ANGE POSTECOGLOU revealed post-match on Saturday that he had full faith in his players to come back from the Hearts opener in the third minute.
The players showed their character, fighting back and earned their lead for halftime, with Celtic’s men from Japan coming to the rescue. Then, in the second half, goals from O’Riley and Giakoumakis secured the win, and the title, for the Hoops.
“We haven’t gone behind often on this run, but I was in no doubt of what the reaction would be.
“I’m sure some people were trying to see what it would do to us, but I’m really proud of the players, they don’t miss a beat or any belief on what we’re trying to do.
“I thought they were outstanding. When we’ve needed someone they’ve stepped up and it’s a different person wearing the cape every time, it’s not one or two we are relying on.
“It’s a massive collective effort from all the players. I’m super pleased for them that they got the rewards they deserve.
“I said to the players before the game there are many ways to hit a finish line and we want to go through it at full speed and that’s what we showed today and what we want to do in the next couple of games.”
Hearts are lucky they travel back to the capital without a humiliating scoreline. Jota added his name to the scoresheet, but he was controversially flagged offside. Chances went a begging too, with Matt O’Riley thundering a strike against the post. Craig Gordon was forced into a couple of saves.
The main thing for Celtic was getting the three points, and they did. Their attention will be on Wednesday when they can secure their title and officially be crowned the Champions of Scotland.