Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers reacts to humiliating Hearts defeat

Hearts manager Craig Levein says confidence is high after three consecutive wins

Hearts manager Craig Levein says confidence is high after three consecutive wins

It was the first domestic loss experienced by Brendan Rodgers since taking charge of Celtic in the summer of 2016.

Instead, the Swedish worldwide is simply itching to get back into action.

The Bhoys last tasted defeat in domestic competition to St Johnstone in May 2016 while under the stewardship of Ronny Delia, before going on to win the Premiership, Scottish Cup and two League Cups to date under Rodgers. 'The things we have done haven't been done before and probably won't be done again, so it's unbelievable.

Hearts had two 16-year-olds on the field come full-time, and with players like Jack Aitchison and Liam Henderson waiting to break through, Celtic could do worse than give them a chance against Partick.

The Swede added: "The pride is not something we will look at over the next few days. We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible".

Inside and around him, individual errors from colleagues were central to the Hearts goals.

Harry Cochrane, Kyle Lafferty and David Milinkovic, who scored twice, were on target for the home side as the Scottish champions were demolished.

Remarkable stats popped up at every turn. Celtic never looked like reaching that round number as the home side scored four times without response.

The 31-year-old right-back - who had a torrid afternoon like every other off-form Celt - said: "I don't know what went wrong - EVERYTHING".

Rodgers brought on striker Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong for Tierney and Olivier Ntcham at the start of the second half but soon found themselves three down when Milinkovic took advantage of a Simunovic slip and rounded Gordon before knocking the ball into the net. Hearts deserved to win today they played well.

"We did our very best and unfortunately our best wasn't good enough".

And so all eyes will now be on how they respond.

Brendan Rodgers' side faced Hearts looking to extend their run to 70 games.

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