Stan Petrov gets it spot on; labels Hearts challenge a "walk in the park" for Celtic
Stiliyan Petrov has stated that Celtic 4-1 Hearts was like “watching a training session” as the Hoops dismantled their Tynecastle foes.
The Hoops were 1-0 down in the early stages after a surprising Ellis Simms opener. However, Ange Postecoglou’s men had the game turned around by half-time after efforts from Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi.
Celtic bossed the second 45 and bagged 2 more goals through Matt O’Riley and Giorgos Giakoumakis. And it’s fair to say after the turnaround there was never any threat from the Gorgie men as Celtic ramped up the intensity levels.
“It was a walk in the park today. It was like a training session. Especially the last couple of goals. The link-up play, the way Celtic usually play, it really worked out for them. They showed today that if they’re on top of their game, it’s really difficult to cope with the Celtic team at the moment.
“He [Postecoglou] stuck with his beliefs. There were a lot of questions out there about his philosophy, style of play, mistakes, is it going to work or be successful? He believed in it. He made the players, fans, and club believe in his way of working. And he’s managed to deliver it.
“There was a big task for him and those players have reacted to everything.”
Celtic too good for Hearts and the rest of Scottish football this season
When you look at the decisions Hearts were complaining about, you couldn’t help but chuckle. After all, none of them directly lead to Celtic goals. There’s still so much offensive work for us to do and plenty of defensive work for Hearts to complete.
That they failed to do so is on them and nobody else. They can’t point to frustrations over the equaliser as some sort of excuse as to why they lost the game 4-1. The truth is that the difference was the talent on the pitch and nothing more.
Hearts are hardly the only team to have lost by 3 goals to Celtic this season. All 4 previous meetings between the sides this season had been decided by 1 goal. That shows the kind of appetite Celtic had yesterday.
Celtic are still 6 points clear at the top of the Premiership. We’re unbeaten in the league since September, and the reason for that is simply down to the fact that we’ve bossed the rest of Scottish football in 2021/22.
Yesterday was indeed like a training session for Celtic because they have far too much quality for teams like Hearts to deal with. That was the 3rd best team in the league this year and they could barely get any period of pressure on us.
A timely reminder of how far Hearts still have to go before they can be taken seriously. From a Celtic perspective, it’s just another big step closer.