Celtic’s amazing run of 69 domestic games unbeaten has come to an end after the Scottish champions were thrashed 4-0 by Hearts.
The thumping loss is the first Celtic have tasted in domestic football since May 2016, when they were beaten by St Johnstone.
Since then they’ve broken their own 100-year-old record which included 62 matches unbeaten between November 1915 and April 1917. winning 60 games and drawing nine. It’s led them to the Scottish title, the League Cup and Scottish Cup.
They had started this season in a similar fashion but had looked shaky in recent weeks, requiring a last-minute penalty to draw away against Motherwell, before Mikael Lustig’s late goal-line clearance salvaged a draw against Hibs in the capital last weekend.
Rodgers’ men are only two points clear of second-placed Aberdeen at the summit of the Premiership and will face the Dons next weekend. However, by that time they could have a five-point gap to play with, as they host Partick Thistle in a rearranged fixture on Wednesday.
After the match the former Liverpool boss told Sky Sports 2: “Credit to Hearts, they were the better team, they were physically better than us in the first half and thoroughly deserved it. Congratulations to them on their victory.
“But also congratulations to my players, it (the unbeaten run) is a phenomenal achievement. It demonstrates the level of professionalism and quality.
“Coming off the back of European games you can easily lose but these players have stood up to that. It’s a big thank you to the players for what we’ve done.”
“We weren’t so good today, we made too many mistakes to warrant getting a result – but I’m proud of the players, we’ll press the reset button, analyse the game and try to win in midweek (at home to Partick Thistle).”
Celtic’s 69-match undefeated run is not just a Scottish record, but a best mark for any team in Britain in domestic football.