Celts win at Hearts straight out of a Hollywood script
After the body blow of losing Brendan Rodgers to Leicester, Celtic’s late winner at Tynecastle felt like the ending of a Hollywood movie.
Odsonne Edouard’s 92nd minute goal, which preserved Celtic’s eight point lead in the league, may be his most important in a Celtic jersey.
It’s difficult to explain why, but this felt like a turning point for Celtic. Despite it being their 10th consecutive domestic win, this one felt different.
Since Monday, Celtic have been battered from pillar to post. The feelings of every fan have been hurt this week by the treacherous actions of a man who had the freedom of Glasgow 72 hours ago.
Despite winning nine domestic games on the spin, it still felt like Rodgers left Celtic in the lurch. He left when the players needed him most.
Luckily for Celtic, they have leaders in abundance and none more so than their inspirational captain, Scott Brown.
Although they were kicked to the turf, a trip to Tynecastle was perfect tonic for this Celtic team and fans.
And despite being poor for most of the game against 10 men, they pulled it out the fire with another late winner.
In a tight and tense game, the norm for trips to Edinburgh, it felt like a late winner would have to be the difference between the sides.
Hearts were excellent with 10 men, and looked every bit as likely as Celtic to finding a winner.
However, class and perseverance paid off in the end. Dedryck Boyata launched himself into the box late on, attracting the attention of the Hearts defence.
Brown lofted in a cross and Edouard pounced to majestically side foot the ball past the despairing goalkeeper.
If it was from a Hollywood movie, Celtic would be the protagonist. Kicked and sullied throughout the plot before redemption at the very end.
Only Celtic could be eight points clear in the league and on the verge of a treble treble, and yet still be able to allow themselves to be left on the canvas gasping for air.
This Celtic side had something to prove at Tynecastle. The actions of their former manager speak louder than any platitude he bestowed upon them during his time at the club.
He walked out on them, discarded them from his mind and moved on without so much as a reason why. They had every right to feel hurt.
The late winner from Edouard was testament to one of Rodgers’s claims about his former players. They have character in abundance.