CELTIC moved four points ahead at the top of the Premiership on a day of VAR controversy.
The champions overcame Hearts 4-3 at Tynecastle in an encounter where they had to battle all obstacles to achieve the triumph.
They managed to fight all the way in Edinburgh with goals from James Forrest, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Daizen Maeda and Greg Taylor, hitting his first league goal since his September 2019 arrival from Kilmarnock.
At Ibrox, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side had to settle for a 1-1 draw against 10-man Livingston.
CAPITAL PERFORMANCE…Celtic players celebrate Greg Taylor’s winner against Hearts.
The home team were heading for a loss following a Joel Nouble goal in the fourth minute, but new technology made a massive decision in their favour in the 78th minute when Morgan Boyes was sent off.
The Livi defender had been yellow-carded by referee David Munro, but the VAR officials insisted his tackle on Alfredo Morelos merited a red and he was banished to leave David Martindale’s outfit an uphill struggle.
Seven minutes were added on in Govan and John Lundstram thumped in the leveller in the 92nd minute.
The boos rang around the stadium for the second consecutive game as Van Bronckhorst’s outfit could not get the crucial second against the visitors who now play Celtic at West Lothian on Sunday.