skip to content
Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Eggert Jonsson. Free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
Effort on goal by David Obua from just inside the area clears the bar.
Gordon Smith replaces Ian Black.
Foul by Ian Black on Patrick McCourt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. David Templeton leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the outswinging corner, Daniel Majstorovic challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Jamie Hamill.
Ryan Stevenson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Celtic.David Templeton provided the assist for the goal.
Patrick McCourt is brought on as a substitute for Badr El Kaddouri.
Sung-Yeung Ki produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
David Obua is brought on as a substitute for Rudi Skacel.
Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, Victor Wanyama takes a shot. Marius Zaliukas gets a block in.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a outswinging corner.
Mark Wilson is brought on as a substitute for Adam Matthews.
Foul by David Templeton on Adam Matthews, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Hooper on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Jamie Hamill, Andy Webster produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Ryan Stevenson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Daniel Grainger challenges Adam Matthews unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross, Daniel Majstorovic has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec. Kris Commons shown a red card. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Ryan Stevenson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Wanyama concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kris Commons, Headed effort from inside the area by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.
Anthony Stokes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mohamed Bangura.
Goal scored by Rudi Skacel from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Celtic.Jamie Hamill provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Adrian Mrowiec. Free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Foul by Kris Commons on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
Mohamed Bangura takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Grainger.
Corner taken by Kris Commons, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
Rudi Skacel concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Mulgrew. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Daniel Grainger. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
Mohamed Bangura is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.
Badr El Kaddouri is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by James Forrest. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Matthews challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges Victor Wanyama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Handball by Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Mohamed Bangura challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Ryan Stevenson. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line played to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Kris Commons. Ian Black is shown a yellow card. Strike comes in from Kris Commons from the free kick.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
Kris Commons has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Kris Commons fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. James Forrest takes the free kick.
Ian Black fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Jamie Hamill from the free kick, save by Fraser Forster.
Foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on Rudi Skacel, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right channel, clearance made by Badr El Kaddouri.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges Victor Wanyama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Rudi Skacel. Rudi Skacel is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Effort from 35 yards by Mohamed Bangura went wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Jamie Hamill. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Sung-Yeung Ki for handball. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Charlie Mulgrew concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.
Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Webster.
Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.
Short corner worked by James Forrest.
The ball is sent over by James Forrest, Mohamed Bangura takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
Adam Matthews gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Ian Black restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jamie Hamill from right channel, clearance by Adam Matthews.
The official flags Ryan Stevenson offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Centre by Kris Commons.
Victor Wanyama fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.
Kris Commons takes a shot.
Mohamed Bangura challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
Corner taken by Jamie Hamill from the left by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Effort from just outside the box by Marius Zaliukas strikes the post.
Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Hamill from the left by-line, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Foul by Ryan Stevenson on Charlie Mulgrew, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Adrian Mrowiec. Ian Black takes the direct free kick, Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Stevenson on Charlie Mulgrew. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
Ryan Stevenson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec manages to make a clearance.
Lennon focuses on football matters
Neil Lennon is looking for a similar outcome when he returns to Tynecastle with Celtic on Sunday for the first time since he was attacked by a Hearts fan there in May - but only in terms of his side's performance.
Celtic's comprehensive and impressive 3-0 win was completely overshadowed by the touchline incident which saw the Hoops boss accosted by an irate Jambos supporter who had emerged from behind the dugout.
During his trial John Wilson admitted attacking Lennon but the charge of assault, aggravated by religious prejudice, was found not proven although he was found guilty of breach of the peace.
The Northern Irishman, who joked that he will have his burly assistant Johan Mjallby minding him in the technical area this time, is looking for his players to keep on the heels of SPL leaders Rangers by finding the form of that eventful night in Gorgie.
"We have had some decent performances since but have not really hit the heights of what we know we are capable of and I think it is only a matter of time before we do," he said.
"All I'm concerned about is trying to win the game and for the team to play as well as we can.
"I am hoping the Tynecastle episode was the tipping point and we can get back to discussing football matters.
"I also just hope both sets of supporters behave themselves as well as they can and we are talking about the game and the atmosphere in a lighter note rather than the last game.
"I watched Hearts lose against St Johnstone last week and by their own standards they were disappointing.
"But when we come to Tynecastle, it is always quick and physical and the atmosphere adds to that as well and they always put on a strong performance against us and I will expect no different on Sunday."
Celtic fans can expect changes to the team which drew 1-1 with Udinese at Parkhead in their Europa League Group I clash on Thursday night.
However, Lennon refused to reveal whether keeper Fraser Forster will return after being replaced by Lukasz Zaluska for the visit of the Italian side.
"I put Lukasz in just to freshen it up," he said.
"He is training really well. We have had a lot of games recently and it will keep Fraser on his toes as well."
Joe Ledley is almost certainly out of the clash having come off at half-time in the Europa League tie with a groin injury. Left-back Badr El-Kaddouri was cup-tied and so returns to the squad.
Lennon maintained his staunch backing of much-maligned striker Georgios Samaras, who elicited moans and groans from the Celtic fans when he came on as substitute against Udinese.
The former Celtic skipper said: "I do feel for him a little bit but he is a big boy and he has a good temperament.
"Whenever any player goes through sticky patches or gets any grief from the crowd, he has to win them over."
