Ange Postecoglou was nothing but honest in his reaction to watching his side fall to a frustrating defeat.
Celtic fell behind early in the game but equalised in the second half. The bhoys then took the lead with a perfectly legitimate and well worked goal, only for inept officials to call it offside when it wasn’t.
Hearts grew back into the game after the farcical decision and got a soft free kick towards the end where we defended poorly and conceded. In what was almost inevitable after that – Craig Gordon makes two great saves to deny Celtic a point.
After the game, speaking to Sky Sports as cited by RecordSport, the manager was brutally honest and didn’t want to make excuses.
“It’s a game we could have won and we didn’t.
“We’ve got to get better at closing our games, we’ve got to keep improving. We’ve got a game Thursday and we’ve got to bounce back and get a win.
“We can’t afford time. We’ve got to bounce back and get results.”
Asked about the state of play with his team, Ange didn’t want to repeat himself.
“You’re asking me the same questions so I’m going to repeat the same answers.
“That’s where we’re at at the moment but hopefully with every game that aspect improves. Carl Starfelt had one session with the team, Kyogo arrived and probably it’s unfair from me to throw them out there.
“I just felt after 120 minutes on Wednesday night we just needed some fresh legs and some momentum.
“Once we got back into the game we looked comfortable and looked like we were going to take it out but it didn’t happen.”
“I think we know where we’re at and what we need to do.
“It takes time, it takes training sessions, it takes time, it takes games.
“At the moment we’re throwing teams together, I am anyway, and that’s affecting it.
“But put that all aside, because that all sounds like excuses even as I’m saying it. It’s still a game we could have won.”
Celtic now head to play Jablonec on Thursday in a Europa League qualifier before heading back to Celtic Park next Sunday to take on Dundee.
Right now, we look a million miles away from challenging for trophies.
We have been idle far too long and our negotiations to get players in is chronically slow.
Major things need to change if we’re to get anything out of this season.