It was a freak weekend in the Scottish Premiership, with top of the table Celtic losing for the first time domestically in 70 matches, while second placed Rangers lost at home to St Johnstone, which subsequently saw them drop down to third in Scotland’s top tier.
Speaking to Celtic’s website, post-match, Brendan Rodgers said of his sides 4-0 defeat to Hearts:
“We failed to cope with their style, particularly in the second half. We didn’t defend well enough and made too many mistakes. Congratulations to them, they won the game and deserved to win the game. When you come to places like this you have to be at your physical best and we weren’t today. Like I say, you have got to give them credit. The mantra is the same, win your next game. Win, lose or draw the mantra is always win your next game.
It’s a tough one, it [a domestic defeat] was always going to come and when it does you need to be ready for it mentally. Now we focus on these last games through to the end of the year. They’re going to be important for us and, like I say, we’ll recover and go again in the second part and that’s what we’ll look to do after this defeat.”
With the Scottish Premiership champions at home to Partick Thistle this midweek, the Celtic boss concluded:
“It’s historical; I think people will look at it in different ways and that’s down to their perspective. The reality of it is, it was a history-breaking run. To go 69 games undefeated, no matter what level or competition, is a remarkable achievement and the players will go down in history because I’m not sure if it will be done again. Certainly, in our lifetimes it won’t be [beaten] and they can take huge pride in that. It’s in the past now and one of the key things with success is looking forward. They’ll go into the history books and we’ll reflect on the game tomorrow and look to find the solutions to be better in our next game.”
In contrast to Rodgers’ positive outlook, Interim Gers boss Graeme Murty was frustrated by his sides’ 3-1 at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.
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