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Hearts 1-2 Celtic: Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first goal in Scotland

For Celtic, the width of a Tynecastle post turned out to be crucial. Liam Boyce, who stepped forward to take a Hearts penalty in the 19th minute, had the chance to punch a damaging hole in the Parkhead squad’s title hopes.

The Northern Irish striker already controlled the home team from two goals down.

Joe Hart sent Joe Hart the wrong way, the ball cracked off the base of the upright and Ange Postecoglou was breathing again. After a testing second half, Celtic survived a rigorous scrutiny of their title records against the third best team in the SPFL Premiership. Make no mistake, this was a massive three points.

A trend is now developing with this Celtic team. For 60 minutes they press and harry and fizz with attacking intent. In the last third of the game they get tired and fade and spend the end of the game playing defensive play in the night sky.

Reo Hatate (right) scored his first Celtic goal as they kept their league title bid on track

Reo Hatate (right) scored his first Celtic goal as they kept their league title bid on track

Hatate aimed from 25 yards and produced an emphatic opener away at Tynecastle

Hatate aimed from 25 yards and produced an emphatic opener away at Tynecastle

Hatate aimed from 25 yards and produced an emphatic opener away at Tynecastle

Craig Gordon didn't get a chance in goal but the hosts made it a tough night in the capital

Craig Gordon didn't get a chance in goal but the hosts made it a tough night in the capital

Craig Gordon didn’t get a chance in goal but the hosts made it a tough night in the capital

MATCHING FACTS

heartsGordon, Souttar, Halkett, Kingsley, Smith (Atkinson 22), Devlin (Baningime 57), Haring, Cochrane (Mackay-Steven 58), Ginnelly (Simms 46), Boyce, McKay

Subs not used: McEneff, Woodburn, Stewart, Halliday, Henderson.

goals: Boyce (62)

BookedHalkett, Devlin, Boyce

CelticHart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, Bitton, Hatate, Forrest, Giakoumakis, Jota (Abada 62)

Subs not used: Julien, Libras, Abada, Soro, McCarthy, Bain, Ralston, Welsh, Doak.

goals: Hatate (27), Giakoumakis (35)

Booked: Jota, Bitton, Taylor

Referee: John Beaton (Scotland)

Despite losing captain Callum McGregor and top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi, Japan’s new bhoy Hatate claimed his first goal for the club with a stunning 25-yard strike after 27 minutes.

Giorgos Giokoumakis scored his third Celtic goal eight minutes later – his second in two games – and the visitors appeared to be in cruise control.

Seeking to close the gap on Celtic to six points Hearts grabbed a lifeline from nowhere when Boyce defied suspicion of offside to drag his side back into play after 61 minutes.

Buoyed by Everton’s latest signing Ellis Simms – what a handful he looks like – Hearts pushed hard for a point and should have had one. For top scorer Boyce, any satisfaction from his 14th goal of the season was well and truly diminished by a missed opportunity from 12 yards.

Despite five new signings in the January window, Ange Postecoglou’s options still look oddly worn out at times.

Tom Rogic and Daizen Maeda went missing during international service. Injuries to McGregor and Yosuke Ideguchi in a heart-pounding Scottish Cup win at Alloa, meanwhile, led to a quick introduction to the starting lineup for new £1.5million signing Matt O’Riley.

After a typically quick and furious introduction to Scottish football and an assist for the second goal, he limped off the field with six minutes left to play after doing a good job.

A rare pause for reflection saw players and fans alike pause to cheer on Devin Gordon’s memory following the 13-year-old’s tragic death over the weekend. The delay seemed to do Celtic well, Hearts less so.

After the restart, the team in green and white took control of the game. After an energetic start, Hearts got seriously lost.

Back in the starting lineup for the first time since December, Celtic’s Portuguese winger Jota is unpopular in this region. He would have been even less popular had he scored in under a minute with one of two nearly identical oblique drives to Craig Gordon’s right hand post. The Scottish keeper dived low to prevent the away team from taking the lead.

1643235052 866 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235052 866 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235054 527 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235054 527 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

The home side were still adjusting to the loss of the veteran Michael Smith to injury as Celtic took the lead with a superb attack. Hatate was a standout performer in his debut against Hibs, putting the opposing team to the sword in Edinburgh when he rallied outside the center circle and was mad enough to take out a 25-yard attack on goal. It takes something special to beat Craig Gordon from that kind of range. The Scotland goalkeeper barely came close to an attack so hard it nearly tore a hole in the net.

Goals change games and Celtic seemed a more established team. A second goal was not surprising.

After a dubious start, the Greek striker Giokoumakis is starting to do what he signed up for. New bhoy O’Reilly played a perfectly weighted center from the right flank in the path of Celtic’s number seven. The flicked finish was unconventional, but very effective.

In a 1-0 defeat at Parkhead Hearts, he argued long and hard that Kyogo’s winner was offside. Here too there was the slightest hint of it. Anyway, the flag stayed down and Celtic were two up.

In their only home defeat of the season, Hearts had scored two goals for Rangers after 13 minutes and this felt like a somewhat familiar movie. A confused team, just by stringing together two or three passes, seemed to be on Robbie Neilson’s side. They needed a great second half.

First a goal was needed and the arrival of 21-year-old striker Ellis Simms signaled the urgency of the situation. The arrival of Beni Baningime and Gary Mackay-Steven shortly afterwards felt like an SOS from Robbie Neilson.

1643235055 535 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235055 535 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235057 577 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

1643235057 577 Hearts 1 2 Celtic Japanese star Reo Hatate scores his first

The impact was almost immediate. Liam Boyce dragged Hearts back into the game with their first shot on target after 61 minutes. The goal actually came out of nowhere.

As with Giakmoumakis’ offense, there was a strong hint of offside as Barrie McKay took advantage of Carl Starfelt’s poor defense to shove a perfectly weighted pass in the path of the unmarked Boyce. Without a flag, the striker slid the ball through Joe Hart’s legs.

Suddenly we had a game on our hands, the Hearts supporters smelling Celtic blood for the first time in the game, the visitors were just as upset in the second half as the home side were in the first.

Chances come no better than a penalty kick. After bringing Hearts back into play, you bet the mortgage that Liam Boyce would sweep the ball into the net from 40 feet when Matt O’Riley *and* Nir Bitton were accused of handling a bouncing ball into the net. penalty area.

Whoever the whistle for Referee John Beaton was didn’t hesitate to blow it. Boyce sent Joe Hart the wrong way, but crushed his penalty against the base of the post, bouncing the ball over the face of the goal and coming to safety.

With Simms’ brawny new hire terrorizing Celtic’s defenses, Hearts were down but far from out. From a strong dominant position at the break, the jerseys in green and white were now filled with empty tanks. The cheers of the 1000 away supporters after six extra minutes was born of pure relief.

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