Football: Viduka's venom

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Heart of Midlothian 2 Celtic 4

MARK VIDUKA scored twice as Celtic grabbed the honours at Tynecastle Park last night. From the outset Hearts' sluggish defence struggled to cope with the pace of Henrik Larsson and Regi Blinker allied to the power of Mark Viduka. With only two minutes played the visitors took the lead when Vidar Riseth headed in Blinker's corner.

Six minutes later Blinker added a second. Tosh McKinlay found Larsson on the left and the Swede's cut-back was hammered home. Hearts retaliatedwhen Stephane Adam's 25-yard free-kick hit McKinlay before looping over Jonathan Gould. Hearts' recovery was short-lived. Blinker split the defence to allow Viduka to chip a goal.

Barry John Corr was brought on for his debut to replace the injured Gould. The hosts quickly took advantage when Adam drilled a low shot beyond the youngster after the restart.

The visitors once more quickly extinguished any faint hope Hearts had of a recovery with a fourth goal when a McKinlay cross was knocked in by Viduka.

Heart of Midlothian: Rousset; McPherson (James, 45), Ritchie, Fulton, Adam, Cameron, Jackson, Locke (Murray, 63), McKinnon (Guerin, 77), Pressley, McSwegan. Substitutes not used: Severin, Strang.

Celtic: Gould (Corr, h-t); Boyd, McNamara, Larsson, Burley, Lambert, Annoni, McKinlay, Blinker, Riseth, Viduka. Substitutes not used: Brattbakk, Wieghorst, Marshall, Burchill.

Referee: S Dougal (Burnside).