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Celtic's 69-match unbeaten domestic run ended by thrashing at Hearts | Match Report.

Harry Cochrane, on just his fifth start for Hearts, thumped in the opening goal after 26 minutes

By Brian McLauchlin
BBC Scotland at Tynecastle

Celtic's 69-game unbeaten domestic run was ended in emphatic style as they were stunned 4-0 by Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

The defeat at Tynecastle is the champions' first domestic loss since a 2-1 reverse at St Johnstone on 11 May 2016 - 585 days ago - and Brendan Rodgers' first as Celtic manager against Scottish opposition.

The streak began under Rodgers' predecessor Ronny Deila when Motherwell were thrashed 7-0 on the final day of the 2015-16 season.

In beating St Johnstone 4-0 in early November, Celtic surpassed their own 100-year-old British record of 62 domestic games without defeat.

Celtic, who Rodgers led to the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League treble last season, remain top of the league table by two points, with a game in hand over second-placed Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, Craig Levein's Hearts have not scored three or more goals in a league match since a 4-0 thumping of Hamilton Academical in March.

They have conceded just 19 league goals this season, four more fewer than Celtic, who have the best defensive record in Scotland's top flight.

Celtic's unbeaten domestic run (all but one under Brendan Rodgers)
P 69 W 60 D 9 L 0
Scottish Premiership: P 56 W 47 D 9 L 0
Goals for 197
Clean sheets 38

Sixteen-year-old Harry Cochrane and former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty slammed home first-half goals as Hearts dominated the early skirmishes at Tynecastle.

Manuel Milinkovic seized on a dreadful error from Jozo Simunovic to prod in a third early in the second half.

Celtic piled forward, but it was Hearts who struck again, Milinkovic netting from the penalty spot.

Rodgers' side may well go onto claim the Premiership title but on this day they were given a football lesson by a dogged and devastating Hearts, who were in no way flattered by the 4-0 scoreline.
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