Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic punished Hearts, says Steven Naismith

Hearts manager Steven Naismith has admitted that Celtic punished his side as they were beaten 3-0 at Celtic Park. The Scottish Champions put on an impressive display to a sell-out crowd, with both feeding off of the energy of the other meaning the Jambos were up against it from the start.

Speaking after the game (as reported by Glasgow Times), the Hearts manager said that his side assisted with the mood around the ground by giving up the early first goal.

“The timing of the first goal was poor because if we’re 0-0 and we play the way we did, the atmosphere in the ground changes,” Naismith said.

“But we give them the lift of an early goal. Celtic are probably the most experienced team in these situations in the league. They use it well, their big players are coming back and getting fitter every week.

 Kyogo Furuhashi  heads at goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts  at Celtic Park on May 04, 2024 . (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“So, when you give them assistance they’re going to punish you. But I’m taking some big positives from our players because we were brave on the ball and played through them at times. The only thing that was missing was a goal or two.

“We started off really well and it was two teams who were comfortable enough on the ball. The difference probably was that we didn’t take our chances and they did. In games, goals change the dynamic.

“We concede the first, which was a poor, poor goal from us as we’ve got the best defensive record from set plays, so quickly in the game. I then thought we got a hold of the ball and created some chances.

“You can come to Celtic Park and not create any chances, but we had some really good chances. They don’t go in, either through a good save or us not doing well enough.

Matt O’Riley congratulates Kyogo Furuhashi after he scores his second goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 04, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) 

“The second goal we’ve got 100 percent possession and can’t give it up. We give the ball away too cheaply, we’ve not got a good structure and it’s a simple goal for Celtic. When you’re going to do that it makes it an uphill challenge. But I thought there was a lot of good stuff from us.”

The Celtic Park atmosphere was electric as the supporters enjoyed the quality on the pitch. Brendan’s team were dynamic and fluid in their football while battling for everything in defence. The players fed off the energy from the support creating a brilliant feeling around the ground.

With their lead now sitting at six points along with a goal difference of eight, Celtic will now watch with interest as Rangers host Kilmarnock on Sunday. The Ibrox side then travel to Celtic Park next Saturday in what promises to be an enthralling occasion.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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  1. InConsistency that’s me giving referee clancy benefit of doubt some fouls hearts got against Celtic he ignored for Celtic Taylor got arm put across his face which nearly cost Celtic A goal khunn was blocked so many times ref and linesman kept ignoring hearts left back has got away with this in last four five games against us but no foul giving yes clancy not my favourite ref but might have put himself in running for final who one ref is the only one deserves it is ross who has been let down by Beaton clancy Gordon who let there heaters rule there head Beaton and Robertson should be downgraded after Tyne castle game where Robertson acted like Beaton lap dog giving overturning one and feared to tell Beaton he at it these decision are noticed by fifa and uefa sfa have allowed our game to be run by refs with that can’t be honest a disgrace scotlands shame