First Team

Robbie takes positives from defeat

7th August 2016

Robbie disappointed with Celtic defeat but still sees positives in his team's performance.

Robbie Neilson found plenty to be positive about despite Hearts slipping to an opening day defeat to Celtic in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Tynecastle.

Falling behind to an early James Forrest goal, the Jambos pulled level through a Jamie Walker penalty, but Celtic’s new signing Scott Sinclair hit the winner on a counter attack with 10 minutes to go.

Despite the setback, Robbie was pleased with how his side performed on the day.

“We’re disappointed with the defeat, obviously we wanted to win the match,” said Neilson.

“I thought the performance was magnificent. We’re still a young group of players, inexperience and immaturity will cost us sometimes but we’re about developing players.

“Celtic can go out and buy £4m players and throw them in to the game off the bench, but we develop players here too.

"We put Celtic under lots of pressure and should have taken something.”