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  • Hoops aiming for capital gains at Tynecastle

    Hoops aiming for capital gains at Tynecastle

    By: Joe Sullivan on 10 Aug, 2018 15:17

  • IN this season’s Celtic View magazine, we're taking a trip each week to grounds where the Hoops have played on their travels. Ahead of this Saturday's Premiership game against Hearts in the Scottish capital, we take a look at Celtic's record at Tynecastle.

    The very first league game ever played at Tynecastle was when Celtic visited in the inaugural Scottish league season of 1890/91. The previous week Hearts had lost 5-2 at Ibrox while Celtic lost to Renton but, as the Dunbartonshire team were later expelled from the league, the game became null and void. So by dint of circumstance, the first league game ever at Tynecastle also became Celtic’s first ever league game. Two goals by Johnny Madden, another brace by Willie Groves plus a goal by Peter Dowds gave Celtic a 5-0 win. It didn’t end there, though, as goalkeeper, Jamie Bell’s registration wasn’t through in time and Celtic had four points deducted from their final tally.

    Just a week after clinching seven-in-a-row last season with a 5-0 win over Rangers, the Hoops travelled to Tynecastle on May 6, 2018 and things didn’t get off to the best of starts when Hearts took the lead after 17 minutes. However, the Celts proved there was no post-title negligence as they equalised within three minutes through Dedryck Boyata, and just six minutes after the break, Moussa Dembele controlled a marvellous Tom Rogic pass with one foot before firing home with the other. In time added on, Celtic asserted their authority in fine style when Scott Sinclair touched the ball home for the last goal in a 3-1 win.

    In the 1971/72 Scottish Cup, after beating Albion Rovers 5-0 and Dundee 4-0, the Hoops welcomed Hearts to Celtic Park, and the 47,500 crowd saw a Dixie Deans first-half goal equalised by Derek Renton with just two minutes to go. And so to Tynecastle nine days later with a crowd of 40,029 being the last time a 40,000 crowd had been inside the ground. The home side were doing much of the pressing but it was Celtic who scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute when Harry Hood sent over a corner, and it was the diminutive Lou Macari who rose highest to head the ball home. Celtic went on to beat Kilmarnock 3-1 in the semi-final and then the other side of the Edinburgh divide, Hibernian, 6-1 in the final. Celtic’s six Scottish Cup ties were watched by a total of 309,755 fans.

    There wasn’t much to write home about when a crowd of 22,000 took in the opening day of the season and saw former Celt, John Colquhoun make his Hearts debut and open the scoring for the home side in the 27th minute. The game finished 1-1, as did two other games between the sides that season, while the other one finished 1-0 for Hearts at Celtic Park. It seems there wasn’t much between the teams in games that season and it turned out that way in the league campaign as well. So why was this game so important? The goal in the last minute came when Paul McStay got a touch to a cross from brother, Willie and it trundled over the line after coming off Henry Smith’s post. The season was 1985/86 and if that last-minute goal didn’t go in, the last-day drama of Love Street and Dens Park on May 3 wouldn’t have happened.

    Celtic’s current run of unprecedented domestic success began with what was Brendan Rodgers’ first domestic game in charge and, as it turned out, it was also the Hoops debut of Scott Sinclair and he helped kick-start the new Celtic revolution. James Forrest opened the scoring in the eighth minute but a dive from Jamie Walker, for which he was later given a two-match ban, resulted in a penalty from which he equalised. However, with nine minutes to go, debut substitute, Sinclair scored by sliding the ball home after a wonderful through pass from Leigh Griffiths – and the iconic celebrations ensued.

    In season 2013/14, Celtic won all three league games against Hearts, but never by more than two goals. They did, however, go to town in the Scottish Cup when they visited Tynecastle on December 1 for their opening game in the competition and Kris Commons was the main thorn in the side of Hearts. He opened the scoring in the third minute and got the second in the 21st minute before sealing his hat-trick near the hour-mark from the spot. It was 5-0 at half-time and the other goals in the 7-0 rout came from Scott Brown with two, Joe Ledley and a screamer from Mikael Lustig. The 7-0 win equalled Hearts’ previous worst result at Tynecastle, a 7-0 defeat by Hibernian in 1973. It was also Celtic’s biggest result ever against Hearts.

    In a quite astonishing game at Tynecastle on November 20, 1976, Willie Gibson of Hearts scored in the eighth and 10th minutes to establish a 2-0 lead. Roddy MacDonald pulled one back for the Hoops in the 21st minute, but by the 33rd minute, Gibson had scored his hat-trick and Hearts were 3-1 in front. Just three minutes later, Bobby Lennox pounced to make the half-time score 3-2 and, on the hour-mark, Kenny Dalglish equalised to make it 3-3. With time running out and just three minutes on the clock, Ronnie Glavin took a free-kick and lofted the ball into the area. In the box there were about eight touches by players from both sides before Glavin himself appeared on the scene once more. He was lying vertical about three feet off the ground when he volleyed home from three yards for a magnificent 4-3 comeback.


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