Hearts 4-0 Celtic: Unbeaten run may stand forever, says Brendan Rodgers

Celtic’s incredible unbeaten run ended in spectacular fashion

Rodgers' side had set a new British record for unbeaten domestic matches last month, but that wonderful run was shattered at Tynecastle as the Scottish champions were beaten for the first time since May 2016.

Already two down at the break to 16-year-old Harry Cochrane and Kyle Lafferty efforts, a David Milinkovic double in the second half set the seal on an utterly extraordinary afternoon in Gorgie.

Brendan Rodgers' side lost for the first time since St Johnstone beat them in May 2016.

Last month Celtic broke their own record of a century ago, under another Northern Irish boss, the legendary Willie Maley, when their run reached 63 games unbeaten in Scottish football. But after they scored the first goal we didn't manage to create any chances and we didn't win the duels.

Changes are absolutely necessary in midweek, and if his squad really is as stretched as it appears, Rodgers could not go far wrong to look to Hearts' example of using youngsters to bring some life back to the team.

Sutton, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport and BT Sport, has suggested that the defeat to Hearts is a wake-up call for January, suggesting that Celtic need to sign players next month.

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On the pitch you can win or not, but they realise that they have to be focused on doing things right. " They also know we need something in January that will help the current squad ".

Brendan Rodgers' men looked tired and jaded after a punishing season already on the home and Euro front - but Lustig's delighted they've got a game again so soon.

In those 69 games, Celtic scored an outrageous 197 goals - at an average of 2.9 goals per game. To have gone through 69 games and this to be their first defeat... of course it's a sore one when you are beaten like that, but they can hold their heads up.

"We didn't cope with the direct balls from Hearts", Rodgers admitted.

"They played honestly today". We made too many mistakes, basic errors, when to play and when to defend properly.

At the end of the game the Hoops players huddled on the pitch, taking stock of the defeat.

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