Celtic’s visits to Tynecastle to play Hearts are almost always memorable encounters. The games are often feisty and controversial, and it is always a sweet feeling when Celtic come away with three points from a difficult venue.
The teams are set to meet again at Tynecastle on Wednesday night, in what is a massive fixture for both teams. A win for Celtic would move them five points clear at the top of the league. Hearts need the points to get away from the relegation zone.
With Neil Lennon making his second visit to Tynecastle since his return as Celtic manager, we take a look at memorable wins at Tynecastle with Lennon as manager:
1. Hearts 0 Celtic 4 (8th February 2012)
Celtic went into this game only one point ahead of Rangers at the top of the table, and the pressure was on to make sure the Hoops increased their lead to four points. The game was turned on its head in the space of 30 seconds at the start of the game. Hearts thought they had taken the lead when Stephen Elliott header looked to have crossed the line. However, the goal wasn’t given, Celtic broke down the pitch and Scott Brown hammered the ball home. Goals from Joe Ledley and Victor Wanyama put the Hoops 3-0 up before half-time, and Gary Hooper completed the scoring in the second-half. The game finished 4-0, and a few days later Celtic’s four point lead would stretch to 14 points. But that’s a story for another day…
2. Hearts 0 Celtic 7 (1st December 2013)
One of the best pure football performances of Lennon’s first spell as Celtic manager. His team ran riot in this Scottish Cup tie. The Hoops were coming off the back of elimination from Europe, but put that behind them in a fine display. Celtic were five-nil up at half-time, with Mikael Lustig’s screamer the best goal of the bunch. The second-half saw Kris Commons complete a hat-trick, as the Hoops comfortable won 7-0. Neil Lennon was so impressed after the game he called the performance ‘a Utopia‘.
3. Hearts 1 Celtic 2 (27th February 2019)
Neil Lennon’s return as Celtic manager ended in memorable fashion. Lennon took over at Celtic the day before the game, after Brendan Rodgers’ resignation. Lennon had very little time with the players, but he still managed to guide the team to a spectacular victory. A brilliant breakaway goal from James Forrest gave the Hoops the lead in the first-half, before an Oliver Bozanic penalty levelled the game. With time running out, Celtic were eager for a winner, and Odsonne Edouard popped up with one, volleying home Scott Brown’s cross in the 92nd minute to give the Hoops a 2-1 win and a perfect start to Neil Lennon’s return to the club.