Tynecastle is a tough place to go, the Hearts fans are close to the pitch and give plenty of abuse to Celtic players. So a game like this is not for shrieking violets.
The Celtic players like on Saturday will know they have been in a tough battle with plenty of rough challenges from the home side.
With the allocation cut to 1200 tickets for Celtic fans, this match reviewer failed to get a ticket in the ballot. Tickets were like hens teeth so it was TV viewing tonight and what a first half we witnessed Celtic dominated the first 45 and indeed up until Hearts scored from an offside position in the second half it was all green and white traffic.
Hatate strike was outstanding, Giakoumakis goal added a bit of magic to the night and O’ Riley was outstanding on his debut and picked up a MOTM award which could have went to Hearts goalkeeper, Gordon who kept Hearts in the game on numerous occasions as Celtic piled pressure on the home side.
Celtic were missing a half a dozen or so players through injury and international duty but those who were called into the starting 11 battled hard and deserve full credit for the attitude shown in the later stages to defend the lead and see out the game and head back to Glasgow with 3 points.
There will be plenty to chat about on the buses back to Glasgow tonight included that missed Hearts penalty. Next up Dundee United at home at 3pm Saturday. One game at a time!