Hearts 1 Celtic 2 match report: Anthony Stokes sets up Celtic for Milan
Sunday 15 September 2013
New signing Teemu Pukki grabbed a debut goal and Anthony Stokes scored one and set up two more as Celtic prepared for the Champions’ League with a comfortable win.
Kris Commons opened the scoring from the spot in the 18th minute after Hearts midfielder Jamie Hamill was controversially penalised for handling Stokes’s header.
And even though Jason Holt equalised for Hearts in the 56th minute with a deflected drive from the edge of the box, Stokes put Celtic back in front after 65 minutes with an unstoppable volley from 12 yards before setting up substitute Pukki, signed from Schalke, to make it 3-1. It was a good work-out for Neil Lennon’s team before they face Milan in the San Siro on Wednesday.
However, Hearts remain bottom of the table on minus eight points as they try to recover from the 15-point penalty for going into administration.
Celtic got the breakthrough when referee Willie Collum ruled that Hamill had handled as he challenged Stokes, although he would have struggled to get out of the way. Commons drove the penalty past Jamie MacDonald.
There was an element of fortune with Hearts’ leveller just before the hour as Holt’s drive took a deflection before beating Fraser Forster.
But seven minutes later, Commons sent Stokes through with a clever header and he thrashed the ball past MacDonald from 12 yards.
Pukki replaced Commons, and when he was set up brilliantly by Stokes with five minutes left, he headed into the corner to seal the win.
Lennon thought his side should have won by more. “We had so many good chances,” he said. “With a little bit more care on the final pass we could have won more comfortably.
“The most important thing is we’re winning games.”
Hearts boss Gary Locke said: “Today’s result is not going to define our season, not games against Celtic. The teams around us are the games where we’ve got to pick up points.”
Hearts (4-4-1-1): MacDonald; McGowan, McKay, Wilson, McHattie; Holt (Carrick, 74), Robinson, Hamill, Walker (Oliver, 82); B King (Smith, 67); Paterson.
Celtic (4-4-1-1) Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Matthews (Samaras, 44), Brown, Ledley (Mulgrew, 66), Boerrigter; Commons (Pukki, 74); Stokes.
Referee: Willie Collum.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings: Mesut Ozil? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Nacer Chadli? Who was the star man at the Emirates?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Husain Abdullah penalised after celebrating a touchdown with a Muslim prayer - causing mass outrage among fans
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: 'Come home' banner flown over Real Madrid match
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 3 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month