First Team

Fine margins

2nd April 2016

Finishing the difference as Hearts give Celtic a run for their money at Celtic Park.

Robbie Neilson has hailed his side’s spirit despite going down 3-1 at Celtic Park today.

The Jambos put in a commanding performance and found themselves in front after Jamie Walker’s stunning early opener.

Gary Mackay-Steven’s 15th minute strike and a Patrick Roberts brace swung the game in Celtic’s favour, but the head coach saw plenty of positives to take from his team’s performance.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I thought we played really well. We had a lot of the play in the first half, we were probably the better team.

“If Juanma scores the cutback, and Oshaniwa was one-on-one, then we go in at half time in the lead, but we didn’t and we gave up a couple of poor goals.

“That’s the difference in football. When you play at this level, fine margins are the difference. You’ve got a striker who misses a chance and one that scores it, and it swings the game.

“They made it more difficult in the second half but I thought we showed good spirit, we still passed the ball in good areas and had good periods of play, but we just couldn’t get a finish.”