Celtic had a mixed week by getting beating comfortably in Europe but still managing to qualify for European football in the new year. It’s hard to determine the teams mood after such a week but if they needed a pick me up, Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup was the perfect match.
The saying goes form goes out the window in Cup games and for Celtic s case they would be hoping this was true, if the game was based on form Hearts would be red hot favourites. Going into the game Hearts had won their last 7 games at Tynecastle.
The game kicked of as was expected with each side shown they were up for it without creating any real threats on goal. The game got turned on its head though when Hearts Captain for the day Gomis got sent off after a reckless challenge on Scott Brown. The next 5 minutes seeing Scott Brown and Adam Matthews pick up yellow cards as both set of players continued the play the game at a frantic pace.
Celtic enjoyed a lot possession with the extra man without creating anything until the 28th minute when a scuffed Anthony Stokes shot found it’s way to Virgil Van Dyke who put his foot through it and find the back of the net.
At half time Celtic had enjoyed nearly 70% of the possession but only had one more real chance at goal and it was that man Virgil again who missed a sitter from a Stokes corner.
Celtic started the second half as they finished the first and got the breakthrough on the 50th minute with a Guidettii penalty. Three minutes later Stokes got in on the act with a placed shot on his left foot from outside the box to put the Celts up 0-3.
On the hour mark big Virgil popped up again for his second and Celtic’s fourth and the Hearts fans started to head for the exits.
On the 78th minute Kris Commons had a perfectly good goal disallowed but at 4 nil up there wasn’t too many complaints from Celtic players.
Celts Are Here Man of the Match:
Virgil Van Dyke