), Maeda (Abada '55), McGregor, Juranovic. Subs not used: Siegrist, Starfelt, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston.

Hearts: Stewart, Atkinson, Sibbick Rowles, Cochrane, Halliday (M.Smith '59), Haring (Neilson '71), Forrest (McKay '65), Boyce (Shankland '65), Mackay-Steven (C.Smith '71), Ginnelly. Subs not used: McFarlane, Grant, Devlin, Neilson, C.Smith, Pollock.