Lennon`s opposite number Paulo Sergio has backed the "incredible" Hearts support to make headlines for the right reasons on Sunday afternoon following the events of the encounter in May.
The current Hearts boss described the incident as "unacceptable" but fully expects the focus to be back on football this weekend.
"It's the kind of thing that shouldn't happen in football," the former Sporting Lisbon coach insisted.
"I respect all of my opponents, and I hope all we are talking about on Sunday is football.
"We have the best crowd in Scotland, they are incredible, and I'm sure we will receive our visitors well.
"It was the kind of thing that can happen, but it was an isolated case.
"We are not thinking about this issue ahead of the match - we are working on how to prepare our players and how to win the match.
While the Portuguese expects a degree of control among the fans, there could be fireworks in the dugout as two passionate managers and strong personalities clash.
In fact, the pair have already encountered each other during a pre-season friendly between Sporting Lisbon and Celtic in Boston.
"I met Neil in Boston when we played," the Hearts boss recalled with a smile. "During the game we had discussions and didn't always agree.
"We want the best for our teams and sometimes we didn't agree on the referee's decisions, but at the end of the game I offered him my hand - it's normal, it's football."
Winger Andrew Driver will miss the clash due to a recurring knee injury.
Sergio expects a couple of slight knocks to be shaken off ahead of Sunday, though, leaving him with no new injury worries.
Bitter blow for Bhoys
Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League title hopes suffered a severe blow after second-half goals from Rudi Skacel and Ryan Stevenson gave Hearts victory in a pulsating encounter at Tynecastle.
There were near misses at both ends before Skacel broke the deadlock in the 58th minute with an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box.
Celtic were further disarmed when midfielder Kris Commons, who had just returned to the Hoops starting line-up, was shown a straight card by referee Craig Thomson in the 65th minute for a reckless challenge on Adrian Mrowiec.
And as the 10-man visitors piled forward in search of an equaliser, Stevenson scored a breakaway second in the 80th minute to leave Celtic in third place behind Motherwell and 10 points behind leaders Rangers, albeit with one game in hand.
The Parkhead club will now have the international break to regroup but that is of little concern to the home supporters who cheered their side off the pitch at the end of an exciting afternoon.
There was pressure on Celtic manager Neil Lennon before the game after Rangers had increased their lead against Hibernian, but all eyes were on the Hoops boss for other reasons, the Irishman having being attacked at the touchline the last time the Parkhead side visited Gorgie in May.
As a consequence of that eventful night, security was beefed up.
One fan was ejected from the Hearts section of the ground before the game began which drew huge cheers from the travelling support and which cranked up the atmosphere.
Hearts owner, Vladimir Romanov, the Russian-born Lithuanian businessman, was in attendance, two months after his last visit to Tynecastle for a game signalled the end for previous manager Jim Jefferies.
So the ingredients were all there for yet another classic tussle between these two clubs and the game, predictably, began amid a din and at breakneck speed.
In the fourth minute Celtic keeper Fraser Forster made a good save from Jambos' lone-striker Stevenson who had escaped his marker to get in a header.
Moments later, Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas struck the post with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.
Celtic roared back and in the 20th minute they should have taken the lead when James Forrest's cross from the right found Mohamed Bangura but his close-range header was brilliantly saved by Jamie MacDonald.
Seconds later, following the corner, the Hearts keeper made another good save at his near post from Commons' drive.
The game roared from end to end with tackles flying in all over the pitch.
In the 26th minute Skacel was booked for a late challenge on Hoops stand-in skipper Charlie Mulgrew, before Parkhead playmaker Ki Sung-yueng was shown yellow for fouling Skacel.
On the half-hour mark, after Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama was penalised for his challenge on Ian Black at the edge of the box, with Forster diving to prevent Jamie Hamill`s free-kick from going in.
Celtic responded again and MacDonald made a fine block from Commons' powerful drive from just inside the box, beating the ball away to safety and the pace never let up until the break.
The interval allowed everyone to get their breath back but when play commenced it was the visitors who took the initiative and Commons had another long-distance effort which was dealt with comfortably by MacDonald.
Celtic pressed with purpose but in the 58th minute Hearts took the lead with a fine strike by Skacel.
Hamill's high ball from the right fell out of the air and, when it broke from David Templeton, the Czech midfielder arrowed in a unstoppable left-footed drive from the edge of the box to give Forster no chance.
With the home fans still celebrating, Lennon immediately replaced Mohamed Bangura with Anthony Stokes.
In the 65th minutes there was more trouble for the Parkhead men when Commons was sent off for a reckless challenge on Mrowiec in the middle of the park.
It was mayhem inside Tynecastle as Celtic reshuffled and threw everything in search of an equaliser, while leaving themselves open to the counter-attack.
In the 72nd minute Mark Wilson had to replace the injured Adam Matthews and he drew a save from MacDonald moments later with an angled shot.
Hearts had to defend desperately at times but in the 80th minute Stevenson made it 2-0 when, with the Hoops defence stretched and struggling with a long Danny Grainger punt, he ran on to clever back-heel from Templeton and drove high past Forster from 10 yards.
It was the final blow to the visitors who know they have some work to do if they are to catch Rangers, even this early in the season.
"Will David Moyes be able to turn it around at Ma..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk