DELIGHTED Ange Postecoglou watched his Celtic side blow away Hearts 3-0 at Tynecastle this afternoon to book a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final ballot on Monday night.

It was a dominant display from the champions in the capital where the lively Kyogo Furuhashi fired in his 26th goal of a prolific campaign as he cleverly flicked in the Hoops’ second just moments before the interval.

On-fire Australia World Cup midfielder Aaron Mooy had given the visitors the lead inside two minutes with a sweeping left-foot shot that thundered past Zander Clark.

HEADMASTER…Cameron Carter-Vickers climbs high to clear his lines at Tynecastle.

However, the man who received extra praise for his performance from Postecoglou was centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers who scored a rare goal 10 minutes from time when he got on the end of a well-flighted free-kick from Matt O’Riley to nod a close-range effort into the inviting net.

Asked if a lot of what the USA international does goes unnoticed, the Hoops gaffer said: “I don’t know about that.

“I’d say he’s probably the best defender in the league and if anyone disputes that, I’m happy to put up an argument.

“I don’t think he goes under the radar at all. He’s been an outstanding player for us over the last 18 or so months. He’s a guy who’s constantly working hard at his game and improving.

“It was great for him to get a goal today because defenders love these kinds of things.

AIR WE GO…Cameron Carter-Vickers gets in to head in Celtic’s third goal against Hearts.

DELIGHT AND DESPAIR…Cameron Carter-Vickers runs away in triumph as Yuki Kobayashi looks on. The Hearts defenders have that sinking feeling.

“But it’s what he does for us at the other end that’s really important.”

When the possibility of a treble was mentioned, Postecoglou, speaking to Viaplay Sport, added: “Hibs next week mate, that’s what’s in my sights.

“As boring as that may seem, it seems to be working for us, so I’m not going to change that formula.”

The Easter Road outfit are due at Parkhead a week today as the champions tick down the games as they zero in on their second successive title.

With 10 matches to be played, the Hoops have a nine-point advantage.


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