Hearts biggest hurdle is the Celtic jersey


69 games undefeated in domestic football, setting a new Scottish record, but eventually, Things Fall Apart and Celtic lost 4-0 at Tynecastle.  It was Brendan Rodgers’ first defeat to a Scottish club, 18 months after taking over as manager.  Celtic were not even bad that day; when Hearts went three ahead shortly after halftime, the comeback was still a real possibility.  We didn’t make the most of our chances and everything they hit flew into the net.  There is always a danger, even against poor teams.

Whatever joy Hearts felt that day was sorely paid for since.  In the 21 subsequent games between the sides, Celtic won on 19 occasions.  The only two exceptions came when Celtic were in the middle of European qualifiers.  As a friend noted yesterday, Hearts players biggest hurdle is seeing the Celtic jersey.  They just cannot cope against imperious champions.

Curiously, elsewhere, people are looking at Celtic’s two visits to Edinburgh within the next eight days and seeing opportunity for themselves, hoping their Hour Come Round at Last.  You and I are well used to hearing at this time of year, the Second Coming is at hand.  Two wins for the good guys will fix that nonsense.

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  1. I expect a fast start from them on Sunday usual stuff late challenges leaving the boot in, especially Devlin, he is worth the watching as he gets in front of defenders in the box then falls, we need to be switched on at all times, play our game and take our chances, take the game away from them, their fans and any influence Walsh will have. Watch out for stuff being thrown at our players, its not just Ibrox this happens but for some reason this club escapes any comment on it.

  2. Thank you HOT SMOKED, lost the momentum now.


    Repeat it another time.


    Re P67s header and the sight of the Celtic jersey, at


    the market today, watched a group of Asians chattering


    away excitedly about the the Celtic top.


    I’m not very good at Shinto but I speak brilliant Swahili


    when I’m pissed, so I gathered it was a top top.


    Wasn’t a lover of the new top but seems the younger


    generation think it’s the bees knees.


    Think I’m getting old lol.


    H H. Mick

  3. two wins – never mind that please, just concentrate on the next game.



    I wasa meant to be in fifel today, but have turned back and now back in the house, how bad are things on the east coast ?

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Which word, in EVERY English dictionary ever printed, is spelt incorrectly?

  5. St Stivs



    Really really windy and wet in southern fife and hearing it is worth up at St Andrews.

  6. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    November into December schedule is always crammed.



    Looking forward to a glut of home games after this mini series

  7. Back to Basics



    I agree re Tynecastle being horrible.



    That said our league record there vs at Easter Rd this past 10 years is much much better strangely.

  8. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Can’t take credit for it.


    (If I was a SMSM hack I would of course)



    Friend sends me a Friday morning quiz … on a Friday funnily enough.



    Incorrectly made its appearance in today’s offering.

  9. Did anyone else notice Luis Palma directing the other players to where he wanted them to move/run. I was really impressed with him in the last game. Great vision.

  10. From Previous Thread…



    MELBOURNE MICK on 20TH OCTOBER 2023 12:07 PM


    Well for a start I had no money, no employment, and





    no prospects of a job.





    “ Right, I’m going to Milan “ I said to my new bride.





    “ MILAN Mick, how you gonna do that ?





    “ Im going to hitchhike “





    LOL…MICK, that plan that you had made me laugh.


    DESPITE NO Job, NO Money etc You were STILL determined to go and see the Celtic.



    MAGIC Mate.



  11. Regulation 3-0 win to the good ghuys.



    Hatate with 2, Kyogo the other.



    Naismith ragin’.



    Lump on.




  12. fourstonecoppi on

    Came up to North Berwick for a few days to do a bit of walking…….can hardly get out o the hoose cos o the storm.


    Stunning to look at fae the windy tho’


    Kerry out gettin started earlier every day!

  13. the long wait is over on




    ” As a friend noted yesterday, Hearts players biggest hurdle is seeing the Celtic jersey. They just cannot cope against imperious champions.”



    I cant be the only one (perhaps it has been mentioned already – I haven’t been scrolling) that thinks that the problem for Hearts , perhaps their fans and current manager more than many of the players, when they see the Green and White Hoops isn’t that we are and have been imperious Champions.



    It’s all the other things their tiny minds think the jersey stands for…

  14. glendalystonsils on

    BSR @2.12



    I believe the medical term for this affliction is ‘Crawford Allan syndrome’

  15. bournesouprecipe on




    Andrew ( four penalties ) Dallas unfit to be a referee, but not the VAR in the room.



    Sweeping up for pin up boy Nick Walsh

  16. Melbourne Mick


    I was taken to games as a bhoy by Tony Mallon – a real charachter. He decided that hitchhiking to Milan was the way to go. Reports in the village had him in Haddington two days after he left from West Lothian. He made it alright and was known as Tony Milan’ for the rest of his life. ☘

  17. !!BADA BING!! on 20TH OCTOBER 2023 2:32 PM


    Brendan took Abada out for dinner on Sunday, great man management





    Great to hear that.




  18. Sorry firstly for the laziness on my part.


    I’m in fuerteventura and I’m hoping to see the game on Sunday. I’m in a tiny resort that has no proper bars so was going to go to Corralejo.


    Anyone recommend a bar?

  19. AN TEARMANN on 20TH OCTOBER 2023 2:14 PM



    Great to see you are still trying to convince yourself after all this time.



    Move on champ. It’s over. It’s all War in the Ukraine these days.

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