Robbie Neilson on narrow Celtic defeat

22 October 2022

The Jambos were left empty-handed in Gorgie after Greg Taylor’s 76th minute winner, despite an almighty effort from the boys in maroon that saw Lawrence Shankland bag a hat-trick – the first Hearts player to do so against Celtic at Tynecastle since Willie Gibson in 1976.
Although frustrated by the goals conceded, the manager was full of praise for the effort and application from his Hearts team.
“First and foremost, I’m very disappointed that we didn’t take anything from the game,” he told Hearts TV. “I thought we were outstanding throughout and got three goals at home so not to take anything from the game is very frustrating.
“I thought the players worked really hard and were extremely aggressive and on the front foot. At the end of the day, we lost four sloppy goals, and that’s what happens if you don’t make it count.
“You have to be like that against Celtic. You have to aggressive and in their faces, you need to make them uncomfortable. If you allow them to play, that’s what they’ll do. I felt that we made it an extremely hard afternoon for them, and for period, we had them rattled.
“We just couldn’t keep the clean sheet to get through the game.”